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GAA, Greensboro, NC July 27–29, 2017

James G. Murphy, Olympia, WA Aug 1, 2017

MAG, Reno, NV Aug 10–12, 2017

Mecum, Monterey, CA Aug 16–19, 2017

Worldwide, Pacific Grove, CA Aug 17, 2017

Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA Aug 17–19, 2017

Bonhams, Carmel, CA Aug 18, 2017

Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA Aug 18–19, 2017

RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA Aug 18–19, 2017

Lucky Auctions, Tacoma, WA Aug 26–27, 2017

Auctions America, Auburn, IN Aug 31–Sept 3, 2017

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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6 • Issue 36 • November–December 2017 The Scoop CORVETTE 1963 CORVETTE Z06 SPLIT-WINDOW TANKER $358k / Worldwide Why did a genuine Z06 Tanker sell at a bargain price? — John L. Stein Page 50 GM 1965 PONTIAC GTO $57k / Mecum Iconic 1960s tiger-powered Goat on the rise — Patrick Smith Page 52 Eight Sales That Define the Market MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD $154k / Bonhams A fair buy for a base ’Bird on the rise since 2011 — John Boyle Page 56 FoMoCo 1955 FORD FAIRLANE CROWN VICTORIA $28k / Russo and Steele This time capsule shows there is still lots of interest in 1950s cars — Chad Tyson Page 54 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1952 ALLARD K2 CUSTOM $242k / Gooding & Co. A Barris/Dutch custom that brings all the money — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 $127k / Mecum This is the best example of an original Avanti — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 60 1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 $803k / RM Sotheby’s This is a 289 Cobra to own — and drive — Dale Novak Page 62 TRUCK 1929 FORD MODEL A ROADSTER PICKUP $9k / Worldwide An inexpensive, fun intro to the world of vintage pickups — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 64 1970 Plymouth Superbird, p. 56 Courtesy of Bonhams November-December 2017 9


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The Rundown COLUMNS 12 Torque: What is collectible now? — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills: Monterey’s bargain-basement buys — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower: I’m shopping for the perfect car for Right Now — Jay Harden 48 On the Market: The 2018 Ford Raptor and a 1968–72 El Camino SS 396 are a fun truckin’ combo — John L. Stein 138 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 22 Good Reads: Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program; Dale vs. Daytona; Match Race Mayhem; Factory Lightweights: Detroit’s Drag Racing Specials of the ’60s — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics: 1965 Ford Mustang convertible — Marshall Buck 28 Snapshots: Images of American Iron in Monterey 108 Market Moment: 1972 Chevrolet Corvette 454/270 — Chad Tyson 130 Junkyard Treasures: They don’t crush ’em at this yard — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 16 What’s Happening: Car events of note 18 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 26 Cool Stuff: The perfect window cleaner, a bar in a can, inflate tires without hoses or compressors, and a cart with power 30 Wrenching: Putting modern fuel injection in vintage muscle, while retaining a classic look 40 Your Turn: Cool sleeper Bel Airs, a Corvette with two VINS, Pontiac Trans Am advice 42 Readers’ Forum: Which big car event most appeals to you? 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Cover photo: 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 70 Buy It Now: 1970–74 Dodge Challenger — Garrett Long 116 One to Watch: 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird — Chad Taylor 128 The Parts Hunter: Tracking down rare parts and pieces on the market — Pat Smith 132 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 134 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 137 Advertiser Index AUCTIONS 68 Market Overview The American-car market is humming along, and Full Classics are still selling — Garrett Long 72 Auctions America — Auburn, IN AA rings up an $18.9m total on 527 of 731 lots — Kevin Coakley 80 GAA — Greensboro, NC An impressive showing in the Southeast brings $11.6m with a 71% sales rate — Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz 92 Motorsport Auction Group — Reno, NV At Hot August Nights, 310 of 527 vehicles sell for a $7m total — Michael Leven 104 Roundup — Monterey, CA A sampling of sales from the biggest car week of the year 118 Roundup American vehicles from Lucky in Tacoma, WA, and James G. Murphy in Olympia, WA — Chad Tyson


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Torque Jim Pickering What is Collectible? I ’ve been following the classic car auction scene on a daily basis for more than a decade now. During that time, I’ve seen a lot of ups and downs in values — the most notable being the housing crash of 2008 that blew the floor out of the then-booming muscle car market and turned seven-figure Mopars into no-sale trailer queens. Looking back at the changes that have taken place over those 11 or so years, another adjustment has popped up that rivals even that massive value reset. That change, which started out small but has become a full-bore market movement, is a shift in the cars that we as collectors are deeming collectible. Go to any auction — doesn’t matter which one or where it is — and take stock of the number of “modern” cars you see there. Compare that with results from the same auction five years back and count the number of similar cars that appeared then. The result, and the overall trend you’ll see, is that later 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and even 2000s have come on strong in auction appearances — think Trans Am, GNX, IROC, ZR-1, 1LE, Cobra — and buyers are buying. That doesn’t even take into account the values of these cars — increases in both interest and dollar totals are the sole reason more modern cars are crossing classic-car auction blocks all around the world. It’s not just the special examples I listed that are popping up, either. The everyday stuff that disappeared while you weren’t looking? It’s back. And it’s more expensive than you’re probably expecting. Call it a shift in demographics if you want. Maybe it is as simple as younger buyers entering the market and buying what they’ve always wanted to own. But the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that it’s more than just that. I think it’s a shift in interest, and a reflection back at ourselves as collectors. Something has happened along the way that has turned these cars, once considered too new or too pedestrian to be “collectibles,” into sought-after items at places where lead sleds, traditional hot rods, and original muscle reigned supreme. 12 AmericanCarCollector.com The one that got away Time marches on It’s funny how quickly things change, and I’m not just saying that because I’m currently adjusting to life with a new baby at home. In the nearly 20 years I’ve owned my Caprice, which is featured in this issue’s “Wrenching” feature on p. 30, I’ve watched the world change around it — there are now fewer examples like it in town, to the point where it’s usually the only Caprice at most local car events. My Caprice’s only claim to fame is surviving the attrition. Most of its luxo-barge brethren were used up and crushed — the ones that are left now get a lot more attention. Well, that and in my case, loping into parking lots with noisy exhaust and a huge cam. But I see the same thing happening to other cars from more recent eras — ones that didn’t enjoy high styling from Earl or Exner or high performance from a muscle war. I see my own reaction to them changing as well. Funnily enough, even cars I don’t want to like from the era of no performance are starting to look good. Case in point: Back in 2011, Bonhams auctioned off the Wally Lewis Collection of American classics and hot rods in Portland. The sale had everything from Shoebox Chevys to 409 Impalas and a brace of 1930s Fords. Among all the cool stuff there, what was the one car I still kick myself for not buying? A 1978 Chevrolet Malibu custom station wagon that sold as Lot 179 for $26,910. Yep, the epitome of uncool GM wagons — my grade-school music teacher drove one through the 1980s — is the car I wish I owned. In my defense, it was mirror-like in deep black, had new woodgrain sides, sat right on polished Salt Flat specials, and had a fantastic-smelling leather interior that looked stock but wasn’t. And it had a 350 under the hood. Usable, cool, different. When’s the last time you saw one? The more things change... What’s really changing our opinions of these newer cars? I tend to think that it’s related to the simple passage of time. Car people are car people because we like mechanical things, and we like individuality. While pretty much all cars, including the traditional ’50s car-guy fodder, are all series-production machines, the passage of time tends to thin the herd and make what was once ubiquitous into something special to show off. Add in a little sentimentality (yes, even for the 1980s), and you’ve got a reason to buy something like that wagon. But that doesn’t mean your Shoebox Chevys are on their way out of favor. It’s just a new graduating class of cool, here to be preserved or modified at the whims of their owners. What’s next? Dodge Neons? Let’s check back in a decade. A Like it or not, collectible cars are a moving target, and the eras of interest have shifted up


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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. Al Rogers Firebirds, Camaros and Kar Kraft in Chicago The 50th Anniversary F-Body Invitational, featuring 13 of the most significant first-gen Pontiac Firebirds and Chevrolet Camaros, is the centerpiece of this year’s Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals on November 18–19 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. In addition, you’ll find the Corvette Triple Diamond Judging for Corvettes that have NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold awards. Other special displays include Kars of Kar Kraft Invitational, Class of ’72: 45th Anniversary Display, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Invitational, Barn Finds/Hidden Gems, and Fabulous Formulas: Featuring High-Performance 1970–74 Formula Firebirds. There’s a lot more, and more than 500 muscle cars, dealer-built supercars and Corvettes will be on display. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 18 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 19. This is the ninth 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 $30 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are admitted for free. More information and discount tickets are available at www.mcacn.com. (IL) American Iron at Hilton Head The 17th Annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance rumbles to glorious life from October 27 through November 4 — and lots of great American cars are there! The Savannah Speed Classic runs from October 27 to 29. November 4 brings the popular Car Club Showcase, with top car clubs throughout the Southeast bringing their best cars to show. November 5 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) Mark Moskowitz 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Sunshine and Muscle at Fall Florida AutoFest Hurricane season is over, the recovery is on and Florida still cranks out sunshine when most of the United States is enduring winter ice and snow. Steal some warmth with a trip to Carlisle Events’ Fall Florida AutoFest in Lakeland. Crowds of American-car addicts will gather at the Sun ’n Fun Complex at Lakeland Linder Airport from November 10 to 12 for a car show, huge swapmeet, auction, private sales corral and other events. More than 500 cars — and short-sleeve weather — are expected. Adult admission is $10 each day or an event pass is $30. www.carsatcarlisle. com (FL)A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Garrett Long Star Car: 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra concept at GAA in Greensboro, NC NoVember GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: November 2–4 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 333/555 cars sold / $7.6m • 1946 Chevrolet 3100 McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 17–19 Web: www.classic-carauctions.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 2004 Ford Shelby Cobra concept Smith Where: Paducah, KY When: November 4 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Mecum Where: Las Vegas, NV When: November 16–18 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 740/1,019 cars sold/ $24.7m Last year: 50/172 / $640k Featured cars: • 1957 Chevrolet Nomad • 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood wagon • 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Silver Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: November 24–26 Web: www.silverauctions.com Dan Kruse Classics Where: Houston, TX When: November 25 Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Featured cars: • 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird • 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee • Star Car: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z/28 Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: November 17–19 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 318/524 / $7m 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Star Car: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro rS Z/28 at mecum’s Las Vegas, NV, sale Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: November 30–Dec 2 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 360/592 / $8.1m DECEMBER RM Sotheby’s Where: New York, NY When: December 6 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 7 Web: www.raleighclassic.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6, Number 6 November–December 2017 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 Jay Harden Auction Editor Garrett Long Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel A screaming deal at $358k? Find out on p. 50 M The Highs and Lows of Monterey Week onterey Car Week has a reputation as a paradise for lovers of European sports cars. But over the past few years, American cars have taken more and more of the spotlight. From a record-breaking Studebaker Avanti to thundering Hemis, there is plenty for American-car fanatics to be excited about. In this issue, we take a look at Monterey Car Week from pocket- change collectibles to six-figure Corvettes. In “Cheap Thrills,” B. Mitchell Carlson found the lowest-priced American car sold at each auction, and he found some pleasant surprises — and a special glow around a 1977 Cadillac Eldorado coupe. John L. Stein profiles a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Split- Window Tanker that sold for $357,500 at Worldwide’s Monterey Auction. Was this a screaming deal for one of the most-wanted Corvettes of all? John Boyle takes a thorough look at a base-level 1970 Plymouth Superbird that brought $154,000 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge auction. That looks like a lot of money, but read the report to find out more. This month, Editor Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson dive into installing a Holley Terminator Stealth fuel-injection system into Pickering’s vintage Caprice. This fuel-injection system looks like a Holley carburetor, but it’s all high-tech under the surface. Welcome to our latest issue of ACC. Come to Monterey — and some other cool spots — with us. You’ll enjoy the ride. A How to inject new life into your ride while keeping a classic carb look. See p. 30 Contributors Carl Bomstead Ken Gross Tom Glatch 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 Subscriptions and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb Subscriptions 877-219-2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-253-2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CorreSPoNDeNCe Phone 503-261-0555 Fax 503-253-2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DhL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2017 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 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Travis Shetler Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge B. Mitchell Carlson John Draneas Chad Tyson John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Kar-Kraft: Race Cars, Prototypes and Muscle Cars of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Activity Program by Charlie Henry, CarTech, 192 pages, $29.97, Amazon Charlie Henry spent a brief time working at Kar-Kraft, the inside/ outside race car shop that had a hand in so many of Ford’s racing platforms during the 1960s. But his brief time in the shop was a peak experience, and he felt compelled to go back and tell the history of the specialty shop that was behind the success for Ford in that period, most notably with the Ford GT40. With a lot of interviews with former coworkers, Henry tells an important history, providing a wealth of information and anecdotes of a time when Ford was focused on winning Le Mans, winning in Trans-Am, winning in NHRA and winning NASCAR. At the heart was Kar-Kraft, which was an independent race car-prep company with only one client — Ford Special Vehicles. A solid read from a passionate insider, Kar-Kraft is a great guide to the special company behind so much of Ford’s racing success. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Match Race Mayhem: Drag Racing’s Grudges, Rivalries and Big-Money Showdowns by Doug Boyce, CarTech, 176 pages, $28.69, Amazon If you ran a dragstrip back in the 1960s, you had class racing to promote — or match races. Any promoter’s goal is butts in seats, and the match racing’s success helped create a golden age of drag racing across the United States. You could see Ford vs. Chevy vs. Mopar in all the combos. Or it was big names pitted against each other — head to head or in round robins. The name of the game was promotion and providing what the racing fans wanted to see. It worked. From the early 1960s through the early 1970s, your local strip sold the sizzle of match racing. Radio commercials bombarded listeners with ads for “32 Funny Cars” or “Jungle Jim Liberman against the Tasca Mystery 7.” Longtime drag-race chronicler Doug Boyce has created an expan- sive history of the era, backed up with plenty of vintage photos. The era was short, but the excitement was high, and well documented in Match Race Mayhem. Lineage: Fit and finish: 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Drivability: Dale vs. Daytona: The Intimidator’s Quest to Win the Great American Race by Rick Houston, CarTech, 240 pages, $20.96, Amazon Perhaps the biggest personality in NASCAR history, Dale Earnhardt, late in his career, still had an empty spot in the trophy case — the spot only a Daytona 500 victory could fill. It wasn’t like he couldn’t win in Daytona. Since his first race there in 1978, he had seen plenty of checkered flags on the superspeedway — but never for the biggest race on the stock-car racing calendar: the Daytona 500. Dale vs. Daytona is the story of that quest, and it comes from seasoned NASCAR reporter Rick Houston. Starting from the earliest days when Dale was a broke, struggling nobody — to his lofty perch as the superstar of the series throughout the 1980s and 1990s — Houston goes through every attempt Earnhardt made to win the race. Daytona was the quest — and a fickle place. Earnhardt led most every lap in 1990. He had a 30-second lead over 2nd place going into the last lap when he blew a tire. It took until 1998 for him to notch the big win. Three years later, Earnhardt lost his life in a last-lap crash. It was NASCAR’s darkest moment. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Factory Lightweights: Detroit’s Drag Racing Specials of the ’60s by Charles R. Morris, CarTech, 160 pages, $24.95, Amazon First published in 2007 (and that edition fetching more than $75 a copy now), CarTech is reprinting Charles R. Morris’s history of the factory lightweights. With semi-secret and deep-dark-secret build sheets, you could have your dealer order that street sleeper you wanted to blow off the other folks in stoplight-tostoplight racing —and eventually on the track. Why else could you order “police specials” for the street, with big engines and aluminum fenders and without telltale highperformance badges? This is a dense take on the admittedly technical world of the factory lightweights. It was full of intrigue, as well as new technology and a never-ending horsepower race. Fun times. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Garrett Long New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Light up the road One of the cheapest and most effective mods you can do to your car is upgrade the lights. Retain your classic’s looks while seeing more at night. Vintage Car LED has you covered with a wide range of kits for many models. LEDs are the brightest consumer lights available on the market. They waste very little energy as heat compared with conventional bulbs — and are significantly more durable. Priced from $189 at vintagecarleds.com Compressed Air Anywhere Every vintage car or truck needs air in the tires, but it’s getting hard to find gas stations with air pumps. Enter the MasterFlow MF-1089 Diabloww Air Compressor. Hook this sturdy compressor to your battery, and 5,500 cubic inches per minute of air is flowing into your tires. This model can also handle truck tires. $130 at masterflowair.com Insure Your Welds Have you ever fin- modern Features, Vintage Look Installing an aftermarket stereo head unit is an easy way to ruin a tasteful interior. Instead of gussying up your car with a strobe light, keep your interior looking as good as your exterior with a subtle, vintage-look head unit from Classic Car Stereos. Officially licensed by GM and Ford to include their logos, Classic Car Stereos are easy to install and have modern amenities such as Bluetooth, AM/FM radio and auxiliary inputs. Check out the Chevy Wonder Bar Radio ($599.95) at classiccarstereos.com. ished a clean weld only to have corrosion ruin your workmanship? POR-15’s Weld-Thru Primer is cheap and effective insurance to keep your project looking fresh. POR-15 is able to adhere to steel, aluminum, stainless steel, brass and other primed and painted surfaces. Minimizing heat zones and reducing welding distortion, POR-15 deserves a spot on any serious welder’s shelf. Find a can at por15.com. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Bar in a Can u are camping for the night after a long day of four-wheeling and want to relax with a nice drink. Yeah, you can throw some beer in a cooler, but maybe there is something better. Enter the Jerry Can Bar. A real jerry can cut open and fitted with wood inside to keep everything organized, it is a great way to carry all the ingredients for your favorite drink. It is set up for a bottle of liquor and two cans of soda, and holds two glasses. Take it along on your next camping trip or use it at home; either way, you will certainly grab attention. Purchase the Jerry Can Bar fo about $175 at thejerrycanbar.com Tire-Pressure Perfection We should regularly check the tire pressure on our vehicles. It is important that your car’s tires perform well in all conditions. Instead of fl ping on the ai compressor and untangling balky hose, consider the Craftsman C3 Cordless Inflator. It will pump out 200 psi of pre sure, all on ba power. The inflator features a built-in backlit digital readout and can be preset to a desired pressure. Once that pressure is reached, the tool shuts itself off. Find one at summitracing.com for $67.97. Window-Cleaning Help When you mention “detailing” to a car guy, we usually think of paint condition or clean wheels but a very important pa of detailing i cleaning the w dows on you covered in fi detract from a c — and it’s h glass. With Griot Set, this task is much easier. It features a triangle-shaped cleaning tool to reach the most difficult corners of your windshield. The tool comes with three different fabric bonnets to scrub away the grime. Pick one up for $24.99 at griotsgarage.com. ortable Power n Wheels A lot of us use rolling carts o keep ourselves organized uring car projects, but this rollg cart comes with something ecial: electrical outlets. Run one extension cord o the cart, and it is your new ower station. No more tripping ver multiple power cords as ou’re running around the garage. The Rolling Garage Cart with Outlets is lightweight, has locking casters, and three deep shelves hold everything in place. Pick one up for $199.00 at griotsgarage.com. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1965 Ford mustang Convertible Recently re-released from Auto World — and produced at Ertl Collectibles in their “American Muscle” series — is this very attractive model. Auto World has issued a number of color and detail variants of the ’65 Ford Mustang convertible in GT and standard trim going back to 2005. This latest piece is very well finished and packed with a lot of detail, including: • Opening doors, hood and trunk. • Tilt seat-backs, hinged sun visors and steerable front wheels. • A working suspension, and the driveshaft rotates as the rear wheels roll. The overall appearance looks very accurate. The fit and finish meet most expectations — it is not the best, but it is very good. The interior, and the 289 V8 engine, are highly detailed. The functional scissor hinges on the hood are a nice touch. They have even simulated the factory overspray on the underside of the chassis. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Silver and Smoke Gray Quantity: 1,000 (estimated) Price: $95 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best by Chad Taylor


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Postcards from Monterey SNAPSHOTS American Iron on the Peninsula Brian Baker the 1960 DiDia 150, winner of the “American Dream Cars of the 1960s” class at Pebble beach, draws a group of admirers Dave Tomaro 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Sunray-DX race car at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Pacific Grove auction. It failed to sell on a high bid of $600,000 1971 American LaFrance 900 Series Pumper converted into a car hauler, displayed at the Quail, A motorsports Gathering Dave Tomaro Dave Tomaro 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 race car at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Pacific Grove auction. It was not sold on a high bid of $150,000 28 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Chad Taylor browsers give a Ford Gt a going-over in the russo and Steele lot Not tony bennett, but Russo and Steele CEO Drew Alcazar working the crowd to sell a vintage pickup Chad Taylor Garrett Long I suppose that qualifies as a big block Chad Taylor 1949 Kurtis Sports Car, owned by Arlen and Carol Kurtis of bakersfield, CA, on the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. the car’s creator, Frank Kurtis, passed it to his son Arlen as a high-school graduation gift November-December 2017 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO INJECTION PERFECTION Modern fuel injection is great for vintage muscle — especially when it hides in plain sight by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson engine needs. The weather or even changes in altitude can knock that old 4-barrel on your Camaro’s 396 out of balance even if it was in perfect tune yesterday. Car guys have learned to live with this. But imagine for a second T if that old carb could tune itself to always deliver the correct amount of air and fuel to your engine, regardless of conditions. Something like that would give great response all the time, start easy, and produce peak performance along with the best economy possible. That may be a dream for a carb, but it’s reality for modern electronic fuel injection (EFI). 30 AmericanCarCollector.com EFI has taken the aftermarket by storm — there are a bunch of he carburetor is king in the world of American muscle cars for good reason: It’s simple and effective in delivering a fuel mixture to your V8. But carburetors are quirky, and even when professionally tuned, a carb can’t always deliver the exact fuel curve your systems that promise to offer better drivability to vintage engines. But there’s only one system that can hide under your muscle car’s air cleaner and look just like a carb — Holley’s Terminator Stealth EFI system in the classic gold finish. Ours came from our go-to supplier of performance parts: Summit Racing Equipment. ACC has always stressed that driving our classics is key to enjoying them, and this system offers the best of modern technology while keeping those classic looks. Most importantly, it also draws in a younger crowd — every single under-40er I told about this system wanted to be a part of the installation and tuning process. So for breathing new drivability into a classic — and drawing interest from a younger, computer-savvy demographic who may not care about tuning an old carburetor — this system is great. Here’s what it took to convert a previously carbureted big-block Chevy to modern electronic fuel injection.


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SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST P/N HLY-550-444K Holley Terminator Stealth EFI Master Kit, $2,449.95 P/N HLY-16-108 Holley Hydramat (3x8), $139.95 P/N HLY-16-203 Holley Magnet Kit for Hydramat, $22.50 P/N HLY-558-409 Holley Computer Connector Cable, $48.27 P/N EAR-AT709167ERL Earl’s Super Stock 90-degree fittings (3), $17.96 each P/N EAR-AT581806ERL Earl’s -6 AN Tube Nuts (4), $3.48 each P/N EAR-AT581906ERL Earl’s -6 AN Tube Sleeves (4), $3.19 each P/N EAR-AT981506ERL Earl’s -6 to -6 Male Union (8), $4.96 each OTHER PARTS Edelmann P/N 3600ST 3/8-inch steel line, 25-foot spool, $30 (3/8-inch fuel line mounting clips and self-tapping mounting screws, 10) $10 TIME SPENT: Three solid days DIFFICULTY: J J J J J (J J J J J is toughest) 1 Our Terminator Stealth EFI kit came from Summit Racing with its own fuel system — including an electric pump, 20 feet of Earl’s Super Stock fuel injection hose, filters and fittings. The first thing to do is unpack all the components, catalog what you have, and read the instruction manual to make sure everything is accounted for and you fully understand all the steps involved. 2 Since this injection system requires a return fuel line, we had to remove the fuel tank and modify it. We drained the tank first, disconnected the factory fuel and vent hoses and gauge wiring, and dropped it out of the car. Then we removed the factory-style sending unit and the gas cap and took the tank to a radiator shop to evacuate the rest of the fumes before drilling into it for the return fitting. November-December 2017 31


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 3 The return is designed to mount in the top of the tank, but two things prevented that here: First, the top of the tank sits flush against the floor of the trunk — no room for an external fitting. Second, this return-line fitting fastens to the tank with a nut that must be tightened from inside the tank, and there’s limited hand access through the two-inch sending-unit hole, which is at the front of this fuel tank. So we drilled a 9/16-inch hole in the flattest section of tank near the sending-unit hole. We then deburred that hole inside and out. 4 Note the construction here: 90-degree bulkhead fitting, special sealing gaskets (called Stat-O-Seals) that sandwich either side of the tank, and a large nut on the back of the bulkhead fitting to compress it all together, and then a line that continues on to below the fuel level inside the tank. This must be assembled inside the tank and tightened through the original two-inch sending-unit access hole. Tricky, but not impossible. 5 Note the bend in the line inside the tank, fixed with a section of steel rod and nylon zip ties. This should run up along the roof of the tank and then turn back down, exiting under the fuel level. Here’s why: With the return in the side of the tank rather than the top, the weight of the fuel can create resistance in the line and cause pressure-related tuning issues. We had no leaks from the seals — if you encounter leaks, you can have the tank professionally modified with a welded-in return fitting instead. 6 electric fuel pumps don’t like to be starved of fuel, which can happen under acceleration or cornering. Holley’s HydraMat sits in your stock tank and acts like a wicking sponge to keep fuel fed to the pump. It sticks in place using magnets, holds fuel right where you need it at all times, and eliminates most of the trouble caused by fuel aeration. P/N 16-108 measures 3x8 inches, which is perfect for a stock GM muscle-car tank. 8 Feeding the new system into the tank is a nobrainer, but be careful of sharp edges that might cut it. Using a dowel, we positioned the mat in the center of the tank before reinstalling the sending unit and buttoning everything up. Then we reinstalled the tank in the car. 7 using fuel line (rated for fuel submersion) and a 90-degree 3/8-inch NPT fitting, we modified a sending unit to use the HydraMat. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 9 The Holley Terminator system uses an externally mounted electric fuel pump. It must be located close to the fuel tank and below the fuel level so that it’s fed an easy supply of gas — these pumps push better than they pull. There are also two fuel filters as well — we’re only using the post-pump filter here, as the HydraMat functions as a pre-pump filter. 10 most cars will require some sort of bracket to get the pump in the right place. We welded up this one out of scrap steel using a cardboard template as a map. It bolts to the trunk floor and hangs the pump in a good spot. 11 Our Terminator system came with enough Earl’s Super Stock hose to plumb the whole car — that’s an option, but it’s always better to run steel hard line whenever possible. We elected to use the original fuel line as a return line and made a new steel line for the pressure side, which runs along the frame rail on the passenger’s side of the car. We then used the Earl’s Super Stock line to tie everything together. 13 the last part of the fuel system, other than mounting the 10-micron fuel filter in-line on the pressure side, is this pressure regulator, which feeds the engine and directs excess fuel back to the tank. It needs to be mounted under the hood close to the engine, but preferably away from heat — and for our purposes, in a not-too-conspicuous location. We chose the passenger’s side inner fender. We then ran a section of Earl’s line from the regulator to the engine. 12 We then removed the car’s mechanical fuel pump, fuel pump pushrod and carburetor. Holley’s kit includes a mechanical fuel pump block-off plate and gasket. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 15 You can mount the 14 Next up is wiring. This is the extent of the Terminator system’s wiring: two main harnesses, one of which is simple power and ground that goes directly to the battery. Everything is labeled and fitted with OE-grade weather- tight connectors. electronic control unit (eCu) in the engine compartment, but the idea here is to keep the system as stealthy as possible. Hiding that ECU under the dash requires a two-inch hole to pass the harnesses through. The factory clutch-rod hole in the firewall of this automaticequipped car was about the right size, so we used that along with a rubber grommet supplied in the kit. 16 18 Next, we installed a coolant temperature sensor at the front of the manifold, next to the thermostat. Draining some coolant from the radiator before installation prevents a mess here. The wideband oxygen sensor mounts in the exhaust pipe or header. This car had a wideband O2 system already, so we just installed the new Holley sensor in our previously welded header fitting. The kit supplies both a clamp-on and weld-on-style fitting. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com 17 Next up is the injection unit itself — inside this “carburetor” are four fuel injectors, an Idle Air Control (IAC) motor, a Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor, a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS), and an Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor. The unit mounts using a special supplied gasket and hardware. Flow rate on this unit is 950 CFM. All the brackets for various transmission kickdowns and throttle configurations are included. 19 With all the sensors installed and plugged in, we routed the main harness in the engine compartment and through the firewall, and then used the remaining wire length to determine where we could hide the ECU. The perfect spot was on the upper section of the passenger’s footwell, under the carpet. It allows both good access and limited visual impact. The kit comes with bolts and locknuts to secure the ECU.


