It’s been a busier than usual couple of weeks living in car Mecca. This past week was the Holy Grail – Scottsdale Arizona Auction Week. (For those not interested in “alternative facts,” Scottsdale only hosts most of the auctions. RM is in Phoenix. Silver is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.) The buildup started with the […]
This is Patrick Nichols, a charming fella from Tennessee. Behind him is a 1970 Chevelle. Not like Brian’s from high school – this one wasn’t built for grandma. The good news: it is an L78, which means it has a Muncie M21 4 speed and a 12-bolt, 4:10:1 Positraction differential to turn the output of its 396 big-block V8 with “aluminum low-rise intake, solid-lifter cam, 11.0:1 compression, square-port heads, and a Holley 780-cfm carb” into blazing speed. Basically, as built, it was the best Chevelle ever. It’s one of about 2,144.
The good and or bad news depending on your feelings on barn finds: this car was sitting in a storage lot for 33 years or so. But, it was in Fresno. There’s oxidation – it’s now the main color, but it is a surface decoration, not a death sentence. And, unlike forgotten cars in Phoenix, the rubber bits are old, but not reduced to powder by the unrelenting sun and heat.
The origin story for this find is here. The future of this car, whether a restoration or “as found” starts here. It sells Thursday, January 19. You can bid by phone if you’re not in Scottsdale swimming in auctions like us.
[Ed.: Too late. It sold for a hammer price of $27,000 (plus fees and buyer’s premium)].
What to drive when a Saab is too common and you can’t afford a TVR. Sadly for you, it is already in the hands of a new owner. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the sheer madness of Apex Frenchiness.
What I really really love is the chance to shoot it in a garage. A little bit steampunk, A little bit postmodern industrial grunge. A whole lot of ruin porn.
It’s for sale on January 18 in Scottsdale. If you win it, I am happy to store it in my garage for a while. As long as you don’t mind some value added “weathering.” [Ed.: somebody bought it for $374,000.]