The Ultimate Hot Rod Auction
By Brian Brennan – Photography By Barrett-Jackson Auctions
All of us wonder just how much our hot rod is worth. Experience has taught us that our hot rod is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. Ideally multiple buyers who possess both the desire and the wallet to own your current ride is optimal. Fellow hot rodder and omnipresent Ron Ceridono tells me that I have failed to learn this process. He tells me my cunning ability to “buy high and sell low” is counterproductive … at least for me.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend several days at the Barrett-Jackson Auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is the biggie for them and always lives up to the billing. Granted there are some 1,600 vehicles up for sale and they do sell but it is the accompanying show that is mind boggling. While I was looking for early hot rod buys, of which there were few, I did notice that there were plenty of Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers that were bringing in big dollars. I can easily say that the high-performance car aftermarket is alive and well.
Corvettes are still king among the Bowtie crowd and the “correct” Camaro is highly thought of, while the Ford GT-series of cars are very strong and the Mustang remains popular, and Chrysler late-’60s/early-’70s-era muscle cars are still very strong, especially the Superbirds.
To make my point here is a listing of the Top 5 selling Chevys, Fords, and Chryslers:
- Lot #1353: ’69 Camaro ZL1, $770,000
- Lot #1367: ’67 Corvette custom convertible, $770,000
- Lot #1418: ’68 Camaro RS/SS Baldwin Motion, $583,000
- Lot #1375: ’53 Kindig CF1 Barrett-Jackson edition roadster, $572,000
- Lot #1451.1: ’62 Corvette 327/300 convertible, $572,000
- Lot #1390: ’20 Ford GT carbon series, $1,320,000
- Lot #1419: ’19 Ford GT Lightweight Carbon series, $1,320,000
- Lot #1396: ’66 Shelby Group II Mustang (Ken Miles), $770,000
- Lot #1399: ’69 Mustang Boss 429, $605,000
- Lot #1397: John Mayers ’06 Ford GT Heritage Edition, $594,000
- Lot #1400: ’70 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, $605,000
- Lot #1330: ’70 Plymouth Superbird, $550,000
- Lot #1371: ’70 Plymouth Superbird, $401,500
- Lot #1464.1: ’69 Dodge Hemi Charger 500, $341,000
- Lot #1311: ’71 Plymouth ’Cuda, $275,000
Now, investigate the coffee you have “rat holed” in the deepest darkest recess of your garage and count your savings. Maybe you have what it takes to bring home one of these iconic hot rods. MR