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20 the second harness — the power harness for the eCu — was routed much the same way as the main harness, although it must go straight to the battery for both positive and negative connections. This step is extremely important in getting the system to function as designed. The kit ships with crimp-on connectors for these wires, which should also be soldered and covered with heat shrink. 21 Several more connections needed to be made on the main harness: One constant hot at the positive side of the battery (red), one engine ground (black), one lead that powers the fuel pump at the back of the car (green), and one ground wire for the fuel pump. Finally, we hooked up the keyed ignition hot lead to a source on the fuse panel that was hot with key on and while cranking (red with white), and tapped into our HEI’s tach feed to give the ECU a tachometer signal (yellow). We also installed an optional extra extension harness to allow the ECU to control a previously installed electric fan. Again, solder and heat-shrink all this for best results. 22 before putting power to the system, we double-checked all our fuel-line connections to make sure they were tight, away from heat, and fastened to limit vibration. This system runs 43 psi of fuel pressure — any small leak is in fact a big leak, so better safe than sorry. We also refilled the fuel tank and verified there were no leaks from the return line bulkhead fitting in the tank. 23 the last component to install is holley’s 3.5-inch color touchscreen interface, which plugs into the main harness. This is how most of the communication with the ECU is done. There’s enough cable to hide it when you’re not tuning the car to keep up that stock appearance. November-December 2017 37


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 24 27 After hooking up the battery, we turned the key to the “run” position. The fuel pump primed, running for five seconds to pressurize the system. Again, we checked for leaks, found none, and then proceeded to start the tuning process using the touchscreen. Once everything was installed, checked, and the eCu was calibrated, we hit the key and the big block fired to life on the first go — even with a large roller cam featuring 236/245 degrees of duration and 0.625/0.639 inches of lift. It settled into a nice 850-rpm idle. 25 A few simple questions from the system wizard are next. These include things such as injection type, cam type, engine size, etc. The system will then load a tune that’s close to what you’ll need to get your car started. 26 before starting the car, the eCu requires a tPS Autoset — a zeroing of the throttle position sensor. Once set, the system will activate the fuel injectors and allow the engine to run. This is simple — when prompted, we just stepped on the gas twice to set it. 28 Holley’s EFI system tunes itself as you drive, so once we double-checked for leaks and issues and let the engine come up to temp, the next step was to drive the car to let the system hone in on what the engine wanted. We set off and found way better throttle response and cleaner off-idle power delivery right off the bat — even before the system started to tune itself. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com


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29 This system does away with screwdriver tuning, as you’d do on a carburetor, in favor of a touchscreen interface. All adjustments are handled from the driver’s seat. In general, the system works like this: The ECU has target air-fuel ratios for idle, cruise and wide-open throttle (all of which you can change) and the computer uses input from its sensors to monitor and adjust itself to hit those targets. It works really well. 30 holley’s self-learning system is fantastic, but this kit is great in that it also allows you to tune it via a laptop using holley’s V4 hP-series software, which is available at www.holley.com. A special cable, Summit Racing P/N 558 409, allows you to connect a Windows laptop to the ECU. 31 here’s where it gets interesting — while you can just let the system take care of tuning itself with good results, the Holley software gives even more control than the handheld tuner, with many more in-depth tuning options to optimize the system. The Terminator ECU will also control your timing if you use a small-cap computer-controlled HEI, which puts the power of your ignition curve in the palm of your hand as well. 32 the true key here is the look — it’s the spitting image of an old Holley under your air cleaner. And yet, once set up, it’ll give much better performance, economy and ease of tuneability than a carb. Whether it’s worth the investment is up to you, but when it comes to increasing the overall usability of your classic, it’s hard to go wrong here. And I’m willing to bet your kids will want to get involved, too, which might be the most important reason to consider the swap. A (Have you tried this project? Tell us about it at comments@americancarcollector.com) November-December 2017 39


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind One Corvette, Two VINs I am a GM dealer, and I have been employed at GM stores since 1981. When you put the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe that you reviewed from the Mecum Indy Auction (September–October, p. 82) into the GM warranty system, it shows the info on the car, and the warranty repair that was done to it. So far so good. When you put in the VIN of the coupe (1G1YY2254T5600634), it comes back as not found. However, the other VIN (1G1YY338XL5110455) comes up as showing that recalls on the seat-belt retractor were not performed. An “L” in that position in the VIN says it is a 1990 model, where a “T” says it is a 1996. The GM warranty system shows that VIN, the one with the “L,” as well as the convertible, as model ZZUSV-1970. Again, nothing shows for VIN 1G1YY2254T5600634. B. Mitchell Carlson’s theory of a placeholder VIN may be correct, but the only other time I have seen this is on pre-production or non-public sale cars, and they usually end with an EX. Sorry I couldn’t clear up the discrepancy, but the info may help. What did the MSO show? As an aside, for $5,000, you can request to change the last six numbers of a Corvette VIN to anything you would like (birthdate, etc...) Try to recoup that on resale! — Bruce Corwin, Priority Automotive LLC/Cerrone Chevrolet Buick GMC, Attleboro, MA A Cool Sleeper in ACC 35 I just looked over the new issue, and it is excellent, as always. The 427 Bel Air is a cool sleeper (GM Profile, p. 54). Would love to have one, might be even better as a 4-door for maximum effect! The ’66 Mustang fastback shown on p. Pontiac Trans Am Expertise I just read the September–October ACC 35. I always enjoy receiving and reading the magazine from cover to cover. I am a Pontiac Firebird collector and enthusiast. I noticed three Trans Ams that were listed in the auction section. I don’t want to sound like a know-it-all, but here are some comments to both correct some errors and praise good work: 455. The Formula, Esprit and Firebird could be built with a 400. Being a replica with the incorrect engine, this car is worth $10k– $12k. The auction reporter also mentions Super Duty induction. All Trans Ams had a closed shaker scoop. There was no Super Duty induction, so I assume he is referring to the decal that was placed on the scoop. 104 is also a very nice car, but it could have had an automatic transmission with the 289 hp, for the first time in ’66. Most of the Shelby GT350 H models came with automatic transmission, after about the first 85 or so were made with the 4-speed. — Paul Shanahan, Upper Darby, PA Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Twin Cities — #F117 1977 Trans Am Leake #155 — 1980 Trans Am (p. 102) Barrett Jackson #467 — 1973 Trans Am Replica (p. 90) was listed as a Best Buy. Actually, that is a world-record price for a replica. Factory 1973 Trans Ams only came with the Y-code 455 or X-code Super Duty 40 AmericanCarCollector.com was listed as a turbo car. The car has the incorrect factory wheels. However, based on the striping and the comment about the gold-tone dashboard, this car might be a Y84 Special Edition (SE) car. I am not sure I agree with the disparaging comments about Pontiac performance in light of what the competition was offering in 1980, but to each his own. (p. 126) – Good and accurate report. There were three engine options — the base Pontiac 400, Olds 403 and the W72 Pontiac 400 — for Trans Ams in 1977. Based on the rear-end ratio, this car had the base 400 and, as discussed by the auction reporter, should have sold for the bid price of $11,500. I hope this is helpful. Any time one of the auction reporters has questions about Trans Am models, options or engines, please let them know to send me an email or text. I am happy to answer or research any questions to get them the information they need in a timely manner. — Bruce A. Johnson, via emailA


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Favorite Auto Outings Dave Tomaro Monterey Car Week This month’s Reader’s Forum question: Each year, thousands of gearheads swarm to Hot August Nights, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Monterey Car Week. All three of these events are very cool, but they’re also very different. Which one is best for you — and why? Readers respond: Well, I must admit that all of the events sound to be a blast. However, as much as I would think that Hot August Nights would be my match, with its deep roots in the hot rod culture, I think that Monterey would be the top of my list. I have had friends go to Hot August Nights — and even come back with new steel in the process — but Monterey is the crown jewel in the collector car world. Over the years, it has only expanded venues, as the interests of the spectators have grown. For me, that is what it is all about now: moving past ordinary and into wanting to be exposed to extraordinary. — Jay P., via email n n n Monterey Car Week is the clear winner, in my opinion! The reasons are many — it has car shows of different types for those that like that activity, historic races with open pits, auctions of all types of cars — and sensory overload if you take in nearly every event. When you couple all this with the location, it is top in my book! — Jim H. via email n n n Bar none, the Woodward Dream Cruise is top dog. It represents the true American car collector/enthusiast — the common people. Where else can you see 40,000 vehicles that show the fabric of the American automotive industry? Not to mention that it is held on Woodward Avenue, which was the proving grounds (for drag racing) for the Big Three’s race cars in the 1960s. — W.M.K., via email 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering Hot August Nights n n n I attended Hot August Nights in 2016. I drove my 1972 Buick Skylark convertible from Wichita, KS, to Reno, NV. It was the first large car event I had ever been to. What an exciting time. I was like a kid in a candy store. All those beautiful classic cars. Wow. My next large event, I believe, will be at the Mississippi Gulf Coast from October 1 to 8, 2017, for the 21st Annual Cruisin’ the Coast. I understand it is similar in nature to Hot August Nights. Again, I will drive my 1972 Buick Skylark convertible to the event. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is interested in as well. — John B., via email n n n For me, the Woodward Dream Cruise is an annual event. There is a huge turnout of the car community! What makes it different than most other shows is driving my 1965 Mustang convertible alongside Corvettes, 1950s cars and Super Bees! Cars in motion are great! — Normand G., Toronto, ON, CA n n n I like the Woodward Dream Cruise. It’s nice to see cars that people have had for years. Some of those people actually had a hand in making them — and I like hearing their stories from back in the day, when Woodward was a muscle-car happening place! — Alex P., via email n n n Monterey Car Week appeals the most to me. I have a place to park my trailer in the Chaparral Campground at Laguna Seca, and that is my home for the week. I also like Hot August Nights, but I don’t have a place to stay in Reno, and my wife doesn’t like going there. My wife likes the activities at Monterey — but not in Reno. To keep everyone happy, Monterey is the preferred place. Actually, I would like to go to both, but I’ve got to keep the wife happy. — Robert W., via email n n n Too hot. Too hard to get my car there. Too crowded. Then, hotels gouge you! Don’t go! — Jon H., via emailA


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson WHERE BUCKS the Stopped in Monterey In that sacred, heaven-lit moment, I was certain that no American-made car would bring less money than the ’77 Eldo Erik Fuller ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1970 meyers manx — $64k at rm Sotheby’s A s America’s ultimate example of collector-car opulence, the Monterey Car Week auctions lean to multi-milliondollar, limited-production cars. Monterey 2017 was a slightly lower year for sales, with some world records established on the high end. All the lower-tier cars pretty much treaded water. In light of this, my annual look at the least-expensive American car at each Monterey Car Week auction gains more relevance. There is always a car that sells for the least amount of money. How low did we go this year? The average bottom sale did go down to $29,975 this year (in comparison to 2016’s $44,156). So once again, here is our look at the domestic car from each Monterey Car Week auction that sold for the least amount of money. Remember, there are no bad cars — just what some others may think are entrants for next year’s Concours d’LeMons. 1970 Meyers Manx dune buggy RM Sotheby’s Lot 241, VIN 110298174. Condition 2+ Sold for $64,350 This is not the car you’d expect to be the highest-priced low sale in Monterey. It was the last consignment on the last day of RM Sotheby’s auction. I suspect they hid it from view until it crossed the block, as I never saw it during the two days of previews. However, interest and subsequent prices on actual Meyers Manx examples — the original dune buggy, not the later copycats — have been moving smartly upwards. This example was freshly restored, with a reported $70k on the bottom line of the bill. It’s powered with a VW Beetle engine bored out to 1,915 cc, with more American performance parts in it than original West German. Atypical for the genre, it is also bristling with period aftermarket components, including an EMPI steering wheel 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 1972 Chevrolet Corvette — $44k at bonhams B. Mitchell Carlson and skid plates, Gene Berg short-shifter — plus a Sidewinder exhaust for that annoying 1 a.m. blat that translates into “dune buggy.” With seat belts and DOT lights, it is also street legal and licensed for highway use — exhaust blat and all. As this buggy destroyed the pre-sale guesstimate of $30k to $40k, maybe the next time one gets consigned, it’ll be mingling with the Aston Martins and Duesenbergs — or at least with its rear-engine cousins from Porsche. 1972 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Bonhams Lot 47, VIN 1Z67W2S507664. Condition 2Sold for $44,000 As low-sale cars from two different auctions both went for $44k, I elected to list this one from Bonhams first. It was the first of the two to sell, and it was a case of age before strength. This sale was also markedly higher than last year’s lowbuck Yank, as Bonhams had a good stable of American Muscle during the past two years. This had to be the unofficial year of the Elkhart Green 1972 Corvettes, as Mecum had two LT-1 coupes that were nearly dead ringers for this car. Also a dead ringer were the final bids, as both of those were no-sale bids to $45k. The Bonhams car was originally War Bonnet Yellow but was resprayed to Elkhart Green when the consignor restored the car about a decade ago. It still has the original 454-ci big block and TH400 automatic transmission —plus both hard and soft tops. Well, 44 large seems a bit dear for a smog-era car in green, but it is well equipped and well restored. In addition, chrome-bumper C3 Corvettes have been holding their own in the market. Who knows, maybe someone else here with a bidder’s paddle had a new ’72 C3 in Elkhart Green — it was the second-most-popular color that year.


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2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition Gooding & Co. Lot 49, VIN 1ZVBP8CU5D5275628. Condition 2+ Sold for $44,000 I mentioned a few years ago at an ACC Insider’s Seminar that 2012–13 Boss 302s are destined to be collectibles, as they are the highest evolution of a solid-rear-axle muscle car. Sure, a fresh-offthe-truck 2018 Shelby GT350 (let alone an R model) will beat a Boss 302 Laguna Seca any day around its namesake course, but it won’t be by a whole lot. The Boss has an entirely different feel to it, and if you like having to work for your lap times, it is your car. With 332 miles B. Mitchell Carlson since new, it still had the window sticker in place. That sticker showed the only other option was the factory-supplied car cover. It also shows that it was originally sold to Journey Ford/Lincoln of Novato, CA, but the auction company had a disclaimer that it wasn’t California compliant and could not be sold to a California resident. This just reinforces why I was so damn happy to leave that state and go back home when Monterey Car Week ended. The final no-reserve selling price is generally in line with other examples trading on the Internet, as they are starting to see some modest deprecation — even with new-in-the-box examples like this. 1948 Willys Jeepster 2-door phaeton Worldwide Lot 69, VIN not displayed or disclosed. Condition 3 Sold for $18,700 For their first sale on the Monterey Peninsula, Worldwide had a little of something for everyone, and this Jeepster was one of about four possible contenders for the lowest sale of a domestic car. Jeepsters were among the first wave of post-war cars to be recognized as collectible. This one appears to have been restored in the early 1970s. In those days, “restoration” meant a repaint at the local body shop between collision jobs. The seats were redone when the upholstery guy in town had time between recovering couches. It was redone B. Mitchell Carlson a few years back, and it was hardly a professional restoration. Now, after some time on the road, this Jeepster’s restoration was unwinding. Most unsettling was rust blistering (at worst) or paint blistering (at best) on the rear valance panel. This Jeepster is a driver at best, but it was not so bad that it war- ranted direct shipment to the new owner’s restoration shop of choice. Even with its issues, it still had that cute look to it. I’d like to think good looks carried it to this strong price. I’d hate to think that an overworked, 4-cylinder, two-wheel-drive kinda car/kinda truck was really worth this much. 1950 Studebaker R16 1½-ton stake-bed truck Mecum: Lot T22, VIN 98HA29015. Condition 3+ Sold for $5,500 Fresh from Wyoming, this Stude flatbed still had a set of Farm Bureau Co-op mud flaps and “necker’s knob” on the steering wheel. The flathead 6-cylinder and 4-speed won’t win any speed records, but the deep gearing will get a load of hay from the field to the barn. This truck was recently repainted and newer tires were fitted, but the plastic fendermounted turn signal lenses are faded. Although the B. Mitchell Carlson description states that all the wood on the flatbed is new, the finish on it is already flaking off. The engine was recently repainted and lightly detailed. The door gaps may be uneven, but it is a workin’ truck. This truck was more gussied-up than restored. Then again, it wasn’t expected to sell for a record price. That said, if you have the room to park it, this was one of the best — if not the best — buys for a Cheap Thrill during Monterey Car Week. Voice of experience here: Buy this, and all of your acquaintances will become your best friends — and want to ride on the back during Back to the 50’s, the Woodard Dream Cruise or Hot August Nights. 1977 Cadillac Eldorado 2-door coupe Russo and Steele Consignment 1033/Lot TH202, VIN 6L47S7Q231912. Condition 3 Sold for $3,300 Usually, trying to figure out the low sale at Russo is quite the chal- lenge. Just when you think that a certain car is a sure shot, something else ends up getting the reserve removed and goes for less than expected. Not this time. Russo and Steele had some nice lots on the lower end this year, with estimate sale figures around $20k dancing in my head. I was considering a number of potential low-sale cars — until I walked into the last row of cars. I heard a chorus of angels and saw a shaft of light from the heav- ens beam upon this ’77 Eldo. This car was surely the low domestic sale of the 2017 Monterey Car Week. Sure, drop-tops B. Mitchell Carlson have moved up in value for a few years now, but the last one was made in 1976. Every 1977 and 1978 Eldorado is a coupe. They come with the smaller, uber-smogged 425-ci V8, so they haven’t caught on with collectors. Their competitor car — the Lincoln Continental Mark V — was more popular back in the day — and they are more popular now. This car was a decent original — but it did show some use and some scars. It also wore the dumbest set of wheels on a domestic car from the 1970s. Picture cast-aluminum, wanna-be basket weaves in a pathetic attempt to look “European.” And it was no-reserve. I immediately knew this Caddy was The Chosen One. This Eldo would be the lowball sale — even if someone dug a Corvair sedan out of a beach surf wall and then dragged the shards of rust and greasy aluminum castings through The Auction In The Round. In that heaven-lit moment, I was sure that no American-made car would bring less money than the Eldo. And I nailed it spot-on. 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Horsepower LIFE Jay Harden FAST LANE in the As a gainfully employed homeowner, husband and father, I’ve never been busier or more exhausted in my life time to brush my teeth, much less collect my thoughts. My cup is overflowing right now, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that something has been missing. The new me I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that my personal identity — the one where I put food on the table punching a clock body-working and painting cars that cost more than most people’s homes, the one where my only mode of transportation was a big-block ’69 Chevelle, and the one where everything I owned fit in the back of that old car — has, well, evolved. Adapt or die, right? I’ve fought tooth and nail over the years to hold onto my Chevelle, but ol’ Bubba (as the car has come to be called) has been sitting on that back burner for longer than I can admit. So here I am, facing my own preconceived Working on Bubba back in less-frazzled times decades to build family/house/life, but finally gets around to car of his dreams. The only sorrier story was guy reluctantly sells old car to build I family/house/life. Honestly, it all sounded pretty pathetic to me. Just get out there and work on your car, right? Once you’re a boring ol’ adult, what else do you have to do? Well, as the long-deceased mathematician E.T. Bell once said, “Time makes fools of us all.” Wife, kids, house, job ... As a gainfully employed homeowner, husband, and father of two ballistic missiles wearing dinosaur undies, I’ve never been busier or more exhausted in my life. For the better part of five years now, I’ve been building bunk beds, restoring wood floors and cleaning tiny hineys instead of turning wrenches and getting sideways. Five years gone — just like that. Life is a blur these days and I sometimes have difficulty finding 46 AmericanCarCollector.com spent a LOT of my teenage hours nose-down between the pages of one hot-rod magazine or another. I read them cover to cover. Over time, I eventually grew weary of reading what seemed like the same feature article intro over and over. I’m sure you know the one — guy reluctantly parks old car for notions of how my life might play out — and the judgments I blindly levied against others. Teenage Me would be sorely disappointed with Minivan Owner Me, but Teenage Me could be a real idiot. The idea of allowing my pride and joy to waste away in a garage for decades on end was once absolutely beyond my realm of comprehension. Little did I know that the source of my pride and joy would so quickly and completely move from the garage to the toy-riddled bedroom next to mine. Hello, Bubba A few months ago, my wife asked what it would take to get the Chevelle back on the road in a state that was a bit more family friendly. Knowing full well that this was the opportunity I had been waiting for, I rattled off a list of parts that I had been cataloging for just this occasion, and, more importantly, a rough hourly estimate. You see, my car fits in my garage about as snugly as a new pair of boots in a shoebox. There’s room for the car or me, but not both. That means I need daylight hours on rain-free evenings and weekends to make any real progress. We worked out a plan, and I embarked on project “Bubba Needs a New Pair of Shoes.” What I thought would be a quick couple of weekends worth of work — complete suspension, steering and brake overhaul — has eaten up my entire summer, and that’s with no cosmetic or paint changes of any kind. Every bolt I turned had to introduce me to at least three of his buddies that needed a little this or that, and most refused to play nice.


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I couldn’t help but feel like Bubba was acting just a touch resentful for all those years of neglect. As is our history, though, we eventually made up and got on with it. Now that the car is finally all back together and moves under its own power again, I’ve had a few moments to reflect on just how much work this undertaking has really been. I traded a lot of time with my wife and kids for bloody knuckles and marginally satisfactory progress. I had to rearrange work commitments to borrow Editor Pickering’s trailer and tote ol’ Bubs to the muffler shop, and I spent way more money than I initially budgeted (although no one was really surprised by that one). I now have several family-time makeup weekends ahead of me, but holy smokes, am I fired up about that old car in a way that surprises me. You see, about 10 years ago, I began daydreaming of tearing Bubba all apart and starting over, from bolt one. After years of eating and sleeping high-end custom builds with bottomless budgets and full-time progress, I somehow began to convince myself that I would soon have time, space, and budget to make a complete rebuild a reality. Turns out Teenage Me wasn’t the only idiot. If this latest little adventure has taught me anything, it’s the value of being honest with myself about where I am in my life. For example, I know full well that if I were to start disassembling my Chevelle right now, today, it would be 20 years before Bubba was to see the light of day again. This is an inarguable fact. But I’m okay with that now. Really, I am. So what does any of my woe-is-me rambling have to do with classic-car auctions? Well, I’ve hit the point where the “Built, not Bought” argument is lost on me. What works for right now? Can I do the work on my old car? Yes. Do I have the time, money, space or energy? No, I do not. Does any of that mean I don’t still live and breathe old cars the way I once did? Let’s not be silly. I’m sure the sun will rise on a morning where are all those factors will line up for me once again, but it’s going to be awhile. So what now? Well, I spend a lot of time perusing auction results for cars a lot like my own — cars that are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the one-of-ones and the trailer queens. I want a vehicle that I can use and enjoy now, but I’m not willing to empty my account for a top-tier example, either. I’m looking at cars and trucks with a lot of meat on the bone, those that are 70% or 80% of what I envision they could be with just a few long weekends of effort. If your life looks anything remotely as chaotic as my own, maybe you should, too. For every show pony that crosses the block, there are 20 trusty steeds that could use a good bath, some exercise, and some tender loving care. I don’t have any time for paint and bodywork right now, but I can manage a few mechanical tweaks here and there. As such, I look for cars that were built well with quality com- ponents — but are out of date or out of style. Can you look past an ugly, ill-fitting set of wheels and a wonky stance? How about a tired drivetrain or worn interior? I’m continually amazed at the number of potential buyers who can’t. Look for simple fixes that you can manage one at a time, and be realistic with yourself about what you can afford to spend in dollars and hours— and what you expect in return. We all have dreams of the perfect car, but the perfect car often requires tremendous financial and personal commitment. Today, I can afford neither. Instead, I’m shopping for the perfect car for right now. And you? A November-December 2017 47


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On the Market John L. Stein FUN TRUCKIN’ F or more than 50 years, swirling in the aerodynamic eddy behind Hemis, big-block Camaros and Boss Mustangs, we’ve had power pickups. Since the Dodge Power Wagon of 1957, a small array of specialty pick- ups has periodically emanated from the Big Three. Bill “Maverick” Golden’s Hemi-powered Little Red Wagon exhibition drag racer — based on a forward-cab 1965 Dodge A100 pickup — certainly helped spur interest in performance trucks. Later, Dodge offered a 360-ci Li’l Red Express version of its short-wheelbase D150 pickup for 1977–78. A cocktail of cosmetic bling and police interceptor engine tech, it showed that the corporate marketing guys recognized that performance trucks were at least an incremental market worthy of attention. Borrowing from muscle cars, Chevrolet produced a string of big-block El Camino 396 and 454 models, which were based on the Chevelle platform. I owned one — with a white vinyl roof and air shocks, man! — during college. It was a thirsty beast — and a total blast. With little weight in back, it would really burn out (vitally important at the time). To smog pumps and beyond The early emissions era of the 1970s choked pickup performance at the same time it hamstrung cars. But when axle-tramping power began its return, Chevrolet brought out the 1990– 93 Chevy 454 SS, and GMC crashed the party with the short-lived, turbocharged V6-powered, all-wheel-drive 1991 Syclone. 48 AmericanCarCollector.com You can pile five friends into the Raptor, load up bikes, tow an 8,000-pound trailer and still conquer Baja-caliber terrain Ford offered the SVO Lightning, a tuner-shop special with a cool suspension and a neat blackout motif. Based on the F-150, it ran from 1993 to ’95 and in supercharged form from 1999 to 2003. With retro fever flooding the car biz in the early 2000s, the Bowtie boys launched the limited-run retractable-hardtop SSR pickup in 2003. At its 400-hp, LS2-powered zenith for 2006, the SSR set a standard for trick production pickups. A new high-water mark for performance would arrive with the 2004–06 Dodge Ram SRT-10. Using an 8.3-liter, V10 Viper engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, it delivered spine-bending performance, validated by an SCCA-sanctioned 154-mph top speed. Call of the Raptor The above soliloquy is intended to show that, al- though they were often minor players, performance pickups have been part of the collector car mix for decades. And if the 2017 Ford Raptor (based on the current F-150) is any indication, the genre is alive and better than ever.


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Off to the Sierras As part of a four-day vintage-motorcycle trip, my buddy and I pinched a new Raptor Supercrew. Then we loaded its aluminum bed with two bikes and an inflatable boat. After piling its cab to the ceiling with riding gear, we headed for the most dramatic country we could find — California’s High Sierras. With passes over 8,100 feet, narrow two-lane stretches that demand instant accelera- tion for passing, and ample Jeep tracks revealed by the Raptor’s off-road-enabled GPS system, that mountain range was a perfect test of Ford’s latest performance-truck variant. The Raptor is a raucous performer. Its 3.5-liter V6 is turbocharged, so it suffers not one bit at high altitude. It also delivers tons of poke, even fully loaded, at the stamp of the loud pedal. Speaking of loud, a multi-mode system lets the driver select exhaust tone, sus- pension settings, steering feel and drive systems at will. The truck comes with heated and cooled seats, a panoramic glass roof, a quiet interior, good ergonomics and beefy off-road-rated LT315/70R17 BFG T/A tires. With the huge aluminum lower front suspension arms and Fox shocks all around, the Raptor is ready for anything. The truck ate up most everything we threw at it, from sprinting up high-altitude passes to off-roading to clicking off a 1,200-mile round trip. That usual bugaboo for bikes and tall pickups — a high bed height — was even eased by the drop-down tailgate step. I liked the non-slip, spray-in bedliner, especially when the 1969 Suzuki Savage’s fork seals leaked all over it. Auto alternatives Carrying an MSRP of $65,965 with all options included, the radical Raptor is priced in the same new-car league as the Mustang Shelby GT350 R and the Challenger SRT Hellcat. In comparison with collector vehicles, it’s on par with a 1967 Hemi Charger or a ’69 Mustang Mach 1 428. All that said, the Raptor’s 17-mpg average for all of our high-altitude driving and off-roading is way better than the sub-10 mpg a vintage big-block would deliver. A friend challenged me after the trip when he asked if I’d rather have the Raptor or a C7 Corvette Grand Sport. It was a tough choice. As much as I like Corvettes, you can pile five friends into the Raptor, load up bikes, tow a trailer up to 8,000 pounds, and still conquer steep-mountain or hot-desert terrain. Fun truckin’ I can’t prove it, but if memory serves, there was an old truck commercial called “Fun Truckin’.” The lyrics are still echoing in my ears: “On the road, off the road, having some fun. You and me, babe, we’ll get the job done. It’s been a good day and it ain’t half done.” That is certainly valid for the Raptor today. So now, years after the beginning of the perfor- mance pickup market, I’d submit that: 1. High-performance pickups are still a viable market segment. 2. A guy really ought to have two of whatever he likes, including a classic model to polish, and a modern one to use with impunity. My two hot-rod truck choices? They are the cur- rent, most-excellent Raptor and a 1968–72 El Camino SS 396. There, now I’ve really done it. As soon as I turn this column in, I’m heading to Craigslist for 396s, and then to Ford Credit to look up APRs. Fun truckin’, indeed!A November-December 2017 49


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 SPLIT-WINDOW TANKER Big Tank, Big Bucks Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers This Z06 is in rarified air, besting in value a host of esteemed ’Vettes, including the rare first-year 1953 model and all manner of Fuelies VIN: S109324 by John L. Stein • One of only 199 Z06 Corvettes built • Includes desirable 36-gallon fuel tank • Saddle Tan exterior • Saddle interior • Steel wheels with full covers • Period-correct black sidewall tires ACC Analysis This car, Lot 19, sold for $357,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ sale in Pacific Grove, CA, on August 17, 2017. When the original Corvette Sting Rays debuted for the public, they came out swinging. Four of them were entered in the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix support race for production sports cars at Riverside International Raceway in October 1962. Truly street-legal race cars, the Corvettes had been driven to So-Cal from the assembly plant in St. Louis to break them in and give their drivers some familiarity with the new model before getting on track. As one might expect with racers, there were various hijinks along the way. Escapades reportedly included liberal interpretation of speed limits and some dodgy drafting practice on open roads west of the Rockies. The fun continued after arrival in the City of Angels, where Bob Bondurant, driving the Washburn Chevrolet car, was admittedly late to the race shop after detouring to West L.A. and dicing it up on Sunset Boulevard. Afterwards it was discovered the glovebox contained a rightfully earned speeding ticket. On race day at Riverside, Bill Krause, in the light- weight new Cobra, at first outpaced the Corvettes. Eventually, Doug Hooper and his Mickey Thompson- 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com entered Corvette Z06 outlasted the Shelby, which retired with mechanical problems to hand the Sting Ray its magnificent first win. As a result, while some cars toil for years to break out, the Sting Ray and Z06 gained fame on their very first attempt. The one to have Following this illustrious debut for the new model, those in the know recognized the Z06 as the best production Corvette money could buy. Originally offered for Sting Ray coupes at a price of $1,818.45, the Z06 “Special Performance Equipment” option was later dropped to $1,293.95 and made available for convertibles — although just one Z06 roadster is known to exist. Regardless, all Z06s were 1963 models. By 1964, the Z06 option was gone, never to return until 2001 as a unique C5 hard-top model. Among the Z06’s race-focused features were the fuel-injected, 360-hp L84 engine powering through a close-ratio 4-speed gearbox and a Positraction differential. While the Fuelie engine was available on any 1963 Corvette, the Z06’s special suspension and brakes were highly exclusive. These track tools included heavy-duty coil springs and shocks — and an extrastiff front stabilizer bar. Stopping the car were large, finned iron drum brakes with internal cooling fans and a modern dual-circuit, vacuum-assisted master cylinder. Cooling ducts, nowadays affectionately known


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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: 1963 Number produced: 199 Original list price: $6,070.45 Current ACC Median Valuation: $505,000 Club: National Corvette Restorers Society as “elephant ears,” directed air to the front brakes, which were fitted with race-spec cerametallic linings, a further upgrade from the more common optional sintered linings. Rarest of the rare While all Z06s contained a full array of components to form a true production race car, one additional trick component would ultimately become available as a standalone coupe option. The Z06’s big fuel tank, which carried Regular Production Option (RPO) N03, held 80% more fuel than the Corvette’s standard 20-gallon tank. That huge tank kept the car on the racetrack longer between refueling stops, which is a valuable competitive advantage. Initially priced at $202.30, the big tank ironically survived as a coupe option right through the end of the mid-year era in 1967. However, it was not a popular option, as just 210 big-tank coupes were delivered during the mid-year Sting Ray’s five-year run. No convertibles ever received the N03 big tank. All of these factors make our subject Corvette, a one-year-only Z06 with the 36-gallon tank, really special. All told, just 199 Z06s were built for 1963 (including that one reported convertible), and not all of them had the vaunted big tank. Such cars are now known as “Tankers,” and they hold a very special and exclusive place in the collector market. Bargain or burden? Selling for $357,500, this subject car lagged the ACC Pocket Price Guide’s median value of $505,000 for the 1963 Z06 model by 29%. There were some reasons for this. One reason was the report that the Corvette had been crashed hard, and a significant amount of its original body had been replaced with 1967 fiberglass. In addition, Z06s with their original engines still in place are rare and command a premium — perhaps 30% or even $200,000 — above cars that have replacement engines — even if they are period correct. The status of this wasn’t clear in the case of our subject car — at least by the time of publication for this issue. Despite the price dip from the expected top value for Z06s, at its nearly $360k selling price, this particular Z06 flies in rarified Corvette air. It beats in value a host of esteemed ’Vettes, including the rare first-year 1953 model and all manner of Fuelies. It beats almost everything, really, except for 1967–69 L88s, the unicorn 1969 ZL1s and, of course, Zora Arkus-Duntov’s skunk works 1963 Grand Sport racers. I like good bones — a real car with a clean, clear history and that has never been subjected to engine swaps, massive body reworking or wholesale parts exchanges. To me, even if seriously flawed, the completeness of an original car far outweighs the perfection of a restored or “re-imagined” example, no matter how desirable a model it may be. So will this somewhat-of-a-bargain Z06 one day rise above to become as valuable as fully original cars? If there were only five Z06s, such as the case of the Grand Sports, I would say perhaps yes. But with 199 Z06s built, people who have the kind of coin necessary to buy one will likely always have other options. And so, given this car’s apparently rocky history, despite its coveted “Tanker” status, I’d say it was quite fairly sold, with the advantage belonging to the seller. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/13 ACC# 227411 Lot S125, VIN: 30837S115624 Condition 2+ Sold at $267,500 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Cross brace under glovebox Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Tune-up/major service: $500–$600 Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1965 Shelby GT350, 1969 Camaro ZL1, 1968–69 Corvette L88 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Lot 48, VIN: 30837S109324 Condition 1- Not Sold at $440,000 Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/17 ACC# 6816891 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/19/16 ACC# 6804163 Lot F150, VIN: 30837S118890 Condition 2Sold at $253,000 November-December 2017 51CC 51


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PROFILE GM This Goat Was a Tiger 1965 PONTIAC GTO Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Shoving a big-car engine in a mid-size body, adding a 4-speed, Tri-Power, a hot rear axle and bucket seats gave buyers the vital muscle-car DNA VIN: 237375P250891 by Pat Smith credentials. It has twice won the GTO Association of America’s Concours Award and was chosen as Popular Favorite GTO at the 2015 GTOAA Nationals in Columbus, IN. A YR-code car denoting its 389/360 horsepower V8 and automatic transmission, it is a fascinating example that was restored in frame-off fashion and freshened in both 2009 and 2013. I 52 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot F167, sold for $57,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum Auctions’ Harrisburg, PA, sale on August 4, 2017. When Pontiac released their GTO option on the Tempest series in 1964, it lit the fuse to a powder keg of unfulfilled car-fanatic fantasies. Shoving a big-car engine in a mid-size body, adding a 4-speed, Tri- Power, a hot rear axle and bucket seats gave buyers the vital muscle-car DNA. The Pontiac GTO was one step ahead of everyone else, and sales were strong enough to grant the option full-model status in 1966 with its own “242” serial number. Other manufacturers tried to catch up, but it took two years to fully match the GTO with hardware that was readily available. That’s why sales were hot, with 75,352 sold in 1965. f starring as an attraction in Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, TN, serves as an endorsement for a vintage machine from that classic era, then this 1965 Pontiac GTO comes highly recommended. But that’s not the end of this fantastic GTO’s Horsepower galore Not only was the engine big, it was well-developed, with 10 extra horses, making the base 4-barrel a 335 hp, and 12 more with the Tri-Power for 360 hp. The frame was new that year, with boxed front and rear frame rails and three built-in cross members to hold together the open-channel side rails — and a fourth transmission member that was bolted in. The camshaft timing, carburetor and cylinder heads and valvetrain were all reworked. The heads had improved combustion chambers and big valves. The valvetrain got oil from the lifters through the pushrods and rocker arms. Integral guides kept valve sideplay to a minimum. The “Tiger” imagery was most appropriate, as a Tri-Power 389 could eat you alive. Those changes added up to one hot package, with quarter-mile times of 14.65 seconds at 101 miles per hour. The Goat could hustle a quarter-mile down the strip in 13.77 seconds with just headers, slicks and a carb re-jet. It was a seriously fast car for $2,791. To match it you either had to be connected and buy a factory race car or a Corvette. The Chevelle SS 396 was limited production, and Ford’s 1965 Galaxie R-code was super rare. Chrysler’s Street Wedge 426 was too tame and the Race Wedge was too hot for street use. There just wasn’t anything available in that size and price that could touch a GTO. The closest car to fit the bill — then and now — is a small-block Corvette. Popular for decades Many fans consider the 1965 GTO the best early example of the muscle-car breed. It was a muscle car without the excess that came from marketing and at


