Barrett-Jackson Online Only, May 12-16, 2020

Along with some of Barrett-Jackson’s counterparts the novel coronavirus-forced social distancing and lockdowns brought B-J to an online auction. There were 86 cars on the docket; two were withdrawn before the end of the auction.

The auction went live on May 12. Bidding concluded starting on the 15th at 20 minute intervals. There was the usual “anti-sniping” protection, resetting the bid clock to two minutes each time a bid was placed at the end of the auction.

All but three lots were offered with reserves, a dramatic about-face from the usual B-J No Reserve docket.

It took hours to complete the sale. In the two days of B-J’s Online auction they would have sold hundreds of cars in the big building at WestWorld in January.

In contrast to the usual Barrett-Jackson high energy event, this was soporific. It was like watching paint dry. It’s not B-J’s fault, it’s the nature of online auctions although B-J’s setup – with the cars on and the actual bidding on – necessitated jumping back and forth between the two.

Some of the photos were shot with the digital equivalent of a Brownie: iPhone 3 resolution and depth of field.

The descriptions were terse and barely informative, more like the car cards at a live B-J auction. They might have been adequate for bidders standing next to the car in Scottsdale and able to lay hands on it, but in a purely digital, no-contact, context they were next-to-useless. There were no independent condition comments.

All that can be fixed. What will be more difficult to fix is the lack of any excitement. There was no talented auctioneer exhorting the crowd to bid. No ringmen were buttonholing bidders to keep them from defecting. No crowd cheered on the bidders. It was sterile.

There was one high point. The first lot on Saturday was an ex-Dale Earnhardt 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo NASCAR donated by Richard Childress to COVID-19 charities. That bidding, as you’ll see below, was exciting and extended several times.

Here are the numbers:

Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $
44/84 52.4% $71,262 $53,900



Andrew Newton and Rick Carey split the observations and comments pretty evenly. In a departure from the usual style, some of the comments include highlights of the bid progression over the period of active bidding. As of 5/19 six lots (including three reported here) were shown on the B-J website as closed after online bidding ended. They are included in the numbers above.

Lots are sorted in Lot Number order.

Photos are © 2020 and courtesy Barrett-Jackson.

Lot # 100 2010 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Race Car; S/N SN2011016; White, “Mopar” graphics/Black leatherette; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600 – 512cid 8.4 litre GEN III Viper V-10, 2-speed automatic, roll cage, lightweight wheels, trunk mounted fuel cell and battery, two seats, dashtop tachometer – New and still in the wrappers. Off-road use only. – Reported sold at WestWorld in January for $39,600. Bid to $56,000 5/12; sale concluded at the same amount, a triumph for the consignor who turned a Challenger Drag Pak in which there was little interest four months ago into a tidy profit here. It is an intriguing drag strip experience and not a lot of money for its endorphin generation potential.

Lot # 102 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe; S/N 124379N562016; Black, White stripes/Black vinyl, houndstooth inserts; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,350 – 302cid/290hp, 4-barrel, 4-speed, cowl induction, tube headers 4.10 Positraction, console gauges, woodgrain steering wheel, power front disc brakes, power steering, tilt steering column, pushbutton radio, Rally wheels with trim rings, Goodyear Integrity tires. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. There are a few small edge chips and blemishes in the paint. Thoroughly restored but with some age and use and no representation offered of the drivetrain’s originality to this chassis. B-J reports that the hidden cowl VIN is missing. – Reported sold at WestWorld four months ago for $51,700. Bid to $32,500 5/12; $33,000 5/13; closed here on 5/15 for a realistic price considering that its drivetrain isn’t represented as original and the cowl VIN has been obliterated with new sheet metal.

