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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 8 Torque When did wagons become cool? — Jim Pickering 32 Cheap Thrills The low-money buys from Monterey — B. Mitchell Carlson 34 Horsepower Building “instant collectibles” that really are — Colin Comer 36 Corvette Market What to do with a barbecued Corvette? — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FUN RIDES 18 Good Reads HEMI: A History of Chrysler’s Iconic V-8 in Competition — Mark Wigginton 20 Desktop Classics 1958 Chevrolet Corvette — Marshall Buck 22 Snapshots Monterey in photos, plus lead sleds cruise the green at Pebble Beach — Ken Gross and ACC staff 24 Stopping in with master customizers the Ring Brothers — Jay Harden SERV DEPA 10 What’s Car events of note 12 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 18 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 20 Cool Stuff Graphics for blank sidewalls and two clever places to stash your booze 28 Wrenching Our new how-to feature: Replace a leaky fuel tank with a new unit — Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson AUCTIONS 56 Barrett-Jackson — Hot August Nights Auction 100% of 233 cars sell for $9m total at Barrett’s third and final Reno sale — Travis Shetler 66 Auctions America — California Sales total $15.4m, 162 out of 292 cars change hands and a 1974 Ford LTD station wagon sells for $43k — Travis Shetler 74 Russo and Steele — Monterey 2015 130 out of 210 lots head home to new owners, and sales total $10.4m — Bill Cash 86 GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace Sales break $7m, and 326 of 535 cars hammer sold — Mark Moskowitz 94 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast — B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Michael Leven, Joe Seminetta, Nicholas Seminetta 69 Quick Take 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS L79 — Jim Pickering 70 Glovebox Notes 2015 Chrysler 300S 104 One to Watch 1971–80 International Scout II — Chad Tyson 106 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 108 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 111 Advertiser Index 6 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Torque Jim Pickering Poster Cars and Daily Drivers Our old ’68 Mercury wagon — good for more eyeball than a Corvette HOW HAVE CARS THAT WERE NEVER SPECIAL BECOME SOUGHT AFTER? W hen I was a kid, I had a Corvette poster thumbtacked to my wall. You know the one — each Corvette pictured in a grid from 1953 through whatever the current model year was, probably 1990 or so, all listed with specs and production numbers. My second-grade friends and I used to stare at that poster and argue over what was the best Corvette. I usually picked one of the mid-years. Of course, most of us didn’t know anyone who had a Corvette. At 8 years old, our car experiences were considerably more limited, usually just to the commuter cars our parents drove, or what we saw pull up at school. However, while the poster cars of the era — Countach, Corvette, Testarossa — were the stuff of daydreams, there were some shades of cool in the cars of our world, too. This was the end of the station wagon era, and wagons sat at the top of most kids’ real-life cool-car lists — provided they were fitted with rear-facing seats that let us smash our faces up against the tailgate glass. The power of an 8-year-old’s desire to make faces at other drivers can’t be denied. A wagon was no Corvette, but in terms of realworld experience and fun, that was about as good as it got for a kid. That curb appeal Before the days of American Car Collector and Corvette Market, back in about 2006, our sister publication, Sports Car Market, owned a 1963 Corvette SplitWindow coupe. It was a solid #3 car done up in silver with a black interior, and featured a 8 AmericanCarCollector.com non-original 327 and a 4-speed. Driving the Split-Window was like living out that car fantasy I had while staring at my poster as a kid. I used to find any reasonable excuse to take that Corvette out. It wasn’t the first midyear I’d had my hands on, but it was the best, and it got a lot of attention from pretty much everybody out on the road. Even the driver of a Portland city bus gave me a thumbs-up in that car. And then SCM bought a station wagon. It wasn’t just any old wagon, either. This was a 1968 Mercury Colony Park with about 20,000 original miles on the clock. It was immaculate in beige with woodgrain sides, and its gold vinyl interior looked as if nobody had ever sat in it. Someone somewhere in the Midwest had pickled it, saving it from a lifetime of use and an eventual transformation into 2,000 Chinese toasters. Like a Stegosaurus stumbling out of a cave and into a Dairy Queen parking lot, the wagon turned some serious heads. The biggest surprise of all, beyond its condition, was that this everyday wagon actually got more attention out on the road than the Split-Window Corvette ever did. Everyone everywhere loved it, and they weren’t afraid to yell out their approval at me whenever I was behind the wheel. Ubiquitous and unobtainable This issue features profiles of both a Split-Window Corvette and a no-miles Ford LTD wagon from the 1970s, both of which brought good money when they sold at auction this past summer (see the Corvette profile on p. 38 and the Americana profile on p. 48). But while the Corvette has always been thought of as special, even from day one, the wagon, well, wasn’t. They are fundamentally different types of cars, and yet, they both have some significant appeal in today’s market. Why? I think it boils down to this: Cars such as station wagons hauled people and things on a widespread scale throughout their lives — so much so that most people in the buying pool today have endearing memories of them from their own childhoods, and some buyers are willing to spend money to have that experience all over again. Add to that the fact that the world has changed and the majority of these wagons have disappeared from the road, and you’ve got a recipe for collectibility. In the case of a low-mile minty example like this issue’s LTD, we can expect a high price when it sells. Cars like that are a weird mix of ubiquitous and unobtainable. But while making faces out the back of a wagon was cool when you were 8, it’s just not the same thing when you’re 40. If you’re like me, unless you’ve got a real use for a collector car wagon, the novelty does eventually wear off — especially when you park it next to a Corvette. That poster car’s cool factor is still king, and prices will always follow suit. Both our Colony Park wagon and our Sting Ray are long gone from the SCM/ ACC garage, but what I do still have is that Corvette poster — now framed and positioned prominently in my office. And even now, after having driven a bunch of cars in all different shades of cool, I’d still pick that mid-year every time. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Are You Ready for Some Mopar (and Much More)? The 1970–71 Plymouth 426 Hemi ’Cuda convertible and 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible are the stars at this year’s Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals on November 21–22 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. In addition, you’ll see 1965 performance Mopar cars, including Max Wedge and Hemi cars. Count on seeing some hot 1965 Fords, Oldsmobiles, Mercurys, Pontiacs and Buicks as well. 1970 Chevrolet LS6 Chevelles and El Caminos also have a spot under the big, hot lights. More 1970 muscle cars from all makers are part of the “Class of ’70” display. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 21 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 22. This is the seventh 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 for free. More information and discount tickets are available at www.mcacn.com Marc Rozman, courtesy of Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals A Long Winter’s Drive By December, most collector cars are safely stored in warm garages. Well, LeMay—America’s Car Museum is sending three cars — a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, a 1961 Chrysler 300G 2-door hard top and a 1966 Ford Mustang — on a late-December road trip from Tacoma, WA, to Detroit, MI. “The Drive Home” starts on December 27 and is an 11-day, 2,400-mile journey to the opening of the North American International Auto Show on January 7. The cars and drivers will stop at cities along the way. We want to drive on this trip! www. americascarmuseum.org 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Fall Florida AutoFest Florida rocks sunshine and summer when most of the United States is buttoning down for winter ice and snow. It’s time to steal a few extra days of summer with a trip to Carlisle Events’ Fall Florida AutoFest in Lakeland. Crowds of American car addicts will gather at the new Sun n’ Fun Complex from November 12 to 15 for a car show, huge swapmeet, auction, private sales corral and other events. More than 500 cars — and short-sleeve weather — are expected. Adult admission is $10 each day, or an event pass is $30. www.carsatcarlisle.com Find Those Parts in Moultrie With over 70,000 square feet of indoor room and over 4,000 outside spaces, you’ll find the parts, tools and literature you need for that winter project at the Moultrie Swap Meet in Moultrie, GA. This threeday event, happening November 20–22, is billed as the fastest-growing swapmeet in the South. Admission is just $10 Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Learn more at www. moultrieswapmeet.com.A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) Fleetside pickup BLOCK by Tony Piff More: www.leakecarauction.com McCormick’s — 59th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 20–22 Last year: 428/589 cars sold / $7.7m Featured cars: • 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible. Matching-numbers California car Star Car: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette at Motostalgia in Austin, TX NOVeMber GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace Where: Greensboro, NC When: November 5–7 Featured cars: Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette More: www.motostalgia.com Motostalgia — 2015 Austin GP Auction Where: Austin, TX When: November 6–7 More: www.classic-carauction.com • 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 R-code More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Star Car: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Smith’s Where: Paducah, KY When: November 6–7 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Shannons — Sydney Late Spring Classic Auction Where: Sydney, AUS When: November 9 More: www.shannons.com.au Leake — Dallas Fall Where: Dallas, TX When: November 20–22 Last year: 248/385 cars sold / $5.5m Dan Kruse Classics Where: Houston, TX When: November 27–28 Star Car: 1949 Buick Super convertible Featured cars: • 1956 Cadillac “Bullseye” rat-rod roadster More: www.dankruseclassics.com Featured cars: • 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS • 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne Silver — Arizona in the Fall Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: November 27–28 More: www.silverauctions.com DeCeMber Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 4–5 More: www.raleighclassic.com RM Sotheby’s — Driven by Disruption Where: New York, NY When: December 10 • 1966 Pontiac Tempest custom • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2013 results: 31/34 cars sold / $62.5m Star Car: 1953 Chrysler “Thomas Star Car: 1953 Chrysler “Thomas Special” coupe by Ghia at RM Sotheby’s in New York City 12 AmericanCarCollector.com More: www.rmsothebys.com A Special” coupe by Ghia. One of Chrysler’s first “Idea Cars” of the 1950s. First owned by Chrysler’s C.B. Thomas. Restored by Fran Roxas (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $700k–$900k)


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 4, Number 6 November-December 2015 Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions editor Tony Piff Senior Associate editor Chad Tyson Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Daren Kloes Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Turn some wrenches with us on p. 28 Here’s How You Do It tank is leaving puddles on the floor, and you’re thinking of changing it, reading this article is a good place to start. Monterey, the week where more than $400m in cars changed E hands, is featured in this issue. While best known for its high-priced European sports cars, there are always plenty of American cars being sold at auction as well. From the Lead Sleds at Pebble Beach to an ex-Steve McQueen “Cheap Thrills” 1950 Hudson Custom Commodore, our reporters were everywhere and have all the inside stories to share with you. Speaking of stories, my favorite car that is profiled in this issue is the 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire sedan with just 1,300 miles on it. Imagine owning a like-new 1974 Ford Wagon. You’d immediately have to find a drive-in movie to go to with your family on Friday night. Check out our profile on the car on p. 48. A very car has one, and most of them leak when they get old. I’m talking about gas tanks here, and they are the focus of ACC’s newest feature, “Wrenching” (p. 28). In it, Jim Pickering, Chad Tyson and Tony Piff replace the gas tank on Jim’s 1966 Chevrolet Caprice. If your gas Information Technology Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Sean Holman 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 213 SubSCrIpTIONS Subscriptions Manager Meredith Volk Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag COrreSpONDeNCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/upS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Wallace Marx Bill Cash B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US Take a trip back to 1974 on p. 48 14 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 © 2015 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 HEMI: A History of Chrysler’s Iconic V-8 in Competition by Geoff Stunkard, CarTech, 192 pages, $27.83, Amazon There probably isn’t a single word in American motorsports — heck, American car culture — as laden with meaning as “Hemi.” It screams over-the-top horsepower, wrinkle-wall-torturing launches and stock-car domination. It isn’t so much an engine design as a brand. It didn’t start out that way. Hemispherical head designs were around long before Chrysler Engineering embarked on a government contract to create a more powerful aircraft engine and settled on a Hemi design. The result was a 16-cylinder, 2,200-ci beast with 2,500 horsepower. But World War II was ending when it first flew, and jets were making propeller airplanes obsolete. Although the contract was kaput, the design work was solid, so they recycled the plans and created a new street engine, a 331-ci V8, to appear in the 1951 model line. It was the beginning of a magical period of racing success for Chrysler that lasted through the ’70s. Former Mopar Muscle magazine editor Geoff Stunkard has brought together the entire history of the iconic engine in American racing in HEMI. And a glorious history it is. The first success came in drag racing, in the post-war headlong rush for more power and more speed in a world where anything seemed possible. It led to Don Garlits looking for something to replace the flathead in his dragster and finding a wrecked, low-miles 1954 sedan with a 354-ci Hemi — one step away from his legendary Swamp Rats. It led to total domination of the 1964 Daytona 500 by a fleet of powerful Hemi-powered racers, with Richard Petty leading the way to the checkered flag. It led to a string of cars that themselves stand as high-water marks in the muscle car era: Charger, Super Bee, Superbird, ’Cuda. So buckle up and take the ride. HEMI is a well-crafted look at the big Chrysler lump and the suc- cess it enjoyed. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson low his passion. Whether it is muscle cars or the taxonomy of neo-tropical rattlesnakes (really), he finds the right experts and source materials for a detailed history. Fit and finish: HEMI is all about CarTech quality at CarTech prices. There are plenty of well-printed images and a simple layout. ogy section is tough sledding, but when the racing opens up, so does Stunkard’s prose. There are lots of great anecdotes and behind-thescenes stories, gathered from a long list of people who were there during the Hemi heyday. ( is best) Drivability: The early history and technol- Lineage: Geoff Stunkard knows how to fol- New products to modernize your street machine SlamStop Soft Door Closer How many times have you paid attention to how the doors shut on old cars? It’s an aspect to which we all pay attention, whether in the ACC Market Reports or checking out a car to buy. We all like that satisfying, solid “thunk,” but 47-year-old hinges and latches don’t thunk as often or as well they used to. This kit ensures your doors are closed without slamming and further loosening/damaging the latch. All you need to do is get 12 volts to the motor. SlamStop is guaranteed for 30,000 cycles, or approximately 10 years of use. Find the two-door kit on Amazon. com ($369.99) for you DIY types, or visit slamstop.com for a list of certified installers. Oer Stainless-Steel Fuel Tank for 1964–76 Mopars Goodbye, rust. So long, pebbles rolling around since 1982. OER now manufactures tanks for 11 Mopar models or body styles — including 1968–70 Charger (FT6009C) and 1970 Barracuda (FT6018C). These stainless-steel tanks are stamped to factory specifications and exceed OEM corrosion resistance. Hardware, mounting straps and fuel-sending units are also available. Prices start at $249.99. Visit classicindustries.com or dial 1-855-35-PARTS (72787) to pick out yours today. 18 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF asklight Built into the removable end cap he VSSL Flask ($65) is a powerl three-setting LED flashlight. At e other end is a handy compass. An erior compartment houses a bottle ener, as well as two collapsible ot glasses, in case you want to re your booze but not germs. A nded glass liner protects against ched flavors. For basic waterproof rage, pair the unlined Empty SL ($46) with a first-aid kit ($65). o-cool end-cap accessories include ointed metal glass-breaker tip 1) and a tea-light candle holder 8). Made in Canada of seamless -spec aluminum. www.vsslar.com Dog-Tag Blade Spyderco’s Squarehead d is a serious cutting tool in a p half the size of a credit card. T ing blade features Spyderco’ ture Round Hole for quick o A lanyard or chain easily att to the slot in the titanium fra from www.bladehq.com Sidewall Envy Every time I see a car with logo sidewalls, I think, “Dang, my tires are lame.” If you feel the same way, Tire Stickers has the solution. Their permanent, raised-rubber stickers last the life of your tires, even under daily-driving conditions. Choose from a selection of officially licensed motorsport logos, or create your own. $25–$105 from www. tirestickers.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1958 Chevrolet Corvette The quad-headlight 1958 Corvette may not be as clean a design as the dual-headlight ’57, but these cars have a great look all their own. This new release from AutoArt is a looker — especially in its blue-with-white-cove color scheme. Overall fit and finish is typical AutoArt, which is as close to perfect as any model manufacturer will get, and there are plenty of working features. The lovely removable hard top is well done with a snug fit, but you may want to leave it off to expose the highly detailed interior. The only odd mistake is the addition of two modern-day seat-belt latches. Engine detail is good, and other bits such as emblems are all there and superb, as is all the exterior chrome. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Silver Blue with white coves, Snowcrest White Quantity: Estimated 5,000 to 6,000 of each color Price: $163.95 Production date: 2015 Web: www.autoartmodels.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: ½ Overall quality: Overall value: ( is best) by Tony Piff A Well-Stocked Toolbox This rolling tool chest has three sliding drawers up top and 1.8 cubic feet of beveragechilling storage below. It rolls on heavy-duty casters and measures about 19 wide x 32 high x 17 deep. $350 from www. genuinehotrod.com


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SNAPSHOTSFROM MONTEREY scenes drawing in motorheads from around the globe. You’ll find auction coverage from Monterey elsewhere in this issue. Here are some of our candid shots from the week. CALIFORNIA DREA E very August, California’s Monterey Peninsula becomes the center of the car-guy world, with high-dollar auctions, high-end concours, vintage races and incredible street Jim Pickering A refreshing change of pace from the Ferraris and Astons usually seen on 17-Mile Drive Tony Piff A gaggle of Shelby GT350s made an appearance at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Tony Piff A 1911 pope-Hartford Model W Portola Roadster at speed on the Tour d’elegance at pebble beach Dave Tomaro A rare sight — a Tucker in the wild in the Gooding & Co. parking lot at Pebble Beach 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering Shelby GT350s also earned a special display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’elegance


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AMIN’ Tony Piff Lead Sleds on the Lawn HISTORIC MERCURY CUSTOMS ROCK THE PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE n Carmel Mercury customs, built before 1960, featured in period publications, and either preserved or authentically restored. Why the 1949 to 1951 Mercury? Former Rod & Custom Editor Pat Ganahl said, “Nothing had as much impact on customizing ... as this vehicle.” And Designer Harry Bradley added, “A small fleet of incredible Mercurys, customized in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, has forever identified the ’49-to-’51 Mercury as the all-time custom.” The customs were surrounded by big crowds all T Dave Tomaro A 1917 Moon 6-45 roadster on display at Pebble Beach. Moon was a U.S. car maker based in St. Louis, MO, active from 1905 to 1930 Dave Tomaro The ’51 Hirohata Merc day. When the big moment came and three cool kemps rolled over the ramp, first place, and the coveted Dean Batchelor Award for the most significant custom present, went to the sleek 1951 hard-top coupe built by Barris Kustom for Los Angeles native Robert “Bob” Hirohata. It’s long been considered the definitive early lead sled. Owner Jim McNiel, from Orange, CA, bought the “Hirohata Merc” in 1959 and has owned it ever since. Jim and famed painter Hershel “Junior” Conway did a terrific job in preparing the car. It looked as though it had just rolled out of the Barris shop. Second place went to the heavily hammered, bottle-green beauty that’s generally acknowl- edged to be the first chopped Mercury — the ex-Sam Barris 1949 coupe, owned by John Mumford of Portola Valley, CA. This was a former Motor Trend cover car, and Barris removed its characteristic notched side reveals for exceptionally clean lines. The third place winner, a 1950 coupe, was originally built by Gil and Al Ayala for Wally Welch. It was featured on the cover of Hop Up, then reworked and repainted by George Barris. Owner Justin Mozart of Palo Alto, CA, treated the car to a superb restoration. But they were all winners: Sam Pack, from Dallas, TX, brought the stunning ex-Fred Rowe chopped ’51 convertible, which starred (along with the Hirohata Mercury) in the B-Movie “Running Wild,” with Mamie Van Doren. Bill Worden from Richland, WA, was on hand with the former Ralph Testa 1950 convertible, resplendent with a snow-white Carson padded top. The National Automobile Museum in Reno brought the unchopped ’49 coupe that James Dean drove in “Rebel Without a Cause.” Geoff Hacker and Rick D’Louhy, both from Tampa, FL, found and just restored the ex-Leo Lyons ’50 Mercury — a car better known as “The Ultra Modern Mercury.” That car hadn’t been seen in half a century. Seeing hammered Mercury customs on the lawn alongside Duesenbergs, Delages and Delahayes was a treat. Hot rods may return to Pebble Beach in 2017 — the class is yet to be decided. Whatever they are, it will be tough to top these marvelous Mercs. A November-December 2015 — Ken Gross 23 wenty years ago, just the thought of chopped and lowered mid-century Mercury customs on the lawn at Pebble Beach would have sent purists running for the exits. But in 1997, the posh concours featured its first biannual historic hot rod class, and things have never been the same. The criteria for this year’s class were simple: They had to be historic 1949-to-1951


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SNAPSHOTSRING BROTHERS SERIOUS CHOPS Courtesy of Ring Brothers ACC RANG UP THE RING BROTHERS FOR A PEEK INSIDE THEIR SHOP IN SMALL-TOWN WISCONSIN by Jay Harden A ccording to the Chamber of Commerce website, Spring Green, WI, boasts Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, a golf course, a cheese factory, eight churches, 11 bars, and the accurately named “House on the Rock.” Among the town’s 1,647 residents live two brothers named Mike and Jim. The only mention of them on the Chamber of Commerce website is under the category “Auto Repair.” Of course, the reality of what the Ring Brothers do is far more complex than just mundane auto repair. From SEMA builds to high-end customer cars, the Ring Brothers are on the cutting edge of the custom car world, melding old and new to make high-tech highperformance rolling art. They’re a huge influence on car enthusiasts, both young and old, and they do it all from a small, nondescript shop in a tiny Midwest town. I interviewed Mike and Jim Ring over the phone shortly after they purchased a 1974 Winnebago Brave at Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January ’14 (see the profile, March-April 2014, p. 58). I’d been planning a trip to Spring Green ever since. Conveniently enough, the Ring Brothers “auto repair” shop is less than a two-hour drive from my in-laws’ home in Madison, WI. So during our summer visit, with my kids finally down for naps, I borrowed my in-laws’ drab-gray SUV and hit the road. Believe it or not, the Ring brothers’ primary business is running the local Spring Green collision shop, which they’ve been doing for years. In fact, Mike credited their foothold in the collision industry 24 AmericanCarCollector.com for not only keeping them afloat when the economy stumbled and custom shops around the nation shuttered, but also with keeping them in touch with the latest and greatest OEM technology. “We’re always looking for a better latch,” said Mike. “A better electrical connector, a better hinge. And no one can do it like the OEMs.” Tight but neat Touring the back half of the shop, where all the custom work takes place, took all of about five minutes. Tight but neat, every inch is occupied with dream machines in progress and machinery to make it happen. I asked Mike about the increasingly astronomical costs associated with building custom cars at the highest level. He groaned and admitted that the practice simply isn’t sustainable — particularly when it comes to the pursuit of the industry’s top prizes. “We have people ask all the time,” he said, without an ounce of ego or pretension, “‘What can I get for $150,000?’ and we’ll tell them, ‘Well, that’ll buy you a nice pile of parts — still in the boxes!’” We went on to discuss the overwhelming sophistication engi- neered into the cars they build, and the daunting task of trying to replicate their work on a real-world budget. “The reality,” he said, “is that when Jim Ring gets on the phone with one of our vendors, someone gets on a plane to help him get it right.” The rest of us, I guess, are just out of luck. On the drive back to Madison in that boring SUV, I kept rolling one of Mike’s statements over and over in my head, thinking about my young boys and what may lie ahead. Our conversation had inevitably turned to our kids, and I had asked him what his sons, who are in their early 20s, thought about his work. “Well,” he said, with a lighthearted smile and a father’s full ac- ceptance, “they couldn’t care less about this stuff.” Would they feel differently if the Spring Green Chamber of Commerce classified their father’s work in the business directory under the more appropriate category — the one labeled “Artists and Galleries”? It probably wouldn’t hurt. A


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO TANK SWAP PARTS LIST P/N 7216: Galvanized gas tank with neck: $199 P/N 11922: Gas tank sending unit 3/8-inch: $45 P/N 19796: Gas tank straps: $20 per pair P/N 2134: Gas tank strap bolts: $4.75 Source: Lutty’s Chevrolet Ware house, www. luttyschevy.com, 724-265-2988 TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: J½ (J J J J J is toughest) Special thanks to World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR. Learn more about their museum and facilities at www.worldofspeed. org. Jim and Chad with Jim’s ’66 Chevrolet Caprice — our guinea pig — at World of Speed in Wilsonville, Or ARE FUEL-TANK PROBLEMS RUINING YOUR OLD-CAR FUN? THE FIX IS QUICK AND EASY, AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson Photos by Tony Piff common problem on tanks that fill from behind the rear license plate. That’s exactly what happened to my ’66 Caprice some time in its past, causing a slow leak that made my garage smell like fuel after every fill-up — not safe, and a sure-fire way to get the car booted from any indoor event, be it an auction or a show. Fortunately, pulling a tank on a GM car from the 1960s is not a T tough job, either to have it cleaned out or to simply replace it. So we went to World of Speed’s shop in Wilsonville, OR, to show you how to do it. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com 1 he average muscle car is over 40 years old now, and it’s easy to forget that it lived a full life during that time — a life that likely filled its original fuel tank with rocks and rust scale. If you’ve ever run an old car out of gas, you probably cursed this stuff as you cleared it out of your fuel lines. Worse yet are slow leaks from rear-end damage, which are a Someone thought a little epoxy sealant might stop my fuel tank’s filler-neck leak. It didn’t work. The only real option here is to replace the tank.


