Sometimes auctions come back for a reprise of a first time venue and struggle to produce the first year’s hype and results.
Not so with Barrett-Jackson’s return for its second year at Houston’s NRG Center where the cars, the docket and the money were consistent with their first year in 2021.
B-J makes a fetish of its “all no-reserve” format but they deliver in consistently appropriate, and often strong, results.
The results suffered a bit from not having another $1,980,000 “Risky Business” Porsche 928 and a charity lot sold twice with $175K added to bring the total to a million dollars, but neither did the 2022 auction suffer from a couple of NFTs sold a year ago for a total of $15,400.
The NFT bloom seems to have lost its radiance and fragrance (or is that “flatulence”?), and a rational collector car marketplace is better for it.
The vast majority of the results reported here were sensible market-appropriate prices. Exactly as many were considered “expensive” as were “good values” but there was one “bargain”. That is a very good indication of rational buyers and sellers, especially in the over-energized atmosphere of Barrett-Jackson.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
Andrew Newton attended and wrote up 46 lots.
Lot # 31 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N SCAZN42A5BCX01812; Green, Tan vinyl roof/Tan leather; Unrestored original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200 – 6,750/220hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, air conditioning, factory cassette. – The air conditioning on this car was reportedly upgraded at some point but isn’t working. A climate control sensor also needs replacement. And that’s just what they’re telling us about. Who knows what else this car might need? Cosmetically, it wears an older repaint that is so aged that it might as well be original with some swirls and a few faded spots behind the hood. The bumpers look rough but the roof vinyl is solid. The interior wood also looks rough and there is a large tear in the right rear seat, which is an odd spot for it but it’s there. A cheap auction Rolls, exactly the kind they warn you about. – A $13,000 Rolls may sound like a sweet deal, but this car is probably going to get expensive fast, and in the world of Silver Spur values the new owner didn’t even really get a low price here.
Lot # 39 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N WDBCA39E1KA482788; Black/Tan leather; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,700 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,470 – 5,549/238hp, automatic, sunroof, executive package with footrests and reclining rear seats, rear window shade screen, aftermarket stereo. – This 560 has the signs of a well-maintained vintage Benz from back when these cars had that famous bank-vault build quality. It shows understandable age and flaws for a car of this age, and the 113,318 miles don’t necessarily have to be a red flag if maintenance has been fastidious. On the other hand, there’s no indication that maintenance has been fastidious, and buying a high-mile Mercedes early in the day at a no reserve auction is a real roll of the dice. – This SEL sold for $16,800 on Bring a Trailer nearly three years ago. It had more documentation present and more questions answered there, and it’s not a surprise that it brought more money. Provided there aren’t any major mechanical surprises, this result is a serious deal.
Lot # 40.1 1960 Austin Mini Se7en 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N AA2S776053; Speedwell Blue/Blue and Gray pattern vinyl; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950 – RHD. 848/34hp, 4-speed, White steel wheels, Falken tires. – Restored in the UK in 2013. Light age and blemishes here and there but for the most part it is a lovely, fresh, well-presented 850 Mini, from very early in the run when they were still marketed as the Se7en, along with the Morris Mini Minor. – Between 1959 and 2000 over 5.3 million classic Minis were built all over the world, but here in America a Mini is not a common classic car. The ones you do see are usually Coopers/Cooper Ss, Cooper clones, or later gray market cars built in Australia or Japan. Seeing such an early, bone stock Mini, then, is unusual. It’s reassuringly clean and the simple, basic functionality of the early versions is charming. Barrett-Jackson is an odd venue for a 34-hp Brit, but the price here is a reasonable if unremarkable one.
Lot # 45.1 1988 Pontiac Fiero Formula Coupe; S/N 1G2PE1193JP217946; Medium Red Metallic/Gray cloth; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $8,700 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,570 – 173/135hp V-6, 5-speed, rear spoiler, factory cassette, air conditioning, black center alloy wheels. – Numerous chips on the front of the car, and quite a few on the mirrors. Tidy wheels, tires, underbody, and engine, very good interior. Showing 43,132 believable miles. The final-year `88 Fiero is the one to have, yet you still never see them this clean. A neat little car. The Formula version combined the features of the range-topping GT model with a standard coupe body. – From a performance standpoint, the Fiero suffered from a poor first impression. Just as in life, you only get one of those in the car world. A sporty-looking car with an exotic mid-engine layout, the Fiero debuted with economy car suspension and powertrain, and disappointed. A few engine fires on early cars didn’t help matters, either. The Fiero got better with each model year and in 1988 got new suspension, finally making it the car it always should have been. And in classic GM fashion, they promptly killed it off. 1988 Fieros are capable, fun little cars that compare favorably with their in-period rivals, but they don’t have a huge following and prices have stayed surprisingly low. It’s not easy to find a fun car for four figures these days but this result is about right for a used but good ’88 Formula. The same car sold for $8,295 on Bring a Trailer in February 2020.
Lot # 75 1985 Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFLC15B000056351; Red/White leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200 – 2,927/240hp, 5-speed, Pirelli tires, aftermarket Alpine CD. – Rough paint with some light scratching, a large scratch in the middle of the nose, and a ton of blisters in the right headlight door. Decent interior other than significant wear and scuffs on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. A used Mondial. – This Mondial sold for $32,450 at Westworld last year. That was a strong result for a driver-quality car, but this is downright expensive for one.
