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Original Spring Classic Auction Underway
Larry Jewett - May 13, 2013 05:40 PM
ESTIMATE: $135,000 - $150,000
One of 294 Daytonas built with the 440 Magnum mated to a Torqueflite automatic, this yellow coupe is an example that has been with the same owner for more than 20 years. It is equipped with power steering (including a special external fluid cooler), a Black interior with bucket seats and headrests, center console, fuel, oil pressure, coolant temperature and amp gauges, rare Tic-Toc-Tach and AM radio, Magnum 500 wheels and Redline Polyglas tires. It is in exceptional condition, having just received a comprehensive detailing at a cost of $10,000.
ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $250,000
This Sapphire Blue 1966 Shelby GT350 was ordered by George Hodges of Rochester, New York on March 16, 1966 with radio delete, Le Mans stripes, 10-spoke aluminum wheels and rear seat. George and his wife Jeanne would enjoy active ownership through the following years, even nicknaming it “Beast.” In 1993 the Hodges attended the SAAC national convention at Watkins Glen, New York. The highlight came for Hodges when their beloved “Beast” was awarded the very first Survivor Class Award given at a SAAC convention, winning out over a field of 14 other entries for the prize. George passed away later that same year, leaving the car to his daughter Sandra Hodges Wohler of Windsor, North Carolina. Mrs. Wohler placed the car in careful storage, where it remained for the many years. This all-original, all matching numbers one-family Shelby now shows fewer than 54,000 miles.
ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $200,000
This remarkable 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS is one of the rarest ever produced. It is the only known 1970 Nova SS documented as factory-equipped with the CKT-code aluminum-head L89 big block engine. Documented with the all-important Protect-O-Plate and accompanied by complete owner history, it was rotisserie restored over a three-year period to factory-original specifications. The factory original L89 engine, complete with aluminum heads and intake manifold, Holley four-barrel carburetor, smog controls and rare dual-snorkel air cleaner ,have been preserved along with the original four-speed manual transmission and rear end, and the car is further equipped with power front disc brakes.
ESTIMATE: $500,000 - $750,000
Super Stock sanctioning bodies rejected Chevrolet’s attempts to qualify the ZL1 Camaro for SS/C and SS/D competition. Undeterred, Chevrolet product manager Vince Piggins made the cars available through the covert COPO program, resulting in a total of 69 being produced, number 23 of which is offered here. An original 9560AA Dusk Blue four-speed car, it is documented with the Shipping Report from Fred Gibb Chevrolet, Protect-O-Plate and a notorized affidavit from the original owner attesting the first 30 years of ownership history and mileage. This ZL1 Camaro was restored by noted COPO authority Barry Burstein of St. Louis, Missouri, to original factory specifications. It remains in stock configuration with painted steel wheels, dog dish caps and Goodyear Wide Tread F70-14 Polyglas tires, a close-ratio M21 four-speed with Hurst shifter and power front disc brakes.
ESTIMATE: $400,000 - $600,000
Triple Black and highly awarded, this 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 435 HP Tri-Power convertible has everything for the discriminating collector. Powered by the venerated L71 427/435 HP Tri Power-equipped big block V-8, it retains original drivetrain incorporating a four-speed manual transmission and 4.11 Positraction rear end. Restored by the Naber Brothers in 1995 and completely re-restored by mid-year specialist Elio Martin in 2012, all date-coded components are correct. This superb collector Corvette has amassed an impressive list of awards that includes double Bloomington Gold Certification, the Gold Spinner and a total of six NCRS Top Flight Awards. It retains the original factory trim tag and is documented with the original dealer invoice, a notarized letter from the original owner and selling dealer, a copy of the original MSO, an NCRS Shipping Data Report confirming the dealer paperwork and a record of the full chain of ownership including photographs of the car since new
ESTIMATE: $165,000 - $190,000
Patterned after other contemporary GM high-profile “halo” specials, Pontiac’s Bonneville convertible made its debut in 1957 as a low-production luxury liner with power to spare. Announced by prominent chromed “Fuel Injection” badges on the front fenders and rear deck, the Bonneville’s engine displaced 347 cubic inches and incorporated a fuel injection system similar to the Ramjet system used by Chevrolet, with one major difference: the 347 produced 310 horsepower, giving it a considerable advantage. One of just 630 built – production was limited to one car per dealer – this 1957 Bonneville was the subject of a rotisserie restoration that included refinishing the car in its beautiful original color scheme of Kenya Ivory with Red trim, White convertible top and showy Tartan Red and White interior. Like all 1957 Bonnevilles, it is overflowing with standard equipment that includes leather upholstery, power steering and brakes, Strata-Flight Hydra-Matic transmission, an eight-way power seat, power top, power windows, Wonderbar AM radio with power antenna, electric clock, padded dash, deluxe carpeting, whitewall tires and full-size spinner wheel covers.
