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Bonhams Carmel, CA August 19

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GAA Greensboro, NC July 28–30

RM Sotheby’s Plymouth, MI July 30

Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA August 18–20

Russo and Steele Monterey, CA August 18–20

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CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 $110k / Gooding & Co. A no-reserve unrestored Split-Window at under the money — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 40 GM 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 $57k / Bonhams Why this Z brought a mid-market price — Dale Novak Page 42 Volume 5 • Issue 30 • November-December 2016 Eight Sales That Define the Market FoMoCo 1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II $330k / Gooding & Co. No-compromise restoration, no-compromise result — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 44 MOPAR 1996 DODGE VIPER GTS COUPE $52k / Mecum The ’90s American poster car sees market upside? — Jim Pickering Page 46 AMERICAN ™ 4 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD MILLER AUTOMOTIVE ROADSTER $61k / RM Sotheby’s Hunting down this car’s history could pay off — Ken Gross Page 48 AMERICANA RACE 1952 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE $165k / Bonhams Outlier or new market level for the “Madman’s” creation? — Carl Bomstead Page 50 1969 AAR EAGLE MK 5 F5000 $198k / RM Sotheby’s Pinning a value on a vintage track weapon — Thor Thorson Page 52 TRUCK 1978 FORD F-150 RANGER PICKUP $18k / Mecum Ford rigs from the ’70s are moving up in the market — Jay Harden Page 54 GTS coupe Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Cover photo: 1996 Dodge Viper 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, p. 42 Courtesy of Bonhams November-December 2016 5


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 8 Torque Drive them because you can — Jim Pickering 32 Cheap Thrills Monterey’s least-expensive buys — B. Mitchell Carlson 34 Horsepower How to know when it’s time to let go — Colin Comer 36 Market Buys Three vehicles to break out your wallet for right now — Jim Pickering 38 Corvette Market Eleven classic-Corvette improvements you can make — John L. Stein 122 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 58 RM Sotheby’s — Plymouth, MI Motor City Sale racks up $6.4m — Kevin Coakley 68 Mecum — Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction sets a record at $50.1m — B. Mitchell Carlson 80 Russo and Steele — Monterey, CA Auction on the waterfront nets $10.9m — Brett Hatfield 88 GAA — Greensboro, NC Summer sale’s total up 30% from last year — Mark Moskowitz and Larry Trepel 100 Roundup American vehicles at Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA; RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA; Bonhams, Carmel, CA; Lucky, Tacoma, WA; and VanDerBrink, Chatfield, MN — Michael Leven, Carl Bomstead, Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas Seminetta, Jack Tockston, B. Mitchell Carlson 6 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 16 Good Reads Hot Rod Galleries, Lost Road Courses, Ford Midsize Muscle, and “Dandy” Dick Landy’s Dodges — Mark Wigginton 20 Desktop Classics 1964 Buick Riviera — Marshall Buck 22 Snapshots Photos of American iron at Monterey Car Week 86 Your Cars A look at an ACC reader’s Daytona Coupe driver 114 Junkyard Treasures Projects lie in wait in Ogden, UT — Phil Skinner SERV DEP 10 What’s Happening Car events of note 12 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions 18 Parts Time Cool parts for your car 20 Cool Stuff Wall muscle, a louder yell, and a great way to fix your classic 24 Wrenching Make your bench seat a better place to park your butt 30 Readers’ Forum What’s the best buy for $20k? 66 Glovebox Notes Superformance MKIII S/C roadster — Jim Pickering 78 Market Moment 1 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 — Jim Pickering 85 Glovebox Notes 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat — Jim Pickering 96 Market Moment 2 1994 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup — Chad Tyson 106 One to Watch 1992–96 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 — Jim Pickering 112 The Parts Hunter NOS parts are best but come at a price — Patrick Smith 116 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 118 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 119 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering Drive ’em Because You Can Two ways to attract a lot of eyeballs on a peninsula filled with the world’s greatest cars USE YOUR CAR, LOVE IT, FIX IT AS NEEDED, AND REPEAT F or me, Monterey Car Week started off with a bang. That bang was the sound of my brand-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, on loan from FCA for a review in ACC, getting punched in the rear bumper by a Honda CR-V in stop-and-go freeway traffic somewhere outside San Jose. I’d been in California for maybe an hour. Nobody was hurt, and the damage was minor — just a few wrinkles in the Hellcat’s otherwise pristine purple bumper cover. The other guy just didn’t see me stopped until it was too late. Chalk it up to real-world bad luck. But I felt pretty horrible about it, and I spent the next few hours eyeing those wrinkles. I seriously considered parking the car for the duration of the week. I’ve been going to Monterey for 10 years now, but this was the first time I’d been there with a car that stood out among the ranks of exotics and rare classics that make the week so interesting. Among car people, the Hellcat has a way of drawing attention to itself, and for good reason, with a wail that can be heard blocks away, a window-rattling rasp, and those evil little fender cat badges that clue everyone in that this is no basic Hemi R/T. So I did keep driving the Hellcat, and I’m glad I did. Gobs of people stopped to look at it. I answered questions about the engine at crosswalks. Star-struck kids took photos of it with their phones, undoubtedly tallied up with all the other exotics that passed by. 8 AmericanCarCollector.com I was behind the wheel of an American beacon of power and street cred. For a muscle car guy with a family (like me), it’s the car to end all cars. And nobody said anything to me about the bumper. You can read my full report on the Hellcat on p. 85, but it wasn’t the only car I drove in Monterey. Superformance also loaned me one of their MKIII Cobras for a few hours, and I was banging gears in it as much as I could before my time ran out. The MKIII had a great sound and feel, and while it couldn’t have been a more different experience from the purple monster, it was a fantastic guttural wind-blown ride. More heads turned for this red roadster than for the Mopar, and while it wasn’t overpowered in the same way, the Superformance was fast. Read more about it on p. 66. At roughly the same price as the Hellcat, depending on configuration, this MKIII was easily as much fun, even if I was looking over my shoulder for blandmobile CR-Vs bearing down on me whenever I stopped. But it was while I was driving that MKIII — a well-balanced old-feeling but still new car — that the Charger bumper I’d been wringing my hands over stopped bothering me. Why worry? My time in both the Hellcat and the Cobra got me thinking a lot about how we use our cars, and what the best course of action is in general when it comes to getting out and driving in a world filled with com- muter culture and countless distractions. I can’t blame owners of all-original cars for wanting to use them sparingly. Today’s roads aren’t very kind to rarities. For any car, having good insurance certainly helps, but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that even the best insurance isn’t nearly as good as not getting hit in the first place. But these are dream cars and they’re sup- posed to be fun. Driving them should be the best part of the experience, regardless of the worries that might surround using them. With cars like the Hellcat and MKIII Cobra, the worries are smaller, and for good reason: Fixes aren’t a big deal. They aren’t erasing history. I love original muscle as much as the next guy, but I’ve been a longtime supporter of the use of clones and replicas out on the road. Why? Because an L88 Corvette is now worth too much to be flippantly driven the way it was originally designed to be driven. But a 327 car that grew a high-compression 427 sometime later? May as well sidestep that clutch daily, because there’s not as much at stake if you blow it up or someone rolls into you at a stoplight. It’s the same story with the still-in-production Hellcat, or the currently produced Superformance MKIII. Use it, love it, fix it as needed, and repeat. I’m sure that Hellcat’s already been re- paired with a new bumper cover and is back on the prowl and no worse for the wear. I don’t feel too bad about it now, as the reward of the drive does not come without risk, and the drive is absolutely worth it. 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. Celebrating Cobras, GT40s and GT350s in Chicago A Celebration of Shelby, featuring Cobras, GT40s and significant Shelby Mustangs, is the centerpiece of this year’s Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals on November 19–20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. In addition, you’ll find the Corvette Triple Diamond Showcase of cars that have NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards. 1966 muscle cars from all makers are part of the “Class of 1966” display. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 20. This is the eighth 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. A Touch of Car-Guy Summer Before Winter Sets In Florida rocks sunshine and summer when American Iron at Hilton Head The 16th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance rumbles to glorious life from October 28 through November 6 — and lots of great American cars are there. The Savannah Speed Classic runs from October 28 to 30. November 5 brings the popular Car Club Showcase, with top car clubs throughout the Southeast bringing their best cars to show. The Aero Expo also takes place on November 5, as well as the first-ever Sports Car Market Insider’s Seminar at Hilton Head, hosted by ACC and SCM Publisher Keith Martin. Sunday, November 6, brings this gearhead week to a grand finish with the Concours d’Elegance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and pricing, visit www.hhiconcours.com. (SC) 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 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 at Lakeland Linder Airport from November 10 to 13 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.comA


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Chad Tyson More: www.leakecar.com • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod coupe, twin-turbocharged LS V8 Star Car: 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro rS/SS, one of 11, at mecum Dallas NOVember Mecum — Dallas 2016 Where: Dallas, TX When: November 2–5 Featured cars: • 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top, 4-speed More: www.mecum.com • 1969 Dodge Daytona, 16,000 miles • Star Car: 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro RS/SS, one of 11, 4-speed Auctions America Where: Hilton Head Island, SC When: November 5 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 coupe, with a/c More: www.auctionsamerica.com Motostalgia Where: Austin, TX When: November 5 More: www.motostalgia.com • 1937 Buick Roadmaster phaeton 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Mecum Where: Anaheim, CA When: November 17–19 Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code convertible, with both tops • 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-code convertible More: www.mecum.com • Star Car: 1966 Ford Mustang restomod coupe Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: November 18–20 Featured cars: • 1968 Ford Torino GT 2-door hard top, with formal roof and Deluxe Marti Report McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 18–20 Featured cars: • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, fresh from five-year restoration • 1952 Ford F-1 pickup • 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible More: www.classic-carauction.com Dan Kruse Classics Where: Houston, TX When: November 25–26 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Silver — Arizona in the Fall 2016 Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: November 25–27 More: www.silverauctions.com DeCember Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 1–3 More: www.mecum.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 2–3 More: www.raleighclassic.com A Star Car: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible at Auctions America’s sale on Hilton Head Island, SC


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5, Number 6 November-December 2016 GeT IN TOuCH Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital media Director Jeff Stites Editor at Large Colin Comer Auction Editor Chad Tyson Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Heading for the end of the line — but future collectibility, p. 46 From Vipers to F-150s 2017 will be the last year the Viper is produced. It’s been a good 25-year run, and on p. 46, ACC Editor Jim Pickering talks about a 1996 GTS, which is one of the most handsome of the Viper variants — we have a similar GTS ACR in the ACC garage. A question I will always have about the Viper is Chrysler’s deci- sion never to offer an automatic transmission. The overwhelming majority of Corvettes are sold equipped with automatics, and it seems a shame that the Viper has limited its market appeal so severely over the years. “A truck-lover’s truck” is how you might describe the Ford F-150 Ranger that Jay Harden analyzes on p 54. Trucks today have almost become luxury cars with beds rather than back seats. That’s a far cry from the everyday utility vehicles they once were. Jay takes us back to their roots and explains why they are becoming more popular today. “Restuff the seats” is a mantra here at ACC. Whenever we get something new for the collection, we always seem to find that the seats are completely broken down. So on p. 24 we dig in and decide to restuff the front seat of Auction Editor Chad Tyson’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala. We found some surprises once we got in there, and based on our experience, have a few tips for you. ACC’s Corvette Guru John L. Stein offers a list of “reversible mods” — things you can do to your Corvette that increase performance and livability, yet can be undone if you want to return your car to its original condition. Read about them on p. 38. And finally, this issue of ACC carries our reviews of the American iron that sold at auction in Monterey this year. While overall sales were down, there was still plenty of excitement when a big-block came up for sale. A Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker Web Developer Ian Burton SeO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events manager Erin Olson Financial manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVerTISING SAleS Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SubSCrIPTIONS Customer Happiness Specialist Lyndsey Camacho 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 A truck-lover’s truck, p. 54 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 © 2016 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Hot Rod Gallery; Hot Rod Gallery II by Pat Ganahl, CarTech, 192 pages each, $28.16/$33.91, Amazon Lost Road Courses by Martin Rudow, CarTech, 176 pages each, $25.12, Amazon There isn’t much difference between opening a restaurant and opening a road course. In both cases your chance of financial success makes buying a lottery ticket look like a good bet. For every Laguna Seca or Road America there are plenty of tracks that exist now only in memory — broken bits of asphalt or the odd signage that escaped the onslaught of mini-malls and suburban sprawl. Martin Rudow, a racing historian Author Pat Ganahl got the hot rod bug early, and he turned that fascination into a job at Street Rodder in the early 1970s. His first assignment was to write a bit of history — a story dealing with the accomplishments of Billy Burke, the new ad salesman for the magazine and inventor of the belly-tank lakester. When Burke dropped a box full of photos on Ganahl’s desk from the early days at Muroc and other Southern California desert dry-lakes timing events, Ganahl launched himself on a journey of collection. The collection, now estimated at some 40,000 images, is the source material for Hot Rod Gallery and the sequel, Hot Rod Gallery II. Both a wonderful resource and a time machine, the pair of books will transport you. Lineage: ( is best) Ford Midsize Muscle: Fairlane, Torino & Ranchero by Marc Cranswick, Veloce, 176 pages, $33.63, Amazon The first-generation Ford Fairlane, launched in 1955, was a reboot of the Crestline — Ford’s full-size premium car. But Ford needed an intermediate-size car to compete in a changing marketplace, so the fourth-generation Fairlane became its own smaller gap-filling model when it was launched in 1962, slotted between the Galaxie and the Falcon. What started life as a niche-filler quickly became the platform for performance from the Ford engineering team. Big and bigger V8s turned up the heat on basic transportation, while multiple body styles captured the imaginations of buyers. Marc Cranswick details the changes in this history of the mid- size Ford, from grocery-getter to iterations as wildly different as the Torino and Ranchero. It’s a brisk read, marred by terrible typography. And while there are lots of photos, there are few from the period. Lineage: Fit and finish: 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability: and well-known fixture in the Northwest racing scene, jumped in his RV and spent weeks and weeks traveling 8,400 miles around the country looking for what’s left of long-lost tracks. Riverside, Ontario Motor Speedway, Bridgehampton, Continental Divide and more — a total of 17 tracks dotting the racing landscape in the ’50s and ’60s — all now gone. And the story is the same over and over: big dreams, smaller-than-expected crowds and a swift end when the money ran out. Rudow documents both the history and the remains of each track (in places there is anything left to see) in a tight, readable style, supported by plenty of images. It’s a reminder that tastes change, and surviving takes hard work and the willingness to change with the times. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Landy’s Dodges: The Mighty Mopars of “Dandy” Dick Landy by Geoff Stunkard, CarTech, 176 pages, $26.83, Amazon “Dandy” Dick Landy was one of the greats of the mid-century drag racers — a showman noted for his big, unlit cigar, his tidy pit attire (hence the “Dandy”) and innovation. Landy is credited with bringing the Funny Car to life (although some credit Jack Chrisman, others Don Garlits), altering wheelbase, then adding nitro and supercharging to create a rule-beater banned by the NHRA. Geoff Stunkard, longtime journalist, author and avowed Mopar junkie, takes a detailed look at Landy’s entire career in Landy’s Dodges, from the early ’60s through the last car he drove at speed, a restored ’70s E-body at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Landy’s Dodges is a detailed and delightful retelling of the Dick Landy story, full of great black-and-white and color images, plus a list of all of Landy’s appearances at the drags. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Vintage Air Proline Gm upgrade louver ball These replacement louver balls are drop-in ready to replace those brittle, cracked or missing originals. Vintage Air manufactures these from 6061 billet aluminum and finishes them off with a black or clear anodized coating. Whether you want to replicate the originals or add a custom touch to your dash, Vintage Air has a style for you. The ProLine series starts at $89. www.vintageair.com Eastwood Tri-Flow Radiator I used to think of Eastwood as just a paint/auto body supply company, but they’re also marketing some of the better radiators out there. According to their data, these Maxx Power aluminum radiators operate twice as efficiently as OE or competitor aluminum units. Prices start at $179.99 for either GM style (driver’s side inlet) or Ford/Chrysler style (passenger’s side inlet). Pick your size from 22-, 26- or 28-inch widths. Fans, shrouds, fan controllers and transmission cooling options are available as well to match what you need. www. eastwood.com, or call 800-343-9353. metro moulded Parts 1974–79 mopar b-body Door Seals Metro Moulded Parts now manufactures replacement door seals for two-door B-bodies — just the thing for your 1975 Chrysler Cordoba or 1978 Dodge Monaco. Visit www.metrommp.com and look for P/N LM23-R. The set runs $124.50 and comes with a 15-year warranty. The right Stuff 1965–66 Ford mustang brake master/booster Combination Drum brakes are antiquated enough, but without vacuum power boost they can be a handful in modern traffic. While swapping over to disc brakes can be an expensive endeavor, adding a helping hand doesn’t have to be. The Right Stuff’s 1965–66 Mustang booster combo comes with a seven-inch booster, dual-circuit master cylinder and proportioning valve, all for $249. www.getdiscbrakes.com or call 1-800-405-2000. 18 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Can You Hear Me Now? Distracted commuters are everywhere. You might have noticed that they tend to drift toward your classic car like magnets, easing into your lane and cutting in front of you because they’re too busy texting to look around. Wake them up with Wolo’s Big Bad Max Horn, which belts out 123 decibels of “pay attention.” Easily hidden, and installs with one bolt. $41.97 at www.summitracing.com. Rumble for Your Wall Mary Watt Yeadon’s Bellflower Art paintings focus on realism, and the subjects are the things car nuts dream of: Corvette L88s, Cobras, Trans Am SD455s, GTOs, and fastback Mustangs. Posters of her work are available for $30, or you can commission something unique for your garage wall. Check out Bellflower Art at www.marywattyeadon.com. A Little Pick-Me-Up Bottle jacks aren’t glamorous, but n wrinkled-up chrome from an original b What would you rather use in an emer $19.99, this Ironton Bottle Jack will li and will get your muscle car up high e swap out a tire. Best of all, it’s small. T it in a bag in the trunk and get a little peace of mind. www.northerntool.com Fix It Right Earlier this year, County Corvette in West Chester, PA, spun off their collision-repair business — now called CC Collision. When it comes to repairing your classic Corvette or any make of domestic vintage car, the folks at CC Collision have the resources and know-how to do it. They believe the design is in the details, and they strive to preserve the history of your car as originally intended. OEM/acrylic lacquer and modern finishes are available. www.cccollisionpa.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1964 buick riviera I’ve always had a fondness for 1960s American personal luxury cars, which probably started with the brandnew Riviera my father brought home in 1964. ACME Trading Company has just released a limited, numbered run of this wonder-barge. Fit and finish are great on this footlong model, as is the majority of detailing. A few areas are not exact or scaled as they should be, but are darn close, and most collectors should be extremely happy with this one — especially at its reasonable price. The one and only negative goes to the antenna mount. This model is loaded with working features, including opening doors, trunk, hood with great scissor hinges, steering, suspension, driveshaft, vent windows, glovebox, sun visors, tilting and sliding seats, and my favorite... the rear plate flips down to get to the gas cap! 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Bronze Mist Quantity: 702 Price: $114.97 Production date: 2016 Web: www.acmediecast.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best by Jim Pickering


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SNAPSHOTS AMERICAN IRON IN MONTEREY The first Shelby Cobra, CSX2000, crosses the block at rm Sotheby’s, riding off at $13.8m with Carroll Shelby’s grandson Aaron at Dave Tomaro A vintage Seagrave fire truck sits in the transport-truck staging area behind the Gooding & Company auction site Dave Tomaro A 1932 Hudson martz Special two-man Indianapolis race car, owned by eric and Gayle Andersen of barboursville, VA, comes off the transporter trucks a few days before being displayed at the Pebble beach Concours d’elegance 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Chad Taylor So much muscle, so little time ... Perusing the options at mecum Chad Tyson the wheel Jim Pickering Auction house namesake Dana mecum (right, in green jacket) gets his 1934 rex mays Gilmore Special judged at the Pebble beach Concours d’elegance Dave Tomaro Ford GT40s earned a special display at Pebble beach Dave Tomaro A Shelby GT350 takes a break at the coast November-December 2016 23


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO BUILDING A SOLID BENCH WE BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO AN OLD SEAT WITH SOME HELP FROM LUTTY’S CHEVY WAREHOUSE AND AIR AUTOMOTIVE by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson car. Shouldn’t it be comfortable? You may think that your seat is just fine, but it’s just as likely that C you’ve become accustomed to worn foam and broken springs under a decent seat cover. Think about it this way: Cars from the muscle era are now pushing 50. How many times over the years has a driver plopped down behind the wheel and smashed that old foam and those ancient springs? Fortunately, bringing a seat back up to snuff isn’t especially dif- ficult with the right parts and a few tricks from an interior pro. We took Auction Editor Chad Tyson’s front bench seat out of his 1967 Impala — complete with bus-style generic seat cover installed sometime in the 1970s — and ordered a new OE-style cover and foam 24 AmericanCarCollector.com lassic car owners love to talk about their car’s paint or their car’s engine. But for those of us who love to drive, there’s one typically overlooked component that can affect the overall experience behind the wheel more than anything else: the seat. After all, this is where you sit to enjoy your PARTS LIST: LUTTY’S CHEVY WAREHOUSE (www.luttyschevy.com, 724-265-2988) P/N 13990 Black front bench seat cover, $345 P/N 12614 Bench seat foam kit, $259 P/N 5405 Hog Rings, $2 (two packs required) Special thanks to Richard Redmond at AIR Automotive (503-997-9596) TIME SPENT: Four hours DIFFICULTY: J J J (J J J J J is toughest) kit for it from Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse. We then took it all over to Rick Redmond at AIR Automotive for a quick lesson in seat revival. Here’s how we did it.


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1 before starting any work on a seat, verify that you have the correct covers. We took everything out of its packaging and laid it all out flat to both check on the pattern and let any wrinkles settle out of the vinyl. 2 Next up, removal of the old cover. The vinyl is fastened on with hog rings in about 100 places — best bet here is a pair of diagonal pliers, which can either twist them free or cut them. 3 Since this bench is a fixed bench, pulling up the cover revealed four bolts that held the back rest to the seat bottom. We removed them to pull the seat apart. This is a good time to look for things that had fallen into the seat over the years — we found a pen, about $1.70 in coins, and a 1980s pawnshop receipt from a place in Rome, GA, for a $50 rifle sold to someone named Chris. 4 Stripping the seat base revealed crumbling foam and burlap under cotton padding, all held together with more hog rings. We removed it all, after taking note of how thick it all was before tearing it away. 5 Two side support springs on the driver’s side of the seat were broken from entry and exit over the years. They’d been propped up with foam during the last seat re-cover. This fix worked, but it also caused a left-hand lean for the driver, so we’re going to correct it. 6 Our back rest foam and cotton padding, while original, was still in great shape. We elected to reuse it, as most of the seat’s battle damage was focused on the bottom. November-December 2016 25


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 8 7 After removing all the seat-bottom foam and wirebrushing the frame, we focused on fixing those broken springs. Replacements may be available, but we decided to fix what we had using new spring material. After cutting new steel to length, Rick used heavy felt and hog rings to hold the new spring in place over the old broken sections. Can’t weld this stuff without making it brittle. To make the driver’s side of the seat equally as stiff as the passenger’s side, Rick built a new foam pad lined with half-inch jute felt on the top and bottom. This helped to support the new spring material and gave the driver’s side a much firmer feel. 9 Here’s a trick fix: zip ties. We ran two rows across the seat, cinching them up slightly to help transfer weight across the seat bottom. 10 Any place that seat springs might touch can be a source of noise, so Rick cut out and affixed half-inch jute felt sections with hog rings inside the springs where contact might occur. There are two main areas: the front of the seat, and at the rear where the springs can contact the frame. 11 We ordered a replacement high-density foam kit for this seat, but it doesn’t include everything you’ll need to do the job. First comes a layer of burlap, followed by halfinch jute felt. Rick measured out enough for the seat bot- tom, cut it all out, and glued it together. Just be sure that your pad fits under the new cover. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com 12 Once the new foam is centered up on the frame, we glued it down to the jute pad using contact cement.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 13 Next up is the seat cover. OEM covers came with metal wire inserted in the seat cover perimeter, which gives the new hog rings something to grab and pull against. You can reuse the original wires, but here we elected to make new ones and ran them through the sewn-in channels in the new seat cover. 14 We then lined up the center of the seat cover with the center of the seat and started installing hog rings at the rear along the wire. 15 Stretch one front corner of the cover over the foam, and then the other. Keep checking fit and adjust as you go. 16 We weren’t happy with the fit around the corners, but a quick blast with a sanding disc took off the foam’s edge and made the cover fit much better. 17 Once we were satisfied with the edges, we pulled down the front of the cover in the center and started to hog ring, working out toward the sides. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com 18 After checking and double-checking the fit, we stretched and secured each side of the cover. Always ensure that your seat cover is tight, as a loose cover wears out quickly.