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2 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse in Cheswick, PA, had everything we needed for the swap, including a reproduction tank, a 3/8-inch send- ing unit, tank mounting straps and all associated hardware. If your original tank doesn’t leak, any radiator shop can clean it for you once it’s out of the car. 3 Run the car almost out of gas — but not completely out. That way, if the sock has fallen off the sending unit, you won’t suck something into the fuel line and block it. Just remember that one gallon of fuel weighs about six pounds — if your 20-gallon tank reads a quarter on the gauge, that’s 30 pounds of liquid weight you’ll have to wrestle. 4 Disconnect the negative battery cable, slide under the car, and find the sending unit (on this tank, mounted dead center front). Pop the signal wire off the sending unit with a screwdriver and disconnect the ground, fixed to the body nearby with a quarter-inch screw. 5 On this tank, GM used a 5/16 vent hose, mounted high on the passenger’s side. A pair of bent needle-nose pliers works well to remove factory clamps and gives you leverage to push the hose off the tank, using the bend as a pivot point. 6 Next up is the main fuel line. Both this line and the vent can age and crack, causing the fuel line to leak and/or suck air, so it’s smart to re- place them while you’re in here (these ones have been replaced already — note the later-style clamps). Be ready to catch a few cups of fuel as the fuel line drains down. 7 This tank is held to the car with two mounting straps, fixed to the car with two long bolts and 9/16 nuts at the rear of the tank. If it’s never been apart, hit the threads with some penetrant before trying to turn the mounting nuts. 8 A 3/8-inch ratchet with a 12-inch extension and a deep-set 9/16 socket gives good leverage on the tank retainer nuts. Loosen them up, but don’t remove them. 9 Get a friend (or a jack) to push up on the tank. Slide the heads of the retainer bolts out from their mounting points and let the straps hang down. The tank can now drop out of the car. November-December 2015 29 10 Make sure the filler neck clears the bumper as you drop the tank down — an extra set of hands makes it easy.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 11 Before installing the new sending unit in the new tank, doublecheck its resistance against the old unit so you can be sure your fuel gauge will work correctly. Sending-unit lock-ring tools exist, but you can also tap the lock ring loose with a screwdriver and a hammer, moving carefully around the three ears on the outside of the ring. 12 With a multimeter, check the old sending unit’s resistance at full and empty and compare those readings with the new unit. In our case, we had 96 ohms full and 1.5 ohms empty on both old and new. Good to go. 13 Feed the new O-ring onto the sending unit, and then work the new sending unit into the tank. Install the new lock ring and tap it into place, again moving to each of the three ears on the outside of the ring. 14 We opted to replace the original tank straps with reproduction units. Hang them from their front mounts and thread the rear mounting bolt and nut through each of them, but let them dangle. 15 Lift the new tank into place, grab the straps, and hook the strap bolts to their mounting locations at the rear of the car. You may need to loosen the nuts to make the bolts long enough to reach their hangers. 16 Snug up both straps tight, making sure the tank is straight, and in this case, not touching either exhaust pipe. 17 Hook up the fuel line, vent line, sending-unit signal wire and ground. Make certain that all connections are tight, and be sure to replace any hoses that appear worn. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com 18 Adding fuel can be harder than it sounds on a car with a tank behind the plate because gas cans hit the bumper, making it impos- sible to pour. I made a tool out of a transmission funnel and some heater hose for a keep-in-the-trunk solution on the cheap. gine. 19 A Check for leaks, hook up the battery, and you’re done — goodbye rust scale and leaks, hello clean fuel to feed your en


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Cheap Thrills Monterey’s B. Mitchell Carlson CHEAPEST THRILLS M Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 rM Sotheby’s Lot 203. VIN 0T02g109687. Condition 2+. Sold at $85,250 Leading as the highest sale for the bottom of the charts this year was this bright yellow Boss from RM Sotheby’s. Per a displayed Deluxe Marti Report, it was sold new by Heritage Ford of Scarborough, Ontario, CAN, and fitted with the optional close-ratio 4-speed, 3.91 Traction-Lok differential, shaker intake, full tinted glass and Magnum 500 wheels fitted with Polyglas tires. Now powered by a “warranty replacement” engine dating to 1970. After it was restored in 2005, it won several Mustang Club of America concours, attaining near perfect scores. It is still pretty nice, but there are a couple of things to tend to. The paint has a large black smudge on the left rear corner to get worked out, and some interior and engine detailing are in order before hitting the show circuit again. Had it still retained the original engine block, one can easily make an argument justifying the amount paid. Sure, the motor letting go was one of those things that happened in the day, but for this money, I’d want an original. A little rich for the market at this time — but the fact that at $85k this was the lowest sale at RM Sotheby’s is instructive on just how rich the Monterey auctions are. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe wagon gooding & Company Lot 15. VIN 799A1462043. Condition 2-. Sold at $77,000 Next up was a California surfer-dude woodie — a car that’s a little out of Gooding’s traditional character, but they have been including some lots lately that expand their areas of interest. This one wore a blue California vanity plate that said “SURFING,” which was maybe worth as much as the car. Catalog photos suggested this was done up in a modest, stock white. However, the lights in the auction tent showed its true colors of pearl white, which looked strange on an otherwise stock example. Had it been rodded or at least wearing a set of chrome reverse wheels with flathead speed parts under the hood, it would’ve worked. The woodwork was excellent, with a clean urethane finish to give it a very lustrous look. Inside was pure stock, with what was most likely a reproduction brown leather bench seat interior. Things got shabby under the hood, with an old dingy engine repaint. Yet it had fresh work on the brakes, fuel lines and cooling system. Overall, it did as well as can be expected, regardless of the venue. THE LOWEST-PRICED BUYS FROM THE RICHEST CAR WEEK OF THE YEAR y dad used to tell my sister that she had “Cadillac taste on a bicycle budget.” That won’t buy you much in the car world. It’s especially true at the annual Monterey car auctions, where high-dollar Ferraris tend to rule the week. However, for every auc- tion’s high sale, there has to be a low sale, too, and with that in mind, here’s my fourth annual review of Monterey’s least expensive sales for buyers on that bicycle budget.


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1950 Hudson Custom Commodore Six convertible bonhams Lot 51. VIN 50278280. Condition 4. Sold at $71,500 The phrase that pays here was “owned by Steve McQueen at the time of his death.” While everyone thinks of him with sports cars and mo- torcycles, he liked just about anything with an engine, and that included step-down Hudsons. This Commodore started out as a garden-variety 262-ci six, but was changed out a long time ago for a big 308 six with Twin H induction. Possibly by Steve himself. Steve was known to run around with the occasional ratty-looking car or motorcycle, so the ancient on-the-cheap repaint over the door seals and body cracks, and the sloppy interior redo in several types of red vinyl, sort of fit in. If you came to Monterey to buy a Hudson convertible, this wasn’t the one to get. If you came here to buy a piece of Steve McQueen memora- bilia, this was more affordable than the 1976 Porsche 930 that Mecum sold for $2.15 million. That best explains how a $10,000 car with $2,800 worth of saleable parts on it sells for $71,500. 1968 Ford Mustang pickup russo and Steele, Lot TH220. VIN 8r01T133255. Condition 3-. Sold at $7,700 This looked to be one of those wild ideas that started with a case of Blatz and a dead ’68 Mustang out back. When it comes to classic Mustangs, 6-cylinder 1968 hard tops aren’t quite the pick of the litter, so someone must have figured there was nothing to lose going all Ranchero on this one. Rancheros from 1960 to ’65 were also based on the same Falcon underpinnings as the ’stang, so why not? Well, it didn’t come off all that bad. At least at 10 feet. Up close it was less than masterful, but it was still better than a Bondo sculpture — yet its cheapie flame paint job pushed it into the land of “We Can’t Take This Seriously.” Of course, the 200 six had to go away (if it hadn’t before the project’s conception), replaced by a built-up but grungy 351 Windsor. Behind that was a C-6 automatic. The aftermarket steering wheel, digital gauges, sound system and wiring dangling beneath the dash hardly gave a feeling of this being a well-thought-out project. Cheap for several reasons, but not well bought. 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Mecum Lot T77. VIN 1g1YY218XK5122634. Condition 4. Sold at $7,150 This black-on-black C4 wasn’t all that bad of a car. Still, it wasn’t all that special, either. Granted, when the consignor only describes it as “rare factory 6-speed transmission — new clutch,” expect the worst and be pleased things work out better. Being a local California car, the old repaint was buffed into submis- sion, and the nose was a little off hue — and you can’t blame the different type of plastic either, since the rear valance matches the body paint. The rear hatch had that purple aftermarket window tint, and the interior may not be baked, but the seats showed excessive wrinkling and moderate wear. In addition to a recent fluff-and-buff under the hood, it had a newer alternator, and it had a cat-back exhaust system as well — but the mufflers and outlets were different from left to right. All in all, you could have done a lot worse in a C4. This one will make a good commuter bomb, or maybe it’ll become a track rat. But primping it into a future investment-grade collector car is beyond its pay grade. A November-December 2015 33


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Horsepower the Colin Comer EARNING STRIPES Ford’s new GT350 echoes the past as it races toward the future WITH THE NEW GT350, FORD HAS CAPTURED THE SOUL AND THE EXCITEMENT OF THE ORIGINAL 1965 VERSION M anufacturers have long made special editions of regular production cars to stimulate sales or create a halo car for their brand, and buyers usually clamor to get these cars thinking they will appreciate in the years to come. These cars have earned the title of “instant collectible” for that very reason. Take, for example, the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertibles. Heralded at the time by GM as the “last American convertible,” they built about 14,000 of them. Pretty much all of these cars’ buyers assumed they had just made the smartest investment of their lives. Well, until they saw the 1983 Chrysler convertibles or Cadillac’s own 1984 Eldorado convertible. The class action lawsuit that followed was just as good of an investment for those owners that participated, but today the benefit is that it is pretty easy to find a mint, low-mileage 1976 Eldo convertible if you’re in the market. But take, for example, the Dodge Viper. Looking (and perform- ing) nothing like anything else from Dodge when it came out in 1992, it was, for all intents and purposes, truly a modern Cobra. And, from a collectible standpoint, there are some very collectible Vipers today. The least of which is not those first-year (1992) RT/10 roadsters, of which just 285 were produced. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Blue Oval collectibles Over the past decade, Ford has built some truly special perfor- mance cars, and collectors have certainly noticed. The 2005 and 2006 Ford GT was like nothing else from Ford at the time, while remaining faithful to the original Ford GT40 of the 1960s. It hit a real chord with buyers from the start. You couldn’t touch a Ford GT in the showroom for less than $100k over MSRP, and, in spite of Ford building 4,038 cars in the GT’s twoyear production run, you still can’t buy a like-new one for much less than $125k over its original sticker price. The GT is one of the few “instant collectibles” that has not only appreciated greatly, but also did it almost immediately — something truly unheard of, as most modern cars take a decade or more to appreciate. For the very few that ever have, of course. Ford’s 2012–13 Boss 302 Mustangs also caused quite a stir — es- pecially the limited-production Laguna Seca model. Just 750 Laguna Secas were built for both 2012 and 2013. Owing in part to that and the fact that they are phenomenal performance cars, the Boss Laguna Secas have also defied the standard laws of the “instant collectible.” These cars have an eager following, and as-new examples have seemingly depreciation-proof values. I think they will


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only continue to hold strong, again because of how great they are and how few were built. Which brings us to Ford’s latest “Ford Performance” brand offer- ings. And unless you’ve been off the grid for a while, you know all about a few of them: the new GT350 (and GT350 R) as well as the new, upcoming Ford GT supercar. I’ve just returned from testing the new GT350 and 350 R at Laguna Seca. It’s tough to describe just how incredible these cars are, not to mention how unique they are compared to standard Mustang GTs. From the GT350’s “Voodoo” flat-plane crank engine, to its unique bodywork, suspension, and simply phenomenal pro-race level Brembo brakes, it is a machine that will be giving the competition fits for quite some time. And all for a base price of under $50k. And the 350 R? If I were Porsche or BMW right now, I’d do all I could to keep my GT3 and M4 buyers from driving a 350 R, because this $63k machine makes their wares look ridiculously overpriced. It’s all about the soul To me, the most special part about the new GT350 is that, like the 2005–06 Ford GT, Ford has captured the soul and the excitement of the car of which they are building a modern interpretation: the original 1965 GT350. The new car is raw in all the right ways, punches far above its weight, makes sounds that you won’t believe, and does it all at an obtainable price point. The instant collectible part gets even better: A few months ago, Ford announced that to further honor the 50th anniversary of the original GT350, they would build 100 GT350s and 37 GT350 Rs for the 2015 model year. I think we can all guess what the value of these 2015-model-year GT350s will do in the future. revisiting the gT supercar for 2017 — yep, still badass However, if you can’t get a 2015, don’t fear. I’m told that for the 2016 model year and beyond, all GT350s will still be fairly limited in production — around 4,000 “regular” ones and somewhere south of 1,000 350 Rs per year. And Ford isn’t stopping there: The new Ford GT supercar, a 2017 model, has been announced as having a production of only 250 per year. I’ve also heard that to avoid the price gouging and flipping that was so insane on the last generation Ford GT, Ford has devised an ordering plan to attempt to get these cars into end users’ hands at MSRP, which is good, because the rumored $400k price point isn’t exactly pocket change. Ford also thought of the best way to honor the 50th anniversary of the original GT40’s 1966 Le Mans win: by racing the new Ford GT at Le Mans in 2016. How’s that for real history right out of the box for your 2017 collectible car? So while the “instant collectible” waters have always been rocky, there is no question that a few manufacturers have actually built cars worthy of that title. And today, from where I sit, Ford is doing it better than everybody else. A November-December 2015 35


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Corvette Market John L. Stein HOT MESS One CALL THEM RESPONSIBLE OR REPREHENSIBLE, HERE ARE MY CHOICES FOR WHAT TO DO WITH THIS HUNK O’ BURNING CORVETTE LOVE L ast summer, an eBay auction for a burned-out 1957 283/283 Fuelie Corvette presented a fascinating dilemma for both seller and buyer. Apparently, an in-dash fire in this restored solid-axle car rendered it a gutted mess, with the interior completely burned out, the hood and trunk lid toast, and the engine bay miraculously spared. As the auction progressed and the bidding crept up (ultimately, 11 bidders took it to $34,889, short of reserve, and the car became a nosale), I found myself musing about the scenario that led to this auction, and what would eventually befall the car — not that any future could be worse than the fire. First to mind was the matter of insurance coverage. Why would the owner of a burned-out, high-value ’Vette (only 756 high-output Fuelies were built for ’57) list it on eBay Motors in the first place? Wasn’t it insured? And if it was insured, how come the owner decided to sell after suffering the loss? The purpose of insurance is to compensate the owner for the damage suffered, and presumably the owner would thus have the means to return the car to its prior condition. But perhaps the owner did receive compensation — maybe even generous — and subsequently decided the overall deal would be better if he pocketed the money and sold the car. Disco apocalypse Judging by the extent of the damage, this had to have been some fire, so my next question was what in the heck happened to the garage 36 AmericanCarCollector.com (though perhaps the car was outside, or even on the road, when this “event” occurred)? And I briefly considered and then dismissed “blaming” the owner for not having a halon system onboard, for few street rides are so equipped. But where was the owner when this happened, and why wasn’t there at least a handheld extinguisher nearby? Note to self: Carry one! Next up for me was that this car, identified as VIN E57S103950 on eBay, will forever have a track record of having been badly damaged in a fire. From a value standpoint, would that stop you from purchasing it, even if the car were restored back to pre-fire condition? It would likely at least give me pause, and also affect what I’d be willing to pay for it in the future, emblazoned (sic) as it now is with the Scarlet Letter “F.” As well, the eBay bidding reveals that this is what the Corvette community thinks it’s currently worth. See ya, raise ya, or fold? Moving past the car being an absolute mess, the next question was what to do with it, at any price. Due to the damage, the car clearly needs a body-off restoration, beginning with the vexing job of making right the charred and possibly warped, cracked or delaminated body panels. There’s certainly a huge amount of work in front of the rebuilder even before reaching the start point of a typical restoration. No wonder the bidding came up short, even though the value range for similar ’57 283horse Fuelies is $85,000 to $135,000. This proves how much work the community feels is in store here.


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Besides the toasted body, a particular challenge will be that vintage OE Corvette parts, most especially ones for the vaunted first-generation ’57, are not cheap. And so while instruments, switches, seats, glass and trim do exist, if you need them you’re going to have to pay — another cost above and beyond a typical restoration. The loss of the hood and trunk panels would be the least of my worries, as re-pop parts are available and would generally suffice. In sum, given the gremlins and pitfalls that surely will come with correcting the fire damage, and the hassle and expense of sourcing all the lost OE parts, I’d put this resto at 50% to 100% more difficult than a straightforward restoration in terms of time, stress and dollars. So many choices Just for fun, as a last missive I made a list of potential uses for this car. Call them practical or primitive, responsible or reprehensible, but here are my top choices for what to do with this hunk o’ burning Corvette love: Restore to stock. As I love to say, misery makes a great story. And so it will be when, one, two, or 10 years from now your perfect restoration of this formerly hot tamale wins an NCRS Top Flight award. Arisen from the ashes, who knows? It might even become more valuable than a typical 283-horse ’57 Fuelie. But I doubt it. Build a resto-mod. With the fire doing a great job of taking out all those pesky stock pieces, this hulk is begging to be loaded up with carbon fiber and billet bits. While you’re at it, sell the OE motor and throw in an aluminum crate engine for added bling. Just kidding! Sort of ... Go racing. Many solid-axle Corvettes that used to race now sit in garages, too valuable (and quirky) to drive in competition. Assuming you could buy it right, this one would make a great starting point, as re-pop body parts and a nonstandard interior or underhood bits don’t hurt track cars one bit. Rewire, reupholster and ride. It looks like the seller already did a respectable job of exorcising the soot, ash and grunge. So take the cleaning as far as you can, rewire this beast, add some seats, glass and gauges, and then drive it. A nice topcoat of wax over the burned areas will add a dazzling bit of shine to this firebrand. And luckily, since it’s a Corvette, you’ll never have to worry about rust! ACC would love to hear your ideas for what to do with a car like this. Send them to comments@americancarcollector.com and we’ll include a few in the next “Your Turn” letters section.A November-December 2015 37


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/360 FUELIE COUPE Details Make the Difference Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams This Sting Ray was missing a few of the details that typically drive a sale price sky-high, but it brought the money anyway VIN: 30837S105479 by Tom Glatch L84 360-hp engine package, M20 4-speed manual transmission, P48 knockoff aluminum wheels, A31 power windows and N11 side exhausts. Its first owner was a 16-year-old Florida teen named Sherry Morris, whose father had promised to buy her any car she desired on the condition that she sell her flame-painted 1956 Chevy sedan. Ms. Morris held her father to his promise, and would enjoy her blue Corvette for some 20 years before ill health forced her to sell it in August 1983 to its second owner, Jay Smith. The car then went to Corvette expert Scott T 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Marshall of Bountiful, UT, who performed a four-year, body-off restoration that encompassed some 1,300 man-hours of labor and cost $33,000. Interestingly, Marshall did not find it necessary to rebuild the engine, which has never been apart. Bruce and Ralene Strauss of Irvine, CA, purchased the restored car in May 1989 for $50,000. The Strausses kept the car until early 2009, when Tony Hart bought it through Corvette Mike in Anaheim, CA. Hart says this fine Corvette, which has accrued just 27,621 miles at the time of cataloging, has “phenomenal power and torque.” his Sting Ray coupe was built in the third week of December 1962 and left the factory wearing 916A Daytona Blue paint over an 898A Saddle leather interior. The car was equipped with the optional ACC Analysis This car, Lot 79, sold for $209,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, CA, on August 14, 2015. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray was universally acknowledged as one of the most advanced vehicles of its time. Road & Track stated, “As a purely sporting car, the new Corvette will know few peers on road or track,” while even the stodgy British publication Motor opined, “In most respects the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray is the equal of any GT car to be found on either side of the Atlantic.” Well, almost universally acknowledged — Motor Trend named the AMC Rambler their 1963 Car of the Year. Without equal While not quite as advanced as the Jaguar XKE, for a mass-produced sports car, the 1963 Corvette was without equal. The striking body was penned primarily by Larry Shinoda. Countless people fell in love with Corvettes because of the Sting Ray, and as an impressionable 7-year-old, I was one of them. It was the first front-engine American car with independent rear suspension, and the first since the iconic 1937 Cord to feature retractable headlights. The only advanced technology missing was four-wheel disc brakes, and those would come two years later. Only the engine was a carryover, but the 327 small


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1963 Number produced: 10,594 coupes (2,610 Fuelies) Original list price: $4,779.30 Current ACC Valuation: $96,000–$178,000 Engine # location: Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Club: National Corvette Restorers Society block that the Sting Ray used was new the year before, and the L84 version, with Rochester mechanical fuel injection, produced an amazing 360 hp. Of course, 1963 was the only year of the “Split- Window” coupe. GM VP of Design, Bill Mitchell, loved the divided window. Corvette’s Chief Engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, hated it, feeling it was superfluous and reduced rearward vision. The automotive press agreed with Zora, and Duntov eventually got his way with the 1964 model-year cars. Convertibles slightly outsold the coupes in 1963, 10,919 to 10,594, and combined they sold almost 7,000 more units than in ’62, which was also a recordsmashing year for sales. A total of 2,610 Sting Rays, both coupes and convertibles, came with the L84 engine in 1963. Best options Our featured 1963 Corvette has everything a collector could want: the unique Split-Window body, the legendary 360-hp Fuelie engine, “off-road” sidepipes and power windows. It also has just 27,621 documented miles. Yet there are a few items that could have reduced the sale price. One might have been the Daytona Blue paint, which, with this car’s Saddle interior, side exhaust and alloy wheels, I find quite attractive. But the most popular color still seems to be Riverside Red. Another issue is provenance. This car’s history is well documented, but proof of the vehicle’s as-sold options is missing. A window sticker, bill-of-sale, or build sheet would offer proof of how the factory built the car. The P48 knockoff wheels on this Sting Ray, for example, probably were not delivered from the St. Louis factory. Outside of some of the Z06 racers in 1963, few if any Corvettes were sold with these wheels due to manufacturing issues — and they most likely would not have been on a car built in December 1962. Later on, these wheels were a popular dealer add- on, and that could be how they got here. But a build sheet found on this car, or a window sticker, would verify that. There was also no mention of NCRS Top Flight or Bloomington Gold awards with this car. Although those organizations don’t claim to guarantee originality with their awards, having them does put buyers at ease while boosting the bottom line at sale time. All in the details Contrast this sale with a nearly identical Daytona Blue ’63 Fuelie coupe that RM Auctions sold for $236,500 in Phoenix in January 2014 (ACC# 232253). At the time, our ACC analyst said, “Equipped with L84 Rochester mechanical fuel injection, Positraction, metallic brakes, off-road exhaust and correct T-3 headlamps. Restored to perfection with correct chalk markings and tape holding shims on the frame. Fully documented with NCRS Top Flight.” Although that car had many more miles on the odometer (81,646), it had what was missing here — docs and certifications to drive the price that much higher. This is not to slight our Corvette in any way. No, just the opposite. This Sting Ray was missing a few of the details that typically drive a sale price sky-high, but it brought the money anyway. All in all, I’d call it a very strong car that was very well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 coupe Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $19.99 VIN location: Plate riveted to body below glovebox More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 coupe Lot 493, VIN: 30837S110792 Condition: 1Sold at $146,300 Leake Auctions, Dallas TX, 11/23/2014 ACC# 256564 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 coupe Lot 599, VIN: 30837S10522 Condition: 2+ Sold at $189,200 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/14/2014 ACC# 239247 Lot 92, VIN: 30837S108615 Condition: 1 Sold at $236,500 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2014 ACC# 232253 November-December 2015 39CC 39


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PROFILE GM A Deal on a Drop-Top Big Block 1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 CONVERTIBLE The price paid here was on par with a rock-solid hard-top SS 396, so the buyer got the convertible option for free VIN: 138676B160597 by Patrick Smith rior, it is a classic combination that never fails to turn heads. Paint quality is excellent; the car is also nicely detailed underneath and in the engine compartment. Interior appointments include bucket seats and center console. Under the hood is a date-code-correct 325-hp V8 T 40 AmericanCarCollector.com with an Edelbrock intake and Holley carburetor. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 4008, sold for $50,050, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Russo and Steele’s Monterey Auction in Monterey, CA, on August 13–15 2015. Chevrolet unleashed the Super Sport option on the Chevelle in 1964 — the first year of the car’s production. The next year, the 375-hp 396 big block entered the picture, showcased in a special Z16 Chevelle package — a very limited supercar. GM only made 201 Z16 Chevelles, and at $4,586, they were expensive. But all the good stuff was included in the package, including big brakes, a 4-speed, and that monster 396 engine. From Z16 to SS 396 The buzz generated by the Z16 in 1965 drove GM to mass produce the SS 396 in 1966. It was a more his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible is a nicely restored example with a 4-speed transmission, power steering and power brakes. Trim tag with series 13867 indicates it is a true factory SS 396. Clad in Regal Red (paint code R2) over black inte- basic muscle car, with the 325-hp 396 as standard equipment. But you could order the goodies you wanted instead of taking whatever was given, unlike the prescribed Z16. Most buyers were just happy to be able to get one of these hot shoes. For about $2,800, they could. As for that 396, it was available in flavors ranging from mild to wild, from the L35 325-hp standard mill to the available 360-hp L34. On the top end, buyers could spec out the ultra-hot 375-hp L78. Sales were hot and heavy, with 66,843 coupes and 5,429 convertibles made for 1966. Most of them were base 325-hp cars, while 24,811 got the 360-hp L34 engine. Just 3,099 of those cars were L78 powered — the top engine wasn’t promoted by Chevrolet and didn’t appear in the brochure. It was essentially a customer-ordered mill for those in the know. The 1966 model had a few flaws. Power disc brakes weren’t available yet, so power drum brakes with metallic sintered linings was as good as it got for stopping power. There was no automatic transmission available for the hot SS engine — it was either a heavy-duty 3-speed manual or the 4-speed Muncie. It goes without saying that anyone driving one of these brutes got a free workout along the way. The 1967 Chevelle had basically the same body with new grille and taillamp treatments. But underneath, it was a slightly better car with a dual-circuit master cylinder, available power disc brakes, hazard flasher, TH400 transmission option for the higher-spec engine, Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1966 Number produced: 72,277 (5,429 convertibles) Original list price: $2,811 Current ACC Valuation: $45,000–$65,000 Club: Team Chevelle forums More: www.chevelles.com Alternatives: 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1966 Ford Fairlane GT 390, 1966 Plymouth Satellite 383 and a collapsible steering column. Still, production of 1967 SS 396 Chevelles was down due to increased demand for those engines in the new Camaro. On the street, the Mercury Cyclone GT 390 4-speed and Fairlane GTA were good rivals. Plymouth’s Satellite 383 Commando was a second slower on average, while the GTO, 442 W-30, and Hemi-powered Mopars were faster. But for many buyers, the Chevelle SS delivered the most bang for the buck. On the upswing Prices for the 1966–67 generation Chevelle SS have been on the rise. The doldrums are definitely over for these cars. Considering how rare an SS convertible is, finding one for sale is an event. In 2007, the average price for a nice-condition SS 396 hard top was in the mid-$30k range, while a great numbers-matching car crested at $50k. A convertible added $8k to $12k more to the price for the usual 325-hp job. As the market bottomed out, prices for average SS cars fell to mid-$20ks for street drivers and low $30ks for nice show cars. By 2013, the market was recovering, with nice hard tops regularly selling for high $30ks to low $40ks, and convertibles bringing $50k or more. Real concours examples went even higher. The average of all 1966 SS 396 sales in 2015, according to the ACC Premium Auction Database, is just over $60k. Our profile car is an archetype of the mid-’60s muscle car era. In fact, in the 1966 Chevelle brochure, you see an almost identical car on page three. The only difference is that car has a red interior paired with Regal Red paint. In 1967, Chevrolet decided to showcase a convertible in the same color from behind. These “brochure” cars tend to do very well at auctions, stirring up the desire among buyers wanting to live the dream. Which engine? Speaking of dreams, what can be said about the discrepancy between the catalog title description mentioning a 375-hp 396 and the text, which states a 325-hp date-correct 396 being installed? Let’s put it this way: For the price paid, it doesn’t matter if it was a typo, a factory L78 car that grenaded its engine across a freeway, or an L35 done up as an L78. The price paid here in Monterey was commensurate with a rock-solid hard-top SS 396 in today’s market, so the buyer got the convertible option for free. While it wasn’t a steal, I’d say the car was well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Engine # location: Machined pad below passenger’s front cylinder head Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $10.99 VIN location: Driver’s side A-pillar 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-dr hard top Lot S76.1, VIN: 138176K215713 Condition: 1Sold at $60,480 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/25/2015 ACC# 264756 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible Lot SP134, VIN: 138676B137080 Condition: 1Sold at $31,437 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/6/2014 ACC# 243405 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible Lot S118, VIN: 138676K174614 Condition: 2 Not sold at $67,000 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA, 7/16/2011 ACC# 182967 November-December 2015 41


