John was able to catch most of the Barrett-Jackson coverage on Saturday so he jotted down some prices brought by the higher profile vehicles mentioned in our blog entry. The sale amounts noted below do not include the auction fee which is 10% of the purchase price nor the sales tax paid by the proud new owners.
The 1969 ZL 1 Camero sold for $410,000. This vehicle is a true muscle car and is noted for it’s aluminum moose of a motor.
The 1933 Pierce Arrow went for an even $2,000,000.
The 1954 Gullwing Mercedes also sold for $2,000,000.
When John was young he lived across the street from a hospital, a doctor owned one of these cars and when he drove past our house John would ride his bike down the street just to watch him open that driver’s door and climb out. As is common with most cars that live in Wisconsin, that Mercedes eventually turned to rust.
The Tucker Torpedo outsold all challengers when the hammer dropped on a bid of $2,650,000.
The Corvette went for $80,000. John called it a Resto-Rod but noted that the television people use the term Resto-Mod.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this custom turned out to be a 1959 Plymouth Fury sporting a 1957 Chevy front bumper. It changed hands for $45,000.
John’s favorite, the 1969 Talladega Torino, sold for $125,000. When Sandy read the blog she looked at John and said “You, a Ford?, Really?; John said he would definitely make an exception for this car.
As it turned out, this particular Torino was a prototype that Ford had modified by a race shop that specialized in NASCAR chassis, the car was then submitted to NASCAR for approval to be raced. The Talladega Torino was a more aerodynamic version of the production Torino and was built as an answer to the MOPAR winged cars like the Dodge Daytona Charger and Plymouth Super Bird.
The best result was that Cliff, Gerard and John had an enjoyable day walking around the grounds and enjoying the Arizona sun while looking at some vehicles that brought back mostly pleasant memories, it was a good day.