1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible-The “Survivor Platform Car”

In recent years the word “survivor” has gradually entered the collector car lexicon as a way of describing a well-preserved, original, unrestored vehicle. “Survivor,” in context, is also a trademark registered to Bloomington Gold founder David Burroughs. And in 1989, this Marlboro Maroon 1967 427 convertible became Burroughs’s benchmark for establishing standards for the Bloomington Gold Survivor Award.

For years, Burroughs had encouraged the owners of original Corvettes to forego restoration and preserve their originality, even searching out and buying Read More

1954 Mercury XM-800 Dream Car


In the 1950s, concept cars-often referred to as Dream Machines-were built to test new ideas. For 1954, Ford Motor Company fielded two new entries in the show circuit: a sporty little two-seater called the Thunderbird and a full-size two-door hard top produced under the Mercury banner and called the XM-800. Ford’s head of design, George Walker, sent this project to the Mercury Pre-Production Design Studios, which was headed up by John Najjar.

Initial designs for the XM-800 used sweeping lines Read More

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 Prototype

It’s quite possible the Z16 was the first Chevrolet product to be powered by the legendary big-block, beating its counterparts by a few weeks

The early success of other GM division big-block cars pushed Chevrolet to pump up the power in its 1965 Chevelle in a big way, stuffing the smallish mid-sized mainstay with the hairiest 396 available-the 375-horsepower Z16. With only 200 coupes and one convertible slated for the market, Read More

1964 Ford Thunderbolt – Galaxie Lightweight

Thunderbolts were designed for high-profile Factory Experimental and Super Stock classes; Galaxie Lightweights targeted regional Stock-class competition


In March 1963, General Motors dropped a bombshell by banning factory support of auto racing. Ironically, just one month later, Ford Vice President Lee Iacocca issued a press release that read, in part:

“Our attitude is based on three points:

  • We believe that performance events-whether they be races, road rallies, Read More

1963 Pontiac Super Duty LeMans Coupe

Imagine if an unknown Van Gogh was discovered on eBay. In the musclecar community, the discovery of this Super Duty is no less stunning


By the late 1950s, the horsepower race was on, and stock-bodied racing was the perfect place for Detroit to display its latest engineering feats. Pontiac was the car to beat, both in NASCAR and USAC stock car racing, and in NHRA drags. But by the Read More

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The aluminum heads had intakes that could swallow a tennis ball, which was great for 200-mph laps around Daytona


In 1969, Ford introduced a limited-production model to the Mustang line. This addition was the Boss 429. It was the most powerful Mustang, and the name referred to its 429-ci engine, which was built in response to Chrysler’s 426-ci Hemi and its success in NASCAR.

Named after stylist Larry Shinoda’s Read More