Barrett-Jackson Reno 2013 – Auction Report

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1972 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # 392 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N 1Z67L2S524746; Engine # Illegible; Ontario Orange, Black vinyl hardtop/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,550. No Reserve – 350/255hp LT1, 4-speed, tilt column, P/S, AM-FM, luggage rack, Rally wheels with trim rings and Wide Oval tires – Fair fresh repaint, very good interior, new soft top. Scuffed stainless but good chrome. Engine is neat but not good enough to be called restored. Neither is the engine compartment or chassis. A superficially cosmetically restored driver. – As emissions restrictions and insurance costs escalated on high performance cars in the early 70’s manufacturers were left with no choice but to cut back horsepower. Chevy’s last gasp (literally) was the LT1, a high performance small block that was advertised at 255hp but almost certainly made a third or more than its official rating. This is a sound but not exceptional example but the caliber of its drivetrain makes it a very good value at this price.
1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility
Lot # 396 1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N FJ40143718; White, White hardtop/Black leather; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. No Reserve – Chrome American Racing steel spoke wheels, Warn hubs, chrome front bumper, rear mounted spare on swing away mount, pushbutton radio, center facing rear seats – Decent bodywork, paint and good interior but the chassis is grungy and grimy with scant attention ever paid to it. Looks good until you look under it. – Nearly every high end auction these days has a shiny, tricked-out FJ40 Land Cruiser. Sometimes they are astoundingly well restored. Other times they bring astounding money. Then there are times like this when the bidders take a close and critical look at the FJ40 and realize it’s all about shiny and little about thorough in its presentation. This is an appropriately handicapped value for a materially handicapped FJ40.
1966 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 400 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242176P171926; Engine # 153109 YC; Light Gold, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – 1973 Pontiac 455cid V8 motor with Edelbrock Performer intake, Holley 4-barrel and headers, 4-speed, buckets and console, Hurst shifter, 5-spoke wheels with trim rings and Toyo blackwall radial tires. – Represented as a Hurst, but there’s nothing Hurst about this GTO except the shifter. Flawed paint, loose body seals, fogged gauge lenses. Tidy engine but the compartment was sprayed assembled and looks like dreck. Thin trim chrome, scuffed stainless. A car to avoid. – Sold for $38,500 at B-J’s Las Vegas sale in 2009, it should have brought less than that today in this parlous condition with its later engine. There is nothing good to say about this car, except that the seller was the beneficiary of a lightning strike of enthusiasm over inspection. The buyer is going to wake up with a bad hangover.
1958 Chevrolet Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 404 1958 Chevrolet Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N F58L190174; Engine # T1014G; White/Dark Red vinyl, cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. No Reserve – 348/250hp, 4-barrel upgraded with Tri-Power, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, heater, windshield washer, WonderBar radio, spinner wheelcovers, whitewalls, rear antenna, continental kit, Autronic Eye – Cosmetically restored a while ago and driven subsequently. Engine has been cleaned superficially but is still lightly oiled and leaky. Underbody is largely original. Paint is good as is the chrome. Stainless is lightly scuffed. Interior is lightly used but sound. A good driver quality Impala. – This Impala is impressively equipped. The Tri-Power upgrade to the hydraulic lifter 4-barrel 348 doesn’t enhance its collectibility but goes a long way to making it a better driver. It is nothing if not a good buy at this modest price.
1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 406 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 21537L117241; Engine # ;, /; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. No Reserve – 409/409 hp, dual quads, 4-speed, bench seat, 90 degree steering column tach, radio and heater delete, red steel wheels, dog dish hubcaps, blackwall bias ply tires, dual outside mirrors – Bubble top body, upgraded engine. Restored to a high standard with very good paint, chrome and stainless. Good interior. Better than new but not by too much. – A 409/409 Bubble Top Bel Air is one of the signature cars of the Sixties, a body style Chevrolet built solely to reduce aerodynamic drag at the end of the quarter mile and intended for this engine. While this isn’t the drivetrain this Bubble Top started out with, it’s the one it should have had. It was peddled at Mecum Kansas City in April and Indy in May without finding a buyer, although at better reported high bids than this. It is exceptionally well restored and presented and the new owner didn’t go wrong at this price.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe
Lot # 427 2013 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe; S/N 2013COPO-041; Engine # ;, /; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. No Reserve – 427, Powerglide – Built by Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufmann during a production break at GM, one of a limited series of 2013 COPO Camaros with high performance 427, 2-speed Powerglide transmission, ultra light brakes, roll cage, special alloy wheels. A factory authorized monster with breathtaking performance, but only for track or drag strip use, please. – I think this is the first appearance of ‘Fast N’ Loud’ at Barrett-Jackson and it made an impression. Like new (OK, it was new) and auctioned to great fanfare but the principals probably were disappointed with this result. The buyer shouldn’t have been disappointed, however, as this is a signature car that stands a strong chance of being appreciated more in subsequent years.
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 431 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 10867S109200; Engine # F0710C; White, Silver coves/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $50,600. No Reserve – 283/230hp, 3-speed, spinner wheelcovers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio – Engine number codes to a 170hp 2-barrel Chevy block. Vacuum advance pipe is missing. Chassis is dirty. Pitted door post chrome. Dash top is loose and shrunk away from the windshield. Right cove trim tail is missing. Paint is erratically wet sanded. There is nothing ‘nice’ about this Corvette. – A mis-matched, erratically presented, deficient Corvette that would have been reasonably priced at $30,000. At this price it is not going to start a satisfying ownership experience.
1975 AMC Pacer Coupe
Lot # 604 1975 AMC Pacer Coupe; S/N A5A667A333964; Ivory Green/Ivory vinyl; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500. No Reserve – 258 six, automatic, roof rack, folding rear seat, pushbutton radio, heater, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, curb feelers – All original including the orange peely factory paint. Cleaned up and surprisingly good. – Pacers have the charisma of their chunky, odd design and the dog-pound appeal of abandoned puppies. Is a largely original light green Pacer worth this much? It’s within a standard deviation of Pacer values and has plenty of abandoned puppy appeal. No harm, no foul.
1968 Volkswagen Kyote II Dune Buggy
Lot # 605 1968 Volkswagen Kyote II Dune Buggy; S/N 118816459; Red, White painted pinstripes/Black, Red cloth; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $7,700 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,470. No Reserve – 5-spoke alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires, SW gauges, Clarion cassette stereo, bullet fender mirrors, Monza style quick fill fuel cap, Corbeau seats, removable hatchback roof – Built by Dean Jeffries for Vic Edelbrock. Aged but sound. Mediocre original paint with original Dean Jeffries pinstripes. – Dune Buggies were the rage in the late 60’s and early 70’s, boosted by the popularity of off-road races like the Baja 1000. This one has a exceptional heritage and some unusual features, not least the original Dean Jeffries pinstriping. Given its history it is an exceptional value at this bargain price. The B-J Reno bidders were napping when it crossed the block.