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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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Saturday, August 22, 2009

1950 Chevrolet 3100 ZZ502 V8 - Classic Truck For Sale (Click Here)

Best of Show proudly offers one of the finest custom trucks on the planet: This ’50 Chevy’s only been show four times but it picked up nine awards and four magazine appearances! Here’s an overview: This 3100 series half ton pickup boasts subtle modifications throughout, 502 Chevy power, independent front and C4 Corvette rear suspensions. Hot enough? No expenses were spared over the four year period Streetmetal Fabrication had it and the final result speaks for itself!

Nicknamed "Show Tie" (playing off of the famous Chevrolet bow tie emblem) this show truck is more than a cute name. This five-window truck took four years to complete to the highest of standards using only the finest materials and components. Renowned builder Don Jacks and his crew poured their talents into this truck to make it one of the finest ever built!

Start underneath. Don spec’d out a custom built Fatman Fabrications frame and their Mustang II front suspension for precise steering. The C4 Corvette independent rear with polished halfshafts out back endows the car with considerably more handling prowess than GM ever dreamed of for their utility vehicle. Baer brakes front and the stock Corvette binders rear work with a Summit chrome master cylinder and booster for stopping power. There’s a Doc’s Stainless custom fuel tank, a polished aluminum driveshaft, a trick battery box and all stainless steel lines underneath. With a vehicle of this caliber it’s obvious to state the bottom’s as nice as the top!

The cost to construct this truly one of a kind masterpiece was just shy of $200,000, and experts who have viewed it agree it is the best of the best. Having appeared in only major shows since finished in October 07, it won the Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece and Rod & Custom Magazine’s Top Ten in 2007. At the ISCA World of Wheels in Atlanta, it won Classic Truck Magazine’s "Smooth & In the Groove" award, Best in Class, and Best Truck of Show. At the Richmond, VA, 2008 Super Chevy Show it was crowned Super Chevy Magazine Editors Choice, as well as Best in Class and Best Truck of Show. Its last appearance was at the Goodguys Southeast Nationals where it was the Trick Truck Corral top pick.

If THAT isn’t enough, Rod & Custom and Street Rod Builder showed the truck in their April ’08 issues, it was in the ISCA Show Stopper Winter ’08 edition and in Goodguys Gazette in April ’09!

Coated in super high quality Spies Hecker 2004 Ford Silver Metallic, the custom bodywork is extensive yet subtle. Modifications to the cab, hood, front and rear fenders, running boards, splash guards, front apron, the roll pan and the custom made steel bed floor look so right you’d need to see this truck next to a stocker to spot most of the changes! If you took a stock truck, smoothed everything and sprayed it in a liquid silver you’d have this one. Polished American Racing Torq Thrust II’s, 18x7 front and 20x8 rear, wear Goodyear 245/45 and 245/50 tires, respectively. The bumpers were shortened, recontoured and tucked into the body. Take one look or a thousand and you’ll see more detail!

Your underhood view is dominated by the super trick air cleaner setup which matches the grille. Underneath that you’ll find a GMPP 502/502 crate engine with a March serpentine pulley system, a NASCAR-spec AFCO cross flow radiator, Sanderson headers, an Edelbrock 750 CFM carb, Mallory ignition components, and an MSD starter. The paintwork in here obviously matches the exterior, as does the craftsmanship shown in the custom firewall, inner fenders and more. Breathing through the Streetmetal-built exhaust this is a tough sounding, hard running truck!

The 1947 Chevrolet pickup design had been in the works in Harley Earl's GM Styling Section since at least 1942. Harley J. Earl was GM's first vice president of design and the undisputed trend leader in American vehicle design. Chevrolet's truck engineers, under the direction of John G. Wood, made the all-steel cab wider by having the body sides overhang the frame rails. This moved the doors outward several inches so that their outer surfaces came down almost parallel with the perimeter of the running boards. As a result, three adults could indeed sit side by side in the cab. The overall shape and detailing were thoroughly modern at the time: They looked surprisingly simple, yet these trucks had a rugged elegance that was wholly without precedent.

The red leather interior is again full of small touches which add up to an amazing picture. The stock appearing dash was hand made by Streetmetal Fabrication and filled with gauges by Classic Instruments and controls for the Vintage Air climate control system. A Flaming River “waterfall” steering wheel sits atop an Ididit chrome tilt column. A complete Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with an Alpine amp supplies the tunes. The soft trim was handled by well known stitch master Paul Atkins of Alabama. He supplied the custom seat, door panels, headliner, carpet, door handles and more. Like the exterior you almost need a stock truck next to this one just to spot the differences!

