Monday, March 20, 2023

The Fonz's 1949 Triumph Trophy 500 = $231,562

A famous Triumph crossed the auction block at Bonhams in late 2021. The Happy Days TV series had 3 Triumphs made for Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli.
The bike sold for $179,200 at a Julien’s Auction in Vegas in 2018.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss 429, the 'Boss 9', is one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars from the era. The origin of the Boss 429 came about as a result of Ford’s desire to compete in the top NASCAR series. Ford was seeking to develop a Hemi engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemis from the Mopar camp - the 426 Hemi Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbirds.

The Boss 429 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine was rated at 375 HP while actual output was believed to be well over 500 HP.
In 1969 there were 859 Boss 429s made by Ford, two of which were Cougars for the Lincoln/Mercury Race Division. There were five different colors available and the only color for the interior was black.
#1 Concours examples trend around $515k according to Haggerty. Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world.
In 2015 a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 with a nearly unbelievable 120 miles on the clock sold for $247,000

That number would likely be much, much higher today.

Friday, March 17, 2023

1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro RS/SS

YS-8035. Held by current owner for the last 42 years. Built by Don Yenko. 1 of a purported 64 Yenko Super Camaros made for 1968. 1 of 11 RS/SS Yenko Camaros made in 1968. Matador Red over black. Functional Ram-Air fiberglass hood with hood pins. 12-bolt Positraction rear end with 4.88 gears and C-clip eliminators. 140 mph speedometer with auxiliary 3-gauge pod mounted centrally under the dash. Front disc brakes. 1 1/16 inch sway bar.

Behold American muscle car royalty.
Ranide Berton of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania bought YS-8035 on October 29, 1968, ringing up a huge $5,445.20. In 2010, the car was stripped to bare metal. A new coat of the original color of Matador Red was applied. At some point, the car’s speedometer cable was removed, with the odometer reading 7,130 miles.
Will this baby be given away? Probably not. In 2017 an award winning 1968 Yenko Super Camaro sold for $600k and it was not an RS/SS.

Up for grabs at Mecum.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible

Original build sheet. Nut and bolt, no expense spared frame-off restoration. Matching numbers LS6 454/450 HP V-8. Matching numbers M22 4-speed manual transmission. Desert Sand Metallic over black vinyl interior. G80 Positraction rear axle, 3.31 gear ratio. Power steering. Power front disc brakes. Power top. Cowl induction hood. Top dog in 1970 was the Chevrolet Chevelle LS6. Designated RPO Z15, checking off this hugely expensive option delivered a 450 hp, 454 ci solid lifter behemoth that cranked out 500 lbs.-ft. and bludgeoned all challengers.

4,475 LS6 were built in 1970, but how many were coupes, convertibles or El Caminos is unknown.
The number of LS6 Chevelle convertibles known to exist today is thought to be less than 20.
The LS6's juice came from its 11.25:1 compression ratio, rectangle-port heads with 2.19-inch intake valves, and a mechanical cam with .520 lift and 316 degrees duration. A low-rise aluminum intake with a 780-cfm Holley topped off the monster package.

For your consideration at Mecum.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

Bloomington Gold, Survivor and Benchmark certified. In the care of a single family since new. Original bill of sale and window sticker. Odometer reads 20,105 miles. Honduras Maroon over black interior. Hardtop and soft top. Original 327/340 HP V-8 engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Positraction rear end. Wonderbar radio. The Corvette C1 was the first generation of the Corvette. It was introduced late in the 1953 model year and produced through 1962. This generation is commonly referred to as the "solid-axle" generation, as the independent rear suspension did not appear until the 1963 Stingray.
With a new and larger engine the 1962 Corvette was the quickest to date. Displacement of the small-block V8 increased from 283 cu in (4.6 L) to 327 cu in (5,360 cc), which was rated at 250 hp in its base single 4-barrel carb version.

Haggerty suggests a concours 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible is trending around $180k.
14,531 corvettes were produced in 1962. Base price was $4,038. This example crosses the block at Mecum.

