Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, September 25-27, 2013
2014 marked Barrett-Jackson’s seventh year in Las Vegas.
With the Barrett-Jackson auctions now concentrated in the great Southwest, skeptics might think that B-J had mined its Scottsdale-Reno-Las Vegas vein down to tailings, but 2014 was B-J’s biggest ever Las Vegas auction – in consignments and in total sales.
Charity sales are always a Barrett-Jackson strength and they mined the Las Vegas bidders for $1,642,500 in five charity cars, too.
When considering the effect that Barrett-Jackson has it is only necessary to see that all three American auto manufacturers brought their biggest guns to bear on the Las Vegas charity consignments with:
Chrysler-Fiat [or is it Fiat-Chrysler?] selling the first 707hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hemi Hellcat for $825,000 [proceeds to the Opportunity Village Foundation];
GM selling the first retail delivery, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette 8-speed automatic, VIN 001 for $400,000 [proceeds to CARE House in Oakland County, Michigan];
Ford selling the last production unit of the 50th Anniversary Mustang for $170,000 [proceeds to the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute]; and
GM selling 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, VIN 003 for $147,500 [proceeds to the YMCA of Southern Nevada].
Scottsdale and WestWorld is ‘home’ to Barrett-Jackson, but B-J’s event format is nowhere better suited than to Las Vegas. It’s big time wheelin’ and dealin’. Presented in a concentrated three-day format from Thursday through Saturday, Spanky Assiter and his auction block crew move fast so bidders can enjoy the many attractions of Las Vegas after the auction. The hours of automobilia in the morning might be a little much, but the
kids polishing a micro-Cobra early on Saturday is more than enough to realize the attraction of signs, gas pumps and toys that bring consistently eye-opening prices.
Las Vegas 2014 marked the end of a chapter after Barrett-Jackson’s announcement that their sixteen year association with Speed Channel (and all its later names, eventually Fox Sports) came to an end here in Las Vegas. The TV market has changed, but arguably it was Barrett-Jackson on Speed Channel – with just six hours of live coverage in 1997 – that changed it, introducing programmers to the enthusiasm and loyalty of car people and creating the intrigue of watching live auctions with cameras thrust into the formerly private space of bidders. It made some heroes. Not just Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and Steve Davis, but also buyers like Ralph Whitworth, Ron Pratte and the colorful jackets of Dave Ressler.
Next year Barrett-Jackson will be on the Discovery network including Velocity Channel, where automotive programming is front-and-center. Discovery’s international reach may even educate BRICS watcher to the collector car phenomenon.
I vividly remember some years ago talking with Craig Jackson’s mom, Nellie, about the SPEED TV coverage. She said, wide-eyed with amazement, ‘People get together with friends in front of the TV and have Barrett-Jackson parties.’
Little did Russ and Nellie Jackson and Tom Barrett realize the juggernaut they launched four decades ago, or what Russ and Nellie’s younger son Craig would build on their legacy.
The legacy, by the way, is alive. For many years Barrett-Jackson styled itself ‘The world’s greatest collector car event.’ No more. It’s now ‘The world’s greatest collector car auction’.
It’s a change in presentation that reflects Barrett-Jackson’s return to its roots as a collector car auction.
It’s a great show, too, but the focus has returned to the cars on the block, and that’s a Good Thing.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2015 will be an eight day affair with the historic disposition of Ron Pratte’s collection, setting it up to be the greatest Barrett-Jackson in history.
While you can get a similar vibe in Vegas in three days, there is no substitute for being at WestWorld January 9-18, 2015 for eight days of ‘The world’s greatest collector car auction.’
It isn’t to be missed, not even for hours of live TV on Velocity.
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This report’s presentation is different. No sense getting locked into a single format.
The reported cars are ordered by transaction value, from most to least; headline cars up front.
Honestly, I thought about putting all the Land Cruisers together at the front, just because there were so many of them, but try this for a different presentation.
Comments are encouraged.
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report
Lot # 799 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R1B225816; Black, White billboards/White leather; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $350,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $385,000. No Reserve – 426/425hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, matte black shaker hood, dual quads, Rally wheels with trim rings, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires, wing, Hurst pistol grip shifter. – One of 59 Hemi ‘Cudas built with a 4-speed. Excellent paint, interior, chrome and stainless. Engine compartment is in showroom condition. Underbody is sharp and clean. A fresh, sharp, quality restoration of a broadcast sheet documented car, represented as the original engine but fluffed up with the white billboards and leather interior. – A desirable and a rare car with the 4-speed backing up the 426 Hemi, this restoration is better than new. The price it brought reflects Mopars’ declining collectors’ interest. They just don’t bring what they once did, even if this price is almost twice the COPO 9561 ’69 Camaro sold earlier. On that basis the Hemi is still magic.
Lot # 767.1 1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Coupe; S/N 30837S102899; Red, 7 11/Black vinyl; Competition restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $330,000 – Reserve – 327/360hp, 4-speed, side exhaust, roll bar, Torque Thrust wheels, Dunlop Racing tires. – Race car from new driven by Gary Pickens. Used in ‘Viva Las Vegas’. NCRS Top Flight, American Heritage Award in 2013. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and engine compartment. Painted race graphics. – Offered at RM Monterey a year ago with a reported bid of $325,000, then at Mecum Houston in April with a reported bid of $275,000. A Corvette with honest early race car history and an impeccable restoration, the consignor waited for B-J Las Vegas and the magic of this car’s fifteen seconds of fame in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ to click in. Elvis didn’t drive this Corvette, it was background, and the bidders weren’t snared. Based on the prior reception, the market is speaking to the consignor, who has his fingers in his ears going ‘La la la lalala’ in an effort not to get the message.
Lot # 764 2006 Ford GT; S/N 1FAFP90S96Y401980; Red, White stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $265,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $291,500. No Reserve – Red calipers. – 55 miles and in showroom condition. Documented with original window sticker and delivery documents. – This is what it takes to buy a delivery mileage Ford GT these days, unless it’s a Heritage edition with Gulf colors in which case add on the cost of a new Shelby Mustang.
