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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 427 - Muscle Car For Sale (Click Here)


Ready for a really well done Yenko tribute? How about one with a properly dressed 270 block in it, a four speed and a 12 bolt? From the reproduction stripes to the nasty sounding exhaust this is one Camaro that's ready to rock!

Ford had Tasca, Dodge had Mr. Norm and the Chevy faithful had Don Yenko. Sure there were more dealers who would modify cars, but these three are most famous for taking what the factory offered and mixed and matched parts to create their own breed of super cars. Tasca got the ball rolling on the SCJ's, Grand Spaulding's GSS's showed Mopar they should shove 440's into Darts and Yenko took Corvette engines and stuffed them into everything from Novas to Chevelles. These legendary cars spawned not only numerous copies but legitimate factory rides based on their work. Beating the factory to the punch is their lasting legacy far beyond the street prowess of their cars.

Much like a wild Mustang wearing a tight bridle the 427 under the hood is obviously unhappy about breathing through the stock chambered exhaust. Yeah, it might have been the loosest set of pipes available on the Camaro but it's wholly inadequate for a 450+hp 427, and the car knows it. It spits, it cackles and it cracks—and you'll love every second of it.

Get the car on a lift if you dare get near it. You'll find mint floor pans decked out in satin black. Body plugs are stuck down with the appropriate sealer which oozed out as original. A detailed 12 bolt is out back with its appropriate markings and tags and is hung by detailed and tagged leaf springs. Correctly gray shocks are at all four corners and the front suspension and braking systems are highly detailed, as well. The reproduction exhaust system is all new from the black painted Hooker Competition headers to the dual tailpipes. Crayon and wax markings are everywhere from the "COPO" on the transmission cross member to the sub-frame. This is a chassis where the phrase "highly detailed" just doesn't cut it.

Open the door, slide in and make yourself comfortable on the Parchment seats. You're staring at the least informative dash possible with nothing more than a speedometer, a gas gauge and a couple of idiot lights. There isn't even a radio in here! Sure, you could get your Yenko Camaro optioned up, but most weren't—they were race cars for the street. Why bother paying for a radio you couldn't hear over the exhaust system or buy gauges that weren't accurate from day one? The pair of buckets is separated by the chrome Hurst stick sticking out of brand new carpeting. The door panels, the seats, the dash pad, the visors, the armrests...all new. New chrome pieces from the sun visor brackets to the seat belt buckles shines better than new. Strap into your lap belt and hang on!

Sight down the straight body and smile—this was no rush job. Glacier Blue, the original color, has been laid down with precision. Door, fender, hood and trunk gaps are excellent, and all panels close with a solid feeling. Reproduction Yenko stripes run down the sides and across the hood to make sure no one mistakes you for a common Camaro. Ubiquitous American Racing Torque Thrust D's are at all four corners wrapped in F70x15 Firestone Wide Ovals for the classic "day two" look. The cowl hood is finished as well underneath as it is on top, the jambs were not forgotten, the glass is excellent and the weather-stripping is all new. The RS grille is in perfect working order and really sets off the front of the car. Who knew a light blue car could look so menacing?

The real star is under the hood. Casting code 3955270, engine code LR. For the numbers challenged, that's a '69 427 block set up for a 435HP tri-power setup in a Corvette. Fortified with an even larger than stock cam, the correct 3933163 Winters intake, a fat Holley 4150 up top and the Hookers this is a real runner. The function cowl hood setup is in place from the hood to the sealing ring to the air cleaner. New chrome valve covers work with the fresh orange paint on the mill and satin black on the compartment walls to create a showpiece. Of course all of the proper markings and tags are in place here, too.

From the correct engine to the Muncie underneath to the 12 bolt out back, and from the fresh, correct exterior to the new and clean interior this is a high dollar tribute and a #1 show car. Tribute prices have never been more attractive—more than $100,000 invested and with priceless history this is the time to step up to one of the ultimate muscle cars!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 - Muscle Car For Sale (Click Here)


Lemans Blue SS, impeccably finished top and bottom, with a four speed behind the 396—sounds good, doesn’t it? Add in black side stripes, a black vinyl top and a black interior and it just gets better. We get Chevelles in here on a regular basis and they just keep getting nicer: This one continues the trend!

There’s no way to document a true ’69 SS without the build sheet, which unfortunately did not come with the car. For some unknown reason, when GM decided to make the SS a package instead of its own model they dropped any mention of legitimacy from the trim tag and serial number. In other words, Chevy’s most valuable and desirable muscle cars ride solely on their often lost or never included build sheets. What we do have is the original Muncie transmission underneath with the VIN stamped into it, a 12 bolt rear out back and a CE (counter exchange—warranty block) ’69 396 engine with the proper 3931067 cast iron, oval port intake with a Q-jet carb intake and correct exhaust manifolds. Correct hoses route coolant while correct battery cables transfer power from the battery. New chrome valve covers and a new chrome air cleaner sit atop a freshly painted orange motor for a factory fresh look. There are new brake components in here too, and the wiring from the harnesses to the battery cables to the paper tags are proper reproductions. Ink splotches and grease pencil marks are where they are supposed to be, and the gloss black engine bay is too nice to complain about the extra gloss. This is an engine compartment that draws attention!

Pop under the car to view the super nice undercarriage. The floor pans are not only painted Lemans Blue, they’re clear coated! The frame’s a beautiful gloss black. Brake and suspension components such as fuel lines, a new tank, new brake hoses, lines, rotors and drums, all new bushings and steering components are all new. There are inspection marks and stickers on the suspension, axle, transmission, starter, brake disc shields, sway bar and more. A new exhaust with correct reproduction mufflers and new reproduction tips set you back right at 1969. Brand new five spoke Magnum 500 road wheels with brand new with brand new trim rings and center caps, wear brand new Goodyear Polyglas F70x14 tires to finish off an excellent chassis!

The interior is factory fresh with all new seat covers on the bench, new door panels, a new headliner, dash pad, carpet, window cranks, door handles, armrests, visors and mounts, seat belts and trim—this is a top notch interior! Fortunately for collectors you don’t have to go scrounging around swap meets to find iffy interior pieces, but few cars go as far as this one does! There’s a Ken Harrison cassette deck in the dash and the original owner’s manual in the glove box. The gauges and lights all work as they should and the Hurst shifter feels right in your hand.

New liquid blue paint covers the gorgeous body work. We have pictures of the car during restoration showing it was torn completely down before going back to color—this is no quick job! New bumpers shine up the front and rear, a new grille and headlight bezel set are up the front, new reveal, wheel lip and drip rail moldings add sparkle to the sides and balance out the black stripes. All of the chrome from the marker lights to the emblems to the taillights is new. The black vinyl top is the final piece needed to add a ton of class to an already stunning car!

New, even splatter paint over perfect sheet metal describes the trunk. There’s a new trunk mat, a brand new Magnum 500 spare wheel and tire setup and the jack, and it’s all done to an exceptional level. You’ll feel bad about putting your car show chairs in here!

To recap, this is a gorgeous, fanatically detailed car with a date code correct engine and original transmission, proper SS gear from nose to tail and a gorgeous color combination. If you were waiting for an immaculate SS in a very cool color, this is it. If you’re looking for a completely rebuilt, four speed Chevelle, this is it. A #1 car from any distance this car’s a blue chip keeper!

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Convertible - Muscle Car For Sale (Click Here)

We sell a lot of custom cars here at Best of Show Automotive, and they're all well done. Every once in a while, though, we come across one that belongs in the "best of" section of our superlative collection. We've even had a pair of Ridler great 8's—we know fantastic when we see it. This amazing '69 Camaro SS/RS more than qualifies: If it didn't knock down a show trophy either they weren't handing them out or the car stayed home. This is a no excuses, perfectly executed show titan with enough hardware and custom touches to leave you speechless!

Let's go over the major awards. Obviously, nothing beat this car at a local show.