Lot # 82 1982 Avanti Avanti II Coupe; S/N 12AAV1235C1003519; Red/Beige leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500 – 305/155hp, automatic, Hankook narrow whitewalls, luggage rack, sunroof, factory cassette, power windows, aftermarket Momo woodrim steering wheel, air conditioning. – Represented as one of 197 built in 1982. Old repaint with microblisters on the hood and orange peel in spots. The driver’s door sticks out at the bottom. Rough interior with aged wood trim and wrinkled, cracking leather. Driven at least the 99,230 miles showing on the odometer. – Incorrectly identified on the car card as a Studebaker, this is one of the Avanti IIs sold by various companies from the demise of Studebaker in the ”60s all the way into the 2000s. While $16,500 isn’t a ton of money for a collector car, it’s expensive for this one and could have bought a cleaner, lower-mile example.
Lot # 83 1951 Studebaker Commander State Starlight Coupe; S/N 8161415; Gray/Taupe; Enthusiast restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,650 – 233/120hp V-8, column shift 3-speed, wheel covers, whitewalls, hood ornament, seat belts, factory radio. – Represented as matching numbers and fully restored, but that was a long time ago and on a budget. The chrome is decent, but the paint is dull and shows masking errors in several spots. There are also scratches in the rear glass, and both the underbody and interior show plenty of use. A basic driver-quality classic. – Studebaker was the first U.S. manufacturer to introduce all-new designs after WWII, and they were so new and distinctive that they remained at the forefront of US vehicle design for years. Guided by Raymond Loewy and Virgil Exner the remarkable fact is that they weren’t basically different from other manufacturers, they just looked futuristic. Then in 1951 Studebaker became one of the first to offer an overhead valve V-8. Studebaker was off to a strong postwar start, which they then let stutter and stumble through bad management. They are not favorably remembered today which accounts for weak values, but not as weak as this Starlight Coupe which should have brought more than it did even taking its old enthusiast restoration into account.
Lot # 105 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible; S/N 6L67S6Q188395; White/Red leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 500/190hp, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power windows, locks and seats, air conditioning, cruise control, 8-track. – Definitely showing its 51,392 miles and 46 years of age. The paint on the body and wheels is tired, and on the hood it’s crazing. The top of the windshield frame is scuffed from the top going up and down. There is also a small ding on the left rear fender, and the chrome is very tired. The driver’s seat has been reupholstered but the rest of the interior is original and aged. – There was a time when people thought the `76 Eldorado would be the last American convertible, ever. GM even marketed it that way. So, many people snatched one up and tucked it away, falsely predicting serious collectability. This is not one of those cars. It’s just a used `76 Caddy, that hasn’t led a charmed life but an average one. While the perfectly preserved ’76 convertibles can sell in the mid-five-figure range, 22 grand for this one is entirely rational.
Lot # 108 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible; S/N JM1NA3518L0128111; Crystal White/Black cloth; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – 1,597/116hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Sumitumo tires, added wood shift knob, aftermarket CD stereo, wind-up windows, air conditioning. – From the Tyler Hoover collection. Showing 28,542 miles that are represented as actual, and recently got its timing belt and water pump service. Very good paint. Clean wheels. The tires look relatively new. Mild wear on the seats but great interior with solid plastic and no scratching anywhere. Clean top. A collector-grade first gen Miata. – For many years the first gen Miata was the de facto cheap, reliable sports car, but lately the very cleanest examples have stretched beyond the definition of “cheap.” This price isn’t a record but it’s close. Even in a muscle and Rustomod-heavy setting like Barrett-Jackson the bidders recognized how rare and desirable such a clean first-year Miata is.
Lot # 109 1979 Toyota Pickup; S/N RN47003357; Yellow, Tan, Brown stripes, White bed cap/Tan pattern vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600 – 2,189/95hp, 4-speed, hub caps, bed cap, air conditioning, factory radio. – Sold new in California, recently purchased from the original owner out of long-term storage, and given $6,000 in restorative work. The 23,474 miles showing are represented as actual. Good-looking paint with small blemishes throughout, and what appears to be some sun fading in areas. The bed and inside of the cab are beat up from use. Paint is coming off the wheels. The underbody looks very clean, and so does the interior. The engine looks recently gone through with new hoses and wires. Looks like it was used briefly as intended for work truck duty, then tucked away for many years. So while it doesn’t look showroom fresh, in a way it’s still very much a time capsule. – You don’t have to be that old to remember being able to buy old Toyotas like this for a couple grand in a parking lot, so it feels weird to see a solid but faded 43-year-old Pickup sell for roughly the MSRP of a brand-new Tacoma. What’s even weirder is that this price isn’t all that out of the ordinary. People have been restoring old Toyota pickups for a few years now, and they have been selling for this kind of money.
Lot # 122 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 105395W164190; Beige/Tan vinyl, Beige cloth; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100 – 164/95hp, Powerglide, alloy wheels, narrow whitewalls, factory radio. – Older paint with some general fading and cracks in the drip rails. A few small dings in the window frames. Good, lightly worn interior and underbody. An enthusiast restoration. – Most Corvair sedans have merged back into the earth, particularly those with Powerglide, so this example’s survival in decent and sound condition is something of a miracle. So is the price it brought, a car that should have sold for half this much.
