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isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
edited April 2014 in General
I've been watching the ongoing Barrett-Jackson auctions the past couple of nights and I'm just amazed at the prices some of these cars are bringing!

But I'm sure in many cases, the restoration costs far exceeded the prices bought.

A lot of these cars are over restored far beyond they way they left the factory.


  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,911
    The car was also sold new in pretty much a rule, AC is uncommon (when optional) in Pacific NW cars until the 80s
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    Yes, one has to be careful in comparing some of the B-J cars to the ones in your neighbor's driveway. Also one has to be careful to believe that there is a real bid on some of the cars.

    But in some cases, the bids are just not smart, and the bidder would find it nearly impossible to re-sell the car privately for what he paid. I've seen some cars drop 30%.

    Of course, the PREMIUM cars with HIGH DEMAND are holding steady but that's the cream of the crop. The rest of the crop is going soft.

    Lots of European bidders by phone I'd bet. They're sick of old MGBs and little Alfas, they want to top-notch expensive stuff because they are shopping with Euros, so essentially they are only paying perhaps 70% of what you see the price listed at in USD.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 7,767
    I watched some last night, and (for the hour I watched) none of the cars failed to meet reserve - that seems odd, or did they have a 'no reserve' night?
  • parmparm Posts: 724
    I've watched nearly every minute of the Barrett-Jackson coverage this week. I even sat through the brutally painful auction of the Monster Garage creations. Good Gawd! What a huge was of time.

    In any event, none of the cars have sold with a reserve. B-J has strictly been a no reserve auction for the last five years or so.
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,767
    B-J has strictly been a no reserve auction for the last five years or so.

    Thanks, that's good to know, makes it more interesting, rather than a bunch of fishing exercises.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    I enjoy watching the "floor assistants" work the bidders. These people can make things happen. "Amy" is a real babe too!

    In addition to the prices paid, there is a 10% bidders fee to be considered too.

    And, some of those cars, I keep thining, "what if something breaks".

    A 1929 (I think) Nash went through last night. What in the world would a person do if somthing irreplacable were to break?

    Not like a 1955 Chevy where they reproduce everything.
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,767
    "what if something breaks"

    Well, that applies to lots of the pre-war stuff, there are shops that can make many of these parts from scratch - they are pretty lightly stressed. Not cheap, that's for sure. Also, there is some commonality in axles, engines, transmissions.
  • hymeshymes Posts: 4
    New here, fellows. I joined the site because I thought I would certainly need some help on a restoration of mine. Found it to be far more interesting than just that. Anyhow, I picked up a solid body 1973 Javelin 401, complete with roller cam and rockers, Holly 780 on a Torquer manifold, .080 overbore. T-10 4 speed. I've decided it's deserving of a major, as I bought it from a lifelong friend who needed money and has had the car from day one. The driveshaft busted, and broke the U-joint saddle at the differential. Anybody have any idea what AMC was using on this muscle car? I assume some Mopar piece, but this not an area I'm versed in. By the way, he has Camaro leafs on it, a direct bolt in. Figure. Thank you.
  • hymeshymes Posts: 4
    Uh, apparently I've already screwed up and posted this under an existing topic. Sorry.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    You could post here!

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  • I enjoy watching the Barrett-Jackson Auctions,but the prices they are getting for the cars are killing the average guy who wants to buy something to fix up.All of a sudden that 3,500.00 camaro is now worth 10,000.00. I guess thats just the way it is.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    And everyone thinks the old car they own is "almost" as nice as the ones that went through the auctions.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,911
    I love the ads that say "this car sold at B-J for 100K", where the rat the seller is trying to con someone into buying might be worth 3K...people don't understand the high dollar car received a 50K restoration and was bid on by drunken fools.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    I have to shatter so many people's dreams in the appraisal business :cry:

    Sometimes (now and then) I'll see a family bickering over deceased Dad's old car which they think is worth $50,000, only to find out that it's worth $6,500.

    Talk about jaws hitting the floor. I just tell 'em "don't kill the messenger. That's what appraisers are for...we have no interest in the car, no mad passion for it, no desire or payoff attached--we just call 'em as the market directs us".

    Or a divorce where hubby sunk $35,000 in a car worth $8,000. Wivey wants half, which is only fair, but it's going to be half of the market value, not half of the restoration costs.

    B-J really distorts reality because we are viewing unusual merchandise sold under unusual circumstances----which is NOT the legal definition of fair market value.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 41,911
    I'd think it would be fun to shatter peoples unrealistic ideas, but then again I am a jerk ;)

    I've had people come up to me and tell me the fintail must be worth 50K, as they see a new MB costing this much. They are shocked when I tell them 5K would be a very fair price for it.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    What do these buyers DO with these over restored trailer queens?

