Whether you’re new to the world of classic car collecting or you’ve been around for a while, the thrill of a real beauty selling on the auction block never goes away. Four such classics were recently sold at auction through the auction site Bring a Trailer. This auction not only gave collectors a peek at a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle but also a ‘66 Firebird, a ‘64 Chevelle, and a Classic Cobra.
If you’re in the market to add a classic car to your collection, check out more details below to see what makes these classics unique and what they sold for at auction.
1968 Volkswagen Beetle
Few cars evoke the same kind of nostalgia as the Beetle. It seems like everyone has a story from growing up around these classics.
Acquired by the seller in 2021, this Beetle underwent a makeover with reupholstering the seats in black vinyl with gray cloth inserts, a brand new exterior paint job in green, and typical upgrades to the brakes and suspension. Before being repainted green, the seller reports the body was stripped down to bare metal to get rid of the previous red paint, and rust repairs were made.
Further exterior features include replacement seals and fender beading, chrome-finished bumpers, European-specification tail light lenses, a new driver-side mirror, front quarter vent windows, and dual exhaust outlets.
On the inside of this Beetle, you’ll also find a replacement air-cooled 1.5L flat-four paired with a four-speed manual transaxle. The seller also gave her 15” steel wheels, VW-stamped hubcaps, EMPI front disc brakes, adjustable rear spring plates, and a Custom AutoSound Bluetooth radio system. The dashboard pad and headliner are worn, and uninstalled replacement parts were included in the sale.
Finally, the mileage: the five-digit mechanical odometer shows 74,000 miles, 800 of which were added under the seller’s ownership. The actual mileage is unknown.
This comfort classic ‘68 Beetle fetched $14,000 at auction.
400-Powered 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible 4-Speed
This ‘67 convertible got a lot of love in the refurbishment department, including a new body paint job, a reupholstered interior, a replacement 400ci V8, and a Muncie M22 four-speed manual transmission.
The Firebird’s factory Burgundy paint job was stripped to bare metal and repainted after body repairs, quarter-panel patches, and replacement of the hood, trunk lid, and front fenders. One of the biggest replacements was the canvas soft top with a glass folding window. The car also boasts a hood-mounted tachometer and a billet aluminum side mirror, door handles, and hood hinges.
For the interior, the front bucket seats and rear bench were all reupholstered in black with a matching black dashboard, door panels, and carpets. The seller was also looking to impress with the sound by installing an aftermarket stereo system with a Bluetooth-capable Antique Automobile Radio head unit and state-of-the-art Kenwood speakers and subwoofers.
While the total mileage for this Firebird is unknown, the five-digit odometer shows 13,000 miles, approximately 500 of which were added by the seller.
The auction ended with this Firebird convertible bringing in a hefty $47,500.
350-Powered 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Convertible
This sweet little Chevelle Malibu convertible has seen a lot of overhaul in its mechanical parts, including a Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, power steering, new radiator, water pump, hoses, belts, and gaskets.
Finished in red with a white power-operated convertible top (a top that received a new hydraulic pump, lift cylinder, and hoses), this car’s interior boasts a Delco push-button radio, front bucket seats, and a rear bench upholstered in white vinyl, retractable front lap belts, and polished door sills. The interior does show a little wear with a scuffed left front door panel and cracking and peeling armrests.
There are a few signs of wear on the exterior, too, with chips and scratches on various panels, wear and discoloration marks on the top, and some bubbling paint on the left rocker panel.
The dash features a 120-mph speedometer with an analog clock and combination gauge. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 85,000 miles, with the seller stating about 5,000 of those miles were under his ownership. The true mileage is unknown.
Despite its few imperfections, this Chevelle convertible brought in an impressive $36,750 at auction.
302-Powered MidStates Classic Cobra Replica 4-Speed
Laid over a 4” round-tube frame, this MidStates Classic Cobra’s bodywork is finished in metallic blue with white over-the-top stripes. Also, on the exterior, you’ll find a chrome roll hoop and bumpers, a hood scoop, and a Raydyot-style mirror mounted to the left fender.
Built in 1991, this replica boasts a 302ci V8 engine with an Edelbrock intake manifold and four-barrel carburetor, electronic ignition with a replaced ignition coil and module, dual oil filter system, and tubular exhaust headers. The car is also fitted with independent front suspension, adjustable coilovers, and four-wheel disc brakes.
With low-back bucket seats trimmed in black, the dashboard, door panels, and carpets are also color-coordinated. The interior of the Cobra Classic also has an angled shifter, a dash-mounted rear-view mirror, and a fire extinguisher mounted to the center tunnel.
Current ownership put 1,200 miles on the 8,000 miles the five-digit odometer shows.
At auction, this replica vehicle sold for an impressive $45,500.
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