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Branson, Branson, MO, April 20–21

Worldwide, Arlington, TX, April 21

Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, May 15–20

Silver, Auctions Spokane, WA, May 16

Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, May 26

Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 3

Leake, Tulsa, OK, June 7

VanDerBrink, Mansfield, SD, June 9

Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, June 21–23

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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7 • Issue 41 • September–October 2018 The Scoop CORVETTE 1969 CORVETTE 350/300 COUPE $23k / Barrett-Jackson A base-level car at bargain-buy money — Brett Hatfield Page 48 GM 1978 PONTIAC MACHO TRANS AM $57k / Mecum Rare turbo-tuner T/A rings the bell — Dale Novak Page 50 Eight Sales That Define the Market MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-DR HARD TOP $46k / RM Auctions Plymouth’s base-level performer brings the right price — John Boyle Page 54 FoMoCo 1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL $104k / RM Auctions Top-market money on a top-down Lincoln — Tom Glatch Page 52 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1922 FORD MODEL T ROADSTER PICKUP $484k / Mecum Back from the dead, and sold for big bucks — Ken Gross Page 56 AMERICANA RACE 1960 EDSEL RANGER CONVERTIBLE $110k / Mecum One of the last of the best Edsels nets a big price — Carl Bomstead Page 58 1965 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE COUPE $66k / Mecum A good deal on a Funny Car, but it’s not an investment — Sam Stockham Page 60 TRUCK 1945 DODGE WC-58 COMMAND CAR $70k / RM Auctions A built-up radio rig brings top dollar — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 62 Cover photo: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere coupe Jeremy Cliff, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1978 Pontiac Macho Trans Am, p. 50 Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions September–October 2018 9


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The Rundown COLUMNS 12 Torque: The EFI payoff — Jim Pickering 40 Cheap Thrills: 1986–92 Jeep Comanche pickup — B. Mitchell Carlson 42 Horsepower: Can a week in a new Hellcat spark a fire in an old-car lover? — Jay Harden 44 On the Road: Drive your classic by your own rules — Elana Scherr 46 On the Market: The classic power wagons to buy — John L. Stein 146 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: The Life: Harley Davidson, Road Testing Cars of Distinction, The Definitive Chevelle SS Guide, and Chevrolets of the 1950s — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics: 1968 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots: Images from one of the best classic-car shows of the year — Cindy Carlsson 89 Market Moment 1: 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet convertible — Jim Pickering 120 Market Moment 2: 1971 AMC Gremlin race car — Chad Taylor 138 Junkyard Treasures: Win-Try Motors in Geneseo, KS — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 24 Cool Stuff: Miscellaneous must-haves 30 Wrenching: Converting to disc brakes has never been easier 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 38 Readers’ Forum: What’s the best old-car modification? 66 Buy It Now: American compact pickups — Chad Tyson 134 One to Watch: 2006–08 Dodge Magnum SRT8 — Chad Taylor 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 AUCTIONS 64 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and shifting ideas — Chad Tyson 68 Barrett-Jackson — Uncasville, CT B-J nets almost $26.2m on 670 cars sold — Adam Blumenthal 80 Mecum — Indianapolis, IN Indy sale sets a record at $65.5m on 1,348 of 1,872 cars sold — B. Mitchell Carlson 90 Dan Kruse — Midland, TX Dan Kruse Classics returns to Midland and pulls in $1m on 52 cars sold — Phil Skinner 100 Leake — Tulsa, OK Tulsa sale sells 292 of 463 cars for $6.3m — Phil Skinner 112 VanDerBrink — Mansfield, SD All 114 lots from Alan Rietz’s Mopar auction sold for a $441k total — B. Mitchell Carlson 122 Roundup Highlights from The Branson Auction in Branson, MO; Worldwide in Arlington, TX; Bonhams in Greenwich, CT; and Silver in Spokane, WA — Andy Staugaard, Cody Tayloe, Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel and John Boyle


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Torque Jim Pickering A New World L ast summer, I spent a week of quality time under the hood of my ’66 Caprice. I was installing Holley’s Terminator EFI system while most of ACC’s staff was in Monterey, CA, for the Pebble Beach auctions. Normally I’m there, too, but this time was different. I was staring down the ultimate of all deadlines: a soon-to-be-delivered new daughter. As such, my wife put her foot down: No leaving the state. So through the heat of one week in August, Auction Editor Chad Tyson helped me wrench on my car. We installed the EFI unit and documented the process for ACC’s “Wrenching” feature. A few days after I finished the story, Emma Jane was born. Her little face shifted my priorities from EFI tuning to snuggles and onesies. That soft world is where I’ve been living throughout most of the past year — that is, up until a few weeks ago, when the car payoff finally came. In July, the stars aligned enough for me to find the time to go to the drag strip. Slow going Portland’s been growing exponentially over the past few years, but our roads haven’t. As such, traffic has become unpredictable. Portland International Raceway is 13 miles from my driveway. The drive is usually short. What I didn’t bank on was an Andrea Bocelli performance at the Moda Center, which is just off Interstate 5 about halfway to the strip. A glut of Portlanders were in need of their tenor fix, so I sat among them on the freeway, car idling on a stagnant 85-degree night. In the old days, heat soak used to toast the carburetor and boil the fuel in the bowls, making the engine run funny. On top of that, the starter would also bake from the headers, so shutting the car off was a commitment — you’d stay wherever you stopped long enough to let things cool before it would fire again. After the injection install, I fitted a Powermaster 9100 mini starter from Summit Racing in place of the factory unit for better hot starts and redid some wiring to help the charging system function properly. Here was my chance to see what all these changes would do in heavy, hot traffic — and the payoff was sweet. The car idled fine, held a good air/fuel ratio, and never pushed 190 degrees. No fussy weird idle wiggles, no 12 AmericanCarCollector.com cooked float bowls, no red-hot starter. My first run down the strip was a teach- able moment for me and for the car’s selflearning ECU. When I mashed the pedal, the car fell flat on its face. Then, a half-second later, it woke up, figured out what I was asking it to do, and screamed down the track. The time slip showed a 13.5-second quartermile at 108 mph. I dug around inside the Holley program on my laptop to find the proper setting — “Acceleration Enrichment versus Throttle Position Sensor,” which is EFI-speak for accelerator pump shot. I messed with the setting, and the next run netted me a 12.51-second pass at 109 mph — close to the car’s best. There’s more time in it, and tuning it for power will be fun. That should be the end of the story right there, but it isn’t. Expect the unexpected At around 10 p.m., after a night of throttle mashing, I found myself a victim of night paving on the freeway. Once again I was sitting still — again swathed in big-block heat soak that would have cooked the old setup. As a knee-jerk reaction, I exited the free- way and headed for the surface-street bypass. The going was good for three blocks, until I rolled up to a police car in the road. So I bypassed again, heading up a neighborhood street to get around the police. There, I hit a wall of taillights. I had run smack into one of Portland’s annual traditions: The World Naked Bike Ride. There was no escape this time. Ten thou- sand naked people on bikes had closed down the road ahead, and I was locked in with a bunch of other cars as the three-mile-long stretch of human nudity hooted, hollered and slowly rolled past. One naked dude did tell me I had a “sweet ride.” I thanked him and tried not to look. It was the definition of irony: The naked riders are allowed to be naked because it’s not a parade — it’s a protest. Of oil consumption. Now, with nowhere to go, I let my already-hot car heat up even more. But even after a night of starting, stopping and full-throttle runs, this time there was no fuss, as the ECU was watching the fuel trim and handling my cooling fan. Thanks to the Holley EFI and a few other mods, my Caprice, which for 18 years has been a fussy toy built of speed parts, has become something I didn’t expect: a real car. With no end to the ride in sight, I eventu- ally backed out of that neighborhood and rejoined the paving fun on the freeway, again with no trouble. Is the car faster? It will be. But the bigger deal is that it’s just so much more usable now, regardless of what I throw at it or who is with me. That’s a huge win considering my status as a new parent, the landscape of traffic these days, and other things you can’t make up — or even imagine — until you see them. A Is a $2,500 injection system worth it? It is when it transforms a fussy toy into a real car


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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. Drag Your Corvette The 25th Annual Corvette Funfest cranks up on September 20 in Effingham, IL. By the time the fun ends on September 23, four days and nights of cruises, seminars, concerts, a giant Corvette sale corral, swapmeet, concerts, parties and off-the-hook burnouts will be over. One of the main features this year is a day of drag racing, sponsored by Lingenfelter Performance Engines, which will take place at Coles County Dragway in Charleston, IL. For more information, visit www. corvettefunfest.com. (IL) Go Shopping in Charlotte How can anyone check out 7,000 spaces crammed with parts, tools and cars in just four days? Well, about 150,000 gearheads will give it their best shot during the Charlotte AutoFair from September 6 through 9. This massive festival of cars also includes a 1,600-car sale corral, car shows, car-club gatherings and car exhibits — and it fills up the massive Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, and spills onto the surrounding parking areas. www.charlotte-autofair. com (NC) A Classic Weekend at Hershey The 2018 Eastern Division AACA National Fall Meet in Hershey, PA — aka Hershey — is all about showing full classics. Okay, it’s also about 9,000 flea market spaces, 1,000 car corral spaces and more than 1,500 cars on show. This is THE car weekend for many East Coast collectors. This year’s Hershey is October 10 through 13, and it’s the perfect way to get the car out of the garage before the bad weather hits. www.hersheyaaca. org. (PA) 14 AmericanCarCollector.com A Bucket-List Week for Classic-Car Fans The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival rolls to life on August 25 and runs through September 2, 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) Oops In the July–August issue of ACC (No. 40), we incorrectly attributed the GAA Greensboro auction report introduction (p. 82) to Jeff Trepel. It was written by Mark Moskowitz.


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CROSSINGTHE RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–September 2 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 527/731 cars sold / $18.9m Featured cars: • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) SEPTEMBER BLOCK When: September 8 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Featured cars: • 1938 Nash Ambassador 2-door sedan • 1955 Studebaker President sedan • 1958 Chevrolet Nomad wagon Specialty Auto Auction Where: Loveland, CO When: September 8 Web: www.specialtyautoauction.com • Star Car: 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible • 2005 Ford GT Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Auburn, IN When: September 1 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 82/85 cars sold / $2.7m Tom Mack Classics Where: Concord, NC When: September 21–22 Web: www.tommackclassics.com Featured cars: • 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible • 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury • 1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner Barrett-Jackson Where: Las Vegas, NV When: September 27–29 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 671/675 cars sold / $30.7m Featured cars: • 1932 Auburn 8-100 sedan • 1929 Cord L-29 convertible • 2004 Ford GT Confirmation Prototype #4 Silver Where: Sun Valley, ID When: September 1–2 Web: www.silverauctions.com VanDerBrink Where: Hartford, WI When: September 29 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com OCTOBER Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible • 2008 Ford Mustang Roush Stage 1 Dragone Where: Lakeville, CT When: September 2 Web: www.dragoneauctions.com Mecum Where: Louisville, KY When: September 7–8 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 317/529 cars sold / $7.8m Mecum Where: Dallas, TX When: October 3–6 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 608/864 cars sold / $22m Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car convertible • 1970 Dodge Super Bee • 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Featured cars: • 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport • 1996 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 • 1933 Chevrolet Street Rod VanDerBrink Where: Clear Lake, IA 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: October 4–6 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com Bonhams Where: Birmingham, AL When: October 6 Web: www.bonhams.com by Chad Tyson Vicari Where: Waxahachie, TX When: October 6 Web: www.vicariauction.com Featured cars: • 1970 Mercury Cougar • 1956 Continental Mark II • 1993 GMC Typhoon Silver Where: Vancouver, WA When: October 6 Web: www.silverauctions.com RM Auctions Where: Hershey, PA When: October 11–12 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 129/136 cars sold / $15.7m Featured cars: • 1924 Cadillac Type 63 phaeton • 1937 Cord 812 cabriolet Featured cars: • 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible • 1922 Packard Six Series 126 tourer • 1961 Nash Metropolitan 1500 • Star Car: 1937 Lincoln Model K sedan by Judkins Premier Auction Group Where: Columbia, MO When: October 12–13 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Branson Where: Branson, MO When: October 19–20 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 187/249 cars sold / $3.3m Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: October 20 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com Mecum Where: Schaumburg, IL When: October 25–27 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 555/777 cars sold / $12.5m RM Sotheby’s Where: Atlanta, GA When: October 27 Web: www.rmsothebys.comA


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7, Number 5 September–October 2018 GET IN TOUCH Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Auction Editor Chad Tyson Senior Data Editor Chad Taylor Editor at Large Jay Harden Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Check out the profile of a 1969 Corvette on p. 48. Does it drive well in modern traffic? For just $23k, who cares? Driving Your Old Car in Modern Times more unfriendly. You don’t want your 1965 GTO to be plowed into by a three-ton T SUV piloted by someone busy texting. On p. 44, Elana Scherr drives her Opel GT up and down Laurel Canyon in the middle of Southern California’s notorious traffic — and then wonders if she actually had any fun doing that. We’ve asked you, our readers, to tell us what you think the very best upgrades for your vintage car are. Your thoughtful answers appear on p. 38. A couple of sales caught my eye this issue. On p. 48, Brett Hatfield profiles a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 4-speed that was an absolute steal at just $23k. Like me, I’m sure you wish you’d been there with a bidder’s paddle. And one of America’s great unloved cars, the Edsel, broke the $100,000 mark. Carl Bomstead tells us why this sale mattered, and why the price was fair, on p. 58. Each month, ACC continues to ask for your opinions about our changing old-car world. And we appreciate your continuing to share them with us. This exchange is part of what sets ACC apart from all other car magazines, and really makes it YOUR magazine to read and enjoy.A his issue is all about you and your car. With fuel injection, updated cooling systems, disc brakes and modern radials, we can make our old cars perform better than they ever have. At the same time, modern traffic becomes more and Dan Grunwald Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel Contributors Carl Bomstead Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson: erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector. com Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox: cheryl.cox@AmericanCar Collector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer: jessi.kramer@AmericanCar Collector.com ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 213 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb: susan.loeb@AmericanCar Collector.com Subscriptions 877-219-2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-253-2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone 503-261-0555 Fax 503-253-2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com The Edsel was a notoriously unloved Ford creation, but this one sold for $110k. Find out why on p. 58 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2018 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge B. Mitchell Carlson John Draneas Michael Pierce Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton The Life: Harley-Davidson by Darwin Holmstrom, Motorbooks, 240 pages, $12.87, Amazon From a little bicycle shop in Milwaukee, WI, Bill Harley saw the promise of adding a motor to a bike, turning the “safety bicycle” into an even more useful mode of transportation. Harley joined forces with fellow tinkerer Art Davidson, and their new creation went on to become the biggest American motorcycle brand, and created an image of American freedom on the road. More than a century later, the company thrives within its niche — the iconic motorcycle for America. Breezily written by Darwin Holmstrom, the story of Harley-Davidson is full of near-collapses, famous owners and an outsized impact on American culture. From the Silent Grey Fellow to the V-twin Model J, Flatheads, Knuckleheads — model after model — the Harley variants were just the start for customizers, counterculture movie stars and modern-day pirates proudly wearing their colors… always on a Harley-Davidson. Harley-Davidson is a solid, fast read and primer on the brand and the impact it had on culture. Lineage: ( is best) The Definitive Chevelle SS Guide: 1964–72 by Dale McIntosh, CarTech, 192 pages, $28.65, Amazon Dale McIntosh just can’t stop. After buying a black-on-black 1967 Chevelle SS 396 new from the factory, he was hooked on the car, and the car culture. His love became his passion, leading to a website, and ultimately books. His previous 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS: In Detail and Chevelle Data and ID Guide: 1964–72 are joined now by this detailed look at models from ’64 to ’72. If you are interested in owning a Chevelle, your search and ultimate purchase decision should be informed by all of the knowledge McIntosh shares through his books. Full of the kind of data that can save you money, as well as page after page of color images, this is essential for the Chevelle collector. Lineage: Fit and finish: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability: Road Testing Cars of Distinction: Luxury Motor Cars From 1920 to 1942 by Ed Miller, Scrivener Publications, 192 pages, $39.95, Amazon Ed Miller was a longtime Florida lawyer, but his real passion was classic cars. Writing for the regional magazine for the Classic Car Club of America, he completed full road tests on more than 100 classics, including technical data and measurements on each as well as what it was like to drive them. Cars of Distinction has road tests on 28 classics, from Auburn Speedsters to a Wills Sainte Claire, the full list a mix of the best from American and European manufacturers. Each road test offers not just driving impressions, but also stats and testing data, plus plenty of color images of the cars. It’s a personal, refreshingly open and unpretentious look at some quite special cars, and will put you behind the wheel of cars you might never see in person, let alone drive. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Chevrolets of the 1950s: A Decade of Technical Innovation by David W. Temple, CarTech, 192 pages, $31.99, Amazon While British cars from the ’50s were technologically tied to the ’30s, in post-war America, GM and Ford were showcasing new technology, with compact higher-output engines, automatic transmissions and new materials used in construction. GM, and especially the Chevrolet Division, were responsible for the introduction, if not always creation, of a host of changes that helped them outsell Ford for most of the decade. From new materials to a focus on design and paint schemes, it was Chevrolet designers and engineers who created so many cars we deem collectible today. David Temple puts it all in perspective in a well-researched and -presented look at a decade of change. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Rim-Blow Steering Revival Have a 1970 or 1971 Dodge or Plymouth B- or E-body? Did it have a factory S-83 Rim-Blow steering wheel? They’ve been hard to find for years, but OER has stepped up, building a new wheel to factory specifications. It has the correct satin-clear-coated center spokes, woodgrain-textured grip surface, and contoured black grooves at the rear for the right look. It’s an officially licensed Mopar restoration product, and just the thing for your classic Mopar in need of an original-style wheel. $464.99 at www. oerparts.com. Seal Your Floor Old-car ownership isn’t just about the car. Sometimes it’s about the garage — especially the floor underneath your classic’s tires. POR-15 Concrete Primer Sealer is a premium two-part water-base epoxy coating that functions as a primer/sealer on properly prepped concrete surfaces. It also acts as a foundation to improve adhesion for a concrete topcoat. It features low VOCs and a fast recoat time and delivers durability, chemical resistance and concrete dustproofing. Visit PorProducts. com for more information and to purchase. The Last Gasket Chevrolet’s small block can be found just about everywhere — and where you’ll find a 265, 283, 327, 350 or 400, you’ll probably also find a valve-cover leak. For years, tin valve covers and cork gaskets were the industry standard, but go just a little too tight on the bolts and you’ll squish the cork gaskets out of place — or tear them completely — and end up with oil down the block. Summit Racing’s steel-core valve-cover gaskets are a smart solution, with a rubber-coated steel frame that eliminates leaks and can’t be overtightened. One set will likely be the last set you’ll ever need. They’re also available for big-block Chevy and small-block Ford. $11.99 at www.summitracing.com. Modern Fueling Taking the plunge on a modern EFI system in your classic? Holley’s Sniper Die-Cast Retrofit Fuel Pump Modules are a simple way to upgrade your factory tank for use with a modern EFI system. No welding is required, and they adjust to fit tanks from seven to 12 inches deep, mounting the fuel pump inside the tank where it’s cooled by the surrounding fuel, which cuts down on noise and prolongs pump life. Good for up to 700 horsepower, they’re available in both return and returnless style for either carb or EFI use. $299.95 at www.holley.com. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Reverse Reassurance Reverse and parking sensors are some of the most helpful automotive additions of the past decade. They’re now super easy to add to any car thanks to FenSens’ Smart Wireless Parking Sensor kit. The sensors are hidden in the license-plate frame and are battery operated — no drilling or wiring needed. By connecting to an app on your phone, the system provides visual, audible and vibration alerts as you near an object. Buy the kit at www.FenSens.com for $149.99. Worry-Free Wheel Removal We put a lot of thought and money into choosing the perfect set of rims for our classics. Keeping those wheels pristine is a priority, which is why Sunex Tools Extra-Thin Wall Wheel Protector Impact Sockets are a necessity. They are made from anodized steel with a hard-plas tic cover over the end to protect your whee when you’re removing and installing them sockets are covered by a lifetime warranty. Pick up a set of nine for $69.99 at www.summitracing.com. by Chad Taylor Automotive Bug Repellent As we inch closer to fall, milder tem- peratures will be creating perfect conditions for driving our vintage autos. It is also peak time for insects, meaning the front of our cars look like a war zone by the time we return home. Make the post-drive cleanup easier with Griot’s Garage Bug Barricade. The spray is applied over the waxed surface of your car and spread evenly. It can be used on plastic, rubber, chrome, trim and paint. After a good day’s drive, all you need to do is rinse it — and the bugs — off. Reapply before the next cruise and repeat. Get a 22ounce bottle at www.griotsgarage.com for $9.99, or pick up a gallon for $29.99. The Ultimate Assistant Having all the tools you need organized and in one place can make a project go much smoother — especially when you’re on the ground replacing brakes or wheel bearings and need something from your toolbox. Summit Racing has the solution. The Toolbox Creeper Seat will not only save your knees bu provides a small, rolling toolbox to follow you around the garage. It features three drawers with ball-bearing slides, two foldable magnetic trays at the sides and a small storage rack for tools in the back. Get one at www.summitracing.com for $89.99. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1968 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Jerry Titus was one of the greats. Many remember him for his 1966 and 1967 SCCA Trans Am wins, racing for Carroll Shelby. After his split from Shelby, he partnered with a new Pontiac effort... a 1968 Firebird/ Chevrolet — the car was actually a converted Camaro. Shown is a pre-production sample of said “Firebird,” with which Titus won his class and placed 3rd overall at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1969. This limited-run model is due for a September release. The model looks great and overall captures the car. Stance, fit and finish all receive high marks. Working features here are opening panels and turning front wheels. Pop the hood and you’ll find the well-detailed Chevy V8. This would make a good addition to any racing collection. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Red over white Quantity: 500 Price: $134.95 Production date: 2018 Web: www.acmediecast.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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Through the Viewfinder SNAPSHOTS The Back to the ’50s show is a great place to photograph classic cars — and learn more about them Story and photos by Cindy Carlsson T he Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 45th annual Back to the ’50s weekend brought together almost 12,000 vintage classics, hot rods, custom vehicles and the people who love them. It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about these vehicles. It was also the perfect opportunity to get out the camera, because Back to the ’50s is a photographer’s playground. Whether it’s a meticulously maintained 1950s convertible with tailfins the size of Lake Superior or a low-slung rat rod with its working parts exposed, these vehicles provide an abundance of photographic options. Best of all, there’s no need to be an expert on these vehicles to enjoy photographing them. Just pull out the camera or phone and start shooting. If it’s too crowded to get an overall portrait of a vehicle, there are plenty of details to focus on: bold colors and flowing (or notso-flowing) lines, wild reflections in every polished surface, complex textures and patterns, and shapes and styles that evoke days long past. Want to know more about a vehicle? Just ask. The reward is a little better understanding of these vehicles to go along with great photos. A See more of Cindy’s work at explorationvacation.net 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO OLD LOOK, SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST (www.summitracing.com) fP/N RSD-FSC65DCC Right Stuff Detailing or 15-inch wheels, $467.78 COKER TIRE PARTS LIST (www.cokertire.com) front-disc-brake conversion kit, Street Series P/N CRP157 Chevrolet Rally Wheel, 5x4.75 bolt pattern, 4.25-inch backspace, $87 (4) Firestone Wide Oval Redline radial, FR70-15, $269 (4) OTHER PARTS Prestone brake fluid, DOT 3, 32-oz., $8.69 PB Blaster penetrant, $2.99 3/8-inch rubber PCV vacuum line, 3-feet, $5.97 Brake line adapter fitting, ½ to 9/16, $6.99 Lug nuts, 7/16x20, $1.08 (20) Assorted prefabbed brake line sections, 3/16- and ¼-inch tubing, $25 Wheel-bearing grease, $4.99 TIME SPENT: Four hours DIFFICULTY: J J (J J J J J is toughest) MODERN GRIP A disc-brake conversion is a smart upgrade for your classic — and you don’t have to lose stock-looking wheels and tires to do it by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson 1960s work fine in ideal conditions — but in today’s world, where drivers are more disconnected from their own driving than ever before, that old setup is no longer up to snuff. When you need to panic-stop, you don’t want to worry about which direction your car will pull, or if heat fade has left you enough grab to get your Bel Air, New Yorker or Thunderbird stopped before you rearrange its sheet metal into the shape of a Prius. And sure, those old bias-ply tires look right, but will they react when you crank the wheel to avoid a redlight runner on a cell phone? For those of us who want to use our cars regularly but don’t want I 30 AmericanCarCollector.com f you drive your classic car often, chances are you’ve had a few close calls in modern traffic. A lot of today’s commuters don’t realize that classic cars from the 1950s and 1960s don’t handle and stop as well as today’s cars. The drum brakes that were industry standard for most of the to lose the original look, what’s the answer? You can trick out your drum brakes with special metallic linings and all-new parts for a slight boost of braking performance, or you can change over to a discbrake setup and solve the problem for good. And thanks to companies such as Summit Racing, Right Stuff Detailing and Coker Tire, you can get a lot of modern performance from your classic while keeping that old-school curb appeal. As a work-in-progress driver with its original, manual drum brakes, Auction Editor Chad Tyson’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala 4-door hard top was an ideal candidate for upgraded stopping power and fresh rubber. So we got in touch with Summit Racing and ordered Right Stuff Detailing’s front-disc-brake conversion kit, and called up Coker Tire for a set of GM Rally wheels and their new Firestone Wide-Oval Redline bias-look radials. Here’s what it took to give this old driver better modern road manners without upsetting its original style.


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This 1967 Impala 4-door is a work-in-progress driver that has been sidelined due to poor OE stopping ability from its original-style manual front drum brakes. Thanks to Right Stuff Detailing, bringing its braking into the modern era was simple — and it didn’t require any suspension work. 1 Right Stuff’s front-brake kit uses 11-inch discs and GM-style calipers, fitted to the original drum-brake spindle using fabricated brackets. The system also uses a 9-inch power brake booster and new dual-circuit master cylinder, and ships with pretty much everything you need to get rolling. 2 4 A good-quality drum-brake spring-removal tool made quick work of the factory shoes. We set everything aside in a box, including all the springs and hardware, to be put in storage. Nothing from the drum brakes, other than the spin- dles, was reused. 5 3 Getting the car up in the air safely is a must, so jack stands or trusted blocks were key. Once the car was up, we removed each front wheel and also removed each front drum. With the springs, shoes, wheel cylinder, brake line and original drum-brake hub removed and stored away, the next step was to remove the original backing plate from the spindle. A good impact wrench, such as our DeWalt ½-inch-drive unit, makes quick work of this, along with some PB Blaster spray penetrant. Once these two bolts (and nuts on the back side) were removed, a quick hammer tap knocked the backing plate free, as well as the steering arm from the spindle. The steering-arm bolts will serve as a mounting point for our new brakes. September–October 2018 31


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 6 Next up was the original plumbing. Since the master cylinder hadn’t been off in years, we soaked its 9/16-inch mounting nuts in PB Blaster before attempting to remove them. We then broke them free, and then loosened the brake lines from the original proportioning valve. Then, inside the car, we removed the clevis-pin retainer clip and the pin itself from the brake-pedal assembly so the master could be removed from the car as a complete unit. 8 A total of five bolts per side affixed this new bracket assembly to the spindle: Two 3-inch-long bolts passed through the original steering-arm mount (visible here on either side of the spindle), with the front one using a ½-inch spacer and tightening into threads cut into the bracket behind it. The rear used a nut and lock washer. The two smaller bolts at the rear passed through both new brackets and required two ¾-inch spacers to line everything up correctly. The large bolt at the top finished it off. We torqued the steering-mount bolts and the upper bolt to 80 ft-lbs and the smaller rears to 50 ft-lbs. 7 With the old drums now out of the way, it was time to bolt up our new disc-brake brackets. Two stout brackets, made of steel plate, were bolted to the original steering arm on the spindle, using new hardware and spacers in the original bolt locations. The back bracket extended to the rear and was cut out to clear the ball joint. 9 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Next up were the rotors, which needed to be prepped before installation by fitting greased bearings and grease seals. Everything but the grease came in the kit. We scooped grease through the rollers of the inner (larger) bearings using the palm of a hand, then dropped each one onto its race and tapped each seal into place with a hammer.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 10 After a liberal application of grease on the spindle, the rotor could be installed, along with the greased outer (smaller) bearing, keyed washer and castle nut. We tightened up the nut while turning the rotor slowly, bringing it up snug and then backing it off slightly until there was no drag. We then installed a cotter pin and dust cap. Then we repeated the same bracket installation process on the other side. 11 The calipers and pads were next, fixed to the new bracket using GM-style Allen-head caliper bolts. From there, the last step at each wheel was hooking up each new brake line, which was as simple as bolting them to the caliper using the supplied bolt and copper washers, rout- ing them to the factory bracket on the frame and using the supplied clips to retain them in place. 13 We could have mounted the booster on the provided bracket, but bolting it directly to the firewall resulted in bet- ter alignment with the brake lines, as well as more clearance inside the engine bay for any future engine swaps that might take place. All we needed to do was remove two more nuts from the firewall, ditch one rubber plug, and tap four studs out of place with a small hammer. From there, the new booster’s studs could bolt directly to the firewall, placing it directly in line with that lower power-brake clevis-pin hole, maintaining proper pedal geometry and tucking up tight to the firewall. Inside the car, a new clevis pin and cotter pin fixed the master cylinder’s rod to the brake pedal, and four 9/16-inch nuts held the booster in place. 12 GM brake pedals from this era have two clevis-pin holes: one for manual-brake cars (up high on the pedal arm for more leverage, A), and one for powerbrake cars (same location, but about an inch lower, B). As this was a manual car, the master cylinder was mounted up high on the firewall for proper geometry with that higher pedal clevis-pin hole. Our new power-brake booster came with a special angled bracket to allow it to be mounted in the higher manual location and use that lower power-brake clevis-pin hole, but thanks to GM’s one-size-fits-all manufacturing mantra of the era, this car already had all the proper firewall holes and cutouts to mount the booster down lower. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com A B


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 14 We chose to mount the new brake-proportioning valve down low, as per original, as doing so allowed us to utilize the factory brake-line locations. We did need to make a new driver’s side front hard line, but we reused the passenger’s side line and the rear line, as they were in good condition. We made two longer master-cylinderto-proportioning-valve lines using eightinch-long pre-flared sections of 3/16 and ¼-inch steel line from our local auto parts store. We also sourced a 9/16-inch to ½-inch adapter for the rear line, which was too small for the new valve. 16 Next up was a full brake bleed, starting with the passenger’s side rear and moving around the car until each line ran clear and clean, with no bubbles. Simply opening the valves to bleed out air before pumping sped up this process. Brake fluid removes paint, so we used extra caution here. After bleeding, the pedal felt nice and firm. 15 With the plumbing fabricated, the next step was to bleed the air out of the master cylinder. This can be done off the car in a bench vise, but doing it in the car is just as easy. We used a good-quality DOT 3 brake fluid — in this case Prestone — and ran the supplied bleeder tubes from the master’s brake-line fittings back into the reservoir. Then we simply worked the pedal slowly until all bubbles disappeared. After that, we reinstalled the hard lines. 17 After topping off with Prestone brake fluid, the last step under the hood was to hook up the power-brake booster to a full manifold vacuum source. We used 3/8-inch PCV hose routed to the back of the carburetor. 18 36 AmericanCarCollector.com These disc brakes will clear 15-inch wheels, so for the proper original-style look, we sourced some 15x7 Rally wheels from Coker Tire, as well as their bias-ply-look Firestone Wide-Oval Redline radials in FR70-15, which fit a seven-inch rim well and are 27 inches tall — helping to fill the Impala’s big wheelwells. The rims come powder-coated in metallic silver, which looks great and is extremely durable.


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19 Coker’s Firestone bias-plylook Redline radial tires look exactly like an original set of biasply rubber, down to the vintage tread pattern and all the original sidewall markings. The proof is in the ride: Underneath that old look is a modern radial tire. For a car that needs to have an original look without losing modern ride and feel, there’s no better choice. Coker offers a mounting and balancing service with their rims and tires, too, which is fantastic, as they arrive ready to go. 20 We bolted up the new wheels and tires with a fresh set of lug nuts, being sure to place just a small dab of anti-seize on each stud. We torqued them to 80 ft-lb in a star pattern and followed up with a chrome hubcap. 21 After triple-checking every bolt for torque, we also checked clearance of the brakes, brake lines and new wheels from steering lock to lock and hunted for any leaks. Once we were satisfied, the Impala was ready for the road. No more stomp-and-pray braking here — just effective straight-line stops with no fade. The car handles great and looks right on Coker’s Firestone Redlines, too. Overall, it’s now safer, sharper and more fun to drive — all while retaining an OE look. A September–October 2018 37


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com The Best Old-Car Modification? This month’s Readers’ Forum question: ACC has always promoted driving our classic cars, but in the modern world, doing so can be stressful. After all, who wants to watch a classic big-block Corvette overheat on a commuterclogged freeway crawl? And what if someone pulls out in front of your classic drum-brake wagon? When it comes to old cars on modern roads, you have two options: Use sparingly or modify. In this issue, our “Wrenching” feature covers a disc-brake conversion on a 1967 Impala. It’s a great upgrade, and it got us thinking: Is it the best modification you can make to a classic car? If not, what is? What have you done to your old cars to make them better drivers in today’s world while still maintaining their original look and feel? Or is the best bet to keep them 100% original and simply use them when commuter traffic is minimal? Readers respond: We are fortunate in southern Ohio to have many miles of rural roads that accommodate vintage cars in original configuration. I can drive east from my facility into areas where other vehicles are sparse and one feels safe in a 1958 Morgan 4/4, 1948 MG TC or 1950 Jaguar. Out here, we’re more likely to encounter farm machinery than minivans. — Kurt Niemeyer, via email n n n If I could only make one modification, it would be a change to modern tires. If I could make more than one, I’d update to disc brakes and improve the suspension. A fourth modification would be to leave the outside of the engine looking stock while porting the heads and updating the cam. — Ira Tabankin, via email n n n Electronic ignition! — Jon Hagstrom, via email n n n Goldman, via email Directional signals and superchargers/turbochargers. — Ira n n n Dual-circuit master cylinder, disc brakes, electric fuel pump with oil-pressure safety switch, aluminum radiator, heat insulation for fuel system including phenolic carburetor spacer/insulator, LED taillight bulbs, center high-mounted stop light, halogen or LED headlights, high-output alternator, and radial tires with wheels that won’t flex under their side loads. Modern stereo and a/c. — Mike Obermeyer, Denver, CO n n n I have owned a few classic cars that someone had “upgraded” to front disc brakes, and it was more of a “downgrade.” If it is not done correctly, with a quality kit, it can be way worse than the original drum brakes! — Pat Patton, via email 38 AmericanCarCollector.com n n n The best upgrade I’ve done on my classic Mopars is subframe connectors. They are not that expensive and make the car more solid. There is no body flex, the doors and windows fit better, and the car just feels better driving down the road. — Dan Frazzini, via email n n n Installing power steering in a vintage muscle car is something I did to most of the 12 I owned. The units were typically easy to find in a junkyard and could easily be removed if one wished to sell the car or restore it to original. Second, I enjoyed replacing the rear with a limited-slip unit, again found at a junkyard for next to nothing back in the day. There’s nothing like a Positraction and four slightly-wider-than-stock biasply tires for cornering Mulholland Drive and the California coast. Oh how I miss those bias tires! — Cindy Meitle, ACC Advertising Executive n n n All my classic-car purchases (and there have been many) are intended to be driven. My big five mods when I get a classic car have always been: 1. Change to radial tires, if they aren’t already on the car, for bet- ter handling. 2. Change the points over to electronic ignition, such as a Pertronix or similar, for better drivability and dependability. 3. Change the shocks to gas shocks, for more predictable handling. 4. Add a passenger’s side mirror to the car, if it doesn’t already have one, for better visibility. 5. Update the radio and speakers to handle an iPod or Bluetooth, for better tunes! My newer mods to my classic cars now also include: 6. Switch as many lights as possible over to LEDs, for better vis- ibility and safety. 7. Add a removable or temporary third brake light, to keep from


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Pete Engel’s 1966 Ford Mustang GT, which includes six of his recommended mods so far getting hit by distracted drivers in traffic who aren’t used to the tiny old taillights that 1950s and 1960s cars had. With the lower prices and ease of conversion, my latest mod might be: 8. Switch the carburetor over to fuel injection, for smoother power, easier starts, better gas mileage. (Haven’t done this yet.) The attached car (’66 Mustang GT) has mods 1 through 6 on it so far! — Pete Engel, White Post, VA n n n Modern radiator. A close second is disc brakes. You can learn how to use drum breaks. They do work. But over- heating happens and you can’t “learn” how to keep it from happening. — Mark Nobles, via email n n n Best modification is radial tires by far. I don’t know how we ever drove these cars with bias-ply tires. The radials change the handling characteristics immensely. I’m a purist, so I have an extra set of Rallye wheels and radial tires, but I still keep the bias-plies mounted on original wheels. — John R., via email n n n I love driving my cars and have modified all of my vehicles to do so — except for my ’77 Y82 that I am currently restoring, since it has some great drivability already. My two big driver projects have been my big-block ’69 Corvette that was a factory 4-speed, 4:11, sidepipe car, and a 1961 Buick. I originally bought the 1961 Buick Corvette in L.A., and driving the freeways killed me with those high gears and blaring pipes. I first tried to switch out the gears and found I lost that stoplight torque, which resulted in my first moderntouch mod of a Richmond 6-speed. Over the years, I have put in a bigger radiator, electric fans, converted to run E85 for the octane (11:1 compression would diesel at cut-off without it, and it now smells like burnt popcorn down the road), aftermarket a/c, bigger brakes, 18-inch rims, and Bluetooth audio, keeping the factory deck in the dash. I have gone through the engine and put in smaller pistons but found power elsewhere. This summer, in prepping the car to ship out to Washington, D.C., where I now live, I had two things to think about: First, the roads are terrible and the car has spent years in paint so we’re modifying the suspension for airbags to protect the fiberglass and maintain my stance when allowed. Second, a less-worrisome EFI conversion. I got the Buick from Mecum a few years ago. It was much more modified than anything I have ever built. From the start it was equipped with an LS3 set up from a 2011 SS, aftermarket air, GPS (to operate the factory speedo, and I love this dash) and front disk brakes. I have modified the stance and had Chris Coddington machine some wheels for me and put in a Bluetooth audio with hands-free in the ashtray. I am currently adjusting engine placement, modifying the rear for Posi and disc brakes and am modifying the handling capabilities. Until this last wave of upgrades, this car was a daily driver, and what a blast it was. I can’t wait for it again. For me, I love bringing that amazing style from the past but en- hanced with modern advances for safety, drivability and fun. — Jay Parrish, via email n n n You’re in the ballpark; anything that makes cars stop better is a good mod. Disc brakes make sense for cars of the ’60–’70s. If you don’t want to go that route, at least consider dual-system brakes on anything that doesn’t have them. For older cars or original survivors you don’t want to modify, radial tires work wonders. After a safety basic like stopping when you need to, most perfor- mance and all appearance modifications are just icing on the cake. — John Boyle, ACC ContributorA Jay Parrish’s 1969 Corvette, which has had extensive modifications to improve drivability September–October 2018 39


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Cheap Thrills HAULERof a One B. Mitchell Carlson JEEP Almost as soon as the last new Comanche sold off a dealer’s lot, the trucks started attracting a cult following 1991 Jeep Comanche pickup, bid to $8,500 but not sold in 2017 W Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr heap Thrills HAULERo ap Thrills HAULERof a One B. Mitchell Carlson JEEP Almost as soon as the last new Comanche sold off a dealer’s lot, the trucks started attracting a cult following 1991 Jeep Comanche pickup, bid to $8,500 but not sold in 2017 W CJ- CJ198 “m ap Thrills HAULERof a One B. Mitchell Carlson JEEP Almost as soon as the last new Comanche sold off a dealer’s lot, the trucks started attracting a cult following 1991 Jeep Comanche pickup, bid to $8,500 but not sold in 2017 W CJ- 198 “m Che Che there’s more to it than just simple sheet-metal changes, as the XJ was a unibody. For the Comanche, Jeep engineered a rear subframe to attach to the cab unibody, calling it “Uniframe” construction. The cargo box was attached to the frame like a standard pickup. It was also offered in two wheelbases: a short box (six-foot) and long box (seven-foot), in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Engines and trims It was also like the XJ Cherokee as far as powertrains were concerned. When introduced, there was the choice of a 2-liter turbo diesel from AMC’s partner Renault or two gasoline engines: the AMC 2.5-liter inline four (introduced in 1984, along with the XJ) or the 2.8-liter Chevrolet V6. Powertrain salvation came a year later, when the AMC-based 4.0-liter inline 6-cylinder replaced the V6. By 1990, Jeep changed the platform designation from XJ truck to MJ. Today, MJs are what most Jeep heads will call any year of Comanche. A variety of trim levels were also offered over the years, usually paralleling the Cherokees. Out of the gate in 1986, there was Custom, X, and XLS — from austere to reasonably well equipped. 1987 saw the levels changed to SporTruck, Pioneer, Chief (SWB only), and Laredo (LWB only). In 1988 Jeep offered a one-off Olympic edition, based on the Pioneer, to commemorate the Olympics in Seoul, South 40 AmericanCarCollector.com Korea, that summer. 1989 saw the Chief and Laredo dropped, then a year later a high end “sporty” Eliminator was introduced. This hierarchy continued until the last Comanche was built. Keep or kill In the mid-1980s, AMC was still in bed with Renault — the clos- est they got to Chrysler was component sharing. With the J-10 and J-20 discontinued in 1987, the Comanche kept a pickup in the lineup — and building a pickup is an instant cash machine. AMC needed cash to fund future projects, and taking the existing (and very successful) Cherokee and turning it into a pickup with minimal development needed was deemed a high priority to bring in easy profits. With the acquisition of AMC by Chrysler in 1987, change began to occur within Jeep. It became the division that focused on off-roaders and SUVs — trucks, not so much. The Comanche’s best year was 1988, with 43,718 units built, but the ride to the end was about to begin. Chrysler’s promotion of the truck dwindled significantly, with falling sales numbers to show for it. On June 12, 1992, Chrysler killed the Comanche, with a mere 952 built for the year. The biggest reason was the Dodge Dakota — the only other midsize pickup in the U.S. market at the time, and also sold by Chrysler.


