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« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2013, 01:08:54 PM »

This 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible needed some work, especially on the interior.  It was a bare-bones car that had the 390 CID V-8, no power steering, no power brakes, no a/c, no nothing.  But, it looked decent and ran well.  The pics in the ad seem to indicate that it is rot free.  It seemed like a bargain at $5,495.  And judging by the sale price of $7,900, it was .  .  .



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It seems like every time I see one of these Caprice convertibles, it always has a custom paint scheme and giant wheels, (the ad for this car even says to, "Slam a set of 26” wheels on this baby and your ready to roll!"  I think not).  Seeing one stock is quite refreshing, especially in the triple white combo.  A total of 8,349 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Convertibles, (style BN67) were produced in this final year for the convertible, 1975.  These big Chevy's have managed to hold their value quite well.  Asking price on this 60k original mile car was $14,995, and it sold for $13,500.  I'd own it for that price !



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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2013, 01:22:46 PM »

Next to the Caprice sat another one of my favorites from that day.  This is a 1979 Lincoln Mark V "Collector Series" edition.  Thanks to our worthless Federal Government and its CAFE requirements, automakers were rushing to downsize their products in the late 1970s.  GM hacked away at the Cadillac Eldorado after 1978, (although what resulted was actually quite good looking).  Ford managed to hold on to the absolutely beautiful and nearly flawless Mark V for one more year, (the Mark VI introduced in 1980 wasn't so fortunate).  In recognition of the event, a "Collector Series" edition was created for both the Continental and Mark Series for 1979.



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This particular car had a mere 9k original miles on the odometer.  All kinds of original documentation came with the car, like the original bill of sale.  This car had the rare optional moonroof.  According to this automotivemileposts.com page, a total of 6,262 Collector Series Mark Vs were produced, with 3,900 cars being Midnight Blue.  





Asking price was $15,495, which may seem expensive until you realize that this car had only 9k miles on the clock.  It ended up selling for $14,500.  This is one of my all-time favorite cars, and would definitely be worth that kind of money to me .  .  .


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« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2013, 03:08:25 PM »

Speaking of the Cadillac Eldorado, this decent 1976 convertible was sitting behind the above Mark V.  Overall, the car looked pretty decent, even though I'm not a big fan of the "El Deora" trim package, (especially those wheels).  It wasn't a perfect car  -  the rear window was broken, the a/c didn't work, and the paint and interior showed their age.  But, the previous owner had the car for 20 years, and the odometer showed 87k miles.  It was advertised for a mere $6,895, but ended up selling for $6,000 !  For an Eldorado Convertible in decent shape, that's downright cheap .  .  .



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On the "not-so-cheap" side sat this 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine.  Just under 4,000 Series 75 cars were produced in multiple body configurations, making this car quite rare.  The ad indicates that it is "one of only 1,075 of these cars ever made," which would make it an 8-passenger sedan, (style 7523). I don't have the asking price listed for this car.  But, it sold for $23,500.



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Behind the limo sat an unusual Citroen DS 21 from 1970.  My Complete Book of Collectible Cars calls it a "unique design," which is actually quite an understatement.



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Underneath that "unique" skin sat some pretty advanced engineering for the time, the most significant of which was the hydropneumatic suspension used at all 4 corners.  Each wheel is connected to an hydraulic unit, as opposed to a metal spring or air bag.  This provides not only automatic level control, but also a variable ride height that is controlled by the driver.  It sold well in Europe, but not in the US where it was available from 1956 - 1972, (around 38,000 were sold here).

And from the "Huh ?"  file .  .  .

Classic & Sports Car magazine polled 20 world-renowned car designers a few years ago and asked them to identify the "Most Beautiful Car of All Time."  Beating out the likes of the Jaguar XK120 and E-Type, the Aston Martin DB9, and everything from Maranello, the DS stood atop the list.  This just proves that even famous car designers need to have their eyes checked on a regular basis.





Looking at the above picture of the Citroen, your eyes just can't help but be drawn to the Ford Taurus behind it that looks like it has been vandalized, (I didn't actually take a picture of it for that reason).  However, the story behind that otherwise ordinary 1986 Taurus involves the country music trio SHeDAISY  -  sisters Kelsi, Kristyn and Kassidy Osborn. 


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The story goes that the girls drove this car to Nashville at the beginning of their music career.  After the success of their first album "The Whole SHeBANG," the girls gave the car it's "custom" paint work.





It sold for $2,185 .  .  .
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« Reply #33 on: September 22, 2013, 11:47:20 PM »

Earlier, I mentioned that MotoExotica always has a few unusual and/or seldom seen items in inventory.  One such item was a Renault city bus that came from Paris, France.



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This 1931 Renault Model TN6A bus was originally in service in Paris.  A route map was still in place inside the passenger compartment when I took my photos.  





