Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Solid Gold Model Ford GT Car - $75k

In 2018 a 1:25-scale solid 14 karat gold Ford GT replica was sold at auction at Sotheby's.
It was once owned by a descendant of Harry Ford. Est: 30,000 - 40,000 USD

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E - $93k

Restored to like original specs. Correct W-code 427 CI side-oiler V-8 engine. Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Aluminum intake manifold. C6 Merc-O-Matic transmission. Competition suspension. Power steering. Power brakes with front discs. Cardinal Red with Red bucket seat interior. Woodgrain dash. Tinted glass. AM/FM radio. Tilt away steering column. Styled steel wheels. BF Goodrich radial tires.
One of a dozen known survivors. The ground rippling powerplants were often lifted from the Cougar GT-E to be used elsewhere.
101 examples of the Mercury Cougar GT-E were produced in 1968. Of those, 64 were fitted with a 427ci V8 engine and the remaining 37 packed a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet. The engine was the one Ford used to homologate its NASCAR racing program.

This Cougar GT-E might be one of the finest examples of its species. No part was ignored in a meticulously thorough rotisserie restoration.
The 1968 Mercury Cougar GT-E is highly desirable. In 2011 a concours example made $181k. This pristine example appeared at Mecum.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Carroll Shelby's 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster - $5.9m

CSX3178. Carroll Shelby's personal 427 Cobra since new until his passing. Purchased from Shelby's estate in 2016. One of five 427 Cobras originally finished in Charcoal Gray. Ground-up concours restoration completed in 2019 to exacting 1965 specifications. Original body and chassis. Aluminum head 427 side oiler engine with dual 4-barrel carburetors. Toploader 4-speed manual transmission. Sunburst knock-off wheels. This 427 Cobra is the big brother of CSX2000, the original small-block Cobra. CSX2000 recently sold for almost $14 million.
The artifact appeared at Mecum Kissimmee 2021.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider by Scaglietti

Scuderia Ferrari Works car driven at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans and 1955 Mille Miglia. Raced by Ferrari Works drivers Maurice Trintignant, Harry Schell, and Piero Taruffi. One of four surviving Ferrari 121 LMs. Complete nut-and-bolt restoration to 1955 Le Mans specification carried out by Ferrari Classiche between 2018 and 2023. Ferrari Classiche certified.

Following disappointment at the Mille Miglia caused by an oil pump failure, chassis 0546 LM returned to Maranello, where it was converted to full 121 LM specification. Enlarged to 4,412 cc and fitted with three side-draught Weber carbs, the straight-six now produced 360 hp.
Le Mans marked the end of chassis 0546 LM’s Works career, and it was sold at the close of the season. It would go on to race with success in North America.

The car was tragically involved in an accident in April 1956 when on lap 33 of the Del Monte Trophy race at Pebble Beach, Ernie McAfee missed a downshift at turn six, causing him to lose control of the car. It hit a tree on the driver's side killing him instantly. Later restored, the Ferrari appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1974, 1975, and 1976. In 2018, chassis 0546 LM was sent to Maranello, where it was the subject of a no expense spared five year restoration. Estimate is €5,500,000 - €6,500,000.

Up for grabs at RM Sotheby with no estimate. In 2017 a 1955 121 LM made $5.7m. Here.

Friday, May 26, 2023

1971 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner - $550k

Original drivetrain. One owner car until 2023. 10,828 original miles. Unrestored highly original condition. 1 of only 28 Hemi Road Runners produced with 4-speed for 1971. Factory Black on Black car. Original Formal Black paint. Odometer reads 10,828 miles. Plymouth produced 55 Road Runners with 426 Hemi engines for 1971, including 28 with four-speed manual transmissions. The Road Runner and GTX were limited to just one Hardtop model each. 1971 would be the last year for the GTX. Sales plunged by two-thirds and only 14,218 Road Runners were built. Base Road Runner price was $3,147. It was the end of the muscle car era.