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19 With the lower seat complete, we set it aside and started on the back. Here we covered the original cotton with a thin foam, glued in place to help puff out the new cover’s material. 20 21 The seat-back cover needs to be secured to the lower section of the seat as well, so after cleaning up the four bolts that hold the two sections together, bolt the seat sections to each other. We set the seat back on the floor, and starting with the new cover inside out, we started sliding it down over the frame. Dry silicone spray helps greatly here. Slide the cover down while aligning the seams, and be careful to pull only on the seams to avoid tearing them or the rest of the material. Once in place, hog-ring it at the base of the seat. 22 Finish up stretching and ringing the last flap of cover to the lower seat springs, and then bolt the seat tracks in place again. 23 Here’s our finished product, now firm, even and comfortable. The last few wrinkles are easily taken care of by setting the seat in the sun, letting it heat up, and wip- ing it down with a cold, damp rag to shrink the vinyl. A November-December 2016 29


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READERS’ FORUM Here’s this month’s Reader’s Forum question, submitted by Pete E.: If a collector had up to $20k to invest in an American vehicle in this market, what should that collector look for? Give points positive for: • Utility value (pickup or old SUV) • Drivability in today’s traffic • Ease of locatin • Availability of mance or comf • Potential uptic time Give negative points for: • 6-volt systems • Orphans or oddballs • Difficult to driv in traffic Are Jeep Grand Wagoneers the way t Mustangs (or other p Lightnings? GMC Syclones/Typhoons? Shelby Dodges? Dodge Li’l Red Express trucks? Readers respond: Can’t get much for $20,000. But an old Viper is what I bought. It will go up in value and I still can use it to get to the gym. — Gary R., via email n n n A late ’60s to mid-’70s Ford pickup: • They usually cost less to buy than GM trucks • Good availability; they made lots of them and plenty remain • Plenty of mechanical parts and since many engines were shared with passenger cars, performance upgrades are available • Lots of reproduced body and trim parts if you can’t find NOS • Great looks — John Boyle, ACC Contributor, via email “The Fox hits all of the main points except utility” Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Best Buy for $20k? n n n The 1975–81 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am fits into these criteria. There were very few cars in that time period that had options like the 400 motor, factory T-tops and a real shaker hood available. Some are very low production as proven by the PHS, build sheets and window stickers. — Eddie K., via email n n n If I had $20k to spend on another car, it would be a 1969–70 El Camino SS 396 for all of the positive reasons listed. — Roy L., via email n n n Late-model C4 Corvette. — Kent W., via email n n n 1967–72 Chevy short wide-bed pickups. Lots of parts available, old and new. They’re easy to work on, and it’s simple to get them down on the ground so they’ll drive better. — Fred R., via email n n n Best to invest in multiple examples of late-’70s Detroit iron. Look at G-bodies like Cutlass Supremes, Monte Carlos and the like. Or Ford Mustangs. — Jim and Elaine D., via email n n n Hands down — a stock, mostly original, low-mileage Fox-body Mustang in very good overall condition. Preferably a convertible with stick shift and in a desirable color like black, silver or bright red. Very good ones are just under the $20k limit — spare money to improve/upgrade! The Fox hits all of the main points except utility: • Drivability in today’s traffic • Ease of locating replacement parts • Availability of modern performance or comfort upgrades • Potential uptick in value over time — Matt C., via email n n n Easy. Pick a Ford Lightning (drives like a new car or truck, only faster) or a Syclone/Typhoon (but get it fast because I think they will get expensive). I own them both and would not worry about driving either across the country. Hardest part to find is factory-size tires. I’ve owned them for maybe three years and paid a total of $22,500 for both. $15,000 for a 49,000-mile Lightning and $7,500 for a 62,000-mile Syclone. — Tom H., via emailA “The 1975–81 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am fits into these criteria” 30 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson MINIMUM MONEY M onterey Car Week is all about the high-dollar, high-profile, high-glamour cars. But for every multimillion-dollar Shelby Cobra, there has to be a vehicle sold on the opposite side of the spectrum. Here’s a look at the domestic car from each live auction venue that sold for the least amount of money. Being Monterey, there are no bad cars — just possible entrants for next year’s Concours D’LeMons. GOODING & COMPANY in Monterey FINDING THE CHEAPEST DATES AT THE HIGHEST-PROFILE AMERICAN AUCTIONS OF THE YEAR RM SOTHEBY’S (A three-way tie at $27,500) Lot 108, 1922 Ford Model T dirt-track roadster Lot 118, 1986 Dodge Omni Shelby GlHS 4-door hatchback Lot 156, 1941 Oldsmobile series 66 4-door station wagon (body by Hercules) VIN 6654477, condition 2+, sold for $82,500 All in all, this is a very competently restored wagon — and thankfully there isn’t a single surfer decal anywhere on it. It was also equipped with the new-for-1941 transmission that would revolutionize the industry — the HydraMatic. Despite all this, there were two things that hurt this car from doing better. One was that it was the smallest Olds available in 1941 — and a flathead to boot. Most folks would prefer at least a straight eight or later OHV six or V8. The other was that it was towards the end of the auction on Sunday night, offered in a room that was almost empty (even I could get a seat near the front of the room). Unlike the lesser-condition 1939 Chevy woodie wagon that sold earlier at a WTF-warranted $203,500, this was a rare case of a car at this venue that was a good deal on the cheap. Regardless of venue, this would’ve been a decent buy. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Lot 142, 2008 Ford Mustang FR500S 2-door fastback Since lots 108 and 142 are dedicated race cars that aren’t street legal, it leaves us with the most famous Omnirizon of all time, the #2 condition “Goes Like Hell Some-more,” VIN 1B3BZ18E9GD251155. One of several cars from the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, this spe- cific GLHS — number 86 out of the 500 built — was kept from new by Carroll Shelby. As such, the 7,736 miles on the odometer are actual since new, and it’s all original, including the rock-hard Goodyear tires and light orange peel on most of the paint. The other thing that’s original is the decal that went over the speedometer bezel. To circumvent the federal requirement that speedometers only read to 85 mph, this decal continues the count to 135 mph — at which point it has spun back around to the 5-mph point. Considering that I just saw a 21k mile example wearing a repaint sell for $19,800 at Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis, I’ll call this well bought. (It was purchased by an enthusiast who also has a 289 Cobra.) It should go nowhere but up in value. Besides, this has the cachet of being one of only four cars about which you could ever say, “Carroll Shelby liked it so much that he kept it from when it was new until after he died.”


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BONHAMS Mecum stepped things upmarket a bit this year, with only a few obvious cars that could bring less than 10 grand. Indeed, nearly everything had the potential to sell at least in the five-digit price range. With a 1977 AMC Gremlin all but saying, “It should be me” (it wasn’t, and sold for $12,000), and some newer iron getting awfully close (or that close to being awful), the lowest-selling example here proved to be a decent old family sedan — with some silver-screen cred to boot. This ’49 Custom Deluxe may have been the top-line series for the year, but being a 4-door sedan and having the flathead 6-cylinder under the hood were two big strikes against it in most people’s books. It’s missing a few trim pieces, but that was likely done by design when the car was refurbished for movie use. Its most notable movie role was as the “hero car” for Jessica Lot 112, 1908 Fuller model A 5-passenger open touring VIN 4017 (engine number), condition 3-, sold for $11,000 Although the Fuller family had been wagon builders at the turn of the century, it was Charles Fuller who became enraptured with the horseless carriage. He went to work for several regional car manufacturers before spinning off the Angus Automobile Corp. back home in Angus, NE. These cars were built only from 1908 through 1910, available with a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. A mere 134 were produced in 1910 and 1911. This 4-cylinder example from the first year of production was re- built from an engine and a frame, with all the rest of the components located by 1967, when the restoration was completed. It has actually held up pretty well and is very authentic to boot, considering that it was done in the era of using show chrome versus nickel to replate early trim and garish paint jobs that make an avocado bathroom look more aesthetically pleasing. Yet the almost half century has taken its toll on the car, with tarnished brass plus paint flaking off at panel and component edges; however, it comes off almost as original patina. It was offered at no reserve and sold for Ford Model T money, so someone got a great deal on an exceptionally rare Brass Era car. I certainly hope the buyer is from the Cornhusker state. MECUM AUCTIONS Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Consignment 7015/Lot TH237; 1948 buick Super, Series 51 4-door sedan VIN 2893548, condition 3, sold for $9,050 Boasting 34 years of continual ownership until offered here at no reserve, this Buick was repowered with a built-up 455-ci Buick, so at least it conforms to the mantra of what’s on the hood should be under the hood. Other mods include an automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning, tilt steering column, modern rear-view mirrors, modern sound system and 1970s-era front bench seat with matching reupholstered interior. The two-tone repaint is plausible for the era, but it’s also garish enough to look not quite stock. The front suspension also sits quite low, helping to tip off that all is not as it left the Flint Assembly Plant. Being a mild street rod, its market value is greatly based on find- Lot T218, 1949 Ford Custom Deluxe 4-door sedan VIN 98HA29015, condition 3, sold for $9,075 ing someone who has the same taste — or lack thereof — in the mods and appreciates the work done. The auction house guesstimate was a pipe dream at $35k to $45k, yet the final price here does come off as under the market and represents a decent deal — especially if you’re a Buick fan who likes blue. A November-December 2016 33 Lange in the TV series “American Horror Story.” It was also used in the background of several films including the recent “Hail Caesar.” Speaking of Horror Story, one might have a hard time putting up with the blue metallic paint with green carpet and seat belts — which, like most movie cars, leads me to believe that it’s had more color-change paint jobs than I’ve had pairs of socks. This is actually a pretty good starter car for someone to get into the hobby. Additionally, it would also be a good usable classic for those with a family. All in all, this was one of the better buys for a low sale. RUSSO AND STEELE


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Horsepower Colin Comer LETTING GO WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR CARS BEGIN TO COLLECT YOU? 1965 Shelby GT350 — nobody needs two, and this one is family I have stuff I should sell. That doesn’t mean I’ve never sold anything. Quite the contrary, as I’ve often sold one car to make room for a better or different example, or because I ran out of space, or money, or had my interests change direction. That will happen as any collector and/or collection evolves. The real issue is the result of the times I haven’t made a conscious I effort to keep my little collection, well, little. I never wanted a lot of cars, or even a collection, but somehow it just appeared. And then it ventured into double digits. Easy to do, I suppose, when one thinks everything from Pintos to rusty old trucks is cool. Mind you, I’ve often found myself making “the list.” You know, the one with a “keep” and a “sell” column. But one always seems to be oddly sparse. Guess which one. Yep. Much of the problem is that I get attached to cars, and they become harder to let go of the longer I own them. More than just cars Although vehicles come and go in my profession as a collector car dealer, in my personal collection I tend to keep cars for a long time. Many have been here a decade or longer — certainly not the revolving-door method of collecting employed by Publisher Martin. For example, I still have the 1972 Alfa GTV I bought when I was 16 and drove through high school and beyond. It was never 34 AmericanCarCollector.com returned from Car Week in Monterey with a bad case of seller’s remorse. Why? Because I sold two cars I had never planned to sell. First, a little background. I’ll admit I’ve always been a lot better at finding stuff I “have to have” then I’ve been at realizing worth much back then — maybe $5,000 at best — but there were times that amount of money would have made life a lot easier, like when I was working three jobs to pay a $600 mortgage and still coming up short. But I couldn’t stand to sell the car that I’d been through so much with, and almost 30 years later, how can I sell it now? It still isn’t worth much — maybe $15,000 on a good day — but its value is immeasurable to me. I only hope my kids will end up driving it and creating similar memories. Every other car in my garage has a similar pull. I’ve always bought cars that matter to me, not based on value or popularity (witness the Pinto), and every one transcends being “just a car” as a result. There is also a sense of responsibility in being a good caretaker, adding to their stories rather than subtracting, and preserving the history I feel is so critical to our hobby. I have also always taken great pride in maintaining a working collection — the race cars all get raced and the road cars all get driven. Making the call But there comes a time when we all, for various reasons, need to make the choice to let go. Having a bunch of old cars can become a full-time job, and nothing is worse than letting those cars sit. Before kids, my wife and I had a lot more 1972 Alfa romeo GTV — still looks like it did in high school, unlike its owner time to exercise our cars. After kids, as anybody with a family knows, that becomes a lot more difficult. I never knew there were so many non-car events on weekends, or that it is unreasonable to split up into a pair of two-seater cars to get a family of four to one of them. Those practical constraints meant many of our cars went from being things we


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enjoyed using to things I had to find the time to maintain. It was an unwelcome switch from driver to curator. It was time to refocus. So that dreaded list came out again. But how to decide what to put in the “sell” column? I wish there was an easy answer for that. In my case it was easiest to identify the cars I could never sell — the Alfa, for one — and look at the cars that had started to sit or were similar enough to others that they could be considered duplicative. In the end I sold two cars in Monterey this year. A 1965 Shelby GT350 and 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster. The Shelby I let this 1965 GT350, #277, go because it was indeed a duplicate. This was a low-mileage and very original car, but I have another ’65 GT350, #249, which I have owned for 14 years and will never sell. Number 249 has great history, I’ve driven it over 20,000 miles, my wife loves driving it and it was the first Shelby my daughter rode in. I assume it will be the first one she’ll drive as well. So as good as #277 is — it’s in many respects a better car than #249 — I had only owned it for a (comparatively) short time. We were on a first-name basis, but not completing each other’s sentences yet. That said, it was really hard to see #277 go away, as it is a special car I know I won’t be able to replace. But nobody needs two, and I’m happy with the decision to keep #249 as it is as close to family as a car can get. The Auburn The Auburn Speedster was also a hard decision. I’d lusted after one for decades before finally buying this really honest but scruffy example — the way I like cars to be. Our intention was to use it for rallies like the Copperstate 1000 and Colorado Grand, but after 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster — ill-suited for its intended use living with it, I knew there was no way my wife would enjoy driving a pre-war car, eliminating us taking turns at the wheel. Plus, I wasn’t exactly sure I was ready to give up that much handling, speed, and braking ability myself versus the post-war performance cars we typically use. The Auburn also hardly fit in our garage and just wasn’t a car I felt good about hauling kids in with seat belts mounted in nothing more than the oak floor. So selling this car was a conscious decision to refocus as a post-war car collector and simply be able to reflect on the experiences from the “Speedster years” we did have. So as remorseful as I was to have sold these two cars, in the weeks that have passed I’m now happy with the decision. There is a little more room around here, and I’ve started looking at the possibility of selling a few others to further ease my maintenance duties and allow us to spend more time using what we keep. Of course, that doesn’t mean making that list will be any easier. After all, how will I decide what to keep between the Pinto and the Omni?A November-December 2016 35


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Market Buys Jim Pickering BUY IT NOW THREE VEHICLES TO PURCHASE IN TODAY’S MARKET — AND WHY 1977–78 Pontiac Trans Am We saw big T/A prices at auction starting in January of this year. But you can still get a decent one for less than an arm and a leg — GM made a bunch of these things in the Bandit years. There are a lot of buyers willing to pay for good ones, so if you find one with a few needs for under $20k and fix it, you’ll make your money back. 1980–86 Ford F-150 These trucks remain dirt-cheap, but they won’t be forever. Look at the trends surrounding earlier examples, which are rising with younger buyers entering the marketplace and buying up the rigs they used to drive. The same thing will happen here, and the stakes are low. Find a low-mile Grandpamobile with all the options for under $10k and wait. 1970–76 Plymouth Duster The last of the cheap Mopars. Chrysler made a lot of these things over six model years, and they’re easily modified using aftermarket parts today. Get yourself a rust-free starting point for under $5k and either build it up or hang on to it for sale later — after all, they aren’t making any more.A 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Corvette Market John L. Stein TO USE IT, MPROVE IT of driving — or e year-round use in non-blizzardy climates. Of course, C while a 1956, 1966 or 1976 Corvette was contemporary in its time, the technology of 40 to 60 years ag borders on antique today. This mean that no matter ho nice they may be old Corvettes have room for improv ment to approach current levels of reliability and sa Old Corvettes w match a new car i arenas, but certain improvements can change your experience with the vehicle without hurting originality or degrading value. Here are 11 modern bolt-on mods to consider — and in every case, keep all the components you remove so you can return the car to stock easily. Nose coat Patina is great, but not everybody with a show-quality Corvette wants to see it on the front of their car. To reduce this worry, try a layer of 3M Paint Protection Film applied to forward-facing or lower body surfaces. When properly applied, this transpar- ent film is practically invisible and does a spectacular job of deflecting flying sand and gravel that can easily blemish expensive paint. And best of all, it’s removable whenever you want to show the car in earnest. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com lassic C be dr there’ shoul out a s TECHNOLOGY OF 40 TO 60 YEARS AGO BORDERS ON ANTIQUE TODAY. HERE ARE 11 BOLT-ON MODS AND ADDS TO UPDATE YOUR CLASSIC including the hottest days of summer. While you may be able to suffer overheating in the cockpit with the help of a floppy hat and a cold drink, your engine will love the assistance of a Griffin or similar aluminum radiator when you’re idling through traffic. Done creatively, such an installation needn’t compromise underhood looks, and represents a highly useful addition that expands usability of your hot-blooded hot rod. Carb and ignition A funky old carburetor with a choke that works approximately right, plus an iffy old ignition that dislikes condensation and rain, can add up to hard starting, misfires and rough running. Fix those problems permanently by installing an Edelbrock Performer or similar carburetor and an MSD Internal Module Distributor — with no detriment to the Corvette (except during NCRS judging!). Small-block crate engine from Chevrolet Performance Crate engine Luckily, most Corvettes have plenty of poke in stock form. However, if you want a power upgrade along with such niceties as a powertrain that’s oil- and fuel-tight, and with a more vigorous charging system, shop for a ready-to-go crate motor like the ones from Chevrolet Performance. For scarcely the cost of an engine rebuild, you can slide in fresh new ponies, with choices up to 572 cubic inches and even electronic fuel injection. Then store that precious original engine after servicing, freshening or rebuilding. Aluminum radiator Versatility means being able to use your car in a wide variety of circumstances — American Powertrain Tremec 5-speed gearbox kit Overdrive gearbox When was the last time you heard a C6 or C7 owner talking about their rear-axle ratio? Never is right, because modern 6- to 8-speed transmissions offer a huge overdrive advantage that the old 4-speeds just don’t have. Instead of changing the differential gears to a higher ratio for highway use, consider fitting a Tremec T-5 or TKO 5-speed gearbox from American Powertrain. It will preserve all the quick-accelerating goodness of your original 4-speed while adding an overdriven gear on top.


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Radial tires For the first 20 years of production, Corvettes exclusively used bias-ply tires. And while they look great on the cars, modern radials in the correct sizes to fit your rims and wheelwells do everything better — including acceleration, cornering, braking and ride quality. So if you’ve got them, to expand your driving enjoyment put those bias plies on the shelf — or even find a replacement set of rims — and mount a set of appropriate radials. You’ll radically improve your driving experience without hurting a thing long term. Corvette, adding a bolt-on disc-brakeconversion kit (at least in front) is a way to get more stopping performance without devaluing the car. This will significantly improve braking performance, adding to driving enjoyment and safety. Naturally, the swap is reversible if you ever want to return the car to stock form. Seat belts Vintage seat belts make your car look complete and authentic. But will their old webbing really secure you in a crash? No one can say. Therefore, the safe bet is to box up those old belts and replace them with a pair of wide Simpson lap belts using the standard mounts. Or at least replace them with a new set of Paragon Corvette Reproductions replacements. Either way, if you get in a shunt you’ll be at least as well protected as you’d be with the original items — maybe way better. Fire-suppression system Nothing messes up a nice Corvette like Summit racing disc-brake conversion Disc brakes Disc brakes have almost fully replaced drums in new cars for a reason — they work way better. So if you own a 1964 or older a fire, and old gas lines are a great way to invite one for a visit. If the worst happens, a handheld extinguisher is better than nothing, but you may not even be able to open the hood if the fire is severe. So the best answer is an under-hood halon system like that from FireBottle, activated either by the driver or automatically by a thermal head that detects excessive heat. Careful work can mount the halon bottle in the trunk and run the line to the engine bay, affording you and your car significant protection from a nightmare scenario. Emergency transceiver While you’re out chasing after the endless summer in your ragtop, let those wondering (or worrying) about you back at Tranquility Base keep tabs on you with a GPS-enabled tracking system. As one option, the SPOT Gen3 transceiver rides along with you, sending periodic messages about your location, while the SPOT Global Phone can connect to friends, family or emergency services from virtually anywhere. Another product, SPOT Trace, can even track a stolen vehicle. Towing insurance Nothing adds road-trip confidence like having a safety net in case your fuel pump, generator, brakes or tires go into “not run” mode while you’re 100 or 1,000 miles from home. The out-of-pocket cost of any flatbed rescue is pretty heavy (ask me how I know), and when you’re in a real jam it only seems to gets worse. So acquiring comprehensive flatbed “towing” coverage — whether through an auto club or insurer, can be more than worth it. Coverage and prices are all over the map, so as Smokey Robinson sang, “You better shop around.”A November-December 2016 39


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 COUPE Deal on an Unrestored Sting Ray With the 4-speed, the upgrade engine, the Posi rear end and the better brakes, this particular Sting Ray was quite the hot rod VIN: 30837S118592 by Jeff Zurschmeide • Iconic Split-Window design • Ideally preserved, unrestored example with 60,000 documented miles • NCRS Top Flight and Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals Heritage Award Winner • Desirably optioned and impressively documented • Offered with window sticker, owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate and 1963 brochure ACC Analysis This car, Lot 147, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction in Pebble Beach, CA, on August 21, 2016. It was offered at no reserve. Born on the first of July The year 1963 is synonymous with the second- generation Corvette. Larry Shinoda’s brilliant vision, coupled with Bill Mitchell’s design sense and Zora Arkus-Duntov’s engineering prowess finally produced an American sports car truly worthy of the name. The 1963 Corvette was the first to bear the Sting Ray badge, and no one could call it empty bragging. The Corvette was offered with a selection of carbureted 327-cubic-inch V8 engines at 250, 300 and 340 horsepower, or the 360 horsepower Rochester fuelinjected Sting Ray that inspired the Beach Boys. The Corvette came with the buyer’s choice of a standard 3-speed floor-shift manual transmission, an optional 4-speed manual transmission or a 2-speed Powerglide automatic. It’s no surprise that 84% of all Corvettes 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 40 AmericanCarCollector.com built in 1963 came with the 4-speed. All told, 10,594 coupes were built for the 1963 model year, plus 10,919 convertibles. The base price was $4,252 for the coupe and $4,037 for the convertible. Buyers who really wanted it all could order the brand-new Z06 option for $1,818.45 and receive vented power brakes, heavy-duty shock absorbers, a larger sway bar, a Positraction limited-slip rear end, and the 4-speed gearbox. The only engine available with that package was the hotter injected 327. The summer of ’63 Our subject Corvette came off the line in St. Louis, MO, on July 1, 1963. It was the 18,592nd Corvette to be made for the model year, just a few thousand cars from the end. This particular Sting Ray came with the Corvette’s most potent carbureted engine, the L76 with 11.25:1 compression and a 4-barrel carburetor yielding 340 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque. Predictably, this car was part of the majority equipped with a 4-speed transmission, and being one of the last of the 1963 cars to be produced, it came with the Muncie M20 rather than the Borg-Warner T10 used earlier in the year. As the auction program notes, this car came with a good set of options, including the Positraction limitedslip rear axle at $43.05, the 4-speed transmission at $188.30, the L76 engine at $107.60, nice leather upholstery at $80.70, whitewall tires at $31.55, power windows at $59.20, and the highly desirable sintered Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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COlleCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1963–67 (second generation) Number produced: 21,513 (1963) Original list price: $4,257 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $108,000; high sale, $242,000 (1963 coupe with L76) metal brakes at $37.70. Note that the AM/FM radio option cost the original owner an eye-watering $174 — a lot more than the engine upgrade. All in, the original sticker price on this Corvette would have been $4,935.75. A good buy Statistically, there’s a lot to like about this Corvette. The leather upholstery turns out to be the rarest option — only 1,114 of the 1963 Corvettes received that treatment. But with the 4-speed, the upgrade engine, the Posi rear end and the better brakes, this particular Sting Ray was quite the hot rod. But today, the real value in a vintage Corvette is in its originality, and that’s where this car stands out. The car had been perfectly maintained, from the undercarriage and mechanicals right up to the seemingly original Saddle Tan paint and upholstery. It has all the documentation back to the original window sticker. While modern eyes might slide right by an unfash- ionable beige car and fixate on another one repainted in Resale Red or Daytona Blue, the paint on this car appears to be all original as applied by the factory. The original body seams are showing through the paint, which happens as Corvettes age and the seam glue shrinks up under the original finish. Repainting the car typically fixes this flaw, so visible seams are an excellent indication that you’re looking at either an original-paint car, or one painted long ago. The signs here pointed toward originality. National Corvette Restorers Society judges have recognized this car’s pedigree. The NCRS has twice bestowed the Top Flight award on this car. To get that award, a Corvette must be “preserved or restored to the highest level of achievement.” An NCRS Top Flight Corvette must achieve 94% or higher on a scale of 4,500 points covering all mechanical, interior, exterior and physical aspects of the car. Evaluating the sale With all that in mind, this car was expected to sell for something between $120,000 and $150,000. The American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide lists the 1963 Corvette with this engine at a median price of $108,000, which includes pricing on acres of those Resale Red and Daytona Blue repainted examples sold at auction. Highest all-time sale for a similar example was $242,000. This was a top-shelf car in terms of its originality, but the actual sale price was $110,000 — just a bit over the ACC median and well below what you might have expected considering how the market has been viewing originality as of late. So what happened? First up is that color combination. Original or not, gold over tan isn’t setting the world on fire. And second, take a step back and look at the bigger Monterey picture. Of the cars at the Gooding auction in Pebble Beach, only a handful sold for more than their pre-sale estimated prices. Many sold toward the low end of their estimated ranges, while most of what sold brought less than their estimates — this Corvette among them. Gooding certainly had a great selection of desirable cars, so aside from the subjective color question, the only other conclusions are that the market was broadly lower in Monterey this summer, or Gooding’s estimates were hopefully high. Regardless, I’d call this Corvette very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Club: NCRS Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1957 Ford Thunderbird D-code, 1963–64 Studebaker Avanti, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fuelie Engine # location: Stamped pad in front of passenger’s cylinder head Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $10 VIN location: Plate riveted to body under glovebox ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 coupe Lot 602, VIN: 30837S113763 Condition: 2 Not sold at $90,000 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/14/2016 ACC# 6799478 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 coupe Lot F163.1, VIN: 30837S101142 Condition: 2Sold at $108,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/14/2015 ACC# 265287 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 coupe Lot 29, VIN: 30837S119672 Condition: 3+ Sold at $242,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/2015 ACC# 256772 November-December 2016 41CC 41


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PROFILE GM A Driver’s Z at Fair Money 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Courtesy of Bonhams There can easily be a $70k gap between a sketchy driver and an exceptional, documented, no-stories, world-class Z/28 VIN: 124379L526864 by Dale Novak • Presented as delivered when new in Olympic Gold over black interior • Shown at The Quail — A Motorsports Gathering on two occasions • Desirable Z/28 spec with 4-speed manual transmission • Iconic muscle car perfect for rallies or Sunday morning drives ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1, sold for $57,200, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, CA, on August 19, 2016. It was offered at no reserve. In the raucous 1960s to early 1970s, American Iron ruled the streets and racetracks of America. Guys like Carroll Shelby, Don Yenko and Norm Krause (aka Mr. Norm) were building, modifying or ordering great street machines. No matter what your budget, Detroit had a blistering machine for you. All four manufacturers had Trans Am street cars to meet the homologation rules set by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). This meant that each manufacturer had to sell a minimum number of production units to the public to qualify for the popular racing series. For Chevrolet, the car of choice was the first- generation Camaro. In 1967, Chevrolet introduced the very first Z28 (so named due to the package code on the assembly line). Production was very low in the first 42 AmericanCarCollector.com year, with only 602 Zs sold. Production increased in 1968 to 7,199 (with the car now known as Z/28, with slash) and then again to 20,302 in 1969. Our subject car is one of 20,302 examples sold in 1969. Not all Zs are equal Like any collectible car, no two Z/28s are equal. There will always be one that stands taller than the other even if two guys don’t agree on which car that is. Our subject car looks reasonably good in the some- what dark, moody photos shot by Bonhams, but a few issues do pop out, including some aged components and a missing header bolt on the driver’s side. The photographer was somewhat tactical about his approach to the lighting — which isn’t a bad thing, but it tells me that this car needed some artistic images to help make it look its best. Lot 1, rarely a number one The Bonhams sale is a small boutique sale, this year offering 115 lots. That’s not a bunch of cars. These are highly specialized upscale auctions — some guys refer to them as the “wine and cheese” sales. Among the high-end imports and pre-war collectibles that Bonhams is known for in Carmel, the Quail Lodge sale included only six U.S.-built performance machines. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t sell your 1969 Z/28 at a mostly upscale venue, but the pros and cons should be weighed before consignment. From a