Classic silver over red, untouchable craftsmanship, big power and a proven show winning track record, this custom 1950 Chevrolet, “Showtie”, is THE custom truck to have!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

1935 Bentley 3.5 Ltr Park Ward Sport Saloon - Antique Car For Sale (Click Here)


Bentley 3.5 Litre Park Ward Sport Saloon - 1935

Story of this Antique Car For Sale:
You are looking at a very rare 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Park Ward Sport Saloon with sliding sunshine roof. It is original as delivered to Sir P.M. Stewart on March 18, 1935: chassis #B68DG, engine #R2BL with highly sought after "Park Ward" Body # C. 793. A more attractive and sporty pre-WWII vehicle than this would be extremely difficult to locate.

Interior comes with plush leather seats, fancy wood dashboard (with all factory original instruments) fancy garnish moldings on doors. Rare original and correct Lucas headlights, sidelights, taillights and horns. Complete deluxe package including original Bentley "Flying B" mascot, optional luggage rack and spare tire cover. Also comes with the original under hood tools: jack, socket wrench and knockoff hammer, as well as the original owner's manual, hand starter and knockoff wrench. The engine runs as smooth as when it rolled off the Derby, England assembly line. The 4 spd manual gearbox and clutch are in very good condition. Aluminum body work, fenders and paint in excellent condition. Front seat leather also in excellent condition. Remainder of interior good original, carpets showing wear. Car is as close to original as you will find for pre-WWII Bentleys. Very authentic. These limited production classics were a staple of European gentry. Original build sheet and specs of the Park Ward coachwork are included in photo section.

Have stacks of paperwork, including service history, shipping, owners, license records, even some of the original letters written between early owners and the Bentley Company, etc.

Model History
Total production of all Bentley 3 1/2 Litre cars was 1,191 units from 1933-1939. The 3 1/2 Litre has a 6 cylinder ohv engine with two carburetors, a four speed gearbox and servo assisted mechanical brakes. The 1935 3 1/2 Litre Bentley had quite remarkable performance for its year with a top speed of 95 mph with Park Ward Sport Saloon body. This particular vehicle being listed had a well known first owner, P.M. Stewart of the London Brick Company, the largest brick manufacturer in the world (it's said 25% of the homes in Britain were constructed of London Brick). A couple of years after purchasing this car P.M. Stewart became Sir P.M. Stewart a first baronet.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

1949 Mercury Custom Roadster 350 V8 - - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


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One of the greatest cruiser bodies of all time, the ’49 Mercury stands head and shoulders above its contemporaries. About the only cooler way to go than a chopped top is a drop top like the one you see here: A bright tangerine custom with a white top and interior, wide whites, wire wheels—this is the car to cruise the Miracle Mile!

You have to start outside with this dropped cruiser. The stance is just right; far from stock yet high enough to clear all obstacles. Up front you’ll find original, re-chromed headlight bezels, the mammoth toothed grille and a re-chromed bumper. New headlights hide under their hoods while classic pin-striping rides on the edges of the hood and fenders. Clean windshield trim surrounds the new glass, framed left and right by dual old school spotlights. The side profile is amazing with the faux lake pipes at the bottom, fender skirts out back and the long, low profile mere inches from the ground. While much of the trim has been shaved the door/quarter panel spears, fuel door surround and hood “vents” were kept for character. The car looks fantastic with the new white top up, and especially great with the top down! Shaved wide whitewall radial tires on chrome wires with spinner center caps complete the exterior—is there a more classic look?

Open the solid doors and get in. You’re treated to wall-to-wall pearl white vinyl, typical in feel and pattern for 1960’s hot rods. The body color dash holds more pin-striping and a brace of VDO gauges and the requisite tissue dispenser. Of course, dispensing tissues loses its appeal after a while, but the hidden Clarion CD player behind won’t! A GM tilt column sports custom billet knobs and stalks and is topped by the white steering wheel with its bow tie shaped center ring. The carpeting is done in orange with white piping, again in the classic hot rod tradition. Custom door panels in white with orange carpeting at the bottoms hold the power window switches; the original, re-chromed door tops are back in place. There’s plenty of room to spread out on the dual power front seats, there are flip-out cup holders in the armrest, and the big back seat is good for full size adults. Open the trunk and see the interior styling found its way in—orange carpeting, white side trim and even a white spare tire carrier are back here! Quality rods like this one stand out by their attention to detail!

