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(Some Gearhead)   Gold Oldsmobile sells for $3.24 million at Barrett-Jackson auction. New owner seen promptly checking clearance of 24" Dayton wires   ( divider line
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2005-01-30 11:33:07 AM  
I love seeing old concept cars. Having one with all of the design documents would just be incredible.

I love Harley Earl stuff, too (being an old Cadillac buff myself).

But having said all of that- that Olds is not an attractive car.

I'd love to have one of those Chrysler Turbines or the Lincoln Futura concept car (that they turned into the Batmobile)
2005-01-30 04:04:22 PM  
New owner seen promptly checking clearance of 24" Dayton wires.

I don't get it.
2005-01-30 04:28:31 PM  
franjrt: I don't get it.

I have heard you can find things out with Google.
2005-01-30 05:25:45 PM  
Dayton Wires:
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2005-01-30 07:33:53 PM  
Wow, that's a beautiful car.. and I don't even like old cars much.

Maybe I need to look into what Earl did..
2005-01-30 07:49:29 PM  
I don't get it.
You and me both.
2005-01-30 07:49:59 PM  
i say the buyer got a bargain. what a killer ride.
2005-01-30 07:53:13 PM  
It's not true that I don't not get it.
2005-01-30 07:54:04 PM  

Dude, are you in sales?
Something about your post made me want to offer you money.
2005-01-30 07:55:19 PM  
more than a luxury ride it's a feeling of pride that you feel inside...

2005-01-30 07:55:47 PM  
Dayton Wires are Rims gentelmen.

2005-01-30 07:55:54 PM  
being a lover of old classic cars, I know what "24" Dayton wires" means. It means chopping up a classic car, ripping apart what is really a one of a kind original, and putting crap electronics, crap paint, a crap stereo and "pimping" stuff on it in order to make it "modern"

another example of a good concept car that still exists today and is very cool
here is the car
2005-01-30 07:57:52 PM  
franjrt & SilentStrider

I concur.
/Not a car enthusiast


Thanks for clearing that up.
2005-01-30 08:00:23 PM  
OMGWTF!!!11 VVHY I5 BV5h sP3ND1N9 4ll tH15 M0n33Z 4 tR4N5p0R+?!?

/zips up suit...
2005-01-30 08:02:53 PM  
Bio-nic: I know what "24" Dayton wires" means

Thanks for the clarification.
2005-01-30 08:04:23 PM  
no problem, any time

/goes to strap on flamethrower....
2005-01-30 08:08:26 PM  
When I saw the price tag I thought the car was madr of real gold. Duh.
2005-01-30 08:09:21 PM  

Wrong Thread
2005-01-30 08:10:57 PM  
Good lord bio-nic, it's been a while since i seen such a misguided post :p. 24 as in 24 inches, dayton as in the company that makes rims (or wheels for you old old timers), wires as in the type of spokes... 24 dayton wires is the size and type of rims you normally see being put on a "old skool" caddy... Usually, you can find the "Essays" (not term paper) in them, along with a hydraulic suspension.
2005-01-30 08:11:56 PM  
did anyone watch this???

it was on the speed channel yesterday.

dude was nuts, screaming at other bidders and then fell to his knees and cried when he won.

said he is putting it in some museum in colorado
2005-01-30 08:12:06 PM  
amcdrew- a little humor on the presumption that Bush was the one who bought the car.

Since he's rollin' the dough out for wheels lately. Get it?
2005-01-30 08:12:57 PM  
That is not exactly what it means, bio-nic. Some just put "dubs"n their "ride" cause they think it impresses people, not realizing said people are laughing at them for spending $4,000 on a car and $6,000 on rims and tires.

Trust me, the owner of this car will do no such thing any more than a Ferrari owner would put a chevy engine in for more horsepower.
2005-01-30 08:13:18 PM  
YEah, saw the bidding war that went on for that thing, the guys absolutely HAD to have it, it was nuts..

Oh yeah, and the car sold SATURDAY, so, ummm, old news?
2005-01-30 08:14:13 PM  
there is a special feel... IN AN OLDMOBILE!

can't believe nobody else knows that song!
2005-01-30 08:15:50 PM  
someone say barret jackman?

[image from too old to be available]
2005-01-30 08:18:04 PM  
it's a one of a kind art piece. THE ONLY ONE. you don't change it. You don't add rims to it. There is a reason that it sold for that much money. because there are no more of them. you don't put anything on that car that wasn't there to begin with. It's sacraligious... it's like fark without kitten's, domo-kun, and b00bies links...
2005-01-30 08:18:26 PM  
I skipped the auction this year. I didn't feel like spending $50 to get rained on.
2005-01-30 08:18:35 PM  

