Saturday is always an all day event for my friends and I to watch and try to guess the bidding price for the collector cars. We turn it into a game with point going to the closest price.
This year did not disappoint, with some really nice collectible and rare cars, and some with reserve price which was not done in the past. Who would guess the car market is still thriving in spite the fact the economic time is still gloomy. I guess some seller are liquidating their collection to pay bills and others are buying to increase their stocks.
Here are the top five collector cars for Saturday.
5. 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA CONVERTIBLE – This rare car is one of 11 ever made and was built for Canadian export of which only two were built. Its factory correct In Violet (Plum Crazy) paint is making it the only 1971 HEMI ‘Cuda Convertible in this color. It sold for $1,320,000* USD
4. 1956 CHRYSLER DIABLO CONCEPT CONVERTIBLE – A concept car 1 of 1. It sold for $1,375,000* USD
3. 1934 DUESENBERG J MURPHY LWB CUSTOM BEVERLY – One of 12 Murphy Beverlys built. It is reported to have never lost a Concours d’Elegance show. It sold for $1,430,000* USD
2. Two cars share the top 2: – 1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL GULLWING COUPE – Purchased new by Clark Gable in 1955 at Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood, Calif. It sold for $2,035,000* USD ; 1947 TALBOT-LAGO T-26 GRAND SPORT – There were approximately 30 Grand Sports built but only eight with the short chassis. It also sold for $2,035,000* USD
1. The highlight of the night was the BATMOBILE – The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris was made from 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car he bought from the Ford Motor Company for $1. It sold for a phenomenal $4,620,000* USD
*Price Includes Buyers Premium
A few charity cars rolled across the auction block raising money for their cause.
– 2013 SHELBY GT500 COBRA FASTBACK – This one-only 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 “Cobra” was built as a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby. Starting with the 662hp Shelby GT500, friends of Carroll Shelby boosted the power to 850hp by the Ford Racing supercharged 5.8 Liter V8. Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It raised $200,000 USD
– 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO CONVERTIBLE – This COPO Camaro Convertible is #69 of 69 2012 COPO Camaros produced. It is one of only two convertibles made. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. It raised $400,000 USD
– 2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO NASCAR JEFF GORDON – Proceeds will benefit the AARP drive to end hunger. It raised $175,000 USD
– 2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY 2 DOOR COUPE – The winning buyer for the 2014 Corvette Stingray will receive the first retail production vehicle of this 7th-gen Corvette with a VIN ending in #0001. Proceeds will benefit the COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES. It raised $1,100,000 USD