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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3 • Issue 17 • September-October 2014 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER $75k / Bonhams Low market price on a sophomore-year ’Vette — John L. Stein Page 46 GM 1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM SPECIAL EDITION $54k / Mecum Y84, W72 and WS6 — the Trans Am option trifecta — Patrick Smith Page 48 FoMoCo 1965 SHELBY COBRA 427 S/C CONTINUATION $112k / Bonhams All the fun of the original for a tenth of the price? — Dale Novak Page 50 MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER CONVERTIBLE $121k / Mecum Right-price Road Runner drop-top — Tom Glatch Page 52 AMERICAN ™ Cover photo: 1956 Chevrolet 3100 custom pickup Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1936 FORD MODEL 68 DELUXE PHAETON $124k / Mecum Smart buy on a high-dollar sectioned phaeton — Ken Gross Page 54 AMERICANA RACE 1943/44 WHITE M16 MGMC HALF-TRACK $201k / Auctions America Two wheels, two tracks and four .50s — Stu Lenzke and B. Mitchell Carlson Page 56 1982 PONTIAC TRANS AM “PEPSI CHALLENGER” $113k / Mecum Record-breaking racer at a rock-bottom price — Tom Glatch Page 58 TRUCK 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM $77k / Barrett-Jackson Fresh custom brings big-money result — Jay Harden Page 60 1982 Pontiac Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” Funny Car, p. 58 David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions September-October 2014 11


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 14 Torque Rediscovering the car guy in us all — Jim Pickering 40 Cheap Thrills 1962–63 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire — B. Mitchell Carlson 42 Horsepower Risk versus reward: Kids in old cars — Colin Comer 44 Corvette Market What will happen to Corvette values once the Boomers are gone? — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 64 Leake Auction Company — Tulsa 2014 Leake’s flagship sale totals $10m, and 413 out of 596 cars go home to new driveways — Doug Schultz 74 Russo and Steele — Newport Beach 2014 A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 tops the American sales at $132k, with 133 of 401 cars selling for $4.2m overall — Michael Leven 82 Auctions America — The Littlefield Collection 119 tanks and armored vehicles out of 122 rumble to a very heavy $9.8m — B. Mitchell Carlson 90 Twin Cities Auctions — Back to the ’50s 98 out of 180 cars change hands, sending totals to $1.6m — B. Mitchell Carlson 98 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast — Kevin Coakley, Pat Coakley, John Boyle, Jack Tockston, Adam Blumenthal 12 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 24 Good Reads Dodge: 100 Years, by Matt DeLorenzo — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C — Marshall Buck 28 Snapshots Big American power in Sweden — Phil Skinner 32 Feature: Kicking tires 6-PAGE SPECIAL! with Jay Leno Talking cars with America’s favorite car guy — Jim Pickering SERV DEPA 16 What’s Collector events of note 18 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 24 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 26 Cool Stuff Foam-block big-block, street rod stamps and a knife built like a tank 30 Your Turn Economics of storage and new interest in Talladegas 84 Quick Takes 1951 Dodge Power Wagon wrecker — B. Mitchell Carlson 106 1963 Dodge 440 Hemi — Jim Pickering 94 One to Watch 1978–81 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 — Chad Tyson 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers


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Torque Jim Pickering THERE’S REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THOSE FIRST-TIME CAR EXPERIENCES, AND IT’S EASY TO FORGET IT The car guy in us all M y first ride in a rumble seat came when I was about 9 years old. My neighbor Jim Fahey built and fixed street rods. One day, he was welding something on a car club member’s black ’32 Ford. Of course, I rode my bike over to check it out, and he offered to take me and my dad for a ride. I still have a vivid memory of trees whizzing by overhead, a wall of wind in my face, and how weird it felt to sit so far back on the chassis. It was a cool moment for a kid from the Nintendo era. All my friends thought facing backwards in a Volvo wagon was as good as it got. After that ride, I knew better. I’ve been thinking about that rumble-seat ride a lot lately. These days, it’s rare that I encounter something car-related that’s completely new to me. Now I’m on the other side of the coin, giving my 2-year-old daughter rides in cars purely for her reactions, and while that’s fantastic in its own right, it’s just different — there’s really something special about the impact of those first-time experiences, and it’s easy to forget that. Jets, steam, and fuel Last month, on a sunny Tuesday morn- ing, ACC Auctions Editor Tony Piff and I stepped off a plane in Burbank, CA. Ten minutes later, at the arrivals curb, a 572-powered ’55 Buick rolled up and stopped. Behind the wheel was Jay Leno. I’d set up an interview with Jay for this issue of ACC, and the plan was to spend a few hours with him, ask our questions, and get a look at his collection — maybe, if we were lucky, he’d pull a few of them out for a quick run around the neighborhood. The idea was to get his take on what’s going on in the collector-car world, as well as chat with him about what drives him as a collector, and what’s next for him since his departure from “The Tonight Show.” Our interview starts on p. 32. The Q&A itself lasted maybe an hour, but we ended up spending the entire day with Jay and his crew of mechanics, kicking around his shop and trying not to get in the way as they went about their work — fitting a Merlin V12 into a Rolls chassis, installing 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Letting off steam in Jay Leno’s 1925 Doble a new feedwater heater pipe on a steam car, firing a Vincent motorcycle after a rebuild, and fixing the fuel system on the Duesenberg Model J chassis we had asked to ride in — a moment that showed us just how much of a car guy Jay truly is, as he dove in immediately, and personally, to solve the problem. It was a fascinating day, and as you might expect, one of the most interesting parts was the cars themselves — specifically the ones we took out on the road. When someone like Jay Leno lays out his collection and asks you to choose what you’d like to ride in, you shoot for the moon. So we hit the streets of Burbank in a 1963 Chrysler Turbine car (powered by a jet turbine, and one of only two that still run), the aforementioned Duesenberg Model J running chassis (after it got a new fuel-pressure regulator), and a 1925 Doble steam car — a car Howard Hughes ran to 132.5 mph. On steam. And just like that rumble-seat ride I took in that ’32 Ford way back when, each of these cars was a completely new experience for me — the “Jetsons” look and feel of the Chrysler and its surprising lack of heat, the flat-out-speed of the bodyless Duesie, and the intense torque of the steam-powered Doble. Beyond the interesting engineering and historic value of these cars was the experience of it all. I felt like I was 9 again, and I know Tony did, too — he got to sit in Howard Hughes’ rumble seat. A car guy’s job It’s pretty clear that Jay loves his cars, and he’s not afraid to use them. And it’s funny, because it only took about a minute to realize that the three of us all spoke the same language, even if we came from very different backgrounds. It all comes down to this: Whether you’re a welder who builds street rods on the side, a magazine editor with a couple of muscle cars, or a broadcasting icon with millions of dollars in rare historic machines, we’ve all been that driver and we’ve all been that kid begging for a ride. The cars are what it’s all about, and it’s our job to keep them moving down the road. Going for a ride may seem like a simple thing, but you never know who, or what, you might inspire in the process.A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING A Week with the Classics The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival kicks off on August 24 in Auburn, IN, and continues through the Labor Day holiday weekend with events including a swapmeet, mini beer tents, car shows and a historic tour. There is something for everyone at this automotive event for the entire family. For a full list of events, visit www.acdfestival.org. Courtesy of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival The biggest Corvette party of the year The 21st Annual Corvette Funfest rumbles to life on September 18 in Effingham, IL, and the Corvette celebration doesn’t shut down until September 21. Those four days — and nights — bring cruises, seminars, concerts, a giant Corvette sale corral, swapmeet, concerts, burnouts and more to thousands of Corvette lovers. This is one of the biggest Corvette events of the year, and it’s a great way to end the summer. For more information, visit www.corvettefunfest.com. Parts swapping Combine 150 acres with 8,100 automotive vendors and you have the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral from October 1 to 5. This is one of the largest car swapmeets in the world, and thousands of gearheads come to Carlisle, PA, each October. Bring the family, so they can help you carry out parts, or choose one of the 2,000 vehicles for sale at the car corral. Carlisle’s collector car auction is on October 2–3. Admission is $10 for Wednesday to Saturday, and only $7 on Sunday. An event pass is available for $30. www.carsatcarlisle.com A speedway crammed with gearheads, parts and cars The Charlotte AutoFair — a massive festival of 9,500 vintage-parts sellers, a 1,600-car sale corral, car shows, car club gatherings, special car exhibits and so much more — fills up the massive Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, and spills onto the surrounding parking areas from September 18 to 21. This is one of the biggest car happenings in the Southeast. The Hornets Nest Region of the AACA conducts this bucket-list extravaganza. www.charlotte-autofair.comA 16 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Tony Piff STAr CAr: 1968 Shelby GT500 with documentation since new, at barrett-Jackson Las Vegas SePTember Mecum — Dallas 2014 Where: Dallas, TX When: September 3–6 Last year: 986/1,385 cars sold / $37.7m More: www.mecum.com VanDerBrink Auctions — The Bullock Family Collection Where: Grant, NE When: September 6 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Silver Auctions — Lifetime Collection Auction Where: Loveland, CO When: September 6 More: www.silverauctions.com More: www.theelectricgarage.com 18 AmericanCarCollector.com The Electric Garage — Red Deer Fall Finale Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: September 19–20 Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS • 1968 Plymouth Road Runner convertible Star Car: 1969 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack STAr CAr: 1969 Dodge Super bee 440 Six Pack at The electric Garage, red Deer, Ab, CAN Silver — Portland 2013 Where: Portland, OR When: September 19–20 Last year: 58/150 cars sold / $842k More: www.silverauctions.com VanDerBrink Auctions — The Twin Oaks Collection Where: Vining, MN When: September 20 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Petersen Collector Cars Where: Salem, OR When: September 20 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2014 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: September 25–27 Last year: 656/659 cars sold / $32m Star Car: 1968 Shelby GT500. Equipped with automatic transmission, power/tilt steering, power brakes and factory AM radio. Still original California black plate. Documentation since new More: www.barrett-jackson.com Russo and Steele — Las Vegas 2014 Where: Las Vegas, NV When: September 25–27 Last year: 102/237 cars sold / $3.5m More: www.russoandsteele.com Dan Kruse Classics — Hill Country Classic Where: Austin, TX When: September 26–27 Last year: 119/177 cars sold / $2.5m Featured cars: Star Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1, with factory R-code Ram Air Cobra Jet 428, power steering and brakes, a/c and Deluxe Marti Report • 1924 Nash Series 690 tourer More: www.dankruseclassics.com


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK STAr CAr: 1969 Ford mustang mach 1 with factory r-code ram Air Cobra Jet, at Dan Kruse in Austin, TX OCTOber VanDerBrink — The “Big John” Collection Where: Minden, NE Where: October 4 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 6 Last year: 57/65 cars sold / $2.8m Featured cars: Star Car: 1907 American Underslung roadster, one of the cars that Pennsylvania oil man FC Deemer took on his honeymoon in 1907. Bonhams expects the car to exceed $900k More: www.bonhams.com • 1917 Cadillac Model 51 4-passenger roadster RM Auctions — Hershey 2014 Where: Hershey, PA When: October 9–10 Last year: 104/115 cars sold / $9.7m More: www.rmauctions.com Mecum — Chicago 2014 Where: Chicago, IL When: October 9–11 Last year: 615/917 cars sold / $18.2m More: www.mecum.com 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Vicari — Cruisin’ the Coast Where: Biloxi, MS When: October 9–11 More: www.vicariauction.com The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: October 17–18 Last year: 103/215 cars sold / $2.3m More: www.bransonauction.com Specialty Auto Auctions — Larimer County Fairgrounds (The Ranch) Fall 2014 Where: Loveland, CO When: October 18 More: www.saaasinc.com G. Potter King — The Fall Classics Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: October 24–25 More: www.acclassiccars.com Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance — 2nd Annual Collector Car Grand Prix Auction Where: Austin, TX When: October 31 More: www.motostalgia.com Collector Car Productions — The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction Where: Toronto, ON, CAN When: October 31–November 2 Last year: 175/278 cars sold / $3.1m More: www.collectorcarproductions.comA STAr CAr: 1907 American Underslung roadster at bonhams Philadelphia


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin Bel Air hard top custom owned by John and Sheila Giambrone of Gales Creek, OR. Red with a white top and American-style mags with red spokes, I it was stunning. I interviewed the owner, John, who built the car and he said that it was a multi-year restoration. He explained that he had a roadmap in mind from the day he started, and it was satisfying to see the whole project come together. There’s a lot of attention on making sure that cars are restored to factory-correct standards, and when they are, they become pieces of automotive history. I like looking at restored cars and noting what kinds of hose clamps were used, and rubber tubing — and seeing if the windshield washer reservoir has the appropriate decals on it. But there’s something equally as interesting in looking at the thought process, the artistry and the craftsmanship behind a custom car. For the builder of a custom, the original car is really a blank canvas upon which they can create their dream car. Engines, transmissions, brakes and suspension can be changed. Roofs lowered, and door handles shaved. The only real limit to how wild a car can be is the budget of the builder, and everyone has heard the stories of guys taking out home-equity loans to finish their cars rather than cut the quality short. There’s a place for every kind of enthusiast in the collector-car world, and we celebrate them all in the pages of American Car Collector. Next time you go to a show, spend a little extra time looking at and admiring the customs. They represent artists whose automotive dreams have come to life for you to enjoy. A Correct or custom? was the emcee of the 42nd Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance recently, and handed out trophies to cars ranging from a factory-correct 1967 427/435-horsepower Corvette to a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900. The car I remember the most, however, was a 1954 Chevrolet CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3, Number 5 September-October 2014 Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions editor Tony Piff Associate editor Chad Tyson Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Kevin Coakley Pat Campion Dale Novak Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Scott Correy SeO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and events manager Erin Olson Financial manager Cheryl Ann Cox Print media buyer Wendie Martin editorial Intern Alec Ebert ADVerTISING SALeS Advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 SUbSCrIPTIONS Subscriptions manager Cassie Sellman Customer Service Coordinator Sarah Willis Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag COrreSPONDeNCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Not original, but an undeniable work of craftsmanship Alec Ebert 22 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTmASTer: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2014 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Norm Mort Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Dodge: 100 Years by Matt DeLorenzo, Motorbooks, 192 pages, $33.18 (Amazon) After picking up my minty-fresh review copy of Dodge: 100 Years, I headed to the lunch meet- ing of the Smart, Grumpy Old Car Guys. As the book passed from hand to hand, the court of opinion was in session. “A hundred years? Forty too many,” quipped one. “Name one classic Dodge,” challenged another. “Uh, the Daytona Charger?” “Nope, name a classic, not an exercise in lack of taste.” “Okay, the La Femme?” “That’s just lame marketing, not a car.” Pretty soon we were all muttering — and that means a guilty verdict. Dodge, guilty of 100 years of existence, and little more. Next case. Oh, wait. The book? Dodge: 100 Years says it all. The book is a quick overview in just under 200 photo-filled pages of the motorcar company started by the brothers Dodge, John and Horace. They got into making cars through the back door, starting as a major supplier of parts for Ford, then setting off to compete. Their early cars were a bit higher priced, with a few more features and a philosophy that amounted to constant improvement of mechanicals and added features, without yearly model changes. Hard living caught up with the Dodges, with both dying in 1920. Chrysler took it over a few years later, and the march of decades was eventful if nothing else. The ’30s were about trying to fit in, the ’40s were all about bomber engines and Power Wagons. The Charger was a key car in the muscle car era, and the Viper made its mark in the new century. Darts, K-cars, and the birth of the mini-van were notable moments in Dodge history. Dodge: 100 Years covers it all, lightly, when you consider it’s about 20 pages per decade. And that’s about right. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Oer reproduction 1987–92 Firebird Aerowings If you’re like many third-generation Firebird owners, you might need to replace that wrap-around spoiler that split open over time. The original foam design absorbed moisture, and that corroded the metal core, causing expansion that broke clips, cracked paint and gave headaches about replacement. OER has your back, Jack. Ray Yager, OER Marketing Director, said, “Fiberglass replacements were available, but getting a correct fit sometimes required extensive modification. Used originals were not a viable option due to the heavy ‘rust-sponge’ nature of their construction. We knew we could do better. These newly-tooled Aerowing spoilers offer enthusiasts an original appearance with better-thanoriginal quality.” Part number 12397143 works for 1985–90 Trans Am/GTA models, while p/n 10189344 fits on Trans Ams from 1991 to ’92. It will come in a gelcoat/primer finish ready to be blocked and sprayed. Visit www.classicindustries.com or call 800.854.1280 to order. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com with plenty of advertising and beauty shots in support of the history. This is clearly a book designed to be a Chrysler Corp. celebration of brand, so most of the material comes from the archives. Fit and finish: Simply designed, with color on every page, but there is a cookiecutter feel to the whole affair. personal passion is that DeLorenzo’s name isn’t on the cover and isn’t on the title page. In fact, other than the text copyright to DeLorenzo, his name is only on the dust-jacket cover. That says job for hire. That says PR. history of Dodge, look elsewhere. It’s a nice enough extended advertising piece, and the text is clear and readable, but the whole affair is as true to the passions of the automotive world as the lamentable K-car. is best So, if you are looking for a real Drivability: Your first clue this isn’t a work of Lineage: Matt DeLorenzo did the text, mr. Gasket micro electric fuel pump Mr. Gasket’s new micro electric fuel pump is a simple, solid-state part designed to eliminate vapor lock and flooding. Use it as a standalone or auxiliary pump. You can choose from several designs. The 12S, for use with most carbureted 4/6/8-cylinder engines, specs out to 4–7 psi with 35 gph max flow. It also requires about one amp for maximum delivery. Fittings, mounting hardware and instructions are included with the pump. Take note: It only works with 12-volt, negative-ground electrical systems. Visit www.mr-gasket.com for up-to-date pricing, additional choices and where to buy. A


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COOLSTUFF Temporary paint protection Want to hit the Street rod stamps The USPS follows on its 2013 Muscle Cars Forever series of post- age stamps with this pair of deuces. A 20-stamp Hot Rods Forever booklet is $9.80, and the stamps never expire. There are also limitededition DCP (digital color postmark) keepsake sets ($13.95) and a framed art version ($19.95). www.usps.com track but concerned for the safety of your perfect paint job? TRACWRAP is a temporary paint-protection film capable of stopping rock chips at a fraction of the cost of more permanent options. Prices start at $69.99 for a 6-inchby-40-foot roll. www.tracwrap.com by Tony Piff A knife built like a tank Zero Tolerance builds serious, heavyduty knives. The Hind 0550BW (by famed kn designer Rick Hindere features a titanium fra with lockbar stabilizer reversible deep-carry c 3.5-inch blade in oh-s blackwash finish. An a pocket companion for o on the Littlefield Milit Collection on p. 82. $2 exclusively from www com Foam block These polyurethane engine blocks from Summit Racing make it easy to test-fit engines and parts without the hassle and stress of working with the real thing. There are steel inserts for all bolt holes, and tolerances are to OEM spec. Summit stocks a huge selection, from SBCs to Windsors to Hemis to Cummins diesels and more. $349–$699 from www.summitracing. com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Cobras, particularly the big-brute 427s, are said to be the most replicated 1:1 car in the world. Everyone seems to think they can do it better and make money at it. Well, in miniature it’s the same... or darn close. One of the latest companies to jump on the band- wagon is an odd one, but they have produced one of the best 427 S/C models ever. Good Smile Company is a Japanese hobby company producing mostly anime types of figures. For some reason, they have also produced this gem under the brand Good Smile Racing. Practically everything is just right, from the overall body shape to a superb paint finish, crisply cast Halibrands shod with excellent Goodyear Bluestreaks, tiny Cobra emblems, and much more. This is the only 1:43-scale Cobra model with an accurate windshield and frame. Cockpit detail is also great, with perfect parts including a correct set of S/C dash gauges, separately fitted four-point driver seat harness, and the list goes on. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Guardsman Blue with white stripes Quantity: Estimated 2,000 Price: $70 on website to $120 on eBay Production date: 2011–present Web: www.goodsmile.info/en Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best Clean, wax, and protect in one Griot’s new Cleaner Wax does what is says in just a single step, adding gloss and depth with carnauba-based protection. $12.99 from www.griotsgarage.com


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SNAPSHOTS S Report and photos by Phil Skinner ummers are short in Sweden, maybe six weeks from late June to mid-August. But the Swedes are a hardy bunch, and the car-cruising season can start as early as May, when the chances for rain and light snows are still a possibility. Shows held during the Summer Solstice, where the name “Land of the Midnight Sun” is a reality, can end up wet and cool. But usually by the Fourth of July weekend, the weather works out for one of the largest annual automotive gatherings in Europe — the Power Big Meet. A place where 90% of the entries are All-American. Started by Kjell Gustavsson and spon- sored by Power Magazine, this show grew from a couple of dozen vehicles in 1978 to over 12,000 cars for the July 3–5, 2014, event, staged at an airport at Västerås, about 100 km west of Stockholm. Attendees at this year’s show came from over 40 countries, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, France, Germany, England, Ireland and even former Soviet states such as Latvia, Estonia and mother Russia. Several cars made the trek from as far away as Washington state and California. Greasers in a strange land Everything from top-shelf concours- quality restorations to all-out beaters tends to make up the field here. Probably the most influential group is the Raggares, a unique Swedish culture class that traces its history to the 1950s. Slicked-back hair, a pack of cigarettes rolled up in the sleeve of a T-shirt, and black leather complete the look. The women have wild hairdos and often lavish dresses, and a recent addition to the scene, tattoos, are usually visible. Music of choice is pure rockabilly, and “loud” is the volume level. Among the 10,000-plus vehicles on the field this year, several clubs had organized displays, such as the 172 Ford Mustangs that came to celebrate their 50th anniversary, or the 150-plus Corvettes that welcomed the new 2014 model, which was displayed by several proud new owners. However, the vast majority of the cars were in the general exhibit area, filling the grass fields around the airport. The taxiway and runway played host to a swapmeet, where complete cars, parts, accessories and tools were offered, as well as a plethora of T-shirts, flags, stickers, music and more. Several other events take place during the Power Big Meet as well. Each afternoon, starting around 3, the “Big Meet Cruise” starts. This is not officially a part of the BPM, but the city has embraced as many as 20,000 cars traveling on a cruise through downtown, past the industrial area and along 28 AmericanCarCollector.com IN THE LAND OF THE AMERICAN How Swede it is... Sweden’s Power big meet features a vehicle roster that is 90% American Customs are a hot ticket, such as this 1961 Plymouth


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MIDNIGHT SUN IRON This car parade lasts 12 to 14 hours the harbor-front in about a 12-kilometer ring. If you’re lucky, one circuit per night can be completed. It’s more fun to just sit and watch the 12- to 14-hour-long parade pass by while drinking a semi-cool beer and munching on a varmkorv (hot dog). Over the years, a carnival-like atmosphere has popped up, complete with a Ferris wheel and related rides. Cars are filled with revelers and alcohol flows pretty freely for everyone except the police and those behind a steering wheel. Light ’em up A makeshift car show also takes place in nearby Hella at the McDonald’s/ICA parking lot. A recent addition to this exhibit has been the “Burna” competition, where car owners take their cars to a specially cordoned-off lane and light up their tires. Cheers and whoops come from the crowd, getting louder as the engines rev and the tires spin. As the plumes of smoke rise and the smell of burnt rubber wafts through the air, everyone waits to see the tires explode, and when they do, the audience goes wild. Cruising continues well into the early- morning hours, and while it does get dark enough to turn on the headlights, there is always a hint of sunlight. By 1 a.m., the skies start to really brighten up as the loud music and the cruisers continue circling through Västerås. Usually by 4 a.m., the crowds have gone home. Most of the cars — or at least their drivers — are out of gas, and quiet returns. Swedes genuinely love the United States, Fins are a popular feature, as on this 1958 DeSoto convertible and English is pretty much spoken everywhere. Even the announcements made over the loudspeakers are repeated in English, which seems to be a universal language for those attending from other countries. Power Big Meet should be on every American car lover’s bucket list, but don’t wait too long. Once you’ve experienced this extravaganza, you will want to come back again and again.A September-October 2014 29


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, sold for $44,000 by Worldwide Auctioneers in 2012 Talladegas on their way up? After reading the Market Overview (July-August 2014, p. 66) concerning the status of the Torino Talladega, I’d like to offer a few thoughts of my own. The first point I’d like to make is regarding production numbers. Because of “loose” record keeping at Ford, the exact number of Talladegas produced is uncertain. I believe NASCAR requirements for homologation purposes required that Ford build a minimum of 500 Talladegas, but the reality is no one knows definitively how many were actually built. There is a story that seems likely that suggests when NASCAR officially counted Talladegas, they unknowingly counted the same car more than once. The other consideration is that providing Talladegas for the racetrack had priority over providing them for the showroom. Even Ralph Moody (of Holman-Moody) stated that there was no way that 500 Talladegas were ever built. The Talladega was never marketed or publicized like its rivals, the Doing the math on Corvette storage Important components of the cost of storing a vehicle like a ’78 Pace Car for 35 years are missing from your analysis (Corvette Market, July-August 2014, p. 46). Cost of vehicle: $10,000. Then add interest at 4% for 35 years: $39,500. Insurance for 35 years at $500 per year, plus interest: $36,800. Heated/cooled storage for 35 years at $50 per month, plus interest: $46,500 (costs way more). Total: $122,800. Compare that with the current selling price of a zero-mile car at $86,000 and you’ve made a bad investment. If you have the funds and an accurate crystal ball, the right Ferrari would yield many millions. Therefore the best investment is in a crystal ball. A 30 AmericanCarCollector.com — Fred Kanter, Kanter Auto Products, Boonton, NJ 1978 Pace Cars can be affordable, but the costs of prolonged storage can make them a less-prudent investment Superbird or the Daytona, and with much lower production numbers, the car was an enigma for years. Even today the car and its history remain unknown to many enthusiasts. I’ve been into Ford performance cars for over 30 years, and I can’t say that I have seen many Talladegas during that time. Personally, I believe that there are fewer Talladegas today than what most current estimates indicate. I think the days of “bargain” Talladegas are over, and I’m assum- ing that the car you mentioned in your article that sold at BarrettJackson for $110k was a pristine, low-mileage, original car. I think as the market becomes more aware of this car and its rarity — and after a few more Talladegas have crossed the block at places like BarrettJackson — you can count on the continued upward trend. It’s quite amazing that the Torino Talladega remained this low on the radar screen for so long. Something tells me if Ford had put the Boss 429 motor in the Talladega instead of the Mustang, I wouldn’t be writing this letter. Such is life. Another great issue! — Mark DellAcqua, Millersville, MD


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FEATUREKICKING TIRES WITH JAY LENO SHOP TALK Jay Leno on what drives his collection, and what’s next after “The Tonight Show” Story by Jim Pickering Photos by Tony Piff guy who has it all — space, resources, and the drive to buy, restore, and use interesting pieces of automotive history. ACC recently sat down with Jay in his shop to talk about his cars, what drives him as a collector, what’s next for him as a car guy and a TV personality, and where he sees the market going in the future. I ACC: You’re both a household name and an instantly recognizable face. Beyond the show and the stand-up, you’re also 32 AmericanCarCollector.com n a sprawling multi-warehouse complex backed up to a runway at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, CA, Jay Leno’s collection of cars and motorcycles sits at the ready, fueled and charged for a cruise at a moment’s notice. After 22 years as host of “The Tonight Show,” Leno is in the unique position of being a car “ If you’re really knowledgeable, and you buy what you like, chances are other people like it too. ” America’s favorite car guy. How’d you get started with cars? I used to work at car dealerships when I was a kid. I worked at Wilmington Ford. I was in charge of odometer recalibrations… that was my “area.” That’s what you used to do in the old days. People would come in… I remember one guy came in, traded in a ’64 or ’65 Impala. Had 115,000 miles on it. So I drive it in the back and hook up the electric drill. Reeee! And then the guy… for some reason the deal falls through. “Oh. No, no… give me that Impala back.” Well now it had 15,000 miles on it. Guy went out the door, came around the block with a big smile


