Fort Lauderdale Auctions America 2015: The EuroClassic Edition


So there this olelongrooffan was, hanging out at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center and checking out some pretty seriously cool cars and trucks. Well at least to me anyway. As I gathered the above image of this sweet old ragtop, I tried to remember if I had ever seen one in the flesh and I don’t believe I have. It is a sweet and rare ride. I contemplated using this image as Mystery Car post but I figured my fellow Hoons would have it identified prior to completely loading. If my fellow Hoons are having difficulty ID-ing this thing, please feel free to make the jump.


Yeah a Dual Ghia. Now this was the status symbol to have back in the late 1950’s. Dual Motors only built around 100 of these in three years and they are still desirable today. This one made it to a new owner with a sales price of $225,000.00. Not bad for a Chrysler powered vehicle with Italian Coach works.


And Dual Motors? So named for the truck plant in which it was assembled. Yeah those trucks possessed two motors. Yeah, kind of like this one.


Just across and a ways down was this classic Jaguar. For some reason, this shape has always been one of my favorite Jaguars. Funny because the first Jaguar I remember was an Army buddy of my oldest brother Bob who owned a yellow 67 XKE Coupe. Interestingly enough, by the time Leroy and BBB got back from Vietnam, another brother Bus_Plunge (who also knew Leroy) was in the Army as a medic and stationed in Germany. BBB got out of the Army but Leroy, a helicopter pilot stayed in as a lifer. Once when Bus_Plunge was returning from training slid open that copter door and there was Leroy! Those guys must have had a blast catching up that evening.


It is amazing what memories the sighting of a silver Jaguar XK 120 that was born in Coventry, England way back in 1954 can generate. Sold for a cool $115,000.00.


I probably could have included this in EuroSport offering the other day but I believe this will be a true classic worthy of those doors. Soon.


With the exception of driving the last few feet onto the Auction Block, the cars were not allowed to be started up inside the convention center due to excessive exhaust fumes. Auctions America used these golf cars and tow straps to move the cars around. The ironic part? The golf carts were gas powered!


Now here this olelongrooffan needs some assistance. See the camber on the rear tires of this Mercedes Pullman? It appears as if the car had recently had its rear end up in the air on a hook. I could find to evidence to back up this thought though. The only other rides I knew of that maintained this stance are old VW Bugs and Bus_Plunge’s old Spitfire. Do these beasts not possess solid rear axles? Unsold at $130K. I can only wonder if that stance had anything to do with that.


Another classic Jaguar, this time a saloon car. There is nothing not to like about this ride and even though the roof isn’t long enough, given the right monetary circumstances, this olelongrooffan would welcome in my livery any day of the week.


As long as all these cool assed Club badges are included in that transaction.


A ride this olelongrooffan has not previously come across, that I can remember, in the flesh is Bristol. This 1976 411 Series 4 was sure a pretty ride and looked great in this color combination. This MOPAR powered British assembled touring car sold for just under $40,000.00 USD.


This Qvale Mangusta was designed by yet another famed designer, Marcello Gandini, and is powered by a 4.6 liter offering by the Ford Motor Company.

In an attempt to spark interest in the rarity of this automobile, Michael Frank had this to say about Qvale in 2004.

In 2004, Michael Frank of wrote: “Ferrari sold 1,200 cars in the United States last year, a near record annual sales figure for the exotic Italian carmaker. That explains why Ferraris continue to be exceedingly rare automobiles, and this level or rarity, should you be lucky enough to own one, also explains why other drivers gawk… Then again, if you were one of only 200 buyers last year who bought the Qvale Mangusta, you could bet both the purchase price and the value of your mortgage on the fact that other drivers will chase you to the gas station and tailgate you on the highway, just trying to get a closer look at this rarer-than-a-Ferrari street rod.”


Now with all due respect to a presumably esteemed automotive journalist from the esteemed Forbes journalistic empire, a look see why rare doesn’t always make for valuable might be worth making the jump to see the real pros make that observation.


Now my fellow Hoons, should you have been so inclined, any one of us could have picked up this gorgeous Austin Saloon for less that half the price of that Qvale and still have room for a couple extra passengers. And after all, driving slow cars fast is way cooler isn’t it.


Plus Lucas smoke and an Austin badge to round out the package. Although not the best turned out ride from the Cayman Museum Collection, this one sure offered a clean base to work into a cool ass old ride for not a whole lot of jingle.


And this olelongrooffan doesn’t have a whole lot to say about this but what a line up. As my big brother, Bus_Plunge likes to quote my paternal grandmother, Moo, every chance he gets….”Ain’t Life Grand?” This olelongrooffan must agree.


So in the post I did a couple or so days back, I mentioned I had seen a white one of these as well as this blue one. As this olelongrooffan had been so jaded by the sight of those Alfas that I thought I have forgone gathering an image of this one. Guess I was wrong on that end. TO my recollection it sold in the upper $78,000 plus region. Yeah, nice ride and the soft top is okay with this olelongrooffan.


And to finally conclude this olelongrooffan’s offerings from the Auctions America Road Show there in Fort Lauderdale was the square at every viewpoint Aston Martin Lagona. Pretty as it is, it is not one of my favorite body styles, although there are many who enjoy this one just for its total 1984-ness. I mean someone paid over $60,000 for this one.


Me? This olelongrooffan can’t wait for the Barrett-Jackson Show in just a week or so. How about my fellow Hoons?

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  1. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    that Jaguar, that Lagonda? dopeness on eight wheels. i find myself weirdly drawn to the Austin too, even though i’m not really into cars of that era.

  2. Manic_King Avatar

    I’ve been watching British car shows recently on cable: Car SOS, Wheelers Dealers, Ultimate Wheels. Less loudness, artificial drama and shouting than in US shows. Slower pace.
    Ultimate Wheels, which tend to butcher quality cars with questionable designs, made hot rod out of rare Bristol 406, this time with some respect.