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Comanche renaissance, version 4.0 Almost as soon as the last new Comanche sold off a dealer’s lot, the trucks attracted a cult following. Despite the scores of Rangers and S-10s flowing off Ford and GM assembly lines — along with the fellow corporate Dakotas — they just weren’t Jeeps. As just about anybody within FCA can attest, that brand has a lot of pull, and if its devotees are denied a specific type of off-roader, that’s just more reason for them to want it. The 4.0 is perhaps the best physical attribute in the eyes of enthusiasts. The first few years had their share of teething problems (exhaust manifold cracks and valvetrain noise the most prevalent), but considering the wide use of this motor in essentially all Jeep platforms during the 1990s (especially the YJ and TJ Wranglers), aftermarket support is good — from mild to wild. There are certainly folks who like their four-banger Comanches, but they tend to be commuters, not rock hoppers. As for a 1986 with a 2.8-L V6, even if it has no miles and is still on the MSO, avoid it. That engine will be a losing battle (you’ll know the part number for head gaskets better than your Social Security number). Rust is always thy enemy, but the unibody XJs and MJs tended to hold up pretty well. Yet if the doors start to sag and the tops of the front wheelwells are getting fuzzy, the tin worm has dined on the inner structure. A hot market In the past few years, good originals and tastefully tweaked examples have been doing well in the market. While most folks would expect them to be not far priced from a Ranger or S-10, they’ve been selling markedly better. Indeed, the only sub full-size pickups that’ll sell for more on a regular basis is the 1991 GMC Syclone and 1981–85 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. The best bet is to find one of the few 1992s. Yet from 1988 to 1991, it’s hard to go wrong with a well-cared-for original. It’s hard to say if the new JL A 1986 model, as it appeared in advertisements of the day pickup will help or hinder the market for Comanches. I’m tempted to say that the market may stay flat or even soften a tad on the lower condition worker-bee examples. Yet for a good no-excuses example that you’d want to buy, get one now — lest today’s prices look cheap in the near future. A Detailing Years produced: 1986–92 Number produced: 164,458 Original list price: $9,589 Current ACC Median Valuation: $6,825 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Tag on the top of the windshield on the driver’s side. Engine # location: 2.5-L: pad at the rear right side of the block, between cylinders three and four. 4.0-L: Pad on the block between number two and three spark plugs. 2.8-L: don’t waste your time Clubs: American Truck Historical Society; American Motors Owners Association. Web: www.aths.org, www. amonational.com, https:// comancheclub.com Alternatives: 1987–97 Dodge Dakota, 1983–92 Ford Ranger, 1983–93 Chevrolet S-10/GMC S-15 Sonoma ACC Investment Grade: B September–October 2018 41


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Horsepower Jay Harden RAISING HELL Grotesquely overpowered daily driver that oozes curb appeal? Yes, please ACC’s staff crowded around and pondered how far I’d make it in the Hellcat before needing to be winched out of a ditch a Hellcat-powered Charger down the West Coast and back on one of his trips to Pebble Beach, I think he figured some seat time in a grotesquely overpowered daily driver would do me some good. A week or so later, I met the man at the office, presented my I driver’s license, and signed on the dotted line. With that, a press fleetsourced red key was mine for a week. Bark and bite Out on the street sat Pickering’s counter-argument — an F8 Green Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat widebody. To say the thing had curb appeal is akin to saying Mr. T wears a gold necklace. I felt like the Hellcat was staring me down, chest puffed out, like, “BRUH! Do you even lift?!” I’m not ashamed to admit I was maybe just a wee bit intimidated. I’ve heard these things can smell fear on you. The entire editorial 42 AmericanCarCollector.com n our last episode of “Horsepower,” I warbled along to this essential point: New cars just don’t really do it for me. Editor Pickering, my Instigator in Chief, responded with, “That was great! And now I have a new car coming for ya!” I think he likes to watch me squirm. Having already piloted staff crowded around and, I’m assuming, quietly pondered how far I’d make it before needing to be winched out of a ditch. I climbed in, hit the button, and it roared. I’m not exaggerating. It was as if the king of the jungle had been abruptly awoken from a much-deserved nap by a hapless cub poking his bellybutton — “RRRWHHHAAATTTT???!!!” I giggled. I couldn’t help myself. Pickering reminded me one more time to “try not to wreck it.” I promised I’d do my best. Thrill ride I don’t want to sound too much like a teenage gossip queen, but it’s possible that I spent the week or so prior to pick-up telling everyone who’d listen what was coming down the pipe. As a result, I had a line of kids I know who look and dress and sound like middle-aged men lined up around the corner for a turn in the passenger’s seat. Pickering warned me that I’d be impressed, and he wasn’t wrong. I could say that the ease with which I racked up several hundred miles on hot summer evenings while slogging through traffic and mortifying buddies in a 707-horsepower street car is impressive, but that’s like saying a blue whale is big.


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In the previous issue of ACC, I wrote about how the ’93 Z/28’s 275 horsepower rattled me to the bone 25 years ago. That car was so close to the magical 300-horsepower number that, for the first time, I could see the world of everyday high-performance cresting the horizon like a new dawn. The Hellcat might just be my high noon. There were times that I felt as if someone, engineers and designers and engine builders to be specific, actually had been listening over my shoulder all these years. The damn thing had a 60,000-mile/three-year drivetrain warranty, for crying out loud. Who would’ve ever thought that would be a reasonable expectation? I spent quite a lot of my cruis- ing time running through scenarios where I imagined taking the $75,000 it takes to own the red key and throwing it at my Chevelle instead. I could probably make my old car some combination of as fast, as reliable, as comfortable, or as safe as the Hellcat, but certainly not all of the above. It was a humbling exercise. Making it fit Unfortunately, my time with the Hellcat just so happened to over- lap with my sons’ summer vacation with the grandparents at Camp Dowhatiwant. I’m disappointed the three of us didn’t get a chance to give it hell together, but to them, my Chevelle currently holds the record for being the fastest car in the solar system. I guess there’s no real need to kickstart a controversy. In an effort to take advantage of the elusive opportunity for a In the previous issue of ACC, I wrote about how the ’93 Z/28’s 275 horsepower rattled me to the bone 25 years ago. That car was so close to the magical 300-horsepower number that, for the first time, I could see the world of everyday high-performance cresting the horizon like a new dawn. The Hellcat might just be my high noon. date night, my wife and I got ourselves cleaned up, hit the button, and vroomed our way over to our favorite fancy restaurant. On the way, she looked over at me and said, “It kinda feels like we’re living someone else’s life right now. No kids, fancy new car. Not bad!” With those words, she managed to nail down exactly the feeling with which I had been wrestling. As much as I was enjoying my time behind the wheel of the monster, I had already resigned myself to the fact that my time in the driver’s seat was exactly as my wife described it — a window into someone else’s life. After all, the spot in my garage is full of Chevelle, and that car’s not going anywhere. But for some reason, I couldn’t help but feel a bit guilty. It was as if I had been asking all my life for a perfectly tailored suit. And then, over time, some anonymous admirer procured my measurements and painstakingly assembled exactly what I had always been asking for. And now, here it was, laid out before me in all its tangible glory. How then do I tell the tailor that after all these years, jeans and a T-shirt is all I want? Pickering was right — I was more than impressed by my time with the Hellcat. The suit fit like a glove, and I looked pretty damn good wearing it, if I do say so myself. But I can’t help but feel that this particular cut might be a better fit on someone else. Maybe I should try it on again? A September–October 2018 43


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On the Road Elana Scherr NO EXCUSES Dave Tomaro Even with a well-running car, some driving experiences are just tougher in a classic. Should that stop you? a while it seemed like car culture was so caught up in the value of them as collector objects that nobody wanted to risk a road chip by, I dunno, actually starting the thing up and taking it down the highway. That was a shame, because there’s a joy in driving an older car that is not reproducible in a modern machine. It’s in those doors with the perfect height to rest an elbow out the E window, which, by the way, you can roll down without buffeting your eardrums out of your head. It’s that thin steering wheel that feels so elegant in your hand after the chunky sausage roll of contemporary cars, and even in the radio — should you have one — barely audible over the engine and the wind; every once in a while you’ll catch enough of the chorus to sing along. It’s a kind of magic, and it’s available every time you get behind the wheel. Excuses, excuses So why don’t more people drive their cars? Well, there are a lot of excuses, and I don’t mean the one you used to get out of going to 44 AmericanCarCollector.com verybody wants you to drive your classic car these days. It’s not uncommon for a car show to include a cruise or an autocross as part of weekend activities, road-trip stories dominate the magazines, and trends in customs and restoration are all leaning toward modernization and usability. I think it’s great. After all, cars were intended to be driven. For your cousin’s baby shower. “I’m so sorry, you know I’ve got this old Dodge and the thing just wouldn’t start. Super bummed I missed it. Congrats, though!” I guess we can add that to the “Pro” side of driving an old car, as people don’t even blink when you use it as an excuse for not being somewhere, even if in the long run, I’ve had fewer carrelated strandings than my friends with five-year-old cars. But these aren’t really the sorts of excuses I’m talking about. I’m thinking more about the excuses we make to not drive our classics unless the circumstances are exactly right. “It looks like rain,” or “There’s no parking there for anything the size of this Lincoln Continental,” or “It is too hot and I don’t have a/c and also it is too cold and the defroster is lousy.” Now, I don’t mean this as a shaming. Even with a well-running car, there are just some driving experiences that are tougher in a classic. Here goes nothing Recently I’ve been pushing myself to tackle drives that my first impulse is to avoid. First and foremost on the list of on-the-road experience that I’ve gone out of my way to not experience has been steep hill traffic in my 1971 Opel GT. The GT is a 4-speed manual, and while it’s pretty easy to drive by vintage stick-shift standards, it certainly doesn’t have all the helpful


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little cheats of a modern manual. Hill-start assist? In the old days that was called an emergency brake, and no, the one in the Opel doesn’t work, thanks for asking. The other day I decided I’d been self-mollycoddling for long enough, and I pointed the nose of the Opel towards Laurel Canyon Boulevard. See, I needed to be in Hollywood, on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains from where I live in Southern California. Laurel Canyon was the quickest way there, but also the steepest, and it was rush hour. Things started off okay. I hugged the curb lane and lugged along in first gear. Toward the crest things got tricky. Two lanes merge into one at a stop sign. By the time I got clear of the intersection my left leg was faded, my hands were sweaty, I’d done a small but embarrassing burnout in front of a BMW, and I was definitely questioning my decision of not just taking the long way around. In the end, I made it over, but I don’t think famous Pro Stock driver “Mr. 4-Speed” Ronnie Sox would have been impressed. I was pretty pleased with myself, though. I got home that evening and proudly announced, “I drove over Laurel Canyon at rush hour!” to my husband, Tom. I figured he’d be supportive, as his daily driver is a 5-speed 1993 Dodge W250, so he knows all about daily driving in traffic with a clutch. “Why would you do that?” he asked, looking truly baffled and slightly horrified. “I, uh, thought I needed to be able to, you know, to really say I can drive a stick shift,” I answered. “Yeah, you need to be able to in case you turn on a steep street by accident,” he said. “You don’t need to do it on purpose!” It was kind of an epiphany for me, since all this time I’ve always felt like I needed to prove something by using my cars as if they were new cars, as if there is no difference between what I was doing and being in a leased Audi SUV. Elana’s 1971 Opel GT sticks out in a crowd Use on your terms What my experiment in hill climbing made me realize is that there’s no reason to make driving an old car harder than it already is. You’re already giving up the creature comforts and safety assists that most of the people around you have in their rides, so if you want to look for a route that has less traffic (or fewer hills), or you want to wait out a rainstorm before running your errands, give yourself permission to do so. Don’t feel guilty about it. If you force yourself to drive your car in a way that is going to make you hate it, that’s not going to lead to more driving. Use your car the way that makes you want to drive it again. No excuses.A September–October 2018 45


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On the Market John L. Stein POWER WAGONS John L. Stein A station wagon on steroids: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. Yes, some tumbleweeds were harmed on this road trip No resto-mod will match the breathtaking performance of the Durango SRT. But morphing a Vista Cruiser into a 442? Hmmm L et me tell you about the new Dodge Durango SRT — numerically speaking, that is. This station wagon on steroids kicks out 475 hp from its 6.4-liter Hemi engine, rockets to 155 mph, returns an estimated 13 mpg in city driving, and uses $2,800 in fuel per year. It has no 4-on-the-floor, but rather an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters, launch control, and an in-dash touchscreen that allows choosing among several drive modes, including Street, Track and Tow. The wagon accelerates like a Grumman Bearcat, and its multi-spoke wheels and 295/45ZR20 tires look big enough for a Formula car. It also weighs a hefty 5,510 pounds and pencils out at $70,270 MSRP, with vari- ous options included. Oh, and surprisingly, the SRT attracts the Highway Patrol. So here is another number for you: $468. Where is kindly Broderick Crawford when you need him? Seeing the bottom line on the window sticker of the “Octane Red Pearl” Durango SRT that arrived on loan recently gave me pause — partly because of the outright cost, which is about twice the annual income of a typical auto mechanic or college grad, and partly because of the eventual depreciation this vehicle may suffer. (A factoid to consider: KBB’s best-rated model for value retention is the Toyota Tacoma, which keeps over 69% of its value after five years. Even if the Durango SRT matches this industry-leading number, it will still lose more than $21,000 in that period.) This in turn made me wonder, what else in the way of classic performance wagons might the same money buy — with less depreciation risk? 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Tailgate icons I began squeezing my overfilled brain for historic “power wagons” — period cars that, in their day, proffered the same attitude and verve as the Durango SRT. First to mind was the fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet Nomad wagon. Of course, all of the Tri-Five Chevys came with available V8 power, making them prime for 1957 Chevrolet Nomad 2-door wagon. Keep an eye out for the fuel-injected version


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inclusion on any credible “power wagon” fave list. But the unique Rochester-injected ’57s stand tall. The ACC Pocket Price Guide pegs Nomads at $64,000 today, with a B rating, with injected versions another 30% more — that’s similar in price to the Durango SRT with less likelihood for depreciation. Hmmm. What else? How about the Dodge Power Wagon Town Wagons of 1956–66? The originals often had a workmanlike iron 6-cylinder flathead (V8 power was optional) instead of the Durango SRT’s aluminumhead V8, but set one up with a winch, 4WD and low-range gears, and you’ll likely get farther up the Rubicon Trail than any ground-hugging Durango. And they’re more affordable, too: ACC’s Premium Auction Database has them at $57,200 median value. The ship’s already sailed on price gains for the original Power Wagons, but they are also reasonably safe bets to retain value in the future. Big-blocks and woodgrain In 1961 Chrysler’s New Yorker Town & Country was a 4-door hard-top wagon with a 413-inch V8, dual exhausts, dual air conditioning, and power brakes, windows and other features. With its canted quad headlights and long fins, to my eye it’s one of Virgil Exner’s best works. It’s essentially a Chrysler 300G (minus the cross-ram manifolds, which you could find and add) with bench seats, two extra doors and a tailgate. The T&C wagons aren’t in the ACC Pocket Price Guide, and we haven’t seen any sell at auction, but NADA lists them at $19,300. Over in FoMoCo Land, the 1949–51 steel-bodied Country Squire “woodies” were available with flathead V8s and have soared to a ACC median of $46,065, as time and attention have shot pre-war Ford woodie values to the moon. But there’s a way cheaper alternative for Ford “power wagons,” such as the 429-powered 1969 LTD Country Squire wagon, which NADA lists at $9,800. Not long ago, its woodgrain body sides would have been derided, but as evidenced by a steady market for 1984–91 Jeep Grand Wagoneers at an ACC median of $15,400, a small, safe space definitely exists for woodgrain in serious car culture. An Olds alternative My neighbor’s garage is home to a forgotten 1964 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser. The faded Fern Mist wagon has been stored away for decades and is now packed and covered with the detritus of life: cardboard boxes, hand-me-down laundry and such. The car has a 330-ci V8 and the oft-maligned 2-speed Jetaway transmission, so it’s certainly no 442 with a high-CFM 4-barrel carb, fun 4-speed and throaty dual exhausts. The division never made a 442 wagon, and so sourcing the right gearbox, adding a couple of new pedals, modifying the transmission tunnel, hanging dual exhausts, and adding some replica badges to this $6,000 car would certainly make a compelling project. If you’ve performed such hijinks, show us, please! Although I love both horsepower and wagons, I’m admittedly not much into 1964 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser custom wagon. Since you’re already altering it... resto-mods — particularly given the firsthand knowledge that none will ever match the breathtaking overall performance of the Durango SRT. But morphing a Vista Cruiser into a 442 wagon? Now that might just make me a convert. It’s going on my to-do list right now. A September–October 2018 47


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 350/300 COUPE Fresh Shark is Catch of the Day Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Our subject car was not terribly uncommon or unusual in its day, but finding one in this condition now is quite a bit more difficult VIN: 194379S726693 by Brett Hatfield blue interior, T-tops, pop-out rear window and an AM/ FM radio. It rides on a set of replacement tires from the mid-’70s and comes with receipts and ownership history. T 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 349, sold for $23,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction June 21–23 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. It was offered at no reserve. Chevrolet cranked out more than 38,000 Corvettes in 1969, the second year of production for their new Stingray (one word, not two as in the previous iteration). Of those, 22,129 were coupes, and 10,083 were equipped with the base 350-ci 300-hp V8. The Muncie M-20 wide-ratio 4-speed manual was the most popular transmission offered that year, with 16,507 of them making it out the door. Nearly every Corvette had an AM/FM radio. Overall, our subject car was not terribly uncommon or unusual in its day, but finding one in this condition now is quite a bit more difficult. Wearing a National Corvette Restorers Society sticker in the removable rear window, this Can-Am White example looks to have been the subject of a thorough restoration. his 1969 Corvette is powered by its matching-numbers 350/300-hp 8-cylinder engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. The rest of the drivetrain is matching numbers as well. It comes well optioned with a bright A new Corvette The Stingray was a radical departure from the previous Sting Ray model of 1963–67. It was inspired by the 1964–65 Mako Shark II concept, which was an evolution of the Corvair Monza GT concept first seen in 1962. Bill Mitchell, then head of GM Styling, said he wanted “a narrow, slim, center section and coupe body, a tapered tail, an all-of-a-piece blending of the upper and lower portions of the body through the center (avoiding the look of a roof added to a body), and prominent wheels with their protective fenders distinctly separate from the main body, yet grafted organically to it.” Larry Shinoda gave Mitchell just what he asked for. Zora Arkus-Duntov, long considered the Father of the Corvette, had for years pushed to make the fiberglass wonder competitive with the very best Europe had to offer. He felt the 1963–67 mid-year Corvettes had done just that. The Sting Ray had four-wheel independent suspension, great balance (in the smallblock models), available mechanical fuel injection, iconic styling, and beginning with the 1965 model year, four-wheel disc brakes. To Duntov, the functionfollows-form styling of the “Shark Body” Stingray was a huge step backward. Zora wanted the new Stingray to be smaller, lighter and more aerodynamic than its predecessor. He wanted the new car to be mid-engine. He wanted a true performance car. Mitchell, on the other hand, wanted a stylish new Corvette that looked more aerodynamic, but he was


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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 Original list price: $4,781 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Tag at base of windshield, driver’s side Engine # location: Pad at passenger’s side front of block, below cylinder head Years produced: 1968–82 Number produced: 22,129 (1969 coupe) Club: National Corvette Restorers Society less concerned with outright performance. This difference of opinion fostered numerous ongoing arguments between the two, most of which Duntov lost to the higher-ranking Mitchell. A teething shark The third-generation Corvette, beneath its curva- ceous fiberglass skin, was very similar to the previous car. The new body had much more overhang at both ends. The interior was more pinched, courtesy of the narrow mid-section. It was over 150 pounds heavier. There was less luggage space and the ride was harsher. There was less airflow through the radiator, requiring the addition of a chin spoiler. The seat backs were akin to recliners, with a 33-degree angle that made it seem like you were almost lying down. The relocation of the secondary gauges to the center pod, away from the driver’s line of sight, was of particular consternation. Road & Track magazine quipped, “We wish we could express more enthusiasm for the new model, but we feel that the general direction of the changes is away from Sports Car and toward Image and Gadget Car.” Initial build quality on the Corvette was well below par. Body panels did not align properly, knobs fell off, the new Astro ventilation worked poorly, and fiberglass and paint quality were poor. There were bright spots, however. By carrying over the engines and most of the transmissions from the previous generation, the Stingray had a full complement of proven powerplants. The base motor was the 327/300-hp V8, with an available 350-hp option. Also on the option list was the 427 rat motor, which could be had in 390-hp, 400-hp, 435-hp or mighty L88 variants. Despite quality complaints, 28,566 Corvettes left the St. Louis assembly plant in 1968. A good buy For years, the C3 was the butt of automotive jokes. It was the Disco ’Vette, to be owned by the hairychest, gold-medallion crowd — the crown of the recently divorced or midlife-crisis participants. So many third-gen Corvettes were produced that the exclusivity waned and resale prices for all but the rarest models languished. But in recent years, the 1968–82 Corvettes have begun to experience a rebirth — particularly the chrome-bumper cars. Swoopy bodywork, combined with the last years of the muscle-car era, big-block engines, rumbling exhaust, and power not yet stifled by emissions regulation have made the 1968–72 Corvettes attractive again. These years represent the last of the “visceral” ’Vettes. Our subject Corvette is a 1969 model year. In ’69, the Stingray moniker returned to the Corvette fenders, having been absent in 1968. The push-button door lock of the ’68 was gone, replaced by a more flush lock combined with the stylish scoop handle. The gills behind the front wheels could be trimmed in stainless steel, as seen on this example. All of the other curvy styling cues remained, and quality control had improved. This example was clearly the recipient of a solid, recent restoration. The engine compartment is clean and mostly correct, with the chrome factory ignition shielding in place. The Bright Blue vinyl interior shows very little sign of use or wear. The Can Am White finish is sharp and crisp. Adorned with an NCRS sticker in the back window, the car appears to have been lovingly restored. While it isn’t the hottest option under the hood, the base 350 is peppy enough and really usable, and that 4-speed will make it fun. It won’t be finicky out on the road. Although the sale price is dead-on American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide median value, getting this much car in this condition for this little money seems like a true bargain. Considering what must have gone into getting this car to this level, the buyer should be pleased. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of BarrettJackson.) September–October 2018 49CC 49 Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1966 Ford Mustang coupe, 1967 Plymouth Barracuda, 1970 Pontiac Firebird ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 350/350 coupe Lot 552, VIN: 194379S711339 Condition: 2Sold at $19,000 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/12/2018 ACC# 6868134 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 350/350 coupe Lot 133, VIN: 194379S709693 Condition: 3+ Sold at $18,360 MAG Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/12/2017 ACC# 6843554 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 350/350 coupe Not sold at $20,000 Silver Auctions, Fort Lot 69, VIN: 194379S738713 Condition: 3 McDowell, AZ, 1/19/2017 ACC# 6816909


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PROFILE GM Turbo Tuner 1978 PONTIAC MACHO TRANS AM Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Macho cars weren’t cheap, and only a handful were sold. But for some guys, this was the best bet for a hotter Firebird that was ready to go out of the box VIN: 2W87Z8L174447 by Dale Novak • 1978 Macho Trans Am #202 • The last Macho Trans Am modified by DKM in 1978; two 1978 models were converted in 1979 • The last of nine produced with the HO Racing Specialties turbocharger • The only turbocharged Macho Trans Am in black and gold • MCACN Day Two Gold award in 2015 • Featured in September 2016 Hemmings Muscle Machines • Correct WC-suffix 400-ci, 325-hp V8 engine • 480 ft-lb of torque • Borg Warner T10 4-speed manual transmission • Hurst Competition Plus shifter • 10-bolt rear end • 3.42 limited-slip differential • WS6 special-performance package ACC Analysis This car, Lot F202, sold for $57,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s massive Indy sale held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on May 15–20, 2018. It was offered without reserve. Who’s Macho? Okay, we might as well get this over with right away. Coming from the south, referring to some guy as a “Macho Man” was likely a beer-tossing, glovesoff excuse to start a bar brawl. That said, out on the West Coast, the term was evidentially widely popular back in the late 1970s — even being ensconced in history with a hit song by the Village People that made the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1978. If you’re not familiar with these modified Trans Ams, 50 AmericanCarCollector.com you’re not alone. The only reason I am even remotely familiar with them is that one cruised around my hometown in central Florida back in the early 1980s. I recall thinking that it had a pretty stupid name, and a few of my buddies thought some dude had put the graphics on it. Needless to say, it didn’t go over too well. Little did we know that it was a professionally modified Trans Am, one that was purpose-built by a subsidiary of a little-known Pontiac dealership in Glendale, AZ. Turned-up T/A As the story goes, the sons of the owner had decided that the brand-new Trans Ams were lacking in the performance department — and they were determined to do something about it. We are talking about the era of “smogger” perfor- mance — or lack thereof. Yes, the cars looked fast and were glorified by Burt Reynolds in “Smokey and the


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Bandit” (1977). And, if you didn’t know better, the GM marketing had you convinced that a new 1978 Trans Am was a genuine high-performance road rocket. In stock form, a 1978 Firebird with the highest- output W72 400 under the hood made 220 hp under the best conditions. Sure, that’s not a terrible number for 1978, but Dennis and Kyle Mecham (DKM) thought they could do better. Enter the Macho The Macho Trans Am was designed and built by DKM from 1977 to ’79. To circumvent the new-car dealer restrictions, the modified cars were sold as used cars even though they were essentially new off the showroom floor. Most were spec’d out by the customer, and based on various production sources, about 325 total were produced. The vast majority were modified, naturally aspi- rated machines. Modifications included re-jetting the carburetor, increasing the distributor curve, opening up the Shaker hood scoop and adding a set of Hooker headers. The challenge for DKM was to do all of this without altering the mandated federal emissions systems. Other mods included suspension changes, graphics and aftermarket seating. Basically, anything the customer wanted, provided it was reasonable and doable. While the modifications were things a guy with some mechanical aptitude could do on his own, DKM made it easier and packaged it neatly into the Macho line of performance Trans Ams. The cars weren’t cheap, which might suggest why only a handful were sold. But for some guys, this was just the ticket: a hotter Firebird that was ready to go out of the box. A super-rare turbo model Our subject car is reported to be one of nine with the HO Racing Specialties turbocharger. The upgrade truly ratcheted up performance, taking the 400-ci V8 from 220 hp to about 325 hp. It also ratcheted up the price to north of $13,000 — about two times the MSRP. Toss in a properly geared differential and an even rarer 4-speed transmission, and you’d likely find yourself doing your best “Smokey and the Bandit” impression, cowboy hat not included. Plus, we can add a red bandit scarf on top of it, as this is reported to be the only turbo model in the desirable black-and-gold combination — and the last one delivered in 1978. All in all, if you’re a fan of the later 1970s-era Trans Ams, our subject car separates itself from the pack. It even has the infamous T-top, which certainly adds more value to the configuration. It’s the right color and it has the right options including a/c. Finding a 4-speed in a 1978 Trans Am is difficult enough, but finding one with a MCACN Day Two Gold award and a proper restoration is even tougher. Rare car, great comps Mecum sold a collection of five Macho Trans Ams at their Dallas sale in 2017. This single sale gives us the best up-periscope view of the value range one might expect to pay for a typical Macho Trans Am. The one caveat to that — these were all 4-bbl cars. The huge game changer for our subject car is the turbo under the hood. The five cars sold at the Mecum sale ranged from an all-in price of $53,900 to $35,200. While the conditions varied, that would suggest a median value of about $40,000. That’s a pretty good benchmark to use for our valuation dynamics. Our subject car carried a pre-sale auction estimate of $75,000 to $100,000. Given the recent comps, that’s pretty aggressive. However, we are talking about a very rare Macho model that remains in excellent condition. So where do we go from here? By my observations and by dissecting the broader Trans Am market — especially the black-and-gold 6.6-liter “Bandit” Special Editions with T-tops and low miles — fetching $50,000-plus on the block is not all that unrealistic. Some have sold for far more than that. It’s a car that resonates with a whole herd of carcrazy guys — and a bunch of them have the money to buy one. So values have been fairly steady with some cooling in the past year or so, but the right examples can still pull a surprisingly strong number on the auction block. Mucho Macho money? So was it mucho money for our Macho Trans Am? Given the overall market and desirability for just about any black-and-gold T/A with a T-top — not to mention the rare 4-speed — the price paid for this particular Macho seems completely in line with recent sales for an everyday 6.6-liter black T-top Trans Am. But if I were really a macho, macho, man — I’d dare say it was very well bought. 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September–October 2018 51 Detailing Years produced: 1977–79 Number produced: 325 (estimated) Club: National Firebird & T/A Club Engine # location: Stamping toward left side of front of block Current ACC Median Valuation: $40,000 Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Plate at base of windshield Original list price: $9,610 (base Macho), $13,000 (Turbo Macho) Web: www.firebirdtaclub.com Alternatives: 1972 Dodge Demon GSS, 1968 Pontiac Royal Bobcat GTO, 1981 Chevrolet Yenko Turbo Z Camaro ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1978 Pontiac Trans Am coupe Lot ST0106, VIN: 2W8728N170933 Condition: 2+ Sold at $32,635 ACC# 6827632 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 3/2/2017 1977 Pontiac Trans Am SE coupe Lot F254, VIN: 2W87Z7N209605 Condition: 1 Not sold at $75,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/6/2017 ACC# 6816790 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary coupe Lot F527, VIN: 2X87Z9L170139 Condition: 2Sold at $66,000 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/22/2013 ACC# 225708


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PROFILE FOMOCO Price of Luxury 1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CONVERTIBLE Darin Schnabel ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s I’d like to think bidders finally recognized the significance of these all-in Continentals VIN: 1Y86H414255 by Tom Glatch of the early Continental interiors. Contours and paint are all excellent, and exterior brightwork is of very good quality. The instrument panel is in very good condition and the padding shows no cracks. The black leather upholstery is near excellent, with only the driver’s seat showing any wear. Both front and back seats have fold-down armrests. The odometer shows some 850 miles, believed to be since restoration. The undercarriage is generally very nice, exhibit- T ing a factory-like finish. The tires are P235/75-R14 Coker Classic radial whitewalls. The engine bay is highly detailed, with no significant flaws. Very well appointed, the car has power steering and brakes, his 1961 convertible was purchased from well-known Continental expert Gordon Jensen of Marco Island, FL, in December 2014. Gorgeous in Sunburst Yellow, it has the interior wood-grain accents characteristic power front seat and factory air conditioning, windshield washers and power seats, as well as an AM radio. It is also equipped with Speed Control, an early form of cruise control. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 909, sold for $103,600, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s sale of the Dingman Collection in Hampton, NH, on June 24, 2018. Some marques seem to always be on the chopping block. The Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company is one of those brands. Although Lincoln was conceived in 1919 by engineer Henry Leland to build the world’s finest automobile, the company was in receivership by 1922, only to be snatched up by Henry Ford. Thanks to Henry Ford’s eccentricities, Ford’s early Lincolns were often underwhelming and behind the competition in engineering. Even after Henry’s rule ended, the missteps often continued. Yet there were moments of brilliance, such as the 1941 Continental. Often, those shining examples were the result of management mandates to either save the brand or terminate it. Then, like Texas Hold ’em Poker players, Lincoln designers, engineers and marketing people would push in all their chips with a smashing do-or-die vehicle. Today’s Continental is one of those save-the-brand luxury machines and has done much to restore Lincoln’s luster. So was the 1961 Continental. After the failures of the 1950s, especially the huge and homely 1958–60 Continentals, the ’61 version was simply an all-or-nothing play — and the gamble paid off. Understated elegance The Turquoise Mist Continental on the cover of the March 1961 issue of Car Life magazine was revealing. Contrast the understated elegance of the new Continental with the red Dodge Lancer on the 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com


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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 previous month’s cover, a garish exercise in ’50s-style excess brought into the new decade. Elwood Engel and his team were tasked with creat- ing the Continental’s landmark design, which earned Lincoln the Bronze Medal from the Industrial Design Institute. The only models available were a 4-door sedan and the unusual 4-door convertible, both with rear-opening suicide-style rear doors. Those unique doors were designed to make entry to the rear seats easier and became a defining feature of Continentals from 1961 to 1969. Plus, the convertible’s cloth top folded completely under a raised deck cover, a design taken from the steel-top Ford Skyliners of 1957–59 — no awkward boot to attach for the Continental owner. Ironically, Engel would leave Ford in the next year to lead Chrysler’s design makeover — guess what the inspiration for the 1964–66 Imperial was. Beneath the Continental’s skin was an engineering marvel. Harold MacDonald and his engineers simply made no compromises. Under the hood was the largest engine in America at the time: 430 cubic inches of smooth, confident power. Like the ’58 Lincolns, the new car was based on a unibody architecture. But this Continental was not the hulking behemoth of the previous generation. Instead, the wheelbase was eight inches shorter, 17 inches less in overall length, and more than 300 pounds lighter. Yet great attention was given to even the smallest item, such as the effort of the switchgear and the bearings on the ashtrays. “Final proof of the company’s confidence in this array of engineering and servicing features is found in the warranty: two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first,” wrote Car Life magazine. That was an unprecedented warranty at the time. The magazine concluded, “…here is a car extraordinary — one that is designed to be beautiful and comfortable, and built to be long lived and reliable. In short, this is a car which well deserves the 1961 Car Life Award for Engineering Excellence.” By all accounts they drove and handled better that the typical luxo-barge of the era. The new Continentals were expensive, at least $500 more than a comparable Cadillac, but Ford felt the Lincoln’s design and engineering were worth the premium. Luxury and value Unlike the market’s relentless demand for American muscle, American luxury barely makes an impact. ACC’s 2018 Pocket Price Guide Q3 has the proof — despite just 2,857 4-door convertibles produced in their maiden year, the median price is a meager $36,000. Exceptional examples, though, can get near the $75,000 range. So why did this particular Continental sail past the $100k mark? Certainly, this is a fine automobile, well restored, and particularly striking in Sunburst Yellow paint. Then there is the aura of being part of the Dingman Collection. The late Michael Dingman was a former executive with Ford Motor Company, and he amassed an amazing collection of the finest Ford, Mercury and Lincoln automobiles. This was actually RM’s third auction of Dingman’s collection, the prior sales taking place in 2006 and 2012. This latest auction specialized in over 500 lots of automobilia, but amid the glitz and glitter of Dingman’s vintage neon signs, this 4-door convertible stood out. Could a bidding war have caused the successful buyer to push in all the chips and go for the win? Maybe. Rather, I’d like to think bidders finally recognized the significance of these all-in Continentals, and the price reflected it. Very well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible Lot 792, VIN: 2Y86H419488 Condition: 2+ Sold at $67,100 Club: Lincoln & Continental Owners Club Web: lcoc.org Alternatives: 1961 Original list price: $6,713 Current ACC Median Valuation: $36,000 Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Stamped into the right front inner fender apron under the hood Engine # location: Stamped on pad on driver’s side of engine block, forward of cylinder head Years produced: 1961–69 Number produced: 2,857 (1961) ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Cadillac Sedan de Ville, 1961 Imperial Crown Southampton, 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/19/2017 ACC# 6852539 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible Lot 318, VIN: 1786H407731 Condition: 1Sold at $54,600 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/24/2017 ACC# 6827966 Lot 475, VIN: 1Y86H413892 Condition: 2 Sold at $42,900 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2014 ACC# 256120 September–October 2018 53CC 53


