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2017: A Year In Review - Part 1

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Welcome to our 2017 Year In Review where we take a moment to reflect on what we've accomplished this past year. Each year Cars On Line.com publishes its Year In Review for its newsletter readers and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers. Join us in recapping some of the most memorable shows and car listings of the year.

Back again in 2017 is the Cars One Line.com Car of the Year poll! This is where you, our readers, vote on which car you think deserves to be named the Cars On Line.com CAR of the YEAR! We'll reveal the winner in our last newsletter of 2017! Click here to vote now.

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Each of the cars pictured below with this icon are candidates for the CAR of the YEAR. Our poll features all of our picks for Car of the Year, including those that will be featured in greater detail next week in our Year in Review - Part 2. Let's get started!

January 2017
1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster
1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster

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2017 started off with a bang! We had the pleasure of featuring a 1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster in our very first newsletter of 2017. The vehicle was offered for sale by a private party and wore an older frame-off restoration. They said it ran strong too and showed just 50,000 miles on the odometer. The Kaiser Darrin has a history steeped in controversy, from its incredible design by Howard "Dutch" Darrin to its financial woes at Kaiser Motors. Only 435 production Darrins and six prototypes were built. Still today there is debate in the collector car community over which came first: the Kaiser Darrin or the Chevrolet Corvette. Both have claimed to be the first American two-seater sports car ever mass produced at the factory. We offered a further look into its history on our Cars On Line Blog here: 1954 Kaiser Darrin Roadster Price Drop.

1936 Packard Roadster
Grand National Roadster Show

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As January came to a close, Cars On Line covered the 68th Annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. Over 650 show cars were on display at the Pomona Fairplex, but only the very best of the best were considered for America's Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR). Competition for this year's award was fierce as the field of 13 finalists was chosen. In the end it was Bruce Wanta's 1936 Packard Roadster (nicknamed "The Mullholland Speedster") that took home the 10-foot AMBR trophy for 2017. You can see everything that happened at the show, including Wanta's winning '36 Packard Roadster by reading the Cars On Line News Blog here: 2017 America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award Winner Chosen. Don't forget! The 2018 Grand National Roadster Show is just around the corner. Stay in the car show loop by following Cars On Line on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in January:

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1964 Corvette

1964 Corvette

This fun little Corvette SOLD in a week thanks to a Run-Till-Sold ad.

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1948 Ford Woodie Wagon

1948 Ford Woodie Wagon

The Run-Till-Sold ad had it priced at $69,500.

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1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

A qualified buyer scooped up this sharp street rod!

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1965 Mustang GT Convertible

1965 Mustang GT Convertible

A Run-Till-Sold ad helped find the right buyer.

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1957 Chevy Bel Air

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Most parts were new or rebuilt on this beautiful '57 Bel Air.

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1963 Split Window Corvette

1963 Split Window Corvette

This beautiful split window SOLD in January.

February 2017
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS Z16
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS Z16

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"Rare" is a term that gets misused pretty regularly, but in February we featured a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Z16 worthy of the term. Our friends at Show Your Auto.com listed the rare muscle car for sale, telling us it came equipped with its numbers matching 396ci Mark IV "porcupine" big block engine and Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Only 201 Chevelle Malibu Z16s were ever produced in 1965. Chevrolet never advertised the Z16 model Chevelle Malibu and it did not appear on their order form that year. Seems only a select group of Chevrolet aficionados and celebrities were made aware of its existence. We offered a further look into its history and documentation on our Cars On Line Blog here: Rare 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Z16 Muscle Car.

1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster
2017 Detroit Autorama

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Cars On Line closed out February with a visit to downtown Detroit for the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Custom car builders from all over gathered at the Cobo Center to display their work and contend for the most sought-after trophy of them all: the Ridler Award. Competition was fierce this year as the field was narrowed down to the Great 8. The top eight finalists were all stunning, but it was Nancy & Buddy Jordan's 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster that took home the coveted Ridler Award. You can read all about the event, including a comprehensive look at the Great 8 finalists, by reading the Cars On Line News Blog here: 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Tribute. Stay in the car show loop by following Cars On Line on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in February:

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1941 Willys Blown Pro Street

1941 Willys Blown Pro Street

One of a kind body. SOLD in February.

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1951 Ford F1 Pickup

1951 Ford F1 Pickup

Cool custom truck. SLIDE SHOW, SOLD in a week in February. Wow!

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1955 Chevy Bel Air 2-Dr Sedan

1955 Chevy Bel Air 2-Dr Sedan

SLIDE SHOW. Seller made a trade of equal value!

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1964 Fiat Autobianchi Bianchina

1964 Fiat Autobianchi Bianchina

A blast to drive! SOLD using a Run-Till-Sold ad.