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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: 1967–69 (first generation) Number produced: 20,302 (1969) Original list price: $3,588 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $57,200; high sale, $450,000 marketing perspective, you’d probably want a car like this to be in a room filled with muscle car buyers — not high-end sports and exotic buyers — to better the odds of a good outcome. But the flip side to that is selling at a place like this means your car is one of only a few other muscle-style lots at the sale, so it could very well stand out and sell high. I’ve seen both situations work out well. All that said, being the very first car at this sale was likely not the best move and could have contributed to a low final bid. I know someone has to go first — I just wouldn’t want to be that guy. Why? Because many buyers feel that the first car is not the “best” car in the sale. They may have simply ignored this car. $70k Z/28 gap You can find 1969 Z/28s trading as low as the mid- $30k range for a dubious example (meaning it might not even be a real Z/28) to near $100k-plus for a spoton concours example. There can easily be a $70,000 gap between a sketchy driver and an exceptional, fully documented, no-stories, world-class example. So where do we stack our subject car? At this price, which was dead-on the current ACC median valuation, it might seem well bought. I don’t see it that way. There are plenty of 1969 Z/28s for sale. Just about any major venue will have at least one up for grabs. If you head to Arizona in January you’ll likely be able to spec out your Z to your liking, as there will be plenty for sale. But, with that statement, we can add a bunch of asterisks. There will be good examples, horrible examples and pristine examples. Each of those will carry a different valuation spread. Cars with the best restorations and airtight documentation — especially those with Winters cross-rams, factory JL8 brakes and other special options (all documented) — can easily fetch $100,000 or more. But those with less pedigree, questionable colors and inaccurate restorations can fall down the food chain rather quickly. These cars are also rather easy to fake, and the VIN tells you nothing other than if it was born with six cylinders or a V8. The cowl tag is your only initial indication that it’s an original Z, and those are for sale at swapmeets and eBay all the time. If you know where all the other special parts go, bingo, you got yourself a “real” Z/28. Our subject car appeared to be a good-but-not- great example. There’s nothing specifically wrong with it — it just doesn’t push some of the Z/28 hot buttons. It would help to have Jerry MacNeish paperwork with it, along with a better exterior color, for starters. A full decoding of the specific OEM Z/28 parts would also help, since based on the Bonhams description, it was a very original example before restoration. The A to Z conclusion Overall, this was a good Z/28 in a decent but not sought-after color combination, and it had no mention of specific OEM parts or special options. The 2000s restoration is aging, but the car appears to be a good driver that will stand tall in most casual collections. But as it will require some work for any high-level shows or Chevrolet judging events, I’d consider it a second- or third-tier Z/28, and with that, the final sale amount was neither expensive nor cheap. Call it a fair deal for both parties. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Lot T249, VIN: 124379L516132 Condition: 2 Sold at $66,960 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/14/2015 ACC# 265278 Club: American Camaro Association Engine # location: Stamped in pad ahead of passenger’s cylinder head Web: www.americancamaro. org ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $15 VIN location: Plate at base of windshield, driver’s side Alternatives: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Lot 779, VIN: 124379N598167 Condition: 1Sold at $88,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/25/2015 ACC# 266817 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Lot F213, VIN: 124379N674672 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $70,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2015 ACC# 257197 November-December 2016 43


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PROFILE FOMOCO Mark of Excellence 1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company I have no doubt the buyer wanted a no-excuses Mark II — money not being an excuse, either — and was hell-bent on getting it VIN: C56A1713 by B. Mitchell Carlson • One of the finest Continentals in existence; restored to original specifications • Hand-built at the Wixom Continental Division Assembly Plant • Award-winning Mike Fennel restoration • Offered with order sheet, manuals, restoration records and photos • An outstanding example of mid-century American opulence ACC Analysis This car, Lot 37, sold for $330,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in Pebble Beach, CA, on August 20, 2016. It was offered without reserve. Well-built as Edsel intended In 1955, the newly formed Continental division of the Ford Motor Company sought to bring that nameplate back to the market with a sense of dignity and style that befitted the man who commissioned the original — the late Edsel Ford. With Edsel’s untimely death in 1943 and his son Henry Ford II’s ascent to the head of the company before Henry’s passing in 1947, the Ford Motor Company of the past needed to be cleaned out to make room for new ideas. So the Continental was discontinued in 1948. Lincoln in the early 1950s — not unlike today 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com — was searching for its place in the industry. The post-war car evolved into a big, higher-performance Mercury. However, the old money that was Lincoln’s customer base wanted the return of a style leader, and at a meeting of the fledging Lincoln Continental Owners Club in Dearborn on October 16, 1954, it was announced by Edsel’s youngest son and chief of the new division, William Clay Ford, that they would get it in the form of the Continental Mark II. From high style to dud In an era of ever-growing tailfins, the Mark II was devoid of gimmicks and instead had reserved, clean lines. Assembled at their own new plant, the cars were hand-built from bare bodies supplied by MitchellBentley. While the auction catalog stated that this car was “hand-built at the Wixom Continental Division assembly plant,” Continentals were actually built farther south at what was to become Ford’s Pilot Plant along I-94 in Allen Park. After passing final inspection, including a road test, the cars were shipped to dealers in a fleece-lined car cover (the improper use of them by the haulers being the bane of dealers, with cars arriving with paint damage from the covers flapping in the slipstream). Priced at $10,000 and available with only one op- tion — air conditioning — the Mark II was squarely aimed at those who could afford to make a statement. As such, the list of owners reads like a Who’s Who of


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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: 1956–57 Number produced: 2,994 Original list price: $9,695 (1956), $9,966 (1957) Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $42,400; high sale, $330,000 (this car) industry and the entertainment world. However, after production ceased in 1957 and the cars hit the used market, many ended up with less-than-caring owners. Combined with some unique maintenance issues, by the mid-1960s, Mark IIs developed a reputation of being duds, which lowered their resale values further. The collector’s Continental By the mid-1970s, when interest in these cars began to pick up, they could be found as anything from ratty parts cars for a couple hundred bucks to drivers for a couple grand. Nice well-kept originals might have set you back as much as $10,000. Today, the Mark II is seeing a renaissance. The car has now appreciated in interest and value. Two decades ago I had the chance to buy a running but well-used example in dark green metallic for just under $6,000. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been exposed to private sales among LincolnContinental Owners’ Club members that have been well past $100k — yet not three times that, as we saw here in Monterey. Domestic post-war luxury cars are typically very labor intensive to work on, with all the bells and whistles plus added sound deadening and interior materials. Mark IIs take that up several notches, with such things as exhaust routed through the rocker panels. Our featured car was purchased from the second owner by the consignor, then restored by a Mark II specialist. Upon completion, it was judged to first place in the Primary class and was also awarded a Lincoln Trophy at the LCOC 2015 Western Division meet in San Diego. Since then, it was tweaked ever so slightly based on the judging results, and presented here essentially as a faultless example. Just get it bought While the quality of the restoration sets this exam- ple apart, part of what makes this sale spectacular is the way in which it was sold. Offered on the first night of the Gooding auction at Pebble Beach, it had a good time slot as Lot 37. I looked it over and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the restoration. When it hit the block, it was off and running at $50k, leaping by $25k bids. Things began to slow a bit past the $225k point, and the $190k to $240k auctionhouse estimate looked spot-on. When it hit $245k and the auctioneer was looking for a quarter of a million, the eventual buyer really stepped it up with a big-dog bid of $300k — much to the entertainment of the crowd and consternation of the last few bidders. While this establishes a new world record at auc- tion for a Deuce, don’t expect all current $100k-plus cars to move up to a quarter of a million dollars overnight. Sure, those in Mark II circles will be very cognizant of this sale, but I don’t see it as the lead bull in the stampede through those gates. For this car to get to the point of being a $330k sale, I’d suspect that the restoration costs were close to the bid. Still, sources close to the consignors indicate that they were “very pleased” with the result, so I’m assuming the sale price paid all the bills. I have no doubt the buyer wanted a no-excuses Mark II — money not being an excuse, either — and was hell-bent on getting it. Unless an example that has top celebrity provenance gets done up to this level and is put into the general market at a high profile venue like this — or is quietly offered among those in the know — this should be considered well sold.A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Engine # location: N/A Club: Lincoln & Continental Owners Club Web: www.lcoc.org, www. markiiforum.com Alternatives: 1957–60 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, 1957–61 Imperial Ghia limousine, 1956 Lincoln Premiere 2-door hard top and convertible Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $25 VIN location: Body tag attached to the driver’s door frame or left side of the chassis under the voltage regulator. ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1956 Continental Mark II Lot 120, VIN: C56S2730 Condition: 2 Sold at $44,000 RM Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/19/2012 ACC# 213827 1956 Continental Mark II Lot 584, VIN: C56D2624 Condition: 3 Not sold at $35,000 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/12/2012 ACC# 213926 1957 Continental Mark II Lot W99, VIN: C5613279 Condition: 4+ Sold at $17,490 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2010 ACC# 162734 November-December 2016 45CC 45


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PROFILE MOPAR American Poster Car 1996 DODGE VIPER GTS COUPE Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions While the red RT/10 was the Viper people dreamed of, the blueand-white GTS coupe was the one they actually wanted VIN: 1B3ER69E3TV201106 by Jim Pickering • First year of production for the Viper GTS coupe • One of 1,166 produced • 4,900 miles • 8.0-liter 450-hp V10 engine • 6-speed transmission • Viper Blue with white stripes • Power windows and locks • Air conditioning ACC Analysis This car, Lot S55.1, sold for $51,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Harrisburg event in Harrisburg, PA, on July 21–23, 2016. I have a vivid memory of dragging my mom to the mall on a Saturday night in 1992. The destination? A cutlery shop that sold model cars. They had Dodge’s all-new Viper on their wall display, next to a Li’l Red Express and a Tri-Five Chevy. Thirty-five dollars was a significant chunk of my 10-year-old net worth, but that curvy red RT/10 was the coolest car I’d ever seen, so the money didn’t matter. I had to have that model, and to this day, I still do. Dreams reborn That was exactly the type of response the Viper was designed to pull from gearheads all around the world. Here was a brash, sexy roadster with big power, marketed to a group of fanatical buyers who’d grown accustomed to the ho-hum ’80s performance scene and longed for more. The Viper was their dream turned reality — a longshot concept car unbelievably green-lit by Chrysler 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com and designed to perform, period. Under that slippery Tom Gale-designed body was a 400-hp aluminum V10 based on the LA Chrysler V8 and designed by Lamborghini, and behind that was an all-business 6-speed manual and unbelievably wide 335-series radials. These cars were fast, loud, and raw to the core — the epitome of American muscle. Chrysler the car company may have been saved by millions of dull K-cars and their derivative minivans, with their tan velour and woodgrain appliqué sides, but Chrysler the performance icon was saved by this topless, windowless, sidepipe-growling, ShelbyCobra-like monster. Kids like me ripped down their Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach wall posters and put up Vipers in their place. The American halo car was back, and boy, did it look good. From curiosity to car The Viper was a dream machine — no doubt about it — but living with it on a regular basis could be a challenge. First off, the cars were hot inside, with sidepipes running under the rockers on either side. They didn’t have a/c, which didn’t help. And with no side glass and a canvas top that had a nasty habit of ejecting at high speed, the cars weren’t exactly weatherproof. Add to that a lack of outside door handles on early examples and you’ve got a logistical challenge for anything other than a drive that starts and ends in your driveway. None of that is jarring for someone used to roadsters — and rawness was a real selling point here — but there was room for improvement. That improvement came in mid-1996 with the introduction of the GTS coupe. This was a Viper


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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: 1996–2002 (GTS) Number produced: 1,166 (1996 GTS) Original list price: $66,700 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $41,600; high sale, $60,500 that had been sent to — and kicked out of — reform school. It was still edgy and had 15 more horsepower than the earlier model, but it also had power windows and locks, airbags and a/c. But it was the addition of a double-bubble roofline that brought something to the Viper shape that most of us didn’t even know was missing. The GTS, with its Shelby Cobra Daytona looks, is beautiful, and Dodge made no bones about what it was meant to do. Most of the RT/10s had been solid red. This blue car, as seen in all the major automotive publications in 1996, was the first production car in a decade to legitimately wear a pair of racing stripes. While the red RT/10 was the car people dreamed of, the blue-and-white GTS coupe was the one they actually wanted. Evil in the best way The Viper has a reputation of being hard to handle. I’ve heard rumors of everything from stiff clutch pedals to harsh spring rates and insane amounts of torque that make wet-weather driving impossible. The truth, as always, is somewhere in the middle. I’ve spent a lot of time behind the wheel of ACC’s 2000 Viper ACR. It’s supposed to be the track-day special edition of an already hardcore car, but I was surprised to find that it’s completely tractable. The clutch is as easy as a street Corvette, the 6-speed shifts are bolt-action-rifle crisp, just like they were in my ’01 Camaro SS. Power delivery is smooth and instant. The V10 makes gobs of torque — so much that you never have to downshift unless you want to, and it’ll cruise all day at 90 mph in sixth gear. The suspension is firm but not punishing — even after a 530-mile drive from ACC HQ to Reno, NV. The V10 can even return pretty good mileage if you’re not prodding it too much. But under all that it’s still performance first and comfort second, and that mindset reveals itself in small ways, like an a/c system that shuts down under heavy throttle application. Driver and passenger are rewarded with a wave of heat at every drop of the pedal. The trouble with the Viper lies in all that tractabil- ity. The GTS deserves its reputation, but only because it’s easy to drive all the way up until the edge of its capabilities, and that gives drivers a false sense of security. It begs you to push it harder and harder until you do something stupid and scare yourself. Driving this car is like having a little devil on your shoulder, pushing you to test the limits. Owners get constant little reminders that they’re playing with fire here, and if that’s the sort of thing that appeals to you, the Viper’s your vice. Blue and white This car was a first-year example of the GTS in the most desirable and iconic paint scheme ever applied to a Viper. It was all stock and had under 5,000 miles, which means it’s still minty but was used enough to not be dried up. Median first-year GTS pricing sits right at $41,600 in the current market. This car certainly deserved more than middle-of-the-road money due to its condition and colors, but a $10k boost does seem a little steep. However, I’d consider it a sign of the times to come. This is the American poster car of its generation, and as I’ve said before in ACC, as buyers of a certain age continue to flow into the collector car market, they’re going to spend big chunks of their net worth to own the performance icons they’ve always coveted. The Viper has always been a special car — these things turn just as many heads now as they did when they were new — and that bodes well for its future as a collectible. All things considered, I’d call this one both well bought and sold today, but I expect we’ll see it go up in value from here. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Club: www.viperclub.org Web: www.allpar.com Alternatives: 1992–95 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 2001–06 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Engine # location: Serial number on lower right front, above oil pan. VIN stamped in rear of block near bellhousing ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Base of windshield, driver’s side 2002 Dodge Viper GTS coupe Lot 318, VIN: 1B3ER69E52V102639 Condition: 2 Sold at $58,945 Silverstone Auctions, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/22/2015 ACC# 265660 1996 Dodge Viper GTS coupe Lot S141, VIN: 1B3ER69E6TV200483 Condition: 2Sold at $31,860 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/24/2015 ACC# 264758 1997 Dodge Viper GTS coupe Lot 486, VIN: 1B3ER69E2VV301524 Condition: 1Sold at $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/26/2014 ACC# 256119 November-December 2016 November-December 2016 47


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932 FORD MILLER AUTOMOTIVE ROADSTER Hidden History on Dry-Lakes Deal? Darin Schnabel ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Real or not, duplicating this car with a gennie steel body and Deuce rails would take considerably more than the $60,500 sales price VIN: AB5055556 by Ken Gross with Offenhauser aluminum heads, three 2-barrel Stromberg carburetors, a Harman and Collins magneto and a Halibrand quick-change rear end, it remains in its racing condition. It has the patina of history, with faded metallic blue T 48 AmericanCarCollector.com paint, gray leather upholstery, a utilitarian custom instrument panel with period black-on-white StewartWarner instruments, and blue carpet on the floor. On the dashboard is a brass plaque from the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) commemorating its Bonneville speed run. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 249, sold for $60,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in Monterey, CA, on August 19–20, 2016. Genuine dry-lakes-racing Highboy Ford roadsters, like the ex-Ray Brown ’32 in the Petersen Automotive Museum, Bruce Meyer’s ex-Doane Spencer Deuce or the ex-Jim Khougaz/Mark Van Buskirk ’32 roadster are highly prized today. Depending upon their owner’s reputation and the car’s race history, examples have sold for six-figure sums. his Highboy not only looks the part, it is the part. Built by Miller Automotive, of Chino, CA, it was timed at 142.97 mph at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats on August 21, 1954. Powered by the venerable flathead, From the early 1940s, stripped and souped-up roadsters like this one lined up by the dozens to run at El Mirage and Harper Dry Lakes, as well as at Bonneville. Ray Brown’s ’32 roadster, with a stroked 284-ci flathead running on alcohol, turned over 120 mph at El Mirage. That was impressive for a car that served Ray as his daily transportation as well as his weekend race car. This raked and nicely patinated Deuce roadster definitely has the look. And it’s got all the right speed equipment. It was purchased at Christie’s’ Pebble Beach auction in August 1997, before I became director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. It had been owned by a Los Angeles man named Rollie Reso, and it looked pretty much exactly the way it does today. The Christie’s catalog stated that several of the Bonneville modifications, such as a racing fuel tank


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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: 1932 Number produced: 6,893 DeLuxe V8 roadsters (plus 520 standard V8s) Original list price: $500 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date: $57,750, high sale, $133,100 (nohistory cars) Tune-up, major service: $250 (estimated) and shortened radius rods, were replaced with stock ’32 items, and the roll bar was removed for conversion to street operation. A mystery Certainly, it would have taken some serious horse- power to move this rather un-aerodynamic racer at 140-mph-plus. So there’s a question as to the engine’s actual-vs.-stated displacement — it had to be more than the stock 221 cubic inches. That AB-prefix frame number is not correct for the period Deuce rails, prompting another question about a probable missing title. To my knowledge, this car was never featured in a hot rod magazine. It’s not pictured in any of Don Montgomery’s historic books. Christie’s catalog noted that it was pictured in the 1954 Popular Mechanics Hot Rod Handbook. That said, even if it didn’t have verifiable history, and that SCTA timing tag — which certainly looks real — was a swapmeet find, to duplicate this car, with a gennie steel body and Deuce rails, albeit sans an original California title, would take considerably more than the $60,500 sales price. When the Petersen Museum sold a number of its cars in 2013, this roadster went for $52,800 at Auctions America’s Burbank auction (ACC# 6733735) — and I thought that was a bargain. Searching for clues An inscription on the tail reads: “Rod Riders, RTA.” Researching that club, possibly in the Russetta Timing Association (a rival to the SCTA), might bear some fruit. Meanwhile, we can speculate on the low sale price. You couldn’t begin to duplicate this car for the price, which makes me wonder if it was in fact a real Bonneville racer, or instead it was a neat assemblage of vintage parts. Don Montgomery, author of several terrific photo books on early hot rods, kindly researched the period Bonneville records. “The Miller Automotive entry was listed as car no. 284 in the B Roadster class,” Don wrote. “There were nine entries in the B Roadster class, of which five entries had recorded times (speeds). There was no recorded time for the Miller Automotive entry.” Don added that according to the 1954 Bonneville program, the meet was from Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. Perhaps the SCTA timing tag (Aug. 21, 1954) is ‘new?’” Don said he could not find an entry for this car in his limited Russetta Timing Association records. “Assuming the car ran the RTA,” he noted, “I believe that the owner would have been in the Pacesetters club (Pomona Valley area). I see that John Stauffacher ran a class B Roadster at the Russetta meet on Oct 10, 1954. That car recorded a time of 142.011 mph. Perhaps this is that roadster? Miller Automotive could have been a sponsor.” A lucky find? Looking at all the facts and clues brings me to one conclusion: There’s every reason to suspect this is a “real” racer from the period. The new owner could try to find Rollie Reso (I couldn’t) and maybe even look for John Stauffacher to learn the story. In the meantime, this is a lot of hot rod for $60,500. It was below the market at that price without the history, and if its history does end up checking out, consider it a screaming deal. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) VIN location: On front frame rail, driver’s side (Note: this is not a 1932 Ford VIN number; they have an 18 prefix) Web: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com, Alternatives: Any other ’50sera hot rod with a period build and race history ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1932 Ford Model 18 custom (2006 build) Lot 217, VIN: 17173049 Condition: 1Sold at $82,500 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/1/2015 ACC# 265078 1932 Ford Lakes roadster, ex-Jim Khougaz Lot 210, VIN: 18155453 Condition: 2+ Sold at $187,000 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/1/2015 ACC# 265231 1932 Ford Model 18 roadster (known lakes history) Lot 40, VIN: 1827717 Condition: 4+ Sold at $151,800 Gooding & Co, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2015 ACC# 257539 November-December 2016 49


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1952 MUNTZ JET CONVERTIBLE Jet Flies High on Price Updraft Either we’re looking at the start of a new upward trend, or this Muntz Jet sold for well above the current market value VIN: M134 by Carl Bomstead n 1950, Earl Muntz bought Indy car builder Frank Kurtis’s design and all the tooling for a 2-seat sports car and renamed it the Muntz Road Jet. Muntz stretched the Kurtis “sports car” 13 inches to add room for a back seat. The styling was simple but streamlined. With an unerring eye for exposure, he made sure the Muntz Jets were visible, choosing bright paint hues and flashy contrasting interiors under removable Carson-style padded hard tops. Offered here is what must be one of the best-restored Muntz Jet convertibles available anywhere. The car received a full nut-and-bolt restoration, neatly documented by an abundance of receipts that can be found in the car’s history file. With wild fabrics and a faux-snakeskin-clad interior and hard top, this historic Americana classic was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2014, and remains in beautiful condition throughout. I ACC Analysis This car, Lot 76, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale in Carmel, CA, on August 19, 2016. Earl Muntz was a larger-than-life character. He got his start “flipping” Model T Fords when he was in 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com the eighth grade and later went on to own the largest used-car dealership in the Los Angeles area. His overthe-top billboard ads screamed, “I buy ’em retail and sell ’em wholesale — it’s more fun that way.” He blanketed the airways with radio ads, and one announcer, in between his numerous commercials, called Muntz “that automotive madman.” With that, “Madman” Muntz was born. From TV sets to Jets In late 1945, Muntz became a Kaiser-Frazer dealer. By 1947 he was reportedly grossing $72 million a year Courtesy of Bonhams


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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: 1951–54 Number produced: 394 (others state 198) Original list price: $5,500 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $68,300; high sale, $205,000 Engine # location: Above oil filter Club: Antique Automobile Club of America from all his automotive enterprises. It was about this time that he started marketing inexpensive television sets, and he coined the term “TV,” as his skywriting airplanes had a problem completing the words “Muntz Television” before the first few letters blew away. He sold these TVs in his usual style, with radio ads that blared “…stop staring at your radio, folks.” He even named his daughter “Tee Vee.” He bought two of Frank Kurtis’s Ford-powered KSCs, which were open two-seater sports cars. Muntz planned to resell them, but he liked them so well that, not unlike the guy who bought the electric razor company, he bought the entire company for $200,000 cash. Once he owned the project, Muntz stretched the cars’ wheelbase to 113 inches so he could sell them as four-place convertibles. He added a minibar with ice compartments in the rear armrests along with a Muntz radio. He also added seat belts — not as a safety concern, but rather to continue the jet aircraft “Muntz Jet” theme. The removable Carson-like top was held in place with five wing nuts and it took two men and a small boy to remove it. Jets were first offered with unmodified 1949 Cadillac V8s, but due to cost and problems with the powerplants at high RPM, he switched to Lincoln flatheads. He also switched to an all-steel body, which was less expensive — as well as sturdier — than the aluminum Kurtis was using. Low production Muntz did not have a dealer network, as he sold directly to the public. The cars were priced at $5,500, yet he claimed he lost $1,000 on every car sold, which due to the labor-intensive manufacturing process was probably correct. Muntz claimed he sold 394 cars. Others, tracking the body numbers, cite 198 as more realistic. The styling, which was modern when Muntz bought the company in 1949, was less so in 1953. Also, these cars were priced at $1,400 above a top-of-the-line Cadillac, so sales were never going to be brisk. “Madman” Muntz’s flamboyant style created his success but also led to his demise. After all, not many people wanted a car named after someone as zany as Muntz. Even Phyllis Diller could only last a year with the seven-times married and divorced man, claiming they were too far apart in their tastes and values. A good example The 1952 Muntz Jet offered by Bonhams had been recently restored in an attractive and correct shade of yellow. Overall it was in very good condition. In perusing the ACC Premium Auction Database, I found that several Muntz Jets have recently sold at auction for around $85,000 each, while a couple of others have been in the low six figures. One sale at Gooding’s Amelia Island 2016 sale, however, stands out, with a $205,000 hammer price. But that car was one of the last built and was powered by the OHV Lincoln V8. It was also one of four short-wheelbase 2-passenger convertibles produced, and as such, using it as a comp would be like comparing apples and oranges. So, with all that, there are only two logical conclu- sions that we are left with from this sale: We’re looking at the start of a new upward market trend, or this Muntz Jet, regardless of how well restored it was, sold for well above the current market value. I think we have to go with the latter. Well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1953 Muntz Jet Lot F110, VIN: DR141664CAL Condition: 3Sold at $79,500 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2012 ACC# 209402 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 VIN location: Plate on frame rail Web: www.aaca.org Alternatives: 1954 KaiserDarrin, 1952–53 NashHealey, 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1951 Muntz Jet Lot S118, VIN: M125 Condition: 4Sold at $54,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2014 ACC# 245094 1953 Muntz Jet Lot 3020, VIN: 53M527 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $85,000 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 7/31/2014 ACC# 244625 November-December 2016 51CC 51


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PROFILE RACE 1969 AAR EAGLE MK 5 F5000 A Classic All American Racer Karissa Hosek ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s These cars are easy to drive, easy to maintain and relatively cheap to race. But are they collectible? VIN: 510 by Thor Thorson W 52 AmericanCarCollector.com hen Formula A offered a 5-liter class in 1968, the series took off in the United States as the “American Grand Prix.” The springboard was the adoption of the Chevrolet V8, tuned by Traco to deliver more than 400 horsepower. Dan Gurney instructed All American Racers designer Tony Southgate to modify the 1968 Eagle Indy chassis for the new series. Other competing manufacturers included Lola, McKee and Le Grande, but Gurney’s Eagle was more sophisticated. For 1969, Formula A was renamed the Continental Championship and the series was expanded to 13 races. For the 1969 series, Eagles won six races, with Tony Adamowicz beating Surtees-mounted David Hobbs to the championship. Eagle chassis number 510, the chassis presented here, would become Adamowicz’s championship ride. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 212, sold for $198,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, CA, on August 19, 2016. There is a long and distinguished tradition of suc- cessful race car drivers who went on to develop and build their own lines of automobiles: Enzo Ferrari, Bruce McLaren, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby, to name a few. Dan Gurney easily fits with the top rank of these racer/entrepreneurs. Gurney was the first of three drivers to win races in sports cars (1958), Formula One (1962), NASCAR (1963), Indy Car (1967), and had podium finishes at Indianapolis as well (2nd in 1968 and 1969, 3rd in 1970) — the latter in cars of his own manufacture. He started road racing in 1955 driving a Triumph, where he caught the eye of Frank Arciero, who offered him a ride in the Frank Arciero Special — an evil-handling, overpowered beast that drivers such as Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles weren’t willing to drive. He took 2nd (to Shelby in a Maserati) at the inaugural Riverside Grand Prix, and in doing so established himself as a first-rank talent. He ended up in Europe racing for the Ferrari Formula One team in 1959, then moved on to BRM in 1960. Though not formally trained, he was a natural engineer, and a series of painful incidents along the GP circuit taught him not to trust other engineers. It was better to learn the machines he was driving and pay personal attention to the mechanical details that could spell victory or tragedy. Porsche and Brabham Gurney moved to the Porsche Formula One team for 1961, where both his development as a driver and his education in engineering and team management continued. Porsche was a meticulous, engineeringcentered factory and team. Calm decisions, precise engineering, and careful preparation of the racing cars were the hallmarks of Porsche, and Gurney


