Last weekend Barrett-Jackson's inaugural Collector Car Auction at the Orange County Fairgrounds only reached sales of over $15 million for nearly 400 customs, classics, hot rods and original model cars. Their Palm Beach auction last April brought in more than $20 million for the same number of cars.
The top sellers include a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 Convertible, which went for $253,000, followed by a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Custom Coupe, selling for $250,000. Jesse James' personal 1936 Ford custom five window coupe, built at West Coast Choppers, sold for $165,000, and it seemed only a few others sold for top dollar.
Overall, we thought some great bargains were being snatched up by bidders, of which the company reported 58% of them were first-time buyers. A few examples include:
$9350 - 1958 Austin FX3 London Taxi Cab
$18,700 - 1980 Clenet Series II Cabriolet
$4620 - 1963 Thunderbird 2 Door Hardtop
The entire Orange County Auction results can be found on the company's website.
Barrett-Jackson's California Auction Was Good For First Time Buyers