Vol. III
March Newsletter

The A, B, C’s of Car Pillars
What Does It Mean?

When I started collecting, some terms used frequently were hard to understand. One of the purposes of our monthly newsletter is to help educate new collectors and here is an easy explanation of the terms A pillar, B pillar and C pillar. I frequently saw these terms and it took me a while to figure it out when I first got started ten years ago. So hopefully this will help you if these terms are new to you...

Values and models for cars are often tied to the number of pillars a car has. The A pillar is the post at the windshield. You will often see this discussed when talking about the style of the windshield that changed over the decades. The C pillar is the rear roof post or section of the car that defines the roof line. Not always a post but usually a section of the roof. The C pillar comes into discussion on terms like notch back, fast back, and flat top. The style of roof line usually has an impact on value.

And the most important valuation pillar is the B pillar. This post is the middle one, between the front and back seats. If a car does not have a B pillar, it is considered a hardtop. First seen in the 1950’s, the manufacturers figured out how to eliminate the structural B pillar by beefing up the unseen support structure of the vehicle.

Hardtops are considered the more valuable models, both two doors and four doors. The completely open passenger compartment is highly desired by many collectors and can add 30 to 50% to the value of the same model without the B pillar. We sell many hardtops and post cars. The post cars will usually be more budget friendly if the model was offered in a hardtop. See some examples below to help illustrate the differences.

A Pillars
Wrap Around Windshield & Early Angled Windshield

Click Picture for the 1956 Ford Fairlane

Click Picture for the 1954 Nash Ambassador


B Pillars
Four Door Post Car & Hardtop

Click Picture for the 1957 Chevy 210 Post Sedan

Click Picture for the 1956 Chevy Bel Air Hard Top


C Pillars
Fastback, Notchback & Flat Top Roofs

Click Picture the 1969 Ford Torino GT Fastback

Click Picture the 1973 Ford Mustang Grande Notchback

Click Picture for the 1960 Chevy Impala Flat Top


1957 Mercury Monterey

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Just arrived, this very rare car is in incredible, rust free condition. This car is one of the nicest original 1950's survivor cars we have had in eight years. It drives like a brand new car. Purchased new at John Titus Ford & Mercury in 1957. Even found a period pix of the dealership online.

When the original owner passed, the car was passed on to his son in Louisiana, with low miles and dealer installed plastic still on the seats. Last year, the car was purchased from the son by a collector for refresh and resale. He had the car repainted and some of the mechanicals refreshed. We received the car and are completing a refresh including re-chroming the flaking rear bumper, preparing it for its new owner to pamper.

Over the last 59 years driven only about 39K miles...

Beautiful repaint in its original Classic White over Sunset Orchid. Excellent original cloth and vinyl interior. Original seat covers, door panels, carpet and headliner. The headliner is showing age darkening and we can have replaced with NOS material if desired.

All original dash and gauges In excellent condition. Very nice original chrome and stainless. Rear bumper is flaking and we are re-chroming it as part of the purchase.

The car is equipped with the famous factory 292 cubic inch V-8 engine. Mated with a very rare three speed, manual overdrive transmission. Less than 2% of these cars were built with this transmission in 1957. This Car shifts smooth as silk.

1952 Chevy Deluxe

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Not much is known about this car's history by its current elderly owner. He bought it restored a few years ago and has driven it sparingly. It looks to be an excellent older restoration with few miles since completed. All the chrome has been done and it has the most optional bumper accessories I have seen including corner caps on both bumpers.

The owner can't drive much any longer and now this beautiful car is ready for its next owner to pamper and love. Accident and rust free car, believed 33K original miles due the overall condition of the body, dash, interior & original floors.

This car will win show awards and drive anywhere...

Excellent repaint in original Emerald Green roof over Spring Green body. Original chrome & stainless in better than new condition. Original two tone seat covers. Believe original door panels, new carpet & headliner in in excellent condition. Original dash, gauges, clock and radio.

This car is equipped with its original factory 216 cubic inch Blue Flame six cylinder engine. Three speed manual transmission. Car runs and drives as new. Original dog dish wheel covers and brand new wide whitewall radial tires.

This is one of the prettiest early 1950's Chevrolet Coupes we have seen, now it will look great in your garage...

1949 Cadillac Series 62

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Just arrived, a car is just beautiful and was lovingly restored with respect to originality, but updated for drive-ability. Owned for 40 years by the last owner in California, he spent over $50K lovingly restoring the car but added several upgrades to make it a real up to date cruiser. Now it is ready for its next owner to love, pamper and show. Don't let this amazing car pass you by!!!

Rare model in excellent rust free condition. The 1949's were the second year of the famous Cadillac tail fin, modified in later years to run thru 1964 models.

Older dual stage repaint in White over Dark Red. New Gray vinyl and cloth interior installed to a high standard. New carpet, door panels and headliner. Restored dash in very nice condition. Original steering wheel and gauges.

Rebuilt original 331 cubic inch V-8 engine with upgrades to increase horsepower. Rebuilt automatic transmission.

Modern power steering conversion, power disc brake conversion, and 12 volt system conversion. Ice cold A/C added with electric fan to assist in cooling.

Original radio & clock. New AM/FM/CD stereo installed in the glove box. Correct original wheel covers & newer wide whitewall tires.

This car better than new and will look great in your garage... Only about 5,000 miles since completed - 70K miles since new.

1957 Ford Fairlane

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Just arrived, this beautiful Fairlane four door hardtop is a refreshed original car sold new in Christiansburg, Virginia in 1957. A very original car with an older restoration including new paint and interior. Original drive train and just as pretty as new in 1957.

We are refreshing all mechanicals and it is ready for its new owner.

This car has a very nice, older repaint in Red & White.

Newer Red & White vinyl interior in excellent condition. Nice original dash, new door panels & new carpet. New re-chromed bumpers and original stainless trim throughout.

The car is equipped with the original rebuilt 312 cubic inch, V-8 with four barrel carburetor and automatic transmission.

Original factory wheel covers and newer whitewall tires


1957 Chevy 210 Rose

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We purchased this car last year from the long term Nevada owner that bought the car from California about 30 years ago. He completed a repaint and some other restoration and then parked the car in a warehouse. We rescued the car and finished the refresh. The paint was driver quality due to its age, so we had it stripped to bare metal and a brand new dual stage repaint was just completed. Brand new interior and due to sitting, the engine had valve problems so we completed a professional rebuild to original specs. Now it is ready for its new owner to pamper.

Great car for shows or drive anywhere...

Brand new dual stage repaint in original Canyon Coral with Ivory roof. Original chrome & stainless in very nice condition. Brand new two tone vinyl interior in matching Coral & Ivory. Newly painted dash, new door panels, headliner and carpet.

New set of Gray reproduction rubber floor mats. This car is equipped with its original factory 235 cubic inch Blue Flame six cylinder engine, just completed. Three speed manual transmission.

New dog dish wheel covers, trim rings and newer white wall radial tires.

This is one of the prettiest Chevrolet tri-five 210's we have seen, now it will look great in your garage.


MJC Classic Cars has been selling not only our own cars, but vehicles for consigning 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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