Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Re-Creation 2-Dr. Hardtop
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.
1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 Fake Convertible
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.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
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.
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop
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.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
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.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 2-Dr. Station Wagon
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.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Convertible Pace Car
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.
Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan
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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  1. 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 !

  2. 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.