Lot # 780 1936 Packard Eight Phaeton; S/N 394365; Dark Green/Dark Green leather; Heather cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000. No Reserve – Body color wire wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, spotlight, jump seats, luggage rack, no spares. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody and chassis have been repainted over old paint. A sound and presentable old restoration with some fresh cosmetics. – It takes a spreadsheet to document this Packard’s auction history: RM Amelia 2008 sold for $187,000; RM Arizona 2010 no-sale for $115,000; RM Amelia 2011 sold for $143,000; Worldwide Auburn 2011 sold for $130,000; Mecum Monterey 2012 no-sale for $175,000; Mecum Houston 2013 no-sale for $155,000; Motostalgia Austin sold for $154,000; Auctions America Auburn Spring 2014 no-sale for $140,000. And a home run here. It is a beautiful old Packard, but it’s a Standard Eight, not a Super. It gets its new owner in the same events, though, and with an attractively liveried Packard with impeccable road manners.
Lot # 769 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N650469; Garnet Red/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $157,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $172,700. No Reserve – 427/425hp, 4-speed, P/B, cowl induction, 4.1 Positraction, body color steel wheels, hubcaps, Polyglas tires. – COPO 9561 through Dale Chevrolet in Waukesha, WI. Restored in 2010, certified by both Jerry MacNeish and Ed Cunneen. Excellent paint and chrome, good partially original interior. Engine compartment is clean and sharp, showing a little age but no appreciable use. – Offered at Auburn Spring in 2007 with a reported bid of $175,000, then at Auburn Fall a few months later with the bid down to $110,000. After the reported 2010 restoration it showed little interest at the RKMCCA auction in Charlotte last fall with a bid of $107,500. Came back strong here.
Lot # 777 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 1210427500731; Engine # 1219217500764; Medium Blue (DB334)/Red leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – Weber carbs, Becker Mexico AM-FM, body color wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls. – Good fresh repaint, worn and stretched but sound old leather seats and interior panels. Good steering wheel. Very good bright chrome. Foggy gauge lenses, flaking oil pressure gauge face. Engine compartment is orderly. Underbody has been freshly squirted gloss black over old undercoat. Quickly done to take advantage of the 190SL’s current popularity. – Looks good from 20 feet but the closer you get the more is wrong and that doesn’t support spending this much. Starting on anything will soon lead to doing everything until the car and its owner are well and truly underwater. The best thing to do with the 190SL is to flip it, fast before the fad fades.
Lot # 788 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback; S/N 8T02S149565-01877; Gold/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – 428/335hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, tilt steering column, pushbutton radio, 5-spoke alloy wheels, G60-15 Polyglas GT tires, grille-mounted fog lights. – Good clear coat repaint, otherwise a clean, well maintained GT500 that is showing its age. Dull, worn instrument panel, sound but aged upholstery. Original undercoat. Represented as ‘all matching numbers’, documented with the original window sticker and build sheet. – This is convertible money for a Fastback in this condition.
Lot # 773 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57F263474; Engine # F604FC; Larkspur Blue/Two tone Blue vinyl; Larkspur Blue vinyl top; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – 283/220hp, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, continental kit, dual rear antennas, clock. – Restored some time ago to represent the quality of Snodgrass Restorations’ work and thus over the top everywhere. Multiple show winner. Perfect except for the gloss paint on the air cleaner. – One of the Snodgrass brothers said, ‘The air cleaner should be matte painted, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.’ This is a spectacular ’57 Bel Air convertible not only in its presentation but also in its gorgeous colors. It is beyond perfect. The result here is the price of buying the best, the best restored and presented car of the 65 looked at here in Las Vegas.
Lot # 784 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton; S/N 31735F; Engine # FB1000; Cigarette Cream/Maroon leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. No Reserve – Turn signals, outside exhaust headpipes, large hubcaps, wide whitewalls, radio, heater, fog light. – Freshly stamped ID plate. Passenger’s outside door handle doesn’t work. Good recent repaint, older interior. Top of the engine looks good but the chassis is aged and dirty. Fiberglas front fenders. A sound driver quality Cord Phaeton. – Chassis number 31735F should be a convertible coupe. A sound and usable car, it brought a premium price for its presentation and plastic fenders.
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Lot # 793 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 1210426503045; Engine # 1219216503111; Dark Blue/Brown leatherette; Dark Blue cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. No Reserve – Hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, fender mirrors, Solex carbs, no radio. – Very good paint and chrome. Seat covering is loosely fitted. Orderly and clean engine compartment. Underbody has old, peeling paint and undercoat. A pretty but superficial fresh cosmetic redo. – Offered at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction where it had a reported bid of $125,000, exactly what it brought here in Las Vegas. A sound and largely correct 190SL, but only superficially cosmetically restored even though the paint and chrome are very good (and make a great impression on the auction block) its price reflects the somewhat amazing values of 190SLs today. It’s a lot of money to pay for a 105hp boulevard cruiser. Why? Think what driving and show-off pleasure this much would buy in a Mid-Year or straight axle Corvette.
Lot # 781 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23U0A170840; Lemon Twist Yellow, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. No Reserve – 440/375 hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, Rally wheels, H70-14 Polyglas tires. – Very good paint, interior and bright trim. Underbody sprayed over old undercoat. Engine compartment is like new. Dull gauges, interior trim and switches. A very good older cosmetic restoration that shows little use, just some age. – Reported sold at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale in 2008 for $85,800. Mopars have taken a hit off their high levels of a few years ago and this result is appropriate in buyers’ present value hierarchy.
Lot # 771 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 Convertible; S/N 334670M304209; Orange, White stripes/Parchment vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $107,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $117,700. No Reserve – 455/365hp, automatic, Hurst His-n-Hers shifter, 3.23 limited slip axle, body color steel wheels, hubcaps, Wide Oval tires, AM-FM, underdash factory 8-track, Anti-Spin axle, Sport steering wheel, P/W. – Good repaint and interior. Top rear securing strip is loose. Engine compartment, chassis and underbody are aged and grimy. Represented as ‘All original matching numbers and date codes engine, transmission and drivetrain.’ An attractive and well equipped 4-4-2 but well-used and far from showable condition. – The consignor called this 4-4-2 a ‘professional full frame-off restoration’. It must have been a long time and many miles ago because today it borders on trashed. The seller could have spent this much money on a better car.
