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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3 • Issue 18 • November-December 2014 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM $21k / Mecum Does the nostalgia factor outweigh bad taste? — Jay Harden Page 40 GM 1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA CONVERTIBLE $77k / Bonhams Space Age kitsch aside, bigfin Impalas are seeing some upside — Tom Glatch Page 42 FoMoCo 1965 SHELBY GT350 $286k / Mecum A big price for a GT350 with a few stories — Dale Novak Page 44 MOPAR 1971 PLYMOUTH GTX $74k / Auctions America The last of Mopar’s original muscle packs a punch in the market — Patrick Smith Page 46 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1931 FORD MODEL A “THE UNKNOWN ROADSTER” $78k / Auctions America What’s the value of a known history? — Ken Gross Page 48 AMERICANA RACE 1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE $66k / RM Lukewarm market price for a last-gasp Packard — Carl Bomstead Page 50 1976 FORD F-100 OFF-ROAD RACE TRUCK $41k / Auctions America Class wins at Baja make this rig a genuine historical piece — John L. Stein Page 52 TRUCK 1962 STUDEBAKER 7E45E 2-TON ROAD TRACTOR $7k / Auctions America A big truck for little money. Was it a deal? — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 54 Cover photo: 1965 Shelby GT350 John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible, p. 42 Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams November-December 2014 7


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 10 Torque Making a muscle car fit — Jim Pickering 32 Cheap Thrills Monterey’s most affordable — B. Mitchell Carlson 36 Horsepower A changing perspective? — Colin Comer 38 Corvette Market The true story of Jan & Dean’s “Dead Man’s Curve” — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 58 Auctions America California AA delivers the goods, selling 252 out of 399 cars for $17.2m — Victor Van Tress 66 Barrett-Jackson — Hot August Nights Auction Street rods and customs make $9.9m in Reno, and 304 of 318 sell — Travis Shetler 78 Mecum Auctions — Monterey 2014 643 cars cross the block at Monterey’s biggest auction, 361 find new owners, and sales total $34.6m — B. Mitchell Carlson 86 Russo and Steele — Monterey 2014 A Boss 429 tops the American sales at $402k, pushing totals to $12m with 102 of 189 cars sold — Pierre Hedary 96 Roundup American iron from coast to coast — Michael Leven, Carl Bomstead, Bob DeKorne, Kevin Coakley 8 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 18 Good Reads Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend — Mark Wigginton 20 Desktop Classics 1940 Packard 180 Custom 8 by Darrin— Marshall Buck 22 Snapshots Hot August Nights in pictures — Jim Pickering & Chad Tyson 24 Snapshots Inside World of Speed’s Collection — Jim Pickering 28 Feature: How to take a great car photo Getting the most for your car when it’s time to sell m Glatch SERV DEPA 12 What’s Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 18 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 20 Cool Stuff The ultimate NOS wrench and a table that fits in your hand 26 Insider’s View What’s the best way to get kids involved with cars? 76 Glovebox Notes 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 82 Quick Takes 1971 Chevrolet Corvette coupe — Jim Pickering 107 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo — Jay Harden 90 One to Watch 1973–79 Ford F-Series — Chad Tyson 92 Our Cars 2,000 miles in a C5 Corvette — B. Mitchell Carlson 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers


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Torque Jim Pickering Making a muscle car fit I ’ve had my ’66 Chevrolet Caprice for what seems like forever. It was my first car, bought for $1,900 when I turned 15. It was a cool first car — big-block 454 with an LS7 cam, TH400 automatic and 12-bolt rear. But it was in rough shape. I have a vague memory of my father, standing at the seller’s house, asking me if I was sure I wanted to buy this car. Of course I was — that big block’s lopey idle seduced me. Was it actually usable? Didn’t matter. The car sits in my garage today, 17 years later and now restored, and I’m still crazy about the way it sounds, although now it’s a little bit nastier thanks to a roller-cammed 468 big block and a lot of other speed parts I’ve added. I drag-raced it for years, eventually running low 12s when that was still considered fast. I cruised it all over the place, bending myself and any passengers I might have to its ragged-edge needs, like running the defroster full blast on a 100-degree day to keep the engine temp in check. But life has changed, and the car’s been sitting more and more. In August, I took the car on a quick freeway run down to World of Speed (see the “Snapshots” piece on p. 24). The 468 big block, TH400, and 3.73 gear combination makes the car launch like crazy, but it also turns a screaming 3,300 rpm on the freeway, and that’s not much fun. When I got back to town, I found myself thinking, for the first time ever, that the car’s just become too hard to use. I’m now living in a world of kids’ car seats, daycare, commuting in traffic, long-distance freeway drives, people merging without signals, and slow-moving hybrids. In that world, there’s little room for needy machines with eye-wateringly rich idles, overheating tendencies, and the need to watch every gauge closely. My other car, a Charger SRT8, is perfect for that world, with its smooth idle, air conditioning, LATCH tie-downs, doubledigit mileage, and big power. In that car, all you have to watch is the road in front of you. I love that car too, but it’s just too easy. It’s not the same experience. Time for a change A few days after buzzing my big block down to World of Speed, I got together with ACC contributor Jay Harden for a quick 10 AmericanCarCollector.com No need to part ways if the right parts will make it livable lunch to talk about the Corvette he profiled on p. 40. This is a ritual he and I tend to have — I send him a car I’m thinking of having him profile, and he and I bat around some ideas about it before he sits down to write. Jay and I are both about the same age. Like me, he’s got a house, a wife, and a young kid. He’s also got a Chevelle that he built back in high school, also with a warmed-up big block. Jay said something at lunch that struck a chord with me. “I’ve been trying to drive the Chevelle more this summer, but I’m thinking about swapping to an LS motor. Commuting, sitting in traffic… It’s just hard to use.” Hard to use. There it was again. I finally understood why so many muscle car owners sold their cars as their lives moved on, only to pay more to get the same cars back later on in life. We’re both seeing priorities change, or maybe we’re just getting older. Either way, we’re both facing the same dilemma: We need to make our cars more usable for where we are now in life, or they’ll just sit — but we can’t sanitize them and erase their rough identities, because that would miss the point completely. The wave of the future This issue is full of advice from our readers all about how to get young people into cars. I’ve written about that a lot in this column over the past three years. You can see what everyone had to say about it on p. 26. The notion that people like Jay and me have gone soft and are parking our muscle cars because of the very things that made us love them in the first place really bothers me. Especially considering that our lack of use is also our kids’ lack of use, too. And they sure won’t fall in love with a car’s lopey idle if it’s never running. So with that, I’ve been eyeing some changes I can make to my Caprice that’ll make it more fun and easier to use while still maintaining its tear-your-face-off attitude. Hurst Driveline Conversions offers a complete T56 6-speed conversion kit that comes with everything I’d need to swap out my TH400 for double overdrives and a third pedal, minus a 4-speed console I’d have to source from somewhere. Going from 3,300 rpm on the freeway to 1,200 or so opens up a wider world for that car, and it’d run cooler in the process, too. The biggest bonus? The changes would be more or less reversible for the day that I inevitably decide I miss that old automatic. The swap would run about $5k —money I’ll probably never see back out of the car. My wife’s already asked me if I’m sure I want to do that. But for the fun of it, and for more time in the car with my daughter, who already squeals with delight every time I light ’em up, I’m not sure I can afford not to.A WHEN YOUR CAR SITS BECAUSE IT’S BECOME TOO HARD TO USE, IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Fitzgerald to direct Hagerty Education Program Diane Fitzgerald is the new national director of the Hagerty Education Program at the LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. The program awards scholarships and grants to young adults training for careers in car preservation and restoration. Fitzgerald Al Rogers Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals The Class of 1964, featuring the Birth of the Chrysler Hemi and R-code Ford Galaxie 427 convert- ibles, and the Class of 1969, featuring 440+6 Mopars, the ZL1, COPO 427 Camaros and Corvettes and Ford Mustang Boss 302 and 429 cars, are the stars at this year’s Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals on November 22–23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 22 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 23. This is the sixth year of this massive, popular event, which brings hundreds of Corvettes and muscle cars — and thousands of gearheads — to a happy whirl of a swapmeet, seminars and displays. Mecum Auctions is the title sponsor. Admission is $25 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free. More information and discount tickets are available at www.mcacn.com. ACC’s Comer adds another book to the shelf ACC Editor at Large Colin Comer has just published a terrific new book: Shelby Mustang Fifty Years. Comer, who is also the author of The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, is an expert on all things Shelby. This new book is a must-buy for all gearheads. Comer, a noted collector, restorer and vintage racer, also wrote Million-Dollar Muscle Cars. Motorbooks is the publisher (www.motorbooks.com). The book is available at www.colincomerbooks.com. “Diane’s dedication to preserving America’s automotive history through her work with Club Auto aligns perfectly with the Hagerty Education Program,” said David Madeira, museum president. “Diane’s extensive background and innate industry knowledge will serve as a valuable resource for the Hagerty Education Program and its mission to provide hands-on learning in the preservation and restoration of collector vehicles.” www. lemaymuseum.org Keep warm while viewing hot cars Most of the car collecting Comer AMC fans to gather near Vegas The ninth annual Las Vegas AMC Reunion brings a parade of Marlin, Matador, Rambler, Metropolitan, AMX and even Pacer cars to the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino in Henderson, NV, on November 7–8. Any cars from American Motors Company’s history are welcome. The first day of this event is the last day of SEMA, and this is a chance to join the car show, parts swapmeet and more. The hotel is 25 minutes from Las Vegas. www.snamc.amcrc.com 12 AmericanCarCollector.com world is sliding toward months of cold, rain and snow right now, but Florida rocks sunshine and summer all year long. So why not head to Carlisle Events’ Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest just north of Tampa? Crowds of American car addicts will gather at Festival Park from November 13 to 16 for a huge swapmeet, auction, private sales corral and other events. More than 500 cars — and short-sleeve weather — are expected. Adult admission is $8 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday, and $5 on Sunday. www.carsatcarlisle.com A 1972 AMC Matador


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Star Car: Completely documented 1970 Chevelle SS LS6, reunited with its original engine after 40 years, at Leake Dallas NoVember VanDerBrink — The Friday Collection Where: Atlantic, IA When: November 1 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace Where: Greensboro, NC When: November 6–8 Featured cars: • 1936 Ford 5-window coupe • 1969 Shelby GT500, offered at no reserve • 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Star Car: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra More: www.rmauctions.com Featured cars: • 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial roadster by LeBaron Shannons — Sydney Late Spring Classic Auction Where: Sydney, AUS When: November 17, 2014 More: www.shannons.com.au Leake — Dallas 2014 Where: Dallas, TX When: November 21–23 Last year: 365/588 cars sold / $9.4m Featured cars: • 1919 Packard Twin Six 3-35 Star Car: 1970 Chevelle SS LS6, now reunited with its original engine after 40 years, with complete documentation More: www.leakecarauction.com Star Car: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 convertible More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Smith’s — Pacudah 2014 Where: Paducah, KY When: November 8 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Mecum — Anaheim 2013 Where: Anaheim, CA When: November 13–15 Last year: 412/785 cars sold / $13.6m More: www.mecum.com RM Auctions — The Sam Pack Collection Where: Farmers Branch, TX When: November 15 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Star Car: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, part of the Sam Pack Collection at rm in Farmers branch, tX McCormick’s — 56th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 21–23 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 370/533 cars sold / $6.1m Featured cars: • 1960 Chevrolet Corvette • 1941 Buick Super convertible Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Dan Kruse Classics — Houston November 2014 Where: Houston, TX When: November 28–29 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Silver — Arizona in the Fall 2014 Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: November 28–29 More: www.silverauctions.com DeCember Mecum — Kansas City 2014 Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 4–6 Last year: 505/794 / cars sold / $11.3m More: www.mecum.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 5–6 More: www.raleighclassic.com Shannons — Melbourne Summer Classic Auction Where: Melbourne, AUS When: December 8 More: www.shannons.com.au Mecum — Austin Where: Austin, TX When: December 12–13, 2014 Star Car: “Eleanor,” one of three hero cars from the film “Gone in 60 Seconds” More: www.mecum.comA by Tony Piff


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin Alex has been driving manual-shift cars since she was 13 years old, so I wasn’t surprised when she asked if we could take the ACC Viper GTS on a two-day trip to Mt. Hood. She had just graduated from Oregon State University and thought I a road trip would be a perfect graduation present. ACC Editor Jim Pickering mentioned to us that we “might want to try out the adjustable pedals in the Viper.” He pointed out the knob under the dash that allowed the pedals to move up to four inches. This was transformational for Alex, as it allowed her to get the seat right, and then the pedals right. At five-foottwo, she often has to sit uncomfortably close to the steering wheel to be able to fully depress the clutch pedal in a performance car. She has previously taken our 1964 Nova Wagon on a four-day trip through Central Oregon, and so was no stranger to road trips. The trip was a delight from start to finish. The Viper was surpris- ingly easy to drive, and its 460-hp V10 made passing on two-lane roads a snap. Most important, my daughter got some more seat time in a col- lectible car. The more she drives them, the more comfortable she becomes, and the more likely she is to have vintage cars as a part of her life. How do we get kids involved? It’s simple. Involve them. Let your kids and grandkids drive your cars. Smile when they stall the cars as they figure out the release point of the clutch. Don’t pay too much attention when they ask where the touch-screen navigation system is. Just get into the car and go with them. You’re making memories you’ll never forget, and you’re passing on your love of cars to the next generation as well. A Put them behind the wheel n this month’s “Insider’s View,” which begins on p. 26, readers tell us how they would get young kids involved with the car hobby. It’s a question that is on all of our minds, as teenagers today have so many more options for communication and fraternization than we did when we were young. I can tell you what has worked for me. My 23-year-old daughter CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3, Number 6 November-December 2014 Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering art Director Dave Tomaro Digital media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer auctions editor Tony Piff associate editor Chad Tyson Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro auction analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Kevin Coakley Pat Campion Dale Novak Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information technology Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Scott Correy Seo Consultant Michael Cottam advertising and events manager Erin Olson Financial manager Cheryl Ann Cox Print media buyer Wendie Martin aDVertISINg SaLeS advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 SubSCrIPtIoNS Subscriptions manager Sarah Willis Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CorreSPoNDeNCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Norm Mort Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US there’s no substitute for seat time 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 © 2014 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend by Pat Ganahl, CarTech, 192 pages, $22.31 (Amazon) Von Dutch is a big name today, even a brand, but what goes into that brand is as hard to track down as a recipe for the original Coke. Sure, the basics are pretty well known. Born Kenneth Howard, the self-named Von Dutch was the godfather of early ’50s pin-striping, creator of a zoomy logo for himself and a nifty eyeball-with-wings motif. At his core, and probably the way he saw himself, was as essentially a pretty good itinerant sign painter, as was his father before him, constantly on the move and just getting by. Author Pat Ganahl tries to unravel the mystery, tries to explain how and what and why Von Dutch worked, didn’t work, excelled and failed, but mostly remained a human enigma, likely as not found on a tractor seat in the back of a shop in Compton or Hollywood. There people could find him, give him $25 and a few hours, and he’d create statements in thin compound curves. Von Dutch tries to pry apart the artist’s story with interviews from stars of the period, Dean Jeffries and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, or from car owners who found him through whispered questions on shop floors. They then delivered their cars or motorcycles, leaving Von Dutch to do what he did — create art on a budget with simple elegance in a few strokes that put everyone else on the trailer. Of course, with art often comes a large helping of crazy, and Von Dutch rarely disappointed. Ganahl chases down stories and rumors of a man who loved his wine and handguns and hated being pigeon-holed, badgered with questions or burdened with expectations beyond a job finished — his own way. The years pin-striping was really hot were few, and much of the Von Dutch legend is hard to pin down precisely because he was only a big deal for such a small window. He counted Steve McQueen and other stars as his friends, and yet never achieved much fame in his own time. It’s an interesting, rewarding journey through Von Dutch as you work with the author to piece together a picture of the man and put his work in context. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine alloy uSa Performance rear axle Shafts It’s tough getting anywhere with a broken axle — whether it is from an u wrong, or that 12-bol torquey 572-ci big bl help is here. Back in August, A Dakota Digital VHX Instrument Systems LCD message displays, backlit faces, fully lit needles — you won’t have any problems reading your new gauges from Dakota Digital. The company stepped away from their traditional digital readout, opting instead for the more familiar needle-sweeping form. Standard features for most sets include speedo, tach, oil pressure, water temp, volts, fuel and more. All the functions are orchestrated by an outboard control module, giving you locating options and keeping the wiring fuss down. If Dakota Digital made an instrument cluster for your car before, you can bet there is a VHX system ready to go. This collection ranges from ’67 Impalas like mine to ’33–34 Ford cars to ’55 Willys CJs to even ’68–70 Chargers. Light colors run the American-flag spectrum over either black or silver faces, promising a combination that’ll work well with your car. Visit www.dakotadigital.com to search their catalog or to locate a dealer. 18 AmericanCarCollector.com their line of heavy-du for Dodge, Ford, GM International and Jee trucks and cars. The manufactur- ing process starts with 4140 chromoly steel. The shafts are heat-treated, tempere induction-hardened t a product that withstands use and abuse. Stress points at the splines are reduced by cold rolling — rather than cutting — them. Alloy USA’s production method gives its axles up to 35% more strength than the stock pieces. That’s probably why they can give their axles an industryleading 10-year warranty. Call 770.614.6101 or click to www.alloyusa.com for the complete line of products and a list of retailers. A motorsports author and hot rodder, including stints as editor of Street Rodder, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom and The Rodder’s Journal. Fit and finish: As I’ve said before, the CarTech formula is always predictable. It is, however, full of modestly well printed images of work done by the artist. this book, but it was pretty tough sledding. Much of the book is transcriptions of interviews, and that isn’t the place you should stop. Biographers keep digging and generally settle on the best, most reasonable facts and weave them into a tale. Instead Ganahl spends a lot of time doing notebook dumps, helpfully pointing out contradictions and throwing his hands up, hoping you, the reader, will decide. Still, Von Dutch is the most complete look at an artist who looms larger in history than he did in his own time. is best Drivability: I learned a lot about Von Dutch in Lineage: Pat Ganahl is an award-winning


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COOLSTUFF Best chair ever, now with matching table My family does a lot of camping, car shows, concerts and picnics, and our Kermit chairs ($139 each) always come along. The chairs fold flat for easy stowage, and when space is really a premium, they break down and fit inside a compact cloth pouch. It’s not just the convenience, though. These things are comfortable. I’m sitting in one on my porch right now, typing this on my laptop. Kermit’s new camping table ($75) adds a level of portable luxury that I now take for granted. All items are hand-made in Tennessee using marine-grade wood, metal, and canvas. www.kermitchair.com High-tech handle Kershaw’s slim, slick Skyline offers a ton of quality for its sub-$50 price point. Now they’ve sweetened the deal with a carbon-fiber grip option. Choose the “stonewash” silver blade for $105 or go stealthy black for $110 — or get both with matching serial numbers for $220. Locking blade, 3.125 inches, reversible pocket clip. Available in limited quantities. www.bladehq.com Scanner in your pocket Is your “check engine” light on? BlueDriver is a Bluetooth OBDII scanner that’s small enough to fit in your glovebox, but don’t let its size fool you — it’s a powerful little tool. Working wirelessly with your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, it’ll read and clear trouble codes, as well as give you suggested fixes to solve your problem. It’ll also show live and freeze-frame data, so you can see what your car’s sensors are doing in real time. Works with all makes and models 1996 or newer sold in the U.S. or Canada. $99.95 from www.lemurmonitors.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1940 Packard 180 Custom 8 by Darrin Packard’s famous advertising line was “Ask the man who owns one.” I’ll take a little liberty here by applying it to the model shown, which I own. Although no one may have asked, I’ll give you some answers anyway. This model beautifully captures the car. It’s not great, but it is still very good, and maybe even more so considering it’s an older mass-production piece by the Franklin Mint. This is the second of three color versions, with the only other difference being that the first release in Burgundy does not have the solid sterling-silver “Goddess of Speed” mascot. All have the same working features: opening doors, hood, trunk, folding luggage rack, operating suspension, rotating drive shaft, side windows raise and lower, steering sort of works. Two top parts are included — either up as shown or with boot cover on. Good chassis and engine detail too. Negatives: door hinges should be body color, front seats positioned too far forward, working windows fit poorly. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com by Tony Piff NOS wrench When used with care, AN wrenches let you adjust fittings without marring the finish. This special wrench has openings for 3-AN, 4-AN, 6-AN and 8-AN lines, plus a 1¼-inch wrench for bottle nuts. The short handle prevents over-tightening. It’s a must-have tool for anyone running NOS. Anodized black and laser-etched. $40 from www.summitracing.com Detailing Scale: 1:24 Available colors and quantities: Burgundy, at least 10,000; Miami Sand (shown), 1,500; Cubana Tan, 2,500 Price: $100–$175 for mint boxed Production date: First, 1998; second, 2000; third, 2006 Web: Franklin Mint no longer sells model cars. Try eBay Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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SNAPSHOTS Customized, stock or hot-rodded — it didn’t matter, as Hot August Nights welcomes cars, trucks and emergency vehicles built 1976 or earlier. This year, ACC Editor Jim Pickering and I cruised down from Portland in our 2000 Dodge Viper ACR — too new to participate, but a great road-trip car nonetheless. Cars are the biggest draw, but rock ’n’ roll is the other half of Hot August Nights. Free concerts are scheduled every night and mostly include remaining members of popular bands from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley was the main attraction this year, and country singer Darryl Worley was in town on Friday night. Barrett-Jackson returned with their Hot August Nights auction for the second year, too, selling 304 of 318 cars for $9.9m. The real highlights of each evening are the cruises. Mile-long loops in downtown Reno and Sparks gave spectators all we could look at (and listen to) for hours. Occasionally, cruise participants tossed candy to children along the street barriers — only adding to the parade feel. Fireworks rivaling some Fourth of July celebrations capped the day’s festivities at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night. Next year’s event will take over The Biggest Little City in the World from August 4 to August 9. Register for the event and book a (casino) hotel room early — this is one car celebration you shouldn’t miss. A Rolling through T by Chad Tyson he 2014 edition of Hot August Nights took over the Reno, NV, area from July 29 through August 3. Participants registered more than 6,000 cars for this year’s event. Jim Pickering 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering


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SNAPSHOTS Tony Piff Hemis, slicks and simulators INSIDE THE WORLD OF SPEED’S SECRET AUTOMOTIVE STASH by Jim Pickering J ust off Interstate 5 in Wilsonville, OR, the building and displays at a new nonprofit automotive experiential motorsports exhibition called World of Speed are coming together. But the true stars of the show aren’t yet in place. They lurk in a dim warehouse a short distance away, waiting for their turn in the spotlight. This summer, ACC got a couple of exclusive looks inside the collection. Associate Editor Chad Tyson joined me for our first visit, and once inside, we marveled at a legit Z11 Impala, a one-of-one Hemi ’Cuda, a Plymouth Max Wedge Stage II car, several high-profile NASCAR racers, several vintage drag rails, a P-38 belly tanker, a crazy Fuel Altered known as “Nanook,” two Jungle Jim Nova funny cars, and two Mickey Thompson racers: Attempt 1 and Assault 1. Scattered around all this were vintage speed parts — Hemi heads, Hilborn injectors, and every bug catcher known to man. Not far away sat a real-deal NASCAR racer, converted to a hyper-realistic simulator with a curved screen in front of it and feedback from all its controls. It’s one of several being designed and built for the museum. Ron Huegli, the collection’s curator, couldn’t resist firing up the Max Wedge for us, and Executive Director Tony Thacker suggested we come back the next time they take some of the muscle cars out for a spin, as all are regularly exercised. How could we say no to that? Rowing the gears So, three weeks later, Auctions Editor Tony Piff and I returned and climbed into the museum’s ’67 Hemi GTX with Ron. Minutes later, we were running up a back road on all eight barrels as he banged it through the gears. “Four-speed therapy. That’s what I call this,” he said. The car is an older resto — solid #2 condition — and it’s quick. “Legitimate 450 horsepower,” says Ron. It’s a real-deal Hemi — one of 300 built that year. On our return to the warehouse, he ran it at a higher RPM in first rather than cruising in second. “A lot of guys bog these things down. Loading them up just kills the plugs.” 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering Chad discovers his inner Dale earnhardt in a simulator Soon after, we were roaring up the same stretch of road in an all- original ’69 Hemi Charger Daytona — this one an automatic. While you’d think it’d feel similar to the GTX, it was a completely different animal, with longer legs and a much better chassis. “This thing will ke a scalded dog. Better tires and urethane bushings would make it incredible,” said Ron. As we merged on the freeway, he punched the throttle and the car jumped to attention, running through 50, 60, and 70 mph in a blink, yet it was composed and dead solid at speed. Meanwhile, Ron talked all about the aero mods, the NASA engineers who made them happen, and the wing, situated just high enough to get the trunk lid open. My favorite of the day was a Fathom Green ’70 Chevelle SS 454 LS6. While not as rare as either Mopar, it had that distinctive Muncie Rock Crusher whine, cowl flapper, and neck-snapping throttle response. “I promised I wouldn’t power shift this,” said Ron as he handled the sloppy Muncie linkage. But it was extremely quick nonetheless, especially on a long stretch of straight back road, where Ron let its LS6 scream. Coming April 2015 Experiential education is what this place is all about, filling a void left by schools that have dropped auto shop from their curriculums. From the cool cars to the simulators and experiential programs, this place is the real deal, and it’s sure to be a big draw for Pacific Northwest gearheads, both new and seasoned. Opening day is April 24, 2015. Learn more at www.worldofspeed.org. A


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INSIDER’S VIEW Passing the torch The ACC question: Today’s kids have a lot of things going on in their lives. And as a lot of older gearheads will tell you, it doesn’t seem like cars are often at the top of their to-do lists. What’s the best way to get kids involved with old cars? Jim Pickering Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month’s question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. Readers respond: Manuel Mata Jr., Texas City, TX: The only kids I’ve seen at any type of car gathering for the last few years are the ones that have the money or Mom and Dad do. It’s just that we have priced our cars right away from the kids who still have an interest in old cars or hot rods. There just are no cars available for a few hundred dollars that can be bought and fixed up with some new parts or even junkyard parts that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Even with that said, the main thing that needs to be done is get those young ones to lay those iPads down and get Mom, Dad, brother or sis to take them to a car show and build some interest in old cars. Nan Leventhal, via email: The best way to get kids involved in cars is simply to expose them to it. My husband has a ’69 RS/SS Camaro, a ’70 Chevelle convertible, a Stage 3 Roush Mustang convertible and a 2008 GT500. My kids have been in these cars and going to car shows since they were babies. I was pregnant with my son and went with my husband to Car Craft Nationals and watched the burnout competition. Maybe the smell of burning rubber seeped into him! Now he’s almost 17 and gets to drive the cars too. And our daughter just turned 15… with a permit just around the corner, she can’t wait to get behind the wheel of her daddy’s muscle cars. me with my projects. Even just handing me tools makes her feel like she is really helping me — and she is — and she is really happy when I tell her, “Thank you so much for helping. I couldn’t have done it without you.” Another thing I did was hand down a 1968 Camaro to my son, a car I bought in 1980 right out of high school. He knows how much that car means to me, and for me to give it to him really got the ambition going for us to restore it. Last year we completely restored the car. Now we are going to car shows together. He has installed a new stereo, new wheels, and really takes pride in owning his dad’s old car. Makes me very proud. “Enthusiasm is as contagious as we’ll let it be” RetroRick, via ACC Blog: As a toy store owner and longtime car nut, I see kids who are into model and toy cars at a very early age and are as passionate about them as I was. Most kids are not. I tend to think we car nuts are truly born with gasoline in our veins. We can fan the flames of en- thusiasm in those who have the passion by encouraging them to build a model collection, going to car shows, recommending movies where cars are the stars, good reads, websites and magazines like ACC, and engaging them in “favorite car?” discussions and the like. Enthusiasm is as contagious as we’ll let it be. Michael Horrigan, via ACC Blog: Rural kids are still motorTexRancher, via ACC Blog: I took my son with me to car shows and swapmeets and talked to him about anything that he showed interest in. Then I promised him that he could buy (with Ol’ Dad’s help) a car to work on when he was 14, provided that his grades warranted it. His first was a ’69 Chevelle, followed by a ’63 Impala SS, both of which he sold, working towards his real prize, a GTO which he eventually got. (1967 400, 4-speed) He worked two years restoring it and finished in time to drive to school the last day of his junior year in high school. Toby Schelin, Silver Bow, MT: You need to get them involved as soon as possible. My granddaughter loves being in the shop helping 26 AmericanCarCollector.com heads. Most of the rural kids need a car to get to a job, so this is also motivation. The city kids only know videogames and cable TV; they are also used to walking or taking public transportation to work, if they are motivated enough to get a job. I do not see the motivation in the city that I see in the country. The majority of kids I employ in the city are in their late teens or early 20s before they try to get a license. I was waiting at the door of the DMV the day I turned 16. Brian Induni, Oregon City, OR: Get them involved with sci- ence, technology, engineering, and math. If you can show the younger generation how cool and relevant physics is, they will begin to ask questions like “what happens when you push on the gas pedal?” and “why does the car smell funny when you push on the brake pedal for a long time going down a mountain?” Once they begin to NOTICE


