Thu Nov 14 2013 21:22:58 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This stunning 1964 Dodge 440 is #5 of only five built with a 426 Street Wedge, a 4-speed manual, and precious little else.
It was rediscovered in 2008 and delivered to the RKM Performance Center restoration shop where the beautifully preserved original interior was removed and stored, and the body was carefully stripped of its tired original finish. The original red paint was exactly duplicated in two-stage urethane and applied over the freshly massaged sheetmetal, which now fits better than any factory-made Mopar in history.
Gaps are excellent throughout, the finish is concours quality, and there’s not a mark on the car. All the original trim was reinstalled, which tells you exactly how nice this car really is. A correct date-coded 426 block was located and fully rebuilt to stock specifications and dressed to compete at the highest levels, with proper detailing throughout.
The original 4-speed manual feeds a set of 3.91 gears on a Sure Grip inside an 8.75-inch rear. The chassis was so amazingly well preserved that we did little more than clean it up for show. The car comes with two sets of rolling stock as well, the original 14-inch steel wheels with bias-ply tires as it was new, and a set of 15-inch steelies with radials. We replaced the carpets with correct materials, but otherwise the upholstery, the door panels, the dash, the headliner, and even the package shelf are 100% factory original pieces. The spotless trunk received a correct mat, and we’re pretty sure that’s the original spare tire back there, still wearing an original label.
This isn’t just a cool car, this is a cool car that is completely unmatched by anything else on the market.
Wed Oct 02 2013 16:22:37 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Not a bad start for a project if someone has it in them. $6,100 takes it.
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400.
1967 Pontiac Firebird with a 400 is up for auction. The car runs and drives.
The car was originally green but has been repainted a grey years ago.
It has a newer rebuilt 400 with 455 heads. It also has a healthy cam, GREAT sounding exhaust, electric fuel pump, Edelbrock Intake, Carb, and Air Cleaner. The carb could use just a little more tuning but I drove it over 200 miles and it preformed great once it was warmed up a bit.
It has a new drums the previous owner told me, but under heavy breaking it pulls to the right.
The car also has newer rear tires and NEW front tires mounted on very nice looking Pontiac wheels.
The interior is very good looking. The seats, center console, etc all look very nice driver quality. Someone had cut the dash for an aftermarket radio it appears. That radio isn't in the car. The wipers, heater, fuel guage and horn do not work. All the lights do work though. The trunk floor and d. side floor will need new metal eventually. There are temp, volt, and oil pressure gauges that have been installed. Included is a BRAND NEW headliner in the box!
The frame is SUPER solid! This car would make a great candidate for restoration.
My wife says the car has to go, I've only had it a short time but it's really not her thing.
Wed Oct 02 2013 19:07:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1914 Locomobile Model 48 Speedster.
To be auctioned on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
$150,000 - $200,000.
48.6 ALAM hp, 524.8 cu. in. six-cylinder T-head engine, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and Westinghouse shock absorbers in the front and rear, and rear-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5 in.
Comprehensive restoration by Stone Barn
Best of Show–American Winner at the 2013 Greenwich Concours
A rakish example, properly sorted for speed
Locomobile was once one of the most respected automobile manufacturers in the United States, and it was known for their quality, speed, and engineering. It was originally a manufacturer of steam cars that were somewhat akin to Stanley Steamers, but, in 1902, the firm decided to develop a gasoline-powered automobile and hired Andrew Lawrence Riker. Riker had built his first electric car in his family’s basement at 40-years-old. By 1889, he had established the Riker Electric Vehicle Company, which became one of America’s largest manufacturers of electric automobiles and trucks.
Riker developed both a two- and four-cylinder automobile for Locomobile, with both having a strong manganese bronze block and gear case and a chassis made of heat-treated steel. Every engine was tested before being placed on a chassis, and every chassis was tested for several hundred miles. With a set production of “Four Cars a Day,” it’s not surprising that in a few years Locomobile was boasting, “The Best Built Car in America.”
In 1908, Locomobile proved it was fast as well as reliable, winning the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup race. In 1911, Locomobile introduced a T-head, seven-liter, six-cylinder engine, which evolved into the Model 48. Known as the American Mercedes, the powerful and luxurious Locomobiles were fitted with custom coachbuilt bodies and delivered to such prominent buyers as William Wrigley, William Carnegie, and the Vanderbilt family.
Locomobile suffered financially in the early 1920s depression, and it was unsuccessfully merged with Mercer and Simplex before being bought by Durant in 1922, with limited production continuing until 1929.
This lovely Locomobile Model 48 Speedster was built in Australia by Jack Jeffreys, of Sydney, Australia, in the early 1960s. Built on a 1920 chassis and engine, this Speedster was fashioned to appear as a 1914 example. At that time, the 142-inch chassis was shortened to its present wheelbase of 129.5 inches, the original 27-inch wheels were replaced with 25-inch wheels, as tires were not then available in the original size, and this rakish-looking speedster body was fabricated.
In 1964, the Locomobile was featured on the cover of the May issue of Veteran & Vintage Magazine; a copy of which accompanies the car. Following Jeffreys’ ownership, the car went to the UK in the 1990s, before being acquired by the current North American-based owner in the mid-2000s. In need of some attention at this point, the owner opted to send it to Stone Barn Automobile Restoration, which performed a body-off restoration between 2007 and 2008, including a refinishing of the wood, a concours-quality repaint of the engine and chassis, and the addition of a correct rear spare tire carrier and taillight assembly, which were fabricated using correct pieces that were borrowed from another Model 48. In addition, all pieces that were previously finished in nickel were refinished in brass for the correct factory appearance.
Mechanical work included rebuilding of the clutch and sourcing and installing a number of correct parts, including a Bosch dual two-spark magneto and magneto switch, a generator, headlamps, and a spark plug wire loom. A full basic service was performed, including adjusting the brake and inspecting the engine and transmission internals, which were in proper order. More substantial work included the installation of modern engine seals and the installation of new valves and guides, as well as grinding of the valve seats. The front suspension was rebuilt, including the fabrication of new front hubs and 25-inch front wheels and rims.
With final detailing completed in the past year, the car was shown at several events, starting with Amelia Island in March, the Celebration of Automobiles at Indianapolis in May, and the Greenwich Concours in June, where it won Best of Show–American. The owner, in a display of his confidence of the mechanical performance of the Locomobile, took it around the track at Indy at a speed that approached 70 mph!
This Locomobile is a proper example that has all of the desirable speedster features, including full instrumentation, dual rear-mounted spares, a high cowl with cut-down doors, and a thick leather strap to hold down the bonnet at speed. This lovely example is accompanied by a set of restoration invoices from Stone Barn, as well as the monocle windshield and aluminum belly-pan that had been previously installed. It is ready for a great many historic events, including numerous AACA tours, and it requires only a driver with a leather helmet, gloves, and goggles to demonstrate what it was built for—speed.
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Mon May 13 2013 20:56:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
1967 Mercury S55 Convertible for sale by Significant Cars.
This Exceptional example has had a recent cosmetic restoration including new paint and top. With a known history from new, and having traveled through only a few owners, the provenance and documentation accompanying the car make it a rare find. The car runs and drives without fault and is ready for the show or tour circuit. This is the perfect Gentleman's Muscle Car with handling and ride one finds in a larger chassis, but with the punch necessary to be a real threat off the line!