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Leno’s 1925 Doble model e steam car, formerly owned by Howard Hughes “ The steam cars are fascinating. I’m not an engineer, but when people from Mercedes or General Motors show up, you get to be a big shot because they’re stunned. They don’t have any experience with steam, and it’s the exact opposite of a gas engine. that was the only way I was going to be able to get near cars of that caliber, was by working there. And, you know, I got to deliver cars all around the country, and pick up Rolls… In those days, when a Mercedes 600 came in, or a Rolls-Royce, you went down to New Jersey, went to the dock, and drove it home, which was GREAT fun. It was unbelievable. So that’s kinda how I got started. ACC: What’s the current status of your collection? How many cars? How many bikes? There’s about 92 bikes and about, I don’t “ I found the Corvair up the street. It was $600. I put 50 grand in it. It’s worth $12,500! on his face. And they gave him whatever he wanted [laughs] because he’d seen it… [laughs] The mileage had been “corrected.” Hilarious… And then I worked at foreign-car dealer- ” ships. I worked at a place called Foreign Motors in Boston, Mass. That shows you how long ago it was… they were FOREIGN motors. We had Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Citroën, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz… a couple of others. And it was great fun, because I figured know, 128 cars… something like that. And they’re not all crazy-valuable cars. Some are just cars I like, you know, like the Corvair I got. I found the Corvair up the street. It was $600. I put 50 grand in it. It’s worth $12,500! Boom! [snaps fingers] Just like the stock market. You know, the funny thing is, if you’re really knowledgeable, and you buy what you like, chances are other people like it too. So they really do sort of go up in value. A good example might be my Oldsmobile Toronado. I bought that for 800 bucks. It was a blown-out car. We just wanted the shell. And we got “Hot Rod of the Year” in 2006 from Hot Rod magazine and stuff, and all of a sudden Toronados started going up in price, and then you get people saying “Man, you ruined the market…” but I don’t look at it that way. To me, you’re saving the market, because a car that might have been thrown away… A lot of them just got junked because they cost more to fix. But, I mean, I see other cars, I see a lot ” of cars going up, a lot of ’50s and ’60s stuff, as well. So if you buy what you like, chances are you probably won’t lose money. ACC: You’ve been on the record saying that everything here is ridden and driven. How often do you actually get out and drive all of these? Everything here is on the button, pretty much. They’re all registered. You know, sometimes you read an article in a magazine, and… “Oh I’ve got one of those!” And it inspires you to go out and play with that one. I mean, the fun part is, the way this sort of works is, you work on it for two hours, and then you drive it for a half-hour. And now it’s fixed, and you say, “Okay, what’s the next broken thing?” And then you move on to the next broken thing. So everything here gets used — obviously with this many vehicles — sometimes two a day. And you know, I try to keep them all on the button. ACC: Are there favorites in this group that get used more often than the rest? I like the steam cars. The steam cars are fascinating. I’m not an engineer, but when people from Mercedes or General Motors show up, you get to be a big shot because they’re stunned. They don’t have any experience with steam, and it’s the exact opposite of a gas engine. With a gas engine, you’re trying to get the heat out. With a steam en- September-October 2014 33


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FEATURE KICKING TIRES WITH JAY LENO t “ Most cars hat are pristine are project cars. If you restore a car and make money on it, you’ve done it wrong. That’s pretty much the rule. ” Car guys gotta eat — Leno has a full kitchen in his complex gine, if heat’s escaping, you try to keep it in. A Stanley turns 357 revolutions per MILE. Not per minute. Per mile. With a steam engine, every stroke is a power stroke. Steam pushes a piston up, steam pushes a piston down. So a 2-cylinder engine is really the same power strokes as a V8. And a 4-cylinder, like the Doble, is like a V16. So you’ve got a thousand foot-pounds of torque at rest. It’s just different. ACC: What sort of criteria do you look for in buying a car? How does a car enter the Big Dog Garage Collection? A lot of times, you buy the story more than the car. I’ve got a ’67 Imperial over there. I get a call from an old guy, 93 years old. Leo Popkin was his name. And he says, “I’ve got a ’67 Imperial. Bought it new. Blah blah blah. I think you should have it. It’s a Custom LeBaron 2-door with dual air conditioners, front and back.” And I said, “I’m not really an Imperial guy.” He says, “Nah, you gotta come see this car.” I said, “Where do you live?” “Beverly Hills,” he says. “Where in Beverly Hills?” I say. “Sunset Boulevard,” he says. Well, now it’s getting interesting [laughs]. Who lives on Sunset Boulevard? So he gives me the address and it’s not far from my house. So I go to his house. It’s a winding driveway like you’d see in a movie. And he’s standing outside with an ascot and a smoking jacket. Very distinguished 93-year-old guy. There’s a guy, about 70, standing next to him. He goes, “This is my mechanic. He’s serviced the car once a month here at my house since 1967.” And it turns out he’s a movie producer. He produced African-American films for African-American audiences. It was 34 AmericanCarCollector.com fascinating. He had the black James Bond. The black Laurel and Hardy. When movies were segregated, he did feature films, many of them the same stories, but featuring allblack casts. Herb Jeffries? Remember him? The singing black cowboy? He just died at age 100. He was one of his guys. And, okay, now it’s getting really interesting, you know. So we go around to the garage. He opens the garage and it’s a brand-new ’67 Chrysler Imperial. And in the next garage, he opens the door… He was so afraid he was “ A lot of times, you buy the story going to have an accident, he bought every spare part he would need in case the car was ever damaged. Electric wiper motors, window lifts, I mean, just, everything he thought he’d need if he ever damaged the car. He goes, “You got to take all this crap, too.” Well now I have to buy it. How do you not buy this car? And that’s basically it. Plus, I hear from a lot of old guys who ” want their cars to go to a good home. They don’t want to sell it and see it being flipped at an auction. You know, that kind of stuff. One guy left me his ’41 Plymouth in his will. I never met the man. But he wanted it to go to a good home, and I, you know. And I always make a donation to a college or something, you know, you don’t just take it. But if it’s got a good story, that’s kind of the key to it. ACC: You’re living a car-guy fantasy life here with this space, your resources, more than the car. ... One guy left me his ’41 Plymouth in his will. I never met the man. But he wanted it to go to a good home. and your interest. How do you stop yourself from picking up cars on a regular basis? You know, that’s a HUGE… boy, some- times… I’m on “Bring a Trailer” the other day, and I see a Griffith Series One. It’s a 200. I know they’re HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE cars, but they always fascinated me. When I was a kid at Wilmington Ford, that was a poor man’s Cobra. And I call on it, hoping it will sell before I can put an offer in. And luckily it did. And I went “Ohh, thank god I didn’t have to…” I’m so glad I didn’t buy it. But I would have bought it had it stayed up there for another day or two. You know, certain things catch my… I’ve always been fascinated by the eight-lug Pontiac wheel. From the ’60s. The greatest wheel ever, to me. Very imaginative. Most cars had four lugs. Hemis had five lugs. Pontiac had eight lugs. I always thought it was a great wheel with a beautiful finned brake drum, and all. You know, just the beginning of the performance era. Those cars fascinate me. You do try to stop yourself, because it gets a little stupid. ACC: Is there a too-many-to-use threshold that you try to stay under? No, but you know, because sometimes, it’s a bit like, at the age I am now, and going back and dating every girl I couldn’t go out with in high school, and they look the same! They’re not old people! They look the same! [laughs] And that’s kind of the fun part about it. You know, you go, “wow!” It’s like, when you haven’t driven some- thing for a while… it’s amazing to me what a revelation the Corvairs are. I’ve got a Yenko Stinger there, and a ’66 Corvair Turbo. They’re both stock. And I drive the Corvair,


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“ I’m in show business. If I tell a joke, you might think it’s funny and (another guy) thinks it sucks. You’re both right. But when something’s broken and you fix it, no one can say it’s not running. You can’t say I didn’t fix it. So for me, that’s kind of the fun part. ” Leno helps mechanic bernard Juchli with a feedwater heater for a steam engine and it’s one-finger steering, and kids think it’s some kind of foreign car. They don’t believe it’s a Chevy. They think it’s a Karmann-Ghia. I get that a lot. I’m astounded at people who don’t know what it is. I’m astounded at the fact that they sold 1.8 million Corvairs and it was considered a failure. A failure. You sell 1.8 million of anything now and they make you president of the company. You sell 50,000 of something now… But 1.8 million Corvairs? Sorry. Not quite good enough. ACC: We recently asked our readers if they would rather buy a car in pristine condition or take on a project car built to their own specs. Which would you rather buy? Most cars that are pristine are project cars. If you restore a car and make money on it, you’ve done it wrong. That’s pretty much the rule. The number of cars that I see that are, you know, beautiful chrome… they’re not mechanically correct. They’re just not. Nobody has taken the time. Most people are either restorers or me- chanics. To find somebody who does both? Boy, it’s really tricky. Like a Duesenberg? You have to put a couple of thousand miles on that to get it right. All right, then go back and redo things. Most people don’t. I get a little disappointed sometimes with people who have Duesenbergs and Packards and things, because they don’t drive them, and consequently, the people who know how to fix them no longer have work. The people who make spare parts go out of business because the cars never get used. Cars that drive and track as straight and true as an original car, that’s what I like. Something that’s sort of been used, was neglected for a few years during the period when they weren’t worth much, but then recommissioned. That’s kinda what works best. Project cars are tough because when the parts are in a box, you don’t know what’s missing. Sometimes, when you’re dealing with stuff like steam cars, you have to buy the project, because, well, find another one. I’m sorry, this is the only one there is. These are the only parts there are. ACC: Do you get more gratification from driving your cars or from working on your cars? It’s sort of what I call the Betty Crocker theory. You know, the Betty Crocker people came out with a cake mix in the ’50s where you just added water and you mixed it up. Couldn’t give it away. And then someone suggested “Why don’t you tell people to break two eggs, then add water, then mix it up.” And they sold a million of them, because people felt like they were baking a cake. And that’s sort of the same thing. When you take something that’s broken, and you fix it, I think there’s a great deal of satisfaction in that. I mean, I’m in show business. If I tell a joke, you might think it’s funny and he thinks it sucks. You’re both right. But when something’s broken and you fix it, no one can say it’s not running. You can’t say I didn’t fix it. So for me, that’s kind of the fun part. ACC: We’ve been seeing a lot of growth in the collector car marketplace since the crash of ’08 — blue-chip cars seem to be on a never-ending ride up the value scale, and we’re seeing prices on everything else hold steady or rise up in their wake. Do you think these trends will continue? Most of these cars were built in a time when labor was cheap and technology was expensive. Now it’s just flipped. I remember a buddy of mine bought a Pulsar watch in 1968 for $2,200, which was crazy money. Next year, Texas Instruments, $14.95. Basically the same thing. And he was devastated [laughs]. The blue-chip stuff, the stuff that was About 92 motorcycles accompany the 128 or so cars in Leno’s collection restored when restoration fees were $20 an hour, are obviously worth it. Because now it’s $100 an hour? $150 an hour? I don’t know what it is. It’s pretty crazy. So, obviously, the blue-chip stuff will continue to expand. I must admit, I get somewhat amazed at cars that go for huge prices that could be September-October 2014 35


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FEATURE KICKING TIRES WITH JAY LENO “ I get a little disappointed sometimes with people who have Duesenbergs and Packards and things, because they don’t drive them, and consequently, the people who know how to fix them no longer have work. ” Preparing a Duesenberg model J chassis for launch re-created. Because I like to drive the stuff. For example, you could make yourself a Hemi ’Cuda that’s as good as the original for $200,000. Yet they go for $3 million or something. You couldn’t make a Duesenberg that’s as good as the original. You couldn’t re-create that block and all that other stuff. So that’s always kinda odd to me. And there’s the fairly recent phenomenon of this numbers-matching nonsense. I mean, this, to me, is just a way for rich guys to one-up another rich guy. All Chevy 327s are pretty similar. You’ve got a ’65 Corvette but it’s got a ’66 block? And really, it’s worth $25,000 less? Really? Because of a stamp? I don’t get it. It just seems… you know, a little date code on the windshield? I like to drive my stuff. I could make a Hemi Road Runner that’s as good as a real Hemi Road Runner. I could even fool people, I suppose, for a reasonable amount of money. So it’s weird to me to pay big money for something… I mean, I appreciate the originality of it, don’t get me wrong, but when you can re-create it for less and have just as much fun with it, it seems weird to me. ACC: I’m just imagining some of our readers throwing their magazines across the room after reading that… I have original cars, too. By that I just mean, if you can re-create it, what are you paying for? For example, to make a Packard V12… it’ll cost you $50,000 to rebuild a Packard V12, easy. To cast the block and do all this, it would cost you a fortune. So I see why that would be worth millions. Or at least hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other cars? It’s really easy to take a Tempest and turn it into a GTO. And even fool some people in the club. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com That’s not to put it down, I just mean… I would tend to put my money into cars that can’t be cloned. That can’t be recreated. And it doesn’t have to be Duesenbergs. You can go to, like, a Yenko Stinger Corvair. They built 100 of those. Every single one of them is documented. You can’t fake one, because you can go right to it. Shelby GT350 — 521 the first year. Every one is documented. I see a lot of cloned cars around, but it’s easy to call them out. You know, I always feel sorry for someone that bought something they thought was real, and of course it turns out to be just a clone car. ACC: “60 Minutes” did an interview with you about “The Changing of the Guard” at “The Tonight Show” a few months back. One of the most prominent themes in that interview was the notion of a new demographic taking hold around the country – call them the “Twitter generation.” With younger performers now taking the reins of institutions like “The Tonight Show,” we’re starting to see their influence change the TV world — do you think we’ll also see the car world change as well? Oh sure, yeah, I think you’ll see big changes. You know, it’s funny. We had an intern at The Tonight Show when I was there. And he’s like 21. He said, “Oh you like cars?” And I said, “Yeah, yeah.” I said, “You got any old cars?” He goes, “Yeah.” I said, “What do ya got?” “’91 Miata.” And I just smiled, because, well, he’s 21, so the car is actually older than he is. That’s an antique to him. You know what I mean? It’s a bit like rock ’n’ roll and rap. It’s all music. I go to Pebble Beach, which is fun. And then I go to one [show] here occasionally called “The Blessing of the Cars.” It’s usually Hispanic, low-rider, lots of people barbecuing, food, music, kind of loose. Totally different cars, totally different mindset. But the engineering and the design of the cars and the paint is unbelievable. Whether you like it or not is not the issue. It’s just a different variation on the same thing. I mean, I see young people that don’t really have interest in hot rods but are fascinated by hybrids, and their thing is miles-per-gallon... What can you do to hyper-mile. Okay, it’s not the same as burning up the quarter-mile, but it’s transportation. It’s hot-rodding in a different form. The demographic changes but the interest doesn’t. Although I find young people not as interested in cars, the ones that are interested are WAY more interested. When I was a kid, kids had a cursory interest. You know, it’s like “That’s kind of cool.” But they weren’t REALLY interested in it. The number of young people I hear from here… we have some scholarship programs going and stuff, you know, they show up with unbelievable ideas. Sketches and this kind of stuff, and it’s fascinating. ACC: Your Web series, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” is very popular, with millions of views on YouTube. It joins a host of other Web-only programming that’s very popular right now: shows like Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and Hot Rod magazine’s “Roadkill.” These shows are all serving their audiences well — audiences that are trained to go to the Web and seek out exactly what they want. At the same time, channels like History and Velocity have successful automotivethemed content that’s thriving on TV. For those of us on the outside, it seems like it


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FEATURE KICKING TIRES WITH JAY LENO ACC: Have there been turning points in would be a smart move for you to combine those two facets of your life: television and cars. Would you like to see Jay Leno’s Garage come to television? Well, we’re probably going to do that. I’d like to do that, and then show it on the Web later. Because how many people watch TV at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning when it’s on? With the Web, you can go to it whenever you want. When I look at the comments that come from Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, India, you know, places where they never see cars like this on the street, you realize how many followers you have out there, and how limiting TV is. So we’ll do more of it. I try to avoid the shows where the people throw tools at each other, and I try to avoid any one where they use the word brother… “Say, BROTHER! We’re going to put a 52-inch TV in the middle here, and big giant speakers…” you know. And you really can’t restore a car in 10 days. I don’t want to watch a race where people have to restore it in a week. It’s not going to drive, and those cars never work. In real life, it takes years to get it right. So what we try to do is give people some technical knowledge — never anything too deep — but just explain the history, show how it works, some of the idiosyncrasies of the car, interesting anorak facts about the car. We try to keep it reasonably intelligent and reasonably educational. And people seem to like that. You know, when I was a kid, I used to read show-biz biographies. “Well, I was born here and I was broke. After I became a movie star…” Whoa whoa, wait! They never explain how that part happened. And a lot of the car shows don’t do that. They find something in a field and drag it home, and you see guys with wrenches flying and people yelling, and then it’s finished. Well, what problems did you overcome? What did you have to do? I like the ones that are a little more educational. your collection and your relationship to it? It’s fun to see cars being appreciated as art. If Andy Warhol can paint a soup can and “The Scream” can go for $120 million, why can’t something that’s artistic looking but actually rolls and moves and makes noise? It’s fun to see that being appreciated now. I like that aspect of it. The other change is the fact that I keep going further back. Most people that get into cars, it’s muscle cars. And the more you get into it, you begin to appreciate the finer points. Like, when I was a kid, in the ’60s, I used to feel sorry for the guys that grew up in the ’20s and ’30s because they drove big old slow cars. And we had fast cars. But then you go back and you drive them, and, like I never thought I’d appreciate 45 mph. But it’s a very relaxing speed to drive. You know, I had an old guy on “The Tonight Show” once, named Victor Christian. He was 106 years old. And he was the world’s oldest car salesman. He worked at Arcadia Ford. So he comes to the show, and I drive my ’32 Packard, you know, to show him. And he comes out and says “What’s that?” And I go “It’s a ’32.” And he says “’32? After ’15, they were nothing but shit.” And I thought, all right, just the ramblings of a crazy old man. Then I got a 1911 Packard over there. And you drive it — every gear is hand-lapped in on ’em. And it drives and handles so nicely. It’s like winding the mainspring of a really expensive old watch — you hear each tick. And I guess this is what Victor was talking about. I mean, it’s obviously not a fast car, but at 35 or 40 miles an hour, it’s just ticking along — smooth, efficient. That’s sort of the biggest revelation. I really appreciate the older stuff. And you realize that everything you have now, you really mOre ONLINe: For an extended version of this interview, plus videos, go to www.AmericanCarCollector.com/leno had in the first decade of the automobile. It was just too expensive. I mean, 1913 Peugeot. Overhead cam, hemi heads, all this kind of stuff. But nobody needed it or wanted it because the speed limit was 18. And the roads weren’t paved. There was no need for it. But all the technology existed, and they had it. ACC: What’s next for you? Oh I don’t know. I’m just trying to finish the projects that I have here. You know, when you’re dealing with automobiles that are 100 years old, things just wear out and break. The 3D printer’s been a godsend. We can make parts for steam cars. You can make connecting rods and everything here now. The sad part is the loss of machine shops and mechanical knowledge. I had to have gears cut for a Duesenberg, because they had big 4.56s and I wanted to get some 3.55s or so, and you gotta go to India now. You can find it — I mean, I did find a guy in Chicago — 80 years old — and he cut me a set of gears. But he’s 80. He’s probably gone now. That was 10 years ago. All that equipment’s been sold off. I mean, a crankshaft for a Merlin? I don’t think there’s anyone in America that can make one that big. You’ve got to go to Europe now. It’s like our space program. You want to go to space, you’ve got to hitch a ride with the Chinese or the Russians. It’s like… we didn’t just win World War II because we had the best soldiers. We also won because we had the best infrastructure. Henry Ford made a Liberator every HOUR. We literally made planes faster than the Germans could shoot them down. I don’t think we could do that now. I hate to see the loss of that. You talk to a lot of the old guys, and it’s just… if your dad doesn’t know how to work a screwdriver, you don’t. The number of kids that’ll say to me, “Mr. Leno, what’s a turbo, anyway?” They know Lamborghinis, you know, but they don’t know what it does. Nobody explains how it works. They don’t teach shop anymore. ACC: Do you ever sell cars once they’ve come into your garage? No. No. Sell cars? What kind of talk is that? [laughs]. No, I can’t bring myself to sell. I bought them for a particular reason that I liked. I mean, sometimes… like, a guy called me “ There’s the fairly recent phenomenon of this numbers-matching 38 AmericanCarCollector.com ” nonsense. This, to me, is just a way for rich guys to one-up another rich guy. All Chevy 327s are pretty similar. You’ve got a ’65 Corvette but it’s got a ’66 block? And really, it’s worth $25,000 less? Really? up, and he had a ’60 Lincoln Premiere, and he wanted to give it to me. He couldn’t afford it. 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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson OLDS MISFIRE THE 1962–63 OLDSMOBILE F-85 JETFIRE PROVED TOO COMPLEX FOR ITS TIME, ALTHOUGH IT FORESHADOWED THE 442 Valiant. By 1961, the concept was going upmarket. Not only did Mercury and Dodge join in with the Comet and Lancer, but so did the Buick/Olds/Pontiac trio from The General, with the Special, F-85 and Tempest. Buick, Olds, and Pontiac used the same basic platform — the I Y-body — but with very different powertrain packaging. Olds and Buick used a conventional drivetrain layout, with the engine up front and the transmission behind it, spinning a solid driveshaft to a Hotchkiss rear axle. The Tempest, on the other hand, had a rear transaxle driven by a flexible driveshaft from a slant-four up front. When the Olds division introduced the F-85, they already had performance on their mind. With a conventional layout, this wasn’t a problem. The base engine was an aluminum 215-ci V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor, rated at 155 horsepower. They also had a 4-barrel 185-hp “Power Pack” option. However, the fathers of Dr. Olds had bigger plans. The Cutlass, introduced by Olds in 1962, was a new top-of-the- line model. Mid-year, it lost its spot at the top of the line in favor of the Jetfire 2-door hard top. That car upped the ante for performance by being the first regular production domestic V8 to use a turbocharger. The other new turbo for 1962 was the Chevrolet Corvair’s 40 AmericanCarCollector.com n the early 1960s, every automotive brand had to have a compact car to compete against Rambler (and Volkswagen, although the domestic manufacturers would rarely publicly acknowledge that fact). It started out with the volume brands — Ford had the Falcon, Chevrolet had the Corvair, and Plymouth had the Spyder package, available on Monza coupes and freshly introduced convertibles, unveiled only weeks before. Brothers from different mothers Lest those of you younger than 40 think these are GM carbon copies, this was in an era when all GM divisions were all but autonomous. Chevrolet and Olds developed their turbo engines in secret — not just hidden from the outside world, but from each other, too. The Spyder’s turbo was sourced from TRW and the carburetor from Carter, while the Jetfire was via Garrett AiResearch & Rochester division, respectively. The turbo in the Jetfire sat on top of the intake manifold, down- stream of the carburetor, just like the Corvair Spyder. It produced 215 hp at 4,800 RPM in stock trim. Like all turbos since, this was performance you had to get your right foot pretty deeply into, waiting for the revs to build to get boost. Off the line, and especially in stoplight-to-stoplight driving, you’d think that you left the turbo lying on the garage floor that morning. Both also had modified engines to handle the extra boost from the turbo. Those mods included stouter bottom ends, lowered compression ratios and recurved distributor timing. Turbo Rocket Fluid or snake oil? The Jetfire had one difference that some argue helped lead to its demise. It was the use of “Turbo Rocket Fluid” — essentially an equal mix of water and methyl alcohol, with trace amounts of corrosion


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inhibitors. While the Spyder used radically changed timing to control pre-detonation, Olds went with water injection to reduce knock. Because it had to have non-freezing properties (since water injec- tion doesn’t work very well in Fargo in January), methyl alcohol was added as an antifreeze solution — with the side benefit of adding six more horses of power. While the Jetfire only used the mixture at an average rate of 8,000 mpg, it was only available from Olds dealers, as it was intended to be added during an oil change. As such, it was out of the ordinary for most independent shops or pump jockeys to deal with it at the time. Some users got by with just using water in warm climates, but generally the system got ignored as the cars got older, and that made the cars more knock-prone — and more prone to be knocked by owners as being troublesome. It also didn’t help that it Detailing Years produced: 1962–63 Number produced: 9,607 (3,765 for 1962; 5,842 for 1963) Original list price: $3,260 Current ACC Valuation: $10,000–$24,000 Tune-up cost: $400 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis # location: Driver’s door hinge pillar Club: Oldsmobile Club of America More: www.oldsmobileclub.org, www.oldsjetfire.com Alternatives: 1962–64 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder, 1961–62 Dodge Lancer with Hyper Pack, 1962–63 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1961–63 Pontiac Tempest ACC Investment Grade: C Engine # location: On the block, above the water pump and on the front of the left cylinder head at the negative battery terminal was only offered as a 2-door hard top. Had availability also been extended to the Cutlass convertible — like the Corvair Monza Spyder — they would’ve fared better. The Spyder’s track record showed, with roughly one-third of Spyder production being on drop-tops, and as such, they tended to be saved and kept longer as summer fun cars rather than workaday enclosed bodies. As it happens, 3,765 Jetfires were built in the abbreviated 1962 run, and the car started to tank in its only full year of production in 1963, with 5,842 units. The Jetfire did not return for the 1964 model year redesign, along with the aluminum 215 V8. However, they did prove that there was enough of a demand for a more powerful Cutlass. During the middle of the 1964 model year, a better formula was developed for the ironblock 330 V8: 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed transmission and dual exhausts — the 442. Jetfires in the 21st century With fewer than 10,000 built over 1½ years of production, the Jetfire today is a pretty rare car. Coupled to this were the attendant turbo issues. Back in the day, they were usually solved by the easy formula of swapping the turbo intake and induction for a 4-bbl (sometimes by dealers). Another popular fix came from the sledgehammerengineering school of yank-and-replace with a simpler big V8. In a way, it’s surprising that any surface in today’s market. Prices do exceed the more plentiful garden-variety Cutlass, but Jetfires do not bring that much of a premium in the current market. Indeed, they’ll bring less than a similar Cutlass convertible. Once in a great while, a phantom Jetfire convertible may surface, but treat it as the modified car that it is and ignore the price guides. If you do find a Jetfire with all the unique components — both under the hood and its slightly different exterior trim — you’ll have a landmark car that 442s can look at as their ancestral forebearer. And reinforcement that in Oldsmobile’s salad days, the car was a lot more than just a badge-engineered Chevy. A September-October 2014 41


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Horsepower Colin Comer KIDS IN OLD CARS THE RIDE of I TREAT EVERY DRIVE IN AN OLD CAR THE SAME WAY AS A FLIGHT IN AN OLD AIRPLANE. ANY DISCREPANCY IS A “NO-GO” home from the hospital with our daughter certainly saw my driving technique change. Gone were any thoughts of cutting a good light at the bottom of T the freeway on-ramp, or taking those long sweepers at speeds that made all four tires audibly “happy.” Nope. Even though our hoursold little girl was secured snugly into a car seat that cost more than my first car (under the watchful eye of a nurse I suspect was a drill sergeant in her former life), I was still terrified. There, in the back of a 450 horsepower AWD SUV with every safeguard imaginable, was this tiny little person who instantly made me the most cautious driver on the road. It was winter, and when spring arrived, I had a stunning realiza- tion: Will I ever be able to take my kid in these old cars I love so much? Experience over risk Of course, the answer was “yes,” but a cautious one. Because any decent parent has to balance the value of any given activity or experience against the risk it may impose on his child. This equation runs the gamut, being applied from piggyback rides to airplanes and everything in between. Somewhere smack-dab in the middle of this list of potentially risky things is the act of strapping your kids into an old car and taking them for a ride. Let’s face it: Old cars are nowhere near as safe as modern cars. They don’t stop, steer, or handle as well. There are no electronic angels. Most have limited impact protection, even when it isn’t a unibody car that was spot welded together in some restorer’s shop (think about that for a second). Sharp edges abound, child safety locks do not, and seatbelts — if they are installed — are rarely ideal for child car-seat mounting the same way a LATCH system is in a modern vehicle. 42 AmericanCarCollector.com They’ll be asking for the keys before you know it When it comes to making cars safer, we’ve come a long way in the past few decades. But there is also the aspect of distraction. Touchscreen 825-watt stereo satnav systems, Bluetooth phones, texting, satellite radios… they all tend to make even good drivers focus on stuff other than driving. What follows is not in any way meant to either encourage or dis- suade you from sharing your love of cruising in old cars with your kids. It is simply what I decided to do and how I view the risk-versusreward profile of using my cars with my daughter onboard. And, as you may have guessed, I decided on certain cars and for certain trips where the risk is not that much greater than in a modern car. hey say becoming a parent is a life-changing event. And until I had a child I didn’t fully understand just how right that statement was. But in addition to the obvious adjustments that came with having a kid (diaper changing, no sleep, being “that guy” on an airplane), that first drive YOUR LIFE


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Thinking ahead For starters, you have to pick a car that has no mechanical compromises. No “I’ll fix that over the winter” stuff. No old tires, no growling wheel bearings, no doors that have some trick to make them work, etc. You also need to make sure your car won’t leave you stranded on the side of the road, or gas your child with carbon monoxide leaking into the cabin. I treat every drive in an old car the same way I do every flight in an old airplane. Check all the fluids, tires, do a complete walk-around, make sure everything is perfect. And just like an airplane, any discrepancy turns a “go” into a “no-go.” Period. Make sure the seatbelts that will hold your appropriate car seat are securely mounted, function properly and are in good condition. If you don’t know how the belts are attached to the chassis, you need to take a look. I’ve seen some scary ones over the years. Grade 5 minimum for the hardware, and through a reinforced part of the chassis is a must — and in a location that won’t put the belt at an odd angle or across anything sharp when in use. What next? While loud pipes save lives, they are not what your everybody remembers their first ride in a Cobra Where to drive? I make sure to avoid areas I know will be congested or where traffic is faster than I feel comfortable driving with my daughter in the car — either for noise, wind or other considerations such as driving the car too close to its own limits (think pre-war car on the interstate). And finally, the destination is also a consider- ation. Many of my dad/daughter runs terminate at a car show or cruise night, which she loves, but they bring a whole other set of caveats — especially cruise-in type shows. Once you are out of the car, you have to be vigilant. Scan your surroundings. Watch for guys who think they need to rev their engines relentlessly when parking, because I’ve seen a few of them grab the wrong gear or miss the brake pedal, and it isn’t something you want to be near — especially with children. Watch for the “my car can do a burnout” guys, too, because having somebody close to ground level getting pelted with rocks, rubber, and hydrocarbons at eye level isn’t good, either. The bottom line is this: If we use our heads and avoid as many kids’ sensitive ears need, so before you fire up that big block, put ear protection on the young one. I like the miniature-earmuff-style ones that you can buy at any big-box retailer, sporting-goods stores, and the like. Yes, they come in pink as well — ask me how I know. If you are in an open car, don’t forget the sun and eye protection, too. risks as possible, we can safely share this great hobby with our children. There is nothing like seeing a kid’s face light up at the thought of a “fun” ride, or watching them get even more enjoyment from it than you do. Do it right and you’ll be using your car, spending time as a family, and at the same time ushering in the next generation of enthusiasts.A September-October 2014 43


