Last weekend we attended the Auctions America auto auction in Burbank, California. While there were some impressive classic cars up for grabs, like a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that sold for $1.15M, we wanted to check out the classic trucks and odd ducks people could bid on. Here are ten vehicles that caught our attention at the auction, along with the lot description, sale price, and link to the auction listing.
LOT 1010 – 1969 Nissan Patrol
In 1951, Nissan started the production of the Patrol to compete with the Toyota Land Cruiser in the large four-wheel drive market. It quickly earned a global reputation for ruggedness and it is still a popular truck. Reported to be unrestored, this second generation example is equipped with an inline six-cylinder engine featuring bathtub-shaped combustion chambers and a fully-balanced, seven-bearing crankshaft, backed by a manual transmission. The exterior is painted in red; mounted on the front bumper is a winch, and the Nissan is riding on aftermarket wheels. The black interior complements the red exterior. The Patrol is reported to have an original interior and mostly original paint.
High Bid $17,000 (Reserve not met) | Link to auction listing »
LOT 2108 – 1944 Ford GPW “Jeep”
This 1944 Ford GPW “Jeep” is affectionately named “Tojo” and is special in many ways. The United States produced two Jeeps for World War II. Between 1941 and 1945, Willys produced 361,339 MB jeeps. During this same timeframe, Ford produced 277,896 GPW jeeps. Although the production of the GPW reached high numbers, today few jeeps of this kind remain in their original state. For the most part, these vehicles have been taken apart, destroyed or simply lost with time. Locating the original parts and components has become more difficult and with that, it is quite difficult to locate correctly assembled jeeps with these desired elements. This particular GPW jeep is rare by being reported to be entirely made up of original and N.O.S. parts. It has nearly every conceivable wartime necessity on-board and you will be amazed by the period detail.
“Tojo” is not your average hobby machine that was garage-assembled. This GPW has gone through an intense restoration by professional mechanics, painters, consultants and critics. The entire process was managed under the supervision of a World War II veteran who has driven the jeeps when first in service. This GPW is rare in that it resonates with different types of collectors. “Tojo” is not only a World War II artifact, it is as well a Paramount Pictures “movie star,” and includes the original pink slip from Paramount accounting for their ownership and movie heritage. The vehicle has been featured in several films including “Hell is for Heroes,” directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve McQueen, as well as “Is Paris Burning?” with screenplay by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. The uniqueness of the jeep is again illustrated as it has been featured in the 2014 edition of Kaiser Willys magazine. Movie cars are much like vintage racecars in that some survived their participation in their respective category much more intact than others. From our understanding, “Tojo” was part of scenes in which sometimes major damage was inflicted, but the detail-oriented restorers utilized the original chassis of this acclaimed four-wheeled character, using due-diligence in returning it to the same authenticity required for the movie, just as when first assigned for that duty Comes with the original tool kit including contents, spare parts bag, original war time phones, original war time radio, original defroster kit and the original steering-wheel used in it’s final movie.
Sold for $29,150 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 2018 – 1976 Ford F-100 Off-Road Race Truck
This 1976 Ford F-100 was built by Charlie Haga and accomplished a Class 8 victory in the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Haga built the truck for Frank “Scoop” Vessels in 1976; the 1977 Baja 500 was an important race to Vessels due to the introduction of BFGoodrich Radial tires for the first time in the off-road racing world. Vessels played a role in the development of the first generation of these tires and looked to benefit from this improvement. This marked the point in time where tire design for this type racer switched from agricultural use to being designed for high speeds in the desert.
The F-100 is equipped with a 404-cid Ford V-8 engine paired with an Art Carr C-6 Performance Transmission and a Chrisman rear end. The 404 engine in this truck was propane-powered when it raced. The IMPCO Company did this to demonstrate the versatility of the fuel. With the help of Don Bass, they were able to modify the 404 to utilize the different fuel. The fuel did not change density with altitude, which was a major advantage due to the extreme differences in altitude on the race courses. The vehicle is now setup to run on gasoline. Equipped with many components including Rough Country shocks, custom brakes, American Racing wheels, BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, and F-250 spindles with knock-off hubs, this truck is not your normal F-100. This truck was displayed at the 2006 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame where Frank ‘Scoop” Vessels was inducted for his contributions to off-road motorsports.
Sold for $41,250 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 1062 – 1967 Solyto Break Camping
The Solyto utility truck had been built at the sheetmetal division of New Map since 1952; this division was called the SOciété LYonnaise de TOlérie, hence the odd manufacturers name. Solyto offered three body styles: a canvas-back Fourgonette Bachée, a metal back Fourgonette Tolée, and a rarely seen Break Camping with four windows in the rear compartment, like the example offered here, which has been sympathetically maintained and is amazingly complete. Starting in 1965, Solyto automobiles were being fitted with CDI electronic ignition; the only others using CDI ignition during this time were Formula 1 racecars. The single-cylinder, two-stroke engine measures 125-cc and the car is only eight-feet long. This uncommon Solyto was a part of the Bruce Wiener Microcar Museum for many years.