Monday, March 13, 2023

1990 Ferrari F40

Odometer reads 3,413 miles. 1 of 213 in US spec. Coachwork by Scaglietti. Twin turbocharged 2,936cc DOHC V-8 engine. Twin IHI turbochargers with Behr intercoolers. Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection. 478 HP at 7,000 RPM. 5-speed manual transmission. Ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes. 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension with coilover shock absorbers. Rosso Corsa with Rosso Ferrari interior. Original Schedoni luggage. Tool kit. Ferrari Classiche certified, Red Book included.
While initial estimates called for about 400 examples of the F40, market demand was so overwhelming that 1,315 were produced. American Ferrarista, however, had to wait until 1990 for the chance to own one, and just 213 F40s were allocated to the U.S. market.
This 1990 Ferrari F40 features a Rosso Corsa exterior with a Rosso Ferrari interior. Up for grabs at Mecum.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS spyder - $ 1.5m

The ultimate Ghibli – a left-hand-drive 4.9 SS Spyder. Five-Speed ZF Gearbox and Power Steering. Five-Year Restoration by Maserati Specialist Martin LogĂ©. First in Class at Concorso Italiano and Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance. Offered with Hardtop, Fitted Luggage, Books, Tools, and Maserati Classiche Documents. The SS boasted a 4.9-liter V-8 making 335 horsepower. The car topped out at a significant 170 mph. 128 Ghibli spiders were built with a scant 30 of those the 4.9-liter SS. This example made $1.5m in 2016.
4,930 CC DOHC V-8. Four Weber 42 DCNF/11 carburetors. 335 BHP at 5,500 RPM. 5-Speed Manual ZF gearbox. 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Hydraulic Disc Brakes. Independent Wishbone Front Suspension with Coil Springs. Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs.

Maroon 5 front man claims 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 spyder a fake

A federal suit filed in California says Adam Levine traded two of his Ferraris, a 1972 365 and a 1968 365, to car dealer Rick Cole in exchange for a 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9l Spyder and $100k. The Ghibli 4.9 Spyder is among the rarest and most desirable Maserati with just 45 examples known. The Maroon 5 frontman discovered he was robbed when he tried to sell the car to New York dealer Autosport Designs, only to discover the dealership had sold a car with the same VIN number at some point in the past. It was subsequently discovered the car was a complete fake.
See ----->Maserati Ghibli Spyder

Friday, March 10, 2023

1957 Ford Thunderbird 'F-Code' - $224k

The “F-Code” supercharged engine was named for the first letter of the Thunderbird’s chassis number signifying the car’s factory powerplant, “F-Birds,” as they became known, sported the Thunderbird Special 312-cubic-inch V-8 engine fitted with a McCulloch/Paxton VR57 centrifugal supercharger, pressure-sealed Holley four-barrel carburetor, and reinforced cylinder heads. Factory-rated at 300 horsepower, period tests and even Paxton Products themselves put the figure closer to 400hp.
21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957, but only 196 were delivered with the F-Code engine package. Options listed on the dealer invoice include the F-Code supercharged V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, tinted glass, signal seek radio, and rear fender skirts. A 3.70:1 rear axle, the highest gear ratio available, rounded out this F-Bird’s details. This car is cloaked in its factory-correct finish of Raven Black over Flame pleated vinyl upholstery with a matching black hardtop. A similar example made $175k in 2015. Here.
Hugely collectible, this example appears at RM Sotheby.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider = $18m

Chassis no. 3099 GT was completed in 1962 and given a one-off metallic azure paint (Azzurro Metallizzato - Metallic Blue) finish over light tan interior. Between 1957 and 1963 Ferrari built 106 examples, only 56 of which were the final SWB variant. In 2008, following completion of the restoration in 2004, this Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider was granted Ferrari’s ‘Classiche Red Book certification’, confirming it still has the original chassis, coachwork, engine, gearbox, rear axle and ancillary components.
One of 37 covered-headlight SWB California Spiders. 2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 168/61 V-12 Engine. Three Weber 42 DCL6 Carburetors 240 BHP at 7,000 RPM. 4-Speed manual gearbox. Estimate is $18m to $20m Here

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO - $3.9m

US spec example supplied new in June 1985. Less than 8,000 km from new. Factory-equipped with red seat inserts, air conditioning, and power windows. Private single-family ownership for the last 22 years. Ferrari Classiche Red Book-certified; retains its numbers-matching engine, gearbox, and body.

