Thursday, June 23, 2016

1932 Ford Model B

1932 Ford Model B

1934 Ford Panther

1934 Ford Panther

1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible

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1939 Ford Deluxe 4 Door Convertible

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1940 Ford Two-Door


What a nice looking old car! This 1940 Ford two-door looks very original, although no claim of originality is made by the seller. As a matter of fact, they don’t tell us much at all! We don’t know how many miles it has, much about any work that has been done, or much of anything about its history, other than that it is currently located in Golden, Colorado.

Not only is the paint shiny, so is the chrome. Notice that the fins are straight as well. This is a really attractive car, and I don’t generally care for brown cars. Thanks to Stu for putting us on to this great find!

Here’s the rear view, and it looks just as nice as the front. Don’t those open doors look inviting? And as you can see on the left, this Ford is keeping company with a much faster Ford on the left! The seller does tell us that the floor and frame are “nice.”

While the interior isn’t perfect, it certainly doesn’t look bad. There is a missing radio according to the seller and the clock seems to be gone as well (that’s the hole in the right side of the dash.)

There’s an awful lot of leg room back there! Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s nice. Overall, this looks like a 4 to 5 year old used car that’s been kept up with.

The seller tells us that this is a 59A flathead V8, which means it could be from a later car. It doesn’t look as nice cosmetically as the outside of the car, but the seller says it runs, drives and stops well. I don’t know about you, but this looks like a pretty decent car to pursue. If you are interested, it’s up for sale here on eBay, with bidding still below $6,000. What do you think it will take to own this one?


1962 Ford Ranchero


Regular Barn Finds readers know I love me some Falcon-based Ranchero! My first automotive memories are from the inside of a 1963 Falcon wagon, and I love my pickup so much maybe it’s a dream woven from those two memories! In any case, this is a pretty nice looking driver Ranchero that’s had the same owner (third one) for the last 10 years. Thanks to Jim S. for sending us this great find!

I’m pretty sure I don’t agree with the seller’s interpretation of “rust free.” It looks like there is some covered up corrosion along the rocker panel, and there’s a strange riveted patch on the other side right beyond the rear wheel well. That being said, Wimbledon White always looks good on 1960’s Fords! The seller tells us that they purchased the vehicle from California and have never used it in the salt now that they are in Southampton, New York.

There’s that patch I was talking about. If you are going to take the time to fabricate a nice patch like that, why not weld it in place properly? This shot does do a nice job of showing off the bed, which the seller maintains can carry 850 pounds. That’s a pretty decent amount for a truck this small, don’t you think?

That’s a pretty nice interior for a driver! The red and white combination really works for me, and somehow the faded carpet just blends right in (red + white = pink!) The seller is claiming 67,000 miles. What do you think? Based on the interior it might be possible, but I’m not sure myself.

If you can convince me that the valve cover and air cleaner paint are original, then maybe I’ll believe that low mileage claim. It does appear that there have been some radiator cap or overheating issues, although I suppose that could just be old age. The newish battery, modern plug wires and clean oil filter are all indicators that the seller’s claim of regular use is true, although with a three on the three I’m not sure I’d want to be in a lot of stop and go traffic. If you have become intrigued by this Ranchero, take a look at the auction here on eBay, where the buy-it-now is $5,650 but who knows, maybe the seller would consider a lower offer?


1935 Ford Phaeton

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This old Ford was stored in a basement for almost 60 years. It’s very original and many of the missing parts are included. It will need running boards, an interior, top and much more. The front part of the floor is rusted, but the rest of the car is pretty solid. Thanks to Fred W for the tip.

The dash is all there and original. It even has the key. That is daylight you see through the floor, though.


The paint, if not original, is certainly old. It could possibly be left as it is if it’s restored to look original.


It’s easy to imagine what this old Ford looked like on the road. That skinny bumper certainly hasn’t fared very well.


The engine certainly looks untouched. After all these years, that old flathead may be frozen.


This is going to be a big expensive project for someone whether it’s restored to stock or custom. Sadly, it is not likely to remain stock. It would be nice, though, if the stock look is maintained even if it’s mounted on a modern chassis. It is listed on Craigslist in White House, Tennessee with an asking price of $18,000. Complete unrestored examples of these are rather rare, but is there any way this could be worth anything near this amount? What do you think would be a fair price? It will interesting to read the comments and see what ideas you have for this Phaeton.