Sold for $7,425 | Link to auction listing »
LOT – 1969 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser
Toyota’s Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle is the longest-lived model in the company’s history. The first, developed from Jeep specifications, went into production in 1951. The best-known model, the FJ40, dates from 1960. From then to 1984, more than a million were built. This soft-top, 4×4 Land Cruiser has recently had a frame-off restoration, with every effort to keep the vehicle within original specifications. The factory F, inline six-cylinder and three-speed manual transmission were rebuilt. The exterior, tub and floors were painted in factory code matching Fashion Green. White OEM running boards are reported to be an exact factory match down to the replica Pyramid vinyl for traction. The interior is finished in orange, with a custom top made from OEM khaki duck canvas. Included with the vehicle is what is reported to be an ultra-rare and expensive factory original toolkit, with some of the tools are still wrapped in plastic. No expense was spared in this restoration, making sure this FJ40 looks and performs the same way it did when it rolled off the showroom floor.
Sold for $64,350 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 3091 – 1990 Lamborghini LM002-A
Today, many different high performance off-road vehicles are available, but when the LM002 was released, that was not the case. The roots for the LM002 began in 1977 with the mid-engined Cheetah concept car. Lamborghini had plans to produce the Cheetah for the U.S. military, but after those plans fell through, it was decided to develop a civilian version. This led to the LM001, LM004 and LMA development vehicles and finally resulted in the LM002 production car. The mid-engined layout of the Cheetah was abandoned due to tricky handling and the Chrysler V-8 was replaced with the legendary Lamborghini V-12 engine. With its specially made Pirelli Scorpion tires, the LM002 could conquer the sand dunes of the Middle East like nothing else. A total of only 301 left the factory, only 48 of these being the LM002-A which was especially for the American market.
Indy Car racer Bobby Unser reportedly was the first owner of this LM002-A. Unser is one of only two racers that have won the Indy 500 in three different decades and is the first driver to average a speed of more than 190-mph in qualifying for the same race. Upgrades were made to the LM002 for 1990 including the change to the fuel-injected V-12 from the new Diablo, addition of MSW/OZ alloy wheels bespoke to the LM002, and a new integrated entry step. A complete engine overhaul was completed within the last 1,000 miles at a cost of over $30,000, a custom Dual Cat-Back exhaust system has been installed, and new paint was applied to the car to ensure that it was in perfect condition. Extensive receipts are available documenting this work. This is one of the finest LM002-As in existence and was even invited to be shown at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in 2012. The leather interior shows little-to-no wear and the V-12 has a distinctive roar. Very few LM002-As ever come up for sale and this is unquestionably one of the most attractive examples around.
Sold for $214, 500 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 1031 – 1974 Ford Bronco
No catalog description provided.
Sold for $30,800 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 2002 – 1919 Mack AC Feed Bed Truck
Introduced in 1916, the AC was the first Mack truck to feature their familiar sloping hood and dashboard-mounted radiator. The United States Army used Mack AC trucks in World War I, during which time the model was often referred to as the “bulldog” because it was sturdy and strong and its snub-nosed appearance somewhat resembled that of its canine namesake. The description soon grew to encompass all Mack trucks, and the company adopted the Bulldog as its corporate symbol in 1922. This truck features a “feed bed,” which was designed without side rails to facilitate the distribution of hay bales to hungry livestock. Chain drive was standard on the 13,000-pound vehicle, which was capable of carrying a 3-1/2-ton payload.
Sold for $17,600 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 3009 – 1959 Porsche Diesel Standard Tractor
Porsche experiments with tractors started before World War II. After the war, the so-called “System Porsche” was taken up by Allgaier Maschinenbau of Uhingen, Germany, with a plant in Friedrichshafen. In 1955 the tractor business and Friedrichshafen plant were sold to Mannesman Corporation, and tractor production continued under the name Porsche-Diesel Motorenbau GmbH. Major redesign was undertaken in the late fifties; there were several sizes of tractors, using one-, two-, three- or four-cylinder air-cooled diesels. This tractor is a Standard, the two-cylinder model. It has been correctly restored to agricultural collector standards. It is equipped with headlights, directional signals, a hydraulic hitch and rear power takeoff. Tractors have become very collectible, and these Porsche Diesels are very much in vogue. This is a chance to acquire an excellent one.
Sold for $19,800 | Link to auction listing »
LOT 3019 – 2009 Moto Guzzi V-7
Moto Guzzi is the oldest European manufacturer in continuous production of motorcycles. Their reputation is known throughout the world for building winning motorcycles and being an innovator in the industry. When Grand Prix motorcycle racing started at the end of 1949, Moto Guzzi joined the racing circuit and became a prominent name that dominated the middleweight classes. Offered here is a total custom paring of old school design with modern technology for a drivetrain. The goal in building this bike was to replicate the old Dust Bin era of Formula Grand Prix racing bikes from the 1950s. The fairing, gas tank and the rear tail section on this bike have been hand-fabricated out of aluminum. The engine is a 774-cc, 50-hp, 9.6:1 compression ratio with two-valves per cylinder and is fuel-injected. The exhaust is from a BSA rocket 3. The seat has been hand-made out of leather. This no-expense-spared build has said to have been completed between the respected Pro Italia motorcycle shop in Glendale California and collector Barry Weiss from the hit TV series Storage Wars.
High Bid $12,000 (Reserve not met) | Link to auction listing »