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technology, they will begin to notice how cool classic cars are. Get kids involved WITH you in a hands-on technology discussion and follow it up with lots of fun. Build a model rocket and then go fly it. Rebuild a lawn-mower engine, then start it. Teach them how to DRIVE a car instead of guiding it. Then pass it on to them. Sparky, via ACC Blog: Get them to car shows early on. If you own a classic car, take the time to talk to the youngsters who come to look. I had a youngster come by me 20 years ago. Spent some time talking to him. He came up to me at a car show last year and remembered my car. He thanked me for the time I spent with him 20 years ago, and showed me the Road Runner he had just restored. It brought a tear to my eye, and still does when I think about it. John Vervoort, Waldwick, NJ: You have to start them at a young age — 3 to 4 years old. Take them to car shows, talk to them about cars that they like. Buy them Hot Wheels cars. I have two grown daughters, who never caught the bug. While I think they appreciate my love for them, they don’t share the same passion. I have two teenage nephews who live close by. I started them young and look for any excuse to ask them to help me in the restoration of my Model A. Help with lifting or holding the nuts while I screw on the fender. They tend to ask good questions, and I use this as an opportunity to teach about the evolution of cars they ride in today. This also allows me to spend time with them, as well as hopefully generate some interest and passion. “You have to start them at a young age — 3 to 4 years old” Jim Pickering I have them ride in parades in the old car and see the excitement that it generates. Invite their friends as well. Will it take...? I don’t know for sure, as they are now young men getting ready for a license and have many distractions such as girls, studies and friends. I suspect their interest will drift away for a while and then perhaps be rekindled when they get on track with life’s journey on their own. A Comments with your subscription renewals We love to hear from our readers, and here’s what some of you had to say when you re-upped your subscriptions. Thank you! Congratulations on the quality of the magazine. Starting a new publication is not easy in the best of times. So launching ACC with all the competition plus the seismic changes in publishing occurring now is a great gamble. But SCM has such a great reputation for the quality of its contributors and interesting content, that it wasn’t much of a gamble after all. Keep up the good work. — John Motroni, San Francisco, CA Have section for Corvettes for sale. Charge a fee to list cars for sale so you make money and provide a service. — Richard Hutto, Baytown, TX Have a truck-focused issue or a third magazine added to your lineup (ACC plus SCM). — Daniel Mix, Grove City, OH More ’Vettes! Less Dodges. — Mike Mazany, Burlingame, CA I love American Car Collector. You guys do a bang-up magazine — let’s have a parts for sale section. Thank you. — Jerry McGrann, Hayden, ID It’s great. Don’t change anything. I have owned seven Corvettes, and I see a few in your magazine. Old friends. — Rodney Emerson, Albertville, MN More 1964 and 1971 Hemi cars and VINs. — Joseph Sica, Wethersfield, CT Love the format and brevity — don’t change anything. — Wayne Linn, Pennsville, NJ More ’50s–’60s. Less Corvette, especially C4 through C6. — Todd L. Duhnke, Wichita, KS Articles on Chevy trucks. — David Franco, Los Angeles, CA Auctions, overall market commentary, pricing trends. Feature on Chevrolet SSRs (collectible or not?). — Dick Leinbaugh, Clive, IA More coverage across the board! Much less Corvettes. — Charles Clarke, West Simsbury, CT More preserved cars, less overpowered 6-mpg muscle cars. — Don Scott, Calistoga, CA Please note if Corvettes have been NCRS or Bloomington Gold judged. Thanks. — Kevin Sullivan, Plymouth, MN More complete coverage of major auctions. Use auction sales data over several years to present trends, up or down, for specific types of cars. — Richard Robinson, Fort Washington, PA Enjoy each issue; look forward to the next. — Nicholas G. Kaleel, Boynton Beach, FL Report on AMC cars. — Lloyd Mathis, Arnold, MO Add more issues. — Craig Golz, Aberdeen, SD Understanding the market, its shifts and direction, from a collector’s perspective. Thanks! — Dennis Zentner, Calgary, Alberta, CAN November-December 2014 27 FEATURE! NEW


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CAR STAR to make images of their most important lots for both their print and Web catalogs. Don’t have a $38 million Ferrari GTO to sell? Don’t worry, you can do it yourself, and we’ll show you how. Forget anything you may have learned about photography — shoot- I ing an automobile is very different from a portrait or landscape. An automobile is highly reflective, with large areas of paint and chrome that need to be treated properly to make your car most appealing. I’ve photographed hundreds of cars and trucks for magazines, books and calendars over the past 30 years, and have learned a few tricks along the way. Here’s how I do it. Prepare your car The car or truck you are selling need not be detailed to perfection. The camera just won’t “see” it. But it does need to be clean, inside and out. Make sure you remove any small stones that may have been imbedded in the carpeting, floor mats or tires, as they will stand out like acne on a supermodel. Equipment The best images are made with a “prosumer”-grade digital single- lens-reflex (DSLR) camera. Ideally, you’ll use a wide-angle lens and a mild telephoto lens, or a zoom that covers both. It doesn’t have to be the latest equipment — my 10-year-old Canon EOS Rebel still takes good images. If you don’t own or can’t borrow a DSLR, a good zoom point- and-shoot digital camera can do an acceptable job. Whether DSLR or point-and-shoot, the important thing is to be able to zoom to the 28 AmericanCarCollector.com t’s an old maxim, but it’s a good one — you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That first impression is the most lasting one, and when you are selling a car (or truck) at auction or online, the photos you take are very important. The big auction houses hire professional automotive photographers FEATUREGET THE MOST FOR YOUR CAR Making your the Great car photos can make a huge difference when it’s time to sell. With a few simple tricks, you can take them yourself by Tom Glatch It was already past the two-hour window of “magic” light when I photographed Dennis Zainer’s 2007 mustang, but by keeping the sun to the rear of the car, I could make it work. avoid direct sunlight on the car,


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today’s digital cameras all can take great photos. the best images will be made with a “prosumer”grade digital single-lens-reflex (DSLr) camera with a wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens. a good zoom point-and-shoot digital camera can do an acceptable job, too. You could use a high-quality smartphone or tablet, but their fixed-focal-length lens prevents the most flattering angles. it’s better when it’s shining to the side of the view or slightly behind. Focal length should be 50 mm (or equivalent) or more for exterior shots. Canon eoS rebel XSi with zoom lens at 55 mm focal length. rather than move the camera to photograph the opposite side, turn the car around and put it in the same spot on the pavement. Front “quarter” shots look best with the front wheels straight, but turning the front wheels outward looks great for the rear “three-quarter” view. (Canon EOS Rebel XSi with zoom lens at 70-mm focal length) 50-mm or longer equivalent focal length for the exterior shots, and 28-mm equivalent or less for interiors and engines. Also, if at all possible, use a tripod — it can make the photos much sharper, and it slows you down and makes you more deliberate. While not ideal, you could use a high-quality smartphone or tablet — the image quality is good, but the fixed-focal-length lens prevents the most flattering shots. And don’t use “digital zoom.” It degrades the image quality badly. Location, location, location Now comes the greatest challenge, finding the right location to take your photographs. Whenever possible, photograph on asphalt, or paving bricks or stones. These will provide the best contrast to make your car “pop.” Avoid concrete unless it’s stained and stamped into a brick- or stonelike pattern. And never park on grass — you don’t drive on grass, and it implies the car is immobile. If at all possible, the location you choose should be oriented roughly east-west, as this will help keep the sun facing your car in the correct direction, which is from the side, not over your shoulder. Behind this pavement should be a background that is simple yet adds interest to your car. I like using a fence, a stone wall, a winding road, or a stand of trees — something that is simple while providing contrast for the color of your car. Just my opinion, but I’ve never liked any automotive photo with nothing but grass or blue sky in the background. Also, the location you choose should have little vehicle or pedes- trian traffic. It’s much too easy to get these in the photo, and they’re very distracting. And don’t even think of putting a pretty friend/wife in any of the photos; beyond degrading, it reeks of desperation and instantly ruins your credibility as a seller. November-December 2014 29


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FEATURE GET THE MOST FOR YOUR CAR It’s showtime Plan to photograph your car no later than two hours after sunrise, or no earlier than two hours before sunset, and never shoot anywhere near high noon. If possible, wet down the pavement before moving your car in place, as it adds even more “pop.” Also, remove your license plates, or cover them with black construction paper. It’s one less distraction, and it won’t give away who owns the vehicle or where it’s located. Now we’re going to work with the light. If the sun is shining from the right side of your location, you should photograph from the left side. If the sun is shining toward the rear of your car, you’ll want to photograph the front “quarter” view. Front wheels should be straight when photographing the front of the car, and can be turned outward when shooting the rear. Now take your car, turn it around 180°, and put it in the same spot on the pavement. From the same place you were standing for the first photos, shoot the other end of the vehicle. When you are done, you should have good front quarter and rear three-quarter views of your car. This is your first impression. Then take a good wide-angle interior image (make sure the steer- ing wheel is straight if it is visible) and, if it is clean and detailed, an engine image. Any other shots you take should only show interesting or unique features. Better to have a few excellent images to submit than many low-quality or redundant shots. If you are unsure of what looks best, take a look at the photos of high-value automobiles in various auction catalogs. I really like the work David Newhardt does for Mecum on their “Star” lots and major collections. Even though he often works under tight deadlines and less-than-ideal conditions, he always makes those vehicles look their best. That’s the goal, and with a little preparation and practice, you too can make your car a star. Now fire away!A my 8-year-old Nikon point-and-shoot would have taken a fine photo, except it was difficult to shade the lens from the sun. (Nikon COOLPIX L18 at 55-mm equivalent focal length) take a good wide-angle interior shot. No need to use flash, which can sometime cause a glare, especially if you are using a tripod. Do the same for the engine, if it is clean and well detailed. these are your four “money shots.” any other photos you take should only show interesting or unique features. (Canon EOS Rebel XSi with zoom lens at 28 mm focal length) my iPhone 5 actually took a very good image, but the lack of a true zoom lens made the angle less than flattering. Don’t use digital zoom — it greatly degrades the image. a beautiful 1932 Nash 1070 4-door sedan in a great location, but always watch out for trees or lamp posts “growing” out of the car. moving the Nash a few feet forward resulted in a much better image. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com there is a reason why we never photograph at high noon. even a very expensive Swiss 4x5 view camera couldn’t save this image — and it was never published.


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Monterey’sMOST THE BOTTOM-FEEDER’S GUIDE TO THE MOST EXPENSIVE AUCTION WEEK IN HISTORY easy to forget the other end of the spectrum. For every world-record sale (1962–63 Ferrari GTO, sold for $38 million at Bonhams Carmel, for those of you keeping track), there was also a car at each auction that sat at the bottom of the price list too. So, as a service to us frugal enthusiasts, I present to you my third O Dave Tomaro 1 1936 Ford DeLuxe 4-door woodie wagon Gooding & Company Lot 27, sold at $99,000 Purported to have been sold new to the Florsheim family (famous for shoes), this car had only had four owners since and was restored in 1995 by an Early Ford V-8 Club member. Since then, it’s been used sparingly, showing the lightest of wear. While not a concours lawn ornament, it showed and ran well. There’s no embarrassment to have this as the cheapest car at this venue — as either the buyer or seller. Woodie wagon prices have seen a rise and fall almost like the tide 32 AmericanCarCollector.com annual bottom-feeder’s review of Monterey: the cheapest domestically built car from Gooding & Company, RM Auctions, Bonhams, Russo and Steele, Mecum, and Rick Cole. Remember, there are no bad cars — just possible entrants for next year’s Concours d’LeMons. 1 ne week of auctions, $464 million in sales. That was the big story out of Monterey’s auctions this past August. The average price per car? $564,000. With Ferraris selling at prices exceeding the Gross National Product of several Third World countries, it’s Daniel Olivares ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions 2 1939 Lincoln Zephyr 3-window coupe The 3-window coupe was delayed a year after the rest of the RM Auctions Lot 157, sold at $99,000 Zephyr line was introduced in 1936. By 1939, it was the second-mostpopular body style. Initially penned by John Tjaarda and further refined by 1939 by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie, it was one of the most stylish and beautiful designs of the pre-war era. It’s no wonder that it became as highly coveted as the later Continentals by collectors — and even more so by street-rodders. This example was restored a few years back, and received a few minor driveline tweaks and regular maintenance to improve its drivability. It looked good as it sat, but showed some light use upon closer scrutiny. The street-rod community seems to have moved on to another car du jour, and the generation that grew up with these when they were new has all but died off. So interest has cooled somewhat in the general market, with us Lincoln enthusiasts now being the ones with the last paddles in the air. A decade ago, you had to pay retail-plus to get one of the few available; today this is close to the going rate. 3 1936 Ford DeLuxe phaeton Rick Cole Lot 840, sold at $37,768 The original and most established name in the Monterey auction scene was now the new kid on the block this year, with Rick Cole returning to the foray with an online-only auction. When all was said and done, this 1936 Ford phaeton was the cheapest car sold here. With single-family ownership since it was purchased from the original owner in 1941, this Ford was last restored around the time when a Ford was president. The lacquer paint was worn and lightly cracked to the point that it could almost come off as original patina to the untrained eye. Somewhere along the line, it was repowered by a post-war Ford flathead V8. More recently, it got a new top. Granted, this Ford won’t win any shows, but you won’t have to be overly paranoid about parking it at Dairy Queen, either — unlike pretty much everything else that was in the room here. Selling price was in that range between a good buy on a well-restored example and an expensive lesser driver. Need I say any more? AFFORDABLE in recent years. They seem to be back on an upswing lately, but more on a glacial scale this time. For the price paid here, it can either be well bought or well sold, depending on the swing of the market. As of now, I’ll take the easy road and just call it market-correct. 2


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson 3 4 B. Mitchell Carlson 4 1930 Ford model a Victoria coupe The biggest surprise about this car was the fact that Bonhams even Bonhams Lot 281, sold at $17,600 consigned it in the first place. Heck, they had memorabilia that sold for more than this car brought on the same day. On the other hand, they also had a scrapper’s row of European “barn finds” that all but made the high rollers in the crowd have their personal assistants run out to get more hand sanitizer and surgical masks from their Maybachs. This A was a pretty decent car. First off, the Victoria was one of the rarer body styles, built for Ford by Murray. In total, 6,306 were made after being introduced late in the year (in fact, the car was titled as a 1931, but has 1930 production features). This was an older restoration, kitted out with a full accoutrement of period and modern add-on trinkets such as cast-aluminum step plates, grille guard (with a period “Portland — City of Roses” cast tourist emblem; sure to make points with the ACC staffers), quail radiator cap, and chrome trunk rack. However, the hokiest thing was the reupholstered roof. It was redone in a vinyl that looks like it was stolen from a pool-table cover — and not well installed to boot. Still, you could do a lot worse on a Model A, and they even seem to be making something of a comeback. Offered at no reserve, Bonhams’ pre-auction guesstimate was a bit liberal at $25k to $35k — even for the rarified surroundings — but regardless, this was still a decent buy. 5 1993 Chevrolet Corvette convertible High-energy Russo and Steele tends to have a pretty eclectic mix Russo and Steele Lot TH226, sold at $8,800 of cars, but only rarely do they have a clunker. This year, their lowest sale was actually a pretty darn good car, and it can also be called the best buy of the bottom bunch. 5 B. Mitchell Carlson C4 Corvettes continue to have some staying power in the collector car market, despite all the other data from the real car world that suggests that they should be worth about the same as a commensurate vintage Silverado. The 1990s-era C4s in particular continue to hold their own, and not just the ragtops either. Our example was from the 40th anniversary year of production, but was not a 40th Anniversary package. Ignoring that, this car still had a lot going for it. Polo Green was a short-lived color, and tends to work on a C4 — especially with the tan top and interior. It was a lower-mile (53k) original with the 6-speed manual transmission. Tossing in the newer Michelin Pilot all-season tires means it could be a no-brainer cruiser or road-trip car. Offered at no reserve, it was changing hands anyway, but was still well bought. 6 1951 Studebaker Champion 2-door sedan This year, Mecum once again had the most affordable American car Mecum Lot T82, sold at $4,500 on the Peninsula. That shouldn’t be too much of a shocker, as of all the auction houses, they are the most attuned to the entry-level market. However, they still had a good number of high-end cars, too, helped to some extent by having the most cars at one venue during the weekend. Wearing a paint job that could either have been brushed or rolled on and then buffed out — or like World War I Doughboy helmets, intentionally covered with dirt and then painted — Mr. Bullet Nose certainly didn’t shine out among its peers. More like reflected light in some way. However, it did seem to run out decently, owing mostly to its virtually indestructible flathead 6-cylinder engine. Still, Bullet Nose Studes are true icons of the ’50s, so regardless of its intended use (restore, rod, or continue to run into the ground), this one sold reasonably well. A 6 B. Mitchell Carlson 34 AmericanCarCollector.com B. Mitchell Carlson


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Horsepower Rewriting Colin Comer THE RULES of car collecting INSANE, OVER-THE-TOP RESTORED MUSCLE CARS CAN’T TAKE US BACK TO BEING 16 AGAIN WITH A TURN OF THE KEY Trending toward fun These “Day Two” modifications are not a new phenomenon in the restoration world, but they seem to have really come on strong lately. Why? Have we all strived to restore cars to factory-fresh, bone-stock, NOS-air-inthe-tires condition for too long? Is having a COPO Camaro identical to the three other ones at the show now passé? Did that first drive in your concours-restored muscle car not match your memory of the ride your older sister’s boyfriend gave you in a similar car in 1970? Or has sitting in a lawn chair looking at a 440 6-barrel Road Runner as a moveable art installation at a show grown tiresome? Do we enjoy rumbling into a cruise night more than wheezing onto a concours lawn? All are good reasons, but whatever the Cooler than a Cobra? crayons. Instead, we’re giving a big nanny-nanny-boo-boo to the established rules of car collecting. How? Here are two examples: I 1 “Hopping up” cars that were or are expected to be restored to concours level When ’60s and ’70s muscle cars were new, keeping them bone- stock didn’t speak to the owner’s individuality or offer anywhere near optimized tire-shredding performance. The “Day Two” moniker refers to what most guys did the day after they bought a new muscle car. Out went the power-robbing smog systems, wheezy exhaust systems, skinny stock tires, and anything else deemed unnecessary or uncool. Headers, traction bars, glasspack mufflers, Cragar mags, big tires, and even more invasive hot-rod techniques like camshafts and steep rear gears were the norm. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com ’m not a mental-health professional, but lately I’ve observed some very distinct cases of childlike behavior in both myself and those around me. Well, at least as it pertains to our cars. Don’t get me wrong — we’re not driving through candy store windows and looting all the Now & Laters or drawing on our seats with case, I think the bottom line is this: A lot of us are over building a car for others or to “factory-correct” condition. We just want a car that makes us happy. We want to hear a big cam and high-compression slugs loud and clear through the pipes. We want a car that scares the tar out of our passengers when it goes sideways in third gear. Most of these modifications are not hard to reverse, and most make a better, more enjoyable car to drive. Maybe as we’ve aged we’ve remembered why we wanted this stuff in the first place? I see a lot of people having more fun with “Day Two” or sensibly dialed-in 97%-correct restored cars than with trailer queens. After all, nothing makes you feel more like a kid again that doing a wicked big burnout or showing up that teenager in the Honda next to you. With a professional driver on a closed course, of course. 2 Laughing with the cars we once laughed at I don’t know about you, but when I was (regrettably, much, much) younger, I had an “I’d rather walk than ride in that” attitude about certain cars. And I hated walking then as much as I do now. Even when I had no wheels and some of these cars were available for little more than pocket change, I did a Nancy Reagan and just said no. Guess what? I’m now finding some of these cars offer a lot more fun than the Holy Grail aspirational cars we all dreamt (and still dream) of owning.


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Once uncool, now collectible? Case in point: A very good friend of mine (who has perhaps the finest collection of one-off muscle cars and significant Cobras on the planet — a guy who is one of those all-NOS/assembly-line-part-only dweebs who counts the flutes on plastic valve-stem caps and never drives any of these great cars because he is a weenie) bought a killer all-original 1972 Gremlin last year. He called to tell me how awesome it was and how all of his weenie friends were teasing him about it. Now, remember — I am from Wisconsin, and even here NONE of us wanted an “Ain’t My Car” Gremlin, ever, even when they were new. But as soon as I saw the pictures, something came over me and I said, “Let me know when you’re done with it and I’ll buy it.” As luck would have it, a few months ago my buddy calls and says “I need the room. Were you really serious about the Gremlin?” So, let me tell you about my new Gremlin... it’s as horrible as I remember and I absolutely love it. Shockingly, it seems I am not alone in liking these cute little Hornets with the back hacked off. You can’t drive it anywhere without a crowd forming. Everybody who comes to my garage sprints past the Cobras to see the Gremlin. It’s insane. And my weenie buddy? As soon as he sold me the Gremlin, he found an Opel Manta GT and bought it. Why? He had one as his first car. And that’s something all the insane over-the-top muscle cars can’t do for any of us — they can’t take us back to being 16 again with a turn of the key. What’s old is new A few years ago, my wife saw an early Bronco driving around in Arizona and loved it. I explained to her how I hated them because I fixed way too many rusty Bronco plow trucks in my youth and how Willingly traded a mustang gt for ... a bronco? she would hate driving one. But, as anybody who is married knows, you can indeed lose a oneto-one vote, so I was tasked with finding her a Bronco. We found a nice, rust-free 1977 (last year, with auto, PS, a/c, and power disc brakes) in Phoenix, AZ. All it took was one test drive for her to be hooked. She even drove it from Arizona to Wisconsin along Route 66 — about 2,300 miles — to get it home. It has now become her car of choice — so much so that we ended up selling her 2008 Mustang GT because she never drove it after getting the Bronco. Now she is looking for a vintage Ford pickup — another vehicle none of us would have traded a Mustang GT for in our formative years I could offer a third example after a trip to the local appliance store recently where I witnessed “retro”-colored appliances, but I refuse to acknowledge this movement. Yet. But check back with me in a few years. Who knows, by then I may be waxing a vintage olive green Kelvinator in my kitchen. Perspective. God help us. A November-December 2014 37


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Corvette Market John L. Stein DEAD MAN’S CURVE Dean Torrence on the story of “THE XKE WAS A SNOOTY CAR, AND WE WANTED TO WIPE OUT SOMETHING THAT WASN’T AMERICAN” “Hey Little Cobra.” But for Corvette fans, there can only be one anthem: Jan & Dean’s 1964 top-10 hit “Dead Man’s Curve.” In case you were not yet hatched by the 1960s, the song is about a F street race between vocalist Jan Berry in his Corvette and a rival driver in a Jaguar E-type, culminating in a wreck at fictitious Dead Man’s rom Jackie Brenston’s 1951 “Rocket 88” to Keith Urban’s 2013 “Red Camaro,” car songs have magically withstood the test of time. Depending on what’s in the garage, we’ve probably all got our personal favorites, like The Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe,” Ronny & The Daytonas’ “G.T.O.”, or the Rip Chords’ Curve. The song lists some of the most famous streets in Los Angeles, and having grown up nearby, I’d wondered about the back-story since first hearing the song. Thus, only 50 years behind schedule, I decided to call Dean Torrence and find out. Here is his tale. A new direction After the release of 1963’s “Surf City” album, the LA duo figured they needed a fresh approach, and car songs were charting pretty well. “The song ‘Drag City’ became our opening statement on which direction we were going — and that was So-Cal car culture,” Torrence For more information about Jan & Dean, go to www.jananddean.com Hollywood and Vine 38 AmericanCarCollector.com


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recalls. “But we needed 12 songs for our next album, and ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ became one of them. “A group of us were sitting around kicking around ideas, at first just trying to come up with automotive titles. Somehow the ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ idea seemed like it had never been done before, and at the time we were also experimenting with satire and humor. We knew we could do it straight as another ‘Tell Laura I Love Her,’ but we thought if we made it melodramatic but also a little tongue-in-cheek, it could make a great record.” With both Jan and Dean having grown up near Hollywood, it made sense to use the winding streets they knew so well in the song. So quite literally, “Dead Man’s Curve” is a trip from the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, westward along Sunset to a diabolical corner they personally regarded as Dead Man’s Curve. Today MapQuest shows the route as 8.1 miles. “We wanted to paint a picture of the Hollywood area, someplace close to the Sunset Strip,” Torrence explains. “Sunset and Vine was and is a historic intersection, so that became our starting point. The ‘Schwab’s’ mentioned in the second verse was actually the Schwab’s Pharmacy owned by the father of a high-school friend, Alan Schwab. We threw it in for various reasons. Other streets like La Brea and Doheny were landmark intersections that also happened to work well lyrically, so we used them too.” With some poetic license, all the elements were arranged perfectly. Car music icon The climax of the song is, of course, Dead Man’s Curve. “Probably everyone in the United States had a turn they regarded as ‘Dead Man’s Curve,’” Dean notes. “Ours happened to be up above UCLA, just a bit east of the Bel Air gates. It had not been christened the Dead Man’s Curve, but it certainly was that to us. There had been several fatalities there, and we knew it as a curve to be reckoned with. And so, if you Jim Pickering Sting ray vs. e-type — only one makes it out alive wanted to be considered a good street racer, you had to come to terms with that curve. It was a cresting turn that was also crowned so water would run off. Because of the crest you couldn’t see over or around it, and if you went too fast in the outside lane, you were in big trouble.” As for the cars, both Jan and Dean had a series of Corvettes at the time, and to Dean at least, the one that mattered most was a Sting Ray coupe. His was Daytona Blue with a black interior, and of course a fourspeed gearbox. It had minimalist button hubcaps, and at one point Dean even had drag slicks fitted in back. So naturally the hero car had to be a Corvette. As for choosing a Jaguar as the competition? “The XKE was a snooty car, and we wanted to wipe out something that wasn’t American,” Torrence reveals. “A Jag was what the jazz guys would have been driving, not us rock-and-rollers!” Now 50 years on, it’s nice to know Dean Torrence still likes the recording. “That record had melody, harmony and everything you could do technically in rock and roll at the time, including an orchestra, strings and castanets, and 40 different vocal parts,” he says. “It showed Jan’s genius to get all that instrumentation on a two-track tape recorder, and for me it’s our number-one best work. I love everything about it, and there isn’t one thing I would change today.” A November-December 2014 39


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM Fiberglass, gold and nostalgia Courtesy of Mecum Auctions If you wonder what becomes of high-dollar customs once their cutting-edge styling begins to dull, then there’s a lot we can learn from this $20k ’72 Stingray 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 40 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1Z37K2S514091 by Jay Harden • This ISCA award-winning 1972 Corvette coupe has been fully customized in every possible respect • Every piece able to be chromed (except engine block and frame) has been gold- or chrome-plated • This stand-out coupe was the result of thousands of hours of work • Documentation from the original owner • The seller traced this car back to its original owner, who completed all of the customization work and showed this car across the Midwest • This custom won first place in every show it entered and claimed top honors at the ISCA show in Chicago • The original owner compiled a complete record of the car’s success, including receipts of the work completed, magazines the cars was featured in, photos of the car during the build process, and photos of the car at the ISCA show in Chicago ACC Analysis This Corvette custom, Lot F291, sold for $20,520, including buy- er’s premium, at Mecum’s sale in Harrisburg, PA, on July 24–27, 2014. Holy hoodscoops! Pinstripes and sidepipes and gold- plated fuel bowls?! Right on! I know it doesn’t get much more out of date or out of favor than our “Corvette Summer”-era coupe here, but I dig it, man. If you often wonder what becomes of high-dollar customs once their cutting-edge styling begins to dull, then there’s a lot we can learn from this $20k ’72 Stingray. It’s all about the look I typically prefer flames to floral engraving, but the longer I study this Corvette, the more convinced I am that I should grow a moustache. I imagine driving such a lavish beast is much like escorting a glamorous debutante in an evening gown — you have to dress for the occasion and you have to own the moment. Silk shirts and exposed chest hair aren’t my best looks, but I don’t think T-shirts and flip-flops are an option here. I think we can safely assume several decades have passed since this car was initially customized, and the simple fact that the paint and flares have survived is a pretty clear indicator of the quality of the work. Even if this coupe has covered more miles inside a shag-carpet-lined tow-rig than under its own power, decades of polishing and trailering can take a heavy toll. This car has been loved, and its state of preservation proves it. Snapshot of the show scene Unfortunately, the state in which this car has been preserved is one that has not, at least up to this point, been looked upon with the same rose-colored glasses that were so popular during the time of its creation. The mid- to late-’70s is generally recognized as an era totally devoid of performance and a time in which gaudiness overwhelmed tasteful restraint. Although you’d be hard-pressed to describe this car as subtle, it certainly has a sharpness and character that still stand up quite well if you give it a chance. Fender flares and gold-plating may be easy to ridi