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Corvette Market GENERATION of a John L. Stein Th VALUESe WHEN THE BOOMERS ARE GONE, WHICH CORVETTES ARE POISED TO PLUNGE WORST — AND WHICH MIGHT REMAIN BOMB-PROOF? our passing, the Corvettes, ’Cudas, Cobras and Chevelles we love will start trickling down to the next age-group in line, Gen X. This won’t matter to us once we’re toast, but the fact that there are B only 60.8 million Gen Xers — a generational loss of 19.6% — suggests that the historic prices for beloved Boomer cars will fall. After all, the classic law of supply and demand says that when demand drops, prices do, too. So if the sky’s going to fall, which collector Corvettes are poised to plunge worst — and which might remain more bomb-proof? It’s all up for speculation, but I feel that the most common and marginal ex- 44 AmericanCarCollector.com eing a Baby Boomer and all, this is a sobering piece to write. But here goes. There are 75.6 million Boomers (born 1946–64), and by 2020, the oldest of us will have nearly reached the average life expectancy for an American male. From there on, with amples will fall hardest, while blue chips such as RPO 684 Big-Brake solid-axles, big-tank midyears and L88s may remain relatively unaffected, due to a long vetting process that they have already endured. Their values may even go up, thanks to their standing as the best. Threats and promises Regardless of where you stand on the solidity of one Corvette over another, the looming generational change still challenges the notion that All Corvettes are Forever. However, many factors can swing the value scenario one way or another. One possible positive is some future sentimental craving for Boomer experiences. “Old School” is already popular with some Millennials, and so perhaps rediscovering the Corvette life and times of Tod and Buz, or Guldstrand and Bondurant, may become a positive attraction. Then again, there’s the possibility of government restrictions on


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operating unregulated engines, in obedience of future greenhousegas emissions rules. Coal-burning powerplants, cleaning products, carbureted two-stroke boat engines and other pollution sources are already restricted or banned in some cases. Why not target collector cars too? Such hamstringing of vintage iron would certainly negatively affect Corvette values. Other wild cards include inflation, employment, energy, national debt, geopolitical conflict and plenty more. There are so many possibilities that it’s impossible to know how they all might combine, and what the aggregate affect on classic Corvette values will be. It’s not if, but when ACC’s job is to never shrink from a task. And so, crawling out on a rather risky limb, here are scenarios for what could conceivably greet each Corvette generation in about 2032, when I figure about half the Boomers will have already moved on. Herewith, one man’s conjecture for how the desirability landscape for the different Corvette generations might look when this happens: First generation (1953–62) — Thanks to their indelible styling, all 69,015 first-generation Corvettes will remain iconic and desirable. However, the Polo White ’53s and ’54s may become less understood, few as they are and further separated as they’ll be from any generation that “was there” at the time. Second generation (1963–67) — In what may conceivably be a massively “green” transportation future, cars such as the thundering 396 and 427 big blocks will become even more amazing. However their hedonistic image may hold back values if the polar ice melts. Then they’ll be villains, not heroes. Third generation (1968–82) — Sharks may rise. Despite grow- ing up in the malaise years for performance, the Gen X crowd is old enough to have “been there” during the C3’s long reign, and the emotional attachment that comes with this may do this Corvette generation rather well. Fourth generation (1984–96) — The 1980s were a low point for lots of things including fashion, hairdos and music. In hindsight, the Corvette was also somewhat lost with such wonders as the early C4’s digital instrumentation. The “Back to the Future” generation may really like it, though. Tough to call. Fifth generation (1997–2004) — Suffering from banal styling, the C5 got some much-needed salvation from the Z06 and Le Mans programs. All Z06s are the real deal, and may retain a healthy following forever. Also, this generation is nicely sanitized by low emissions and passable fuel economy. Sixth generation (2005–2013) — Corvette partially rekindled its styling mojo with the C6, downsizing itself and adopting exposed headlights for the first time in 43 years, while adding to performance and civility. It wasn’t a breakout generation, but models such as the 638-hp ZR1 will command awe. Seventh generation (2014–TBD) — The most radical styling departure for Corvette in a half century is a good call for the C7’s long-term desirability, in that the Millennials who will ultimately inherit them are kids and young adults today. This is their generation’s ’63–67 Sting Ray. As mentioned above, what will actually happen with Corvette desir- ability, collectibility and value as Boomers hand over the ownership reins to Gen X and Gen Y is really anyone’s guess. But just as with century-old coins, baseball memorabilia and antebellum homes, it seems likely that vintage ’Vette values will take something of a pyramid shape, with the rarest cars soaring and more plentiful examples flatter — same as currently! As such, buying the best Corvette you can afford today is also the best strategy for the future. A September-October 2014 45


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER A low-market-price mystery Courtesy of Bonhams The current ACC value range for these cars is $70k to $116k, putting this rather intriguing example’s selling price at just 6.9% above low market 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: E54S003858 by John L. Stein sparingly before its second owner acquired it in 1958 with a mere 2,000 miles on the register. It was a carefully loved and well-maintained car, and only 29,000 miles were driven in the subsequent 48 years. The current owner purchased the car in fall of 2006 T as a nicely preserved, original car. In January 2010, a careful and thorough two-year restoration was started. The body was professionally prepped and repainted using paint produced by Bill Hirsch in its original Polo White, while the chrome was all expertly replated. Under the hood, the Blue Flame straight-six engine and Powerglide transmission were torn down and restored by a marque specialist. The red interior was restored to factory-correct standards by House of Customs in Bountiful, UT, and installed by earlyCorvette specialist John E. Kennedy. Based on inspections last year by NCRS judges, the car was said to be the “perfect color” and in excellent nick. Complete with all of its restoration receipts and recent service history, as well as its expertly restored soft top and rarely seen side curtains, it has covered less than 100 miles since restoration. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 324, sold for mium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours d’Elegance $74,800, including buyer’s pre- his beautifully restored second-year ’Vette has covered fewer than 34,000 miles with three different owners in the 60 years since it rolled off the line in St. Louis. Its original owner kept the car only briefly and drove it Auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 1, 2014. If there was ever a car that apparently didn’t need restoration, this seems to be it. Twenty-nine thousand miles, a known short custodial chain from new, and loving ownership ring all the bells for a car to preserve in its original state forever. However, since that was unfortunately not done here, this formerly uniquely blessed ’54 now swims in the same pool with hundreds of similarly restored sophomore-year ’Vettes. In short, at the moment the decision was made to restore what seemingly was a nice surviving example, the car went from being one of a lucky few to one of many. Many in today’s Corvette world would call that a bad choice. That said, it now is what it is. Let’s have a look. The “good bones” rule To me, good bones trump many other factors when purchasing an old house, an old car, or taking a similar calculated risk. Good bones help give peace of mind that you “got a good one” during your ownership period, help ensure what will probably be a more enjoyable and less stressful experience, and make it easier to sell at top dollar later on down the road. In the case of this Corvette, the “good bones” ele- ments include the stated three owners from new, and careful use amounting to less than 34,000 total miles. A scant 566 miles per year is virtually nothing. So that part is positive. Another positive for this car is the identification of restorers by name. Usually, when a seller is proud of the


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Detailing Years produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 3,640 (1954) Original list price: $2,774 Current ACC Valuation: $70,000–$116,000 Tune-up cost: $400–$500 Distributor cap: $25 VIN # location: On left-side A-pillar Club: National Corvette Restorers Society med, he’ll gladly state who had a hand in hen it’s Cut-Rate Paint & Bait who did . The further assertion that NCRS judges he paint to be of a “perfect color” is e that the restorers had the confidence to o an NCRS meet in the first place, even gh no awards were mentioned. he full story is always useful e negatives, and there are a few. Why on n untouched car of such inferred quality t all? Granted, when the trigger was pulled inal” and “Survivor” hadn’t reached the nce that they have today. Still, absent s, the decision to do this seems crazy. e documentation showing the car’s pered history? The auction description tions restoration receipts and recent service history, but included zip-nada-nothing about the real documents you want, such as original dealer paperwork, changes of ownership and so forth that back up the three-owner claim. Also, although we know this was a Pennsylvania car, how did it live? Was it part of a real-life fairytale in the mayor’s mansion, or did it actually suffer through its middle years in the backyard of a steel town? We just don’t know. And lastly, has any degradation occurred during the years since it was judged to be “in excellent nick” — and what might it need today to be road- or showready? As frequently happens, the catalog description is long on fancy and short on the facts that matter when smart buyers are paying attention. I want to love you. Really, I do Despite the harping above, I still like the story of this car, and it presents nicely. The door and hood fits are suitably wonky, as is typical of factory production. The rare side curtains look fantastic on the car, the Polo White paint is appropriately eggshell looking, the top is nicely frumpy, the ride height is reasonable, and various little pits and dings give credence to it still owning its original bits rather than re-pops. My primary quality quibble is with the interior textiles and vinyl, which to my eye look way too modern. These components should evoke “60 years ago” and they just don’t. So where does this leave us? With a reputedly pampered low-mile original car restored to exacting period standards, which sold for just $74,800 during a period of historic gains for many classic sports cars (albeit mostly Italian and German ones). The current ACC value range for these cars is $70,000 at the low end and $116,000 at the high end, putting this rather intriguing car’s selling price at just 6.9% above low market. Something’s not adding up here. Has the market gone a bit soft on ’54s, or did bidders sense that something was amiss with this car? Or was it that the right customers simply weren’t in the room when this car crossed the auction block? That’s hard to nail down, but it could be a bit of all three. With all the evidence I can extract from afar, and considering this car’s current condition and the market for similar examples, I’d say that Lot 324 in Greenwich was pretty well bought. I do love it, so congratulations to whoever dunnit.A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1957–62 Chevrolet Corvette (fuel injected), 1957 Ford Thunderbird (F-code supercharged), 1954 Kaiser-Darrin Engine # location: On block near distributor ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot S53, VIN: E54S001834 Condition: 4 Sold at $56,160 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2014 ACC# 243841 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot 48, VIN: E548001302 Condition: 2- Not sold at $82,260 Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL, 5/18/2014 ACC# 243893 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot 425, VIN: E54S002361 Condition: 3Sold at $69,300 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2014 ACC# 243174 September-October 2014 47CC 47


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PROFILE GM Bandit on the upswing 1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM SPECIAL EDITION Courtesy of Mecum Auctions A legion of original “Smokey and the Bandit” fans are paying good money for their dream cars, and younger enthusiasts are jumping on board too VIN: 2W87Z9N128070 by Patrick Smith • Real Y84 Special Edition • Original build sheet • One of 1,107 built • 4-speed transmission • Numbers-matching 400/220 horsepower engine • WS6 performance suspension • Four-wheel disc brakes • T-tops with original storage bags • Original sheet metal with one quality repaint • Authentic Bandit Trans Am ACC Analysis This car, Lot F179, sold for $54,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Indy 2014 Spring Classic on May 16, 2014, in Indianapolis, IN. When Bo Darville pulled over to sweep up Frog and rescue her from the clutches of Buford T. Justice and his son, Frog’s inept groom-to-be, history was made. “Smokey and the Bandit” became a hit movie and catapulted sales of Pontiac’s Special Edition (SE) Trans Am through the roof. People called them Blackbirds, Georgia State Specials and Bandits. Now they’re calling them moneymakers, once again underlined by this car’s $54k sale price at Mecum. Black and gold Originally released in 1976 as part of Pontiac’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Special Edition featured a couple of firsts for Trans Am: Starlight Black paint and Hurst Hatches, which were early T-tops added post-assembly at Hurst-Campbell Industries. The Special Edition also featured a unique gold and black hood bird, German Gothic lettering on 48 AmericanCarCollector.com the spoiler and fender call-outs, gold engine-turned dashboard, gold bird bezels for the power-window crank escutcheons, a shifter emblem, and a special gold-anodized spoke Formula steering wheel. It was a stunning package, and when the same car appeared in “Smokey and the Bandit” with Burt Reynolds, sales went wild. Pontiac kept the SE model in production right up to 1981, adding a Solar Gold variant for six months only in 1978. Although that car also broke new ground for Firebird with its color-coordinated interior, Fisher T-tops and WS6 wheels, a lack of movie exposure limited its appeal. There’s only one Bandit, and it’s black. The halo of Reynolds, Reed and Gleason is so strong that all Trans Ams are referred to as Bandits now, and many have been turned into Bandit clones. Best of the bunch 1979 was a watershed year for SEs. It was the end of the run for the 400 Pontiac engine, and the division used up the last of their cache of 4-speed W72 highperformance mills. Naturally, a few Special Editions, such as our subject car, received the 400/4-speed combo, making them the top dogs among ’79 T/As. The W72 performance engine started with a spe- cially assembled block. They were batch-built with a couple of casting numbers that changed each year, as did the engine suffixes and VIN numbers. W72s used special parts such as 6x4 cylinder heads, chrome moly compression rings, satin chrome-plated valve covers, a baffled oil pan, slotted dowel pins in the main bearing saddles, and a unique distributor with the best vacuum advance curve available from Pontiac.


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Detailing Years produced: 1976–79 Number produced: 11,554 (1,107 W72 cars) in 1979 Original list price: $8,028 Current ACC Valuation: Base Trans Am, $10,500– $15,000; these options, $30,000–$50,000 Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN # location: Plate driver’s side dashpad, VIN label on driver’s side door, partial VIN on engine block and transmission Engine # location: Suffix code and partial VIN on front engine block below left cylinder head In 1978, a new camshaft profile was added. That helped it develop 220 horsepower compared with 185 in the standard 400. Not bad for the performancestarved landscape of the late 1970s. The automatic version of the W72 engine was dropped by March 1978. For 1979, only 4-speed W72s were available, and in very limited quantities at that. Pontiac only made 1,107 Special Edition Trans Ams with the combo. The rest went into 10th Anniversary Trans Ams — a new package for 1979. The remainder W72s went into Formulas and regular Trans Ams. This car This example is a highly optioned car with a lot of things going for it. It has the build sheet authenticating factory Y84 SE status and options. It has the WS6 handling package with 4-wheel disc brakes, eight-inch wide snowflake wheels, super-thick sway bars, polyurethane rubber in selected suspension pieces, and a fast-ratio steering box. Notably absent are power accessories. Dealers usually packed the order forms on SE cars for profit, but this one has no air conditioning, power windows or door locks. It’s built to go. Special Edition Trans Ams went off the radar during the mid- to late-1980s, as 1960s muscle cars enjoyed a revival among Baby Boomers. At that point, the SE was just a used car. Its boom started around the year 2000 and accelerated in popularity through 2007, which fit nicely with the peak earning power of high-school grads from 1979 to ’81. And that’s the real story here — a legion of original “Smokey and the Bandit” fans are paying good money to buy their dream cars, and younger enthusiasts are jumping on board as well. You can find decent driver-quality SEs at $15,000 or less if you look hard enough, but a nice numbersmatching SE is often a mid- to high-$20k car depending on condition and options. It takes some special options or fantastic condition to bump an SE into 10th Anniversary Trans Am territory, which can sell in the low-$30k to mid-$40k range. This car is documented with the build sheet, but anyone buying an SE should ask for a Pontiac Historic Services package by sending in the VIN number to verify it is a genuine SE car. Cowl tags are screwed on and don’t have VIN numbers, making it an easy car to clone While $54,000 is a lot of money for an SE Trans Am, it’s not a record. That honor goes to a 1980 Turbo SE (Lot 1235.1) that made $79,200 in 2009 at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale sale. But this Mecum sale, and others, confirm a rising demand for 1970s Trans Ams, and SEs in particular. This buyer got himself the Trans Am Trifecta: options Y84, W72 and WS6. With all that, he’ll never have a shortage of buyers looking to own their very own Bandit car. Given the bubbling 1970s Trans Am market, I’d call this a good deal for both parties. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Lot 2451, VIN: 2W87Z8N134893 Condition: 2Sold at $32,175 Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/17/2012 ACC# 196847 Clubs: www.bandittransamclub.com, Pontiac-Oakland Club International, www. poci.org Alternatives: 1979 Chevrolet Corvette L82, 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express truck, 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Lot F527, VIN: 2X87Z9L170139 Condition: 2Sold at $66,000 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/22/2013 ACC# 225708 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Lot 409, VIN: 2W87Z8L153389 Condition: 2Sold at $57,750 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 9/2/2011 ACC# 185771 September-October 2014 49


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PROFILE FOMOCO Cobra strikes again 1965 SHELBY COBRA 427 S/C CONTINUATION SERIES Courtesy of Bonhams While there is no denying the impact of the original 998 Cobras and the prices they command, Continuation Cobras are entirely different animals VIN: CSX4942 by Dale Novak Statement of Origin lists Performance Auto Group LLC of Summit, NJ, as the original purchaser. The new Cobra was finished as seen today, sport- C ing a classic silver metallic exterior over the optional black leather interior. It was fitted with all the correct 427 S/C features; sidepipe exhaust, quick-jack lifting points instead of bumpers, a paperclip-style roll bar, wide Halibrand-style alloy wheels and a quick-filler gas cap placed prominently atop the right rear fender. The engine choice was a balanced and blueprinted 427 FE, fitted with aluminum heads, headers and nearly every performance upgrade available, and installed by the noted Shelby specialists at HRE Motorcars. This vehicle is titled as a model year 1965. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 331, sold for $112,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 1, 2014. The tradition continues Imagine for a moment that you’re Carroll Shelby in the 1960s. You managed to design and build a car that set the performance and racing world on notice. Now, imagine further that you built only 998 Cobras from 1961 to 1968. Fast-forward to the early 1990s, and you’ve had a front-row seat as the vintage-era Cobras you designed, built and sold skyrocket in value. Further, 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com SX4942 was completed at the Shelby American plant in November of 2007, near the end of the Shelby Continuation Series Cobra production, as a 427 S/C model with fiberglass bodywork. The Shelby-issued every Tom, Dick and Harry seems to be building a faux copy in their garage thanks to scores of companies jumping into the Cobra replica business. Hmmm, maybe the guy who started this whole thing ought to get back into the game. In 1991, that’s exactly what Shelby did. Taking a few leftover chassis, Shelby made plans to build what he labeled “Completion Cobras.” These would be sold as new 1965 Cobras using the chassis numbers from 1965 that were never built. Of course, building and selling a car like the Shelby Cobra in the ’90s wasn’t the same as it was in 1965. Shelby had to deal with a more complicated bureaucracy, and that ultimately led to only nine Completion Cobras being built — all with “off-road use only” designated on their titles. CSX4000 to the rescue Shelby discovered a rather simple workaround to continue the Shelby Cobra tradition. If other guys could legally build and sell a kit, why couldn’t he do it himself — with all the authentic Shelby DNA attached to the car? So in 1996, Shelby started to offer complete rollers to a network of authorized dealers who, in turn, would complete the build of the car to the buyer’s specifications. Genuine CSX chassis numbers would be assigned and everyone involved could go home happy. This process eliminated emissions and crashtest requirements and iced out all of the regulatory red tape. Buyers eagerly lined up, wallets opened wide, and orders flew in for the second coming of the Cobra — the Continuation Cobra. The cars could be ordered with a fiberglass body, or similar to the original builds, they could be ordered with an aluminum body. Other options were also available that allowed the buyer to customize his or her car, including a Shelby


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manufactured 427 side-oiler. Once the CSX4000 chassis numbers ran their course (CSX5000 numbers were retained for the Shelby Series 1), production continued with the CSX6000 series. For the small-block buyer, Shelby offered the CSX7000 289 FIA competition Cobra and the CSX8000 in street clothes. Production also included a very limited (and very expensive) supply of CSX1000 Cobras using a hand-made heritage AC body. Instant collectible? While there is no denying the impact of the original 998 Cobras and the prices they command, the Continuation Cobras are entirely different animals. I’m certain there are more than a few early CSX4000 cars mothballed away with the hopes that they will eventually command a nice down payment on a spiffy oceanfront beach house. While that may or may not come to fruition, the sales data show that it likely won’t happen. Or at least isn’t happening right now. When sold new, as completed by an authorized dealer, some of the earliest cars commanded a huge premium just to secure a chassis number. The base fiberglass body component Cobra started at $39,900 in 1996. While buyers of the early CSX4000 Cobras may see some modest appreciation, it doesn’t really stack up based on the entry cost, assembly, options costs and plain old inflation. Most guys will have about $65,000 to $75,000 into their early-production car, and a low CSX4000 chassis number won’t change the outcome of the current market value. At press time, there are several Continuation Cobras available in the open market, plus you can have one built brand new by contacting one of the authorized dealers noted at the Shelby American website (www.shelbyamerican.com). According to Stephen Becker, noted SAI factory- authorized Shelby dealer (www.planetshelbycobra. com) and Shelby expert, the entry price for a completed CSX6000 will start at $140,000. A CSX7000 or CSX8000 tallies up to $135,000. These are for professionally built cars with fiberglass bodies. The prices only go up from there. The MSRP for a roller CSX6000 in glass is listed at $84,995, and no discounts are allowed by any of the Shelby authorized dealers. In the open market, glass 4000s/6000s appear to be trading in the $80,000 to $110,000 range. Alloy Cobras trade in the $150,000 to $200,000 range. That said, the alloy cars have panned out far better as limited investments than glass examples — but that is as expected, since they replicate the 1960s-era cars in a more distinctive way, not to mention that the cars cost significantly more when they were ordered. They are also extremely rare, and very few ever come up for sale. Stacking them up For me, the Shelby hierarchy goes like this: Obviously, out front are the original cars — the aforementioned 998 Shelbys that routinely bring high six-figure prices, with two-comma valuations for the best examples. Next up, perhaps the nine Completion Cobras floating around out there. Following that is the limited supply of CSX1000 Continuations, most of which utilize a genuine hand-hammered aluminum alloy body from AC in England. After that, any of the CSX4000, 6000, 7000 or 8000 Cobras in alloy trim, carbon fiber (very rare as well), and lastly, the glass examples. Granted, Shelby is not the only game in town when it comes to Cobras. There are many replicas out there, and suffice to say, there are thousands of possibilities and combinations from nearly perfect commercially and hobbyist-built examples to outright abominations. Some guys will argue that the Superformance car is the only Cobra actually authorized by Shelby, and it’s important to note that those do generally command a premium in the market over other replica examples. CSX4942 Our subject car is a glass-bodied example bearing chassis number CSX4942. The car had been listed at a high-line Connecticut-based dealer for $99,900 in 2012. At this sale, Bonhams described the car well and further estimated the sales hammer amount to fall between $75,000 to $90,000. The car appears to have remained in very nice condition since being completed in 2007. With the buyer’s premium added, the car sold for $112,200 — a solid jump over the pre-sale estimate. While this might indicate a modest increase in values for the glassbodied examples, it might also be the case of two guys both deciding that they wanted the car and didn’t mind paying a small premium to get it. Keep in mind that all CSX4000 Cobras are not created equal. There are numerous variances between the cars all based on how much the original buyer wanted to spend. Also, logically, cars that have been heavily used will see more depreciation over those that have not. Our subject car was equipped with the optional 427 FE engine and other optional performance goodies, which ups the ante a bit in the hierarchy of Continuation cars. Considering all that, I’d consider this car a reasonably fair deal for both parties, with a slight advantage to the seller.A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) September-October 2014 51CC 51 1964 Shelby Cobra Continuation Lot 379, VIN: CSX4092 Condition: 2 Not sold at $85,000 Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 4/26/2013 ACC# 216373 Detailing Years produced: 1996–present Number produced: N/A Original sales price: $65,000–$75,000 Distributor cap: $15 VIN # location: Stamped in top of X-brace behind the radiator on passenger side Engine # location: Cast in the bottom of the block by the oil filter and stamped on the Shelby VIN tag underneath the VIN number (427) Current ACC Valuation: $80,000 – $100,000 Tune-up / major service: $350 Club: www.shelbyamerican. com More: www.planetshelbycobra.com ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Alternatives: Factory Five Mk4, Superformance MkIII, Kirkham 427 1965 Shelby Cobra Continuation (alloy) Lot 163, VIN: CSX4278 Condition: 1Sold at $185,000 ACC# 243514 Motostalgia, Seabrook, TX, 5/2/2014 1965 Shelby Cobra Continuation (alloy) Lot 515, VIN: CSX4190 Condition: 2 Sold at $103,950 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/23/2013 ACC# 215694


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PROFILE MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER CONVERTIBLE Rare, top-down Mopar muscle David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Road Runners were all about cheap speed. But total sticker on this car was around $4,600 — just about Corvette, Cadillac and Lincoln territory in 1970 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: RM27V0G196699 by Tom Glatch • Five-year restoration • One of 34 built in 1970 • One of 20 4-speeds • Documented on the Chrysler Registry as a factory V-code convertible • 440-ci Six Pack engine • 4-speed transmission • Dana rear end • Power steering • Power disc brakes • Air Grabber hood • Bucket seats and console • Original fender tag • Copies of old title to the mid-1970s ACC Analysis This car, Lot S164, sold for $120,960, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s 27th Original Spring Classic 2014 in Indianapolis, IN, on May 17, 2014. You’d think it was a match made in heaven. The visceral excitement of a big-bore V8 propelling a ’60s mid-sized American performance machine at crazy speeds, and the wind-in-your-hair, sun-at-your-back enjoyment of a convertible. Put the two together and get two thrills in one, right? Not so fast. Think of some of your favorite muscle machines from that era. Take the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, for example. Just 108 convertibles made. 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T? Only 236 ragtops. You get the picture. Then when you combine topless muscle with the highest-horsepower engine on the option sheet, the numbers get really small. 1970 Ford Torino GT Super Cobra Jet convertible? Only 19 made. How about the 1965 Chevelle Z16 convertible? Just one. And the “Gentleman’s Hot Rod,” the 1968 Hurst/Olds? Absolute zero. So why are muscle car convertibles so scarce? “Go” over “show” Performance certainly would dictate the lightest, strongest body possible. Serious drag racers and street racers bought “post coupe”-bodied cars. They didn’t look as nice as a hard top, and the rear windows didn’t roll down, just popped out, but that was a small price to pay for the flyweight of the bunch. Pillarless hard tops were a bit heavier and less torsionally rigid, but they looked cool and were an acceptable compromise for most buyers. Convertibles? With their top mechanisms and hydraulics, and with their requisite chassis reinforcements, they usually were 200 or 300 pounds heavier that a post coupe or hard top. Weight is the enemy of speed, and in the muscle car world, guess which was more important? Keep ’em simple and make ’em fast — that’s how most were made, and that’s what made the overly basic Road Runner a success. Many of them didn’t even have carpeting. But as the muscle car era raced into the ’70s, a new


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Detailing Years produced: 1968–70 Number produced: 824 convertibles total; 20 with these options (1970) Original list price: $4,599 Current ACC Valuation: $33,500–$55,500 (base convertible) type of vehicle emerged. Motor Trend tested three of them for their December 1969 issue: a 1970 Chevelle LS6 hard top, a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra Drag Pack hard top, and a 1970 Road Runner 6-barrel hard top. They wrote, “Coming of age in America — 1970: Tooling down to the local Big Boy in your shiny, new iron. Ergo, the SUPERCAR. But it’s not just for kids. These gutsy intermediates are available with enough velvet to capture the imagination of the briefcase gang as well. And that’s their insurance; their ace in the hole. Even the establishment digs groovy cars… for now, anyway. This year, they’ve continued to flourish and thrive, with ever-bigger engines, better handling, enough options to choke a memory bank and an abundance of gimmickry to amuse and delight this jaded old world.... All three of the vehicles we tested had, to varying degrees, the performance, handling, and braking that you’d expect from a Supercar, but they were also loaded with creature comforts you don’t normally associate with the breed. Could it be we’re getting into a new bag — the mature Supercar?” More options, more dollars Yes, supercars were maturing in 1970, but those changes came with a price. Take a look at our feature 1970 Plymouth Road Runner ragtop, packed with the potent 390-hp 440 6-barrel V8. The base Road Runner convertible listed for $3,289 — $393 more than the base coupe, and $244 more than the popular and sporty hard top. Add $249.55 for the 440 6-barrel, $197.25 for the beefy 4-speed, and $235.65 for the bullet-proof Dana 60 rear end, just to get this car moving with authority. Then there is the mile-long option sheet: Power steering and front disc brakes, light package, AM radio, Rallye gauges with Tic-Toc-Tach, three-spoke Sport steering wheel, pedal dress kit, and high-back bucket seats and console with Hurst pistol-grip shifter. Toss in Rallye road wheels, dual outside mirrors, hood pins, chromed exhaust tips, and flat-black performance hood paint for an unforgettable look. Total sticker price: around $4,600. That was just about Corvette, Cadillac and Lincoln territory in 1970. The establishment may have dug groovy cars, but the vast majority of these cars were still bought by 20-something males, and most could barely afford a stripped-down hard top, much less a decked-out convertible. No wonder only 34 ’70 Road Runner convertibles were built with this engine, and just 20 with the 4-speed manual gearbox. Nice car, right price Our feature Road Runner received a total restora- tion completed in 2006, performed to a high degree of quality. Mecum tried selling this car at Indy in 2009, where it was a no-sale at $160,000 (ACC# 120640). Our reviewer commented: “Exceptionally nice, but not more than $160k of exceptionally nice. If the consignor doesn’t need to dig out from this restoration, he’d be best to sit on the car for a while.” Five years later, it’s apparent the seller should have taken that bid. Today, $120,960 bought one of the prettiest muscle machines you’ll ever see, at a price that would have been about right for a nice-condition Hemi Road Runner coupe. There may be faster supercars, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Hemi — or any other muscle car — with as much overall “wow” factor as this one. Considering that and this car’s option list and great overall condition, I’d say this was a fair and reasonable price. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Club: Walter P. Chrysler Club More: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1970 Ford Torino GT Super Cobra Jet convertible, 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6 convertible, 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $22.58 VIN # location: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 383 convertible Lot F172, VIN: RM27H9G188735 Condition: 2+ Sold at $43,640 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 ACC# 213163 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 383 convertible Lot F286, VIN: RM27H9G159245 Condition: 2 Sold at $60,420 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2012 ACC# 201855 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 440+6 convertible (subject car) Lot S208, VIN: RM27V0G196699 Condition: 1- Not sold at $160,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/13/2009 ACC# 120640 September-October 2014 September-October 2014 53


