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This 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona is one of the Hemis offered at Mecum's auction in Kissimmee. With 6,435 miles on the odometer, it is the lowest-mileage example known to exist with its original Hemi engine still intact. Adding to the uniqueness of this vehicle is that of the only 503 Daytonas built, only 70 were Hemi-powered, and only 20 of those had a 4-speed manual transmission. This star car sold on Friday for $900,000. For a closer look at this car, as well as other star cars, see our gallery, and stay tuned to find out the hammer-down price of the other Hemis.
It was standing room only at Barrett-Jackson’s Saturday night auction, when the super stars of Ron Pratte’s collection took center stage. First up: the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car, which sold for $3 million. The second headliner vehicle, the 1950 GM Futurliner, was too big to drive onto the stage. So, it remained off-ramp, while a color guard of America’s finest from the Armed Forces marched to center stage. Surrounded by cheering crowds and waving flags, bidding for the Futurliner quickly passed $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, and finally sold for $4 million. And, then to complete Ron’s trifecta of super classic cars, the 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake rolled onto the auction stage. The auction hall was rocking, as the bids passed the $4 million mark. Finally, when bidding stopped at $4.7 million, there was no indication that this rare car had sold. Barrett-Jackson’s website subsequently reported that it actually did sell, at a price of $5,115,000, which includes the buyer’s commission. Ron generously donated 100% of the sale to the Armed Forces Foundation, a nonprofit that serves military service members, veterans and their families. For more photos of the big night, see our gallery.
Proving again that Ferraris are hot in the classic car market, two prancing horses took top sales honors during 2015 Auction Week in Arizona. The first Ferrari, a 1959 California Spider, sold at Goodings and Company for $7,700,000 (including buyers commission). The second, a 1964 250 LM, sold for $9,625,000 (including buyers commission), making it the overall sales leader for the week, as well as setting a new record for a car sold during the yearly Arizona extravaganza. The previous record for Arizona Auction Week was $8.8 million, set last year at RM Auctions, for a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. Still, this pales in comparison to the all-time record of $38.1 million paid for, you guessed it, another Ferrari -- a 250 GTO -- at Bonham's 2014 Monterey auction.
The Shelby GT350R, a new kid on the block in Ford's stable, made its debut at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, where bidders had the opportunity to buy the first production car. After an exciting biding war, the sale hammered down at $1 million, with proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more about the GT350R, Read More.
If you're accustomed to lots of trees and green grass, as I am, visiting the state of Arizona may seem as though you've stepped onto another planet. Surprisingly, though, it doesn't take long to appreciate its unique terrain, and realize it has a beauty of its own -- certainly different, but nevertheless captivating. Here are three places you don't want to miss. Read More
Shelby American has just released its first upgrade to the Sixth Generation Mustang, the Shelby GT. It’s a 627 HP pony, with enhanced handling and styling. Click here to pull off the cover on the new Shelby American 2015 Shelby GT Muscle Car.
We've been following this 1951 Custom Nash through multiple auctions and car shows across the country for almost a year. Up until this weekend, no one was willing to pay the reserve price, but now the Nash has a new owner. Read More.