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  • A one-of-one, black on black, NUMBERS MATCHING, big block, four speed...

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    A one-of-one, black on black, NUMBERS MATCHING, big block, four speed Dart - with documentation? Try and tell us you have a cooler one than this ‘68 GTS, but don’t expect to get far! Buckets and console, 3.91 gears, excellent cosmetics and more - this is one of the best A-bodies ever built!

    When are two letters insufficient? "GT" says it all, right? Gran Turismo, grand touring or however else you want to call it, if you're going to add that third letter it better mean something. When Dodge added one to get "GTS" on the fenders of Darts, they meant it: The pavement rippling, torque monster 383 under the hood says so!

    Here are the highlights from the original Chrysler Corporation Broadcast Sheet:

    CAR: Dodge Dart GTS 2 Door Hardtop
    ENGINE: 383cid 4-bbl HP V8
    TRANSMISSION: A-833 four-speed manual
    TIRES: E70x14 Redline Tires
    BUILD DATE: January 12, 1968
    AXLE: 3.91 Rear Ratio 8.75” HD rear, Sure Grip
    INTERIOR: Premium Trim Grade, Vinyl Bucket Seats. Black interior.
    PAINT: Tuxedo Black with black upper door frame paint

    HD 10” diameter Drum Brakes, AM Radio, Console, Body Sill, Drip Rail and Wheel Lip Moldings, Tinted Glass (All Windows,) Stripe Delete, Wood Grain Steering Wheel, HD Suspension and Simulated Mag Wheel Covers. Heavily optioned and TOTALLY cool!

    Start with the exterior. ‘67-‘69 high performance Darts have always had a purposeful look, and the ‘68 is the meanest of all with round side marker lights, a tough front grille and cool taillights. Their ties to the Super Stock cars don’t hurt, either! The brilliant black paint is very straight and flat and looks like a warrior with the steelies wearing dog dish hubcaps. E70x14 Goodyear redline tires would've done fine but we're happier with the big 15x7 wheels with Diamondback Racing shaved radial redlines based on Yokohama Avid S/T casings...they handle and plant MUCH better!

    The stainless trim, from the sill moldings to the reveal moldings, is all in excellent, highly polished condition. Both bumpers have been re-chromed, working with a new set of door handles, new badges and a new outside rear view mirror to add flash. It sure is pretty but you'd be crazy to tangle with this bad boy on the street!

    So you're saying to yourself, “Sure, 383 Darts aren't to be trifled with, but they're not that fast!” OK, in stock form you're probably right, but this NUMBERS MATCHING mill carries nasty surprises under that fresh Hemi Orange paint! How about ported heads with 2.14/1.81 Manley valves, a 440 Source stroker crank, Ross pistons, Eagle rods and all supporting hardware? This 383-cum-434ci engine packs a TON more bite than its bark suggests! New wiring harnesses, the right motor mounts and real live A-body exhaust manifolds are other highlights of the engine compartment. A new Mopar chrome air cleaner covers a new, tuned Edelbrock AFB carb. There's a new electronic ignition distributor, date coded plug wires, a new wiring harness and the correct 033 radiator in front. There's a new Turbo Start reproduction battery in the corner and a rebuilt master cylinder and wiper motor keeping the ballast resistor and constant-output voltage regulator company on the firewall. Reliability takes the form of new reproduction hoses and a new belt along with a full tune up. Nothing beats a big block for cruising torque, especially when it's done this well, and this car will take home its share of stoplight drag victories!

    Inside, the newly reupholstered seats, door panels and other trim are from Legendary, and they look right at home with the restored door frames, trim and the restored dash. This is a cool car to just sit in and look around. New and rechromed shiny stuff abounds while a trio of Auto meter gauges offer up information under the dash and on the column. That's the restored factory console between the seats with the Hurst shifter falling right to hand - it's awesome!

    Throw the car on a lift and take in the details. The ORIGINAL floors are super shiny, just like the top. You really will have to look for yourself - how many A-bodies do you see lavished with this kind of attention? You'll notice sub frame connectors have been installed to keep the chassis from twisting to pieces, and they really tidy up the handling. There are all new suspension and brake components, from the front sway bar to the rear leaf springs. A new fuel tank and new stainless lines and hoses are here, too. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the rebuilt A-833 four speed transmission and 8 ¾ rear with 3.91s and tons of detailing. There’s a fresh stainless steel 2.25" dual exhaust system from the manifolds to the bumper, too. Show or shine this is one heck of a car!

    A recent Galen Govier report on this car suggests that it is the only black on black 4-speed GTS with a 3.91 axle ever built, making it a very unique piece. There's also an inch-thick stack of receipts for every part and service which went into the build. The pictures show you what's on the outside but the receipts show you just how well everything's done underneath the surface.