Underneath you’ll find clean sheet-metal covered in undercoating. There’s a ’72 Nova front end with disc brakes, a rebuilt turbo 350 transmission, a new exhaust system with glass-packs, new brake hardware, fresh fuel system components and, of course, orange neon. It’s not much to look at, but (a) it’ll protect the floor-pans and deaden sound wherever you go and (b) the car sits so low you can’t see underneath anyway!

Open the hood and check out the docile Chevrolet 350 inside. There’s a nice burble from the exhaust at idle, and there’s plenty of torque, but it’s no race car—this is a vehicle to be seen in, after all. Edelbrock valve covers and a polished aluminum air cleaner dominate your initial view until you refocus on the polished stainless firewall and radiator covers. Flexible chromed hose covers and finned spark plug covers add sparkle and look period correct. There’s a Professional Products polished intake manifold and Edelbrock carb setup for fuel and a Mallory distributor and Taylor wire-set for spark. The battery’s moved to the trunk, there’s an electric pusher fan up front to keep the temps down and a new brake booster and master cylinder on the firewall for sure stops. All wiring is hidden, further enhancing the car’s clean look. Some flash, adequate go power and a nostalgic feel? Superb!

Ready for a heavyweight boulevard bruiser? This one gets it done with solid equipment, a super cool tangerine pearl paint job and a big time old school vibe. Some customs are built to look at, some are built for reliability over all else, and some hot rods, like this one, are meant for both. Hot in their day, cool as custom cars in the 60’s and a rare sight today these monster Mercs are hall of fame rods!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1941 Willys Custom Coupe (Blown) 468 CI Chevy, Dual Quads - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)

Description: Here's a heck of a sale ad: '41 Willys coupe, screaming red, 8-71 blown Rat, sorted chassis and a plush interior. That ought to be enough to convince anyone! Read on, though, if you're one of those tough customers—you won't be disappointed!

Start with the PPG Flame Red job on the Outlaw body. Miles deep and arrow straight this car looks like it needs a speeding ticket while standing still. There's a contrasting turquoise pinstripe running down the sides, reproduction Willys badges on the fenders, and not much else. Of course, that's kinda discounting the HUGE BDS hood scoop and dual polished Holleys poking through the hood and the bright polished Weld Rodlites at all four corners, but we'll get to that. The grille and headlights are reproduction pieces up front and reproduction taillights out back. Todd Saunders smoothed, gapped and painted the panels with extreme precision. 15x6" Front runners wearing 7.50x27x15 M/T Sportsmans up front do the guiding while 21.5x33x15 Sportsman Pros on 15x10" wheels provide forward bite. This is a HOT car with just the right stance!

Pop the hood and set the prop rod—you'll want time to digest that 468ci Chevy engine, dressed to the nines and sporting the massive BDS blower. Dished, forged pistons swing on reconditioned factory rods and a factory steel crank while a Comp Cams Xtreme Energy bumpstick operates the valves. Ported and polished heads wear polished billet valve covers while billet pulleys and polished brackets add sparkle. Cooling duties are handled by the polished aluminum radiator mounted horizontally under the cabin with integrated thermostat controller for the electric fan and a high flow water pump up front. Taylor wires in billet brackets grab electrons from the Mallory distributor and MSD 6AL box. Dual 750 Holleys up top mix the fuel, a modified TH400 transmission with a TCI converter and trans brake handle motive forces and block hugger headers and 3" pipes take care of the exhaust. No dyno sheets exist for the car, but it doesn't take too big of an imagination to see this is a 650+hp car!

Underneath, the high quality, smoothed Outlaw frame hosts plenty of top shelf components. An Outlaw IFS front setup wears Aldan coil-overs and GM discs and a Mustang II rack and pinion setup. Power flows down a custom driveshaft to the narrowed, built and 4 link suspended Ford 9" with 3.50 gears out back. Another pair of Aldans are here, along with a set of Aerospace Components billet calipers and brake discs. The floor pans were treated the same as the topside with smooth red paint everywhere. Side exit exhaust pipes will go unnoticed by anyone...but on a car like this, isn't that the point?

