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At Classic Auto, we live and breathe for the thrill of classic cars, which remind us of those long-gone days of motoring. We know that owning one of these cars is an incredible privilege, which is why we do everything we can to keep these cars running beautifully.
Classic car aficionados love to know what’s currently selling in the classic car market. The more you know about what’s for sale and how much it’s going for, the more prepared you can be when you find the perfect car to add to your collection.
Recently, four incredible classic cars sold on Bringatrailer.com: a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 4-Speed, a 455-Powered 1932 Ford Roadster Highboy, a Modified 1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe, and a 1967 Kaiser-Jeep M715.
Let’s learn about these notable cars.
1970 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 4-Speed
This vintage 1970 Chevy Corvette convertible has a deep maroon exterior, a black exterior, and a white convertible top. Under the hood is a 350 cubic inch V8 linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox. It’s equipped with a Positraction limited-slip differential, 15-inch Rally wheels, retractable headlamps, power steering and brakes, a heated interior, power windows, and a cassette player stereo.
The owner at the time of the auction bought this 1970 Chevrolet Corvette back in 2009. This car’s original paint color was Laguna Grey (992) before the previous owner gave it its current maroon finish. In 2007, a previous owner completed a rack-and-pinion steering conversion.
There are some chips in the paint and the windshield wipers required replacement. Additionally, the clock doesn’t work, and the horn is only functional some of the time. The car had 5,000 miles on the odometer at the time of the auction, with 3,000 of those coming from the previous owner. The total mileage for the car is not known.
This car sold for $23,500 at auction.
455-Powered 1932 Ford Roadster Highboy
This customized 1932 Ford Roadster has been transformed into a boxy, hotrod-style car with a blue steel body. It is powered by a big block 455 cubic inch Pontiac V8 with Edelbrock 4X heads, intake, and a 4-barrel carburetor. The highboy has a dropped front axle and an Oldsmobile rear end with a louvered trunk, as well as: 16-inch wire wheels, Lincoln front disc brakes, sprint car-inspired external steering, and a custom V-shaped windshield.
The dashboard comes from a 1931 Cadillac, and the previous owner reupholstered the seats, refinished the wheels, and added the carburetor, headlights, and Flowmaster exhaust. Additional aftermarket customizations included replaced door skins, a patched quarter panel, and blue paint. The rear bulkhead was tucked to increase legroom for a more comfortable driving experience. The gear selector comes from a 1940 Ford with an 8-ball knob. The car has a horn button on the dash.
Some flaws in the paint were visible at the time of the auction, as well as some damage to the upholstery. The odometer shows 2,500, with total mileage unknown. The owner at the time of the auction added 1,000 miles.
This car was sold at auction for $55,000.
Modified 1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe
This customized 1953 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe was extensively rebuilt in Colorado during the 1990s by a prior owner. It boasts a black exterior with pinstriping, frenched headlights, and shaved door handles. The car’s power comes from a Chrysler 360 V8 combined with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It is equipped with front disc brakes, power steering, air conditioning, a power driver’s seat, and custom exhaust headers.
The owner at the time of the auction acquired the car in 2001 and added American Racing staggered wheels, electronic fuel injection, a Lecarra steering wheel, and a high-end Clarion audio system.
The refinished black body has color-matched bumpers, dual exhaust tips, and tinted windows. The staggered 17″ front and 18″ rear American Racing alloy wheels wear Continental tires and were installed by the most recent owner. It also has an AC Delco power steering system with stainless lines.
The upgraded brakes include gold calipers and rotors up front. The odometer at the time of auction showed 7,000 miles, with 5,000 of those added by the owner who brought it to auction. The total mileage is unknown. This Studebaker Commander sold for $46,000.
1967 Kaiser-Jeep M715
This 1967 Kaiser-Jeep M715 military truck was used by a Wisconsin fire department before being acquired by the selling dealer 6 years ago. Formerly red, it has been repainted to match the original drab green and has a tan canvas roof.
The Jeep is powered by a 230ci inline-6 engine with a 4-speed manual and dual-range transfer case. Now it also has later-model black fabric bucket seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a center console, and bed-mounted jerrycans.
The front bumper is marked with white US Army identification.
The classic 2-spoke wheel faces a 60 mph speedometer and gauges. The center console has cupholders, and the carpet is black. It has 16” steel wheels with Power King traction tires and hydraulic drum brakes.
The odometer shows about 23,000 miles, with 300 miles added by the seller. The total mileage is unknown. The Jeep was offered at reserve with parts manuals and partial records. This unique piece of history sold at auction for $12,000.
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