Friday, February 8, 2013

1935 Bentley Royale Custom 16 Cylinder

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In the words of its creator, master automobile conceptualist Gary Wales, this 1939 Bentley Royale is: “Everything in Excess, Nothing in Moderation.”
Roll-Royce and Bentley built automobiles of legendary strength and toughness. More than a few R-R and Bentley chassis were repurposed with immense engines and scanty bodies. Powered by surplus aircraft Merlin V12s and similar excess, they were called Speedcars, and they were all of that, thundering examples of the concept,  “When it comes to horsepower, too much is just right.”
Even among those fire-breathing monsters, though, Gary Wales’ creation of the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is an order of magnitude better.
Based on Rolls-Royce and Bentley components from the Silver Ghost through the ’90, its coachwork is developed from an original Sedanca deVille body commissioned by airman and auto racer Whitney Straight, The frame is a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The Bentley Royale’s  engine is a masterful construction consisting of two Rolls-Royce Phantom IV 5.75-Liter overhead valve Inline eight cylinder blocks with crankshafts geared together on a common crankcase, a design akin to Ettore Bugatti’s H-16 aircraft engine.
Constructed by Gary Wales with mechanical assembly by Andres Aranda, the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is a masterpiece. A modern Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, it has all the irrational thrills of nearly unlimited power that shakes the road and everything around it, wrapped in meticulously formed, finished and trimmed coachwork.
Vastly powerful but elegantly and comfortably bodied, the Bentley Royale Coupe deVille is on-of-a-kind, a statement of Ross-Royce Speedcar heritage and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley tradition of style, comfort and luxury.
Power Rack & Pinion Bentley T2 Steering
45 Different Dashboard Instruments and Switches
Carl Zeiss Headlamps.
5 Speed Rolls-Royce Experimental Gearbox
4” Exhaust with cutouts and Merlin-Style Manifolds.
Elaborate, Luxurious Interior Wood and Leather Appointments.
Elephant-Hide Roof Covering.
Front Disc Brakes.

1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer

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1921 Silver Ghost 40/50hp Oxford Tourer is a very early example of the Springfield-built Rolls-Royces. Its coachwork is known as the Oxford seven-passenger tourer, a catalog Rolls-Royce design built by its own Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Works. It is right hand drive with a 4-speed transmission in common with other early Springfield Rolls-Royces, had dual sidemounted spares, a covered luggage trunk, drum headlights, matching drum cowl lights and blackwall tires on body color centerlock wheel rims and hubs with stainless steel spokes.

 This exceptional Silver Ghost was the Thompson Automobile Company Trails car before it was delivered to J.G. McHenry, a Detroit attorney. Mr. McHenry sold the car to John S. Riggs of New York who in turn sold the car in 1948 to Barney Pollard. There are letters in the file from Mr. Riggs offering to have his chauffeur drive the car from New York to Mr. Pollard in Michigan. Barney Pollard was a well respected and diverse Midwestern collector of fine Rolls-Royce automobiles and at one time, his collection numbered near 1,200 cars. A section of his workshop remains dedicated to the care, maintenance, and restoration of numerous examples of the marque. Work performed under his care included the fitting of new stainless steel spokes on all the wheels as well as regular comprehensive maintenance to assure its continued silent and smooth running. It remained in the Barney Pollard Collection until its purchase by Robert B. Merrifield.

This early production Springfield Oxford tourer represents, one of, if not the most driver-friendly and easily maintained examples of any automobile built prior to the 1930's. This four owner car from new combines the desirability of a documented low-mile example with an original chassis, motor and body. It has recently undergone a complete repaint including the wheels as well as an engine and chassis detail.  Carefully maintained and exercised on short trips and at regional events, it presents unmatched motoring pleasure and cannot disappoint. 

