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Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« on: October 23, 2020, 12:31:31 PM »
Does anyone in Pinto community know what the mint Pinto hatchbacks typically go for at Barrette-Jackson auctions? For the sold cars, it states you have to register to view price. Why are sold prices guarded secrets? For example, I saw a gorgeous '74 Ford Pinto Hatchback, 24,000 miles, one owner, Grabber Blue in color. It sold at the Scottsdale 2019 auction. It would be interesting to know what its sold price was. Anybody know anything?
(On a side note, we're now settled in AZ and our ''78 blue baby is running great. Had to put a bit of extra steering fluid in her a couple days ago. It's so nice to finally see an AZ license plate on her.)

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Re: Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 11:30:31 AM »
Can't answer that but it is odd that the auction is broadcasted, the price public at that time, but you have to register to see the price later. They likely want you registered as that become a multi-pointed advantage to them.

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Re: Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2020, 08:07:27 AM »
Found a 2007 article on the internet, and a '76 all stock and original with 7,000 miles sold for $12,650, plus auction fees. The article stated that this was one of the most talked about cars of the entire auction weekend.

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Re: Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2020, 12:50:44 PM »
Wow, that was 13 years ago.  Unfortunately for those of us in California any car 1976 (like the Pinto mentioned) and newer has to be bi-annually smog checked. So for us the desired cars are 1975 and older.  And our smog check requires a visual inspection for ALL smog equipment aspects (many parts likely no longer available) not just does the car sniff out clean enough.

Frankly I'm not getting the price older cars sell for regardless of condition. $200 parts cars are now $2,000-$4,000. A decent car that was previously $4,000 now sells for $10,000-$14,000. I'm not getting that there is such a demand so it baffles me. Maybe sellers who believe there is ONE GUY who just HAS TO HAVE the car and will sit and wait for him at a highly inflated price. I know when you are the seller this all seems good but the next time you go to buy..., not so much.

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Re: Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2020, 04:42:13 PM »
Transactions like the one you describe at Barrett-Jackson are, unfortunately, part of the problem.  People watch those auctions on television and start to believe their cars are worth the same amount of money.  That is almost never the case.  The cars sold through Barrett-Jackson, and featured on their television auctions, are the absolute cream of the crop; true museum quality cars.  They are essentially perfect, ridiculously low mileage, and meticulously documented; something 99.9% of us can't claim, but it doesn't stop the armchair observer from dreaming his "project car" is in the same category.


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Re: Barrett-Jackson auto auction question
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2020, 11:15:26 AM »
Recently we had a poster ask about car values. It was a tough call to even guess because the gulf between what is being asked and what a (typical) buyer is willing to pay seems quite large. I am utterly amazed at the local Craigslist cars that seemingly are there for YEARS. In those cases the seller seems to prefer a yard ornament with significant patina rather than actually selling the vehicle for any more that an extremely inflated price.

If my years shopping at Pick Your Part have any relevance I've seen some these overpriced cars that stay on CL for years show up in the yard where I know they didn't get more that $175 for it. Sad all the way around.  The guy never got his money, the car got scrapped and the only good that came is a few people got parts.