As the 1970s began, rising insurance premiums and changing tastes were cooling demand for performance cars. This icon changed hands at Mecum.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - $770k

No. 36 of 69 produced. Sold new at Fred Gibb Chevrolet in LaHarpe, Illinois. No-expense spared frame-off restoration using original NOS date correct GM parts. Original factory invoice and dealer shipping order. ZL1 aluminum 427 CI V-8 engine. Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission. Fathom Green with Black Strato bucket seat interior. BE code 12 bolt Positraction rear end with 4.10:1 ratio gears. Power front disc brakes. Hurst shifter.

A new listing at Mecum.
See ----->1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight Snorkasaurus IV S/SA - $148k

The Todd Werner Collection. Factory-Backed Hemi Car. Built on the first day of Hemi 330 production. Raced in S/SA class in the 1964 and early 1965. Aluminum fenders, hood, grille and front bumper doors.

A864 race 426 CI Hemi V-8 engine. 12.5:1 compression. Solid mechanical flat tappet camshaft. Aluminum cross-ram intake. Dual Holley 4-barrel carburetors. 727 Torqueflite pushbutton transmission.
The Hemi packages of 1964 are often referred to by their engine code of A864.
The summer of 1964 was big for Mopar racers. The 426 Hemi ran circles around the competition. This car, once raced in Southern California, has been brought back to its as-built condition.
The relic made $148k

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 - $165k

Two owner car. Same owner for the last 23 years. Two build sheets. Matching numbers 454/450 HP V-8 engine. M22 rock crusher 4-speed manual transmission. Cranberry Red with black SS stripes. Owner's manual. 3.31 Positraction rear end. Cowl induction hood. F41 suspension. Power brakes with front discs.
To get the biggest bruiser it cost at least an additional $988.55 to a base price of just over $2,800. With required options the big dog could cost over $4k, a huge sum in 1970.
The LS6 used the same block as the LS5, but a 800-cfm Holley four barrel was bolted to an aluminum manifold replacing the Rochester Quadra Jet. The LS6 featured a bottom end with four-bolt mains, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods with forged aluminum, and 11.25:1 compression pistons. Because of the LS6’s 6500 redline, deep groove accessory drive pulleys were necessary. Holley-equipped LS6 received the A.I.R. system, which was one of the first items removed by owners.

This example appears at Mecum.

Monday, May 22, 2023

1961 Chevrolet Corvette big brake fuelie - $242K

1 of 233 big brake cars produced. Bloomington Gold Special Collection. Bloomington Gold certified. NCRS Top Flight National--99.5%. NCRS Top Flight Regional--99.7%. NCRS Duntov Award--99.5%. NCRS Performance Verification. Total Corvette sales hit a new record for 1961, the final year for the 283 CI small-block V-8 engine. Delivering 315 HP, the top RPO 354 Fuel-Injected 283 CI V-8 engine featured a solid-lifter camshaft and Rochester fuel-injection system. Costing a large $484.20, the RPO 354 Fuelie engine powered 1,462 Corvettes in 1961.
The Big-Brake option could be ordered only with the solid-lifter engines (either fuel injection or with four-barrel carbs) and also required the Positraction rear axle option. 1,462 315-hp fuel-injected cars out of 10,939 Corvettes were produced for 1961. The number of RPO 687 cars is just 233. Among solid-axle Corvettes, few are more rare and desirable than the early RPO 684 (337 built from 1957 to 1959) and later RPO 687 (598 built from 1960–62) The car beat its estimate of $175k to $200k.
This example appeared at Mecum.

1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible - $148,500

33,125 miles. 1 of 518 GT500 KR convertibles produced in 1968. 1 of 215 equipped with an automatic transmission. Part of the Shelby Registry. Glovebox signed by Carroll Shelby. 428/335 HP Cobra-Jet Ram Air V-8 engine. Aluminum intake manifold. Ford high performance 427 heads and valve springs. 10.6:1 compression ratio. Holly 4-barrel carburetor. Raven Black exterior. Power white convertible top.

