Toly Arutunoff Creation: 1949 Straightly Incontinental
April 6, 2022 Update – The bidding did not meet Toly’s reserve price on this unique offering, so we’ve moved it to our “Rides Still Available” page where buyers can make an offer.
What happens when accomplished racer and automotive writer TolyAruntunoff realizes a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline fastback shares similar body lines to Bentley Continental of the period? He sets out to create the one-of-kind Straightly Incontinental!
We are honored to have Toly himself offer his unique creation in a reserve-style online auction here on GuysWithRides.com. Bidding opened at Noon Wednesday, March 23, 2022, and continues for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.
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If you’re not familiar with Toly Arutunoff, he’s a man’s man among enthusiasts who had the guts to pilot sports and racing cars in events such as the Targa Florio and the Mille Miglia when car racing was still a death sport. In addition to being a published author, he’s known for building a number of interesting one-off creations over the years, one of which we’re honored to feature on GuysWithRides.com!
One day in his travels, Toly came across a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline fastback. It reminded him of Bentley’s S1 Continental Fastback produced a few years year. Here is the rear three-quarters view of each car; you be the judge:
Now on a mission, Toly set out to modify a ’49 Chevrolet Fleetline as a tribute to the Bentley Boy’s creation. The result was what he calls the Straightly Incontinental currently listed for sale. This is a driver-quality one-off creation in need of freshening to make road worthy. The result is what you see here:
While the exterior paint can best be described as driver-quality, besides the modified hood and grille featuring a Bentley grille, the diamond-pleated, cream and white two-tone interior are really set the Straightly Incontinental from its humble ’49 Chevy Fleeline Fastback beginnings. The drivetrain remains the stock inline-six and “three-on-the-tree” powertrain with the primary upgrade being a modern alternator supporting 12v wiring. Options real Bently Continental Fastback owners can only dream about are the bespoke hubcaps featuring “$” insignias combined with a rare, rough-hewn pine stick hood support.
The pre-purchase inspection confirmed this is a driver-quality project car in need of sorting before being road-ready again. The picture below contains the Lemon Squad Pre-Purchase Inspection completed just prior to the start of this auction. To review the Pre-Purchase Inspection, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:
To help you make informed bids, we’re providing two key sources of pricing data. Both the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool and Collector Car Marketplace Online Tool provides this summary of values for a stock 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline based on a car’s condition:
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If you have any questions about Toly Artunov’s 1949 Straightly Incontinental please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!