Monday, April 16, 2018

when they know what they've got and in order for you to buy it, you have to buy the entire estate... that's a bugger. But it's worth it when it's an original-owner 1956 Corvette, 1 of 111 with factory installed dual carbed 265 with the Duntov special high-lift cam is suddenly on the market for the first time

“I had to buy the whole estate to get the car,” Bob Kunz said. Kunz, who is famous for rebuilding carburetors says he “got a pile of paperwork” with the Vette to document Chevrolet’s famous option code “449” of 1956. “I’ve got the order sheet, invoice, title and warranty paperwork.”

Chevrolet introduced option #449 “for racing purposes only,” it was the Duntov special high-lift cam that raised output to 240 horsepower.

Kunz got a call one day from a fellow Chevy friend Dennis Roth about a ’56 Corvette that was going to be for sale, but the estate was legally one unit, and the court said the home had to be sold with the two cars and all the misc things.”  The house was worth about $7,000, he offered 100k and it was all his.

The whole house and basement were full of stuff, like old Hot Rod magazines he hadn’t even opened from the 1940s, a McCullough supercharger, and antiques

The other car was a 1947 Crosley body on a channeled Ford Model A frame fitted with a flathead Cadillac V-8.

The Vette even still has the original spare
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  1. All due respect to the Corvette....but where were the pics of the hot rod Hot Rod Magazine?!

    1. lol... yeah, I'd love to see those "unopened" magazines too... just for the historical relevance of what they looked like as sent through the mail. I have seen a lot of early ones with nothing more than a mailing label, but I've seen a lot with no label, and I've wondered if they sent them in envelopes

  2. The first issue of Hot Rod was January of 1948. I guess they were available over the counter in limited places like speed shops in the beginning, hence no mailing labels. When I started buying them in the mid 50s at Hatch's general store in MA, there wasn't even a designated spot for a label. I read somewhere they used to put the mailing label on the back cover until the advertisers who paid big bucks raised hell. When I came home from school in Boston at Thanksgiving of '62 my mother had shitcanned all 300 car magazines. :-(

    1. Mom's do that. Mine tossed all my comics (maybe 100) and my porn stash. Mom's are clueless about guy stuff, and never see the inherent upside of recycling by passing it all along to anyone else who'll read it (snicker) like the way I accumulated my comics and porn... who the hell had money to waste on subscriptions? Not enough lawns in the town to drum up enough change for that.