Lot # 103 1979 Lincoln Continental Mk V 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 9Y89S755793; Black/Red cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $17,750 plus commission of; Final Price $17,750 – 400/159hp, automatic, wire wheel covers, whitewalls, power windows, air conditioning, Cartier dash clock. – Represented with 4397 actual miles. Aged, likely original paint. Excellent original interior. Maintained but a little grubby underneath. Doesn’t look quite as factory-fresh as it could have given the mileage, but a good example and reasonably well-preserved over the past 40-plus years. Located in Texas. – With gas under $2 a gallon, land yachts are more appealing than ever right now. Lincoln offered the Continental Mk V in four “Designer Edition” trims (Cartier, Bill Blass, Givenchy, Pucci) as well as a “Diamond Jubilee” (1978) and a “Collector Series”. This one is just a base car, but all Mk Vs are worth roughly the same. This isn’t quite a time warp car and this was the fourth lot to close in an 84-car online auction, so the seller here couldn’t have hoped for much more than this reported high bid and should have taken the money.

Lot # 112 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 1G1YY26E975101778; Black/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,550 – 427/505hp, 6-speed manual. Comes with original window sticker. – Showing 1,615 miles in the photos and few apparent signs of use other than some light wear on the door panels and driver’s seat bolster as well as what looks like some scraping on the bottom of the mufflers. Located in Arizona. – A 505-hp V-8 with titanium connecting rods, an aluminum frame, carbon fiber fenders – sounds like a six-figure supercar, not a used Corvette. All things considered, the C6 Z06 is one of the best performance bargains anywhere. It has been for a few years, and there are no signs of that changing. It isn’t hard to find one in this price range, but it will usually have much higher mileage and a track day or two under its belt, so this was a good deal. Thirteen years and barely 1600 miles ago this Z06 left a Chevy dealership for around 70 grand. It only takes a little bit of mental gymnastics to think of it as basically a new car at half price.

Lot # 114 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 Hatchback; S/N 1FABP28M4EF173425; Oxford White, Red side stripes/Red cloth; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $20,000 plus commission of; Final Price $20,000 – 302/175-hp V-8, 5-speed manual, alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, factory radio, sunroof, fog lights, TRX handling package, books, Marti Report documented. – Represented with 4,804 actual miles and with its original tires. Looks like a time-warp car with few signs of any wear apparent in the photos. Located in Texas. – The 1984 Mustang GT350 was available as either a hatchback or convertible. Ford built 5,261 examples over a 35-day production run, making it a rare car by Mustang standards. It wasn’t exactly an instant collectible, however, as this 20th anniversary “GT350” happened entirely without Shelby input and came with no performance goodies under the pretty white paint. These are only a bit more desirable than a run-of-the-mill 5.0 Fox-body today, but there’s a certain 121-mile convertible out there that Barrett-Jackson sold for an insane $71,500 four years ago and then again for $35,200 last year. The seller here likely had that car in mind, but the 20 grand high bid is more realistic and perfectly fair.

Lot # 115 1978 Pontiac Firebird Macho T/A 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2W87Z8L157441; Black, Red accent and sill/Grey velour; Modified restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $39,500 plus commission of; Final Price $39,500 – 400cid/220hp with upgrades, 4-speed, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, snowflake alloy wheels, shaker hood, power windows, leather rim sport steering wheel, DKM Macho No. 78-104. – Represented as a date-code-correct engine. Mediocre old repaint, orderly engine compartment. Represented as 34,000 miles but the velour upholstery is more worn than expected for those miles. A usable if extravagantly painted driver. – Sold for $53,900 at Mecum’s Dallas auction in September 2017, then flogged through Kansas City three months later, Indy, Louisville, Dallas and KC in 2018 and Indy 2019 while bringing consistent bids of $30,000 or so. This car is so far underwater now, even if only from the transport costs and entry fees, that it just needs to go away. Bid to $25,500 5/12 and advanced only to this result three days later. The seller was overly optimistic in declining the bid here, turning a blind eye on the evidence of the past two years.

