Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011 – Auction Report

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible
Lot # 341 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible; S/N 616W01016; Garnet Mist/Metallic Red leather, Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $73,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $80,300 -- 394/325hp, automatic, P/W, P/seat, P/B. Restored with better paint, chrome and interior than new. No Reserve Generously priced but so wonderfully presented the bidders' enthusiasm for it is understandable. Sometimes a car is so pretty, not only inherently but how it is presented, to have it and be able to show and drive it absolutely confident in its quality and rarity is worth a 10% or even 20% premium. That seems to have been the case here and the bidders' judgment takes precedence.
1966 Chevrolet Impala
Lot # 344.1 1966 Chevrolet Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 164376J160705; Beige/Beige vinyl, cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700 -- 327/275hp, Powerglide, P/S, cold factory A/C, pushbutton radio, rear seat speaker, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. 34,323 miles, documented from new and all original. In nearly showroom condition. No Reserve. This pretty Impala brought $18,815 at Mecum's Des Moines auction in July, thus demonstrating the adage "You make your money when you buy, not when you sell."
1955 Chevrolet 3100 Short Bed Pickup
Lot # 344.2 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Short Bed Pickup; S/N H255K037982; Red, White roof/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $29,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,900 -- 235 six, overdrive 3-speed, heater, turn signals, aftermarket temperature gauge, varnished oak bed floor, polished stainless bed strips, no radio, steel wheels with hubcaps, trim rings and wide whitewalls, alternator, oil filter, windshield sun visor, chrome bumpers. Painted assembled with bad orange peel on the bid sides. Good interior and major chrome but weak, pitted door handles. Wind wings delaminating. Frame and underbody given a lick and a promise not even cleaning up the paint shop crud and overspray at the back of the engine compartment. An auction truck, nicely equipped but superficially done. No Reserve. Represented as a "Complete frame-off restoration", the seller certainly couldn't have meant the chassis frame, which doesn't look like it's been separated from its body since 1955. Maybe it was the radiator frame that came off, or the spare tire carrier frame. In any event, the seller got a great return on minimal effort and scored an impressive price for a mediocre truck.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
Lot # 355.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe; S/N 124379L525578; Metallic Blue; Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,400 -- 396/350hp, automatic, 3.31 Positraction, P/S, P/B, A/C, Rally II wheels, trim rings, blackwall tires, pushbutton radio. Represented as numbers matching. Restored like new, excellent clear coat paint, good chrome and interior. Hidden CD changer stereo. Extremely good and very attractive, let down only by scuffed window trim brightwork. No Reserve. The next owner can have someone take care of the trim issues in a heartbeat at which point this will be a show-ready Camaro. Its auction history is extensive: sold at Atlantic City freshly restored in 2003 for $28,080, then at B-J Scottsdale in 2005 for $41,580 and here in 2009 for $60,500. It's also had two unsuccessful trips across Mecum's Indy auction block, in 2009 ($38,000) and 2011 ($45,000.)
1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow picture
Lot # 357 1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow Re-Creation; S/N A57A178601; Engine # T0711EB; Black, White/Grey tinge, cloth; Facsimile restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 -- 283/283hp fuel injection (although the EB engine code is for a 283/270hp), 3-speed, AC 8,000 rpm mechanical tach under dash, side outlet exhausts. Quickly repainted with little attention to detail. Paint is still curing. A mediocre attempt to emulate a Black Widow, but still a neat car. No Reserve. This car will never be overlooked, whether on a show field or on the street, and its shortcomings will be largely overlooked just because it is so neat. Is that worth this price? It might be worth more.
1960 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Convertible
Lot # 358.2 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Convertible; S/N 0Y85H413954; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 -- Whitewalls, parade boot, Town & Country radio. Poor repaint, good new interior, weak chrome, particularly in the interior. Old chassis looks untouched. Engine looks clean and orderly but not restored, nor even very carefully masked when the paint was squirted. Erratic hood fit; doors fit better. No Reserve. As big as the USS Enterprise (the aircraft carrier, not the starship), this is impressive a conveyance for five or six people as the most elaborate open Duesenberg, Cadillac, Packard or Lincoln of the classic era, it will stop traffic (only infrequently by being too big to get down a narrow street) and is a terrific weekend cruiser. On dollars per pound this is hamburger money, but appropriate to this Mark's condition.
1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
Lot # 359.1 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 01511L200246; Engine # T214GB; Suntan Copper/Suntan Copper cloth, Cinnamon vinyl; Modified restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 -- Tri-Power 348, 4-speed, dog dish hubcaps, no radio, heater, P/s or P/B. Done like new even if it never was like this when new. Excellent clear coat repaint, chrome and interior. A handsome and enjoyable fake. No Reserve. Suntan Copper sounds attractive, but this is one of the more depressing colors ever applied to a Detroit automobile (and that's saying a lot.) That aside, it has been done to high standards and will be particularly enjoyable on weekend cruises, once the occupants get over the hospital hallway paint and interior. It brought appropriate money.
1970 Pontiac Trans Am
Lot # 359.2 1970 Pontiac Trans Am 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 228870N126519; Engine # C632657 WS; Polar White, Metallic Blue stripe/Blue vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $44,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $48,400 -- 400/345hp, 4-speed, Saf-T-Track, P/S, P/B, AM-FM, Rally II wheels, 255/60R15 Radial T/A tires, Ram Air III. Good restoration to like new condition. It is a little dusty down deep but hard to fault. PHS documented and said to be 70,831 miles from new. Nice car. No Reserve. This Trans Am has great specs and got an equally great restoration. It could have brought another $10,000 without being unreasonable.
