Classic Motor Carriages 500K Kit Car Magazine

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Classic Motor Carriages — Bales’ Benz

One of the of owning a kit or replicar is being to buy, build, drive, and a car that would normally be out of of the common man. When started to become popular in the the NeoClassic look was in full and many of the cars produced in the industry copied those in ritzy neighborhoods: Clenets, Stutzes, and Zimmers (in fact, of them were cleverly kits, though the term used much).

But for as long as kits have been and that’s at least since the there has always been a who wanted something a bit more than the average car-something than what the muscle-bound clones would soon In the ’60s there was Auburn and but the NeoClassic really bloomed in the with companies such as Motor Carriages, Duesenburg II, Phillips, Scepter, and Roaring Motor Car Company.

By comparison, Heritage Automotive to the NeoClassic party a bit later, in the but still in time to influence who enjoyed the life and times of the family on TV’s Dynasty. in Peoria, Illinois, Heritage a Fiero platform to support Ferrari kits (a 308, a and an F-40). But Heritage hit pay dirt its Mercedes 500K and 540K which were built a clipped Chevy chassis and by a small-block V-8. So popular these cars that Budget Rent-A-Car locations offered them to drivers who something more upscale. The also made a few Cobra and copies, but then merged Classic Roadsters in 1991 and to Miami Beach, Florida.

to Harold Pace’s The Big Guide to Kit Cars (ISBN 0-9701179-2-2), closed in 1994, only to soon thereafter in Frazee, with new manage- ment to building their 500Ks. recent attempts to locate the or anybody involved with have been fruitless. It was in the throes of the company in the late when the car pictured here was built for a customer in Northern The chassis, which features a clip from a ’78 and is set up with a 126-inch wheelbase, had started, and it featured new brake as well as a rebuilt engine and That owner wasn’t to finish the car due to a divorce, so it went up for in 1992. Into the newspaper it which is where a Sacramento man saw it and he’d finish it. He made an which was accepted, and the car then into his garage. Unfortunately for though, health problems and his brother-in-law Steve Bales

to purchase the car from him. that he’d eventually the car, he told Steve the car was not for So with every visit, would ask about the car. five years, the brother-in-law figured out that he probably finish it, so he relented and sold the to Steve.

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In 1997, Steve was able to buy the car wanted since he first saw it years earlier. It had never finished, so Steve went building the nearly 10-year-old kit the ground up. Some of the parts he looked dated, while appeared too new for the project. Items as the door handles, updated from a contemporary car, replaced with vintage-looking (actually ’34 Ford But rather than using the Camaro air-conditioning system, opted for a new unit from Air, which he says so well he’ll be using one on his project (a ’39 Ford). item, the convertible top mechanism, fine, but Steve didn’t the way it looked when it was in its up position, so he everything apart, cut and modified the and reassembled it so it would have a look about it. To top the work off Steve made his own tonneau for the car.

Inside the cockpit, Steve had Auto Upholstery (Walnut California) install new carpet and the used on the seats. Rare wood was used for the dash and VDO gauges were set into the gauge panel, which made from engine-turned steel. A wood-trimmed Lecarra wheel was used with a column, and it’s topped a Mercedes three-pointed-star horn Under the long hood a stock Chevy 350 engine, for the Edelbrock Pro Flow multi-port fuel-injection system and Flow mufflers. The flexline exhaust running away from the hood sides are faux, but are one of the items found on the exterior of the car give this NeoClassic its lines. The current trend has to strip away all perceived on the outside of a car, but Steve’s has all of them where they’re to be. Split rear bumper, headlights (supplemented by post-mounted chrome accent strips down the doors in a downward and the elegant two-tone paint job of Lexus SUV green courtesy of San Body and Detail in San Ramon, all greet the onlooker with a air of elegance. A set of Dayton wire highlighted with wide tires, is the perfect addition to out the car’s sophisticated look. its completion a couple of years Steve and his wife Mary have turned down all to buy the car. Though he could use the to finance future car projects, just as enamored with the

lines as he was the day he first saw it. The couple as many car shows in and around San Francisco-area home as they even driving up the coast to and down to the Los Angeles region the situation calls for it.

It’s true that you judge a book by its cover, as and Mary Ellen Bales are like those snobby who drove those fancy on Dynasty. They’re just folks driving their car off into another sunset. KC


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