Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011 – Auction Report

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 656.1 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57K131721; Light Blue/Two tone Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700 -- 283/220hp Power Pack, automatic, WonderBar radio, A/C, P/S, P/B, Autronic Eye, heater, clock, skirts, dual rear antennas, spinner wheelcovers, whitewalls, windshield washer, more. A quality old restoration still with good cosmetics. Not fresh and no longer show ready but a marvelous driver or tour car. No Reserve. This is more car than the money it brought. Yes, it's a bit tired, but it's also a fine example of a '57 Bel Air convertible and the new owner should be very satisfied with the car and with the price paid for it.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback
Lot # 657.2 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback; S/N 0T02G145327; White, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200 -- 302/300hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, cassette stereo, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, rear window slats, wing, chin spoiler, shaker wood, P/B, no P/S. Said to be 64,523 miles. Fresh cosmetics, otherwise a neglected but highly original car with a replacement engine. Shaky but intriguing. No Reserve. The car is pretty nice, but its condition begs for more thorough and consistent attention. As a driver, however, it is wonderful: good enough to be driven with pride but not so good it can't be exercised enthusiastically (although it'd make sense to swap out those good looking bias ply Polyglas GT tires for some radials before doing so.) The replacement engine, however, makes the price generous. $52,000 would have made more sense.
1976 Cadillac Seville 4-Dr. Sedan Elvis Presley
Lot # 658.1 1976 Cadillac Seville 4-Dr. Sedan "Elvis Presley's"; S/N 6S69R6Q456183; Silver-Grey; Burgundy vinyl roof/Burgundy vinyl; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 -- Given to Elvis Presley's dentist, Dr. Lester Hofman, in 1975. Original and unrestored in sound, usable condition. Includes an Elvis Presley 8-track cassette. No Reserve. Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January for $35,200, but Elvises still lurk around Vegas. No comment on the price, sorry.
1940 LaSalle Series 52 Convertible
Lot # 659.1 1940 LaSalle Series 52 Convertible; S/N 4329582; Blue/Blue leather; Beige cloth top and boot cover; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000 -- Heater, turn signals, no radio, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, grille guard. Attractive older restoration to like new condition with very good paint, chrome and interior. Doors close well, fit flush and have even gaps as do the hood and trunk. Nice car. No Reserve. This is Cadillac money for a LaSalle, but a spectacularly presented LaSalle that is so meticulously done it is impossible to argue with the bidders' decision to confer a premium price on it.
1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
Lot # 661.2 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N 859K3252; Black/Coronado Red; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200 -- 389/315hp, Tri-Power, automatic, P/S, P/B, spinner wheelcovers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, engine granges, shirts, P/W, power seat, rear antenna. Represented as matching numbers. Very sharp paint, chrome, interior and top. Frame cleaned up but not done like the rest of the car. Correct, clean and detailed engine compartment. No Reserve. Sold at RM's Ft. Lauderdale auction in March 2010 for $55,000, then at Russo and Steele in Monterey in August of this year for $56,100. These are particularly charismatic cars, distinctly different from the rest of GM's offering -- in fact, from the rest of Detroit -- that marked the resurgence of Pontiac. Buyers' decision to value this Tri-Power Bonneville consistently in mid-five figures is surprising. It could have brought substantially more without being generous, let alone expensive.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 663.2 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B207656; Citron Mist, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 -- 426/425 hp Hemi, automatic, bench seat, pushbutton radio, remote driver's mirror, rally wheels, trim rings, wing, rear window slats, shaker hood, elastomeric nose, P/S, P/B, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires. Restored like new. No Reserve. This is a nice turnaround for the seller. It was bought at B-J Scottsdale in January for $88,000 and turned a tidy profit after a few months of fun. Still, the market for these cars is way off from the frenzy of a few years ago and they are today a better value than a comparable Shelby Mustang.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # 664.1 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N 194675S121053; Engine # T0621IF 5121053; Rally Red; Red hardtop/Red leather; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500 -- 396/425hp, 4-speed, P/S, alloy wheels, side exhausts, narrow whitewalls, heater, AM-FM radio, two tops. Matching engine number stamping but represented as a replacement "upgraded" engine. Sound older (1998) restoration with some subsequent miles and age. Decent older paint, chrome and interior. Not fresh, but sound and reassuringly presented. No Reserve. This is matching numbers money for this Corvette's condition.
1999 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe
Lot # 665.5 1999 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe; S/N ZFFYR51A8X0117544; Grigio Alloy/Dark Blue leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200 -- Silver calipers, F1 transmission, Ferrari CD stereo. 30K service done at 28K miles ... in 2003 ... and now shows 32,017 miles. Minor nose chips and driver's seat cushion stretch otherwise very clean and nearly like new. No Reserve. At these depreciation rates 360s will soon be airport cars, driven into the ground by sports who blow off the factory's ridiculous cam belt life ratings and turn deferred maintenance into a way of life. It's a wonderful experience, now available for a price accessible to a wide audience.