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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! learned to embrace them. For 1963, Gurney moved to the Brabham organiza- tion and was very successful there. He stayed for three years, but his mind had moved on to thinking about manufacturing his own cars, particularly for the Indianapolis 500 and Champ car series. By early 1965, he was ready to retire from the GP circus and focus on building American cars for American races (and eventually take those American cars back to European GP). All he really needed was serious funding. The All American Racers Fortunately, this was at the height of the tire wars between Firestone and Goodyear, with Goodyear particularly eager to find a way to break Firestone’s domination of the Indy 500. Gurney and Carroll Shelby were close friends, and Shelby’s company was closely associated with Goodyear, so he brokered a deal wherein Goodyear would provide major funding for Gurney’s enterprise as a way to get their tires on a front-running manufacturer and team. Gurney had always liked the idea of naming his cars Eagles, but in a meeting with Goodyear’s President, it was suggested that the company be named “All American Racers.” Gurney didn’t feel that he could say no, so the company became AAR and the cars themselves were called Eagles. The first job was to design and build a racer capable of winning at Indy. Gurney’s team set to work with the 1966 Indy 500 as their goal. Lead designer Len Terry had been responsible for the Lotus 38 that Jim Clark won with in 1965, finally breaking the dominance of the front-engined Indy roadsters, and the new Eagle largely followed that design. Learning-curve issues, racing luck and stiff compe- tition kept the Eagles away from the front in 1966 and 1967, but they got better quickly. For the 1968 season, British designer Tony Southgate joined the team and led a major redesign of the chassis, lowering, widening and stiffening the monocoque tub and revising the suspension. The new car was the ticket to success, and Eagles finished 1st, 2nd and 4th. Formula 5000 Indy wasn’t AAR’s only focus. In 1967 the SCCA had established an “American Grand Prix” series for what it called “Formula A” cars using a 3-liter displacement limit in a professional series. For 1968, the engine size was lifted to 5,000-cc pushrod, and both the series and the prize money more than doubled, so customers were hunting for competitive chassis. AAR had just the ticket. The 1968 Indianapolis design required virtually no modifications to be adapted to the new formula, save less expensive (heavier) materials to hold down the cost, so AAR set itself to building what would become known as Formula 5000 racers. Only two Eagles ran the 1968 series, but they won seven of the eight races held, and for 1969 it was the car you had to have if you wanted to win. The series was renamed the “Continental Championship” and expanded to 13 races in the U.S. and Canada, creating an open-wheel equivalent of the burgeoning Can-Am Challenge series. The 1969 Eagle F5000 retained the chassis designa- tion but was in fact a seriously improved car. The gearbox was changed to the 30-pound-lighter DG November-December 2016 53 Hewland, cooling was improved, titanium was used for the exhaust and various bits, and tubular anti-roll bars were incorporated. The biggest change was wings. Starting in mid- 1968, racing had discovered aerodynamic downforce, and for 1969 it was an essential part of the package. The nose sported twin canard wings and the rear used a single post-mounted wing that attached directly to the rear uprights (if this appears precarious, it was, and the FIA banned them after 1970 for safety, so this version of wing only lasted for two seasons). For the 1969 Continental Championship, Eagles won six of the 13 races. Tony Adamowicz won the series in our subject car. Value in the fun As a general rule, Formula 5000 racers are not considered collectible; their purpose and value is in how much fun you can have going out and playing with them. There is a well-established and wellattended group of these cars at virtually every vintage racing event in the U.S. these days, and the cars are easy to drive, easy to maintain and relatively cheap to race. If you want big-horsepower bang for the buck, an F5000 is probably the best place to be. The problem is that the series ran into the mid-1970s and the later cars are wildly faster than the early ones, so if you’re in it to win it, you’ll want a 1973 or later version. Generally, the late 1960s cars don’t sell for more than $120,000 or so. Obviously, our subject car is a very special circum- stance — if there ever was a collectible F5000, this is it. First, the AAR Eagles have become highly desir- able in their own right: They were the only American marque since Duesenberg to win an international Grand Prix, they are particularly lithe and handsome designs, and there are relatively few of them available. Second, this is an extremely original example and a championship winner as well, and third, it remains a very usable and enjoyable toy to take to the track. Expensive, yes, but I’d say probably worth it. Call it fairly bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1972 AAR Eagle Type 7200 Lot 154, VIN: 72019 Condition: 1- ACC# 6784598 Detailing Years produced: 1968–69 Number produced: 14 Original list price: $11,500 (bare chassis, no engine, gearbox or wheels) Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $198,000; high sale, $198,000 (this car) VIN location: Tag on tub Engine # location: Pad on block below right cylinder head Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Club: Formula 5000 Registry, SVRA Web: www.svra.com Alternatives: Lola T-140, McLaren M-10, Surtees TS-5 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 AAR Eagle Santa Ana Indianapolis Lot 213, VIN: 704 Condition: 2 Sold at $99,000 ACC# 6804526 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2016 Not sold at $325,000 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/11/2015 Hugh Hamilton / RM Sotheby’s 1969 AAR Eagle Santa Ana Indianapolis Lot 103, VIN: 702 Condition: N/A Sold at $104,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 6720058


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PROFILE TRUCK 1978 FORD F-150 RANGER PICKUP Memories Give Values a Lift Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Rugged and muscular with just the right amount of brightwork, the last of the sixth-gen F-series is all that new trucks are not 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: F14HNCD3910 by Jay Harden • Recent rotisserie restoration • Factory 351-ci engine • Four-wheel drive • Rare regular-cab short box • Power steering • Power brakes • Factory air conditioning • New tires • Floor pans painted body color • Rust-free Southern truck ACC Analysis This truck, Lot F49, sold for $18,150, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s sale in Harrisburg, PA, on July 21– 23, 2016. Initially I was looking to write a first-gen Camaro feature for this issue of ACC. I happened to be in the office at ACC HQ as this issue was being planned, and as Editor Pickering and I sat with the rest of the editorial group, reviewing his vision for the issue, I had already begun framing up my story and lining up my talking points on a Z/28 that sold in Monterey. I was daydreaming of high-winding 302s and vinyl tops when this truck slid across the table and brrrrapped me back to reality. For the first time (and perhaps last), I dumped a ’69 Z/28 for an old Ford truck. Bad choices, good memories When I was coming of driving age, cars like the ’69 Camaro filled every available space in my consciousness not already preoccupied with girls, sports and food. Regardless, I have no tangible memories of that time in that car. There are, however, a handful of moments in a couple of ’78 and ’79 Fords that I won’t ever forget. Old Ford trucks were dirt cheap and durable enough to withstand the rigors of teenage shenanigans, and my high school parking lot was sprinkled with them. I have some terrific memories of being packed four-wide on a shredded bench seat with a bunch of other idiots as we shrieked and slid our way across manicured lawns. We parked atop decorative rocks with all the cocksure aplomb of Captain Morgan, knee high over a chest of booty, as if to say, “Behold, the power of stupidity in numbers!” It’s a wonder any of us survived, the trucks included. As a result, I have a somewhat strange affinity for the ’78 and ’79 Ford short-bed 4x4s that I rarely share with others.


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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. Detailing Years produced: 1978–79 Number produced: 107,495 (all 1978 F-150 4x4) Original list price: $4,779 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $11,038; high sale, $26,400 Engine # location: Casting number under right bank of cylinders In with the old Ford only built a quarter-million or so 4x4 half-tons over those two years, and given that trucks back then were still generally purchased for their utility, it’s a wonder they’re still so readily available. Simple, rugged and muscular with just the right amount of brightwork — more country-boy-goes-to-town than rhinestone cowboy — the last of the sixth-gen F-series is, for me, all that new trucks are not. You see, Pickering and I are constantly going back and forth measuring our love of old cars and trucks against the daily realities of burgeoning family life. If you’ve read his editorials on the topic, you’ll know that he recently made a difficult choice that I’m sure, at some point, he swore he’d never make. In order to park a new 4wd GMC crew-cab in the driveway, he needed to let go of both his ’06 SRT8 Charger and his daughter’s favorite rig, the ’72 Chevrolet K-10. From my vantage point, the Charger was dismissed easily enough, but the decision to turn the K-10 loose was a bit more difficult. The truck was a solid runner that was nice enough to use, but not so nice as to use sparingly. In fact, it was maybe not quite as nice as our subject truck, but being a slightly more desirable model and year, probably fell in right at about the same value. What did he get in return? Well, according to him, all he gave up and more. The new truck rides like a Cadillac, comfortably seats five adults, can tow a city block, and is infinitely safer for toting around the family unit. He even opted for the automatically retracting running boards — per his wife’s request. If it had a two-way radio, ol’ Buzz Aldrin could likely slingshot it around the moon. I know I should be dazzled, but I’m not. I just can’t help but feel that somewhere along the way we’ve lost some of the appreciation for the rugged simplicity that makes vehicles like our feature truck here so endearing. The engineering, manufacturing, and drivability of trucks have certainly improved dramatically over the years, but the cost, both literally and figuratively, has been tremendous. How we managed to arrive at the $50,000 half-ton is simply beyond my realm of comprehension. Built to last Since we’re talking about old trucks, my redneck youth and the inevitability of progress, I can’t help but mention the old Merle Haggard tune that keeps rolling through my subconscious. The lyrics implore us with a wish that “a Ford and a Chevy/Would still last ten years like they should.” Feel free to nod along as he then asks the question that’s been on everyone’s mind lately, “Is the best of the free life behind us now/And are the good times really over for good?” Merle released “Are the Good Times Really Over” way back in 1981 — only three years after our little Ranger here hit the streets. I’d say the old Ford has more than held up its end of the deal. With what appears to be a tastefully executed resto-mod-eration, this old girl may just have another easy 40 years in her, which begs the question — exactly which Good Times are we talking about? Growing values Well, this particular truck happens to remind me of some of my really good times, and with more prices like this seen at auction lately, I’m not alone. I love the lines. I love the thought of ka-chunking that columnshift and dropping that transfer-case down into low. I love the two-tone paint and the bench seat and the analog everything. Yes, it was born shockingly close to 1980 for us to be discussing it in a magazine about collecting classic cars, but, as we’ve been preaching around here for some time now, the trend for solid trucks from the ’70s and ’80s is going nowhere if not up. For me, and a lot of newer market players as well, a rig like this that strikes a balance between good memories and good condition is now unequivocally worth the $18,150 spent here. The only question here left to answer is do you, heaven forbid, use it as a truck? I’m pretty sure dirtbikes and firewood and coon hounds will all still fit in the bed, so why not? I would happily drive the wheels off it, but, you know, I do have a family to think about. Airbags and crumple zones and automatically retracting running boards might not be a bad idea, at least for the next few years. Like Merle says, “The best of the free life is still left to come/And the good times ain’t over for good.” A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2016 55CC 55 Web: www.ford-trucks.com Alternatives: 1973–87 Chevrolet K-10, 1972–80 Dodge D-series, 1971–75 International pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Stamped on frame rail, passenger’s side, near alternator 1974 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT Lot 178, VIN: F10HLT53578 Condition: 3+ Sold at $8,910 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/16/2016 ACC# 6799360 1972 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Lot 1141, VIN: F25HRP87756 Condition: 3+ Sold at $10,780 Leake Auctions, Tulsa, OK, 6/6/2015 ACC# 265422 1978 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Lot 149, VIN: X26SKCA2140 Condition: 3Sold at $2,640 James G. Murphy Co., Brothers, OR, 5/8/2014 ACC# 243771


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mArkeT OVERVIEW Monterey Isn’t the Only Place to Buy or Sell in the Summer DO THUNDERBIRDS FLYING HIGH MEAN CLEAR SKIES AHEAD? by Chad Tyson TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1929 Duesenberg model J disappearing-top convertible, $1,540,000—rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 60 2. 1935 Auburn 851 SC boattail Speedster, $990,000—Gooding & Co., CA, p. 100 3. 1965 Shelby Cobra roadster, $880,000—bonhams, CA, p. 104 4. 2005 Ford GT Pb2-1 coupe, $835,000—russo and Steele, CA, p. 86 5. 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 sport phaeton, $687,500— rm Sotheby’s, CA, p. 101 6. 1932 Duesenberg model J phaeton, $660,000— mecum Auctions, CA, p. 70 7. 2006 Saleen S7 coupe, $632,500—rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 66 8. 1960 Chrysler 300F GT Special 2-dr hard top, $440,000—Gooding & Co., CA, p. 107 9. 1933 Packard Twelve model 1005 roadster, $365,000— rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 64 10. 1938 Packard Twelve model 1607 roadster, $330,000— rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 66 BEST BUYS 1963 Ford Thunderbird sports roadster, $55,000—russo and Steele, CA, p. 84 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Longtime ACC reporter Kevin Coakley gives us his unique take on the $6.4m auction. Mecum Auctions changed their car formula R for the annual Monterey sale from August 18 to 20. Turns out they recorded their best-ever sales total at the event, at just over $50m. The high American sale was a 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 — fetching an impressive $1,045,000. B. Mitchell Carlson tells us everything we need to know from the sale. Russo and Steele played host to their water- 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible, sold for $49,500 at mecum’s monterey auction front auction on Fisherman’s Wharf for the fifth year. Reporter Brett Hatfield was there and gives us the scoop from the $10.9m sale, which included a prototype Ford GT netting the highest sales total for a domestic car there at $836,000. The thrice-a-year Greensboro Auto Auction in, you guessed it, Greensboro, NC, is one of the largest nontraveling auctions. And they know how to work it, with 551 cars passing through in just three short days. Mark Moskowitz and Larry Trepel report back to us about the happenings at this summer sale. Chad’s Market Moment: Immediately following Monterey Car Week, you perhaps read that in the collector car market the sky was not only falling, but crashing and taking women and children down with it. Well, it didn’t, and won’t be doing so anytime soon. I’m not old by many modern measures, but I’ve seen one dotcom bubble burst (and we’re seemingly on the verge of another), four or five wars (are they wars if they aren’t declared?), and the greatest recession since the actual Depression. And that’s just in this country. A $50m drop in Monterey year-to-year total sales isn’t anything to be alarmed about. Perhaps it takes a bit of anecdotal evidence to calm any panicky mental processes. There were nine total Thunderbirds for sale at auction on the Monterey Peninsula during that crazy week. Of those nine, seven sold, including four of five first-generation T-birds, for a median value of $41,250. That tops the ACC Pocket Price Guide aggregated median of $34,700 by 19%. Yes, this was Monterey and not Chatfield, MN, but American cars aren’t exactly the soup du jour in the middle of California in the middle of August. It’s a strong result for a stalwart of American motoring and, at the very least, a sign that the sky hasn’t fallen.A VanDerbrink Chatfield, mN July 16 Lucky Tacoma, WA July 28 GAA Greensboro, NC July 28–30 rm Sotheby’s Plymouth, mI July 30 mecum Auctions monterey, CA August 18–20 Russo and Steele monterey, CA August 18–20 rm Sotheby’s monterey, CA August 19–20 bonhams Carmel, CA August 19 Gooding & Co., Pebble beach, CA August 20–21 $0 $20m $40m $60m $80m $34.6m $130m $100m $120m $10.9m $118m Auctions in this issue $255k $1.3m $9.5m $6.4m $50.1m M Sotheby’s rebranded their Plymouth sale to Motor City, with more emphasis on the local vibrant car culture. Cars there ran the gamut from LTD hard tops to Duesenberg convertible coupes. 1955 Cadillac Series 62 2-dr hard top, $19,250—rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 60 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $47,700—GAA, NC, p. 92 1967 Dodge Hemi Coronet r/T 2-dr hard top, $60,500—mecum Auctions, CA, p. 76 1954 Ford F-100 pickup, $22,000—rm Sotheby’s, mI, p. 62


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Plymouth, MI RM Sotheby’s — Motor City NOTABLE SALES INCLUDED A STUNNING METALLIC SAGE GREEN 1933 PACKARD TWELVE ROADSTER SELLING AT $365,000 RM Sotheby’s Plymouth, MI July 30, 2016 Auctioneer: Eli Rodriguez Automotive lots sold/ offered: 54/68 Sales rate: 79% Sales total: $6,422,150 High sale: 1932 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible, sold at $1,540,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Possibly the last produced, this 1933 Packard Twelve model 1005 roadster sold at $365,000 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 Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics A 58 AmericanCarCollector.com ugust is a very busy time for enthusiasts in Southeastern Michigan, as it is for much of the collector car industry. It starts with the RM Sotheby’s Motor City auction preceding the Concours d’Elegance of America, held for its sixth year at St. Johns. The month closes out with the massive Woodward Dream Cruise. Okay, it’s not Monterey, but unlike the wine-and-cheese crowd on the Left Coast, there’s something there for every budget and taste. The Dream Cruise is not unlike the varied lots assembled for the annual RM Sotheby’s auction. The sale’s offerings this year included everything from your father’s 1970 Ford LTD to a 2006 Saleen S7 and just about everything imaginable in between. Lot 105, the LTD, took everyone by surprise, selling for $18,700. It surpassed the generous pre-auction high estimate by about 25% — wow, no one saw that one coming. The star car and high sale was Lot 155, a beautiful Murphybodied 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe, selling at $1,540,000. Proceeds went to support local liberal arts Hillsdale College. Other notable sales included Lot 123, a stunning 1933 Packard Twelve roadster bargain selling under the $400k low pre-sale estimate at $365,000. The Metallic Sage Green paint is an unusual color, but it really looked great. For the bargain hunters there was Lot 113, a 1955 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe deVille — a steal at $19,250. Notable no-sales included Lot 163, a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, returning home with its current owner after a high bid of $345,000. Six years removed, Meadow Brook is but a fond memory. RM Sotheby’s has settled in nicely here at St. Johns. As usual, there was a torrential downpour not long into the proceedings, but it was a welcome relief from the hot, dry summer. As far as the result, the total sales dollars were down by about a million dollars compared with previous years, but the sales percentage was the usual, robust at 80%. Consignments dropped by 10 from last year, and, if you combine that with the ever-so-slight dip in average car price ($119,394 to $118,929), we’ve found where that million went. Now it’s on to the concours, Rock-n-Rods in Rochester, then hitting the Bricks in Flint. Finally it’s the Dream Cruise, which, if you’ve never been, is something to add to the bucket list. Monterey won’t miss you for one year. A


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Plymouth, MI CLASSICS #119-1920 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 82 Brougham. VIN: 12578. Beige & brown/ black vinyl/brown-striped broadcloth. Excellent paint. Coachwork showing some minor cracking in the body joints. Interior looks to have been redone to a high standard. Catalog states under Michigan collector James Cousens, owner of the Cedar Crossing Collection, car was restored. Selling on bill of sale. Known ownership since new. Cond: 2. freshening. Its history is well known and well documented over the years. Proceeds from the sale of this car were going to Hillsdale College—an independent, local liberalarts college. Coming in closer to the high estimate than the low, a market-correct price for a beautiful car. GM #118-1942 CADILLAC SERIES 67 Imperial sedan. VIN: 2. Eng. # 9380014. Black/ black leather, gray broadcloth. Odo: 42,449 miles. Original paint shows it all: cracking, crazing, fading, scratches and any other flaw you can imagine. Right rear fender is rusted through. Exterior brightwork pitted, rusted, scratched and about like the paint. Cracked left windshield and right vent; otherwise the glass is just pretty horrible. Grungy engine compartment. Musty interior. I think you get the picture. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $66,000. This 84-volt, 4.3-hp car was way ahead of its time. They were popular for the women of the day for their lack of noise and smell associated with the gasoline cars, as well as their ease of operation. Its original owner lived across the river and up the 401 in Chatham, Ontario. Offered with no reserve and making the low estimate, but just; looks like a good deal both ways, if not slightly well bought. vertible. VIN: 2551. Eng. # J119. Maroon/ tan canvas/dark brown leather. Odo: 13,737 miles. Paint looks spectacular. Exterior brightwork is brilliant, but there is a tiny bit of surface rust emerging from spare-tire surrounds. Spotless engine compartment hosts beautifully styled engine. Interior upholstery is fresh. Dashboard shows a little patina, but nothing horrible. Setting off the whole package are the spectacular chrome spoke wheels and wide whitewalls. Cond: 2+. 1 #155-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J disappearing-top con- Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,500. This one sold at RM’s Phoenix 2013 sale for $82,500 (ACC# 5647344), with 123 fewer miles. The reporter reckoned the car was well bought at that price, so whoever bought it here pretty much stole it at $22k less. Let’s see, $22,000 for 123 miles...abacus clacking... that’s about $179 per mile. Ouch. Good deal today, however. cos Beige & white/tan cloth. Odo: 22,936 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint shows minimal wear, but door fit a little off. Bumpers show some scratches. Driverquality engine compartment, with oxidation on some brackets and worm clamps on hoses. Interior shows some wear, but not terribly much. Well-equipped with power windows, seat, brakes and factory a/c. Comes with original owner’s manual, service records and registration dating back to 1956. Cond: 3+. #113-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5562124273. Pe- SOLD AT $16,500. Now here’s a car you can drive without the worry of parking-lot door dings. Cost to restore this beast would far exceed any potential return. It is rare— the second of 198 examples built—and it is a CCCA Full Classic. Its first owner was local retailer S.S. Kresge. This was the obligatory auction barn find offered with no reserve. It looks like a decent buy after only making half of the pre-sale low estimate. Wonder how much work the new owner will put into it. #121-1947 BUICK ROADMASTER woodie wagon. VIN: 14794589. Royal Maroon/red leather & cloth. Odo: 665 miles. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Nice paint showing some chipping on side edge of hood. Beautiful wood fit and finish. Decent exterior brightwork. Wide whites starting to yellow. Interior wood is spectacular, leather upholstery isn’t bad, either. Open the door and you hear the clock ticking. One of only 300 produced, with only four fully restored models known. SOLD AT $1,540,000. The catalog indicated three different chassis numbers for this car, explaining it started out as number 2144, later rebuilt with frame number 2551 and firewall number 2577. All of these numbers come up in the ACC database, but none of them are for this car. No matter; it was recently gone through by local guy Brian Joseph and his crew at Classic and Exotic Service for mechanical service and 60 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $19,250. Selling without reserve. The colors aren’t the greatest, but, then again, they’re not terrible. The odometer has rolled over too, but so what? It’s well equipped and very presentable. I’d call this one the bargain of the sale. Well bought indeed. #171-1961 PONTIAC CATALINA convertible. VIN: 361P11998. Mayan Gold/brown canvas/tri-tone brown & white Morrokide. Odo: 6,665 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Decent paint and gaps, and brightwork shows well, too. Driver-quality engine compartment. Interior in good shape, but doesn’t appear correct, as vinyl-capped screws from the hardware store secure bottoms of interior door panels. With power steering and brakes. Wide whites could stand a good cleaning, but they’re not yellowing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,500. This one has been making the auction rounds, most recently recorded sold at Collector Car Productions in Toronto, CAN, in April 2013, for $39,950 TOP 10 BEST BUY