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PROFILE MOPAR Seeing Green 1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-DOOR HARD TOP 2018 © RM Auctions Inc. The Road Runner was a moneymaker for Plymouth, but it takes the right options and colors today to bring big bucks VIN: RM23VOG214373 by John Boyle • 440-ci “Six Pack” V8 engine • Manual transmission featuring Pistol Grip shifter • Interior features bucket seats, console, radio and Road Runner horn • Highly desirable Mopar; excellent presentation throughout • From the Duffy Grove Collection ACC Analysis This car, Lot 5044, sold for $45,650, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ Auburn Spring 2018 sale, held May 11 and 12, 2018, in Auburn, IN. In 1967, the muscle-car war was heating up. General Motors had the Chevelle SS, 442 and the GTO. Ford had its Fairlane and Comet. Dodge had the Coronet and Charger. So as not to be left behind, Plymouth introduced the GTX. Based on the mid-size B-body Belvedere platform, it offered 440s and Hemis in a sporty, luxurious package priced a couple of hundred dollars above the Satellite and comparable GTO. Hedging its bets, Plymouth reasoned a lower-cost model would appeal to younger buyers looking for performance on a budget. Asking automotive journalists for input, Brock Yates of Car and Driver suggested a stripped high-power mid-size car. The econo-racer would use the 2-door coupe body (a hard top was soon added), heavy-duty police suspension and brakes, and have a bench seat and a basic interior. Power would come from an exclusive version of the 383 fitted with the camshaft, heads, manifolds and other items from the 440 “Super Commando,” which was then topped with a 4-barrel. The base transmission was the normally extra-cost 4-speed; the TorqueFlite automatic was optional, as were power steering, brakes and air conditioning. For those looking for more speed, the 425-hp, 426 Hemi was available — but at a price. At $714, its cost was fully 25% of the car’s $2,896 base. Capable of 0–60 in seven seconds and a 15-second quarter mile, the base 383 car met its objectives by being fast and inexpensive, undercutting its competition by $200 to $300 — and the GTX by $500. Birth of the bird With the basic car mapped out, executives needed to come up with a name. Plymouth’s ad agency liked the 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com


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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! name “La Mancha”— as in the musical, “Man of La Mancha.” Fortunately, product planner Gordon Cherry was watching Saturday morning cartoons with his kids and noticed a fast bird that was never caught by his nemesis, one Wile E. Coyote. After a six-hour conference call between Detroit and Warner Brothers and a $50,000 check, Plymouth got to put a Road Runner decal on the car. The styling department wasn’t amused, thinking the cartoon a bit too irreverent, and wanted the decals left in the glovebox, but a group of influential dealers liked the bird and convinced management to go all-in on the branding. Buyers loved it to the tune of 44,599 units — a fifth of the division’s mid-size production. In its 1969 sophomore year, a convertible was added, and more options were available, but the big news was that the engine lineup was expanded to include the 440 with three 2-bbls. That engine produced 390 hp and matched the Hemi’s 490 ft-lb of torque. With more than 80,000 built and a Motor Trend Car of the Year award, the budget racer had arrived. Sadly, that would be the high-water mark for the model, as 1970 production fell to 41,000 — the victim of more competition (including Mopar’s own Barracuda/Challenger E-bodies and Duster 340), a recession and rising insurance rates that saw hefty surcharges put on anything remotely high performance. Buyers learned that it was one thing to have a low monthly payment, but quite another to afford insurance. A nice car, but not iconic enough Our profile car is fairly representative of its breed — a hard top with the middle engine option, a 4-speed, and aside from bucket seats and console, few other options. Its VIN confirms it was born with a 440-6 but there are no claims of it being numbers matching. Although not mentioned in the catalog description, photos show it to be equipped with the desirable Air Grabber hood — a vacuum-operated flap that drew cooler air into the carbs. Outside, it does without a vinyl top or the matte- black “Performance Hood” paint option. Likewise it lacks the reflective “Dust Trail” decal or the iconic “High Impact” paint colors (a $14.05 option). It’s shod with the optional Rallye wheels and fitted with OEM Goodyears. Condition-wise, the body looks straight enough, but the trunk gap is slightly off and a stainless trim piece at the front of the hood is missing. The interior is stock and correctly restored, but the gauges show their age. Under the hood, it’s clean but far from detailed, with corrosion on the brake reservoir, paint peeling from the manifold and a modern battery. The “Six Pack” decal atop the air cleaner is incorrect for a Plymouth, as only Dodge used that term in 1970 (it should read “440 Six Barrel”). A detail like that wouldn’t escape a serious Mopar fan and casts doubt on the car’s overall correctness. Despite those issues, with an ACC median price of $54,000, the $45,650 paid for this car makes it well bought. Comparing similar 440-6 cars in the ACC Premium Auction Database, $68,200 bought a freshly restored #2 example at Leake Tulsa 2015 (ACC# 256470), while a #2+ Vitamin C Orange car sold for $62,640 at Mecum Kansas City 2015 (ACC# 264727). While the condition issues were obviously a factor, I can’t help but think the very period — but boring — Ivy Green Metallic paint might have played a part here. After all, if you’re looking at a muscle car, why not hunt one in an iconic color, such as Tor Red or Vitamin C? Good value The Road Runner fit the “power to the people” man- tra of its era. By building a performance car specifically aimed at the lower end of the market, Plymouth created a legend with its price, performance and colorful irreverence. This one didn’t bring a top-shelf price thanks to its few needs and light options, but the Detailing Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 697 (hard top 440 6-barrel 4-speed), 41,484 total Club: Walter P. Chrysler Club Web: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1970 Pontiac GTO, 1970 Chevelle SS 396, 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 2-dr hard top Lot 1018, VIN: RM23N0A133434 Condition: 2 Sold at $55,000 W. Yoder Auctions, Wautoma, WI, 4/20/2018 ACC# 6868036 Current ACC Median Valuation: $54,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad on top of the block near water pump Original list price: $3,034 (hard top) 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 2-dr coupe Lot 2453, VIN: RM21V0A149289 Condition: 2 Sold at $68,200 ACC# 265470 new owner should be happy. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 2-dr hard top Lot F175, VIN: RM23N0G146483 Condition: 2+ Sold at $62,640 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/25/2015 ACC# 264727 Leake Auctions, Tulsa, OK, 6/7/2015 September–October 2018 September–October 2018 55


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1922 FORD MODEL T ROADSTER PICKUP Screen Power David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Nearly $500k to buy it and probably half again as much to restore this car represents a princely sum. But how do you put a price on a genuine icon? VIN: N/A by Ken Gross • Credited with starting the T-bucket craze • Hot Rod magazine cover in October 1955 • Featured on TV in “Mr. Kagle and the Baby Sitter” in 1956 • Paint, crab-claw flames and pinstripes by Dean Jeffries • Car Craft cover: April, 1957 • Starred on the TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” in 1958, and was called “Kookie’s Kar” after show character Gerald “Kookie” Kookson III • Sold to Jim “Street” Skonzakes for $3,000 in 1959 • Later painted Rose Pearl with Candy Red flames by Larry Watson’s House of Style • The original, unforgettable and one-of-a-kind “Kookie’s Kar” ACC Analysis This car, Lot S114, sold for $484,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Indy 2018 Auction, held May 15–20, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. It was offered with no reserve. One of the most popular TV Shows in America in the late 1950s was “77 Sunset Strip,” starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith. But the show was stolen by Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, who played a breezy valet car jockey. Byrnes was suave, good-looking, constantly talking in colloquial “jive,” and forever combing his swept-back hair. His personal ride was 56 AmericanCarCollector.com this radically rodded ’22 Ford Model T roadster pickup, which at the time featured a fully exposed Caddy V8, curly crab-claw flames by Dean Jeffries, a tall white top, exposed headers and exhaust stacks. Birth of the bucket Model T hot rods had been popular before this car, but then-22-year-old builder Norm Grabowski devised a radical new look. He took a Model T body and placed it precariously on a shortened, wildly raked and Z-ed Model A frame, with a suicide front end and a tubular axle. The ’52 Cad V8, originally with a 3-71 GMC blower, gave the lightweight plenty of power. A Ross steering box was borrowed from a milk truck. The steering column was mounted almost vertically. When this T appeared on the cover of Car Craft in April 1957, Grabowski retained its chopped windscreen and added that snappy white top for an almost cartoon-like profile. Tornado headlight brackets were topped with tiny lights that flanked a filled and bobbed ’32 Ford grille shell. The blower, which had been borrowed from a friend, was replaced with a rare four-carb Horne intake, backed by a Jackson Roto-Faze distributor. The Cad was bored to 354 cubic inches and stuffed with a Winfield 7111 cam, and Studebaker rockers ensured it would rev nicely. The ’39 Ford gearbox — trashed after the hot T turned 103


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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: 1922/1952 Number produced: 165,356 1922 Runabouts (roadsters) Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: N/A (sold on a bill of sale only) Engine # location: N/A Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Current ACC Median Valuation: $484,000 (this car) in the quarter-mile — was about to be replaced with a sturdy La Salle 3-speed. When it first appeared on the cover of Hot Rod, in October 1955, it was called the “Lightning Bug.” After the updates, Car Craft named it “Charmed Chariot.” The Bug’s basic black paint had given way to hot red and yellow flames by Dean Jeffries. And it was pictured in a famous article in Life magazine with Grabowski chomping on a hamburger at Bob’s Big Boy. Kids all over America (me too!) tuned in to “77 Sunset Strip” just to see “Kookie” wheel that crazy T into the parking lot, vault over the side and run a comb through his hair. “Kookie” and that unforgettable rod were the essence of cool. Edd Byrnes left the TV series for a time toward the end of the second season, and “Kookie’s Kar” was retired after Grabowski sold it to Ohio’s Jim Skonzakes, better known as Jim Street, for $3,000 in 1959. The more things change Jim Street, who fancied show rods and customs, wanted his own look. He had Larry Watson repaint the “Kookie T” in Rose Pearl with black-tipped Candy Red flames and white pinstripes. The interior was redone in then-fashionable white pearl button-tufted leather. Street toured the country with the “T” and the “Golden Sahara II,” a futuristic custom Lincoln Capri convertible by George Barris that had appeared in the 1960 comedy film “Cinderfella.” Unable to resist updating the “Kookie Kar” once more, Street added garish dual headlights, twin superchargers and dual rear slicks. Aping the worst custom practices of that era, he fitted high-back bucket seats and “Zoomie” dragster-style exhaust pipes mounted at 45-degree angles and extending to the top of the windshield. Meanwhile, “TV” Tommy Ivo built a competitive T-bucket in 1957 and match-raced Grabowski a few times. Countless hot rodders nationwide took T roadster bodies, added big engines, fashioned an impudent stance, and the T-bucket style became immensely popular. They could be built quickly and cheaply. Fiberglass bodies made it even easier. Andy Brizio on the West Coast and Mickey Lauria back East sold components and even complete T-buckets by the hundreds. After briefly touring both his famous show cars again, Street squirreled them away in his Ohio garage. I talked to him a couple of times, and he was willing to let me see the cars, but regrettably, I never took him up on his offer. Both the Kookie T and the Golden Sahara languished for 50 years until Street (Skonzakes) passed away. Lasting impressions Enter Ross Myers, who owns a superb collection of hot rods, racing cars and classics in his private Boyertown, PA, museum. “I remember the “Kookie Kar” as a kid,” Myers says. “I’d watch “77 Sunset Strip” just to see it. We didn’t have hot rods where I grew up outside of Philadelphia, so I was glued to the TV. I thought that car was so cool. The first hot rod I ever saw, it really started my interest in hot rods. But I thought it was long gone.” Myers went to the Mecum Indy sale to buy another car, “but when I saw it, I had to have it. I think four guys were bidding on it. They probably all remembered it on TV.” Myers has commissioned Roy Brizio to restore the famous T exactly the way it was on “77 Sunset Strip.” “Roy was out of his mind when I told him,” says Myers, “and then he showed me a photograph of himself in the ‘Kookie Kar’ when he was 6 years old.” Roy Brizio told me the “Kookie Kar” is largely com- plete and says they can find any missing pieces. They plan to have it ready for the historic hot rod cover-car class at Pebble Beach in 2019. Brizio’s shop did the award-winning restorations of the Tom McMullen ’32 Ford roadster and the ex-Jack Calori ’36 Ford coupe, so they know the drill. Nearly 500 grand to buy it and probably half again as much to restore this car represents a princely sum. But how do you put a price on a genuine icon? Given the “Kookie Kar’s” TV notoriety and lasting fame, I think the price paid was a good deal. And like many gray-haired guys nationwide, I can’t wait to see it Kookie’s car as it appeared prior to Jim Street’s radical alterations restored again. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) September–October 2018 57 Web: www.goodguys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Any mid-’30sera period Ford hot rod with magazine cover history ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1929 Ford Model A “Dick Flint” roadster Lot 125, VIN: 196 Condition: 1 Sold at $577,500 RM Auctions, New York, NY, 11/21/2013 ACC# 231682 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, ex-Walker Morrison Lot 132, VIN: 1874450 Condition: 1 Sold at $225,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/16/2013 ACC# 227288 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, ex-Tom McMullen Lot S109, VIN: 18152025 Condition: 1Sold at $742,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213966


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1960 EDSEL RANGER CONVERTIBLE Last-Chance Edsel David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions This 1960 Edsel Ranger stands as the best of the bunch, and with only 25 original convertible examples thought to still exist, this is the one to own 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 0U15Y702534 by Carl Bomstead H en’s teeth, needle in a haystack, unobtanium: Any of these aptly describes a 1960 Edsel Ranger convertible, as only 76 were built. This one is especially interesting, as it was produced on the last day of scheduled production. It is literally one of the very last Edsels built. Equipped with the 352-ci 300-hp V8 engine, R35 3-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seat, it demonstrates the Edsel idea well: the idea of getting more for your money. Furthering the Edsel concept is Level-Temp air con- ditioning, a push-button AM radio, tinted glass, a daynight mirror, seat belts, fender skirts, a waste basket, windshield washers, dual rear-mounted antennas and tri-spoke wheel covers. The 1960 model year would mark the end of the Edsel era, with just shy of 120,000 cars produced since 1958. One thing is for sure today: You won’t see many 1960 Edsel Ranger convertibles coming or going. ACC Analysis This car, Lot F178, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Indianapolis, IN, on May 15–20, 2018. The Edsel has long been fodder for late-night come- dians’ material; however, in 1960 Ford did get it right. Well, at least they were closer to getting it right. But one month after introduction, Ford pulled the plug, incurring an approximate $350 million loss. The reasons for Edsel’s failure have long been de- bated. Poor styling and quality, a failing economy and lack of market research were several causes. In short, it was the “wrong car at the wrong time,” and was “designed by committee.” But to understand the environment and corporate culture that led to the Edsel and its failure, we need to take a step back in time. Ford in trouble At the conclusion of World War II, Ford was in dire financial straits. They were hemorrhaging money,


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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! losing millions each month. They had no financial procedures in place to allow them to understand their position. They even lost money on cost-plus government contracts during the war. Young Henry Ford II had recently taken control of Ford and knew he needed help. When “Tex” Thornton offered the services of 10 management-efficiency experts who had worked together in the Army Air Corps, Ford quickly hired the “Whiz Kids.” They did, in fact, turn Ford around and imple- mented sound financial procedures, but they were not “car guys” and looked strictly at the numbers. If a $4 part improved reliability but there was no direct cost benefit, the “bean counters” would not approve it. As a result, quality suffered. The Edsel The team recognized that they were at a product disadvantage compared to General Motors, so they developed the experimental “E-Car” to fit between their existing product offerings. The first indication of trouble was their inability to select a name for the car. Thousands were proposed, and Edsel, Henry Ford’s son’s first name, was selected. Even Henry Ford II objected. After an extensive advertising campaign that prom- ised “More You Ideas” but never showed the car, the Edsel was introduced on “E-Day”: September 4, 1957. The reaction was underwhelming. Eighteen models that were based on both Ford and Mercury chassis were to fill the two missing market segments between Ford and Mercury and below Lincoln. They had overlapping pricing with no clear product definition. It was not the “New Kind of Car” promised — most thought of it as simply a warmed-over Ford. The horse-collar grille was not well received and overall quality was abhorrent. The rolling-dome speedometer and self-adjusting brakes were unique, but the Teletouch transmission, in the center of the steering hub, was problematic. Only 63,110 were produced in the U.S. The Mercury-based Edsels were discontinued for 1959 and production continued to slide, with only 44,891 U.S.-produced Edsels leaving the showrooms. Final try Ford gave the car one last chance and redesigned the Edsel on the same body style as the 1960 Ford Fairlane, replacing the horse-collar grille with one reminiscent of the 1959 Pontiac Bonneville. It had distinctive side trim and vertical taillights that rose above the rear deck. Advertised as “New-Nifty-Thrifty,” it showed promise but in reality never had a chance. The Edsel was only offered as a Ranger or Villager station wagon. Only 76 convertibles were produced. While the Edsel Ranger is frequently cloned, there is no doubt regarding the convertible that was sold by Mecum. A copy of the invoice indicates that the original $3,000 list price grew to $4,162 with the addition of every conceivable power option, Level-Temp air conditioning, and most every other option checked on the order sheet. Powered by the optional Express V8 and finished in Cloud Silver Metallic, it had been restored to perfection, as documented by the bevy of trophies and awards — including an AACA National Senior badge. The same factors that caused buyers to shun the Edsel in the era are the attributes that attract collectors to the Edsel today. This 1960 Edsel Ranger stands as the best of the bunch, and with only 25 original convertible examples thought to still exist, this is the one to own. I’ll call it fairly bought at this price, as it’ll be hard to duplicate the opportunity to buy one at all, let alone one done to this level. Well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible Lot 4087, VIN: W8ER702597 Condition: 2Sold at $35,750 ACC# 6846517 Detailing Year produced: 1960 Number produced: 76 convertibles VIN location: Left front door pillar and frame rail Engine # location: Side of block above oil filter Original list price: $4,162 Current ACC Median Valuation: $80,250 Club: International Edsel Club Web: www.internationaledsel. com ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Alternatives: 1960 Mercury Monterey convertible, 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, 1960 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible Lot F414, VIN: W8UF719490 Condition: 3 Sold at $30,228 ACC# 6868191 Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA, 4/20/2018 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 8/31/2017 1960 Edsel Ranger convertible Lot 225, VIN: 0U15Y701426 Condition: 2 Sold at $60,500 RM Auctions, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/15/2014 ACC# 256287 September–October 2018 59CC 59


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PROFILE RACE 1965 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE COUPE Altered Reality Jeremy Cliff, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Oftentimes, the sum of the receipts does not equal the price tag of a car at auction, and that is nowhere better illustrated than here VIN: N/A by Sam Stockham • Custom California car built by Mopar restorer Bob Munoa • From the Denny Guest Collection • Custom Hemi altered-wheelbase car • 426 Hemi engine built to 528 ci • Hilborn fuel injection • MSD ignition system • Push-button 3-speed automatic transmission • A990 lightweight custom bucket seats • Full roll cage • Trunk-mounted battery • Custom graphic design • Tinted windows • Solid body ACC Analysis This car, Lot F249, sold for $66,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Indy sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on May 15–20, 2018. Raise your hand if you have ever had this problem: You’re driving your slab-sided mid-’60s mid-size, and when you stomp on the pedal, you get nothing but smoke and noise. You realize that all the money that you invested in the engine is only half of the equation — none of the power actually makes it to the ground. You need your smoke machine to hook up. So you sit there in your overpowered muscle car, daydreaming of the days when drag racers were so bold as to move their wheelbases around in search of the best launch. You’re lost in the days of alteredwheelbase drag racing, at least until the minivan behind you honks when the light turns green. 60 AmericanCarCollector.com Built to win In 1964, the gloves were off for domination of the crowd-pleasing, A/Factory Experimental (A/FX) class. Chrysler decided to continue drag-racing dominance, with Ford directly in the crosshairs. Ford was going to stuff a 427 SOHC motor in the Mustang and Comet for the ’65 season and had their own AWB cars in the works, so Chrysler decided to take the otherwise government-issue-styled Belvedere out behind the barn and start cutting. By the time they were done, they had moved the rear axle ahead 15 inches and the front axle ahead 10 inches in order to change weight distribution for the better. They achieved a 56% rear bias, which gave every advantage to the primitive rear tires. In total, six Belvederes and six Coronets were built with the altered wheelbase. These cars were handed to the factory race teams by top brass, and orders were given: Beat Ford. These AWB cars were serious contenders. Runs in the mid-10-second range were not uncommon. The 426 Hemi wearing aluminum heads and Hilborn injection was the technological force, but diet was still needed. Trimming down to the minimum weight was done through old-fashioned parts tossing. Heater, radio, glass, door innards and seats were all jettisoned. The factory even resorted to acid-dipping the cars to remove body seam caulk, adhesives, and more importantly, to reduce the thickness of the factory body panels. After years of hard launches and wheel stands, you can imagine what became of these tin cans. This led


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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: National Hot Rod Association to the scrapping of some of these cars after a couple years. There are rumored to be about five AWB cars left. Parts steal Oftentimes, the sum of the receipts does not equal the price tag of a car at auction, and that is nowhere better illustrated than here. Tributes and reproductions often don’t pay their builders back. But that doesn’t stop their construction: These cars are usually built by enthusiasts who just can’t live without them. These builders either don’t have the money for the real deal, or they just want to beat up on something that isn’t authentic so as to not feel responsible for preserving history. Our subject car looks to be a nice representation of a factory AWB with a few liberties taken. Electronic Hilborn fuel injection is the most notable and will ensure quick cold starts, good drivability and easy tunability. That wasn’t something the factory (or Hilborn) could replicate back in the day, and today a Hemi unit will set you back about $8,000. Complete door mechanicals and a pair of seats suggest that having a dead-accurate copy of an AWB car as-raced was not part of the builder’s motivation. Rather, it looks like the builder wanted an A990 with a short wheelbase, which is the best of both worlds in terms of usability. What’s it worth? A quick scan of the balance sheet shows a nice Belvedere 2-door post that likely started life with a 6 under the hood. A respectable donor car can be had for $10k to $15k. A Hemi — even if it’s not periodcorrect — poked out to 528-ci will cost $20k minimum. If you want period-correct, then the price tag is multiples of that. Add in the Hilborn injection and you’re up to $45k or so before labor for the bodywork, roll cage, electrical and red window tint. Current activity in the market includes the factory Lee Smith “Haulin’ Hemi” AWB car, which has great history and is clearly the real deal. It failed to sell at $410,000 at Mecum Kissimmee 2017, and then at $450,000 at this same event in Indy. Obviously, we have a disagreement between the market and the owner of that car, but it is said to be one of the finest of the remaining AWB cars. Compare that to this car, which sold for $66,000. Regardless of any level of authenticity — and there is none — I would still call this a good deal if it’s what you are into. American muscle will always bring out the child- hood daydreamer in all of us, and as long as the rarest of unicorn cars stoke that fantasy, cars like this will be built by people who either love the journey of construction or have too much time on their hands. At some point, these cars will be put up for sale. The smart money is buying a car like this already done. That way, you get immediate satisfaction and you don’t have to pay the total cost to build one. But buy it because you love it, not because it’s an investment — even if someone else took the brunt of construction costs. This is a great-looking car and most likely a ton of fun to drive, as long as the wheelbase alterations were done right, and by all indications they were. Appreciation will only be through a rising tide of Belvedere or drag-race nostalgia, which isn’t a given. But hey, instead of belching tire smoke, throttling this through a stoplight will put your nose in the sky, which just might be a daydream come to life. Well bought for the cost to build versus the price paid. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1965 Dodge Coronet Yankee Peddler A/FX Lot S61, VIN: 51186734 Condition: 3+ Sold at $787,500 ACC# 43081 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/6/2006 Current ACC Median Valuation: $38,500 Tune-up/major service: $400 VIN location: Plate on left front door hinge pillar Engine # location: Left-hand side of block Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 12 (original Hemi A/FX), 12,536 (2-door sedan) Original list price: $3,442 (Hemi) Web: www.nhra.com Alternatives: Any vintagestyle match-racer with an altered wheelbase ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1966 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere 2-dr sedan Lot 5062, VIN: RL21H67259797 Condition: 2 Sold at $50,600 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2013 ACC# 227942 1965 Plymouth Belvedere AWB Replica Lot SP109, VIN: R351160546 Condition: 1- Not sold at $81,000 RM Auctions, Toronto, CAN, 4/3/2009 ACC# 199954 September–October 2018 61


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PROFILE TRUCK 1945 DODGE WC-58 COMMAND CAR Commanding Price Darin Schnabel ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Another WC-58 owner may claim this sale as “the new normal,” but it’s just not the case in real-world historic militaryvehicle circles 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 62 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 81767122 by B. Mitchell Carlson W hile the Army’s light-vehicle needs in World War II were met by Willys and Ford Jeeps, heavier trucks were largely the purview of Dodge. Over the course of the war, some 700,000 vehicles in the VC and WC series, from ½-ton to 1½-tons, were delivered to U.S. forces. Most numerous are the WCs, a nomenclature commonly believed to derive from “Weapons Carrier.” In fact, it was Dodge’s own company designation, dating from 1941 and unchanged for the duration. This truck’s chassis number shows that it began life around April 1945 as a WC-52 “Truck, Cargo, ¾-ton, 4×4 w/Winch.” Michael Dingman purchased it in January 2000 from Green Valentine of Memphis, TN, a dealership operated by George Coleman. The previous owner was Tim Corliss of Sumner, WA, who had found it in 1995 in Fort Collins, CO, and restored it. At restoration, it was configured as a WC-58 Radio Car, with a Signal Corps Radio installed in the rear seat area and whip antenna on the left side (though, unfortunately, the radio has since been removed). This involved using the body from a 1943 WC-56 or WC-57 Command Car. The restoration took some five years, including the sourcing of hard-to-find parts. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 913, sold for $70,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions Dingman Collection sale in Hampton, NH, on June 23–24, 2018. Rare variant? The truck from the Dingman Collection is a major variant of the two basic types of WC series command cars from the G-502 family of ¾-ton Dodge trucks. The major difference between the two is the winch. The WC-56 command and recon cars didn’t have one, while the WC-52 cargo trucks and WC-57 command cars came with a front-mounted PTO-driven Braden MU-2 winch that mounted to a longer chassis designed to support it. Since the chassis itself was different, adding a winch is extremely difficult. The WC-58 radio truck was essentially a WC-56 (or 57, with winch) with additional wiring, heavier-duty generator, and mountings for radios to be installed behind the front seat. That’s the rarest of the WC command cars, at 2,344 units completed, and it’s what this was built up to be. But the rarest variant isn’t worth significantly more than a standard command car. Most folks would prefer a standard command car without the added weight


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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 and higher center of gravity from wiring, bracketry, power supplies, and vacuum tube radios. Even if it’s just for display with gutted compartments for radios, most buyers would rather have the open back seat than all that gear. This example only has one of the smaller radios installed and not the full complement of electronics. Double market price At the Dingman Collection auction, this truck sold for essentially double the price that one would expect it to bring on its best day in the market. Now, before someone claims that it was a “state- of-the-art restoration,” the work was done nearly a quarter of a century ago and the truck has seen some use and is displaying patina from it — and it wasn’t “state of the art” even back then. The restoration also used reproduction serial num- ber and data tags. With no mention of the originals being included, and assuming they no longer exist due to the bits and pieces gathered for the restoration, there’s no premium associated with having the original tags. So, no, this isn’t a show queen or minty original that somehow managed to escape 74 years worth of use as a battle-ready government vehicle. Rather, it started out as something else (a WC-52 weapons carrier) so it’s actually a replica WC-58. This result is purely a case of a truck being sold at the right place at the right time with the right crowd in the room. Putting it in context, the only other historic military vehicle here, a 1943 Ford GPW, sold exceptionally well — also at essentially twice the usual market — at $42,650. While one could easily dismiss the high price with, “If they can afford it and they like it, it should be fine,” that does nothing to affirm or establish the market. A perusal of periodicals that cater to the HMV collector’s market will indicate that a WC-57 in similar 2- to 3+ condition should trade hands between $20,000 to $35,000, between a seller who’s not under undue pressure to sell to a savvy buyer who has been searching for one. The value of a WC-58 with its full complement of equipment should bump those figures up by no more than 10% at best. The premium of convenience As the estate sale for a collector who had a keen eye for quality vehicles (and could afford to have them restored to that level), this well-publicized event conducted by a premium auction house drew in likeminded and well-funded collectors. While the flathead V8-era Fords here were superbly restored, the two military vehicles from the collection were more along the lines of adjuncts and were a rung or two down in terms of condition and quality. While they were offered early in the automotive portion of the sale — indeed, the GPW was the first vehicle offered — the previous day of selling vintage signs and collectibles at premium prices likely tempered the bidders. This was also here for sale at no reserve, so if someone of means was here who had always been keen on this sort of vehicle, they’d be tempted to just bid until they got it. Throw at least one more bidder of the same mindset in the mix and the Red Mist usurps any established market value. Thus, in this rarified atmosphere, the buyer brought premium money for an above-average vehicle. ACC recognizes this happens, and the exceedingly high (and low) sales don’t factor in to our value calculations. While the owner of another WC-58 may claim this sale as “the new normal,” it’ll generally fall on deaf ears, as it’s just not the case in real-world historic military-vehicle circles. Finally, while vintage 4x4s continue to do well in the market, post-war civilian models continue to outdo HMVs. In short, both may be rugged, but having some semblance of creature comforts and different colors rules the day. I hope the new owner of this WC-58 does some research on this truck and adds the right equipment to make it correctly reflect how a WC-58 was equipped for battle, and then presents it as such. In the meantime, I’ll call this one well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) September–October 2018 63CC 63 1942 Dodge WC-51 Cargo Truck Lot 22, VIN: 81690716 Condition: 1Sold at $27,611 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, 6/26/2012 ACC# 209366 1942 Dodge WC-56 Command Car Lot T137, VIN: 81543449 Condition: 2+ Sold at $47,700 ACC# 213256 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Median Valuation: $21,874 Tune-up cost: $200 VIN location: Data plate on the dashboard, plus ahead of the front tire on the side of the left frame rail Engine # location: Pad on the driver’s side of the top of engine block, just below the cylinder head Years produced: 1942–45 Number produced: 21,156 (all Command Car variants) Clubs: Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Web: www.mvpa.org Additional: American Truck Historical Society Alternatives: 1946–68 Dodge Power Wagon, 1951–54 Dodge M42 military ¾-ton Command truck, 1951–64 Dodge M37 / M37B1 ¾-ton weapons carrier ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 1942 Dodge WC-56 Command Car Lot 19, VIN: 81539399 Condition: 1Sold at $69,026 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, 6/26/2012 ACC# 209363


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MARKET OVERVIEW Big Auctions Keep Getting Bigger Will automatic cars be worth more than manually shifted cars? CHAD’S QUICK TAKE Will automatic-transmission cars eventually be worth more than the manually shifted ones? It’s a sort of bigger-picture question that requires us to look at shifting demographics and project them into the future. How many of us have a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible with an automatic. Will its value ever surpass that of a 4-speed? by Chad Tyson setting a new total sales record there at $65.5m. Of course, having 1,872 vehicles on offer and 1,348 sold helps in reaching those heights. High sale was a 2017 Ford GT at $1,815,000. That car almost didn’t make the sale, but a local judge allowed it to sell after Ford tried to stop it. Leake’s Tulsa, OK, sale spread over four days in early June. With 463 cars on offer, 292 found new B homes, bringing the total sales to $6.3m. That’s down 23% from last year’s $8.2m sale, but the per-car average of $21,740 is consistent with — if not better than — some previous years’ averages. A 2006 Ford GT coupe brought (you guessed it) $302,500, and was the high seller from the event. Dan Kruse Classics held their usual Permian Basin auction in late May. This edition featured something for everyone. Want a Grand Wagoneer owned by a rock star? How about a Fisker Karma? Those and more were here. Highest-selling American car was a ’66 Corvette 327/300 covertible at $49,500. All told, 52 of 108 lots found new homes, bringing the auction total to just over $1m. VanDerBrink Auctions set up shop on the plains of eastern South Dakota, in Mansfield, for an early June auction of the Alan Rietz Mopar Collection. Well, it was a majority Mopar sale, but as with every marquebased collection I’ve seen, there were a few oddballs, and Rietz had two Cadillacs and six C4 Corvettes among those Chryslers, Dodges and Plymouths. All 114 lots sold, with the high seller a 1970 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack at $44,363. Highlights in our Roundup section this issue come from Branson’s spring sale in Branson, MO, Worldwide Auctioneer’s Texas Classic sale in Arlington, TX, Bonhams’ Greenwich sale, and Silver’s Spokane, WA, sale. A BEST BUYS 1965 Buick Riviera 2-dr hard top, $18,700—Leake, OK, p. 102 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $71,680—Bonhams, CT, p. 126 1933 Ford Street Rod Boydster III Cinnamon Twist roadster, $39,600—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 128 arrett-Jackson returned to Uncasville, CT, for their third annual Northeast sale. Consignments and lots sold were up over last year, with a stellar sell-through rate of 99.7%. Total sales were up by 8% over last year: from $23.8m in 2017 to $26.2m this year. The non-charity high sale was a customized 1967 Chevrolet Nova nicknamed “The Innovator,” which sold at $275k. Mecum once again hosted their Spring Classic in Indianapolis, IN. It was bigger than ever — teenager or 20-something who can shift? How common is the joke that a manual is the new theft-prevention device? Let’s also account for how few manually shifted cars are rolling out of factories around the world, and just how far technology has come along. Even modern American automatics measure shifts in terms of milliseconds, which just isn’t possible when hands and feet need to coordinate. Obviously, we’re starting with 4-speed cars having a premium over the slushbox counterparts. Where this intersects with value is easily seen in the ACC Pocket Price Guide. For many of the most popular muscle cars, we typically allow for up to a 20% increase in value based on it having a 4-speed. I understand the love for rowing through gears on a wideopen highway, and I also get the fear of rolling the ’Vette back into the car behind me while on a hill waiting through commuting traffic at a four-way stop. For the average drag racer, an automatic will be consistently faster than a manual. It’ll be a long time coming, and perhaps a cold day in hell, when an automatic ’Cuda is valued the same as a 4-speed one, but don’t be surprised if it happens… someday. — Chad Tyson 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $35,586—Silver Auctions, WA, p. 127 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special sedan, $16,800—Bonhams, CT, p. 122


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE 1 1922 Ford Model T T-bucket street-rod roadster pickup, $484,000— Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 86 2 2006 Ford GT coupe, $412,000— Bonhams, CT, p. 132 Heritage Edition 3 1970 Dodge Hemi 2-dr hard top, $264,000 —Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 88 4 1970 Plymouth hard top, $170,500— Barrett-Jackson, CT, p. 78 5 1962 Ford Galaxie Lightweight 2-dr sedan, $145,200—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 86 6 1967 Chevrolet ible, $137,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 126 7 1963 Chevrolet $126,500—BarrettJackson, CT, p. 74 Lightweight 2-dr hard top, $126,500—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 86 9 1964 Ford Galaxie Lightweight 2-dr hard top, $126,500—Mecum Auctions, IN, p. 86 10 1958 Cadillac Brougham 4-dr hard top, $121,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 123 66 AmericanCarCollector.com Eldorado 500 Factory 500 Factory Corvette coupe, 8 1963 Ford Galaxie Corvette convert500 Factory Superbird 2-dr Challenger R/T “Kookie’s Kar” Buy It Now What to purchase in today’s market — and why American Compact Pickups Early examples we’re fa- miliar with are the Chevy LUV and Ford Courier, but both were rebadged pickups from Japan. It wasn’t until Chevy built the S10 in 1981 that a Big Three automaker built one domestically. Ford followed quickly with the Ranger in 1982. I see these as the last good chance to buy cheap on first-ofits-kind American trucks that work especially well for urban dwellers. No, they never have been the best tools for rural work, but neither is the 7,447mile 1967 Dodge W100 Power Wagon, sold at Mecum Indy for $50,600. Newer and better trucks exist for those purposes. The highlights of this automotive segment are the performance-oriented ones. Most notable are the GMC Sonoma GT and Syclone. Ford introduced a Ranger GT in 1986 for California only, and to include it with the aforementioned models would be a disservice to them. If Ford ever put into production the prototype from 1990 with the SHO V6, we’d be having a different discussion. I personally would avoid any that fell into the mini-truck scene from the 1990s and 2000s. I just can’t shake the impressions of the local scene when I was growing up. Too many were hacked by hacks, and good luck with that 20-year-old air-bag suspension. I’m not throwing shade at the craze, as plenty were well built and looked great in magazines, but a few too many hands were making them for me to trust them as a whole. — Chad Tyson Auctions and Totals in This Issue $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m $60m $70m $80m $0 Branson, MO April 20–21 Branson Worldwide Arlington, TX April 21 Indianapolis, IN May 15–20 AMecumuctions $65.5m $26.2m $10.4m $2.8m $4.1m Spokane, WA May 16 $1.4m ASilveructions $1m Dan Kruse Classics Midland, TX May 26 Greenwich, CT June 3 Bonhams $6.3m $441k Tulsa, OK June 7 Leake VanDerBrink Mansfield, SD June 9 Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT June 21–23