    Some of them are museum pieces and I can't imagine there are that many buyers with museums!

    Do they drive them on nice days on city streets with their irreplacable
    parts in harms way?

    One thing is apparant, there are people with a LOT of money to throw around!

    Did anyone see the 30' Miami Vice speedboat with 1150 horsepower that came with it's own custom Hummer and trailer?

    What in the hell would anyone do with such a thing yet it brought (I think) 600,000!

    A prototype UGLY 1963 Corvette went for over a million!

  • parmparm Posts: 724
    Every year, at the end of the auction, when Craig Jackson is interviewed on Speed TV, he ALWAYS utters these words, "the market is strong" and goes on and on about how these cars are great investments. So, when Mike Joy interviewed Craig Jackson this evening, sure enough, he said it again, "the market is strong". But, unlike past years, he didn't go overboard about how B-J is the bell-weather of the market or that values are up, Up, UP!, etc. In the interview, C. Jackson chose his words rather carefully.

    PERHAPS for these extremely rare &/or well-preserved/restored iconic cars, there will always be enough millionaires around to buy them.

    Yes, the Miami Vice boat/trailer/Hummer sale was kind of nuts. But, the thing that gets me is the purchase of these non-vintage race cars. Where in the hell are you going to drive something like that? No where. Perhaps if you own a car dealership or a sports bar, you might buy something like that as a draw. But, for the price paid for these cars, you'd need to sell a heck of a lot of hot wings and beer.
  • parmparm Posts: 724 - mber=17

    Actually, one of my favorite cars at the B-J auction was this '67 Parklane convertible and it sold for only $16,000. Yes, I'm sure some will argue that $16K is ridiculously high for this car. But, where are you going to find another one - let alone SEE another one driving down the road? This car sold on Tuesday which is when grunts like me are in attendance. ;-)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    I dunno...$16K might be a little high, but it looks like the car is in really good shape. If its price is inflated, it's still a lot more reasonable than most of the other B-J stuff. Although I'd lose those awful rear skirts. And are those wire hubcaps authentic? I don't really care for them, but I guess they do suit that car. It's not supposed to be a sporty car, but more of a cushy cruiser.
  • parmparm Posts: 724
    Yup, I'd probably replace those wire wheel covers too. When I was a kid, we had a new '67 Colony Park station wagon which probably explains whey this convertible caught my eye. I clearly remember the hub caps on that car, which were very good looking as hubcaps go - sort of like what you'd see standard on a 64-64 Thunderbird.

    I'd probably leave the fender skirts on. Yeah, they may be somewhat hokey, but they lend a bit of panache IMHO.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    Personally, I think those skirts make the car look horrible.

    The only thing worse would be a continental kit.

    The hubcaps are wrong and it doesn't have air conditioning.

    And it's probably the worse color it could be.

    16,000 plus the 10% buyer's fee?

    Don't think so.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    Hmmm, I missed the fact that it didn't have a/c. I guess I just took it for granted that, being a top-line Mercury, it would've had it installed. I keep forgetting how a'la carte everything was back then. Somehow I guess I just lucked out in that every 60's car I ever owned had a/c. Now it didn't always work, but at least it had it! :blush:

    What color IS that car, anyway? On my screen, it looks like that light silvery green metallic that seemed so common back in the late 60's and early 70's. I guess it could look nastier in person, though.

    Also, looking in my car book, I see the 410 V-8 was the standard engine, with 330 hp. So nothing really special there. My book lists the 427 as only being optional on the Comets, although there was a 428 with 345 hp offered as an option on the full-size cars.

    Not that it really adds to value, but it looks like the '67 big Merc convertibles were pretty rare. My book lists 2673 Monterrey convertibles, 145 S-55's (which had the 428 standard), and only 1191 Park Lanes verts. Meanwhile, Pontiac ran off 10,033 Catalina 'verts, 8902 Bonnevilles, and 5856 Grand Prixes.

    It looks like big Mercurys in general weren't popular by 1967. Most of Mercury's sales seemed to come from the Comet and Cougar. Similarly, most of Dodge's sales came from the compacts and midsizers, while the Polara/Monaco lineup only accounted for maybe 115,000 sales that year. GM truly owned the fullsize market back then, especially in the medium price market.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    I believe that color was called Lime Gold or something like that.

