2018 marked Barrett-Jackson’s eleventh year in Las Vegas and posted (by a 2% whisker) its highest sale total ever for this venue.
The showmanship and free-spending atmosphere that pervades Las Vegas ideally complements the showmanship and free-spending atmosphere of Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions, a symbiotic relationship that, as the results show, works.
They cram 700 cars onto the Mandalay Bay property. To all intents and purposes they sell all of them even when, as in 2018, there’s a smattering of cars with reserves. There were only three lots with reserves this year and all of them sold.
B-J also put six charity lots, sold without buyer’s commission, in the sold column, raising a total of $1,094,500 for causes including Paralyzed Veterans of America, Project Road Warrior Foundation, American Heart Association (three lots) and Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
This report is delayed due to a travel schedule in October that included three weekends on the road. Another catch-up report for Mecum’s October 4-6 Dallas auction is in the pipeline along with a report from RM’s Porsche 70th Anniversary sale in Atlanta October 27.
Andrew Newton attended and provided the on-site observations and photos. The final comments are my responsibility. The 80 cars described are sorted here by Marque, Year and Model.
Lot # 471 1991 Acura NSX Coupe; S/N JH4NA1159MT000245; Formula Red, Black roof/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – Alloy wheels, Yokohama tires, factory stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Showing 20,827 believable miles. Very light wrinkling to the seats. A handful of tiny chips and scratches on the front. Otherwise a great car. A collector-grade early NSX, but the mileage isn’t so low that you’d feel guilty taking it out for a drive. – NSXs never really got cheap, so most of them have been very well taken care of despite the fact that VTEC Hondas can take a lot of abuse. Values have been on the rise for the past few years, even for driver quality examples, but this was on the modest side and it would have been reasonable to expect 50 grand here.
Lot # 372 1997 Acura Integra Type-R Hatchback; S/N JH4DC2313VS002862; Championship White/Black; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800 – Power windows, limited-slip, factory stereo. – 1,191 miles, one owner, bone stock and like new. They never sent very many of these Type-Rs to the States to begin with (just 3,850 total, and just 320 in 1997), and given all the ones that got modded, wrecked or just beat on, this one is a unicorn. – The Integra Type-R cost about 38 grand new, adjusted for inflation. But even though it was expensive, plenty of them led the hard life of a front-drive hot Honda or at least saw regular use. Low-mile stock Type-Rs have been trading in the low-40s for the past year or so, which makes this result for a truly like-new one seem a little less extravagant. The Las Vegas bidders realized they were on to something unusual and fought for the privilege of owning it. Putting more than a few miles a year on it will devastate the value, as will any modifications.
Lot # 66.1 1966 American Motors Rambler Classic 770 Convertible; S/N A6KC75H107862; Antique Red/Red cloth; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $10,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $11,550 – 287/190hp upgraded with a 4-barrel, automatic, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bucket seats, console, floor shift, boot cover, factory air conditioning, pushbutton AM-FM radio. – Tired, crazed and cracked original paint. Tired original chrome. Light fading on the dash top but mostly good original interior. Solid underneath other than pretty ratty looking exhaust. A loaded and interesting car represented with 52,996 miles and two family owned from new. It’s not that unusual in this dry part of the world to see an old car still going strong like this, but for a Rambler it’s pretty special. – Show up at Cars ‘n’ Coffee behind the wheel of this Rambler Classic 770 convertible with a strong probability it’ll be the only non-Javelin or -AMX in the parking lot. Its sound, if aged, condition means it can be driven without fearing the occasional bird dropping. It is a sound value in an unusual car for this price.
Lot # 786 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 Roadster; S/N HBT7L16819; Red, Black hardtop/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – Triple Webers, 5-speed, centerlock wire wheels, hardtop, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob. – Several cracks and long scratches throughout the paint on the body. The paint on the hardtop is pretty rough, and the windows are scratched up as well. Reasonably tidy but used underneath. Pretty worn seats, but no serious cracking. A driver, featuring some tasteful mods. – Bought appropriately without much attention paid either way to the Webers and 5-speed. It’s a driver BT7 bought for driver money.
Lot # 655.1 2001 Bentley Azure Convertible Coupe; S/N SCBZK22E61CX62533; White/White; Dark Blue top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200 – Alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control. – Oddly worn seat belt buckles and shifter. Touch up on the right rear. Light discoloration on the seats that might clean out. Some flaws in the wood on top of the doors. Light scratches on the front bumper. All that aside, it’s pretty well kept and really grabs your attention like it just rolled out of a rap video. Your favorite color really better be white, though. – These cars were well past 300 grand when new. While the luxury tech on the inside may be a bit dated, the style isn’t and it makes a big statement. This result is roughly in line with what similar cars are going for these days.
Lot # 705 1965 Buick Riviera GS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 494475H941045; Verde Green/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000 – 425/360hp, dual quads, automatic, red line tires, bucket seats, floor shift, console, factory air conditioning, tilt steering column, power seat, power windows, cruise control, rear defroster. – Represented as matching numbers. Restored but used engine bay with a little dirt and grime. Good older paint and chrome. Newer seats, carpets and door panels, but the rest of the interior looks original. Restored about 10 years ago and not a show car, but doesn’t have any major needs, either. – This Riviera GS is rare, but perhaps not as rare as the result here indicates. Still, for a collector of Buick muscle looking to complete a collection it isn’t lightly passed up, and this is the pretty Riviera, not the later bloated ones.
Lot # 77 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900 Convertible; S/N 30967W236082; Burgundy/Black vinyl; Black top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $10,450 – 164/95hp, Powerglide, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, boot cover, later stereo. – Really rough old paint and original brightwork. Road wear and oxidation underneath. Paint coming off the wheels. Good original interior. Pretty straight body and even gaps. Single family owned but stored for many years. Supposedly serviced recently. Everything is there and it’s a pretty solid foundation, but it’s a pretty tired car. – It’s also a pretty astute buy that leaves the new owner with some money left over to start taking care of some of the car’s more immediate and obvious needs.
Lot # 419 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan; S/N 41111L166124; Ermine White/Aqua vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 – L33 409/340hp, 4-speed, hub caps, bench seat, floor shift, tach. – Not represented as matching numbers, and has no readable engine number. Clean and fully restored but lightly used engine bay. Tired, slightly dull older chrome and brightwork. Clean underneath with new exhaust. Very good paint. The original steering wheel and the tach are a bit faded, but the interior is mostly fantastic. Fully restored and done recently enough, but not perfect. – This car hammered not sold at a $33,000 high bid at Mecum Portland this year, the same as the realistic price here so the bidders have spoken twice in quick succession with rare unanimity.
Lot # 775.1 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194376S111738; Laguna Blue/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $69,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $75,900 – 427/390hp L36 engine, 4-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, gold line tires, power brakes, factory air conditioning, side exhaust. – Represented as a matching numbers, CA, TX and FL car. Tidy unrestored but maintained engine bay with the original smog equipment. Good older paint and chrome. Light scratches on the exhaust surrounds. Long scratch on the driver’s door. Very good interior that looks original. A well-kept and unrestored early big-block coupe. – Sold for less than what a freshly restored one would bring, but this car has had a repaint and new chrome, so there wasn’t a big premium for originality. Nevertheless, it could have sold for a little more without being expensive and is a good value for the money in this transaction.