1955 Ford Customline Sedan

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This is an original, 63,000 mile car that has been in storage for the last sixteen years. What an incredibly nice survivor! This is a 1955 Ford Customline four-door sedan and it’s in almost perfect condition for never having been restored. There is no rust or bodywork on this car and it is wearing all of its factory-applied paint! It’s in Rossville, Indiana but it’s longing to be a part of your collection so don’t wait on this one.
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It’s hard to believe that this car is original, what a nice piece of history this is. If this color doesn’t define 1950s America I don’t know what does. I half-expected the seller to have a drive-in tray resting on the driver’s window and maybe a pair of fuzzy.. er.. wait, ok, those are here. But, I guess a little theatrics is ok when you’re working with such a show-stopper as this car is.
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This is the first year of the second-generation Ford Customline and it’s a totally new style than the 1954 car was. I believe that this color is Sea Sprite Green and it’s perfect on this car. and is in almost perfect, preserved condition, somehow, after sixty-one years. The Customline was positioned above the Ford Mainline and below the new Ford Fairlane.
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The interior looks as nice as the rest of the car does. This is an automatic so no need to shift for yourself here, just put it in D and go. Ford made 471,992 Customline cars in 1955, wow! Even the trunk looks great in this car. I’m guessing that there are seat covers on the seats since there is no mention of them having been reupholstered. I can’t imagine that this gray velvet/velour is the original color or fabric for the seats?
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This is Ford’s Y-Block 272 V8 with around 160 hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque. Not a tire-burner by any stretch of the imagination but enough power to get you to where you’re going in style and comfort. The engine looks like it’s brand new under that new, non-stock radiator hose and new radiator cap. I’m guessing that the engine has been repainted, or at the very least the valve covers have been, but I could be wrong.

This fantastic car is listed on eBay with a price of $5,900! That is well within reason for such an original car as this in such great condition. This would be a nice way for someone to get into the collector car market for not a lot of money. Would you keep this car original and just maintain it as needed, or would you add your own custom touches to this car and personalize it a bit?


1973 Ford Transit MK1 Camper

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Now that summer is almost here, for those folks who have more than one season where they live, it’s time to load up the camper and head out onto the road. This 1973 Ford Transit MK1 Camper is located in the Stanstead area of the United Kingdom and it sure looks like a winner. It has been in storage in Ireland for the last eighteen years and has recently been taken out of its slumber and brought back to life.

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This would be a nice vehicle for me, that ladder would lead to a heck of a photo vantage point on the roof. This was the first-generation of Ford Transit to be built in the United Kingdom and it was introduced in 1965 and ran until 1978. They sure made some nice looking vehicles based on this van chassis.

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The seller doesn’t mention what the make of the camper is but it also looks like it’s in fantastic condition. It even has a compartment for, you know… which is very handy in a camper this small. The seller says that the interior “is totally original and everything works as it should.”

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The driver’s compartment looks clean as a whistle. There are only 82,000 miles on this camper.

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It’s hard to believe that a V4 engine could pull all of this weight around, but it does. This should be the infamous Essex V4 which was designed to fit in the short nose of the Transit van. This particular engine is the larger 2.0L version with about 93 hp. The engine is “infamous” because it’s a 60-degree V4 which is inherently unbalanced and it uses a balanced-shaft to try to give it some level of smoothness, albeit a small level of smoothness. It was also known for running rough and having head gasket leaks. I’m assuming that this engine runs as well as everything else looks on this great camper. It’s listed on eBay with current bids at £3,800 ($5,370) with less than a day left. Get this camper before it’s gone! Is this something you would use like I would, or do you prefer staying in hotels?