Lot # 774 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N554929; Silver, Black stripes/Blank vinyl, Black houndstooth; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $95,700. No Reserve – 302/290hp, 4-speed, cross-ram dual quads, chambered exhaust, P/B, Rally wheels with trim rings, Radial T/A tires, pushbutton radio, front and rear spoilers, console gauges. – Represented as matching numbers engine, transmission and rear axle. Documented with original, invoice copy, sales order and Protect-o-Plate. Very good clearcoat paint, chrome, interior and stainless, but lightly scuffed around the windshield. Engine compartment is like new. Fiberglas hood is bowed. Claimed to be an original cross-ram car. – But who knows? The cross-rams were all dealer-installed and documentation that might have verified the intake’s installation when new wasn’t offered. It’s impossible to rate this ’69 Z/28’s condition better than the one that crossed the block earlier (Lot #718) but the RS trim and cross-ram go a long way to making up the $18,700 difference and will make a big difference when opening the hood on cruise night.
Lot # 458.1 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58J247735; Engine # T708H; Tropic Turquoise/Turquoise vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $86,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $94,600. No Reserve – 348/250hp, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, WonderBar radio, skirts, dual rear antennas, continental kit, spinner wheel covers, bias ply whitewall tires. – Excellent paint, brilliant cleome and stainless, good interior. Engine has been freshly repainted over old paint. Dual circuit master cylinder. Chassis and underbody are older and a little dirty. Sharp, fresh dash, instruments, steering wheel and interior trim. A pretty Impala but recently freshened for the auction and not uniformly presented. – Not as good as it once was but thoughtfully, if inconsistently, freshened for the auction. Even at that, though, this is a clearly superior price for an older restored and cosmetically freshened ’58 Impala with the cooking 348 under the hood.
Lot # 455 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider; S/N ZFFYT53A620128081; Grigio Titanio/Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. No Reserve – F1 transmission, SF shields, silver calipers, carbon fiber seats, Challenge grilles, Xenon headlights. Assembly # 45201. – 11,812 miles, unblemished. – The modest miles, showroom condition and attractive colors brought a small and fully deserved premium.
Lot # 718 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N578089; Garnet Red, White stripes/White vinyl, White houndstooth; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. No Reserve – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, P/S, P/B, cowl induction, Rally wheels, trim rings, Wide Tread GT tires, 3.73 Positraction, console gauges. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Restored like new. – Very attractively restored and presented, this ’69 Z/28 represents real value for the money.
Lot # 803 1962 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 20867S104483; Engine # 21044830 F1213RF; Black/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $78,100. No Reserve – 327/360hp, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – 41,688 mile NCRS 1992 Top Flight. Very good older paint, chrome, interior and engine compartment that has lost its edge but is still better than most. Represented as matching numbers. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2010 for $79,750, its condition here is so good it couldn’t have been much better four years ago and its value has held up very well, even [marginally] better than gold, $1,248/ounce in August 2010 and $1,211 today (a 2% drop in the Corvette’s value against a 3% drop in gold’s), a comparison that no doubt will send HAGI crowing about collector cars as a hedge even though gold sleeps under the mattress at zero carrying cost and cars need to be garaged, maintained and insured.
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Lot # 742 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Re-Creation 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379L516846; Black/White vinyl; Facsimile restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $78,100. No Reserve – Aluminum ZL1 replica engine, P/S, P/B. – Shows a little age. – Reported bid to $92,000 at Mecum Indy in 2013 and sold for a realistic price here, for anyone who wants a ZL1 replica. It’s hard to claim bragging rights with a fake, though, even if it’s blindingly fast. This much money would buy a new Camaro 427 ZL1 which is faster, more comfortable and reliable, with Twenty Large left over.
Lot # 370 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 Fake Convertible; S/N 342670Z140926; Black, White stripes/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Facsimile restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. No Reserve – Modified 455 V-8, 4-speed, W-30 wheelwells. P/S, P/B, chrome 17 inch Torque Thrust wheels, Ohtsu radial tires. – A fun driver, but not what it wants to be. – This much money should have bought a real 4-4-2 W-30, not a Cutlass with 4-4-2 W-30 bits tacked on. It is expensive.
Lot # 727 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57L205106; Engine # F201FD; Colonial Cream/Yellow, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. No Reserve – 283/245hp, dual quads, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, electric wipers, pushbutton radio, skirts, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, dual rear antennas. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is like new except for some corrosion where the master cylinder joins the booster and a little old fuel residue on the intake manifold. A choice ’57 Bel Air. – The rest of this Bel Air is good enough to make allowances for the minor corrosion and fuel goo under the hood. It should be a satisfying car to own and drive, particularly at this price.
Lot # 467 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 57HK71852; Black, Brushed aluminum accent/White, Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. No Reserve – 289/275hp Supercharged, overdrive 3-speed, Twin-traction, pushbutton radio, P/S, wheel covers, whitewall tires, digital tach and speedometer – Represented as the original drivetrain. Wiper scratched windshield, aftermarket upper radiator hose. Sound older paint, chrome and interior. Orderly but not fresh underhood. A sound, presentable and drivable older restoration but not a show car. – One of three Golden Hawks at Las Vegas and far and away the most expensive, a function of its condition but more importantly the overdrive 3-speed and Twin-Traction rear axle that makes it a serious performance car more than capable of holding its own with T-birds and Corvettes. Even at that, it is an expensive Golden Hawk.
Lot # 684 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N 194675S116550; Engine # 5116550 F0211HH; Red, Red hardtop/White leather; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. No Reserve – 327/365hp, 4-speed, side exhausts, centerlock alloy wheels, P/B, AM-FM, woodrim steering wheel, hardtop only. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Engine, chassis and underbody are older and evidence both age and use. Car card says it has both tops, but the soft one is missing from the car. Replica trim tag. No mention of the engine or drivetrain’s originality to this chassis. Exterior has had recent attention that didn’t extend very deep into the car. Its auction presentation is discouraging. – Offered by Mecum at Kissimmee in January with a reported bid of $70,000, then in Indy in May with a bid of $75,000. The Las Vegas bidders weren’t misled, nor lulled into gullible acceptance of the driveline, even with the stamping on the block. An attractive and eminently usable Corvette, the price it brought adequately handicaps its reservations.
