Burbank Auction

Great Cars for Sale

Larry Jewett - July 23, 2013 05:02 PM


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Auctions America will be featuring a number of quality cars at its highly anticipated California sale at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, August 1-3.
Held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, , Auctions America’s multi-day California sale will lift the gavel on more than 400 quality collector cars, including a diverse assortment of American and European classics and sport cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, catering to a broad range of automotive tastes and budgets.
Some highlights of the auction include a 1957 Pro Street Plymouth Fury, 1969 Shleby G.T.500 King Cobra and custom 1955 Ford Thunderbird.
Built by Al Scheib, son of auto paint impresario Earl Scheib, the Pro Street Plymouth is propelled by a monster 488-cid Keith Black hemi through a modified 727 Torqueflite and Gear Vendors 30 percent overdrive. The engine itself has racing heritage, as it was campaigned in the 1970s by Parnelli Jones in a funny car. With the 8-71 BDS supercharger, Hilborn four-port fuel injection and nitrous oxide it has been dyno tested at 3,000 horsepower.  The paint, called “whine-berry,” is by Al’s son Tony, who is still in the paint business.
Modeled by Mattel as a Hot Wheels 40th anniversary edition, it has been featured in many books and magazines. Not raced in many years, it remains street legal and, no doubt, lethal to its competition, should it head back to the strip.
The well-known and thoroughly documented Shelby G.T. 500 raced in the Super-Stock F-Automatic (SS/FA) class. The car saw limited street use for a few months before it was converted for exclusive dragstrip use. The Shelby G.T. 500 performed respectably, turning times in the 12-second range consistently. King Cobra’s best quarter-mile time is recorded as 11.68 seconds.
The car changed hands several times when it was “rediscovered” by Mike Scott, owner of Corvette Corrections in Anaheim, California. Mr. Scott then restored the Shelby back to its glory days. When totally and professionally restored, the Shelby was made street legal, but it is still nearly as strong as when it was a full-fledged drag car.
 The car was featured in Cars and Parts magazine’s Legend Series in the September/October issue of 1990.
The 1955 Ford Thunderbird has a magazine background, owned by the late Doane Spencer, who was an early technical editor of Rod and Custom. In 1955 he bought one of the first Ford Thunderbirds, but found it a bit mundane. He immediately set about modifying it for better performance, ultimately running Bonneville in 1961 at almost 150 mph and decimating competition of much heftier pedigree.
In the 1980s, Spencer decided to restore the car, which really resulted in an evolutionary ‘Bird. It now sports a 302 engine modified with lots of SVO and NASCAR parts and a five-speed transmission. The seats are black leather, with matching carpet and original dashboard. A smaller, leather-wrapped steering wheel is fitted.
In very good condition throughout, the car has its original AM radio, heater and power windows. The black hardtop is fitted, and there is no soft-top. The alloy wheels have knock-offs and are mounted with BF Goodrich blackwall tires. A unique piece of history, this car continues to delight.
Exclusive live television coverage of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, August 2 from 7pm – 9pm EDT and August 3 from 1pm-5pm EDT.
For a frequently updated list of entries and full event details, visit or call toll-free 888-990-3910 (or +1 310-842-3910 outside North America).