Lot # 386.1 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124377L140449; Marina Blue, Black vinyl roof/Black, White vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,850 – 350/295hp L48 engine, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, hidden headlights, power brakes, Hurst shifter, console, later radio. – Used older restored engine bay. The paint doesn’t have any big blemishes, but it’s older and was never very high quality to begin with. Good, straight roof vinyl. Pretty poor panel gaps. Good interior that was restored other than the dash and gauges. Represented as a real RS/SS but not as matching numbers. Restored years ago and a little tired, but nothing bad. – This car sold for $32,670 at Mecum LA back in February, which seems like a more realistic number and makes this result an absolute home run for the seller. This price could have bought a better first-year Camaro.
Lot # 747 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S117849; Goodwood Green, White stinger/Black; Black top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $147,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $161,700 – 427/390hp L36 engine, 4-speed, Positraction, power brakes, Rally wheels, red line tires, side exhaust, tinted windshield, two tops, transistor ignition. – Nearly spotless fully restored engine bay. Equally clean underneath. Light scratches on the exhaust surrounds. Very good paint, chrome and interior but nothing is over the top and there is some wear on interior trim and switchgear. Very well equipped and attractive, but probably not the NCRS Top Flight car it was a few years ago. – Very strong money, but this car ticks a lot of the right boxes for Corvette collectors and the Vegas bidders were willing to pay for it. It shows the effect of Saturday Prime Time placement, bringing more than double the $75,900 achieved by a ’66 L36 coupe a few hours later.
Lot # 488 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 138678K168863; Tripoli Turquoise, White, Black/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,250 – 396/325hp, Hydramatic, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, power steering, power brakes, power top, bucket seats, horseshoe shifter, later cassette stereo, rally gauges. – Not represented as matching numbers engine (has a ’67 396/325 in it) but has the original transmission and supposedly born a true SS. Small chip on the hood and another one on the driver’s door but mostly very good high quality paint and chrome. Good newer top with a few small light scuffs. Very good restored interior. Light road wear underneath. Great colors and solid quality work on an SS that, without matching numbers, is better suited to a driver rather than a high dollar collector. – Certainly still a car to be proud of even if the numbers don’t match, and this was a fair price that takes into account what this Chevelle is and what it isn’t. It sold here way back in 2005 with a nearly fresh restoration for $41,580.
Lot # 668.1 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194678S422607; International Blue, Black vinyl hardtop/Blue vinyl; White top; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800 – 437/390hp L36 engine, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, two tops, tinted glass, Positraction, AM/FM radio. – Represented as matching numbers, 51,630 miles from new and documented with the original tank sticker. Recent service. Good repaint with a few small cracks around the headlight doors. Some scuffs around where the hardtop fits. Original interior with lightly worn seatbelts and a few carpet stains plus wear to the switchgear, but mostly good. Unrestored and tidy underneath. A solid first year big-block C3, unrestored because it never needed to be. – For somebody who wants a big-block C3 to actually go out on a sunny day and enjoy rather than take to shows, this is a good honest example, and it was rightly afforded a solid price by the bidders in Vegas. A fair result for both sides.
Lot # 360 1970 Chevrolet K10 1/2 Ton Fleetside Pickup 4×4; S/N KE140Z111145; Light Blue, White roof/Black vinyl with Blue houndstooth cloth; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,950 – 350/255hp, automatic, Rally wheels, All Terrain T/A tires, 6” lift, Bilstein shocks, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, auxiliary fuel tanks, factory tach. – Very clean underneath (and easy to see with the lift.) Good chrome, decent quality respray with no blemishes but some orange peel in spots. Pretty good original brightwork. Brand new tires. Very good almost fully restored interior other than some of the switchgear. A lot of eyeball with these colors and lift kit, this well-equipped K10 got lots of attention and is a gorgeous truck. – A strong but not excessive price for a K10 that deserved all the attention it got.
Lot # 132 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Heavy Chevy 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 1C37J2L570753; Pewter Silver, White/Green vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700 – 350/200hp, 4-speed, Radial T/A tires, hood pins, floor shift, factory radio, bench seat. – Good older repaint. Slightly dull but presentable original brightwork. A few paint cracks around the windshield. Very good original interior other than dull switchgear. Some road wear and oxidation underneath but it’s mostly quite good. Remarkably well kept and still too good to restore. – Sold by Mecum at Indy four months ago for nearly the same price, $29,150 all-in, the Heavy Chevy was a brief attempt to make marketing lemonade out of the lemons of engine output restrictions. It’s actually a pretty good driving, handling car with the small block engine, an attractive combination here at this price.
Lot # 323 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe; S/N 1Q87L9N591155; White, Blue/Light Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500 – 350/175hp with performance cam, heads and headers, 4-speed, Positraction, Radial T/A tires, spoilers, later Sony CD stereo. – Rebuilt engine. Some chips on the nose but mostly good paint. Tired interior with cracks in the console, worn steering wheel and dull switchgear. The seats, though, are actually pretty good. Tidy underneath but definitely some road wear. A rare 4-speed car and the rebuilt engine is reassuring, but otherwise just another unremarkable late `70s Z. – A neat, honest vintage cruiser for somebody on a budget who may have fond memories of these cars when they were new, and bought at a price both parties can be happy with.
Lot # 64 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 1G1AY0787E5116422; Bright Red/Red leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – 350/205hp, automatic, power seats. – Light detail scratches in the paint and light wrinkling to the seats, original throughout, even the tires. Represented with 6,789 miles and about as close to a new `84 as it gets. – First-year C4s are not particularly great cars, and most of their issues were fixed in later model years that can be bought for essentially the same money. Its main appeal is that it’s the first year, and low-mile examples like this are mostly destined to round out a large Corvette collection rather than for driving. This was a really big price for an ’84, but its level of preservation does make it a standout and the originality premium is rational.
Lot # 384 1984 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Custom Deluxe Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N 1G8EK18H1EF143182; Black, Silver/Gray cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – 305/160hp, automatic, Hankook tires, roof rack, bucket seats, console, air conditioning, tilt steering column, power locks, cruise control, cassette stereo, XM, power windows, steering and brakes. – Very clean underneath. Fantastic original paint and interior, really only light general wear to point out. A nearly like-new K5 Blazer, and that is really not something you come across every day. – This rather amazing survivor was given an appropriate premium for its preservation and originality. Blazers have lagged behind the equivalent Broncos in terms of rising prices, but they’re on the way up. This is an advantageous purchase.
Lot # 341 1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe; S/N 1G1YZ23J9P5800259; Polo Green/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,850 – 350/406hp, 6-speed, saw blade wheels, Nitto tires, CD stereo, glass and solid top panels. – Lots of light detail scratching in the paint. Tidy underneath. Light wrinkling to the driver’s seat but good interior. Not insignificant mileage for a ZR-1 and not quite a collector grade example given the 33,775 miles represented, but clearly very well cared for. – C4 ZR-1s haven’t caught on in the collector car market as much as one might think, and prices have even dipped over the past couple of years. This one sold appropriately for where prices are currently.
