Paper Weight That is Worth Its Weight In Gold.

Momma mia!

With all the drama of last week, we thought a good ebay diversion would be welcomed. And man oh man did one come along. A Gar Wood Miss America V paper weight. Now one small issue is that Mr Woods head seems to be missing.

Ouch, of all the things to be damaged. The ONE thing, the owners head!

Was the ghost of Gar out there pushing the paper weight off a table? mmmm, looks like this was the sort of thing that was a gift or office thing for Wood Hydrolic back in the day. Either way, its cool as hell, and with the Gar Wood Painting reaching $14K at the ACBS international show last week, this is a way to have some art and what we hope will be a little less.

Looks cool

Right at ya

Can it be an ash tray?

Maybe a candy dish? After its cleaned


24 replies
  1. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I was going to “buy it now” until I read, “One of the heads is broken off……..”

    Not buying a headless boatman.

  2. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    Perfect! Art imatating life once again. A real representation of most of us woodyboater who have lost our heads along time ago!

  3. Texx
    Texx says:

    Here is my Ebay purchase I made yesterday. Numbers matching one owner 1966 Chevrolet Caprice classic coupe with original 396 big block power, a/c, etc. Driving it home from Oklahoma City this weekend. Original owner purchased it new from Norman Chevrolet in January 1967.

  4. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    I think things like this were popular in the 30’s and 40’s. I have ( probably plated pot metal ) a runabout with center cockpit designed to hold a pack of cigarettes and a pen holder on the side on a piece of simulated marble that was obviously made as a desk ornament. Jim Irwin who was a Chris Craft dealer gave it to me so I assume it was something given to dealers. I’d picture it but it is in town and we are at the coast this weekend.

  5. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    It’s great to see Texx is still getting some “playtime” – and pursuing collectable stuff! I love that era of cars and that one looks to be a creampuff. Driving that Chevy is a massively different experience from the vehicles he normally drives. It will be fun to see a report on how how it handles… 🙂

  6. MikeM
    MikeM says:

    I’d like to know who the other 1699 mikes are that Texx is going to see on his way home. We’ll have a light on for you in Portland. Nice car

  7. Speedboat Outlaw
    Speedboat Outlaw says:

    If you would like to see one with a head and the engine hatch which is missing I know where there is one on Harsens Island, MI. Also, it is NOT for sale.

  8. John Baas
    John Baas says:

    Texx, I’m sorry but I don’t see the value or the coolness factor of the car. My parents had one and I beat the crap out of it. Maybe I’m just on the cusp of the cool vs wtf factor?

  9. Texx
    Texx says:

    Hi John, every gas stop (which is every 200 miles by the way), every hotel stop, Walmart parking lot, etc I am swarmed by people wanting to see and know more about the car. I am trying to find gas stations that are off the beaten path to speed up the process.

    These old mid-60’s cars are considered fairly rare today if they are in original condition, which this one is. The factory big block, air conditioned cars loaded with options are quite hard to find today. Most have been molested, or had the crap beat out of them. This is the third 1966 Caprice I have owned, and have always been a favorite of mine – I bought it because they appeal to me and I know them very well which makes it a fun (and safe) experience.

    M-fine / Jim – I am keeping track of all the gas quantities, and will check back in tomorrow when I arrive home. All Interstate driving, with the 396 / Turbo 400 transmission, and 3:73 gears, the car has a sweet spot right around 75 MPH which it likes, just tickling the Q-jet secondaries. But still requires lots of dinosaur life blood (see pic). – Texx

  10. Texx
    Texx says:

    As a follow up on the classic car trip from Oklahoma last weekend, I drove 1,750 miles in two days, used 147.53 gallons ($440.17 total fuel cost), with an average 11.86 miles per gallon for the big 396 V8.

    Car ran perfectly, used no oil and added a pint of transmission fluid in Wyoming. A successful classic car journey. – Texx

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