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2018 Rounding out the top five American car sales was a high-quality 1970 Plymouth Superbird sold at $170,500 BarrettJackson Uncasville, CT June 21–23, 2018 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/ offered: 670/672 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $26,154,490 High sale: 2017 Dodge Viper coupe and 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe sold as a pair for charity at $1,000,000; non-charity high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Nova custom 2-door hard top, sold at $275,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts One of only 716 with a 440 Six Pack — 1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-door hard top, sold at $170,500 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics I 68 AmericanCarCollector.com nside, a tinny cacophony of rings, dings and buzzes from thousands of slot machines permeated the oxygen-rich air. Outside, a soundtrack of a different sort: fuel-injected thunder and screeching tires splitting air molecules into fine dust, part of the Chevrolet Hot Laps and Dodge Thrill Rides experience. Welcome to Barrett-Jackson’s third annual Northeast auction at Mohegan Sun in rustic southeastern Connecticut, the first event to be held in the resort’s brand-new, 125,000-square-foot Expo Center. The extravaganza kicked off on preview day (aka Family Value Day) with a crowd-pleaser: the unveiling of the last production 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and last production V10powered 2017 Dodge Viper in the Dodge exhibit. They were among five vehicles sold for charity on Saturday, and hammered as a pair for $1 million. All proceeds benefited the United Way, with the $100k buyer’s fee going to Barrett-Jackson’s Driven Hearts campaign supporting the American Heart Association. Beginning on Thursday, the tempo quickened as the automobilia and collector-car auctions got under way. There were some good deals that day, such as the nicely detailed gold-and-black 1978 Trans Am that sold for $14,850. Friday and Saturday saw the impressive Ashton Collection cross the block at no reserve. The eclectic group of 36 cars spanned the spectrum from the 1920s to the 2000s. Top sale was a white-over-white 1967 Chevrolet Nova custom, nicknamed “The Innovator.” $800k was spent on this mind-blowing, handcrafted machine equipped with a 454-ci motor and 6-speed manual. It sold at $275k. Taking (non-charity) second place honors was a like-new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, sold at $198k. Rounding out the top five American cars were a 1967 Shelby GT500E Super Snake, sold at $192,500; a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, sold at $172,700; and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird and 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 convertible, each selling at $170,500. By the time the final gavel dropped on Saturday night, 670 mostly no-reserve cars went to new homes for $25.7 million, an 8% jump over last year’s tally and the highest total yet three years in. That’s an average price per car of $38,290 compared to $37,192 last year, a 3% increase. The numbers don’t lie: Northeast 2018 was a great success. And while live coverage on Velocity and Discovery certainly helped, the bigger picture is that Barrett-Jackson offers a fun, upbeat and uniquely immersive experience that attracts a horde of hungry bidders to the auction table.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT GM #678-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57L162969. Tropical Turquoise/ white vinyl/turquoise & ivory vinyl. Odo: 183 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Comprehensive, body-off restoration performed by Chevy specialist Bob Phelps. Reportedly kept in climate-controlled storage and driven only 183 miles since. Gorgeous car. Superb finish. Excellent brightwork. New power soft top. Has Continental kit, dual antennas and power windows. Stunning interior features an optional tissue dispenser, original Wonder Bar radio and vacuum ashtray. Power front seat. Optional trunk trim. Super Turbo-Fire engine resides in meticulous bay, with Powerglide behind it. Power drum brakes, factory power steering. AACA Senior Award and Classic Chevy International Platinum Certificate winner. Comes with resto pics and Classic Chevy International judging sheets. Cond: 1-. colors. Newer interior with Jensen aftermarket radio. Looks like stock horseshoe shifter. Driver’s carpeting coming undone at door’s edge. Posi rear, power steering and disc brakes. Cond: 3+. to the spiffy presentation. Sold just north of the median value per the ACC Pocket Price Guide, which was a fair deal for both buyer and seller. SOLD AT $99,000. Delicious eye candy in a terrific color combination. Last sold at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in January 2015 for $108k (ACC #262280). Seller took a slight hit, but this was close to the top of the market. Still, slightly well bought. #366-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676P197241. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,209 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Tri-Power GTO. Restored in the early 2000s, and still very attractive today. Straight paint, fisheyes at rear trunk area. Chrome trim and finish consistent with paint. Very good panels, glass. All lamps good. Replaced top down, can’t inspect, though black tonneau in place and in good condition. Equipped with Rally wheels, Redline tires. Standard dual exhaust. Terrific interior marked by a clean dash with excellent woodgrain trim, Rally instruments and AM/ FM radio. A/C added during restoration. Three-spoke wood wheel adds to this GTO’s appeal. Stated to have correct GMmarked hoses, clamps and battery cables. Includes PHS documentation and factory order forms. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,500. The first year the GTO became its own model, sporting its now-iconic Coke-bottle shape. Too bad this well-prepped GTO was one of many housed in the casino’s parking garage, as the dim lighting didn’t do justice 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #58-1968 CADILLAC DEVILLE convertible. VIN: F8227620. Green/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 77,402 miles. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. In the same family since new. Restored in the early 2000s, now getting on in years. Paint smooth, but aging and shows bubbles, a small chip and fisheyes on trunk. Grille intact, has Heritage of Ownership badge. Crazing on front bumper, chrome pieces atop front fenders. Soft top down, and so not inspected, but white tonneau is yellowing. Rubber insulation cracking around windshield. Newer whitewalls said to have fewer than 2k miles on them. Driverquality presentation continues inside. Both front leather seatbacks yellowing. Nice dash marred by scuffing in woodgrain trim. A trio of Sunpro gauges below dash on driver’s side. AM/FM radio. Clean plush black carpets. Snazzy colors on an attractive car that you can run laps around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Last seen at Silver’s Arizona sale this past March, where it failed to find a new owner at $25k (ACC# 6867609). A month earlier it also was a no-sale at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction at $32.5k (ACC# 6865938). Both high bids were noticeably under the money, leading one to wonder if bidders had misgivings about its authenticity. Today it was offered at no reserve. Seller listened to the market, probably had enough of dragging it from one auction to the other with lackluster results and just wanted to cut it loose. Sold a nick under the price-guide median value. With question marks surrounding this one, I’d call it well sold. SOLD AT $11,000. Cadillac offered the big 472-ci motor and the stacked headlights only in 1968. The 472 had a reputation for teething problems in ’68, as it was the debut year. You’d think a car with 77k miles would have had any such problems taken care of, but you never know.... The price guide shows a median value of $17,500 for one of these, and so even if the teething gremlins rear their ugly heads, I’d say the buyer still got a good deal on a lot of car for close to credit-card money. #424-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124378N394708. Rally Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 80,223 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently restored Camaro finished in correct Rally Green. Variable chrome at best. Suffers from inferior door fit; driver’s is better than passenger’s. SS badging on both sides of car in different #629-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379A349183. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 2,109 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to be a correct 396-ci L78 with 375 hp. What looks to be a recent restoration was done to a high standard. Awesome finish. Black SS striping. Panels probably better than factory. Very good chrome, glass, lamps. Originally a Parchment vinyl hard top, now black. NHRA 1975 Englishtown, NJ, Summernationals Contestant sticker on windshield. Factory SS wheels. Newer Redline tires. Fantastic interior, very little to fault. Seats have the right amount of give. Factory AM/ FM radio. Power steering and disc brakes. Tidy engine bay. Twelve-bolt rear, with 3.73 gear ratio. Chevelle-Nova-Camaro Historic Document Services documentation. “Get In Sit Down Shut Up and Hold On” plaque on glovebox...a Chevelle making its mission known. Cond: 1-. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT well-deserved eyeball. Values of the hard tops have dropped in recent years to the mid-to-high-$30k range, making this sale a bit of an anomaly. But the car’s great condition was enough to lure the winning bidder. Well sold, but any tinge of regret the new owner feels should melt away with one stomp on the gas pedal. #742-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344679M203074. Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 16,479 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching Rocket V8 engine. Sold new in Canada. High-quality, frame-off restoration appears recent. It’s not quite concours, but not a whole lot will take it to that level. Crisp green shade of paint really suits this car. Black striping. Very good panel fit, glass and lamps. Top down, didn’t inspect. Two different outside mirrors. Power antenna. New Redline tires riding on factory wheels. Terrific exterior extends to interior. New ribbed vinyl upholstery. Driving conveniences include tilt steering, power windows, AM/FM radio with rear speaker, front seat shoulder harness, and remote left mirror. Well-prepped engine bay. Factory 3.42 Positraction. “Must be in reverse to take out key” note on dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,800. The Turbo 400 3-sp automatic was a strike against it, yet its super condition more than made up for the slack and delivered a strong winning bid. Very well sold, but the new owner got a nice, solid car. #730.1-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370R128986. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 23,557 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. In a private collection for the past 25 years. Engine stated to be numbers matching. Straight repaint with yellow/white/green stylized decals on both sides along with the expected “The Judge” graphics. Black vinyl top unscuffed. Good glass, shut lines. Factory five-spoke wheels shod with BFGoodrich Radial T/As. Comes with PHS paperwork and what appeared to be the original dealer and production docs. Interior looks mostly stock. Upholstery in good shape. Slightly worn door linings. Excellent woodgrain dash, although gauges are hazy. “The Judge” badge affixed to glovebox. Black carpets clean. Detailed engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,100. This was one heck of a good-looking 442. The price guide shows a median value of $34.5k. The buyer paid handsomely for the privilege of taking this one home, but it should provide plenty of top-down smiles per mile assuming no major mechanical problems. Well sold. #359-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. VIN: 223679U109017. Limelight Green/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 41,175 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbersmatching, high-output engine. No mention of a restoration, but it has clearly received detailed attention. Smooth paint has a pleasing settled-in look. Brightwork’s a notch above driver-quality. Scratches on windshield-surround. Power top down, condition unknown. Rides on Rally II wheels shod with BFG Radial T/As. Well-sorted interior with power driver’s seat, superb woodgrain center console, tilt steering wheel, power steering and front disc brakes. Said to have correct #48 Ram Air III cylinder heads. Includes repro window sticker, build sheet, owner’s manual and ’69 Firebird brochure. Cond: 2. 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $55,000. Not the handsomest Judge, and not a standout at this auction, but well-maintained and ready for the road. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale this past January, where it was a no-sale at $35k (ACC# 6861439). Six months later, it traded hands at a market-correct price for $20k more. I guess there was more to the gold paint than met the eye. CORVETTE #741-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E54S004387. Pennant Blue/ tan leather. Odo: 1,264 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. A slightly older restoration that still looks great, but some imperfections are evident upon close-up inspection. Paint totally works on this body style, although its dull quality on this particular ’Vette lets you down. Hood and driver’s door scratched, chips on both as well. Nice brightwork. Wire-mesh basket headlamp covers shine. Steel wheels outlined in red with full-size spinner wheel covers. Rides on newer whitewalls. Looks like all-new upholstery. Minimal wear on driver’s seat bottom. Large white and tan steering wheel shows no wear. Red fuzzy dice dangling from rearview mirror. Clean dash, instruments and tan carpets. Aftermarket sound system. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,800. Early ’Vettes are beautiful cars, but when you see mild aging along with newer bits that leave very little trace of patina, you’re left with a mishmash of a visual presentation that leaves you unfulfilled. Last sold at Mecum’s Spring Classic back in May 2010 for $65,720 (ACC# 1684744). Eight years later and with only 44 additional miles on the odo, it did marginally worse today, but hammered considerably below the current market. You can’t help but wonder what could’ve been had it been a more original example. Well bought. #648-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S108376. Black & silver/ black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 81,496 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration completed 10 years ago, as beautiful today as it likely was then. Gorgeous paint with sharp silver coves. Very good chrome overall, fisheyes on front bumper. Good glass. Doors open/close well. Newer soft top in good condition, though plastic window shows crimping and smearing. Newer Firestone whitewalls. Squeakyclean all-red interior a visual delight. Great instrument cluster. Passenger’s manual window lever came off when I used it (happy ending: it was a quick fix). Wonder Bar AM radio. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT SOLD AT $77,000. The auction catalog said that the car’s been driven very little since its resto and I believe it: The workmanship was excellent. Shy of the $81k median value per the price guide, but buyer and seller should have left satisfied. 801. Silver/black leather. Odo: 22,741 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Gorgeous finish marred by bird poop on passenger’s door. Microscratches on front and rear bumpers, light scratches on split windows. Dull chrome trim on windshield surround, rocker panels scuffed. Very good panels on no-hit body. Weatherstripping good. Knockoff wheels and Firestone tires. Undercarriage shows light detailing, has its fiberglass floors. Nearly flawless inside save for a musty smell. Awesome, clean dash. All chrome trim excellent and of high quality. Push-button AM radio. Power windows. Detailed bay, engine is numbers matching. Accompanied by its original owner’s manual and dealer pouch. Cond: 2. 7 #663-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S106- considering its low miles, which are claimed to be original. Cond: 3+. here. For reference, the price guide pegs the median value at $126,500. But the nonOEM trim tag and VIN likely had most bidders running in full retreat. Well bought? Hard to tell. FOMOCO SOLD AT $49,500. The price guide median value for this ’Vette is $65k. I feel like I missed something, because the new owner got a very good deal. One could argue the right bidder simply wasn’t in the room, but this was Barrett-Jackson, for goodness’ sake. ’Vettes are one of their bread-andbutter cars. Its condition wasn’t top-notch, but there weren’t any red flags that jumped out. With perhaps not all the blanks filled in, let’s call this very well bought today, but with a footnote. SOLD AT $126,500. Really shined under the Expo Center lights. My only major complaint was the interior’s musty odor. It made me wonder if this ’Vette’s been sitting a long time and where it’s been stored. Appeared at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January 2017, where it sold at $104,500 (ACC# 6822950). Seller made a tidy little sum today. A strong but not unreasonable price given recent transactions. I’d call this well bought and sold. #410-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S111959. Silver pearl/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 33,414 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One-owner ’Vette. Numbers-matching engine. Stated to have 4,716 siblings fitted with the same L79 engine and 4-sp, and one of 2,552 finished in this color. Paint has settled, shows minor pockmarks; bubbles at passenger’s door, left headlamp and right rear fender. Serviceable brightwork so-so. Scratch on right headlamp. Power antenna. Well-fitting soft top, very hazy plastic window seriously hampers rearward visibility. Sidepipes. Mix of Cooper and Sentry tires. Inside reveals exposed wiring under driver’s side of dash. Cheap woodgrain in dash coming undone, feels like paper. AM/FM radio. Rear disc brakes. Engine bay’s dirtier than expected 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #734-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S106542. Marlboro Maroon/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 3,519 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be a Southern, dry-climate ’Vette. Numbers-matching, Tri-Power, Turbo-Jet 427 engine. Comprehensive restoration completed 3,500 miles ago, but description doesn’t specify time frame when work was done. Repaint mostly straight, not concours-quality, though there are bubbles at left-side rear quarter, chip at driver’s door. Very good brightwork, gaps, glass. NCRS award winner, with a score of 93.9. NCRS sticker on windshield. Top down— didn’t inspect. Boot lid has two scratches that look more like permanent smears. Exceptional interior looks all-new. Clean dash. Clear gauges. Clean black carpets. Engine bay’s been detailed, but also shows some use; all hoses and wiring are there. Doesn’t have power brakes. Has a non-OEM trim tag and VIN plate; however, the auction company mentions that the secondary VIN has been verified. Cond: 2+. #355-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria Skyliner 2-dr sedan. VIN: U5SF158606. Black & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 1,077 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One of 1,999 produced in ’55. Has maintained its good looks ever since its frame-off restoration 28 years ago—credit its storage in a climate-controlled collection for all but one of those years. Straight finish in two-tone black and white. Abundant chrome a notch above average, but far from concours. Humongous front and rear chrome bumpers. “Crown Victoria” script on doors, “Fordomatic” script on trunk. Black and chrometrimmed hard casing at rear houses spare tire. Fender skirts. Newer Coker whitewalls. Dual exhaust. Seats still look and feel new. Clean red and white hard dash, carpets. Big white steering wheel. Fitted with Magic Aire heater, push-button AM radio. Engine bay not inspected, but looks fairly clean in catalog pic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,200. A rare car considering its low production, but that hasn’t stopped these from riding the value curve downwards. Not very long ago, a Skyliner could’ve fetched $10k–$30k more than what was achieved today. Still, the high bid was light, and I think the buyer got the better end of the deal. Well bought. SOLD AT $66,000. Had this been a noquestions ’Vette, then it would’ve traded for significantly more than the price achieved #95-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR Sun Valley 2-dr sedan. VIN: 55WA46398M. White & green/white & green vinyl. Odo: 55,718 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 1,787 produced in ’55. A highly original Montclair whose size alone commands attention, but it becomes plain to see that it’s been put through its paces. Dull exterior, paint is yellowing and chrome is merely driver-quality. Signature tinted Plexi section over front half of roof is heavily marred. Right-side rear glass blurry. Weatherstripping intact. All lamps good. A nicely lived-in interior. Door linings yellowing. Clear gauges in fan-shaped instrument display. “Start in Neutral” note on dash. Clean TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT dark green carpets with lighter green cutouts. Factory AM radio. Trunk locked. Engine bay reflects mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,450. The unique tinted roof seemed like a great idea at the time, but it apparently proved to be unpopular because of the heat generated in the car’s interior. Not a lot of money for a cosmetically aging, but still very respectable, set of wheels. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the buyer got the better end of the deal. Let’s call this slightly well bought, but not enough for the seller to pout. #448-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. VIN: 6T07A101687. Sauterne Gold/black vinyl/gold & white vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 225-hp version. Black vinyl hard top. Doors locked, so mileage not recorded. Nutand-bolt restoration performed in 2010. Repaint has mostly produced a sharp finish, although thick in places. Good chrome, pockmarks on rear window surround. No issues with panels, gaps or glass. Highly optioned including dealer-installed headlamp gravel guards, front disc brakes, correct GT wheels, luggage rack and fog lamps. Inside shows off classy two-tone Pony upholstery color-keyed to exterior finish. Has Rally Pac, factory a/c, and AM/8-track player. Clean trunk with spare, carpets. Well-prepped engine compartment with hoses, wiring all there. In a private Ford collection in Texas until this past year. Cond: 2+. place of the VIN identifies the engine as the 4-bbl, 290-hp variant. Slipshod repaint shows lifting in places. Contrasting black on hood. Chips on hood and alignment is off. Black and gold side-tape stripes. Black front air dam unscuffed; black rear spoiler and rear window louvers. Tired brightwork. Front and rear bumpers have scratches and fisheyes. Panels, gaps okay. Rally wheels with white-letter BFG Radial T/As. Doors locked—couldn’t access interior to read mileage and gauge condition. For approximation purposes, odo showed 59,702 miles at Lucky’s auction back in May 2017. Highback buckets, factory AM radio and tach, power front disc brakes, 3.25 rear. Includes Marti Report. Cond: 3. SAAC Concours Bronze Award winner at Lime Rock in 2000. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. Miles are from the catalog description, as the doors were locked and the odo couldn’t be read. Sold slightly above the price guide median value of $94,500. Other GT500s have gone to new owners for six-digit prices. This one could’ve done the same and it still would have been worth every penny. Well bought today. SOLD AT $39,600. Had power been supplied by the 428-ci motor, high bid could’ve possible been double what was achieved here. A Mach 1 that the seller enjoyed, and which had eye appeal, but seller wasn’t as interested in keeping up its appearance. This one hasn’t been a stranger to the auction circuit, as it’s been tossed around four times in a little over a year’s time. Last appeared this past April at RM’s Fort Lauderdale sale, where it sold at $33,550 (ACC# 6869656). Before that, sold at B-J Scottsdale this past January at $34.1k (ACC# 6862728). Last August, it didn’t sell at $32k at Lucky’s Fall Classic (ACC# 6849387). Another no-sale at $32.5k at Lucky’s Spring Classic in May 2017 (ACC# 6835960). Seller kept it for two months and flipped it at a market-correct price for a $6k-plus profit (minus expenses). Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $22,000. A lot of TLC lathered on a car that’s been fairly stable in the marketplace but has never been worth a whole lot. The seller must’ve really loved it. And that benefited the buyer, who came away with a beauty that very well could’ve achieved $5k–$10k more. Well bought. #429-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9F02M165341. Red/black vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The “M” in the fifth 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #656-1970 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 0F02R483281. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 78,500 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A Drag Pack GT500 with a numbersmatching engine. In excellent condition all the way around. Eye-catching paint, minor peeling at driver’s door and right-side rear. Very good chrome, glass, gaps. Factory tinted glass. Rides on new Goodyear Polyglas GT rubber, includes an extra set of Goodyear Eagle STs. Interior features a fold-down rear seat and dealer-installed AM radio/8-track player. Suspension has been rebuilt, as has the engine, which reportedly has 1k miles since completion. Tidy engine compartment. 3.91 Traction-Lok rear. Has Elite Marti Report, build sheets and window sticker. Glovebox signed by Carroll Shelby. #631-1970 FORD TORINO Cobra fastback. VIN: 0A38J156317. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 31,325 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 7,675 built in ’70 and one of 1,115 wearing this paint. A recent restoration. An arresting repaint that commands attention. Contrasting black on hood. Chrome trim very good, scratches on front and rear bumpers, window surrounds. Black louvers on rear window. Excellent panels. Doors open and close well. Underside highly detailed. Well optioned, including tinted glass, F70x14 belted raised white-letter tires, electric clock, console, power front disc brakes and steering, and AM/FM stereo. Great interior is original. 3.50 rear. Engine bay has received TLC and the numbers match. Drivetrain cleaned, but not rebuilt during restoration. Docs include original Ford Owner Card, Deluxe Marti Report, owner’s manual. From the MS Classic Cars Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This one checked all the right boxes: great looks, relatively rare, big, powerful engine delivering 370 hp, a healthy dose of character, and a nearly flawless presentation that included a tall poster board with car info. The high bid rocketed north of the price guide’s $53,500 median value, but good luck finding another of this quality. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT MOPAR #440.1-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23N0B165315. Banana Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 29,644 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older frame-off resto still striking. Original paint pops. Black sport stripes with R/T graphic on both sides of body. Decent chrome. All lamps intact. Driver’s door closes better than passenger’s. Windows show seemingly permanent smears. Rear black spoiler unscuffed. Dual quad exhausts. Newer BFG Radial T/As. Clean undercarriage. Fantastic interior with Light Package. Clean doorjambs. Vinyl upholstery in great condition, as is woodgrain center console. Clear Rallye instruments. Sun Super Tach II aftermarket gauge in dash, Suntune oil gauge under it. Clean black carpets. Equipped with power steering and front disc brakes. Dull engine bay lends a sour note to an otherwise attractive presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $170,500. One of just 716 440 Six Pack Superbirds, on a higher perch than the standard 4-bbl. Glad it was in the well-lit Expo Center, and not the parking garage, where its full glory could be appreciated. An extremely nice car in an arresting, can’tmiss color scheme. Sold very close to market, and so the edge goes to the buyer, but seller shouldn’t rue the day. SOLD AT $42,900. Not a Six Pack, which could’ve more than doubled the price realized here. Had it been displayed outside in the tent and not the parking garage, I think its eye appeal would’ve been magnified. Sold right at the median value per the ACC price guide, which made this a very fair transaction for both buyer and seller. 0A172645. Torch Red/white vinyl. Odo: 56,650 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. High-quality recent restoration. Excellent paint shines in the well-lit Expo Center. Chrome trim not quite on par with the Torch Red finish, but still nice. Scratches on door handles, outside mirrors. Looks like original nose and wing. Doors open and close well. Very good glass. Repro BFG Radial T/As. Not many gripes with excellent interior. Driver’s door lining baggy. Dual Sunpro gauges under dash. Clear Rallye gauges with TicToc-Tach. Factory AM radio. Clean black carpets with rubber floor mats. Has spare and jacks. Two trophies: 2013 Dutchess Cruisers Best Mopar and 2015 DC Beacon Chamber of Commerce. Well-sorted engine bay. Restoration photos included with car. Cond: 2+. 4 #671-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V- SOLD AT $48,400. First year of major design modifications, some of them visible such as the twin hoops behind the passengers’ heads that replace the sport bar, and others not easily seen such as the longer wheelbase (though the car was shorter overall). This Viper was in excellent condition and sold at the upper end of the market. Seen from another angle, however, it hammered at a 40% discount from its $80k MSRP for what was essentially a new car. If the buyer was the type who sees the glass as half-full, then I think the latter perspective guided this decision. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #419-2003 DODGE VIPER SRT-10 convertible. VIN: 1B3JR65Z73V500248. Black/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 8,978 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Original Viper in menacing triple black. Description states it has “always been garage-kept and covered in a humidity-controlled garage and connected to a battery tender. Has never been raced or tracked.” Exceptional inside and out. Easy to mistake the polished alloy wheels for aftermarket pieces (I did), but they’re stock. Wears Michelin Pilot Super Sports that have new TPMS sensors. “No engine wear issues” per Blackstone Labs Oil Report. Maintenance and recalls (including ORC module) up to date. Comes with service receipts, paperwork. Repro Certificate of Title. Clean CARFAX. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Uncasville, CT AMERICANA #462-1950 PACKARD EIGHT Club sedan. VIN: 2395510161. Turquoise Blue/tan leather. Odo: 65,210 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored, but when the resto took place is a question mark. I don’t recall ever seeing a Packard in this color anywhere, and while the restorer deserves kudos for the high-quality application, it doesn’t quite match the purpose and character of this model. Variable chrome with lots of nicks on right rear taillight housing. With the exception of the dash’s wood trim, which has scrapes and is generally dull, the interior looks brand new. Seats show no wear. Large black steering wheel unscuffed. Excellent roof lining. Clean tan carpets. Spare in clean trunk. Engine bay not inspected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,950. The Power Hawk was available for 1956 only and was replaced by the Silver Hawk the following year. A wellexecuted design that earned my admiration, and that of another auction-goer who regretted not bidding on this when the time came. Only one Power Hawk came up in the ACC Premium Auction Database and this was it. It sold at Mecum’s Seattle sale in June 2014 for $17,280 (ACC# 255835). Seller’s smiling, as it did a whole lot better today. Buyer should be too, as this promises both miles of driving pleasure and spirited conversation from the locals. Fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $33,000. A run-of-the-mill Eight let down by its unusual Turquoise Blue hue. It crossed the block at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction this past February, where it was a no-sale at $26k (ACC# 6863591). The reporter noted, “I have no idea why seller did not take the offer and run. Can’t see where he will get a better offer.” Well, he got it at Barrett-Jackson Northeast. Market correct. #56.1-1956 STUDEBAKER POWER HAWK coupe. VIN: 8852059. White & black/black & white leather. Odo: 92,882 miles. 259-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A rare specimen, only 7,095 produced in ’56. Nothing said about it being restored—it looks mostly original. Displayed in the single large tent, which was brighter than the parking garage where many lots were located. Hard not to appreciate its nice lines. Paint has held up well considering its 93k miles. Chip on trunk. Black pinstriping. Excellent grille. Brightwork merely average, scratches and scuffing on front bumper. Glass is better. White body, black roof. Cracks and holes in rubber insulation around vented windows. Newer Redline tires. Dual exhaust. Elegant interior with supportive seats, push-button radio, clean hologram-like dash paneling. Two Studebaker Owners Club of America Western States Meet San Luis Obispo June ’71 and ’72 badges on glovebox. Cond: 3+. #414-1969 AMC SC/RAMBLER 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9M097X305269. Red, white & blue/black vinyl. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rare with only 1,512 produced. Can’t-miss twoyear nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. Nice repaint in A-scheme livery, no major issues to call out. Brightwork is hit or miss. Panel fit is probably better than factory spec. Driver’s window delaminating. Redline tires on wheels that are painted blue. Interior not accessible (can’t record miles), but looks squeaky-clean. Red, white and blue headrests in stark contrast to black upholstery. Hurst shifter. Numbers-matching, 315-hp engine rebuilt. Positraction rear. Features new brake and fuel lines, calipers, front-end ball joints, tie-rods, trunnions, A-arm and control bushings. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,800. Coming on the heels of the AMX and Javelin, the SC/Rambler was yet another AMC salvo in its desperate quest to capture consumers riddled with muscle-car fever. It didn’t work, and we all know how this sad tale ended. Sold for all the money given condition. Fairly bought and sold. A September–October 2018 79


