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Ft. Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The American Classics Edition

LongRoofian March 30, 2015 For Sale, Hooniverse Goes To... 5 Comments

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So my buddy TheKenMan set this olelongrooffan up with a free pass to the Auctions America gig over in Fort Lauderdale this past weekend. As the Convention Center is located in the Port of the Everglades about a 90 minute drive across Alligator Alley, I decided to head over there on Saturday to seen what could be seen. For lack of a better place to begin, this olelongrooffan is going to kick off with The American Classics Edition. Further installments will include Truck Thursday, a little something for mdharrel, another something for the ever lovely $kaycog and more.  But alas, I am getting ahead of myself. In order for my fellow Hoons to see something more special than this Special, a jump will be required.

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Prior to leaving my humble abode there in FantasyLand that morning, I was watching the auction online and actually watched this 1967 Ford LTD pass across the auction block. I was surprised to see it not sell for a high bid of $4,200.00. Once I got into the auction, I sought it out checked it out more closely. This thing was absolutely spotless and IIFC it had less than 60K on the odo. Curious to know what the reserve was on that one.

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Next up I spotted this Torino Talladega just sitting right there. I have only seen a couple of these previously in my many years here on the third rock from the sun but I recognized this face as if we were old friends. In order for Blue Oval NASCAR drivers to compete with their brethren in the MOPAR world, Ford streamlined the face of its Torino by moving the grille more toward the front and making the windscreen flush with the bodywork surrounding it (and a whole helluva lot more I am sure.) Interestingly enough, the information placard on the windshield called it out as a Ford Torino without the Talladega designation. However, the guy up front with the gavel in his hand and talking real fast made sure everyone knew just what it was.

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Sure enough, as soon as this olelongrooffan would grow weary of checking out all this vintage stuff, I would grab me a frosty diet sodey pop out of that cooler I was lugging around in my backpack and just sit down on one of those fancy cushioned chairs and absorb all things that were Auctions America. This 63 Belair post was the greatest thing since sliced bread, that is if you were to believe that barker up front.

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Soon though, this olelongrooffan would get a hankering for seeing some more old stuff so I would vacate the auction stand and head out back to see what I had missed. This pseudo Stutz was not one of those things.

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There were several Chrysler 300 letter cars waiting to change hands this fine Saturday and this one was one of them. I always thought the idea of the letter cars was a pretty cool one and am surprised the minions over at MOPAR haven’t figured out a way to get this designation back into their lineup.

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This was one of the other letter cars there. Although earlier in model year than the one mentioned above, I find this one more desirable. I love the fact that if you took all of the identifying names of this, a Desoto, a Dodge, and even a Plymouth, they are almost identical, and I love every one of them. Wire wheels on a huge 50’s American convertible. How can a Hoon not like that?

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And then on the other end of the spectrum is this. I mean okay, customization is an acquired taste but what has been done to this bullet bird is dadgum crazy.

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And yeah, that is a far as this olelongrooffan got before turning away in horror.

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Then I saw this.

I turned and ran, looking for eye bleach the entire way.

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Ah yes, nothing like some Sedanette eye bleach. By the way, when that monstrosity 57 Chevy crossed the block, I happened to be enjoying a cold sodie pop. The opening bid was $10,000.00 and that was the only bid. It was sitting in the “Still For Sale” area when I headed out to my longerroof for the trip home.

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This Lincoln Capri was sitting out in the lobby of the convention center beckoning we Hoons to enter and enjoy.

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And this olelongrooffan did just that. Hope my fellow Hoons enjoyed the ride along. Also below are a few more of the Classics spotted that Saturday.

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Images Copyright Hooniverse 2015/longrooffan

  • Batshitbox

    Custom Cars Kustom Kars, raising questions no one wanted asked since 1950.

    Delightful post, and as usual, enough in the background to keep me on the hook for more. (No moar Speedstar, pls! I have green painted over sawzall marks on my eyes.)

  • hubba

    Based on the body and trim, the white 1959 Chrysler convertible is a Windsor, not a 300E. The 1959 300E continued using its 57-58 front fenders, bumper, and hood instead of the new styling of other 1959 Chryslers.

    • longrooffan

      As I was overwhelmed by the site of so many gorgeous vehicles at that auction, I can only accept your explanation and will try, in the future, to have a better recollection of specific styles and nomenclature. But, what ever that ride is, it is drop dead gorgeous. Love the Hooniverse Commentariat!!

      • hubba

        “Hold my calls. There’s a mistake on the Internet!”

  • That T’bird suffers from what so many customs do – ambition beyond the builder’s capabilities. The vision of all smooth, bullet body isn’t bad, but why start with the ’63? I think it’s the only bullet bird with the extra flares on the side which fight with the smooth concept. So does the 80s style ground effects. I’m not even going to mention the train wreck interior.

    Few builders have the attention to detail to pull off things like that and few are discerning enough to know what to change and what to leave alone. Chip Foose is one and his cars usually leave a good portion of the factory styling intact and focus on tidying up details.