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Bugatti Type 57SC Wins Arizona Concours d’Elegance

To the surprise of few, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, won the “Best of Show” honors Sunday at the 4th annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort on Sunday January, 15, 2017.Bugatti Front Fender

Bugatti Wins Best of Show

To win best of show, the car first took the honors for its class – The cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti.  Then the four top class winners were judged again for the Best of Show Award.

The low slung car, capable of a top speed of 122 MPH with a an inline eight cylinder engine with less than 200 ci is quite unique with the body seams joined at flanges by rivets.  Originally it was thought that this prototype used the rivets as the metal ( a blend of magnesium and aluminum) is difficult to weld.  Perhaps the builder was so taken with the effect that he needed up using the same process on the three Atlantic cars built on this design.  This car was originally owned by Lord Victor Rothschild. It later had a supercharger added and it was imported to the states by 1946.Bugatti Rivets on Roofline

Bugatti Background

The car had recently been seen at Los Angeles’ Petersen Museum, but normally is on display at the Mullin Automotive Museum, which makes sense since Peter and Merle Mullin, Bugatti aficionados, are part owners of the car, along with Rob and Melani Walton (from the Wal-Mart clan).  The car has won at other showings, including best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003.  The joint owners paid $36 million for the Bugatti.  A different Type 57SC is owned by Ralph Lauren.Bugatti

Arizona Concours d’Elegance

 The entry field consisted of ninety cars, entered in seventeen classes.  The grassy lawn of the palatial Arizona Biltmore was the perfect spot for the show and the proceeds from the show go to Make A Wish of Arizona.  The Arizona Concours d’Elegance kicks off a week of classic car auctions in the Phoenix, AZ region.  In a future article we’ll highlight some of our favorite builds and award winners.  So be sure and sign up so you won’t miss the next article?

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Wes Rydell’s 1940 Oldsmobile “Agnes”

1940 Oldsmobile Front viewWes and Vivian Rydell have commissioned some great classic cars over the years.  Earlier this year at the Del Mar Goodguy’s show, their 1940 Oldsmobile “Agnes” was selected for the 2016 Street Rod d’Elegance  Award.1940 Oldsmobile Hood Up

1940 Oldsmobile

This rod had languished for a spell before finally being completed by Rad Rides by Troy.  We took these shots when they displayed it in Scottsdale, AZ at the Spring National Goodguy’s Show. They have won this award twice before, including in 2014 with their controversial 1935 Chevy Phaeton.1940 Oldsmobile Right Side

Madame X

Now we can’t wait for the 2016 SEMA Show, where they will be unveiling “Madame X”, a 1939 Cadillac coupe.  It is a takeoff on a concept design based on a 1935 Cadillac 60 Special Sedan originally designed by GM stylist Art Ross. So this car was never built until Chip Foose opted to take on the build.

SEMA 2016

Of all the unveilings scheduled during the SEMA Show, this is the most anticipated with some sneak peeks offered recently.  Can’t wait to see it in person on Tuesday!

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Engraved 64 Chevrolet Impala SS

Let’s take a look at this 1964 Chevrolet Impala recently seen at a San Diego, CA car show and check off some boxes.1964 Impala SS

1964 Impala SS     Check

Low Rider with a wicked stance     Check

Fantastic plaint job       Check

Chrome work     Check and Double CHECK it out!

Yep, that chrome has been engraved upon!  Anything that was dipped in  chrome is engraved including the hood latch which is normally closed as you cruise the boulevard.1964 Impala SS Engraved Hood Latch

Engraving a car’s chrome is a tedious and time consuming work and if you thought a cowboy belt buckle was intricate, take a look at this workmanship.  That takes detailing to a whole new level.

1964 Chevrolet Impala

The car is a wicked looking 1964 Chevy Impala SS, which by itself would be a keeper.  Add on a trick paint job and throw in that “in the weeds,” low rider stance and you have a winner.  But the engraving took it over the top.  What do you think?

