22 August 2014

‘The Blood Money Collection’: U.S. Marshal-seized muscle cars up for auction

According to the official FBI website, 40-year-old David Nicoll, of Mountain Lakes, N.J., amassed a significant fortune through his company, Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, LLC, via a scheme to bribe health care providers to prescribe unnecessary blood tests.

As is often the case when greed gets out of hand, the Feds caught up with Nicoll and brought the full weight of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture team to bear on Mr. Nicoll and his collection of vintage muscle cars that have been dubbed “the blood money collection.” They’ll be auctioned at the U.S. Marshal Services Auction Facility in Lodi, N.J., on Sept. 12. Here are some of the highlights:

1967 Shelby GT500: When a person thinks of the Ford Mustang, there’s a pretty good chance the first thing that pops into their head is the 1967 Shelby GT500, thanks to its starring role as “Eleanor” in 2000’s Gone in Sixty Seconds. Starting its life as a Fastback Mustang, the Shelby was given the special treatment by Shelby American at its L.A. facility, and in the case of the GT500, this meant sandwiching a specially tuned 428 Police Interceptor Big-Block into the front end. In addition to the fire-breathing V-8, the GT500 was given a variety of cosmetic improvements, including twin hood scoops, an elongated nose, ducktail spoiler, and sequential taillights from a Mercury Cougar. This particular GT500 is painted in Lime Gold, and has the black knitted interior. It also features the optional 3-speed automatic, extra cooling package and power disc brakes.

1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda: 1970 may have marked the arrival of the third generation of MOPAR’s ever-popular ’Cuda, but it wasn’t until 1971 that they struck gold. The 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda is one of the most bitchin’ cars ever produced by the now-defunct Plymouth, and is the only year to feature its iconic double headlights and fender “gills.” Of course, not all ’Cudas were created equally, and this particular car is one of the extremely rare Hemi ’Cudas. Putting out 425 horsepower courtesy of the famous 426 Hemi V-8, the Hemi ’Cuda is definitely one fish you don’t want to mess with. This particular example is also in an interesting state, as it is currently undergoing restoration. However, it is likely that this car will fetch as much as the others, as fully restored examples often go for more than a brand new Ferrari.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429: As the 60s drew to a close, Ford was busy cranking out as many high-output variants as possible. One of those variants stood out from the rest — the Boss 429. It was created to fulfill a NASCAR homologation requirement for Ford’s new semi-hemi 429 engine, which was built for a sole purpose — to compete with Chrysler’s ever-dominant 426 Hemi. While the engine would run in Ford Talladega’s in NASCAR’s Grand National Division, Ford called an audible and decided to drop the engine in its pony car. For the Mustang, cramming the 429 under the hood meant significantly modifying the chassis to accommodate the engine’s size, weight and power, and Ford did just that. With all the modifications in place, the Boss 429 was not only able to shred tires, but was actually one of the best-handling mustangs made. When it hit dealer showrooms, the window sticker claimed to put out a modest 375 horsepower, for insurance purposes. When put on a dyno, the Boss makes around 500 horsepower, with some owners claiming numbers in the 600s. The particular example is in great condition and is painted in the 1970 exclusive Grabber Green.

1969 Yenko Super Camaro 427 COPO: The 1967 and 1968 Camaros were great cars, but by the time that 1969 rolled around, they were severely underpowered, thanks to a GM edict to Chevrolet forbidding the installation of engines larger than 400 cubic inches. Enter Don Yenko, the man who would change everything. With a push from Yenko, who was already cramming Chevy 427s into Camaros, Chevrolet used the Central Office Production Order, which was normally used for special builds for fleet vehicles, to create the ultra-special COPO Camaro. Adding the 450 horsepower 427cid, power disc brakes, a 4.10 rear end, and front and rear sway bars, the Camaro finally had a package that could compete with the Boss 429 and Hemi ’Cuda. Yenko ordered 201 COPO Camaros and added some flair to them with a cowl-induction hood, Yenko badges, racing stripes, and front and rear spoilers. The example up for auction bears the original Rallye Green paint job, and has all of the standard Yenko add-ons, including the option Yenko aluminum wheels and vinyl roof.

Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 426 Hemi: Following up on the successful Dodge Charger Daytona, the Superbird was released in 1970 as MOPAR’s NASCAR homologation special. Using the experience and data from the Charger Daytona platform, MOPAR created the Superbird as a superior replacement for the Daytona, and badged it as a Plymouth to lure back Richard Petty from Ford Racing. Based around a stock Plymouth Road Runner, the Superbird was given the special treatment by Creative Industries, including the addition of the 19-inch aerodynamic nose cone and 36-inch rear spoiler. The particular seized car up for auction is one of the baddest of the birds, a 426 Hemi model — one of only 100 produced. Other cool options include the Vitamin C Orange paint job and immaculate black leather interior.

44 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Nick G IL August 25, 2014 at 08:13
    I am writing a comment to make the information correct and accurate. As an owner of a 1967 Shelby, they were built at Shelby American's Los Angeles Facility at the LAX airport. There was no Las Vegas facility in 1967. Also, the 1967 Shelby did not have sequential taillights, but the subsequent years did have sequential lights. The interior is not "knitted", but it is vinyl with the early models having a smooth grain and the later models having "comfortweave". All Shelby's had this Deluxe interior from Ford and was not an option. I do not mean to be nit picky, but the "Las Vegas" comment is a huge error on the writer's part.
  • 2
    Bill Frederick MD August 27, 2014 at 15:40
    Nick I thought you would have picked up on the "GT5500" typo! The comment does state LA Facility I am not sure if "LA" is referring to Los Angeles or Los Vegas! Just thought I mention it!
  • 3
    Ken W Novi, Michigan August 27, 2014 at 15:40
    As the former owner of a 66 GT 350, when I think of Shelby's, I either think of a 65 or 66 GT350 or a Cobra. AFAIC Shelby Mustangs after 66 were not the kick ass cars the 65 and 66's were.
  • 4
    Dan mpls August 27, 2014 at 15:52
    I see LA I dont think of Las Vegas. Not to be picky? Maybe you should settle down a little.
  • 5
    Al Steiner Tampa August 27, 2014 at 15:54
    I believe that with the 1967 model year that Shelby Mustangs were built by Ford in Michigan!
  • 6
    MustangMA Minneapolis August 27, 2014 at 16:07
    KenW You're absolutely right. I've never owned a Shelby, just a plain old 66 coupe, but 65 and 66 were the REAL Mustangs.
  • 7
    tom LA August 27, 2014 at 16:27
    I suddenly remember why I don't deal in Mustangs or mustang parts anymore, and it's a shame, they are good cars.
  • 8
    Bruce Crownsville MD August 27, 2014 at 16:51
    I'm interested in the red Chevell convertible next to the Super Bird. Any details on the car?
  • 9
    Scott IL August 27, 2014 at 16:56
    As another quick factual correction, the fed agency in question here are the U.S. Marshal's Office... not "Marshall" as misspelled in numerous places. Now back to the car talk! :)
  • 10
    Chris ma August 27, 2014 at 17:43
    I do not see what all the excitement is about. The guy forgot to buy the baddest car of all !!! My 600HP 1972 Buick GS 455 will destroy each of those cars !!!
  • 11
    Richard Clarkson Lumberton, NJ August 27, 2014 at 17:43
    One of the best cars made in 1967 was the Triumph Herald, rated at 36 hp. I have upgraded mine to twin SU carbs, and now does 0-60 in 21 seconds, instead of the slow 31 :-) I bet I get more phone numbers from the ladies at red lights ( where it performs best) than any of those cars listed above !
  • 12
    Harry Byrnes Lodi, NJ August 27, 2014 at 17:48
    Great article and thanks for the press.
  • 13
    Scott Alberta August 27, 2014 at 17:55
    Tom is right, when a Mustang or Shelby is mentioned,all of the "kill joys" come out of the woodwork to prove their manhood by making these "factual statements" Come on guys, this auction would be allot of fun to go to. This is an amazing list of cars, COOL!!