Stichmasters at Portage Trim in Ravenna, OH stitched up the high class taupe leather interior from headliner to carpet. '97 Viper seats are far more supportive than traditional 'rod seats, Auto Meter Pro Comp Ultra Lites in the dash and one off center console give you information on everything from fuel level to boost pressure while custom molded door panels match the headliner. High quality leather covers the seats, the door panels with integrated armrests, the firewall and the rest of the passenger compartment. An Ididit tilt column painted Flame Red holds a Billet Specialties polished aluminum and matching leather wheel along with Auto Meter shift lights; Lokar pedals and shifter do what they do on the floor and in the console. A modern Chrysler twin map light dome light is in the ceiling, and there's a modern Mopar radio in the Outlaw dash—what other brand would do other than the company who owns the rights to the Willys name?

The trunk's just as nice with matching carpeting and a leather accent covering the 15 gallon fuel cell between the tubs mimicking the headliner. The battery has a nice leather cover, too—no tricks missed here!

Massive power, attitude for miles, fit and finish second to none all wrapped up in the classic Willys shape—this is wild, world class car! Not weighed down by "me too" or trendy components this is a 'rod that'll stand the test of time as well as it'll turn heads!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

1941 Lincoln Continental 292 V12 - Collector Car For Sale (Click Here)

The words Edsel and styling rarely appear together without prompting memories of the car that proved an embarrassment to Ford Motor Company almost three decades ago. But Edsel, as in former company president Edsel Ford, was responsible for one of the most revered automotive designs of all time: the timeless 1940-1941 Lincoln Continental. From the moment it appeared it was a car that turned heads and made people eager to part with lots of money just to own one. Today, nearly seventy years later, it still does. In its original and highly unusual Paradise Green this classic of classics is a 99 point LCOC showstopper and a recipient of the Lincoln Trophy in its only time in national competition!

The Lincoln Trophy is given to the finest Primary Class car in attendance at Lincoln and Continental Owners Club meets, across all classes. Its score was 99%--the final point was a deduction for the period correct Edelbrock intake manifold and dual carb setup!

The current owner, Robert DiCarlo, purchased the car in June of 1974—that’s long term ownership! He paid the at-the-time decent sum of $2950 for the car, which would have still gotten you a new car then. Even then there was an appreciation for this classic!

Edsel dreamed of making Lincoln the best car in the world. Blessed with an unerring sense of style, he was enamored with the look of certain European cars, with long hoods and fenders, narrow grilles, and other elements he thought of as "continental." In 1938 he commissioned a special custom convertible incorporating such traits, based on the production Lincoln Zephyr. Built with the assistance of E. T. "Bob" Gregorie, the young head of Ford Motor Company's design department, it was delivered to Palm Beach, Florida, where Edsel used it on his annual winter vacation. It immediately attracted inquiries from over 250 people as to when it might be offered for sale. Encouraged by this response, Edsel okayed a production version as an addition to the 1940 Zephyr line, and his personal car reached Lincoln showrooms with only minimal changes.

Bob drove the car sparingly for the better part of two decades before deciding on the full-bore restoration which would take the better part of 10 years. After fully disassembling the car they found no more than three very small rust holes in the driver side rear fenderwell—can you imagine any car from the golden era surviving so well??? The car had worn a black coat of paint for decades but the Paradise Green poked through in several places. Every part was removed from the car, inspected, refinished and set aside for reassembly. The body received weeks worth of attention to get it just right before the mechanicals rejoined the party. Both front and rear suspensions were taken completely apart, rebuilt and refinished, as were the brakes. The 292ci, 120 horsepower V12 engine was taken apart, rebuilt, detailed and reinstalled with the rebuilt transmission and a new clutch. With nearly two tons of car and a softly calibrated suspension this car drives as well as it looks!

Outside every piece of trim and chrome are perfectly restored and look amazing next to the brilliant green paint. New, correctly sized whitewall tires are in place on the original rims with restored hubcaps. Gaps are better than new, as is the glass. The waterfall grille is nearly perfect and is far and away the showstopper up front. The spare tire, mounted “in a continental fashion,” highlights the rear and is a direct result of Edsel’s wishes. We have the judging sheets—the LCOC noted NO demerits!

Think "classic," and one of the collector cars you're likely to envision is the original 1941 Lincoln Continental. Dozens of other models have been assigned that designation by the Classic Car Club of America, of course, but nearly all are from the 1920s and '30s. They’ve earned—and deserve—full classic status on the basis of their trend-setting, timeless design.

