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Weekend Edition: Saturday Imports Spotted At The Branson Auction

LongRoofian November 7, 2015 Hooniverse Goes To... 26 Comments


So it was nigh onto a month ago this olelongrooffan decided to part with a trio of fins and attend the Branson Auction to see what was up with the only classic cars auction around these here parts. Previously, the Friday cars were shared and on Wednesday, this olelongrooffan was honored to have my Saturday Detroit Steel posted by my Hooniverse Overlords in a rare, at least for me, early morning timeframe. Thanks Guys. But, like yesterday’s ole school newspaper, that is old news. Well, today this olelongrooffan shares with my fellow Hoons the Imports seen on that warm Saturday in October here in the Ozark Mountains.


Out in a remote parking lot where a bunch of loading and unloading of some cool old shit was commencing, this pair of Metros was spotted resting comfortably on an aluminum trailer connected to a Class A motorhome. The one on the front of that trailer appeared to be stock while the one on the ass end looked to have a funky ass paint job. While not a total fan of this era Metro, the one out front is a tad more desirable. Interestingly enough, these bath tubs never left that trailer the whole weekend. Not sure if they were for sale or just something the owners drug out just for fun, but at an average price of $7,500 per, this olelongrooffan can only wonder if the fuel cost was worth it? And why are these two posted on this page? Well, my fellow Hoons, did you know these were built for Nash by the Austin Motor Company in Longbridge, Birmingham, West Midlands, England? Yeah, just around the corner from our esteemed fellow Hoon, Rust My Enemy.


This olelongrooffan is confident my fellow Hoons recognize the lede image of this post as one I used in one of my earlier posts about this event. Several even commented about the NSU seen in the near center of that image. Well, I knew that was a find (even though this olelongrooffan was to pooped to stick around for it to cross the block) so I did gather up several more images of it. They can be seen following without further comment.


Yeah, this was a pretty cool spotting for this olelongrooffan as I had not seen one of these previously. Pretty sure these were influenced by the Audis of the day. Kamil, please feel free to chime in on this olelongrooffan’s observation, Please?


And if my fellow Hoons missed reading more about this Accura, please feel free to check in here.


Just across the aisle was this 1967 Mini Cooper Clubman with the steering wheel on the wrong side. This one appeared to have some stance work done as well as beefier tires and wheels. This one did not sell.


Even with the cool ass barn doors out back. I did see it running some laps around the parking lot a bit later as this olelongrooffan was sitting on a hijacked golf cart having a coke and a smoke. It was down right peppy and sounded as sweet as it looks.


Another cool ride from across the pond was this Morris longroof panel delivery. This one has the steering wheel on the wrong side as well. It, also, did not sell although bidding did get up to $7,000.00 USD.


This one also has those cool ass barn doors out back.


And it was awarded the Warrant of Fitness. Rusty, can you enlighten us as to what this might be?


As much as I like big Bimmers, even I am not foolish enough to buy one with a V12 under the bonnet. This 98 750l did not sell at $6,500.00.


Conversely, 1971 Honda N 600 brought a giggle of delight to this olelongrooffan. I loved the fact it was parked right next to that big Bimmer.


Now this olelongrooffan has not kept secret the fact that supercars aren’t high on my list of vehicles to have in my livery. However, this 86 Ferrari 412 2+2 is on my list. Even though this one had only two pedals on the floor.


Yeah, only this olelongrooffan would like a four seater supercar with a slushbox. I could always let my nephew drive. Not sold at $30,000.00 with less than 18,000 miles from new.


Another ride I found rather interesting was this 59 Jaguar Mark IX. Even though it was in immaculate condition, it did not get above an unaccepted $43,000 bid.


The interior of it was flashed out real nice. Rear window wing vents FTMFW.


And there must be a whole walnut tree on the interior of this limo like ride.


And continuing on with more images of the quirky vehicles this olelongrooffan gathered up that Saturday, I present this 1983 Aston Martin Lagonda. Yeah, there was a little bit of everything there that day.


The esteemed Jim Brennan did a brief historic overview on these a whiles back. It can be seen here.


Does anything scream 1980’s interior design than this Lagonda interior? This formerly Elizabeth Taylor owned, LT1 engine possessing supercar did not sell for $39,000. The auctioneer informed those of us watching it cross the block that the reserve on it was $50K.


A couple more British rides spotted after they went over the block. Neither one of them sold.


And just because this olelongrooffan had to say, “Pretty sure it’s a Lambo, Dude,” one more time.


At the time, I didn’t realize next weekend was BTTF weekend but the owner of this DMC 12 did.


He even brought props. Not sold at $28,000.00. It should have had it reserve lifted, prices on those things are dropping quickly.


One last car this olelongrooffan had to share was this 1964 AmphiCar 770.


This German built ride did not sell for $53,000.00 and the auctioneer informed us the reserve was $60,000.00 on it.

Sorry this olelongrooffan didn’t include a bunch of BMWs and Benzs but that is not really my kind of stuff. Hope my fellow Hoons enjoyed anyway.

Til the next time, remember to Celebrate Life every chance you get.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2015/longrooffan

  • Sjalabais

    It’s surprising that so many cars didn’t sell. What do you make of that? Are expectations growing faster than the market?

    My wife’s vote for a classic is on an Amphicar – because we live in a landslide affected area and could need it relatively regularly. I’d say we just need an engine on our rowboat…

    • longrooffan

      I would say about 60% of the cars did sell. I’m pretty sure that is about average for an auction that has “reserves.” Barrett Jackson sells 100% as they are (mostly) a no reserve auction company. I just happen to catch the oddball stuff that didn’t sell. Most every late model Mercedes, Jaguar and Cadillac sold.