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN Spring Classic 2018 “Kookie’s Kar,” the T-bucket that started a customizing craze, sold for $484k Mecum Indianapolis, IN May 15–20, 2018 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knox, Russ Coughlin, Bernie Wagoner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,348/1,872 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $65,502,894 High sale: 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,815,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices A cultural icon — 1922 Ford Model T “Kookie’s Kar” roadster, sold at $484,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T 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 80 AmericanCarCollector.com he Indiana State Fairgrounds in northern Indianapolis has been the host for years to one of the largest collector-car auctions in the world: Mecum’s Spring Classic. While Mecum’s old line about nobody selling more muscle cars than them has relevance, all genres of collectible vehicles were here in force. With a total of 1,872 vehicles consigned, that was quite a force. Perhaps the biggest change this year in dealing with all those vehicles was the return of the Sunday auction segment. It was abandoned here a few years back, as it seemed to be mostly low-end cars, with few folks staying to bid on them. However, with 201 more vehicles this year compared with 2017, one could easily chalk up the extra day to just those cars. Yet it’s not quite that simple, as Sunday saw some higher-caliber cars (and trucks) that could’ve easily fit in on any other day. When all was said and done, 1,348 of those vehicles found new owners, for a sales rate of 72%. While this was a point behind last year, the fuller purse easily made up for it — besting last year by over $11 million (a 20% increase year-to-year). The car that did the most to raise that figure was something of a news story in and of itself. Lot S97 was the 48th 2017 Ford GT built. With Ford attempting legal action to block the sale, as they state that every owner is under a 24-month not-for-resale clause, Dana Mecum stated to the crowd from the auction block when it rolled up to be sold, “A judge did rule in Mecum’s favor that we can sell this car, and if Ford wanted it back, they were welcome to come here and bid on it. We had some people worried that there would be repercussions — there are no repercussions with this car.” When the bidding opened at half a million dollars, it certainly didn’t seem like anybody was worried about it. In short order, the $1.6 million reserve was surpassed, one more bid was offered, and it was declared sold for $1,815,000 all-in. The second-highest sale was not one but 16 cars: the Keith Busse Corvette Pace Car Collection. Containing one of every Indy Pace Car edition ever made (including one awarded to a race winner), the 16 cars were initially offered as a group, and if they failed to meet the reserve, they were set to be offered individually. When bidding on the whole package attained $1.6 million, the reserve was met and the cars were “loose and selling,” burning up a good chunk of Dana’s “SOLD” stickers when sold for $1,760,000. Not far behind were the sales of two famous custom cars, both in the top 10 sales at no reserve in a disheveled state from the estate of Jim Street. First was the Golden Sahara II, at $385,000. Immediately following it was the T-bucket street rod that is most famous as being used by Edd “Kookie” Byrnes in the TV series “77 Sunset Strip.” In slightly better shape, it sold at $484,000. Yet if there was one segment that could be con- sidered red hot here, it was vintage four-wheel-drive pickups. Two good examples — which both happened to be step-side pickups — were a 1967 Dodge W100 that changed hands for $50,600, and a not-as-nice-yetstill-presentable 1962 International A120 that brought $44,000. Regardless of what your vehicular vice may be, Mecum had to have something that catered to it at the Spring Classic.A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN GM #F138.1-1959 PONTIAC CATALINA Prototype pickup. VIN: 259P108. White/red, silver & white vinyl. Odo: 29 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Concept built by Pontiac Division using a Safari station wagon chassis, 1959 Chevrolet El Camino cab structure and cargo box, Safari tailgate, with Catalina rear quarters, doors, front clip and interior. Well equipped with HydraMatic, a/c, ps, pb, power seat, underhood lighting, tissue dispenser and AM radio. In “as-restored” condition, with 29 on-and-off-trailer miles. Shows no signs of wear or aging, aside from the inboard-facing tires having some chalkiness. The driver’s side of the grille has a POCI Senior award badge, and the passenger’s side grille has AACA National First Place and Grand National Award badges. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $48,400. Stated that this is only one of two GTOs in Iris Mist with a whitepainted roof. Not that it’s hard to figure out why, as by 1965 the whole mod color thing hadn’t really kicked in yet and the general macho market that was attracted to Goats was more into the traditional red and black. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January, where it sold for $49,550 (ACC# 6861412). NOT SOLD AT $340,000. It seems like there has always been some level of interest at Pontiac—until they day they turned the lights off—in having an El Camino competitor. This was the first, and likely most seriously considered contender. Even shortly before Pontiac got the shut-down orders from GM, they were working on the possibility of importing the Holden Ute and making it a stablemate of the Holden-built G8 sedan. As for this first prototype, I’d be hard pressed to think it would do a whole lot better than it did here. If it did, the additional costs in PR, consigning fees and transportation will likely eat that up. #T132-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375Z129443. Iris Mist & white/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 59,856 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional contrasting painted roof, full tinted glass, engine-compartment light, center console and manually tuned AM radio. Rally I wheels shod with blackwall radials. Stated that PHS documentation proves car to be correct as presented, but documents not present with car. Good older repaint in original hue. Although forward door gaps are wider than all the rest, those are good and even. Good bumper replating; minimal pitting on taillight trim. Four T-3 headlights. MSD spark-plug wires, but nothing else non-stock on motor aside from a name-brand battery. New insulation on underside of hood. Piping on seat upholstery and shift ball yellowing at same rate, which is more than the reproduction seat and door panel vinyl. Cond: 2-. 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #T129-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3381762Z109941. Autumn Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 807 miles. 425-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with ps, pb and AM/FM radio. Reproduction Magnum 500 wheels and bias-ply Redline tires. Pop-riveted VIN tag, after a superb bare-body repaint as part of 2006 restoration. All brightwork replated, reconditioned or replaced. Good congruent gaps at cowl, doors and front fenders—even if a tad wide. Allnew door and glass seals. Good door fit. Reproduction interior vinyl surfaces and carpeting, all barely showing wear. Reconditioned dashboard and center console. NOM 425-ci engine, with OE-style triple 2-bbl induction using individual air cleaners for each carburetor. Engine detailed to stock, with fasteners that are still bright and shiny. Newer hood insulation. Minimal road spray on undercarriage. Cond: 2. #F177-1970 BUICK GS Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H121924. Fireglow Pearl/ white pearl vinyl. Odo: 13,371 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Built at Buick Main as an all-white GS Stage 1, but modified by GM into a 1970 auto-show-circuit display car. Expertly repainted a decade ago in the same Fireglow Pearl orange in which it was displayed. Other special features include all clear glass and pearlescent-finished interior, with white fur carpeting. Factory-installed options include pb, ps, tilt steering column, center console and Buick Road wheels. Door fit and gaps on par with original build quality—before show duty. Most of interior is original and detailed approximately a decade ago, now showing some aging and soiling—especially on the steering-wheel rim. Replacement carburetor, distributor and transmission. Light surface rust forming on fuel tank, exhaust and bare-metal fasters. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Has been shopped a fair amount in the past decade, starting off at the infamous 2010 Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction’s windstorm, where it wasn’t even grazed, and failed to sell at $140k (ACC# 1680476). It should’ve changed hands. Sooner or later, after enough of these $120k-to-$150k bids and consignment fees, they’re bound to figure it out. SOLD AT $52,250. While 1966 was the last year for multiple carburetion for Olds (and actually, all GMs except Corvettes), you certainly weren’t going to find a 425 sitting in the engine bay of a new 442. Ever. By the time GM’s self-imposed cap of 400-ci maximum-displacement engines in A-bodies was lifted in 1970, the 425 from the 88s, 98s, and Toronados had given way to the 455. Overall, the workmanship on this Abody was quite good—although I wouldn’t say it was $52k worth of good, but somebody did. #T31-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Heavy Chevy 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1C37J2L570753. Silver/green vinyl. Odo: 81,320 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Displays copies of original build sheet, window sticker and Protect-O-Plate to confirm it as a realdeal Heavy Chevy. Good masked-off repaint on exterior, although masking gets sloppy in door jambs, along with overspray on pinchweld moldings. Hood-to-cowl seal missing. Replated bumpers. Decent engine repaint, with runs in repainted air cleaner. Aftermarket carburetor, using an adapter plate between it and stock intake. Pretty much everything on cowl and fender aprons got rattle-canned glossy black. Bottom of car has old undercoating, older low-budget dual exhaust piping, and newer chambered mufflers. Stock six-slot Rally wheels painted body color and shod with radials. Original interior, with possible exception of carpeting. Heavier dye wear on lower dashboard. Cond: 3+.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN those occasions. Not a trophy magnet by any means, but not a dung bucket either—it will look good on cruise night. SOLD AT $29,150. Having profiled the Heavy Chevy in a past ACC “Cheap Thrills,” it’s one of those cars I keep an eye out for at auction, as it seems like most have been turned into fakey-doo SS 454s with the heart of a dump truck. Had been underappreciated until recent years, in a way that’s almost expected for a car that was billed an economy muscle car. Final bid for this driver-grade example was market correct. CORVETTE #T22-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S113465. Riverside Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 25,081 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tri-bar spinner wheel covers with matte argent finish, mounted to wheels with modern radials. Decent trim-off body prep and paint application. Headlight bucket and door gaps are a bit uneven, but not obscenely so. Older, if not original, trim and bumpers, with light-tomoderate scuffing. Well-fitted replacement top, with some fraying on ends of weatherstripping. Tops of the dashboard pad and carpeting along center console show some fade. Modern electronic AM/FM radio with aux jack, made to fit stock radio location. Black instead of vacuum-plated chrome arm-rest bases. Clean and generally stocklooking underhood, but with some modern fixtures—such as two screw clamps on hose at upper radiator neck. Cond: 3+. #T131-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S106799. Mosport Green/green hard top, white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,947 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Powerglide automatic, both types of tops, AM/FM radio and tinted windshield. Good body prep before a rather nice repaint. New windshield, old scuffed trim. Light frost pitting on vent-window frames. Nicely replated bumpers. Reproduction knockoff alloy wheels, with knockoff cover missing on left front. Some cloudiness to hard top’s backlight. Good older replacement interior soft trim. Faded horn button. Original seat belts have some light fading and heavier buckle scuffing. A few loose wires under dash, looking to be unterminated grounds. Underhood detailed not long ago, but long enough that driver’s side valve-cover decal has peeled a third of the way off. Modern rebuilt alternator. New exhaust system on a dingy undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,200,000. This is the only L88 in the three years of production that is known to be in Sunfire Yellow. It is well documented and has a known history from the day it was purchased new at S&K Chevrolet of Mission Vallejo, CA, to the time that it was driven onto the auction block by the same man who originally bought it 51 years ago (although he sold it back in 1986). I was sure I watched this attain a bid above $1.8m as it was leaving the block, yet on Mecum’s website after the auction it lists the car as a $2.2m no-sale. This was also the first time it was offered for sale in 20 years, so it may very well go back into seclusion for awhile— or sell privately. SOLD AT $49,500. Usually, a mid-year with a Powerslide in tree-hugger green is something of a death wish for resale. However, all factors considered, it did reasonably well across the block. If you like Mosport Green and just as many speeds as you have pedals, it could actually be somewhat well bought. SOLD AT $42,900. Built in the second half of the model year, after A.O. Smith was brought on board to augment finished body production for Fisher Body Division at the St. Louis plant. This car is from Smith’s tenure, as denoted by the “S” prefix in the body sequence number on trim tag next to VIN tag. As I stated in the previous ACC’s “Cheap Thrills” column (July-August 2018, p. 44), 1964 C2s don’t feel the love of the usual mid-year mania, and can represent a good value on occasion. This was one of 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #F151-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S119136. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 261 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional L88 engine package, heavy-duty pb, and F41 suspension. Restored from 1986 to ’97, when it was Bloomington Gold certified. Retains the original powertrain, brake booster, master cylinder and trim. Fiberglass from another big-block C2 used to repair previous damage and correct cut-out rear wheelwells. Bodywork done well, as repairs aren’t obvious. Recent engine bay cleanup on a good restoration. Exhaust manifolds are now rusting but still have the replicated engine-paint overspray. Restored chassis also has aged, with cracked rubber bushings, but is otherwise clean and correct. No discernible wear on the restored interior soft trim. Car retains the original Nevada title that will be included, but sold on a bill of sale. Cond: 2+. #F160-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1Z37L2S514058. Pewter silver/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 24,581 miles. 350ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Protect-O-Plate and NCRS shipping record data shows the car to have been sold by Rosenthal Chevrolet of Arlington, VA. Tank sticker confirms it was equipped with the ZR1 package, pb and alarm system. Documentation states that the indicated miles are actual and all powertrain components are the ones with which it was originally built. Restored shortly after turn of the century: superb body and paintwork. Period turn-lock clearance cuts in front fender lips. LT-1 hood graphics are misaligned between the center and driver’s side decal sets (hopefully duplicating a documented factory flub). Modern radiator hose clamps are the only deviation from bonestock underhood. Slight rust freckling on stamping pad and some hardware. Light wear and soiling on driver’s seat and associated carpet. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN Diamond. One of 20 ZR-1s built in 1972. This one was part of the noted Ed Foss Collection, and was last seen not selling at Barrett-Jackson’s New England auction (ACC# 6839867). After the first bid at $100k, interest seemed to drop off markedly. As such, against a $200k–$225k pre-sale guesstimate, it was going right back to the consignor. FOMOCO 1 N/A. Rose & white pearl/white leather. Built by Norm Grabowski from 1952 to ’55, nicknamed “Lightning Bug.” Fabricated from Ford 1922 Model T and 1931 Model A chassis, Z-cut and sectioned to get the stance he wanted. Repainted by Dean Jeffries in 1957, then was on the 1958 TV show “77 Sunset Strip,” as the car used by Edd “Kookie” Byrnes. Sold to Jim Street in 1959 and further customized to its current configuration—sporting dual superchargers atop original build’s Cadillac V8 engine, zoomie exhaust pipes, more headlights, dual rear wheels, plus a repaint and reupholstery job. In rather disheveled condition, with peeling paint, torn leather with seat padding falling out, soiled orange fake-fur flooring, tarnished chrome and generally dingy. Wears a rear California black plate, with 1965 tabs. VIN not found or disclosed; sold on a bill of sale. Offered at no reserve out of the Jim Street estate. Cond: 4-. #S114-1922 FORD MODEL T “Kookie’s Kar” roadster. VIN: show and garage mate of 58 years. (See profile, p. 56.) VIN: 2W51G15-6034. Wimbledon White/ blue vinyl. Odo: 3,206 miles. 406-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Retains original documentation, showing it sold for one dollar in October 1964 to Damerow Ford of Beaverton, OR, yet was campaigned by Jim Price for Marv Tonkin Ford of Portland, OR. State-of-theart restoration back to its original, as-raced configuration completed for the consignor in 2017. Only paint issue found is lesser masking around original body tag, which is missing one rivet. Good brightwork, although there’s no GALAXIE 500 lettering on the trunk lid (which could be correct). Front bumper canted slightly rearward; but, hey, its aluminum, so it likely didn’t fit well when new. Fully restored interior, with no wear. Concours-quality detailing underhood, to include a period-reproduction oil filter. Justas-clean undercarriage. Cond: 1-. 5 #F172-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 Factory Lightweight 2-dr sedan. Actually has better paint quality, fit and finish than original, retaining Ford’s original “apology tag” in the glovebox. Original period Creitz Automotive of Tulsa sponsorship decals in quarter windows. All-reproduction interior soft trim, showing no wear or soiling. Superbly detailed underhood, to include a period reproduction oil filter and the correct hood-prop-rod hardware. Exceptionally clean undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. By 1963, the lightweight Galaxie drag-car program was running at full steam (even though Ford was trying to keep it as much under the radar as possible, due to the AMA racing ban). They prepared 212 cars that year, with several early-to-late variations in bodywork and engine (since the 406 ceded to the 427 mid-year). While this was late enough to be a 427 Sportsroof fastback, even later in the year they started using Ram Air induction from the inboard headlight nacelles. The more prevalent of the lightweights, this example sold right in the wheelhouse of currently accepted values, albeit on the lower end of it. SOLD AT $484,000. While the Golden Sahara II, which toured in the early 1960s with and was stored with Kookie’s Kar, wowed crowds with over-the-top styling and gizmos; Kookie’s Kar represented an attainable dream. This was a car that someone with a Model T, a Model A, a V8 engine, some time, and some skill could build for themselves. Some may argue that a big engine in a fenderless, modified Model T predates the Lightning Bug with the Muroc dry lakes racers, but this gave a sense of style over function, making the T-bucket the street rod that made hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people put one on their bucket list to make or have. As such, its value as a cultural icon cannot be overstated. Along those lines, I was not surprised that it brought nearly $100k more than its tacky 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $145,200. Part of the four-car “Ford Galaxie Lightweight Collection,” offered here piecemeal. One of 11 1962 Galaxie 500 Lightweights built in the first year of the program. Body tag is interesting, as it doesn’t have entries for DSO (District Special Order) and axle code. Later cars have a special DSO pertinent to lightweight project, yet since this was the first year, they were considered a special engineering project, with only the surviving build sheet indicating a DSO of 89-05xx (last two characters being obscured). Believed to be one of only two surviving cars that still has all its original bodywork, special fiberglass panels and aluminum bumpers. For Ford fans like myself, this is one of the holy grails, as it makes a ’64 Thunderbolt look common as dirt. Unsold on the block, but a deal came together afterwards. top. VIN: 3N66R 143275. Wimbledon White/ red vinyl. Odo: 8,406 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Part of the four-car “Ford Galaxie Lightweight Collection.” Originally raced as “The Dragon Waggin’” by Burl Hawkins for Bill Doenges Ford of Bartlesville, OK. Afterwards, was part of the noted Rick Kirk Lightweight Collection from 1969 through 2010. Restored to original configuration in 2016. 8 #F173-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 Factory Lightweight 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4A66R 145466. Wimbledon White/ red vinyl. Odo: 25,219 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored nine years ago, with recent detailing. Good-quality bare-body repaint, yet with limited body filler in rear quarter panels. Good door and panel gaps (better than original), door-glass-to-rearquarter-window gap quite pronounced (par for how they were prepared when new). Modern replacement PPG windshield. Authentically restored interior, with older reproduction soft trim. Wavy door panels, missing clutch pedal pad. Authentic “missing teeth” cold-air induction grille. Clean engine bay. All visible cast-alloy parts—including finned valve covers and Ram Air intake plenum— have a polished finish. Regular production hood springs on a fiberglass teardrop hood. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN SOLD AT $126,500. For 1964, Ford made 50 Lightweight Galaxies—half with 4-speeds (such as this car) and half with automatics. This one has been something of a frequent flyer, as we have tracked it at four auctions over the past decade—always a no-sale. As such, it as something of an odd duck compared to the other three cars in this collection, since it wasn’t sporting period graphics, was not as authentic, and was in lesser condition. Part and parcel of why they likely decided to cut it loose at $115k, when it hammered sold after no further bids. #F175-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 Factory Lightweight 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4A66R133125. Wimbledon White/red vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Professional restoration completed in November 2017 to its original configuration when campaigned as 821 by Cobble and Bolland of Pennsylvania. Body prep, paint, panel fit and brightwork finishes surpass original production quality. Modern non-OEM windshield. Original side glass has second owner’s speed shop decals still on them, plus the shop that did the current body graphics. Well-fitted reproduction interior vinyl. Correctly restored under the huge teardrop hood—allowing clearance for forced-air induction system. Engine has correct finishes on all components. Plenums are solid fiberglass ducts in lieu of the more commonly seen flex hoses. Well-detailed and exceptionally clean undercarriage, with replicated inspection marks. Cond: 2+. knows it’s been sleeping long enough), it wants to be this car. This is one of the 25 Lightweights fitted with beefed-up HX automatic transmissions—a first for the program, but shared with the automatic-equipped Thunderbolts. Lesser-known and -appreciated than the 4-speed cars, it wasn’t too surprising that it was low-ball final bid only to this, nor that the reserve was held firm and fast. #T150.1-1971 FORD BRONCO Stroppe Baja utility. VIN: U15GLL24800. Red, white & blue/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 42,013 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Deluxe Marti Report displayed with the truck confirms that it’s a real-deal Stroppe conversion from new. Stage I modification package: padded roll bar, rubberized steering wheel, front push bar, trailer hitch, radiused front wheelwells, cut rear wheel openings with fender flares, dual front shocks, aluminum wheels, plus custom paint and graphics. Otherwise, vast majority of truck’s exterior repainted at one time or another. Reproduction fender decals with original, frosted-chrome emblems. Fresh repaint of engine’s valve covers and stock air cleaner. Everything else in there is generally dingy, but recently washed off. Brake hoses used as line adapters off master cylinder. Good older replacement seat vinyl and rubber flooring. Very dingy undercarriage—definitely used in the desert. Cond: 3. this not selling. However, since first-gen Broncos continue to rise in value and that one of the 500 1971–75 real-deal Stroppes is a holy grail of Broncodom, I can fathom why it was a no-sale. MOPAR #F249-1965 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE A/FX 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2145141792. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 21,796 miles. 528-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Stated that it’s a “custom Hemi altered wheelbase car.” Generally good repaint, despite some off-themark masking around vent-window seals. Despite race graphics, no race use is mentioned—past or present. Stated the engine started as a 426, but was built up and bored out to 528, with the addition of Hilborn fuel injection and bazooka-sized velocity stacks. Clean, good workmanship underhood. On underside of hood are signatures of Tommy Hoover, Arnie “The Farmer” Beswick, and other period drag-racing luminaries. Generally clean undercarriage, with some tire residue in wheelwells from smoky burn-outs. Reproduction carpet, front seats (no rear seat), and door panels. Fabricated, touchbutton shifter mounted on the roll-cage center bar, à la center console. Autometer gauges in a custom mount on dashboard where HVAC and radio (or their blanking plates) would’ve been. Period tach on top of dash. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. Part of the fourcar “Ford Galaxie Lightweight Collection,” offered here piecemeal. If my 390-powered, Cruise-O-Matic-equipped 1964 Country Sedan station wagon can dream (heaven “ NOT SOLD AT $92,000. The first Baja Bronco rolled out from Bill Stroppe’s shop in 1971. One hundred were modified then, and this is one of them. If you weren’t paying attention and saw this no-sale price, you’d think that all parties involved were nuts for The first Baja Bronco rolled out from Bill Stroppe’s shop in 1971. One hundred were modified then, and this is one of them. If you saw this nosale price, you’d think that all parties involved were nuts for this not selling. 1971 Ford Bronco Stroppe Baja utility SOLD AT $66,000. The altered-wheelbase cars started making their presence known during 1965—primarily on Mopars. It would take a fair amount of work to modify a unibody ’65 Belvedere into a wanna-be A/FX car, but can be done. This car just didn’t sit right with me (no pun intended), and considering the selling price, I wasn’t the only one. (See profile, p. 60.) ” #S28-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: RP23G67152073. Bronze metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,870 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body tag missing, but displays an older Chrysler Historical Center tag/sticker that decodes the car. In same configuration as when it was built, except interior was redone in black rather than tan and has repop Magnum 500 wheels on radials. Average repaint in original hue, with original paint on cowl. Doors shut okay, but rattle due to no stop bum- September–October 2018 87


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN pers. Original weak bumper plating, light pitting on vent-window framing, polished trim moldings. Speedometer cable protrudes excessively into right front wheelwell. Good workmanship on reskinned roof. Soso dashboard repaint, with some original gold and tan poking out. Lousy old engine repaint, in low-performance blue over original orange; now halfway flaked off. Yet it is clean and has a repainted, stock air-cleaner assembly. Cond: 3. job, albeit stained and scratched up. Fresh belts and hoses in a cleaned-up engine bay. Three inches at least of suspension lift from axle to spring blocks, with modern off-road shocks. Wide-diameter steel wheels, shod with very aggressive 33x11.5-16.5 off-road tires. Cond: 2-. steering-wheel rim, light wear on the Hurst Pistol Grip-shifter simulated plastic. Runs out about as sedately as a Hemi can. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,000. The mid-size, B-body model hierarchy for Plymouth in 1966 was the Belvedere I (2- and 4-door sedans, plus wagon), Belvedere II (same 4-doors, the 2-door being a hard top and adding a convertible), and the top-line Satellite (only available as a 2-door, hard top and convertible). For what should be a decent driver with a competent-enough big-block 383 (the only big block available for ’66 in any Bbody—apart from a Street Hemi), this was a pretty decent buy. #T134.1-1967 DODGE W100 Power Wagon pickup. VIN: 2161717959. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 7,447 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally owned by a fire department, hence the 07,447 actual miles. All previous apparatus have been removed, mounting holes filled in the body and cargobox floor (the latter with a new high-grade wood deck), which has been given a pretty decent repaint. Respray does have some light orange peel. Good door fit—for a ’60s truck. Nice original seat, door panels and headliner. Retains original PTO-driven, forward-mounted Braden winch. Rear bumper is original diamond-tread, chromed wraparound style. Also retains the original Slant 6 engine, which still wears its original paint SOLD AT $50,600. Bless them for keeping the perfectly good Slant 6 working under the hood. One would usually expect to see a big-block 440 stuffed into there with any modifications from a lift kit and wheels onward. The low miles make an easy excuse for bringing strong money, but this wasn’t the only mostly stock, 1960s-era SWB 4x4 that was selling for $40k and beyond. Yes, the market was very strong for these trucks here, yet this isn’t really out in la-la land compared to the rest of the world right now. VIN: JS23R0-B339366. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 51,612 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 4-sp, Super Trak Pak, vinyl roof, pb, hood pins, bumper guards, Shaker hood scoop and AM radio. Professional state-of-the-art restoration completed approximately a decade ago, attaining an O.E. Bronze award at Mopar on the Strip in Las Vegas in 2009. Excellent base/clear paint prep and application, plus good repro graphics installation. Minimal scuffing on some trim, but all brightwork is otherwise professionally reconditioned or reproduction. All Mopar under the hood, to include a correct reproduction battery. Allreproduction interior soft trim, showing no appreciable wear. Excellent wood-style 3 #F164.1-1970 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. SOLD AT $264,000. Stated to be one of five Hemi Challenger R/T hard tops with a 4-speed, and the only one in Plum Crazy and the Super Trak Pak. Despite a $300k low-end estimate, the reserve was dropped at $240k, after which they were unable to get any further bids, it was hammered sold. With no downsides, this was a decent buy on a no-excuses car that may prove to be a better buy if Hemi prices continue to inch toward pre-2007 levels. AMERICANA #T174-1962 INTERNATIONAL C120 4x4 pickup. VIN: SB294364B. Turquoise/ turquoise vinyl & nylon. Odo: 45,784 miles. 266-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Stated that indicated miles are actual from new. Old repaint over bodywork repairs on front fenders, which are now cracking. Paint cracks also on all body panels to some extent, yet looks presentable at 20 feet. Thick masking lines on door-glass seals, painted-over heavier pitting on cargo-box floor. Dealer-accessory spotlight. Poor door fit. Good original benchseat upholstery, new period-style seat belts. Both original four-wheel-drive direction decals present. Driver’s side visor mount missing actual visor. Newer repaint of valve covers, new distributor cap and wires. Original paint on cowl. Somewhat dingy underhood. Original multi-piece steel wheels with LT305/85R16 tires. Three-inch suspension lift on black brush-painted chassis. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,000. International was the first light-truck maker to offer factory-built four-wheel drive as a regular option in 1953. As such, by the time this truck was built, IH had nine years of 4x4 production experi- 88 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN ence over Chevy’s five years (actually just two years in-house, as earlier models used NAPCO components) and Ford’s three. If there was one truck here that would make it sink in that vintage 4WD pickups are smoking-hot in today’s market, it was this. Across the block, the reserve was easily surpassed at $26k, with bidding continuing at a brisk pace. Sure, it sold well considering its condition (since it’s not as nice as the low miles and marketing would leave you to believe), but now it’s not silly money anymore. Just well sold. #T71-1977 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT Traveler Rallye 4x4 SUV. VIN: G0102GGD18823. Red metallic & white/white fiberglass/red cloth. Odo: 35,239 miles. 345-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Line Setting Ticket shows a/c, tilt steering, AM/FM stereo, cruise control, center console, roof rack and chrome Rally wheels. Consignor is of the opinion that the 35,239 miles are actual. Stated that it has a “show quality repaint.” I guess we go to different shows, because it has sloppy masking around vent window seals and orange peel on cowl, in addition to not aging all that well (maybe for those shows, they give you a trophy for still having paint on your vehicle). Very good door fit for a Scout, and pretty decent compared to a typical car. Seat and door panels redone in solid red velour in lieu of the original Russet plaid vinyl. Newer carpeting. Older brushpainted black chassis now quite dingy and chipped. Cond: 3+. MARKETMOMENT 1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet Convertible SOLD at $8,960 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 3, 2018, Lot 213 VIN: VH27B62594626 Courtesy of Bonhams over a brand-new 1957 Plymouth that had been buried in a concrete vault in Tulsa, OK. Opened in 2007, a time-capsule finned wonder was to emerge, educate the future on the past, and be handed over to one lucky drawing winner. Hindsight may be 20/20, but whoever came up A few years back, the classic-car world fired up with excitement with that stunt got it wrong — and not because the vault filled with water at some point and deep-sixed the ’57. If any one old car serves as a window back to the past, it’s no Forward Look car. It’s the Valiant. And these cars took the long way to get here. Why? Because the Valiant just doesn’t ever NOT SOLD AT $21,000. After International discontinued the Light Line trucks in 1975, they introduced the Traveler in 1976—a long-wheelbase Scout II with a wagon roof—to try to keep buyers of Travelalls from defecting to Chevy/GMC Suburbans. I remember when these came out, our family had a ’72 Travelall. When I asked my dad if we were going to trade in the Travelall for one, he said, “I ain’t gonna listen to you kids bitch about crawling into the back seat all the time” — which, in a nutshell, explains why Travelers didn’t sell. Now that the nuclear family has limitless choices of 4-door SUVs and half-breed variations (none of which have two doors), today’s vintageTraveler buyer tends to favor it because it rides better than the short-wheelbase Scout II. Final bid here is a touch light, but not by a lot. A seem to die. Maybe it’s because of that trusty Slant 6, or maybe it’s due to the type of owner who bought these things when new. Frugal. Conservative. Careful. Either way, a disproportionate number of these Chrysler econocars are still out on the road today, and as such, like it or not, they serve as daily ambassadors for the old-car world. Some are loved collector cars, but many are still doing the cheap bare-bones daily grind, which makes them visible — especially to kids who are paying attention. In the collector world, Valiant values have stayed relatively low. Restoration of these has pretty much always been a losing proposition short of sentimental value, so now, these basically come in two flavors: showing age or straight-up beater. This one was showing some years on an older restoration, but it was better than most. The $8,960 price shouldn’t raise any eyebrows, as we’ve seen average sales peak as high as $13,280 in 2015. What is key here is this car’s usability, even today. It has a classic look, a top that goes down, and an engine that will continue to run for as long as you want to own it. This was a good buy on a frugal, conservative classic that you can drive whenever you want — and it shouldn’t cost the new owner money at sale time, either. It’s a great entry to the classic-car world — and as a running, driving, daily classic, it’s a better instructor to old-school motoring than a needy, waterlogged rust bucket.A September-October 2018 September–October 2018 — Jim Pickering 89


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Midland, TX 2018 Permian Basin Collector Car Auction A ’91 Jeep Wagoneer, formerly owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, sold for an impressive $40,700 Dan Kruse Classics Midland, TX May 26, 2018 Auctioneers: Daniel Kruse, Ryan Reed Automotive lots sold/ offered: 52/108 Sales rate: 48% Sales total: $1,021,185 High American sale: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 convertible, sold at $49,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices How much value did the celebrity add? 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Final Edition SUV, sold at $40,700 Report and photos by Phil Skinner 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 D 90 AmericanCarCollector.com an Kruse Classics presented their fifth annual Permian Basin Auction as a one-day event, taking advantage of the Memorial Day weekend to bring in a sizeable crowd. Held at the air-conditioned Horseshoe Arena on the outskirts of Midland, TX, this was a regional sale that drew in consignors from a 300-mile radius of the sale site. Several longtime Kruse customers helped by bringing in some quality vehicles, several with celebrity ties, which results in a good showing of bidders from the oil-booming communities of Midland and Odessa, TX. Many of them were taking some serious looks at what was being offered and had a genuine enthusiasm for this relaxed event. Despite being a relatively small sale, in regards to the number of consignments, there seemed to be a little bit of everything for everyone. Trucks and 4x4s are king in this area, and a number of vintage offerings were on the sale roster. A ’91 Jeep Wagoneer Final Edition, formerly owned by Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, sold for an impressive $40,700 all-in. Despite some decent offers from the bidders, some sellers weren’t too eager to cut things loose. One Corvette owner refused to budge a penny from his reserve. The seller’s ambassador did his best to try, but the seller held their ground until the bid reached the reserve and the car sold. One factor that might have had an effect on this sale was a collection of 10 vehicles — including a quartet of special, late-model Corvettes — none of which were transported to the sale site. According to the auction house, the consignor had an out-of-state family emergency that meant he couldn’t be at the sale, and in his haste to leave town, made no arrangements to transport the cars to the venue. While there was no serious action on the Corvettes, the six other consigned cars were offered at no reserve. Despite their remote offering and photos being the only inspection a potential buyer had, they all found decent money — including the top-dollar car, a 1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe. Several bidders apparently had come specifically for that car before the hammer came down at $52,800 with commission. I noticed that over the years the crowd that shows up for this sale isn’t the regular set of car buyers. Many here appeared to be genuine hobbyists looking for that special vehicle, and their tastes are wide and varied. I talked with several registered bidders who had researched the cars they were interested in and came to make fair offers. Not all of them came away with their prizes, but with perhaps a little more of a targeted marketing effort, this venue is a potential gold mine waiting to be discovered.A


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Midland, TX GM #062-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. VIN: VC55S118350. Turquoise & white/ turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 78,260 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. From the exterior, this car looks good. Fresh paint in original hues, dress-up chrome front-bumper bar, rear extensions, bright side trim and clear glass all around. Doors aligned and gapped evenly, with solid sheet metal from its Southwestern heritage. Interior not original but presentable, with color-coordinated seats to match outside paint scheme. Original gauges, but updated radio with large a/c outlet below dash. Wheels appeared to come possibly from a late-1960s/early1970s Buick Riviera (or other GM product). Underhood is a different story: dirty and unkempt look, but with the 12-volt alternator, a/c compressor and new battery. Also with manual brakes and steering. Cond: 3. could stand a little more detailing on the engine, but car appears to be in turn-keyready condition for a leisurely drive. Cond: 1-. eer pleading for one more bid to get it sold. This was a decent car that needed little to be show-car ready. Seller really wasn’t too far from the market; with a little coaxing and cash at this level, we might have seen it going to a new home. I bet we’ll see it again. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. This car was last seen in fall 2009 at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale (ACC# 1674734), selling for $31,900. Since that time, the car has been well maintained, with only a few miles added to the odometer. Seller did indicate that true miles are unknown, and, with the extensive work and modifications, mileage really shouldn’t affect the value. That this car has not gained any value in the past eight-plus years likely didn’t sit well with the seller, so they took it back home. SOLD AT $12,650. An identical car at this sale (with less going for it in the cosmetics department) was able to bring home the bacon, while this one went back with the seller. When it came to eye appeal, this example had it—until the hood was opened. Of course, it could be silly little things like not having proper wheels, or interior issues. Seller had been looking for nearly $5k more, and—based on the sale of the other 1955 Bel Air sedan—he was probably smart to take this one home for another day. At least that was the story on the block, but this car came up sold in the results released by the auction company post-sale. #042-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. VIN: 237275P252139. Red/dark charcoal leather. Odo: 25,460 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Beautiful build with authenticity thrown out the window. According to build tag, was original Reef Turquoise; today it’s Resale Red. Seats sourced from 2006 Pontiac GTO, back seat done in traditional black vinyl. Mags from Wheel Vintiques. PHS documents indicate was originally a 2-speed auto, not TH350. Also, the TriPower replaced the factory 4-barrel. Outside of that, this was a pretty hot-looking car. Wearing California plates, it appeared to be a rust-free body with smooth paint and wellaligned sheet metal, including gaps. New glass in most areas. Original gauges in dash, but upgraded sound system and a/c were modern and efficient. Underhood 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #050-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676Z109643. Candlelight Cream/ black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 97,680 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. No mention of PHS documentation, but VIN verifies this as a real-deal GTO convertible. That also showed it was built at the Fremont, CA, plant, which contributed to claim of a dryclimate life in the Southwest. Body is clean, and no signs of major metal repairs or replacement. Interior done to stock levels, with upgrade to audio system. Original gauges clean and bright, but some plating over pitting noted on interior components. Glass good all around. Panel alignment is spot-on, with easy-opening and -closing doors. Underhood all in order, with proper YR-code V8, but no docs to support originality. Stains on intake manifold show some fuel-seepage issues. Rally wheels with Redline tires added to visual impact; recently replaced top with glass backlight was nice touch. Cond: 2+. #078-1971 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228871N115862. Cameo White/blue vinyl. Odo: 91,785 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Verified heritage with PHS documents, this potent Trans Am has everything that was promised for a performance vehicle. Correct YE-code engine, but no claims of numbers matching. Factory TH400 transmission, factory a/c, AM/FM with 8-track, Rally II wheels, Formula steering wheel, Rally gauge cluster (with tachometer), and 3.42:1 Safe-T-Track rear axle. Paint color was even overall, including Endura front nose, but the blue stripe shows some crazing due to age. Interior appears to be original, but seams are starting to give way on driver’s seat. Chrome trim sported some very minor pitting. Lights work and engine sounds tight. Driver’s door had a wee bit of sag, which could probably be adjusted to close easily. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,900. Last seen at Leake’s OKC sale in 2017, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $40k. There was a lot of interest in this car both from in the room and online. Bids came quickly, but couldn’t get the seller to cut it loose. Bidding closed at $37,500, but post-sales negotiations got seller to drop his $50k-plus reserve and see car go to a new home. I’d say that was a wise decision and congratulate the new owner. Car isn’t perfect, but it is the real deal—a treasure in Midland. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. The muscle-car market seems to still be in flux. Some investor-oriented collectors feel this segment is about to burst wide open and are taking advantage of good prices. This seller was pretty close to his reserve, with the auction- #092-1986 BUICK REGAL T-Type coupe. VIN: 1G4GK4779GP441318. White/dark red velour. Odo: 43,671 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Often overlooked, the T-Types had the same running gear as the basic Grand Nationals. This example was finished in white but looks to have had a repaint several years back, as front fascia wasn’t quite as bright as the body of the car. A few areas of overspray noted. Interior is clean, but wear noted on driver’s seat and foot pedals. Appointed with ps, disc brakes, windows and locks, as well as factory a/c— which was reportedly working. Original alloy wheels replaced with a set of BBS alloy wheels painted black. Underhood has been


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Midland, TX given some dealer detailing via rattle can. Undersides show the car has been driven, but no major signs of seepage or leaks. Cond: 3. final year, are looming in the not-too-distant future, but picky buyers know what to look for and what to walk away from. While this was a decent ride, it wasn’t in the investment-collector level, and for the enthusiasts, they could probably find as-nice if not nicer examples by beating the bushes. With no real money on the table, seller had little choice but to go home and come back another day. CORVETTE SOLD AT $14,850. Two bidders really wanted this car. The reserve was lifted at $11,500, and these two battled it our for a couple more grand. The value of these cars has risen, and if this had been a pristinecondition example, you could almost expect twice this price. While performance cars from the 1980s are scarce, nice examples like this should be watched as the age of collectors shifts. They may never rise to the level of a Hemi ’Cuda or GSX, but these cars will have their day. #089-1986 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GK4794F423812. Black/ black & gray cloth. Odo: 78,121 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. At first glance, this supercar from the 1980s looks pretty good. Closer inspection reveals issues with the paint, excessive pedal wear and undercarriage that’s used. Engine and transmission reported to be original to the car and in good running order, but some issues with plastic exterior trim parts detract from eye appeal. Having the proper wheels is a plus, and this car could be put into a better cosmetic condition with a little effort. Interest seemed kind of weak compared to the T-Type at the show. Cond: 3-. #038-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S711339. Burgundy/ black vinyl. Odo: 65,329 miles. 350-ci 350hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comprehensive cosmetic restoration to body, paint, interior and engine bay. All looks good with new glass all around, new Rally wheels and tires, and correctly detailed engine bay. Upgraded audio, but all gauges appear stock, clean and readable. Body panels line up well, with no indication of any stress cracks. Chrome is bright, shiny and without pits. Engine starts up easily and shifts without any noise. Undersides could withstand some detailing or at least being cleaned up a bit. Seats have proper stitching patterns and no signs of excessive wear or abuse. Cond: 2. Car holding up well considering most of the miles it’s seen recently have from been crossing over the auction block. Reportedly a real LT1, it had numbers-matching block and heads, but seller stopped there. Holley 750 CFM carb, ceramic-coated headers and other performance-enhancing touches reportedly brings it up to 300-plus hp. Paint still shows well. Little wear on the BFGoodrich T/A radials with clean-looking Rally wheels. Interior decent, with all gauges in order, but Kenwood stereo now provides the sounds. Underhood in order, but no decals on air cleaner. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. The early chromebumper C3 family of Corvettes are some of the best buys on the market today. This example was numbers matching and was done well, but the seller was looking for about 50% more than the bid—that just isn’t in the cards in today’s market. Maybe in a private sale it could hit a home run, but it just wasn’t going to happen this day in Midland. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. The big days for the Buick Grand Nationals, especially the “ #053-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67L2S502299. Ontario Orange/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 18,733 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Finished in its original colors and treated to a frame-off restoration nearly a decade ago. While performance cars from the 1980s are scarce, nice examples like this should be watched as the age of collectors shifts. 1986 Buick Regal T-Type coupe 94 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $34,000. This car has been to at least a half-dozen auctions in the past few years and reportedly sold just once at $63,600 (Mecum Houston 2012, ACC# 6746041). None of the other high bids went over $37k. While it might be a real-deal LT1, it was the last of the breed coming from the factory with 255-hp rating—down by 115 hp from its 1970 debut at 370 hp. Combined with the non-factory mods, this isn’t a real hot, investment-grade Corvette. It is a real hot, performance-grade car for the right price, but the seller was looking to turn a profit. With all that’s been spent on taking it to auction after auction, it might be time to cut the losses and let someone who will truly enjoy this car own it. #083-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J0P5800313. Torch Red/red leather. Odo: 32,168 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. A lightly used performance car that has been well maintained. Fitted with that special LT5 aluminum V8 that shares nothing with the small-block V8—except its displacement. All gauges appear to be working, as was the Bose AM/FM/cassette audio unit. With exception of parts that need replacing (such as tires, belts, suspension parts), this was an original car with factory paint and soft trim. Does have the glass top panels with storage bag, with factory spare never used. ”


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Midland, TX FOMOCO Minor wear on driver’s seat and pedals. Underhood could have been a bit more tidy, but had been dusted and showed no signs of liquid leaks. Five-spoke alloy wheels had good rubber, but not originals. Driver quality. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $19,500. With the advancements in technology over the past quarter-century, this generation of ZR-1 has been left in the shadows, unless the car is extremely low-miles—even then they are lucky to bring half of their list price when new. However, this is now an AACAqualified vehicle and would be a fun vehicle to tour with, as long as you are driving solo or don’t plan any major wardrobe changes. Seller had been trying to get this car sold for some time (five different auctions in 2016– 17), but no real interest here and bidding closed with over a $10k gap to get to the reserve! #091-2003 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 convertible. VIN: 1G1YY12S335123209. Velocity Yellow/black leather. Odo: 45,029 miles. 5.7-L 831-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Striking car when new. Original owner said to have invested $82k in performance upgrades, achieving output on par with the new Dodge Demon. Has all the original equipment of the base Z06, but with aftermarket alloy wheels, upgraded gauges and, of course, that awesome supercharger. Shows a few minor chips, and interior had a bit of wear on driver’s seat. Underside reveals a couple of road-rash issues. Cond: 2. #060-1940 FORD SUPER DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 185HP19402. Matte black/red leather. Odo: 257 miles. Kind of an oldschool project with modern touches. Build seems professional, with a lot of quality parts and workmanship put into the fit and finish of the sheet metal. Interior was well appointed and equipped with modern a/c, concealed audio system and plush seating. Steering wheel was vintage-modern (old looks but new materials), with underhood looking quite dazzling with aluminum radiator, 12-volt electrics and plenty of chrome. Exterior finish could be done in something more show-car worthy, but the subtle pinstriping sets a nice tone. Presented with a notice regarding the VIN being of non-conforming status. Cond: 2. well-crafted instrument cluster that’s pure stock, and a stock steering wheel and shifter. Underhood sits a faithfully restored “Power King-130,” original-to-the-truck, Y-block V8, and with everything pretty much the way it looked when it rolled off the Dallas, TX, assembly line. A slight rake and wearing a chrome-plated 1955 front grille, this was one sharp truck with only minor swirls in paint and overly tight weatherstripping in doors. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. Fords from 1940, even these large sedans, are in a league of their own and have quite a dedicated group of followers. The non-conforming VIN notice might have scared off bidders. I think these matte-finished cars look unfinished—based on that, I would consider this car well sold. For the new owner, consider this a palette on which to paint a portrait of speed and enjoyment. “ SOLD AT $25,300. When new, the Z06 was all the rage. For someone to have enough money to put $82,000 into upgrades would indicate they like souping up new cars, but this one has been out of the inventory of a dedicated collector for some time. Seller had a firm grip on reality and lifted the reserve at $21k, inciting a couple customers to keep bidding until hammer fell. Well bought on a per-horsepower basis. #075-1954 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10V4D23055. Dark red & silver/tan leather. Odo: 49,425 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. From the outside, this truck looked like it’s totally modified: deep, rich burgundy body and pickup bed with fresh, natural wood floor, silver metallic fenders, chrome reverse wheels with Moon disc hubcaps. Interior features a fresh, diamond-pleat leather seat (which still gives off that wonderful new aroma), color scheme carried into the cab and upgraded radio. But then one sees a Seller had a firm grip on reality and lifted the reserve at $21k, inciting a couple of customers to keep bidding until hammer fell. Well bought on a per-horsepower basis. 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $27,225. This truck has been on the market for well over a year, but seller finally came to realize that as nice as it is, there were limits. Bidding went to $21k, which was refused. Post-sale negotiations added more to the offer, which made this right. New owner got a nice truck that could not be re-created for twice this investment, and seller can now buy more stock and go through the process once again. Very well sold. #001-1973 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 3F03F212187. Bright red/white canvas/ black vinyl. Odo: 25,309 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-original engine. Red with black stripes isn’t how it left the factory, according to body tag. Fitted with proper spoiler, bumper guards, ps and pb. Topsides look pretty good with the Magnum 500 wheels, shiny paint, tight-fitting top and decent bodywork, but right exterior sport side mirror lies on floor of car. Chrome trim has some pitting. Getting under the car is scary: rust has eaten away at the suspension, and there are signs of shortcuts taken when installing the new drivetrain. Cond: 3. ” SOLD AT $17,600. First car over the block; the seller quickly lifted his $30k reserve to send this one down the road. An excellent example of Resale Red and detailing under