Lot # 814 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 1G1BL52P2SR138203; Black/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300 – 350/260hp, automatic, alloy wheels, Comp T/A tires, tinted glass. – Represented as 23,240 miles, remarkably well kept and nearly like new aside from light detail scratching and light wear to the driver’s seat. – Once an overlooked sleeper, these LT1-powered Impala SSs have seen values rise by quite a bit over the past two or three years. They’ve flattened out more recently, though, and the modest result for this quite good example suggests that they’re done growing. This is a lot of performance and comfort for the money and the LT1 is easily upgraded to well over 300hp.
Lot # 804 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS 35th Anniversary Convertible; S/N 2G1FP32G322120922; Red, Silver stripes/Black; Black top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 – 346/325hp, automatic, SLP intake, aftermarket exhaust. – 728 miles and like new. Has the window sticker and everything. It’s a little odd that someone would bother to put intake and exhaust on a car and then never drive it. – High-performance fourth gen Camaros seem to have stopped depreciating but still aren’t worth all that much in most cases. With three digits on the odometer, this car is likely destined for a life of display in big collections, but at this price it’s still well under what it cost new.
Lot # 185 2005 Chevrolet SSR Pickup; S/N 1GCES14H45B118635; Redline Red/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $21,450 – 364/390hp, 6-speed. – With the LS2 engine and the 6-speed, this is the most desirable configured SSR, but with 36,000 miles and some visible wear on the seats (especially on the driver’s side bolster), it’s not quite a collector-grade example. – The SSR was too much pickup truck for sports car people and too much sports car for pickup truck people. It never sold well, and it won’t win any beauty contests. They do have a loyal following and a 44-mile example (Lot 430) sold for a very strong $52,800, but the four other ones offered including this one brought pretty modest prices.
Lot # 685 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 1G1YU2D69G5700042; Corvette Racing Yellow, Black/Jet Black suede; Unrestored original, 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700 – Paddle shift 8-speed automatic, carbon fiber roof package, luggage set, heated seats, navigation system and pretty much every other high tech performance, comfort and entertainment doohickey known to GM. – 1400 miles and like new. – A C7 Z06 is still just about the most performance per dollar you can buy. MSRP on these in 2016 was about 80 grand, so the buyer here wisely let somebody else take the hit on depreciation and nevertheless basically bought a brand new Z.
Lot # 118 1966 Chrysler 300 Convertible; S/N CM27G63178797; Dark Blue/Dark Blue leather; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – 383/325hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, power windows, steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, dash clock, tach, bucket seats, console. – Some of the brightwork is quite pitted. Sound but older paint and chrome. Fairly tired original wheels and oxidized frame. Newer seats but the rest of the interior is original and sound. Represented as 31,073 miles and a casual driver in its current condition, but one with a lot of eyeball and you don’t often see 300s of this vintage any more. – First, recognize that this isn’t a 300 “letter car”. In 1965 the performance connotation of “Chrysler 300” disappeared, and a year later it was this attractive but ordinary Chrysler with 300 badging and a 383 under the hood. The B-J bidders knew the difference, paying an appropriate price for a mundane car.
Lot # 104.1 1964 Dodge WM300 1 Ton Power Wagon Pickup 4×4; S/N 6182928604; Green, White roof/White, Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – Dual mirrors, bench seat, floor shift, factory radio, Warn locking front hubs. – A Fargo Power Wagon, meaning it was sold up in Canada. Iffy paint with orange peel and particles in it. Slightly wavy body sides. Mostly restored engine bay. Recent undercoating underneath. Uneven gaps. Good interior. A truck restoration, but even by those standards it’s a little rough around the edges. – This result may have a little extra money thrown in for the cachet of being a Fargo, but otherwise it is fair and takes into account this Power Wagon’s inconsistent presentation but basically solid foundation.
Lot # 720 1966 Dodge Charger Fastback; S/N XP29H61309756; Yellow/White vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800 – 426/425hp dual quad Hemi, automatic, power brakes, power steering, Sure Grip axle, Magnum 500 wheels, red line tires, bucket seats, console, console mounted tach, AM radio, Govier Report and ownership documents. – Good single repaint. Lightly aged but presentable original brightwork. Fresh undercoating on the chassis. Very good mostly restored interior, although the upholstery is represented as mostly original. Fully restored engine bay. Not done top to bottom, but thoroughly presentable, got attention when needed, and very desirably equipped. – This car has done just 14 miles since it sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale two years ago for $86,900 and is in essentially the same condition, so this much lower result was surprising.
Lot # 181 1977 Dodge W150 Macho Pickup; S/N W14BF7S172030; Yellow, Black/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050 – 440 Six Pack engine, aftermarket wheels, All Terrain T/A tires, factory pushbutton 8-track radio, column shift, power steering, power brakes, 3-inch lift. – Clean and restored underneath. Scratched up grille. Very good paint. The bed is a little dirty but would clean up just fine. Lightly scratched original glass. Very good mostly restored interior. The most attention-grabbing truck in the place, it’s hard not to like it. – Restored to good enough standards for what it is, it’s a lot of character per dollar at this price. It also sold for a very similar $28,600 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2017, so the money paid seems appropriate.
Lot # 63 1990 Dodge Ramcharger 150 S Sport Utility Vehicle; S/N 3B4GE17Z4LM050196; Silver/Gray cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,750 – 360/190hp, automatic, dual exhaust, factory air conditioning, alloy wheels, tow package. – Scratched up grille. Chips and scratches on the hood. Some scuffs on the right side of the body. The chassis looks like it was undercoated at some point. Very good interior, especially given the 104,041 miles showing. A largely forgotten vehicle that would give good account of itself in the field. – Sold for $13,375 at the GAA auction in Greensboro six months ago, just $375 less than its final price here, remarkably consistent for a sometimes fickle auction market.
Lot # 92.1 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible; S/N W9UR738747; President Red/Black And Red; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,250 – 361/303hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts. – Dull older respray and chrome. Chips around the door edges and a long scratch near the right side mirror. Dull original brightwork. Good replacement top with a few small stains, but the top frame is unrestored and looks rough. Light pitting and dullness to the interior trim but nothing too bad. Thick old undercoating underneath. A presentable but neglected Edsel. – Even in this rather sad condition the appeal of an Edsel is worth more and the price could have been much more without being unreasonable. This is a good value.
Lot # 505 1985 Excalibur Series IV Phaeton; S/N 1XAPF4310EM848171; Beige, Tan/Tan leather; Tan vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – Michelin narrow whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, dual spotlights. – Dirty but maintained engine bay. Fairly tired brightwork. Older repaint with orange peel. Good top. Wrinkled and lightly cracking seats. Worn steering wheel and switchgear. Any Excalibur will draw your eye, but this is very much just a used one despite having 55,618 miles.. – Who buys these? Someone, apparently, and this is what a Series IV Excalibur in this kind of neglected and aged condition is worth.
