Corvette Coupe + LaFerrari + Chev El Camino + Pontiac GTO Judge - Auction Action 423

By: Mark Higgins

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Here are some highlights from the recent Mecum auctions...

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Passed in, $692,000
Mecum

If you wanted to own a brand new 1967 Chev Corvette and you weren't around in 1967, here was your chance. It’s hard to believe preserved, original and unrestored vehicles like are still in existance. In its 52 years this 427 V8 Vette has only travelled 2996 miles and all by the original owner. The passenger seat has never been sat in, baggage has never been carried in the rear compartment and its original VIN stamps are still on the engine, transmission, body and chassis. It also has the original window sticker, order copy, warranty book and dealer documents. It really is one of the world’s finest preserved original and most documented sports cars that will only increase in rarity and therefore value.

 

2016 Ferrari LaFerrari

Passed in, $8.5M
Mecum Kissimmee

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If you've won the lottery, want exclusivity in a flash set of wheels and want to save the planet, you should have bought this two-door Hybrid by Ferrari. Just 210 were made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and this Rosso Corsa coloured example has only whirred a total of 174 miles. In addition to its hybrid motor featuring an F1-inspired kinetic energy recovery system, its top speed of 217 mph is helped through the power generated by its 6.3-litre V-12 engine producing 789 horsepower plus another 161 from its leccy motor.

 

1970 Chevrolet El Camino

Sold: $36,500
Mecum Kissimmee

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Long before Australia jumped on the sports ute theme the yanks were hard at it and one of the most popular hi-po utes is the Chev El Camino (competing with Ford's Ranchero). In the snout of this one is the 396 V8 (which surprisingly actually displaces 402 cubes– they must have had leftover 396 badges to use up!). The healthy motor nicely backs up its racy red paintwork and red and black bench seat. This one comes with its original build sheet, a copy of the previous title and registration cards from 1980 and 1990 for added provenance.

 

1974 VW Karmann Ghia

Sold: $26,000
Mecum Kissimmee

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No doubt soaring Kombi prices will eventually feed through to other VW models like the venerable Karmann Ghia. This ’74 model, sharing much of the basic Beetle's chassis and driveline, is one of the last – with striking orange paintwork and black trim and soft-top, it sports a push-button radio and slotted aluminium wheels and chrome bumpers and hubcaps.

 

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

Sold: $57,800
Mecum Kissimmee

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The 67/68 Camaro, popular with muscle car fans, rivals Mustangs of the era. Their racetrack battles in the sixties with tintop heroes like Bob Jane, Norm Beechey, Pete Geoghegan and Allan Moffat were legendary. This superb ’68 Camaro sports a 396 V8 and Muncie 4-speed transmission – popular powertrain options back in the day, the perfect weapon for traffic light drags.

 

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder

Sold: $57,890
Mecum Kissimmee

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In his book, Unsafe At Any Speed, Ralph Nader gave a damming assessment of the behaviour of the Corvair’s rear swing axle suspension. And that was on the bog standard car. Imagine how much of a handful this 2.7-litre turbocharged critter would be, or how much fun, depending on your view. This one has only travelled 33,307 miles in the past 55 years. They weren’t exactly a stylish thing either but they are rare, especially the Monza Spyder and therefore growing in value

 

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback

Sold: $54,800
Mecum

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The most iconic of US muscle cars and, to many, the high water mark in design and performance terms, the Mach 1 Mustang's styling cues can still be seen on the latest pony car. This stunner, in Candyapple red has 351 V8 power and underwent a restoration in 2014, travelling 200 miles since. It’s fitted with front and rear spoilers and basically a new interior, new exhaust and it rolls on period correct steel wheels and Goodyear polyglass.tyres.

 

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge

Sold: $194,252
Mecum

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Here comes the judge. This rare and stylish muscle car is one of 168 open-top Judges built in 1970 and one of 14 with a four-speed manual and aircon! It has only travelled 500 miles since a frame-off resto. Power comes from a matching number Ram Air III 400 V8. It features a bonnet tacho and a Hurst shifter. And it has always been stored in a climate-control facility since the resto.

 


What's moving and shaking:

Lexus LS400

lexus.jpgIn January 1989, the Lexus LS 400 made its global debut. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with an electric shifting four-speed auto it was the symbol of Japanese luxury. It rides on double wishbone, twin shock suspension and was the first car to have an auto rake and reach steering wheel and powered seat belt height adjusters.

The interior is filled with a forest of timber and a herd of cattle and for those wishing to waft around in sheer luxury, LS 400 won’t break the bank to buy or run and being a Toyota, it's as dependable and faithful as a Swiss watch.

 

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