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Clash at The Coliseum Diary: Part One

Last week I covered the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction and it was another great experience with incredible cars, my friends and getting a chance to take my son around WestWorld of Scottsdale and show him what I do for a living. After a week of being at the auction I returned to the office and did my automotive journalist duties for a few days. It was short stay in the cubicle and by Friday morning I was back on the road with a much longer drive than my Phoenix to Scottsdale odyssey, and headed to Los Angeles to cover the NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Photo by David P. Castro)
My best selfie at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Photo by David P. Castro)

The opportunity for a funky adventure came suddenly, and with the support of my family I hit the road at 5:15 a.m. on Friday with six-hours of road tripping ahead of me. I was excited. It was my first opportunity to cover a NASCAR race away from my home track of Phoenix Raceway (it was always be Phoenix International Raceway to me, but I was trained with an AP Style Guide and must comply to the nomenclature) and it was at a great venue not intended for motorsports.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum hosted the Olympics twice and is the home of USC football. I’ve been there once before for a USC vs Virginia game many years back and it was a big deal to me. It’s a stadium with a rich sports history and it’s generally just a cool looking venue. It was never intended for NASCAR but engineers and folks with greater minds than me make it work, and now it’s quarter-mile oval with minimal banking. First the Hoover Dam and now stock racing on a football field; engineering is pretty cool even though I have no idea how they set up this venue for the NASCR Cup Series.

Jamie Little, Tony Stewart, Mike Joy Clint Bowyer, and Josh Sims
Jamie Little, Tony Stewart, Mike Joy Clint Bowyer, and Josh Sims (Photo by David P. Castro)

It was a long drive from Phoenix to L.A. and podcasts by Bomani Jones and Bill Simmons provided the soundtrack. By the early afternoon I was in L.A. and making my way to a press conference at the 1923 Club at the Coliseum. The presser was for the Fox Sports crew that is announcing the Clash and they offered their opinions on the race, state of NASCAR and poked fun at Clint Bowyer in a nice way. “We were all having lunch and we were talking about a certain topic and I said, ‘I never knew you were this smart’. I mean, I don’t know what happened, but he’s super smart,” Tony Stewart said about Bowyer in the press conference. It was a light press conference and a great way to arrive in Los Angeles for a race.

With the Coliseum and downtown L.A. as a backdrop it was a great venue for a press conference but I was gassed out. I had a long stretch covering the auction, combined with an early rise and a six-hour drive and those factors led to a tired DPC but alas, it was a great press conference and pretty dope to see NASCAR journalists in person, as opposed to TV. (Full disclosure: I am a bit overwhelmed with the pomp and circumstance of the event, but in a good way. I belong here, I’m a journalist and right now I seem to be invoking the self-peptalk perfected by Stewart Smalley.)

My souvenir cookie from the press conference and it was quite tasty (Photo by David P. Castro)
My souvenir cookie from the press conference and it was quite tasty (Photo by David P. Castro)

The press conference ended and I walked around 1923 Club at the top of the L.A. Coliseum to take in the scene and the views of downtown. A race in downtown L.A. with Cypress Hill, and Wiz Khalifa reporting was never on the radar when I began watching NASCAR in the early 2000s. The sport is evolving and changing a good way. Inclusion is everywhere at the L.A. Coliseum, and the sport is becoming diverse with drivers like Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace and previously Danica Patrick. It takes a while to change a culture and NASCAR is evolving in a great way. It’s a great thing to see and the Clash at the Coliseum shows how far NASCAR has come.


Matchbox Celebrates 70 Years

Want to feel old besides what’s going on with EVs? Matchbox is turning 70. That’s right — the little car from London is becoming a septuagenarian! To celebrate, the brand is introducing a line of special limited-edition vehicles that pay tribute to Matchbox’s heritage.

Want to feel even more old? Mattel owns Matchbox. That’s right, the folks who make Hot Wheels also own Matchbox. But let’s forget about old and focus on young because, for 70 years, Matchbox has helped unleash generations of “kids’ innate desire for freedom to explore the world so that they can discover their independence.”

The anniversary line will be featured in seven different assortments across the Matchbox range. They will be a combination of collector favorites and iconic vehicles from the past 70 years.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Matchbox and the trusted legacy this brand has imprinted on kids and collectors all over the world,” says Roberto Stanichi, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Vehicles at Mattel. “We look forward to continuing to redefine the die-cast category as we move towards a more sustainable future.”