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1936 FORD MODEL 68 DELUXE PHAETON Big-money custom rod Unless the car in question has won the coveted Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, or the AMBR, it’s hard to recoup even half of the build cost VIN: 183212660 by Ken Gross • Original steel body sectioned 2½ inches, top chopped two inches • 427-ci Dart Ford V8 with Kinsler Fuel Injection • Heidts’ IFS with Corvette C5 disc brakes • C5 Corvette IRS and disc brakes with Winters quick-change • Goodguys finalist for “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” ACC Analysis This car, Lot S136, sold for $124,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Seattle, WA, sale on June 13–14, 2014 Four doors with air Hot-rodders euphemistically call 4-door phaetons “tubs” for obvious reasons — they resemble bathtubs on wheels. Although most hot-rodders with decent budgets shun 4-door sedans, the Grand National Roadster Show welcomes roadsters and phaetons (4-door convertibles) through 1937, and this year a ’35 Chevy phaeton won the coveted AMBR trophy. If you have a family and want to enjoy the sun, a phaeton (its name comes from a popular 19th century open horse-drawn carriage style) is the way to go. True phaetons had no roof or side windows. In automotive terms, this usually meant a four-door with a folding top, and in lieu of roll-up windows, there were snap-on canvas side curtains. Nearly every 1920s and early 1930s-era make had a phaeton body in its lineup 54 AmericanCarCollector.com at one time. Ford Motor Company sold a very complete selec- tion of body styles in 1936. Four-door, open-air motoring enthusiasts were accommodated with a DeLuxe phaeton, sporting detachable side windows, for $590. There was a convertible sedan as well, priced at $760, which had roll-up windows with a removable center post separating them. For just $20 more, you could order a convertible sedan with an integral external trunk. But by 1936, buyers who wanted a quartet of seats and a folding top had dwindled. Ford sold 5,601 convertible sedans of both trunk types and just 5,555 phaetons. Cut ’em up! Building a contemporary hot rod with all the “mod cons” can consume copious amounts of money. Our profile car is a good example. This car’s builder started with a stock ’36 Ford phaeton, which was then sectioned 2½ inches. That’s the equivalent of chopping the body of the car, and it’s not for the faint of heart, especially when a body tapers, as this one does, from top to bottom. Back in the day, sectioning was not commonly done because it took great skill to do it. Valley Custom, in Burbank, CA, sectioned more custom cars than anyone else. Partners Neil Emory and Clay Jensen were master metal-men, and their legendary shop built several notable sectioned cars such as “The Polynesian,” a ’50 Olds hard top sectioned four inches for Jack Stewart, and a radical, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Detailing Year produced: 1936 / 2011 Number produced: 5,555 (1936 phaetons) Current ACC Valuation: $60,000–$75,000 for a stocker (depending on build quality, history and condition) Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN # location: Stamped on top of driver’s side frame rail (for original frame) Engine # location: Stamped on pad on right front of block, below cylinder head (for original block) five-inch sectioned ’50 Ford business coupe for Ron Dunne that made the cover of Hop Up in 1953, when it was still nearly new. Sectioning permitted a low silhouette, without the car literally dragging on the ground. In fact, most sectioned cars were not lowered that much, making them quite practical drivers. Our feature car’s altered ’36 tub body — the only sectioned ’36 phaeton known — sits on a modified Ford chassis and has a two-inch chopped windshield. Gabe Lopez trimmed the handsome tan leather interior and lift-off canvas-covered top. Much-improved ride and handling comes from a Heidts’ independent front suspension system, replacing the antique Ford buggy spring setup. The independent rear suspension was taken from a C5 Corvette, which also donated its disc brakes, and a Winters quick-change center section was adapted to fit. Top-quality equipment abounds: Vintage Air did the chromed HVAC system; there’s Flaming River rackand-pinion power steering, and it all rolls on 17-inch knockoff Halibrands shod with fat 205/45 and 255/60 Michelins. And we haven’t even gotten to the engine yet... Ka-CHING, Ka-CHING! Motive power Under the hood, which retains its classic ’36 Ford shape but with sectioned side louvers, is a lusty 427cid Dart aluminum-block Ford V8 with Trick Flow cylinder heads, Kinsler eight-stack electronic fuel injection, a Ford AOD transmission, a custom cooling system and lots of polish and plating. A custom 24-gallon fuel tank brings up the rear, while modified ’36 Ford bumpers, old-style Ford bullet headlights in the catwalks, and the stock Ford horn grilles complete the external theme. The fenders were modified to accommodate the larger wheels and tires, and all four door handles were shaved. There are gallons of lush black paint, a three-inch custom exhaust system, and much more. This custom rod ’36 phaeton was built by Pete Emery of Clackamas, OR, and was completed in 2011. It won the Art Morrison Builders Award at the Pacific Northwest Nationals, a Best in Class at the Portland Roadster Show, and it was one of the five finalists for the 2011 Goodguys’ “America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod” — and the only home-built car competing. There are only 400 miles on the odometer. So it’s practically a brand-new car. Bargain bid Judging from the photos, and the prestigious awards, this sectioned ’36 is a beautifully built custom rod with no shortcuts. It’s a familiar story: Start with a decent stocker — in this case a comparatively rare ’36 phaeton — section the body, itself a challenging undertaking, update the chassis with high-zoot Heidts’ and ’Vette suspension, drop in a full-tilt aluminum Dart V8, spend a bundle on paint, plating and upholstery, take it to a few shows, win some big trophies, and then sell it. The problem is, unless the car in question has won the coveted Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, or in this car’s eligibility range, the AMBR, it’s hard to recoup even half of the build cost. A $124,200 return on a $175,000+ investment will never make you wealthy. The seller told me, “Very seldom do you get all your money back. I debated whether to let it go, but I’m on to the next one.” Bottom line: The buyer acquired a beautiful car for far less than the cost of building it. Assuming you like all these modifications, it was a great deal. I’d call it well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) September-October 2014 55 Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: 1935 Ford phaeton, 1936 Ford convertible sedan ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1936 Ford Model 68 custom Lot S116, VIN: 182636987 Condition: 1Sold at $318,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213968 1936 Ford Model 68 custom Lot 804, VIN: 18316177 Condition: 1Sold at $118,250 RM Auctions, Hampton, NH, 6/9/2012 ACC# 201847 1936 Ford Model 68 phaeton Lot 346, VIN: 32050750 Condition: 2+ Sold at $60,840 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2012 ACC# 191602


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1943/44 WHITE M16 MGMC HALF-TRACK Combat collectible Courtesy of Auctions America Our subject is fitted with dummy guns, which is just as well since just one round fired from each of the four guns will cost a total of $12 VIN: 231188 by Stu Lenzke and B. Mitchell Carlson own fuel tanks. Four replica .50-cal machine guns are present along with spare magazines, spare barrels and other equipment. The M16 saw service in both the European and T 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Pacific Theaters of Operations. When not engaging air targets, they were highly successful against ground targets due to the amount of firepower generated by the four .50-cal machine guns. ACC Analysis This half-track, Lot 1049, sold for $201,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Littlefield Collection auction conducted by Auctions America on July 12, 2014. Improving four-wheel drive? The outbreak of World War II caused the U.S. mili- tary to look for ways to modernize its ability to wage war. At the time, the smallest four-wheel-drive vehicle available to the U.S. military was the White M2 and later M3 Scout Car — a design dating to 1937. It could do about 50 mph, but at 4.5 tons, it was best suited to improved surface roads. his M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (MGMC) has been nicely restored. The tracks, road wheels and suspension are in excellent condition. It currently does not have front brakes and does not operate off of its The Army had realized the benefits of four-wheel drive as far back as 1916, with the subsequent purchase of civilian FWD Model B and Jeffery/Nash Quad trucks, many of which made it to Europe in time for World War I. Powered Holt tracks were fitted to some trucks in place of the rear axles and served to improve the mobility of heavy loads, such as the separate engine/winch unit for observation-balloon support trucks. Experiments continued through the 1920s and 1930s, with the “modern” half-track suspension appearing under the mid-’30s GMC T5. The late ’30s saw the Ford/Marmon-Herrington T9E1 and Autocar T17 unarmored half-tracks make it to series production. With the shortcomings of the M3 Scout Car known, the Army’s Rock Island Arsenal took an M2A1 Scout Car and added tracks to the rear, creating the T7. Almost an instant success, the T7 changed little before entering production as the M2 half track. Autocar was first tapped to build the M2, but it was decided that more production capacity was needed, so White and Diamond T were brought in as well, and Diamond T was tasked to develop the M3. A further offshoot was the International Harvester M5 and M9 half-tracks that, while serving the same purposes as the M2 and M3, were usually supplied to U.S. allies under Lend Lease, as few parts interchanged.


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t hardening 1 found the Provisional Tank he Philippines with 46 M2/3s. All t or the Japanese with the fall of hardening 1 found the Provisional Tank he Philippines with 46 M2/3s. All t or the Japanese with the fall of y, y, Northern Europe, and the Asian espread use of half-tracks, both g variety of light infantry weaponry, mm and 105-mm howitzers, rocket ost of machine guns and autocanrdening 1 found the Provisional Tank he Philippines with 46 M2/3s. All t or the Japanese with the fall of y, Northern Europe, and the Asian espread use of half-tracks, both g variety of light infantry weaponry, mm and 105-mm howitzers, rocket ost of machine guns and autocan- rmy”rmy” adapted to them, half-tracks mprovised assault gun with a m howitzer, the half-track stood cked M7 arrived. Anti-aircraft/ s used twin .50-caliber machine d a 37-mm cannon, twin 20-mm canle 40-mm cannon, and, as in our , quadruple .50s. on M45 quad .50 mount added to an M3 half-track built with hinged side armor created the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage — our subject rig. This was not something you’d want to step in front of inadvertently. Our subject is fitted with dummy guns, which is just as well since rom each of the four guns will cost m of $12 using surplus (good luck ding it) ammunition. Once deployed, the Army quickly discovered that the quad.50s, which had been intended to low airplanes out of the sky, also t ground targets. Then again, what l against a volley of half-inch prof 1,600 to 2,000 rounds per minute? freedom Our featured vehicle does not have a “slam dunk” provenance. It does not have a builder’s data plate on the dashboard — only the serial number stamped on the frame. Serial-number data for Whites tend to be inconsis- tent, and while the other manufacturers aren’t much better regarding serial numbers versus production dates (unlike jeeps), they all do have the series number as a prefix. For example, the M9A1 International that was also sold here (Lot 1083) has a frame number of M9A1-1765. Military vehicles that saw any sort of real use were almost always put through at least one depot-level overhaul, in which parts were swapped and updated at will. The intent, of course, was to extend the vehicle’s usability with no regard to maintaining “matching numbers.” Originality wasn’t desirable; the current specifications were. That’s part and parcel of why original military vehicles should bring a premium, as they’re rare. But this one brought an over-the-top price considering it had a few issues, such as that missing data plate. Most folks who have been around the market figured that this one would pull around $100k, simply because it was at a highly hyped auction. Bidding continued normally through $125k, and then it all boiled down to two bidders on site. They went back Detailing Years produced: 1943–44 Number produced: 2,877 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $80,000–$125,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $20 VIN # location: Data plate on the dashboard, also along side of the left front tire on the left frame rail Engine # location: Pad on the driver’s side of the engine block; lower front corner, below the water pump to engine block hose, next to the generator and forth, sometimes a thousand bucks at a time, until it was hammered at $175,000. This proved to be one of the hardest-fought vehicles of the event. After the conclusion of the auction, I had a chance to talk with this half-track’s new owner. It was his first military vehicle purchase, but he’s a subscriber to at least one of the hobbyist magazines, so he did come here with a knowledge base. He also came here with a clear purpose: to buy this half-track. His desire is to put together a personal collection of up to three iconic vehicles from World War II — a Sherman tank, a halftrack, and a jeep. He figured that a Sherman was going to be a little out of his budget and ability to support, while a jeep will eventually come into play, with plenty in the market to choose from. He was knowledgeable of both the Littlefield and Collings collections before the auction, and when inquired with contacts he had at Littlefield, they informed him that this was the one to get, based on the quality of the restoration. Regardless of any established pricing guides, he was going to buy this half-track. I figure that if the hammer price had gone over $200k, he still would’ve ended up with it. The underbidder, by the way, didn’t get skunked — he purchased an Israeli-modified International M9A half-track for a not-a-drop-in-thebucket price of $31,625. That one’s a project that’s a long way from World War II specification. Owning history Will this sale change the bell curve for half-track pricing? In a way, yes, but not drastically. Most buyers will see this as a one-time event. However, it still pulls up the market as a whole, as there will be those who will use it as a yardstick regardless. However, the factor that will affect pricing on all military vehicles is the increasing desire by the public in general to retain the history of World War II. Every time a new TV series or movie about the war comes out, the values of all U.S. World War II militaria ratchet up a notch — from canteens and M1 Garand rifles to M4A3E8 Sherman tanks. Granted, in a few decades this will likely subside, as past trends in the Civil War and World War I prove. Yet for now, the desire to have one of the better tools that The Greatest Generation used to keep the world free will have a greater impact on the value of this piece than any price guide. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) September-October 2014 57CC 57 1945 NSU Kettenkrad SdKfz 2 half-track Lot 318, VIN: N/A Condition: 3 Sold at $123,525 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/19/2008 ACC# 117783 More: www.mvpa.org Additional: www.halftrackinfo. com, www.g503.com Alternatives: 1942–45 White/ Autocar/Diamond T M2/ M3 half-track, 1942–45 International M5/M9A1 half-track, 1940–44 White M3A1 scout car Clubs: Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1943 Ford GPA “Seep” Lot 6, VIN: GPA86771 Condition: 1 Sold at $160,000 Aumann Auctions, Iola, WI, 8/14/2010 ACC# 165643 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost HMS Sherman replica Lot 1003, VIN: S286PK Condition: 4Sold at $87,750 Bonhams, North Brookfield, MA, 9/23/2006 ACC# 43033


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PROFILE RACE 1982 PONTIAC TRANS AM “PEPSI CHALLENGER” FUNNY CAR The Snake’s record-breaker Drag racers spend countless hours and dollars for a few thousandths’ advantage, yet with this car, “The Snake” obliterated the national record by two-tenths of a second 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: N/A by Tom Glatch • First Funny Car in NHRA history to run 250 mph in the quarter mile; set national record at Baton Rouge, May 1982 • Set national record 5.73 elapsed time at the 1982 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis • First Funny Car in NHRA history to run in the 5.6-second range: 5.637 seconds, Indy, September 1982 • Posted NHRA National event victories at Montreal and Englishtown, NJ; the 33rd and 34th career wins for Don Prudhomme • No. 1 qualifier four times: Baton Rouge, Columbus, Indy and Orange County • Original engine • Original body designed by Pontiac Motorsports ACC Analysis This car, Lot T231, sold for $113,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s 27th Original Spring Classic 2014 in Indianapolis, IN, on May 15, 2014. For the NHRA’s 50th anniversary, experts ranked the top 50 drag racers in their history. Don Prudhomme was slotted as the sport’s number 3 driver, just behind Don Garlits and John Force. He was just 20 years old when he won his first Top Fuel event at the 1962 “Smokers March Meet” in Bakersfield, CA. He won three U.S. Nationals Top Fuel titles (1965, 1969, 1970) before switching to the Funny Car class. Prudhomme joined forces with Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen and Mattel to create the Hot Wheels team, as told in the recent movie “Snake and Mongoo$e.” Back on his own, his Army Monza dominated the 1975–76 NHRA Funny Car seasons, winning 13 of 16 events. Like baseball, drag racing runs on statistics, and Prudhomme was batting 0.813 those two years (and 0.660 lifetime). The U.S. Nationals are to the National Hot Rod Association what the Daytona 500 is to NASCAR — the biggest, most prestigious event on their calendar. By the end of his driving career in 1994, Don Prudhomme won the U.S. Nationals a legendary seven times, and for the 1982 edition of this historic event, he came ready to dominate. A new record Experts call it the greatest Funny Car run in drag- racing history. On September 4, 1982, fans at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis witnessed something special. Don “The Snake” Prudhomme destroyed the Funny Car national record with a 5.637-second pass at 244.56 mph. What the fans didn’t know at the time was the magnitude of the accomplishment: It would take almost three years before this record was officially broken. Right off the trailer, Snake’s Pontiac Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” Funny Car was fast. Very fast. His first qualifying run was a 5.82 at 242.58 mph — equaling Billy Meyer’s national record. The next day he dropped it to 5.73, all the more shocking considering the engine blew just before the finish line. David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Then on Saturday, Prudhomme lined up against Kenny “The King” Bernstein and stunned the world with his famous 5.637 at 244.56 run. Drag racers spend countless hours and dollars for a few thousandths’ advantage, yet that weekend “The Snake” had just obliterated the national record by two-tenths of a second. Don Prudhomme would not win another U.S. Nationals crown that weekend — the extra horsepower he was generating was shattering wrist pins on almost every pass. But it didn’t matter much, as Prudhomme had just added another legend to an already storied career. Upping the game As both owner and driver, Don Prudhomme often advanced the engineering of the era with his racers. His “Pepsi Challenger” Trans Am was no exception. The sleek fiberglass body was one of the first to utilize advanced aerodynamics, designed by GM engineers in their wind tunnel. Although powered by the same nitro-burning Hemi engines as their Top Fuel cousins, Funny Cars are inherently slower and more unstable due to their short wheelbase, full body and frontmounted engine, but the aerodynamics of the “Pepsi Challenger” went a long way to addressing those issues with reduced drag and increased downforce. The real secret to its engine-shattering horsepower was its fuel system. Nitro cars at the time used a gear-type fuel pump that flowed about 20 gallons per minute (today it’s 110 gpm), but Prudhomme found a military-surplus vane-type pump that flowed a number of gallons more. “We had a lot of compression on it and a really good blower, but the difference was the pump,” he told NHRA.com. “We knew it was going to really haul ass at Indy because the pump just happened to have the right fuel curve. It would deliver the right amount at the bottom end and taper itself off at the top end without even using a jet.” What’s scary is this car could have gone faster. “We didn’t have enough fuel on the other end, and we didn’t have a computer on the car then to know what it really needed. At half-track it was a missile, but it never made it to the lights under full power.” From winners’ circle to collectible For his private collection, Prudhomme restored the “Pepsi Challenger” to the exact condition when it competed in 1982. It’s powered by the original 484-cubic-inch, all-aluminum Hemi engine, built by Keith Black, along with original 2-speed Lenco transmission. The chassis and Trans Am body are original, too. When Mecum auctioned the “Pepsi Challenger” in May 2012, it marked the first time Don Prudhomme had offered a racer from his collection. Its $265,000 price achieved there didn’t seem to fully appreciate the significance of the car and its owner, but the money wasn’t completely unrealistic, either, considering the challenging market for vintage drag cars. The car was offered again at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in January 2014, where it was bid to $120,000 but didn’t sell. The car returned to Mecum Indy this past May, where it generated less than half the money it did when it sold in 2012. Why? Well, for one thing, this car was auctioned on Thursday, rather than on Saturday when the event’s best vehicles are featured, and a lack of well-heeled buyers may have been a factor, too — but above all, this is a special piece of equipment aimed at a very limited market. A vintage drag car just isn’t as usable as something like a Hemi ’Cuda or vintage road-race Corvette, and prices in today’s market reflect that. Regardless, vintage race cars with clear, docu- mented provenance are hard to find. Legendary race cars loaded with provenance, and restored and sold by their original owner/racer, are beyond impossible. With all that in mind, I’d say this sale was the equivalent of one of The Snake’s “hole-shot” wins, and the new owner should be elated with the deal. Call this one very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1966 Mercury Comet Funny Car Lot 1306, VIN: N/A Condition: 2+ Sold at $176,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2010 ACC# 155047 Detailing Year produced: 1982 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $175,000–$250,000 Tune-up/major service: $5,000 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis # location: None Engine # location: None Club: Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum More: www.museum.nhra. com/ Alternatives: Don Prudhomme’s 1989 Pontiac Skoal Bandit Funny Car, Snake & Mongoo$e Funny Car and Hauler set, Tommy Ivo’s Wagon Master exhibition car ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1968 Plymouth Barracuda “West Virginia Hemi” Lot 2431, VIN: B029M8B390378 Condition: 2 Sold at $115,500 ACC# 231561 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/24/2013 1968 Race Car Specialties “Stone Age Man” Lot S756, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $93,500 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/22/2013 ACC# 225759 September-October 2014 59


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PROFILE TRUCK Top-dollar truck 1956 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM Trucks like this one have been on the custom scene for years, and they — for good reason — tend to pull some of the bigger money in the truck market VIN: V3A560002872 by Jay Harden Shockwave air-ride system, custom fabricated 20-gallon fuel cell, narrowed rear end with Strange axles and 3.73 Positraction unit, and more. Under the hood is an LS1 engine upgraded with LS2 T 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com fuel injectors, intake and 96-mm throttle body. Engine was hooked to a 4L60E automatic transmission to obtain optimal cruising RPMs. Hundreds of hours were spent on bodywork and panel alignment to achieve perfection. Custom fabrication on the body includes Cadillac lights, shaved firewall, tubbed bed, shaved bed panels and rails, hidden tailgate latches, center console and a ’59 Impala dash. The interior of this truck is what really sets it apart from the rest. The focus point is the ’59 Impala dash installed with custom center console and Lokar shifter. The dash was outfitted with Dakota Digital speedometer cluster, air conditioning controller and air ride controller. Restoration completed in February 2014. ACC Analysis This pickup, Lot 396, sold for $77,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale on April 11–13, 2014. his highly customized ’56 Chevy truck has undergone a meticulous, frame-off restoration by the team at Velocity Restorations. The chassis was outfitted with Mustang II IFS, stainless 4-link, Ridetech’s complete The first hot rod ever subjected to my torments while on the clock was a 1965 Chevrolet step-side pickup. I was handed a few obscure interior bits and told to get with it. Eager as the proverbial beaver, I promptly sanded the tarnation out of everything within arm’s reach. I was so busy inappropriately eyeballing the 502 Ram Jet being fitted into the old truck’s cavernous maw that I managed to set the interior prep back half a day in all of about 15 minutes. This was almost 20 years ago, and not everyone around that shop was a fan of that pickup, my old boss included. For a businessman who thrived on early ’30s Fords, fat-fendered cruisers, Tri-Five Chevys, and a select few muscle cars, nothing could have been less motivating than that frumpy old pickup. Admittedly, the ’65 Chevrolet is frumpier than most, but back then a clear line seemed to differentiate the truck guys from everyone else. Today, not so much. Picking up value Perhaps the meteoric rise in the interest in pickups is due to the simple fact that the salvageable old-car inventory is drying up, or maybe it’s a result of the cultural shift that led to high-performance, highluxury haulers designed to fill mall parking lots rather than cattle troughs. Either way, ACC has been reporting on the steady ascent of trucks for the past several years.


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Detailing Years produced: 1957 / 2014 Number produced: 359,098 (all 1957 Chevrolet trucks) Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$80,000 (high-end customs) Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: N/A VIN # location: Plate in door jamb Engine # location: On block pad, just behind driver’s side cylinder head The black beauty featured here is a model that has managed an almost universal hot rod/street rod appeal. I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush here, but if you just so happen to have access to stacks of car magazines two to three decades old, carefully arranged in date-stamped boxes, you’ll probably note that many of the old fairground photos typically feature pickups of two distinct models: mid-’50s F100s and late 1955 through ’57 Chevys. Trucks like this one have been on the custom scene for years, and they — for good reason — tend to pull some of the bigger money in the truck market. Fresh or sorted In general, the custom world works like this: Every year, top-quality cars are commissioned by private owners for the simple joy of having a professionally built custom done their way. These patrons of the automotive arts then often sell their cars when their moods shift or a new opportunity presents itself, and many times, they’re willing to accept losses in the tens of thousands of dollars in the process. Then, new buyers score great deals on those cars, trading the satisfaction of having it new for, presumably, having it sorted. Paint jobs have had time to shift and settle, tire-to-bodywork scrub-lines are undeniable, and leaks and seeps have made their presence known. At that point, you have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting, and what needs attention. But with a freshly finished custom, like our subject truck, that’s not always the case. A new build There is no question that our ’56 has massive curb appeal. Sitting in the weeds with the right stance, right colors, large rear window, and perfect blend of modern componentry and restrained styling, this pickup checks all the right boxes and surely turns plenty of heads. This old truck is probably quite reliable and comfortable, too, with the now-ubiquitous LS under the hood and Shockwaves at all four corners supervising the massive rollers. The recipe followed here is a simple one that is time tested and cruise-in approved, and, more importantly, one that rodders, show-goers and collectors can all comfortably sink their teeth into. However, although truck prices are climbing, $77,000 is a dollar amount I would expect to see attached to a proven winner with a trophy or two thrown in the bed. Solid examples are currently changing hands somewhere in the $30k to $50k range, with those special examples that flaunt excellent engineering, paint, and detail sliding right on up the scale into the $60k to $80k range. Does this truck meet those criteria? It’s hard to say. I’ve seen open-air, backyard paint jobs flow out smooth as glass and last for decades, but I’ve also watched freshly prepped and eagerly applied downdraft jobs bubble and shrink in a matter of weeks. That’s not to say that either of those situations are applicable here — the point is sometimes custom work can take on a mind of its own, and time is the only way to tell. As a custom, this one’s still pretty young. So, was this a deal at $77,000? It depends. The money spent here was likely under the actual build cost, like we see so often with high-dollar customs at auction, so that’s certainly a plus for the new owner. If the obviously high-dollar work completed doesn’t need any tinkering down the road, either to the mechanical components or to the paint and body after things settle and start to wear in a little, then I’d say this was a market price, if not a little high. The truck is the right year, has all the right parts, and was done in the right colors, and that means it has a lot of appeal to a lot of people. That’s all good news for resale value, but there’s not much margin between the market and what was paid here to cover any issues that pop up. Here’s hoping none do. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) September-October 2014 61 September-October 2013 61CC Clubs: Goodguys More: www.good-guys.com Alternatives: 1953–56 Ford F100 custom, 1947–55 Chevrolet Advance Design custom, 1967–72 Chevrolet C10 custom ACC Investment Grade: C Comps ACC# 239321 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup Lot 246, VIN: VH255K033667 Condition: 1Sold at $37,800 Dan Kruse Classics, San Antonio, TX, 3/29/2014 ACC# 213989 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup Lot F66, VIN: H54L003309 Condition: 3+ Sold at $37,100 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 1957 Ford Panel Delivery “Haulinore” Lot F277, VIN: F10K7R21258 Condition: 2 Not sold at $67,000 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/8/2012 ACC# 213502