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PROFILE FOMOCO Big-Price ’Bird 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM Glenn Zanotti ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s This is essentially a really fantastic weekend cruiser or local-carshow stud that was bought at an absolute premium VIN: C7FH315024 by Jay Harden • Estimated 500-hp Chevrolet LS2 V8 engine • 6-speed manual transmission • Independent coil-spring front suspension • Solid rear axle with coil springs • Four-wheel power disc brakes • A sleek, award-winning custom Thunderbird • Built to the highest standards by Wayne Davis’ private shop • Classic style with the best of modern engineering • Full power equipment and air conditioning • Carmel Concours class award and Goodguys Builder’s Choice winner ACC Analysis This car, Lot 207, sold for $181,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in Monterey, CA, on August 14, 2015. I’m not ashamed to admit that resto-mods are my favorite cars. In fact, the only thing I don’t like about them is the fact that they’re called resto-mods. That term somehow makes them sound like they belong to sweet old-timers who pull their pants up over their belly-buttons and spend Saturday mornings handwhittling oak cup holders for their Tin Lizzies. I’ll be the first to admit that resto-mods are cer- tainly not the greatest investments, but they’re a lot more fun than burying jars of cash in the backyard, and a lot more useful than a no-miles restoration that requires a log entry every time the tire pressure is checked. More importantly, they’re simply hot rods in the truest sense, and, in many ways, offer the clearest indication of the health of the American car scene. 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com When executed properly, resto-mods can showcase the very best of who and what we are as passionate enthusiasts. They are opportunities to blend the best of yesterday and today, and, in some cases, the only appropriate way to salvage a car that would otherwise be lost or valueless. Many builders and owners of resto-mods relish the opportunity to be unencumbered by the mountain of limitations imposed upon them by the OEMs and the chalk-mark-and-overspray clubs. As a consequence, they are free to reimagine the details in the way the original designers might if given the opportunity. The rest of us simply can’t leave well enough alone. This T-bird Considering how fantastic this car looks, it’s a wonder we don’t see more first-gen T-bird owners dumping the wire wheels and puny-man Y-block. The color is simultaneously striking and sophisticated, the bodylines remain unambiguously Thunderbird, and the stance is just about perfect. The boxed chassis, with its coil-overs, tubular con- trol arms and disc brakes, certainly isn’t everyone’s cup o’ tea (nor within their budget), but there can really be no argument about the improved experience of driving an old car that is so equipped. The most significant drawback I see with plopping down a wad of cash for a custom chassis with all the goodies has more to do with the longevity of the companies piecing them all together. Will I be able to find a replacement rear brake caliper 10 years from now when the young buck behind the counter stares blankly back


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1957 Number produced: 21,380 (total) Original list price: $3,350 Current ACC Valuation: $48k–$64k (original T-bird) Engine # location: N/A Club: Vintage Thunderbird Club International, NSRA at me because his computer clearly indicates that ’57 Thunderbirds don’t have disc brakes? It’s a chance I’d be willing to take. My only gripe with this car is a big one: Why in the world does this Ford have a GM powerplant? If this was a bits-and-pieces build on a limited budget, I would have a bit more leniency, but this was not a backyard project. I’d love to have an LS motor to take on long walks and share my hopes and dreams with, too, but it’s simply the wrong choice for this car. The price The knock against resto-mods, or any customized vehicle for that matter, is that the builds are tailored to the specific tastes of the person paying the tab. Whether those customizations are appreciated by others is somewhat irrelevant — at least initially. With a restoration or original car, the value is in the preservation of the historical value of said vehicle. With resto-mods, the value is really tied to curb appeal, emotional impulse and immediate relevance. How many pastel, tweed-interiored fat-fender rods are tucked away out there, their values plummeting into oblivion? The winds of trend are ever-shifting, and builds that were cutting-edge in 1990 can be had for cheap today. For those reasons, the only thing more shocking than finding that LS under the hood has to be the dollar amount it took to take the whole shebang home. Although customizer Wayne Davis likely spent a bit more to get this T-bird on the road, $181,000 is probably a lot closer to the initial investment than cars like this typically garner. I don’t mean to insinuate that this particular car will be out of style tomorrow, but we certainly can’t expect that it will hold up forever. The panel fit, paint quality, and overall detail appear to be top-notch, but LS motors are a dime a dozen (even in Fords) and a custom chassis can be ordered up on the Internet with a few clicks and a credit card. There’s nothing out of this world going on here, either mechanically or aesthetically. Although Davis is fairly well known and respected in the American car collector world, I certainly don’t think his name demands a premium, so I’m pretty sure we can eliminate any insinuation of celebrity status from the outcome as well. So what is it then? I really like this car, but $180,000-plus just doesn’t make much sense — especially when you consider that the car is no longer spankin’ new. The few thousand miles this car has on the clock are great from a shakedown/functionality standpoint, but I would expect the purchase price to take a hit accordingly. This car is essentially a really fantastic weekend cruiser/local-car-show stud that was bought at an absolute premium. The presentation does have somewhat of a timeless, stoic handsomeness to it, and maybe that’s what sent the buyer over the edge. If it ticked exactly all the right boxes for a particular someone who saw an opportunity to save some time and cash over having one built, then we can argue that the price paid made sense under the circumstances. In that case, I hope the new owner drives the wheels off of it and enjoys it every mile along the way. If he doesn’t, I’d call this Tune up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Metal tag on left door body pillar More: www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net, www. nsra-usa.com Alternatives: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette custom, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom, 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Lot 200, VIN: F7FH347627 Condition: 1Sold at $247,500 RM Auctions, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/15/2014 ACC# 256274 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Lot 133, VIN: F7FH339026 Condition: 1Sold at $198,000 one extremely well sold.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 4/27/2013 ACC# 216112 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible Lot 234, VIN: VC55T216639 Condition: 1Sold at $154,000 RM Auctions, Gainesville, GA, 11/13/2010 ACC# 168390 November-December 2015 43CC 43


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PROFILE MOPAR 2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT HELLCAT Heaven to Drive, Hell to Pay Dodge has given every indication that the Hellcat will not be any kind of limitedproduction unicorn VIN: 2C3CDZC9XFH713609 by Jeff Zurschmeide • Supercharged 707-hp 6.2-liter Hemi V8 • 6-speed manual transmission • Optional Satin Black aluminum hood with functional vents • Sublime Green pearl coat exterior paint • SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode active suspension • Harman Kardon Green Edge amplifier • 18-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer • 8.4-inch touchscreen display • GPS navigation • HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, MediaHub (USB, SD, Aux), Uconnect 8.4A AM/FM/SXM/ BT • 20x9-inch SRT Matte Black forged wheels • 275 40/ZR20 Pirelli PZero tires • 15 actual miles • From the Robertson Collection ACC Analysis This car, Lot 643, sold for $88,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights auction in Reno, NV, on August 6–8, 2015. Dodge fundamentally changed the muscle car world with the 2015 Dodge Hellcat twins, the Charger and Challenger. These cars offer supercar performance at a small fraction of the price of a Ferrari or a McLaren. Featuring a 707-horsepower, 650-foot-pound su- 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com percharged 6.2-liter V8, the Challenger could be had with a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic. Hellcats deliver 0–60 times in the “low three-second” range, with quarter-miles in the 10s and a top speed of over 200 mph right off the showroom floor. With the arrival of the Hellcats, the pace was set for everyone else to try and keep up. I’ve driven both the Challenger and Charger Hellcats on the street and on the race track, and the reality lives up to the hype. Massive torque, high speed and great handling are all there in an attractive package. Plus, with a full suite of electronic driverassistance features, you don’t have to be afraid of the gas or brake pedals in these Mopars. Dodge ramps up production Predictably, the muscle car world went nuts for the Hellcat. Sketchy reports told of dealers applying up to $75,000 of markup on the first cars to be sold, and Dodge quickly moved to prevent dealer price gouging. This car was going to be built for everyone — or at least everyone who could afford the roughly $60,000 price tag. By March of 2015, Dodge had delivered over 2,000 Hellcats, and the orders kept pouring in. Late in July, Dodge announced that it was converting over 900 orders for 2015 Hellcats into orders for the 2016 model at 2015 prices. Further, Dodge stated that they were going to roughly double Hellcat production capacity Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 2015 Number produced: About 5,000 Original list price: $61,985 Current ACC Valuation: MSRP Club: SRT Hellcat Forum More: www.hellcat.org Alternatives: 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 2015 Shelby GT500 VIN location: On plate at base of windshield for 2016. With that announcement, Dodge has given every indication that the Hellcat will not be any kind of limited-production unicorn. Instead, Dodge is going to ride the unprecedented popularity of the Hellcat series straight to the bank for as long as it possibly can. That fact has a huge bearing on this sale at the BarrettJackson Reno-Tahoe auction. Doing the math The Hellcat that crossed the block in Reno was for all purposes a brand-new car with just 15 miles on the odometer. Pause for a moment and pity the original owner, who had this car in his or her possession and didn’t ever enjoy it. But then look at what happened at the auction. This car sold for $88,000, including the buyer’s premium. Assuming the buyer was on-site, that’s 10%, or $8,000. The buyer’s premium was a little higher at 12% if the buyer was on the phone or bidding online. But the actual bid was probably about $80,000. The seller also paid a fee to put the car in the auction, plus an 8% seller’s fee, so call that another $8,000 or so to Barrett-Jackson. Do the math and you’ll see that the seller pocketed around $72,000 for their brand new Hellcat. Configuring an identical car online yields an MSRP of $61,985, and most dealers are applying markups of less than $5,000, if they’re marking the cars up at all. The bottom line is the seller could not have made more than $10,000 on this deal. Past auction sales show a trend. In January of 2015, the first Hellcat to cross the block sold for $96,800 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (ACC# 258322), and then two weeks later at Mecum Kissimmee, the price was $88,560 (ACC# 263072). By April, the third to cross the block did not sell at Leake Dallas at a bid of $70,000 (ACC# 264968), but at that time you could still order a new 2015 car at something close to MSRP. The laws of supply and demand seem to be hard at work in the Hellcat world. A good deal, but for whom? In the near term, this buyer got a good deal. The 2015 Hellcats are all sold, and auction was the only way the buyer was getting a new car this year. In the longer term, with Dodge telling us they’re increasing production, sooner or later the demand for Hellcats will be filled, and a lot of Hellcats will be on the road. That means there’s no big collectible upside for any Hellcat. You might as well drive it and enjoy it, because if you sit on it for 10 years, it will be just another outdated muscle car. Taken together, all the factors tell us that this seller probably made about as much profit as anyone is going to make on any Hellcat from here on out. I have to call that well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cap: $300 (eight plug-mounted coils) ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Lot 2466, VIN: 2C3CDZC97FH727144 Condition: 1 Not sold at $70,000 Leake, Dallas, TX, 4/18/15 ACC# 264968 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Lot T225, VIN: 2G1FS1EE9E9700426 Condition N/A Sold at $69,120 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/25/15 ACC# 262404 2012 Shelby GT500 Lot S30, VIN: 1ZVBP8JS3C5203231 Condition: N/A Sold at $41,040 Mecum, Seattle, WA, 6/24/14 ACC# 255823 November-December 2015 November-December 2015 45


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1955 FORD CUSTOM “BEATNIK BUBBLETOP” Bubbletop Best Buy Clearly crazy, Gary “Chopit” Fioto’s “Beatnik Bubbletop” was the most radical custom of the millennium’s first decade VIN: U5UG116632 by Ken Gross • Fresno Autorama Sweepstakes Award, 2005 • “Top 5 Customs” at Paso Robles, 2005 • “Outstanding Custom,” Grand National Roadster Show, 2006 • George Barris Kustom d’Elegance Award, 2006 • $20,000 prize, Darryl Starbird’s National Rod and Custom Show, 2006 F 46 AmericanCarCollector.com • First Place, “Hand-built Custom,” Detroit Autorama, 2006 or this extensive, four-year project, Gary “Chopit” Fioto started by removing the roof from a ’55 Ford and modifying a 1988 Lincoln Town Car chassis. Cadillac, Chrysler and Lincoln components are mixed, includ- ing canted quad headlights. The front bumper is from a 1959 Cadillac; the rear bumper began as the front bumper of a 1958 Cadillac. The finned taillights are 1960 Chrysler. The car’s front and rear fenders, door skins and the rear section of the car are hand-formed, oxy-acetylene welded steel. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 2098, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Santa Monica, CA, on July 18, 2015. Auctions America’s pre-sale estimate on this car was $150,000 to $250,000. I first met Gary “Chopit” Fioto at the Grand National Roadster Show in 1999. He was showing a cool, chopped, sectioned and channeled ’32 Ford pickup. He lived on Long Island at the time, and I had a feeling that he was destined for great things in the custom car world. I saw him next in Monterey in 2007, with a ham- mered ’51 Mercury custom. He’d managed to give that oft-customized model a totally unique look, and I wanted to include him and his shop, Chopit Kustoms, in my book, “Art of the Hot Rod.” But the Mercury was damaged in an unfortunate incident and we were unable to photograph it. He moved to Florida for a few years, and now works out of Stanton, CA. It’s a family affair. Gary’s wife, Cindy, manages the business, and sons Nick and Fabian (both very skilled) work with their dad. Gary is an expert in every facet of car construction. Remarkably, he uses no written plans, and confesses he thinks in three dimensions. He likes to say, “I don’t always know what I’ll do when I start, but I can see the result as I’m working.” Gary (he prefers to be called “Chopit”) likes driving his cars, so he insists each one be a reliable runner. He uses late-model parts where possible, “so if I break down on the road, I can go to a NAPA store or a dealer.” Cue the Jetsons When Fioto first presented the Beatnik Bubbletop, the custom crowd was stunned. He walked away with every major award over two years, including Darryl Starbird’s coveted $20,000 cash prize. And no wonder, as there’s really not been anything like this radical ride since Ed Roth’s spritely Beatnik Bandit. The late John O’Quinn, a Texas mega-collector with nearly 1,000 cars, was fascinated by this car. He paid nearly $400,000 for it at RM Monterey in 2006 (ACC# 42694) — a price that really had heads wagging. “My Patrick Ernzen © 2015, courtesy of Auctions America


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: Titled as 1955; built in 2005 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 Tune-up, major service: $300 Engine # location: Block pad ahead of passenger’s cylinder head VIN location: Left front door pillar Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) wife was very happy with me when that happened,” Fioto recalls. As radical as it is, the “Beatnik Bubbletop” is a stone driver. “Cindy and I drove it five and a half hours, in 96-degree heat, from my shop up to Santa Maria,” Fioto told me. “The sun was shining through the bubbletop, so we wore hats, and with the air conditioning on, even in heavy traffic, the only thing she said was, ‘The a/c is too cold.’” Try that with your six-carb small-block. Fioto says he always loved the reaction from onlookers whenever he drove the Bubbletop. “People thought it was unbelievable, just as a custom, and then when they saw you driving it, the response was incredible.” He also claims that his self-made bubble is the largest ever on a custom car. All the money, honey O’Quinn’s purchase was the high-water mark for this seminal custom. I rank this car with Terry Cook’s Lincoln-Zephyr “Scrape” as a groundbreaker. Boyd Coddington did a Zephyr right after Cook, as have many others. But no one has tried to copy the “Beatnik Bubbletop.” There just aren’t many people with the imagination and skill to replicate this car. Curiously, after it failed to sell at RM’s Amelia Island sale in March of 2011 at a bid of $140,000 (ACC# 176303), it was offered again that August at Bonhams’ Carmel sale. Our records show that it sold f w OLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: Titled as 1955; built in 2005 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 Tune-up, major service: $300 Engine # location: Block pad ahead of passenger’s cylinder head VIN location: Left front door pillar Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) wife was very happy with me when that happened,” Fioto recalls. As radical as it is, the “Beatnik Bubbletop” is a stone driver. “Cindy and I drove it five and a half hours, in 96-degree heat, from my shop up to Santa Maria,” Fioto told me. “The sun was shining through the bubbletop, so we wore hats, and with the air conditioning on, even in heavy traffic, the only thing she said was, ‘The a/c is too cold.’” Try that with your six-carb small-block. Fioto says he always loved the reaction from onlookers whenever he drove the Bubbletop. “People thought it was unbelievable, just as a custom, and then when they saw you driving it, the response was incred- ible.” He also claims that his self-made bubble is the largest ever on a custom car. All the money, honey O’Quinn’s purchase was the high-water mark for this seminal custom. I rank this car with Terry Cook’s Lincoln-Zephyr “Scrape” as a groundbreaker. Boyd Coddington did a Zephyr right after Cook, as have many others. But no one has tried to copy the “Beatnik Bubbletop.” There just aren’t many people with the imagination and skill to replicate this car. Curiously, after it failed to sell at RM’s Amelia Island sale in March of 2011 at a bid of $140,000 (ACC# 176303), it was offered again that August at Bonhams’ Carmel sale. Our records show that it sold f w f f i America’s Santa Monica sale for $165,000. The buyer was Larry Klairmont, whose “Klairmont Kollections” in Chicago has over 300 cars on display. “We have a lot of one-off, very eclectic cars, so when Donnie Gould (of Auctions America) told me this was coming up for sale, I bought it,” Klairmont said. “I think he stole it,” was Fioto’s take. Klairmont Kollections (www.klairmontkollections. org) is not open to the public, but they host tours for charities, and arrangements can be made for visits. Meanwhile, “Chopit” is completing a radical Jaguar custom with an LT1 V8 and a 700R4 transmission. “I build ’em and sell ’em,” he says, “and I have a good time. I don’t like to clean cars. I’d rather drive ’em.” So what’s this car really worth? John O’Quinn was an anomaly. He liked being the fearsome bidder at auctions, and he’d often walk right over to stand near anyone else who was bidding as an intimidation tactic, probably from his years as a trial litigator. With that approach, he’d win, but he often paid too much. Given the workmanship on this car and its many awards, I would have thought at least $200,000 was reasonable. Still, the Bubbletop isn’t for everyone; it’s a tough car to sell. When the market realizes its importance, and if Klairmont ever lets it go, it could sell for much more. Meanwhile, I’d call it a great deal for the seller. A LLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time CTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: Titled as 1955; built in 2005 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 Tune-up, major service: $300 Engine # location: Block pad ahead of passenger’s cylinder head VIN location: Left front door pillar Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) wife was very happy with me when that happened,” Fioto recalls. As radical as it is, the “Beatnik Bubbletop” is a stone driver. “Cindy and I drove it five and a half hours, in 96-degree heat, from my shop up to Santa Maria,” Fioto told me. “The sun was shining through the bubbletop, so we wore hats, and with the air conditioning on, even in heavy traffic, the only thing she said was, ‘The a/c is too cold.’” Try that with your six-carb small-block. Fioto says he always loved the reaction from onlookers whenever he drove the Bubbletop. “People thought it was unbelievable, just as a custom, and then when they saw you driving it, the response was incred- ible.” He also claims that his self-made bubble is the largest ever on a custom car. All the money, honey O’Quinn’s purchase was the high-water mark for this seminal custom. I rank this car with Terry Cook’s Lincoln-Zephyr “Scrape” as a groundbreaker. Boyd Coddington did a Zephyr right after Cook, as have many others. But no one has tried to copy the “Beatnik Bubbletop.” There just aren’t many people with the imagination and skill to replicate this car. Curiously, after it failed to sell at RM’s Amelia Island sale in March of 2011 at a bid of $140,000 (ACC# 176303), it was offered again that August at Bonhams’ Carmel sale. Our records show that it sold f w f i America’s Santa Monica sale for $165,000. The buyer was Larry Klairmont, whose “Klairmont Kollections” in Chicago has over 300 cars on display. “We have a lot of one-off, very eclectic cars, so when Donnie Gould (of Auctions America) told me this was coming up for sale, I bought it,” Klairmont said. “I think he stole it,” was Fioto’s take. Klairmont Kollections (www.klairmontkollections. org) is not open to the public, but they host tours for charities, and arrangements can be made for visits. Meanwhile, “Chopit” is completing a radical Jaguar custom with an LT1 V8 and a 700R4 transmission. “I build ’em and sell ’em,” he says, “and I have a good time. I don’t like to clean cars. I’d rather drive ’em.” So what’s this car really worth? John O’Quinn was an anomaly. He liked being the fearsome bidder at auctions, and he’d often walk right over to stand near anyone else who was bidding as an intimidation tactic, probably from his years as a trial litigator. With that approach, he’d win, but he often paid too much. Given the workmanship on this car and its many awards, I would have thought at least $200,000 was reasonable. Still, the Bubbletop isn’t for everyone; it’s a tough car to sell. When the market realizes its importance, and if Klairmont ever lets it go, it could sell for much more. Meanwhile, I’d call it a great deal for the seller. A More: More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: Any modernbuild high-end radical custom ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1929 Ford Model A “Alumatub” Lot 2516, VIN: 29A00037 Condition: 1Sold at $187,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2015 ACC# 256758 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr Custom Lot 176, VIN: H51451 Condition: 1Sold at $154,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/2013 ACC# 215110 1955 Ford Custom “Beatnik Bubbletop” (subject car) Lot 162, VIN: U5UG116632 Condition: 1- Not sold at $140,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2011 ACC# 176303 November-December 2015 47


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1974 FORD LTD COUNTRY SQUIRE STATION WAGON Time-Warp Wagon Karissa Hosek © 2015, courtesy of Auctions America This ultralow-mileage 1974 model was, for reasons unknown, mothballed and stored away like it was cast in gold VIN: 4J76S162122 by Dale Novak his single-owner Country Squire Wagon has less than 1,500 miles from when it was purchased new at Titus Will Ford in Tacoma, WA. As per its original sales invoice, it is equipped with a 400-ci V8 engine and an automatic transmission. Conveniences include deluxe bumpers, electric rear window, air conditioning, colorkeyed seat belts, AM radio, light group, tinted glass and a luggage rack. T The owner stated that the “interior is as-new, no marks and absolutely fresh.” It is astounding to see an automobile that is unchanged since it left the factory in 1974. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1112, sold for $42,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s California sale on July 17, 2015. Normally, a typical ACC profile would dive right into the history, design or track prowess behind the car in question. But, hey, this is a big green bomb station wagon, which reminds just about every car guy of the Griswolds’ Wagon Queen Family Truckster in the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Of course, that’s not this wagon. The movie wagon was a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire modified by George Barris. No, this is an ultra-low-mileage 1974 model that, for reasons unknown, was mothballed and stored away like it was cast in gold. I attended the Auctions America California sale 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com and was immediately possessed by this avocado-green torpedo. At first glance, most of us would likely walk right past it. You might consider it to be a piece of auction chum that’s been tossed into the sale to get the bidding warmed up. “A green wagon with faux-wood paneling,” you might say. “Really? Whose brother or cousin got that in?” But like a moth to a flame, you get sucked into the beast when the ultra-straight body and gleaming, perfectly aged paint capture your eye. Then you see that it’s one-family owned with less than 1,500 miles. Then, the all-original presentation (including the paint) pulls you in even further. Before you know it, you’re sitting inside the green land yacht and sucking in the nearly-new-car smell that was hermetically sealed inside that minty interior. As original as they come This wagon was truly beyond belief. So much so that I scoured over the exceptional paint to see if I could detect any paintwork or non-factory tweaks. Other than some detailing under the hood, the old Squire was as original as you’re ever going to find. This wasn’t some sort of low-mileage barn find or even a garage find that was covered with a tarp and used as a storage shelf for moving boxes and old bicycles. This wagon was seriously loved. How or why it came to be really isn’t all that impor- tant for this profile, but it’s certainly a curiosity. Most of the documentation was present and it came with