Super Chevy top 10 cars of the year
World of Wheels Milwaukee Best of Show
Super Chevy Show Indianapolis Best of Show
Super Chevy Show Joliet Best of Show
Goodguys Kansas City Coddington Pro Pick
Chevy Vette Fest Chicago, scored 999/1000 points in judging
Darryl Starbird's Tulsa, Fine 9 and Best Engine
SEMA Las Vegas, Mothers Shine award and Goodyear booth feature car
Car Craft
Nationals St
Paul, Best Engine and Class Winner
Hot Rod Supernationals Springfield IL, National Grand Champion

All those awards get you slots in magazines. Super Chevy featured the car in February '06, Camaro Performers laid it out in November '06 and Super Rod did a big spread in August '07. Suffice to say this car didn't fly under the radar!

We'll start with the engine as that alone took home three awards. The HUGE news here is the very rare and desirable GMPP ZL1 aluminum 427 block. The modern day ZL1 is built on the original tooling of the legendary race engine, and installing one here is the perfect way to honor those select few track terrors released in 1969. A GMPP steel crank, H beam rods and forged JE pistons swing around, working with big aluminum Dart Pro 1 heads to offer up 10.5:1 compression. Trick part #2 is on top—that ultra cool Hilborn injection manifold, converted to EFI with custom fuel rails and tuning by American Speed in Moline, IL. No other manifold from the 60's screams power like those stacks, and they're simply unbeatable when highly polished and plated! Comp Cams supplied an appropriately racy roller cam and lifter set while MSD was tapped for ignition duties. A fully polished Vintage Air Front Runner A/C and pulley set up dresses the front of the mill while a Be Cool radiator and twin SPAL fans keep everything cool. Moon polished and painted valve covers work with Jet Hot coated Hooker headers to finish off the look. Dropping that motor within standard wheelhouses wouldn't be right, though, so the car's body shop, Watson's Hot Rod Shop fabbed up the trick inner fenders, fully shaved firewall and core support panels. This list is by no means comprehensive—you'll have to spend an hour or two in here to find most of the details!

Stand outside and look at the dead mint and deceptively stock looking body. Chevrolet Torch Red is the color, covering the absolutely top level bodywork. Many show cars have perfect paint, but what separates this car from the rest are the details. Start with the fog lights in the factory turn signal location. ZL1 cars had a simple cowl induction hood while SS cars came with chrome louvers—Watson's combined the two seamlessly. Convertibles all have tops, but not all convertibles use German Haartz cloth. Out back, other cars may use sequential LED taillights, but this car's are frenched in, as are the exhaust pipe notches in the rear valance. Check out the notched spoiler with its integrated third brake light, too. This car's color grabs you immediately but there's so much going on that your eyes need a fourth and fifth take! Obviously on a car of this caliber every piece of chrome and stainless trim is perfect—did it even need to be brought up?

Unreal hardware is underneath—world beating show cars don't stop with pretty paint. Wayne Doe supplied one of his trick tubular front sub frames set up for the Air Ride Technologies Shockwave system, C5 running gear with power rack and pinion steering, Delrin/aluminum bushings and Wilwood polished four piston calipers and 12" rotors. Out back, Watson's fabbed in the rear half of the C5's independent suspension, cut down for this car and aided by Heim joints and high durometer bushings. The result is show stopping looks and corner carving ability—that's where top level cars excel. The fully Jet Hot coated exhaust with Flowmasters provides the nasty soundtrack while 17x8 and 18x11 Budnik Gasser wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires (215/45/ZR17 front and 275/40/ZR18 rear) put the power sent through the Richmond five speed to the ground. Detroit Speed and Engineering sent up the rear minitubs and sub frame connectors to pull it all together, and Mike Knight laid down the paint and clear under here as well as he did on the top—it's perfect.

The final piece of this Camaro's résumé is its amazing interior. Rickie Rods outdid themselves in fabrication work, leather and black tweed. The seats are '96 Camaro units, which are no big deal—but after being disassembled, cut down, reshaped and reupholstered, they certainly are now. There's a custom full length floor console for the five speed stick, an integrated armrest with power window and the air ride switches inside. One-off door panels frame the sides while high quality carpet lies below. A Budnik wheel on an Ididit tilt column is expected, but the trimmed, molded and modified '03 Malibu dash certainly isn't. After getting the panel just right Rickie sent it to Just Dashes for a full cover—there are no seams, no lumps and zero signs the dash didn't grow there. They even fabbed up a filler panel between the dash and windshield with an integrated defroster vent. A Pioneer head unit works with tucked away speakers in the interior and a Kenwood Excelon amp and sub in the matching tweed trunk for high powered clarity. The radio and Vintage Air controls fit in the factory Malibu locations while a full set of Auto Meter Sport Comp gauges fit in a custom dash panel. Billet and acrylic courtesy lights flood the foot wells and just draw you in.

Is this the ultimate '69 Camaro ever built? To quote Chip Foose: “this is the finest custom Camaro I’ve ever laid eyes on”. When a guy like Chip pays you a compliment like that, you know it must be something special. If you're into show winners that list above has to impress you. If you're into engineering details and hidden surprises, you're sure to give it the nod. If you're into power, control and performance a Hilborn setup on a ZL1 motor coupled with a C5 chassis has to be at the top of your list. Since this car seamlessly and perfectly combines the best of all of these elements, how can it not be the best? If you are the kind of buyer that appreciates, owns and wants the best of the best, this is it!

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Friday, September 4, 2009

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 324 V8 - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)

Want to own the nicest 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe in the world? If so, read on, because we have it!

While Tri-fives might be at every cruise in by the dozen, how frequently do you see their higher priced siblings? Take this gorgeous, award winning '56 Super 88 Holiday Coupe—the extra trim, the high output 324 inch engine, the chassis shared with Buick—the attraction is undeniable and the rarity of seeing one today makes this an unusual treat. And wait ‘till you see the paperwork!

Let's start with the mileage—the odometer's showing 27,930 miles, and that's 100% accurate. Check out the interior: Those are the ORIGINAL seats, door panels, dash pad, package tray and more! Sure, that's reproduction carpet on the floor, but most of what you'll touch has been in place since the Eisenhower administration! The dash chrome has been expertly restored, and everything down to the cigar lighter still works. The ivory tone steering wheel and melamine knobs are the originals, as are the chrome headliner bows and trim. Options run rampant in here from the E-Z-Eye tinted windshield, electric windshield washers, deluxe AM radio with rear seat speaker, courtesy lights, an electric clock, the parking brake warning light and the shifter for the Jetaway automatic transmission. The driver door armrest shows slight cracking, but that's about the only flaw in the car, and it's an original part! This is the kind of time capsule you want!

Slide underneath for a moment to find a detailed, correct chassis. The original thick undercoating (with a slight touch up accounting for wear) covers the 100% rust free panels as it should, the frame is clean and the suspension is tight. The transmission was rebuilt a decade ago and shifts as new, the axle makes no undue noises and the exhaust is solid and correct. Universal 7.60x15 whitewalls surround the original 5.5" wheels with restored original hubcaps while the original front and rear sway bars do what they can to hold the chassis flat in turns.

Under hood, the original T-350 4bbl engine still purrs away. New gaskets and new cosmetics have the mill up to show specs, but no rebuild was necessary at such a low mileage. With 240hp and 350lbs/ft of torque, the Olds mill was as powerful as it was smooth. You'll find the original air cleaner atop the original carburetor and fresh paint and decals on the engine. A detailed, correct generator and power steering pump are driven by the belts up front while the power brake booster is hidden the back corner. The original glass washer fluid reservoir is in its original bracket, a proper Delco battery is up front and the original radiator still does the cooling.