Indeed, some of the individual 70th anniversary die-cast models that will be hitting retail shelves throughout the year will be made from recycled zinc. Matchbox will also be introducing EV models and eco-friendly themes as it moves towards creating models and packaging with 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials by 2030.

But the wait for more anniversary announcements is not as long a wait, as those are scheduled for July 2023.

For more information on the Matchbox 70th Anniversary, visit the Matchbox 70th Anniversary page.


Ferrari patents system that uses gas thrusters to boost performance

Shortly after Tesla revealed its second-generation Roadster in 2017, CEO Elon Musk teased that the car could be fitted with rocket thrusters to enhance performance.

While there’s no indication Tesla is actually working on such a system, The Drive recently learned that Ferrari has designed a system using thrusters to enhance performance of a road vehicle (both cars and motorcycles), and has filed a patent for the system.

A search of the United States Patent and Trademarks Office reveals that Ferrari has at least two patents for the thruster system, both of them filed on Dec. 23, 2019.

In its patents, Ferrari refers to the thrusters as “pushers,” and describes two types. One uses compressed air stored in a tank on board the vehicle, while another uses small pulse jets powered by the same fuel powering the car’s regular engine. The idea is that the pulse jets would be used when there’s insufficient compressed air, which incidentally needs to be stored at 10,000-13,000 psi, according to the patents. The patents describe using recovered brake energy or an external source to top up the air tank.

Design of gas thrusters in Ferrari patent
Design of gas thrusters in Ferrari patent

Included diagrams show the thrusters mounted at the front and rear of the vehicle, as well as on its roof and underbody, and on each side. The patents mention the thrusters can be used to aid acceleration, but also help stabilize a vehicle in an emergency situation, for instance in an uncontrolled slide or spin. They can also help slow down the vehicle if used at the front, according to the patents.

Another possibility is using the thrusters to aid handling at the track. The thruster on the roof will push the vehicle to the road surface, boosting grip. Similarly, the thruster below the vehicle could be positioned to create a ground effect, and thus also boost downforce.

In Ferrari’s patents, each thruster is actually made up of five nozzles of various size. Such a design means a consistent pressure can be delivered as the compressed air starts to be used up and the pressure inside the tank decreases. The small nozzle is used when the tank is full and progressively larger nozzles are used as the air starts to deplete.

While patents are certainly no indication of production intent, it’s interesting Ferrari engineers have investigated the idea of using thrusters to enhance performance and appear to have designed a system that sounds a lot more plausible than strapping rockets to a car.

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.


My Classic Car: Marina Blue 1966 Chevy II SS

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A Marina Blue 1966 Chevy II SS has always been my dream car, since there is sentimental value when you see the 1960s muscle car era as a young kid. Growing up, I remember riding around town with my uncle in his Marina Blue ’66 Chevy II Super Sport searching for someone to light up the tires with. That little Chevy II always sounded like it was eating the ground it rolled on.

I remember my uncle sticking a dollar bill to the console and telling me to grab for the dollar bill while he nailed the gas pedal. I never was able to grab that dollar bill because I was firmly pressed deep into the passenger seat when he launched that powerful beast and the front-end came off the ground. My uncle was always tinkering under the hood to get the most power that he could get out of that 327 small block engine.

In 2015, after searching for 8 years I found my Marina Blue ’66 Chevy II SS in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. I brought my little 1966 Deuce with me to Tennessee. When I take it out for a run, I get plenty of head turns, thumbs up, and compliments on its look and sound. There’s nothing like building on fond memories while owning and driving a piece of the muscle car era.

Today, 56 years later, I enjoy driving my little Chevy II and thinking about yesteryears with my favorite uncle.

-Dwayne C., Tennessee


This Week on AutoHunter

This week on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, we have a collection of vehicles handpicked by our Journal writing team. Make sure you check out all of our listings ending February 6-10 here.

Monday, February 6

2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary edition

Under the hood is an LS1 5.7-liter V8 engine that produced a factory-rated 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque when new. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle

This VW is finished in its original black paint. It features a rear-mounted, air-cooled 1500cc flat-four engine upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and a wiring conversion system.

Tuesday, February 7

2008 BMW M3 convertible

This M3 has a color-matched power-retractable hardtop. It’s powered by an S65 4.0-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

1995 Ford Bronco 

Powered by a 5.8-liter V8 engine paired with a four-speed automatic overdrive transmission and an electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system. It’s finished in Oxford White over a grey cloth interior and features air conditioning.