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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! tempts to please every customer. The GTO, along with the Ford Mustang, found a strong fan base early in the 1980s, complete with national club support and shows. This created a thriving industry that supplies original and reproduction parts. It’s not hard to restore a GTO. y at home on the each. It is a true oLLeCtor’S reSourCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! tempts to please every customer. The GTO, along with the Ford Mustang, found a strong fan base early in the 1980s, complete with national club support and shows. This created a thriv- ing industry that supplies original and reproduction parts. It’s not hard to restore a GTO. y at home on the each. It is a true h h the desirable ard tops, while y being the h a Tri-Power and LeCtor’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! tempts to please every customer. The GTO, along with the Ford Mustang, found a strong fan base early in the 1980s, complete with national club support and shows. This created a thriv- ing industry that supplies original and reproduction parts. It’s not hard to restore a GTO. y at home on the each. It is a true h the desirable ard tops, while y being the h a Tri-Power and ing ing a ’65 GTO sn’t been altered d with original n — is difficult. e cars were modihin weeks of y, especially if re the hot ones ith. mid-1960s street machine Our subject car carries the “fantasy engine combo” of dual-quad 389 power with twin Carters, Offy intake and Ram Air pan. No doubt a few of these existed as custom builds for drag racing and street action. Pontiac didn’t make this setup at the factory be- cause of the Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor’s imminent release. Certain cars, such as the 1965 Chevelle, were already running Q-jets in trial programs to fine-tune the carburetor before mass release in 1967. Multiple carburetion was on the way out because big 4-barrels were entering the market. However, the racer can’t wait for the factory. If the parts are available, he’ll build his own setup and take it from there. In that regard, our subject GTO’s present configu- ration is a prime example of a mid-1960s street machine. It impresses visually — and viscerally — when you stomp the gas pedal. But that’s only part of this car’s value package. Three restos, three big awards The car was a two-time winner of the GTO Association of America’s Concours award, and it was a 2015 Crowd Favorite at the GTOAA Nationals. It was in Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, TN, during the 1980s. It’s a factory 360-hp automatic car, so it was hot from the dealer. The car was also superbly groomed, with three restorations on record. The original frame-off was done during in the 1980s. Then there were serious restorations in 2009 and 2013. It is a very solid, welldone car with a nice provenance. Floyd Garrett’s museum was one of the earliest bas- tions of muscle car preservation. It was running long before Otis Chandler or the Petersen Museum started. Still, not a perfect car There are two weak spots. The 2-speed automatic transmission is column- mounted, which looks less sporty, and two extra gears are always more desirable. A fully synchronized 3-speed manual wasn’t avail- able until March of 1965, which left buyers choosing between the two 4-speeds or the 2-speed automatic. The second flaw is a lack of options. The buyer skipped on the radio, heater, power steering and brakes. Our subject was obviously ordered as a racer. You have to wonder if there was a favorable break running a zero-option automatic in super stock that year. The manual steering is a painfully slow 24:1 ratio, making it a brute to drive in traffic. The way it’s set up pushes the car firmly into the staging lanes instead of the highway. The irony is that the car is almost too nice to bash on the strip. Even with a sun-faded carpet, it would be a shame to install a roll cage if it ever dips below 11.50 seconds. That could happen if you’re any good at racing and tinker with it. It’d be too painful to think of it smacking the guardrail in third gear. The dilemma is what to do with this car. It already has a later- model transmission, so it is tempting to add power steering, power disc brakes — and make it a driver again. That 3.55 axle with Safe-T-Track is just about perfect for road and track use. This car has done enough sitting around in museums. It’s time to burn up the road. A great car that sold well GTO prices have risen steadily upwards over time. They’re popular cars because of their contribution to the Muscle Car Era. They can be verified using Pontiac Historical Services copies of sales invoices. In 2004, it was possible to buy one for $19,000. By the early part of this decade, the average for a nice car rose to about $26,000 or so, depending on options and condition. After 2015, good GTOs were in the mid-$30k range. Exceptional cars, such as Tiger Gold limited editions or a rare Blue Charcoal hard top with all the go-fast stuff, will blast through the $50k mark. Right now, a nice Tri-Power, 4-speed hard top is a mid-to-high-$30,000 car. This one sold for about $10k more than the ACC Median Valuation. This is strong money, especially considering how many were made and the limitations on our subject car. I think it’s a decent buy compared to, say, $74,250 for Reggie Jackson’s GTO — which wasn’t nearly as clean as this one. I’d call this one a fair deal for buyer and seller, with a slight nod to the seller. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2017 53 1965 Pontiac GTO hard top Lot 203, VIN: 237375K139512 Condition: 2 Sold at: $30,000 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/12/15 ACC# 265646 1965 Pontiac GTO hard top Lot 4074, VIN: 237375P354025 Condition: 3+ Sold at: $74,250 ACC# 266757 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 9/2/15 1965 Pontiac GTO hard top Lot 494, VIN: 237375Z1269444 Condition: 2+ Sold at: $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/26/15 ACC# 270205 Detailing Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 64,041 Original list price: $3,000 Current ACC Median Valuation: $42,900 Clubs: GTO Association of America, Pontiac-Oakland Club International Engine # location: Suffix code on passenger’s side of block below cylinder head. Web: www.gtoaa.org, www. poci.org ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Alternatives: 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS L79, 1965 Mercury Comet, 1965 Dodge Coronet 440 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $25.96 VIN location: Driver’s side A-pillar post, frame on driver’s side


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PROFILE FOMOCO Art Astor’s Devotion Lives On 1955 FORD FAIRLANE CROWN VICTORIA Courtesy of Russo and Steele Collectors like Art Astor give old cars the care they need to live on for future gearheads by Chad Tyson • 272-ci, 162-hp Y-block V8 • Formerly part of the Art Astor Devotion Collection • Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1055, sold for $28,050, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Russo and Steele’s August 17–19 auction in Monterey, CA. When buyers went shopping for a new car in 1955, the options were worlds ahead of the recycled designs that bookended World War II. Each manufacturer displayed major engineering advancements and styling upgrades across their lines. Consumers flocked to the V8 Shoebox Chevys and ate up the “100 Million Dollar Look” (updated to Forward Look in 1956) of Virgil Exner’s Chrysler designs. The Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria In 1955, the Fairlane lineup replaced the Crestline as the top-trim-level Blue Oval — and it sold and sold. However, the Crown Victoria, which was the top of the Fairlane line, did not set sales records. Of the 626,250 Fairlanes produced in 1955, just 33,165 (barely over 5%) were the highly stylized Crown Vics. 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com These cars didn’t need to sell many units to make a statement. The stainless-steel tiara used to separate, at least externally, the front and rear passenger’s sections garnered huge praise and media attention. Some people call it a basket handle, but Ford’s official designation was Bright Metal Roof Transverse Molding. Ford borrowed the look from the Mercury XM-800 concept car, designed by John Najjar, Ford’s longtime lead designer and co-designer of the Ford Mustang 1 prototype. This model was Ford’s first use of the Crown Victoria name, which would later go on to be the standard of police vehicles for two decades, starting in the 1990s. Ford had used the name “Victoria” since the 1930s. The only higher step on Ford’s production line was the Crown Victoria Skyliner. The Skyliner’s smoked acrylic glass roof was impressive, but it tended to bake the passengers like ants under a magnifying glass. That idea was abandoned after only two years. Art Astor and his collection Art Astor was a Southern California owner of radio stations, and he had a passion for cars. Russo and Steele auctioned off the 14 remaining Art Astor Devotion Collection cars this year in Monterey. RM kicked off the Art Astor Collection’s dissolution in June 2008, offering 200 cars and almost 800 pieces 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 Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 33,165 Original list price: $2,022 Current ACC Median Valuation: $28,325 Club: Crown Victoria Association Engine # location: Pad near distributor Tune-up cost: $125 VIN location: Tag on left front body pillar below upper hinge Web: www.thecvaonline.com Alternatives: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1955 Chrysler Newport, 1955 Dodge Custom Royal condition. uckskin Brown-and-Snowshoe White r pairing might not fit modern tastes, but mooth paint and shiny trim flatter the r combination. The vinyl seats are clean d hardly seem used since restoration. e only interior flaws are the dirty s floor mat and some slight hazing to h lenses. An electric fan, worm-style hose mps, white wire ties and an Interstate ttery are modern, convenient touches to e engine bay, but the Ford Special Oil ath air cleaner housing still sits atop the uretor. A time capsule of the ’50s Nostalgia is a hard thing to kill, but memories of a generation usually carry ly as long as that generation does. There’s nobody around anymore to remind us how great the 1880s might have been. The charming, vivid memories of the 1950s are radio and automotive memorabilia. Our subject car didn’t quite reach the $616k high sale of that 2008 RM Auctions sale. This Crown Vic is no Gary Cooper 1938 Cadillac V16. That’s fine. It doesn’t need to be. Not many people can afford that anyway. What draws people to this Crown Victoria is its fading further and further back in history. The movies, songs, television shows — and cars — of that time have stuck in our culture for decades. Cars during the 1950s had a huge impact on American culture. Still, getting lost to time is what happens to most everything. Thanks at least in part to collectors such as Art Astor, many old cars got the proper maintenance, care and restoration (if need be) to preserve them for people to buy and enjoy down the road. These cars don’t get lost in time. And that’s why I can’t nail the coffin shut on the cars of the 1950s, as these models are holding their own in the current market. In 2017, the high-water mark for ’55 Crown Vics was $57,200, as sold at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, auction (ACC# 6827755). The year-to-date median valuation sits at $28,325, which is just a few hundred bucks more than our subject car’s sale price. I’d rank the car at condition 2+, which means this deal is for a better car at a cheaper price than expected. Well done to the buyer.A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) November-December 2017 55CC 55 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria resto-mod Lot 247, VIN: U5NW141779 Condition 3+ Not sold at $27,500 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 11/25/16 ACC# 6810497 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-door sedan Lot 16, VIN: U5RW147929 Condition 1Sold at $57,500 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 ACC# 6827755 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-door sedan Lot F45, VIN: U5RW111947 Condition 2- (with replacement 289-ci engine) Sold at $22,140 Mecum, Kansas City, MO, 4/25/15 ACC# 264731


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PROFILE MOPAR On a Price Updraft Since 2011 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD Courtesy of Bonhams The new owner catches an entry-level Superbird on the rise VIN: RM23U0A164599 by John Boyle • 440-ci OHV V8 “Super Commando” powerplant • Single 4-barrel downdraft carburetor • 3-speed automatic • Numbers-matching • Three owners from new • Recently completed six-year restoration • Bucket seats/console/floor shift ACC Analysis This car, Lot 104, sold for $154,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, CA, on August 18, 2017. If you’re reading this magazine, you probably know the story of Chrysler’s “Winged Warriors.” If you’re a real Mopar fan, you know the part num- bers, paint codes and racing stats, so I’ll be brief and outline the basics. Winging to victory In 1969, Dodge started developing a NASCAR- winning racer to combat the Ford Talladegas and Mercury Cyclone Spoilers. Those FoMoCo cars were introduced to counter the flat-grille Charger 500 in a seesaw battle for oval-track supremacy. Working with a wind tunnel, Dodge engineers came up with a drag-reducing nose and lift-controlling rear wing to create the Daytona. The enhancements worked, and Buddy Baker was officially clocked driving a Daytona at 200 mph at 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Talladega. To meet NASCAR homologation rules, 503 street cars were produced. The next year, Plymouth wanted in on the action and decided to add Daytona-like mods to the Road Runner. Plymouth stylists tweaked the Dodge nose and swept back the wing uprights. As a result, the Mopar B-body cousins do not share any sheet metal, and their aero kits are different as well. By then NASCAR had changed its rules, and Plymouth was required to build more than 1,900 cars for homologation. The aero cars dominated, which led to NASCAR changing the rules because of safety and competition concerns. The Aero Car era was over by 1971. Variations on a theme Plymouth produced the Superbird in three basic flavors: • The base 440-ci engine with a 4-barrel which produced 375 hp. • The 390-hp 440-ci engine with the Six Pack of three 2-barrel carburetors. • The 426-ci, 425-hp Hemi. All three could be ordered with the A833 4-speed or the TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic. Interiors were white or black, with a standard bench seat and column shift — or buckets and a floor shift. All came with power steering, power brakes and a vinyl roof to ease the amount of body finishing required around the special rear window.


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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! What’s under the hood? As you might expect, the engine choices go a long way to determine the value of these cars today. At the top of the heap are the 135 Hemi cars — just 58 had 4-speeds — with a current ACC Pocket Price Guide median valuation of $330,000. Entry-level 440-ci, 4-bbl cars like our subject car are at $152,600. The Six Pack cars are in the middle, with a median valuation of $170,500. This is not bad for a car with an original base price of just under $4,300. That price, while a sizeable premium over a base Road Runner, was still several hundred dollars less than a Corvette. Fast on the track, slow on the lot What seems in retrospect like the performance deal of the century didn’t look so great to Plymouth dealers at the time. Despite their race-winning heritage, legend has it that Superbirds were slow getting off dealers’ lots. Over the years, stories were told of deep discounts (which probably were true) and of cars being converted into straight Road Runners. “Stories of removal of noses and wings and huge numbers of unsold cars are generally tall tales that grow in stature from person to person,” said Doug Schellinger, president of the Daytona-Superbird Auto Club. “These kinds of things are largely unsubstantiated, but there were a few.” Schellinger said the Superbird’s unique look and performance was appreciated at the time. “I have met a number of original owners who said they knew the cars were a one-shot deal and they had to act if they wanted one,” Schellinger said. Still, the end of the muscle-car era in the early 1970s made nearly-new cars bargains. In 1973, a friend bought a Lemon Twist Yellow, Six Pack Superbird with pistol-grip shifter and bucket seats for $1,700 off a lot in an Eastern Washington farm town. Value peaks and valleys The winged Mopars eventually became the bell- wether for muscle car prices. One of the first ’Birds in the ACC Premium Auction Database is a condition 2 440 automatic that sold for $36,650 at a 1999 Mecum auction. At the time, our reporter said the car was “bought right at the retail market” (ACC # 10745). Near the height of the market in 2006, a car with the same specifications as our subject car brought $169,500 at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale (ACC# 43694). The next year, a Hemi brought $529,200 at an RM event (ACC# 73873). Following the 2007 correction, prices slowly re- bounded. By 2011, the SCM Pocket Price Guide listed a price range of $86k to $128k for a 440-ci, 4-barrel car and $191k to $270k for a Hemi. Happily for Superbird owners, prices have been steadily rising since 2011. Fairly bought for condition Our profile car is well equipped, with bucket seats, console, AM radio, Rim Blow steering wheel and Rallye road wheels. The car is in its original Tor Red — aka Hemi Orange — color. A three-owner car, it was said to have been the recipient of a six-year restoration using only OEM parts. However, a close look at auction website photos suggests a Mopar expert did not restore the car. Two issues are significant: • The lower part of the left front valance panel doesn’t smoothly line up with the front of the wheel opening. • The radiator is incorrect , and the upper hose is on the incorrect (left) side. Lesser, more nitpicky, items include: • The headlight trim appears to be painted instead of a decal. • The hood pins are set 90 degrees off. • The lower grille appears to be unpainted, and a modern battery is installed. • The photos don’t show a jack and a spare tire in the trunk. These items can be expensive. • The radio has mismatched knobs, and a trim piece is missing under the steering column. • Finally, if you want a “day one” appearance, the car should be on Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. In other words, our Superbird is a nice car, but it’s not quite 100%. The sale price, including Bonhams’ buyer’s fee, is $1,400 above the current ACC Median Valuation, so this car is fairly bought. A “one-shot deal” Even among notoriously partisan muscle-car fans, when new, the Mopar wing cars were something special. With an undisputed racing pedigree, vivid colors, cartoon-character graphics — and that tall wing and bumperless nose — the sheer outrageousness of a Superbird or Daytona was the heart of their appeal. To many of my generation, the cars became a touchstone of the period — as much as films or music of the day. While today’s prices mean they’re priced out of reach for many fans, they do show the cars are recognized as the icons they are. The Superbird club estimates that more than 1,300 of the 1,935 built remain. That’s good news for future generations of car lovers, who will have the chance to see what all the excitement was about. Oh, my friend who bought his for $1,700… he still has it. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) November-December 2017 November-December 2017 57 1970 Plymouth Superbird Six Pack Lot S739, VIN: RM23V0A171644 Condition 2 Not sold at $176,500 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/17 ACC# 6817047 1970 Plymouth Superbird Lot 275, VIN RM23U0A175651 Condition 1Sold at $110,000 ACC# 6817098 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/17 1970 Plymouth Superbird Hemi Lot F174, VIN: RM23R0A166207 Condition 2 Sold at $253,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/16/17 ACC# 6836068 Detailing Club: The Daytona-Superbird Auto Club Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $18.40 VIN location: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad on top of the block near water pump. Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 1,084 440-ci, 4-barrel cars, 716 cars with the 440-ci Six Pack. There were 135 Hemi cars. A total of 1,935 cars were made. 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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1952 ALLARD K2 CUSTOM Horsepower and Style Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company George Barris’ and Von Dutch’s modifications added significantly to this Allard’s value. It’s as much a piece of rolling art now as it is a cool ’50s sports roadster 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 91K3021 by Ken Gross • Modified by legendary California customizer George Barris • Painted and pinstriped by the incomparable Von Dutch • Updated for performance and reliability • Previously owned by Hollywood actor Jeff Cooper • Colorado Grand participant • Displayed at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance ACC Analysis This car, Lot 105, sold for $242,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach, CA, auction, on August 19, 2017. Sydney Allard was a noted British producer of hy- brid sports-racing cars in the post-World War II era, beginning in 1945. In those days, the term “hybrid” meant combining a British chassis and an American engine. Predating Carroll Shelby’s AC Cobra, which employed the same formula, Sydney Allard eschewed little English 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines. Instead, he offered his cars with modified Ford and Mercury flatheads. Later on, he installed big Cadillac and Chrysler OHV V8s. Erwin Goldschmidt’s Cadpowered Allard J2 won the inaugural 1950 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Sydney Allard’s cars used a cheap and diabolical independent front-suspension setup. The Allard’s Ford I-beam front axle was literally split and hinged in the middle, so the wheels flopped and bounced wildly on uneven surfaces. That aside, the cars were undeniably fast and quite reliable. Carroll Shelby and Zora Arkus-Duntov drove Allards in competition, providing both men with the experience of seeing how well big American V8s performed in lightweight sports-racing cars. A matter of style Allard built about 119 Model K2s from 1950 to 1952. These were largely street-driven cars — not racers. Our subject car was shipped from London to Noel Kirk Motors in Los Angeles, CA, in 1952. It was originally finished in blue with a red leather interior and a black canvas top. During the 1960s, Los Angeles-based film and television actor Jeff Cooper bought the car. To make a personal style statement, Cooper commissioned George Barris, Hollywood’s favorite leadslinger, to customize his K2. The irrepressible Barris chopped the windshield for a lower silhouette. He relocated the headlights from the stock location in the front fenders to a freestanding setup atop a new front bumper, which doubled as a slender nerf bar, then fabricated a complementary rear nerf bar as well. Barris added full fender skirts with chromed accents and modified the dash with multiple Stewart


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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 built: 1951–52 Number produced: Just one like this (Allard built 119 K2s) Tune-up/major service: $300 Current ACC Median Valuation: $242,000 (this car) Club: Vintage Sports Car Club of America VIN location: Data plate on the firewall on right-hand side of the engine he piece de resistance, h Howard, aka “Von right yellow finish with k scallops and added his r’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 built: 1951–52 Number produced: Just one like this (Allard built 119 K2s) Tune-up/major service: $300 Current ACC Median Valuation: $242,000 (this car) Club: Vintage Sports Car Club of America VIN location: Data plate on the firewall on right-hand side of the engine he piece de resistance, h Howard, aka “Von right yellow finish with k scallops and added his adillac; adillac; hello, Ford e Allard’s original engine ore contemporary n Edelbrock 4-barrel car- peed manual gearbox. ccording to Gooding & Co., it’s equipped with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The Allard’s original split I-beam front axle, with its frantic wheel-hopping tendencies, and the venerable solid rear axle with a transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, were all retained. The end result, while a tad garish, is pretty cool. The current ACC Pocket Price Guide gives a condition 2 Allard K2 a median valuation of $99k. So this customized K2 at $242k, in very good — but not excellent — nick, fetched a sizeable premium over a stock example. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This Allard is certainly striking, in a Brutalist way, and its customizers, George Barris and Von Dutch, were two of the most notable practitioners in their field when the modifications were made. Whether the custom work has improved this car’s already good looks is a moot point. Despite a modern engine transplant and many other modifications, this custom K2 sold for a lot more than a standard example. Is customizing a value detractor? Personalized sports cars weren’t unusual in the Kustom-crazed ’50s to ’60s. Von Dutch pinstriped Earl Bruce’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing — and then festooned it with crab-claw flames. Dean Jeffries extensively customized a Porsche 356 Carrera 2 coupe, with tunneled headlights, 300SL-style roof vents and an Eddie Martinez tuck-and-roll interior. It was a no-sale at Gooding’s Amelia Island sale in 2016 and is currently being offered at $765,000. Dean Jeffries’ asymmetrical Mantaray was built on a pre-war Maserati GP chassis. George Barris did several customized Corvettes. Barris’ shop modified bandleader Spike Jones’ Jaguar XK 120, and extensively customized a Jaguar XK 140 for Barry Goldwater. Interestingly, I couldn’t find the ex-Jeff Cooper Allard in any of George Barris’ books, including Barris Cars of the Stars. And there are no Barris crests on the Allard — although he didn’t mount them on all his cars. So what do we make of this Allard sale? I think it was a great deal for the seller and a decent purchase for the buyer. While actor Jeff Cooper’s cachet is nominal, George Barris’ and Von Dutch’s modifications added significantly to this Allard’s value. It’s as much a piece of rolling art now as it is a cool ’50s sports roadster. The later engine swap didn’t seem to hurt things either. While I’m not certain this Allard will continue to appreciate, the buyer got a flashy sports roadster with a great story. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Asteroid by George Barris 1950 Allard K2 Roadster Lot 112, VIN: 91K2108 Condition 3 Sold at $98,966 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/16 ACC# 6803777 Web: www.vscca.org Alternatives: Mantaray by Dean Jeffries, George Barris’ Cosma Ray, George Barris’ Hirohata Mercury ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1952 Allard K2 Roadster Lot 263, VIN: K26015 Condition 2Sold at $104,500 ACC# 256175 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/10/14 Lot 5024, VIN: 30837S111775 Condition 1Sold at $187,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/14 ACC# 232003 November-December 2017 59


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 Ahead of Its Time Courtesy of Mecum Auctions The Avanti went 168 mph in stock form, and up to 196 mph as a modified car VIN: 63R2687 by Jeff Zurschmeide • Very rare factory 4-speed supercharged Avanti R2 • Sold new in Berkeley, CA, later a resident of Tucson, AZ, where it was acquired by Colin Comer • Copy of the original build sheet • Matching engine, chassis and body numbers • Original 289/290-horsepower V8 engine • Original Paxton centrifugal supercharger • Original Borg-Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission • Original 3.73:1 Twin-Traction rear end • Power steering • Power disc brakes • AM radio • Excellent original body with perfect “hog troughs” • One repaint in its correct Avanti Turquoise color in the 1980s • Two-tone Fawn-and-black interior • Fitted with four new replica 7011 Halibrand wheels and spinners — which were a rare dealer-installed option — and new radial tires • The original steel wheels and hubcaps are included • One of 1,883 total supercharged R2 models produced in 1963 and 1964 • One of fewer than 500 total factory 4-speed R2 Avantis 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com • The 1963 Avanti was the first American production car to have factory disc brakes • The Avanti was promoted as America’s Most Advanced Car and was more expensive than a Corvette when new • Supercharged Avantis set 29 speed records at Bonneville when new ACC Analysis This car, Lot F79, sold at $126,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Monterey, CA, on August 18, 2017. Among all American collector cars, the Studebaker Avanti stands somewhat apart. It’s not only the strange pug-like front end, although that’s part of it. The Avanti was a futuristic design that owed much more to European sensibilities and the Space Age than to the solid and respectable American cars that Studebaker built for decades. Strange history The story of the Avanti is as unique as the car itself. Studebaker was dying when Sherwood Egbert was hired as president in 1961. The story goes that Egbert doodled an idea for a personal luxury car on a plane and gave it to a design team under Raymond Loewy’s direction. In 40 days and 40 nights, they birthed the Avanti onto the existing Studebaker Lark platform. The company gave the first production car to


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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! Rodger Ward for winning the 1962 Indianapolis 500, and Egbert swore he’d sell 20,000 Avantis in the first year. In fact, just 1,200 Avantis were made in 1962. They were sold as 1963 model-year cars. Then Studebaker built about 3,400 more Avantis in 1963, with about 800 tagged as 1964 models before the factory in South Bend, IN, shut down and Egbert was forced out. Other Studes continued to be made in Canada until March of 1966, but that was the end of Studebaker as an automaker. After Studebaker’s demise, Avanti passed into a bizarre afterlife. A group of Studebaker dealers bought the tool- ing and designs, and they made a small number of “Avanti II” cars until 1982. The Avanti II was based on various GM platforms, and about 2,241 were made through 1983. In 1982, a real-estate developer bought the rights and ran the company until 1986, and the cars built during that era are simply called Avanti. In 1987, another set of new owners moved Avanti production to Ohio, then Georgia, and finally to Cancun, Mexico. Alternate designs, including a convertible and a 4-door, were tried, and the Avanti moved to a Ford Mustang platform in its final years. At the end, the last owner of the brand, Michael Kelly, was convicted of Ponzi-scheme fraud and sent to prison. The final Avanti-derived cars were made in 2006. Record-setting performance To understand the Avanti in context, remember that Andy Granatelli set 29 Bonneville speed records with an Avanti in production and modified form in 1962. The Avanti went 168 mph in stock form, and up to 196 mph as a modified car. You can find the “Bonneville Record Breaker” promotional film that Avanti made in 1963 on YouTube. It’s worth watching to understand how significant this car was in its day. The Avanti came with a fiberglass body, and it was the first American production car to feature front-disc brakes. Studebaker gave the Avanti its 240-horse/280 ft-lb, 289-ci “Jet Thrust” V8 engine from the Hawk line. That model was called an “R1.” A Paxton supercharger was available as the “R2” option that gave the car 290 hp/303 ft-lb. The Granatelli Brothers produced nine “R3” Avantis with 334 hp/320 ft-lb. Those were the recordsetting cars. The Avanti came with a 3-speed manual as standard equipment, but you could (and should) look for the optional 4-speed manual. There was also a 3-speed automatic. A limited-slip rear end was optional. Collecting the Avanti The most important thing about selecting an Avanti is recognizing that the original production under Studebaker is distinct from later models. The Studebaker cars are the ones you want, and you need to be prepared to pay for them. An R1 Avanti needing attention sold last year for $16,500, (ACC# 6803831), but you should probably expect to pay about $30,000 for a decent supercharged model (ACC# 6812125). Those prices have been steady for the past five to seven years, so don’t look for huge appreciation going forward. Depending on the year, the ACC Pocket Price Guide lists the R2 Avanti between $28,500 and $32,000, and the R1 between $14,500 and $21,500. The later models are different. Our price guide rates all the 1965–83 models at a $13,800 median price, and that’s about on par with auction results. Of course, there are exceptions, but they’re more rare than the cars themselves. Raymond Loewy’s personal 1972 Avanti sold for $52,100 in 2012 (ACC# 201777), but the majority are trading around $10,000–$12,000. The previous high price paid for an Avanti was $89,250 (ACC# 215906) in 2013, but it’s worth noting that the same car failed to sell in 2011 on a bid of $101,000 (ACC # 169022). This example had been extensively modified, with hand-tooled leather interior, custom airbrush graphics and gold plating on all kinds of parts including the oil pan, transmission case and differential housing. Different strokes for different folks, right? Against that backdrop we have our subject car, which set a new high-water mark for Avanti auction prices at $126,500. This 1963 factory 4-speed R2 is as close to perfect as it’s possible to get. All of the important numbers match, and it comes with excellent provenance because it’s been carefully kept all its life. If you wanted the best possible example of an original Avanti, this was it. Looking ahead, the market for the Avanti is likely to remain steady. If you like them, a reasonable original example is still affordable. What’s certain is that there’s nothing else like an Avanti on the market — and there never will be. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2017 61CC 61 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Lot SN802, VIN: R4789 Condition 4 Sold at $6,600 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/15 SCM# 257022 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Lot 107, VIN: 63R1908 Condition 3 Sold at $16,500 ACC# 6803831 RM Sotheby’s, Detroit, MI, 7/30/16 Detailing Years built: 1962–64 Number produced: 4,643 Original list price: $4,445 Current ACC Median Valuation: $28,500 Club: Avanti Owners Association International Engine # location: Top right side of cylinder block Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Right side frame member, rear of engine bay Web: www.aoai.org Alternatives: 1953–67 Chevrolet Corvette, 1955– 66 Ford Thunderbird, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Lot 508, VIN: n/a Condition 2 Sold at $89,250 Hollywood Wheels, Palm Beach, FL, 3/24/13 ACC# 215906


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PROFILE RACE 1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 A Driver with Great History Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s This Cobra never tried to be anything more than what it is — just a great old driver VIN: CSX2075 by Dale Novak • Reportedly one of three cars independently built to Dragonsnake specification • One of the very first Cobras to be equipped with a 289 V • Long period history in SCCA competition on the West Coast • Wonderful patina inside and out • A driver’s Cobra, to be used and enjoyed with pride ACC Analysis This car, Lot 240, sold for $803,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, CA, on August 19, 2017. So much has been written about the Shelby Cobra. It would simply be an exercise in mind-to-hand dexterity to key in additional details about a car that has been dissected more thoroughly than the Eagles’ “Hotel California” album. In short, Carroll Shelby, along with his highly skilled team, pulled off a corporate and marketing feat that will likely never happen again. Today, the Shelby Cobra remains the most- duplicated, re-created, knocked-off car in the world. It’s also instantly identified, sought after and envied. It’s the elusive dream of every car hunter out there to find the proverbial lost Cobra in the barn. It’s pretty amazing to see how much one no-com- promises car — that actually made it to production — has affected so many people around the world. By the books Cobras get broken down into various categories — and even more minutiae — if one wishes to separate 62 AmericanCarCollector.com the run of cars from each other. Early cars, late cars, 260s, 289s, 427s, leaf spring, coil springs, wormand-sector or rack-and-pinion steering — and so on. It can be really confusing. Grab a used copy of the Illustrated Shelby Buyer’s Guide by Jay Lamm and Nick Nicaise if you want a primer on the subject. This book will set you back about 10 bucks on Amazon, but it will cover the basics of what makes these cars tick. Chevrolet’s missed opportunity Chet McFallo bought chassis CSX2075 new at Francis Ford in Portland, OR. He owned a wellknown machine and high-performance engine shop in the area. He paid $6,600 for the car. The story gets better. Had it not been for the fum- blings of the local Chevrolet dealer, McFallo would have ended up with a new 1963 Corvette coupe. While McFallo was very fond of the Ford brand, he was also the president of the local Corvette Club. So when the new 1963 Split- Window coupe became available, McFallo quickly hustled down to the Chevrolet dealer and placed an order for a weapons-grade Corvette. Problem was, he wanted one with a special order Z11 427 in it. Or at the minimum, a 409. The Chevrolet dealer took his deposit and said they could get it done through a COPO order (Central Office Production Order). This would skirt the factory build specs, and his “one-off” Corvette was officially on order. After waiting several weeks for his very special Corvette to come in, McFallo became disgruntled at the lack of progress and asked for his deposit back. Too bad for GM and Chevrolet — but hooray for Carroll Shelby and Ford.


