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Barrett-Jackson Reno 2013 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson, Hot August Nights, Reno, Nevada, August 8-10, 2013

Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor

Hot August Nights brought Barrett-Jackson to town this year for the first time. It may just have been a marriage made in heaven.

Hot August Nights is noted for its city-wide celebration of hot rod and custom cars with major properties in Reno sponsoring a succession of shows, concerts and parties for thousands of cars. The roads leading to Reno, particularly over the Sierras from California, are crowded with carloads of car people heading to Reno to take part in the days-long party.

Coming, as it usually does, the weekend before the car world centers its attention on the Monterey peninsula, Hot August Nights represents the other end of the pendulum’s swing, a populous, popular people place where the emphasis is on hands-on participation with hand-built, individual cars.

Barrett-Jackson contributed its resources and marketing muscle to create a unifying spectacle, bringing the multiple properties’ individual events together to choose the ‘Barrett-Jackson Cup’, the best custom or hot rod at Hot August Nights.

The Cup’s judges visited the four participating properties, the Eldorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus and Harrah’s, selecting fifteen daily winners. Those were then narrowed to five which were driven onto the Barrett-Jackson auction block at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Saturday evening after the auction. The judges then selected the best.

The fact that it turned out to be a 1969 Ford Torino built by Troy Trepanier for George Poteet which was then taken to Bonneville to run on the salt the following Tuesday made for a perfect selection.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup meshed perfectly with the diverse Hot August Nights activities and instantly integrated Barrett-Jackson with this previously diffuse car week.

They also brought a typically diverse, mostly No Reserve (there were about half a dozen cars with reserves, only one of which didn’t sell) Barrett-Jackson consignment to the Reno-Sparks docket. It wasn’t, as might have been expected, unusually heavy on rods and customs.

The results below compare this year’s inaugural Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights sale with the Orange County auction it replaced on Barrett-Jackson’s schedule.

Barrett-Jackson Reno
Cars Offered / Sold
Sale %
Average Sale
Median Sale
Total Sales
345 / 344
$30,250 [73.2%]
Barrett-Jackson Orange County
406 / 406
$24,200 [67.4%]
333 / 326
$30,800 [74.9%]
397 / 397
$30,800 [77.8%]

Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights Reno 2013 – Auction Report

