The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Cars For Sale' started by bobwop, May 16, 2014.
1963 Chevy Impala 409/4 speed convertible $ SOLD
1956 Chevy Cameo Pickup $ SOLD
1948 Chevy 3100 Panel Truck $ SOLD
1953 Mercury Monterey "Royal Tahitian" Custom $39,995
John D'Agostino designed this car in the 80's. He showed it in California and won Best of Show at the 1986 West Coast Customs show. He traded this car for Gene Winfield's Jade Idol and then lost track of it.
My good friend Guy Zaninovich found it in Michigan and alerted me that it was for sale. It made John happy when he was able to reconnect with one of his creations.
The most recent owner was an engineer at Ford. He decided this car needed to be a capable driver. He went through the powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes from front to back and top to bottom. I can attest that this car is a wonderful driver.
And it is a very attractive show car. The paint is still in wonderful condition. The chrome is lovely. All the glass is tinted and new.
My favorite highlight is the interior. The pearl white pleated vinyl is stunning. The piping makes it just pop. The theme is carried from the dash to the trunk. It is a real crowd pleasure.
There are many custom features on this car. 55 Pontiac Grill, 54 Mercury bumpers, 57 Chrysler taillights, frenched and smoothed, lowered.
The engine is a Chevy 350 and the trans is a THM400. Lots of bling beneath the hood. There is working vintage heat/AC. The steering column is by GM. The steering and brakes are both power. The front brakes are disc. The rear end is an 8" Ford with 2.79 gears.
This car was originally a trailer queen and went from show to show. Now it can be driven to the shows. You are guaranteed to draw a crowd.
1954 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Starfire Convertible $89,995
This is my second ownership of this wonderful car. I love Oldsmobiles and 54/55 are my favorite years. Obviously this is the top of the food chain.
I sold it to a very particular collector. He bought it with about 48,000 miles on the odometer. It was in great condition. But he got started on it and just couldn't stop. New tires, brakes, suspension, hydraulic system, interior, etc., etc., etc. He spent $20,000 on the car. And drove it 2000 miles!
So now it sits just over 50,000 on the odometer. Built at Southgate (California) and all it useful life spent in Oklahoma. The most recent stop was Florida. It has always been garage kept and is very, very original in appearance.
You really need to see it to believe it. Words and photos just won't express the quality of this car. Sensational is not a strong enough term. I recently drove it an hour to a well-attended Cruise Night. It had a crowd of admirers all evening. Driving home, I took the Interstate. 80-85 mph was common and it had plenty more. It LOVED the exercise.
There is nothing left to do but enjoy. It is a phenomenal car to drive. It is a wonderful car to show and is definitely Concours worthy. The colors are splendid, the chrome is awesome, the interior is simply stunning.
1949 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible $32,995
This is my second stint as the caretaker of this great car. I sold it five years ago to a Doctor from PA. He purchased it as an anniversary gift for his parents. They took their honeymoon in a twin to this car. Unfortunately, Mom passed away recently and Dad is not able to cope with the emotions generated by this car. I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to own it again.
Gloria Pearl of Massachusetts was the first owner of the car for over 60 years. She purchased it when is was two years old. This car was always garage kept and no expense was spared to keep it in tip-top condition.
During Ms. Pearl’s tenure as caretaker it was repainted to the original metallic grey. There is no filler in this car. It has always been rust and damage free.
She also invested a fortune to keep the mechanicals in great condition. The engine was rebuilt just a few miles ago for almost $6,000. The brakes and front suspension were rebuilt. The electrical system and starter we rebuilt. A new hydraulic pump and lines were installed so the power seat, top and windows work. The exhaust was replaced.
Due to her commitment to the presentation of her beloved 98 Olds, it capably passed emissions and safety tests. She was prepared for future repairs, too. There are boxes of new parts in the trunk. And an envelope full of receipts and documents of her investment as well.
She invested in a wonderful car in 1951. Other than a Cadillac there wasn’t must on the road that had the performance and elegance of this car. The 303 Rocket v8 runs better then new. The hydramatic transmission operates perfectly.
She equipped the car with some aftermarket overrides. They are something we have never seen. They are quiet stylish. She also had a spotlight/mirror combination installed.
At some point she decided the original tan Convertible top was not the look she preferred. Her Choice of Black certainly enhanced the appearance of her Olds.
When we bought the car the original seat and upholstery was beyond repair. New upholstery and carpet have brought her 98 Olds back to its glory.
This is a wonderful car to drive. The mechanicals are in perfect condition. The glass is good except for the left side window. The Coker Classic wide whitewall bias ply tires are in good shape as well. The chrome is mostly very nice, as is the stainless. The paint looks Great, but upon close inspection it’s age and use are evident. The interior is wonderful.
This car is certainly significant. It will be welcome at any show. While it may not be a trophy winner, it certainly is not a trailer queen.
Ms. Pearl gave her car the best care and a wonderful life. It was a special part of her life.
We look forward to placing it in the hands of the new owner that will afford it the same dignity.
please PM me with your reasonable cash offers or your running/driving trade proposal
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