Top 7 Oddball Picks from Auctions America
It’s Only Money
Yesterday we gave you the full scoop on a bad ass vintage Class 8 off-road race truck that will be going on the auction block later this week. (You can read more about that here) While we still wish we had the disposable income to toss up a bid that nobody could top, it’s not likely we’ll end up behind the wheel of such a cool classic race truck. While roaring through the desert in Frank “Scoop” Vessels’ 1972 Ford F100 might be out of the realm of possibility for us, we figured daydreaming a little more couldn’t hurt our spirits so we set out to find some other cool vehicles that will be rolling across the Auctions America Southern California auction block later this week.
Check out what we would bid on if we had more than a few greenbacks burning a hole in our pocket!
1969 Winnebago Motorhome - Lot No. 1015
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 12,000
This cool and classic Winnebago is known as the “Mini Winnie” for obvious reasons. The Winnebago features a short wheelbase that measures in at just 17-feet long and is powered by a six-cylinder Ford engine mated to an automatic transmission. It is fully self-contained with many modern day amenities including, a shower, a stove and even a refrigerator. Funny enough, this little gem has been affectionately dubbed the “Hill Billy Hotel” and we think it really does live up to the name. In fact, it might be cleaner than most Motorhomes of this vintage. The Mini Winnie is complete with own custom signage, a front-mounted bicycle, side-mounted wooden Surfboard, a rear porch with mounted lawn chairs and beer cooler, green shag carpet and appropriate decorations inside. Also included in the sale are two mannequins to display with the motorhome, you know, in case you get lonely down by the river and need some company to cheer you up.
1944 Ford GPW jeep – Lot No. 2108
Estimate: $ 35,000 - $ 40,000
This 1944 Ford GPW jeep is in pretty immaculate condition and has somehow survived the test of time despite a hard working life. 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, very few GPW Flatties remain in their original state. This particular GPW jeep is entirely made up of original and N.O.S. parts. It has nearly every conceivable wartime necessity on-board.
"Tojo", as this jeep is affectionately called, is not just a World War II artifact, it is a Paramount Pictures movie star and includes the original pink slip from Paramount accounting for their ownership and movie heritage. The 1944 Ford GPW 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. In our opinion, no garage can ever go wrong with a cool Flattie sitting inside it.
1962 Volkswagen Microbus Camper – Lot No. 3062
Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000
The Volkswagen Microbus was one of the earliest vehicles to be offered as a camper from the factory. Promoted as 'the handiest, handsomest motorized house you could possibly wish to enjoy', the Westfalia was equipped with two upholstered bench seats that converted into a bed, a front seat that could be configured to sleep children and even some wardrobe and storage space. Its specially designed tent significantly increased the living area inside the little VW Camper to give plenty of room for camping out in the woods or down by the river.
The Volkswagen Camper Microbus was known specifically as the SO (sonderausfuhrungen) which translates into special equipment. The Westfailia made the practical Microbus into a perfect vehicle for camping or long excursions. Two models were available from 1961 through 1965, the SO-34 and the SO-35. The SO-34 was a laminated white interior while the SO-35 was a finished wood interior.
This particular example is the SO-35, and features the beautifully finished birch plywood interior panels and cabinetry. It also features a laminated folding table, and bright plaid canvas seats with complementing yellow curtains. Also included, is a child’s hammock and a factory accessory awning that serves as tented attachment for a larger and more versatile camping experience. Furthermore, this vehicle is equipped with the all the optional equipment including a sub-hatch roof perfect for stargazing, safari windows to cool the occupants on hot day, and a luggage rack for all those extra belongings.
The VW Camper also features a four-speed manual transmission to scoot down the road while a factory Blaupunkt radio provides the tunes for long road trips. The Blue White and Turquoise two-tone paint is in pretty flawless and it’s not hard to believe considering the Microbus has only racked up 2,534 miles since its extensive restoration.
1969 Nissan Patrol Truck – Lot No. 1010
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
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. This 1969 Nissan Patrol is gets around with the original inline-six-cylinder engine. The seven-bearing crankshaft has been fully-balanced to produce a smooth running engine that is backed by a 4-speed manual transmission. While we’re not quite sold on the starting estimate of $25,000, we’re pretty sure this old Patrol will bring in some big bucks from deep pocketed investors looking to flip it for a profit. While it’s cool as an original, we’d restomod it and throw a 5.6L Nissan Titan V-8 engine under the hood and turn it into an awesome little exploration rig.
1990 Lamborghini LM002-A – Lot No. 3091
Estimate: $225,000 - $275,000
Okay, maybe this one is quite a stretch but we’re betting you would have no problem cracking open the throttle on this Italian bull out in the desert over some bumpy two tracks. Well, at least that’s what we’d do if we had a spare quarter million dollars laying around under the old mattress. The roots for the LM002 began in 1977 with the mid-engine 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-engine layout of the Cheetah was abandoned due to tricky handling and the Chrysler V-8 was replaced with the legendary Lamborghini V-12 engine to really help it make some dust in the dirt. 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 made specifically 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 only available on 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. We’re guessing it must use bearings made out of unicorn tears and unobtanium. A custom Dual Cat-Back exhaust system lets its presence be known whether hard on the throttle or cruising down the road. The leather interior is in great shape unlike most extravagant things of the 90’s. We really hope this big beast is purchased by someone who isn’t afraid to get a little dirt under the tires.
1974 Ford Bronco – Lot No. 1031
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
This 1973 Ford Bronco doesn’t even have a description yet but we’re betting that it won’t even need one to sell for some big bucks. This one sports a clean small block Ford V-8 with a few go fast mods for good measure. A set of 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler MTR tires allow this Early Bronco to get through the trail while it’s clean interior keeps the occupants sitting pretty even while articulating over obstacles. We’d definitely place a bid on one of these if we were made of money. Early Broncos are just a classic design that seems to be timeless no matter how old you get.
1969 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser – Lot No. 3026
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 70,000
Toyota’s Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle is the longest-lived model in the company’s history. They were first developed from Jeep specifications and went into production in 1951. More than a million FJ40’s were built between 1960 and 1984 so it’s no surprise that these little off-road rigs have become quite the collector’s item. Last year at Barrett Jackson, many FJ40’s went for upwards of $50,000 and this one will likely do the same. This 1969 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser features the factory F, inline six-cylinder and three-speed manual transmission which have been rebuilt. The exterior, tub and floors were painted in factory code matching Fashion Green. 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 still wrapped in plastic.