Classic Car Capital
1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe
Lot # 743 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N 9309800543; Oak Green/Cork leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Yes Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000 – Fuchs wheels, Yokohama tires, sunroof, whale tail, rear wiper, power windows, air conditioning, modern Alpine stereo. – Lots of small stone chips on the nose and hood. Otherwise very well kept and shiny original paint. Small track scratch on top of the sunroof. Very good, lightly worn interior. Showing 65,510 miles. Not perfect and not the best early 930 in the world, but more than good enough to enjoy and these are really gorgeous colors. – Hammered not sold at Mecum Indy this year at a high bid of $140,000, which was and still is less than the car really deserves. Although this car did have a reserve on it in Vegas, the owner seems to have bitten the bullet and taken a lower but still realistic number. This is not an environment to chase a soft market, something the seller realized.

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, October 13-15, 2016

When ‘extravaganza’ is part of the formula for success appearing in Las Vegas is as natural as breathing. Gambling is now a much smaller part of the Las Vegas economy than entertainment; what could be better than a glamorous entertainment event that combines both?

In other words, what could be a better fit for Las Vegas than a Barrett-Jackson auction?

And so it has been since 2008 when the ‘World’s Greatest Collector Car Event’ (as Barrett-Jackson then styled itself) settled in Vegas. Other expansion venues followed including Orange County and Reno but only Las Vegas and Palm Beach remain alongside Scottsdale among the signature ‘World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions’ (as Barrett-Jackson now styles itself).

It is a natural fit and 2016’s edition continued to demonstrate the serendipity of the relationship, selling all but one lot and seeing a total of $33 million change hands, nearly matching 2014’s Las Vegas total of $33.4 million.

The crowd, the atmosphere, the hype, the commercial enthusiasm fit the Las Vegas mold. Couldn’t find a car (and with the variety of cars offered in Las Vegas it was nearly impossible not to find something to like)? Take home a sequined jacket or gold coin jewelry as a consolation prize.

Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction is a natural fit in ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’.

Here are the numbers:

B-J Las Vegas
Cars Offered / Sold
Sale %
Average Sale
Media Sale
Total Sales
757 / 756
$33,000 [75.7%]
706 / 705
$37,400 [78.9%]
661 / 657
$35,200 [73%]

Andrew Newton provided the on-site observations; the editor remains responsible for their final expression and comments.

