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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6 • Issue 35 • September–October 2017 MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER $37k / Barrett-Jackson CORVETTE 1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 $29k / Auctions America A ’90s Corvette supercar might be moving up — John L. Stein Page 52 GM 1969 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-DOOR SEDAN $35k / Mecum Sleeper 427 surprises with big-size money — Chad Tyson Page 54 FoMoCo 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CJ 428 FASTBACK $105k / Auctions America A 428 CJ garners a near-Shelby price — Sam Stockham Page 56 This B-body hits the market price bulls-eye — Dale Novak Page 58 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD 3-WINDOW DRAG COUPE $43k / Mecum Ran one quarter-mile at a time, then parked. Now what? — Ken Gross Page 60 AMERICANA RACE 1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 ROADSTER $90k / Bonhams Market money for the one-year Darrin — Carl Bomstead Page 62 The Scoop 1963 DODGE DART ALTERED $21k / Barrett-Jackson Hunting value in an altered-wheelbase tribute — Jay Harden Page 64 TRUCK 1959 STUDEBAKER 4E11D-122 4X4 PICKUP $69k / RM Sotheby’s Climbing to the peak of the market in four low — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 66 Eight Sales That Define the Market Cover photo: 1932 Ford coupe vintage drag car Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1969 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan, p. 54 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions September–October 2017 9


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COLUMNS The Rundown 12 Torque: Ruminations on love and loss — Jim Pickering 46 Cheap Thrills: 2004–08 Chrysler Crossfire — B. Mitchell Carlson 48 Horsepower: A four-Shelby prepping whirlwind shows how planning is overrated — Colin Comer 50 On the Market: Hunting a long-lost love from the summer of ’77 — John L. Stein 146 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 22 Good Reads: Shelby Mustang GT350, Hot Rod Milestones, Chevrolet Muscle and 1,001 NASCAR Facts — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics: 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T — Marshall Buck 28 Snapshots 1: MSRA’s 44th annual “Back to the 50’s” weekend — B. Mitchell Carlson 30 Snapshots 2: The best spots to catch muscle in Monterey — Chad Taylor 118 Market Moment: 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 — Jim Pickering 127 Market Moment: 1958 Ford Thunderbird 2-door hard top — Chad Tyson 138 Junkyard Treasures: Bud’s Salvage keeps small-town spirit alive — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 16 What’s Happening: Car events of note 18 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 26 Cool Stuff: Garage parking sensors, everyday utility and overcoming pickup difficulties 34 Wrenching: Turning up a Chevelle’s turning abilities 42 Your Turn: Hot-rod bones to pick and a query on proper fan placement 44 Readers’ Forum: When is it time to sell? 10 AmericanCarCollector.com AUCTIONS 70 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales and best buys, and some resto thoughts — Garrett Long 74 Mecum — Indianapolis, IN Mecum hits it big with $54.3m in sales and a 73% sales rate — B. Mitchell Carlson 86 Barrett-Jackson — Uncasville, CT Barrett’s Northeast sale moves 639 lots for $23.8m — Adam Blumenthal 98 Leake — Tulsa, OK Leake hits $8.2m with a 68% sales rate in Tulsa — B. Mitchell Carlson and Corey Kemendo 108 Mecum — Portland, OR Mecum targets 1964–74 range with a 61% sales rate and $8.3m total — Chad Tyson 122 Twin Cities — St. Paul, MN Twin Cities helps 96 out of 180 cars find new homes with $1.9m in sales — B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander 130 Roundup American vehicles from Silver in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and Lucky in Tacoma, WA — John Boyle, Jack Tockston Snapshots — “Back to the 50’s,” p. 28 72 Buy It Now: 1993–2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 107 One to Watch: 1968–72 Chevrolet El Camino — Jim Pickering 136 The Parts Hunter: Tracking down rare parts and pieces on the market — Pat Smith 140 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 142 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 145 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering Loved and Lost A bout once a week, usually as I’m leaving my house in the morning in my white 2016 GMC pickup, I hear a little voice. It pipes up as I drop the shifter silently into gear, lamenting the fact that last year, I sold my noisy old orangeand-white 1972 Chevrolet K10. Sometimes that voice also brings up my rumbly old 2006 Charger SRT8 for additional impact. They were so cool. Why did you have to sell them? My friends predicted this. Eventually I’d regret letting the truck go, and probably the Charger too, just to buy something new. They all tried to talk me out of it. By selling, they claim, I’ve earned this weekly affirmation of stupidity. As my wife likes to say, “You’ve made your bed, now sleep in it.” But here’s the thing: I don’t really miss those two vehicles. And that little voice? It isn’t inside my head. It’s coming from my 5-year-old daughter Katie, and I can hear it loud and clear in our new, safe, whisperquiet truck. Remorse and restitution This month’s ACC Readers’ Forum ques- tion is all about selling. How do you know when it’s time to move on from a car you’ve owned for a while? From market movements to just being bored, your responses start on p. 44. I was reasonably sure I’d made the right decision in selling that old truck, as I didn’t think it was safe for hauling a kid around each day. I loved the truck, but I feared that some busily texting commuter was going to plow into me someday. Buying a new, ultra-safe truck was a sound move. But I didn’t count on being reminded of the sale all the time. I should have thought of that, as my daughter had spent almost as much time on that old bench seat as I had. When she was about 2, Katie used to demand we drive the pickup whenever it was in her field of view. From there, she’d point out letters on road signs and talk up a storm about things that weren’t actually letters but looked like them — such as when power lines and power poles crossed to look like a T, E or F. From her vantage point, she could actually see out the windshield — rare for a 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Look, Dad! It’s a truck like ours! little kid these days. Maybe the character of the pickup — which is what I loved — was secondary to that windshield view for her at first, but it doesn’t really matter now because 1967–72 GM trucks are burned into her brain. She points out every single one she sees from the back seat of our new GMC, and in case you hadn’t noticed, they’re everywhere. Cue my seller’s remorse. It’s funny, because through all this, I’m seeing myself in my daughter. I rode around in an old Chevy truck in the 1980s, loved it in the same way, and missed it when it was gone. So when I got older, I bought and restored one. Make it better My new GMC is actually in this issue. If you look hard enough, you’ll see it being used as a workbench in Jay Harden’s driveway while we cranked up his Chevelle’s turning abilities with an Original Parts Group-sourced quick-ratio steering box. Jay’s 454-powered Chevelle was a high- school build. The car sat out most of the past few years due to kids, deadlines and other obligations. He mentioned that “the car’s been a part of my life for so long — a part of my identity — but some of my friends have never even seen it.” Life can push even the coolest classic car to the back burner of priorities, regardless of how much you love it. That typically forces a choice: Let the car sit, force life to fit the car, modify the car to suit your needs, or sell it. I sold my truck because it stopped fitting life comfortably. I don’t think Jay would ever consider selling his Chevelle, so he’s bending it to fit his needs. That includes making it turn and stop a lot more effectively, as well as finishing off a few rough edges that were fine for a young guy’s hot rod but aren’t exactly family-friendly. Purists may hate his changes, but they’re all bolt-on reversible. And his kids are going to love it — which for the hobby is more valuable than any sale price. I’m starting to think this is what I should have done with that old pickup. Maybe. Then again, we still have my ’66 Caprice, and there’s a certain balance that comes from having a quiet new rig and a raucous muscle car. Katie and I have been using the ’66 more now that it’s our sole fun car to drive. Now that I can focus on it, I’ve been busy fixing little issues that have bugged me for years. But the more I think about it, the more another C10 sounds like a good idea. Even if I never get around to it, I’m will- ing to bet Katie will. A Sometimes selling is the best choice, and doing so can fuel the drive of a new gearhead


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let Us Know About Your Events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Gearhead Extravaganza at Charlotte The Charlotte AutoFair — a massive festival of 9,500 vintage-parts sellers, a 1,600-car sale corral, car shows, car club gatherings and car exhibits — fills up the massive Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, and spills onto the surrounding parking areas from September 21 through 24. www.charlotte-autofair.com (NC) Fun with Corvettes The 24th Annual Corvette Funfest cranks up on September 14 in Effingham, IL, and this year celebrates 50 years of the 1967 Corvette. By the time the party ends on September 17, four days and nights of cruises, seminars, concerts, a giant Corvette sale corral, swapmeet, concerts, parties and off-the-hook burnouts will be over. For more information, visit www.corvettefunfest.com (IL) Celebrating Classics The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival rolls to life on August 28 and runs through September 4, with an epic swapmeet, mini beer tents, car shows and a historic tour on tap. This is a bucket-list week for classic-car fans. For a full list of events, visit acdfestival. org (IN) Celebrating the Chrysler 300 The many editions of the Chrysler 300 — from the 1955 C-300 through the 1965 300L — speak to the power of horsepower, chrome, fins and stance. These Beautiful Brutes take the spotlight each year during the Chrysler 300 Club International’s Annual Fall Meet. This year’s 300 lovefest — the 47th — is in Lynchburg, VA, from October 1 to 4. The Blue Ridge Mountains and high-powered American Iron are an excellent combination. www.chrysler300club.com. (VA)A 1955 Chrysler C-300 16 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK When: October 2 Web: www.morphyauctions.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Hershey, PA When: October 5–6 Last year: 113/126 cars sold / $11.5m More: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1935 Duesenberg Model J by Garrett Long Star Car: 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 at Mecum’s sale in Dallas, tX SEPTEMBER Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: September 2 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Featured cars: • 1914 Buick Model B-25 • 1928 Buick Master Six Silver Auctions Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 2–3 Web: www.silverauctions.com Dragone Auctions Where: Salisbury, CT When: September 3 Web: www.dragoneauctions.com Mecum Where: Dallas, TX When: September 6–9 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 740/1019 cars sold / $24.7m More: www.dankruseclassics.com Last year: 83/178 cars sold / $2m Mecum Where: Louisville, KY When: September 21–23 More: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette • 1969 Shelby GT500 • 1966 Pontiac GTO Smith Where: Springfield, MO When: September 30 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com OCtOBer Bonhams Where: Philadelphia, PA When: October 2 Last year: 47/51 cars sold / $1.7m Web: www.bonhams.com Star Car: Featured cars: • 1932 Packard Eight 902 • Star Car: 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 • 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Specialty Auto Auctions Inc. Where: Loveland, CO When: September 9 Web: www.specialtyautoauction.com Dan Kruse Classics Where: Austin, TX When: September 16 18 AmericanCarCollector.com • Star Car: 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Mecum Where: Chicago, IL When: October 5–7 More: www.mecum.com Vicari Where: Biloxi, MS When: October 5–7 More: www.vicariauction.com Silver Auctions Where: Vancouver, WA When: October 7 More: www.silverauctions.com Barrett-Jackson Where: Las Vegas, NV When: October 19–21 Last year: 754/758 cars sold / $32.6m More: www.barrett-jackson.com Branson Where: Branson, MO When: October 20–21 Last year: 129/284 cars sold / $2.7m More: www.bransonauction.com VanDerBrink Where: Lawton, OK When: October 21 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com • 1922 Cadillac Model 61 Touring Morphy Auctions Where: Denver, PA Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: October 21 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6, number 5 September–October 2017 Get In tOuCh Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auction editor Garrett Long Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge 1990 Corvette Zr-1. Is it finally having an upward valuation swing? Find out on p. 52 readers have asked us to take a look at this relatively new sports car and why it is becoming collectible. ACC readers love to tinker with their cars. This month we T describe how to upgrade your steering box for a better experience as you go down the road. Featured cars include a 1990 Corvette ZR-1, a rare 1969 Bel Air L72 sedan and an unusual 1959 Studebaker 4x4. There’s something for everyone in this issue — open the first page and dive in. I promise you won’t stop reading until you’ve reached the very last page. A A Little Something for Every Car Lover here are many facets to collector car ownership, and this issue of ACC touches on more than a few of them. On the Buy/Sell and valuation side, we give you an inside look at Monterey Car Week and where you are most likely to find American muscle. The Chrysler Crossfire is our “Cheap Thrills” selection; many Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Chad Tyson John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Information technology Brian Baker Web Developer Ian Burton SeO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVertISInG SALeS Advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 213 SuBSCrIPtIOnS Subscriptions and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb Subscriptions 877-219-2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-253-2234 fax @AmericanCCMag COrreSPOnDenCe Phone 503-261-0555 Fax 503-253-2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DhL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Good provenance had this Studebaker standing tall come auction time. See how it fared on p. 66 20 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POStMASter: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2017 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Shelby Mustang GT350: My Years Designing, Testing and Racing Carroll’s Legendary Mustangs by Chuck Cantwell and Greg Kolasa, David Bull, 224 pages, $49.95, Amazon Chuck Cantwell was a GM engineer when another friend from GM, who was also spending his weekends racing, approached him about a new job. It seems Carroll Shelby had agreed to turn the new Ford Mustang into a winning race car (after some arm twisting from Corporate), and Shelby needed someone to lead the project. Next thing you know, Cantwell is going through the entire parts list for the new Ford, coming up with a catalog of items that needed to be removed or replaced to turn what Shelby called “that secretary’s car” into a winner. In a breezy and read- able style, Cantwell (with Greg Kolasa) recounts his years in the shop and behind the wheel for Shelby and the winding road that turned a Mustang notchback into an iconic American racer. It’s a nice, behind-the-scenes look, filled with production issues that needed to be solved, cost cutting and choices more expedient than optimum, and plenty of success on the track. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955–1974 by Mike Mueller, Motorbooks, 176 pages, $25.47, Amazon Another entry in the Complete Book Series from Motorbooks, this time focused on the muscle from the Bowtie brigade, Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars starts earlier than the most recognized date for the birth of muscle: the 1964 Pontiac GTO. That’s an arguable distinction, but longtime motoring journalist Mike Mueller gets to set his own muscle-car-era window — in this instance to make a case for the early small-block V8 era. But the real focus is on the heart of muscle, with full-size muscle starting with the Super Sport Impala in 1961. The whole golden age of muscle was actually pretty compact, last- ing only into the early 1970s. But within that period, Chevrolet put an impressive list of big, fast cars on American roads. With stats, old and new images, and advertising, Mueller takes us through them all, model by model, in an enjoyable overview. Lineage: Fit and finish: 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: 1001 NASCAR Facts: Cars, Tracks, Milestones, Personalities by John Close, CarTech, 376 pages, $20.06, Amazon There is a special place in my heart for the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, now in its 30th edition. And any time you are doing something customers clamor for after 30 years, you are tapping into a sweet niche. 1001 NASCAR Facts takes a focused swipe at the genre, a racing-themed compendium of short bits about the history of America’s most successful racing series. The title is actually a bit of a misnomer. Each entry is packed with facts, with John Close probably giving you 10,001 facts if you want to get picky — which really moves the “dollar spent per fact” ratio to a quite satisfactory place. Unlike the Uncle John’s books, Close doesn’t veer toward humor very often, but is a bit more sober about the history of moonshiners turned racers, stock cars turned spec-series cars and drivers turned PR automatons. But there is plenty to enjoy and plenty to learn along the way. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Drivability: Hot Rod Milestones: America’s Coolest Coupes, Roadsters, & Racers by Ken Gross & Robert Genat, CarTech, 192 pages, $19.80, Amazon The first edition of this book was published in hardback way back in 2005, but it was time for another paperback edition. First editions are sell- ing for just short of $100, while the paperback is less than $20. What’s inside the cov- ers is worth it whichever price point you choose (this is the Starbucks business model, by the way, designed to make sure you spend as much as you are comfortable with on your coffee). Ken Gross and Robert Genat have created a stable of the best, most historic, most innovative hot rods from the era, going deep into the history of each one, from its origins to various owners. Each of the featured 25 cars is backed by plenty of new and old images. Hot Rod Milestones is an informative look at the history of the best of the best rods, whether roadster or coupe, for competition or just badass boulevard cruising. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine the right hub One of the most iconic parts of a classic Mopar’s interior, at least when it comes to E-bodies, is the “Crushed Can” steering-wheel hub. It was installed on 1970 and 1971 E-bodies with the S83 Rim Blow steering-wheel option and was standard equipment on all 1972–74 E-bodies. OER’s reproduction features the correct splined keyway and the same alignment as the original, and comes with the canceling cam clip, copper horn ring with wire, and insulator. $139.99 at classicindustries.com. Clean it Well Tub O’ Towels are American-made cleaning wipes that are bigger, tougher and soaked with a knock-your-socks-off cleaning solution that overpowers even the most onerous grime. Known for its renowned power to fight grease and grime, Tub O’ Towels can also remove oil, tar, brake dust, paint, caulk, adhesives, bug and bird messes and more. The possibilities are endless. A 90-count tub is $15.99. Learn more at tubotowels.com. Boost that Battery Your high-compression muscle car can be tough to crank over, es- pecially if the battery’s been sitting awhile. Original Parts Group has the answer with its Genius Boost Pro jump-starter, which packs 4,000 peak amps to get those pistons moving. It comes with spark-proof connections and reverse-polarity protection, so you won’t ever hook it up incorrectly. It’s also equipped with a flashlight and several USB ports for charging other devices. Get it for $309.99 at opgi.com. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Keeping track Having a classic car is great, but most of us tend to worry about them a lot, too. What if someone steals your classic? Will the police find it? Will you ever get it back in one piece? Now, thanks to Trackimo’s GPS tracking system, you don’t have to worry as much. This unit installs in your car and can send you real-time updates on its location, just like your cell phone does. The GPS-GSM units come with a SIM card that includes one year of international service, and free iPhone and Android apps let you check on your SS Camaro or Boss Mustang anytime you want. $159.99 at summitracing.com.A


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Auto World has just released a great new model in their “true 1:64-scale vintage muscle” series. These little beauties are just under three inches long, but don’t let that put you off. They are very accurate and pack in a lot for very little cost. These Challenger R/T models have diecast metal bodies and chassis with underside detail. Interiors are very good, with open windows so you can easily see the pleated pattern on high-back bucket seats. Perfect, very delicate white lettering is on the tires, and get out your magnifier to read “440 SIX PACK” printed on both sides of the hood scoop. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com UFF Stepping Up Pickups have changed signifi- Parking Redefined Remember when Dad would hang a tennis ball on string in the garage to make sure you knew when to stop pulling in? Those days are gone, thanks to Griot’s Garage and their ultrasonic parking sensor. 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These Challenger R/T models have diecast metal bodies and chas- sis with underside detail. Interiors are very good, with open windows so you can easily see the pleated pattern on high-back bucket seats. Perfect, very delicate white lettering is on the tires, and get out your magnifier to read “440 SIX PACK” printed on both sides of the hood scoop. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Scale: Scale: 1:64 Available colors: Purple, green, dark red metallic, red, black and burgundy Quantity: 1,672 of each color Price: $7.99 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½ cantly over the years, but height still makes them difficult to work on. 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And prepared is what you will be with the Raven Tactical OTF kni a partially serrated 3.9-inch blade, it’s great for cutting and te Simply push the button forward and the blade slides out of the h also includes a glass breaker on the handle if you find yoursel Priced at $199. DESKTOPCL 1971 Dodge Challenger r/t Mopar fans, rejoice. Auto World has just released a great new model in their “true 1:64-scale vintage muscle” series. These little beauties are just under three inches long, but don’t let that put you off. They are very accurate and pack in a lot for very little cost. These Challenger R/T models have diecast metal bodies and chas- sis with underside detail. Interiors are very good, with open windows so you can easily see the pleated pattern on high-back bucket seats. Perfect, very delicate white lettering is on the tires, and get out your magnifier to read “440 SIX PACK” printed on both sides of the hood scoop. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Scale: 1:64 Available colors: Purple, green, dark red metallic, red, black and burgundy Quantity: 1,672 of each color Price: $7.99 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½ cantly over the years, but height still makes them difficult to work on. Performance Tool has the solution ur ur OLSTUFF Stepping Up Pickups have changed signifi- Parking Redefined Remember when Dad would hang a tennis ball on string in the garage to make sure you knew when to stop pulling in? Those days are gone, thanks to Griot’s Garage and their ultrasonic parking sensor. You can set the distance from six feet to six inches, and the green, yellow and red lights let you know when you’ve hit your mark. Perfect for those close-quarter parking situations. It even comes with lighting to illuminate pathways as you walk inside. Get it at griotsgarage. com for $29.99. All-Purpose Pocket Knife Always be prepared: The Boy Scout motto to live by. And prepared is what you will be with the Raven Tactical OTF kni a partially serrated 3.9-inch blade, it’s great for cutting and te Simply push the button forward and the blade slides out of the h also includes a glass breaker on the handle if you find yoursel Priced at $199. DESKTOPCL 1971 Dodge Challenger r/t Mopar fans, rejoice. Auto World has just released a great new model in their “true 1:64-scale vintage muscle” series. These little beauties are just under three inches long, but don’t let that put you off. They are very accurate and pack in a lot for very little cost. These Challenger R/T models have diecast metal bodies and chas- sis with underside detail. Interiors are very good, with open windows so you can easily see the pleated pattern on high-back bucket seats. Perfect, very delicate white lettering is on the tires, and get out your magnifier to read “440 SIX PACK” printed on both sides of the hood scoop. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Scale: 1:64 Available colors: Purple, green, dark red metallic, red, black and burgundy Quantity: 1,672 of each color Price: $7.99 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½ cantly over the years, but height still makes them difficult to work on. Performance Tool has the solution ur by by Chad Taylor More Camera Than Phone You can now optimize camera technology on your iPhone 7 Plus with ShiftCam and their 6-in-1 Dual Lense case. Simply put the case on your phone and use the attached lenses to improve your shots. Lenses include a wide angle, macro 10X, macro 20X, fisheye and two different telephoto lenses. Purchase includes lens cover, microfiber cleaning cloth and carrying strap. Priced at $99. Find out more at shiftcam.com.


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SNAPSHOTS this mild-mannered ’57 Ford ranch Wagon has a rather robust Fe-block Ford 427 lurking under the hood Back in Time W to the 50’s” on June 22 through June 24. And get there early for a prime place to park. A 28 AmericanCarCollector.com The Minnesota Street Rod Association’s “Back to the 50’s” weekend celebrated its 44th anniversary in June Story and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson ith 11,680 pre-1965 vintage registered cars this year, the 44th annual Minnesota Street Rod Association’s “Back to the 50’s” weekend proved once again to be the largest vintage-car event in the upper Midwest. Indeed, as USA Today’s Readers’ Choice-rated Best Car Show, the host site — the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul — was teeming with activity from 6 a.m. on Friday June 25 (when cars could enter the grounds) until the last swapmeet vendor packed up on Sunday afternoon. In between were numerous events and attractions — the Twin Cities Auctions collector car auction, commercial vendors for a venerable who’s who in the street rod and restoration industry, a craft fair, Ladies Showcase, concerts, and the Sunday-only swapmeet among them. Yet the most popular activity is cruising the miles of streets that encompass the grounds — spit and polish not needed, just run what you brung. “Tired and tattered” is appreciated here as much as a one-off, high-dollar specialty build. Mark your calendar for next year’s 45th annual “Back


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Custom built by Chip Foose, the 1939 Cadillac Madam X coupe drew plenty of attention during its stint at one of the vendor booths Fans of the sturdy and stylish 1961–64 Fords had plenty to look at here, ranging from this 1963 F-100 4x4 (left), tattered and retired from gas-station mule work, to this restored stock 1963 F-250 with Custom Cab trim half 1947 International KB-2, half Oldsmobile Omega; this Oldsmobinder is powered by the latter’s 307-ci Olds V8 and th350 automatic Ih Metros and other vintage step vans have become quite the rage in the streetrod world. the retro Metro kept its weathered paint but now has air bags to slam it to the ground September–October 2017 29


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SNAPSHOTS Muscling Into Monterey Dave Tomaro Mecum is well-known for their high-octane offerings, so their auction and preview is a prime viewing zone for muscle The best places to hunt American iron at the world’s premier auction and show week By Chad Taylor M Auctions Mecum — The Daytime Auction Auction: August 16–19, 10 a.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey, CA 93940 Insider tip: Mecum has positioned itself as one of the premier auction companies for the American muscle enthusiast in Monterey. With the largest auction on the Peninsula, they are sure to have a variety for every collector. From custom street rods to pristine examples of GM, FoMoCo and Mopar classics, Mecum is the place to find your next ride. Find out more at www.mecum.com. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com onterey Car Week is all about excess. It’s where some of the most expensive cars in the American auction market sell every year. But while Italian exotics, English classics and modern supercars may steal the spotlight, there are always fantastic American Classics and muscle cars spread across the Peninsula as well. Here’s where to find them. Bonhams — Quail Lodge Auction Auction: Friday, August 18, 11 a.m. Location: Quail Lodge and Golf Club’s West Field, 7000 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA 93923 Insider tip: Some think of Bonhams as mostly offering European makes, but they tend to have American iron throughout their auctions. Already consigned this year: a ’66 Shelby GT350 H, a ’63 Corvette 327/300 Split-Window, and an ’06 Ford GT for the modern muscle connoisseur. More at www. bonhams.com/quail. Russo and Steele — Monterey 2017 Auction: August 17–19, 5 p.m. Location: 290 Figueroa St., Monterey, CA 93940 Insider tip: Get up close and personal with your prospective purchase as it crosses the block at Russo and Steele. This is sure to be the most action-packed auction during car week. The excitement is non-stop and there will certainly be a wide assortment of USAborn autos at reasonable prices. See more at www.russoandsteele.com. RM Sotheby’s Auction: August 18–19, 7 p.m. Where: Portola Hotel and Spa and Monterey Conference Center, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 Insider tip: Renowned for the high-quality lots they offer, RM Sotheby’s is set to present some of Carrol Shelby’s best in the form of two 289 Cobras and a ’65 GT350. If you like your big block wrapped in Italian coachwork, check out the ’61 Ghia L 6.4 and ’66 Iso Grifo GL. See all the consignments at www. rmsothebys.com. Gooding & Co. Auction: August 18, 6 p.m.; August 19, 11 a.m. Location: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, 3300 Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 Insider tip: With their auction scheduled for Friday and Saturday this year, Gooding is hoping to pull in more people during the heart of car week. Make sure you stop in and check out the flawless lots being offered and jump in on the bidding action. Ready to cross the block are a ’65 289 Cobra, a ’65 GT350 and a ’62 Corvette 327/360 FI convertible. Complete list available at www.goodingco. com.


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SNAPSHOTS Dave Tomaro Bonhams has no shortage of exotic automotive models for auction, but they often also have a healthy selection of premier American muscle, such as this 1969 Oldsmobile 442 in 2016 Worldwide Auctioneers Auction: August 17, 5 p.m. Where: Pacific Grove Golf Links, 77 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Insider tip: Worldwide Auctioneers has joined the list of premier auction houses, and new to car week this year is Worldwide’s Pacific Grove sale. Coming off a year of strong sales, they will not disappoint, with a number of high-quality lots and an experienced staff to help you make your next purchase. Maybe the L88 Sunray-DX Corvette crossing the block is for you? Learn more at www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. Events The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering When: Friday, August 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA 93923 Insider tip: The most anticipated event next to the Pebble Beach Concours itself, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering offers a one-of-akind experience. Wander around 250 of the world’s best cars and listen to celebrity guests reminisce about some of their best car stories, all while enjoying delicious, all-you-can-eat food and drink. Learn more at signatureevents. peninsula.com. Concours d’LeMons When: Saturday, August 19, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside, CA 93955 Insider tip: A must-see event for a different reason. The Concours d’LeMons will bring some of the worst cars around for your viewing pleasure. From barely mobile, rust-covered junk to autos that were junk from the factory, this is the 32 AmericanCarCollector.com event to bring you back to the real world during all the pomp and circumstance of Monterey. Learn more at concoursdlemons.com. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance When: August 20, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: 18th Fairway, Pebble Beach Golf Course Insider tip: The main event and a must-see in every car fan’s lifetime. Pebble showcases the world’s best cars, and 2017 will feature some of the rarest and most unusual creations from the U.S. One of the featured classes this year is American Dream Cars of the 1960s — a time when “can’t” wasn’t in the vocabulary of American car designers. Get all the information at www.pebblebeachconcours.net. Rolex Motorsports Reunion When: August 17–20, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908 Insider tip: The only place to see American iron tear up the asphalt like it was designed to do. The Rolex Motorsports Reunion is a four-daylong event with non-stop action. Race cars from the 1920s to the 1970s take to the track and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. See the schedule at www.mazdaraceway.com. Automobilia Monterey When: August 15–16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955 Insider tip: If you are looking for some new Americana to spruce up your garage, then Automobilia Monterey is your place. It features rooms packed full of advertising, manuals, art, models and anything in between. This is the biggest automobilia event in the U.S., so don’t miss your chance to pick up some premier pieces of history. Learn more at www.automobiliamonterey.com. A Dave Tomaro try to score a ticket to Pebble Beach to see the best of the best


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO TURNING IT UP PARTS LIST Orginal Parts Group Chevelle Steering Gearbox, 1964–76 Quick Ratio Power, P/N C200005, $349.99 Prestone power steering fluid, 1 quart, $6.49 TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest) Trade that factory-original four-turn steering box for something a little quicker by Jim Pickering and Jay Harden A CC practices what it preaches when it comes to driving our old cars. But the one thing that really leaves a lot to be desired, especially in cars from the 1960s, is steering effort — or in the sheer number of turns it takes from left lock to right lock. A lot of factory steering boxes had four or more turns built into them. That might have been fine in the days of bias-ply rubber when more leverage was needed, but it isn’t ideal on today’s roads and with modern tires, especially if you intend to drive in modern traffic. But the fix here is really simple: install an upgraded steering box and lose one full turn — or more — in your steering from right to left. Original Parts Group had just what ACC Contributor Jay Harden and I needed to turn up the turning abilities of his big-block 1969 Chevelle. It’s a simple, easily reversible bolt-in job that completely transforms how a muscle car reacts to steering input — and it hides, blending in as a stock box even in an original, restored car. Here’s how we did it. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 1 We elected to tackle this steering-box swap in a driveway, as it’s a relatively simple job that doesn’t require much in the way of special tools. It’s the kind of thing you can tackle in your own driveway, assuming you’ve got a few hours to kill on a sunny day


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2 Jay’s car isn’t exactly stock, but this process is the same for any car with a power-steering box. This original unit featured a little more than four turns from lock to lock — that’s a lot of driver effort that’s needless on today’s modern rubber. Time for a swap. 3 headers are great for power, but they tend to get in the way when you’re wrenching. Rather than fight with tubes being in our way all day, we elected to just remove the driver’s side header. We had to jack the car up pretty high to get this header out, but it made a world of difference. Always use jack stands placed under the frame before sliding under a lifted car. 4 With the header out of the way, we removed the driver’s side front wheel, as that provided good access to the three bolts that hold the steering box to the frame, as well as the steering linkage. If you don’t already have a cordless impact wrench, now’s the time to get one, as it’ll make jobs like this a snap. We love the DeWalt XR series for its long battery life, adjustable speeds and brute power. 5 the steering box bolts are located just ahead of the front suspension inside the wheel well in this generation of GM A-body. If they’ve never been out, it’s smart to hit them with some rust penetrant so they can soak before you try to remove them. 6 7 Before removing anything, we made sure the steering wheel was straight, so that once we tore the box out of the car, everything would go back together appropriately. the Chevelle’s steering operates with a pitman arm, an idler arm, a center link and four tie-rod ends. We’re only concerned with the pitman arm here, as it’s connected directly to the steering box we’re replacing. We removed the cotter key and loosened the 11/16 castle nut on the center link side. Then, using a hammer, smacked the center link on the side of the boss (not on the head of the joint or on the nut) until the tapered fit gave way, then removed it. This typically takes a couple of really good whacks. September–October 2017 35