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance – More Classic Winners

As promised here are some more award winners, focused on Detroit born, from the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. This event was held last month on the grounds of the Biltmore Hotel and helped kick off an eventful week of car auctions in the Phoenix, Arizona region. Glad to see this event helps raise money for a great cause as well.

At this show was an entry from Gordon Apker, a noted classic car collector, who unfortunately died recently and was mentioned here. We’ll miss this class act and a knowledgeable classic car enthusiast.

1933 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster – Arizona Concours d’Elegance Winner1933 Auburn Boat Tail

I just love this marquee and the boat tail is instantly recognizable among classic car fans. The paint scheme on this is just eye catching. This Auburn won a Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Award. The car is a 12-165 Salon Model. Even back then, cars came with over drive like this beauty!

1957 Chevy Bel Air – Arizona Concours d’Elegance Winner1957 Chevy Front View

I wasn’t expecting to see this classic at the Concours, let alone win second for the Post -War American class. It is a traditional convertible and it was freshly restored. Popular paint choice and neat power plant motored this baby along.

1963 Chrysler 3001963 Chrysler 300 Close Up

I was surprised that this didn’t win an award, especially with the focus on the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. But nevertheless it was brought out from the Martin Museum and was originally offered by Chrysler to commemorate the 62 Indy Pace Car honors. Our friends at Old Cars Weekly recently featured a similar car as their car of the week.

1937 Cord – Arizona Concours d’Elegance Winner1937 Cord Front View

Speaking of Auburns, it makes it hard to ignore this Cord. This Westchester is a rare, low production model and was one of the last made before the Auburn Automobile Company closed down in late 1937.

Hope you enjoyed this review. Which was your favorite?

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Gordon Apker – RIP to a classy car collector

Gordon Apker

It was announced by Sports Car Market that Gordon Apker died yesterday, February 3, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ. Apker was a classic car collector and had developed quite a collection. Ironically this past month, the Barrett-Jackson Auction had helped sell some of his automobilia. Gordon Apker, in Barrett-Jackson’s press release was quoted that he wasn’t getting out of the collections and only selling a portion of his collection.

Gordon Apker and Shakey’s

You might not have known Gordon Apker by name but he was the former owner of the Shakey’s Pizza chain. In fact he was so proud of his business that some of his classic cars bore the secondary license plate with Shakey’s logo.Shakeys and Gordon Apker

Gordon Apker’s Classic Cars

Apker’s cars focused on mid 50’s Detroit steel and he exhibited cars at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

It would seem fitting to recognize Gordon by highlighting the cars he brought out there for the last two years.

Just last month, he brought out his 1957 Oldsmobile, Ninety Eight convertible. This black beauty had the famed Rocket V-8 engine, a 371 cubic inch with three carburetors. I loved the red accent line on this convertible.Gordon Apker 57 Oldsmobile

Last year Gordon Apker showed this green 1952 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight two door hardtop. Not surprisingly both cars took home awards each year from the show.Gordon Apker 52 Oldsmobile Side View

Safe journeys, Gordon Apker.

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Shart Cat 67 Dart by Gas Monkey Garage

Shart Cat Passenger SideShart Cat is the name of Gas Monkey Garage’s 1967 Dodge Dart that was sent out to compete on a modified parking lot in Detroit, Michigan for an eighth mile drag race against Roadkill’s General Mayhem, a Dodge Charger. If you follow the Fast N’ Loud “Reality TV” show on Discovery, you know after some minor technical difficulties, the Dart driven by Aaron Kaufman beat Roadkill by over half a second. That’s time to make a cup of coffee in drag racing time speak.

Shart Cat Tensions

Shart Cat Hellcat Engine
Shart Cat Hellcat engine

In true reality television tension, after rushing to meet the impossible deadline, the Gas Monkey Garage crew made it up for the grudge match against the maker’s of General Mayhem. Naturally there were some technical, last minute problems to create even more drama. But when the lights came on, Kaufman’s foot went down and so did Roadkill’s hope. Roadkill used a 1968 Dodge Charger, also with a Hellcat engine, but without the drag racing standard two-speed Powerglide or trans brake. That lack of engineering and the lighter weight of a Dart probably doomed the Roadkill crew from the starting lights.

