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1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE

Picture this: A car that has been in your family for several generations is finally passed down to you. It has been fully restored and you can’t wait to drive it. But when you try to register the vehicle, the authorities tell you that during an inspection, the primary VIN has been removed and reattached, which could cause NUMEROUS ISSUES in getting the vehicle registered.

Arizona State Capitol

Thanks to efforts by Barrett-Jackson, removing and reattaching the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) during repairs or restoration is no longer against the law. Following unanimous passage by the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona State Senate, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2480, which changes the current law to allow owners, restorers and repairers of pre-1981 vehicles to remove and reinstall a VIN for repair or restoration.

The statute will take effect on July 22, 2022.

According to Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis, the legislation is significant and beneficial because virtually anyone who has restored a car has had to remove and reattach the VIN, not realizing that doing so is against the law. “Our motivation to do this was primarily for our hobby’s health and future, to keep the collector car universe alive and well and keep those restorations coming.”

Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, noted that many vehicle owners and restorers will often duplicate the factory’s process from when the automaker first built the vehicle. During such frame-off or rotisserie restorations, unaware of the statutes that exist in many states, restorers remove the vehicle’s components, including the primary VIN, which is often attached with screws and varies in placement from car to car, year to year.

Craig Jackson with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Recently, Kansas lawmakers sent similar legislation to the state’s governor after a 2017 incident, in which a Kansas man had purchased a restored 1959 Chevrolet Corvette in Indiana. When he attempted to register the car in his home state, the highway patrol determined that the VIN tag had been removed and reattached, which is against the law.

According to Kansas law at the time, the Corvette was seized and should have been destroyed. There was no exception for someone who purchased a vehicle not knowing about the VIN issue. In this case, the VIN had been removed years earlier during restoration and reattached. On March 22, 2022, Gov. Lauren Kelly approved the Kansas House Bill 2594, which allows for the temporary removal of the VIN during the full restoration of antique vehicles. Although it remains unclear when the owner of the Corvette will be reunited with his car, the bill is a step toward protecting the Kansas collector car community.

In 2021, Barrett-Jackson began working to change the law in Arizona. “We were aware of the archaic statute making it a crime to remove a VIN, and finally, we said something needed to be done,” Davis said.

“This is a precedent-setting moment that people will look at and then want to emulate this legislation in their states,” Davis said.

Steve Davis at the Arizona House of Representatives

According to Jackson, many states have similar VIN statutes that were enacted during the 1940s and ’50s, a time in which no one could conceive that decades later, such cars would be restored and worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more.

The federal law on VINs, in comparison, allows a VIN to be removed for necessary repairs to a vehicle, which although not as draconian as many state laws on the subject, still allowed some sort of exception for repairing a vehicle.

Nonetheless, the language of Arizona’s statutes on VINs allowed for no such removal of a VIN for any reason. Such a reading, however, often overlooks the intent behind the statutes in the first place.

Jackson also noted the spirit of the VIN laws enacted decades ago were aimed at the fraudsters and crooks who were stealing vehicles — not the guy spending tens of thousands of dollars and hours to restore a car. The letter of the law, however, didn’t consider that.

A governmental official, like in the Kansas case, may simply read the statute in place and, regardless of any other facts, conclude that the vehicle needs to be seized because a VIN was removed and reinstalled. Amending Arizona’s current VIN statutes to allow for a VIN to be removed for restoration or repairs, however, allows for other factors to be considered.

“That was where we were stuck, and nobody understood or appreciated how significant that can be,” Davis said. “This new bill takes

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: VIN VICTORY: Driven By Barrett-Jackson, HB 2480 Goes Into Effect July 22, 2022
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/vin-victory-driven-by-barrett-jackson-hb-2480-goes-into-effect-july-22-2022/
Published Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2022 15:15:09 +0000

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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising

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WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Let’s face it: We gearheads spend entirely too much time talking about horsepower, performance, going fast and turning corners. Maybe it’s time to just slow down and enjoy the ride.

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, cruising was all the rage (think “American Graffiti”). It was a simple love of rolling through town on a Saturday night in your pride and joy, hanging out with your friends and just having fun.

When it comes to driving in Florida, however, cruising in your favorite collector car – in this case, preferably a convertible – inevitably means heading to the beach. Put on your shades, drop that top and feel those ocean breezes as you head down the Sunshine State’s scenic highway, the A1A.