Original owner Myrtle Forward (you simply can’t make that up) bought the car new from her local dealer, Pendleton Olds of Racine, WI on June 21, 1956. We have THE ORIGINAL owner's manual filled out as it should be complete with her name, the dealer and the car and engine numbers…it's like a 50's P-O-P! Myrtle held the car until a nursing home called in 1977 when her nephew sold the car for her to Henry Koenig, who restored it to its current condition. He sold the car again in 1991 to Harold Badger, keeping the car in Wisconsin. He held and showed the car until 1998 when he sold it to a GMC-Olds dealer principal in Illinois in 1998. He liquidated his collection soon afterward and the car found its way here. We have a photocopy of Myrtle’s 1964-issue title (most likely issued after her loan agreement was finished,) Harry’s title from 1977 cancelled by the state of Wisconsin and handed back. That title shows when Harold bought the car, and that the mileage really was just over 25,000! We even have a 1966 registration from Myrtle!

The paperwork doesn’t stop there, though—we have a TON more. Not just we’ve-got-some-documents stuff, either—imagine taking a time machine back to 1956 and gather just about EVERY piece of dealer or manufacturer literature you could get your hands on! We have an original shop manual, full and half size brochures and a pair of mailers complete with their original envelopes! For the salesmen, we have pocket comparison guides, trim selectors, accessory guides, facts and specifications and a half dozen more. There are cold-call phone sheets broken down by what the potential customer’s current car with approaches for each. There are half-size booklets on the Rocket engines, Jet-A-Way transmissions and Harrison air conditioning. We have just about every sales promotion flyer and gimmick book issued in ’56. There’s a complete dealer life insurance program mailer complete with the envelope. Also in its envelope is the mailer with all of the specialty tools available to the service department. There’s a nearly-new copy of GMAC news, too. The 1956 color and trim selector, complete with color plates and clear slides to help visualize the car of your dreams, is in outstanding shape with NO missing pages. Technical service bulletins were issued by the factory as problems got reported and we have the complete collection of them. The final mind-blowing piece is a window poster which measures around 4’x5’ meant for a storefront window—it’s ALL authentic from 1956!

The restoration you see here is amazing, with some SERIOUS dedication to preservation! NOS and original parts are abound, although not much needed to be replaced: The right front fender (Myrtle had a run in with the garage door,) both bumpers, the hood rocket, both taillights and the front and rear "globe" emblems were all that were needed. All trim pieces were removed and refinished, and the hood, front end, doors and deck lid and the motor and transmission were pulled for the high quality repaint. All of the original glass is still with the car, 60+ years later. Reassembly went easily with all of the original components, and the hard work was rewarded with the Ransom. E. Olds award at the National Oldsmobile Club meet. It was also one of only two '56 models chosen for the 100th anniversary parade in Lansing, MI—that's a huge honor!

The 1956 Oldsmobiles were great cars -- by mid-Fifties standards, in fact, milestone cars. They were powerful, readable, comfortable and stylish. Oldsmobile Division had every right to be proud of them then; collectors still can be today! You may never see another one like this for sale in your lifetime: 27,000 original miles, national show winning pedigree, and ready for another 50 years of showing and enjoyment. Don’t wait long on this one!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

1956 Ford F-100 Custom 351 V8 - Classic Truck For Sale (Click Here)


For every hot rod, a trend. For every trend, admirers have those images of what's hot burned into their minds. Oftentimes those images are replaced the newest idea of what's now, but every once in a while, one sticks and sticks hard. Now, no one likes an outdated custom, but when you dig back far enough you earn the title of "retro," and that's not a bad thing at all. Besides, when you've got a classic Ford truck with a blown 351 Cleveland under a flamed, one piece front end, who needs trends or titles in the first place?

Pop open that big yellow hood and get personal with that engine. It's a '72 vintage 351 2bbl motor, freshly rebuilt with new 8.5:1 pistons, bearings, rings, gaskets, cut crank, resized rods, a full hot tank and cleaning and a 214/224 .510/.536 cam...the works. Topping the mill is a B&M street supercharger and a fat Holley 850CFM double pumper—just in case the 351 wasn't enough to get things moving! A Summit Racing CD ignition box, coil and billet distributor use MSD wires to get the spark to the chambers on time. Ford Racing aluminum valve covers dress up the sides while Lokar cables issue kickdown commands to the C6 underneath.

Hop inside for a comfy trip back in time—the oak, velour and vinyl work in here is impressive. The seats start it all—they're comfortable and they set the motif. The stitch work pattern is emulated in the headliner while the door panels are all vinyl. The like-new carpeting at your feet is custom matched to the seats. As for the wood trim, it's wall-to-wall on the dash, fitted with Classic Instruments gauges and the Vintage Air controls. A wood and gold LeCarra wheel with a Ford horn button tops the GM tilt column, a Lokar shifter is at your right leg and the original pedals reworked to run far newer systems are at your feet.

A street
car needs tunes, but head units aren't built with vintage faces...what's a rodder to do? How about a trick wiring harness that allows the detachable face to control the radio—from the driver side sun visor? How cool is that?

Drop underneath and check out the well constructed chassis. Chrome coil over shocks up front work with leaf springs out back to get the stance and the ride right. Power rack and pinion steering and a fat front sway bar hold the corners with new tie rods up front while a Ford 9" rear follows willingly. Inboard springs make room for massive Mickey Thompson 29x15.50x15 Sportsman Pros in the rear fenders while 255/60/15 M/T Competition tires willingly fit in the fat front fenders. There's a polished stainless exhaust system from the shorty headers to the quad exhaust tips, and the sound's great. A power brake booster attaches to the stock pedal to run the front disc/rear drum setup, and the flat mounted A/C condenser with a puller fan makes a lot of sense on a hot rod truck. Easily the coolest pieces on the chassis are at the rear bumpers. First, the tailpipe hangers are aluminum connecting rods. That's a trick touch. Even cooler, there are vacuum lines that run from the motor back and attach to a pair of actuators that drop the license plate frame down into sight whenever the truck is running. Shut it off, and it retracts...have you even seen something like that before?

Outside, screaming yellow and flames smack around your retinas, and you're going to love every minute of it. Start up front. That chrome grille up front is as imposing as it is recognizable. The highlight of the truck is undeniably the hood—it's a tilt forward, one piece unit, and it's cool. It makes service a snap and it'll impress the heck out of car show attendees! Tasteful pinstripe accents follow all panels for added flair. Check out that bed, too: That's all furniture grade oak and stainless steel in there. The right front "bolt" is actually the power antenna—there's a lot going on here!

Retro or not? We're not ones to label stuff—leave that to magazines. What we have is a cool truck with ample power, a fully finished chassis, a comfortable interior and a unique look. you gotta like that!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

1956 Ford Courier 5.0 Liter HO V8 Sedan Delivery - Classic Truck For Sale (Click Here)


Sedan delivery—is there a cooler body style? Room for three up front and a rhino in the back these workhorses combined carlike manners with the utility of a box truck. Not to mention they look awesome whether lettered up with company graphics or as the blank canvas for any paint scheme you can come up with. While the orange and cream paint certainly looks straight out of the 50’s, the modern 5 liter Mustang drive-train underneath says this ’56 Courier is ready for anything, anytime!

Check out the lines on this guy—the stainless puts this Courier in fashionable Parklane trim, with its “check mark” side spears and big chrome front end. The paint was sprayed a few years back and retains its original shine. The trim you see here is all original, and if you’ve thought about restoring you own you know what a challenge it is to find it! There’s a cool sun-visor shade over the front windshield, dual period-type mirrors on the doors and a cool cruiser attitude all over. Bedford bias ply G78x14 whitewalls look great, especially wrapped around the original trim rings and center caps on the ’56 wheels!

