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Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN, June 22–23

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GAA, Greensboro, NC, July 26–28

Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, August 23

Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 23–25

Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, August 23–25

Bonhams, Carmel, CA, August 24

Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, August 24–25

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42 CAR COLLECTOR ’57 Fuelie: Good Buy or Great Buy, It All Comes Down to Originality AMERICAN Hefty Car at a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible, $129k ™ Softening Price Buy the Numbers $106k November–December 2018 READERS’ FORUM Where’s the Market Love for 1967–72 Ford Trucks? www.AmericanCarCollector.com CHEAP THRILLS The Lowest-Bid Buy at Each Monterey Auction Keith Martin’s


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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7 • Issue 42 • November–December 2018 The Scoop CORVETTE 1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 FUELIE $106k / Bonhams It’s all about the numbers with this Fuelie — Brett Hatfield Page 50 GM 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR NOMAD $63k / Bonhams Is this iconic wagon slowing down, or are values secure? — Dale Novak Page 52 Eight Sales That Define the Market MOPAR 1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-DR HARD TOP $30k / RM Auctions Driver-level GTX at under-the-market money — Tom Glatch Page 56 FoMoCo 1969 SHELBY GT500 CONVERTIBLE $129k / Bonhams A softer market for the softer Shelby? — Sam Stockham Page 54 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD “404 JR.” ROADSTER $324k / RM Sotheby’s Great history, fantastic restoration, and a nice price — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1912 FORD MODEL T TOURING $5k / RM Auctions Dirt-cheap dirty car, but will there be future interest in it? — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 60 1952 HUDSON HORNET 6 NASCAR RACER $1.3m / Worldwide Placing a value on a piece of American racing history — Thor Thorson Page 62 TRUCK 1969 CHEVROLET C-10 PICKUP $40k / GAA Top of the line and top of the market — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 64 Cover photo: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie Courtesy of Bonhams 1952 Hudson Hornet 6 NASCAR racer, p. 62 Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers November–December 2018 9


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COLUMNS 12 Torque: Modifying the future — Jim Pickering The Rundown 42 Cheap Thrills: The 2018 Monterey Minimal-Money Menagerie — B. Mitchell Carlson 44 Horsepower: Perhaps you should think thrice on that Tri-Five Chevy project — Jay Harden 46 On the Road: Why own a muscle car you never drive? — Elana Scherr 48 On the Market: Are diesels collectible? — John L. Stein 138 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: The Life: Vespa; MOPAR Muscle, Barracuda, Dart and Valiant; The Don Edmunds Story, and Camaro 5th Gen: How to Build and Modify — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics: 1968 Shelby GT350 H Mustang fastback — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots 1: Kicking tires at the Saleen Club of America meet in Charlotte, NC — Sam Stockham 28 Snapshots 2: A look inside Steve’s Auto Restorations — Jim Pickering 104 Glovebox Notes 1: 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody — Jim Pickering 122 Market Moment 1: 1984 CMC Tiffany Gold Edition coupe — Chad Taylor 125 Market Moment 2: 1982 Pontiac Trans Am KITT — Jim Pickering 127 Glovebox Notes 2: Superformance Corvette Grand Sport Coupe — Jim Pickering 130 Junkyard Treasures: B&T Auto Salvage in Caldwell, ID — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 24 Cool Stuff: Miscellaneous must-haves 32 Wrenching: Replacing weatherstripping in ACC’s ’66 Mustang 40 Readers’ Forum: When will Ford trucks have their day in the market? 68 Buy It Now: 1989–95 Ford Taurus V6 SHO — Chad Tyson 126 One to Watch: 1992–96 Ford Bronco SUV — 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 66 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and where to find an audience — Chad Tyson 70 Russo and Steele — Monterey, CA Russo and Steele’s waterfront auction sells 106 of 201 lots for $8.5m — Brett Hatfield 80 Lucky Auctions — Tacoma, WA Lucky’s Fall Classic 2018 brings in over $1m on 82 lots sold — Daren Kloes 86 Mecum — Monterey, CA Mecum’s Daytime Auction pulls $46m from 362 vehicles sold — B. Mitchell Carlson 98 Twin Cities Auction — St. Paul, MN Back to the 50’s auction sells $1.5m on 93 of 172 lots — B. Mitchell Carlson 112 Roundup Highlights from GAA in Greensboro, NC; Lucky in Tacoma, WA; and Gooding & Company, RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Worldwide sales from the Monterey Peninsula — Carl Bomstead, Joseph T. Seminetta, Michael Leven, Travis Shetler, Mark Moskowitz, John Boyle, Jeff Trepel and Larry Trepel


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Torque Jim Pickering just feel more complete. That X-factor is something that’s hard A Modified Future I spent some quality wheel time in ACC’s ’66 Mustang this month, and it’s a great driver — there’s something special about a car that’s never been blown apart from new. Cars like this to describe, but if you’ve ever restored a car and found that your shiny, perfect classic isn’t really a car anymore when it’s done, but rather is a collection of parts that fit together into the shape of a car, you know what I’m talking about. That last bit of a restoration can be the hardest part of the process. Making a car seem whole again — and function like it did when it was actually new — is an art unto itself, and it’s getting harder to find people who really know how an original is supposed to feel. That’s why cars like our Mustang are special, and it’s why they should remain as stock as we can keep them. Once they’re apart, cleaned up, and back together again, chances are they won’t feel the same out on the road. Not necessarily bad, just different. So, along those lines, “stock or bust” is a good goal for those of us with mostly original drivers in the garage. Factory-spec ’66 Mustangs, ’56 Nomads, ’12 Model Ts and ’69 C-10s — all of which you can read about in this issue — are vital for the future of the car hobby. But just as important — if not more important right now — are the cars that have been modified. Aftermarket party As I write this and finish up the edits for this issue of ACC, I’m also planning my trip to this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas. That show takes up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center, filling it with anything and everything available in the automotive aftermarket. It’s massive, which is a great sign of the health of the car hobby in an overall sense. This is where we go to see new emerging trends, as well as new products that can be applied to our old cars. From polishes to modern wiring to brake conversions or fuelinjection kits, SEMA is always a learning experience. You might also note that SEMA is full of young faces — particularly outside the halls, as it takes special credentials to get inside the building. The outside is an open car show, complete with drifting on a closed-off 12 AmericanCarCollector.com course and hundreds of modified classics, imports, trucks and more, all serving as camera-phone fodder and Instagram material. It seems like SEMA has everything. But the things you’ll find missing here, at least in any measurable amount, are bone-stock classics. Trends and time ACC Auction Editor Chad Tyson says that people will always gravitate toward the music they listened to when they came of age, which he says is the reason classic rock is still viable radio content. I think the same thing is true for cars, and car trends, as well. That’s why muscle cars shot up in value in the 1980s, as their nostalgic owners matured and started making money. It’s also partially why classic trucks are following suit — these were a go-to in the 1990s for young car people who didn’t have the cash in hand to buy the hot, traditional muscle that had hit the value stratosphere. Those of us who are willing to overlook old-car quirks have sentimentality as a reason to do so. We were young in these cars when they were the hot trend. Today’s young What do we lose and what do we gain when we install modern parts in our old cars? Chad Taylor Bone-stock is not a condition you’re likely to see at Las Vegas’ SEMA exhibition, but if modern mods still maintain some original character, what’s the harm? people don’t share that same sentimentality for these older cars. This is how Grandpa’s old base-level Mustang ends up spending a decade in the garage. But if you take that same ’66 Mustang, add in a Coyote 5.0, a T56 6-speed, Baer brakes and rack-and-pinion steering, you’ve got an example of what we see at SEMA, and in the viewfinder of so many young people’s iPhones outside the exhibit halls. That’s no original Mustang, but a col- lection of parts. Is it worth the loss of that X-factor to inspire a new car person to build one of their own, using some of those modern steering, brake and engine parts? I think so. No, it won’t be stock, but hopefully it’ll retain some of that original character I love about our old Mustang. Hopefully it’ll keep the flame burning beyond the traditional sentimentality that drives our market today — and hopefully it’ll drive some of these new enthusiasts to experience an original, and let it speak to them the way our Mustang speaks to me. Who knows, maybe they’ll even drive it with classic rock on the radio dial. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let Us Know About Your Events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Remembering Road Maps at the AACA In today’s world of Google Maps on our Bob Ashton, courtesy of Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals American Muscle Storms the Windy City The show season is not complete until you’ve seen all 500 top-notch muscle cars at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals on November 17 and 18. The event takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago, IL. The feature for 2018 is the Scat Pack vs. Rapid Transit System Invitational, with rare examples — and several one-off creations — from Dodge and Plymouth. The event also hosts the Corvette Triple Diamond Showcase and Competition, celebrates the Oldsmobile W-31, and the anniversary of the 1968 Hurst Hemis, and will be showing some love to the Buick GSX with the GSX-Tacy Invitational. Don’t miss the seminars, celebrities and live music. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 17 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 18. The full list of attractions can be found at www. mcacn.com. (IL) phones and GPS built into our cars, the long-standing tradition of reading a map has all but disappeared. The AACA Museum in conjunction with the Road Map Collectors Association is honoring and preserving that history with their current Remembering Road Maps Display. Maps of Route 66, special events, cruising guides and gas station maps will all be featured. In addition, the exhibit will focus on the varying art and style of maps through the decades. The display opened on September 1 and runs into next year. The AACA museum is located in Hershey, PA, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more about this exhibit and all the others exhibits at www. aacamuseum.org. (PA) Best of the Aftermarket On October 30 through November 2, the Bill Rothermel A Celebration of Motoring The 10-day extravaganza known as the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and Motoring Festival returns to the Southeast October 26 through November 4. The party starts in Savannah, GA, with the Savannah Speed Classic on October 26. Attention then turns to Hilton Head, SC, where automobiles and aviation are celebrated with parties and shows, including the Car Club Showcase on November 3. ACC Publisher Keith Martin is the emcee for the weekend. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, he is hosting a seminar about the market with Ken Gross, Mark Hyman and Peter Mullin. The conclusion of the week is the gathering of 200 pristine cars and motorcycles for the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule and tickets, visit www.hhiconcours.com. (SC) 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Las Vegas Convention Center will be rockin’ with thousands of custom-car aficionados viewing the world’s best over-the-top car creations at SEMA. Features will include vintage off-roaders, muscle cars and street rods. The new-products section is one of the highlights of the event, as it’s a sneak peak at all the cutting-edge tools and parts that will be taking the aftermarket scene by storm. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 30 through November 1 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 2. You’ll need to be involved with the auto industry to attend, as it isn’t open to the public. Find all the details at www.semashow.com. (NV)


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Last year: 62/147 cars sold / $919k Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: November 30–December 1 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Los Angeles, CA When: December 8 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured car: • Star Car: 1962 Ed Roth Mysterion replica Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 at Leake’s Dallas, TX, auction SEPTEMBER GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: November 1–3 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 352/560 cars sold / $10.2m Featured cars: • 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II • 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS • 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T VanDerBrink Where: Humble, TX When: November 10 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: November 15–17 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 284/448 cars sold / $6.6m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 • 1969 Shelby GT500 • 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible Mecum Where: Las Vegas, NV When: November 15–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 556/896 cars sold / $22.2m Featured cars: • 1930 Cord L-29 cabriolet • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible • 1954 Hudson Hornet Brougham convertible 16 AmericanCarCollector.com McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: November 16–18 Web: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 321/503 cars sold / $6.1m Featured cars: • 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible • 1968 Ford Mustang California Special coupe • 1931 Chrysler CD phaeton Dan Kruse Classics Where: Houston, TX When: November 24 Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 6–8 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 389/589 cars sold / $8.2m Featured cars: • 1941 Plymouth PT125 pickup • 1950 Oldsmobile 98 2-door sedan • 1929 Ford Model A roadster Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 7–8 Web: www.raleighclassic.com Featured cars: • 1950 Buick Super convertible • 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible • 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V A by Chad Tyson Star Car: 1962 Ed Roth Mysterion replica at RM Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, CA


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7, Number 6 November–December 2018 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 Auction Editor Chad Tyson Senior Data Editor Chad Taylor Editor at Large Jay Harden Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dave Tomaro The highest-selling American car in Monterey — or at any public auction, for that matter: a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ that crossed the block at $22m Monterey from Top to Bottom, and More N issue.A early $400m was spent on collector cars in Monterey this year, with 1,389 offered for sale. While the highest-priced American car was a 1935 Duesenberg SSJ that brought $22m, there were bargains during the weekend as well. B. Mitchell Carlson sniffed out the least-expensive ones in his “Cheap Thrills” column on p. 42; I wish I’d been there when the ’94 Viper RT/10 crossed the block at Worldwide and sold for $31,900. Should you build your own Tri-Five now or wait a few years and buy one already done? Jay Harden gives you his thoughts on p. 44. And find out why other readers think that Ford trucks trail Chevys in the market on p. 40. Do you agree with their thoughts? The ACC 1966 Mustang project car gets new weatherstripping in this month’s “Wrenching” feature, and we have some thoughts on Steve Saleen and the future of his brand on p. 26. Just as with Monterey, there is something for everyone in this Dan Grunwald Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel Contributors Carl Bomstead Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson: erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector. com Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox: cheryl.cox@AmericanCar Collector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer: jessi.kramer@AmericanCar Collector.com 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: susan.loeb@AmericanCar Collector.com 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 For the more budget-conscious, check out B. Mitchell Carlson’s “Cheap Thrills” column on p. 42 for such buys as this $32k 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 18 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 © 2018 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge B. Mitchell Carlson John Draneas Michael Pierce Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton The Life: Vespa by Eric Dregni, Motorbooks, 240 pages, $2.02, Amazon One of the slight, almost weightless books from Motorworks’ “The Life” series, this history of the Vespa takes you from concept to lifestyle in the world of mass transportation Euro motor scooters. Supported by plenty of charming vintage photos, Vespa recounts the history of scooters, which by definition were something less than motorcycles, available to everyone (especially women) to ride for work or for pleasure. It’s a great tale of utili- tarian demand that wound up being embraced as club and cult, with plenty of added decoration changing the basics of transportation into tribalism on two wheels. Mods and Rockers all looked silly when you get right down to it, but the Mods, with their ornately decorated scooters were a direct response to the Hell’s Angels. Sadly, the text by Dregni is awkward, and the topic needs a much better chronicler. Lineage: ( is best) The Saga of Rotten Red: The Don Edmunds Story by Paul Weisel Jr., 192 pages, $35, vintagemotorbooks.com Don Edmunds is one of the unsung heroes of motorsports. From his days in a Midget as a driver, leading to his Rookie of the Year performance in the 1957 Indianapolis 500, to his long years working for and with the best in the business during the middle of the last century, Edmunds seemed to be everywhere. His firm, Autoresearch, built and/ or worked on everything from Midgets to Indy cars, the famous Cheetah, Formula Vee and even Speedway motorcycles. Along the way, he worked with the best in the business, from Bill Stroppe to Eddie Kuzma to Frank Kurtis. Paul Weisel has created a wonderful kitchen-table history of Edmunds in The Saga of Rotten Red, and you should do whatever it takes to get your hands on a copy. Lineage: Fit and finish: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability: MOPAR Muscle: Barracuda, Dart & Valiant by Marc Cranswick, Veloce, 170 pages, $37.42, Amazon If you add enough little pebbles to a pile, you can wind up creat- ing a pretty big wall, stout enough to save a city. Likewise, keep adding a bit of horsepower to a nondescript Plymouth Valiant and you get a muscle car. And then you get a Barracuda. As the short muscle-car era came and went, so too did the econoboxes of the Plymouth division, and what had been sensible grocerygetters turned into high-horsepower, high-adrenaline street-light racers, which turned into amazing drag racers and even Trans-Am competitors. Marc Cranswick takes a look at the choices, the cars and the competition in his examination of MOPAR muscle from 1960 to 1980. It’s a readable, fun ride. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Camaro 5th Gen: How to Build and Modify by Scott Parker, CarTech, 192 pages, $23.15, Amazon When the Camaro disappeared from GM’s sales sheets in 2002, I would wager there weren’t a lot of tears shed. It was well past its freshness date, and needed to go. But when they reintroduced a prototype replacement in 2006, the 5thgeneration Camaro created a lot of buzz. Little appeared to change when the car finally hit showrooms in 2010, and yet everything had changed except a renewed belief in the brand. What came out was a wide range of options that make the 5th Gen a contender on the street, on the strip or on the track, from amateur to pro events. Scott Parker takes a look at all the ways you can improve your Camaro for whatever your needs are and for whatever venue. Clear and specific, it’s a good resource.


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Classic Corvette Wiring American Autowire has your C2 Corvette wiring needs covered, especially if your car has been modified. Their 1963–67 Chevrolet Corvette Classic Update Wiring System comes with plenty of wire for stock or custom routing, new headlight, dimmer and ignition switches, and a new compact ATO-style fuse panel. It’s designed to work with stock components as well as most aftermarket items. Check it out at www.americanautowire.com for $1,099. Sound for Your Square RetroSound’s 1973–85 Chevy Truck Kick Panels solve a problem many classictruck owners face: where to put a set of speakers inside the cab. These kick panels are injection-molded and are designed to house a 6.5-inch speaker. They’re paintable to match your truck’s interior, and they aim the speakers up at the seat, directing sound to you and your passenger. Sold in pairs at www.retrosound.com for $224.99. That Trans Am Look Superlite wheels were the standard for 1967–68 Firebird Center Dash Panels If you’ve got a first- or second-year Firebird and your center dash panel has either been cut for aftermarket gauges or is simply weathered and old, Classic Industries has what you need. The OER reproduction interior center dash panel is made of stamped aluminum and features a correct simulated-walnut or burled-woodgrain design with chrome trim. They’re available for cars with and without factory a/c, and all mounting holes are drilled in the proper location for ease of installation. Get one at www.classicindustries.com for $99.99 (1967) or $129.99 (1968). 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Trans Am cars back in the day, and they still look great on Mustangs, Camaros and ’Cudas today. These wheels are built with the racer in mind, but they’re just as much at home on a street car going for that hardcore racing look. They’re available at www. summitracing.com in a variety of sizes and offsets to fit most muscle and pony cars. Prices vary by size and application, with a 15x8 5-lug rim with a 4.5-inch bolt circle and a four-inch backspace priced at $209.99.


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COOLSTUFF Winter is Coming On Unl S cially when we’re talking about locks. That’s why Bolt is a great solution, as its locks are specifically designed to adapt to your car or truck’s ignition key, thus simplifying access to whatever you need to keep safe. After all, if you’re like us, you’ve always got your car keys with you. Need to keep your hitch latched to your truck? Check out the 5/8 receiver lock. How about a coupler lock for your trailer? Bolt’s got you covered. Even if you just need a padlock or a cable lock, Bolt’s got those, too. They also offer specifics, such as a GM tailgate handle lock, Jeep spare tire lock, and more. Prices vary by lock and application. Check out the full line at www.boltlock.com. Non-Scratch Wheel Washing Washing wheels isn’t much fun, and some of th tools on the market today can end up damaging yo rims. The easiest and safest solution to prevent scratching is Griot’s Garage Microfiber Wheel Wands. The handle is made of polypropylene that is strong yet flexible. The soft microfiber brush head is attached via ultrasonic welding — no metal to scratch the finish or adhesive that will dissolve. Throw away that used-up bristle spoke brush and pick up a few of these instead. A twopack with one 12-inch large and one 8¼-inch smal brush is $33.99 at www.griotsgarage.com. by Chad Taylor Like it or not, winter is here. For many of us around the country, that means it’s time to swap out the sticky summer rubber on our car for something more suited for rain or snow. Unfortunately, stacking that extra set of wheels and tires in the garage takes up valuable floor space. Griot’s Garage has a better way, using their Wall Mounted Tire Storage Rack. Attach the epoxy powder-coated rack to the wall, into studs, of course, and it can hold up to 400 pounds. It is adjustable up to 52 inches long for four fat tires and 36 inches wide for larger SUV or truck wheel and tire combinations. Go to www.griotsgarage.com and pick one up for $149.99. The Better Shop Stool Whether at home or at work, no shop is complete without a solid shop stool next to the workbench. That rickety, safety-hazard, duct-tape-covered wood seat doesn’t count. For the best, made-in-USA quality, look no further than Busted Knuckle Garage. Every stool is made with industrial-strength chrome-plated legs that can hold 1,600 pounds It measures 30 inches tall with a 14-inch-wide seat that swivels a full 360 degrees. Pick out y favorite design at www.bustedknucklega rage.com for $149.95. Add a backrest for $20. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1968 Shelby GT350 “Hertz” Mustang Fastback Resurrecting their “Rent-a-Racer” program in ’68, Hertz got together again with Shelby and ordered a short run of 224 cars in a variety of colors including Highland Green and Raven Black, as shown here. These two, by ACME Diecast, are pre-production samples. Both are limited-run models due for November release. Overall fit and finish is great, and the attention to detail is impressive for a 1:18 die-cast model. All panels open, steering is functional and seatbacks tilt forward. The interior is equally well done, with cloth lap belts and shoulder belts hanging from the roll bar. Space-saver spare, jack and tool box are in the trunk. Underside is comprehensive with simulated overspray and separate brake lines. I don’t say “must have” very often, but if you are into Shelbys, or have one of these cars, then these models are must-have pieces. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Red over white, Highland Green and Raven Black Quantity: 500 of each color Price: $134.95 Production date: 2018 Web: www.acmediecast.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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Devoted to the Brand SNAPSHOTS Saleen-modified Mustangs lined up for the Saleen Club of America’s national meet in Charlotte, NC Exclusivity has gotten Steve Saleen where he is today. Adding value to the equation should aid his industry longevity by Sam Stockham Mustang fastback just doing its job as a car? Cool story, right? I thought so. But this story does not revolve L around a Shelby Mustang. Instead, it’s a Saleen Mustang. To me, it’s no less engaging. Seminars and found cars Last year at the ACC Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, I was sitting in good company on our ACC Panel with the likes of Ken Lingenfelter and Colin Comer. In our discussion, I talked about a 1993 Mustang that was being built as a 1993 Saleen SA-10. The man building the car, Bob Goodson, had created a website chronicling the build, and I found it highly intriguing. Why? Because this particular VIN was slated to be the fourth SA-10 built, but it never was, instead living out life as a regular Mustang. It was later found and documented, and the build was started to make it into what it was originally slated to be. Our ACC Insider’s Seminar in 2017 was broadcast live on Barrett- Jackson.com, and enthusiasts out there had their ears on. News quickly spread back to Bob that someone with ACC at Barrett-Jackson was talking about his car. Bob proceeded to find me on Facebook, and 26 AmericanCarCollector.com The rare, custom Saleen SA-10, of which eight survive et’s imagine for a minute that there was a long-lost 1965 Mustang that was documented as being the final R-code Shelby, but it was never built. The VIN was known and the story rather airtight from the ultimate source, Shelby. What if you found this car 20 years later in disguise as a plain white once we connected, he invited me out to the Saleen Club of America’s national meet in Charlotte, NC, that August. How could I resist? Saleens in Charlotte So on a Thursday, I hopped on a plane and flew across the country. Later that night, I was having dinner with Bob Goodson, SE Regional Rep Troy Raby, and many other members of the Saleen Club of America.


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On Friday, we took a tour of the Dennis Carpenter warehouse, manufacturing facility and museum. About five minutes down the road is the construction site of the Mustang Owner’s Museum, so we stopped off to check out the progress. It should be done in a few months in case you are in Charlotte for the grand opening on April 17, 2019. By 5 p.m., we’re having dinner at out hotel with the group when none other than Steve Saleen quietly walked into the room, grabbed a plate, and joined the company at another table. As the evening carried on, the room broke off into separate conversations, most of which managed to aggregate in the parking lot with all of our cars. With conversation riding high, Steve and Liz Saleen decided to come out and join the discussion with a cold parking-lot beer. Liz regaled most of the group with anecdotes and answers to trivial questions, and I found myself in a side conversation with Steve. I asked what his immediate plan was to keep Saleen’s brand moving forward. The quick answer: “Our relationship with Ford.” Exclusivity and value Later on in the trip, Steve addressed the group, talking about trials and tribulations in business and racing, and what the future holds for Saleen. His efforts are firmly focused on building new Ford products and the launch of his Saleen S1 Supercar. This little gem boasts 450 hp, weighs 2,700 pounds and will cost around $100,000. Steve also discussed value and what his vehicles bring to the table versus a Ford at the same price point. Exclusivity has gotten Steve where he is today, but adding value to the equation should keep him going for years to come. Saleen’s newest original creation: the S1 Much like Shelby’s cars did for a generation of enthusiasts looking for greater performance out of Ford’s Mustang, Saleen’s cars singlehandedly ignited my love for Fox Mustangs when I was young. I’m not alone — Bob has devoted years to building that SA-10, and the Saleen club is full of knowledgeable, friendly enthusiasts who are downright devoted to the brand. It just goes to show that the car world is both very large and incredibly small, and if these enthusiasts have anything to say about it, Saleens will have plenty of staying power in the market in the future. (Learn more about the SCOA and their annual events at www. saleenclubofamerica.com.)A November–December 2018 27


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SNAPSHOTS Impressive Body of Work Steve’s Auto Restorations is packed with projects, including a Lincoln Zephyr custom fitted with a Graham nose Steve’s Auto Restorations builds some of the best customs and classics in the business Story and photos by Jim Pickering I t takes a certain kind of passion to build a great classic car. From the big picture down to the tiniest detail, every piece of the project is equally important. This is especially true when you’re competing at the highest levels with your creations. Steve Frisbie’s got that focus, and he’s been working with it for over 40 years, building some of the best classic and custom cars in the world out of his shop on the east side of Portland, OR. The shop itself is unassuming — in fact, you might miss it on your first pass by, until you see the flamed Highboy sitting up on the roof, serving as a hot-rod beacon. It’s fitting, as Ford Model As are where Steve got his start, when he was building cars out of his home garage to support his young family. Success there changed his career path and prompted him to leave a job at Boeing behind to build cars full time. Classics from the Art Deco era followed, as did even higher-level customs built to wow judges and bring home awards — and cars from Steve’s Auto Restorations do just that, from class awards at the Pebble Beach Concours through the Detroit Autorama’s prestigious Ridler Award, achieved in 2017 with SAR’s scratch-built Renaissance Roadster. Designs and details Today, Steve’s Auto Restorations employs 15 full-time fabricators, designers and painters. SAR’s designs are done inhouse, with renderings made to pitch the customer on a car’s direction and to help choose colors. That Renaissance Roadster had just returned from winning the Hot August Nights Builder’s Cup when I visited SAR 28 AmericanCarCollector.com The 2017 Ridler Award-winning Renaissance Roadster a few weeks back, and Steve took me around it after we toured his shop full of specialty tools and hot rods in various states of construction. He pointed out the details that made the difference: wheels specially machined both inside and out, hand-stitched leather CV boots, and side trim affixed to the running boards with rare-earth magnets, used to hide any mounting hardware that would have otherwise been visible underneath the car. Current projects underway include a Lincoln Zephyr custom fitted with a Graham nose, a number of ’33 and ’34 Ford builds, a top-level first-gen Corvette with all-modern running gear, a late-model Corvette with a gullwing door conversion, and more. Steve’s also has cornered the market on 1933 and 1934 Ford fenders, with the first non-OE quality steel replacements. Over the years, Steve’s had his hands in it all, and his From classics to hot rods, Steve’s Auto Restorations does it all staff excels at turning automotive visions into reality. But he doesn’t let it go to his head. “From antiques to classics, customs and hot rods, I’ve been very lucky to make a living doing what I’m passionate about,” Steve says. (Contact Steve’s Auto Restorations at 503-6652222 or online at www.stevesautorestorations.com.)A


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO SEALS of APPROVAL If your car is original, your weatherstripping is likely dead. Here’s how to replace it by Jim Pickering your seals have turned crispy — and crispy seals don’t keep out water or wind noise. If you’ve spent time washing your original classic car in your driveway, O you’ve probably noted water running down the inside of your side glass after you’re done scrubbing. That’s bad news if you’re concerned about rust. And if you drive your car on the freeway, you’ve probably heard wind noise, too, which will probably make your friends (or your spouse) think twice about long trips with you in your drafty old car. These are all symptoms of the same problem, but fortunately, the fix is an easy one. ACC’s 56k-mile 1966 Mustang suffered from these same issues, all because certain sections of its weatherstripping were way past their prime and in need of replacement. So we got in touch with Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts and ordered a set of the seals we needed to make our Mustang weather-tight once again. Here’s how we did it. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com riginal cars are fantastic, but there’s usually one problem they all share: dead weatherstripping. The original rubber and foam used to seal up cars from the 1960s wasn’t meant to last 50 years. If you’ve got one of these cars, you’ve probably noticed that some, if not all, of LARRY’S THUNDERBIRD AND MUSTANG PARTS LIST (www.larrystbird.com) M21000B Side Window/Door Weatherstripping Kit, ’65/’66 coupe, $123.57 M43720A trunk-lid weatherstripping, ’65–’70 coupe/convertible, $13.87 OTHER PARTS AutomotiveTouchup.com Wimbledon White paint, primer, and clear, $39.85 3M Green Scotch-Brite Pads, $6.49 3M Green Automotive Masking Tape, $12.49 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, Yellow, $13.99 Lacquer thinner, 1 quart, $6.99 Fast enamel reducer, 1 quart, $14.96 TIME SPENT: Four hours DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest)


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1 Our 1966 Mustang came to us in mostly original condition, but when it came to keeping out the weather, that wasn’t exactly a good thing. The side window seals weren’t pliable any longer — in fact, they were downright crispy — and they were allowing water past the glass when we washed the car. It was time for replacement. 2 Additionally, while other sections of weatherstripping were still in good shape, our Mustang’s trunk seal was hard as a rock and split in a few areas. Our car isn’t rusty from a lifetime spent in Hollywood, CA, and we wanted to keep it that way, so this seal had to go, too. 3 We elected to start with the trunk, and while you could potentially do this job with the lid mounted to the car, it’s a lot easier to remove it and lay it flat. We marked the alignment with masking tape so as to easily reinstall it later without affecting our panel gaps. From there, we removed the four ½-inch mounting bolts and set the trunk lid face-down on a pair of wooden sawhorses covered with a soft, thick moving blanket. 4 The original contact cement that holds the factory trunk seal is some especially tough stuff. We used a putty knife to carefully try to get under the rock-hard seal and pry it up, being as careful as possible to avoid hurting the painted surface underneath. Note how crumbly the seal had become. This was overdue for replacement. November–December 2018 33


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 5 After removing what we could of the original seal, this is what was left: rubber remnants still glued solid to the trunk lid. Obviously, we couldn’t glue the new seal down over the top of this, so more work was necessary to clean this up. 6 Lacquer thinner on a rag is a go-to in my shop for cleaning up particularly tough messes, but when painted surfaces are in- volved, it’s usually too harsh. We used it here in some spots, as well as some enamel reducer on a rag in others (as it wasn’t as tough on our paint). The goal was for it to soak into the remnants of the seal and glue and loosen them for removal. 7 From there, a green ScotchBrite pad and a light touch worked well to remove the loosened seal and glue remnants. 8 Our method resulted in a clean painted metal surface, but the thinner and reducer also revealed some thin spots in the factory paint, mostly near the trunk-lid hinge-mounting area. So we cleaned everything really well, taped up the edges and pulled out our AutomotiveTouchup Wimbledon White paint kit. 9 The AutomotiveTouchup kit comes with sandable primer, base color and clear top coat. We started with two coats of primer and worked up from there, blending our Wimbledon White into the factory paint just past where the original seals were glued down. We then set it in the sun to dry and moved on to other seals in the car. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 10 The biggest offender here was the upper window weatherstripping, which runs along the roof and seals the glass to it when the windows are rolled up. Again, ours was crispy and crumbling. On our Mustang, it was held in place with one screw at the base of the A-pillar. From there, it was just pinched in place by a steel channel and could be pulled down and out of the car easily. 11 13 Installation of both right and left sides is as simple as the removal: We started by installing the screw to properly locate the seal, and then pushed it into its retainer channel, which pinches it in place between a front and rear lip. No glue required. Our cracked and hard side-glass divider seals were next — removing the rubber cover in the door jamb revealed a screw at the base of the glass that held the divider trim in place. With the screw removed, the trim slid straight down and out of the car fairly easily. 12 From there, we worked our way from the front to the rear of the car, first placing the inner part of the seal over the inner channel lip, then pressing the outer part up over the outer lip with a thumb. A putty knife covered in masking tape (to protect the seal) also helped to seat the new piece in the original location. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 16 14 A healthy coat of glass cleaner on our new seal helped it slide up into place, and we used the factory screw to hold it there. Our kit came with a new rubber seal for the door jamb as well, which installed with a handful of Phillips-head screws. With the seals installed and seated, we rolled up all the windows to check fit. No gaps, no leaks — problem solved. 17 With our paint now dry, we set about laying out our new trunk seal in the same orientation as the original. Some time in the sun helps to eliminate kinks and wrinkles, and a little cleaning is in order, as there’s typically a release agent on the seal that can interfere with the gluing process. We used just a bit of thinner on a rag on the side to be glued. 18 15 other components in our kit from Larry’s included wingwindow seals and door seals, but as ours turned out to be still pliable and in good shape, we elected to leave them alone for now. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 3M offers two differ- ent weatherstrip adhesives: yellow and black. I’ve found the yellow to be quicker to dry and therefore easier to work with, although the black is harder to see once the seal is installed. Here we used yellow.