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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! After GM dropped the ball, McFallo, now ever more determined to purchase the most bang for his buck, waltzed down to Francis Ford and laid eyes on two 1963 Cobras sitting on the showroom floor. One was in red, one was in black. He test drove the red one home to show it to his wife — and returned the next day to plop down the cash for CSX2075 in black. CSX2075 gets a makeover Chet McFallo was never content with the out-of-the- box performance of a factory-built car (even a Shelby). He had modified and built engines for plenty of racers — even NASCAR teams — so he decided to rework CSX2075 to perform on some of the area tracks. First he took CSX2075 street racing, but he soon decided that drag racing was a better idea. He reworked the 289-ci engine to exacting specifications, swapped out the headers, which required modifying the footwell, upgraded the traction control and threw a set of drag tires out back on lightweight magnesium wheels. Over time, CSX2075 evolved into a sinister Dragonsnake build in search of an ever-faster time. Feared on the track The McFallo racing team became feared on the track. While Chet toasted the original Ford 289, other, more-potent engines followed. The car was raced extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest — even in Canada — and quickly became notorious for setting very quick times and dominating. Vintage photos of the Shelby in drag-racing attire show some of the various builds and modifications over time, which is very cool and a great addition to showcase the history of the machine. The first 289 Cobra — maybe By the books, CSX2075 is the first 289-equipped Cobra. Sources in the Cobra brand and history confirm this. However, Mr. Carroll Shelby himself disagreed — at least technically. While CSX2075 was slated to be the first 289 Cobra by the production order, the first customer to actually get a 289 Cobra got CSX2044. It was a custom order that was changed from a 260 to a 289 as soon as the client caught wind of the upcoming engine upgrade. We could split hairs here and argue about this for hours — which would be fine by me, as long as all this involves a few dry gin martinis with freshly stuffed bleu-cheese olives. Owned by Carroll Shelby himself After Mr. McFallo’s ownership, CSX2075 was passed around a few times. Over time, it was transformed from the independent Dragonsnake back into the car you see today. In short, it morphed from a radical drag car to a more usable street example. Overall, CSX2075 was never fully restored (and never should be). It remains largely original, at least by the body, interior and chassis, and it retains much of its original Shelby DNA. CSX2075 quickly traded hands through a few deal- ers and was sold to Carroll Shelby. Shelby did not own the car very long, and he sold it to the consignor at Monterey. Cool Cobra CSX2075 is utterly cool. It carries an authentic patina that you simply cannot replicate. While there are original Cobras out there that are downright scary, a few seem to be just right. These just-right Cobras carry paint that looks perfectly worn, seats that replicate a superbly worn catcher’s mitt, gauges that have yellowed to perfection and so on. It’s definitely a case of beauty in the eyes of the beholder. For me, this Cobra has the right look, stance and airtight history. It never tried to be anything more than what it is — just a great old driver. The verdict At the same RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, another Cobra, CSX2344, sold for $1,100,000 all-in. This was an on-the-button, original car with 16,000 miles from new. Everything was documented, and the car shows signs of age, wear and use. It was highly original throughout, including the engine and transmission. It is a totally unmolested example with singlefamily ownership from new. It’s a perfect valuation benchmark car for us to stack up against CSX2075. By the math, an additional $300,000 bought you a better Cobra than CSX2075. That car, CSX2344, will probably be more coveted over time. However, if you wanted a more usable car, you might gravitate to our subject CSX2075. You really can’t do anything to the car that hasn’t already been done (short of putting it into a telephone pole). It’s been modified and altered from stock — but not overly so. The miles you put on it will never deteriorate the value — nor will the next stone chip. It’s a very usable example — and by my standards, a great car to own. I can’t simply call the car well bought because it sold for under RM Sotheby’s estimate ($850,000 to $950,000). Auction houses place estimates on cars based on discussions with the seller and on their results databases. Using the ACC Pocket Price Guide, a worm- and-sector 289 Cobra has a median value of $900,000. Naturally, $900k might buy you a better example, one that’s been restored and beautified, but placing a value on the “cool” factor and history of this car is something entirely different — especially one that was owned by Carroll Shelby. By the condition alone, well sold. By the unrepeatable history and perfect patina, fairly bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) November-December 2017 63 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Lindauer roadster Lot 154, VIN: CSX2344 Condition 2Sold at $1,100,000 ACC# 6844624 Detailing Years built: 1963–65 Number produced: 580 Original list price: $5,995 Current ACC Median Valuation: $990,000 Club: Shelby American Automobile Club Engine # location: Left side of engine Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Tag in engine compartment, hood latch, inside door Web: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, 1965–67 Shelby Cobra 427, 1962– 63 Shelby Cobra 260 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 24, VIN: CSX2448 Condition 1 ACC# 6844601 Not sold at $1,050,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/17 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/17 1963 Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake Lot 151, VIN: CSX2093 Condition 3- ACC# 6832751 Not sold at $825,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 4/21/17


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PROFILE TRUCK 1929 FORD MODEL A ROADSTER PICKUP A Rough Rarity Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers You’ll have a harder time finding parts for a 1995 Ford Probe than parts to restore or maintain a Model A VIN: 2111874 by B. Mitchell Carlson • Enduring older restoration of Ford’s iconic Model A Roadster pickup • Well-preserved, attractive and ready to be enjoyed or put to work • Accessories include a side-mounted spare and Atlas auxiliary water bag • 200.5-ci L-Head 40-hp inline 4-cylinder engine • 3-speed manual transmission • Solid front axle with transverse leaf spring; live rear axle with cantilevered, semi-elliptical leaf spring. • Four-wheel mechanical drum brakes ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 27, sold for $9,350, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ sale in Auburn, IN, on September 2, 2017. When Henry Ford turned the Lizzie into a Lady with the all-new 1928 Model A, the new pickup truck wasn’t all new. The cabin was nearly identical to the previous Model T version. All Model A pickups built through August 1928 had open roadster cabs, as the Ford AA truck production line used all the new closed cabs on hand. Both types of cabs were available for pickups in 1929. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com All Model A trucks got a new cab for 1930. The closed cab became less boxy and closely followed closed-car styling. The open-cab roadster pickup also shared more with roadster cars. In addition to the same rounded beltline molding, the roadster pickup got outside door handles for the first time. The closed cab rapidly became the cab of choice for Ford Model A pickups. By 1930, the closed cab was the standard produc- tion cab, and the roadster cab became an extra-cost option. As such, only 2,730 roadster cab pickups were made that year. It’s surprising that the open-cab option was contin- ued into 1931, but there were still fleet customers who preferred the easier access of the open cab. By the end of Model A production, roadster pickup production had dwindled to 2,637 out of all 98,116 Model A pickups made for 1931. Open it back up In subsequent decades since, the roadster pickup veered from being out of favor to being in fashion. Regardless of condition in stock, modified, or streetrod form, the roadster pickup is now more desirable — and worth more.


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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 Current ACC Median Valuation: $18,500 Years produced: 1928–31 Number produced: 77,917 (open and closed-cab models in 1929) Original list price: $445 (revised to $430 by mid-year) For the 1928–29 Model A pickups, the value dif- ference slightly favors the open cab versus the closed cab. For 1930 and 1931 models, open-cab values are markedly higher. Year for year, roadster pickups are usually worth more than Model A roadster cars. Pickups got pounded more than cars, so by World War II (especially during wartime scrap-metal drives), Model A pickups started getting scarce. The laws of supply and demand kicked in, and they’re still working when it comes to value difference between Model A cars and Model A Roadster pickups. There are fewer pickups, and they’re generally worth more than the cars. Not just your grandfather’s Model A Interest in Ford Model As is making a modest comeback. Why? So many of them are in today’s marketplace. Enthusiasts from the 1960s and 1970s — the people who made the Model A collectible — are now downsizing or have gone off to the Concours in the Sky, and their heirs are moving the cars out. With so many Model As out there, a few younger collectors have noticed the reasonable prices and have picked them up. Couple that with the still-insatiable interest in all vintage pickups, and the open-cab Model A Pickup is a winner. A few little quirks While no stock Model A is up to speed as a freeway car (just by gearing, 55 mph is the limit), they are relatively easy to drive. Model A cars and pickups have straight-cut gears, but it’s not like shifting a 13-speed Roadranger. With even the most rudimentary attempt at doubleclutching, gear changes are quick and easy for anyone with any previous clutch-and-stick experience. Two things give many gearheads pause about driving a Model A on modern secondary roads: the mechanical brakes and the gas tank in the cowl. Model A hydraulic brake-conversion kits are avail- able in the restoration and street-rod world — and you can keep the stock wire wheels. There are options for relocating the fuel tank and supplying the engine with an electric fuel pump — and the truck still comes off looking fairly original. The Model A is a rather fun little runner if you know and understand its limits. A ready supply for parts For more than 50 years, a strong network of resto- ration parts at multiple price points — from NOS to re-pop junk — have kept Model As on the road. In fact, you’ll have a harder time finding parts for a 1995 Ford Probe than parts to restore or maintain a Model A. They are one of about a dozen vintage vehicles on which you can do a credit-card restoration. You can start with chassis, engine and a title — and buy everything else reproduction or modified. Our subject Model A pickup In the case of our subject truck, that huge network of easy-to-find parts could be very helpful. This truck may have been restored years ago (some tasteful person resisted the temptation to replace the black-painted grille shell with a repro chrome one from a car), but it was done on the cheap. The combination of sitting for long periods of time and some questionable repairs has done this truck no favors. It may not be time to hit the reset button and restore it from scratch, but it’ll be a labor-intensive ownership experience for a while. That isn’t a bad thing, especially if you go in knowing the work is needed and are willing to do it to learn the vehicle. Okay, I’ll say it: Bond with the Model A. I’ve said this many times about Model Ts: Any serious collector has to have one for a while just for the experience of owning, maintaining and driving a machine from the early days of cars. This also applies to a Model A — perhaps even more. As there is plenty of work on the horizon, the price paid for our subject truck may seem a bit strong. However, at the worst, this is the standard cost of admission for a roadster pickup. Making it your own and enjoying it can make it a well-bought new old friend. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1929 Ford Model A Roadster pickup Lot 71, VIN: AA2030238 Condition 2 ACC# 6786909 Not sold at $20,000 Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 9/26/15 November-December 2017 65CC 65 1928 Ford Model A Roadster pickup Lot 112, VIN: A444386 Condition 2 Sold at $27,000 ACC# 6803836 RM Sotheby’s, Detroit, MI, 7/30/16 1931 Ford Model A Tanker pickup Lot 253, VIN: A4546421 Condition 3+ Sold at $8,800 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14/16 ACC# 6804890 Engine # location: Boss on top center of the driver’s side of engine block (this was the official serial number for title and registration) Club: Model A Ford Club of America Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $15 VIN location: None (the serial number is the engine number). Web: www.mafca.com Alternatives: 1929 Chevrolet AC International, 1930 DC Universal pickup, 1928–31 Dodge Brothers pickup, 1929 International Six Speed Special ACC Investment Grade: C Comps


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mArKet OVERVIEW The American Collector Car Market Hums Along Most Full Classics aren’t hot, but they’re not ice-cold relics yet mArKet MOMENT Full Classics are great to look at, but they’re not for me. You need runway lights to back out of a driveway, and they require more materials to build than your average New York apartment. I guess that makes me a Millennial car collector. I’ve been watching the slow price decline of pre-war cars — and the opposite happen to more modern machines. I figured I was watching my generation move into the market. But things aren’t going exactly as I expected. Monterey Car Week showed one of the Full Classics that is still in demand — 1929 Duesenberg model J murphy convertible, sold for $1,430,000 at rm Sotheby’s monterey, CA, auction by Garrett Long G AA has turned their Summer Greensboro, NC, sale into a science. The number of lots, sales rate, total sales and average price have all increased every year since 2014 (with the exception of a drop in sales rate in 2015). This was their first sale that comfortably made its way into the eight-figure range as well, recording $11.6m in sales. As reporter Jeff Trepel points out, they are actively trying to improve the overall experience, and it’s paying off in spades. Auctions America had a great weekend in Auburn, IN, even though their total sales fell below their historical level. They recorded their best sales rate yet at 72%, and the average car sale price was $35.7k. However, Auctions America offered an unusually low number of lots. If they had bolstered their lots by 100 more and crept back into the 800-car range that AA is comfortable with, this would have been one of their best sales yet. Motorsport Auction Group hosted their Hot August Nights sale in Reno, NV, with $7.4m in sales and 310 lots of 527 sold. MAG offers a “cruise night” vibe that matches up perfectly with Hot August Nights. This isn’t the kind of grand auction you’ll see in Monterey or Scottsdale. That said, MAG knows their customers in Reno, and their style works for everyone on the scene. A BEST BUYS 1923 Lincoln model L 4-passenger coupe, $19,795—GAA, NC, p. 86 68 AmericanCarCollector.com 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle malibu custom convertible, $60,500— russo and Steele, CA, p. 105 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner retractable hard top, $6,849— Lucky Auctions, WA, p. 119 1970 Dodge hemi Charger r/t 2-door hard top, $64,350—James G. murphy Co., WA, p. 124 1969 oldsmobile toronado 2-door hard top, $10,260—mAG Auctions, NV, p. 96 that quite a few notable pre-war cars are still pulling in good money. The 1923 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 sold $38k over its high estimate for a total of $108k at Bonhams. The 1936 Auburn Eight SC boattail went for $1,017,500, $107k above its high estimate, at RM Sotheby’s, and the 1912 Packard Model 30 at Gooding & Co. hit the middle of its estimate range at $286k. And these are just a sampling; a handful more of American Full Classics sold well within their estimate ranges. There were many Full Classics that went home unsold or failed to meet their estimates. I still suspect that most Full Classics are going to ride down the value elevator, but that elevator isn’t dropping as quickly as I suspected. — Garrett Long


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mArKet OVERVIEW toP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE buy It Now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 1 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $1,089,000—Bonhams, CA, p. 110 2 1936 Packard 3 1937 Packard eton, $682,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 114 Twelve Sport pha- ster, $467,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 114 4 1963 Chevrolet coupe, $357,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 106 5 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $355,000—Russo and Steele, CA, p. 112 6 1934 Packard fastback, eton, $352,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 114 Twelve 1107 pha7 1966 Shelby GT350 $297,000—Russo and Steele, CA, p. 112 8 1951 Hudson convertible, $165,000— Bonhams, CA, p. 116 9 1958 Cadillac 10 1941 Lincoln Hornet Brougham ible, $164,780—GAA, NC, p. 82 Zephyr coupe, $154,000—Gooding & Co., CA, p. 108 70 AmericanCarCollector.com $0 Series 62 convertCorvette Z06 Twelve 1507 road- 1970–74 Dodge Challenger Names carry weight. Manufacturers know this well and often tack on names with little to do with previ- ous generations — looking at you, Pontiac. But when each generation builds upon the next, it can create a legacy that is valuable in its name. The Mustang is one of the best examples of this, and with the Hellcat and Demon, the Challenger is as well. Dodge is having their best year selling the Challenger. They believe the 840-hp Demon is promoting the Challenger and bringing more people to the showrooms. But that hype can work backwards too. 1970 to 1974 Dodge Challenger sales have been fairly steady the past 10 years, hovering around a $50k– $60k average. The car has been a safe bet for investors. But as Demons dominate YouTube and drag strips alike, that Challenger heritage is stronger. I imagine it will start to bring more money to the auction floor for its carbureted brethren. — Garrett Long Auctions and Totals in This Issue $140m $120m $100m $20m $40m $60m $80m $91.4m $132.8m $55.9m $33.5m $11.6m $437k $18.9m $7.5m $7.4m $8.5m $780k Greensboro, NC July 27–29, 2017 GAA Olympia, WA Aug 1, 2017 James G. Murphy Aug 10–12, 2017 Reno, NV MAG Aug 16–19, 2017 Monterey, CA Mecum Pacific Grove, CA Aug 17, 2017 Worldwide Monterey, CA Aug 17–19, 2017 Russo and Steele Bonhams Carmel, CA Aug 18, 2017 Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach, CA Aug 18–19, 2017 RM Sotheby’s Monterey, CA Aug 18–19, 2017 Lucky Auctions Tacoma, WA Aug 26–27, 2017 Aug 31–Sept 3, 2017 Auctions America Auburn, IN


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN Auctions America — Auburn Fall Auctions America ramps up their sales rate and hits high numbers at their Labor Day sale in Auburn Auctions America Auburn, IN August 31– September 3, 2017 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/ offered: 527/731 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $18,849,903 High sale: 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ LaGrande phaeton, sold at $2,300,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices An attractive package at a great price — 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $88,000 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts the sales were hot, with a sell rate of 72% and a new record high sale for Auctions America: A beautiful 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ “Sweep Panel” went to a new home for $2.3m. Coming in second was a Fleetwood-bodied 1929 Duesenberg J convertible with a well-documented and colorful past that sold for $990,000. Other notables in the top five include a Bloomington Gold-awarded 1953 Corvette roadster that sold for $269,500, and a beautiful 1958 Buick Limited convertible selling at $239,250, exceeding the pre-sale high estimate by almost $15k. Notable no-sales included a 1970 Dodge Challenger R 72 AmericanCarCollector.com R/T Hemi falling short at $150k and a 1957 Fuelie Corvette no-sale with a high bid of $132,500. As always there were bargains to be had, including an immaculate 1970 AMC/AMX that sold with no reserve Friday afternoon for $31,350. Had this car run in prime time Saturday, I’m sure it would have sold in its estimate range of $45k–$55k. As they have done in past events, Auctions America devoted time and resources to raising money for worthwhile causes. In addition to a $25,000 donation for Hurricane Harvey relief, Auctions America auctioned umors regarding Auction America’s future drifted around as cool temperatures and partly cloudy skies graced Auburn, IN, for the Auctions America Labor Day tradition. While the temperatures were cool, off an opportunity to tour Jay Leno’s personal garage. Spirited bidding resulted in raising $35,000 for the benefit of JDM Charities and Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. While buyers and sellers were busy with the auc- tion activities, crowds gathered around the grounds, combing the swapmeet and car corral. There were also helicopter rides, monster trucks and trick motorcycle riding demonstrations. Long lines of fans queued up for autograph signing appearances by NASCAR great Rusty Wallace and Dave Kindig from the Velocity Channel show “Bitchin’ Rides.” Many were speculating whether this would be the last event under the Auctions America banner. The Auctions America Media release included a statement from Rob Meyers, the CEO and founder of the RM group of companies. “I have been coming to Auburn for more than 30 years, both on my own and with the RM group of companies, and I have no plans of stopping. The Auburn Auction Park and events we hold here are an integral part of our business,” Meyers said. “We are deeply committed to continuing this great tradition and putting on an even more successful Auburn Fall in 2018. We look forward to sharing details later this year.” So whether it’s an Auctions America or RM Sotheby’s auction next year, time will tell. However, it seems the Auburn sale will continue for years to come.A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN GM #4088-1941 CHEVROLET 3104 pickup. VIN: 21AD102559. Blue & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 68,049 miles. Nice paint and panel fit, good exterior brightwork with chrome bumpers. Wide whites with rings, caps and color-keyed wheels. Nice, clean interior. Bed-side boards with Burma-Shave signs, equipped with fog lights and runningboard step plates. Cond: 2. #2088-1958 CHEVROLET 3100 Apache NAPCO pickup. VIN: 3A58W100038. Beige/tan & brown cloth & vinyl. Odo: 25,564 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks fresh, showing some small drips down low on the passenger’s side; driver’s door doesn’t latch. Big tires on wagon-wheel spokes painted Dark Argent matching the custom bumpers. Engine compartment looks okay with auto-store chrome dress-up kit on motor and headers. Nice interior, new seat cover and custom wood door pulls. Equipped with NAPCO four-wheel drive. Cond: 3+. #2118-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA Sport Coupe 2-dr hard top. VIN: F59J219422. Tuxedo Black/red tri-tone vinyl & cloth. Odo: 76,274 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint looks very well done. Great panel fit, exceptional exterior brightwork. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Inside looks as good as the outside, all fresh and well executed. Equipped with power windows, brakes, Continental kit and fender skirts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,800. Burma-Shave? Seems like an odd sign to put on an old pickup, but what the hell, it certainly didn’t detract from the value. This is a nice, clean, well-done package at a very fair price. Offered without reserve and well bought at the low end of the pre-sale estimate. #4089-1951 PONTIAC EIGHT sedan delivery. VIN: P6VS1219. Blue & white/tan cloth. Odo: 10,147 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks good and well done. Chief Pontiac graphic and script done nicely on the side panels. Hood fit a little off. Brilliant exterior trim. Clean engine compartment. Interior looks tidy and unmolested. Equipped with sun visor, traffic-light viewer, rare illuminated Chief hood ornament, Deluxe steering wheel, side mirrors, back-up lights, chrome trim rings, tissue dispenser, front and rear bumper guards and wide whitewall tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Trucks have been strong, but not strong enough for this one to pull $60k. It’s definitely worth more than the high bid, but not twice as much. Consignor was right to hold on but may want to think again about the bottom line. #3094-1959 CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD custom wagon. VIN: 11837L11044. Copper & cream/tri-tone copper vinyl & cloth. Odo: 26,711 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint and panel fit, good exterior brightwork, big wheels with skinny tires, clear glass and lots of it. Engine compartment shows well; interior upholstery and bright bits also show very well. Mild custom with disc-brake conversion and air-ride suspension. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Fresh frame-off restoration; there’s little doubt the seller would have been upside-down with this result. While it is a beautiful presentation, the lack of any original performance goodies will forever hold this one back. I think I’d hang on to it and enjoy it for a couple of years and see if the market catches up to the expectation. #4085-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: 860S10376. Newport Blue/ white vinyl/tri-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 19,172 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh and well done; lots of exterior trim shows minimal wear. Wide whites could used a good cleaning. Glass looks clear and unmarred. Interior looks new and well fitted, although the dashpad is showing some emerging separation of the vinyl and padding underneath. Equipped with power steering and brakes; at some point a radiator cooling fan and concealed aftermarket stereo mounted in the trunk were added. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,250. Sold for $42,900 at Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, October 2013, offered with no reserve (ACC# 228074). Offered here again without reserve, it sold for 25% less—ouch! That’s a pretty significant loss over four years and well bought here today. 74 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $35,000. After failing to sell on the block, this one was spotted “Still For Sale” with a price of $57,500—not an unreasonable figure. While the wagon market seems to have softened a bit, the problem at auction is getting two people in the room who want the car. It might (will) take more time, but this one might do better in a private sale. SOLD AT $46,000. It seems like the consignor didn’t do much promotion on this car. The windshield sticker made no mention of the Tri-Power setup. Here’s an ACC Top Tip: You can’t give the auction company too much information; the more information you give, the more money you get in return. Chalk this one up in the well-bought column. #5062-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 216375293872. Ermine


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN White/red vinyl & cloth. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint showing some orange peel and appears to have been resprayed. Decent minimal exterior brightwork. Nice steel wheels with poverty caps, engine compartment shows well. Headers and aluminum radiator. Interior shows well; nothing to knock there. Cond: 3+. door. Equipped with factory gauges and a/c. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. Said to have been the recipient of a body-on restoration within the past year; the paint looked like it was rushed. Other than that, it’s got the right stuff. I think the money will come; it just wasn’t happening today. #4020-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. VIN: 223679U118802. Carousel Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 45,411 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint but sloppy black paint in hood-scoop inserts. Poor hood fit. Rally II wheels. Decent exterior brightwork. Presentable engine compartment. White interior looking a bit grungy, aftermarket gauges installed under dash. Equipped with power top, windows, steering and brakes; hood tach and rear spoiler. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. The windshield tag stated “Offered With No Reserve.” This one had all the signs of someone attempting a quick flip. The high bid seems like a fair offer considering the condition. Apparently there was a reserve after all. CORVETTE #4111-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S195394. Roman Red & white/white vinyl. Odo: 979 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Immaculate paint and panel fit, brilliant exterior brightwork. Spotless engine bay. Beautiful interior. Equipped with power windows, Wonder Bar radio, courtesy lights and 4.11 rear end. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,850. This one came close enough for the consignor to lift the reserve a good bit below the low pre-sale estimate. The new owner got a nice, solid car at a good price; well bought here today. #4035-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W8726N6003794. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 34,550 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint showing orange peel, scratches and cracks. Front grille and headlight coves seem to have been freshly painted gold. Boyd Coddington five-spoke mags with gold spokes look decent. Grungy engine compartment. Decent seat covers. Speakers hacked into the sides of the console. Aftermarket steering wheel. Passenger’s side door weatherstripping separated from the NOT SOLD AT $132,500. A multiple award winner—including two Bloomington Golds— it scored 99.6 points in the 2006 NCRS National Convention in San Antonio. Is it too far removed from its award-winning days or is the market for late-’50s Fuelie Corvettes getting soft? Did another older presentation with very few miles give potential buyers some pause? Obviously the consignor believes it can pull more money, and I don’t doubt that it will, but is it worth the additional expense of the hunt? Time will tell. #5105-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S107497. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,936 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows well. Good panel fit. Decent brightwork. Could use a good wipe-down. Clear glass, but it could stand a cleaning, too. Decent engine compartment. Rally wheels with Redline tires. Interior is well equipped with factory tach and gauges. Cond: 2. November-December 2017 75


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN SOLD AT $88,000. Nothing a little detailing won’t take care of. A 427, 4-speed convertible—an attractive package at a great price. The new owner should be pleased with his purchase. FOMOCO #7054-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR V12 convertible. VIN: H83062. Maroon/tan canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 10,174 miles. Paint looks presentable under the hall lights. Excellent exterior brightwork. Wide whites with trim rings and center caps look great. Top looks to be well fitted and in good condition; decent engine compartment detail. Interior is good, but it looks as though the leather was unevenly redyed—not terrible, just off. Interior trim showing some minor pitting. Cond: 3+. last restored in the early 1990s and is holding up very well. Assuming the odometer was reset at the time, lack of miles might cause some concern, but overall the car presented very well. Nice examples below the F-code regularly change hands in the $40k–$50k range, but this gets that significant F-code bump. Coming in a little shy of the pre-sale low estimate. Looks like a fair deal both ways. #4087-1958 EDSEL PACER convertible. VIN: W8ER702597. Driftwood & Jonquil Yellow/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 35,839 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint and panel fit, exterior trim showing some pitting and micro-scratches. Decent engine compartment detail. Solid interior upholstery. Trim showing minor wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. It’s a very nice car, but let’s face the facts: It’s not a Boss, it’s not a CJ, it’s not a Mach, it’s a base Mustang convertible with a big motor. Though it does show well, it’s also not very well equipped. All things considered, the bid seems like a reasonable offer for what it is. #4118-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G172717. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 15,681 miles. 302ci , 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and graphics look okay. Wheelarches have been flared—left rear cracking. Many scratches in the exterior brightwork. Minilite wheels look decent. Grungy engine compartment. Cross Boss intake manifold. Interior rough, column tach and under-dash gauges added. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,000. This car isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is a nice one. When they say buy one that’s already done, here’s why. I’m guessing the sale price was considerably less than the cost to get it in this condition; well bought. #4113-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 F-code Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: F7FW387795. Red/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 68 miles. 312-ci supercharged V8, auto. Paint shows well, small chip on hood edge, good panel fit, brilliant exterior brightwork, full wheel covers with wide whites, excellent engine compartment detail. Interior upholstery and brightwork show very well. Well equipped with power steering, brakes, windows and seats; dual spotlights, Town & Country radio, factory clock, tissue dispenser, fender skirts and Continental kit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $134,750. Coming from the Jerry Capizzi “Cappy” Collection, this multiple-award-winning car was 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $35,750. Edsel prices seem to have taken a minor dip. This one is an attractive package and probably would have pulled into the low- to mid-$40ks three or four years ago. Today the price was right; well bought and certain to not lose any value from here. #4123-1969 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 9F03Q127782. Candy Apple Red/ white vinyl/dark red vinyl. Odo: 71,944 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh and well done. Driver’s door closes hard, decent exterior chrome, Magnum 500 wheels in excellent shape. Engine compartment shows well; interior looks good too, except for the right rear window crank lying on the floor. No a/c, power windows or brakes. Does come with Marti Report verifying it is one of 30 built with this powertrain configuration and includes factory-installed competition suspension. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. This car was advertised as “Modified in performance and looks to 1970 Trans-Am champion.” Maybe so, but that—along with no race provenance—did nothing to improve the value of the car. Bringing it back to stock would be an expensive proposition when you look at dealing with the fender flares. This one seems to be stuck between too far gone to bring back and too expensive for a track car. The high bid should have gotten the deal done. MOPAR #5052-1955 CHRYSLER 300C 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3N551046. Black/tan leather. Odo: 35,640 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Nice black-paint finish and panel fit. Exterior brightwork a mix of good and not so good. Chrome wire wheels with wide whites really pop. Decent engine compartment detail. Presentable interior shows minimal wear. Comes with original factory build card. Cond: 3+.


