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Old 07-26-2012, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default McMullen 32 Roadster

During the Meecum auction in Des Moines on TV, (the owner of Meecum Auctions) made the announcement that he just secured the McMullens 32 Roadster for the Auction in California. Did anybody else hear that announcement. If so, It`ll be the highest selling price for a 32.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: McMullen 32 Roadster

Totally not meant to start a shit-storm but.....

Wonder what the highest price paid for a '32 has been to date? Not the cost to build but the highest purchase price.

If McMullen's isn't the highest, I imagine it'll come close.

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Old 07-26-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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I'd rather have the Doane Spencer roadster.

I remember watching Tom drive that thing through Bob's drive in in Whittier in the 60's, don't know how he made it through the line without overheating.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
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Default Re: McMullen 32 Roadster

I think the key here is which McMullen roadster. He had a few over the years.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:02 PM   #5
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Default Re: McMullen 32 Roadster

I didn`t start this to talk about the price of the car. I made that comment because of the long history of the car and the coverage it has had in Street Rodder. .
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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.................................and the coverage it has had in Street Rodder. .
And Hot Rod..........And Popular Hot Rodding. It is an iconic car. I was a teenager in the 60's. When someone asks me for MY idea of a hot rod, it's the first car that pops into my head.
Is the car still in El Paso?
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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And Hot Rod..........And Popular Hot Rodding. It is an iconic car.
Is the car still in El Paso?
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It's still here as far as I know.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #8
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If you collect the HRM and the 2 PHR articles, you get to see the car right before and right after the switch to Chevy trans and Chevy-based QC. I think I also have an early feature from when McMullen had just bought it...one of the small obscure custom/rod magazines.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:49 PM   #9
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I think the key here is which McMullen roadster. He had a few over the years.
And don't forget the clone that the magazine built as well.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:51 PM   #10
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I have a Hot Rod magazine around here somewhere where McMullen has it listed for sale for $5K. I suspect that this time around the selling price will be higher.
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Yeah, weren't there at least three "McMullen roadsters"?

Original one, Moser-engined one, and the SR Magazine poorly-done copy.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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Didn't the original build have the car start with a credit card?? It turned the hot rod world on it's ass back in the day. I used to have both front covers of the car 15 or 20 years apart......Lost them somewhere... TBJ
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #13
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Here's the "Mosher" one I took when we were in Visalia for Roadster Roundup in the mid 70's
How many knew the logo on the early Street Rodder covers were his pet cougar?---He even brought the cougar to our LAR meeting one night!---On a leash!!!
Also his magazine letters TRM stood for his first wife & Tom (Tom & Rosemary McMullen).
Lots of "Inside stories" on Tom over the early years!----Don
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:39 PM   #14
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Yea, there are clones and later "tribute" builds, but only one "THE McMullen 32".
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Didn't the original build have the car start with a credit card?? It turned the hot rod world on it's ass back in the day. I used to have both front covers of the car 15 or 20 years apart......Lost them somewhere... TBJ
Credit card was probably the 1980ish Moser car.
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Also his magazine letters TRM stood for his first wife & Tom (Tom & Rosemary McMullen).
Rosemary Genuso was Tom's first wife, but I can't remember anyone ever calling her anything but "Rose" Well, there were a few choice names after the divorce, but that's a different story. She Drag Raced A '57 Corvette under the name Wild Rose.
When I first went to work for McMullen (Truckin' Magazine) I was introduced to one of the cougar's (not Rose, but the big ass cat) about scared me to death (there were 3, Cibie, Spoke, and Wheel) - there was also a Black Panther and a Leopard. And at onetime a Bobcat, but I think Dave Brackett took that one home as a pet. Tom and Rose divorced in 1974. He married Deana in '78 and she was with him in the plane when they passed.
The company name had changed to McMullen Publications, then when Tom partnered with Ken Yee it became McMullen & Yee. In 95 that was bought out by K-III and certain titles were now published as McMullen-Argus Publishing, which was renamed Primedia in 1997. Then in 2005 Primaedia was bought out by The Source Company which became Source Interlink, which brings us to today. Whew!
As for the original 32, doesn't Jorge Zaragoza still own the car?

Hey Don, did you know Lynn Rosevear when he was in LA Roasters as well?
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:02 PM   #18
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[QUOTE=hotroddon;8003334] McMullen Publications, then when Tom partnered with Ken Yee it became McMullen & Yee. In 95 that was bought out by K-III and certain titles were now published as McMullen-Argus Publishing, which was renamed Primedia in 1997. Then in 2005 Primaedia was bought out by The Source Company which became Source Interlink, which brings us to today. Whew!
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I started working mfor VW Trends magazine (now deceased) in September of '97, and it was still McMullen-Argus. It was briefly K-III, but the word I got from Greg Brown, Editor of european car, was that the CEO was at some function, and thre speaker introduced him as "The CEO of KILL Magazines"
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Getting further off track.. Before moving from Niagara Falls to California & marrying Tom, Rose was a regular winner at Niagara International Dragway.
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McMullen Publications, then when Tom partnered with Ken Yee it became McMullen & Yee. In 95 that was bought out by K-III and certain titles were now published as McMullen-Argus Publishing, which was renamed Primedia in 1997. Then in 2005 Primedia was bought out by The Source Company which became Source Interlink, which brings us to today. Whew!
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I started working mfor VW Trends magazine (now deceased) in September of '97, and it was still McMullen-Argus. It was briefly K-III, but the word I got from Greg Brown, Editor of european car, was that the CEO was at some function, and thre speaker introduced him as "The CEO of KILL Magazines"
I think I remember that it was late '97, so that might make sense. When VW Trends started in the 70's, Tom called on his old friend Lynn Rosevear from the LA Roadsters who then owned the Auto Haus stores and Race Trim brands of VW parts to help out. The first few issues had Auto Haus mini catalogs in them. I think Bob Clark was editor then
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