A good friend of mine owns a number of Healeys in various states of (dis)repair and one or two roadworthy examples. Keep hoping he’ll gift me one that’s closer to restoration…
You didn’t need a bidder’s paddle to enjoy the excitement of the second annual Vancouver Collector Car Show & Auction.
More than 650 collector and classic autos descended upon the PNE Fairgrounds this past weekend and another 150 went on the block, many surpassing their reserve bid limits. Speed TV’s Steve Magnante was on hand to move the auction along but the cars were the true stars.
Yours truly focussed on the beauties that were for sale, as many of the gems displayed by the car clubs represented at the show will undoubtedly show up in Driveway over the summer season of show and shines.
Here are 10 that caught my eye (photo gallery above)…
1955 Chevrolet 2-door Post Sedan:
For those who like to make a visual a well as audible impression. No chance of cruising quietly around the neighborhood in this loudly painted Chev with the big block 468 CID V8 – 650 hp engine, which is now capable of pushing out 720 horses and a promised 825 at the next tuneup.
I’ve always like the funky look of these cars. They are positively odd but I love’em. There was another example featuring a matching tow trailer.
1956 Desoto Fireflite Hemi:
This Desoto is still powered by its original 330 CID Hemi V8! – A marque long gone from production but vividly remembered in the minds of collectors.
1928 Ford Modified roadster:
Handsome beast.This 1928 Model A Roadster Custom features a 302 engine from a 1978 Lincoln and its mated to 1978 C4 auto transmission.
1932 Ford Roadster:
Likewise the looks of this Ford Roadster, which has a 350 Chevy Ramjet engine and auto tranny. Built from ground up with brand new parts by Kaotic Customs in Langley.
1967 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 3:
The last year of production for the Austin-Healey 3000, a very popular British sports car built from 1959. A good friend of mine owns a number of Healeys in various states of (dis)repair and one or two roadworthy examples. Keep hoping he’ll gift me one that’s closer to restoration.
1934 Chrysler Airflow:
It’s a piece of art. Check out the unusual grille. It has less than 53,000 miles on the clock and was discovered in a North West garage back in the 1980s.
1940 Ford Custom Pickup:
Not my cup of tea but I may be in the minority judging by the swarming behaviour of the crowd this weekend.
1957 Pontiac Convertible:
Really don’t like the coral colour but love everything else about it.
It’s a 1957 Star Chief Convertible with a continental kit.
2002 BMW M3:
It’s amusicmobile judging by the amazing sound system. But it’s no slouch on the non-musical performance front. It has a 3.2L turbo – 525 HP engine.
To view all the cars offered and what they sold for at the auction, please visit VancouverCollectorCars.com