1969 big block hydraulic lifter Tri-power Vettes were offered with AC. They were rated at 400 hp. 435 Hp solid lifter cars were not offered with AC.
How much is that Corvette that only has 9 miles , did he only drive it from dealer to home and stored it. It has to be worth more than a new one now . Who buys a new Corvette and not enjoy it and put at least 10k miles on it before storing it. But I do love it and love this show. I’m 50 and I’m a big fan of old old cars , would stare hours if I’m next to old classics nothing beats something built by hand not machine
I grew up with Billy. I was in his 34 hot rod when we were coming home from winning the show as teenagers and the car ran out of gas. Billy is one of the nicest people I know. His dad, Bickett, just celebrated his 100th birthday. There is a person left out of this story. That person is Billy’s mother who passed away a few years ago. She is the one who was the Detailer of Billy’s cars.
I have been to most of the big auctions over the years. I have never seen a collection where the sellers had done most of the work themselves. Billy has very few cars on which he has not done the work himself, both bodywork and mechanical repairs. The memories that Billy has from the restoration of these cars far surpasses the money he could sell them for. When I would take people by to see Billy’s cars, I had two rules.
Rule One - You cannot ask him how much a car is worth, because he will not know.
Rule Two - You cannot ask him if a car is for sale - it is not.
Internet exposure was a way to share his collection with a wide number of people. Sharing life’s work is something few of us can do.
Seeing something like this is a buckle list thing, just to be surrounded with that many classic cars would be utterly surreal
what can be the possible benefit of collecting all these cars and just letting them sit and rot?
i have never understood that and never will;
could understand were it just raw materials, but here all the materials are crafted into something of use, even if only on weekends or—Grandfather, forgive us—a museum;
holding onto these cars in so useless manner under the guise of a lifetime of love only served to drive up the prices of this still out on the road by their sheer lesser number;
this is little more than a mechanical version of ‘Highlander’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ only with the roles reversed, the cars not aging to expiration but the owners—and then what, repeat the process with progeny until the cars are obsolete as the telegraph, wooden ship of the battle line (battleship) and flintlock?
fawning over them only served to encourage the owner to keep them from their intended use;
they were built to move;
The older I get the more I realize we really don’t own these automotive classics. We are simply their caretakers at the current time. Based on my personal experience,deciding when it is time to pass a collectible to the next caretaker can be a very difficult but necessary decision. Especially when the collectible has been an important part of your life for decades. Many years ago the Ford Motor Company ran a television ad that claimed “Man is the only animal that can fall in love with a machine”. True then and still true today.
This type of hoarding is hard for me to look at and should never happen. So many classic cars that are just rotting away.
I have a few choice words for a guy like this.These cars should have been restored or sold and would make any car guy happy to own one. This owner is a car nut with a few loose screws.
Omg, I was screaming at the tv, STOP, your passing on a beautiful Corvette, you saw the same car. I had a 72, friend of mine had 63 split window and a 64 Vette, I have always drooled over them.
The elderly couple and the dad, Walter have grandchildren, that’s why there not selling. Just wait, them grankids will be selling that old man’s life work before he’s cold, and thats the American Tradegy this old man and dad spent years getting them, mark my words, them grankids will be fighting over money, and them cars will end up going nowhere, thats the American Horror Story.
I see the benefit. A life long lived with a lust and passion, for cars, and now, those that are in buildings will be going to there grankids who will either start to fight over them, or, just like my neighbor, with fighting amongst themselves on who gets what, noone bothered to pay the property taxes. And all of it went to the county to auction off. Let’s hope those grankids of that elderly couple and Walter did a great job in raising kids as they did in collecting awesome cars.
If that’s the expected result, maybe deep down he knows it and actully wants the cars to rot until there’s nothing left for his heirs to sell.