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Detailing Original list price: $5,533 Current ACC Valuation: $18,500–$39,500 (stock small-block coupe) Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $15 VIN location: VIN plate under lower left windshield corner Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Year produced: 1972 Number produced: 20,496 (coupes) ow, but they were once as in vogue as custom chassis and mini-tubs are today. Both sets of modifications are equally permanent in the sense that some serious effort would be required to reverse them, and both dramatically affect the character of the car. Luckily r us, the current customization trends favor rmance and drivability over ornamentation d flamboyance, but who can predict how much re time the current movement has before it too ins to fade into obsolescence? How well will e extensive mods required to accommodate a mail-order frame hold up over the next 40 years? If we use our Corvette here as a reference, we can safely assume that many such cars will age gracefully, but many more will not. What do you value? You can argue that customization of any kind ulti- mately ruins the long-term value of any car, both in terms of a car’s dollar worth and its historical worth. The Bloomington Gold organization formed precisely to support the notion that Corvette originality should be valued, with the customization of cars like our Dancing Queen serving as ripples that energized the wave. As a result, the Bloomington Gold standard has proven to be an enormous influence on the monetary valuation of preserved and restored Corvettes. But for hot-rodders like me, scrutinizing hose clamps and evaluating overspray is a total snoozefest. When I see bone-stock, low-mileage muscle at a show, the nerd-alert alarm goes off inside my head and I keep on moving. Of course those cars are valuable and interesting and worth preserving, but that responsibility is better left to someone other than me. I enjoy cars that tell stories of adventure, of tragedy, and of redemption. As with some of my favorite people, I don’t even mind if they’re a little rough around the edges. Unfortunately, character and adventure rarely return a profit. The preservation crowd has proven that the safest way to utilize an automobile as an investment is to keep it completely stock and wait. It may be boring, but it’s true. To be fair, I found an ACC record that indicates our Corvette was previously sold in 2005 at a Kruse auction in Chicago, IL, for $45,360 (ACC# 37629). In a time when comparable stock or lightly modified ’Vettes are on the rise, this car’s current valuation has fallen by more than 50%. Yikes. This is where the preservation crowd says, “Told ya so.” However, there is a variable at play here — a ter- ribly unpredictable and irrational variable that goes by the name of Nostalgia. The slow and steady approach may have won the day, but history has shown that doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. The desire to recapture an experience or relive a moment can be a ludicrously expensive pursuit, but that hardly slows the crazy train once it leaves the station. Gassers, for example, were part of a short-lived phenomenon, were scary to drive, and were an exercise in engineering regression. Yet, here we are, throwing money at them all over again. Disco-era ’Vettes obviously haven’t hit their stride yet on the way to a comeback, and who’s to say they ever will? Regardless, I’ll call this particular one well bought, and our buyer can just go on with his bad self. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Club: Goodguys More: www.good-guys.com Alternatives: Any period-built (1970–80) Corvette custom in good condition ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1976 Chevrolet Corvette custom Lot 76.1, VIN: 1Z37L6S418760 Condition: 2+ Sold at $16,500 Barrett-Jackson, Costa Mesa, CA, 6/25/2011 ACC# 182129 1968 Chevrolet Corvette custom Lot S18, VIN: Condition: 3Not sold at $14,500 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 6/27/2009 1943778S410742 ACC# 120922 1972 Chevrolet Corvette custom (subject car) Lot 733, VIN: 1Z37K2S514091 Condition: 2+ Sold at $45,360 Kruse International, Chicago, IL, 3/12/2005 ACC# 37629 November-December 2014 41CC 41


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PROFILE GM Space-Age Chevrolet 1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA CONVERTIBLE Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams You can almost imagine George Jetson blasting off with his family to a ’60s-sleek Bob’s Big Boy in one of these rockets VIN: 01867A155463 by Tom Glatch W 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ith just 16,200 miles and few devoted owners from new, this 1960 Impala convertible must be one of most original examples left. Equipped with the high-output 348-ci engine, this exceptional Chevrolet has been a cornerstone of the current owner’s exquisite Southern California collection for decades, and was purchased by him from the second owner, who had used the car sparingly for parades and other special occasions. “It took me about 12 years to purchase this unique Chevy,” states the owner. “I was fascinated by the originality and how amazingly well it was preserved. I had to keep calling the guy for 12 years until he let me buy the car.” At the 1994 AACA fall meet in Hershey, PA, the Impala earned a 1st Junior Award. Well maintained and started and run regularly, this highly original Impala even retains the factory-optioned tissue box underneath the dash — still intact with a very old box of tissues — and an oil-change decal dating to 1963 is affixed to the door jamb. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 215, sold for $77,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction, Carmel, CA, on August 15, 2014. High-flying fins On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite into orbit: Sputnik 1. The Jet Age was instantly old news. The Space Age was here! By the time the first human orbited the earth in 1961, nearly a half million Americans had purchased a “spaceship” all their own: the 1959 and 1960 Chevrolets. Only the legendary Tom McCahill could describe this car properly. Writing of the ’59 Impala in the November 1958 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, McCahill opined: “This is the Queen Mother of the camp and as wild a departure from earlier models as Santa Claus without a beard. The rear-deck treatment is pure Louis Armstrong... gone, man, gone! Instead of last year’s neatly sculptured, somehow sort of foreignlooking backside, the view from the rear is strictly Spaceship 1989. It carries tremendous horizontal fins which hover over teardrop-shaped taillight clusters to give the whole thing a kind of two-story effect. My first reaction when I saw this rear flight deck, which curves downward from either side in a slow V, was, ‘What a spot to land a Piper Cub!’ It’s crazy... but craziness in good taste.” The public seemed to want crazy, too. That timeless classic, the ’57 Chevy, was actually out-sold by Ford that year. The unloved ’58 Chevrolet model sold even less, but thanks to Ford’s even more dismal sales in 1958, the Bowtie was back on top of the sales race. Still, GM wanted to fix the problem, and the 1959 Chevrolet was their solution to their decline in sales. It was an almost desperate reaction of design chief Harley Earl to Chrysler’s very successful “Forward Look,” directed by Virgil Exner. Sales climbed back, just missing 1957 numbers. But there had to be a feel


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ing within the hallowed halls of GM Design that the ’59 cars really could have sold even better with a little less craziness. That would come in 1960. A sharper design “So start the ’60s right with the finest Chevy ever. Strong. Silent. Sensibly new. The 1960 Impala convert.” So gushed actor Eddie Albert in a t aired in October 1959. ed a new decade — a new begin- fect time to break from the past. d taken the reins of GM Design ’s retirement, and he espoused the f cleaner, crisper forms. oo late for a completely new Chevy t would have to wait until 1961 — but h relatively minor sheet-metal and hanges, the 1960 Chevrolets were rovement, or as GM’s marketing e called them, “ fresh-minted models ery taste.” Well, maybe every taste a 1960, but today the 1959–60 Chevys e a definite Space Age kitsch. You can st imagine George Jetson blasting off s family to a ’60s-sleek Bob’s Big Boy e rockets. There was even room for , in the cavernous cockpit. But as with des kitsch, some people will love it, within the hallowed halls of GM Design that the ’59 cars really could have sold even better with a little less craziness. That would come in 1960. A sharper design “So start the ’60s right with the finest Chevy ever. Strong. Silent. Sensibly new. The 1960 Impala convert- .” So gushed actor Eddie Albert in a t aired in October 1959. ed a new decade — a new begin- fect time to break from the past. d taken the reins of GM Design ’s retirement, and he espoused the f cleaner, crisper forms. oo late for a completely new Chevy t would have to wait until 1961 — but h relatively minor sheet-metal and hanges, the 1960 Chevrolets were rovement, or as GM’s marketing e called them, “ fresh-minted models ery taste.” Well, maybe every taste a 1960, but today the 1959–60 Chevys e a definite Space Age kitsch. You can st imagine George Jetson blasting off s family to a ’60s-sleek Bob’s Big Boy e rockets. There was even room for , in the cavernous cockpit. But as with des kitsch, some people will love it, This This car This ’60 Impala has a lot going for it: A Roman Red convertible with 348 V8 power is about as good as it gets for this model. Of course, there is the incredibly low mileage and extraordinary showroom-fresh condition of this example, which few, if any, ’60 Chevys on this planet can match. But the 1959–60 Chevys have never had the follow- ing of the ’55–’57 Tri-Five Chevys or the later ’60s Impalas, and they probably never will, even though their values have taken off recently. $77,000 is very good money for a ’60 ragtop, but not top money. A few (all restored Roman Red convertibles, by the way) have sold for as much as $112k, which is a complete mystery to me — no amount of money can reproduce originality, and in the purely logical world of Mr. Spock of “Star Trek,” this timetraveling ’60 must be at the top of the money list. But the market is rarely driven by logic, so that makes this Chevrolet a unique find and a great bargain. Very well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Detailing Club: Vintage Chevrolet Club of America More: www.vcca.org Alternatives: 1960 Ford Galaxie convertible, 1960 Plymouth Belvedere convertible, 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Years produced: 1960 Number produced: 79,903 Original list price: $2,954 Current ACC Valuation: $30,000–$65,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $6.67 VIN location: Plate on the left front body hinge pillar below the upper door hinge Engine # location: Stamped on the block in front of the right-hand cylinder head 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible Lot 163, VIN: 01867F212448 Condition: 2+ Sold at $90,750 RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 4/27/2013 ACC# 216134 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible Lot 276, VIN: 01867S187289 Condition: 3 Sold at $85,250 RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/1/2012 ACC# 214332 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible Lot 175, VIN: 01867N170240 Condition: 2 Sold at $82,500 RM Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 6/27/2008 ACC# 117284 November-December 2014 43


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PROFILE FOMOCO Big money for a driver Shelby 1965 SHELBY GT350 John Hollansworth Jr., courtesy of Mecum Auctions All Shelbys may have been created equal, but they certainly don’t remain so today VIN: SFM5S260 by Dale Novak Registry keeps detailed records of each Shelbymodified Mustang made; the 1965 GT350 presented here is a solid, documented example treated to a high-quality restoration several years ago. It remains in excellent, well-preserved condition. S/N SFM5S260, the car was originally shipped R 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com to Koons Ford in Falls Church, VA, in June 1965 and sold to Dr. John Clift of Vienna, VA; it has a well-established ownership record that is documented in the Shelby Registry. Carroll Shelby signed the glovebox, a very nice personal touch for one of his creations. Finished in Wimbledon White with Blue Le Mans stripes and correctly styled Shelby Cragar wheels (including the spare), it is an easily appreciated example that will be right at home in any collection of significant performance cars or any show venue. ACC Analysis This car, Lot S156, sold for $286,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Monterey sale held in Monterey, CA, on August 14–16, 2014. arely are automobiles as sought-after and seemingly immune to market fluctuations as Carroll Shelby’s GT350, and the firstyear editions are consistently the most valuable of that breed. The Shelby American Automobile Club’s World Tuning up the Mustang With the popularity of the Mustang, introduced in the summer of 1964, Ford knew it had a winner in the stable. The car built using parts grabbed from the Ford Falcon bins went on to become one of the fastest-selling cars in America, selling over 680,000 units by the end of the 1965 production run. It was a sales success for sure — not only because the car was well received by the public, but also because it was fueled by a massive advertising and public-relations blitz by Ford. Ford knew that adding a hot high-performance model, or at least the appearance of one, to the Mustang line would be good for business. Ultimately, Ford tapped Carroll Shelby for that job, not only because he was a master salesman, but also because he knew how to get things done quickly and make cars go fast. Even better, it didn’t hurt that his Cobra and Ford’s GT40 were already tied to the Ford/Shelby brand and winning races all over the world. Shelby knew that the best place to hang your hat for a performance image was to quickly attach the car to the SCCA. It was there that Shelby and John Bishop, Executive Director of the SCCA, laid out a plan for the new Mustang performance car to be eligible for B-Production racing. The directive would be to transform the car, according to the rules, to a race-spec example. Then, Ford and team Shelby would need to homologate them by producing 100 examples.


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Detailing Original list price: $4,547 Current ACC Valuation: $300,000–$390,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $10 VIN location: Left side of front fender unibody structure above wheelwell (pop-riveted tag over the stamped Ford-issued VIN) Engine # location: Ford VIN stamped onto pad on block at passenger’s side front corner Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 562 (all variants) From pony to thoroughbred Shelby turned to the team of Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant and Klaus Arning to dial in the suspension on the GT350. The original design work was accomplished on two notchback prototype model Mustangs, but the basic dynamics of the build didn’t change once the more rakish fastback model was in play. After the cars were turned over to Shelby, Pete Brock continued to tweak the visual aspects of the GT350, which ultimately led to the final version. At the end of the 1965 model run, 521 street cars had been built along with 36 R models. Interestingly, the name of the GT350 comes from a typically Shelby-like “old farmer” simplification. The number 350 was an estimate of the distance between Shelby American’s office and its shop. Additionally, as the story goes, Shelby thought the meeting about the name of the new performance Mustang was taking too long. Shelby responded, “If it was a good car, the name wouldn’t matter; if it was a poor one, the name wouldn’t save it.” Chassis number 260 GT350s rarely slide under the radar. Checking up on this one reveals a colorful past. According to several sources close to the car and the Shelby Registry, chassis number 260 is sporting an older restoration that was accomplished by a well-known Shelby aficionado in the 1980s. Beyond that, the car was reported to have been damaged at one point, which required some repairs to the chassis. It also had some rust issues, which were repaired with new quarter panels and a reported new trunk pan. Our subject car also carries more than its share of reproduction parts required to round out its presentation. The engine is said to be a correct mill, but it’s not original to the car. The transmission was also reported to be incorrect for the car, but that’s likely not a game-changer given the car’s overall configuration. All that said, chassis 260 is also said to be dialed in mechanically and ready for tours, road rallys or some enjoyable winding country roads. In essence, it’s a good driver-quality car that might not be as pure as other GT350s in the market. Shifting it down This car showed up at auction a few times in the past, starting as a no-sale at Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale in 2012, with a high bid of $180,000. Afterward, it was then reported to have been “sorted out further” by a respected Shelby expert and found its way to Auctions America a second time, this time at its premier Fort Lauderdale sale in 2014, selling there for a tidy $217,000 including the buyer’s premium. Ultimately, chassis 260 then sold at the aforementioned Mecum Monterey venue, finding a healthy $286,200. By the books, a 1965 GT350 is perhaps the most desirable of the Shelby Mustang series other than the 36 1965 R models, which are infinitely rare and fetch a substantial premium over the street versions. The cars changed slightly and production ramped up for ’66, with 1,368 street editions produced and an additional 999 Hertz models in play. Discontinued for 1966 were things like side-exit exhaust, traction bars, and a trunk-mounted battery — to purists, these items are part of what makes the ’65 package so desirable. A market price? The ACC Pocket Price Guide places the value of a well-represented #2 condition GT350 in the $300,000 to $390,000 range. Keep in mind that the value range represents a well-sorted and likely documented very nice #2 example. Given the research and discussions about chassis 260, I don’t think it would fit into that category. All Shelbys may have been created equal, but they certainly don’t remain so today — and the best examples in the market will carry a premium over those with more stories, especially stories with an uncomfortable ending. Chassis 260 isn’t a bad Shelby by any means. It’s just not as desirable as a more minty one with more OEM parts might be in the market. This is a GT350 you could actually drive and enjoy rather just use as some sort of pristine garage furniture. All things considered, and given what we know about the car and what other similar cars have changed hands for recently, I’d say this one was well sold.A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 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PROFILE MOPAR 1971 PLYMOUTH GTX Last-chance Mopar muscle Teddy Pieper © 2014, courtesy of Auctions America It’s not flashy like Muhammad Ali — this GTX is more like Joe Frazier: cool and deadly VIN: RS23V1G118505 by Patrick Smith desirable Air Grabber hood, A33 Trak Pak option, power disc brakes, split-back bench seat, pistol-grip floor shifter, and very rare add-on non-console stereo cassette player/recorder setup. Records indicate that this is one of 62 440+6 pack O 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com manual transmission GTX hard tops produced in 1971. Given the options on this example, it is very likely the only one of its kind ever constructed. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 5076, sold for $74,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn Autumn sale in Auburn, IN, on August 30, 2014. The Plymouth GTX was born in 1967 as an upscale Satellite with a special high-performance 440 4-barrel engine. That engine showcased the new “915” cylinder heads and matching exhaust manifolds, performance cam and related hardware. The GTX had its own appearance package with dual hood scoops, twin stripes, and flashy chrome-styled road wheels and chrome exhaust tips. In 1968, the low-budget Road Runner made serious waves and stole the GTX’s thunder, as it shared the same Satellite shell as GTX. The two models coexisted uneasily, but the cheaper stripped-down Road ffered not only with the powerful 440+6 engine package and manual 4-speed transmission, this Autumn Bronze Metallic GTX is also presented with a few very unusual features. It has the Runner eventually gained the upper hand in sales to a market obsessed with power and speed. Performance reshaped Plymouth opted for a major change in styling for their 1971 B-bodies. Stylist John Herlitz was tapped for the job, and he plunged into it with relish. While the press hailed the 1971 GTX and Road Runner as Chrysler’s latest examples of fuselage styling, Herlitz called it “form and curvature in sheet metal.” It was a move away from Mopar’s practice of linear design, which GM had abandoned in the mid-1960s. Herlitz was inspired by the McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom fighter jet’s side intakes for the shape and form of the grille. The side view and optional hood stripes drew attention to the wheelwells. Marketers added an Elastomeric bumper option to counter the Pontiac GTO’s Endura nose. There were several stripe combinations available, and a hood scoop was offered with its own special graphics. A GTX could look smooth as glass or like a rolling billboard, depending on the owner’s preferences and checkbook. The GTX was still the top of the line, with more features than a Road Runner, and it came standard with the Super Commando 440 4-barrel and columnshift Torqueflite 727 transmission. The bucket seats, wood-grain dash and door panels were also included but a console was extra cost. You also got gun-barrel exhaust tips, dual horns and heavy-duty suspension. Optional engines were the 440+6, of which only 135


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Detailing re made, and the 426 Hemi. The Six Pack engine option was cheap at $125, ut the Hemi was a brutal $746.50, and that xplains why only 30 Hemi GTXs were made. ny GTX is rare, as Plymouth only made 2,942 hem that year — the once-proud nameplate e just an option on the Road Runner by 1972. uilding it right n era in which many manufacturers were backing down from the horsepower wars, this car, particularly the Six Pack-equipped version, still packed a pretty healthy punch. Power was down on the 440, but it was still rated at 385 horsepower — only about five horsepower below the 1970 version. But this Mopar wasn’t king of the hill out of the box. A Six Pack GTX runs the quarter in the 14.80-second range. A Boss 351 was a full second faster, and a W-30 Olds offered the same level of comfort and speed. At nearly 4,000 pounds, weight was this car’s enemy, so to make it fly, you needed the right options — the Super Trak Pak gave you 4.10 gears, axles and cooling, while the Air Grabber hood improved breathing. Most owners modified their cars from there to give them even more of a performance edge, and that’s also had an impact on how many really good stock ones are out there today. This car has some choice options. An early-build car from September 1970, it came with stereo cassette tape system with microphone, N96 Air Grabber hood scoop, 4-speed manual transmission with pistolgrip shifter, A33 Trak Pak, power brakes, Rallye wheels and a split bench seat with folding arm rest. Considering how rare V-code GTXs are, you’ll be waiting a long time before you come across another with this same good stuff. Cool and deadly When it comes to values, muscle cars must have the go-fast stuff and be in primo condition. High-impact paint and a wild interior help as well. This particular GTX is not flashy like Muhammad Ali — it’s more like Joe Frazier: cool and deadly. GTXs were affordable in the early 2000s. You could get a Six Pack for around $23,000 back then. Sales shot up to the $80,000 range in 2007, and from there, values plunged steeply as part of a market adjustment before leveling to the mid-$40,000 range. Of course, condition and originality affect the price on one of these markedly. An engine replacement or color change usually shows up in the sale price. Today, nice condition, numbers matching, no-stories cars go over $70,000, but they’re super-rare — prices on these cars reflect the fact that there are so few to choose from. Buyers do pay sky-high prices for Mopars, but they can be reasonably sure about what they’re really getting thanks to Chrysler’s inclusion of engine information in each of their cars’ VIN sequences — in this case, that V in the fifth spot. That said, all the features mentioned have been duplicated in the past, so you still must check any car thoroughly before plopping down a stack of cash. A car that’s been in a notable collection raises the comfort level for buyers. This one had been offered as part of the Disiere Collection, which is another plus. While $74k was strong money for the model, it wasn’t a record. The buyer of this car paid a market price for now, and considering how few there really are like this, I think by the next time one comes available, this deal could look like a bargain. Well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1971 Plymouth GTX 440 Six Pack Lot 789, VIN: Condition: #3 Sold at: $35,100 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/2003 RS23V1G144516 ACC# 30204 Club: National B-Body Owners Association Year produced: 1971 Number produced: 135; 62 4-speeds, 73 automatics Original list price: $3,733 (with 440 4-barrel) Current ACC Valuation: $52,900–$75,500 Tune-up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $22.58 VIN location: Top of left side of dash panel, visible through windshield Engine # location: V code, fifth digit of VIN. Partial VIN on rad cradle and oil-pan rail passenger’s side More: www.wwnboa.org Alternatives: 1971 Oldsmobile W30 442, 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351, 1971 Dodge Charger 440 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1971 Plymouth GTX 440 Lot 38, VIN: R523U1G117934 Condition: 3Sold at $23,220 Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 5/7/2014 ACC# 243676 1971 Plymouth GTX 440 Six Pack Lot 1045, VIN: R23V1G12043 Condition: 1Sold at: $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007 ACC# 44179 November-December 2014 November-December 2014 47


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1931 FORD MODEL A “UNKNOWN ROADSTER” Barn-find bargain Nathan Leduc Photography, courtesy of Auctions America While this roadster is obviously a period piece, its actual history remains obscure VIN: A5987981 by Ken Gross • ’31 Ford roadster body channeled over a ’32 Ford frame • An authentic “barn find,” intact since the early ’60s • Fresh 286-ci Vern Tardel-built three-carb flathead V8 • Featured in Pat Ganahl’s book Lost Hot Rods II ACC Analysis This car, Lot 3115, sold for Dusty and rusty Most car enthusiasts fantasize about barn finds. Hot-rodders are no different. This car’s auction seller, Greg Hopkins, from Dothan, AL, had just finished building a chopped Model A coupe when he saw this bitchin’ old roadster advertised on Craigslist. He partnered with his father-in-law to buy it, flew to Broomfield, CO, and drove it home — some 1,800 miles, most of them on two-lane backroads. Although the car had been dormant for years, the Craigslist seller, Frank Vahling, was confident the roadster was ready for a long haul. He’d installed a ’52 Mercury flathead, four new whitewalls and a fresh pair of batteries (the car used two), along with new belts and hoses. Jerry Weatherman freshened the white vinyl tuck-and-roll interior. Five days after he bought the roadster, Hopkins 48 AmericanCarCollector.com $78,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auction America’s California sale on July 31–August 2, 2014. rolled into Dothan, with lots of stories to tell from people he’d met along the way who were mesmerized by the sight of that old hot rod. Still a mystery No one knows who initially built this car. It languished in storage from 1967 to 2012. A car transporter/dealer named Bob Connor watched it for about 18 years before he acquired it from its then-owner, a land developer who knew nothing about it. Connor then sold it, without an engine, to Gary Vahling, who then resold it to his brother Frank. Features in Hop Up, The Rodder’s Journal, Ol’ Skool Rodz, and an appearance on the cover of Pat Ganahl’s book, Lost Hot Rods II, have failed to yield any clues to its origins. Hopkins carefully cleaned off a coat of gray primer to reveal a weathered ’53 DeSoto Spring Green finish. He found a ’32 Ford VIN on the chassis when he lifted the body, and traced that number to the registration of a ’32 Ford roadster near Mechanicsburg, PA, in the fall of 1958. What is known is that this is a very well-built, strictly East Coast-style lowboy, channeled over a ’32 frame that was substantially Zee-ed, front and rear, and fitted with a late ‘30s Ford X-member. The car appears to have been built in the early ’50s. The steering box is from a ’40 Ford, with hand-crafted hairpin radius rods. Fasteners under the car indicate it had a full belly pan at one time. Rolled and louvered frame valances made from Ford roof sections, and a custom rear pan, with


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Detailing Year produced: 1931, modified in early 1950s Number produced: 58,496 (Standard 5,499; DeLuxe 52,997) Current ACC Valuation: For a stock model, $20k–$25k (depending on restoration quality, history and condition) twin protruding exhaust tips, plus neatly fitted cycle fenders, attest to excellent craftsmanship. A ’40 Ford dash was molded in, the taillights are ’41 Chevy, and the custom three-piece hood has louvered sides. That classy split windshield, made from ’38-to-’39 Ford and Model T components, is one of this car’s many visual highlights. The newest part on the roadster was a parking brake handle from a ’55 Chevy – and there’s a 1955 dime in the center of the steering wheel. Tabs welded to the front axle appear to be for a tow-bar. Perhaps it was raced. Who knows? A blast from the past The chassis number trace indicated the roadster originally came from back East, but it was located for a time in the San Bernardino, CA, area. Greg Hopkins learned that when the roadster was in California, it was owned by Pete “Tom” Leeland, a USAF airman. Bob Flagger, an engineering student in Colorado, owned it in 1962. And that’s where the known owner trail stops. To our knowledge, this car was never featured in a period hot rod publication, hence its nickname, “The Unknown Roadster.” After his epic cross-country drive, Hopkins installed a fresh 286-ci Vern Tardel-built flathead V8 topped with a Cyclone 3-carb intake, Cyclone highcompression heads, a four-inch Mercury crank and a full-race Isky cam. The transmission is still a Lincoln three-speed with Borg-Warner overdrive. Greg Hopkins told Auctions America this car “could have been the belle of the ball in its heyday. Whoever built this car,” he said, “poured their heart into it.” Jim Taylor from Gloversville, NY, was the high bidder. “I have several unrestored cars in my collection,” he said, “and I didn’t have a hot rod. So this car was perfect.” Although Auctions America estimated $100,000 to $125,000, the high bid was substantially less. Several other hot rods sold decently in the same sale, including a reproduction of Gene Winfield’s shop truck (Lot 3134), which brought $143,000. Drive it like you stole it It’s safe to say that patina isn’t for everyone. You can’t polish cars like this, and they always look scruffy. That annoys people who love a gleaming finish. Channeled cars have “the look,” but they are tough to drive, because you’re basically sitting on the floor, with just a thin cushion as a seat squab. Your legs are extended straight out in front of you, so driving a car like this for any long distance can be downright painful — especially for a tall person. While this roadster is obviously a period piece, despite its new engine (which is a plus if you want to drive it), its actual history remains obscure. If more details were known, or if the car had appeared in a hot-rodding magazine in the ’50s, that would increase its value. As you can see from comparable sales, historic channeled ’32 roadsters have sold very well in the past. Although this is a handsome car, it’s still a Model A Ford on Deuce rails, rather than a more coveted ’32 roadster body. That might deter some buyers. Bottom line, an old-style, channeled roadster like this one, with a serious flathead, could not be professionally built for $78,100. On top of that, there’s authentic patina, which can’t be duplicated, plus a serious flatty with Cyclone speed equipment, and a host of magazine coverage already. For the price paid, I think this was a terrific buy. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) VIN location: Stamped on top of driver’s side frame rail (for original frame) Engine # location: Stamped on pad on right front of block, below cylinder head (for original block) Tune-up, major service: $150 Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Any 1928–32 hot rod roadster ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Lot 157, VIN: SW08036PA Condition: 3+ Sold at $90,750 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2013 1932 Ford Model B “Golden Rod” ACC# 215680 1932 Ford Highboy Khougaz roadster Lot 241, VIN: 18155453 Condition: 1Sold at $385,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 ACC# 46256 1932 Ford roadster “Ricky Nelson” Lot 552, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $192,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/15/2003 ACC# 35964 November-December 2014 49


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN CONVERTIBLE Premium package, market price Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions Either this car’s buyer overpaid in 2007, or the market for 1955 Caribbeans has softened VIN: 55881220 by Carl Bomstead P 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com ackard’s last prestigious, low-production offering was the Caribbean convertible of 1955 and 1956. This top-of-the-line model was completely redesigned for ’55, and it sported a new high-output overhead-valve V8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, which could produce an amazing 310 horsepower, put to the rear wheels through a new push-button Twin Ultramatic transmission. An innovative, new torsion-bar suspension on the chassis featured automatic leveling to suit the road surface, making the 1955 Packard Caribbean the smoothest-riding and best-handling full-size car of its era. At $5,932, the Caribbean was breathtaking in more ways than one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Packard built a mere 500 examples in 1955. The survivors are treasured by enthusiasts of 1950s automobiles and are known as “the last great Packards,” with some even saying that they are the finest luxury convertibles of their era. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 112, sold for $66,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Motor City auction in Plymouth, MI, on July 26, 2014. Packard built their first car in 1899. Having survived the Depression and the after-effects of World War II, their last true Packard rolled off the assembly line on June 25, 1956. Their demise — stemming from a bit of bad luck and a healthy dose of mismanagement — is the topic for a business-school case-study. The plain and simple explanation is that, after World War II, Packard conceded the luxury-car market to Cadillac and instead concentrated on the volume mid-market. Some say that their senior-model body dies had been left out to rust and were unusable, while others say that Roosevelt had given those same dies to Russia for the ZIS-110. The simple facts, however, are that raw materials were scarce, thus limiting their intended volume production. And in 1953, their body supplier Briggs had been acquired by Chrysler, and that forced Packard to scramble to produce their own bodies. A return to luxury Packard did not have their first true post-war redesign until 1951, and in 1952 they recommitted to the luxury-car market. In 1953 they introduced the Caribbean convertible, which was based on the 1952 Pan American concept car displayed at the New York International Motor Sports Show. It was well received, and 750 Caribbeans left the dealers’ showrooms. For 1955, Richard Teague redesigned the top-of