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Plymouth, MI (ACC# 6194493). Prior to that it sold at Auctions America Fall 2012, reported by yours truly (I thought this car looked familiar), for $29,150. Both previous reports indicated a market-correct result—maybe it’s the exchange rate? I’ll give the nod to the seller on this one, even though, assuming he’s the same owner who purchased the car in Toronto, he took a slight loss. FOMOCO #112-1928 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. VIN: A444386. Green & black/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Paint done to an excellent standard. Top is crisp and well fitted. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Sparse interior shows very well. Cond: 2. The result this time just eclipsed the low estimate and it looks like a good buy. #127-1930 LINCOLN MODEL L convertible. VIN: 64277. Gray & black/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 45,665 miles. There are a few flaws, but the paint shows well. Decent brightwork all over. Wide whitewalls are showing their age, with lots of cracking. Top looks fresh and well fit. Decent engine detail. Interior shows a bit of patina, however it’s nothing objectionable. Some might even favor it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. If you wanted to track the woodie market, this car exemplifies its softening. Five years ago it sold here for $88k (ACC# 3524368), then it sold at RM Scottsdale in 2012 for $68,750 (ACC# 4776191). Has the woodie market hit bottom? Time will tell. We’ll call this one a hard bargain in the meantime. SOLD AT $27,500. First year of Model A production. If you were looking for a really old pickup that needs nothing but to put miles on the odometer, this was the one. Although I could see this going the trailerqueen route. This has been a not-quitefrequent flyer at auction with appearances in 2004 ($20.9k), 2009 ($20.9k) and 2013. Last seen here at this sale in 2013, where RM sold it for $26,400 (ACC# 6487686). NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This car was run at Mecum in Dallas, October 2011 (ACC# 4775365), resulting in a no-sale with a high bid of $66,250. It’s hard to argue it’s worth much more when the bidding stops. The market of interested buyers is only getting thinner as time goes on. The money may be out there, somewhere, but chasing it at auction could prove costly. #165-1942 FORD SUPER DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 186771494. Dark blue/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 406 miles. Paint reveals orange peel as well as some prep issues. Chrome trim thin in spots. Decent wood inside and out—seemingly acres of it. Door handles loose. Very nice interior. Driver-grade engine detail. SOLD AT $41,250. Originally owned by Jon “Hurricane” Hall, an actor nobody’s ever heard of anymore. I suppose that’s what happens when careers peak 79 years ago. This was a really nice car. Unfortunately, it seems the woodie market has softened pretty substantially overall. As with all trends, the cyclical market will return and this result will look like a steal. It really just depends on when. Well bought well below the $60k low estimate. 62 AmericanCarCollector.com #110-1954 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D4U13182. Sheraton Blue & Snowshoe White/cream vinyl. Odo: 39,588 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent paint and panel fit, equipped with exterior sun visor, natural finish wood bed, not original but nice. Nice wide whites with beauty rings and center caps. Spotless engine compartment reveals no surprises. Interior with carpet and door panels done better than any truck in 1954. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. This was one beauty of a truck, selling well below a reasonable ($30k–$50k) pre-sale #156-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: B0CS135462. Hawthorne Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 8,060 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Flawless paint, with beautiful mahogany frame over wood appliqué. Exterior brightwork looks excellent. Decent engine compartment detailing. Interior wood shows very well, as do the upholstery, paint and chrome trim. Cond: 2. Singular-to-1942 stainless grille in decent shape. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Plymouth, MI SOLD AT $18,700. Offered with no reserve, this is the car no kid wanted their dad to hand down. While there was plenty of room to haul around your friends, there was zero cool factor. This one sold very well—exceeding the high estimate by a fair bit. I just can’t see the value going up from here anytime soon. market-correct result. Another illustration of the power that collections can have on the price of individual cars. estimate. Sometimes that’s the result of going no reserve. What a buy. #109-1955 LINCOLN CAPRI convertible. VIN: 55LA7631H. Huntsman Red/black vinyl/white leather. Odo: 36,113 miles. 341ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and panel fit. Decent exterior brightwork, but the hood ornament looks like it came straight off a junkyard car. Nicely detailed engine compartment with aftermarket power-brake booster. Interior leather showing some soiling (if it’s white, it’s gonna happen), baggy door panel on driver’s side. Weatherstripping starting to show some cracking. Equipped with Continental kit. Cond: 3+. #108-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 6Y85Z131806. Vintage Burgundy/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 19,062 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows well, with good panel fit. Minor brightwork pitting on vent window and micro scratches on the front bumper. Decent engine compartment detail. Interior shows well. Equipped with new chrome wire wheels, fender skirts and roadster tonneau cover. Cond: 2-. AMERICANA #122-1924 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 33 Touring phaeton. VIN: 339177. Crimson & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 30,050 miles. Beautiful deep red paint. Artillery wood wheels painted to match with wide whites and accent coachwork, covered dual spares mounted at rear. Top and interior look fresh and well fitted. Spotless engine compartment housing the dual-ignition, four-valves-per-cylinder, “big horsepower” inline six (70 hp versus 48 hp). Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. This one fell considerably short of the optimistic pre-sale estimate ($50k–$60k). It would have been a steal at this price, so I can’t blame the seller for hanging on. “ #117-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 0Y73Y112964. Raven Black/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 10,195 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Flawless, older black paint holding up well. Excellent exterior brightwork, except for dent in the Continental kit bumper. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Interior done to a very high standard. Wide whites on chrome wire wheels starting to yellow. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. Formerly of the Milton Robson Collection, sold by RM in November 2010 for $79,750 (ACC# 2076609). It was announced from the block that the rear bumper repair would be taken care of at no additional cost to the new owner. A no-sale on the block, this one got done later with a SOLD AT $24,750. I couldn’t tell the material or condition of the top, as the car was displayed with the tonneau cover in place. What I could see is an attractive car holding up well—a number 2 car selling for number 3 money. Well bought. #105-1970 FORD LTD 4-dr hard top. VIN: 0J66N144614. Medium Ivy Green Metallic/ white vinyl/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 24,900 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint resprayed at some point, but didn’t find its way into the door jambs. Otherwise done to a decent standard, showing some chips in the right rear. Soiled white vinyl top. Driverquality engine detail. Other than some cracking in the dashpad (covered with a janky carpet) and a split in the driver’s seat seam, it had a presentable interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,500. This CCCA Full Classic was offered without reserve. If this was purchased as an investment, it’s hard to say it was a good buy, as I don’t see the value climbing from here. If it was bought to show and enjoy, then it was a great deal. Call it fairly bought today. 15. Eng. # 901828. Sage Green/light green canvas/green leather. Odo: 28,219 miles. Striking, flawless fresh paint. Brilliant bright bits. Spotless engine compartment. Interior beautifully done and, same as the exterior, immaculate. Running-board rubber bubbling up. Equipped with dual hard-cover sidemounts and tracking driving lights. Advertised as possibly the last 1933 Packard Twelve roadster produced. Cond: 2+. 9 #123-1933 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1005 roadster. VIN: 9016- This is the car no kid wanted their dad to hand down. While there was plenty of room to haul around your friends, there was zero cool factor. 1970 Ford LTD 64 AmericanCarCollector.com ” TOP 10


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GLOVEBOXNOTES By Jim Pickering Superformance mkIII S/C roadster SOLD AT $365,000. I thought this Full Classic looked familiar; it sold at this sale in 2012 (ACC# 4774750) for $325k. The reporter, yours truly, commented that it had just made the high estimate, but still looked like a good deal. It’s done zero miles and shown a decent appreciation in four years and I’d still call it a good buy. But someone needs to drive this thing every once in a while. Price as tested: $87,375 Equipment: Hand-laminated fiberglass body with reinforcing inserts, TIG-welded ladder frame with crumple zones, independent front and rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, coil-over shocks, pin-drive Halibrand-style wheels, original-style pedals, catches, and fittings, OE-style shifter and hand-brake lever, latch-lock seat belts, leather seats, original-style Smith gauges and Lucas switches, stainless roll bar mounted to chassis. Test car fitted with Roush Performance 375-hp 342R smallblock Ford V8, TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission, silver ceramic-coated headers and sidepipes, and limited-slip rear axle with 3.73:1 gear ratio. EPA mileage: Will vary by engine. The carbureted 342 achieved about 15 mpg in mixed city driving Likes: Rock-solid body with almost no cowl shake. Fantastic build quality and paint application, really nice chrome and trim. Great rap from sidepipes, fantastic drivability from Roush-built engine. Transmission, shifter, and clutch work well together and are easy to adapt to. Tight steering and handling. Dislikes: No real way to lock this thing up, which made me a little nervous when I had to leave it somewhere. My tester was carbureted, which comes with its own set of quirks. Reverse gear will chatter if you don’t hold the trans in neutral for a second after shifting from first. Verdict: Motorcyclists talk a lot about how they feel immersed in their environment when they’re riding, and that’s the same sense you get from this Superformance MKIII — every aspect of driving, from the sounds of the engine to the smells of the road, is amplified here. And while that’s endemic to any open hot rod, this Superformance roadster is a really solid example, built a lot stiffer and stronger than you might expect. It’s clear that there’s a lot of R&D behind the product to make it as good as it is — so much so that Carroll Shelby gave it the okay under a licensing agreement. This is no fiberglass rattle box. I drove this car around Pebble Beach and Monterey during the rarified air of Monterey Car Week and had a blast in it. I also got more looks in it than I did in the purple Dodge Charger Hellcat I was also testing, which should tell you something. For an end-user looking for a fun and balanced wind-in-the-hair driver they can use at a fraction of the cost of an original, it’s hard to go wrong here. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall experience: 66 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $330,000. One of 566 built in 1938 and selling well over the high estimate. It brought all the money, and well it should. Even with paying a premium, the new owner is ahead of the game compared to finding another one and paying for restoration. This was a fair deal all around. #158-2006 SALEEN S7 twin-turbo coupe. VIN: 1S9SB18106S000073. Lizstick Red/ black leather. Odo: 310 miles. 7.0-L twin turbocharged V8, 6-sp. What can I say, it’s not even broken in. Great paint, engine detail, interior, wheels, tires, etc. Two owners have taken it just over 300 miles. That’s what, 1.4 hours at its top speed of 220 mph? Cond: 2+. 7 2021. Eng. # A600122. Indian Maroon/tan canvas/Biscuit leather. Odo: 1 miles. Less than a year from its complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The paint is brilliant, the leather supple and unmarked, the engine compartment is spotless. Formerly of the Dr. Richard C. Clements Collection. Cond: 2+. 10 #153-1938 PACKARD TWELVE Model 1607 roadster. VIN: 1139- SOLD AT $632,500. Compared to the few recent auction results spreading over three to four years, this was all the money. A lot of money, sure, but it’s a lot of car. Well sold against an optimistic $650k–$725k pre-sale estimate. At this price it’s a mere $843 per horsepower. A TOP 10 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA Mecum — The Daytime Auction THE MEAT-AND-POTATOES MIDDLE MARKET OF $50k TO $200k CARS WAS RIFE WITH AMERICAN MUSCLE THAT SOLD WELL Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA August 18–20, 2016 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jim Landis Automotive lots sold/ offered: 344/706 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $50,141,206 High American sale: 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $1,045,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. lost cause: Salvageable for parts A strong price for a strong car — 1958 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie convertible, sold at $184,250 Report and photos B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M 68 AmericanCarCollector.com ecum’s 2016 Daytime Auction in Monterey set a new benchmark, as they filled the Del Monte Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa with more cars from a foreign marque than any American make. Exactly 100 Porsches usurped the long-standing leader Chevrolet, with 89 examples consigned. The Bowties were even nearly overtaken by the Blue Oval, with 88 Fords being the next most populous brand here. They also had a record 52 Ferraris consigned (granted, only 20 sold). So, with a deluge of cars from Germany and Italy, did their results improve? Not really. 2016 saw a drop in most numbers at this venue. While the overall number of consignments was in the ballpark for the past several years, less than half of the consigned cars sold, for the lowest sales percentage since 2010 at 48.6%. What did work was that the typical car brought more money, as in a record-setting amount per car. Each of the 344 cars sold averaged $145,759 — an increase of $29k per car over last year. The gross sales of cars (excluding road art, memorabilia and other bobbles) of $50.1m hit higher than Mecum ever has in Monterey, besting last year’s total of $45.4 million. Modern performance imports dominated the top sales, with the first American car (more of an Anglo-American, to be truthful) checking in at eighth place — a 1965 Shelby Cobra fetching $1,045,000. It was also the lowest-selling car to fetch over a million dollars, with the juice added to the bill. Granted, the second-highest sale was a 1966 Ford GT40 that brought $4.84m, but the last time I checked, where it was made — Ford’s Advanced Vehicles facility — is still in Slough, England. Beyond that, the next American car (and one with no doubts about its Indiana heritage) was lucky number 13 — a 1932 Duesenberg Model J wearing replica bodywork, selling for $660,000. We hit the first true-blue American muscle car at the 18th spot from the top — a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 which brought $396,000. To get to the highest-selling Chevy, you have to get to the 26th-highest-selling car — a 1969 Camaro Yenko S/C that changed hands for $308,000. And we haven’t even got to Mopars yet, as the top Pentastar sale was at spot 63, a 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible at $137,500. Lot F57, a finely restored 1966 Plymouth Belvedere I Hemi two-door sedan, brought $126,500 — the 71st-highest sale. No, this wasn’t a typical Mecum auction. Before you get the impression that it was a muscle- car famine, the meat-and-potatoes middle market of $50k to $200k cars was rife with American muscle that sold well. Case in point was Lot F89, a 1958 Corvette, with a 290-hp Fuelie under the hood that could win any concours it entered, sold for $184,250. Post-war American cars and trucks in general did well in this segment. Over the years, Mecum has been an island of diversity for quality American muscle in the flood of imported exotics everywhere else on the Monterey Peninsula. While they still are the volume leader, the tide looks like it’s starting to wash it away. Based on the results from this year, it’ll be interesting to see the consignment mix for next year’s auction. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA GM CLASSICS 6 Eng. # J463. Two-tone red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 219 miles. Originally a Rollston-limousine-bodied J on this chassis/ engine combination, with a Dietrich convertible Berline body fitted before this current LeGrande-style phaeton was fabricated and fitted to the chassis in the early 1970s. At that time, SJ induction was also added. Period-accessory dual Pilot Ray driving lights. While it presents well enough, its age shows in some delaminating glass, scuffed chrome and light paint chips. Frame paint starting to crack and chip. Engine bay cleaned up, but shy of being concours-ready. Undercarriage getting greasy and dusty. Light, pleasant interior patina. Cond: 2-. #S45-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J phaeton. VIN: 2480. #F196-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS convertible. VIN: 124679N529933. Fathom Green/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 90,170 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Betterquality, older restoration, but starting to unwind with age. Superb older repaint still presents well. Door and trunk gaps are acceptable at best. Driver’s side headlight cover slightly off kilter. Older replacement windshield, with stainless trim around it that shows plenty of scuffing. Door glass protrudes out farther than quarter glass. Decent fit for older replacement top. Reproduction dashboard cover not especially well fitted— actually looks like it was draped on and they forgot to fit it. Redyed door panels, with #T195.1-1971 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula 350 coupe. VIN: 226871L104286. Gold/parchment vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 47,793 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Consignor believes the indicated miles are actual since new. Masked-off, older topical repaint—painting over door-edge chips. Slightly darker on Endura front fascia. Crumbling original door and window seals, with some overspray. Replated bumpers, but tarnished original vinyl roof perimeter trim. Good roof vinyl and interior vinyl. Door panels with some discoloration from contact with the door seals. Torn-up original rubber floor mats, but good original carpeting. Dash plaque states: 1971 FIREBIRD BUILT ESPECIALLY FOR MRS. DOROTHY WALLIS JANUARY 7, 1971. Cleaned-up, usedcar engine bay. Aftermarket exhaust outlets, still with inventory stickers on and protruding out the back at uneven lengths. Rear suspension sits high. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $660,000. While a lot has changed on this car over the decades, at least the engine and frame have remained mated together since day one. What also hasn’t changed was the fact that it was also here last year, then a no-sale at $625k (SCM# 6786165). Even with a lower hammer price ($600k), seller should be pleased, as bitsas like this are not even in contention for being Million-Dollar Club members. heavier fading on bottom carpeted kick panels. Older reproduction floor carpeting and seats. Recent fluff-up under hood, not so much on older black-painted undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,250. One of 662 SS 396, 325-hp, 4-speed ’verts built in 1969. Initially ran as lot T111 as a no-sale at $48k, against a stated $55k reserve. Previously didn’t sell at Mecum’s Portland auction in June at $55k (ACC #6803701). That position seems to have softened markedly over 24 hours, as it hammered sold later as Lot F196—for $500 less on the hammer than the day before. Wise move, as this unwinding restoration in a tough-sell color was well sold. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. While the Formula package was introduced along with the second-gen Firebirds, 1971 had two additional choices: the Formula 455 with the 325-hp 4-barrel and the Formula 350 with the twopot 250-hp engine. As proven again here, once you get past Trans Ams and 455-powered examples (or gold cars used by a certain Jim Rockford), second-gen Firebirds tend to be tough sales—regardless of whatever Formula you use. CORVETTE #F89-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S105724. Tuxedo Black & Inca Silver/black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 99 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Heater delete, but with Wonder Bar radio and windshield washers. Restored in recent years to an exceptionally high level of detail. Stated that the work was “done to NCRS specs,” but no judging history presented. Fitted with clear plastic film to protect paint from hard-top contact points. While the driver’s door protrudes from body ever so slightly—like a typical C1—the passenger’s 70 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA door is perfectly flush. Typical reproduction headlight bezel fit, with upper point sitting higher than the fender-top trim moldings to which they mate. Otherwise, car shows no wear and has no other perceivable faults— outside, inside, under hood or on the undercarriage (which included proper, replicated stenciling on driveshaft). Cond: 1. SOLD AT $184,250. For all the ribbing ’58s have taken over the years for the extra chrome trunk ribs and faux louvers on hood, fuelinjected examples certainly have taken off in value over the past year. This example was parked by the Bloomington Gold information tent, usually surrounded by a Who’s Who of Corvettedom. A strong price, but for a strong car. #T184-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S102710. Daytona Blue/ dark blue vinyl. Odo: 73,427 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power steering, power brakes and AM/FM radio. Three-prong spinner wheel covers and older radial tires on stock steel rims. Decent repaint within past few years. Evidence of bodywork over right front wheelwell. Cracks developing in door jambs. Mediocre driver’s door fit, poor fit on passenger’s side. Mix of original and replacement brightwork. Older reproduction interior soft trim, showing light wear. Original, dull gauge bezels and trim. More recent fluff-and-buff under hood, with authentic-to-stock detailing for the most part. Engine-number pad milled and painted, so it’s indiscernible. Newer black paint on undercarriage. Cond: 3+. $45k for it. While this was well sold for the goods offered, I’m hardly shocked or befuddled by it. #F150-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Tanker coupe. VIN: 30837S118890. Riverside Red/black vinyl. Odo: 26,070 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Equipped with the Z06 competition package, and N06 36-gallon fuel tank, along with two-prong knockoff alloy wheels, radio delete, clock and power windows. Older, very concise restoration starting to show some aging. Good repaint, with an authentic sheen to it. Good, solid door fit. Some light wheelwell patch-up work, but looks to be due more to stone chipping than real body damage. Dull finish on wheels, but the chrome on the knockouts, and the rest of the car for that matter, looks good. Finishes starting to look a bit dull under hood also. Bare metal has flash rust taking hold. Light seat-bottom wear and padding compression. Seat-belt hardware has light surface rust. Cond: 2-. val parade car convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G545127240. LeMans Blue/Shale cloth/ Shale leather. Odo: 96 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Indy 500 Festival parade vehicle number 27. Post-event, was shipped to Gould Bros. Chevrolet of Monticello, MN, where it sold on July 2, 2004. Properly stored and regularly maintained since then, as the Minnesota 21-day temporary license permit remains taped to windshield. Entirely original, with the hopeful exception of oil and probably the battery. As such, it is essentially a 12-year-old new car, with no appreciable signs of wear, use or deterioration from long-term storage. Also runs, stops and drives without any stated issues from sitting unused. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,600. More proof that a SplitWindow will make an otherwise mediocre mid-year worth good money. Had this been a ’64, one would be hard pressed to get SOLD AT $253,000. Interesting, with the performance options on this car, that it has power windows. Perhaps it was a rally car, where it may have been more advantageous to hit a switch regularly than constantly winding up and down manually. While alloy wheels have never been confirmed as fitted to a retail customer’s car, they were available over the parts counter, and very easily could’ve made their way to someone running a Corvette in competition. With only 63 N03 tankers made in 1963, it’s a pretty exclusive club—even considering the 199 Z06 cars. As such, a quarter of a mil doesn’t seem like silly money. #F19-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Commemorative Edition Indy 500 Festi- SOLD AT $44,000. Since the C7s hit the streets, the Corvette contingent that’s put off by its looks, copious electronics, and some embarrassing build-quality problems seems to be favoring low-mile previous generations that have door handles instead of solenoids. While C4 limited-edition packages have been bringing the most money, limited-edition C5s are now starting to feel similar financial love. One would be hard pressed to find another C5 that could bring this kind of coin, except when one’s still on the MSO, with delivery miles, surfaces (and one can assume that some are sleeping now, eventually trickling into the market in future years). For now, this is top dog and top money. FOMOCO #T31-1960 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. VIN: F10J0K46379. Turquoise/ aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 74,219 miles. 292ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA Headliner redone in textured plastic rather than perforated cardboard as original, but looks about right—barring the joint mismatches. Brake and clutch master cylinders were painted over when the whole cab was resprayed (that’ll make you feel secure if you have to do a panic stop). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,550. One camp of Ford truck fans doesn’t like the 1957–60 generation simply because they replaced the 1953–56 “Effies” that everyone loves. I’m in the other camp, where I’ve always thought these were clean, well-styled trucks. Granted, I prefer the single-headlight ’57s, but it seems like 1960s, with their unique hood and grille with center-pointing headlight bezels, are more prolific. If I were the buyer, the first thing I’d be shopping for is a dual-mastercylinder-brake conversion kit, as I’d trust the one in the truck about as far as I can throw it into the scrap bin. Overall, a nice truck at a nice price, and my favorite of the 706 vehicles here. #T110-1962 FORD FALCON Squire wagon. VIN: 2H26U248154. Corinthian White & woodgrain/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,239 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Originally equipped with a 170-ci I6 and bench seat interior. Interior redone with a Falcon Futura center console and modern bucket seats. California beach-bum/hippie motif. California black plate up front, but has a current Alabama rear plate. Includes a home-made teardrop-style trailer in same hippie-dippy scheme. Older, average repaint, with cracking at front of left fender. Better-quality, fake-woodgrain-trim refinishing. New generic door seals, with sloppy glue residue. Older, if not original, carpeting. Retro-look electronic radio. Wood overlay on rear seat backs and rear floor, with polished stainless-steel rub strips. Leaning towards stock engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,200. Wagons and Falcons are doing well enough in the market that this really didn’t need a diorama to go with it. Problem is, when you go over the top to accessorize, the general public forgets about the base vehicle, and the more savvy buyers wonder what’s wrong with the car that you have to distract from it. Sold well enough that if it gets transported from the auction site, don’t bother to tell the hauler about the trailer, and scrap it out—or strip it back down to the ATV trailer it started out as and flip it on Craigslist. #T189-1967 FORD MUSTANG GTA fastback. VIN: 7R02S190031. Maroon metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,350 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older whole-body repaint, yet with inferior masking around vent-window frames. Sloppy masking of rocker-panel stripes. Decent door fit, but hood gap at cowl is pretty wide and trunk gaps are all over the place. Replacement windshield, with sloppy overflow glue inside and ill-fitting stainless trim outside. Mostly reproduction emblems and replated bumpers. Original Styled Steel wheels, with surface rust and economy-grade radial tires on them. Front seats replaced, but rest of interior is original and in decent shape. Seam splits starting on rear seat bottoms. Light pitting on all interior trim. All driveline and suspension components were repainted while off the car, and still present well. Front suspension sits slightly high. Cond: 2-. November-December 2016 73


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA SOLD AT $39,600. The 1967 Mustang was the only year to have separate model names for the manual-transmission GT and the automatic-transmission GTA. This was regardless of which engine rested underhood. Seeing some use since it was restored several years back, this isn’t too minty, but still a pretty decent example that can benefit from better detailing—or just cruise it. Sold well enough. #S44-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R215983. Wimbledon White/tan vinyl. Odo: 64,208 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with Tilt-Away steering column, center console, sport deck rear seat, power steering, power front disc brakes and AM radio. Stated that a current Marti Report confirms car was restored to its original configuration, but said report was not displayed with the car. Competent restoration within last decade, with light use since. Authentic sheen to repaint. Replated bumpers and mostly repop trim. Slightly wider door gaps at front, but doors shut well. All-reproduction soft trim, except the seat belts, which are original and stiff plus have light mildew. Recently cleaned up undercarriage, with newer shocks and stock-style clamped exhaust system. Cond: 2-. steering pump keep it from being bonestock. Modern performance shock absorbers on all four corners. Well-fitted reproduction interior soft trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,250. Problem with cars like this—originally from the Salt Belt—is that they were either used all year and became ragged, rusty relics put back together, or pampered summer toys, tucked away from foul weather for the winter. It was more often the former than the latter. Either they replaced tinwork expertly enough to properly repair it or it was an easy restoration that was done when worn-around-the-edges authenticity was enough to strip it and restore it—unlike today. In either case, sold at retail. MOPAR SOLD AT $121,000. It never ceases to amaze me that I find seat belts in muscle cars are almost never restored or replaced. Actually, it is recommended that they should be replaced after 10 years—especially if the fabric is compromised by sun fade or water. Maybe it’s a death-wish thing, where the owner would rather taste the windshield than survive a crash with his big-buck pony car. Sold about right here, so the new owner can justify a couple of hundred bucks for a reproduction set of belts—at the very least to make the car look better. #F96-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 9F02G214979. Bright Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 71,152 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Deluxe Marti Report confirms it’s a real Boss 302, sold new by Minar Ford of Minneapolis, MN, with optional 3.91 Traction-Lok differential and Interior Decor Group. Recently completed professional restoration. Excellent repaint, but has a few overspray gaffes on undercarriage. Replated bumpers have correct sheen. Generally well-detailed under hood. Only an aftermarket coil, questionably authentic inspection marks, and color of the power 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #S34-1945 DODGE WC pickup. VIN: 9220629. Dark blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,055 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Stated a 1945 production, but has 1946 on the title and the serial number is late in the 1946 range. Frame-off restoration completed in 1997, and still presents exceptionally well. Generally good repaint, but has orange peel in door posts and cab corners. Good door fit for a truck of this era. High-gloss varnished bedwood and modern box-side signage. Chromed bumpers front and rear. Aftermarket running-board step plates and fog lamps. Reproduction headliner, door panels and rubber floor mat. Period brass fire extinguisher mounted under dash and modern chrome fire extinguisher mounted on driver’s kick panel. Generally well-detailed under hood. Brush-painted chassis, but is reasonably clean. Bias-ply wide whitewall tires and trim rings. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. It took until 1947 for metal shortages to abate to the point where chrome bumpers and trim became commonplace once again. As such, the lavish use of trim on this example is not very au


