Long standing auction house A.J. Wilner is preparing to move some heavy-metal for the U.S. Marshals Service in Lodi, New Jersey. It seems that our boys in blue have confiscated nine rare and valuable muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Alleged Medicare swindler David Nicoll showed poor judgment when bilking Uncle Sam out of $200-million in phony Medicare claims, yet had a pretty fair eye when collecting verifiable and certifiable classic cars. The good Book says, “Be sure that your sins will find you out…” It would seem that Nicoll’s sins have been found out and his prized possessions have been seized for public auctioned. If you play you gotta’ pay, and Nicoll will pay on September 12, 2014 when these nine beauties are sold outright to the highest bidder.
The Superbird is considered to be most valuable car in this collection, from a monetary standpoint. It has been beautifully restored to factory specifications and retains the original 426-cubic inch Hemi engine. If you can get past the fact that the front fascia is awful to look at and that huge rear wing is laughable, then you have a pretty car. Nevertheless, it should draw bids in the area of $100,000.
This BOSS 429 Mustang is nearly enough to make a Chevy-man drink the “blue-oval kool-aid.” This car has a 429-cubic inch engine with a four-barrel carburetor, four-speed close ration transmission, and 3.39:1 Traction-Lok rear differential. It has been beautifully restored in the original “Grabber Green” paint. It came from the factory (in Dearborn, Michigan) with raised white letter tires, drag pack, and a performance tuned suspension system and it looks to be in similar condition, now. The factory documents accompany this car.
We all remember the car from the Hollywood hit “Gone in Sixty-Seconds” with Nick Cage; well this car is an exact replica with different paint. Maybe we should say that it is Erlene’s ugly distant cousin? This beauty is covered in Lime Gold paint and has a black cloth interior. A 428-cubic inch Super Cobra Jet engine with two-4-barrel carburetors and an automatic transmission provide the giddy-up-and-go. This is a high-performance focused coupe with heavy-duty engine cooling, but no a/c.
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle, 2 Door Hardtop
This car was modified by Yenko Chevrolet, (dealer invoice is included with car) who actually swapped the factory 396-cubic inch engine with a 427-cubic inch LS1, making it even more valuable. The car has sport tuned suspension, front disc brakes, power steering, and power brakes. The Yenko Chevelle is one of the most rare and sought after Chevrolet models among automobile collectors.
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Nova
Spotting the Yenko Nova is like running into a lost artifact; very few citizens even realize they exist. The car was certified as a Yenko Nova in 1993, initially sold through Cooke County Chevrolet in Louisville, Kentucky and modified through Yenko Chevrolet in Pennsylvania. It is equipped with the signature LS1 427-cubic inch V8 engine and has a four-speed close ratio transmission. It is also painted with a beautiful Rallye Green paint job (with Yenko graphics), “old-style” American racing wheels and raised white letter tires. Also factory equipped with sport tuned suspension.
The Yenko Camaro is the “eye of the tiger” for Chevrolet collectors and the “Hope-Diamond” for Camaro aficionados. It rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line as an “SS” production car with sport tuned suspension, heavy-duty engine cooling, and front disc brakes, then went to Yenko for an engine upgrade (LS1 427 cubic-inch), Muncie four-speed close ratio manual transmission, 4.10-:1 rear differential, a specially designed hood, and special paint graphics.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, 2 Door Convertible
Factory rated at 375-horsepower, this is L89 Chevelle Convertible came from Chevrolet with a 396-cubic inch V8 that featured aluminum cylinder heads and an 800cfm Holley carburetor. In 1970 Chevrolet produced two of the baddest muscle cars of all time and this guy owned one of each (as you will see below). The Cranberry Red paint is offset by the black SS stripes, domed hood, and black convertible top.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, Super Sport 454 LS6 V8
When this car is brought up in conversation among muscle car lovers, it is spoken of in hushed tones. The 450-horsepower rating (given by Chevy) is widely reckoned to be whimsy, with actual estimates frequently wandering as high as the mid-fives. It is black on black with white SS stripes and rally wheels complete with center caps and chrome trim rings. This car can scamper down the quarter mile in less than 14-seconds at 100 mph on factory tires, despite being built like a tank.
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda (mid-restoration)
All of these retro Challengers running around today — they take their inspiration from this entry. It is a late entry to the auction and not many details have been forthcoming.
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