In last week’s newsletter we featured the “Beatnik” bubbletop being offered at Auctions America’s California Auction this weekend. It’s sure to cause a stir when it hits the block. There are several other rods, customs and pieces of custom-culture memorabilia slated to be sold, which we think you will also be interested in.
South Dakota hot rodder Forest Cutler customized his ’59 Impala back in 1963. With some mild-custom bodywork, a lowered stance, beautiful Buick Lido Lavender Metallic lacquer and white button-tuck upholstery. Cutler showed it several times, stashed it in a garage and nailed the door shut. Today the car is just as it was over 50 years ago–a true time capsule custom.
The California Auction takes place at the historic Barker Hanger in Santa Monica this Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th. You can watch it live at www.auctionsamerica.com. If you’re interested in bidding but can’t attend, you can bid remotely online, by phone or through Auctions America’s absentee bidder service. They’ll even put you in touch with one of their experts who can answer your questions and provide on-site condition reports during the auction.
Keep reading to see more of what’s in store, and click here to view the auction catalog. We’ll be excited to see what these cars bring at auction this Friday and Saturday in Santa Monica!
One of the most unique and beautiful vehicles to come out of the early-’50s sports rod movement is the ’54 “Sorrell-Manning Special.” Bob Sorrell was a master craftsman whose one-off aluminum bodies appeared on everything from Bonneville racers to Tommy Ivo’s Fuelers. In the early-’50s he built seven fiberglass sports rods, including this one that remained in his personal collection until he died. It sits on a Chuck Manning-built chassis and is powered by a Chrysler Hemi with dual Zenith carbs mounted on a genuine Briggs Cunningham intake. After a nut-and-bolt restoration, it debuted at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours where it took first in its class.
Another rolling time warp is this ’31 Chevy-based “Mechanix Illustrated Special.” In 1951, Mechanix Illustrated magazine entered the growing sports rod market by selling plans for their “1951 Sportsters.” This particular car is one of only a few examples of the Sportsters known to exist today. Aside from the smallblock Chevy and Muncie four-speed transmission, it remains in its early-’50s configuration.
A number of original Roth pieces will be up for auction this weekend, including this Roth Studios coloring book dedication page drawn by Ed Newton in 1965. The piece comes handsomely framed and ready to hang in your garage, shop or office. Along with the artwork, an assortment of early Roth decals are included in this lot (below).
First generation Buick Rivieras are among the most sought after models for those building ’60s-style mild customs. But finding a straight, rust-free car isn’t always easy. Look no further, because this stock, all original ’65 Riv is one of the nicest examples we’ve seen. Everything is there, from the nailhead and “switch-pitch” three-speed automatic to the Sonomatic radio, factory air, electric bucket seats and rally wheels.
Another example of a beautiful stocker just waiting for the hot rodder’s touch is this ’55 Ford F-100. It’s been beautifully restored, from the Torch Red paint to the nicely detailed Y-block. The last year for this body style, this truck is perfect as-is or would look great with some mild dechroming and a lowered and raked stance.
An interesting Von Dutch artifact being offered is this “System Von Dutch” knife and sheath. Von Dutch was known for making a variety of knives, guns, cannons and other weapons over the years, each carrying their own unique etched and engine-turned designs. This particular example features Von Dutch’s “logo” on the blade, along with his iconic flying eyeball on the handle. It is pictured in the 2006 anthology, The Art of Dutch.
In addition to original works by Roth Studios, several paintings and drawings by Von Dutch will be up for grabs. Among them is this pint-sized sketch (measuring 8.5 x 4-inches) that captures Von Dutch’s irreverent approach to art.
Marcos Garcia’s Lucky 7 Customs is perhaps best known for their custom creations. With this ’57 Chevy 210, they may have found their entrée into the world of early-’60s style street machines. Strong, reliable performance comes from a 383-inch smallblock hooked to an automatic transmission. But what really catches our attention is the nicely raked stance, the chrome and painted steel wheels fitted with spider caps and the bright orange hue.