Lot # 701 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS Targa; S/N ZFFWA20B000063509; Black/Red leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700 – Dunlop tires, custom seats and interior trim, Sparco suede-wrapped steering wheel. – Delaminating windshield. Several chips and scratches on the nose. Scratches on the mirrors. Maintained but used engine bay. Good fresh interior, but the custom touches won’t be to everyone’s taste. Represented with an engine-out service done at 34,800 miles. The odometer now reads 43,581. A driver 328. – Really quite expensive for a 328 with significant mileage and custom touches. Those touches might not have been for everyone, but the people in Vegas apparently really liked them.
Lot # 660.1 1998 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta Coupe; S/N ZFFXR41A3W0112904; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500 – 6-speed. – Light wear and flat spots on the seats as well as a large smudge on the passenger’s side (evidence of an “OH Shit!” moment?) Good original paint. A solid used 355 showing 16,570 claimed original miles with a binder of service records from new and represented with a September Ferrari dealer service. – This seems like big money for an imperfect 355, but the 6-speed manual cars can command a premium to the tune of 30 grand in some cases, which makes this result reasonable.
Lot # 432 2000 Ferrari 456 M GTA Coupe 2+2; S/N ZFFWP50A0Y0121328; Gold/Camel leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900 – Automatic. – 18,537 miles. Babied in typical Ferrari fashion. Nothing to pick on and only light wrinkling to the driver’s seat. – Not sold at a $47,500 at Mecum Indy in 2012, then at Auctions America Ft. Lauderdale in 2017 for $50,000. It was time for it go away and even though the gold exterior is oh, so Vegas, it slipped away at an economical price.
Lot # 336 1938 Ford Cab-Over Cab and Chassis; S/N 184567046; Red/Red; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 – Pop-out windshield, spare tire, bucket seats, cab and chassis only, no cargo body. – Slightly dull older paint but fully restored a while ago and judged well at Early Ford V-8 meets, earning a Dearborn award. It has a lot of eyeball and is essentially like new, just showing some age. – Comparables for this Ford are non-existent, lending the mantle of authority to the bidders here at B-J Las Vegas.
Lot # 775 1941 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon; S/N 186301246; Cayuga Blue, Wood/Brown; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300 – Hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, rear-mounted spare, amber fog lights, column shift, radio. – Light detail scratches in a quality older repaint. Good older wood that’s a bit tired but still presentable. Heavily scratched up rear glass and a crack on the left side. Uneven gaps. Sound older restored interior. An older restoration in solid driver condition. – Sold at Gooding & Company at Amelia Island last year for $66,000. Woodie buyers must have been at the casino when this usable Ford woodie crossed the block and the buyer got a sound deal that put a major hurting on the seller who never should have though a car could be bought at Gooding and turned over 18 months later without getting bitten.
Lot # 48 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N B1MP124255; Black/Gray vinyl, Black cloth; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200 – 239/100hp, 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, sun visor, dual wing mirrors, dual spotlight, amber fog lights, fender skirts, side exhaust, column shift, factory radio, dash clock. – Very good chrome. Sound shiny paint with some light detail scratching. Imperfect gaps. Very good interior. Fully loaded, sinister looking body-off restored Custom Deluxe, it’s really cool even if it isn’t quite a show car. – A really good buy considering all the work that has gone into this car, which is probably at least twice as much as the purchase price here. It could have brought a lot closer to 20 grand without being expensive.
Lot # 350 1951 Ford F-1 Pickup; S/N BDA83AHN37039; Seafoam Green, Black/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – 239/100hp, 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, oak bed floor, stainless steel bed strips, chrome bumpers, column shift. – Good relatively fresh paint but the seafoam part has some orange peel in it. Lightly delaminating quarter windows. Slightly uneven gaps. Straight body and clean bed. Spotless and fresh underneath. Very good fully restored interior. A solid truck restoration done correctly and in charming colors. – A showy Ford pickup that escaped notice here at the Mandalay Bay and is a good value (close to a bargain) for the new owner.
Lot # 136 1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0N31W142460; Light Blue, White roof/Blue vinyl, cloth; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – 352/300hp V8 replacing the original 292/185hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, chrome fender skirts, pushbutton radio. – Scratched up grille trim. Decent older chrome. Light scratches on the body side trim. Decent older repaint. Pitting on some of the interior trim. Original dash and gauges, but really good newer upholstery and door handles. Road wear underneath. A basic restoration of a car that’s never been worth enough to put a ton into. It’s pretty much just a driver, but the shape is inherently attractive and it has a lot of eyeball in these colors. – Sound, usable and eye-catching, the engine substitution worth 115 horsepower adds to its value as the weekend driver that it is and it brought a modest price.
Lot # 492 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible; S/N 1J55X153113; Desert Gold/Beige, Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 – 352/220hp, automatic, power steering, hub caps, whitewalls, boot cover, pushbutton radio, heat and defrost. – Represented as original other than one repaint, which is a very good one. The bumper chrome also looks way too good to be original. The rest of the brightwork is sound but a little tired. Dry and maintained underneath. The chassis may have been undercoated at some point. Very sound interior other than some waviness to the top of the dash. Never restored because it never needed to be, and it still doesn’t. A great and attention grabbing driver as it sits. – This is bargain money, there’s no other way to spin it. The result is about half what the condition and preservation of this Galaxie Sunliner should have brought. The new owner got a Ford, and a deal, to be proud of.
Lot # 135 1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N 2Y85Z111466; Arcadian White/Turquoise vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 390/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, factory air conditioning, power windows, swing-away steering column, power steering and brakes, later cassette stereo. – No A/C compressor. Some dirt and scuffs on the top. Which has a cloudy rear window as well. Lightly scratched brightwork. Pitting around the headlights. A few blisters and touch ups on the hood but mostly good older paint. Uneven gaps. Good mostly original interior. Signs of a fluid leak underneath. Reasonably tidy underbody that looks like it got undercoating at some point. Not totally original and not restored, either, just somewhere in the middle. – A modest price, but the winning bidder rightly realized that this bullet-bird will likely have a few surprises (in addition to the A/C compressor) to fix and now has a few grand left over to address them.
Lot # 94 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Country Squire Station Wagon, 6-pass.; S/N 5J76Z101422; Raven Black, Wood/Red vinyl, cloth; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600 – 390/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, column shift, pushbutton radio, Pertronix ignition, power steering and brakes, power tailgate window. – A few chips in the woodgrain. Very good paint and chrome. Beat up and scratched window frames. Good newer upholstery and carpets. Aged original steering wheel. Restoration work underneath but less than thorough. A handsome, large vintage wagon with good equipment and a lot of eyeball. – Some cars evidence continued conscientious care and attention. This isn’t one of them. The 390/300hp drivetrain is desirable, but the successful bidder paid full retail for it in this package.
Lot # 476 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback; S/N 6F09K271483; Antique Bronze Poly/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600 – 289/271hp K-code, 4-speed, red line tires, racing belts, Cobra woodrim steering wheel, dash-mounted tach and oil pressure gauges, factory radio. – The engine bay looks stock despite the setup in the interior. Fully restored with light use underneath. Decent older paint and chrome. Some paint prep issues on the roof. Chip on the tail and a few more around the door edges. Slightly uneven gaps. Very good restored interior. Fully restored in 2010. Represented as matching numbers. A good, honest K-code fastback. – Strong money for a car with flaws, but given the desirable equipment it’s understandable.