Lot # 334 1974 Volkswagen 181 Thing Convertible; S/N 1842543039; White, Blue/White, Blue vinyl; White, Blue vinyl top; Truck restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – 1,585/46hp, 4-speed, hub caps, whitewalls. – Genuine Acapulco Thing. Restored, but probably before air-cooled VWs were worth much. The paint looks a little thick and is coming off around some of the hinges. The tires are dirty. Clean restored chassis and engine. – VW Things are always distinctive, and often painted in yellow or bright orange to catch your attention even more easily. However, the Acapulco Edition, originally conceived for the Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco and sold in small numbers (about 400) for 1973-74, is even more eye-catching thanks to its two-tone colors and surrey top. It is also the rarest and most valuable production variant of the Type 181. It’s not a monumental premium like, say, a Fiat Jolly compared to a regular old Fiat 600, but it’s there. Barrett-Jackson sold this one for a then-generous $27,500 in Las Vegas four years ago and it is in essentially the same condition today, having put just 69 miles on its odometer since. All things air-cooled Volkswagen have gotten more expensive since then, so this price is not a shock even if it is on the high side.
Lot # 337 1977 Lincoln Continental Coupe; S/N 7Y81A954496; Pearl White, Green vinyl half roof/Green cloth; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200 – 400/179hp, automatic, narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, Cartier clock, power windows, air conditioning, factory radio, power seats. – No history represented but looks largely original and well-kept, and shows 12,771 believable miles. A few scratches and small chips in the paint but nothing major. The interior looks just about new. Light road dirt and wear underneath. A remarkable survivor. – Being both practical and well-preserved this Continental should have carried some modest preservation premium. Instead it didn’t come close to a premium and brought aged 3-condition money despite being a better car. This is, for someone pining for a presentable Continental, a good value. For those who aren’t it’s just a big, ostentatious, slow boat. The slow boat faction won today.
Lot # 372 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Collector Edition Coupe; S/N 2G2FV22G222132877; Yellow, Black/Black leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700 – 346/325hp, 6-speed, black wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, glass T-tops, power windows, air conditioning, Monsoon CD stereo. – Represented with 18,991 miles. There is a small scuff at the front of the driver’s door and light scratches on the left mirror, but otherwise the car shows hardly any use. It looks like it has sat for a while, though, because there is a light layer of dirt and dust throughout the engine bay. – The last and arguably most eye-catching special edition Trans Am, the 2002 Collector Edition numbered about 2,000 units so it isn’t ultra-rare, but it is enough push them to a healthy premium over standard cars. This is a reasonable result that accounts for the mileage and condition.
Lot # 373 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst/Olds Coupe; S/N 3G37U3M409349; Cameo White, White vinyl half roof, Gold side stripes/White vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – 455/270hp L75, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley 4-barrel, automatic with Hurst dual gate shifter, Super Stock III wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, air conditioning, 8-track AM radio, Sport steering wheel, swivel seats, optional digital tach, original Olds intake, Rochester carburetor, air cleaner and valve covers included. Documented with window sticker and PD checklist. – Represented as number 282 of 1,097 built for 1973 with matching numbers drivetrain. Very clean (and massive) engine. A few scratches in the decals but the paint is good, as is the roof vinyl. Good interior with mildly discolored white seats. Solid piece of early mustache muscle. – Of the Colonnade era, which started in 1973, this is the Hurst/Olds to have, as performance dropped from here. This is a straightforward, appropriate price and, in terms of cubic inches per dollar and the comprehensive options at least, quite a value.
Lot # 381 1991 Toyota Supra Turbo Coupe; S/N JT2MA71N7M0159808; Red/Gray leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800 – 2,954/232hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Sumitomo tires, added touchscreen stereo, Sports Package, power steering, brakes, windows and antenna, air conditioning. – Showing 32,475 believable miles and has no visible performance mods. But it looks even cleaner than those low miles would suggest. Carefully owned and never messed with, which is something very rarely seen on a third gen Supra. – The MK III Supra will always live in the shadow of the tuner icon and technical marvel that was the MK IV car, but they’re solid cars in their own right and the Supra name certainly carries cachet, so they are desirable and appreciating modern classics. Given this one’s clean condition and stock configuration it could have sold for more, but it’s still worth noting that it sold for $29,700 at the Leake Dallas auction in 2019 and $31,900 at Mecum Harrisburg two months ago.
Lot # 400 1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo Indy 500 Pace Car NASCAR E Coupe; S/N 2X87TAN129394; Cameo White, Indy graphics/Oyster Grey; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900 – 301/210hp turbo, automatic, alloy Turbo wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, mirrored T-tops, factory radio, power steering and 4-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, tach cluster, tilt steering column – Showing 7,392 km (4,593 miles), and it’s not clear why it has a metric speedo. It also isn’t clear why, despite such a low level of use, it looks as scruffy as it does. There are scuffs on the nose as well as a crunched spot of paint near a headlight. The engine bay is a little dirty, a few of the decals are faded, and the interior is lightly worn. It should be better. – The bidders seemed to agree. Had it been more carefully stored and preserved this car could have brought over 50 grand easy and the metric speedometer adds to its intrigue. There’s a story here that, after some sleuthing, could enhance the value of this Trans Am and isn’t reflected in the price it brought.