Wednesday, February 8

2008 Chevrolet Corvette

A 15-year-old Corvette with 430 horsepower, a six-speed manual and 7,400 miles? Plus, CARFAX says it’s accident-free. Where do I sign up?

1983 Porsche 911SC Carrera Cabriolet

This one is somewhat fascinating — why bother having a 1983 911 and updating the bodywork with styling from later in the decade? Apparently, someone thought it was a good idea, so who am I to argue? If the idea of a Porsche you can modify is an attractive proposition, then here’s your car.

Thursday, February 9

1972 Mustang Mach I

To some, these Mustangs are an acquired taste while, to others, they look like a race car. Nineteen seventy-two was the first year for low compression, but this has the Q-code 351 Cobra Jet so it should be decently fast.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Trans Am Conversion

I’m a Pontiac guy so I can appreciate this to a point. I personally would consider a ZTA Trans Am conversion as a used car versus buying one new, so it has me rubbing my chin, though I pine for a black and gold version. A 6.2-liter small-block and a six-speed automatic mean it’s fast and remarkably economical.

Friday, February 10

1969 Ford Thunderbird

When I was a kid, I was a big fan, but then I saw them for what they were: a bloated personal-luxury car. But that was common for the era and, over time, I’d begun to appreciate them again. Ford offered some nifty options in these cars, like auxiliary rear turn signals (later to show up on the 1971 Toronado).

1932 Ford One-Ton Flatbed

I’m not really sure what this is, but the description says it is fitted to a late-model Chevrolet Silverado four-door 3500 dually chassis. Somewhat a shame the builder went with Chevy power, but it’s a Chevy chassis so why not? Plus, the target market for this likely won’t care.


Pick of the Day: 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine

Executive transport is serious business, and Cadillac has been building luxurious people-haulers over 120 years. Its top-rank Fleetwood sedan was even available in the 1960s with three rows of passenger seating. Could this car be considered a vintage Escalade?

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This land yacht is in excellent original condition,” the listing begins. “The car only has 85,798 original miles, and even has the original spare bias ply tire which has never been used.”

Land yacht is right: This vehicle tips the scales at nearly three tons and has an overall length of over 20 feet – nearly two feet longer than a new Chevrolet Suburban. The seller provides additional detail on the cosmetic condition of the exterior: “The paint appears to be original to the car, and has some natural wear to it, but looks great from five feet away.”

The Fleetwood was another name for Cadillac’s “Series 70” during the late 1960s. It was marketed as a high-end model on the General Motors D-body platform and was available in sedan and limousine body styles. In model year 1968, the design team applied refinements to the grill and parking lights, added length to the hood, and raked the trunk. There were 20 exterior paint combinations – but black, as shown here, was a must-have for the elegance and status of a limousine.

In luxury fashion, the Fleetwood’s interior was appointed for its time. There is a separate air conditioning system for passengers in the rear, along with power windows and power-adjustable front seats. Speaking of the seats, the seating configuration was versatile for its time, with a second row of jump seats folding flat and forward to make additional space for passengers in the far rear. This type of modular seating arrangement with removable seats is commonplace today in crossovers and sport-utility vehicles, even seen on my recent test of the Honda Pilot.

Power for this big ride comes from a big-block 472cid OHV V8 that is upgraded with an Edelbrock carburetor, and torque is sent rearward through a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission. The seller states that recent mechanical work included replacement of the water pump, belts, battery, carburetor, spark plugs and wires, and front brakes. The whitewall tires are also newer.

The seller is asking $17,500 for this Fleetwood “land yacht.” Just make sure it fits in your garage before buying!

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


Mopars Score Big at Barrett-Jackson

The Chrysler Corporation may have been #3 in Detroit but, in Scottsdale, it’s often #1. The most expensive muscle cars in the world are Mopars. Even finned Exner cruisers have achieved heights that most Tri-Five Chevys only dream of.

Like previous Barrett-Jackson auctions, Mopars captured the attention of spectators and bidders alike with some of the most desirable muscle cars around. And it’s not just original muscle cars that collectors are clamoring for — restomods have a warm place with collectors too. Here’s a look at a few of the top sellers.