Lot # 379.1 1969 Ford Bronco Pickup 4×4; S/N U14GLF18466; Black, White roof/Black, White vinyl; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – 302/205hp, 3-speed, wheel covers, Mustang Pony interior, console, aftermarket aluminum shifter and sports steering wheel, modern radio, power front disc brakes, Rhino lining in the bed and modified bumpers. – Represented as a matching numbers 302. Decent average quality repaint. Very clean restored chassis. Slightly uneven gaps. Very good interior. Fully restored with tasteful upgrades, and nothing was done over the top to keep it from being both tasteful and usable. – Prices for early Broncos have grown so much that buyers find it hard to keep track. This one sold for $35,200 at Mecum Houston in April of 2017, then $30,800 here a year ago. Even imperfectly restored ones have been bringing big money and the seller here got the advantage of the bounce
Lot # 109.1 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoof; S/N 9R02M132312; Original Cinnamon Poly/Black vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – 351/290hp, automatic, wheel covers, store brand tires, Philco pushbutton radio, aftermarket 8-track, dash clock, factory air conditioning, Deluxe Marti report. – Represented as matching numbers and 33,313 miles from new. Tired possibly original chrome. Average quality older respray. Older restored underneath. The Mustang badges don’t fit flush with the body. Good interior with newer seats, carpets and door panels. A presentable driver quality `69, good for cruising around in. – This is a strong premium for an eye-catching color on an otherwise mediocre ’69 Mustang fastback. On a sea of Mustangs, though, it will stand out from the crowd, just as it stands out from the crowd here at Mandalay Bay with the premium price it brought.
Lot # 129 1979 Ford Ranchero 500 GT Pickup; S/N 9H48F146027; Silver, Black stripes/Gray vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 302/134hp, automatic, Magnum 500 wheels, Radial T/A tires, Brougham interior, Sports Instruments, tilt steering column, cruise control, bench seat, column shift, factory 8-track stereo. – Lightly pitted bumpers and some paint cracks behind them. Very good paint otherwise. Clean wheels. Restored and fresh underneath with clean engine bay and undercoated chassis. Very good restored interior other than original door panels. Fully restored relatively recently. Not perfect, but is it the world’s nicest `79 Ranchero? Maybe. – With its anemic 302 it is fortunate that this shiny Ranchero is never likely to carry much more than a cooler or some 2x4s in the bed. This is absolute top dollar for a vehicle that’s never been worth enough to put this much work into it, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better one.
Lot # 200.2 2004 Ford Mustang Saleen S281 Coupe; S/N 1FAFP42X24F104540; Gray/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 – 4.6/320hp, 5-speed, slotted rotors, Nitto tires, body kit, CD stereo. – Represented with 30,455 believable miles. Some rock chips and light cracks in the nose and bottom lip. Lots of condensation inside the left headlight. Chip on the driver’s door. Clean underneath. Very well kept interior. Well-kept aside from some paint flaws. – Reasonably well maintained and original with modest miles, this is a special Mustang at a realistic price.
Lot # 72.1 1972 GMC Sprint Pickup; S/N 5D80J2L500836; Burnt Orange, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950 – 350/175hp, automatic, Radial T/A tires, Sprint wheels, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, cowl induction hood, – Shiny older paint that reveals quite a few flaws up close. Particles in the finish from poor prep. Chips around the nose. Lots of chips at the back of the hood. Chips and scratches around the door edges. Large crack at the top of the left A-pillar. Clean and restored engine bay. Very good mostly restored interior. Rare and well equipped, but in need of fresh professional paint to make it really stand out, although it already stands out just as a GMC in a sea of El Caminos. – The Vegas bidders hedged some on this GMC Sprint, allowing for its mediocre presentation and anemic drivetrain and gave it a small discount from a comparable El Camino, essentially identical except for badging.
Lot # 101 1960 Goggomobil T250 Coupe; S/N 1149449; Ruby Red, Cream/White vinyl piped in Red; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950 – Hub caps, suicide doors. – Cracked badge. Good paint and chrome. Original trim. Good restored interior. Tidy underneath. A standard microcar restoration, but it’s a bit unusual to see one of these more mundane T250s instead of the “sportier” TS models. – Apparently “cute” wasn’t selling in Las Vegas this year and this 2-stroke 247cc Goggomobil proved to be less attractive than a comparable BMW Isetta. [It’s not very “cute”, but it is tiny.]
Lot # 194 1949 Hudson Super Six Club Coupe; S/N 491852; Blue, White/Gray cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $10,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $11,550 – 262/121hp six, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, dual mirrors, dash clock, factory radio, column shift 3-speed, woodgrain dash and window trim. – Represented as a three-owner car with 59,355 miles from new. It has an average quality older repaint. Tired original chrome, with the right headlight bezel completely deplating. Uneven gaps. New upholstery in the front but the rest of the interior is original. It’s well-kept for its age, but it’s still almost 70 years old. Tidy and maintained underneath. An inherently cool big step down Hudson, but in driver condition. – Despite the noted flaws, which spark concern for other less obvious flaws, this is a cool old Hudson at a nominal price and the new owner can take pleasure both in the car and in its cost.
Lot # 460 1959 Jaguar XK 150 Drophead Coupe; S/N S837795BW; Cherry Red/Tan; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500 – 3442/210hp, 4-speed, centerlock chrome wire wheels, Michelin X tires, boot cover, dual wing mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, original pushbutton radio. – Very good paint and chrome other than some orange peel below the windshield. Very light pitting on the window frames. Seems like incorrect leather on the seats. Very good interior otherwise. Not a JCNA show car and restored quite a while ago, but a thoroughly presentable 150 with a lot of eyeball that would be great for driving events. – This car wasn’t represented as matching numbers, but this is still a pretty weak price for a car that doesn’t really have anything wrong with it.
Lot # 700 1968 Jaguar XKE SI.5 Roadster; S/N 1E15476; Golden Sand/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000 – 4235/246hp, updated with a 5-speed, two tops, centerlock chrome wire wheels, dual mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, later Kenwood stereo. – There is a small scrape at the bottom of the nose but otherwise very good paint. Pretty tired older brightwork. The doors don’t quite fit flush with the body. Lightly wrinkled seats and dull switchgear. The headliner of the hardtop is dirty. Tidy but used underneath. Restored some time ago but driven quite a bit. – On the face of it there is no earthly reason why this Series 1 1/2 XKE Roadster with two tops, even with the modification of the 5-speed (which makes it a better road car), isn’t worth 50% more than this result. Were the bidders losing at Mandalay Bay’s tables? Where they conserving their resources for late night gambling? It’s hard to say, but B-J Las Vegas results were, so far at least, on the side of unusually good values.
Lot # 55 1975 Jeep CJ-5 Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N J5F83AE066335; Tan/Black; Brown cloth top; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – 232/100hp six, 3-speed, rear-mounted spare, modern Kenwood CD stereo with Pioneer speakers in the back. – The fresh paint has no blemishes but there is orange peel pretty much all over. Excellent newer top and cloth doors. Very good fully restored interior and spotless underneath. A very fresh and attractive CJ. If only they had spent a few more bucks on wet sanding the paint, it would be pretty much perfect. – Yeah, but it’s a Jeep and Toledo isn’t noted for the quality of the paint that comes out the doors. As an SUV, however, this Jeep even with its orange peely paint is a far better buy than a comparably presented Toyota FJ40.