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19 With our seal taped in place about where we wanted it, we worked in sections with our adhesive, applying some to the rubber and to the painted surface, allowing it to get tacky, and then taping it down. 20 our seal proved to be about two inches too long, so we snipped off the excess at the latch for a clean seam. Even more tape ensured the seal didn’t move as the adhesive set. 21 After about an hour, the trunk-lid seal had set, so we reinstalled it on the car, using our tape marks to help align everything. Note the green tape still holding the seal — it’s wise to leave it in place for a few hours just to be sure the seal won’t move. 22 After a few hours’ worth of work, our Mustang is in much better shape and is ready for that next car wash or unexpected rainstorm. This is the perfect winter project to tackle on your muscle car or classic to prep it for spring — and it won’t break your wallet in the process. A November–December 2018 39


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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 Where’s the Ford Truck Love? This month’s Readers’ Forum question: Pretty much all American trucks built from 1967 to 1972 have been on an upswing in value for a number of years now. But the trucks leading the way have been GM products. Ford’s ½-ton rigs have fallen a distant second in terms of value in the collector market. Why? Fundamentally, Ford and Chevrolet trucks aren’t all that different. And yet, auction results show a median price for Chevrolets of $23,100, with Ford’s comparable value coming in at $12,478. Why do you think that is? Will this ever change? Which would you rather own, and why? Readers respond: Although I agree the Chevrolet and Ford trucks are fundamentally the same, the fact remains Ford trucks have been the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. for a long time — a detail Ford has long promoted in their advertising. This fact has hurt their value and image in the marketplace because of the perception that there is no scarcity or rarity. — Scott Collins, via email n n n That is a great question. I have been asking myself the same thing for years. My first truck was a 1969 Ford F-100 Explorer I bought when I was 15. I actually owned that truck twice — I sold it and then bought it back a couple years later. I always wished it were an F-250 4X4 Highboy, and I even thought about converting it. Many, many cars and trucks later, I got my hands on an original bone-stock one-owner 1972 F-250 4x4 Highboy. I have owned it now for about 12 years and would never sell it. I have never owned a Chevy pickup of that era. I just never had interest in them. It seems like they are more prevalent at car shows, etc. How the value of Chevy trucks is almost double that of Fords is a mystery to me — but I’m okay with it since I prefer Ford and can buy them more reasonably. — Byron Carlson, Durango, CO n n n It may be due to the front I-beam suspension on the Ford. GMs ride and drive much better, in my opinion. — Kim Pierce, via email n n n Having been Fleet Manager in a Ford dealership, a current (and disappointed) Ford stockholder, and owner of a special-ordered short-wide ’98 Chevy 1500 to tow my race car, this question made me ponder. Ford pickups have been the number-one-selling vehicle in North America for well over two decades, yet I often find notes on my windshield asking if my minty stock Chevy is for sale — something that never happened with my Fords. Both GM and Ford are prominent marques in motorsports, and both provide a cab and box in the same format, which shouldn’t impact bidder preference. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com Perhaps the answer rests in the fact that more Fords were built and available in the market, which depresses values under the laws of supply and demand. If that’s the case, the answer to the question is “never.” If not, we’re left with a quandary still in search of a reasoned answer. — Jack Tockston, via email n n n Ford trucks were the big sellers in the ’60s and ’70s. There are many out there to choose from still, plus there are many aftermarket parts makers for Chevy truck parts! — Zon Davison, Mooresville, NC n n n I think it’s pretty simple, actually. Ford has handily outsold Chevy and GMC for numerous decades. There are simply more of them, thereby depressing values. — Todd Duhnke, Wichita, KS n n n I have always been a die-hard devoted Ford guy. I own a 1972 Ford Ranchero GT that I have modified and street raced since 1973 (high 12s on the street), and I also own a 1979 Ford Bronco XLT that I bought new. Let me give you a comparison. Over the years, Tri-Five Chevys have been chewed up on the racetrack, as well as many Camaros and Chevelles, mainly because they were abundant and cheap to race — not because they were any better or faster. Consequently, there are not many real ones left. Regarding trucks, Ford built and sold more trucks, and I think they were better. Many Chevys just rotted away, and not that many are left. Among collectors, GM cars have done historically better in resale than Ford in the car and truck world, short of Shelby and Boss Mustangs, due to a broader market. The ’53–’56 Ford trucks still hold their value over Chevy and Dodge. By the time the ’60s and ’70s rolled along, short-bed Chevys gained in popularity. They look good and are hard to find, which attributes to their high value over a comparable Ford. The exception to the rule is 4x4 trucks — in terms of value, they seem to be neck and neck. If you take a statistical average, the GM crowd outnumbers the Ford or Dodge crowd considerably, attributing to the high demand and resale among GM products in general. There also exists a huge


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market and allegiance towards GM. Even Chrysler only sold a few Dodge trucks by comparison. — Robert Malke, via email n n n This is a perfect example of how the marketplace can be fickle. The 1967–72 Chevrolet/Ford products are similar in technology, quality and style. I personally have owned two of the series: a ’71 Chevy ½-ton short bed, and a ’72 Chevy ¾-ton long bed. When I sold the ’71, it had just about 300k miles, and the ’72 now has just under 600k miles. They both were reliable, and when something was not normal, each of them always gave you a warning or signal to take it into the shop for diagnosis. The Fords appear to have the same life cycle and reliability, from talking with Ford owners at car shows or at the gas pump. The values at resale continue to show the Chevy at approximately double the Ford. The auctions around the country, and especially at Arizona Auction Week in January, continue to show the desirability and real value of these trucks, and I do not see this changing anytime soon. I always get the thumbs-up at the stop sign or the gas station and always a comment about how a grandfather/father or brother had one of these trucks and how great they were, and how they never should have sold it. The early ’70s were a great time to be young and to be lucky enough to own one of these great trucks. It is even luckier to have been able to keep one and continue to drive and enjoy the vehicle while evolution and technology have changed dramatically. — Dave Dubie, via email n n n Could it be that Chevy’s trucks are better-looking and thus more popular? I know beauty is a subjective thing, especially right after waking up. Also, it seems that Chevy enjoys more choices in the aftermarket, especially for the powertrain. Lastly, would there be more Ford trucks of this vintage, driving down values? That’s the same basic influence that affects all used and collector cars. — Carl Prather, via email n n n Well, I have owned some great ’71–’72 Super Cheyennes and even a few ’72 2wd Blazers as well. However, I have started gaining an attraction to the ’67–’72 Fords, especially the harder-to-find SWB Explorers. I think the biggest thing that has held back the Fords is the belief that the GM counterparts are cheaper and easier to build, especially while it comes to modifying, since it’s very challenging to make the suspensions in the Ford accept some of the modifying trends. However, shows like “Gas Monkey Garage” and others that showcase modified Fords, in my opinion, have helped to bring more products to the marketplace. This has brought more excitement to the Fords from friends who had only followed GM trucks in the past. It is hard to tell when the market will turn to a more favorable position, since I have also witnessed the traction the square-bodies (’73–’87 GM trucks) have built in the market, which is also creating some competition. I was in the market earlier this year for a ’71–’72 Super Cheyenne, and after looking for a few months, I ended up picking up a 2004 SRT-10 packed with more horsepower and creature comforts than I have ever enjoyed in my ’71–’72 builds at half the price of the trucks that caught my fancy. Price is pushing folks to look for something different than the earlier GM platforms, whether it be later GMs, Fords or Dodges. Many people are embracing change as they have started to broaden their scopes of what is out there to enjoy. As they say, “Keep on trucking!” — J. Parrish, via emailA November–December 2018 41


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Monterey’s I BUDGET BUYS At the Car Week auctions, 867 vehicles totaled $374m. These were the cheapest ones on the Peninsula t was a record year for prices in Monterey. Not only did a $48m Ferrari GTO set a new world-record auction price, but with the sale of the Gary Cooper Duesenberg SSJ at $22 million all-in, we now have a new record sale for an American car, too. But hey, this is “Cheap Thrills,” so let’s get our heads out of the clouds and get our boots back on the ground. Here are the cheapest vehicles at each Monterey auction in 2018. 1965 Chevrolet RM Sotheby’s L Sold for $81,2 While looking l (albeit with a repla its original Marlbo Maroon-over-blac color scheme, this mid-year was subtly modified by Canepa Design — to the tune of $45k — to make it a better regular driver. Tweaks included OEMstyle power steeri power brakes, neo fender liners, upd sion components a rebuild of the stoc ratios. This ’Vette did q Bloomington Gold it. All in, not a sm using a C2 seems m number on your sh 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV convertible Gooding & Company Lot 183, VIN H9YC419424 Sold for $61,600 In 1959, if you hated tailfins but wanted to live large, this was your car. From the second year of unibody Lincoln production, this top-trim Mark IV was restored well enough to earn concours accolades from the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club, as well as the AACA — it was a senior first-place car in 2005. While this Lincoln slid right into Gooding’s guesstimate of $60,000 to $80,000, the no-reserve drop top hammered just shy at $56k, with the juice taking it into the estimate comfort zone. Before the 2007-era market adjustment, biggie-sized late-1950s glamour convertibles seemed to be the hot ticket. While some of that has died down a bit here due to generational interests shifting, foreign markets still remain strong. I’d be quite certain that more than one person in Europe would’ve been keen to pay at least this 42 AmericanCarCollector.com to cruise it at Sweden’s Power Big Meet next July. Again, not a smokin’ hot deal, but a good car for the money — if that’s where you want to put your money. Best buy per pound.


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1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster Worldwide Auctioneers Lot 40, VIN 1B3BR65E1RV100910 Sold for $31,900 It seems like only yesterday when these were selling at additional dealer mark-up. Now with the passage of time and improved versions, these original Vipers show their 1990s-era build quality and ergonomics rather poignantly. “Driver grade” first-gen Vipers are nearly nonexistent, as most fall into either one of two categories nowadays: track rats (otherwise known as those soon to be balled up into spare parts) or minty originals waiting for values to escalate. The Worldwide car fit easily into the latter category, albeit with 12,406 miles on it. If you graduated from anything in 1994 (obedience school?), you likely had a Viper poster on your wall. If you still think these are the greatest thing since sliced bread, sex, and air tools, this was a good one to get, and it sold for correct money (if not slightly at the buyer’s favor). 1966 Ford Mustang GT coupe Bonhams Lot 1, VIN 6F07A139237 Sold for $26,880 This real-deal GT had its original A-code 4-barrel 289 under the hood and was an AACA National First Place award winner last year. Yet for all the AACA accolades, there were a few chinks in the armor. Some of the body-to-trim gasket fit was not great (especially the antenna base) and I can’t take AACA awards all that seriously if a National First Place car has an aftermarket Hurst shifter like this one did (don’t try this at a Mustang Club of America national meet and expect similar results). Still, the sum of the goods for this Emberglo Metallic hard top made this a market-correct sale. This was the best buy of any of our low sellers, if for no other reason than near-universal appeal at under $30k. 1988 Tiffany Coach neo-classic coupe Russo and Steele Lot TH204, VIN 1MEBM60F0JH707380 Sold for $5,775 Neo-Classics are an animal unto themselves. This was nothing more than a Mercury Cougar XR-7 — that’s just like the one your aunt has — which was in drag. Stated to be a one-owner car with all service records, the consignor’s bullet phrase in the description of “one of a kind” pretty much nailed it. Yes, there is a market for cars like this. There’s also a market for velvet Elvis portraits. If gaudy excess heaped upon mediocrity is your thing, this was right up your street, and at no reserve, it sold for all it’s worth. 1998 GMC Suburban SLT Mecum Lot T200, VIN 3GKFK16R6WG500303 Sold for $1,925 The “Bottom Rung at Monterey” title went back to Mecum this year — and in this case rightfully so, for a two-wheeldrive, 155k-mile Suburban. The saving grace here was that with 155k miles, this was at its mid-life cycle with the 5.7-L V8 under the hood. Also, on the second-to-last year of the GMT400 generation, GM pretty much shook the bugs out of this platform. That and everybody and their dog seems to have some generation of Suburban today, so it’s practical and melts into the landscape. In fact, to prove that point, I did see it parked next to the check-in gate, but I thought it belonged to one of the workers. If all else fails, this passes the “You can’t rent one cheaper than this during Monterey Car Week” test — buy it, drive it, and then either flip it on Craigslist or donate it to charity before hitching to the airport. Who needs a rental car? A Courtesy of Mecum Auctions November–December 2018 43


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Horsepower Jay Harden THINK THRICE The Tri-Five Chevy is still one of the most coveted American collector cars. But should you buy one to restore now? Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe ay Harden THINK THRICE The Tri-Five Chevy is still one of the most coveted American collector cars. But should you buy one to restore now? it himself in his garage. Unfortunately, he was rsepower Jay Harden THINK THRICE The Tri-Five Chevy is still one of the most coveted American collector cars. But should you buy one to restore now? it it himself in his garage. Unfortunately, he was shopping for fillet on a ground-chuck budget. When he asked for my take on his options, I caught myself doing something I’m not sure I’ve ever done before — I discouraged him. If he had asked about restoring a ’57 Plymouth Fury or a ’57 Ford Ranchero or a ’57 Pontiac Chieftain, I would have been his numberone cheerleader. But instead, I tried to convince him of a better option by educating him on the three pillars of valuation: Desirability, Demographic and Economy. Coveted, restored, sold From a Desirability standpoint, the 1957 Bel Air ranks right up there at the top as one of the most coveted American classics of all time. As a result, every decent shell between Seattle and Tampa has been yanked out of the brush or barn already. There might be a handful left out there somewhere, but the days of lucking up at an old lady’s garage sale are long gone. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com On the upside, desirability has driven the preservation and resur- rection of thousands of cars that would have otherwise languished in obscurity or been recycled into fence posts. Consequently, you can hardly turn a corner at a neighborhood cruise-in without running into one, which is a good thing. It doesn’t take a mathemagician to understand that the 1957 Chevrolet is a known commodity. The ACC Premium Auction Database indicates that average sale prices first reached the $50k mark way back in 1999, after a slow and steady climb. From 1999 to 2005, we saw a sag, but average prices only fell by about $10k at their lowest. After climbing back to the $50k mark in 2005, these cars have bobbed up and down between roughly $50k and $65k ever since, the latter being pretty close to today’s number. What can we infer from the numbers? Well, let’s look at a slightly


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less established model for comparison: the first-gen Ford Bronco. These early utilities have been on an absolute tear that has seen the average sales prices climb from less than $10k in the early 2000s to almost $50k this year. The last decade and a half has been all flow for the Bronco, with no ebb. Numbers like these point to the lack of market saturation that we’ll eventually see. From there, the numbers will likely turn south, providing our first market correction. What will that number be? Without hard data, we’re all speculating. That’s why the ’57 Chevy, with its initial climb long past and real- ized prices now stabilized in a range that has held rather steady for a decade and a half, looks to be about as safe a bet as one can make — at least for now. Which brings us to our second pillar: Demographic. Who is buying? A significant influencer of the stability of any given model is the demographic holding it up. If we do a little simple math and assume that the average enthusiast invests in vehicles they had meaningful connections with during their formative years, that puts most of us chasing vehicles five to 25 years our junior. That places the primary demographic for the 1957 Chevrolet somewhere between the ages of 66 and 86. What does this mean for values? Well, as I argued with Carl Bomstead this year on the ACC panel at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, I think we’ll likely see a slow descent in prices over the next few years with maybe a few “can you believe it?!” blips here and there, followed by an eventual drop due to the sheer number of nice cars pouring into a market supported by a disinterested demographic. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what’s happening now with values of late-’40s street rods. Numbers tell the tale And now, Economy. I am no economist, but the numbers don’t lie — and the truths they expose are often a bit counterintuitive. For example, if you view average sales by year through the lens of the performance of the S&P 500, you might expect that established, stable models would be the most likely to remain stable, and the surging models would suffer. Not true here. When the S&P nosedived between 2008 and 2009, the ’57 Chevy fell with it, with average sale prices dropping by about 10%. The first-gen Bronco? It flatlined, but lost virtually no ground. When the market started climbing, the ’57 had recovered three or four percentage points by 2010, but the Bronco skyrocketed, with average sales increasing by 30% from the year before. When the S&P hit a new high in 2015, so did the average sales price of the ’57. Unfortunately, when the market wavered later that year, the ’57 lost every dollar it had made since 2014. The Bronco? The average sales price hasn’t lost a dollar since 2003, which happens to have coincided with the bottom of the S&P’s last big dip before the Great Recession. So what does all this mumbo-jumbo mean for our friend Tom? I suggested that if he really wants a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air, he should wait a year or two and buy a heck of a car for a lesser price — which is the same thing several would-be Tri-Five owners I know are planning on doing. I also suggested that if he really wants to build something now, he should find a truck or old SUV, which will be easier, cheaper, and more likely to make money once it’s done. But that’s just me. What do you think? Are Tri-Fives going to stay solid, or are the numbers showing us the future? Send me your thoughts at comments@americancarcollector.com.A November–December 2018 45


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On the Road Elana Scherr HIGH SMILES vs. LOW MILES The ’71 ’Cuda slowly emerging from hibernation. It will get driven, Elana promises There are a lot of reasons to preserve a low-miles muscle car. But there are better reasons to get out and drive it wheel. Plymouth Barracudas have been collectible for a long time, and T ours checks a lot of boxes on the desirability list. High-impact color? As discussed, check. Big muscle-car engine? Does a 440-ci big block topped by the coveted Six Pack setup (or 6-bbl on the Plymouth, but that doesn’t sound as cool) count? I think so. Low miles? Well, we’re the third owners, and there are 57,000 miles on the odometer, so yeah. Dee’s car We inherited the ’Cuda about three years ago when my mother- in-law passed away. Her name was Dolores, and she was an absolute firecracker. She bought the ’Cuda in the late ’90s, when her son (my husband, Tom) was into muscle cars and she wanted one of her own. It was $12,000, and all Tom’s car friends told Dolores she overpaid. Now you’d consider it a smoking deal to pay 10 times that amount. When Dolores got the ’Cuda, it was a running car, last registered in 1974. It had been in an accident in 1973, and repaired, but not to Dee’s satisfaction. She had the car repainted and all remnants of the 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Dolores knew what to do with her ’Cuda here is a 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda in our garage. It’s a beautiful car in B5 blue — a bright blue metallic the color of a peacock’s chest or a tropical fish. The latter is maybe a more appropriate comparison for our car, considering the ’71 model’s fishy fender gills and Barracuda-badged steering crash — including a tweaked left front frame rail — redone. The interior and drivetrain remained original, although she had Tom swap the rear gears from a 3.23 one-legger to a 3.91 Sure-Grip. Once it was respectably geared, she drove it like it was the low-buck pony car it would have been in 1971. Hey, she’d owned Stingray Corvettes and Ferrari Dinos. She wasn’t going to get all precious over a Plymouth. She liked taking it to car shows, where she’d set out a lawn chair and wait for the compliments to roll in. She also drag-raced it — it went a best of 12.84 at 108 mph, and once went into the sand trap at Vegas Motor Speedway. Dolores claimed they’d changed where the turnout was. Dee had to buy a new helmet when she first started racing again, because her last one had expired in 1968. Parked and preserved I think Dolores would be furious with me if she knew I haven’t driven the ’Cuda even once since we got it. Nobody has. It has just sat


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there in the garage, covered and protected and probably wondering how it went from daily driver to weekend warrior to squirreled away as an investment car. The trouble is it’s just worth so much money now. If something happened to it, I’d never be able to replace it, and it’s important to preserve these low-mile cars, right? That was my thinking, anyway, but then this summer I was in- vited to visit my friend Dick Winkles’ garage in Detroit. Dick’s name might be familiar to you if you’re a fan of the Dodge Viper. Dick was the chief engineer on the V10 during the development of that car, and he remained active in racing and tuning after his retirement from Chrysler. You’d expect to see lots of Viper stuff in his garage, and you won’t be disappointed. He has signed posters from the 24 Hours of Le Mans framed on the walls, torn-off splitters mounted above the door, melted heads up on a shelf, and a bare block he is using as a beverage caddy — five bottles per bank. What I didn’t expect to see were two stock, low-mile, highly col- lectible muscle cars — and not even Dodges. Dick has a 1970 Ram Air IV, 4-speed Pontiac GTO that he bought in 1980, right before going to work for Chrysler. That got him plenty of ribbing at the new office. Even cooler — to me, anyway — he has a 1974 Camaro Z/28 that he bought new when he was in high school. “I wanted a Trans Am with a 455,” he told me, “but my dad said, ‘You’re not getting a 455 anything.’” Instead, young Winkles got the Camaro, and he’s kept it ever since, amazingly intact and original. Well, mostly original. Like Dolores, he made some performance changes. “It’s got a solid-lifter cam, aluminum high-rise manifold and ported aluminum heads that I painted orange to look stock. It was how I became an engine guy. I just couldn’t leave it alone.” Dick Winkles and his actually-gets-driven 1970 Pontiac GTo Fired up Okay, so we’ve got three collectible, rare, valuable, low-mile, mostly original muscle cars sitting in garages, rarely driven. Well, actually, when I visited Dick, we needed to move the cars. I figured it would be a hassle, but he just jumped in, fired ’em up and drove them. “I drive them all the time,” he said, in response to my startled look. “What’s the point of having them otherwise?” The more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that he’s right. And so was Dee. I’m going to take the ’Cuda out this weekend. If Dick can do it with a car he bought brand-new that hasn’t ever even had a paint chip, I can do it too. If something happens, we’ll repair it. It won’t be the first time. After all, as Dolores would say, “It’s just an old Plymouth.” A November–December 2018 47


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On the Market John L. Stein SMOKING HOT? John L. Stein Haul yeah — Ford’s new F-150 version demonstrates that the everyday diesel driver has come a long way Ford’s new F-150 diesel pickup sets the stage for oil-burners as future collectibles. But what about vintage American diesels? Fifteen-hundred miles towing a vintage Chrysler mash of the throttle pedal). No, the reason the Olds arrived was that it escaped the odd-even refueling-days F regulation imposed by the state for gasoline cars. Ugly, slow, smoky, and repulsive as it was, the ponderous brown Cutlass did its elemental duty brilliantly by permitting its owner free access to fuel and driving. And so it was, despite its terrible flaws, a genuine driver’s car. Let freedom ring! Short-lived phenomenon Of course, diesels disappeared from the U.S. car market as soon as the embargo ended (emphasis on “car market” — diesels make lots of grunt at low revs, with excellent efficiency and durability, and so they’ve been favored in the truck ranks almost forever). But we’ve reached a new age now that permits a forgiving eye to perhaps appreciate them anew. This image was brought into focus recently when Ford’s new F-150 diesel arrived for review, courtesy of FoMoCo’s left-coast press fleet. It was not ugly. It was not slow. It was not loud or smelly or smoky. Is this a new beginning? 48 AmericanCarCollector.com orty years ago, during the second oil embargo, diesel American cars were a thing. The reason an Oldsmobile Cutlass diesel appeared in my family’s driveway thus had nothing to do with performance (it had none), style (it looked like a camel-brown shoebox) or quality (it leaked oil, blew head gaskets and left a contrail of carcinogenic brown soot behind it with every boat into the Sierra Nevada, over 8,100-foot passes and through 100-degree temperatures, scarcely challenged this comfortable and quiet truck. And after six days with it, the 3-liter V6 turbodiesel turned my mind 180 degrees toward owning an everyday diesel, because the time proved they can be as seamless, pleasant and effective as any gasoline vehicle. And heck, the F-150 diesel surpassed expectations by pulling the 16-foot boat and trailer, two motorcycles, three guys and a cab full of heavy gear while averaging 20.1 miles per gallon all the while. What these distant experiences constitute is a four- decades-wide pair of bookends — the Olds on the far side, appalling and repugnant, and the Ford on the near side, smart and effective and nearly altogether pleasant. Are diesels collectible? One may wonder what — if anything — lies in between then and now for American-car collectors. I checked out various online resources looking for cool


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collectible diesels. Some old smokepots are out there, and some of them are available for a song. But in truth, that song sounds more like “Send in the Clowns” than “Thunder Road.” In other words, with a few exceptions, the passage of time has shown that diesel U.S. cars are more fitting for the Concours d’LeMons than they are the Woodward Dream Cruise. Nevertheless, here are some of my favorites — sort of. 1961–68 Jeep CJ-5 diesel Throughout most of the 1960s, Jeep quietly offered a 4-cylinder Perkins diesel as an option in its shortwheelbase Jeep CJ-5. Displacing a bit over three liters and developing from 58 to 65 hp (depending on model year), it was no Speedy Gonzales. But that isn’t really the mission of a CJ anyway, now is it? I’d rank this one well above the homely Chevette diesel (below), thanks to Jeep’s remarkable enduring status as a workhorse. Prices are not reportedly much higher than for a comparable CJ-5 of the period, so figure on $18,000 — if you can locate one that’s not rusted to pieces. 1962–64 Studebaker diesel pickups This storied Indiana company was already in financial trouble when it introduced its one-ton 7E (and later 8E) pickups with 3.5-liter, 4-cylinder Detroit Diesel power for 1962. However, they did it right, as the claimed output was a healthy 130 hp — robust for the day. So was the weight — the engine alone reportedly weighed 1,100 pounds! With the Big Three now producing hordes of diesel pickups (including the new F-150 mentioned above), the current market reaffirms that timing is just as essential as the product for success. Studebaker had the right idea, but was a half-century too early to prosper from it. Today these heartland diesels are rare hens, attracting perhaps $24,500. (Hey, let us know if you have one.) 1978–85 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham diesel Two college buddies and I owned a huge 1969 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham that we still revere today. Nineteen feet long, roomier than a Santa Fe Railway lounge car, and with a ride like the Queen Mary, it was our best party car ever. And so, my eyebrows perked up when discovering that, from 1979 to ’85, Cadillac made a diesel V8-powered Fleetwood Brougham. Opulent with its gingerbread exterior trim and crushed rat-fur velour interior, the Brougham was surely the smoggy 1970s at their finest. I can quite see “Caddyshack’s” Judge Smails at the helm, in fact. Motivating the Fleetwood Brougham diesel was a 5.7-liter Oldsmobile oil-burner, in place of the normal 5.7-liter gasoline V8. Artful sleuthing unearthed an insanely low $1,600 price point today. However, as the Incredible Mr. Limpet said, “Be careful how you wish!” 1983–86 Chevrolet Chevette diesel Likely driven by a combination of timing and economics, when Chevrolet decided to dieselize its little econocar rather than engineering and manufacturing its own powerplant, it adopted Isuzu’s 1.8-liter 4-cylinder mill that kicked out a ferocious 51 hp. At least it had a 5-speed gearbox, but no a/c was available, due to the inconvenient truth that the little motor could not both propel the car and operate an a/c compressor with any authority. The Chevette diesel weighs about 2,200 pounds, netting a horrible weight-to- power ratio of 43:1. (A malaise-era 165-hp Corvette was 22:1 and a new Corvette ZR1 is 4.7:1). This car tickles my funny bone because the Chevette was born an automotive underachiever, and adding a diesel just amplified the joke. But at $1,100 or so, would I love to have one today for around-town duty? Sure — hold my beer! A November–December 2018 49


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 FUELIE A Numbers Game Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams This was market money for a Fuelie — but with some questions VIN: E57S103654 by Brett Hatfield • Top-of-the-line fuel-injected Corvette with factory 4-speed manual gearbox • Expertly restored by Glenn Vaughn with receipts totaling over $160,000 • Striking Onyx Black over Venetian Red livery • The ultimate 1950s American sports car ACC Analysis This car, Lot 48, sold for $106,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, CA, on August 24, 2018. As Richard M. Langworth documented in 1987’s The Complete Book of Corvette, the autumn of 1951 found Harley Earl in a bit of a creative malaise. Earl was vice president of General Motors and former head of GM Styling Section. After the 1950 LeSabre concept and 1952 Buick XP-300 concept, Earl needed a creative outlet. His new vision was that of a small, sporty roadster, something that would compete with the sporty, compact offerings filtering in from postwar Europe. Earl gathered a team including Chevrolet Chief Engineer and future GM head Ed Cole, and recent Cal Tech graduate Robert F. McLean. Together they formed a plan: They would design the car with as many parts from the General Motors bin as possible, so as to control costs. Suspension and drivetrain components would all be from existing designs. This would also stem the cost of 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com research and development. The car would be skinned in Glass Reinforced Plastic (fiberglass), a first for any GM car. This provided significant weight savings. The Corvette is born The concept debuted to much excitement at the 1953 General Motors Motorama. The project already had approval, but the warm reception reinforced the idea. Total production for 1953 was just 300 hand-built units. The 1954 model year saw production relocated to a new refurbished St. Louis assembly plant. However, thanks to the inline 6 and the automatic transmission, none of these cars offered performance to match their looks. In 1955, Corvette finally gained the edge it needed, thanks to Chevy’s new small-block V8, a manual transmission, and the market threat of the moreluxurious 1955 Ford Thunderbird breathing down GM’s neck. As such, 1956 saw a total redesign for the Corvette, featuring bold, fresh styling. Gone were the side curtains, replaced by glass roll-up windows, with a power-window option. Exterior door handles were now standard. The rock grilles were gone from the headlights, which were now banded by chrome bezels. The sides of the car featured a dramatic cove, many of which were painted in a two-tone scheme. The 265 V8 continued as the sole engine offering but could be had with dual 4-barrel carbs and a 225-hp rating.


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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: 1957 Number produced: 6,339 Original list price: $3,176 Current ACC Median Valuation: $97,000 (283/283 FI) Club: National Corvette Restorers Society A performance car For 1957, the exterior body styling was carried over, but there was an increase in displacement to 283 cubic inches. Also available for the first time was Rochester Ramjet mechanical fuel injection. The injection option could be had in either 250-hp or 283-hp trims. Only 1,040 copies left the factory with the injection unit. The other major performance option available for the first time in ’57 was a 4-speed transmission. Paired with the 283/283 Fuelie offering, the Corvette was finally a serious performance car. Zero -to-60 came in a blazing 5.7 seconds, with the quarter whizzing by in just 14.3. If you left your foot in it, the Corvette would reach a blistering 132-mph terminal velocity. Pretty heady stuff for 1957. All about the codes The very best carbureted solid-axle Corvettes can be had in the five-figure range, but the Fuelies have always commanded a premium. The example seen here was restored by Glenn Vaughn Restorations in Idaho, and it came with a bag of receipts totaling over $160k. It’s finished in a solid Onyx Black that is likely far nicer than any paint job that ever left St. Louis, and is well complemented by the Venetian Red vinyl interior. Nicely done, to say the least. This car looks fantastic. But it’s interesting to note that the car’s early history is said to be unknown, and the color is described as “period correct,” but not absolutely correct to the car. For a driver-quality car, that’s no big deal, but for a Corvette at the upper end of the desirability spectrum, that can be a problem. Other notes are the “EN” code stamped in the block, which is correct for an ultra-rare RPO 579E 283/283 airbox car, according to the numbers. But the NCRS hasn’t verified that any were actually delivered with that code. RPO 579E cars may have had the “EL” block instead, which is what the standard 283/283 Fuelie cars used. Closer examination of the stamping shows some inconsistencies with the “N,” too, which some might see as an “H.” “EH” would indicate a 2x4-bbl-equipped 245-hp 4-speed Corvette. Still desirable, but not injected. Of course, we don’t have definitive proof either way — factory injected or not — and Bonhams did not state the engine to be original. But if it were a proven original, you can bet it would have been marketed as such, as 283-hp cars are worth a pretty penny. All of this could have held back some bidding while the car was on the block, as there’s a big value difference between the two options. Were they bidding on an original Fuelie? Was it changed over from a carbed car at some point in the past? This is a case where it pays to know for sure, with a marque expert’s on-site opinion or past NCRS or Bloomington Gold awards for peace of mind. We didn’t have any of that here. What we did have was a nice-looking ’57 — the final year of a very clean, desirable styling revamp. The 1958 model year saw more changes in the form of two headlights per side, the 13-bar chrome-tooth grille being replaced by a nine-tooth version, a hood festooned with non-functional dummy vents, and chrome trunk irons down the back end. Overall, the ’57 design is generally considered cleaner and more elegant. What’s it worth? If the standard 12% bidders’ fee is subtracted, the sale is just slightly below the ACC Pocket Price Guide 283-hp median value of $97,000 for a car that is well beyond median condition, minus, of course, any verification issues. Was it well bought? That depends. The current median for a 245-hp car is $79,000, and this car was certainly in muchbetter-than-average condition, so it could be considered a market price for condition and colors. It really all comes down to those numbers. If they can be verified — and it can be proven that the injection system was in fact installed by GM in April of 1957 — then this was a much better deal. Either way, for an end-user who is going to drive the car, this example had all the eyeball and performance that Earl and his team could have hoped for up on the 11th floor, even if it was well sold today. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) November–December 2018 51CC 51 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 Fuelie convertible Lot 4111, VIN: E57S195394 Condition: 2 Sold at $132,500 ACC# 6846489 Engine # location: Driver’s side of block at bellhousing, stamped in pad ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head Web: www.ncrs.com Alternatives: 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code, 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback, 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 convertible ACC Investment Grade: A (283/283 FI) Comps Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Driver’s side door jamb 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245 convertible Lot 700, VIN: E57S104740 Condition: 3+ Sold at $58,300 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/20/2018 ACC# 6872599 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 8/31/2017 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/220 convertible Lot 1097, VIN: E57S102098 Condition: 2+ Sold at $90,750 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2017 ACC# 6846500


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PROFILE GM Wandering Value 1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR NOMAD Courtesy of Bonhams Nomads with modern creature comforts in comparable original condition are pulling far more cash than all-stock examples. That’s just the new reality VIN: VC56L091264 by Dale Novak • Beautifully finished in its as-delivered Calypso Cream and Grecian Gold paint • Winner of numerous First in Class awards • Trendsetting 1950s style with much room in the back • The car that defined an era ACC Analysis This car, Lot 4, sold for $62,720, including buyer’s premium, at the Bonhams Quail Lodge sale in Carmel, CA, on August 24, 2018. The Chevrolet Nomad needs little introduction to those of us with our heads hardwired to the world of old cars — especially those from the mid-1950s. It was an amazing time of automotive design that shaped and molded the future of the automobile for years to come. Styling suddenly became as important as function — provided that cars could remain affordable for the many rather than the few. Gone were the days of fat fenders and bulbous bodies with little to no appeal. Practical transportation was subjugated by brighter colors, more chrome, multi-colored interiors, more options and better drivetrains. It was a styling renaissance that took the world by storm, as the automobile became a status symbol of the growing American middle class. The high-five for Tri-Fives Introduced in 1955, Chevrolet launched the 1955 Chevrolet in the 150, 210 and Bel Air series. The body styles were plentiful, as one could be configured as a 4-door sedan, 2-door sedan, utility, sport coupe, delivery, convertible or wagon. Power was supplied by either an inline 6 or new groundbreaking 265-ci 52 AmericanCarCollector.com small-block V8. Sales went through the roof, with over 1,700,000 selling in the 150, 210 and Bel Air series alone. It was a total game-changing model for Chevrolet. The Nomad came into the fold in mid-1955, named after the Corvette-based wagon show car of 1954. It was a high point on the styling chart — but so was the price. Buyers had to opt for the Bel Air trim, but with that came all sorts of styling options such as plush carpeting and two-tone paint. Chrome spears also adorned the headliner, and the body trim was decorated from end to end in stainless steel and chrome bits and pieces. The result was a stunning machine that let your neighbors know you had a few bucks to spare. By 1956, the overall styling had changed a bit, but the Nomad still left the showroom floor with all sorts of gleaming chrome and an updated grille. Production for 1956 topped out at 7,886 units — the lowest production for any Bel Air model from 1955 to ’57.


