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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 21, 2021.

  1. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,809


    Well, like all bid is a dollar 295! :)
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  2. wolfie1961
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 96

    from Utah

    I know that my father-in-law was approached by a couple people to help buy the car and I know they were ready to fork over some heavy money!
    I'm going to say it goes for over $1M
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  3. bob b.
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 221

    bob b.
    from peoria az.

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  4. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 6,601

    Staff Member

    Even trade for a pickup bed of plywood.

    My pickup bed full of plywood is at least worth $ 1.1 million
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  5. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,974


    So most of the people think Moriarity shouldn`t even get a bidders number (if he could)at 500 thousand. So their is a bit of love for customs on the HAMB.
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  6. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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  7. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 678

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

  8. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    It's a respectable bid. That car belongs in the Petersen Museum, and not tucked away in some private collection never to be seen again! IMHO.
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  9. € 450.000
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  10. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 6,009


    Funny as it sounds, I never liked the '51 Merc rear window.
    Just didn't seem a correct fit.

    Last edited: Jan 14, 2022
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  11. rumblytruck
    Joined: Mar 15, 2005
    Posts: 102


    1.68 Million
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  12. Lepus
    Joined: Nov 18, 2016
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  13. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 575

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

  14. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
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  15. Krash Vegas
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
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    Krash Vegas

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  16. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
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    No idea. But I'm buying more lottery tickets than usual lately. Coincidence ? Maybe.
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  17. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 9,144


    Here you go: $523,239.13 US
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  18. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    Any idea what Mecum paid for it?
  19. Garpo
    Joined: Jul 16, 2016
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  20. wolfie1961
    Joined: Mar 24, 2008
    Posts: 96

    from Utah

    Mecum is just the auction house. They get their cut on both ends of the sale.
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  21. I just checked with my Ouija board and my Magic 8 Ball, they agree the price will be $849,655.13.
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  22. 335.000
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  23. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,562


    "Any idea what Mecum paid for it?"

    As mentioned above they are just the auction house involved.

    I believe it is still owned by Jim Mcneil's estate/ family. He died in 2018 and the family put it up for sale not long ago that I know of like the beginning of this year. Jim brought it off a car lot for $500 and Doug the owner before the car lot got it paid $200 for it.

    I agree with K13 this will be a no sale at the auction. But once the family realizes the price they think it is worth doesn't meet the reserve and rethink it out, I think there will be a deal made shortly afterwards and it will get sold. Right now the family think it is the holy grail.

    It might do a lot better at a different auction but not this one. Wouldn't surprise me if the Chrisman's Bonneville coupe brings more money than the H. Merc only because there will be more of that type of crowd there then custom people.
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  24. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 27,355

    Staff Member

    the cars in my "private collection" aren't tucked away never to be seen.....
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  25. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,367

    from Burton, MI

    $101,500. But at that won't sell.
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  26. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,732


    I'm going to guess $950,000. Using the Golden Sahara as a benchmark, the Hirohata is a more historically significant work and also needs no restoration, whereas the GS was a later, more polarizing style without the universal appeal, and also needed a complete restoration at significant cost.
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  27. ratfink500xl
    Joined: May 28, 2008
    Posts: 59

    from Renton, WA

    Jay Leno for $840,000 in there interest of posterity.
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  28. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    When I wrote that, I was thinking of the Ron Pratte collection which was a private collection. But I will give you credit @Moriarity that you have indeed been generous about sharing your private collection via the HAMB, and when various HAMBERS have been in town, to invite them over!
    Good on you for sure!
  29. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 24,429


    $1,951000.00 and you can drive it and it won't shred into can bet your Banksy on it!!...;)
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2021
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    It'll open at $100K and race up to a "reality" pretty quick. That reality is probably a hammer price of $625,000 which is $687,500 all in. That's realistic given it's history and past performance of such stuff with an added measure for inflation (check all results lately).

    @Moriarity is right, customs seldom to never do well, but the caveat is Mercs. In the car world people only know "chopped merc" and tend to pay over market for anything that's a 49-50 Mercury custom. This one? It's "the one" and has had all the mystique, urban legend, clones and more around it it's whole life. How that plays might be way higher than I'm even giving it credit for but that shit sells. Still, it's not likely to be seen at the weekly cruise night wherever it ends up. Some mega collection or genuine enthusiast will get it and most exposure will be limited to the occasional concours and some specialty events paying tribute to the era and builders. That's my take, and even though I think I could be way wrong (too low) I can't help but stay with how customs generally suck at auction. And why Mecum? I have a lot of respect for their ability but a Barrett Jackson sale would get out-of-the-park silly. At the same time given the success with "Bullitt", The Kookie Car and Golden Sahara recently by Mecum, maybe...?
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