Inside you’re treated to one of the nicest and best looking interiors ever installed in a production automobile. Art Deco touches are everywhere from the cascading design of the dash to the shapes and feel of the gauges and switchgear. The upholstery was replaced from top to bottom, and the kit alone was nearly $10,000. Originally equipped with a gray mohair and maroon leather scheme Robert decided on this beautiful two-tone green as it matches the exterior so well. We have a copy of the build sheet from the Henry Ford Museum that shows the options—it’s fantastic such a record exists! Everything works as it should—again, no demerits.

Under the long hood is the elegant and smooth V12 engine, as detailed and clean as the rest of the car. You’re immediately drawn to the long, polished heads, matching polished Edelbrock manifold and the spark plug wires sprouting from their mounts. While a stock intake manifold isn’t difficult to come by, the stock air cleaner is, and the correct one comes with the car if the new owner chooses to go for 100-point correctness. Personally we’d take the 1 point deduction and have the cool setup! Finishes in here are as crisp as the rest of the car and the motor fires to life immediately and without issue.

We have a number of restoration receipts which total more than $50,000 in parts and labor. That was nearly 10 years ago, at rates only a craftsman offers after hours in his own workshop! Also present is an owner history which dates back to the mid 60’s, not to mention the Judging Sheets from its only national outing.

Lincoln also offered an attractive regular convertible, but only the Continental deserves to stand among the finest automotive designs of the Twentieth Century. The Continental was featured in The Museum of Modern Art's Famous 1951 exhibition “8 Automobiles.” It is now recognized as a true icon of American automotive design. Only 850 coupes like this stunning example were built in ’41, and this is certainly among the best in the world, then and now!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

1937 Ford Custom Roadster 350 LT1 V8 - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


And now for something completely different, and cool! This award winning ’37 Ford sports a sleek removable hardtop, fuel injected LT1 power and impeccable detailing all thanks to its pro build—read on for details on this classic hot rod for sale.

Bond’s Rod Shop in Olive Hill, KY, built the car from the OZE body up, and the results are stunning. This car’s finished everywhere in PPG’s Radiance Collection Inferno Red and Corvette Beige—and we mean everywhere! Red not only beautifies the outer body, it also coats the chassis, floor pans, suspension and drive train. The two colors together find themselves inside every compartment as if the body is translucent and you’re looking at the outside—it’s correct down to the pin striping! The removable top is done as well as the rest of the body, which is saying something considering how straight the panels are. Reproduction headlights flank the cool billet grille up front for a punch of shine on the otherwise dichromatic wrapper. It’s an understatement to call the paint scheme well thought out, as it won the "2005 PPG Outstanding Use of Color Award" which is given to the vehicles that best demonstrate outstanding use of color, design, gloss, and execution of the paint job at the 2005 Street Rod Nationals in Louisville!

Open the hood the find the highly detailed and tune port injected 350ci mill. That’s a custom fabbed intake cover on top, and it’s color matched to the body for a subtle look. Billet pulleys and accessories on the serpentine belt system are all polished in true street rod fashion. The hood hinges are billet as are the caps on the polished aluminum reservoirs. There’s not much else to see is everything that could be tucked away, has been! Check out the paint in the engine compartment, too—how slick is that??

Check out the super detailed chassis. The Williams Street Rod Shop chassis hosts an Air Ride Technologies suspension at all four corners, an independent front suspension up front and a 9” hung on a four link out back. There are disc brakes run by a power booster at all four corners, rack and pinion steering with power assist up front and a rebuilt, modern 4L60E overdrive automatic transmission in the tunnel. New fuel lines run from the stainless steel tank out back to the motor while more stainless lines carry brake fluid. Shorty headers feed a 2.5” dual exhaust system with Flowmaster Super 44’s and stainless tips give off a great sound that’s just right. Power hits the ground thanks to chrome plated American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels wrapped in 195/50ZR16 front and 295/45ZR18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires on the rear. With the overdrive transmission and the 3.55 gears out back this rod is at home on the highway as it is on the show field!

