Weekend Edition – Yes, you can afford a collectible from Barrett-Jackson, and here's proof…

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Continuing on with our Arizona Auction Weekend, and this is the post in which you can discover hidden gems within any auction, if you look hard enough. All of these cars were auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson shindig, but not during the main events held on Friday, or Saturday. These were early lots on Tuesday or Wednesday this past week, and it proves that there are affordable classics available at these events. Make the discovery after the jump…

Lead Image: The Telegraph.

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This is a whole lotta car for not a whole lotta money. This is a 1969 Pontiac Bonneville 4-door Hardtop Sedan. This is said to be as close to original as they get, and according to the listing:

Original 1969 Bonneville 4 door hardtop. The only exterior repaint is on the nose piece which was replaced with a fiberglass replacement from California Pontiac Restoration. All other paint on the car is original and is very bright and shiney. The vinyl top is original and very nice, it shows no signs of rust and no listering under vinyl. The car has a beautiful interior with the right AM/FM radio for the year with flip down face for AM/FM. Dash is black and still soft and does not sag. No cracks or breaks and instrument panel is clean. The engine is a 428cid with 4 barrel carburetor and automatic transmission. Valves were ground on the motor less than 1,000 miles ago due to head gasket oil leak. The block had no ridge you could catch a fingernail on. Piston walls were very good. Top end of motor was painted original color at this time. Amenities include power steering, power brakes, heat and air conditioning, power windows, power antenna, 6-way power seat, AM/FM radio, manual outside mirror and factory Pontiac bug deflector.

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Now are you sitting down for the price? It was pronounced sold for $5,500. A Full-Sized car with a recently serviced 428 V-8 can be bought for less than six grand. See the listing here.

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OK, so you can’t see yourself in a full-sized ocean liner. Well, how about something small and British, like this 1979 Triumph Spitfire. Again this is a well kept, mostly original car with fairly low miles on the clock. According to the listing:

4 cylinder engine with 4-speed transmission. 64,000 actual miles. Title represents mileage exempt. Seller represents original miles, and will provide a notarized, written affidavit to that effect. This Spitfire has both tops with the tonneau cover and top boot. The car is mostly original and in very nice condition.

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This is a car with both tops, a frugal 4-cylinder engine, a proper manual transmission, and you could have bought it for the same price as the Bonneville above… Yes, $5,500! See the listing here, and see what you missed.

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Not quite exotic enough for you? Well, there was another Brit at this auction with a more exotic lineage. This is a 1985 TVR 280i Roadster, with a V-6 under the hood, and a price that will surprise you. According to the listing:

TVR was established in 1954 by Trevor Wilenson to develop and manufacture the first TUR MK I which was put in production until 1980 when the new wedge design was put into production. Powered by a 2.8 Liter Ford V6 with two position top. This a fun, sport car that handles great.

No mention as to the mileage, but the car looks good in pictures, including the interior. And the price hammered for this car is $5,225! Just over five grand for a TVR. Read the listing here to see what you missed.

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There was a plethora of Mercedes-Benz models at this auction, and some of them were priced in used Kia territory. And here is an example, a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SL, which still looks as good as the day it left the showroom. According to the listing:

This is a beautiful 380SL in excellent condition overall. It is an Arizona car with matching numbers and it is rust-free. A great addition to a collection, as well as a great driver. The exterior is in excellent condition. The interior is beautiful, with tan leather seats. The carpets are in excellent condition, very clean and not worn looking. Comes with a hardtop and soft top with no fading. The air blows cold. The original Mercedes tool kit that came with the car is included.

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This is a great example of an R109 (wasn’t this car designated a W109 at one time?) and the price is nearly as affordable as a 10 year old Civic, $7,150. See the listing here, and tell me what you think about it.

