Recently, Bring A Trailer auctioned off four iconic classic cars that exemplify the pinnacle of American automotive design. These vintage vehicles – a 1968 Ford Bronco Roadster 289 3-Speed, 1964 Porsche 356SC Sunroof Coupe, 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, and 1966 Volvo 122S 2-Door 4-Speed- showcase diverse engineering ingenuity across multiple eras. For collectors and enthusiasts alike, tracking sales of well-preserved classics provides invaluable market insights. As demand accelerates for cars evoking nostalgia and craftsmanship of days past, these sales demonstrate strong values commanded by cherished domestics when condition and rarity entice bidders. Whether buying, selling, or simply appreciating the artistry of automotive history, following auction results offers a telling glimpse into the evolving collector landscape. Let’s dive into the details of these recent classic sales.
1968 Ford Bronco Roadster 289 3-Speed
Recently auctioned for an impressive $82,500, the 1968 Ford Bronco Roadster 289 3-Speed stands as a rare gem among automotive enthusiasts. This particular model, one of only 212 produced in 1968, boasts a fascinating history. Originally delivered to Boyer Ford Sales in Oak Harbor, Washington, the Bronco underwent a comprehensive refurbishment completed in 2016.
Stripped down to its core, the refurbishment involved placing the body on a rotisserie, refinishing both the body and chassis, and meticulously rebuilding key components, including the 289ci V8 engine, dual-range transfer case, three-speed manual transmission, and front and rear axles.
Adorned in a striking black finish with parchment upholstery and rosette inserts, the Bronco exudes a timeless charm. Notable features include a fold-down windshield, white grille and bumpers, fender-mounted mirrors, and white 15″ steel wheels. Recognized for its excellence, the Bronco received the prestigious Bill Stroppe Memorial Award at the 2016 Fabulous Fords Forever! show in Buena Park, California.
Equipped with a wealth of details such as manually locking front hubs, a push-button AM radio, and a rubber floor covering, this Bronco Roadster promises a unique driving experience. The vehicle’s rugged elegance is complemented by its off-road capabilities, featuring a dual-range transfer case and Dana 30 front and limited-slip rear 3.50:1 differentials. While the Bronco carries the charm of a bygone era, its recent refurbishment ensures it remains a powerful and eye-catching presence on and off the road.
1964 Porsche 356SC Sunroof Coupe
The 1964 Porsche 356SC Sunroof Coupe is a testament to timeless automotive elegance and performance. Delivered on September 11, 1963, and distributed through P.C. Import of Northbrook, Illinois, this classic coupe is a noteworthy example of Porsche’s legendary craftsmanship. Adorned in Condor Yellow over black upholstery, it boasts a 1.6-liter flat-four engine rated at 95 mph paired with a four-speed manual transaxle, delivering an exhilarating driving experience. This vintage beauty is equipped with a range of features, including an electric sunroof, 15″ steel wheels with polished hubcaps, four-wheel disc brakes, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a Blaupunkt push-button radio.
Having undergone a thorough refurbishment in the early 1990s in Wisconsin, the car showcases meticulous attention to detail, with bodywork, replacement sheet metal, and a fresh paint job. Some improvements to the classic Porsche since 2017 included resealing the transaxle, rebuilding the twin Solex carburetors, and replacing the clutch. The exterior features Hella H4 headlights, twin engine grilles, and body-color bumpers with chrome overriders. The silver-finished wheels hold Vredestein Sprint Classic tires which add to its unforgettable shape. The interior exudes sophistication with color-coordinated rear jump seats and door panels, all complemented by a perforated white headliner and black rubber floor linings. With rebuilt VDO instrumentation and a wood-rimmed steering wheel with a chrome horn ring with a Porsche center cap, every detail of the cabin reflects Porsche’s commitment to luxury and performance. This 356SC comes complete with service records, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and a clean Oregon title, and brought a remarkable $121,000 at the recent auction.
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
Fetching a winning bid of $14,555 at auction, the 1963 Volkswagen Beetle is a charming embodiment of classic motoring that sits as a pop culture icon. Beryl Green paint over green vinyl upholstery, this vintage Beetle is not just a car; it’s a nostalgic journey on wheels. Propelled by its air-cooled 1.2L flat-four engine mated to a four-speed manual transaxle, this Beetle boasts simplicity and efficiency. Noteworthy features include 15″ steel wheels with VW-stamped hubcaps, four-wheel drum brakes, and a distinctive Continental Custom push-button AM radio. Originally sold by Morse Motors of Medford, Oregon, and having spent time in long-term storage, the car found its way to the current owner in June 2022, who only added 100 miles to its odometer, which now displays 3,700 miles.
Accentuated by chrome-finished bumpers with overriders, rubber-trimmed running boards, and the characterful “pea shooter” exhaust outlets, this Beetle leaves an impression wherever it goes. Despite visible exterior blemishes like faded paint and rust in specific areas, the overall allure of this Beetle remains intact. The cabin, adorned in olive green with beige piping, houses front bucket seats, a rear bench, and color-coordinated door panels. Adding practicality to its charm, the under-dash parcel shelf and front lap belts add form and function. A cracked ivory-colored two-spoke steering wheel frames a 90-mph VDO speedometer and a fuel level gauge, emphasizing the simplicity and authenticity of this classic ride. With a clean New Jersey title, a Volkswagen authenticity letter, manufacturer’s literature, a tool roll, and spare parts, this 1963 Volkswagen is a cherished piece of automotive history and has a happy new owner.
1966 Volvo 122S 2-Door 4-Speed
This two-door 1966 Volvo 122S 2-Door 4-Speed effortlessly marries vintage charm with a touch of modern practicality. Under the seller’s care since 2014, this two-door model underwent a thorough rejuvenation, including a striking exterior transformation to pristine white, the reupholstery of the front seats in vibrant red vinyl, and an upgrade to an electronic ignition.
Powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four paired with a four-speed manual transmission, the Volvo features enhancements like twin SU carburetors, front disc brakes, and 15″ steel wheels adorned with Volvo-branded hubcaps. The exterior is accentuated with chrome bumpers, pop-out rear windows, and meticulous detailing, despite a bit of typical wear and tear from its colorful history.
Inside, the red vinyl-trimmed seats and well-maintained features, such as a functional heater and crank windows, underscore the intersection of comfort and functionality. Framing the 120-mph speedometer and various gauges, the two-spoke steering wheel is covered with an aftermarket wrap. The odometer shows 52,000 miles, with 200 of those added by the previous owner. With a clean Oregon title, partial service records, and manufacturer’s literature, this 1966 Volvo 122S sold for a lucky $7,777 and stands as a testament to enduring design and thoughtful restoration.
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