Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report Page Six

1978 AM General XM381A2 5 Ton Dump Truck Custom
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.
1952 Packard 250 Convertible
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.
1953 MG TD Roadster
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.
1970 Ford Torino GT Convertible
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.
1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility Custom
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.
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Dr. Hardtop
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.
1969 Jeep Jeepster Commando Utility
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.
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2-Dr. Coupe
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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  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.