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Weekend Edition: Friday’s Cars: The Newer Stuff Seen At The Branson Auction

LongRoofian October 18, 2015 All Things Hoon, Hooniverse Goes To... 11 Comments


As this olelongrooffan has mentioned, this past couple days was the Branson Auction of fine collector cars down here in the cool Ozark Mountain. When one enters the Branson Convention Center, you are required to mosey on up to the second floor to check in and then head through some massive double doors to the observation deck above the preview area below. The cars in line are the Friday cars heading into the auction area while the cars parked diagonally are scheduled to head over the block on Saturday. Feel free to click on through for a preview of the newer stuff that went across the block that Friday. And by newer, this olelongrooffan arbitrarily chose 1970 as the cutoff point. Remember, these are gavel prices, no fees are calculated.

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I watched this 635 cross the block. It gathered quite a bit of early interest and eventually hit the gavel at $10,500.00.


It was interesting, much was made of the fact this was a Euro-spec model with completely legal import paperwork but at no time was any mention made of the fact this was an M6. I didn’t even know it until I was taking these images a little later in the day.


This olelongrooffan has often contended that I will spot a car and then within a short time frame see a couple others similar to it. Well, my fellow Hoons, it continues to be the case. This time it is a Chevrolet Impala but instead of a daily driver sedan, this one is a rarely drive ragtop.


And these signify that it is a 71. Although a new top has been installed, this one is otherwise original with only 19,000 miles on the clock.


And the interior was just as 1970’s gold as the exterior. Power everything and it sold for a mere $10K.


Oh how the mighty have fallen. This Allante gaveled down at $3,750.00.


At first I though this was a Smart Car but upon closer inspection, it turns out to be an electric Kandi Coco. Apparently, at one time, these could be purchased for less than a grand in Oklahoma. I didn’t see this one cross the block but I did see it later with a “Still Available” sign on the windshield.

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This longroof was put together for the SEMA show a few years back. I gotta tell you the paint work on this thing was very impressive.


And under the bonnet was equally so.


This olelongrooffan sure doesn’t get these big ole stereo speakers though. But some one else does as this one sold for $7,500.00.


I didn’t watch this TransAm cross the block but I sure do like the lines of this gen F body. If my budget for my livery were a bit larger than it is, one of these might be parked in my garage.


And just in case one might forget this is the 25 Anniversary Edition, you’ll be reminded of it every time you get in this ragtop.


But without a doubt in this olelongrooffan’s mind, this was the deal of the day. 1972 Chevrolet Kingswood longroof. One owner, all original, 52,000 miles.


And it sold for $4,500.00. Yeah. As I was capturing these images, the buyer’s wife questioned him, “Are you really going to drag this home?” I looked at him and him at me. We both started laughing and I mentioned to him that he got a helluva buy on it. He agreed and turned to his wife and said, “Yeah, it’s going home with us.”

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  • CraigSu

    If you swapped the sale prices on the Accord and the Kingswood wagons it would be more believable.

  • Rover 1

    That lead picture has an NSU RO80 in a nice metallic green. It’s hard to believe that they can be over forty years old; and there can’t be very many in the USA. How much did that go for?
    Edit: Klaus Luthe the designer of the RO80. went on many years later to design the E34 and E36 BMWs





    • longrooffan

      Stay tuned for more images of this one. Sadly, it was the third car to be offered from the end of the show and I didn’t stick around to see it cross the block. I know, FAIL. But seriously, I was wiped out by that point.

      • Rover 1

        It’s a safe bet that it went for more than I sold mine for thirty something years ago.

    • dukeisduke

      That was the car that caught my eye, too. I want one of these so bad, but I know it’ll be like living with my first wife.

      • Rover 1

        Well they don’t rust as badly as BMWs or Mercedes of the same age and the only thing that really vexes can be plug fouling, though newer plug designs can ameilorate that. The transmissions are reliable and they drive really well. I still find it hard to believe that the steering is so much better than EVERY Audi until the UR-Quattro, and superior to most since. But there it is. It is. Helped by the low weight on the front I suppose.

        They still pass quite well as daily drivers, (see Martin Buckley’s at UK ‘Classic Car Magazine’), and make very good hobby/collector cars ; by US standards they’re not even thirsty.

        I will own another one day.

  • Fred Talmadge

    Considering the undesirable results of door dings, especially here and now, there is a lot of poor parking here.

    • longrooffan

      It was interesting Fred, almost without exception, when someone opened a door to one of these, a hand was placed on the edge of the door to attempt to alleviate door dings. It was something this olelongrooffan hadn’t seen previously, even at BJ and Auctions America. But upon reflection, at those shows, the cars did have a bit more breathing room.

  • Sjalabais

    The Kandi Coco is amazing. 1000$ and a top speed of 25mph makes an incredibly cheap golf kart. This quote from Wikipedia is pretty outstanding, too:

    “As of February 2013, the manufacturer has indicated the vehicle is still available for import to the US”

    Indicate away, when the market doesn’t seem to want to swallow a “neighborhood vehicle”.

  • Pete

    4.500 for that Kingswood has to be the deal of the year.

  • The Alante is an amazing buy right now, especially the final year with the better engine.

    Those Accord wagons are quite desirable to some. Not a fan of the woodie treatment myself.

    There’s a grey market 6 series like that that’s come to our cars and coffee event. He said his is titled as a “M635CSi” and simply has “M” badges, not “M6”. It’s stunning.