1973 Dodge Challenger Custom Coupe
Sure, Mopar fans tend to eschew the “Sad-Mouth” 1972-74 Challengers, but look closely at its mug and you’ll see some 1970 and late-model Challenger along with the 1973. Out back, the 2008-14 taillights are used to good effect. Built by Streamline Custom Designs, the Slate Gray “Chastizer” had its coming-out at the MagnaFlow booth at the 2021 SEMA Show. Motivation comes from a bored and stroked 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with Magnuson supercharger, all backed by a four-speed automatic. There’s tons more to the build than that, which you can read in the auction entry, but you can bet everything on it is first-rate. Someone agreed, as (s)he was willing to pay $242,000.

1969 Dodge Hemi Charger 500
This one was impressive. As the first of Dodge’s homologation specials, the 1969 Charger 500 featured a flush Coronet grille and backlite (the latter normally featured flying buttresses) to make the vehicle more slippery and have less turbulence. Dodge sent 580 Charger R/Ts to Creative Industries to receive the aforementioned modifications, which also included a chrome A-pillar cover. Initially, the Charger 500 was going to be built with the 426 Hemi, but cooler heads prevailed and the standard engine was the same as the R/T’s, a 375-horsepower 440 Magnum. This Hemi car is one of 120  built and features the TX9 Black with V8R red bumblebee stripe color combination, perhaps the most desirable combination for collectors. Options include the A32 Super Performance Axle Package, which was a nice upgrade from the standard 3.23 gears and included TorqueFlite automatic, 4.10 gears with Dana rear, Sure-Grip differential, power disc brakes, and seven-blade fan and 26-inch hi-po radiator (both which were included with the Hemi). Inside, you’ll find Rallye gauges, black buckets with buddy seat and armrest. For $341,000, this could have been yours.

1969 Plymouth Road Runner Custom Coupe
The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner stole the sales crown from the Pontiac GTO in 1969 (as did the Chevelle SS 396), which was quite an achievement for a company that late to the party with an image car. A convertible was added to the roster, plus more performance options were available, including a vacuum-operated air induction system called Coyote Duster. The Road Runner also won Motor Trend magazine’s coveted Car of the Year award. Yep, it was good to be a Plymouth in 1969 … and in 2023 too! This 1969 Road Runner hardtop is powered by a 6.1-liter Hemi V8 with STS twin turbos and shifted by T56 six-speed manual transmission. A Control Freaks suspension and Wilwood DynaPro disc brakes bring the ‘Runner up to contemporary specs. The custom interior, finished by Sew Fine, consists of an all-metal dashboard and custom console complemented by Speed Hut gauges. It took $231,000 to take this home.

1948 Dodge Power Wagon Custom Pickup
Alrighty, a Mopar cut from a different cloth. The Power Wagon was based on Dodge’s military truck (as if it isn’t obvious). This example, originally from Montana, received both a frame-off restoration and a custom build that melds old with new. The engine is a Cummins 5.9-liter turbodiesel six bored 0.20 over decorated with polished intake manifold and valve covers. Cooling comes from a custom Walker Davis aluminum radiator. The transmission is a Getrag five-speed mated to a 205 New Process transfer case, with the power delivered via Dana 70 (rear) and Dana 60 (front) axles with 3.54 ratios. A peek inside will show you custom leather seats, Classic Bomber 8 Series gauges, carpeted flooring, power windows (utilizing the original classic window crank), modern stereo with Bluetooth, and Vintage Air system. If there’s a Mopar that is mighty, this is it. This Power Wagon cost $236,500 for the pleasure of owning.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
It may be difficult to keep track for those not into new cars, but the Demon was the most potent of the extreme late-model Challengers. Just when you thought the SRT-8 was cool, along came the Hellcat, and then Dodge had to outdo itself with 840-horsepower wide-body Demon. Only produced for 2018, the Demon is the ultimate street-legal Challenger so, if you missed out, this was your chance to buy a new one. Finished in Billet Silver with matte black hood, the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi was only available with an eight-speed ZF 8HP automatic. In addition, this vehicle comes with the Demon Crate, a package that included a power control module, hydraulic tire jack, fender cover, and so much more. This particular Demon had only 43 miles on it and still had plastic on the driver’s seat. That investment from five years ago netted $242,000. Considering MSRP started at $85,000, that’s quite a handsome profit.