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1955–57 Number produced: 7,886 (1956) Engine # location: Stamped on block pad ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head Club: Chevrolet Nomad Association A changing market Dissecting the Nomad market hasn’t been easy of late. You can seemingly take the same exact Nomad, nicely restored, of course, to multiple venues, and depending on the buyers in the room, you’ll see dramatically different results. Naturally, you could say that about a bunch of cars when they aren’t a good fit for a particular venue. But the Nomad market carries with it a unique dynamic. While it’s stylish and cool, it’s still a wagon. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of determined buyers who would love to own a Nomad, especially a guy who fawns all over Tri-Five Chevys in general. The market is simply changing. The owners of many of the Tri-Fives, regardless of whether it’s a Nomad, are putting their cars up for sale. A quick search on Hemmings yielded 504 1955– 57 Chevys (150, 210s and Bel Airs) for sale, with 40 of those being Nomads. Yes, buyers are there stepping up to acquire them, but the values have been dropping based on simple supply-and-demand metrics. Younger buyers still seem to be drawn to these cars, but part of that equation is a lower price point. If the cars get cheap enough, more buyers will be drawn to them — and you don’t need a PhD to figure that out. Resto-mod or all stock? The interesting part of this market discussion is the number of buyers gravitating to the resto-mod market. Buying a cool old car with all the retro looks and styling with a smorgasbord of modern driving cues has been the hot ticket. You can actually drive a modified car and remain in reasonable comfort. You’ll still get the thumbs-up, but you can do it in the comfort of your air-conditioned cabin with your iPod connected to a surround-sound stereo system. Couple that with power everything, four-wheel disc brakes and the underpinnings from a late-model chassis, and you can cruise down the road without your tools in the trunk. That round-the-bend discussion brings us to our subject car. It’s an all-stock example. It will run and drive like a car from 1956. While it certainly presents well and comes complete with a very good pedigree, it’s still a 63-year-old car with 63-year-old technology on board. There’s nothing wrong with that, but based on my diligent research, Nomads with some modern creature comforts in a comparable original condition are pulling far more cash than all-stock examples. That’s just the new reality. While a collector might gravitate to this car for the pure nature of the offering, buyers who plan to actually drive that car will steer towards the modified examples. Cool car, but a cooling market Our subject car is in very nice condition. It obvi- ously was in stellar condition when the restoration was first completed. It has softened now over time, and under close examination, one can note mildly pitting chrome and a lightly soiled engine bay. Regardless, I’m sure it presented very well in person. By the markets, which have cooled for the Tri-Fives in general, you might expect an all-stock Nomad in this condition to fetch between $60k and $80k. The colors may have held it back a tad, as well as the early run number in the sale. The wallets are just getting cracked open by the fourth car across the block. While early indications would suggest that our sub- ject Nomad was very well bought, when you step back and look at the broader Tri-Five market as a whole, it’s more likely a market-correct result. Slightly well bought, but with caution as we look into the future. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1956 Chevrolet Nomad wagon Lot 1056.1, VIN: VC56F135550 Condition: 1Sold at $99,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/25/2016 ACC# 270649 1956 Chevrolet Nomad wagon Lot 1011, VIN: VC56K098934 Condition: 3+ Sold at $58,300 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2017 ACC# 6846762 Alternatives: 1955–57 Pontiac Safari wagon, 1953–55 Chevrolet Corvette, 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird Original list price: $2,707 Current ACC Median Valuation: $58,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Left front door hinge pillar Web: www.chevynomadclub. com ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1956 Chevrolet Nomad wagon Lot 258, VIN: VC56L046947 Condition: 2Sold at $40,425 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/17/2017 ACC# 6853661 November–December 2018 53


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PROFILE FOMOCO Ford’s Shelby 1969 SHELBY GT500 CONVERTIBLE Courtesy of Bonhams Is this the softening of a market for a car that got a little soft around the waistline? VIN: 9F03R481878 by Sam Stockham • One of only 335 1969 GT500 convertibles produced • Offered with Shelby authenticity certificate and Marti Report • Desirable options including air conditioning, traction-lok diff and competition suspension ACC Analysis This car, Lot 30, sold for $128,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, CA, on August 24, 2018. I once heard someone refer to these ’69 and ’70 cars as “Fat Elvis” Shelbys. The more I’ve thought about it, the more I figure it’s right in a tongue-incheek sort of way. By 1969, the Shelby Mustang had grown up, grown out, and was now pushing maximum density for a race car, which it really wasn’t anymore. That Elvis comparison got me thinking about the surprisingly short amount of time Shelby’s cars were around, considering the impact they had on the car world. Six short years is all it took for the Shelby Mustang to morph from a lean, mean SCCA B-production dominator to a bloated, but not underpowered, cushy cruiser trying to cater to a niche market and achieve mass appeal at the same time. By 1969, Shelby Mustang was a household name, but no one really wanted to pony up for one. So how did the Shelby Mustang go from lean and mean to karate kicks for show in only six years? Comfort over performance The answer is that in 1968, Bunkie Knudsen took the helm at Ford and decided quickly to move the Shelby build in-house. Keep in mind, Shelby was a 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com speed freak. If it wasn’t fast, he didn’t want it, and Ford was full of corporate bean-counters who swore they knew better that anyone. To them, no car was worth selling unless it almost pleased most of the people. That watered-down mentality took the simple, stripped-down, street-legal race car that was the 1965 (and 1966) Shelby and added power steering and power brakes for 1967. Those compromises were accepted in the name of safety and sales, but by 1968, a laundry list of luxury options neutered the Shelby Mustang’s track cred and basically made it worthy of a shoulder shrug in the eyes of the track-going public. Simply put, at the price point, they were hard to move. By late ’68, with the introduction of the ’69 model year, pricing and exclusivity were working against Shelby. For 1967, Ford had decided to make the optional big motor in all assembly-line Mustangs the 390-ci FE, so the 428-powered Shelby Mustangs still had the cubic-inch bragging right over production cars. For 1968, Ford decided to put the same 428 in the production cars when so optioned. Therefore, even the GT500 KR could not claim big-inch exclusivity anymore. When it came to the 428-powered cars, even Shelby’s racing pedigree could not compete with the introduction of the Boss 429 and its NASCAR mystique. The 428’s performance was mainly low-end torque. It was not a high-revving engine designed for race duty. At the time, the racing 427 would have been the hot ticket in the ’67-and-up Shelby, but it was tight on tolerance and expensive to build. Ford had better bottom-line plans with the 428, and once again, the bean-counters won. Whether Shelby himself was sold on the 428 motor is up for debate. But at the end of the


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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 Engine # location: Front right-hand cylinder bank Club: Shelby American Automobile Club day, Shelby was on his way out and the writing was on the wall for the GT500. End of an icon Ford had taken over the stripped-down perfor- mance market that Shelby had created with the 1969 Boss 429. If the cubic-inch buyer wanted the Boss motor, he was going to spend north of $4,800, which was still less than a loaded Shelby. That effectively elbowed the Shelby Mustang aside. The Boss motor gave Hemi-level power and exclusivity by being only offered in the Mustang, and buyers knew it — it was the new hot ticket. In mid-1968, a deal was struck with A.O. Smith to build the 1969 and 1970 Shelby Mustangs. A.O. Smith was already manufacturing the plastic body components for Shelby, and Ford figured they could capitalize on A.O. Smith’s manufacturing prowess and have them do the whole car, since much of it was aesthetic and not mechanical. Ford tried to wring the last bit of profitability out of the Shelby Mustang, but alas, the buying public wasn’t buying. A total of 780 1969 models were sold off as 1970 models, and the Shelby Mustang unceremoniously came to a production close in a proverbial white jumpsuit with rhinestones. All of this sounds a bit dramatic, I know. Heck, I like the looks of the 1969–70 production Mustang, but the Shelby looks a tad bloated for my tastes. The front end looks to be a Mopar design copy and has too many NACA ducts and fender scoops for me. But even if they look cartoonish rather than func- tional, I can see why people like the last Shelbys. Our car was done in a nice Candy Apple Red with white knit vinyl upholstery and a big signature from Shelby himself on the sun visor, which you might expect, as the catalog copy stated the car was from his personal collection. In the fine print, however, that was retracted. The car is said to be mostly original and was once donated to the Shelby Museum. A good buy, sized XL According to the catalog pics, the car looks to be a decent driver with some occasional rattle-can restoration possible. The battery is modern and the cables are incorrect, which is fine, but implies that the car has not undergone a full restoration. But like many of you, I like stuff I can drive without the risk of unraveling an expensive restoration. The trunk-lid plastics fit like socks on a rooster, but that’s par with quality control for the time, as Ford was not investing in such frivolity for the Shelbys. At $128,800, I’d call the car slightly well sold only because it was not restored. There was no big financial investment made by someone else prior to this sale. The ACC Pocket Price Guide pegs the value at around $110,000 with an automatic, which our subject car has. Conversely, recent sales of 1969–70 Shelby con- vertibles show some higher sale prices than this. Not long ago, auction catalog estimates on some examples were over $200,000. Is this the softening of a market for a car that got a little soft around the waistline? I’m not sure yet, but stay tuned. I’ll call it well bought for now. What I do know is that it’s Elvis’s rhinestonebedazzled jumpsuit, size XL, and no matter how garish, will always be loved and considered iconic. So will Shelby and his Mustangs. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot 36, VIN: 9F03R482705 Condition: 1Sold at $181,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 4/25/2015 ACC# 264878 1970 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot 747, VIN: 0F03R482603 Condition: 1 Sold at $137,500 Original list price: $5,027 (base convertible) Current ACC Median Valuation: $110,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Tag under windshield Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 3,153 (combined) Web: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5 convertible, 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 convertible, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428CJ ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/19/2017 ACC# 6852548 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot 032, VIN: 9F03R482546 Condition: 2Sold at $158,400 Motostalgia, Waxahachie, TX, 10/14/2017 ACC# 6851044 November–December 2018 55CC 55


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PROFILE MOPAR NASCAR Attitude 1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-DOOR HARD TOP Could something as simple as replacing the valve covers, air cleaner, hoses and battery with reproduction factory pieces have driven the price higher on this GTX? 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: RS23L77233785 by Tom Glatch • 375-hp, 440-ci “Super Commando” V8 • Automatic transmission • Air conditioning and power steering • Interior features bucket seats, console and radio ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1097, sold for $29,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, on August 30, 2018, at RM Auctions’ fall sale in Auburn, IN. It was sold without reserve. Take a look at the big chrome gas cap on the side of this ’67 GTX. It was modeled after the types of fuel caps used on race cars at the time and hinted at the racing DNA underneath that red paint. The GTX may have been spawned from the humble Plymouth Belvedere, but somewhere within the Highland Park engineering buildings, the GTX mutated into a very different beast. A muscle machine Plymouth’s famed Product Planning Manager, Jack Smith, created the Plymouth Belvedere GTX. Smith wanted a better competitor to the original muscle machine, Pontiac’s GTO. He played with three-letter combinations before deciding on GTX, then had the Plymouth studio create a lean, clean look by stripping the sporty Satellite model of most if its chrome. “Because of a minimum of exterior decorations,” Car Life magazine wrote, “an aggressive, compactly muscular image emerges. This aspect is heightened by the view from the driver’s bucket seat: Looking down that broad hood, between the window-dressing ‘scoops’ and over the pointed, vertical hood ornament, the driver feels sharply inspired with the brute masculinity of the vehicles.” That brute force was provided by the 375-horse- power Super Commando 440. For ’67, Chrysler took the already-fine Commando 440 and added better flowing heads and a more aggressive hydraulic cam to create the GTX’s engine, which Car Craft magazine called “a street engine with racing ability without the problems of a finely tuned racing mill.” Car Life saw 0–60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which was actually faster than the race-bred Hemi, all without the expense and nasty temperament of the 426 “Elephant” engine. The Hemi was available in the GTX, and 115 were built with the $564 option (about $4,320 in today’s dollars), but around town the 440 proved to be the sensible approach to performance. Of course, if speeds got well above normal street velocities, the Hemi was king. Proof via Petty Underneath the GTX, the heavy-duty suspension, comprised of progressive-rate torsion bars up front and luddite leaf springs out back, had the reputation of providing exceptional handling and traction to the narrow bias-ply tires of the times, all tied to a stiff, light unibody architecture. Like most Chrysler products of the era, the GTX rode with a reassuring firmness, with above-average cornering and brakes. But the real proof of the GTX’s genetics was revealed on the NASCAR circuit throughout 1967. ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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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 Richard Petty earned his second NASCAR Grand National championship in a season never to be equaled — 27 victories out of 48 races, including 10 straight wins. The GTX started at $3,178, around $250 more than a Pontiac GTO, but because of GM’s restrictions on engine size, the GTX packed that monster 440, something GTO owners with their 400-cubic-inch powerplants could only dream of. The GTO still outsold the GTX by roughly seven to one in 1967, but the GTX set the stage for the runaway success of the Plymouth Road Runner that Jack Smith created just before the launch of the rebodied 1968 models (the GTX continued as an upscale performance machine with standard 440 power). Plus, those 1967 GTX owners could honestly brag that, like a Plymouth magazine advertisement said, the only way to pass Richard Petty’s GTX — or any owner’s GTX — is if it’s on a trailer. Driver or show car? Our feature GTX certainly looks the part, with that stripped-down stance like it’s ready to trade paint on the banks of Darlington or Daytona. Inside and out it looks to be well restored, with excellent PP1 “Bright Red” paint and the optional Magnum 500 wheels that so many of these cars had from new. It also has air conditioning — a rare, expensive option in 1967, but perfect for a GTX that is intended for frequent use. But under the hood, the braided hoses, modern chrome pieces and Optima battery tell the world that this is a driver and not a concours trailer queen. As the former owner of a similar 1967 Satellite convertible, I can tell you these Mopar B-bodies drive well for cars that are a half-century old. But possibly this image of a driver kept the price of this GTX below the current median — the ACC Pocket Price Guide Q3 edition shows a median value of $32,500. Here’s the conundrum for any seller of ’60s muscle, especially for a car that has little or no provenance: Keep the car stock or “restify” it with upgraded brakes, suspension, tires, and powertrain for a better driving experience? Maybe the best approach is to mildly customize while keeping the factory appearance. Add factory disc brakes and air conditioning to a muscle car that originally had neither, and include modern poly suspension bushings, upgraded shocks and a set of vintage-looking BFGoodrich Redline Radial tires for a more-modern feel. I’m always concerned when a vehicle sends a mixed message. Is it a show car? Is it a driver? At least with an all-out Pro Street machine, you know what you are getting, although heavily modified cars invariably lose money for a seller. Could something as simple as replacing the valve covers, air cleaner, hoses and battery with reproduction factory pieces have driven the price higher on this GTX? It certainly couldn’t have hurt. The owner would then have a stunning machine that is fun and practical to drive while still being show-worthy at all but the most demanding concours. As it is, the new owner got a bit of Richard Petty DNA at a discount price. For the money, I’d consider Club: WPC Club Inc. Web: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1967 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, 1967 Ford Fairlane GT Comps Engine # location: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Years produced: 1966–67 Number produced: 12,115 (1967: 11,429 hard top, 686 convertible) Original list price: $3,178 Current ACC Median Valuation: $32,500 hard top, $34,000 convertible Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Plate on driver’s door post 1967 Plymouth GTX 2-dr hard top Lot T115.1, VIN RS23L71113626 Condition: 3+ Sold at $27,540 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2015 ACC# 265253 1967 Plymouth GTX 2-dr hard top Lot T166, VIN: this one well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) RS23L71221670 Condition: 1Sold at $45,360 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 4/18/2014 ACC# 243865 1967 Plymouth GTX 2-dr hard top Lot 501, VIN: RS23L75108218 Condition: 2+ Sold at $39,875 Leake Auctions, Tulsa, OK, 6/9/2013 ACC# 225638 November–December 2018 November–December 2018 57


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932 FORD “404 JR.” ROADSTER Black, White and Run All Over Patrick Ernzen ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s This classic rod was unbeatable in drag competition, and then served over 185,000 miles as a driver before being restored VIN: 1834926 by Ken Gross • Virtually unbeatable on Los Angeles-area drag strips in the 1950s • Former NHRA Street Roadster Class worldrecord holder • Fully restored by Dave Crouse, formerly Custom Auto, Loveland, CO • Powered by a full race 314-ci Ford flathead V8 with 4 carburetors, Harrell heads and an Isky “404” radius-tappet camshaft • Featured in The Rodder’s Journal, Issue 32 • Dean Bachelor Award winner at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance • Selected in 2007 as one of the most significant 1932 Ford hot rods of all time ACC Analysis This car, Lot 244, sold for $324,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction on August 25, 2018. “Iconic” is a word that’s often bandied about, but this historic Deuce racer comes by the term honestly. From 1950 to 1955, Los Angeles-based brothers Pat and Tony Berardini drag-raced this Von Dutch-flamed Highboy on quarter-mile strips from Santa Ana and Saugus to Orange County and Colton. The Berardinis dominated the Gas and Fuel Street Roadster classes, consistently winning and setting track records. 58 AmericanCarCollector.com Speed secrets A few years back, I talked to Pat Berardini (he passed away in 2013). He said that besides fast reaction times, he and his brother’s speed secret was a wicked-spec Iskenderian “404” high-lift racing camshaft with radiused tappets, high lift and extralong duration. There’s no substitute for cubic inches, of course, so the talented duo bored their roadster’s flathead V8 to 3.375 inches. Thanks to a custom-built billet crank, with a 4.375-inch stroke, displacement was huge — for a flathead — at a whopping 314 ci. At the drags, Tony ran a ’29 in the gas roadster class and Pat drove this ’32 as a street roadster with cycle front fenders and bobbed rears. The black-andwhite beauty turned a consistent 111 to 112 mph in the quarter-mile, running in the low 12-second bracket. The car was a great advertisement for the brothers’ shop, where they specialized in mildly customized early Fords and skilled engine building. This roadster even made a brief appearance in the 1954 film classic “Blackboard Jungle,” starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis and Sidney Poitier. In 1955, after campaigning the roadster for six years of nonstop weekend drag racing, the Berardinis sold it (for $975) to Bay Area racer Jeano LaCoste, who kept on incrementally improving the roadster’s top speed (115.66 mph in 11.75 seconds).


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1932 Number produced: 6,893 DeLuxe Roadsters; 520 Standard Roadsters Original list price: $500 Current ACC Median Valuation: $57,750 Tune-up/major service: $250 (estimated) Engine # location: VIN location: Front frame rail, driver’s side. Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) LaCoste repainted the car bright yellow and dropped in an eight-carb 354-ci Chrysler Hemi. Not content with that formidable induction setup, Jeano and Northern California legend Charlie Tabucchi upgraded the ’32 yet again with a massive 6-71 GMC blower and Hilborn two-port fuel injection. Their best effort came on a foggy day at Half Moon Bay, where the roadster, still called “404 Jr.,” turned a torrid 136.36 mph in 11.61 seconds — enough for an A/Gas World Record. A life well lived LaCoste sold the roadster to Rudy Perez, from Alamo, CA, who installed a Chevy small-block V8 and replaced (but thankfully kept) the original rails with a California Street Rods chassis. Over 37 years, Perez drove the car more than 185,000 miles, winning the Brizio Family Award, one of many trophies awarded at the Grand National Roadster Show. That’s where respected Salina, KS, collector Roger Morrison saw it. Intent on restoring the roadster back to its Berardini guise, and reuniting Pat Berardini with the car, Morrison retained Dave Crouse (then Custom Auto in Loveland, CO) to repair the original frame — at considerable expense — and build a proper flathead for it. “The Camfather,” Ed Iskenderian, pulled his last 404 camshaft and lifters off the shelf so the restored roadster would retain that characteristic lopey idle and crisp throttle response. Debuted at the 2005 GNRS, the now-pristine “404 Jr.” captured the coveted Bruce Meyer Preservation Award. Two years later at the Pebble Beach Concours, Edsel Ford II presented Morrison and a delighted Pat Berardini, riding shotgun, with the esteemed Dean Bachelor Trophy for the most significant historic hot rod. As a final honor, the roadster was named one of the 75 most significant ’32 Fords of all time, and has been featured in many hot rod magazines, including milestone issue 32 of The Rodder’s Journal. Heading for the races again Impressed by its remarkable history, Craig McCaw bought the 404 Jr. from Morrison, who felt he’d accomplished all his goals for the car. After a spell in McCaw’s collection, it was consigned to the August RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale. The winning bidder was Ross Myers, a Pennsylvania-based collector whose “3 Dog Garage” private museum in Boyertown, PA, is home to the ex“Ricky Nelson,” Pete Henderson, and Fred Steele ’32 Ford roadsters, the “Kookie Kar,” as well as a Ridler Award-winning ’36 Ford 3-window by Troy Trepanier. The selling price of $324,000 was well below the $400,000 to $600,000 estimate. “You could argue that this Highboy roadster, with its great racing history, is one of the top 10 most significant ’32 Fords,” Myers says. “I love the story about the two brothers who raced it for years. They were seldom ever beaten. It looks just the way you’d want a drag-racing ’32 to look, and it’s a great value, compared with what you’d have to spend to restore it.” Ross plans to run the 404 Jr. at next year’s Race of Gentlemen (TROG) on the beach at Wildwood, NJ. With that in mind, I’d call this classic hot rod sale a very good deal for the buyer. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Transmission bellhousing Web: www.goodguys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other ’40sto-’50s-era period hot rods with race history and awards ACC Investment Grade: AComps 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, ex-Pete Henderson Lot 173, VIN: DRF99005 Condition: 1Sold at $192,500 RM Sotheby’s, Hershey, PA, 10/5/2017 ACC# 6850347 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, ex-Walker Morrison Lot 132, VIN: 1874450 Condition: 1 Sold at $225,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/16/2013 ACC# 227288 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, ex-Tom McMullen Lot S109, VIN: 18152025 Condition: 1Sold at $742,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213966 November–December 2018 59


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1912 FORD MODEL T TOURING Bargain T B. Mitchell Carlson Our featured car predates several important Model T milestones, and it’s largely original — which is why it was a phenomenally good buy 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 124640 Engine #: 131349 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 176-ci L-head inline 4-cylinder engine • Two-speed planetary transmission • Owner states car retains correct engine, carburetor and rear end • Driven 100 miles since driveline overhaul ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1009, sold for $4,675, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ Fall Auburn auction in Auburn, IN, on August 30, 2018. It was offered without reserve. Henry Ford’s final car company finally got enough momentum (and financial backing) to get underway in 1903, and it kept going with cars that were slowly moving up the price brackets. The company was financially successful, but what Henry really wanted was to build a car for the everyday person. As such, his Model T was launched in 1908 at an introductory price of $825 for a runabout. Knowing he could build more cheaply with mass production, he introduced the moving assembly line to the auto industry in 1914. With the ever-increasing economies of scale, efficiencies in production meant gradual changes to the T, the most obvious of which was going from exposed brass radiators to ones enclosed in a painted steel shell in 1917. By 1924, the basic Model T runabout attained the lowest selling price for any new car in history at $265. Our featured car predates several important Model T milestones, and it’s largely original — which is why it was a phenomenally good buy. Original non-matching numbers In 1912, all Ts were still built in Detroit, but not yet on a moving assembly line. This was even before they were all painted black. The vast majority were dark blue that year. While there was some parts swapping done at some time, the majority of this car is as it was built by Ford. Most notable is the engine block and serial number plaque on the interior side of the firewall; as with all 1912s, these numbers do not match, but are both correct for the year. The engine number on this car —


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1908–16 (Brass Era) Number produced: 68,733 (1912) Club: Model T Ford Club of America 131349 — dates to July 1912, per Ford’s records. For the length of Model T production, the serial number was always considered the engine number. When the Model T was introduced, a patent plate was affixed to the dashboard, and throughout early 1911, both the engine and the patent plate’s numbers matched. As replacement engines began to be set aside and car production increased, the tag numbers started to intermittently not match the engines during 1911. By 1912, none of them matched, but Ford didn’t really care because they didn’t track the patent-plate numbers. Also through this time, part of the function of the patent plate was to cover an unused carburetor adjustment hole on the firewall. As all firewalls were made to be used for left- and right-hand drive, Ford simply flipped the drilled-out board that was the firewall and mounted components on the side that fit over the steering column. The unused adjustment hole that went nowhere sat behind the tag. With the firewall changing in 1913, and for the sake of manufacturing efficiency and cost savings, the tag was deleted. Bodies had a unit number stamped into the wood structure, depending upon which assembly plant built it, but it was not the engine number. Value and demand This T was markedly older than the vast majority of its surviving peers, and it was very original, so you might have assumed it would’ve brought more money across the auction block. RM had their estimate at $12,000 to $18,000. However, this car had a couple of factors working against it. First, it was among the first cars on the auction. Not just for the day — it was the third car out for the whole Labor Day weekend event. As such, it was in front of a light audience of bidders. Second is interest in Ts in general, which started to wane in car people way back in the 1960s. The T-bucket street rod is a classic example of making Grandpa’s slow fuddy car into something cool and more relevant, adapting it to a more modern use. Today, it seems that the vast majority of under30-year-old buyers don’t want anything to do with cars such as this. And that will be a problem for all genres of collector cars as they — and we — age, regardless of your collector-vehicle interests. The thing to appreciate about a car like this is not the simple fact that it’s old. It’s that, despite the odds, it’s still here. Despite car dealer scrappage programs in the 1920s (when used cars were piled up and publicly burned to help stimulate new car sales), World War II scrap drives, and the overall post-war era of Modernism at the expense of our past — let alone the effects of time and nature — it’s still here over a century later. Mechanical escape For those of us — regardless of age — who can appreciate a working mechanical device that’s over a century old, these early Ts are relative bargains. For those who are mechanically inclined and want to get away from a world of computers, restoration or maintenance of a simple mechanical machine can be a superb way to relax. So if you have a chance to pick up a Brass Era Model T on the cheap, by all means do it. If you want to restore it into a concours lawn ornament if it’s too far gone to preserve, have at it. If you just want to get it running and make it relatively safe as a driver, better yet. And while a lack of interest has kept prices reason- able on these old Fords, curb appeal is another story, as these once-ubiquitous Ts now stand out. Based on the short time I was inspecting this car while it was sitting and waiting to get hauled out of the auction, I can tell you that you’ll be surprised by the amount of looks a Model T will generate. This was parked next to a red 1969 Plymouth Road Runner convertible, and during my 20-odd-minute informal survey, more people stopped and looked at the T than the muscle car by a ratio of 2-to-1. Regardless of what the new owner intends to do with it — preserve, restore, or just drive it slowly — this was 1912 Ford Model T Tourer Lot 333, VIN: 142001 Condition: 3 Sold at $16,908 Bonhams, Paris. FRA, 2/8/2018 ACC# 6858285 Engine # location: Pad directly beneath the cylinder head, centered on the left side of the block, just above the boss for the coolant outlet (Ford’s accepted car serial number) Web: www.mtfca.com/ Alternatives: 1908–12 Buick Model 10 4-cylinder, 1907–15 International Harvester highwheeler, 1928–31 Ford Model A ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Original list price: $690 Current ACC Median Valuation: $16,704 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Serial number on plate on interior side of the firewall 1914 Ford Model T Tourer Lot 438, VIN: 614017 Condition: 3Sold at $9,380 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, 11/11/2017 ACC# 6854012 a great buy on a piece of rolling Americana. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1923 Ford Model T Tourer Lot 128A, VIN: N/A Condition: 3Sold at $5,800 VanDerBrink Auctions, Chatfield, MN, 6/16/2016 ACC# 6803711 November–December 2018 61CC 61


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PROFILE RACE 1952 HUDSON HORNET 6 NASCAR RACER Racing Relic Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers How do you value an artifact? In the context of its time, it was a truly special and advanced racer. The “fabulous” part wasn’t just hype VIN: 7B185596 by Thor Thorson • Driven and owned by NASCAR legend Herb Thomas during ’52 and ’53 seasons • Presented in original racing livery; factory “Severe Usage” items throughout • The last and only known Hudson factory “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” NASCAR racer in existence ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1, sold for $1,265,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Hostetler Auto Museum sale in Shipshewana, IN, on August 4, 2018. In Pixar’s 2006 animated movie “Cars,” the eventual hero is a callow, self-obsessed rookie racer named Lightning McQueen. Trapped by fate in the backwater town of Radiator Springs, he begins his journey to redemption by realizing that the stodgy, antiquated “Doc Hudson” was, in fact, the famous racer “Fabulous Hudson Hornet.” I suggest we follow a similar path, to wit: we may look down our noses at the heavy, clumsy old 1952 Hudson Hornet, but in the context of its time, it was a truly special and advanced racer. The “fabulous” part wasn’t just hype. I was 7 when Herb Thomas was dominating the dirt (and occasionally paved) oval tracks of the early stock-car racing days, so by the time my automotive hormones started to kick in, the Hornet (indeed, even Hudson itself) was an almost lost memory of the time before modern cars arrived with flash and thunder. I started researching this piece with an almost “Doc Hudson” dismissal of the old thing — mostly hype and great graphics, it seemed. Then I started to learn. 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Step-down performance Although long gone, Hudson was once a serious player in the American car business. In 1929 it was the third-largest manufacturer behind Chevrolet and Ford, with a reputation for excellent engineering and build quality. In the early post-war years, they were the first to see racing as an important marketing opportunity and happened to have an excellent car to work with. Their chassis was particularly advanced: While the other manufacturers were using a ladder frame with the entire car bolted on top of it, Hudson designed a perimeter frame around the passenger’s compartment then dropped the entire car down inside it — what they called the “step down” design. It both significantly strengthened the rigidity of the frame and dropped the center of mass by over four inches, which improved handling and ride. Although the suspension appeared conventional, with a live axle bolted to leaf springs in back, it really wasn’t. Hudson angled the leaf springs inward like a snowplow, with the result that hard acceleration didn’t cause the nose of the differential to dive. They also used a Panhard rod to locate the live axle. The front suspension used unequal-length A-arms that were particularly strong and utilized “center point” steering, wherein the steering rotation point (kingpin) was directly above the center of the front wheels. Normal steering swings the tires through an arc while this simply rotates them, making steering much lighter and more resistant to road jarring. The steering is still horribly slow, but it is light. In general, the Hornet drove and handled better than anything America made at the time.


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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: 1951–54 Number built: Approximately 20 (racers) Original list price: $2,479 Current ACC Median Valuation: $1,265,000 (this car) Engine # location: Front of engine block right top Club: Hudson-EssexTerraplane Club Racing with 6 In the late 1940s, Hudson had made a strategic cor- porate decision not to develop a V8 engine, but instead to optimize the 6 they had. The decision arguably cost them the company in the mid-1950s, when V8s became the cool thing, but in the early years they had the most sophisticated and powerful flathead ever built. To start, it was big: 5 liters was about as large as anyone was building sedan engines in those days. Rather than have the valves parallel to the bores in the block, Hudson canted them seven degrees toward the cylinder, which allowed far better porting and combustion-chamber shape than the traditional approach. The intake (particularly the “Twin-H” 2-carb version) and exhaust manifolds were both highly efficient, and the bottom end was strong enough to handle high revs. Officially the engine made 145 hp at 3,600 rpm, but with factory help was easily tweaked to make 215 at 4,800 rpm, with tons of torque. In 1952, the competition was just starting to figure things out. Oldsmobile had the first “modern” V8 in their Rocket 88, but it only made 135 hp, and General Motors wasn’t very helpful in getting more “stock” power from it. Dodge didn’t get a V8 until 1953, and it was a 140-hp 4-liter when it arrived, so the Hudson 6 was nothing to sneeze at. None of the cars were light, so with a roughly 17.5-pounds-per-horsepower ratio, the Hudson was bloody fast for its time. Hudson was also the first to figure out how to effec- tively support stock-car racing. In those days, “stock” meant stock, which was what the factory produced, exactly as they produced it. Hudson figured out that they could build virtually anything they wanted and have it legal as long as they offered the parts to their entire dealer network. Thus was born the “severe usage” parts list: upgraded spindles, axles, differential ratios, shock absorbers, brakes, even an entire 215-hp engine — you get the idea. Nobody else did this at the time, and it was an enormous advantage. Track domination — for a time For a few halcyon years it all came together — chassis, suspension, engine, and factory support — to create a stock-car racing juggernaut in the early years of NASCAR. But technological development by the competition and insufficient cash to keep up doomed Hudson to obscurity. 1954 was the swan song, as Hudson had to merge with Nash to survive (and didn’t anyway), but it had been a hell of a ride. The “Fabulous Hudson Hornets” became old, uncompetitive racers and were junked or sold into street slavery, for the most part lost to memory and dusty photos. By fortuitous chance, today’s subject car — one of the greatest examples to boot — survived. It is the only one. Value in history How do you value an artifact? It is a relic of a time both impossibly distant and not really that long ago — a heroic tool for my father’s generation to challenge the limits of what a car could do. Like that generation (and increasingly my own), it has become almost a caricature of obsolescent glory, but in that very fact has maintained an emotional attachment with who we are today. It is difficult to look at or think about these cars now without something inside going soft and fuzzy, which is why Doc Hudson was essential to making “Cars” work and why we wistfully appreciate Hudsons today. In its time and in its way, it was a truly fabulous car, fairly bought now by someone who is probably pretty nostalgic.A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1953 Hudson Wasp Super 6 Hollywood hard top Lot 65, VIN: 5C221320 Condition 2Sold at $44,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Shipshewana, IN, 8/4/18 ACC# 6877079 1953 Hudson Hornet 6 “Twin H-Power” sedan Lot 66, VIN: 5559W1S Condition: 3+ Sold at $41,800 ACC# 6876016 Cost per hour to race: $500 VIN location: Metal plate on right front door jamb Web: www.hetclub.org Alternatives: 1952 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, 1953 Dodge Coronet, 1952 Ford Customline ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1956 Hudson Hornet NASCAR re-creation Lot 2, VIN: 7B139000 Condition: 1Sold at $165,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Shipshewana, IN, 8/4/18 ACC# 6875991 Worldwide Auctioneers, Shipshewana, IN, 8/4/18 November–December 2018 63


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PROFILE TRUCK 1969 CHEVROLET C-10 PICKUP Rising Rigs Courtesy of Hendrick Performance There are very good reasons why these trucks are popular as drivers, cruisers and show trucks, and that’s going to keep this market rising VIN: CE149J848195 by Jeff Zurschmeide • 350-ci V8 engine with 4-bbl • Turbo-Hydramatic transmission • Frame-off restoration • Original Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual and sales books • Loaded with some of the rarest options • Factory a/c, power steering and brakes • Factory cruise control, rare speed alert • Engine-block heater • Tilt wheel • Deluxe Interior with bucket seats, console and headliner • Deluxe gauge package • AM/FM radio • Oak bed floor • Deluxe wheel covers • Correct double-band whitewalls • Restoration receipts and thumb drive of pictures • Highly detailed with correct tags and chalk marks ACC Analysis This truck, Lot ST0039, sold for $39,590, including buyer’s pre- mium, at GAA Classic Cars sale in Greensboro, NC, on July 18, 2018. The late 1960s saw some of the most dramatic changes to Chevrolet pickup trucks that the Bowtied workhorses had seen in their 50-year history. The Chevy trucks produced from 1967 to 1972 completed the transition from primitive load haulers to modern all-purpose vehicles. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com A thoroughly modern truck To really understand the 1969 Chevy C-10, you have to go back to the last major redesign in 1960. The most significant technical improvement at that time was the adoption of independent front suspension. For the first three years of the new design, Chevy trucks used torsion bars up front, but in 1963, all two-wheel-drive half-ton Chevy trucks received front coil springs. Perhaps just as important, the traditional rear leaf springs on 1960 ½-ton and ¾-ton Chevy trucks were replaced with coil springs and trailing arms. Together with the front suspension redesign, this gave Chevy light trucks of the 1960s the best ride and handling of any truck made up to that point. Then, in 1967, Chevy introduced a smooth new exterior design that held through the 1972 model year. Trucks built in ’67 and beyond were nearly two inches longer than their predecessors, and overall ride height was dropped by more than two inches to improve handling and cab access. However, the chassis underpinnings of the 1967–72 trucks remained more or less the same as the 1966 models. Chevy half-ton trucks received front disc brakes for the first time in 1971, and eventually abandoned the coil-spring rear suspension in 1973, going back to improved leaf springs for the next generation. 1969 had its own watershed changes, but these were mostly found in the engine compartment. 1967 was the last year that the venerable straight-6 engine outsold the small-block V8 in pickups. In 1968, Chevy truck


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: More than 400,000 Original list price: $2,494 Current ACC Median Valuation: $23,100 Tune-up/major service: $100 VIN Location: Plate in door jamb, driver’s side Engine # location: Ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head buyers chose 410,000 V8 engines compared to about 270,000 6-cylinders. So for ’69, Chevy abandoned the 327 and offered three variations of the 350 V8. Buyers could get the 350 in 255-, 300-, and 350-horsepower versions. All the 350 V8 options came with a 4-barrel carburetor, so it’s hard to tell the difference at a glance today. Truck interiors were advancing just as rapidly. Chevy dramatically improved interiors in this era, offering features such as carpet, air conditioning, and even bucket seats with a center console. Almost 30,000 buyers chose Chevy’s “Custom Sport Truck,” or CST, trim on 1969 fleetside models, which got them carpeting, upgraded seats, a headliner, a cargo lamp and chrome dash knobs. Rising values The 1969 Chevrolet C-10 pickup was the most advanced truck Chevy had ever made, and sales reflected the truck’s popularity. The most common 1969 C-10 was the fleetside longbed, with 268,233 produced, while the second-place fleetside shortbed ran to only 54,211 trucks. Stepsides were less common, with 49,147 shortbeds and 18,179 longbeds produced. Original base-trim purchase prices ranged from $2,494 to $2,569. Chevy trucks of this generation have long been collectible, but prices have taken another jump up recently. It’s still easy to buy a solid driver truck for about $10,000, but most collectible examples are trading in the $20,000–$30,000 range, and recent prices have peaked over $50,000 (ACC# 270897). The top Cheyenne trim was introduced in 1971, and those trucks, as well as the Cheyenne Super launched in late ’71, bring consistently higher prices than lessluxurious trims. Against that backdrop, the $37,000 price tag for our subject sale is far from a high-water mark for this generation, but it’s respectable money for a well-restored truck. This truck looks like someone went through and checked every option on the order form, and that’s a great thing because many of these options are “never see them” rare. Options present on this truck include the tachom- eter, door armrests, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, power steering and brakes, speed alert, tilt steering wheel, bucket seats with center console and code P01 chrome hubcaps. Of course, the 350 V8 and Turbo-Hydramatic 3-speed automatic transmission were also technically optional, even though the take rate on those features makes them seem like standard equipment. What’s on the SPID? But with so many optional parts now available in the aftermarket, it’s hard to know how many of these options were originally delivered with this truck. It’s impossible to be certain because the GAA auction listing does not include any images of the SPID, or Service Parts Identification tag, located on the inside of the glovebox door. Some answers come from the ACC Premium Auction Database, which shows this same truck sold at Leake Dallas at the end of 2017 for $28,050 (ACC# 6853676). At the time of that sale, there were no whitewall tires or optional hubcaps, so those features were added since last year. ACC had a reporter on site for last year’s sale who reported that the build sticker in the glovebox appeared to be a reproduction, so there’s no certain way to tell what this truck had originally. From the looks of it, the seller pocketed a tidy profit on an eight-month ownership and a set of hubcaps and tires. The insider takeaway from that fact is that getting the highest price for your sale (or the lowest price as a buyer) depends on the buyers in the audience at the time and place of the auction. The larger message, though, is that well-kept high-trimlevel 1967–72 Chevy trucks continue to rise in the market. There are very good reasons why these trucks are popular as drivers, cruisers and show trucks, and that’s going to keep this market rising. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of GAA. The truck currently is for sale by Hendrick Perfomance, www. hendrickperformance.com.) November–December 2018 65CC 65 Club: GM Truck Club Web: www.gmtruckclub.com Alternatives: 1967–72 Ford F-Series, 1973–87 Chevrolet C-10, 1965–71 Dodge D-Series ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Chevrolet C-10 pickup Lot 171, VIN: CE149J848195 (subject truck) Condition: 2 Sold at $28,050 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/17/2017 ACC# 6853676 1968 Chevrolet C-10 SWB pickup Lot 1121, VIN: CS14S195367 Condition: 3 Sold at $11,550 Leake, Dallas, TX, 4/17/2016 ACC# 6799635 1972 Chevrolet C-10 Cheyenne Super pickup Lot 472.1, VIN: CCE142S195290 Condition: 2 Sold at $50,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/25/2016 ACC# 270897


