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Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction 2019, Part 5

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This is a 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible finished in red with a white interior. From Wikipedia, "Internally designated the Type 14, the Karmann Ghia combined the chassis and mechanicals of the Type 1 (Beetle) with styling by Italy's Carrozzeria Ghia and hand-built bodywork by German coachbuilding house, Karmann." This model did not get the respect of a car such as the Chevrolet Corvette but it had a much more attractive price. This one sold at auction for $19,800.

Surprisingly, I saw an almost identical car about a week ago, exiting South Mountain Park, near my home.

Next up is a 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible, powered by its original 400ci engine updated with a Butler built 461ci pump gas stroker kit, backed by a 3-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with factory power windows and one of 9,980. According to Wikipedia, "The first generation of the GTO was the first muscle car produced in the 1960s and the 1970s. The Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models."

The GTO was so popular in its time that it inspired a record by Ronny & the Daytonas entitled "G.T.O." I can hear the lyrics now — "Little GTO, you're really lookin' fine; Three deuces and a four-speed and a 389; Listen to her tachin' up now, listen to her why-ee-eye-ine; C'mon and turn it on, wind it up, blow it out GTO". This one sold for $35,750.

And here we see a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible powered by a matching-numbers 390ci 8-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission and has 59,738 original miles.

This vehicle is detailed in original factory Dover White with matching red factory interior and a black top. Factory options include E-Z-Eye tinted glass, power windows, heater, and 6-way power seat, in addition to the standard features such as power steering, power top, windshield washers. It sold for $93,500.

This model Cadillac was distinguished by huge fins plus dual bullet taillights. They don't make cars like this anymore.

Here we see a 1940 Plymouth Deluxe sedan which was fully restored to factory specifications. The sale price of $26,400 included all of the history from when it was originally purchased in 1939, including its purchase order, manuals, quality charts, and advertisements from the 1940s. This vehicle is powered by its original L-head 301 ci 6-cylinder engine backed by a 3-speed manual transmission.

The taillights were simple but beautiful.

This vehicle is a 1931 Hudson Essex Custom sedan — new to me, but that's understandable since it was built 15 years before I was born. This baby features an all-steel body powered by a GM 350/300hp V8 crate engine mated to a Turbo 350 3-speed automatic transmission. According to Wikipedia, "During its production run, the Essex was considered a small car and was affordably priced. The Essex is generally credited with starting a trend away from open touring cars design toward enclosed passenger compartments."

Also, according to Wikipedia, "The Essex enjoyed immediate popularity following its 1919 introduction. More than 1.13 million Essex automobiles were sold by the time the Essex name was retired in 1932 and replaced by the Terraplane". This vehicle, impressive for its time, sold at auction for $38,500.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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