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1950–91 Number produced: 64,047 (1974) Original list price: $5,950 Current ACC Valuation: $7k–$10k VIN location: Base of windshield, driver’s side Club: International Station Wagon Club Engine # location: Top rear of block, near oil-pressure sending unit More: www.iswcstationwagon. org three original sets of keys, handbook, original sales documents and some of the registrations. The interior was unused. In fact, I felt guilty when I sat in it, like I was violating a space that very few have ever occupied. The gauges and dash looked literally factory fresh and the steering wheel was untouched. “Mint” is not even the correct word, perhaps “pristine” or “faultless” might be a better description. And not in a puffery sort of way. Find another So how does one value a 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon with an undisputed 1,353 miles on the clock? Well, you won’t likely ever find a true comp. Even if you can unearth another low-mileage example, it will likely be a wagon that was stored under a shady oak tree with a blue tarp draped over it. Birds, bugs and rodents will have had their way with it, and while it might be an old wagon with low miles, it will never (and I mean never) compare with this example. Of course, this car’s rarity makes sense. Who would save this? I could understand a minty, squirreled-away low-mileage car that’s far more desirable, such as a Yenko or Boss 429. But we are talking about an ordinary Ford family wagon. Some would say it’s downright ugly. And it’s not rare — Ford sold piles of wagons in 1974. The estimate was pegged at $35,000 to $40,000, and that was with a bunch of speculation and imagination in play. Nobody really knew what this might do — only what it could potentially bring on a good day. One thing Auctions America does very well is to add a variety of cars to their auctions. This car was certainly no exception to that. It was as odd as the California classic-car-sales environment can be. What sells great on one day (or one sale) can do remarkably poorly another day. For this car on this day, the right buyers were in the room and the new owner was reported to be a fastidious collector who was smitten with the originality of the offering. The deal Well bought or well sold? Given the “one-off” consideration, we can toss our price guides and comps out the window (or multiple windows in this case). By the books, a 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon is worth about $7k–$10k for a really nice, crisp example, and somebody needs to be really lusting for a great one to stroke that check. By our database, a replica of the “Vacation” movie car went unsold at Mecum’s Houston on April 6, 2013 (ACC# 215819), with a high bid of $35,000. Otherwise, that’s about all we will likely find with regards to any serious valuation research. The colors are totally period-correct — in fact, it’s superb in that regard — and the condition is near perfection. There is also very good documentation. On the down side, it can’t be driven unless you enjoy shredding your cash, but I am sure the new owner understands that caveat. With all that in mind, and ignoring the fact that it’s an enormous green chunk of dubiously styled American iron, I’d call it a fair deal at the money spent. And it’s most certainly a piece of Americana that will survive for future generations, who will inevi- tably ask, “What were they thinking?” A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari station wagon, ex-John Wayne Lot S79, VIN: 2P45W5X156068 Condition: 2Sold at $76,680 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 245091 Alternatives: 1973–74 Chevrolet Caprice Estate wagon, 1974–77 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon, 1971–78 Pontiac Grand Safari station wagon ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1968 Chrysler Town & Country station wagon Lot F425, VIN: CE46K8C224196 Condition: 2 Not sold at $36,300 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2013 ACC# 227122 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire “Vacation” replica Lot S22, VIN: 9U74H174483 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $35,000 Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 4/6/2013 ACC# 215819 November-December 2015 49CC 49


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PROFILE RACE 1956 KURTIS 500S Classic Racer for the Street Erik Fuller ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s With only about 30 or so built, you won’t see another 500S at Cars and Coffee. The rarity factor is definitely there VIN: KK500S015 by Sam Stockham • 205-hp, 283-ci V8 engine • 5-speed manual transmission • Tubular front axle and live rear axle with torsion-bar suspension unknown, it lay unfinished until acquired by Warren Wetterlund of Napa, CA, in 1999. Wetterlund, a collector and driver of vintage T 50 AmericanCarCollector.com race cars, commissioned John Ryals, of Van Nuys, California, to complete the project. The chassis, originally outfitted for a Cadillac engine, was re-configured to use a 283-ci Chevy mated to a Tremec T5 5-speed gearbox. A Ford nine-inch rear axle was chosen, and the Kurtis torsion bars were mated to Koni shock absorbers. The front brakes are Alfin drums, as fitted to most Kurtis cars in their era. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 206, sold for $143,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in Monterey, CA, on August 14, 2015. Frank Kurtis started humbly enough. He was the son of a Croatian blacksmith. As a young kid in Los Angeles, Kurtis became enamored with the Southern California sports car scene. He honed his metalworking skills as a coachbuilder for Don Lee while still in his teens, creating bespoke coachwork for movie stars • Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes he Kurtis 500S offered here had an extraordinarily long gestation period. It was shipped to a Darrel Johnson, of Ferndale, MI, in February 1956 and invoiced as a “500M chassis and suspension.” For reasons of the day. By the late 1930s, the Midget racer craze had come full tilt, and Kurtis’ company Kurtis Kraft was producing some of the best Midget cars around. Like any astute businessman, Kurtis surrounded himself with the best drivers and designers in the business, and delivering Midgets became his sole focus. Kurtis had a strong talent for creating startlingly fast cars of basic design, but by the late 1940s, Midget racing was eclipsed by faster open-wheel Indy-style race cars. By the late 1940s, Kurtis was producing only a small number of Midget cars, and was instead working on building cars for Indy. On to Indy, and the road Kurtis quickly grew to be the premier name in chassis design for Champ cars to run at Indy. 1950 saw Kurtis achieve his first win at the Indy 500, with Johnnie Parsons driving. That year, no fewer than 14 drivers who qualified in the pack of 33 were driving Kurtis Kraft chassis, and three of the top five finishers were driving Kurtis Kraft as well. By 1955, nine of the top 10 finishers were driving a Kurtis Kraft chassis. Kurtis also decided to offer a much more forgiving road-going variant that could be easily customized and would be difficult to beat. In 1949, Kurtis introduced the KSC (Kurtis Sports Car), which was very well received. The car graced the cover of the very first issue of Motor Trend and ran impressive speed trials at over 140 mph. The KSC quickly garnered the attention of not only the general public, but the attention of Earl “Madman”


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1953–56 Number produced: Approximately 30 Original list price: $5,800 Current ACC Valuation: $130,000–$170,000 Tune-up/major service: Varies with engine fitted. For SBC, $150 Engine # location: Stamped in block ahead of passenger’s cylinder head (SBC) Muntz as well. Remember the Muntz Jet? Well, Muntz dug the KSC so much that he purchased the rights and the tooling for the car. Muntz took the design, added a couple of seats, a few inches in wheelbase, stuffed in a Caddy V8 and presto, the Muntz Jet was born. Once Kurtis was done with any contractual obliga- tions to Muntz, he decided to build a new sports car — the 500S. Introduced in 1953, this car took much of its design from the Kurtis Indy chassis. The mindset of Kurtis was to bring flexibility to the client. He offered his chassis in various stages of completion. He could build the entire car for you or give you a basic kit with the drivetrain left out. Sometimes brakes and suspension were left to the client as well. Driver Bill Stroppe decided to take a 500S racing and quickly found success. Stroppe racked up no less than eight 1st-place finishes and beat up on powerhouse names like Ferrari and Jaguar in the process. Further victories came in 1954, cementing Kurtis Kraft as the premier chassis builder of the day. A rare sight This meteoric success, however, did not translate into enormous and lucrative sales. Roughly 30 kits and completed cars were delivered between 1953 and 1955, when Kurtis made some changes and dubbed the car the 500M. The changes included a new closedfender body, as well as modifications more at home on a street car than a dedicated track competitor. A plush interior was added, which even included provisions for a radio. Since the car had gained a bit of weight, its track prowess was diminished and privateer efforts were lackluster at best. Only about 20 kits and full cars left the factory before a funeral march started to play for the 500M. One of the last Since our profile car was built as a 1956, holds a chassis number of KK15, and was invoiced as 500M, it stands to reason that this was one of the last chassis produced. The confusion lay in the body, as the 500M was a closed-fender car. But with Kurtis Kraft, no real rules applied to production, so there are no wrong answers even when it comes to the body. This car appears to have been thoughtfully put together even if it was completed only recently. A period-correct 283 Chevy mill was installed, backed by a modern 5-speed. I know the 5-speed is not exactly period, but I am sure it adds an element of civility to the car for street use. Overall, the car looks to be in fantastic order — and you could eat off that 283. Personally, I think these cars deserve a lot more credit and a much higher price tag than they currently have. These chassis dominated Indy racing for five years and influenced many other chassis builders for years to come. With only about 30 or so built, you won’t see another 500S at Cars and Coffee. The rarity factor is definitely there. However, the collectibility rub might be the percep- tion that these were nothing more than kit cars at the time — even if they weren’t exactly in the back of the comic book next to the sea monkeys. That train of thought puts this car in the camp of kit-built Cobras and GT40s, which I don’t think is an appropriate comparison. Regardless, the market usually sees these trade for more than this one brought here, especially in this condition. So with that in mind, I have to call this one well bought — and it should prove to be a ton of fun for its new owner. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1953 Kurtis 500S Lot 63, VIN: C53869947 Condition: 3+ Sold at $148,500 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/15/2004 ACC# 34666 Clubs: Antique Auto Club of America VIN location: Plate riveted to firewall More: www.aaca.org Alternatives: 1952 Allard K2, 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 convertible, 1966 Shelby GT350 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1954 Kurtis 500S Lot 31, VIN: KK500S024 Condition: 2Sold at $170,500 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 245000 1954 Kurtis 500S Lot 21, VIN: V2151707 Condition: 2Sold at $165,000 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/2011 ACC# 168583 November-December 2015 51


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PROFILE TRUCK 1970 GMC 2500 PICKUP Classic Pickup Steal This isn’t the most desirable version of GM’s ’67–’72 pickup, but for a usable classic with upside, it was a fantastic buy VIN: CE234ZZ56282 by Jim Pickering F 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com or sale at auction: 1970 GMC 2500 Sierra Grande long bed with factory air, factory bucket seats, big-block 396, power brakes and power steering. All original. ACC Analysis This GMC truck, Lot 300.2, sold for $4,070, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights auction in Reno, NV, on August 6–8, 2015. At first glance, this truck looks like pretty much any other old, used-up GM hauler you’d find listed on Craigslist for a couple grand. But there’s more to it than just that, and in a complex changing market currently dominated by shiny, high-dollar restorations, looks can be deceiving. There’s nothing all that special about this GMC’s configuration. It has some good options such as its big-block engine, bucket seats, shoulder belts, a/c, bedside tool box and Sierra Grande trim, but even so, it’s not the most desirable of 1967–72 GM trucks. The top of that pecking order in the current market consists of half-ton short beds with high options, glossy finishes, and big-block engines — like the $61k ’72 Cheyenne Super I profiled in the July-August 2013 issue. This GMC, as a three-quarter-ton long bed, sits on the opposite side of the desirability spectrum from that shiny half-ton showpiece. But I still think this rig was a fantastic buy, and not just because it was silly cheap at $4k. It’s only original until restoration If you’ve been to any car auction over the past five years, you’ve seen many GM trucks for sale. The company built a whole lot of them, so they’re more or less everywhere, in all types of configurations, even 45 years later. But highly restored trucks tend to be the most valuable ones when the auctioneer’s hammer falls, and for that reason, a lot of trucks just like our subject rig end up restored. You can make a pretty good argument that American trucks are, right now, in a similar spot in the market to where many muscle cars were back in the early 1990s. At that time, factory-original condition wasn’t val- ued as much as the shiny paint of a high-dollar resto, so a lot of LS6 Chevelles and Hemi cars were given the shiny treatment. Ten years later, when the originality and patina movement gained traction, cars showing originality and evidence of the passage of time became desirable, and values then followed suit. Now, original patina on a rare car can bring top dollar. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Trucks have seen some of this shift — just look at some of the six-figure prices that trucks achieved at the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale in Nebraska a few years ago. But generally, the truck market hasn’t matured to the point where originality is valued on par with restoration — at least not yet. As such, we see a lot of trucks pop up at auction either wearing fake patina and air springs, or fitted with all kinds of repro parts on top of shiny new paint. How it was is how it is That doesn’t mean generally original trucks like our subject are now rare, but they are getting harder to find — especially solid examples that haven’t changed much from their original configurations. That is basically what we’re looking at here with this mostly unrestored GMC. According to Travis Shetler, our ACC analyst on the ground in Reno, it’s wearing original paint, save for the white sections and the rear bumper, both of which have been touched up and look crisp. But the typical rust areas, such as the floors, rocker panels, cab corners, bed-side toolbox door, and windshield surround all look solid, and all the original trim is present, if worn. Even the original hubcaps are still in place, and the body looks more or less straight other than a reported hood-shut issue that apparently happened after the auction-house photos were taken. This thing clearly lived life in a dry climate, and it appears to have been pretty well cared for over the years considering its worker-bee status — but it’s generally been left alone other than a few minor touchups and a set of incorrect seat covers. The result is a truck that isn’t beat but shows its age evenly. That’s scarce in today’s market. Blue-collar blue chip? A big part of the collector car world is made up of people who are buying cars that they’ve always wanted to own. L88 Corvettes, most Hemi cars, LS6 Chevelles and Boss 429 Mustangs all fit into this category. That $61k Cheyenne Super I profiled in 2013 probably does, too. But trucks were never supposed to be special. They were workers built in big numbers, and today, most live on the other side of the market — a place full of buyers attempting to recapture part of their past. These buyers bounced along on the front seat of one of these trucks next to Grandpa or Dad, back in those rose-colored days when the trip was the destination and all that mattered was the project at hand. These buyers want to relive that experience. For them, trucks like these are not aspirational buys — they’re sentimental ones. The market has been trained on shiny trucks, so that’s what we see sell in the biggest numbers. But the truth is that if you’re out to buy back some of the past, a fully restored or modified truck won’t provide a better rerun of your memories than something like this. And you can’t argue with the price difference between this and a $20k restored rig, either. Best of all, unlike a glossy repainted truck with a high-dollar wood bed, you’ll be able to actually use this to haul things without worrying too much about destroying its value through wear and tear. In most parts of the country, $4k will buy you a decent running rust bucket of a ’67–’72 GM with needs. That alone makes this presumably rust-free rig a steal of a deal, with the added bonus of the look of originality driving some potential upside in the future. And in the meantime, the new owner can take the kids along and load it up with lumber or bricks or whatever the project at hand dictates. I just hope he or she resists the temptation to completely restore it. Very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1970 GMC 2500 Custom pickup Lot T86, VIN: CE234ZZ66491 Condition: 3 Sold at $8,800 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 ACC# 213252 Detailing Current ACC Valuation: Varies significantly, from $5k to $40k depending on options and condition; $10k–$15k for a betterthan-average driver with these options Engine number location: Pad on passenger’s side of engine, forward of cylinder head Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Tag in door jamb, driver’s side frame horn ahead of engine Tune-up / major service: $200 Club: www.1967-1972chevytrucks.com Alternatives: 1967–72 Ford F-series, 1968–71 Dodge D-series, 1969–75 International D-series ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 121,833 (all 1970 GMC trucks) Original list price: $2,680 base 1970 GMC 1500 Sierra Grande pickup Lot F93, VIN: CE134SZ75011 Condition: 3+ Sold at $17,820 ACC# 256510 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/5/2014 1972 GMC 2500 Sierra pickup Lot 177, VIN: TCE242F710902 Condition: 3 Sold at $4,095 Bonhams, Portland, OR, 6/11/2011 ACC# 179576 November-December 2015 53CC 53


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MArKeT OVERVIEW Looking for Deals in a Peaking Market ONE BUYER SCORED A ’69 BUICK RIVIERA FOR UNDER $15k IN MONTEREY by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, $2,475,000—Mecum Auctions, p. 102 2. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $858,000— Gooding & Co., p. 99 3. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $363,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 100 4. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $288,750—Auctions America, p. 70 5. 1928 Auburn Model 8-88 boattail Speedster, $275,000—Gooding & Co., p. 94 6. 1957 Dual-ghia Convertible, $264,000— Gooding & Co., p. 104 7. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $220,000— Gooding & Co., p. 96 8. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $214,500— barrett-Jackson, p. 60 9. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $209,000— Bonhams, p. 98 10. 1913 pope-Hartford Model 31 Portola Roadster, $181,500— Auctions America, p. 68 BEST BUYS 1969 buick riviera gS 2-dr hard top, $14,300—Russo and Steele, p. 76 54 AmericanCarCollector.com T he annual summer auctions featured in this issue showed mixed numbers. At Monterey Car Week, sales among five auctions totaled $397m, down from $464m, and 860 of 1,256 cars sold. It feels like the market may have crested, but that doesn’t mean it’s crashing. Auctions America sold 162 out of 292 cars in Santa Monica, CA. Totals dipped 10% from $17.2m last year to $15.4m. The most expensive American car was a 2005 Ford GT at $289k. A 1958 Dual-Ghia convertible sold for $413k at Russo and Steele Monterey and earned high-sale honors. Sales totaled $10.3m (down 15%), and 130 out of 210 cars changed hands. At Barrett-Jackson’s third and One bidder found a hell of a bargain — 1969 buick riviera gS 2-dr hard top, sold for $14,300 at russo and Steele, Monterey final Reno sale, 100% of 233 consignments hammered sold, and totals hit $9m (down 9%). A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible topped the charts at $215k. A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 sold for $277k at GAA Greensboro, helping totals notch up from $6.9m to $7.2m. Of 535 lots, 326 went home to new garages. Tony’s Market Moment: Even as muscle car values have returned to their highs of the mid-2000s, demand for the “personal luxury coupe” remains flat. If you’re the longtime owner of a Thunderbird or Riviera looking to cash out, this is too bad, but if you’re a budget shopper looking for a cool vintage ride, well, it’s a buyer’s market. A clean 1969 Buick Riviera GS sold for just $14,300 at Russo and Steele Monterey. The older “clamshell” and newer “boattail” Rivieras are more iconic, but look at everything this car had to offer: a 360-hp 430ci big block, power brakes, steering, windows and seat, a/c… and styling with more than a hint of muscle-car swagger. This generation of Riv will never be cheaper, and with that in mind, you might just find a lot more bang for your buck here than with a commensurate Chevelle or GTO.A Auctions America, Santa Monica, CA July 17–18 Twin Cities, St. paul, MN July 20 GAA, greensboro, NC July 23–25 barrett-Jackson, reno, NV August 6–8 Mecum, Monterey, CA August 13–15 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA August 13–15 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA August 13–15 Bonhams, Carmel, CA August 14 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA August 15–16 $0 $30m $60m $90m $10.4m $45.9 $128.1m $120m $150m $180m Auctions in this issue $15.4m $1.8m $7m $9m $45m $167.3m 1956 Ford F-600 custom crewcab pickup, $143,000—barrettJackson, p. 62 1968 Shelby GT350 fastback, $74,800—barrett-Jackson, p. 62 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 r/T convertible, $33,550—russo and Steele, p. 84 1969 pontiac grand prix 2-dr hard top, $17,050—Russo and Steele, p. 78


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV Barrett-Jackson — Hot August Nights Auction THE AUCTION HOUSE CONCLUDES ITS THREE-YEAR RENO RUN, AND A RARE MICHIGAN-BUILT BIG-BLOCK C2 CORVETTE MAKES $215k BarrettJackson Reno, NV August 6–8, 2015 Auctioneer: Joseph Mast Automotive lots sold/ offered: 233/233 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $9,014,270 High American sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible, sold at $214,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices One of the very few 427 cars built at the A.O. Smith plant in Michigan, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sold at $214,500 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 Market opinions in italics when a 1967 427 Corvette convertible crossed the auction block. It was one of very few big-block Corvettes produced in Michigan. The story is that GM was unhappy with the quality F 56 AmericanCarCollector.com of the stinger hood paintwork at the A.O. Smith facility in Michigan. After just a small number of cars, GM directed that all 427 Corvettes were to be built in St. Louis. The Corvette on offer here sold for $214,500, earning high-sale honors for the weekend. It was the highest price paid for a non-charity vehicle in BarrettJackson’s three years in Reno. And this was, it turns out, Barrett-Jackson’s final Reno sale. Revenue was down 9% from last year’s $9.9m, marking two straight years of decline. By other measures, however, the event was still a growing success. The auction house hosted its largest Reno crowd ind a popular C2 Corvette convertible in beautiful condition, with a factory big block and exceptional rarity, and the bidders will go the extra mile to obtain it. That’s what happened at Barrett-Jackson Reno in August ever, with over 40,000 attending. And while the total number of cars consigned and sold was down, sales rate was 100%, and average price rose to $39k from $33k. Of course, customs are the theme of Hot August Nights, and the auction had plenty of high-quality examples to choose from. The second-most-expensive car was a Boyd Coddington-designed 1932 Ford B-400, at $181,500. The car was roughly 90% finished before Coddington died in 2008. It was finished by several of the largest names in custom car building. The third annual Barrett-Jackson Cup once again recognized the best in custom builds, with five prizes totaling more than $100,000. The Ultimate Best of Show Winner was a 1962 Chevrolet Impala bubbletop, owned by Randy and Lisa Wilcox, and built by CAL Automotive Creations. Drift racer Rhys Millen delivered the trophy in a Fly Yellow Dodge Hellcat. He wound his way sideways through the closed streets of Reno, placed the trophy on the podium, and then spun doughnut after doughnut, tires smoking in proper Hot August Nights style. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV GM #707-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC555158802. India Ivory & Dusk Rose/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 4,950 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A fantasticlooking Bel Air in a good color combination. Subjected to a frame-off restoration, and it shows. Paint is excellent, with good panel fit and chrome trim. Inside, the interior is new and correct. The engine compartment is also very good. Cond: 1-. Attractive pillared hard-top GTO with Redlines and dog-dish poverty caps. Recently restored with rebuilt motor. Induction has been upgraded to Tri-Power. Paint has some chips, and the driver’s door only closes with extra effort. Chrome rocker trim on the driver’s side is too far back, and there is some pitting on the hood emblem. Inside, the interior is very nice, with a thick teak wheel. The engine compartment looks fresh and correct. Cond: 2+. souri who babied it. Repainted to a high standard. Panels and doors fit well. Chrome trim and glass are very good. Interior is claimed to be original and is in virtually new condition. Under the hood, the Chevrolet small block sits in a well-detailed and correct-looking engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. Well bought at the very bottom end of market. This car was offered at Morphy’s Las Vegas auction in April of this year but did not sell. The new owner bought a truly beautiful example that has lots of room to make a profit. #616-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 11837L170677. Honduras Maroon/Inca Silver fabric & vinyl. Odo: 26,638 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Visually flawless. The pencil-thin C-pillars and fresh glass create a generous greenhouse. The paint is very well applied. Panel fit and extensive trim is as delivered when new. Inside, the wide bench and skinny shifter topped by the mini cue ball conceal the true nature of this car, which is beneath the hood. The 409 (possibly non-original) is date-correct and sits in a restored but slightly dusty engine compartment with power steering and single-circuit brakes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,200. Very well sold at twice the market. The buyers liked what they saw, and the owner realized an excellent result. The buyer will need to drive and enjoy this Goat for some time before he can expect to make a profit. Luckily, the few little items to be addressed are mostly labor and will not add much cost. #7002-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 396876M529767. Raven Black/black & white leather & cloth. Odo: 61,133 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Gleaming in an excellent original-color repaint. Rechromed bumpers. Inside, the black and white interior has been redone to a good standard, and the barrel-roll speedometer draws the eye. Under the hood, the engine compartment is detailed to concours standards. Original West Coast car. Fantastic example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,700. This car had nothing to detract except a lowered stance on top of very large wheels and tires. Well sold, but if the seller is intending on enjoying the Caprice and holding onto it for a while, there may be a profit to be had here. #623-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K405582. Olympic Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 46,118 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Gleaming, gold, and good to go. This Chevelle has undergone a three-year restoration from the engine to the clock to the 8-track. The paint is very well applied, with good door fit. The trunk needs to be repositioned slightly. Carrying the L89 396 under the hood (aluminum heads), the well-detailed engine bay has only a large motor, power steering and the power brake booster on the firewall. Inside, the interior is new and well assembled. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,600. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2012 Orange County auction, where it sold for $66k (ACC# 209900). Today it was well bought and sold at the top of the market for a non-409 car and a little over $10,000 shy of where a factory 409 should be in light of the car’s excellent condition. #723-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. VIN: 824F22786. Dark blue/black vinyl. Odo: 67,856 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. 58 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $40,700. Very well sold at 50% beyond the top of the current market. The first-generation Toronados have a level of panache that represents everything great about American car manufacturers in the mid-’60s. Bold, over-the-top engineering and technology packaged in a fetching, large, personal luxury car. Seller should be happy, as it’s worth it to pay for exceptional quality. #679-1967 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 166477J190245. Blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 78,107 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very attractive. This car was originally purchased by a couple in Mis- SOLD AT $55,000. Top-of-the-market price. This car needed nothing but some fiddling with the trunk. The nicest examples will bring a premium, and that is what happened here. The buyer has a “new” 1969 Chevelle for about 10 times what the original purchaser paid and has a car that will only become more valuable. #620-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379Z118648. Carousel Red/black vinyl. Odo: 54,804 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Iconic muscle car restored to concours quality. Paint and interior are perfect. Well optioned. Full documentation including PHS documents and copy of origi