1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible
Lot # 668 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 8T03S179601-02967; Red, White stripes/Saddle vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $154,182 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $169,600 -- 428/335hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, 10-spoke wheels, E70-15 Goodyear tires, glass rear window, P/S, P/B, tilt steering column. Restored like new years ago and showing age, if only limited use. Scuffed front bumper, dented left windshield post, small paint flaws. Looks like a new car that's been on the showroom floor a month or two. No Reserve. At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2006 this Shelby brought $140,400; at RM in Ft. Lauderdale it was $186,300, but at RM Meadow Brook in 2010 it was just $104,500. It was a bargain at Meadow Brook. It isn't one here, just a sound value.
1940 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan
Lot # 672 1940 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan; S/N 3320793; Dark Blue/Light Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500 -- Overdrive, dual enclosed sidemounts, Trippe lights, rollup division, front and rear seat radio, rear seat heater, wide whitewalls. Originally owned by the US government, then the City of New York, used as a parade car, one of 45 in this series and body. CCCA National First Prize # 1356. An old restoration to old standards but still sound. Good interior wood, worn leather. No longer a show car but has real presence. No Reserve. The new owners, several friends with Southwest accents, pored over this car after buying it expressing delight at its quality, style and elegance. It clearly will have a good home and get some use appropriate to its esteemed presence. They were delighted at the price, as they should have been.
2009 Mosler Raptor GTR Prototype Coupe
Lot # 675 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR Prototype Coupe; S/N 1M94136BX9C682029; Orange Pearl/Black Alcantara; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $244,364 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $268,800 -- Brand new, completed in August 2011. Carbon/Kevlar construction, twin turbo 1,200hp LS7 GM crate engine, Getrag 6-speed transaxle. Jimmy Richardson Collection. No Reserve. Where to take advantage of its 2.5 second 0-60 mph time may now be the new owner's big problem. It would be great for a 100 mile commute on open roads (with no traffic and friendly, or conveniently absent, police) but beyond that is sort of a garage status symbol. "Look, I have a car capable of getting from one side of my exclusive gated community to the other in less time than it takes to talk about it." Why? Particularly with a lump more often seen in a Jimmy pickup providing the power.
1997 Vector M-12 Coupe
Lot # 675.1 1997 Vector M-12 Coupe; S/N 1V9MB1220V104800Z; Yellow/Black leather, Yellow accents; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $97,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $106,700 -- A Lamborghini Diablo drivetrain in a new package, only tangentially related to Jerry Wiegert. Nearly like new with only a little seat cushion leather stretch. The original build quality leaves something to be desired, but the paint is good. Jimmy Richardson Collection. No Reserve. Described as one of 14 "factory-produced" Vector M-12s, which is more the definition of a custom atelier than a factory. Vector's up-and-down history is the stuff of numerous stories, some apocryphal and some accurate. Good build quality and careful engineering are, however, not among them. This is a garage conversation piece, not an automobile. Its value depends upon how badly the buyers want to generate discussion, and this would seem to be enough, particularly when a real Diablo SV could be had for comparable money.
2005 Ferrari F430 Berlinetta for sale
Lot # 675.2 2005 Ferrari F430 Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFEW58A250144009; Rosso Scuderia/Cognac leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000 -- F1 transmission, CD stereo, SF shields, power Daytona seats, yellow calipers, Challenge style wheels, climate control A/C. Chip guarded nose. Barely used at all, but a little dusty around the engine. Miles and service history not stated. Jimmy Richardson Collection. No Reserve. Rapidly becoming affordable by moderately successful entrepreneurs and professionals, let alone Wall Street bankers, the F430 is a vastly better engineered and more serviceable street Ferrari than its predecessors and can be driven daily. This is what it's worth, today. It'll be worth less tomorrow.
1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback
Lot # 678 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 8T02J149345-01144; Red, White stripes/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 -- 4-speed, A/C, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, sport deck rear seat, 10-spoke alloy wheels, Eagle GT P235/60R15 tires. Restored to showroom condition in 2007 and still nearly show ready but showing some age. The 4-speed conversion is said to be very old, but not original to the car. Stripes added during restoration. No Reserve. For this much money, with a swapped gearbox, shouldn't this be a GT500 or convertible GT350?
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible
Lot # 682 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible; S/N 136670B190703; Metallic Blue/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $0 plus commission of ; Final Price -- 454/450hp, automatic, P/B, heater, no P/S or radio, Cragar S/S wheels, cowl induction. Ray Allen's infamous NHRA Super Stock championship LS6 Convertible with 60 miles from new, done a quarter-mile at a time. Excellent older restoration with good paint, chrome and interior. Scuffed stainless, dusty chassis and underbody. Offered With Reserve. No result reported. This is the car that famously was bought by Ralph Whitworth at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2006 for $1,242,000, then sold by RM at the Petersen Museum in LA when Whitworth dispersed most of his collection in 2009 for $264,000. A car more famous for its auction block performance than for its estimable drag strip history.
