Bill strikes gold at Silver Auctions Arizona

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A Pontiac Trans Am and a Ford Mustang fastback await their turns on the auction block | William Hall photos

Proving that there is still something for everyone at Arizona auction week is Silver’s auction held January 18-21 at the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Fountain Hills. With low seller entry fees, the auction attracts an interesting and diverse field of cars in the lower-to-mid price range. A reasonable $10 daily admission makes the four-day auction a family-friendly proposition for spectators.

Silver Auctions Arizona was recently acquired from longtime auctioneer Mitch Silver, who still operates a separate auction company. Confusion reigns when trying to Google-search driving directions or the auction catalog, so go directly to the new company’s website, www.silverauctionsaz.com for information.

Walking the field at Silver Auctions Arizona, you see a number of late-model cars, hot-rods, muscle cars and classics. Many are older or amateur restorations. The odd lots that don’t fit in anywhere else during Arizona auction week can find a home at Silver.

1968 Molinari Hydroplane Speedboat

This certainly qualifies in the odd-lot category. Hand-built in Como, Italy, by Angelo Molinari and son Renato, this wooden speed boat is one-of-90 produced. It still comes on its original crib and trailer with an old Italian license plate on the rear. A real “fish out of water,” this vintage craft might be bought cheaply if the seller is motivated.

1960 Willys Jeep

Also filed under “odd” is this surrey-top Jeep. Inspired by yacht tenders such as the Fiat Jolly, which sells for big bucks, this pastel-colored Jeep would be just the thing in your gated seaside community. If you have a white tuxedo, you are halfway to creating your own Fantasy Island.

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1928 Packard 8 Dual Cowl Phaeton

This pre-war classic was restored to a high standard many years ago, and it is showing signs of wear. No longer a concours winner, it is nonetheless a very attractive and stately driver. Expensive to restore, this one need only be enjoyed as is.

1965 Dodge D100 Sportsman Van

Once ubiquitous, cab-forward vans such as this are back in vogue. Solid examples are hard to find, and this one has avoided customization. This example also features a rare 273 V8 (most had slant-six engines) which would help this old van keep up with modern traffic speeds.

1969 Chevy Camaro SS Convertible re-creation

For those not hung up on numbers-matching cars, “clones” like this can be had at a heavy discount from the real thing. This example has a real 350-4-barrel SS motor and 4-speed manual transmission, disc brakes and urethane front bumper. Plus, the top goes down.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 re-creation

Arch-nemesis to the Camaro SS is this pony car. Sporting a 351 Cleveland V8, 5-speed manual transmission and 9-inch rear end, this car likely offers superior performance to the original at a much more palatable price.

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William Hall is a writer, classic car broker and collector based in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He has spent the whole of his professional career in the automotive industry, starting as an auto-parts delivery driver at the age of 16 to working for some of the nation's premier restoration shops. He is a concours judge and a consultant to LeMay-America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

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