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Detailing Club: Packard International Motor Car Club Years produced: 1955 Number produced: 500 Original list price: $5,932 Current ACC Valuation: $70,000–$85,000 VIN location: Plate attached to left front door post Engine # location: Boss upper left side of engine block More: www.packardsinternational.com Alternatives: 1953 Buick Skylark, 1955 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, 1956 Lincoln Premiere e Caribbean. The front scoop was split , “finned” headlamps were incorpoCathedral window” rear taillights were , and striking two- or three-tone paint ered. ckard’s first overhead-valve V8 was r the hood, and its 352 cubic inches uced 275 horsepower. A distinctive ing” air cleaner covered a pair of r 4-barrels. It had self-leveling torsionpension and 3-speed Twin-Ultramatic utton transmission. Every option with eption of air-conditioning was stant a price of $5,932, it was about $2,000 e than a Cadillac, but a problematic oil pump and the self leveling, which often shorted out, led to reliability issues and created adverse publicity. Production continued into the following year with only minor changes. A hard top was added, but only 276 convertibles and 263 of the new hard tops were produced. By this point, a merger with Studebaker was under way, and the powers that be at Packard had not done their due diligence in determining Studebaker’s financial viability. The end was in sight. A fresh example, but a lesser price This example was the 220th convertible built. It was a special order from the Packard dealership in Scottsbluff, NE, and after limited use, it was sold back to the dealer, where it remained for the next 25 years. It was purchased from that dealer in July 1986, and as the RM catalog copy states, that buyer could have very well been the last person to buy a “used” Packard from its original salesroom. In 2004, the car underwent a complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration. In addition to an engine rebuild and an interior reupholstering, the body was stripped and repainted in its correct three-tone color scheme of White Jade, Turquoise, and Gray Pearl. RM sold this 1955 Caribbean at their 2007 Amelia Island auction for $88,000 (ACC# 44623). Seven years later, having been properly maintained, it realized $22,000 less. What happened? There are two possibilities. You can argue that the buyer overpaid in 2007, or perhaps the market for 1955 Caribbeans has softened. I’d say both of those factors had something to do with this car’s most recent sale price. While the almost identical 1956s continue to sell for well into six figures, the ACC database indicates a steady succession of ’55s selling for less than what was paid here. In fact, RM at this same auction sold another identical Caribbean, albeit in lesser condition and with a Chrysler transmission for $44,000. Considering the market climate at the time, the 2007 sale was very much in the seller’s favor, too. At the end of the day, the price paid here was marketcorrect considering the car’s condition. With that, I’d call this a fair deal for all involved. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible Lot 70, VIN: 55881174 Condition: 4Sold at $26,400 Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 9/21/2013 ACC# 228186 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible Lot 191, VIN: 55881144 Condition: 3Sold at $51,150 RM Auctions, Grapevine, TX, 10/20/2012 ACC# 213870 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible Lot 128, VIN: 55881335 Condition: 3Sold at $41,250 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/28/2012 ACC# 209044 November-December 2014 51CC 51


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PROFILE RACE 1976 FORD F-100 OFF-ROAD RACE TRUCK Mud, sweat and tears Courtesy of Auctions America Baja race provenance and marqueename ownership are no match for a quality restoration of a popular production model in today’s market 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: N/A by John L. Stein race to Vessels due to the introduction of BFGoodrich Radial tires for the first time in the off-road racing world. Vessels played a role in the development of the first generation of these tires and looked to benefit from this improvement. The F-100 is equipped with a 404-ci Ford V8 T engine paired with an Art Carr-built Ford C6 transmission and a Chrisman rear end. This truck’s engine was propane-powered when it raced. The IMPCO Company did this to demonstrate the versatility of the fuel. Equipped with many components including Rough Country shocks, custom brakes, American Racing wheels, BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, and F-250 spindles with knockoff hubs, this truck is not your normal F-100. It was displayed at the 2006 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, where Vessels was inducted for his contributions to off-road motorsports. Sold on bill of sale. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 2018, sold for California sale in Burbank, CA, on August 1, 2014. $41,250 at Auctions America’s his 1976 Ford F-100 was built by Charlie Haga and accomplished Class 8 victories in the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Haga built the truck for Frank “Scoop” Vessels in 1976, and the ’77 Baja 500 was an important The natural progression of car collecting has swept trucks and off-road vehicles along in its wake. This is good, because particularly in the Southwest, desert exploring and racing has been an important part of motor culture for over 60 years. And no event was more significant for the genre than the original 1967 Mexican 1000, which ran from Tijuana (just across the border from San Diego) southward to La Paz at the tip of Baja California. The event ultimately led to the term “Baja” becom- ing almost synonymous for “tough.” Nearly twice as long as the Indy 500, the original event (later renamed “Baja 1000”) subjected cars, trucks, buggies and motorcycles and their pilots to around-the-clock physical torture. I can attest to this personally, having ridden in a support truck in the Baja 1000, and also riding shotgun in the SoCal desert in a Baja 1000-winning Trophy Truck. Every few seconds I thought we were going to crash in a big way. That’s nerve wracking for a half hour; imagine it stretched out over nearly 24 hours. Not quite famous This two-wheel-drive Ford was not one of the origi- nal late-’60s Baja race trucks, nor is it as famous as vehicles like “Big Oly,” the Olympia Beer-sponsored winged Bronco that Bill Stroppe built for himself and Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones to race. However, its


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Detailing Year produced: 1976 Number produced: 225,154 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $35,000–$40,000 Tune-up cost: $500 VIN location: Driver’s door and passenger’s-side frame rail Engine # location: N/A Club: Ford Truck Club More: www.fordtruckclub.net Alternatives: 1973–80 Chevrolet C10, 1972–80 Dodge D100 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps class wins in both the ’77 Baja 500 and Baja 1000 establish it as a genuine historical piece. Also, compared with the 1968 Chevrolet C10 Mexican 1000 race truck owned briefly by Steve McQueen that Mecum sold for $60,000 at its Santa Monica sale in July 2013, this truck seems like a relative bargain. The restoration appears thoughtful and authentic, and today this truck can carry right on as a desert toy — a tool for getting you where uppity folks in their Mercedes MLs may dare not go, or perhaps even enjoy such “dirty” road events as British Columbia’s Spring Thaw. Then and now, versatility creates big appeal for trucks. And you certainly won’t be able to abuse this one any more than Vessels did in the day. A minor historical point is its role in proving the merit of offroad radials, although no one but a Baja or tire geek is likely to care. Photos raise questions There are a few noteworthy issues that may have held bidding back here. Significantly, the truck does not bear much resemblance to the period race photos provided for the auction. In these, the original race truck has a smooth Styleside bed, whereas the truck on offer has a Flareside bed. The photos also suggest the original race truck had a longer wheelbase and/or bed than the truck offered for sale. It’s hard to imagine how this discrepancy would not be noted in the literature, so we’re left wondering. One possible explanation is that the original truck, hammered and bent as off-road racers often were, eventually was rebuilt to a different specification. The bed style and wheelbase that originally worked in Baja’s Class 8 may have been a detriment and thus were later modified in closed-course races, and thus they were likely modified. Having a bill of sale instead of a regular title didn’t help. Such things happen with race cars all the time, leaving the owner to decide on a “point in time” target for the restoration. However in this case, the photographic discrepancy — and the lack of any explanation in the sales materials — didn’t help build value. Unless you knew the truck and ownership history personally, you’d be excused for resisting any serious hand-waving on the day. And on top of it all, this just wasn’t a well-known race vehicle, and that counts for a lot. All of this may explain why an otherwise nicely presented race truck traded for just 69% of the nomore-remarkable ’68 Chevrolet C10 racer that Mecum sold in Santa Monica last year. But the real surprise is that even with its McQueen connection, that Chevy brought only 84% of the price of a restored Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser that Bonhams sold for $71,500 at Scottsdale in January 2014 (Lot 143). On the basis of these few sales, it appears that at present, even a combination of Baja race provenance and marquee-name ownership is no match for a quality restoration of a well-regarded but ordinary production model. Given the mud, sweat and tears that such race trucks have endured and survived, that’s kind of sad. But it is what it is, and I reluctantly give the win to the seller on this one. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1977 Ford F-250 XLT Ranger Lot S207, VIN: F25HCZ11692 Condition: 2Not sold at $21,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/27/2013 ACC# 216483 1976 Ford Bronco Lot 2454, VIN: U15GLA10124 Condition: 1Sold at $71,500 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/25/2014 ACC# 243383 1967 Hurst Baja Boot Lot 64, VIN: MICH67229 Condition: 3 Sold at $220,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/2010 ACC# 165726 November-December 2014 53


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PROFILE TRUCK 1962 STUDEBAKER 7E45E 2-TON ROAD TRACTOR Big-rig best buy? Once you get larger than a garage stall, the potential pool of owners starts to evaporate, and both the potential market and the truck’s value shrink 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: E45458 by B. Mitchell Carlson standing vehicles. This Studebaker Road Tractor is finished in red with T black undercarriage, wheels and running gear, and has a tan and red interior. The truck runs with a 4-cylinder, 2-stroke, supercharged Detroit Diesel engine connected to a 5-speed manual transmission and features a 2-speed rear end. Additional features include air brakes, stackstyle exhaust, cab roof lights and a roof-mounted horn. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 7046, was offered a devoted group of collectors who lovingly restore, preserve and use them. So what happened with this seemingly nice Studebaker sold at just $7,150? Let’s take a look. at no reserve and sold for $7,150, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fall Auburn event in Auburn, IN, on August 31, 2014. Classic big rigs have a market all their own, with his nicely frame-off restored dually Studebaker tractor is another fine offering from the estate of William “Bill” Kirby. He amassed a wellrespected collection of heavy-duty equipment and was a regular at events displaying his out- America’s original truck builder First, some background. When the Studebaker brothers formed their company in 1852, wagons were their trade, with working wagons — such as the famous Conestogas — their specialty. When the company went to electric and then internal-combustion propulsion before finally ditching the horse, large trucks were an on-and-off product. Studebaker developed a good market for trucks in the 1920s, but management miscues saw the company go away from them and get into financial trouble. New management put in place during The New Deal saw Studebaker re-enter the truck market with great zeal, and with great style. Their trucks from the late 1930s were at the height of Art Deco styling. In 1938 through 1939, France, Holland and Belgium bought Studebaker trucks to equip their armies. During the Nazi blitzkrieg through the Low Countries, the Wehrmacht took a fancy to Studes for their power and durability, and gave their artillery crews orders not to destroy them so they could repatriate them for their own use. Some of these made it as far as the Russian front, where they faced newer Studes supplied to the Soviets through Lend Lease. The Soviets loved their Courtesy of Auctions America


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Studebaker trucks, too — not only did the state industry copy these trucks during the Cold War era, but even today “Studebaker” is Russian slang that’s akin to our “Built like a Mack truck.” Last-ditch line-hauler You’d think with the lessons learned during World War II that Stude would have been one of the big players in the heavy-duty post-war truck market. It wasn’t. After the war, their truck efforts concentrated almost exclusively on the light- and middle-duty segments. It wasn’t until the reality of the ill-fated StudebakerPackard merger of 1954 sank in that Stude scrambled back into the bigger truck market to offset their losses. By the end of the 1950s, Studebaker had realized that the industry was going diesel in a big way, so they started to offer GM diesels in medium-duty models. Yet it wasn’t until 1962 that they got serious about the semi-truck market with the introduction of their linehaul diesel-powered trucks. All trucks used Studebaker’s evergreen R-series cab, which dated to 1948, plus the usual Transtar grille design from 1957. In addition, these new 7E45A and 7E45E semi tractors had an all-new front clip. To make the shortest possible bumper-to-back-of-cab length (BBC), they developed a new flat-face front fascia made from the plastic polymer Royalite. Looking for all the world like someone cut off the front two feet of the truck, it did allow these trucks to pull a 40-foot trailer in states that had 50-foot total length limits. These rigs were mostly built with off-the-shelf chas- sis components, such as Spicer and Clark transmissions, Timken rear axles, plus Budd or Dayton wheels. With available wheelbases of 131, 143, 155, 171, and 195 inches, their largest weight ratings were 42,000 GCVW as a semi combination. There were only minor changes for 1963, with model names for all trucks becoming 8-series; in the case of their largest models, 8E45A and 8E45E. Just like their car market, truck sales didn’t come close to desired projections, and if anything, additional losses from the trucks just compounded Studebaker’s problems. While 1964 models were cataloged (really just the same 1963s titled as 1964s — along with unsold 1962s with new serial numbers), they were but a trickle before Studebaker shut off production on December 27, 1963. The classic big-truck market Over 50 years after the last Stude truck was built, essentially all have left revenue service, and the few survivors are coveted mostly by fans of the brand — more so than by truck-specific collectors, for the most part. Semi-tractor collectors tend to gravitate towards Detailing Years produced: 1962–64 Number produced: 349 (1962) truck-specific manufacturers — Peterbilt, Kenworth, Diamond T, Brockway, Autocar, and Sterling generally being at the highest pinnacle of desirability (and price) by originally having a premium product tailored primarily to semis. A rung below are International, Mack, White, and REO — truck-specific builders, but with smaller and broader market products. At the lower end are the car manufacturers that also built trucks — Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Dodge and Studebaker. Prices tend to follow suit. Vintage semi collectors also tend to be extensions of the working trucking industry. It’s the nature of the beast. Semi trucks are expensive to restore, and they continue to be expensive to maintain once they are done. Only a select few insurance carriers will cover them, and even fewer will underwrite them if they haul anything. As such, most classic trucks tend to be part of an active trucking company, with a handful being owned by individuals. Most collectors only have one to three. The garage-stall factor One plus with this rig is that it’s a single-axle rear with a shorter wheelbase, so it can actually fit in a standard car-sized parking spot. Having the pickup-based cab means that it’s also shorter than a typical Mack or Peterbilt, but folks with a nine-foot-tall garage door better get a tape measure to make sure it’ll fit. And therein lies the quandary with collectible semis — along with other trucks and farm tractors. I call it the garage-stall factor. If it will fit in a standard garage stall, it will bring top money, since anyone who can have a car can find a place to park it (even if the wife’s Camry has to sit outside once in a while). Once you get larger than a garage stall, the potential pool of owners starts to evaporate, and consequently, both the potential market and the truck’s value shrink. So, while this truck may not have been a first-tier big-truck collectible, it was small enough to be attractive to a larger core audience. The auction company’s pre-sale guesstimate on this truck was not overly optimistic at $20k to $30k — after all, it was in nice restored condition. But that same money will buy you a show-quality 1962 Studebaker Champ pickup in today’s market, and that’ll be enough truck for most Studebaker collectors — and there’s no worries about 12-foot garage doors or CDLs with those. The selling price here was an absolute bargain — but only for someone who understands what it takes to support a heavy-duty diesel truck. For that buyer, I’d call this very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) November-December 2014 55 November-December 2013 55CC Engine # location: Top front corner of driver’s side of the engine block Clubs: The Studebaker Drivers Club More: www.studebakerdrivers club.com Additional: American Truck Historical Society More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1950–56 International L-, R- and S-series, 1955–64 Mack B-series, 1953–56 Ford F-800, 1948–54 GMC “cannonball” COE truck ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Original list price: $5,726 Current ACC Valuation: $15,000–$25,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Data plate on the driver’s side of the cab, above the step, on the seat riser 1979 Chevrolet C70 Custom Deluxe 5-ton Lot 77L, VIN: C17DE9V157500 ACC# 227880 Condition: 5+ Sold at $16,275 VanDerBrink Auctions, Pierce, NE, 9/28/2013 1952 Studebaker R17A 2-ton flatbed Lot 16, VIN: R17A29322 Condition: 4 Sold at $5,775 US Auctioneers, Friesland, WI, 7/25/2013 ACC# 226890 1963 Studebaker Champ pickup Lot 1628.1, VIN: E720879 Condition: 1Sold at $28,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2013 ACC# 214892


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market OVERVIEW Pondering the wagon market WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE HUMBLE PEOPLE-MOVER? by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1948 tucker 48 torpedo sedan, $2,035,000— G&Co., p. 105 2. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $1,705,000— rm, p. 102 3. 1934 Packard twelve 1108 convertible sedan, $1,350,000—WWa, p. 105 4. 1936 auburn 852 SC boattail Speedster, $1,210,000—g&Co., p. 97 5. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $1,080,000— mec, p. 84 6. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $962,500—aaCa, p. 62 7. 1965 Shelby GT350 prototype fastback, $572,000—rm, p. 102 8. 1936 auburn 852 Supercharged Speedster, $550,000— rm, p. 97 9. 1912 Packard model 30 7-passenger tourer, $550,000—g&Co., p. 104 10. 1935 auburn 851 SC boattail Speedster, $445,500—WWa, p. 96 BEST BUYS 1967 Shelby gt500 fastback, $93,500—r&S, p. 94 56 AmericanCarCollector.com lecting isn’t just about retroactively aspirational purchases — i.e., “I couldn’t afford it then, but I can afford it now.” Trucks have transcended their utilitarian workhorse nature, and collectors now see them as nostalgic icons of Americana. The same phenomenon is driving VW hippie buses into the six-figure range as we speak, as it did for “woodies” decades ago. These high-production vehicles are only rare now T he still-strongand-rising classic-truck market reminds us that col- Longroofs are where it’s at. this 43k-mile 1963 Ford Falcon wagon sold for $10,725 at barrett-Jackson’s reno auction. because they were undervalued for so long, with most examples being sent to the crusher. So it goes with the great American station wagon. The wagon market has been burbling for a while, but few models other than the Chevy Nomad have made it to the $50k mark. In August, a 1963 Ford Falcon wagon with a 260-ci V8 sold for just $10,725 at Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights, and a 1955 Mercury Custom Series wagon sold for $17,600 at Auctions America Auburn. A 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari at Mecum Monterey sold for an incredible $77k, but George Barris had modified it for long-term owner John Wayne, so the winning bidder bought a whole lot more than just a malaise-era grocery-getter. You could make the case that all three of these were market-correct transactions. I don’t know if values for most ’60s and ’70s wagons will ever rise to the Nomad level, but it seems fair to speculate that they’ll probably never be cheaper than they are at this moment. If you have any interest in these cars, now is the time to buy. And if this line of thinking gets you fired up, here’s one more prediction to chew on: In 30 years, we’ll be having this same discussion about… minivans. A auctions america, burbank, Ca July 31–aug 2 auctions in this issue $17.2m barrett-Jackson, reno, NV July 31–aug 2 mecum, monterey, Ca august 14–16 russo and Steele, monterey, Ca august 14–16 rm, monterey, Ca august 15–16 gooding & Co, Pebble beach, Ca august 16–17 auctions america, auburn, IN august 27–31 Worldwide, auburn, IN august 30 $0 $25.4m $6m $30m $60m $90m $120m $150m $106m $9.9m $34.6m $12.1m $143.4m 1969 Dodge Super bee 2-dr hard top, $77,000—b-J, p. 74 1955 mercury Custom Series wagon, $17,600—aa-IN, p. 101 1969 Pontiac gto 2-dr hard top, $18,150—b-J, p. 70 t OVERVIEW Pondering the wagon market WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE HUMBLE PEOPLE-MOVER? by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1948 tucker 48 torpedo sedan, $2,035,000— G&Co., p. 105 2. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $1,705,000— rm, p. 102 3. 1934 Packard twelve 1108 convertible sedan, $1,350,000—WWa, p. 105 4. 1936 auburn 852 SC boattail Speedster, $1,210,000—g&Co., p. 97 5. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $1,080,000— mec, p. 84 6. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $962,500—aa- Ca, p. 62 7. 1965 Shelby GT350 prototype fastback, $572,000—rm, p. 102 8. 1936 auburn 852 Supercharged Speedster, $550,000— rm, p. 97 9. 1912 Packard model 30 7-passenger tourer, $550,000—g&Co., p. 104 10. 1935 auburn 851 SC boattail Speedster, $445,500—WWa, p. 96 BEST BUYS 1967 Shelby gt500 fastback, $93,500—r&S, p. 94 56 AmericanCarCollector.com lecting isn’t just about retroactively aspira- tional purchases — i.e., “I couldn’t afford it then, but I can afford it now.” Trucks have tran- scended their utilitarian workhorse nature, and collectors now see them as nostalgic icons of Americana. The same phenomenon is driving VW hippie buses into the six-figure range as we speak, as it did for “woodies” decades ago. These high-production vehicles are only rare now T he still-strong- and-rising classic-truck market reminds us that col- Longroofs are where it’s at. this 43k-mile 1963 Ford Falcon wagon sold for $10,725 at barrett-Jackson’s reno auction. because they were undervalued for so long, with most examples being sent to the crusher. So it goes with the great American station wagon. The wagon market has been burbling for a while, but few models other than the Chevy Nomad have made it to the $50k mark. In August, a 1963 Ford Falcon wagon with a 260-ci V8 sold for just $10,725 at Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights, and a 1955 Mercury Custom Series wagon sold for $17,600 at Auctions America Auburn. A 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari at Mecum Monterey sold for an incredible $77k, but George Barris had modified it for long-term owner John Wayne, so the winning bidder bought a whole lot more than just a malaise-era grocery-getter. You could make the case that all three of these were market-correct transactions. I don’t know if values for most ’60s and ’70s wagons will ever rise to the Nomad level, but it seems fair to speculate that they’ll probably never be cheaper than they are at this moment. If you have any interest in these cars, now is the time to buy. And if this line of thinking gets you fired up, here’s one more prediction to chew on: In 30 years, we’ll be having this same discussion about… minivans. A auctions america, burbank, Ca July 31–aug 2 auctions in this issue $17.2m barrett-Jackson, reno, NV July 31–aug 2 mecum, monterey, Ca august 14–16 russo and Steele, monterey, Ca august 14–16 rm, monterey, Ca august 15–16 gooding & Co, Pebble beach, Ca august 16–17 auctions america, auburn, IN august 27–31 Worldwide, auburn, IN august 30 $0 $25.4m $6m $30m $60m $90m $120m $150m $106m $9.9m $34.6m $12.1m $143.4m 1969 Dodge Super bee 2-dr hard top, $77,000—b-J, p. 74 1955 mercury Custom Series wagon, $17,600—aa-IN, p. 101 1969 Pontiac gto 2-dr hard top, $18,150—b-J, p. 70 ible, ible, $26,400—b-J, p. 72


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA Auctions America California AN ULTRA-RARE 1946 MERCURY EIGHT SPORTSMAN COMPLETED THE PODIUM AT A STRONG $237K Auctions America Burbank, CA July 31–August 2, 2014 auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackleton automotive lots sold/ offered: 252/399 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $17,218,025 High american sale: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, sold at $962,500 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices With only 205 built in 1946, this hard-to-find 1946 mercury eight Sportsman convertible sold at $236,500 Report and photos by Victor Van Tress Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts P laying to the tastes of the people who reside in and around Southern California, Auctions America rounded up an eclectic mix of automobiles representing something for every car enthusiast. From the entry-level collector cars to the blue-chip investments, the cars that crossed the block July 31–August 2 ran the gamut from hot rods to rare 4x4s to European roadsters and microcars. Appropriate for the sale’s Los Angeles setting, several vehicles boasted celebrity provenance. The Hollywood influence even extended to the live broadcast on NBCSN, with car-collecting comedian Jay Leno traveling from his famed “Big Dog Garage” up the street to provide broadcast commentary. Formula One’s Steve Matchett delivered color commentary as well, and “Storage Wars” reality TV star Barry Weiss offered his unique insights on Saturday. Of the 399 cars offered, 252 hammered for a sell-through rate of more than 60%. A 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 was the biggest American sale at $963k. A Ford GT was next at $275k. An über-rare 1946 Mercury Eight Sportsman nut-and-bolt restored to stock configuration completed the top-seller podium at a strong $237k. The celebrity cars on offer included the Buick Roadmaster convertible believed to have been featured in “Rain Man,” the 1988 Barry Levinson Academy 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $962,500 Award winner starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. It failed to sell at a high bid of $135k. A 1944 Ford GPW jeep formerly owned by Paramount Pictures sold for $29k. Several films featured the rig, including “Hell is for Heroes,” starring Steve McQueen, and “Is Paris Burning?” written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. Californians love cars, and AA is delivering the goods.A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA GM #3105-1929 CADILLAC 341B roadster. VIN: 323782. White & green/gray canvas/ green leather. Odo: 661 miles. CCCA Full Classic. Frame-off, bare-metal, nut-and-bolt restoration completed in 2008. Fitted with dual sidemount spares, trunk rack, windwings, “goddess” radiator ornament, wire wheels, dual taillights, golf club storage area. Has original toolkit, jack. Original manuals and record books. Cond: 1-. torque. No power steering, and the brakes are unassisted drums. Cond: 3-. inside and out. Has power steering and 8-track. Engine bay is well detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,700. Sold for $19,260 at Mecum Monterey one year ago (ACC# 230960). The buyer here has gotten a very nice Firebird. The bench seat with column shift may be unusual but actually works very comfortably. The car’s condition shows that it has always been well taken care of and will give great service for a long time. Fairly bought, I’d say. CORVETTE SOLD AT $9,240. Called the “Corvair 95” for its 95-inch wheelbase. The Rampside Pickup offered a large drop-down door on the right side of the bed, creating a ramp for heavier loads to be rolled in. For having only a paint job, new seat covers and an engine rebuild, I’d call this well sold. The dry-rotted window seals and weatherchecked tires will require money, but the engine is already done at least. SOLD AT $132,000. Well known as a former John “Buddy” Walton car and featured over the years in numerous publications. 341Bs in the ACC Premium Auction Database have ranged between $75k and $150k in recent years, making this look like a fair deal for both seller and buyer. #2121-1957 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: V3A570115831. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 90,814 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restored four years ago, driven little since. Presents well for show or go. Reportedly optioned with Hydramatic transmission, radio, heater and chrome mirrors. Oak and chrome bed. Cond: 1-. #3047-1967 OLDSMOBILE VISTA CRUISER 8-passenger wagon. VIN: 338657M308179. White & faux wood/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 51,372 miles. 330-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice paint, pitted stainless. Well-preserved original interior, although driver’s seat stitching has an issue. Optional a/c, 3-speed automatic transmission, factory AM/FM radio, simulated wood paneling, wire wheel knock-off hubcaps and forwardfacing third row. Exhaust manifolds have been off. Cond: 3-. #3133-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S103648. Eng. # T10191P. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,251 miles. 427-ci 450-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be early 1966 big-block car with its “original and more powerful 427/450 engine,” meaning that it still has the 450-hp sticker. Paint touched up at different times but has never had a full respray. Panel gaps tidy throughout, chrome and brightwork well preserved. Interior appears original and in good, if not show, condition. Engine compartment clean; hoses, clamps, battery and radiator cap incorrect. Wiring appears original, with some fraying around wiper motor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. A pretty good car, all in all. A similar car sold for $12,230 at Collector Car Productions’ Toronto sale in April of 2013 (ACC# 221757), making this one look a little expensive. Well sold, or at least leading the market. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Extremely clean and correct. These sold solidly in the $40k– $50k range all last year. Seller should have taken the offer. #1054-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 3R124S107127. Blue/blue vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 69,990 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Decent cosmetics in appealing color combo. Window and windshield seals are toast, but there’s no rust seen. Dash is from a Turbo Spyder. The flat 6 air-cooled engine makes only 80 hp but has a more respectable 128 ft-lbs of 60 AmericanCarCollector.com #1026-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. VIN: 223378U146396. Burgundy/ivory vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,300 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First-year Firebird presents well NOT SOLD AT $80,000. This car sold for $56,700 at RM Auctions in Novi, MI, in April 2007 (ACC# 45211) but did not sell at $85,000 at Worldwide Auctioneers, Hilton Head, SC, in November 2007 (then showing 33,243 miles on it, ACC# 47621). Driverquality car, but seller should get more money if he hangs on. FOMOCO #2063-1932 FORD MODEL B pickup. VIN: AB5018056. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,928 miles. Restored to driver standard. Fitted with 205-ci 4-cylinder engine with automatic spark advance, mated to a 3-speed manual transmission. Original steel body. Interior was replaced in period style. Upgraded to four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. 600 miles since restoration. Roadready. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,950. Now that this car’s been converted to “juice brakes,” one can take advantage of the early Ford groups and gatherings without fear of being completely incompatible with