Lot # 685 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 2-Dr. Station Wagon; S/N VC55O030467; Engine # GC; Blue, Light Green roof/White, Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. No Reserve – 265/162hp with 4 barrel, overdrive 3-speed, P/S, P/B, WonderBar radio, wheel covers, whitewalls, sill trim, grille guard, power bench seat, P/W. – Old repaint in remarkably good condition. very good original interior, highly polished chrome and stainless. Underbody covered in dirty original undercoat. Clean, orderly engine compartment. A very good highly original and carefully maintained Nomad represented as the 11th built and showing that on the body number plate. GC engine suffix is appropriate to the 3-speed overdrive transmission but calls out a base 2-barrel 265 V-8. Represented as ‘original’ leather interior, which is consistent with the claimed ‘original’ 4-barrel. – This is a really, really, really good Nomad that might actually have covered only the 17,617 miles showing on its odometer. It has been meticulously maintained and has exceptional eye-appeal as well as being lavishly equipped. The ‘leather’ interior and ‘original’ 4-barrel claims don’t do much for the other claims for the car, however. The price it brought is strong for the basic car but entirely deserved by its outstanding condition for its age and the 3-speed overdrive transmission that is much more rare, although more taxing to drive, than the usual Powerglide.
Lot # 379 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible Pace Car; S/N 124679N636539; White, Hugger Orange stripes/Grand vinyl, houndstooth cloth; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. No Reserve – 350/300hp, automatic, cowl induction, P/S, P/B, A/C, Rally wheels with trim rings, Eagle ST tires, console gauges, AM-FM, Pace Car graphics not applied but included. – Very good paint with minor fisheyes, good chrome, stainless, interior and top. Mirror polished bright trim has a few scratches and scuffs. Some orange peel at edges not carefully wet-sanded. Like new underhood and underneath. – Very well done except for the fisheyes and scratched bright trim. Why don’t consignors realize that brilliant chrome and stainless catch bidders’ attention and help overlook other things? A good car, it brought a reasonable price for a 350 Pace Car.
Lot # 679 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan; S/N 1Y86H414169; Black/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. No Reserve – 430/300hp, automatic, pushbutton radio, P/W, power seat, woodgrain steering wheel, wheel covers, whitewall tires, rear antenna. – Flawed older repaint, mixed stainless trim, good new upholstery but aged interior trim. Thin, pitted trim chrome. Loose window switch panel. Underbody resprayed with undercoat over whatever was there. Old gauges. A sound Continental but lacking in so many ways it’s impossible to like it very much. A car that is destined to deteriorate until it’s a hulk. – Sold at Mecum Seattle three months ago for $27,000. That was not as far below the value of this Continental as this result is above it, a seriously expensive car.
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Lot # 490 1963 Toyota FJ45 Land Cruiser Pickup; S/N 3FJ4513666; Light Green, Ivory roof/Coral vinyl; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $40,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,550. No Reserve – 3F 4-liter 155hp engine, 4-speed, front power disc brakes, P/S, Grey steel wheels, All Terrain T/A tires, chrome hubcaps, Warn front hubs, body color bed liner, 2-inch lift. – Very good paint and interior. Clean, like new engine compartment. Underbody sprayed with body color bed liner with some shadows. A strong, fresh restoration with some upgrades, but indifferently detailed to the detriment of its impression. – The only FJ45 pickup among B-J Las Vegas’s exhaustive offering of Land Cruisers, and the most expensive FJ, too. Thoroughly restored even if the untouched shadows in the bedliner paint under the body are a little disturbing. FJ buyers overlook (if not prefer) a moderate body lift and chunky tires but beyond that it’s how faithfully the truck is presented to its original configuration. This one departs by having a later FJ engine, front disc brakes, P/S and a minor lift, but still looks the part of an FJ and isn’t subject to the doubts that cloud the quality of V-8 engine swaps. It is rare, and only moderately expensive.
Lot # 142 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 1D37U2R545606; Mohave Gold, Black stripes, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. No Reserve – 402/240hp, dual exhaust, automatic, cowl induction, P/S, P/B, A/C, Torque Thrust wheels, Eagle GT II tires, factory tach and gauges, tilt steering column, AM-FM. – Excellent clean coat paint, chrome and interior. Underhood, chassis and underbody are like new. Represented as matching numbers engine. A sharp, fresh, crisp restoration and better than new. – 1972 was not a great year in Chevelle history as smog equipment and ‘net’ horsepower ratings clouded their performance image but this is an unusually well-restored example in attractive colors. It could have brought significantly more, on the order of $5-7,000, without being overpriced based on its equipment and the quality of the restoration.
Lot # 218 1974 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Coupe; S/N 2V87Y4N172067; White, Blue Firebird/Black vinyl, White houndstooth; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $38,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,350. No Reserve – 455/250hp rebuilt to 310hp Super Duty specs, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, handlings package, shaker wood, Rally II wheels, Radial T/A tires, hood locks. – Engine rebuilt with new heads to Super Duty specs, otherwise as delivered with 45,100 miles. Documented history since 1976, PHS documentation, owner’s manual. Good paint and interior. An intriguing car. Door fits aren’t quite flush. – Sold at Mecum Seattle three months ago for $23,220. This is a healthy price based more on the mileage and preservation than on the uncertainties of the engine modifications. It was a bargain at Seattle, even without comparing it with this result, and shows where the money is made: when you buy.
Lot # 649 1961 Daimler SP250 Convertible; S/N 7370096; OEWhite/Biscuit leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. No Reserve – 2,548cc/140hp hemi head V-8 with twin SU carbs, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Bridgestone radial tires, tonneau cover, hardtop only, fender mirrors, woodrim steering wheel. – Fiberglas pattern shows through an otherwise sound repaint. Good chrome, very good interior and freshly refinished steering wheel. Engine compartment is orderly but showing age. Underbody is original and dirty. Cosmetically restored to sound, usable condition. – Unusual to say the least, many people have trouble with the low grille of the SP250’s body which a few compare with the mouth of a bottom-dwelling catfish. Its attributes, however, are the willing 2.6 liter V-8, the rot-resistant properties of the fiberglass body and its rarity. The latter three things, augmented by sound if not show-ready condition, fully support the price this example brought in Las Vegas.