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Midland, TX the hood drawing the attention of potential bidders, of which there were several when it was announced for sale at $14k. I’d say the seller was rather skilled in putting lipstick on a pig. #039-1975 FORD BRONCO utility. VIN: U15GLV27014. Bright red/red fiberglass/red & white vinyl. Odo: 54,280 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, auto. A no-expense-spared build. Engine and transmission came from an early 1990s Mustang, suspension lifted and detailing was everywhere. Paint is smooth and flawless, chrome shiny and bright, and all-new glass all around. Interior far from stock, plush covered seats with styled center console and storage bin. Only major issue is weatherstripping is a bit thick—making it nearly impossible to close the doors properly. Wheels are heavy-duty, polished alloys, and tires were Wild Country XTX radials with little wear. Chrome front and rear bumpers, Clarion audio system with speakers concealed. R134a-converted a/c and original jack and tools properly installed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Broncos are hot, and there was a lot of interest in this example—phone bidders and Internet, as well as at least three live bidders in the room. The workmanship was outstanding, but seller was trying to recoup most of his investment. While these are peaking in popularity, five bidders couldn’t come close to the $60k on paper. A little tweaking and maybe marketed in the right spot, it might find that magic dollar figure, but on this day the offer was still about 30% shy. Hate to lose money, but sometimes you just have to let it go; this could have been one of those times. AMERICANA #090-1991 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER Final Edition SUV. VIN: 1J4GS5874MP801643. Black Cherry Pearl Coat/burgundy leather. Odo: 60,172 miles. 5.9-L V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly sought-after 27 years after they are gone, this example was celebrity owned and surprisingly well maintained. Minor scratches on hood from photo shoot and carrying a surfboard up front. Interior really well presented. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows, driver’s seat, factory a/c that works, upgraded Kenwood stereo system, even remote mirror. Started easily, ran smooth, California miles and occasional use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,700. Owned by Anthony Kiedis, founding member and vocalist for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Take away the celebrity value, which was kind of minimal in this case, and one can seen how popular these vehicles are, especially the last of the generation. Seller wanted close to $40k, bidding stopped at $32,500, and post-sale negotiations started. Final price was all-in, according to auction house. Consignor pleased, new owner delighted to have it, which included signed albums, photos and other memorabilia. A 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK Leake Tulsa 2018 Possibly the best deal here was a 1965 Buick Riviera that sold for $18,700 Leake Tulsa, OK June 7–10, 2018 Auctioneers: Jim Ritchie, Dillon Hall, Pat Hicks, Trev Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 292/463 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $6,348,155 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Land this one in the “well bought” column — 1965 Buick Riviera 2-door hard top, sold at $18,700 Report and photos by Phil Skinner 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 noticed a number of changes. Most obvious was the reduction of auction lanes, going from two side-by-side turntables to a single, non-spinning raised platform. A new feature this year was a Thursday evening session, which was rather brief with about 50 lots of memorabilia and maybe 30 automobiles. While there were a number of familiar faces — most of the back-room office staff and most of the ring crew — there were some new faces, especially up on the raised stage. Also a new face up front, but one very familiar to the collector-car auction community, was Gary Bennett, who has joined Ritchie Bros. as general manager of new ventures and sectors, which loosely translates to heading up the collector-car arm that Ritchie Bros. is looking to greatly expand into. Numbers-wise, consignments were down by just L 100 AmericanCarCollector.com over 11%, which in many ways was a good thing. It eliminated a number of used luxury cars that were often stretching the definition of collector — or even specialty car — to the limits. Also slightly down was the sellthrough rate (63% from 68%), but more importantly, the revenues were down by a little under $2 million from the 2017 total. The per-car average remained in line with results from the past decade. There was plenty of enthusiasm, however. Whetting the appetites of those in the arena was one of the hallowed 2017 Ford GT coupes. This gleaming red car was eake Auctions hosted their 46th annual Tulsa Auction on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds inside the spacious and air-conditioned River Spirit Expo Center. As with every Leake sale in 2018, those who attend this sale on a regular basis there for display only, but there were two early 2005 GTs entered into the sale. A Quicksilver, stripe-delete edition took the honor of top-dollar sale. Also on offer was a sleek GT40 Mark II continuation coupe from Superformance, which took the second-highest sale spot when it was sold for $165,000 in post-block negotiations. Possibly the best deal here was a 1965 Buick Riviera that sold for $18,700. It wasn’t a GS, but another similarquality, non-GS ’65 Riv also sold here for $42,900. Leake’s Tulsa sale has always been one filled with a variety of vehicles, and this year was no disappointment. By far, the most popular nameplate seen at Leake Tulsa this year was Chevrolet, with 157 vehicles, a ratio of better than one-in-three, of which 99 sold — keeping it right in line with the overall sales average. Of that number were 26 Corvettes, with 14 of those going to new owners. Making a big impact on the sell-through totals was the online bidder audience from the combination of Ritchie Bros. and Iron Planet, another subsidiary of the auction giant. Leake announced on Friday afternoon that more than 7,000 users logged onto the Leake sale, exposing the sale to the biggest live audience that they have ever had. Gary Bennett said that there have been a few changes affecting Leake’s operation and that there will be more down the road, which will improve the auction experience for all of those involved. Having witnessed Gary’s effect on the industry while serving at BarrettJackson, I expect nothing but good things to come in the future for Leake Auctions and the rest of Ritchie Bros.’ endeavors in the wonderful world of collector and specialty vehicles.A


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK CLASSIC #1142-1927 DODGE BROTHERS FAST FOUR coupe. VIN: A906805. Dark blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 69,025 miles. A solid little coupe that is remarkably complete and in good running order. Cosmetics look to be upwards of 30 years old, maybe older. Mechanics probably done about the same time. Nothing too fancy, with white pin-striping on each individual wooden spoke painted to match the body. Miles may be from new, at least one gauge in dash from a later model car. I really like the gear-shift knob, which appears to be a glass door knob. Lumpy bodywork, with spray-on silver for the bumpers, and dull nickel plating on headlight rims and radiator shell. Cond: 3. hood hasn’t been given any attention. Fitted with power steering and brakes, plus windows, a rarity on this model. Also factory a/c, but missing belts, so most likely in need of costly reconditioning. Body does not show any signs of rust, doors opening and closing without undue effort. Has been part of a major collection. Cond: 3. is a bit of profit left in it as-is. The interest in these early post-WWII cars has dropped a bit in past few years; this car could be a sleeper to someone paying attention. I heard one person saying how nice those accessories would look on his 1950 convertible; at the price paid, it could be a donor car, but that would be oh so sad! SOLD AT $8,910. While many of the cars from the late 1920s lack much in the way of true styling, this little coupe had a certain understated appeal. For the final bid, it was probably all the market will bear for this car; for the enjoyment it will bring to the new owner, this was probably a cheap purchase. Hopefully this Dodge won’t end up bouncing from dealer to dealer, or be tucked away and forgotten in a warehouse filled with similar former citizens of the open road. GM #2267-1950 CHEVROLET STYLELINE Deluxe 2-dr hard top. VIN: 21HKC26689. Mayland Black/dark red vinyl & tan cloth. Odo: 56,311 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Beautifully applied black paint. Authentic materials used in interior including soft trim and numerous accessories. Factory AM radio, heater, clock, also rocker moldings with fender trim, bumper tips, fog lights, trim rings around hubcaps, combination spotlight/rear-view mirrors, sun visor and wingsup hood eagle. Lots of eye appeal. Purrs like a kitten across the block. No claim on mileage accuracy, but this solid car could easily be in that range. Underhood detailed and ready for the car show. Only drawbacks are micro-scratches in paint and an undecarriage that could have been detailed a bit better. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,650. Offered at no reserve; the new owner hit a home run with this Chevy. A little detailing and it is trophy time. Plenty of venues to show it off, and if the object was to flip this car, there 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $9,900. If only the seller had invested either a day of cleaning up this old beauty, or hired someone to do a deep detailing, this likely could have brought $2k– $3k more. At this price, the seller was probably happy to see it go. The new owner can do a minimum investment, get a few awards along the way and then sell a winning automobile for a profit, even if it is a plain old sedan. #3165-1964 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 45680B134215. Ember Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 63,618 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Just an old, trusty car-based pickup. Paint appears original and really needs to be resprayed. Unusual with a vinyl top. Fitted with tonneau for the bed, full wheel covers, dual-functional spotlights, rocker moldings and very rare front bumper guards. Chrome trim showing age with scuffing and pitting on plated items, dulling on stainless and aluminum. Under- #2234-1958 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF sedan. VIN: K858H7444. Lucerne Blue & Kenya Ivory/blue vinyl. Odo: 14,738 miles. 371-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Untouched, surviving example wearing its factory-applied original paint, chrome and interior. Might be possible to buff the paint back to life, but chrome has lost its reflectiveness to a large degree. Tires are scuffed and a bit dirty, but they hold air. Engine runs out well, but with manual steering, brakes, windows and seats, build up those muscles. Has factory AM radio, heater and clock. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. For the condition of the car, this was a rather fair offer. This pickup has been offered on the Internet for the past few months looking for something north of $15k, but in the current condition, it is just a matter of how much money it would take to transform this double-duty beauty into a proper boulevard cruiser. By the way, as a final attempt to unload this ride, it was given a rerun slot on Sunday with a lowered reserve and when the interest was even less, closing at $7,250. Deserves a new home. #2262-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494475H908808. Seafoam Green Metallic/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 12,038 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-preserved, low-mile car. Paint appears to be original, but showing some aging, swirl marks and spider-webbing. Anodized brightwork dulling and minor pitting on plated-chrome trim inside and out. Seats look luxurious, but I noticed some crunching, which might be foam rubber drying out. Underhood given a quick detailing and looks good. Appointed with factory AM/FM, a/c, power steering, brakes, windows and front seat, and fitted with those hard-to-find original sport wheels, with whitewalls just a bit too wide for the era. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. As with many GM products, the 1965 edition was the pinnacle of design and engineering, and then this body style was replaced. 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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK chromed pods. Offered at no reserve. I really thought this example would go way over the $25k mark. A similar-quality example at this sale, with reserve, hammered out at $39k. Have to call this one extremely well bought. #3131-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS coupe. VIN: 124377L135617. Bolero Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 31,905 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nothing more exciting than a Resale Red Camaro, but the auction house supports claim this is a real RS/SS from Camaro’s first year. Body work appears to be at or above factory specs. Proper paint applied, with doors and hood lined up well, but rear deck needs some attention. Original drivetrain for this rare RS/ SS is long gone, with a later-model 400-ci V8 installed. Fitted with Edelbrock intake and carburetor. Oval air cleaner to allow it to breathe. American Racing Torq Thrust billet alloy wheels. Upgraded seats and console, also a tach strapped to steering column. Underhood clean but not fancy, with a couple of extra gauges mounted to the cowlfirewall assembly just for fun. Cond: 3+. $50k, this is one car that if real, should have had more of an eye to authenticity. Built for the fun and desires of an owner, it did have all the eye-catching items, but for the serious buyer this car had little to offer. It might do well in a car corral, but on the auction block it just seemed to lack the appeal of an authentic RS/SS. #3172-1968 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 344678M360554. Provincial White/black canvas/white vinyl. Odo: 74,405 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has high-end restoration written all over it. Body fit spoton. Paint well laid down, even and with plenty of depth. Quarter panels smooth and gaps even all around. Under hood, all of the motor components are in order: power steering, front disc brakes, but no a/c. Interior is inviting, with well-detailed dashboard, all gauges and dials easy to read, heater, clock, tach and factory AM/FM. SS-II wheels properly detailed, Redline tires, and red front wheelwells complete this picture. Cond: 1. factory documentation. Assuming this was a real W-30, the bid was in the ballpark. At least in January 2018 it was spot-on at Russo and Steele’s Arizona sale, when it was called sold for this same hammered bid (ACC# 6858717). The muscle-car market is on an upswing, but it’s rolling along rather gently. The commodity values haven’t grown that much in past six months; this will need time to appreciate. #3108-1974 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 6L67S4Q409465. Dynasty Red/white canvas/red leather. Odo: 39,414 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. No mention of a repaint, but a few areas have either been repainted or at least touched up. Car sports a lot of new items—most important is the front-drive CV boots, which are very important to keep this car rolling. Paint looks good; interior shows some aging. Has both soft boot plus fiberglass “Parade” boot. Full power car with the usual: steering, brakes, windows, seats, top, and radio antenna, which seller revealed was not working. Will need that for the factory AM/FM radio. Doors close easily, hood and deck both line up well, and glass looked good all around, too. Chrome trim and other bright metal needed some attention. Underhood is operational, but far from white-glove gorgeous. Same for the undersides. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. While the build cost on this car was reportedly close to NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Was this car the real deal? It sure looked like it, and the VIN did reveal it was a factory 442, but nothing told of the powertrain and seller made no claims of numbers matching or having any SOLD AT $13,475. These big barges from the mid-1970s are starting to gain favor. With some proper care and management, there is a lot left for the new owner. While it is perfectly presentable right now for a local car show or late-night cruise, it really isn’t close to concours quality. Price paid was quite appropriate for the car on the block. Offered at no reserve; the seller received the car’s value. Kudos to auction crew, as there was not one mention of how this cavernous trunk could easily hide the body of Jimmy Hoffa. #2135-1977 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX LJ 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2K57Y7P391216. Creme Gold/brown velour. Odo: 1,970 miles. 301-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very well-preserved, low-mile surviving example. Original buyer opted for the more economical version of the powerplants. Well appointed with factory a/c, AM/FM radio, ps, pb, power windows and seat, cruise-control and tilt wheel, plus chrome wire wheelcovers. Exterior finish looks brand new, interior even has a hint 104 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK of newness—even after 41 years! Engine compartment looking very good, just needs a bit of dusting off. Tight body fit, doors open and close with little to no effort. Cond: 2+. these mid-’80s cruisers, and this is as deluxe as you can get. NOT SOLD AT $13,250. With a cost of around $6,000 out the door in 1977, the cost of storing and preserving this jewel is likely more than the bid in itself—especially when you roll inflation into the picture. However, seller realizes that all this is good for is to probably sit in a collection. No mention of it ever having been judged; it would definitely qualify for historical preservation awards and Pontiac people would probably swarm this car to see just how they were put together when new. Might be able to squeeze a few more dollars out on another day, but not this Friday in Tulsa. #1138-1984 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 1G6AL6781EE657235. Cotillion White/white canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 38,419 miles. 4.1-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Unrestored with original paint, soft trim and possibly top, too. In good driver condition. Paint shows only very minor scratches and chips. Fitted with the Gold Package; body panels were smooth, gaps were even. Heavy doors showed no sag, while interior displayed minimal wear that appears to agree with mileage. Underhood almost as-delivered, except for dust and 35 years’ worth of road grime on the suspension. Full power including the top, reported to be 100% operational. Newlooking tires with chrome wire wheel covers gleaming. Turn-key, top-down enjoyment. Cond: 3+. #2271-1989 PONTIAC TRANS AM 20th Anniversary Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. VIN: 1G5FW2177KL251915. White/ tan velour. Odo: 173 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. High-performance special edition put away when it was brand new. Pace car decals still in their container, as well as quite a bit of other Indy-related memorabilia. Car still on its original MSO, and offered from a former Pontiac dealer who brought lots of other cars—like this one—offered at no reserve. No stories on this one, preserved just as it came from the Van Nuys, CA, assembly plant. Everything looks new including gold-tone BBS wheels, see-through T-top panels, full instrumentation, AM/FM/cassette and more. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,025. Brought to the block, but there was no owner to be found with the car. Bidding started strong with plenty of interest. Then bidding stalled and it was announced as an “if” sale, meaning that “if” they can get a hold of the owner, and “if” the consignor accepts the bid, then the “if” becomes a “sold,” which happened with this car. When the auction company got hold of consignor, the offer must have sounded pretty sweet. Early C3, chrome-bumper Corvettes are perfect entry-level Corvettes or collector cars in general. Fair deal. SOLD AT $36,300. Offered at no reserve; the seller of this Trans Am marketed it well. While it is doubtful it will ever reach 200 miles on the odometer, it would be interesting to wake this car up and get it out on the road to be used as it was designed and built. Trans Ams from this era are even more sought-after than Corvettes, and this sale shows that. At the final price paid for this car, I really doubt there is any meat left on the bone; it would best be stored away properly in an environmentally safe museum or storage facility. Bring it out in 10 years and it might be worth about the same dollar figure, even figuring inflationary rises. CORVETTE NOT SOLD AT $11,750. Seller was looking for something north of $15k, and while the car might be worth it in a retail setting, on the first night of the sale it seemed mostly a wholesale buying crowd. With proper marketing it might find a new home closer to the reserve. Stronger numbers are starting for 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #1117-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S706908. Monza Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 20,289 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sporting a repaint at least a decade old, it’s presented as a decent driver. Unsure if it was born red, but it looks pretty good. Soft trim appears to be in very good condition, with all gauges, including tachometer, clear and readable. Fitted with later-model Kenwood in-dash stereo. Sports a heater but no a/c. Power steering and disc brakes. Rides on a set of Rally wheels, with a fairly fresh set of BFG T/A tires. Chrome with some scuffing, and left side lower portion of grille appears to be separated. Undersides need deep cleaning and detailing. Puffs of blue smoke seen on start up. Cond: 3. #2265-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37Z4S470613. Classic White/black leather. Odo: 61,292 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-applied coat of paint. Interior clean and in order. Pedals showed average wear to go with odo reading. All gauges clean, clear and functioning, as is the a/c. Audio system upgraded to Alpine AM/FM/CD. Original-style Rally wheels with Daytona-brand radials. Has proper Z-code for 454, but no claims of numbers matching. Last year GM put this block into a Corvette; this one has a highrise, cowl-induction hood. Also the obligatory power steering and disc brakes all around. Solid tops only, good glass. A bit of smoke on start-up, probably needs a good run down I-44. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,100. Offered at no reserve, this was a good buy on a decent, drivercondition car, but just a year or so too late for the chrome-bumper value bump. It would make an ideal driver, but not one that should be taken on a long road trip before a mechanic had a go at it for confidence and security. These later C2s are great entrylevel cars for a beginning Corvette fan; with the big-block V8, you might want to consider this one as a second entry-level car. Price paid was well within market boundaries.


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK FOMOCO #2132-1931 FORD MODEL A pickup. VIN: Eng. # A4337478. Dark green & black/black vinyl/dark brown vinyl. Odo: 92,861 miles. Fairly authentic restoration, with right colors for the body and fenders, but the tanpainted wire wheels look out of place. Loaded with extras: sidemount spare tire, grille guard, Moto-Meter radiator cap, shoecleaning plates on running boards, chrome front bumper, with an upgrade to 12 volts and sealed-beam headlights—a common conversion from the 1940s to 1960s. Bodywork decent, older re-do and paint starting to show. Proper interior, but with modern vinyl pattern (first used in 1950s). Speedo and other gauges appear to be in good working order, but faces are a little dirty. Engine starts easily—no blue smoke and no unusual noises from underhood. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $19,500. Sadly, this car had a performance-oriented D-code, 312 Y-block when new, and it could have easily been brought back to those standards, it would seem. These original Crown Victoria coupes were one of the first Fords to hit collector status, and as a result, a number of them were saved. No telling how much the seller had into this car, but it might be that he can’t find someone to buy the car in his value range. May have to move to a new range. SOLD AT $11,440. Model A prices have been really good for prime examples, but for less-than-perfect ones they seem to be reasonable. Some of the late-1970s Shay replicas are coming up into and surpassing this level of value. They say you make your money when you buy, and I say the bidder made his when the hammer came down. With a little freshening and TLC, there is something left on this ride, unless this is a collector; then there should be a lot of enjoyable miles. Consider this one very well bought. #2193-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria 2-dr sedan. VIN: P6FW324568. Colonial White/white & red vinyl. Odo: 31,740 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored cosmetically three years ago to the specs indicated on data plate. Car shows well in this color, but overall, it has the look of being quickly assembled. Fit and finish lack a bit. Equipped with a few goodies, but no power steering or brakes. Does have factory heater and clock, which isn’t ticking, plus aftermarket AM/FM radio, Continental kit, under-dash gauges and a rear-deck antenna. Full wheel covers on steel wheels with fresh wide whitewall. New small-block V8 fits perfectly underhood, but detailing in engine bay not up to full, professional standards. Starts easily and runs out well. Cond: 3. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #4178-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH140550. Colonial White/ black canvas/black & white vinyl. Odo: 73,208 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Given a repaint, at which time the color went from factory Raven (and revealing) Black to Colonial (and concealing) White. Bodywork looks good on display, but in the light some waves can be seen in rear quarters. Decklid alignment sitting high, most likely from fresh weatherstrip; left door needs alignment along lower edge, with right door total fit ajar. Clean engine bay but not perfect. Interior tired and vinyl needs attention. Has clock, tachometer, radio and floor shift. Levers on heater-defroster look like they are about to fall off. Turbine wheelcovers with wide whitewalls. Definitely not Classic Thunderbird Club International awards material. Cond: 3. color, trim or transmission was. Restored to match the plate currently on car; bodywork is very good, with doors, deck lid and hood all aligned. Interior done with authentic materials. Engine bay done well. Only in lower recesses and undercarriage are there a few little areas that haven’t been honed to perfection. Dress-up includes dual outside mirrors, rocker moldings and chrome-wire wheel covers. Fitted with power steering and a power top; radio is a made-to-fit aftermarket unit. Underhood also dressed up with chrome valve cover and air-cleaner housing. Mileage appears to be since restoration, so true miles unknown. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,175. When the Mustang was new, it was a car for everybody, and the way this Mustang looked, almost everybody could like it. Right on the border of being a resto-mod in the truest sense of the word, this car had great eye appeal. Enough to keep it looking just as Ford intended, with just enough upgrades to make it an enjoyable machine. Parts and workmanship were probably another 50% over the price paid, which would then make this car quite an attractive deal. Not a steal, but also one that the new owner can keep with confidence. SOLD AT $22,550. Several 2-seat early ’Birds at Tulsa all seemed to lack big-money quality in their fit and finish, and all seemed to lack big-money bids as a result. Mediocre cars got mediocre prices. Sold on its second run over the block; first ran as Lot 3128, when a bid of $23,000 was turned down (would have been $25,300 if sold). #2237-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08T649079. Rangoon Red/ white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 679 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Car sports a reproduction data plate and, while the VIN is the same, there’s no proof of what the original #3167-1968 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: 8T02J149391011190. Lime Gold Metallic/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 4,321 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored a number of years ago and brought back at that time cosmetically. Fitted with original engine, but that’s been rebuilt to make a 347, and there are a few other performance enhancements added—including a Strange 9-inch rear end. Interior features tilt column with original faux-wood steering wheel, AM radio, heaterdefroster and gauges—all clean, clear and operating. Heavy-duty suspension package up front and to the rear as well as the 10-spoke alloy wheels. 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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK right side empty. Car ran out well when going over the block. Sounded throaty. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,100. This was a strongbut-pleasant-to-see offer and I’m very glad it was accepted. From what I could see, there was really only one bidder who seemed to know when the reserve would be lifted. Regardless, everyone seemed happy with the outcome, and this Shelby, while quite nice, is not and should not be a trailer queen. Evidence found on the car proves it had already seen some road wear; hopefully the new owner will give this gifted pony a little more exercise and try to tame the wild beast. MOPAR #2119-1957 DODGE C-1 pickup. VIN: 84290322. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 7,375 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Has some mild modifications: removal of all ornamentation too expensive to chrome or replace, removal of proper grille work to save money, removal of front bumper, and the addition of Cragar steel wheels, plus Mastercraft GT tires. Underhood is a Mopar small-block V8 dressed up with finned valve covers, chrome air cleaner and pretty red wires. Interior done with simple vinyl over foam; upgraded steering wheel, with homemade wood inserts for the instrument cluster and glovebox area. Open stepside box, with decent wood flooring. Body-panel fit and finish at factory specs, with even gaps, although left door latch is a bit tight. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $8,250. Pickup trucks are hot, but in this case the custom work lacked any real eye appeal and bidder interest was just not there, even though truck was painted an excellent shade of Resale Red. In the total mix, Dodge trucks are far less common than Chevrolets or Fords. This truck really lost its identity with the badges and emblems removed. It had a plain, utilitarian look, and the 318 V8 is not known for being a performance engine. Not saying seller should have reconsidered the bid, but the builder should have reconsidered the austere appearance on a pickup with potential. #2165-1964 PLYMOUTH VALIANT V200 convertible. VIN: 1342519410. Ivory/white canvas/aqua vinyl. Odo: 36,313 miles. 225ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. An economy car when new and an economy car today. Exterior marginal at best. Bumpers look halfway decent, but chrome-plated parts had a bit of pitting and aluminum trim a bit oxidized. Basic wheel covers over economy blackwalls. Underhood is a neat-freak’s nightmare; lots of work to be done. Interior is the highlight of this car, as the vinyl on the seats has not yet split open. Top has been on the car since the first Bush administration, and you can see a thousand points of light through it. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,180. Okay, the price paid wasn’t a king’s ransom, and it was probably in line with where it should be in the market. Main competition in its day were the Ford Falcon, Pontiac Tempest and Mercury Comet, and it was the cheapest when new; in the world of collectibles, it’s still the cheapest, but a perfect candidate for a cheap-wheels type of ride. With that bullet-proof Slant 6 underhood, just make sure the crankcase is full of oil and the fuel tank doesn’t go dry. Had a reserve, which was lifted at $3,100. Then it was fun to watch the bottom-feeders swarm at that announcement. #2257-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23N1B388331. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 61,999 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real-deal ’Cuda born with a 383 V8 and heavy-duty 4-speed. Fairly fresh restoration. Seller revealed a replacement engine and transmission was sourced from a 1974 model. Build quality is professional all around in appearance, with smooth body panels, deep and reflective paint with no debris. Underside needs a bit of detailing, but underhood is clean. Interior has all the right stuff: Tic-Toc-Tach, proper steering wheel, Hurst Pistol Grip shift handle, and little things like the right Rallye wheels and even hold-down pins. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. Last seen not selling at Branson back in April at a high bid of $51k (ACC# 6868098). One of the nicest things about Mopar muscle is how well documented they are, and that there are some really honest people who oversee this information. That allows those buying a car like this to be so much better informed before making a purchase. In this case, seller revealed major issues; as a result, the bidder responded, but not quite enough to meet his reserve. Car has great eye appeal, as long as you’re not burned out on red (which it was from the factory). I would bet there was a lot more than the high bid invested in this car and understand the bid being turned down. 110 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Tulsa, OK AMERICANA #1124-1931 NASH 660 2-dr sedan. VIN: 663976. White & blue/dark brown cloth. Odo: 78,876 miles. One tired, rough-looking car at first glance. Despite back-fires and a little hesitation, it runs, and it drove into the display arena under its own power, and those mechanical brakes brought it to a safe and sure stop. Paint looks like it was applied with a brush—probably before Pearl Harbor was attacked. Seats refinished in imitation mohair, possibly same brush used to detail the dash and garnish moldings in white-and-blue motif. Vintage HaDees heater under dash; not much else. Surface rust coming through hood. All brightwork uniformly dulled down. Original headlights with 1950s-era fog lights added. Running board on left side disintegrating, but has a killer swan radiator mascot (which might be considered a lethal weapon in some states). Cond: 4-. and in incorrect paint scheme, but who cares? This is a fun vehicle that’s upgraded to 12 volts, and fitted with non-directional tires, winch up front, new gauges and more. Engine bay needs some minor cleanup, but still powered by vintage “Go-Devil” 4-banger. Even retained the split windshield last seen on the CJ-2s. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,000. Offered at no reserve; the appeal of this car is limited due to not being recognized as a Full Classic by the CCCA. As Packards go, it’s kind of down the list on the most-likely-to-accelerate-inprice category. Did have a few creature comforts such as the radio, heater and sidemounts. Pretty chrome bumpers might have paid for themselves several time over. This was a car that really needed a lot of detail work, but at least it ran. Well sold for the condition presented. #2115-1948 WILLYS CJ-2A utility. VIN: 160903. Green/black canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 542 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Purely a civilian edition from new, it’s equipped with a full and recently installed soft-top enclosure, which includes removable doors. Authentic seat coverings, all with proper markings. Economy restoration SOLD AT $6,380. This car was toast, but it ran and it was complete. I really thought $3k–$4k tops. It was entered with a reserve that was lifted at $5k, and then two bidders slugged it out at $100 raises until hammer came down. This car might have potential, but it won’t come cheap. I hope that it becomes a labor of love, and that it may one day see the highway in a confident way (with the original powertrain). Personal wish is it stays out of the hands of a well-meaning street rodder. #2218-1940 PACKARD ONE-TWENTY sedan. VIN: C318225. Black/dark blue mohair. Odo: 24,592 miles. Older repaint in factory colors and well laid at least a decade or two ago. Interior finished in a subtle cordstyle mohair, with similar material used on door panels. Tan cloth headliner looks to be new and neatly installed. Garnish trim done in a caramel-brown hue, but no faux-wood detailing. Fitted with factory radio, clock and under-dash heater. All gauges clean and readable, with all plastic in excellent condition. Underhood could have been detailed, but is complete and presentable. Done on a budget, such as painting the bumper black to match the car, which wouldn’t have stood out as much if they had painted the grille guard, too. Nifty set of enclosed dual sidemount spares top off the exterior appearance. Cond: 3+. September–October 2018 111 NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Someone had put a lot more work into this little machine than it will probably ever return to them. Purely a fun-to-own vehicle, not an investment-type ride. Had that been the goal, it should be in a more attractive factory color and done to factory specs. This is one case where the seller should have given the deal a little more consideration before saying no. I believe he was looking for about $15k, and that’s not happening at this time. A


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD The Rietz Mopar Collection A 1970 Dodge Super Bee hard top, with its original 440 Six Pack and 4-speed powertrain, topped all lots at $44,363 VanDerBrink Mansfield, SD June 9, 2018 Auctioneers: Yvette VanDerBrink, Aaron Williams, Justin Van Grotheest, Terry Brick, Glen Troutman Automotive lots sold/ offered: 114/114 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $441,219 High sale: 1970 Dodge Super Bee 440 SixPack 2-door hard top, sold at $44,363 Buyer’s premium: 5% on site premium; 10% online premium, included in sold prices The top seller and with its original drivetrain — 1970 Dodge Super Bee 2-door hard top, sold at $44,363 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 U 112 AmericanCarCollector.com ntil his untimely passing away last September, the late Alan Rietz was the commensurate Mopar aficionado. He was a familiar face at Mopar events within a day’s drive of his farm near Mansfield, and had gathered up dozens of Chrysler’s best-known cars, plus some trucks. Over the course of last winter, Alan’s widow has been working with Yvette VanDerBrink to sell off the accumulated collection of her late husband’s vehicular passions. On Saturday, June 9, she conducted the liquidation auction of Alan’s collection that Mopar fans will be talking about for quite some time. In addition to the 96 Chrysler products — cars and trucks — that he had acquired over the years, Alan also had a few that strayed from the “Mopar or no car” adage. There were also seven project Corvettes, two Cadillacs and several motorcycles, in addition to his cache of parts and other personal property. In looking over the collection, a couple of trends surfaced readily. First, most of the cars had their engines removed. Along those lines, there were a multitude of engines that were to be sold after the cataloged cars, a good share of which likely were matching. As the cars but not the motors were offered online, if you wanted any chance at reuniting an engine with a car, you (or your emissary) had to be on site. They stated that Alan was concerned about theft, so removing powertrains from cars was part of his plan. Unfortunately, making it easy to put the parts back in the original cars was not part of any plan. The auction began promptly at 9 a.m. with 100-odd lots of higher-value parts and collectibles. By 11 bells, they were getting ready to sell cars. Six cars in, they had attained their high sale: a 1970 Dodge Super Bee hard top, with its original 440 Six Pack and 4-sp powertrain, for $44,363. When all was said and done, the 114 whole vehicles had garnered $441,220 in sales by 2:30 p.m. To say that overall sales were strong is an understate- ment. I certainly wasn’t expecting project cars without engines to bring driver-grade money. Yvette told ACC later, “We were just killin’ it out there today. It was like we couldn’t screw it up — they just kept bidding”. No doubt about it, Yvette VanDerBrink got the word out to enough of the Mopar faithful, who turned up both on site and online to generate plenty of bidding action, with only a handful of post-1980 raw parts cars and trucks not exceeding the standing $250 scrap bid. While some feel the upper end of Mopar market hasn’t fully recovered from the market adjustment a decade ago, they needed to have their boots on the ground in Mansfield, SD, on June 9 to see what it really is like at the other end of it. By the looks of how Alan’s collection was gobbled up, it’s not doing badly at all.A


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD CORVETTE #197M-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3385M5103303. Red/black cloth/tan leather. 5.7-L 245-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. SD license tabs expired last year. Factory paint sun-baked and dull, with heavier flaking at leading edges of hood and on rear valance. Doors rattle but shut okay. Aftermarket vinyl nose bra and faux NACA scoops cut into top of hood. Said hood won’t fully shut, let alone latch. Filthy engine bay—making it easy to see some electrical connectors have been removed. Extra red wire ran from cowl down into right front wheelwell. Older KYB front shocks, original Bilsteins in back. Seats actually in pretty decent shape, although they’re very dusty. It also has that red wire strung across it, going to rear compartment. Electric odo inop. Top missing or unable to be erected, so interior was covered with duct-taped-in-place clear plastic. Cond: 5-. motor. Holes drilled into stock air cleaner, perhaps yielding a 0.15-hp increase in power. Cond: 5. vogue—all the go-fast parts were yanked out of it. This was one of the few that had essentially no on-site bidders chasing it. Opened at $3,500 on Proxibid, and one person here chased it to around $4,500, but from there it was all online. Yvette did post images of body tag in the online catalog, so the new owner can’t claim that the car was purported to be some sort of factory drag car, which is the only thing that would’ve made sense for this kind of coin. At least it has a title. SOLD AT $1,470. I chose to do this car since it’s in essence a raw version of the former ACC ’63 Dodge 440 with a crate Hemi in it. Heck, it’s even close in color. Cheap enough for a command performance of that car, without screwing up a perfectly good, original 6-banger. Actually, this is what ACC’s car should’ve started out as—a dead roller looking for rejuvenation as a retro-style drag car in lieu of going across the scale. And if anything happens to it, since it sold for vastly more than the $250 scrap bid, that’s all but certainly the course it’ll take. SOLD AT $2,100. If there are two words that shouldn’t go together on a vehicle that isn’t a dedicated race car, it’s “Corvette” and “duct-taped.” Cheap enough if you need that ZF-designed 6-speed for a replacement, with a spare LT-1 to flip on Craigslist (or vice versa). Otherwise, “Run, Forrest, run!” For those who’ve been reading SCM and ACC for some time, I’ll bestow the “Corvette Ticking Time Bomb” award upon this one. MOPAR #162M-1963 DODGE 330 2-dr sedan. VIN: 41321065499. Light blue/light blue vinyl. Odo: 52,241 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. No title. Faded and chalky original paint. Replacement black hood, only bolted to driver’s side hood hinge. Barney Rubble floors, as I suspect the driveshaft may be about the only thing keeping front bench seat from hitting the ground. This is with the original rubber flooring still in the car (which likely hurt more than helped). However, fenders and rockers are in decent shape. Body side moldings loose on right rear quarter panel. Balance of chrome and trim decent—at least should be able to be refurbished. With well-ventilated floors, the interior vinyl is all shot. Field mice had a field day on headliner and seats. Alternator, radiator and hoses removed from dusty, stock 114 AmericanCarCollector.com #156M-1964 DODGE 330 2-dr sedan. VIN: 4142202362. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 99,321 miles. Body tag decodes as being a 6-cylinder, column-shift 3-speed manual in all tan metallic, with tan vinyl interior. Now is a nopowertrain roller repainted white several decades ago. Exterior has moss on it. Around same time it was repainted, it seems to have been built as a drag car, with a six-point roll bar added inside. Carpet and stock seats removed to allow clearance for it (as rearward bars extend into trunk), and only has a bucket front seat, which is now quite distressed. Factory floor-shift blanking plug now opened up, despite stock columnshift lever still in place. Dummy hood scoop crudely bolted on with excessively long bolts. Rust starting to percolate from bottoms of the fenders and doors, but solid floors. No suspension upgrades for drag work, front or rear. Cond: 5. #173M-1964 DODGE D100 pickup. VIN: 1181449076. Red/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 1,081 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional polyspherical-head 318-ci V8 and 4-speed. Locally fabricated accessory painted grille guard bolted to stock painted bumper. Heavily faded older repaint, albeit uniformly so for the most part, without bake-off and surface rust. Heaviest rust blistering is at bottoms of doors. Missing driver’s side windshield wiper. Windshield bubbling from delamination around most edges, due in no small part to shrinkage of rubber seal that now has gaps on the corners. Various light dings and dents in its flanks. Door fit not that great. Older, western-motif seat cover did yeoman’s work protecting the original seat, but is still rather soiled. Heavier surface rust on door panels and shift lever. Mostly complete but very dirty underhood. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,750. With the continued rise of value and interest in post-war pickups, we’ve finally started to see some 1960s-era Dodges flushed out into the market. Granted, they still lag behind the rest of the brands out there (even Internationals and Studebakers), but they do continue to rise in value as well. Five years ago, they’d be lucky to do better than the default scrapper bid on it. Today, it was bid on in earnest both onsite and online (the eventual purchaser). If they’re willing to pay an extra 5% and have it hauled, it’ll likely be on the road again. SOLD AT $7,150. This was likely a lowbudget drag car in the 1970s, when this car was probably bought for $100 just to get rid of it. They probably put in just what they needed to so they could be fast and meet the basic safety mandates for the track they were running at; then—when it came out of #164M-1965 DODGE DART 270 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2152656884. Blue metallic/light blue vinyl. Odo: 15,722 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Original paint all but baked off above body side moldings. Windshield moldings and wipers removed, damaged grille, but otherwise decent original brightwork. Passenger’s door won’t open, driver’s