Six-pack of ’71 Mustangs from the Kirt Fryer Collection

Kirt Fryer 1971 Mustangs
The Kirt Fryer 1971 Mustang collection. Photos by David Newhardt, courtesy Mecum Auctions.
Ask Mustang enthusiasts to name the most desirable examples over the years, and it’s a safe bet that the larger and heavier 1971 models won’t make everyone’s top-10 list. Collector Kirt Fryer sees things a bit differently, favoring the styling and high-performance engine options of the 1971 models, since that’s what was popular during his high school years. A career in oil and gas exploration has allowed Fryer to amass an impressive collection of roughly 15 1971 Mustangs, but on May 17-21 he’ll be offering up six examples from his stable at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
1971 Mustang Boss 351, in Grabber Lime.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
Fans of the 1971-’73 Mustang’s styling owe thanks to Bunkie Knudsen, who took over as president of Ford in February 1968. As Donald Farr relates in Mustang: Fifty Years, when shown a prototype of the 1971 Mustang by Ford designers, Knudsen reportedly approved the car on the spot, turning down an offer to roll the car out of the studio for a better look. As for the 1971 Mustang’s dimensional growth, blame that on two things: A plan for engines even larger than the 429 Cobra Jet V-8, and a desire among Ford planners to take the Mustang upscale, with a larger and quieter interior and a plusher ride.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet V-8.
More stringent emission requirements, tightening insurance regulations and a global oil crisis would soon end plans to develop a V-8, but in 1971, the Mustang was still available with a big block V-8. Gone was the 428 V-8, replaced by the 429 Cobra Jet, rated at 370 horsepower in standard-issue form, or 375 horsepower in Super Cobra Jet form.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet interior.
To get the 429 Super Cobra Jet, buyers also had to order the Drag Pack option, which came with either the 4.11:1 Detroit Locker or 3.91:1 Traction-Lok differential; a solid lifter cam; a 780 cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor on unique cast iron manifold; cap screw connecting rods; four-bolt main bearings; and an external oil cooler.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
1971 Mustang Boss 351 V-8.
For those wanting to go fast in other than a straight line, Ford carried over the Boss Mustang, though the 302 V-8 had been replaced by the 351 V-8 (and the Boss 429 was no longer available). Ford had withdrawn from Trans-Am racing at the end of the 1970 season, ending the need to homologate the expensive-to-produce 302. The replacement 351 V-8 made 40 horsepower and 80 pound-feet more torque more than the 302, and in a Mustang that was
600 potentially hundreds of pounds heavier than the model it replaced, more was definitely better.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
The cabin of the Grabber Lime 1971 Boss 351. Yes, that is a lot of green.
The 1971 Mustangs that Kirt will be selling off in Indianapolis include a trio of Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet fastbacks, a pair of Boss 351 fastbacks, and a Pastel Blue hardtop that says “grocery getter” with its white vinyl roof and dog dish hubcaps, but actually packs a 429 Cobra Jet V-8 beneath the hood.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
Bright Red 1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
Of all the collection’s Mustangs, the Bright Red Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet is, perhaps, the most interesting and will likely draw the highest bids. Said to be unrestored with a claimed 37,000 miles on the odometer (likely gained in quarter-mile increments), the car retains not only its original driveline, but the engine’s original smog system and dual-point distributor as well.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
Grabber Blue 1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
The Grabber Blue Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet has ties to Hemmings Muscle Machines, having starred in our July 2015 issue. At the time of the article, the owner of record was Bob Leenstra, who’d purchased the car from Kirt Fryer. Offered as part of the Kirt Fryer Collection, perhaps its penultimate owner had a change of heart and repurchased the car from Leenstra after our piece went to press. Not as original as the red Mach 1, this nonetheless immaculate example was restored circa 2006.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
Grabber Green Metallic 1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet.
1971 Mustang Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet
The only C6 automatic transmission-equipped Mach 1 Super Cobra Jet to be offered from the collection is a Grabber Green Metallic example that was originally delivered to Ford of Canada as a “Special Purpose Vehicle” for Canadian dealer introductions. Per research from Kevin Marti, the car is said to be one of the first 429 Super Cobra Jet examples built, and is believed to be the first production example  equipped with the 4.11:1 Detroit Locker differential.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
1971 Mustang Boss 351, in Grabber Blue.
1971 Mustang Boss 351
The Grabber Blue Boss 351 shows a claimed 18,000 miles, and the car has been fully restored with all of its original sheet metal. Those with a passion for green may wish to consider the collection’s second Boss 351, finished in Grabber Lime with a Medium Green cloth and vinyl interior. Said to carry its original driveline and sheet metal, this example has received a partial repaint, excluding it from true “original” status.
1971 Mustang Cobra Jet
1971 Mustang hardtop, with the Cobra Jet V-8.
1971 Mustang Cobra Jet
The car we’d most like to have in the garage, however, is the odd duckling of the collection, the base model, vinyl roof hardtop with a secret under its hood. Though not the most attractive Mustang of the bunch, the car is said to be one of nine base model Mustangs ordered with the 429 Cobra Jet V-8 bolted to the C6 automatic transmission. As offered, it’s reported to have just 63,165 miles on the odometer, something we’d set to right as soon as the car hit our garage (and as long as gas prices remain at or below current levels, that is).
1971 Mustang Cobra Jet
429 Cobra Jet V-8.
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UPDATE (23.May 2016): The Grabber Blue Boss 351 sold for $105,000, followed by the Grabber Lime Boss 351 ($87,500), the Grabber Blue Mach 1 ($86,000), the Bright Red Mach 1 ($69,000), the Grabber Green Metallic Mach 1 ($58,000), and the Cobra Jet-powered hardtop, which sold for $30,000.