Richard Rawlings didn’t waste any time deciding to sell the Shart Cat at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in January, 2016. The TV episodes made it very clear that NOBODY has slapped a new Hellcat engine into anything without transplanting the entire electronic controllers and brains with it. Check out the typed instructions the auction drivers needed to follow to make the Shart Cat play nice.Shart Cat Driving Instructions

Shart Cat Gas Monkey Logo
Logo of Gas Monkey Garage

To be kind the body was rough, but I suspect that the bidders didn’t care about the exterior as much as being able to tout the car as coming from the Gas Monkey Garage stable. Heck Richard didn’t even pop for any expensive vinyl decals or wraps!

Shart Cat Sells

The buyer shelled out a final price with commissions of $74,800 to be able to place this Dodge in their garage. Would you have spent that much?

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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Picks Winners

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance helps kick off the massive week of classic car auctions here in Arizona. Now in their third year, they always manage to round up an impressive number of cars and unique marques to make this show, held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix , Arizona a must see event.

They picked an impressive set of classic to win the awards but four really jumped out at us. In this first coverage of the Concours, we wanted to focus on four that really caught our eye and we hope yours too.

The show is broken down into specific classes and here were three winners of Best in Class.

1958 Gaylord Gladiator

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Avant Garde – Pre 1973

As we say if you want to see a unique car, Arizona is the place to see it. This Gaylord is visually striking with the black and white color scheme. Seems that the Gaylord was hand made in Germany as concept vehicles. This is powered though by a Cadillac engine. The side paint scheme emulates the Corvette cove maybe?

1958 Gaylord Gladiator

 

1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Iconic Postwar American – Pre 1966

This massive red brick is powered by a 365 ci engine and four speed Hydramatic transmission. A convertible with this much chrome and red paint just has to grab you and get your heart pumping.

1956 Cadillac Driver Side

 

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gran Turismo

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Postwar American-Powered Sports – Pre 1966

Well when you see this red classic, you might think that the frazzled post-production crew messed up the photos, but no this is a Corvette.   This car was commission to portray an European look on an American chassis. It used a fuel injected 283 ci engine and a 4 speed manual to get it.

 

1961 Corvette Gran Turismo

 

The show also dispenses “Special Awards” and we’re glad they gave out an honorary judge’s award ( one of three issued in that group) to this blue baby.

1948 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Gran Sport

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Honarary Judge’s Award

We liked this car for two reasons. the Talbot was beautifully restored and the blue color just blazed in the Arizona sunshine. And it may be the longest car at the Concours for a two-seater. That front bonnet (hood) just stretches and stretches.

1948 Talbot-Lago on the Lawn

Next update will feature more car, so stay tuned. Here’s a teaser. An awesome black and red Auburn Boattail is included

 

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Ford GT Times Four

At this month’s Cars and Coffee in Scottsdale,AZ rolled out four Ford GT’s each in a different color.  This is Scottsdale, after all! About all that was missing was the now highly sought after light blue Gulf Oil trim package.

Ford GT and their History

Ford recently announced that they were bringing back the iconic GT40, for the THIRD time and two were at the SEMA Show!GT at SEMA

First Generation – GT40

The first models came out starting in 1964 and were called the GT40 for Grand Touring, and based on its height being 40 inches. It had a nice run from 1964-1969 and actually went through four generations Mk I through Mk IV. They were strictly built as race cars and were very successful in the Le Mans series. Afterwards the model was built by a South Africa shop and called the CAV GT. It caused a bit of controversy at the time, as it was considered a knock off and not true to the original build.

Second Generation – Ford GT

Ford GT with Ford EmblemThe wizards at Ford opted to bring it back in limited production runs from 2005-2006 with just over 4,000 produced, mainly by hand. Pricing started at under $150,000 and had few options to add on. The iconic front end with the huge air intakes were instantly recognizable. Interestingly, they weren’t called GT40 since the trademark belonged to another company, so they called it the Ford GT.Ford GT in Black

Third Generation- GT

Now the new wizards at Ford announced that they are bringing back the model, now called just the GT for yet another round of limited production starting in 2016. Prices haven’t been announced yet, but I’m guessing it’ll hover around $400,000.GT in Race Trim from Ford

What is interesting about the second generation of Ford GT’s from an appraisal aspect, is these cars are one of the few cars that never depreciated in value! Their rarity and styling kept them in demand and the prices just rose from the start. Of course some dealers helped that push, by marking the prices up beyond the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) with a Dealer’s Additional Markup (DAM).