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MARKET OVERVIEW Monterey Wasn’t the Only Place to Buy a Car This Summer Monterey’s auctions set records, but deals spanned coasts CHAD’S QUICK TAKE Pick up your favorite car magazine (hopefully it’s this one) and there is likely a writer in there grousing about the next generation of collectors/car folks/whatever you call ’em. The ideas are often scattershot, agreeing on neither who the next generation even is (toddlers, teenagers, 30-something Millennials), nor on what they want them to do. Here’s what I know: The future Twin Cities Auctions held their sale in conjuction with MSRA’s Back to the 50’s car show. one of the many cars on offer was this 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car edition coupe, sold for $4,000 by Chad Tyson lots consigned, 106 found new owners, bringing in $8,464,110. Top sale of the show was the 2017 Ford GT formerly owned by pro wrestler John Cena. It sold for $1,540,000. Twin Cities Auctions hosted the auction alongside the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s Back to the M 50’s car show. Consignors brought about the same number of cars they always do (160 to 180 has been the range the past three years), and buyers purchased about the same number of cars that they always do (93 to 96 is that range). However, total sales fell by 21% to $1,469,396. High-sale honors went to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car convertible at $54,000. Lucky held their usual Fall Classic sale alongside the LeMay Family Collection open house and car show. This edition featured something for everyone, from the top-selling 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago at $148,500 to the highest-selling American car, a Factory Five 1965 Shelby Cobra replica at $35,750, to a $23,100 Model T “Sauer Kraut” show car. Sales jumped 38% over last year’s total to $1,074,265 this year. Highlights in our Roundup section this issue come from GAA’s summer sale in Greensboro, NC, Silver’s July Spokane sale, and the remaining Monterey Peninsula sales including Gooding & Company, RM Sotheby’s, Worldwide and Bonhams. A BEST BUYS 1985 Buick Regal T-type coupe, $3,500—Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, p. 82 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko coupe, $165,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 117 1932 Ford 404 Jr. roadster, $324,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 118 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Custom pickup, $10,800—Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, p. 102 1919 Ford Model T “Sauer Kraut” Show Car coupe, $23,100—Lucky Collector Car Auctions, WA, p. 82 ecum’s Daytime Auction in Monterey nearly was their best ever, with a 36% jump up from last year’s total sales. The $45,691,975 in vehicle sales this year is only second to their 2016 auction of $50.1m. The high seller was a Bohman & Schwartz-bodied 1933 Duesenberg Model J that brought in $3,850,000. Overall, 362 of the 697 cars changed hands for a sellthrough rate of 52%. Russo and Steele hosted their waterfront sale at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey. Of the 201 vehicle is accessibility. Back in Monterey, Editor Pickering and I found the Exotics on Cannery Row show, and while it didn’t have many cars that fall within this magazine’s focus, it was a half-hour walk to go three city blocks through all the people attending that event. Last issue, Cindy Carlsson showed us some great shots from the nearly 12,000 vehicles at Back to the 50’s. Portland’s own weekly Beaches Cruise-In can attract 2,000 cars given the right weather and proximity to a national holiday. None of these costs $600 to attend, like some Monterey events do, and a seersucker suit won’t be in sight. Want to get people involved? Make it (attending, participating, etc.) as wide open as you can to attract as many people as possible. There will be plenty of chaff and wheat separating themselves, as shown by continued attendance and participation. Young people do like old cars. They just might like cars you didn’t realize are old. Let them show you. You might be surprised by what you see. — Chad Tyson


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MARKET OVERVIEW ToP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE Buy It Now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 1989–95 Ford Taurus V6 SHo Ford’s longtime sales-chart 1 1948 Tucker 48 2 2017 Ford GT sedan, $1,820,000 —RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 124 coupe, $1,540,000 —Russo and Steele, CA, p. 78 3 1931 Duesenberg Sport convertible sedan, $1,320,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 113 4 1929 Duesenberg ible sedan, $1,155,000— Mecum Auctions, CA, p. 88 5 1966 Shelby Cobra roadster, $995,000 —RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 121 6 1962 Shelby Cobra roadster, $990,000 —Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 120 7 1965 Shelby GT350 $720,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 121 8 1916 Locomobile 9 1936 Packard ible cabriolet, $473,000 —Worldwide Auctioneers, CA, p. 112 1404 dual-cowl phaeton, $451,000—Mecum Auctions, CA, p. 88 10 1934 Packard Custom replica sport phaeton, $445,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 113 68 AmericanCarCollector.com Twelve Individual Super Eight series Model 38 collapsR fastback, Model J convertModel J SWB topper, the Taurus, saved their bacon in the ’80s. Fortunately, for those of us who enjoy driving, Ford had a few folks work on a performance variant with a Yamaha V6. Sales of the SHO variant jumped the first year to 15,519 and eventually peaked in 1993 with 21,550 built. A few important notes about the pre-jelly-bean SHOs with the Yamaha V6. The first generation all had 5-speed manuals, as the automatic wasn’t available until 1993. Purists will love the firstgeneration for that reason, but many refinements were made over the production run. One thing to look for on 1991 model-year examples is the Plus package. It gave the car some specific body cladding, a slight bulge in the hood, and chrome trim. A delightful Deep Jewel Green Clearcoat Metallic was only available on a Taurus with the SHO Plus option. The real downside for an SHO is the lack of certain parts. When I worked at a Ford dealer, a few first- and second-generation SHOs made their way into our shop. Why somebody was taking those cars to a dealer in 2010 I cannot say, but what I learned was that the parts department could not get certain pieces and parts specific to that Yamaha engine. I know, I know, tell that to a Full Classics owner, or a ZR-1 owner, for that matter — and they’ll wonder what you are grousing about. For those reasons, it just makes sense to find an already-working one, rather than the $600 one you spotted on Craigslist as a mechanic’s special. — Chad Tyson Auctions and Totals in This Issue $180m $160m $100m $120m $140m $20m $40m $60m $80m $1.5m $0 Twin Cities St. Paul, MN June 22–23 Spokane, WA July 14 $83k Silver $117m $158m $45.7m $14.5m Greensboro, NC July 26–28 GAA $8.2m Pacific Grove, CA August 23 AWorldwide uctioneers Monterey, CA August 23–25 AMecumuctions $8.5m Monterey, CA August 23–25 Russo and Steele Bonhams Carmel, CA August 24 Pebble Beach, CA August 24–25 Gooding & Co. RM Sotheby’s Monterey, CA August 24–25 $37.6m Tacoma, WA August 25–26 $1.1m Lucky


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Russo and Steele — Monterey 2018 The Liquid Blue 2017 Ford GT left with a new owner for a mind-blowing $1,540,000 Russo and Steele Monterey, CA August 23–25, 2018 Auctioneers: Rob Row, Mitch Jordan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 106/201 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $8,464,110 High sale: 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,540,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices The high bid was driven to nearly triple sticker price — 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,540,000 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics in car shows, auctions, cruises and parties, all held in one of the most beautiful areas anywhere, almost seems sinful. Monterey Car Week is Fantasyland for the automotive obsessed. Catering to that, Russo and Steele offers some of C 70 AmericanCarCollector.com the finest American muscle, European luxury and exotic, and Japanese performance vehicles, and this year was no exception. With around 200 lots for sale each year, there is enough room on the docket for a little bit of something for everyone. This year, as seemed to be the case throughout Car Week, the quality of those lots seemed even better than those of years past. Held at scenic Fisherman’s Wharf, this year’s auction saw a bounty of Ferraris, Porsches and Mercedes up for grabs. Corvettes, Shelbys, classic Chevys, vintage Fords, multiple Mopars and customs of every stripe filled the lot. The big draw was John Cena’s 2017 Ford GT. The alifornia’s stunning Central Coast in August is always a treat, especially if one is escaping there from a part of the United States experiencing cutting-torch temperatures. Stealing away for a week of the best Liquid Blue supercar — reportedly no longer legally entangled — was the high sale of the three-day event, leaving with a new owner for a mind-blowing $1,540,000. Set-up day is Wednesday, and there is a flurry of activity. The lot is jammed with cars arriving on multiple transports, the arrangement of the premier lots that have top billing, and the staging of the next day’s cars. The vibe is electric, the mood palpable. Sitting still is not on the agenda, not today. The staff is a blur, seeing to it that all details are attended. Vendors set up their kiosks, hoping to attract those who have come to see the striking machinery and collectible memorabilia. If you watch for any length of time, you will catch sale owner Drew Alcazar in action, jockeying cars, checking on preparations, and seeing to it that his is the show he has promised it to be. Russo and Steele always feels more intimate, more personable, than other sales. The auction-in-the-round is a big part, but no matter how busy he is, Alcazar makes sure everyone feels welcome. This year was no different, and I don’t expect it to change by next year when we gather on the Central Coast to do it all over again.A Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA GM #5137-1967 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 444677H126015. Ivory/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 83,002 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Shiny paint looks to have had decent prep. Stock steel wheels have been supplanted by polished 17-inch Torq Thrust billet wheels. A stock-appearing sleeper; the original 340-ci V8 has been replaced by a performance-built 455 stroker, backed by a 5-speed gearbox. Front bench is gone, and in its place are buckets separated by a custom console housing stainless cup holders. A Haartz cloth-style convertible top is the cherry on this dessert. Cond: 3. that needed attention to drive offers any higher. This may have been a fun driver you could work on whilst enjoying, but she wasn’t ready for prime time. #5086-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870G120230. Porcelain White/gold vinyl. Odo: 9,960 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily equipped with W-30 options and equipment, M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed, and a W25 special-performance hood, W35 rear spoiler, N34 sport steering wheel, W27 aluminum axle cover, N66 wheels, D35 sport mirrors, V21 power steering, and JL2 power disc brakes. It is described as having date-correct block. Paint is shiny, with Hurst Gold stripe package. Bumpers appear to have been rechromed. Driver’s seat bottom is split at the back seam. Hurst T-handle shifter and chrome lever reside in the console. Engine compartment is fairly clean, with some aftermarket parts present. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Formerly owned by actor Ewan McGregor of “Star Wars” and “Long Way Round” fame. This was an attractive package, if a little specific in taste. The price paid was likely far cheaper than the money invested, and the new owner took home a powerful, top-down cruiser for not much outlay. Well bought. #5166-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870M206001. Azure Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 93,928 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has decent gloss and appears to have had good prep. Body gaps vary some; could be better. Stainless trim at trailing edge of the hood is pitting and shows its age. Balance of stainless could be better polished. Glass condition is commensurate with age and miles. Black vinyl seat covers look somewhat loose. Carpets need to be vacuumed. Driver’s side door panel has numerous scars on top, and the doorlock plunger is broken off. Engine bay is clean-ish. Cond: 3. glory, not that doing so would repay the owner. This one should have sold. CORVETTE #5021-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S1118566. Marina Blue/white vinyl/Bright Blue vinyl. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is recent and shows better than new. All chrome and stainless recently restored. Panel gaps are uniform throughout. Glass and weatherstrip are in good condition. Engine bay is spotless. Interior is consistent with the rest of the car, recently restored and in fantastic condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,600. A recidivist on the auction circuit, this Olds was featured at Mecum’s Monterey auction in August 2017, where it was a no-sale at $38k (ACC# 6847198), and again at the McCormick Palm Springs auction in February of 2018, where it failed to find new ownership at a $31k high bid (ACC# 6866242). Apparently, the seller was more motivated to let it go this time, and despite a few shortcomings, the new owner got quite a bargain. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Despite decentlooking paint, this not-unattractive W-30 442 was bid only to $26k, well below ACC Pocket Price Guide median value of $80,500. There were just too many details 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #5165-2002 PONTIAC TRANS AM Ram Air WS6 coupe. VIN: 2G2FV22GX22167585. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 19,064 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. From the ridden-hard-and-put-away-wet category, we have this WS6. Nose of car looks to have been repainted at some point, as the color on bumper cover looks just slightly different from the fenders. Panel gaps on the hood are inconsistent. Nose shows road pepper, and the passenger’s side rear-view mirror is missing paint inside the front recess. Plastic seat molding on the driver’s seat is peeling. There is a strange discoloration on the passenger’s side of the dash above the vent. A two-inch-long crack is visible on top of the passenger’s side door panel. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. Not unattractive, at least from a distance, this T/A had some legitimate needs. The price offered here was very fair considering the investment it would likely take to return this to its former SOLD AT $77,000. Last seen at Russo’s Newport Beach auction, where it failed to meet reserve. Recent participant in the Steve McQueen Rally, this final production year of second-generation Corvettes had been restored. The 1967 Sting Ray represented the least adorned, and often most desired, of the mid-years. The winning bid was a bit below median value for a base small-block. Given the quality of the restoration, this was quite well bought. #5159-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0784E5123974. Bright Red/red leather. Odo: 55,000 miles. 5.7-L 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Fresh paint has had okay prep. Wheels are from an 1987 Corvette. Body panel gaps could be better. Interior looks to have had new seat covers installed, but the carpet is quite sunfaded. Weatherstrip is dried out. Holes on top of the hatchback from missing third brake light. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,775. A quick Internet search for the VIN revealed this Corvette to be a salvage-yard escapee. The passenger’s side had previously been missing a volleyball-sized chunk of fiberglass just behind the door beneath the Bpillar, and part of the inner fender. The paint on the hood and rear deck was positively


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA inserts. Engine bay houses a 312 V8, and looks as-new. Includes fitted Skyliner luggage set. Cond: 2+. hammered. The restoration of the exterior may not have been perfect, but it was remarkable compared to the car’s previous condition. Caveat emptor. FOMOCO #5206-1934 FORD MODEL 40 roadster. VIN: 18938776. Tan & brown/brown cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 9,936 miles. Paint and chrome indicate a thoughtful restoration. Painted wire wheels free from nicks or chips. Leather in great shape, with little sign of use present. Wood dash is beautifully finished. Chrome surrounds on gauges show the slightest bit of patina. Rumble seat is in nice condition as well. Engine compartment is tidy and correct. A lovely presentation. Cond: 2+. carried from the exterior to the interior and had lots of appeal. Wide whites helped accentuate the appearance. Not an iconic car, but a nice little cruiser, and not a bad buy at just over $20k. #5209-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH308535. Starmist Blue & white/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 59,498 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is shiny, with good prep. Most body panel gaps are consistent, with only the gas-filler door refusing to lie flat. There are some runs on the white hard top at the stainless trim. Chrome is bright, stainless well polished. Two-tone blue interior presents well, although the carpet in the passenger’s side footwell appears a bit wavy. The tidy engine bay houses a 245-hp, D-code 312 V8 featuring modern a/c. Clean chrome wires are shod in modern wide-whitewall radial rubber. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. Era-correct presentation done to a very high standard. Factory info plate on the driver’s side door jamb confirmed colors and equipment. These are not at every sale, and it was cool to find one complete with fitted luggage. Given the quality of restoration here, this certainly sold well below what was expected. #5140-1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 1Y86H417571. Black Cherry Metallic/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 47,327 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Otherwise-shiny Black Cherry Metallic paint marred by a scratch just aft of the passenger’s side rear suicide door, some small bubbling on the deck lid, and a tape mark adjacent to the hood. Glass is in good shape, without undue marks or nicks. Black leather bench seat shows minimal creasing on seat bottom. Black vinyl convertible top is in good nick. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. A much-better-thanaverage condition deserved a much better bid. The finishes on this Ford were not this nice when the car was new. This example had managed to escape being chopped up by the hod-rodding set along the way. Very original, with single-family ownership for the past 36 years. Buyer got a fair deal here. #5035-1953 MERCURY MONTEREY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 53LA50745M. Siren Red & black/red & black vinyl. Odo: 10,972 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny red body with black roof makes for a good-looking exterior. Paint shows conscientious preparation. Black-and-red vinyl seat covers are tidy, appear recent. Painted dash likely original finish, with lots of small scratches. Windlace rubbing and frayed at driver’s side door jamb. Weatherstrip shows age. Glass is clear, with the exception of a four-inch-long scratch in rear window on passenger’s side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,350. Claimed to have been owned by three generations of the same family from new, this was a sharplooking package. The red-and-black theme 74 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $37,000. Offered as the luxury alternative to Chevrolet’s spartan Corvette, the Thunderbird certainly offered a better list of amenities. Power steering, power brakes, a/c, and a host of others were available if comfort was your thing. This example sported an older restoration that was wearing well, showing few signs of age. The high bid here was just shy of ACC Pocket Price Guide median value, but the condition was above par. The seller can likely do better. #5085-1957 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7KW154643. Colonial White, Sunset Coral & Gunmetal Gray/white vinyl, dark gray cloth. Odo: 32,486 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Tricolor paint is very glossy, well executed. Kelsey-Hayes chrome wires are wrapped in wide-white radials. Chrome has clearly been replated and looks great. Stainless is nicely polished, with no dings present. Interior is white vinyl with black brocade fabric SOLD AT $58,300. These beautifully styled Continentals seem to have finally found their stride in recent years. This example, with 47k documented miles, an older but thoughtful restoration, and lifelong California ownership, was said to have been a Pebble Beach display participant in 1996. The resto was holding up well but could have used some minor TLC. With median values hovering in the mid-$30k range, this was well sold. #5009-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 6S393. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 83,255 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. White paint, with Guardsman Blue stripes, shows good prep; likely an older restoration that is holding up well. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Chrome is shiny, stainless well polished. Glass shows no signs of un


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA due wear, and weatherstrip is in good condition. Five reissue Shelby Cragar mags are as-new, and are shod with correct Goodyear Blue Dots. Interior shows little sign of age or wear. The speedo lens has a tiny scuff at the 3-o’clock position. The sill plates have been covered in blue masking tape to prevent heel scuffs. Accompanied by extensive documentation supporting the matching-numbers claim. Cond: 2. #5135-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9T02M178631. Raven Black/white vinyl. Odo: 8,002 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is complemented by Mach 1 gold-stripe package and matteblack hood. Paint is shiny, with good prep. Chrome shiny too, but the stainless—particularly around the quarter windows— shows pitting and age. Rear-window louvers and wing add to a performance look for the era. White vinyl interior shows little sign of wear, with only minor creasing on the driver’s side bolster. The 351 resides in a clean and largely correct engine bay. Cond: 3+. investment to justify more money. The owner should have let this one go. #5020-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0T02G117748. Competition Yellow/black vinyl. Sharp in yellow with black Boss stripes, the finish is of good quality, with minimal buffer swirl. The engine compartment is tidy and correct. Glass is clear, chrome and stainless both shiny. Weatherstrip showing its age at the rear quarter windows, but otherwise in good condition. Black vinyl interior presents well, with little indication of wear to be found. Woodrim steering wheel and Hurst T-handle shifter are both fitted. Mini-lite 17-inch wheels wear performance rubber. Upgraded with Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes and a 5-speed manual. Comes with a Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. A late-production-year holdover from 1965, this GT350 had been lovingly and thoughtfully restored. The only thing holding it back may have been the automatic transmission, a 20% deduction off the $148,500 median value, according to the ACC price guide. Considering that, the median value would have been $118,800. The sale price before buyer’s fee was right at $120k. Given the comprehensive documentation, originality, and condition of the car, as well as being a 1965 holdover, this was well bought indeed. #5048-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z159810. Wimbeldon White/black vinyl. Odo: 28 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint has had thoughtful prep and execution. Chrome appears recent, and stainless trim has been properly polished. Glass is in good condition, with very little to indicate its age. Engine bay is spotless, with no signs of leaks or drips. Black vinyl interior shows next to no wear, with only minor creasing on the driver’s seat bottom. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. This was an above-average cruiser. The 351 Mach 1 wasn’t rare, with over 72,000 leaving the factory in 1969, but the 4-speed, stripe package and louvers really helped round out the look. With plenty of recent service and new parts combined with a better-thandecent appearance, you can’t blame the seller for taking it back. #5109-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 9F02M480427. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 96,070 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks bright and shiny from a distance, but closer inspection reveals cracking around NACA ducts and hood-pin screws. Hood is arched more than the fenders, resulting in a large gap between them. Weatherstrip at air intakes and quarter windows is dried and cracking. Chrome around windows shows significant pitting. Black vinyl interior shows wrinkling on the driver’s seat bottom. An older restoration that has seen its day. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,000. Another repeat from Newport Beach, where it failed to sell at a $55k high bid (ACC# 6872523). This fastback ’Stang had tons of curb appeal, combined with tasteful upgrades to improve drivability. Restoration investment was obvious and undeniable. Sharp as it was, the demand was just sufficient to drive bids to near the median value. Fair deal all around. #5013-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator Super Drag Pak 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0F91G544281. Competition Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 2,723 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted in the original Competition Gold, with good execution. Bumpers appear to have been rechromed recently. Stainless trim is well polished. Driver’s side window shows a few light vertical scratches. Black vinyl interior presents as new, save for the Hurst T-handle shifter. Engine bay is tidy and correct. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. Last seen at the January 2018 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction, where it traded hands for $242k (ACC# 6862680). Having undergone a quality restoration while being part of a museum collection, the condition of this Boss was far above average. Median value on this verylimited-production ’Stang (only 857 copies escaped Ford’s corral) is nearly $300k. The seller was right to hold out for more. 76 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $59,000. A very straight, original car, this Shelby was accompanied by heavy documentation including service records, Shelby-to-dealer correspondence, factory invoice, Deluxe Marti Report, original owner’s manual and sales brochures. This was a pretty car, despite its shortcomings, but needed lots of attention and a fair NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Last seen at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, where it changed hands for $93,500 (ACC# 6826282). Accompanied by an Elite Marti


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Monterey, CA Report that stated this car to be one of only 58 Cougar Eliminator Super Drag Pak cars to leave the factory in 1970. An Internet search of Boss 302 clubs revealed more history for this car, and its resurrection. Given the documentation, rarity of the model, and effort and quality of the restoration, the seller was wise to hold out for more. #5065-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra hatchback. VIN: 1FACP42D8PF129424. Vibrant Red/gray leather. Odo: 9,261 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Clearcoat paint retains nearly all of its original luster. Some adhesive has begun to fail on the body moldings, as they are beginning to lift in places. Gray leather seats show minor creasing, and carpets are clean. The engine bay has been unfortunately plied with red radiator top hose and plug wires, detracting from the overall originality. A scant 9,261 miles have amassed on the odometer. Seventeen-inch, one-year-only directional alloy wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,540,000. Only the second of Ford’s latest iteration of the GT to be sold privately, this example was formerly owned by professional wrestler John Cena. This GT was the subject of much legal wrangling, having been sold by Cena against the supposed legal agreement between Ford and GT buyers that the buyer keep the car for 24 months before selling. Now stated to be free of any legal entanglements, able to be sold outright. The demand far outstripping the supply, not to mention the relative notoriety stirred by the legal battles, drove the high bid to nearly triple sticker price. Only time will tell if this was enlightened or folly. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $31,500. Fox-body Mustangs are beginning to find their stride, and as a special edition with extremely low miles, this Cobra was exceptional. The colors were attractive, and save for some easily reversible aftermarket parts in the engine compartment, this one presented very well. A quick Internet search revealed the seller is asking nearly $43k. I think it may be quite some time before these Cobras reach that threshold. Blue/black Alcantara & cloth. Odo: 625 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. A few light rock chips have peppered the nose and flared rear fenders, but otherwise the paint is as it left the factory. There is no noticeable wear anywhere else on the exterior; the balance of the car appears as-new. The driver’s seat bottom shows no hints of creasing. Cond: 2+. 2 #5192-2017 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 2FA GP9CW9HH200077. Liquid “ #5098-1994 DODGE VIPER roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E0RV101398. Viper Black/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 24,243 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Original, shiny Viper Black paint shows light road pepper on the nose. Glass and weatherstrip in good condition. Gray leather seats show minimal wear, no mean feat for this type of car. Engine compartment is clean and correct. Comes with both soft folding and hard tops, along with side curtains. Cond: 2-. Absolutely as-new in ominous Pitch Black over black leather and Alcantara. Factory plastic wrappers still in place, not even prepped for delivery. Nothing to fault here, as it appears to be fresh off the truck. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. The high bid of $115k seems a bit below the well-abovesticker market these limited-production beasts have been commanding. Some offerings were priced in the mid-six-figure range earlier this summer, but those prices seem to have settled in the $125k–$160k neighborhood. If the seller had let this go for the high bid, after subtracting the sales fees, he would have realized only a $104k payday. Though still well above sticker, the seller was wise to hold out for more. #5102-2018 DODGE DEMON SRT coupe. VIN: 2C3CDZH95JH100881. Destroyer Gray/black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 121 miles. As new, with a scant 121 miles. Paint is factory fresh, interior shows no wear, and the engine bay is still showroom new. A very special car in next-to-new condition. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. This tidy Viper had lots of curb appeal. Despite wearing blackpainted wheels, it was an attractive package, with no other modifications visible. Many authorities think these early Vipers are poised to jump in value in the not-toodistant future; seller might be holding out until then. #5177-2018 DODGE DEMON SRT coupe. VIN: 2C3CDZH97JH102177. Pitch Black/ black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 4 miles. Many authorities think these early Vipers are poised to jump in value in the not-too-distant future. 1994 Dodge Viper roadster 78 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Prices on these factory dragsters have yet to settle down, and were still hit-and-miss. Given the asnew condition, it was surprising this Demon didn’t find a new home. With so few miles, perhaps the owner bought the car, had the thrill of a couple of hard launches, and decided it was time to move on. They will have to wait a bit longer to do so. 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towel marks. Red leather staggered seating is period-correct, and done so that the driver’s elbow would not hit his passenger. The engine compartment is suitably spotless; venting through red-painted louver doors. A beautifully done tribute. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. This was an extraordinary build, crafted entirely from Packard parts to replicate a racer that no longer exists. The owner, a former movie-model maker, said he had used pictures to construct the vehicle, utilizing details such as spaces between rivets to scale to proper size. The car had been featured on an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” and was the subject of numerous magazine articles. The owner said he was hoping to be offered a much higher price, noting that if he had been paid for his time (5,000 hours), the car would have been worth nearly $500k. He wanted to sell it to pay for retirement. Given the craftsmanship present, and the investment of time, money, blood, sweat, and tears, the high bid was not nearly enough. #5029-1932 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 52 Club sedan. VIN: 3075021. Black/black leather/rose wool. Odo: 305 miles. Stunning restoration. Paint is deep and rich, looks wet. All chrome is top-notch. Engine bay is spotless, with excellent finishes throughout. Interior appears as-new, with a beautiful rose-colored wool cloth. Wood on the dash has a mirror-like finish. Chrome sill plates feature gorgeous detailing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $176,000. Every facet of this Pierce-Arrow had been lovingly restored with spectacular attention paid. This should come as little surprise given its First in Class win at the 1991 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, with a nomination for Best in Show. Add in that it’s thought to be one of five surviving 1932 V12 Model 52s, and previous ownership by RKO Radio, and this was a special car indeed. Likely both well sold and well bought. A towel mar el marks. Red leather staggered seating is period-correct, and done so leather staggered seating is period-correct, and done so that the driv- er’s elbow would not hit his passenger. The engine compartment is suitably spotless; venting through red-painted louver doors. A beautifully done tribute. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. This was an ex- traordinary build, crafted entirely from Pack- ard parts to replicate a racer that no longer exists. The owner, a former movie-model maker, said he had used pictures to con- struct the vehicle, utilizing details such as spaces between rivets to scale to proper size. The car had been featured on an epi- sode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” and was the subject of numerous magazine articles. The owner said he was hoping to be offered a much higher price, noting that if he had been paid for his time (5,000 hours), the car would have been worth nearly $500k. He wanted to sell it to pay for retirement. Given the craftsmanship present, and the invest- ment of time, money, blood, sweat, and tears, the high bid was not nearly enough. #5029-1932 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 52 Club sedan. VIN: 3075021. Black/black leather/rose wool. Odo: 305 miles. Stunning restoration. Paint is deep and rich, looks wet. All chrome is top-notch. Engine bay is spotless, with excellent finishes throughout. Interior appears as-new, with a beautiful rose-colored wool cloth. Wood on the dash has a mirror-like finish. Chrome sill plates feature gorgeous detailing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $176,000. Every facet of this Pierce-Arrow had been lovingly restored with spectacular attention paid. This should come as little surprise given its First in Class win at the 1991 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, with a nomination for Best in Show. Add in that it’s thought to be one of five surviving 1932 V12 Model 52s, and previous ownership by RKO Radio, and this was a special car indeed. Likely both well sold and well bought. A November–December November–December 2018 79


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LUCKY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS // Tacoma, WA Lucky Fall Classic 2018 A Model T-based “Sauer Kraut” show car was the best buy of the weekend Lucky Tacoma, WA August 25–26, 2018 Auctioneer: Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/ offered: 82/154 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $1,074,265 High American sale: 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Five replica roadster, sold at $35,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%; minimum $200, included in sold prices Best buy: 1919 Ford Model T “Sauer Kraut” hard (helmet) top, sold at $23,100 Report and photos by Daren Kloes 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 T 80 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com he summer months can be brutal to car calendars. With only a dozen or so summer weekends available, it is difficult to fit everything in. Auctions, shows and swap meets all vie for good-weather weekends for which they can claim de facto ownership. Once they are established, you can come to expect that certain events fall on the same weekend each year. For instance, after 41 years, you can always rely on the LeMay Family Collection Show to occur on the fourth weekend in August. So when Pebble Beach took a one-time shift this year to run the week following their usual third weekend, it ran smack dab into LeMay’s weekend, putting a monkey wrench into their gears and upsetting the normal pecking order. The trickledown effect presented some challenges for the Lucky Collector Car Auction that always runs concurrently with the LeMay show on the same grounds. Alas, the show must go on, and Lucky rose to the occasion. The Pebble Beach effect, plus some light onand-off rain, put a noticeable damper on attendance at both the show and auction. Lucky soldiered on and was able to turn more than half of the 154 cars consigned. Even better was that the total sales jumped up 38% from last year’s $780k sale. Prior to running the first car on Saturday, the auction company ran 250 lots of what it called automobilia from a local estate. Included were items such as a Studebaker grille, Goodyear tire sign, and a 1940s Willys pedal car, but also scads of odd lots that included an Echo leaf blower, and two brand-new crab pots! The auction wasn’t lacking a few marquee lots, however. The lineup included such notable offerings as a ’57 Facel Vega FV, a ’70 Plymouth ’Cuda 440 Six Pack, and an ’02 Lamborghini Murcielago, to name a few. These higher-end consignments had a difficult time changing hands, presumably as most of the big-money bidders were attending the multiple competing auctions on the Monterey peninsula. Topping the list of sold cars were the Lamborghini at $148,500, a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger at $57,200, a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTS at $46,750, a Factory Five Cobra replica as the top American car at $35,750, and a 1963 Austin-Healey BJ7 roadster that sold for $38,500. Lucky is also known for sourcing a few oddities and this year’s auction was no exception. Among those crossing the block were a DKW Munga Jeep, a custom, V6-powered Amphicar, and two Vauxhall Victors. Perhaps the best buy from the sale was the Model T-based “Sauer Kraut” show car. That Red Baron tribute found a new home for $23,100. Next year, Pebble Beach returns to its normal third weekend in August. LeMay and Lucky will no doubt re-establish their claim on the fourth weekend. And all will be right with the world.A


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LUCKY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS // Tacoma, WA CLASSICS #622-1916 PAIGE ARDMORE roadster. VIN: 68K. White & green/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 3,732 miles. Decades-old, amateur restoration with lots of chips and nicks in the heavy paint on a straight, solid body, while the interior appears mostly original. Running boards are lifting. Engine compartment is dirty and lacks any form of detail. Folding windshield and convertible top. Wood-spoked wheels with a sidemount spare and Moto-Meter atop the radiator. A tired, old antique, but said to run well. Cond: 4+. show-quality finish. Poker run, Show ’n’ Shine, or Reno’s Hot August Nights, this car would be right at home. Seemed fully valued at this price, but should be a good, carefree, long-distance driver for the new owner. #806-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: BJCA914583. White/tan cloth. Odo: 9,356 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Amateurish restoration, complete with fabricated Formica door panels. Fair repaint and reupholstered vinyl seats showing some sag. Interior features copper-colored accents on the dash, Pioneer stereo, and a Sun tach attached to the steering wheel. Redone oak bed and side boards. Santay visor on cab and chrome bumpers, grille and aftermarket rims. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Unquestionably rare, as its owner claims it is the only one registered worldwide. There just isn’t much love for these old antiques unless they are senior cars restored to within an inch of perfection. Perhaps Hershey is a better venue where the oldies are more revered. Worth more, but the owner will need at least two bidders in the room who can give it the respect it deserves. GM #607-1951 CHEVROLET DELUXE coupe. VIN: 21JKL7857. Teal green/gray cloth. Odo: 31,235 miles. Chevy small-blockbased (of undisclosed displacement and no readily seen engine numbers) mild custom sold as part of an estate. Slightly dull metallic paint containing tiny dirt pimples and a small chip on the door. Slight dings in stainless trim. Modern bucket seats separated by an added console in place primarily to hold coffee cups. Air conditioning and aftermarket stereo added. American Racing wheels and lowered suspension. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. The market for early-’50s Chevy pickups remains strong, and this 5-window model is among the more desirable. This tarted-up original example would be best used as a solid restoration candidate or as a workhorse to haul a load of 2x4s. Sold to an online bidder for a slightly generous amount. #677-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 900 convertible. VIN: 30967W283509. White/white vinyl/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 14,211 miles. 145-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Nice, stock restoration with excellent paint and outstanding replaced turquoise upholstery. New carpets and top. Nice chrome with just a few small pits in hubcaps. A small tear in convertible-top trim strip, but otherwise hard to fault. Sold as part of an estate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. Not much history provided, but this car seemed like a good-looking and reliable touring car. Set up mostly for comfort and looked good without the fussiness of a complicated engine or a SOLD AT $15,400. Refrigerator White with a white top and blackwalls on tiny wheels doesn’t exactly make for a winning combination. Thank goodness for the offset turquoise interior that provides a real pop with the top down. After walking by this car at least a dozen times, a closer examination revealed a real gem. A high-quality restoration lurked under the uninspiring colors, and November–December 2018 81


