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January Newsletter

T-Top Conversions All The Rage

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With the love of an open car versus the maintenance and comfort issues of convertible roofs, the T-Top conversions of the 1970’s and 1980’s became the love of many automotive enthusiasts. They allowed both the open air driving of a convertible and dry, quiet driving of a coupe. The Big Three automotive brands and many import manufacturers featured T-Tops designs and conversions.

The 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe was the first U.S. built production automobile to feature a T-Top roof. The popularity built over the next few model years. Increased sales of the T-Top coupes led them to surpass the convertible sales, causing the discontinuation of the Corvette convertible after 1975 until it was revived in 1986.

Most US manufacturers partnered with outside companies to convert factory coupes to T-Top cars and sell them in the dealership network. The last US convertibles were produced by GM, winding down in Olds, Chevy, & Buick 1975 and Cadillac in 1976. While there were some convertible conversions in limited numbers for the next twenty years, T-Tops became the choice for open car driving during this era. As example, Cutlass, Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Thunderbird monikers and even Eldorados were converted at a premium price. The Pontiac Trans Am led the T-Top craze in the late 1970’s. Our opinion is T-Top conversions typically add about $5,000 to the current value of a comparable coupe. In a rare conversion like a Cadillac Eldorado, it is even more. We love T-Top coupes and strive to market as many as we can find.


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Just arrived here at MJC is this 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood sixty special. Refreshed about eight years ago, this excellent survivor example of the 1958 King of Chrome model year is ready for its next owner to love! It has an amazing low 49,000 original miles.

This car has an excellent dual stage repaint in the factory Gleneagle Green Poly(Aqua Metallic). New White vinyl & Aqua tweed interior & door panels. It has the original dash, new carpet & headliner. It’s chrome and stainless steel is all original and is not perfect, but very nice. It is equipped with power steering, brakes, eletric windows, vent windows, bench seats & the original AM radio & clock. It also has the factory wheel covers and newer radial tires.

This Fleetwood is equipped with the factory rebuilt 365 cubic inch engine, 4BBL carb and automatic transmission. It’s engine bay and trunk compartment were detailed. The body has no accident damage and the underside is as nice as the top! This car was garage kept, pampered and serviced and could not be nicer. It has been It has been refreshed, detailed and ready to drive or show.


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Sitting in our showroom now is this 1965 Ford Mustang K-Code Fastback. This Mustang has had a complete rotisserie restoration with matching numbers drive train. It was recently restored by a high end Mustang collector to show quality condition. This is the “Holy Grail” of the 1964 1/2 / 1965 Mustangs. Of the 680,000 produced, only about 7,200 were HiPo K-Code cars. About 15% were fastbacks, so about 1,200 K-Code Fastbacks were produced this model year. How many do you think are left with matching numbers engines? Well we have one of them... 

This fastback has a beautiful dual stage repaint in the original Bright Red. The excellent new black interior was installed including, door panels carpet & headliner. They restored the dash, steering wheel, & gauges. All the chrome & stainless is either restored or new. It is also equipped with the rare Rally Pak tach & clock combo.

It has a matching number HiPo 289 V-8 with 271 HP and 4BBL carburetor. Along with a smooth shifting factory 4 speed transmission. It is fitted with the period correct steel wheels and new dual red line bias ply tires. This car drives better than new and will look great in your garage.



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We have a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback with a Marti report in hand, it is truely show quality. The rotisserie restoration was completed with a high level of care, detail, fit and finish. It is an original rust free Iowa car built in Dearborn, Michigan. The restoration was just completed and the fit and finish is amazing as is the undercarriage.

This Mustang has a beautiful dual stage repaint in original Calypso Coral. mint, brand new Black Clarion bucket seats & console. It has the correct Mach 1 striping, original hood scoop, and badging. Black chin spoiler, rear window louvers and rear spoiler. The chrome & stainless are restored or new. It has a new dash, steering wheel, gauges, door panels, carpet and headliner. With this amazing color combination it is ready for its new owner.

It only has about 100 miles since the factory 351 V-8 2BBL was totally rebuilt along with the four speed manual transmission. It had a complete suspension and mechanical rebuild. This Mach 1 is equipped with power steering and front disc brakes with competition suspension and dual exhaust. it has the fold down rear seat option, tilt wheel, tach, & posi rear end. New correct factory wheels and white letter radial tires. This car drives better than new and will look great in your garage.


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One of the coolest vehicles we have had in our eight years in the classic car business. A professional shop built this rocketship in 1988. Driven about 700 miles since completed. It was a barn find that had been parked for years. We bought it and brought it to Florida for a refresh. Now it is ready for its new owner to have some fun!

Starting with a low mile, little old lady, rust & accident free Pinto, the builder selected a higher horsepower 1970 Torino V-8 for the power plant. Rebuilt bored .40 over, a mild cam added and 10:1 flat top piston. Holly 600 CFM carb, larger radiator and electric cooling fan. Mated with the original C-4 automatic transmission. Drive shaft was cut down and balanced, Maverick rear end. Front disc brakes and dual exhaust were added. Smooth riding and fast ! 

It was an original A/C car but was not reconnected with conversion. It original radio was an AM/FM stereo. Updated equipped with 14 inch American Racing wheels with newer radials.

FEBRUARY 25th-29th

After purchasing the long running, twice-annual Zephyr Hills Auction a few years ago, the Carlisle Auction Group chose to upgrade the facility and move the auction to nearby Lakeland, Florida starting last November. The Lakeland Sun & Fun facility offers so much additional space and amenities, it will allow this event to grow into one of the major auto events in the USA. Just as our friends the Millers have developed Carlisle, Pennsylvania into a nationally known event. MJC Classic Cars is in full support of these great events and see it as a great venue to meet many of our followers and showcase some of our vehicles for sale. Please visit us in our prominent Car Corral space and meet myself and some of our staff. Come visit the best small town in Florida during the best winter weather in the USA. Click www.carlisleevents.com for more information. If in town, please give a call and stop by our facility for a tour. Click www.mjcclassiccars.com for directions and contact info. See you soon!


MJC Classic Cars has been selling not only our own cars, but vehicles for con- signing clients We’ve been able to consistently sell luxury cars,  muscle cars, and custom hot rods for clients from all over the USA and Canada.
We only consign very nice vehicles, no rust buckets or projects. Our rule is we need to have the vehicle present for photographs here in Lakeland, Florida and can safely store the car until sold. We do not take offsite consignments as many cars are visited pre-sale by buyers and inspectors, so we limit consignments to cars that are with us.
MJC Classic Cars is an established company selling about 300 classics this year. We have found eBay, Hemmings Online, Classiccars Online and Autotrader Classics to be the most cost effective and result oriented places to advertise your car. Our website www.mjcclassiccars.com confirms the quality of the cars we sell to potential buyers. Fees paid after we sell your car...Most consignment companies charge you up front and then ongoing marketing fees. We charge our selling fees after we sell your car. There are no storage fees or marketing fees paid during the selling period. We get paid when we perform.


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