The $5,000 Challenge, end-of-summer edition

The ,000 Challenge, end-of-summer edition

1962 Pontiac Parisienne

Up in Vermont, the days are getting noticeably shorter and the nights cooler. Our trees haven’t really started changing color yet, but that’s coming in the next few weeks, and it won’t be too much longer before the snow starts to fly. With winter on the horizon, it’s time once again to ponder a project car to pass the long hours before next year’s show season begins.

Most of the cars in this $5,000 Challenge need work, but none require the kind of effort that would clog up a garage stall for years. Call these “light” projects, then, that with a bit of diligence could be ready to run by the time next year’s show season begins. Some need little more than detailing and perhaps a bit of maintenance, while a few others may even tax one’s panel-beating skills. Which would you want in your garage to wrench on over the winter season?


1971 Ford F100 Ranger long bed

1971 Ford F100 Ranger

La Junta sits on Colorado’s high plains about 60 miles east of Pueblo. Some would call the area high plains desert, since the annual rainfall totals just over 11 inches (though the annual snowfall adds another 21 inches). Grit, not salt, is used to provide traction for winter driving, meaning that La Junta isn’t a bad choice for sourcing a collector vehicle. This 1971 Ford F100 Ranger long bed has spent its life in the small farming community, likely hauling melons to market and supplies back to the farm. Considering its life as a work truck, it appears remarkably well-preserved, and likely wouldn’t need much work to keep using it for weekend chores. Even a show-quality restoration should be relatively economical for the do-it-yourselfer, given the pickup’s $4,995 asking price.

1971 Ford F100 Ranger 1971 Ford F100 Ranger 1971 Ford F100 Ranger 1971 Ford F100 Ranger


1967 Plymouth Valiant sedan

1967 Plymouth Valiant

For those who’d proclaim that the old car hobby is priced beyond the means of the average person, we offer this 1967 Plymouth Valiant as evidence to the contrary. Described as “unrestored” by the seller, the slant-six powered Plymouth has an unmistakable “driven to church on Sunday by a retired schoolteacher” vibe about it, and appears to need little more than a thorough cleaning and detailing to get it ready for next year. We’d probably spend our time researching the car’s backstory, since someone obviously treated this sensible sedan with reverence. The asking price? $4,995.

1967 Plymouth Valiant 1967 Plymouth Valiant 1967 Plymouth Valiant 1967 Plymouth Valiant


1972 Volkswagen 411

1972 Volkswagen 411

Sold here from 1971 to 1971, Volkswagen’s Type 4 is something of an odd footnote to the brand’s history. Never as popular as the similar Type 3, the VW 411 (and later, 412) offered a body styled by Pininfarina and a fuel-injected engine shared with the Porsche 914. Survivors are a rare sight today, which is why this example needs to find a home with an air-cooled VW enthusiast. As the seller points out, the three-door wagon needs some bodywork (most notably, on the passenger side), and sourcing (or building) replacement panels may take a bit of effort. The net result will be a practical weekend driver that draws plenty of “What is that?” comments, even from fans of more contemporary VWs. The asking price? $2,300.

1972 Volkswagen 411 1972 Volkswagen 411 1972 Volkswagen 411 1972 Volkswagen 411


1973 Ford Galaxie 500

1973 Ford Galaxie 500

This car’s description is brief, and the few included pictures don’t add much to the story. That said, it’s described as “in excellent drivable condition,” with fresh upholstery and a respray in the original under-the-radar brown often favored by law enforcement agencies. For $4,000, the next owner will be getting a low-mileage weekend driver that could, potentially, generate revenue if leased to studios for period films.

1973 Ford Galaxie 500 1973 Ford Galaxie 500 1973 Ford Galaxie 500 1973 Ford Galaxie 500


1962 Pontiac Parisienne two-door hardtop

1962 Pontiac Parisienne

Said to be an original car fresh from three decades in dry storage, the seller is upfront about the car’s strong points (everything works, no modifications or aftermarket parts) and well as its flaws (needs floor work and a small amount of frame work). For the hobbyist with the right skill set, neither would be daunting enough to cross the Poncho off the “interesting find” list, assuming that an inspection backs up the seller’s claims. The asking price? $4,995.

1962 Pontiac Parisienne 1962 Pontiac Parisienne 1962 Pontiac Parisienne 1962 Pontiac Parisienne


Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

From the seller’s description:

For sale is my 1970 Dodge Challenger original RT powered by a 383 V8 and a 4-speed manual. That drivetrain is original and numbers matching.

I’m fourth owner and I do know who owned the car since it was new. This Challenger is California build and has been in CA since new.

Original blue plate car with clean title and 89k miles on tachometer. It is factory non power steering car.

Car has original straight body and it was body on restored (new paint and vinyls) 12 years ago and has been garaged ever since. It runs, drives and sounds very good. There is proper big block rumble on idle too. Interior is in good condition with stock gauges and bucket seats and a center console with Hurst pistol grip shifter. Car is almost in original condition. Some engine parts (exhaust- and intake manifolds, carburetor, air cleaner, valve covers) has been upgraded during the time but I do have original date correct carburetor, proper air cleaner and right exhaust manifolds for it and those comes with the car.