The 2.8-liter V-8 engine with its twin IHI turbochargers pumped out 400 horsepower and 366 pound-feet of torque. The 288 GTO could reach a top speed of 189 mph, making it the fastest road car at the time of its unveiling. Kevlar-framed bucket seats were lined in leather, and buyers could request air conditioning, electric windows, and an AM/FM radio/cassette stereo as optional extras. Other than those few comforts, the GTO offered little to distract the driver.
Chassis 56773 is one of the 272 Ferrari 288 GTOs built from 1984 to 1985. It left the factory on 3 May 1985, finished in Rosso Corsa. Estimate is $4m to $4.5m at RM Sothebys.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone - $3.5m

One of 150 SV examples built. Retains numbers-matching chassis, engine, and body. Desirably equipped with air conditioning and split-sump lubrication system. Blu Notte over light gray. The Miura P400 was a revolutionary sports car, from its transversely positioned mid/rear-mounted V-12 engine, to the stunning coachwork designed by Bertone’s Marcello Gandini. The Miura underwent a final development in 1971. The Miura P400 SV was available by special order only, and the SV (Spinto Veloce) was the most advanced Miura.
The P400 SV was built in a modest quantity of 150 examples, making it the rarest of the three Miura variants. It remains hugely prized by discerning collectors.
The Lamborghini V-12 was tuned to develop 385 horsepower.
The car made $3.5m at RM Sotheby's.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

1995 Ferrari F50 - $5.3m

Eighth of 349 examples built. 625 miles on the odometer. Matching-numbers example with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book. Ferrari produced few examples of the breathtaking F50 through the conclusion of production in 1998. In 2013, after 18 years of ownership, the car was sold to an enthusiast in Texas, and the F50 was imported into the United States.
This car is among the best-condition and lowest mileage example of Maranello’s 50th anniversary model known. Estimate was $5.5m to $6.5m USD.

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

1938 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe

1 of 2,600 produced for 1938. 267 CI V-12 engine. Stromberg downdraft carburetor. Oil bath air cleaner. 3-speed manual transmission. Front and rear transverse leaf spring suspension. Mechanical drum brakes. Fender skirts. Chrome bumpers with bumper guards.

The sleek three-passenger coupe is said by many to be the most attractive Lincoln-Zephyr.
The Zephyr had some innovations. The unibody construction was a first in the U.S., and the Zephyr could carry six passengers in comfort. It had a low center of gravity and 50/50 weight distribution. The car also had safety glass, teardrop headlights, aircraft style seats with chrome frames, Broadcloth or Bedford cord and a leather interior option. The dash was fully instrumented and conduit-routed wiring featured circuit breakers instead of fuses.
At Mecum.

Friday, February 24, 2023

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda - squared

1 of 284 Hemi Cudas produced with 4-speed for 1970. FC7 In Violet Metallic over Black interior. 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine. A33 Track Pak with 3.54 gears. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Shaker hood. Bucket seats and center console. Hurst Pistol Grip shifter.

At Mecum here.
Two fender tag example. High Impact FJ5 Lime Light Green, Black vinyl top and interior. 426/425 HP Hemi V-8 engine. A34 Super Track Pak with 4.10 gears. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Shaker hood. Elastomeric front bumper group.

At Mecum here.

Monday, February 20, 2023

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 and among the best collector car investments.
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.

Sunday, February 19, 2023

1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Prototipo

Sole surviving factory prototype for the 288 GTO series, one of the four developmental cars built by Ferrari. 288 GTO s/n 47649 is in Gallo Fly over black and made €506,000 EUR in 2007. Here.