Lot # 116 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe; S/N 1G1YZ23J8L5801929; Bright Red/Red leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,750 – 350/375hp V-8, 6-speed manual, aftermarket exhaust, two tops, air conditioning, power seats. – Represented with 13,622 miles. Paint blemish on the right side of the nose, chip underneath the front license plate cover and cracking around it. Small chips on other parts of the nose. Paint blemish on one edge of the hood. Dry weather stripping. Curb rash on at least one wheel. Scratch on the tail. Good, lightly worn interior. Clean engine bay, but no underbody photos. A mostly solid (and very red) ZR-1, but not as good as the low mileage might suggest. Located in Arizona. – Built from 1990-95, C4 ZR-1s are quick cars even by today’s standards. And at current prices they offer a tempting amount of speed per dollar. They’re underappreciated, but they’re in a weird spot where they aren’t quite old enough to be “classic” like older high-performance Corvettes but are also overshadowed by later models like the C5 Z06. First-year ZR-1s are worth more than all but the rarer (and quicker) 1995 models, but decent examples still trade for under 30 grand and have for quite some time. Barrett-Jackson sold this one in West Palm Beach nine years and about 3,000 miles ago for $22,000, but this similar price in 2020 isn’t out of the ordinary. It’s a bit low considering the mileage but it also takes the cosmetic issues, of which there are a few too many to ignore, into account.

Lot # 123 2014 Ford Mustang GT500 Super Snake Convertible; S/N 1ZVBP8KZ9E5266252; White, Blue stripes/Black leather; Black top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500 – 351/850hp supercharged V-8, 6-speed manual, Shelby wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, 3.73 gears. – Represented with 12,432 miles, and although it might have been tempting, it doesn’t look like they were racked up a quarter-mile at a time. Small paint ding in one of the wheel wells, a small chip in the nose, and the carbon fiber front splitter appears to have some flaws on its edges. Mostly presents as just a lightly used and terrifyingly fast Mustang. Located in Arizona. – Shelby offered a 1000-horsepower Super Snake package on the 2007-14 GT500, but 850 is plenty. Given its mental performance figures, the Shelby connection, and the near-universal appeal of a hot Mustang, the Super Snake is sure to be a future collectible. They already haven’t depreciated much. Barrett-Jackson sold this one in January for $110,000 (we rated it in #2- condition at the time). The obvious difference in prices could be down to post-COVID economy or to a smaller bidding audience in a less razzle-dazzle auction setting, but it is probably a combination of the two. $25,000 disappeared in five months

Lot # 126 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N P5FH260292; Goldenrod, Goldenrod hardtop/Black, Yellow vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-Block Sale at $40,000 plus commission of 10%; Final Price $44,000 – 292/193hp, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, fender skirts, power steering, 12-volt electrics, electric windshield wipers, modern sealed beam headlights, aftermarket air conditioning and radiator. – Very good older paint other than a tiny chip on the hood next to the air vent, a crack below one of the hardtop emblems and a serious crack indicative of filler delamination on the hardtop’s left rear. A few light scratches on the windshield trim but mostly very good brightwork. The wheels and tires are in good condition. The website description says there is a soft top, too, but it was not evident when this car was viewed at B-J Northeast last year. A well-restored first-year Thunderbird with tasteful and forgivable upgrades done in the interest of convenience and safety. – Sold for $64,900 at B-J Palm Beach 2012, then $44,000 at B-J Northeast in 2019 and $34,100 at Leake Scottsdale four months ago. Bid to $33,000 5/12 and $35,000 on 5/15 but reported sold post-block for this reasonable result. The seller should satisfied with this result, turning a tiny profit even after taking out the seller’s commission and entry fees.

Lot # 127 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe; S/N 124870L507215; Citrus Green, Black vinyl roof, Black stripes/Green vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,750 – 350/360hp LT1 V-8, automatic. 3.73 Positraction, Gardner exhaust, power steering, power brakes, spoilers, tilt steering column, horseshoe shifter, factory AM/FM radio, Sunpro oil pressure gauge. – Represented as matching numbers. Some small chips on the hood and nose as well as some larger ones around the edges of the hood. Light pitting on the driver’s door handle. Tidy older restored engine bay and underbody. Clean interior. A straightforward older restoration on a second gen Z in good colors. Located in Arizona. – This car sold for $21,450 at Fall Auburn 10 years ago, but more recently it sold last year in Harrisburg for $44,000. We rated it in #3+ condition at the time, and a similar assessment seems appropriate here. The price, too, is spot on. It’s fair to both parties but, given all current circumstances, the seller should be particularly happy.

