2017 Barrett-Jackson Northeast – Awesome Cars and Insane Prices

In its four days, the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sold 630 vehicles worth approximately $23.5 million. In addition to cars, the 72,000 people who attended the auction also bought 685 pieces of automotive memorabilia totaling $819,000. That’s a pretty good weekend.

The auction occurred at the Mohegan Sun casino which is located in eastern Connecticut, about half way between Boston and New York City. That is a rather perfect location as it brought in people from all of New England, New York City metropolitan area, and probably as far as Philadelphia. All of those are areas with people who have money to spend, which begs the question as to why this is only the second such auction in this area. 

Barrett-Jackson people confirmed what I noticed last week – the majority of the vehicles were American muscle cars but that majority has significantly shrunk. There were plenty of European cars as well as many 4x4s of all ages. There were surprisingly many Japanese cars, too, such as the two Nissan GTRs and numerous vintage Land Cruisers. The most shocking amount, both in terms of number of cars as well as their selling prices, were from the so-called Malaise Era. Along with those cars, Barrett-Jackson confirmed that they noticed a trend with many younger buyers and sellers. 

Below some cars that I found interesting cars and their prices. For full results go here


$115,500$22,000 – that’s a lot more than what I expected it to sell for. 

$15,400 for this no-so-special E30 325i. There was also an E36 M3 sedan with an automatic transmission that sold for $25,300. The insane Jeep CJ era is upon us. $22,550 for this rather nice CJ-5.  $18,700 for this modified badboy. There were many Beetles. This one sold for $25,300. This means that if you have anything with an air-cooled VW engine you’re a baller. Stock-ish and legally imported, yours for $29,700, which seems somewhat reasonable. This caricature sold for $14,800. I don’t even…For $7150, this was a buy all day long. $34,100 for this widow-maker.Just when you think the Jeep CJ market is nutty, in comes the FJ for $47,300.I was expecting this original NAS D110 to fetch $150k. It didn’t. $114,400.This unique Austin Mini fetched $7150. Not bad.

It look great but it was re-creation. So it only got $24,750.The 928s are about to start going up in value because all other Porsche already have. $31,900 for this gorgeous 928 S.  This disaster sold for $6600. Swap the wheels with some factory units, sand off the tacky paint, put it on eBay, and profit.  If a CJ or an FJ won’t do it for you, how about this $48,400 Bronco?At $12,100, this was too nice to pass up.

$18,700 for this Grand Nat in grand condition. At that price, it can only go up. 

$58,300 for what I think is one of the best looking Ferraris ever. Lot #2 sold for $8800. Solid value. $11,000. Not bad, it was in excellent condition. $33,000 for this Lotus Esprit V8 – that’s a gamble I wouldn’t have taken. Ugh…

This low mileage Jag went for $13,700

This was another bargain that’s sure to go up in value just based on its history – $25,300

Aside from being powered by an air-cooled VW, there wasn’t anything special about this $17,600 vehicle. 
This is a true military vet. $19,800.Just your basic common GMC pickup for $11,000. This is rare targa-top XJSC. Even with V12 power it sold for only $6600.This perfection went for $21,450.$29,700. Chance of you ever owning a first generation Bronco are rather small. Ugh…23,000 original miles. $9900. That’s a buy!Modified but legal. For $27,500 you too can be like Doug.One of several El Caminos. $33,000My first car was an ’84 CJ-7. I bought in 1994 for $2400. This one sold for $22,000!!Ah yea, Polski Fiat 126p. The paint job was not great but it seemed original and period correct. It sold for $5500 which means I should start importing them ASAP!

People walked by this thing not noticing that this wasn’t a typical Grand National. $13,200 for this one of a kind El Camino. 

$23,650 for this lovely Barracuda. One of several such Royces, this one went for $12,100. Will these ever go up in price?

One of several Fieros, this one went for $5500. I have no idea what the future holds for the values of these. Very original, very nicely done. $62,700.It was super clean, with only 22k miles. Sold for $22,000. Tad bit much as far as I’m concerned. There were many Trans Ams. Prices were high.There were many Land Cruisers. Prices were high. But there was only one Fiat Jolly. It was beautiful and it fetched a beautiful $42,900


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19 responses to “2017 Barrett-Jackson Northeast – Awesome Cars and Insane Prices”

  1. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    The BMW 1800 was a pleasant surprise, although the slushbox diminishes the experience. I’d rather relive my childhood in a 2000 with stick, since we had one from right in the neighborhood, originally sold by a dealer in Boston and we got it used in the NY City suburbs and used to drive up to Lime Rock for the races.

  2. Desmo Avatar

    $ 111.000.- for a Landrover? wtf..

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      I know, right!? I was expecting more than that.

  3. I_Borgward Avatar

    Big money ruins everything.

  4. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Whisky Tango Foxtrot. For the exact same $7150 I know where my money would have gone. What happened to that Clubman to make it worth so much?

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      Obscurity… relative one, especially at this auction.

  5. Troggy Avatar

    I’ve always had a thing for the Jaguar XJ-S. That looong bonnet means you just keep arriving… and arriving…
    I love that unusual and interesting cars can still go for not-too unreasonable prices.
    I hate that I still can’t afford one.

    1. ptschett Avatar

      (…and I still like the notchback 2nd-generation Barracuda better than the fastback.)

      1. Kamil K Avatar


  6. outback_ute Avatar

    The 635CSi looks like the bargain to me, assuming it didn’t have problems.
    A lot of the prices I can easily justify (as reasonable, not necessarily something I would pay!) because so many of the cars would be in the “find another one this nice, that is for sale” category.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      And they were in better than average condition.

  7. Sjalabais Avatar

    An S class with flames? No, thank you, I’ll stick to my all-leather, gold applications, BRG Pinto.

  8. Rob Avatar

    Nice review. I dig that Grand National-El Camino.
    I’ve been saying for a couple years that I want to start a company recreating Fiat Jolly’s and other beach cruisers. If anyone wants to help, hit me up, there is a fortune to be made and no one is doing it.

    1. jim Avatar

      There are already dozens of bodyshops in Italy and France specialized in doing that.

    2. Vairship Avatar

      I am slightly concerned at the number of cardboard boxes they appear to be trying to load into that Jolly… 😉

  9. Lokki Avatar

    What is the fascination with old Broncos? They aren’t particularly handsome, powerful, or good off-road. They ARE rare, but that’s because of a little thing called rust . Can somebody please explain it for me?

  10. dukeisduke Avatar

    Looks like lots of CJs, and I see a Black Mountain – did you see Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins there?

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      I don’t think so. But I wouldn’t know them if I bumped into them. And I was there to look at cars not dudes. 😛