Lot # 399.1 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FJ40240125; Freeborn Red, White roof/Grey vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. No Reserve – 4.2 liter/135hp 2F engine, 4-speed, grey wheels, hubcaps, Warn front hubs, pushbutton radio, EMU Dakar springs, 3 inch lift, center facing rear seats, rear-mounted spare. – Very good paint and interior, polished stainless latches. Chassis has been painted assembled. Engine compartment is fresh and sharp. A competently restored Land Cruiser. Not too good to use carefully. – It’s apparent from this result what the attraction is in FJs: clean, straight, restored like new examples that haven’t been weighted down with off-road accessories, or subject to the [ab]use that a lot of off-road gew gaws imply. From that perspective this is far and away the best FJ in Las Vegas and it brought the best money, too. FJ buyers had their ducks in a row.
Lot # 484 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 6102608; Red, White accent/Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. No Reserve – Sweepstakes 289, automatic, P/S, P/B, Twin-Traction, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, Profile cassette stereo. – Decent paint, chrome and interior. Wide driver’s door gap. Repainted old undercoat in wheel wells. Described by the seller as ‘beautifully restored’, it is anything but. Cosmetically redone to indifferent standards, the driver’s door doesn’t fit and the vent window is twisted, suggesting a superficial repair of a hit. – Oh, and it should have a McCulloch blower on the engine, like all Golden Hawks. Indifferently presented it would not have been a sound value for $10K less.
Lot # 331 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 1Z67J3S405188; Engine # CKZ; Medium Blue/Midnight Blue leather; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. No Reserve – 350/ modified. 030 over and high performance cam for 400+ horsepower. 4-speed, Hurst shifter, cowl induction, P/S, A/C, cassette stereo, Rally wheels with trim rings, Tiger Paw radials, tube headers. – Represented as original engine, 20,000 miles on the rebuild by Mike Braswell and looks like it. A/C drive belt disconnected. Rough. Fisheyed old repaint, worn, dirty interior, wiper scratched windshield, dirty underhood. Most impressive feature is that it even got onto the B-J block. – CKZ is a 350/255hp ’72 ZR1 engine, a great place to start on building a high performance Corvette, but it is not ‘matching numbers’ in this ’73 Vette. Bidders must have been infatuated by the blather about the engine building prowess of ‘Mister ’57’ Mike Braswell and paid a huge premium for the old rebuilt mill because everything else about the car is scuzzy with every one of the 20K miles since the engine was rebuilt showing on the car. Seriously over-priced.
Lot # 367 1967 Kellison Astra X-300GT Coupe; S/N DRF90525; Silver/Black leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. No Reserve – 355 Chevy, 4-speed, chrome Cragar S/S wheels, Radial T/A tires, Sony CD stereo. – Impressive, fresh clearcoat paint, essentially flawless. Excellent chrome and interior. Gauges are mixed, some with old yellowing faces, others brand new. Dashboard shows age, underbody is gunked up with old undercoat. New wheels and tires. Done up to look good on the B-J auction block. – Fans of Sixties kit cars will appreciate this ‘factory-built’ Astra. The sleek Kellison body is eye-catching and the 355 Chevy under the hood should provide ample urge. It’s done to a reasonable standard and will make a statement on the street, even with its mixed preparation. A singular car, this sets the market.
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Lot # 646 1940 Buick Special Convertible; S/N 13655100Z; Black/Maroon; Beige cloth top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. No Reserve – Pushbutton radio, skirts, red steel wheels, hubcaps, trim ring, heater, fog lights. – Sound old paint, chrome, interior and top. Dashboard, instruments and steering wheel are old. Surface rust bleeding through old undercoat in wheelwells. Documented with its original bill of sale. A sound but aged Buick driver. – This not very special Special worked its way through the auction calendar eight years ago, never selling at reported bids of $47,000, $44,000 and $46,500. It isn’t improving with age and the seller was wise to take the money on the table here in Vegas.
Lot # 651 2000 Bentley Continental R Millennium Coupe; S/N SCBZB22E1YCX63311; Black/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300. No Reserve – The third of ten Mulliner wide body coupes built, loaded. – Driver’s seat shows a little wear. – Oh, dear. Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in April for $66,000.
Lot # 625 1971 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FJ4089245; Light Grey-Green, Light Green roof/Grey leatherette; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. No Reserve – 3.9 liter six, Holley 4-barrel carb, 4-wheel disc brakes, Selectro front hubs, 60-40 front seat, center-facing rear seats, rear-mounted spare, black steel wheels, hubcaps, All Terrain T/A tires, Emu springs and shocks. – Good paint and interior. Chassis done like new. Factory turn signals broken and replaced by a strap-on aftermarket switch. Ugly steering wheel with crazed hub logo. Done to a budget. – With the Toyota-built version of GMC’s 236 cubic inch ohv six under the hood rugged reliability and pulling power are part and parcel of the FJ’s appeal. Restored to very good condition and largely like new with only some subtle upgrades (like the 4-wheel disc brakes) to improve safety, the impression this FJ creates is questioned by the makeshift turn signal setup and ugly looking steering wheel hub. The restorer’s decision to shortcut these two simple items calls into question the quality and attention to detail of whole job. The buyer paid for the overall good impression, reserving enough to cover the restorer’s inattention, but not much left over in case the visible shortcuts prove to be matched other more important and expensive places.
Lot # 204 1970 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FJ4084391; Bronze, White roof/Bronze vinyl, cloth; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. No Reserve – 350 V8, automatic, heater, tilt steering column, Grant GT steering wheel, hardtop, chrome diamond plate running boards and sill panels, Warn front hubs, front winch, HID driving lights, lift kit, Pro Comp tires, alloy wheels. – Orange peely clearcoat paint, good interior. Rusty black Allen head and bitched Phillips head windshield bolts. Chassis redone to good driving standards, not restored. Done to a price, not to a standard. – Sold at B-J Scottsdale in 2013 for $29,700. In contrast with glitzy FJs seen at recent auctions the selection here was weighted toward lifted, mildly modified outback-competent vehicles. Prices were appropriately moderated as well.
