Ultimate Garage 2.0: Car #6; Bart Starr

My condolences to the Starr family and to the Packers family. The quarterback for the great Lombardi Packer teams, Bart Starr, died on Sunday at the age of 85. From the 1962 Packers chapter in my football book here is the article on Starr:

 

 

Starr played for the Packers from 1956 through 1971 and was their head coach from 1975 through 1983. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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With this car, Car #6, we have reached the pinnacle of Ultimate Garage 2.0. This car and the next one are my two favorite cars ever. Why didn’t I just have a two-car Ultimate Garage 2.0? What fun would that be?  🙂

For most cars massive overhauling would disqualify them from consideration. However, some cars have been modified so often that those non-stock versions are a significant part of the car universe. A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Restomod is hardly a one-off.

 

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The top photo, of what I believe is a stock ’67 Corvette Convertible with the auxiliary hardtop in place, is from owlshead.org. The second photo of a ’67 Restomod is from Mecum and shows a vehicle offered at the Indianapolis auction in 2013. The third photo is from myclassicgarage.com while the bottom photo is by yours truly and is of a beautiful ’67 restomod sold at the January, 2019 Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona.

I seriously considered having a ’67 Corvette Restomod built. I exchanged many emails with a “local” company about the process and visited their shop. In the end, however, I decided that since I possess neither an infinite amount of time nor money I would pass on a restomod and buy a 2016 Corvette Z06. (No points for guessing if that car ends up in Ultimate Garage 2.0.) I have dreams, but I live in the real world.

Since this car is a restomod discussing stock drivetrains is irrelevant in my opinion. My plan for the restomod was to have an LS motor installed which, with a few tweaks, would produce about 550 HP at the crankshaft. I would probably have had a 6-speed automatic transmission installed, but might have gone for the 8-speed 8L90E. It would, obviously, have had a custom chassis with modern suspension and brakes (probably C7 Corvette). The auxiliary hardtop would have been a must and I doubt it would have been removed very much if the project had come to fruition.

Since this car is not stock I cannot rely on Hagerty for a value. It is possible to spend $100,000 on a restomod and it is possible to spend $500,000. I am going to “pencil in” a value of $150,000, which is based on the discussions I had with the company that probably would have built my restomod. While my wonderful wife and I are not poor, barring an unforeseen change in our finances this car (and its companion at the top of my car pyramid) will have to remain a “White Whale.”

 

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More From Scottsdale

Another one of these:

This is actually sunrise and not sunset. I understand why the population of the Phoenix metropolitan area grew from about 1,000,000 in 1970 to more than 4,000,000 in 2010.

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My wonderful wife’s parents graciously paid for VIP accommodations at the Barrett-Jackson auction (in addition to first-class airfare). We opted for the Luxury Lounge, which is the middle of the three VIP levels. The lovely Kayla (once again, I don’t know if I have spelled her name correctly) mentioned in this post was a hostess in the Luxury Lounge.

For the three biggest days of the auction (Thursday-Saturday) we had exclusive seating above the arena floor that provided a great view of the event. We were provided breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. We also had reserved seats on the auction floor for those three days, which I made sure I used at least part of the time.

 

A picture of the gracious and gorgeous “J” with Barrett-Jackson. (If she’s reading this, or even if she’s not, I didn’t take this picture.) She patiently answered all of our questions, some of which were inane, and co-hosted our tour of the auction block. She also made sure we had reserved seats for all four of us even though my wife’s father didn’t register as a bidder until right before the auction.

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Oh, you want to see some cars…

This is the 1967 restomod Corvette that was my favorite car at the auction and that I hoped I might have a chance to buy. Uh, I don’t think so…counting the buyer’s commission the car sold for almost $200,000. That’s substantially more than I have been quoted to build a custom restomod from scratch, although of course I wouldn’t have had to wait 18-24 months. I don’t know how much this car cost to build.

I’m going to break my arm patting myself on the back. Ten years ago restomods were sneered at by Corvette purists and did not command much attention or money at auctions. I’ve always thought they were the way to go—if you can accept not having modern safety systems like airbags, ABS and traction control—because they are still safer and more reliable than original cars but retain the classic look. Now, a good restomod will almost always hammer at a higher price than a good original car unless it’s a really rare and important car like an L88.

Anyway, this is all moot to me now because I have decided to buy a late-model C7 Z06. I just don’t want my wonderful wife riding in a car without modern safety features. In addition, I can spend much less than the cost of a custom restomod either as a build or at auction.

 

Although most of the cars were “modern” and, once again, I think the diversity of offerings is not quite what it could or should be (yes, I know auction houses are at the mercy of consignors and potential buyers), there were a few cars like this:

I was quite smitten with this 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Deluxe Sports Roadster and I’m not sure why. The car hammered at $40,000 meaning the buyer actually paid $44,000. I believe I read that total sales for the recently concluded auction reached $130 million. Given that Barrett-Jackson makes at least 18% on each car (10% from the buyer, 8% from the seller on no reserve cars—10% on reserve lots) that means they grossed over $23 million in commissions at Scottsdale. That also means the average sale price was over $70,000. Be suspicious of averages, though. I would also like to know what the median sale price was. Hey, Barrett-Jackson, I know someone who’s really good at math who would love to work for you part-time or as a consultant!

Anyone have any thoughts they’d like to share?

 

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Many Thanks!

Even though October has more than a week left the number of views for Disaffected Musings has reached an all-time monthly high. The number of unique visitors set a new monthly “record” earlier in October.

Thanks to all of the Hemmings and Car and Driver readers who have visited here. Thanks to John Kraman (@CarKraman on Twitter), host of Mecum Auto Auctions, for following Disaffected Musings on Twitter. Thanks to 56packardman, BillBabowsky, C/2 and CV for reading and commenting on a regular basis.

I greatly appreciate the increase in views. Please keep reading, please post thoughtful comments if you are so inclined and please tell others and share the blog URL (https://disaffectedmusings.com).

How else can I show my gratitude? Will this suffice?

A picture of the amazingly beautiful Cristy Lee from her website cristylee.tv. Too sexist? OK, how about this?

 

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From superchevy.com a picture of a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette restomod. I particularly like the color combination as I envision the exterior color for my restomod being a hybrid of teal and charcoal or teal and gray.

Even though I probably will not take possession of my restomod for 2-3 years, barring unforeseen circumstances, I have already finalized what I want in the car, more or less. It is often written that if a person writes down their goals those goals are more likely to be achieved. It is also said that a person can “jinx” themselves by expressing their goals too soon. From a practical perspective, until I can tap into my retirement accounts without penalty at age 59 1/2 this project cannot really start unless unforeseen circumstances make it possible for me to do so.

Do any of you think about building a restomod, whether or not you do the work yourself? If so, what kind of car? As I have written so many times that most of you are probably tired of reading it, I own a car for the purpose of driving it even if it’s just 3,000-4,000 miles a year. This is 2018; I don’t want a car with a carburetor, drum brakes, points-based ignition, bias-ply tires, or a single reservoir master cylinder. I’m going to insist on air bags for my restomod. I mean, they’re going to have to install a modern wiring harness, right? Why can’t I have at least four airbags (passenger front and side, driver front and side)?

If any of you saw the master list of features I would want in my restomod you wouldn’t believe it. I must have at least 100 items on there, most of which I will not be able to afford on my car. Oh well, maybe unforeseen circumstances will intervene, but I’m not holding my breath or I’d suffocate.

Thanks again for reading. Please feel free to let me know what I can do better, what topics you want to see, etc.

 

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