Yeah, I saw most of the auction. The guy that made the record breaking bid was indeed a bit of a nut job. He bought a couple other cars too, can't remember the details on those. Obviously a rich nut job.
2005-01-30 08:20:15 PM  
Did anybody watch that bidding? That guy was nuts. Definiely the coolest moment of any Barret-Jackson I've seen.
2005-01-30 08:20:18 PM  
New owner reportedly doesn't expect you to talk, he expects you to die.
2005-01-30 08:22:45 PM  
[bold]The XP-20 project, commonly known as F-88 was a pet project of Harley Earl[/bold]

The long lost brother of Henry Earl!
2005-01-30 08:23:52 PM  
I'd jack it up in back and put sidepipes on it, put a hoodscoop on and a set of Cragars.
2005-01-30 08:25:54 PM  
The winning bid was "only" $3,000,000. The buyer also had to pay the additional 8% commission.
2005-01-30 08:27:45 PM  
I know of a very old Max Fleisher animated short dedicated to the oldsmobile from waaaay back... (pre-WWII)
"come away with me Lucille
in my merry oldsmobile"
that being said, it's still a pretty interesting buy.
/still doesn't own a car
2005-01-30 08:29:26 PM  
it's still 3,000,000 dollars... no matter what it is... car, kitten, domo-kun... it's cool...

/dreamy stare
2005-01-30 08:34:16 PM  
No air conditioning? No CD changer! What a rip off - even 15k Honda Civic has that.
2005-01-30 08:35:22 PM  
They spend way too much time showing the bidders and the oily salesmen at that Barret-Jackson auction. I flipped over to Speed to watch part of it during a commercial break and over a minute went by with all these people flailing their arms and they never showed the car.

I'm floored by the prices people are paying for Dodge muscle cars from the 1970s. I love cars but I can't imagine paying $250,000 for a 1970 Hemi.
2005-01-30 08:35:30 PM  
They could have sold a chunk of Harley Earl's fecal matter styled into the shape of a car with little wheels on it and made that much money.

They weren't selling a car, folks. They were selling Harley Earl.

btw, that sounds like a great idea for a photoshop
2005-01-30 08:36:48 PM  
Pretty cool and interesting from an historical perspective.

I'm not familiar with or aware of Harley Earl's contributions to GM (in fact the first time I ever new that he had been a significant person in GM development history was when those lame TV ads ran a while back--and I can't even recall what car they were for...anybody remember?

The coolest thing about this car is that Z.A. Duntov (Corvette) and Bill Mitchell (Firebird, Camaro, probably others) were involved.

Just for giggles, has anybody done a CarFax on the VIN? That would be interesting...
2005-01-30 08:37:53 PM  
I'd cover it in purple fake fur, gold flames, huge-ass whitewalls and leopard pattern vinyl halftop.
2005-01-30 08:40:28 PM  
Elvis Nixon:

I'd cover it in purple fake fur, gold flames, huge-ass whitewalls and leopard pattern vinyl halftop.

Then it would be worth $3million!!!
2005-01-30 08:41:21 PM  
That Kaiser South Seas is just a replica.

Anyone know if the original still exists?
2005-01-30 08:41:35 PM  
I'm a car nut. I watched pretty much all of the auction coverage this year just for the "oooh, aaah factor. The Olds topped it. Harley Earl pretty much single-handedly shaped the evolution of the automobile in North America. I couldn't help think of what could have been if the F88 would have gone into production.

The Hemi really came into its own this year thanks to Chrysler re-inventing and re-marketing it, hence the domination of hemi powered cars at the auction overall.

/oooh, aaah..
2005-01-30 08:43:01 PM  
paulleah: No, it doesn't. that one is the only existing copy known at this point.

and yes, the new hemi is nice...

now excuse me, I have kittens to kill watching re runs of "trucks"
2005-01-30 08:45:39 PM  
The prices of muscle cars will plummet again, as they did in the early 90s.

This goes in cycles. Around '89 and '90, for example, Hemi-Cudas were easily fetching $120k. The prices get driven up by a passing wave of nostalgia that generations such as baby boomers feel, along with a goodly number of ill-informed speculators with more money than brains.

Bottom line: Never invest in anything that rusts.
2005-01-30 08:46:35 PM  
Looks like a carp.
2005-01-30 08:46:39 PM  
I have an '87 Oldsmobile, pimped out for its day with leather and automatic everything. Now, I have friends whose cars are ten years+ newer than my car, without similar niceties. Plus, in the seven years I've owned it, not one single mechanical problem. If I could, I would buy a brand new 1987 Olds, the very same one I own now. I would even pay the going rate for such luxury cars. I love my car.
2005-01-30 08:46:44 PM  
no homer yet?
2005-01-30 08:46:51 PM  

being a lover of old classic cars, I know what "24" Dayton wires" means. It means chopping up a classic car, ripping apart what is really a one of a kind original, and putting crap electronics, crap paint, a crap stereo and "pimping" stuff on it in order to make it "modern"

So, it's not cool that I put hydraulics and neon on my 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser? Blasphemy!
2005-01-30 08:51:56 PM  
[image from too old to be available]
Who was it that wanted the Homer-mobile?
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