1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda
The darling of the muscle car world, the 1971 ‘Cuda was not well-liked when new, seen as having had a heavy-handed facelift, but my how times have changed. Aside from the cheese grater grille and fender gills, what attracts many to the ’71 ‘Cuda are the number of options to dress it up such as rubber bumpers, “Billboard” stripes, and spoilers front and rear. There are some who will appreciate that this In Violet 440-6 car isn’t dolled up with all those doodads, but everyone will appreciate the optional Shaker hood. $275,000 for an old Plymouth four-speed? You betcha!

1970 Plymouth Hemi‘Cuda
Compare this car to the above ‘Cuda. The 1970 is much cleaner but also less in-your-face. In many respects, both of these cars share a lot: FC7 paint, Shaker hood scoop (standard with the Hemi), four-speed manual and no stripes. However, all things being equal, this is a more desirable car due to the Hemi … or is it? I hadn’t compared the two during the auction so there’s no saying which was a better car in terms of originality, correctness or condition, but it seems the big, bad Hemi sold for $258,500 — less than the 440 car above.

1968 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat “C68” Custom
Ever see those Corvettes that have been rebodied to look like a C1? This is the Mopar version of that. The impetus for this project was to combine a contemporary vehicle with the classic appearance of a vintage vehicle. As such, this project started out as a 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak, and then eXoMod collaborated with designers and carbon fiber manufacturers to create a custom body that would turn the new-age Chally into something with the look and feel of a vintage 1968 Charger (including an identical wheelbase, though the Charger body is four inches wider than a real ‘68). A team of six spent 2,400 man-hours transforming the Challenger into a Silver Sepia Charger. Horsepower is 807 that, when combined with its carbon fiber weight reduction (450 pounds — that’s a 10% reduction!), may make this Challenger-cum-Charger faster than a Challenger Demon. The 583-mile special build cost the winning bidder $247,500.

1970 Plymouth Superbird (white)
You know the drill: Richard Petty left Plymouth for Ford in 1969, and the Superbird brought him back for 1970. But dealerships ended up getting shafted because new NASCAR rules required one car for every two dealerships, creating a glut of over 1,900 Superbirds that few wanted to own. They were available in seven colors: Blue Fire, Alpine White, Lemon Twist, Tor Red, Vitamin C, Limelight and “Petty Blue,” though there were three or four accidentally painted in other colors. Standard was a 440 Super Commando — a first for the Road Runner — with the 440 Six Barrel and 426 Hemi as options. Interestingly, white seems to be the most popular color for these homologation specials. This example has the V-code 440 Six Barrel backed by the 727 TorqueFlite. What’s interesting about this one is the matching white bench seat, which must be quite a rare color combination among Superbirds. When the gavel fell, the new owner spent $401,500 for the honor.

1970 Yellow Superbirds (440 Six Barrel and 426 Hemi)
There were two Lemon Twist Superbirds at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for 2023. They each had a particular story that were completely different from each other. The 440 car features an ultra-low 1,029 miles and is backed by a Pistol Grip four-speed, which means it also had the Dana rear. No info whether it was in original condition or restored. The cost of entry to own a car like this was $550,000.

In comparison, the other yellow car was built with a TorqueFlite-equipped 426 Hemi, as evidenced by the “R” in the VIN, though the engine in this vehicle was not the original one to the car. The restoration relied on NOS parts whenever possible, so in some respects it’s like the car above — a car that’s best as a trophy than a driver. Prevailing wisdom suggests 135 Hemi Superbirds were built, but NASCAR documents show 93 built. Either way, a Superbird with two levels of homologation (aerodynamics and engine) is always going to be an expensive vehicle and, as such, it cost $605,000 to own it.


BMW files patent for grilles that integrate headlights

BMW has filed a patent application for grilles that include headlights and other lighting elements, Auto Express reported on Monday, citing information found in patent documents.

Documents filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization show designs that could incorporate headlights, as well as sensors for driver-assist features, into BMW’s signature twin-kidney grille, the report said. Accompanying drawings from the patent application show the traditional headlight and grille shapes blended together into contiguous sections.

Patent image of a BMW grille incorporating headlights
Patent image of a BMW grille incorporating headlights

The documents also mention “light conductive tech,” a material covering the grille that can switch from opaque to transparent, giving the front fascia a smooth appearance when the headlights are off, the report said. Parts of the grille would then turn transparent when the headlights are needed, allowing light to shine through the material.