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 9 While the box was still in the car, we loosened the nut that holds the pitman arm to the steering box. There was no need to remove it completely — this was just the best time to do it, while the box was still torqued tight to the car. 8 the pitman arm on this Chevelle is fixed to the steering box with a massive 1 5/16-inch nut — you could use an adjustable wrench here, but it’s not the best solution, as it may slip and round off the nut. Get the right wrench. 11 Jay’s car had been fitted 10 next, we disconnected the steering shaft. The shaft is bolted to a rubber isolator on the steering box — some call it a rag joint. There are two nuts and bolts that hold the shaft to the steering box. 12 With the box loose from the steering shaft, the pitman arm loose from the rest of the steering linkage, and with the pressure and return lines both removed from the steering box, we removed the three mounting bolts with our impact wrench. The box itself is heavy, so have a friend hold it up while removing the final bolt. with an aftermarket steering pump, reservoir, and braided steel line with -6 An fittings. A factory car will have rubber line and steel ends, but the process is the same — we removed the pressure and return lines from the steering box and moved them out of our way. This will make a mess, so best to be prepared with a tray or hunk of cardboard under the car. Draining fluid is fine, as the system must be flushed regardless. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 13 here’s our old box (left) next to the fresh unit (right) — the two are visually nearly identical, but the new box is much quicker. Dropping a turn from lock to lock may not seem like much, but it’ll be a huge improvement in how the car runs down the road. 14 using the old rag joint, Jay ran the box from lock to lock and then centered it, just to verify we did, in fact, have it lined up correctly. We then did the same thing with our replacement box. Note the mess it made, so be ready with a rag and some cardboard to catch the fluid that’s still inside — even the fresh box. 15 Getting the pitman arm off the box is a chore, but you can make it easy (and not damage anything) by renting a puller made specifically for the task. This one came from the local auto-parts house and took an 11/16 wrench. You can make the job go quickly by snugging up the puller’s bolt and then tapping on the end of it with a hammer to loosen up the pitman arm’s grip. Tighten, tap, repeat. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 16 the OPG steering box is a great unit — and it comes with a new rag joint and the hardware to mount it. There’s a 12-point bolt that holds the new joint to the steering box. It must be removed before you can install the joint. We tapped our new joint into place carefully using a block of wood — you don’t want to damage the inside of the steering box by smacking it with a hammer. We then reinstalled and tightened it down. Note the swapped-in fittings for the steering lines. 17 We pulled the steering shaft out of the car just to show that there’s a right and a wrong way to install it to the steering box — note the two different-size bolts on the rag joint. This can only go in one way, so be sure you have everything clocked right before trying to install the box in the car.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 18 the moment of truth — we hoisted up the new steering box, lined up the steering shaft to the new joint, and then started the three bolts that hold the box to the frame. It’s best to leave the bolts loose until everything is lined up. We then reinstalled the pitman arm using the big wrench and the new nut and washer supplied in the kit. We then tightened everything down. 19 You must flush your power-steering system to maintain the steering box’s warranty. A lot of fluid will have come out on its own, but it helps to remove the power-steering pump and drain it manually. We also pulled the belt and ran the pump by hand until it was dry. 21 20 Once the lines were reattached, we filled the system with fresh power steering fluid. Prestone is a great choice, as it prevents corrosion, reduces wear and extends power-steering life. We then ran the steering from right to left, lock to lock, topping off as needed and checking for leaks as we went. With the exhaust header reinstalled, the center link reconnected to the pitman arm, and the front wheel reinstalled and torqued, all that was left was to go for a drive to feel the difference in the new box from the old, checking again for proper fluid level once we’d ran the engine and cranked the wheel from lock to lock. With a quicker ratio, this car is a lot more fun to drive, and it reacts a lot faster, too — well worth the price paid for the new box and the couple of hours spent in the driveway. Best of all, OPG’s part looks factory, so there will be no demerits even for a stock Chevelle at any local car show. A (Have you tried this project? Tell us about it at comments@ americancarcollector.com) 40 AmericanCarCollector.com


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Who Appointed Ken Gross Arbiter of Aesthetics? I have enjoyed both of your magazines for quite some time. Always interesting, and often worthy of comment. But anger? That’s a new one. I hope Ken Gross has now repented his comments on the 1932 Ford Tudor street rod profiled on p. 62 of the May–June 2017 issue. Isn’t the core of hot-rodding to build (or have built for you) exactly what you want? So he does not like the dated look of the car in question? Who cares? What of those people who love it as it is? No surprise, I am one of them. Had I the money, I would have purchased the car and driven it as-is as far and as often as possible. Why is his take on hot-rod appearance (from the ’50s) any better than the look from a different era? Did I miss the memo where Ken Gross is now the arbiter of what is and what is not to be done to a vehicle? Sounds like the sort of stiff-necked attitude that created hot rods in the first place. “How It Is Done According to Ken” is a bible with very few adherents. I hope the new owner is cruising in his beautiful car and laughing at Ken. — David Preston, via email Correct Fan Placement? Thanks for the interesting and well- presented article on making /adding a cooling shroud (“Wrenching,” July–August 2017, p. 30). Two statements were made regarding fan placement and clearance: First, that there should be a half-inch clearance between the fan and the shroud all around (Step 11), and second, that the shroud should be constructed such that 50% of the fan is within the shroud (Step 9). In my vintage car, there are nowhere near the generous distances depicted in the truck, but I have a model-specific, aftermarket shroud that has far less fan clearance, and has the entire fan contained within the shroud. If there is sound physics behind the author’s statements, and there are significant gains to be made, I would certainly consider making my own shroud. May I inquire as to the source of the data provided by Pickering and Tyson? — R. Bailey, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering, responds: There very well could be some gains in making a new shroud if your fan’s tucked too far inside the one you have. Then again, whether or not you need to chase those gains really comes down to your car and how it’s cooling as it’s set up now. If it’s working, 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Contributor Ken Gross responds: In this profile, ACC Editor Jim Pickering posed a question: “What would you do with this car? Leave this alone or update it?” there’s probably no reason to change it. If you do change it, the depth of the blades inside the shroud is key — the longstanding rule of thumb, and you’ll find this info from several different aftermarket fan suppliers, is 50% coverage of the fan blade, as this allows the leading edge of each blade to “bite” inside the shroud and the tail edge to expel outside it, thus creating ideal flow through the radiator. If the fan is too deeply inset, it builds turbulence and isn’t as effective as it could be. If the leading edge of the fan is too far outside the shroud, it’ll pull air from everywhere and render the shroud pointless. In terms of circular clearance, you could I simply chose to backdate it to a more traditional look, and I explained my rationale. No anger or rancor was intended or implied. So, I’m not going to “repent.” run an inch of space between your fan and your shroud — in fact, that’s what Flex-aLite suggests. I’ve made a few of these and have had good luck in the half-inch range, as since we’re trying to maximize cooling, less space there ensures the fan is only being fed air from the radiator versus everywhere else under the hood. Just beware of going too tight, as unless you have solid mounts, your engine will move around and the fan could make contact with the shroud. Shoot for at least a half-inch of clearance, more if you want to be cautious about contact. Really, the difference is probably negligible. If you do build your own, let us know how it works for you!A Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions This month’s Reader’s Forum question: When it comes to classic cars, buying is the easy part — just lay down the cash and take home your new prize. Selling, on the other hand, is a lot more involved. What was an easy acquisition becomes a harder liquidation once you’ve lived with a cool old classic for a while and made it your own. But selling is a fact of life. So how do you determine when it’s time? Is it market-based? Prices are up, so you move it out while the money’s good? Maybe it’s more a matter of space — you want something else and there’s no room in the inn. Time for that old ride to go. Or maybe it’s because a car’s done you wrong. What’s the single biggest factor that drives you to sell? How do you know when it’s time to move out that classic? Readers respond: As I suspect it is for most, my single biggest collector car issue is space. When you’re space-constrained, your car count is also constrained. The time to sell is easy. When you find something you want more than an existing car, and you can actually afford it, then something else has to go. — Pierce I, via email n n n Only when you’re flat broke and have sold everything else of value. Because a drive in your old classic car to anywhere, in hard or good times, will always put a smile on your face! — Shawn K., via email n n n If you’re a true collector, you hold and enjoy your collection. Too many people are into the collector car market to make money. That has caused an unusual rise in the values of collectibles. Many cars that were not popular when new became collectibles because of rarity — these cars weren’t popular because they weren’t good cars to begin with. Amateur collectors caused an artificial rise in the market. Collect and enjoy — it’s more fun. Buy into stocks if you want to make money. You can’t enjoy a stock but you can enjoy your collectible. — Stuart A., via email n n n You’re absolutely right — selling is a lot harder than buying. And, like the stock market, it’s very hard to time when exactly is the right time to sell. For me the equation is easy. For one thing, don’t be greedy, for you’ll usually lose. Another important element to consider is this: Was your classic car enjoyed or was it just a garage queen? If just a garage queen, then you’re only in it for the money and again, that’s hard to time. If, however, you enjoyed the car, then it’s simple. If you find your- self in that sweet spot where you’ve enjoyed your car for a number of years and you find that current market values dictate that your car is worth the amount you paid plus roughly the money you put into it, then sell. Basically, you’ve enjoyed a great old car for years, for free 44 AmericanCarCollector.com (minus gas and oil changes). In all cases, a classic car should be enjoyed and not just a museum piece. — John R., via email n n n Its seems to be a bit tricky today. If the funds are the motivating factor, you are at the mercy of the market. If your motivating factor is different — such as another project, space, or changing tastes — you can be more selective on your bottom-line price and how you sell your car. Either way, it appears that tried-and-true venues such as eBay and classified ads are not producing the same results as in the past. Do your homework and be reasonable with your bottom-line price, and your car should sell. — Chris A., via email n n n There are four topics that can assist in determining the time to sell a vehicle. 1) Emotional: If you do not feel inspiration and passion when you walk into the garage or emotion when you drive your car, then it is nothing more than transportation to you. It is time to sell. 2) Financial: If the vehicle has attained a value significantly greater than what you would consider spending to purchase that same vehicle, then you may want to consider selling it. Well, but maybe not if you are wealthy! 3) Practical: If the burden of keeping the vehicle outweighs the joy and pride of ownership. This “burden” includes maintenance, insurance costs, storage considerations and the time required to drive the vehicle to keep it in proper running condition. 4) Intangible: If it has lost the “garage art” appeal. Some vehicles can yield a value just by existing in your eyesight, evoking dreams, imagination and memories of a time long ago... or a time you wished that was in your “long ago.” Those vehicles and their purpose may never become outdated or fall out of favor. Caution: This topic can easily outweigh any of the above. — Jerry D., via email n n n Sell when you’re not in love with your car anymore. Up to now, for me that means never. Probably over my dead body. — Alessandro T., via emailA Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com When is it Time to Sell?


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson BENZ BONES, MOPAR SOUL Chrysler Crossfire: Underappreciated future collectible or fancy rear-drive Sebring with expensive Mercedes parts? Americans love in performance cars. Topping off the rump was an active rear spoiler. It also followed on the coattails of the 1997–2001 Plymouth/2002 Chrysler Prowler as more of a styling exercise that was mass-produced rather than a dedicated performance car. Unique coupe, copycat convertible The Crossfire was originally calling the shots, thanks to the DaimlerChrysler merger. While the TC was more a case of spreading out the workload T between two continents (actually three, if you count the Mitsubishi V6 engine in later production), the Crossfire is an example of what had since become the norm — platform sharing. In this case, the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK was where the DNA started. When the second-generation SLK was introduced for 2004, Daimler kicked the old platform over to the Chrysler side of the house as the underpinnings for the Crossfire. A Mercedes and a Mopar While it has the bones of a Benz, Crossfire styling is uniquely Chrysler and American. Penned by Eric Stoddard, a lot of the look can be traced back as far as pre-World War II Art Deco. The most dynamic styling cue is the bustle-back rear, essentially maintaining a singular curve from the roof to the rear fascia. This markedly accentuated the long-hood, short-deck proportions that 46 AmericanCarCollector.com he Chrysler-Maserati TC of 1989–91 may have been Lee Iacocca’s pet project, but it did show Chrysler a thing or two about trans-oceanic undertakings. But when the Crossfire was introduced at the 2001 North American Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler wasn’t exactly introduced as a coupe only, with the convertible premiering a year later, and some purists prefer the uniqueness of the coupe styling over the drop top — which really comes off as an SLK made to look like a Chrysler. To them, it’s the coupe that will make this a future collectible rather than a fancy rear-drive Sebring with expensive Mercedes parts. Among those Mercedes parts, Chrysler used the 3.2L V6, good for 215 ponies. Behind it was either a standard 6-speed manual or the 5-speed AutoStick — both also Mercedes-sourced. Boosting performance (literally) in 2005 and 2006 was the SRT-6 package. With it, the AMG warmed-up V6 gained a supercharger (and a very healthy kick up to 330 hp), a taughter suspension, larger brakes, chin spoiler, and alloy wheels upsized to 18s up front and 19s in the back. The automatic transmission was your only driveline choice. And the nifty fold up/fold down spoiler was replaced with a larger fixed unit. For 2006 and 2007, the base-level convertible was also offered with a Special Edition package, mostly in unique trimmings, but with SRT-6 wheels. The car’s limited usefulness, less-than-luxurious interior fittings, and high price compared to the competition kept sales low. From an early 2004 model year start of 25,123 units built, by 2008, a mere 1,786 dribbled out of contract manufacturer Karmann. Sales were so pathetic that Chrysler resorted to listing excess inventory on overstock.com in late 2005. With Mercedes-Benz out of the picture and a financially strapped Chrysler having the shots called by Cerberus Capital, there was zero chance of it seeing 2009.


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Rough ride to collectibility Today, the Crossfire is starting to see some pockets of interest as both a future collectible and a unique used car. The hot ticket is one of the 4,071 SRT-6s, but most tend to be Limiteds. By the final year of ’08, that was your one and only choice. While a 6-speed manual transmission was standard, good luck finding one, as most seem to have the AutoStick (thanks mostly to modern dealer politics of avoiding manual-transmission cars like the plague). As one of the dwindling numbers of coupes with pedals, not paddles, straight-stick examples promise to do well in value going forward. Depreciation is beginning to flatten out, and while commuter- bomb base models and Limiteds with hundreds of thousands of miles will continue to drop, low-mile single-owner cars are being actively sought and fought for. As a Mercedes/Mopar hybrid, servicing can be problematic if your Chrysler dealer won’t touch your 2004–06. However, it would be wise to pick up common servicing and trim bits that are on the shelf of your local Chrysler dealer before they evaporate. Those that come from a Buy Here/Pay Here used-car lot are money pits waiting to happen. Buy the best example you can afford, preferably from a caring owner. Another plus for future collectibility is that it was truly a global car for Chrysler. Before Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, it was one of the few of that brand that DaimlerChrysler made any serious attempt at marketing outside of North America. Indeed, when American Chrysler dealers couldn’t move them in 2005, the rest of the world (primarily Europe) devoured the balance of production. Overall, this will be a future plus for interest in this uniquely styled car. Another sign of growing interest in these cars — it’s one of the only “Cheap Thrills” cars that multiple subscribers have asked me to write up. While it’s not time to cash out your Hemi ’Cuda for a year’s worth of SRT-6 roadster production, it’s a car to consider the next time you see one on the open market. You may just want to grab a good one while you can. A Detailing Years produced: 2004–08 Number produced: 76,014 (U.S. and all global markets) Original list price: $35,570 Current ACC Median Valuation: $7,150 Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Base of the windshield Club: Crossfire International Car Club Inc. Alternatives: 2008-and-later Dodge Challenger, 2005-andlater Ford Mustang, 2005–13 Chevrolet Corvette ACC Investment Grade: D Web: www.crossfireinternational. com; SRT/6 Registry, www. srt-6.com September–October 2017 47


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Horsepower Colin Comer OVERRATED PLANNINGis Riding the whirlwind of prep and paint to bring four Shelbys to SAAC-42 Whoops. no way this will buff out S ometimes I don’t always plan as far ahead as I should. Some may call it procrastinating, but I’m not ready to cop to that. Rather, I see planning for things at the 11th hour as a sign of extreme flexibility and a way to make every day a new adventure. My wife, however, vehemently disagrees. However, for this year’s Shelby American Automobile Club’s National Convention, known as SAAC-42 to the faithful, I was pretty damn proud of my advance planning. The convention was June 8–10, held this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. By March, a solid two-plus months prior, I had reserved our hotel rooms and shared these plans with my family. It was a real honest-to-goodness, officially scheduled trip. And it being a National Convention, I knew exactly what cars I was going to take. Our 1968 GT500 KR convertible that we finished restoring last fall would be entered in the Division II Concours in an attempt to take home a Gold award. And our trusty old 1966 GT350, with its four seats, would be our transport to and from the track as well as what I’d use to take my kids around the Speedway in the touring sessions. Both cars were ready to go, no last-minute thrashing needed, no stress. For once. Or so I thought. On May 16 I was checking out SAAC’s website for convention details when I saw that SAAC-42 was celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Shelby Mustangs, and they had a call out to try to get as many there as possible. The good news is I have two 1967 Shelbys: a green GT350 and a blue GT500. The bad news is that the day before, I pulled the blue 48 AmericanCarCollector.com ten days later, back in buffing range GT500 into the body shop and asked Mark, my ace painter, to start stripping off its paint job because I decided to finally lose the incorrect Le Mans stripes that were put on by a previous owner. By the time I rushed back to the body shop to tell Mark not to paint it, he already had the fenders off and was taking a razor blade to the old paint. Change of plans The conversation that followed was very short. It consisted of me telling Mark that I made a mistake and that “I guess we just won’t take this one to SAAC,” but delivered with a tone that Mark knew meant “I guess we have a lot of work to do before SAAC.” We had 15 working days to get it done, but 20 days total, as I was more than happy to point out. Oh, and in that time, Mark had planned time off, so he wouldn’t be here for the full pull. But thankfully, our little three-person crew is well versed in “it has to be done” jobs. The days that followed were a blur. The car was quickly in bare metal, and luckily, as a great Arizona car, it needed no rust repair. In fact, there were only a few small door dings to fix, so we got lucky there, too. Of course not so lucky was the fact that as a 1967 Shelby, it has a lot of fiberglass panels that are hard to strip and even harder to get to fit right — not to mention properly prep for paint. We just went after the project methodically — one guy unbolting parts, another prepping, sanding, and detailing small items and hardware, and wizard Mark on bodywork and paint, who worked a lot at night and on weekends as well. I had basically handed them an impossible task, but I had faith.


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All four cars off to SAAC-42, and looking a lot less tired than the crew who made it happen What’s another Shelby? But lest you think that when all of this madness was going on I was focused on just getting the blue car in paint, oh no; that would be too easy. About 10 days before SAAC-42, another 1967 GT500 came up for sale in Minnesota. It was a white 4-speed car that I had actually tried to buy in the late 1990s when it was last for sale. It was now being offered from the estate of the fellow who bought it then. He had purchased the car but, unfortunately, passed away a few years later. Since that time, it had just been sitting in his garage. For 16 years. I flew to Minnesota to check it out. It ran, but barely. No brakes. Old tires. Stale gas. Dusty. It looked the part of a car that had just been parked 16 years prior. But I knew what kind of car was under the dirt, so I bought it on the spot, quickly arranging to have it shipped to Milwaukee the same day by a landscaper who did so in an enclosed trailer behind his dump truck. Long story. Anyway, I was determined to have this be the third 1967 we’d drag to SAAC-42. As soon as the white car arrived, it was under the knife. Brakes, fuel system, carbs, a correct set of steel wheels, tires and hubcaps quickly sourced and restored, suspension sorted and aligned, and a whole lot of tinkering, cleaning and detailing. Another seemingly impossible task we all jumped on and made happen. Fourteen days later, the one GT500 was in a fresh coat of its origi- nal Brittany Blue, being wet-sanded and buffed, assembled, detailed and cleaned. It was beautiful — another successful Shelby stripectomy and completed against all odds in time to make the show. About the same time, the white GT500 was ready as well. And the green 1967 GT350? Well, it took the place of the 1966 we originally planned to bring. I even entered it into Survivor Concours judging for fun. Photo-finish glory Somehow, everything made it on the truck. Once at the Speedway, the two ’67 GT500s were busy doing track tours, being our transport to and from the hotel some 20 miles away, and hanging out in the 1967 Shelby display. Everybody seemed to love seeing them as much as we enjoyed driving them around. Plus, they helped make for a grand total of 34 1967 Shelby Mustangs in attendance for the 50th Anniversary. Come Concours day, the 1968 GT500 KR and 1967 GT350 were shined up and ready for a few hours of close scrutiny from the judges. The result? A Division II Gold award for the KR and a Survivor Gold award for the unrestored GT350 — icing on the cake for what was a fantastic convention. See? I told you planning ahead was overrated! A September–October 2017 49


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On the Market John L. Stein STALKING The Lost Classic Creative sleuthing really ups the chances of finding that lo A 1961 Chrysler Newport convertible has been on my mind for 40 years. Purchased for $365 off a side street in Santa Monica, CA, in 1977, it served ably as a daily driver, a college roadar and a swoopy date-mobile. t was Alaskan White with a turquoise t-weave interior and a white top, a rel-equipped 361-ci, 265-hp Firebolt , and dog-dish hubcaps and blackwalls. aybe it wasn’t the most masculine of achines, but with the top stowed and a sunny day or starry night at hand, at hardly mattered, because thanks to rgil Exner’s radical canted headlights, mous tailfins spanning more than he 18-foot body length, and futuristic Dome instrumentation, it was visually ing. I took it on trips through nine s and into British Columbia. o it was with mixed feelings that I sold ar later for $750. I’ve been wishing d it, or another like it, ever since. But with only 2,135 of the model originally built and just 46 reportedly surviving today, how could I? Periodic searches of eBay, Craigslist and Hemmings only once yielded an actual purchase opportunity, and that was for one restored to full trailer-queen status with chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, and a metallic-burgundy-over-white color combo. Oh, the humanity! Inside the circle As the years (and decades) rolled on, I became frustrated at not finding more available cars. So, last year, approaching the 40th anniversary of that glorious Summer of ’77, I got creative. While I didn’t have my old Newport’s VIN, I did have a picture showing the license number, so I called a DMV-connected friend and asked him to run the plate. Disappointingly, that returned “no record,” indicating my exact car wasn’t in use in California anymore. I next joined the Walter P. Chrysler (WPC) Club, hoping to find an example for sale in their classifieds. That flamed out too, despite nearly a year of eager checking. I thus shoveled on more creative coal by searching advertisement consolidators such as Yakaz.com and ZoomTheList.com, along with specialty websites such as OldCars. com. I also tried typing “1961 Chrysler 50 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Newport convertible” and the words “for sale” into Google. These tactics brought up plenty of variants — mostly 4-door sedans and the occasional coupe or wagon — but still no convertibles. As my Cycle magazine editor Phil Schilling had once advised someone wanting to find a rare 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport: “Find the inside of the circle, sit down, and wait.” That made good sense, re-inspiring me to find the inside of the Chrysler Newport convertible circle — whatever that constituted and wherever it might exist. Two approaches seemed promising as summer 2017 approached. First was accessing the WPC Club roster, which is a benefit of membership. Downloading the list and then running a model search revealed a half-dozen drop-top 1961 Newports owned by members — several in the U.S., one in Canada, and one in Scandinavia. I called every North American owner, but some numbers were disconnected and others produced no answer. Small breakthroughs Finally, one owner did answer the phone. He was the pleasant long-term second owner of a black-over-red example with the base floor-mounted 3-speed manual gearbox instead of the more common TorqueFlite automatic with pushbutton controls (aka “typewriter drive”). He wasn’t ready to sell, but we committed to stay in touch, and I mailed him some pictures of my old car. I felt like I was finally inside the circle. The next glint of progress came through typing “1961 Chrysler Newport convertible” into the search window on Facebook. Surprise! A series of posts quickly appeared, including one from a shop owner who had bought an original car from a customer. I called and he was happy to share details but likewise declined an invitation to sell. Another post offered more hope, as a classic-car enthusiast had seen a white ’61 Newport in somewhat disheveled condition parked on a downtown street. They even attached a photo of the car, and I could scarcely believe my eyes. White like mine, it had a shrunken old black top with a clouded rear window and an older red interior. It wasn’t my exact car, but it was close enough, I thought. Unfortunately, there was no contact info for the owner included, and no obvious pathway to finding them. But one of the photos did show a license plate — a potentially valuable clue. I re-contacted my mole, who provided info on the registered owner. Far out! It felt like finding the long-lost Bermuda Triangle Navy planes. Ready, steady, contact Searching Google with the owner’s name and the word “Chrysler” revealed a post he had made about another car, and even better, his phone number. I called immediately. He answered immediately. And boy, did we talk ’61 Newport convertibles. Incredibly, he had previously listed the car for sale, but due to rust issues had received low offers and decided to pull the ad, and disappointingly for me, to keep the car. Shoot. Too late again. Nevertheless, we exchanged email addresses, and I launched into a friendly campaign to prove I was the right and logical next custodian. I sent him 40-year-old photos of my car, including a beauty shot taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats, and another taken in a movie-theater parking lot after seeing a brand-new movie called “Star Wars.” All were beautifully preserved on Kodachrome 64. I’d like to announce that I’ve bought the white 1961 Chrysler Newport convertible, but despite all efforts, I still haven’t been able to. That is, not yet. But while I’m trying, I’m also still learning. I’ve learned that a diversified approach is more effective than rely- ing on a single info source such as eBay alerts, Hemmings or even a club. In other words, sitting and waiting inside the circle is great, but nonstop creative sleuthing really ups the chances of finding that long-lost love.A September–October 2017 51


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 From Super to Slumper Courtesy of Auctions America After 27 years, this GM performance flagship is worth less than half its original MSRP. It’s time to buy by John L. Stein • One of 3,032 ZR-1s built for 1990 • All-original condition with 953 miles showing • 375-hp, 4-cam, 32-valve LT5 engine • Normal and full engine power key • 6-speed manual transmission • Electronic Selective Ride and Handling suspension • Four-wheel disc brakes • Factory alloy wheels • Power steering, windows, seats, mirrors and door locks • Removable tinted-glass roof • Air conditioning • Delco-Bose AM/FM/CD/cassette audio system • RPO ZR-1 cost $27,016 above 1990 Corvette coupe base price ACC Analysis This car, Lot 2162, sold for $28,600, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring auction in Auburn, IN, on May 12, 2017. In the mid-1980s, big changes were taking place in the automotive space. Carburetors were going away and horsepower was back in style. Nissan and Toyota started building overhead-cam, aluminum-block V8s. IMSA and SCCA road racing thrived. And as F1 cars raced through downtown Detroit, high-tech, Eurospec, gray-market cars were all the rage. No wonder Corvette engineers felt compelled to do something radical to keep the fourth-generation Corvette up front — especially ahead of Porsche. That “something radical” was the wide-hipped, LT5-powered ZR-1. Its Lotus-designed 4-camshaft, 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 32-valve V8 engine, built by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, OK, was the most radical departure for a production Corvette ever. Rated at 375 hp in its debut year of 1990, the LT5 pumped out an exciting 50% more power than the period pushrod L98, revved way higher, and basically punched the Europeans and Japanese right between the eyes. If the Porsche 928 and 911 were trained assassins in pinstriped suits, the ZR-1 was a flinty-eyed Clint Eastwood growling, “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Massive corporate excitement As an account executive on Chevrolet racing and high-performance advertising at the time, I can report that the interest in the ZR-1 within the division was tremendous — rather like it must have been at SpaceX more recently when the first reusable Falcon 9 rocket launched. In its time, the exotic ZR-1 likewise seemed to be carrying Chevrolet and the Corvette nameplate vigorously into the future. Unfortunately, though, reality had other plans. One problem was the high price of the ZR-1 option. At $27,016, the ZR-1 option represented an 85% bump in MSRP over the standard L98 coupe. Another problem was that it wasn’t available in a drop-top, although engineers at the GM Tech Center did install a 4-cam LT5 engine in at least one convertible. And a third problem — perhaps the largest one — was that buyers at the time just didn’t warm to such an “exotic” Corvette. This last point invites some comparative study. In the early 2000s, conservative old Harley-Davidson tried to advance its technological image by commis


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1990–95 Number produced: 3,032 (1990) Original list price: $58,995 Current ACC Median Valuation: $24,200 Tune-up cost: $500 (estimated) Club: National Corvette Restorers Society iquid-cooled, erformance rs who wanted a eir Milwaukee he V-Rod, which 7 years but has hreatened to rley. ca-Cola killed g it with “New ke.” That fizzled st. And Porsche’s nt-engine, d-cooled 1978 928 was also strongly derided by the rear-engine, air-cooled Boxer faithful. (Although in this last case, Porsche ultimately broke through spectacularly, with three of its five nameplates now carrying their motors up front.) The lesson here is simple: Be careful when modifying the essential DNA of a successful product. High luster, deep loss Fast-forward to spring 2017 and this bright red ZR-1 at Auctions America Auburn. The first thing that stands out about this sale is the low price of $28,600 for an as-new car with less than 1,000 miles on the clock. Or put more starkly, 27 years after this General Motors engineering flagship was built, today it’s worth less than half of its original $58,995 MSRP, and about the same as some fairly common American classics such as a 1967 Ford Mustang convertible, 1969 AMC AMX or 1972 Chevrolet Nova SS. Rather than gain in value, it lost big time. It is worth noting here that the first-year 1990 ZR-1 was rated at 375 hp, a figure that stood until 1993, when the output was bumped to 405 hp and remained there through 1995. Even with the higher output, though, production dropped to just 448 units in ’95, indicating that buyers just weren’t into it. In contrast, when the new 330-hp pushrod LT4 engine debuted for 1996 (at a far more palatable $1,450), buyers snapped up 6,359 of them — nearly matching the ZR-1’s entire 1990–95 production in a single model year. This shows that people certainly did want Corvette performance — but at a manageable price. My personal view is that while the fourth- generation ZR-1s do deserve to get on the cam in terms of value, there are impediments to this happening quickly. The first is inertia, as no C4-generation cars are particularly valuable to date, excepting the final-year 1996 Grand Sport. Not even the factory- September–October 2017 53CC 53 built Corvette Challenge racers of 1988–89 pull much money. Secondly, the 32-valve LT5 engine never enjoyed a widespread racing career (excepting a big handful of World Challenge cars). And lastly, the ZR-1 ultimately failed to forge a lasting new technological course (i.e., overhead cams) for Corvette. Then there is the fact that the ZR-1’s performance advantages were temporary. In 1998, shortly after starting as Editor of GM’s Corvette Quarterly, I met IndyCar racer Johnny Unser at the Nevada track now known as Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch to test a ZR-1 against a new C5 Z51. We found that the Z51 just about equaled the ZR-1 in every way — for less money. And so, unlike the L88 big-block or LT-1 smallblock Chevy engines accomplished in their day, in the harsh light of history, the LT5 ZR-1 engine can’t even claim a particular performance increase over more commonly available powertrains. It’s time to buy All of this said, I think the relatively low prices for ZR-1s do represent a great buying opportunity for a truly interesting and ambitious product. At a modest investment, you can buy what was a technologically sophisticated and expensive sports car for its day, which had been specifically charged with countering the surging technology from Europe and Asia (and the Dodge Viper) in an effort to strengthen Corvette’s claim as America’s sports car. Thus, I can imagine a time when, as with the DeLorean DMC-12, Ferrari 308 and 328, and Porsche 356 and 911, the ZR-1 will get recognized as the next great new old thing. When that happens, we will all call this beautifully preserved ZR-1 very well bought indeed. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 504, VIN: 1G1YZ23J1M5801059 Condition: 2Sold at $19,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/9/2016 ACC# 6799528 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot S69, VIN: 1G1YZ22J0S5800340 Condition: 2 Sold at $33,550 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 6/16/2016 ACC# 6803703 Engine # location: Side of block, near bellhousing Chassis # location: VIN plate at base of windshield More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1987 Buick Grand National, 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 50th Anniversary coupe ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 295, VIN: 1G1YZ23J0P5800313 Condition: 2- Not sold at $26,000 Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/24/2016 ACC# 6810528