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mArKeT OVERVIEW Heavy metal GUNS, ARMOR AND THE WEIGHT OF HISTORY by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, $3,780,000—mec, p. 104 2. 1942 borgward Sd.Kfz. 7 8-ton half track, $1,207,500—AA, p. 83 3. 1945 Fisher body Division m4A2e8(76) HVSS Sherman medium tank, $345,000—AA, p. 86 4. 1942 Cadillac m5 Stuart light tank, $310,500—AA, p. 84 5. 1942 Ford m4A3(75) Sherman medium tank, $299,000—AA, p. 85 6. 1942 baldwin Locomotive m3A5 Grant medium tank, $276,000—AA, p. 84 7. 1943 White m16 mGmC armored half track, $201,250—AA, p. 85 8. 1945 ACF-brill m75 105-mm Howitzer motor carriage, $195,500—AA, p. 86 9. 1942 ACF m3A1 Stuart light tank, $178,250—AA, p. 83 10. 1922 Kissel model 6-45 Gold bug speedster, $165,000—bonCT, p. 104 BEST BUYS 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2-dr hard top, $47,300—r&S, p. 78 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 1957 Ford Thunderbird e-code convertible, $35,200—bonCT, p. 102 1967 mercury Cougar Dan Gurney Special coupe, $9,075—r&S, p. 80 1969 Chevrolet C-10 custom pickup, $8,239—TCA, p. 94 1942 Sterling HCS-330 15-ton wrecker, $2,300—AA, p. 85 practical. The more outrageous the statement, the better, whether it’s a Cord 812 ($116k at Bonhams Greenwich, p. 98), a Shelby GT500 ($135k at Leake Tulsa, p. 70), or a Hemi ’Cuda convertible ($3.8m at Mecum Seattle, p. 104). These cars connect us to a lost era when bold styling and brute mechanical force were goals unto themselves and matters of personal pride. For military vehicles, W e don’t collect old cars because they’re Weapons of war turned collectible the engineering race for a mechanical advantage was a fundamentally utilitarian endeavor — more destructive weapons, heavier armor and powerplants capable of moving it all more swiftly across the battlefield — and a matter of pride only in the soberest sense. And the changing nature of combat eventually rendered these vehicles obsolete. That all said, military vehicles are symbols of the conflicts in which they fought, and the more notorious the war, the bigger the price. At Auctions America’s sale of the Jacques Littlefield Collection, a demilled 1945 Sherman tank was the most expensive American lot at $345k, and a 1942 Borgward 8-ton half-track troop carrier built for the German Wehrmacht sold for $1.2m. Both vehicles are presumably destined for static display, but it looks like Lot 1115, a 15-ton Navy wrecker built in 1942, just might be going back to work. The heavy-haul company contracted to transport the collection bought the truck for $2,300. A bonhams, Greenwich, CT June 1 Leake, Tulsa, OK June 6 mecum, Seattle, WA June 13–14 Silver, Coeur d’Alene, ID June 14 russo and Steele, Newport beach, CA June 19–21 Twin Cities, St. Paul, mN June 20–21 Auctions America, Portola Valley, CA July 11–12 $0 $5m $4.2m $1.6m $9.9m $10m $15m $20m $354k $7.9m $10m $15.3m


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK Leake Auction Company — Tulsa 2014 BIG-BLOCK MOPARS CHANGED HANDS AT HEALTHY PRICES, INCLUDING TWO 1970 440 SIX-PACK ’CUDAS AT $80K AND $102K Leake Auction Company Tulsa, OK June 6–8, 2014 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby Ehlert, Tony Langdon, Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/ offered: 413/596 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $10,036,950 High American sale: 1967 Shelby GT500, sold at $134,750 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts restored to concours level — Plum Crazy 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda 2-door hard top, sold at $102,300 Report and photos by Doug Schultz Market opinions in italics up the vast majority of consignments. There were also a decent number of foreign cars, ’50s cars and trucks, and earlier classics, plus several later-model luxury cars and exotics. The quality of cars offered seemed higher than T 64 AmericanCarCollector.com previous years. The auction house offers a “No Seller Commission” incentive for cars crossing the block on Friday, and there was a nice selection of vehicles selling well on that day. The vast majority of vehicles sold within their projected value ranges, with a few outliers at both ends. It seemed that most attendees were dealers, working both the selling and buying side, with fewer end-users participating. Total sales were strong at $10m, down a touch from 2013’s $11.8m. The sell-through rate was a respectable he annual Leake Auction Company Tulsa auction was well attended, and there was a good selection of cars from most makes. As is typical of the Leake Tulsa auction, muscle cars, street rods, resto-mods and pickups made 69% (68% last year). The top domestic sale was a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback at $135k. A number of big-block Mopars successfully changed hands at healthy prices, such as two 1970 ’Cudas, both with 440 Six Pack and 4-speed, sold at $80k and $102k. A superbly restored 1970 Superbird with 440 and automatic did even better at $119k. I also liked the ’58 Plymouth Fury with a 426 Hemi under the hood and its original engine included. At the price of $29k, I’d be tempted to sell the Hemi and use the proceeds to improve the entire car. Tulsa has been Leake’s flagship auction for decades. With two rings of action happening simultaneously on both Friday and Saturday, one gets the initial impression of organized chaos. However, the auctioneers, announcers and ring men all performed admirably, and you could see conscious effort on their part to bring buyers and sellers together. If you are looking for a good auction to attend to bring home a value from a good selection of vehicles, be sure to tab your calendar for the June 2015 sale. A


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK GM #2471-1933 LASALLE 345 C Fisher coupe. VIN: 2000507. Tow-tone green/ brown mohair. Odo: 1,790 miles. This pristine car was judged 99.5 of a possible 100 points at the CCCA annual meet in Dallas in 2012 and won Best of Class. I can’t spot a single imperfection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,750. Other than the Cragar SS wheels with radial tires, this car looked original, and the 350 engine with automatic transmission and a/c should make it a great driver. I would call this car slightly well bought and could picture myself behind the wheel. SOLD AT $95,700. The bids were only being grudgingly increased in small increments, and the consignor had to be coaxed to drop his reserve. If you are a believer in market forces, this car was fairly valued, as both buyer and seller had to stretch to make this deal happen. #2440-1956 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: V3A56L007792. Beige & red/tan vinyl & red fabric. Odo: 19,000 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Expert body-off restoration performed recently. Hydra-Matic transmission. Powder-coated frame. Paint shows nicely and displays no visible dings, chips, or scratches. Pristine chrome. Excellent wood in bed. Immaculate interior. Nicely detailed engine compartment shows some miles. Decent-sized puddle of transmission fluid underneath. Cond: 1-. #464-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS convertible. VIN: 138675B118174. Regal Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 21,330 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Meticulous restoration to highest factory standard. Beautiful panel fit. Small chips in left quarter touched up. Some scratches at top of grille. Some blemishes may be dirt or wax residue. Slight leak at front of thermostat housing. Cond: 1-. also use refurbishment. Cond: 2-. wave in passenger’s door, a few small gravel chips that were touched up, and a buff mark on top of right fender. Attractive wood and chrome. Small gravel chips in windshield. Tidy interior. Tons of chrome in engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,750. Mid-’60s GM pickups are selling well lately, and especially so in Texas and Oklahoma. I would have raised the front for a more uniform look, but this truck brought all the money—and it deserved to. Fairly valued. #163-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676P181972. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,783 miles. 389-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Overall, beautiful paint with excellent panel fit. A tad more block sanding could have been done on passenger’s door. Small area of fisheye on left of hood. All chrome, glass, and lenses mint. Interior like new, with just a wrinkle in dashpad and small white marks on back of rear seat. Aftermarket radio and gauges added. New boot. Couldn’t inspect top. Two 4-barrel carbs (not correct) in clean engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,700. This gorgeous red/ white/white SS was featured in Super Chevy magazine and had won every event it participated in. It was also loaded with options including a/c, power windows, tilt wheel, and factory tissue dispenser. Obviously too nice to drive, it brought serious money. Without seeing a window sticker, it’s hard to determine the horsepower rating or whether the long list of options was factory installed or added later. However, the buyer and seller met at a price, so they must have considered it fairly valued. SOLD AT $50,600. This pristine truck brought all the money and deservedly so. Trucks were selling well in Tulsa, and this one was no exception. Fairly priced, and both buyer and seller should be happy. #162-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 11737S227951. Red & white/red leather. Odo: 43,795 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lovely paint on straight car with good panel fit. A few small nicks need to be touched up. Minimal fisheye on rear panel and deck lid. Small scratches on rear of bubbletop. Chrome like new, although grille could use refinishing. Well-presented interior looks comfy. Dash chrome could 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #172-1966 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: C1446S158363. Red/black leather & ostrich. Odo: 8,011 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Superb paint. Only nits are a small SOLD AT $40,700. A desirable 1966 GTO ragtop that would present well at local shows. Of course, a 4-speed would have added some bucks, but this car sold right at its correct price. #1142-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677Z121492. Saffron/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,851 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older frame-off restoration with good panel fit. Paint nicely applied, with a few cosmetic issues. Minor waves that you have to look hard for. Some orange peel that could be buffed out. Slight fisheyes on hood and top of fenders. Bumpers okay, but other chrome and lenses are faded. Good glass and rubber. Interior attractive, but dash and console plate could use attention. Engine and trunk detailed in past but show some use. Dealer-installed Tri-Power (not a factory option in ’67). Aftermarket gauges. Cond: 3.


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK SOLD AT $33,000. This car still appeared to have many miles left in it. It came with a folder of receipts, pictures and documentation, including the Protect-O-Plate. The price paid was well within its presumed trading range, and both buyer and seller should be satisfied with the deal. #1124-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1179HP462441. Black/ black & silver fabric. Odo: 48,272 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Appears to have one quality repaint that shows some wear, but still has lots of life left. Noticeable scratches touched up on top of right fender. Chip behind driver’s door and a few minor ones elsewhere. Modest swirl marks on front bumper and rear bumper filler. Glass in good condition. Some wear on driver’s seat commensurate with miles. Cond: 2-. block hood and sidepipes. This car sold at Branson in April 2012 for $34k, which we called, “sold right” (ACC# 201445). Slightly well sold this time around. FOMOCO #120-1924 FORD MODEL T roadster. VIN: 5190323. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Straight, solid car, mostly original but tired. Paint is dull, with several chips and scratches. The most significant scratching is where the right hood hits the cowl. Seats and top look okay, with some wear. Glass slightly milky. Original motor leaking a little oil at front. Cond: 4. rear end with independent suspension and in-line disc brakes. Although it’s hard to value a car like this, this price paid seemed like just enough to change ownership. #1208-1936 FORD PICKUP. VIN: 183174401. Burgundy/black naugahyde. Odo: 11,525 miles. Appears to be a quality restoration showing some miles. Paint is fading throughout but may be able to be buffed to like-new condition. Doors a little tight when closing. Chrome presentable but not showquality. Headlight trim could be rechromed/ replaced. Attractive wood in bed. Glass good. Interior holding up well, with only a small scratch on seat bottom. Shifter handle needs to be repainted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,600. With over 20,000 Grand Nationals produced in 1987, these cars trade in a fairly defined price range, mostly contingent on mileage. This was an unmolested car with 48,000 miles, and it swapped owners at precisely the amount it should have. CORVETTE #124-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S107620. Red/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 15,667 miles. 327ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presentable driver-quality paint. Noticeable touch-up on passenger’s door where it hits front fender. Large scratch behind driver’s door handle. Front bumpers have faded chrome. Some fisheye. Typical body cracks in front of hood on both sides. Top worn. Couple of small chips in windshield. Interior shows considerable wear. Average quality engine compartment. Engine has headers and aftermarket valve covers in well-used condition. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,050. A presentable attentiongetter that would be an easy restoration for someone wishing to undertake it himself. However, if you planned on paying someone else to restore it, you might have done better with Lot 174, a nicely restored 1926 that sold for $15,730. Regardless, it’s hard to see how the new owner could get hurt on this purchase. Slightly well bought. #484-1933 FORD MODEL B 3-window coupe. VIN: 18356921. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 490 miles. Clean, detailed presentation without going over the top. Paint is well done but points to some use. Swirl marks in a few places but particularly obvious on right front fender. Attractive interior, with small blemish on seat in middle. Engine bay nicely detailed. The a/c and alternator are propelled off the drive shaft. Foose wheels. Power rumble seat. Previous winner of the Detroit Autorama. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $28,600. Other than a few cosmetic issues, this restoration was still holding up well. The price paid seemed spot-on for a truck of this quality and vintage. I’d call it a fair deal for all parties. #2486-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE convertible. VIN: 57WA12625L. Bermuda Coral/ white vinyl/red, black, & silver vinyl. Odo: 66,321 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show-quality paintwork with superb panel fit. Minor swirl marks on right fender under side trim. Chrome excellent, with only two small dings on passenger’s door trim. Chrome near left headlight bezel slightly dull. Pot-metal taillight bezels show pitting. Window whiskers need to be replaced. Seats slightly blemished with small abrasion on passenger’s seat. Engine bay not resprayed during restoration but is in clean condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,325. No mention of matching numbers. Custom touches included a big- 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $63,800. This attention-getter combined trick components with the best of old-school style. It had the classic look of a flathead V8 with three carbs and suicide doors, then added a Halibrand Quickchange SOLD AT $58,300. 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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK #1151-1965 FORD MUSTANG 2+2 fastback. VIN: 5F09A764559. Black/maroon vinyl. Odo: 87,389 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presentable paint, but not show-quality. Spiderweb crack in fiberglass hood. Noticeable bubble on rear spoiler. Orange peel in rear window louvers. Maroon stripe looks good with the black car but is not an original color. Bumpers okay but not mint. Other chrome trim average at best. Chip in windshield. Scratches in rear glass. Maroon interior and dash in good shape but look a tad funky with the red steering wheel and carpet. Cond: 2-. stop. Black paint on rear panel faded in spots. Buff marks on deck lid. A few miniscule gravel chips in windshield. Interior and engine compartment nicely detailed. Digital gauges. Cond: 1-. fender. Chrome nice but shows some age. Almost insignificant chips in windshield. Top and interior have minimal wear and appear original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Several liberties were taken with this car, including later-model Mustang seats and Magnum 500 wheels. The high bid seemed a tad generous, and the consignor did well to take the money. #497-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67410F4A00830. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 60,808 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Attractive car with minor imperfections. Small crack on front of hood. Tiny chip on passenger’s door. Modest fisheye on hood and deck lid. Cracked paint around roof rails. Slight buffer marks on rear bumper. Small chips and wiper scratches on windshield. Interior presents well, with just some scratching on rear panels. Documentation and history included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,600. Eleanors pop up fairly regularly, and one has to look at the quality of the build and the components used. This one advertised a FI 302-ci engine with an unspecified automatic transmission. The only options listed were Vintage Air and power steering. It also mentioned a “State Assigned VIN.” Not knowing what titling issues (or more importantly, resale issues) may be involved, I would have personally avoided this car. Someone in attendance wasn’t scared and paid all the money. I’ll have to call this one well sold. #470-1968 FORD MUSTANG “Stryker” coupe. VIN: 8T02J155292. Red/red cloth. Odo: 123 miles. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Well-thought-out and brilliantly executed build using top-notch components. Only item needing attention is a small chip on driver’s door. Rear bumper fading. Interior like new, but pedestrian covering on seats. Engine compartment nicely detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,000. At first blush, the price paid for a base engine, non-XR7 Cougar looks a smidge high. However, this car was nicely optioned (other than no a/c) and exuded a well-cared-for presence. These cars are so doggone dependable, a careful owner could drive it for years and let the price catch up. With this in mind, I’d call it slightly well bought. #2464-2014 FORD MUSTANG GT 1969 Mach 1 conversion coupe. VIN: 1ZVBP8CF7E5268487. Yellow/brown leather. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. As-new 2014 Mustang GT converted to a 1969 Mach 1 by Retrobuilt in Missouri. Only imperfections spotted are buffer swirls in black paint on hood and dull taillight bezels and emblems. Interior looks mint, with no defects observed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $134,750. This desirable, bigblock 1967 Shelby was the top sale for an American car at the show and sold at a market-correct price. Obviously, a 4-sp would have added a few bucks to the price. Shelby prices have been declining slightly recently, as evidenced by this car having no-saled at Leake Dallas in November 2013 with a high bid of $143k (ACC# 234996). #2466-1967 SHELBY GT500 “Eleanor” replica fastback. VIN: MS67FB070406TW. Silver/black vinyl & comfortweave. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Overall, a professionally built car with good panel fit. Lower passenger’s door could have been blocksanded better. Decent-sized scratches on bottom of front spoiler, probably from curb 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $37,400. Presented as a one-ofa-kind, multiple-show-winning tribute to the Armed Forces, this car had all the goodies. including an FI 427-ci/625-hp engine mated to a TKO 600 5-sp. Air-ride suspension, Baer brakes, and Flame River rack-andpinion steering were just some of the quality components used. I personally loved the George Barris-inspired paint, but it may have been what held this car back. The buyer must have loved the paint scheme as well and paid a low price for a brilliantly conceived car with only 123 miles. #1207-1969 MERCURY COUGAR convertible. VIN: 9F92H520359. White/black vinyl/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 70,616 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Advertised as a mostly original car cosmetically refurbished and very presentable. One-family ownership for 38 years. Hood could use adjusting. One has to look hard to see the ding on left SOLD AT $60,500. A real attention-getter that emulates the recent trend of retrofitting modern Corvette gear into classic-styled ’Vettes. Not my personal cup of tea but someone liked it well enough to put it in his garage. I have no opinion as to value, since I’ve never seen one before and have no idea what it cost to build. The buyer seemed happy, though, and sometimes that’s all that matters in this hobby. MOPAR #132-1958 PLYMOUTH FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: LP2E14465. Black/black vinyl & gold fabric. Odo: 8,327 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Straight, solid car with decent paint. Engine bay currently houses a 426 Hemi with two 4-bbl carbs, but original engine included with sale. Panel fit could be better. Noticeable wave on left quarterpanel. Paint slightly dull, with buff marks throughout. Windshield delaminating at top left. Gold plating looks fatigued. Bumpers not show-quality but present well. Other chrome average. 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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK car. I would sell the Hemi and use the money touching up the paint and other miscellaneous items. Fair value for both buyer and seller. #511-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A167147. Alpine White/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 40,803 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautifully restored top to bottom but showing some age. Door fit could be better. Small blemish on rocker panel may be able to be buffed out. Glass and chrome in good order. No visible flaws in interior. Engine, trunk and undercarriage like-new and correct. Cond: 1-. have been all over the board, from stupid money to relatively reasonable. Prices now seem to have stabilized and may actually be on an upward trend. This car was in presentable condition and had the desirable 4-speed and Shaker hood, but I would have thrown the extra $22k and bought Lot #2474, a no-excuses, show-quality, 4-speed shaker car in Plum Crazy. Well sold. #2474-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23V0B234698. Plum Crazy/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 59,465 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Meticulously restored to concours level. Only nits to pick are some buffer marks on trim surrounding windshield and slight blemishes on grille. Rubber on shaker hood base could probably be cleaned. Gates fan belts can be replaced. Cond: 1-. AMERICANA #2458-1926 PACKARD 326 roadster. VIN: 83794. Brown & tan/tan fabric/brown leather. Odo: 59,086 miles. At first blush, the car presents well and appears to be an older restoration. Up close, one can see paint chips throughout, some touched up, some not. Body rust starting to show through on panel in front of passenger’s door as well as where rumble seat closes. Someone was aggressive with a buffer, particularly on high spots and top of radiator chrome. Hard-to-reach areas dull. Good glass. Interior done well but showing some wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $118,800. Nicely documented, including two build sheets, a window sticker, and a copy of original paperwork. Windshield ad indicated Galen Govier scored this a 1.2 out of 5, with 1 being best. Although a 440-ci 4-bbl car with automatic is low on the desirability scale for Superbirds, the quality of the restoration made no excuses. This car didn’t sell on the block, but this postauction deal came together at a good wholesale price. #469-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23V0B137948. Rallye Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,946 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint, but not quite show-quality. Slight orange peel in several areas. A couple of small pinhead-sized chips as well as minor buffer scratching. Bumpers holding up well but not mint. Glass good, with just minimal scratching of rear windshield. Interior presents well other than some light scratches on woodgrain gauge bezel. Detailed engine compartment shows some miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,300. I was a Mopar-or-nocar guy for decades and have owned several show-quality 6-barrel ’Cudas. Regardless, with the dramatic variances in ’Cuda pricing recently, I had to assign a rather broad value range of $90k–$115k to this car. Ending up dead in the middle only convinces me that I’m smarter than I really am, which can never be a good thing. Fair value all around. #196-1972 DODGE DEMON 2-dr hard top. VIN: LM29H2105543. Hemi Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 53,314 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. At first impression, decent quality paint. Crack at front of hood. Left quarterpanel shows circular grinder marks under paint that should have been better prepped. Fisheyes on right quarter-panel. Orange peel in several areas. Bumpers need to be rechromed. Other chrome and stainless steel average condition. Some scratches on back glass. Interior presents well, but steering column and gauge bezel need refinishing. Engine compartment shows older detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,075. The auction house worked long and hard on this one, and there was much gnashing of teeth from both the buyer and seller to get it sold. Good value for both sides. The car was a no-sale at Worldwide Auburn 2013 with a high bid of $53k (ACC# 227802). #148-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK coupe. VIN: 6101001. Gold/gold leather. Odo: 23,084 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Older restoration shows some wear. Significant oxidation on left quarter-panel. Passenger’s door fit poor. Some chips touched up, some not. Large chrome trim panel where roof meets back glass looks like it was caulked before the car was sprayed. Chrome holding up well, with a couple of dings in side trim as well as minor pitting. Scratches on both sides of windshield. Delaminating driver’s vent glass. Interior in average condition, as is engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $79,750. Over the past decade, prices for 3x2-bbl ’Cudas and Challengers 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $26,950. Although a 340-ci Demon with a 4-sp is desirable, the buyer paid a 1970–71 price for a 1972 car with some issues. Well sold. SOLD AT $42,350. I had never seen a sun screen on a Golden Hawk before, and I liked the look. The auction house worked hard to make this deal happen, and the buyer and seller met in the middle at a fair value for both. A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Newport Beach, CA Russo and Steele — Newport Beach 2014 A BEAUTIFUL SETTING, GOOD ATTENDANCE AND STRONG SELECTION OF INTERESTING CARS BODE WELL FOR THIS STILL-YOUNG SALE Russo and Steele Newport Beach, CA June 19–21, 2014 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Dan Schorno, Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/ offered: 133/401 Sales rate: 33% Sales total: $4,234,945 High American sale: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 hard top, sold at $132,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices A #2 condition 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible, sold at $40,700 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 Michael Leven Market opinions in italics found a new home for $132k. I inspected this car last year, and again as before, found little to fault. Equipped with an M22 4-speed and wearing multi-stage Cortez Silver and a black vinyl top, the Chevelle was a real stunner and deserved its top-of-the-market price. A gorgeous black 1939 Ford woodie sporting pol- T 74 AmericanCarCollector.com ished Halibrand-style wheels followed at $110k. The last domestic car in the top 10 was a 1970 Challenger T/A, giving each of the Big Three a place on the podium. You typically see these cars in the wild, uniquely named period Mopar colors, but this one was plain old black, and with the large matte black stripes and “T/A” graphics on its flanks, it looked particularly sinister. The car sold for a very healthy $102k, well over market and possibly a function of its unusual color. The top 10 cars accounted for nearly $1.3m in rev- he top 10 sales at Russo and Steele’s second Newport Beach auction included three American cars. A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 led the charge. It was impeccably restored and showing fewer than 500 miles, and it enue and made up 30% of the total sales. A total of 401 cars were on offer, and 133 of them found new homes for a total of $4.2m in sales. There were good deals to be had as well. A 1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner in good driver condition no-saled on the block but eventually went for $55k. A 1969 Shelby GT350, decidedly unloved for some time but with interesting history and a rare, attractive color, went for $52k, all in. There was plenty of upside here to address the car’s shabby cosmetics and still be rightside-up. Finally, a Canadian-delivered 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 (one of only 47) changed hands for an extremely reasonable $47k. This region remains a challenge for the auction houses. Dealers wanting bargains were a big part of the bidder pool at this auction, and there were long stretches of no-sales. But Drew Alcazar and company are laying the groundwork for future success with a beautiful setting, a strong selection of interesting cars, good attendance, and the unrivaled enthusiasm of the R&S crew.A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Newport Beach, CA GM #TH305-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 stepside pickup. VIN: H255O004301. Cream/brown leather. Odo: 3,300 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Understated restoration completed in February of ’14 and looks the part. Big-window cab and short box very well painted in a lovely cream color with the smallest bit of pearl mixed in. Oak bed. All windows tinted and clear. Chromed Rally II wheels a conservative but nice choice. Now with periodcorrect 265 V8 engine with 2-bbl making 162 hp; it was suggested that this was originally a 6-cylinder truck. Cond: 2. fate, at least until the restoration is old and decrepit many years from now. Customize 150s and Handyman wagons to your heart’s content; stock Nomads rule. Market-correct high bid, but seller may get more if he’s patient. #S754-1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. VIN: 626C04640. Maroon/ maroon vinyl/red & maroon leather. Odo: 26,217 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented frame-off resto of unknown age. Imperfections in paint, panel alignment, and trim let down this car. Lustrous paint with fisheyes, bumps throughout. Gaps straight but of variable widths. Signature full-length stainless panel nice but with minor irregularities. Two-tone leather seats well done and beautifully broken in. Equipped with its original big 394 V8, standard in the Starfire. Cond: 2+. $17k, and it immediately hammered sold. Fair to all, and maybe even a bit of a bargain for the new owner. #TH293-1964 PONTIAC GTO pickup. VIN: 45680L110343. Red/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 7,024 miles. 415-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Extremely unusual build, with an El Camino roof, rear glass, inner bed and tailgate grafted into all-Pontiac steel. Several trim pieces custom fabricated. All work done by consignor. Paint to factory standard, interior redone in black leather with red piping. Rolls on widened steel Pontiac Rally wheels. Bed has hidden tool well where rear seat used to be. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Built for the consignor’s wife as a daily driver to her specifications. She ending up preferring her Escalade, so the rest of us got a swat at this straightforward but extremely tasty build. I was smelling blood... Alas, the consignor wanted his money back and turned down what looked like, from a market standpoint, a reasonable bid. Fair enough. #S692-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC57F108929. Light copper metallic/silver & black vinyl & brocade. Odo: 669 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. High-end resto 600 miles ago. Car stripped and dipped to bare metal; no filler used and almost 700 hours spent on body and paint. Even so, there are some dry and thin spots just under the beltline on both sides of the car. Finish on anodized “V” on hood looks a bit too bright. All other details beyond reproach. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,700. A bit more fastidiousness would have addressed the little details and taken this car up a notch. To that point, Starfire pricing has seen a couple of recent blips and may be on the move; this car commanded a price that, for a long time, would have bought a #1 car. That said, this may look like a bargain in a couple of years. Slight nod to the seller, but everyone should be happy. #TH219-1963 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. VIN: 8J2004632. Arctic White/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 72,553 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A tidy, matchingnumbers car built in California. Modestly optioned but no a/c. Panels straight but not well aligned with each other. Trim all lightly pitted. Chrome shiny but with some subsurface scratches. Older repaint to factory quality. Soft top rumpled and scuffed in spots. Interior sound but a touch baggy. Engine compartment well done and still smells of new paint. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Excellent workmanship integrating two A-body cars. Beyond the obvious, “because you can,” not sure why anyone would defile a genuine GTO like this. Why not start with something less revered, like a base Tempest? Despite all the work, the consignor was lucky the bidding went this high; while an interesting car, there can’t be that many folks who actually want one. #TH217-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 396876M513268. Tropic Turquoise Metallic/cream vinyl. Odo: 33,587 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The proverbial 20-footer. Repaint badly applied over poor prep; dry spots, debris, putty blobs. Chrome likewise poor. Glass scratched throughout. Pretty sure the hood tach is incorrect. Seat covers lightly dingy but standard for a driver. Clean gauges; dash could use a little touch-up. Steering wheel cracked. Trunk tidy, but engine compartment is jarring, with wires all over the place. Car has a/c. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Guilty as charged; I hold proper Nomads to a higher standard than most other cars. This one was not perfect, but an excellent example nonetheless, as illustrated by the many awards displayed. Regardless, I thank whatever gods there be that this one will be spared a hot-rodded 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $19,250. Not a show queen but a cruiser that looked ready to enjoy, and a little more effort in the detailing would really make it pop. Overall a very solid ride with few needs, and fixes could be done without breaking the bank. Reserve came off at SOLD AT $11,550. I really like these barges, but this one was a bit of a project. If the mechanicals are sound and the only big item is the paint, reasonably bought. But this looked like a bad fluff-and-buff, and coupled with the scary underhood appearance, all I could think was, “Run away, don’t walk.”