The drawings show a few possibilities about how the grille surface could be used for lighting. An “Off” setting shows no illumination; “On 1” shows slim daytime running light-like shapes in their traditional position at the corners of the front fascia; and “On 2” shows illuminated elements mimicking vertical grille slats.

Patent image of a BMW grille incorporating headlights
Patent image of a BMW grille incorporating headlights

Lighting elements could even be used to project a digital version of the BMW twin kidney grille on a grille-less front fascia, the report theorizes, noting that EVs don’t need large grille openings. BMW plans to launch a family of next-generation EVs dubbed Neue Klasse (German for “new class”) based on a dedicated platform beginning in 2025, although the automaker expects half of the vehicles it sells globally by 2030 to still have tailpipes.

Large grilles, like the ones on the XM SUV or the current-generation 4 Series, have become a feature of recent BMW styling. The automaker has also introduced illuminated grilles on some models. So while critics of the new styling direction might cringe, this does seem like the next logical step. Like all patents, though, there is no guarantee this design will reach production.

HIGH-RES GALLERY: Patent image of a BMW grille incorporating headlights

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.


AutoHunter Spotlight: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible.

This Oldsmobile was repainted Cameo White and features a power white vinyl convertible top. The Cameo White exterior is accented by blue accept pinstripes, chrome bumpers, and lower body and wheel well moldings.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

It rides on body-color Oldsmobile Rally wheels with chrome center caps, stainless trim rings and BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

“The front bench seat, rear seat, and door panels are upholstered in blue vinyl with blue velour inserts,” the listing states. “Features include power steering, power brakes, a manual remote driver-side mirror, manual windows, a column-mounted automatic shifter, a Pioneer AM/FM/cassette stereo, factory air conditioning with an R-134a conversion, and simulated woodgrain accents.”

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

Under the hood is an Oldsmobile Rocket 350ci V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor, and a closed-element air cleaner. The engine block, heads, and intake are finished in gold. A column-shifted TH350 three-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

This Cutlass Supreme rides on and independent front suspension, and features power front disc and rear drum brakes.

Oldsmobile Rocket 350ci V8 engine
Oldsmobile Rocket 350ci V8 engine

The sale includes a clear Virginia title. A $145 dealer fee/tax will be added to the purchase price. The selling dealer will collect additional registration and sales tax from in-state buyers.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible
1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible

The odometer reads 5,183 miles, but the true mileage on this vehicle is unknown.

This 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible’s auction ends on Monday, February 6, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery


Pick of the Day: 1966 Ford Galaxie 500

The 1960s were an era of space age automobile naming conventions, with the Comet, Starliner, Satellite, Meteor, and Nova being featured in dealership showrooms among several others with similar names. The obsession with space travel was building momentum as we approached the first landing on the moon in July 1969. Another popular car from that decade was the Ford Galaxie.

The Pick of the Day is a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Toronto, Ontario. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Vehicle has 26,000 original miles and was found in a barn in Schomburg,” the listing states. Cosmetically, the condition of this coupe is consistent with what we might expect from a low-mileage barn find. The interior is reportedly free of rips or tears, but the exterior does show some wear in the form of corrosion around the rear wheel wells and faded paint.

The Galaxie nameplate was initially associated with a top trim level of the Fairlane 500 when it first launched in model year 1959.  Over the next few years, the exterior styling and trim were modified, and in 1965, the car received vertically stacked headlights along with revised packaging. It was available in coupe, sedan, and convertible variations during that generation. Other engineering changes included replacement of the rear leaf spring rear suspension with a three-link system.

The base engine available for the Galaxie in 1966 was a 240cid inline-six. This coupe is powered by a larger 289cid Windsor V8, which reportedly runs well. “Mechanically, the car is extremely sound and has had regular service since we purchased it,” the seller states. “The car starts the first time, every time, regardless of how long it has sat.” Power steering has been added along with a dual-master brake system.

The Galaxie name was eventually phased out after the 1974 model year in the United States, when Ford’s full-size models were rebranded under the LTD name. In all, the car’s best-selling year was 1966, which was the only year it broke a million units (1,034,930 to be exact).

“This one is for those who love a true classic style,” the listing concludes. “You see it everywhere from the factory wheel covers to the wide chrome bumpers. The whole presentation on this coupe’s exterior is about staying as stock-style as possible.”

The seller is asking $22,750 for this Galaxie from the peak of the space race era.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


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