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN ered with a garish brown floral pattern. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,100. A really nice presentation of a desirable low-production-number car. Coming in a little over the pre-sale low estimate, it still looks like a good buy to me. AMERICANA #5069-1959 BATMOBILE convertible. VIN: BoS. Black/black leather. V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Rough paint, scratches, big crack in hood, scrape and dent on passenger’s side door. Rusty Cragar S/S mag wheels missing center caps. Plexiglass bubble windshields scratched. Driver-quality engine detail, interior console covering starting to come undone. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $14,000. This one had some issues, but it is pretty rare and it seems like there’s room to make some corrections without ending upside-down. We’ll call this a fair deal, if not slightly well bought. #2112-1974 AMC HORNET “The Man with the Golden Gun” coupe. VIN: BoS. Red/ black vinyl. MHD. 258-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Heavily modified suspension and body in preparation for jump in the James Bond movie “The Man With the Golden Gun.” Rough paint, lots of scratches, rusty rockers, glue residue on wheel lips where there once was lip trim. Heavy rust on Cragar S/S wheels, cracked windshield, lots of scratches on plexiglass side windows. Interior gutted, center-mount seat, full roll cage. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Claimed to have been the sixth Batmobile built to promote the TV show by Jay Ohrberg Hollywood Cars. This one is said to have been used to tour the U.S., educating children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. After trading hands among a couple collectors, it did a couple of museum stints. Another car where the value is in the story, not the condition. It’s no George Barris Batmobile, but from 20 feet away, it’s pretty darn close, and it didn’t cost $4m (ACC# 214858). 78 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #4084-1959 STUDEBAKER SCOTSMAN pickup. VIN: E13762. Light green/brown vinyl. Odo: 85,476 miles. 245-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows orange peel and microbubbles all over, as well as rust on the left rear fender. Hood fit poor. Driver’s door wouldn’t latch. Exterior chrome shows heavy pitting. Natural-finish wood in the bed with chrome slats. Interior door handles painted Argent. Windshield-wiper scratches. Driver-quality engine detail. Bench seat cov- SOLD AT $110,000. Known as the “Astro Spiral” stunt car, this Bond car successfully completed a corkscrew jump in one take. Designed and built by Calspan Corporation engineer, Raymond McHenry, with the aid of computer modeling and driven by stunt driver Jay Milligan. They say that, having survived the jump with no damage, it still runs and drives. I was present when bidding stalled in the mid-$40ks, but the auctioneer kept working and the room eventually woke up. It’s not an Aston Martin DB5, but it is a Bond car. Based on that, I’ll say it was a good buy. A Known as the “Astro Spiral” stunt car, this Bond car successfully completed a corkscrew jump in one take. 1974 AMC Hornet coupe ”


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GAA — GAA Classic Cars Auction GAA fine-tunes their auction experience, with great results GAA Greensboro, NC July 27–29, 2017 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/ offered: 397/559 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $11,555,828 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $275,525 buyer’s premium: 7%, minimum $700, included in sold prices Pedigree ownership helped this 1970 Chevrolet CoPo Camaro rS Z/28 coupe sell at $53,500 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Introduction by Jeff Trepel Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts hit high numbers consistent with their previous successful auctions. The March GAA auction is typically their showcase event, and this past March there were significant multi-car collections of high-dollar muscle and sports cars. As such, upscale collections were not as prevalent T 80 AmericanCarCollector.com this summer. Instead, an assortment of great mid-level consignments dominated this auction. One sale in particular proved in spectacular fashion that GAA could compete with — and even beat — the big boys in the auction world. A superbly restored 1958 Cadillac 62 convertible sold for $164,780. It’s an impressive price, but even more impressive is that this is the same car sold for $104,500 at RM Sotheby’s October 2016 sale — where I covered it for our sister magazine, Sports Car Market (with two fewer miles on it), and nominated it as a Best Buy. Major no-sales were — happily — few and far between, but there were some. Failing to find a new home was the fascinating-buthideous one-off 1948 Mercury “Templeton Saturn” he July edition of the thrice-yearly GAA Classic Car Auction ran like the well-oiled machine it has become. At the same time, it enhanced its growing reputation as one of the strongest classic car auctions in the Southeast. Selling an impressive 71% of their 559 lots, GAA roadster. It is a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance veteran and Motor Trend feature car. It garnered a high bid of only $205,000 versus a dealer website asking price of $350,000 ( which was perhaps aspirational). Most of the impressive fleet of Mopar muscle cars met their reserves, but a 1969 Dodge Charger 500 Hemi achieved a high bid of only $95,000, which was woefully short of a realistic bid for this ultra-rare muscle car. GAA’s website has become increasingly user- friendly over the years, which has helped the company grow. One notable feature is that the number of views on each car is recorded on the site, allowing you to gauge the level of interest in each car. It’s still helpful to have a paper catalog to carry around in the sales room, and GAA now supplies a paper sales brochure with more lots and detail shown. That said, a lot-by-lot documentary catalog for over 550 entries would be impractical. The November GAA Classic Car Auction will feature the 2004 Ford “Shelby Cobra” V10 Concept Car, created at Ford Advanced Vehicles with input from Carroll Shelby. It was on display at this auction and is impressive to behold. Sadly, Ford will be disabling the transaxle prior to the auction, as the car is not designed to be street-legal. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the restoration of the original Henry Ford estate, Fair Lane. As GAA continues to fine-tune their auction experience, we can expect better service and interesting cars like the Cobra concept car to cross the block. A


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GM #FR260-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 75 custom sedan. VIN: 3340916. Candy Apple Red & Champagne/red & tan leather. Odo: 7,821 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Stunning resto-mod Fleetwood Cadillac. Exterior paint is extremely well done. Body panels are straight and the fit of suicide doors is excellent. External chrome for the most part is excellent, but portions of hood underside and parts of the hood vents are pitted. Leather seats and door panels done to a high standard. Lots of interior detail including carpeted footrests and a pair of extra fold-out seats. Beautiful dashboard retaining much of stock configuration. Much wood trim around windows. LS1 Corvette engine shows significant oxidation on the headers, header bolts and other surface. Firewall, master cylinder, radiator, etc. are excellent. Vintage Air. Cond: 2. with longitudinal leaf springs. Four-bolt-main small-block engine. Its surrounds are well finished, as is interior. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Re-creation done to an excellent standard. Multiple nice touches including preservation of original dashtop and instrument cluster, a neat padded roll bar and that classic—though solely cosmetic—front-mounted gas tank. Certainly money and time spent was more than high bid suggested, but without a race or functional history, this is little more than a fancy display piece. What’s that worth? Seller and I both think more than was offered. #ST0096.1-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 58F030075. White/dark blue cloth/blue & white leather. Odo: 27 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. 2015 restoration to a very high level, beyond superb in every respect. Factorycorrect a/c may indicate it was not original to this car, but is indeed done correctly. Other rare options include factory Sabre wheels and power vent windows. Accompanied by Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior Badge No.885, plus first-place awards at several shows. Not shown at many major American concours, however. Cond: 1. 9 is falling off. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,800. GM was at the top of its styling game in 1965; the big B-body coupes and hard tops such as this 2+2 were among the best-looking cars ever from an American manufacturer. This claimed-twoowner example is a desirable original 4-speed, but the Tri-Power carbs and factory air were added later. I thought the bidding on this car might be held back by the bland color and its cosmetic deficiencies, but the ultimate sale price was more than healthy, not far from values for a concours example. Well sold. SOLD AT $46,010. One can see the expense and detail that went into this presentation. Stock-bodied, giant sedan resto-mods have not sold well at GAA and most other sites. The unique color combination was a further handicap. Seems like a fair deal for buyer and seller. #FR253-1955 CHEVROLET 150 custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: A55J115369. Dodge Truck Gray/black velour. Odo: 62,797 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Gas dragster built for show. Roof, rear quarters, cowl, transmission tunnel, windshield glass, dashboard and speedometer are all that appear to remain of the original car. Doors, trunk, tilt hood and bumper are fiberglass. Excellent paint, with a few inclusions. Driver’s door fit is slightly off. Painted graphics well done. Odd black adhesive strip on doors to which window felt is attached. Straight front axle SOLD AT $164,780. I reviewed this same Cadillac at the RM Hershey October 2016 auction, where I asked if there was a condition 1+. I called it a Best Buy when it sold for $104,500 (ACC# 6804701). An alert buyer/flipper recognized that then, and reaped the financial reward here after driving it two more miles. A breathtaking restoration that should be welcome on any show field. I hope it sold here to an end user who will share it with the public and drive it at least a little. #ST0119-1965 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 252375E137215. Fontaine Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 83,477 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit with 2007 repaint in perhaps too-subdued Fontaine Blue; looks good, but finish feels rough to the touch. Chrome showing some age. Interior purportedly a well-cared-for original. However, statement with car notes that the factory air installation was added later. Since it has the factory vents, the dash is unlikely to be original. Curious standard factory tach stuck onto the left side of the dash adds character. Excellent used condition underhood, but the insulation pad 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #FR0249-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138176B102549. Sandalwood Tan Metallic/gold & Parchment vinyl. Odo: 6,971 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be product of a frame-off restoration. At that time, frame was powdercoated. Paint appears flawless. Panels are straight and gaps are good. A few polishing scratches around windshield trim. Beautiful carpets, dashboard, console and two-tone vinyl seats. Engine compartment appears better than new. Power steering. Disc brakes. Stock-appearing 15-inch wheels and Vintage Air are the only significant visible deviations from stock. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,405. A spectacular car that generated over 1,000 web views—substantially more than the average car offered— and huge attention at the auction. One of 23 Chevelles offered at GAA. This was the lowest-horsepower model of the three SS 396s that year and would typically receive a bit less than Chevelle top dollar, which could amount to almost $20,000 dollars more. While fairly sold in comparison with others, well bought considering the prize. #ST0150-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. VIN: 124379N566222. Burgundy/ black vinyl. Odo: 87,507 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Owner present and said that this was restored in the mid-’90s and driven TOP 10


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GAA // Greensboro, NC little since. Beautifully applied paint; very straight body panels. Excellent panel fit. Excellent window trim. Interior shows minimal wear. There is some separation of headrest backing. Engine compartment finished and spotless. Optional 12-bolt rear end. Only obvious variation from stock is the use of stock-appearing bigger wheels. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. The unevenness of the restoration raises questions and helps explain why the glamorous mirrored display did not bring a price its glitz seemed to think it deserved. Seller received a fair bid for the product offered but chose to wait for another day. SOLD AT $42,800. The Camaro that some—including ex-GM styling head Ed Welburn—consider to be the most attractive; in a striking color with a rare red accent stripe. A stick shift and the letter “Z” affixed to the body might make this small-block Chevy a bit more collectible, but if the RS was what you sought, it would be hard to find a better one. Though a few dollars will be necessary to update a few seals etc, this seemed like a fair transaction for the seller and a slightly better one for the buyer. #ST0148-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344670E169837. Eng. # 30E169837. Bamboo Yellow/gold vinyl/ Saddle Tan vinyl. Odo: 2,010 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint smoothly applied, with rare inclusion. Some paint loss on driver’s door. Heavy clearcoat. Overspray on headlight trim and seals around windows. Undersurface of trunk lid is a lighter, older color. Overspray of trunk liner onto paint. Multiple scratches on window trim. Bumpers appear to have been rechromed, but front bumper has inclusions. Chrome trim around the rear of convertible top fits poorly. Plastic around taillights appears heavily worn. One-inch tear in the top. Panel fit is satisfactory. Interior vinyl appears to have been redone to a good standard. Replacement walnut wheel is attractive. Faux-chrome interior trim is heavily worn and probably original. Mismatched panel speakers. Engine compartment appears clean. New blue block paint. Cond: 3+. “ #ST0104-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124870N547269. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 67,335 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One year ago this Z/28 was owned by Rich Rinke of Turn Key Automotive, the Camaro COPO build center. Said to be in Rinke’s possession for approximately 20 years and restored by the experts there. Near-perfect yellow paint and black striping. Trunk and door gaps off slightly. Chrome and window trim are excellent. Rare T3 headlamps. Said to be NOS door panels. Interior perfect, as is engine compartment. Front-disc brakes. Cond: 1-. cc fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Listed as one of 2,061 built; perhaps that was for the year. The car has obviously been repainted, with some overspray on rear window trim, inclusions and mild orange peel. Body is straight and panel fit seemed very good in most places. Bubbling of paint on cowl suggesting rust beneath. A few dings in windshield stainless, but the remainder looks quite good, although it will require some polish. Oxidation of door-handle chrome. Except for mild imperfections where door panels meet the door jambs, the overall interior is very well preserved. Scratches on windshield from wipers, but other glass is good. Engine compartment quite dirty and insulation deteriorated. The Vega appears to have original stainless headers. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,400. Investment Grade C collectible bought for slight money. Significant work ahead, but not much risk at this price and might make a nice family project. SOLD AT $53,500. Stunning split-bumper Gen 2 Camaro sold for top dollar as compared to similar-conditioned offerings. The pedigree might have commanded more, but detractions included new drivetrain, automatic transmission and the lack of radio. The seller—owner of 22 COPO editions in his life—seemed to come to the same conclusion. #Th0079-1975 CHEVROLET VEGA Cosworth coupe. VIN: 1V77E5U240638. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 41,948 miles. 2,000- A stick shift and the letter “Z” affixed to the body might make this small-block Chevy a bit more collectible, but if the RS was what you sought, it would be hard to find a better one. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS coupe 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #FR0083-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1172HP447196. Black/ gray & black fabric. Odo: 29,338 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Original North Carolina car said to have been repainted in 2000. Interior has been redone as well. Paint appears to have been done to a very high standard; there are some mild polishing marks, but it’s difficult to find any imperfections other than one scratch on hood scoop. Panel fit and glass excellent. Curb damage on the wheels. Interior appears very well done. Some loss of plating on leftdoor trim and minimal wrinkling on right seat. Clear vinyl on central portion of horn flawed. Engine compartment shows signs of age, with bare-metal parts oxidized and paint loss on frame. Cond: 2-. ” SOLD AT $25,948. Grand Nationals are frequent fare at GAA. Lacking chrome, they appear sinister and are easy to maintain. This one sold at a typical price for a car of this condition. If engine compartment issues and wheels are addressed, it could be a contender at a local show.


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GAA // Greensboro, NC CORVETTE #FR87-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S120192. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 83,232 miles. 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marketed as built for show and drive. Appears to have been repainted at some point. There are multiple small imperfections, although body paint is smooth. Overspray noted on grille supports and other areas. Left door fit slightly off. Excess fiberglass where cowl meets fender. Replacement big-block hood. Windshield trim showing age. Windshield gasket deteriorated. Interior worn but not abused. Seats without rips or wrinkles. Engine compartment clean and neat, with Holley 4-barrel, aftermarket ignition and what appears to be a later engine with period Corvette valve covers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,795. From the estate of Cathy Truett, founder of Chick-fil-A. The information card and auction block announcement stated, “Per title undisclosed liens,” and I wondered if that might have scared away bidders, but I think that anyone seriously interested in this wonderful antique would have checked that out in advance. This is the kind of car that I think now draws a very limited pool of potential buyers. For someone interested in early 1920s classics, this was an unbelievable bargain. #ST0100-1932 FORD MODEL 18 Street Rod roadster. VIN: 184882551. Black/black canvas w/ red piping/red leather. Odo: 1,971 miles. Said to be all steel with no patches and with the original frame, firewall and grille shell. Excellent black paint with a few scratches. Light scratches on rear bumper chrome. Pristine attractive top. Six matching vintage reproduction Stewart Warner gauges. Leather seats and doors without significant wear. Carpets look excellent. Rims show evidence of previous wear on inside. Extremely clean engine compartment with no evidence of heat discoloration on headers. Reproduction Ardun heads. Lots of chrome and polished aluminum. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $39,500. No attempt to deceive here. A reasonably good-looking 10-footer with attention to many details and variations from stock disclosed. Bid seemed to in line with condition but was not accepted. FOMOCO & black/brown mohair. Odo: 18,314 miles. An impressive automobile. The suicide doors on this characterful Lincoln coupe still open and shut like bank vaults. Signature Lincoln brass windshield frame with foldout windshield section. The tan paint is smooth, but the black fenders and radiator are thick, orange-peeled and pitted. The mohair upholstery is claimed to be original. Modern temperature gauge and turn signals added. Engine compartment surfaces mostly aged but clean. Said to be ready to go, and could easily be upgraded to at least 3+. Cond: 3-. #ST0126-1923 LINCOLN MODEL L 4-passenger coupe. VIN: 10285. Tan NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This was last seen at GAA in October last year (ACC# 6809622). Custom wheels are gone. It remains a tasteful and well-done hot rod with a host of attractive accessories. At this auction it was bid to $90,000, more than doubling last year’s $43k high bid. This figure more closely approaches the sum of the parts but probably not the labor. While it seems reasonable for the owner to hold out for a higher price, I am not certain time, parts, paint and auction fees will be recouped. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0101.1-1948 MERCURY TEMPLETON SATURN roadster. VIN: S0S300763ILL. Light blue metallic/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 11,064 miles. 239-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Oneoff (mercifully) roadster custom built in Ames, IA, 1948–52, for Lloyd Templeton. 1939 Ford chassis with a 1948 Mercury flathead V8, titled as a Mercury. Very cool high-compression Speedway heads and twin Stromberg carbs. Body is a hash of period parts and custom fabrication. A true roadster: no top, windows, doors or trunklid. Twelve gauges festooned across the flat dash. Beautifully restored by Fran Roxas for then-owner concept-car collector Joe Bortz. Superbly finished, undoubtedly much better than new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $205,000. A significant, fascinating but quite hideous custom from an era when there were no production American sports cars, but you could build one yourself. Sometimes rather optimistically referred to as the “Bob Hope Special.” To me, every line and proportion on this car is wrong, yet I have to give Templeton and the builders high marks for bold creativity. Sold at RM Scottsdale 2009 for $148,500 (ACC# 1643181). A difficult car to value, of course, but to me $205,000 seemed like quite enough for something so offensive to the eye. Someone will love it, so keep trying. #FR0248-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE Custom coupe. VIN: 1846402898. Black/ red velour. Odo: 1,573 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resto-mod with front and rear clip from a Nova. Black paint smoothly applied, with a minimal amount of orange peel on the trunk. Panels are straight; body fit is good. Rare dings in otherwise very nice trim. Excellent chrome bumper and grille. Tasteful and well-done interior maintaining much of dashboard chrome yet integrating classic instruments. Custom tilt wheel. Beautiful upholstery with burgundy accents. Wheel finish excellent. Small-block Chevy with an attractive air cleaner and Edelbrock valve covers. Chassis has been painted black, but several spots were missed. Coilspring front suspension. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,795. This was more than a stock Chevy block stuffed into a stock Ford chassis. Dollars, time and effort expended were obvious. 1948 Ford styling is a matter of taste, but if you liked or could have even BEST BUY


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GAA // Greensboro, NC tolerated it, you could have had a very cool resto-mod for a smoking-hot price. Extremely well bought. #FR0067-1950 FORD CUSTOM 2-dr sedan. VIN: BONR153288. Yellow/gray cloth. Odo: 3,142 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Said to have undergone a body-off restoration five years ago. Heavy yellow paint with inclusions and excessive orange peel. Door jambs etc. appear to have been painted poorly prior to above-mentioned paint job. Chips, cracks and superficial oxidation seen on surfaces behind all side windows. Panels are straight, yet trunk and hood fit is poor. Chrome is above average. Early delamination of a few windows. Fabric on seats is above average. Worn steering wheel. Factory heater. Accessory gauges and aftermarket blinkers. Repainted engine updated with modern alternator and 12-volt battery. Cond: 3-. on dash. Engine compartment accurate and pristine. Cond: 2+. the Continental kit unbalances the car visually and dynamically. But many T-bird enthusiasts would strongly disagree. The market for Baby ’Birds has been sinking like a rock for several years, but seems to have stabilized recently. Bid to a $28,000 no-sale on the block, but apparently the Deal Doctor cured the sale by finding an additional $2,000. Slightly well sold. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Appears to have been a very amateurish restoration and paint job. Mustang wheels are totally out of place, and I suspect they rub when they are turned to a significant degree. This was Ford’s first all-new post-war design and is emblematic of the era, adding a slight premium to this model. The owner—who brings a few cars to most GAA events—seems to repeatedly offer the car until it receives the optimum price, which would seem to be three to four thousand dollars higher than bid. #FR0246-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH229385. Thunderbird Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 58,147 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rarely seen Thunderbird Green finish gives this Baby ’Bird dramatic presence. Wellequipped with power steering, brakes, windows and seat, tinted windshield and Town & Country radio. Nice to see authentic (optional) T-bird wire wheel covers rather than the ubiquitous Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Two-seat T-birds are notorious for poor panel fit, which is above average here. Older high-quality repaint holding up well but some microblistering creeping in. Goodlooking inside, with especially nice seats and carpet. Interior chrome shows extensive pitting. Decent under hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,100. A good-quality, if slightly unraveling, restoration. Striking colors a refreshing change. To me, the ’56 T-bird is not as desirable as the ’55 or ’57 because 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #TH0081-1963 MERCURY MARAUDER 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3Z66Z536098. Black/ red vinyl. Odo: 1,915 miles. 427-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Decent paint on straight body, but far from a show car. Older chrome okay for a driver, but taillight surrounds and rear appliqué are painted silver rather than plated, perhaps in an attempt to economize on rechroming bills. Good seats and carpet. Interior is described as “all new,” but the armrests are heavily worn and the steering wheel is badly cracked. Red steel wheels with poverty caps combine with the black paint for a slightly sinister look. Claimed rebuilt column-shift automatic; power steering and brakes. “Odometer reading exceeds mechanical limits.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $43,870. Obviously not an Indianapolis pace car—they were convertibles. Ford had shipped 35 Wimbledon White 289-powered Mustangs for Indianapolis Festival use and Holman & Moody supplied three more for on-track activities. Ford prepared another 190 coupes with 260 powerplants and automatic transmissions for a dealer sales promotion. “Checkered Flag” winners received theirs for free. Runner-up “Green Flag” winners bought theirs at a discount. This car failed to sell at the spring Branson sale; a $40,000 bid was offered (ACC# 6836348). I could not find recent sales of these Ford-built replicas, but this sale seems to be in line with that of the better 1965 fastbacks offered. Seems like a fair transaction for all, with a nod to the buyer. #FR0256-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6T08C112622. Raven Black/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 21,715 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A nicely restored if somewhat ordinary base Mustang convertible. What made it stand out was the suave color combination of Raven Black with red interior. Combined with the optional chrome wheels and dual Redline tires, the colors gave this Mustang a sophisticated appearance. Panel fit generally good. Interior highlighted by very nice seats, door panels, instruments and dash, but new-looking carpet has many pulls in it as if a cat was living there. Overall a nicely presented, high-level driver with some small correctable flaws. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,005. Appealing and unusual sleeper Mercury. At this price level, no one could expect an original 427 car. But the high bid met the reserve, so maybe the consignor didn’t have any higher ambitions. On the surface, this Marauder seems very well bought; hopefully there are few issues lurking beneath. #ST0109-1965 FORD MUSTANG Pace Car replica coupe. VIN: 5F07F121192. Pace Car White/white vinyl. Odo: 56,859 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Absolutely stunning and accurate 1965 Indianapolis 500 factory pace-car replica. Straight panels with excellent fit topped by outstanding paint. Doors close as-new. Vent window trim is pitted. Some scratches and signs of wear on the remaining window trim. Other chrome is excellent. Beautifully done and accurate interior with Lee Iacocca signature SOLD AT $30,495. The auction website and windshield card touted this dashing Mustang’s color combination rather repetitiously, probably because there wasn’t much else to distinguish it from all the other 1966 Mustang convertibles. But it worked. In my case, it may be that I am just a sucker for red interiors. But this car had almost 1,000 views on the website, the secondhighest of any car I reviewed. Price was


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GAA // Greensboro, NC consistent with price guide values for a condition 2 standard ’66 Mustang convertible. #ST0140-2000 FORD MUSTANG Roush convertible. VIN: 1FAFP45X9YF115584. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 3,935 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, 5-sp. Rare 2000 Roush Stage III Mustang. Paint and panel fit are excellent. A single stone chip is seen on the front. Some wrinkles in the seat, but otherwise interior is excellent. Wheels are flawless. Engine compartment clean, neat and beautiful. Complete with supercharger and 3,000 rpm intercooler. Cond: 1-. this one, and you could not build it for the money paid. MOPAR #ST0076-1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY convertible. VIN: 3441120906. Black/black canvas/red & white vinyl. Odo: 76,616 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sharp Sport Fury convertible with an apparent careful restoration, though no documentation was present with car. Smooth black paint, not concours-quality but more than nice enough. Chrome appears to be a mix of original and older replated. Delightful red interior. Seat belts all around. Worn steering-wheel rim and deteriorated clutch pedal pad. Well equipped with power steering, brakes and top and factory AM/FM radio. Underhood, the powerful 383 looks great. A high-quality driver or local show winner. Cond: 2. as a quick fix. The 500 was still unsuccessful in racing, and the next step was the Daytona/Superbird. This car had a clear ownership chain including a 10-year stint in the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, but any documentation of originality or restoration was lacking. The high bid here was wholly inadequate for a car of this rarity, but at the price point it deserves, I would want more information. Time to call Galen Govier! NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Roush is a magical name synonymous with success in road racing and NASCAR but not so in the auction resale market. A number of early-millennium Roush convertibles with a bit more mileage than this have sold in the mid to high teens, and many of those with higher minimums in the twenties have failed to sell. The only high twenties sale I located was a car that appears to have been this one and was consigned as part of a collection at this auction’s spring event (ACC# 6831630). #FR0261-2007 SHELBY COBRA replica roadster. VIN: DPS07ASVE32186707. Satin Jade Pearl/black leather. Odo: 7,433 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Factory Five replica with beautiful paint without evident flaw. Excellent chrome. Excellent panel fit. Ceramic-coated sidepipes. Shelby American wheels are pristine. Black hides on dash and seats show no significant wear. Autometer gauges. Engine compartment not as tidy as the rest of the car and shows significant oxidation. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. I was throughly charmed by every inch of this Sport Fury. There was another ’64 Sport Fury 383 4-speed earlier in the auction (Lot FR0257) which sold at $37,450. It was also quite nice but a hard top. To my surprise, this far more rare convertible could not garner a bid higher than $27,000. The seller clearly has much higher expectations, as it was also a no-sale at Mecum Kissimmee in January at a high bid of $40,000 (ACC# 6824574). The seller was right to take this handsome car home. SOLD AT $32,100. Sold in the lower range of what these things go for. They are still cranking out cars that look and drive like 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0089-1969 DODGE CHARGER 500 2-door hard top. VIN: XX29J9B248656. Tan/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 44,254 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Ultra-rare NASCAR homologation variant. Luxuriously equipped for a near-racer with power windows, cloth insert seats, console and numerous minor options. Satisfactory panel fit, paint and chrome, but could use some detail upgrades. Codes out as originally white, and the consignor proclaimed that the current color resembles a “body in white,” but where I come from it’s tan. No significant interior flaws, nicely done. Authentic and tidy underhood, but not quite fresh. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. The second-generation Charger’s tunneled grille and inset rear window proved to be antiaerodynamic on NASCAR tracks. The 500 was built with a flush grille and rear window #FR0103-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH29F9B439507. Sunfire Yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 45,208 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A true low-mileage, preservation-class survivor. Claimed-original paint has good luster, with slight orange peel evident from some angles. Handsome wheel covers on BFG Silvertown Redlines. Bench seat with folding center armrest and column-shift TorqueFlite. Interior in nearimmaculate original condition. Some wear to rear deck carpet. Very clean and original underhood. There is a small area of misshapen metal and bubbling at the lower right corner of the windshield, looking as if it may have been painted over. Otherwise a fine example of a rarely seen car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,330. Compared to the iconic 1970s examples, the second-generation Barracuda is a near-forgotten pony car. This was a mild-mannered example, almost a “fastback Valiant,” with bench seat, column shift and a mellow 318 engine. But I thought it was something quite interesting that would attract a lot of attention at a Cars & Coffee. The price here is just slightly below typical guide values for a No. 2 condition car. As such, an appropriate price for both seller and buyer. Not a high-performance pony car, but will be a fun car to own. A


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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV Motorsport Auction Group — Hot August Nights MAG’s nostalgic auction highlights smoky drag races and modest prices in Reno, NV Motorsport Auction Group Reno, NV August 10–12, 2017 Automotive lots sold/ offered: 310/527 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $7,484,292 High sale: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, sold at $135,000 buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Supercharged, stylish and sporty — 1963 Studebaker hawk 2-door hard top, sold at $25,920 Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 92 AmericanCarCollector.com thousands of official and unofficial participants brought out their vintage iron to countless car corrals, judgings, cruises and even nightly “run-whatcha-brung” drag races in one of the local casino’s parking lots, replete with a Christmas tree and E.T. displays. During all this happy hubbub, Motorsport Auction I Group rounded up just over 500 motorized lots to cross the block at the sprawling Reno/Sparks Convention Center across the street from the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. MAG sold 310 cars, motorcycles and other vehicles for a total take of $7,484,292, with a respectable 59% sales rate. The average price per car worked out to be a very affordable $24,143. Removed from the spendfest at Monterey by only a week, it was good to see mere mortals buying and selling a wide array of interesting cars. For perspective, the high sale over the three-day event was a black 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR. This car had been dropped off at a San Francisco repair shop in 1977 for a couple of performance upgrades, but the owner never came back. The shop just moved it to t never ceases to amaze how crazy Reno is about Hot August Nights, the cruise-in and mass gathering that celebrates the car culture of the 1950s and ’60s. This year Hot August Nights celebrated its 31st year of high-octane horsepower. As usual, a corner, where it sat for 42 years. A subsequent owner finished a complete and excellent restoration in 2012, and the car sold at a very reasonable $135,000. That’s the kind of story that actually adds value. A couple of my favorite cars came out of the Bob Wehe Collection. If there was one car I most wanted to take home, it was the 1957 Chrysler 300C in white over tan. It was restored quite some time ago but was still holding in 2+ condition and was bid to a modest $50k. Significant no-sale cars included a magnificent Ruby Red 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible in 2+ condition, bid to $135k. Had it sold, it would have been the high seller of the auction (after commission). Also, a 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor”’ replica was bid to $100k against what was rumored to be a $150,000 reserve. There were a number of cars that found new homes at very modest prices as well. A well-restored 1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser changed hands for $30,780. A 1950 Plymouth convertible with more than 30 custom body modifications, including a chopped windshield and shaved everything, sold for a remarkably cheap $8,100 — and was just a crate Hemi away from its potential. All said and done, the Motorsport Auto Group’s Hot August Nights auction had something for everyone, and a lot of buyers and sellers went home very happy. A


