Tuesday, May 31, 2022

1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra Roadster - $715k

Class winner 1966 12 Hours of Sebring. CSX3016. 1 of 23 factory Competition Cobras in existence. Comprehensive restoration by noted Shelby experts Mike McCluskey and Billy Andrews. 427/500 HP V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in Original Sebring winning colors. 8,299 miles.
This example crossed the block at Mecum

Friday, May 27, 2022

1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 convertible - 90k

Factory R-code Cougar XR-7. 428 CI engine with Ram Air. C6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission. 3.00 Traction Lok axle. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Finished in Emerald Metallic with White leather interior. Factory air conditioning. Bucket seats and center console. Power windows. Power convertible top.
Through the 1969 model sales year, a total of 72,127 standard Cougar models were built, with another 27,942 being the better appointed XR-7. Of those XR-7s, only 4,024 were convertibles. Just 96 XR-7 convertibles came equipped with the R-code 428 Cobra Jet engine and C6 automatic transmission.

Often called the forgotten muscle car this example was estimated $100k to $125k.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tesla Model Y nearly burns Vancouver man alive

There was no way out when a man's brand new Tesla Model Y shut down and then caught fire. The driver had difficulties exiting the vehicle and was forced to kick the driver’s side window out. There is a manual release, but in the heat of the moment the man couldn't find it. “Elon Musk moon boys are defending this to the death,” said the man when he posted a photo of the incident on Twitter. They accuse the video of being faked. The first spontaneous fire was May 14 in California City. The Tesla Model 3 was reduced to a blob of rubble.
The Tesla Model Y is a battery electric compact crossover. Tesla unveiled it in March 2019, started production at its Fremont plant in January 2020, and started deliveries on March 13, 2020. Base price is around $40k. The Model Y is based on the Model 3 platform. The Model Y shares an estimated 75% of its parts with the Tesla Model 3.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro RS/SS - $533k

Yenko YS707 Super Camaro 450. 1 of 3 known to exist in RS/SS configuration. Documented. Butternut yellow with Black standard interior. Nut and bolt restoration. 427/450 HP engine with mechanical lifters. Specially tuned exhaust. Special purpose suspension. M21 4-speed manual transmission.

Shortly after the Camaro debuted for the 1967 model year, Yenko decided to cram a 427-cubic-inch V-8 under its hood.

54 documented 1967 Yenko Super Camaros exist.
The cars started out as an already-rare L78-powered 1967 Camaro. 1,138 cars left the factory with Chevy's 396-cubic-inch V-8.
This example crosses the block at Mecum.

As might be expected they aren't giving these babies away. A 1967 Yenko Super Camaro 450 made $632k in January.


1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 Convertible - $962k

1 of 12 ZR2 Special Purpose engine packages produced and only 2 convertible ZR2s. Unrestored with 8,702 miles, lowest mileage ZR2 known to exist. Documented with tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate and dealer shipping order. LS6 454/425 HP engine. M22 4-speed close ratio heavy duty manual transmission. Brands Hatch Green exterior. Black leather interior. J56 special heavy duty brakes. F41 special front and rear suspension. Auxiliary hardtop.

The option was $1,221, on top of the coupe's $5,496 base price.
The LS6 engine RPO was offered only for one model year - 1971. With 454 cubic inches, a cast-iron block and aluminum heads, the LS6 was second only to the L88 racing engine. The original LS6 produced 425 bhp and was the most powerful engine offered in 1971. Only 188 cars were produced with this powerplant, less than 1% of Corvette's 21,801 production run for the year.
So are they giving this hugely collectible 1 of 2 corvette ZR2 away? Probably not. The other ZR2 convertible made $440k in 2010. HERE. This example appeared at Mecum.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible - $700k high bid

6,457 original miles. Original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, Car Shipper, order form, dealer invoice and retail installment contract. Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame inductee. Regional NCRS Top Flight Award in 2005 scoring 97.2. 427/430 HP L88 engine. M22 4-speed and 3.70 Positraction rear end. Original exhaust system. J50 and J56 brake packages. F41 suspension, K66 transistorized ignition. Radio delete, A01 tinted glass. Can-Am White with Black interior.
Behold the awe-inspiring Corvette L88. A brute strength package that is the L88 centered on a 427 CI V-8 engine packing forged steel crank and rods, forged aluminum pistons, 12.8:1 compression, free-breathing aluminum heads, a radical high-lift cam, a single Holley 850 CFM 4-barrel carburetor on a dual-plane aluminum intake manifold and transistorized ignition. To handle the engine’s actual output of more than 560 HP, L88 specifications included a Muncie M22 close-ratio 4-speed, J56 special heavy-duty brakes and G81 Positraction rear end. The official press release listed the engine at 430 HP, five fewer than the production L71, which was half as expensive.
216 L88 Corvettes were built from 1967 through 1969, and they are now among the most valuable Corvettes in the world. In 2016 a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible made $577k. https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1969-CHEVROLET-CORVETTE-L88-CONVERTIBLE-189253  
This example appeared at Mecum.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro - $220k

3,645 miles. One owner until 2021. Original Daytona Yellow paint, sheet metal and interior. Original window sticker affixed to window. Original Protect-O-Plate. COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion Package. COPO 9561 AA High Performance Unit. Period correct L72 427/425 HP V-8 engine. Believed to be less than 1,000 built.
Haggerty suggests a pristine, well-documented 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro will fetch $200k. Desirability of these cars is reflected in the rising market. This original 'double COPO' may bring more.
The car appeared at Mecum with a $250k to $300k estimate.