Lot # 652 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 6100706; Tiara Gold, Arctic accent/White, Gold vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. No Reserve – 289/275hp supercharged, automatic, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, dual rear antennas, dual fender mirrors, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Sound clearcoat paint with some fisheyes. Good interior and chrome. Scuffed stainless windshield trim. Dull paint on roof. Old undercoat in fender wells has chipped off in places and shows surface rust underneath. Radio antenna masts missing. The ‘Regal’ fender mirrors rank among the ugliest excrescences ever tacked on a car by a factory. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2007 for $56,100, then at Mecum Monterey in 2012 for $34,980, its value is getting marked down as the car gets older. Among the three Golden Hawks offered at Las Vegas this is, however, the one bought most closely to an appropriate price.
Lot # 206 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WS23L75119217; Pastel fellow/White vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – 440/375hp, automatic, 2.94 axle, buckets and console with tach, P/B, P/S, pushbutton radio, chrome rim Magnum wheels, Radial T/A tires, aftermarket front disc brakes. – Represented as numbers matching engine. Very good paint, bright chrome and stainless, very good interior. Restored like new a few years ago and showing a little age but no material use. – With the 2.94 axle this is a high speed Interstate missile, able to cruise at seriously illegal speeds and still get decent fuel mileage. Originally delivered in Reno, Nevada, where in the Sixties it could use its high touring speed, it won’t impress at the stoplight drags, but it won’t run out of steam at 100mph, either, an unusual combination. The price is appropriate, but doesn’t give any weight to the long rear axle.
Lot # 499.1 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH393797; White, White porthole hardtop/Black, White vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – 312/245hp, automatic, skirts, wheel covers, cassette stereo, whitewalls, hardtop only. – Repainted a while ago and showing age and use. Driver’s side wind wing glass missing. Underbody was done long ago if at all and now is just old and dirty. Chrome is sound but not sharp. Hardtop seal at windshield is old, cracked and dry. A neglected T-bird that isn’t getting better with age. – Sold at B-J Reno a year ago for $39,600, neither is its price, but this is a reasonable price to pay for a used, tired and neglected T-bird.
Lot # 365 1971 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility Custom; S/N FJ40089741; Yellow, White roof/Black; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. No Reserve – 350 V-8, haders,4-speed, P/S, polished alloy wheels, Mickey Thompson tires, roll cage, winch, Hella driving lights, custom seats, center-facing rear seats, rear-mounted spare, 4 inch lift, Dolphin and AutoMeter gauges, rear fender extensions, Rancho shocks and steering damper. – Fair paint with many dirt and dust inclusions. Good interior. Chassis done like new with some careful miles. – Thoroughly dolled up with uber-macho FJ-stuff, this FJ40 has presence and off-road competence. After an hour or so in the desert the dust in the paint won’t even be noticed, nor will the price.
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Lot # 511 1978 AM General XM381A2 5 Ton Dump Truck Custom; S/N 12412114; Green Go, Black/Green; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. No Reserve – 855 cubic inch Cummins diesel, 5-speed, 2-speed axle, 52 inch wheels, hydraulic dump bed, 500# crane for handling the spare wheel and tire, extending entry steps. – Big. Done well for the amount of surface area and complication. The Ultimate Hummer, said to have been driven 1,000 miles recently which must have made Pilot and TA truck centers happy at the diesel pump. Wait, ‘Big’ isn’t enough: this truck is BIG. – Sold at Auburn Fall in 2012 for $30,250, probably not in this exceptional condition. Well beyond being stored in even a good-sized garage, this monster needs a barn, with a big, wide, tall door. Apparently there weren’t many people at the B-J Las Vegas auction with a facility large enough to swallow this monster. Won’t get lost in the parking lot at Wal-Mart.
Lot # 833 1952 Packard 250 Convertible; S/N 25792427; Burgundy/Burgundy, Cream leather; Beige cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. No Reserve – 327/150hp, automatic, fog lights, backup lights, pushbutton radio, heater, wheel covers, wide whitewalls. – Worn, chipped old repaint, sound upholstery and gauges. Sound major chrome but ugly, pitted trim items and door handles. Stiff old rubber body seals. Neglected old underbody. Far from right, or even presentable, and expensive to get that way. – A Packard with possibilities, but they are fully factored into this generous price.
Lot # 153 1953 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD20959; BRGreen/Biscuit leather; Beige cloth top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $26,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,150. No Reserve – Silver steel wheels, blackwall radial tires, badge bar, Lucas driving lights. – Very good paint, bright, fresh chrome, barely stretched upholstery. Sharp and like new chassis. Clean, fresh engine compartment. Done like new, not overdone and a very good car. – Reported sold here in 2009 for $29,150, then a no-sale at Mecum Monterey in 2013 at $33,000. Even with the age of its restoration it has obviously had very good care and attention, with little to separate it from a freshly restored example and is a good value at the same price it brought five years ago.
Lot # 215 1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible; S/N 0H37M162095; yellow/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. No Reserve – 351/300hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, remote outside mirror, Magnum wheels, Big O tires. – Decent old repaint, good interior with one small tear on the side of the driver’s seatback. Top fits well. Represented as matching numbers. Small hood edge paint chips. A usable driver. – Sold at Mecum Seattle three months ago for $21,600 and a reasonable price here as well as a modest profit for the seller.
Lot # 173 1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility Custom; S/N FJ40137489; Cream/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. No Reserve – 3.9 liter F series six, 3-speed, soft doors, tubing skeleton doors fitted, Warn front hubs, center facings rear seats, rear mounted spare and two jerry can mounts, Pyle stereo, snorkel air intake, black steel wheels, hubcaps, Mud Terrain T/A tires, AutoMeter gauges, winch. – Good paint and interior. Orderly engine compartment. Frame and suspension are superficially done with matte black chassis paint over negligible preparation. Makes a good first impression and is usable as is. – Reported sold at Leake Tulsa in June of last year for $28,600, then at Mecum Dallas three months later for $46,010. This result along with the other eight FJs at Las Vegas will do nothing to continue the FJ-fascination that has been manifest the past two years or so.
Lot # 502.1 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 223377U147119; Gold/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. No Reserve – 400/325hp, automatic, P/S, A/C, Hurst style wheels, red line tires, cassette stereo, console-mounted clock. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very clean engine bay. Underbody hasn’t had as much attention. PHS, GM Heritage and build sheet copy documented. A thoughtfully restored first year Firebird in decent driver condition. – Sold at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale in 2012 for $21,725, at Mecum Indy four months later for $26,500, at B-J Scottsdale in 2014 for $33,000 and no-saled at Mecum Seattle three months ago at $34,000. It’s had far more miles in transporters in the past two years than on the road.