  • 14
    Jon CA August 27, 2014 at 18:22
    I may be wrong but as an owner of a '67 GT500 for over 25 years, there were many running changes during that year's production. I believe production did shift from LA to Detroit during the end of the production as Shelby was having many QC and supplier problems (Nick is one-the-money as far as his details). As far as the kick-ass comment, the only real race ready Shelby Mustangs were the '65's. After that they started getting more comfy and watered down (including '66). Love my '67 and have beaten many a muscle cars in my day. Good article - wish I had some extra money for the B429 :)
  • 15
    Rob Wilkinson Santa Barbara, California August 27, 2014 at 18:52
    The COPO cars made by General Motors were Central Office Production Orders. The '69 COPO Camaro article states Central Office Purchase Order. Close but no cigar.
  • 16
    Robert Mahnke Houston, Texas August 27, 2014 at 19:02
    They did not mention the Buick Grand National in the background, fastest production car of the '80`s.
  • 17
    Dave PA August 27, 2014 at 20:02
    All the info on the cars being auctioned can be found here (hyperlink in the 2nd paragraph above also)... http://www.ajwauctions.com/auctions/us-marshals-seized-vehicle-collection
  • 18
    Billy Bob South Georgia August 27, 2014 at 20:25
    David Nicoll should have included the '70 442 W-30 if he was trying to build the ultimate collection. Hope he has a nice cell.
  • 19
    Hillary brothers Phoenix Arizona August 27, 2014 at 22:15
    ?
  • 20
    Ray Karrar Hastings Mi. August 27, 2014 at 22:26
    When I was in high school our shop teacher,the owner of a 67 shelby,arranged for us to vist a shelby assembly plant in Ionia,Mi.where we watched stripped mustangs go in and have all the acessories and hood and fiberglass fenders added which where also manufactured at the same plant.
  • 21
    howard TX August 27, 2014 at 22:57
    Appreciate all the corrective comments, how many of the 65 or 66 Hertz Shelbys were made? Thanks
  • 22
    Tom D. Arizona August 27, 2014 at 23:32
    Way to go Nick G.
  • 23
    MercyB Washington August 28, 2014 at 13:12
    "Muscle" cars held my attention as long as RC airplanes did. I settled on a 190SL.
  • 24
    mike obermeyer Denver August 28, 2014 at 02:13
    COPO stands for Central Office PRODUCTION Order, not "Purchase".
  • 25
    Mr.Mopar North Central Idaho August 28, 2014 at 17:07
    Yeah, Nick G., L.A. is Los Angeles. No error in the story. When Mercury introduced the sequential taillight on the '67 Cougar, our misguided friends in the California legislature decided that those lights could be "confused" with emergency vehicles (say what??) and they would not allow any further sales with Cougars so equipped. Rather than equip Cougars (and Shelbys) with the sequentials in 49 states and non- sequentials for California, Ford just simply discontinued that style of tail lamp. Too bad- they're so very cool. By the way- there are sources where you can buy modules to convert those tail lights to sequentials. I have a '67 Charger, and there's even a module for sequentials for it. Pricey but cool!
  • 26
    darrell grove city ohio August 28, 2014 at 18:24
    When is the government going to seize Lois Lerner's assets? She is guilty of pulling a huge fraud on the American people.
  • 27
    JIm Michigan August 28, 2014 at 07:09
    Nick, the knitted refers to this particular car being sold, not all. And I am having trouble finding Bill's typo of the GT5500. Glad I wasn't in school with you guys as teachers. I would have failed spelling my name (LOL).
  • 28
    Suzi Roanoke, VA August 28, 2014 at 08:05
    Whoever redid the two Chevelle's didn't know what they were doing with the dashes. The 4 small gauges for the blinkers, high beam & brake lights were never painted with silver around the edges. Just saying....
  • 29
    Noni Yvette Kimbrough United States August 28, 2014 at 08:24
    I want that Camaro