At some point, the bus made its way to Chicago where it was used by the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company department store.  In 1964, the bus was donated to the St. Louis Transportation Museum.  Asking price was $18,995, somewhat steep considering the bus did not run.  It was sold for $7,000.





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« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2013, 09:59:50 PM »

I too really like that '75 Caprice conv and the 9K mile Mark V Collector Series. 
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« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2013, 12:59:24 AM »

I've driven a Caprice before.  Howdy Ellenberger had a '75 Caprice Convertible in his museum.  His was bright red with a white interior and white top.  If I remember right, his car had something like 20k miles on the odometer .  .  .
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« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2013, 01:19:14 AM »

And finally, I saved my favorite for last .  .  .

Keen eyes may have spotted in the background of the above photo of the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible what looks to be a decent, but not perfect Lincoln Continental Convertible.  Lincoln produced a mere 3,138 "Suicide Door" convertibles for the 1963 model year.  This particular car was advertised as "all original," and having "no restoration ever being done."



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This was a 2-owner car, with the last owner having the car since 1971.  It started, ran, and stopped just fine.  The top worked except for the opening/closing of the trunk lid.  And, there were no holes in the body or floor.  The asking price was $5,995, i.e. downright cheap for a suicide door Lincoln convertible that isn't a basket case !  I should have found a way to take it home, but I couldn't.  It later sold for $7,100.





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« Reply #37 on: March 19, 2014, 02:00:40 AM »

Daniel Schmitt Classic Car Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri .  .  .  
May 16, 2004
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For whatever reason, my wife and I were in the St. Louis area and decided to stop by Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars again.  Just like what happened on my first visit to Schmitt, a Ferrari managed to catch my eyes first, this time a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe sitting out front.





My first thought upon seeing this car was that it had to be a replica.  A total of 1,284 GTB Berlinettas and 122 GTS Spyders were produced over the model run.  And even back then they were selling for well into the 6 figures.  One simply does not park an original Daytona outside.  

My suspicions were confirmed.  This car was a replica built on a 1980 Nissan 280ZX chassis.  Personally, I think it looks great.  I'd own it !





Behind the Daytona sat a beautiful 1956 Ford Thunderbird.  Asking price was $31,900.





Sitting in front of the first showroom were several Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadsters.  





These cars were all mid-1980s 560SL Roadsters.  I like the color on this one in particular.





The unusual combination of Corvettes and Rollers occupied most of the space in the first showroom.  





I've always liked the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio from the early 1990s.  These three were all beautiful 1995 models.





You could tell that summer had arrived.  The number of Porsche 911s had substantially increased since our last visit.





This is a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner 383 that was listed for $14,900.





The 8-Series BMW has always been a favorite of mine.  This particular 1992 model is quite rare having the V-12 engine/6-speed manual transmission combination.  Asking price was $28,900.





Behind the Bimmer sat a very original 1970 Ford Mustang convertible.  Asking price was a very reasonable $14,900.


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« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2014, 10:16:49 PM »

Is that a '70 GTO Judge in the left of center behind the white C3?



My '70 came with those same hubcaps. I've still got them in one of my buildings.

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« Reply #39 on: March 20, 2014, 12:03:26 AM »


Is that a '70 GTO Judge in the left of center behind the white C3?



It's actually a 1968 GTO that had been made into a Judge tribute.





The Judge didn't arrive until 1969.  This must have been a really nice car.  The asking price was $18,900 .  .  .






My '70 came with those same hubcaps. I've still got them in one of my buildings.



That's what I really liked about that Mustang.  It appeared to be completely original .  .  .
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continued .  .  .
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This Karmann Ghia looked pretty nice.  I like the color.





This is a 1969 Plymouth GTX, a 440 car with an asking price of $28,900.





This 1965 Impala SS was another remarkably original car.  Asking price was a quite decent $14,900.





The Ford Thunderbird received a complete redesign for the 1961 model year.  The new styling theme was very well received with more than 73k sold that year, including 10,516 4-seat convertibles.  For 1962, Ford stylists created the Sports Roadster.  This convertible package included Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and a fiberglass tonneau cover for the rear seats.  The idea was to completely cover the rear seats, thus giving the look of a 2-seat roadster.  The only problem was that there was nowhere to store the tonneau cover once removed.  

An original Sports Roadster is quite rare, (1,427 were produced for 1962, and 455 for 1963).  I believe aftermarket tonneau kits are/were available.  So it's hard to tell if the 1962 Thunderbird convertible in the photo below is an original Sports Roadster.  





The Allante was an integral part of Cadillac's self-inflicted near death experience of the 1980s.  The beautiful Pininfarina body covered an exceptionally underwhelming package.  Customers avoided it like the plague.  This particular car is a 1988 model that had an asking price of $11,900.





