Vintage Dodge Dealer Photo – Shelton, Washington 1963

This is a photo of Pauley Motors in Shelton, Washington circa 1963.  Yes they only had this many cars on the lot at one time, not every dealer can be Mr. Norm’s selling hundreds of cars a month! They were a Dodge only dealer until 1972 when they took over the Plymouth franchise from another dealer in town. They closed down the business around 1978 during the Chrysler bankruptcy.


Vintage Parking Lot

We found this picture in the estate of a photographer from Tacoma, Washington who was a machinist for Boeing.  We are not sure exactly where this is (probably Seattle) but look at all the cool old cars! How many Mopars can you spot in this picture? What year do you think this is?


Farmer’s Field Find 1968 Dodge Charger

We just found this very clean 1968 Dodge Charger over in dry Eastern Washington. This car was abandoned in a farmer’s field around 1980 and it has sat ever since. It’s pretty complete except for the tail lights which somebody thought would look cool in a VW bug! The first pic is how we found it and the rest are of the car back together at the shop. Luckily most of the parts were stored in a storage shed and were spared sun damage.


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The Other Auctions: RM and Gooding

Yesterday we decided to hit the other Arizona auctions that do not have a lot of Mopar stuff but still have some interesting cars. RM is a very high end auction with mostly European cars, Ferrari’s and older cars. Gooding has a nice mix of stuff as well and is similar to RM but the cars are not as high end. Gooding had an “as found” theme going on with three cars still covered in dust and grime going up for auction.

These cars were from RM and includes a couple of Imperials, a Hemi powered Facel Vega, and a Chrysler 300B. More pics after the jump!


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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Wrap Up

We have been writing about the process of bringing and selling a car at Barrett Jackson for the last week and today was the day it went up for sale. We got to the auction very early today to make sure to get it cleaned up and ready to go. We had a sign out front and a flier to give out.  Here is what they looked like:

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Day 1 at Barrett-Jackson

Today was the first day of cars going across the block at Barrett Jackson and it was a very fun and exciting day. They have an all new facility this year with over 1,000,000 square feet of space!  It is amazing how big this place it and they are selling over 1,400 cars from Tuesday to Sunday. Here are a couple of cars that stood out to us, we will post many more later this week with more info on what we thought of them.  Here are a few teaser shots, will go more in depth on these later. More pics after the jump!


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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Transporting the Car to Auction and What to Do When You Get There

The car needed to go from Seattle, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona and a lot of options are available for transportation. The hard part is a ton of cars are heading to Arizona for this week (Barrett is selling 1,400 cars themselves which doesn’t include all of the cars at Russo and Steele, RM, Gooding, Silver, etc) so it makes transportation very expensive.  You also have to send the car in an enclosed trailer. With the bad January weather across the country transporting it in an open hauler is just a bad idea especially after spending all the time detailing and cleaning up the vehicle. Since I was hoping to go to Barrett Jackson and the Arizona auctions anyways I decided to just transport the car down myself (with the added bonus of covering the auctions for Mopar Blog!).

This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by Jan covering them for Mopar Blog!).

This simplified getting the car down there greatly by not having to rely upon somebody else to get the car down there at a certain point. We decided to try to get the car to Scottsdale by January 11th so I left Olympia, Washington on the 9th and drove the 24 hours to Scottsdale and got there the morning of the 11th. I was towing it down with my 1998 Dodge Ram Diesel and lost 5th gear in the transmission somewhere in Oregon. Without overdrive I couldn’t go over 60 MPH after this and it was a VERY long trip!

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Selling a car at Barrett Jackson: Registering the Car and Prepping it for Auction

When a person decides to sell a car at Barrett Jackson you need to fill out the entry form with a description of the car and pictures.  Barrett then decides whether they will accept the car.  Once they decide to accept the car then they tell you which day they slot you in and you decide whether you are OK with running it that day.  Barrett told my Dad they wanted to run the car on Wednesday night January 15th between 7 and 8 PM and he decided to go for it.

After confirming with Barrett Jackson the next step was to get the car ready for auction.  As you can see in the picture it is a very nicely restored car so all he had to do was get it professionally detailed.  You also have to come up with a good description for the auction catalog and to put on a car at the auction itself.

The description should accurately describe the car but keep it brief.  For example if the engine is not #’s matching you do not want to mention that.  Let the buyer ask about that.  Also a lot of times bidders won’t have even seen the car before it goes on the block and they bid on it anyways.  You don’t want them to read “not numbers matching” when going over the block.

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Ever Wondered What It is Like to Sell a Car at Barrett-Jackson? Here is Your Chance to Find Out!

My Dad decided to sell his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440 6 Pack car last year and has had trouble getting it sold. He decided a couple of months ago to sell the car at Barrett Jackson with no reserve. We are going to run all of you through all the steps he took to get it entered into Barrett Jackson, prepped for auction, transport the car, drop it off and watch it go over the block.

The car is lot number 501 and is going to be going up on the block Wednesday night on Fox Business channel between 7-8 PM. Are you going to be watching? Should be fun to watch! We will be putting up blog posts all week from Barrett Jackson as well so stay tuned!


Neglected Field Find: Five 1962 Chryslers

We just found these five 1962 Chrysler’s in Bellingham, Washington.  Not sure why somebody would let these things sit in a swampy area for 15 years but it happened.  We just saved these from going to the crusher and the cars are:

  • 1962 Chrysler 300H
  • 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport 413 2 Door Hardtop
  • 1962 Chrysler 300 2 Door Hardtop with a 383
  • 1962 Chrysler Newport that is an original black car
  • 1962 Chrysler New Yorker 4 Door

See more pictures below.  What would you do with these?  They are pretty rough.


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