Upgrades And Answers For Those Who Have Left Comments


 This fine-looking 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air wagon just sold for $24,000 at Kissimmee.  There were many bargains to be had and some very deserving cars brought out the checkbooks for needy collectors.  I deal with the bargains here, because I am trying to show where the average “newbie” can pick something up to make an investment pay off.

 For unknown reasons I am getting a lot of comments on the blog here and I do read them all.  Most get dumped because either the questions or comments are inane or the grammar is hard to follow.  I am deeply sorry if you left a comment and never saw it published it is not that easy to pick the worthy from the unworthy. 

 I was told I was biased.  No explanation over what subject I was biased about.  The entire comment was….”You’re biased”.

 Fact is everyone is biased.  You like chocolate ice cream over vanilla or vice versa you have a bias.  You like corn but not Brussel sprouts you are biased.  So what was meant?  I have no clue other than nothing gets people more defensive than picking on their preferred make of car.  Tell someone a bad thing about a Chevelle and if they are a Chevy guy you nearly come to punches.  Same for the Mustang dudes when you bad mouth them.  And by far the most passionate fans out there are the Mopar people.  They will in the words of Mike Tyson….”Eat your children”.  Not being facetious here, just after spending 40 years around car people has brought some differences to the forefront.  The Hemi guys are the most elitist of the group.  They have the right.  They have earned it.  The Hemi is truly Royalty in collector car circles.

 $8,250 also bought someone this nice 1965 Galaxie 500 convertible with its stock 289 V8 engine.  Putting the big wheels and tires on a classic doesn’t do anything for me but that is the trend today and for the price paid they can afford to put proper tires on the car.  Some kid will buy the rims for something else.  This is tantamount to putting a Chevy mill into a classic Mercury to me and it takes away from what a collector is looking for.

  Another comment tells me I am a “prude”.  Accepted.  I may say I am of my own opinion on many things, but for these Muscle cars I am definitely part of the crowd, because when it comes to maximum return on an investment stock or factory is where the money is. That is the drawback for the custom car guys.  You build a custom for what you like but few people would be of the same mindset as you so your buyer’s pool is smaller and chances of selling at a profit goes down as a result.

Another fine example is this split bumper 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS350.  It sold for a reasonable $19,000.  The rims are not stock, but at least the seller kept style within the time period as far as appearance.  While the Camaro’s from this generation were rolling around with mainly small block 350 engines, over at Pontiac this chassis found the venerable 400 shoved into the Firebird Formula and the beastly 455 was under hood for the Firebird Trans Am.  And as us prudes will tell you…”There ain’t no substitute for cubic inches”. 

A note for anyone who read my pre-Kissimmee piece and saw the red Mustang station wagon….that vehicle sold for $12,000.  That’s less than the value of the “donor” 1968 Mustang it was built on, and with its Cobra engine dress up parts someone got a real nice deal.

 The heartbreaker for me at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee was this 1970 GS455 by Buick.  Numbers matching meaning original engine and transmission and a beautiful restoration and the factory bucket seat interior with just 10 miles on what is a better than new car and she sold for $24,000.  These routinely sell for close to $40,000 in my area and are nowhere near as perfect as this one was.

  Maybe it’s another bias but the “gentleman’s” Muscle Car as these were termed were among the prettiest vehicles ever to come out of Detroit. While they were beasts, they played it down with their unassuming exteriors devoid of stripes, spoilers, and badging.  A sleeper from the factory.  NICE.

 While not a Muscle car by any stretch of anyones imagination this 1971 Volkswagen Karman Ghia sold for $5,750 in all it’s pristine “cuteness”.  For some reason a lot of people who visit this blog are fascinated with a lot of the small European cars.  The Vespa 400 that I posted a photo or two of still gets 20-30 hits a week.  The Messerschmitt is another past photo consistently among the most viewed.

This 1979 Porsche European 928 also sold for a nice $6,500 at Kissimmee. While once again not a Muscle Car, it is more of a collector vehicle than a lot of what some auctions sell as collectibles.  And having driven one of these “Lady Porsches” a few times back when they were being sold new, I can tell you that they flat-out fly, and do so without any really loud attention-getting noise or hysterics.  definitely a car that gets respect for being civilized from me and others.

 Not what I would use for a daily driver but more civilized than anything I would consider.

 Keep reading and sending comments.  It gives me something to write about.  I apologise for being MIA for a few weeks but time has been scarce lately.  Hopefully I can get back on track.

 By the way the “Guess The Interior photo…..”

 The seatbelts should have given the clue that it was a GM car, while the steering wheel should have further told you Pontiac or Oldsmobile.  The wing vent windows should have further helped. As well as the window cranks.  Final narrowing it down clue would probably be the round inset triple dash gauges.

 It was a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible…400 CID and it was a 4 speed floor shift.

Davey Boy

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