May reflections, auctions and American car valuations

Looking at the car auctions I’ve seen a white 1970 440+6 Cuda from the Monteverdi collection sell for £78,000 – about the right money -, a Chevy El Camino LS6 go for close on 50K (that was a surprise), and a non-restored survivor 1970 six-pack Challenger R/T which never reached reserve.

Sold at auction: 1970 440+6 Cuda

American car valuation wise I have engaged in several muscle car assessments. First up is an absolutely beautiful 1966 Dodge Coronet 4-door with a 383ci engine, paintwork from Ash Rawson and an owner using the car with his family as an everyday classic Mopar.

Secondly, a 1968 Dodge Charger that turned out to be something of a remarkably interesting Mopar. The B Body is an export car ordered through Chrysler Benelux, originally a 318ci “loaded” car finished in gold and black. On close inspection I found it to have been imported by way of Chrysler Rotterdam as the Dutch info plate is still attached and matches my shipment information. The car is now painted a silver/grey and a 440ci big block sits in the engine bay, lovely car in excellent condition.

Thirdly is a 1970 Cuda a real BS23 383ci manual 4-speed originally painted EK2 Vitamin C one of only 1,905 ever built! The car is in Hungary, in good condition and painted blue with AAR hood and rear spoiler, you never know what is about to turn up next.  

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Normally around this time of year I am reporting on car shows, attending gatherings and having a right old good time chatting with friends and generally socialising within our old car hobby. Boy do I miss these interactions; role on some sort of normality, cannot come soon enough. 

So onto the news. Motor racing legend Sir Sterling Moss passed away on 12th April at the age of 90. He was a genuine superstar of his time and a wonderful ambassador for the sport. I feel very honoured to have met the man twice.

Sir Sterling Moss

And on the music front Little Richard born Richard Wayne Penniman, Georgia USA died 9th May in Nashville USA aged 87, ending a blinding career where he was hailed as the greatest Rock n Roller of all time. He inspired shed loads of bands around the world to start playing and writing Rock’n’Roll. Huge hit records paved the way to inspire and entertain folks around the globe. The records are just astounding and awe inspiring, Good Golly Miss Molly, Rip it up, Long Tall Sally, Tutti Fruitti and The girl can’t help it.  These standards were often included in the superstar groups of the time, even Mick Ronson covered The girl can’t help it with amazing guitar ferocity. Last year 2019 I went to Little Richards house in Nashville despite banging on his door no one responded, at least I made the effort to meet a genuine pioneer of Rock’n’Roll, RIP. 

Little Richard. Credit: Sky News

From the rusty to the restored in super quick time, please see a few pictures of a Spring Green Daytona found in Florida with a VIN XX29L9B 440ci which is now looking like a dime.

I am planning to open a couple more themed pages for the website with my IT manager (daughter-in-law), Jenny’s, help. Something along the lines of “Back in the day” chronicling my years of classic car ownership from around 1975 to this day. Additionally, a column on “really interesting stuff about old Mopars”. Not sure when these will come along as they are still in the development stages.   

Till next month… keep well, keep safe and, when you can, drive them old cars.

Tony Oksien.

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