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PROFILE GM B-Body Sleeper 1969 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-DOOR SEDAN To that certain buyer who wants the element of surprise with his muscle, this is just the ticket VIN: 155119D052296 by Chad Tyson • Ground-up restoration approximately 10 years ago • Featured in Chevy Rumble magazine, August 2008 • Original body panels and chassis • Date-correct L72 427/425 V8 engine • Muncie M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed transmission • 12-bolt rear end • Power brakes • Rare radio delete • F70-15 Firestone Redline bias-ply tires ACC Analysis This car, Lot F206, sold for $35,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s massive Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, IN, on May 19, 2017. Full-size phenomena Chevrolet’s full-size lineup was the go-to buying option for many Americans during the 1960s. In 1965, with a new coke-bottle shape and curved side glass, the Bel Airs, Biscaynes, Impalas and Caprices sold over 1.7 million units total — similar numbers to what Chevrolet achieved in 1955 with the 150, 210 and Bel Air. For 1969, unlike the fancier, better equipped Caprice and Impala, the down-market full-size Bel 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Airs and Biscaynes only came in three body styles — 2- and 4-door sedans, and the station wagon. The hard tops and drop top stayed reserved only for those willing to pony up just a bit more dough. Even beyond Chevrolet’s lineup, 2-door sedans never won over American consumers the way hard tops did. That buying habit still plays out today: When automakers build a sedan, they’ll often black out the door frames between the window trim to conceal the unattractive, safety-driven chunks now making up most B-pillars. Then again, there’s one place where those B-pillars are welcome, and that’s on the dragstrip. These cars tended to be stiffer and cheaper than their hard-top counterparts, which made them a favorite among racers back in the day — especially when fitted with the biggest engines available. And those big engines weren’t exclusive to the higher-class B-bodies. From the 250-ci I6 all the way up to the bad-as-hell L72 427 big block, all were available across the line. Yes, that L72 was the same one Don Yenko installed in his famous Camaros. Those familiar with GM’s midsize cubic-inch limitations (400 ci or less in A-bodies before 1970) and factory availabilities that weren’t listed in the brochure had an edge: They could get that L72 fresh from the factory by ordering a stripped-down Bel Air or Biscayne, and a select few did just that. In total, 546 L72s ended up installed in full-size cars in 1969. And many of those cars were stripped-down specials like this one, ordered that way to go drag racing. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1965–70 Number produced: 156,700 (all 1969 Bel Airs, approximately) Engine # location: Pad forward of passenger’s side cylinder head Club: National Impala Association Thinking big The rear quarter windows — actually the whole window profile — is practically identical to Chevy’s archetypal sleeper, the Nova. And I don’t remember hearing too many complaints about those window frames at car shows, drag races or cruises. These cars look heavy, but that is exactly what their owners wanted you to think. Despite the full-size designation and 119-inch wheelbase, the Bel Air’s curb weight falls in near 3,800 pounds even with that 427. Contrast that with the much smaller SS 396 Nova’s weight of 3,300 pounds — the Bel Air is a 15% increase in mass over the X-body. Here’s an even more black-and-white case between these two. The power-to-weight ratio (again based on advertised horsepower, which assumes the power is adjusted down similarly for the same model-year engines) for our profile car works out to about 0.112, and the SS Nova comes in at 0.113. That’s not much of a difference, but who among us really thought they’d even be close? Unlikely market hero GM pumped out thousands of these cars. Approximately 156,700 Bel Airs were built in 1969, but they rarely appear at auction. ACC’s Premium Auction Database reveals only three 1969 Bel Airs at major auctions since 2013, and this car accounts for two of those appearances. Mecum offered this car as Lot S186 this past January at their Kissimmee sale, where it didn’t sell at a $30k bid. Here it did just $2k better when it was hammered sold. But why was this the one to garner relatively sky-high bids? For one, the 10-year-old restoration appears to still be in remarkable condition. But the bigger deal here was that L72 engine. The “date-correct” 427, with M22 Rock Crusher and 12-bolt differential, rounds out one of the most impressive GM drivetrains of the era. The listings all carefully point out the body and chassis are original, but refrain from those claims anywhere else. Original to the car or not, that engine makes this otherwise plain-Jane Bel Air into a total sleeper. Black vinyl is one of the most common features among these older cars; steel wheels with dog-dish caps are as interesting as the grandparents playing cribbage, and a monochromatic color scheme is easily overlooked in a parking lot. To that certain buyer who wants the element of surprise with his muscle, this is just the ticket. Well sold, well bought This sale price might seem reasonable for a Bel Air, if one were thinking about the fabled Tri-Fives, or even a 1961 bubble top. When the Impala knocked the Bel Air down a few pegs in the full-size hierarchy, the desirability (and the collectibility) dropped too. As it’s a late ’60s model, this is significant coin. I’m not sure anything else is required for a well-sold designation — even with a cheat-code drivetrain and restoration still holding up quite well. Then again, two months after this sale in Indianapolis, I found the car listed on an Illinois Hyundai dealer’s website for $44,988. So perhaps there’s still room for an even better sale. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Original list price: $3,345 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,775 Tune-up/major service: $120 VIN location: Tag on driver’s side of dash, visible through windshield Web: www.nationalimpala. com Alternatives: 1969 Cadillac Eldorado, 1969 Ford LTD, 1969 Chrysler 300 ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 2-door hard top Lot ST0136, VIN: 1688772101729 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $34,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 10/26/2016 ACC# 6809770 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air 427 sedan Lot 551, VIN: 156116S223182 Condition: 2 Sold at $54,000 Vicari, Nocona, TX, 5/8/2015 ACC# 265248 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 2-door hard top Lot S684, VIN: 168877L166557 Condition: 2+ Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/19/2014 ACC# 244407 September–October 2017 55


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PROFILE FOMOCO Top Pony Brings the Bucks 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CJ 428 FASTBACK Sure, it’s no Shelby. But more 428 cars in ’68 became GT500s, so this car is actually rarer by Sam Stockham • 428-ci, 335-hp Cobra Jet V8 engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Deluxe Marti Report confirms engine, transmission and colors • Professionally restored by Signature Auto of Gahanna, OH — completed in June 2016 • Restoration utilized many original components • Reported this includes engine and transmission • GT Equipment Group • Very detailed throughout • Philco AM radio • Argent wheels ACC Analysis This car, Lot 3117, sold for $104,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Spring Auburn event in Auburn, IN, on May 13, 2017. By 1968, Ford had realized that they had plenty of competition from the other members of the Big Three for dominance in the Pony-car market. With the introduction of the Chevrolet Camaro in 1967 and the second-gen Dodge Charger in 1968, the lead in sales that Ford had gained with the introduction of the Mustang was in the crosshairs, and market share was being threatened. But there was some good news. Even though Chevy had a fresh car up their sleeve for ’67, Ford had a fresh redesign that gave the 2½-year-old Mustang a shot of testosterone and a big-block 390 engine from the Thunderbird. This redesign ensured that Ford kept a nearly 2:1 sales lead over the first-year Camaro. The next year brought only nuanced changes to the 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Mustang aesthetics from ’67, but in April of the production year, the 335-hp (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) 428-ci Cobra Jet engine was introduced. Bad pony Historically, this engine, known as the R-code, proved to be the top of the pecking order. But next to it on the order sheet was the W-code — the mythical unicorn 427. Unfortunately, no production Mustangs with a factory 427 are known to exist or at least have been proven authentic, according to Ford stat guru Kevin Marti. That 427 would have been cool, but the 428 had a longer stroke and smaller bore, which made far more torque and facilitated longer, smokier burnouts. Ford knew that the 428 would stand up to street abuse easier by being slower revving and less peaky than the 427, so in reality, the 428 was the real top dog on the 1968 order form. Now, if any of us didn’t believe that the 1968 Mustang should live in infamy on its own merits, enter the legendary status the car achieved through the chase-scene driving finesse of Hollywood badass Steve McQueen playing Frank Bullitt. Bullitt drives a Highland Green 390 fastback while hunting hit men in a 440 Charger. While product placement was not yet mainstream in the movie business, Ford did provide two cars and continued to sell more Mustangs than Dodge sold Chargers. Coincidence? Yeah, most likely. As “Bullitt” earned a place in every gearhead’s heart, anyone who ever had an affinity for Mustangs naturally gravitated toward the subtle-colored Courtesy of Auctions America


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Club: The 428 Cobra Jet Registry fastback. Toss on a set of tarnished Torq-Thrust mags and a blacked-out grille and who would know the difference? Leave it alone Looking at our subject car, I would not recommend said strategy. Doing so would most certainly undo much of the restoration effort put forth on what is a nicely optioned car with the 428 CJ, 4-speed and the GT package. Even if your tastes clash with the gold C-stripes that gives doppelganger status to the Oregon Ducks cheerleader squad, the colors were original. Somewhat surprisingly, the auction house makes no reference to “Bullitt” at all, which is easy to do given this is a Highland Green fastback. Not to diminish the impact of “Bullitt,” but I think the auction house took the high road by focusing on such a high-quality restoration that tries in no way, shape or form to resemble Bullitt’s car. For a lesser car, this tactic might be low-hanging fruit used to add sizzle at auction and would be warranted. Not here. The other market fear I have is that resto-clones like Eleanor repops and “Bullitt” lookalikes eventually lose their audience quicker than an iconic car brand. Unfortunately, Mr. McQueen has been off the big screen since 1980, so most younger enthusiasts really don’t have any childhood connection to his movies unless introduced by an older fan. Even then, “Bullitt” (and more recently, Eleanor) clones fall on an indifferent public, and nobody “gets” it. Like it or not, collector car values rely on an audience. When the audience is either too old or too young, prices drop on novelty versions first. Just wait — Eleanor clones could lose a lot of steam in the next 10–15 years, as the Nick Cage redux is already 17 years old. Knowing this, I think buyers’ money is better protected with the caliber of purchase here — an original, high-spec car that isn’t claiming to be famous. Setting the market This sales result was a record for a ’68 R-code Mustang fastback, and beyond that, it also placed highly among previous sales for standard-production Mustangs that had everything except Shelby badges or Boss stripes. This money is square in the realm of firsts, lasts and high-quality restorations of rare examples — and deservedly so. A caring and considerate restoration, as this car appeared to have had, can easily cost what was paid here. The big question becomes whether the buyer should have just ponied up another 40% and bought a nice real-deal Shelby GT500. I guess that depends on your tastes. I do believe that this car should not be considered a car in the shadow of something greater. Speaking in terms of rarity, more 428 cars in ’68 became Shelby GT500s, so this car is actually more rare as it sits. Go figure. Comparing this car to a Shelby or a “Bullitt” re- creation doesn’t do it the justice it deserves, because it’s neither — but we simply don’t see cars like this one often, and that makes pricing it a challenge. Suffice to say, for the work done, the rarity of the package and the performance potential of that 428, this money was in the right ballpark, even if it didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone for the consignor, assuming he funded the restoration. I’m calling this one a fair price all around for a very nice car. A new milestone in the Mustang market, and a great example of Ford’s continued domination in period of the market they started.A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1968 Ford Mustang 428 CJ convertible Engine # location: Steel tag under ignition coil mounting bracket Number produced: 1,299 (706 with manual trans) Original list price: $3,123 Current ACC Median Valuation: $68,600 Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Plate at base of windshield Year produced: 1968 (from April through the end of the model year) Web: www.428cobrajet.org Alternatives: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435, 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro L89 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1968 Ford Mustang 428 CJ fastback Lot S660, VIN: 8F02R188488 Condition: N/A Not sold at $85,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2014 ACC# 232315 1968 Ford Mustang 428 CJ Lightweight Lot S124, VIN: 8F02R135019 Condition: 2- Not sold at $200,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/17/2013 ACC# 215169 Lot S187, VIN: 8F03R171900 Condition: 1Sold at $109,105 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/27/2005 ACC# 37286 September–October 2017 57CC 57


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PROFILE MOPAR Running in the Pack 1969 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson In terms of how they really were, this ’69 Road Runner is just about as spot-on as you are ever likely to find VIN: RM21H9G215631 by Dale Novak A 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com n original California car, this Road Runner is powered by an original, matching-numbers, high-performance 383-ci V8 engine and equipped with a 727 automatic transmission. Documentation includes build sheet, fender tag and owner’s book. It’s finished in the rare special-order color of Bahama Yellow. A mid-year introduction color, it’s considered the first of the high-impact paint colors that were not offered until the 1970 model year and is a rare color for 1969. The photos and receipts from the rotisserie restoration completed in 2014 are also included. It has approximately 2,500 miles since the restoration. The car is a show winner and the trophies are included. This car has been updated with Mopar Performance electronic ignition, Hemi grind camshaft and 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels with correct new Firestone Redline tires. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 641, sold for $36,850, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, on June 24, 2017. If there ever was a car that defines the quintes- sential ideology of what a muscle car is (or should be), the 1968–70 Plymouth Road Runner (and Dodge Super Bee) certainly fits that definition. It was massproduced, cheap, void of most options, handled like a rudderless boat in a swift current and was never meant to last. The cars were thrashed about, modified, customized and beat to death. But they sure can be a blast to drive — especially if you pound around in one with a total disregard for the mechanical consequences. A lot of guys who bought them in 1969 somehow thought they were fooling their wives into buying an enigmatic family car in disguise. It did have a generous trunk and reasonably large back seat, after all. It was an ambiguous way for the emerging family guy to meagerly attempt to hold on to his youth. In the case of our subject car, it even had an automatic transmission on the column. Love those VINs Part of what makes Mopars so desirable in today’s sea of sometimes suspicious and questionable muscle cars are their Vehicle Identification Numbers. As an example, our subject Road Runner tells us right off the bat that it’s an R (Belvedere/Satellite), M (Road Runner), 21 (2-door coupe), H (383/335 hp), 9 (1969), G (St. Louis, MO, assembly). No guesswork needed. Plus, the cars that get faked and dubiously built will generally be higher-value 440 or Hemi examples, so the buyer of our subject Road Runner should be squarely in the safety zone in that regard. The buyer also scored on some good documentation in the way of the original broadcast sheet, fender


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Engine # location: Years produced: 1968–70 Number produced: 82,292 Original list price: $2,945 Current ACC Median Valuation: $38,500 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Driver’s side dash under windshield Club: National B-Body Owners Association tag and owner’s booklet. Photo documentation of the restoration is also included and, via the description, the car only has 2,500 miles on a fairly fresh 2014 restoration. Right condition, right stance Our Road Runner looks to be in fine to excellent condition in all regards. Based on the photos from Barrett-Jackson, this car’s gaps all look great, the paint appears to be well applied and the interior looks to be in very nice to excellent condition. The engine bay presents very well and also appears to be fairly fresh. The stance of the car is dead-on and enhanced by the 15-inch road wheels, so it sits a tad taller than had it been on factory 14s. The other modifications noted are insignificant and have no adverse effect on the value. In short, as presented, this 1969 Road Runner is just about as spot-on as you are ever likely to find. If it runs out as well as it looks, the buyer should be in the fun zone with his new purchase. I’ve pontificated on this in the past, but for most muscle buyers, the air gets let out of our collective tires when we get all fired up about a car and then see the dreaded automatic shifter poking its ugly stick out of the steering column. It is, after all, difficult to pop through the gears without fear of ratcheting the car into neutral, or worse, reverse gear. I speak from experience from driving a 1969 Dodge Super Bee with the same setup. For our subject car, given the unique color (known as Butterscotch in the Dodge universe) and tidy presentation, I don’t think we need to ding the value all that much. The presentation supersedes the fixation with the automatic on the column build. If we were discussing a more radical Mopar, such as a 440+6 or Hemi example, I’d be more likely to get out my red pen. Naturally, a set of buckets and a center console would be more desirable — but for a commodity 383 Runner with an automatic and a bench seat, it’s not all that unusual to see them in this configuration. Bahama Yellow or Coyote Ugly? I’ve seen cars like this before. Yes, it has a unique color, one that is rarely seen because buyers in 1969 simply didn’t order them. Today, some guys will immediately love it, while others might describe it as some sort of puke mustard and will refuse to allow it to set foot in their garage. I find the color to be inviting. It just works with the black interior, Redline tires and subtle graphics. In short, I think it’s cool — but I’m biased and grade most Mopars on a curve. All things considered, the buyer of our subject Plymouth did just fine. It’s highly likely that the “allin” total with the restoration expense and the cost of the car is far higher, so the buyer did well by that standard. Per the ACC price guide, the median value sits at $38,500 for a well-presented example. When you factor in the cost of restoration and subtract a little for the automatic on the column and bench seat, our price guide seems to be on the money. I love it when we have a happy ending. Call this a bulls-eye market-correct result. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Passenger’s side of block by oil pan Web: www.wwnboa.org, www. moparnats.org Alternatives: 1969 Dodge Super Bee, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, 1969 Ford Mustang GT ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2-door hard top Lot 559, VIN: RM23H9G297905 Condition: 2Sold at $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/24/2016 ACC# 270635 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2-door hard top Lot 2420, VIN: RM23H9J168082 Condition: 3+ Sold at $24,750 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/22/2014 ACC# 256587 1969 Plymouth Road Runner coupe Lot T173, VIN: RM21H9E121451 Condition: 4Sold at $20,330 Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 4/5/2013 ACC# 215795 September–October 2017 September–October 2017 59


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932 FORD 3-WINDOW DRAG COUPE Time-Capsule Racer Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Precedents exist for former racing hot rods to be rebuilt and repurposed, and while the purists won’t like it, that’s what I’d do here VIN: 18198496 by Ken Gross • Inaugural 1954 ATAA World Series of Drag Racing Class AB Champion • Same owner for more than 60 years; driven less than one mile since 1954 • Built by Francis Fortman and driven by Kenny Kerr • Competed in only one drag-racing event, then stashed away • Documented with the title from 1952, vintage racing photos, discovery photos and the ATAA program • Featured in Hot Rod DeLuxe, Ol’ Skool Rods and Old Cars Weekly magazines • Powered by a 4-carburetor, Edelbrock-equipped, alcohol-burning flathead V8 • Rare engine-turned Stewart-Warner instrument panel ACC Analysis This car, Lot T221, sold for $42,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s annual Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, IN, on May 16–20, 2017. Lost and found The 1932 Ford 3-Window DeLuxe coupe is one of hot-rodding’s favorite models, second only to the 60 AmericanCarCollector.com roadster of the same year. Introduced late in the 1932 model year, the handsome 3-Window variant soon became a classic. This virtually original ’32 Ford drag-racing coupe was owned by the same family for over 60 years. It was built by Francis Fortman and Kenny Kerr for the inaugural 1954 ATAA (Automobile Timing Association of America) World Series of Drag Racing, which was held at Half Day Drag Strip in Lawrenceville, IL, about 20 miles from Chicago. Running on alcohol fuel, and driven by Kenny Kerr, the quick coupe won Class AB, with a trap speed of 105.88 mph, after which it was retired. It never ran again. The short-lived ATAA was one of several national drag-racing timing associations to rival the National Hot Rod Association in the mid 1950s. For a time, the NHRA banned horsepower-increasing but explosive racing fuels such as alcohol and nitromethane, and instead insisted that racers use pump gasoline. That created an opening for rival timing associations that had no fuel limitations. Leading dragster drivers such as Don Garlits wanted to run as fast as possible, and that meant a nitro fuel mix was essential. The new associations welcomed the old pros who broke with the conservative NHRA hierarchy, and that also created openings for new, unknown racers to show their stuff.


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A 3-speed Ford gearbox and a ’40 Ford rear end, with its gears welded to make it a quick-and-dirty locker, rounded out the basic driveline modifications. Inside, the two welded a sturdy roll bar to comply with ATAA rules. They also fitted a handsome StewartWarner gauge panel, a single bomber bucket seat and a ’40 Ford steering wheel. The passenger’s seat was removed, and in its place they fitted a rectangular gas tank, along with a hand-operated fuel-pressure pump. Period photos show a crudely finished leatherette interior. The frame was painted white, as were the grille bars, and the body was finished in maroon. Whitewall tires added a bit of spiff. The decklid was screwed onto the body at its lower edge so it wouldn’t fly up at speed. One and done Curiously, after they won the ATAA’s Class AB, Fortman and Kerr elected never to run the coupe again, and Fortman kept the car. Ken Robins, who found the ’32 in 2012, told Old Cars Weekly Editor Angelo Van Bogart that Fortman said, “A ’32 Ford was worth nothing in 1954, so instead of selling it, he put it in a field and put a tarp on it.” The coupe sat outside for 20 years in all kinds of weather. After some kids shot at the derelict coupe with a BB gun, Fortman rolled it inside a barn, where it sat for another 38 years. Robins heard about the coupe from a friend. His timing was perfect. Fortman was ready to sell, and his wife agreed: “Don’t let that man out of the house,” she insisted. Afterward, Robins simply cleaned the coupe up a bit and installed newer tires. The 3-window remains heavily rusted in lower por- tions of the body and the doors. Robins, who sold the car at Mecum and believes it’s a piece of Americana, artwork and hot-rod history, asked, “Where are you going to find a car from the first World Series of Drag Racing?” What now? The question of what to do with this car is complex. It was poorly stored and now it’s in rusty, deteriorated condition. You could spend as much to restore it as its purchase price, probably more. And while it would be a nice-looking piece, as the old photos of the car indicate, I’m not sure you’d get your money back. The ATAA is a lost chapter in hot-rodding, and while this car was a one-time winner, its victory is not very significant. Although Robins reports people who saw the unrestored hulk at the “Iron Invasion” hot rod show in Woodstock, IL, “went nuts,” that enthusiasm was not reflected in its fair and market-correct $42,900 sale price. Precedents exist for former racing hot rods to be rebuilt and repurposed, and while the purists won’t like it, that’s what I’d do here. Jim Busby built a killer former drag-racing deuce 5-window for the street that Richard Munz now owns. Part of that ’32’s pedigree is the fact that it was once a competition car, but it’s a tough-looking street runner today. So… I’d chop this coupe’s top three to four inches and restore the car for the street. You could leave the engine set back if you want or remount it in the stock position. Real Henry steel chopped-and-channeled deuces are every hot-rodder’s dream, and all the go-fast parts are available to make that four-carb flathead look and run like a champ. Rather than having a rusty bookend, you’d have a cool-looking ’32 with a checkered past that’d both turn heads and kick butt. What would you do? A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) September–October 2017 61 1932 Ford roadster Lot 40, VIN: 1827717 Condition: 4+ Sold at $151,800 Engine # location: Cast on bellhousing Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Years built: 1932/1954 Number produced: One like this (20,506 1932 DeLuxe Model 18 V8 3-Window coupes were built) Original list price: $575 Current ACC Median Valuation: $38,500 Tune-up/major service: $250 (estimated) VIN location: 18-prefix Ford VIN is stamped on the front frame rail on the driver’s side Web: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other ’32 Ford hot rod coupes, preferably with racing heritage ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1932 Ford Highboy Lot 249, VIN: AB5055556 Condition: 3 Sold at $60,500 ACC# 6804201 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2016 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2015 ACC# 257539 Lot 157, VIN: SW08036PA Condition: N/A Sold at $90,750 1932 Ford roadster “Golden Rod” RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2013 ACC# 215680


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 ROADSTER Dare to Be Different Courtesy of Bonhams With only 435 KaiserDarrins produced, the car is but a one-year footnote in automotive history VIN: 161001188 by Carl Bomstead engines and sleek styling. American manufacturers wanted in on the action, I 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 62 AmericanCarCollector.com but nobody had a suitable car ready to compete with the European invaders. Ford and GM started work on their own interpretations of a sports car, while the independent Kaiser Motors also decided to toss their hat in the ring. The first Kaiser-Darrin prototype appeared at the New York Auto Show in 1953, just besting Chevrolet’s Corvette to become America’s first fiberglass production sports car by a few months. This Kaiser-Darrin was the subject of a restoration several decades ago by Classic Car in White Lake, NY, with the sliding-door drop-top repainted in Yellow Satin with tan vinyl interior. Showing some paint imperfections and patina commensurate with its age and attesting to some spirited use, it has been regularly serviced and carefully garaged. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 148, sold for $90,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction in Greenwich, CT, on June 4, 2017. n the bustling years after World War II, American roads were peppered with ever-growing numbers of European and British sports cars. American servicemen returning from overseas duty were bringing home nimble little cars with gutsy In the early 1950s few — if any — women were in responsible decision-making positions in the maledominated automotive industry. If it were not for a lady, however, the Kaiser-Darrin would have never seen the light of day. Howard “Dutch” Darrin had a respected career in both Europe and California, creating exciting automotive designs for screen stars, entrepreneurs and the landed gentry. After the war, however, the market for custom coachwork had diminished, and Darrin entered a tumultuous and contentious relationship with Kaiser-Frazer as a freelance consultant. He quickly resigned, however, when his design for


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PROFILE RACE 1963 DODGE DART ALTERED Glory Days Selling a hot rod or heavily modified racer is almost always a losing game. The winning is in the ownership VIN: 7335150843 by Jay Harden California-sourced with just the right amount of real patina and a Mazzolini Racing fiberglass Max Wedge hood scoop. The painted body graphics were hand-applied by Southern California go-to graphics man Bob Thompson. The narrowed 8¾-inch rear axle has 10-inch drum brakes and a clutch-type 3.91 Sure Grip with Super Stock leaf springs and shocks. The rear suspension has been altered forward 12 inches to deliver 48/52 (front/rear) static weight distribution. Up front, a Dodge A100 van straight axle and leaf springs with 11-inch Hemi Charger-sized drum brakes offer excellent stopping power. The engine is a 512-ci Dodge big block with an T 64 AmericanCarCollector.com all-forged 440 Source stroker kit making about 550 horsepower. The compression ratio is 9.8:1, and it runs great on 92 octane unleaded gas. It has an automatic transmission, 440 Source aluminum heads with stainless valves, and an A&A 440-port-size Max Wedge cross-ram intake manifold with two Edelbrock 600 cfm 4-barrel carburetors. Inside the simple interior, a full-manual push-button 727 TorqueFlite controls shifts. Other era-correct his 1963 Dart was built by Steve Magnante in 2008 as a totally streetable tribute to Jack Sharkey’s Chicago-based “Rampage” Dart match racer. The all-steel California body is interior details are an eight-point roll bar, fiberglass buckets, radio- and heater-delete plates and a retro Sun tach. This car is a nostalgic drag racing hero — but for the street. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 63, sold for $21,450, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, on June 23, 2017. The endgame for the overwhelming majority of write-ups we do here at ACC is to justify whether or not we believe a particular automobile sold for a market-appropriate price. Profiles of Cobras and ’Cudas and low-mileage Corvettes are relevant because the sales of those cars act as a market barometer, providing insight into the fluctuations of the collector car market as a whole and, to some extent, the American economy. Oddball sales like this one, however, always pose a bit of a challenge. From an historical standpoint, the altered-wheel- base cars had a massive influence on the evolution of drag racing, and are generally credited with the origin of the “Funny Car” moniker. The brainchild of a handful of Chrysler engineers working to maximize the influence of the new Hemi, six Dodge Coronets and five Plymouth Belvederes had their wheelbases Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! shortened and their front and rear axles dramatically shoved forward under their bodies in what was a radio take advantage of the NHRA’s LLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! shortened and their front and rear axles dramatically shoved forward under their bodies in what was a radi- o take advantage of the NHRA’s ht ht redistribution, which piled e vehicle’s total weight directly on hrew the drag-racing world, and y. The sanctioning body quickly o, thank you very much,” and s rules for 1965 to limit wheele alterations, thus effectively nning the altered-wheelbase cars om the class for which they were eated. Luckily for us, the AHRA lcomed the cars with open arms, and a sensation was born. Crazy enough to work — for a time incredibly effective, the alteredase cars are certainly not the andsome vehicles to ever grace rack, and their competitive e was very short-lived despite the eir initial impact. Within three he altered-wheelbase cars were ng edge. o market relevance, the altered- e very little, at least in terms of ful of the original Chrysleray, with the most recent public t $410k at Mecum’s Kissimmee nd then again (same car) at Indy as Lee Smith’s “Haulin’ Hemi” Plymouth Belvedere, one of only two Plymouths believed to still exist. With the handful of original Chryslers at the peak of the money mountain, there is a steep drop to any survivor altereds, and then a precipitous fall to the re-creations and tribute cars. Most of the auction sales of the past few years saw nicely built examples changing hands somewhere in the $20k–$50k range, but the sales themselves are few and far between. Although altered-wheelbase racers are still a fairly common sight in the pits at nostalgic drag races across the country, I believe it takes a different type of person to truly appreciate these cars, and an even more dedicated person to buy one. Hot-rodders and drag racers are a strange breed to begin with, but the altered-wheelbase guys seem to be equal parts historians, engineers and fume-addled cowboys. A legit build For example, take a look at the work of Rampage’s builder and former owner — Steve Magnante. Steve is an author, automotive historian and altered-wheelbase junkie. He was a staffer at Hot Rod magazine back in the late ’90s to early 2000s and was largely responsible for the “Wilshire Shaker” Nova that graced those pages. I’m rarely gifted the opportunity to contact buyers or sellers, so I jumped at the chance to reach out to Steve to hear his take on the car, the selling process, and, of course, the end result. In conversation, it quickly became clear that Steve is not only very knowledgeable about the alteredwheelbase cars, but he’s also very passionate about them as well. This old Dart is far from a haphazardly assembled tribute car, and Steve even wrote and published a book, How to Build Altered Wheelbase Cars, documenting each step along the way. As Steve walked me through the history of the car and his decade or so of ownership, he mentioned that although many people had taken great interest in his efforts, “they didn’t want to buy it, but they did want to build it.” That pretty much sums up the central dilemma in trying to analyze a hot rod or highly modified classic’s value. Value and the win Stock and restored cars are easy to compare and nitpick because they all have a template to which they can be related. Once a car has been modified, particularly to the degree in which Rampage has, the car begins to take on the personality and quirks of its owner/builder, which is precisely the point. The price paid for individuality, however, is often hammered home when hot rods cross the block for fractions of their original build costs. What makes the hot-rod world so unique in the second-hand marketplace is that owners know, or should know, that selling a hot rod or heavily modified classic or racer is almost always a losing game. The winning is in the ownership. Steve revealed to me that he didn’t make money on this sale, but he didn’t necessarily lose much, either. Considering the bidding started slowly and without fanfare at $5,000, his first no-reserve sale concluded fairly enough for everyone involved, at least from his vantage point. As Steve told me, “Some guys make money on cars, but I don’t know how they do that.” Spoken like a true hot-rodder. Well bought, fairly sold.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) September–October 2017 65 164 Plymouth Belvedere 2-dr hard top Lot 472, VIN: 3245103935 Condition: 2 Sold at $23,400 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, 11/13/2010 ACC# 168051 Detailing Club: NHRA, Goodguys Web: www.nhra.com, www. good-guys.com Alternatives: Any ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Engine # location: Right front corner of engine block vintage-spec Funny Car, specifically with altered wheelbase Year produced: 1963/2008 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Tune-up/major service: $400 Current ACC Median Valuation: $23,975 VIN location: Left front door post 1966 Chevrolet Nova L79 Drag Car Lot 5095, VIN: 116376N151058 Condition: 4+ Sold at $41,250 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 9/2/2015 ACC# 266690 1965 Dodge Dart GT Charger Lot T114, VIN: L455151829 Condition: 2Sold at $24,750 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/20/2016 ACC# 6800006


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PROFILE TRUCK 1959 STUDEBAKER 4E11D-122 4X4 PICKUP High-Riding Stude Courtesy of Auctions America Our featured rig has the build sheet that confirms everything, and that established provenance is why it sold at this level 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 66 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: E11D13517 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 245-ci 6-cylinder Commander engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Frame-off, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration • Studebaker official demonstrator for the 1959 show circuit • Copy of the original build sheet • Factory NAPCO four-wheel-drive conversion • Rare 19.5-inch wheels with severe-duty chromed hubcaps • Rare factory under-dash AM radio • Original Firestone All-Traction tires • Optional locking gas cap and chromed rear bumper ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 136, sold for $68,750, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Santa Monica, CA, event on June 24, 2017. New face on an old truck By 1959, Studebaker’s truck line was essentially a decade old. While trucks were an important part of the company’s business (especially after the ill-fated and ill-paired Studebaker-Packard merger of 1954), the money just wasn’t there to refresh the look as often as all of their competitors. After minor grille changes and a one-piece wind- shield in 1954, a new name for 1956 (Transtar), and an all-new massive three-bar grille for 1957, the 1958s continued essentially without change. For 1959, the Transtar name was dropped, and the marketing moniker “Haul-of-Fame Trucks” was adopted. As such, the “Transtar” badging on the front of the hood changed to “Studebaker.” Also unique for 1959 was that the parking lights were mounted inside of the grille structure. The changes were simple for one simple reason: Studebaker didn’t have the money for more. Not just for Chevys The World War II production 2½-ton US6 was the granddaddy of our featured truck. Built in 6x4 and 6x6 configurations, they were used mostly during the war as Lend-Lease for our allies. In the post-war years, corporate interest in lighter-duty four-wheeldrive civilian trucks by Studebaker didn’t exist. Those