Friday, May 20, 2022

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona - $1.3m

1 of 22 Hemi Daytona 4-speeds produced in 1969. The most highly optioned Hemi Daytona known to exist. 1 of 70 Hemi Daytonas produced in 1969. Original 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine. Factory 4-speed and 4.10 Super Track Pak car. Finished in F8 Dark Green Metallic with Black rear wing.
This car has been given a full restoration on the original sheet metal and is documented via a copy of its broadcast sheet and a Chrysler Registry Report. One-of-one C6G green vinyl bucket-seat interior. C16 console with Hurst shifter with 150 MPH speedometer and N85 Tic-Toc-Tach, this car came with G11 All-Tinted Glass, the R22 AM/8-track radio and P31 Power Windows.

The car leads at Mecum.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

1967 Lincoln Limousine - Elvis - $165k

The Elvis Presley family car. Documented with copy of the original title application in Elvis Presley's name. Presented to Elvis Presley as wedding gift by his manager Colonel Tom Parker. Elvis Presley owned this car when he got married and his daughter was born. The whereabouts of limo car have been unknown for decades. Part of the Petrozzini collection since the 1980s.
When Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in May 1967, his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, gave the newlyweds this 1967 Lincoln Continental Executive Limousine by Lehmann-Peterson as a wedding gift.
Unlike most of Elvis' cars, this 1967 Lincoln Continental Limousine was largely forgotten over time. It was equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, a power antenna, a power front bench seat, an in-dash clock and a host of other luxurious amenities. A 462 CI V-8 with an automatic transmission powered the limousine.
The car made $165k in 2019 at Mecum.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 tanker

The newly styled 1963 Corvette Stingray coupe came with the optional Z06 package, which created a race-ready Corvette for an additional $1,818, a price that included a massive 36.5-gallon fuel tank. 15 examples were built in 1963.

Z06 Corvettes came equipped with the Rochester fuel-injected 327ci L84 V-8, rated at 360 horsepower and bolted to a four-speed Borg-Warner T-10 manual transmission.
Chevrolet assembled a total of 199 Z06 coupes, including 63 tanker versions.

A Z06 Big Tank split-window coupe is the most desirable of all Corvettes.
In 2017 a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 tanker made $247k. In 2014 the number was $475k for a sterling example at Mecum.
On Jan 15, 2021 Mickey Thompson's personal Z06 Tanker was sold. Previously known to be "The Sears/Allstate Tire Test Car" it made $506k Here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Nigel Mansell's F1 cars bring big bucks

Nigel Mansell has parted with a pair of iconic F1 cars. Mansell's 1991 Williams FW14, that was driven to five wins that year, made $4,222,060, a record for a Williams Grand Prix machine. The 1992 F1 Ferrari 640 in which Mansell won his first race with the Scuderia hammered for $3,753,520. The two legendary cars never returned to the race track since their retirement from active duty and they remain in the exact condition as they were when they were loaded onto their team's truck after their last race.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Mighty Mecum Replicas

1965 Chrysler Green Hornet Black Beauty Replica. $55k. Here.
1923 Ford Munster Koach Replica. $162,250. Here.
1984 Ford F150 Mad Max Humungous Replica. $34k. Here.
1982 DeLorean DMC-12. $110k. Here.
Batmobile Replica. $107k. https://www.mecum.com/lots/HA0322-510374/batmobile-replica/

Sunday, May 15, 2022

1968 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaro - $533k

YS8013 finished in Grotto Blue over blue vinyl. This 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Supercar is one of 70 Yenko Camaros built in 1968. Offered at No Reserve from the American Muscle Car Museum Collection, it's powered by a 427/450hp engine and is backed by an M21 4-speed manual transmission. The car received a professional rotisserie restoration and is heavily documented.


2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition bites the dust

This one of 343 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition hammered for $704k at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction a few weeks ago, only to be crashed by the new owner. Robert J. Guarini, 50, of Boca Raton, Florida left the car and called cops from his nearby home. He attributed the crash to being “unfamiliar with how to drive stick shift,” Duh.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H

The GT350 was born in 1965. The Shelby cars were offered with high performance options. For 1968, Shelby and Hertz Rent-a-Car resurrected their "Rent-a-Racer" program with Shelby Mustangs as part of Hertz's Sports Car Club fleet. 224 cars are known to be delivered within a total of 1,053 Shelby GT350 Fastbacks made for 1968. The first cars had 4-speeds, but that was quickly changed to automatics as customers burned out the clutches.
This example was one of thirty-three 1968 Shelby GT350Hs shipped new to San Francisco. It was highly equipped with power steering, power front disc brakes, a tachometer and trip odometer, an AM radio, and a tilt-away steering column.
The original rate to rent the car was $17 per day and 17 cents per mile. That won't be happening today. This GT350H made $101k at RM Sothebys in 2010.
In 2015 a 'barn find' 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H was found chained to a house in California. The purchaser paid $8,200 for the icon.

Hagerty suggests a concours quality 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350H is trending around $150k.