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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV GM #136-1950 PONTIAC SILVER STREAK 2-dr sedan. VIN: C8TH21452. Two-tone gray/gray cloth. Odo: 5,710 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Appears to have been cosmetically restored at various times. Driver-quality paint; clearcoat shot some time well after body repaint. Peeling on repainted roof section. Polish swirls throughout. Chrome badly scratched, pitted. Paint on trim pieces badly chipped. Lighted hood ornament crazed. Doors shut with authority. Upholstery newer, carpets stained; dashboard nice, save some paint chipping. Engine bay inner panels with some undercoating on them. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3-. ner, and was claimed to start every time. She either carried too much sentimental value for the consignor to let go, or they had visions of this being something it was not, as it was a $5k no-sale across the block. Almost everyone came to their senses postblock, where it finally sold at the previous high bid. Still, a bit pricey. #543-1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 579A2453. Powder blue & white/white vinyl/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 53,752 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A well-done car; restoration just starting to show signs of aging. Paint to show-quality. Top clean and still fairly taut. Copious chrome very good; trim mostly excellent, some scratching in passenger’s door. Tri-tone seat covers showing use, may be older than other parts of restoration. Carpets slightly mottled. Equipped with Continental kit, Twilight Sentinel Eye, twin remote spotlights. Currently running J-2 tri-carb setup; no claim to originally being an actual J-2. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. A really marvelous car, and still impressive many years from restoration; I would have loved to have seen it in its prime. From my earliest days, I have always always been around and had a predilection for performance cars, but I am still attracted to such magnificent and ostentatious statements like this Cadillac. If it had been fresh, it could have easily commanded over $200k, but even in its slightly-belowconcours condition, the high bid was still $10k–$15k light. SOLD AT $7,560. A real plain Jane, but very solid-looking old car with an 8-cylinder motor that had enough torque to make it a decent cruiser. Older paint could be left asis, but a proper two-stage respray, even in the dowdy old colors, would give the car a lot of pop for not a lot of money. Well bought for its good bones and immediate usability. #336-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 6JPB5151. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 90,669 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Already an old truck when bought into current family ownership 47 years ago. Brightly hued blue paint applied with something other than a spray gun. Finish thick and dull but sound. Huge dent in rear of cab under delaminating window. Windshield badly scratched. Both bumpers dull and scratched, with overspray and decal remnants. Newish seat cover, rubber mat on floor. Wood blocks attached to inner panels as door pulls. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $75,600. The scuttlebutt was that the owner wanted $125k, which would have been top dollar a few years ago for a real J-2 convertible. It was hammered a no-sale at $75k, but sold post-block a few minutes later at a market-correct price. Both parties should be happy. #633-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5762015428. Red/ black vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 2,131 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One of 1,800 built in 1957. Miles of stainless trim and rear valance all to show-field standards; chrome of equal quality. Very slight waviness to enormous panels on passenger’s side only. Glass with some polishing swirls. Interior way too good to be original, but no longer crisp; one of the clues to an older restoration. Carpet looks newer than it likely is. Engine compartment not prepared to same level as rest of car but clean and tidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,400. If ever there was a nofrills, never-been-off-the-farm, don’t-putany-money-into-it, granny-geared work truck, this was certainly it. She was a run- 94 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #209-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE panel delivery. VIN: 3A58B109319. Turquoise & white/black vinyl. Odo: 70,763 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Bright turquoise and white livery quite striking; not sure anyone would have ordered such a basic work truck in these colors or with all that chrome... Paint okay; looks like a quickie auction job. Large panels quite wavy. Chrome grille; bumpers pitted and chrome thin. Driver’s side mirror broken off. Emblems painted over little/no prep. One black seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,040. Great look in a vintage truck. Needs another seat—perhaps a bench; certainly something less industrial. Probably better suited to more mundane duties as-is, but with a period 283 or a crate 350 and automatic transmission, it would be a cool tow/tool vehicle and camper for vintage racing. 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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV under retail for an equivalent truck, so there’s a little room for some retrofits without going too far upside-down. Not cheap or expensive, and both parties should be happy. #354-1958 CHEVROLET DEL RAY custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: A58S209781. Black/ red tri-tone. Odo: 13,350 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Straightforward, high-end build of a mid-range Del Ray. Thirteen thousand miles since restoration. Black paint to show-standard quality. Bodywork and prep among best I saw at this auction. All brightwork excellent; emblems included. Glass all new. Light wear to carpet. Seat covers unmarked. Vintage Air, power steering, air suspension and Tremec 5-speed. Built 348 with 3-deuces, Offy valve covers. Some fuel stains across front of manifold. Riding on plus-size five-spoke American Racing wheels. Cond: 2-. left me a bit cold. Obviously, at least two people disagreed, and bid this one up to an impressive level. Not overly expensive given the quality, and a fair price for everyone. #212-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242176P286081. Platinum Metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 15,167 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS-confirmed real GTO; documentation of triple-carburetion not claimed or seen on sales card. Restored to average level; would do very well in a local car show. Respray in original color full of debris, scratches and pitting throughout. Wearing Redline tires; Rally ST wheels. Interior replaced; new seat covers, carpet. Interior brightwork badly pitted, console somewhat rough. Faux-wood steering wheel. Incorrect lock pulls on both doors. Engine clean, not detailed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. Nothing particularly fancy here, but all done very well. Great stance and the goods to back it up. Three small chrome-and-enamel tumbling dice—all showing two (three deuces!)— mounted down side of rear quarter were very clever and attractive, and perfect for Reno and a period vibe. Stock red tri-tone interior striking against black body. I really liked this car, with money spent in all the right places. Bodywork, paint and engine alone worth more than the high bid. #340-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 2R1245S105776. Silver & black/black leather. Odo: 100 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Professionally restored recently. Silver paint very well done. Long, straight panels well aligned. Door handles a little rough; rest of chrome excellent. All stainless and glass as-new; lights, lenses, emblems also very good. New clutch. Only nits are leather seats, carpeted floors, speckled bedliner; nice touches given quality of restoration but certainly not correct. Not sure the colors are right, either. Rides on wide whites and baby-moon hubcaps. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,170. I have to say I can’t remember ever seeing any type of Corvair restored better than this one; Chevrolet probably never even dreamed about this level of finish. Unfortunately (to me), this truck was neither a proper custom nor correctly restored to original. There was artistic license taken in several areas which 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $32,400. Catalog and sales card state car has 350-ci engine, but markings on air cleaner and valve covers say 327 ci. A 350 was not an option on the ’67 Nova. And while the paperwork presented claims it is a V8 SS, both the VIN and data tags are MIA, at least in the normal locations... Not saying this was not a real SS (or originally equipped with a V8 and exactly as the consignor states) but for 32 large, there should be no questions. Caveat emptor. #551-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124377L127002. Nantucket Blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 36,972 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A real RS/ SS-optioned car with matching numbers. Respray in original Nantucket Blue far beyond factory quality; very few microblisters. White nose stripe under clearcoat. Vinyl roof well applied. A few flaws in prep under bumper chrome. Redline tires a great touch. Interior very good. Original seat belts sun bleached. Turbofire 350 with Edelbrock intake/Holley 670, Flowmaster exhaust, 12bolt rear end; original manifold and carb go with car. All engine finishes correct, not overdone. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,780. Based on the hyperbole on the sales card, I did not think this one was going to sell. What I was looking at did not live up to the hype, and I figured the seller might be overly optimistic. I was wrong. The buyer paid a premium but bid within reason for a genuine, documented, great-looking driver-condition GTO. Strong but not crazy money for a five-footer, and everyone should have gone home whole. #157-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118377W128790. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 13,325 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fairly well-done resto with thick, bright red paint; car appears to have been white originally. Paint mostly to factory grade, fisheyes throughout, huge crack behind passenger’s door. Vinyl roof well applied. Bodywork straight and flat, chrome redone but not well prepped. All-new repop emblems. Interior replaced and shiny; engine bay very clean and detailed. Ten-bolt rear end. Harrison aluminum radiator, sway bars, Magnaflow exhaust, power brakes, steering and factory a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,830. Hard to imagine a lightmetallic-blue car standing out in a line of bigger, brighter cars, but this one did—such was the presence of this fastidiously redone Camaro. Probably all the money in the world based on its specs, but a real steal based on the quality of the restoration. Whoever took this beauty home is probably still snickering like a schoolboy thinking he got away with something naughty. Very well bought. M613270. Bronze & green/tan cloth. Odo: 92,454 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exceptionally well presented. 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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV patch at right A-pillar, otherwise taut as a drum. Impeccably straight body panels. Chrome highly buffed. Upholstery could be well-kept original or replacement not up to standard of other work; same with carpets. Optioned with the big-mama Hi-Po 455, a/c, power steering, brakes and seat. So nicely done, and for credit card money. Cond: 2+. CORVETTE #133-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S709693. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 1,250 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Low odometer reading may indicate resto work fairly recent; quality of all work to driver standard. Paint with lots of debris, ripples. Panels wavy; alignment to factory standard. Trim okay. Chrome bubbling in spots. T-top. Seats nicely broken in. Interior with good patina. Carpets newish; dashboard okay, with semi-modern stereo. Power steering, windows and brakes and a/c. Wearing Mecum plate cards; a $20k no-sale in Portland in June (ACC# 6840743). Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,260. This big log went for the cost of the bodywork and paint alone. Not as distinctively styled as the earlier Toronadoes—a gigantic “BUT” here—if you could live with the colors it would still make a helluva statement at the next Cars & Coffee. Unfortunately for the seller, the longdead-tree-in-the-forest color made for a pretty small bidding pool—I was almost there, but the olive-hued vinyl roof killed it for me. Very well bought nonetheless. #197-1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3J57K2M16209. Matador Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,429 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Either restored a long time ago or an aging redo. Bright red paint with chips around nose, swirls, some checking. Sanding marks at A-pillar door jamb either from repair or respray. Some door dings. Vinyl top in good shape. Finish on taillight frames worn through, grille surround separating. Interior broken in but not worn, carpets same. Color-keyed Super Stock II wheels. Well optioned with power steering, brakes, windows and a/c along with an 8-track player. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Really good period vibe with what looked like a recent build; not overdone and looks aged. Excellent stance on correct-sized tires and steelies with baby moons. Tri-carb Nailhead engine a nice, authentic period touch. Certainly way too loud with 18-inch pipes sticking straight out the side, but given the build, totally appropriate. Intended to look home done, but high bid did not cover the professional build costs. Seller was correct to walk away. #398-1934 FORD MODEL C custom roadster. VIN: WA78101024. Candy Apple Red/ white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 29,115 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older resto starting to show age. Steel body, fiberglass fenders in Candy Apple Red. Well-prepped body; some mottling in base coat(s). Ancillaries all newish, including excellent chrome. Interior broken in and well kept. Odometer on modern gauges indicates extensive use. Upgrades include disc brakes, heater, tilt wheel, stereo, power antenna, cruise control and towing equipment. Nice stance and rolling on chrome baby moons. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,360. A 10-footer. Visual impact of bright yellow and black livery likely helped result, but bidders were not swayed much, as this is at, if not a touch under, the market for a lower-spec C3. After the previous no-sale at Mecum, seller was wise to cut this one loose and move on. Slightly well bought for a car with a lot of eyeball. FOMOCO #196-1932 FORD MODEL B 5-window custom coupe. VIN: 18145557. Olive Green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,415 miles. Allsteel body on SoCal boxed, channelled frame, Vega steering. Three-inch chop, pop-out windshield. Body with good paint over poor prep; debris, sanding marks, matte finish. Stock-style vinyl top insert. Bare-painted floor. Bomber seats, belts and gauges. Particle-board interior panels; billet knobs. Gennie shifter; metalflake plastic steering wheel. Offy intake and straight pipes. Moon fuel tank at nose. Wilwood front discs hidden inside Buick drum shells. Nine-inch Currie rear end. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,800. I couldn’t tell if this car had been redone a while back or if it was a well-kept original, but either way it had tons of come-hither. The performance era was already dead by 1972, but this car still looked tough and showed some attitude in Matador Red, a recycled Chevy color from the ’50s with more than a touch of orange in it. Bidding was quick and the buyer got a great car on the cheap. 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $31,320. Doesn’t break any new ground, but a simple, classic Ford hot rod in iconic Candy Apple Red; a recipe that will never go out of style. There was a lot to like here, not least that the car is clearly wellvetted, set up for ease of use and touring, even able to pull a small trailer. You couldn’t build the car for the amount paid, but both parties should be pleased with the outcome. #536-1949 MERCURY EIGHT custom convertible. VIN: 90M1744441. Candy Apple Red/burgundy cloth/Caramel leather. Odo: 15,225 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Incredible show-field quality build. Deep Candy Apple Red spray one of the best paint jobs in the whole room. Shaved hood, doors, trunk, Frenched headlights. Lake pipes. Billet wheels with faux whitewalls as part of the rims. Chrome excellent. Burgundy cloth top, black cover. Buttery Caramel leather wonderfully broken in, German-style square-weave carpet. Modern Dolphin gauges tell all about the SBC 383 stroker in front. Equipped with power windows, seats, disc brakes, a/c and electric fans. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $47,520. For a lot of folks, this is a bucket-list type of car. With paint so deep it looked like you could stick


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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV be original. Wavy door panels; carpet stained but sound. Interior trim, gauges, steering wheel all slightly worn looking. Codes as a very late build. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. 13-year-old vehicle could be but no longer factory-fresh. No flaws found in paint, interior or wheels. Receipts for $12k of upgrades which include an intercooler, beefier transmission parts, reprogrammed chip. 450 ft-lb of torque stock, now unknown. New seat covers, originals come with sale. Clean CARFAX. Cond: 1-. your hand in it, it ticked a lot of boxes and bidding was strong. A classic case of why you should bid on a finished car; the high bid probably only paid for the wheels, engine and paint. A lot of car for the money; very well bought. #153-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: J9YH145819. Cream/tan leather. Odo: 61,654 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Largely as-built but with 18-year-old respray in original cream color; paint still driver quality, holding up well. Long panels fairly straight. Chrome buffed through and flaking; most trim would polish well. Wing windows delaminating. Painted trim chipping, cracked. Ancient tan leather cracking and covered in sheepskin. Carpets dingy but might clean up. Gauges clear, dash in good shape. Power seats, brakes, windows and seats. True J-code 430 under hood. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. I happened upon the new owner post-block and said, “Good buy.” He replied, “I know, you wanna buy it?” I have to say I thought about it for a second. The inline 6 and automatic transmission ensure you will get nowhere in a hurry, but very appealing as a turn-the-key-and-go errand tool or Sunday ice-cream runner. With a classic look in Wimbledon White over red, there was a lot to like for entry-level money. Well bought. #370-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6T08C159222. Springtime Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36,273 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Springtime Yellow paint perfectly named; buffed out nicely to accurate factory quality finish. Quality of prep work excellent. Nice chrome, stainless trim with some pitting, gas cap looks an afterthought. Modern mirrors, luggage rack. Interior very good but not perfect, some wear and seams pulling. Dashboard with nice patina. Engine tidy, dry but not detailed. Power steering and brakes. Correct clamps and stickers in place. Miles claimed original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,480. Now unloved in comparison, the big, boxy, gen-two Thunderbirds of this era outsold the 1955–57 Baby ’Birds many fold. Go figure. This car has good bones and that big old honkin’ engine, so there is a lot to be said for its potential as a great cruiser, although you may need to take out a second mortgage to pay for gas. But at less than seven grand all-in, it was hard to go wrong, and you could afford a spiffy new interior. Well bought. #183-1963 FORD FALCON convertible. VIN: 3H15U220457. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 79,622 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Not restored per se, it just looks like everything has been redone as needed. Paint once driver quality; now with many scratches, dimples and bad orange peel in spots. Chrome redone some time ago. Most trim good, taillight rings both dented, lenses good. Original-looking emblems. Front seats re-covered, backs may 100 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $29,430. For the purposes of analyzing this sale, let’s pretend this truck did not have all that money spent on low/ no-return aftermarket goodies. Thusly qualified, this beast would have stickered in the low- to mid-$30ks when new. The owner kept it and enjoyed it, albeit sparingly, for 13 years and then sold it for a bit under $30k. Had it been left stock, that equates to a reasonably low cost of ownership. The lesson is to just leave these factory specials alone. Correct price for condition. MOPAR #327-1955 DESOTO FIREFLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 50346249. Red & white/red brocade & white leather. Odo: 55,758 miles. 330-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sharp from 20 feet; paint thin, checking everywhere. Panels actually very straight; stainless trim also good, some dents. Badly pitted chrome from stem to stern won’t be a cheap redo. Leather and brocade seat covers quite nice. Modern seat belts. Gauges dark and dull. Sales sheet notes engine specs of a newerthan-’55 Hemi. Originally an $11k no-sale; sold post-block for $5k-plus above final bid. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $28,500. Fresh as a spring day, this pretty little pony looked like it was ready for a ride in the country, with a picnic on the other end. Amazing that depending on color and configuration, this magnificent design can come off as peaceful and calm, but change to a great-looking Corvetteeater when dressed for a race. Car was better than the high bid by a few thousand dollars. #345-2004 FORD F-150 SVT Lightning pickup. VIN: 2FTRF07304CA17613. Gray metallic/gray vinyl. Odo: 9,783 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, auto. As new as a SOLD AT $16,200. The Fireflite was Desoto’s flagship model in 1955, and you could be excused for not knowing that from this modestly optioned example. While restored convertibles can command prices way into five figures, good hard tops don’t fare as well. This car had some expensive work in


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MAG AUCTIONS // Reno, NV its future—paint and chrome—so it will be pretty easy to get upside-down very quickly. However, the buyer had to have this car and chased it down post-block, resulting in the fairly generous price paid. #332-1956 DODGE ROYAL LANCER 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3506964U. Iridescent Charcoal Gray & Crown Yellow/white & yellow vinyl. Odo: 3,141 miles. 315-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Attractive paint scheme, well applied over good prep. Chrome would buff out well; stainless good as new. Enameled emblems good; plain metal ones a bit less so. White and yellow interior redone; unmarked but not crisp. Push-button transmission. Modern speakers on parcel shelf a bit jarring. Clean underneath. Gas tank looks newer or refurbished. Engine compartment clean and dry but not detailed. Equipped with a quiet-running Super Red Ram Hemi. Cond: 3. paint nicely applied over good prep; some chipping. Bumpers to driver standard; mirrors pitted. Green vinyl and cloth interior very good. Steering wheel restored but now marked. Supercharged V8 makes 1 hp per cubic inch. Cond: 2. plenty of street cred. A tool you can use to terrorize lesser cars without fear of messing up perfect paint or a matching-numbers engine. Certainly a lot of fun, but not collector grade. Well sold. #394-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23HOOB425368. Lime green metallic/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 94,569 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold as mostly original, but with modern multi-stage paint. Repop 340 hockey-stick decals. Vinyl top good, save large patch at left C-pillar. Microscratching on rear bumper, front bumper okay, mirrors badly pitted. Trim dull but unmarked. Only flaw inside is cracked dash, rest excellent. All matching numbers with all docs; window sticker, original invoice, sales contract, broadcast sheet, factory qualitycontrol slips. Well finished and documented. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,120. Much like its mid-’50s Mopar stablemate Lot 327, this was a cheap entry into a vintage Hemi, albeit in a somewhat conservative wrapper. The good news is that this one is much less needy than the other, with much better paint and general presentation. The even happier news is that the buyer paid less money for a better car. A nice driver in handsome period colors, this will be admired at the next cruise-in, where the new owner can be proud. Well bought. #198-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23H9C100845. Jade Green/black vinyl. Odo: 83,792 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver-quality muscle in period color. Resprayed in modern multistage paint to factory quality. All panels straight and aligned well. Rear bumper rechromed; front bumper scored. Most brightwork will buff out. All headlights matching halogen. Silver-piped black seat covers pulling at seams on seatback. Hurst shifter. Dash cracked in two places. Originally a 383 car, now with date-correct Super Commando 440. 1,000 miles on rebuild. Modern Alpine stereo under dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,160. Intimidation factor from the aggressive stance and dog-dish caps completely neutralized by the friendly color. Doesn’t come off as something to fear or a “sleeper,” but with the higher-output Super Commando 440 under the hood, it’s got 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $25,920. Very stylish and sporty car that claimed many records during Bonneville time trials, with an astonishing top speed over 150 mph. Reserve came off at $24k and hammered sold without another bid. With the car’s clear signs of use, bidders must have been confident of usability and raised their paddles accordingly, yielding this market-correct sale. #238-1969 AMC SC/RAMBLER 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9M097X302670. Red, white & blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 3,944 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Low, low miles, no doubt earned the hard way—1,320 feet at a time. Beautifully restored to as good, if not better than, new. Paint with some polishing swirls; panels aligned well but with some waves. All brightwork very good. The only real demerit is the trim around the gauge cluster being a little SC/Ruffy (note the corny transliteration and the similarly unimaginative analogy below). Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Okay, so...this car was not: a 440, a Hemi, a convertible, a Six Pack, an AAR. It had: an automatic transmission, an out-of-fashion triple-green finish and perhaps more painfully, an obvious respray. My sense is that the consignor was looking for a considerable premium because of originality, but the high bid was already several thousand above the price of six garden-variety ’Cudas showing sold in the ACC database in the prior three months. It’s not easy being green, and it should have sold. AMERICANA #342-1963 STUDEBAKER HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 63V2314. Green Mist Metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 62,710 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Last of the Hawk series; sophisticated redesign by Brooks Stevens for ’62 model year. One of 4,634 sold in 1963. Good restoration for the most part. Panels and fit not up to same standard as rest of car. Light metallic green NOT SOLD AT $42,000. American Motors (maker of the milquetoast Rambler brand) was working desperately hard to lose their stodgy image through myriad competitive endeavors around this time, with the SC/ Rambler certainly being the most audacious tie-in to the showroom. But in trying to be clever with the name of this car, they actually reminded everyone who they really were. Small wonder they’re no longer with us... Anyway, high bid was at least $15k under the money for condition, so seller had to walk away. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MONTEREY Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Monterey 2017 GM #14-1954 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 custom pickup. VIN: 548M36181. Pink & white/white vinyl. Odo: 31 miles. 324-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Outrageous custom Oldsmobile, converted into something like a Chevy El Camino. Very high-quality paintwork and chrome to match. All work done in period, with a lot of effort put into the interior as well. Exhaust coming out of rear fenders is very tasteful. Chromed wheels and matching whitewall tires. Interior shows high-quality workmanship as well. Known as “Joanne’s Dream” in hot-rod circles, this Olds was rescued and restored less than 10 years ago. Cond: 1-. Dave Tomaro American iron of all types was well represented at Worldwide’s first monterey auction, such as this 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Sunray-DX racer by Garrett Long A nother year of Monterey has shown that the collector car market is still cooling down from boiling-hot 2014 to an even simmer. At its peak in 2014, auction totals were $464m, in 2015 they were $397m and in 2016 they were $344m. This year auction totals are down to $330m. But despite the drops from the peak, Monterey is still vibrant. The past four years are also the highest-selling in Monterey history and each auction house continues to roll in high-quality American cars. Russo and Steele and Mecum offer usable muscle and pristine originals. RM Sotheby’s, Gooding, Bonhams and Worldwide offer some of the latter as well as big Full Classics. It was Worldwide’s first foray into Monterey, and the market made it clear they are a welcome addition to the Peninsula. Was this the bottom of the cycle? Maybe. But no matter whether the market is revving up again or setting the cruise control, Monterey will continue to stand as the barometer of the market.A SOLD AT $50,600. No one really showed much interest in the Oldscamino, until Richard Rawlings from “Fast N’ Loud” showed up and very well may have bought it. Personally, I wanted to throw a blanket over it. It might have sold better as a “mystery car.” In the end, I’m glad someone appreciated it, and the selling price was a steal—considering the cost of restoration. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/17. #1011-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC56K098934. Black & white/white vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 89,836 miles. 265ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The shiny black paint looks good from a few feet away, but closer inspection shows this is an older restoration with a fair amount of patina. There are miscellaneous small nicks and chips. The chrome is beginning to pit and the stainless could stand to be polished. Panel gaps could be better. The engine bay is in good nick but could use a bit more cleaning. The interior is beginning to age as well, and the steering wheel does not appear to have been restored. Cond: 3+. Dave Tomaro this 1946 Ford Super DeLuxe Woodie wagon at Gooding & Co. was a very rare beast built before Ford did their own four-wheel-drive systems 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $58,300. I love Nomads! Are these things ever not cool? This one is


