The classic car world’s attention may be focused this weekend on what’s happening on Amelia Island on Florida’s far northeastern coast, but Phoenix has its own big weekend taking place as well, what with the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association opening its 2015 calendar with the sixth annual Spring Nationals at WestWorld in Scottsdale and with Silver Auctions staging its annual Arizona in the Spring sale at Fort McDowell in Fountain Hills.
I spent Thursday afternoon wandering among the cars that will be up for bidding Friday and Saturday at Mitch Silver’s sale. Below are the half dozen plus one that caught my eye:
1959 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Holiday coupe Yes, it’s a long as an aircraft carrier, and you could land a plane on the trunk lid. But the proportions of this big coupe are classic, and the details are amazing. Plus that red and white paint scheme, and there’s a 394-cid V8 under the hood.
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible A first-year Mustang convertible with a power top, correct spinner-style wheel covers and the 260-cid V8 wears the chrome “dress-up” kit.
1974 Plymouth Duster A one-owner car from its purchase here in Phoenix until 2010, when the owner no longer could drive and sold it to her car-collecting neighbor, who owned it until earlier this year. Original 318-cid V8 and 96,000 miles on the odometer.
1957 Ford Ranchero A frame-up and customized restoration of a first-year Ranchero with a rebuilt 292-cid V8, air shocks, etc. Finally being sold by the second owner, who has had the car-based truck for 25 years.
1959 BMW Isetta 600 This Isetta has more than a front door. There’s also a door for those who are sitting the back seat of this well-experienced (74,000-mile) limousine version of the microcar.
1960 Ford Thunderbird I’m not normally a big fan of square ‘birds, but this one certainly caught my eye with its bright red paint and matching interior (beneath a white convertible top).
1957 Buick Roadmaster Everyone loves ’57 Chevys, and there is a nice pale-blue 150 two-door sedan at the auction that was a one-owner car until 2011. But just look at this Roadmaster and tell me how you wouldn’t love to go cruisin’ in it.
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.