EP022 Muscle Cars as Business Tools, A ’54 eBay Vette, Drop Top Auction Action, and more


In Episode 22 of Road Muscle Radio, Mark “Catfish” Groves & Brett Hatfield get in the weeds on an eBay Corvette we missed- maybe like a bullet, a collection auction that’ll drop your top and your jaw, how classic car prices are breaking records (and Catfish’s puny budget), total justification (in their minds, anyway!) on how totally right it is to put a muscle car to work for your bid’ness, and how the Ford Bronco may buck your urge to tune it. Plus talk about working on a 12 cylinder Mercedes, how cussing helps you fix your kid’s car, and more.




On ebay a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette was a Cool But Sad Barn Find

According to the listing:






It was a member of the first-generation Corvette, so it launched more than six decades ago. This means finding parts that are missing isn’t something easy to do, especially if you want to keep everything in there original.

What’s sad is that the engine that was installed on this 1954 Corvette was quite special. The 1953 and 1954 model years of the ‘Vette are the ones that also came with a straight-six engine (235ci/3.9-liter), while all the other versions were fitted with V8s. So yes, finding such a replacement could prove to be mission impossible, given not a lot of ’54 Corvettes packing this hardware are still around these days.

As for the price, it was listed at $28K, then at 24,900…then the seller ended the auction because “the item is no longer available.” Can you say wasn’t getting the starting price? Hopefully it actually did sell, to a collector, who’ll make it shiny again.




NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. — In rural Otter Tail County, one of the biggest collections of convertibles around will be auctioned off in September.

New York Mills farmer Ron Windels and his wife Carol will auction off most of their two-dozen convertibles.

“I have collected every car from Impala or Bel Air from 1955-1969,” Ron Windels said.

A sharp yellow Chevy, and a classic 1957 is the heart of any collection. There are also Fords like his 1957 Ford Fairlane retractable.

There is also a unique story about this Plum Crazy 1970 Charger. Ron recently brought it to a car show, when someone walked up and talked to him about it being his car.

“The guy said ‘that is my car. I figured it was my car because I saw there was a pin I put in the windshield-wiper bracket, to hold it down when I took it up to 120 mph, it would fly off,'” Ron Windels said.

His wife Carol said Ron always told her the collection of cars were for her.

“I would just roll my eyes, and then accept it,” Carol Windels said. “You just never know what he will bring home next, and why.”

Ron’s first car was his 1962 Chevy Impala convertible, which is when he got the bug. His family then sold it while he was serving in Vietnam. Windels had been drafted into the Army in 1968, while he had a new wife and baby at home. He has many emotions about that dark time.

He eventually came back home, but was wounded in the war.

“I remember the day I heard he was wounded,” Carol Windels remembers. “(I was) frantic.”

In 1969, Ron Windels received the Purple Heart in honor of his service.

The Windels now spend winter in Arizona, and now this collection of cars will make others very happy.

The sale will be held Sept. 19 just outside of New York Mills.  Here’s the link if you want a look-see:





Classic-car prices are setting new auction records

In a year that’s racking up new price records for classic cars, a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB sold for $3.08m at the Gooding & Co auction earlier this month.

It is claimed to be a world record price for a car sold on an online auction.

The 275 GTB coupe long nose, with coach work by Scaglietti, was only one of 40 units that was factory-equipped with an improved torque tube driveshaft and the optional high-performance six-carburetor (6C) intake, which were clearly desirable features for its unnamed new owner to lay out such a hefty sum.

Classic Ferraris with good provenance are in high demand and cars from the Italian stable fetched four of the five top prices at the Gooding & Co online auction held from August 3-7.

Bloomberg reports that Ferraris also achieved six of the top 10 prices in RM Sotheby’s “Driving into Summer” online sale in May, including a 2003 Ferrari Enzo that sold for $2.64m which was the previous record price for an online classic-car sale.

American muscle cars are also punching big holes into collectors’ budgets.

In July a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 “R-Model” prototype set the overall world record for a car auction by fetching $3.85m at the Mecum Auction in Indianapolis, US — a live auction attended by bidders.

It was the second time this year that a Mustang had sold for more than $3m after the famous 1968 Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Bullitt was sold by Mecum Auctions for $3.74m in Florida in January.