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LUCKY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS // Tacoma, WA it was a true representation of the car when new. Well bought. #672-1985 BUICK REGAL T-type coupe. VIN: 1G4GK4794FH410911. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 40,236 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. All stock and original, and a notch better than most surviving 30-plus-year-old used cars. Paint is good, but with small nicks and scratches, as one might expect after an additional 100k miles. The paint on the plastic sections between the bumpers and body is badly bubbling, cracked and chipped—a result of GM’s ’80s quality standards. Plush, cushioned leather seats are intact, but creased and faded. Good tires and glass. Engine compartment needs detail. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. A fabulous tribute to the famous Red Baron, perhaps the most famous of the circuit show cars in the late ’60s and ’70s. It was originally inspired by a Monogram model kit that was sold to over 3 million kids by 1972, of which I was one. Rather than a direct copy, the builder opted to create a close cousin that has been displayed together with the real Red Baron at the Speedway Museum in Lincoln, NE. I may be waxing nostalgic, but I thought this was the buy of the weekend. #834-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: H9YH136487. White/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 74,542 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Long-ago repaint despite claims otherwise. Now dull, and with enough flaws to pass for original. Rust in quarters. Reupholstered seats with incorrect pattern and materials. Some carpet pieces replaced. Strong mildew smell inside. Bumpers scratched and worn. Rattle-can repaint to valve covers. Seller claims $6,300 was recently spent on engine, drivetrain and “restoration.” Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,500. Along with the highly collectible Grand National that shared the platform, these were long considered the final mid-sized, rear-wheel-drive, personal-luxury sport coupes in America. Offering a turbo was somewhat innovative, as it hadn’t seen use on American production cars since the Corvair. The turbo increased both fuel economy and horsepower, squeezing 200 hp from the little V6. Most American-car guys would prefer to skip the 1980s decade altogether, as evidenced by the result here, but if you believe the adage that everything comes back around again, consider this one well bought. FOMOCO #857-1919 FORD MODEL T “Sauer Kraut” hard top. VIN: Metallic green & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. Wild show car called “Sauer Kraut,” powered by a 355ci small block, with dual Holleys over a Weiand blower. Model T frame with fabricated helmet-shaped body. Heavy metallic silver over green paint job, with cheater slicks on back. Completed to a very high standard and likely never driven more than a few yards since completion, as the odometer shows 1.5 miles. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Auctioned three times in August. A no-sale bid to $15,500 at Silver Auctions in Shelton the previous week (ACC# 6804081), and run twice more this weekend. Rerun on Sunday after not selling on Saturday; still looking for a “Sold” sticker. The seller may have unrealistic expectations, as the quality of the restoration just isn’t up to snuff. The market has spoken, and the seller may need to up his game a bit to get much more. #879-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. VIN: 5R08A138458. Blue/black vinyl. No engine or transmission. Just needs paint! Actually, there’s very little of this Pony left after someone picked its bones clean. The only clue that it might have been a GT at one time was the lack of the faux air-intake trim used on the rear quarters of the base models. The passenger’s area was filled with boxes of used parts and seat pieces; the castoffs from the car this donor was used to restore, no doubt. Rusted-out trunk, quarters, and whatever else is left. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $8,800. The ’59 is typically considered the most desirable of the ’58–60 square birds because of the rocket trim on the doors rather than the hash marks at the quarters of each of the adjacent years. At least it has that going for it. This car was presented as though it was “unmolested”; however, judging by the old repaint and incorrect seats, the statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Just an old car with needs and sold fully valued in this condition. #865-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2J63X116988. Bronze/bronze vinyl. Odo: 7,031 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Fair bronze-metallic repaint appears recent despite some tiny nicks on door edge. Poor door fit. The 390 was balanced, blueprinted and bored .040 over, with a mild cam and 600 miles since. Includes factory Tri-Power. Original, tired chrome with pitted pot metal and plastic emblems. Good replaced reproduction seat covers and new carpets. Tach added to column and threegauge panel under dash. Aftermarket stereo. Dirty engine compartment. American mag wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $550. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, this old hulk should be left to rust. With plenty of reproduction parts sources and donor coupes available, it actually wouldn’t be impossible to bring this car back from the dead, but why would you? You could choose among several of the best in the country at any given time for $60k–$70k, or inflict pain and suffering upon your knuckles and pocketbook for the next three years only to find yourself deeper underwater. MOPAR #814-1950 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE sedan. VIN: P20380390. Pale green/tan cloth. Odo: 13,411 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Appears mostly original, with one decent-quality repaint showing some overspray on the rubber. Original interior looks good, but the Bounce dryer sheets contained within couldn’t mask the smell of mothballs piled in a container on the floor. Good original chrome and stainless. Visor and fog lights are a nice touch. 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LUCKY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONS // Tacoma, WA SOLD AT $4,840. A grandma car if there ever was one. Built like a Mack truck and as reliable as a Maytag; you could still drive this car daily and get 25 mpg while doing it. But let’s face it—there just isn’t much of a collector market for these old sedans. As such, while today’s price was a terrific value, I’m not sure there’s a lot of upside. #610-1965 CHRYSLER NEWPORT custom sedan. VIN: C153261248. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 24,626 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Engine rebuilt .030 over, with Ross Racing pistons, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley 800-cfm custom-built carburetor, and a list of other performance mods at least two pages long. Ten-year-old, high-quality repaint still looks good. Chrome redone and in excellent condition. Boyd Coddington wheels and Grant walnut steering wheel. Cond: 3+. 426 Hemi hidden in the back of his garage. Well bought considering the investment in the build, but to what end? #624-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23V0B156940. In-Violet/white vinyl. Odo: 28,432 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory 440 Six Pack accompanied by broadcast sheet and fender tag attesting to original specs. No mention of numbers matching. Automatic transmission. Vinyl replaced awhile ago, and now starting to mellow. Excellent paint with small nick on door edge. Well optioned with Super Track Pack, 4.10 gears, hood pins, power brakes and dual exhaust, with chrome tips. Originally equipped with automatic speed control, which is no longer installed. Cond: 2-. black-striped cloth. Odo: 12,826 miles. 245ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. All-original car with 13k original miles. Excellent original paint with just a couple nit-picky scratches. Original seats have a taffeta-like look and feel. Their bold black-and-tan stripes are a stark contrast to the muted body color and look nearly like new. There is still the dealer’s original cardboard slip cover on the visor printed with Studebaker’s features for 1950. Some very light pitting in chrome. Glass and rubber still nice. One added sheet-metal screw on fender trim. Includes optional Philco radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,020. A stoplight sleeper that looks like a grandma car on the outside but has the heart of the Big Bad Wolf. It’s hard to imagine the motivation behind such a comprehensive build of a mundane, old, boxy sedan. I can only imagine the builder started with a small idea that grew into a crazed obsession that drained both mind and pocketbook. With half the money spent on this project now retrieved, he’s probably out looking to trade up to an AMC Matador wagon or Bluebird school-bus donor for the NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Full concours restoration, but has seen some use since. A factory In-Violet 440 Six Pack ’Cuda is shadowed only by the venerable Hemi, and sits near the top of the Mopar spectrum. The automatic transmission is a bit of a letdown, but the numbers-matching question looms. If a numbers claim can be substantiated, there may be some upside, but lacking reliable third-party authentication, I suspect this is all the money. AMERICANA #670-1950 STUDEBAKER LAND CRUISER sedan. VIN: 4452519. Tan/tan & SOLD AT $21,450. A fabulous time-warp car, apparently garaged since new. A slightly larger model than the Starlight coupe that sits at the top of the bullet-nose food chain, but still retains the same unmistakable Loewy streamline design features. The incredible preservation deservingly doubled the value here for what is undoubtedly the world’s best original Land Cruiser. This car would steal the show at the Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet occurring later in the week at the LeMay Museum just a few miles away. #633-1951 PACKARD 300 sedan. VIN: 247214906. Light green & dark green/gray cloth. Odo: 38,073 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Exceptional, mostly original car with 38k original miles. Excellent repaint with good shine and few notable flaws, with the exception of slight overspray to the rubber moldings. Solid body. Cloth interior appears original and outstanding. Includes factory radio, heater/defroster, power antenna and fog lights. A few small dings in the stainless trim. Bought new in Oregon. Cond: 3+. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $21,450. I’ll admit, it’s hard to get excited about a 1950s 4-door sedan that was the company’s mid-level offering, even if it is a Packard. What sets this one apart, however, are its extremely low miles, great hard-top-like lines, good colors and excellent presentation. Bid to $17k at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale last February (ACC# 6863631), but didn’t sell, so the seller can place this one in the win column after being patient. Not exactly a home run, but you’ve got to hit a few singles, too. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction 2018 One of two Duesenbergs sold here was a 1929 Model J Murphy convertible sedan at $1,155,000 Mecum Monterey, CA August 23–25, 2018 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Russ Coughlin Automotive lots sold/ offered: 362/697 Sales rate: 52% Sales total: $45,691,975 High sale: 1933 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe, sold at $3,850,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices one of many Duesies offered — and sold — on the Peninsula during Car Week: 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan, sold at $1,155,000 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M 86 AmericanCarCollector.com ecum has pretty much dialed in their Monterey event. As in every year they’ve been here, the proceedings were held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, right on the outskirts of the city of Monterey. One thing they have been tweaking in recent years is the docket. Sure, to a certain extent it depends on what consignors have to offer, but in selecting vehicles, they’ve gone from being heavy into foreign cars to now swinging back into better-quality domestic muscle. While there were quite a few Porsches and Ferraris on the docket, American iron was noticeably more prevalent. In one category — CCCA Full Classics — it was markedly so. Helped in no small part by The Academy of Art University consigning eight Full Classics from their collection, and perhaps by the consigning of the Gary Cooper Duesenberg SSJ at one of the other venues, it was the first time there were three Duesenbergs on the grounds here (actually, that was the most of that marque at any venue on the Peninsula that week). One of them was the top sale of the event — a 1933 Model J Bohman & Schwartz convertible coupe. It had been here in the past and not sold, but this year the planets were aligned and it worked out for the car to change hands at $3,850,000. The other Duesie to sell here was a 1929 Model J Murphy convertible sedan, attaining a sale of $1,155,000. It became both the fourth-highest sale of the event and the second-highest sale here of an American car. Not only were the Duesenbergs selling well, but better-condition domestic vehicles were also. And notice I wrote “vehicles,” as truck-sale prices continued to do very well here. Sales were so strong this year that, despite similar numbers for cars consigned and sold year over year, Mecum had their second-best financial results ever here in Monterey. With foreign exotics here taking it somewhat on the cuff, and American iron of all stripes doing well, somehow I figure that the start of the next decade of auctions by Mecum in Monterey will follow in the pattern closer to their other sales to the East, with a heavy emphasis on American muscle and quality postwar cars and trucks. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA CLASSICS 4 2284. Eng. # J262. Black/black cloth/dark taupe leather. Odo: 6,670 miles. Shortwheelbase chassis. Fitted with wire-mesh radiator grille guard and turning/driving lights. Restoration dates to 1991, with an AACA National First Place badge attached to bumper bracket from that same year. Repaint is still quite good, with added pinstriping along fender character lines. All chrome was replated as part of restoration and also presents very well. Original wire wheels shod with reproduction Michelin tires. Engine is quite clean and—at worst— is show-ready, as presented here. Recently washed-off, very clean undercarriage, in a uniform gloss black. Minimal wrinkling and slight pillowing of seat bottom leather from use. Light carpet wear at driver’s position. Cond: 2-. #S116.1-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible sedan. VIN: lubricant seepage, with new bolts on end of transmission. Modest wear and soiling on heel pad by pedals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,500. The standard Eights, like this Series 902, tended to get overshadowed, both when new and today. The big news for Packard in ’32 was two new series at polar opposite ends of the model line: the Light Eight (which stole sales from the standard Eights) and the new Twin Six V12. One of the Full Classics consigned by the Academy of Art University; you’d be hard pressed to guess that it was restored a quarter of a century ago unless you were told—speaking both to the quality of the work performed then and the care lavished since. Some may feel this is well sold; as the Man Who Owned One, I’ll say instead it was a good buy for a great car. SOLD AT $1,155,000. One of 31 Murphy convertible-sedan bodies built on a Duesenberg chassis. Last seen selling for $907,500 at RM’s Meadow Brook auction in 2006 (SCM# 1567008). Our reporter at that time felt that this was a solid investment. Changing hands today, as the sixth-highest sale here for $247,500 more, there are certainly worse rates of return for parking about a million bucks somewhere for a dozen years—even factoring commissions and upkeep. Still, this transaction was a good deal for all parties involved, as the multitude of Duesenbergs offered—and sold—on the Peninsula this week points to an uptick in interest in America’s Mightiest Motor Car. #S31.1-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Series 902 coupe. VIN: 344041. Red/gray broadcloth. Odo: 5,331 miles. Restoration dates to 1993 and presents exceptionally well. Equipped with dual sidemounts, “sliding boy” hood ornament and grille guard. Period-accessory Pilot Ray driving lights, vent wings and exhaust deflector. Wears two AACA award badges on grille guard: a 1973 National first place and a 1995 Grand National First. Superb 25-year-old repaint, holding up fantastically. Better than the silver-painted wheels, actually. Vinyl owner’s monogram on the driver’s door body-seam line. Door gaps start to go wide towards bottom on passenger’s side. All chrome replated during restoration and still presenting well. Engine bay still show-ready. Very minimal powertrain 88 AmericanCarCollector.com phaeton. VIN: 941206. Maroon/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 45,461 miles. Older bodyoff restoration was good enough to be awarded Best in Class at the Meadow Brook concours. Today the car is still fetching but could stand some light detailing to put it back in concours judging. Optional AM radio, dual sidemount spares—with mirrors mounted on steel covers—and doughnutpusher hood ornament. Rear compartment fitted with a period Tonneau Shield Co. rear windscreen with side wings. Glass in the center windscreen starting to delaminate at bottom edge. Superb paint, with perhaps four light chips on fender edges and door hinges. Foot-deep replating of all chrome. Engine bay could use a light fluff-and-buff before hitting the show grounds again, but it’s more of a light cleanup than anything else. Glossy black undercarriage is quite clean. Cond: 2. 9 #S77.1-1936 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT Series 1404 dual-cowl fined their inline 8s until the final year of straight-8 production in 1954, as they felt that it provided superior torque and smoothness over a V8. This may seem like strong money for a Super Eight, but that stunning Dietrich-designed body (yet regularly cataloged and built by Packard by this year) makes up for not having a V12. Indeed, there is a cadre of Packard enthusiasts who prefer the senior straight 8s over the somewhat-complex, expensive-to-deal-with Twelve. While it may represent the end of one era, it’s also the start of a beautiful relationship with the new owner. GM #T49-1940 BUICK LIMITED Series 80 convertible sedan. VIN: CA741363. Black/ tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 32,610 miles. California-assigned VIN. Optional covered dual sidemounts, AM radio and clock. Circa mid-1990s restoration. Paintwork still quite nice, with minimal light polishing scratches in a few places. All chrome pieces were replated, but not to the highest of standards. Some pieces show light pitting underneath the plating, while broken name badge on the passenger’s sidemount now says “BUICI” (and no, it’s not the Italian export model, either). Clamp-on door mirrors with fisheye lens. Front bumper and aftermarket Pilot Ray lights shake while the car idles. Non-stock dual-carburetor induction and magneto ignition. Older, brush-painted undercarriage, which looks rather grubby. Seat leather shows light wear, and is more wrinkled and pillowed from use. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. The 1940–41 GM convertible sedans, the last of the breed from them, were some of the most elegant of their time. While restored and still looking quite well, said restoration is starting to degrade and seems to be more cosmetic than concise. Still, all the money in the world bid here. SOLD AT $451,000. 1936 was the final year for the massive 384-ci inline 8. Lest modern-day observers think that Packard was stuck in the 1920s as far as engine design was concerned, they continually re- #F218-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56A098654. Crocus Yellow & Onyx Black/black vinyl/light yellow vinyl & charcoal nylon. Odo: 113 miles. 265ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. State-of-the-art restoration completed in 2008, impeccably maintained since. Attained 1,000 points in judging at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, plus attaining an AACA Grand National award. Very well equipped, includ- TOP 10 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA ing dual-quad induction, ps, pb, power windows, power seat, rain-sensing power top, back-up lights, Autronic Eye, fender skirts, signal-seeking AM radio with rear-mounted antenna and Continental kit. Essentially fitted with all options and dealer accessories except air conditioning and wire wheel covers. No signs at all of wear or use anywhere on car. If anything can be nit-picked on it, it appears to have a stainless-steel exhaust system, but done in stock style components. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000. This was the drop-top flavor of a pair of 1956 Bel Airs offered one after another from the same collection. While I’m not a big fan of that year’s near lime-colored Crocus Yellow, these cars were so well done in their as-built colors that they’d look resplendent in pea-soup green and pink (hey, they’re ’50s cars; it would work). The consignor told me on the day before they crossed the block that they had “significant” reserves, and by golly, they got met. I hesitate to say “perfect” about any car, but if you could be excused for doing so on either the convertible or the hard top, I’ll say the selling price is justified. #F219-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC56B114386. Crocus Yellow & Onyx Black/light yellow vinyl & charcoal nylon. Odo: 123 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. State-of-the-art restoration completed in 2011 and showing no signs of use or wear since. Attained 1,000 points in judging at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, plus attaining an AACA Grand National award, yet awards and grille badges are not included with the cars. Very well equipped, with factory-installed a/c, Power-Pac induction, Powerglide automatic, ps, pb, power windows, power seat, backup lights, Autronic Eye, fender skirts, compass, signal-seeking AM radio with rear mounted antenna and wire-basket wheel covers. The only thing about the restoration that even comes close to being schmaltzy is modern, stick-on replacement in back window indicating it’s an air-conditioned car. Stainless-steel exhaust, done in stock-style components, around an otherwise correctly restored undercarriage. Literally concours ready as presented here, with no prep work needed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $121,000. This car and its matching convertible (Lot 218) were stunningly well restored, but the consignor stated that none of the awards that the cars got will go with them. Interesting psychology in how some owners are willing to include the awards and trophies with the car as part of its history, yet others feel they did the work and earned the award, with the car just being the vessel that their efforts were focused on. The way I look at it is that I go to enough estate auctions of deceased car guys, where the pile of trophies and awards mean nothing to the family, so they get bid on and are lucky to get a few bucks for the pile. You might as well include them with the car. In this case, you’ll be able to start your own new collection of awards and trophies. So for what is probably the best ’56 Bel Air hard top on the planet, call the selling price justified. #T62.1-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 4R124S103314. Beige & brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 91,501 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Good-quality, trimoff repaint done not too many years ago. Non-stock Rally wheels—wearing trim rings, flat center caps and radials—painted to match the brown belly stripe. Spray-painted black in whole cargo compartment. All exterior brightwork has been refurbished, all chrome replated or replacement. Homemade wood side stakes. Modern non-OEM windshield and new glass seals. Reupholstered seat, in a non-stock perforated vinyl and generic pleat. Does not have underdash module for a radio and never had one, due to lack of antenna. Generally stock under the rear access panel in the box, to include the alternator and PCV plumbing, yet nowhere near being detailed. Mostly rattlecan black undercarriage. Cond: 3+. best one on the planet, any running Corvair engine would do. Today, it took $10k to start the bidding, as this is pretty much the going rate for a decent example of the nowfar-better appreciated Rampsides—and not even the best one on the planet. #S5-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 396876M520954. Trumpet Gold/light yellow vinyl. Odo: 70,184 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, tilt/tele steering column, Wonder Bar AM/FM radio with power antenna, rearwindow defogger and power windows. Older heavily masked repaint, which has the sloppiest masking around window trim and antenna base. Since then, it’s had three good-sized scrapes on right front fender just aft of Toronado emblem, with lots of brushed-on touch-up paint that’s pretty close to the gold repaint. Both doors rattle when shut, thanks in no small part to loose door panels. Original seats would be pretty decent, if it wasn’t for a lot of seam splitting at driver’s position, plus one rip on top of driver’s seat back. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage. Older, cleaned-up, widerthan-stock whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,000. One can easily make the argument that the ’66 Toronado was GM’s last great engineering and styling tour de force. It’s a design that still looks clean today (although some details definitely are locked in the 1960s) and it kicked the door in for the domestic auto industry to take front-wheel drive seriously. Litigation and legislation have since made GM’s offerings a lot more staid and, out of a lack of a better term, safe for not upsetting the apple cart. This example is far more of an upset than Mecum’s pre-sale guesstimate of $17k to $25k would lead one to believe, yet sold right in that pocket. Still, this ended up being more of a gift to the consignor than reflective of real-world values. SOLD AT $13,750. Due to the limited access to the motor from the “mail slot” in the back below the tailgate, Corvair engines for Forward Control trucks are unique. They have the oil filler pointed at an angle, so it can be accessed through the slot. Granted, this is incorporated into the rear engineblock cover—one of the four major aluminum engine-block components—but back in the day when these were $1,500 for the 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #S53-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370P160448. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 34,444 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA body prep and paint application, along with the repop graphics. Signed on the top of rear spoiler by Mr. Beswick. All chrome replated, with some light scuffing on the windshield moldings. Modern replacement windshield. Four T-3 headlights. New reproduction interior soft trim, expertly installed. Gauge-surround trim pieces have a few light dings. Clean, stock engine detailing. Older undercoating, with new stock-style exhaust, shocks and fuel tank. Cond: 2. important on a Fiero), but with a 3-speed slushbox instead of a 5-speed, there was no danger of me bidding on this one. It has been shopped a bit in the past year at the last two of Keith McCormick’s Palm Spring auctions; last seen in February of this year, then stated as selling for $5,460 (SCM# 6866261). Little wonder then that it failed to sell here, yet $5k to $5,500 is definitely the market for this. CORVETTE SOLD AT $66,000. Market-correct price for a well-restored GTO Judge. For fans of Tin Indian drag racing, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick needs little or no introduction. For a chance to get a GTO Judge he owned, well bought. #T14-1988 PONTIAC FIERO Formula coupe. VIN: 1G2PE119XJP214610. Red/ gray cloth. Odo: 41,292 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Optional a/c, power windows, rear window defroster and AM/FM/ cassette stereo. Consignor believes the mileage is correct from new. Good original paint, to include insets on alloy wheels. FORMULA graphics on doors have heavier edge flaking. Newer replacement windshield. “First Protection” decal on back window. Minimal waviness on nose plastic. Clean, washed-off, totally stock engine bay, but not what anyone would call detailed. Pontiac sticker for recall 88C24 on the inner engine lid dates to 1990. Light wear and soiling on seats and carpet. Heavier soiling on the aftermarket carpeted floor mats. Washed-off undercarriage, with a newer layer of undercoating. Newer Firestone Firehawk tires. Cond: 3+. #F64-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S003851. Pennant Blue/ tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 21,603 miles. 235ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. No documentation to definitively prove the car was originally Pennant Blue when new. Competently restored at least a decade ago. Good body prep and paint application. Doors could stand a little more adjustment but aren’t horribly out of alignment. Chrome and stainless trim starting to dull a bit. Widewhitewall bias-ply tires starting to yellow. Light soiling on replacement soft top, driver’s seat, edging around bodywork interior and carpeting. Interior plastic also uniformly yellowing. Older engine cleanup—now could stand some touch-up. Several pieces of ad-hoc wiring added, using modern crimp connectors. Surface rust present on nearly all bare metal. Gloss paint on most of the undercarriage still good, yet bare metal has heavier surface rust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. During 1967 production, big-block hoods were used for a short period of time on small-block cars when the supply of small-block hoods was diminished due to hood vendor damaging the mold. While this car’s VIN is close to that time period, experts well versed in ’67s would have to look at it and the mountings to make the call if it was a real-deal factory hood or someone who wanted the big-block look and bump in value for a real one. If in all certainty it was one of these, the consignor would’ve likely called it out as one of them (rather than “big-block hood” as the last feature listed) so not only do I have my doubts, but considering what it sold for (regular-small-block-with-Powerglide-automatic money), nobody else seems to think it was the real thing either. SOLD AT $67,100. Last seen at RM’s Phoenix auction in 2011, then declared sold at $63,250 (SCM# 2076894). Seven years later, it hasn’t moved up in value much at all—even if it may be one of the few realdeal, 300-odd Pennant Blue ’54s. As such, sold here at market price. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. While a lot of folks were oohhing and ahhing over the faux-fastback GT styling, personally I’m fine with the 1984–88 basic greenhouse, which carried over to all the non-GT trim levels for this final, improved year of production. I’d actually prefer a Formula over a GT (easier both to see out of and to get at the engine—very 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #F96-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S111177. Marlboro Maroon/black vinyl/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 82,891 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Big-block hood, with a 300-hp 327 under it. Optional automatic transmission, 4.11 Posi rear end, ps, pb and AM radio. Rather good body prep; smoother-than-original build quality yet with some of the center-body character lines muted. Equally good base/ clear application. Newer reproduction windshield, with like-new seal and windshield frame trim. Good solid door fit and shut lines. Taut-fitting, older replacement soft #S190-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S102177. Elkhart Blue/ teal blue leather. Odo: 85,425 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with a/c, sidepipes, telescoping steering column, ps, pb, power windows and AM/FM radio. Work done in the past two years includes replacing the clutch, carburetor, transmission, brakes and converting the headlights to LEDs. Engine is generally stock, and while it may have been washed off recently, with grease staining and surface rust forming, it certainly isn’t detailed. Forward, lower body tabs cut to make clearance for sidepipes after car was last repainted. Said repaint has some prep issues percolating through paint, especially on left rear quarter. Betterthan-original bumper replating. Reproduction seats, with some bunching and ripples from installation. Original carpet has some staining on the sides of the transmission hump. New, stock exhaust system. Narrow whitewall radials. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Elkhart Blue is the second-rarest hue sprayed in 1967—exceeding only Tuxedo Black, of all colors. Then again, there were three shades of blue available that year. Something of a frequent flyer, it’s been spotted at two previous auctions in 2016, declared sold each time. First it was top. Newer reproduction seats, door panels and carpeting. Generally good detailing underhood, even if intake manifold is starting to get dingy again. Older coating of manifold dressing giving way to surface rust. Non-stock chambered mufflers, sprayed in rattle-can silver. Cond: 2-.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction, going for $61,600, then at Mecum’s Dallas sale for $68,200 (SCM# 6802385 and 6813561, respectively). However, nobody’s rightfully going to pay this kind of change for a car that already has “get it repainted” on the to-do list. Mecum’s pre-sale guesstimate was $90k to $100k. Right. That worked out well—not. #S137-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S415053. Polar White/ red vinyl. Odo: 24,785 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that indicated miles are actual since new. All equipment matches the tank sticker, which is still attached to original tank and comes with the car loose, since it now has a replacement installed on the car. Equipped with the L88 engine, M22 4-speed, 3.70 Posi differential, pb with J56 heavy-duty pads, F41 suspension and Rally wheels shod with reproduction Redline bias-ply tires. Topical repaint done sympathetic to 1968s; lacking build quality. As such, the doors also have typical C3 gaps, wider at front than rear. Bumper rechrome is better than new. Original seats have some discoloration, cigarette burns and a few seams starting to split. Original octane warning decal is heavily faded. Engine bay modestly detailed in recent years. Stock-style replacement, welded exhaust system. Cond: 3+. have been restored with reproduction interiors, those burns are now few and far between—mostly on original interiors. This L88 opened at $200k with little fanfare and rolled off the block with even less—not even a hint at what the reserve might be. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $325,000. There’s something you don’t see nearly as much anymore in cars—cigarette burns. Even in the early 1980s, it seemed like half of the used cars out there had some type of ciggy burn on the seat or dashboard near the lighter With the multitude of post-war cars that #S70-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: H125985. Dark maroon/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 14 miles. Equipped with optional Columbia 2-speed rear axle and AM radio. State-of-the-art restoration done over a decade ago, but seems to have been done more recently. CCCA National First Place badge 2744 on the right side of the cowl. In its most recent concours event nine years ago (with the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club—their decal is on the passenger’s side vent window), it attained 97.83 out of 100 points in judging. The decade-plus old repaint is still better than anything that comes off an assembly line today. Slight muting of gold-tone trim. Haartz cloth top starting to get a bit fuzzy. The undercarriage has flash rust on bare bolt threads, and edges of original gas tank are a bit distressed. Engine bay and interior could stand up to concours inspection as presented here. Cond: 2+. November–December 2018 93


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA tory, originally crossing the block as a nosale for $110k, but by the end of the weekend that bid became the selling price— even after the buyer’s premium. Par for the course for a well-done car that only has to apologize for the 1961–63 Kelsey-Hayes Sports Roadster repop wire wheels. Marketcorrect price for an E-bird, regardless of which set of shoes it’s wearing. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Previously part of the prestigious Jerry Capizzi “Cappy Collection,” which was liquidated by RM auctions in November 2006, fetching $176k (ACC# 1568037). Now starting to age and degrade slightly, but since I know how well Jerry’s shop restored cars, I’m not surprised that this Continental is still standing tall. Problem is, with a diminishing pool of enthusiasts out there, pre-war Continentals are a buyer’s market for the most part. Car deserves better, but it may take more selective marketing to get it. #F95-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: E7FH395296. Flame Red/ Colonial White cloth, Colonial White hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 29,965 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Real-deal, Flame Red E-bird; equipped with both types of tops, ps, pb, power windows, Dial-A-Matic power seat, padded dash, engine dress-up kit and Town & Country radio. Fitted with repop 1961–63 Sports Roadster Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Consignor under the impression that miles on the odometer are actual from new, yet it’s all a full-on restoration that was good enough to earn the car multiple VTCI Gold awards and two first places in International Thunderbird Club competition. Superb body prep and paint application. Show-quality chrome on all plating. Classic T-bird Club of America grille badge. Door fit is pretty lousy, but once latched, the gaps are decent. All-reproduction interior soft trim, still in fresh-out-of-the-box condition. Concours-ready detailing underhood and on undercarriage. Cond: 2. #T46-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5R08C227563. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Torq Thrust D wheels shod with cheap import 205/60R15 tires. Older repaint, with masked-off body seals and major trim. Door and panel gaps are passable at best. Mix of brightwork: old bumper replate, some newer repop emblems (including the 289 HiPo emblems on the fenders) and serviceable original trim. A whole lot of non-stock underhood: a 302 V8 replacing the original 2-barrel 289, topped with an Edelbrock intake manifold, modern production 4-bbl carb, modern ignition, modern alternator, modern rotary a/c compressor and a bunch more. At least it’s rather clean and tidy in there. Older repro seating and carpeting, showing light wear. Custom-made center console, with modern gauges incorporated into it. Light undercoating rattle-canned over most of undercarriage, including aftermarket helper springs. Non-stock, chambered dual exhaust. Cond: 3. components on the truck. Concours-quality detailing in engine bay and all FoMoCo. Seat authentically redone in correct embossed silver vinyl and aircraft-style buckle, silver seat belts. Does not have a radio, and never did, due to an uncut dash and no hole for an antenna in fender. To sum it up in two words: minimalist perfection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. The Energizer Bunny of vintage SUVs strikes again. Just when you think that first-gen Broncos are fully priced and should start to bring less, this shows up to the party. $110k for no top, one bench seat, and a 6-banger with a 3-on-thetree (albeit done on one fabulously authentic restoration, rather than an off-roader’s dream), so welcome to the era of the $100k Bronco. Still, a 1966 roadster has a bunch of one-year-only parts, and to get one better than Ford built it doesn’t come cheap. It’s just that now it’s becoming closer to being cost effective. SOLD AT $22,000. Driver grade all day long, this is essentially a compilation of parts onto a California rust-free body. While the final price may seem well bought, it’s closer to reasonable—more as a cruisenight special to become a future project than to flip for minimal profit (if anyone bites). A cheap price for a cheap car. SOLD AT $110,000. Having been shopped quite a bit in the last year, it was last seen at Mecum’s 2018 Spring Classic in Indy, where it was a no-sale at $100k (SCM# 6873864). Here it was on a similar trajec- 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #F8-1966 FORD BRONCO roadster. VIN: U13FL788842. Holly Green/silver vinyl. Odo: 13 miles. 170-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Recently completed professional restoration to its original configuration. As such, you’ll find a paint run or two in less-obvious places (such as the windshield hinge). That said, external body panels are done better than Ford could’ve possibly finished them in the day. All chrome parts have been replated, all stainless heavily polished (including the one-year-only wheel covers). Period-accessory Selecto front hubs and modern all-terrain radials are the only obvious non-stock #S144-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R216084. Acapulco Blue Metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 99,663 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Per the Marti Report, equipped with 3.50 Traction-Lok, ps, front disc pb, Interior Décor group, Sports Deck rear seat, center console and AM radio (now with a period-correct AM/FM unit). Shelby 10-spoke alloy wheels shod with radials. Professional restoration completed in recent years. Better-than-stock body prep and paint application. Door gaps and fit are no better or worse than when it was new. All brightwork is either reconditioned or reproduction replacements. Modern headlights, but not halogens. Concours-quality enginebay detailing. Reproduction radiator and battery tags. All-reproduction interior soft trim, in like-new condition. Padding on roll bar has some scuffing from seat belts. Dashboard signed by Carroll Shelby above