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COLLeCtOr’S reSOurCe: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing Engine # location: Top left front corner of engine block Years produced: 1958–64 Number produced: 358 (nine 1959 4E11D 4x4s) Current ACC Median Valuation: $36,300 Tune-up/major service: $150 VIN location: Tag spotwelded to the lower forward driver’s door frame Club: Studebaker Drivers Club 4 Stude had to take matters nds. t exclusively fit four- nversions to Chevrolets udebakers were also ally upfitted during the . However, with competition ll the other truck builders in ashion, in 1958, the NAPCO rsion became a factoryged option. ing to cash in on the interest n 4x4 trucks by utilities and eets more than individual onsumers (due to larger rders and better pricing), tudebaker then made a conrted effort to market their e trucks. d truck was a promotional pany. Yet to some extent, ag of features. The undero and Custom trim with ppealed to the retail buyer, athead six to fleets, and h wheels to export markets. ll flat. Only 86 four-wheel- th Bend in 1959. alf-ton and three-quarter ton were introduced for 1960, a 4x4 was not in the specs. However the one-ton 5E series — retaining the circa-1949 cab — maintained that option. A grand total of 358 factory-installed 4x4s were made from its 1958 introduction until all Studebaker truck production ended in December 1963. Of those, the majority were export or U.S. military-contract trucks. Ask the man who puts one in four low In terms of value, there’s one truck that certainly would usurp any other Stude 4x4. And it really isn’t a Studebaker. A somewhat famous official set of Studebaker-Packard Corporation black-and-white publicity photos exists of a Packard-badged V8powered 1958 3R11 with a NAPCO conversion, intended for export. It was reportedly intended to be shipped to Argentina, as the Packard dealer in Buenos Aires was unable to sell Studebakers due to an existing importer and restrictions by the Peron government. With Packard production evaporating, he needed something to sell. Factory documentation is sketchy, with production estimates ranging from none, a single proof-ofconcept, the “Truck Pilot Job” made in December 1957, to up to 47 units built in 1958 — complete with Packard owners and shop manuals. At this point, none have surfaced, so if you have a point of contact in Argentina, start looking around for what very well may be the last Packard ever built — with NAPCO four-wheel drive. One of 358 today Since the Studebaker National Museum has the vast majority of the build sheets for these trucks, unlike a Chevy or GMC NAPCO installation, you can all but guarantee whether a particular truck actually was a factory 4x4 — solidifying your membership in a very exclusive group, and helping to bolster its value. As our featured rig has the build sheet that confirms everything, that established provenance is also a major factor in why it sold at this level. There’s also little to nit-pick about this truck. It now has period-style Selecto locking front hubs and the addition of a Studebaker side hood emblem on the dashboard. Certainly an SDC Zone or National meet would be the only place anyone would call this truck out on these bits of non-authenticity. Even the flathead pan screws holding on the serial number tag don’t scare me that badly, as there’s also a chassis number. Otherwise, this truck was restored to state-of- the-art levels of quality and, pardon the pun, would stand tall at any concours. This sale won’t set the new pricing standard for the other regular-issue 4x4 Studes. Still, the Energizer bunny that is vintage truck and SUV pricing for all makers will help to maintain the values of these Stude 4x4s, and all factors will just keep moving the rest of the fleet up and up in value. While this may have sold well today, it wasn’t an outrageously out-of-the-ordinary sale, either. Call it more of a pioneering trail blazer slowly but surely climbing the market in four-wheel low. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) September–October 2017 67CC 67 1959 Chevrolet 3100 NAPCO pickup Lot 492, VIN: K3A59F103646 Condition: 1Sold at $36,575 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/23/2013 ACC# 231525 Web: www.studebakerdriversclub.com Alternatives: 1954–59 Chevrolet / NAPCO 4x4 pickup (kit installation), 1957–59 Chevrolet 4x4 pickup (GM installation), 1959–60 Ford 4x4 pickup ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1956 Chevrolet 3100 NAPCO pickup Lot 478, VIN: 3A56K025278 Condition: 2+ ACC# 6799750 Not sold at $40,000 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 5/6/2016 1955 GMC 100 NAPCO pickup Lot 56, VIN: 1028CY3630 Condition: 2 Sold at $50,600 ACC# 6799592 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 4/22/2016


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MARKET OVERVIEW Steady Into Summer It was business as usual throughout May and June, with some notable increases MARKET MOMENT Cars fresh off the production line in the ’60s and ’70s would get points knocked off their scores at concours today for iffy panel fit and questionable door alignment. Going over pristine lots that have been restored to “better-than-factory” condition makes me wonder, is it more or less desirable for rattly 1971 Camaro doors to be remade with that bank-vault feel? Now, I don’t have to do 1970 Shelby Gt350 fastback, sold for $74,800 at Mecum’s record-setting Indy Spring Classic sale by Garrett Long while their sales rate stayed steady at 68%. I’m sure an increase by $2k in average car price had a part to play in maintaining the sales total with fewer lots. Barrett-Jackson experienced similar downward slopes at their second sale in Uncasville, CT. Their total W sales dropped $1.7m, but this is Barrett-Jackson, so they still brought home $23.8m with a 1% increase in sales rate to 97%. While offering almost 100 more lots than last year, their average sale price dropped by $9k. Twin Cities’ “Back to the 50’s” auction had a nice $300k bump up to $1.8m in sales and a $3k increase in average car price. Mecum had their second Portland, OR, sale, with results recently boosted by the post-block sale of their 1965 Shelby GT350. Down $1m from last year, the total of $8.3m and a 61% sales rate are solid numbers but probably not what Mecum is aiming for. But any bad taste left from the Portland sale was washed away by their Indy results, full of new world and personal records. Up $6.1m from last year to an atomic $54m in total sales, Indy’s sales rate of 73% and quality offerings with an average sale price of $44.6k will do wonders for auction results. A BEST BUYS 1966 Pontiac GtO convertible, $33,000—Mecum, Or, p. 110 70 AmericanCarCollector.com 1973 Pontiac trans Am replica coupe, $24,750—BarrettJackson, Ct, p. 90 1931 Chrysler Imperial sedan, $32,450—Barrett-Jackson, Ct, p. 94 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-dr hard top, $87,480—twin Cities Auctions, Mn, p. 124 1969 Pontiac GtO Judge 2-dr hard top, $44,000—Mecum, Or, p. 111 ith the exception of Mecum’s record-breaking Indy sales, most auctions in this issue seemed to just clear the bar from their results last year. I think Leake follows this trend best. Looking at their results, I had to double-check that the same sale wasn’t listed twice, albeit this year’s Tulsa sale had a casual dip across the board. Their sales total dropped $175k from last year to $8.3m, and they offered 46 fewer lots, much research to find out that true original cars or restorations completed by perfectionists, such as the Shelby GT350 at Mecum Portland, bring the big money. But if a car has, shall we say, a “classic” type of panel and door fit, some might label it a bad restoration. But I’ll make the argument that those to-the-nines cars don’t really have the spirit they would have had from new. To truly capture that classic spirit, you have to honor how the cars were built, and that doesn’t always mean perfection. So with that, here’s my suggestion to owners about to embark on a restoration: If you’re going to drive it anyway, don’t make it too perfect. There are buyers out there looking for that classic character, too. — Garrett Long


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MARKET OVERVIEW tOP 10 Buy It now SALES THIS ISSUE What to purchase in today’s market — and why 1 1968 Chevrolet coupe, $434,500— Mecum, OR, p. 111 Camaro Yenko 2 1970 Chevrolet LS6 2-dr hard top, $137,500—Mecum, OR, p. 112 3 1987 Buick GNX Mecum, IN, p. 80 4 1962 Chevrolet 5 1970 Plymouth hard top, $89,100— Mecum, OR, p. 118 fastback, $88,000—BarrettJackson, CT, p. 92 7 1969 Chevrolet 2-dr hard top, $87,480— Twin Cities Auctions, MN, p. 124 8 1936 Ford Deluxe roadster, $85,000—Silver, ID, p. 132 9 1957 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, $77,000—Mecum, IN, p. 76 10 11960 Cadillac ible, $77,000—BarrettJackson, CT, p. 88 Series 62 convert$0 Indianapolis, IN May 16–20, 2017 Mecum 72 AmericanCarCollector.com $20m $10m May 20–21, 2017 Tacoma, WA $1.1m Lucky $8.2m June 9–11, 2017 Tulsa, OK Leake $7.8m June 16–17, 2017 Portland, OR Mecum Coeur d’Alene, ID June 17, 2017 $444k Silver $1.9m Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT June 21–24, 2017 June 23–24, 2017 Twin Cities St. Paul, MN $30m $23.8m Chevelle SS 396 coupe, $126,500— ible, $90,750—Mecum, IN, p. 80 ’Cuda AAR 2-dr 6 1968 Shelby GT500 Auctions and totals in this Issue $54.3m $60m $50m $40m Corvette convertChevelle SS 454 1993–2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 These catfish and their Mustang counterparts littered my high school parking lot for a reason: They were cheap and they were fast. That still holds true today, and now they offer an opportunity for frugal collectors with an empty garage spot looking for cheap speed. Essentially any manual Z/28 will fit that bill, with really nice examples going for $15k. They also made an SS version each year since 1996, which have some special equipment but were made in small numbers and are more expensive than a nice Z/28. As for the SS being a future collectible, probably — but the fourth-gen F-body has quite a bit of time left before it’s hunted down as a serious collectible. Pristine SS examples from this era are destined to start showing up to auctions more and more, but I expect to see a bunch sent back to their owners after having fallen $20k short of their $35k reserves. Eventually that will change. But not right away. For now, if you want to have just as much fun for the least amount of money, the Z/28 is your ticket. Just — Garrett Long don’t blame me for any tickets.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN Mecum — Spring Classic Mecum’s strong American offerings and notable collections bring record sales in Indy Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN May 16–20, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knox, Logan Schmid, Russ Coughlin Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,218/1,671 Sales rate: 73% Sales total: $54,344,056 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet corvette 427/435 coupe, sold at $742,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, minimum $500, included in sold prices It hasn’t even broken 50 miles on the odometer — 1987 Buick GnX coupe, sold at $126,500 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 74 AmericanCarCollector.com W ith three decades of The Spring Classic under their belts, Mecum Auctions has seen just about all the peaks and valleys in the collector car market. If this year’s event is another market barometer, things seem to be holding steady. Proof of a continued overall strong market was the across-the-board increases for all aspects of The Spring Classic. Compared with last year (which in itself saw increases), car consignments were up by 109 and sales were up by 124, translating into a sell-through rate of 73%. Yet best of all was an increase in gross sales of $6.2m, for a $54.4m total. To sum it up, it was easily the best results yet from The Spring Classic. While the top two sales were imports, and the top sale the only one to cross the threshold into a million dollars, the bread-and-butter post-war American cars were doing quite well. The top sale among domestics was the third-highest overall — an all-original 1967 Corvette 427/435-horsepower coupe. Bought new by a Vietnam veteran and only owned by him and his son, the Marina Blue 8,533-mile C2 sold for $742,500. The rest of the top 10 was dominated by a cross- section of popular American muscle, with two more Corvettes, a Chevelle SS 454 convertible, a Ford Mustang Boss 429, yet another Ford GT (I can’t remember a Mecum sale where there wasn’t one of them), a ’69 Camaro Yenko/SC, and a Hemi ’Cuda. These strong sales continued throughout the remaining price points, also including light-duty trucks and the post-muscle car era. One interesting trend of note was high versus low serial numbers. There were two instances in which buyers had an immediate choice between two cars that were available as both the first and last produced. In each case, buyers paid approximately double for the last made versus the first made — the first bringing about double what an example in between would generally sell for. This was first manifested in a pair of ultra-low-mile 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Cars from the Bob McDorman Collection (Lots T126 and T127). While serial number three sold for $63,250, the last car (serial number 906502) brought an impressive $121,000. Proving that it wasn’t a fluke, the next day a consignor offered the first and last 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1s equipped with a 429 Cobra Jet engine (Lots F150.1 and F151). Both stunningly well restored, the first car brought $84,700, while the last car did more than double at $209,000. The continued success of The Spring Classic has made it something of a fixture in the industry during the week before qualifying and the festivities around the Indy 500. With more peaks than valleys at this venue, we can plan on the Indy event continuing into the foreseeable future. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN GM #T72.1-1950 CADILLAC DEVILLE coupe. VIN: 506246072. Black/gray leather. Odo: 16,514 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power windows. Stated that the 16,514 indicated miles are correct from new. However, the car has been expertly reupholstered in modern leather. Also fitted with replacement carpet and trunk-lining material, in addition to a custom front sway bar and reproduction Eldorado wire wheels shod with wide whitewall radials. Wears original paint, meticulously reconditioned and polished. Professionally polished original brightwork, yet with a few light scuffs. Bank-vault door fit. Fitted with modern seat belts. Better-quality engine repaint, with masking lines on the base of the carburetor, but done more in a light Ford blue than the dark Cadillac blue. All hoses replaced. Very clean undercarriage, with good original undercoating and replacement exhaust system. Cond: 2-. black and light yellow at the roof pillars. Good tailgate fit. Too bad the upper trim piece is pitted. The balance of the chrome and stainless is in good shape, being replacement or replated. Bright new seats, headliner and door panels. New solid-black carpet. Cond: 2-. seals. Good door fit, even if the gaps are wonky. Reupholstered interior is in mintynew condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. Of the 2,244 Cameos built in 1957, some believe that this is the only one made in this color combination. This Old Truck became Vintage Truck in 2000 (shortly after this auction reporter started doing a regular column for that magazine), so that and the start of the restoration unwinding helps date the vintage of the restoration. Price seems rich considering that it’s in need of freshening up; for $77k, a Cameo should be turnkey concours ready. Sold exceptionally well—about $20k strong as I see it—regardless of color or the collection it came from. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. A bit of an unusual color combination (especially compared to the usual Resale Red), and one that works a lot better with the blackwall tires than the usual fare of wide whites. The 6,103 Nomads made in ’57 tend to trade for almost as much as a convertible. While the apparent engine swap is the one detriment to the value (the other alternative was that it was converted from a three-on-the-tree with overdrive to a Powerglide later in life, but body of evidence on the rest of the car leads me to think the easier engine swap occurred), this was still bid a couple of grand too light. SOLD AT $49,500. While by and large this is a low-mile car that’s never been left to rot, anyone who gets this thinking they have a well-preserved time capsule will be sorely disappointed. However, it has been well sorted out to the point you can actually drive it to the next Cadillac-LaSalle national meet worry-free. Just don’t put it in the Preservation Class, since they’ll eat it alive with that leather interior and the Ford-looking paint on the motor. Nice, but not minty unmessed-with original nice, so fully priced. #T116.1-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC57B143926. Colonial Cream & Onyx Black/yellow vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 72,337 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Powerglide, power windows, power seat, full tinted glass and Wonder Bar radio. Engine decodes as a 1955–57 265 for 3-speed with overdrive. Said motor had a very fresh, very hasty repaint, with haphazard masking that resulted in overspray on the cowl, modern spark-plug wires and several screw-type hose clamps. Economy-grade battery and cables. The rest of the underhood ancillaries are clean and neat. Good trim-off repaint, with only a hint of light orange peel on the B-pillars. At least the body painter knows how to mask off, with a clean separation between the 76 AmericanCarCollector.com Golden Yellow & Jet Black/white vinyl & gray Nylon. Odo: 43,907 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Stated to have a 283-ci V8, but the engine code cross-references to a correct ’57 265 V8. The motor was repainted a while back, and now has light rust percolating through it. Lots of light dents and paint chipping on the upper radiator tank. Excellent bodywork repaint, done about two decades ago. Replated bumpers. Mix of replated, reproduction and original brightwork. Bowtie emblem on the tailgate is filled in with red tape instead of red paint. Bob McDorman Chevrolet dealership tag on the tailgate, as the truck is offered at no reserve out of his estate. Light frosting of pits on the vent-window frame chrome. Decal on the driver’s vent window stating that this truck was featured in This Old Truck magazine. Accessory windshield visor. Light cracking of the windshield seal. Newer door 9 #T135-1957 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: V3A57L121238. #S137-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 11867J215173. Ermine White/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 43,208 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-built Super Sport with push-button AM radio. Dealer-accessory grille guard with remote hood latch plus bumper guards (doubled up in the rear—spaced between the light housings—for a total of four back there). Equipped with a restored period Sun tachometer, with transmitter box mounted on the left wheelwell. Concise frame-off restoration performed at least a decade ago. Modern, non-OEM windshield. Better-thanoriginal repaint. Superb door and panel fit for a ’60s car. Show-quality detailing under the hood, lacking only in the use of modern drive belts. Exhaust manifold dressing looks like it only had a couple of heat cycles. Bright white interior trim, lightly yellowed bias-ply whitewall tires. Knockoff wheel covers, with light paint lifting on the edges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. This was the first car sold from the collection of noted Chevy convertible collector Dennis Albaugh. Actually, all of the Impalas he offered were extras or cars he upgraded from. If this was one of the latter, the replacement must be stellar. Sold within the range of the current market, considering condition. #S138.1-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 168676L117282. Regal Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 36 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with the Mark IV big block, TH-400 automatic, a/c, power steering, brakes, seat and windows, gauge-pack console and AM/FM radio with rear-mounted antenna. Concours-quality TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN restoration completed in the past few years. Fitted with radials on the stock steel wheels with correct full wheel covers. Modern replacement windshield, yet starting to delaminate along the driver’s side frame. Nearflawless chrome (with correct stock sheen) and alloy trim. Mostly original interior brightwork, with a few light dings on the center-console trim panel. Light pitting on the horn ring. Minimal yellowing to the seat vinyl, yet the door panels are very bright. Near concours-quality detailing under the hood. Dust from sitting on top of the frame rail, otherwise squeaky clean undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. Throughout the 1970s, the Firebird Formula was marketed as more genteel than the Trans Am—even if it was considered a trim level below the T/A. However, while the standard engine was usually at least one rung down from the T/A’s base motor, it could be optioned with the biggest power for a given year. While looking respectable on the outside, it’s more juvenile delinquent the closer you look. After the bidding hung at $22k and a lot of subsequent negotiation, the consignor cut the reserve loose, and the car was hammered sold shortly thereafter. Undoubtedly, Dana and Frank told the consignor the same thing I was thinking: “This is all the money in the world for it.” #T105.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: SOLD AT $47,300. Part of the Dennis Albaugh Collection. One of the notable things with his collection is the authenticity in his cars. Along that line, I really liked seeing the wheel covers in lieu of the repop Rally wheels that everyone else puts on any Chevy from 1965 to 1996. Or so it seems. While it seems like it sold cheap, it does have a few things that need tending to (namely the windshield)—even if it’s going to be a driver. As such, sold about right. #W166.1-1970 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula coupe. VIN: 226870N133611. Silver & blue/black woven vinyl. Odo: 6,987 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional 8-track player, although the original radio above it has given way to a modern DINmount CD sound system. Fitted with a Hurst Dual Gate shifter and modern a/c. Rather nice trim-off repaint. Plastic-to-steel gaps about as good as you can get in a GM car from the 1970s. Reproduction striping has a few waves on the front terminus on each side. Good original interior, with the plastic components redyed. Kick panels, rear quarter panels and parcel shelf are cut for modern speakers—but somehow, miraculously, they were not put in the door panels. Mediocre repaint on the rebuilt motor. Traction bars, undercoating, and some overspray on the bottom of the car. Cond: 3+. 136370R224976. Champagne Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,740 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering, power frontdisc brakes, and Cowl Induction hood. Scan of the original build sheet matches up to how it’s configured today and was sold new by Frontier Chevrolet of Billings, MT. Pretty base/clear repaint, inclusive of the stripes. Uneven door gaps, with a pencil-erasersized rub-through just ahead of the passenger’s door from contact when fully open. Reskinned roof has a wavy appearance to it; likely the vinyl should’ve been taken off the roll and left to sit longer before applying. Modern replacement windshield and backlight, with integral antenna on the former. Newer Hurst Indy shifter. Interior vacuumplated plastic ranges from okay to heavily worn. Reupholstered seat, new rug. Recently completed correct detailing under the hood, down to a repop battery. Recent gloss-black undercarriage, with new shocks and exhaust. Cond: 2-. gained a tilt-steering column plus power brakes. Frame-off restoration performed in recent years, to better-than-driver-grade quality. Better-quality bare-body prep and paint. New non-OEM windshield. All-new door and glass seals. Good door and panel fit. Most brightwork was either replated or replaced. All-new seat upholstery, well fitted, even if the armrests are in different shades. Upgraded with carpet in lieu of the original rubber mats. Original paint on the dashboard has heavy wear around the key cylinder. Heavy repaint on the motor, to where the block stampings are illegible. Heavy surface rust on the brake-master cylinder. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Even with the minor updates, this is one of the nicest stock-looking 1967–72 Suburbans I’ve seen. This is how I remember them back in the day, in that industrial-looking bland green. The consignor was well rewarded for keeping it stock by the bidders, as they were on this like starving pit bulls on a porterhouse steak. The $30k reserve went right on by as multiple bidders on site and on the phone chased this for another $10k before the last one was standing. Sold well, but with some Blazers and Suburbans of this era selling for six-digit stupid money, this one is at least worth it. SOLD AT $41,800. The reserve was off at $36k, garnering several more bids. While it had lots of eyeball, in a color folks either like or hate, it wasn’t quite on the button for this kind of money. If someone was on the hunt for one like this because they used to own one, this could be justified, but I doubt anyone looking to flip it was still bidding. #T198-1971 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN utility. VIN: KE161F268108. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 41,898 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the built sheet, originally equipped with the 350 V8, automatic, three-row seating, power steering, front lock-out hubs and AM radio. Now, it lost the rear seat, had the radio exchanged for a modern unit and 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #F101-1973 BUICK CENTURY Gran Sport Stage 1 coupe. VIN: 4D37V3H241071. Medium Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 8,795 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily loaded with options: a/c, 4-speed, power steering, windows, seat and trunk release, tilt steering column, Rally steering wheel, half-vinyl roof and AM/FM stereo are some of the highlights. Original wheels shod with correct NOS radials. Concise frame-off restoration to concours standards. Stated that the original engine was rebuilt to 1970 Stage 1 specifications of 360 hp. Superb body prep and repaint, done better than GM ever did


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN when new. Mix of good original brightwork and some replacement or replated pieces. Seats are starting to yellow, although the door panels are gleaming white. Tube headers and hose clamps are the only flagrant deviations from stock under the hood. Nary a speck of rust or dust found in there. Showroom-fresh undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. With the new A-bodies of 1973, GM really started downplaying performance, not that emaciated smog-compliant engines of the time helped, either. As such, darn few of these were made—this being one of 92 4-speed Gran Sports that first year. If the better-than-GM-build-quality restoration doesn’t keep you from driving the car, the NOS radials really should. There’s nothing that will ruin a car faster than 40-plus-year-old first-generation radials selfdestructing at even moderate speed, since it’s essentially a compressed air grenade. The reserve was met here at $47,500, and there was still plenty of interest in the car to keep it getting bid to $50k. #W127-1975 CHEVROLET VEGA Cosworth coupe. VIN: 1V77E5U224499. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 56,520 miles. 122-ci fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Dash plaque number 0771. Stated that the 56,520 indicated miles are actual. Older repaint, with enough light orange peel to look original—if it wasn’t for the occasional masking line. Original alloy wheels shod with older performance radials. National Corvette Museum member decal on the replacement windshield, which also has some sloppy sealant on the inside trim. Okay door fit. Good original interior soft trim. Cigar lighter dangling from below the ashtray. Period-accessory coolant-temperature and oil-pressure gauges added in the dashboard alcove. Light surface rust spots on the shift-boot base. Clean and generally stock under the hood, but not detailed. Newer non-stock chambered muffler on a freshly coated undercarriage. Cond: 3+. white vinyl half-roof/maroon leather. Odo: 3,300 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include rear-window defogger and AM/FM stereo. Stated that the 3,300 indicated miles are actual and that the car is all original. It even still wears the original radials on the optional Buick Road wheels. A few heavier scratches on the hood, but otherwise nice original paint. Nice original sheen to the bumper chrome—even if GM did a lousy job of prepping the base metal and it’s slightly wavy. Original half-vinyl roof is in excellent shape. Like-new seats, carpet and even the rubber floor mats. Clean-up detailing under the hood, with light surface rust on the majority of the engine block. New belts and battery. Uniformly surface-rusted on noncoated chassis components, congruent with long-term storage with some humidity. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,500. Introduced in 1987, the GNX ushered out the rear-drive G-platform Regal Grand National with a turbocharged bang. This one is the 422nd of the 547 built, and maybe 50 of them were actually driven as a regular car back in the day. As such, this isn’t as much of a freak of nature as some may play it off to be. You’ll likely find another one with few miles still on the MSO if you hunt around. And I’ll say without trepidation that it’ll be a lot nicer. Yet you’ll have to prod the owner to sell, or wait for the estate to sell it. However, this was here and keen to be sold. The bidding opened at $50k, with the reserve off at $110k, garnering a couple more bids. SOLD AT $26,400. The highest valuation I could find in a price guide for this car was $14,900. Even before this car sold, that seemed low; this sale helps confirm it. Bidding took off immediately, and the $23k reserve was easily passed. Within the past year, these pre-downsizing 1970–76 big Buicks have been like printing money for owners looking to sell. It must be driven by lots of folks like myself, who grew up around these cars, as one of the guys I chummed around with in high school almost had a dead ringer for this one. So, yeah, combined with the low miles, I can see why someone rang the bell on this—even if others think this is stupid money. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. Cosworth Vegas are getting to that point where the lightly used ones like this don’t pop up too much anymore. It’s usually the minty virgins, and almost always the ’75s in Henry Ford’s favorite color. Also reran on Saturday as Lot S258, again ending up a no-sale at $12k. Bid to market value regardless. #W117-1976 BUICK ELECTRA 225 coupe. VIN: 4V37Y6E124783. Maroon metallic/ 80 AmericanCarCollector.com gray & black cloth. Odo: 42 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Ordered new by Corwin Buick of Fargo, ND, retaining the original window sticker. Despite having 42 miles from new, it has had a few iffy storage issues. Typical GM light orange peel on most body panels. Passenger’s side rocker panels have paint peeling. Rock-hard original tires. More corrosion on the inside of the exhaust pipes than the outside. Center caps for the wheels have never been put on, and are still in the plastic bag. Headliner is starting to come loose along the passenger’s side (still better than any other GM of the era). The rest of the interior is minty original. Clean-up detailing under the hood. All as it left ASC McLaren except an economygrade battery and dealer-delivery inspection sticker. Cond: 2-. 3 #F135-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1173HP451385. Black/ CORVETTE 4 S100009. Red/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 75,734 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Wonder Bar radio and power windows. Built on the first day of 1962 production; retaining early-production features such as 1961 grille, fuel-injection badges in that year’s location and seat bottoms. If the car has been repainted, it was a superbly done to stock procedures. Rear body-seam bonding strip is starting to broadcast through the paint. Doors protrude slightly from the body but otherwise fit well. Dull original bumper chrome, but the original trim is still very presentable. Slight yellowing of the soft-top bindings. Good, lightly worn seat upholstery. Carpet is lightly faded on the top of the transmission hump; all-white plastic interior fittings are lightly yellowed. Older engine-bay detailing, now needing some cleanup, as all cast-alloy components have lightly frosted oxidation. Painted components still present well, though. Older glossy-black paint on the undercarriage, but has been washed off recently. Cond: 3+. #T151-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867- SOLD AT $90,750. The ninth Corvette built for the model year, per unit-sequence num- TOP 10 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN ber. As such, this may well be the first regular-production 327 Fuelie. Last seen at Mecum’s Monterey auction in 2011, then not selling at $65k (ACC# 6765578). Here, it was part of the no-reserve Bob McDorman Collection, selling right in the pre-sale guesstimate range of $80k to $110k. #T121-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3259T5600103. Admiral Blue & white/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 88 miles. 5.7-L 330hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Undisturbed window sticker on the windshield, showing that it was sold new by Doyle Chevrolet of Webster, NY, but was a National Corvette Museum delivery car. Other options include Preferred Equipment Group 1, Selective Real Time Dampening and Delco/Bose AM/ FM/CD sound system. Car has 88 miles from new and is entirely as built and as presented to the first owner at NCM for delivery, except for a fresh ACDelco battery and (hopefully) fluids. The only pre-delivery inspection materials left with the car are the rubber-loop door-edge guards. The brake rotors are a bit rusty, and that’s the heaviest wear on the entire car. Even the driver’s seat bolsters look out-of-the-bag new. Offered at no reserve as the first lot from the colllection of the late Bob McDorman. Cond: 1. newer ACDelco battery and fluids. 531 miles accrued on it since new. Slight surface rust on the welds and seams of the exhaust system (yes, I have to get that picky to find something showing use). Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Interestingly, the window sticker shows two different VINs—the one posted here, which is all over the place on the car, and 1G1YY338XL5110455. The latter isn’t even a regular Corvette VIN, as 338 was not a production model code—and if it was, it would be a convertible—nor is it in the unit-sequence number series set aside for Grand Sports (…600001 through …601000). I suspect that it was a placeholder VIN assigned when McDorman originally ordered the car before they established the separate VIN series. At least we now know for certain, comparing this car with the near-identical Lot T121 sold right before it, the price difference between the coupe and convertible Grand Sports, as this is about as close as we’ll see to a scenario where all things are otherwise equal (low miles, from the same collection, selling at no reserve). FOMOCO SOLD AT $66,000. Comes up in our database as selling for $63,600 at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in 2012 (ACC# 6755343). As such, the car’s value hadn’t appreciably changed in five years, although at this point, the only way it’s going to go markedly down is if it actually gets used. The only way to upgrade from this is to shake out another red-seat example that’s never been dealerprepped and is on the MSO. #T122-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2254T5600634. Admiral Blue & white/red leather. Odo: 531 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Window sticker displayed with the car shows that it was originally ordered by and delivered to the collection it’s consigned at—Bob McDorman Chevrolet of Canal Winchester, OH. Options include Preferred Equipment Group 1, Delco/Bose AM/FM/CD sound system and Tire Pressure Monitor System. Dealer’s pre-delivery inspection completion sticker in the driver’s door edge, but otherwise is as built new by Bowling Green Assembly with the exception of a 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #T164-1967 FORD BRONCO pickup. VIN: U14FLA46415. Holly Green & white/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 23,637 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Retains the original invoice. Stated that the rollbar in the back is dealer installed, yet it’s not on the invoice. Chrome bumpers have been replated. Stock steel rims with deluxe wheel covers, period-correct bias-ply snow tires, and reproduction Red Crown valve-stem caps. Recent repaint, at worst matching the original paint quality when new. Door window frames look like they were tack welded in later years where they meet the door. Rear wheelwells have never been cut, although the rear wheel aprons have footman loops added. Period locally improvised grab bar added to the driver’s door panel. Reproduction seat coverings, cleaned-up original rubber floor mat and seat belts. Cleanly detailed engine, leaning towards stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,300. I found it interesting to note on the invoice that the owner traded in a 1963 International Scout for this, getting $1,150 for his four-year-old ’Binder. Anywhere else, most likely the trade-in for a Bronco would’ve been a pickup or secondary car, but out in the mountains of Montana, this was the real market for these early MultiPurpose Vehicles. While the wagon versions of the first-gen Broncos universally bring the most money, the pickups (or “Sport Utility,” in Ford parlance of the time) have also been moving up with them. Still, it’s nice to see one of these left the way it was made and originally used, so it was a good deal for everyone involved. #W98-1986 MERCURY CAPRI McLaren coupe. VIN: 1MEBP79MXGF615762. Smoke Charcoal Gray/gray cloth. Odo: 692 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. “Limited Edition number 109” on the dash plaque. ASC conversion includes a built-in radar detector. Consigned by the second owner, who states that the 692 indicated miles are actual from new. Retains all documentation from when it was sold new. Well cared for over the ensuing 31 years, as paint and interior are like new. Engine has had a topical cleanup, but still shows that it’s dirtier than one would expect a minimal-mile car to be. Also has notable corrosion on cast-iron and aluminum components. Same carries over to the undercarriage, with heavy surface rust on the rear axle and suspension components, yet like-new shocks and Ford Motorsport exhaust. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. One of 115 ASC McLaren Capris made in the final year of the “Mercury Mustang.” The original owner was the late Sandy Block, who ran the original ASC McLaren Mustang/Capri registry and website, and who owned a number of them. With low-mileage Fox-body Mustangs markedly increasing in value, the consignor figured that bidders would be falling all over themselves for this car, and to a certain extent, I can’t blame him. What I will say is that if it was a Mustang instead of a Capri, they would have. I know it may not make much sense, but I guarantee you that some good ol’ boys in wife-beater shirts saw the