Lot # 421 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WS23U1A154491; Plum Crazy, White vinyl roof, Black stripes/White vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500 – 440/370hp Magnum, automatic, power steering and brakes, Rally gauges, spoilers, Magnum wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, aftermarket console-mounted tach, factory radio, louvered hood, rally dash, sport mirrors, build sheet and original data tags documented. – Good older paint and chrome. The roof vinyl has been repaired in one spot on the left rear, the driver’s door sticks out at the bottom. Mostly good, lightly worn interior other than pitting around the gauge bezels. Light road dirt and wear underneath. A straightforward lightly used Plum Crazy Charger. – As B-J’s Houston auction got into the meat of the docket this Plum Crazy 440 Magnum automatic Charger R/T was received more enthusiastically than many of the more ordinary cars that preceded it, but still not unreasonably. This is a sensible price for a well-equipped Charger R/T in one of the most appreciated (and imaginatively named) High Impact colors.
Lot # 438 1968 American Motors AMX Go Package Von Piranha Fastback; S/N A8C397X310766; Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 – 390/315hp, floor shift automatic, cassette radio, custom hood, non-functional roof scoops and side scoops to cool the rear brakes. – Represented as one of only one or two of these “Von Piranha” AMXs built by Thoroughbred Motors in Denver that remains. It spent 33 years in a Colorado garage and now the paint shows lots of blemishes, especially on the hood. There is also a scrape on the right rear wheel, and the original chrome is very tired. The interior looks great. It’s an inherently interesting car and will certainly attract attention and a lot of questions with those giant scoops, but it’s so obscure and its history so murky that it isn’t necessarily all that valuable. – This AMX would stump many muscle car gurus and even many AMC fans. I had certainly never heard of it. Supposedly about 22 of these “Von Piranha” AMXs were built by a Denver dealership for road and drag racing, but they aren’t well known and there aren’t other survivors out there. This one has been the subject of online debates and magazine articles, but there still appear to be more questions than answers, so the new owner still has some homework to do. They paid a bit of a premium for the legend, but didn’t get too carried away.
Lot # 443.1 1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V Coupe; S/N 7Y89A851718; Rose Diamond Fire, Rose vinyl half roof, Red pinstripes/Red vinyl, Brown cloth; Unrestored original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 – 460/208hp, narrow whitewalls, sunroof, Cartier clock, factory cassette, power windows, air conditioning. – Bought new by singer Mickey Gilley and he enjoyed it quite a bit, given the 95,853 miles on the odometer. It has been repainted in its original color and has new tires but otherwise is dirty and rough underneath. The sunroof has odd bubbles in the glass. The interior is holding up reasonably well, however, with some light cracking on the woodgrain dash but little else in terms of wear. The celebrity ownership is the big appeal here. Otherwise it’s just a used, scruffy, gas-guzzling old Lincoln. – If you’ve never heard of Mickey Gilley, don’t worry too much, but he was a rather popular country singer (and Jerry Lee Lewis’s cousin) whose nightclub, Gilley’s Club, in Pasadena was a South Texas institution that inspired the film Urban Cowboy. He reportedly drove this car to and left it parked in front of the club often. A big auction in Houston was probably the best place in the world to sell this car, and the price it brought gives a fair celebrity premium over the wear and tear but isn’t a crazy number. It’s about condition #2+ money.
Lot # 456 1966 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan; S/N 6Y86G442599; White/Blue leather; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700 – 462/340hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power windows, steering and brakes, air conditioning, pushbutton radio. – Represented as 83,112 miles. Clean wheels and tires. Old chrome and paint with a few blemishes throughout and scratched windshield frame. Aged but presentable interior with wrinkled leather on all four seats, but significantly more so on the driver’s seat. Looks tidy but unrestored underneath. Reportedly a survivor other than an old repaint. Any suicide door Continental is cool and they look great in white, but this one is a little rough around the edges. – No “survivor” premium here, likely to the disappointment of the seller. Just a driver-quality Continental bought for driver-quality money.
Lot # 458.1 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 1/2 Ton Open Top Utility 4×4; S/N KE181S604522; Blue, White roof/Black leather piped in White; Truck restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300 – 350/250hp, column shift automatic, BFG All Terrain T/A tires, fuel injection, Vintage air. – Represented as the original powertrain but rebuilt and fitted with fuel injection. Cosmetically restored but also received major attention to the steering a few years ago. The engine is tidy but the chassis is a little dirty and oxidized. The paint and chrome are good, and the interior looks fantastic with only mild use since being finished. A nice, honest, usable Blazer but not a prize winner. – And priced like one. This kind of money would have bought the world’s nicest K5 Blazer three or four years ago, but meteoric rises for vintage trucks like Broncos and Toyota FJs have inevitably seen similar vehicles like Blazers follow suit.
Lot # 467.1 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 2-Dr. Hardtop Holiday; S/N 578M07805; Black, White/Gray cloth; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500 – 371/300hp J2 triple carburetor engine, automatic, power steering and brakes, wheel covers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, dash clock, fender skirts. – Represented as matching numbers. Body-off restored a while ago and showing its age. The paint and chrome are presentable but a little tired. The door fit is a little erratic, and the interior is holding up very well other than mildly stretched upholstery. – In 1957 a J-2 Olds was cock of the walk with more power than a fuelie Chevy (but also more weight.) Nevertheless, they are rare and desirable cars even though there’s no way after a restoration to tell if the J-2 intake under the hood was how it began its life. The latter consideration does not seem to be reflected in this price which is full retail for an older restored J-2 Super 88 Holiday.