Lot # 178 1978 Jeep J-10 Golden Eagle Townside Pickup 4×4; S/N J8A25NN063859; Gold, Golden Eagle graphics/Beige cloth; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700 – 360/195hp V8, automatic, aftermarket wheels, air conditioning, lift kit, later stereo. – Masking errors around the windows. Scratched up grille and bumpers. Some blisters around the rocker panels. Clean and relatively fresh underneath. Newer seats, but the rest of the interior is original. The dash top has a crack in it and the gauges are a bit faded. This Golden Eagle is a rare bird indeed, pun intended, but it’s far from perfect. – From the description it is unclear if this is a Golden Eagle or just has “the Golden Eagle Edition decal on the hood.” The bidders valued it like it was a Golden Eagle and with its lift kit, aftermarket wheels and aggressive tires is nothing if not intimidating. Jeep pickups are surprisingly rare even though Jeep built over 9,000 of these J-10s in 1978. Aside from needing a stepladder to get in and out this is an attractive and unusual alternative to a Ford, Chevy, GMC or Dodge pickup.
Lot # 684 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 (Truck) Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N SALDV2245VA120353; Yellow/Gray cloth; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,800 – Automatic, alloy wheels, All Terrain T/A tires, Hella roof lights, air conditioning, winch, skid plates, console, dual batteries, Alpine stereo, Magnaflow exhaust, Badger Bikini top installed, original included, skid plates, ARB bumpers, KMC differential skids, Warn winch, dual batteries. – Fully loaded late North American Spec (NAS) Defender in good colors and 29,470 represented miles. Even though it’s fully kitted out, it doesn’t look like it’s ever been out of the suburbs. Clean engine bay. Very good paint. Clean top. Very good interior. Just about like new. – Sold for more than it ever cost new, but NAS Defenders have a pretty avid and affluent following who are willing to shell out plenty for one. This is a lot of money, but this one is lavishly outfitted, superbly maintained and the result isn’t all that surprising.
Lot # 440.1 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe; S/N H122585; Spode Green/Tan cloth; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900 – Hub caps and trim rings, Firestone wide whitewalls, column shift, dash clock. – Very tidy engine bay. Good paint and brightwork, but not fresh. Some paint rubbed off the door edges and a few light scratches on the tail. Very good interior. Fully restored, just done a while ago. – The car fixed in the mind’s eye when reading “1941 Lincoln Zephyr __ Coupe” is the 3-window. This isn’t, and the prolonged roof and rear quarter windows of the Club Coupe don’t enhance the ’41 Lincoln Zephyr’s design excellence. This is a quality car and represents a sound value for the money at this price.
Lot # 359 1969 Lotus Europa S2 Coupe; S/N 652241; Bahama Yellow/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100 – Alloy wheels, Kumho tires, wood shift knob, later Alpine CD stereo. – Very good but not show quality paint with a touch up on the passenger’s door. Crack in the left marker lens. Very clean underneath with not a spot of rust or oxidation anywhere. Very good engine bay. Original window frames. Very good fully restored interior. The wood dash isn’t perfect, but it never is on an old Lotus. Fully taken apart and restored top to bottom. Europas aren’t worth much, especially the earlier Renault-powered cars, so they rarely get this kind of treatment. – The seller probably has more money into this car than the purchase price, but this is nevertheless a really big number for a Renault-powered Europa and not far off the price of a Twin Cam car. That said, paying extra for an old Lotus that already has all the kinks worked out may be an exceedingly smart decision and key to some exhilarating twisty-road driving.
Lot # 725 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10801912073523; Alpha Crystal Blue/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $106,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $116,600 – Automatic, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, Becker Europa radio, rear window defroster. – Owned by Elvis Presley, then in a museum for 40 years after that. Tired bumpers. Good older repaint. Chip on the right front door. Very good original interior, though the gauges are faded and the wood is a little tired. In museum condition essentially, but condition isn’t all that relevant here. It’s the King’s Benz, although it’s not clear how much he used it and it’s not like this is his pink Cadillac or his Pantera. It is documented with the bill of sale and original registration. – Sold at RM’s Boca Raton auction in 2006 for $46,010, then at Spring Auburn in 2016 for $48,400, which was about the double the value of an otherwise unremarkable 280SEL at the time. It’s not like ’70s Mercedes values have blown up or anything since then, the Vegas just got a lot more excited over the word “Elvis” than the ones in Auburn did. This a 3x Elvis premium in Las Vegas.
Lot # 344 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 365AK57563559; White, Gold/Black, White vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900 – 368/290hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, dual mirrors, fender skirts, Town and Country radio, pushbutton transmission, dash clock, power windows, Breezeway rear window, continental kit. – A Canadian-built Mercury with grille and details unique to that factory and market. Represented as 92,014 miles from new. Dull scratched up old chrome and brightwork. Oxidized underneath but no major rust. Average quality older respray with several chips and touch ups. Sound but aged original interior. It is a solid platform for a restoration, but still usable as is. – This Turnpike Cruiser has many needs but only a few of them are apparent on the surface, and it brought a realistic price here at Mandalay Bay. The little air ducts at the upper corners of the windshield are so Fifties that it’s almost worth buying the car just to open them up. Back then, if you’re old enough to remember, there were Canadian turnpikes without speed limits, the right place to exercise a Turnpike Cruiser.
Lot # 324 1964 Mercury Parklane 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 4Z63Z551446; Silver Turquoise/White, Blue vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500 – 390/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, pushbutton radio, dash clock, power steering, power brakes. – Very good but not quite show quality older paint and chrome. Slightly uneven door gaps. Good original dash. Most of the rest of the interior has been restored. Light road wear but restored underneath. A neat Park Lane Breezeway in attractive colors and was restored to plenty high enough standards for what it is. – There wasn’t much difference between a Ford and a Mercury in 1964. Usually Fords bring a bit more but this Parklane brought a superior result, probably from someone who grew up in the back seat of Daddy’s Mercury. There’s no better explanation for this price.
Lot # 366.1 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Special Fastback Coupe; S/N 9H15S549179; White, Blue/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – 390/320hp, automatic, console shift, American Racing Torque Thrust wheels, Philco radio, air conditioning, bucket seats. – Nearly spotless fully restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. The doors stick out slightly at the bottom. Some cracks in the steering wheel and original gauges, but otherwise good interior. A restored and rare Gurney Cyclone that of course has a lot of eyeball, but not quite like new. – An auction veteran that sold at Kruse Houston in 2006 for $28,600, at RM Amelia Island in 2011 for $33,000 before hammering sold at $35,200 at Spring Auburn this year. These cars have long been fairly undervalued given their performance, style and rarity, and all things considered it’s still not all that bad a value even at this exalted price.
Lot # 42 1952 MG TD Roadster; S/N 14815; Black/Tan; Tan top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950 – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, Radial T/A tires, single wing mirror, rear-mounted spare, boot cover, woodrim steering wheel. – Oxidized frame. Tired original wheels that would probably clean up OK. Rough older paint with lots of scratches and more paint is coming off the headlights. Flat driver’s seat but mostly good interior. A driver quality TD, as many of them are. – A spot on price for the car’s condition. TDs aren’t quite as nice to look at as the earlier TC or the later TF, but some colors suit these cars better than others. Black is one of those colors.