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD door opens and shuts okay despite having a dent near lock cylinder. Radiator and battery removed, but otherwise complete underhood—even if it is filled with grass and weeds. Original interior vinyl weathered and worthless, cloth seat inserts split and torn. Radio-delete plate still in place, with a period solid-state Titan AM radio mounted below it. Sat outside long enough that weeds have grown in the HVAC system, sprouting out of defrost and heater vents. Four original rims with good dog-dish hubcaps on worthless tires. No title; sold on a bill of sale. Cond: 5. —albeit rather worn and dingy. All vacuumplated chrome has worn off dash and door panels. Shift lever removed from column, and a crude hole was chopped into the transmission hump for a now non-existing floor shifter. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,363. From the auction description: “NO radio. NO motor or transmission. No radio.” Okay, we get it, there’s a gaping hole in the dash where the radio used to be. However, I think the air gap ahead of the differential is more of an issue than no tunes for listening. Surface rust was the worst of the corrosion, as structural rot was essentially nonexistent— which may have been why Alan got this car in the first place. Considering some of the sales here, this wasn’t a bad price for a second-gen Barracuda for someone with a jones to build or restore one. SOLD AT $525. The ’65 Dart still used the original 1963 platform, but saw its first major restyle for this year. More solid than some of its earlier and later Dart stablemates here (if barely), but since there were no serious performance variants beyond fitting a 235hp 273 V8 into a Dart GT when new (even the Hyper Pack was no longer offered), there was little love for this one. Sold for double the crush bid, so hopefully it will at least live on as parts for others. #104M-1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH23B72210492. Mostly white/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 99,591 miles. Originally powered with a 225-ci Slant 6, with three-on-the-tree. Now it’s powered by nothing, as the only thing under the red-primer hood is a dual master cylinder, wiper motor, wiring harness, fender tag and empty Certicard pocket. Front fascia from a maroon car, black replacement left front fender. Most paint was sanded off left rear flank and deck lid, now heavily surface rusted. Just over half of brightwork still on the car, but windshield frame, door-cap trim and antenna are off. Fitted with 1970s-era Rallye wheels on mismatched radials. Rear leaf springs have extended shackles. Carpet gutted out, but rest of interior still there #113M-1968 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: RH23F8G159622. Red metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 57,082 miles. 318ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional V8 and transmission, a/c, ps, and push-button AM radio. Heavily weathered original paint, with more surface rust than paint on upper surfaces. Tomato red Road Runner hood with 383 badges. Passenger’s door won’t open, seems jammed; driver’s side not the greatest but functions. Left rear fender top trim removed, but otherwise most brightwork still on car and salvageable after some reconditioning. Copenhagen snuff rear bumper sticker (it satisfies!). Totally stock and totally soiled engine, with old weeds woven into heater hoses and wiring harnesses. Original interior heavily soiled and generally complete, lacking only glovebox lid. Back-seat bottom sitting loose, sharing space with a wheel-cover collection. Cond: 5+. Yet for what it sold for, the math doesn’t work for doing anything with it that you won’t lose money on—save having a new home for a completed Hemi. #115M-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H8G153528. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,233 miles. No motor or transmission, but was originally a base 383/4-speed car. Front fenders from a lightgreen-metallic Satellite, based on the holes for emblems and trim. Hood from a red Road Runner. Heavily faded paint, regardless of color. Doors sag and rattle when closed. Paint stripped off lower rear quarters and wheelwells to start dealing with rust-out there. Rust-out at base of gas pedal, with a hole that’s about same size as opening for manual-transmission floor shifter. As such, not only is carpet gone, but front seats also. Various interior brightwork is in a plastic five-gallon pail ahead of heavily damaged rear seat. Dashpad mostly deteriorated. Bumpers aren’t all that bad. Magnum 500 wheels, with heavily deteriorated drag slicks in the back. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $4,725. For this first year of production, the Road Runner was only available as this coupe, but after January 1968, they added a 2-door hard top. While someone started patching this one, the new owner may find that they’ll be better off just gutting and starting over from square one. This only starts making financial sense if you already have a ’68-vintage 383 looking for a home, although parking a spare 440 or Hemi of any lineage won’t hurt, either. SOLD AT $4,200. The all-new B-body platform for Plymouth for 1968 initially was available in the Belvedere (as sedans only), then Satellite (the entry level for a hard top and a convertible), Sport Satellite and GTX. The Road Runner was slotted between the Belvedere and Satellite in the pricing food chain and was only available in a coupe until the 2-door hard top debuted in January 1968. Quite a few of these first-year Satellite hard tops were built, but few show up today—generally becoming Road Runner or GTX parts cars or clones. While it does have the whole powertrain and a title, I get the feeling that the latter may rule the day, despite this being a lot easier to just restore back to original than as something different. 116 AmericanCarCollector.com #111M-1969 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: RH23F9G271033. Dark green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 25,112 miles. Original paint is heavily baked, with plenty of surface rust augmented by incomplete attempts at sanding and prepping the car. Plenty of body filler in left rear quarter panel. Structural rust in rockers and bottoms of rear quarter panels. Floors are solid. All model emblems removed, along with other shiny bits. Doors need help to latch properly. Aftermarket window tint flaking off. Carpet and original front seats gone, with racing-shell-type driver’s seat and an F-body bucket seat sitting loose on passenger’s side. Originally a column-shift automatic, now the lever is punched out and it has a floor-mount ratchet shifter. 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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD ange Road Runner hood, in primer, sitting on loosely. No powertrain beneath it. Cond: 5. This is strictly forklift or drag material. There were 18,776 R/Ts built out of all 85,201 ’69 Chargers. And you can’t use the argument that the VIN will live on attached to another shell, due to lack of title really bringing that issue to the surface. Is the pool of surviving ’69 Chargers really that low to justify this price? Or is this one of the more classic examples of auction Red Mist? SOLD AT $3,850. Beep-Beep, my ass. Billed as being a Road Runner, but decodes as a basic Satellite, originally powered by a 318 V8. With no badging left on it, they assumed Road Runner, even if Satellites were the most popular B-body Plymouth 2-door hard tops in ’69. And, for those of you coming in late, a 318 was never available in a first-generation Road Runner. Maybe with some judicious VIN tag swapping (since it doesn’t have a title and is sold on a bill of sale), it may end up as a Road Runner if it’s resurrected. Sold well enough, no matter what happens to it next. #127M-1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29L9B14011. Dark green metallic/green vinyl/green vinyl. No title, bill of sale. Fender tag decodes as a 440/ 4-speed car with front-disc pb, center front seat with armrest, tinted windshield, remote control driver’s door mirror, 3-speed wipers, hood-mounted turn signals, sill moldings, Tic-Toc-Tach, AM radio and green vinyl roof. Front K-frame, brake master-cylinder assembly, and rear axle assembly gone. Still has all its glass, which isn’t too bad. Hood sitting loosely on body. Heavy structural rust in tops of front fenders (along with a .38 caliber bullet hole in right front), base of windshield, all rocker panels and trunk floor. Heavily baked original paint, to include R/T butt stripe in white. Vinyl roof totally removed. Steering sector lying on trashed front seats. Instrumentation and radio gutted from dashboard, and baked padding needs to be. Cond: 6+. #102M-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23N0B143988. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 28,796 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally powered by a 335-hp, 383-ci, V8 big block, now with a 360-ci small block taking up residence for past several decades. It’s pretty dingy and scummy in there also, as it’s blatantly obvious that it hasn’t run since a Bush was president. Probably the first one. Wears original paint, but it has been ground off around rear wheelwells and rocker panels, along with replacement trunk lid. Said areas now reveal old body and structural rust, plus heavy surface rust. Aftermarket black fiberglass hood. Body tag decodes as having been built with an elastomeric front bumper, which has heavier paint flaking. Also has Light Group, center console, Rallye gauges, hood pins, painted sport mirrors, AM radio and full stainless moldings. Later-day Rallye wheels up front, standard steel rims out back, shot tires all around. Cond: 5+. tually look like they’ll clean up and be fine, as they appear to be older reproductions. Baked and cracked dashboard padding and grungy carpeting (that has held water) are original. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $21,000. One of 7,993 Road Runner hard tops with a 383 and 4-speed from 1970. This one was one of the more complete and authentic of the project cars here; the big bonus was that the original motor is still in it. Yet for what was paid here, you can get a non-Coyote-Duster twin that runs and is cruise-night presentable enough for Mama to be okay with riding in. Red Mist in the Mopar mosh pit ruled the day here, or at least this was what happens when you continue to heed the auctioneer’s creed of “don’t lose it for a hundred bucks.” SOLD AT $11,550. It’s interesting that this car was ordered with the painted front bumper, yet had a full complement of drip rail, body side, rear valance and rocker moldings to be bright and shiny. Not a damn thing is bright and shiny now, and will take buckets of money to get there, so—like so many other cars here—it sold well enough. SOLD AT $10,238. This was one of the great sales head-scratchers of the weekend, as this was essentially a bare shell of a damaged Charger R/T and that’s it (R/T in this case must mean Rotted Tub). In dark green, to boot. On top of that, it sold for $500 more than another dead, non-R/T ’69 Charger, which at least had a suspension to hang a set of wheels on to roll it around. 118 AmericanCarCollector.com #109M-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23N0E101183. Deep Burnt Orange Metallic/Burnt Orange vinyl. Odo: 85,806 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the body tag, originally equipped with California emissions, Coyote Duster air cleaner, Road Runner nameplates in lieu of sports stripes, hood pins, bright drip rail and body side moldings, and Gator Grain vinyl roof. Old average repaint, which still has decent coverage. Engine call-out badge on Coyote Duster hood is for a 440. Most of the trim and moldings have also been removed. Rust out along back window, thanks to vinyl roof. Engine repainted red instead of Mopar Orange, which is now dirty and unkempt. Wiper motor missing. The seats ac- #139M-1971 DODGE DEMON coupe. VIN: LL29C1B415543. Ivy Green Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 18,540 miles. Originally had a 225-ci Slant 6, backed up by a three-on-thetree. Neither of them are still in the car. About the only things still left underhood are parts of the wiring harness with alternator tethered to it, brake master cylinder, wiper motor, and balled-up weeds wrapped around all aforementioned items. Hood hinges rusty and downright difficult to lift or close. Worst fading of all original paint is on the roof, where several spots faded to primer. Small nicks and chips are now light surface rust. Combined with a wrinkle in left front fender and rust-out in rocker panels, buffing out original paint is the least of one’s concerns here. Faded original Demon decals. Dashpad, headliner, seats and door panels ruined. Red sport steering wheel from a Challenger or ’Cuda. No carpeting. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,255. This car hardly fits the vehicle that FCA rejuvenated the name from for an 840-hp drag-racing beast. Grandma’s Demon packed a whopping 145 horsepower, but at least it had a clutch pedal. Besides, the cartoon Demon back then was a cute, jovial fellow, not a death-metal head that looks like he’s pissed because the Go


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD thenburg concert is sold out. Or will look like the new owner’s wife, when she becomes a possessed demon when she finds out that he paid THAT MUCH for that dirty, rusty pile of junk that doesn’t even run. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? GET IT OUTTA HERE! ARRGH! (Any statements made that are identical to anyone’s real spouse—still married or divorced—are purely intentional.) #135M-1972 DODGE DEMON coupe. VIN: LL29C2B475134. White/green vinyl. Odo: 16,887 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Factoryoptional a/c and ps. Originally Gold Metallic, which is slowly surfacing with old repaint flaking off—especially underhood and in door jambs. All upper painted surfaces moldy. Bumpers actually pretty nice, even if lesser plating on bumper guards is pitted. Driver’s door bound up by front fender and won’t open more than eight inches, passenger’s door works and fits well. A fair amount of interior may be salvageable, to include seats that seem to have had inserts redone up front a few years back. House carpet tossed over original-color rubber flooring, with a few exterior trim pieces tossed into passenger’s footwell. Stock engine bay, but has a lot of old and fresh weeds that grew up into it. Cond: 5+. in the bed, along with other misc junk. Western-motif burlap seat cover over heavily worn vinyl. Hole where radio was. Newer upper radiator hose from a few years ago, still with tag around it. Bone-stock motor in dire need of cleaning before even thinking about trying to start it, due to heavy dust and grain chaff. Cond: 4-. bucket seats, sliding rear window and AM radio. Period-accessory chrome grille guard. At some point, the eight-foot box got a sixfoot topper and a hydraulic-jack lifting arm mounted in left rear corner of box. Light rust-through over rear wheelwells and base of front fenders; holes in cab floors. Original paint has some heavier fading and no surface rust on hood. Period eight-lug, whitepainted wagon wheels on distressed old tires. Iffy door fit on passenger’s side, won’t budge on driver’s side. Pickup box full of scrap running boards. Dingy engine bay. Carburetor removed, air cleaner tossed over the rag that plugs the two venturis. Seats are in pretty decent shape, yet cloth inserts may not clean up. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $735. I always smile quietly to myself whenever I’m looking at the VIN tag/ capacity plate for Dodge trucks from this era; they still show not only the Dodge brand, but Fargo and DeSoto, too. The latter two being the Canadian and global export brand used by Chrysler for North American trucks, but DeSoto in the 1970s was still alive and kicking as a brand in some smaller world markets, such as Turkey. While a good old truck that is quite solid for an easy restoration of a fixer-upper to put back to work on the farm, there’s still no love for the ¾-tons out there. One of, if not the, best buy here; I hope that someone who has the love for ¾-tons picked it up right to do this truck right. SOLD AT $3,675. There was also a goldand-green 1969 Charger here (Lot 126M). I don’t know if it was a late 1960s/early 1970s thing, but those two colors certainly don’t play well together as far as I’m concerned. I never saw that combo when I was growing up in that era; green cars were all over the place, and once in awhile you’d see gold or bronze, but nary the two mixed together. With the Slant 6 underhood, this is actually in the realm of being a somewhat easy restoration, even for what it sold for. Yet if I were a betting man, if this resurfaces, it’ll have a Mopar small block powering in instead. And hopefully any other color combo. #182M-1973 DODGE D200 Adventurer pickup. VIN: D24BF3S061731. Orange & white/light beige vinyl. Odo: 3,201 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. While oxidized, the original orange paint isn’t too bad and is worthy of trying to buff out. The original white, on the other hand, is a beacon for even the slightest rust on the wheelwells and rocker panels. Yes, this truck has some, but it’s manageable. Original dealer tags on fenders now weathered into obscurity. Several cracks in windshield. Decent bumpers and trim. Grille changed out to a 1977–78 piece. Worn tailgate sitting loose September–October 2018 119 #180M-1975 DODGE D200 Adventurer Sport Power Wagon pickup. VIN: W27BF5S136917. Orange & white/orange vinyl & tan cloth. Odo: 67,379 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, ps, pb, swivel SOLD AT $2,363. I have to assume that Alan had put this together as the ultimate Mopar engine-extraction-and-swapmeet tool. Pluck an engine (or pick it up sitting out somewhere), drop the tailgate, swing it into the topper, and then set it down out of the weather. Quite the trick setup. Easily worth price of admission as a heavy-duty work truck that needs to get running again, or as a rarely-seen-anymore ¾-ton Club Cab 4x4—with swivel bucket seats to boot—to restore. In either case, this was a reasonable buy for something that you won’t find again anytime soon.


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD MARKETMOMENT 1971 AMC Gremlin Race Car SOLD at $5,500 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, May 11–12, 2018, Lot 5061 VIN: N/A #171M-1976 PLYMOUTH TRAIL DUSTER SUV. VIN: AA0BJ6X008562. Gold & brown/ beige vinyl. Odo: 94,624 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Moderate fading and sun burn on upper surfaces of original paint job. Some rust blistering over rear wheelwells and rockers. Lots of dings and scrapes (which are now rusty) on whole of driver’s side. Various cracks in windshield, along with a 2000 Nebraska State IFOP decal (or, a get-out-of-a-ticket-cheaper decal) and State Park permit. Period white-painted “wagon wheels” shod with economy-grade mud-and-snow radials. Green house carpet fitted in all of interior flooring. Very dirty interior. Front bench seat fitted with a camo cover, back seat a replacement in blue. Roof rails crudely bolted in through roof, with long bolts sticking down into interior (must’ve been the same chap that had the ’64 Dodge drag car). Cond: 5+. ©2018 courtesy of RM Auctions midnight, sign me up. Yes, stock Gremlins are truly awful cars, but I have had a slight urge to own one since I was 12 years old. I remember sitting at the family computer, searching eBay Motors for that project Gremlin that was in my narrow price range. The only reason my vehicle history doesn’t contain the AMC disaster was my dad telling me how horrible they were even when new. Without that parental approval, I stayed away. I do still want one, but I only occasionally check Craigslist for them these days. This racing Gremlin was sold by RM If this is what happens when you race an AMC Gremlin after Auctions for $5,500 at their Auburn Spring sale. It’s more custom car than AMC. It was built by Freeman Treadway, who helped build Ford racers for Richard Petty in 1969. The car ran in the modified class of stock-car racing. The AMC powerplant was ditched in favor of a potent 427 Chevrolet engine and a 4-speed manual. This “kamm-back” beast is said to have been driven by Joe Severage, “Chargin’” Charlie Glotzbach and Billy Osmun. Their names are stenciled on the car, although no documentation supporting this is mentioned in the auction description. This is a legitimate race car with only the necessities: a seat, gauges, steering wheel, big engine and fat tires. It will never see use on public roads. This brings me to the big question. What do you do with it? Keep it as a novelty paperweight in your garage or find a way to use it for its intended purpose? If it were mine, vintage racing would be the only way to go. For $5,500, there should be some money left to bring this up to current race standards. The most recent sales in the ACC Premium Auction Database show an average price of around $7,500 for stock examples, with the top sale of almost $30k happening earlier this year. This makes our race-documented Gremlin seem like a deal for the new owner. My hope is the new owner gets this oddity AMC racer back on the track where it belongs. Hopefully it’ll run out in front of the pack — a pack undoubtedly built of people like my dad, who won’t be able to fathom being lapped by a Gremlin. A 120 AmericanCarCollector.com 120 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $3,080. A while back, I did a “Cheap Thrills” piece on these Snail Dusters and mentioned that you rarely see them anymore (ACC May-June 2016, p. 38). Since then, I’ve started seeing them more at auctions (and, no, it’s not a case of finally seeing trees in the forest). Someone on site tried to open the bidding at $500, but there was already a $1,900 bid to open on Proxibid, and online was where it stayed and sold through—much to the consternation of the lad on site. Good to see someone willing to step up for one of these; hopefully it’ll be redone back to its oh-so-1970s funky vibe. Not that going the resto-mod route with a modern dual-plug Hemi would be the worst thing, either. Just keep it a Plymouth, please. — Chad Taylor #167M-1977 DODGE W100 Power Wagon pickup. VIN: W24BE7S083371. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 15,528 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sold new to U.S. Air Force, then retired and eventually transferred to city of Oaks, ND. Original Strata Blue was hastily sprayed over on outside only, with masking a secondary concern. Wears a Macho Power Wagon tailgate from next lot in line, despite having its original tailgate in serviceable condition sitting inside the box. Fitted with a set of cornball six-inch exhaust stacks, protruding up out of cargo box behind cab. Dingy, unkempt engine bay. Newer upper radiator hose, cowl wiring harness now draped over brake master cylinder. Stated that it’s “yard drivable,” yet not


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Mansfield, SD even started here. Torn-up, original seat at driver’s position, passenger’s side okay but loaded up with junk. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,090. With Grand Forks and Minot AFBs up in North Dakota, Ellsworth AFB near Rapid City, plus guard and reserve units, quite a few ex-USAF trucks have filtered into the local economy over the years in this region. Selling price correctly reflects this being an old work truck that could be done up and collectible, yet more realistically will be put back to work again. #169M-1977 DODGE W100 custom pickup. VIN: W14BF7S146846. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 17,984 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Given a pretty bad flat-black paint job a few years ago. Has lots of runs in door jambs and drips on chrome step plates (which are about the only thing, aside from the glass, that wasn’t intentionally painted). Pickup box and most of its fittings from a Li’l Red Express, but with all wood removed. Very straight, with few dings. Heavily weathered sheet of plywood bolted in as ad-hoc box floor. Rattle-bang door fit. Very dirty interior. Extra Power Wagon badge sitting loose on decent-but-grungy dashpad over gauge cluster. Rusty chrome wheels with tired, old economy radials. More grunginess underhood. Stock and complete in there, and one of the few here to even have a battery (otherwise, this was generally a BYOB auction). Optional ps, pb and cruise control. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $3,575. This is not a Warlock, as they did not have the real wood side slats like the Li’l Red Express did. If anything, one can call this a low-budget Mick Jagger edition. (I see an old truck and “ I want it painted black. No colors anymore, just want it painted black.) The rogue interloper in me would sort of like to see this turned into a phantom 4x4 Li’l Red Wagon. Yet that box and tailgate set may be the most valuable thing on the truck. Sold about right, if actually not a touch cheap, just because of that box. A One can call this a low-budget Mick Jagger edition. (I see an old truck and I want it painted black. No colors anymore, just want it painted black.) 1977 Dodge W100 custom pickup ” September–October 2018 121


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP American Highlights at Four Auctions Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report GM #189-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPECIAL sedan. VIN: 6343880. Dark blue/gray cloth. Odo: 60,321 miles. Appears carefully restored by consignor some years ago. Body straight and panel fit good for the era; paint nicely done with no overspray or sloppiness, but in a few areas sanding marks are visible. No real chips or crackling. Glass and lenses all excellent, likely replaced during restoration. Most chrome pieces very good to excellent, including complex grille. Slight pitting visible on just a few small pieces. Interior superb, with beautifully done seats, no cracks in steering wheel or door wood. Underbody shows well; appears car was used sparingly since restoration. Cond: 2+. Are Pacers on the rise? It might be time to put one in your garage — 1980 AMC Pacer DL 2-dr sedan, sold for $28,600 at Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX Branson Branson, MO — April 20–21, 2018 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered: 146/218 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $2,807,515 High American sale: 1937 Packard 115C street-rod sedan, sold at $82,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX — April 21, 2018 Auctioneers: Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 104/112 Sales rate: 93% Sales total: $4,145,625 High sale: 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $363,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe 122 AmericanCarCollector.com Bonhams Greenwich, CT — June 3, 2018 Auctioneers: Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered: 111/123 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $10,351,640 High American sale: 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, sold at $412,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel Silver Auctions Spokane, WA — May 16, 2018 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 97/145 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $1,399,700 High sale: 1940 Ford custom pickup, sold at $55,836 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle SOLD AT $16,800. It seems there was only one bidder on this fine Cadillac, and they stole the car with a bid of $15k. It came from the Arnold Petsche Estate Collection, which also consigned several other cars, all at no reserve. While values have dropped a bit on ’40s Cadillacs, this nicely restored 60 Series was an absolute steal, purchased by a dealer who was paying attention. Kicking myself for running to use the bathroom during this lot. Very, very well bought. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #2-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 546208241. Alpine White/black cloth/white & red leather. Odo: 76,799 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with pb, power top, signal-seeking AM radio, Autotronic eye and fender skirts. Quality seven-year-old restoration and shows little use. Paint equally well applied, with good prep throughout. A few light scratches in the clearcoat, but nothing significant. Some light pitting on emblems. Other trim likely replated when restored. A few wiper streaks in front glass. Panel alignment very good. Interior presents very well. Nothing to fault BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL on dash covering. Interior stainless reveals light patina. Gauges appear to have been restored. Steering wheel free of any cracks, with minor dry spray on the red steeringwheel finish. Carpets are excellent and show very little use. Highly detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $118,800. Claimed to be just one of 2,150 examples produced, this one was sold at Leake’s Fall Dallas sale in 2017 for $82,500 (ACC# 6855015). Even when sold there, this one marked the highest Eldorado convertible sale since 2015 until being resold here. About 15 miles have been added to the odometer since then. A very handsome payday, especially for the second lot of the sale, when bidders are still trying to gauge the strength of competition. The high-quality detail job was a marginal investment and money well spent. Very well sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. #4-1958 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 Fiesta wagon. VIN: 588C07445. Viking Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 14,867 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with ps and pb. Museum display for past decade. Well-kept older restoration. Paint well applied. Some fading and a few light blemishes on the tailgate. Driver’s door out at top rear corner. Passenger’s door out at rear edge. Tailgate emblems, door handles and rear gate handle lightly pitted. Bumpers are in good condition. Fiesta insignia on the rear fenders is faded. Both rear doors have delamination at bottom of glass. Rear glass slightly cloudy. Interior nicely restored, with no fault to headliner, stainless trim and carpets. Speedometer slightly cloudy. Small repaired tear on dash. Steering-wheel trim loose and misaligned. Cond: 2-. 58P017398. Red/red leather. Odo: 2,895 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Correct older restoration in very good condition. Paint was high quality when applied—now showing some signs of age. Light crazing on top of right rear door. Chips at front of passenger’s door. Small bubbles here and there. Trim is good overall. Exterior logos and insignia trim are fading. Windshield trim shows hard-water spots. Stainless roof is very nice overall. Back glass in good condition. Panel fit correct overall—other than trunk lid tight to left side and high at front right corner. Interior in excellent condition. Factory-correct warnings and signage attached to knobs on dash. Gauges appear to have been restored. Upholstery is excellent and probably better than new. Carpet shows little wear. Cond: 3+. 10 #31-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. VIN: Interior looks to be original and is in good condition for age. Cannot access engine bay. Underside needs to be detailed. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,600. A good-looking car at 20 feet, but up-close inspection reveals numerous flaws. It is, however, a rare 4-sp manual convertible Corvair. Last seen at auction in Branson in April 2017, and sold for $7,150 (ACC# 6836295). Its median market value is $11,500, so it appears that the buyer did well on this one. Not so much for the seller. Good buy. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. SOLD AT $121,000. When new, at $13,000, the Eldorado Brougham cost more than a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud of the same year. Last seen crossing the block at The Hamptons Auto Classic in June of 2004, where it sold for $49,000 (ACC# 1559548). At that sale, the reporter described the restoration as “older.” Given the condition here (light crazing, etc.), it appears to be wearing the same restoration, with no mention in the catalog of having been restored more recently. Some of these bring half the money; some bring twice the price paid here. This was the right money for one in better condition, but fortunately, the preservation efforts leave minor work overall for the next owner. Well sold for well-above-average price. Hopefully there will be some upside left. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. SOLD AT $45,100. The third-generation Super 88 was produced for two years in 1957 and 1958, and for the first time since 1950, Oldsmobile offered a station wagon. The early Fiesta wagons are not often seen crossing the block. The last example of this series to see a successful sale was in January 2018 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. Although one year older, that example benefited from a 100-point, concoursquality restoration and sold for $115,000 (ACC# 6863133). Prior to that sale, you have to go back a few years to find another. For miles of chrome that has already been restored, very well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. #209-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 40967W112441. Brown/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 39,478 miles. 164-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint just fair with numerous chips and scratches. Fit, chrome, trim and wheels are all good. #36-1966 PONTIAC CATALINA convertible. VIN: 252676P284866. Maroon/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 81,378 miles. 389-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent slightly thick repaint shows well. Panel gap wide at top of passenger’s door, but it may have come like that from the factory. Huge bumpers look fresh, other trim is fine, but nothing to get overly excited about. New vinyl top well fitted. Seller says interior is original and he’s telling the truth—chrome trim on armrests is long gone and seating surfaces show wear, with some seam splits and one burn hole. Nice dash. Engine bay clean and dry. Valve covers have fresh paint, but accessories are worn and dirty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,440. Although not an upmarket Bonneville, it’s still an impressive cruiser. Said to be a one-family car since 1972—it shows a lot of care compared to other big convertibles I’ve encountered. The hard stuff seems to be done, so with a bit of work on the interior and some underhood detailing, you’d be good to go. Fairly bought and should be a nice “take the kids/grandkids out for ice cream” car. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #22-1968 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE148S179977. Maroon/red & black leather. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mild custom with excellent Mercedes maroon paint. Good body gaps. Fuel filler relocated to bed, which features polished wood and stainless rub strips. New bumpers and grille. Some fit issues on replacement window rubber. Excellent dash with aftermarket radio. Two-tone seat covers well fitted. Engine bay is spotless with polished intake, Edelbrock carb, custom headers and exhaust. Large 20-inch wheels and tires like new. Cond: 2. September–October 2018 123 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP and antenna in 1969. Cond: 2+. documentation is provided to back up his claim. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,536. Consignor said it was a 2005 build that was then stored for several years. The ’68–72 Chevy trucks are the poster child for the collectible-pickup movement, and mild customs like this seem the norm. A nice enough truck, but really not as exciting as a well-done two-tone stock example would have been...at least to me. Fairly bought for a usable cruiser. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #615-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 custom coupe. VIN: 124379N656641. Green/black & white cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 12,148 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very hard to find anything wrong with this Camaro. Body and paint have only minor scratches. Fit is very good except that the passenger’s side door hangs up a bit. Chrome and trim are exceptional. Interior is awesome with its houndstooth seats. However, gauges are dull and need restoration to match the rest of the car. Wheels are good but tires have only half tread. Engine bay showing new GM high-output, 440-hp, 454 roller engine is excellent. Same with the underside and glass. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. This is one beautiful car with a superb restoration. Auction listing states that the restoration “was performed by a retired professional Buick mechanic, at a cost over $65,000.” That may be the case, but I doubt that the seller will recoup that kind of money on this vehicle. The reserve probably should have been dropped at the high bid, which represents the high-end value for this car. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #520-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE140S121299. Blue/black & white cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 14,942 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body, paint, chrome and trim all excellent—except for a few minor scratches. Fit very good all around. Interior is very good and really stands out with its Z/28style herringbone and black seats. Engine bay and wheels are the downside of the entire truck, with both needing a good detail job. Underside is good. Glass has some scratches and smudges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. A relatively rare GTO, with fewer than 5% of 1970 GTOs being HO automatic hard tops, according to the owner. This original car is in excellent condition considering its relatively high mileage. The current median market value is $45k, so the winning bid is right on the money. Good deal for both buyer and seller. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #19-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136371L185916. Red/beige vinyl. Odo: 39,340 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Color-change paint well applied over a straight body with excellent panel gaps. Only issue I see is a one-inch crack between rear window and trunk. Window stainless very nice; some wear or age to grille. Rechromed bumpers beginning to pickle at edges. Interior nice, with well-fitted seat covers and carpet. Excellent original dash and headliner. Engine bay clean and shows some detailing. Aftermarket chrome valve covers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. This is a very stunning Camaro that is done right. It was sold at Mecum Dallas in 2013 for $25,680 (ACC# 6729747) including buyer’s premium. At about half its market value, the high bid just couldn’t get the job done. Seller was right to walk away and wait for another day. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #226-1969 BUICK ELECTRA 225 Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 482579H338022. Red/ tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 26,745 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A recent restoration really shows well. Everything (paint, trim, interior, etc.) is very good to excellent, and looks like new. Engine bay frames the big 430-ci engine especially well. You could eat off of the underside if somehow you would flip this big boat over. Catalog states this is one of five cars built with manual windows 124 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $22,110. 1970 is a popular year for Chevy pickups, with most in this condition selling in the high $20k figures. Maybe some detailing would have helped this bid get higher, but it was one of four 1967–72 C10s at this sale. Half of them sold, and this was the most expensive one. Well bought. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #562-1970 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370R122828. Granada Gold/ Sandalwood vinyl. Odo: 83,302 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is excellent, and the gold color makes small scratches and swirls almost invisible. No chrome to speak of, but trim is very good. Interior is very good to excellent—showing just a bit of wear. Wheels are original PMD and in great shape. Engine bay, underside and glass are all excellent. Owner states that the car is all-original and numbers-matching. PHS SOLD AT $18,576. A nice, driver-quality Chevelle. Last seen at Silver’s 2016 Spokane sale with 700 fewer miles. The only change since then is a new windshield to replace a cracked unit and a new backlight without a tacky etched Bowtie. The grille seems to have aged or perhaps it just needs a good polish. Back then it sold for $17,280 (ACC# 6803925), and I called it fairly bought and sold, with a nod to the buyer because of condition. Now it brings $1,326 more and, thanks to the new windshield, is in better condition, so I’ll still say it’s well bought. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #29-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87K8L155533. Red/black cloth. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. From a distance it