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Monterey, CA MOPAR glovebox door. Clean, mostly black undercarriage, with stock-style exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $209,000. KR fastback prices have been a little spotty in recent years, but as of late seem to be rebounding. This wellrestored example opened at $50k, then worked its way up to $150k, where interest seemed to be tailing off and I figured it was going to roll out the door at that. After some negotiation, the reserve was lifted at that point, and then the bidders got back into a roll again, smartly moving it up until it hit $195k on the hammer. As nobody wanted to be “that guy” who bid it to $200k (although the juice put it over that yardstick already), that’s where the hammer fell for a strong price on a strong car. #T168-1978 FORD PINTO Squire wagon. VIN: 8T12Y213816. Jade Green Metallic/ green plaid vinyl. Odo: 15,748 miles. 2.3-L I4, 1-bbl, auto. Seller believes the miles are actual. Generally good, original paint with some light fading and discoloration around headlight buckets. The decals and fake wood edging are actually a touch better than the paint, as they’ve survived the past four decades with only a few light nicks. Nice original brightwork. Door fit not so hot (and probably wasn’t 40 years ago, either). Circa-1978 engine bay, with the exception of the radiator cap, modern battery and some wiring added on hot side of starting solenoid. Washed-off motor, with some moderate paint flaking and corrosion on alloy air-cleaner lid. Inspection stamps still readily visible on underhood paint. Well-preserved original upholstery, with only slight carpet fading. Heavier paint chipping on the driver’s door jamb from shoulder-belt latch. Cond: 3+. #T68-1960 DODGE PHOENIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4305126747. White/red vinyl, black & red nylon. Odo: 46,985 miles. 225ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Bare-bones configuration, with power brakes and automatic trans being the sole options. Original radio blanking plate still in place. Topical repaint over a generally well-kept original car. Good door fit, but it rattles when latched. Bumpers and some trim replated. Yellowing and some cracks forming in translucent portions. Seats in fantastic shape, carpet still is okay. Light overspray on the pinchweld moldings. Odometer especially difficult to read, due to location and scuffing. Despite a modern battery, the engine bay is well detailed to a stock configuration. Rather blah, dirty undercarriage, with some light overspray on the rear leaf springs and exhaust pipe. Leaking old (if not original) left rear shock absorber. Period, wide-whitewall, bias-ply tires. Cond: 3+. correctly restored undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $96,250. One of 548 ’Cuda convertibles for 1970. Done up more for go than show, but still very respectably restored. At most one weekend in the garage can make it into a concours lawn ornament, if so desired. Sold slightly better than bought, if correctness was desired, yet a decent buy if you want an example to drive on occasion and locally show. AMERICANA NOT SOLD AT $24,000. The proverbial “little old lady” car when new, from Coralinga, CA. Last seen in February at the Keith McCormick auction in Palm Springs, CA, then selling for a rather healthy $31,500 (ACC# 6827940). At least two people there must not have figured out how to open the hood, as this has the inaugural-year Slant 6 under it. SOLD AT $33,000. Uhm, $33k for a Pinto? We pondered their collectibility and values a few issues back here in ACC. Well, it appears that we are now there—albeit on one example that’s an original with low miles. At least it’s a wagon, which didn’t have that little fuel-tank-exploding-in-an-accident issue. Still, I’d doubt that any other wagon from Ford in 1978—LTD or LTD II Country Squires, Fairmonts, or especially Econoline Club Wagons—could pull this kind of money under the same scenario of miles and originality. Exceptionally well sold, even if you can’t find one this nice anywhere else. 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #F63-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27N0B226003. Tor-Red/black vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 68,197 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration completed earlier this year by a Mopar specialist. While it retains matching-numbers engine block, everything above it was made by Edelbrock (except the ceramic-coated headers and Mopar Performance cast-alloy valve covers, plus air cleaner). Equipped with ps, pb, fog lamps, hood pins, Rally Pack, power windows, AM radio, center console and Rallye wheels—now shod with modern radials. Excellent body prep and paint application, in addition to the repro 383 hockey-stick stripes. Doors have decent shut lines but need a firm slam to shut properly—due most likely to the new door seals. Top redone with correct style of vinyl and well fitted. That also describes the repro seats and carpeting, yet with some soiling in stitching of seat-bottom pleats. Clean, #T92.1-1962 STUDEBAKER LARK Daytona convertible. VIN: 62V9461. Aqua Metallic/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 3,172 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of the original invoice from the Studebaker museum shows it was sold new in Kansas City, and still is equipped with Twin Traction locking differential, ps and undercoating. Decent base/clear repaint, with overspray on rear leaf springs. Front fascia cleaned up a bit, slightly modified to not have a front bumper. Door gaps not all that wonderful. Most trim taken off and reconditioned to some extent. Reconditioned dashboard, with triple aftermarket gauges mounted on bottom. Hurst shifter replaces stock unit in original location just forward of mini console. Aftermarket wood-rim steering wheel with column-side-mounted horn button. Aside from the open-element air cleaner and modern production Carter AFB-style carburetor, clean and generally stock-appearing underhood. Cornball, aftermarket, oversized dual exhaust tips. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,250. Note to whoever pulled off the bumper, thinking it looks sleek and cool: No, it doesn’t. On all counts. This way, it comes off as a cheap turkey with parts missing. I’d have looked past the Hurst shifter, but like this, it really comes off as being half-baked. Even if it’s a factory V8/4speed car, it sold very well considering what’s been changed and what is missing. A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN Back to the 50’s 2018 A desirable 1969 Camaro SS Indy Pace Car convertible, with a 396 and 4-speed, sold for a market-correct $54k Twin Cities Auctions St. Paul, MN June 22–23, 2018 Auctioneers: Gary Dehler, Kurt Warner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 93/172 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $1,469,396 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car convertible, sold at $54,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%; minimum $400, included in sold prices High seller: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car edition convertible, sold at $54,000 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander Market opinions in italics first two days of the three-day show. The auction takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul alongside the nearly 12,000 show cars, but is open to all collector cars, unlike the 1964 cut-off date for entry into Back to the 50’s. Overall, the numbers weren’t too far off from pre- O 98 AmericanCarCollector.com vious years, as far consignments and sold cars. Indeed, Twin Cities had a sale rate of less than 1% lower than last year. However, gross sales — where it really mattered — were down by nearly $400k. The largest factor for this was the lack of upper-end (read that as potential to bring over $100k) feature cars. The top sale here this weekend was a nice-enough car — a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indy Pace Car convertible. Equipped with a 396 and a 4-speed, it was certainly a desirable vehicle, yet the $54k it brought was market correct. For comparison, last year’s top ne of the world’s largest collector-car events, Back to the 50’s, has hosted a collector-car auction for two decades. For the sixth time, Twin Cities Auctions returned to conduct this sale during the car was an ultra-low-mile, original 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 hard top, which brought $87,480. With cars that were solidly in the $50k-and-under class, and a 54% sell-through rate, it wasn’t a case of doing badly, it was just a case of having few cars that could bring more money. Yet it’s not for lack of trying with the folks at Twin Cities, as they’re all seasoned auction veterans from various other auction houses and venues that enjoy doing this event. The one thing that would benefit this auction would be an online presence. Like it or not, the Web is undoubtedly where any auction company has to be today to help their consignors attracted a global reach of potential buyers. With an agreement with MSRA to continue to be here next year and beyond, in addition to having a good rapport with them (including auctioning consignments for their scholarship foundation), I hope that next year’s Twin Cities Auctions will be able to attract even more consignments and buyers to continue as a successful part of Back to the 50’s for the foreseeable future.A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN GM #F126-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 30967W308328. Burgundy metallic/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,517 miles. 146-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Average base/clear repaint, with sloppy masking of glass and door seals and overspray on the top and undercarriage. Sanding scratches visible under paint on hood. Door fit okay, but they rattle like crazy due to no stop bumpers being in place. Newer 185/70R13 blackwall radials on all four corners, with 1964-and-later threeprong spinner wire wheel covers. Curbfeeler exhaust pipe outlet. Older Clark’s seat kit, installed well. Worn, original, vacuum-plated interior trim is mostly bare plastic. Missing ashtray and radio knobs. Somewhat cleaned-up engine bay. Truck bed liner used instead of black paint underhood on non-engine sheet metal. What isn’t greasy on the undercarriage has heavy surface rust. Cond: 3-. paint on driver’s door pillar. When redone, a/c tastefully added, with a modern rotary compressor underhood. Engine bay recently cleaned, but not detailed since it was restored a decade ago; flash rust forming on some components. Modern aftermarket electronic ignition. All-reproduction interior soft trim, hardly showing wear over the past decade. Cond: 2-. one in the description. Final bid most likely didn’t pay for the work done on it, so it’ll take a little while longer for a future, lessscrupulous owner to try and call it “numbers matching.” SOLD AT $25,380. GM went to thin whitewall tires in 1962, so these wide whites are a bit too much, especially with the wheelwell moldings there to break up the black tires and black paint. I’ve also never really been a fan of ’64 Chevy Daytona Blue, as they used it on everything from Corvairs to Corvettes, so no love lost here for painting it black. Appropriately paid for what should be a nice cruiser with plenty of eye appeal, and nothing more. SOLD AT $5,400. This Monza was a frequent flyer on the auction circuit last season; last seen selling for $4,988 at Keith McCormick’s Palm Springs sale in November last year (ACC# 6856674). Granted, various entities have done enough with this that I didn’t recognize it from when I saw it last year at the Mecum auction in Monterey—where it failed to sell for $7k (ACC# 6844647). Still, it seems like one of those cars where they fix one thing and screw up something else each time I encounter it. This is one of those cars that seems like it’s a hot potato and may never really find a true new home, but rather will bounce from dealer to dealer. Sold well, so we’ll see if it boomerangs back on the market next year or stays off the radar. #S144-1964 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS convertible. VIN: 45867K192787. Tuxedo Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 10,498 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A real SS, but originally Daytona Blue with blue vinyl seats. Heavy-duty cooling package, ps, pb, tinted windshield, power top and AM radio. A concise restoration was completed in 2008, using components from a no-rust Arizona donor car. Rather good two-stage paint, although tops of rear fenders could’ve been better prepped and door jambs have lesser-quality application of clearcoat. Pop-riveted VIN tag over new 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #F120-1965 PONTIAC GTO replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375K119048. Red/black vinyl/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 31,884 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good color-change repaint from the original Starlight Black with a Cameo White-painted LeMans roof. Generally good panel gaps, although hood sits slightly high. Modern replacement windshield, with light sanding scratches and masking lines on perimeter trim—along with drip rails. Rear quarter-panel GTO emblems placed too far forward—darn near centered between bumper and rear wheelwells. Heavily padded vinyl roof with non-stock grain. Stick-on, faux chrome trim added below lower window trim. GTO-style reproduction interior vinyl, well installed. Newer solid-color, closed-loop pile carpeting. Retro-look AM/FM/cassette deck in lieu of stock radio. Generally stock-appearing underhood. Radiator hoses have some light engine overspray. Modern replacement alternator. Rally I wheels on blackwall radials. Cond: 3+. #F144-1965 CHEVROLET C-20 Custom pickup. VIN: C2545S174729. Maroon metallic & white/white & black vinyl. Odo: 85,017 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent base/clear repaint, with a custom candy finish; enhanced all the more by modern, styled 16-inch alloy rims. Varnished cargobox wood with polished stainless-steel skid strips. All-reproduction alloy trim, some replated chrome, yet lightly pitted door handles. Original Smack-Hit rear step bumper, engraved from original dealer (Forrest Chevrolet of Cleburne, TX). Helper coils on original trailing-link-and-coil rear suspension. Aftermarket dual exhaust system. Good door fit, with new seals. Reupholstered seat in a generic pattern. Modern DIN sound system cut into stock radio’s location. Tidy and largely stock-appearing engine bay, aside from a modern aluminum radiator. Conversion to dual master-cylinder brakes (albeit unassisted) more subtle. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A bit unusual to find a C-20 with a Powerglide, unless it was bought new to have a camper on the back. With pickups of all eras being so fashionable now, ¾-tonners are starting to see some love in the marketplace, as a more economical alternative to a ½-ton. Swapping out the multi-piece rims and with some modern suspension tweaks (if not going full in for air bags) will yield a truck that’s all but identical to its ½-ton brethren. Bid to where the consignor could say it was too shy to sell (having stated that $20k was the absolute bottom that would be considered) yet also appropriate for the last person bidding, as some folks will still say, “Gee, you paid a lot for a three-quarter-ton.” NOT SOLD AT $21,000. As sure as the sun rises each day and sets each night, you’ll still find fakey-doo GTOs at auctions. At least the consignor was forward with this #F153-1968 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 394878M614798. Dark blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 39,365 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Twilight Teal paint, now a base/clear repaint in strictly dark blue (actually, it’s closer to Nocturne Blue more than anything else), with light orange peel. Correct-fromnew interior (actually pretty nice original) in black vinyl, with bucket seats and center console. Good door fit, yet with a hint of a


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN rattle when they are shut. Heavier yellowing of plastic, vacuum-plated seat moldings. Optional tilt/telescopic steering column, with modern, aftermarket leather added to rim. DIN-mount CD stereo cut into dashboard where stock radio once was. Older, cut-to-fit shag carpeted floor mats. Rusty VIN tag in dashboard is difficult to decipher. Reasonably well-detailed underhood. Modern replacement alternator. Highly polished wheel covers and newer radials on the stock rims. Cond: 3. box ignition. Rattle-can gold on the brake master cylinder is lifting off. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,540. While it initially catches your eye, it gives off an aura of “make it pretty to flip it” that makes it less endearing the more you look at it. At least it’s a real GTO, which is not what one would necessarily call a ringing endorsement. At least you won’t have any quibbles about taking it out and driving it (provided that the shortcuts ended with the motor, but I doubt it). Sold well. SOLD AT $9,180. This was the first year that the Toro started getting ugly. While 1967 stayed true to the 1966 original, 1968 saw the introduction a massive double-nostril chrome grille, which overlapped the front fenders—almost from wheelwell to wheelwell. This did the otherwise-clean styling no favors. At least its saving grace for ’68 was the introduction of the bullet-proof 455 engine. While Olds did offer a higher-performance W34 variant of the 455 (rated at 400 ponies), this car had the base engine, despite the rare-as-hen’s-teeth center console with shifter. The raised-white-letter tires and aftermarket sound system also did the car no favors, giving it a high-school-kid aura. As such, it sold well enough. #F172-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242378K115585. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 72,956 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hurst Dual Gate shifter, ps, pb, tilt steering column and hood-mounted tach. Added a/c, with a modern compressor. Decent color-change, trim-off repaint, although the clearcoat is iffy in door jambs. Rust blisters starting to pop on bottom of the doors on inner seams. All brightwork has been refurbished in one way or another, most of it the right way. Good body-to-Endura-nose fit. Grille surround has a few nicks in it from road debris. Stick-on GTO emblems. 1980svintage windshield. Fresh, all-reproduction interior soft trim. 1970s-era AM/FM/8-track in stock radio location, which is missing tuning knob. Little is stock underhood. Edelbrock intake and carburetor, chrome valve Seafoam Green & white/green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 92,078 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per original build sheet on glovebox door, has an optional 350 V8, TH350 automatic, ps, heavy-duty battery, block heater, rear step bumper, gauge package, and pushbutton AM radio. Authentic repaint about two decades ago. Wood cargo-box floor correctly painted body color. Mix of some repop but mostly good original trim. Excellent mostly original interior. Aftermarket sliding rear window, wrapped steering-wheel rim cover, and period AM/FM/8-track stereo. Recent fluff-and-buff underhood. Non-stock spark-plug wires. Non-stock dual exhaust system. Newer radial tires that look the part of truck bias plies and newer-era stainless hubcaps on reconditioned wheels. Cond: 3+. #F137-1969 CHEVROLET C-10 Custom pickup. VIN: CE149J838896. bay, but lacking in some hardware details to keep it from being factory-stock, concours good, such as a modern power-steering pump and incorrect hose clamps. Enginestamping pad is blank. Undercarriage is just as neat, clean and correct as underhood—if not more authentic, with correct dual-exhaust configuration and suspension components in correct finishes (or lack thereof). Neat-as-a-pin, all-stock interior, the only deviation being a modern Hurst shifter and carpeted floor mats. Lower-profile 15inch radials. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,000. The 1969 Indy Pace Cars seem to be picking up a tad in the market—regardless of whether there’s a big or small block underhood. While the workmanship was superb on this one, there has been enough parts swapping to make it one darn nice cruiser in lieu of a show pony. As such, it was bid correctly, especially since the consignor dropped the reserve (in lieu of the bids reaching it) when it hit $50k, and it was hammered sold shortly thereafter. SOLD AT $10,800. Last seen here four years ago, then well bought for $8,239 (ACC# 6710162). It doesn’t get much better than this; someone got to play with it for four years, sold it for about a $2k profit, and the buyer here still got a great buy on a superb truck. Further proof that you won’t lose money on it unless you abuse it. And even if you do, park it under a nearby tree that the local pigeon population favors, don’t wash it, then cash in and milk the whole “barn find” thing. covers and open-element air cleaner, MSD 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #S139-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Indy Pace Car edition convertible. VIN: 124679N623320. Dover White/white vinyl/orange houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 853 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with pb, ps, tilt steering column with rosewood steering wheel, Speed Minder, gauge-package center console, AM radio and power top. Recent bare-body restoration by a local shop. Superb two-stage paintwork and graphics. Show-chrome bumpers, and most trim and emblems are repros. Very clean engine #F157-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370P255073. Blue metallic/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,007 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with power nothing plus optional center console, hood tach and vinyl roof. Trim rings added to original Rally II wheels, now shod with economy-grade radials. Wears an older repaint, with some overspray on glasspack mufflers. Paint cracking on Endura nose. Good door fit and panel gaps. Brightwork reconditioned to some extent. Replacement headlights. Original engine paint, but rather distressed. Modern replacement hoses, clamps and battery. Fender aprons, cowl, and everything attached to them painted black. Upper dashboard reconditioned, as the VIN tag is painted over. Good seat vinyl, so much so that you can’t convince me it’s original. Center-console lid with some lifting and light warping to come off as original. Aftermarket modular sound system added below dashboard above the center console, leaving stock AM radio in place. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $43,200. The windshield descrip- BEST BUY


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GLOVEBOXNOTES by Jim Pickering 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody tion mentioned that this was being sold out of original owner’s estate. It may not be as original and unaltered as some would lead you to believe, but it does give off the vibe that it has been owned and cared for by a reasonable adult—not thrashed, bashed and reassembled. Overall, a reasonable car selling for reasonable money. Price as tested: $77,770 Equipment: 6.2-L 707-hp supercharged Hemi V8, 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic, SRT-tuned Bilstein 3-mode competition suspension with adaptive dampening, SRT drive modes, electronic roll control and stability control, Brembo 6-piston front brakes, keyless entry, back-up camera and blind-spot monitoring system, 18-speaker audio system with subwoofer, 200-mph speedometer, UConnect Nav system and 7-inch touchscreen interface, illuminated Air-Catcher headlamps and LED taillamps, electric power steering, and Gunmetal Gray brake calipers. Widebody Performance Package includes 20x11-inch Devil’s Rim aluminum wheels, Widebody competition suspension system, fender flares and 305/35ZR20 tires. Mileage: 13/22 Likes: Both tame and brutally fast, depending on your mood and the car’s settings. Will run to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Extremely stable at speed, competent in the corners despite its 4,500-lb heft. Fantastic brakes with little fade, 8-speed auto is both firm and sure of itself most of the time. Great sound from SRT exhaust — it’s especially fun to start remotely to hear it snarl to life. Good camera and side monitoring system helps you live with such a wide stance in an already wide car. Dislikes: Don’t expect to blend in. Fuel mileage is certainly a downside, but you’ll make friends at your local gas station pretty quickly when you roll up in this again and again. Wide tires are reportedly $260 each, but at least they all match. $77k will buy you a lot of car elsewhere, but it won’t be THIS car. Widebody package adds $6,000 to the bottom line. Verdict: What’s not to love about a 707-hp daily driver? The Hellcat is your best commuter ever. Sure, it’s big, loud, and can be scary fast when you want it to be, but it also has an eco mode (don’t laugh) that tames output and still gives you that evil shriek from the supercharger — just at a lesser level of power. As such, you can have fun with this thing pretty much all the time, regardless of how you’re limited by traffic or disapproving passengers. On top of all that, it’s comfortable, even in the back seats, and the Widebody treatment fixes the Challenger’s too-tall proportions nicely. Drive it to work, take the kids to school, drive it to dinner — and then take it to the track and turn it up. No compromises here… that is, except for the price. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: overall experience: 104 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com #S125-1977 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5 Custom Deluxe SUV. VIN: CKR187F186170. Frost White/white fiberglass/red vinyl. Odo: 62,206 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional V8, transmission, a/c, ps, pb, towing package, AM/FM stereo radio and tachometer. Aftermarket pop-out glass sunroof. Believed that the miles are actual. Good trim-off topical repaint, if you don’t notice the sloppy masking around most glass seals (but it’s hard to miss). All original brightwork, with light pitting on some pieces and light reconditioning on others. Poor door fit on passenger’s side, not much better for the driver. Excellent interior, although I suspect the front seats (due to different vinyl) and door panels (lacking brightwork and the faux-woodgrain trim of rest of interior) are modern reproductions. Surface rust on shift lever. Motor is rusty and dingy. A/C system fitted with R134a fittings. Throaty exhaust burble from the non-stock duals. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,820. The ’77 Blazer had minimal changes (mostly grille and trim packages) from the previous year, when the roof was changed to being removable only for the rear cap. Previously, from 1973 to ’75, the entire roof—from windshield frame to tailgate—was removable. With a strong opening bid of $12k, the reserve was removed in short order when the bidding hit $16,500. Then everyone else sat on their hands, and the truck was hammered sold for what’s becoming market value, factoring in that’s it’s more of an off-road vehicle than an investment vehicle. #F167-1984 PONTIAC FIERO Indy Pace Car edition coupe. VIN: 1G2AF37R3EP272733. White & silver/gray vinyl & red cloth. 2.5-L fuel-injected I4, auto. Equipped with sunroof, a/c, cruise control, tilt steering column, power windows, power door locks and electronic AM/FM/cassette stereo. Good original paint and graphics, with minimal edge chipping. Moderate fading of em


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN blems on B-pillars. Doors rattle when shut but have decent gaps for an ’80s GM product. Stock painted alloy wheels, with tires that need replacing before too long. Moderate steering-wheel-rim and shifter wear. Lesser carpet and seat-bottom wear. Illfitting shifter boot. Loose-fitting headliner from age (once again, like any typical ’80s GM product). Minimal engine-bay cleanup. Ignored undercarriage. Cond: 3. stereo. Engine dressed up like a 425-hp unit, but engine-stamping pad is blank. And it was dressed up several decades ago, based on heavier surface rust on unpainted components (and painted components such as the frame rails). Recently replaced alternator and upper radiator hose. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. Probably hoping to cash in on the “barn find” craze, the consignor stated that this came out of California after sitting for several decades, with some recent work to make it a runner (mainly brakes and carburetor). The “original barn find” thing is a bit thin here, as this is just past the tipping-over point between preservation and restoration. The money behind the final bid was as strong as you’ll find anywhere. SOLD AT $4,000. The seller indicated on the car comments placard that this had a turbo in it. While all 2,000 of the IPC-edition lookalikes for civilian consumption had the stock 2.5-L, Iron Duke 4-banger with port fuel injection, the actual pace car for the race was bored out to 2.7 liters, turbocharged, and was strung out to the Nth degree for producing 232 hp, and, as of now, this was the only mid-engine Indy Pace Car (we’ll see if that changes after next year with the C8 Corvette). You’d have to be an absolute Fiero loony to pay any more than this for this car, or desperate to fill the 1984 gap in your Indy Pace Car collection. CORVETTE #S141-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 104676S111955. Nassau Blue/white vinyl, blue hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 43,840 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mostly original paint, although a silver stinger has been added. Paint getting rather distressed, with heavier chipping up front, flex cracking, bonding strip broadcasting, plus splitting and peeling at the peak of stinger on the nose. Trimmed rear wheelwell lips. Heavier fading of plastic emblem inserts and decals on vent windows. New carpeting on rear storage compartment lid, the rest being original, with yellowing and soiling. Seats are presentable but tired. Aftermarket Hurst shifter and AM/FM/cassette #F180-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Commemorative Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2251T5109146. Sebring Silver/tinted roof panel/black leather. Odo: 34,146 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Optional LT4 engine with required 6-speed manual gearbox. Also with Preferred Equipment Package One, Delco-Bose sound system, and both types of roof panels. Aftermarket door-sill plates and engine callout tag stuck to console. Stated that indicated miles are actual since new. Excellent original paint, with consigning dealer’s decal stuck top center (above third brake light) on rear valance panel. Heaviest interior wear is on outboard driver’s seat bolsters, with all leather starting to get a bit stiff. Better, used-car-lot-grade cleanup and basic detailing underhood. Newer ACDelco battery. Not white-glove concours sanitary, but a washed-off and clean undercarriage. Blemish-free stock wheels, shod with newer Pilot Sport all-season performance tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,120. The only 1996 Corvette to have the one-year-only LT4 as standard was the Grand Sport. It was an option on all other trim levels, inclusive of the also oneyear-only Commemorative Edition. Left the auction block as a no-sale at $14k, but postevent data provided by the auction company shows that a deal came together on it. As both Commemorative Editions and LT4s have been slowly picking up in value for some time, this sale is more market correct than some would realize. Even the consignor eventually figured that out. November–December 2018 105


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN FOMOCO #F132-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 54ME83097M. Light green metallic/light green & ivory vinyl. Odo: 59,121 miles. 256-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice, older topical repaint, in original hue. Heavier chips on right front wheelwell lip, down by rocker panel. Scratches immediately below stainless molding, over right rear wheelwell. Otherwise, paint has been reasonably well cared for, and has an aged patina that almost comes off as original. Presentable original chrome trim, despite some light frosting of most of it—yet bumpers replated a while back (likely when the car was resprayed). Crazing on all plastic exterior emblems. Good door fit and panel gaps. Seat vinyl is likely redone, but a while back, as it doesn’t match up with the original door panels; still presents well aside from soiling on driver’s side. Color-coordinated seat belts up front. Older engine repaint, with some grease weeping from various gaskets. Reproduction bias-ply whitewalls on the original steel wheels. Cond: 3+. steering column at the 2-o’clock position. Dingy, mostly original under the hood. Newer ignition wiring. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,210. It may seem a bit odd for a full-sized Merc to have a 4-speed—especially on an entry-level, bench-seat Monterey. Yet during the 1960s, Ford did make overtones to position “The Big M” as something of a luxury GT. At least it was paired to the “Super Marauder” 4-barrel 390 for 300-hp worth of snort (but, alas, not a 427 side-oiler—although that was possible). I would’ve found the combination quite appealing, if it wasn’t for the fact that the car was ratty. These also don’t have that big of a following, yet the fact that the top goes down is the only reason this wasn’t sent to Japan as scrap metal in the 1980s. Correctly sold, if not more a case of correct to sell it for this. SOLD AT $12,960. New for the ’54 Mercurys were the Y-block, overhead-valve engine and ball-joint front suspension. This Monterey 2-door hard top was in good company, as it was the most popular Big M this year—at 79,553 built. While they may not have the panache of the previous generation of Mercs, they are still a capable cruiser at the price of a Ford, if not less. One could almost call this the car equivalent of comfort food. You’ll have to find the right person to flip this for a worthwhile profit, yet if you get “stuck” with it, you may feel it’s worth touching it up just for yourself. Bought well. #S113-1965 MERCURY MONTEREY convertible. VIN: 5Z45Z596469. Light blue/ white vinyl/white & light blue vinyl. Odo: 24,110 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of original invoice from when it was sold new by Beck Motor Company in Petersburg, VA, on July 29, 1965. Dealer-installed a/c. Old repaint in the original hue, with passenger’s door a replacement from a black car, as paint is flaking off the upper surfaces. Heavier paint chipping on leading edge of hood. Typical big, 1960s FoMoCo; it’s something of a tail dragger due to sagging rear leaf springs. Top has small holes in C-pillar where the bows pinched it. Seats and door panels redone a few years ago. Heavily soiled and threadbare carpeting. Light dash-pad fading. Sun tach clamped to 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #F148-1968 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8F09F503504. White/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 51,656 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional pb, tilt steering column, rear-window defogger, and AM/8-track sound system. Dealer-accessory luggage rack. 1990 West Virginia registration and Cougar Club of America stickers in windshield. Older, better-quality repaint, with some masking lines evident in door jambs and on some window seals. Laterera, vinyl-tape, stock-style pinstriping and body side moldings. Original vinyl roof has some older repair work on a few cracks and seam splits, but is generally presentable. Most of brightwork has been reconditioned in recent years. Excellent interior soft trim, aside from some fading of original dashpad. Cover plate on steering column for turn-signal switch missing. Generally tidy underhood. Three-prong spinner wheel covers and Redline radial tires on stock wheels. Cond: 3+. “ SOLD AT $15,390. In its second year of production, the Cougar was proving to be a good complement to the Ford Mustang that it was based upon. While the XR-7 was catching on, with 32,712 built in addition to the 81,014 basic Cougars, it still paled in comparison to the 249,447 Mustang coupes built for 1968. While it may have been popular 50 years ago, today it’s still second fiddle to a Mustang in popularity, so this sold market correct—if not a touch strong. #F147-1971 FORD F-250 Custom pickup. VIN: F25YRK66273. Mint green/dark green vinyl & light green nylon. Odo: 75,512 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional ps and pb. Period-accessory tie-down hooks on sides of pickup box, dual fuel tanks, and extended rear bumper for a slide-in camper. Modern single-piece steel wheels shod with new radial tires. Topical repaint, with varying degrees of orange peel, starting to flake along masked-off edges. Modern replacement windshield. Older replated front bumper, with a few creases and holes from former bumper guards. Excellent door fit. Older rattle-can job on motor, with masking and prep work as secondary concerns. Cab interior repainted, with some overspray on dimmer switch. Original radio-blanking plate still in place. Original interior vinyl, but has seam splitting on bottom of the seat at driver’s location and multiple cracks in dashpad. Cond: 3. 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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN NOT SOLD AT $6,500. It certainly seemed like three-quarter-ton pickups were the unofficial theme of the auction this time. All of the Big Three were represented with at least one from the 1960s through the early 1970s. Unlike the Chevy C-20 (Lot F144), this Ford came off as being more true to its original mission rather than being made into a wanna-be half ton. It also markedly shows why a lot of these have survived so well, being a dedicated camper hauler. As with that Chevy C-20, one can easily take either position that this was fully bid or worth not letting go, but not by much either way. #S135-1979 FORD THUNDERBIRD Heritage coupe. VIN: 9G87H206914. Light blue/blue vinyl/dark blue velour. Odo: 18,502 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Deluxe Marti Report confirms that the car’s configuration is as-built original. Stated that the miles are actual and that the car is all original—aside from service parts like tires and battery. All factory-applied paint, with some light orange peel below opera windows, yet in superb condition. All chrome and trim are also well preserved and in great condition. Cleaned up more that detailed underhood. Only deviations from stock there are the battery and a built-in battery maintainer on passenger’s side wheelwell. Excellent original interior. Light wear on carpeted floor mats. One insert on driver’s side seat-back ornament has fallen out. Ford-issued recall sticker tastefully added on lower dashboard. Fresh undercoating and new stock-appearing dual exhaust system. Cond: 2-. them. Fitted with 1986 SVO front-fender emblems, plus one fitted out of alignment to Mustang emblem on hatch lip. Interior wear looks, at most, like half of the 90k miles the car has since new. More compression of seat-bottom bolsters on driver’s side than actual seat wear. Also rearing its ugly head is the typical 1980s domestic-car cloth headliner glue giving way, so the headliner is touching your head. Light engine-bay cleanup, more than being detailed. Period, authentic Goodyear Eagle VR50 tires with plenty of tread on stock, alloy wheels. Average used-car undercarriage. Cond: 3+. hopeful coughs from the engine, it usually needed to be pulled around the auction site. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,156. Despite being well equipped for a Fox-body Mustang, the SVOs came standard well equipped with such amenities as a/c, power door locks, power windows and premium sound system. Indeed, the SVO’s only options were leather seats and a sunroof. They were also about five grand more than a GT, so sales failed to meet expectations, with 4,507 sold of the 9,837 build in this inaugural year. Today’s 310-hp, 2.3-L EcoBoost Mustang can trace a lot of its DNA to the 175-hp, 2.3-L turbocharged SVO, and we are all the better for it. As a car originally purchased more often by enthusiasts than fan boys of the 5.0-L, today’s survivors tend to be well cared for like this example, so one can feel more assured of getting an SVO than a GT Fox body. Market correct today, but likely to look well bought in the future. SOLD AT $10,260. While some of the 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition T-birds were kept as instant collectibles, darn few of the ’Birds of this era was saved for posterity, so this Heritage edition is something of a unicorn. This package was only offered for the final year of the body style; in essence, it was a parts-bin clean-out special, which included some Diamond Jubilee Edition trim pieces (in this case, the seats and blind rear-quarter roof vinyl). With low-mile, disco-era personal luxury cars starting to feel some love in the market, this was a pretty decent buy. At worst, it was market correct. #F168-1984 FORD MUSTANG SVO hatchback. VIN: 1FABP28T1EF116655. Black/ gray cloth. Odo: 90,116 miles. 2.3-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Good-quality older repaint, including door handles and lock cylinders. Some clearcoat lifting in door sills. Good door gaps, but doors have some rattle to 108 AmericanCarCollector.com MOPAR #F133-1931 DODGE BROTHERS U1-C pop-up camper. VIN: 219895. Eng. # 219895. Light beige & wood/tan & green canvas/ tan cloth. Odo: 65,041 miles. Cast spoke wheels, including single rears, riding on old bias-ply tires. Decent older repaint. Wood revarnished more recently. Original canvas for pop-up top has a couple of small holes, but otherwise in pretty good shape. Vintage-style Mopar vinyl decal on body sides, yet Mopar didn’t exist until 1937. Restored 1940 South Dakota license plates have blue masking tape over “40” with “31” written in pen over it (that’ll fool ’em down at the DMV). Crookedly mounted, drum-type speedometer. Handy clipboard attached just ahead of steering post, with a note stating that the truck doesn’t need a key to start. However, it’s going to need more than that. Despite efforts to get it started, and a few SOLD AT $20,520. Stated that it was originally built for a dentist in Alhambra, CA, as a mobile clinic during the week and RV on the weekends. This is from back in the days when gearing was everything, as that 196-ci 4-banger must have been working overtime just to move this down the road. Regardless of price, good luck duplicating this, even if it is slowly morphing into a resto-mod, as I would not at all be surprised to see this next with a Cummins 4B diesel engine underhood, which at least is another 4-banger and related to the Cummins found in Dodge (and Ram) trucks with two more lungs. #S109-1969 DODGE CORONET Deluxe 2-dr sedan. VIN: WL21B9G171300. Ivy Green Metallic/tan & green vinyl. Odo: 15,743 miles. 225-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Good news: It wears its original paint job. Bad news (and there’s plenty of it): The roof and hood are heavily faded, sides have wear from where the body side molding used to be, plus all panels have some level of scratches, dings and surface rust (with rocker panels rusted out). Fairly solid door fit with okay gaps. Tired original chrome and trim. Stock and surface-rusted original Slant 6 underhood. Gray overspray on air cleaner. Factory-applied undercoating has turned gray, and has a few holes from where rust has eaten away metal. New gas tank and stock-style exhaust system. Seats have heavier fading and seam splitting, but rest of the interior isn’t all that bad. Radio pulled out and sitting on the back seat. Seems to run okay. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. The consignor must have gotten wind of the VanDerBrink Mopar Collection auction two weeks prior, and thought that crappy-condition Mopars were