Lot # 128 1991 Ferrari 348ts Spider; S/N ZFFRG36A8M0088677; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $43,450 – 3405cc/300hp, Bosch Motronic PFI, 5-speed, 5-spoke Ferrari alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioning. – Appears to be decent original paint but the perception is not helped by low resolution photos of 1024×768 pixels. The upholstery is creased as expected for the claimed 56,637 miles and the engine compartment is road dusty. Photographing a Ferrari, even a 348ts, with a trailer park background does not enhance its [fuzzy] images. – Bid to $34,000 at Mecum’s 2014 Seattle auction and $35,000 at the Leake Scottsdale sale four months ago. Bid to $31,000 5/12; $33,000 5/13 and bumped up to this result online which is all the money at retail.

Lot # 136 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon; S/N CA746320; Calypso Cream, White roof/Yellow vinyl, Black cloth; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $39,000 plus commission of; Final Price $39,000 – 283/220hp, 4-barrel, Powerglide, power steering, manual brakes, aftermarket air conditioning with a modern rotary compressor, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, WonderBar radio, power windows. – California assigned VIN. Good older repaint and lightly scuffed chrome. Good upholstery, headliner and gauges. Generally good chrome and orderly engine compartment. The frame and underbody are done but some old undercoat has been painted over. Represented as having power brakes, which it doesn’t have. There are 99 photos, but most of them are repetitive and uninformative. Pretty, but not inspiring especially on account of the assigned VIN. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2007 for $52,800 and offered at the Leake Scottsdale auction four months ago where it was reported bid to $62,000. Bid to $24,000 5/12; $39,000 5/15 and closed at that level. No one appeared to want to buy this ’57 Nomad, which isn’t surprising when hands and a paint gauge can’t be laid on it. A case might be made for it if its assigned VIN history was explained, but it wasn’t and that’s sufficient reason for the lack of interest.

Lot # 200 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt #3 NASCAR; S/N RCR0220296; Black, Goodwrench #3/Black cloth; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Charity Fundraiser, no buyer’s premium $425,000 plus commission of; Final Price $425,000 – Short and intermediate oval configuration. – Raced by Dale Earnhardt at Bristol, Dover, Rockingham (winner in 1996) and Darlington 1996-1999. Cleaned up in the RCR shop and appears to be in good overall condition, race-used but cosmetically freshened. Donated by Richard Childress with all proceeds to Feeding America and Samaritan’s Purse. Free delivery by Reliable Carriers. – $250,000 Monday, $255,000 Tuesday 5/12; still $255,000 5/15; $260,000 with 1/2 hour to go; $275,000; $280,000; $310,000 and extended; bumped from $330,000-$350,000 with <1 minute, extended; $360,000; $365,000 at 1 second, extended; $375,000 at 10 seconds, extended; $380,000 at 20 seconds; $385,000; $390,000 at 48 seconds; $400,000 quickly; $405,000 quickly; $410,000 at 10 seconds; $415,000 quickly; $420,000 at 16 seconds; $425,000 quickly. Not surprisingly this was the most interesting and involving lot of B-J’s Online auction. It went on, and on, and on between two bidders who tried all the tricks, sometimes bidding in the last seconds and other times responding instantly to show determination. The result is fair enough and goes to a good cause.

Lot # 201 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa; S/N WP0ZZZ91ZFS140179; Engine # 63F00690; Guards Red/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $50,050 – 3165/200hp H-6, 5-speed manual, black painted Fuchs wheels, Bridgestone Potenza tires, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented with 9,911 miles. Engine bay looks a little grubby for the mileage. No service history represented or shown. Light scuff on the driver’s door panel, another scuff on the steering wheel, and lightly wrinkled driver’s seat. Impressive mileage and seemingly good condition for the most part, but unclear history. Located in Arizona. – Consigned for Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020 (wearing gold BBS wheels) but withdrawn. One would think, given the current climate, that Scottsdale was the best opportunity this car was ever going to have at a big price. Instead, the online bidders seemed to throw caution to the wind, focusing on the low odometer reading and ignoring everything else. The seller should be elated at this price. A quick note about Porsche taxonomy, which rarely fails to be confusing – 1985 is one of those years when “Carrera” means the base model. Coupes are worth the most, but are followed closely by Targas and then Cabriolets.