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA thentic—although there are plenty of tacked-on goodies that make it obvious that this was done up to look pretty rather than authentically restored. As such, it sold well enough. #F57-1966 PLYMOUTH HEMI BELVEDERE I 2-dr sedan. VIN: RL21H61233436. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 7,432 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Originally sold new in Canada. Radio delete and equipped with no power assists. That is, unless you count the gas pedal, with an optional Hemi. Also with TorqueFlite automatic and 4.56 differential. Consignor believes the miles on the certified police speedometer are actual, but the car has been comprehensively restored in recent years. Stated that it was restored with NOS parts, but not stated how many were used. Superb bare-body repaint, which is just as nice on the bottom as the top. Authentically restored under hood, to include the single-cylinder master cylinder. Original, lightly yellowed washer-fluid tank. Modern Mopar battery. Very clean undercarriage. Cond: 1-. better-quality restoration, which has seen some use since. Repainted when the base/ clear process was still a novelty, with a hint of yellowing over the years, but still presentable. Good shut lines, although with some door rattling. Rechromed bumpers and older professionally polished trim. Authentic, older engine detailing, aside from belts, New door seals, but no stop bumpers, so both doors rattle. Seats and carpets redone inside, dashpad and door panels redyed, and that’s about it for what was done inside. End of turn signal broken off, as is the speedometer needle. Heavier steeringwheel wear. Dingy, original seat belts. Well detailed under hood, except a set of aftermarket coated headers. Newer gas tank and non-stock, chambered exhaust on a black-painted undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,900. While the repaint and tidy engine bay give the car some pop, upon closer inspection, it’s really a dolledup used car. Not much room for finishing up details, but hopefully was bought to be played with. SOLD AT $126,500. Consignor’s signboard stated that the car was campaigned in western Canada by the dealer it was originally shipped to—Johnston’s Motors of Vancouver, BC. 1966 was the first year that the Great Unwashed could buy a Hemi for the street, yet production was quite limited. In this case, it’s one of 98 Belvederes with a Hemi. While Hemis are seeing a resurrection in the market, they aren’t at the stupidmoney levels they were a dozen years ago. At worst, it’s market priced, but longer term this could look well bought in a few years. 1009. Light Turquoise Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 46,671 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Retains its original Certicard in the radiator frame bracket since it was sold new. Older, #S18-1967 DODGE HEMI CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: WS23J7714- “ 1966 was the first year that the Great Unwashed could buy a Hemi for the street, yet production was quite limited. In this case, it’s one of 98 Belvederes with a Hemi. 1966 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere I 76 AmericanCarCollector.com ” NOT SOLD AT $450,000. One of 10 built, although four actually ran at Indy, and all were DNF due to steering-box failures. Of those, three were here in the Monterey area this week—to include number 43 car owned by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum displayed at Pebble Beach. Not bad considering that Henry Ford demanded that all of them be destroyed due to the embarrassing showing at the race. Therefore, most that exist today are reassembled bitsas. Somehow, before the auction I was thinking half a million, at the very least, was going to get it bought, so I’m somewhat in line with the consignor. spark-plug wires, negative battery cable and modern battery. Could well be a well-caredfor original interior or an older reproduction with moderate use. Light scuffing to all interior trim. Faded carpet on the door panels. Chambered dual exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,500. A Hemi without power steering would be a bear to drive around town, but the choice for hitting the dragstrip. Not quite the “no-expense-spared restoration” it’s claimed to be, even back in the 1980s. Still, not a bad car at all, and one you can take out once in awhile (not to a concours) and not be overly paranoid about. With some signs of life in Hemi values, this was actually a fairly decent buy. #T122.1-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23U0B202820. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 87,258 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Body tag says it had an AM radio—there’s a stock mast on the fender— but now has a blanking plate. Decent older repaint, but with less attention paid to panelgap areas. New bumper chrome and selective trim refurbishment and replacement. AMERICANA #F101-1935 MILLER-FORD V8 SPECIAL Indy racer. VIN: 23. Red & white/red leather. Sold on bill of sale, without the frame number disclosed, but this car was logged by AAA as Program Number 23. Authentic, professional restoration back to original Miller-Tucker Inc. configuration it ran at the 1935 Indy 500. Earned AACA Senior First Place and their Race Car Certification. Vastly better repaint than technically possible eight decades ago, with hardly a polishing scratch. Aluminum skirting around axles starting to dull. Authentically reupholstered cockpit—what little of it there is. Extra gel-cell battery is sitting on the riding mechanic’s seat. Painted wire wheels with field-modified knockoffs, fitted with reproduction Dunlop racing tires. Engine compartment kept buttoned up all weekend. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA MARKETMOMENT 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-door hard top SOlD at $22,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 18–20, 2016, Lot T172 VIN: 1D37J2L556443 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions #S32-1942 INDIAN FOUR Model 442 motorcycle. VIN: 440807. Eng. # DDB101. Black/brown leather. Odo: 45 miles. Equipped with left-hand shift, crash bars, foot-board extenders and auxiliary driving lights. Period-accessory cat’s eye reflector and Indian emblem license-plate attachments. Older whitewall bias-ply tires on fully chromed spoke wheels. By virtue of the engine serial number—DDB101—the first 1942 Indian Four built. Good-quality, older repaint of tinwork and frame—showing little wear, chipping and scuffing since. Heavier paint flaking on front leaf springs. Good older rechrome work. Older powertrain detailing, but now has light oil seepage and fuel staining. Rust forming along exhaust manifold on the block. Oil-pressure gauge mounted right off engine block. Optional Chum-Me seat is original, but shows heavy wear. Cond: 3+. came in 1972. This was the last year of the more attractive A-body, before 1973 came along and took the car to a larger, more luxurious place. This GM Chevelle grabbed my attention because it’s the spitting image of a legit SS big- The last real breath of the muscle car era, at least for Chevrolet, block car I helped build back in 2004. Everything is the same, down to the color, wheels and the basic equipment. But that’s not why I wanted to write up this one — it’s the seemingly cheap $22k price that I think is newsworthy here. See, fundamentally, this is a lot of muscle car. Just look at the basic specs: 454 V8, 4-speed, 12-bolt Posi with upgraded suspension and 3.73 gears, etc. The listing even says there’s a build sheet. Seems like a great deal on a big-block car. But there’s something else to note that was special about 1972 and that has bearing here: Chevrolet started including engine designation in VINs. What does that mean? Well, this car, for all its current muscley goodness, has a J as its fifth VIN character. The J means it was a 4-bbl 350 car from new. 454 cars used a W. Further, when ACC covered this car’s no-sale at Mecum Seattle in June of 2014, our on-site reporter noted paint issues including waves, dirt and fisheyes. At that event, the car didn’t sell at $32,000 (ACC# 244135). Now, to be fair, Mecum never called this thing original. And for a street machine, originality and engine swaps don’t really matter much. This car will run hard and be a lot of fun to use, even if it’s got a few cosmetic issues to be worked over between nights at the cruise-in. At $22k, it was a good deal for what it was. But there’s not much upside beyond that because of that telltale J. A SOLD AT $133,100. The abbreviated 1942 model year proved to be the last for Indian’s inline four. Dating back to the 1927 Ace, it was a favored engine by motorcycle cops due to its ease of starting, comfortable ride (for the era), and lots of low-end grunt. Four prices have been taking off in recent years. This is plenty steep for the condition, and on the verge of being in the land of silly money. — Jim Pickering #T67-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER phaeton. VIN: 46382760. Light yellow & black/black vinyl/black & maroon vinyl. Odo: 10,775 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Decently fitted, recently replaced top. Good older repaint, although the yellow was done better than the black. Painted over front turn-signal-lens gaskets. Typical Jeep lousy hood fit. Vent windows delaminating along edges. Most brightwork replated, but still has some light pitting. Engine bay best described as function over form. Very old engine repaint in 78 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA red, plus cowl and fender liner repaint in black—all of which is flaking off. Aftermarket small chrome air cleaner. Wiring ran hither and yon. If it wasn’t for overspray, bottom of hood wouldn’t have gotten painted. Seats reupholstered with generic pleats. More recent additional layer of undercoating, but that now has notable road spray. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,800. While Jeepsters have been on the collector-car radar since radar used vacuum tubes, rarely are they restored to what would be thought of today as concours quality. Or even half-ass decent. Most—like this one—are “pole shed over a short warm winter” quality gussied up. Perhaps they’ve been in the hobby for so long that the expectations on them are inadvertently lower. As such, a market-price sale. #T105-1973 AMC JAVELIN AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A3E798H135575. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 52,642 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-optional a/c. Fitted with period-correct Rally wheels, with older radial tires. Consignor of the opinion that indicated miles are actual since new. Topical repaint has a few years on it, with good, original paint in door jambs. Cowl-induction-style hood. Most trim professionally refurbished. 1989-issued, officer-grade DoD gate pass decal for Mather Air Force Base on front bumper. Faded Javelin target emblem on trunk lid. Lousy door fit. Aftermarket rear- window slats. Newer carpeting, with nonstock, racing-style bucket seats. Redyed dashboard and door panels. Older, overall flat black undercarriage, aside from newer mufflers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,800. Compared to the 1968–70 models, this is an AMX in name only. Not only does this have the smaller 304 V8 in it (pretty much a horse apiece from the entry-level 290 V8 in 1968 and ’69), but it has a lot more car to haul around also. As such, combined with being from the smog-car era, these cokebottle AMXs don’t bring much more than any other Javelin. Well sold.A November-December 2016 79


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Russo and Steele — Monterey 2016 A 2004 FORD GT PRE-PRODUCTION TEST CAR WAS THE TOP SELLER AT A STAGGERING $836,000 Russo and Steele Monterey, CA August 18–20, 2016 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Rob Row Automotive lots sold/ offered: 128/228 Sales rate: 56% Sales total: $10,870,000 High American sale: 2005 Ford GT PB2-1 coupe, sold at $836,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. lost cause: Salvageable for parts A testbed for supercharger performance modifications among other parts-development duties, this 2005 Ford GT Pb2-1 coupe sold at $835,000 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics this year’s Russo and Steele auction. The quality and selection of cars was impressive, and only served to add to the overall excitement of the week. This year’s auction added $10,870,000 in sales to the C 80 AmericanCarCollector.com Russo and Steele coffers, slightly more than last year’s $10,353,258, but on a lower sell-through rate of 56%, versus 2015’s 62%. The overall quality of the sale lots was excellent, with great variety in both offerings and price. A 2004 Ford GT pre-production test car sold for a staggering $836,000 — making it the highest American-car sale at the event. A rare 1963 Apollo 3500 alifornia’s Central Coast in August offers a combination of spectacular scenery, mild weather, great seafood and a slew of great auctions. Fisherman’s Wharf in beautiful Monterey, CA, once again played host for GT found a new owner for $112,750. An Auburn V12 phaeton from 1932 went to a new home for $134,750, marking one of the best buys all week long. In addition to the usual Corvette, Camaro and Challenger suspects, a well-restored 1967 Mustang GTA fastback sold at $44,000, and a truly bizarre George Barris custom 1958 Corvette sold for $72,500. There were also several race cars to be found among the classics and customs. A vintage race-prepped 1965 Mustang fastback sold for $77,000, while a Pro Street Nomad wagon crossed the block for a bargain $34,100. A first-year Shelby GT350 was bid to $385,000, but it wasn’t quite enough to change hands. Russo and Steele has a loyal cadre of followers and fans who make this auction the highlight of their Car Week activities, and for good reason. The lots attracted to the auction house are a direct reflection of their high standards and unyielding eye for quality. A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA CLASSICS #7003-1932 AUBURN TWELVE phaeton. VIN: BB1856A. Silver & burgundy/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,527 miles. Featuring steerable Pilot Ray driving lights. Comprehensively restored in 2001. Still shows well, with only 800 miles completed since the restoration. Little wear evident anywhere. Paint and chrome still shiny and vibrant, and the stainless still wears a good polish. Only a few small chips in the leading edge of the driver’s side front door detract from overall appearance. Cond: 2+. just good, the owner was justified in holding out for more. #7032-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 427 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136177Z121590. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 191 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rather shiny black paint with good prep. Rolls on oversize aftermarket billet mags. Stainless bits in need of attention, and the passenger’s side rear-quarter window reveals some light haze. Powered by a period-correct 427cube mill yielding 425 ponies, and backed by a Muncie 4-speed. This Chevelle is as much as anyone can want for an aboveaverage cruise-night special. Cond: 3+. for 290 hp in the high-rpm engine. Previously sold by Russo at their sale here in 2011 at $59,400 (ACC# 6764811). With the rarity of the 302-optioned Z/28, and the excellent condition of this Camaro, it is little wonder the owner held out for more than the high bid. #7095-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD-455 coupe. VIN: 2V87X4N138509. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 53,639 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint shows well—free from nicks or chips and with good stainless, and with decals that appeared to be fairly recent. Minimal signs of wear. Interior in good condition as well, again showing very little wear, with bright, fade-free colors throughout. Engine compartment clean and correct as a matching-numbers car should be. The only real fault on this car, and a common one with these second-generation F-bodies, was that the doors tend to sag at the rear, as they are both long and heavy. These doors sag—although not badly or excessively for the age of the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $134,750. Cars of this era, in this condition, are exceedingly rare, and take very specific owners to maintain them as such. This particular Auburn’s very attractive colors helped accentuate the car’s graceful lines. Despite this—and a highquality restoration that is aging well—the car sold well below market. The new owner bought this quite well. GM #7107-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1059305. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 94,745 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows quite well, chrome is hit and miss, with some of the larger bits having been redone while others appeared to be original and beginning to show their age. Fender wells painted a contrasting white— apparently recently, as no signs of wear are visible. Complete interior in good condition, with the spotlight handles showing signs of age as the weakest point. Air conditioning added via under-dash vents. Wire wheels have a shiny chrome finish and were wrapped in radial wide-white tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $35,200. Despite sitting on cartoonishly large wheels that make it look like a life-size version of a Hot Wheels model, the quality of work and detail here went far beyond the high bid. The owner was wise to hold out for more. #7097-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N584708. Le Mans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 72,887 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Striking in Le Mans Blue with white stripes. Paint seems recent, as do the chrome and stainless. Weatherstripping in good condition; showing no signs of wear. Interior equally wear-free, with the black vinyl absent any other marks or defects. The 4-speed manual topped by a chrome Hurst shifter and knob. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $79,200. The second and final year of the 455 Super Duty option; these Super Duties are rare, with only 943 being produced in 1974. This particular car was in nice shape, with what appeared to be a good restoration. However, this is not the most popular color combo for this car. Let’s hope the owner was right to hold out for more. CORVETTE NOT SOLD AT $74,250. Using the 327 engine’s bore and 283 engine’s stroke to make the 302 was designed to let the Camaro qualify for SCCA homologation, just sliding in under the 5.0-liter displacement limit. This combination proved to be good NOT SOLD AT $126,500. A very desirable top-down classic, great for weekend cruising. As condition on this car was better than 82 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #7147-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Barris custom convertible. VIN: J58S102126. Cascade Green/silver hard top/ black vinyl. Odo: 29,149 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA dummy vents added to it. Faded interior adorned with a cheap, aftermarket wood steering wheel. Just a sad state of affairs. Cond: 3-. Claimed by owner to be one of only five red-over-red Tri-Powers ever built. Bolt-on style wheels and correct Redline tires. SOLD AT $72,500. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the offspring would look like if a Solid Axle Corvette had carnal knowledge of an aardvark—here you go. The only reason this has any value at all is from Barris’ one-time involvement, and the fact that George is no longer with us. Very well sold. #7054-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10876S103719. Tuxedo Black & Sateen Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,077 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Shiny black paint that looks good at a distance fell down upon closer inspection: Numerous flaws, cracks at seams and poor prep are evident. Chrome and stainless pitting and showing signs of age. Wheel covers could show better with some light polishing. The hard-top windows, which are plexiglass on Solid Axle Corvettes, showed extensive scratches, Paint as-new, the chrome and stainless bright and shiny, and all the rubber trim in good condition. Interior correct and as-new, too. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. This price is a bit above the high end of the range for this car, but this car is as clean and correct an example as I have seen. The owner believes this is an extremely rare car, and said he was holding out for significantly more money than was offered. It may be a while before he is able to realize his goal. #7011-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 convertible. VIN: 194670S404021. Classic White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 74,641 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 25 ZR1s made in 1970, with possibly from over-zealous cleaning. Interior shows little wear, and is the only part of the car supporting the claim of a three-year-old restoration. Matching-numbers, high-horsepower, fuel-injected drivetrain. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. This Fuelie’s paint condition holds it back. This engine option should have pushed the price much higher, but the black paint shows every flaw—and this car has plenty. A $15k investment in a quality repaint could potentially net the new owner a much higher resale price. Well bought. #7005-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S117828. Rally Red/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 31,098 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A stunning restoration by the renowned Naber Brothers. An NCRS Lone Star Regional Top Flight Certified with 97.0 points and had a Bloomington Gold 99.0 point certificate. November-December 2016 83


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA LT1 backed by the famous Muncie M22 Rock Crusher, heavy-duty brakes, aluminum radiator, heavy-duty suspension and radio delete. A recent mechanical restoration garnered a 2015 NCRS Top Flight with a score of 98.3 points. Paint shows well, the chrome and stainless still shiny and polished, and all the exterior weatherstripping looks to be in good condition. Interior shows as-new, with no wear evident. The convertible top appears to have been recently replaced. Cond: 2+. #7041-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1QY0784C521199. Silver metallic/silver vinyl. Odo: 1,165 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Highly original, and obviously stored inside, but not with enough care. Fully loaded with power everything and factory AM-FM/cassette/CB. Interior shows next to no wear. The downfall is all the damage on the exterior, with miscellaneous nicks, scuffs, scratches, haze, nicks in the decals, and a small burn mark on the driver’s side just in front of the spoiler. Original Goodyear Eagle GTs. Quite original, but the damage can’t be ignored. Cond: 2-. FOMOCO #7156-1956 FORD F-100 custom pickup. VIN: F10D6L13413. Green & black/gray cloth. Odo: 79,899 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. From 10 feet away the paint is shiny and looks fairly new, but upon closer inspection it revealed poor prep, with sanding marks, swirls and orange peel throughout. Sits on chrome Riddler custom wheels. Oak bed nicely finished at one time, but now with signs of use and wear. Gray cloth bench seat, aftermarket gauges, and tilt wheel dress up the interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $159,500. Former Dick Guldstrand-sponsored racer. The ZR1 package can be difficult to verify, unless you have the original purchase order and buyer’s paperwork. With full history from purchase, the lineage on this Corvette was clear and concise. Price guides do not typically list values on these models, as they are so tough to verify, but one would have to add a substantial margin to regular LT-1 pricing for the genuine article. Well bought. SOLD AT $29,700. They’re only original once, and this one is. Despite the exterior condition, the car was very straight and correct. Looks pristine inside. Some of the flaws may be corrected without undergoing major restoration, but some of it was there to stay. For the seller, avoiding the cost of repairing what is here, well sold. For the buyer, looking for one of the last examples of total originality, well bought. NOT SOLD AT $33,100. This was a nice cruise-night special that could be used to run errands or haul stuff on the weekend, but the utility of a chore wagon/weekendnight cruiser must have been lost on the crowd here. Despite the paint, the balance of this truck is in decent shape. With a little detailing and attention, the owner should be able to capitalize on the hot classic-truck trend. Sand Metallic/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,137 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. With a/c and body-color hard tonneau. A subtle color that fits the T-bird well—complemented by the high standard of restoration here. The engine compartment was spectacular, and gleamed from every angle. The chrome and stainless both highly polished, and interior without flaw. Cond: 1. #7000-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. VIN: 3Y85Z100819. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $55,000. This has to be one of the biggest bargains of the weekend at Monterey. This final year of the Bullet Birds showed remarkably well, as it should. A 295.5-point car of a possible 300 in Vintage Thunderbird Club International judging, this Sports Roadster was also an AACA Senior Grand National winner, having amassed an impressive 67 AACA awards. Although the sales price sits squarely within the market, this car deserves to be at the upper end, if BEST BUY


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GLOVEBOXNOTES not close to the high-water mark. Very well bought. #7010-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM5S199. Eng. # 7E124729. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 21,164 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the first 300 of 562 cars built for the street in 1965 (#199). Recipient of an older restoration that still shows quite well. Paint, chrome and stainless all show well, and the weatherstripping is just beginning to show signs of age. Verified by the Shelby American World Registry as a numbers-matching car, this fastback also features a trunkmounted battery—an indication of its early build. Interior shows minimal wear, and presents well. Cond: 2+. Price as tested: $71,250 NOT SOLD AT $385,000. Titled as a 1965 Ford, this debut year for the Shelby Mustang certainly commands a premium. Accompanied by the trademark Shelby mods such as fiberglass hood with scoop, side exhaust, and auxiliary gauge pod—and sporting only 21,164 miles from new—this fastback ticks all the boxes a collector would want. The top bid sits at the lower end of the current price range, for what is clearly an upper-end Shelby. The seller was wise to hold out for more. #7102-1967 FORD MUSTANG GTA fastback. VIN: 7R02S152288. Vintage Burgundy/parchment vinyl. Odo: 43,671 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated by owner to have spent much of its life sitting, and he believed the 43k miles on the odometer to be accurate. He also indicated he just finished the restoration, and it showed. Glossy paint revealed good prep work. Chrome and stainless are shiny and showed no signs of wear. Interior appeared to be fresh, as did the engine compartment. Cond: 2. Equipment: 707-hp 6.2-L supercharged Hemi V8, TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, SRT-tuned Bilstein three-mode competitive suspension with adaptive dampening, 2.62 rear-end ratio, Brembo 6-piston brakes with ABS, all-speed traction control with three-mode electronic stability control, GPS navigation, remote start, backup camera and rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, Laguna Lux leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated wheel, Harman Kardon audio group with 19 speakers and subwoofer. mileage: 13 city/22 highway Likes: Solid chassis is all SRT — this car handles well for being a heavy 4-seater. Great brakes with no fade, quick-shifting transmission knows just when to downshift for seamless engine braking. Fantastic interior with a great feel throughout and what I still believe is the best Nav/stereo interface in the industry. Supercharged Hemi makes more power than anyone will ever really need. But overkill is what you’re buying here, right? Dislikes: It’s not exactly quiet or subdued. Ever. I drove this thing all around Monterey Car Week — among LaFerraris, McLarens and Bugatti Veyrons — and everyone was taking pictures of me. Your mileage varies with your right foot. I saw 22 mpg on the highway, but I also had to fill it up twice in two days. Verdict: My first experience in this car was at a ramp light on a freeway. Light went green and I goosed it. The Hellcat let out a shriek from the front and a rap from the back as it drifted sideways on spinning 275-series P-Zeros. Instant power, big smiles. “So this is 707 horsepower,” I thought. Sure felt like it. Then I found that the car defaults to 500 hp and second-gear starts until you turn it up inside the SRT menu. So there were 207 more ponies and a lower first gear hiding in there, which, when activated, turned this thing into a traction-compromised evil purple missile that drew four-letter words from everyone who rode in it. SOLD AT $44,000. Big-block Mustang production started in 1967. Given the freshly restored condition, and adding a little extra for 390-equipped cars, this example sold at the low end of the range. Seller said he had I think of the SRT Charger as the ultimate car-guy family hauler. The Hellcat sits up on a pedestal somewhere higher, with its dailydriver abilities coupled with a 200-mphplus top speed and insane amounts of acceleration and tire smoke. You may not need a 707-horse-boosted Hemi, but every self-respecting car guy wants one. I’m here to tell you that once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to give it back. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: Overall experience: November-December 2016 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat 4-door sedan By Jim Pickering 85


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA YOURCARS A DAYTONA COuPe DrIVer restored several other Mustangs over the years, and was ready for a new project. This was a smart buy for the new owner. #7046-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S05Y401512. Red/black leather. Odo: 19 miles. Absolutely as-new; there aren’t even any marks on the brake rotors. It looks to have been taken out of the wrapper for this auction. The interior is still wrapped in plastic. No signs of wear or use anywhere. Cond: 1. bay, numbers-matching drivetrain, very little visible interior wear and shiny paint accompanied by great chrome and stainless trim. The weatherstripping appears to be as-new. Shown with a copy of the window sticker, the broadcast sheet and certification of authenticity from Mopar expert Galen Govier. Cond: 1-. me with Peter brock in front of my Daytona Coupe #64 at the monterey Jet Center in 2012 with functioning side exhausts. It’s powered by a Roush 427-ci engine and a Tremec TKO-600 5-speed transmission. My interests began early. As a teenager in the mid-’60s, I read the magazine articles about Cobras and particularly the exploits of the six Daytona coupes. I was amazed that a car designed and built in 90 days could take on the Ferraris and beat them on their own turf. Getting one of the original six coupes was financially out of the question. Luckily, Superformance hired Peter Brock and Bob Nagstad, the original Daytona Coupe designers. They revamped the design to accommodate modern suspension, brakes and powertrains, with a slight increase in wheelbase. These upgrades make the car competitive with modernday supercars. Despite its high-performance capabilities, we’ve taken 1,400-mile trips in great comfort. I love my Daytona! — Kathy RoyA Submit your own car story at comments@ americancarcollector.com 86 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com Daytona coupe, VIN SPC0064. It was the first car delivered My car is a Superformance NOT SOLD AT $357,500. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale earlier this year, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $350,000 (ACC# 6798359). Not a whole lot more offered this time. This is toward the lower price range for these…and it is as-new. That leaves little wonder as to why the seller took it home. 45. Midnight Blue/black leather. Odo: 48,000 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. This GT was the first car built in the last of the pre-production runs. It’s spotless, showing no signs of wear, road rash, chips, scratches, or any other indication of use. Signed by Carroll Shelby, and accompanied by full documentation from Ford. Used for testing various parts and systems, and later used as a testbed for supercharger performance modifications. Cond: 1-. 4 #7012-2005 FORD GT PB2-1 coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90SX5Y4000- NOT SOLD AT $209,000. Heavily optioned, this Challenger convertible is only one of two R/T 440 Six Packs produced in this color, and one of only 99 R/T 440 Six Pack convertibles ever. As clean, rare, and striking as it is, bids went far above the current price range but did not meet the owner’s reserve. At almost $50,000 above book, perhaps the owner should have sold. Or perhaps they’re awaiting the return of prerecession Mopar prices. AMERICANA #7075-1963 APOLLO 3500 GT coupe. VIN: 1027104A. Red/gray leather. Odo: 28,321 miles. 3.5-L V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only 47 Apollos ever produced, and one of three built with an automatic transmission. Finished in a resplendent Rosso Corsa. Some signs of poor preparation on bodywork, chrome shows slight pitting and some burnish marks, and driver’s door handle overhung the door gap. Chrome wire wheels reveal hammer marks on knockoff spinners. A sign on the dash proclaimed, “FUEL GAUGE NOT WORKING.” Interior shows some signs of wear, but nothing out of line with age and general condition of car. Overall, it’s in good shape for its age, but not quite ready for concours. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $835,000. As it was sold on a bill of sale only, it’s unlikely this car will ever see a public road. However, that may be less important to the right collector than owning a piece of Ford development history, and the precursor to one of the Blue Oval’s greatest performers of all time. The price may seem high, especially for a car that can’t be driven on the streets, but where would you find another? MOPAR #7057-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE convertible. VIN: JS27V0B203932. Go Mango/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 51,174 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nearly spotless, with an immaculate engine SOLD AT $112,500. The idea of a car with sleek Italian styling and reliable American mechanicals is neither new nor unique. However, low production numbers ensure this one will always be unusual, and you would be hard-pressed to ever see two at the same show. Given that it is one of only three autos ever made, checks the box for desirable 1960s Italian styling, and doesn’t require selling relatives/children to afford it, this may be a bargain. Well bought. A TOP 10


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GAA — July 2016 TRIED-AND-TRUE STAPLES OF THE AUCTION CIRCUIT — CAMAROS, MUSTANGS AND CORVETTES — COMPRISED 23% OF THE OFFERINGS GAA Greensboro, NC July 28–30, 2016 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Jr., Mike Anderson, Ricky Parks Automotive lots sold/ offered: 357/551 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $9,502,467 High sale: 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, sold at $129,850 buyer’s premium: 6%, minimum $500, included in sold prices 1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe — rising in interest and dollars, and sold at $34,980 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 and Larry Trepel Intro by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics J 88 AmericanCarCollector.com uly is the slowest month for most activities in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Factories shut down and vacations are scheduled to avoid triple-digit temperatures. I’ve attended more than a few Carolina automotive events with the moniker “July Fry.” If you were staying home, the Palace — apt descrip- tor of the site of GAA’s thrice-yearly auction — was one cool place to be. In the past year this brightly lit, air-conditioned 80,000-square-foot facility grew to more than 200,000 square feet under the roof and, for this auction, eight skyboxes were added. Despite the summer doldrums, GAA easily filled its roster with 551 offerings — the number that works best for their Thursday night through Saturday afternoon auction. Sales improved 31% over last year’s event, which was a remarkable achievement as only three cars — two Shelby GT500s and a restored Mercedes-Benz 190SL — topped five figures. Trends included bidders’ greater interest in resto- mods. They accounted for five of the top 11 sales. Well-done kit cars were plentiful and brought some real money: A Superformance Cobra topped $74,000 and a Factory Five GTM supercar was favorably bought for $64,000. Bill Jordan brought his 19th rendition of a Shell Valley Classic Wheels Cobra. Magnificently prepared, it easily brought over $50,000, as expected. A real 427 Cobra received a high bid of $800,000 but did not sell. Tried-and-true staples of the auction circuit — Camaros, Mustangs and Corvettes — comprised 23% of the offerings. Typically, the older the model of Corvette, the higher the sales result. Mopars, however, were few. Two 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcats, one Charger and a Challenger went unsold. GAA is, without a doubt, a great place to buy and sell. The cars are easy to inspect. Offerings seem fairly treated on the block, and the Deal Doctor frequently converts no-sales. A singular concern is the accuracy and completeness of listings on the website. The website is extremely easy to navigate, but mistakes and misspellings are frequent. A huge auction advantage is the uncommonly low buyer’s commission of 6%. Forget the Web description; for the extra 4% savings, I’ll go inspect the cars myself. A