The Ford Courier was built from 1952 to 1958 and designated body code 78A. It was based on the contemporary sedan and station wagon designs, right down to your choice of trim levels. During the 1957 and 1958 model year, a windowed variant of the Courier was also available, marketed for fleet orders with a number produced primarily for government services such as the U.S. Forest Service and Post Office. While from the outside these models looked like the series 59 Tudor ranch wagon, they retained their model code 78A. From 1952 to 1956 access to the rear storage area was through a unique door hinged on the side for unimpeded access to the cargo area. Tough and useful most Couriers were used up and scrapped—they’re a rare sight today!

Under the hood you’ll find an awesome upgrade—an ’87 vintage 5.0 Liter HO engine, pulled straight out of a Mustang GT. Complete from fuel injection to oil pan and from the accessories on the front to the tail shaft of the AOD automatic overdrive transmission is in place, as is the wiring. While there’s nothing wrong with aftermarket wiring, nobody beats the factory for long life and toughness. The re-cored, original style radiator up front is kept company by a new, high efficiency A/C evaporator and an electric fan assembly. There’s a high flow air filter on the intake and the original shorty headers leading down to the dual exhaust system below. With a factory rating of 225hp the Stang’s powerplant has no issues moving the big car along smartly!

Underneath you’ll find the original heavy duty suspension components, freshened and ready for a road trip. Couriers got six leafs per side out back compared to four in the regular station wagons to help out load capacity and give a firmer ride. Power front disc brakes replace the antiquated drums while power steering gives your arms a break. There’s a thick layer of undercoating here to protect the chassis from harm and you from road noise. It’s solid and it’s ready for a trip—are you?

Inside you’ll find comfort and room in spades. New orange and cream upholstery on the seats is as comfortable as it is fun. The gauges are the originals, set up to run with the modern electronics behind. There’s a cassette radio from Custom Autosound in the dash along with the controls for the Vintage Air climate control system. The original “banjo” wheel is on the stock column, painted to match the rest of the interior and the dash. Power windows with tinted glass fit above the custom door panels which match the cargo area trim. White windlace, orange carpeting with orange and cream floor mats, the orange headliner…the theme here is “unified!” You’ll be comfortable and you’ve got tons of room—what’s not to like?

Advertises as “the fine car at half the fine car price,” 56 Fords were attractive from base Mainline Fordor sedans through the luxurious Crown Victoria. With its big-time utility, cool form and neat resto-mod tricks this Courier is one heck of a good looking cruiser!

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Monday, August 31, 2009

1956 Chevrolet Nomad 265 V8 - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


Not many vehicles can claim to be timeless, cool, and more than 50 years old all at once. Sure, there are cars like the Thunderbird and Corvette, but their use is limited, to say the least. No, a true all-time all star’s got to be more than just a cramped ride for two, and it’s gotta haul stuff! Hmm…a car with cargo capacity…a station wagon! That’s it! What’s all of the above and more? In most peoples’ minds there is only one: The Chevrolet Nomad, especially such gorgeous, super solid lookers like the one here!

Few color combinations out of the 1950’s look as nice as code 701 India Ivory and Onyx Black over 611 Ivory vinyl with charcoal pattern cloth, and fewer still are finished to a great drive-and-show level. Glossy black and cream paint covers original southern panels with largely original chrome and trim from one end to the other. Those are original bumpers front and back, the awesome eagle hood ornament, fender spears, grille and more are the pieces the car was born with. The lights and bezels and excellent; the taillights and housings are new. Corvette rally wheels wearing 225/70/15 BFGoodrich tires enhance the car’s appeal in a new/old school way while new emblems proudly show off the car’s model and its maker. Dual spotlights, another period touch, look as though they grew there. Panel fit is very good from hood to tailgate. This car would stop traffic on the Power Tour!

The 1955 Chevrolet models represented a massive break from the models that preceded it. The chassis was a completely new design, the body was entirely new, the engines were completely new and the cars came with features that are now standard, such as 12 volt electrical systems, tubeless tires and more. Chevrolet sold over a million of them, then mildly restyled the car and dubbed the ’56 as new…and sold over a million more! The Nomad, though, with its two-door styling and the highest sticker price on a Tri-Five, sold but a mere pittance of the total: In 1956, Chevrolet only bolted together 7,886 of them. That’s under one percent of production! These were rare brand new!

Underneath, this stunning car’s solid. Heck—it’s hard to find a 1985 car that’s rust free, let alone one thirty years older! A-arms acting on coil springs wound around hydraulic shock absorbers offered a smooth ride. Leaf springs were 9 inches longer, wider and mounted outboard of the main frame as compared to the ’54 models. Chevrolet came up with so many new marketing terms for this car it’s hard to keep track, like the “Glide-Ride” front suspension and the “Outrigger” rear. There’s a Hidden Hitch setup out back that’s perfect for hauling a small trailer—remember that the Nomad has the same cargo capacity of its four door wagon brethren! Built to drive, this Nomad’s suspension was rebuilt with comfort and handling in mind, so new bushings and steering components went in, and power steering is a welcome sight, as are front disc brakes with power assist and the front sway bar.

You’ll find the car’s original 265ci small block under the hood—that’s odd in and of itself! The motor wears an original Carter WCFB carb, the correct 4bbl air cleaner and a clean coat of Chevy Orange. A new battery, a far more reliable alternator replacing the original generator, a Master Power booster and dual circuit master cylinder and the high output Sanden compressor are under here for your comfort and safety. Original exhaust manifolds dump into a newer dual exhaust system below. Between the solid suspension and V8 power this car is a joy to drive short distances or long!

Custom touches in the interior are everywhere, yet nothing pops out at you as being out of place. You’ll sit down on brand new upholstery, now in all-vinyl. The A/C controls are under the original heater controls and a Classic Auto Sound AM/FM/cassette player fits into the dash with no cutting. Four JL Audio 6.5” speakers are nearly invisible in the black door panels. A brand new vintage-look small diameter steering wheel looks great with the shiny dash. Of course, there’s a Coca-Cola cooler in the cargo area…what Nomad would be complete without one? There’s a new white headliner up top and a new carpet below…this guy’s even got that new car smell!

“We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it”. Said Ed Cole, Chevrolet Chief Engineer, of their hot new Chevrolet. Just imagine if you could go back and grab him, and take him for a ride in this wonderfully kept, tastefully modified, far smoother and safer version of his design! If you’re a Nomad fan like we are, it just doesn’t get much better than this true black/white example, with all original sheetmetal, air conditioning and disc brakes! If you enjoy cruising your classic, snatch this one up quick … it’s a keeper!

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1955 Chevrolet 210 LT1 Custom 350 V8 - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


Custom Tri-Fives are everywhere, so it takes something really special to get our attention. Take this gorgeous car here—LT1 fuel injected power, modern mechanicals, a sanitary interior and a drop-dead mint black body with subtle ghost flames—we jumped at it, just as you should!

Built on a solid South Carolina body, the street rod experts at Carolina Rod Shop in Piedmont, SC, went to town. Cosmetics first—they’re perfect. The original body panels were massaged flat until the black paint would look a half mile deep. Then they went at it again—it’s that nice. Lots of the trim was blacked out or shaved completely—they definitely went for the clean look with this car. Every remaining piece of chrome and stainless trim looks better than anything bolted to the car at the factory. New lights and lenses are in place from the new style headlights with H4 bulbs to the custom bowtie-equipped taillights. 17” American Racing Torq Thrust II’s got wrapped in new Goodyear Eagle HR tires, 225/45 up front and 235/45 out back. Walk around the front end to spot the nearly-invisible ghost flames—they’re in gold pearl and you really have to look for them. We had a hard time picking them up with the camera!

Open the hood and check out the business within. That’s a fuel injected LT1 Corvette engine bolted to a modern 4L60E four speed automatic overdrive transmission. There’s a mild cam in the motor for a little noise to go with the ultimate drivability of the EFI. Street & Performance out of Mena, AK, built the motor and fabbed up the swap harness for big time reliability. S&P also supplied the engine dress-up and bracket kit, the stainless steel fuel lines and more. A Griffin radiator keeps the car cool with twin electric fans. A custom battery box in the right rear corner adds sparkle while a custom hood liner keeps the temperature and noise down in the cabin. Power steering and the polished A/C system make cruising a lot more pleasurable, and the manual brakes on the firewall are so sharp and easy to use I thought they were power! New wiring harnesses, new tune up parts, new hoses and belt…this car’s ready to roll out.