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA NOT SOLD AT $80,000. An excellent build. Seen a year ago at Mecum Anaheim in November of 2013, not sold at $85k (ACC# 238403). A year before that, it no-saled at Mecum Anaheim 2012 at $65k (ACC# 214011). Those outings confirm today’s market-correct high bid. modern traffic. This truck sold for $23,100 at Worldwide Auburn back in September 2012, and we called it fairly bought and sold (ACC# 216675). Same goes for today. #3112-1946 MERCURY EIGHT Sportsman convertible. VIN: 99A1115872. Green/tan canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 0 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very rare, with just 205 built in 1946. Nut-and-bolt, body-off, interior-out restoration completed in 2014. New wood expertly varnished and beautiful to look at. Power top and windows. The dashboard is well finished in correct mahogany and includes radio, heater and a clock. Zero miles on odo, 5 on trip meter. Cond: 1-. #3135-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY custom coupe. VIN: 54ME236802. Turquoise & white/white & turquoise vinyl. Odo: 59,242 miles. 331-ci V8, 6x2-bbl, auto. Six Stromberg 97 carburetors fuel the Cadillac 331 V8, which is coupled to a Hydramatic transmission with modern brakes. Two-tone turquoise-and-white exterior and a matching interior with front and rear passenger’s bench seats, all riding on wide whitewall tires. Chopped roof, frenched headlights, original hood scoop was made functional, and door handles have been shaved. An old-schooler’s custom pride and joy. Cond: 2+. woodgrain was replaced. A perfect opportunity to purchase a classic car that can be used on the weekends, or even to haul the whole family. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. The 352-ci V8, power steering and power brakes are creature comforts that will make this a pleasurable and easy classic car to drive on modern roads. The three Country Squires sold at auction this year went for $76, $78k and $143k, but prior to 2014 the market price was $20k–$40k. This offer seemed reasonable, but holding out for more seems reasonable, too. black vinyl. Odo: 30,181 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Built by Shelby for Stark Hickey Ford in 1966 in Royal Oak, MI, CSX3259 left the USA for England in 1979 with a 428-ci engine, where it subsequently received SC upgrades and more. Excellent chrome and superb detailing throughout. The brightwork, Halibrand wheels, glass and lights are all excellent, as are the gaps and fit of the bodywork. The interior is extremely nice, with superb fit and quality. The instruments are correct Smiths items. Top Loader 4-speed manual transmission. Cond: 1-. 6 #2149-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. VIN: CSX3259. Red/ SOLD AT $236,500. Among the rarest of Ford-built cars. Great example—well restored and well bought. #2139-1951 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE woodie wagon. VIN: B1DA223796. Red & wood/tan leather. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Resto-rodded to perfection. Bright red paint with maple and mahogany all very well done. 350 V8 with automatic transmission, a/c, power steering and brakes. CD and DVD players. Leather seats, billet handles and door levers. Let down only by the dryrotted vent window rubber. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This Bill Laymanbuilt custom Mercury has been exquisitely constructed and brings with it a great history and provenance. It has been featured in Rodder’s Journal and Custom Rodder. However to be a driver today, a/c and power brakes and steering would complete the package. The old school wouldn’t have it, but oh well. Customs are hard to valuate because they are all unique. That being said, it would take twice the offer or more to make one of these. It will find somebody. #2088-1959 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. VIN: H9RY141083. Black & faux wood/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,449 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “Wagon Wheels Ranch” graphics. 900 miles since comprehensive restoration. Original owner was Bill Woggon, the creator of the comic book Katy Keene. Engine, transmission, brake system, dealer-installed Polaraire a/c have been rebuilt. The car was repainted in its original color combination, and all the exterior SOLD AT $962,500. Said to have its original “pink slip” California title and original bill of sale. According to SAAC records, it was twice sold in Indiana, then Beverly Hills, then West Germany. The ACC Premium Auction Database show it no-saled for $600k in 2010 at Bonhams Carmel (ACC# 165564), sold for $644k in 2011 at RM Phoenix (ACC# 168714) and sold again for $836k in 2013 at RM Amelia Island (ACC# 215663). Priced right on schedule today. MOPAR #2107-1934 DODGE DELUXE rumbleseat coupe. VIN: 3694021. Brown/brown velour. Odo: 28,536 miles. In extremely good condition. While the paint is relatively new, most of the rest of the car is original, including the engine—reportedly never opened. The carpet, wheels, hubcaps, step pad, driving lights and running boards are all said to be factory-original. No reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,400. Well sold, but it’s an 62 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Burbank, CA flawless. Rear liquor cabinet with tables is beautifully done in wood, with veneers showing the image of a branch with sprouting leaves. The soft top lifts completely off. Odo rolled back. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $173,250. Bold colors, bold details, and well executed. Well bought and sold. Should be a fun tourer. unusual car in well-preserved condition with relatively low miles, so call it well bought, too. #3113-1957 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER convertible. VIN: N5731076. Saturn Blue & white/white canvas/Saturn Blue vinyl. Odo: 56,994 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sixyear, no-expense-spared restoration. Finished in original colors. Has power steering and brakes, radio with rear speaker, dual antennas, dual mirrors, FirePower Chrysler V8, and push-button automatic transmission. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. Previously owned by the Blackhawk Collection. Chrysler made just 1,049 New Yorker convertibles in 1957, and they are obviously even rarer to see on the roads today. I thought it brave to sell this with no reserve, but it appears the seller knew what he was doing. AMERICANA #3094-1938 PIERCE-ARROW TWELVE phaeton. VIN: 3190011. Plum/tan canvas/ tan leather. miles. 462-ci V12, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Presents extremely well. Restored from the ground up in the past four years by Tyree Auto Restorations and has only been driven a few times. Leather interior, metallic plum paint and engine bay all present as NOT SOLD AT $30,000. With the doors closed, this is not a vehicle for the claustrophobic. In its original configuration, the doors would be open most of the time while one was making deliveries (in fact some had a “butt bar” to lean against rather than a driver’s seat—I know from personal experience, as a milk truck was the first vehicle I ever drove). A lot of time and money went into this, but rarely can one get his money out of such a project. You can’t blame the milkman this time. #3078-1951 HUDSON HORNET convertible. VIN: 39081. Toro Red/red canvas/red leather. Odo: 26,735 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x1bbl, 3-sp. Museum-fresh and said to be “readily driveable.” Toro Red exterior matches the red leather interior. Extensive restoration in 2009. Fitted with period-correct driver’s side spotlight. Desirable Twin-H carb setup. Cond: 2. #2161-1946 DIVCO MILK TRUCK custom. VIN: 306F00125. Yellow/gray velour. Odo: 5,009 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lowered and chopped, riding on airbags, giving it a relatively aerodynamic look—for a milk truck, anyway. Decent paint and interior work. SBC power. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. In some of “Madman” Muntz’s commercials, he would promise to take a sledgehammer and smash a car on television if the car wasn’t sold that day. “I buy them retail and sell ’em wholesale,” he’d say. “It’s more fun that way!” The company managed to produce only about 400 cars 1951–54, and due to the high manufacturing cost, Muntz himself estimated that his company lost about $1,000 on each car. The auction estimate was $150k–$200k, but the top sale in recent years was just $82,500 (RM Rochester, MI, 2010, ACC# 166155). #2083-1953 STUDEBAKER STARLIGHT coupe. VIN: 1051474. Ultra Glow Orange/ tan leather. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Robert Digman performed all of the bodywork, which included removing about 70% of the chrome and shaving the door handles. LT1 V8 painted body color, HPCcoated headers, a/c, custom radiator, Heidts springs, chrome pro shocks, Magnum 11inch disc brakes, Ford rear end, Billet Specialties rims, Studebaker Hawk dashboard, and Dakota digital instrumentation. Cond: 2. #3020-1953 MUNTZ JET convertible. VIN: 53M527. Yellow/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 5 miles. 337-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, auto. High-quality restoration. Equipment includes Deluxe heater, spotlights and outside mirror. No Muntz stereo in it, but the 8-track is a nice period touch. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. One of an estimated 500 produced in 1951. $90k used to be top of the market for Hornet convertibles, but prices are now topping $100k. Market-correct price. Well bought and sold. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $29,000. The 1953–54 Studebaker coupe design is one of the alltime greats, and they are aerodynamic enough to be still racing Bonneville today. The smooth Starliner hard top and companion Starlight fixed-pillar coupe were mainly the work of Robert E. Bourke, chief of the Raymond Loewy studios. This car has to be worth twice the offer, even if the seller has four times the offer invested. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV Barrett-Jackson — Hot August Nights Auction A ONE-OWNER 1962 CORVAIR SOLD FOR $6,600, AND A CUSTOM 1952 CADILLAC ROADSTER BROUGHT $88K BarrettJackson Reno, NV July 31–August 2, 2014 Auctioneer: Tom “Spanky” Assiter and Associates automotive lots sold/ offered: 304/318 Sales rate: 96% Sales total: $9,905,445 High american sale: 1932 Ford custom roadster, sold at $110,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices a near-perfect, one-owner 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 2-dr sedan sold at $6,600 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report by Travis Shetler, images courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Market opinions in italics B arrett-Jackson returned for the second time to northern Nevada for Hot August Nights 2014. The sale had a strong 96% sales rate, as nearly all of the vehicles sold with no reserve. Barrett-Jackson reported that there were more bidders and consignors this year and that as a result of their diverse docket, they attracted a broader collector audience. There were fewer six-figure sales this year. The traveling show booths that accompany a Barrett-Jackson production were in full swing with everything from the new Hellcat to new Chevrolets and Fords, as well as custom trailers, art, boots, and car builders. The offerings came from all points of the automotive world. Barrett-Jackson buyers had their choice of pickups, customs, hot rods, resto-mods, muscle cars, classic European and American sports cars as well as factorynew restorations and a few boats and motorcycles. The overall selection included a large percentage of highquality vehicles in #1 and #2 condition, especially Hot August Nights-appropriate customs and street rods. One of my faves was a 1952 Cadillac that had been built into a stunningly beautiful roadster in red metallic pearl. It found a new owner for $88k. At the affordable end was a one-owner 1962 Corvair, sold at $6,600. The Barrett-Jackson Cup competition returned this year with $110k in prizes. Ultimate Best of Show Winner went to a 1957 Chevrolet pickup built by Hot Rod Garage over the course of five years. It was a completely custom truck that had modifications to every body panel. In addition to the glory, the winners took home $30k in cash and a massive prize pack of parts and tools. Barrett-Jackson is here to sell cars— and have lots of fun. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV GM #24-1926 CHEVROLET pickup. VIN: 12X1500. Rust & wood/black vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 8,869 miles. The definition of patina. Time and weather result in wood smoother than hundreds of hours of hand sanding could ever attain. #4 interior with re-covered seat. Low miles showing. Engine and running gear have been attended to. New correct wiring installed. Reportedly runs well. Cond: 4. per and bumper guards, as well as hazing to the small plastic pieces on top of the taillights. Added chrome runningboard and fender skirt options make it look even longer. Excellent interior with hydraulic windows looks and smells just right. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. This was one of five or six custom cars brought from an Arizona builder. All were done to show-car standards and finished in jet black except this one. Very strong price for a very strong car. Well sold, but buyer is happy. #736-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 21537L173727. Roman Red/red vinyl. Odo: 62,616 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Perfectly beautiful 409 with outstanding paint. Chrome and undercarriage are factory-fresh. #1 interior has crisp floormats and genuine GM smell. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,500. Well bought and sold. While it misses CCCA Classic status by one year, this Cadillac had all the gravitas one could hope for short of a V12 or V16. NOT SOLD AT $18,700. No one expected to find this vehicle here, and it charmed everyone I spoke with. Bid to a price that seemed correct. #411-1932 CHEVROLET CONFEDERATE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 3BA0422077. Pink Raspberry Pearl/white & pink leather. Odo: 51,729 miles. Eye-popping perfect pink custom show car. Former centerfold feature car in Car Kulture DeLuxe magazine. Paint expertly applied. Flawless interior has every custom feature and then some. Barrel swivel seats in white with matching pink piping echo the white with pink accents and buttons in the headliner. Drivetrain painted and chromed in every way. Cond: 1-. #681-1949 CHEVROLET 3100 custom pickup. VIN: KS133047. Champagne & emerald green/buckskin leather. Odo: 2,779 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Gorgeously constructed resto-mod with mirror finish. Colors combine with beautiful wooden bed to make this show-quality vehicle the prettiest Advance Design pickup at the auction. Interior just as striking as the outside. Extensive chassis, drivetrain and convenience modifications make this the truck for cruising Hot August Nights. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Very well priced, just over market value. Seller may be disappointed, as car was just purchased at Mecum’s Anaheim, CA, auction in November of 2013 for $55,640 (ACC# 238124). 409s are always collectible, and this red-on-red car will appreciate while looking stunning the whole time. #6-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: 209270126499. White/gold & gray vinyl. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Presents as nearly perfect. One owner, a Chevrolet dealership family. Repainted in the past to high standard. Chipping on driver’s side near taillight panel. No visible interior issues. I can’t imagine there’s a nicer Corvair to be found outside of a museum. Odometer illegible. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,350. Originality is always the best investment, but the modifications didn’t decrease the value of this pickup. (They didn’t increase the value either.) Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $29,700. Well bought and sold. Buyer could never re-create for price, and seller received good money. This is the airconditioned “Kandy-Kolored Pink-Flake Streamline Baby” (sorry, Mr. Wolfe) which is absolutely needed for at least one evening of cruising during Hot August Nights. #409-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 75 limousine. VIN: 497520498. Dark blue/gray cloth. Odo: 13,311 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Car presents a mature and handsome face to the crowds. Deep blue paint looks gorgeous and has an imposing presence. (What a grille!) Some paint chips around the bustle trunk lid, scratches on the rear bum- 68 AmericanCarCollector.com #7001-1952 CADILLAC roadster. VIN: 526255302. Red metallic pearl/tan leather. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Concoursquality tri-stage red metallic pearl over an amazingly soft tan leather interior. Trim is 100% fresh. Chopped roadster windshield is raked and looks right. The #1 interior is beautifully done with a custom console between formed bucket seats and a full rear seat. Attention to detail is everywhere, and the leather completely covers the doors, kick panels and even the firewall. Super cool. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $6,600. Well bought and sold. Corvairs just have a tough time bringing a lot of money, so the seller should not be too despondent. The buyer made a good purchase of a very nice car. #712-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N582709. Rallye Green & white/green vinyl/green vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Magnificently restored Z/28. Perfect paint nicely offsets sparkling chrome trim, brilliant white striping highlighting the cowl induction and the halo vinyl top. Scratch to right rear fender and also hood and trunk alignment problems. Interior only held back by tired A-pillar trim and an odd mark on console. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,400. Very well sold and bought. Slightly above the market, but the colors and the


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV glows deep into the finish, which is beautifully applied. Seam between roof and rear window panel of the cab vaguely visible but does not detract. Lowered ride over aftermarket wheels, which look perfect. Very good interior is redone in a black with leather trim in the original pattern. Cond: 1-. presentation of this highly collectible car justify the price. Brown/black vinyl/tan & gold vinyl. Odo: 4,731 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Funky but attractive “Espresso” green-brown paint is fine. Rebuilt hood-mounted tachometer and vinyl halo roof look nice. New headlight doors misaligned, especially on the right. Nice interior looks good, with typical GM console lid curling up at front edge. Engine rebuilt 2,000 miles previously. Cond: 3+. #366-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379A100577. Espresso SOLD AT $25,300. Well bought and sold. This is the last year of this very appealing body style. Easy and comfortable to drive, they scratch the classic car/justifiable truck/ pretty-hot-rod itch with aplomb. SOLD AT $18,150. Very well bought by at least several thousand dollars. This car will go up in value. Enjoy driving it while fixing a few details. #702-1970 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242670Z142237. Starlight Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 95,997 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Triple-black PHS-documented vehicle with “upgraded” 4-speed. Presents as a good-looking older restoration. Some problems with paint on the trunk and passenger’s door. #2 interior displays patina with no specific issues. Highly optioned. Cond: 2-. #399-1972 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L2N160140. Flame Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 7,308 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Absolutely fantastic orange finish on a car restored to show-car standards. One tiny flaw in the paint by the Camaro emblem above the grille. Bumpers, lenses, rubber, and stripes are without issue. #1 interior is perfect. There are several individual plastic pieces inside these second-generation Camaros that are rarely aligned. However, this one has everything lined up nicely, even by the glovebox. Sold new in Needles, CA. Cond: 1-. exhaust splits behind the cab and exits to either side. Modified suspension. Custom #1 interior with transmission selector and window switches moved to console. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,900. Well bought and sold. Horribly expensive to build, but the seller’s pride is evident throughout. Buyer got $100k of tricks and head-turning style for pennies on the dollar. CORVETTE #757-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: E57S100158. Black/ black canvas/tan leather. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Custom nut-and-bolt restomod that is show-car perfect. Paint, engine bay, powder-coated chassis and adjustable suspension are spectacular. Fantastic interior finished in custom soft leather with push-button start. This car is perfect, with too many upgrades to count. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,900. Very well bought and sold. Just below the top of the market range, which is hard to do on a custom car. Purchaser will have nothing but enjoyment and should break even when finished, if he is ever able to part with it. SOLD AT $38,500. A well-optioned, fully documented, and gorgeous car. Very well sold and bought with a price near the top of the value range. Highly collectible and so beautifully finished in a stunning color. Everyone involved must be pleased. SOLD AT $36,300. Quite well sold, with a sales price just above market. Four-speed is preferable, but no information on what it was previously. Buyer has a vehicle that may be enjoyed as it is and will likely increase in value over time. #372-1972 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CCS142Z178874. Royal Ruby Red/black cloth. Odo: 6,704 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Gleaming show truck. Burgundy paint 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #718-1978 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CCL448Z201491. Maroon/red cloth. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Custom show truck with $136k invested, and it shows. Mirror-finish paint with zero issues. Chopped top, suicide doors, tilt front and bed. Engine bay with completely customized firewall. Exceptional #765-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S116640. Tuxedo Black/silver vinyl/silver leather. Odo: 59,753 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Previously restored L78 with unusual silver leather interior. Black paint is high quality and well cared for. Excellent interior. Some patina to the seats and maybe a slight misalignment to the passenger’s side. First year for the big block and standard 4-wheel disc brakes. Desirably optioned with knockoffs, teak wheel and headrests, among others. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. Extremely well bought at the very bottom of the value range. As with the fuel-injected models, these are sixfigure cars at the top of the food chain for mid-’60s Corvettes. #768-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S110274. Sunfire BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV Yellow/black leather. Odo: 1,025 miles. 327ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Perfect yellow L79. Only flaws in paint are where top meets the body behind the doors. Trim very nice, with a small issue at the left rear bumper. Superb interior with slight patina to seats and typically grubby GM gray rearview mirror safety rubber. Cond: 1-. #639-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S426951. British Green/black vinyl. Odo: 28,988 miles. 327ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Garage-find Corvette with good options, documentation and history. One owner until 2010. Terrible checking to paint, with some stress-fracture cracking and deep scratches on driver’s door. Respectable authenticity, but beyond patina—every panel needs to be redone. Door handles uniformly sprung and missing chrome finish. Interior nice but for scrapes on the painted trim. Originally purchased in La Habra, CA, for owner’s son who did not return from Vietnam. Fully serviced. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $73,700. Quite well bought, almost in the middle of the current market value. Sold in 2012 at Mecum’s Houston auction for $71,550 (ACC# 211443). Lots of room for increase here. #422-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S427381. Bronze/ bronze hard top/black leather. Odo: 19,620 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A striking numbers-matching ’68 with expert paint. Small hole in fiberglass below bumper on driver’s side. Well-executed interior with the matching hard top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,000. Well bought and sold. Slightly above the bottom of the market range. Compelling story definitely a factor in this sale. #405-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S705737. Tuxedo Black/black hard top/black leather. Odo: 26,550 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Triple black and presents very well. No paint issues noted. Removable rear window with fit issues and window felt stands out as the rest of the car is so nice. Very well optioned. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. Well bought just under market value. Perhaps a few more options would have helped, but this was one of the prettiest C3s in Reno. Polar White/red vinyl. Odo: 96,925 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Proper rotisserie restoration on a numbers-matching L79 convertible in a sharp original color combination. Minor issues include paint chip behind passenger’s door, rock chip to side window and scruffy chrome header where top joins windshield. Excellent interior and engine bay nicely put together. Cond: 1-. #638-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S404316. SOLD AT $44,000. Well sold above market. Well bought also, as nice cars bring extra value. FOMOCO #675-1928 FORD MODEL A lakester. VIN: NCS89796. White & red/dark tan vinyl. SoCal lakebed racer with detailed period style. Vintage E&J headlamps and carburetor stacks add to the car’s presence. Some SOLD AT $26,400. Very well bought. The seller claimed to have $35k in receipts for the rebuild. No question buyer has plenty of upside. 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $39,600. Designed to be the most luxurious vehicle available in 1956; the original price was near $10,000, and the cars were very well optioned. Many unique parts, but fantastically attractive and richlooking. Nicely bought, just above the bottom of the market range. Lots of upside here. SOLD AT $42,900. Well bought and sold near the top of the current market. This was the nicest Thunderbird at this year’s auction, and the buyer should be more than pleased. #677-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II coupe. VIN: C56D2830. Cream white/tan leather. Odo: 59,626 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Adventurous European styling for a 1950s American. Old paint with issues in the rain gutters and also in the rear fender intake vent scoops. Chrome trim in very nice order with some rubber issues around the windshield. #2+ interior recovered in Scottish Bridge of Weir leather with cloth inserts that look exquisite except for trim problems on the door panels. Cond: 3. bubbling in #2 paint job. #1 interior coupled with almost innumerable custom accents, modifications and accessories. Featured in June 2012 Street Rodder magazine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. Last seen one year ago at Mecum Monterey, not sold at $31k (ACC# 230794). Price is well below cost, but probably fair. Fantastic for vintage events, not too pure to use, and definitely unique. #696-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH287818. Fiesta Red/red hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 33,221 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A properly painted, correct-color Thunderbird that looks very sharp. Minor paint issue above the grille and some chrome defects. Restored in 1988 and garaged since, still standing confident. The Miramar Naval Air Station sticker on the windshield contributes to the solid feeling. Interior nearly perfect, with just speedometer hazing and an updated stereo to distract the eye. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV #12-1963 FORD FALCON wagon. VIN: 3R24F177312. Wimbledon White/red vinyl. Odo: 33,960 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Pretty little wagon, especially with the red interior. Owned by one Reno family since new, with a recent, decent-quality repaint. Trim around windows is worn, chrome on body and the wavy rear bumper are a little tired and pitted. Very good interior is bright but shows puckering around the window cranks. Cond: 2. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Stunning frame-off restoration down to each nut and bolt. Frame painted to match. No issues in the paint or the trim. Interior also great. Lots of modernization, including suspension, drivetrain, custom dash and gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,400. Well sold. People get worked up about these early Broncos being cut at the wheelwells, but even with the modifications, this truck presents just as it should. SOLD AT $10,725. Well bought and sold. The one-desert-owner history adds to the value. While Lot 391 (the resto-mod Falcon woodie wagon) sold for $44k, price here was good money for this car, which still had a number of needs. Easy fixes and lots to enjoy while dialing everything in. #35-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5R07C163651. Poppy Red/black vinyl. Odo: 57,043 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Presents as a completely perfect early Mustang. Paint is very nice, with just some of the chrome showing as a little tired, especially the window trim. Interior is very nice but for the package shelf cover, which looks like it should have been in a different car, as the new material is lumpy. The dash cover raises questions. A beautiful little Mustang with low mileage and everything already done. Cond: 2+. #636-1969 FORD TORINO Talladega fastback. VIN: 9A46Q189831. Presidential Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 46,445 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rare NASCAR homologation car presented an imposing, purposebuilt demeanor. Professionally restored, with minute rubber fit issues around headlight trim in the aero-nose. Excellent interior looks almost too plain for even a fleet vehicle. Talladegas were very subtly and secretly modified down to the rocker panel stampings for every possible advantage. Cond: 3. top of the value range. Buyer should also be happy for the unique provenance and the fact that this car will only appreciate. MOPAR Green metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 11,828 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. 1969½ M-code Super Bee with an absolutely flawless finish. Wearing an incredible color combination with perfect white stripes, white top and #1 white interior. The only problem found is scratches and scuffs in the rear window glass. Under the factory fiberglass hood, the motor and engine bay are better than original. One of 826 440 Six Pack-equipped hard tops with rare options. Absolutely a visually stunning Mopar. Rebuilt 1969 engine and matching-numbers 4-speed. Cond: 1-. #726-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23M9A302906. SOLD AT $48,950. Very well bought. These cars are less valuable than the Superbirds that Mopar was forced to design and produce in response to Ford’s nearly 30 wins during 1969. They may never catch up in value, but pricing on these cars will not decline. Previously sold four months age at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach this year for $44k (ACC# 243175), which makes this look like a fair price. SOLD AT $16,500. Well bought and sold. Slightly above market value, but such a sharp car with the right additions. It is possible to find a similar one for less, but it would need paint and/or a motor. This one is done and ready to drive. #404-1968 FORD BRONCO pickup. VIN: U14NLC84454. Red & gray/black leather. #770-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 0F02M482496. Gulfstream Aqua/aqua steel/white vinyl. Odo: 53,209 miles. Onefamily-owned car purchased in 1992 by the current owner’s uncle. Show-winning, original car which has been garaged since new. Some touch-up to spots on the rear decklid and the surrounding area. Fantastic taillights and exhaust tips. Unusual shallow buckling on passenger B-pillar. #3 interior has a split seam on the driver’s seat and also a hole in the left armrest. Carroll Shelby signature on right sunvisor. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $77,000. Very well bought and sold. The M40 package adds 25% to the high market value of $65,500, according to the ACC Pocket Price Guide. Everyone should be happy, but it is likely the buyer who is happiest. The perfect muscle car, highly collectible and sought-after with a screaming color scheme. It could not be restored for this amount of money, and the value is only going up. AMERICANA #56-1952 WILLYS JEEP. VIN: 22599. Olive drab/olive drab canvas/green vinyl. Odo: 41,329 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. The sheet metal on this military Jeep is a bit rough and wavy but could have been built that way. Spotless outside and inside. Paint set off nicely by the re-covered seats. Underhood finished to museum quality. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. Quite well sold at the 74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $16,500. Well sold and well bought. This is likely all of the money, but it BEST BUY


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GLOVEBOXNOTES By John L. Stein 2015 Dodge Challenger Srt Hellcat would be tough to find as much Jeep for the same price. Price as tested: $62,080 equipment: Supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8 engine with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, 6-speed manual Tremec transmission, anti-spin 3.70 differential, 5-link rear suspension, 20x9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels, 275/40ZR20 Pirelli summer tires, Brembo six-piston brakes, Bilstein three-mode active suspension, electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, functional hood scoop, projector headlamps, back-up camera, quad exhausts, dual-zone automatic temperature control, Harman Kardon audio system with 18 speakers and subwoofer, 8.4-inch touch-screen display, Uconnect, 200-mph speedometer. ePa mileage: 13/21 Likes: This car has fantastic bandwidth. It can idle through traffic, tour in supreme comfort, and dispatch almost anything else on the road. It’s subtle enough that most people won’t notice the “Supercharged” fender badges, huge 20-inch rubber, gaping cold-air inlet or aluminum intercooler. But those who get it will go ape. The touchscreen adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes, stability control and exhaust-note settings are terrific, as are the rocking HD audio, Pandora, Wi-Fi system and more. The huge trunk adds utility. Dislikes: At 4,488 pounds, the Hellcat outweighs a 2015 Corvette Z06 by nearly a half-ton, and seat-of-the-pants driving impressions confirm it. While fast, the chunky Hellcat is not the pin-your-ears-back Superbike experience I’d expected. Despite great cornering manners on smooth roads, when the pavement undulates, the car’s heft really becomes apparent. I found the growling exhaust too loud at idle and the Tremec 6-speed manual stiff shifting, and the low front air dam loves curbs. Verdict: This is a Hot August Nights or Woodward Dream Cruiser more than a Corvette killer. It’s as big and heavy as it is powerful, making it an unlikely candidate for racetrack supremacy. That said, Dodge did a tremendous job pouring functionality and refinement into the Hellcat, from huge power to emphatic styling, and from creature comforts to advanced electronics. So while 707 horsepower is what most people will remember about the Hellcat, in reality, the tremendous overall package is what makes it special. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: overall experience: 76 SOLD AT $21,450. Very well bought with good potential for future appreciation. Finding another one-owner, fully documented, and numbers-matching supercharged Avanti is not likely. The history obtained from the owner left me biased (especially the family road trip to Canada and down the West Coast), but this was just magnificent. Seller likely happy, too, as sale will provide for the smaller car in which he will tour the country with a small sleeper trailer three months of each year. A AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $30,250. A true custom unlike anything else. This appealed to me, and I could imagine it appealing to a lot of people like me for a long time. Well bought and sold. #363-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. VIN: 63R3906. Avanti Red/red leather. Odo: 132,632 miles. 289-ci V8, supercharged, 4-sp. Original-owner Avanti. One of 738 with supercharger. Nicely repainted to Avanti Red with traces of original turquoise visible underhood. Some bumper and trim issues. Seats re-covered in red with dash, doors and trim finished in “airliner” light gray. Vanity mirror drawer mounted in glovebox adds to the vibe. One of the first disc brake-equipped American production autos that broke nearly 30 Bonneville records. Super-sharp Studebaker. Cond: 2+. #359-1956 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK coupe. VIN: 6032159. Brown & beige/tan leather. Odo: 30,088 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Absolutely gorgeous and imposing automobile in a pleasing color combination. No issues with paint. Some pitting on the chrome trim—specifically the hood ornament and the dummy hood scoop. Fender-top turn signals are echoed at the rear with the backup lights. Interior beautifully reupholstered with stunning turned aluminum trim. Rear seat armrest rises on four hinged pedestals for comfort—an unexpected touch. Cond: 2+.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA Mecum — The Daytime Auction A 1965 FORD F-100 THAT WAS SPECIAL-ORDERED BY ITS LONGTIME OWNER AND NEVER RESTORED SOLD FOR A PROPER $18K Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA August 14–16, 2014 auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec automotive lots sold/ offered: 361/643 Sales rate: 56% Sales total: $34,582,960 High american sale: 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline, sold at $1,539,000 buyer’s premium: 8% ($500 minimum), included in sold prices unrestored, original-paint 1965 Ford F-100 Custom Cab pickup, sold at $18,360 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts biggest selection. The final numbers all looked good for Mecum. M Despite 34 fewer consigned cars than last year, a slightly higher percentage sold (56% over last year’s 55%), generating more than $3 million in additional sales. They also had seven cars bring over a million bucks — compared to four last year. Topping the sales of American cars was a Duesey — literally. The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline offered here was very well traveled and documented in Classic circles. The new owner stepped into it for $1.5m shortly after the consignor elected to drop the reserve. Next down the domestic high-sale list was a car that may not be an American purebred but is still revered in the muscle car world: a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 (converted to S/C spec), sold at $1.1m. Standouts below the hundred-grand mark included a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A at $67k and a 1966 Oldsmobile 442 F-85 at $55k. A 1965 Ford F-100 that was special-ordered by its longtime owner and never restored sold for a proper $18k. top seller: 1930 Duesenberg model J torpedo berline, sold at $1,539,000 ecum’s “Daytime Auction” once again earned the title of largest auction in total consignments on the Monterey Peninsula. Mecum may not have had the biggest purse; but they did have the As in past years, Mecum’s plentiful and helpful staff, excellent single-lot catalogs for the star cars, and stressfree parking were again appreciated. Mecum’s top-notch staff makes attending one of their events a pleasure — whether you’re a buyer, seller, or even a tire-kicker. Filling a unique niche in the auction schedule here, Mecum continues to deliver good results, and success should continue as long as they maintain their focus. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA GM #S209-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 65 4-dr convertible sedan. VIN: 7270907. Beige metallic/parchment cloth soft top/brown leather. Odo: 21,860 km. GM Continental factory export car to Antwerp, Belgium; originally sold to Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands. Fitted with dual sidemounts, trafficators, bullet-resistant glass, Marchal driving lights, and radio calibrated for European broadcast. Muted but presentable old paint. Some brightwork, such as the bumpers, was replated, but the bulk of the trim is original. Heavily faded but intact and cool early post-war Aral gasoline decals on the windshield. Light weathering and wrinkling to the top. Upholstery seems too crudely done to be factory-original, especially the seams, even if there’s some patina to it. Heavily cracked steering-wheel rim, which is missing the horn button. Maintained-butdingy engine bay. Bill of sale, no title. Cond: 3. in that it didn’t state explicitly that this was the original engine that came with the car. It read, “Correct rebuilt 348 ci...” You make the call. A fairly strong sale. #F227-1960 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 Fiesta wagon. VIN: 607C03798. White & light green/green cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 87,491 miles. 371-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, brakes and rear window. Period-accessory a/c. Repainted stock color scheme, but with pinstriping added. Some body cracking at corners around the door jambs. Replated bumpers, buffed-out trim. Dog-dish hubcaps in lieu of full wheel covers. Original dry-rotted vent window seals and pitted vent glass. Seats and door panels reupholstered in stock patterns but with modern automotive fabric. Condensation staining on the replacement carpet by the a/c unit. Recent cosmetic redo under the hood. Cond: 3+. better than original. All repro interior soft trim; some carpet soiling. Modern retro-look tape deck. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,500. The blackwalls and dog dishes looked weird at first, but after you look at it for a little while, it works. My ’62 Corvair Monza convertible originally came in this Twilight Turquoise, and looking at this Impala, maybe I shouldn’t have changed it. (Two decades ago I thought it looked too plain.) A strong car for strong money. #F46-1963 CHEVROLET C10 Custom Suburban SUV. VIN: 3C146S178270. Light green & white/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 42,476 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Poor prep and paint, lifting in places. Missing trim pieces accentuate masking errors. Repro grille and replated bumpers. Crooked aftermarket antenna. Generic modern seat NOT SOLD AT $62,000. It’s interesting that Her Majesty only ordered a mid-level Fisher-bodied series 65, rather than a Fleetwood-bodied series 75. Perhaps it was in the interest of looking less flashy or more prudent, in that a 65 sits on a 132-inch wheelbase rather than the 75’s 141-inch for being more nimble on smaller European roads. Then again, she was also quite loyal to The General, also buying a McLaughlinBuick in 1938. Bid slightly rich for an example without ownership provenance, but one wonders how much better this welldocumented example would do even in Holland. #S48-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F58S187624. White/white vinyl/red, black and silver vinyl. Odo: 239 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, brakes, windows, top, and Wonderbar AM radio with twin rear antennas. Also fitted with Continental kit, fender skirts, and twin mirror spotlights. VIN tag pop-riveted back into place after a quick frame-off restoration. Excellent body prep and paint. Missing a couple of door-to-body rubber bumpers. Excellent door and panel fit. Minimal wear on fully restored interior. Engine bay and undercarriage starting to show light soiling, but otherwise were well restored. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $91,800. The auction description was carefully worded, 80 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Bidding pretty much flatlined at the $20k point, which is probably market-correct. Still, I can easily justify it being worth a little more. #F189-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: 21867B257297. Twilight Turquoise/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,501 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with 409-horse 409, 4-speed, power top and clock. Restored well enough in the previous decade to have won an AACA National First; scored 997 out of 1,000 points in a Vintage Chevrolet Club of America national meet. Odometer reset at restoration, with the car showing 5k miles of light wear. Excellent prep and paint. Good door fit. Replated bumpers and mostly reproduction trim. Replacement top is fitted upholstery with period-style seatbelts. Gaping holes in dash where the radio was; wires hanging below. Aftermarket babymoon hubcaps and small radial tires on the stock steel wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,990. 1962 and ’63 are special years for Chevy trucks, as ’62 was the first year for the new, cleaner-designed hood, and ’63 was the last year for the wrap-around windshield. This was a half-hearted attempt at restoration, so no wonder the consignor put it up for sale. Regardless of the continuing escalation of vintage truck values, this sold well. #T47-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 3R124S108332. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 315 miles. 164ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Described as a “barn find” but with a repaint inside and out. Floors non-stock battleship gray. NOM 110hp motor with 4-speed. Later-vintage widerthan-stock steel wheels. Engine bay has a fair amount of overspray on most everything to some extent—including the large quantities of added wiring with crimp connectors and interduct. Odd interior redo: While the seat was reupholstered with correct nylon, the dash and interior steel was painted