Lot # 206 1974 Jaguar XKE SIII V-12 Roadster; S/N UE1S23383; Engine # 7S14050LA; Green Sand/Tobacco leather; Black top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500 – 5,343/272hp, 4-speed manual, wire wheels, power steering, factory air conditioning, factory pushbutton radio. – Represented as a one-owner car with 26,271 actual miles. Recent service including brakes, tires, mufflers, air conditioning, fuel system, carbs, and fluid flush. Partial repaint in original color, showing a few obvious blemishes but mostly good. Trunk looks grubby, but the engine bay and underbody are impressive for an unrestored car. Worn but sound original leather. Clean switchgear and clear gauges. Uneven shut lines. A used Jag, but well-kept and consistently maintained. It doesn’t seem to need anything serious to be a fun driver. Located in Connecticut. – This car ticks all the right boxes for a V-12 E-Type (roadster, 4-speed, wire wheels and air conditioning). If we take all that into account, along with its deficiencies, this price is a bargain although not a steal.

Lot # 207 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix Sport Coupe; S/N 266575P266022; Iris Mist Metallic, Black vinyl roof/Plum vinyl; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $15,250 plus commission of; Final Price $15,250 – 389cid/325hp, 4-barrel, automatic, power steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, remote left outside mirror, console, vacuum gauge, bucket seats, skirts, 8-lug wheels, underdash engine gauges. – Dry, original surface rusted and dirty frame and underbody. Newer exhaust system. Orderly mostly original engine compartment with older repainted valve covers and intake manifold. Represented as a single GM employee owner before the consignor with 16,000 miles and looks like it with decent paint, some chrome flaws and scrapes and a cigarette burn on one of the back seats. – Reported sold at Mecum Indy in 2016 for $25,300. Bid to $2,300 on 5/12; $7,500 5/13; $15,000 with an hour to go; $15,250 at 1′:30 and died there. There was little interest in this Grand Prix which for its vibrant color and low mileage history should have brought a result closer to Indy 2016.

Lot # 211 1970 Buick GSX Sport Coupe; S/N 446370H288457; Saturn Yellow, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000 plus commission of; Final Price $75,000 – 455/350hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, Polyglas GT tires, hood tach, bucket seats, console with shifter, AM radio, documented by the GSX Historic Registry. – Excellent paint. The door gaps need adjustment for consistency. The brightwork is all new or restored. The engine is immaculate and has seen negligible use. The underbody has been restored and shows no driving use. The interior upholstery has seen no use since it was redone. The dash and console components appear original and unrestored. A very good nearly like new GSX with 73 good online photographs. – Reported sold by Mecum at Harrisburg in 2019 for $55,000 (where it was described as having a replacement engine), then reported bid to $72,000 at Leake’s Scottsdale auction four months ago. Bid to $35,500 on 5/12; $40,000 5/13; $75,000 with an hour to go and faded to the conclusion at that bid. There was no representation here of the originality of the drivetrain, an oversight or conscious omission by the consignor?

Lot # 217 1984 Dodge Daytona Turbo Hatchback; S/N 1B3BA64E2EG113754; Blue Gunmetal Pearl Coat/Black cloth with checkered inserts; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350 – 2.2-litre, 142-hp turbocharged L-4, 5-speed manual, alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, cassette stereo, tilt steering column, air conditioning. Comes with all documentation and some spares. – Sold new in Kansas. Represented as all-original, as a one-owner car until this January, and with 5,169 miles. Recently detailed, but it probably didn’t need much. Looks staggeringly clean underneath, and indeed throughout. All stock except for the removal of the “Turbo” decals on the doors. The online listing describes this car’s original owner as an “obsessive-compulsive individual” who had his house “specially designed and built to safely store the Daytona in a climate-controlled environment.” That’s hard to believe, but so is the condition of this old front-drive Dodge. He also reportedly only drove it on a few short trips but regularly started and maintained it over the years. The G-body Daytona is a fun little car but not a particularly special one, which makes this story even more unusual. If it isn’t the best one in the world, we’d be shocked. Located in Massachusetts. – The selling dealer put this car on Bring a Trailer at the end of February. It failed to meet reserve at $9300, and it was soon on the dealer’s site asking $19,900. Looks like they got what they wanted out of it and should be happy, but let’s put things into perspective here. The price on the window sticker, adjusted for inflation, comes out to about $30,600 in today’s dollars.

