The Atlantic City Boardwalk may have been a little too cool for a casual stroll along the ocean, but wheeling and dealing was on fire at the Atlantic City Convention Center, where the Atlantic City Car Show, now in its 40th year, was held March 1 – 3. There were plenty of cars from the ’60s and ’70s, for fans of the muscle car era. And, if you were in the market for classics from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, or even a late model luxury/sportscar, this was the place to find the car of your dreams. One end of the Convention Center held a car corral, where you could bargain directly with the owner, and on the other end, there was an auction, featuring 425 vehicles.
Here are the top 10 cars sold at auction:
- 2001 Black Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible, with Tan Interior — $71,000
- 1955 Butternut Yellow Chevrolet Bel Air Custom, with Tan Interior — $69,000
- 1958 Black Chevrolet Impala, with Black Interior — $61,000
- 1970 Calypso Coral 302 Boss Ford Mustang, with Black Interior — $55,000
- 1969 Black 428 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang, with Black Interior — $54,500
- 1969 Silver/Black Chevrolet Camaro, with Black Interior — $53,500
- 1956 Yellow/Black Chevrolet Impala, with Yellow/Black Interior — $52,000
- 1932 Red Ford Phaeton, with Beige Interior — $50,000
- 1963 White Austin Healy Mark II, with Red Interior — $49,000
- 1969 Red Camaro (Yenko Tribute) — $48,000
Here are some of the cars that received high bids, but didn’t meet the reserves set by the owners:
- A 1953 Cadillac Eldorado received the highest bid at the auction at $150,000, but at least $180,000 was needed to take this Caddy home.
- A top-of-the-line 1941 Packard Station Wagon left the auction hall without being sold. It was immaculate inside and out, from the wood paneling to the car’s interior. It was hard to argue with the owner that $145,000 just wasn’t enough.
- A gold-burnt orange 1956 Chevy Corvette, with contrasting coves, was a real stunner. The highest bid was $72,500, but at least 80,000 was needed to buy this ‘Vette.
A high bid or sale price isn’t required to be a standout at an auction. Here are a few of the cars that were just fun to watch as they crossed the stage.
- A 1960 Blue and White Issetta sold for $33,500. This German one-door car was the smallest vehicle at the auction, and looked as new as when it came off the assembly line. It was clear that this microcar was well worth the price.
- The biggest vehicle at the auction was a 1956 Ford F750 Big Job truck. This customized crew-cab rig was not only big in size, but it was big in color. This purple giant reached a high bid of $65,000.
- A 1964 GTO convertible in aquamarine blue was expertly restored, and even sported redline tires. This first year Goat sold for $44,000.
- A 1937 Ford 3 Window Coupe Street Rod had it all — a gorgeous blue paint job, with flames and custom white interior. Perfect for cruising the Dog ‘N Suds, it’s still for sale, but you’ll need $45,000 to snag this hot rod.
- A 1967 Ford Mustang GT, reminiscent of Steve McQueen’s car in “Bullitt,” stopped short of the $42,000 needed to drive it home. The highest bid was $36,000.
If you missed this year’s show , no problem. A Fall event has been added, September 20 and September 21, to be held on the Boardwalk. For more information, go to the Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction website.
For a slideshow of cars at the auction, go to eClassicAutos Gallery web page.