We can’t imagine anything better than cruising the Florida coast in a classic Cadillac or Lincoln. Land yachts, anyone? Perhaps a beautiful Bel Air or Buick. Does that top on your Resto-Modded Bronco or Blazer come off? Go for it. Heck – even if your ride isn’t a convertible, just roll all those windows down, crank up the tunes and take delight in the drive.

Enjoy this sample of potentially great beach cruisers – each selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. As Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Don’t miss the chance to put yourself behind the wheel of one of these beauties and head for the coast.

LOT #698 – 2023 DODGE DEMON 170 CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE
Pictured above, this Demon convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Authorized and warrantied convertible conversion performed by Jeff Moran of Droptop Customs.

LOT #657 – 1987 FERRARI 328 GTS TARGA – NO RESERVE

Finished in a Rosso Corsa Red exterior over a Connolly tan interior. Recently serviced, including timing belt and all fluids. Serviced and overhauled all suspension and brake systems. 19,503 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #680 – 1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/340 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 327/340hp V8 engine with 4-speed manual transmission. Recipient of an older frame-off restoration in Tuxedo Black with black interior and black convertible top. Bloomington Gold and Top Flight award-winner. Includes owner’s manual and awards.

LOT #765 – 1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

California car powered by an LS-powered fuel-injected V8 engine backed by an automatic transmission. Rides on Air Lift suspension. Equipped with custom leather interior and integrated entertainment pad touchscreen with Bluetooth.

LOT #697 – 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 6.2-liter LS V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. In Gunmetal Gray with a custom red leather interior and red canvas convertible top. Includes an Art Morrison chassis, Vintage Air, power steering, Wilwood disc brakes and power windows.

Powered by a 390ci V8 engine paired with an automatic transmission. Frame-on restoration to original condition. New brakes, master cylinder and mufflers. Purchased from dealer showroom floor in 1959.

LOT #668 – 1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fuel-injected 383ci stroker BluePrint engine using a Holley Sniper unit, providing 491hp and 455 ft/lbs of torque based on the dyno sheet. Backed by a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission.

Powered by its original 272ci engine and automatic transmission. Completely restored to its factory condition, with the “Bumble Bee” color scheme and power convertible top.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Classic Collectibles Perfect for Coastal Cruising
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/which-way-to-the-beach-classic-collectibles-perfect-for-coastal-cruising/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 15:36:07 +0000

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go

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ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

When you think about it, it’s not surprising that four-wheel drive has been around for more than two centuries. After all, the roads back in the late 1800s were certainly in less-than-ideal condition, so drivers naturally welcomed the ability to travel on challenging road surfaces without worry.

The world’s first four-wheel-drive car directly powered by an internal-combustion engine was the Dutch Spyker 60 HP, commissioned for the Paris to Madrid race of 1903. But it was the advent of war that brought four-wheel-drive vehicles into mass production. The 3-ton FWD Model B Nash Quad became a standard military four-wheel-drive truck for the U.S. Army in World War I. The Quad not only came with four-wheel-drive and four-wheel brakes, but also featured four-wheel steering. It was one of the first successful four-wheel-drive vehicles ever to be made.

The World War II Jeep, originally developed by American Bantam but mass-produced by Willys and Ford, became the best-known four-wheel-drive vehicle in the world during World War II. As soon as the war was nearly over, Willys developed the CJ2, which gave rise to the CJ2A in 1945. Hot on its heels, Dodge also started production of the civilian 4WD Power Wagon trucks for the 1946 model year. Both the Willys and the Dodge were developed directly from their WWII predecessors.

Today’s rugged four-wheel-drive vehicles often showcase an incredible blend of both utility and comfort. The fantastic 4x4s headed to the 2024 Palm Beach Auction with No Reserve are perfect examples of vehicles that don’t stop performing when the pavement ends.

LOT #700 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Pictured above is a 1971 Ford Bronco custom SUV powered by Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-Liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, with 4-wheel drive. Has dual exhaust, headers, cold-air intake, 2.5-inch suspension lift and a 3-inch body lift. Rides on 20-inch KMC wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires.

LOT #691 – 1971 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Nicknamed “Black Betty;” rotisserie-restored and custom-built by JFB Off Road. Powered by a BluePrint Engines 306/370hp crate engine and a 4-speed auto transmission. Finished in Tuxedo Black with a Wimbledon White hardtop over a custom leather interior.