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 Roadster
Lot # 362 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II BT7 Roadster; S/N HBT7L16460; Ice Blue, OE White; OE White hardtop/Dark Blue leather, White piping; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300 -- chrome wire wheals, 195/70R15 Goodyear blackwalls, hardtop only. Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Chassis and engine compartment were like new but now show some age and dust but little if any use. No Reserve. The car is every bit as good as the price it brought.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible
Lot # 366 1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 30867S100054; Silver/Red vinyl; Black top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500 -- 327/360hp fuel injection, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, reproduction centerlock alloy wheels, P/W, 4.11 Positraction. Very nicely restored with excellent cosmetics. Represented as matching numbers. Needs detailing, however. No Reserve. A very nice example for a reasonable price. It could have brought another $10-15,000 and still been a sound buy.
1971 Plymouth Barrett-Cuda
Lot # 370.1 1971 Plymouth Barrett-Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop Custom; S/N BH23C1B313780; Silver, Black, Red/Black leather; Customized restoration, 1 condition; Charity Fundraiser, no buyer's premium $200,000 plus commission of ; Final Price $200,000 -- 572 crate Hemi, 6-speed, A/C, Viper independent rear suspension, Foose wheels, Corvette front suspension, Mustang Cobra disc brakes. Built by Mike Langston and Dick Koch, freshly done and a very high quality Resto-Mod. Proceeds to the Darrel Gwynn Foundation. No Reserve. Another of B-J's high profile charity cars which brought a price completely irrelevant to the underlying car, although is a very good one that deserves a premium price.
1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 371.1 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194671S120424; Mille Miglia Red/Red leather; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 -- 454/365hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, Rally wheels with trim rings, P/S, no P/B, teak steering wheel, P/W, tilt steering column. Cosmetically restored with good cosmetics but indifferent and inconsistent attention to the engine compartment and chassis. No Reserve. Sold at B-J Palm Beach in 2010 for $48,400. It's hard to see the attraction of this car aside from rarity, but the bidders did and brought it off the block at a premium price.
1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 Fastback
Lot # 371.2 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351 Fastback; S/N 1F02R151027; Grabber Blue, Matte Grey hood/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500 -- 351/285hp, 4-speed, P/B, no P/S, Magnum wheels, Wide Oval tires, pushbutton radio, heater. Good paint, chrome and interior. Restored like new with a few miles on it. No Reserve. Some sources quote the '71 R-code's power at 330hp, a figure more in line with what Ford was doing, but not talking about, at the time. Someone at Vegas familiar with the Boss 351's performance noted these cars will run circles around Boss 429s and do it with excellent balance and response. For rarity and performance, then, in addition to its excellent restoration and presentation, this is a sound value.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 374 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E54S003177; Polo White/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $59,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $64,900 -- 26,976 miles and one owner until recently. Good original paint, chrome and interior. Engine recently re-sealed. Exceptionally well preserved and needs nothing. No Reserve. A realistic alternative to a '53 at a realist's price.
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 376 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 20867S112915; Red, Red hardtop/Fawn Beige vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 -- Double stamped engine block said to be 327/340hp, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, homemade wind wings, two tops, 3.50 Positraction. Said to be 71,956 miles from new. Good repaint, uneven trunk fit, badly scuffed chrome, intake manifold painted machinery grey. Engine compartment far from detailed, let alone restored. Underbody not done. A mediocre driver. No Reserve. Those were 71,956 hard miles, and the cosmetic attention reflects the mediocre life and replacement engine. The seller should be very happy to get this much for it.
2007 Maserati Quattroporte 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 377.2 2007 Maserati Quattroporte 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N ZAMCE39A770027732; Silver-Grey/Brown leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $91,300 -- Clean used car. No Reserve. This car was a no-sale at Mecum's Des Moines auction in July at a much more realistic $42,000. It's nothing if not expensive, particularly with the accident history on its Carfax.
1934 Plymouth PB Coupe
Lot # 392 1934 Plymouth PB Coupe; S/N 2301636; Maroon, Cream coachlines/Beige cloth; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 -- Red steel spoke wheels, whitewalls, hubcaps, trim rings, trunk, enclosed rear spare, hydraulic brakes. A quality old restoration to near new condition. Some paint scratches, door handles rechromed over pits. Good new interior and new tires. Eugene shows use and age but will detail to be attractive. Runs well. A good car with some simple needs. No Reserve. A particularly attractive and well-maintained car, rarely seen today. It's an excellent example that has led a good life since its restoration and represents excellent value for the money at this price.
1955 Pontiac Star Chief 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 392.1 1955 Pontiac Star Chief 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N P855H53099; Fire Gold, White Mist/Copper, Ivory leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $19,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $21,450 -- 2-barrel V-8, automatic, P/S, pushbutton radio, chrome skirts, wheel covers, whitewalls, windshield visor, rear fender gravel shields, lighted Chief hood ornament, traffic light viewer driver's visor. Cosmetically restored with good paint, chrome and very inviting new leather interior. Chassis and underbody still have their old undercoat. Attention to detail is lacking but the body is straight and the first impression is highly positive. No Reserve. Another of the cosmetically restored drivers that were the dominant presence in Las Vegas (after customs) that found favor with the bidders. Bought right and a sound value for both the buyer and the seller.

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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.