Most new cars rapidly depreciate as soon as the car leaves the dealer’s lot. That’s why some insurance companies offer coverage for that depreciation as an option. If the car were to be totaled a week after you bought it, the insurance companies might offer you far less than what you owe on the loan or lease! How painful would that be?

But depreciation is just as painful in exotic and sports cars. And if you start out with a $200,000+ car that percentage hurts even more. After all if a new buyer can afford to show off by buying a new, Ferrari California convertible for $200,000 why would they pay the same price for your slightly used five-year older version? You would have to drop the price to $120,000 to generate interest and absorb that depreciation. At many car auctions, late-model cars often can be had for less than half their initial selling prices.

Of course over time, the classics do tend to recover their value as pristine models surface and collectors push the demand back up. Trying buying a 69 Camaro now to see how they recovered from their initial depreciation.

There have been a handful of marquees and models that have avoided that huge depreciation sell off. The key tends to be initial limited production, strong buyer interest due to styling or prestige and great builds that don’t have recalls and lemons linked to them. Something to think about when “investing” in a new car or buying an older classic .

I wonder how long it will be before the third generation shows up at a Scottsdale cars and Coffee event?

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Power Wagon 1949 Four Wheel Drive Beast

Power Wagon’s were produced by Dodge and were popular heavy duty, four wheel drives, before every truck line was offered as a 4X4. They were popular after WWII, as our GI’s came back and wanted a domestic version of their military masters. So Dodge “civilized’ their military monsters and offered up the Power Wagon.Power Wagon 1949 Front View

Jay Leno’s Garage recently took a look at a 1942 Dodge Power Wagon that was modified into a six wheel drive monster. That reminded us of a similar FOUR wheel drive Power Wagon that we saw last year at the SEMA Show.

1949 Power Wagon

It’s a 1949 Dodge Power Wagon Four Door or Crew Cab. This baby was heavily modified and pounded on to make it look this beautiful.Power Wagon 1949 Passenger Front View

Chevy Powered for the Power Wagon

It is powered by a reliable Chevy LS3 engine with a 6.2 liter displacement, producing 430 horses and 424 foot pounds of torque for this bad boy. It also kept it in the family with a GM transmission; a 4L85E along with an Atlas transfer case.

They used a Dana 60 front axle, a Corp 14 bolt rear end with locking differentials and Warn locking hubs. They are using Bilstein shocks to smooth out the ride. Creature comforts included not only power windows and door locks, but power running boards plus Vintage Air Conditioning.Power Wagon 1949 Driver Side

Can’t expect either ride to get any “Arizona pin striping” soon, but they are sure beautiful brutes.

What do you think?

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Engraved Paint on Silver 2013 Nissan GTR

 

Okay so perhaps you get jaded at the SEMA Show with all the rides on display. After a while you might say, “enough” but then you turn the corner and spot this 2013 Nissan GTR.Silver Nissan GTR with Model Yes, ignore the eye candy and focus on the car. Sure a Nissan GTR may not be super rare, but it is different, right? But then check out the exterior finish.

Nissan GTR

That my friend may look like somebody silversmithed and engraved into the metal; but it is actually layers upon layers of paint! Silver Nissan GTR passenger side close upThe artists from Japan slaved over this Nissan and with extensive taping added on layer after layer of paint to end up with this engraved look. They even used a buffer and tapered tool to grind into the paint and create some of those images.Silver Nissan GTR close up

Engraved paint

One of the workers was present at the show and mentioned they were then working on a different model for the upcoming Japan Car Show but in gold tones.

Forget the car, the artistry to make the paint act as engraved metal is outstanding. What do you think?

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