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV nal window sticker and service books. Excellently detailed undercarriage is on display. Cond: 1-. has been well cared for, with very slight signs of wear to the door-sill trim and seat belts. Underneath the hood, the engine bay is nicely detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,800. Strong price, but the car sold for $53k in January at Mecum Kissimmee (ACC# 264118), which makes this price look pretty reasonable. Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $88,000. The documentation and the quality of the restoration instilled confidence, and it showed in the bidding. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in 2014, where it sold for $51k (ACC# 241198). Very strong price today for a very strong car. #699-1970 BUICK SKYLARK GS 455 Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H163586. Bamboo Cream/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 63,626 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A luxurious muscle car in good colors. Newer paint has been applied well. Panel fit is good except for the driver’s door. Interior is in very good condition with no visible concerns. Under the hood, the 455 fills the welldetailed engine bay. Left the factory just a GS 455. The Stage 1 equipment (revised heads with larger valves, higher compression, different cam, carb tuning, ignition timing, higher final drive ratio and badging) was apparently added later. Cond: 2+. #771-1971 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136801L128712. Candy Apple Red/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 73,000 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presents well with nice panel fit. The fresh paint is well applied, and the interior has been recently redone. Under the hood, the engine bay is detailed. However, the overall impact is lessened by the ubiquitous Centerline rims and the interior redone in modern cloth. Cond: 2. CORVETTE #662-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S106862. Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,653 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good-looking frameon-restored C1 from the final year. Paint is very good, with good panel fit. Trim is also good. Some rippling in the convertible top. Black interior is well presented. Underneath the hood, there is a lot of empty space, and a bit more detailing could help. Undercarriage is ready for cleanup. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. The non-stock items and lack of a/c made the car seem a bit too common. Very well sold at nearly the middle of the current market value. Buyer has room to correct the modern items and still have room for a small profit if he’s careful. SOLD AT $44,000. Very well sold. Sale price is near the threshold of GS 455 Stage 1 pricing. This car last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in 2013 for $36,300 (ACC# 232755). Not a bad price two years later. #703-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228870N115401. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 72,307 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very attractive, fully restored Trans Am with manual transmission. Quality repaint with good panel fit. Inside, the car looks like it SOLD AT $23,100. Very well bought and sold at roughly the middle of the current market. This truck had air conditioning, tilt wheel and an excellent color scheme. It will be valuable even if trucks fall out of favor with bidders. Room to drive, use, enjoy and make a profit in the future. 60 AmericanCarCollector.com #699.1-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne pickup. VIN: CCE142F362034. Orange & white/black houndstooth. Odo: 62,931 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Handsome half-ton truck with excellent paint and chrome. Driver’s door is not fitting right. Inside, the interior is good and the truck is very well optioned. The steering wheel is incorrect, from the next generation of GM trucks. Under the hood, the engine bay is restored and well detailed. Lots of free space around the big-block motor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,200. Very well sold at the top of the market. Huge price over the $59k this car sold for in 2013 at Barrett-Jackson Reno (ACC# 227227). Prior to that, the car sold in 2009 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for $73k (ACC# 119103). Lots of variation in a sixyear time period. #724-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S107818. White/black vinyl. Odo: 86,400 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very clean Corvette. Claimed to be mostly original and garaged. Wear items replaced in 2006. There are some door-fit issues. Interior is good. Under the hood, the high-output powerplant appears to have been untouched and sits in what seems to be an original, unmolested engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,600. Sold for a price near the top of the market range for a 1964 with this engine. Seller did slightly better than the buyer. Buyer should do well in the future with this purchase. The patina supports the claimed originality, and the car is attractive and cared for. 77S100365. Marina Blue/white vinyl/blue leather. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A beautiful car restored to concours standard. Marina Blue paint very well applied. Interior has some wear. Said to be one of the very 8 #617-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1946- TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV few 427 cars built at the A.O. Smith plant in Michigan. This car is said to carry full documentation to confirm the rarity. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,500. Weathertight A.O. Smith cars were shipped to St. Louis for final assembly, but GM determined that the hood stinger was proving too problematic for the Michigan shop, and only a handful of 427 cars were ever built there. A genuine and rare Corvette will always do well. This car last appeared at the Branson auction in Missouri in October of 2014. At that time the car did not sell at a high bid of $80k (ACC# 256235). Terribly well sold here. #732-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37K2S502005. Bryar Blue/ black leather. Odo: 5,110 miles. 350-ci 200hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Spotless and radiant in excellent blue paint. Panels, chrome and rubber all excellent. Highly optioned except no power steering. Interior shows slight driver’s seat wear. Suspension looks rebuilt. Low mileage on the odometer. Cond: 1-. vehicle, colors, style and drivetrain are exactly what one hopes to find, and they came together perfectly in this vehicle. The buyer has a one-of-a-kind custom with Coddington provenance. Recently no-saled at a high bid of $149k at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach sale in June (ACC# 265717). Well sold today. #748-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 8H181665. Dark blue/gray cloth/light blue leather. Odo: 74,698 miles. 392-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration on a solid body. Paint is okay and the panel fit is fine. V12 has been swapped out for a Chrysler Marine Hemi. Interior is older, with some puckering and sagging in the door panels. Wide grille is not as sleek as the pre-war models. Cond: 3. the buyer, he now owns one of the largestscale hot rod trucks money can buy. There is no way most people would have the time, effort and skill to create such a vehicle, so find another—I say well bought. #636-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 8T02J126793000338. Lime green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 30,092 miles. 289ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original, low-mileage. Original paint is used-car quality with good panel fit. Original interior is better than expected. Parked next to a GT500 convertible (Lot 635), also unrestored, apparently from the same seller. Looks rough in areas, but it’s only original once. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,900. Very well sold slightly above market. This car last sold at Mecum’s Seattle sale in June of 2014 for $28k (ACC# 244105). Buyer drove the car 128 miles, brought it to Reno and made a nice return on his investment. This is the promise that keeps car auctions (and Reno) alive. FOMOCO #625-1932 FORD MODEL 18 custom convertible. VIN: 18144093. Black/black canvas/ gray leather. 351-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. This Coddington-designed hot rod is perfect. The paint and panel fit is concoursquality. Superb custom leather interior. Running a Roush motor with velocity stacks atop the fuel injection, the engine bay is a work of art, with the powerplant reflecting off of the mirror-finished firewall. A true hotrodding classic with all of the amenities expected in modern cars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. This car showcases many of the style elements which Boyd Coddington developed over decades building custom cars in Southern California. Each element of the 62 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $33,000. The non-original engine brought the price down far below market, and I say well bought. It last sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale in 2014 for $26,460 (ACC# 254372), which probably doesn’t leave much profit margin after expenses, but it doesn’t look like the seller took a serious haircut either. gray & red leather. Odo: 2,165 miles. 502-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. A gigantic, magnificently customized crew cab which started life as a flatbed. Looks like an oversized pickup. Handcrafted inside and out with a custom four-place cab and modified and stretched sheet metal. The end result of the two-year build is a fantastic and over-thetop truck with a concours finish. Always surrounded by a crowd at the auction. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. Well sold, well bought, you name it. Undoubtedly the seller had more money in the build, but was likely quite happy with the hammer price. As for #646-1956 FORD F-600 custom crew cab pickup. VIN: C60R6R29752. Red/ SOLD AT $74,800. Very well bought. The mileage is low, but not so low that the new owner can’t drive it occasionally, and there won’t be any stress about marring a flawless restoration. #635-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 8T03S17956102306. Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,982 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is an original car as far as paint and interior go. The paint shows the scuffs and abrasions, also evident on the sister car it is parked next to, a GT350 fastback (Lot 636). Both cars seem to be from the same seller. The interior is worn on this car also. The top fit is off at the sail panels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,500. Bought slightly under market. This car needs work to be concours prepped. However, like its sister fastback, this car may be driven and enjoyed as-is BEST BUY BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Reno, NV without concern. The car has low mileage, but there should still be some room for the new owner to experience the vehicle in action. #637-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G176913. Calypso Red/white vinyl. Odo: 84,204 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fantastic Mustang in a great color combination. Backed up by the dealer invoice and a Marti Report (claiming to be one of 33), this is an honest car that was subjected to a nut-and-bolt restoration. The paint is very good. There are a few body panel and corner-piece fit issues. Trim is dulling. Inside, the white vinyl is ideal with the exterior color. Driver’s armrest needs to be replaced, and the pad is off of the clutch pedal. Cond: 1-. ated slightly over the years. Of course, it will only get harder to find another ultra-lowmileage model as they grow older... unless lots of other buyers also socked them away as “instant collectibles.” Buyer received a striking, high-performance muscle car in a great color. MOPAR #709-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23H9E112355. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 61,010 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This bright yellow Road Runner has just over 2,200 miles on the rebuilt 383. Paint well applied, with some overspray and preparation issues; seems to have been done quickly. Rechromed bumpers and Cragar rims give lots of sparkle. The trim and panel fit are good. Inside, the interior is Mopar “value vinyl” with a full bench. Tear in the driver’s armrest is an inexpensive piece that should have been replaced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $154,000. Extremely well sold at roughly triple the current market value. Prices have gone up drastically on these cars in the past year or so. Of course, the good ones will always bring the most money, and this car qualified. Unclear how long it will take the new owner to realize a profit, but it should be a while. #677-2007 FORD MUSTANG Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition coupe. VIN: 1ZVFT82H675265017. Grabber Orange/ black & orange leather. Odo: 1,059 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Number 113 of 500. A modern Boss 302 in new condition with just over 1,000 miles. Signed by Parnelli Jones and Steve Saleen. Paint scheme is echoed inside with orange seat inserts. The modifications include extensive engine work and a revamped suspension, including a Watt’s link rear suspension. Cond: 1-. happy, and the buyer must be as well. Almost too preserved to drive, so no need to worry about the tires unless the new owner plans to play a bit first. #643-2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Hellcat 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2C3CDZC9XFH713609. Sublime Pearl/black leather. Odo: 15 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Virtually perfect. Delivery mileage, brand-new paint, excellent panel fit. Inside, there is just perceptible creasing in the seat. Nicely optioned with aluminum hood, Brembo brakes and all electronics. This is a new car in one of the great old-car colors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. Well sold at current market value. Hellcats are already becoming expected at collector car auctions. The ones which bring the best value are cars like this—still essentially new. Now the hard part begins for the buyer: deciding whether he’s going to drive it. (See profile p. 44.) SOLD AT $48,400. The bidders were not bothered by the paint. Strong price, but drive it as-is, and the new owner should be happy. It’s a real Road Runner with the right transmission and a good body, so the investment will pay off over time. #602-1996 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69ESTV201091. Viper Blue/ black & blue leather. Odo: 8,130 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Low mileage, excellent condition. Still wearing the tires it was delivered with new after two owners. Paint and panels appear untouched (although there is mention of a minor left-side impact on CARFAX report). Inside, the interior is in excellent condition, with lots of extra blue customized accents throughout. The V10 sits in a clean engine compartment. Cond: 1-. AMERICANA #754-1954 NASH METROPOLITAN custom convertible. VIN: E2878. Red/black & red leather. Odo: 823 miles. 2.3-L I4, 2-bbl, auto. Fresh paint well applied to a solid body. Wire-wheel covers look out of place with the highly customized interior. Motor upgraded to a “hot rod” 2.3-L 4-cylinder. This is one of the early cars without a trunk lid; access is through the rear seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,800. Well sold at slightly above the market value. Not seen often on the auction block, these cars have appreci- 64 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $48,400. Well sold at 20% over the top of the current market. Customization can be a hindrance at sale, as can any type of CARFAX reporting. Seller should be very SOLD AT $22,000. This freshly restored Met looked nice, but the pillow-styled sheet metal looks better in period pastels. Well sold at the top of the auction market for these cars. The highly customized interior and upgraded engine did not hold the sale price down as I expected they might. The buyer purchased a well-executed custom. Change the wheel covers and enjoy answering a lot of questions about your new head-turning ride. A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Santa Monica, CA Auctions America California A 1974 FORD LTD COUNTRY SQUIRE SELLS FOR $42,900, RAISING THE BAR FOR ALL ’70S STATION WAGONS Auctions America Santa Monica, CA July 17–18, 2015 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/ offered: 162/292 Sales rate: 55% Sales total: $15,407,050 High American sale: 2005 Ford GT, sold at $288,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Showroom-new with only 1,356 miles — 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon, sold at $42,900 Report and photos by Travis Shetler 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 at a new venue, Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. The heavy private-plane activity added to the atmosphere of exclusivity. As for the hangar itself, the dimensions are massive. The ceiling is 43 feet high at the center, and the building encompasses 35,000 square feet of space. Nearly 300 vehicles went across the block, and the C 66 AmericanCarCollector.com audience was impressed enough to purchase over half of the inventory. Auctions America reported that 43% of bidders were first-time auction attendees. Sales were down 10% from 2013 and 2014’s $17.2m, with fewer cars consigned and sold, but average price took a jump to $95k from $68k. Most of the 30 cars to sell above $100k were European sports cars or pre-war Classics. But five mid-century American icons made it into the six-digits: a 1966 Shelby GT350 H at $157k, a 1962 Lincoln Continential Presidential Town Limousine at $143k, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible at $142,500, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible at $132k, and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie coupe at $130k. ars drove out of a C-130 military cargo plane and directly onto the stage at Auctions America’s third California sale. It looked as if the vehicles were being offloaded for the audience. The auction was conducted The car that made the biggest impression on me was a 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon with less than 1,500 miles, sold for nearly 10 times the original window-sticker price. The green machine was appropriately covered in vinyl. From the simulated wood paneling to the factory-new green vinyl bench seats, the car was shiny and perfectly preserved by its first owner of over 40 years. Bidders and onlookers were as moved as I was, and a round of applause erupted when the hammer fell at $42,900. A Top seller — 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $288,750


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Santa Monica, CA CLASSICS 10 CA965921. Eng. # 15564. Yellow/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 1,343 miles. Large and commanding in well-applied yellow. The only paint issues are some chipping on the steering connections, all of which are fully painted. The undersides and the rear deck are concours quality. The motor (requiring two separate buttons pushed simultaneously in order to start) is perfectly detailed. Cond: 1-. #2093-1913 POPE-HARTFORD MODEL 31 Portola roadster. VIN: this was a significant mid-’50s investment piece. #2123-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5762037586. Black/ black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 42,903 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be original with actual mileage and limited ownership; virtually every area needs restoration. The seller states that all features and options function and that the car drives well. Paint is worn through in several areas, and scratches are plentiful. Chrome ranges from dull to rusted. The finish on the “V” emblems is missing. The interior is complete and attractive but aged. The engine compartment is that of a well-used car. Cond: 3-. black leather. Odo: 15,485 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration, netting 94 out of 95 points in NCRS judging. Excellent color very well applied. There are a few small chips in the paint and a door-fit issue on the right. Additionally, there is visible glue on the rubber around the left door. Underneath the hood there is nothing but “wow” factor. The drivetrain is claimed to be all matching, and the finned fuel-injection cover is a nice accent to the “360 horsepower” stickers on the valve covers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. Well bought and sold. This vehicle was for sale with a $275k asking price earlier in the year. Another Portola roadster sold for $192,500 at Bonhams’ 2014 Carmel sale. Well bought and fairly sold. GM #2128-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1057699. Roman Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 18,653 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well presented in a repaint similar to the original Matador Red. The black wheelwells are more subtle than Harley Earl probably intended. (You could get the wheelwells in contrasting colors.) The imperfect condition of the Skylark-specific fins and taillights holds the car back, as they are a prominent feature of the rear deck. Inside, the seats and door panels are very well done, but there is paint wear around the gauges. The trunk is overly finished to a European standard. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The bottom of the market is closer to six figures, but everything on this car needs attention, and these are expensive to restore. However, the history and originality make the car stand out in the market. Seller was right to hold out. #2028-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494475H954394. White/tan leather. Odo: 56,376 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A good-looking example of one of GM’s earliest muscle cars filled with full-size luxury and patina. The paint looks to be original and tired with what appears to be factory panel alignment and assorted scratches and dings. The chrome is okay, but the rear bumper is too tight on the left. Interior is in good shape. The dash has a few scratches, and there is a tear in the driver’s seat, but the wood and trimmings are nice. Under the hood, the engine compartment is very well presented. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $130,000. Well sold and bought in the middle of the market. Both sides can say they left very little on the table. The market for these ultra-desirable, one-yearonly, first-year C2 hard-top Corvettes is only going to increase. This car was a deal and will be an excellent investment for the buyer. #2097-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S111228. Rally Red & black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 6,749 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to NCRS standards, this red-on-red Corvette has the fit and finish one hopes to find. The paint is very well applied, and the stinger is crisp. The chrome gleams, and the sidepipes and bolton alloys are in very nice condition. Inside, the seats show some wear, and the dash has small paint chips in places. Under the hood, excellent detailing highlights the triangular Tri-Power air cleaner above the solidlifter L71. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. The seller was right to hold out for more than the auction brought. These are highly collectible, and each surviving vehicle is going to continue to increase in value. There were other American-made convertibles here from the 1950s (including two other red Buicks), but 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $27,500. Well sold for a price nearer to the top of the ACC Pocket Price Guide valuation. Considering the condition and needs, the sale exceeded expectations and even the auction company’s high estimate. CORVETTE #2099-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S105137. Sebring Silver/ SOLD AT $132,000. Very well bought at the bottom of the current market price. Last seen in November of 2013 at the Leake sale in Dallas, where it failed to sell at $87,500 (ACC# 234631). The last sale noted was at the Kruse Auburn auction in 2005. The car sold there for $107k (ACC# 39232). The odometer shows seven additional miles since then. The minor items TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Santa Monica, CA which need to be addressed will leave the new buyer with plenty of room for a profit. FOMOCO #2098-1955 FORD “Beatnik Bubbletop” custom. VIN: N/A. Lavender/clear/pearl white naugahyde. 350-ci V8, 6x1-bbl, auto. Fantastically futuristic, award-winning blend of ’50s custom with modern power. Shows styling cues from each of the Big Three. 1955 Ford (although little more than the firewall remains) sitting on a 1988 Town Car chassis. Truly flawless paint. Custom steel sculpting and a giant bubbletop with hydraulics. Inside, the pleated and tucked vinyl interior is accented by a modified wheel. Instrument cluster from the 300F and 300G looks like it was designed specifically for this application. Cond: 1-. QUICKTAKE 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS L79 SOLD at $41,250 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, September 2–6, 2015, Lot 5095 VIN: 116376N151058 SOLD AT $165,000. Well sold and bought. Although this is top custom money, there is no way to build the Beatnik Bubbletop for the hammer price. The labor alone is exhausting to calculate. The amount of attention garnered by the car was second to none. Of all of the headliner cars at the auction, this was the only one that carried a full complement of passengers as it was put away for the evening, each taking selfies from every angle. The buyer will have plenty of chances to talk about the car every moment he is behind the wheel. (See profile, p. 46.) #2124-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: F7FH331499. Thunderbird Bronze/bronze hard top/bronze leather. Odo: 28,315 miles. 312-ci supercharged V8, 3-sp. Glossy paint shows some dirt underneath. Chrome is a bit tired, and rear bumper exhaust outlets are bad. Anticipated door-fit problems are absent except for the fuel filler lid. The car, top and interior, down to the dash, all match. Excellent interior with special factory supercharger gauge cluster and other options. The factory markings and stampings are well reproduced. The supercharger and other shiny bits make the engine bay look exotic. Cond: 1-. clapped-out original Nova in need of a restoration, you’re probably not alone. But there’s more going on here, and it starts with what’s under the hood. From new, this Chevy II was fitted with Chevrolet’s Corvette-sourced 350-hp L79 327 What do you see when you look at this car? If your answer is a engine. This wasn’t your average 327, either. It was an 11:1 big-cammed mighty mouse fed by a Holley carb and coupled to a 4-speed Muncie. At under 3,000 pounds, these cars were quick — 15 seconds at around 95 mph in stock trim — but they never really looked the part. After all, the only thing tipping off the competition that this wasn’t Grandma’s Chevy II was a small fender badge and the lope of that L79 cam. A total of 5,481 were built in 1966. How many of those are unrestored? This car isn’t completely untouched, but it does look the part. Since its discovery, it’s had its drivetrain gone through, and was certified by Chevrolet historian Jerry MacNeish as legit. It was also set up to resemble an old drag car, complete with fenderwell headers, a columnmounted tach and M&H slicks. But it still has banged-up original-looking paint and torn original seats. The ACC Pocket Price Guide lists the SS L79 at $55k–$75k in today’s market, but this isn’t an SS, which does have some bearing on its value. However, what it does have is that hard-tofind unrestored look in a drivable and potent package — like a track rat from the days before market dollars prompted muscle car restorations. This will definitely turn heads at any Chevy gathering, or at any grudge-match drag-race event. Call it well bought and well sold. A — Jim Pickering November-December 2015 November-December 2015 69