Lot # 474.1 1988 Porsche 928 S4 Coupe; S/N WP0JB0924JS861643; Cassis Red Metallic/Burgundy leather; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300 – 4,957/316hp, 5-speed, Toyo tires on the rear, Yokohamas up front, sunroof, tinted glass, power heated seats, Porsche Design touchscreen Bluetooth stereo, air conditioning. – From the Tyler Hoover (Hoovie’s Garage on YouTube) collection. Timing belt, water pump, and rear transaxle mounts done last year. Good paint with a handful of chips on the nose and hood, plus a few small chips in the windshield. The sunroof isn’t shut all the way. Very clean interior. A well cared for 928, represented with nearly $18,000 in service done in 2017. – Last year at this sale Barrett-Jackson sold the 928 from Risky Business for a record $2M. Even the most famous YouTubers aren’t Tom Cruise, though, and this car just sold on its condition/equipment rather than its ownership. This is a fair result, all things considered. That service from five years ago made a up a huge portion of the 928’s overall value, but that is the way of things with old semi-exotic cars like this. A few years ago the seller would have been hard-pressed to give away this 928 S4, even in such sound condition, but the 928’s quality and value have been steadily rising and today this is a realistic result even with the mismatched tires.
Lot # 477 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Pickup; S/N 3D3HA16H45G733004; Silver/Black leather with suede inserts; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – 506/500hp Viper V10, 6-speed manual with Hurst shifter, chromed wheels, aftermarket brakes, headers, cold air intake, tinted glass, bed cover, CD stereo. – Lightly modified and driven 24,328 miles, they weren’t hard miles but they weren’t necessarily easy, either, as CARFAX shows a minor, no airbag deployment, rear end collision in 2018. There are some chips in the paint and the underbody and brakes are a bit dirty, but this Viper pickup presents reasonably well even if it isn’t a collector-grade example. – With the Viper V10 engine and available manual, these RAM SRT-10s are awesome albeit completely ridiculous pickups, the likes of which nobody is going to build again. Clean, super-low mile ones have gotten expensive but this one was appropriately discounted for its history and condition, and for someone who wants to go out and roast rubber with a V10 soundtrack this is a decent deal.
Lot # 478 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Macho T/A” Coupe; S/N 2W87Z8L107446; White, Maroon/Red cloth; Original, modified for competition or performance 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 400/250hp, 4-speed with Hurst shifter, 3.42 Safe-T-Track, F41 suspension, WS6 package added, snowflake wheels, BFG Radial T/A tires, factory air conditioning, cassette stereo, power steering and brakes. – Represented as number 11 of 204 built in 1978, built by Mecham Design Performance. Looks largely original with fading front bumper that shows blemishes and scrapes. The screaming chicken and other decals are chipped and cracked but presentable. Repainted at some point with masking errors around the window, and here is a large touch up on the driver’s door. The interior is holding up very well and looks nearly new. A rare but used limited production Trans Am. – An attractive survivor, this Macho T/A sold at Mecum’s Dallas auction in 2017 for $35,200. “Macho” hasn’t had much exposure since then, and 250hp is not enough to get many people excited even early-Malaise Era although the full equipment list is attractive and should make an enjoyable weekend driver as well as having a good story to tell. It is a realistic buy in this transaction.
Lot # 488 1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe 35th Anniversary Coupe; S/N 1FAPP64R9LH171055; Black, Silver cladding, Blue pinstripe/Black leather, Gray suede; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,600 – 232/210hp supercharged V6, automatic, Goodyear Eagle tires, power windows, air conditioning, window sticker. – One of 3,371 Anniversary models sold, and surely one of the cleanest ones that’s still around. Showing 529 miles that are represented as actual and 30 of which were added this year. A time capsule car still riding on the original tires. The paint shows some detail scratching but that’s the only real sign of age. – The tenth generation Ford Thunderbird SC (which stands for Super Coupe, even though the Essex V6 is supercharged), was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1989, but that is not an award that guarantees classic status (see 1980’s winner, the Chevy Citation) and modern T-Bird’s haven’t captured enthusiast imagination in the same way other ’80s and ’90s sporty cars have. Even so, it was surprising to see a limited edition car with negligible mileage, exactly the sort of thing people have been throwing irrational money at for several years now, sell for as modest a price as this. If it was a Fox-body Mustang with 529 miles it probably would have brought double. It was bought realistically, but before its recognition and value takes off (if it ever does.)
Lot # 489 1959 Vespa 400 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 19571; Red/Blue, Gray vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 393/14hp two-stroke twin, 4-speed, wheel covers, whitewalls, wing mirrors, folding sunroof. – Quick respray with orange peel and particles in the finish, plus a few scratches and touch ups. A few scuffs in the top. Clean interior. Original windows. The windshield rubber doesn’t fit straight. A budget restoration on a budget classic. – With the tiny proportions but lovely styling, the red color and the retractable top, it’s pretty much impossible to think about owning and driving this car without phrases like “la Dolce Vita” coming to mind. The Vespa 400 was built under contract in France to the designs off Piaggio (Vespa’s parent company) from late 1957 to 1961 but was never built in large numbers and isn’t a common sight anywhere, especially the US. This one is usable (as usable as a car with 14 hp and a 51-mph top speed can be, anyway), has every bit as much personality as an Isetta, and sold for about what an Isetta in this condition would have. It’s a solid deal for both parties.