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN car and thought, “Dang, too bad this ain’t a Mustang.” Best sales results will definitely be within ASC McLaren enthusiast circles. AMERICANA #T97.1-1968 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A8M397X323769. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 42,579 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Dash plaque number 05924. Equipped with the Go-Pack 390, 4-speed, power steering and power front-disc brakes. Old repaint with light orange peel and minute chemical blistering on the cowl, door dings, and ghostly buffer sheen on most panels. Older bumper replate. Decent door fit, even if the gaps are all over the place and the bottoms of the doors stick out higher than the body. Mostly stock under the hood, which would benefit from being detailed. Newer seats, with brand-new vacuumplated chrome covers over the seat-back hinges, yet has rusty seat tracks and springs that can easily be seen. Redyed dashpad and door panels. Volume-knob shaft broken off the stock AM radio. Masking-taped note on the driver’s window implores not to roll it down all the way. Non-stock chambered dual exhaust. Cond: 3. lots of promise, it also has lots of “meh.” Dark blue is not a very desirable color in muscle car circles, let alone such a tired repaint. The overall off-grade of just about everything on it dumps it down into the “drive it today, redo it when I have the time and money” buyer’s segment. Final bid is about where most middling AMXs trade, so this was more than generous for it. #W230-1973 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL utility. VIN: 3H1H0CHB80853. Brittany Blue/aqua vinyl. Odo: 6,155 miles. 345-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Titled and sold as a 1974, but actually 1973 production by VIN. Stated that it was bought new by the consignor’s grandfather and that the 6,155 indicated miles are correct, along with being generally original. Not only does it have inspection marks under the hood, but also on the painted front bumper. Original paint, but has heavier surface rust on the hood from poor storage (looks like water dripped onto it). Good door fit, but they notably sit a ways out from the body, so gaps are off. Extremely wavy inside tailgate panel. Surface rust on the motor and oxidation on cast-aluminum components. Heavier scuffing on the driver’s door-sill molding. Cond: 3. vehicles, but none has ever brought back a flood of memories like this Travelall did. Growing up, our family had a 1972 edition in the exact same Brittany Blue and with a 345 under the hood. Granted, ours was a Custom and had a 727 TorqueFlite automatic, but for me it was just like the last time I drove ours in 1982. Ours also had a lot more rust issues than this one did, and I don’t remember ours having the atrocious build quality this one had. Sure, ours wasn’t a finely jeweled machine (none were), but Dad would’ve refused to take delivery had the door fit and waviness of the tailgate been this bad. It goes with the old saying: The good news is that it’s original, the bad news is that it’s original. Part and parcel of why it only brought what it did across the block, regardless of originality or miles. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. While this car has SOLD AT $14,300. I’ve covered hundreds of auctions and reviewed tens of thousands of #T41.1-1983 JEEP CHEROKEE Chief SUV. VIN: 1JCNJ17C5DT018750. White/ multi-tan vinyl. Odo: 84,401 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, Selec-Trac 4x4 system, AM/FM radio and tilt steering column. Period-accessory grille guard. Driver-grade redo in recent years. Repaint looks pretty decent at 10 feet, but getting closer, things get scuzzy. Runs in the white paint on the roof, sloppy prep work around the rear quarter windows and thicker masking lines around them for the flat-black paint. Very dull original rear bumper, but most of the remaining trim is pretty decent. Door gaps acceptable; door fit not that great. Stated that the engine has been rebuilt as part of the redo. Clean, tidy and generally stock under the hood. A/C system has modern fittings. Excellent seat reupholstery work on the seats and door panels, plus new carpet and headliner. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. This was the final year of the Gladiator-based Cherokee, as 1984 was the introduction of the gamechanging, downsized, unibody Cherokee/ Wagoneer that helped make the SUV commonplace. On second thought, maybe they should’ve hung onto the big box longer. While this one was very nice on the inside, they got cheap in places outside. As such, a 3+ rating may be a touch generous, but it runs out well and at least you don’t have to feel bad about backing into a boulder or getting too close to a bush on a trail. Bid more than generously enough for it. A 84 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT Barrett-Jackson — Northeast 2017 Despite a slight dip from last year, Barrett-Jackson picks up momentum with big numbers in Connecticut BarrettJackson Uncasville, CT June 21–24, 2017 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/ offered: 639/659 Sales rate: 97% Sales total: $23,765,770 high sale: 1969 Ford Mustang 429 fastback, sold at $407,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices A knockout that sold very well — 1965 Pontiac GtO convertible, $53,900 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal 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 86 AmericanCarCollector.com from three to four days this year based on the success of last year’s inaugural outing. In total, 72,000 people passed through the entrance gates for the chance to view near 700 mostly vintage examples of American iron in various states of preservation and condition. Barrett-Jackson often refers to their auctions as B “lifestyle events,” and once you’ve experienced one, it’s not hard to see why. Even though the heart of the action revolves around the cars, the other activities and things to see and do enhance the total entertainment package. Attendees could visit the sponsor displays in the Showcase Pavilion (and get an up-close view of Ford’s updated and exciting GT, for instance), see vehicles being prepped for auction at the Meguiar’s Staging Lanes, browse the Exhibitor Marketplace — basically a condensed shopping mall selling a broad range of automotive and non-industry products (jewelry, anyone?) and take test drives in high-performance modern muscle from Ford, Chevy and Dodge with pro drivers at the wheel. If that weren’t enough, each morning, early birds could listen to collector-car experts impart their arrett-Jackson packed its bags and left its home base in Scottsdale, AZ, for its eastern home at the Mohegan Sun Casino in bucolic southeastern Connecticut for its second annual Northeast sale. The event was extended wisdom at a “Behind The Hobby” symposium presented by ACC. The big draw, however, is the cars. Total automotive sales were tallied at $23.8m, with another $800k in automobilia sales. Barrett-Jackson is recognized and highly esteemed for its involvement with local charities, and this year was no exception. This year, BarrettJackson realized $115k from the sale of two charity cars. To date, the company has passed the $94m mark for total funds raised for charity. Top American-sale honors went to a burgundy-and- black 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback with the original engine and 4-speed for an astonishing $407k. Following on its heels at $269.5k was a concourswinning 1958 Dual-Ghia convertible that’s been a steady fixture on the auction circuit. The auction also claimed three new world auction sales records for American vehicles, including a 1953 Willys wagon for $16.5k, a 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle with sidecar for $110k and a 2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom pickup for $38.5k. Perhaps it comes as no surprise that in two years’ time, Barrett-Jackson has created an event in June that is a must-attend for those who live in the area and who love old cars. What may be news of note to many is that the auction company counted an increase of younger bidders among the buyer ranks. This bodes well for the future of the hobby and hopefully, for all of us car lovers.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT GM & white/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 4,031 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Frameoff restoration done to the nines. Exceptional paint, crystal-clear glass, excellent panel fit and brightwork. New soft top. Rash-free wheels, newer whitewalls. Undercarriage shows it’s been tended to. Interior mirrors outstanding exterior. New upholstery seemingly untouched. Excellent padded dash. Very good—but not perfect—trim pieces, AM radio. A/C. An outstanding 1960 Cadillac. Docs include build sheet and restoration receipts. One of the finest presentations of the auction that wasn’t parked in the pavilion behind “velvet ropes.” Cond: 1. 10 #728-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 60F080811. Red SOLD AT $28,600. Crisp workmanship let down by the 2-sp auto, but that’s it. Hammered sold at this inaugural auction last year for $33k (ACC# 6805170). Seller’s face turned pale, but this was a marketcorrect sale. #635-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 237675B128047. Montero Red/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Tri-Power engine. Newer frame-off restoration outstanding. Meticulous repaint pops. Clear, nick-free glass, good shut lines, excellent weatherstripping. Very good chrome, scratches on left-side rocker panel. New power soft top fits like a glove. Polished American Racing wheels. New original Parchment upholstery mostly terrific, a little staining on rear seat. Has original wood dash and three-spoke steering wheel. Power steering. 3.90 rear end. Docs include PHS (Pontiac Historic Services) paperwork. A knockout. Cond: 1-. Chevy that was relatively affordable when new. An awesome color and equally welldone execution launched this into low orbit. Well sold, but not unreasonably bought, either. #326.1-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138176F139532. Chateau Slate/red vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Engine said to be numbers matching. Frame-off restoration done to a high standard, but short of concours. Paint is sharp, smooth and consistent. Several small dents in paint on trunk. Chrome generally very good, crack at right-side rear wheelarch. Excellent gaps, glass, weatherstripping. Interior looks absolutely immaculate. Catalog mentions a flaw in the headliner, but couldn’t confirm as doors were locked. Upholstery originally black, now red. Sporty steering wheel with two drilled chrome spokes. Chrome shifter knob. Stated to “run great.” 12-bolt rear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. Sure, it was breathtaking, but even factoring in the top-down appeal, I bet the optional a/c had a disproportionate impact on the high bid. Sold well above the $49.5k median value in the ACC Pocket Price Guide. Very well sold, but buyer isn’t going to lose any sleep. #428-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41447L167712. Maroon/ silver vinyl. Odo: 92,355 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory spec was 300 hp in ’64, but this was bored 0.040 over and now said to produce 350 hp. Stated to be numbers matching. Fantastic restoration had to have been done not too long ago. Finished in an eye-catching color. Silver hard top nicely complements maroon exterior. Most chrome not as well prepped as rest of car, variable at best. Chrome strip that runs length of left side has a slight dent. Good shut lines, glass, weatherstripping. New Uniroyal whiteline tires. Beautifully detailed original interior upholstered in rare, and attractive, silver. Engine bay treated with TLC. Rebuilt transmission and suspension. New brakes and exhaust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,900. You didn’t just walk up to this classic; you took it in as you drew closer. In short, a wonderful presentation. Last sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction earlier this year for $39.6k (ACC# 6816951). I’m assuming today’s seller didn’t spend a whole lot to bring it up to snuff and made a very tidy profit. Very well sold. #733-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118376W149291. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 24,508 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh frame-off restoration. Great paint in a great color, pretty much faultless. Excellent glass, panels. Chrome trim mostly very good, some scratches on rear window surround. Rally wheels glow. Front antenna. A few dents at both drip rails. Optioned with power brakes, 12-bolt rear end. Impeccable interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,950. The high quality of the silver exterior along with the nifty alloy wheels and clean interior turned this into a very special Chevelle SS 396. The hammered price fell below the price-guide median by $6k. It wasn’t a convertible, but it seemed its condition justified a few grand more. Well bought. #730-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. VIN: 136679K459945. Garnet Red/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 578 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. White SS side stripes. “Everything on the exterior has been restored or replaced.” A rotisserie restoration done to a concours standard. Gleaming paint. Small tear in white stripe at driver’s door. White power soft top clean, fits properly. Crisp Parchment interior with a/c, special instrumentation and AM/FM/8-track player with four speakers. Equipped with power steering, SOLD AT $66,000. A spiffy-looking fast 88 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT power disc brakes and ride-and-handling package. Twelve-bolt rear. Engine compartment done to the nines. Stated to have had a documented recent service and detail. From the MS Classic Cars Collection. A spectacular muscle car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $75,900. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January 2012 for $82.5k (ACC# 4776776). Sold far north of the $50.6k median value according to the price guide, but this is all the money for automotive jewelry. Worth the price of admission. #722-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870M277583. Rally Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 68,243 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rocket Report prepared on June 3, 2017, by marque expert Stephen Minore displayed with car. Certified as numbers matching. Terrific restoration. Excellent paint let down by waviness on body colormatching rear spoiler. Good glass, gaps, chrome trim. Options include chrome window sill moldings, dual sport mirrors, and Soft Ray tinted windows. Looks outstanding inside with new black upholstery, AM radio, Hurst shifter, sport wheel, clock. Has power steering and front-disc brakes. A classic muscle car that stands out. Cond: 1-. Gold” decal on windshield. Sweet interior with Astro ventilation and performance instrumentation. Power steering and power disc brakes, factory wide-track heavy-duty suspension. PHS-documented. Cond: 1-. have enough tread life. Upgraded with a dual exhaust. Interior looks mostly original and in awesome condition. A/C converted to R134. Has original AM/FM radio and 8-track player. PHS-documented. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,150. Sold right at the median value listed in the price guide. A ’71 is not the most sought-after GTO, but its fine condition deserved stronger money. Well bought. #467-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM replica coupe. VIN: 2T87M3N143869. Red/black vinyl. miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Above-average paint pops. Crack at right front fender, small bubble at driver’s door. Body color-matching front and rear spoilers in good shape. Black, orange and yellow “Screaming Chicken” in good condition. Very good glass, gaps. Not much chrome trim; what’s there is decent. Super Duty 455 induction hood and dual exhaust. The interior is superb. Has spent most of its life in California; no indication where else it resided. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. Fairly safe to say that this is the most collectible Olds muscle car, if not the most collectible Olds in the company’s history. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in October 2016 for $83.6k (ACC# 6811486). The price guide shows a median value of $79.8k. So what happened? I’m thinking it’s collectors’ waning interest in Olds muscle cars compared to brands still around today. Regardless, the new owner hit a home run. Well bought. #111-1971 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242371Z131552. Cardinal Red/black vinyl. miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to be a Southwest car all its life. Curious that original manufacturer’s invoice taped to car lists a 3-sp manual, but owner’s handwritten notes refer to it as one of 6,421 with auto. No mention of a tranny replacement in its history, however. Catalog also mum on a restoration, but this is a looker. Sharp repaint in original hue. A few chips on hood, which also has uneven gaps. Dual hood scoops. Clear glass. Body-color-matching Judge rear wing an add-on. Repro Goodrich T/A radials with raised lettering. White “GTO” decals on both side panels, “Arizona 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $17,600. Oh, that snout. Love it or hate it, you can’t help but notice it! Not many Grand Ams have come to auction, and those that have sold at prices way lower than this car. A strong price for condition alone. Well sold. CORVETTE #756-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194376S125793. Sunfire Yellow/black leather. Odo: 71,300 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage is per the catalog. Engine claimed to be numbers matching. Body-off restoration done to a very high standard. Fresh, smooth paint. A few pockmarks just aft of driver’s door. Glass, shut lines good. Variable chrome, rocker panels dingy. NCRS sticker on rear window. Knockoff aluminum wheels. Interior looks clean as a whistle. New black leather upholstery hardly worn. Power steering, power brakes and AM/FM radio with power antenna. Detailed engine bay, air filter polished and shiny red valve covers. Lots of docs including Corvette owner’s card, Protect-O-Plate, dealer bill of sale and sales invoice, owner’s manual. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,750. An investigation online suggests two variants of the 400-ci V8 engine were available in ’73. There was a 2- or 4-bbl. I used the latter data for this report, but couldn’t verify. Price was light for what it was and what it wasn’t. Buyer made out like a bandit (sorry, Burt, wrong car) on this deal. #189-1973 PONTIAC GRAND AM 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2H37R3P206135. Florentine Red Metallic/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 69,034 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint now driver quality, but no flagrant imperfections. So-so chrome trim, headlamp housings marked up. Grille intact. Endura nose replaced with a fiberglass one. Dents on both doors. Gilled vents aft of doors add a sporty element. Acceptable panel fit, weather sealing. Driver’s window delaminating. Goodrich T/A radials show use, but still SOLD AT $61,600. A well-presented ’Vette, though yellow will not appeal to everyone. 327/300 values have dipped and risen over the past decade but are currently at an average of $67k. This great example fell short, which may be an early sign of a correction. We’ll have to wait and see what future sales bring for this particular model. For now, I’d say the buyer got a good deal. BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT FOMOCO #653-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III convertible. VIN: H8YG408566. Black/tan canvas/black, white & orange vinyl. Odo: 29,300 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Catalog claims 29,300 original miles. To say this top-down black barge has presence is an understatement. A well-preserved example that looks completely original except for the custom Durham soft top. “MRC” monogram on both doors. Dent at driver’s door. Decent paint; scratches and flaking on hood. Chrome has a nice sheen on some trim pieces but is of generally uneven quality. Good grille. Good body panels and shut lines. Rear window delaminating. I love the way the body curves inward at the rear. Huge trunk. Interior mostly clean. Seats are a bit distressed, especially the driver’s. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. A T-bird that was showing its age and no record of service history. High bid probably reflected former, and it sold below market. Restore or drive as-is? New owner can certainly enjoy right now, assuming mechanicals check out. I don’t think there’s enough room to restore and come out ahead. Well bought. #442-1965 FORD MUSTANG custom convertible. VIN: 5F07C630571. Wimbledon White & Guardsman Blue/blue vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,512 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Powered by a new Ford Racing Boss 302-ci crate engine. A slew of mechanical upgrades reportedly costing “more than $35k in the last 250 miles.” MSD electronic ignition, Flowmaster exhaust, electronic cooling fan, etc. Older repaint shows lots of chips on multiple surfaces; paint on side scoops doesn’t quite match rest of body. Speckles on hood and trunk, front fender dented, scratch on right rear fender. Newer soft top clean. Passenger’s window delaminating. Decent gaps. New American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels and Goodrich T/A radials. Looks beautiful inside. Procar Rally seats, Auto Meter gauges and new carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,600. A low-production model, a smidge over 3,000 produced. A distinctive design that, true to Lincoln’s mission, was a step up in luxury, exclusivity and panache. This presented very nicely, and yet the relatively dark surroundings of the parking garage didn’t do it justice. Given that the median value in the price guide is $44k, I’d have to call this slightly well bought. #90-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 0Y73Y165831. White/blue fabric/ two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 86,549 miles. 352ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration that’s grown a bit tired. Decent paint has a stain on hood; nothing else really jumps out. Rims and whitewalls have right amount of shine. Average chrome, scratches, nicks in various places. All lamps good. Good glass, panel fit okay, probably better than the day it left factory. Interior appears to be bonestock. Seats clean, show minimal use. Blue fuzzy dice hanging from rear-view mirror. Driver engine compartment with white air filter and yellow-painted valve covers. Cond: 3. 6838515). Prior to that, sold at Mecum’s Spring Classic in May 2010 for $43,460 (ACC# 1686142). I’m a bit surprised that the bidding didn’t go higher. A fair transaction for both buyer and seller, who made a small profit in a month’s time, with the edge to the former. Acapulco Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 75,207 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two owners from new. Numbers matching. Sporty color scheme. Late-’90s repaint a notch above driver-quality, then said to be stored indoors until last year. Crazing in paint at left side scoop. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels look stock, now riding on Firestone radials. Other features include power steering, power brakes, stripe delete, aftermarket rear window slats and exhaust cutouts. Rear antenna. Original sheet metal dent- and rust-free. Fairly intense smell of must pervades a well-preserved, original interior. Major tear in driver’s seat. Seats surprisingly unworn but give a little too much. Original radio and roll bar. Wish I could’ve heard the exhaust note. Cond: 3. 6 #668-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02S12690500698. SOLD AT $22,000. So it’s not the real thing, but a fakey-doo that could easily pass muster from those with an untrained eye (which, let’s admit it, is most of us). And considering that the real deal can fetch 20 times this result, and even more, I’d say the buyer got a nice customized car with more than a few good bits at a very good price. Well bought. #406-1966 MERCURY CYCLONE GT convertible. VIN: 6H28S605711. Cardinal Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 50,907 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Spectacular restoration, must’ve just left the shop. Paint, glass, panels, chrome rim all excellent. “Comet” badge on grille. Power soft top clean and blemish-free. Interior shows meticulous care. Instruments look original. Chrome shifter, clean carpets. Detailed, orderly engine bay with polished chrome air filter and valve covers. Optioned with power brakes and steering. Stunning. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,200. The catalog made clear that there was no documented proof that this was one of 100 Indy 500 factory pace cars produced in ’66. Last sold at Mecum’s Indy sale a month ago for $31.9k (ACC# 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $88,000. Wherever it was stored, the foul air sure left its mark in the reeky cabin. I’m certain the new owner will exorcise its sole major sin, and envious onlookers will then have no qualms getting a close-up look at this nicely preserved Shelby. The value suffers mostly for the slushbox tranny, and the high bid fell short of the price-guide median of $120k. Very well bought. #369-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Custom fastback. VIN: 9R02M134457. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 47,390 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Toploader tranny. Various engine and performance mods. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT all its life, has original black plates. Recipient of a comprehensive restoration last year. Stunning repaint in its original Candy Apple Red. Chip on right-side mirror housing. Great chrome, glass, panel fit. Has “Boss 429” badging. Front antenna. Repro Goodrich radials. Crisp interior. Seats look untouched. White knob atop shifter. Frontdisc brakes. Couldn’t inspect engine, but catalog pic shows a clean bay with careful attention to detail. Marti Report and original build sheet included, copy of title taped to rear window. A beauty. Cond: 1-. Great car that, even with all those bidders out there, somehow fell off the radar screen. An attentive buyer got a very good deal indeed. #148-1972 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 2F05H147909. Black/black vinyl. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional stripe (silver) package. Older repaint good but not great, chip on left front fender, a few bubbles on rear spoiler. About that silver spoiler—it detracts from otherwise strong presentation—black would’ve been a better choice. Front spoiler incredibly unscuffed. Decent chrome, typical gaps. Driver’s window scratched, delaminating. Mustang Club of America sticker on windshield. Mustang decal on rear window. Undercarriage in good shape. Power steering and power disc brakes. Doors locked, but interior doesn’t warrant any big complaints. Newer seats. Originally Grabber Blue and white vinyl upholstery, according to Marti Report displayed in car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,300. The Mach 1 is already an attention-getting design. Add fresh Candy Apple Red paint and tempting custom work under the skin and you’re assured loads of eyeball. Winning bid seemed all the money given condition and quality of work done. Well bought and sold. #619-1969 FORD TORINO GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9A42M230003. Aztec Gold/Aztec Gold vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be numbers matching. High-quality restoration in original color. Well-done paint job, even if the color itself doesn’t get you all agog. Auction company describes color as Aztec Gold, though accompanying Marti Report calls it Lime Gold. Similar issue with the upholstery. Nice grille. Very good glass, chrome, gaps probably better than factory. “Fairlane Club of America” sticker on left rear quarter window. Exceptional interior. AM radio. Unknown gauge affixed to steering column, likely aftermarket. Power steering. Docs include warranty plate, copy of window sticker and factory dealer order. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,000. Last year for the smaller bumpers. The ’72 Mach 1 is arguably the least desirable, but if you were looking for an affordable driver that still draws eyeballs, then this was your ride. The price guide shows a median value of $21.5k and a “C” investment. This sold a wee bit higher, and so no harm done to either buyer or seller. MOPAR #381-1931 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL sedan. VIN: 7800757. Two-tone green/ gray suede. Not much to fault here. Beautiful paint, white pinstriping intact. “Gazelle” hood ornament shines, as does front bumper. Big, swoopy front fenders. Trippe head- SOLD AT $21,450. The ’69 Torinos had a few engine options. This came with the 351ci V8, which wasn’t the most powerful unit (there was the 390 and 428), but not the least either (that honor belongs to the 302). 94 AmericanCarCollector.com “ lamps. 1977 Old Dominion Senior and 1976 AACA National First Prize Winner badges on tall, elegant grille. Dual sidemounts. “K.D.C.” monogram on front doors. Excellent glass, brightwork. Driver’s window delaminating. Rear luggage rack. Four-door hard top with seating for six or possibly seven. Superb interior, ditto the wood trim. From the collection of car dealer, Ernie Boch Jr. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,450. Had this been an open car and not a hard-top Imperial, the price could’ve soared to the low six figures. This stood out from the crowd not only because its imposing pre-war classic design was surrounded by a sea of muscle, but also because of its fantastic condition. My guess is that bidders yawned, while a sharpminded, eyes-wide-open buyer swooped in and scampered off with the treasure. Very well bought. #641-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H9G215631. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 16,329 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The base engine in ‘69, motor reportedly numbers matching. Very sharp rotisserie restoration completed three years ago, has about 2.5k miles on the odo since. Not much amiss. Crisp paint really works on this car, but I imagine polarizing to some. Chrome, glass, weatherstripping, panel fit all good. Mint interior. Aftermarket RPM gauge on dash. Upgrades include Mopar Performance electronic ignition, Hemi grind camshaft and 15-inch Magnum 500 wheels. A show winner; trophies included with car, as are the restoration pics and receipts. Other docs include build sheet, fender tag and owner’s manual. Cond: 1. My guess is that bidders yawned, while a sharp-minded, eyes-wide-open buyer swooped in and scampered off with the treasure. Very well bought. 1931 Chrysler Imperial sedan ” BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT sound system, Pioneer speakers. A few stains on center console. Loaded with options including power-assist four-wheel disc brakes. Comes with original factory books, ownership docs. Catalog claims a clean CARFAX. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,850. The slushbox tranny, column shifter and base engine let this very well-presented Road Runner down. Even so, another five grand and still both sides would’ve walked away happy. A fair deal for buyer and seller, with a nod to the former. (see profile, p. 58.) #460-1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 2-dr hard top. VIN: VL29G0B352683. Blue/black vinyl. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. California car. This Duster has received custom work. Rebuilt motor, tranny, front and rear ends. Now with electronic ignition and Edelbrock 750 carb among other upgrades. Tranny with a shift kit and new torque converter. Frontdisc brakes from a ’73 Duster. Crisp repaint less than a year ago. Exterior graphic applied at same time. Excellent glass, gaps. Nice chrome trim. New Vision Sport alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone tires up front and Nankangs at rear. Borla exhaust. New interior looks spotless. Has original California blue plates, build sheet and fender tag. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $34,100. One of only two Vipers at this sale. The other was a Hennesseyprepared ’95 RT/10 finished in Emerald Green/Cognac with about 24k miles. It had some engine mods and was reported to have 550 hp on tap. Our subject car wasn’t customized, had a better color scheme, more miles and less power. And it sold for $8k more. Proof that power alone will sometimes only get you so far. Sold pretty much on the money. Well bought and sold. AMERICANA SOLD AT $24,200. The Plymouth Duster introduced in 1970 was based on the Valiant. Said to be a multiple show winner (events not specified). Seemed like a lot of money went into this with little regard for the financial payoff. Ah well, a wonderful example of the end consumer reaping the benefits of a custom that has stayed true to its traditional design, all at an affordable price. Market correct. #434.1-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E0RV100350. Viper Red/black & red leather. Odo: 60,694 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Remarkably fresh paint and unscuffed surfaces considering its 60k-plus miles. “Certified” sticker on windshield, but no reference as to what’s certified—“Carfax 1 Owner” sticker there too. Clear glass, no nicks. Inside is arguably one of the snuggest cocoons in passengercar history. Seats in great shape. JVC 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #458-1968 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A8C397T291829. Big Bad Green/black vinyl. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Only 6,725 produced in ’68. Upgraded with a 360-ci engine (however, “390” badging seen on left rear fender), additional modifications made. Horsepower unknown. Rebuilt suspension. A Go-Pack car with disc brakes, power steering, Twin-Grip axle, space-saver spare. Excellent repaint in a color sure to get the attention of the local police. Flaking along drip rails. Black rally stripes. No big complaints with minimal chrome trim. Scratch on trunk. Excellent glass, gaps, sheet metal. American Motors Owners Association badging on grille and left quarter-panel window sticker. Magnum 500 wheels. Interior looks untouched. West Coast car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,000. This AMX had a lot going for it, though it lacked the more desirable 390-ci motor. The auto tranny didn’t help, either. As a result, a fair deal for both parties, with a slight edge to the buyer. Now, don’t get too eager with the accelerator pedal or the police will be on your hi-vis tail in seconds. A


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK Leake — Tulsa 2017 Leake stays the course at its home base in Tulsa Leake Auction Company Tulsa, OK June 9–11, 2017 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dillon Hall, Casey Enlow, Blaine Berlotz Automotive lots sold/ offered: 356/525 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $8,236,085 high sale: 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $305,250 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices One-family owned until recently — 1966 Ford Mustang Gt fastback, sold at $49,500 ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 98 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Corey Kemendo Market opinions in italics Leake auctions throughout the decades. Aside from the anniversary fanfare, the 2017 T edition will go down in the books as a typical event. Five-hundred-twenty-five cars were within the River Spirit Expo Center as consignments. Of those, 356 had changed hands over the weekend, yielding a respectable 68% sell-through rate and generating gross sales of $8,236,085. Topping all sales was a 2006 Ford GT, selling at no reserve for $305,250. On the leader board of American cars in the top 10 sales was a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at $129,250 (actually, the secondhighest sale hammered sold on the block). After that, it was iconic Americana, with Shelbys and ’57 Chevys. A Dark Moss Green 1967 GT350 fastback brought ulsa, OK, is considered home for Leake Auction Company. It was where it all started 45 years ago, so this year’s edition was a reason to celebrate. Part of the celebration was a display case full of photos and ephemera from $91,300, while a 1970 GT500 fastback did $84,700. From the Bowtie contingent, a bone-stock black Bel Air convertible did $85,250 while a tastefully modified Bel Air 2-door hard top — sporting an LS1 V8 and 700R4 automatic — changed hands at $83,600. As with a typical Leake sale, there was truly something for all interests of domestic vehicles. This ranged from a CCCA Full Classic 1929 Packard series 640 Custom Eight touring car, selling for $69,850, to a Malaise-era emerging collectible 1981 Ford Thunderbird coupe. The 302-powered Fox-body platform personal luxury car found a new home for a meager $1,980 (almost worth handing over another buck to the consignor to make it $1,981 for a 1981). With 45 years of experience, Leake has become a well-oiled machine that did a commendable job of keeping things moving on two auction rings on Friday and Saturday, while conducting the mostly no-reserve Sunday segment with only one ring. Congratulations to Leake for 45 years of success, and here’s hoping for many more in the future. A


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK GM #148-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC56S180976. Laurel Green & Crocus Yellow/green velour. Odo: 1,043 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Superbquality repaint when applied, but in the decade-plus since then, light blistering has developed in a few spots. Although all the chrome and trim was removed and replaced or reconditioned during the repaint, subsequently all has lightly muted and some of it has started to lightly pit. All-new door and glass seals. Doors only rattle slightly when shut. Seats and door panels expertly upholstered in modern automotive fabric, fitted with color-coordinated seat belts. Reproduction carpeting. Retro-look AM/FM/cassette deck, with color-matched speaker grilles in the upholstered rear parcel shelf. Crate 350 V8 under the hood, with a “mild cam.” Also fitted with modern a/c, dual master cylinder, power front-disc brakes, power steering, electronic ignition, alternator and electricpuller fan ahead of the radiator. Cond: 2-. erate wear up front. Generally tidy under the hood, but a long way from being considered detailed. Heavy surface rust on the exhaust pipes as well as the bottoms of the mufflers, which are starting to rot out. Cond: 3+. original exhaust manifolds parked in the trunk. It’s also due to the stock chambered exhaust system. That and everything else on the bottom of the car is in clean like-new condition, with replicated inspection markings. Apart from the aforementioned headers, restored to bone stock under the hood. Even the battery is a repop Delco. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,650. Most folks would call this a limousine (then again, they’re the same folks who rent stretched Hummer H1s and call those limos). However, without a divider window, this is actually a Formal Sedan—and was cataloged as such by Cadillac. While gray leather on just the front seat was an option for the trim code used on this car, more often than not on a Formal Sedan, both the front and back would be cloth. The reserve was met at $31,500, and then it promptly hammered sold. For this amount, it hopefully sold to a Cadillac enthusiast who’ll at least maintain it as-is, rather than being parked in front of some tacky haunted-house attraction for the Halloween season—or worse, used as an overflow rental limo when the Hummer is out on a job. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. No low-buck “American Graffiti” wannabe, this was an exceptionally high-quality build for a discerning individual who knew what he wanted for a reliable and comfortable cruiser. After using it for over a decade, he’s now aged to where he doesn’t drive as much and it was picked up by the consignor. Stated that the individual had $80k into it, and looking at the car, one won’t dispute that. However, the two issues with the paint—the light blistering and, more so, the pigment—kept the bidding low. Eventually, someone who likes Tri-Fives in green will see beyond the paint and pony up for it, so the ACC Premium subscriber was justified in not letting it go at a fire-sale price. #423-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 75 Fleetwood sedan. VIN: 59R068628. Black/gray leather. Odo: 2,948 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally owned by the widow of the founder of what is now one of Tulsa’s suburbs. Older restoration, which is still quite presentable. Good repaint, with minimal panel-edge chips. Heavier scuffing on the top of the left-front fender. Replated bumpers and selective trim pieces. Good door fit. Mix of original and replacement door seals. Seats reupholstered in loose-fit leather. Period-accessory seat belts, front and rear. Cloth pinchweld moldings are yellowing. Fully recarpeted, with light-to-mod- 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #161-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS 396 coupe. VIN: 124379N574311. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,992 miles. 396-cc V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include L34 big block, TH400 automatic, power steering, power front-disc brakes, tinted windshield, rear-bumper guards, and Rally wheels—confirmed off the remains of the original build sheet. Good-quality repaint and graphics application. Door and panel fit no worse than original build quality. Current Missouri inspection decal on the windshield. Slightly wavy replacement roof vinyl (they should’ve left it to sit in the sun longer after unrolling it and before installing it). Slightly throaty exhaust note, even for the 375-hp tune. This is due in part to being fitted with headers—with the “ SOLD AT $44,000. Last seen two weeks before at Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis, a no-sale there at $45k (ACC# 6837265). It has also been seen at a few other auctions this year, so the consignor must have finally gotten tired of shopping the car (or is going broke in shipping and consignment fees) and cut it loose at no reserve here. Sometimes, profit knows no enemy other than pride. #133-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 454 replica pickup. VIN: 136800L206788. Red & black/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 90,527 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Forest Green. Built-up 454 big block, with a gear-driven “thumper cam,” tube headers and MSD ignition. Decent-quality body prep and color change repaint. Cowlinduction-type hood. Overall good workmanship on the vinyl roof. Replated bumpers, reproduction emblems and selectively reconditioned trim. There are no El Camino badges or tailgate trim—just an SS emblem and the original dealership badge. Modern tonneau cover. New door seals may explain some of the door-fit issues— but not all. Reproduction door panels, with the driver’s side door-lock plunger either broken off or missing. Modern cloth upholstery on the seats, in a non-stock pattern. Spotty carpet fading. Modern aftermarket ...hopefully sold to a Cadillac enthusiast who’ll at least maintain it as-is, rather than being parked in front of some tacky haunted-house attraction for the Halloween season—or worse, used as an overflow rental limo when the Hummer is out on a job. 1959 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood sedan ”