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Newport Beach, CA #S639-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242176G119920. Yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,897 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice surviving example, with selective repainted areas and preserved interior. Documented with dealer order form, original loan paperwork, service records. Finish on grille frames splotchy. Cracks in older paint, fisheyes in resprayed areas. Vinyl top still well glued but with uneven coloration. Interior looks too good to be original. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. great with black paint. A sound and solidlooking car that has simply lost its edge. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. This was one to buy. Small things everywhere, to be sure, but they were all easy; nothing a couple of weekends of cleaning and polishing wouldn’t fix, plus a little outsource work. And at the price paid, there’s plenty of room to stay right-side-up. A great buy, well under the market. SOLD AT $22,000. The crowd as a whole did not seem tuned in to the original cars at this auction, so here was one that slipped through the cracks. This genuine Goat came with 335 ponies for less money than a modern compact. Moderately well bought. #S684-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 2-dr hard top. VIN: 168877L166557. Light blue-green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36,148 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice, not-quite-concours restoration. Hemmings Muscle Machines cover car in September 2012. “Correct-for-1967 engine block casting date and a correct casting number,” which is not quite the same thing as saying “documented numbers-matching original.” Cond: 2+. #S693-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370R225619. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 779 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. LS6s have to be restored to the nines to get top dollar. This one is close but no cigar. Irregular gaps and panel alignment stand out. Paint nicely applied, but Le Mans stripes badly taped and have ragged edges under the clearcoat; too late now to fix easily. Car listed in LS6 registry. Automatic also hurts value. Cond: 2. lines. Documents include copy of the original sticker, build sheet and extensive service records. Sold without reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. The mid-’70s was a dismal time for performance cars, and not even the high-flying Trans Am was immune. With less than 200 hp, it was way more show than go, but at least you looked fast. Previously offered at McCormick’s Palm Springs in February 2010 and not sold at $15.5k (ACC# 160868). High bid here came in just over that figure. A good buy as long as you don’t challenge anybody at the stoplight. FOMOCO #F471-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 5R09K171139. Amberglow/copper & tan vinyl. Odo: 86,207 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine K-code fastback restored to extremely high standard. $120k in receipts. Custom Amberglow paint flawless over laser-straight panels. Amber driving lights. Shelby-like 10-spoke wheels. Copper and tan Pony interior better than factory. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,700. Previously a no-sale at Mecum Indy in May of 2013, when bidding stalled at $120k, which almost seems like a typo (ACC# 223243). Rare, super-desirable 427 4-sp car, but without the original build sheet, it’s pretty much impossible to know definitively whether the drivetrain was born with the car. Very well sold. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 25,416 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 1,389 W-30s in 1969, and said to be one of 47 delivered to Canada. Door panels slightly rippled, prep scratches in the chrome, dull stainless trim, not to mention period-correct GM gaps/ panel fit (poor). Paint mostly very good; cracking at some edges. Correct red fender liners. Red interior nicely restored and looks #S740-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344879M357944. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $90,000. If this car were perfectly restored, well documented, and had a 4-speed, it might command $120k at auction, plus or minus. But it isn’t, it wasn’t, and it didn’t... So, working backwards from $120k, the panel work and paint will drop us to around the high bid all by themselves, and there’s no fixing the slushbox. Owner should have sold. It’s like we always say: Just buy the best, and don’t look back. #TH271-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z6N525884. Sterling Silver Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 101,560 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A two-owner, well-optioned car with a/c and power everything. Claimed largely original except one very good repaint in 2000. Aftermarket side trim looks cheap and disrupts the car’s SOLD AT $60,000. Bidding stopped at $53k; sold post-block. New owner over the moon with his purchase; car will be moving back to Scottsdale, where it was built. A unique, concours-level K-code at a slight premium, but worth it to own the best. Well bought. #S736-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM65527. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 5,827 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A wonderful mix of original and restored. Restoration work done in Mexico, where the car has lived for years. Matching numbers. Interior, glass, chrome, trim and mileage all original. High-end exterior repaint; engine cosmetics and compartment fully restored. I initially thought the interior was a redo! In the Shelby Registry and still carrying a (1985) Texas title, which should help transfer. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. The wife of one BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Newport Beach, CA of Carroll’s old friends wanted a Shelby, but with an automatic, a back seat and stripe delete, and here it stood. A unique piece of Shelby history, to be sure, but I reckon the automatic tranny offsets any premium. In my mind, everything considered, the high bid was probably all the money. 7F91A588632. Lime Frost Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,905 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration; one of 15,166 Dan Gurney Specials. Documented with Marti Report. Paint serviceable but with lots of orange peel and nicks, and some bubbling. Vinyl on roof still well attached and sound, but subsurface uneven. Interior to driver quality and not detailed. Engine compartment neat and tidy but could use a good cleaning. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. #F431-1967 MERCURY COUGAR Dan Gurney Special coupe. VIN: #TH309-1968 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA convertible. VIN: BH27F8B244997. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,898 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Cosmetically restored in ’09 with engine/transmission rebuilt at another time. Paint done very well in a very bright, non-stock yellow; only marred by some chipping around trunk and door edges. Black vinyl top nice but too glossy; interior also nicely done, with some auxiliary gauges. Dash worn and cracked. Factory a/c and power roof. Engine tidy with newly painted rocker covers and MSD ignition. Cond: 3. be one of 12 known surviving examples from two-year production run. Body reportedly designed by John LaBaire (who “opened the New York Stock Exchange”) after an engine fire damaged the original. Mechanically refurbished, including 4-valve, dual-plug engine. Bodywork and wood all look solid, if not a little tired. Interior claimed original but looks too good. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,075. Consignor added, “Estimate: $20,000-$40,000” to window sheet; clearly out of touch, but he gets credit for letting the market speak. At less than 10 large after commission, this looks like a very good buy. MOPAR #S631-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T convertible. VIN: WS27L79200808. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 80,855 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show-quality paint save for some cracking on front and rear cowl. Passenger’s door out a tiny bit; otherwise very good gaps and panel alignment. Chrome and trim excellent. Interior also very good. Said to be one of 196 R/T convertibles built, one of 20 with a/c. 300 miles on drivetrain, warmed with cam and headers. Magnum 500 wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. This paint had me longing for the buttery Sunfire Yellow these actually wore very well when new. Correctness was not the object of this redo, but at least it was well done. Original reserve of $22k was dropped when the bidding stalled at a very reasonable $17k. Aesthetics aside, pretty well bought. #S748-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23M9A284056. Electric Green/white vinyl. Odo: 76,165 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Super-straight panels with variable gaps, likely to factory level. Extremely well-done paint marred only by chips on the nose. Chrome and trim to driver quality. Redline tires, no hubcaps, all business. Seat covers nice but loose and slightly soiled; carpets are a little tired. Dana 4:10 rear end. A really nice car in a great color. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $162,500. An enormous car that looked ready to go. I found record of it advertised for sale in 2005, and it was offered at Russo and Steele Monterey 2013, but failed to sell there at $209k (ACC# 227021). That high bid does not look out of line when compared to other big P-As of the era, but the enthusiasts who care about this car have all probably seen it by now. Time to let it go. It’s currently consigned for Mecum’s Monterey sale in August. #F549-1962 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISMO HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 62V19373. Riviera Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 80,848 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Handsome coupe with good bones but a real mixed bag aesthetically; nice paint, chrome, seat covers, and carpet, but other details in and out less pleasing. Gaps all over the place, poor panel alignment, tired and pitted trim poorly attached, acrylic fender spears cracked and crazed, unkempt dash, cracked steering wheel with wrapped leather cover, etc. Car offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. From the fantastic red-over-white color scheme to the big honkin’ 440 lump, this car had it all. Talk about a great car for cruising the Pacific Coast Highway! A third pedal would have been nice, too. High bid was way under the money by 10–15 grand. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April 2012 for $81k, which we called “fair for all parties” (ACC# 197614). The high bid today looked about right or very close, but I can’t blame the consignor for keeping it. AMERICANA #S719-1919 PIERCE-ARROW 51 5-passenger tourer. VIN: 513156. Two-tone blue/tan canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 79,264 miles. Rare when new; now said to SOLD AT $15,400. New for 1962, the GT Hawk was presented as “a distinctive new sports classic” with styling—especially the pronounced grille—heavily influenced by Mercedes-Benz, which Studebaker imported in the early ’60s. Consignor’s estimate on sales sheet read $30k–$45k, not unreasonable for a much better car and at the hammer price leaves a lot of room to right the wrongs. Very well bought. A BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Portola Valley, CA Auctions America — Littlefield Military Vehicle Collection WHILE MOST VEHICLES WERE DEMILLED, THE ATF STILL DEEMED 12 OF THE MORE FUNCTIONAL LOTS “DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES” Auctions America Portola Valley, CA July 11–12, 2014 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackleton Automotive lots sold/ offered: 119/122 Sales rate: 98% Sales total: $9,864,815 High sale: 1942 Borgward Sd.Kfz. 7 8-ton half track, sold at $1,207,500 buyer’s premium: 15%, included in sold prices We’re talking heavy metal military shock and awe Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts America sold the majority of the Jacques Littlefield Collection. Littlefield was interested in armor from childhood, M 82 AmericanCarCollector.com82 AmericanCarCollector.com and he started collecting military vehicles after retirement. His passion took him all over the world, and he eventually amassed an impressive collection that illustrated the history of tanks and armored vehicles. He housed the collection at his property in the foothills above Portola Valley, CA. Littlefield established the nonprofit Military Vehicle Technology Foundation and occasionally gave tours (by appointment only). After Littlefield’s passing in 2009, the foundation sought to improve public access and agreed to place the collection with the Collings Foundation of Stow, MA. This was a perfect meshing of the two foundations, as Collings had primarily focused on military aircraft and saw integrating the armor collection as the next logical step. In total, Collings would retain 84 vehicles from the MVTF. Most of the remaining 122 were outside of the scope of Collings’ focus on World War II and newer American military history. ilitary vehicle collecting may be growing more mainstream, but rarely does a collection primarily focused on tanks and armor come on the market. This was the case July 11–12, when Auctions To fund the new building and pay the expense of transporting the 84 vehicles there, the remainder of the collection was consigned though Auctions America, with all but five exceptionally significant lots offered at no reserve. Two of those five sold successfully and, as expected, were the most expensive items of the sale: a 1942 Borgward Sd.Kfz. 7 8-ton half track at $1.2m (German) and a 1945 M4A2E8(76) HVSS Sherman medium tank at $345k. The “bad guy” stuff earned consistently strong prices, but American iron did quite well overall, especially tracked armor and thin-skin military trucks. Due to the remoteness of the site (a single-lane winding road made one wonder how Littlefield got all this up there in the first place), AA arranged for all lots to be transported by a third-party rigging and trucking company to a staging lot in the valley, where buyers and hauling companies could load up and take delivery. As such, each lot had a set off-site transport fee. While most vehicles were demilled, the ATF deemed 12 of the more functional lots “destructive devices” under the National Firearms Act of 1934. Those vehicles would not leave the site until the red tape cleared for the legal transfer — or until the components were rendered permanently inactive. These additional costs and delays didn’t seem to affect most bidders, as such things are pretty much the norm for MV collectors at this level. One event does not make the market, but it’s undeni- able that this day’s strong results have already sent shock waves across the world of historic military vehicles.A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Portola Valley, CA FOREIGN 2 Desert tan/wood bows/black vinyl.No body tags. Highly authentic restoration completed in Europe at the turn of the millennium; displayed at the Duxford MV show in England then profiled in the December 2003 issue of Military Machines. Acquired by the Collection circa 2005. Variety of casting codes indicates that it may have been assembled with pieces from the other two prime builders: Krauss-Maffei and Sauserwerke. Good paint application. Reupholstered seats. Fitted with period tachograph rather than speedo. $1,452 off-site transport fee. One of five reserve lots. Cond: 2-. #5002-1942 BORGWARD SD.KFZ. 7 8-ton half track. VIN: 142761. attached to back of turret and towing brackets up front. Rusty interior, with most loose fittings missing. $3,300 off-site transport fee. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $1,750,000. More than any other vehicle here—“if it could only talk.” Built and first used by the Third Reich; the Czechs sold it to Syria in the ’50s; captured during the Six Day War of 1967 by Israel, from whom Littlefield purchased it in 2003. While not as famous as the Tiger, the Panzer IV was the Wehrmacht’s workhorse tank. For the most part, the bidders for this were on site. While the reserve wasn’t disclosed, I suspect the number Collings was looking for was north of $2m. A bit rough for that kind of coin, but once again, “find another.” SOLD AT $1,207,500. My working nickname for this one was “Rommel’s Rod,” as Monogram had a model kit by that name of a stylized version with Mercedes features that was lowered and hot-rodded. I’ve also successfully dated myself by mentioning that. Why would Collings sell it? Simple: they can make a ton of money on it and they’re keeping Jacques’ Sd.Kfz. 8. They successfully sold this one when it surpassed the million-dollar reserve, garnering one more phone bid to earn high-sale honors. Proving once again that the bad guys’ stuff always sells for more. #5004-1944 NIBELUNGENWERKE SD. KFZ. 161/2 Panzer IV medium tank. VIN: 89457. Drab gray-green/gray metal. In rough post-battlefield condition. Actually cosmetically presentable on the outside, with an older repaint without markings. Rust on thin-skin components such as the mudguards, loose-fitting in places. Track brake access hatches removed and showing some recent work. Missing a few other hatches and all loose fittings such as pioneer tools. Reproduction ammo bustle #1010-1953 DAIMLER FV701 FERRET armored scout car. VIN: N/A. Glossy dark green/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 3,739 miles. Unable to locate body ID tags or stampings. Older, competent restoration, which has seen some light use since. Wears decal from the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society (of England); Union Jack hanging from the antenna. Main gun fully removed, with just the sleeve in the turret remaining. Otherwise appears complete inside, although the seats have some seam splitting. Older tires look serviceable. Stated that it runs out well without any major issues. $660 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3. much of a stopper, as the brakes are not working. (Okay, just leave it in the water.) Serviceable original seat cushions. Good original instruments and instruction tags in Cyrillic. S/N tag looks far too new. $660 offsite transport fee. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $92,000. These were a nut-andbolt knock-off of the Ford GPAs that the Soviets got from us under Lend-Lease during WWII. One thing they didn’t copy was the engine, as they used the one from the GAZ automobile—essentially a minimally refined Ford Model A engine. Sold pretty much for what a Ford GPA would go for, since it’s pretty much a Ford GPA—the oohahh factor of it being a copy balancing out the spotty Soviet build quality and an even more anemic engine than the GPA’s jeep motor. AMERICAN 9 SOLD AT $54,050. A staple of the Commonwealth in the Cold War era, and at one time there were probably more of these than Minis plying the streets of Belfast. Usually these are somewhat affordable here in the States, in the $20k–$30k range, representing a good entry-level piece of armor that actually fits in a garage stall. “Littlefield fever” pushed the bidding to this level. The Foundation did well. #1026-1953 MAV GAZ-46 amphibious vehicle. VIN: 590SD404. Gloss olive green/OD green canvas. Odo: 28,507 km. Either lightly used since a depot refurbishment, or decent older restoration that has been used a bit. Repaint is better than the bodywork, as it should avoid any mass of water with as many waves as the body has in it. New anchor cable. Serviceable older snow tires. Stated that it’s a runner, but not green/green & black vinyl. Old repaint in U.S. Marine Corps colors. Paint actually still presentable despite some fading and chalkiness. Tow cable laid over hull, axe and mattock for pioneer tools mounted in correct locations. Engine bay appears close to functional, if not already there. Not stated whether it’s a runner or not. Mostly complete inside, although the metal has moderate surface rust and some seat cushions are missing. The breech is also gone, so all there is of the main gun is the barrel. $1,716 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. #1032-1942 ACF M3A1 STUART light tank. VIN: 7073. Flat dark OD SOLD AT $178,250. ACF stands for American Car and Foundry, primarily a builder of railroad rolling stock. They were part of a conglomerate, which by WWII included Fageol Twin Coach, Brill buses, and HallScott engines. With several decades of September-October 2014 83 TOP 10 TOP 10


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QUICKTAKE 1951 Dodge Power Wagon wrecker You can’t deny that trucks have been on a big upswing in the SOLD at $29,700 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 11–13, 2014, Lot 113 market. While some of the wild price spikes have cooled off, a showquality WDX pickup can still bring $50k. So what happened here? Simple. The body made all the difference. When they were new, the WDX series Power Wagon was available as a pickup, cab and chassis, and even a chassis and cowl. The cab and chassis were most often set up with utility bodies, either just a cabinet-style box or with a pole-setting derrick. A few were also set up with tow-truck bodies like this example. Monroe, WI, is a rural area, and a 4x4 tow truck like this would have been a prudent invest- ment for a full-service Chrysler dealership based there. This example was exceptionally well restored, starting out as a well-maintained original. Indeed, I have reason to believe that it was actually on display for a while in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum before it was closed to the public by Fiat. Well-restored Power Wagons with pickup boxes do very well in the market, but other bodies generally don’t pull the big money. Part of it is that they start to get too big for a standard garage stall, so the potential market is smaller. But in this case, what hurts it most is that it’s a tow truck. While having your own vintage tow truck seems way cool on the onset, you’ll change your mind when you start to shop for insurance. The vast majority of collector car underwriters will not cover a tow truck, due to potential liability if you actually tow something with it — let alone someone else’s car. Most mainline insurance companies class them as commercial vehicles and have respectively high premiums. The last time I inquired with my major market insurance carrier about an old tow truck, they insisted on a $100,000 bond just to write the policy. Your state and carrier will vary, but regardless, it’s not a cheap date. This also explains why it seems like there’s more pickup truck versions today than when they were new (just like ’57 Chevy convertibles with fuel injection in Torch Red). Why spend the money to restore a Power Wagon that was used by Ma Bell with a utility box on it when you can fit a pickup box and have a truck that almost everyone wants? Both will cost the same to restore, but the latter will have a broader market and a higher value. All things taken into account, I’d call this one fully priced. A — B. Mitchell Carlson experience casting and forging, they were a natural fit for tank production early on during the Lend-Lease era. While this example is in pretty decent shape, it still needs some heavy-handed TLC, so this was sold well. VIN: T374. Early WWII olive drab/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 2 miles. Recent cosmetic restoration from which you can smell the paint degassing. Excellent paint and graphics, with many ancillaries such as machinegun tripods and signal flags. Inside, it’s one of the most heavily kitted-out tanks for small accessories, and the only one with replica small arms (M1928 Thompson SMGs, to be exact). The main gun and turret gun have their breeches welded. Pretty-looking GM Twin Pack side-by-side 6-71 diesel engines are stuck; includes another Twin Pack that reportedly should run. $3,960 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3+. 6 #1081-1942 BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE M3A5 GRANT medium tank. SOLD AT $276,000. Early Grants like this one featured a riveted-plate hull—a bad idea, as the heads from the rivets are the same on both sides and can shear off if hit by heavy artillery, creating their own shrapnel inside the tank. Coupled with the traversely fixed main gun that you have to steer the tank to aim, it’s little wonder that few survived the war. That may explain part of the high selling price, but it’s still all moot until you get the Twin Pack running. Maybe both of them. Sold well. WWII olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 52,048 miles. Original twin Cadillac series 62 flathead V8s replaced with single 1970s Cadillac 472 and TH400 automatic. And it’s been there awhile, as it’s very dirty and greasy. Not much better in the crew compartment, as this looks to have been sitting outside for most of its existence. Rusty floors, peeling paint, surface rust, etc. Seats 4 #1085-1942 CADILLAC M5 STUART light tank. VIN: 610. Early 84 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10