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GLOVEBOXNOTES By Jim Pickering 2015 Chrysler 300S sedan SOLD AT $142,500. Well bought. Nearly every auction has a two-seater Thunderbird. Conditions range from concours-quality frame-off restorations to 30-year-old weekend resprays. This vehicle’s ultra-rare supercharged engine with manual transmission would have carried it in any condition. The all-matching color scheme and very attractive interior, coupled with the high quality of the restoration throughout, garnered a good price, and the buyer should be pleased. Has room for improvement, and the upside would justify the investment. Price as tested: $44,055 equipment: 5.7-liter HEMI MDS VVT engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with rotary shifter, dual-pane sunroof, UConnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with AM/FM/XM and navigation, collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, performance brakes, projector headlamps, heated front seats, front and rear park assist, blind-spot and cross-path detection systems Mileage: 16 city/25 highway Likes: Sporty looks from the S package, including spoilers and blacked-out wheels and lights. Nice high-quality leather interior. Good tech features, great stereo interface. 5.7 Hemi packs a reasonable punch, especially in Sport mode. Eight-speed auto with paddle shifters rows the gears confidently and quickly. Plenty of room for five. Quick. Dislikes: Rotary shifter works well enough, but it feels dainty on an otherwise tough package. Verdict: With the 470-hp 300 SRT now gone from the Chrysler line, the S is the edgiest version of the 300 you can buy — but it’s sporty enough when fitted with the 5.7 Hemi, and it certainly has the stout look that muscle car buyers have come to expect from Chrysler and Dodge. There’s a lot to like here for the money, and frankly, it’s a lot more fun than the Chevy Impala, Ford Taurus, or most anything in this segment from Japan. For $44k, this is a great all-around driver with some muscle on the side, and that makes it worth a look. Fun to drive: eye appeal: Overall experience: SOLD AT $42,900. Incredibly well sold at almost eight times the original sticker price of $5,617. This just became the standard by which these wagons will be judged. Clearly a record sale for a deserving candidate, since it was such a well-preserved low-mileage example. I have a soft spot for ’70s cars in period colors, and this one looked particularly fetching on the auction turntable. At the hammer, the audience cheered for the seller, the buyer, and the Griswolds. (See profile, p. 48.) #2103-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S95Y401041. Quick Silver Metallic/black leather. Odo: 910 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Like new. One of about 150 finished in Quick Silver, the least common color applied to 4,038 built. The car has less than 1,000 miles. Paint and panel fit are flawless. Inside, there is leather to match the black stripes outside. The car carries all four options available in 2005. The auction company notes that the car can only be sold to a dealer because of an airbag recall issue which has not been performed due to a lack of parts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $288,750. Well bought and sold 4 70 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com #1112-1974 FORD LTD Country Squire wagon. VIN: 4J76S162122. Green Glow Metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 1,356 miles. 400ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resplendent and green and showroom-new, this wagon represents the top of the line for 1974. With less than 1,500 miles, the exterior is virtually flawless but for a paint chip at the front below the proud hood ornament. Inside, the green vinyl shines, and there is nothing to detract from the as-delivered feeling. Well optioned but missing the third-row fold-away seats and a vinyl roof. Beneath the giant hood, there is noticeable surface rust on a few components. All documents included from 40-year ownership. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Santa Monica, CA fold with dual quads demands applause. Cond: 1-. prepped, with just 3 miles on odo and shipping protective plastic on the chin spoiler, taillight panel, seat, steering wheel and floors. Never-removed Monroney sticker reveals several desirable options, including 200-mph speedometer. Cond: 1. in the middle of the market. The red GT at this auction (Lot 1094) did not sell at $265k. This was last seen seven months ago at Russo and Steele’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, where it did not sell with a high bid of $302k (ACC# 257115). There appears to be room for the buyer to make a profit here if a sale is intended. MOPAR #2130-1960 CHRYSLER 300F convertible. VIN: 8403156680. Black/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 54,451 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Gleaming under the Santa Monica sun, this well-painted black 300F (one of 248 convertibles) was originally delivered in San Francisco in white. There is a general patina of pretty solid use to the front seats; rears nearly perfect except for some pitting on the emblem. The doors close easily. Big, shiny, muscular and inviting, this Chrysler’s styling really does make the eye feel like the car is moving while it is standing still. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,250. Very well sold and bought. The hammer price was above both the market and the auction house’s low estimate. However, the car justified an abovemarket price. Refreshingly finished to a concours standard in a color other than black, white or red. This closed car frankly overshadowed the convertible model also present (Lot 2130). Last sold for $103,400 at Gooding’s 2013 Scottsdale sale (ACC# 214791); before that, seen at Russo and Steele’s 2011 Monterey auction with 800 fewer miles, not sold at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 183938). #2104-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. VIN: 8413149400. Black/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 14,959 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Well-applied black paint contrasts nicely with the light tan interior. There are a few pieces of chrome trim which need refinishing or replacement. Inside, there is wear on the front seats. This 1961 shares the gauge cluster found in the 1960 convertible 300F (Lot 2112). Stated to be one of six known black convertibles from the last year the letter cars were built on the New Yorker chassis. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Not sold at a price that was $15,000 less than the 300F hard top (Lot 2112). The seller was right to hold on. The Chrysler letter cars at the auction drew constant crowds and interest. The value will go up, and even the color change will not keep the value of this handsome car down. The bidders missed out on a good buy. #2112-1960 CHRYSLER 300F 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8403137720. Sunburst Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 31,253 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Fantastic. The 2,000-hour restoration shows in the condition. Paint is very well applied. The deck lid is stunning. The hood alignment needs attention, as does the driver’s door handle. Inside, the fourplace seating is finished in high-qualitygrade leather with loads of chrome and one of the coolest three-dimensional gauge clusters ever designed. Amazing George Jetson dash. The trunk is as-new. Under the hood, the fender-to-fender intake mani- 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $78,100. Well bought at price that would be slightly below market for a lightly used example—and this one is completely unused. The buyer should be very pleased. It is risky to buy an “instant collector car” new and hope that the value will increase. However, this purchase should eliminate most of that risk and only increase in value in the future. AMERICANA #2125-2003 SALEEN S7 coupe. VIN: 1S9SB18143S000026. Silver/silver carbon fiber/black leather. Odo: 1,626 miles. 7.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. This very attractive and purposeful mid-engined American supercar generates its own weight in downforce at 160 mph. With ultra-low mileage and a recent full service by Saleen, this car is essentially new. Some trim blemishes on the rear cover have appeared over the past 12 years, and there is dirt under the headlight covers, which catches the eye. The interior is very good. There is no mention of the custom luggage for the storage-bin spaces fore and aft. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Not sold at a price squarely in the middle of the market. The car was well done with minor needs. Previously seen in 2013 at the Leake auction in Dallas, where it did not sell at $110k (ACC# 234734) and before that at Mecum’s October 2006 auction, where it did sell for $127,500 (ACC# 43296). The high bid left room to buy the car, address the needs and still be financially on solid ground. The seller’s decision is hard to fault. #2142-2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Hellcat 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2C3CDZC96FH854676. Tor Red/black & Sepia leather. Odo: 3 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Still in the wrapper, literally. Not dealer NOT SOLD AT $175,000. Not sold at way below market value for this car. The condition and service should have made any real buyer comfortable. While there were some very exotic vehicles at the sale, the venue may have just been too general for an S7. Perhaps Scottsdale will have a different result; the right buyer was not present in Santa Monica. A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Russo and Steele — Monterey 2015 A 1966 GT350 LEADS THE SHELBY FEEDING FRENZY AT $314k Russo and Steele Monterey, CA August 13–15, 2015 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/ offered: 130/210 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $10,353,258 High American sale: 1958 Dual-Ghia convertible, sold at $412,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices rare Hertz rent-a-racer with a 4-speed manual — 1966 Shelby gT350 H fastback, sold at $156,750 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Bill Cash Market opinions in italics GT350 H at $157k and a 1966 GT350 race car at $134k. Russo’s “auction in the round” format makes for S 74 AmericanCarCollector.com an immersive experience. Company President Drew Alcazar announces important information for each car, inviting bidders to get up close and personal while the car lingers on the auction block. The ringmen maintain the audience connection as the auctioneer’s rhythmic call pulses. The Thomas Scott Collection included 12 restored and mostly original muscle cars from the mid-’60s and ’70s. Buick Rivieras made up the bulk of the collection, with the top Buick sale being a 1965 Riviera GS at $34,100. The high sale of the collection followed in line with the buzz in the air for Mustangs and Shelbys. helbys ruled at Russo and Steele’s three-day Monterey auction. A meticulously restored and numbers-matching 1966 GT350 sold for a huge $314k. The feeding frenzy continued with a rare Wimbledon White 4-speed 1966 It was no surprise that the honor went to a beautifully restored and documented 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1, sold at $55,000. The collection brought in an overall take of $338,910. Perhaps two of the best deals of the weekend went to an older restored two-top 1963 Corvette convertible at $51k and a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 red convertible, ready to drive to the beach at $50k. One of my personal favorites was a 1961 Chrysler 300G, sold at $75k. A white-on-red, fully restored 1957 Burt Reynolds- owned Thunderbird convertible sold post-sale for $55k. As a comparison, a same-condition 1957 Thunderbird in stunning Gunmetal Gray went for just $47,300. It looks like Reynolds fans were willing to pony up. The overall auction theme of the weekend was that quality is still key. Buyers will pay up for low miles, good documentation, and “best of the best” quality cars.A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA GM #TH230-1940 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 53958677. Olive green/burgundy cloth/ burgundy vinyl. Clean styling and among the first production automobiles equipped with a power hydraulic folding top. Paint looks to be an older finish with signs of poor paint prep and sanding marks. Both fenders have light surface scratches and some staining. Poor fit on driver’s door. Dull stainless around windshield. Rust and pitting in wing-window frame. Grille oxidizing and pitting. New burgundy convertible top. Interior dash area beautiful and mostly original. Seats and carpet redone. Doors locked; unable to read odo. Cond: 3-. and detailed. This Super sold under the $40k low estimate. Well bought. #F460-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. VIN: 578T05815. Two-tone blue/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 53,000 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The paint combination is attractive and looks fresh, light buff marks on upper fenders, orange peel on the massive trunk lid. All chrome looks brilliant. Amazing dash and instrument panel; seat coverings nice. Engine compartment looks correct and orderly. Undercarriage detailed and well maintained. I never tire of the iconic big-mouth grilles. Cond: 2-. the average price for its condition. The buyer got a whole lot of Buick for the bucks. #F471-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. VIN: 138676B160597. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,759 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The red paint looks refreshed and in respectable condition. Doors and panels align well, all window glass clear and bright. Upper window molding shows pitting and rust, passenger’s vent-window frame has pitting. Chrome bumper in excellent shape. Interior completely restored. Unable to inspect convertible top. Engine compartment detailed, date-correct block, not numbers-matching. Optioned with power steering and power brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. Same owner for past 39 years. Vehicle accompanied by fender skirts, original shop manual and owner’s guide. Participated in many parades and car rallies and has various plaques mounted on dash.This is a mostly original, well-cared-for car with 39 years of memories. The new buyer paid a fair price. #S624-1957 BUICK SPECIAL 46C 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4D2024997. White & blue/ black & red vinyl. Odo: 89,463 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fully restored with paint in impeccable condition, body panel fit perfect, all window glass clear, all window moldings fit tight and in excellent condition. Chrome is in good shape with only light scratches on front bumper. Interior well done, driver’s seat has deep scratches. Engine compartment looks correct in appearance except for modern dual-brake master cylinder with power booster. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $74,800. This California car has been in the same family since 1958 and has undergone a full restoration. Has only the base-level “Gold Rocket” motor and not the rare J-2 option with triple carbs that boosted horsepower. The prices on these ’50s cars seem to have flatlined. This day proved no different. Offer was right on target for the condition. #F470-1964 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7K1001246. Wedgewood Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,306 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly optioned with a/c, AM/FM radio, power antenna, cruise control, tilt wheel, front seat belts, power brakes, power steering, power windows, power vent windows and remote trunk release. An older restoration. Paint is dull with swirl marks, driver’s fender shows signs of repair above turn signal, vinyl cover on roof has blistering on both lower corners of rear window. All window glass is clear; trim looks fresh. Interior exceptional. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,050. Part of the Thomas Scott Collection. In the engine compartment is a date-correct 325-hp 396 V8 with an Edelbrock intake and a Holley carb. A nicely restored example that is ready to go, and sold right on target. Well bought and sold. Last seen at Fall Carlisle 2006, not sold at $41k (ACC# 43209). (See profile, p. 40.) #F477-1969 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494879H922718. Gold/ black vinyl. Odo: 49,273 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint fresh, small chip on rear fender above taillight, panel fit excellent, window glass original and well preserved, trim moldings bright. Chrome bumpers in great shape, factory headlights, original Rally wheels. Interior looks original and in excellent shape. Engine compartment shows as a beautiful time capsule; wellmaintained and numbers-matching motor. Options include power steering, power brakes, a/c, AM/FM radio, tilt wheel and power windows. Undercarriage clean and includes new exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,850. These Buick Specials have tremendous impact. Visually low and long, the Special was a very popular model for 1957. Complete restoration well finished 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,425. With complete photodocumented restoration. Rebuilt numbersmatching engine; includes owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate and service notebook. The highly detailed engine compartment only needs a period-correct battery to make it perfect. Another from the Thomas Scott Collection. Amazingly, this car sold right at SOLD AT $14,300. Part of the Thomas Scott Collection. The value chart has not moved significantly on these lately. The BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA ACC Pocket Price Guide gives this car a collectibility grade of C. It will be interesting to see where values go in the next decade. #F449-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N529836. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 76,200 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration, paint mostly well done except signs of poor paint prep on passenger’s side below rear window. Window moldings poorly installed and aging. Engine compartment nicely detailed to factory standards with all the right hoses, clamps and finishes. Numbers-matching motor. Interior mostly renovated, instruments look original, heater controls aging. Undercarriage correctly restored and crisp. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,050. Another Thomas Scott Collection vehicle. Nice original 1969 Grand Prix Model J with all options, well maintained and ready to enjoy. Not an exciting color combination, but a bargain for the new owner. #S626-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379P325893. Carousel Red/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 18,646 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks fresh, driver’s door out of alignment, all glass clear, window trim has buffing marks, original Rally wheels with new bias-ply tires. Interior mostly original, seats show aging, dash and console nice, factory 4-speed. Engine compartment factory fresh, numbers matching, heavy-duty radiator, power brakes. Undercarriage spotless. Cond: 2. everything except the right buyer. The owner was right to pass on the high bid. CORVETTE #F423-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S100321. Roman Red/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 39,053 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching, all-original drivetrain. Paint was refreshed around three years ago and shows chips and scratch on trunk lid. Panel fit for both doors solid. All moldings dull with light scratches. Older white soft top under hard top. Weatherstripping and front and rear bumper aging. Original hubcaps on steel wheels with bias-ply tires. Interior pleasing and mostly original. Small chips on painted dash, driver’s seat has a small tear. Seat-belt buckles aging. Engine area in need of a refresh. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. A GM of Canada-documented Z/28, sold new at Golden Mile Motors in Scarborough, Ontario. Built in Norwood, OH, and shipped November 2, 1968. After the quick spike in pricing in 2013, these cars have leveled out or dropped. The sale price was low to average for a car in this condition. I am hopeful that muscle cars of this era will rise in the near future. Brown/Cordova vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 29,513 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks mostly original, paint looks more than presentable for its age, some chips on hood, some swirl marks. Panels fit as they should. Cordova vinyl roof perfect. All windows are factory; Soft-Ray tint excellent. Stainless trim bright, chrome bumpers in good shape. Rally wheels with new Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires. Interior original and spotless. Tilt wheel, a/c, Delco AM/FM radio. Engine compartment original and complete and shows some aging. Overall looks well maintained. Cond: 3+. #F473-1969 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 276579P206641. SOLD AT $61,600. A solid #2 example with numbers-matching Ram Air III and M21 close-ratio 4-speed. General Motors of Canada documentation and PHS paperwork. A post-block sale, and the price paid was slightly low for the car’s condition. Well bought. #F451-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370R109701. Atoll Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 14,497 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Professionally restored in past few years. Paint has minor nicks on passenger’s side; panel fit looks original, hood out of alignment. All window glass brilliant and clear, window moldings showing age. Interior spotless and mostly original. Engine compartment correctly presented with a numbers-matching motor, factory inspection marks, and period-correct battery. Undercarriage is immaculate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. The 1962 Corvette was the first year of the 327 motor and elimination of the side-cove border trim and twotone color schemes. This original California car with black plates looked like it had been driven, enjoyed and preserved. Sold right for a base 327. #S632-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S100362. Roman Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 72,154 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Nicely restored condition. Paint looks fresh, driver’s door out of alignment, all other panels tight, chrome bumpers crisp, both fender spears dull, A-pillar molding pitting. Interior looks renewed; gauges, radio and clock look good; two tops. Engine compartment looks factory fresh. Description states the car earned an NCRS Second Flight award. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $68,750. Well documented with original build sheet, copy of window sticker and PHS Document. This car has 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $82,500. 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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA tion. The price is in line, all things considered. With more documentation and a national award, it may go over $100k. #F431-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S114919. Sebring Silver/silver hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 79,604 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration. Overall paint well done except for a few minor chips and buff marks. Straight body panels. Stainless window trim has light scratches. Chrome bumpers look dull. Interior presents well with leather seats, teak wheel, gauges, clock and radio all restored. Original seat belts. Engine compartment complete with matching numbers, date-coded radiator, alternator, correct air-cleaner cover, shielding, hoses and clamps. Surface rust on exhaust manifolds and unpainted areas. Cond: 3+. V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration. Paint nicely done, panel fit better than factory, looks like work has been done to nose. All window trim perfect, chrome bumper presentable. Knockoff wheels with bias-ply tires look new. Interior spotless except for crack in steering wheel and aging metal on console. Jack, tools and knockoff lead hammer. Engine compartment detailed to factory level, matching-numbers motor, date codes on alternator, radiator and reservoir. Description states it has been restored to NCRS standards. Cond: 3+. recent track time. Headlight covers new; all body panels fit well. Sidemount competition headers finished in black. Unable to view engine compartment. Race seats covered in cloth with leather bolsters. Original dashpads and gauges. Full roll cage. Floor is carpeted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,700. A great-looking, honest, older restoration, with base 250-hp 327 and 3-speed manual transmission. 1963 convertibles are overshadowed by their SplitWindow closed coupe siblings. This will make for a great driver. A great buy for such an honest car with loads of potential. Lucky buyer. #S612-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S108886. Ermine White/ blue vinyl. Odo: 94,417 miles. 327-ci 340-hp SOLD AT $112,750. California car. This Corvette sold in 2013 at Auctions America Carlisle for $96,250 (ACC# 216211). The car was nicely presented, and if it had gone through the NCRS judging process and received a Top Flight score at a regional or national event, it could have added another 15% to the value. Bought right, ready to enjoy. #F455-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE racer. VIN: N/A. White, blue & red/black vinyl. Odo: 98,220 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Guldstrand sport suspension, factory LS7 engine, Muncie transmission, new clutch, flywheel and scatter shield. Hoosier tires, lightweight one-piece fiberglass front end. Paint looks refreshed with no sign of NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Needs more performance upgrades to make it competitive. While reviewing the car on a busy day, there was not a lot of interest. There is probably a lot more into this racer than the typical buyer can appreciate. Fair price offered. FOMOCO #S636-1927 FORD MODEL T lakes roadster replica. VIN: A3821189. Chocolate Rose/tan leather. Odo: 38 miles. Built in the tradition of the lakes modified roadsters of the late 1940s and ’50s. Flawless paint. The all-steel body has been channeled over the one-off custom-built frame. Doors hung with hidden inside hinges. The Ford flathead motor with Offenhauser intake manifold and Stromberg carburetors are well finished and show like jewelry. The transmission is a new Tremec 5-speed manual. Countless custom features. This is a special piece of rolling art. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $96,250. This all-steel car was built to compete in the 2014 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster competition at the Grand National Roadster Show. It has been honored with a Best in Class and many other important awards. This car has appeared in many magazines and was featured in Street Rodder magazine. A build like this has thousands of hours of skilled craftsmanship. Unfortunately for the owner/ consignor, the high bid did not match the time, energy, emotion and money invested. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA #F435-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH352873. White/white hard-top/red vinyl. Odo: 63,092 miles. 312ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Striking white and red combination. The paint was done to a high standard. Panel fit is perfect, doors fit better than factory, and chrome looks exceptional all around. Two-top car. Red interior is restored, all gauges are satisfactory, all interior metal trim in good shape, has original Town and Country radio. The engine compartment is well detailed and correct except for the chrome alternator. This is the perfect ’50s personal roadster. Purchased new by Burt Reynolds Productions with documentation. Cond: 2. altitude. Well bought for a well-done restoration. #S631-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08K622209. Caspian Blue/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 73,202 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A nice restoration on an early ’65 K-code convertible. Paint is excellent, panel fit good, hood out of alignment, all new weatherstripping, all brightwork fresh, bumpers refinished. Interior well done to factory look, has reproduction 8,000-rpm gauge pack, gauges all nice. Engine compartment factory-detailed with replacement motor. Undercarriage clean, with custom dual exhaust. Ready for new owner. Cond: 2-. 289 and 4-speed. Deluxe interior package finished in stunning triple black. Marti Report shows that it was delivered new to an executive at Philco-Ford. This stunning car stayed with that executive until it was purchased by the current owner several years ago. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. This is an exceptional top-notch restoration by Mustang specialists with solid documentation. It takes one just like this to bring up the money. The buyer is paying for a quality restoration, and all the documentation is icing on the cake. Well bought. SOLD AT $55,000. 1957 was the final year of the two-seater baby ’birds. A well-done restoration on a celebrity-owned car. Great buy. Sold post-sale. #F444-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH230377. Gunmetal Gray Metallic/Gunmetal hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 86,000 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-off restoration completed in 2011. Paint is well done other than a small chip on trunk lid. Panel fit good, except door alignment slightly off. All brightwork is perfect. Interior looks new, gauges and clock restored, all interior metal trim in excellent condition. Steering wheel wrapped in red leather. Has original Town and Country radio. Undercarriage well kept. No access to engine compartment. Has original dealer invoice and photo album of restoration is included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. I spent some time with the consignor, who did most of the mechanical work. He shared photos of the restoration. Monterey is a long trip down from Southern Oregon. He seemed okay with the hammer price. #S645-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S496. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 98,963 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetic refresh, paint excellent, panel fit perfect, chrome and trim fresh. Interior complete and orderly, 4-speed manual, Shelby signature on glove box, seat and carpet shows aging. Engine compartment clean. Undercarriage looks correct and maintained, with early override traction control on rear. Delivered new to a dealer in El Segundo, CA, and documented in the SAAC registry. Cond: 2+. #S622-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9F02R135516. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 31,579 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A meticulously restored Mach 1 Rcode. Paint is nicely refinished and better than factory. All window trim fits perfectly, looks fresh. Window glass clear and bright. Chrome bumper refinished. New wheels and Goodyear Polyglas tires. Engine compartment tidy, represents as factory with optional shaker scoop and numbers-matching motor. Interior restored perfectly, looks to be all original gauges and in good condition. Undercarriage detailed to perfection with all factory marks and inspections. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,300. California car sold new at Crenshaw Motors in Los Angeles, CA. I think this is the best color combination on a 1957 T-bird, but this would look better with chrome wire wheels. These have been flying low for many years. If this were an Fcode, it would have gotten a lot more 82 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $156,750. Hertz rent-a-racers were mostly automatics; only 85 were produced with 4-speed manual, and they were usually painted Raven Black. The Wimbledon White and manual makes this rare. The sold price is in line with the market. Well bought and sold. #S676-1967 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. VIN: 7T03K205146. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 110 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with factory K-code SOLD AT $82,500. Completely and thoroughly restored R-code. Matching numbers, includes Marti Report and original window sticker. All the heavy lifting has been done on this beauty. Good money paid for an automatic. Well sold. #S619-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 9F02M480544. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 86,756 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration with paint in excellent condition and perfect panel and door fit. All window glass like new, windshield molding fit is excellent and polished. Chrome brilliant, swirl marks on rear bumper. GT graphics nice, wheels look new with Goodyear wide-track


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA tires. Interior looks fresh with deluxe seat belts and a/c. Gauges look clear and bright. Engine compartment correct and well detailed. Undercarriage clean. A beautiful restoration. No sign of any documentation. Cond: 2. rior group. Engine compartment is correctly detailed with factory marks, matching-numbers motor. Undercarriage is clean and better than factory. High-quality restoration. Well done. Cond: 2. Odo: 77,801 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Overall paint condition fair, with some rock chips and swirl marks in hood. Paint chipping under rear top molding. Driver’s side rocker panel molding separating from body. Convertible top in great shape. Interior appears to be original. Instrument cluster has a nice patina. Clock appears rebuilt. Center console and driver’s armrest showing wear. Interior clean overall. Engine compartment mostly original and correct, except for newer alternator. Signs of coolant leaking from thermostat housing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,200. This Candy Apple Red GT350 was the recipient of an MCA Concourse restoration resulting in Gold honors in 2006. Only 824 fastbacks were built 1969–70. A stunning car with a quality restoration. The price paid was fair, and this car has good upside potential. #F446-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G168119. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 38,167 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be unrestored with original paint. The finish has been buffed through on both fenders; chips and checking on passenger’s door, touched up in areas. Chrome shows well, door handle pitting, all glass clear. Engine compartment is well preserved. Interior looks original. Factory AM/8-track with “Cheap Trick at Budokan” is a nice touch. Headliner has a quarter-sized hole next to passenger’s visor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. The original build sheet is included within the restoration documents. A photo book documents every aspect of the restoration and also highlights serial numbers and part numbers of every major component. These cars have been flat for years, but there is a slight upward trend for quality, documented cars. The automatic transmission put a lid on this price. Muscle cars seemed to be out of favor on Friday night. Well bought. Last sold in 2006 at the Branson auction for $85k (ACC# 43429). MOPAR #F458-1961 CHRYSLER 300G 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8413159853. Black/tan leather. Odo: 54,616 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An older restoration that still shines. Small scratch on driver’s door, paint chip near trunk lock. Panel fit good, trunk lid out of alignment. All brightwork still fresh, window glass clear; interior has dazzling contrast with tan seats, black carpet and metallic trim. Dash, instrument panel, steering wheel are perfect. Front seats showing age. Engine compartment well detailed, with crossram induction. Looks sinister in black with its angled headlights, big fins and chrome. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $49,500. This car has only traveled 14 miles in the nine years since the last time it sold, for $64,800 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2006 (ACC# 40291). Not a lot of bidders out on a Friday night in Monterey looking for a yellow Boss 302. Consignor was right not to sell. #F480-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0T05R116305. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 34,316 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory shaker hood. Presents well with older restoration. Paint is excellent, door and panel fit perfect, all glass clear and brilliant, trim and chrome appear fresh. Seats and carpet look new, instruments restored, center console and controls show well, factory AM/8-track radio, deluxe inte- 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $74,800. This car sold at Russo and Steele in Monterey on August 15, 2014, for $61,600 (ACC# 244807). The market has been flat on these, but this one seems to have captured the right buyer. Well bought and sold for a #2- example. #F475-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T 440 convertible. VIN: WS27L77210382. Silver Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. SOLD AT $33,550. A great car with lots of options, including power top, steering, and brakes. Console with factory tach. This car sold in 2006 at RM Amelia Island for $48,400, and has rolled less than 800 miles in the past nine years (ACC# 41087). Overall a cared-for beauty. Car was at no reserve as part of the Thomas Scott Collection. Came in slightly under auction low estimate. Very well bought; price was on buyer’s side. #F478-1969 DODGE CORONET R/T 440 convertible. VIN: WS27L9G138859. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,868 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very highly optioned and retains its original numbersmatching big block. Overall quality paint with some stress cracks by driver’s door handle. Driver’s door needs alignment. Vinyl soft top in fresh condition. Brightwork in overall good shape. Nice factory Rally wheels with bias-ply Redline tires. Engine compartment nicely detailed with correct factory markings. The interior shows wear with crack in steering wheel. Vinyl torn on lower dash area. Upholstery in sound shape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,650. This is a well-equipped example of a red-on-red convertible muscle car with unusual rear-quarter air scoops. A no-reserve car from the Thomas Scott Collection. Sold under the $40k low estimate. The one thing that may have held the price down is the auto transmission. Well bought. A BEST BUY


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace A BOSS 302 AND BOSS 429 MUSTANG FROM THE SAME SELLER MADE A COMBINED $334k GAA Greensboro, NC July 23–25, 2015 Auctioneers: Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson, Eli Detweiler Jr. Automotive lots sold/ offered: 326/535 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $7,230,774 High sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $276,660 Buyer’s premium: 6%, minimum $500, included in sold prices 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback, sold at $58k ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics A 86 AmericanCarCollector.com s each car rolled across the GAA auction block in late July, the sound of a revving engine blasted through the speakers. The effect was dramatic, but it was also informative — GAA had recorded the sound of each car’s engine during registration. Special touches like this make GAA one of the best places to buy American muscle in North Carolina. The scene is high-energy, and buyers receive ample information. Transport across the block is orderly and timed appropriately. A few hundred premier cars are housed for preview in a dedicated facility with excellent lighting. The remainder are sheltered under an outside tent. There were 31 Mustangs to choose from at the July auction. One seller offered a pair of 1969s, seemingly original and sympathetically used. The Boss 302 sold at $58k and the Boss 429 brought $277k, for a combined $334k. Obviously pleased, the same gentleman plans to release two more from the corral in November: a 2008 Cobra Jet and a 2010 Super Cobra Jet. Buyers had 50 chances to buy a Camaro and 46 chances to buy a Corvette. In all, 80 Mustangs, Camaros and Corvettes sold, slightly surpassing the auction sell-through rate of 61%. GAA sold 326 out of 535 cars overall for total sales of $7.2m and an average price per car of $21,500. Certain trends seemed apparent: More resto-mods are being built and offered, but buyers do not yet appreciate the expense and effort that goes into creating a great example. An amazingly finished and detailed 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air with chassis modifications, fuelinjected 350-ci powerplant, remotely powered exhaust cutouts, and modern electronics housed in period bezels could not muster a bid higher than $40,000. The parts and finishes alone cost nearly twice that amount. Not-so-rare classics and the not-so-classic examples of the 1930s and ’40s no longer command a premium. Same goes for 1955–57 Thunderbirds. An extremely well-done 1957 Thunderbird with Springmist Green paint, 428 Cobra Jet, air conditioning, immaculate preparation and multiple Classic Thunderbird Club International gold medals sold for just $44,520. I should have stepped up. A


