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30 July 2016

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Lot 105

1970 Ford LTD Hardtop Sedan

  • Chassis no. 0J66N144614

Sold for $18,700


360 bhp, 429 cu. in. Thunder Jet OHV V-8 engine, three-speed C-6 Select Shift automatic transmission with 2.80 rear axle, coil spring front and leaf-type rear suspension, and hydraulically assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121 in.

  • Largely original with fewer than 25,000 actual miles
  • Kept by the original California owners for 42 years
  • Accompanied by a Marti Report and original documentation
  • “Take a Quiet Break in the 1970 Ford”


In 1970, Virgil A. “Skip” Chapman Jr. and his wife, Anne of Sacramento, California, visited their local dealer, Winter Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, to buy a new automobile. Mr. Chapman insisted upon a white vinyl roof; with nothing in stock to meet that requirement, Winter Ford arranged a trade with another nearby dealer, Harrold Ford. The car delivered was the grand LTD offered here, built at Los Angeles on 9 January 1970, in Medium Ivy Green Metallic with Ivy cloth and vinyl upholstery, and a host of optional features, including the 360-horsepower Thunder Jet V-8, Select Shift automatic transmission, electric clock, Visibility Light Group, power steering, SelectAire air conditioning, AM radio with dual rear speakers, full tinted glass, and Deluxe seatbelts. Mr. Chapman also opted for the optional 5-month, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Mrs. Chapman recalled that her husband purchased the LTD to be their “road car” for trips and vacations, but that their work had kept them too busy for such frivolity. In addition, in 1975, the heavy solid wood door of the couple’s garage broke, soon after the couple bought a van for their business in which they would commute together. Thus, after being driven only 16,398 miles, the LTD was left inside the garage, unable to be easily retrieved.

In early 2012, Mrs. Chapman finally sold her beloved LTD to its second owner, Verle A. Smith. Upon retrieving the car, Mr. Smith noted that it still had “new car smell” inside, as is recorded in a detailed history that he wrote of the car. A thorough detailing, minor engine work and tuning, and a new radiator were all that was required to put the Chapmans’ LTD back on the road. Today the car continues to remain in excellent original, unrestored condition, and it is still in fine shape throughout, with fewer than 25,000 actual miles. It is accompanied here by a collection of original documentation from its sale when new, as well as by a Marti Report that verifies its original delivery, colors, options, and equipment.

The final full-size American sedans of the 1970s are rapidly gaining in popularity with a new generation of collectors who fondly remember being driven in them during their youth. The car here is undoubtedly among the few opportunities to acquire a 1970 LTD in exceptional original condition, and for a new owner to relive some of their own fond memories in Skip and Anne Chapman’s beloved “road car.”

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more