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very rough. More than one speedometer in instrument panel. Outside, newer degassing paint, vinyl graphics, and dummy .30-cal barrel out of the gunner’s forward port. $1,980 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $310,500. Boy, did the nickname on the side of the turret fit—“Rattletrap.” Basically a pretty-looking museum piece on the outside, but scabby and pieced together to move under its own power by hook or by crook on the inside. At least they kept it all Cadillac and didn’t put a small-block Chevy in it. If it were properly restored inside and out, yeah, maybe the price could be justified. Like this, not so much. 2779. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. The original 75-mm main gun has been changed to a demilled 76-mm. Also sports the correct turret and armor updates this series required during WWII. Recent restoration reflects correct configuration at the end of hostilities. Authentically painted and marked, with the possible exception “Rebel’s Roost” added to turret in vinyl graphics. Tracks are very rusty and show heavier wear on the rubber block pads. Well-detailed engine bay, crew compartment and turret. $3,960 off-site transport fee. Cond: 2-. 5 #1046-1942 FORD M4A3(75) Sherman medium tank. VIN: winch, swinger winch, and front winch. Stated that it runs well from a hand-held fuel can. $2,244 off-site transport fee. Cond: 4-. AUCTIONS AMERICA // Portola Valley, CA off-site transport fee. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,300. This was the biggest wheeled monster in the Navy’s inventory— even bigger than the Army’s largest wrecker, which is rated at 7½ tons. Few were made, although several were in use on the East Coast into the ’70s, and a heavy-haul towing company has one as a reserve unit that the founder bought from the War Assets Board in 1947. If you like old trucks, this was the best buy of the day, bought by the heavy-haul company that’s moving all the equipment off the mountain, so the price was right. #1035-1943 FORD M20 GREYHOUND 6x6 armored car. VIN: GBK7058949. Olive drab/olive drab vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. No data plates, original or aftermarket; s/n taken from hull stamping. Authentically restored within past decade. Good paint application inside and out. Well-detailed engine bay showing minimal use. A good detailing would make it show-ready. Interior shows some dirt from use. Fairly well kitted out inside, including radios, antenna masts, signal flags and even flashlights. Some of the reproduction labels are coming loose. Ring mount has all components ready to drop in a .50-cal M2HB. Newer tires. $660 SOLD AT $299,000. Everyone forgets that Ford produced Sherman tanks for the war effort (from July 1942 through September 1943). The early-production units like this example initially all stayed stateside at training bases, but by the end of the war most had the updates like this one and started to be dispersed out to both theaters. Selling price for this one helps confirm that the going rate for a parade-ready iconic Sherman is $300 large. yellow/tan leather. Odo: 6,548 miles. Waukesha gas I6, 4-speed main transmission and 3-speed auxiliary, chain-drive rear axles. Ex-Navy unit with old color-change repaint from Battleship Gray. U.S. Navy markings still on the rusting-out doors, which are very droopy thanks to woodframe cab construction. Iron forest of seven levers sprouting from the wood floorboards: service brake, main transmission, auxiliary transmission, main power take-off, crane #1115-1942 STERLING HCS-330 15ton wrecker. VIN: 330HCS610. Safety SOLD AT $80,500. The M20 and M8 Greyhounds (the latter equipped with a turret in lieu of a gun ring mount) were the unsung heroes of WWII. They filled the space between the jeeps and the half-tracks, being far more agile than the latter but with far better capacity and survivability than the former. All M20s were built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant, where Tauruses and Explorers are still made. Up until today, this kind of coin for one was just beyond the high end of the market. #1049-1943 WHITE M16 MGMC armored half track. VIN: 231188. Olive drab/OD green canvas. Odo: 20 miles. Restored in recent years, but missing builder’s plate. Armored (but still shows typical hammering of the fold-down side panel armor from use). Correct markings. Well-detailed motor. Stated that it runs well but that the front brakes don’t work. Not stated whether the on-board generator for the gun mount works or if the turret electrically functions. All four M2A1 guns have been demilled by cutting out the right sideplates and gutting the receivers. Newer front tires and good all-rubber track. $1,122 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3+. 7 September-October 2014 85 BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Portola Valley, CA SOLD AT $201,250. The M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage—commonly known as a “Quad 50”—is the holy grail of half tracks, with its Maxson M33 anti-aircraft mount for four .50-cal Browning M2A1 machine guns. For a world-record price, it should have its original data plate (or even a quality reproduction) and a title (none of the vehicles here had titles), and it should drive on and off a trailer for parades without excuses. Two bidders came here to buy this, but only one was going to win, market pricing be damned. (See the profile, p. 56.) #5005-1944 FISHER BODY DIVISION M4A3E2 Jumbo Sherman assault tank. VIN: 50331. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. Recent restoration in progress; exterior completed except gunner’s sight and turret spotlight. Needs interior turret components installed. Turret rotates exceptionally well manually. Crew compartment is generally complete, and most components needed to complete it are included loose— such as the wet ammunition magazines. Good paintwork inside and out. Missing main data plate. Fitted with rubber-block tracks, which are in pretty good condition. Said to be fully operable under its own power. $5,016 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3. Stated to be all original and runs well. Retains all original ancillary equipment. Heavier wear on the oilcloth seats. Fifty-cal gun ring mount has the complete pintle; ready for an M2A1. Greasy engine, but shows that it’s been maintained. Stenciling by right door indicates that the shipping weight was 48,895 pounds for the tractor. The M15A2 trailer is included but parked separately outside and in commensurate condition. Combined $5,544 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3. real issue with them being transferred to a resident—this one being parked in one of them. Then again, if you can afford to drop $200k, you’re probably prepared to deal with the red tape. As with other similar vehicles here, the live-vs.-demilled factor didn’t seem to affect prices much one way or another. SOLD AT $86,250. At 1,090 ci, the famed Hall-Scott 440 I6 had paint-can-sized pistons, so they really did need twin ignition to pop off all that volume evenly. I recall Chet Krause, who owned an open-cab M26A Pacific, saying that fuel consumption on his was 2 gallons per mile. I can’t imagine that it would get any better with an armored apartment building for a cab instead. A big, ugly, slow, chain-driven fuel hog—so it was one of my favorite vehicles here. Hey, in what other vehicle can you stand in the gun ring mount and look DOWN onto a tank? VIN: 115. Olive drab/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. Due to the 105-mm Howitzer being a live weapon, the ATF categorizes the whole unit a destructive device. Concours-quality restoration performed here 1994–95 after being sold for scrap as a very rough display unit in Sioux City, IA, in 1989. Still showquality as presented here. Fully appointed interior, including inert shells. Twin Cadillac flathead V8s and Hydra-Matic transmissions coupled at the transfer case. Stated to run out well. $2,640 off-site transport fee—once cleared by ATF. Cond: 2+. 8 #1053-1945 ACF-BRILL M75 105mm Howitzer motor carriage. NOT SOLD AT $800,000. Late in WWII, Ordnance came up with the idea of keeping the main gun ammunition in liquid, to keep it cool and minimize the chance of cooking off or blowing up the tank in the event of a direct hit to the magazine. Of the 267 Jumbo Shermans, only two are known to be in civilian hands—and the owner of the other one was here and said his is not for sale. One of the five select lots with a reserve, which I’d guesstimate was a million. #1066-1944 PACIFIC CAR & FOUNDRY M26 tank retriever. VIN: 979. Olive drab/OD green canvas. Odo: 510 miles. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com medium tank. VIN: 69361. Dark OD Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 15 miles. Restored in recent years and in excellent running condition. Named “Popgun” and done up like Rice’s Red Devil. Basic paint well applied, though seems a bit darker and glossier than original. Rock-hard hatch seals. Mostly complete inside, including filled periscope and ammo can racks. Main gun is demilled by welding the breech shut. Engine bay starting to get greasy again, but that’ll happen on any “twin pack” (two in-line 6-cylinder GM diesels) used for longer than five minutes. $4,488 off-site transport fee. Cond: 2-. 3 #5001-1945 FISHER BODY DIVISION M4A2E8(76) HVSS Sherman SOLD AT $345,000. Stated that this was used in the movie “Fury” starring Brad Pitt. It’s one of two “Easy Eights” that Littlefield had. Collings elected to keep the one that still had a live 76-mm gun, with this one selling if it met the reserve. That happened at the final bid, which was over the phone, yielding a market-correct sale at the hammer price. SOLD AT $195,500. One of 12 weapons on site that were (potentially) live. While several states have no further restrictions on National Firearms Act of 1934 weapons beyond federal requirements, some have a #1075-1945 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER M5A1 military high-speed tractor. VIN: 865185. Dark OD green/OD green canvas/OD green canvas. Odo: 595 miles. Overhaul tag indicates it was rebuilt by Bowlin McLaughlin Inc. in 1948. In more recent years, it was restored as needed. Repainted over previous layers and rust pits, but doesn’t look too bad. Newer reproduction roof canvas, door side canvas, and seat cushions. Ring mount on roof is drop-in ready for a .50-cal Browning. Heavier wear on the all-steel tracks, but the rollers are still quite good. Engine bay almost approaches detailed. Stated that it runs out well, without any “yeah, but” issues. $1,848 off-site transport fee. 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GLOVEBOXNOTES AUCTIONS AMERICA // Portola Valley, CA By John L. Stein 2014 ram Promaster 3500 Cargo of the truck. Gaping hole in the roof for the .50-cal ring mount, with most of the pieces sitting in the cargo box. Stated that it runs well. $1,716 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. Price as tested: $40,450 equipment: 3.6-liter 24-valve V6 with VVT, 6-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive. Highway mileage, ACC observed: 18.3 Likes: Big, bigger, biggest! The largest ProMaster is nearly 21 feet long and 8½ feet tall, with an inside storage area some 13 feet long, six feet wide and 6½ feet high. We headed to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering with three bikes inside and returned with four — plus luggage, tools, spares and a cooler, and everything fit. Dodge’s 3.6-liter V6 and six-speed automatic are sweethearts, offering energetic acceleration and returning 18.3 mpg at 70 mph. The turning radius is also fantastic. Dislikes: What the ProMaster gains in utility it loses in human factors. One demerit is interior noise, which zinged our sound meter to 83 dBA at times. Insulating the interior’s bare upper walls would help tons here. Another negative is the upright bus-driver seating position, which prohibits straightening the legs — aggravating on a long haul. The van also feels nervous in gusting side winds, the audio system is uninspiring, and the small-screen TomTom navigation unit is miles behind the competition. Verdict: There’s much to debate about the Ram ProMaster, a Fiat-based replacement for the Sprinter that Chrysler lost during its split from Daimler-Benz. I can wholeheartedly recommend its giant interior and low, flat floor, its agreeable FWD powertrain and fuel economy, and generally sunny disposition. Various pitfalls, such as interior noise and the audio/nav system, can be corrected — but others, such as torturous driver ergonomics, are tougher fixes. This leaves me wanting to love this beast, but coming up short at just “like.” Fun to drive: eye appeal: Overall experience: 88 AmericanCarCollector.com production a mere 589 units, spanning May to August 1945, these are coveted as the highest development of the original 5,290 13-ton-rated M5 High Speed Tractors. Therefore the phone bidder who was the last standing didn’t do too bad. #1084-1956 ALLIS-CHALMERS M50A1 ONTOS tracked self-propelled gun mount. VIN: N/A. OD green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,677 miles. Unable to locate builder tag or hull number. In need of full restoration and missing enough parts that you may not know what you need. Engine hatch and crew compartment decking are gone, but other loose parts are inside—maybe for the vehicle, maybe not. Some hardware still on the gun mount turret, but doesn’t seem complete enough to mount six recoilless rifles. The Mopar big-block V8 appears complete. Wears several repaints, but also has significant surface rust. $1,180 off-site transport fee. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $32,200. Consider it a tracked deuce-and-a-half (the classic 2½-ton Army truck), but instead of a Continental Multifuel engine, it’s powered by an off-the-rack 6V53 Detroit Diesel with an Allison automatic and track system off the M113 APC. (The only other one I’ve seen sell in civilian hands went for one-tenth of this price because that buyer was the only one able to rewire the electrical system and get it running.) But despite being a cargo truck, it’s not the most useful thing unless you live in swamp territory, so I’m calling it well sold. #1007-1983 ARROWPOINTE CORP. DRAGOON 300 armored personnel carrier. VIN: N/A. Desert tan/black vinyl. Odo: 3,574 km. No manufacturer’s data plates or hull stampings found. Gauges are metric, so it was an export model. All original paint with rust streaks. Turret replaced with a ballistically unfit sheet of plywood. Used but not abused interior, dirty but generally complete. Rattle-can touch-up on radio rack and on the motor, which is an off-the-shelf Detroit Diesel 6V-53T coupled to an Allison automatic. Good tires. Seems to have spent more years sitting than in actual service. SOLD AT $40,250. Used exclusively by the Marine Corps into the Vietnam era. “Ontos” is Greek for “thing,” which makes it one of the most appropriately named military vehicles of all time. It was also a classic example of the engineers losing track of what the end users really needed. Sure, the armor and the six M40 106-mm recoilless rifles looked impressive, but you couldn’t load or aim from inside. Marines that I know who were in ’Nam preferred the M247 Mule or M151 mounted platforms because they didn’t give a false sense of security. Well sold. #1011-1982 FMC M548A1 tracked cargo carrier. VIN: HAA01515. NATO camo green/olive drab canvas/olive drab canvas. Odo: 1,314 miles. Generally all original with typical motor-pool wear. Paint just a bit chalky from being in the sun; soft top plastic windows are yellowing; canvas is serviceable. Seats have heavier wear than the rest $1,584 off-site transport fee. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,100. Developed explicitly to share existing components in the DoD’s parts bins; a number of driveline components are from the popular M809 5-ton truck—most obviously, the wheels. There was a lot of phone activity when the bidding started, as these are used by a number of law enforcement agencies here and abroad—confirmed by the fact that most of the phone reps were out past $10k. However, one phone bidder stuck it out all the way to the end. A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN Twin Cities Auctions — Back to the ’50s A CLASSIC-CAR AUCTION IS A GREAT FIT FOR THE COLOSSAL BACK TO THE ’50s SHOW Twin Cities Auctions 28th Annual Twin Cities Spring Classic Auction St. Paul, MN June 20–21, 2014 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/ offered: 98/180 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $1,600,878 High sale: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, sold at $112,350 Prices include 7% onsite buyer’s fee ($300 minimum) 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 And it even has an 8-track player — 1969 Chevrolet C-10 custom pickup, sold at $8,239 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics W 90 AmericanCarCollector.com hile the auction industry has to some extent shied away from partnering with major events, some regional companies have found that this approach works well for them. The Minnesota Street Rod Association knows that a classic-car auction is a great fit for their colossal Back to the ’50s show, and their 41st annual event drew 11,800 pre-1965 vehicles to the state fairgrounds in St. Paul, MN. Two years ago, local promoter Ron Christenson’s MidAmerica Auctions took over the auction after Mecum’s departure and was rewarded with the best results out there in years. More recently, Ron sold MidAmerica to Mecum, as part of Mecum’s growing motorcycle sales department. As such, Ron renamed the organization Twin Cities Auctions, retaining his same staff and crew, specifically to conduct local car auctions. This was his first collector-car event since the change. Considering that Ron has conducted collector-car auctions in this market under three different names over the past 28 consecu- tive years, the new name certainly seems appropriate. Being local and a faithful attendee of BTT50s for decades, Ron knows what works here and what doesn’t. Consignments were capped at 180 — enough cars to fill the historic Cattle Exposition building it’s conducted in — for protection either from rain or blazing sun in Minnesota’s unpredictable summer weather. The sale took place over two days, but the sessions were relatively short. Ron also starts at 2 p.m., giving everyone time to wander the main show before sitting down to buy, sell or just watch the proceedings. One draw for dealers to this venue is that vehicles tend to sell reasonably. This year, muscle cars and trucks in particular tended to be well bought. The best example of the former also gives us an idea of the stillunsettled Hemi market: a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T at $69,550. As for trucks, a 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Custom half-ton pickup, another competent older restoration like the Hemi Charger, sold for $8,239. All told, Twin Cities Auctions did a good job of serving both their consignors and buyers, and proved an integral part of one of the largest car shows in North America.A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN GM #168-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 536261760. Red/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 67,229 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body tag (attached with Phillips screws) indicates this was originally Artesian Ochre with a red leather interior. Longterm owner/consignor (since 1968) restored the car over the past 25 years. Fitted with dealer-accessory Continental kit, dual spotlights, and Eldorado chrome wire wheels. Superb color-change bare-body repaint. Show-quality replate of all chrome, even changing the rubber “Dagmars” on the bumpers to chrome bullets. Expertly reupholstered interior. Retro-look stereo with CD changer in the trunk. Cond: 2+. ing-off point for someone entering the hobby who always wanted a Tri-Five Chevy to putter around in. When offered on the block, it was a no-sale at $7,750, but a deal was worked by the start of the next day. Smart move on the consignor’s part to move it down the road. #142-1959 BUICK ELECTRA sedan. VIN: 7F1018309. Light blue/blue cloth. Odo: 48,229 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include power seats and windows, automatic climate control, and AM radio with power antenna. Very old repaint with some flaking on right front wheelwell lip. Rest of respray looks quite presentable from a distance. Decent original chrome and trim. Bank-vault-solid door fit. Originalbut-grungy engine would benefit from a detailing. Seats reupholstered with good workmanship but in a generic pattern. Modern carpeting, re-dyed dashboard, but original worn kick panels and good original door panels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $112,350. There was a lot of work done on this car—and work continued almost until the day it sold here. The last item, done a month before auction, was a new battery and rebuilding the speedometer. No fix-today-flip-tomorrow special here. This was obviously a car that was loved and carefully but regularly used. The way you want to buy just about any collector car you intend to drive further than on and off a trailer. Reserve lifted when it hit $105k, making it the justified top sale of the weekend. #80-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. VIN: C56J028899. White & light blue/light blue vinyl. Odo: 95,105 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Originally a 6-cylinder, as verified by the serial number. Now has nondescript small block under the hood with multiple aftermarket things on it, all done with slipshod workmanship and very dingy. Far better interior; replaced several years back but presents rather well and shows light wear. Older repaint presentable on the outside, but with overspray in doorjambs and on undercarriage. Spray-can touch-up on rear quarter-panel. Dull original chrome and trim. Crack in the right rear door glass. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,300. If you want that “just dragged out from decades on a fence row” look, this Ratalina was for you. Started at $1k, ended at $4k, when the final bidder raised his own bid at $3,800 to get it. Hopefully to get the engine and Tri-Power intake manifold. Bid well enough. #52-1964 BUICK SPORT WAGON custom. VIN: 13721B06. Light yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 7,161 miles. 3.8-L supercharged V6, auto. Assigned South Dakota VIN. Not surprisingly, as it’s made from five different cars. Exceptionally good metal workmanship, perhaps bettering original build quality. Good paint also. Well-trimmed interior in what would be stock if it actually existed, with minimal wear. Not as well detailed under the hood, and is a lot more aftermarket than stock. Powertrain consists of a modern supercharged Buick 3.8-L V6, moved from east-to-west FWD configuration to north-tosouth RWD, bolted to a 700R4 automatic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,309. First year for the 401-ci “nailhead” V8, which developed quite a following with the 1960s performance crowd. For a while, Buick had an engine with greater displacement than Cadillac’s thennew 390-ci V8! The buyer fought pretty hard to get this one, as he’s a broker for overseas shipments. This one is destined most likely for Sweden, where big, sleddy drivergrade ’50s sedans are, well, big. #85-1959 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 159C16738. Blue & rust/multi-blue vinyl. Odo: 7,844 miles. 389-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Odometer is offset, so first digit can’t be read. Banged up and very rusty. Original paint is baked and rust stained. Trim pieces all mangled or missing. Rusty enough to wonder how the heavily weathered and downright smelly front seat stays in place. Despite this, it’s been used as a daily driver in the summer months for a decade. The motor was rebuilt in recent years and runs fairly well; new brakes and suspension work within last year. Tri-Power intake manifold on back seat sweetens the deal. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $29,960. One of none (with the seller-builder using the phrase “proto-like”), but built to represent what a two-door Sport Wagon might have been. I suspect this was a case of the thrill of the hunt, and once it was done and shown several times, the owner/builder tired of it. Reserve lifted at $28k, so the new owner will never have to figure out which one it is anywhere it’s parked. #152-1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138378A143115. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 41,128 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Poor prepwork on an older repaint. Lots of small degassing blisters on top surfaces. Body tag confirms it was repainted in its original color. Roof edge trim indicates the roof was white vinyl. Good door fit. Replated bumpers. Mostly reproduction trim. Holes in rear valance trim from a dealer tag—along with missing bottom-edge trim. Fitted with newer radial tires on reproduction Rallye wheels. SOLD AT $8,025. 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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside Reproduction seat upholstery, well fitted. Mottled re-dyed door panels and dashpad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,960. One of several cars here from a collection that sat for three years which were part of a bank liquidation in Florida. One of several situations could be going on here—flood, storm, bankruptcy, estate, RICO act—and none of them is good. Any way you cut it, it’s a less-thanexpert restoration gone feral from disuse. Sold well, even if those brake drums are worth an alleged five grand. #68-1969 CHEVROLET C-10 custom pickup. VIN: CE149J838896. Light Green/multi-green vinyl. Odo: 90,876 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the original build sheet on the glovebox door, has optional 350 V8, automatic, power steering, heavyduty battery, block heater, rear step bumper, gauge package, and push-button AM radio, now swapped for an 8-track. Authentic repaint two decades ago, with surface rust on the back of the front wheelwell rockers from road abrasions. Wood cargo- 1978–81 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in a big way. The public bought nearly three times more Zs in 1978 than 1977. Chevrolet produced a combined 228,193 from 1978 through 1981. Today, they make good drivers with a vintage look. Best bet is a car in a good color, such as red or black, with a 350 and a 4-speed if you can find it. Original graphics are cool, too. Given the relative similarity between the model years, condition should trump every- T thing when you’re looking to buy. It’s best to avoid the California cars if you can, since they were required to come with an automatic and 3.42-ratio rear axle. Starting in 1980, Cali Camaros all came equipped with a 305-ci V8 rated at 165 hp — prior to that they were just choked-down 350s. But don’t let that stop you from getting a deal on a fantastic car. Horsepower varies a little year by year. The 1980 Z has the Years built: 1978–81 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 Detailing 228,193 Average price of those months: 31 cars: $15,341 Current ACC Valuation: $13,500–$24,000 most power at 190 hp, but just remember to store those stock parts when you add on the fun, power-boosting aftermarket pieces. An important note for 1981 models: The new computer-commandcontrol emission system made this year the only second-gen Camaro with a computer. Those circuits are over 33 years old now, so make sure everything functions properly before buying. In the past calendar year, ACC saw 31 1978–81 Z/28s sell at near $15k, making the later second-gen Z/28s easily affordable. For now. A 94 AmericanCarCollector.com auction. The highest seller came from Mecum’s Houston sale in early April. That highly modified 1981 Z, with a 427-ci V8 pushing out 600 ponies, sold for $35,100. Barrett-Jackson sold the previous high in Scottsdale at the beginning of the year. There, a stock charcoal-over-silver 1981 Z/28 went to a new home for $33,000. That’s first-gen Camaro territory. In general, the mean price hovers — Chad Tyson hey aren’t the most attractive Camaros ever built, nor the fastest. But late secondgeneration Z/28s were among the best selling. And the market is starting to appreciate them. The Z/28 returned in 1977 after a two-year absence. The 1978 model showed up with a urethane facelift and retuned suspension, and those changes worked out box floor correctly painted. Good original trim. Excellent original interior. Aftermarket wrapped steering-wheel rim cover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,239. This was probably my favorite vehicle here—and I’m more of a Ford person. Growing up around these trucks when they were new and late-model used, this is how I remember them—not spiffed up like a muscle car with a bowling alley-like floor in the cargo box. This was one of the most authentic 1967–72 Chevy pickups I’ve encountered yet. Very well bought. CORVETTE #133-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S276730. Le Mans Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 13,438 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted approximately a decade ago; some light broadcasting on right front fender. Stated that engine was rebuilt in 2002. Twelve years of light road dust and corrosion since then. Transmission was redone last year. Good bumpers and chrome. Declared that the electrical system has a slow drain, and the clock and horn are inoperative. Door panels, A-pillar covers, console, and dash re-dyed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,655. Originally a no-sale at $14k, declared a post-block sale in the auction company’s after-auction report online. Just a little too many rough edges to rate BEST BUY


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN repaint, but applied over crazed original paint on the upper body surfaces. Reproduction brightwork starting to dull. Stockstyle seat reupholstery done in modern fabrics instead of original vinyl. Both doors rattle. Cond: 3+. it any higher—even if it looks pretty—so it sold well. FOMOCO #111-1944 FORD GPW military truck. VIN: GPW230285. Dark OD green/OD green canvas/OD green canvas. Odo: 9,665 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Stated that it’s a 1943, but reproduction body tag and established references show a delivery date of 10/18/44. The flathead screws securing the datapates have the heads aligned horizontally. Nice touch, but they originally were cold-riveted into place. Restored by the Imperial Palace’s correctional custody restoration facility, then displayed in their collection. Overall fairly authentic, but paint is a darker post-war shade, lettering style is incorrect, and hood number is pulled out of thin air. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,108. The high-performance FE block Fords (406s and 427s) were not available with an automatic transmission in this era. Smoke from the usually robust 406 made me think that someone used this one hard. Originally a no-sale on the block at $11,500, the consignor got lucky and got religion, cutting it loose for a slightly better post-block sale. #20-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4Y83Z161083. White/buckskin tan vinyl. Odo: 5,006 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Long-term ownership (since 1977) by the consignor, who cosmetically restored the exterior 20 years ago. 1998 Vintage Thunderbird Club International. national meet first in class. Motor was pulled for detailling and to put in hardened valve seats. Repaint technically better than new, still holding up exceptionally well. All-original interior removed years ago for detailing and still looks superb. Doors rattle when shut, as the glass seals have compressed over the last half century. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,980. The consignor won the car in a raffle last fall. Now he was selling it because it’s difficult for him to get into (being a senior citizen), he needs a place to store it, and he was put off by having to pay half of the taxes on its value when he picked it up. He had never been to a collector-car auction before, and because of that, someone got a good deal on a mediocre car. Even flipping it as-is, there’s still money left on the table on this one. #121-1968 MERCURY CYCLONE GT fastback. VIN: 8H15J585165. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 55,119 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally powered by the base 230-hp 302. Optional a/c, with most components loose in the trunk. Older, very presentable trim-off repaint. The doors have inconsistent gaps and rattle when closed, despite new door seals. Seats have also been redone, along with the carpet and dashpad. Light haziness to the gauges and faux-wood dash. Modern gauges and sound system. Cond: 3. JVC tape deck in stock location. Aftermarket chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Unpainted rusty bare-metal replacement water pump sticks out the worst as far as the engine bay being dingy and unimpressive. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,260. By 1944, both Ford and Willys were using the composite bodies sourced from American Central Manufacturing of Connersville, IN—where Auburns were built seven years earlier. Last sold at Auctions America’s 2012 Fort Lauderdale sale for $17,050. Here it hammered sold shortly after the reserve was dropped at $18k. A pretty jeep rather than an authentic jeep—but I wouldn’t call it “pretty authentic”—it sold about right. #12-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2P63W114313. Red/red & gray cloth. Odo: 8,084 miles. 406-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Originally equipped with a 170-hp 292 V8, now has a kit-based 406 with aftermarket throttle-body fuel injection and ignition, but 406/427 FoMoCo cast header manifolds. Built C-6 automatic. Modern front discs. Runs well enough, but has some smoke under acceleration. Decent older SOLD AT $10,433. For those who like this era of T-bird hard top, this was a smokin’ deal. It would take very little to get this back to VTCI concours standards; or for this money, you’d have a really clean cruiser that you would be able to flip and at least get your money back when you’re bored with it. #21-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08C234189. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,772 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power top and center console. Modern repro wheels. Repainted a couple of years ago, not to show standards, but pretty darn good for a driver. Masked door seals. Poor hood-to-fender alignment, great door fit and gaps. Mostly reproduction brightwork. All reproduction interior soft trim. SOLD AT $12,733. 1968 was the first year on the new body for the Cyclone and Montego, and in the former, the 302 was the entry-level motor. While it may be a rustfree body from New Mexico, it’s far from numbers-matching, so it sold well enough. MOPAR #7-1948 DODGE POWER WAGON series WDX 1-ton 4x4 pickup. VIN: T13712303. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 47,199 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Modern-made pickup box; tailgate looks somewhat accurate if you don’t know anything about vintage Dodge tailgates. Poorly fitted plywood bed floor with hole cut for fuel-filler access. Diamond-plate running boards, C-channel bumpers. Unspectacular repaint with runs and orange peel. Chrome... What chrome? September-October 2014 95


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // St. Paul, MN Reupholstered seat and door panels with minimal wear. Speedometer needle is broken and laying in bottom of gauge. Modern off-road bias-ply mudders on the original Budd split rims. Cond: 3-. inal with actual miles. Optional Golden Commando 361 V8 and automatic. Older repaint presents better than it really should. Recently buffed-out stainless trim, lightly pitted original bumper chrome. Faded and cracked taillights. Both doors rattle. Older replacement top showing some light weathering and backlight wrinkles from less-thanexpert installation. Excellent original interior with yellowed piping on seat edges and some soiling on seat bottoms. Moderately soiled carpeting. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,449. The made-up pickup box suggested to me that this started out as either a cab-and-chassis or had a commercial body of some kind on it. Well-restored original-series Power Wagons can pull over $50k, and even half-baked ones like this continue to do well. Not sold on the block at $12k, but was a post-block deal by the end of the first day. #170-1955 DODGE C-3 1-ton pickup. VIN: 82382069. Maroon metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 43,367 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Lesser-quality repaint in a non-stock color. Fitted with 1953–79 Ford Stepside rear fenders (1955 Dodge fenders aren’t being reproduced). Most brightwork now painted silver. New glossy pickup box wood floor with stainless-steel skid strips. Fabricated cargo box; possibly original tailgate. Original Budd 16-inch split rims. Older engine rebuild. Twelve-volt electrical with alternator. New generic seat upholstery with correct cardboard headliner. Homemade door panels with armrests and map pockets added. Cond: 3. brakes, gauge package. Codes out as a 4-speed Hemi car, but components now in it are from 1968. Restored in 2005 by a local Mopar specialty shop after it was imported from California. Excellent workmanship throughout. Driver’s door does seem to rattle when closed, and some of the fender-tocowl gaps seem wide, but otherwise great fit and finish. Fitted with reproduction Magnum 500 wheels shod with modern radials. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,895. The 361 was the smallest of the Mopar “big block” architecture V8s. Someone thought this was made out of gold by the way they bid on it—strongly enough sold that it was the sixth-highest sale here this weekend. #162-1967 DODGE CORONET police package 2-dr sedan. VIN: WK21H71254161. Viper Red/black vinyl. Odo: 29,644 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a police-package Coronet in white with tan vinyl interior. Better-quality older bare-body repaint. Good, solid door fit. Replated bumpers and reproduction emblems, with lightly scratched original trim. New interior soft trim, generally well fitted. Has a Coronet 440 dash badge, even though the VIN decodes as an entry-level Coronet Deluxe. Modern seatbelts. Motor done up bone stock, equipped with power nothing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,550. While Hemi prices are starting to stabilize and move up again, that only really applies to no-excuses cars. While this one was put together quite well and did leave the factory as a Hemi, it’s not numbers-matching. The consignor didn’t have delusions for pricing, as the reserve was lifted at $63k, and it sold for a reasonable amount. AMERICANA #173-1975 AMC MATADOR Brougham coupe. VIN: A5A167H141186. Cocoa Metallic/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 30,225 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sold new in San Jose, CA. Now recently removed from two-year storage. Optional a/c, tinted glass, power steering, power front disc brakes, tilt steering column, and AM/FM stereo. Claimed largely original with actual miles. The only appreciable wear inside the car is the carpeting. Excellent original paint with some heavier buffing over the years. Mostly good original trim, some selective replating. Newer radial tires. AMC Rambler Club badges on grille. Has several trophies from shows, the last being in 2011. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,630. Voice of experience here. The problem with restoring a vintage one-ton pickup is that while reproduction parts for most name-brand half-tons are darn near falling out of the trees, that doesn’t apply to anything larger. As such, things like pickup boxes and trim tend to be either patched back together or adapted. Both approaches are shown on this rig, and with the reserve being lifted at the end of bidding, the consignor knows full well that they also just don’t bring as much money as a half-ton. #118-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. VIN: 3306134200. Light blue & white/white vinyl/multi-blue vinyl. Odo: 62,797 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Believed largely orig- 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,190. Not really a Coronet Deluxe nor a 440, the police package (denoted by the K for the second character in the VIN) was essentially a model unto itself—so 440 badging may have been original, depending what was on the line at the time. Even redone in Viper Red, this still has a narc car look to it—not necessarily a sleeper. In a market awash in fakey-doo Hemis and Road Runner wannabes, this is an interesting way to have a Plain-Jane muscle car with a potent 383 under the hood. Bought well. #172-1969 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29J9B332118. Bright red/black vinyl. Odo: 29,485 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering and SOLD AT $11,503. The 1974–78 Matador coupes actually say more about the state of the domestic auto industry as a whole than just about AMC as a company at this time. One could even go out on a limb and say that they even tried to pull market share from Lincoln with their own designer packages (from Levi’s and Oleg Cassini). 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at three auctions CLASSICS #333-1937 CORD 812 phaeton. VIN: 1339H. Eng. # FB2454. Cigarette Cream/ red leather. Odo: 5,153 miles. Formerly part of the William Pettit Collection. Restored in 1990s. Paint evenly applied, has a richness to it. Most brightwork better than average. Windshield has blotches. A few dents in windshield surround. Panel gaps variable. Rust in door jambs. Cared-for interior shows clear gauges, all controls there. Luxurious seats look barely lived-in, but are comfy. Specks in center-mounted rear-view mirror. Roll-up window handles feel loose. Cond: 2. 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible, sold at $43,200 — Silver, Seattle, WA Silver Auctions Coeur d’Alene, ID — June 14, 2014 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/offered: 30/77 Sales rate: 39% Sales total: $354,019 High sale: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible, sold at $43,200 buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle Mecum Auctions Seattle, WA — June 13–14, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec, Mike Hagerman Automotive lots sold/offered: 321/603 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $15,278,931 High sale: 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, sold at $3,780,000 buyer’s premium: 8% ($500 minimum) included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston Bonhams Greenwich, CT — June 1, 2014 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner, Patrick Meade Automotive lots sold/offered: 97/104 Sales rate: 93% Sales total: $7,862,310 High American sale: 1966 Fitch Phoenix, sold at $253,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal SOLD AT $115,500. A solid 812 that’s no stranger to the auction circuit. Last seen at RM’s Phoenix sale in January of this year, where it no-saled at $150k (ACC# 241759). Before that, it sold at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale in 2012 for $113k (ACC# 209409). The coachwork is believed to be original, although the replacement body tag fitted prior to restoration does not correspond with Cord factory sequencing. This disconnect probably accounted for today’s reasonable sale price, which was $5k south of the low estimate. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. GM #397-1924 CADILLAC V-63 7-passenger tourer. VIN: 631026. Eng. # 63C1026. Black/gray vinyl/black leather. Odo: 67,788 miles. A local car all its life, two owners from new, with consignor since 1979. Believed original except for tires, hoses. Paint shows flakes, scratches, blisters, discoloration. Dull chrome. Soft top dirty but fits well. Musty odor inside. Seats and dash have cracks. Top lining ripped, repaired with replacement material of another color. Two individual seats in middle, bench seating in rear. Door locks missing. Dingy engine bay. Original registration included. Cond: 3. 98 AmericanCarCollector.com 1966 Fitch Phoenix coupe, sold at $253,000 — bonhams, Greenwich, CT 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL SOLD AT $38,500. The color was periodcorrect but lackluster. The overall drab presentation likely held back the bidding. Nevertheless, it was in pretty good shape and nothing seen would be of major concern. Well bought below the low estimate of $50k. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. #F194.1-1935 CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE 3-window coupe. VIN: M4716272. Tan/brown cloth. Odo: 80,117 miles. Older single-stage lacquer repaint in original color holding up well. No-hit panels straight, rustfree, doors click shut. Spare on left front fender, light orange peel here and there, door handles pitted, dual fog lights. Glass and bumpers good. Seats and door cards redone in stock style awhile back, “necker’s knob” on nice steering wheel, no radio or any comfort accessories. Engine compartment lightly cleaned, original straight six, no smoke on start-up, runs well. Too nice for street-rod treatment. Cond: 3+. with spare and red carpet lining. Clean engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. A very attractive car maintaining its exceptional good looks despite a couple of decades without a full restoration. The ’49 Series 62s have been all over the place in recent years. This one barely missed its low $75k estimate, which seemed reasonable for the above-average presentation. I’d call this one slightly well bought. Last seen at RM’s New York sale in 2002, not sold at $61k (ACC# 29137). Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. #S74-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16968124. Red/tan cloth/red & white leather. Odo: 96,107 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration with many paint touch-ups and more missed. Panels straight, stainless good, bumpers show light abrasions. Convertible top clean, serviceable, flat glass back window. Side glass original, no-name aftermarket windshield. Leather interior clean, chrome bits pitted, power windows, steering, brakes. Underhood stock, clean, show-worthy. Cond: 1-. ride, but closer examination revealed some shortfalls near completion. No harm done if bidders noticed the easy fixes and took that into consideration in their offers. That seemed to be the case with several parties interested. I’m calling this one well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. SOLD AT $21,600. I tried to buy a mint green one in 1966 when stationed in Wichita Falls, TX. I cashed my paycheck and ran back that afternoon with $700 to find it sold. (1935 price was $620.) For 31 times more in 2014 dollars, someone got a sweet Chevy 3-window coupe—one of 11,901 built in ’35. This was well presented and fairly bought, making all parties involved pleased. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #346-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 496207047. Black/tan canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 374 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Acquired from New Jersey collector Ray Catena 15 years ago. Older restoration looks great. Terrific paint. Good chrome, some minor scratches, microblisters. Glass is in good condition. Rubber cracked at rear bumper. Passenger’s door slightly off. Power windows and top standard. Some stains on tan tonneau. Interior practically faultless. Clock. Tidy trunk #F136.1-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118376W118485. Marina Blue/Bright Blue vinyl. Odo: 78,802 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good windowsin repaint over straight panels provides factory look. Steel wheels with wire-wheel-look hubcaps and one-inch whitewalls (four SS caps also convey), chrome and stainless look new. Repop interior well done in original “Bright Blue,” woodgrain wheel also mint. Rubber seals around no-drafts dried and cracked. Engine compartment all factory save chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Muncie 4-speed, 12-bolt rear. “Matching numbers” not mentioned; but, on this street ride, who cares? Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,900. Two ’54s offered (Lots F167 and S106) failed to sell but were bid to $130k and $150k. This one’s lower price was due to its older restoration unwinding. One of of 1,690 produced in 1953, the Skylark was Buick’s halo car, with rakish chopped windshield and swoopy lines. ACC’s Pocket Price Guide puts the ’53 model in the $115k–$175k range with an Investment Grade of B. This price left money for a refurb and potential future profit. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #F285-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138176A115818. Aztec Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 3,742 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent windows-out bronze repaint over well-prepared panels including jambs, minor orange peel on door sills. Variable gaps, trunk lid high at back, hood high on driver’s side. Glass good, some weather seals new, others not. Bumpers good, chrome frames holding no-drafts pitted. Stock-looking black vinyl interior clean, factory radio, knee-knocker tach. Bigblock area clean, new 850 Holley, singlecircuit master cylinder still applies drum brakes. Twelve-bolt Posi rear, ratio unstated. About 90% done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,860. This was an attractive SOLD AT $48,600. I’ve always considered GM’s Marina Blue a perfect hue, and it popped on this example. Looking box-stock, with demerits for dried and cracking rubber seals, presentation was just short of condition 1. The ACC Pocket Price Guide lists these between $45k–$55k, and winning bid was deservedly more. Buyer and seller should be happy with this well-bought and -sold result. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #F78-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pro Street coupe. VIN: 124377L130538. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 9,868 miles. 468-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Pale yellow on straight panels, new brightwork and glass, SS badging, polished mags, tubbed rear holds 18-inch wide meats. Nice repop black interior (driver’s seat going baggy), roll bar, ratchet shifter on floor. Clean engine compartment, 468-ci Chevy (hp unstated), nine-inch Ford with 12-bolt center section, 4:11 Posi. Does September-October 2014 99