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GM #ST174-1939 PONTIAC DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: P6EA29817. Parma Wine/tan vinyl & fabric. Odo: 96,760 miles. Said to be a one-family-owned car with a frame-off restoration in 1998. Said to be all stock and original. Body is straight with good panel fit. Paint poorly applied with multiple pits, inclusions and extensive orange peel. Grille and trunk chrome pitted. Interior appears restored, yet aged. Engine compartment has rust, peeling and discolored paint. Cond: 3-. 265-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The auction’s featured car, cordoned off at auction entrance. Frame-off restoration. Engine compartment with desirable batwing air cleaner. Spiral shocks, wire wheel covers, Wonderbar radio. Every detail screamed “professionally restored” to “over-restored.” No defects in paint, chrome, interior, engine compartment or undercarriage on very close inspection. Cond: 1. appears original and shows some age, but other interior chrome and accessories excellent. Correct engine paint. Neat and clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,880. Car with definite presence. PHS documentation found after sale. Prices have fallen as of late, and seller accepted market price. NOT SOLD AT $11,200. This vehicle was given a prime viewing location just steps from the auction entrance. Its scale was impressive and invited the closer look that doomed it. Bidding stopped at an appropriate number. #ST042-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: VC56F001395. Mediterranean Blue & white/blue leather. Odo: 1,121 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Extremely attractive resto-mod in period colors. Said to have over $75,000 invested in it. Paint flawless. Bumper and side trim chrome appears new. Minimal scratches and dents in brightwork surrounding windows. Perfect custom interior with modern electronic gauges housed in stock bezel. Period-style steering wheel with tilt-column feature. Immaculate engine compartment with massive radiator and numerous custom touches. Four-wheel disc brakes. Electric exhaust cutouts. 3.90 Posi rear end. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $92,500. An outstanding example. Similar cars command a premium of 20% over high bid, and owner may be rewarded on another day. #FR203-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 01737S224616. White/red & white cloth. Odo: 62,183 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Texas car with appearance of a minimally encumbered high-performance vehicle. Stated engine modifications include alloy intake manifold, 409 cam and highperformance exhaust. Period paint well applied. Panels straight with excellent fit. Rear windows delaminating. Brightwork said to be new. Some scratches from polishing. Upholstery is immaculate. Dash finish has orange peel. Interior has odor of mildew. Engine immaculate. Cond: 2-. #ST104-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 237675P176894. Montero Red/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 2,109 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Extremely attractive GTO convertible. Aftermarket Hurst wheels and shifter. Paint has few flaws; Pontiac expert noted it differs from factory plate, which says it should be burgundy. Straight body panels with excellent fit. Chrome excellent except stainless window trim is dull. Upholstery excellent; most interior brightwork excellent, but vents pitted and loose. Factory air. Power antenna and Redline tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,520. PHS documents mentioned but not available. Accessible supporting documentation might have enabled a higher price for this drop-top muscle car with Hurst details. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Resto-mods were popular and in abundance in Greensboro. This one was well thought out and executed. Despite a prime spot late Saturday morning, the bidding stalled at $40,000. Owner was right to wait and will do better later. #ST142-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56T060712. Harbor Blue/ light blue vinyl/blue fabric. Odo: 1 miles. 88 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Part of the lineup that returned Chevrolet to sales dominance for a decade. Despite minor flaws, an appealing example. Bid was average for the year, but a bubble top can command a bit more, and the owner may do better on another day. #ST150-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375Z134174. Teal Turquoise/ black Morrokide. Odo: 50,638 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Multi-optioned GTO with Rally wheels, Redline tires, AM/FM radio, power steering and bucket seats. Outstanding paint with minimal polishing scratches on trunk. Panel fit as good as new. All exterior chrome like new. Dull window trim. Interior upholstery excellent. Steering wheel #ST120-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677M116582. Yellow/yellow/ yellow vinyl. Odo: 6,092 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Triple-yellow 442 convertible. Flawless paint. Panel fit consistent with original factory condition. Brightwork excellent. 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GAA // Greensboro, NC flawless and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,400. Striking and unusual color combination. Bidding stalled on the block, but a sale was made by the “Deal Doctor” postbidding. The unusual color combination could have been a help or a hindrance, but a market-correct price suggests it made little difference. #FR184-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 coupe. VIN: 124379N687715. Hugger Orange/black vinyl & fabric. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nut-and-bolt frame-off restoration. Striking Hugger Orange paint heavily applied. Brightwork excellent. Passenger’s door and trunk have abnormal gaps. Immaculate interior and engine compartment. 3.55 Posi rear. Cond: 2+. tan canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 5,177 miles. Stunning car with excellent black paint, but has a patch of orange peel over right rear fender. Mostly excellent chrome with some polish marks and a single deep scratch on passenger’s door. Stains in fabric top, marks around rear window, poor top fit. Interior attractive with modern carpet. Engine compartment very clean with signs of use. Cond: 2-. brakes and windows. Handsome engine compartment but busy. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Reminiscent of a Mercury lead sled but without the historic or cosmetic appeal. Many disdain the grille work. You can see where the money was spent, but there is a limited market for unusual resto-mods, and owner may spend a long time chasing a higher bid. SOLD AT $46,640. Appealing car with minor flaws that could be easily corrected. Bidding stalled at $43k, but a deal came together just off the block. Buyer and seller did equally well. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Well-done restoration of a not-so-rare car. Good examples bring higher prices, and owner was wise to wait. CORVETTE #ST119-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S100890. Silver & white/white/red vinyl. Odo: 79,453 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Matchingnumbers Corvette with frame-off restoration six years ago. Most interior chrome, paint, top, all new. Extremely attractive color combination. Panel fit is excellent. Paint application excellent. Minimal orange peel on cowl. Chrome excellent. Upholstery excellent. Slight interior chrome pitting. Engine compartment neat but not restored; shows use. Cond: 2-. #ST127-1939 FORD DELUXE convertible. VIN: 184965132. Gray/black canvas/saddle leather. Odo: 61,482 miles. Represented as a garage-kept original. Flat paint, good panel fit, previous repair on left front fender. Remarkably good chrome. Windshield delamination. Delightfully patinated interior with excellent dash and banjo steering wheel. Door panels show wear. Seats torn and covered with Walmart throws. Cond: 3-. #ST085-1951 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE convertible. VIN: B1LB130385. Yellow/ brown/brown. Odo: 1,399 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Attractive car with flawless paint. Chrome excellent. Passenger’s door askew. Interior is flawless. Engine extremely well detailed, despite use. Overdrive, factory heater and power top. 1951 North Carolina inspection sticker is a lovely touch. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,100. High-end example of an uncelebrated model. Sold at or slightly below market but seemed to deserve more. SOLD AT $68,900. This was an extremely attractive car with a great color combination. Similar ’Vettes can bring $5k to $10k more... but it’s a crowded market. FOMOCO #ST087-1936 FORD MODEL 68 rumbleseat convertible. VIN: 182583480. Black/ 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $37,100. A proud display of patina. The very essence of an original preserved “garage find.” The new owner should pay attention to mechanicals and repair the seats enough for safe travel. With a marvelous body style, this is a sure sensation in “preservation” judging. Hopefully no frameoff restoration is in the works. Price paid represents a good outcome for buyer and seller. #ST123-1948 LINCOLN ZEPHYR custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 8H178746. Black/red leather. Odo: 1,268 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resto-mod on a large scale. Excellent paint and brightwork. Custom red leather interior with modern accessories, including Vintage Air, tilt column, and power steering, #ST086-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria Skyliner 2-dr sedan. VIN: M6NV116387. Green & white/tinted Plexiglas/ green & white vinyl. Odo: 53,520 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Extremely attractive color-correct Skyliner restored in past five years. Excellent paint application but damaged around gas cap. Poor driver’s door fit. Quality chrome with polishing marks. Underside of bumpers badly pitted. Driver’s door latch needs attention. Interior carpet, upholstery and headliner immaculate. Horn


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GAA // Greensboro, NC rim pitted. Hood requires support. Engine compartment excellent, with minimal paint loss and modern battery. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. The resources expended on this car were obvious. Minimal effort needed to complete the job. While glass-top cars are appealing, this one had a small engine as well as paint and chrome issues, and it received the appropriate bid. #ST159-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH172527. Springmist Green/white fiberglass hard top/white. Odo: 75,487 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frameoff restoration, multiple gold medals at CTCI (Thunderbird) shows. Excellent paint, nearperfect brightwork, immaculate interior, engine compartment and undercarriage. Modern upgrades, including Cobra Jet 428 and a/c. Cond: 1-. ration with the luxury (leather seats) and competition (engine package and awesome Bonneville wheel discs) vibes complementing one another brilliantly. If the M-335 power package is original to this bottom-ofthe-line model, it must be incredibly rare. Not as fresh as described, but nonetheless very appealing. High bid may be difficult to surpass elsewhere. #FR052-1960 FORD FALCON 2-dr sedan. VIN: 0K11S227248. Wilmbledon White/blue vinyl. Odo: 33,990 miles. 200-ci I6, 3x1-bbl, 4-sp. A tribute car built to resemble the vehicle raced by the late Denise McCluggage at Sebring in 1960. Paint, brightwork, graphics all done well and to a period standard. Cond: 2. fraternities, and this model provides an easy ticket in. Better examples can be had for similar money (Lot FR164, an excellent Cale Yarborough Edition Cyclone, sold for $30,740), and I would consider this car well sold. #ST045-1994 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra convertible. VIN: 1FALP45D9RF158736. Rio Red/tan vinyl/Saddle leather. Odo: 10,752 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Mustang Cobra convertible number 851 of 1,000 built in 1994. Always garaged. Fully loaded. 1994 list price was $26,875. Original paint without chips. Excellent panel fit. Signs of sympathetic use on driver’s seat and steering wheel; otherwise flawless interior. Busy engine compartment but extremely clean. Excellent documentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,520. This was a stock-appearing resto-mod with many worthwhile updates. Much more time and money were spent than sale price reflected. This incredible Thunderbird sold for the price of a slightly better-than-average example. Buyer should be thrilled. #ST143-1957 MERCURY MONTEREY 2-dr sedan. VIN: 57SL98228M. Pastel Peach & Brazilian Bronze/brown & tan vinyl & leather. Odo: 38,239 miles. 368-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Claimed to be all stock with M-335 power package (335-hp Turnpike Cruiser engine, two 4-barrels, engine dress-up kit) combined with push-button Merc-O-Matic. Turnpike Cruiser emblems on fenders. Fresh restoration with good panel fit and lightly orange-peeled paint; minor chips and scratches abound. Tired chrome. Rock chip SOLD AT $16,960. Sold for $15,120 at Mecum Indy two months ago. Bidding stopped at $15,500 here, but a post-auction sale was facilitated. Falcons are not highly collectible, and engine mods and period graphics are the only significant attributes here. With transport and commission costs, I doubt seller made a profit, and I do not see much appreciation in the future for the buyer; yet buyer will have a great time at Cars and Coffee for an entry-level price. #FR119-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE Dan Gurney Special Edition fastback. VIN: 9H15M578065. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 21,227 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Deluxe Marti Report. Paint evenly applied. Yellow discoloration of both rear (metal) quarter-panels. Panel fit excellent with typical bowed hood. Fiberglass abnormalities around right door and rear windows. Front bumper rechromed while other brightwork scratched, pitted and dull. Weatherstripping poorly applied. Shifter loose. Console SOLD AT $16,165. Obviously well-kept and minimally used 21-year-old Mustang. Sold for the right price, but sad that someone missed two decades of driving fun. AMERICANA #FR231-1941 PACKARD 110 opera coupe. VIN: C28222. Andes Tan/tan. Odo: 19,556 miles. Immaculate, stock-appearing Packard with a few modifications for function. Paint is excellent, as is pinstriping. Near-perfect panel fit. Excellent chrome at a cost of $12,000. Kanter replica interior. Original factory jump seats. Reconditioned in windshield, crack in left rear quarter-window. Clean underhood. Seats creatively redone in decidedly non-Monterey leather with winged Mercury crests. Cracked steering wheel. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $28,500. High marks for a thoughtful resto- 92 AmericanCarCollector.com repaired with matching-color duct tape. Interior in line with age. Tidy aged engine compartment. Needs to be detailed. Looks more like an original than a restoration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,818. The late ’60s/early ’70s NASCAR homologation groups are great factory air. Interior excellent. Engine compartment is flawless. AM/FM radio and CD changer are hidden. Unsure if overdrive is stock or aftermarket; owner does not know, either. Vintage 1940 inspection sticker a nice touch. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,690. An entry-level Packard to be proud of. I was taken by this car. While price is high for the model, it deserved it and more. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Five Auctions CLASSICS 5 Burgundy & red/brown leather. Odo: 255 miles. Very nicely restored first-gen Speedster. Early history not known; original engine and chassis plate missing. Other particulars divined by Randy Ema; now ACD-certified. Numerous excellent show results; invited to Pebble Beach in 2013. Two-tone paint very good; matching painted wires. Whitewalls slightly yellowed. Leather as-new; interior nice but not overdone. Rubber mats instead of carpet. Wearing twin canvas-covered sidemounts; two golf-club doors. Cond: 1-. #9-1928 AUBURN MODEL 8-88 Boattail Speedster. VIN: 881306. 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 r-code 2-door hard top, sold at the Twin Cities auction in St. paul, MN, for $160,500 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA — August 13–15, 2015 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jim Landis, Logan Schmid Automotive lots sold/offered: 387/658 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $45,008,293 High American sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, sold at $2,475,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, $500 minimum, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson RM Sotheby’s Monterey, CA — August 14–16, 2015 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots offered/sold: 129/150 Sales rate: 86% Sales total: $167,334,500 High American sale: 1910 American Underslung Traveler toy tonneau, sold at $1,815,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Bonhams Carmel, CA — August 14, 2015 Auctioneers: James Knight, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered: 99/109 94 AmericanCarCollector.com Sales rate: 91% Sales total: $45,938,738 High American sale: 2005 Ford GT, sold at $297,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas M. Seminetta Gooding & Company pebble beach, CA — August 15–16, 2015 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 115/129 Sales rate: 89% Sales total: $128,098,000 High American sale: 1934 Packard Twelve Model 1108 sedan, sold at $3,630,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven Twin Cities — Back to the 50’s St. paul, MN — June 19–20, 2015 Auctioneer: Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/offered: 112/176 Sales rate: 64% Sales total: $1,880,290 High sale: 1966 Ford Fairlane 500, sold at $160,500 Buyer’s premium: 7%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $275,000. Catalog carefully worded around car’s lack of documentation, but with Mr. Ema and ACD’s blessing, plus an invite to PB, we can assume all is well... Still, lingering doubts about provenance and period documentation may be what held the bidding back. Sale price hit the low estimate, but only with the benefit of the sales fees tacked on. First-gen cars don’t command the same price as 851/852 Speedsters, and this looked like plenty of money for a car with questions. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15. GM #S146-1949 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: ND7401. Bright blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 4,811 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. North Dakota-assigned VIN stamped on a reproduction tag attached with plastic upholstery fasteners, so “non-conforming VIN.” Newer 235-ci full-oil-pressure Stovebolt Six, very clean and detailed to look correct for 1949. Collection of trophies shows it was likely restored 10 years ago. Superb paint, but too bright for 1949. Incorrect high-polished stainless-steel hardware in multiple places. TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Modern radial wide whites. Authentically reupholstered seat, new headliner and door panels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. Needed to be jump-started most of the weekend. I got a chuckle out of the modern “Mariner Chevrolet” fake dealership sideboards featuring a leaping marlin—on a truck from Fargo, ND. The only Marlin in the Red River is a 1965 AMC product that fell though the ice 10 miles south of Grand Forks in 1978. Pretty truck, but this was expensive. This would be silly money even with the original splash-lube engine intact and no VIN issues, so the consigning dealer should be ecstatic. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #26-1953 OLDSMOBILE 98 Fiesta convertible. VIN: 539M41579. White & turquoise/ white vinyl/white & turquoise vinyl. Odo: 10,053 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A spectacular automotive statement at a time the rest of the world was still licking its wounds from WWII. Very nice paint and magnificent brightwork let down only by soiling on seats and convertible top. Cond: 2+. UP GLOBAL engine bay. Or visiting a paint booth. Or upholstery shop. Or plating shop. More correct just to say the body was never removed, as that’s about the only thing that hasn’t been done. The reserve was surpassed at $42k, making a good sale for the consignor. Not so good for the buyer unless there’s a ’59 Corvette in his collection that needs an engine. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #T91.1-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 1R124S108959. Red & maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 95,667 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Tahiti Coral with white belly stripe. Repowered by a 1964-or-later car engine, both by the numbers and by equipment configuration—a hatch was cut into the engine cover bulkhead to check and fill the oil, since it couldn’t be done from the original “mail slot” in the back as GM intended. Good repaint but ignored around the engine bay. Most alloy trim is painted silver. Painted-on bedliner. Quite a bit of homemade wiring in the engine bay. Seats redone generically but not badly. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $170,500. I loved this no-reserve car. Fiesta prices have been pretty steady over the past while, unlike its Motorama stablemate the Buick Skylark, which has been all over the map. This sale, while significantly below the $225k low estimate, is market-correct or just a touch light. Well bought and sold. Last sold for $242k at RM’s sale of the McMullen Collection in 2007 (ACC# 45548). Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15. #S089-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: C57B205518. Roman Red/black vinyl/red & black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 38,430 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Originally a Baltimore-built 6-cylinder convertible, with what is believed to be a late1950s Corvette dual-quad engine under the hood—reasonably detailed as stock. Good older trim-off repaint. Doors shut well. Period economy replacement wheel covers and Coker Classic radial tires on the stock wheels. Noticeable fading of the top. Reproduction interior soft trim shows minimal wear. Overspray on the pedals and kickpanel retainers from the dashboard being repainted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,755. While it was stated that the car “was never taken apart,” that must not include the SOLD AT $17,600. Corvair truck engines were originally set up with the oil filler and dip stick on extended tubes going to the back of the engine rather than from the top like on a car. That way, if you’re hauling a heavy load, you can check the oil and put in a couple of more quarts as needed. Despite some rather kludged re-engineering to make the non-truck engine work, the rest of the work on this wasn’t all half bad. Spendier than it should have been, but not leapsand-bounds silly money beyond market price. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #F114-1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 626C03130. Maroon metallic/maroon vinyl. Odo: 40,681 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a two-tone Royal Mist with Garnet Mist roof. Recent November-December 2015 95


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP good repaint. Most chrome replated. New reproduction side trim with protective plastic still on the wide inserts. New door seals coming loose in places. Newer seats and door panels. Newer carpeting is pulling away from the center console. Older radial tires. Optional power windows and Wonderbar AM radio. Cond: 3+. power steering, and interior decor group with center console. Retains some original documentation from when it was sold new in Manitowoc, WI. Good repaint in original combination. 1968 Wisconsin State Parks pass, 1972 Kimberly Clark Co. parking pass, and current Texas inspection decals in the original windshield. Reproduction front seat coverings; rest of interior original and in good shape. Engine bay generally correct. Newer undercoating and stock-style exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,980. 1962 was the first year for the Starfire hard top, Olds’ contribution to the then-new trend of “sporty” full-sized cars with bucket seats and center consoles. It also had the zippiest engine available that year as standard. It was easy to tell that all the money was spent on cosmetics, so while it seemed like a good deal (with the reserve passed at $13,500), some of those savings should well be spent on a trip to your mechanic. If you are your own mechanic, then it really was well bought. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #F106-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 23735P348249. Gunmetal metallic/red vinyl. Odo: 2,410 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent color-change repaint; original white showing beneath VIN tag. Uneven gaps. Mostly original weatherseals. Chrome and trim lack luster but aren’t pitted. Motor and transmission replaced in 1973 with a 1970 366-hp Ram Air IV from a Judge. Not much else is stock under the hood, either. Reproduction interior. Center console is from the same Judge that lost its engine. Aftermarket wood-rim steering wheel and under-dash gauges. On modern alloys; originals included. Cond: 3. rent it out for parties or sell it for 10 times more than you ever dreamed it would get across the block or the scale. I had a tough time getting an unobstructed photo of this, since it seemed like everyone under 25 was taking selfies with it. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. CORVETTE 7 SOLD AT $27,500. In 1968 it was unusual to buy a new car just to play with in the summer, but every once in a while, a good “summer toy” convertible turns up in the heart of the Salt Belt. Not only did this stay away from all that winter can throw at a car, but the more moderate summers also didn’t bake it to a crisp. It may be the entry-level V8, but it’s hard to go wrong with a red-onred Camaro drop-top. Bought well. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #S140-1968 CHEVROLET G10 custom van. VIN: GS158P110928. Light green/gray cloth. Odo: 28,486 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Clapped-out work van painted as a wannabe “Scooby-Doo” Mystery Machine. Two stuffed Scoobys in it, with one at the wheel. Base green is flat or matte. Curbside cargo doors will not latch shut. All doors have dry-rotted seals painted over. Faded lenses. Aftermarket alloy wheels on radials. At least they put new brakes in it and fluffed up the motor when they tuned it up. Front seats are take-outs from something Japanese. Cargo bay has a leopard-print-padded floor with types of stains I don’t want to think about. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $23,005. While the owner told me he has the PHS documentation on it, it wasn’t out on display. Bid to an ample $21k on the block, $500 more real money was enough to make him dump it, and this postblock sale came together by the end of the day. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #T212-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. VIN: 124678N405572. Matador Red/white/red vinyl. Odo: 73,643 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional Powerglide, 96 AmericanCarCollector.com 157. Polo White/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 98,443 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1bbl, auto. High-quality restoration done sometime before 2007 and holding very well. Paint very good; only negatives are lots of scuffing on both front fenders and some chipping around hood. Trunk sits high; resulting dodgy gaps only nod to original assembly quality. Front bumper chrome slightly off, but likely better than new. Left taillight crazed and cracked. Driver’s seat slightly baggy; steering wheel crazed. Cond: 2+. #30-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001- SOLD AT $220,000. Six cylinders, 150 hp, 2-speed automatic and 4-wheel drum brakes doesn’t seem the stuff of sports car legend, but who knew? While this car was not perfect, it was far, far better than when it left Flint (please hold the fan mail, folks; Corvettes were actually built in Michigan for a while) and this $220k sale actually looks pretty reasonable. As really good examples have been north of this figure for years, this one was fairly bought. Last sold for $440k in 2007 at RM’s McMullen Collection sale (ACC# 45551). Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15. SOLD AT $3,700. Thanks to the marketing magic of the motion-picture industry, everybody with an old van from the 1960s can now make a killing on it. Rattle-can it light green, hire a starving artist to paint it up as a Mystery Machine wannabe, then either 5479. Daytona Blue/Saddle leather. Odo: 27,616 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Well-optioned Split-Window Fuelie delivered with M20 4-speed, A31 power windows, P48 knockoffs and N11 sidepipes (not currently fitted). Very low documented miles. Two known restorations. Sold as part of Tony Hart Collection. Nicely restored seats. Typical valve-cover leakage. Correct engine details. Brilliant brightwork. Lightly scratched paint with a bit too much metallic flake. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $209,000. A very nice, low-mileage car, but without NCRS or Bloomington Gold certifications. Opening bid of $100k. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP and buffed out as part of the restoration process. Rear window trim has some mechanical sanding scratches. Period-accessory exhaust deflector and backup light (singular, not plural). Undercarriage generally ignored for the past 64 years. Good original interior. Cond: 2-. $160k high estimate. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/15. (See profile, p. 38.) #S131-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S123444. Milano Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,408 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional teakwood steering wheel and AM/FM radio. Professional concours-quality restoration nearly a decade ago. 2008 through 2010, it consistently scored in the upper 90s in NCRS regional and national judging, attaining a Duntov Mark of Excellence award in 2010. Better-than-original paint finish and door fit. Wave-free replated bumpers. Minimal road spray on chassis; authentically restored. Well-fitted repro interior soft trim. Engine bay detailing correct, with factorystyle overspray. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,400. This car represents two historical highlights for the Ford brand in 1951: their first true hard top and their first automatic transmission. Granted, Lincolns could be had with a HydraMatic as an option at this time, plus Lincoln also had a short-lived problematic Liquimatic in 1942. However, the Ford-O-Matic was FoMoCo designed and built. My mom had a ’51 with a Ford-O-Matic as her first car, so she led several successive generations that never had to learn how to drive a stick shift. Not a bad car for the money. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. SOLD AT $93,500. A darn nice example from the one-year-only use of the 396. Actually, half a model year only, since they started appearing at the dealers in March of 1965. Here, the bidding got mired down at $85k, then the reserve was lifted, and it picked up for a few more bids. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January, when it no-saled at $105k (ACC# 255428), so here the consignor got the hint that it wasn’t going to do much better without spending just as much to ship it all over the country. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. FOMOCO #S057-1951 FORD CUSTOM Victoria 2-dr hard top. VIN: B1SR121847. Sea Island Green & white/green nylon & vinyl. Odo: 945 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good prep and paint. Engine compartment clean and generally well restored. Roof was originally black. Good door fit and shut lines. Plugs in door from side-view mirror. Most chrome has been replated, all trim removed 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $29,150. The Citation was the one-year-wonder top-end Edsel in 1958. Based on the Mercury platform like the Corsair, it was the only model of these two upper series to offer a convertible. No sale on the block at $25k, but denoted as a sale in Mecum’s final tally later in the week. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. SOLD AT $160,500. To put the 427 engine package into context, it cost $1,725—a whopping 69% of the $2,484 base price of a V8 Fairlane 500 hard top. Add in the required $184 4-speed transmission, and the #T224-1958 EDSEL CITATION 2-dr hard top. VIN: X8SW704310. Turquoise, black & white/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 2,920 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated that it was purchased new by Mel Blanc. Also stated that it is believed to be 29k actual miles, but the odometer shows 02920.4. Very old repaint, but its sheen is holding up pretty well despite some heavier panel-edge chipping. Older bumper replating. Heavier fading of the exterior plastic emblems. International Edsel Club decal on back window. Doors rattle a bit, driver’s side needs a slam to latch properly. Older seat upholstery repairs. Modern gauges beneath dash. Older engine repaint getting dingy. Cond: 3. #31-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2315. Black/ black leather. Odo: 17,735 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A genuine black-on-black car from the factory. Raced in B/Production early in its life; actual track history not stated. Wrecked and sold in “damaged condition” in 1973; rebuilt to current FIA configuration at that time. Flared fenders, sidepipes, Monza filler with splash guard and paper-clip roll bar with diagonal brace across cockpit. Paint very good, as are chrome and trim. Engine bay clean and mostly correct. Offered at no reserve from Peter Klutt. Cond: 2. 2 SOLD AT $858,000. Back when this car was rebuilt, it was probably just considered a used car; it was only eight years old. As no details were offered, difficult to know what repair options were viable at the time. Now, with prices what they are and plenty of bulging fake Cobras on the road, it might be time to restore this car to original. Sale price here might allow for that and not leave the new owner underwater. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15. #S086-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 R-code 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6A43R249534. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 39,236 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Retains most documentation since new and build sheet from under the back seat. Bare-body repaint with authentic primer and overspray mix on bottom of body. Replated brightwork to average standard. Lightly worn seats almost come off as original. A pair of modern gauges are mounted below the dash. Pretty much concours-ready engine bay. Stated that all stock components swapped out will be included off the car. Cond: 2+. TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL original buyer was into Cadillac territory. So, you had to be pretty darn serious—and well off—to fend off the far more economic Chevelle SS 396s. Not the most minty authentic example on the planet, but still quite well done and priced market-correct, surpassing the reserve at $145k. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #43-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 0F02M483294. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 26,607 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chassis number makes this the final Shelby Mustang until 2006. Claimed to be mostly original until “light” 2006 refurbishment. Low miles. Well documented. Long paint cracks around rain gutters. Front trim loose. Clean, detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. ROUNDUP GLOBAL SOLD AT $99,000. 1969 represented the end of the line for Carroll Shelby at Ford, and he reportedly had little input into the development of this model. Earlier GT350s and Cobras have been increasing in value again, but the 1969 models can be a sad reminder of the end of an era and do not command the same money. Bidding was slow to start, and it almost sold at the opening bid of $60k, but at least one other bidder recognized the originality, documentation and history of this car. Well bought. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/15. #265-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R481634. Acapulco Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 56,744 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last year for production for the GT500 (although a few leftovers were sold as 1970s). Fitted with Cobra Jet 428. One of 1,534 built in 1969. Received a high-quality restoration a few years back. Still very presentable. There are a few issues with the trim, however. Engine properly detailed. Documented in Shelby Registry. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A solid example with a few minor issues that sold for strong money. Chalk this one up for the seller. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/15. November-December 2015 99