The 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500KR was a mid-year introduction based on the 1968 Shelby GT500. KR, short for 'King of the Road,' was a marketing move by Carroll Shelby.
Cobra referred to the 428 Cobra Jet V-8 under the KR's custom fiberglass hood. Ford rated horsepower at 335hp, with 440 pounds-feet. Real output was closer to 400hp.
The GT500KR was sold for around $4,600. Adjusted for inflation that would be a serious bargain of $8,000 today.
The cover of the October 1968 issue of Car Life magazine asked: “Shelby’s GT500 KR — was it worth stealing?” The car promised by Ford was stolen just before delivery. It was recovered but was so badly damaged that another car had to be brought in. Car Life saw 0–60 in 6.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.57 at 99.55 mph.

These cars have enjoyed a spectacular increase in value over the past decade. Haggerty suggests a #1 concours 1968 Shelby GT500KR is trending around $278k.This example appears at Mecum.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6 - $264k

Listed in the LS6 registry. Odometer reads 15,000 miles. 454/450 HP LS6 engine. M22 4-speed manual transmission Original build sheet. 12 bolt Positraction rear with 4.10 gears. Triple Black. Power brakes. Bucket seats. Vinyl roof. AM/FM radio. Tinted glass.
It’s thought that Chevrolet produced 4,439 or 4,475 LS6 Chevelles. The LS6 Registry estimates the number of 1970 LS6 El Caminos at 585 units. Only a handful remain in existence. Original list price was $3,764.
This example crosses the block at Mecum.

1970 Plymouth Cuda squared

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. 426/425 HP V-8. 4-Speed Manual. 1 of 284 Hemi Cuda Hardtops produced with the 4-speed manual transmission for 1970. Rotisserie restoration. Original matching numbers 426 Hemi V-8 engine. A833 4-speed. Super Track Pak with 4.10 gears. Power steering. Power brakes with front disc brakes. Factory correct FC7 In Violet Metallic paint with White interior. N96 Shaker hood with hold-down pins. Dual 4-barrel carburetors. Dual exhaust. High back bucket seats and center console. Hurst Pistol Grip shifter.

$352k At Mecum.
1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda. 340 6 BBL V-8, 4-Speed, Two Broadcast Sheets, Professional rotisserie restoration completed in 2015. FC7 In Violet paint. Original window sticker. Two original broadcast sheets. Matching numbers 340 6 BBL V-8 engine. Matching numbers 4-speed manual transmission. Original fender tags intact.

$198k At Mecum.

Saturday, May 20, 2023

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible - $660k

1 of 4 Black and Blue 1967 Corvettes produced. Bloomington Gold Special Collection, NCRS Top Flight. Tuxedo Black over Bright Blue. Multiple award winner. 427/400 HP Tri-Power engine. 4-speed manual transmission. Blue Teal soft top. Auxiliary hard top. Telescopic steering wheel. Factory air conditioning. Power windows. Power steering. Power brakes. Aluminum bolt-on wheels. Goodyear Blue Steak tires.
The 1967 Chevrolet Corvette was offered in two body styles. 22,940 cars were produced that year. 8,504 were coupes and 14,436 convertibles. Those carrying the potent 427-400 hp numbered 2,101 in total. This award winner carries an estimate of $600k to $700k at Mecum.

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible - $445k

1 of 7 Ram Air IV GTO Judge Convertibles produced with automatic transmission. Equipped with 23 options. Frame-off restoration. 400/370 HP Ram Air IV V-8 engine. Turbo 400 Hyrda-Matic transmission. Palladium Silver with black interior. Owner's manual. Saf-T-Track 3.90 ratio rear end. Bucket seats with headrests. Ride and Handling package. Reclining passenger seat. Power steering. Power front disc brakes.
Pontiac produced a total of 40,149 GTOs in 1970, of which 3,797 were Judges and 168 were Judge convertibles, and of those Judge convertibles, 17 were Ram Air IVs. The Judge's 400 ci Ram Air IV engine option was rated at 370 hp.
Suspension upgrades included a new rear anti-sway bar, a stiffer front anti-sway bar, and optional variable-ratio power steering.
These cars are highly desirable. Two examples sold recently. One made $1.1m, the other $540k. Here.
This example made $445k at Mecum.