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL showing some signs of age on the restoration but also looks like it has been driven and loved. It is very original-looking, rolling on factory steelies with hubcaps and biasplies. It is claimed to be numbers matching, and came with factory a/c. Overall, this is a good show-and-shine car. The price may be a bit high compared to book value, but these will only go up in value. This is an opportunity to enjoy your investment without guilt. Both well sold and well bought. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #36-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Eldorado convertible. VIN: 59E004429. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 67,751 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sixth-generation Series 62 Cadillac in Biarritz trim. A substantial hunk of metal measuring almost 19 feet long and weighing 5,000 pounds. Missing early history. Color changed from triple black. Older restorations showing signs of age. Deeply cracked leather seats. Dull, scratched paint. Mismatched brightwork quality. Nicely presented dash and steering wheel. Cond: 3. installed repro carpeting. Dingy engine bay, not helped by being equipped with the optional oil-bath air cleaner. What isn’t greasy on the undercarriage is heavily surfacerusted. Cond: 4+. P GLOBAL showing some signs of age on the restora- tion but also looks like it has been driven and loved. It is very original-looking, rolling on factory steelies with hubcaps and bias- plies. It is claimed to be numbers matching, and came with factory a/c. Overall, this is a good show-and-shine car. The price may be a bit high compared to book value, but these will only go up in value. This is an opportunity to enjoy your investment without guilt. Both well sold and well bought. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #36-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Eldorado convertible. VIN: 59E004429. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 67,751 miles. 390- ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sixth-generation Series 62 Cadillac in Biarritz trim. A substantial hunk of metal measuring almost 19 feet long and weighing 5,000 pounds. Missing early history. Color changed from triple black. Older restorations showing signs of age. Deeply cracked leather seats. Dull, scratched paint. Mismatched brightwork quality. Nicely presented dash and steering wheel. Cond: 3. installed repro carpeting. Dingy engine bay, not helped by being equipped with the op- tional oil-bath air cleaner. What isn’t greasy on the undercarriage is heavily surface- rusted. Cond: 4+. GLOBAL GLOBAL NOT SOLD AT $7,000. The consignor is certainly doing his part to maintain the stereotype that tightwads have Corvairs. Thing is, they could get away with that when this was a $700 car, not $7k. They should have taken the money. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/17. SOLD AT $126,500. Large American convertibles continue to do well (“Entourage” effect?) despite their high production numbers. This lot was a boulevard cruiser that can be enjoyed without regret. However, there was nothing special about the condition or features. Sold well just above the low pre-sale estimate. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. #W90-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 30967W308328. Maroon metallic/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,474 miles. 146-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Average base/clear repaint, with lackadaisical masking of the glass and door seals and overspray in wheelwells and the undercarriage. Decent finish on the outside, but has plenty of polishing compound in panel gaps. Door fit is okay, but they rattle like crazy due to none of the stop bumpers being in place. Missing the right rear outboard taillamp assembly (that’s the one with the turn signal and brake light in it). Dinky little 155/80R13 whitewall radials barely fit on the rim up front; closer to correct but still a touch small 185/70R13 blackwall radials on the rears. Curb-feeler exhaust pipe outlet. Poorly fitted replacement top. Older Clark’s seat kit, installed well. Original door panels, held in place with panhead screws. Poorly 677B169872. Orange/tan cloth/tan leather. 540-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. This is a very nicely restored/modified Malibu convertible. The orange paint is in excellent condition— no doubt due to great prep work. The panel gaps around the doors could be better. The chrome, stainless and weatherstripping all appear to be recent. The glass is clear and shows no scratches or flaws. The interior shows the slightest of wrinkles on the driverside bucket, but is otherwise new and untouched. The engine bay is immaculate, housing a monster 540-cube Brodix big block. Cond: 2+. #1069-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu custom convertible. VIN: 136- SOLD AT $60,500. This was another example of a resto-mod that was more than just the sum of its parts. Somebody loved this car, put their heart and soul (and probably a good chunk of their bank account) into it. The paint, trim and interior show the excellence that only time and patience bring. The monster lurking under the hood is reportedly good for better than 700 hp. This Chevelle had far more than the sale price in it, and the new owner stole it. Very well bought, indeed. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #1203-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 124379N528251. Black & silver/red leather. Odo: 400 miles. 582-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Stunning, flawless black November-December 2017 105 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP paint with silver stripes and red pinstripes. All chrome, polished billet aluminum, stainless, glass and weatherstripping are defectfree. The red leather interior is better than anything from the factory. The entirety of the car is spotless. Cond: 1. MONTEREY CORVETTE SOLD AT $90,750. One of the best parts of this job is getting to see cars like this. This Camaro was striking in appearance from 50 feet away, and it only got better as you got closer. The time, effort, money and love put into this project were undeniable. Speaking with the owner only reinforced what the car projected. This build was a father-and-son undertaking, and they did everything themselves—even the paint. It looked like you could reach into it elbow deep. The skill and dedication was staggering. I can’t imagine letting this go for twice the money. The new owner got the deal of a lifetime. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #1039-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. VIN: 136670L155913. Cranberry Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,541 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A fairly fresh restoration with few flaws. There are a few chips under the trunk lid. The stainless in the driver’s side rear wheelwell is marred. The stainless trim around the convertible top could stand to be better polished. There are two major paint drips on the driver’s side front fender where it meets the headlight trim. Otherwise, paint, chrome, trim, glass and weatherstripping are in excellent condition. The interior shows little wear, and the engine compartment appears as-new. Cond: 2+. #1097-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S102098. Venetian Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 63,037 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This solid-axle Corvette is freshly restored, and it shows. The paint is shiny and shows good prep. The chrome looks to have been restored or replaced, and the stainless trim is well polished. The weatherstripping is in good condition. The panel gaps are inconsistent, even worse than when new. The interior is as-new, showing no signs of wear. The engine compartment is well detailed, and looks fresh from the assembly line. Cond: 2+. #1067-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 1086S102227. Green metallic/black cloth/beige leather. Odo: 26 miles. 350-ci 500-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. The paint and prep on this Corvette are exceptional. The panel gaps are uniform and consistent. The chrome and stainless trim shine quite nicely. The engine compartment is very nicely finished, with much of the engine painted the same color as the exterior. The interior shows little to no wear on any of the surfaces, including the driver’s side seat bolster. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,750. Despite the poor panel gaps, the rest of this car was quite stunning with lots of curb appeal. All of the finishes were at least as good as they were when new, and likely quite a bit better in some cases. There was no mention of matching numbers in the catalog description, just that the car was restored in 2015. It looked good on the whole, which is why it sold for just a fuzz under market value. This will be a great show-and-shine car, or a remarkable driver—but probably not an NCRS candidate. Well bought. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #11-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S102166. Black & silver/ red vinyl. Odo: 68 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Clean early fuel-injected ’Vette, properly done up with NCRS stickers to prove it. High-quality interior with great dash, carpet and seats. Roof bar showing some fatigue. Surface irregularities in top cover. Engine runs nicely but shows signs of sitting. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. The car had a few flaws, but it was equipped with the single most desirable powertrain (454 with an M-22 rock-crusher 4-speed) installed from the factory, in a striking color, with good options. The median price for this combo is over $100k higher than the high bid. The owner was wise to hang on to this one, and hopefully will keep enjoying this magnificent beast. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $160,000. A well-executed resto-mod of a solid-axle Corvette. But as the owner of a largely original 1960 Corvette, I believe the mods eliminated some desirable features. There is no longer a fresh-air vent in the cowl in front of the windshield, nor are there windshield wipers or washers. The gas-filler door has been glassed in and the filler neck now resides in the trunk. To be fair, the finishes throughout the car are exceptional, but maybe it was too good. It seemed to have been robbed of some of the honesty of the early models. I am sure the owner had far more in this Corvette than the $160k offered. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. S109324. Gold/brown vinyl. Odo: 50,655 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Iconic ’63 Split-Window Z06 in interesting colors. Heavy attention paid to paint and brightwork, with good consistency in panel fit, but all surfaces not totally flat. Interior redone to a high standard, but car does not run as well as it should—given the staff had some difficulties starting the engine. Regardless, it was optioned with the big tank, thus making it one of just 63. Cond: 2. 4 #19-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. VIN: 30837- SOLD AT $125,400. One of several stunning Corvettes at this auction. Values for these cars have been stable, and this one should sell for about this kind of money later on. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/17. SOLD AT $357,500. Regardless of its running issues, the engine sounded healthy. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MONTEREY MARKETMOMENT 1972 Chevrolet Corvette 454/270 Convertible SOLD at $44,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA; August 18, 2017, Lot 47 VIN: 1Z67W2S507664 to Corvettes built from 1953 through 1982, the engine under the hood makes a big dif- When it comes Courtesy of Bonhams ference in value. The last big block that Chevrolet shoehorned into their sports car was the 454-ci, 270-hp LS5 (390 hp in early itera- tions). The LS5 was an optional big block from 1970 through 1974. It was the only big-block option starting in 1972. What sits under this Corvette’s hood was the most powerful engine the average Joe could pick up at his Chevy dealer in 1972. Sadly, the 454/270 crammed into the 1972 Corvette was a tame kitten compared with the 454/425 LS6 tiger installed in 1971 Corvettes. That 1971 454/425 Corvette has a current median value of $97,600 in the ACC Pocket Price Guide. Our subject 1972 454/270 has a current median value of $37,500. So, yes, what’s under the hood — and how much it snarls — makes a big difference. That said, the 454/270 engine in our subject car was as powerful as it got in 1972. The restoration of this 1972 Corvette 454/270 convertible, as seen in Bonhams’ 2017 Quail Lodge catalog photographs, is splendid. The Elkhart Green-over-Saddle is a color combination I dig, and it is certainly an upgrade over the original War Bonnet Yellow with Saddle. The trim/paint tag that lists the original combination is still with the car. According to the catalog, the prior owner changed the color to match a green metallic Corvette he owned back in the day. The zip ties and worm-style hose clamps aren’t to factory standard, but those are quibbles. Bonhams sold this Corvette for $44k. That’s well over market. The car is in beautiful condition. What’s a little surprising about this price is that it’s for an automatic, although the car is fully equipped with a/c, the owner’s manual, and soft and hard tops. There is no NCRS paperwork accompanying the car, and there is no mention of these documents in the auction catalog or preview materials. Granted, Bonhams sold this car during Monterey Car Week, where alcohol flows freely, and going back home with a story or two to tell is worth a little extra spending. What better corroboration for that Red Mist story than the car you bought? A 108 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $40,150. With just over 800 of these coupes ever made, these Corvettes don’t turn up all that often. They are among the priciest of all the C4 generation. This Corvette looked to have been socked away as an investment. With fewer than 8,000 miles covered from new, there is no doubt it spent the majority of its life casting a shadow in someone’s garage. It’s a shame the car wasn’t driven and enjoyed more, but the exceptional condition and low miles helped drive the sales price to just a hair above book value. Well bought for a Corvette collector looking for a modest investment. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. FOMOCO 10 #47-1941 LINCOLN ZEPHYR coupe. VIN: H120055. Black/pink velour. Odo: 52,217 miles. Found in Nebraska brickyard in 1976; fully restored at that time. Cosmetically redone between 2012 and 2016. Two-time winner of Dearborn Medallion for authenticity from Early Ford V-8 Club, Best of Class at Greystone, Best 1936–48 Lincoln at Lincoln Owners Club Western National. Panel work and black paint flawless. Pastel pink velour upholstery very well done. Immaculate gold dashboard trim confirmed correct per Henry Ford Museum. Toggle switch under dash of unknown function. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 1-. After a few struggles with the fuel-injection system, it started to idle like it should. While it didn’t quite make the $400k low estimate, the selling price was fair enough, leaving room to sort any mechanical issues caused by it sitting. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/17. (See profile, p. 50.) #1028-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2253T5600110. Admiral Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 7,546 miles. 350-ci 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. This Grand Sport is in fantastic condition. It has obviously been protected over the course of its life, as there are no real cosmetic flaws. The chrome emblems are as-new, and the engine compartment is well detailed. The black-painted factory alloy wheels are undamaged. The black leather interior shows very little wear, with only some light creasing on the driver’s seat. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MONTEREY SOLD AT $154,000. The long, flowing lines of this big coupe actually gave it a lower coefficient of drag than Chrysler’s Airflow. Speaking of those lines, I looked and looked but could not find a ripple in the enormous panels on this jet-black car. In fact, the only demerit I can call out was the slightly wavy finish on the trunk-light housing. The somewhat gaudy pink and gold of the interior may have held back the bidders, but somebody made an astute and shrewd buy at $71k below the low estimate. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/17. #166-1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 99A1180000LD64. Burgundy & wood/light brown leather. Odo: 65,446 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Very rare beast built before Ford did their own four-wheel-drive systems. Acres of wood on outside, a lot inside as well. Wood from donor vehicle; cracks filled in and finished well. New vinyl top. Paint very well done; interior with nicely broken-in leather. Wood and canvas “headliner” very good. Fit and finish far better than such a truck would have enjoyed back in the day. Rides on modern BFG radials of correct style and profile. Cond: 2+. not functional and parts needed to repair included in the sale. Original shipping invoice confirms the car to have been restored in 2012 to its original color and trim combination. Excellent repaint. Major pieces of brightwork have been replated. Doors need an assertive effort to shut properly, as they sag slightly. Additional bolts added to the door hinges at the body, with two going through the body tag. Vent-window seals are showing some light weather checking. Interior door-panel trim is starting to come loose. Excellent upholstery work. Generally well detailed under the hood, but also used modern hose clamps and belts. Battery spent a good share of the weekend on the charger. Undercarriage mostly gloss-black paint. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,089,000. Cobras continue to show strong results, particularly well-documented, nicely restored lots such as this. Great cars bring great prices. Despite now being a seven-figure car, this 289 was slightly well bought given its condition. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. #1021-1965 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2417. White/red leather. Odo: 168 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Claimed by the owner to have once been a Shelby factory demo. Delivered new in Princess Blue. Now, after an extensive restoration by marque specialist McCluskey Ltd. from 2012 to 2014, all mechanicals and electrics rebuilt or replaced. The new paint is top notch, as is the chrome, stainless and weatherstripping. The chrome wire knockoff wheels are spotless. The engine has a replacement block but retains the original Hi-Po heads, manifold and wedge-style bellhousing. The interior and dash are also new, and the odometer shows a scant 168 miles. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The consignor’s signage made references to the identical light blue example that sold out here at Gooding last year for $363k (“the sister car” was the term they used, ACC# 6807470 ). This one is the same color, but otherwise nowhere near as well assembled and authentic as the Gooding car. With Mark IIs, there’s a wide swath of values over condition, due to the complexity of getting these cars either done or absolutely right. You can assemble them like a Chevy and get by with it, but if the consignor is being truthful here, they’re probably selling it because it’s not quite on the button and driving them nuts. Appropriately bid, at best. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/17. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. This was once part of the Nick Alexander Collection, which was filled with nothing but the best woodies. I know someone who recently restored a very similar Ford/Marmon-Herrington wagon to perhaps an even higher level, and the high bid here may not have covered the restoration costs. All that wood needs a lot of love. Consignor was wise to walk away. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/17. #F118-1956 CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56P3557. Light blue/white & blue leather. Odo: 70,599 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with the only factory option available, a/c, but stated that it is 110 AmericanCarCollector.com PA4539. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,313 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality Cobra with rack-and-pinion steering and attractive Stewart Warner gauges. Matching numbers. Correct colors. Extensive ownership history. Comprehensive paperwork including original bill of sale and canceled check for original purchase. Beautifully restored to better-than-new condition. Cond: 1-. 1 #24-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2328. Eng. # NOT SOLD AT $700,000. With new body panels, new engine block, new electrical and mechanical components, new interior and dash, there are few parts on this Cobra that were on it when it left Shelby’s assembly plant. Of course, the frame has the genuine Shelby ID plate on it, and the car is accompanied by the extensive records kept during the owner’s 40-plus year ownership. But with that much of the car having been replaced, does it still carry the value of an original? Maybe the seller should have let this one find a new home. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #S100.1-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2588. Rouge Iris/black leather. Odo: 5,523 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented ownership chain, starting when it was sold new by Vel’s Ford Sales in Torrance, CA, to the consignor. Professionally repainted in its original hue and the driveline sorted out in 2006. Most brightwork is in superb condition, the windshield surround showing some light pitting. Chrome knockoff wire wheels shod with Michelin XWX radials. Supple and lightly wrinkled leather seating. Slightly mottled dashboard vinyl. Good door and panel shut lines. Decade-old detailing under the hood, with more recent topical cleanup on the engine. Fuel staining on low recesses of the intake manifold. Not too dingy on the under- TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP carriage, but not minty fresh and washed off, either. Cond: 2. MONTEREY past the ACC Pocket Price Guide value. Well sold. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. NOT SOLD AT $950,000. This is the last 289 Cobra sold to the public and the final one with a 4-speed (as ol’ Shel kept the last one built—with a C4 automatic in it—for himself). Last seen at RM’s auction in Boca Raton, FL, in 2006, then selling for $342,400 (SCM# 1565526). Eleven years is ancient history in the Shelby Cobra world, as the car has tripled in value since. However, I get the impression that the consignor wasn’t going to let this magical small-block Cobra go unless it tripled in value by crossing the magical million-dollar threshold with room to spare (as reflected in the $1m to $1.2m auction-house guesstimate). Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/17. White & blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 79,800 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. This 1966 Shelby GT350 is one of 252 Shelby GT350s built as “carryover cars,” or late-1965 production models that were built with 1966 parts. The recipient of a bare-metal restoration in 2016. The paint is beautifully finished. The chrome and stainless are both in excellent condition, the panel gaps are consistent, the weather stripping is in good nick, and the Shelby mag wheels are shod with new modern Goodyear rubber. The engine compartment looks as-new. The interior shows next to no wear. Cond: 1-. 7 #1072-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S250. Wimbledon #58-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 roadster. VIN: CSX3359. Red/black leatherette. Odo: 1,981 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 260 427 Cobras produced for the road. Second-to-last Cobra produced. Under 2,000 original miles. Complete history. Attractive but incorrect Trigo wheels fitted, with original wheels accompanying the sale. A stunning, better-than-new restoration on an uber-low-mileage car. Cond: 1-. optioned example has all-original sheet metal. No signs of corrosion, with a single owner since 1976. This Mustang was in storage for 33 years prior to a recent nutand-bolt restoration. The paint is in great condition, as are the chrome, stainless and weatherstripping. The glass is clear, the panel gaps are uniform and the interior is as-new. It is equipped with a long list of options—many quite rare—and accompanied by a Marti Report. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,360,000. While some bidders were put off by its over-restored condition, this lot deserved a higher bid given its exceptional low mileage. The seller was right to bring it home for another day. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. #72-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback coupe. VIN: SFM6S1183. Sapphire Blue/ black leather. Odo: 7,324 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “Rent-a-Racer” GT350 in the correct, rare and attractive Sapphire Blue. Non-factory power steering and a/c. Some paint issues. Rear window delaminating. Inconsistent brightwork. Nicely presented engine bay with some missing details. Seat foam deterioration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $355,000. Resplendent in Royal Maroon contrasting the black vinyl interior. Priced far beyond any other Mustang of the same vintage, ultra-low-mile, clean, original examples are guaranteed to command a premium. This one fit that bill, crossing the block well over the price guide median. However, finding another this clean, this original, with an ownership history and supporting documentation this thorough would be a tall order. For all of these reasons, this car was well bought and well sold. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #1150-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S46Y400624. Gulf Blue & orange/black leather. Odo: 989 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Still on the Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, and absolutely as-new. The paint, trim, weatherstripping, and glass all show as new. There are no marks on the brake discs. There is no wear in the interior and nothing to indicate any use of any kind. The only flaw on the entire car is some sort of weird spot on the stainless steering-wheel center. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $297,000. The recent high-quality resto on this GT350 made it look as good as new. The original 4-speed manual— which was included in the sale—had been replaced with a more usable Tremec 5-speed. This unit was one of the 1,300-odd non-Hertz Rent-a-Racers built in ’66. Condition, rarity and the desirable white-and-blue color combo helped push this Shelby well 112 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $115,500. Shelby collectors are religious about correctness and originality. In addition to the added “improvements,” many of the small incorrect details scared off some potential bidders. However, this created a great opportunity to buy this nice driver at an attractive price. Well bought. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. #1145-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z195403. Royal Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,549 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 857 Boss 429s produced, this highly- 5 NOT SOLD AT $420,000. Despite its gorgeous Gulf livery complemented by a flawless exterior and nearly flawless interior, this GT did not find a new home. The 989 miles on the odometer was a testament to the lack of use, if the exterior condition TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MONTEREY wasn’t convincing enough. While it bid well above average, with a number of others on the market at higher asking prices, the owner may be wise to hold out for just a bit more. Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 08/17. MOPAR #55-1953 CHRYSLER ST. SPECIAL Ghia 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7231533. Eng. # C538-31901. Two-tone blue/blue leather. Odo: 62,976 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A unique Italian coachbuilt design over Chrysler powertrain. Advanced for the period, with Hemi engine mated to a 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. This lot is an older restoration with decades of missing history. Some paint inconsistencies, particularly on the passenger’s door (parts rattle when closing). Scratched chrome. Musty interior. Nicely restored wire wheels. A driver-level car in its current state. Cond: 2-. have been considered post-block. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. AMERICANA 6 #118-1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1107 phaeton. VIN: 901630. Green/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 29,710 miles. Restored some years back by Fran Roxas and returned to original livery and options. Wears an older CCCA Senior Premier badge and won Best in Class at Pebble Beach. Still presents well and has sidemount spares and correct trunk. Properly restored and documented. A very desirable Packard Twelve. Cond: 2. lightful patina but with some flaws in the convertible top. Paint on wheels starting to give. One small ding in right rear fender. Occasional paint chips and touch-up here and there. Chrome in great shape. Seats are starting to wear in, wood taking on an aged look. Glass and lighting don’t raise any questions. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. This car sold at the 2014 RM Monaco auction for $462,353 (ACC# 6720101). These are fairly specialized cars not on every collector’s bucket list. The high bid was a shade light but should SOLD AT $352,000. A wonderful tour car, or with a little freshening, it could easily return to the show field. A very correct and original Packard. Sold for a bit under expectations, but Resale Green does not always work. Was owned and restored by a friend, Dr. Bill Budding. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #22-1935 PACKARD EIGHT 1201 Victoria convertible. VIN: 392751. Red/tan canvas/ natural leather. Odo: 71,698 miles. Neat Packard, with paint that has taken on a de- SOLD AT $74,800. One of the few American classics at this auction. Managed to squeak by at low estimate, but this was nothing to be ashamed of. Still room for improvement, but at this price, items like a new top and any mechanical issues could be resolved. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/17. Packard Blue/tan canvas/blue leather. Odo: 1,342 miles. One of just five dual-cowl phaetons built in 1936 and the final one produced by Packard. Restored in 1996 and still crisp and very presentable. Recently detailed and brightwork sparkles. A clean look with no Trippe or fog lights. Fitted with sidemounts and radio. An impressive CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2+. 2 #141-1936 PACKARD TWELVE Sport phaeton. VIN: 904502. SOLD AT $682,000. Quality Full Classics still bring strong money, and this impressive example follows suit. The Packard Twelve motor is strong and silent. A treat to drive. Price paid was as expected for an older but well-maintained restoration. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #38-1937 PACKARD TWELVE 1507 roadster. VIN: 906694. Black/ black canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 57,147 miles. 473-ci V12, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Exceptionally clean example of a senior Packard, with high-quality paint—minus a few swirl marks. Especially good details on integrated radiator shell. Chrome trim shines consistently throughout. Excellent detail and fitment on 3 114 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MONTEREY ONETO WATCH $50,000 $40,000 $38,500 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 $37,800 $35,200 SOLD AT $467,500. The 12-cylinder Packards remain highly desirable, with this example selling $17k over the low estimate. A Full Classic with a stable market, any open example of the V12 is an asset. Fairly bought and sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/17. 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird N Number sold at auction in the past 12 53,166 Average price of those cars: $39,495 months: 174 Number listed in the ACC Premium Database: 2,725 Current ACC Median Valuation: $36,300 ot many cars have achieved the iconic status of the first-generation Ford Thunderbird. Although it could not compete with the Corvette in speed, it excelled in comfort and luxury and is widely thought of as ushering in the personal luxury vehicle. The first-gen was undoubtedly a highlight in automotive history. Early Thunderbirds are not new to the collector-car scene, but that does not detract from their desirability. Prices have hovered around the mid- $30k range for a base 292-ci C-code or 312-ci D-code car. This has been the case for a while now, as sales have been cooling. So why would I pitch this car as one to watch? The vintage-car market runs in cycles, and this seems to be a low point for the ’Bird. This is the time to pick one up without spending a lot of money. More than 53,000 first-gen T-Birds were made from 1955 to Detailing Years built: 1955–57 Number produced: 1957, so it is not rare. However, it holds a unique spot in history and styling, so it will always be a collectible car. All of the first-gen cars were convertibles, making the engine choice the most important difference. More-powerful Thunderbirds command a premium over those with the base engine. The 270-horsepower E-code will bump the price slightly, and the supercharged F-code, if you can find one, will send the price skyrocketing. There is sure to be a bargain out there. Find a nice, driver- quality ’Bird with the base engine, and you can probably get the price to $30k or less. For that money, you get a great driver, loads of style and an American icon that will attract plenty of attention at the local car show.A 116 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $165,000. A beautiful lot that garnered much attention during the preview and auction. After a difficult opening of $40k, the true buyers started showing their hands. Three bidders seemed to move the car all the way to $165,000. A firm but market-correct price for a beautiful example. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/17. — Chad Taylor #W66-1965 DEVIN D roadster. VIN: 115335902. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 81 miles. 1700-cc H4, 2x2-bbl, 5-sp. Comprehensive restoration completed in recent years. Recently refurbished powertrain consists of a 1968 Porsche 912 engine and a 1967 Volkswagen Type One-style 5-speed by Bugformance. Runs out robustly. Good body prep and paint application. Decent door, hood, and trunk-lid fit. OEM Devin badges and gauges, although some of the latter have light surface rust on the rim. Loose-fitting 7A109578. Sinister Black/ maroon vinyl/ maroon leather. Odo: 1 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. One of the first post-war models out of Detroit. Many innovative features including a step-down chassis, Hydramatic transmission and race-proven 308-ci inline six wrapped in a beautiful body. Missing early history. Freshly restored by marque specialist to a high standard. Some paint swirls over slightly mismatched body panels. Inconsistent brightwork. Stunning interior. Cond: 2+. 8 #22-1951 HUDSON HORNET Brougham convertible. VIN: A Focus on Cars That are Showing Some Financial Upside Median Sold Price By Year $41,250 $36,300 top. Lenses and glass in exceptional condition. Interior neat and orderly, with good woodwork and department-store-quality leather. Based on pictures, engine seems to be in good order. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2. TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL pop-riveted hood pin pad. Only equipped with a driver’s seat, which has a period-style four-point racing harness. Upper harnesses attached to the single-loop-and-bar roll bar, which also has three tech-inspection stickers from Laguna Seca. Nardi wood-rim steering wheel with Porsche crest centerhub emblem. 5.50-15 Hoosier race tires on modern period-style alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. presents very well. Excellent original brightwork, with only some light pitting. About as good of a door fit as you’ll find on one of these; not very solid-feeling, but latches with minimal effort due to great alignment. Steering stabilizer added in recent years, otherwise original undercarriage that hasn’t been touched since the dealer undercoated it when new. As part of that process, it also got significant amounts of undercoating under the hood and on the motor. Ends of the plastic door-lock plungers are broken off, and are yellowed like the rest of the interior plastic fittings. No discernible wear on the original rubber floor mat. Cond: 3+. P GLOBAL pop-riveted hood pin pad. Only equipped with a driver’s seat, which has a period-style four-point racing harness. Upper harnesses attached to the single-loop-and-bar roll bar, which also has three tech-inspection stick- ers from Laguna Seca. Nardi wood-rim steering wheel with Porsche crest center- hub emblem. 5.50-15 Hoosier race tires on modern period-style alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. presents very well. Excellent original brightwork, with only some light pitting. About as good of a door fit as you’ll find on one of these; not very solid-feeling, but latches with minimal effort due to great alignment. Steering stabilizer added in re- cent years, otherwise original undercarriage that hasn’t been touched since the dealer undercoated it when new. As part of that process, it also got significant amounts of undercoating under the hood and on the motor. Ends of the plastic door-lock plung- ers are broken off, and are yellowed like the rest of the interior plastic fittings. No dis- cernible wear on the original rubber floor mat. Cond: 3+. GLOBAL GLOBAL NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Bill Devin’s cars were some of the most serious for SCCA competition from the 1960s low-production builders. Regardless of whether they were powered by Volkswagen, Corvair or Porsche 4- or 6-cylinder engines, the Devin Ds were all business on the track or the street. This example retains all its original frame and body as assembled by Devin. If it was heavily used and ready for some refurbishment, this final bid would’ve been in the ballpark, but fresh and ready to go, it was under the money. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/17. #W106-1969 JEEP JEEPSTER Commando convertible. VIN: 870201710343. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl & white striping. Odo: 4,282 miles. 225-ci V6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Stated that the 4,282 indicated miles are actual and that the vehicle is all original with the exceptions of the fluids, battery and two-decade-old radial tires. Original paint Keith Martin’s NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Little of substance was mentioned about its past history, but it seems to have been kept as a backup or secondary vehicle until 1980, and then stored until 1995. The consignor also claimed that it was never put into four-wheel drive—something that can be said today of the majority of SUVs and related cross-over thingies now made. Considering the originality, low miles and optional Buick V6, this seems to be bid about right; although with the continued interest in vintage SUVs of all sorts, I can also see why the consignor was holding out for more. Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 08/17. A Sports Car Market Subscribe Today! www.sportscarmarket.com/subscribe 877-219-2605 Ext 1 November-December 2017 117 ™ “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Simply the best publication I’ve ever read!” — Larry S., Lima, OH The Pocket Price Guide and Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance are included with your subscription


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Two Auctions GM #559-1948 CHEVROLET STYLEMASTER Custom sedan delivery. VIN: 14F4421059. Black/black leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration/modification done to a decent— if basic—standard. Plenty of catalog parts bolted to the car: Vintage Air, VDO gauges, American Torq Thrusts. No crazy routing of hoses or wires, just done well. Paint good enough to place at a local show. Thickrimmed, heavily stylized wood steering wheel a bit out of place in otherwise grayand-black, flat interior. Cond: 3+. 1964 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible was the cool car at the Lucky Collector Car Auctions in tacoma, WA, selling for $29,500 Lucky Auctions tacoma, WA — August 26–27, 2017 Auctioneer: Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/offered: 91/144 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $779,654 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe, sold at $88,424 buyer’s premium: 15%, minimum of $200, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chad Tyson James G. Murphy olympia, WA — August 1, 2017 Auctioneers: Tim and Colin Murphy Automotive lots sold/offered: 82/85 Sales rate: 96% Sales total: $436,700 High sale: 1970 Dodge Charger 2-dr hard top, sold at $64,350 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Chad Tyson NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Positioned between the ’69 Z/28 and a couple of Corvettes. The buyers didn’t seem quite as interested in this one. This was an unimaginative build—possibly strictly for auction— with a 350-ci small block and Turbo 350 transmission. But it was done to a respectable standard. The car’s information states the engine is a GM Performance rated at 330 ponies, which adds a fun factor that a junkyard grab just can’t. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #558-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS coupe. VIN: 124379L516132. Fathom Green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,165 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Impressive, comprehensive restoration taken seriously to replicate stock appearance—all the way down to the hose clamps and GM-branded heater hoses. No zip ties present, either. Card with car states this was the “born-with” engine, but underwent a rebuild during restoration. Frontseat-bottom vinyl appears a little bunched in spots. Clean, clear and easy-to-read gauges. Box of hubcaps in back seat. Mileage since restoration. Cond: 1-. A real-deal 1970 Dodge hemi Charger r/t 2-door hard top, sold for $64,350 at the James G. murphy Co. auction in olympia, WA 118 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $88,424. What’s a seller to do to convince prospective buyers that this car is a real-deal Z when they can’t be by the car? Make an emphatic sign and place it along


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL the corridor where said buyers are mostly walking. The poster frame held a certificate of authenticity from Jerry MacNeish, NCRS shipping information, several restoration photos and a copy of the Protect-O-Plate. All of this added up to an above-market price for an above-average car. Fair deal on that account. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #302-2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 2G1FJ1EJXA9114277. Red/ black cloth. Odo: 15,574 miles. 6.2-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Title-branded rebuild. Quick CARFAX check showed 18 records, so it all kind of adds up. Paint as nice as new. No obvious indications it was previously salvaged. No further information provided by catalog or company as to what happened, but then again, why would they post that? Dirty carpets and dusty driver’s seat. Cond: 2. elevating this car. Biggest mystery is whether the top works, as it’s expensive to replace a lot of those components. Price is a steal, as the median market value for these is $40k, according to the latest ACC Pocket Price Guide. Something spooked off enough people for the buyer to walk away laughing at this deal. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #736-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. VIN: 4Y86N413468. Black/ black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 19,221 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A ding in middle of rear trunk-lid edge is biggest complaint about paint. A smaller chip missing from driver’s side of trunk lid. Bright trim is all there. Hood fit slightly off at front, but other SOLD AT $12,650. Not the only Chevy in Snobar’s collection, but the newest and nicest. Somebody picked up an SS Camaro for under $13k, which is a hell of a steal. The asterisk of a rebuilt title might scare off future profits, but given that this isn’t a particularly special SS (not a ZL1, serial number one, etc.), those profits shouldn’t be the motivation here. Well bought. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. FOMOCO 0043. White & black/white & black vinyl. Odo: 77,402 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Small chip in paint on front panel of roof, otherwise largely intact. Trim hasn’t been polished in years, but it’s all there. Some rusting around bumper bolts. Black steel wheels inset deep into fenders. Most everything underhood dirty or surface-rusted. Some wires just strung along top of valve covers. Front bench bottom looking flat in spots, depressed in others. Horn cap missing. Dirty carpet. Nest of wires hanging from dash above pedals. Started after some tinkering, but ran going through auction tent. From the LeMay Collection at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,849. This is one of the few times I’m calling for modern wheels. Bigger and shinier rims, to go with refinished trim, would go a long way towards #711-1959 FORD GALAXIE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: H9XW11- November-December 2017 119 gaps line up well. Scratches on driver’s side rear door exterior handle. Front seats cracked in remarkable patina. Still flat, not depressed from decades of weight. I’m thinking the odometer might still be on its first go around. Dash in good shape, with the PRNDL lens the hardest to see through. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,500. One of 3,328 convertible Continentals made in 1964. Black over red, with those smooth slab sides, made this one of the coolest cars at the sale. The market median for the 1964 Continental droptop is $42,500, leaving plenty of room for any deferred maintenance or needed repairs. Solid car sold for a good price. I don’t imagine anyone is terribly upset with this deal. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #725-1965 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5K43C144457. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 68,977 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint with light swirls throughout. Some nicks and chips along rear panel edges including trunk-lid. Trim bright and clean. Carpet faded to almost a brown from black. Driver’s door card splitting at middle, peeling back from front edge. Bench seat settled in sections. Dash still legible, but no perfect surface. Cragars aren’t a bad touch. Iowa plate reads: “MYOLD65.” Cond: 3+. really happened, but upset that I didn’t make a bid on this one. Selling at a quarter of the usual market median, this was one of the better deals at a deal-packed sale. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. SOLD AT $5,775. Seller’s card states, “Nearly all-original, low-mileage car.” I’m inclined to believe the paint and interior materials are from the factory. Would be a solid sleeper start, as I passed by it several times before opting to include it in my report. And I’m a bit of a homer for Fords. Or leave it as-is, and not deprive the world of an unrestored relic from a bygone era. The buyer walked away the winner of this deal. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #322-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9H15H566942. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,124 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Front driver’s fender a slightly different shade and missing the gold side decals. Same-side rocker-panel trim also missing. Interior needs deep cleaning, but otherwise it’s there and in decent condition. Passenger’s side wheels match, but driver’s side sports two other kinds. Engine bay complete, with air-cleaner assembly in front passenger’s footwell and rusty master cylinder the obvious detractions. Tiny dual-exhaust outlets exit out back. Cond: 3-. #729-1969 FORD TORINO CJ 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9A460165224. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 3,634 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cracked turn-signal lens on driver’s front corner. Owners have taken care of this paint. Only light polishing swirls visible at right angles. Engine bay almost clean enough to eat from, but surface-rusted master cylinder stands out something terrible. Bench seat odd with 4-sp., but in good condition otherwise. Tach strapped to steering column. Deluxe Marti Report included with sale. Sitting on front seat is online price report, with $49,995 scrawled on the paper in pencil. Resting in the rear seat is a poster the seller created to help sell the car. Cond: 2+. and Road Runner, Torino GTs typically sell for triple this price. The latest ACC price guide pegs the median of these at $29k. The drivetrain internals are unknown without tearing into them (usually frowned upon by auction companies), but this is a solid start for a restoration project. Well bought. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. A continual stream of spectators circled this car for most of the first day and up until it hit the block on Sunday morning. Despite a semi-spirited bidding contest, the bidders didn’t come close to the seller’s hand-tipped price of $49,995. I’m sure the right value is somewhere towards the middle, but can’t blame the seller for taking it home at this high bid. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. SOLD AT $4,950. My favorite car at the sale, also the third Cyclone. The other two, also the two prior lots, likely stole any energy for this car. It was the oldest and least expensive of the three, but it was also in the best overall condition. I’m not sure what 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #313-1970 FORD TORINO GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0R35M125784. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 89,845 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Surface rust along insides of doors— even transferred to weatherstripping. Nicks, dings and chips along passenger’s side beltline. Graphics underneath said beltline in acceptable condition. Driver’s door won’t open and it’s unlocked. Interior complete, but it’s as if someone shoveled in lots of dust. Rip on driver’s seat bottom. Front passenger’s seat bottom starting to come unstitched at a seam or two. Back bench seat in decent condition, sans tears and stains. Extra steering wheel lying in front passenger’s footwell. Complete engine bay, but as dusty as the ground on which it sits. Stickers on license tags expired in February 1992. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,900. Nicest Torino in a line of half a dozen or so. Still, not without its faults. A car that should be mentioned in the same breath as Chevelle #320-1971 MERCURY CYCLONE Grabber 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1H17J504818. Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 84,181 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Pretty blue paint in fair condition. Some nicks here and some chips there. Part on upper rear driver’s quarter that appears to be brush-painted. Missing front hood trim. Interior pretty beat up. Chunks of vinyl missing from both door panels, revealing deteriorating foam underneath. Cracks across dash. Light surface rust on exposed steel of steering wheel. Filthy carpet. Front seats in remarkable condition considering rest of cab. Radio and air cleaner just hanging out on front floorboard. No shifter cover, just a hole in the carpet showing a hole in the floor. Lettering on rear glass reads “The Last Muscle Car.” Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,900. Sold for the same as Lot 313, a Torino GT. And in about the same condition—complete, but needs work. Not sure I can find many to agree with the rearwindow statement, as 1972—a year later than our subject—featured ’Cudas, LS5 Chevelles, big-block Camaros and the like. Still, this was an interesting find in a mostly Mopar collection. Buyer didn’t overpay, but it wasn’t even close to the best deal here, either. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #357-1971 FORD RANCHERO pickup. VIN: 1A47F280452. Red/red cloth. Odo: 24,678 miles. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP fields for years and years. Found 2-bbl carb lying in driver’s footwell, which is a good place to leave your carb. Grille and some trim panels resting on seats. Headliner hanging on by few threads. Some panels with swaths of primer blended into red paint. Cowl panel filled with plant debris and moss. Bed filled with parts, including radiator, fan shroud, one V8 cylinder head, heater box and hood latch. Cond: 5-. makes it easy for the buyer to correct minor issues and still get a good deal. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #330-1932 DODGE DB drag racer. VIN: N/A. Light blue/black vinyl. Former Super Street racer (a 10.90 index). Unidentified big-block Chevy sits under goofy hood scoop. Headlamps don’t fit profile of holes in fenders. Missing certification sticker for roll cage. Interior filled with boxes of parts, but beyond that it’s set up for running down the track and nothing else. Several gauges on dash aren’t parallel with horizon. No speedo, no odo. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,000. I didn’t see many people checking this car out during the preview or auction, so the five-digit total caught me off guard. Almost weird to see one of these complete that isn’t ready to go to Goodguys, with crate small-block and mag wheels. Sold price reflects the in-between nature of car. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. SOLD AT $660. Even with all of the problems, this price is tough to beat. Best use is a parts car, but since it’s almost complete, perhaps a brave soul will bring it back to life. Just get up on the tetanus shots first. Good deal, minus those shots. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. MOPAR #570-1924 DODGE BROTHERS SERIES 116 Special sedan. VIN: A34841. Blue & black/black vinyl/tan & brown cloth. Odo: 54,072 miles. Non-original paint chipping here and there, but solid from 15 feet. Turn signals added to bumper corners, front and rear. Turn-signal switch attached to steering column. Headliner and door panels could be original, while seats obviously re-covered. Tires need replacement before traveling too far. Extra transmission comes with the sale, but the seller states its working condition is unknown. Series 116 is because of the 116inch wheelbase. From the LeMay Museum Collection selling at no reserve. Cond: 3. #339-1963 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2231166195. Tan/gray vinyl. Odo: 9,448 miles. 230-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Appears as if it was left with the hood up for a long time, then shut for some time afterwards, with dead plants hanging around the master cylinder and heater hoses. Surface rust all over the place. Car’s original tan color (or is it beige?) giving way to gray giving way to rust. A baker’s dozen dead wasps litter the dash. The Spectracide can in the back seat tells me they likely took up residence at some point. Rest of interior in tatters. Smells as bad as it looks. Colors are bleached out up front. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $12,650. Catalog listed this as a 1932 Dodge Brothers drag racer, but the rounded roofline and curved-base windshield shape are more in line with 1935 DB models than anything they made three years prior. But with no VIN anywhere I can see on the body, frame or interior, these things become a little more difficult to identify. I can’t imagine why a buyer would want to make this street legal again; just recertify the roll cage, fix what needs it, and fly down the dragstrip grinning ear to ear. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #305-1935 DODGE DU coupe. VIN: 3777335. Black/brown cloth. Odo: 23,861 miles. Chalky paint, with remnants of a line from birds lingering above from roof to trunk. Driver’s side headlamp appears more yellow than the other one. Red grille really pops; too bad it matches nothing else on car. Chipped and flaking paint in spots reveals red primer underneath. Hood weatherstripping hanging out on driver’s side. Tattered, fraying interior smells as they all too often do on vehicles this old— musty with a (strong) hint of rodent. Didn’t see any nests, however. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,502. The auction lineup went like this: 2003 Bentley Arnage, 1963 Corvette convertible, then this car. I expected a horse-drawn buggy to follow up based on that regression. These steel wheels looked larger than the Bentley’s. Kinda nice to see some of the museum cars getting out of storage and back into garages. This price 122 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $1,100. No, there isn’t anything amazing or enthralling about this car. But if the buyer was after a plain-jane project they just wanted to get running and cruise with, it’s a helluva deal. Even if the buyer just wanted it for parts, they’ll likely be way ahead of the game. This was mostly there, but it was left in a field far longer than most buyers apparently could tolerate. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #324-1964 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. VIN: 3341229430. Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,145 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dirtiest part of whole car is the tires. Carpet needs vacuuming, but no major tears evident. All interior vinyl in top shape. Sunpro tach strapped to steering column