The 1955 Chevrolet models represented a massive break from the models that preceded it. The chassis was a completely new design, the body was entirely new, the engines were completely new and the cars came with features that are now standard, like 12 volt electrical systems, tubeless tires and more. Of course, the biggest news was the introduction of the small block V8, far and away the most versatile, raced and ubiquitous American engine of all time. The motor proved so popular and so hearty that it remained in production through the 1997 model year, and an updated variation is available in dealerships today!

The suspension shows new components amid fully functional restored pieces. There are new shocks all around, new body mounts, new suspension components and more. The floors and frame are in great shape. You’ll find GM corporate disc brakes up front working with newer drums out back. The dual exhaust system was new at the time of the restoration and sounds powerful and mellow. Rock Valley Stainless supplied the fuel tank. There’s a new sway bar up front keeping body roll in check, but the stock suspension was largely left alone. Chevy did a great job with the engineering—why mess with a good thing? This guy goes as well as it shows!

You’re treated to wall-to-wall leather inside. Those seats are as comfortable as they look, and the power adjustments and lumbar support do wonders for your mood. There are more hides on the door panels and the roof, as well as the custom center console. Dakota Digital gauges are in front of the Le Carra wheel and polished tilt column. The passenger side faux gauge cutout is done in the same black/blue translucent panel, and there are ghost flames in it to tie in the hood! Custom Autosound’s Secret Audio system is controlled from the glove box, four power window switches are hidden under the sliding armrest door, the carpet’s nice and thick under your feet—this is simply a comfortable car to ride in!

This is a bad yet subtle ride, and it’s just the kind of car which flies out the door here! Street rodders, 50’s freaks, Tri-Five aficionados and people who just love a well-done ride take note—this is the right cruiser for your garage! Every now and then, we get a car here at Best of Show that has all of the right stuff, is done right and we just KNOW is going to get snatched up faaaaast, and this ’55 is our best candidate right now. The money is on the table and all bets have been placed … are you going to be the lucky winner?

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

1955 Chevrolet 210 Custom 350 V8 - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


What’s new? Everything! Here’s a fantastic one for you shoebox fans! How about a mild custom, laid out in a beautiful silver and metallic blue two-tone? Few cars are as iconic as a ’55 Chevy, and fewer still are done this well. There’s a ton of details here, from Motoramic styling to a Glide-Ride suspension—follow along as we explore this gorgeous two door sedan!

The first thing you notice is the body. It’s “Show Car Styling” at its finest, and it’s arrow straight. Seriously—you could scuff down the sides, shoot it in black and people would walk into its reflection. The Chrysler Atlantic Blue paint is gorgeous, as is the GM Silver Poly, making this 210 look a lot like its Bel Air brother. It’s pretty obvious a master held the spray gun for this one! The best paint job in the world is worth nothing without proper prep, but this car shows attention to detail on the highest level. The next mistake people make is to reuse old, dented trim and rusty chrome. Not here, though—this stuff is amazing. All of the bezels, stainless and chrome from front bumper to back, from the side stainless to the hood ornament is show quality with no excuses. The lenses are new, as well! The last thing people overlook when they’re doing a full restoration is glass. This car’s new, tinted glass is perfect and scratch-free. Wheels can make or break a car, too. American Racing Outlaw II's add a tough, classic hot rod look that’s perfect for the car. They’re wrapped in brand new 215/70/15 B F Goodrich tires, white letter of course. The stance is right, the color is right, the wheels are right and it’s mint—you’ll knock ‘em dead at your local carhop or at the Goodguys shows from coast to coast!

The interior is a nice mix of nostalgia and newer, more comfortable materials. You’re staring at an immaculate dash, painted the same blue as the body, with new trim, a trick gauge cluster with Auto Meter vintage series gauges, a Classic Autosound stereo and a lot of gorgeous trim. You’re sitting on cloth upholstery in blue and silver, the carpet's blue while the headliner's silver (different but very cool,) and the door panels use the same material as the seats. A neat touch is the custom gearshift selector lens on the column—it's subtle, but it has detents for every gear in the 700R4 overdrive transmission underneath. There’s a tilt column, four Pioneer speakers in total (two in the deck and two in custom kick panels) and a Grant Challenger steering wheel. A Vintage Air system keeps occupants cool in the summer, too—time for a cruise!

Under the hood is a tried and true small block, here in crate motor form. 350 Cubic inches weigh in at 350hp, and it's a real smooth performer. A Holley 600cfm carb hides under a chrome air cleaner; chrome valve covers add additional sparkle. The motor exhales through a set of ceramic coated mid length headers and a true dual exhaust system. Power flows back through a TCI-built 700R4 overdrive automatic, built for long distance cruising, before ending up at a stock rear with 3.55 gears. Other goodies include a billet pulley system, a painted and polished A/C compressor, modern power steering, a bulletproof HEI ignition, a power booster pushing a dual bail master cylinder and a new battery. The compartment itself was smoothed and filled before its slick coat of blue went down. There’s no problem driving this across the country or to your favorite ice cream parlor!

The suspension shows all new components and a detailing in line with its frame-off restoration. There are new shocks all around, new body mounts, new suspension components, new GM discs up front and more. The underside is finished in the same blue as the top while the frame is gloss black. Chrome exhaust tips add to the old school flavor. Sure it's a little over the top, but very nicely done, and very much drivable!

Are you ready to drive “The newest new car in America?” This ‘55’s ready to go, finished very, very well and runs great. As far as being “A whole new concept of low-cost motoring,” well, I don’t think they counted stuff like an overdrive automatic, air conditioning, radial tires, modern sound… This car is a great car at a great price, and is a sure-fire collectible that will rise in value while giving you a huge jolt of pride just sitting in your garage!

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental DHC - Antique Car For Sale (Click Here)

In 1929 the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II set new standards for others to follow. It was a vehicle specifically designed with the chauffer driven passenger in mind. At the time the only home produced rival to compare with the Phantom II was the Bentley 8 Litre, which was a faster vehicle but was thought to be far less chauffer friendly, with considerably heavier steering and a gearbox which was more difficult to operate. During the development of the Phantom II, the majority of the long distance testing was carried out on the long straight roads surrounding Chateauroux in France. This fact and Mr Henry Royce’s many journeys between the South of England and the South of France no doubt opened his eyes to the type of motoring not available upon England’s narrow and windy roads. With long distance high speed motoring in mind, the Phantom II Continental chassis was created, the project being personally overseen by Henry Royce with assistance from Ivan Evernden. The whole car, including originally its style of coachwork was conceived by Royce, to be a more sporting and compact four seater owner/driver motor car when compared to the long wheelbase standard Phantom II. Just 281 such chassis were produced and they differentiated themselves from their standard cousins with thicker springs and a 6 inch shorter chassis, measuring 144 inches. The steering column was optionally lowered to what was known as the “F” rake position, and the floor was also lowered to allow more rakish coachwork to be fitted. Mechanically speaking the Continental was fitted with a higher ratio back axle (12/41) which provided brisk acceleration and higher top speeds at lower revolutions. Royce decided that the use of 5 thicker leaf springs as opposed to the standard 9 or 10 would save weight and allow for a smoother ride if the road surface was less than perfect. To assist control of the ride additional shock absorbers were also added to the standard hydraulic units, which were controllable from the driver’s seat in the later examples. With lightweight coachwork being fitted the final result was a motor car capable of carrying four people in comfort, at high speeds, for many hours at a time over great distances. It is rightly considered by many, including ourselves, to be one of the finest pre-war Rolls-Royces ever built.

