Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011 – Auction Report

1935 Chevrolet Pickup Custom
Lot # 53 1935 Chevrolet Pickup Custom; S/N 21FB12; Brown/Brown vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $17,250 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,975 -- Wire wheels, hubcaps, whitewalls, opening windshield, 350 Chevy power, automatic, fog lights, turn signals. Original finish decoupaged with clear coat over old paint and rust, new seats, engine, tranny and 9" Ford axle. An intriguing piece and concept retaining the flavor of the barn find with details like the original bed wood and rusty (but dry) original chassis and underbody. No Reserve. This is a fun truck with unique presentation, one of several similar trucks brought to Las Vegas by the same consignor. They all were individually done and presented, but perhaps none as intriguing as this. It's idiosyncratic, but for buyers who appreciate its style it is a great buy. For the rest it's a walk-by, with a moment to contemplate its unique presentation.
1960 Nash Metropolitan Convertible
Lot # 53.1 1960 Nash Metropolitan Convertible; S/N E78203; Black, White/Black, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $15,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,050 -- Red steel wheels, hubcaps, whitewalls, radio, heater, exposed rear spare. Fair older repaint with water spots. Good older interior and top, dull trim chrome but good major chrome. Done chassis and engine but not very well. A cute but not impressive amateur restored driver. No Reserve. The consignor even gave this Metropolitan a name: "Oreo" on account of its black and white color scheme. The caliber of the restoration is mediocre at best, but plenty good enough for the car and how it will be used, especially at this moderate price.
1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton
Lot # 59 1949 Willys Jeepster Phaeton; S/N 1S14276; Luzon Red, Black accent/Grey vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700 -- Heater, vinyl covered rear spare, dual outside mirrors, grille guard, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls. Superficially cosmetically restored with flawed, fish-eyed paint, weak trim chrome, sound interior. Chassis has not been done. A marginal driver. No Reserve. This much money could buy a better Jeepster, in fact, it could buy pretty much the best Jeepster in the world, which this isn't. It was worse at Mecum's Rockford sale in 2003, but it sold for just $7,600 then. It would have been appropriately valued at $17,000 today.
1936 Dodge MC Pickup
Lot # 59.1 1936 Dodge MC Pickup; S/N T2324514; Green, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 -- Single sidemount, steel spoke wheels with trim rings, hubcaps and wide whitewalls, driving lights, fog light, (mismatched) dual outside mirrors, varnished old bed side rails, old oak wear strips on steel bed floor. Superficially restored to look good at auction and doesn't make it. Good paint, interior and most chrome. Dirty chassis. Has potential but also lots of needs. No Reserve. There's more glitz than substance to this Dodge, presentation perfectly tuned to its Las Vegas venue where glitz is the town's trademark. It sold well for the seller, but not so well for the buyer and would make more sense at $25,000.
1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 Convertible
Lot # 65.1 1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 Convertible; S/N BN2L1B230957; Red, Black/Black vinyl, Red piping; Black leatherette to; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 -- 289 Ford, four downdraft Webers, 4-speed, XKE rear suspension, rack & pinion steering, SW tach and speedometer, Smiths oil and water temp combination gauge, no oil pressure gauge, bullet mirrors, wide rim chrome wire wheels, 205/70VR15 blackwall tires, no bumpers. Custom front end with hood scoop, louvers, hood strap, front fender vents. Windshield posts rechromed over pits, some paint fisheyes, chassis and underbody slathered with brush-on undercoat (or gutter sealer). No Reserve. A Cobra rival, well put together and, at least from its specs list, carefully thought out. It's not going to impress the folks at a Shelby meet but it'll make its own statement at British car gatherings and provide an 'entertaining' driving experience on the way there and home, particularly at this price, a fraction of what it cost to build. It doesn't rank high in the investment category but it has a high coefficient of adrenalin.
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Roadster
Lot # 65.2 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Roadster; S/N HBT7L11410; OE White/Black vinyl; Black leatherette tonneau; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 -- Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, overdrive. Flawed older repaint, sound interior, wire wheels need attention, scuffed trim chrome. A driver that's been driven. No Reserve. Bought right for the caliber of its restoration and subsequent use. Healey buyers are getting more picky in recent months and this transaction fits the pattern.