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN the Next Big Thing (based on the prices there, one can’t be blamed). However, without the proper ambiance of baking in a field next to a crop of soybeans in the middle of South Dakota, this didn’t quite work out as well. I think the big misstep here was that the Slant 6 in this car actually ran, and quite well. Had it been a big block that was stuck from inactivity for several decades, then maybe it would ring the bell. Yet just like every B-body at the SoDak venue, was bid more than generously. AMERICANA #S161-1949 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 2301 sedan. VIN: 2262944893. Black/tan & brown herringbone broadcloth. Odo: 14,736 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Equipped with overdrive, fog lamps, backup lamp, and cormorant hood ornament. Period spotlight and Fulton windshield visor. Sold new by Packard Minneapolis, retaining their dealer badge below trunk-lid emblem. Consignor believes miles to be actual since new. Original paint has seen plenty of wear in the past 69 years. Heavy panel-edge wear. Heavily faded rear-bumper chrome; front isn’t much better, along with rest of chrome. Remnants of period vacation souvenir decals in left rear vent window. Older redone seats, with some light staining and wear on front seat bottom. Recent engine work; newer green paint, chrome acorn nuts for head studs, new fuel lines, modern coil and refurbished oil filter canister. No air-filter assembly. Cond: 4+. this car was ignored more than properly tended to for most of its existence, if this is truly 14k miles. If, like me, you think that this is actually 114k miles, then everything adds up. There’s barely enough paint left to tell what the original sheen might have been, and if you try to buff it out, the chips will fill up with buffing compound. So it’s time to fire up the compressor for the media blaster and start shopping for paint—and quotes for chrome plating. All for a 4-door sedan that most fans of that marque call “pregnant elephant.” (You don’t want to know what the haters call them.) Bid to the moon for a car that doesn’t seem bad, yet is not all it seems to be. #S149-1964 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISMO HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 64V1231. White/black vinyl. Odo: 22,778 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a “bodyon restoration” in recent years. Rather nice bare-metal repaint, although there’s some dust left on cowl and roof when it got sprayed. Sloppier masking around VIN tag. Mostly refurbished chrome and stainless trim, although back bumper has original, faded plating. Repop emblems, including R1 badge on grille. Door and window seals also refurbished, when they’d have been better off replacing them. Doors sag, so they only shut well when lifted while closing. Selective interior soft-trim replacement and refurbishment. Generally clean and tidy under that large, heavy hood. Modern Edelbrock carburetor with stainless braided fuel lines and a small open-element air cleaner topping the motor off. Cond: 3+. tlebutt by some in the peanut gallery here that this was a “fake.” Granted, I’m quite certain that this didn’t leave South Bend in late 1963 with an R1-spec engine (or one loosely portraying it with modern parts like this one). It’s also unsettling due to having diddly squat for documentation, despite the Studebaker Museum having all the build sheets for these. Yet as there was only one Hawk model and body for 1964, how do you fake it? I’ll be the last to call myself a savant on these (although I know how and who to reference on them), but someone with even less knowledge likely started calling wolf on it; thus it suffered on the block. Yet being hardly at all correct for a ’64 GT Hawk and with incongruent work (either done top notch or ignored), this sold closer to reasonable rather than being well bought. #S162-1967 AMC AMBASSADOR DPL convertible. VIN: A7KC77Q106409. Matador Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 46,678 miles. 343-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good recent refresh highlighted by a slightly better-thanaverage repaint. Most chrome has been replated, and most trim refurbished. Original, faded DPL emblem on trunk lid. Reproduction decal from the Topel AMC dealership of Kenosha, WI. Decent door and panel gaps, new door and glass seals (for the most part). Good top vinyl, possibly original. Interior in quite good shape, with redyed door panels. Newer carpeting, good original seats with moderate soiling in vinyl perforations up front. Period AMC-accessory 8-track module mounted ahead of console below dashboard, with stock AM radio still in dash. Recent engine-bay fluff-andbuff, actually detailed quite well but not quite show-car correct. Solid undercarriage, with most factory-installed undercoating removed. New dual exhaust system and fuel tank. Cragar SS wheels shod with older radials. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $5,500. I get the feeling that SOLD AT $14,850. There was some scut- SOLD AT $21,600. The DPL was the equivalent of a Chevy Impala SS or a Ford Galaxie 500 XL—the sporty full-size, with bucket seats and center console. With only 980 DPL convertibles built in 1967—let alone an original red one—good luck finding another one out there. Some can make the argument that this sold well enough, yet I’m more of the opinion that the buyer did well here, maybe even with a little money left on the table if flipped in the right venue. A 110 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Six Auctions CLASSICS #12-1915 SIMPLEX CRANE MODEL 5 tourer. VIN: 2046. Eng. # 2049. Black & burgundy/burgundy leather. Odo: 68 miles. Huge touring chassis used for this twincockpit, boattail speedster. Rebodied by second owner after WWII. Paint once concours quality, now with nicks and chips from use. Long black panels originally well blocked, but now showing ripples. Cut-down windscreen. Burgundy leather nicely broken-in; main seat back looks like it’s been re-dyed. Dash covered with numerous gauges. Throttle pedal and shift gate look modern. 564-ci inline 6 with copper intake manifold and water lines. Partially mounted twin spares in back. Cond: 2. With silver-screen fame and authentic restoration, it sold for less than expected — 1932 Ford 404 Jr. roadster, sold for $324,000 at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey Silver Auctions Spokane, WA — July 14, 2018 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 14/38 Sales rate: 37% Sales total: $82,900 High sale: 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, sold at $25,380 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle GAA Greensboro, NC — July 26–28, 2018 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered: 501/627 Sales rate: 80% Sales total: $14,486,668 High sale: 2005 Ford GT, sold at $294,500 Buyer’s premium: 7% onsite; 10% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel Gooding & Company Pebble Beach, CA — August 21, 2018 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 122/146 Sales rate: 84% Sales total: $116,502,500 High sale: 1935 Duesenberg SSJ, sold at $22,000,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joseph T. Seminetta and Jack T. Seminetta 112 AmericanCarCollector.com Worldwide Auctioneers Pacific Grove, CA — August 23, 2018 Auctioneers: Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 42/60 Sales rate: 70% Sales total: $8,205,000 High sale: 1931 Duesenberg Model J SWB Sport convertible sedan, sold at $1,320,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Travis Shetler Bonhams Carmel, CA — August 24, 2018 Auctioneers: Malcolm Barber, Rupert Banner, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 110/135 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $37,621,910 High American sale: 1956 Fina Sport Vignale convertible, sold at $775,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven RM Sotheby’s Monterey, CA — August 24–25, 2018 Auctioneer: Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered: 125/150 Sales rate: 83% Sales total: $157,931,940 High American sale: 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II Le Mans coupe, sold at $9,795,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead NOT SOLD AT $130,000. What a magnificent beast! Obviously Simplex never built one like this, but it was done so long ago there’s no sense in turning back now. Certainly not as fast as a contemporary Bearcat or Raceabout, but unquestionably safer with actual doors and that lo-o-o-o-ng wheelbase. Would love to see this bombing down a modern highway. As for pricing, a nice, stock Simplex 5 would pull between $150k– $200k; as a mutt, a little less for our subject car. Still, the high bid here was light by 10 or 20 large. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/18. #1-1916 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 38 collapsible cabriolet. VIN: 10850. Black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 44,811 miles. This giant car is in a very impressive state of preservation considering that the patina on display is 102 years old. An unmolested car reeking of originality. Paint is dull and worn through in many places; minimal amounts of bright trim well weathered. The top may be able to keep light rain out off of the occupants and 8 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL the interior seems to attest to the same. Underhood, the engine compartment showcases a running, but also original-appearing, powerplant. A Pebble Beach winner in 2017. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $473,000. Well sold at a figure that exceeded the high bid estimate by almost 20%. The car’s originality and rarity brought all of the money and then some. The buyer obtained an unusual, impressive and thoroughly original example of an early American luxury car. It seems unlikely the market’s penchant for originality will wane in the near future, and the buyer should find some return on investment. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #60-1922 DUESENBERG MODEL A Sport phaeton. VIN: 798. Eng. # 1366. Dove Gray & dark gray/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 25,736 miles. Very reserved in gray tones with a dark red chassis slightly visible. Bodywork and paint finish is very well done. The nickel finishes are limited but lustrous. Inside, the interior is also well finished. Appears to have had the chassis modified during a restoration in the 1950s, and the correct-style engine is from 1924. Cond: 2+. ACC Pocket Price Guide’s current median. The V12 carries neither the cachet nor the value of the V16, but the buyer obtained a fantastic vehicle that looks every bit as impressive. The car should provide a return over the years. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. VIN: 2486. Eng. # J-475. Burgundy & cordovan/black cloth/cordovan leather. Odo: 301 miles. This is an outstanding example of a short-wheelbase chassis. One of only two with a “V” windshield. Restored in the 1980s and freshened recently. Stunning centerpiece of the auction and catalog cover car. Paint and bodywork is finished to a concours level, and the brightwork is warm and unblemished. The new top fits as it should and the interior meets the same standards as the exterior. The car has a fully documented history and has spent the past 45 years with the seller. Cond: 1. 3 #53-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J SWB sport convertible sedan. $203,501 (ACC# 1557960). Seller had 15 years of enjoyment at very little expense; although it was driven only a hundred miles or so. New owner has a stunning Full Classic. However, they are not the most enjoyable tour car. Fairly bought. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #111-1933 CHRYSLER CL IMPERIAL dual-windshield phaeton. VIN: CL1313. Red/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 200 miles. A striking dual-windshield Chrysler that was bought new by powerboat racer Lou Fagol. He changed motor to V16 Cadillac. Restored in 1985, with correct motor recently added. Thought to be one of fewer than 20 remaining. Paint a bit weak and carpet taped down on edges. Starting to unwind. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $260,000. Appeared this past March at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction. There, the car did not sell with a high bid of $270,000 (ACC# 6863876), slightly higher than the selling price in Monterey. As noted when the car was previously written up, the modifications seem to have been holding the value down. In Monterey five months later, with an additional four miles showing on the speedometer, the seller decided it was time to sell while there was a buyer. With enough time, the purchaser should see a slight profit. In the interim, the new owner has a very handsome vehicle that will be welcome at most events. Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #39-1931 CADILLAC 370A Sport dualcowl phaeton. VIN: 1001581. Orange & brown/brown cloth/tan leather. Odo: 76 miles. This very large Cadillac is beautiful, with paint very well applied. Body panels and brightwork without issue. The long top is well fitted. Inside, the interior is finished to the same concours standards. The car needs nothing obvious. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,000. Well bought and sold right at the SOLD AT $1,320,000. Quite well bought at approximately 80% of the current priceguide market value. The new owner obtained a stunning classic, which is quite likely to increase in value. This motorcar would not only be welcome at most any event, but I would expect it to be specially invited so that it can continue to be the headlining star that it is. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #135-1931 CORD L-29 cabriolet. VIN: 2929157. Red & black/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 56,053 miles. The L-29 was one of America’s first front-wheel-drive cars, which allowed body to be lower on frame. An older restoration that has been recently freshened. Equipped with Pilot Rays and trunk rack. Fully documented with ACD Category One certification. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $224,000. Last seen at RM’s Oakland, MI, August 2003 sale, where it realized NOT SOLD AT $220,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Phoenix auction, where it realized $258,000 (ACC# 6817028). It has not been driven since and seller hoped to flip it for a quick profit. Did not work out. Market is shifting, and even though this is a desirable Full Classic, there are no sure things. Might have been worth a touch more, but needs some TLC. Good luck next time. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. phaeton. VIN: 902 489. Pale blue/blue leather. Odo: 48,064 miles. A re-creation of an Individual Custom sport phaeton that was bodied by LeBaron. Built by Fran Roxas on authentic 1108 Packard chassis with correct engine and drivetrain. Only five were originally built by LeBaron. Recent restoration by famed Steve Babinsky shop. Stunning coachwork and quality workmanship. Cond: 1-. 10 #119-1934 PACKARD TWELVE Individual Custom replica sport November–December 2018 113 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP but the job was done well. Restored in 2012, and there are documentation and photographs to document everything. Even some original accessories are present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $445,000. As a re-creation, this sold for 10% of the real thing; however, one of the four remaining actual examples will most likely never be available. A stunning Packard, but new owner will be forever explaining the car. Fair price if you must have one and don’t have $4m for the real thing. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #164-1937 CORD 812 phaeton. VIN: 81232418H. Black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 37,552 miles. A very original supercharged Cord with rare rear-mounted spare. Restored by ACD Company in late ’50s. Rear spare fabricated was identical to eight that were supplied by an L.A. Auburn dealer. Again restored and debuted at 1997 ACD Club Reunion, where it won Best of Show. Again judged Best of Show at 2017 ACD West Coast Meet. A well-maintained, unusual supercharged Cord that still appears fresh and crisp. Cond: 2+. Sotheby’s at their 2018 Phoenix sale, where it went for $190,400 (ACC# 6807437). Market has shifted and some classic-era cars are a bit soft. Does not have classic styling, but a wonderful tour car. Well bought. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. GM #4-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC56L091264. Eng. # VC56L091264. Grecian Gold & Calypso Cream/black & yellow vinyl. Odo: 52,746 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Second year of the iconic wagon based on the Motorama Corvette version. Once part of John O’Quinn Collection. Period-correct colors done in incorrect multi-stage paint; base coat with countless small flaws. Gaps poor; panels very straight. Chrome excellent; bright trim good. Excellent yellow-and-black upholstery probably correct, but not complementary to exterior colors. Nicely optioned with ps, push-button radio, Powerglide transmission. Wears vintage ’56 California plates. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. Well sold at a price approaching twice the market median. However, it’s well bought, too. The mostly single-family stewardship is evident throughout, and the color is striking. This car was last sold in November of 2017 at the Motostalgia auction in Waxahachie, TX. At that time, the car traded hands for $126,000 (ACC# 6851050). The subsequent 12 miles apparently added $500 for each one traveled. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. SOLD AT $357,000. One of the best Cords in existence, and it sold for a very strong number. Hard to predict the Full Classic market, as quality examples still bring the money. This was well sold, but not for silly money. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #212-1939 CADILLAC SERIES 75 convertible. VIN: 3291095. Antoinette Blue/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 332 miles. An expensive car in the era priced at $4,065, and mounted on massive 143-inch-wheelbase chassis. Was once owned by Walt Disney Co. as part of promotional display. An extensive restoration completed in 2007. CCCA Senior badge in 2011 along with other awards. One of just 27 built and five thought to still remain. A well-restored example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $173,600. Previously offered at Gooding’s Pebble Beach 2016 sale, where it realized $209,000 (ACC# 6807437). Last offered by RM 114 AmericanCarCollector.com #27-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: F58L139990. Black/ black, gray & blue vinyl. Odo: 702 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration/ customization which, judging by the turquoise used in the subtle pinstripes, dates to the ’90s or early 2000s. Paint aging well and unmarked, but could use a professional buffing. Bodywork well done, but there is a small repaired crease on passenger’s door that can be seen in strong light. Stainless and chrome in good shape, but could also use a proper polish. Interior is unmarked, with lovely painted dash and factory ’58 tri-color seat covers. Custom touches include oldstyle chrome wheels, with lethal-looking bullet centers, blanked-off lake pipes exiting in back of front wheels. Engine bay filled with shiny aftermarket bits; electronic ignition added. Minor oil weep from valve cover and light corrosion on master cylinder. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,720. Rich and dramatic livery too greatly amplified with clearcoat and upsets this Nomad-purist’s sensibilities. Nice as it is, the car just doesn’t look right to me. Fortunately, there was plenty of interest from the bidders, and this car fell right in the middle of its reasonable and realistic estimates. It was fairly bought and sold. (See profile, p. 52.) Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/18. #41-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. VIN: 5770091032. Copenhagen Blue/stainless steel/blue leather. Odo: 39,246 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. An excellent example of a Brougham. This low-mileage car has had the same family ownership for the first 54 years of its life. Trim is in excellent condition, and the interior is just as nice. At some point the driver’s seat bottom was replaced, NOT SOLD AT $31,500. A well-executed, mild custom that looks just like they did back in the day. It’s said three ’56 Corvette grilles were used to make the grille, deseamed and rechromed. A well-done tribute to an age long gone, but thankfully devoid of clichés like Continental kits, spotlights and fuzzy dice. Bid to a respectable number; one could make a case either way on whether the seller should have taken it. Not


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP surprisingly as a custom, the high offer was low for a stock car in this condition. However, Silver sold another lightly customized Condition #3 Impala at the 2016 Coeur d’Alene sale for $28,620, which I called well bought (ACC# 6803628). Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. #27-1958 BUICK LIMITED convertible. VIN: 8E1010461. Seminole Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 389 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An eyeful of red Buick that has been restored to an excellent standard. Paint applied to concours standards. Body panels are well prepped, but the fit is just slightly off at the driver’s door. Extensive amount of chrome trim is all in perfect condition, even the overly ornate grille. Interior is rather nice, with just a hint of waviness in the seat piping. One great-looking car. Cond: 1-. increase in sync with the market, but I predict it will do a bit better. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #FR0153-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa coupe. VIN: 107376W134810. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 76,302 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Complete, outstanding recent restoration. Superb metallic-blue paintwork. Door and panel fit excellent, bumpers and every chrome piece and emblem done to perfection. All glass appears new. Full interior restoration also flawless; seats and dash stunning, with no miscues. Steering wheel and hub show just a slight bit of patina. Discreet modern cup holder between seats, easily removable. Engine compartment as good as rest of car, like new in appearance. Goodyear tires running on non-OE Chevy Rally wheels. Cond: 1-. ment, but they looked excellent and could easily be replaced with OE style if desired. While the sale price was unusually high for a Corvair, it was in line with prices of the short list of concours-rated examples. At under $27k, this Corvair seemed like an incredible bargain compared to some of the cars we see going for so much more. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #ST0108-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS custom coupe. VIN: 123379N556151. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,010 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent custom paint. Rally Sport and 396 badges mounted loosely. Poor trunk fit. Most chrome appears new. Driver’s door sticks. Several body seams seem to have excessive filler and paint. Seat covers incredibly shiny; said to be new interior. Stock dashboard and stock console gauges show age. Seats creak. Carpet is buckled. Engine compartment clean and shiny. Plug wires seem excessively long. One hood rubber bumper per side. Engine paint clean and neat frame paint. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $181,500. Well sold at the top of the market for the model and perhaps even the marque. Only a few other Buick models could be expected to garner such a price. The buyer obtained a virtually showroomnew edition of a rare car with an outsized presence. The car neatly captures the colors, size and styling of 1950s American automobiles so perfectly that the value should SOLD AT $26,750. Unusual quality of restoration for a Corvair. Every element seemed carefully restored to a level you might see in a Shelby Mustang (or Ferrari 275 GTB). Added cup holder should be immediately removed so no one attempts to drink anything inside. The Rally wheels were the only noticeable non-original ele- SOLD AT $44,138. Pro Touring, or restomods more broadly, are hot right now, and mid-’60s Mustangs and 1969 Camaros seem to have taken the place of the ’55–57 Chevrolets of yesteryear. This one had expensive paint and great components, but execution seemed suboptimal. Fairly sold with a nod to the seller. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #FR0233-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N618870. Dover White/red vinyl. Odo: 76,444 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older (date unspecified) restoration holding up very well. Unusual (for a Z/28) Dover White paint done to a high standard, but with mild micro-scratching from age. Panel fit, glass and chrome all in good order. Rally wheels may be slightly taller or wider than originals, but the car doesn’t have the tall-ground-clearance-SUV look that I have seen on some gen-one Camaros. Base Camaro interior looks more glamorous than usual in red, but still features the flat, hard, uncomfortable GM buckets of the era. Very little to fault in the interior; the only flaw I could find was delamination on the rear-view mirror glass. Very clean underhood and underneath but with a few modifications such as Hooker headers and (nicely done) Flowmaster exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,060. You can find 1969 Z/28s everywhere, but this 116 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Daytona Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,827 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A concours-level Yenko Camaro. Paint is excellent over well-prepped body panels. Chrome is all high quality. Inside, interior is finished in the same fashion, but for the panel inside the passenger’s B-pillar, which needs attention. Full restoration with complete documentation and paperwork showing the car is as built. Cond: 1. #46-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. VIN: 124379N677396. one was especially appealing. Not heavily equipped, but with a few desirable options such as rosewood steering wheel, tinted windshield, AM/FM and (working!) clock. Great colors: A red interior always provides pizzazz. Excellent restoration holding up well. Much more documentation, including Jerry MacNeish certification, than your usual ’69 Camaro. Despite all this, I thought it sold for a rather middling, even low price for the model. The last recorded sale was at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 for $68,200 (ACC# 6725185), so it’s going in the wrong direction for the consignor. Indeed, 1969 Z/28s have been trending downward lately, so there may not be much profit opportunity, but this was a good deal for an end-user. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. Monterey. However, the buyer obtained a very rare and desirable car with a great deal of profit built in as soon as the gavel fell. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. SOLD AT $165,000. Extremely well bought at roughly 75% of the price guide’s value for the car. This car was sold in April 2013 at Worldwide Auctions’ Montgomery, TX, sale. There it sold for $209,000 (ACC# 6784000), with one fewer mile on the odometer. The car was offered without a reserve, which should have been a relatively safe bet in #7-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136800K219380. Gold/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 15,718 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A stock El Camino, reportedly a two-owner car sporting a decade-old restoration. Paint has held up well, and the body is straight, with factory panel gaps. Stainless window trim shows its age, and could use a polish, but the bumpers are much better. Grille in fine shape. Factory vinyl top is complemented by a period-accessory, matching hard-vinyl bed cover. Factory Rally wheels fitted with good tires. Interior is stock with excellent dash that suffers only from two very small screw holes where I suspect a CB-radio microphone holder was once mounted. Slight fade to door panels, but seats, carpet and headliner look like they were replaced during restoration. Engine is clean, with fresh paint on oil pan, but the rest of the engine bay is dirty and worn. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,500. One of my favorite vehicles here. Everyone’s favorite year of Chevelle/El Camino, with upscale vinyl roof. It’s clearly had care since restoration, and with some The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! November–December 2018 117 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 14 miles. 235-ci 150hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. The 245th produced out of a total of 300 for first-year Corvettes. Powered by Blue Flame 6 that produced 150 hp. Restored by marque expert in 2003. The chassis is period replacement with correct markings. Owner’s manual signed by Zora Arkus Duntov. Top latch on driver’s side broken and covered with overspray. A lot of questions. Cond: 2+. cleaning and detailing under the hood would be a fun show car. The bidders must have been asleep for this one; the high bid was about $10k below the ACC median. Maybe its subdued colors and lack of go-fast parts made it a bit too mild. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. #28-1988 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula coupe. VIN: 1G2FS21E7JL202963. Blue/ gray cloth. Odo: 29,108 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, auto. A Montana car, reportedly stored for years, and miles claimed to be original. Owner said hood (and perhaps door?) repainted after saddle fell on it while being stored in a barn. Some overspray on cowl and masking seen in door jambs. Body gaps appear factory-correct. Door weatherstrip cracked by age. Black finish on T-top edge peeling. Original interior is holding up well, but the GM plastics are—expectedly— showing some age. Carpet under rear hatch unfaded. Aftermarket radio in dash, original is included. Fresh Michelin tires on factory wheels. Underhood is stock and clean but not detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $184,800. Price paid was well below recent transactions, and replacement chassis is the culprit. NCRS judging would frown on the change, which is most likely why it has never been presented there. Considering the issues, the price is fair. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #48-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S103654. Eng. # F328EN. Onyx Black/black vinyl/Venetian Red vinyl. Odo: 63,093 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Black paint variable; mostly excellent quality but with ripples and orange peel on nose and dry spots where respray(?) meets good paint near hood line. Engine bay not detailed and somewhat unkempt. All other aspects of car very well done. Cond: 2-. #205-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S121086. Milano Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,673 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Powered by period-correct but not original 327ci V8. Power steering and brakes added along with neoprene fender liners. Has aftermarket knockoff wheels and radio. Dash incorrectly finished in dull paint. Holes in deck for hard top covered over. Front end appears to have been smacked at some point. Just a driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $81,200. Price paid was surprising considering the replacement motor and other needs. With the suspension modifications, will be a fun driver and wonderful car for the Copperstate 1000. All things considered, well sold. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. FOMOCO #244-1932 FORD 404 Jr. roadster. VIN: 1B34926. Black & white/red vinyl. Odo: 6,229 miles. Built and raced by the Berardini Brothers, and was a terror on the L.A. drag strips in the ’50s. Fitted with fullrace 404 Iskenderian cam, four-carb intake manifold. Named “Jr.” when Pat Berardini had a son. Engine reconfigured on numerous occasions. Restored by Roger Morrison to original specifications. Won preservation award at 2005 Grand National Show. An historic Deuce. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. A non-Trans Am Firebird that has survived 30 years in surprisingly good shape. Original owner must have been old/wealthy enough not to have needed to drive this in the winter, hence its low miles and good condition. If it weren’t for the topical repaint, it would be a great survivor-class car; that is, if anyone really cares about a third-generation Firebird (discuss among yourselves). Bid to Trans Am numbers found in the ACC price guide. To get more, the owner will have to nationally advertise it, or hit the road to find Firebird fans or where the low miles might be better appreciated. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. CORVETTE #169-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001245. Polo White/tan 118 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $106,400. In ACC Premium Auction Database as $90k no-sale from McCormick’s Palm Springs February 2011 sale, where it was rated in Condition #2. Our scribe noted bids were a bit shy: “the low six-figures was closer (to correct).” Reserve came off at $70k. A black ’57 Fuelie with black coves, red upholstery and wide whites really should have generated more buzz in the room. The restoration has faded a bit, and may even have had a little nip and tuck in the interim. But the bidders were lukewarm and with the reserve coming off so soon, the consignor’s expectations weren’t especially high, either. Add a really good respray to the price paid and the new owner should be just about right into the car. Fairly sold. (See profile, p. 50.) Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/18. SOLD AT $324,000. This was expected to sell for a great deal more than was realized here. It appeared in “Blackboard Jungle,” and has been authentically restored to perfection. An absolute bargain. Very well bought. (See profile, p. 58.) RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #47-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR El Zorro coupe. VIN: AZ281253. Sun-Glow Copper/ BEST BUY


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A custom can often be a challenge at sale time, but the seller cannot complain about a six-figure price. As for the buyer, they also cannot complain, as there must be twice the sale price invested in the build. Drive the car, show the car, enjoy the car and see what happens if you decide to part ways with it in the future. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #42-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE convertible. VIN: 799A1986375. Black/black cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 35,002 miles. 239-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older paint beginning to have issues, with small bubbles throughout, a two-inch crack on passenger’s side panel, as well as the expected swirls. Very nice bumpers and fog lights, like-new factory hubcaps and side trim, but the grille has minor dings. Door seals look younger than the car, but old enough to remember the ’70s. Quality cloth top looks new or very well cared for. Interior is very nice; the painted wood dash and door sills look recent, as does the dash chrome, but it looks like not all the pits were removed before chroming. Notes say radio not working and clock is disconnected. Aftermarket steering wheel looks out of place in otherwise-stock interior. Clean underhood and stock except for newer overflow tank. Cond: 3. #ST0076-1949 FORD CUSTOM resto-mod convertible. VIN: NCS99495. Burgundy/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 5,379 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint and pinstriping well applied, but showing some age with a few cracks, chips and touch-ups. Trunk and door fit suboptimal. Hubcap and trim chrome excellent. Minimal scratching on front bumper. White vinyl top is excellent, as is white vinyl interior. Custom tilt steering wheel. Fascinating vinyl inserts on floor carpet. Aftermarket a/c. Dash has a single gauge and clock. Aftermarket stereo system. Lots of chrome and polished aluminum in pristine engine compartment. Mustang II suspension with disc brakes up front. Cond: 2-. interior...nothing to dislike. However, the gray cloth interior, while well done, was boring enough to put one to sleep. If it were mine, my first stop would be an interior shop for something a bit less generic. Considering its age, it was bid to a respectable number (the high bid was more than my price guide gives for a stock truck), but you couldn’t build a truck like it for that price. I can see why the owner took it home, but they’ll have to travel to get more money. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. SOLD AT $34,240. Big, heavy, period customs are not in favor now. As is so often said, this car could not be reproduced for the money spent. Huge effort was put in this old car, and if one looked past a drab color and labeled it correctly as a resto-mod, the value could easily be seen. Well bought! GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. SOLD AT $25,300. The last of the post-war pre-war Fords, switching production to the all-new ’49s in June ’48. Current owner has #36-1955 FORD F-100 custom pickup. VIN: F10V5L17422. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 25,286 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Despite being an older build, with a fair amount of miles, it still looks very presentable with well-done black paint over a very straight body. Nice chrome bumpers and grille without issues. Newer door seals and window trim. Hard bed cover painted to match. The interior was done with the rest of the truck, and features aftermarket gauges and a/c in stock dash. Basic, gray interior free of wear. The usual aftermarket steering wheel. Engine bay is clean and features a Cleveland 351 with an Edelbrock 4-bbl on a Holley manifold. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. A very well-done, mild custom. The original 223 I6 or 256 V8 is long gone and replaced with a 351. A great-looking second-generation truck in basic black, Ford power, new #17-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH192394. Deep Purple/black cloth/gray & black vinyl. Odo: 718 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Super-straight body covered by older, custom paint, with plenty of swirls and chips. Both bumpers have bad scratches. All side trim worn and needs professional buffing. Plastic chrome trim on taillight lens down to tan plastic. Dashpad and stainless good, but door handles and window winders worn. Door cards warped. Rust/corrosion on shift lever. Older carpet is dirty, but would likely revive. Outside mirrors losing their silver. Aftermarket chrome wheels look too small at 14 inches. Underhood is dirty and undetailed. No hard top on site; cloth top down, unavailable for inspection. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $23,600. These have been collectible since the day Ford switched to the ’58 Square Birds. In the mid-’60s, a carguy neighbor had one (along with a new ’64 Riviera) and I recall my dad saying, “He must be nuts to spend $2,000 on a USED car!” Like many ’50s cars, they seem to appeal to a certain generation, and as they downsize there are plenty ’55–57s to be had; as I write this, there are 279 on the Hemmings website. The price guide gives the median for these as $34k. Considering November–December 2018 119


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP the expensive needs of this car (paint, chrome, interior, plus unknown but older mechanical bits) I can see why the bids stopped where they did. This was probably a looker in its day, but now it needs a total redo if you want to do anything other than use it for ice-cream runs. The seller MIGHT get more if he advertises and waits, but given the competition out there, he probably should have taken the money. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. leather. 260-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the auction’s main attractions. One of 75 firstgeneration Cobras. Completely restored to concours levels. Gleaming deep black paint expertly applied over a very straight body. Bright work is evidently flawless, and the businesslike interior is excellent. Engine bay looks as if it was just assembled. Seller has owned the car since 1976. Cond: 1. 6 #20-1962 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2061. Black/black NOT SOLD AT $775,000. Failed to sell when bidding stalled well below the low estimate. The later 289 may have been the culprit. A fun road car but would have a problem on the judging field. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. SOLD AT $990,000. Well bought and sold at a price slightly above the current median value. The seller has deemed that it was time to make a change after 42 years, and the buyer obtained a fantastic early Cobra that appears to need nothing. This car will appreciate and will give the new owner #FR0171-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL sedan. VIN: 4Y82N421423. Cream, red & yellow/beige leather. Odo: 67,996 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Originally a police car used by the Sheriff of Cresson, TX. Exterior has some gloss remaining, but many paint and trim flaws. Panel fit good, body probably never dismantled. Roof lights and siren wiring go straight through two holes SOLD AT $16,050. This fairly unusual Continental was once in the long-gone Pate Foundation Museum of Transportation, then in the J.C. Daniels Collection of over 400 Lincolns, from which it was acquired back in 2003 in a massive RM auction. Sitting in the car, it was clear the Cresson sheriff used it as his living room, bedroom, maybe even his bathroom. It was dirty and grimy, the victim of too many cups of coffee, doughnuts and night-duty naps. Buyer should be prepared to break out the Lysol and box of rags. Certainly some novelty value here, but new owner might wonder why he let the red mist inspire him to purchase it. Definitely will stand out at any event, though, especially in Texas. Well sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #ST0057-1964 FORD F-100 Flareside pickup. VIN: F10JL542543. Teal & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 83,034 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration with modifications, including Windsor 351 engine, AOD transmission, Mustang II front end, stainless exhaust, wood bed and a/c. Body very nicely done in attractive teal, lowered, with OE-style wheels and hubcaps. Interior has a few modifications such as steering wheel, but largely in the original style. Engine bay carefully done, with Edelbrock valve covers and air cleaner, cleanly installed wiring and ancillary components. Frame and under- bragging rights that few can ever hope to achieve. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. #117-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2095. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 63,846 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Modified in 1981 with wider flares. Later 289 with dual quads installed at earlier date. Body modifications returned to original in early 2000s. Actively used and enjoyed and stated to be an excellent driver. Seating worn and badges faded. Cond: 2. drilled in roof, with electrical tape and some odd goo at holes. Primer also visible on roof. Duct tape holding loudspeaker to roof bar. “Museum of Transportation” trunk lettering now covered with black paint. Cresson Sheriff logos possibly redone, appear post-1964. Interior moist as a rain forest, rust and pitting on interior chrome—perhaps goo on roof not working well enough. Seats still intact; leather either creme colored or originally white—hard to know which. Cond: 4+. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL body show little use since restoration, and all components look carefully finished. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,635. This was a most impressive F-100 with just the right modifications to make it a more modern driver while retaining an authentic look and experience. It apparently underwent a long restoration at a small engine shop in Jefferson, GA, and I’d say it was done with great skill and care. Advertised online at $51k, it sold here well below that asking price. Hammered at a high price for an F-100, but for one with these mods and this build level, I thought it was a bargain. The description stated that it was offered without a title and only a Georgia registration, which may have discouraged some bidders from walking into a possible, if unlikely, titling nightmare. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #20-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F080711809. Silver Blue/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 6,317 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fairly recent respray in factory color seems to be aging well, but unbelievably, the engine badges have overspray; showing they weren’t removed for painting. Body is straight and in good shape except for a few door dings on passenger’s side and a shallow dimple on back of rear quarter panel. Bumpers have minor wear, rear repop has a dimple near mounting bolt. Most stainless, windshield trim and door handles have light wear; taillights lightly pitted. Interior chrome good, but steeringwheel hub pitted. Top has wrinkles and dirty folds from storage, but fits well. Nice nonPony interior done at time of restoration and likewise is aging well. Underhood also aging but features a new radiator, alternator and brake master cylinder. Minor oil leaks at the intake manifold and a valve cover. Cond: 3. on them.... Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 07/18. #216-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM5S053. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 70,040 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. An early “two-digit” GT350 with battery mounted in trunk and fiberglass hood. Has been upgraded with 5-speed transmission, but correct T-10 goes with car. An older restoration that now has a few issues. Windshield starting to delaminate and trunk soiled. In need of a fluff-and-buff. Cond: 2. racer. Wears the scars of active use, with rash on the nose and numerous scratches and bruises. Plenty of history and should be wicked quick. Price paid was within expectations. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #1-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. VIN: 6F07A139237. Emberglo/Emberglo & Parchment vinyl. Odo: 88,697 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Once an AACA National First winner, but not recently. Paint looks well applied but on the thick side. Now with lots of chips around panel edges; panels themselves wavy. Two-tone Luxury interior; seat covers with Pony embossing once nice, but now almost look like they’re redyed. Equipped with all GT gingerbread: fog lights in grille, special gas cap, emblems, styled wheels, wood steering wheel, Rally Pack gauges, upgraded suspension. A-code 289 backed up by 4-speed transmission. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $379,000. The early cars—the first 100 or so—bring a premium, and that was the case here. Well documented with original motor and date-coded GT350 fenders, so all should be okay with price paid. Well bought and properly sold. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #162-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. VIN: SFM5R096. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 12,809 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 36 GT350 Rs produced in 1965. The R, or race, version had a fiberglass front lower apron, 34-gallon tank, magnesium wheels and no mufflers. Engine modifications increased horsepower to 350. Delivered to Comstock Racing team in Canada. Restored in 1996 and returned to original colors. Converted for vintage racing and actively used. Cond: 3+. 7 SOLD AT $26,880. Previously sold at Mecum’s 2017 Kissimmee auction for $26,400 (ACC# 6823734). A striking early Mustang in upgraded spec and an iconic color. Somebody went to a lot of effort to dress it up, but seems like the car hasn’t been well cared for since. There was a lot to like about this Mustang, but it’s not aging well. Let’s hope that the new owners show it a little love and freshen her up a bit. In the end, this was an average GT price for an average GT, so this transaction should leave everybody whole. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/18. SOLD AT $25,380. Another aging restoration, but unlike the T-bird (Lot 17), this just needs some TLC to bring it back. With 73,112 produced in ’65, these aren’t hard to find. This is simply a nice driver; with the base-level 289 and base interior, just the way most were built. I give the restorer credit for resisting the temptation of turning it into a loaded K-code car. Chrome dealer emblem from Jarmon Motors in Carrollton, TX, gives one hope that it’s always been out of the salt. It sold right where it should have, in line with various price guides and a few grand below the ACC median. Hopefully the new owner will get some new badges (at a whopping $16.08 a pair) without overspray SOLD AT $720,000. A ready-to-go vintage “ leather. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Know as the Mr. Formal Wear 427, as it appeared in several provocative ads. New body from CSX3102. Recent work returning it to street specifications. Original Halibrand wheels 5 Wears the scars of active use, with rash on the nose and numerous scratches and bruises. Plenty of history and should be wicked quick. 1965 Shelby GT350 R fastback #121-1966 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX3102. Red/black November–December 2018 121 ” TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MARKETMOMENT 1984 CMC Tiffany Gold Edition Coupe SOLD at $13,200 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2018, Lot 1104 VIN: 1MEBP92F4EH702212 with car, but rides on reproduction alloy Cobra road wheels. Only 260 427s produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $995,000. This was last seen at RM’s Phoenix 2015 sale, where it realized $990,000 (ACC# 6772265). Since then substantial work performed, including respray and new leather seating. Seller was expecting more and took a hit on this one. Good news for the buyer, as he has a well-known, correct 427. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions But if you ask me, you can’t buff the ugly off this neoclassic coupe. Our subject Gold Edition Tiffany is one of Classic Motor Carriages’ creations. They were built from 1984 to ’88 on the Mercury Cougar platform. About 500 were made. It has a Ford 5.0-L V8 up front and comes complete with wire wheels, dual sidemounts and a prominent grille accentuated with four of the finest semi-truck horns. Think Mercury coupe in the middle with an extended chassis and a plastic body kit at each end. Inside, it’s all ’80s luxo coupe: big leather captains’ chairs, electric-controlled everything and miles of plastic dash. To me, the most interesting feature here is the addition of a Wolo Animal House Electronic Horn and P.A. system that makes multiple siren sounds and animal noises: rooster, dog, cat, etc. You can also hook up a mic and apologize to people on the street after your Tiffany barks at them. Another aftermarket upgrade is the installation of the Dometic Wolo Juke Box horn that can play 34 preprogrammed songs or allows you to record your own — hey, why wouldn’t it play music, too? Did you really expect anything less? At $13,200, this Tiffany was a bargain compared to the $36,300 paid for one at Barrett- Jackson Las Vegas in 2012. That one had a scant 2,800 miles, while our example only has 13,000. Clearly, there is a market for this sort of thing, and it is relatively rare. As you’d expect, lower-mile cars bring more money. But $13k seems like an exorbitant amount, let alone almost three times that, for what is at best a curiosity that won’t fit in your garage and will cease to be fun once you run out of animal sounds. One statement rings true — you will stand out from the crowd in this CMC Mercury. The question is, how badly do you want to stand out? I’ll call this well sold. A 122 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor There’s a saying in the car world that there’s a butt for every seat. #56-1967 FORD GT40 Mk IV racer. VIN: J10. Red/black. RHD. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 12 Mk IV GT40s produced by Ford. Only three owners since the 1960s. No known race finishes despite more than 15 entries by famous drivers. Rebodied, with replacement motor and gearbox. Comprehensive multi-year restoration. Beautiful paint for a race car. Exceptional interior. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $1,750,000. Top auction results for historic racers have great race histories and originality. This lot had neither of these but was beautifully presented. The high bid was reflective of these facts and the high bid should have been considered. The auction house asked $2.3 million for this lot post-sale. Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 08/18. #TH0098-1969 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9Y89A906088. Light green/dark green vinyl/black leather. Odo: 13,380 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Panel fit per factory. Hood may be a touch high on front left corner, possibly a