1959 Ford Ranchero

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1953 Ford C500 Cab Over Flatbed

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1957 Ford Ranchero Custom sells for $100,000 in Houston

1957 Ford Ranchero Custom
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom. Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions.
Early Ford Rancheros have inched up in value in the past few years, and current valuation guides put the price of a concours-quality ’57 Ranchero Custom between $35,600 and $52,500. One top-flite restored example, a 1957 Ranchero Custom, has crossed the block twice in recent years, selling for a fee-inclusive $60,500 in both 2011 and 2014. Last Saturday, a different but equally well-restored 1957 Ford Ranchero Custom crossed the auction block in Houston, where it sold for an impressive hammer price of $100,000.
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom
In period literature, Ford described its new-for-1957 Ranchero as “More than a car… more than a truck… the Ranchero is a new idea in motor vehicles.” Actually, it wasn’t; instead, it was a repurposed idea from Ford Australia, which had been building coupe utility vehicles (utes, for short) that combined the versatility of a light-duty pickup with comforts of an automobile since designer Lew Bandt created the first example in 1934.
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom
For American tradesmen and small business owners seeking a do-it-all vehicle, the Ranchero held quite a bit of promise. Engine choices ranged from a thrifty 144-horsepower, six to the Thunderbird’s V-8, rated at 212 horsepower. The six-foot cargo bed, with its double-thickness steel floor, could carry up to 1,190 pounds and, with the tailgate lowered, offered up a full eight-foot bed length. Best of all, perhaps, was that the Ranchero looked more like a car than a truck, and range-topping Custom models were offered with bright body side molding and Style-Tone two-tone paint schemes that looked equally at home in a suburban driveway or a busy lumberyard.
Inside, even base Rancheros were well-appointed, but Ranchero Customs were downright luxurious. Ford’s 1957 truck brochure boasted, “The Custom Ranchero’s interior trim is like that of the ’57 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon. Behind the split seat back, there’s roomy parcel space. And this is the first and only pickup to give you the handling and riding ease of a ball-joint front suspension.”
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom
For a non-mainstream product, the Ranchero sold reasonably well for Ford in its debut year, with consumers taking home 6,418 base models and 15,277 Ranchero Customs. Its success would ultimately prompt a response from General Motors, which introduced the Chevrolet El Camino for the 1959 model year.
The 1957 Ford Ranchero Custom that crossed the auction stage in Texas on Saturday was fully restored at some point in the not-too distant past, and fitted with modern amenities such as an aftermarket under-dash air conditioning system; an AM/FM radio conversion; and a quartz clock conversion. Equipped with power steering and the 292 V-8 mated to a Ford-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, the Ranchero made do with crank-operated windows and standard brakes instead of the optional power-assisted brakes.
1957 Ford Ranchero Custom
Given the Ranchero’s deviation from stock form, its six-figure selling price (which we believe to be an auction record for the year, make and model) was impressive indeed, and proved that valuation guides are of little use when two (or more) bidders decide they want to take a particular lot home.
1970 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle LS6.
The Houston top-10 list included a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which sold for $425,000; a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, which sold for $270,000; a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, which sold for $205,000; a 1970 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle LS6, which sold for $170,000; a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster, which sold for $162,500; a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, which sold for $155,000; a 1958 Chevrolet Corvette, which sold for $138,000; a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, which sold for $125,000; 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, reportedly unrestored with 16,800 miles, which sold for $120,000; and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, which sold for $117,500.
1964 Ford Fairlane
This 1964 Ford Fairlane street rod changed hands for $8,000.
More affordable lots included a 1977 Roll-Royce Silver Shadow sedan, which sold for $4,250; a 1976 Alfa Romeo Spider, which sold for $5,000; a 1960 Jeep CJ-5; which sold for $6,000; a 1928 Ford Model A “barn find,” which sold for $6,000; a 1963 Plymouth Belvedere sedan, which sold for $6,500; a 1974 Chevrolet C10 pickup, which sold for $7,000; a 1969 Ford F100, which sold for $7,000; a 1968 AMC AMX, which sold for $7,500; a 1964 Ford Fairlane street rod, which sold for $8,000; and a 1960 Ford Thunderbird street rod, sold to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of El Paso, which sold for $8,000.
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