1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible

  • Top-of-the-line 427/435 convertible finished in Marina Blue over Bright Blue
  • Highly optioned with desirable cast-aluminum bolt-on wheels, hard top, F41 suspension and off-road exhaust
  • Well-documented chain of ownership dating back to 1967
  • Bloomington Gold Certified, Survivor, Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight Award Winner
  • Exceptionally well-preserved, unrestored example with original Protect-O-Plate. Among the finest examples known to exist.

Three Best Buys From Monterey

Usually, getting a good buy at one of the Monterey Car Week auctions is just as likely as having no traffic on California 68 between Monterey and Salinas on Friday morning.

Yet it does happen. The following three cars — at three different venues — represent good buys for the money spent. Unlike my usual Cheap Thrills tendencies, two of the three are in upper-middle-class money, proving that a good buy doesn’t always translate into debit-card money.

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1901 Oldsmobile Model R “Curved Dash” Runabout

  • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection
  • Owned by only two families since new
  • Wonderful preservation throughout, including paint and upholstery
  • Dated as a 1901 by the Veteran Motor Car Club of Great Britain
  • Ideal for the Antique Automobile Club of America Historic Preservation of Original Features class

This iconic, instantly recognizable Curved Dash Oldsmobile has the significance of having had perhaps the youngest original owner of any of its brethren. Indiana resident Victor F. Hitz, attending the Read More

The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal

It didn’t take long for the Army’s quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car to catch the fancy of the American soldier during World War II — and of the American public in general.

The Jeep as made by Ford (GPW) and Willys (MB) was often an object of desire for when the war would be over.

Willys began experimenting with a post-war civilian Jeep in secret — as much from the government as the industry — as early as 1944. Prototypes were Read More

1943 International Harvester M5 Half-Track

  • Used during the Allied liberation of Europe, most likely with the Polish forces
  • Subsequently seconded to the French Army, which stationed it in French Guyana, South America, for decades
    Brought back to France during the 1980s and sold to Belgian collector and Supreme Court Judge Mr. Louis Amerijckx, who stored it in the grounds of his chateau
  • Acquired from Mr. Amerijckx by Ivo Rigter in 1987 and treated to a 2,500-hour, chassis-up restoration over the next 27 years
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Sifting the Auctions for Hidden Gems

The old saying of “Can’t see the forest for the trees” also applies to good deals at the Monterey Car Week auctions.

Despite auction houses working to get high-end cars for record-setting sales prices, there are inevitably a few consignments that don’t fare as well as hoped.

Throw in car consignments that are staged to fill in less-desirable time slots — or to lead or follow heavily hyped vehicles — and a screaming deal will appear once in a while.

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Durable, Good-Looking and Cheap

If you have a hankering for an older Multi-Purpose Vehicle (old enough to predate the whole soccer-mom SUV thing), but feel that you missed the boat on first-generation Ford Broncos or 1969–72 Chevy Blazers, I have good news for you.

There’s one out there made in large enough quantities that availability is good, parts support is excellent, and it is still priced at chump change: the 1980–96 full-size Ford Bronco.

The genesis of the Bronco line, the first generation built Read More

1944 Chrysler M4A4 Sherman Tank

The M4 is undoubtedly the most famous World War II Allied tank. It was the most-produced American tank during World War II, with close to 50,000 units (all versions included).

The British gave the tank its nickname, “Sherman,” when they got delivery of their first units through the Lend-Lease agreement. “Sherman” referenced the American Civil War Union General William Tecumseh Sherman. The U.S. Army quickly adopted this nickname.

This M4A4 Sherman tank recently joined the Normandy Tank Museum collection and Read More