Lot # 219 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 SportsRoof; S/N 0F02G187504; Yellow, Black stripe/Black leatherette; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $91,300 – 302cid/290hp, 4-speed, Hurst tee-handle shifter, rear deck spoiler, 3.50 Traction-Lok, power steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, two sets of reproduction styled wheels, rear window slats, Deluxe Marti Report and partial build sheet documented. – 2018 MCA Judged 97.8%. Freshly restored to showroom condition with excellent paint, bright and consistent chrome and unblemished upholstery and interior trim. Represented as the original engine and transmission. About as good as it gets. – Reported sold at WestWorld four months ago for $110,000 and at least as good now as it was then. Bid to $82,000 on 5/12; $83,000 with 1′:41 to go and closed at that bid, a more realistic result than it brought four months ago.

Lot # 223 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0F91G508426; Competition Orange, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000 plus commission of; Final Price $75,000 – 302/290hp, close-ratio 4-speed manual, Pertronix ignition, 3.91 Traction-Lok, power front disc brakes, power steering, Firestone Wide Oval tires, Hurst T-handle shifter, console, factory AM/8-track radio, Deluxe Marti Report. – One of 2,267 Eliminators built in 1970, just 469 with the Boss 302 engine and 146 with the close-ratio 4-speed. Restored from 2004-08, won some awards, and featured in several magazines. It still looks gorgeous. Lots of photos, including of the underbody up on a lift and it looks nearly immaculate. Located in Massachusetts. – The high-performance Cougar Eliminator was only available in 1969 and ’70, distinguished by stripes, hood scoop, Eliminator scripts, a rear spoiler, and loud paint colors, especially for a Mercury. By muscle car standards, Eliminators are rare. For 1970, Ford sold nearly 191,000 Mustangs compared to 71,343 Cougars. Boss 302 Mustangs numbered 7,013 that year, while Cougar Eliminators with the Boss 302 engine (a 351/300hp and a 428/335 Cobra Jet were also available on the Eliminator) numbered just 469. But despite being much scarcer than the Boss Mustang, the equivalent Cougar is actually worth a bit less. The reported high bid isn’t unreasonable for an older restoration, and could have seen the car off to a new home.

Lot # 228 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena F1 Berlinetta; S/N ZFFYU51A8Y0119732; Satin Titanium Grey/Grey Leather; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Post-Block Sale for $59,000 plus commission of 10%; Final Price $64,900 – 3,586/400hp, paddle shift 6-speed, 3M wrapped exterior, matte black powder coated Ferrari wheels, Yellow calipers, power seats, tool bag, dark tinted windows. – Stated to be 16,700 miles from new but with several owners and dealers in the clean Carfax chain. The upholstery appears to be creased as expected for the miles. The 3M wrapped exterior looks good but the posted photos are low resolution and erratically focused to the point where engine compartment labels can’t be read and are of little value. This is a car that’s being sold on the low stated mileage and blind faith. – Offered at Leake’s Scottsdale auction four months age where it was reported bid to $60,000. Bid to $35,000 5/12; $36,500 5/13; $47,500 with 2′:24 left; $48,000 2′:12 left; $49,000 1′:10 left and ended at $52,000 which isn’t unrealistic for the wrapped exterior and fuzzy photos. Closed later with this result.

Lot # 229 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster; S/N 1B3BR65E3NV100045; Viper Red/Gray leather; Black top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $42,000 plus commission of; Final Price $42,000 – 488/400hp, 6-speed. – One of just 285 Vipers built for 1992, the first model year. Bought new by John Elway and spent much of its life displayed in the showroom and maintained at his dealership in Colorado. Represented with 8,000 original miles. Located in Arizona. – Obviously, there are no crowds in an internet auction, but this car clearly failed to excite anyone like it did in Scottsdale only a few months ago, where it was reported sold for $88,000 (we rated it in #2- condition at the time). The John Elway connection doesn’t necessarily make this Viper more desirable to anybody but Broncos fanatics, but this reported high bid is light for an 8,000-mile ’92 car even if we forget about him. The consignor was reasonable to hold out, although this might be a hard car to sell any time soon.