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If you have need for one of these, this sold for a very reasonable figure, well under what price guides say they typically go for. Too bad Bert and Lois’ kids/grandkids didn’t want to keep it in the family. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. SOLD AT $19,440. One of 1978’s performance high points, but—at just 180 hp— that’s pretty relative and an indication of how dire the car world was during the Carter Administration. I told my assistant I was going to rate this as a 4. “That’s out of 100, right?” he replied. This car needs it all; almost too bad to be a high-school kid’s car. That it brought as much as it did is testament to the popularity of the iconic Trans Am. Seller might want to send Burt Reynolds a thank-you note. Sold $7k below the ACC Pocket Price Guide median, and you can’t get there from here. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #10-1990 CADILLAC DEVILLE sedan. VIN: 1G6CD5338L4359150. Light blue/blue leather. Odo: 19,694 miles. 4.5-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Basically a new car with virtually no sign of use or wear. Paint, seats and even OEM tires unmarked. Unused ash tray; dealer-installed plaque has painted Cadillac crest and engraved names (Bert and Lois) of first owners. Only sign of age is a small section of window trim that’s pulling away as the old glue dries. Clean underhood but with just a light coating of dust. However, a friend who’s a GM service manager tells me these engines have been known to eat themselves from the inside out, resulting in gasket issues, so despite low miles, there may be some future problems. Still has license plate frame from longtime (and long gone) local Cadillac dealer (a bit of nostalgia, that’s where my dad bought his new ’59). Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $9,396. I know, this is awfully close to being just a used car, but since it’s a 28-year-old (basically) new car, it’s worth examining as a benchmark for other of-this-era grandpa 126 AmericanCarCollector.com #65-1990 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC-Z coupe. VIN: 1G1FP2386LL133859. Black/ red leather. Odo: 547 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. All original and in good overall condition. Buffer swirls above left rear tire. Light clearcoat scratches throughout, with heavier scratches on rear spoiler. Exterior lenses look almost new. Heavy fades on hood near louvers. Front chin free of any scrapes. Panel alignment factorycorrect. Minimal signs of wear on seats. Carpet slightly worn at driver’s position. Seat-belt guide on driver’s seat headrest broken off, but may have happened at auction as the broken pieces are lying in the floor. Screen printing is yellowing. Gauges are clear. Dash not cracked and in very good condition. Cond: 2-. F924EL. Venetian Red & white/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 80,662 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Rare, top-ofthe-line RPO579E fuel-injected car in very nice, but not concours, condition. Very good panel fit for a C1. Acceptable finish, but light orange peel here and there detracts a bit. Chrome not brand-new looking but well done, including oft-neglected windshield surround. Clear glass. Inside, nicely redone waffle-pattern seats and headliner. Dashboard paint is a weak point, with a great deal of orange peel. Dash chrome decent, could be original. Hard-top condition equivalent to rest of car, with soft top not observed. Clean and shiny underhood, with a few minor inauthenticities but not overdone. Slightly aged valve covers a good look. Accessories include whitewalls and Wonder Bar radio. Cond: 2. #168-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S100398. Eng. # SOLD AT $23,100. The IROC-Z was introduced for 1985 and ran through 1990, making this a final-production-year example. The package was essentially an upgrade to the Z/28, with items such as beefier suspension, special shocks and frame bracing. This could be the lowest-mileage example in existence, and the selling price here does not set a record but puts it among a small handful of other cars that have sold for over $20k. Without the exclusivity of ultra-low mileage, expect to pay around $15k for a good one and less than $10k for a driver. Depending on the options, the price paid here was just short of the original MSRP, so not much upside for nearly 30 years of preservation. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. SOLD AT $71,680. In 1994 this car was sold by its first owner back to the original selling dealer, Harry Marx Chevrolet of Gilroy, CA; subsequently restored and displayed it in their showroom for eight years. The catalog states it has been driven less than 100 miles since the restoration. Shameful. No mention of NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification. It was a no-sale at Russo and Steele’s 2008 Monterey auction at a high bid of $82,500 (ACC# 1641484). Offered at no reserve here with an estimate of $90k–$110k, but fell flat in a big way, failing to meet the low estimate (which I thought was spot-on) by almost $20,000. No-reserve sales are supposed to attract more bidders, but sometimes they don’t. The car probably needs recommissioning, but this was a desirable C1 and a sensational buy for the new owner. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. S107302. Ermine White/blue cloth/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 693 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice restoration, still in good condition. A few areas of dry spray. Chip on cowling near hood scoop. Panel alignment is spot-on. Pitting on the top components on the rear deck. Light pitting on vent-window frames. Wiper streaks on front glass. Rub marks from top on windshield 6 #21-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677- TOP 10 BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL header. Interior excellent, with factory head rests and clear gauges. Slight wear on driver’s outer bolster. Screen printing rubbing off. Pitting on factory radio. Knobs are slightly worn. Carpet fraying on transmission tunnel. Cond: 2+. money, but without former NCRS credentials at Motostalgia’s sale of the McPherson Collection in October 2017 (ACC# 6851051). Today, a dealer has it marketed for $165,000. Sales price here was market correct. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. SOLD AT $137,500. Last seen at Leake’s Dallas fall sale in 2013, where it sold for $99,000 (ACC# 6565333). There, it was freshly restored with only nine miles showing on the odometer. The reporter noted that the price paid was “fair” and could be considered a bargain in the future. Well, we have arrived almost five years into the future and the price was a bargain by comparison. While a few miles have been added, the condition is similar overall, with some hints of use and unwinding, such as pitting on some trim pieces and wiper streaks on windscreen. I covered a very similar car, which sold for very similar Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 95,073 miles. 427ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Newer paint seems well done but shows a few shortcuts. Excellent body and headlight gaps. Very good bumpers, hinged door handles worn down to base metal. Leading edge of T-top trim pinched. Well equipped with tinted glass, ps, pb, Positraction and, rare for the time, AM/FM radio. Corvette letters on rear original and worn. Interior is nicer than many early C3s I see, with just minor wear to console. Seats look very nice. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Cond: 2-. #26-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S425853. Safari ROUNDUP GLOBAL September–October 2018 127 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $35,586. A nice first-year Corvette from the long-serving (some would say too long) C3 generation. In ’68 more than 40% of ’Vettes came with big blocks. This was a matching-numbers, big-block, Tri-Power car that sold for a whopping $5,771.50 when new. With its high-spec equipment and service records since new, this was one worth considering if you’re in the market for a ’68. While not as perfect as some out there, it is certainly suitable for driving and regional shows. Considering its condition and records, very well bought. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #598-1980 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z878AS432237. Brown/tan leather. Odo: 19,988 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body, paint, fit and interior all appear quite good, with only minor flaws. Wheels dirty and need to be detailed. Nonoriginal Kumho tires in good condition. Engine bay and underside are equally dirty and need to be detailed. Driver’s door squeaks and interior has a musty smell. Some original-owner documentation included. Cond: 3+. vette world. Essentially a Grand Sport without the badging, the Collector Edition has the same LT4 under the hood with a 6-sp manual to match. In fact, the LT4 engine even has “Grand Sport” stamped on the top of the engine. This one looks especially nice with its combination Sebring Silver paint and Torch Red leather interior. Only 399 coupes were made with this color combination. Look for this one to increase in value down the road. Bidder was close with a $17,250 high bid on a $17,500 reserve, but seller was right to stick to his guns on this one. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #203-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 GT1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YG26E09500033. Black & yellow/ebony leather. Odo: 31 miles. 7.0-L 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Miles are from new, with a carbon-fiber roof and perfect paint. No imperfections on wheels or under spoiler. Slight wrinkling of seat bolsters. Cond: 1-. wear inside. Some tearing in upholstery at door latch on passenger’s door panel. Fit and finish excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,600. Sure, it is fiberglass—all Boydster IIIs were—but this was a multiple Best of Show winner built by Coddington’s shop before his passing. Ken Gross wrote a nice profile on this car and Coddington in the January–February 2015 issue (p. 46). This example was last sold at Mecum’s 2014 Dallas sale for $70,200. A recent sale of another Boydster III took place at BarrettJackson’s 2018 Scottsdale auction at $110,000 (ACC# 6862804) and gave hopes that these may be gaining ground. Even before Coddington’s passing, Barrett-Jackson completed another sale in 2005 for $99,000 on yet another unique example. There’s really no reason why this one should not have reached near the price it last sold for at Mecum, or possibly more. This was the deal of the sale. Very well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. SOLD AT $13,750. Not much more than a driver. This car appeared in Branson in fall 2016 and sold for $15,950 (ACC# 6810769). In its current condition, the high bid was right on the money, and the seller cut bait after meeting the reserve. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. #508-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT4 Collector Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2255T5110493. Sebring Silver/Torch Red leather. Odo: 36,936 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. This car looks like new. Exceptional, level-one detailing of paint, interior, engine, wheels and underside. What more can I say? Definitely a Condition 1 car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $67,200. One of two special-edition 2009 Z06s, which arrived during the height of the financial crisis. The mods on this one were mostly cosmetic. The other, the Competition Sport, carried a lower sticker price yet more performance goodies and should be the one to own. I do not see upside here anytime soon. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $17,250. These Collector Edition LT4s are the sleepers of the C4 Cor- 128 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 18340089. Metallic Cinnamon/tan leather. Odo: 568 miles. 5.7-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Deuce Customs fiberglass body. Coddington-designed independent A-arm front suspension and independent Corvette rear end. LS6 V8 with headers and dual exhaust. Plenty of billet pieces throughout. Polished underside—including suspension and transmission. Excellent paint throughout, with scratches at running boards, a few fisheyes on front left fender near headlights, and minor chips at front of doors. Otherwise, free of any defects that could not be easily corrected with a buffing wheel. Stainless all removed. Deep seats custom fitted to the car and not adjustable. Very little #36-1933 FORD STREET ROD Boydster III Cinnamon Twist roadster. #515-1935 FORD MODEL 48 phaeton. VIN: 181510691. Burgundy/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 5,578 miles. Older repaint very good with just minor flaws. Chrome and trim are good, with small polishing scratches. Panel fit is good. Steel wheels with nice original dog-bowl hubcaps and wide whitewalls really look good. Engine bay dirty and could use detailing. Underside also dirty, and shows some patching and rust. Interior is very good, as well as the glass all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,000. This car has an older restoration that still shows well. It appeared last October here in Branson and was a no-sale at $34k (ACC# 6852490). The seller should have taken the offer then because it was hammered sold today at $10k less. Good buy. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 04/18. BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #23-1940 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE coupe. VIN: 185385827. Black/gray leather. Odo: 14,577 miles. Nice paint over steel body with fiberglass nose. No signs of significant wear or chips. Clean interior with the exception of wear to carpet. Aftermarket gauges in original dash. Huge tach mounted atop dash. Tilt column. Seats are 1980s GM electric units that show some light creasing; custom door panels in boring gray fabric. Underhood is clean and nice, with Weiand blower and Mustang II suspension. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,836. My favorite vehicle at the sale, a great-looking and well-built example with excellent attention to detail. Nice enough for me to overlook its SBC. (Come on, guys, are Fords that hard to find and build?) Customs are hard to value, but considering the quality and the fact it’s an iconic ’40 Ford and a pickup, I’ll call it slightly well bought. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. SOLD AT $43,956. Believably said to be a high-end, late-80s build from California. That timeframe seems to be backed up by very ’80s turquoise, orange and purple pinstripes and body-color grille. Window decal from local rod club known for well-built cars. High bid was almost a bit low, and the seller had a reserve in the high $40k range, but the deal came together. Still you couldn’t build it for this kind of money. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #30-1940 FORD MODEL 01C custom pickup. VIN: 185811580. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 21,399 miles. An all-steel body with great paint and body gaps. Neatly done fuel-filler door in left rear fender. Bed fitted with polished wood and stainless rub strips. Rubber window trim and fender welts like new. Unmarked glass. Excellent chrome—a neat touch is the back of bumpers were painted body color, hiding area where chrome isn’t always great. Interior features stock dash with expected newer gauges. Deep-dish chrome wheels and unblemished white seats give it a real ’50s vibe that well suits the truck. Underhood is clean, with smoothed firewall, aftermarket chromed valve covers and other dress-up items. Mustang II suspension should make it a nice driver. Cond: 2+. #108-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH356150. Red/beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 86,129 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-end restoration done by previous owner some years ago. Likely minimal use since restoration—still appears fresh. Excellent paint quality, with no crackling or flaws. Body panels fit very well, including doors and fender skirts—often problematic in Thunderbirds. Fabric top fairly clean, and neatly restored interior almost flawless. Underbody shows little use; engine compartment spanking clean, with finned alloy valve covers and carefully restored components and wiring. Cond: 2+. Hurst shifter. Aftermarket racing-style seats up front and absent backseat. Spray-in bedliner at rear cargo compartment. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $43,680. Last saw this lovely, well-restored Thunderbird right here at Bonhams’ Greenwich sale in 2014, and it appeared to have not aged at all. Apparently driven only about 100 miles since then, and condition fits in with that. Unfortunately for consignor, T-bird values have declined even more since then, when he purchased it for a reasonable $51,700 with commission (ACC# 6717169). The sale price here also seemed in line now, but for consignor represents a loss of over $16k. That works out to over $170 per mile, so I hope those were at least sunny drives with the top down. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #3-1966 FORD BRONCO utility. VIN: U15NL861496. Red/black vinyl, red cloth. Odo: 75,675 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Older, thick repaint with plenty of flaws throughout. Heavy scratches around tub from taking top on and off. Crazing on top and doors. Paint very faded. Lots of touchups throughout. Paint job, even when newer, likely amateur at best. Doors nearly impossible to latch when slamming closed. Seals dry and hard. Top and side glass in good condition. Homemade bumpers. Large hole and body below the driver’s side taillight. Carpet newer and in good shape. Large tachometer. Single, multi-gauge speedometer is in good condition. CB radio. Three aftermarket gauges below dash. 130 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $16,500. Marketing photos looked good, but the condition in person was pretty rough. Values have been on the up-and-up for several years now, with prices in the low-$20k range now seeming cheap. Good luck finding one for under $20k. Like the one here, if you do find one in that price range, there’s a reason. These were notorious for rust due to the inability of the top to keep water out of the passenger’s area. Watch the floorboards, as that is where the water tended to pool and sit. Before these became sought-after, many Broncos spent a lot of time parked outside and were not well cared for. The body here was a solid starting point overall, and at least the transaction price was in the wholesale range. With a little work, it could land in the $30k range like many of its peers. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. #147-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 8T02J11610200321. Raven Black/black vinyl. Odo: 77,087 miles. Well-preserved, original GT350. Body and VIN tags check out; built in Metuchen, NJ, plant. Rather basic car with AM radio, no a/c and few other options. Raven Black paint serviceable and does not require repainting. Chrome very good. Most rubber gaskets poor. Inside, the vinyl seats are in good condition and dash is excellent. Minor wear to console, door panel fittings and fabrics, and steering-wheel hub. Shift boot falling off. Disturbingly, there is a large puddle of coolant on passenger’s side floor mat. Without further inspection, I assume this is from heater hose and can easily be rectified. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL SOLD AT $115,360. This GT350 was initially sold to a California retail customer via Robins Ford of Costa Mesa, CA. Later owned by Carroll Shelby himself. Not clear why he bought this particular car. In any event, this was a convincing, original car that may require some recommissioning and detailing but should not be restored. The hammer price was slightly over Bonhams’ high estimate, and with the premium, the sale price is about $35,000 above the price-guide median. Better examples can be bought for the same or less money. I am not sure that the recent Shelby ownership would be worth that margin to me, but I can understand why some buyers would be happy to pay extra. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #27-1972 MERCURY COUGAR convertible. VIN: 2F94H553339. Rangoon Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,364 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint isn’t too bad...but that’s the highlight of the exterior. Both bumpers severely pitted and more likely scrap rather than any value as a replating core. Grille cracked in several places and has areas of overspray. Other stainless trim has minor dents. Top has two small holes, and plastic rear window somewhat cloudy, but there appears to be a spare glass rear window in the trunk. Speaking of which, the inside of the trunk quarter panels has surface rust. Recovered passenger’s seat lacks embossed Cougar emblem that the others have. Owner probably thought no one would notice since they’d be distracted by the cracked door panels, worn carpeting and iffy steering wheel. Engine bay dirty, with plenty of black rattle-can overspray. Antifreeze jug placed in front of radiator serves as an overflow tank, but at least someone painted it black. Note says a/c non-functional. Cond: 3-. turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Body and paint dreary but not horrific. Noticeable dent in driver’s door. Cracks and flaws in front bumper and headlight surrounds. Interior tired, but no major flaws. Cloth seats have the look of a bath towel that you might have owned too long. A major detailing will help, though. Tires cracked, with balding fronts showing Carroll himself might have been racing it around corners. Engine compartment has some rusty parts and hardware, showing a normal outside life for some years. Cond: 3. P GLOBAL SOLD AT $115,360. This GT350 was ini- tially sold to a California retail customer via Robins Ford of Costa Mesa, CA. Later owned by Carroll Shelby himself. Not clear why he bought this particular car. In any event, this was a convincing, original car that may require some recommissioning and detailing but should not be restored. The hammer price was slightly over Bon- hams’ high estimate, and with the premium, the sale price is about $35,000 above the price-guide median. Better examples can be bought for the same or less money. I am not sure that the recent Shelby ownership would be worth that margin to me, but I can understand why some buyers would be happy to pay extra. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #27-1972 MERCURY COUGAR convert- ible. VIN: 2F94H553339. Rangoon Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,364 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint isn’t too bad...but that’s the highlight of the exterior. Both bumpers severely pitted and more likely scrap rather than any value as a re- plating core. Grille cracked in several places and has areas of overspray. Other stainless trim has minor dents. Top has two small holes, and plastic rear window somewhat cloudy, but there appears to be a spare glass rear window in the trunk. Speaking of which, the inside of the trunk quarter panels has surface rust. Recovered passenger’s seat lacks embossed Cougar emblem that the others have. Owner probably thought no one would notice since they’d be distracted by the cracked door panels, worn carpeting and iffy steering wheel. Engine bay dirty, with plenty of black rattle-can overspray. Antifreeze jug placed in front of radiator serves as an overflow tank, but at least someone painted it black. Note says a/c non-functional. Cond: 3-. turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Body and paint dreary but not horrific. Noticeable dent in driver’s door. Cracks and flaws in front bum- per and headlight surrounds. Interior tired, but no major flaws. Cloth seats have the look of a bath towel that you might have owned too long. A major detailing will help, though. Tires cracked, with balding fronts showing Carroll himself might have been racing it around corners. Engine compart- ment has some rusty parts and hardware, showing a normal outside life for some years. Cond: 3. GLOBAL GLOBAL SOLD AT $31,360. Shelby produced 1,000 of these, upping the standard GLH-S to 175 hp, no small number back in 1987. Other mods included Koni shocks and wider tires. This car was #001 of the bunch, and was certainly used hard and not treated with kid gloves. Shelby owning it resulted in a jawdropping sale price of $31,000-plus. New owner does get the signature of Carroll Shelby on the dash, though. Very well sold. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #91-2000 FORD PRODIGY P2000 prototype sedan. VIN: 001. Blue. Factory prototype. All-steel body over a hand-built wood frame. Electric motor with chain drive for display movement. Prototype dash with steering column and bench seat. Paint is automotive grade and in good condition. Small scratch on left front fender. Some trim misaligned, but looks good from a distance. Very tight body panels. Factory trim finish flaking in places, but only reveals bright stainless underneath. Bespoke glass shows scratches and side glass appears stationary. Exterior lenses are fade-free. Oversized wheels and tires that likely would not have made it into production in 2000. Minimal interior. Wire bundle hanging from underside. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,614. This was one needy kitty. Despite their luxury pretensions, Cougar values for this generation are far lower than their Mustang cousins. The downside to that is when they’re in the “just used cars” stage of life, they don’t get the care they deserve. Rightly sold well below the ACC price-guide median value...and even that still seems like too much, considering its needs. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. #151-1987 SHELBY CHARGER GLH-S hatchback. VIN: 1B3BZ64E3HD588876. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 25,476 miles. 2.2-L SOLD AT $2,200. Conditionally consistent with what one would expect from a tired, display-only car that is unsupported by the factory. Unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the prototype is based on the then-out-of-pro- September–October 2018 131


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP duction Ford Contour, but stretched to achieve more interior volume. It was intended to be a diesel-electric powertrain with a 1.2-liter, I4, direct-injection turbo diesel mated to a 1.1-kilowatt-hour, nickelmetal hydride battery pack with a very low drag coefficient. At least one test mule was known to exist, and auto critics were less than impressed with the driving dynamics. Offered at no reserve, no harm, no foul here for what amounts to a very large paperweight. If the buyer has a collection of prototypes, you could call it well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. Y400284. Heritage Blue & Epic Orange/ black leather. Odo: 10,355 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Outstanding paint with heavy clear cover. Small scratch in rear. Body panels straight. Front spoiler and front fascia appear undamaged. Rear diffusers scratched and fiberglass exposed on their bottoms, although they are not heavily worn. Standard wheels without curb rash. Interior nearly pristine. Optional McIntosh stereo. Polishing mark on door sill. From front and rear I did not see chassis damage. Engine compartment is clean. Cond: 2+. 2 #164-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S66- condition is valued at in the price guides, so I’ll call it well bought with plenty of financial room for improvements. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/18. SOLD AT $50,400. I’m an ardent admirer of the somewhat unappreciated Airflow, so I was happy to see that Shelby may have had a fondness for these as well. This was the second year of the Airflow, so doesn’t have the preferable “waterfall” grille, but an unusual car in many respects. While many cars in the Shelby Collection sold far higher than their normal value, this Airflow outdid the $40k high estimate but was not out of the ballpark. Unconfirmed reports stated that it was purchased from the Steve McQueen Collection. If only that could have been verified. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. SOLD AT $412,000. One of 343 Ford GTs with the $13,000 option of orange and blue paint. The car looks better than the mileage accrued suggests. Diffuser damage can come from track activity or a low curb. Wrapper Heritage Editions have sold for $50k–$100k more. Appropriately bought and sold. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. MOPAR #143-1935 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW sedan. VIN: 7014765. Burgundy/tan leather & cloth. Odo: 58,967 miles. Part of the Carroll Shelby Collection. Older excellent restoration holding up well. Paint lustrous, no cracking. Small scrape on passenger’s front fender, paint bubble on driver’s front fender. Most rubber gaskets restored at some point, some still original and deteriorated. Chrome hubcaps have small dents. Interior well restored, also holding up well with just a few flaws emerging. Carpet edges fraying in some spots, but cloth seats show little use. Cond: 2-. 132 AmericanCarCollector.com #14-1949 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER sedan. VIN: C4614617. Green/green cloth & leather. Odo: 30,663 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Ancient repaint in original color has minor chips and rub-through to primer on roof, but no body issues other than a shallow scrape on lower passenger’s side. Softball-size blister on trunk where paint is reacting to filler. Fender welting on passenger’s side rear slowly losing its battle to stay on. Grille and body serviceable and would likely polish out nicely. Spare trim in car. Bumpers worn but don’t have rust or dings. Ornate taillight lenses baked into white opaqueness, but one NOS lens included. Dash very nice. Back seat original and perfect. Front seat has a large chunk missing and covered by generic seat cover. Engine room (it’s large enough to deserve the title) dry but dusty. Heater holes in firewall covered with duct tape. Cond: 3-. #169-1959 DESOTO ADVENTURER Sport coupe. VIN: M491100225. Black/black vinyl/ white & tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 64,120 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in the ‘80s. Paint very good, a few aging spots, but still gleams. Most chrome decent but no longer prime, with pitting on mirrors, a bit of wear on other parts. Interior holding up very well, with carpets and seats still excellent, no cracks in steering wheel, dash striking and crisp. Engine compartment no longer sparkling, with rust on water pump, dulling paint on valve covers and rubber parts showing age. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,040. DeSoto Adventurers are rare and spectacular cars, but this example showed some effects of an aging restoration. Buyers were perhaps justifiably nervous about how much it will deteriorate during their ownership. Consignor purchased it for $53,350 in 2015 at Motostalgia (ACC# 6787372), and while total sales price is only down $6k, auction costs mean he has lost about $15k in three years. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful car worth taking a risk on, so I call it a good buy. New owner can reap the rewards of actually driving it. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #213-1966 PLYMOUTH VALIANT Signet convertible. VIN: VH27B62594626. White/ blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 43,313 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Aging restoration. Body has no major flaws, paintwork decent but becoming middle-aged. Chrome varies, with bumpers and some trim good, other pieces badly pitted. Vinyl top also looks like its best days are behind it. Interior also partially restored at some point, with front seat now showing edge wear and some chrome pieces having early-stage pitting. Engine compartment looking aged and quite rusty; “original” not a plus here. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,264. A “second series” ’49 Chrysler, the firm’s first all-new post-war car (the ‘49 first series were the same as the ’46–48 models). Unless they’re a Town & Country, no one seems to care about these; still, this one’s solid condition makes it a viable project. It brought more than I expected, but well below what a car in this TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH SOLD AT $8,960. I can say these are actually fun to drive, much more nimble and stoppable than the full-size boats of that time. This example has seen better postrestoration days, but still will make a nice driver. The engines were bullet-proof, but not sure they are rust-proof. Convertible body added much to its value, and it seemed somewhat well sold. (See Market Moment, p. 89.). Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. 2006–08 Dodge Magnum SRT8 Wagon I have had a soft spot for wagons since before I could drive. They are useful and practical, hauling people and things wherever they need to go. But for me, the things people hate about wagons are what makes them so appealing: the 20-foot-long wheelbase, bulbous rear-ends, fake wood applique and that horrible rear-facing third seat. It’s all so wrong that it becomes right. There has been a niche following for these big grocery-getters for a long time. More recently, however, we have seen wagons develop some serious horsepower. With the added punch of performance, there is a whole new group of people taking a second look at these sleepers. For the 2005 model year, Dodge unveiled the new, sleek Magnum wagon. That first year, three engine options were available: Two of them were boring V6 blocks, and the top of the range was a 5.7-L Hemi. In 2006, Dodge added the SRT8. That version came equipped with a 6.1-L Hemi producing 425 hp, making it the one to have. These days, when we think of Dodge, the Demon and Hellcat come to mind — modern muscle with huge horsepower numbers and huge price tags. The era of the Magnum was the beginning of this trend. Just like the current devilish Dodges, there were only a small number of Magnum SRT8s produced, as they didn’t sell well. At the end of a three-year production run, just over 4,000 were produced. That’s a tiny number for a large manufacturer like Dodge. Magnum SRT8s have started popping up at auction, and where Detailing Year built: 2006–08 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 4,129 Average price of those cars: $24,078 months: 4 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 11 Current ACC Median Valuation: $28,210 they sell, they bring decent money. In 2014, we recorded one sale for an SRT8 wagon that only brought $14k. Our most recent sales have been twice that. The lowest was $27,800, with the highest selling for $30,800. To put that into perspective, more than a decade earlier, these cars sold for $38k brand new from the dealership. That’s a pretty good return for a modern used car. With more appearing on the auction circuit and prices increas- ing, now is the time to find one of these muscle wagons. If you are going to experience all of Dodge’s modern muscle, this needs to be on the list. It provides all the horsepower you need in an unas- 134 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com suming wagon body, and that makes it the ultimate sleeper.A — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $33,040. One for the Shelby completist. Overall, rather cheesy and unattractive despite good Shelby colors, yet had some useful performance enhancements resulting in, for example, 0–60 times of about 7 seconds. Not bad for a big truck in 1983! Ironically, if this had been produced, say, 30 years later, to 21st century truck standards (with “a HEMI in it,” of course), it probably would have been a big sales hit. But as a 1983 prototype it mercifully failed to enter production and was relegated to obscurity in Carroll’s forgotten cars collection. Predictably sold at more than double Bonhams’ modest high estimate. Not much to look at, nor likely much to drive, but as one-of-one, sure to be a celebrity at Cars & Coffee or any truck meet. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. #100-2001 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER custom sedan. VIN: 3CAFY4BBX1T232440. #142-1983 DODGE RAM D150 Shelby prototype pickup. VIN: 1B7FD14T9DS492434. Santa Fe Blue & Radiant Silver/ gray cloth. Odo: 10,581 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Dodge/Shelby curiosity suffering a bit from benign neglect. Aging paint in Santa Fe Blue has many minor chips; could be called patina. Windshield surround is toast. Chrome on huge, weird front bumper and accompanying brush guard is surprisingly good. Both side mirrors missing. Catalog calls gold-leaf ram’s head hood ornament “fantastic.” If that means “fantastically ugly,” that’s pretty accurate. And it’s falling off. Interior mostly quite good: uncomfortable corduroy bucket seats clean and unworn, dash uncracked, headliner clean and intact. But armrests and ghastly deep-pile carpet are filthy. Was it used as a shop truck? Accessory tachometer crudely bolted to A-pillar. Engine compartment surprisingly used-looking for 10k miles, with paint peeling all over. Had to be pushed into its parking space—maybe they just couldn’t find the keys. Cond: 3+.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Red & black/black leather. Odo: 8,405 miles. 2.4-L supercharged I4, auto. Customized by famed hot-rod designer Boyd Coddington. Twin-screw Whipple supercharged. Belltech custom springs provide lowered stance. Black paint faded, with scratches throughout—mostly in clearcoat. Some heavy scratches and paint chips around driver’s door. Body is straight. Handles are deleted. Billet wheels need to be polished. Headlights could benefit from restoration, as they’re cloudy. Rear doors are still present, although the exterior body work encapsulates them. Leather seats show very little wear. Carpets very good for age. Headliner in good shape. Dash free of any cracks. No major interior flaws. Cond: 3. while gauges are clean and clear. Scratch on dash panel to left of steering wheel. Screen printing in good order. Some scuffing at door thresholds. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,760. A very interesting and challenging Packard. It becomes harder every year to find single-family ownership going back this far. Clearly requires total restoration. There’s nothing on this car that can remain as it is, other than the tires, which were installed in 2017. But it seems like the car is complete; all the pieces are there, even badges and trim. Body and frame seem fairly sound based on the limited viewing I could do. Will be a costly restoration, but may end up with much originality and not an amalgam of parts from various cars and parts manufacturers. Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 06/18. SOLD AT $8,250. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s 2011 Las Vegas sale, where it was sold for $13,750 (ACC# 6762904). The previous sale was a few years after the passing of Coddington in 2008, and only about 100 miles have been added since the last sale. Bear in mind this example was the first year of the PT Cruiser, and when these were launched, they were a hot commodity. Builds like Coddington’s had a strong presence at SEMA, and Chrysler dealers were often getting a sizable “market adjustment” addendum over MSRP. The flame faded pretty quickly, and it didn’t take long for the public to lose interest, although this one has some fanfare attached as having been previously used in advertisements and posters. This is likely the most inexpensive, drivable vehicle modified and previously owned by Boyd Coddington. Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. AMERICANA #221-1929 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT Series 640 Touring convertible. VIN: 172900. Burgundy/biege cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 84,476 miles. Needs complete restoration. Plate shows it was last registered in 1962; single-family ownership. Body fairly straight, fenders and boards all there and in decent condition. Long ago repaint is peeling off all over, revealing black paint underneath—perhaps original color. No cracks in windshield or headlight glass. Most badges and ornaments still intact. Top fabric replaced at some point but needs replacement again. Seats reupholstered in vinyl, probably decades ago. Cond: 5. #32-1980 AMC PACER DL 2-dr sedan. VIN: A0A665C116092. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 1,882 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Original, unrestored survivor with reportedly accurate miles. Original paint shows some fading. Panel alignment factory-correct. Small dent on right rear quarter panel near bottom of rear glass. Deep scratches below right rear taillamp. Emblems are faded. Lightly pitted bumper and grille. Passenger’s door trim loose at rear. Interior is a time capsule: driver’s carpets are slightly worn, door hardware shows minor pitting, SOLD AT $28,600. Offered at no reserve, this was announced as a new world record for an AMC Pacer, although that honor actually goes to a 1976 AMC Pacer sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Las Vegas sale for $37,400 (ACC# 6809815). That example was the “Wayne’s World” movie car, and was said by our reporter there to be one of the most popular cars at the sale. Take away that example with feature-film provenance, and this was a record-setting car in stock configuration. Pacers are on the rise, with three of the four highest sales behind this one taking place in the previous six months. All three of those were sold at McCormick’s Palm Springs sales in either November 2017 or February 2018, and they were all unique examples from different model years (ACC# 6856596, 6865866 and 6865867). This one still bested the highest of those sales by $10,000, and it is doubtful that any of those had fewer than 2k original miles, as seen here. Very well sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Arlington, TX, 04/18. A PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for ACC subscribers www.americancarcollector.com/premium The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values September–October 2018 135


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith How Much for a Radiator Cap? Buy OEM, reproduction or try something new? Sometimes the part makes the decision #223034934753 1960s Vintage Hurst Roll Control Line Lock NOS drag racing. Item condition: New. 8 photos. eBay Motors. Menifee, CA. 6/28/2018. “Garage Classics is proud to offer you a Hurst Roll Control Line Lock system. Instructions have a 1968 date. All parts are in excellent unused condition. The box is dirty with some rough edges. From a good old drag racer’s collection.” Sold at $399.99. Diving deep into retro muscle-car build-ups means scaring up vintage speed parts in good condition, which is easier said than done. A Line Lock meant your car was a serious street racer or weekend drag-strip warrior. It’s basically a front wheel brake switch that locks and holds only the front brakes when you push the button, holding the car in place during a burnout and also assisting in hard drag-strip launches. Hurst never stopped making the Line Lock, but new ones just don’t have that vintage vibe. Price paid was not bad considering what a new one costs. #372288801815 OEM 1971–74 Charger Concealed Hideaway Headlights Mopar. Item condition: Used. 8 photos. eBay Motors. Long Beach, CA. 5/13/2018. “All offers are welcome for them. I have no use for them. Item sold as-is. It was pulled from a 1973.” Sold at $500. The hideaway headlamps were part of the Charger SE trim package in the 1971–72 era. Hideaways were eliminated in 1973, so it’s a two-year-only deal despite what the ad says. $250 sounds like a lot for a piece of plastic, but if your car had them, you’ll bite the bullet because it’s part of the grille. Ordinary Chargers had plastic bezels for the lamps, and the grilles were different. Price paid was fair for the condition, as they need some TLC. #163133316560 ‘74 Flex Rear Corvette Bumper Fiberglass. Item condition: New. 7 photos. eBay Motors. Toledo, OH. 7/6/2018. “This listing is for a one-piece flex rear Corvette bumper. It has a simulated line to appear as a two-piece bumper. Flex resin gives you some flex for easier install than a rigid hard glass bumper.” Sold at $190. For one year, Corvette did this two-piece rear bumper design, much to the irritation of restorers and owners today. The design was prone to cracking and misalignment. Repainting was a problem as well. By 1975, Corvette switched to a one-piece fascia and never looked back. This piece solves the appearance problem of a one-year-only design and gets away from the inherent design flaw of an original piece. Sometimes it pays to use modern goodies. 136 AmericanCarCollector.com #202327185307 Big Ear AC RC15 Radiator Cap Camaro, Chevelle, Corvette, 442, GS and GTO OEM. Item condition: Used. 4 photos. eBay Motors. Minot, ND. 5/31/2018. “Very nice, factory-original flat-rivet AC RC-15 radiator cap. This OEM big-ear cap has been tested and holds good pressure. The inner recovery spring and seal are also in very good condition. The pressure plate is nice, with no cracks. The seals have been replaced and the cap has very nice plating. Original for 1968–72 GM vehicles. Perfect for judging.” Sold at $300. To me, this is crazy money, even for an original assembly-line radiator cap. However, in the pantheon of OEM radiatorcap parts, $300 isn’t a lot of money. Some sell for $450. Given the mass-produced nature of this part and the amount of unsold stock lying around in garages across America, this is priced near the top end of the range. A fair price, all things considered. Just remember to use a new one when you actually drive the car anywhere.


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for a Trans Am. Price paid was top market for homemade job. Even the snorkels are different from each other. I’d look for a better unit or just buy a reproduction. #142756783268 Pontiac Trans Am GTO Air-Cleaner Dual-Snorkel Ram Air III, HO 1970–71, Not Original. Item condition: Used. 12 photos. eBay Motors. Grand Portage, MN. 5/13/2018. “This came with a ’70s Trans Am. It is not an original dual snorkel. Someone tacked the horn onto it. It was done nicely; it’s hard to tell unless you really look close, and appears it would work same as original. Base and lid are in very good condition; no dents or rust issues.” Sold at $69.99. Well, at least it has a drop base and two snorkels. You can tell it’s wrong a mile away. Two snorkels tacked too far apart for starters, and the driver’s side won’t clear the upper radiator hose of an A-body car, so it’s only good #113060640418 NOS Original Ford 427 Transistorized Ignition Amplifier Galaxie, Fairlane, GT40. Item condition: Used. 3 photos. eBay Motors. Bangor, ME. 6/14/2018 “NOS Original Ford 427 Transistorized Ignition amplifier. Galaxie, Fairlane, GT40.” Sold at $299. NOS means the part is unused. This thing looks as though it had been pulled from a field find. Seller also forgot to mention that Thunderbirds used transistor ignitions for years as well. Price paid was very steep considering condition. A new in box amplifier from the era is a $250 item, so this was no bargain. The lettering is gone, and it needs cleaning and removal of corrosion inside the pigtails. Transistor ignitions have a lot of special parts, from the points to the distributor, so it adds up fast. Giving this one a pass. A September–October 2018 137


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JUNKYARDTREASURES Hidden Classics Roger Vahsholtz has been working with vintage vehicles since he was just 7, and still loves bringing old cars back to life Win-Try Motors may be out of the way, but it’s worth the visit Story and photos by Phil Skinner this collection goes back to his fascination with the Robert Mitchum film “Thunder Road.” This yard is about 80% Ford Motor Company-related, but I found a few other O treasures, such as the remains of a 1956 Dodge Texan, still sporting its unique goldand-white color scheme and giant chrome-plated emblem showing the outline of the Lone Star State. It is one of dozens of cars that Roger once had a vision to build or restore, but reality has set in. He prides himself on saving many of the vehicles on his property from the crusher. You will have to call for an appointment and get directions to this far-off-the- road collection of vintage tin, but it’s well worth the journey. A Detailing What: Win-Try Motors Where: PO Box 205, Geneseo, KS 67444 Phone: 620.680.0449 Website: www.wintrymotors.com Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday; Saturdays by appointment e-Mail: wintrymotors@ gmail.com 138 AmericanCarCollector.com Although it looks like the interior suffered a fire, there are still quite a few salvageable parts left on this 1956 Plymouth Belvedere convertible A first for me was spotting this 1956 Dodge Texan hard top, produced for and sold only in Texas This pair of Model T bodies, a coupe and a sedan, could be a rodder’s dream starter set utside the town of Geneseo, KS, Roger Vahsholtz has been operating Win-Try Motors for the past 40 years. Out here among the wide-open spaces and gravel roads, he has set about to not only build a few race cars, a few customs and do some top-quality restorations, but has also pursued one of his almost-secret passions: 1957 Fords. The reason for


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GM 1941 Buick Series 50 Super 8 convertible 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396 Pace Car convertible S/N 194675S110568. Rally Red/black. V8, automatic. 327/300 hp, two-owner car from new, same owner past 16 years, who is a technical director for the Corvette club. Originally an Arizona car. Very rare, one of 872, with ice-cold factory a/c. This nicely optioned car has knock-off wheels, teak steering wheel, telescopic steering column, ps, pb, AM-FM radio, power antenna, tinted glass, whitewall tires and leather seats. Numbers matching. All original with one repaint, updated to R134a a/c and big-block radiator. This car is in excellent condition and comes with the original owner’s manual, brochure and records. $64,900. Contact Ron, Ph: 215.633.0775, email: rga11@msn.com. (PA) 1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454/275 coupe S/N 124679N641963. Dover White/orange. 39,581 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Meticulously restored Jerry MacNeish verified RPO Z-11 SS 396 Pace Car. 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V8, automatic. Absolutely exceptional and beautiful example. Highly coveted original Southern California black plate Camaro which has been beautifully restored and mildly customized with a date-correct original MF-code 327 2-bbl V8 engine. This must be one of the nicest custom V8 Camaro coupes available anywhere. In turn-key daily driving ready, daily head-turning, and daily appreciating condition. $29,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 140 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 223379L116357. Warwick Blue/Parchment. 31,990 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this very rare and all-American classic muscle car. 400/350 hp 4-bbl V8 car with a date-correct XH-code replacement and rebuilt engine matched correctly to a TH400 3-peed automatic transmission. 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Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. 142 AmericanCarCollector.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999. Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle and exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients, combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Buy/Sell/General California Car Cover Company. 800-423-5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semi-annual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we


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Classic Car Transport Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics. com info@WestCoastClassics. com (CA) info@sundayautotransport.com Collection Management Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. FOLLOW ACC RideCache. 512-751-8450. A professional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/ACC RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Corvette Parts & Restoration Mid America Motorworks. 800-500-1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks. com. (IL) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves September–October 2018 143 Zip Products. 800-962-9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com (OR)


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Events—Concours, Car Shows The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) Insurance Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1-866-CAR-9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1-866-CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. 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) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing-Finance Museums Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound.com. (CA) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com (AR)


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National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have provided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208.755.3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Advertisers Index Agents For Montana Titles ..............119 American Collectors Insurance ...........2 Autosport Groups ............................103 Barrett-Jackson .................................97 Blue Bars .........................................137 Branson Collector Car Auction ..........65 Camaro Central ...............................107 CarCapsule USA ...............................73 Charlotte AutoFair ...........................109 Chevs of the 40’s ............................131 Cobra Experience ............................113 Corvette America ............................. 4–5 Corvette Mike ....................................21 CoverCar Concepts .........................127 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ..........111 EMS Automotive ..............................133 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ..............13 Evapo-Rust ........................................33 Factory Five Racing ...........................81 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Metal Rescue® Rust Remover is your clean, safe, easy-to-use rust remover for iron and steel. From small parts that can be soaked to large parts that can’t, our ready-touse BATH, CONCENTRATE, or on-the-spot GEL are extremely effective at removing rust. The entire line of Metal Rescue offers non-toxic, environmentally-safe rust removal without the use of harmful or corrosive acids. From hubcaps to headlights to spot-rust on doors and hoods, Metal Rescue from Workshop Hero™ has got you covered! 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: Comic art seems to be making a transition into the world of fine art. Well, I guess that depends on your definition of fine art. Frank Frazetta’s 1990 painting “Death Dealer 6” was sold by Heritage Auctions on May 10 for an astounding $1,792,500. The piece, the sixth in the series, featured an axe-wielding barbarian with burning eyes who is fighting a serpent, and it was used as the cover of a 2008 Image Comics titled “Death Dealer 6.” An earlier Frazetta piece titled “At Earth’s Core” recently sold for over $1 million, so I guess he is the real deal. But I can sure think of any number of cars and signs I would rather have for $1.7m than a painting that would scare the heck out of the grandkids. But that’s just one opinion. EBAY #282968617466—1918 TERRITORY OF HAWAII MOTORCYCLE TAG. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT $2,395. Date sold: 5/26/2018. This small 1918 motorcycle disc was numbered 976 and was from the Territory of Hawaii. As we have seen, any license plate or motorcycle tag from Hawaii brings the money, and this was no exception. A rare, pricey piece, but if this is your thing, worth the money. WM MORFORD ADVERTISING AUCTIONS LOT 23—HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE POSTER. SOLD AT $16,225 including 18% buyer’s premium. Date sold: 6/22/2018. This heavy paperboard Harley-Davidson poster measured 18 by 53 inches and dated to 1915. It appeared to be in unused condition and the colors were bright and vibrant. It included the original 1915 welcoming letter from Harley-Davidson to the dealer noted on the sign. An amazing piece and a great addition to the new owner’s Harley collection. He paid up, but I doubt if there’s another on the planet. EBAY #392046923997—1950s EDSEL BODY CLEANER TIN. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT $325. Date sold: 5/25/2018. The Edsel was only built for three years and was the brunt of numerous jokes. The marque has a strong cadre of followers, however, and their collectibles bring strong money. A can of Edsel Spot Remover sold on July 3, after 31 bids, for $330, so I suppose this is the market-correct price. EBAY #123182758484— SANTA MONICA 1913 ROAD RACE FELT PENNANT. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT $1,231. Date sold: 6/17/2018. Santa Monica was one of the major stops on the early racing circuit, and this pennant was from the August 9, 1913, race. It was won by Earl Cooper, who led the entire 146 AmericanCarCollector.com race. The pennant was slightly faded and had a few moth bites but is a piece of early racing history. A cool piece at a realistic price. WM MORFORD ADVERTISING AUCTIONS LOT 26—MINERVA LUXURY AUTOMOBILE HOOD ORNAMENT. SOLD AT $856 including 18% buyer’s premium. Date sold: 6/22/2018. The Minerva was a luxury automobile manufactured in Belgium between 1902 and 1938. The Roman Goddess of Wisdom mascot was the prize-winning design from the 1921 Salon de L’Automobile competition and was used by Minerva between 1922 and 1933. This example appears to have been replated, as the fine detailing has been lost, along with a great deal of the value. As such, price paid was rather aggressive. EBAY #263569912377— SUNOCO PORCELAIN SIGN WITH DISNEY CHARACTERS. Number of bids: 39. SOLD AT $405. Date sold: 5/13/2018. The seller stated this was an original sign that was made in 1939, but in the fine print he also stated buyers needed to make their own judgment regarding authenticity. There are any number of these on eBay at any one time, and some have sold for as much as $2,000. They are copied from a Sunoco blotter and were never made as a sign. A recent reproduction, which is fine if you just want a decorative piece, but it’s worth no more than $100 or so. WM MORFORD ADVERTISING AUCTIONS LOT 27—VERY EARLY MICHELIN TIRES WOOD SIGN. SOLD AT $7,198 including 18% buyer’s premium. Date sold: 6/22/2018. The Michelin mascot, Bibendum, is one of the world’s longest-lasting logos. In the early years, as he appears on this fabulous sign, he was a bit chubby and was smoking a big stogie. In later years he cleaned up his act. This early wooden sign, measuring 12 by 35 inches, was done with sand paint and has just the right amount of patina. Buyer paid up, but it was not silly money. A