Restorer Brian Semancik runs Speedos Paint & Body in Staatsburg, New York. He contacted me and let me know something about 150 Mopars. He seemed cryptic, so I began to wonder what was there. After all, a bunch of half-crushed Furys and four-door Volares is all that seems to be left at several of the antique "boneyards" around. Still, a ’Cuda convertible anything being found in 2012 is very cool.
The cars are the long-time private parts collection of Larry and his wife, who are residents of the Empire State as well. We’re going to keep the info there for one simple reason: This stuff has been tucked away for decades, and woods walkers who like to gather stuff they don’t own aren’t welcome. What is news is that Larry is looking for somebody who might be interested in all of it. How this collection came about is an interesting story.
“Oh, this is all my wife Beth’s fault. She told me to get a hobby!” laughs Larry. “I started searching for a car I had as a kid, a ’68 Satellite, so I went for a ’68 Road Runner. That was about 22 years ago. I just bought all the cars I would find. Things kept popping up, and I just kept buying. The big dream was Hemi cars and Superbirds, and I even ended up finding some of them. Eventually, people just started calling me when they were selling.”
Are there Hemis? A couple, plus buildings full of better engines and parts, along with some of the sheetmetal you don’t see in the photos. As you can tell, the elements have taken a toll on some of the cars (after all, many of them had already been well-used when they ended up here), and Patrick did a very admirable job of documenting them for us in this environment. What’s even cooler—Larry remembers the details about many of them.
“I have one car that I bought off a grandson whose grandma had taken his mother to the hospital and brought him home as a newborn in it. It stayed in that family for years, and he was a grown-up when I picked it up from him. That car’s a ’71 Barracuda with a 318, and I got that one about six years ago.” Larry admits it might be the one car he gets restored, so we’ve left that picture out of the story. Yes, grandma’s Plymouth is baby blue...
The logistics of buying and/or moving this trove is likely out of the hands of all but the most ardent Mopar parts guys. If you are interested in making them yours, you can email us with your contact info and some background, and we’ll forward it to Larry. He’ll respond to serious inquiries. Larry told us that he would even sell the property if the price is right. There are several barns of parts in addition to the cars.
I think it’s time to get rid of the whole collection. it’s been fun over the years, but somebody else should enjoy this now. I’m ...
Brian did get two vehicles out of the yard—a ’Cuda 340 convertible is being done by Speedo’s right now for a new owner, and he also dragged a Warlock truck out. The wing car is for sale on its own for the right price, but Larry would truly like to see it and what else has been tucked out of sight for all these years of collecting to go someplace where new owners can rehab or reuse them.