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Some Of The Detroit Steel Seen At The Branson Auction

LongRoofian November 4, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To... 8 Comments


So a couple weeks ago, the Branson Auction was held here in the Live Music Capital of The World. This olelongrooffan had a trio of fins burning a hole in the pocket of those designer jeans I purchased a few years back so I thought I would part with them to see what could be seen at that show. After having attending the Barrett-Jackson and the Auction America shows earlier this year I was curious to see what this burg had to offer. Actually, it was quite nice. It was run like the promoter had 37 years experience at it and I had a great time. As an aside, these are the Friday cars lined up to head into the auction arena. See that blue Caprice (well GM anyway) longroof? Crossed the block and sold for $1,200.00. Yeah, it was bargain Friday that day to be sure.

Now remember, these are gavel prices and include no fees.


But, the bargains on Saturday were few and far between, as was justified by the quality of the offerings. This 2+2 Mustang, wearing a color a certain group over at that book about my face would love, crossed over the block unsold at a price of $30,000.00. Just a few minutes later, the auction of a 67 Cobra replica was interrupted to state the “Mustang Has Sold.” Apparently when a buyer and a seller get together and commence to horse trading (see what this olelongrooffan did there?) a positive result arises for all. BTW, that Cobra sold for a cool $29K. I would call that well bought.


As I was aimlessly wondering around that big ass garage, this 1957 Retractable Skyliner was spotted, (is that correct md? it did have Fairlane badging on its rear flanks.) As another attendee (see that old dude at the front corner?) and I were checking this out, I mentioned that at every car show/auction/whatever, when I saw one of these, it always had this pose. He laughed and commented, “Yeah, same here.”


It seems to this olelongrooffan these things have 60 or so different motors to get that top up and down in an orderly fashion. And the only “clean storage” is in that old school wash tube sized bin in the center of that rear cargo bay. As always, this olelongrooffan is going off my feeble memory here so any correction in the comments section is welcome. I wasn’t around to see this one cross the block so I have no idear what the sales price, if there was one.


When I spotted this 63 Grand Sport Replica being offered by Corvettes Unlimited, this olelongrooffan knew I would get the straight scoop. When I sold a 1953 Advanced Design 3100 last summer, this father and son duo were contacted by the buyers out of St. Louis to head on down and perform an inspection on that old truck.


Gratifyingly, they told this olelongroofffan that truck was in exactly the condition as I had described it to the eventual buyers, both via email and over the phone. I even sent along some video to them to assist in their decision making process. Well, they bought that truck and transportation back to the Gateway City was arranged. A smooth, stress free transaction and one of many of which this olelongrooffan is proud to be involved.


So as I was chatting it up with the Brewers about this ride, they mentioned that since they had entered it in this auction, they have sourced an outside buyer for it but as the auction master had listed it in his catalog, they felt compelled to bright it down for the show, however at a reserve their buyer was willing to pay. As it didn’t meet that reserve, all parties are happy and I’m sure the Brewers will be back again and welcomed by the auction master with open arms. That’s some good folks there my fellow Hoons.


Now this olelongrooffan loves stuff like The Great Race and The Power Tour although the likelihood of my actually having the opportunity to participate in one of them is slim to none. But, damn, this Cadillac coupe is a nice example. The color is just right


and the cleanliness of it, along with the decal placement, just makes this olelongrooffan’s heart pound with pleasure. I can’t seem to find in my notes what it went for, if it did, but dang that ole coupe was clean in and out, up and down.


I do know, however, this 63 Corvair ragtop did not sell at $12,500.00. Prices for these things seem to be all over the board and, like anything, you have to really want one to pay for it. But this one is nice.


While the auction pocket brochure calls this longroof out as a 1964 Dodge 440 station wagon, the auctioneer described it as a 426 Wedge with a factory 4 speed, one of only two produced that year. Well, this olelongrooffan doesn’t know about all that but I do have this to say about that.