Lot # 235 2010 Ferrari California Convertible; S/N ZFF65LJAXA0172155; Metallic Grey/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $66,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $72,600 – 4308cc/453hp, 7-speed paddle shift, power Daytona-style seats with Grey contrast stitching, navigation, Bluetooth, yellow tach face, SF shields, rear parking sensors, yellow calipers, carbon composite rotors. – Represented as under 35,000 miles. Lightly creased driver’s seat. Discolored rear deck where the power roof sits. Unblemished paint except for a highlighted scuff inside the left exhaust outlets but lightly road-rashed underbody. Clear headlight covers. Better pictures than most in this auction. – Bid to $46,000 5/12; $46,500 5/13; $65,000 with 2′:58 left; $66,000 2′:46 left, reserve met and sold without further ado. California values are fading like Sebastian Vettel’s career, but not like this result, on the surface a serious value with no noted Carfax issues. This price is realistic wholesale.

Lot # 236 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 8T03S179586-02763; Highland Green/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000 plus commission of; Final Price $150,000 – 428cid/360hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, tilt steering column. 8-spoke alloy wheels, woodgrain steering wheel, – Represented as an original car with 35,649 miles from new in the original family ownership until 2018. The original paint is somewhat scraped and chipped, the chrome (especially cast trim bits) is weak and pitting, weather seals are aged, dried and occasionally torn. The chassis and underbody are original and surface rusted. The engine compartment is aged but clean and orderly. Good, thorough, photos. Not pristine but much better than expected for its age and originality. – Bid to $120,000 5/12; same with 3′:03 left; $137,500 2′:50 left; extended to this result with some sniping. While this might be a $130,000 Shelby with an older restoration, it’s not that, and its originality substantially enhances its value. While it is by objective standards worth more than the high bid here, the increment isn’t enough to make this bid unrealistic.

Lot # 241 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02Z159821; Candy Apple Red/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Post-Block Sale at $177,273 plus commission of 10%; Final Price $195,000 – 429cid/375hp, 4-speed, KK #1333, Magnum 500 wheels, Polyglas GT tires, power steering, – Represented as the matching numbers engine and 71,087 miles from new. Good paint with minor scuffs. Good chrome including cast trim bits aside from veined door handles and scuffed quarter window frames. The chassis is restored like new as is the engine compartment. Despite the faults it’s hard to take issue with this Boss Nine, which is better than when it left the factory. – Bid to $180,000 (which would have been $198,000 with commission) at Mecum Chicago in 2015. Reported sold for $192,500 ($175,000 hammer) at Kissimmee 2016, then bid to $210,000 at Leake Tulsa in 2017, $197,500 at RM Ft. Lauderdale in 2018 and $200,000 at Kissimmee in 2019. Bid to $127,500 on 5/12 and never took off but the reported high bid in the online auction of $180,000 would have been $198,000 with commission and that’s not unreasonable from the bidder’s point of view. It was later reported sold by B-J for $195,000 all-in.

Lot # 248 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57F170514; Harbour Blue/Two-tone Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Modified restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $78,100 – 283/220hp, Powerglide, upgraded with front disc brakes and power rack and pinion steering, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, alternator. electric wipers, dual rear antennas, WonderBar radio, – Scruffy and erratically painted chassis with surface rust inside the frame rails, loose fitting top, flat panels and even gaps, good chrome. Good upholstery and paint. Comprehensively done but to indifferent standards underneath and depicted in moderate resolution 1000×667 (full size) resolution images that make close inspection impossible. – Offered by Auctions America at Auburn Fall in 2010 where it was reported bid to $50,000. Bid to $54,000 5/12; $55,000 5/13; same with 3:55 left; $62,000 with 18′:00 left; extended several times, reserve off at $70,000. The bidders must have been in love with the ’57 Bel Air convertible to pursue this flawed car to this result, a 25% premium for a car with easily identified deficiencies.

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