Grumpy Jenkins Auction Results
Back in May, Mecum Auctions offered a lot of unique and rare items belonging to legendary racer and engine builder Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins at its Indianapolis auction. Among the items were trophies, posters, banners, and Wallys won by Jenkins at NHRA national events. One highlight was the sale of the very first Wally awarded for Pro Stock, which Jenkins won at the 1970 Winternationals at Pomona, which sold for $15,000. Among the other highlights: a vintage fishing hat he wore for $2,500, $500 for his Car Craft Man of the Year award, $3,000 for his 1972 Pro Stock Wally from Englishtown, and $20,000 for his personal Snap-On toolbox.
To see everything that was sold and for how much, visit www.mecum.com
New V-6 for Chevy Trucks
With the arrival of the new ’14 Chevy Silverado, the torch is being passed from one generation to another when it comes to the base V-6 powerplant. For 30 years, the Gen I small-block-based 4.3 V-6 has been the base engine in Chevy’s trucks, with millions produced, and millions still going strong. For 2014, an all-new V-6 will take its place under the hood of Chevy and GMC trucks. Based off the new EcoTec3 series of V-8 engines (which are based on the new LT series) the new 4.3L V-6 cranks out 285 hp (up from 195 hp with the old V-6), and features direction injection, active fuel management/cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing for maximum performance and economy. This output gives the new truck the best base V-6 capability in the segment.
To learn more, check out www.chevrolet.com.
Harvey J. Crane Jr, Founder of Crane Cams, dead at 81
Harvey J. Crane, Jr., founder of Crane Cams, and a pioneer figure in the racing and performance automotive industry, died May 31st, 2013, following a brief illness. Born in 1931, Harvey gained a reputation as a teenager for building winning flathead engines for Florida racers. In 1953 he opened Crane Engineering, and by the mid ‘60s Crane Cams had become a leader in the cam and valvetrain industry. Harvey was a pioneer in using computers to develop camshaft profile designs, as well as numerous other innovations. His reputation and knowledge of cam lobe design extended around the globe, and he supplied winning camshafts for Jaguar and Honda teams, race teams in the U.K., Australia, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and in all forms of US racing. Harvey/Crane Cams was one of the first members of SEMA, displaying at its first trade show.
On the Block
Here’s a trio of interesting cars that sold at the 2013 Mecum Indianapolis auction back in May:
’67 Indy 500 RS Convertible
When it comes to Indy Pace Cars, the first-gen Camaros are the most sought after vehicles to ever be associated with the Brickyard. This particular example is one of the rarest, a ’67 RS-only example, that was recently discovered in unrestored condition in Maine. Certified by Camaro expert Jerry Macneish and Tom McGinnity of the Camaro Club of America, this could be one of the most amazing first-gen Camaro finds in a long time. This car is the only 327/M20-equipped ’67 pace car known to exist
Sale price was a seemingly reasonable $35,000. An unrestored survivor, this car will draw mobs at any show, all for less than the price of a brand new ’13 Camaro ragtop, though the new owner probably won’t use it as a daily driver. This was an amazing deal for some lucky buyer.
’70 Chevelle SS454 Convertible
Chevrolet only built 7,511 Chevelle/Malibu convertibles in 1970, out of almost a half-million Chevelles/Malibus produced, so that makes them fairly uncommon. Throw in a big-block and SS stripes, even more so. While $50K isn’t exactly chump change, when you look at the cost of restoring one of these to similar condition, the value in this buy becomes clearer. Painted in the rarely seen Black Cherry hue, this ’70 sports a white interior, LS5 454, factory AM/FM radio, M22 four-speed, cowl induction hood, factory rear defrost (very unusual for a convertible), and only 77 miles on the odometer since being restored.
’55 Bel Air Sedan
The beautiful thing about Tri-Five Chevys is they’re almost infinitely customizable to suit any owner’s taste. This particular ’55 two-door post sold for $25K, and for that you got a clean and mildly resto-modded sedan with a 425HP 427 and Tremec TKO600 five-speed, along with air conditioning. Since it could cost you more than $25K just to find a buildable car, and then have all the necessary bodywork done, buying this starts you out really well. From there, the options are endless—including just driving as-is what appears to be a really nice, clean ’55.