Lot # 491 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Alfred Dunhill Edition Volante; S/N SCFAA4126WK202462; Dunhill Silver Platinum/Charcoal leather piped in Grey; Black top; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 – 3200/335hp six, automatic, special wheels, Dunhill Millennium clock, special humidor compartment, tinted glass. – Represented as the 43rd of 150 Alfred Dunhill special editions. Mostly presents like a lightly used, lightly aged DB7 in condition appropriate to the 41,065 miles on its odometer but CARFAX reports damage to the left front in 2000 which is invisible today. – This car came to Mecum’s Houston sale two years ago and was a $32,000 no-sale. The DB7 isn’t the most desirable Aston and Alfred Dunhill isn’t exactly a household name outside the UK (it’s a cigars and luxury personal accessories brand, by the way), so all things considered it was an offer that should have been taken, especially with this bottom-dollar result from Barrett-Jackson as a reference.
Lot # 493 1993 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible; S/N 1FACP45E6PF164659; White/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – 302/205hp, 5-speed, luggage rack, factory cassette, power windows, brakes, steering, locks and driver’s seat, air conditioning. – All original, showing 46,332 miles, and pampered most of the way. There are a few blemishes in the paint and some dirt here and there but overall it looks rather clean. The interior looks great other than some light cracks in the weather stripping. This is an impressive final-year Fox-body, clean enough to be proud of but not so clean that you’d feel guilty driving it. – The range in value for late Fox-bodies like this is a big one, with perfect ones sometimes selling for 40 grand or more and drivers still available in the teens. This car’s condition falls somewhere in the middle and so does its price, but it could have brought a few more bids without being expensive.
Lot # 669 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Station Wagon 4×4; S/N 1J4GS5874KP102672; Gray/Burgundy leather; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500 – 360/144hp, automatic, Dayton narrow whitewalls tires, roof rack, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette, cruise control, power front seats, window sticker. – Proudly represented with 57,776 miles (a slightly higher 57,856 miles are showing), one Wyoming owner, and those are believable claims. Sold new in Wyoming, well cared for, and enjoyed that famously forgiving Western weather until this sale. The paint isn’t original and shows a little age. The windshield has many small rock chips. The wheels and brightwork show understandable age, and the underbody is remarkably clean, especially for an `80s Jeep. The interior looks fantastic, with extremely good leather for the age plus all-new weather stripping. Restored Grand Wagoneers can bring big money, but for certain people this one’s preservation is all the more impressive. – And such people were clearly on the ground in Houston. While this isn’t a world record, it’s a huge result and more than some cleaner, lower-mile or restored Grand Wagoneers have sold for recently. Still not as much as a new one, but the seller should nevertheless be thrilled.
Lot # 679 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible; S/N 9F94Q511416; Medium Blue Metallic/White leather; White vinyl top; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800 – 428/335hp CJ, floor shift automatic, Firestone Wide Oval tires, boot cover, original invoice and window sticker, Elite Marti Report, window sticker and original invoice documented. – Rare Cobra Jet Cougar. Tidy restored engine but the underbody shows more age. Good but older paint and chrome. Uneven door gaps. Light wear to the seats and carpets. The gauges are also a little cloudy and the switchgear is lightly worn. A fast, comfortable cruiser showing age but good care. – A neat car in attractive colors, rather lavishly appointed for a muscle car and thoughtfully maintained for years. It is a solid value at this price.
Lot # 680 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Convertible; S/N 446670H141108; Aqua Mist/Pearl White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $88,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,800 – 455/360hp, automatic with horseshoe shifter, Rallye wheels, red line tires, console. bucket seats, power steering, power brakes, tilt steering column, Sonomatic radio, window sticker and Sloan Museum documented. – Fully restored in 2021, reportedly with many NOS parts. The engine bay is flawless. The paint, chrome and interior look fantastic. Not overdone, but restored to appropriately high standards for one of Buick’s top muscle cars. – Reported sold for $101,200 at Mecum Glendale earlier this year making the result here extremely disappointing to the seller but representing a very good value for the new owner.
Lot # 684 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Sport Convertible; S/N 161001088; Light Metallic Green/Light Green leather; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500 – 161/90hp Willys six, 3-speed with overdrive, wheel covers BFG Silvertown whitewalls. – Represented as the 88th of 435 built. Not much history represented but restored at some point. The paint looks good from a distance but shows prep issues up close like a few small bubbles and particles in the finish all cover. The body sides look a bit lumpy, while the chrome and brightwork are aged. The windshield is also painted an incorrect black, and there are holes drilled in the frame where a mirror should be. The interior shows light age, and the gauges look original. An oddball American fiberglass sports car that slightly predated the Corvette but today is remembered by few. While this one is less than perfect, it’s inherently interesting. – The Kaiser Darrin has never been renowned for its performance or its styling, but it is famous for its “pocket doors” that slide forward behind the front fenders. Neither the doors nor the rest of the car caught on, but they’re relatively collectible as an early and distinctive piece of American sports car history. Quality restorations or examples with desirable period performance upgrades are six-figure cars, but the 80K range for this one is about right. It could have brought more without being particularly expensive, but this wasn’t a steal.