ESTIMATE: $185,000 - $225,000
According to its vast file of documentation – much of which was delivered to owner Steve Segal by an employee of the original dealer, Suburban Dodge in Metuchen, New Jersey, years after he bought the car – it is one of only 10 Hemi R/T SE 4-speed Chargers known to have been produced in 1970, and the only known example finished in Bright Red. As the car’s history began to unfold, it was discovered that the original owner’s teenaged son had destroyed the original Hemi while street racing. The second owner located a replacement Hemi but never got it running again. At the time Segal acquired this Charger, he also owned a 1969 Charger Daytona, which had a date-code correct Hemi with a 1970 VIN. He swapped the engines, but it was not until much later that he discovered that the VINs of the 1970 Hemi and the 1970 Charger were only 21 cars apart. According to records, no Hemi cars were built between the two VINs; the replacement engine had literally come from the next Hemi car built on the assembly line. Dubbed "The Most Documented Hemi Car in Existence" in the March 2008 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine, the car is accompanied by its voluminous dealership file, which includes the scribble sheet that the salesman used to negotiate the various option prices with the original owner, Richard Wickberg of Edison, New Jersey, the handwritten order form, dated October 20, 1969; the order sheet on which the original owner checked off the options for the car; the dealer invoice, the delivery truck bill of lading; and even the dealer prep work order documenting the header installation, dated January 3, 1970.
ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $200,000
At a time when the other manufacturers had reduced horsepower ratings under increasing government regulation and pressure from insurance companies, Pontiac resurrected the Super Duty. Like its predecessors, the SD455 was hand-assembled by factory technicians, incorporating a reinforced block, a special camshaft, aluminum pistons, oversize valves and free flowing exhaust manifolds. Pontiac rated the SD455 at 310 HP and 390 lbs-ft of torque, the former figure much lower than its actual output of over 360 HP. The SD455 once again established Pontiac’s image as the most performance-oriented manufacturer of the early 1970s, a position it would hold for the next decade. That image would be helped along by the introduction of the boldest graphic treatment ever seen on a production automobile: the colorful new Firebird hood decal that framed the Trans Am’s Shaker scoop and spread its wings across the entire hood. This Brewster Green 1973 Trans Am Super Duty 455 at just 18,000 miles has been the subject of a sympathetic frame-off restoration to exceptionally high standards that included retaining the original Black interior.
ESTIMATE: Available Upon Request
Plymouth created an all-time legendary muscle car in 1970 in the almighty Hemi ‘Cuda. Only 652 hard tops and 14 convertibles were built. The rarest of Hemi Cudas are ones that remain unrestored and original, like this amazing one-owner, genuine R-code coupe. It was bought new in Kentucky after the owner returned from military service. After starting a family, he moved the car to his mother’s garage and it has been kept there away from the elements for 43 years. The powertrain includes the venerated 426/425 HP Hemi engine with high-duration hydraulic-lifter cam, 10.28:1 compression ratio, forged rotating assembly and dual inline Carter four-barrel carburetors, in this case topped with the optional Shaker Hood Fresh Air Package and backed by an A727 Torqueflite automatic transmission and a 4.11 rear end. Exterior options include hood pins, chromed outside racing mirrors. Finished in the original Jamaica Blue paint with Gold body side pinstriping and Blue vinyl body side trim, the car retains its original Black interior with vinyl bucket seats, center console with Slap Stik shifter, Rallye gauges and AM/FM sound.
Lot S #149
ESTIMATE: $125,000 - $150,000
Restored to Concours quality, this pristine Saturn Yellow GSX Stage 1 has earned the Muscle Car and Corvette National Gold Certificate of Excellence and the Buick Club of America Senior Award with a score of 399 of 400 points. It is equipped with a 400 Turbo transmission, power steering and power front disc brakes. The GSX’s upscale interior is cast in the Buick image of luxury and functionality, emphasizing passenger comfort with bucket seats, a full length console, Rally gauges, custom belts, Soft Ray tinted glass, rear compartment courtesy lamps, deluxe arm rests, custom compartment shelf and rear seat back, door panel emblems and Sonomatic AM radio.
ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $250,000
While Chevrolet’s interpretation of the new 1970 F-body concept showed restraint in the use of front and rear spoilers on the Camaro, Pontiac stylists and aerodynamicists took a typically much more aggressive approach with the Trans Am, adding aero spats to the leading edges of the wheel arches and integrating the forward pair into the front spoiler. In addition to its distinctive look and prominent graphics, the 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am’s new suspension and quicker steering also set a new standard of performance handling in the pony car segment. Attractively finished as originally produced in Lucerne Blue with White stripes, this rare 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is one of 59 to leave the factory equipped with the muscular Ram Air IV 400/370 HP engine mated with a Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. It was sympathetically restored in the early 1990s, retaining its all-original matching numbers drivetrain and interior and has been very well maintained ever since.
A collection of items from the late drag racing champion Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins will be going on the block. One of the unique items is the “Wally” award that Grumpy picked up at the Summer Nationals at Englishtown. The items will be sold on Saturday morning.
The time has arrived for Dana Mecum's 26th Original Spring Classic Auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. The consigned cars are rolling into the fairgrounds facility for the start of bidding. The five days of action are underway and there are some great cars to consider adding to your collection. We've taken a peek at a dozen of them, all to be sold on Friday or Saturday, so get there and get one. If you can't be there in person, Discovery's Velocity Netowrk will bring live coverage from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 15-18