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK triple-gauge pack under the dashboard, with a 1980s-era in-dash AM/FM/cassette deck just above it. Repop SS/Magnum 500 wheels on radials. Cond: 3. ally preferred these Montes over a Chevelle of the same year. While not as much of a minty virgin as 34k miles would have one believe, this was still well bought, as those same classmates are now in their prime collector-car-buying years. SOLD AT $38,500. Across the block, the reserve was easily met at $30k, and the car generated a couple more bids before hammering sold. Well, at least it started out as a V8-powered El Camino. It’s beyond me as to why someone paid this much for a wannabe SS 454 with less-than-expert assembly. Must have been the pretty paint glistening on the turntable coupled with the “SS” badging. Sold exceptionally well. #181-1974 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1H57H4B553019. Silver/white vinyl half-roof/maroon velour. Odo: 33,958 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c, tilt-steering column, cruise control, power door locks, AM/FM/8track stereo and Rally wheels—now shod with fresh radials. Stated that the 33,958 indicated miles are actual and that the car is essentially original. Mostly original paint, although the left front fender has been resprayed below the painted pinstriping. Somewhat dull paint on the hood, along with some heavier paint chips around the trunk-lock cylinder. Very dull and scuffed bumper chrome, although the rest of the brightwork is in pretty good condition. Wellcared-for original interior. Only the shoulderbelt retainers are heavily faded (due more to the compound of the plastic), but aren’t broken like most. Personalized dash plaque looks like it was made at the local trophy shop. Generally clean and original under the hood, but not really detailed. Cond: 3+. #149-1975 BUICK REGAL Indy Pace Car replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4J57J5Z105734. White, red & blue/white vinyl half top/white vinyl. Odo: 49,902 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, power windows, power door locks, tilt-steering column, and 3.08 limited-slip diff. Stated that the 49,902 indicated miles are actual. The car has been painted and graphics applied since new. Also added is a 1996 Roadmaster “Collector’s Edition” hood ornament and Buick shield badges in the bird’s wings on the front fenders. Stock Regal grille (Incorrect grille for an IPC) has been painted a uniform flat black. Hood gaps wider at the cowl than the front valance. Rust blisters forming at the base of the landau-roof moldings. Doors have typical rattles for this era. Good seats and door panels. Fake radiodelete plate over the hole where a radio was. Just a washed-off used car under the hood. Cond: 3. tronic AM/FM/cassette deck displaces the stock radio. Repainted and reproduction graphics applied in recent years. Outer edges of the hood graphics look like someone tried to buff them out, and found out that buffing compound works damn good on printed vinyl. Modern replacement windshield. Most of the insulation on the bottom of the hood is now gone (good, because that’s one less thing to burn when the turbo cooks the engine compartment). The rest of the engine bay has been topically cleaned up and the engine rattle-canned; hardly what one would call detailed. Light fading on the original seats, gold-tone dashboard and center-console appliqué. Aftermarket speakers cut into the rear parcel shelf. Headliner coming loose around the T-tops. Non-stock chambered dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. If you think about it, dual exhaust on a single-turbo system is a bit silly. You might as well plumb in an eight-rank pipe organ while you’re at it. Then again, muscle cars from this era and silly do go hand-in-hand. Sufficiently sold for one of Pontiac’s more desperate attempts at performance and attention. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. While there were 1,800 Indy Pace Car replicas slated to be made in 1975 (although it’s believed about 400 were really built), the more I scrutinize this one, the more I know that it is not one of them. Start with a November 1973 build date—too much of a lead time for the Memorial Day classic. All production examples were from the mid-level Custom series with Hurst T-tops, not a top-shelf Regal with the opera windows covered up (the VIN should list an “H,” not a “J”). Combined with a repro decal kit for $395 online, someone sexed up Grandma’s low-mile Regal for maximum profit. With a very limited-edition model like this, when it crosses the block, it’s so unknown that everyone will instantly be on their smartphones searching for data on it (like my assistant Corey did) to see if it’s real. As such, it was destined to fail at a $10,500 reserve. SOLD AT $8,800. The second-generation Monte Carlo was insanely popular back when it was new, and as a used car for half a dozen years later. Even my classmates back in high school and tech school gener- 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #155-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87TAL147877. Black & gold/black velour. Odo: 89,738 miles. 4.9-L turbocharged V8, auto. Loaded up with a/c, tiltsteering column, power windows, power door locks and rear-window defroster. Elec- FOMOCO #440-1935 FORD STANDARD 2-dr sedan. VIN: 181832355. Black/beige cloth. Odo: 43,237 miles. Dealer-accessory triangular grille guard, dual door-hinge-mounted mirrors, and chrome components on the dual horns. Period aftermarket heater. Nice older repaint, with minimal panel-edge chipping— including around the butterfly hood. Clean and generally stock under that hood, with newer paint on the heads and a modern plastic in-line fuel filter. Early V8 Ford Club decal in the windshield and button on the radio-delete plug. 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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK slight wear. Older all-black spray-painted undercarriage, which has recently been washed off. Correct painted wire wheels shod with reproduction Ford tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,525. From 1938 until 1942 (when it was disassembled and shipped to the Soviets, either under Lend-Lease or being sold by Ford—depending on whose history you believe), Ford had a tire plant within its River Rouge complex. It was essentially the last piece of the puzzle for Henry Ford’s full vertical integration there, where only raw materials came in and completed cars came out. That stated, the only way a ’35 Ford would have Ford tires on it before the war would be if they were replacements bought from a Ford dealer—and most were betrothed to their local tire wholesaler even back then (usually Firestone). The reserve was lifted when the bidding ceased, resulting in a pretty good sale. #728-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH228258. Thunderbird Bronze/brown vinyl/copper vinyl. Odo: 90,532 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full tinted glass plus Town & Country radio. Equipped with only a hard top, which is upholstered in heavy-duty vinyl that I last saw covering bar stools. Wears a repaint that’s so old, it has mostly buffed out down to the original layer of paint on the tops of the fenders and is blotchy-looking on most other panels. Older bumper replate, which is still presentable. The rest of the chrome is mostly original and lightly pitted to some extent. Newer reproduction door sills. Good fit of the replacement seat cover on top, but not tucked in on the bottom. Brake-pedal pad missing. Door fit is not all that great. Recent cleanup on an engine with an older repaint. Bright engine dress-up kit hardware and new cork air-cleaner gasket. Lots of crimp-connector wiring, with a lot of dangling ends. Dull brush-painted chassis and suspension. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. Stated while on the block that it was “sitting in a building, well maintained.” Well, at least the sitting in a building part may be believed, based on the lack of corrosion on the fasteners. As for well maintained… it’s hard to tell when it was never put back together right in the first place. Offered at no reserve, this did better than I thought it would ($20k including the juice). Actually, it was rolled off the block when the bids started to dry up, but as it rolled off they started trickling in again. Sold well. #194-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. VIN: 6F09K192549. Wimbledon White/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 80,128 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One-family-owned car until bought by the consignor a month ago. Optional HiPo V8 and subsequent-required 4-speed. Styled steel wheels on reproduction dual-redline radial tires. Restoration started with a repaint in 2011 to a decent standard, but not a bare-body redo, as the undercarriage has heavier overspray. Crack in the upper passenger’s-side windshield post. Replated bumpers, reproduction door handles and emblems. Decent door fit; trunk lid is slightly bowed. Engine was repainted but is now heavily discolored, likely from a coolant leak. Aftermarket induction and ignition. Minimal wear to the reproduction interior soft trim. Seat belts installed front and rear. Light-to-moderate carpet soiling in the pedal box. Aftermarket exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. 1966 was the first year of the fleetwide use of Ford Corporate Blue on all engines. Previously, the HiPo had a black engine block. With the heavy staining of the repaint, it has about as much pink as blue. Not a bad car, but don’t expect to show it and do well. Fully priced today, as the reserve was lifted when the bidding dried up. With more sweat equity than material cost, it can be done up to sell better. Or better yet, just tweak and play with it as you go. #144-1968 FORD TORINO GT fastback. VIN: 8A42S153873. Lime Gold Metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 77,455 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Per the displayed copies of the Marti Report, with optional power disc brakes, whitewall tires and AM radio. Power steering and Magnum 500-type wheels. Decent topical repaint applied in recent years. Older bumper replate, buffed-out door-top moldings, pitted rear-quarter window moldings and some reproduction emblems. Doors need a little more effort to latch properly. Faded emblems on the redyed door panels. Minimal wear on the reproduction seats. Modern triple-gauge pod added below the dash, in addition to a Hurst shifter and an old wrapped steeringwheel cover. Has two body tags in the door: the original and an identical reproduction mounted above it. Older engine repaint is looking rather shabby, even with the cleanup under the hood. Aftermarket intake and carburetor installed in recent years and already has fuel staining. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. 1968 was the first year of the larger redesigned Fairlane, in addition to the introduction of the Torino nameplate and a 2-door fastback hard top for the platform. The Torino proved to be successful enough that it eventually supplanted the Fairlane by 1971. Always something of a bulkier big brother to the Mustang, they’ve always been undervalued in the market compared to what you get in other muscle cars. The reserve was lifted after the bidder quit throwing money at it, selling for what may seem a good deal but in actuality is within the going rate for these. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK MOPAR #437-1965 PLYMOUTH FURY III 2-dr hard top. VIN: P352275838. White/maroon vinyl. Odo: 40,524 miles. 440-cc V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. NOM with aftermarket dual-quad induction and tube headers. New engine paint, from the intake manifold to the oil pan. Aftermarket chrome valve covers and air cleaner. Power steering and the originalstyle unassisted single-circuit brake master cylinder. Coolant overflow vent dumps into a Dr. Pepper can. Heater core plugged at the cowl. Decent trim-off body prep and paint application in recent years. Most trim was put right back on without reconditioning, although the bumpers have been replated. Okay door fit. Recent on-the-cheap seat re-do, but still has the original red and maroon two-tone door and rear seating panels. Sun tach clamped to the steering column at 12 o’clock high; S-curve Hurst shifter poking out of the floor. Cond: 3+. exist until the next year—let alone without dual quads on top of it (Mopar trivia—this induction combination was never offered on any factory-configured 440). I also wouldn’t bank on the 4-speed being original, either. The fact that I had to dig this far down to get Mopars to report on shows how few were consigned here. Originally a no-sale across the block, but on the leader boards as having sold by the end of the day. SOLD AT $19,250. In theory, this could’ve originally had a 426 Max Wedge in it (since it was the last year it was available). More likely are the other, less-desirable engine choices. Regardless, the 440 didn’t even #2419-1965 CHRYSLER 300L convertible. VIN: C453252339. Plum metallic/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 22,833 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated that the 22,833 indicated miles are actual and that the car is largely original. Exceptionally wellcared-for paint and chrome, both showing light aging from repeated buffing. Minimal scuffing and paint loss on the bodyside moldings. Excellent door and panel fit. Snug original top (due to some 52 years of light shrinkage) is in good condition, but the plastic backlight is heavily yellowed. Excellent original interior, although the piping on the seats and center-console lid shows heavier yellowing. The steering wheel and shift knob can either be viewed as yellowed pearl finish or an attempt to match the goldtone dashboard moldings. Minimal paint and cleanup detailing under the hood. Modern economy-grade battery with cutoff switch. Replacement exhaust fitted in recent years, along with a new fuel tank. Correct wideband whitewall bias-ply tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. 1965 was the final year for the letter-series 300s (and no, despite the fact that I own one, the LH platform 300M from 1999 through 2004 does not count). With only 440 made (a somewhat appropriate number for a Chrysler product) combined with the low-mile originality, the final bid is rather light. #2455-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V0G139183. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,239 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Vinyl roof and hood pins were factory installed. Rallye wheels on reproduction Polyglas tires, along with dust-trail graphics in lieu of the original black striping, added as part of the restoration. Better-quality repaint. Passenger’s door sits slightly low, and both doors have slightly wider gaps in the front than the back. Good workmanship on the replacement roof vinyl. Generally stock engine detailing. The hood and all hinge hardware were painted with the rest of the car, on the car. Older economy-grade battery and cables. Exhaust-manifold dressing now has a frosty white look to it—as does the side of the brake master cylinder facing it. Well-fitted reproduction seats and door panels. Newer carpet is a tad lumpy in places— such as the transmission tunnel. Refinished dashboard, with a modern retro-look AM/FM stereo with auxiliary input. Mostly matteblack undercarriage, with some spots of light coverage. Newer exhaust and fuel tank. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $34,500. True to its mission, this Road Runner is sparely equipped, aside from a sextuple power injection under the hood. One can make the argument that it was either bid just right or just on the light side—with the consignor in the latter camp. AMERICANA #734-1956 STUDEBAKER SKY HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7811391. Blue & white/ blue cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 55,001 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Repainted 16 years ago, and still presents generally well. Some areas of white paint have cracks near body 106 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK seams and have light rust emanating from them. Older bumper replate, along with select other pieces of trim. Doors sag a bit, and latch properly only if they are lifted while closing. Reproduction 1956 Texas inspection sticker in the windshield. Very fussy hood-latch mechanism, but at least the springs still keep it up. Under that hood, authentically detailed a few years back, and recently cleaned up well. Modern yellow-top gel-cell battery. Newer authentic seats and door panels. Carpet is also new, but a heavier-pile modern synthetic. New seat belts for front seats with correct-style lift-up latches and repop Studebaker logo. New, not really stock dual-exhaust system. Factory-optional back-up lights, full tinted glass, and Hill Holder. Cond: 3. ONETO WATCH $40,000 $30,000 $22,000 $20,000 $18,600 $16,520 $10,000 $20,900 $20,075 A Focus on Cars That are Showing Some Financial Upside Median Sold Price By Year $0 2012 SOLD AT $18,150. In 1956, the Sky Hawk played second fiddle only to the Golden Hawk—the other hard top offered that year—which had tacked-on fiberglass tailfins but the big Packard 352-ci V8. As such, the Sky Hawk was the top-of-the-line Stude with an actual Stude engine under the hood. This car got a few chuckles out of the folks when it was announced that it was titled as a 1956 Stud, but when they got down to business, this no-reserve example sold reasonably well. A CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 2013 2014 1968–72 Chevrolet El Camino world, where most cars share a similar jellybean shape, the El Camino is both different thanks to its shape and familiar due to its Chevelle underpinnings. This mix of familiarity and uniqueness makes it a good choice for a future collectible, as it hits both interests square on the head. And it’s usable. You can take your El Camino to a car show, go to the drag races and go to Home Depot all in the same day. The 1968 A-body refresh stuck around with only a few T 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com minor changes through 1972, and I think these are the most appealing of all the El Caminos, short of maybe the 1959 and 1960 models that were built on the Impala platform. And with nearly 240,000 built through the late ’60s and early ’70s, they’re plentiful enough without being absolutely everywhere. Some parts are specific, but everything is available. From this time in 2016 until now, we’ve seen median prices rise by just shy of $2,000 — a 10% increase overall. The trend is up, and I expect we’ll see it continue that way. Even if things level off, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic you can actually use for a variety of things.A — Jim Pickering he El Camino fits in a pretty narrow groove, and not just because it’s both a car and a truck. In today’s 2015 2016 Detailing Years built: 1968–72 Number produced: 236,636 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 62 Average price of those cars: $24,816 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,000 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 682 September–October 2017 107 September-October 2017 107 Keith Martin’s


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR Mecum — Portland 2017 Mecum’s meat and potatoes find hungry buyers in the Rose City Mecum Auctions Portland, OR June 16–17, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/ offered: 282/462 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $8,334,380 high sale: 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $495,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices It drew a crowd all weekend — 1967 Chevrolet nova SS 2-door hard top, sold at $48,400 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 108 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics M ecum’s impressive push in the past decade to establish auctions in every corner of the country landed them in the Pacific Northwest four years running. Mecum picked Seattle, WA, for their initial stab into Cascadia in 2014. They hosted two sales there, and then moved south to Portland, OR, last year. That inaugural auction saw $9.3m in car sales at a reasonable 62% sell-through rate. After such a good start, Dana Mecum and crew backed up their fleet of branded semi-tractor trailers to the Portland Expo Center in mid-June for a return to the Rose City. Most of the crowd at the auction’s start pored over the cars, with more men dropping to their knees than at a fine-dining steakhouse on Valentine’s Day. It seemed the buyers were quite interested in the consignments. The auction total dropped by $532,346 from Mecum’s first Portland sale, but the sales rate dropped a percent to 61% on 16 fewer cars. The disconnect was at the top end (isn’t it always?), where buyers and sellers too often didn’t agree. A few of the notable high-bid no-sales included a 1963 Plymouth Savoy Max Wedge at $175k and 1969 COPO Camaro, which didn’t change hands despite the $130k offered. Twelve cars were bid to over $100k. If a few of those switched over to the Sold column, and several seemed like a deal was on the way after the block, I’d have different conclusions based on final totals. The four sales garnering some of those six-figure bids include a better-than-new Shelby GT350, which wasn’t sold on the block but showed up online as sold for $450k, and a pair of Fathom Blue Chevys as the next two top sellers. Chevy, in fact, would have swept the podium if not for the post-block deal on the GT350, as the fourthhighest sale was a ’67 427/435 ’Vette at $121k. The ’68 Yenko Camaro was the highest-selling Yenko Camaro ever tracked by ACC’s Premium Auction Database, sold at $434,500. As it played out last year (and most Mecum auctions, really), the meat and potatoes of this sale was for the meat-and-potatoes crowd — shiny, glorious muscle power in the mid-$20k range. Three stats bear this out: The average sale price was $29,395, the median price was $22k, and the percentage of vehicles in the sale from GM, FoMoCo and Mopar made from 1964 to 1973 falls in at 38% (174/462). A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR GM #S8-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57A196582. Black/red & black vinyl. Odo: 6,598 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Shiny paint with swirls throughout. Passenger’s door handle heavily pitted. Rest of trim with light scratches and pitting. Trunk fit off, but not the only issue, as there are two scrapes near “V” emblem. Clean interior, with well-fitting seat vinyl. Dirtiest parts are door-lock knobs. Green-top Interstate battery sticks out in otherwise stock engine bay. Still equipped with non-power, single-circuit brakes and generator. Cond: 3+. Original purchase receipts and other paperwork included. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Strikes me as a very high price for one of these, but, looking back on this year’s sales in ACC Premium, I see that Mecum sold a ’60 LeSabre ’vert for $70,400 (ACC# 6829803) in February, and that followed Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale of a ’59 LeSabre drop top for $55k (ACC# 6825067). So this bid wasn’t completely out of line, but when compared with the relative peanuts thrown at another 1960s Buick (Lot 185, ’65 Riviera GS at $32,500, ACC# 6839472) it seems a little nuts. Not sure what number the seller was waiting for. SOLD AT $25,850. Just another example of Chevy Tri-Five’s slow, gradual descent from the auction block on high. Not only was this winning bid nearly 35% below the current market median ($39,600), but it was for a car that, if not original, came off as factory assembled. Maybe the lack of typical Bel Air upgrades and contemporary amenities (power brakes, automatic transmission, a/c, etc.) turned off the buyers here. Good deal now, but if this downward trajectory continues (as I expect it will), sellers might be pining for the days of $25k Bel Airs. #S177-1960 BUICK LESABRE convertible. VIN: 4G4012031. Blue/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 59,926 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be unrestored, but I’ve never seen paint from 57 years ago look this good. Blue, red and white surprisingly doesn’t scream American patriotism in this case. Spotlight and mirror combination on driver’s side, with no mirror on passenger’s side. Wrinkled top tells me it likely sits topdown in a garage. Steering wheel and dash dirty between molded grooves, but it’ll likely take a toothbrush to get each one of those clean. Auction listing stated mileage at 39,926 as believed to be original, but I saw 59,926 on the odometer. #F154-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 1666785L191060. Wineberry Red/black canvas/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 88,871 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Deep, shiny, flaky paint. Few readily apparent flaws, except the occasional bolt with surface rust. Smooth canvas top well fitted. Clean enough interior to ruin by eating off of it. Dash and floor mats seem straight out of JC Whitney, with 1994–96 Impala SS script. Door panels not in great shape—windows even worse. Nobody went overboard with chrome in engine bay—just the alternator, valve covers and air cleaner. Too much for some, sure, but when chromed inner fenders are a thing, this is exercising some discretion. Pitted, surface-rusted headers contrast with spark-plug wires positioned perfectly with looms. Single-circuit power brakes is an odd combination nowadays. Cond: 2. door keyhole. Surface rust and staining all over intake manifold, but we call that patina, right? Surface-rusted valve-cover bolts don’t count, however. Crack right down middle of dash cover. Tearing of seams at driver’s seat bottom—dinginess only other complaint for seats. Fading gauges expected in a convertible. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Someone call the police and report a stolen car! Okay, don’t really, but the buyer made out like a bandit here. Seeing double this bid wouldn’t have surprised me. It would have been a major overpay but still wouldn’t shake me. Decent-to-good car for below-market money equals a big win for the buyer. #S144-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1183377W195074. Granada Gold Metallic/gold vinyl. Odo: 38,910 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration on factory a/c car. Rather wide, consistent gap between driver’s door front and corresponding fender. Paint as clean as interior, which is very. Console in remarkable shape. Rear seat back a bit flat, like it could use a layer of jute between the foam and vinyl. Coker Tire for the wheels and, you guessed it, tires. VIN checks out as a V8 SS. Among many documents included with sale: Protect-O-Plate, dealer invoice, restoration receipts and copy of first title. Seller states mileage as accurate. Won at least four awards at various AACA events. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. A bit of good and not so good, but where the win comes in is with the price. The market median sits at $31,900 for ’65 SS convertibles, and this sold for 41% less than that target. It’s a middle-of-the-market car, for which perhaps the paint flakes were too much, or the yellowed BF Goodrich lettering turned a few off. Whatever the reason, the buyer got a deal here. #S169-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676P174132. Blue/cream vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 23,148 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Reportedly two-owner car, with original interior, matching-numbers engine and dealer-installed Tri-Power. One repaint 20 years ago still holding up well. Appears as if a drunk person tried to unlock the car, with many scratches on the driver’s 110 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $48,400. The buyer paid a little over the median example ($43,500), but this was much better condition than that. Likely would have sold higher if it originally came with a 4-bbl 327 and manual transmission, but probably not if they were added after the fact. Great-looking car, with a crowd around it until it crossed the block. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR #F176-1968 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 396 pickup. VIN: 138808Z166390. Torch Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 39,675 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly clean paint, with just a fisheye or two on the roof. Still touting the frame-off restoration, with new glass, interior and exhaust. Scratches in drip rail over driver’s door. Glove door still latches askew. Lots of wear evident on steering wheel. photos. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $434,500. High seller on the block, and for a good clip above the ACC Pocket Price Guide median of $357,100 (nearly 22% over). In fact, what we have here is the highest winning bid on a Yenko Camaro ever tracked by ACC Premium. Not sure it could have gone to another one, as this one was damn-near perfect. Also not sure there is a better color for this car than Fathom Blue. Hard to call a record sale a good buy, but when the mantra should be “buy the best you can,” then this was it. But still, as a new high, well sold. Camshaft from 350-hp 396 installed. TH400 and 12-bolt there to hold big-block’s upgraded power. No sign of chromed Torq Thrusts offered with the car last time—just the steel rallies. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. Sometimes all a seller needs is a bigger audience. Seen previously at Silver’s Vancouver sale earlier in April (ACC# 6834811), where it didn’t sell at a $16,500 high bid. There was only one mile added to the odometer between that sale and this one. Can’t blame them for holding out there and letting it rip here, at this market-correct price. Fair deal, with even a slight nod to buyer. 124378N413680. Fathom Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 34,206 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. All the right parts: L72, M21, 12-bolt Posi, 140-mph speedo and 14-inch wheels. Hey, they’re small, but authentic is authentic. Smog pump sitting front and center of engine bay, too. Restoration back to factory (okay, Yenko’s dealer) spec appears to be goal, with marks on firewall, correct hose clamps, and dates on hoses. Award-winning restoration, as noted by the seller’s card in front of car. Occasional light polishing swirl in paint and dingy digits in the odometer are biggest drawbacks on condition. Docs include copy of manufacturer’s 1 #S125-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. VIN: NOT SOLD AT $130,000. According to data in ACC Premium, eight 1969 COPO Camaros sold since the start of this year. The median price? The middle of those prices falls at $125,900—just a hair’s breadth from this high bid. The unabashed execution of the restoration (it was on wheel stands, with mirrors under it all around) says that number is too low and the owner knew it. With all of the other high-end muscle at this sale, this one just slipped through. No good reason for the seller to let it go at this price. statement of origin, reassignments, Yenko Registry List and pre- and post-restoration #S145-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K436379. Dusk Blue Metallic/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 32,034 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller states numbers-matching engine, transmission and 12-bolt axle, all recently rebuilt (without specifying how recently). Paint an unusual hue, but well applied. No obvious bubbles under vinyl roof. Drip-rail trim on driver’s side improperly mounted at rear. SS Rally Sport Radial T/As for the right look, if a bit under-inflated. Bench seats with manual transmissions (in cars, at least) usually give me a chuckle, as #S118-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: 124379N646884. Fathom Green/Fathom Green vinyl. Odo: 40,229 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Topnotch restoration. Emphasis on accuracy, from XT 14x7 wheels, with Goodyear polyglas tires, to a correct trunk liner and decklid stickers. Complaints limited to light staining on intake manifold at water inlet, interior dash vents that reveal the car’s true age and slightly cloudy (or poorly cleaned) gauge-cluster lenses. Rosewood steering wheel in remarkable condition. Binder full of restoration photos, NCRS shipping data report, casting numbers listed and MacNeish’s certificate of authenticity. Cond: 1-. it’s just a weird combination. I know the engineers are better than this, but I keep thinking I’d slam the shifter into the seat. Dirty carpet and pedals. No nonsense underhood, even with GM-labeled heater hoses. Paint under decklid near body seal flaking off. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. No surprises or complaints with this price on this car. It’s just a match, with the middle of the market at $38,500. Reminded me of a number of Matt Damon roles (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Ocean’s Eleven”—along those lines) where it’s done well, but not without a minor flaw or two, and completely forgettable when out of sight. Fair deal for all involved. #S147-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379P317989. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,320 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted four years ago. Panel fit off on hood, decklid and doors. Hood sits too high on driver’s front corner, and it feels latched down. Passenger’s door graphics don’t line up well with quarter-panel ones. Trunk lid sits too low at rear. Original parts said to include floor pans, trunk floor and interior. If those are original seats, someone took absurdly good care of them. Dash gauge lenses scratched. Trio of gauges installed below radio, so I assume the idiot lights don’t work anymore. Engine bay a color explosion—blue block, red heater hoses, yellow ignition wires, chromed most everything else. About 1,500 miles on rebuilt 455. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. Originally not sold at $32k, but a deal must have been put together for a more reasonable $44k. While the original bid was undoubtedly too low, this new deal isn’t a whole lot better. With the price-guide median at $67k, this aboveaverage example deserved more. Wrong time, wrong place is as much as I can really figure out about why this sale went the way it did. The owner must have wanted this car gone. Very well bought. September-October 2017 111 TOP 10 BEST BUY