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA QUICKTAKE 1971 Chevrolet Corvette coupe SoLD at $44,280 Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, PA, 7/24-27/2014, Lot F107 VIN: 194371S110716 L71, LS6, L88. When it comes to Corvettes, the biggest of the big blocks tend to sell for the biggest money. And it should be no real surprise that collectors love them. These were the highest-performance Corvettes of their day, and most of today’s buyers want the hottest-spec versions for both their performance and bragging rights. But what about usability? A 427/435 Corvette is fully drivable, but it’s not what you might call easy to use. A high-compression engine with solid lifters and massive induction (three carbs in the case of the L71) tends to be finicky. Cruising on a cool night is one thing. What about sitting in traffic on a warm summer day? That’s why I love cars like this Corvette coupe. The LS5 454 is just a little bit tamer than the solid-lifter LS6, but because of that, it’s a lot more drivable out in the real world. You still get a mountain of torque that only a big block can deliver, but you also get hydraulic lifters, a Q-jet carb and oval-port heads, all of which lowers where the engine’s power band kicks in, and makes for less maintenance and fewer headaches. That raises its fun factor in the real world. And as an added plus, the premium you’d pay for a headlining engine isn’t there. This Corvette came with the 365-hp LS5, a TH400 automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and more. It looked great inside and out, with what appear to be all the right parts in all the right places. The color is also claimed to be original, too. At $44k, this car was near the upper end of the $26,000 to $56,500 ACC Pocket Price Guide range — but its condition warranted the money. It should be a great driver, too, regardless of where you want to take it, or how long it takes to get there. Well bought. A — Jim Pickering bright gold instead of dull Fawn Beige. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,120. To tell whether a Forward Control has the correct engine (if you didn’t know that the 110 was never offered in a truck), look for the oil-fill tube. An original truck engine will have a different casting on the rear to allow for easy oil fill-up from the “mail slot” out back. (Otherwise, you have to unbolt the top engine cover—which is not designed for easy removal.) With the reserve off at $11k, it must have been easy to spot the consignor at the hotel that night—he’d be the guy buying everyone drinks. #T102-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 824F30946. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 57,961 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation and window sticker not displayed but reportedly confirm it’s a real TriPower. Also equipped with power steering and brakes, center console, and wire wheelcovers. Better-quality repaint done a few years back. Solid door fit with decent gaps. All interior soft trim redone with reproduction pieces around the time the car was repainted. Gauges show some yellowing, interior brightwork has some scuffing and pitting. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. The thing I really liked about this car was the wire wheelcovers. Since everyone puts either steelies with dog-dish caps or Rally I/Rally II wheels on these when they get restored, you rarely see wheelcovers on GTOs anymore. More often than not, they were sold with full wheel covers, and yes, that included fake wires. Bid strong enough for a good car that’s been enjoyed since restoration. #T5-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 2-dr hard top. VIN: 105375L112074. Blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 27,940 miles. 164ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Factory a/c with a modern compressor. Optional 110-hp engine. Miles believed actual. Has been repainted and cosmetically refurbished. Mix of original and repro brightwork. Minimal seat wear, moderate carpet wear. Aftermarket retrolook tape deck. Modern radial tires. Various home fixes and changes under the hood: modern silicone plug wires, cut-off switch, new economy-grade battery cables, and enough additional wiring with crimp connectors to make me nervous to drive it.Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,720. While the seller may think that it’s a low-mile original, I’m not 82 AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA drinking that Kool-Aid. I’ve worked on more than enough to know a minty low-mile original from an arid-climate daily driver from a beat-up rusty dog. This car is the middle category. There’s far too much corrosion on the engine components and undercarriage for it to be a low-mile baby. If it is low miles, it’s been ran hard and stored poorly at various times over its nearly 50 years. Hopefully the buyer knew what he was buying. #F73-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 F-85 2-dr sedan. VIN: 334076M383445. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 32,298 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional W-30 Ram Air package, M21 4-speed and 4.11 differential. Restored in past few years. Vastly-better-than-stock repaint. Stated to retain its original interior soft trim, body panels and glass. Almost looks too good to be original for the interior vinyl. Miles claimed actual. Excellent doorto-cowl-to-hood fit, but driver’s door doesn’t latch well. Authentically restored under the hood. Tidy undercarriage. Cond: 2+. Tidy engine bay and undercarriage, with non-OEM muffler. Light wear starting to show on the floor mats and carpeting, minimal wrinkling on seats. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. Something of a frequent flier, this last shows up in our database at B&T Specialty’s auction in Reno in 2012, then a no-sale at $85k (ACC# 213461). Not getting much better with age—and banged around from being hauled all over the West Coast. Watch this space for it to rear its head again. #T71-1971 BUICK SKYLARK GS Stage 1 replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 434371Z114593. Saturn Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 54,701 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NOM 455 and converted from column-shift automatic to 4-speed; column shift collar still there, as well as the column-shift automatic speedometer. Good color-change repaint with GSX graphics and spoiler added. Factory power steering and power front discs. Doors don’t fit flush to the body in several spots, but at least they shut okay. Wavy replated back bumper. Newer kit-sourced interior soft trim. Aftermarket leather steering-wheel rim cover and race tachometer with shift light mounted on the A-pillar. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,680. Doing the math: $50k is due to the car being owned by John Wayne until death did he part, $20k is for the Barris modification (the uncharacteristic restraint and good taste may even warrant a bonus), and we are correctly left with a nice $6,680 wagon. Works for me. #T22-1976 CHEVROLET CAPRICE CLASSIC 4-dr hard top. VIN: 1N39S6J158162. White/maroon vinyl/maroon velour. Odo: 135 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 123 actual miles since built, as it was pickled by the original dealer and is still on the MSO. Optional 454 V8, a/c, power windows, seats, locks, and trunk, rear-window defogger, tilt steering column, color-keyed seatbelts, light group, wire wheel covers, and 8-track. Fabulously well kept and all original. Recent cleanup and fluid change. No more flaws in the paint and bodywork than what GM originally put there. Undercarriage shows light corrosion from sitting. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,080. Stated that this is one of 54 ’66 W-30s. If so, I’ve been lucky to have tripped over two well-restored examples so far this year at Mecum auctions. The last one was at their Spring Classic in May. It failed to sell at $60k, so I feel that this one was a decent buy. #F95.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N693672. Le Mans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 35,406 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include JL8 4-wheel power disc brakes, power steering, spoiler, gauge-pack center console, Rosewood steering wheel, radio delete. Also fitted with Cross Ram induction and steel cowl-induction hood. High-quality repaint done a few years ago, now starting to show light edge-chipping and polishing swirls. Modern replacement windshield. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Two hits on our radar in 2012. First, declared sold at Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indy at $29k (ACC# 204483), then declared sold at $25k at Barrett-Jackson Orange County (ACC# 209807). Bids for less each time offered. Not a good trend. #S79-1975 PONTIAC GRAND SAFARI wagon. VIN: 2P45W5X156068. Gunmetal metallic/black vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 33,649 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally sold new to Batjac Productions, which was John Wayne’s production company. Immediately shipped to George Barris and fitted with a taller roof over the passenger’s compartment so the Duke didn’t have to take his hat off to drive. Light cosmetic restoration completed by Barris’ shop earlier this year. Good repaint. New carpets, good original seats, some re-dyed vinyl and plastic. Period Western alloy wheels. Hole where antenna used to be. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,760. For once, a GM dealer that didn’t tuck away a ’76 Eldorado convertible or ’78 Corvette Pace Car, but the last year of the unabashed GM full-sized road barge. Each month, you can find tons of the two former cars in any publication catering to collector car sales. Good luck finding another ’76 Caprice 4-door in anywhere near this condition, much less still on the MSO. Since it’s still cheaper than a 2014 Impala, I’m calling it well bought. CORVETTE #S56-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S100415. White/white hard top/black soft top/black leather. Odo: 41,490 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original engine in the car, but the consignor stated that he’ll ship the original block to the new owner if requested. Rear wheelwells were radiused back in the day, but were also filled in, so they don’t help much for big back tires. Okay repaint. Equipped with sidepipes, power brakes, November-December 2014 83


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA alloy wheels, and AM/FM radio with power antenna. Leather seats moderately wrinkled. Generally clean under the hood; no engine call-out decal on air-cleaner lid. Older whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Well, the consignor needn’t worry about fetching a pallet to mail off what’s left of the original motor. There was enough going on here that nobody looked seriously at the car. High bid should have been enough. FOMOCO #F201-1965 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. VIN: F10BK690878. Pastel blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 9,912 miles. 300-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. One-owner truck until recently; special-ordered from the Ford dealer in Corvallis, OR. Dealer-installed under-dash a/c. Period auxiliary fuel tank, CB radio screams 1975, side marker lights are anywhere in between. Well-cared-for lightly nicked original paint throughout. Heavier wear in the pickup box, so it wasn’t babied. Nice original seat with dealer-installed vinyl cover. Recently washed-off engine bay, various quality replacement service parts. Older radial tires. Cond: 3. the seller, nearly doubling his money in four years. As for the buyer, thanks for helping anchor 427 Cobras in the million-dollar club. #T103-1969 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GLF14948. Pagoda Green & white/ parchment vinyl. Odo: 39,871 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Dual fuel tanks. Period-accessory Koenig winch. Converted to a Hurst floor shift from the original column shift, with the nub still on the column. Cut-out wheelwells with aftermarket fiberglass flares. Good repaint. Most of the trim is whitepainted. Floppy, sloppy door fit. Modern aftermarket radio antenna, dual exhaust, Class III hitch, steering wheel, and poorly fitted carpeting. Reproduction seat upholstery front and rear. Cond: 3+. their pony car there using the original project code name for it: the T5. This continued until the trademark expired in 1978. Even if it’s the only ’71 T5 Mach 1 in North America, this bid should have been sufficient. MOPAR #F152-1948 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Town & Country sedan. VIN: C38152342. Seafoam green & wood/green leather & plaid cloth. Odo: 64,299 miles. 251-ci I6, 1-bbl, other. Equipped with Fluid Drive, spotlights, and driving lamps. Original paint on fenders has moderate chipping and scratching. Older bumper replate. Three of four doors fit relatively well; left rear has a rope tied through the vent window to keep it latched. Reupholstered seats done up in a Highlander-based pattern. Original carpet getting threadbare along the edges. Older enginebay detailing is still generally tidy but not show-quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,360. Not only was 1965 the first year for the fabled Twin-I-Beam front suspension, but also the just-as-evergreen 300-cube inline six. Both survived with updates until 1996, the latter using EFI beginning in 1987. The reserve was surpassed at $17k, so no one should complain about what it brought. Especially those out there who think that old pickups are still $3,500 on their best day. black leather. Odo: 8,218 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Last restored in early 1990s, when it was repainted to original all-black scheme and converted to S/C spec. Decent repaint showing a few light chips on panel edges. Windshield seals starting to check. Minor track abrasions and dusting on undercarriage. Light wear on reupholstered seats and carpeting. Chrome fire extinguisher mounted behind passenger’s seat. Engine compartment neither detailed nor grungy. Halibrand knockoff wheels shod with modern radials. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,080,000. Last seen at Mecum’s 2010 Spring Classic in Indy, then selling for $663k (ACC# 162753). Not a bad deal for 5 #S173-1965 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. VIN: CSX3172. Black/ 84 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Windshield card called this a “Hard to find, unaltered 1969 early Ford Bronco.” Let’s see. Hard to find? Naw, since they’re the flavor of the day, with one at almost every auction. Unaltered? It may not have a flame paint job, but the tin snips were worn out after the floor shifter and rear wheelwell work. Actually, a flame paint job would be a lot easier to fix than the wheelwells. Bid to all the money in the world. #T165-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 T5 fastback. VIN: 1F05M162347. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 35,633 km. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. German market “T5” Mustang. Claimed actual miles. Professionally restored in recent years. Has Marti Report confirming its provenance and shipping documents back and forth across the Atlantic, but not displayed. Excellent prep and paint. Good door fit, but trunk gaps are all over the place. T5 dashboard with unique top center parcel shelf created with the removal of the “Mustang”-labeled panel. Light interior wear. Show-quality engine bay. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Since “Mustang” was trademarked for automotive use in West Germany by a different company, Ford sold NOT SOLD AT $40,000. These tend to get pilfered for parts for the more-desirable T&C convertibles. While those are still at the top of the pecking order, everything has shifted up significantly in the past decade, so no one will be parting out this example anytime soon. Seller would be advised to deal with things like the door-latch issue before attempting again. #T159-1959 DODGE D100 pickup. VIN: M8D1L12653. White/gold & tan vinyl. Odo: 80,417 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Oneowner truck from new. Restored 2007. Superb repaint. Excellent door and panel fit. No Dodge lettering on the replacement tailgate. All chrome trim replated, as well as originally painted Barden rear bumper. High-gloss oak box flooring. Fitted with modern swing-away mirrors and modern radial tires. Authentically reupholstered seat and door panels. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA hood has a pronounced overbite over the grille. Pretty good door fit for a woodie. Top heavily wrinkled along the edging; better workmanship on the three bench seats inside. Original-style gauges rebuilt with modern componentry and lettering. Clean and generally correct engine bay. Converted to a 12-volt. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. You’ll actually see more Sweptsides than regular-issue pickups today, since everyone saved those and parted out stepsides like this for their restorations. On top of that, when you do see a Utiline (as Dodge called their stepsides), it’ll more often than not be a work truck and not one done to this level. Actually, this was a classic case of over-restoration, but that’s what’s popular today in a lot of circles. The owner of 55 years stated that he needed to get over $30k out of it, so back home it went. #F211-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B304171. Green metallic/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 34,858 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Miles believed actual. Equipped with power steering, power front discs and AM radio with rear antenna. Recently restored to regional-show standard. Excellent paint and graphics application. Door gaps a bit wide up front, but great panel fit. All-reproduction interior soft trim. Well detailed under the hood and under the body. Runs out bonestock and quite well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,000. Previously no-saled at Russo and Steele Monterey 2010 at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 165829). The twin-ignition Eight-powered Nashes were marketed under the slogan “Eighty miles an hour in three blocks,” and having driven one on several occasions, I can tell you they are sleepers in the market. One model too small to be a Full Classic model 990, but they look nearly identical. While this one is starting to show some unwinding from the older restoration, it’s still bought well. #S62-1940 WILLYS 440 pickup. VIN: 44021745. Dark blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 20 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Better-quality bare-body repaint with some light orange peel in curves; box sides didn’t get sanded out. Tags removed and pop-riveted back on after repaint. Chrome has been replated, stainless trim professionally buffed out. Clamp-on mirrors added to each door. Layer of highly polished wood on top of the original cargo box floor. Better-than-original upholstery, including the vinyl-covered door panels and headliner (originally cardboard). Gauges rebuilt with modern components. Detailed to stock under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,960. Mopar muscle was in thin supply around here this weekend, but that’s usually the case in Monterey. Once the bidding ceased at $58k, it was announced that the reserve was $62k, which the last bidder raised his own bid to. Well bought and sold. AMERICANA #S42-1932 NASH SERIES 981 convertible Victoria. VIN: B62720. Gunmetal metallic/ black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 53,099 miles. Professionally restored well over a decade ago, likely in Europe based on the shop decal and an empty British tax disc. High-quality prep and paint, now with some light edge chipping. Good door fit. Wellfitted interior, with a hint of light wear to make it look period and cozy. Aside from the engine block being the wrong color, it’s well detailed and only showing light wear under the hood. The Bijur lubricator is in need of a refill. Dual sidemounts and removable trunk. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. One of the idiosyncrasies of the K and KB Series Cornbinders is that the hoods just don’t fit well. Generally, they have wide, uneven gaps at the cowl. While they tamed the cowl gaps on this one, it was at the expense of the fit up front. High bid was low but within reasonable selling range. #S118-1951 MUNTZ JET convertible. VIN: M125. Resale Red/black cloth hard top/ snakeskin vinyl. Odo: 40,361 miles. 337-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, auto. Lincoln flathead V8 with GM Hydra-Matic transmission. Edmunds finned aluminum heads and dual 2-barrel intake manifold. Three of four spark-plug wires are disconnected, and one plug is removed. Pulled out of storage of at least 20 years and won’t run. Repainted a long time ago. Rattly doors. Pitted chrome. Delaminating windshield. Carson-style hard top is about the most solid thing about the car. Entire interior in snakeskin vinyl. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The “Go Devil” 4-cylinder in this truck soon also found a home in the ubiquitous G503 jeep built by both Willys and Ford during WWII. Indeed, it was this engine that essentially won over the procurement board and got Willys the initial jeep contract. Rare to find a pre-war Willys pickup that’s basically stock. (They usually end up big-block-powered ProStreet monsters.) But this bid should’ve still gotten it sold, considering the less-than-original or less-than-professional deviations. #S37-1941 INTERNATIONAL K-1 woodie wagon. VIN: 27245. Green & wood/tan vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. Restored in recent years generally fairly well. Good prep and paint on the tin (likely red when new), good refinishing of the wood—although there probably aren’t a lot of original sticks left in the woodpile. Good gaps at cowl, but SOLD AT $54,000. Initially started with Cadillac V8 (the hot ticket for an out-of-the-box engine in 1951), but in short order Muntz went to Lincolns—mostly because they cost him less. They also bolted right up to a Hydra-Matic, since that’s what Lincoln used in their cars at the time in lieu of the corporate 2-speed Ford-O-Matic/Merc-O-Matic. Rougher than a cob but rarer than hen’s teeth, and no reserve helps make sense of the price. A November-December 2014 85


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Russo and Steele — Monterey 2014 THE BIG FISH IN THE ROOM WAS THE FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429, WHICH TOOK THE HIGH-SALE SLOT AT $402K Russo and Steele Monterey, CA August 14–16, 2014 auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Robb Row, Frank Bizzaro, Marty Hill, Dan Roush automotive lots sold/ offered: 102/189 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $12,115,175 High american sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $401,500 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts top of the russo and Steele sales podium — 1969 Ford mustang boss 429 fastback, sold at $401,500 Report and photos by Pierre Hedary Market opinions in italics D rew Alcazar and the Russo team turned up the heat in Monterey this year, nailing $12 million in sales among 102 vehicles sold, for an average price per car of nearly $120k. That’s a big jump from last Monterey’s $7.1m, 89 cars sold, and $80k average. Bidders turned out in force to be part of the fun, exciting auction atmosphere, scoring quality cars at realistic prices. Thursday’s sale blessed some lucky buyer with a very solid ’38 Ford Humpback for $23k. A 1953 Ford woodie wagon brought an honest $39k, which was an encouraging result, as I sized it up and decided the buyer got a deal by at least $7k. Another good sale on Thursday was Lot TH259, the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. It sold for $153k, which was strong, healthy money in the face of a number of very similar cars on offer. Friday saw many excellent sales come to fruition. A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible in #2 condition sold for a realistic $90k, and a 1948 Ford Deluxe woodie sold for $77k. The big fish in the room was the Ford Mustang Boss 429, which took the high-sale slot for American cars at $402k. The intensity built on Saturday. Early in the day, a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado sold for a bargain $57k. A 1967 Shelby GT500 sold at $94k, which was very fair for the condition. Finally, a 2006 Ford GT with 8 miles brought $297k. Sales like these pounded the sales total steadily toward its final $12m figure, and Russo finished out Monterey Car Week in excellent form. A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $90,000


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA GM #S620-1930 CADILLAC 353 coupe. VIN: 510930. Black & blue/black vinyl/gray broadcloth. Odo: 1,841 miles. Very nice early Caddy V8 with good paint and gaps, but a few liberal touches from flamboyant ’80s-style restoration. Now settling a bit, like plastic surgery on an 80-year-old lady, but still with some good qualities. Brightwork a bit dull. Interior done very well and unused. Rust in radiator, and rest of engine dilapidated, suggesting it needs help. Cond: 2-. Interior very well done, but grease stain on driver’s seat. Engine just as good as rest of car, and shows no sign of being run in awhile. Wire wheels are bright and shiny. Cond: 2. narrow tastes, you’re alienating potential future buyers if you ever decide to sell. High bid was plenty. NOT SOLD AT $52,250. A previous no-sale at Russo Scottsdale 2014 at $75k (ACC# 232319). This large, red Buick was quite a bit for the eyes. While it needed some work to get back to being a driver, the cosmetic presentation was decent, and the car looked solid. While there was a lot of activity on the block, the high bid was not within market value. NOT SOLD AT $68,750. This was right there with the other Cadillac and the Brewster. Last sold at $88k one year ago here (ACC# 227113), with no appreciation since. Looks like the needs of this old coupe were never addressed, and it did not attract the well-heeled bidders. #F404-1932 CADILLAC 370B sedan. VIN: 1300909. White & black/tan broadcloth. Odo: 19,504 miles. Older restoration of a fine V12 Caddy, now needing another restoration. Paint cracking and shrinking everywhere. Doors and hood fit lacking in symmetry, but in the ’70s I suppose it did not matter as much. Chrome trim and interior wood aging. Interior much nicer, with good glass, broadcloth and dash. Engine a bit drippy but very quiet and smooth. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3-. #F459-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5762032115. Light green metallic/green canvas/green vinyl. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice top stands out. Trim has a few scratches. Paint is good and even with lots of shiny metal flake. Bumper cones dull. Interior as-new. All gold plating nice. Cowl vent pitted. Engine superclean and looks trustworthy. Bottom dry and dirty, with no suspension lube. Cond: 2. #TH259-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 58E063922. Desert Bronze/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 93,496 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint very nice from 10 feet, but like many cars here, too heavy on the metal flake. Hood does not match. Body very straight for such a giant car, but driver’s door fit needs help. Chrome needs to be polished. Seats done well, and dash presents no flaws. Engine clean and hardly used. Same underneath. Air suspension removed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $104,500. By far the most eye-catching Eldo at this auction. While ’55 and ’58 Eldos sold, this car went back home. High bid was fair for a non-a/c car with some remaining cosmetic needs. NOT SOLD AT $42,900. Sold here a year ago for $32k (ACC# 227032). High bid reflects market value for such a car with many needs. #F441-1955 BUICK CENTURY convertible. VIN: 6B2008295. Red/white fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 10,236 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ex-Volo Auto Museum. Looks very fresh and unused. High-quality paint, but passenger’s door fit off. All other gaps are good. Most chrome is good, with a few cloudy bits around doors and windshield. 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #F412-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57L168822. Black Cherry & white/light gray vinyl/light gray vinyl. Odo: 8,523 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Resto-mod with color change. Swirl marks in paint. Gaps all very good, as is chrome. With a/c added. Funky gold gauges look like old chronometers and are out of place. Under hood is a modern 350 with injection. Wears chrome dog-dishes. Very usable. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $56,100. The only ’57 at this auction, and while it was very well done and driver-friendly, the purple paint and gold gauges may have put bidders off. Resto-modders need to remember that when you build a car to suit your own SOLD AT $153,000. While the green 1957 car was better cosmetically, this one brought a good bit more than I expected. What peeved me was the removal of the air suspension, which is what sets the Biarritz apart. Without it, it is just another oversized garage ornament. Any time you are considering a car with specialized equipment, it is often a bad sign when the specialized equipment has been removed—meaning that the person who “sorted” the car really didn’t know what he was doing or had to deal with budget constraints. #TH260-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko/SC coupe. VIN: 124379N614999. Green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,776 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Supposedly a real Yenko. Paint has a good luster, but too much metal flake. Lots of tiny


