February 10 Estate Sale: 9 Classics In Virginia

Watching what happens to a car collection after someone dies and there isn’t interest in it from the heirs has made me reconsider what cars I’m hanging on to. Any of you go through that same process? When I see a collection like the Gary W. Fleming estate listed here on carwileauctions.com, it leaves me wanting to ask so many questions! Thanks to Dennis J. for sending us this great find! The cars are located in Chester, Virginia. The one above is a 1951 Studebaker convertible with only 11,428 miles showing!

This lot is a 1971 Ford Torino convertible, supposedly with less than 25,000 miles. It will be the first car sold. Although it doesn’t presently look very attractive, the V8 and factory air conditioning might pique your interest.

One of the nicer looking of the cars is this 1937 Ford with less than 40,000 miles. The interior really looks nice on this one as well, and of course it’s equipped with a flathead V8.

Looking somewhat awkward without it’s front bumper, it’s possible that this 1951 Studebaker was intended as a parts car for the convertible. That being said, it looks solid enough in its own right to be put back on the road.

Mr. Fleming was obviously a Studebaker fan, and this low mileage (43,761) 1962 Gran Turismo Hawk is an example of one of my very favorite 1960s American coupes. If I were in the market, this car would be worth me making the trip to the auction.

For the bowtie fans out there, this is a 1965 Impala SS with less than 63,000 miles showing. There were no interior pictures of this car but I still found it interesting.

Mr. Fleming liked Ford convertibles as well based on this 1965 Mustang. I have a faint recollection about something special regarding Mustangs in this color, but I couldn’t find any reference to it; can any pony car experts out there help me? By the way, this car is another low mileage find with 23,148 miles showing.

A little tatty around the edges, this 1946 Ford Coupe looks like you could change the fluids and start it right up.

On the other hand, I’m pretty sure this supposed low mileage 1964 Ford Galaxie has been around the clock at least once, and would require some dedication to bring it back. It’s still a straight, minimal rust car though. In case you are wondering what Mr. Fleming actually drove, there are two “regular” high mileage 1988 cars in the auction as well. Any of you interested in attending this auction? Let us know!


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  1. jw454

    That is one crummy web sight.

    • JamestownMike

      Agreed! The carwileauctions.com website is WORTHLESS!

  2. Fred w.

    Wonder if any of those incredible low mileage claims are documented? Amazing how many 70 year old cars are supposedly driven under 500 miles a year.

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    • dan

      I would call fake on odo’s that turn over at 100k unless they looked nice’er then those,lol

  3. CCFisher

    The Mustang’s color appears to be “emberglo,” a warm, copper-orange-red blend. It was featured on the 1965 Thunderbird Special Landau, but I know of no special edition Mustangs painted in this color. It was just an unusual standard paint color.

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    • Rodent

      It was a 66 Mustang color, not supposed to be available in 65 on anything except the Thunderbird.

      • grant

        Came here to post this. This color is “emberglow” and it was special order for 66. The year of the car is either incorrect, or its a repaint. Looking closer at the pic, it’s wearing ’65 trim and grille, so looks like a color change to me. Purists will shudder but a color change isn’t a big deal to me, it looks fantastic.

      • JamestownMike

        It’s a bad repaint. I seen white peaking thru in areas and some overspray in the door jambs in the Proxibid pics. See the white below the driver door lock knob? The 65 Mustang convertible is already pre-bid to $4,100.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      Thanks, CC, I knew I was remembering the color from somewhere.

    • CJ

      The 1966 Ford Mustang featured a Emberglo paint choice, along with an optional emberglo/parchment deluxe (pony) interior. The only year Emberglo was offered….. beautiful paint/interior when waxed, cleaned, etc……

  4. DJS

    As most of us know low miles on the clock is not always true but if the price is right they all might b a good starter buy

  5. Dave Mc

    The Rudabaggie convert would have to be my favorite. Alas big bucks.

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  6. Steve R

    All 1970-1971 Torino convertibles were GT’s, which doesn’t mean much since the base engine was a 302, at least they got a cool hood.

    Steve R

  7. wuzjeepnowsaab

    Are the pictures on the website really all posted in October of last year? Is this a live auction or one that’s been closed for a while?

  8. Little_Cars Alexander Member

    Says the BF headline February 10. Says the website, February 10, 2018. Beginning at 10am. So there. Weird the photos are older. Not a warm fuzzy feeling about their ability to get the most out of these vintage cars.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Palmer Staff

      So maybe there will be some bargains? ;-)

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  9. Johnmloghry

    Once these cars are cleaned up and presented for auction the prices will soar. Wish I could be there but not able both physically and financially. My own little collection will pass on to my grandson.

  10. JamestownMike

    The 65 Impala SS is already pre-bid to $4,600 and the 37 Ford coupe is already pre-bid to $8,250 on Proxibid. Auction is this Saturday at Feb 10th at 11am Eastern. Proxibid has some good pics listed.

  11. Rustytech Member

    I like the 51 Studebaker coupe. It looks just like the one my grandfather had, they were tanks. They make a great looking restomod. I’d use 1990’s era Corvette running gear, lowered chassis, custom interior, paint. Unfortunately I have no room for another project right now.

    • Jimbosidecar

      I have 2 Studebaker coupes from that era. A 1950 Champion Coupe and a 1951 Starlight Champion Coupe. If I was anywhere near VA, I’d be looking to add a 3rd and maybe a 4th to my garage

    • Canadian Mark S. Eh! Member

      The blue stud coupe would be my choice too. I like the way the back window raps around the body. And what’s not to like about a bullit nose. I’m glad it is not to parted out yet for the convertible if it were my choice it would be the other way round, I don’t care much for Convertables but that might be because up here there are so few day you can have the top down. Just finished plowing a foot or so snow fall off my sidewalk. And have pulled out two stuck neibours as well.

  12. John Holt

    Can someone post the link to the auction?
    this link doesn’t work.. thanks

  13. JamestownMike

    I pre-bid the 70 Torino GT convertible up to $2,500. It SOLD to another online pre-bid of $2,600. WOW, what a STEAL!
    Here’s some final prices for the other cars;
    The blue 37 Ford coupe brought $20k
    The cream 51 Stude conv brought $27k
    The 51 Stude coupe brought $2,800
    The white 65 Impala SS brought $11,500
    The copper 65 Mustang conv brought $7,100
    The black 46 Ford coupe brought $4,750

  14. Fozbuzz Member

    For you non-Stude folks, the “wrap-around” rear window version was the “Starlight”, and there was a business coupe w/no rear side glass

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  15. Neil

    This is a couple months late but the 1965 Mustang is painted in what I believe to be:

    Ember Glow , it’s a beautiful color when seen in person.

    My grandfather had a 1965 Thunderbird that color and I wish I could have known what I know now.

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