1968 Pontiac GTO
Lot # 66.2 1968 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242378R161163; Metallic Olive Green; Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 -- 400/350hp, automatic, Rally II wheels with trim rings, A/C, pushbutton radio, underdash temp and oil pressure gauges, woodrim steering wheel, hood tach, P/B, P/S, His'n'Hers shifter, buckets and console. Usable cosmetically restored driver with sound paint, cracked on Endura nose, good interior, scuffed chrome. Old, dirty, undercoat. Left rear window badly sander scratched. Represented as matching numbers, PHS documented. No Reserve. The A/C makes this an attractive cruiser, particularly here in the desert Southwest, and especially at this modest price. A good value in a sound GTO.
American Motors AMX
Lot # 68.1 1968 American Motors AMX 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N A8M397X340355; Black, Red stripes/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 -- 390/315hp, now with forged pistons, solid lifters, Edelbrock Torker intake, Demon carb and heads, headers, Go-Pak, Twin-Grip axle, Magnum 500 wheels, 4-speed, P/B, P/S, AM-FM, Hurst shifter. Good looking repaint but with mediocre attention to details. Good interior and major chrome. Old, grungy undercoat. Scuffed window trim. More attention paid to the engine than to the appearance ... not necessarily a bad thing. No Reserve. It's not necessarily a bad thing if it was done right. If it wasn't it's a nightmare. The buyers paid full price for a stock AMX in comparable condition with no discount for the modifications, an optimistic valuation.
1967 Ford Mustang Convertible
Lot # 84.2 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 7T03S284960; Brittany Blue/Ice Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 -- 390/320hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, 8-track stereo, Magnum wheels, P/S, no P/B. Cosmetically restored to good driver standards. Sound paint, interior and top. Scratched trim chrome, good bumpers. Uneven hood fit. Shows some age and use. Engine spray painted in place and not well masked. No Reserve. This highly desirable driveline distinguishes this Mustang from most of its contemporaries and makes it a sound value in this condition at this price.
1954 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible
Lot # 92 1954 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible; S/N 13238415; Salmon/Salmon, Beige vinyl; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 -- 3-speed, pushbutton radio, skirts, wire wheel covers, wide whitewalls. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. A very nicely and thoroughly done older restoration with great eye appeal. No Reserve. It's rare to see any '54 Plymouth, let alone a convertible, at auction -- or anywhere for that matter. This car was impressively presented in unusually good condition and brought a pair result for both the buyer and the seller.
1965 Chevrolet Impala SS
Lot # 321 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 166375L213261; White/Ice Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200 -- 327/300hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, spinner wheel covers, Tiger Paws, pushbutton radio. Three owner Las Vegas car with 63,382 miles, good repaint, rechromed bumpers, new headliner, carpet and exhaust. A/C compressor cycles but fan doesn't work. Very clean original engine. Documented with Protect-o-Plate. A neat find but an inherently boring car. No Reserve. The price appropriately balances the appeal of this Impala SS's somewhat compromised originality with its "dealer stock order" configuration.
1973 Dodge Challenger
Lot # 322 1973 Dodge Challenger 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JH23H3B170622; Top Banana Yellow, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 -- 340/240hp, 4-speed, pistol grip shifter, A/C, P/B, no P/S, Rally wheels, 245/60R14 Radial T/A tires, sport hood, radio missing. Thick repaint over old paint, good interior and chrome. New undercoat on chassis. An unusual car with a presentable cosmetic restoration. No Reserve. In a market infatuated with big block Challengers and 'Cudas this '73 with its 240hp small block, 4-speed and air fails to excite much interest. The bidders, however, missed an opportunity to acquire an attractively cosmetically restored driver that will be nearly as much fun to drive around town as its more powerful, and fashionable, colleagues. The buyer should be commended for an astute eye for value.