With those sleeper dog dish hubcaps and the lack of a roof rack, this one is a real sleeper. The reserve was around $45,000 and the $31,000 bid just couldn’t get it to a new home.


This 61 Cadillac has the clean lines that very early 60’s Cadillac possessed and its understated elegance really trips this olelongrooffan’s trigger. Clean, classic and a hardtop. What’s not to like?


And the sign posted in the front window says it best. It did sell but I’m not sure what it brought. I’m sure it was a whole lot more than this olelongrooffan could gather up on such short notice. My Pops, TheGentlemanFarmer had a 63 Coupe in Fawn Beige, IIRC, but this olelongrooffan, with all respect, prefers the lines of this earlier model even more. But, I’d still take that 63.


Much was made by the auctioneer about this 1959 Deuce and a Quarter. Apparently, it was used in a movie back in the day, “Those Old Broads,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Graves. It spent some time on the block and it was mentioned to have a 401 under the bonnet and was loaded to boot. Unfortunately, the $17,000 bid on it was significantly short of the $40,000 reserve.


And as this Camaro was in the lineup to head into the show area, the owners were primping and polishing it to no end. Alas, to no avail as it came up a few tens of thousands of dollars short of what they thought it was worth. Yeah, auctions are fickle.


And lastly was one of what I thought was the rarest Murican rides at the show. This is a 1961 Buick LeSabre.


This was the last of Harley Earl’s influence on Buick designs and this one, while downsized from previous years, still is a large automobile. And it is one oleragtop this olelongrooffan would love to have in my livery.


Yeah, there is just something about a big, black, Buick with a drop top and a resale red interior that just does it for me.

And even though this one possessed a mere 12,800 miles on its odo, Hagerty calls this a $23,000 droptop. I really think the $35.000 final unaccepted bid for this one would have made this one, “Well Sold.”

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  • Moparmann

    I’ve got to wipe all of the DROOL from my mouth in order to make a serious comment!! 🙂

  • GTXcellent

    Luv that ’59 Buick – for me, they (along with ’60 Starliners and ’64 Polaras) fall into that so ugly they’re awesome club

  • “(is that correct md? it did have Fairlane badging on its rear flanks.)”

    That is indeed a ’57 Fairlane 500 Skyliner. For ’57 through the first part of ’59 all Skyliners are Fairlane 500s. The later ’59s are Galaxies, although they still wear some of the “Fairlane 500” name badges in addition to the new Galaxie badges. Mine’s a Galaxie.

    The ’57 and ’58 tops make use of seven electric motors. This was simplified to six for the ’59 models. Their functions are to (1) unlock/lock the deck lid (trunk lid), (2) raise/lower the deck lid, (3) unfold/fold the package tray at the front of the deck lid, (4) unlock/lock the front of the top, (5) unlock/lock the rear of the top, and (6) raise/lower the top. Step (5) uses a left-right pair of motors in the early design and a single, central motor with flexible drives coming out each end in the later design.

    The folding and unfolding of the front section of the top does not use a separate motor. It’s accomplished via a set of hinged linkages as the top moves.

    Parking the top halfway is the standard method of displaying all this. Unfortunately it’s not the most flattering view of the car, nor is it necessarily all that good for the attachment points of the arms at the rear of the top.

    • Rover 1

      This is why we have Hooniverse.

      • Even without Hooniverse I mumble stuff like this to myself all the time anyway.

        • Rover 1

          I suspect that many of us do as well.

  • Rover 1

    ‘Designer jeans’ ?

    Overpaid journalists out of touch…mutter mutter… gravy train…mutter mutter… elitist… mutter..

    Oh wait. Longrooffan.

    OLD designer jeans.

    Carry on. 🙂

    • longrooffan

      And those long ago purchased designer jeans were on the clearance rack. Thanks for the recognition of fashion this olelongrooffan possesses.