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside scratches, especially on rear left. Trunk fit poor. Engine looks very clean, but non-period hoses and clamps fitted. Original seats and dash in excellent shape. Overall very solid. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $198,000. Big muscle was selling this weekend, but it had to be perfect. This car raised too many eyebrows, and while it should have found a new home at top bid, that funky trunk fit and the other quickie details scared some people off. #F436-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 replica coupe. VIN: 124379L520137. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 72 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Z/28 transformed into a ZL1 replica. Originally with 4-speed and in original colors. Superb paint, interior and trim. Gaps better than new. Alloy block sourced through GM from a small production run 10 years ago. Heads original, with 1969 stamps. All ZL1 internals and manifold. Cond: 1-. 1973–79 Ford F-Series pickups W Average price of those months: 19 cars: $14,272 Current ACC Valuation: $13,500–$24,000 90 ith an abundant parts supply, decent styling and an average price better handled by a credit card than a tax exchange, Ford’s sixth generation of pickups are starting to see more market interest. Production spanned 1973 to 1979 and initially included the F-100, F-250 and F-350. This generation featured some significant milestones for the brand. In 1973, Ford offered its first SuperCab, responding to Dodge’s extended cab from the year prior. Ford introduced the F-150 in 1975. At the end of 1977, Ford’s F-series was named the best-selling vehicle in America — a title it has yet to relinquish. We’ve seen remarkable gains in the truck market as a whole over the past few years, but it isn’t fully priced. There appears to be plenty of room for many makes and generations to move up further. Yes, 1968–72 Chevrolets lead the charge for rising prices, but that perfect storm of availability and good looks mixed with enough people interested in spending Camaro SS money for a matching Bowtie parts hauler is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon. These Fords have just as much changeability and customization Years built: 1973–79 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 Detailing 5,101,124 potential as their General equivalents, but at a much lower entry point. So far in 2014, 1968–72 Chevy pickups averaged $22.6k. Only two handfuls of sixth-gen Ford pickups have ever sold for over $20k. Last year, the average price paid for a sixth-gen Ford was just under $10k. This year those trucks have averaged a hair over $15k. Here’s the top end: Auctions America sold a 1976 F-100 for $41,250 at their California sale at the start of August. It was a special truck, however. See the profile, p. 52. If we remove this sale from the 2014 data, the average price drops to $12,409 — still a respectable gain over the 2013 average. There are still some bargain buys. For every $20k truck in 2014, there has been a sub- $5k sale. But as shown by the rapidly rising average — and the increased attention these trucks will receive as a result — these deals are disappearing. A AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson NOT SOLD AT $74,800. ZL1s are a hot commodity, so it makes sense to buy this replica and actually use it. Car was practically new, with a perfect undercarriage, so it might be a shame to get it dirty. Owner was there to represent car, and he was very helpful. But with the word “clone” attached to it, market value is only a fraction of what an original would bring. CORVETTE #S646-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001149. White/black canvas/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 83,498 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. The most original ’53 on the Peninsula, with one repaint way back in the early ’60s. Fiberglass showing through paint. Gaps a study in GMology. Interior also original, with vinyl splitting. Underhood, motor looks authentic. Head has been off twice to repair a crack (and cast iron does not weld nicely). Fuel system has a pressure gauge added. A very


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA well-loved West Coast example. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $123,200. This car had been kept out of the elements, but it still struggled to stay together. Looked very delicate, and while it showed a valiant preservation effort, the whole thing seemed held together by a string. If this is your thing, then you are going to have a lot of parenting to do. Hats off to buyer. #F442-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S102637. Red/ black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 19,506 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Very clean C1, with fuel injection. Well-loved car, with some aging to paint and good body. Gaps better than new. Used often for a ’Vette, and runs well. Owner fired it up and it runs with no issues. Interior also very good and clean. All correct fuel-injection components in place. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,000. The owner was on hand to make sure his car was treated right. I was happy to hear it run, and he let it go at no reserve. This was fair money for such a good car, and better than anything fresh out of restoration. Time to go get some dirt on the rear fenders! #F454-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S113854. Nassau Blue Metallic/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 43,562 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint, very pretty. Fiberglass free of cracks. Gaps all per factory. Repro interior, with little to fault. Very nice engine, with good details. Real 427 car, with manual box. Top also very good. One of several late blue cars from this era at the sale. Cond: 2. This was a very clean, documented car, but it had a lot of competition. With only so many buyers for these late Sting Rays, several people were destined to end up taking their cars back home. #TH247-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S124085. Nassau Blue Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,435 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paintwork and a nice repro interior. Under the hood is a 427 of unknown origin, with most of the little details neglected. Loud chrome wheels. Found dilapidated in 1981 with no engine and said to be a real 427 car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $83,430. Previously nosaled at Russo’s Newport Beach sale in June at a high bid of $93k (ACC# 244408). NOT SOLD AT $68,750. Last seen at McCormick’s Palm Springs in November of 2013, not sold at $92k (ACC# 242743). This car did not have solid documentation to back up its 427 status, but there were pictures of the engineless hulk as discovered. The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 817.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! November-December 2014 91


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA OURCARS Monterey by C5 Corvette Even though I was trying to make time, I was still seeing and experiencing more of the country than I ever would from 35,000 feet by B. Mitchell Carlson enjoy, so I elected to drive there this year. Thing is, I live on the east side of the Mississippi River, so this was going to be one long road trip — 2,153 miles long, to be exact. Usually I fly to events like I this. But every flight I’ve had in 2014 has ranged from problematic to multi-day nightmare (I’m looking at you, United), so I was keen to fly at significantly lower altitudes with me at the controls. My 2004 Corvette Commemorative Edition coupe has served me well for going to auctions over almost six years and 60k miles. It had just gone though the full 90k-mile scheduled servicing, including new brakes, spark plugs, and all fluids. In short, it was as ready to go as ever will be for traveling over halfway across the continent, so I hopped in and pointed it west. My route was essentially all interstate: I-35, picking up westbound I-80 at Des Moines, going on until I saw the Pacific Ocean, then hanging a left on U.S. 101 to Monterey. High-velocity economy car I tend to refer to my C5 as “the high-velocity economy car,” and this trip further cemented that. I averaged 29.25 miles per gallon for the entire trip (actually dragged down by puttering around in always-congested Monterey traffic once I got there). On the road, I was getting from 28.8 to 32 mpg per tank. Some trips we take to enjoy the ride; some to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as practical. My run was the latter. Even though I was trying to make time, I was still seeing and experiencing more of the country than I ever would from 35,000 feet. I had factored being on the road for either two full days each way or three days at a leisurely pace. For this first run, I elected to go for a two-full-day drive out since it was an unproved trip for me — then possibly a more leisurely three-day return. Running time in the car came to 29 hours, 33 minutes. The two-full-day run out worked well, but I was also helped by gaining two hours crossing time zones, which also kept my body clock more constant than flying there and being two hours out of whack. Cheaper, but worth it? By the time the C5 was back in my garage, I had spent $528.20 on fuel at 12 gas stops. Two nights in motels cost $193.21. Using last year’s data, I spent $481.80 to fly on Delta (including baggage fees) and rented a Ford Taurus from Enterprise for $488.64, including the bring-itback-empty option so I didn’t need to buy a tank of gas. So I did save money by driving my own car. However, had I driven my Ford F-150, I would’ve almost doubled my fuel use. So to make it worth the effort, you need an efficient car. Is your time is better spent on the road for four days or in the air for two partial days? For Yours Truly, as one who writes about cars and their attributes, I’d rather be behind a steering wheel.A 92 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $53,900. That ridiculous green pinstripe usurped this car’s original, patinated look. If this car could have been had at high bid, it would have made sense, as not everyone needs a fully restored car that is pristine in every way. However, this gave the nagging impression that it was a cleaned-up garage ornament. With the work needed, anything over the high bid was generous. #F462-1938 LINCOLN CUSTOM roadster. VIN: 86H720930. Red/red & black leather. ’ve attended the Monterey auctions for the past few years. There are some wonderful roads in the area to While it sounded nice, remember that even the auction companies cannot prove or disprove some stories, and it is up to the buyer to make these decisions. Bidding went as high as can be expected considering the lack of documentation. #TH226-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY33 P4P5118970. Polo Green II Metallic/tan cloth/white vinyl. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Very clean C4 with a few swirls in the paint, but nothing else. Interior near-perfect, with just minor wear on driver’s seat. Engine clean and detailed, and suspension looks just as good. Very nice colors and good care. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,800. Although the digital odometer did not give me mileage access, this very clean C4 looked like a sub-40k mile example. Price paid was a bargain. FOMOCO #F424-1936 FORD MODEL 68 phaeton. VIN: 182708821. Black/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 1,197 miles. Clean ’36, but with dirty paint and some cracking on minor surfaces. Small scratches in chrome and paint. Odd green pinstripe does not fit car very well. Gaps are messy, and top is soiled. Interior mix of new and original, but all wood bits are quite good. Engine not available for inspection. Cond: 3+.


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA 392-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Boyd Coddington’s last car. Acres of excellent paint. Gaps are very good, with good craftsmanship. Interior dead-simple with nice touches— maybe gauges are a bit elaborate. Engine is an unusual V12 unit with plenums at each cylinder. Beautiful details. Cond: 1-. because of its condition. Flathead looks great, too. Underside as nice as rest of car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,100. The ’40 NOT SOLD AT $385,000. This car went above and beyond “hot rod.” While all of the work on it was done to a very high standard, it has only limited market appeal. It’ll be hard to use, it has no real history, and even if Mr. Coddington built it, it is still just a cool custom, and that’s about it. This was fair money. #S615-1940 FORD DELUXE business coupe. VIN: 185884167. Black/tan mohair. Odo: 8 miles. Super-original coupe, with no paint issues, panel fit issues or chrome issues. Could use a bath. Interior is very well put together, with only a hint it is a repro business coupe is one of the best-looking pre-war Fords ever, and this unmodified car had a number of fans. The sale price of $56k might have looked expensive a few years ago, but today, it is a screaming deal. #F417-1941 FORD pickup. VIN: 186573810. Black/green vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent and authentic restoration of a great truck. Paint better than new, and so are gaps. Entire body free of flaws. Inside, interior painstakingly restored, with no concessions made to “improve” anything. Engine spartan and super, undercarriage restored just as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. When I see people restore vehicles that don’t fit within the typical norms of collecting, it makes me beam with delight. It is always a fitting tribute to the people who built this country—soldiers, farmers, workers—to restore the vehicles they used on a daily basis. When I see an old truck like this, I think of the person who might have bought it in 1941. No doubt, for it to survive all of these years they must have saved up to buy it and taken great care of it. Buyer did very well. #S636-1957 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II coupe. VIN: C56N3539. Medium tan iridescedent/tan & white vinyl. Odo: 53,743 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A very original Lincoln, with claimed factory paint. If you are trying to figure out how metallic paint should be sprayed, this was very informative. It did not have excessive metal November-December 2014 93


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA flake, either. The interior was in great shape, with all-original finishes. Engine similar, but overall I have a hard time buying into the “unrestored original car” statement. Cond: 2. Clean Shelby with no hood stripes. White paint better than new. Chrome also good. Interior free of issues. Engine seems to be in good order. SAAC stickers inspire some confidence. Automatic trans may be a dealkiller. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $148,500. There were plenty of Shelbys at this auction, but this was the purest, most honest example. The tame exterior and automatic transmission were not what you expect on a Shelby and perhaps held it back. SOLD AT $132,000. Just as nice as an Eldo, and sold for good money on the block. A hard car to find in this condition, and surprisingly, commanded a ton of attention. This sale proves the magic of Monterey. #S665-1964 SHELBY KING COBRA racer. VIN: CM564. Blue & white/black vinyl. 289ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint gets the job done, as does panel fit. Original interior is in very good shape. Chassis doesn’t show any old wounds. Engine also appears periodcorrect. Car shown with impressive display that documents entire history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. Another nice Shelby. It did not appear to sell on the block, but Russo worked a post-auction deal, and it was listed sold in the final results. Well bought, even factoring in the automatic. NOT SOLD AT $500,500. Of all the old race cars here, this was arguably the most important. However, just because something is important doesn’t mean there is a market for it. While the display was admirable, and the car itself is rock-solid—both historically and structurally—selling something like this will never be easy. Seller can’t be faulted for turning down the high bid, but getting more will be tough. #F447-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S527. White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 5,828 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. SOLD AT $401,500. Strong-but-fair price for an excellent example. The new owner should celebrate his purchase at the first possible stoplight, melting some rubber for all to see, hear and smell. #TH252-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 0F02M482496. Blue metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 53,214 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #F464-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z150412. Royal Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 26,319 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is dead-on, with little to fault. Same for chrome. Gaps asfactory, doors open and close as expected. Interior presents well, as does engine bay. Underside ready for mirrors. Cosmetically a very high level of restoration, with Marti Report and all work by Kar Kraft documented. Cond: 1-. metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 73,751 miles. 428ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very clean Shelby with lots of SAAC documentation. Nice paint, but door fit needs help. Bright trim all original. Interior flawless, as is very aggressive engine bay. Cond: 2. #S647-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67410F8A02991. Light blue NOT SOLD AT $82,250. Sold very recently at Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights auction in Reno for $77k (ACC# 245072). This auction had Shelbys galore, but this particular car attracted me because I thought it to be the most “affordable” one here, and if someone wanted to get into a Shelby at a reasonable price, this could have been the car. High bid should have taken it. #F444-1999 SHELBY SERIES I convertible. VIN: 5CXSA1815XL000184. Silver/ black & gray leather. Odo: 2,829 miles. 4.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Barely used, with paint, gaps, and rubber trim as per factory. Interior has no wear either. Panels are shoddy and do not seem to fit well. Basically an unused car with no serious blemishes. Cond: 2. auto. Driver-level Shelby with some scratches on passenger’s door. Hood and trunk fit are so-so, and doors require some work to close. Aftermarket gauges. Rest of interior shows no issues—may even be original. Automatic transmission is a letdown. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,600. While Shelby tried to make these come together, they never really seemed to materialize, and they have a kind of a kit-car feel. No idea how well this example runs or drives; perhaps the reason it sold was the signature on the dash. MOPAR #S640-1961 CHRYSLER 300G 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8413159853. Black/tan leather. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very attractive big Mopar, with great paint and good gaps. BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Doors open and shut well. Chrome tired in some areas. Most interior parts original. Seats look like leather, but I could be wrong. Some gentle creasing, but dash, carpets and door panels look unworn. Engine very authentic and mean, with cross ram setup. Sounds amazing and very quiet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,600. A no-reserve car, this sold for a relative bargain. Not a bad deal for the money, and will run circles around the GM and Ford stuff. #S617-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23M9A284056. Lime green metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 76,208 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine A12, with very bright paint. Typical Dodge panel fit, and very authentic presentation. Pop-up tent hood fits well. Interior also good, although a bit dark and cavernous. Engine presents like you would expect it to, so everyone knows it’s a 440. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $63,800. Built to go too fast and look ridiculous with no concessions for comfort or practicality, this car was sinister just sitting still. It last sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April 2012 for $81k (ACC# 197614); more recently, a $66k no-sale at Russo Newport Beach in June (ACC# 244451) suggests that the seller needs to cut his losses and let it go. #F410-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23G1B352211. Green & black/white leather. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very convincing R/T clone, with super graphics and very wellapplied paint. Doors are locked, but interior looks fine. Bottom of engine nice and clean, as is undercarriage. No idea what this started out with, but overall a nice job. Supposedly drives well. Cond: 1-. out the financial burden. It looked like a fun car to own, and the work that went into it was certainly less than high bid. #S633-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 440 Six Pack replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH23G1B419393. Lime green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 2,198 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Replica done well enough so that this guy was fooled from a distance, with nice engine and good detailing underhood. Very clean, with paint applied well. Gaps are all typical Mopar. Doors open and close like they are full of screws, and seats look great, but—surprise!—feel like a giant pool noodle. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,050. As long as you don’t think it is worth real money, having a clone affords you all of the fun of the original with- NOT SOLD AT $81,400. Recently no-saled at Russo’s Newport Beach sale in June at $80k (ACC# 244449). People will pay real money for the real thing, but not for a fake. As cool as this car was, the rule applies here, too. A November-December 2014 95


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights at four auctions CLASSICS #33-1931 CORD L-29 convertible sedan. VIN: 2928812. Dark blue & silver/dark blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 377 miles. Highquality Full Classic, and originally built right here in Auburn, IN, in this very building. Well presented with spectacular deep dark blue paint and striking silver accents. Excellent chrome and trim throughout, with flawless chrome wire wheels and wide whites—all six of them, counting the sidemounted spares. A lovely blue leather interior accents the Art Deco dash. Spotless underhood. ACD Category One certification. Nothing to quibble with here—quality all the way. Cond: 2+. Standing on the top box at rm’s monterey auction — 1965 Ford gt40 prototype roadster, sold at $6,930,000 Auctions America auburn, IN — august 27–31, 2014 auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton automotive lots sold/offered: 715/1,047 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $25,436,595 High sale: 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ, sold at $1,265,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Worldwide Auctioneers auburn, IN — august 30, 2014 auctioneers: John Kruse, Rod Egan automotive lots sold/offered: 73/84 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $6,027,856 High sale: 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible sedan, sold at $1,350,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Bob DeKorne RM Auctions monterey, Ca — august 15–16, 2014 Auctioneer: Max Girardo automotive lots sold/offered: 118/129 Sales rate: 91% Sales total: $143,420,850 High american sale: 1965 Ford GT40 prototype roadster, sold at $6,930,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Gooding & Company Pebble beach, Ca — august 16–17, 2014 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross automotive lots sold/offered: 107/121 Sales rate: 88% Sales total: $106,004,800 High american sale: 1967 Ford GT40 Mk I, sold at $3,520,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven SOLD AT $258,500. This car represents a ticket to nearly any classic auto event you might like to enter and would be an impressive addition to any collection. The L-29s were more traditionally styled than the Boattail Speedsters but were also a bit more advanced in their engineering, featuring front-wheel drive way ahead of its time. All the nice extras are in place, including the rear trunk and chrome guards, and it sold squarely mid-estimate. Fair for all. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. Cream/red leather. Odo: 68,188 miles. Known in ACD circles as the “Honeymoon Auburn,” the owners courted in this car, toured the country in it on their honeymoon, and owned it for seven decades. Unique headlamp treatment done by the owner looks great. Maintained and repaired consistently but never restored; body has never left the chassis. The GG block was replaced in period by the GH in place today, #8835. A very nice interior with perfect patina for the car, and obviously freshly serviced mechanically. Cond: 2-. 10 #17-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Boattail Speedster. VIN: 32184E. courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers Worldwide auctioneers sold a 1934 Packard twelve 1108 convertible sedan for $1,350,000 at their august auburn auction 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $445,500. Certified Category One by the ACD Club in 1982, making it the 16th vehicle given that honor. Nicely docu- TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL mented by the long-term owner and well serviced by the current caretaker; the single repaint survives with a few touch-ups and still looks good. A well-known example that gives the new owner access to all the ACD and CCCA events he wishes to enter, it sold right on the money in the room to a collector who will continue to display and enjoy it. A happy outcome for everyone and a wonderful addition to the new owner’s garage. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. leather. Odo: 520 miles. Designed by Gordon Buehrig and was Auburn’s swan song. Fitted with Schwitzer-Cummins blower, which provided 35 additional horsepower, and Columbia dual-ratio rear axle. Recent respray and class winner at Villa d’Este. One of the most impressive American Full Classics. Cond: 2+. 8 #146-1936 AUBURN 852 Speedster. VIN: 35209E. Black/maroon SOLD AT $1,210,000. Another sign that the Classic market is alive and well. People will always pay up for the best, and this price is proof, tying the world-record $1,210,000 paid for another Speedster at RM New York in November of 2013 (ACC# 231621). It has to be considered well sold. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. GM #30-1947 BUICK ROADMASTER Series 70 2-dr sedan. VIN: 48066417. Two-tone gray/gray cloth. Odo: 1,505 miles. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive and unusual shape for a Buick. Nice, straight bodywork, older repaint in good condition, very good chrome. Tidy interior with very cool steering wheel. Wide whites, chrome caps and rings are a nice touch. Solid engine bay and quite clean underneath. Cond: 2-. Dash chrome badly pitted. Recently donated to the George W. Bush Institute; door panel signed by #43 himself. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $280,000. This was a charity lot, with proceeds going to the Military Service Initiative to further veteran recognition and community engagement after their service. Spirited bidding ensued between two gentlemen in the room, and the winning bid was $300k. The new owner immediately donated the car back to the Initiative, and it was then offered to the underbidder at his final bid of $280k. Gooding waived their commission on both sales, and a total of $580k was raised for a truly worthy cause. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #4092-1959 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 599M27041. Gold Mist/white vinyl/tritone gold leather. Odo: 84,060 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint in decent shape, couple of chips on leading edge of hood, but no big deal. Excellent exterior brightwork. Wide whites really set it off. Interior worn a bit beyond patina. Otherwise a nice, wellequipped package. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $550,000. This was last seen at RM’s 2008 Monterey sale, where it realized $534k wearing whitewalls (ACC# 117426). Since then it has been certified by ACD Club as Category One. Properly documented Auburn Speedsters continue to appreciate, and this example should follow that trend. A market-correct price. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. Maroon/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 2,904 miles. Second-to-last Speedster produced. Restored to ACD guidelines and overseen by club’s senior judge for 1934–36 Auburns; ACD-certified in 2013. Shown at Pebble Beach; Best of Show at Ironstone Concours. Paint impeccable—rich and luscious. Top and interior excellent. Consigned by the same gentleman who sold another gorgeously restored Speedster here in 2012. Cond: 1-. 4 #138-1936 AUBURN 852 SC Boattail Speedster. VIN: 35863E. SOLD AT $49,500. The car’s simple elegance attracted a lot of attention in the L-29 building. The understated, almost bland paint color somehow accentuated the fender line swooping all the way back to the streamlined rear end. It appeared to have been stored for a while and looked like the paint could be brought up a notch with some effort. For me it’s all about the impressive shape here, and it’s unusual enough to merit the bidding. I’d say slightly well sold, but try and find another one. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #47-1957 BUICK CABALLERO wagon. VIN: 6D2016949. Metallic red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 646 miles. 363-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Single ownership from new to 2012; restoration appears fairly old. Well painted some time ago; now with numerous touch-ins along door edges, elsewhere. Acres of chrome serviceable; stainless trim badly scratched and pitted in places, especially around driver’s door. Vinyl seating worn and slightly soiled, as are carpets. SOLD AT $51,700. I knew this car looked familiar—I wrote it up at the Auctions America Spring sale this year in May. Then it sold for $43,450 (ACC# 243719). My comment was, “A #2 car for #3 money. This could have gone for another $10k and still been a good deal. Well bought. New owner is the one with a big smile on his face.” Well, after three long months he’s got a bigger smile on his face and a few extra bucks in his wallet. Still not a bad deal for the new owner. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #5059-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 01637A180958. Roman Red & white/red vinyl & houndstooth. Odo: 38,332 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Roman Red paint looks fresh and didn’t make it into the door jambs. White paint shows some bubbling on the roof. Decent exterior brightwork. Wheelcovers and wide whites pop nicely. Glass shows some delamination November-December 2014 97 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP emerging on the side windows. Driver-quality engine detail with battery topper. Interior looks original and in good shape. Equipped with power steering and brakes. New tires, exhaust and battery. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,000. Between the 1959 bat-wing Impalas and the 1960 flat-fins, I’ve always favored the ’60—cleaner lines, and the quarter-panel side spear is just awesome. The result here was spot-on for the current market, and both parties should be pleased with the result. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #2153-1962 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: 2C15K123195. Black & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 93,302 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows some minor touch-ups, but overall very nice. Exterior brightwork has some wear and tear, but, like the paint, looks decent. Very well-detailed engine bay. Corvette Rally wheels with rings, caps and blackwall tires look sharp. Fresh bed wood with natural finish. Interior very tidy and well done. Equipped with power steering, power brakes and aftermarket stereo. Cond: 3+. 283. A wild creation by any standards, and a cool piece of drag-racing history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. If there was a car that truly fits the motto “Fast N’ Loud,” this one is it. Already built with a proven drivetrain, and you’ll never have a hard time finding some paint on it that will match your favorite racing suit. These are tough to value, but have both show-car and historicdrag appeal. Well bought by Richard Rawlings for the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, and I’d bet we’ll see him smoking these tires on the show soon. A good deal for a guy like Richard, but who else really needs one? Have fun, boys. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #5164-1965 PONTIAC CATALINA 2+2 convertible. VIN: 252675C141019. Montero Red/white vinyl/pearl vinyl. Odo: 1,062 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Twelve-ishyear-old paint holding up well. Exceptional exterior brightwork. Eight-lug wheels look neat and tidy. Poorly fit top looking a little grungy. Glass showing lots of scratches. Engine compartment is well presented, except for evidence of gas leaks on the intake manifold. Interior in good condition. Factory tach and vacuum gauge. Provided with PHS documentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,350. If this car had the 427 offered in 1966, you could triple the sales result. That being said, there’s no shame with the 327 motivating this example. It appeared to be a solid, honest offering and was well bought at this price. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #37-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N644001. Hugger Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 32,093 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Ex-Otis Chandler. One of 206 examples ordered with JL8 disc-brake option, and one of 50 with the staggered, dual 4-barrel intake. Paint mostly excellent; horrible orange peel on spoiler, sanding marks on left rear quarter. Optional fiberglass hood way, way out at right rear. Black vinyl roof well done; restored seats look overstuffed. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,550. Pickups continue the steady upward trend. This one sold well, but considering the whole package, it looked like a good deal for the buyer. Fair deal all around. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #47-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu NHRA Super Stock convertible. VIN: 136675B161347. White and everything else/black vinyl/black and white. A real-deal NHRA Super Stock four-time class-record holder, sporting a very groovy period paint scheme. Let’s just say you wouldn’t lose it in the WalMart parking lot. Rosebush Bros. livery out of Bay City, MI. Ran 11.98 in 1978, but today is fully restored and carries enough of an interior to not look completely stripped out. Custom paint carries right into the interior as well and is nicely applied. Doug Nash toploader 4-speed with a built SOLD AT $57,200. Driven 11 miles since last seen at auction two years ago (Mecum Indy, May 2012, $53k, ACC# 201916), and the reporter at that time noted the restoration was completed approximately 10 years prior. So assuming the odometer was set to zero, that’s less than 100 miles per year. My concern would be for issues associated with lack of use. Assuming all is well mechanically, a win for the buyer. Considering associated fees, it was probably a small loss for the seller. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #2178-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 168376C118540. Madeira Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 31,270 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows well, with minor chips and scratches, exterior brightwork condition commensurate with age. Really nice vinyl top seems to have a subtle snakeskin pattern—not sure it’s correct, but it looks good. Very neat engine compartment with battery topper. Interior carpet looks fresh with original upholstery in good condition. Gauge-pod plating well worn. With power brakes and steering; factory a/c updated with R134a. Cond: 3. 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $156,750. If you wanted an ultimate-spec Z/28 with impeccable provenance, this was it. Database shows two prior trips to the auction block: once in 2007 (Bonhams Quail Lodge), where it sold for a whopping $172k and “in the right value range” (ACC# 46243) and again in ’09 for $115k at Gooding Scottsdale, where we said, “advantage buyer” (ACC# 119119). Today, while the muscle market has come back with a vengeance, this sale still looks a bit strong given the car’s condition; well sold. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. CORVETTE #4072-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194375505172. Ermine White/ red vinyl. Odo: 57,124 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows chips on the nose. Nice knockoff wheels. Grungy engine compartment. Decent interior. Equipped with clock, power steering and brakes, and factory a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,850. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP factory air gave it a little bump. Well sold. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. FOMOCO #4061-1929 FORD MODEL A highboy. VIN: OR43172. Matte black/bamboo. Odo: 1,744 miles. Paintwork, WWII “Bamboo Bomber” graphics and woven bamboo seats look well done. Engine has some nice period upgrades, including high-compression aluminum heads, 2x2 high-rise intake, electronic ignition, and headers. Red steel wheels, beauty rings, poverty caps, and wide whites complete the look. Cond: 3. clean top to bottom. The paint is very nice, as is the minimal trim. Spartan interior is still correctly spartan. Very nice underhood with a modern air cleaner for convenience. Not much to nitpick here—a very solid truck. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. This looked like a nice buy on a clean AA truck, which will be a star at any Model A meet you attend. The new owner bought a truck for the price of a passenger car, which seems like a good deal if you have a use for it. Maybe as a trade show or showroom attraction, and certainly parade-worthy. A fair deal both ways, with a slight win for the new owner because it’s very nicely presented and deserves a good home. I hope he has a big garage. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #27-1936 FORD DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 182234668. Desert Sand/black vinyl/ brown vinyl. Odo: 619 miles. Restored to a very nice standard more than 20 years ago and holding up quite well. Paint with some dry spots and now with some light dimpling. Wood looks original and very good; varnish starting to dry in some areas. Red-painted wheels a handsome touch to the otherwise conservative scheme. With recent brake and front suspension work, cooling and fuelsystem service, and engine tuning, it’s ready to use. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. here was well within reason, but new owner needs to attend to the minor issues. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. #165-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Type 96H74 convertible sedan. VIN: H82566. Ardmore Green/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 58,842 miles. Said to be one of only 302 L-Z convertible sedans produced in 1939. Powered by V12 motor and finished in oneyear-only Ardmore Green. Fully restored and scored 98.75 points at LZOC regional meet in 2008. Needs a bit of attention now. A rolling Art Deco masterpiece. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,400. Offered without reserve, and I expect the consignor was hoping for a better result. I’ve seen many rougher rat rods with much higher asking prices. This looked like a good deal for the buyer. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #37-1931 FORD MODEL AA C-cab delivery truck. VIN: CA397112. White & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Ford’s AA trucks were sold in a few factory body styles as well as as a bare chassis, and thus appear in dozens of configurations. This one suggests urban delivery of meat, dairy, or other refrigerated cargo. It’s obviously not been used much since restoration, and remains SOLD AT $99,000. Presents as very honest and solid. Woodies will always have a following, and good cars continue to bring good money. If the new owner stays on top of things, this classy ride should provide years of enjoyment and a relatively low cost of ownership when it comes time to sell. Fairly bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #157-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Type 72 coupe. VIN: H70816. Red/tan leather. Odo: 5,987 miles. Pioneering streamlined design. Very modern, with low windshield and fully integrated fenders. Only 2,500 coupes produced in 1939. Wears an older restoration with blemishes in the paint and worn carpets. The door rubbers are worn, window rubber cracked. Seats with a mild patina. An attractive mix of aircraft and Deco styling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,000. Always popular due to the styling and extended rear deck. The V12 can be a problem, but with proper care it will be reliable. Price paid 100 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $154,000. These are not Full CCCA Classics, but the Lincoln-Zephyr owners’ group is very active. Once a second cousin to the later Continentals, they have come into their own, due to the distinctive styling. Price paid was well under the $175k–$200k estimate, but still strong money. Let’s call it well sold at this price. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. #5118-1950 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: 50SL81334. Yellow/black canvas/two-tone brown vinyl. Odo: 1,040 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks great under the hall lights. Excellent exterior brightwork. Top looks good and well fit. Very nice engine compartment detail. Good interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. Offered with no reserve; last record shows this car sold at Mecum