1956 Pontiac Safari Two-Door Station Wagon

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As befits its rarity, this fine example has been the recipient of a thorough restoration, completed circa 2005. The wonderfully period colors of Sun Beige and Sandalwood Tan in which it is finished are those in which it was delivered from the factory in Wilmington, Delaware, as confirmed by the data plate. It also boasted the 'Comfort and Convenience package', including tissue dispenser, from new. Also displayed is a rare lighted 1956 Pontiac Hood Ornament!
  Engine is the 317cid V8, Pontiac Strat-o-Streak rated at 227hp and automatic transmission, which were both rebuilt. The speedometer was rebuilt at the time of restoration and shows less than 1,000 miles driven since restored. The original clock has been converted to quartz along with a upgraded radio, rebuilt power steering box, new Coker white wall tires, tissue dispenser, front bumper push bar, new dual exhaust ran correctly through the frame, fuel tank cleaned and reconditioned, brakes all rebuilt.  Since completion of the restoration this Safari has seen very limited use but has enjoyed regular and diligent maintenance.
 An interesting footnote to the history of this Safari is that it was once owned by Bob Shane, lead singer of 'The Kingston Trio'. A large binder of documentation including an original owner's manual and historical information accompanies the car, including a photo of the car during Shane's ownership, with his autograph.

1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

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This 1955 Cadillac received a frame off restoration with a completion date in spring 2012. The body was removed from the frame featuring a true body off restoration. This Eldorado is a nicely optioned car from the factory, with power brakes, power steering, power seat, and power windows, parade boot as well as the factory AM radio option and the unique Autronic Eye feature.
The entire interior is new, from the fresh and correct carpets to the blue seats. The wonderful interior is matched outside, with outstanding new Bahama blue paint, fresh chrome, and a brand new white convertible top. The trademark Sabre Wheels, made by Alcoa for Kelsey-Hayes, are likewise in excellent condition. The entire drive train is numbers matching to the car, and has been fully restored to factory condition.
The big 270 horsepower V-8 is fed by a pair of Rochester four-barrel carbs, which look like new and are also original to the car. The engine compartment is clean and impressive, with all components either restored to original or replaced with correct parts. The four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission shifts smoothly, and the entire car is highly detailed and presented as new.
With just a few beak-in miles since the restoration was completed the car is ready to be the centerpiece of your collection. The car is a pinnacle of General Motors engineering and a legendary Harley Earl design. A true blue chip investment!
Price $98,500.00

1913 Cadillac Model 30

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While Cadillac marketed a full model range, the Five-Passenger Phaeton remains a favorite of enthusiasts to this day. This fully restored example earned National First Place honors at the New England Region Cadillac-LaSalle show, held in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 2008. It is very nicely finished in blue with black fenders and a black radiator shell, complete with a beautifully fitted black folding top, nickel-plated brass components, rear-mounted spare tires and artillery wheels with whitewall tires. The interior is trimmed with button-tufted black leather upholstery. The car has been sorted  and tested, making it a proven and reliable tour car.  Offered in show-winning condition, this is certainly a wonderful example of refined Nickel Era Luxury.
40/50bhp, 365.8 cu. in. vertical inline L-head four-cylinder engine with float feed carburetor, three-speed selective sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, full floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and rear-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Priced at less than the cost of restoration:  $115,000.

1940 Ford V-8 Convertible Coupe

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Excellent example of the iconic 40 Ford Flathead V-8 Convertible Coupe.  The rust free Ford has benefitted from a professional restoration several years ago.  Having been used very little, it remains a beautiful example and a great driving vehicle.

Equipped with skirts, spotlight, tan leather, power canvas top, top boot and factory radio.   $67,500.00

1939 Ford Pickup Truck

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I recently traded this pickup truck in on a Classic Car.   It was such a fantastic restoration, I have decided to offer it on the website.
It has benefitted from a no expense spared body-off restoration.  This rare V-8  factory equipped 4 speed transmission has plently of power and huge torque in first (granny low) gear.  A great head turner and a perfect promotion item for any business.   Priced to sell quickly at $32,500. The cost to restore the truck exceeded the sale price !!

1935 Ford Deluxe 3 window coupe

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Restored in 2001, this Ford has been remained a wonderful example of the rare 3 window Ford lineup for 1935.
Many of these Coupes were cut into Hot Rods in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  Luckily, this one survived and was restored to its original specifications.   The Flathead V-8, 221 CI engine is quiet and strong and the 3 speed transmission shift smoothly. It also is equipped with a Columbia two speed rear end.
The black paint is still beautiful --showing no cracking or crazing.  Also, the LaBaron Bonney interior look new
Options include: Factory radio, banjo steering wheel, heater, luggage rack, grille guard, rumble seat, roll down rear window and shade, Ford script tires, and a metal spare tire cover. 
It is also equipped with an original Greyhound hood ornament, period correct fog lights, spotlight, and wire wheels. The odometer show 79,000 miles  and looks orginal, although it cannot be verified.  Note the original decals on the air cleaner and other engine parts.
Simply a great early V-8 Ford ready to enjoy.   $52,500.

