This TR3a is one of our favorites here at CCC. We found the car in a garage almost twelve years ago now, the car having sat underneath a cover for twenty years before we got to it. As soon as we peeled back the car cover we knew this was something special. The car’s original windshield had been replaced with low profile windscreens and it was optioned with the desireable wire wheels, just how we would have spec’d it out ourselves. Thanks to the heads-up move by the previous owner of storing the car underneath a cover, it was fairly well-preserved and rust-free.
The owner was thrilled to see our excitement in pulling back the car cover; his children had not expressed any desire to own the car and he was clearly very happy to see the car go to proper enthusiasts who would appreciate the car for what it is. The owner told us that he’d sell us the car under one condition, that we never deny anyone who asks for a ride in the car. We’ve kept true to his wishes, keeping the car in our private collection and taking it out for a spirited drive a handful of times every year, appreciating every second of time behind the wheel. We have just recently listed this car for sale, as it deserves to be enjoyed more than just a few times a year.
“Ask the man who owns one” – Packard sales moto
Thanks to a tip from a friend who frequently drops by CCC to talk cars, we unearthed this beautiful Packard from a home in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. The car sat in the corner of a dusty body shop for nearly twenty years before we were made aware of it. We were blown away by the originality of the car, and especially by the fact that the motor still turned over. The car was 99% original, still wearing it’s original black paint and broadcloth seats.
The car had originally been owned by a wealthy woman who had the jump seats removed, as she would not be driving the car, but rather, shuttled around by her chauffeur. When she passed away, the car was given to a museum in Northern Ohio, where it sat on display from 1951-1963. In 1963 the museum went belly-up, forcing them to liquidate their entire collection. As the Packard was heading to a local auction to be sold to the highest bidder, Charles Millner (Millner’s Cafeteria – Urbana, OH) literally chased the car down and bought it before it went across the auction block. He paid $600 for the car, an all-original museum piece. At the time, Charles had a large car collection, which, over time, was narrowed down to only 3 cars; a ‘35 Ford Phaeton, a Model-T Roadster, and this ‘38 Packard Super 8.
In 1998, Charles sold the car to a man named Wally in Chicago. Wally installed an electric fan and temperature gauge in the driver side glove box and parked the car, storing it in a garage here in Chicago for the better part of the last two decades, where we discovered it. Upon purchasing the car, we rolled it onto a flatbed and brought it to CCC, this being the first time the car had seen sunlight in nearly twenty years. We poured some Marvin’s Mystery Oil in the cylinders and let the car sit overnight. In the morning, we gave the car some fresh gas and fired it up. Much to our surprise, the car’s straight-8 ran fairly well. We have since gotten the car running and driving as it should, and take every opportunity we can to get the car out in the public eye.
*Many thanks to Dave Millner (son of Charles), for giving us such a neat history lesson on this stunning Packard.
The famed muscle car, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS 350, continues to be one of the most wanted cars since its 1967-1969 production. The two-door coupe boasts a 350-cubic inch, V8 engine that cranks out 300 horsepower. The Camaro can reach a top speed of 121 m.p.h. and accelerate from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 7.9 seconds. At its launch, the Camaro’s price tag ranged from $2,500 to $3,310. In today’s times, its value is approximately $39,400. If you’re a big fan of barn finds, you certainly couldn’t imagine stumbling on a prized ’67 Camaro. That’s the reason this family story will amaze you.
There are truly just two kinds of classic car enthusiasts; much like drug users, there are the casual users and there are the severe addicts. For the casual user the drug is a luxury, tapped into only on special occasions with discipline and moderation. For the addict though, the drug is not a luxury but a way of life. There is no beige Camry sitting in the garage of an addict, only the medium that will provide the visceral stimulation the addict needs.
The beauty of owning a classic car is that if you buy it right, your car will only go up in value as you own it. Certain cars are safe bets to be good investments, as long as you know what particular specifications will inflate a car’s value over time. Other cars are doomed to depreciate into the abyss. Here are 5 underappreciated classic cars that, if well-bought, could prove to be a fabulous long-term investment.
Every automotive enthusiast dreams of uncovering cars that have been lost in time, lying dormant under a thick coat of dust. Collectors may actively search their whole lives and never make such discoveries. But every once in awhile, someone opens a garage, barn or warehouse and finds treasure. This video by the Auto Archeologist shows one of these discoveries. The building was filled with an impressive collection of muscle cars, everything from Superbirds to Chargers and more. Now brought back into the limelight, these hidden gems are sure to be restored to their former glory.
This truck had been trapped in a garage in a suburb of western Chicago for about five years after a downed tree cut off access to the garage. We dragged away the tree, rolled the truck out of the garage, and gave it a once over. The truck looked great, original wood and decals were perfectly intact and the frame did not show any significant corrosion. We purchased the truck from the family of the gentleman who had owned it since the early 1980s, who were happy to free up some now-accessible garage space.
We rolled the truck onto a trailer and brought it over to the shop. We cleaned the ignition points and put some fresh gas in ‘er, and she fired right up.
We were so drawn to this truck because of the interesting history of the “Lil’ Red Express”…..in 1978 this was THE FASTEST AMERICAN PRODUCTION VEHICLE FROM 0-100 MPH as tested by Car and Driver. An amazing feat for a vehicle, let alone a pickup truck, with aerodynamics not much better than that of a refrigerator. Because of a loophole in emissions regulations, the 1978 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Trucks did not have catalytic converters. What they did have was a special High Performance 360 C.I. 4-barrel small block (EH1), which was a modified version of the 360 police engine (E58) producing 225 horsepower @ 3800 RPM. The package also included Hemi style mufflers with a crossover pipe breathing through two chrome stacks located behind the cab, a special 727 transmission, and 3.55:1 rear gearing.
We sold the truck to an enthusiast who loves the truck dearly and is in the process of restoring it to its original condition.
We got a call a while back from a gentleman who was attempting to close out his wife’s uncle’s estate, who had recently passed away. He and his wife were trying to get the estate ready for sale when the realtor called and said they needed to get the garage cleaned. The couple then went over to the garage and opened it up, ready to start clearing out old scrap wood and garbage; much to their surprise, the garage was not full of trash but rather two Cadillac Coupe Devilles tucked side by side. The two cars still had the original window stickers on the car! One car had 4,800 miles, the other had 14,000. Both were completely original, well documented, and ran like new with nothing more than a quick tune-up. We were ecstatic to help awaken these beautiful Caddys from their slumber and get them back on the road. We cleaned up the cars and both sold in a matter of days, the new owners thrilled to have such an original, low mileage example.