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL latch-adjustment issue. Front bumper slightly off on right. No visible rust. Claimed one repaint in an attractive light green is decent but needs a good wax job. Vinyl top slightly discolored but intact. Rubber window seals worn. Chrome mostly good, except around windows. Delicate-looking spoke wheel covers in amazingly good shape. Lots of tread on recent Michelins. Interior also needs detailing. Dash remarkably good. Seat leather not torn but hard; in need of treatment. Black shag carpeting dirty and disgusting, but, again, intact. Scruffy underhood but looks undisturbed. Cond: 3+. likely consumed by transportation and fees. One of these shows up at most every major auction, and this is the going rate for lowmileage examples. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #ST0085-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S06Y40023. Tungsten Silver/black leather. Odo: 714 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Paint without chips or significant flaws. Interior upholstery looks unused. There are some scratches on left door sill. No scratches on spoiler or diffusers. Forged-alloy wheels without chip or curb rash. Calipers are black. No central stripe or McIntosh stereo. Cond: 2+. OUNDUP GLOBAL SOLD AT $7,950. Has all the requisite design elements of the late-’60s, early ’70s American personal luxury car: the parthenon grille fronting an enormously long hood; the vinyl top; even the spare-tire hump adorning the decklid. However, the Mark III puts them together in a semi-tasteful package, which was quite restrained compared to the garish Marks IV, V and VI yet to come. Mark III and its competitors haven’t yet received much recognition from the collector market, but I think they have nowhere to go but up. This seemed like a solid, sound and mostly original entry-level collector car for very little cash. Well bought, but fear the gasoline bill. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #150-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S85Y400754. Red/black leather. Odo: 831 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 5-sp. Ford instant collectible, and initial buyers have been doing rather well. This one had all four options and original window sticker. Received recent service and limited use. Maintained in exceptional condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $324,000. This was last seen at Bonhams’ 2014 Carmel sale, where it realized $297,000, as noted in ACC database (ACC# 6719963), but catalog stated it was acquired in New York in 2014. Regardless, owner treaded water, as slight profit was SOLD AT $53,500. The name Petty is singularly identified with Plymouth, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Dodge, Ford...depending on the era. And this year it is Chevrolet. Sans consistent brand association, does the name, the signature electric blue color, and loud presentation confer as much value as Roush or Saleen? This car had significant horsepower modifications and listed for $92,410. Depreciation is typical of other new cars, and this Mustang was fairly bought and sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. November–December 2018 123 NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Low-mileage Ford GT decked out in most common color from 2006 model-year run. Most unusual aspect was central-stripe delete. A marketcorrect price offered and refused. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #ST0043-2015 FORD MUSTANG GT Petty Garage Stage 2 coupe. VIN: 1FA6P8CF6F5397722. Blue & black/ebony leather. Odo: 2,964 miles. 5.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Excellent blue and black metal-flake paint. No scuffs or chips. Interior appears unused. Large touchscreen. Engine compartment perfect and wheels unblemished. Roush-labeled supercharger. Black and blue wheels. Cond: 1-.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MOPAR #259-1961 PLYMOUTH ASIMMETRICA roadster. VIN: 1102224086. Maroon/tan. miles. 171-ci I6, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Based on Virgil Exner’s final project at Chrysler. May have been solely Ghia project, but no documentation either way. Based on Plymouth Valiant chassis and drivetrain with split cast-iron headers and Carter 4-barrel carburetor. One of two built and displayed at Turing and Geneva Motor Show in 1961. Well maintained but showing mild patina due to age. Sure to draw a crowd. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $65,270. Dodge produced about 7,200 Coronet R/Ts in 1969. Of those, 107 were Hemis (including just 10 convertibles). Oddly, Dodge provided no breakdown of 440 Magnum-equipped hard tops versus convertibles, but we can extrapolate that fewer than 700 were convertibles. So quite a rare muscle car. I liked the condition of this car. You would be proud to show it, but you wouldn’t be afraid to drive it. Original window sticker and bill of sale from New Jersey dealer displayed with the car were a bonus. Price here was spot-on, with typical price-guide values for an R/T 440 convertible, so fair to both buyer and seller. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. SOLD AT $335,000. If the odd and unusual are your thing, then this was the ticket. Space-age styling that Exner was known for, with Ghia coachwork. Sold for under the low estimate but for a reasonable number. No concerns here. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. #FR0154-1969 DODGE CORONET R/T convertible. VIN: WS27L9G270419. Red/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 14,304 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appealing, driverquality R/T convertible. Retina-searing bright red paint generally well applied, with a few areas of light orange peel. Bumper and windshield header chrome excellent, some small chrome pieces not as good. Door fit quite good, but retains authentic tinny Mopar shut sound of the period. Functional Ramcharger hood scoops. Clear replacement windshield. Close to show-quality inside, with excellent seats, door panels and steering wheel. Rally gauges, original AM radio, and the clock works! Most everything underhood is excellent, but headers and radiator are more aged-looking, maybe a good sign of use. Windshield card claimed the car had “correct exhaust pipes,” but to me, the exhaust tips were the only non-authentic item I could find on this car. Excellent Magnum 500 wheels on Redlines look great. Cond: 2. #ST0073-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B279397. Top Banana/black vinyl. Odo: 49,363 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Previous rotisserie restoration by The Finer Details. Paint and panel fit excellent. Some polishing marks on bumper chrome and some scratches on door-sill plates. Excellent upholstery. All gauges excellent. Original factory build sheet matches the car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,900. Well bought at approximately 10% below the current market median. Vipers have slowed a bit, but nice ones like this should bring everyone pleasure, as far as market value goes. Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 08/18. AMERICANA #52-1941 PACKARD ONE-TWENTY Deluxe wagon. VIN: 1473. Eng. # D305558A. Barbola Blue/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 1,564 miles. Nearly 30-year-old restoration holding up very well. Correct metallicblue paint nicely applied, now with miscellaneous chips and marks. Vinyl roof soft and well secured, but some peeling caulk at base. Mostly original ash and mahogany generously varnished and in fine condition. Leather seats broken in; chrome frames clear and shiny. Optioned with single side spare, radio and under-seat heater. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,900. Four years and 22 miles ago, this was purchased at Mecum Indianapolis for $64,800 (ACC# 6709572). Seller passed on a bid of $72,500 (ACC# 6827641) at GAA 16 months ago. In the interim since its last GAA appearance, it was seen on RK Motors website with a list of $86,900 and has had four miles added to the odometer. Dodge produced 76,935 Challengers in 1970. Bigblocks (440s and 426s) command the bigger bucks, as do convertibles. There were 2,399 Six Pack T/As produced, more than half with automatics, and not surprisingly, the similarly conditioned, stick-shift-equipped examples demand and get a premium. Previously, automatic T/As might have gotten 15%–20% more, but the market has dropped. Has it settled? GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #40-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E1RV100910. Red/black leather. Odo: 12,409 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. A virtually new Viper. In the same Florida collection since new, the car shows practically no evidence of use and needs nothing. Factory paint over the original body is very good. Inside, the interior is as-new. Extremely low mileage shows through. All factory documentation is included. Cond: 1. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $134,400. This large peoplemover did not come off as pretentious, but definitely spoke of the finer life; very different from a surfer woodie. It was not overdone, and looked ready for its next picnic. I was quite taken by its purposeful and practical aspects, and was glad at least two bidders appreciated it as well. It was not cheap, but it was not overpriced. Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 08/18. #FR0079-1947 WILLYS 2T Jeep pickup. VIN: 451EE110071. Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 97,186 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fresh restoration. Nicely done paintwork to original level of finish, so some mild, appropriate orange peel. Lights, trim and badges all in fine condition. Wood in bed appears rich, carefully done. New exhaust system. Interior simple and inviting, with authenticlooking bench seat, door panels and instru


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL ments. Steering wheel in good shape with a nicely patinated hub. Frame, undercarriage and suspension are all in good shape but not freshly painted; likely done at previous time. Engine compartment restored, clean, as simple as rest of truck. Again, not perfect, but appropriate. Cond: 2. MARKETMOMENT 1982 Pontiac Trans Am KITT SOLD at $66,000 Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, PA, August 2–4, Lot S139 NOT SOLD AT $18,000. A very nicely restored example of a Willys Jeep, not often seen at auctions. One of my favorite lots; I liked the originality and careful work done by the restorer, and expected it to do quite well on the block. I was surprised when it stalled at $18k—if you can’t sell it in Greensboro, where do you take it? Consignor was right to hold out; it should bring more when the right buyer happens to be in the room. Deserves at least mid-$20k, in my opinion. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #148-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. VIN: 1045. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 256 miles. 335-ci H6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A quality restoration by RM Auto Restoration and one of 47 surviving examples of the innovative Tucker. A late-production car that was completed by former employees after company failed. Once fitted with front-mounted Oldsmobile V8. Restored in 2008 with newly sourced motor and NOS dashboard. Respray in original maroon. An exceptional example of an innovative car. Cond: 1. 1 Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Car Market with a couple of older friends when we happened upon a Knight Rider KITT conversion. Everyone else in my group laughed at it. I secretly wanted it. Why? Because I was a kid in the 1980s, A few years back, I was reviewing cars at an auction for Sports when David Hasselhoff was Michael Knight, and his jet-black Trans Am — KITT — helped him save the day every week. I loved everything about the talking car and the guy who drove it. Four-year-old me stayed up to see it. And I demanded my mother make me a jacket just like Knight’s. I persisted until she did it, and then I wore it until it didn’t fit anymore. Maybe it’s a time-and-place sort of thing. As an adult, I’m not going to argue that the show SOLD AT $1,820,000. This was last seen at RM’s August 2010 sale, where it realized a record price of $1,127,500 (ACC# 6829229). Little did we know that the market would treat the Tucker so kindly and a record in 2010 would be a bargain today. Price paid here is the new market-correct price, and who knows where it will go from here. RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 08/18. was any good, but to a kid, it was. That’s why we continue to see cars like this bring big money at auctions traditionally dominated by serious collector cars. Once-impressionable kids who now have disposable income have made these cars serious. These buyers want a tactile item to go with their nostalgia. “The A-Team” van, “The Dukes of Hazzard” General Lee, the timemachine DeLorean and KITT are a new generation’s Barris-built 1960s Batmobiles. This one was fully priced at $66k, but it also had a host of working features, just like what you would have seen on the show. It was reportedly built by someone who worked on the original cars for the show. That plus condition count for a lot, so this price really didn’t surprise me that much. Building one to this level — if that’s your thing — isn’t cheap. Someone wanted to own KITT badly, plain and simple. Whether it was a good buy really depends on your point of view, or maybe how old you were when Michael Knight was turbo-boosting his way across America’s living rooms. Call this well sold to the mass market, but it was well bought to a smaller group of buyers looking to grab hold of their own history.A — Jim Pickering November–December 2018 November-December 2018 125 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH Median Sold Price By Year Cars with Values on the Move $10,000 $12,000 $8,000 $6,000 $6,760 $4,000 $2,000 $0 $6,500 $9,900 $9,900 $8,800 #ST0032-1960 STUDEBAKER LARK VIII convertible. VIN: 60V59224. Black/beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 59,663 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent restoration a number of years ago, now showing just a few blemishes. Body panels straight and gaps all fine. Paint still looking good, with some spots here and there displaying some wear. Firestone tires starting to show their age. Most chrome trim excellent; a few pieces show some pitting, with one piece partially detached. White vinyl top has some minor discoloration. Beautifully restored interior still shines, with dash and seats expertly done. A few flaws in seats and carpet 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 1992–96 Ford Bronco SUV T wo areas often discussed in the pages of ACC are the crazy prices trucks and SUVs are bringing at auction, and vehicles on the radars of young collectors. The fifth-generation Ford Bronco, built from 1992 to 1996, applies to both topics. Just like previous generations, the 20- and 30-somethings today want a vehicle they can modify and use without spending $25k on a restoration or dropping $40k on a finished product. These late-’90s Fords are reliable and offer some comfort features that make them a great daily driver over older generations. They’re perfect for someone with a limited budget who can only afford one car for both work and fun. Ford made almost 160,000 of these, so there is no shortage of donor cars. The Bronco’s popularity has created a strong aftermarket parts scene, which is perfect since the 302 or 351 under the hood is ripe for modification. Add an aftermarket air filter and a nice rumbling exhaust, and you’re just scratching the surface of possibilities. Lift it and add some offroad tires and it becomes an unstoppable tank. From base-trim XL to the luxury Eddie Bauer Edition, 19 Detailing Years built: 1992–96 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 159,181 Average price of those cars: $12,252 months: 14 Number listed in the ACC Premium Current ACC Median Valuation: $8,800 Database: 86 fifth-gen Broncos sold at auction in 2017. The median price on these has been hovering around $10,000 for the past few years, with only a slight drop in 2018. The average price over the past year has been close to $11,300. Even this year’s top sale at Mecum Kissimmee of $17,600 is affordable, still allowing room in the budget to personalize it. As these ’92-and-later Broncos gain more attention, prices will go up. Plus, the highly anticipated new Bronco is coming in 2020, 126 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com visible. Undercarriage shows tidy restoration with some use, still looks very good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,063. This Lark was treated to a meticulous restoration at one time, uncommon for Studebakers of this modest value. Body claimed to have all original panels; mileage purportedly 59k; much of its life spent with third owner. All seemed likely to be true based on my quick inspection. Restoration now starting to show some age, but if carefully maintained and stored, should have many fine years ahead of it. A top-tier example in Lark world, which may sadly see values slowly drop as followers become fewer. Fairly bought and sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #FR0260-1969 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9M397X250126. Pompeii Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 77,478 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-optioned example with 4-speed, GoPack, ps, pb, tilt and more (no a/c, however). Claimed rotisserie restoration. Panel fit per factory; paint more than decent but with some areas of light orange peel. Chrome mostly good or better, except drip rails are heavily dented. Interior almost and that could push interest — and values — higher.A — Chad Taylor


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GLOVEBOXNOTES by Jim Pickering new-looking, with extremely nice seats, carpet, headliner, dash, instruments, door panels and sun visors. Armrests are warped, but as they say in the used-car trade, “they all do that.” Magnum 500 wheels on Redlines. Well-finished and authentic underhood except for deteriorated insulation pad and modern battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,845. I’m not sure why the restorer stopped short at replacing the drip rails, but overall this was one of the nicest AMXs I have seen, in an unusual and appealing color and with the right spec. A few minor improvements could easily make this car a 2+. Previously sold at Mecum Dallas in September 2017 for $28,050 (ACC# 6849474). If the Dallas buyer was this auction’s seller, little profit came his way after auction fees and transportation. Price here was in the middle of varying price-guide values, probably a bit of a bargain for the buyer. Appeared on Tennessee dealer’s website a week after the auction with an asking price of $49,900. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. #ST0094-1977 JEEP CJ-5 SUV. VIN: J7F83AH090017. Green/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,234 miles. 304-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint, clearcoat and decal application. Chrome around headlights is pitted, but chrome grille and bumper look excellent. Side trim appears aged. Upholstery near perfect. Dashboard and gauges are excellent; some paint scraped from roll bar. Engine-compartment paint appears to be original, and a shade different from exterior. Black appears to have been repainted and engine bay—while free of leaks and reasonably neat—has added wiring, which is not as neat as the rest of the car. Top shows minimal wear. The windows are rolled up and not seen. Polished aluminum wheels show no scuffs or dents. Cond: 2-. Superformance Corvette Grand Sport coupe ROUNDUP GLOBAL Price as tested: Base model without engine or transmission, $99,900. Complete as tested, $169,265 Equipment: Hand-laminated, dimensionally correct fiberglass body with reinforcing inserts, original-style headlights and indicator lenses, original-style steering wheel, gauge placement and pedal assemblies, heater and a/c, latch-and-lock seat belts, power windows, power steering, 4-wheel vented Wilwood disc brakes, custom shocks, Monza-style fuel filler, 17-gallon stainless fuel tank, Grand Sport #2 paint scheme with four roundels, blue leather interior, rear tail circular cutouts, stainless sidepipes, functional differential oil cooler, 15-inch magnesium wheels with Avon CR6ZZ tires, GM Performance LT1 engine and Tremec T56 6-speed manual. EPA mileage: Will vary by engine; expect 20s cruising with this combo. Likes: Looks for all the world like a factory Grand Sport, minus a few updates that blend in nearly seamlessly. Explosive power from the LT1’s 460 hp, 6-speed manual feels notchy like a T56 should. Raspy exhaust note, decent visibility from the driver’s seat. Feels like a mid-’60s Corvette with a bunch of power and great brakes. Can be either an animal or calm cruiser, depending on you. Dislikes: Floor features a bump just under the brake pedal, which takes a little getting used to when sliding your foot off the gas and onto the brake. Expensive. Verdict: The Grand Sport is a complete package if you order it as such — it’s $100k as a roller, with the paint, engine and transmission taking the price up from there. This example had GM’s modern LT1 under the hood, so it was in effect a new Corvette in an old-looking body. But that engine added $18,500 to the sticker price. Then again, try to price out building something like this from scratch — and to this level — for less. SOLD AT $19,795. This CJ-5 had the biggest engine of the line, which was said to have been rebuilt. It presented extremely well and lacked only a few details to raise it to 2+. Eleven jeeps crossed the block at GAA, and most were favorably or fairly priced. A proper transaction for buyer and seller. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 07/18. A It’s usable enough to be driven everywhere, so an owner will want to use it all the time, and you’ll be stopped everywhere you go by people with questions, just like I was. In my experience, most people thought it was an original oneof-five Grand Sport. What you let them believe is up to you. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: overall experience: November–December 2018 127 127


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Air Meters and Rev Counters What’s in a part number? Dollar bills, if it’s the right one 579-optioned cars. As Rochester improved their Ramjet units, they’d use up old air-meter bodies and rivet on metal tags stating the current application. This tag is for the 1961 315-hp V8. Price paid was high, as there were a lot more 1961 Fuelies made than ’57s. It’s possible this air meter wound up in a ’58 and the later-era tag sold separately. level as a new one. The patina is what sold this piece. It had just the right wear in the right places without making turn signals or headlamp installs a mess. Most likely this went on a truck that isn’t being restored to brand-new condition. A lot of vintage trucks are solid “drivers” or “patina” rides, complete with made-up shop signs on doors and tailgate. This grille would be perfect for that. There’s demand for both grades of parts. Someone thought it was worth it. #232811252584 Hood Ornament Front Emblem 1973–74 Dodge Charger. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Oroville, WA. 6/20/2018. “Cosmetically is an 8–8.5 out of 10. This will detail up nicer than we have rated. Has minor surface blems. No cracks. No surface dings or dents, Has some light surface scratches. Chrome has a few medium pimples. Some dulling on top. Chrome is overall bright and shiny. Straight and true. Checked, inspected and guaranteed good. No issues of troubles to bolt on and use as-is.” Sold at $28.06. This was a lot for an emblem with wear. Item will not bolt on without the spring or bottom anchor, both of which are absent from this piece. The spring allows the ornament to flex in a car wash and for object strikes. The anchor obviously holds it in place. Both of those can be found at swapmeets, but why not include it with the ornament? I’d pass and look for a complete item in better shape. 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #182623729067 1968 Ford F-Series Ranger stepside grille. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Darrington, WA. 9/18/2018. “This is a very clean, straight original grille from a 1968 Ford Ranger. It has a couple of dings and scratches as shown in the pictures but is very usable as-is and would easily straighten and polish to be immaculate. It includes the Ranger emblem housing and the headlight bezels. Passenger headlight bezel does have some wrinkling where somebody straightened it, but there are no holes, no rips no tears.” Sold at $500. Calling this a deal is relative. You can get a brand-new one for this truck, but it’s $750 plus shipping. This one needs work and I suspect shipping is going to bump the price up to the same #162647409263 Corvette Fuel-Injection Air Meter 1957. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Austin, TX. 6/11/2018. “Chevrolet Corvette air meter, original condition, just out of long-term climate-controlled storage. Impossible to find. Blow-out sale, save $400 off the normal price of $999.99. Limited Time!” Sold at $599.99. The 1957 air meter for Fuelie ’Vettes is rare, and there were different versions for horsepower applications. This one was cast as 7014388, which was a revised casting for 1958 250-hp engines and used on the RPO #352433593443 1970–72 Olds Cutlass AM/FM Stereo Radio. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Santa Cruz, CA. 8/26/2018. “Awesome original AM/FM Stereo radio out of a 1971 Olds Cutlass. This radio is the one-piece stereo radio that was only used in late-1971–72 Cutlass models and is very hard to find. This radio will also install in 1970–72 Cutlass models with no modifications. This radio has been tested and plays loud and clear on both channels on AM and FM with excellent reception. The stereo indicator light in the FM dial works as it should.” Sold at $433.87. A steep price, no doubt, but for an original premium radio that isn’t reproduced yet, it’s a good deal. Only caveat to be noted is you do have to change the connectors if you’re installing it in a car with multiplex wiring. This is clearly a 1971 model, according to tag, and it isn’t a plug-and-play deal. In fact, you can’t easily use other GM divisions’ multiplex radios if doing a swap. A Buick multiplex wiring harness is laid out differently from Pontiac. Olds, of course, compounds the matter by hanging their 8-track player right under the dash, unlike the others. Stuff like this makes restoration expensive. Price paid was market level.


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#253772921069 Rotunda 8,000-RPM Tach for Fairlane, Thunderbolt, Galaxie. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Surrey, BC, CAN. 7/23/2018. “Excellent working tachometer. Good for any Ford 1961–69.” Sold at $600. The early muscle-car-era tachs haven’t been cheap for a long time. Recently, a few of the desirable ones like the Sun tach and mid-’60s S/W gauge trios have been reproduced. This one’s the real thing and it’s in stellar condition. Price paid is high, but think about what it costs to find a core and have it rebuilt — it’ll be very close to this. Seller did all right. Likely went into a 1965-or-earlier drag-racing Ford. The governor consists of four metal weights paired to the rotating shaft connected to the speedo cable. It controlled the transmission’s shift points. In the old days, a drag-racing trick involved shaving the inner weights to raise the shift points. Today, you can buy governor hop-up kits with all the springs needed to do the job for about $55. As a replacement part, this governor is a good deal since a plastic replacement gear runs $15 plus shipping and you still have to do the repair. I’ll take the complete plug-and-play unit instead. A #132740161363 1966 Olds and Pontiac TH400 Governor NOS 8624214. 8 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Needham Heights, MA. 7/11/2018. “General Motors NOS TH400 M-40 transmission governor. Fits some 1966 Oldsmobile and Pontiac cars. 1966 Olds Starfire, 1st Type—used up to transmission # OD8508, 1966 full-size Pontiacs; Grand Prix, Catalina, Bonneville (for PD and PH-code transmissions, but not PB which used 8624213 or 8623852). I also have some 8624213 for the same price.” Sold at $41.99. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s ™ “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 Subscribe Today! SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 877-219-2605 Ext 1 November–December 2018 129


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Hidden Gems in the Gem State New owners at B&T Auto Salvage have been trying to group similar cars together, such as this stack of Chevrolet Corvairs B&T Auto Salvage is an Idaho parts staple, known to locals for years Story and photos by Phil Skinner that are 35–60 years of age, sometimes older. One of the first treasures I spotted was a 1942 DeSoto coupe, the first F Chrysler-built production car to have hide-away headlights. There were piles of Corvairs, groups of Studebakers and even vehicles from AMC, including a rare 1972 Ambassador with right-hand drive that had been built for the U.S. Postal Service. When the original B&T owners, Burton and Tom, decided to retire, it was taken over in the 2010s by Darrell Heck. With the help of several employees and his family, he had started to clean up the yard and organize it a bit when he fell ill in the autumn of 2017. Detailing What: B&T Auto Salvage Location: 22443 Old Hwy 30, Caldwell, ID 83607 Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phone: 208-459-0866 Web: facebook.com/ pages/B-T-AutoSalvage 130 AmericanCarCollector.com “We lost Darrell in mid-June 2018,” said Floyd Darbin, who has been helping manage the yard. “There are probate issues, but his daughter is passionate about the yard and plans to continue where Dad left off.” Current projects include building their online presence and catering to customers who can’t venture to Idaho. “We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Darbin said. “We miss Darrell, but I think the yard is in competent hands and we are going to be around for many years to come.” A There were still quite a few bits left of this 1957 Chevrolet 210 station wagon Rarely seen anywhere, this was the first 1942 DeSoto I have ever seen in a parts yard or over 50 years, Caldwell, ID, locals have known about B&T Auto Salvage. Up front, it’s a traditional salvage yard, where later-model cars are brought in from various locations and then parted out, leaving those items of no monetary value to go to the shredder. However, toward the rear portion of the yard sit the untouchables — those cars


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GM 1941 Buick Series 50 Super 8 convertible 1967 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe S/N 223379L116357. Warwick Blue/Parchment. 31,990 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this very rare and all-American classic muscle car. 400/350-hp 4-bbl V8 car with a date-correct XH-code replacement and rebuilt engine matched correctly to a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. Independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, dual exhausts and PHS documentation. $32,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 139I3347. Sienna Rust/tan. Inline 8. One previous owner from new; car in largely original condition. Fascinating history. Optional Dynaflow transmission. Go to our website for the full story on this magnificent find! Charles Crail Automobiles. Contact Devon, Ph: 805.570.4677, email: devoncrail@ gmail.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com/ vehicles/215/1941-buick-series-50-superconvertible. (CA) 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top S/N 124377L142446. Red/black. V8, automatic. Absolutely exceptional and beautiful example. Highly coveted original Southern California black-plate Camaro that has been beautifully restored and mildly customized with a date-correct original MF-code 327 2-bbl V8 engine. This must be one of the nicest custom V8 Camaro coupes available anywhere. In turn-key daily-driving-ready, daily-head-turning and daily-appreciating condition. $29,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix 2-dr hard top 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 Pace Car convertible matching. All original with one repaint, updated to R134a a/c and big-block radiator. This car is in excellent condition and comes with the original owner’s manual, brochure and records. $64,900. Contact Ron, Ph: 215.633.0775, email: rga11@msn.com. (PA) S/N 124679N641963. Dover White/orange. 39,581 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Meticulously restored Jerry MacNeish-verified RPO Z-11 SS 396 Pace Car. Additional photos and information available upon request. $90,000. Contact Rich, Ph: 413.525.6908, email: skwerly1@msn.com. (MA) 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-dr hard top 1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454/275 coupe S/N 1Z37Z3S409844. Dark blue metallic/black custom. 6,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. LS-4, Benchmark, Bloomington Gold-Survivor-Corvette USA. Close-ratio manual transmission. Killer FireStone 500 tires, including spare. $73,000 OBO. RMC Enterprises Inc. Contact Richard, Ph: 773.725.4848, email: asnowplower@aol. com. (IL) 1986 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 344870E166189. Gold/black. 6,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Professionally restored 2017. New paint, black vinyl top, new 4-speed, AM radio, factory 8-track, Rally one wheels, black interior, power windows, doors and trunk. $60,000. Contact Jerome, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att. net. (WI) CORVETTE 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 242176P132960. V8, automatic. Montero Red, new Legendary Auto Interiors black interior, 389-ci engine with Tri-Power and 2-speed Turbine 300 Powerglide auto transmission. PHS certificate, new Vintage Air Gen IV a/c, high-torque starter, electric fans, high-flow water pump, all lines stainless steel, wood steering wheel, Delco Moraine brake booster, all-new brakes, T3 headlamps, Flow Master mufflers/tailpipes, Rally II red center caps/lug nuts, Goodyear lettering Poly Glass tires (OEM), 100-amp chrome alternator, Monroe gas shocks. Excellent condition. No sales calls. $49,500. Contact Jerry, Ph: 209-402-2837 or 209-532-0855, email: imc@hub3.net. (CA) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 266577C124381. Tyrol Blue Metallic/ Parchment. V8, automatic. Exceptional example of this original-owner and completely rust-free Grand Prix with the 400 YC-code V8 engine. Purchased new at Porter Pontiac of Denver, CO, on 6/28/1967, and still boasting its original owner’s manuals and Protecto-Plate. Many local car show first-place trophies and recently purchased via its original owner’s local Colorado dealership. Finished in its original factory Tyrol Blue Metallic (color code F) paint with original Parchment (trim code 585) seats, and all original interior with the large chrome dials and factory gauges. $19,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 1G1YY6784G5901971. Bright Red/Bright Red leather. 17,500 miles. V8, automatic. Original Southern California family-owned Indy Pace Car replica in beautiful and highly desirable original factory all Bright Red color combination. Only 17k original miles! The car comes with all its original dealer documentation including owner’s manuals and dealer brochures plus spare keys from its original selling dealer, Key Chevrolet of Cupertino, CA. Clean CARFAX report and a recent California smog certificate and all of its original service records. $16,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA) 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 coupe Black/gray. 5,900 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Like new with super-low miles. All paperwork and records from day one. New Goodyear F1s, fresh fluids, SS injectors, turn-key and needs nothing. 100 photos available. $34,900 OBO. Contact William, Ph: 609.790.1526, email: wtgiovanetti@verizon.net. Website: www. flickr.com/photos/99107519@N02/albums/72157670079951608. (NJ) S/N 194675S110568. Rally Red/black. V8, automatic. 327/300-hp, two-owner car from new, same owner past 16 years, who is a technical director for the Corvette Club. Originally an Arizona car. Very rare, one of 872, with ice-cold factory a/c. This nicely optioned car has knockoff wheels, teak steering wheel, telescopic steering column, ps, pb, AM-FM radio, power antenna, tinted glass, whitewall tires and leather seats. Numbers


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Showcase Gallery FOMOCO 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 2-dr hard top great integrity. $195,000. Contact Colin, Ph: 414.375.2656, email: colin@thecomercollection.com. Website: colinsclassicauto. com. (WI) S/N P5FH140915. Torch Red/red & white. 21,350 miles. V8, automatic. Always garaged, rust-free example of this noexpense-spared restored Thunderbird with both factory hard top and new white soft top and with factory specifications and options including Ford-o-Matic automatic transmission, telescopic steering column, power front disc brakes, fender skirts, tach, clock, power four-way driver’s seat, heater and defroster, AM radio and its original 292 V8 4-bbl engine and highly desirable and striking Thunderbird chrome wheels. $34,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA) S/N 4K43C162162. Red/red. 7,656 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Great collector vehicle, mint condition, garage kept. Illness forces sale. $32,000. Contact Stephen E, Ph: 850.450.3584, email: maat24@yahoo. com. (FL) 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback S/N 1763. White/black. V8, 4-spd manual. #1763 is an original 4-speed/ inboard-headlight GT500 in as-delivered specification. Unrestored with one repaint in 1986, #1763 retains its original engine, transmission, sheet metal, fiberglass, interior, tags and all Shelby components. Documented with complete history from new. A GT500 with S/N W5573927. Heron Blue & white/blue & gray pattern. 63,950 miles. V8, automatic. An exceptionally straight, original, rust-free and great daily-driving survivor of this very rare Mopar model. Original 301-ci V8 engine and super-rare factory options including PowerFlite automatic transmission ($189), Air-Temp a/c ($570), two-way power front seat ($71), power steering ($113), power brakes ($40), power windows ($125), heater and defroster ($78), Solex tinted windshield ($20) and wire wheels with white sidewall tires. One of very few such remaining examples, with extremely rare additional factory options. $25,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, MOPAR 1955 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe sedan S/N WH23F8G173967. Yellow/white. 59,000 miles. V8, automatic. All original except for repaint in July 2017. Low original miles. Underneath the hood is Chrysler’s LA-series 318 V8, still sporting its 2-barrel carburetor and factory air conditioning, dual exhaust (Flowmaster) and radiator stripping to reveal the brass upper tank. New water pump, valve cover gaskets, intake manifold gasket, starter and thermostat. Power steering and drum brakes. Documented with its broadcast sheet. $29,000 OBO. Contact Richard, Ph: 513.678.1274, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo. com. (OH) AMERICANA 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Stock restoration with original R1 240-hp engine. Fully optioned, several upgrades and much documentation. Near-perfect condition. $41,000. email: paintim613@aol.com. (AZ) A It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.AmericanCarCollector.com/classifieds/place-ad November–December 2018 133 email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, 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 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) providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com 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) 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) 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 don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction. com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. 134 AmericanCarCollector.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to 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) Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999. Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle and exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients, combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com 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. W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semi-annual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we


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Classic Car Transport 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) all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: 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 West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics. com info@WestCoastClassics. com (CA) info@sundayautotransport.com Collection Management Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 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) 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. FOLLOW ACC RideCache. 512-751-8450. A professional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/ACC RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. 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. 800-5216393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves November–December 2018 135 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. 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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 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) Insurance 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) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1-866-CAR-9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1-866-CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. 136 AmericanCarCollector.com 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) 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 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) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing-Finance Museums Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound.com. (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) 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! LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) 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 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)


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National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 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) 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 provided 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) Restoration—General 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 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. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) 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) Advertisers Index 7-Eight Marketing ..............................79 Agents For Montana Titles ..............120 American Collectors Insurance ...........2 Autosport Groups ..............................83 Barrett-Jackson .................................25 Blue Bars .........................................129 Camaro Central .................................99 Car Girl Art .........................................41 CarCapsule USA ...............................85 Chevs of the 40’s ..............................81 Corvette America ............................. 4–5 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............79 EMS Automotive ..............................115 Evapo-Rust ........................................35 Factory Five Racing ...........................71 Greensboro Auto Auction ................109 Grundy Insurance ..............................19 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ........67 JC Taylor ...........................................97 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. 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) Metal Rescue® Rust Remover is your clean, safe, easy-to-use rust remover for iron and steel. From small parts that can be soaked to large parts that can’t, our ready-touse BATH, CONCENTRATE, or on-the-spot GEL are extremely effective at removing rust. The entire line of Metal Rescue offers non-toxic, environmentally-safe rust removal without the use of harmful or corrosive acids. From hubcaps to headlights to spot-rust on doors and hoods, Metal Rescue from Workshop Hero™ has got you covered! Visit www.workshophero.com 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. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: The Rock Island Auction Company, at their September 7 sale, sold a Winchester Model 1886 Takedown Lever-Action rifle for an amazing $1,178,750. It was engraved and signed by master engraver John Ulrich and featured highly detailed gold-inlaid animal scenes. The engraving and gold inlays cover the sides and top of the hammer and sides and bottom of the lever. The takedown collar and barrel breech are also decorated with scrollwork and gold and platinum inlays. The rifle was fully documented with a factory letter and was stated to be the finest 1886 Winchester known. Now, rifles are not my cup of tea, but there are numerous serious collectors and, as we have seen here, they pay adult money for historically significant examples. EBAY #132640977659— 1920s POUR-EZEE ROCKER OIL CAN. Number of bids: 35. SOLD AT: $1,625.99. Date sold: 6/10/2018. This appeared to be a generic shipping can, as it was stated to be the ideal shipping drum. Graphics were in great shape, and it sold for a bunch. For years these were not especially popular, but they have been coming into their own as of late. EBAY #223097283680— 1912–13 CITRUS COUNTY, FL, PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 50. SOLD AT: $3,838. Date sold: 8/17/2018. The history of Florida license plates is a bit complicated. Vehicles were first licensed in 1905, but that was discontinued in 1915. Counties, however, issued plates from 1911 until 1917, so for a time vehicles had two or three plates. This one was from that period and was in exceptional condition, with only spider cracks noted. Pricey, but the value was there. EBAY #192579488261— FOOEY FACE LICENSEPLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 44. SOLD AT: $2,300. Date sold: 7/1/2018. These were originally priced at $2.69. When the driver behind you was being a jerk, you touched the button on the dash and Fooey Face sprung into action. His eyes light up, he sticks out his tongue and he gives the guy the raspberry. This one was not in the best of shape and one eye did not light up, but it sold at a lot less than a couple others offered recently. 138 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #302816305827—FORD EMPLOYEE BADGE #13 FROM MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY. Number of bids: Best Offer Accepted. SOLD AT: $4,999.99. Date sold : 8/7/2018. This is an extremely rare Ford employee badge with a very low number. Seller sold another earlier in the year that he acquired from the same family for $4,829 — it was number 58. Ford guys usually don’t spend this kind of money on trinkets, but the Ford Badge Book rates this as one of the rarest, so I guess it was worth the money. EBAY #49547020997—1950s NOBLEMEN CAR CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 4. SOLD AT: $535. Date sold: 6/10/2018. The Noblemen were from Great Falls, MT, and this jacket had only minor wear. In the ’50s, no self-respecting car club member went out without wearing his “colors.” Fair price for a cool jacket. EBAY #13198483799—VINTAGE 16-INCH CORVETTE SERVICE NEON CLOCK. Number of bids: 60. SOLD AT: $1,650. Date sold: 8/19/2018. This one takes a leap of faith. If it is the real thing, then it was a very good buy. If a fake, however, then the buyer paid way too much. Hard to tell without seeing it first-hand. EBAY #273373230541—SHELL GASOLINE 400 EXTRA DRY PUMP PLATE. Number of bids: 69. SOLD AT: $3,375. Date sold: 8/3/2018. The buyer threw away a bunch of money buying this fake pump plate. Seller made up a bunch of info regarding the age, but several others were sold at the same time as this one for $189. Worth $50 as decorative piece, but no more. A