Pop open either suicide door with the included remote and have a seat. You’re sitting on super high tech Ultraleather surfaces, which look and feel exactly like leather but cleans up like vinyl. That’s the PERFECT combination with the light cream upholstery, and anyone who’s tried to clean white leather knows what we’re talking about! High end builders fill the interiors for private jets and yachts from the stuff, so don’t think this is low rent material! Creature comforts abound from the Kenwood CD player in the dash to a complete Vintage Air heat and A/C combination unit to power windows to the tilt wheel. A pair of Classic Instruments gauge pods give you all the information you need, the Lokar shifter and pedal set and Billet Specialties steering wheel offer control with comfort for your inputs and the reclining seats ensure your comfort. The upper door panels and dashboard continue the paint scheme inside, and the cream upholstery looks fantastic next to it. The glass is excellent, new and scratch free. The rear panel holds a pair of 6.5” speakers in custom grilles allowing plenty of sound with style. There’s a full headliner above which matches the carpet below—this is a world class interior in a world class ‘rod. Best yet, the interior looks even more impressive with the top off!

With its award winning finish, modern mechanicals and attention to detail this is a true show and go ride! Beautiful with its top on or off this ’37 stands out!

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

1934 Pontiac Custom Coupe Steel 5 Window Coupe - Hot Rod For Sale (Click Here)


Tired of the same old rods? Wish for something classic yet radically different? Check this one out—a REAL STEEL, original ’34 Pontiac five-window coupe with a turbocharged 350! If that doesn’t make you pause we don’t know what will!

Originally a successful ISCA show classic car dating back to the 1970’s, a frame up rebuild was commissioned in 2000, at a cost of $100K +! During the rebuild, a new balanced and blueprinted Chevy 350 V8 was installed by Mike Evans Precision Head and Block of Taft, FL, with extensive use of chromed, polished stainless steel and billet aluminum parts. The REAL star of the show, though, is the Turbonetics Evolution turbocharger with its ceramic coated plumbing and chromed exhaust. It sits to the right of the intake and is a draw through unit. The turbo was rebuilt and ceramic coated, as were the manifolds. The exhaust pipe was chromed, which is interesting. It runs right through the front fender, though—that’s MORE interesting!

The all steel 1934 Pontiac Coupe (five window) body retains most of its original appearance with the exception of a full steel top (the original used an open top, wood framed center sections) and conversion of the rumble seat into a conventional trunk which is opened by an electric remote. The door handles were shaved are and are now opened remotely. The remaining chrome trim was polished or re-plated by Space Coast Plating in Melbourne, FL. Side hood panels have been deleted to allow a clear view of the spectacular engine compartment which is mirrored in the polished stainless steel firewall insert. The striking waterfall chromed grille with the vertical bars is topped by the original art deco style Pontiac Indian Head hood ornament and bracketed by chromed headlight buckets with chromed external horns. Chromed cowl lights now contain the directional signals. After all steel panels were massaged into place, a brilliant application House of Kolors three stage Turquoise, topped with two coats of House of Kolors Blue Pearl paint, was performed by Paul Metz of Metz Rod and Custom in Eustis, Florida. Silver and Grey pinstripes accent the upper beltline.

The extensively modified ladder frame and underside of the vehicle have been painted in the same Turquoise color used on the exterior without the pearlescent topcoat. A GM-style front clip provides independent front suspension with Saginaw steering and front disk brakes. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a chromed driveshaft from the B&M Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission with chromed pan and Lokar shifter through a sophisticated Jaguar Independent Rear Suspension with inboard Girling style brakes and plated or polished links and coil over shocks. Updates were completed by Jerry Mishler of Sebring, FL, who’s known for such talents.

The interior now features a revised dash treatment with Dakota digital gauges, including a turbo boost gauge. The chrome tilt steering column is topped by a billet steering wheel, which fits in well with all the other billet accessories. Howard Krusey of Complete Auto Upholstery in Altamonte Springs completed the interior accommodations, which consists of alabaster leather and suede. Krusey also constructed the overhead stereo console and installed the Alpine AM/FM CD player which is boosted by a 200 watt amp playing through six speakers. You’ll be comfortable in here!

Street rods are a popular segment in the collector car market and tend to conform to a set standard or formula. Most are early Fords with small block Chevy engines and modernized chassis, brakes, and suspensions. The upper tier of street rods contains vehicles the deviate from the standard with unique features and imaginative engineering. Factors that make a vehicle stand out from the crowd include the attractive art deco style of the 1934 Pontiac, the seldom-seen turbocharging on the Chevy 350 and the exotic design of the Jaguar Independent Rear Suspension. Workmanship, attention to detail and quality of the components is excellent throughout. If you’re looking for a very cool car that will set you apart from the crowd, give us a call!

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