Some iconic vehicles recently sold at auction on Bringatrailer.com, and with their finely-crafted styles and thrilling powertrains, these historic cars are truly something to behold. The vehicles that sold were a 347-Powered 1973 Ford Bronco 5-Speed, an LS1-Powered 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop, a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A, a 1956 Continental Mark II, and a 1959 Triumph TR3A. Here’s what you need to know about these remarkable cars.
347-Powered 1973 Ford Bronco 5-Speed
This 1973 Ford Bronco features a beige finish that perfectly complements its brown leather-upholstered interior. The SUV also features a fiberglass hood, black powder-coated roll cage, door handles, light bezels, wheel arch flares, mirrors, modified Toms Offroad bumpers, and AMP power-retractable side steps.
The seller had the vehicle refurbished by LAL Customs in New York back in 2019, and the West Lebanon-based auto restoration business completed its stunning work in 2022. They stripped the Bronco’s body and frame and refinished its exterior in its breathtaking beige. Plus, they powder-coated the frame in black and installed a rubberized coating on its floor.
Prestige Motorsports of Concord, North Carolina constructed the Bronco’s 347 cu in Stroker V8 and equipped it with a forged 4340 steel crankshaft and connecting rods, LPH-LPC aluminum heads, a Ron Davis aluminum radiator, and dual three-inch exhaust outlets connected to its black powder-coated Hooker heads. The engine is paired with a Tremec five-speed manual transmission. The SUV also boasts black-finished 18” Fuel wheels mounted with 35 x 12.5” Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires.
Some of its other impressive equipment features include a 3.5” lift kit with long travel-radius arms and quad shocks, James Duff differential skid and front differential cover, front disc and rear drum brakes, a Hydratech brake system, stainless-steel brake lines, and Wilwood master cylinder, all of which helped it bring in $132,000 at auction.
The Ford’s interior sports a black carpet — which looks great with its brown leather upholstery — a lockable center console, a five-speaker sound system, LED lighting, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a Dakota Digital instrument cluster.
LS1-Powered 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop
This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air unit underwent a refurbishment and additional modifications in January of 2023, and the seller sold it with a clear Florida title for $71,500.
The refurbishing team refinished the body in its eye-catching red and white, and they also retrimmed its interior bucket seats and rear bench in a matching red.
The stunning two-door hardtop features a “hood bird” hood ornament, backup camera, Bel Air badging, dual exhaust outlets, bumpers, wide spears, dual side mirrors, power steering, and power-assisted Wilwood disc brakes. It also has a Camaro-sourced Positraction rear axle.
The vehicle also comes with 17” American Racing wheels mounted with Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 tires. Its engine is a 5.7 LS1 V8, and power is routed to the rear wheels through its 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission. The engine also features a dual-fan radiator, and the car includes a fire extinguisher in front of its engine bay.
The car’s interior comes with LED lights, a retro-style air conditioner, an aftermarket sound system, and a Lecarra steering wheel. Tucked behind the steering wheel is a column tachometer and backlit instrument cluster featuring a 120-mph speedometer and auxiliary gauges. Additionally, its dashboard has a bright, pleasing trim, and it also has overhead consoles.
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A
The next car is a striking Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1A with a Carnival Red finish, and it was sold with its Certificate of Authenticity from the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association for $57,500.
Back in 2019, the unit underwent much-needed work on its body and components. It received replacement tires, wheels, shock absorbers, and a new engine. Additionally, those working on the vehicle serviced its front disc and rear drum brakes, repaired rust damage, and replaced its body panels.
A replacement 289 cu in Ford V8 mated with a four-speed manual transmission now powers the vehicle, and it features an open-element air cleaner, Tiger-branded valve covers, MSD ignition components, and an Edelbrock intake manifold.
The car’s stunning exterior features Silver 14” Minilite alloy wheels mounted with 185/60 Federal Super Steel tires, a black vinyl convertible top and boot, Lucas-branded headlights, dual exhaust outlets, Talbot-style mirror, and chrome bumpers with overriders.
The cabin comes with two black vinyl-upholstered bucket seats as well as matching replacement door panels and carpets. It also features a wood veneer dashboard that complements its wood-rimmed steering wheel as well as an AM radio, a storage cubby, a clock, and lap belts. Finally, it sports Jaeger instrumentation with a 5,500 RPM tachometer, a speedometer reaching 140 miles per hour, a five-digit odometer, and gauges for its coolant temperature, fuel level, and oil pressure.
1956 Continental Mark II
This gorgeously sleek Continental Mark II features a black finish with red and cream leather upholstery. Ford’s luxury Continental Division first began constructing the Mark II in 1956, and they only constructed 2,550 units that year. In total, they produced 2,994.
The car’s exterior features a stainless steel trim, dual exhaust outlets, a hood ornament, and re-plated chrome bumpers. It boasts 15” steel wheels that adorn turbine-style covers and are mounted with Coker Classic whitewall radial tires.
The Mark II sports a Y-shaped chassis, 126” wheelbase, and power-assisted steering and brakes. This particular unit features replacement shocks, and the servicers also worked on its four-wheel drum brake system, replacing the seals and overhauling the master cylinder and brake booster.
A rebuilt 368 cu in Y-block V8 powers this impressive car, and it’s rated at 285 horsepower. The engine sends its power through its three-speed Turbo-Drive automatic transmission to its rear wheels. In 2022, services overhauled the engine’s carburetor and coated the exhaust manifolds in ceramic. Additionally, they overhauled its suspension, cooling systems, and fuel, and installed a stainless steel exhaust system.
The Mark II’s interior features cream leather front and rear bench seats with red inserts and also boasts red carpets, electric windows, a power-adjustable front seat, aircraft-style auxiliary controls, a Continental plaque on its center tunnel, anodized dash trim, and Town & Country AM radio. It sold for $60,500 at auction.
1959 Triumph TR3A
Finally, this attractive classic features a glimmering black finish that looks magnificent along with its red leather interior trim. Some of its equipment includes a PerTronix electronic ignition, front disc brakes, and 15” steel wheels with Triumph-branded hubcaps framed by 165/80 Nexen SB-802 tires.
The vehicle was refurbished a few years ago, and the servicers refinished its body, retrimmed its interior, overhauled its engine, and replaced the braking components and ignition. Those refurbishing the 2.0 L inline-four engine repaired its twin SU carburetors and replaced the clutch slave cylinder, crank bearings, ignition, fueling system components, and accessory belts. They also installed 87mm pistons and wet cylinder lines. These updates helped the Triumph bring in $17,500 during the auction.
The engine also features a PerTronix Flame-Thrower distributor and coil and a polished valve cover. The engine sends its power to its rear wheels through its four-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
The car’s exterior features a chrome front bumper, rear bumperettes, a black top boot, fender-mounted mirrors, and stone guards.
Its eye-catching interior features Triumph-branded rubber floor mats, a banjo-style steering wheel, a reupholstered glovebox, a heater, and Jaeger instrumentation. The cabin’s instrumentation includes a 120-mph speedometer, 6k-rpm tachometer, odometer, and auxiliary gauges for oil pressure, amperage, fuel level, and coolant temperature.
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