The majority of Phantom II Continentals were fitted with closed, compact, close coupled four door coachwork. However, a few cars were more stylishly bodied and in our opinion very few came in a more desirable configuration that Chassis No 186MY which is fitted with three position drophead coupe coachwork by Barker. Testing was completed on the 12th of April 1933 and 186MY was subsequently delivered some four weeks later to its first owner, Captain John Wanamaker of New York City. It returned to England in 1936 when purchased by Sir T.J. O’Connor of Oxfordshire and then became the property of The Brooklands Motor Company of Sloane Street London in 1938. It had two further English owners during the second world war and was then purchased in July of 1950 by a London based Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist called Mr Frank Dale. The name sounds familiar. 186MY remained in London until 1959 when it returned to the United States after being purchased by Herman R Zinn of New Jersey and following various successes and concours level was subsequently purchased by Gerrard Schultz of Buffalo New York. It is thought that 186MY remained in the United States for the ensuing decades where it was restored some 8,000 miles ago, with a new exhaust system and clutch included in the works. The car drives superbly having just been prepared in our workshops and should serve the next owner very well on long distance tours. Cosmetically speaking the car is in very good condition in every respect. The coachwork and brightwork are excellent and the hood and headlining are almost as new. The interior is in outstanding order, with lightly patinated but exceptionally sound leather and beautifully restored woodwork. The car is fitted with a tail mounted trunk that provides good luggage space and comes complete with a wide range of small tools fitted under the bonnet, along with its correct large tools.

According to all known records just two such bodies were produced by Barker for the Phantom II Continental chassis and in our opinion a more balanced and stylish example of this increasingly sought after classic would be hard to find.

Condition : In very good condition in every respect.

Technical Data : Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 7.7 litres displacement, 7,668cc capacity. Servo-assisted brakes.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sedanca Coupe - Antique Car For Sale (Click Here)

Chassis No GUN31 was purchased in 1937 from Jack Barclay’s West London showrooms by Prince Birabongse of Siam, the successful pre-war racing driver. At the age of 23 Prince Bira had been given money by his cousin Prince Chula as a wedding present to furnish his new house. However the stylish 25/30 he saw in the window at Jack Barclay’s showrooms proved to be too tempting and the funds which had been previously reserved for furniture were used to purchase this handsome offering by Gurney Nutting instead. Prince Bira started racing in 1935 with notable success, driving Riley, MG, Aston Martin, Delage and ERA cars. Victories at the Grand Prix de Monaco at Monte Carlo and the JCC International at Brooklands in Surrey, England were some of the highlights of his second season in racing. Prince Bira is understood to have used GUN31 as his mode of daily transport until 1949, taking many Continental trips both before and after the war. He is also known to have transported some of his racing cars, towing them behind GUN31. This beautiful motor car is also featured on the front cover of “The Rolls-Royce 25/30 and Wraith” by Bernard L. King in its original pale blue colour. Prince Bira had a small white mouse painted on both sides of the coachwork of GUN31, just below the scuttle, in honour of his close friendship with his cousin Prince Chula. The name Chula in Siamese means “little white mouse” and this symbol of their friendship appears on all of Prince Bira’s motor cars. GUN31 is a beautifully restored example, both mechanically and cosmetically, with bills exceeding £55,000 present in the cars history file, documenting the expenditure over the past ten years. It performs beautifully on the road, with the engine ticking over in almost total silence whilst stationary. Cosmetically the car is in excellent condition and could be shown at concours d’ elegance meetings immediately if required. It comes complete with an excellent history file, all of the tools which are stored in panels at the top of the tail mounted trunk, and its handbook. It must be one of the most stylish bodies ever fitted to the 25/30 chassis, comes with a very interesting history and is in excellent condition in every respect. One not to be missed.

Condition : In outstanding condition in every respect.

Technical Data : Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 4.25 litres displacement, 4257cc capacity. Servo-assisted brakes.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)


The success of the R Type Continental between 1952 and 1955 lead to the creation of the S1 Continental chassis, which was released in April of 1955. For the first time Bentley enthusiasts had a greater choice of coachwork designs to choose from with H.J. Mulliner and Park Ward responsible for bodying the majority of the 431 S1 Continentals produced. One of the most popular designs was the fastback coachwork by H.J. Mulliner, design number 7400. It was modified to fit the 3 inch longer S1 Continental chassis and in styling terms was adapted further from the R Type Continental with a raised front wingline and less bulbous rear wings with a higher line which were finished with stylish new swage lines. Chassis number BC99AF is one of just one hundred and twenty three right hand drive all aluminium bodied S1 Continental Fastback’s built between 1955 and 1959. This particular example was extensively restored around four years ago and has been used very sparingly ever since. During the restoration process power steering was fitted which is an important upgrade to most owner/drivers. The car was re-painted to a very high standard in velvet green and re-trimmed by Frank Dale & Stepsons in beige leather. New carpets were fitted throughout the car, including the boot, and the walnut woodwork was removed and re-polished. Some areas of chrome were re-plated and the car was fully reviewed mechanically. Frank Dale & Stepsons have maintained the car over the past few years, so its pedigree and quality are well known to us. It comes complete with all of its original small tools, stored in the boot compartment, and a nice reproduction handbook stowed in the glovebox. BC99AF will also be fully checked and serviced in our workshops prior to delivery as per our usual policy. The S1 Continental Fastback is unquestionably one of the most stylish Bentleys ever produced and remains as popular as ever amongst collectors and enthusiasts. This particular motor car should be seriously considered by anyone looking at acquire a superior example of this most sought after model.

Condition : In very good condition. Restored in recent years and sparingly used ever since.

Technical Data : Four speed automatic gearbox, power steering, 6 cylinder in-line configuration engine, 4.9 litres displacement, 4887cc capacity. Drum brakes servo-assisted.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1954 Ford Crestline Victoria 390 V8, Tripower - Muscle Car For Sale (Click Here)


Where do you go for a custom car? The sarcastic yet true answer would be a car customizer, of course. Now, where do you go for an out of this world, out of bounds and just plain “out there” custom car? There’s only one place: California. Detroit has the speed nailed down, Miami has the exotic scene covered and the south in general lives and dies by stock car racing, but southern California stands apart when it comes to customs and Hot Rods For Sale.

For talented custom car designers, beautiful cars come easy when a pen and paper is involved, but making those artistic fantasies a reality is a whole different situation. While Keith Kaucher draws fantastic cars almost every day, finding time to build full-scale 3-D versions is just as difficult for Keith as it is for all the rest of us. Originally Keith didn't plan on chopping the top, but after friends caught a glimpse of a few of his drawings with the new proposed roofline they would not let him skip this portion of the custom makeover. It wasn't long before those same drawings got into the hands of the Rod & Custom staff and quickly showed up in the pages as the "Dream Car of the Month" (December 2004).

As Keith worked out the mechanical details of the chassis and drive train, he linked up with the crew of dedicated traditional custom builders at Starlite Rod & Kustom in Torrance, California. The first step in the radical transformation was swapping the Ford front sheet metal with a Mercury front clip (a swap that required stretching the chassis 3 inches) and continued with frenching of the headlights, reworking the hood, and fitting a '54 Chevy grille. The rear received equal attention with frenched custom taillight bezels and lenses and a completely custom rear bumper treatment using a combination of pieces from a '60 Corvette, a '62 T-bird, and a '67 Camaro. After careful planning and large-scale drawings confirmed the top swap to be a major change for the better, a '65 Buick Wildcat gave up its top that was then narrowed before being grafted in place on the Ford. The transplant turned out to be a major success and was made complete with the addition of a smaller '67 Camaro rear window. Starlite's main man, Jack Fields, stirred up a batch of DuPont Purple Rhapsody and began laying on multiple coats of the rich hue. Once the paint was perfected, multiple pieces of chrome trim were bolted into place. There was so much chrome on the car that needed to be done it took the services of four shops! The final exterior touch is a set of chrome reversed wheels and wide white rollers—original Ford centers surrounded by original reversed Buick outers (15x7 front and 15x8 rear) wrapped in 205/65R15 and 235/60R15 wide whites from the Whitewall Candy Store. Bullet center caps from Mooneyes with matching bullet lug nuts from Radir complete the old school vibe.