    The horsepower wars in '67 brought out the big guns from the big three, who promptly stuffed them into their lightest packages. A 383 Magnum in a Dart? That's crazy! Fortunately, it's our kind of crazy, and we're sure it's yours, too! If you are into rare, big block Darts, this documented, black on black 1968 GTS 4 speed is as good as it gets!

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  • White on white - for real! This super cool, Los Angeles born ‘68 Coronet...

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    White on white - for real! This super cool, Los Angeles born ‘68 Coronet R/T sports its numbers matching engine, air conditioning, a full rotisserie restoration and one of the rarest of all color combinations – what’s not to like? Beautiful inside and out, painted underneath and with all new and rebuilt mechanicals this bright white cruiser is a future show winner and a head turner wherever you take it!

    Start outside. The new white paint is glossy and straight, a product of proper preparation and an excellent wet sanding and buffing. That’s the original sheet metal from stem to stern, too - this one spent most of its life out west before landing in Ohio for its restoration! As far as trim goes, if it was stainless or pot metal it was painstakingly restored, and if it was chrome or aluminum it was replaced with new and NOS pieces. New R/T emblems, new door handles, a new antenna, new locks, re-chromed bumpers, highly polished and dent free window moldings, a mix of new and clean original glass, restored taillights and finish panel, new or NOS lenses - AND the paint is beautiful! Original 14x5.5” steel wheels painted white host new F70x14 redlines and freshly restored original center caps while a correct black bumblebee stripe completes the exterior with style!

    Here’s how the ORIGINAL fender tag decodes:
    CAR: Dodge Coronet R/T 2 Door Hardtop
    ENGINE: 440cid 4-bbl HP V8
    TRANSMISSION: 3-Speed Automatic
    TIRES: F70x14 Red Sidewall, Steel Belted
    BUILD DATE: October 31, 1967
    AXLE: 3.23 Rear Axle Ratio, Sure Grip
    INTERIOR: Sport Trim Grade, Vinyl Bucket Seats. White on Black Interior.
    PAINT: Monotone White Paint, White Upper Door Frame Color Black Bumblebee Sport Stripe 13: Rocker Moldings 25:Drip Rail Moldings 78:Wheel Lip Moldings
    A1: 26in Radiator
    D9: Front Disc Brakes
    H1: Power Brakes
    P6: Rear Seat Speaker
    R1: AM Radio
    S1: Air Conditioning
    T7: Tachomete
    rX1: Tinted Glass (all)
    a6: Console
    b4: Bucket Seats
    m6: Driver's Outside Remote Operated Mirror

    Not only do we have the original fender tag, we have the very cool, intact inspector’s punch strip that went underneath! This is a great find for two reasons: First, not all cars came with them, and second, they are ALWAYS rotted away on crusty cars. That means you’re getting a unique tag and a clean shell!

    Climbing inside is a real treat. New upholstery on new foam means you’ll be comfortable on long trips. It also gives you time to look around at all the other restored or new components in here - the door panels, armrests, armrest pads, door handles, window cranks, carpet, headliner, visors and the floor mats are all new, while the gauges, dash, steering column, steering wheel and all mechanical bits have been carefully restored. There’s something about sitting on the fresh pearl white seats and staring out the window over the white hood that’s very cool - you just don’t see many white-on-white cars!

    On a lift you’ll find the original floors, frame rails and suspension components have been restored and returned to service. Correct finishes are on the chassis pieces, the correct exhaust from front to back is in place and there are new stainless steel fluid lines everywhere. The numbers matching engine feeds power to a correct replacement transmission, the original driveshaft with new U joints and the original 8 ¾ rear axle with 3.23 gears and a Sure Grip. With this level of attention the driveline works better now than it did when Mopar installed it Halloween night in 1967!

    Under the hood you’ll find more clear attention to detail. There’s a new molded pad and radiator seal on the hood and clean paint in the compartment. The correct air cleaner and restored A/C compressor cover the ORIGINAL, fully rebuilt engine. New date coded wires are present, and all ancillary devices such as the alternator, power steering and brake systems appear and work better than new. The correct radiator is topped by the correct cap, the right ballast resistor sits next to the rebuilt original wiper motor, new wiring ties everything together - no stones left unturned here!

    Time to hop aboard the Coronet express – ‘68 cars are wicked quick and are the last of the understated B bodies. The gloss white paint looks amazing with the tinted windows, and the white interior and black stripe absolutely make the car.

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  • The vast majority of classic trucks seen in magazines and at shows sport...