This beautiful 1971 Pontiac Firebird was another very original 400/4-speed car.  Asking price was a pretty reasonable $12,900.





The lower parking lot featured, basically, two cars.    The Jaguar XJS .  .  .





.  .  . and the Porsche 911.





If you were looking for an XJS or a 911 with a particular color combination or option package, you would probably have been able to find it here.  I don't know what the color on this 1995 XJS is called.  But I love it !  Asking price for the 55k original mile car was $19,900.





I also like the color on this Rolls Royce that was sitting in front of the lower showroom.  I'll say it again - I'd love to have a Roller !





Speaking of the lower showroom, a bunch more Porsches, Rollers, and other beautiful machines were contained therein.





My favorite car of the day ?





Asking price on the 3k original mile 911 GT2 twin turbo beast was $139,500.  





Daniel Schmitt remains one of my favorite dealerships of that area.  Great place .  .  .
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« Reply #41 on: March 24, 2014, 06:50:40 AM »

you should take a trip to TX

http://www.classiccarliquidators.com/classic-muscle-cars
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« Reply #42 on: March 24, 2014, 08:45:32 AM »

That's a nice place !  I like the "Does it work ?" section of each listing.  It looks like mere mortals can actually afford most everything there .  .  .
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« Reply #43 on: November 25, 2014, 11:03:30 PM »

Another visit to Daniel Schmitt Classic Car Gallery .  .  .  
December 24, 2006
Part 1 of 4





Yes, my wife and I did make quite a few stops at Daniel Schmitt Classic Cars during our time in Missouri.  This adventure is from Christmas weekend 2006.  We decided to enjoy an always wonderful buffet at Harrah's casino in St. Louis on Christmas Eve in keeping with our philosophy that the best meals are ALWAYS prepared by someone else.  Getting to Schmitt's is a simple detour off of either I-70 or I-64 onto Lindbergh Blvd.  We arrived to find the lower showroom packed with the typical high-end names like Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar.





The Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest car you could buy in 1992 when production began.  The twin-turbo 3.5L V-6 made 540 hp, an astounding number in those days.  Zero to 60 mph took 3.6 seconds, and top speed was recorded at 213 mph, also astounding numbers in those days.  The XJ220 held the Nürburgring production car lap record from 1992 - 2000, (7:46.36 - also an astounding number).  This 3k original mile car was #54 of 278 produced, and was listed for $219,000.



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This is a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabrio.





Asking price on this 48k original mile car was $58,900.





This 1987 Ferrari Testarossa showed 13k original miles, and was listed for $67,900.





The "normal-people" cars sat outside.  This 1962 Buick Skylark showed 50k miles, and was listed for a reasonable $12,900.





This 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 383 showed 28k original miles, and was listed for $32,770.





I have the photo below labeled "1964 GTO Clone, $2,200," which just doesn't seem right to me.  An original Pontiac GTO from 1964 usually commands a high price.  I would think a clone with GTO parts and a 389 in any condition other than a complete basket case would bring much more than $2,200.  This car looked really nice which leads me to believe that I'm missing a digit somewhere.


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« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2014, 12:29:40 AM »

continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 4





The second generation Pontiac Trans Am has been one of my favorites for years.  They have also been shockingly expensive for years.  This beautiful 83k mile car was listed for $18,900.





The final iteration of the air-cooled Porsche 911 came in the form of the Type 993 produced from 1993 - 98, (the completely new-from-the-ground-up Type 996 would debut in 1999).  My completely un-scientific research seems to suggest that a Type 993 was/is worth A LOT more than the Type 996 that replaced it.  This 1995 "S" model featured the Tiptronic automatic transmission and 60k original miles.  Asking price was a surprisingly steep $32,900.





The giant Cadillac convertibles from the '60s will always be a favorite.  This 1968 Deville was listed for $16,900.





The 70k mile car looked to be in really nice shape.  The baby-blue color may not be as desirable as others, but it looked great.  The chrome was nice, and the interior was nearly mint.  I'd own it !





This V-12 powered Mercedes-Benz SL600 was sitting at the bottom of the parking lot.





I don't have anything labeled on these pics, meaning I could not find the car on Schmitt's website.  I'm guessing that it was a trade-in that had a few issues.  The R129 SL-Class doesn't seem to be as well liked as other generations, hence their affordability, even the V-12 cars.  





The Jaguar XJS was a favorite of mine long before I ever owned one.  Schmitt liked to keep a bunch of them in stock.  The color combination of this 1995 model caught my eye.  Asking price for the 45k original mile car was $19,830.





Further down that same row sat a 1993 XJS in a similar color combination.  Asking price on this 72k mile car was $14,900.


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