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Grandma know what happened to her car? Cond: 3+. sire for originality, the new owner has to decide to fix the interior, the weakest part of the car, or keep as-is. A fair buy. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/14. SOLD AT $28,620. I saw this Pro Street ride at Petersen’s sale in Salem, OR, Feb 1, 2014, where it no-saled at an unrecorded final bid (ACC# 232376). Seen here with 18 more miles, the box-stock sleeper vibe continued until dual roll bar stays were noted. This time, it sold for $28,620, which is less than build cost, and it goes into the wellbought column. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #24-1968 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 105678W113598. Blue metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 83,045 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Good-quality repaint still looks nice. Mix of original and replacement trim. Taillight plastic original, some stainless missing around one light. Aftermarket vinyl/chrome side moldings detract from the cleanliness of the secondgeneration cars. Older top showing wear and discoloration and isn’t water-tight. Stock original interior showing age. Some warping of plastics and door panels. Comes with thick file of receipts going back to 1990. Cond: 3. #S31-1996 CHEVROLET CAPRICE sedan. VIN: 1G1B152WXTR102610. Brown metallic/tri-tone bronze leather. Odo: 136,125 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Low-rider with nice finishes and interior. Interesting custom bronze paint with airbrushed shadow spiderwebs under clearcoat. Polished 20-inch Boss alloys, air suspension with four-way pumps and dual compressors. Custom leather bucket interior mimics bronze paint, Kenwood head unit, dual amps and subs to induce migraines. Undetailed LT1 looks like it’s on the floor when suspension is dropped. Cond: 3+. has reportedly covered fewer than 100 miles since. Sharp paint. Chrome excellent. Side windows show minor crazing. Clear windshield. Original tan soft top restored beautifully, fits perfectly. Meticulously prepared interior. Showroom-quality. Numbersmatching engine. Docs include all restoration receipts and recent service history. Pennsylvania car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,800. This car presented really well, and so it surprised me that it hammered sold just shy of the $75k low estimate. I thought it was good for another $10k, but it wasn’t to be on this day. Well bought. (See the profile, p. 46.) Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. SOLD AT $9,180. I saw this car at Petersen’s Salem, OR, sale in February, where it sold for $6,264 (ACC# 232368). It was probably an investment purchase since only 88 miles have been added. Previously, someone had some spendy work done to taste, and the next owner achieved a nice profit after four months. Seller should be pleased, and buyer reasonably obtained a quality custom family hauler with a claimed $40k in receipts. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. CORVETTE SOLD AT $6,210. One of 1,386 convertibles produced in the penultimate year for the Corvair, the Monza 110 was the one to buy. Seller turned down a bid of $7,500 at the Silver Auction at Fort McDowell, AZ, in January (ACC# 232155). With today’s de- #324-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S003858. Eng. # 076904IF54YG. Polo White/tan vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 31,949 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1bbl, auto. Three-owner car, in current ownership since 2006. Frame-off, no-expensespared restoration completed in 2012, and SOLD AT $55,000. The ’56 redesign introduced new headlights and eliminated the fins out back. Exterior door handles and roll-up windows were also added. As it stood, the glaring issues in the doorjambs raised concerns that likely restrained bidding. If given the all-clear, then I’d say the buyer got a very good deal. Well bought, with a footnote. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #S142.1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S110805. Ermine White/ black vinyl. Odo: 63,770 miles. 327-ci 360hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Excellent Ermine White paint, polished stainless, excellent glass and rubber seals. Driver’s door out a quarter-inch, bumpers have polishing scratches, left aluminum rocker trim scuffed, headlight door fit off. Repro interior fits well, black steering wheel, stock radio, aftermar- #371-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E56S001116. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 72,178 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Attractive color scheme with silver coves. Cracks in paint below passenger’s door, front fender and rear decklid. Some bubbling along windshield edge. Sizable flaking, cracks in doorjambs. Good glass. Decent panel gaps. Seats are a little dirty. Factory wheels slightly scuffed. Inconsistent chrome trim, scratches on bumpers. Clean engine bay. Power windows, signalseeking AM radio. Cond: 3.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ket armrest. Knockoff lead hammer for alloy wheels, no jack in storage. Immaculate and correct Fuelie engine compartment includes all shields and model-specific air-cleaner assembly. Better than driver-quality overall. Cond: 1-. driver’s seat barely creased. Power steering, windows, and air conditioning. Underhood clean, original, manual steering. Must be a story here. Cond: 1-. might explain the winning bid at the low estimate, but it looked like a good buy nevertheless. Now let’s hope the new owner puts that 145-inch wheelbase to good use! Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. SOLD AT $97,200. Last seen in January of 2013 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, where it sold for $83,600 plus commission (ACC# 214926). Reviewer noted newer paint, masking lines, dull gauges, cracked steering wheel, dull windshield trim, front and rear glass scratched, and a “mid-level restoration priced right.” Some shortfalls have been remedied since, with more to go. I doubt the profit margin covered the expenses. I’m calling this transaction well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #31-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S116921. Red/black vinyl/tan leather.0 miles.327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. With less than 1,000 miles since a 2008 restoration, it still presents very well. Paint looks great, good panel gaps, new seals. Slight wear noted on newer interior. Engine bay clean and stock-appearing. Non-numbers-matching engine, rebuilt to 350 hp and sporting a hydraulic cam, hardened exhaust seats, Holley carb, new clutch and Hurst rear end. Odo reads 0000. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,000. ’72 was the last year of chrome bumpers, since ’73s received a 200-lb nose job with pliable front and associated backing to theoretically absorb a 5 mph impact. This was also the period of emasculating the brand (among others) with revised/lowered horsepower ratings. This example was odd, being an automatic transmission with power brakes, but manual steering. Last bidder took it home for $28,000 and probably started upper-body exercises next day. Buyer will lose value with every new mile, seller may have regrets. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. FOMOCO #401-1938 LINCOLN MODEL K convertible. VIN: K9181. Eng. # K9181. Black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 69,256 miles. Largely original and unrestored. Paint okay—pitting, peels, scuff marks on passenger’s doors. Newer top fits well. Big scratch in passenger’s window. Dual sidemounts with mirrors. Front bench seat distressed, cracked. Carpets dirty. Peels in dash. Optional rear partition window is clear. Rear bench appears to have a different hue than front seat. Modern rubber floor mat in back covers heavily soiled and ripped carpet. Roll-up windows. Clock. Drivergrade engine bay. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $43,200. Mid-year Corvettes are icons, and looking at this one, even in the rain, you can see why. Obviously, with nonoriginal engine and upgrades, it will never bring top dollar. But as a car meant to be driven, it was fairly sold and wisely bought. A lot of car for the money. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/14. #F113-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37K2S502005. Bryar Blue/ black leather. Odo: 4,982 miles. 350-ci 200hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. As-new chrome bumper T-top in immaculate condition. Odo shows fewer than 5k miles. Paint looks like it just left the St. Louis plant. Rally wheels fitted with BFG white-letter tires. Inside still fresh, 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $81,400. Said to be one of 15 LeBaron-bodied Model K convertible sedans built in 1938. If you were in the market for a bona fide Classic, you might want to put this one on your list. These are among Lincoln’s best cars and were equipped with big, smooth L-head V12s that delivered respectable power. It had some needs, which SOLD AT $91,800. Some throw big checks at shops to complete a project car, but this was a restored-by-owner story with results of highest caliber. Meticulous, correct codes, options, and he even matched original spacing on upholstery seams. Farmedout base coat/clearcoat paint was the single deviation I found from 1954. Perfection costs money, so consider this one astutely bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. 77834. White/white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 22,281 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Ecode car with two 4-barrels generating 270 hp. Appears to be highly original. Very good paint shows local bubbling. Chrome variable. Weatherstripping intact. Driver’s door off, as is trunk. Clear glass. Original steel wheels sport newer Goodyear whitewalls. Terrific interior looks as if it received more attention than exterior. Clock. Power steering. Well-sorted, but not detailed, engine bay. Comes with copies of factory build sheets. Part of Fuenfhausen Collection the past 25 years. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. A classic car in a desirable model year, and the E-code spec surely made it worth a look (although it lacked the hot cam that would’ve bumped up performance an #376-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD E-code convertible. VIN: E7FH2- #S188-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY convertible. VIN: 54ME59599M. Green metallic/black cloth/green & white vinyl. Odo: 85,564 miles. 256-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-off restoration in pursuit of achieved perfection. Flawless green metallic paint on arrow-straight panels, mint chrome and stainless. Steel wheels, full caps, wide whites, excellent glass, new weatherseals throughout. New black convertible top, small glass window. As-new green and white vinyl interior, dash as on delivery day. Spotless engine compartment with power steering, brakes and top. New wiring, everything NOS or refurbished including decals. Best total restoration I’ve seen in decades. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP extra 15 horses). I think it could’ve sold for another $5k-$10k and still been considered a good deal. Perhaps it got a little lost at this sale, but the buyer ended up getting a good deal at the low estimate. Well bought. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. #64-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 6F07C302173. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 675 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. From a distance, paint and stainless look good but unravel the closer you get. Rust showing through at bottom of right door and chips on quarter panel. Rear bumper took a hit in the middle. Door jambs not painted with rest of car. Reproduction Pony interior shows wear. Engine has dress-up kit and chrome braces but dirty under the chrome. Signs of radiator leak. Cond: 4+. minor issues. Nice trim on dash and console. Original tilt column with aftermarket wood wheel. Vintage air added. Engine compartment clean, with aftermarket parts, as you’d expect from a custom with an engine swap. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,780. A nice custom Mustang built for driving. Seller took a bit less than his reserve, but it still brought top dollar for a good-but-not-stock example. Fairly bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/14. MOPAR #343-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY woodie convertible. VIN: 7408313. Eng. # C3977928. Green & wood/green vinyl/green & cream leather. Odo: 38,200 miles. 324-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older cosmetic refurbishment looks awesome today. Paint gleams. Exterior wood in good order. Brightwork shiny. Passenger’s door a wee bit off. Leather upholstery a rare option in ’48. Superb interior trim. Matching green Wilton wool carpeting. Factory-correct accessories include driver’s cowl-mounted spotlight, dual side-view mirrors, rear-view mirror, push-button AM radio, clock, optional dual Mopar Model 54 heater units, and front and rear bumper guards. Cond: 1-. Rest of interior clean and stock except for carpet on parcel shelf. Equipped with factory a/c, power steering, and power brakes. Under the hood it’s an old driver with recent replacement parts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,320. This looks exactly like what it is: a one-owner car that’s been garaged all its life. Seller said it was dad’s pride and joy, but he’s now in a retirement home so it had to go. An old “for sale” sign in the back seat asked $5,700 for the car. Fury III four-doors aren’t on any many collectors’ “must have” lists, but this was an honest car with a great story. Well bought if your folks had one when you were a kid. Seller got about what dad paid for it 46 years ago, not a bad deal. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/14. R1B315367. Blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 33,411 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration from 2000, mostly original sheet metal, quality blue repaint. Shaker hood with pins, mint brightwork, dual exhaust. Steel wheels, Goodyear Polyglas whiteletter tires, poverty caps. Inside has slight stretch in driver’s seat, Rallye gauges (8,000-rpm tach, 150-mph speedo), Hurst Pistol Grip shifter, factory tunes. Showroom underhood with dual quads on 426 Hemi, spinning 4-speed manual, Dana 60 rear end (4:10 ratio). Optional 26-inch radiator for cooling, power brakes for “whoa.” Clean and rare. Cond: 1-. 1 #S95-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27- SOLD AT $12,312. The antithesis of Lot 45 (the well-executed resto-mod ’65 in the same color), this car came across as your typical hobbyist restoration with plenty of aftermarket parts, trying hard to look better than it was. Well sold as a driver or as a starting place for another makeover. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/14. #42-1967 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 7R02C219584. Gunmetal/black vinyl. Odo: 13,851 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Threeyear-old restoration holding up well. Gunmetal gray suits the car, but stripes are dark violet and may not be to everyone’s taste. Evidence of tire rubbing on right front fender. Nice stainless and chrome. Deluxe repro interior with standard seat skins and SOLD AT $115,500. A well-presented car that didn’t go unnoticed. Sale price near the lower end of the $110k–$140k range was a little light for the superlative condition and good looks. I think it could’ve gone another $10k and still been a fair deal. Well bought. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. #7-1968 PLYMOUTH FURY III 4-dr hard top. VIN: PM43G8D203639. Green metallic & white/green & gold cloth & vinyl. Odo: 75,594 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently recommissioned with rebuilt carb, new fuel pump and battery after resting for a dozen years. Original paint is holding up well except for many chips on front of hood. Great original bumpers and stainless. Factory gaps. Aftermarket driving lights. Significant wear on driver’s seat and armrests. SOLD AT $3,780,000. According to the catalog, one of two 4-speed examples delivered in the U.S. (of 11 built in 1971), and the only one with original drivetrain. Noted Mopar restorer Julius Steuer of L.A. finished restoration some 14 years ago. History includes ownership by cartoonist Russ Myers, who sold it to Oregon for $250k, then seizure in a drug investigation, then sale at auction for $405k. Seller hit a home run (three times $1.1m low estimate), buyer obtained a one-of-one. Whether this investment has legs remains to be seen. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. AMERICANA 10 104 AmericanCarCollector.com Eng. # 451964. Yellow & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 202 miles. Older restoration that still looks attractive. Decent brightwork. Hood slightly out. Running boards dented and dirty. Signature bodyside bucket seats not on display. Leather #345-1922 KISSEL MODEL 6-45 Gold Bug speedster. VIN: 1964. TOP 10 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL seats show moderate wear. Big Neville wood wheel. Underhood shows use. 1996 AACA Senior National First winner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. No-saled at auction three times in the past five years wearing all yellow, and bidding has been all over the map: $140k at RM’s Hershey sale last October (ACC# 228418); $105k at Worldwide’s Auburn sale in 2012 (ACC# 213600); and $78k at H&H Buxton in 2009 (ACC# 119990). This time around, the contrasting black details sparked a reversal of fortune, and the many conversations translated into a robust winning bid. Too robust, in my view, but still under Bonhams’ $175k high estimate. Well sold. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/14. #S109-1930 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT dual cowl phaeton. VIN: 169749. Ivory/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 20,830 miles. September-October 2014 105


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP QUICKTAKE 1963 Dodge 440 Hemi coupe SOLD at $34,560 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, May 16, 2014, Lot F317 1963 Dodge 440 Hemi car — a car ACC bought at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2012 for $37,100, including buyer’s premium. We kept the car for a year or so, adding some stickon graphics and scaring commuters with its rumbling race-spec allaluminum 500-ci Indy Maxx Hemi. The thing was a total monster with legit 10-second capabilities — and it loved to destroy tires — but even with its push-button manual-only 727 auto, high-stall converter and spooled Dana 60, it was streetable, so that made it a lot of fun as a driver, especially in a town as green and as full of Priuses as Portland. My neighbors hated it. Way back in ACC issue #3 — the May-June 2012 issue — I profiled a We sold it to a gentleman in Florida in late 2012 for $42,500 — not a bad deal considering we’d put some money into shipping it out to Oregon from Kissimmee, bought a new electric fan controller, installed some updated racing harnesses and fixed a couple of other small items. As I mentioned in the profile of the car in 2012, at around $40k, it was a pretty good deal, as it offered a lot of bang for the buck, and it was different enough from your standard Road Runner or Chevelle to stand out in a crowd. The original Dodge Super Stock drag racers of the ’60s were 330s and 440s, so it had the right kind of menacing look about it, even if it had been born as a 318 car. The car left as tough as it arrived, with a mad cackling idle and 180-degree water temps as it waited to be loaded into an enclosed carrier for Florida. Judging by the most recent photos of the car, it’s untouched under the hood from the last time I was under there, and it’s still wearing all the decals our Art Department affixed here at ACC HQ. I don’t think it was used much. So for $34,560, I think someone got a fantastic deal. All the new owner will need is a fire suit, a helmet, and a huge credit limit with Texaco. Well bought.A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $105,300. Found abandoned in a Port Orchard, WA, wood shed in 1981, it was rescued for a 12-year hobby project with one-off fenders and body. My comparisons with documented originals look pretty close. Wheelbase of 142 inches plus overhangs means it corners like Queen Mary II and won’t fit a standard garage. Price paid for it seemed reasonable considering a lack of provenance. I’m calling this one well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. #F238-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER convertible. VIN: 473VJ12241. Yellow/black cloth/ yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 35,371 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Very good yellow finish on nice panels. Red steel wheels, caps with trim rings, whitewall tires. Very good chrome, tidy presentation. Inside has mint bus-size steering wheel, split bench seat to permit rear access, fresh yellow and black vinyl seating and panels. Red carpet protected by coco mats. Underhood stock, not concours-quality, but clean. Correctly pronounced “Willis,” not “Willies,” and ready for the beach. Nicest example I’ve run across in decades of auctions. Cond: 2-. Older economy-grade white paint has minor chips, scrapes and orange peel. Lacking documentation, it’s “believed styled by LeBaron in 1932,” which contradicts 1930 title. Tan cloth ragtop clean, fits well. Excellent black leather interior looks recent with wonderful aroma. Straight-eight engine clean, fuel filter leaking, original vacuum fuel-feed system present but disconnected. Incredibly long and impressive presence. Cond: 3+. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $34,560. 1950 was the last year of Jeepster production, and this example apparently led a leisurely life. I last saw it in Palm Springs at McCormick’s November 2013 sale, where it sold for $20k (ACC# 243106). In January it sold for $18k at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale (ACC# 241347). Both those sales confirm that it was well sold today. Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 06/14. A


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country # 370958961271—1982–83 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo Cast wheels. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, East Earl, PA. “You are bidding on a set of four 1982–83 Trans Am Turbo Cast “Knight Rider” wheels. 15x7. All-original GM. Nice wheels with one showing curbing and is shown in close-up picture. Center caps show scratches and minor dings. Nice center emblems. Overall a nice set of wheels for a driver, or restore them for show.” Buy It Now. Sold at $2,500. The curb damage isn’t anything a competent wheel repairer can’t refinish. The aero wheel covers (more commonly called bowling-ball caps) appear to be in decent enough condition, and those are the key for this big price. In years past, I’ve seen complete sets (including the caps) in similar condition sell for $1,500, but no more. Well sold. headlight bezels, and grille. I believe most, if not all, hardware is there. Most parts are in excellent condition for 40-plus-year-old parts, some shelf wear, but minimal. Listed photos I thought were pertinent.” Buy It Now. Sold at $2,350. Pricing each of these bits from a catalog would total around $800. That’s without a grille, because you’re not going to find an original-style ’67 grille in a catalog. Was the price just the normal insanity for NOS parts? Perhaps a little, but I’m calling this in favor of the buyer. Repop upper eyebrow moldings don’t quite look the same as OEM. Then there is availability of grilles in remarkable condition, such as the case here. Well bought, as even I would have paid this price. # 131236830241—1967 Chevrolet Impala front end. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Surprise, AZ. “NOS front-end assembly, onestop shopping, all the anodized trim for the front end of your Impala, Caprice, Biscayne and Bel Air. Parts included are hood molding, right and left eyebrow moldings (all four), right and left fender extensions, right and left # 221443557040—1969 Chevrolet TH400 CX-code. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Folsom, PA. “Here is a real CX-code Turbo 400 transmission, removed years ago. It was working fine when removed for a 4-speed. As with most old factory race parts, someone removed the tabs for the inspection cover top bolts. Probably for headers back in the day. It doesn’t affect the bellhousing bolts, and I included a picture of it. There were no fragments in the pan and the fluid is still red. It could be that missing part for your COPO or Yenko auto. The tag is original, never removed, and it has the original Stewart Warner speedometer converter on it for bigger gears, which is correct for the transmission and the listed car/engine combos.” 15 bids. Sold at $1,525. A correct part for a Yenko or other COPO Chevy will carry a premium over run-of-themill parts. Was this TH400 worth the grand more than any 20 other TH400s I found for $500? To the right buyer, sure. Fair deal. # 201104544339—1948 Plymouth deck lid. 4 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Pacifica, CA. “This is an original Ed Roth painting of the famous, or infamous, Rat Fink! It is painted on a 1948 Plymouth deck lid. This was done at a Rat Fink Party back in 1993, in San Bruno, CA. I watched Ed paint it on! This is a one-of-a-kind piece, by a great, great man.” Buy It Now. Sold at $4,000. Blurring the line between automobilia (some might say art) and parts, this piece will probably never be back on a car. But that’s okay, as when it comes to ’48 Plymouths, there are more parts available than there are cars. If the quirkiness (it’s a trunk lid!) and originality don’t justify the price, compare it with what some of Ed Roth’s original pencil drawings are going for — $2k and higher. Well bought. Robert Paxton McCulloch — is there a name that matters more to forced induction? His company’s first flathead supercharger debuted in 1937 (for $85). Twenty years later, they made this one. Reportedly, McCulloch spent $700k on the development of the VS57. VS meant variable speed, provided by a drive pulley in conjunction with an idler arm (referred to as the tensioner spring arm here). Fairly bought and sold. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com # 291155194497—1957 Ford Fairlane/Thunderbird McCulloch Supercharger Complete Assembly. 6 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Glendale, AZ. “Vintage, original McCulloch supercharger assembly. This entire unit came off of a 1957 Ford Fairlane (T-bird mounts on the right side) and is complete with the McCulloch supercharger, the aluminum carburetor bonnet, the correct bracket for Y-block engines, tensioner spring arm, lower pulley (which has a small piece of the pulley broken off), belts, hoses and an assortment of bolts and nuts. It was literally taken off of the Fairlane and put into a plastic tote. Nice overall condition, the unit turns over freely and moves easily.” 29 bids. Sold at $1,784.80.


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GM 1965 Cadillac Eldorado convertible FOMOCO 1934 Ford woodie wagon S/N 1FAFP90S35Y400516. Red/black. 1,350 miles. V8, 6-sp manual. Low miles on this very collectible Ford GT. 100% factory original. $300,000 OBO. Contact Steve, RPM, 802.877.2645, Email: rpm@ rpmvt.com Web: www.rpmvt. com/ (VT) AMERICANA 1932 Packard 903 rearmount spare convertible S/N E5215113. Jade Firemist/black leather. V8, automatic. Fully loaded, two-owner Southern California car with no surprises. Simply gorgeous and very original car throughout, with no accidents or rust, in striking original. $35,000 OBO. Contact Simon, West Coast Classics, LLC, 310.399.3990, Email: wcclassics@aol.com Web: www.WestCoastClassics. com (CA) From the Nick Alexander Collection. Restored by Alexander Restoration. Received 985 points out of 1,000 at Dearborn concours in 2003. $95,000 OBO. Contact Chuck, 949.374.2204 (CA) 1938 Ford woodie wagon Pearl Blue/off-white. I8, 4-spd manual. Meticulously and beautiful total restoration. A must-see car. 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I8, 3-sp manual. One-off woodie built from styling proposal by Packard. Special prototype that was displayed at the Packard Museum in Dayton, OH, until several years ago. It has recently undergone a complete power-train restoration and is in outstanding overall condition. Financing available on approved credit. $54,995 OBO. Contact Andy, Laguna Classic Cars, 949.715.4555, Email: andyc@lagunaclassiccars.com Web: www.lagunaclassiccars. com (CA) A Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ....105 Michael Irvine Studios ........................115 Mid America Motorworks .....................31 Morphy Auctions ..................................19 Mustangs Unlimited ...........................105 National Corvette Museum .................111 National Corvette Restorers Society ..103 National Parts Depot ............................37 Old Forge Motor Cars Inc. ..................107 OldNeons.com ...................................109 Original Parts Group .............................25 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .......81 Park Place LTD .....................................75 Petersen Collector Car Auction ..........111 Putnam Leasing ......................................3 Reliable Carriers ...................................61 Route 32 Restorations ..........................67 SEMA ....................................................89 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...............23 T.D.C. Risk Management .....................65 The Chevy Store Inc ...........................103 Thomas C Sunday Inc ........................109 Turnstone ...........................................101 Velocity Channel ...................................97 Vicari Auctions ....................................101 Volo Auto Museum ............................. 8–9 Watchworks ........................................109 Zip Products .........................................45 V8, 3-spd manual. Gorgeous and very original car finished in dark blue with correct brown interior. Owned for many years by a collector/enthusiast. Wood has been professionally refinished. A great driver. $55,000. Contact Matt, Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: mattcars@aol.com (CT) 2005 Ford GT coupe since restoration. Rare (one of five) factory rear mount spare tire. For more vehicles see our website. Keep them rolling. $220,000. Contact Bill, Old Iron AZ, LLC, 520.390.7180, Email: oldironaz@outlook.com Web: www.oldironaz.com (AZ) 1953 Packard woodie Wagon


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 211, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America, 877.906.2437, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February--Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July-Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September-Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Classic Car Transport Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com 112 AmericanCarCollector.com L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers. com Corvette Parts & Restoration AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. Corvette Central . Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts Corvette Repair. The Leader and most recognized NCRS, Bloomington Gold & Triple Diamond Award winning Corvette repair shop in America. Breathtaking state of the art restorations, with the highest attention to detail and workmanship to any C1, C2 or C3 Corvettes. Compare our hourly rate and be surprised... or shocked. Contact Kevin J. Mackay at 516.568.1959 www.corvetterepair.com (NY) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) 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) Street Shop, Inc. 256.233.5809. Custom 1953–1982 Corvette replacement chassis and driveline components. www.streetshopinc.com. (AL)


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Corvettes for Sale County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Leasing Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT) Legal Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Law Offices of Bruce Shaw, Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 California Car Cover Company. 800.423.5525, More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355. Restoration—General SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited has been the source for Restoration, Performance, and Accessory parts for 1965–present Mustang, 1967–1973 Mercury Cougar, and Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531, Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmo- politanmotors.com (WA) A September-October 2014 113 Museums LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang. More than 55,000 available parts in 2 fully stocked warehouses, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR Mustang Parts SUPERSTORE! FREE Shipping on orders over $300. Visit www.mustangsunlimited.com or call 800.243.7278. National Parts Depot. 800.874.7585, We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & Lemans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–29 and 1980–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird Delivery of your parts averages just 1–3 days! www.nationalpartsdepot.com Keith Martin’s


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: Heritage Auctions, at their recent sports memorabilia event, sold the boxing gloves worn by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) in his epic fight with Sonny Liston in 1964. The gloves were from the collection of trainer Angelo Dundee and sold for an astonishing $836,000. Liston, who honed his boxing skills in prison and whose contract was owned by the Mafia, was heavily favored but quit on the stool after the sixth round, making Clay a national figure. Here are a few pieces we found that aren’t as epic but are still cool: EBAY #231206814389— LALIQUE GLASS “CHRYSIS” HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $860.01. Date sold: 4/27/2014. The seller stated that this Lalique hood ornament was circa 1931, but based on the signature on the base, it’s one of six hood ornaments or mascots that Lalique continues to produce. It appeared to have a chip on the base and attracted a lot of attention. If it were a period piece it would be worth several thousand dollars, but as a newer piece, it sold for close to current retail. With the possible damage, it was far from a bargain. EBAY #251542968435—PEBBLE BEACH ROAD RACE 1956 PIT PASS. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $107.61. Date sold: 6/2/2014. This pit pass was from the seventh and last road race that was run through the famed Del Monte forest at Pebble Beach. Due to a tragic accident, the race was canceled, and in later years it took place at nearby Laguna Seca. Anything associated with the Pebble Beach Concours or road race is very collectible, and this pit pass for car #73 sold for a reasonable price. EBAY #390832876290— CHEVROLET “OK” USED CARS PORCELAIN AND NEON DEALER SIGN. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $15,000. This was a very original Chevrolet “Used Cars” sign that was mounted on a moveable base. The wiring and transformers had been replaced, but it was complete with the original brass UL tag. The sign, with four colors of porcelain, was in excellent condition. It measured 48 by 54 inches and was made by the Walker Sign Company. These are very desirable, and considering its condition, this one sold for a realistic price. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #271469680686—1934 DESOTO AMERICAN NATIONAL PEDAL CAR. BUYIT-NOW: $6,850. Date sold: 4/27/2014. This extremely rare DeSoto pedal car replicated the unique styling of the 1934 Chrysler and DeSoto with the extreme waterfall grille and aerodynamic styling. It was in very original condition and retained the paint it was born with. It was missing the horn and the window glass and there was a bit of minor rust. A rare find, and as they say, if you don’t like the price, go find another. EBAY #301131970013—VINTAGE GREEN AGATE SWIRL HOT ROD GEAR-SHIFT KNOB. Number of bids: 30. SOLD AT: $676.66. Date sold: 3/30/2014. This vivid glass gear-shift knob is known as a “red-eye” swirl and is equipped with the chrome threaded insert. It also included the brass adapter. Pricey but about as cool as can be for a period rat rod or highboy. EBAY #261432514180—1957 CORVETTE 1/6-SCALE MODEL BY HIGHWAY 61. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $2,025. This highly detailed and intricate model of a 1957 Corvette was 28 inches in length and was very heavy. The interior was detailed to perfection and the windows actually rolled up and down. The 283 V8 was under the hood and was accurately reproduced. A musthave if the real thing is sitting in your garage. EBAY #171329074617—SINCLAIR GASOLINE GLASS GAS-PUMP GLOBE. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $1,425. Date sold: 5/20/2014. This 16-inch glass gaspump globe dated to the late ’20s. It was a one-piece globe rather than the more common two lenses mounted in a frame. It had a couple of minor chips on the base and one side was slightly faded, but these are hard to find in any condition. Sold for a fair price.A