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR #S159-1969 OLDSMOBILE HURST/OLDS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344879M352920. Cameo White/black vinyl. Odo: 83,341 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hits all the right notes, with 455 engine, Posi rear end, dual-gate shifter and power front discs. Fifteen-inch wheels wrapped in G-70 Goodyear rubber give the car a desirable, correct stance. Frostfire decals pop on smooth, clean white paint. Writing fading from firewall. Brake fluid spilled at some point, as the cadmium plating on brake booster removed directly below master cylinder. Aircleaner-to-hood foam seal present so twin-hood scoops will work as designed. Cond: 2+. Mecum parked this one front and center, right next to the Shelby GT350, Yenko and COPO Camaros. Lots of wheel platforms and mirrors on the ground in that area, and for all the right reasons. These were some gorgeous eye candy. Must have helped this to a strong bid. Buyer paid for a remarkable example and still gets the well-bought nod. SOLD AT $60,500. Big, bold Olds. One of 914 Hurst/Olds from 1969. These have been moving up in the market recently, as evidenced by a 15% increase in median price over the last two price guides. This one did not hit that number ($71k); this sale instead comes in at a respectable, reasonable—if a little low—bid. Call it for the buyer here—well bought. VIN: 136370K14 7379. Fathom Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 186 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller states numbers-matching, original drivetrain on car card with inappropriate quotation usage. No name on back-to-factory restoration, but it’s thorough and stellar, even down to 14-inch wheels and smog system on engine. Firestone Wide Oval F70-14 tires look fantastic. M22 Rock Crusher transmission sends all that LS6 power back to a 4.10 12-bolt axle. Those power front-disc brakes will come in handy. Protect-O-Plate and window sticker. Weird, Kendall Oil-sponsored plaque next to car stating, “The Good Stuff Featured Car.” Mileage since restoration. Cond: 1-. 2 #S130-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. SOLD AT $30,800. They had some weird colors back in the ’60s and ’70s. Gobi Beige sounds like the most interesting beige around, but that’s still about as exciting as fidget spinners or broadcast television’s latest revived gameshow. Somebody made a tidy profit here. This car sold just over a month before at Silver’s Spokane sale (ACC# 6799807) for $15,390. Further proof that timing and location are everything in the (auction) world. SOLD AT $137,500. Sold a while ago at Barrett-Jackson’s 2011 Las Vegas sale, where it sold for $110,000 (ACC# 6763005). 112 AmericanCarCollector.com #S195-1971 CHEVROLET BLAZER utility. VIN: KE181S639805. Hugger Orange & white/white vinyl. Odo: 61,857 miles. 355-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Those extra five cubic inches tell me the engine’s been rebuilt, while the auction listing helps clue into some of the internals, with roller rockers and flat-top pistons. With lift, there’s nearly enough space to just crawl under the vehicle. And it’s pretty clean under there, with undercoated frame and floor bottoms. Rear topper painted with bedliner material, but that doesn’t stop all the scratches from occurring. Ugly fix above the driver’s door at the drip rails. Cond: 2-. #S99-1971 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138571B203876. Gobi Beige/black vinyl. Odo: 56,867 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver’s side front wheelwell trim dinged and sticking out slightly at the bottom. Passenger’s door not positioned correctly, with widening gap from the bottom up. Rear gap of same door aligned well with quarter panel. Driver’s door contacts front fender when opened. Rear bumper sticks in at top. Seller states Chevy’s L48 and M20 combination only came in 269 Monte Carlos in 1971. Rare but not the most desirable; however, originality counts for something. Rebuilt, matching-numbers engine, with fewer than 3k miles on it, according to seller’s sheet. Dealer invoice, Protect-O-Plate, build sheet and ownership history included in sale. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,400. If same-era pickups are getting these prices, why not the sport utilities? The builder had a good sense of what to change and what to leave as the good General intended, at least according to the buying public. The lift was big, but not absurd—just pushing the boundaries of acceptability. I’m not entirely sure (a rare situation) what the seller could have done to generate an even bigger bid. As such, well sold. #S166-1973 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: 1Q87H3N151529. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 83,769 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Trim, stripes and interior bits added to make it look like a Z/28, but that VIN decodes to a 2-barrel 350 Camaro. Dime-sized chunk of paint missing from passenger’s front fender, with large gap between said fender and corresponding door. Plenty of other custom work—roll bar tucked into upholstery (and nicely so), rear springs moved and wider tubs added, walnut-blasted body before paint, Dynamat under the carpet, Bluetooth stereo, headers and Flowmaster mufflers. Other than headers, nothing crazy underhood—unless an O’Reilly’s Super Start battery offends. Driver’s door window crank lying on floor, with no Jesus clip in sight. Wheels show considerable use. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Appeared at Silver’s Vancouver sale in April, but didn’t sell and wasn’t listed in the final results (ACC# 6835168). Ah, auction dealings. But, all in all, this was quite the hot rod—at least at first glance, but everywhere one could look there was something to give pause. Sure, the work appeared decent, but the care since can be called into question. But this should have been an acceptable bid, as we’re nearing actual Z/28 money. TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR #S141-1975 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS coupe. VIN: 3J57K5M291518. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 21,790 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Clean vinyl graphics and T-tops (or Hurst/Hatches). Black paint nothing to be ashamed of. Pointed back window not seen much these days. Gaudiest part of whole car actually is white interior. Confoundingly clean throughout. Relatively clean underhood, with a fraying air-intake hose, but reasonably little to fault. Sold without DEQ certificate of compliance. Cond: 3+. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,300. I love this styling and think it’s held up rather well 15 years on. Not sure how many other 2002 GM products I can say that about—Silverado, Corvette, and that’s about it. Still a bit of a used car at this point. Not a bad deal—in line with condition and mileage, and what you’d pay if searching online. CORVETTE #F171-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S104475. Rally Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 9,531 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rally Red repaint in lacquer sometime in 1970s—still looking fantastic. Stored by second owner for 35 years. Merriam-Webster’s could put a photo of this car next to the word “preservation.” Reportedly original interior, with nary a complaint. No discernible wear on seats or carpet. Barely a nick or scratch along the console. No radio. Engine bay nearly as tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,400. What’s to blame here? Inflation or a rising-tide-lifting-all-boats thing? Maybe it was hanging out in my friend’s ’73 Chevelle back in high school, but GM’s Colonnade style never won me over. They’re just sad reminders of the cool cars before them. Still, this must have been similar to somebody’s ride back in the day, as that’s the only reason this should be over $15k. Chalk part of it up to the magic at Mecum, as they sold a ’76 Olds Cutlass Supreme for $19,500 (ACC# 6824452) at Kissimmee this year. Seller should be stoked on this great sale. #F172-2002 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. VIN: 2G1FP32G722117781. Onyx Black/black canvas/gray cloth. Odo: 35,500 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Not show-quality paint, but I’d be curious to know how much clay-bar detailing would clean it up. Long streak on passenger’s side of hood. Interior holding up well, at least by appearances. Couldn’t check to see if all dash/radio/climate lights still work, as the soldering work wasn’t typically top notch from the factory. Professionally detailed interior. Digital odometer and no one to turn Baggy seats a bright, clean white. Receipts for $8k in engine work and mechanical sorting. Undercarriage detailed (but no mirrors or wheel stands with which to show it off). Called award-winning on seller’s card, but no awards are specifically detailed or displayed. Redlines on rallies with chrome beauty rings set off car nicely. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Mecum stuck this car near the entrance to the Expo Center for all attendees to see. Wasn’t enough, however, as the final bid was $40k short of middle of the market, and this car’s condition should command more than that. Perhaps it’s that buyers expect proof that the car is what the seller says it is—say, in the form on NCRS documents, but there were none offered here. That sort of documentation, along with it being accurate and true, would likely bring this much closer to the median. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Every brand has them, right? The guys who will dissect their car down to one of one, if they can get there. But I’m in awe of how precisely and boldly Corvette owners dive into that deep end. Often it comes down to someone, long ago, picking a less-than-desirable option, such as the automatic transmission here. Add to that the radio delete, the 427/400 engine, a/c and constrain it to 1967 models, then yes, this is the only one. Strong bid, as we’re above typical 427/435 L71 prices here, and that’s with the auto. Incredibly strong car that deserves an even stronger bid. #S156-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S106869. Marina Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 42,904 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. “Thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours invested” in restoration. Same with most cars, so that’s not much of a distinguishing fact. Especially when no further details are given. Nice paint, however. #S19-1970 FORD MAVERICK Grabber custom coupe. VIN: 0K91T332104. Raspberry/black vinyl. Odo: 20,595 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Easiest car to spot at the auction (short of the Hummer, Lot F37, ACC# 6839427). List of parts reads as a wish list from the parts catalogs: TCI transmission, Art Morrison chassis, Rod and Custom front end, Edelbrock, Flowmaster and Corbeau are just a few of those listed. Engine wedged in, with headers weaving around what they need to, and stainless hose covering most rubber bits. Apparently owner/builder thought, “Chrome it,” when it came to rest of engine bay. Engine mileage not listed, but headers with very little color change tells me there aren’t too many miles on it. Interior nicer than any Maverick has a right to be. Cond: 2+. it on for me, so we don’t get mileage confirmation, but the listing stated approximately 35.5k miles. I quite like the non-chromed wheels here, but tires are wearing down. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $29,150. As I stood by this car for a few minutes, I didn’t hear anyone express a middling or milquetoast opinion regarding this car’s color. People loved it or hated it (mostly the latter). Reportedly $100k in build, with receipts included in sale. I can only wonder what the builder might have done with a better car and less provocative colors. Still, this was a huge number for Mavericks. In fact, this was the highest winning bid ever for a Maverick, according to the ACC Premium Auction Database. Well sold.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR #F74-1979 FORD PINTO hatchback. VIN: 90T11Z115323. Tangerine Orange/orange & white plaid, orange vinyl. Odo: 99,301 miles. 171-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Eye-catching (searing?) paint in great condition. Documents out the wazoo—receipts, licenses, build sheet, manuals and even the salesman’s card. Giant glass hatch clean and clear. If the interior isn’t original, I’d love to know where they found replacement upholstery like that. Seemingly well cared for, as even the gauge dials were in great shape. Light wrinkling of vinyl at base of both door cards. Cheap, original trim still in good shape. Uncommon with V6 as engine, but only has (had) 14 more horsepower than the base I4 (88 vs. 102). Cond: 2+. the bragging point, no wonder the car’s in the shape it’s in. Interior beckons like a cheap bordello—no, put down that flashlight, just keep it dim. Surface rust on speedometer, as gasket is out of place, and has been for some time. Parts-store voltmeter added below dash. Surprisingly white whitewalls. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,400. Quite possibly the most interesting and desirable Pinto around. Sure, the bar is super low, but there’s a bar nonetheless. Price matches that assessment. Not the most expensive Pinto sold at auction, but the third. A ’72 Glidden racer (ACC# 1571261, $262,500) and an ’80 hatchback in April 2013 (ACC# 6736289, $23,320) beat it. All sold by Mecum, by the way. Tremendous price (it’s all relative) for an impressive little car. Only car more hipster might be the AMC Pacer Levi’s Edition. MOPAR #F201-1937 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW C17 sedan. VIN: 7023189. Black/burgundy velour. Odo: 7,993 miles. One of approximately 4,600 made for 1937. Definitely old. Cracked, crazing paint, with swirls throughout. Chips in hood edge, especially heavy on driver’s side. Dinged, dented grille and trim. Pitted trunk hinges. Catalog states new window seals from 16 years ago. If that’s “ SOLD AT $19,250. This Airflow has seen a bit of auction time here in Portland. It was at Silver’s September 2014 sale (ACC# 6711009), where it didn’t sell at $18,250, and Mecum’s sale last year (ACC# 6809122), where it did sell for $15,400. A bit of a profit this go-around, but not too much after all is added up. Rough in a lot of spots, but more together than it has any right to be. Good deal for the seller letting it go for its highest auction price yet. #S127-1968 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29L8B148300. Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,540 miles. 440-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Acceptable repaint. Passenger’s door forward at bottom. Autogage tach strapped to steering column. New front seats in good order, while back appear unused. Tremec 5-sp bolted behind 440 built by Cope Brothers Racing. Stainless hose coverings, with worm-style clamps under pretend AN fittings, mesh terribly with chromed valve covers and alternator, tiny Edelbrock air cleaner housing a K&N filter, MSD ignition box and coil, and clashes-with-body-color yellow-top Optima battery. Wiring loomed and routed well. Allblack master cylinder and power booster a nice touch. Cond: 2+. Quite possibly the most interesting and desirable Pinto around. Sure, the bar is super low, but there’s a bar nonetheless. Price matches that assessment. Not the most expensive Pinto sold at auction, but the third. 1979 Ford Pinto hatchback 116 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Bid to the same price as the Daytona replica (Lot S122, ACC# 6839453), but it’s easy to see why bidders weren’t interested in going higher. It’s a legit 440 R/T, but a teenage tuning leaves the adults wanting more from it. Kinda sad since there’s new wiring, brake and fuel lines, bumpers, chrome trim and suspension bits to brag about. I’m sure this bid won’t cover what the owner has into it, at least not if a shop did the work, but I wish them luck in getting a higher one. #S122-1969 DODGE DAYTONA replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29L9B228695. Sublime/black vinyl. Odo: 1,895 miles. 440ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Points of difference from factory-built Daytonas to this replica: the screen at the tip of the nose neither slightly inset nor fitted with frame, and the front spoiler is too long and incorrectly shaped. Decent paint is 2015 Hellcat Pearlescent Sublime. Decklid fit off on passenger’s side, as it sits a little lower than quarter panel. Newish upholstery, presumably done when owner paid tribute to the Daytonas, with stitching lines sliding left and right across both seat backs. Again, hooray for pistol-grip shifters. Custom dash and audio installed. Cond: 2-. ” SOLD AT $60,500. Two thoughts about replicas: A lot of fun for less money; do I trust the build quality? Did they use gradetwo bolts to bolt the big, important things together? At least the factory (often enough) bought enough bolts to do the run. Not that I’d be especially worried about the nose or wing falling off, but the point still remains. This sale price is much closer to the Charger R/T range than the replicated Daytona one. Seller said this would be half of a real Daytona, and he wasn’t wrong. Fair deal, with nod towards the buyer for getting a 440/6 with 4-sp for a hair over $60k.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR MARKETMOMENT 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 2-Door Hard Top SOLD at $24,200 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, June 16–17 2017, Lot F206 VIN: VL29G1B135699 B302115. Deep Burnt Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 71,860 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice stripe spacing—someone followed the template. Several paint issues along driver’s side drip-rail molding. Light swirl marks here and there. Antenna ferrule damaged on side facing front of car. Wear on bottom of driver’s seat, but rest of seats fine. Pistol-grip shifters are always cool in Mopar muscle. Wood dash with fingerprints all over it. Otherwise, interior presents as restored. Ditto for engine bay—complete with pre-patinated (surface rust) master cylinder. Seller states matching-numbers 340 V8. Spare with modern radial in trunk. Owner’s manual, broadcast sheet and photos of restoration included with sale. Cond: 2. 5 #S97-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA AAR 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23J0- Courtesy of Mecum Auctions There was a time in the not-so-distant past when you’d see cars just like this Duster filling every high-school parking lot in America. These were some of the last holdouts from the muscle era, at least in my area, and it wasn’t uncommon to see them driven by young people all the way through the late 1990s. They offered cheap speed and smoky burnouts for more than one generation of gearhead. I got to see this Duster up close and personal at Mecum’s Portland sale, and I loved the high-school hot-rod feel it had, from the Torq-Thrusts through the purplish-tinted windows. It was like going back in time, but it was also a lot nicer than the Dusters I remember seeing kids drive. It felt like something straight out of a 1980s shop class. Only better. What made it better? A swapped-in 5-speed manual, decent paint with those cool 340 graphics, a clean, functional interior, and that dash-mounted tach. This one had been given a bunch of loving treatment — $30k of receipts worth, according to Mecum. For the money spent here, this was a killer deal on a drivable hot rod with some eyeball. Will it ever be worth more? Maybe not, but as an entry-level legit muscle car, something like this is hard to beat and will be a lot of fun to drive. Loud music and clutch drops await. Well bought.A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $89,100. One of just 2,724 AAR ’Cudas, and great in these colors. This price is a tick above the market median of $86,400, which is a bit low for its condition. Sure, there was the occasional issue here or there, but the heavy lifting is done and there is nothing that can’t be fixed relatively easily (depending on how one tackles the drip-rail issues). Nod to the buyer on this sale. #F188-1996 DODGE VIPER GTS Pace Car Edition coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E2TV200562. Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 11,318 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. The 80th Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Edition graphics package (from the factory) on a first-year Viper coupe. Standard a/c, airbags and power windows and locks. Obnoxious matching vanity plate, “INDY PC.” Wheels not as clean as rest of exterior. Exhaustmanifold heat shielding slightly discolored. Reportedly two-owner car. Cond: 1-. 118 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Portland, OR SOLD AT $38,500. Probably like most of the other 1,165 first-year GTS coupes—hermetically sealed after purchase. This one saw a little road time, and enough braking to dust up the wheels. What’s shocking here is the price—40% below the current market median. Maybe the limited use inherent in two-seaters turned off the crowd, or, more likely, the Viper’s reputation as a man-eater kept bidding down. They aren’t, and are quite the comfortable road-trip cars. Whatever the actual reason, the buyer walked away with a deal today. AMERICANA #F153-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER phaeton. VIN: 46382760. Yellow/black vinyl/red & black vinyl. Odo: 10,785 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Definitely has the best nicknamed engine—the Go Devil. If only the performance was just as wicked. Shiny paint all around. Clean interior, with wellfitted vinyl and stain-free carpet. Crisp new convertible top. Crack nearly through the top of grille from front to back. Most of engine bay appears recently resprayed, albeit with a rattle can. Little prep observed. Upgraded to alternator. Relatively fresh paint on engine block. Spark-plug wires a bit loopy and wild. Interstate battery sticks out like sore thumb in all-black bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,400. I found a few (1,313) similar M998s (1985–89) recently sold on GovPlanet (the place to get government surplus inventory). Of those, just 26 sold for more than this one did here in Portland. I’ll chalk this price up to immediate availability, no end-use certificate required, and possibly no need to ship it around. Well sold. #F134-1989 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER utility. VIN: 1J4GS5870KP106749. Dark Baltic Blue Metallic/Sand leather & corduroy. Odo: 139,642 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Deep blue paint reveals few blemishes. Grille trim surround with minor nicks and scratches all around. The wood appliqué isn’t peeling or blistering anywhere I looked, which is a bit unusual. Hella lamps add some character without taking any away. Weird zebra striping on drip-rail trim—starts light, then gets heavier towards rear. A bit late for a carbureted engine, but that’s Chrysler for you. Turbine wheels in decent shape, but not without scuffs. Carpet incredibly dirty and stained at driver’s footwell (perhaps tan isn’t the best color choice)—otherwise used-car acceptable. Back seat appears to be barely used. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. Seemingly recently restored, with some parts done better than others, but no timeline explicitly stated. Top bid missed low estimate by $5k, but if the seller knows what they want for it, good luck to them. Bid was on upper end of sale prices for these this year (as seen in ACC’s Premium Auction Database). Later seen for sale on the same dealer website as many of the vehicles with matching car cards. #F37-1988 AM GENERAL HUMVEE M998 utility. VIN: 047931. Camo/drab vinyl. Odo: 27,015 miles. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Imposing and legit. Offered as unrestored. Lots of tire polish, as there is a lot of sidewall. All the nicks, scratches, stains and dirt one would expect. Controlled Property tag on passenger’s side of hood. All other emblems, signs and tags seem to be in place—including “Slave Receptacle Inside” below passenger’s door. Cond: 3-. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I love these Jeeps. I’ve owned two successors, as well as having grown up around one from this time period. The only thing disappointing here was the bid result. It’s above the current price-guide market median of $13,400, but fair enough for the condition. Good call by the seller to hold out for more. I don’t think they’ll be waiting too long to get it. A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // Saint Paul, MN Twin Cities — “Back to the 50’s” The Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual meet-up brings out great cars for good deals Twin Cities Auctions St. Paul, MN June 23–24, 2017 Auctioneers: Gary Dehler, Kurt Warner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 96/180 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $1,860,346 high sale: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-dr hard top, sold at $87,480 Buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum of $400, included in sold prices extremely well cared for over the 46 years of single ownership — 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-door hard top, sold at $87,480 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 122 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander Market opinions in italics A fter Mecum Auctions elected not to continue their Twin Cities auction five years ago, Twin Cities Auctions filled the role and conducts their one and only auction each year as a part of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s “Back To The 50’s” Weekend at the state fairgrounds just north of St. Paul. Although the auction is held during the first two days of the show on the grounds — inside the historic Cattle Exposition Building — cars can’t go back and forth, so the 1964-and-earlier requirement for the 11,680 “Back to the 50’s” exhibitors’ cars that attended this year doesn’t apply to consignments. Indeed, it was post-1964 cars that made up the brunt of those 180 consignments. Even with 20 more cars this year, there was still enough room inside the vast barn to have all cars inside (especially welcomed on Saturday afternoon, during a light thunderstorm). While this year saw an uptick of only one more car selling, the gross sales were up $310k. Helping the numbers this year ever so slightly was a 1% increase in the buyer’s fee to 8% (still lower than all the major auction houses and most regional ones). Among the top sales this year was a phenomenally well-cared-for 16k mile 1969 Chevelle SS 396 2-door hard top. It was fastidiously maintained by the original owner for 46 years, and you’d be hard pressed to find a lower-mile, better-condition, more original and better-documented example — especially for $87,480. In addition to being a good buy on a fantastic car, it also shows that a live Web presence during an auction (which this auction house lacked) is now a must to reach today’s audience. Conversely, it also shows that you can’t beat having your boots on the ground to get good deals, especially without the competition of those potential online buyers. Overall, sales ranged from strong to weak over the two days of auctions, regardless of the genre of consignment. If any other factor played a role in prices, it was the time-proven formula of when it was offered during the auction. With an agreement with the Minnesota Street Rod Association to continue next year and beyond, in addition to having a good rapport with them (including auctioning consignments for their scholarship foundation), as well as the powers that be at Twin Cities Auctions wanting to be here at one of the world’s largest vintage car events, this auction will continue to be a part of “Back to the 50’s” for the foreseeable future. A


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // Saint Paul, MN GM #F163-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 31867J326537. Red/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,755 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Azure Aqua with aqua vinyl interior. This was somewhat low-hanging fruit because whoever did this car drilled out the original rivets and pop-riveted both the VIN tag and the body tag—still wearing its original Azure Aqua paint. Average repaint at best, with overspray on the gloss-black fender aprons under the hood. Aqua can also be seen along the bottom of the tonneau-cover trim strip, as the repaint got light there. Mix of brightwork conditions. Well-fitted new top. Clunky door fit. Despite the engine being recently “freshened up,” the stamping pad on the black-painted block goes from cleaned off to heavily rusted. Stock-style power steering plus aftermarket air cleaner and aluminum radiator. Older reproduction interior soft trim. Poorly fitted dashpad. Brush-painted black undercarriage. Cond: 3. door panels and carpeting. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,440. Initially was a no-sale on Friday at $18,500. Reran on Saturday, getting bid to $500 less and thusly was also a no-sale. It also came down with a bad case of “I don’t wanna start” at that time. However, by Monday, when the auction company released their official results, it was down as having sold post-block. SOLD AT $28,080. I’d sooner recommend someone buy an RHD 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow with 130k miles and no maintenance records than this copulation of parts. Cutting the reserve loose at the end of the bids, the consignor has to be overjoyed. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #F167/S95-1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO custom pickup. VIN: 134806K191198. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 25,870 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-option a/c, power windows and tilt-steering column with Rosewood steering wheel. Modern aftermarket power-brake booster and AM/FM/ cassette stereo. Body by Fisher tag is missing, but judging by paint cracking in the door jambs, it was likely originally Butternut Yellow. Decent-quality paint application. Pretty good door and panel fit, except that the driver’s door is fussy to latch. Replated bumpers and mostly new trim. Masked-off, dry-rotted vent-window seals. Fitted with dropped front spindles and 17-inch TorqThrust-style wheels shod with low-profile radials. Modern flip-open tonneau cover. Engine decodes as a 1969 300 hp for fullsize cars with automatic transmission. Older engine repaint, along with everything on the cowl and fender aprons being painted semigloss black. Everything—including a/c hoses. Aftermarket chrome open-element air cleaner and valve covers. New seats, top. VIN: 136379K36 2413. LeMans Blue/ black vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 16,599 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Has all paperwork from new. Optional M20 4-speed, 3.31 Posi, bucket seats with center console, sport steering wheel, gauge package, full tinted glass and AM radio with rear speakers. Catalog indicated that 16,599 miles are actual and the car is original—aside from the tires, exhaust, battery, fluids, a layer of undercoating and the engine paint. Original tires are included off the car. Fanatically well cared for over the 46 years the original owner had it. Superb original paint. A build sheet can be seen inside the right front fender. Interior is so original, it has a light hint of original new-car smell. Light plastic discoloration on the center console from aging. Engine paint is bright and shows discernible masking around the exhaust manifolds. Otherwise, all engine ancillaries are original to the car with their original finishes—to include all of the smog gear. Cond: 2. 7 #S113-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard SOLD AT $87,480. The original owner special-ordered this car new. He shopped all of the Chevy dealers in the Minneapolis to St. Paul area. He finally bought this car for $200 less than the next-lowest quote. Being that picky, for the next 46 years, he never drove it in the rain—let alone for the five months a year of winter with road salt in Minneapolis. He didn’t even wash it with a hose, always bucket-washing it with rags in his heated garage. I’ve seen nicer Chevelle SS 396s and I’ve driven lower-mileage Chevelle SS 396s, but never lower mileage TOP 10 BEST BUY


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // Saint Paul, MN and better condition than this one. The consignor dropped the reserve when the bidding ceased, yielding one of the best buys anywhere on a Survivor-grade Chevelle that will only go up in value. #F131-1971 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242671P116041. Gold & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 71,635 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, power brakes, power top, center-console dual remote-control sport mirrors, hood-mounted tach and honeycomb alloy wheels. Stated that a PHS report confirms that the car is correct to its original build configuration, yet it wasn’t displayed with the car. Restored circa 2011. Decent base/clear repaint, with heavier polishing compound residue in the cowl vents. Panel gaps are at best passable. Replacement windshield. Replacement door seals, but one of two door-stop bumpers is missing on each side, so the doors rattle a bit. Tonneau cover always on and affixed so firmly that inspection wasn’t possible. Hopefully, it’s as good as the reproduction interior vinyl. Carpet is likely original and moderately soiled. Oil light comes on with the interior lights. Original AM radio exchanged for a period AM/FM unit. Aftermarket triple-gauge pack added below the dash, above the center console. Engine bay untouched since the restoration and getting dusty. Cond: 3+. fender at the rocker panel. Good original brightwork. Original dealership decal on the trunk lid has some fading; consigning dealership’s decal on the rear bumper (pass the heat gun). Good roof and interior vinyl. A/C compressor does not have a belt on it, but the pulley turns freely. Older engine repaint, new ignition components. Cond: 3+. collectibles even when new. I can all but guarantee you that’s what happened with this car. However, it looks to have been used as a regular car for a little while yearround, then parked long term. Never a good plan on the cheap. It’ll likely take what was paid here to get it back to properly representing the 31k miles both cosmetically and bit-by-bit mechanically. Sold well. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. In the mid-1980s, when I was in the Air Force in West Germany, I shared an apartment with a coworker who had essentially the same car, except all white and with the 4-barrel induction. While a bit wallowy to handle on the small rural roads, it was surprisingly competent for cruising on the Autobahn. Not quite as nice and original as claimed, our gold car was last seen by this contributor at the car corral at the Iola Car Show and Swap Meet two weeks later, with $18k shoe-polished on the windshield. No luck there either, as I passed it being hauled back home on a trailer. SOLD AT $36,180. This was the last year of the GTO being a stand-alone model, and in this final year only 678 drop-tops were made. Last seen selling at Mecum’s 2014 Indianapolis sale for $32,400 (ACC# 254617). The car saw quite a bit of bidding action, getting cut loose of the reserve when the last bidder retired and sending the consignor home with a bit of change in his pocket. #F184-1972 BUICK SKYLARK Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4H37H2H208355. Gold/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 78,026 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional climate control and Road Wheels, shod with period bias-ply Redlines. Stated that the car is mostly original, to include the paint. Older masking along the passenger’s side door panel, but other than that it does appear to have original paint elsewhere on the bodywork. Trunk-lid paint is somewhat dull and has heavier chipping around the lock cylinder. Brush-touched-up paint scratches below the right rear-quarter window, non-touched-up scratches on the left Apillar. Light rust blistering on the right front 126 AmericanCarCollector.com #F118-1976 CADILLAC DEVILLE sedan. VIN: 6D49S6Q307747. Light green/dark green vinyl/dark green leather. Odo: 31,527 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new to the consignor’s father from the most appropriately named car dealer of all time: Long Cadillac of St. Paul, MN. Stated that the 31,527 indicted miles are actual and that the car recently came out of 15-year storage. Mostly repainted, with sloppy masking around the mirrors and body-side moldings. Clear packing tape is holding the plastic rear-fender caps in place. Or what’s left of them, as half of the left side is missing. Decent door fit. Rust blisters under the roof vinyl. Vinyl split on the driver’s door panel. #F117-1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z116173. Red & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 42,666 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Retains a copy of the original build sheet, showing it was equipped with optional 2.41 Posi differential, full tinted glass, power disc brakes, tilt-steering column, engine-block heater and AM/8-track sound system. The latter has given way to a modern DIN-mount CD sound system cut into the stock location. Dealer-installed two-hatch sun roof, traction bars added sometime not long after that. Repainted three years ago. Prep and application actually aren’t too bad. Good work of putting the repop decals back on as well. Replacement windshield. Rather scruffy under the hood. The rest of the engine bay is an old example of “when in doubt, paint it black.” Good interior soft trim. Replacement mufflers sit entirely below the bottom of the body—or even the differential. Cond: 3. Power front seat has heavier wrinkling. Optioned with cruise control, auto-climate control and signal-seeking AM/FM radio. Crack at 6:30 on the steering wheel, and most of the wood-grained trim on the rim is gone. Newer exhaust and tires. Frame rails are very rusty. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,500. I always thought 1975s and 1976s—the final years of the full-sized Caddy—looked the best, due to the rectangular headlights. It’s not that difficult to find low-mile examples of these, as they tended to be kept as quasi- NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Welcome to the era of desperate fuel-economy measures, where a performance car can have a painfully long-legged 2.41-to-1-ratio Positraction differential. As this was built deep in the national 55-mph speed-limit era, you can’t even justify it as a high-velocity road-trip car. Between the traction bars and the lowhanging exhaust, heaven forbid if you went over a speed bump too fast. Reran first thing on Saturday, then a no-sale at $11,500. Too much of a high-school fantasy to be bid any more than this, but since the consigning dealer left their $19k price tag on the seat, this one’s going to be on inventory for quite some time. CORVETTE #F194-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S116825. Candy Dark Blue Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 80,678 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body tag is missing. Older low-budget repaint over sanding scratches. 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now stick up higher than the surrounding body. Various chips on various body panels; gouge in the paint ahead of the left front wheelwell. Etched rear window. Aftermarket chrome header sidepipes—although the motor has headers on it. The motor also has aftermarket cast-alloy valve covers and a cheesy set of braided red nylon slip-over covers for the heater hoses. New non-OEM distributor cap. Old engine repaint, which is back to being dingy. Decent original door panels. Heavier wrinkling of the seats. Heavier staining on the carpet along the forward portion of the transmission hump from a leaky heater core, along with heavy wear from use. Older aftermarket rear control arms and mono-leaf transverse spring. Cond: 3-. MARKETMOMENT 1958 Ford Thunderbird 2-Door Hard Top SOLD at $4,620 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 4, 2017, Lot 101 VIN: H8YH135648 NOT SOLD AT $11,250. The windshield description card states “all original,” which may apply to the interior, but that’s it. Consignor should have taken the money and run. FOMOCO #S109-1930 FORD MODEL A coupe. VIN: A2725718. Eng. # 3218258. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 83,020 miles. Auction company states that they were unable to locate a VIN on the car that matched the title (which actually dates to late 1929), but does have a correct 1930 engine serial number. Sold with the statement that “Buyer assumes all responsibility in titling and ownership transfer of this vehicle.” Older repaint, not without its share of nicks and chips. Some paint flaking on the body-character lines at the cowl. Steel-diamond-plate decking used for running boards. Presentable plating on all exterior trim, but the right front hubcap is missing. Wavy hood panels, which are very greasy on the inside surfaces. Cylinder head looks like it was off not all that long Courtesy of Bonhams you’ll find that common sense says to buy the best you can with the budget you have. But common sense rarely drives automotive buying decisions, and budgets vary from person to person. The barn-find trend, taking concours and auctions by storm for the past five years, always seems to add an X-factor come auction time. This auction started off with three cars from the estate of John Shuck, co-founder of the If you read many of these pages, or our sister publication SCM, Fairfield County Concours, which is now Concours d’Caffeine. This ’58 ’Bird was easily the most complete car of the trio, but it sold for far less than the 1953 Jaguar XK 120 roadster ($14,300) and 1966 XKE Series I 4.2 convertible ($48,400). Where does this sale price fall in the spectrum of recent T-bird sales? The most recent ACC Pocket Price Guide pegs the market median for ’58 Thunderbirds at an even $20k. Our sale price here was less than a quarter of that. Condition is the obvious reason why. What’s next? The big-ticket items might include a repaint, new interior, rebuilt engine and transmission, and sheet metal repair (obviously not in that order). There is, of course, a range that owners and restorers will work within when bringing a car back. Some parts are worth the splurge, whereas some parts won’t matter unless there is concours judging in the car’s future. If the new owner wanted to spend $15k to bring it up to market level, would they have a $20k car? It’s quite likely, depending on where and how many corners are cut. On the other hand, a full-tilt cotton-swab resto won’t pay for itself now or maybe ever. There’s just no room in the current market to justify the work required. But for something on which the owner just wants to spend a few months sorting the mechanicals, polishing the body as-is, taking the family out for ice cream and bringing home plastic trophies from the local show for “most original,” this car is just the ticket.A — Chad Tyson September-October 2017 127 September-October 2017


