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Muscle Car Review - - Content - —Barry Kluczyk

Over the years, Michi­gan car col­lec­tor Tom Brown ac­quired so many Chevys, and big-block mod­els in par­tic­u­lar, that he be­came known as the Big-Block Guy. He spent count­less hours search­ing for and ac­quir­ing cars and parts. He would of­ten fly one-way from his Michi­gan home to Cal­i­for­nia, find­ing and driv­ing home old mus­cle cars when they were just used cars.

The cars and parts con­tin­ued to ac­cu­mu­late, but so did the years; and af­ter decades, Brown de­cided it was time to let it all go. He called Yvette Van­derBrink, owner of Van­derBrink Auc­tions, LLC, to help liq­ui­date the col­lec­tion.

On a warm day late last sum­mer, she did just that, sell­ing off nearly 70 ve­hi­cles and lit­er­ally a cou­ple acres’ worth of parts. About three-quar­ters of the cars were Chevys, along with a few Pon­ti­acs and some early Fords. Of the mus­cle cars, the ma­jor­ity were parts or project cars. But the depth and breadth of the col­lec­tion was im­pres­sive.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the prices were strong for the fac­tory big­block cars, even those that will likely serve only as parts donors. Other ve­hi­cles brought strong prices for their rel­a­tive so­lid­ity in the Rust Belt state. Full auc­tion re­sults can be viewed at van­der­brinkauc­tions.com.

n An orig­i­nal CE-code COPO 427 ser­vice en­gine, com­plete with the alu­minum in­take man­i­fold fea­tur­ing the Win­ters Foundry snowflake logo, sold for $4,305.n Ready to drive, this 1967 Nova SS fea­tured the orig­i­nal (re­built) 327, fac­tory A/C, a Turbo 350 trans, and a Posi axle. Orig­i­nally from Ari­zona, it boasted all its orig­i­nal sheet­metal, too. Sell­ing price was $33,600.

n Orig­i­nally Cortez Sil­ver, this is an orig­i­nal 1969 Ca­maro RS Z/28 with the orig­i­nal en­gine block. It was an early-build car, too, as­sem­bled in Septem­ber 1968. It went for $25,200.

n De­spite los­ing a quar­ter­panel that was scav­enged for an­other car, this sal­vage­able 1970 Chev­elle SS is an LS6 car. It sold for $17,850.

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