Inside the Ford was no less of a carefully planned ordeal. Keith prepared highly detailed concept drawings for his selected craftsmen to follow. The Starlite crew made all the necessary metal modifications before tapping Downtown Willy (also located in Torrance) to stitch up the custom white and purple vinyl with silver piping over the '65 Thunderbird seats and throughout the rest of the car, including the trunk and hood liner! Creature comforts include a GM tilt column topped by a Mooneyes steering wheel, Old Air Products climate control, and an array of complementing audio equipment from Alpine, Custom Auto Sound and Pioneer. All the best creature components were installed from air conditioning by Old Air Products to a '56 Ford instrument cluster molded into the dash and fitted with Auto Meter gauges reworked in a retro style by Redline Gauges.

Even the chassis got the custom treatment when it was stretched 3 inches to compensate for the longer Mercury front sheet metal. The lengthened chassis was reworked up front with the addition of a set of Fatman Fabrications 3-inch dropped spindles mated to a pair of Granada 11-inch disc brakes. The rack-and-pinion steering came from an '89 Chevy Cavalier and mounts via a Fatman Fabrications kit. Firestone airbags adjust the ride height on all four corners. Moving to the rear suspension, Starlite Rod & Kustom tossed out everything supplied by the factory and started over by hanging a narrowed 9-inch Ford on a four-link system from The Deuce Factory and also added extra strength to the chassis with a custom X-brace cross member. Rear disc brakes (11-inch) were originally found on a '98 Ford Crown Victoria.

Starting with a '74 Ford 390 block that was fully massaged and rebuilt by LA Crank in Los Angeles, a rare '63 Ford 406 tri-power aluminum intake sends the fuel supplied by a trio of Holley 350-cfm carbs to a pair of '64 cast-iron heads that exhale out of a pair of shorty headers. Dress-up items include Mooneyes' finned valve covers, complete use of chromed acorn nuts, and accessory brackets and air cleaners designed and made by Keith himself. Behind the mighty Ford FE is a '67 top-loader manual trans with a Centerforce clutch package with a drilled shift handle from Mooneyes.

The “Fifty4” has amassed 17 trophies and awards since it debuted at the Grand National Roadster Show in January 2006. Some of the awards earned are a 1st Place in its class at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2006, a George Barris Best of Show award at George’s show in May 2006, a Best of Show award and a George Barris Best Kustom award at the Blessing of the Cars in July 2006 as well as a Rod & Custom Top 10 award and a Eagle One Excellent Choice award at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in August 2006. The car also spent the week on display at SEMA—not bad for a car that started as just a concept drawing!

With national coverage, top notch workmanship and a carefully executed plan this purple smoothie is a show winner from coast to coast. Few cars get taken to this level and fewer still come out this well! With over the top customs bringing monster prices lately you’re looking at one of the best investments available!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible 322 OHV V8 - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)


Best of Show Automotive proudly presents one of the best looking most revered vehicles ever produced: The 1953 Buick Skylark. This classic car for sale is a car which needs no introduction to the faithful; its name strikes a chord with classic car collectors worldwide. Finished in a beautiful Mandarin Red Poly over the Skylark-specific red and white leather interior this proud Buick stands today as an excellently restored example of a bygone time when dreams became sheet-metal, regardless of cost.

In the 1950s, Americans were more prosperous than they had ever been. So were America's automakers, who -- in a burst of enthusiasm -- fielded a fleet of glitzy flagship models for 1953. Buick reached high with the 1953-1954 Buick Skylark. Looking back, it all seems so flaky. Buick built the Skylark because its general manager, Ivan Wiles, saw and liked a customizing job chief stylist Ned Nickles had done on his own 1951 roadster convertible. How different the Detroit of two generations ago! Today a general manager would never okay so radical a product, priced 40 percent higher than the top-of-the-line model, unless it had been through waves of review boards, PR men, lawyers, and government compliance experts. Imagine hanging on to a model that sells only 1,690 copies in its first year because the styling vice president likes it. Yet, that's the only reason Buick built a second-edition Skylark in 1954. It sold only 836 copies!

Check out the fantastic stainless and chrome trim on the exterior. The grille in all of its individual pieces, the side spears, the frame around the cut-down windshield and more are excellent and shine like new. Newer B F Goodrich Silvertown 7.60x15 wide whitewalls surround the original Kelsey-Hayes wheels—any other style simply wouldn't flatter the car. Built on a Roadmaster chassis, the Skylark went into production in January 1953, and deliveries began by spring at a cool $5,000 retail. Buick touted the Skylark's "sports car" features: "Styling is very similar to Buick's present line, except the new bombsight on the front has been recessed into the hood and the trunk lid has a faster slope to the rear. The 'taper-through' fenders, first introduced by Buick a decade ago, are fully cut out to reveal the Italian-made wire racing wheels. "The new rapier-styled sweepspear molding consists of a fine strip of chrome originating on the front fender and curving gently downward to the rear wheel. From this point it sweeps sharply upward, outlining the wheel housing and flowing back to the taillight. A medallion carrying the Buick crest, located on the rear fender in front of the wheel housing, is the only other decoration on the side of the car." The top and its mechanism are both in excellent condition, as is the glass. The dramatic low look of the car is somewhat of a clever mirage, because the "chop" amounts to only three inches, with the beltline following the slope of the fender line. The front seat was lowered so that the seatback sat level with the tops of the doors. The body on this car is all original, which is both unusual and necessary—most of the sheet-metal is exclusive to the Skylark!

Interiors of the first production cars such as this one were done in Helsinki Red leather with narrow vertical pleats, and the upholstery here is like new. The red carpeting, also exceptionally clean, is likewise special: A needlepoint style, vulcanized to a sponge rubber base. The dash retains its specific “3D checkerboard” pattern around all of the original, clean chrome switchgear. Skylarks included power everything: steering, the Delco "Selectronic" radio, brakes, seat, windows and top. There's even an electric antenna controlled by a toggle switch to the left of the steering wheel. The banjo-style steering wheel is excellent with a clean center medallion. You do sit lower here than other cars of the era—you simply feel special in here!

Open the hood and see the new-for-1953 322 cubic inch V8 that would serve Buick as the basis for all of their big power-plants until the widespread use of Chevrolet engines in all GM cars. Rebuilt and purring, the nail-head V8 here runs as well as it looks. Proper finishes are used throughout and what you see here is how the car looked in '53. There's the 12 volt electrical system, four barrel carburetor and many other items not commonly seen for another few years. Buick backed the new V8 with an updated version of its smooth Dynaflow transmission, upgraded for more power handling and better take-off. The unit here is rebuilt and runs fantastically. Drop underneath and you'll find the results of the thorough restoration in the clean floors and frame and the proper use of undercoating and paint. The brakes, shocks and suspension pieces function as they should. The exhaust is well muffled but still announces itself when the engine room is pressed for more power.

As a compact and then as an intermediate, the Skylark lived on. As late as 1972, Buick still issued press releases describing its current "popular intermediate car" as "the namesake of a special, limited production sport convertible built as part of the division's Golden Anniversary celebration." Although there would be additional Skylarks making a name for themselves in later iterations the original stands apart in its reckless excess, gorgeous lines and its exclusivity. The Skylark is one of the finest postwar cars built, and this car is a superb example of its blue chip heritage.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

1952 Willys M38 Military Patrol Jeep - Classic For Sale (Click Here)


Military buffs unite! Here’s a head turner if I’ve ever seen one, and that’s before I got a look at the crazy stuff that came with it! The last of the flatfender Jeeps, these were the closest the public got to the military model. For the builder of this Jeep, though, close wasn’t enough—from the olive drab paint to the decals to the WORKING .50 caliber machine guns up top this is a crowd pleaser from city parades through VFW reunions!

