Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011 – Auction Report

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
Lot # 402 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible; S/N 166675S181084; Engine # R176674T0228QR; Red/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 -- 409/350hp (badged 400hp), 4-speed, P/S, no P/B, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, buckets and console with clock, heater, no radio. Cosmetically restored with good paint, major chrome, interior and engine compartment. Undocumented engine with odd stamping. Chassis and underbody restored by casually spraying it with chassis black. Badly gouged windshield top brackets. Scuffed window sill trim. No Reserve. This is more appropriately described as a resto-mod with its undocumented and erratically stamped 409 hydraulic lifter engine. The condition doesn't inspire confidence and the seller should be very happy with this price.
2003 Indy Car
Lot # 403.1 2003 Indy Car; S/N GF10-001; Red, White "Target"/Black; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 -- Display car from Ganassi Racing, used for testing Toyota engines with no race history. Not running. No Reserve. Garage decor? Toyota dealership wall art? Either way it's expensive.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
Lot # 406 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible; S/N 136677B181537; Black/Dark Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 -- 396/350hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/front disc brakes, buckets and console with clock, Rally wheels with trim rings, cassette stereo. Very nice paint, chrome and interior. Some scuffed stainless and aluminum trim. Attractively restored and presented with replacement "date coded" 1967 engine. Not like new but close and a wonderful driver. No Reserve. With Chevys of this era it's impossible to tell what engine was under the hood when it left the factory, so attributing a value to an undocumented car is simply guesswork based on its presentation and the workmanship and attention to detail put into it. This car scores high on those points and that supports the price it brought, independent of the lump that was under the hood in 1967.
1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 612.2 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 118376W122231; Beige/Beige vinyl; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $24,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,950 -- 283 two-barrel, Powerglide, Rally wheels, Hoosier white letter tires, buckets and console. Clean, original 23,393 mile, three-owner boring car. No Reserve. This was one small step up from a six and it has nothing going for it beyond its two owner history and originality. Its price is something of a miracle.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
Lot # 621 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe; S/N 124379N699652; Light Green; Dark Green vinyl roof/Green vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 -- 350/300hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, console, steel wheels, hubcaps. Extensively documented from new including original title, PDI, Protect-o-Plate and owner's manual. Restored like new with excellent cosmetics. No Reserve. This is a sharp car with a desirable drivetrain and a restoration that is above reproach without going overboard. Collectors, however, prefer Big Blocks which makes this thoughtfully configured, well documented 350/300 an opportunity to get the '69 Camaro experience in a smooth running, lightweight package at a reasonable price. This is how the market values it, but it values it low.
1955 Chevrolet 210 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 633 1955 Chevrolet 210 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VB55N130160; Light Blue, Beige/Blue cloth; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200 -- 265 Power Pack, Powerglide, P/B, oil filter, cassette stereo, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls. 53,491 miles from new. Mediocre older restoration with limited attention to detail and showing age and use. Sound paint, chrome and interior. Good underhood but neither correct nor fastidious. No Reserve. Being a "rare" 210 does not confer value. It was a car most people overlooked except in a family driver. The restoration's attention to detail is appropriate to the 210's "cheap" position. The price is generous, by a factor of two or even three.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 633.1 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC56L012315; Sierra Gold, Adobe Beige/Copper, Beige vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 -- 265 Power Pack, Powerglide, base radio, skirts, wheel covers, whitewalls. A mediocre old restoration with subsequent miles and road grime on chassis. Good paint, chrome and interior but superficially done engine and underhood. No Reserve. Rarely seen in this body style, it will stand out at any Chevy show at a price the seller and the buyer both can find satisfying.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 634 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC57A196719; Highland Green, Surf Green roof/Green vinyl, Black cloth; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000 -- 283/220hp Power Pack, Powerglide, no P/S or P/B, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio. Fresh, sharp, crisp, accurate, professional, thorough restoration to better than new condition. Fabulous paint and chrome. Beautiful, crisp, fresh engine. No Reserve. This is a great car but also a great example of the staying power in a soft market of the '57 Bel Air. That said, it is a car that anyone will be proud to own and drive. Done right, and not overdone, nor was the price.
1951 Frazer Vagabond 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 634.1 1951 Frazer Vagabond 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N F515005722; Metallic Garden Green/Brown vinyl; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 -- Single 2-barrel "Supersonic" flathead six, overdrive 3-speed, wheelcovers, whitewalls, no radio. Spare stored inside fixed left rear door. Rear seatback folds forward with wood battened deck that extends into trunk. Chassis restored like new some time ago but neglected since and dirty. Good new interior. Good chrome. Cracked steering wheel spoke. Impressively bad fresh repaint with orange peel along every margin. A rare and distinctive car that deserves better. No Reserve. Sold by B-J in Scottsdale in 2010 for $31,900. It's hard to imagine it was in any better condition there, it's so neglected and mistreated no one could possibly have made it any worse. It deserves better treatment than it has received from the misguided attempt at painting it. This is what it's worth, but that's not to deny its intriguing configuration.
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 635.2 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 10867S108425; Engine # 1108425 10511CO; Black/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800 -- 283/230hp, 3-speed (yes, 'three'), WonderBar radio, blackwall tires. Cracking old repaint over old paint, good chrome, scuffed stainless and pitted pot metal. Old and barely touched underhood, body shop crud in the depths. Not a pretty thing, and the CO engine number suffix doesn't compute. No Reserve. Sold here two years ago for $57,200, the result here makes much more sense considering this car's mediocre presentation and deficient attention to detail.