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GM #ST0084-1942 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 14338937. Blue/Bone vinyl/Bone leather. Odo: 31,495 miles. Paint has good luster but mediocre quality, and now shows various chips and cracks. Panel fit fair. Bumpers recently rechromed. Trunk handle broken. Instruments and clock face nicely restored, set in an overall impressive dash. Steering wheel and seats nicely patinated. Interior let down only by missing passenger’s kick panel and radio volume knob. Cond: 3-. pitted. Incredibly well-detailed engine compartment—sparkling clean. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,950. A great 20-footer with amazing presence and valuable J-2 option. Most of the hard-to-find parts are there, but car needs extensive detailing. The four-inchlonger, triple-carbureted 98 convertible is commonly a six-figure car. The 88, although lighter, does not have the cachet. Marketcorrect sale. SOLD AT $24,910. One of 17 lots (all noreserve) from the George Shinn Collection, this Buick was purchased by Shinn for $33,480 last year at Mecum’s Rogers Museum auction (ACC# 6791963). Perhaps he bought more cars than intended then, as some are back on the block. An eye-catching car showing presentable, if not outstanding, restoration. Looks like no further work was done, so money lost on the sale but not on restoration. Buicks from 1942 are fairly rare, so I’d call it well bought. #ST0171-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 J-2 convertible. VIN: 578W02556. Banff Blue & Victorian White/white canvas/light & dark blue & white vinyl. Odo: 80,259 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. From a large private collection. Older restoration. Two-tone paint. The white has fair number of inclusions. Blue paint smooth and well applied. Repaint does not extend to door jambs and underhood cowl panel. Door and hood gaps excellent, but trunk fit poor. Panels straight. Skirt fit poor. Bumper chrome excellent. Side and window trim remarkably well preserved (or expertly reconditioned). Continental kit chrome has inclusions and scratches. Nice patina on seat upholstery. Door panels loose and sagging. Multiple cracks in steering wheel. Wind lace, felt and rubber trim detached. Dashboard chrome #TH0082-1960 PONTIAC VENTURA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 360L1933. Gold & white/gold & white vinyl. Odo: 19,303 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “Fireball” Roberts tribute car. Two-tone paint well applied and attractive. Panels are straight and fit is good. Already some scratches beneath hood and on door jambs. Chrome taillights, door handles and mirrors extensively pitted. Bumpers in attractive silver paint. New, custom gold-andwhite upholstery attractive and well done. Steering wheel cracked and pitted interior chrome. Vent windows delaminated. Engine painted to match car. Engine compartment is neat but not well detailed. Cond: 3-. slight wear. Muncie 4-speed gearbox. Wheels beautifully repainted in OE gray. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,980. This appealing Z/28 displayed elements of a carefully done restoration. With only 255 hp, some muscle car devotees will scoff at leaving engine stock, but one can see why ’70s Camaros have gained a following. Classic styling, and able to keep up with a modern Hyundai. Values should continue to climb on these relatively rare Z/28s. A decent buy for the amount of labor and care. #TH0070-1985 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GK479XFH422609. Black/ black & gray vinyl. Odo: 31,437 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint quality excellent for age. Panel fit also excellent. Interior fabric extensively worn and shredded in multiple locations. Dashboard cracked. Heavily rusted master cylinder and turbocharger. Rust and paint loss elsewhere in engine compartment. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. A car of contrasts. A fabulous framework with incredible attention to paint and upholstery, but so many other details needed attention. Did seller run out of funds for restoration or did he think the dress-up would hide flaws? Or maybe he wanted a “20-footer.” Bid was appropriate, and it’ll take more work to get a higher bid. #FR0200-1972 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L2N151667. Mulsanne Blue/black cloth. Odo: 222 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Show-quality paintwork in correct Mulsanne Blue, with some very minor flaws in black stripes. Bumpers have minimal chrome hazing. Firestone Wide Oval 60 tires. Underbody restored and clean—appears carefully done. Interior has newly restored seats, headliner, dashpad and carpeting. Other elements, such as dash plastic-wood trim, appear original with “ 90 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $8,750. Midway through the Grand National cycle, but not the high-end GNX. Appears to have been stored in a moist locale but indoors. If mileage is true, owner seems to have a collectible car with a good body and good paint. 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GAA // Greensboro, NC #ST0107-1993 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. VIN: 2G1FP22P5P2111320. Black & white/black & white cloth. Odo: 2,385 miles. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Indianapolis Pace Car appears as new, with polishing marks. Striping perfect. Interior as if it has never been used. Engine compartment clean and as if never used. Cond: 1-. perhaps one small area in the rear hinting at some body repair long ago. Engine compartment and chassis also appeared mostly original. Interior, again claimed to be all original, was more on the edge, with seats, console center panel and carpeting restored, in my opinion. Cond: 3-. #FR0063-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY22P7R5117343. Burgundy/ black leather. Odo: 1,225 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Flawless body and paint, pristine underbody, and immaculate engine support claim of just 1,225 miles. Wheels and tires also in asnew condition. Scouring the perfect interior for flaws only comes up with some very minor wear on driver’s seat side bolster. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $15,900. First year of fourth-generation Camaro, and one of 633 Z/28 Indy Pace Cars. Stored well and used minimally. Car is attractive, uncommon and soon to be eligible for AACA shows—where it will undoubtedly be a winner. Similar cars of lesser quality have gone for more, and that makes this favorably bought. #TH0085-2004 CHEVROLET SSR convertible. VIN: 1GCES14PX4B107354. Purple/black leather. Odo: 6,327 miles. 5.3-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint has numerous polishing marks, but no deep scratches or dents. Paint appears tired. Significant creasing of driver’s seat. Engine dusty, but no evidence of leaks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,700. Catalog describes it as “Top Flight & Bloomington Gold Survivor Candidate.” Whether or not it meets the Gold standard, this Corvette is still a delightful car to look at if you enjoy originality. The crackled paint on the fiberglass is patina perfection. Only the seats let it down a bit, leaving one wondering what it would add to see the originals still intact. Bidding stopped at $44k, but it was sold post-block for just $1k more. Quite well bought. #FR0265-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 coupe. VIN: 1Z37L2S509016. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 46,648 miles. 350-ci 255hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Previous ground-up restoration, with date unknown. Originally the property of a GM exec. Thick paint smoothly applied without inclusions; some crazing left front. Paint chipped around roof panels. Body panels straight, with good fit. Chrome badges and bumpers appear new. Brightwork around windows displays multiple scratches. Dashboard and upholstery show minimal wear. Chromed interior trim appears original and shows age. Power steering and brakes. Tilt wheel. Wires hanging beneath dash. Trim tag a replacement. Engine compartment appears restored and kept to original appearance. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,380. Uniquely styled pickup/ hard top/convertible, which failed to sell in GM’s anticipated production numbers. This car looks a bit older than its stated mileage. Perhaps it had extensive time outdoors. Detailing would have helped its appearance. A fair transaction for buyer and seller. CORVETTE 105454. Ermine White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,793 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Described as all original. Paint and body certainly seem to be original, with #ST0116-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1946765- 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $19,345. For the Corvette collector this was as new an example of a C4 as one will find. As a late-era C4, the flaws were mostly corrected, so another plus. In person this car will not disappoint—except for the automatic transmission. High price according to Price Guide value, but a rare bargain in my opinion. Well bought. FOMOCO #ST0132-1940 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: A09A7478399210331. Dark red/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 26,247 miles. Older restoration of uncertain age. Slight orange peel on passengers’ side doors, but otherwise excellent paint. Front door gaps wide. Panels straight. Exterior piping fits well. Window trim dented and scratched, but remainder of brightwork excellent. Interior reveals mild wear, but excellent care— as does top. Rare original-type heater switch and dual-door heater. Engine compartment neat, but 59A-B heads and crab distributor suggest later (1946–48) engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,340. The older restoration was good, but the car needed a few commonly seen details addressed. Chromebumper LT-1s seem to be increasing in popularity. Tilt wheel and power options enhanced desirability (and drivability). Air conditioning would have made this a screaming good buy—instead of just a good buy. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. A striking driverquality car, with a few neat touches, but little to no interest from bidders. 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GAA // Greensboro, NC #FR0046-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3JG68Z162178. Corinthian White/blue leather. Odo: 18,856 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Z-code Galaxie. Previous restoration, but age unknown. Paint even and consistent throughout, without significant flaws. Panels are straight and hood, doors and trunk line up well. Side trim shows signs of wear and a few minor dents. Remainder of chrome and brightwork shows wear consistent with mild aging and significant care. Interior has wonderful patina with no significant rips, wrinkles or gouges. Aftermarket gauges. Sloppy wiring in engine compartment. Oxidation on headers and some oil leaking onto intake manifold. Aftermarket air cleaner and valve covers. Cond: 3-. throughout. Perhaps that and care are what defines patina. Despite excellent drivability, a great and reasonably priced parts supply, a luxurious interior for its day and an attractive profile, these cars have not caught fire in the marketplace. Z-code for a 390 engine confers little value. Sale price close to real value, so fair deal all around. #ST0183-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 3Y86N403544. Ermine white/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 4,077 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration with some significant flaws. Rear suspension sagging. Paint still largely presentable with no orange peel, but chrome trim loose on fenders and in various stages of pitting. Dent in rear bumper and front bumper scratched. New vinyl soft top. Interior decent but tired, as typical in these cars. Glovebox wood in good shape, but door wood not at same level. Seats redone at some time, but leather now extremely dry and cracked. A few torn window gaskets. Engine compartment acceptable, but many pieces painted black that perhaps shouldn’t be. Oil leak was seeping out in front of car; had to walk carefully near it. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $26,500. Another Lincoln Continental suffering from decaying restoration. These are iconic cars and deserve better, but modest market value means lack of maintenance and prohibitive restoration costs. Some good elements; if buyer was a restoration shop, they can probably bring this Continental back to life with modest investment and resell it. Well sold. #ST0140-1985 FORD F-150 XLT Lariat pickup. VIN: 1FTCF15H1FNA24643. Red & white/red cloth. Odo: 3,610 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to have always been stored indoors and never driven in the rain. Red paint near perfect on sides and back, SOLD AT $16,960. Actually a 1963½, as notchbacks were replaced by fastback rooflines during the year. There seems to be something genuine and attractive about a car that has worn gently and consistently 94 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GAA // Greensboro, NC MARKETMOMENT 1994 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup SOlD at $14,300 Mecum, Harrisburg, PA, July 21–23, 2016, Lot T6 VIN: 1FTD15R2RLA83004 with a few polishing scratches and a small touch-up on hood. Panels straight and bed without flaw. Chrome and interior flawless. Equipped with a/c, power steering, power windows and cruise control. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $25,440. At GAA pickups outnumber Porsches, and this low-mileage, well-appointed truck grabbed so much attention. Sold well over valuation of a #1-condition vehicle. Well sold and, perhaps, an indication of where the truck market is heading. MOPAR #FR0257-1958 DESOTO FIRESWEEP Sportsman 2-dr hard top. VIN: LS111834. Black & beige/gray cloth, black & white vinyl. Odo: 64,489 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint and chrome restoration now needing another round. Black sections looking particularly battle-weary. Extensive, if not severe, chrome pitting. Little or no rust underneath. New wire wheels with original hubcaps and fender skirts included. Interior also appears restored years ago and combines some fine-looking elements with signs of aging, chrome pitting and general decay. Modern under-dash stereo for traveling pleasure. Cond: 3-. As weird as it might be to consider, there are new buyers in the market who were merely then that it still has today. I’ve never stopped wanting one. Where the Lightning really gets me going is torque. The 5.8-L V8 pumps out 340 lb/ft at 3,200 rpm — more than enough to plaster a smile on my mug. Of course, that grunt comes at the cost of fuel economy, but when it comes to collector cars, I doubt many of us are counting single- and low-double-digit mileage figures as deal-breakers. This truck’s former owners have tacked on a few deviations from stock: an AutoMeter kids when Ford’s SVT Lightning was the baddest (at least in reputation) truck on the market. I was a kid when this truck was new, and it had a pull on me transmission temperature gauge fills an injection-molded pod on the steering column. There’s a close-enough-to-Oxford-White tonneau cover, and a Gibson exhaust outlet sticks out behind the passenger’s side rear wheel. It appears stock otherwise — including the optional tube bumper. Good luck to the new owner if they ever need to replace that piece. The buyer made out in a good way here, plunking down just $14,300 for this 56,103-mile white Lightning. The ACC Pocket Price Guide median value is $18,200, so is there any particular reason this one went 20% below? Well, it wasn’t because of the condition, as this one appears to be in remarkable shape. I’d peg placement as the culprit. This was Lot T6, which translates to T for Thursday and 6 for its run number. That’s really early in a three-day event, and it was the reason somebody got a great deal on this torque-happy pickup. A SOLD AT $30,210. This DeSoto had some serious issues with paint and chrome, and new owner will probably consider addressing them soon. These are striking cars to look at, and sit in, but restoring that exterior will be no small task. At least rust seems to be off the table for now. But add to the list an interior that has also lost some of its appeal to the passing of time. Well sold. AMERICANA — Chad Tyson 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0077-1955 PACKARD CLIPPER Panama Super 2-dr hard top. VIN: 55472651. Moonstone & Ultramarine/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 78,572 miles. 320-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Older repaint still displays nice sheen, but now has some chips and cracks. Chrome trim mostly decent, but some dings and slight hazing. Bumpers look better—appear recently rechromed. Trunk lock missing. Underbody clean, body-off restoration done at one time. New rear exhaust and muffler. Engine clean and bright, but orange overspray on fan belt looks careless. Interior looks recently restored, with headliner AmericanCarCollector.com


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GAA // Greensboro, NC and seats especially impressive. Dash in overall fine condition, but metal fascia has odd dents on passenger’s side. Steering wheel has minor cracks. Long interior trim piece at top of windshield missing. Windshield glass has large circular hazing on passenger’s side. Cond: 3. vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 96,102 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Ground-up restoration at a date unknown. Paint smoothly applied, with a few touch-ups. Panels straight. Upholstery reveals minimal wear. Numerous wires hanging from dash. Several drain holes without rubber plugs. Floor liner worn on driver’s side. Power steering. Engine compartment well restored—neat and tidy. Cond: 2. #TH0017-1986 AM GENERAL HUMVEE M998 utility. VIN: 010845. Tan/tan vinyl/tan canvas. Odo: 36,133 miles. Seems to have a freshened-up coat of paint casually applied. No dents or dings in body. Doors and top new. Interior shows extensive wear. Front glass delaminated. Dirty engine compartment, but no significant leaks. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $13,780. One of a number of cars from the George Shinn Collection. Shinn purchased the car just last year at Mecum’s Rogers Museum auction (ACC# 6792097, $16,200); perhaps it didn’t meet his expectations. The basics are here for a fun, driver-quality car to own, but it needs someone to spend time on some details. Looks like the work done was prior to Shinn’s ownership. Fairly well bought; may bring much pleasure for a modest price. #TH0035-1980 JEEP CJ-7 Renegade SUV. VIN: J0M93EC705409. Bronze/black SOLD AT $15,370. Long-wheelbase Jeep, with much work done to make it presentable yet a few details obviously not addressed. I tried out the shifter to verify it as a 4-speed and not a 3-speed as listed on website. The AMC inline-6 engine is reliable and popular. A great buy and fair transaction for all. SOLD AT $15,370. GovPlanet auctions offers a steady supply of Humvees. Over 300k have been built. The government decommissioned 4,000 units in 2014, offering them at auction with certain conditions. They cannot be exported or purchased by a non-U.S. citizen. Mileage of most auction cars is typically lower than this offering, and bids are typically a bit more than here. But the seller decided this was good enough and let it go. A 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP American Highlights at Five Auctions Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report CLASSICS #137-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Boattail Speedster. VIN: 33151E. Eng. # GH4401. Metallic gray/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 113 miles. Fresh restoration in recent past. ACD Club certified 2016. Pebble Beach 2015 only show since redo. Matching-numbers engine. Top end and supercharger rebuilt during resto. Silver paint, with black blended in, is show-field quality. Columbia 2-speed rear end. Chrome wires on blackwall tires. Couldn’t find one nit to pick. Cond: 1. 2 $53k over the high estimate — 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, sold at $236,500, Gooding & Co., Pebble beach, CA Gooding & Company Pebble beach, CA — August 20–21, 2016 Auctioneers: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 114/138 Sales rate: 83% Sales total: $129,780,950 High American sale: 1914 Marmon Sixteen convertible, sold at $1,210,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven Bonhams Carmel, CA — August 19, 2016 Auctioneers: James Knight, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered: 101/115 Sales rate: 88% Sales total: $36,642,800 High American sale: 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy town cabriolet, sold at $1,254,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report by Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas Seminetta Photos by Ian Butt RM Sotheby’s monterey, CA — August 19–20, 2016 Auctioneers: Bill Ruprecht Automotive lots sold/offered: 82/100 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $117,925,000 100 AmericanCarCollector.com High American sale: 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 roadster, sold at $13,750,000 buyer’s premium: 10% included in sale prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Lucky Collector Car Auctions Tacoma, WA — July 28, 2016 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Evan McMullen, Ryan Massey, Dan Schorno Automotive lots sold/offered: 95/192 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $1,329,013 High American sale: 1914 Hupmobile Model B, sold at $57,500 buyer’s premium: 10%; 13% for credit cards; included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston VanDerBrink The Wes Anderson Collection Chatfield, mN — July 16, 2016 Auctioneers: Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Palvis, Aaron Williamson Automotive lots sold/offered: 50/52 Sales rate: 96% Sales total: $255,371 High sale: 1979 Piper PA-28-181 Archer II airplane, sold at $36,180 buyer’s premium: 0% for onsite, 8% for online, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $269,500. Whenever I read a catalog entry with vague references like, “this and that part appear to be original Lincoln items appropriate for this model,” or “the first 50 years of this car’s history are SOLD AT $990,000. I had a model of a Boattail Speedster when I was a kid, and even then I knew these were special cars. I especially liked this one, as its blackened paint, blackwall tires and rakish, cut-down black top gave it a bit of a sinister look. A few years back, really good ones suddenly doubled in price and they’ve been creeping since; this is now the going rate. Not sure where the classic market is heading over the long term, but right now this car was fairly bought. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/16. #52-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. VIN: 32462H. Eng. # FC3249. White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 68,577 miles. History prior to mid ’80s unknown. Numbersmatching example, but catalog verbiage ambiguous as to whether all its parts were born with this car. Most recent restoration completed in 2006, with work done to a high, but not concours, level in tasteful color scheme. Paint smooth and unblemished. Red leather showing light wear and very inviting. Turned aluminum dash nicely done; gauges clear and crisp. Very tidy under hood and nicely presented. Cond: 2+. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $9,200. This could be one to consider as a teenager’s first car with automatic transmission, new convertible top, easy maintenance, and 95 hp that would stay with traffic, yet uncompetitive in a stoplight grand prix. Price paid was on target for condition, and buyer will probably get his money back at selling time—if well maintained at the current level. Another wellbought and -sold transaction. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/16. #485-1966 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 266576C113470. Candlelight Cream/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,848 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Southgate, CA-built. Resprayed in original hue with sharp-looking black vinyl roof. Finish has buffer streaks, some original chrome lightly pitted. Factory mags in good condition, shod with recent Redlines. Interior near mint. Spongy bucket seats. Correct tach on console. Deep vertical scratches on inside of windshield directly in driver’s view. (Must be a story there.) Engine bay clean. Equipped with power steering and brakes. Optional 3x2-bbl carbs signal the HO version putting out 376 hp. Tend to nits and zits and it’s show-worthy. Cond: 2. lintless black carpet. Immaculate under hood, with correct teal paint on block. K&N air filter and Optima Red Top battery are only deviations from stock. Glorious restoration. Cond: 1. FOMOCO #249-1932 FORD HIGHBOY roadster. VIN: AB5055556. Blue/gray leather. Built by Miller Automotive with Offenhauser aluminum heads fed by triple two-barrels. Southern California Timing Association plaque on dash. Times at 142.97 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1954. A clean Highboy that has the right period look. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $55,500. This triple-black GTO was either an unidentified restoration shop’s masterpiece, or I was somehow teleported to a 1967 Pontiac showroom. “Stunning” was the first adjective that came to mind. After considerable time searching for nits, I had to rate it Condition 1 (despite easily reversed non-stock air cleaner and battery). The “42” in VIN means authentic GTO, “B” built in Baltimore. The definition of mint—this was the best presentation at the sale. Final bid wasn’t enough; seller should be making reservations now for Arizona in January. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/16. CORVETTE SOLD AT $17,825. Long and low design reflects mid-’60s pursuit of implied luxury through excess. If you want one, first measure your garage to ensure it can accommodate a length of 214.8 inches—plus walk-around room. In 1966, Pontiac produced 36,757 with base price of $3,757. Pontiac’s marketeers conjured performance images with names like Grand Prix and GTO, while naming the better seller after an LA street. (Yes, Ventura.) The Grand Prix was a straight-line performer with no need for corner workers. This crowd should have gone nuts with the value-added Tri-Power— but didn’t. Final bid was enough to own it, and buyer obtained good value for his money, with potential appreciation down the road. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/16. #410-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242677B102820. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 80,816 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Flawless black paint, laserstraight panels, excellent gaps, new top. All-new chrome, trim, badges. Mint factory Rally wheels, glass immaculate, dual exhausts. Showroom-fresh interior, mint dash has factory tunes, unblemished console, 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #53-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S104512. Marina Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 90,809 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored at unknown date, but twice awarded NCRS Top Flight Award. Paint excellent and gaps better than typical Corvette. Interior well done. Has rare headrest option. Also with hard top, sidepipes, F41 HD suspension, power assist on J56 big brakes, M21 box, and 4:11 Positraction rear end. Rides on BFG T/A radials and Torq Thrust wheels. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,500. These are a tough sell unless they have history and known ownership. As such, this sold for a market-correct number. Bet the seller was looking for a bit more, however, with a $75k–$100k estimate range. (See profile, p. 48.) RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/16. (See profile, p. 48.) #130A-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe 2-dr sedan. VIN: 8299313. Black/olive green mohair. Odo: 10,622 miles. Fitted with fully chromed stock wheels and AM radio. Dealer-accessory heater, driving lights, hood greyhound and integral clock rearview mirror. Decent older repaint, but with areas of lousy rattle-can touch-up from dents and scrapes—such as on the leading edge of right-front fender. Rock-hard running board rubber cracking and flaking off at edges. Decent amateur seat redo, although their take on the headliner wasn’t so good. Poorly fitted carpeting and rubber front floor mat. Engine repainted at least twice; the most recent repaint a few decades back has generally peeled off and now shows mostly surface rust and grime. Starts right up, but the rusted-out exhaust system is in need of replacing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $236,500. The only nits to pick were the period mags and modern whiteletter tires. Not really a big deal, though, as it would be a simple matter to swap in the right set of shoes for the formal events, should the new owner be of that ilk. Still, knowing how picky some Corvette guys can be, I thought the non-stock look might hurt the sale. Wrong-o! This big block brought big money—$53k over the high estimate, and it was very well sold. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/16. SOLD AT $11,750. Yvette VanDerBrink was rightly PO’ed when it came time to sell this car, since somebody broke off the greyhound hood ornament. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP the mantra of “do no harm” when interacting with a vehicle at auction, unfortunately, far too many tire-kickers think, “It ain’t mine.” That is, if they are actually thinking. Regardless, market-correct sale for an old ride that still needs some TLC—and a new hood ornament. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. 777. Black/red leather. Odo: 3,412 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Late-production 289 Cobra sold by an astute Chicago collector. Storied, well-documented history that includes significant front-end damage, a color change and the addition of incorrect (427-style) wheel flares. Well optioned with Stewart-Warner gauges, Automate electrics 3 #71-1965 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2524. Eng. # BP7- Cond: 2. SOLD AT $880,000. Perfect 289 Cobras can approach $1m. This car was well sold given its accident history and incorrect bodywork. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/16. #494-1965 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10DR651935. Orange/gray cloth. Odo: 46,328 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Economy repaint, with embedded dirt and fisheyes over original orange, and which missed front gravel pan and jambs. Chips on hood edges, thin chrome on bumpers, grille had road rash and antenna loose— contradicting radio delete plate on dash. Aftermarket alloys hold white-letter Road Hugger tires. Cargo box shows heavy use that spray-in bedliner can’t hide. Interior not much better, with chips and scratches in original orange dash, dirty and worn thresholds and headliner panel missing. New gray cloth on bench seat and black carpet. Dusty underhood, with Holley aluminum valve covers, new fuel filter, Optima Red Top held by bungee cord and rattle-can black on splash shields. Power steering and brakes. Economy presentation, odometer at least on lap two. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,500. If you ever wanted to pose as working for the Forest Service, here’s your ride. Vibe was a fluff-and-buff for auction while priced on the selling dealer’s website at $12,999. If the definition of a 20-footer required a photo sample, this truck could be a contender. That said, this was a hauler one could actually use for trips to the dump without fear of damage. One bidder liked it enough to make this a home-run sale for the seller even after fees. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/16. and rack-and-pinion steering. Matchingnumbers engine and drivetrain. Nice paint and chrome, with some cracked rubber. Original interior with beautiful patina. #17-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S2157. Eng. # 6R09K190645. Ivy Green/black vinyl. Odo: 56,035 miles. 289ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lifetime California car spending time on both the road and racetrack. Five owners swapped the engine and gearbox multiple times (the original engine stayed with the car and was reinstalled). An unusual combination of restored and original bits. Front discs, rear drums, live rear axle, 3:89 rear end, factory alloys. Carroll Shelby-signed glovebox. Current condition exudes signs of enjoyment. Poor paint quality with stars in finish and cracked edges. Rims need restoration. Cond: 3-. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH A Focus on Cars That are Showing Some Financial Upside SOLD AT $121,000. This lot could be used on a regular basis without regret. This was a good buy—if it was bought with this intention. The new owner will be underwater all too quickly if they attempt a full restoration. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/16. 1992–96 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 been special performance editions or everyday drivers — both are the kinds of cars that buyers want in today’s market, either because they always wanted the car on the poster, or because they had one (or knew someone who did) and now want to relive that time in a new way. The Corvette straddles that line. These I cars were on every kid’s wall — I still have a 1993 Corvette Technical Data Poster hanging in my office — but these cars were also everywhere in the real world too, with 98,838 built over those model years (and without a lot to differentiate them from the whole 1984–96 C4 run, which all look pretty much the same). So here we have a weird mix of an attainable, ubiquitous halo car. But on the plus side, these Corvettes are cheap at an average Detailing Years built: 1992–96 Number produced: 19,977 (1992); 21,088 (1993); 22,882 (1994); 19,767 (1995); 15,124 (1996) Courtesy of calxibe.com Average price of those cars: $9,238 Current Median ACC Valuation: $11,308 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 42 sale price of under $10k, and that LT1 engine is both powerful and durable. Other than Optispark ignition, there isn’t much to go really wrong here. I won’t call this a sure thing, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see low-mileage examples go up in value if these ’90s trends continue across the market. Worst-case scenario is you’ve bought a usable classic that’ll be fun to drive. A 106 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Jim Pickering f there’s been one theme that’s laced its way through all the auction results of 2016, it’s that cars from the 1980s and 1990s have come up in value based on a younger demographic of buyer. With that, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest a car to watch that isn’t yet going up in value but I think stands a good chance of positive appreciation — the 1992–96 LT1-powered Corvette. Here’s the thing: Most all of the ’90s cars we’ve seen boosted in the market have either #140A-1976 FORD MAVERICK coupe. VIN: 6K91L201214. Two-tone green/green vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 51,982 miles. 250-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c and upgraded engine. Original paint, which hasn’t been cared for much in recent decades. Rust blisters most prevalent around rocker panels and wheelwells, but generally everywhere on the car. Broken plastic grille. Original vinyl roof dye blotchy and discolored. Period clear vinyl waffle-butt covers on all seats, so vinyl beneath is excellent. Moderate-to-heavier carpet soiling, but rest of interior in pretty good shape. Rear-view mirror fell off and is sitting on transmission hump. While very original under hood—including smog pump—much of the surface rust is transitioning into something more serious. Starts and runs well. Overall a victim of both the Salt Belt and subsequent poor storage. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,975. The standard Maverick powertrain was the 200-ci, 81-hp straight six hooked to a three-on-the-tree manual. The slightly larger 250 coupled to the C4 automatic means that both have equal performance levels—or a lack thereof. While generally original, it’s also showing its authenticity in a propensity to dissolve. Nearby Rochester, MN—where this car originally hailed—in particular has long been hell-bent to salt their streets at the drop of a snowflake, and it shows on this Maverick. If it’s not a V8-powered Grabber, not even Ford fans take much interest. More of a cheap commuter bomb than anything else at this point. Bad colors, bad rust—sold well. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. #116-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 convertible. VIN: 5CSXA1816XL000064. Centen