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1969 Camaro RS/SS

1969 Camaro RS/SS

502 crate motor. The Run-Till-Sold ad had it priced at $55,000.

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1957 Ford Custom

1957 Ford Custom

This magazine-featured Ford Custom found a new home in February.

March 2017
1969 Yenko Chevelle SC 427
1969 Yenko Chevelle SC 427

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In March we introduced newsletter readers to a vehicle so rare, Chevrolet muscle car authority Jerry MacNeish called it "one of the rarest 1969 Chevelles ever produced. It was a 1969 Yenko Chevelle SC 427 and it was one of only 99 COPOs converted at Yenko Chevrolet. Back in the day a racer could buy a track ready muscle car right out of the box at Don Yenko's Chevrolet dealership in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The LeMans Blue Yenko Chevelle SC 427 we featured was offered out of an exclusive private collection. The dealer purchase order form indicated it came equipped with a close ratio 4-speed transmission, power brakes, power steering and front disc brakes. There were only 71 Yenko Chevelle 4-speeds produced altogether. According to the Yenko Registry, only 35 of the 99 Yenko Chevelles are accounted for today. We offered a further look into its history and documentation on our Cars On Line Blog here: 1969 Yenko Chevelle SC 427.

1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1958 Chevrolet Impala Convt

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We capped off March with a gorgeous 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible from Streetside Classics. We knew it was a desired collector car among hobbyists and this particular example had the right everything... The right car, the right color, the right motor. According to the dealership, the rare convertible wore a Rio Red finish and featured a 348 Tripower motor under the hood. Other options included a continental kit and Tri-Tone interior. Beautifully restored and highly correct, this '58 Impala was simply "off-the-charts nice." We offered a further look into its history and documentation on our Cars On Line Blog here: Rio Red 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. It's one of this year's contenders for CAR of the YEARClick here to vote!

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in March:

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1968 Dodge Hemi Dart

1968 Dodge Hemi Dart

One of 80 produced. Very nice, very fast and SOLD in March.

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1957 Chevy Bel Air 150

1957 Chevy Bel Air 150

Classic looks, modern components. SOLD for full asking price!

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1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda

1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda

A Run-Till-Sold ad helped sell this rare muscle car.

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1955 Chevy Nomad

1955 Chevy Nomad

This Matador Red and Dune Beige Nomad found a buyer in March.

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1958 Chevy Impala Convertible

1958 Chevy Impala Convertible

This classic Chevrolet found a new home.

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1932 Ford 5-W Coupe

1932 Ford 5-W Coupe

383 stroker motor (750 hp). This multi-trophy winner SOLD in March.

April 2017
1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV
1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV

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Approximately 3,200 Trans Am cars were built for 1970. Only 88 of those were ordered with a 440 hp round port Super Duty Ram Air IV. This 1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV is a fine example of that rare breed, maybe the finest we've ever seen, which is why it took the feature spot in one of our April newsletters. Chuck Huber of Musclecar CPRx restored it to flawless #1 condition and it went on to be a centerfold article in Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine. You can see it in our newsletter here. It's still waiting on a new owner, but with a bird like this, it's got to go to someone with the right cage. You can make it Cars On Line CAR of the YEAR with your vote here!

1959 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
1959 Oldsmobile 98 Convt

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A massive 126.5-inch wheelbase contributed to the longer, leaner look of the 1959 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible. This one is especially pleasing to the eye, and was one of our newsletter feature cars in late April. Like the onlookers at the seller's local car shows, we couldn't look away! It's currently located in Spokane, Washington and boasts two consecutive People's Choice Awards at the Northwest Premier Hassie Club. It scored 958 out of 1000 on its first time out according to the ad. The seller tells us it drives just as nice. You won't find one of similar caliber for the same price, especially after it was PRICE REDUCED to $65,000. Think that's enough to earn it our CAR of the YEAR title? Tell us with your vote here!

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in April:

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1951 Chevy Tin Woodie Wagon

Professionally restored. Satisfied seller.

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1955 Chevy Bel Air

1955 Chevy Bel Air

SOLD in just one week. Matching red interior. Right wheels.

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1972 Plymouth Duster

1972 Plymouth Duster

Documented, low mile car. SOLD with a Run-Till-Sold ad.

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1969 Chevelle SS

1969 Chevelle SS

"I had to find the right person for my Chevelle and found them on COL."

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1978 Studebaker Avanti

1978 Studebaker Avanti

Happy buyer and a happy seller. "LOTS of inquiries!"

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1969 Dodge Daytona Charger

1969 Dodge Daytona Charger

Only 503 built, fewer than 50 sold to Canada.

