Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas

1961 Corvette Fuelie

A Snowcrest White 1961 Corvette Fuelie with silver coves brought $130,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.  (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – September 28, 2013 — “Prime Time” Saturday was a whirlwind of activity at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas. The Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino was rockin’ and the big money was in the house. This was a good auction for us to look at the types of cars that Cars On Line.com readers are in the market for. There were enough original muscle cars and  original ’50s classics to see where collector car prices were trending. Saturday was the day when we saw the top quality cars hit the auction stage.  We hope you had a chance to follow our coverage on Facebook and on our ClassiCar News page (where we feature car show coverage.)  Our partner site, eClassicAutos.com, was on hand to photograph the auction action and provide feedback. 

The Saturday sale ran from noon until 8 PM, PDT. The show was carried on the National Geographic Channel on your cable service. Or we were watching the live stream from computer or cell phone from the Barrett-Jackson home page. We also encouraged our newsletter readers to refer to our Cars On Line Market Update Report (click link to view report) which lists all the average sales prices on No. 2 condition collector cars that we follow.

Here are a few interesting sales from Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson.

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

A 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster  crossed the auction block this afternoon. It is Lot # 692. This car should indicate to us what these XK120’s will bring going forward. If you check our Cars On Line Market Update Report (see link above) you’ll find that they have been selling for just under $100,000. OHHHH! … actual sale price was $67,000. This was a great car for that price.

 

1960 Cadillac Custom Roadster

With full Air Ride Technologies suspension and a custom ’59 Impala dashboard, this 1960 Cadillac Custom Roadster will be crossing the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas this afternoon. We expect this one to go for six figures.  Lot # 695.  Actual sale price was $55,000.

 

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about. A magnificent Mopar! This Plum Crazy Purple 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T is said to be a true V code 440 6-Pack car, and what’s more it is a factory 4-speed. According to our Market Update Report it should bring about $65,000, but I think this one will do better than that because the big money is in the house today here at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas. Lot # 700. Very cool. SOLD for $90,000.

 

1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner A12

This is a 1969 1/2 Plymouth Road Runner with the 440 6-Pack engine and the A12 Lift-Off hood option. These were some of the most impressive muscle cars of the era. We would expect this one to get at least six figures when it crosses the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Auction here in Las Vegas. Lot # 701. SOLD for $55,000. That was the DEAL of the DAY! Must have been the color.

 

1955 Desoto Fireflite Convertible

Classic ’50s Mopars are hot and it was our opinion that this 1955 Desoto Fireflite Convertible with the 292 ci Hemi motor and Powerflite transmission would prove it. We’ve seen these cars go for over $100,000 in the past. Today, we’re were expecting a more modest bid on this one. Lot # 705. Actual sale price was $65,000 before buyer’s commission.

 

1970 Chevelle SS LS6 Convertible

This is the top muscle car at the show today, bar none. It is a very rare 1970 Chevelle SS LS6 454 Convertible … harder to find than frog’s hair.  The description indicates that it is numbers matching and comes with some documentation. We know it will do at least six figures, but will the bidding reach the $200,000 mark here at the Barrett-Jackson Auction? Well, no, actually it drew a high bid of $135,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1964 Volkswagen Samba Bus

We talked about this in the newsletter yesterday. These Volkswagen buses are all the rage in California. This one is the desirable 21-window Samba version of the1964 Volkswagen Bus. At the January Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale one of these was sold for $165,000! Will this one get bid up to six figures? We think yes. Lot # 710.1. Yep, SOLD for $100,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1951 Mercury Custom

In tribute to his father John Barris built this 1951 Mercury Custom Lead Sled and called it “The Rose.” Sam Barris’s legendary ’50s build of a similar Merc Lead Sled made him famous throughout the custom car world. This tribute car has been shown at The Auto Collections in Las Vegas. Lot # 721. SOLD $85,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible

In the Cars On Line Market Update Report we noted that this car in No. 2 condition would be worth about $78,000. We’ll be watching a it crosses the auction block here at the Barrett-Jackson to see if it will surpass that number. Lot # 725. The actual sale price was $100,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by eClassicAutos.com)

 

1939 Lincoln Zephyr Custom Convertible

We can’t wait to see this 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Custom Convertible under the lights of the Barrett-Jackson stage here in Las Vegas. We’ve seen cars in this category get over $200,000 at a Barrett-Jackson event. We think this one will go over $100,000, but it would be a surprise if it reached $150,000. Lot # 729. For whatever reason this sale topped out at $92,000 before buyer’s commission.

 

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Ths ended up being the biggest surprise of the evening. A Sierra Gold 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible was offered at the Barrett-Jackson Auction during prime time tonight. This one was restored by a top quality restoration shop and is the finest Bel Air Convertible in the show. We think it might go for $100,000, even though the average No. 2 condition Bel Air Convertible goes for about $75,000. This one is special. Lot # 736. This amazing sale drove the price to a winning bid of $205,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

I read this crowd as being a Cadillac crowd so you might see some big money being thrown at this 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible which crossed the auction block as Lot # 737. Our Market Report has this one at about $132,000 in No. 2 condition. This might be the right venue for this great classic Cadillac.  The actual sale price was $93,000. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T

The sale Mopar fans have been waiting for! This Mango Orange 1970 Dodge Challenger Hemi R/T will get the crowd at the Barrett-Jackson Auction up on the stage. This car was inspected by Mopar historian Galen Govier. He says it has a factory replaced warranty block. This is it! The big sale of the night for Mopar muscle car collectors.  Lot # 746. The car actually brought $132,000 before buyer’s commission.

 

1970 Plymouth Superbird

That big wing made this 1970 Plymouth Superbird capable of 200 mph on NASCAR tracks. They say this B5 Blue Superbird has matching numbers 440/375 hp motor and a Torqueflite transmission. No. 2 condition Superbirds are going for $110,000. Lot # 752. The actual sale price was $122,000, pretty much in line with what market prices are at currently.

 

1931 Lincoln Model K Convertible

For the vintage car collector this is one outstanding find. This 1931 Lincoln Model K Convertible Coupe sports Lebaron Coachwork with a top quality restoration at a well known restoration facility. What is most important to the vintage collector, it has never been shown at an AACA or CCCA event so you have all of that to look forward to. It is from a noted collection. Lot # 759. The fact that this car sold for $322,000 before buyer’s commission confirms that this was a car that buyers came to this show specifically to buy. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

SOME OF THE TOP SALES FROM FRIDAY’s AUCTION

1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty

The car we were most interested in was the 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty which they say has undergone a restoration. It is a real 1974 X Code Super Duty Trans Am with matching numbers and PHS documentation. One of only 943 built. It was sold for $100,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible

A desirable tri-color 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible is one of the top ’50s cars at the show. The Caribbean was the top of the line for Packard, and this one came with many options that were way ahead of its time such as power steering, Easamatic power brakes, power window lifts, power front seat, power operated soft top, signal seeking radio and leather upholstery. Only 500 of these beautiful flagship cars were built. This one sold for $85,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1940 Nash Lafayette Custom Convertible

With beautiful subtle flames, a 1940 Nash Lafayette Custom Convertible was one of the top street rods in the sale on Friday. It sold for $75,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

1953 Ford Crestline Sunliner Pace Car

Already ahead of its time in styling for 1953, Ford featured this Crestline Sunliner as the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car that year. Among the extras, full wheel covers, fender skirts, driving lights, sport lights, Coronado Continental Kit, gold dash, crossed flags, Pace Car lettering, VIN plates certain SS stamp only Pace Cars received. It sold for $33,000 before buyer’s commission. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

 

 

 

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