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Indy in May of 2012 for a market-correct $87k (ACC# 205950). Big loss for a little over two years. Well bought. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. simmon Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 82,835 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint showing some chips. Decent exterior brightwork. Glass showing some delamination. Tidy engine compartment. Interior in good condition. Still carries 6-volt electrics. With AM radio, push-button heat, and threerow seating. Cond: 3. #4076-1955 MERCURY CUSTOM SERIES wagon. VIN: 55ME82758M. Per- #5137-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-code convertible. VIN: F7FH343179. Raven Black/ black hard top/red leather. Odo: 567 miles. 312-ci supercharged V8, 3-sp. Black paint shows lots of micro-scratching under the hall lights. Excellent exterior brightwork. Black steel wheels with blackwall tires and poverty caps. Very well-detailed engine compartment with period-correct battery. Exceptional interior. Cond: 3+. Carlo Red/white vinyl/red, white & black vinyl. Odo: 6,040 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows a few touch-ups; otherwise very nice. Side windows don’t line up well with convertible top. Engine compartment looks decent but could use a detailing. Interior very good, no excessive wear. Equipped with power steering and brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. Maybe wagons are cooling off; I suspect the consignor might have some regrets with this no-reserve offering. This was a great deal, and another $10k wouldn’t have surprised me. Very well bought. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. SOLD AT $187,000. The F-code option cost a whopping $340 back in the day. Who knew the impact checking that box would have almost 60 years later? A comparable standard T-bird would probably sell in the $40k range today, making that initial investment return many, many times its cost. Well sold but not at an unrealistic price. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #2097-1960 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. VIN: OC554136481. Monte SOLD AT $26,400. Nice car. Price was pretty much dead-on for the current market value, or maybe a bit of a bargain. I’ll call it a fair deal all around. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #53-1965 FORD MUSTANG K-code convertible. VIN: 5F08K187120. Poppy Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very rare 1964½ K-code convertible; seven known to survive for 50 years. Original paint, one owner, actual miles. Very nice body and paint in a great classic color, good white-and-black interior, very nice chrome, November-December 2014 101 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP and a clean but not obsessive engine bay. All K-code performance parts are intact. Not perfect anywhere, but close everywhere. Cond: 2. last seen at Mecum’s May 2010 Indianapolis sale, where it realized $127k and sold to Carroll Shelby (ACC# 164469). Sold after his death to an East Coast collector. Condition and a title in Shelby’s name make the package. Strong money, but strong car with the Shelby heritage makes it all worthwhile. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. SOLD AT $123,750. Only tires and battery replaced. If that’s true, the new owner will certainly be thrilled. If not, it’s still a beauty of an early Mustang with the type of drivetrain that would eventually be the recipe for the GT350. A sure star at any MCA or Ford meet. Nicely documented; it was well sold in the room just inside the estimates. No one got hurt, and I’m sure everyone is glad this deal came together. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 54,435 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Said to be one of just two 1965 Paxton-supercharged prototypes. Used as factory demonstrator. Has original Shelby-Cragar mag wheels. Engine replaced in the ’60s, but original relocated 2005 and rebuilt. Numerous paint issues along with a few touch-ups. A piece of Shelby lore. Cond: 2-. 7 #149-1965 SHELBY GT350 prototype fastback. VIN: SFM5S425. hard to miss. We profiled this car in ACC #3 when it sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2012 Scottsdale sale for $38,500 and called it well bought (ACC# 193644). Offered without reserve here, I imagine it came up short of the consignor’s expectations. Well bought again. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,825 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The second-to-last 427 produced, and completely documented SAAC Registry history. Only 314 of the Shelby big-block cars produced. Known ownership from new includes several well-known collectors. Restored in 2004 with body left on chassis. Original seats retained and complete with original “sunburst” wheels. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. 2 #129-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. VIN: CSX3359. Monza #39-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 9FO3R482705. Grabber Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 81,602 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great color for a numbersmatching convertible. Unusual factory a/c. All Shelby bits are clean and correct. Nice, smooth panels and good door gaps. Sharp Shelby wheels with the correct Goodyear Polyglas GT “No Size” tires. Interior is clean and fresh, with immaculate white upholstery and cool floor shifter. Top fits well and is power operated. Cobra Jet engine is highly detailed and very impressive. Looks to be well restored and used sparingly. Deluxe Marti Report and original invoices included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $572,000. This prototype is well documented and was recently reunited with its original motor. Mags add a bunch here as well. A rare package that sold for expected money. All should be happy here. RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. #4056-1966 FORD FAIRLANE XL gasser. VIN: 6K47C182142. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 12,955 miles. 390-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Crazy gasser suspension modifications (I doubt it corners well); over-the-top engine modifications including high-rise dual-quad intake and custom white headers, all very well presented. Paint looks decent, as does the exterior brightwork. Very nice interior with full roll cage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. This is one of those oddball cars— for what it is, it’s very well done, but what do you do with it? I believe I saw it motoring up and down Woodward at the Dream Cruise a couple weeks prior to the auction—it was 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $1,705,000. A strong price for a 427 Cobra, but look at what it offers: known history, low miles, recent restoration and correct wheels and blue-dot tires. Problem is that it is almost too good to drive. Last sold for $268k at RM Monterey 1998 (ACC# 3818). RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/14. #202-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S1822. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 62,754 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The famed Hertz “rent-a-racer.” At $17 a day and 17 cents a mile, a lot of their miles were a quarter-mile at a time on Saturday night. Known ownership from new and fully restored to black and gold livery in ’90s. Few minor issues noted, but nothing serious. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $156,200. A significant car with a unique mix of features. Bidding stopped well short of the owner’s expectations, but he saw the writing on the wall and let it go. Seemed like a prudent decision to me, as the room was full and the market was speaking. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #5085-2001 FORD EX concept ORV. VIN: N/A. Bronze/black buckets. Odo: 579 miles. 4.0-L supercharged V6, 5-sp. Tubular chromoly frame with composite body panels, dual air bags, swing-away steering column with gauge cluster. Interior designed for hose-down cleaning. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP well-cared-for classic that would fit in nearly any collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. A very impressive car that looked great inside and out. Would be at home at the country club or the concours. The lucky bidder got on it early and stayed on it until the finish. A good result for all parties, and a big, comfortable car that was well sorted out, so everything works for the new owner. Market-correct, so everyone wins this time, and a car with few questions left unanswered. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #2072-1957 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. VIN: 35209841. Two-tone green/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 68,455 miles. 325-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Okay paint, lots of pot-metal pitting on exterior brightwork. Driver-quality engine detail. Interior showing its age but still presentable. With power steering and brakes, AM radio, and Continental kit. Cond: 3-. #5151-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21J8G215766. Matador Red/black vinyl. Odo: 7,538 miles. 426ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh out of rotisserie resoration. Paint is brilliant. Door gaps on leading edge seem a bit wide. Minimal exterior brightwork is excellent. Magnum 500 wheels with Redlines. Show-quality engine detailing. Spotless bare-bones interior. Super Trak Pak 4:10:1 rear end with Dana 60 heavy-duty rear axles. Confirmed by Mopar Motors-Detroit to be one of 499 produced in 1968 with RM21 2-door sedan configuration. Cond: 2-. With fantastic provenance and still in winning form after all these years, you knew this was going to go big. And so it did, exceeding its high estimate by 10%. With all the focus on post-war sports cars, glad to see strength in the Brass market. Well sold, well bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #16-1916 PIERCE-ARROW 38 tourer. VIN: 37269. Dark blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 69,723 miles. Ex-Harrah car toured regularly over past five years. Recently granted Full Classic status by CCCA. Cast-aluminum body in excellent condition. Paint well done some time ago; pits and cracks throughout. Nickel in good shape but needs a polish. Newish roof. Interior partly original and in fair condition; rear seat redone. Wood rims solid, with gigantic rear drum brakes. Original P-A toolkit. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,000. My initial reaction to this sale was, “Wow, that looks like a great deal,” but my reference resources don’t agree. But I’m going with my gut on this one—great colors and styling, and the presentable condition is holding up very well. Looks like a good buy to me, and the seller should be well pleased with the outcome. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #5163-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T convertible. VIN: WS276L77171437. Red/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 4,923 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh-ish. Magnum 500 wheels look to be new. Top yellowing and ripped. Missing hood-pin retainer. Driver-quality engine detail. Interior yellowing, console top needs a refurbish. Could use a good cleaning. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $93,500. Yes, folks, this is the one you want. Having crashed back in ’08 along with everything else, these models are slowly picking up steam. Time will tell if we ever see full recovery to the levels before the bubble burst—I doubt it will be anytime soon. This was a nice one, and I wouldn’t have been shocked to see it sell within the reasonable $100k–$120k presale estimate. Looks like a bit of a bargain. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 08/14. AMERICANA 9 Dark blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 12,867 miles. From the Phil Hill Family Collection; Rod Blood Collection prior to that. Forty-year-old restoration in remarkable condition. Three-time winner at Pebble Beach, including in 2013. Tri-tone paint still very good. Vinyl top excellent. Windshield starting to delaminate. Whitewalls yellowed. Brass nicely polished. Black leather interior still looks great. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. #121-1912 PACKARD MODEL 30 7-passenger tourer. VIN: 21099. SOLD AT $170,500. This car oozed character, and it’s clear it was loved and well cared for—and enjoyed. Restoration probably dates to Bill Harrah’s ownership, which ran from the ’50s until his death in the ’80s. Sale price may be high for condition, but actually looks darn reasonable when compared with the 1912 Phil Hill Packard 38 (Lot 121) that sold for $550k the following night. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #12-1920 MERCER RACEABOUT Series 5 roadster. VIN: 5111. Yellow/beige leather. Four owners from new, three of whom account for 70 years of ownership in consignor’s family. Completely original except floorboards, upholstery and paint, which was done by Earl Scheib in the ’60s for $19.95—really! Seats appear to be of similar age. Cast dash with lovely patina; SOLD AT $24,200. Offered with no reserve and coming in as a bit of a bargain. It wouldn’t take a huge investment to move it up a few notches. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL scalloped wood steering wheel held to center with “jigsaw” pieces and dowels. Titled on engine number. Engine difficult to start but runs out well. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $308,000. Perhaps a little less frightening than its doorless older siblings, this was no doubt a handful to drive quickly in period. All that power and torque from the big 4-cylinder with only 2-wheel brakes still would have separated the men from the boys. While the sale of this wonderful car may have been a bit strong, the tight circle of ownership confers a lot of value. Well sold, well bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #140-1929 PACKARD 640 convertible coupe. VIN: 173884. Black/black cloth/ burgundy leather. Odo: 16,355 miles. Owned from new until 1960 by the Hershey (chocolate) family. Awarded AACA First Junior status in 2012. One blemish on left front of hood, paint otherwise flawless. Seating surfaces lightly broken in. Equipped with mirrors on dual sidemounts, Trippe lights, and a unique disappearing tonneau windscreen for the rumble-seat passengers. Chrome spoked wheels with red painted centers very stylish. Cond: 1-. under the hood, and the car is surprisingly clean underneath. Cond: 3. and although it hammered close but unsold in the room, the Worldwide staff had a deal put together by the next day that proved to be the high-dollar sale of the entire ACD Festival weekend. The new owner must be thrilled, and I’d bet the seller feels good, too. A slight nod to the lucky new owner. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #122-1938 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1608 all-weather cabriolet. VIN: 6082022. Maroon/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 44,519 miles. From the Phil Hill Family Collection. The car of choice for Hill family weddings, bringing babies home from the hospital, and other major events. Said to be one of three all-weather cabs built in ’38. Old restoration still great but no longer razor-sharp. Paint excellent, with some nicks on nose, door edges. Chrome, bright trim need polishing. Interior tight and unmarked. Per a quote from the auction catalog, Hill’s favorite car. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $220,000. I think this car suffered a little bit from its placement in a corner of the tent. I walked by it several times before I gave it a second look. Glad I did, though, and glad it got some love on the block, because I’m sure some folks just plain missed it. Sold right in the middle of the estimate range, so fairly bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. VIN: A600415. Two-tone green/black cloth/ tan leather. Lovely and imposing car in a striking paint scheme. Well-known ownership includes Lorin Tryon and Harry Rinker. (Known throughout the CCCA as the Rinker Dietrich, with a club First Place Award acknowledging its condition.) Sumptuous paint and great chrome in a body style that looks fantastic with top up or down. The dashboard is a work of art, and the engine bay, too. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,350,000. It’s no wonder these Dietrich-bodied Twelves have always been investment-grade vehicles. They rarely change hands, and one needs to pay attention when the opportunity arises. Quite a few folks were watching this result, 3 #55-1934 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1108 convertible sedan. SOLD AT $12,100. Big four-door sedans are an affordable entry into the old-car hobby. Packard’s One-Twenty sedan was a step up from the Fords, Olds, and Buicks of the day, but times they were a-changin’. The late pre-war Packards still retain many cues from the 1930s—running boards, dual sidemounts, and that classic grille behind dual bumper guards. Cool third side window opens for ventilation and gives it a long greenhouse. This is a lot of honest old car for the money, and the wear is in all the right places, so I call it slightly well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. ric. Odo: 13,515 miles. 335-ci H6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Third pilot production car. Many parts and updates unique to this car. Restored in 2008 by consignor. Very handsome in Maroon; 12 of the 51 Tuckers originally painted this color. Paint extremely well applied over sometimes terrible prep; sporadic blotches of sanding marks found all over the car. Brightwork scratched throughout. Tan mohair interior very inviting. Has 4-speed preselector transmission. Cond: 2. 1 #49-1948 TUCKER 48 Torpedo sedan. VIN: 1003. Maroon/tan fab- SOLD AT $440,000. On this day you could own Phil Hill’s favorite personal car, and at least two people very much wanted to do so. Sold almost $150k over the high estimate, the sale of this and the other Hill Packard (Lot 121) speak to the quality of the Hill and Vaughn restoration and the legacy of America’s first Formula One World Champion. Very expensive, but well bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. #7-1940 PACKARD ONE-TWENTY sedan. VIN: 1392 15539. Black/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 10,397 miles. Has been stored for quite a while. Quite well presented, nothing perfect, but also nothing horribly awry either. RHD caught me by surprise. Older repaint with nice original chrome and a newer cloth interior. Dash is unrestored and a bit rough, with mostly dead gauges. A driver-condition Packard inline eight lies SOLD AT $2,035,000. This car spent nearly 30 years in the museum of well-known collector, William Pettit III, who sold it to George Lucas, who owned it for almost 20 years after he produced the movie “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” A $1.47m nosale in March of 2013 at RM Amelia Island (ACC# 215665), the consignor’s steel and patience clearly paid off here. Well sold, at nearly 20% over high estimate. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. November-December 2014 105 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #11-1949 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT Deluxe sedan. VIN: G423422C. Black/ burgundy leather. Odo: 56,255 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A massive car that tips the scales at 4,600 pounds with a 141-inch wheelbase. Nice, straight body with older black paint that still looks good. Skirts, bumper guards, spotlight, and wide whites— what’s not to love? Some chrome showing its age. Throw in a pretty nice original interior with good wood trim, and legroom for seven with limo-style footrests in the rear. Just barely a driver-quality engine bay. Measure your garage before you bid. Cond: 2-. WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT SOLD AT $8,800. Fueling it will be expensive, but I really think this would make an outstanding party wagon in Vegas for someone’s bachelor party. From the inside, this thing reminded me of those big Mercedes 600 limos but without the air suspension headaches. One of about a dozen no-reserve Packards at the start of the sale. My heart says it sold under the money, but my brain says this is all they are worth. A lot of car for the money by sheer tonnage, but probably market-correct. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #74-1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 roadster. VIN: 161001137. Yellow Satin/ivory vinyl/tan vinyl. 161-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Hard to describe the panel fit on a car with sliding doors—is “adequate” a proper description? Tired interior could be original. Sold as a 32k-mile three-owner car. Decent chrome, but a mixed bag underneath. Average condition under the hood. Cute matching pedal car included. Not known to be a fast car, but will win you a ton of thumbs up. Cond: 3-. NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from collectorcarpricetracker.com 106 AmericanCarCollector.com . Updated weekly. SOLD AT $68,200. These were not very refined cars to begin with, and the styling is an acquired taste, but the Darrin holds a unique place in automotive history. The crude fiberglass bodies are tough to work with and repair, so you have to forgive the finish on this car. Known for the sliding doors and early fiberglass construction


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL more than any actual “performance.” A few have broached six figures in the past, but this one is more of a driver than a looker. Sold just over the low estimate at a price everyone could live with. Well done by all. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/14. #31-1954 KURTIS 500S roadster. VIN: KK500S024. Red/black leather. Odo: 4,730 miles. Built up from an original Kurtis chassis purchased by Frank Kurtis himself in the ’90s. Uses both period and modern parts. Upgrades include a new 350 Chevy, Tremec 5-speed, and Wilwood brakes. Retains original torsion-bar suspension. Bodywork all nicely fitted. Paint well done but with marks from use in multiple tours. Engine bay tidy. Rolls on modern Halibrandstyle mags. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. QUICKTAKE 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo SoLD at $275,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 15–16, 2014, Lot 144 VIN: 1V9VW2626NW048003 SOLD AT $170,500. While the modern upgrades probably make this a (slightly) more civilized proposition for touring, make no mistake, this is a race car at its heart; it will never be comfortable or something most folks will want to spend 1,000 miles in. That it was built up by the man himself and his son for personal use certainly adds value to this car, but it’s still a bitsa. Even so, well bought for the provenance. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/14. A CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC taste. But I sometimes wonder if Gerald Wiegert had a dream in which a Lamborghini Countach and Doc Brown’s DeLorean met at a bar one night and consumed a few too many gallons of high-test together. The resulting W8 is a mish-mash of angles, scoops, and beepbop-boop interior lifted straight from a 1990s graphing calculator, and it’s neither as sexy nor as functional as Wiegert surely supposed. Although these cars are super-rare, with only 19 having been built, I’m not sure that I Discussion of design and style certainly comes down to personal understand how exactly one justifies spending over a quarter of a million dollars on one. Only 19 W8s were built for a reason — they were overpriced, underperformed, and were birthed from a dysfunctional company rife with drama and instability. Unlike most high-end exotics, Vectors lack a history steeped in racing livery, and simply can’t compete with the big dogs in terms of heritage, design or quality. But they are cool. So, does dropping $275,000 on this sale make sense? As always, it depends on who you ask. If I wanted to spend big money on a finicky exotic to impress at the country club, I’d probably look for a nameplate that doesn’t require moon boots to pedal. On the other hand, if I were looking for American V8 power, I’d probably go with something a bit more traditional, a bit more celebrated in its Americaness. Of course, if I wanted a little of both, had money to burn, and was looking for that one car that promised to always raise eyebrows, well, I guess I’d buy a Vector. A — Jay Harden 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com November-December 2014 107 Keith Martin’s


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country sures about 26x12x9 inches. It is in excellent condition, with very little wear and no cracks, breaks, or repairs that I can see or know about. It turns over very easily by hand. Even the chain sprocket is in good condition. This has a brass frame. This engine is in near-pristine condition for being almost 115 years old! These engines hardly ever turn up in the wild or even at swapmeets, so if you need one for a project or just for a conversation piece, here it is. The pictures tell the story.” 7 bids. Sold at $2,751. Maybe it was ACC Editor Pickering’s incessant gushing about Jay Leno’s Doble steam car after their interview a couple of months ago, but I realized I knew very little about steam power. Here’s one reason why: There are remarkably few examples of automobile steam engines I could find to buy. This seems to be a good one, so well bought. #261521625860—Mason steam engine. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Lexington, KY. “This is a real nice original and very early 2-cylinder steam engine for an early automobile. It was made by Mason and was used in some of the Stanley and Locomobile cars. It mea- #380955529564—1962 Pontiac 421 Super Duty aluminum exhaust manifolds. 7 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, USA. “You are bidding on a set of original 421 Super Duty aluminum exhaust manifolds. These have the correct part numbers on both the manifolds and collectors. There appears to have some work done on the collector area on the mounting ears, but looks like a pro did the work.” 23 bids. Sold at $2,715. High-performance aluminum exhaust manifold? Yep. I assume some of these are still around because the cars they were in didn’t see a lot of time on the drag strip — otherwise they’d melt into a puddle during a long, hot afternoon. These are rare, and nobody is making replica parts, but that’s because headers work. Well sold. #121420875181—Kong Ignition Ford flathead V8 distributor. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Monterey, CA. “This iconic Kong flathead Ford V8 ignition was manufactured by Kong Jackson shortly after World War II. Kong distributors are highly prized by collectors because they work extremely well in both a street and race application. Their extremely hard-tofind distributor caps were originally used on Lincoln passenger-car engines in the late 1920s and early 1930s. I have owned this freshly rebuilt Kong distributor for at least 10 years. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a ready-to-bolt-on example with a pristine original cap.” Buy It Now. Sold at $2,200. Charles “Kong” Jackson spent a lot of his time before, during and after his Air Force career racing around dried lake beds in Ford roadsters. He pioneered a design to fix Ford’s flathead weakness: ignition. He even included a manual cable so drivers could adjust the advance from the driver’s seat. No cable included in this sale. I could only find anecdotal evidence of sales in recent years. Well bought, considering its rarity. A similar set sold less than two weeks prior to this for $2k less (eBay #161403555572) with half of the bids. The pair featured here was in better condition (rechroming will do that, I hear), but not by nearly double. Well sold. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #121429401821—1959–60 Chevrolet Impala Trailmaster spotlight pair. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Saint Charles, MO. “Up for auction is a real-deal set of 1959–60 GM Trailmaster spotlights. These were removed from a 1959 Impala show car. They are originals and are stamped F601. The mirrors are nice and clear. Were NOS lights that were purchased in the ’90s for the ’59. They had minor box wear and he had them rechromed. They were installed on the car, which was a show car that never saw a drop of rain. They look very nice! They are in extremely good condition and both work just as they should. They were just removed from the car today, and both worked great. They both have their original GE bulbs.” 36 bids. Sold at $4,300.


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#181505299114—1970–71 Plymouth ’Cuda/Dodge Challenger 440 Six Pack/ Hemi Leaf Springs. 4 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Rochester, MN. “Hard-to-find original 1970-1 Plymouth ’Cuda/Dodge Challenger 440+6/426 Hemi rear leaf springs. (They also used these on the A66 1970 Challenger 340 package.) Correct numbers stamped on the bottom leaves #3400024 and #3400034.These came out of Texas. There is some slight pitting on the bottom leaf where the shock plate sits, otherwise should clean up very well and look awesome once restored. Reproductions are nowhere near the same in appearance. Once again, when only real Mopar will do.” 39 bids. Sold at $859. The seller isn’t wrong: Modern leaf replacements do not look the same as these originals. However, I’m not sure they won’t function similarly. Those repop springs run around $450 for the pair. Reasonable price paid for useable original bits. A November-December 2014 109


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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 to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Yellow/129,000 miles. V8, automatic. In same family for more than 25 years. Have history from original sale. Runs and drives very well, everything works. Driver condition 3+ out of 5. Original 429-ci engine and automatic transmission. Only thing changed is upholstery and top. Also have a 1964 Fleetwood available. $26,000 OBO. Contact Rick, 970.859.7392, Email: wr_woodard@msn.com (CO) 1965 Cadillac Eldorado convertible S/N E5215113. Jade Firemist/black leather. V8, automatic. Fully loaded, twoowner Southern California car with no surprises. Simply gorgeous and very original car throughout, with no accidents or rust, in striking original color. $35,000 OBO. Contact Simon, West Coast Classics, LLC, 310.399.3990, Email: wcclassics@aol.com Web: www. WestCoastClassics.com (CA) S/N 1FAFP90S35Y400516. Red/black. 1,350 miles. V8, 6-sp manual. Low miles on this very collectible Ford GT. 100% factory original. $300,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@ rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt. com (VT) MOPAR r1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 oadster S/N 1B3BR65E8RV100872. Black/gray leather. 22,400 miles. V10, 6-sp manual. 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Gorgeous and very original car finished in dark blue with correct brown interior. Owned for many years by a collector/enthusiast. Wood has been professionally refinished. A great driver. $55,000. Contact Matt, Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: mattcars@aol.com (CT) 2005 Ford GT coupe FOMOCO 1938 Ford woodie wagon serviced and inspected by the local dealer, one owner since new, clean AutoCheck. $32,500 OBO. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports Inc., 812.760.5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www. BuxtonMotorsports.com (IN) AMERICANA 1932 Packard 903 rearmount spare convertible Pearl Blue/off-white. I8, 4-sp manual. Meticulously and beautiful total restoration. A must-see car. Only 4k miles since restoration. Rare (one of five) factory rear-mount spare tire. For more vehicles, see our website. Keep them rolling. $220,000. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America, 877.906.2437, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February--Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July-Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September-Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Classic Car Transport Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com 112 AmericanCarCollector.com L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. 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Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. Corvette Central . Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts Corvette Repair. The Leader and most recognized NCRS, Bloomington Gold & Triple Diamond Award winning Corvette repair shop in America. Breathtaking state of the art restorations, with the highest attention to detail and workmanship to any C1, C2 or C3 Corvettes. Compare our hourly rate and be surprised... or shocked. Contact Kevin J. Mackay at 516.568.1959 www.corvetterepair.com (NY) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. 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Corvettes for Sale County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Leasing 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 Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Law Offices of Bruce Shaw, 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. 215.657.2377 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. Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355. Restoration—General Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited has been the source for Restoration, Performance, and Accessory parts for 1965–present Mustang, 1967–1973 Mercury Cougar, and Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531, Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmo- politanmotors.com (WA)A November-December 2014 113 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, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang. More than 55,000 available parts in 2 fully stocked warehouses, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR Mustang Parts SUPERSTORE! FREE Shipping on orders over $300. Visit www.mustangsunlimited.com or call 800.243.7278. National Parts Depot. 800.874.7585, We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & Lemans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–29 and 1980–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird Delivery of your parts averages just 1–3 days! www.nationalpartsdepot.com


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: EBay recently offered a perfect copy — rated CGC 9.0 — of the June 1938 issue of Action Comics #1, and after 48 bids, it sold for an astonishing $3,207,852. The comic is significant in that it is the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Another 9.0 example sold a few years ago for $2.1 million but this was stated to be a far better example with perfect white pages. It is thought that only 50 to 100 copies of the comic exist, and for an example to be in perfect condition after 75 years is amazing. But then again, so was the price paid. Here are a few more interesting items I stumbled across over the past few months. EBAY #361012382585— 1948 GM FISHER CRAFTSMAN GUILD CONCEPT CAR IN ORIGINAL WOOD BOX. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $1,026.11. Date sold: 8/10/2014. This was not the most attractive styling concept I’ve ever seen, and brown never seems to be the best color for presenting a car, but this was certainly unique. It was in acceptable condition and was complete with the wooden shipping box and all the labels. The plaster and metal model measured about 15 inches in length, and the price paid did not seem unreasonable. EBAY #111424885173— BOYCE MOTOMETER WOOD DISPLAY. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $1,304. Date sold: 8/8/2014. Boyce MotoMeters served as a decorative hood ornament as well as a temperature gauge, and in the day they were heavily promoted. I have not seen this 20inch wood display piece with the five different styles of MotoMeters and their prices before, and unfortunately, I found it too late to try to make a stab at being an owner. Price seemed more than fair for such an unusual piece. EBAY #251614895262— 1950s BELL 500TX HELMET AND GOGGLES. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $1,813. Date sold: 8/12/2014. This period Bell helmet and Stadium Mark 9-DG goggles were from the estate of a California racer who was regular participant at Sears Point events in years past. The helmet was in nice condition and the goggles and box were in excellent condition as well. A very cool period set, but the helmet was rather small, so it might be difficult to actually put to practical use. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #321495716991—VELTEX ONE-QUART OIL CAN. Number of bids: 13. SOLD AT: $640. Date sold: 8/25/2014. Veltex was the brand name for the Fletcher Oil Company, headquartered in Boise, ID. They had service stations throughout the West. This was an unopened and colorful can that is very collectible. Good oil cans have been making a slight comeback of late — in the heyday of can collecting, I doubt if this Veltex can would have sold for this much, so it looks like two bidders had to have it and were willing to pay whatever. EBAY #380956498064— 1948 TUCKER HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $2,655. Date sold: 9/28/2014. This was described by the seller as being a boat or rat-rod hood ornament as well as being for a Tucker. It had some pitting, and the red paint in the spaceship windows was a bit worn. It had the 200675 part number stamped on the bottom, and without actually seeing it, it looked like the real deal. With only 51 cars produced, this is rare as heck, and while expensive, the price was not out of line. EBAY #380925506113—MATTEL HOT WHEELS CUSTOM 1967 CORVETTE IN ORIGINAL PACKAGING. Number of bids: 51. SOLD AT: $850. Date sold: 6/17/2014. The pictures presented with this listing were almost illegible but that did not stop a few determined bidders. The unopened package included the button and was part of the red-line series. Price paid seems like a ton, but then again, Hot Wheels are not on my radar. EBAY #261577074309— 1952–53 YONEZAWA INDY “CHAMPIONS 98” TIN RACER. Number of bids: 14. SOLD AT: $2,247. Date sold: 9/7/2014. This 18-inch tin lithographed “Champions 98” racer was in excellent condition, with bright and vibrant colors. It did not have any of the fading normally associated with this toy. It had a few minor scratches, but considering the age, it must have been played with by a very gentle child. A very cool toy.A