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL nial Silver & Bright Blue Metallic/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 2,637 miles. 4.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Bought back by Carroll Shelby from third owner. A performance car loaded with creature comforts such as a/c, power top and Monsoon sound system. One of only 249 built. Powered by tweaked Oldsmobile L47 V8. Forged threepiece aluminum wheels. The right color combination. Only issue I found was scratch on right front fender. Cond: 2+. mohair. Odo: 92,387 miles. Titled off the engine number. Repainted several years back, and still presentable. Sloppy masking around running boards, which have rockhard rubber chipping off. Good door fit. Dent in right-rear corner of the car—missed the trunk lid, but did cause paint to flake off. Skewed wiper blades. Professionally reupholstered interior, with good workmanship throughout and minimal wear or soiling. Period Coronado AM radio mounted beneath left end of dashboard. Heavier surface rust where original engine paint was. Heavyduty 00-gauge, custom fabricated battery cables. Otherwise generally stock under hood—albeit more along the lines of expedient repairs versus a concerted effort to keep things original. Starts easily and runs out well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $137,500. These were plagued with production delays, and delivery positions were sold for well above $200k. Times change and modern supercars put these in the dust. Price paid here is about right, and proceeds benefit Carroll Shelby Trust. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/16. MOPAR #131A-1937 PLYMOUTH P4 sedan. VIN: 10302844. Eng. # R18102003. Black/tan SOLD AT $7,000. Compared to the lowpriced competition of Ford and Chevrolet, the Plymouths in 1937 really looked plain and frumpy. But the tough-as-nails flathead six under the hood made up for it. While not as powerful as the Ford, it was more frugal with gas in the era of the economy starting to come back from the Great Depression, and was far more durable than the splashlubricated Chevy Stovebolt. Opened up on Proxibid at $5,100, but was all boots on the ground from there on out. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. 110398. Black/ beige leather. Odo: 11,351 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An historic Letter car, one of six built for speed-record trials on Daytona Beach—only two known to still exist. In completely original, low-mile condition, stored under temperature control for 40 years. Paint well preserved in places, but significant shrinkage and orange peel in others. Chrome polished to where it’s 8 #73-1960 CHRYSLER 300F GT Special 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8403- November-December 2016 107 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP scratched. Trim mostly good. Interior lightly soiled, but with few actual flaws. Comes with original, custom-made Goodyear Blue Streak racing tires. Heavily documented. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $440,000. A wonderful piece of Chrysler/Daytona/automotive history and Americana and so will always be desirable to many groups of collectors. Has been to auction many times over the years, the most recent of which was Gooding’s Amelia sale in 2013, where it sold for $236,500 (SCM# 5832622). Bid many multiples of a pedestrian 300F this go-around, and hammered $75k over the high estimate. Hard to say it was overpriced even so. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/16. #138A-1978 DODGE D150 Adventurer Li’l Red Express pickup. VIN: D13BS8J516061. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 42,920 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-stock pinstriping, going horizontally on the flanks of cab and front fenders. Repainted in a flat red on doors and hood. No factory graphics on doors. Random dings, dents and chips throughout whole exterior. Box side wood looks like it’s never been refinished. At least it matches the bedwood. Rust blisters on cab corners. Rusted-out chrome step plates around exhaust stacks. Driver’s seat has multiple rips, while the passenger’s side okay. Heavy wear on door-panel fake-wood trim. Dusty and dingy under hood, but es- sentially stock. Heavier surface rust on stock wheels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,750. If you’re too young to know why woodie wagons quickly were put out to pasture when steel-bodied wagons became feasible, this pickup shows why. Every year you’d basically spend an entire weekend—likely longer—stripping off what’s left of the old varnish and refinishing a realwood wagon. Otherwise, they rotted away within five years in a climate more humid than a desert. Thing here is, panels on a Li’l Red Express not only are not structural, they are easily removed for refinishing. It didn’t seem like all that long ago that you’d occasionally see one of these as a beater in daily life, but not anymore. Final price here, especially considering the slightly better ’79 sold for the same, fully warrants a WTF. (Hint: ’78s are no more rare or desirable overall than a ’79.) VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. #137A-1979 DODGE D150 Adventurer Li’l Red Express pickup. VIN: D13JS9S207930. Red/red cloth. Odo: 88,032 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c. Aftermarket front bug deflector, windshield visor and diamond-plate aluminum running boards. Repainted several decades ago, with lesser-quality masking around windshield, backlight seals and door glass. Door fit not that great. Wood on box sides refinished within past decade, while box floor was ignored. The flat left front wheel is the spare, while the original chrome wagon wheel is MIA. Just as well if it was as rusty as the three remaining. Kmart (literally— KMC was their captive brand) graphic equalizer mounted below dash near driver’s door, powering the aftermarket AM/FM/cassette deck in dashboard. Rather dingy and unkempt under hood. No belts on the a/c compressor. Engine starts up and runs with no undue effort. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,750. A local yokel made the 108 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP comment to me while I was photographing this, “Yer not gonna find a nicer one than this,” to which I replied, “That depends on how hard you look.” Which pretty much vapor-locked him. Granted, this was the better of the two here, so if you wanted to look around the auction site, yeah, yer not gonna find a nicer one. However, there’s things called the Internet, eBay, Craigslist, classified ads, smart phones, dumb phones and highways that will lead you to better examples. Funny thing was, despite being in better shape than the ’78 parked next to it, this brought the same money, and so at least this one was closer to market-correct, yet sold more than well enough. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. AMERICANA #115-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Model 840 convertible. VIN: 191094. Eng. # 191021. White/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 53,791 miles. Older, photo-documented, decade-long restoration, but with 60 years of missing history. Some stress cracks in paint. Slightly mismatched brightwork. Discolored whitewalls. Beautiful wood dash and gauge set. Nicely presented engine bay. Cond: 2-. the merger which created it, Minneapolis Steel & Machinery Co., with their Twin Cities line of tractors. As a smaller competitor to the big companies like International Harvester and John Deere, M-M had a small but loyal customer base that kept them going until White Motors bought them out in 1963. Today, enthusiasts of the brand are still fiercely loyal. Wes Anderson’s collection included a dozen Many-Mistakes (one of the popular slang nicknames from detractors—pun intended—such as my late uncle, who farmed with IHs or John Deeres, but wouldn’t touch a yellow tractor with a 10foot pole). Sold for a reasonable enough price that another repaint is likely in the works for parade duty. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. SOLD AT $71,500. Early and late offerings can present value to astute bidders. The missing history did not help, but this car sold at a nice level—approximately half of the high estimate. Well bought. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/16. #101A-1936 MINNEAPOLIS-MOLINE JT Twin Cities row-crop tractor. VIN: 553507. Gray/gray-painted steel. Electric start, but does not have lights. Does have a crank up front, just in case. Repainted quite a few years back, now faded, with plenty of nicks and scratches from use. Older reproduction decals are lifting. Previous repaint was in M-M Yellow, as seen by chipped areas on the engine and ancillaries. Very dusty, greasy and stained from fuel dripping on engine and transmission. Tube from the air cleaner to sidedraft carburetor venturi missing. Light dents and dings on all of the sheet metal. Cast solid wheels up front, each missing a mounting tab. Spoke rear wheels out back, shod with newer tires. Starts and runs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $900. Built seven years after Minneapolis-Moline was formed, by one of the companies that was part of 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #103A-1950 MINNEAPOLIS-MOLINE RTS Standard farm tractor. VIN: 0017490 3818. Minneapolis-Moline Yellow/yellow-painted steel. 165-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with a period aftermarket Arts-Way belt-driven triple-blade mower deck. Rear PTO fitted with pulley drive for the mower, with the rear deck cut on the tractor to accommodate it, and without any safety shields. Older cosmetic restoration (repaint and new stick-on decals), with plenty of grease and grime— primarily on the powertrain. Mower deck was on the tractor when the latter was painted, as there’s paint splotches all over the deck and upper shield. Heavier overspray on the gauges, to the point where one is almost covered (might be oil pressure). Front wheels were painted red, rears were in maroon. Serviceable older tires, front and rear. Started with little difficulty and ran well. Cond: 3-. designators for specific configurations. In this case, TS for fixed tread, wide front axle. As Mr. Anderson had a dozen Many-Mistakes in his collection, this was his designated mow-the-yard tractor—a task and reasoning of many budding old-tractor fans for getting one in the first place. Arts-Way is still in business, so parts are less of an issue than for the M-M driving it, and, since I use an identical deck on an Allis-Chalmers D-14, I can attest they are durable and easy to maintain. While the lack of shielding from the rear pulley and drive belt is something that should really be addressed, selling price here wasn’t all that bad. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16. #120A-1975 JOHN DEERE 800 snowmobile. VIN: J800D030162M. John Deere Green/black vinyl. Odo: 952 miles. Has not run on snow in a couple of decades—not licensed since 1991. Decent, original finish on fiberglass hood, with leaping-deer logo decals and registration numbers flaking off on both sides. Substantial crack on left-front corner of hood. Pushed-in aluminum front bumper. Heavier paint scratching the farther you go down the chassis. Original windshield now a yellowed translucent screen that can’t be seen through. Good original seat, which is slightly deformed in back where something rested on it for several years. Dingy, generally complete under hood. Motor isn’t seized, but doesn’t run. Good complete rubber track and boogie wheels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,900. The R-series was M-M’s smallest line of tractors. Their naming conventions from the late 1930s into the 1950s consisted of a basic model and then sub- SOLD AT $675. For the less informed on vintage snowmobiles (which we can pretty much assume includes everyone who lives south of Interstate 40), John Deere did make their own at their Horicon, WI, lawn and garden equipment plant from 1972 to ’83; during the 1970s snowmobile craze. When the farm economy started to tank in the early 1980s, they elected to drop the sleds and focus on their core ag and construction competencies. This sled was their top-end touring machine, one of 3,276 made only for the 1974–75 season. This is one of those cross collectibles that not only vintage sled collectors covet, but John Deere tractor loonies also go after with even more fervor. Hence the seemingly high price for a literal dead sled. It’s actually a decent buy for an easy restoration of this rare model. VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 07/16.A


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Go Used or Pay Through the NOS NEW OLD STOCK PARTS ARE THE BEST FOR YOUR PROJECT, BUT USING THEM WILL COST YOU A PREMIUM 1965 that were poorly stamped around the emblem opening because the tooling was shot. This grille has faint vertical lines in it from the stamping process as did some of the originals. If you want a grille that fits and looks right, then this is it.” Buy It Now. Sold at $295. The phrase “it’s only original once” can be artfully dodged during a sympathetic restoration that uses New Old Stock (NOS) pieces like this grille. On the other hand, a reproduction piece costs less and it’s not a disaster if a stone smacks it while you’re driving — which explains why original items that are new take a long time to sell. Pieces can be in perfect shape, but the market is a small one. #330251331996 NOS Mopar 1965 Dodge Monaco Console Extension 5 photos. Condition: New. eBay. West Columbia, SC. 9/24/2016 “NOS 1965 Dodge Monaco console extension. Genuine NOS! Chrysler PN 4435AB8. Brand new! Still in original box! Dark blue in color! For use with B8 interior-trim-code cars. One-year-only! One model only! 1965 Dodge Monaco! Note: Part number, Chrysler logo and 1965 date stamped on back.” Buy it Now. Sold at $600. Ah, one-year-only restorations. You get to deal with special headaches. This part is in excellent condition, and vinyl dyes are good enough now that it can be redone to match any interior color. At this price, however, a lot of restorers are going to take a crack at reviving their existing console extension using Gorilla Glue if necessary. The 1965 Monaco just isn’t a high-dollar car warranting these kinds of prices for original parts. Rare doesn’t always mean desirable. #171340021151 1969 Dodge Polara Headlight and Grille Header Panel 12 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Joliet, IL. 9/24/2016 “Does have actual wear. 1969 Dodge Polara grille headlight header panel assembly taken from a 1969 Polara.” Buy It Now. Sold at $467.50. Another one-year-only model, and a rare one at that. It could have been so different if Dodge tooled up their alternative Hemi for the C-body and released it. As it is, the hottest engine offered was the 440 Magnum, which was good enough to make Polara the fastest California Highway Patrol car tested for over a decade. This piece is used, and if you think $467 is pricey, wait until one shows up with the optional Westinghouse Superlite. That little third high beam will tack $100 or so to the price. 112 AmericanCarCollector.com #351806320088 1965 Chevelle El Camino NOS grille. Original in box. 12 photos. Condition: New. eBay. Rancho Cordova, CA. 9/8/2016. “This grille is for the 1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibu, El Camino, Super Sport, Z16. It is genuine GM in the original box, which is dated 10/2/79. Don’t confuse this with some of the last grilles GM made for the #322250679432 NOS Baldwin Motion Fly Eye Air Cleaner Brand-New Yenko 8 photos. Condition: New. eBay: Auburn, CA. 9/8/2016. “NOS Baldwin Motion chrome Fly Eye air cleaner, Brand new! It has the NOS air filter installed and is ready to go on your show car! It has two very small dimples underneath from storage over the last 40 years, but I never noticed them until I took these pictures and they will be hidden once installed.” Sold at $150. The Motion bug-eye air cleaner was a key part of the visual impact you got from seeing a built 427 with Holley 3-barrel carb and open chamber heads. Despite what the ad says, Yenko Camaros used factory air cleaners, not bug-eyes. The original Motion air cleaners from the primo era were usually Stellings & Hellings units, which were well made with three separate screens, a spunmetal base and the lock-down screw within the snap ring. This appears to be a cheaper version with one screen and the usual foam element. A number of companies made these with variable quality. Price paid was a bit high but it wasn’t nosebleed territory. bore due to #7 cylinder.” 2 bids, Sold at $199. Winning bid was $199 for a block with main caps, crank and standard bore. Sure, it needs to be punched out, but virtually any block with miles will have that done during rebuild. A sleeve is only about $100 extra if the restorer wants to go that route. Seller is throwing in heads if buyer wants it, so you’re getting a nice short-block for the price. Buyer did well here. A #142106625043 1970 Pontiac 400 Four-Bolt Main Block with Rods and Crank 8 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Port Chester, NY. 9/10/2016 “1970 Pontiac XZ block #9799914, rods with factory pistons and crank #97954 only. If you want low-performance pressed-in stud heads, they will go with sale. Drilled for four-bolt mains from factory. Will need .030


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Your Next Cool Classic Just Might Be Waiting for You in Ogden, UT Story and photos by Phil Skinner Orphan cars abound at b&r, like this 1965 rambler American 440 hard top Junkyard Classics S ituated north of Salt Lake City, UT, in the college town of Ogden, B&R Classic Cars and Parts was established in 1983. B&R specializes in cars and trucks as early as 1925, and up to the early 1980s for some models. For domestic cars, you name it and they probably have it: Mopar, GM, Ford, Willys, and a plethora of orphan brands. They estimate that there are about 900 vehicles currently in stock for parts, plus as many as 300 others that are complete and should be brought back to life. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Detailing What: B&R Classic Cars & Parts Co-Owners: Bob and Ray Jensen Where: 770W 1700S Ogden, UT 84404 Phone: 801-399-5203 Email: bob@broldcarparts.com through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment or luck. The weather can have extremes. During the summer, bring along some extra water; during the winter, dress warm. All year round, proper footwear is required. A Factory overdrive equipped, this 1958 edsel Villager 9-passenger wagon awaits a new life Not all 1958 Chevrolet hard tops were Impalas. Case in point, this project-in-progress bel Air 114 AmericanCarCollector.com A 1967 Jeepster Commando awaits restoration, or maybe the start of a unique rat rod


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-dr hard top 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top S/N 10867S108478. Ermine White/red. 5,418 miles. V8, automatic. Black soft top. Original numbers matching 283, 2x4-bbl, 270-hp engine with numbers-matching transmission and rear end. Perfect unit body with superb paint. Excellent frame. Lovely interior and top. Radio delete. Superb mechanically and a delight to drive. $72,500. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213.622.9000, Email: adam@bno.com (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 convertible S/N 136379A341714. Carolina Blue/blue. 86,928 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Very nice example of pure American muscle. This special-order color Carolina Blue SS was originally delivered to Wannamaker Motor Company in Broughton, SC. Date-code-correct 396-ci 325hp engine. $39,500. Contact Tom, Legendary Motors LLC, 978.852.3988, Email: tom@ legendarymotorsllc.com (MA) S/N 344870E166189. Burgundy/black vinyl top/black. 6,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 455 Ram Air, 4-speed, console, 15-inch rally wheels, power windows, locks, doors, and trunk, interior hood lock, new carpeting, AM radio (not working), AM-FM radio in glovebox, amp under passenger seat, Tic-Toc-Tach all rebuilt and speedo reset to zero. 6,000 miles since complete rebuild, including engine. I have all S/N 194676S101400. Fathom Green/black. 3,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. One SoCal owner for 45 years. Numbers matching with extensive SCCA period race/competition history. Street legal and set up for vintage touring events. Very original. Unrestored/presented as finished in 1968 livery. Recent full engine rebuild. Dick Guldstrand/Traco rebuild preparation in the past. $99,990. Contact Paul, Auto Kennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@ autokennel.com (CA) S/N 5T07C195598. Yellow/ black. V8, 3-spd automatic. Newly restored to near-perfect condition. Show ready and a trophy winner. This car still has its original 289 V8 motor, which has been newly rebuilt and so has the automatic transmission. New rear gears, new suspension and front disc conversion. $22,900. Contact Andy, Modern Muscle Cars, 352.789.3364, Email: andya@natda.org (FL) f 1966 Shelby GT350 H astback receipts and documents for all work done. $60,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, 262.497.3747, Email: mr1970olds@att.net (WI) CORVETTE 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 18392001. Black/tan. 2,713 miles. V8, 3-sp manual. This is one beautiful unaltered ’33! When’s the last time you saw one that wasn’t rodded? Older restoration that is in excellent condition. Black lacquer is deep, with very few flaws, and the interior could pass for new. Mechanically sound. $83,500. Contact Gary, 541.519.8128, Email: gholman46@yahoo.com (OR) 1965 Ford Mustang coupe FOMOCO 1933 Ford Deluxe 40 5-window coupe A supremely original car with just one repaint over 40 years ago. Originally black, has 4-speed top loader installed in 1970. Runs and drives beautifully, never rusted, damaged or tracked. Contact Matt, Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: deGarmoLtd.com (CT) A 116 AmericanCarCollector.com


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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, customs and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 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) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) 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) 118 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General Allard Motor Works LLC. BThe Allard Motor Works J2X is a handcrafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@ allardj2x.com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/allardj2x.com Motorcar Portfolio LLC. 330-4538900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years’ experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our website www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) Classic Car Transport 21 South Auto Gallery. 480.986.6460. Located in Mesa, AZ, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of highquality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investmentgrade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser, we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) 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 pickup 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.”


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Advertisers Index American Powertrain ........................... 73 Auctions America .................................. 7 Autosport Groups ................................ 91 Barrett-Jackson ................................... 31 Bellflower Art ....................................... 62 Blue Bars ............................................. 70 Camaro Central ................................... 93 Car Art by David Snyder .................... 109 CarCapsule USA ................................. 71 Chevs of the 40’s .............................. 101 Chubb Personal Insurance .................... 9 Corvette America ................................. 13 County Corvette .................................... 2 EMS Automotive ................................ 104 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 27 Gano Filter Company ........................ 119 Grundy Insurance ................................ 15 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 59 Heggen Law Office, P.C. ..................... 79 JC Taylor ............................................. 95 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ......... 72 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................ 103 Kinekt ................................................ 116 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 Liquid Performance ............................. 98 Lory Lockwood .................................... 89 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ...................... 81 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 117 Manheim Auto Auction ........................ 75 MCACN, LLC ....................................... 63 McCollister’s Auto Transport............. 124 Michael Irvine Studios ....................... 123 Mid America Motorworks .................... 11 Motorcar Portfolio ............................. 107 Moultrie Swap Meet .......................... 105 National Corvette Museum ................ 119 National Corvette Restorers Society . 111 National Parts Depot ........................... 87 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .... 94 Original Parts Group ............................ 61 Out of Sight Audio ............................... 79 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...... 67 Paramount Automotive ........................ 99 Park Place LTD .................................... 73 Passport Transport .............................. 57 Performance Racing Oils ..................... 74 Petersen Collector Car Auction ......... 119 POR-15 ................................................ 37 Race Ramps ........................................ 19 Ronald McDonald House .................... 97 Russo and Steele LLC ......................... 17 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. ............ 35 Summit Racing Equipment ................ 115 Summit Racing Gifts and Collectables 21 Superformance .................................... 65 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 108 Thomas C Sunday Inc ......................... 83 Twin Oaks Classic Corvette .............. 117 Veterans Fire Protection ...................... 83 Volunteer Vette Products .................... 69 WeatherTech ....................................... 84 Woodside Credit................................ 113 Zip Products, Inc. ................................ 39 zMax .................................................. 111 November-December 2016 119


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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 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com 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 Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. County Corvette. 610-696-7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, 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 We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport Corvette Parts & Restoration County Corvette. 610-696-7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. 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) 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! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at Grundy Worldwide. 888-6478639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high-liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888-6GRUNDY (888-647-8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 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) 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) Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves 120 AmericanCarCollector.com Corvettes for Sale American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) 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. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing-Finance J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes!


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Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877-973-7700 or info@pfsllc. com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) for-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 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. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia from eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: Heritage Auctions, at their Beverly Hills sale on June 6, sold Prince’s Yellow Clou guitar for $137,500. It had been custom made for Prince and was used in most of his earlier videos, live performances and album recordings. The buyer was Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, who is also a major guitar collector. Here are a few other items I found while stumbling around cyberspace that are not as well known as Prince or Jim Irsay but are cool nonetheless. EBAY #291833016535— FRAMED GT350 OWNER’S MANUALS SIGNED BY CARROLL SHELBY. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $2,560.25. Date sold: 8/6/2016. The seller acquired these six New Old Stock Shelby GT350 owner’s manuals in 1978 for the princely sum of $48 and sent them to Shelby, asking him to autograph them. They were for the 1965–70 GT350s. Shelby returned them a year later and they were mounted and framed. A way-cool set for anyone with a GT350 or any fan of Shelbys. EBAY #252428802784— COLORADO PIKES PEAK LICENSE-PLATE FRAME. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $307.99. Date sold: 6/24/2016. This cast-aluminum frame was in very nice condition without any breaks or cracks, although the paint was slightly worn. It did not fit a standard license plate, which dates it prior to 1957, when license-plate sizes were standardized. Just the ticket for your collector car if you live in Colorado. EBAY #122007276400—MATTEL HOT WHEELS BLUE FLAME SUPER VAN. Number of bids: 45. SOLD AT: $1,051. Date sold: 6/12/2016. This 1975 flyingcolors Mattel Super Van had signs of mild play wear but nothing serious. Seller stated how rare it was, but two others were offered at about half of what this one sold for. Now, I’m not a Hot Wheels collector, so there may be something here that I’m missing, but it still seems like the buyer paid a bunch. EBAY #252439795272— 1956 ESKA CORVETTE PEDAL CAR—ATTIC FIND. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $1,982.77. Date sold: 7/3/2016. There were about 1,000 of these produced, with one for every Chevrolet dealer. Some were sold to 122 AmericanCarCollector.com Corvette customers, while others found their way into employees’ hands. This one was found in the attic of a longtime employee and is best described as an “attic find,” as the neglected condition was a mess. Now there are folks who restore these, but at a price. With a value of about $3,000 in good condition, the buyer here could be upside-down in a hurry. EBAY # 291827162303—1963 B&M SPEED EQUIPMENT CATALOG. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $255. Date sold: 7/31/2016. This catalog, with a 1941 Willys on the cover, was full of information and pricing for the B&M Hydro Stick and the necessary adaptors. It also included material on the other B&M speed-equipment accessories. It was in very nice complete condition with no tears or discoloration. Price paid was not out of line, either. Cool piece if you are into vintage speed equipment. EBAY #191919343590—GRIZZLY GASOLINE 12-INCH PUMP PLATE. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT: $4,400. Date sold: 7/17/2016. Gas and oil items from Montana are extremely popular, and Grizzly is at the top of the list. They were acquired by Standard in 1942 and rebranded Carter in 1945. This pump plate was not in the best of condition, with edge wear and small chips in the field of the sign. Regardless, there was a lot of interest and it sold for adult money. In better condition, however, it could have reached $6,000 or so. EBAY #272329763730—FLYING A PORCELAIN 42-INCH SIGN. Number of Bids: 27. SOLD AT: $6,200. Date Sold: 8/10/2016. The Flying A brand was introduced by Associated Oil Company of San Francisco in 1932 as a premium grade of gasoline. They were prolific advertisers, and their early signage is readily available. The more desirable ones have the wings of the A extending beyond the border of the sign. This example was in very acceptable condition and the wings were not chipped or scratched. Market-correct price in an appreciating market. A