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Swan Song: 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collectors Edition 13K – SOLD!

In 1982, $24,000 would buy you the equivalent of what $76,705 buys today. Paying my way through college at a local grocery store at the time, twenty-four large was a just bit less than the annual starting salary I would soon make as a degreed engineer. I remember of of this as one of my co-workers at the supermarket pulled up one beautiful afternoon in a brand new 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collectors Edition.

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Colonial Cream: 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible 47.5K Survivor – Best Offer

Anticipating the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) would implement roll-over crash requirements for cars, most automobile manufacturers were well on their way for phasing out factory-built convertibles.  By 1975, General Motors (“GM”) was the only domestic company offering convertibles. 

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Suburban Substitute: 1950 DeSoto Custom Woodie Wagon – $50,000

Several automakers struggled over the years on how to position certain brands within their portfolio. Prior to its spilt between BMW and Volkswagen, Rolls Royce struggled for many years on how to position Bentley cars. In the U.S., Ford struggled to position its Mercury lineup while General Motors never figured out how to get younger buyers into their showrooms. Chrysler’s problem child was DeSoto.

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Badge Brother: 1955 Pontiac Safari – $87,500 OBO

The rarest body style for Chevrolet in 1955 was the stylish two-door Nomad wagon, with only 8,530 units produced.  If you like the “Tri-Five” (1955-1957) Nomad but find too many have been restored over the years, what is your option for something rarer? Well, many enthusiasts forget that Pontiac offered a brand twin to the Nomad known as the Safari.  Based on Pontiac’s top trim Star Chief line, with only 3,760 units produced for 1955, it stands as the rarest Pontiac made that year.

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