Lot # 75 1969 Jeep Jeepster Commando Utility; S/N 8705F1731558; White, White hardtop/Beige cloth; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050. No Reserve – 252 V-6, 4-barrel, Edelbrock intake and cam, Turbo 400 automatic, front DANA 30 open knuckle power lock dual clutch posi with Warn auto locking hubs, rear axle DANA 44 Detroit locker, polished alloy wheels, All Terrain T/A tires, chrome bumpers, Pyle stereo. – Orange peel paint, windshield sealed with clear silicone. Good interior. Orderly underbody. Given a thorough but utilitarian restoration. An honest and usable Jeep. – Utility vehicles were everywhere at B-J in Las Vegas. This very good and comprehensively equipped Commando was a stark contrast with heavily-testosteroned CJs and V-8 powered Land Rovers. It may look stock but the equipment suggests it can off-road with the best and is a sound value at this price.
Lot # 608.1 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2-Dr. Coupe; S/N 2W87K9N150887; Red/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. No Reserve – 403/175hp, automatic, shaker hood, P/S, P/B, Kenwood cassette stereo, factory equalizer, A/C, alloy wheels, Polysteel Radial tires, 4-wheel disc brakes, Cragar rear window slats. – Decent old repaint with expected scratches and small chips. Good original interior and gauges. Represented as matching numbers, 17,169 miles from new and documented from new. A sound and presentable Trans Am. – It will be even more presentable when the tacky Cragar slats are thrown in the junk pile. At this price they can be lost without feeling bad. The price paid reflects little or no premium for low miles, originality and history.
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Lot # 211 1986 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFXC26A6G0065495; Red/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400. No Reserve – Alpine stereo, alarm. – Engine out belt service at 20,071 miles, odometer now shows 25,750, but how along ago the belt service was is not stated. Clean CarFax, good original paint, new top. – Mondials just don’t get much respect but they are a wonderful way to own a mid-engined, good performing Ferrari with much more flexibility and usability than their fixed roof 328 siblings. This is a reasonable price for a well-maintained, highly original example with at least an honest attempt to keep up with its maintenance needs.
Lot # 93 1930 Ford Model A Closed Cab Pickup; S/N A4144694; Red, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Truck restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300. No Reserve – Wide steel wheels painted yellow, varnished oak bed floor and sideboards, single tan vinyl covered sidemount, chrome bumpers. – Incorrect plastic housing cowl lights, flawed old paint, dull radiator and door handle chrome. Orderly but aged underhood. Represented as all Ford steel. A usable truck done to a price and showing its age. – More attractive at a distance than it is up close; the steel wheels and larger tires don’t add anything except better ride. The price is all the money for a closed cab Model A pickup in this condition.
Lot # 850 1969 Chevrolet C-10 Pickup; S/N CE149B841121; Blue, Silver/Black vinyl, velour; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,750. No Reserve – 350/300hp replacement engine, automatic, headers, P/S, dual circuit 4-wheel disc brakes, A/C, Positraction, pushbutton radio, Rally wheels, Mastercraft tires. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Orderly underhood and like new chassis and underbody. Good body fits except the passenger’s, door that doesn’t close flush. Thoroughly done to nearly like new. – A good, sound truck with desirable upgrades that should be satisfying to use, reliable and comfortable. It would be impossible to duplicate it for this price so if a good, usable truck is the objective this is the right way to get it.
Lot # 99 1966 Cadillac De Ville 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N J6200404; Black, Black vinyl roof/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. No Reserve – 429/340hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, power beach seat, P/W, tilt steering column, A/C, AM-FM, power locks, Twilight Sentinel, cruise control, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, skirts. – Good older repaint, original interior, chrome, dash, gauges. If the underbody had been done this one-repaint Cadillac would look like a restored and carefully used car. – In so many ways a better Cadillac than most of its surviving contemporaries, especially for never having felt the touch of a well-intentioned attempt at restoration and it brought a superior price appropriate to its condition, equipment and preservation. The premium of a few thousand dollars is fully deserved.
Lot # 316 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible; S/N 223679L119141; White/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100. No Reserve – 350/265hp, automatic, P/S, A/C, Rally II wheels, blackwall radial tires, CD stereo. – Quick old repaint with many flaws, scuffed chrome and stainless, cracked Endura nose. Point spots on driver’s seat. Tired, stretched original upholstery, Dry old underbody with exterior overspray. Represented as numbers matching, with PHS documents. Not even a good driver. – Something about this White Firebird brought out the bidders’ enthusiasm and earned it a premium price. The premium is modest, but not as modest as the car.
Lot # 132 1972 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FK40126083; Red/Black leatherette; Modified restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve – 327 Chevy V-8, 3-speed, Black diamond plate running boards and rear quarters, roll bar, single rear seat, leatherette half doors, LeCarra steering wheel, dashtop Sunpro tach, polished alloy wheels, Selectro front hubs, driving lights, P/B, winch, Pioneer CD stereo. – Good paint. Fair old upholstery. Matte black bedliner sprayed all over the inside of the body. Underbody and chassis sprayed with undercoat over old, peeling undercoat. Fresh paint is like lipstick on a pig. – The first of nine FJs to cross the B-J Las Vegas auction block, and one not one of the better ones, this price falls neatly in line with the Las Vegas FJ market. The diamond plate bits aren’t reassuring about the quantity of original sheet metal.
Lot # 613 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible; S/N 4H14F201373; White/Blue Metallic vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve – 260/164hp with 4-barrel carb, 4-speed, P/S, pushbutton factory radio, underdash cassette stereo, dashtop tach, buckets and console, wire wheel covers, chrome engine dressup. – Good repaint and interior, polished chrome and stainless. Orderly but aged engine compartment. Old undercoat in wheelwells. An unusual little driver quality Falcon. – This is more car than the money it brought, not by a lot but by enough to call it a good value.
