ANOTHER CHARITY HIT — There’s a new high seller! Lot 3001 is a 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II and the second charity car of the day and it sells for an astonishing $700,000. There isn’t a dry eye in the house as Kimie Metcalf, an 8 year-old cancer survivor and patient at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, talked to the crowd. “Doctors gave me only a 30 to 40 percent chance of surviving,” Kimmie said. “Well, here I am!” Every penny of the sale goes to Loma Linda. Tears flow freely in the crowd after hearing Kimmie speak.
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FANTASY TIME — The fourth and final Hagerty Fantasy Bid car on the evening is this drop-dead gorgeous 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door post (Lot 157.1). This beauty was built in the now-defunct Oakland, Calif. factory, and restored 11 years ago. The two-tone paint Matador Red and India Ivory, one of the most desirable color combinations. It is powered by a correct 265-cubic-inch small-block Chevy V-8 with the optional Power Pack 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. Just a fantastic presentation of a Tri-Five Chevy, it sold for $44,000, with buyer’s premium. A fair deal for all parties.
CORVETTE SUMMER — There will always be a market for vintage Corvettes, and with more than 30 of them on the docket at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, they continue to be hot. This Ontario Orange 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 (Lot 152) certainly is no exception. An original car with only 64,900 miles, it comes with the matching numbers 350-cubic-inch, 330-horsepower small-block Chevy engine and a Muncie M21 close-ration 4-speed transmission. Not surprisingly, it brought excellent money, crossing the block at a hammer price of $52,500.
SHELBY’S LEGACY — The late, great Carroll Shelby loved Las Vegas and he loved Barrett-Jackson auctions. So it’s only fitting that there are a quite a few Shelbys on the docket here this week. This 2006 Shelby GT-H (Lot 121) was one of the limited run made as rental cars for Hertz, who first rented Shelbys in the mid 1960s. Prices continue to be strong on these, as spirited bidding led to a final price of $33,000.
BIRD’S THE WORD — 1970s Pontiac Firebirds aren’t exactly rare, but finding one with only 8,634 miles? Pretty much unheard of. So it follows that this 1977 Firebird (Lot 114) drew a tremendous amount of interest when it crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. It also fetched solid money, $40,150 with the 10 percent buyer’s premium included. Just a wonderful relic of the days when punk rock and disco collided. After this car sold, Lot 130, a 198o Trans Am with only 265 miles on it sold to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick’s collection for $44,000. Hendrick is not in Vegas, but his buyers are.
HUGGER ORANGE — At $50,000, there’s a new high seller among non-charity cars, and it’s a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot 92) convertible, restored with SS badging, hood stripes and bright Hugger Orange paint. Power comes from a 350-cubic-inch small-block Chevrolet mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. No mention of matching numbers or all-original parts.
RUBY SLIPPER — With all the buzz over the 2014 C7 Corvette Stingrays, it’s a great time to pick up a used Corvette. And at just $13,750, this ruby red 1993 40th anniversary Corvette convertible (Lot 79) was a nice buy, especially with just 41,000 original miles. This ‘Vette represents lots of fun for not lots of money.
MIDNIGHT RAMBLER — This 1963 Rambler Classic Cross Country Wagon (Lot 68) was one of the most whimsical vehicles auctioned off on Thursday, crossing the block at a hammer price of $21,000. Said to have undergone a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration — including a $10k paint job — this has air suspension, making it perfect for scrape races or cruise night.
DONK GOES THE LINCOLN — A tricked-out 1964 Lincoln Continental (Lot 65) with suicide doors and big 22-inch hoops rings all the right bells with an eager buyer who ponies up for $18,000 plus a 10 percent buyer’s premium. This luxocruiser made a serious — and somewhat menacing — visual statement. Can you say Donkalicious?
SALUTE TO THE MILITARY — The high seller of the opening day of the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector-Car Event is a 2012 Shelby Mustang GT500 SVT Super Snake. Longtime auto collector Don Damon buys it for $500,000, every penny of which goes the Wounded Warriors Family Support, which helps families of soldiers who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.
To learn more about Wounded Warriors Family Support: https://www.facebook.com/WoundedWarriors
Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson says, “This is another one of those Barrett-Jackson moments.” Indeed, it is.
COUGAR TOWN — Got a thing for Courtney Cox? Here’s the perfect car to drive to “Cougar Town” and woo her with: A really clean 1973 Mercury Cougar convertible (Lot 57) is great colors: Resale red over a white interior. This one crossed the block with a hammer price of $15,000, easy enough on the wallet.
TEBOW LOVE — A garishly painted custom 1968 Ford Mustang (Lot 28) with a Florida Gators paint scheme and the number 15 in honor of Tim Tebow sold at a hammer price of $17,500. Presumably, the new owner is not driving it home to Tallahassee.
FINE CORINTHIAN LEATHER — Old enough to remember Ricardo Montalban and “Fantasy Island?” Or more to the point, his Chrysler television commercials pushing the “fine Corinthian leather” interiors in the Chrysler Cordoba? If so, this 1979 Chrysler 300 (Lot 45) ought to strike a nerve. It hammered for $7,200. All that was missing was Tattoo yelling, “Boss! Boss! De plane!”
IN A FAMILY WAY — Long before SUVs, Crossovers, CUVs and whatever else people drive now, there were station wagons. This one was impossibly cute, a 1961 Oldsmobile F-85 (Lot 38) with just 53,000 original miles, a V-8 engine and a set of luggage on the roof. It hammered at $11,000.
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