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    The vast majority of classic trucks seen in magazines and at shows sport a list of modifications longer than War and Peace. While those extensively customized trucks are always cool to look at, this 1954 Chevrolet 3100 manages to carry the same level of appeal without a single notable body modification. The recipient of an extensive frame off restoration, the truck exhibits a level of quality unobtainable from the assembly lines of the 1950s. Featuring a 235 cubic inch inline six cylinder, a three speed manual transmission and a color sure to turn heads in any situation, few trucks in our showroom have generated such a buzz. If you’re in the market for a classic piece of Americana that can be driven, shown and fully enjoyed, this ’54 Chevy may be exactly what you’re looking for.

    At the core of this natural magnetism is Chevrolet’s Advance Design which took GM trucks a step forward by offering more interior room, better visibility and improved looks. By 1954, the design had been refined to such a degree that it remains a head-turner even by today’s standards. To make sure the exterior fit and finish of this 3100 was show quality, all panels were taken down to bare metal and massaged to perfection before being shot with a glossy coat of Lipstick Red. While lighter than the Romany Red or Morocco Red found on the 1954 Chevrolet option list, this color absolutely sets off the immaculate body work. Panel fitment is equally good. All gaps are even and the doors shut much easier than any original truck we’ve encountered.

    These trucks were designed to be aesthetically pleasing and, in the mid-1950s, that meant chrome. At the front of the hood, chrome trim houses a blue bowtie logo above the impressive chrome “bull nose” grille. At either side, Wagner round lights in chrome bezels look showroom fresh as do the amber turn signals mounted in the grille. Below the grille, a simple chrome bumper rounds out the front end. At the sides, “3100” logos adorn the sides of the hood while black running boards contrast nicely against the Lipstick Red finish. A spare tire hangs just behind the cab, neatly tucked into the fender cutout. Wooden bed rails add some style to bed and match the hardwood used for the beautifully finished bed floor. Out back, “Chevrolet” is spelled out across the tailgate in gloss black that matches the running boards. At either side, small round taillights hang in chrome bezels about another show quality chrome bumper. Naturally, all glass work looks new as well. Absolutely no expense was spared on the exterior of the Chevy.

    Open the hood and you’ll find a high-pressure 235 cubic inch OHV six cylinder. A tag on the doorframe certifies 105 net horsepower at 3,600rpm but that wasn’t where these engines shined. Designed with towing in mind, they produce in the neighborhood of 200 ft. lbs. or torque in stock form. This one shows as well, if not slightly better, than it did on the Chevrolet dealership lot of 1954. Up top, a black oil bath air cleaner sits atop a Rochester carburetor perched on an intake that extends off the driver’s side of the engine. Below it, a factory-style cast iron exhaust manifold channels spent gasses to the exhaust system. On the passenger side, the distributor sends spark from its easily accessible spot to the side of the engine. Up front, a factory style radiator keeps things cool while a fan and alternator turn off the belt just behind it. The original 6-volt electrical system has been upgraded to a 12-volt system featuring an Optima battery hidden under the floor.

    Crawling underneath this 3100 reveals a solid frame coated in chassis black. Correct leaf springs and drum brakes occupy all for corners of the chassis while a 3-speed transmission featuring a fresh clutch handles shifting duties. Power is put to the ground through a rebuilt 10-bolt rear end and a solid axle. A single muffler exhaust system runs the length of the truck, meeting a stainless tip that hangs under the curved rear bumper. Underneath the bed, all supports under the oak floor have been repainted body color for some extra show points. Like the rest of the truck, the underside of this 3100 is simple but effortlessly attractive. At the corners, painted steel wheels wrapped in white wall tires connect the drivetrain to the road.

    Between the doors, the cab is simple but appealing. A restored black vinyl bench seat makes room for driver and passenger alike. The use of black continues onto the upper half of the door panel, headliner and utilitarian rubber mat that covers the floor. From the driver’s seat, a speedometer and multipurpose gauge with temperature, battery, fuel level and oil readouts sits directly behind a period-correct black steering wheel. On the passenger side, a locking glove box sits directly above an appropriately decaled Chevrolet heater/defroster unit. The dash itself is metal with a small grille in the middle. Painted body color with a bowtie and “Chevrolet” spelled out across the center in black paint, the dash looks perfect amidst the vintage interior. A prismatic traffic light viewer has been added for some extra retro flair. There is no modern radio or hidden air conditioning – just the pure essence of a classic truck.

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  • Blame James Dean, Batman, Sam Barris or just plain good design but 49-51...

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    Blame James Dean, Batman, Sam Barris or just plain good design but 49-51 Fords and Mercurys seem to have been gifted with a universal appeal few cars possess. When one gets turned into the quintessential lead sled like this 1951 Mercury, that appeal goes through the roof. The recipient of a comprehensive frame off restoration, this Merc features unbelievable paint and body work, a potent Ford V8 and a custom interior that most cars dream of having. With numerous awards including Koolest Kustom at Goodguys Ft. Worth, this ’51 easily navigates the line between awesome driver and crowd pleaser. If you’re in the market for a shoebox that delivers on every possible front, don’t miss out on this one.

