|Classic Corner - April 30, 2012|
|Written by Tom Berg|
Our Classic Car Collector of the month is one of those guys that ran out of room for his cars which seems to happen to all of us. He couldn’t bear to part with any so I was able to help him sell his housing development home in Woodinville and buy a really nice, smaller, vintage home in Clearview with a four car garage and room for a big shop.
The shop is now built and has room for at least eight cars and a lift. The existing garage also has room for his two Ford pickups, a paint booth and storage.
One of his daily drivers is a rare 2008 supercharged Ford Saleen pickup with over 500 horsepower that is one of only 40 produced that year. The other truck is his wife’s 2003 supercharged 100th anniversary Harley Davidson edition Ford with over 400 horsepower. Gasoline mileage is not too important for Lance.
Many car collectors are attracted to cars of their youth and that might be why Lance has THREE 1966 Fords, all of which look new. He first bought his 1966 Galaxie 500 2-door hardtop because he had one in college. It has the original interior, 390 engine and only 60,000 miles. Interestingly, it was made in Canada.
Lance is an engineer and this car, like his other cars, looks just like it did on day one and the engine bay is especially clean and correct.
Lance then found a 1966 Galaxie convertible with a 7 litre (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) engine and four speed stick. This was the only year Ford used the term “litre” – it’s actually the 428-cubic-inch engine. It’s had a frame-off restoration and a new interior that’s identical to the original. They only made 428 of these cars and it’s the only 7 litre Lance has ever seen. It also has air conditioning which is quite rare for that time since most people figured “who needs air conditioning in a convertible?”
It’s interesting that this car is slightly less than perfect in that the convertible top is not in great shape, but then he never puts it up!
To complete his trio, Lance found a 66 Country Squire wagon “Woodie.” The sides look like they are covered with wood like the classics of the late 40s. The wood is actually a vinyl with dark wood-looking grain, and the trim pieces are a lighter applied wood look.
He’s got the 390-cubic-inch engine with an automatic.
He’s redone the interior door panels exactly as original using the original materials. The rear license plate on this one is “66WOODY” and the front plate is the traditional black and yellow California plate that also says “66WOODY.”
Oh, I forgot to mention that this car has a surfboard on the roof rack and a big trophy in the back seat. This car is so cool that the game developers at Microsoft took a few hundred pictures of it, digitized them and put this car in their new Xbox360 Forza 4 Motorsport game (see photo).
Just to keep things interesting, in Lance’s new shop there is a 2003 all black Mustang Cobra with over 500 horsepower, a 6-speed transmission and only 23,000 miles and one last vehicle that is much to my liking, a 1932 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster (convertible) with the rumble seat. He recently took this car to a Saturday afternoon get- together at the Clearview Albertson’s, and it was quite a hit. This car looks and runs great but is Lance’s next project. He’s going to pull the body off the frame, strip it and re-paint it in a stock color. When he’s done, it’s going to be spectacular.
In case you haven’t noticed, Lance is a dedicated FORD guy. He’s even been to the home of Ford, Dearborn Michigan, for the grand tour and just ordered a 2013 Ford Explorer (28 miles per gallon). It looks like he may have to part with the Harley Edition pickup but Lance is one of those car collectors who buys what he wants, gets it perfect and holds on to it forever, so I’ll believe it when I see it.
With some decent weather I’m looking forward to driving my cars and seeing your cars out and about.