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016 – Auction Report

1963 Rambler American 440 Convertible
Lot # 007 1963 Rambler American 440 Convertible; S/N B561615; Red, White/Red vinyl with White inserts; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,700 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $6,270 – 196/90hp, 3-speed, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, column shift, factory radio. – Lightly discolored top. Older, faded cheap respray with numerous small blisters throughout. Lightly pitted bumpers. Uneven door gaps. Small dent at the front of the driver’s side door. Quick undercoat underneath. Newer upholstery is good and lightly worn, and the rest of the interior is original and well kept. The paint is terrible, but it’s a sound example and how many of these things are really left? – This is a flawed but affordable entry into car collecting, a cute little Rambler with the famed reclining seats that traumatized the parents of teenage girls in the Sixties. It’s worth this much just for the experience of an evening at the drive-in movie (if one can be found) with your sweetie.
1988 Cadillac Allante Convertible, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 016 1988 Cadillac Allante Convertible, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 1G6VR3177JU100568; Red/Buckskin leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500 – Power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, factory cassette stereo. – Three-owner car with all service done at the dealer. Recent service and detailing. Represented with 32,000 actual miles. Small dent in the middle of the rear bumper. Long scratch on the roof. Otherwise fantastic, shiny original paint. Lightly worn seats and the outer part of the driver’s seat belt buckle has broken and gone missing, but otherwise very good original interior, provided all the digital stuff works. – Sold at this sale in 2014 for $9,900. The result two years ago was more appropriate to the car’s condition. It was one of the first cars of the auction in 2016, and there weren’t yet enough people in the room who wanted it. This has to be just about the cheapest way to get to tell people your car has a Pininfarina body while enjoying a fairly modern limited production luxury car that has little or no way to go but up in value.
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible
Lot # 025 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible; S/N 5E65X213561; White/Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500 – 352/250hp, automatic, wheel covers, blue vinyl boot cover, rear seat speaker, dash clock, pushbutton radio. – There’s not much word on history with this car, but it’s represented as matching numbers and shows 82,394 believable miles. Light surface rust right behind the front bumper. Dull, scratched original chrome and brightwork. Lumpy Bondo work around the right rear wheel well. Wavy body sides. Huge scratches with rust on the rear bumper. Dinged up wheel covers. Average quality older repaint. Badly cracking and pitting steering wheel, and bad pitting on interior brightwork. Tidy underneath with a newer exhaust system. A hodgepodge of light restoration work that has resulted in a casual top-down cruiser, but nothing you’d be particularly proud of. – A rough car, but bought cheaply enough that the new owner can get a lot done before getting in too deep with restoration and service bills.
1975 Porsche 914 1.8 Targa
Lot # 025.1 1975 Porsche 914 1.8 Targa; S/N 4752906918; Silver/Black vinyl; Modified restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $10,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $11,550 – Store brand tires, aftermarket aluminum shift knob, aftermarket Sony stereo, 2.1 big bore kit, aftermarket pistons and rings, dual Webers. – Rub through in the paint on the tops of both front fenders. Scratched window frames and rear Porsche brightwork. Big chip next to the engine cover. Long crack in the left taillight lens. Small dent behind the driver’s side door. Good interior other than a fairly worn driver’s seat. Paint cracks around front signal lenses. Reportedly less than 100 miles on rebuilt engine. A lightly modified 914 set up for fun. – A reasonable price for a car with flaws and mods that both parties can be happy with.
1998 BMW M Roadster
Lot # 029 1998 BMW M Roadster; S/N WBSCK9335WLC85458; Evergreen/Evergreen, Black leather; Black top; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300 – 3,152/240hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, VDO dash clock, power windows, air conditioning, Alpine CD stereo. – Deep scratch in the right front wheel. Sound but aged and slightly faded original paint with a handful of chips on the nose and hood. Very good original interior. Represented with 38,000 actual miles. Could be better, but the colors are both unusual and attractive, and it’s good enough to enjoy. – Even though the US versions of the M cars were well down from the 300-plus horsepower of the European models, they were still way more potent than the standard Z3. This is a lot of car for barely 14 grand, especially when you consider that it stickered for around $45,000.
1969 Triumph TR6 Convertible
Lot # 029.1 1969 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CC26122L; Royal Blue/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500 – Michelin X red line tires, black vinyl boot cover, AM/FM radio. – Very lightly used restored engine bay. Chip at the front edge of the driver’s door. Good paint and chrome otherwise. Decent older top, but the plastic rear window is starting to age. Paint coming off of the steering wheel. Sun shades are fairly worn. Pretty car. Lightly restored and has flaws, but still better than most TR6s on the road. – An appropriate number for a ’69 TR6 with its cleaner, more desirable early bumpers. In a sale very light on British sports cars, this one stood out.
1983 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible
Lot # 035.1 1983 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible; S/N 1FABP27F9DF144293; Red, Black/White; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,700 – 302/175hp, 5-speed, rear spoiler, power top, factory cassette stereo, cruise control. – Single family ownership. All original and showing 41,525 miles. Several chips in the nose but otherwise very good original paint. Very lightly discolored seats. Otherwise very good interior. A remarkably well kept, all original car that’s clearly been loved. – Fox body Mustangs have gained an appreciation in recent years, in part thanks to their charmingly bland styling, but they remain cheap performance cars. This 5-speed example could have brought more without being expensive given its impressive level of preservation and attractive colors.
1993 Ford Mustang 5.0 LX Convertible
Lot # 043.1 1993 Ford Mustang 5.0 LX Convertible; S/N 1FACP44E5PF162659; White/White leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,900 – 302/205hp, 5-speed, Magnaflow exhaust, cold air intake, power windows, air conditioning, modern Kenwood touchscreen stereo with Blaupunkt speakers. – Well kept original paint other than numerous chips on the hood. Small scratch on the left A-pillar and lots of discoloration at the top of the windshield where the top fits. Top frame is a little dirty but the top itself is quite good and probably a replacement. Very good, lightly worn original interior. Clean wheels. Tidy underneath. Very well kept and clean, especially since it is triple white. Looks like a car with a lot fewer than the 86,394 miles on the odometer. – At under five figures, this is a good value in a late Fox body convertible, a car that is easy to use, fun to drive and simple to maintain (until the computer goes bad and it becomes a paperweight.)