Lot # 687 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 2-Dr. Station Wagon; S/N VC57K124351; Black/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000 – 283/250hp Fuelie, Powerglide, wheel covers, whitewalls, power windows, WonderBar radio, power steering, power brakes, power seat. – Restored but not represented as matching numbers. Good older paint with a light blemish on the left front. Straight, flat, flush fitting panels. Very clean, lightly run engine and underbody. Very good interior. Honest, straightforward Nomad with most of the options you’d want. – Back in 1957 Fuelie Nomads were rare, if any were built at all. Without at least an engine number to work with even an inference of original configuration is impossible. This is a nearly gorgeous example, restored to very high standards and barely used, if at all. It is a credit to the restorer’s trade and, while the Hagerty Price Guide may quibble about its value, it is a magnificent showpiece that brought only a modest premium. It is a Nomad to be owned proudly.
Lot # 700.1 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage I 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 446370H121924; Fireglow Pearl/White vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000 – 455/360hp, automatic with horseshoe shifter, Rallye wheels, Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, power steering, power brakes, 3.64 Limited Slip, power windows, Sonomatic radio. – One of two factory prototype show cars, 13,501 miles. The color is reportedly unique to this one car among GS 455s. Both were saved from destruction by an Ohio dealer on agreement that they wouldn’t be sold, they were sold. Today it wears an older restoration and shows little age, as it has mostly been treated like the important little piece of Buick muscle car history that it is. – For what one would think to be a cherished muscle car, this Buick sure has popped up for sale a lot. It was a $125,000 no-sale at Mecum Indy 2011, followed $120,000 no-sales at Dallas 2017 and Indy 2018, a $95,000 no-sale at Dallas 2019, then sold for a startlingly low $60,500 at Kissimmee 2020 and sold for $123,000 on Bring a Trailer last year. This is another surprisingly modest result for a car that has proven to attract six-figure bids but also, as a prototype, a hard car to value.
Lot # 709 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23J9G191840; Jamaica Blue Metallic, Matte Black hood stripes/White vinyl; Recent restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200 – 426/425hp Hemi, Coyote Duster cold air intake, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, electronic ignition, hub caps, Goodyear red line tires, console, Hurst shifter. – “Period-correct” Hemi, not matching numbers, but restored to high, not excessive standards relatively recently and clean top to bottom with no major issue. – The VIN calls out the 426 Hemi and having a Mopar Hemi with a “period-correct” engine is more the rule than the exception this quality restored Road Runner car sold c-h-e-a-p. It is going to be a blast to own, drive and melt tires with, particularly with the 4-speed. Coupled with the bargain price it brought here the new owner can be very satisfied indeed.
Lot # 735 2005 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90SX5Y401324; Yellow, Black stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – 330/800hp with Whipple 245 supercharger, 6-speed, SCT power flash, Ford Racing exhaust, HRE Wheels, Michelin tires. – CARFAX shows this GT as a total loss in January 2020, and it reportedly received its performance mods about 1,000 miles ago. It also has a relatively high 13,017 miles on it. It truly hasn’t led the typical careful storage and static display life of a Ford GT. Its presentation, though, is still one of a lightly used exotic. – Condition aside, given the title history and the extensive mods, this is the closest thing to a “#4” Ford GT that we’re likely to see for a while. And it sold for about #4 money. But the new owner also gets a usable GT that they can drive around or track without feeling guilty, plus they get the extra kick in the back from all the engine mods. This is a carefully-calibrated result balancing the 2005 Ford GT’s inherent value against the total loss history and $40,000 in modifications and upgrades. The new owner’s challenge is to manage the lavish performance without turning it into a total loss accident vehicle again.
Lot # 745 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Convertible; S/N WDDAK76F38M001804; Crystal Laurite Silver Metallic/Black leather; Black top; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $275,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $302,500 – 5,439/617hp supercharged dual intercooled V-8, AMG Speedshift R 5-speed automatic, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber seats, Bose premium audio, many M-B bells and whistles. – Represented with just 3,210 miles but also suffered damage from an electrical fire, according to the CARFAX. Other than a tiny scuff on the soft top, though, this looks like a new car, as many of these SLR McLarens still do. Serviced last December. – This car started at about half a million dollars when new, but unlike many of its other early 2000s exotic peers, these SLR McLarens still trade hands for under their original cost and values haven’t done much, relatively speaking. This one sold in Scottsdale back in 2016, before the fire, for $396,000. It was discounted reasonably here for the red flag, and for a value-minded buyer who wants one of these to enjoy on long high-speed drives and isn’t as worried about collectability, this was a sensible deal. [Laurite, should you be curious, is “an opaque, black metallic ruthenium sulfide mineral RuS2…. white to gray or bluish in polished section.]
Lot # 756 2006 Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe; S/N ZHWBU26S26LA01881; Black/Black; Black leather and Alcantara top; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $152,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $167,200 – 6,192/580hp V-12, 6-speed paddle shift, black wheels and calipers, Pirelli P Zero tires, air conditioning, power windows and locks, custom CD stereo, front lift, rear spoiler. – Mileage not shown or disclosed, although it was listed at Lamborghini Dallas recently with 7,400 miles. No service history represented, either. Numerous small rock chips on the front, and slightly cloudy headlight lenses. Clean otherwise, but those flaws up front are noticeable on an exotic car that is often clean and pampered. – A reasonably modest price for an exotic V12 car with a premium badge in this day and age. 580 horsepower isn’t as impressive as it was in 2006, but all things considered this is a reasonable number for a fairly common Italian exotic.