1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 Roadster
Lot # 690 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 Roadster; S/N 152971; Silver/Dark Red vinyl; Red leatherette top; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $56,100 -- Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, no heater. Show car restoration with better than new clearcoat repaint, interior and brilliant chrome. Later BN2 engine and Le Mans kit added. Side shift 4-speed. Way over the top from Healey Lane. No Reserve. A beyond perfect Healey, even with the later engine, 4-speed and Le Mans kit, that brought a price appropriate to its superb presentation. The new owner can have confidence in this Healey no matter where it is taken.
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II Roadster
Lot # 690.1 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark II Roadster; S/N HBT7L16902; Black, Ivory/Black; Black leatherette top; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800 -- Chrome wire wheels, 175/80R15 blackwall tires, fender mirrors, Lucas driving lights. Over the top restoration by Healey Lane with gorgeous paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment looks like Tiffany's window. No Reserve. It couldn't have been any better than this when it was sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2007 for $68,200 but today's result accurately reflects current BT7 values.
1998 Ferrari F355 GTS
Lot # 690.2 1998 Ferrari F355 GTS ; S/N ZFFXR42AXW0111702; Giallo Modena/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $64,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $70,400 -- F1 transmission, Sony CD stereo, A/C, red calipers. Clean used car with 6,762 miles. No Reserve. Color makes a difference but this result reflects little if any Giallo premium.
1948 Diamond T 201 Pickup
Lot # 695 1948 Diamond T 201 Pickup; S/N 2014314; Red, Black fenders, Green accent/Black leatherette; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200 -- Single sidemount, varnished oak bed floor and side rails, chrome front bumper and grille, crank-out windshield, fog lights, White coachlines. A very nice truck restoration with good paint, chrome, interior and wood done to show truck standards Chassis restored like new and shows more age than the body. No Reserve. This Diamond T is nearly as good as, and more practical than, the over-restored example B-J memorably sold at Scottsdale in 2010 for $104,500. This result is more in line with other similarly presented Diamond Ts and represents full value for the money. This is a trucker's pickup truck.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 697 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC57L155770; Engine # F401GC; Blue/Blue vinyl, Black cloth; Modified restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 -- Badged Fuel Injection but has dual quads under the hood and a GC-coded (220hp Turboglide) block. Overdrive 3-speed, pushbutton radio with a Kenwood cassette stereo hidden in a dummy tissue dispenser. A/C added. Loose steering wheel. Spinner wheelcovers, whitewall BFG Silvertown tires. Fuel injection system included. The VIN tag is attached to the driver's A-pillar with holes in the hinge post where it should have been. A reasonable older restoration that's been driven plenty (car card says 5,000 miles) since. Filled right door, thin door handles, good interior, sound paint. No Reserve. This '57 Bel Air is a distinctly mixed bag and the price it brought shows the bidders' reluctance to accept it as anything more than what it is, a usable but dismissible weekend cruiser bought for the same price as the better-presented Black Widow replica that sold earlier in this sale. The Widow was a more intriguing buy.
1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible
Lot # 719 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Convertible; S/N WDBFA68F6XF180299; Red/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $17,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,250 -- Barrett-Jackson embroidered headrests and coachlines, Glass removable roof, chrome AMG wheels, CD changer stereo, wood interior accents, wind deflector. Accident reported on Carfax but not on a salvage title. Good paint, chrome and interior. Clean used car with an accident noted on its Carfax. Interior and exterior dressed up with Barrett-Jackson emblems. No Reserve. This is clever marketing for a repaired car and it paid off. There were eight 90's SL500s in this year's B-J Las Vegas sale, nearly as common as ashtrays around the slot machines. This one, despite its flawed Carfax, brought the best price.
1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 3500 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 114279W452495; Butternut Yellow/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $50,600 -- 396/375hp L78, 4-speed, buckets, no console, no radio, P/B, P/S, Hurst shifter, Torque-thrust wheels, Radial T/A tires, underdash engine gauges. Fresh rotisserie restoration with very good paint, chrome and interior. Represented as a matching number drivetrain and mostly original interior. Odometer shows 87,848 miles. Includes for new E70-14 red line Firestones. An exceptionally good example and particularly desirable drivetrain, trim level and color combination. Comes with unspecified paperwork and documentation. No Reserve. This was one of a few cars selected by Barrett-Jackson to be sold at a specified time, in this case 5PM on Friday, an experiment in marketing that seems to have worked to the seller's and B-J's advantage in bringing a healthy price but one that is matched by the quality of the drivetrain and the restoration. Lightweight and powerful, with relatively good chassis (for the day), this Nova SS 396 will be a delightful driver and an exceptional show car.

[Source: Rick Carey]

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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.