`41 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe: Pre-War Elegance!

November 27th, 2019
An out-of-state client recently engaged me to conduct a pre-purchase appraisal and inspection of this 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe. Although an older restoration in need of some sorting, this “drop-top” Caddy still looked great with its metallic burgundy paint, tan cloth top, and tan leather interior. Cadillac was rightfully considered the “Standard of the World” for much of…

`56 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad: The “Queen of the Line!”

November 6th, 2019
The 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad two-door station wagons are some of the most beautifully designed vehicles ever to come out of General Motors or any other automobile manufacturer. The Nomad was based on a GM styling exercise, the “Corvette Nomad” station wagon, which debuted at GM’s “Motorama” at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City…

`68 Dodge Dart GTS: Sold New at “Mr. Norm’s” Grand Spalding Auto Sales in Chicago!

October 21st, 2019
Earlier this year, my client engaged me to appraise his newly acquired 1968 Dodge Dart GTS two-door hardtop, which was sold new at “Mr. Norm’s” Grand Spalding Auto Sales, Inc. in Chicago. This Dodge dealership was well known for stocking a large selection of high performance models as well as modifying its customers’ vehicles during the 1960s and early 1970s.…

`61 Chevrolet Corvette: I Wouldn’t Mind Having it in My Garage!

October 14th, 2019
The owner of this nicely restored 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible recently engaged me. Being “on the hunt” for another vintage Corvette, he needed my appraisal in order to establish a realistic, supportable market price before listing his car for sale. This Corvette had a number of desirable options, including its original 283 cubic inch V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors rated…

`73 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Alas, It Is No More!

October 7th, 2019
This beautiful, one-owner 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sport coupe had a lot going for it. Special ordered by a well-known recording industry producer, the vehicle had the optional “L82” 350 cubic inch V8, “M21” close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, Positraction rear differential with a 3.73:1 gear set, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, tinted glass, and leather interior, but no radio!…

`70 Dodge Charger 500: Original, Untouched “Muscle Cars” Are Still Out There Waiting to be Found!

September 16th, 2019
On behalf of the heirs to an estate, I recently was engaged to appraise this 1970 Dodge Charger 500, which was special ordered by the deceased original owner who added a number of desirable options, including factory air conditioning. Fortunately, he’d kept the original documentation and paperwork, including the Monroney window sticker and the dealer order sheet. Aside from installing…

`97 BMW M3 Sedan: Sometimes Bad Things Happen to Good Cars!

September 12th, 2019
One of my commercial clients, a major US property-casualty insurance company writing a large book of personal auto coverage, engaged me to establish a value for this modified 1997 BMW M3 four-door sedan, which was destroyed by fire. As you can see, there wasn’t much left to assess! But by acquiring “before” photographs, supporting documentation, and additional information from its…

`40 Ford Standard Two-Door Sedan: Looks Stock but is Slightly Hot!

September 6th, 2019
The long-term owners of this very cool, body-off restored `40 Ford Standard two-door sedan recently engaged me to appraise it. This car has some very subtle modifications, including a later 1940s Ford flathead V8 with an aluminum intake manifold sporting two Ford 94 two-barrel carburetors and steel tubing exhaust headers, a very rare inline overdrive unit, a dual circuit master…

`55 Bel Air Sport Coupe: “Lemon Aid” Wins a “Best of Show” Award!

August 26th, 2019
On August 17, 2019, our `55 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe was entered in its first judged points competition at the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCA) Eastern National Meet in Morgantown, PA at the Classic Auto Mall. “Lemon Aid,” as we call it, achieved a VCCA “First Junior” award in its class. Perhaps more importantly, our car was awarded…

`63 Corvette Sting Ray “Split Window” Coupe: An American Icon!

July 11th, 2019
Few cars get my heart beating faster than the 1963-67 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Rays. When the `63 Sting Ray “split window” coupe and convertible were introduced in the fall of 1962, I vowed, as an eight-year-old car crazy kid, to one day own one. (I had to settle for a plastic AMT model car before eventually fulfilling my dream by…
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