Got a VW microbus in your garage, back from when you listened to Jimi Hendrix and the Doors? Need some serious money? Two options:
You can either try to find one of those asbestos heat exchanger class action lawsuits (although it’s a bit late in the game).
Or you could put your bus up for auction. A good one can fetch $217,800
Yes, you did read right. A 23-window 1963 Volkswagen with full-length sunroof went for that price (including bidder’s fee) at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Orange County. This was “by far the most ever paid for one at auction,” says speedtv.
The second priciest car was a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger from the Dave’s Garage Collection. It was bid up to $215,600
A brand new custom 2011 Mustang GT500 built by West Coast Customs went for the –by comparesion – relatively paltry sum of $105,000.
A 1973 Ferrari Daytona was bid to $325,000 but failed to meet its reserve.
Now don’t think any old VW bus will make you rich. It must be an exceptional one in exceptional condition. A lesser 1965 21-window VW bus had sold earlier for $82,500, with bidder fee.
Some other top sales (including bidder fees):
• 1957 Cadillac convertible, $172,700.
• 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III James Young sedan, $159,500.
• 2005 Ford GT, $165,000.
• 1970 Chevelle SS LS5 convertible, $137,500.
• 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner hardtop, $121,000.
• Custom 1955 Chevy Nomad, $121,000.
• 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible, 121,000.
• 1937 Ford street rod, $110,000.
• 1961 Impala coupe, $110,000.
• 1957 Chevrolet convertible, $106,700.
• 1958 Corvette 283/270 four- speed, $99,000.