Unique Americana Muscle Car sale
American Classics car fans are set to have pulses racing as leading car auction company, British Car Auctions (BCA), launches the first of a series of special sales of classic American Muscle cars in partnership with the DARCARS Automotive Group of the USA. Thursday 21st June 2012 will see the first line-up of iconic US Muscle Cars from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies go up for sale. The auction starts at 12 noon, with previewing from 9am.
Eight fully restored cars, presented to the highest standards with UK registration and 12 months MOT, will feature in the sale including three Chevrolet Corvettes, two Pontiac GTOs, one Chevrolet Camaro, one Pontiac Firebird and a very rare Plymouth GTX, with all models dating from 1963 to 1970. Comprehensive documentation will also be provided for each vehicle including, where available, details of restoration work undertaken.
DARCARS group spokesman Robert Ryan said “This sale offers a rare opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts to purchase from a selection of beautifully restored classic American muscle cars at auction. These cars have been hand-picked as some of the best available to the marketplace.
BCA’s spokesman Tim Naylor added “There is a real following for the American muscle cars which many buyers seeing them as good investments as well as providing a real ‘stand-out’ driving experience. We are therefore expecting this and the future sales to attract interest, not just from UK buyers, but from much further afield.”
The 1963 Chevrolet Corvette C2 327/340HP Roadster in white with black interior is complete with hard-top. It has covered just 46,000 miles from new and had a full frame off restoration completed just 480 miles ago.
Dating from 1970, the Pontiac GTO Ram Air III Coupe is a rare car, being one of just 3,054 built. In original condition with matching numbers on the drivetrain, it has benefited from a full frame-on restoration, new interior and paint job completed just 1,000 miles ago.
The 1969 Plymouth GTX 440 Coupe 440ci/375hp is another rare car and, apart from the replacement engine block installed in the 1970's, is in very original condition with all other components bearing matching numbers. Finished in Platinum Silver with dark grey stripes, a black vinyl roof and black leather interior it has been comprehensively restored in recent years.
The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe looks stunning in Bolero Red with Black Interior and sitting on Rally Wheels with Red Line Tyres. It shows a recorded 22,000 miles and is in concourse condition following a full restoration completed 1,200 miles ago. It is supplied with a Camaro Hi-Performance Inc. MacNeish Certificate of Authenticity, the original owner’s manual and as a spare, the original M13 HD 3 Speed Transmission.
A true US motoring icon, the 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible 400/335hp Automatic has just two owners from new, with the original female owner retaining the car until 1989. Finished in Signet Gold with Parchment Interior and white power roof, a full restoration was completed just 100 miles ago. In very original condition, the centre console includes ‘His and Hers’ gear shifter.
The sale also includes a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 350/265hp Automatic (77,000 miles) in gold with black interior, a recently restored 1969 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Convertible 350/350hp (81,000 miles prior to restoration) in Riverside Gold, and a 1964 fully restored Chevrolet Corvette C2 Convertible 327/300hp Automatic in the original Riverside Red.
Full sale details, catalogue listings and images are available on the BCA website (british-car-auctions.co.uk).
Further sales of 16 additional cars are scheduled for 19th July and 24 cars for 16th August and at least 24 cars monthly at each Top Car Auction in Nottingham thereafter.