  • 30
    Novaman67 Canada August 28, 2014 at 08:39
    Here you are Bruce http://www.ajwauctions.com/auctions/us-marshals-seized-vehicle-collection/items/1970-chevrolet-chevelle-2-door-convertible 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible Upgraded to L89 SS 396 Engine w/ Aluminum Heads & Super Sport Specifications) VIN 136670K123620 2dr Convertible 8-Cyl. 396cid/375hp 4bbl Aluminum Head L89 Odometer Reading: 55 miles
  • 31
    Gene Oh August 28, 2014 at 09:17
    Scott, either they corrected the spelling....or there's a Lenscrafters in your future. :-)
  • 32
    Theresa detroit mi August 28, 2014 at 09:51
    i am also interested in the red Chevell any information available? Enough with the petty stuff!! Editor's Note: Hi Theresa, I just came across your question on our website regarding the U.S. Marshal-seized Chevelle being auctioned next month. There are three on the list: • 1970 Chevelle Malibu convertible (red) o Upgraded to L89 @@ 396 engine with aluminum heads and SS specifications o VIN: 136670K123620 o 8-Cyl 396cid/375hp 4bbl o Odometer reading: 55 miles • 1969 Yenko Chevelle hardtop (blue) o Sold new at Yenko Chevrolet with excellent original paperwork o VIN: 136379B357797 o 8-Cyl 427cid/425hp 4bbl L72 o 4-speed transmission o Odometer reading: 18,797 miles • 1970 Chevelle Super Sport 454 LS6 V-8 (black) o Documented from original build sheet, which comes with the car o VIN: 136370B142440 o 8-Cyl 454cid/450hp 4bbl LS6 o 4-speed manual transmission o Odometer reading: 53,546
  • 33
    Claire W. Hagerty Home Office August 28, 2014 at 10:20
    Editor's note: We had a few factual goofs in this one. Thanks to everyone for the corrections.
  • 34
    Nick G IL August 28, 2014 at 10:35
    They obviously edited it after my comment. Production went to Ionia Michigan for the 1968 cars onward. The taillights are not sequential...
  • 35
    ross blair michigan August 28, 2014 at 10:54
    mr. 600 h.p buick , settle down . 2015 dodge challenger(hellcat) bone stock will put that car in the trailer .
  • 36
    Texaco5 Los Angeles August 28, 2014 at 11:10
    Shame really, I have a doctor's appointment to have a blood test on Sep 12th so I won't be able to attend the auction....
  • 37
    CORVAIRWILD Uppa US August 28, 2014 at 00:10
    I wonder if Mr Nicoll will be allowed to hang pix of his past collection in his jail cell??? And how much of a criminal was he really? Nothing had a trunk big enuff to hold any bodys... He really needed a '57 Packard!
  • 38
    Frank Wichita, Ks August 29, 2014 at 13:50
    Ran out of time and money, Looks like they took my friends. Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again
  • 39
    Karl Kierce Seattle Wa. August 29, 2014 at 14:42
    Nonetheless. The fact remains that this POS ripped people off to get these beautiful cars. Yes these cars, ALL of them, something to remember. But lets not forget the real story here. He is a THEIF plain and simple. I work my butt off to be able to afford to pay my bills let alone to be able to afford the finer things in life, such as cars like these.
  • 40
    Jack Wegman Sandwich MA August 30, 2014 at 09:53
    Please show the auction results for these cars. Thanks. Jack
  • 41
    abdulrazaq kaduna nigeria August 30, 2014 at 10:27
    I like it
  • 42
    55PackardGuy Minneapolis September 1, 2014 at 18:11
    As long as pickiness is the watchword here... A '57 "Packard" would only hold as many as a '57 Studebaker. A real Packard, '56 or earlier, would hold enough to please any gangster, and be a nice ride as well. No disrespect to the Studebakers, just that they didn't have mobster-sized trunks.
  • 43
    pegleg Saskatchewan Canada September 9, 2014 at 18:07
    LOL Texaco 5 - a blood test that day. (at least I hope you're being facetious).
  • 44
    ron illinois September 21, 2014 at 11:02
    blah blah blah, me, me, me, those cars are kool and don,t compare your buick ick ick...

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