    When a car comes together as well as the Merc, it’s easy to take for granted just how much work went into the build. Starting out with an all original steel body, every piece was carefully crafted into the final product we have today. At the front, a nosed ’49 Mercury hood sits between a pair of ’49 Mercury fenders for a subtlety custom look. Up top, two and a half inches were removed from the roofline to create a sleeker profile. During the build, a new firewall, inner fenders, floor, rockers and rear quarters were also added to replace unusable original pieces. Once all those sheet metal modifications were blended and all panels were laser straight, the body was shot with an even coat of gloss black. The depth is unbelievable and all reflections are mirror like. Naturally, panel fitment is excellent as well with nearly perfect gaps all around.

    In true hot-rodding tradition, the brightwork comes from a wide variety of cars. The front grille originally came off of a ’57 Buick and has been reworked to incorporate a 1949 Mercury centerpiece. Underneath that grille, three bumpers were used in the creation of the slick smoothed front bumper. At the corners, Buick headlights borrowed from a ’53 Skylark were frenched in for a modern look. Unlike many custom front ends, this one flows perfectly without making a fuss about how much work went into creating it. At the sides, Lincoln Zephyr push-button door openers replace the factory handles, offering the shaved look without losing functionality. Above the buttons, new tinted glass, rubber and window felt button up details many overlook. Under the rockers, decorative side pipes offers some nostalgic flair. Out back, the sloping trunk lid features a hand-painted white pinstripe framed by a pair of ’56 Packard taillights. To accommodate those taillights, the ends of the rear bumper were chopped approximately two inches on both sides. All modifications were obviously well-thought out and executed at the highest level possible.

    Under the sleek hood, this sled remains Ford-powered thanks to a completely rebuilt 390cid V8. Under the trick dual scoop chrome air cleaner, a Demon 625 carburetor sends atomized fuel in a factory Ford intake that’s been powder coated silver. At the sides, cast iron heads are dressed with chrome Mercury valve covers. Below those valve covers, billet wire looms neatly route MSD spark plug wires from the distributor which is concealed under a Ford branded leather cover. At the front, a power coated water pump, chrome alternator, polished Sanden air conditioning compressor and fan all reside behind the five-core aluminum Griffin radiator. The engine breathes through cast iron exhaust manifolds that exhale into a true-dual exhaust system. Presentation is excellent with gobs of chrome right down to the bolts. Best of all, the 390 starts immediately, runs cool and gets a reported 15.5 miles per gallon at cruising speed.

    Crawl underneath and you’ll find a clean chassis coated in durable Rhino Liner. Backing the 390 is a fully rebuilt C6 automatic transmission with braided steel lines and a 24” finned aluminum cooler for some functional style. From there, power is channeled to a Ford 9-inch rear housing 3.50 gears. The ground scraping stance comes courtesy of a double A-arms with coilovers up front and a 4-link with coilovers out back. When the roads get twisty, a rack and pinion setup reduces steering effort while power front disc brakes and rear drums handle stopping. If you’re looking for the brake booster in the those engine shots, you won’t find it – it’s been relocated to underneath the dash. At the corners, steel wheels are topped with hubcaps from a late 50s Dodge Lancer and wrapped in Coker wide white wall tires.

    Press one of the Zephyr push buttons and you’ll find a jaw dropping white interior. A set of custom chrome door sill plates welcomes you inside while offering a place to tuck the edges of the fresh black carpet. Above them, restored bucket seats make room for driver and passenger alike. If those seats look familiar, they’re out of a 1964 Ford Galaxie. The rear window tray was extended approximately five inches to accommodate the Galaxie rear seat which still features its XL logo. The sweeping center console is also out of Galaxie and features tons of storage behind the shifter. Wrapped in chalk white naugahyde, Ford parts blend in seamlessly to the retro interior. All aluminum seat trim and garnish moldings have been chromed and show brilliantly. From the driver’s seat, a 1961 Cadillac steering wheel sits atop a chrome tilt steering column. Behind it, a surprisingly original dash painted body color houses Dakota Digital gauges and a host of modern amenities including controls for the under-dash air conditioning system. In the glove box, a Kenwood head unit with integrated satellite radio sends signal to updated speakers including a 10” sub hidden in the trunk. To the sides, custom door panels retain their vintage Mercury look, updated with the same white naugahyde. Up top, a white headliner is the final piece that rounds out this glowing cabin. Behind the backseat, the trunk features black carpeting and custom white panels that mirror the interior scheme. The battery is hidden behind one of the panels while a custom enclosure in the center conceals the gas filler neck.

    Documentation for this car includes manuals for nearly every installed component. There is also a spec sheet that covers most of the modifications.

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