LOT #752 – 1972 GMC JIMMY CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by an LS3 430hp V8 engine and automatic transmission. Fully restored and customized with Chevrolet grille, tailgate and badges, Ringbrothers door handles, custom wood floor, Vintage Air system, Dakota Digital gauges and 17-inch U.S. Mags wheels.

Powered by a built fuel-injected 347ci stroker V8 engine mated to an AX15 5-speed manual transmission, with 4×4. Has 2.5-inch suspension lift, Bilstein shocks, Vintage Air, Flowmaster exhaust, hydro-boost 4-wheel disc brakes and 18-inch Moto Metal wheels.

Built by Time Warp Customs and displayed at the Rubicon Express booth at SEMA 2017. Powered by a 6.4-liter 392ci V8 engine rated at 485hp and 475 ft/lbs of torque. 3,837 actual miles on the truck and build. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

Powered by a 6.4-liter inline-6 Cummins diesel engine and an automatic transmission. Highly modified build that includes a functional 2016 Ram Mega Cab interior with air conditioning, custom bed, Kelderman air suspension and American Force wheels.

LOT #751 – 1991 LAND ROVER DEFENDER 130 CUSTOM SUV – NO RESERVE

Powered by a new LS3 6.2-liter 425hp V8 engine paired with a 6-speed GM 6L80E automatic transmission. Has new chassis, suspension, steering, driveline and interior. Equipped with AP 4-wheel disc brakes. May not be emissions compliant in all 50 states.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ADVENTURE AWAITS: 4x4s Will Take You Wherever You Want To Go
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/adventure-awaits-4x4s-will-take-you-wherever-you-want-to-go/
Published Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2024 16:00:23 +0000

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Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?

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Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments.
Flat-track racers a split second after the flag drops. Know where and when was this photo taken? Let us know in the comments. (Anonymous/Unknown/)

Any idea who this vintage racer named Mike is? Or where he’s having all this fun? If so, let us know.

A recent purchase of an abandoned Chicagoland storage locker turned up a trove of racing photographs from the 1970s and ‘80s. Early this year, a buyer who wishes to remain anonymous found 53 large- and small-format photographs of a racer named Mike who enjoyed flat-track racing, owned a red van, and liked roadracing as well. And he took a trip to Daytona at some point. Perhaps he owned or worked at a radio/electronics shop called “Radiotronics”?

Mike looked like a fun guy. He had cool racing duds from Lancer Leathers, liked doing wheelies on pitbikes, and looked good on his Yamaha two-stroke tracker and roadrace bike. Judging by the number of van pictures, he also loved van life. And he knew who famous racer Don Vesco was, since he snapped a pic of his van.

The buyer notes that items found in the storage unit indicate Mike having lived in Alabama, with family or friends possibly located in Chicago’s north suburbs. His race number was 117 and 217. Could it be AMA-sanctioned racing? The roadracing photos could be from the pits in Daytona, though it’s unclear. It seems he also rode a red Yamaha TD2 or TR2 with No. 373. It was a popular race setup in the ‘70s, with a trick swingarm and non-stock frame. You could buy a racing-prepped bike straight from the dealer.

They’re a wonderful glimpse into someone’s past life. Before smartphones and ubiquitous cameras, photography took time, commitment, and care. Time has given the pictures a tint and hue that Instagram filters can’t replicate. Maybe one of our loyal Motorcyclist readers could shed some light on this minor mystery? Any info or helpful clues can be posted in the comments section.

A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A man identified as Mike, sponsored by Competition Cycles, puts down power and a steel shoe around an unidentified dirt track, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s.
A proud portrait of Mike the mystery racer with leathers made by a company called Lancer Leathers, sometime in the 1970s or ’80s. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown.
Mike the mystery racer (117) in the middle of a pack, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown.
Either they’re working on their race face, or a track official is yelling at them. A riders’ meeting, track and date unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown.
An unidentified Yamaha racer holding court. An unidentified Yamaha dirt track bike and roadracer (possibly a TD2 or TR2?) awaiting a new rear tire, date and track unknown. (Anonymous/Unknown/)
An unidentified track official at

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: Who Are These Mystery Motorcycle Racers From the 1970s?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/photo-galleries/who-are-these-mystery-motorcycle-racers-from-1970s/
Published Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2024 16:53:28 +0000

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