May 2017
1972 Hurst Olds Indy Pace Car
1972 Hurst Olds Indy Pace Car

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It all started when none of the American auto manufacturers would step up to produce a pace car fo the Indianapolis 500 race in 1972. Built by Hurst Performance Products, the journey for this 1972 Hurst Olds Indy Pace Car let it to the garage of a private seller in Dalton, Georgia, and into the feature spot in our May 12th newsletter. It was an Oldsmobile National 1st Place winner according the seller, and was on display at the Capital Building during the Oldsmobile 100th Anniversary Celebration in Lansing, Michigan. It boasts lots of extras and less than 50,000 miles. Take a closer look and then tell us if you think it deserves to be the Cars On Line CAR of the YEAR! Vote HERE.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

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How rare is the factory Ram AIR IV 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible? Legendary Motorcar Company says that only six were made! This is the only one painted in Palladium Silver and is accompanied with full PHS documentation. Our readers saw it first in our late May issue of the newsletter. It featured a Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission and is one of the most coveted and rare Pontiacs ever to exist. Does that make it worthy of being dubbed the Cars On Line CAR of the YEAR though? You get to decide. Cast your vote HERE! We'll announce the winner in our final newsletter of 2017 as part of our Year In Review Edition.

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in May:

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1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner

Seller vowed to return with more cars to sell!

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1969 Camaro Z/28

1969 Camaro Z/28

Original DZ 302. SOLD with a SLIDE SHOW ad.

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1967 Chevy Nova Pro Street

1967 Chevy Nova Pro Street

Aluminum head 327. SOLD in three weeks.

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1948 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 Ton Pickup

1948 Chevrolet 3100 1/2 Ton Pickup

Jaw dropping good looks and performance.

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1962 Ford Galaxie Convertible

1962 Ford Galaxie Convertible

SOLD to a happy customer. Great colors.

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1955 Chevy Bel Air

1955 Chevy Bel Air

Seller from Ohio said he was pleased to sell with Cars On Line.

June 2017
1970 AMC Rebel Machine
1970 AMC Rebel Machine

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Fans of the SC/Rambler perked up when we featured this 1970 AMC Rebel Machine in June. In addition to the striking colors, it's said to be the fastest AMC muscle car of all time! Few of the 2,326 Rebel Machines survived through to today, and this one was said to be a mostly original example from Virginia. It had just 48,000 miles on it and runs on a 390ci Ram Air engine with a 4-speed transmission and Hurst shifter. The Machine wheels were replaced with American Torque Thrust wheels. It also featured a Ram Air hood with tach built into the rear of the scoop. Our readers didn't let this one lie for long. It's marked SOLD today, and it's now wonder why. The asking price was right in the sweet spot, $33,000. Justifiable considering the upgrades. Think it should be named Cars On Line's CAR of the YEAR? Vote HERE!

1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500
1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500

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This 1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500 made an appearance in our June newsletter, a rare sight to behold. There's only 11 still remaining and this one is reported to be the nicest. This is a classic you don't need to be a MOPAR lover to enjoy. It's nearly any collector's dream! It came to us from Daniel Schmitt & Co., and they have since found a buyer. It's marked SOLD now.

1968 Dodge Hemi Dart LO23 Super Stock
1968 Dodge Hemi Dart LO23 Super Stock

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"The Demented Dart" is one of 80 Hemi Darts built and was originally sold new at Cross Town Motors in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It enjoyed a celebrated career and the drivers, Cam NoseWorthy and Dick Painter raced it to victory all over Canada and the United States. Even Hot Wheels created a replica for their popular toy line! Today It's for sale with The Auto Collections of Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoys a place in the S/S Hemi Registry. See it in video here, here, and here! Then come back and decide if you think it deserves to be the Cars On Line CAR of the YEAR. Vote HERE!

Here are some of the special cars that SOLD in June:

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1941 Dodge Convertible

1941 Dodge Convertible

"I've had good luck with my Cars On Line ads."

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1963 Dodge 330 Station Wagon

1963 Dodge 330 Station Wagon

SOLD in just one day! Just 39k miles.

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1956 Chevy Nomad

1956 Chevy Nomad

"Fourth car I have sold thru Cars On Line.com."

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1932 Ford Phaeton

1932 Ford Phaeton

The original owner saw it here and bought it back!

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1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

1962 Oldsmobile Starfire

Seller had four cars SOLD exclusively on COL.

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1969 Dodge Super Bee

1969 Dodge Super Bee

The seller had a hassle free exchange for this 36k mile muscle.

Cars On Line's CAR of the YEAR

Back again in 2017 is the Cars One Line.com Car of the Year poll! This is where you, our readers, vote on which car you think deserves to be named the Cars On Line.com CAR OF THE YEAR! We'll reveal the winner in our last newsletter of 2017! Your vote counts, so be sure to click here and vote for your choice.

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