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #S133-1972 FORD GRAN TORINO Sport fastback. VIN: 2A35H331725. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 40,724 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, power steering, power brakes and AM radio. Very authentic professional restoration completed three years ago. Excellent prep and paint. Door fit and shut lines on par with original. All-reproduction door seals. Squeaky-clean engine bay and undercarriage. Seats could’ve used a bit more padding to fill out the repro upholstery but show no appreciable wear. Period aftermarket wrapped steering-wheel rim cover. Cond: 2. underneath. Bodyside moldings have dents and dings. Cloudy bumpers and lightly pitted trim. So-so door fit. Good original seats with moderate wear. Heavy carpet wear. All interior plastic is serviceable but dull or has the vacuum plating worn off. Hood latch not cooperative. Cond: 4. Built new for the designer of the E-body Barracuda, John Herlitz. Being a Y22 executive-order car, it’s heavily optioned: leather seats, power steering, power front discs, power windows, power top and more. Professionally restored circa 2002 to match original configuration. Beautiful paint, excellent application of matte black Hemi hockeystick striping. Has a light ding in the passenger’s side windshield frame. Otherwise, is turn-key concours-ready as presented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,248. You would think for as well as this one was done—and being an original red car to boot—that this would be a screaming hot deal. However, with the rather blah 2-barrel 351 Windsor under the hood, have to call it fully priced. Reserve was dropped at the end of bidding. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #253-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S65Y400395. Red/black leather. Odo: 287 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Single ownership from new. Only 287 miles on the clock. Complete with all books and papers. Has factory car cover. As-new. Cond: 1-. 3 SOLD AT $13,643. The 383 in 1964 was the last realistic step up for a street engine that you could live with on a daily basis. The 426 was pretty much a professional-useonly motor, and the new Hemi was only handed out to those deemed worthy. Initially ran across the block on Friday for a $12k no-sale. Bidding was a little better the next day in the first five car reruns, and the consignor wisely cut it loose. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #S102-1968 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH23F8B260105. Dark aqua metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 57,696 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally powered by a 230-horsepower 318 V8, now with a 440 in its place, with nothing stock above the block. Average older repaint, vaguely close to original Surf Turquoise Metallic. Aftermarket hood must be a quarter of the car’s weight, plus it’s wavy (must have something to do with the Surf Turquoise) with cracks where the scoops attach. Dull bumpers, dents in the rear. Sanding scratches on window trim. Newer reproduction seat coverings. All interior vacuum-plated plastic trim is faded and heavily worn. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $363,000. So you pay a premium for a 287-mile car, and then what? Drive it and the premium goes away, but how do you just look at this in the garage? I’d bite the bullet and drive the darn thing—and drive it hard. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/15. MOPAR #S038-1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3441271355. Light blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 22,569 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, power steering, power brakes. 1970s alloy wheels. The old repaint has gone flat and has nicks and scrapes. Evidence of patching the rear quarter-panels visible from 100AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $13,375. Put kindly, the adage of “ran hard and put away wet” rings true here. Beyond that, my commentary won’t make it past the censor’s desk. Cheap for all the wrong reasons. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. 0B207654. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 5,616 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. 1 #F69-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27R- SOLD AT $2,475,000. This is pretty unusual—even for a Hemi ’Cuda—but as the top-selling American-built car here at Monterey Car Week, it shows that the Hemi Mopar market is finally waking up after the post-2007 market correction. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #T219-2015 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Hellcat 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2C3CDZC92FH854688. Billet Silver/black & Sepia leather. Odo: 5 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Brand new in the wrapper, not even fully dealer prepped. The only exterior shipping protectors are the front spoiler edge guards (in yellow plastic). Window sticker was on and off the car several times over the weekend, but all the other factory documentation (including the shipping manifest) and Arizona 90-day no-resident permit (still valid at auction time) sitting in the passenger’s footwell. Ordered by Jones Chrysler Center of Wickenburg, AZ. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $78,650. With a window sticker of $63,875, the $14,775 auction bump is actually not all that bad compared with what some dealers are getting—that is, if they even have a Hellkitty to sell at all. Since FCA seems content following the HarleyDavidson approach of forced limited availability, the next few months will tell if the consignor or the buyer was a genius or an idiot—although I’m tempted to go with the former on both counts. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP AMERICANA #356-1936 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1208 convertible Victoria. VIN: 120B1112. Caramel/brown fabric/brown leather. Odo: 659 miles. Restored almost 20 years ago by RM Auto Restoration for noted actor Ed Herrmann. A custom LeBaron body on a Junior 120 Packard. Despite custom body, accepted as CCCA Full Classic. Long-term ownership before being sold at Hershey in 1993. Fitted with three-position top. An unusual Junior Packard. Cond: 2+. the block at $4,400, but the deal unwound as the day progressed. Post-event results show that it did find a new home, so at least someone knows the value of a charitable donation on an otherwise forgettable car. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. #F040-1956 HUDSON HORNET Super sedan. VIN: X10455. Light blue & white/ white vinyl & gray nylon. Odo: 21,813 miles. 308-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Miles claimed actual. Good older repaint with some overspray on the dried-out original door seals. Selective replating—the bigger it is, the more recently it was redone. Recently professionally buffed-out stainless trim. Faded plastic body emblems, with pristine stock hubcap centers. Modern retro radial wide whitewall tires. Southern California AAA period decal on the windshield. Seating surfaces may be reupholstered, but the rest of the interior is certainly original. Old detailing under the hood, now dusty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,000. I’ve known this car for many years but have never been able to get my arms around the styling. The color is also an acquired taste. The price paid was within the expected range, so no issue there. Just hope the new owner gets it on the road. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #S049-1948 KAISER SPECIAL sedan. VIN: K481066107. Maroon/light red cloth. Odo: 70,342 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fifteen-year-old amateur restoration. Windshield description calls it a runner, but note on the steering wheel says “don’t run.” Pushed on and off the podium. Decent repaint still presents well at 10 feet but shows uneven gloss and light orange peel in body contours. Driver’s door rattles, passenger’s won’t open from the outside. Replated bumpers and grille when redone; rest of brightwork original and not that great. Period-accessory Fulton sun visor and clampon door frame mirrors. Non-stock modern upholstery. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $264,000. Suddenly worth $100k more than the $150k–$175k bid for it at four previous auction appearances in the past five years. Prices plateaued a couple of years ago, but recent sales show an improving market for these Ital-American hybrids. You’d think there were more of these produced (117 convertibles built, 70ish thought to survive), considering how regularly they show up at auction. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15. #T137-1957 WILLYS FC-150 flatbed pickup. VIN: 6554813849. Light green & white/ brown vinyl. Odo: 1,995 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Recent restoration with an eye toward aesthetics and functionality, rather than correctness. Decent repaint, weak masking lines. Open body panel seams filled with white caulk. Side glass and vent windows starting to delaminate. Door fit is not all that great. Newer paint on newer bed wood and side stakes. Reupholstered seats and modern seat belts. Homemade wood shelf behind seats. 1970s CB radio. Authentically restored motor. Cleaned-up old tires have lots of dry-rot cracking. Accessory rear PTO. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,980. From the second-to-last year of Hudson production, still using the famed flathead six that made them the car to beat in the early years of NASCAR. Stated that it spent most of its existence in SoCal (this unibody car would’ve dissolved up here decades ago). Final bid at the lower end of market, but not out of line. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. & red leather. Odo: 11,177 miles. 315-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored over 10 years; completed in 2008. Work done to showfield standard; very long, very black, laserstraight panels no small feat. Remains at high level but no longer razor sharp. Chrome and stainless bright; only a few small marks here and there. Badges look original and a bit tired; taillights, too. Wide whites lightly soiled. Leather broken in but fresh; turned aluminum dash pristine. Cond: 2+. 6 SOLD AT $3,300. Every year, the auction company sells one lot as a fundraiser for the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s scholarship foundation—the club that runs Back To The 50’s. Usually it’s a sign or some other large memorabilia; this year it was this car. It initially hammered sold on 102AmericanCarCollector.com #17-1957 DUAL-GHIA convertible. VIN: 134. Black/tan canvas/tan SOLD AT $30,800. This was the first year of the unconventional light-duty cab-over from Willys. They continued in production until after the all-new Gladiator series pickups went into production in 1963. While regular production was never larger than a standard cab, prototypes for the Army and Marine Corps included crew cabs and a van—something that seems obvious to compete against the VW microbus, Corvair Greenbrier and Ford Econoline. The strong price here is further proof that vintage trucks are still a growth market. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. #S139-1960 WILLYS 6-226 4WD flatbed pickup. VIN: 5526856160. White & dark green metallic/dark green cloth. Odo: 48,730 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Title shows the VIN preceded with “00.” Old repaint with rust stains leaching out from body panel seams on the cowl. Old chrome lugnuts; hubcaps are gone. Newer radial tires. Correct original Willys-sourced stake bed; fitted with modern marker lights and wood racks. Modern automotive cloth upholstery and carpeting. Re-dyed headliner and door TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside panels; door pull broken off on passenger’s side. Leaky rear main seal. Not much done under the hood. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,062. This truck seemed to run out well, and if it really does, its best use will be coming back out here next year for BTT50s as a participant. Refinish the wood in the back, go through all the motor’s support systems (brakes, cooling, that leaky rear main), then put some lawn chairs and a cooler in the bed, and you’ll have friends you didn’t even know wanting to ride in the back to go cruising around the grounds. That’s what usually happens with my old IH pickup. No matter what you do with it, this wasn’t a bad deal. Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 06/15. 1971–80 International Scout II V8 was the most common powerplant. If you run across a Scout II with the 392 V8, know that it didn’t come from Fort Wayne that way. Nissan’s SD-33 and SD-33T were diesel options, first available in 1976. Power disc brakes were available on 1974 and later Scout IIs, whereas few of the earlier models came with that option. Special editions were produced throughout the entire Scout production run and can often add a small premium to the truck’s value. Rallye, Patriot and Spirit were factory special editions, while Van America Corp and Custom Vehicles Inc. produced the Midnitestar, Classic, GMS, Hot Stuff and Raven, among others. IH also contracted Midas Van Conversions to create the Family Cruiser, Street Machine and OffRoad Vehicle editions. Scout II special editions are relatively rare at auction. ACC has T Detailing Years built: 1971–80 Number produced: 270,244 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: Five Average price of those cars: $16,622 Current ACC Valuation: $14,000–$22,000 seen only one SSII and two Rallye editions at auction since the start of 2011. That speaks to the general lack of Scout IIs in the market — just 30 Scout IIs have appeared since the start of 2011, and of those, 21 sold to buyers at an average of $17,987. Prices are trending up. If you bought a Scout II at the 2011 average price and sold it at the 2015 average, you’d have made $1,263. Not exactly stellar investment results, but it’s better than if you sold that same vehicle at the 2014 average — by $7,733. The high-water mark for Scout IIs at auction in the past five years was $30,250 for a 1978 model sold by Mecum in 2012. The Scout II may never reach the heights of mainstream SUVs in terms of value, but their capabilities will cultivate a hardcore following, and their relative rarity should keep prices from trending in the wrong direction over the long haul. A 104AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $18,425. I got the impression that this was a “grandmamobile” that spent most of its time parked in a car port, tail end facing out and to the south. Not the untouched virgin some would lead you to believe, but still pretty darn nice. Originally rolled away from the block as an $18k no-sale, but by the end of it all, this deal came together. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/15. A he last Scout 800 rolled out of International Harvester’s Fort Wayne plant in March 1971. The following month, the first Scout II followed suit. International made the Scout II a little wider and a little longer than its prede- cessor, but maintained the 100-inch wheelbase that made the original so capable off road. The available engines ranged from a 196-ci 4-cylinder up to a 345-ci V8. The 304-ci #S16-1972 AMC GREMLIN hatchback. VIN: A2A465A133819. Light yellow/twotone tan vinyl. Odo: 25,387 miles. 258-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Totally unrestored with actual miles. However, there’s a layer of clear coat over the heavily buffed-out paint. Plastic rear emblems are original and sun-damaged. Good original chrome. Reproduction Polyglas tires on AMC rally wheels. Other options include a/c, power steering and AM radio. Door fit and shut lines are about as good as you’ll get on an AMC product. Rust-prevention plugs in door jambs. Expert engine repaint. Rest of engine bay is original and cleaned up. Discolored original seats. Cond: 2-.


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-Money Parts and Accessories from Around the Nation they also manufactured another two-piece unit with a cast-iron top as well as a single-piece copper head. All of them go for big bucks due to rarity and attractiveness. This is the most expensive set I’ve seen, setting the high-water mark until the next set sells. #371427549034—1932–37 Federal-Mogul Thermo-Flow 21-Stud, Two-Piece Heads. 11 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Orange, CA. 9/13/15 “You are viewing an pair of original 1932 to 1937 Ford flathead 21-stud Federal Mogul heads. These heads are in great condition. They are extremely rare. They are a twopiece-style head. One half is bronze and the other is aluminum. They have been lightly media blasted for inspection purposes only. The passenger side head has two bolts that are broken off in it. The spark plug threads are very nice on both heads. The water ports have almost no corrosion. There are no signs of repair or damage.” 26 bids. Sold at $6,766.66. So this is where car parts meet art. When Federal-Mogul built this style in the late 1930s, on that account. There should be some in-depth inspection needed since the engine has been sitting idle for 25 years. #301673711649—1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth Engine. 9 photos. Item description: Rebuilt. eBay, Northport, AL. 7/7/15 “Complete. Rebuilt 25 years ago by Hutton Motor Engineering. Garage kept. The engine was re-sleeved and the dual Weber carburetors rebuilt. Stored with Marvel Mystery Oil. All parts, engine, transmission and paperwork included.” 3 bids. Sold for $1,802. Acquiring and rebuilding one of these four-bangers would and should normally cost more than this. Well bought #261957853265—1925 Woodlite Headlamps. 12 photos. Item condition: NOS. eBay, Inyokern, CA. 7/8/15 “This pair of headlights are very rare and are becoming harder and harder to find, especially in this condition. There are some very fine scratches on them from handling. They are out of the original packaging and air has tarnished the brass plaque a little. The brass plaque has the Woodlites brand, patent date and manufacturer, etc. These headlamps are original Woodlites and are not reproductions, replicas, refinished or reconditioned. They are in amazing condition. The dimensions are 14”x7”x9”.” Best Offer. Sold at $4,500. Ninety-year-old NOS headlamps, eh? These could be part of the world’s hardest scavenger hunt. Woodlite headlamps’ reputation is that while they turned heads with their styling, they weren’t especially impressive as illuminators — despite the patent claims. Even just a few years ago, this is what a completely restored set was selling for. But time marches on and prices go up. Well sold. The Hyper-Pak engine featuring this intake (along with some transmission and suspension upgrades) blew the competing Falcons and Corvairs out of the race. I’m hoping this set makes in on an early Valiant done up like those NASCARs. Fairly bought. Good luck finding another. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #181811868855—Mopar Hyper-Pak Slant-Six Intake Manifold. 8 photos. Item description: Used. Olathe, KS. 7/28/15 “Hyper-Pak long-runner intake manifold for a slant-six 170 or 225 engine with mounting base for a 4-bbl carb. Mopar part number 2129898. I have never used the intake, and the person I bought it from, who was the original owner, said it was used on one car for a couple of years. It appears to be in good condition. I do not see any cracks, chips or repairs. I have not cleaned it, nor attempted to remove any of the casting marks. I believe it to be as it left the factory.” 8 bids. Sold for $809. NASCAR’s first series for compact cars debuted January 31, 1960, at the new Daytona Speedway, with Plymouth Valiants taking the top seven spots in the road race and the top three positions in the speedway race.


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#281745447868— Delco Remy D-501 Ignition Coil. 1 photo. Item condition: NOS. eBay, Twinsburg, OH. 7/14/15 “New in unopened package, One D-501 ignition coil, number 1115091 for Chevy 409 and 327 FI Corvette. 10 boxes of NOS AC 44 spark plugs with four thin green rings.” 1 bid. Sold for $1,400. The buyer is surely a worshipper at the Church of NOS — maybe even a priest. I can’t imagine any other reason to spend $1,400 on $80 worth of replacement parts. More well sold than anything else A I’ve featured recently. The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! November-December 2015 107


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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 1950 Chevrolet 3100 pickup Flight award 98.4%, NCRS Performance Verification, NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award 98.8%. Best example on the market today. $129,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@donmackey. com (AZ) Black/gray & brown. I6, 3-spd manual. Magnificent restoration over a super-solid and original truck. Original engine and 3-speed trans. Optional heater and radio in place. Wonderful looking and driving truck. $41,000. Contact Stephan, Restoration & Performance Motorcars, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@rpmvt.com Web: www. rpmvt.com (VT) CORVETTE 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270-hp convertible 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Arctic Blue/red. 66,691 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Arctic Blue w/ silver coves, hard top, white soft top & red interior. 245 horsepower V8 engine w/ 3-speed manual transmission, service records, recent photodocumented $10,000 mechanical restoration. $94,500. Contact Sales, Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@ heritageclassics.com (CA) 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Artic Blue/cream. Stunning numbers-matching classic. One of 664 4-speed examples produced for 1957. Dual quads. Frame-off restoration. Multilevel NCRS Award Winner: NCRS Local Top Flight Award 99.4%, NCRS Regional Top 108 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N J59S104983. Classic Cream (1 of 223)/black. Other, S/N 30837S102047. Saddle Tan/Saddle Tan. 4-spd manual. Body-off restored. Jewelry! $169,000. Contact Terry, Pro- S/N 194377S119262. Goodwood Green/Saddle Tan. 14,870 miles. 4-spd manual. 435hp. 14,870 actual miles. Bloomington Gold and NCRS Duntov award. $200,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Roman Red/black. 327/360, 4-speed trans. Arguably the highest-scoring 1962 Corvette Fuelie in NCRS history. Performance Verification Award. Winter Regional Top Flight Award, Score: 99.288. Duntov Mark of Excellence Award, Score: 99.6. Purchased in ’85 by the owner/restorer. Restored to virtually near-new delivery condition. $139,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@ donmackey.com (AZ) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340-hp Split-Window coupe S/N 00867S101940. Tasco Turquoise/Turquoise. 4-spd manual. 270hp. Impeccable. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1960-1002G/1002G.html (OH) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie convertible 4-spd automatic. Impeccable! NCRS Top Flight. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https:// www.proteamcorvette.com/ Corvette-1957-1004G/1004G. html (OH) 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Rally Red/white. Perhaps the highest award winning and most correctly restored 1965 Corvette coupe. Bloomington Gold Certified 97% score, NCRS Top Flight Certified 97.7% score, Triple-Crown Certified 99.9% score, Gold Spinner Award. One of five known Fuelie coupes with this color combination. Original window sticker showing all options included. $145,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@ donmackey.com (AZ) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Export Fuel-Injected Tanker coupe Team Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1963-1056F/1056F.html (OH) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Fuelie coupe S/N 194375S110192. Tuxedo Black/black. 4-spd manual. Bloomington Gold Special Collection and NCRS Duntov award. $450,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https://www. proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1965-1021E/1021E.html (OH) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe


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Showcase Gallery Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: https:// www.proteamcorvette.com/ Corvette-1967-1007G/1007G. html (OH) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Mille Miglia Red/black. 74,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. LS5 454/365-hp, two tops, leather, a/c (rare on Big Block cars), docs including original copies of tank sticker, MSO, titles. Refreshed/restored: a/c, hard top, interior, exterior. Heavily optioned, original matching engine, transmission, rear end, trim tag, etc. $52,500. Contact Ken, 248.626.5500, Email: Red/white. A well-restored and very real period hot rod with fascinating history, significant provenance and recently shown at Amelia Island. $99,500 OBO. Contact Andrew, LBI Limited, 215.459.1606, Email: sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) 1934 Ford 3-window coupe kal@thepdmgroup.com (MI) FOMOCO 1932 Ford Ouelett roadster axle. LeBaron Bonney Bedford Cord, rumble seat, all gauges work, super-clean and comfortable. Has many rare ’34 Ford accessories. $107,500 OBO. Contact John, 831.375.7363, Email: fullscalemodels@yahoo. com (CA) f1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 astback CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN Black/tan. 50 miles. V8, 3spd manual. Ford factory sheet metal, deep black paint, flathead V8 motor, Columbia rear end, dual exhaust, fulljuice brake setup, dropped ™ S/N 5F09A317688. Burgundy/ Palomino. 77,485 miles. V8, automatic. Highly collectible, investment-grade collector that has received a professional nut-and-bolt restoration. Original A-code model with 289, a/c, automatic trans, spider-web styled steel wheels and a gorgeous color combo. Very well sorted and ready to ravage the road, be shown in a local show or simply driven and enjoyed. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/352 (CA) 1979 Ford F250 pickup Red/red. 3,500 miles. Only 3,500 miles from new, time capsule truck with all accessories and original documentation. Original paint and interior, untouched and absolutely new. Contact Andrew, LBI Limited, S/N 1FALP42C8SF213744. White/tan. 9,455 miles. V8, 5spd automatic. Great condition. Driven on Hallett track during track day. Some suspension modifications and non-original parts added. Number 224 of 250. $21,500 OBO. Contact Paul, 314.280.4120, Email: pkcorvette@sbcglobal.net (MO) 2005 Ford GT coupe 215.459.1606, Email: sales@ lbilimited.com Web: lbilimited. com (PA) 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R coupe Mark IV Red & white stripes/Ebony leather. 1,255 miles. Low, original documented miles. All four factory options. Clean CARFAX. Includes extra key, extra key fob, original window sticker, books and tire inflator with tow hook. Car cover never out of original sealed packaging. Believed to be single-family owned. Exceptional in every way and as delivered new. Spectacular! $315,000. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@donmackey. com (AZ) A November-December 2015 109 Keith Martin’s


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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. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. The company boasts an expert team of specialists, who offer 180 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. 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) 844.5WE.SELL. 844.593.7355. www.premierauctiongroup.com. info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) 110 AmericanCarCollector.com Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 844.5WE.SELL . The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform 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 Sales offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800.668.3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ‘59 Volkswagen Beetle antique auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the east coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com 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. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty


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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 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800.541.6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully-enclosed, cross-country, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully-licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com Corvette Parts & Restoration 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 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. (PA) Zip Products. 800.962.9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale 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) Volunteer Vette Products. 865.521.9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865.521.9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it give us a call. (TN) Insurance 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) American Collectors Insurance. 1.866.887.8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com ProTeamCorvette.com. Corvettes: 1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since 1971! Moneyback guarantee. Worldwide transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s, LS6s, ZR2s, ZR1s, LT1s, COPOs, Fuelies, Special 425s/435s/RPOs. Call toll free 888.592.5086 or call 419.592.5086. Fax 419.592.4242, email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com or visit our website: www.ProTeamCorvette. com. ProTeam Corvette Sales, 1410 N. Scott St., Napoleon, OH 43545. Special Corvettes wanted at CorvettesWanted.com! NCRS Member #136. 112 AmericanCarCollector.com Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www. JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. 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.) Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT)


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Museums cessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www. autobahnpower.com. Evans Waterless Coolant is a revolutionary coolant with a boiling point of 375° F, providing superior engine cooling protection. This means no vapor formed, no hotspots, no boil-over, and a much lower cooling system pressure. Evans eliminates water caused corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans protects on the other end of the temperature scale to -40°F, and lasts the lifetime of the engine. Visit www.evanscooling.com for more information. National Parts Depot. 800.874.7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmo- politanmotors.com (WA) A Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800.888.8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state of the art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog call 800-888-8637. (CA) 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 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. 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 WHAT’S YOUR CAR 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 ac- WORTH? FIND OUT AT NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. collectorcarpricetracker .com November-December 2015 113


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: In 1982, Atari released “E.T. The Extraterrestrial.” It quickly earned a reputation as the worst video game ever developed, and it very well could have contributed to the company’s demise. Doing what we all wish we could do at one time or another, they buried their mistake. They picked a remote landfill in New Mexico, dug a hole, and put all their remaining copies in it. However, last year an enterprising guy found and dug them up. A number of other titles were included, and so far he has sold 881 of them on eBay for close to $108,000. Here are a few more far more interesting items I unearthed — but not at a landfill: EBAY #161753892286—CALIFORNIA ROUTE 66 PORCELAIN ROAD SIGN. Number of bids: 45. SOLD AT: $4,800. Date sold: 7/11/2015. Competition for early Route 66 signs can get intense, and the most minor of details can make a major difference. This one, for example, was from early in 1957, as those made after March had an extra stripe on the front. It was heavily damaged on the bottom but was marked Y6H57 on the back. The trick is to find the road signs for other states that the Mother Road traveled through. EBAY #381285730974—FRANKLIN MINT “238” V8 CORVETTE 1:6-SCALE ENGINE MODEL. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $406.79. Date sold: 6/10/2015. This highly detailed model was listed as a 238 Corvette engine, but that was a typo. They meant 283, which was the base powerplant for the 1957–61 Corvette. It had never been displayed and was complete with papers and hang tags. Several others have been listed for about $400, so the price paid here was about right. EBAY #381334807792—VINTAGE FOOEY FACE CLOWN LICENSE-PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 50. SOLD AT: $710. Date sold: 7/26/2015. This is as cool as it gets! This mounts on your license plate or bumper and a wire runs to the button on the dash. When someone irritates you a bit while driving, just push the button and the Fooey Face makes a loud noise, sticks out its tongue and flashes a light. Now doesn’t that make more sense than flipp’n ’em off? I’ve never see one before, and regardless of the price here, it was worth it. EBAY #311425727433—LINCOLN MERCURY PORCELAIN DEALERSHIP SIGN. Number of bids: 13. SOLD AT: $26,100. Date sold: 8/25/2015. The seller had an elaborate story about the history of this large dealer sign, and there’s no reason to doubt him. The 114 AmericanCarCollector.com double-sided sign had a few nicks and bruises, but all in all, it wasn’t bad. It was missing the little Mercury head on top of the Mercury sign, and that is a big deal as a complete example, in better condition, recently sold for about $60k. Finished with the proper color of neon, however, it will be a smash. EBAY #331593262394—VINTAGE FREEMONT DRAG-STRIP POSTER. Number of bids: 35. SOLD AT: $542. Date sold: 7/5/2015. The Fremont drag strip opened in 1958 and was torn down in 1988, which is when the seller stated he found this poster. From the mid-’60s or so, it featured drag-racing stars “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Don Prudhomme. The cardboard poster measured 14 by 11 inches and was in decent condition. A cool piece of Northern California drag-racing history. EBAY #371356130081—BATMOBILE JAPANESE TIN TOY BY MASUDAYA. Number of bids: 45. SOLD AT: $3,662. Date sold: 6/28/2015. This friction-powered 12¾-inch colorful tin toy had been carpet tested and was complete with original vinyl driver’s helmet. The colors are bright, with the Batman logo very prominent. A rare toy in very nice condition — but at a price. EBAY #151708371556—MICKEY THOMPSON SPEED EQUIPMENT ORIGINAL DECAL. Number of bids: 9. SOLD AT: $103.50. Date sold: 6/15/2015. Mickey Thompson was a motorsport legend who was gunned down, along with his wife, by hooded assassins in his driveway in 1988. He was the first American to go over 400 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats and had a number of other firsts to his name. He formed a successful speed-equipment business and a brand of racing tires are still sold under his name. The back-story certainly adds to the allure of this decal. A