Lot # 757 2019 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 2FAGP9CWXKH200046; Matte Black, Silver stripes/Black, Red; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $990,000 – 213/647hp, black wheels, silver calipers. – 5300 and mostly presents like new. The matte black paint and stripes alone cost an extra $45,000 out of the $98,350 in additional options this car reportedly came with. CARFAX shows damage in 2019, that was reportedly a scuffed front corner in the clear film, a scuff to the headlamp, scuff to the carbon-fiber chin spoiler, and the car was sent back to the Ford GT Multimatic assembly plant and repaired for $23,844.51. Sounds minor and probably was despite the hefty repair bill, and the Houston bidders paid that minor blemish on the car’s history little mind. This is roughly the going rate for a new GT lately. – Put in perspective, suppose you scuffed the corner of your 2019 Mustang getting into your garage? $23,844.51 would not just repair it, it would damn near buy you a pristine replacement, but “if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.” One should wonder how many recent Ford GTs have been damaged by careless or inexperienced owners and never reported to the insurance company? Honest paid off for this GT’s seller with an “I don’t care: it’s been fixed correctly” price.
Lot # 779 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242379R184214; Mayfair Maize, Judge graphics, black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500 – 400/366hp Ram Air III, automatic, Rally II wheels, fog lights, spoiler, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, PHS documents. – Represented with one repaint, and it’s a clean one. The engine looks newer and lightly run. Newer exhaust. Original window frames and glass. Clean tight roof vinyl and good, lightly worn interior. – The B-J bidders were skeptical about the description of this Judge which waffled about its original Ram Air III-ness (“equipped with Ram Air heads and exhaust manifolds”, “and correct casting codes”.) Also described as a [PHS] “verified Judge”. Nowhere was it stated plainly, “this is a real Ram Air III Judge”. It is a seriously impressive Judge in a charismatic color, however, and will be proudly driven and shown locally and give value at this price.
Lot # 781.1 1956 Continental Mark II Coupe; S/N C56H3256; Blue/White, Light Blue leather; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000 – 368/285hp, automatic, wheel covers, Firestone wide whitewalls, power windows, Town and Country radio, leather covered dash. – Represented with some recent restoration work including new dash and restore gauges, new shocks, new brakes and tires, and new underbody paint. The body paint is older but not failing. Same with the chrome. Slightly erratic panel fit, and delaminating around the edges of the quarter windows. Beautiful interior other than mild pitting on the steering wheel. A usable, pretty Continental Mark II, but only a driver. – This is a 3+ price for a 3+ Continental Mark II, a fabulously complicated and expensive car to restore, or even to maintain, with parts that are becoming unobtanium. Its presentation is encouraging and obviously prior owners have given it love and attention as needed even if some of it is a departure from how it was built. The price it brought here is a realistic compromise of its many attributes, not least being one of the prettiest and most exclusive cars built in the U.S. in the Fifties.
Lot # 788 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III Convertible; S/N H8YG404535; Presidential Black/Tan leather; Black top; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500 – 430/375hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, boot cover, fender skirts, power steering, power breezeway window, power seat, Town and Country radio, dash clock. – Special order paint and reportedly ordered new by King Baudouin I of Belgium, who reigned from 1951 to 1993, and used as a parade car. Since restored at some point. The paint is decent but older and there is a handful of small scrapes near the left headlight. The Continental badges also don’t fit flush on the body. The wheels and underbody also show significant age, but the interior looks mostly great with minor wrinkling to the leather. A reasonably well-kept example of the massive Continental Mark III with some neat royal history. – The Mark III Continental is longer than a Ford Excursion and weighs over 5,000 pounds, but all that heft doesn’t translate to big value over the comparable Cadillacs of the era. Even so, this one got a lot of attention and a strong price, probably as much for its clean presentation as its association with a Belgian King, since Baudouin I is no Elizabeth II.
Lot # 793 1972 Porsche 911T Targa; S/N 9112110891; Black/Black leatherette; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700 – 2,341/157hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Pirelli tires, lowered to European ride height. – Tired paint with light scratching and fisheyes. Lightly scratched window frames. Good but aged interior. Represented with $7,500 in recent mechanical service. A presentable, but driver quality, 911 T. – At one time a car like this, a base T model recently sorted mechanically but a little tired mechanically, would have been a fine choice for someone looking to get into a classic 911 at a modest price. Alas, there just isn’t a realistic way to get into a good early 911 for a modest price anymore, and this on-market result shows it.
Lot # 797 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser OJ55 Bandeirante Pickup; S/N 9BR0J0060L1007018; Verde Claro/Tan leather piped in Black; Truck restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200 – Mercedes 3,758/85hp diesel engine, 4-speed manual, aftermarket air conditioning, aftermarket radio, teak wood floor mats and bed floor liner. – Recently restored to truck standards with some trim and fasteners overlooked but an overall very good presentation. Really stands out in a crowd of classic trucks, even other Land Cruisers. – Brazil was the first place where Toyotas were built outside Japan, and starting in 1968 the “Bandeirante” (“scout” in Portuguese) model with Mercedes diesel power was introduced for that market. And although Toyota stopped building the original 40-series Land Cruiser most of us know in 1984, 40-series Bandeirantes kept on rolling off the line in Brazil until 2001. This is a rarely seen (in this country, anyway) truck restored to higher standards than many South American Land Cruisers we see brought to auction for a quick flip. This wasn’t lost on the bidders in Houston, who put up a price fair to the rarity and quality.