1970 Dodge Challenger
Lot # 323.1 1970 Dodge Challenger 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JH23H0B191059; Go Mango/Burnt Orange vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 -- 340/275hp, 4-speed, pistol grip shifter, steel wheels, Radial T/A tires, hubcaps, pushbutton radio, no P/S or P/B. Restored like new seven years ago and driven since. Represented as numbers-matching with build sheet and fender tag. Well restored, with plenty of eye appeal. Good cosmetics, flush panel fits, straight gaps. No Reserve. Sold at B-J's Orange County auction in 2010 for $36,300, the seller took a hit but the buyer got a good value in an overlooked subset of Challenger performance. It's no Hemi under the hood, but the lighter weight 340 has plenty of performance, particularly around town where a Hemi is impressive but able to strut its stuff only rarely.
1948 Oliver Model 70 Tractor Custom
Lot # 328.1 1948 Oliver Model 70 Tractor Custom; S/N ; Engine # 310906; Metallic Green, Silver frame/Tan vinyl; Customized restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $12,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,750 -- 24 inch drive wheels, chrome headlights. New tires. Custom paint and details. Done to consistently high standards of fit and finish. No Reserve. A custom farm tractor? And an Oliver at that? Amazing. It's worth the price it brought just to haul a trailer of kids in a parade.
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
Lot # 332.1 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible; S/N 6L67S60158994; White, Black coachlines/White leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800 -- Bendix fuel injection, parade boot, wheel covers, whitewalls. 5,577 miles and almost like new. Some weak trim chrome, discolored right front fender cap, lightly stretched upholstery. No Reserve Remember these? The last Detroit convertible? They were snapped up and put away just like this one was, another failure of the instant collectible myth. A $12,000 car new, the rate of return is so low after 35 years it rivals what we're making on T-bills today. This one's originality and low miles are ameliorated by some cosmetic age flaws which are both recognized in this price.
1996 Ford Taurus Race Car
Lot # 332.2 1996 Ford Taurus Race Car; S/N FRP-3500-004; Blue "Ford Credit"/Black; Competition car, original as-raced, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 -- Driven by Dale Jarrett in the 1996 Winston Cup series. All original and as-raced. Runs well and seems to be complete in all important respects. No Reserve. The seller's car card noted "running in suburb condition", but probably not acceptable in most suburbs. A fine Taurus Cup racer driven by a recognized driver, in race worn condition at a very reasonable price.
1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible Custom
Lot # 335.2 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible Custom; S/N 8H181040; Beige/Dark Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Customized restoration, 3+ condition; Charity Fundraiser, no buyer's premium $100,000 plus commission of ; Final Price $100,000 -- 502 GM crate engine, 4R700 automatic, power everything, A/C, Fatman independent front suspension with disc brakes, 18 inch wire wheels, Alpine CD changer stereo. Done in 2000 and showing age and use but sound, usable and surprisingly well documented. Proceeds to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation. No Reserve. Sold here in 2008 for $81,400.
1947 Divco Milk Truck Custom
Lot # 340 1947 Divco Milk Truck Custom; S/N 1501857; Rust/Brown vinyl; Customized restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 -- 350 Chevy, automatic, fog lights, new chrome front bumper.. Center-facing bench seats in rear. Antiqued exterior partially repainted but also partially rusty. Very imaginative and California. No Reserve. This truck, one of several similarly imaginative vehicles in the auction from the same family, got more attention than just about any vehicle here. It has an abundance of character and charm which accounts for the healthy price it brought, Milk trucks seem to be going through a phase of immense popularity.

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  1. I was there and agree with most of your comments. However, regarding the comparison of the “Black Widow” 57 Chev to the Turquoise one, I totally disagree. The Black widow appeared to be a very quick and haphazard auction creation with horrible wavy bodywork and painted over rust in the area ahead of the radiator while the turquoise one was a very nicely done body off resto with straight panels and decent paint. No question which one I would buy.

    1. Hopefully we can leave this as a reasonable difference of opinion, like the argument over penalizing Massa instead of Hamilton at last weekend’s Indian GP. I was turned off by the turquoise ’57’s mixed up presentation and not convinced of its Bel Air-ness. Both it and the Widow replica were made up cars, leaving choice to the bidders. I don’t think either was a bad value at their prices.

  2. Could you tell me the type of rims/hubcap that are on the 66 mustang? I am looking to replace one that fell off of my ’67.