    Just not a good color then or now.
  • parmparm Posts: 724
    OK. I guess I'm in the minority here. I love the sage green color. It's a welcome change from the run of the mill red and white found on most convertibles of this era. Admittedly, I'm not wild about the color of the interior. I think a nice cream or white would've been a better choice.

    I've relaxed my requirement for A/C on car like this. I mean, if it's 90 degrees, you probably are going to have the top up anyway (or just keep it in your garage). Plus, at least for me, a car like this wouldn't be my daily driver and the trips would be limited to pleasure cruises. So, not having A/C wouldn't be that big of a deal. Plus, it's one less thing to keep repaired. LOL!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    IIRC, most of the cars I've seen in that shade of light green have had interiors that match. At least, the GM cars have. Now that I think about it, I believe the GM green was a bit more silvery, but I still find that '67 Merc's color to be easy on the eye.

    As for a/c, it's not essential for me. With a car that old, not having a/c wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, unless it was something in the Cadillac/Lincoln/Imperial league. However, I wouldn't pay a/c price for a non-a/c car. FWIW, the interior of my '67 Catalina convertible is black vinyl, which is probably about as evil as it gets in hot weather. I've driven that car in the dog days of summer, top down, and have found it to be bearable. I'm a bit of a masochist, though. :shades:

    It seems like older cars tend to "breathe" better than the newer ones. Especially with the fresh air vents under the dash, the little vent windows, roll-down windows in back on 2-doors, and less padding and insulation, all seem to combine to make a car that's more bearable in hot weather. In the 70's, they started sealing cars up tighter, which I think made them retain heat more. And with integrated a/c systems becoming more common, they started doing away with those vent windows, fresh air vents, roll-down rear windows, etc. Plus, it seems that once they started making the side windows curve in more, they'd let in more heat from the sun's rays.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    Back in 1967 I guess a lot of people did like that color because it was pretty popular back then. I didn't like it then and it hasn't grown on me. Some people like fender skirts too while I think they just ruin the looks of any car.

    It's all subjective. This is why restaurants have menus I suppose.

    I don't like cars without A/C and a big Merc like that really "should" have it.

    If it were a Cougar it wouldn't be as important to me.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,040
    The only car I ever had with fender skirts was a 1969 Bonneville. I remember pulling them off the car, and even though it gave the area around the rear wheel opening a bit of a ragged, incomplete look, I swear it made the car overall look SOOOO much better!

    Somehow, my mother, at the ripe old age of 17, was able to save up enough to buy a brand new '66 Catalina convertible. I remember years ago, asking her if it had a/c, and she responded "why would it have a/c? It was a CONVERTIBLE!" in kind of a "D'oh" sort of tone. I guess that was the prevailing attitude back then?

    But, judging from the pricing listed in my old car book, a '67 Park Lane was a major step above something like a Catalina. Looks like it was priced above the likes of the Bonneville even, coming in just below cars like the Electra, Ninety-Eight, and Chrysler New Yorker. That was sort of the 60's version of what they call "Near Luxury" today, a class that really should have a/c.

    I'd imagine that Mercury really had a tough time competing in this field back in the day. Olds and Buick, with their C-body Electra/Ninety-Eight, were essentially de-contented Cadillacs, so they seemed to have a definite advantage. And even though Chryslers were on their corporate "C" body, they were heavily modified from the smaller Furys and Polara/Monacos, with a body that was beefier and roomier. In contrast, the big Mercurys were just guzzied up Fords. Even though they were bigger than the Fords, it was in a fashion that made the cars longer without really giving you any more interior room. They'd stretch out the frame but use the same body, meaning you'd end up with a longer hood or longer rear deck, but not a roomier car. Although in some cases, you'd end up with a bigger trunk. Pontiacs Bonnevilles had some of the biggest trunks around back then, because they were the longest version of GM's corporate "B" body. They were longer than the Catalinas, and also longer than the Olds 88's and Buick LeSabres. However, all that extra length was in the trunk.
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,767
    Here's the brochure for the '67 Mercury, "The Man's Car", as they call it:
    1967 Mercury Brochure

    Lots of pages of car models that I don't even remember - they sure did have it tough competing with GM!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,588
    The color and the lack of AC will always hurt the value of a big 60s splashy this case, I think the car was over market but eventually the market will catch up to it in a few years----because really, any open car from the 60s, even an unpopular, unattractive one without any real "muscle"---will continue to creep along with inflation. I don't see cars like this "taking off" however. These are not '57 Chevys and '67 GTOs---they are land yachts that were not all that popular when new.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,602
    The quality and workmanship of Ford products of that era fell far short of GM.

    As and example, a Riviera was SO MUCH better of a car than a Thunderbird.
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