Is this Jeep worth what we're asking? The bidders at Barrett-Jackson apparently think so! A Willys built by the same man in identical condition, with a single .50 caliber gun and NO memorabilia sold on January 16 for $95,000 PLUS buyer's premium! Check it out for yourself—it was lot number 943.1!

How many people can look at one of these vehicles and NOT think of M*A*S*H? They were in every episode so frequently they could have been counted as supporting actors! Besides the obvious resemblance, what do the two have to with one another? Well, there’s a footlocker worth of accessories that goes with the Jeep, and right on top are autographed pictures of stars Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, William Christopher, Gary Burghoff and Jamie Farr! That would be “Hawkeye” Pierce, “Hot Lips” Houlihan, Father Mulcahy, Radar O’Reilly and Klinger! How cool is that?

There’s more stuff in there, too, from WWII era newspapers covering when Congress declared war, the Nazi surrender and others. There’s a case of victory cigarettes, K rations, mess kits, gun oil, a record (LP) by MacArthur about the victory in the Pacific, and more memorabilia stretching all of the way through the Korean War era, and more! That doesn’t even include the stuff in the Jeep—there are jerrycans, a gas mask, grenades (hollow, thankfully) short bayonets, a couple of field radios, helmets, and oh yeah…huge .50 caliber guns! Hoosier Hot-Shot hooked this guy up with simulated fire, ATF approved twin guns that run on compressed oxygen and propane making for a hell of a fire and light show! The guns are fully accessorized with chains of cartridges hanging out of armament boxes!

Designated the M38, Jeeps such as this one were the first postwar redesign, incorporating more power, a heavier duty chassis, a stronger transmission and a host of other improvements. There was still a Willys Go-Devil inline four under the hood, but it now made 60hp and 105lbs/ft. The fuel tank could be filled without removing the driver’s seat and gear ratio changes made for easier driving. The essence of the Jeep, though, remained undistilled.

I looked at this Jeep and was told it was authentic Olive Drab paint, but it didn’t look right. Well, a half hour of digging on the internet turned up more information than I could hope to digest, and I found out there are more standards for Olive Drab than you’d think. For WWII and early Korean war vehicles, this is the CORRECT shade of Olive Drab, and it is definitely different than what was on Vietnam era war vehicles! Now, I don’t know how many gallons of the stuff was used on this Jeep, but it’s everywhere. Obviously the super solid and straight body’s coated in it inside and out, but so is the chassis, all running gear, the motor and drivetrain, the wheels…everywhere! You could ford the Pacific and not rust!

Inside you’ll find restored seats, all functional switchgear (including the one for the fender mounted wailer siren—too cool) and a dash full of reproduction brass plaques displaying gear patterns, transfer case operation, minimum octane requirement (68!) lift points, vehicle data and more. Turn the large kill switch to on, watch the original gauges rise to their correct positions, and hit the foot mounted starter. I don’t think the engine’s taken more than three revolutions to start any time we’ve moved it, and it always settles to a smooth idle. Push in the medium weight clutch, grab hold of the very notchy shifter and take off. The two handles next to the shifter are for the transfer case and front differential disengagement, and both work as designed. New 7.00x16 military tires are at all four corners and on the spare hanger. The ride is as you’d expect from a 1950’s Jeep whose primary mission was off road use, and the all hydraulic brakes function as they should. Time to catch the next transatlantic transport for the Ardun!

Now let’s talk about the guns and the mount. These pieces are hand made by an expert who builds props for Hollywood. They are NOT real .. but definitely look the part. They “fire” using a mixture of bottled propane and bottled oxygen. These “guns” come with a certification from the ATF that they are perfectly acceptable for street use. After all, a puff of air isn’t going to cause any carnage or destruction any time soon.

If you’re a military buff looking for a perfect, original piece that was used in WW II or the Korean War, this one isn’t for you. So please, don’t send us a 50,000 dissertation on exactly how one of these was built in 1943. If you are looking for a cool nostalgia piece or an ultimate car show cruiser, this is it. Between the finish, the running condition and the paraphernalia included you’ll have a blast! Fire it up, stick your best bud on the top guns, and go blazing!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

1950 Chevrolet Styleline Sedan Delivery - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)

Description: Hot rod it or leave it stock? We're not sure how to answer the question either when we look at this very cool '50 Styleline sedan delivery. It's so cool as is, with its original Blue Flame Six and three-on-the-tree we lean towards leaving it as is. Then again, we've seen 502's shoved into early iron with a fat suspension and brake system—likewise it's a cool option. With its Mayland Black exterior and a very nice maroon Ultraleather cabin this unusual wagon would easily fit in with both crowds!

We do like rare classic cars here, and this one qualifies. Chevy cranked out 23,045 sedan deliveries in '50, but compare that to the approximately 1,300,000 vehicles produced overall! Also, since most of them succumbed to an early death due to rust this car wears ALL of its original sheet-metal top and bottom!

Pop the hood and check out the straight six set in its original compartment from a bygone era. The electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts, but that's the extent of the modernization. The original air cleaner covers the original type carburetor, newer spark plugs take spark from the new wire set and screw into the original head. Gray paint and the Blue Flame decal are how the motor was dressed from the factory. There's a new fuel pump in here, too. Matte black paint is used throughout the compartment, the radiator has been re-cored and the master cylinder is freshly rebuilt.

Outside you'll find great original trim over a shiny black paint job. Styleline cars has more trim than their Fleetline bretheren, and it was the only way Chevrolet would sell deliveries. The grille and bumper assemblies are clean originals, as is the rear bumper. The stainless side spears which run from the fender to the door and from the windshield to the rear door on the belt line are refinished originals. The chrome rear fender accents shine as new, as does the fuel filler cap on the driver's side—it was exposed only on the station wagons and sedan deliveries. Vintage Sears/Allstate 6.70x15 wide whitewalls look great, especially here where they're paired with original hubcaps, trim rings and red plastic “crown” valve stem caps. The rear door opens easily and is very light—just what you needed to load a lot of stuff without the extra effort. The hood ornament is just flat-out cool—it's half chrome and half translucent red composite!

Look underneath at the attention given to the car by the resident classic car specialists at Capaldi Enterprises. They rebuilt all four wheels' worth of brakes, replaced the three flexible brake hoses, installed a new clutch inspection cover, replaced the rear main seal and the oil pan and performed a full inspection and adjustment. Once again you're looking at the original floors and frame—this car is 56 years old and is cleaner than most late model cars!

Inside you'll find a pair of very comfortable seats in the front and a LOT of room in the back. The seats and door panels are covered in modern Ultraleather, a new material that feels very close to the real thing but is a bunch easier to maintain and it lasts longer. There's a new gray headliner above the passenger compartment while the rear sides and ceiling are covered in black, commercial grade carpeting. The entire floor from front to back is a heavy-duty thick rubber and padding mat, perfect for easy cleaning and able to take a lot of abuse. The dash features the original gauges which all work as they should. On the steering column you'll find the original steering wheel, the shift lever and Capaldi's last upgrade: Turn signals! Remember that they weren't standard in 1950, and neither was a second taillight! Capaldi fabricated the second tail lamp and wired the car for signals. There's a clean turn signal stalk on the column, right where you'd expect one on a modern car.

Clean, well-sorted and black—this '50 is simply a cool ride. Hot rod it, leave it stock, take it camping or use it as an awesome advertising tool for your hip business! With its fresh tune up, ORIGINAL sheet-metal, excellent running condition, rarity and wild body style this is a multipurpose hauler with class!

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