Mecum reported that it was its most successful Indianapolis auction in 33 years, with 78% of the l,800 vehicles sold, showing a pent-up demand for high-value classic cars in spite of an economy-ravaging lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than $70m worth of classic and collectable cars have been sold online by the world’s top auction houses since the start of the pandemic, says Bloomberg.

While Ferraris and muscle Fords are achieving high prices, the Porsche bubble seems to have popped after classic 911s scaled big heights over the past years.

At the most recent Gooding sale, a 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera and a 1978 Porsche 928 failed to reach their low-price reserves, and a 1971 Porsche 911 in rally-style livery achieved a high bid of $630,000 — half its $1.2m high estimate.

David Gooding, CEO of Gooding & Company says “All things being equal, newer and better-known cars fare better in online sales than older cars.”

Gooding also says “Pandemic online sales are still a new world. There is still a lot of unknown. The market is good and strong, but you can’t just be totally bullish about everything.”

While high-end rarities are selling for record prices overseas, the local market for mid-tier classics is very flat at the moment, says Sean Feeney, CEO of Randburg classic-car dealership Executive Cars.

Sales are slow in that segment and prices have decreased for certain cars, indicating it may be a buyer’s market.

“The lockdown has exacerbated a trend that’s seen the value of cars like Porsche 911s and Pagoda Mercedes take a pounding in the past year,” he says.



Sure. It’s for BUSINESS.  You bet.

From fastmsuclecar.com, som reasons for saying how your new muscle car could be one of the one of the best purchases for your business.

First impressions are everything when it comes to business. That doesn’t just mean the first handshake and greeting as they welcome you into the boardroom. That first impression starts from the moment you pull into the parking lot. By arriving to their premises in a luxury muscle car, you are selling yourself to the person you’re having a meeting with.

A sweet, not-my-price muscle car also says you’ve already had a lot of success in business to be able to afford it.

If your car is well maintained, it shows you are responsible, good at looking after things that are valuable to you, and have a good eye for detail.

All these qualities will make whoever you’re meeting more confident that they can trust what you’re saying, and more likely to want to work with you.

Your ride can also help you make new contacts. People may stop you on the street to start a conversation about it. Depending on who stops you, that initial chat could lead to further discussions and maybe even secure you a new customer or investor in your business.

There are also a number of events which you could attend with your muscle car to help make new business contacts. For example, Fast Lane Drive is an exotic car club in San Diego where members are not only passionate about their cars, but eager to network with people with the same interests. They hold events all over the West Coast for entrepreneurs and car enthusiasts to meet up in a fun and exciting way.

Aaaand good old horsepower therapy. It’s important that you take time out of your busy schedule to relax. A muscle car offers you many different ways of relaxing. It could be that you fancy a change of scenery and want to go for a scenic drive to somewhere picturesque in your state or further afield.

Many people also find maintaining their vehicle relaxes them. I’ve discovered it helps you vent by cursing a lot. And it’s more satisfying yelling at oil and not an email.







The Bronco May Feature The Same Level Of Cybersecurity Hurdles As The C8

When Ford announced that they will be offering over 200 accessories for the Bronco when it hits dealer showrooms, they made it clear they expect people to customize the SUV.

However- tuning the Ford Bronco may prove to be a futile effort.

The modern ECUs that control all of the techno-wizardry are extremely complicated, with serious cybersecurity and encryption measures so morons don’t screw with your vehicle by proxy.

As a result, this has made it much more difficult for aftermarket companies to do any sort of engine tuning.

Like other vehicles that allow OTA updates, like the C8 Corvette from General Motors, the aftermarket could be stonewalled from accessing the ECU from its cybersecurity measures.

“We have to walk carefully there because a lot of the systems interface with each other and the aftermarket doesn’t always think about those interfaces,” said Bronco Program Manager Jeff Seaman in an interview with Muscle Cars & Trucks. “We’re going to have to work with our strategic partners and make sure that they provide things to the customer that are certainly robust.”

“There’s a SEMA agreement where we authorize third parties to make engine calibrations and updates,” said Seaman. “I think this is definitely an opportunity to explore as we go forward. We’ve got the OTA architecture in place for the Bronco, but how that works with third party developers vs doing it in house and internal updates is still something to see how it will work.”

But don’t worry. There’s a 12 year old somewhere in a basement, covered in Cheetoh dust and tweaking on Mountain Dew, that’ll use their tablet to break in by the time they turn 15.

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