    • karonetwentyc

      This may also have been the wrong location for some of these cars. Had this auction been in California, Florida, or New England, I suspect that some of the no-sales would have crossed the auction block just given closer proximity to concentrations of collectors and/or international shipping facilities.

  • tonyola

    Fun article. Just as an aside, the square Clubman nose didn’t appear on the Mini until 1969.

    • longrooffan

      I believe you. How could I not? I was merely quoting what the auction booklet informed me the year was. Thanks.

    • hubba

      This is probably a frankencar. I can’t find a source that says the Clubman nose ever came on the Mini Van. The economy versions of the Mini sedan always had the original nose. The “1967” title may be bogus anyway, to skirt FMVSS.

      • tonyola

        It appears that some Vans were made in Australia during the ’70s with the Clubman nose.

        • tonyola

          Here’s a picture with blanked-out sides..

          • hubba

            Damn you, BMC, and your satellite manufacturing plants!

      • karonetwentyc

        One other thing that bothers me about that car: I can recall seeing them in full van form (no rear side windows) or with a single long-strip rear side window, but never with two smaller, divided side windows like that one has. It’s possible that it was originally a full van that someone added the windows to later, but the style just doesn’t quite jive with my memory.

        Again, I’d want to double-check as it’s also possible it’s a local variant specific to the NZ market, but it’s setting off the ‘not quite right’ bells in my mind.

        • hubba

          The glass is interesting. It appears to be made to fit the pressing, but the pics on the web show Aussie vans with one-piece glass.

  • karonetwentyc

    The Warrant of Fitness is New Zealand’s semi-annual roadworthiness inspection. It’s similar to the MOT in the UK, except that it happens twice as often.


    • longrooffan

      Thanks Man. Love The Hooniverse and Its Commentors. I don’t think there is anything the collective bunch of Hoons don’t know. Well maybe a Mystery Car or Track or two :).

    • Rover 1

      And that Warrant of Fitness expired sometime in October, (month no.10), 2006. You need a new one, following a paid inspection every 6 months for non-new vehicles. This is to help ensure that our elderly vehicle fleet keeps some semblance of safety standards as regards tyres, rust, brakes and lighting.

      • nanoop

        Every six months? I hope they are not as strict as they are here… or your rust really is playing in a different league.

        • Rover 1

          Now that most of our second hand vehicle imports come mainly from Japan and not the UK, rust isn’t a serious problem. Though we have a maritime climate with no part of the country being further from the sea than, at most,100 miles, roads are not commonly salted.
          Since rust protection started being taken seriously in the 70s it isn’t much of a problem today. The tests are more useful for tyre and lighting checks.
          A lot of wear can happen in six months.
          karonetwentyc has posted a good link above.

  • Scoutdude

    Great find on the 600. I have to wonder about those wheels and tires on it, a long ways from the 145-10 they came with. I’m not a big fan of the “chrome mod” wheels. But I bet there aren’t a lot of choices.

  • Rover 1

    “these were influenced by the Audis of the day.”

    Actually the influence went, pretty much, the other way.


    The company was known as Audi-NSU until fairly recently and given the inherent problems of marketing a make with the same snappy acronym as ‘Non Specific Urethitis’, (a female genital infection), the NSU part is unlikely to be used again.
    The design team, headed by Claus Luthe stayed on at Audi and was responsible for the very first FWD watercooled VW the VW K70, ( which was going to be an NSU K70 until the last minute), then the Audi 50 supermini which re-appeared with new badges as the first VW Polo, then the ‘Aero’ Audi 100 C4.
    Claus then left for BMW where he designed the BMW R80, K100 and K75 motorbikes, and headed the design team on theE28 5 series,E30 3 series, E32 7series (seen in the article in some other pictures), the E31 8 series, the E34 5 series,and the E36 3 series.

    Ro80 layout, when people wore hats

    Ro 80 1:1clay model



    Audi 50





    • Vairship

      “The company was known as Audi-NSU until fairly recently and given the
      inherent problems of marketing a make with the same snappy acronym as
      ‘Non Specific Urethitis’, (a female genital infection), the NSU part is
      unlikely to be used again.”

      They sure don’t seem to have a problem with being known as VAG…

  • Looks like I’m chiming in a bit late on the Warrant of Fitness thing, I didn’t know the answer anyway. Rover1’s your man, as our NZ ambassador.

    And a Lagonda is on my ultimate want list. I reckon it was pretty much designed with me in mind.

    • Rover 1

      Even with a sbc fitted,( or especially with a sbc fitted.)

      • While the SBC swap has a certain Redneck appeal, as well as myriad mechanical advantages, mine will have to house one of Tadek Mareks finest. While we’re fantasising; twin supercharged.

        • Rover 1

          And the largest capacity possible, 6.3 litres, of course.

          So the engine in Liz Taylors Lagonda would have to go, along with those wheels

  • mrh1965

    I’ve never really seen anything interesting about a DeLorean. You can buy one and go to meets and see others that look exactly like yours! Wow!

    • nanoop

      That’s what I think about most F- and P-car meetings: Oh, a blue one! vs. oh a turbo!
      The DeLorean is also a symbol for a man trying to produce a car and ending in a shipwreck, and it was a prominent film prop. But this applies for many British cars from the 70ies, too.