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If you think that 380SL was something, take a look at this 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Convertible that originally called Naples Florida its home. Yes, it is a bit garish with the red paint, but so what? According to the listing:

This beautiful Mercedes cabriolet is finished in Imperial Red with parchment interior and a black hartz power convertible top. Previously enjoyed a pampered life in Naples, FL. This is an original cabriolet with the exception of the rear bumper cover, as it has been replaced and repainted. Full four passenger seating in comfort. A wonderful car to drive. CARFAX shows an accident reported on 02-19-01 involving rear impact.

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Yes, it is a four seat cabriolet, and the selling price was $9,900. See the listing here to see what you missed.

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60’s American Convertibles command big bucks, or do they? Here is a 1965 Buick Skylark Convertible that has been treated to a cosmetic restoration. This car represents Buick during the Muscle Car boom of the 60s, though this is not the GS. According to the listing:

300cid, 250 hp, 355 ft/lb V8, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, power windows, bucket seats, console shifter, factory wire wheel covers, white wall tires, mirror package, lighting package, 2-speed windshield wipers with washer, wheel well opening molding, two tone paint. Fresh parts include: tires, bumpers, red paint, heater core, door panels, AM/FM Buick custom auto sound radio (original AM Buick radio included), convertible top and hydraulics.

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It has most of the options available from Buick during this time period, including Air Conditioning. No mention as to the miles, but this is one classy looking Buick that changed hands for $9,350. For less than Ten grand, you could have owned a Buick Convertible… Talk about wow! See the listing here.

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Now to what I consider the bargain of the bunch. Lincoln Continental Sedans of the 60s were always breathtaking, luxurious, and very desirable. This is a 1966 Lincoln Continental Sedan, finished in a color that isn’t necessarily what you think of when it comes to the Lincoln Brand. This is also the refreshed look for the latter half of the 60s, and it isn’t quite a good looking as the 1961-65 models. Nevertheless, this is still an imposing car with thebest Lincoln feature, Suicide Rear Doors. The listing states:

An absolutely stunning museum quality Continental in amazing condition inside and out. Two owner car with 71,148 actual miles that has been meticulously maintained and serviced since new. Stunning hand-polished smooth-as-glass finish and beautiful upholstery. All the glass in car is factory original, including the windshield. All chrome is original and interior, even carpet, is original. Everything works on car including power windows, power seat, power antenna, all the gauges, lights, horn and factory air conditioning. The trunk is also totally original. Owner’s manual and Build Sheet are with car.

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I absolutely love this car. It doesn’t have a vinyl roof, which I think is for the better. And the selling price? Try $15,950. So what do you think of that? See the listing here.

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25 responses to “Weekend Edition – Yes, you can afford a collectible from Barrett-Jackson, and here's proof…”

  1. wisc47 Avatar

    I would so rock that TVR, all I would need is period-correct facial hair…
    <img src="http://bestofthe80s.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/tom_selleck.jpg"&gt;

  2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    They all feel like a two grand too high gavel. At least. B-J Premium plus. Screw them

  3. Manic_King Avatar

    Poor Triumph Spitfire, looks like someone has used their mad Photoshop (or rather MS Paint) skillz to add bumpers from some other car. Back looks especially atrocious on that photo. Would Moss Motors have kit available to fix the look……

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Having grown up in that era, I can't hate malaise bumpers. To me, that's just what Spitfires look like.

  4. Tomsk Avatar

    Mark my words, $9,900 will seem super cheap for a W124 cabrio in the future. They were built in tiny numbers, with a lot of parts that were different even from the coupe, much less the sedans and wagons.

    1. Rover1 Avatar

      My choice too !

    2. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
      C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      I had a W124 until recently, and owned it for a few years.
      There is a definite following of the cabrios. Even more so for the post-facelift ones, like this. 1994-1995 were the best looking in mine, and many others', opinion.

      1. Rover1 Avatar

        I prefer the 3-dimensional grille of the earlier models, rather than the inset graphic device the grille became after the facelift. I see on the facelift of the latest E-class that someone at MB may agree.My 124s are all earlier. Now is probably the time to point out that the 4 door is the W124, the cabrio is the A124 , the estate the S124 ,the coupe the C124 and the rare lwb,the V124.