This is a very nice example of american automotive history and will gain it’s value over time. Very original car with know history, original user manual and with matching numbers engine and transmission.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T



Location Marker

San Francisco, California

Magnifying Glass


Find more Dodges for sale on


First Holden Dealer Team 1969 Monaro GTS sells for AUS$500,000

First Holden Dealer Team 1969 Monaro GTS sells for AUS0,000

Photos courtesy Lloyds Auctioneers.

A crash and fire might have taken the first Holden Dealer Team-prepped car out of its very first race, but that front-page event also provided the key to the team’s win at Bathurst less than a month later, and the 1969 Monaro GTS survived to sell at auction last month for half a million dollars.

Even with Ford making official entries into Australian Touring Car races with its Falcon GTHO – and with a privateer Holden team showing that the Monaro could beat the Falcon at Bathurst in 1968 – General Motors wouldn’t officially provide funding to Holden for racing activities in the late 1960s.

Which is not to say that Holden executives were ready to leave all the winning to Ford. Instead, John Bagshaw in 1969 created the Holden Dealer Team – see, it was run by dealers, not by Holden itself! – figured out how to channel GM funding to it, and hired ex-Ford team manager Harry Firth to run the new team. Firth’s primary task: win Bathurst.

To do so, he not only added a couple untested but promising drivers – Colin Bond and Peter Brock – to a stable of veteran drivers, he also had his colleagues at Chevrolet send over a few blueprinted V-8s to drop into the Monaro sport coupe and to counter the 351 Windsors Ford was installing in the GTHO Phase I.

The first Monaro GTS 350 the team prepared (chassis number HT/13681/M) then went out for a shakedown run at that year’s Sandown Three-Hour Race, a precursor to Bathurst. Firth tapped Kevin Bartlett and Spencer Martin to drive the car, one of five GTS 350s in the running at the race. Martin appeared to be holding his own among the Falcons until about 45 minutes into the race when he lost all brakes and decided to send the Monaro into a skid to slow it down. The Monaro slowed, but as it skidded backwards off the course, the fuel tank split and caused a fire from which Martin narrowly escaped.

Martin, 30, reportedly retired from racing immediately after, but Firth wanted the Monaro stripped down to nuts and bolts to determine the cause of Martin’s off-road excursion. The team’s mechanics discovered that somebody had accidentally swapped the road brake pads for the race brake pads, leading to the terminal overheating of the brakes, but they also discovered premature ring wear in the engine, something easily corrected after GM engineers in Detroit recommended the use of chromemoly rings.

Firth entered three other GTS 350s in that year’s Bathurst, all equipped with better brake cooling, chromemoly rings, and drivers confident that nobody mixed up their brakes. Bond and Tony Roberts took first while the other two Monaros finished third and sixth. (One of Ford’s GTHOs DNF’d while the other two factory team cars finished fourth and fifth.)

Meanwhile, Holden rebuilt the Sandown Monaro and offered it for sale with just 700 miles on its 350. A Holden district sales manager and amateur racer named Tony Connolly bought it and proceeded to race it in hillclimbs and other local events, proudly showing off the scars that the fire left on the car and that Holden didn’t quite repair.

Since then, Connolly had Holden mechanically restore the Monaro and returned it to its Sandown livery. The subject of plenty of media attention prior to the August 19 Lloyds auction at Sandown, the GTS 350 was expected to sell for more than AUS $1 million to become the most expensive Holden sold at auction, besting the first Australian-built Holden, which sold in 2013 for AUS$672,000. Instead, the Monaro sold for AUS$500,000, or about US$395,000.

For more information on the Sandown auction, visit


AACA Museum announces fall opening for the new Clyne Gateway Exhibit Gallery

AACA Museum announces fall opening for the new Clyne Gateway Exhibit Gallery

Clyne Gateway

Rendering courtesy AACA Museum.

Back in April, our friends at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, announced that they had recently reached their fundraising goals to construct a new visitor entrance, the Clyne Gateway. Constructed in the style of a 1940s automobile dealership, complete with period-style chrome and glass, the new Clyne Gateway will echo similar full-size diorama-like display areas inside the museum. The new space will also double as an additional gallery for the museum.

The faux dealership’s showroom floor will accommodate two or three vehicles, along with an exhibit of artifacts and automotive advertising. It is anticipated that the space will host rotating displays comprised of the education resources of marque clubs and other automotive organizations which lack exhibition spaces of their own.

“This space,” says AACA Museum Executive Director, Jeffrey Bliemeister, “will be…used to build relationships between the Museum and the automotive community it serves.  We envision the space commemorating automotive milestones and anniversaries and providing exposure to the rich array of clubs that can be found throughout this vibrant hobby.”

Construction is scheduled to begin later this spring, but the first three displays have already been announced:

From the fall of 2017 to the spring of 2018, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) will display some of its collection in the new space; for the summer of 2018, the Clyne Gateway will be part of a museum-wide exhibition “The Road to Safer Cars” which is being guest curated by Roger White, of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; and club displays will return in autumn 2018 with an exhibit from the International Thunderbird Club (ITC).

Exhibitions in the Clyne Gateway will be available on a scheduled basis. Automotive clubs are invited to inquire with the museum about using the space. For further information on the new exhibition space, or to arrange your own visit to the museum, call 717-566-7100 or visit