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Box of parts on passenger’s seat. Dash missing radio, cigarette lighter and heater control knobs. Back seat covered by loose parts, newspaper and black plastic sheeting. Clean paint and clear glass, but convertible top wrinkled in spots. Cond: 3-. on hoses stick out, however. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. I heard them trying to start this up during the preview. Cough, cough, sputter, die. But it seems way ahead of most of the vehicles here in that there’s a battery hooked up under the hood. It doesn’t take much looking through ACC’s Premium Auction Database to see that a number of bids on ’69 Coronets have been rejected for more than double this one. I’m sure there are a few things to sort out here, but the 2-bbl 318 and automatic shouldn’t have held this one back this far. Buyer picked up a damn good deal. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. SOLD AT $7,150. ACC’s price guide shows ’68 Barracuda drop-tops have a median market value of $17k. Adding $10k to this car would go a long way in buttoning up the details, but so would some effort. This seems like it got lost in the shuffle of this collection. Somebody picked it up for a decent deal. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #304-1969 DODGE CORONET 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: WP23F9E119860. Red/ white vinyl. Odo: 37,660 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent paint, with mostly good trim—a solid 10-footer. Rear passenger’s side wheelwell trim dinged and scuffed. Trunk fit slightly off at front of passenger’s side. Interior as acceptable as exterior. Biggest flaw is driver’s door armrest, which appears gray rather than white from use and dirt. No complaints underhood, as it’s painted as nicely as the body. Engine not thoroughly detailed, but nice enough to lift the hood at a local car show. White wire ties 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #319-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA Formula S 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH29H9B117145. Bronze/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,505 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint flaking off driver’s side front fender. Trunk-lid gaps inconsistent and not flush. Large crack where driver’s side quarter panel meets with panel below rear window. Bubbles and flaking behind both rear wheels. Underhood isn’t pretty. Also not helped by the general rust color of the car. Brackets and the master cylinder reveal heavy oxidation. Relatively nice interior. Worst part is carpet torn at driver’s footwell, revealing a surface-rusted floorpan. Ugliest part is pair of aftermarket gauges tacked in front of shifter hanging from dash. Cond: 4-. #323-1970 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29R0G129527. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. The crowning jewel of the Snobar Collection. A friend of Snobar stood watch over this car the entire preview day, answering questions from bidders and pesky media types. Windshield set in place, not secured. Also no wipers (duh) or rearview mirrors. Top panel flipped upside-down on remainder of roof. Best paint of any car here except 2009-and-newer lots. Strippeddown engine bay a contrast of red and black. Many unattached parts residing in trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $64,350. An incomplete project, but the VIN works out to a real Hemi. This occupied a place of honor near the auctionroom entrance and was kept under close watch. It also drew the most looky-loos, with a constant stream of traffic around it. Outsold the next two highest-selling lots combined. For half of what they usually cost, the buyer got a mostly done project. Tough to beat that. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #332-1971 DODGE DEMON custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: N/A. Gray & black/black plastic. More a collection of parts resembling a car than an actual car. Fiberglass hood bending under weight of massive hood scoop. No engine, headlamps or anything one can consider an interior. Aluminum panels, three gauges, red roll cage and one racing seat make up the interior. Headers lying where engine should be. Quickrelease steering wheel sitting on transmission tunnel instead of steering-column shaft. Two additional gauges stuck to cowl outside of front windshield. Wheelie bar out back. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $12,100. Another car for half the current market median. This one, a Formula S 383, is considerably more valuable than the other Barracuda sitting next to it (Lot 318). This one was in worse condition, yet sold for $5k more. Guess that shows current condition is not necessarily what makes it valuable, but what it could be. It’s a whole car, but could be a long way from drivable. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. SOLD AT $7,370. Not a bad price for a drag-car start. But a start is all the buyer BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP got. You supply the engine, transmission and (hopefully) parachute. Interesting that this drew more attention than many complete cars, but not terribly surprising given the Mopar-mad crowd here and several bidders’ interest in the other drag cars here. Fair deal in a vacuum, but an overpay compared to many other lots here. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #737-1971 DODGE D300 pickup. VIN: D31BE05104243. Tan/cream vinyl. Odo: 42,977 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver’s step worn more heavily than any other exterior panel. Exterior mirror hinges showing rust. Even spacing on cab lights. Underhood looks like it’s been quickly, lightly sand-blasted. Every painted surface exposes some metal. New master cylinder. Rusting, gnarled hole on cowl panel just outside of driver’s side hood hinge. Benchseat-bottom vinyl torn in multiple places. Dash in clean, legible condition. Flatbed in solid shape, including side rails. Red metal frame doesn’t complement anything on truck. Bright white wheels contrast nicely with shined-up tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $880. By the time this car appeared on the screen for buyers in the auction room, the crowd considerably thinned out. It’s cheap enough for a parts contributor or project foundation. If the buyer opts for the latter path, there isn’t a section of this car they can leave as-is. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #364-1989 DODGE DAKOTA pickup. VIN: 1B7FL69X2KS146220. White/black vinyl/ red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 91,089 miles. 3.9-L fuelinjected V6, auto. First year of Dakota Sport convertible production; it’s one of 2,482. Sitting at a weird angle, but tough to tell if that’s just the uneven field it’s sat in for years. Dent in bedside near gas door. Rear of front driver’s side fender dinged up and surfacerusted. Top in decent condition, with no holes. Bed tonneau cover in similar state. Interior is in remarkable condition. Velour seats still soft and hardly faded. Dash cover inscription reads “Fishy Man.” Gauges and dash controls still legible. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,358. I spoke with a gentleman about this truck for 30 minutes on the auction’s first day. As he hopped up and down, he mused aloud that he’d come back the next day and likely make a bid on this. I think it was the under-bed winch. Pretty sure that was his hand waving last. Not too many Dodge one-ton trucks make it to auction. Scouring classifieds around the country, it was a little surprising to see this is about the going rate. I expected this to be a bit of a deal, but it turns out to be marketcorrect. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #358-1972 DODGE CHARGER SE 2-dr hard top. VIN: WP29U2A204163. Gray/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,145 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Not a straight, solid panel on it. Driver’s door with deep dent near middle and gouge towards front into fender. Seats torn and covered in loose interior panels. Aftermarket tach strapped to steering column. Dirt and dust all over; not easy to breathe inside here. Wires bunched up and hanging down from dash near pedals. Four-barrel intake sitting in driver’s footwell. Engine block in short-block state—no intake or even heads to seal up the internals. Surface rust on every cylinder wall and lifter bore. Good luck salvaging that. Cond: 6+. 126 AmericanCarCollector.com race. It was still the parade car and awarded to the winner. But this is the badge-engineered twin of Mitsubishi’s 3000GT, with allwheel drive and turbos. I was surprised to see this car in that collection, but not this price. Right make, but wrong crowd. That along with the high miles makes this price as much as I thought it would get. Good deal. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #311-1995 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E2SV200276. Black/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 67,736 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. California insurance salvaged title, still needs Washington State Patrol inspection. The top was fully up, but ill fitting. The hood latched, but not fully shut. A bend on the passenger’s side the likely culprit. Rust on wheel studs and brakes show how much it’s moved recently. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $935. Reminded me of my brother’s ’88 Dakota, except cooler in any way a Dakota Sport can be cool. One of four 1989 Dakota Sport convertibles in the field. This tied for the most expensive, and it was in the best condition. Great deal on a weird little cul-de-sac in truck history. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #352-1992 DODGE STEALTH R/T Turbo coupe. VIN: JB3XE74C8NY012727. Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 197,440 miles. 3.0-L turbocharged V6, 5-sp. Bright blue paint from the ’90s really contrasts with surrounding cars and setting. Clean interior marred by dirty carpets. Pioneer audio head in place of factory stereo. Driver’s seat leather tearing at seams in a few spots. Rear seats perfect size for adults with no legs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,925. Am I cheating by calling this an American car to get it into an ACC market report? Sure, but it bothers me not. It didn’t bother Dodge or the organizers of the 1991 Indy 500, where this was to be featured, at least until the backlash from a crowd not thrilled with a foreign-made car pacing that SOLD AT $7,150. The oldest and cheapest of the four Vipers at the sale. Also easily in the roughest condition. Combine that with the pending WSP paperwork and it all starts to make sense. Still, I’m not sure how else to get into a complete Viper for under $7,500. Fair deal considering those two points. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #368-1995 DODGE RAM 3500 pickup. VIN: 1B7MC36W2SS181356. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 171,215 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, auto. Peeling clearcoat on tops of panels. Pine needles decomposing on cowl. Cab lights not spaced quite evenly. Interior as nice as most ’95s seen on usedcar lots today. That’s good considering this has sat in a field for years. Passenger’s door window and lock switch pulled out and just hanging by wiring. Dirty carpet, but only little stain on driver’s seat bottom. Last tagged in June 2008. Cond: 3.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL the garages, as this appeared as new as the 14 miles would indicate. Occasional polishing swirl marks in paint. A nick or slight chip here and there in the paint. Driver’s footwell dirtiest part of whole car—including undercarriage. Window sticker sitting on dash and temp tag (dated 11-0509) still stuck in back glass. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,100. MSRP was $19,144 on these trucks. Sure, that’s 22 years ago, but there is no sniffing a new full-size pickup anywhere near that price anymore. And this token price paid here was the bonus to the bidder who stuck through this long. No mention of its running condition, and those miles aren’t low, but I have to call this a good deal. A relatively modern one-ton pickup for just over a grand? I’d take a chance on that most every time. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #309-1999 DODGE VIPER RT/10 convertible. VIN: 1B3ER65E3XV504561. Red/ black leather. Odo: 14,561 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Title-branded rebuild. A nick or chip in paint here and there, nothing major, but won’t win you any points at Cars & Coffee. Light swirls throughout. Engine bay as dusty as some of the outbuildings on Snobar’s property. Interior better, but that’s relative. Shop-vac might come away with several pounds of dust. Console area behind parking brake cracked. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. It’s actually quite refreshing to see a Viper with six-digit mileage. I know this generation to be a fantastic road-trip car, and it seems a waste of a good car to not use it. But those miles are the main reason the consignor and buyers couldn’t come to an agreement. Plenty of these are available with far fewer miles—as of this writing eBay Motors showed four 2002 Vipers for sale ranging from $39k to $57k, all with 23k miles or under. There’s likely more money out there for this car, mostly due to its mileage-beating condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. #308-2004 DODGE VIPER SRT-10 convertible. VIN: 1B3JZ65Z14V100977. Black/ black canvas/gray suede & black leather. Odo: 6,087 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. “Title branded Totaled-Reconstructed.” Registered through March 2018. Paint as-new. Decent, consistent panel gaps. Exhaust tips don’t quite line up with outlets on sides. Deep grooves on driver’s side front brake disc. Clean interior—as 6k miles would indicate. Top in great condition. Rear tire tread a bit low compared to fronts. I wonder why... Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,850. Went for over double what the one-year-newer SS Camaro did just one lot earlier. Then again, this was a Mopar crowd and this only had 14 miles on it. Action went quick and it sold for over market value. Shall I mention the mileage again? The crowd loved it, and the placement in the auction lineup got bidders interested early. Third-highest-sold lot of the sale makes this well sold. I wonder how long until the new owner doubles that mileage. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. AMERICANA SOLD AT $19,800. Under-20k-mile Viper for under $20k? Why can’t we all get one? The title branding will scare some buyers off, but only because they don’t want a cheap way into a Viper. And they’re possibly thinking of future value. But this is best as a highway cruiser/tire burner, with little care for tomorrow. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #555-2002 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER6922V100962. Dark gray/black leather. Odo: 132,962 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Hood fit is good. Driver’s door sags when opened. Tough to close on first try. Surprisingly clean front end, with a few rock chips here and way over there. Slight fraying of seams on entry side of driver’s seat. Pioneer CD player replaces stock unit. No noted curbing of big, shiny chrome wheels. Cond: 2. #702-1976 AMC PACER hatchback. VIN: A6M667A3351148. Teal/white vinyl. Odo: 87,636 miles. 258-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Glass in good condition, but paint is nothing to write home about. Some trim in fine state and other pieces are dinged badly. Faculty Parking sticker in rear window—surprise, surprise. White door panels each cracked at top—driver’s side with chunk missing. Carpet worn through at driver’s footwell. Plates on car last tagged in 1988. Rear licenseplate frame faded to obscurity. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. I walked around this car several times looking for evidence as to why/where/how it was totaled. The techs did a decent job, as nothing stood out immediately. Hopefully that holds true at highway speeds. The newest of four Vipers in Snobar’s collection—also the nicest and with the lowest miles, so that is why it was the most expensive. If the buyer wasn’t looking for resale value down the road, this is a fairly cheap way into a legendary American name. James G. Murphy Co., Olympia, WA, 08/17. #303-2009 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T coupe. VIN: 2B3LJ54T59H643000. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 14 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Must have been in one of SOLD AT $1,322. Hipsters and the fading memories of “Wayne’s World” will keep Pacers in slight demand for the foreseeable future. A fair price. But I can’t say it was worth a whole lot more. It drove through the auction tent, and I didn’t witness too much fussing with it prior to starting, so the buyer got the better end of this deal. Mostly because not too many people were interested. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/17. A November-December 2017 127


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Rat Rod Grilles and Galaxie 500 Taillamps Need a rare emblem or trim piece? New Old Stock is the way to go, but be ready to pay #142462214648 NOS OEM 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 taillamp panel trim set and emblem. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Evansville, IN. 8/10/2017. “Up for auction is a NOS set of tail panel moldings with emblem for a 1963 Galaxie 500. They are brand-new, original Ford and in very nice condition. One of the larger panels has the small dent/ding as shown, and outside of that there are a few rubs as shown, but nothing too serious. This gives you the three aluminum components as shown along with the “500” emblem.” Sold at $1,136. Older chrome- and anodized-trim cars can be very expensive to restore. Trim can bring down a nice paint job if it’s tatty. If you’re repainting a car, it only makes sense to set if off as nicely as possible. Shelf wear and age means that sometimes even New Old Stock isn’t going to be perfect, as this set demonstrates. A good metal man can fix the dent, but not much can be done about the abrasions. I’m sitting on the fence with this one because depending on the color, the imperfection could shine like a beacon at night. #302403968471 1966–67 Chevy II, Nova, NOS taillight assemblies with new lenses. 3 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Graham, N.C. 8/13/2017 “You are bidding on a NOS pair of 1966–67 Nova or Chevy II taillight assemblies. One of them has a few scratches on the side. Look over the pictures. The other one is nice. Shipping on this item will run $14 within the continental U.S.” Sold at $608. This might seem like a lot of cash for small taillamps. For the aficionado, the details are what matters. Reproductions cost less, but the lenses won’t have “Guide” or any of the SAE markings seen on the originals. There are also differences in lens colors, depending on who made them. Some are too light when illuminated and are cherry colored instead of deep red. The scuff marks on one assembly are minor and were likely there from new. Will likely appear on a Nova SS 327 in the near future. Calling this one market-priced for new originals.” 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #1827130552 NOS 1970-74 Plymouth ’Cuda wheel opening moldings, set of 4. 4 photos. Item condition: new. eBay. Rochester, MN. 8/20/2017. “Here is a complete set of 4 NOS 1970–74 Plymouth ’Cuda wheel-opening moldings. Part numbers 2965368/29653 69/2965370/2965371. These have been wrapped up for years, and if I remember right, one or two do have some very light shelf wear from the wrappers crumbling away over the years. This is my last set. We all know how the repops fit, so if you need a complete set, here you go.” Sold at $711.61. I realize New Old Stock is the way to go for a top-drawer restoration, but some common sense is useful when buying these items. Shelf wear means used, no matter how you slice it. The seller’s comments about reproduction moldings is not accurate, as excellent reproduction moldings exist at less than half this price. I have appraised many restored Mopars. Items like these demonstrate how strong the market can be for original parts with high visibility factor. I have to say this set was well sold. makes sense if you’re building a Mustang to MCA concours standards. No harm done here, and the purists will love it. #132256789612 NOS pair of 1966 Mustang quarter-panel ornaments. 12 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Indianapolis, IN. 8/17/2017. “You are looking at a NOS pair of 1966 Ford Mustang quarterpanel ornaments. They are in the original box. The reason there is only one picture of the ornament is because the other box has never been opened. Very low opening bid with no reserve.” Sold at $80. With the abundance of reproduction ornaments available, does it make sense to pay double the going rate for these? They are genuine factory parts — and they are in a highly visible area. It


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#152672657689 Vintage Original 1934 Ford Grille Hot Rat Rod TROG 32-26 12 photos. Item condition: Used. Ebay. Sparks, NV. 8/26/017. “Vintage original 1934 Ford grille. It is in solid, straight condition. These are getting harder to come by in this condition. Please see all pictures. This would work great on that period project.” Sold at $1,275. For every vintage survivor street rod pulled intact out of some musty garage, there are three times as many cars missing cool pieces like this grille. Crusty coolness is in, which explains why it sold for hearty money. I’m not sure what kind of staying power rat rods have, but for now, demand is strong. Price paid was market because it had the right kind of wear. No pitting or rust, because it was from Nevada. #162643093285 Ford, Chevrolet, Mopar, Original ACCEL Super Coil. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Mount Jackson, VA. 8/30/2017. “This is an almost-new ACCEL Super Coil. It was only used once and for a very short time. If you buy this from me and you are not happy, please return it for a full refund, plus all your shipping.” Sold at $16.25. decal, and the tan top is in good shape. Very solid deal for the right buyer. Sometimes you just stumble across a great deal. Building a retro street machine and you’re looking for that ideal late-1970s speed part? A Super Coil was THE distributor to have under the hood. That bumble-bee-yellow can that looked like it was ripped out of the nearest hydro transformer station said “power.” Add that to your set of new yellow-jacket wires, and you were ready to blast off. This one still has the chrome foil The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! November-December 2017 129


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JUNKYARDTREASURES C.L. Chase: Crushing Cars is Not in His Blood 1966 Plymouth barracuda: body solid, back window complete, bring your own engine The owner of this towing/salvage business will keep a junker until it’s out of usable parts Story and photos by Phil Skinner back on the road during a winter’s storm. Chase was born and raised in the area, and his first love is hooking and cooking, I but a close second is his love of vintage cars. Spread out over several dozen acres, his salvage business caters to some late-model cars, but the real treasures are with the 1,500 or so vintage vehicles that he will not allow to be crushed as long as there are any worthwhile parts that can be sold. We found quite a few very desirable vintage passenger Detailing What: C.L. Chase Towing and Recovery Hours: Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturdays by appointment. Towing services are always available. Where: W10416 County Road C, Camp Douglas, WI 54618 cars on the property — and some interesting commercial vehicles that could be the basis for a restoration or a rodding project. Chase is a friendly sort of yard owner, as long as you make contact with him before exploring the facility. He has been known to run off some parts hunters who failed to get permission before entering the yard. Several neighbors help him keep an eye on the property. Even though we had talked with Chase before our ex- Phone: (608) 427-6734 Web: www.clchasetowing. com pedition, one neighbor called and let him know there were strangers in his Field of Dreams. Once he verified who we were and that everything was okay, the fun continued. I say “fun” because you never know what you might find here. 130 AmericanCarCollector.com f you stop in Camp Douglas, WI, and find someone with a big rig, chances are he knows C.L. Chase. Chase’s towing company has helped many truckers in the area at one time or another. No, he doesn’t come out and jump a battery or change a tire, but his selfbuilt, heavy-duty tow rigs have pulled thousands of trucks out of accidents or Solid and complete, this 1957 Chevrolet 3800-series ambulance would make a great candidate for restoration There were a surprising number of cars from the 1950s, including several sought-after orphan makes and mainstream collectibles. Several vintage buses — some we could not even identify — were seen. Rarely seen professional cars, especially ambulances, were in good numbers. Wisconsin is Rust Belt territory, and there were plenty of cars where the metal-eating termites had a feast, but we also found many cars that were relatively solid. The brush can get a bit high in the summer, and we did encounter some blood-sucking mosquitos. Chase said fall and spring are the best times to visit. Be sure to wear parts-expedition clothing and footwear — and be sure to bring along some bug repellent! A


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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 1948 Buick Super convertible 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top Rallye Green & white stripes/black. 94,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers matching, rebuilt original DZ302, M20 4-speed, PS, PB, ZL2 hood, standard interior, gauges and console. Nut-and-bolt restoration, one respray since new. very clean #2 condition. Contact Charles, Ph: 206.427.9606, email: cottageblue@msn.com. (WA) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko coupe WANTED FOR SERIOUS PRIVATE COLLECTOR: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. Preferably LeMans Blue or Daytona Yellow, with 4-speed. Must be 100% real car with matching numbers, known history and professional restoration or original condition. Ph: 860.690.9630,email: cars@jonathansierakowski.com. (MA) 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 2-dr hard top Sea Foam Green/tan leather. Stunning body-off restoration; equipped with 3-speed transmission, power seats, power windows and power top and original AM radio. Complete with handbook and manual, runs and drives beautifully. $79,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/ detail/1317-buick-super-convertible.html. (CA) 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina 2-dr hard top S/N C856H10768. Sandalwood & Sun Beige/Sandalwood & Sun Beige leather. 62,300 miles. V8, automatic. Factory 317 ci, 4-barrel carburetor, Hydramatic. Low miles, drives nice, overall very good condition. Professional repaint in 2006, much trim rechromed/buffed. Newer Coker radial tires. Original nice matching leather interior. Comes with lots of literature, sales brochures, etc. No PS or PB, clock does not work. Have 2012 appraisal for $28k. Owned 11 years. Located in Portland with ’56 Oregon license plates. $24,000 OBO. Contact Tim, Ph: 971.279.5878. Email: twgodfrey@ hotmail.com (OR) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com Signet Gold/black. 80,604 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. This GTO is a real 4-speed HO car. One of 1,591 HO convertibles built in 1967. Drivetrain is NOM, but engine was rebuilt to HO 360-hp specs. Full body-off rotisserie restoration in 2005, with less than 1,000 miles since. PS, PB with front discs and tilt wheel. $80,000 OBO. Contact David, Email: dpilkins@yahoo.com (VA) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro convertible Red/black. 2,000 miles. V8, 3-sp manual. Beautiful base-model Camaro that has undergone a recent refurbishment. Fresh S/N 136370K185271. Cranberry Red/black. 4,005 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 454-ci big-block engine, M22, Posi rear end with two original and verified build sheets, built at Kansas City Leeds plant, documented by Rick Nelson and complete owner history. Cowl-Induction, bucket seats, center console, power steering and front disc brakes. Contact Richard, Ph: 503.577.8226, email: richmaloney@aol.com. (TX) S/N 242176K11533. Canary Yellow/black. V8, automatic. With a/c, manual-crank windows and retro radio. $33,000 OBO. Bowie Culverts LLC. Contact Jeff, Ph: 940.733.6390, email: jwt@3texploration. com. (TX) 1967 Pontiac GTO HO convertible paint, all-new chrome, new carpet, new seats and top. 327 with manual transmission. Runs and drives great, with full documentation going back to 1968. Bought from original owner. Rebuilt motor and trans. Can be driven anywhere. No rust issues, frame, floors, trunk, etc. in excellent shape. $28,500 OBO. Contact John, Ph: 201.317.4073, email: jrodimer@aol. com. (NJ) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-dr hard top 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible S/N 34467M151955. Saturn Gold/white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. One of 1,096 automatic convertible 442s. Survivor with 65% original paint, top and interior. Numbers-matching block and transmission. Highly documented with window sticker, broadcast sheets and more. A host of options: a/c, tach, tilt, PW, PS, power top, AM-FM stereo, 8-track and dual-gate shifter. Drives like new. $47,500 OBO. Contact Jason, Ph: 414.688.0604. Email: jstrits@sbcglobal.net Web: goo.gl/photos/ MUJXfAvGJEn37gv18 (WI) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am coupe Black/tan. 2,879,159,334 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. 6.6-L (403-ci), 4-bbl carb, manual trans., W72 package, WS6 package, Pontiac Historical Society documentation. Extensive history/documentation including window sticker, contract application, original 10-day temporary permit, copies of titles and sales of the car, repair orders dating back to 1979, log book kept by owner in the ’80s; original warranty info with original owner’s name and original owner’s manual. $30,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608. Email: craigbas77@gmail.com (TX) 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass 2-dr sedan S/N 446370H214819. Brown/saddle. 600 miles. V8, 3-sp manual. One of 16 built with these options, total frame-off restoration, numbers correct, only 600 miles since rebuild. Stage 1 with loads of power. the 3-speed on the floor is truly a rush, as it is so long in second gear. Engine built by professional speed shop. I give it a 4-plus on a scale of 1 to 5. $60,000 OBO. Contact Jeff, Ph: 920.420.2248, email: ra@centurytel.net. (WI) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-dr hard top 78,000 miles. In same family since new. Pristine original condition, garaged. Olds 4-bbl V8, fully equipped. No disappointments. $12,900 OBO. Contact Sam, Ph: 706.335.6441, email: thurmondofficemgr@ gmail.com. (GA) CORVETTE 1955 Chevrolet Corvette 265/195 roadster S/N VE55S001661. Gypsy Red/light beige. V8, 3-sp manual. V8 (265/195), rare 3-speed transmission, NCRS Top Flight, 1,200 miles since complete frame-off restoration. Excellent interior and top. Fun to drive. Contact Rodger, Ph: 971.227.1753, email: dwights@cbbmail.com. (OR) 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N E57S101498. Black/red. V8, 3-spd


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Showcase Gallery manual. 283/270 hp, 3-speed. NCRS Top Flight (2016). Ownership history back to 1968. Two tops (hard top unrestored). Two sets of wheels and tires. Judging sheets available. Send email for photo gallery. Contact Jim, Ph: 253.845.3975, email: james.shepherd7@comcast.net. (WA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible Hurst 4-speed. Originally black, of course. In a Shelby collection for many years, beautifully maintained. $135,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) MOPAR 1964½ Plymouth Savoy Lightweight Race 426 Hemi Cross Ram 2-dr sedan S/N 30867S118349. Red/red. 94,790 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/340-hp with manual trans. Matching numbers and meticulously cared for. Comes with both hard and soft tops. Loads of history and paperwork and a blast to drive. $49,500 OBO. Mark V Motors LLC. Contact Dustin, Ph: 315.271.7828. Email: markvmotors@aol.com (NY) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194676S118937. Sebring Silver/silver leather. 27,588 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300 hp “CE”, black top. Options: headrests, AM/FM, power antenna, telescopic column, side exhaust, knockoffs, Goldline radials. 1991 stunning body-off restoration and 2012 show-quality repaint. Everything works properly and the car is a delight to drive and show. $64,900 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 317.490.3418. Email: greg@ esmindy.com (IN) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 coupe S/N 1G1YR26R195800499. Cyber Grey Metallic/Dark Titanium. 7,340 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Incredible Corvette ZR1 supercar in showroom condition, featuring an LS9 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. Includes all options: carbon fiber throughout, heated seats, in-dash CD/DVD/navigation, Onstar system, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bose seven-speaker stereo system, memory package, remote, luggage shade, climate control, head-up display and includes original documents and accessories. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/397. (CA) FOMOCO 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback S/N 3141246868. White/red. 218 miles. V8, automatic. 1964-1/2 factory Lightweight Hemi Savoy. Shown in the 2006 Mopar Performance calendar (copy goes to buyer) and acknowledged by Mopar experts (Galen Govier and others, in Davis book) as a top-tier car. This rare car is a time capsule. Two Govier authentications, window sticker, original fender tag and copy for shows. Infrequently raced in the early to mid-’60s in the Midwest as the “Hemi Harvester“ but never fully caged, tubbed or cut up. First-class restoration by top restorer Scott Tiemann upon its sale to a major collector. 1990 to date largely spent in two well-maintained collections. It has won its class and/ or Best of Show at many major West Coast Mopar shows and high-level concours and is acknowledged by Mopar experts as the best seen. Never abused and used little, its floors and unibody are factory original and straight. Factory-original K-head engine, correct wiring, optional front American Mags and steel rears with period M&H slicks. Car has unique and rare parts. The original lightweight Corning rear window, perfect Plexiglas side windows. Body including all the ORIGINAL aluminum is flawless and has all the ORIGINAL lightweight pieces including alloy hinges, brackets, lightweight front bumper, etc. Body and engine have correct factory build markings and paint swatches. Engine and trans are refreshed. The first of the factory Mopar Super Stocks. Will sell together with the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Super Stock. A package of the first and the last factory Mopar Super Stocks. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail. com (CA) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top S/N BO29M8B299131. Black/V8, February of 1968 build, #75 of total run of mixed SS Dart and Barracudas. Largely unused from new. Never caged or tubbed, thus from ’70 on it was not allowed to run by NHRA due to no cage. Unibody, floors and torque boxes not twisted or bent like A-bodies that were raced without a cage. Original black rear carpet under large rear window unfaded, floors have factory primer, no rust and original taillight plastic perfect. History from 1980 known, but ’68 delivery to ’80 unknown. Apparently, car was stored. 8¾ diff with factory heavy-duty drag axle remain. Owned by the Hemi Club president for many years. In magazines and pictured painted yellow in Hemi book prior to complete black-paint restoration. Also featured post-restoration in Mopar 2006 calendar. Very correct, has won many shows and concours, in #1 condition and needs nothing. Correct date-coded wiring, original blue coil. Hidden MSD 6 ignition replaced dead blue-box ignition, but have original unit. Period-correct SW oil and temp gauges and correct Jones mechanical tach. Brakecylinder bores stainless bushed, correct Hurst dual gate shifter (rare and expensive), interior excellent, period 2 1/8-inch Hooker headers now ceramic-coated, dual three-inch stainless track exhaust added for 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi BO 29 Super Stock racer shows. Car used only for show after restoration. Car now has NOS Keystone mags (used on Sox & Martin cars) with correctsize Goodyear slicks. Full set of 1970 dated Centerlines with Firestone slicks originally on car are included. Many spare parts acquired over the years available. For serious Mopar collectors. Will package with 64½ Savoy Lightweight, which is the best of the best. Own the first and last of the SS Hemi Mopars. Hemis don’t get any better than these iconic cars. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail.com (CA) AMERICANA 1955 Packard 400 mock convertible coupe Cream & tan/cream & copper. 75,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. Three owners. Restored in 2008, won Best in Class in first show in 2009, driven sparingly since. Gorgeous car, PW, PS, PS, PB, AT. No rust, runs and drives excellent, needs nothing, hop in and take to a show. This is not a convertible but made to look like one. $27,499 OBO. AutoArcheologist.com. Contact Dave, Ph: 860.398.1732. Email: Dave@AutoArcheologist.com Web: www. AutoArcheologist.com (CT) A S/N WH23F8G173967. Sunfire Yellow/white. 58,257 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Documented with its broadcast sheet and driven 58,000 original miles, recent repaint in the original color Sunfire Yellow, paired with white top and interior. 318 V8, 2-barrel carburetor and factory air conditioning, dual exhaust and radiator stripping to reveal the brass upper tank. New water pump, valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gasket and thermostat. $29,900. Contact Richard, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo.com. This is without question the best-driving GT350 ever in our inventory. 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Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 134 AmericanCarCollector.com 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) 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) houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General California Car Cover Company. 800-423-5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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— 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 Ideal Classic Cars. 855-324-0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price. We have you covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA)


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unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars. net (FL) tered 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 Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) 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 Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800-668-3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ’59 Volkswagen Beetle classic auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the East Coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. 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. 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: McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. 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 info@sundayautotransport.com Collection Management 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. RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Your documentation represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value — yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources — all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/ACC. Corvette Parts & Restoration 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) Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve en- Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schemat- Zip Products. 800-962-9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale 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) ics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) FOLLOW ACC November-December 2017 135


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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 Events—Concours, Car Shows Leasing-Finance 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. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) 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! Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404-237-2633. June 1–3, 2018 A 3-day hijinx competitive rally, 1-mile driver time trial and juried Contest of Elegance for Champions and Heroes (race cars through 1974) from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com, www.rmacham- pionsandheroes.com (CA) 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) 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) drop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General 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) 136 AmericanCarCollector.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) Museums Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog, call 800-888-8637 (CA) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic back- Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and


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pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com (AR) vided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: Restoration—General 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have pro- Advertisers Index Alan Taylor Company, Inc ................... 14 American Car Collector ..................... 129 Autosport Groups .............................. 103 Barrett-Jackson ................................... 19 Barrett-Jackson ................................. 107 Camaro Central ................................... 85 CarCapsule USA ............................... 101 Carlisle Events ..................................... 17 Chevs of the 40’s ................................ 75 Corvette America ................................4-5 CoverCar Concepts ........................... 121 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............ 119 EMS Automotive ................................ 123 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 33 Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208.755.3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: “Casablanca,” staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, was one of the greatest films ever produced. Re-released in 1946, it gave relief to a nation that had endured years of hardship. The film far exceeded the expectations at Warner Bros., as filming began before the cobbled-together script was completed. The 1946 poster with artwork by Luigi Martinati measured 55 inches by 78 inches, and it might well be the only example still in existence. Heritage, at their movie poster auction held on July 29–30 of this year, sold the poster for an astonishing $478,000, including the buyer’s premium. Here are a few more finds that caught our eye as we wound down from a hectic week at Pebble Beach. EBAY #202009839098— 1914 ARKANSAS LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 27. SOLD AT: $5,288. Date sold: 8/14/2017. The 1914 Arkansas plate is hard to find, as it is rumored that you had to turn in your 1914 plate in order to receive the 1915. Even so, this is a bunch for a rusty plate. The seller offered the other in the set, which was far worse, selling it for $2,650. Okay, that’s almost eight grand for a pair of rusty plates. I like license plates, but… EBAY #302318017593— ORIGINAL 1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J INSTRUCTION BOOK. Number of bids: Buy-ItNow. SOLD AT: $1,500. Date sold: 9/1/2017. This little booklet was in excellent condition and was full of all kinds of useful Duesenberg information. A deep and narrow market, but if you have the car, then you need this. Expensive, but nothing compared to the cost of an actual Duesie. EBAY #382181186689— 1947 COCA-COLA STOCK-CAR RACING WOOD SIGN. Number of bids: 23. SOLD AT: $715.01. Date sold: 8/6/2017. This was a hand-painted wood sign with a Coke button on each end. It announced stock-car racing on Saturday night, and this was still in the era when the drivers were wild and woolly. It had a paper label on the back that mentioned the company that made the sign. The real deal for not a lot of money. EBAY #192285950588— CARROLL SHELBY-SIGNED VISOR WITH COA. Number of bids: 6. SOLD AT: $610. Date sold: 9/1/2017. Carroll Shelby signed anything and everything, so his autographs are not that valuable or difficult to find. He is no longer with us, so they will be harder to find as time goes on. A cool display piece — especially if your ride is one of his products. 138 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #82191679567— SIGNED HENRY AND EDSEL FORD PHOTOGRAPH AND 1939 FORD LETTER. Number of bids: 43. SOLD AT: $985.50. Date sold: 8/20/2017. This letter and signed photograph were presented to Howard and Lewis Motor Sales of Rhode Island for selling more than 100 new Ford cars in the month of May 1939. They were presented in an attractive frame and were in exceptional condition. Now, Ford guys are not known for squandering their funds, but this was worth every penny. A cool piece. EBAY #132286800147— 1939 RPM MICKEY MOUSE TIN SIGN. Number of bids: 45. SOLD AT: $2,198. Date sold: 8/20/2017. The seller did not know what he had, as these were actually tire advertising inserts. They were a series of four or five tin inserts that were done for RPM Motor Oil and they all featured Walt Disney characters. This one was in great condition and sold for a below-market price. Have fun finding the rest of the set. EBAY #162618997096 —TEXACO COMPLETE LUBRICATION SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of bids: 38. SOLD AT: $2,183.77. Date sold: 8/20/2017. This large, colorful sign measured 60 inches by 39 inches and was in decent condition, with some edge wear. There are many excellent reproductions on the market, so you are sending your money and taking your chances. From the pictures, all looked well here, but pictures can be deceiving. It’s a shame that everything is now so very suspect. A