  5. Mr. Smee Avatar
    Mr. Smee

    The Lincoln is sublime. And, it's the wrong colour and the wrong year to drive up the price! With some better shock absorbers, radials, and sway bars that would be a fabulous daily driver.

  6. stigshift Avatar

    I so want that Bonneville. I would probably sleep in it the first night I had it. And no, I'm not 12. Always preferred a 4 door hardtop to a 2 door post. Bonus question- what was the last American 4 door hardtop?

    1. Jim Brennan Avatar
      Jim Brennan

      I always thought it was the GM Sedans from 1976 before they downsized (and 4-door Hardtops were gone forever…)
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Buick-34.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Buick LeSabre from 1976
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Buick-40.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Buick Electra Park Avenue from 1976
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Cadillac-pg13.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Cadillac Sedan DeVille from 1976
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Chevrolet-Full-Size-03.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Chevrolet Caprice Sport Sedan from 1976
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Chevrolet-Full-Size-07-1.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan from 1976
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1976-Pontiac-Full-Line-20.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The Pontiac Bonneville Brougham from 1976
      But come to find out,, the last true American Made 4-door Hardtop sedan was in fact this:
      <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/1978-Chrysler-Cdn-01.jpg&quot; alt="" />
      The 1978 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham.

      1. Tomsk Avatar

        Let's not forget about the '76 Oldsmobile 4-door hardtops!
        Delta 88
        <img src="http://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/12997942-700-0.jpg?rev=1&quot; width="500">
        <img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7120/7562542658_4c5a0de918_z.jpg&quot; />
        The last four-door hardtop ever (more than likely) made? From what I've been able to dig up, that honor belongs to the C33-body Nissan Laurel, last sold in 1993.
        <img src="http://img.favcars.com/nissan/laurel/nissan_laurel_1989_images_1_b.jpg"&gt;

        1. dukeisduke Avatar

          I love those last B-C body hardtops. I had a couple of relatives that owned them – one an Electra, and one a Ninety-Eight.

      2. stigshift Avatar

        We have a winner! And I have always wanted one of those. What a gorgeous car. To me it looks more like a '60s car in some respects.

        1. danleym Avatar

          Not being a smart ass here, but what keeps this from being a "4 door hardtop"? I mean, at face value it seems to meet the criteria- it has 4 doors, and it has a hard top.
          <img src="http://www.theautochannel.com/media/photos/honda/1998/98_honda_accord_lx_sedan.jpg"&gt;
          I guess I don't know the exact definition of a 4 door hard top, because I honestly can't see much design difference between the Accord I posted and the Nissan Laurel pictured 2 posts up. Can anyone explain the distinction?

          1. Vairship Avatar

            If I'm not mistaken, 4 door hardtop means there is no B-pillar above the beltline, just glass. When the glass is lowered, you can run your arm through from the A-pillar all the way to the C-pillar without hitting anything.
            Needless to say, it would be almost impossible to meet today's side impact requirements with a 4 door hardtop.

          2. danleym Avatar

            Ah, thanks! Somehow I looked at every one of those pictures and didn't notice none of them had B pillars. Attention to detail, never my strong suit.

          3. mdharrell Avatar

            You implied as much with the comment about running one's arm from A- to C-pillar, but just to be clear, hardtop doors also don't have fixed frames around the glass (vent windows excepted).

      3. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat Avatar
        C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        I know it's ultra-malaisey, but I would DD that white New Yorker Brougham.
        So. Much. Win.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      It's got cornering lights, a nice bonus. The fiberglass nose was necessary because the Endura gets rock hard and cracks after less than ten years – it looks like crap after that.

  7. stigshift Avatar

    Congrats UDman! Most people get this question wrong. Well done.

  8. Buickboy92 Avatar

    That Buick is wonderful 🙂 Love the two-tone!

  9. Vega Avatar

    By the way, the first benz is a R107.

  10. dukeisduke Avatar

    The M-B 380s are the least desirable of the R107s because of the engine.