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There are only two Devon GTX supercars in the world. One of them was up for sale at the most recent Barrett-Jackson auction and it sold for a ticklishly low price.
The chromed-out version of the Dodge Viper that promised individuality to its lucky owner came to a hard halt when Dodge stopped producing the Viper in 2010, but with a half million-dollar price tag it’s tough to see what’s essentially the bling-bling edition of Dodge’s V10 tire shredder going very far. On the other hand, $220,000 might be a justifiable price for someone in the market for such cars, and that is what the GTX took on the auction block including buyers commission.
We had no way of guessing what the GTX would sell for just over a week ago when we reported that the car was going up for auction with no reserve, but the 60 percent discount it ended up selling for was far from our minds. Alas, such is life in the world of no-reserve auctions on items with extremely limited marketability.
GALLERY: 2009 Devon GTX
We’ve come across several, really awesome collector’s cars over at RK Motors, but this one might be the best yet. And we’re pretty confident that this 1984 Ford LTD is pretty much one-of-a-kind. Why? Well it’s a genuine police car, sirens and all!
The vehicle was originally sold to the Greenville County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Department on June 8th, 1984 and after several years of service and a complete restoration, this unique LTD can be had for just $16,900. That includes the 5.0L Ford Mustang V8 under the hood, giving old-school cops the right to call the LTD LX a four-door Mustang.
Taking a look at the exterior of the vehicle, it’s clear that a very meticulous paint job was applied while all the chrome parts were restored to showroom shine. Inside, the interior looks just as immaculate with gray cloth and a vinyl floor. But what’s awesome inside is the radio and electronic equipment (which still functions), and a vintage cage that holds a correct gun rack.
Act quick if you’re interested, this is definitely one of the coolest collector’s car yet.
Check out a video highlighting this collector’s car after the break.
GALLERY: Greenville SC LTD 5.0 Police Car
[Source: RK Motors]
Elvis Presley might be associated with Cadillacs in the public’s mind, but the superstar singer had a little-known affinity for German cars. Among his purchases were an ultra-rare BMW 507 roadster and this Mercedes-Benz 600 sedan, regarded as the zenith of Mercedes cars.
The car is expected to go for between $230,000-$310,000 but it wouldn’t be surprising to see it far exceed estimates. It wasn’t that long ago that an unrestored 600 Pullman limo, in unrestored condition, went for $475,000 at auction. With the provenance of this car, and the seemingly excellent condition its in, look for this car to make the pages of a classic car buff book detailing what made it go for such an astronomical price.
[Source: New York Times]
The last Aston Martin DB5 used in the original James Bond movies will go up for auction at an auction being held in London at the end of October.
The iconic silver sports car comes with all of the usual gadgets, including machine guns, rotating license plates, an oil slick, ejector seat and bulletproof shield. The car was purchased from the Aston Martin factory by Jerry Lee, an American broadcaster. Lee paid $12,000 for the car, a hefty sum in those days, and the vehicle has remained in his collection for 40 years.
RM Auctions, the firm selling the vehicle, expects the Aston to go for roughly $5,000,000, with all proceeds going to the Jerry Lee Foundation, a charity designed to help combat crime and social problems brought on by poverty.
[Source: Auto Express]
You can be as baller as you want with a Bugatti Veyron, but there’s always someone else out there who will outdo you. In this case, it’s the Mullin Automotive Museum, who just purchased a Bugatti Atlantic Type 57SC for an enormous sum, between $30-$40 million. This easily bests the previous record holder, a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spyder, formerly owned by Hollywood actor James Coburn, which sold for roughly $12 million.
Of the four Atlantics built, only two have survived, with the other belonging to the car collection of fashion designer Ralph Lauren. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Leslie Kendall, the curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles said that the sale is a milestone for the collector car market.
“People will start paying attention,” she said. “It’s should be obvious that there are connoisseurs out there who appreciate cars just as much as they do art, fine wine, furniture and sculpture.”
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]