The design of the Willys Phaeton is attributed to none other than Brook Stevens. He designed the beautiful Grand Turismo Hawk, the Excalbur and the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. Willys thought they could inject some excitement into the line-up and cater to the returning GIs by adding the Phaeton. Turned out not to be a great idea. It was modestly successful. Part of the problem was Jeeps own reputation. People thought it would be this robust off-roader or beach buggy with seats for 4. Read More
We haven’t had a nice beach cruiser in some time. Perhaps that is because we are expecting an ice storm over the weekend. But it is warm somewhere in the country. That is not to say this ’69 Jeep couldn’t handle ice because it can. It is a very capable off-roader and shod with the proper tires, we are sure it would do fine. This one was sent to us by a reader, Jeffrey V., and it has a few neat things going for it. Read More
We have a lot of respect for these Wagoneers. They have a loyal following and there are quite a few restoration shops dedicated to preserving them. The popularity certainly hasn’t been hurt by Breaking Bad’s success. Sklar White, wife of the meth cooking high school teacher, drives a red one. But they now have more money than they can count so she drives something newer. Got to spend it somewhere. SPOILER ALERT*** Now that Walter is gone and she is now a taxi dispatcher, we are sure she yearns for the good old days. Read More
Before we had the Jeep Wagoneer with the fake wood adorning the flanks, we had the Jeep Wagoneer with a Gladiator front-end. This ’65 Jeep Wagoneer was built under the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation. The engine is a 230 cu in Tornado engine and it is the first overhead cam engine in an American car in ’65. The Gladiator front end treatment for the Wagoneer model only occurred in ’64 & ’65. The seller states that everything works including the AM radio! We like this seller already. Read More
We have a lot of respect for these Wagoneers. They have a loyal following and there are quite a few restoration shops dedicated to preserving them. The popularity certainly hasn’t been hurt by Breaking Bad’s success. Sklar White, wife of the meth cooking high school teacher, drives a red one. But they now have more money than they can count so she drives something newer. Got to spend it somewhere. Read More
Well maybe we do need one. But this one is all the way West and we are all the way East. So we will let our readers from the West Coast gobble this one up. It is an absolutely new-looking ’71 CJ5 with a totally useful Winch mounted on the front bumper. So why would we feature this Jeep over the thousands of others out there? Read More
Every year, those who are truly passionate about the collector car hobby either descend on the Monterey Peninsula or are glued to the computer monitor or TV to watch the action at the auctions live. All of the best auction houses are represented and the competition for top offerings in keen. You’ll see great cars at Goodings, RM Auctions, Mecum, and Christies. I am sure I left out a few. There are plenty of cars in all price brackets so don’t think this is just for the Gulfstream IV set. We decided to take a break at offering you new featured cars with so many available in California. What we will do is try as best we can to report on sales. We’ll be a bit specific, and show you auction results on cars that we would typically feature on Mint. So there will be that eclectic mix that our readers like so much.
Let’s start with a look at the RM Auction Catalog (click on the cover). There is an enormous amount of information on the 500+ offerings at RM. Each description has an auction estimate and hopefully we can fill in with the final hammer price as the week progresses. Now on to some auction results from Mecum…
Mecum always has a good mix of affordable and outragious cars at any of their auctions. But at Monterey, we think they do search out a fair amount of imported and sports cars. So their tagline “Muscle Cars and More…” is true here. Click on each image for a larger size.
- 1970 Ford Bronco V8 SOLD at $25,000
1969 Jaguar SOLD at $39,000
Neighborhoods in New York City have a tradition of having a nickname. You can go all the way back to the infamous 5-Corners (Gangs of New York) to present day DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Followers of a specific make and model cars have the same honor within the collector car hobby. Here we have a JEEP CJ-3B and it has the distinction of having flat-fenders so admirers of these jewels are known as flat-fender fans. Ferrari owners have a wide range of nicknames from Tifosi to names we shouldn’t mention on a family website. Read More
We are a sucker for a good old workhorse of a JEEP. When we came across this little known version with the lofty edition title of Tuxedo Park IV, we dug a little deeper. First, let’s explain why there is a disconnect between a JEEP CJ5A and Tuxedo Park. Tuxedo Park was/is home to some of the wealthiest folks in the country. It was founded in 1885 by Pierre Lorillard IV of tobacco fortunes. In 1886, New York millionaire James Brown Potter was invited to the Prince of Wales Norfolk hunting estate. When Potter asked for guidance on appropriate dinner dress, the Prince sent him to Poole & Co. to obtain the new style of jacket. Potter took the dinner suit home with him to Tuxedo Park. The dinner suit proved so popular that men copied him, making it their informal dining uniform. Boom! The Tuxedo was born.
The Willys Jeep is one of those American automotive icons. Born out of necessity, the Jeep has become a symbol of America and played a hugely important role in battle. Of course this is a civilian version built after the war in 1949. But few Jeep CJ2As were built making them pretty rare. The seller states 2,182 and if that is true, it really is a rarity. Read More
The eldest sibling of the CJ-3B, and grandfather of the modern “SUV,” was the Willy Jeep Wagon, first manufactured in 1946 in two-wheel drive, and 1947 in four-wheel drive. The wagon stayed in the Jeep lineup until 1965, the same year that production of the CJ-3B for the North American market came to a halt. They were really neat vehicles and few receive the proper attention they deserve. Read More
We thought we would honor Memorial Day by offering a veteran of the Armed Forces. This Jeep has been treated to a 2-year restoration. It is a Korean War period military Jeep and trailer, and it is now time to find a new home. Purchased from a local Washington State collector, this Jeep found its way from Nova Scotia, where it lived its military life on Canadian Nato base. Read More
The Jeep Wagoneer was the first luxury 4×4. It began production 28 years ago and it was a Sport Utility Vehicle before they called them SUVs. The Wagoneer pioneered the SUV marketplace, although it looked like a giant station wagon on steroids, it was very car-like. Read More
We will never fully understand what motivates people to be attracted to a particular vintage car. For buyers of new cars, it doesn’t really matter that much. That decision is probably based more on need and budget. With old or vintage cars, there is some siren call that helps seal the deal. Case in point – there was an article about Ralph Lauren in Vanity Fair or some other magazine of similar literary integrity. One of the best images has Mr. Lauren behind the wheel of heavily patinated Jeep in powder blue where in fact there was any powder blue paint. We know he has the keys to one of the world’s best curated collections of classic cars. But he knows when he is on the ranch he needs something different. He could afford a new Jeep or Landie D-90 painted in any custom color with exotic interiors. But he chose this tired but happy old bulldog of a Jeep. Read More