RM Auction; Dan Gurney

This Dan Gurney Spoiler was owned by Ray Everham and has been for sale on multiple sites and auctions over the past 10 years.

There is a Dan Gurney Spoiler that is unusual and has been for sale many times over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, I have never been able to inspect the car in person until the RM Auction held in Auburn, IN in conjunction with the AACA (Antique Auto Club of America) Spring Meet on May 11-12, 2018. The Gurney car is a rare 390 C6 with air conditioning.

Being a big fan of Dan Gurney cars this one with a 390 and air always gets my attention. The car also has the desirable (at least for me) black bucket seat with console interior. For some reason it seems to have been for sale more over the past 10 years than any other Spoiler I am aware of. I am not sure why that is.

The Dan Gurney Spoiler has a black bucket seat with console interior. Most Gurneys have the standard blue interior which looks great but the black is rare and sets this car apart from others.

Its owner at the time of the RM Auction was Ray Evernham, former NASCAR crew chief for Jeff Gordon. This was not his only car for sale at the auction and it did have a Reserve on it. So, in addition to the big block and air conditioning it has a celebrity owner in its history.

At the RM Auction I finally got my chance to give it a once over. Katrina and I had our bidder passes and had in the back of our mind a few cars that might get our hands to go into the air, this Gurney was one of them. The first impression from a distance was good. Unfortunately, as you got closer and looked at details it was a little disappointing.

Note that this Gurney also has a blue spoiler. I would say that most of the Gurneys I have seen have the blue spoiler rather than the black. What is your opinion and observation of the Gurney spoiler color?

One unique thing that has stayed with this car throughout the years are the vintage and attractive but obviously incorrect Torqe Thrust ETs. I really like these wheels on the car but they hurt its value to most buyers who want an authentic Dan Gurney Spoiler. Putting the correct tires, wheels and caps in the trunk should have been done as a minimum.

I really like these wheels but they are not correct and distract from the cars value.

As we inspected the car a few notable other distractions presented themselves. First off and glaringly distracting was the gloss black finish under the hood. This may have been the restorer’s preference when the car was done many years ago but is a real turn off on the car today. Next up were a number of smaller but yet significant scratches and blemishes in the paint.

 

The gloss black was done well but just too much for a correct, restored car.

Note the incorrect cheap heat tube from the air cleaner to the exhaust manifold. For me, the more obvious incorrect parts I see in plain view I think there are far more I am not seeing.

 

This scratch was in clear view on the trunk.

 

This chip was in clear view on the roof.

Another item which REALLY stood out was the poor chrome trim in some areas. The rear side window trim was the most obvious on both sides.

These chrome pieces along the rear side windows are major visible trim on a Cyclone. They have to be done well. These really hurt the value in my opinion.

When all was said and done this Dan Gurney Spoiler sold for $32,000. Due to the flaws I believe this was a fair market price for the car. We did not buy it. I am unaware of who did but hope they Register it with the Registry and complete some improvements and corrections to it. I believe they will have a great car and significantly increase its value if they do.

What’s your opinion?

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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