Burbank is one of my favorite auctions to watch. It has a wide variety of cars, many of them going up without reserve. Some real bargains can be had. With many auctions I find it hard to find enough cars to write about. With the Burbank auction the problem is pairing down my interest list so as not to overwhelm the reader. Below are my favorite five.
Thursday Jul 31
Lot No. 1015
1969 Winnebago Motorhome
As the owner of a Winnebago, and a long-time resident of Iowa, the Mini Brave holds a special place in my heart, and this is a nice one. A definite part barge.
The estimate is 10 to 12 thousand. At a big RV show you could easily get much more than that, but at collector car auctions RV’s have not been doing well. While it has a nice vintage aura I’m not sure people will pay that much for a gimicky vehicle. I’m thinking it will go closer to 8 thousand.
Result: $3410 (I knew I should have put in a bid!)
Lot No. 1018
1967 Citroën 2-CV Truckette
I have wanted one of these these since I saw Peter Sellers drive one in one of the Pink Panther movies. The 2-CV is cool enough but add that covered truck bed and the thing reeks of unlimited potential. The French blue puts it over the top.
The estimate is 10 to 15 thousand. It may be my affection, but I’m guessing it will go closer to 15 than 10.
Result: $7975 (I am having a bad week, and I wish I had bid.)
Lot No. 1062
1967 Solyto Break Camping
Like the Truckette this is a vehicle of unlimited potential. Though I’m not sure it would prove a rugged as the Truckette, being based on a scooter rather than designed from scratch as a car.
The estimate is 10 to 15 thousand which is interesting as this very car sold for $20,700 last year at the Minicar Museum auction. I think the estimate is closer to its real value.
Result: $7,425 (Seriously, I’m going to Burbank next year to start my own classic car dealership.)
Friday Aug 1
Lot No. 2010
1972 Honda Z600
How far has the lowly Honda risen. When hitting the streets in 72 I laughed at this silly little car. Now here it sits in a collector car auction and my much more mature self would love to own it. Such a tiny car with a Honda motorcycle engine and a four speed is a blast to drive anywhere except maybe the interstate.
The estimate is 8 to 10 thousand. Given it’s historical significance I might have thought higher, but after some research I think the estimate is correct. While Japanese cars are growing in esteem collector-wise they still don’t match their European counterparts.
Result: $8,250 (The estimate was correct.)
Saturday Aug 2
Lot No. 3088
1956 Chrysler Plainsman Concept Car by Ghia
This car runs completely counter to what I’m usually interested in, but some cars are uber-cool now matter how expensive and ridiculous they are. If it’s true that one of the signs of genius is the ability to take risks that result in some monumental mistakes then the folks at Ghia proved their genius with this one.
A cross between a plain old American station wagon and Buck Rogers’ rocket. The airplane-style sliders on the dashboard give me a driving woodie. It is so wrong, yet so right, in a wrong sort of way.
The estimate is 150 to 200 thousand. That seems like a lot for a car that needs piles of work, but my knowledge of the value of factory prototypes is rather limited, so I can muster no reasonable argument against it.
Result: $176,000 (So much I am yet to learn.)