Some of the year’s best American muscle comes to market in January at Arizona Car Week. Here is a quick roundup of important cars from each auction house:
“Bumblebee” — a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS resto-mod built for the film “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and owned by the film’s director Michael Bay — sells without reserve at Barrett-Jackon Scottsdale. The auction runs January 23–31. View all the consignments here.
A 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda leads a strong assortment of Mopar ground-pounders at Read More
Donald Osborne, SCM Editor at Large and a regular on CNBC Prime’s Jay Leno’s Garage, will emcee the third annual SCM Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar. “A 2020 Vision of the Future” takes place Thursday, January 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Gooding & Company auction tent in Scottsdale, AZ.
Space is limited. Register here.
Russo and Steele‘s five-day Scottsdale sale features a great selection of American muscle, European sports cars, hot rods, and customs. The sale runs January 27–31. Here are some of the big-money big-block cars you won’t want to miss:
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 4-speed — 2,500 original miles
This low-mileage, unrestored and very original 4-speed example of the near-mythical L88 stands as one of just 116 built for ’69 and one of 10 with the 4.56:1 rear Read More
Leake Auction Company’s November 20–22 auction in Dallas reached $9 million in sales with a 67% sell-through rate. The auction featured a record 598 vehicles, with 120 sold without reserve on Sunday. The top seller of the auction was a 1929 Packard Roadster at $410,000.
Read Leake’s press release here.
Sales totaled $6.9m at Keith McCormick’s November 20–22 auction in Palm Springs, CA. Of 535 consignments offered, 372 went to new owners, for a 70% sell-through rate. The star of the auction, a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in pristine condition, took high-sale honors at $136,500. Other big-money American sales included a 1958 Corvette convertible at $90,300 and a 1957 Bel Air convertible at $75,600.
McCormick’s next auction takes place February 26–28, marking 30 years in the collector car auction Read More
ACC and SCM Publisher Keith Martin is in New York for the Keno Brothers’ “Rolling Sculpture” sale, taking place Thursday, November 19. Martin is also attending the preview and symposium on Wednesday, November 18. The symposium is titled “At the Crossroads of Art, Engineering and Technology, the Many Facets of Historic Automobiles.” Panelists include SCM Contributors Murray Smith and Archie Urciuoli. Find the detailed schedule at the bottom of this page.
View all the consignments here, including a 2005 Ford GT Read More
A 1970 Plymouth Superbird races across the block this Saturday at Leake’s Dallas auction. On Sunday, Leake will sell 100 cars without reserve. The sale runs November 20–22. View all the consignments here.
Motostalgia’s Austin Grand Prix Auction takes place this Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. American classics on offer include a Super Stock 1968 Plymouth Barracuda (Motostalgia estimate: $175k–$225k), a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ($275k–$325k) and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fuelie convertible ($120k–$155k).
View all the consignments here. View the online catalog here.
Sales totaled $5.5m at Auctions America’s debut Hilton Head Island sale on October 31. The most-expensive American car was a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $379,500, well above its $225k–$275k pre-sale estimate. Seventy-eight cars sold out of 116, for a 67% sales rate.
View the full results here.
The average muscle car is over 40 years old now, and it’s easy to forget that it lived a full life during that time — a life that likely filled its original fuel tank with rocks and rust scale. If you’ve ever run an old car out of gas, you probably cursed this stuff as you cleared it out of your fuel lines.
Worse yet are slow leaks from rear-end damage, which are a common problem on tanks that fill Read More