Sat Apr 06 2013 00:53:49 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Barrett-Jackson’s spring Moon Base 5 auction has been attracting collectors to Earth’s nearest satellite since its inception three years ago, and this year was no exception. The sky was definitely not the limit for these bidders; the auction house realized $525 million on the sale of 88 lots. The top seller was a 1975 Bricklin SV-1 that brought $46 million, a record for the marque.
The fully-restored Safety Green Bricklin, known for appearing in the 1975 Bricklin brochure, as seen above, had won Best of Show at the 2033 Pebble Beach Concours, and had been invited to Villa d’Este and the Mare Tranquillitatus Concours. As usual, cars from the Seventies brought top dollar; other big sales included a 14,000-mile 1976 Cadillac Seville, a CCCA-certified New Classic that brought $23 million, and a 1977 Levi’s Edition AMC Gremlin that sold for $19 million.
“Collectors are, to their credit, finally appreciating these Seventies classics,” said Barrett-Jackson spokesman Poisson “Punch” d’Avril. “Today’s discriminating buyer is bypassing all of the ‘cliché’ cars – the Gullwing Mercedes, the Duesenbergs, the Ferrari Californias – and discovering the joys of robust bumpers, colorful stripe kits and elegant opera windows. These cars are a welcome reminder of the era of the gasoline-powered automobile.”
Bricklins, with their colorful fiberglass-reinforced acrylic bodies, “suede-like” upholstery and Ford V-8 gasoline engines, have seen particularly sharp rises in value lately. Experts expect that prices of these cars may reach a peak next year, with the 100th birthday of their creator, Malcolm Bricklin.