Archive for May, 2010

Jim Wangers, the Godfather of the GTO announces the sale of his Pontiac Collection

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Wangers cars for sale

Oceanside, CA – Jim Wangers, the man most closely associated with the advertising and promotion of Pontiac during its glory days of the 60s and 70s and the man affectionately termed the “Godfather of the GTO” has decided to “thin the herd”. Wangers is offering his prized collection of Pontiac’s—Goats and Firebirds—for sale. Included is Wangers’ collection of Trans Ams—a complete set of Anniversary Edition cars—a ’69, a ’79, an ’89 and a ’99 Convertible.

Jim Wangers is not only Pontiac’s legendary “ad man”, he has always been an avid enthusiast, driving and racing since the late 50s with a win at the 1960 NHRA Nationals in a Pontiac to his credit. Nearing 84, Wangers recently stated, “I am not really able to enjoy these cars like I used to do. I respect these cars too much, so I’ve decided it is time for other more capable enthusiasts to get behind the wheel and feel the performance of my favorite Pontiacs.”

The Wangers Collection includes a ’65 Royal Bobcat GTO, his all-time favorite ’69 GTO Judge as well as a mix of Firebirds to mention a few. These Pontiacs all have significant meaning to Wangers given his involvement in the creation, marketing and promotion of so many notable Pontiacs.

Each car comes with its complete PHS (Pontiac Historic Services documentation) and can be personally autographed by Jim Wangers for the new owner.

These wonderful Pontiacs are “drivers” not “trailer queens”. They do what they were built to do—run and show people their taillights.

Now is every enthusiasts dream come true—a chance to own a Pontiac of memorable significance. Details on The Jim Wangers Collection can be viewed on Wangers’ website, www.geetotiger.com—they are GR-RRReat cars worthy of a closer look!

Here are the cars listed:

* 1965 GTO Sport Coupe, Jim Wangers’ personal ROYAL BOBCAT Tribute
* 1966 GTO Convertible, was featured on TV in A&E’s “America’s Top Musclecars” where the GTO was named #1
* 1967 Firebird 400, Pontiac Enthusiast Magazine “Greenbird” project car – original 400/400 “Fabulous Firebird”.
* 1969 GTO Judge, Jim Wangers Absolute Favorite GTO in Carousel Red
* 1969 GTO Judge, Original Drag Race “Dealer Program” Car in Carousel Red
* 1969 Firebird Trans Am, the “REAL” deal — A numbers matching Ram Air III Trans Am
* 1979 Firebird Trans Am, a 10th Anniversary Trans Am with less than 100 miles on the odometer
* 1989 Firebird Trans Am, a 20th Anniversary Trans Am, Documented Indy 500 Parade Car
* 1999 Firebird Trans Am Convertible, the 30th Anniversary Trans Am featured in Motor Trend and Car and Driver magazines.
* 2000 Holden Commodore HSV GTS-R, the “very” car that inspired Bob Lutz to seek from Holden (GM’s Australian car maker) a car for U.S. buyers—the ’04 Pontiac GTO.

Muscle Car Parts Mainstay The Paddock Facing Auction Block

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Warehouse and Showroom Items to be Auctioned at Company’s Knightstown, IN facility on July 29. Sealed Bids Being Accepted for Company’s Intellectual Property.

Avon, IN (PRWEB) May 22, 2010 — The down economy has claimed another victim—The Paddock, a mainstay in the muscle car parts business for over 40 years. Indianapolis-based Key Auctioneers (www.KeyAuctioneers.com) announced today that it will auction the company’s parts inventory, showroom items, collectibles, vehicles, and equipment at the company’s 60,000-square-foot Knightstown facility.

The Paddocks Knightstown headquarters.
The Paddocks Knightstown headquarters.

The July 29 auction is expected to draw thousands of muscle car enthusiasts from the Midwest and beyond.

The Paddock has been a leading supplier of muscle car parts for several decades. Its thirteen parts lines represent some of America’s most popular muscle cars, including Mustang, Corvette, GTO, and Camaro.

Company founder Jim O’Neil started The Paddock in 1965, restoring muscle cars in a small shop in Knightstown. By 1979, the company was manufacturing Mustang steel patch panels. The company’s first Mustang catalog was printed soon thereafter and the company started to grow by word of mouth. In 1980, the first Camaro catalog was printed. In 1998, Wes Watts, a former parts manager for the local Chevrolet dealership, purchased the company from O’Neil.

Over the years the company added Firebird, GTO, Chevelle, Nova, Cutlass, Impala and other catalogs to its muscle car line. In 2001, Watts built a state-of-the art 60,000-square-foot facility to accommodate his growing business.

According the Watts, the economic downturn of the last three years, along with the credit crisis, contributed to the company’s demise.

Key Auctioneers Senior Vice President Tim Boeglin said the company’s intellectual property was garnering a high degree of interest. Included in the intellectual property are the company’s name and trademarks, million-name customer list, websites, catalogs, and phone numbers.

About Key Auctioneers

Key Auctioneers is an Indianapolis-based auctioneer of commercial, industrial, and real estate assets in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. The company’s automotives division has auctioned several Indy racing teams, including MoNunn Racing, Panther Racing, and Guthrie Meyer Racing.

For more information about Key Auctioneers, contact Tim Boeglin or (812) 327-5352.

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