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TWIN CITIES AUCTIONS // Saint Paul, MN ago. Or at least it’s still painted, in lieu of the half-repainted, half-rusty engine block. Newer battery cables. Good older replacement interior, although the seat has modern cloth and a cigarette burn on it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,450. Offered from the estate of a prominent local collector, this was one of his last cars. Since Ford frames at this time were stamped with the engine number, they should match if original. Sold exceptionally well (the fact it sold means it sold well) to a dealer who actually feels that he bought it reasonably cheap. At least he’s happy about it and knows what he’s getting into. #F156-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4P68Z114687. Rose Beige/ white vinyl. Odo: 77,768 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory special-order paint, as the body tag is blank for paint code and Rose Beige was only cataloged for T-birds. Stated to have been a one-owner car until last year. Topical repaint done shortly after changing hands, with good original paint in door jambs. Good door gaps and fit. Mostly good chrome and trim. Light pitting on the mirrors and rear bumper. 1979 South Dakota inspection tag in the windshield. Generally tidy and stock under the hood, with a new radiator and heater core, plus all hoses. All-original interior, but heavier yellowing on the door-panel trim and gauge bezels. Moderate soiling in the seat pleats. Original seat belts—up front only. Exceedingly dingy undercarriage, blatantly obvious that it spent a lot of time on gravel roads. 1970s-era Motorcraft heavy duty rear shocks. New exhaust system. Cond: 3+. paint was done well (to include the undercarriage), the passenger’s side C-pillar has paint layers lifting below the surface, almost appearing like painting over rust. Hood slightly bowed, door fit and gaps are decent. Older bumper replating and mostly original trim. Correct reproduction seats and door panels. Dashpad comes off as a homemade vinyl sewn slip-over cover (and looks bad enough that it should come off). Colorcoordinated seat belts front and rear. While generally clean, the engine bay comes off as a jumbled mess. MSD distributor, aftermarket chrome air cleaner and freshly repainted water pump. Routing of the replacement brake lines is a bit hokey at the master cylinder, but neat and stock under the car. Cond: 3+. say. Sure, it told you about all the old wives’ tales about the development of the Li’l Red Wagon, but aside from “always stored in a heated garage,” nothing substantive about the truck was mentioned. At least you can say that it wasn’t overly hyped. While not as nice as some would think, it sold well enough. AMERICANA NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Cyclones are few and far between the way they are, but one with power windows actually qualifies as rare. Actually, this was the first 1966–67 Fairlane or Cyclone that I’ve even seen with them (or at least one that I’d be in a position to report on at an auction). Since this was more put-together than restored (as one can’t even use the argument that it’s unwinding when it was never wound up in the first place), the final bid was more realistic than the consignor’s $30k reserve. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $23,000. In addition to the blank paint code on the body tag, it also had a unique DSO code, lending credibility to the possibility that this was a non-standardproduction car. Interesting choice of color for a car that also had a 390 with a 4-speed in it. This paint does match Dusk Rose in my 1964 Ford Color and Upholstery dealer’s manual. There’s some potential to do better with this car if it’s better detailed and is better researched. As it sat here, the amount bid was appropriate. #F155-1966 MERCURY COMET Cyclone GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6H27S528959. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 7,571 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stock steel rims and dog-dish hubcaps with newer 14-inch radials. Dealeraccessory tachometer pod mounted on top of the dashboard. Restored within the past few years. While most of the bare-body re- 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #F139-1979 DODGE D150 Li’l Red Express pickup. VIN: D13JS9S218182. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 45,703 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional AM/FM radio. Aftermarket tachometer (tastefully cut into the dashboard), stainless side-glass visors, chrome front push bar, aluminum running boards and chrome steel wheels—shod with older radial tires. The consignor believes that the 45,703 indicated miles are actual. Good paint and graphics, with some polishing scratches. Ornamental and cargo-box wood is all heavily weathered and about three decades overdue for being revarnished. Model size call-out missing from both front-fender Adventurer badges. Door fit about par for a ’70s work truck. Good seat vinyl, but the door panels are heavily discolored. Not one but two sets of speakers cut into each door. Rattle-can matte black on the chassis and suspension, with overspray on the box. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,120. This was one of those vehicles for which the consignor had a description card that had a lot on it but with nothing to #F182-1964 STUDEBAKER LARK Daytona convertible. VIN: C504749. Red metallic/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,262 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include power steering, brakes and top, seat belts, bumper guards and AM radio. Good trim-off repaint, with some fresh panel-edge chip touch-up. While still presentable, the brightwork is starting to dull. Good door fit; trunk lid, not so much. Newer replacement top, but done on the cheap, with fit issues along the rear-quarter windows. Stock wheel covers and newer radial tires on the steel rims. Good older stock reupholstery work. Generally clean and somewhat detailed under the hood, with good engine repaint and repro decals. However, the heater core is blocked off with plugs, heaterhose fittings loop back to themselves, modern clamps are on all hoses and part of the wiring harness is held up against the alternator by a white tie wrap. Newer rear leafhelper springs out back. Flaked-off edges of the older chassis undercoating showing light surface rust. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. While this car isn’t one of them, a handful of Daytonas were built in South Bend before the plant was shuttered in December 1963. With the Brooks Stevens refresh, the Daytona was the sporty Studey for ’64 (that is, after Hawk and Avanti production ended in Indiana). Consigned here two years ago, then a nosale for $1k more than what was bid here (ACC# 6784814). Unless something changes, expect to see it here next time, unwinding a little more and not selling for $16k. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Two Auctions GM #71-1972 CHEVROLET K20 Cheyenne Custom pickup. VIN: CKE242Z140615. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 47,526 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint on a superstraight body. Only exterior flaw noted was rain gutter above windshield looked crusty. Quality aftermarket cowl-induction hood covers a well-kept engine compartment. The engine swap (the 454 wouldn’t come from the factory until 1973) was nicely done and outfitted with chrome dress-up items and aluminum radiator. Jet-coated custom headers. Mix of restored and replacement chrome and trim. White taillights, flip-down license plate and trailer hitch. High-end chrome wheels and excellent tires. Very nice interior with stock, uncut dash. Cond: 2. 1936 Ford Deluxe roadster, sold for $85,000 at Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID Silver Auctions Coeur d’Alene, ID — June 17, 2017 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 42/72 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $444,180 high sale: 1936 Ford Deluxe roadster, sold at $91,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle Lucky Auctions tacoma, WA — May 20–21, 2017 Auctioneer: Evan McMullen Automotive lots sold/offered: 98/185 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $1,106,239 high sale: 1958 Chrysler 300D 2-dr hard top, sold for $83,780 Buyer’s premium: 15%, minimum of $200, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston SOLD AT $30,240. Seller was this 3/4 ton’s third owner and said all body panels—except for the tailgate—were original. Everyone loves the 1968–72 Chevy trucks and this one was a tasteful and usable custom. Brought a strong price, but still an excellent buy as it cost the seller at least twice as much to build. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #72-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 3J67M2M235197. Orange/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 13,611 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bright paint and nice stripes look good from a distance...but it’s best you don’t get too close. Large 3–4-inch section of rust bubbling beneath the paint above both rear wheelarches. Bumpers and trim worn. “442” numbers stuck on with dualsided tape, original trim holes (that I assume were for the “Cutlass” badge) above them weren’t filled in. If that wasn’t bad enough, the numbers on the right side are crooked. Fake wood and chrome on dash fading. 1959 Plymouth Fury 2-door hard top, $38,766 at Lucky Auctions, tacoma, WA 130 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Engine bay is filthy, hood and fenders show slight traces of original gold paint. Lest you think I’m being too hard, allow me to report something positive: It started right up when it crossed the block and its power top went down smartly. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. By 1972, the 442 was basically a trim package as opposed to stand-alone model. But lack of performance from the model’s glory days is the least of this car’s problems. Aside from projects, this is probably the neediest car I’ve encountered. Given those needs, I can’t believe the seller would turn down the high bid considering it’s more than half of the ACC Pocket Price Guide median and about what another price guide lists for a “good” car. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #30-1983 CADILLAC ELDORADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1G6AL5782DE634927. Bronze & gold/tan leather. Odo: 76,235 miles. 4.1-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Seller calls it an “unrestored survivor” and he’s correct. Looks better than most newer lease returns you’ll see. A few paint chips on hood, while the bumpers and window trim have light scratches. Minor color loss to tape pinstripe above driver’s door handle. Unmarked wheelcovers. Interior like new, but if you’re in the mood to nit-pick, you could say that the ’80s GM nylon sun visors are getting baggy. Underhood is stock and clean. Wearing 1983 license tags. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $4,250. Seller said it has traveled fewer than 6,000 miles since 2000. Give it a good detail to get rid of the wax buildup along the tape stripe and you’d have a car that looks like new. High bid was seriously low, so seller can try again. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. CORVETTE #13-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY23PXP5101696. Polo Green/tan leather. Odo: 84,208 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory paint still wearing well, but has the expected chips on hood. Excellent panel gaps and end caps fit well. An Arizona car, so window rubber has age and sun issues. Very nice dash; driver’s seat has wear to high outside bolster. Driver’s interior door handle broken in half but still works. Uncurbed wheels. Engine bay freshly cleaned and doused in shiny protectant. Comes with both tops. Cond: 3. September-October 2017 131


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP sold...and perhaps well bought. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. SOLD AT $9,400. Car card said “Entry Level Corvette.” Enough said. This was a presentable car in classy colors that looked to be well cared for. It brought a slightly strong price considering its miles, but seems to be a fair deal to both parties. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #49-2005 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway custom coupe. VIN: 1G1YY24U855104484. Yellow/yellow & black leather. Odo: 20,009 miles. 6.0-L 616-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. A 12-year-old car with just 20,000 miles...so you won’t be shocked to learn it presents as nearly new with excellent paint. Less road rash than you’d expect. Minor interior wear, with more on driver’s seat. Section of paint on back window missing. Tires have wear...who would have guessed? Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,960. With its Lambo doors and bright paint, clearly not a car for the shy. A Callaway “SuperNatural” further upgraded to a supercharged 616 (that’s hp) package with brake, clutch and appearance upgrades. Original sticker was just under $75,000, and who knows how much for the mods. Sold for a price that seems to be generally consistent with other sales, so it’s a good deal for the seller...until you think of the money spent on initial car and upgrades. Proving once again that no matter how capable or unique it is, you’re not likely to do well financially with a custom car. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. FOMOCO 8 #162-1936 FORD DELUXE roadster. VIN: 1830322721. Beige/ brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 2,875 miles. Excellent paint and bodywork. To really nit-pick, I could say there was an ever-so-slight variance in panel gaps, but they’re still well within reason. Disc brakes in front, drums in rear. Appears to have a ’36 differential and enclosed driveshaft. Well-finished vintage speed gear under the hood: 24-bolt Offenhauser heads and a great-looking Eddie Meyer intake. Ceramiccoated custom headers. Excellent LeBaron Bonney leather interior still looks new, with slight creasing on driver’s side. Stock dash with hot-rod period Moon gauges. Quality cloth top accents its classy color. Cond: 2+. #70-1957 FORD RANCHERO pickup. VIN: B7RF149673. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 5,319 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-applied older paint over a straight body; only issue noted was a very slight wave in front fender. Front bumper worn, rear better. Said to have original Kelsey-Hayes chrome-wire wheels. Bed has painted bedliner on sides, bottom covered with a rubber carpet; beneath that looks to be rust and dent free. Very nice side trim. Seats have been done in generic ’80s–’90s plush nylon. Stock engine bay worn and dirty as you’d expect from a driver. Seller says it’s rust free and was originally in Texas, then Arizona, before moving to Montana. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,900. Inaugural year for Ford’s car-pickup. The lack of two-tone paint and the period color and sheen gave the appearance that this was a retired work truck rather than show queen. Seller said a previous owner built it for his wife, but she left him for another man before it was done, so he kicked it down the road. The car’s luck seemingly hasn’t gotten any better, as it failed to reach its very reasonable $16k reserve. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #55-1968 FORD LTD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8P62Y126523. Lime green metallic/black vinyl/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 62,790 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-worn factory paint (were ALL ‘68 Fords this color or is it me?) with chips, scratches and worn down to metal in places. Tops of both doors have shallow large dents from something being leaned against them. Vinyl top looks good, but covered with shiny spray. Front bumper worn and scratched, rear is nicer. Window trim excellent and window and door rubber still serviceable. Interior is very well preserved with a small tear in bottom of driver’s seat. Emblem missing from steering-wheel SOLD AT $85,000. Seller says it’s an “all steel, all Ford” body that won an award at the Seattle Roadster show and appeared in 1996 Rod & Custom magazine. With its period speed gear, this is a tribute to the early days of rods, though I doubt many were finished to this level. Brought an impressive sales number, but given its quality, it’s fairly 132 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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GLOBAL GLOBAL GLOBAL ROUNDUP cross bar. Engine bay is pretty much stock, reasonably clean with factory decals but showing its age. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,940. A very original car that still sported a decal from a long-gone area dealer. The very next day I attended a show at a Ford dealer and I was greeted by this car’s twin... same year, model, body and engine, also wearing its original—though less worn— paint and fewer miles. That owner was asking $5,000 for it, making this car seem slightly well sold in comparison, but still where the price guides say it should be. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. #387-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9F02M165341. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 59,702 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sloppy masking for thick repaint that’s lifting in various seams and side scoops, plus minor chips. Panels fairly straight, gaps variable, both doors hard to close despite failing weather seals. Serviceable glitter and glass, Rally wheels hold recent white-letter BFG radials. Contrasting black used on hood, air dam, spoiler, rear window louvers and side tape stripes. Factory interior well used, driver’s bucket baggy, split arm rests, general wear, dull and dinged thresholds. Clean underhood with power brakes, manual steering. An eye-catching driver. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. These later Foxbodies have good looks, are well made, handle well and are easily modified with catalogs of performance parts. Okay, that may be faint praise, but we’re talking a car for your kids or grandkids rather than a collector’s dream car. This two-owner car came across as well cared for and with only minor deviations from stock. Seller says it features new brakes, rotors and exhaust. While Mustangs of this vintage aren’t hard to find, finding one in this shape might be. Internet values are in the $4k–$7k range, making the high bid here slightly low. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/17. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $32,500. For 1969, this Mach 1 had 72,457 siblings with same engine plus various options, so it’s not very rare. But finding one with manual steering and power brakes is a bit odd. Vibe here was a car driven and enjoyed by someone more interested in what was going on under the hood compared to visible cosmetics. Price guide has median at $40k and Investment Grade of C. Just not quite enough to hit the reserve. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17. #56-2000 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42X1YF158630. Red/gray leather. Odo: 136,597 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. High-quality repaint over a very straight body with good panel gaps. Custom black panels and stripes are well done. Aftermarket grille, headlamps and radio antenna seem to be the extent of nonpaint mods. Interior very well preserved for a car of its age, though driver’s seat has some creases. Expected aftermarket radio. Cond: 3+. 134 AmericanCarCollector.com #149-1959 PLYMOUTH FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: M266111941. Red/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 71,830 miles. 361-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A dazzling red hard top with memorable period fins, excellent chrome and glass, original hubcaps. Ding-free panels, no evidence of rust repairs or crash damage. Interior looks fresh in red and black vinyl with cloth inserts, push-button transmission selector panel on dash, original Jetson-age steering wheel in excellent condition. Factory engine bay showroom ready; seller said it was rebuilt at 65k miles. An attractive cruiser that looks ready for Cars & Coffee or a long haul. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,766. In period, those conical hubcaps were a high-theft item, second only to Olds Fiesta spinners. (Don’t ask me how I know). This engine setup was known to be quick, but I beat a new one three out of three on the street with the wonderful lowend torque in my dad’s ’56 Buick Century. Surprisingly, this cherry ride was a no-reserve offering, so this was a chips-fallwhere-they-may deal. And the chips fell with enthusiasm at what seemed a mutually reasonable price for condition, with a nod to the buyer. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 05/17.A


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Vega Carbs and 8-Tracks The right parts can make or break your old-car experience. But what is that worth to you? #292163964325 Cosworth Vega Hutton intake w/Weber 42 DCOE carburetors. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Cincinnati, OH. 7/3/2017. “Complete Hutton Weber setup for Cosworth Vega. I was saving this for a personal project but have since sold all my Vegas. Includes Hutton manifold, velocity stacks, polished aluminum filter housing with K&N style filter plus new element, throttle cable, choke cable and two matched 42 DCOE carbs. These are authentic Italian Webers.” Sold at $1,151. The DCOE carbs are competition-oriented units, easy to set up for race meets while still installed on the motor. Seller states the carbs need to be cleaned and checked. It’s more than an upgrade — it changes the Vega from uninspired fuel-injected cruiser to rorty, carbureted sports car. While not cheap, I’d say it’s worth it just to get rid of Chevrolet’s terrible injection system and tidy up the engine. #272736256165 1977–79 Nova Rally SS Grille NOS. 7 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Inverary, ON, CAN. 7/3/2017. “RARE, NOS Nova Rally grille, also fits 1978 Rally and 1975 SS. In GM box. All chrome... no cracks or chips. Hard to find.” Sold at $569.80 While I can’t say this was a bargain, someone felt it was worth this much to complete his ride with an NOS piece. The 1975-and-up Novas were ignored for a long time even by Chevy fans. Now that the mid-’70s cars are getting hip, we’re seeing choice examples being restored, and we’re seeing some parts being reproduced. Repro SS grilles are available now for about $100 less than this price, but to the resto crowd, there’s no replacement for NOS. #192230750909 1967 400 GTO/Firebird Ram Air #670 heads, matched set of D11 67 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Albuquerque, NM. 7/3/2017. “This is a set of 1967 GTO 670 closedchamber heads. Getting hard to find. Both heads are date-coded D117 (D11 67). They were rebuilt and run briefly, then stored for a couple of years. We took them apart to check them. We shot-peened them and magna fluxed for cracks and found none. We checked the guides and they appear to be good. They appear to be cut for ½-inch stem seals. We refaced the valves. The buyer needs to have the seats cut and heads milled before use...” Sold at $600. A nice-looking pair of 1967 Pontiac heads with some work done to them. Looking further, it appears the seats are recessed, and having a seat cut done would sink them deeper. What they need are new seats so you can eliminate that problem. Then there’s the matter of milling the heads, which are already a closed small combustion chamber. At $600 a set, the price paid was a bit steep considering what needs to be done. — a 1966 revision — which limits the exact fit. It works for the golden era of GM muscle cars, so that, and maybe the way the ad was written, explains the over-the-top sale price. Does it make sense dropping that kind of money on something only roadkill will see? 136 AmericanCarCollector.com #112459275437 Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, Impala NOS license-plate lamp. 8 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Dunlap, CA. 7/2/2017. “NOS GM license-plate-lamp assembly. This is the real deal and made by GM. Bracket is stamped ‘SAEL66’ and ‘Guide 11.’ Lens is embossed ‘5955195-12’ and ‘Guide 3 SAE L64.’ Fits many applications. This is a correct GM replacement for some applications and may require changing the connector end. Please compare to yours before bidding. Excellent NOS condition.” Sold at $242.48. Every time I see a sale like this, I wonder what I’m doing wrong at swapmeets. SAE L64 simply means the Society Auto Engineers approved this license lens design in 1964 and does not indicate year of production for that part. The 62-page listing of 1,224 vehicles it fits demonstrates it’s a common part. It’s the bracket


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The wheel is in pretty good condition, with some very light cracks on the outer wheel. One spoke is broken. This is the nicest steering wheel that I’ve had. I was going to use it as-is, but could also be restored. That is up to the buyer.” Sold at $106.84 The banjo steering wheel is a 1930s styling archetype that makes itself at home in everything from a Pierce-Arrow to a greasy, rat-rod ’32 coupe. This one has just the right amount of wear to use as-is yet can be restored easily for show. It’s tough to find one of these in usable condition for this price. They’re either restored or blitzed. Usually they’re $300 and up. No doubt, buyer got a deal here. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com #332270431263 1936 Ford Banjo Steering Wheel, Coupe, Hot Rod, Gasser, Rat Rod 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Carthage, MS. 6/23/2017. “Up for auction is an original 1936 Ford banjo steering wheel. #182645352093 1969–72 Buick 8-track player for A, B, C and E bodies. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Lenexa. KS. 7/4/2017. “Bought this unit as a NOS in-the-box 8-track from a seller on the V8 Buick site. It was installed in a ’66 GS and worked flawlessly for several years. Removed in 2014 and put into storage with its original box... All knobs and buttons were working well when put into storage. My GS has a new owner, now so you can be the new owner of this unit.” Sold at $425. A Buick 8-track player from the ’69 to ’72 era is hard to find. Although the internals are the same, each division had its own special parts such as the 8-track door, buttons and knobs. Even the mounting differed by division, with Buick GS cars using the under-dash setup, as their consoles didn’t have space for one. The application code on decal read 14AT41, which indicates 1971 Buick A-body 8-track first revision. Price paid was market-correct for condition. A ™ September–October 2017 137


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JUNKYARDTREASURES Visible for miles north and south of Bud’s Salvage is this 1964 Cadillac high in the air Off the Beaten Path Bud’s Salvage stands as a testament to what you can still find in the small towns of America Story and photos by Phil Skinner B ack in the early 1950s, Aline, OK, was a small, sleepy town. Sixtyfive-plus years later, not much has changed. Bud Anthony had a pretty good job working with the railroad. Between 1951 and 1954, he and his wife had four kids. Wanting to spend more time at home, he established Bud’s Salvage. When Bud moved the business to its current location in 1967, he had a clean sheet, so to speak, to lay out his yard in an organized manner, grouping vehicles together by make, model and era. Parts are stored in several large sheds, again neatly organized. With the age of computers, about 50% of the stock has been entered into the inventory lists. There are an estimated 3,500 vehicles available for parts from the 1990s back to the 1940s, and even a few from the 1930s. About 400 vehicles are offered as complete vehicles. Aline is located Detailing What: Bud’s Salvage Where: 6718 State Highway 8, Hours: Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Saturday by appointment Aline, OK 73716 Phone: 800-373-BUDS (2837) Email: budsok@pldi.net Web: www.budsalvage. com 138 AmericanCarCollector.com in the northwestern portion of Oklahoma. Spring is an ideal time to visit, with decent weather and before the local flora grows to the point that a number of vehicles disappear.A More than 20,000 parts have been removed and cataloged at Bud’s Salvage, such as this collection of a/c compressors A dedicated Chevrolet fan could bring this 1940 Special Deluxe 2-door sedan back to life


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top S/N 31847J170795. Dark green/78,000 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300hp, Iowa car, excellent condition. Contact Don, Ph: 1.226.421.2328. (ON) 1965 Buick Riviera 2-dr hard top 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top S/N 242176K11533. Canary Yellow/black. V8, automatic. With a/c, manual-crank windows and retro radio. $40,000. Bowie Culverts LLC. Contact Jeff, Ph: 940.733.6390, email: jwt@3texploration.com. (TX) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe S/N 494475H942072. Seafoam Green/ green. 24,000 miles. V8, automatic. Style and power in an iconic design. AACA award and recent 600-mile road trip. Factory a/c. Beautiful car. $28,000 OBO. Contact David, Ph: 412.576.7900, email: dbesch@comcast.net. (PA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe S/N 124377L109731. BMW Glacier Silver Pearl/black & gray leather & vinyl. 240 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. Show-quality custom with modern 430-hp LS3 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Allnew systems including electrical, brake, cooling, fuel and exhaust. Power seats, windows, brakes and steering. New leather and vinyl upholstery. Listed on Craigslist, Fresno, CA, for additional photos, description and pricing. Contact Jim, Ph: 559.353.4637, email: jim_ish@yahoo. com. (CA) Silver Pearl/black. V8, 4-spd manual. NCRS got it right when they awarded this gorgeous car a Top Flight award. With matching numbers, original colors and every detail being correct, it would make a welcome addition to any sports car collection, not to mention being an incredible kick to drive. Options include the big-block 427/425 engine, leather interior, sidepipes, AM/FM radio, knock-off wheels and a wood steering wheel. $145,000 OBO. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 140 AmericanCarCollector.com 1967 Pontiac GTO HO convertible Signet Gold/black. 80,604 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. This GTO is a real 4-speed HO car. One of 1,591 HO convertibles built in 1967. Drivetrain is NOM, but engine was Black/red. V8, 3-spd automatic. You can pay top money for a Minter-level restored T-bird, or you can pay a fraction of that for a wonderfully restored, original-colors, One owner from new and only 20k original miles. Pampered and never tracked or abused in any way. All the best components. Mint condition. $59,500. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) A S/N D7FH331520. Wineberry/Wineberry & tan. 250 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. The Wineberry resto-mod has full custom interior and rides on Art Morrison air-ride chassis. Powerful supercharged Ford Racing 302-ci, 485-hp V8 engine with SVO aluminum heads and BBK Performance headers mated to a 3-speed TCI StreetFighter C4 automatic transmission and a nine-inch Ford rear end with 3.50:1 gearing. Additional high-end equipment is found with a Ron Davis radiator, MSD ignition, Coddington alloy wheels, Wilwood brakes and Flaming River steering. $65,000. Contact Alan, Ph: 818.618.3707, email: Whyard1@ mac.com. (IL) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 136370K185271. Cranberry Red/black. 4,005 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 454-ci big-block engine, M22, Posi rear end with two original and verified build sheets, built at Kansas City Leeds plant, documented by Rick Nelson and complete owner history. Cowl Induction, bucket seats, center console, power steering and front disc brakes. $97,500. Contact Richard, Ph: 503.577.8226, email: richmaloney@aol. com. (TX) FOMOCO 1957 Ford Thunderbird resto-mod convertible Cortez Silver/black leather. 49,900 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 350/350hp, Muncie 4-speed, numbers matching with excellent paint and interior. Clean engine and undercarriage. Power windows, everything works except the clock. I am third owner. Beautiful car. $29,800. Contact Barry, Ph: 469.628.2360, email: barry@bloomingcolorsnursery.com. (TX) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-dr hard top rebuilt to HO 360-hp specs. Full body-off rotisserie restoration in 2005 with less than 1,000 miles since. PS, PB with front discs and tilt wheel. $80,000 OBO. Contact David, Email: dpilkins@yahoo.com (VA) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette T-top coupe matching-numbers car that runs and drives absolutely without fault. Most ’57s had a porthole in the hard top; this one has the ultra-rare and desirable porthole delete option. Engine is the beefy 312-ci, 245hp V8. Options include power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. $44,500. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible Sunlit Gold/black. 73,515 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. Verified Marti Report, true J-code, GT 302-ci. Original miles, clear Arizona title. West Coast native and history. Flawless body and paint. Excellent condition. No disappointments. $45,000 OBO. Contact Al, Email: arizonaclassiccar@cox.net (AZ) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback S/N 8T02R20315602419. Highland Green/Saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. One of 13 King of the Roads with these options. Framed Elite Marti report, 428-4V CJ engine, 3.50 Traction-Lok rear end. Authentic, meticulous rotisserie restoration by Bill Andrews of HRE Motorcars Freeport, NY. $189,900. Paramus Lamborghini. Contact Eddie, Ph: 201.783.6507. Email: EJones@ DrivePrestige.com (NJ) 1970 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 0F02M482967. White/dark red. V8, automatic. PS, PB, very nice and correct car with one very good repaint, rare dark red interior. One of 32 with this great-looking combination, Marti Report. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 330.759.5224. Email: jbenzr@aol.com (OH) 1986 Shelby Cobra ERA 427 replica roadster


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Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 142 AmericanCarCollector.com Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General 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) Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a handcrafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@ allardj2x.com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/allardj2x.com Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800-255-4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction 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. Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. 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classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price. We have you covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) Classic Car Transport Ideal Classic Cars. 855-324-0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars. net (FL) Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800-668-3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ’59 Volkswagen Beetle classic auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the East Coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com 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. Corvette Parts & Restoration Mid America Motorworks. 800-500-1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks. com. (IL) Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport info@sundayautotransport.com Collection Management Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Your documentation represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value — yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources — all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/ACC. 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) September–October 2017 143


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Corvettes for Sale Insurance The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com (OR) Events—Concours, Car Shows money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) Museums American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1-866-CAR-9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1-866-CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing-Finance J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404-237-2633. June 1–3, 2018 A 3-day hijinx competitive rally, 1-mile driver time trial and juried Contest of Elegance for Champions and Heroes (race cars through 1974) from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com, www.rmacham- pionsandheroes.com (CA) Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) 144 AmericanCarCollector.com Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877-973-7700 or info@pfsllc. com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog, call 800-888-8637 (CA) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water


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vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the bestselling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps. com. (MI) Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com (AR) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have provided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: Advertisers Index 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208.755.3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) Race Ramps. 866-464-2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Auctions America ................................ 15 Autosport Groups ................................ 93 Barrett-Jackson ............................. 33, 71 Big Sky Classics .................................. 77 Branson Collector Car Auction ............ 69 Camaro Central ................................... 91 CarCapsule USA ................................. 73 Carlisle Events ..................................... 19 Charlotte AutoFair ............................. 103 Cheetah Evolution ............................. 141 Chevs of the 40’s .............................. 124 Cobra Experience ................................ 68 Coker Tire .......................................... 109 Corvette America ................................... 4 Corvette Specialties .......................... 106 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............ 131 Dr. ColorChip Corporation ................ 131 EMS Automotive ................................ 129 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ................ 27 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 37 Greater Wildwood Hotel & Motel Assoc 133 Greensboro Auto Auction .................... 99 Grundy Insurance ................................ 21 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 81 Ideal Classic Cars ...............................6-7 JC Taylor ........................................... 113 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ....... 104 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................ 119 JJ Rods ............................................... 75 Kinekt ................................................ 137 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ............... 123 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ...................... 95 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ............ 117 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 141 McCollister’s Auto Transport............. 148 Metal Rescue ..................................... 139 Metron Garage .................................... 89 Michael Irvine Studios ....................... 147 Mid America Motorworks .................... 25 Motorcar Classics ............................... 96 Moultrie Swap Meet .......................... 121 Mustang America .................................. 5 National Corvette Museum ................ 137 National Parts Depot ........................... 79 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 125 Original Parts Group ............................ 31 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...... 43 Park Place LTD .................................... 83 Passport Transport .............................. 87 Performance Racing Oils ................... 120 Petersen Collector Car Auction ........... 84 Petty’s Garage ..................................... 11 Pilkington Classics Automotive Glass ... 2 Plycar Automotive Logistics .............. 101 Prestone...............................................41 Race Ramps ........................................ 85 RM Sotheby’s ...................................... 17 Ronald McDonald House .................. 134 RPM Foundation ................................. 13 Russo and Steele LLC ......................... 39 SEMA ................................................... 14 Shelby American Collection ................ 23 Silver Collector Car Auctions ............ 135 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. ............ 47 Superformance .................................... 45 Swisstrax Corporation ....................... 105 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 125 The WheelSmith .................................. 49 Thomas C Sunday Inc ....................... 132 Volunteer Vette Products .................. 115 Windermere Real Estate/Skagit Valley .. 97 Zip Products, Inc. ................................ 51 zMAX ................................................. 129 September–October 2017 145 Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: SCP Auctions, at their June 11 event, sold a pair of Michael Jordan game-worn and auto- graphed Converse sneakers for a record price of $190,373. He wore the shoes in the gold-medal game against Spain in the 1984 Olympics. It was the last time he wore Converse shoes, as he turned down their $100,000-peryear offer in favor of a five-year deal with Nike that was worth $7 million. Of course, Nike sold $79 million worth of Jordan shoes in the first two months they were offered, so they did just fine on the deal. Here are a few items that turned my head this month. EBAY #252935639300—1963 SHELBY AMERICAN RACING JACKET SIGNED BY CARROLL SHELBY. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT: $3,900. Date sold: 5/20/2017. This authentic Shelby American racing jacket was owned by Ron Stoke of the Coventry Motors Cobra Racing Team. It was signed by Carroll Shelby on the inside label. A Coventry Cobra was featured on the cover of the “Hey Little Cobra” hit record by the Rip Chords. A bunch for an old jacket but a piece of Cobra history. EBAY #262936921581— “SPEED RACER” JAPANESE TIN TOY AC AOSHIN. Number of bids: 33. SOLD AT: $1,561.05. Date sold: 4/24/2017. Who can forget Speed Racer and the Mach 5? He appeared in his TV series, a comic book and the 2008 film “Speed Racer.” This Japanese tin toy was a close representation of the Mach 5, with working friction drive and rocket. It was complete with the box, and the car had just a touch of minor rust. A lot of interest and sold for a reasonable price. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS—LOT 39, GOODRICH TIRES LIGHT BULB. SOLD AT: $1,208. Date sold: 6/25/2017. This very early hand-blown light bulb had embossed stained lettering across the top stating “Use Goodrich Tires.” It had the original Solar Electric Co. paper label at the base. Certainly rare and unusual, but at the price paid, do you dare attempt to light it up? EBAY #222492881492—1967 CORVETTE DEALER PROMO. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $2,553.98. Date sold: 5/4/2017. This Silver Pearl 1967 Corvette dealer promo was mint in the box and was opened for the first time for the photos for the listing. The box had all the correct markings 146 AmericanCarCollector.com and the Corvette was as fresh as the day it was produced. A rare opportunity to own a “new” ’67 Corvette promo — but at adult money. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS—LOT 55, PORCELAIN RED CROWN GASOLINE THERMOMETER. SOLD AT: $8,625. Date sold. 6/24/2017. There are six or seven different versions of these large Standard Oil porcelain thermometers and they are about six feet in height. This example was in exceptional condition and the colors were bright and vibrant. The wood frame was recently made and closely matches the original one. An impressive piece, but good luck completing the set. EBAY #292085109306—ONEGALLON INDIAN MOTORCYCLE OIL CAN. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $5,500. Date sold: 4/14/2017. Valvoline Oil Company produced this one-gallon can for the Indian Motorcycle Company, and their famous Indian logo was prominently displayed. The can was in wonderful condition, but someone wrote “Globe M.” in the area where the grade of oil would be noted. I have seen these sell for around $6,000 or so, thus the price paid here was within reason. A very desirable can. EBAY #232349026890—1912 CALIFORNIA PRE-STATE “MICKEY MOUSE” PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $4,777.87. Date sold: 6/4/2017. California first required license plates in 1905 but did not produce them until 1914. The Automobile Club of Southern California offered two very collectible plates for their members: the Mickey Mouse, so-called due to its ears, and the Dog Bone, with the logo on each end. Both are pricey, and this one, found in an antique shop in Great Britain, sold for a bunch — but the condition was there, so it just may be worth it. A