1969 Goggomobile 250

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The Goggo Coupe was truly a remarkable little car. Although dwarfed by a VW Bettle in size, the interior room is amazing. In addition, there is a bench seat in the rear area for small children. The spacious interior sports a 4 speed floor shifter, an instrument cluster in front of the driver, and a tiny glove box for “gloves” or sunglasses. $27,500.00
A 293 c.c. air cooled 2 cycle engine in mounted in the rear and provides plenty of power for this 1014 pound micro car.  Fuel mileage exceeds 40 mpg and can be up to 47 mpg on the highway.  Therefore, the 6.6 gallon fuel tank is certainly not a handicap on the Goggo.   
This car is in excellent shape and can be shown with pride at any Concour Event—and probably he the “hit” of the Show—while getting lots of laughs at the same time.

1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadster

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The 1931 Cadillac 370-A V12  Roadster sports an exceptionally fresh nut and bolt, body-off restoration. With virtually zero miles registered since the restoration, the dark blue and gray Cadillac is simply outstanding in every regard. The car is very nicely appointed with a blue Hartz cloth top with a complimenting blue leather interior. Both are in excellent condition. This Roadster is complete with dual side mounts with mirrors, stainless spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, wind wings, a set of Trippe lights, a golf club door, a rumble seat and a luggage rack fitted with a metal low boy trunk.

 When seated behind the wheel you will discover that not only does this roadster drive wonderful, but it also cruises along with the finesse and flare only a classic multi cylinder Cadillac can provide.

1913 Peerless 48

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FINALLY DONE AND READY TO SHOW.  This amazing huge Roadster has a great storied past.  
This massive Peerless is powered by a 49.6 hp, 577.5 cu. In. T-head six cylinder engine.
The wheelbase is a staggering 137 inches long.
This particular Peerless was actually used as a power source by the La Jolla Mining Company after its usefulness as an automobile was no longer needed.  It was driven to the mining operation over 90 years ago and destined to be a workhorse for the miners.
In 1965, the great Peerless was discovered by a helicopter pilot and friend of a Peerless Collector.  The entire story of the retrieval of the remains is described in a great story by the collector in 1966 after a huge helicopter and a team of 14 people retrieved the find.  (see picutre)
The story, in the HCC Gazette is fascinating to read.   Dubbed “The old man of the Mountain” the first restoration was 90 percent finished 15 years later.  After completion, the Peerless was shown at Pebble Beach in 1984.  It was then placed on long term display in a small mining museum until 2008. 
It is now totally restored and ready for the Show field again.

1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Riviera Town Car

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1st in Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Class--- 2012 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Chassis # 390XH  The Silver Ghost Riviera Towncar is one of the most opulent Rolls ever built.  The Riviera design was considered the opitome of Brewster coachwork.
Fine carriage lamps are mounted behind the mahognany trimmed chauffeur's compartment that is upholstered in black leather.  The passenger compartment is uplholstered in black/gray cloth and embellished with an elaborate petit-point desing.   The chauffers seat is original leather and in great condition.  It shows dull in the pictures, however, is black in a real viewing. The hardware is gold-plated Gorham and the wood garnish moldings are inlaid in a floral marquestry pattern of rare woods handcrafted in Venice, Italy by order of the original owner.
Although restored in the 1970's the Rolls still presents extremely well.
The entire motor was dismantled in 2011 and restored to perfection by a marque expert.  The Rolls is now ready to be enjoyed again on the road and Show field.  It won first prize awards in the 1970's at many shows with its 100 point restoration. Please schedule a visit to inspect this masterpiece.

1953 Nash Healey LeMans Coupe

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Production started in 1950 after a chance meeting of Donald Healey and Nash’s George Mason. The original car was steel, body by Panelcraft of England, chassis by Healey and engine by Nash. By 1952 the body was restyled by Pinn Farina and the chassis was special built by Healey. Nash upgraded the engine to develop 140 hp with its “LeMans Jetfire” overhead-valve inline six cylinder, dual carburetor creation. In 1953, with a longer wheelbase (108 inches), a coupe body was fashioned for the all aluminum main body. A tachometer, leather upholstery, and rear quarter windows made the Healey a true GT car rivaling Europe’s best. This Nash Healey was restored from an excellent original car and has been part of a private collection.