1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 18 1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N SRA12199; Silver, Sable/Dark Red leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, Alpine cassette, equalizer, moon roof, A/C, alarm – Largely original and facing some serious issues. Reportedly recently discovered in a Sparks, Nevada garage after 15 years’ storage. Crazing old repaint, decent chrome, sound lightly scuffed original interior, sound interior wood with some cloudy varnish. Original undercoat. A sound mostly original car that soon needs a repaint and some leather dressing. – Originality hardly counts in a Shadow. They’re expensive cars to own, more expensive to keep up. This is a generally unattractive but at least solid and straight original car. It will never be worth more than it brought here.
1950 Buick Super 2-Dr. Hardtop Riviera Custom
Lot # 82 1950 Buick Super 2-Dr. Hardtop Riviera Custom; S/N 15964046; Black, Woodgrain/Grey herringbone; Customized restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – Dynaflow, skirts, hubcaps, trim rings, red steel wheels, whitewalls, pushbutton radio – Lowered and given a good older paint job with very good woodgrain panels above the fender break. Good interior and major chrome but scuffed stainless window trim. Cowl paint chipped by the hood corner. Windshield stone chipped, cracked and delaminating. Underbody painted over old undercoat. An imaginative mild custom with great eye appeal from a distance, not so much up close. – An intriguing old car, imaginatively and creatively embellished with eye-catching woodgrain trim. It was sold at B-J Scottsdale in January for $27,500 and the seller here should be lighting candles for getting out of it for this much. That said, it has eye-appeal, a Hot August Nights car.
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Convertible
Lot # 83 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Convertible; S/N 252675C135556; Light Yellow/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,750. No Reserve – 421/338hp, automatic, P/W, gauges, buckets and console, 8-lug wheels, narrow whitewalls, P/S, P/B – Aged but sound paint, repaired original interior, scuffed chrome and stainless. Underbody is untouched. Stone chipped nose. Usable as is but not exceptional; an old car with some cosmetic attention. – Cruisin’ in 1965 with this Catalina 2+2 Convertible would be special, as it will be in 2013. It’s not a paradigm of its kind, but at this price it doesn’t have to be. Three deuces and a 4-speed would be better, but the cost of them is hardly justified. This is a great starter car. Drive and enjoy it, then move on. This is the right money.
1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # 85 1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N 5Y85Z106747; Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. No Reserve – 390/300hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, P/W, Pioneer CD stereo, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power seat, alternator – Superficial erratically masked and not completely reassembled fresh repaint over old paint. Dirty old undercoat in wheel wells. Scuffed stainless and weak trim chrome. Badly fit rear bumper. Worn but sound original interior. A superficially and quickly redone T-bird done to look good under the auction lights. – The B-J bidders weren’t fooled by this sketchy T-bird, but why they bought it for even this much is something of a question. It’s barely above rat classification and wouldn’t have been a sound value at $10,000. A scruffy car for real car money.
1969 AMC AMX 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 149 1969 AMC AMX 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N A9M397X145169; Blue, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $12,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,750. No Reserve – 390/325hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, cheap fat-rim steering wheel, JVC cassette, Hurst shifter, Magnum wheels, Radial T/A tires – Poor paint noted by the abundance of fisheyes, cheap plastic bolt on hood scoop, scuffed stainless, sound upholstery, loose aftermarket shifter boot, pitted door handles. More? How about a flat left rear tire and an underbody and chassis quickly and generously resprayed over old undercoat. Yecch. – Sold at Mecum’s Dallas sale last year for $13,250, the consignor here is fortunate to get out of this toad with only a limited loss. It is intrinsically appealing, a rare and potent high performance AMX but its condition is, well, despicable. Even at this price it can’t be made into something desirable without going fathoms underwater.
1978 Pembleton Brooklands Custom Roadster
Lot # 332 1978 Pembleton Brooklands Custom Roadster; S/N 44KA9799; Aluminum/Maroon; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $7,250 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,975. No Reserve – RHD. Citroen 2CV based. Cycle fenders, dual Brooklands aero screens, rear spare – Driver quality presentation of a kit car using a Citroen 2CV front wheel drivetrain. Space frame chassis, a go-kart. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2012 for $15,950, it’s doubtful anyone knew what to make of this Pembleton in Reno so it went away at a bargain price, reinforced when it sold at Mecum Monterey a week later for $14,980. What’s it worth? It’s anyone’s guess.
1969 Jeep Jeepster Convertible
Lot # 336 1969 Jeep Jeepster Convertible; S/N 870101710815; Aqua, Cream/Blue vinyl; Cream vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350. No Reserve – 255 V6, automatic, pushbutton radio, console, hubcaps with wide trim rings, whitewalls, vinyl covered rear. mounted spare – 20,861 miles. One old mediocre paint job, peeling chrome hood hinges, fair major chrome, sound interior and top. Painted assembled and not well masked. Underbody is covered in original undercoat and dusty. An unusual but not inspiring car. – Few automobiles have has as many resurrections as the Jeepster. The early ones get treated to sound (not ‘quality’) restorations. Later ones like this are, like this, not as well treated as their CJ siblings. It’s a fun car at an expensive price for its condition but not unreasonable for its fun-to-drive-to-the-beach utility.
2004 Chevrolet SSR Pickup
Lot # 345 2004 Chevrolet SSR Pickup; S/N 1GCES14P84B112410; Yellow/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $16,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,150. No Reserve – A clean used car with unblemished paint and only lightly scuffed interior. 46,200 miles from new. – Ever driven an SSR? They’re silly vehicles with limited utility but they’re a choice hot rod. The designer of the exhaust not should be given an Academy Award for Sound. Cycle the roof at a stoplight. I wouldn’t trade my ’05 6-speed GTO for it, but it’s tempting. This is a huge bargain, the challenge of offering cars at No Reserve, and may represent the nadir of SSR values.
1928 Buick Custom Speedster
Lot # 385 1928 Buick Custom Speedster; S/N 1959486; Red/Black vinyl; Customized restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – Ohv four, altimeter, barometer, brass clock, Staver sidelights, Tilt Ray headlights, dual aeroscreens, 4-wheel brakes, dual rear spares, doorless two-seat body – A Gary Wales creation done to his usual standards of quality and imagination. Good paint and interior. Nicely hand pinstriped and thoroughly detailed. – Sold for $37,400 at B-J Orange County in 2010, then for $25,300 at B-J WestWorld in 2012. Less outrageous than most Gary Wales’ contraptions but still a great car for tours or cross-country events. The result here is a reasonable price for what it is.