Lot # 352 1976 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FJ40207646; White, Maroon roof/Black leatherette; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $19,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $21,450. No Reserve – 2F engine. Center facing rear seats, grey steel wheels, hubcaps, Warn front hubs, 33-inch Mud Terrain T/A tires, K&N air filter, tube headers, rear-mounted spare. – Good paint and interior. Orderly underhood with a polished valve cover and brake master cylinder. A little dusty, with mild surface oxidation underhood and on the chassis. Well done a while ago with limited subsequent use. – This FJ hasn’t seen any back country offroading since it was done and it represents very good value for the money. It’s not fresh, but it could be fresher with a bit more attention to the hard to reach places.
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Lot # 324.2 1966 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility Custom; S/N FJ4038522; Metallic Dark Green, Silver pebble grain roof/Grey cloth; Original, modified for competition or performance, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300. No Reserve – Chevrolet V-8, Weiand intake, 4-barrel, automatic, forward facing rear seat, diamond plate running board and sill Warn front hubs, alloy wheels, studded Wrangler tires.. – Chipped and scratched old repaint, fair upholstery, dirty engine compartment, filthy chassis with surface rust peeking through the dirt. Studded tires? Rusty rear floor sides. A project with no good surprises. – Studded tires? What is that about? The worst of the nine FJs at Las Vegas, and the one sold for the lowest price. Bidders were paying attention.
Lot # 18 1966 Ford Mustang Notchback; S/N 6R07C116626; Red, White roof/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $12,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,750. No Reserve – 289/200hp with Edelbrock 4-barrel carb, 3-speed, P/S, pushbutton radio, factory gauges, Grant GT steering wheel, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Quickly repainted for the auction and given new tires but that is about all. Polished chrome and stainless. Tired interior, but not as tired as the dash and instruments. – Unusually equipped with the 3-speed and power steering which contribute to its utility as a driver, but the car is tired and not attractive. This much money could have bought a similarly equipped convertible in like condition and is expensive for this notchback.
Lot # 50.1 1956 Nash Metropolitan Coupe; S/N E21093; Blue, White/Blue, white vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $8,700 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,570. No Reserve – Vinyl covered rear spare, body color wheels, narrow whitewalls. – Whitewalls have blue body paint overspray on them. Body was painted assembled, sloppily masked. Engine cleaned up then the compartment was shot with matte black. A poor car, bordering on awful. – Yeccch. ‘Cute’ brought this Metropolitan a generous price, probably from someone bidding from the back row who didn’t realize how much it needs.
Lot # 1 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible Custom; S/N 3N67U3M258364; Red/Red velour; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $8,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,800. No Reserve – 455/230hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, P/W, Jensen cassette stereo, power seat, Grant GT leather rim steering wheel, tilt steering column, chrome Cragar S/S wheels, Radial T/A tires. – Sound body, decent chrome, soiled upholstery, cracked windshield. Quick old repaint with dirt, fisheyes and small blisters. Underbody is original. A mediocre but usable Olds. – The upgrades on this Olds hardly qualify it for B-J’s description as a ‘custom’ and its shortcomings (especially the grubby upholstery) are easily addressed. Plenty of room for the family and a bit of a stylin’ ride even in Las Vegas where the air conditioning will be a major advantage.
Lot # 47 1954 Packard Clipper 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N M200189; Black, Red roof/Grey cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $8,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,800. No Reserve – 288/150hp, automatic, P/B, WonderBar radio, Dixco 90 degree tach on steering column, red steel wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls. – Blistered, scratched, chipped old repaint, thin, pitted chrome. Seats recovered in material different from the old door panels. Undercoat is at least 60 years old. Orderly engine compartment with oil filter. Fuel line wrapped in pipe insulation secured with duct tape. Not much to generate excitement but the basic Packard is sound and has potential. – Not quite nasty, but with some potential. At this price the new owner placed a Las Vegas style wager on ‘potential.’
Lot # 19 1974 Jensen-Healey Convertible; S/N 14693; Red/Brown vinyl; Black leatherette top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $7,800 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,580. No Reserve – 1,973/140hp Lotus 16-valve engine, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Yokohama blackwall radials, CD stereo. – Badly masked repaint, sound seats, good top. Underbody has been quickly repainted over old undercoat. Shrinking dash cover shows rust underneath. Scuffed stainless trim. Appealing is not a word used in connection with this car even if it is, as represented, a 1-owner California car. – Described as ‘restored’, the application of that term is stretched pretty thin in being applied to this Jensen-Healey. It brought restored Jensen-Healey money but in terms of what else $8,580 can buy the expenditure is not unreasonable, just unrecoverable.
Lot # 311 1970 MG B GT Coupe; S/N GHD5UA189874G; Black/Black leatherette; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $6,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $6,600. No Reserve – Black wire wheels. – Fair paint, sound interior. Side window trim covered in chrome vinyl tape. A nasty car best avoided. – Not worth what it brought, a car with no good surprises.
Lot # 37 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10801810033684; Brown/Brown leatherette; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $4,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $4,950. No Reserve – 4-speed, Becker Europa AM-FM, A/C, buckets and console, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fog lights. – All original car in highly impressive condition and unusual colors. Scratched and spotted original paint, good chrome and interior except for worn through piping on the driver’s seat back bolster. Underbody is covered in old undercoat, peeling in places with surface rust showing through. An honest, appealing survivor made even better by the four-speed. – Preserving the spotty paint represents something of a challenge, but one well worth taking on. This is an unusual M-B, charming in its originality and said to run and drive well. It will be proudly owned, driven and shown among much more expensive cars and is a very good value at this price.
[Source: Rick Carey]
Rick – Enjoyable read as always!
Thanks for the article Rick , and as for Tom Barret he was a real character , the L.A Times once called him the P.T Barnum of the Classic car world , and I knew him well , I remember staying at his house in Scotsdale and we were in his golf cart riding around his garages looking at his fantastc cars when I spotted an old beat up Cadillac Limo I said ” Tom what’s that thing doing here ? ” Tom replied ” Thats Elvis Preslys 1978 Cadillac Limosine ” I thought for a moment then said ” But Tom Elvis died in 1977 ” Tom came back straight away with ” Yeah , but he order it before he died ! ” a true salesman !
Dang! That 57 Convertible went for good money and doesn’t even have fuel injection?
Comparing old Corvette price degradation with that of gold is a poor comparison compared to the stock market in general. In the same time frame (4 years) that Corvette prices have gone down hill, the same money invested in the S&P 500 has done outstandingly well. Most old cars are very poor investments.