Lot # 43 1979 MG Midget 1500 Convertible; S/N GAN6UL216003G; Burgundy/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $6,050 – Aftermarket radio. – Tired respray. Original wheels. Dull bumpers. Tidy underneath but never fully redone. Replacement upholstery, seats and carpets. Sound but aged original top. An enthusiast restored driver. – Late Midgets, Sprites and Spitfires are pretty much low men on the totem pole in terms of classic sports car value and performance, but not in terms of fun. There’s plenty to pick on with this car, but it’s mostly forgivable stuff when you look at the price and the new owner will likely get tons of enjoyment out of it.
Lot # 388 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R Coupe; S/N BNR32011869; Blue/Black; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800 – RHD. 2,568/276hp twin turbos, 5-speed, aftermarket alloys, Falken tires, aftermarket intake, strut tower brace, aftermarket exhaust, CD stereo. – Good paint. Very tidy engine bay. Very good interior. Some dirt and age here and there but quite good for one of these cars and considering the 75,318 km showing. It also has minimal mods on it, which is unusual for one of these and a good sign. – R32 Skyliner GT-Rs have been surging into the U.S. for the past few years now, making their way to enthusiasts who could only drive them on PlayStations until it became legal to import one after they passed 25 years old. They’re now a fixture at auction with supply exceeding demand for 276hp turbocharged 6-cylinder cars. Low-mile bone stock GT-Rs command properly expensive prices, but if you’re willing to live with some wear and tear as well as a few mods, 30 grand isn’t a bad number for one. This car hammered not sold at a $29,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey this year, so holding out for another few months and hauling it to Vegas didn’t turn out to be worth it at the $28,000 hammer bid it brought.
Lot # 686 1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 Fiesta Convertible; S/N 577A03050; Light Blue/Blue, White vinyl; Dark Blue vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600 – 371/300hp J-2 triple carbs, power steering, power brakes, windshield washers, electric clock, heater, WonderBar signal-seeking AM radio, power antenna, power seats, power top, vinyl upholstery, seat belts, whitewall tires. – Very good older paint, chrome and top, but there is a sizable crack on the right rear fender and paint coming off the wheel covers. Uneven gaps. Very good restored interior. Tidy underneath. An older body-off restoration that has been lightly enjoyed but still has life left in it. – Sold here in 2008 for $82,500, then sold by RM out of the John Staluppi collection in 2012 for $90,750. It has done just 60 miles since 2012. Both of those were very strong results, but despite the attractive styling of the ’57 Olds and this car’s attractive colors and added J-2 carbs, it face-planted this year in Vegas. What it’s really worth is somewhere in the middle of what it has brought at auction so far and this is an exceedingly advantageous purchase.
Lot # 106 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 607C08899; Gulf Blue, Provincial White roof/Blue vinyl, cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500 – 371/240hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, factory radio. – Represented as all original other than a single repaint. The paint is good but it’s older. Very well kept chrome. Dry and rust free underneath. Phenomenal original interior. The engine bay is a little grimy but still maintained. Definitely a time capsule car that has fully benefitted from this dry Western climate. – This is the right price for this car, but doesn’t give it credit for its preservation and has no originality premium at all. The new owner did well in finding a seemingly ordinary car with the hallmarks of a good life and conscientious preservation.
Lot # 348.1 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-4-2 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 338177M181238; Cameo Ivory, Black vinyl roof/Black; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – 400/350hp, automatic, Super Stock wheels, Tiger Paw tires, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning. – Small chip on the left front fender but mostly very good older paint and chrome. Excellent newer roof vinyl. Newer front seats but the rest of the interior is original and was widely left alone because it’s very good. Light restoration work underneath. A good early 4-4-2 for casual showing and driving. It needs nothing. – A deservedly strong result, much stronger than the $21,175 it sold for at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2010. 4-4-2s are still enjoying a renaissance as muscle car favorites and this isn’t a lot to pay for one.
Lot # 780 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible; S/N 55881401; Jade White, Emerald Metallic, Jade Green/White, Green leather; White top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500 – 352/275hp, dual quads, Ultramatic, wire wheels, whitewalls, fender skirts, dual antennas, boot cover, pushbutton radio. – Scratched up bumpers and lots of pitting above the grille. Nearly spotless fully restored engine bay. Very good paint. Pitted door handles. Slight waviness to the dash top. Lightly worn seats and original steering wheel, but mostly good interior. This car has a ton of eyeball from even just a few feet away but there is plenty to pick on up close, and none of it is cheap to replace. – This Caribbean has added just 1,317 miles to its odometer since it was offered at the World Classic auction at Newport Beach in 1993, a quarter century ago. By all rational accounts the Caribbean with its superb Ultramatic transmission and mind-blowing adjustable suspension was the most advanced car of 1955. Priced that way, it marked the pinnacle of Packard’s development before its demise from a premier luxury marque to the Packard-Bakers of a decade later. The Caribbean is largely unappreciated today, which is unfortunate. This is a better car than its price indicates, but its significance was lost on the retail bidders at Mandalay Bay.
Lot # 65 1965 Plymouth Valiant Signet Convertible; S/N V452515817; Ivory/Black vinyl; Black top; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 273/180hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, boot cover, bucket seats, floor shift, pushbutton radio, broadcast sheets and fender tag documented. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good interior. Uneven gaps. Very good paint and chrome. Very good underneath. It’s gorgeous, done to higher standards than usual for a car like this, and you hardly see these anymore. – Whoa! A stunning little car rarely seen in any condition, let alone in the marvelously restored guise of this gem. It brought a wholly unexpected magnanimous price that highlighted just how unusual it was in both survival and condition. This is a seriously extreme price, for a seriously extreme restoration of an ordinary car, rewarding someone for the time, effort and money put into it. It would be reasonable to call it “expensive”, but that denigrates its quality.
Lot # 167 1967 Plymouth GTX 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RS23L77189552; Dark Copper Metallic/Copper vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 440/375hp, automatic, red line tires, bucket seats, floor shift, console, limited-slip, factory AM-FM radio, Sure Grip axle. – Good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Lightly scratched rear window and frame. New seats and carpets, but the rest of the interior is original. A fair amount of road wear and dirt underneath. Reasonably well restored but far from perfect. Nevertheless, still a handsome early GTX in subtle colors. – A modest result for a mostly strong car, almost as modest as the $30,800 it sold for in Kissimmee in 2016.
Lot # 205 1989 Pontiac Firebird Formula Coupe; S/N 1G2FS21E7KL249234; Red/Gray cloth; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100 – 305/225hp, automatic, alloy wheels, T-tops, cassette stereo, power windows, brakes and steering. – Arizona car. Several small rock chips on the nose and hood but mostly very good original paint. The T-tops are pretty scratched up. Very well kept interior. Used and represented as 49,014 miles but mostly pampered, it’s almost more special in that it isn’t a Trans Am. – The notoriety of being a lower-tier Formula model that has been so well preserved netted this car a serious premium given the fact that third gen Firebirds just aren’t worth very much in general.
