Saturday, January 20, 2007
This Torino was specifically built for Bobby Unser to use at Pikes Peak and it set a record in 1969 that held for 7 years! It still has the Boss 429 engine under the hood and is exactly as it was when raced. After running it was put in the Pikes Peak museum for several years then was shipped back to Bill Stroppe and stored away for several more years. It has remained untouched and original, right down to the original paint, motor, and even the Good Year Pikes Peak special tires are with the car!
Also an odd historical note, the 69 full race Torino Talladaga's had Boss 429 engines, but none of the publicly available Torino Talladaga's came with a Boss 429, they were instead fitted with thte 428 CJ, not as powerful... sad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Torino_Talladega
This car was gifted with a Boss 429 that Smokey Yunick built, and when Unser wasn't satisfied with the gears in the axle, he had a new set made, that cost $35,000 alone. Bunkie Knudsen was running the operation to win at Pikes Peak, and money wasn't a problem, Knudsen told Unser anything it takes, win. No matter what.
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2006/11/beautiful-amx-3.html#links for many more pictures far better than this one... but with a car this rare (only 1 of 5 AMX3's, and the only one in a magazine, and the only one that was painted yellow... I'll post all the pics I ever see of this, for me, for you, for posterity)
10.5 to 1 compression was advertised as Ultra-High-Compression!
Type -- Ultra-High-Compression V-8
Horsepower -- 345 @ 4600
R.P.M.Torque -- 440 lb.-ft. @ 2800
R.P.M.Displacement -- 394 cubic inches
Bore -- 4 1/8"Stroke -- 3 11/16"
Compression Ratio -- 10.5 to 1
Sorry about the poor resolution of the photo.
1971 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER, PLYMOUTH: 1971 Road Runner--If you are a Nascar fan, this is the car for you! Once owned by Petty Enterprises, comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Richard Petty himself. This car has been fully restored with a Dick-Landy-built dry sump. Complete with decals purchased from Motor Sports Design. Featured in Hot Rod Magazine and Mopar Muscle.
$94,600 vs $104,500 thou
Friday, January 19, 2007
http://www.carofthecentury.com/ for a incrdible website on Harley Earl
http://www.sweetchariots.com/ for a better write up
http://www.damonent.com/history.htm for a little Motorama history, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Club_de_Mer for a little bit on the full size concept car
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,891711,00.html for a 1956 timeline
There will not be another 79 Oldsmobile getting that bid. No 3 other Olsmobiles in the 2nd hald of the 70's will fetch that price. I think this was another investment buy. Makes no sense though, for 65 thou a lot of muscle cars would go home with a buyer and appreciate at 30-40 percent annually, not this car, I doubt anyone besides this buyer will shell out that much for it. I dig the license plates... LV79HO
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2006/12/von-dutch-great-artist.html#links is where I went into detail, and will explain what it is, but get this... it was auctioned off for 34 thou last may by RM auctions, and now that person took a loss of 6 thou becuase they got greedy and wanted it just for the profit potential, they only got 28,750 on Jan 19, 2007 Barrett Jackson auction. The irony is that Von Dutch painted this (by one account) as an example of how rich people are foolish, and now this bird has come home to roost for the seller who takes a loss of 6 thou.
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=682 500 cu in stroker, went for 72 thou
Seriously? That's 1/2 the sale price of a couple of the prime restored muscle cars you'll read about in the next couple of postings. This is a 600 hp monster, that isn't in need of a restorations carefull detailing... and a magazine cover car to boot!
Suprised the hell out of me, one went up for auction at Barrett Jackson and they didn't promote it... wow, missed chance there to spread the word. I'll be looking through the magazines to see how many were at the auction and noticed this rarity
Went for 48 thou.
"This particular package was a joint effort by Ford and Autocraft of Dearborn, MI. The option was not shown on the build sheet or Ford window sticker because the conversion was done after assembly. It was a "Blossom-Time" sales promotion offered only during April 1969 to certain Michigan dealers. Documented by 2 different magazine articles, it is still un-certain exactly how many were done. This one is believed to be the only one in "Meadowlark Yellow". This one was built April 16, 1969 and delivered to Jack Dykstra Ford in Lansing, MI."
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=362.1 69 GTX that looks really good only took 34 thou
A 70 Challenger with 440 six pack, 4 speed, one owner before the auction restoration http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=90
A 70 Road runner with 383 now goes for 71 thou if you blow 30 to 40 thou on a restoration. Amazing. http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=75 Not worth the work of redoing the photo here though.
a 68 Coronet R/T convertible for 68 thou http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=103
a AMC Hurst SC / Rambler for 49.5 thou http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=60
a 70 Torino Cobra fastback with 429 CJ for 47 thou http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=69
An AAR 'Cuda for 103 thou http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=73
But strangely this 67 Torino with a c6 and 390 only went for 13 thou http://www.barrett-jackson.com/carlist/cardetails.asp?In_AuctionID=221&In_LotNumber=329.1
Sunday, January 14, 2007
2) Ram air induction good for an extra 10-15 horsepower, without paying a dime.
3) Bitching hoodscoops. Nothing catches my eye like duals on the hood. The fiberglass lift off on the 69 Superbee, with hoodpins.... frosting on the devils food. Nobody made better looking or bigger hoodscoops.
4) Pistol grip shifter.
5) Dana 60 was the mother of all rear axles. Never heard of one broken from too much abuse or power.
6) Wheel wells big enough for 295-50-15's. Try that on a 69 Camaro. Not gonna happen.
7)Tic toc tach. Beauty. Wish someone made a good quality watch with that face.