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Coupe
Lot # 637 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Coupe; S/N 138176F141855; Black/Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200 -- 396/360hp, 4-seed, P/S, P/B, Rally wheels with trim rings, red line tires, aftermarket AM-FM, buckets and console. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Chassis quickly redone with casually applied paint. Odd-looking engine number stamping with individually stamped large characters but represented as matching numbers engine, transmission and axle with two owners from new. No Reserve. Maybe they surfaced the block and individually stamped the numbers back on? That's the generous interpretation, anyway. The bidders seemed to buy the package as correct and as-built. Risky, but understandable.
1970 Dodge Challenger RT Hardtop
Lot # 647 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23U0E137131; Plum Crazy Purple/Black vinyl, cloth inserts; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $64,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $70,400 -- 440/375hp, automatic, P/W, Blaupunkt CD stereo, buckets and console, A/C, woodgrain steering wheel, remote mirror, Torque Thrust wheels with cheap tires, cruise control. Auction clear coat paint, chrome and interior. Overspray under wheel wells on old undercoat. Represented as matching numbers. No Reserve. This is unusually completely equipped for a U-code 440 Challenger, a combination of comfort, appearance and convenience options that vastly enhance both its collectibility and its utility around town on a hot summer's day with high humidity trying to fog the windows. The 440/375 Challenger R/T is desirable enough, but the buyer got a particularly satisfying example -- aside from the mediocre cosmetic restoration -- for a reasonable price.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe
Lot # 648.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe; S/N 124379N549915; Black/White vinyl, Black houndstooth; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800 -- "Correct date coded 396cid engine", labeled 396/375hp, P/S, P/B, 4-speed, console gauges, pushbutton radio, Rally II wheels, Firestone Wide Oval tires, 3.83 Positraction, working cowl induction hood. Restored to like new condition. Mirror-like Black paint and sharp chrome and stainless. Good interior with some discoloration. A very attractive car with excellent bodywork. No Reserve. A premium car which brought a premium price.
1938 Ford Model 81A DeLuxe Cabriolet
Lot # 649 1938 Ford Model 81A DeLuxe Cabriolet; S/N 184573671; Maroon/Brown leather; Heather top and boot; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200 -- Rumble seat, hubcaps, trim rings, wide double whitewalls, clock, heater, banjo spoke steering wheel. Represented as 84,491 miles from new. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Restored better than new but not over the top more than ten years ago and still fresh and clean. No Reserve. A sweet car, by any standard, and worth every dollar it This sweet Ford stood out among the B-J Las Vegas consignments by its era, the quality of its restoration and its freedom from modifications. It is worth every dollar of the price it brought. Quality cars bring quality prices pretty much wherever they're offered.
1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Lot # 650.2 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 237675B135271; Engine # 067968 WS; Tiger Gold/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $84,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $92,400 -- 389/360hp, Tri-Power, 4-speed, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, Hurst wheels, redline tires, 3.55 Saf-T-Track, woodgrain steering wheel, rally gauges. PHS documented. Excellent fresh restoration to like new condition with sharp clear coat paint, excellent chrome and interior. PHS documented. A showpiece. No Reserve. Jim Wangers, appropriately, introduced this fliptop Tiger Gold GTO. It has all the hot buttons: 360hp Tri-Power, 4-speed, Hurst wheels and a beautiful restoration. It tested the top of GTO values, as it should, and could have topped $100K without losing touch with reality.
1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
Lot # 652.7 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible; S/N K857H7501; Black, White accent/Red, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 -- 340/290hp Tri-Power, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, WonderBar radio, P/S, P/B, continental kit, rear antenna, skirts. Represented as matching numbers. Attractively restored to very good driver condition. Minor paint flaws, good chrome and interior. Dusty, aged chassis. One of the featured collection from magician Criss Angell's Mindfreak entourage. No Reserve. This was about the only sensible vehicle from the Criss Angell Mindfreak aggregation, the rest being extreme customs tailored to TV and the Las Vegas entertainers' lifestyles. It's a good car, appropriately priced without an entertainer's premium (probably because no one outside the inner circle has ever heard of "JD from Mindfreak.")
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 654.2 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC56A104616; Matador Red, Adobe Beige/Red, Beige vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700 -- 265/205hp Power Pack, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, heater, wheel covers, whitewalls, sill moldings, door handle guards. Fresh, sharp, crisp, thorough, professional restoration to better than new. Gorgeous and above reproach. No Reserve. Another beautiful shoebox Chevy, freshly restored just two months ago. As good as it gets and justly brought a premium price.
1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Crew-Cab Bus
Lot # 655.1 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Crew-Cab Bus; S/N 266054779; Mint Green, White/Grey vinyl; Natural cloth bed top; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300 -- An amazing vehicle restored beyond perfect. Safari windshield, roof rack with ladder, whitewalls, prairie schooner bed top and separate canvas bed cover, upgraded stereo, 2100 cc engine, dual carbs, and more. Superb, show quality paint, chrome, interior, top and bed cover. No Reserve. A wonderful VW, loaded with cool and unusual features in superb condition. It is a real showpiece and will make a positive impression every time it's take out for a drive or to a show, bringing an appropriate price for its condition and presentation.

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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.