Lot # 69 1999 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 30th Anniversary Convertible; S/N 2G2FV32G2X2220065; Arctic White, Blue/White leather; Blue cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800 – 346/320hp, automatic, CD stereo, aftermarket brakes, air conditioning, power steering and brakes, Blue anodized 17-inch alloy wheels, rubber band tires. – Paint coming off the red calipers. Good paint. Some light scuffs on the top, which is coming loose at the top of the rear window. Very good interior with light wear on the seat bolsters. Represented with 44,627 miles and quite well kept but definitely not like new. – This is a massive price for any 30th Anniversary Trans Am, let alone one as used and fluffed up as this. This money could have bought a lower mile collector-grade example, and there are a fair number of them out there.
Lot # 655 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe; S/N 220620; Koenig Blue/Blue leather; Modified restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000 – Power sunroof, gold brightwork, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, aftermarket air conditioning, fog lights, 1720cc engine with dual Webers. – Decent paint. Big scratch on the left front fender. Dull bumpers. The sunroof doesn’t quite fit right. Good restored interior. Tidy underneath. Plenty of time and money spent on tasteful mods and mechanical work, but could use another round of cosmetic attention. – Not quite an Outlaw Porsche, but close with its added sunroof and modern rotary air conditioning compressor as well as many other modifications, not to mention the 1,720cc engine with Webers. Presented in this largely flawless condition in stock configuration this 356C would be close to $100K. The modifications add to its comfort, utility and performance but detract (apparently) from its value. For a flexible buyer, however, this is a spectacular Porsche and a very good value.
Lot # 660.2 1969 Porsche 911E Targa; S/N 119210767; Ossi Blue/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $89,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $97,900 – 4-speed, Fuchs wheels, gold brightwork, Blaupunkt radio, Porsche CoA documented. – Represented and documented by the CoA as matching numbers. Light pitting on the front vents. Scuffs on the headlight bezels. Slightly dull older paint. Paint coming off the wheels in spots. Slightly wavy roof vinyl. Good original interior. Showing its age, but a desirable early 911 E that seems to have been babied in typical 911 fashion. – A really strong price for a non-5-speed glass-window car, given a solid premium for its level of preservation.
Lot # 53 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N SCAZN42A8FCX13006; White/Red leather piped in White; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $10,450 – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, sunroof, rear seat tables, later CD stereo, air conditioning, picnic tables, power locks, brakes, seats and steering – Represented as 68,021 miles. Tired, lightly scratched chrome. Sound original paint other than some crazing on the roof. Light wear to the driver’s seat and some light cracking on the wood but mostly good interior. No representation of service history, which is a red flag. But it looks sound underneath. A driver quality used Silver Spur. – With no paperwork represented, 68,021 miles showing and plenty of flaws, this Silver Spur was never going to bring a lot of money. This price is about right for what it is, and it is still ostentatious.
Lot # 777.1 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 6101922; Midnight Black/Black, White; Enthusiast restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – 289/275hp, supercharged, overdrive 3-speed, wheel covers, Firestone whitewalls, Hurst shifter, pushbutton radio, dash clock, overdrive, Twin-Traction. – Tired old paint and chrome. Cracked badge. Scratched and beat up window frames. Poor gaps. Incorrect AutoMeter gauges but otherwise good restored interior. Older restored underneath. Not a great car by any means, if it was all original that would be one thing, but it is represented as a body-off restoration so there’s no excuse for this presentation. It is tacky. – And it brought a tacky supercharged Golden Hawk price. With the overdrive 3-speed this is a desirable car despite its many needs and shortcomings and we can hope someone will take it home and give it the attention it needs and deserves. Until then it is superficially presented and tacky.
Lot # 179 1959 Studebaker Scotsman 1/2 Ton Pickup; S/N E13208; Alaskan Blue/Blue vinyl; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 – 246/100hp six, overdrive 3-speed, hub caps, column shift, defroster. – A former farm truck body-off restored to its former glory and represented as 23,677 miles from new. Very good truck quality paint. Spotless underneath. Delaminating quarter windows. Mostly straight body and bed. Excellent interior. Rare and for the most part gorgeous. – “Former glory”? This was built and priced as a working truck and if it has 23,677 miles Elizabeth Warren is a conservative. The restoration is remarkable and it brought a price that reflects its condition and rarity.
Lot # 61 1986 Toyota Pickup Deluxe Pickup 4×4; S/N JT4RN64D0G5022781; Beige/Tan cloth; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350 – 2.4/97hp 22R engine, 5-speed, All Terrain T/A tires, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo. – Totally stock and showing 44,205 believable miles. Pretty much spotless underneath. Fantastic original paint and interior. Pretty remarkable and it looks like it has even fewer miles than it does. – Interest in the Marty McFly-era Toyota pickups has been on the rise, and three solid examples were all home runs here in Vegas. This more plain-Jane pickup sold for very strong money but was actually the cheapest of the three. A restored 1980 model (Lot 79.1) sold for $26,400 and a restored and modified 1983 SR5 model (Lot 83.1) sold for a jaw-dropping $55,000. This was a thoroughly disposable working truck when new. Its survival is a miracle.
Lot # 620.1 1976 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF51123U; Burgundy, Burgundy hardtop/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $13,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,850 – Dual Webers, two tops, Panasport-style wheels, wood shift knob, older radio, aftermarket luggage rack, fitted with slim bumpers from an earlier TR6. – Tired but presentable older paint and brightwork. Tidy but used engine bay. Cloudy original gauges but refinished wood dash and new seats, carpets and door panels. Slightly dirty top and top frame. Scratched up bumpers. A solid driver with extra punch from the dual Webers, but nothing more than a standard enthusiast restoration. – A pretty strong price for a good but not great final-year TR6, even if it does come with a hardtop and more attractive bumpers.
Lot # 806 1963 Volkswagen Beetle 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 5659053; Teal/Beige vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – Hub caps and trim rings, mirrors, pushbutton radio. – Tidy engine bay with brand new carb. Lightly scratched rear window. Very good paint other than a crack in the nose. A few light scratches on the front bumper but mostly good brightwork. Very good interior, though the original radio is a bit dull. Not exactly a concours restoration like the car card suggests, but very good for a Beetle. – A really good Beetle but not the world’s best, this car was sold at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale sale in April 2017 for $17,050, then not sold at a $17,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey in August of this year, the exact same amount it hammered for here. It was not worth the extra trip.
Lot # 95 1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Convertible; S/N 1842543039; White, Blue/White, Blue vinyl; White, Blue vinyl top; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – Acapulco Edition built for the Las Brisas Hotel in Acapulco, hub caps, whitewalls, surrey top, striped upholstery, coco mats. – Recent but average quality paint with runs on the windshield frame and laid on too thick in some places. Nearly spotless underneath. Lightly discolored seats. Good new top. Restored to truck standards, but the Acapulco colors will always grab your attention regardless of condition. Represented as 32,084 miles from new. – It might help support this result if the buyer had some marvelous, romantic memories of a fairytale stay at Las Brisas. This is a generous but not unreasonable price for a limited edition Thing.