When I started Lowriding, the most popular cars were already old, and some of them were already considered to be classics. Fast forward to 2010, and a 1970 Monte Carlo is 40 years old, while the early year Fleetlines and Master Deluxes are almost 70 years old! Simply put, these classic cars are becoming increasingly harder to find with age, and even harder to build. The parts are still out there, however they are not as easily found as some people might think.
Due to the increasing value and rarity of these vintage cars and parts, we created a section dedicated to all things vintage entitled, "Lowrider Deluxe." Upon its debut a couple of months back, this new section was brought to life under the premise of showing off what is truly "deluxe," a word the dictionary defines as "notably luxurious, elegant, or expensive." Naturally, when you think of Lowrider "Deluxe," you automatically envision luxury accessories, priceless customizations, and rare and hard-to-find parts.
The following items in Deluxe will make you appreciate what you have, and shed some light on some rare and amazing pieces which are not commonly seen these days.
The saying "one man's trash becomes another man's treasure" couldn't be more true than in the world of automobile restoration. If you have some vintage accessories and artifacts and the facts that you want to share with the public, drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chevy Step Pad
With only 1,724 made in 1937 and 2,787 made in 1938, these business coupes made by Chevrolet have become hard to find, and the parts for these years are even more scarce. Cars equipped with rumble seats have also become hard ones to find. These step pads have become priceless to those who own one of these types of vehicles. Just imagine the price that a set of these would command from a builder who needs them.
GM Wonderbar Radio
The Wonderbar radio was optional on all GM cars for many years, but it is more sought after in 58-59 Impalas. Pressing the Wonderbar initiated a small electric motor which moved the tuner knob and pointer to the next AM signal detected by the Wonderbar circuit. These headunits could be restored and bring in anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500, depending on the condition and functionality of the unit.
Fulton Sun Shield
All of you Bomb builders out there always dress up your classics, and one of the first accessories to be added to the car is a visor. A visor, as we refer to them, is also known as a sun shield or a sun visor. There were several manufacturers, like Peckat, building these, but the most sought after was the Fulton Sun Shield (Sun visor) that was built to fit Chevrolet, Cadillac and Pontiac models. There visors were available through the 1930's through the 1950's. The Fulton Company was located in Milwaukee, WI, and the company made several different models of these during this period. To this day, you may still be able to find the Sun Shields at swap meets, old car parts suppliers, or even on eBay. Good luck on trying to find a NOS one that comes with all the necessary instructions that you'll need to install.
GM Tissue Dispensers
These 1940-1948 tissue dispensers might need to be restored, but when they are completed, they should bring in about $300-400. With that kind of money dumped into a tissue holder, who's got time for allergies and running noses?
GM Magnetic Compass
1965-70's Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and GM Compass. The magnetic compass is an old Chinese invention, first made in China during the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.). Between 850 and 1050, they became common as navigational devices on ships. The first person on record to have used the compass as a navigational aid was Zheng He (1371-1435), from the Yunnan province in China, who made seven ocean voyages between 1405 and 1433. This technology hasn't changed in centuries, and automakers are still using the compass to this day. This classic NOS compass we found on eBay carried an opening bid of $49.99, but it should bring in about $250 when the auction closes.