Vintage Corner: Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible

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At Mecum’s Indianapolis auction on May 17, a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, one of just 14 built, sold for $1.98m. This was not a surprise, nor was it a record. But it was still a showstopper, as Hemi ’Cuda convertibles sales have been for many years. If you aren’t familiar with the curious world of Hemi ’Cuda convertibles, $2m-$3.5m prices might seem a little bizarre for a car that sold for about $5,500 when new and was, at the time, shunned by muscle car buyers.

Vintage Corner: 1973 Porsche 911 Targa

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The Gooding & Company Scottsdale auction in January will offer a 1973 911 T Targa, one of 1,300 made for the U.S., with 21,000 documented original miles. Offered with no reserve, the car has a pre-sale estimate of $130k-$160k.

Vintage Corner: Ferrari 290 MM

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Eight-figure prices for Ferraris are usually associated with Monterey or Scottsdale auctions, but the second-highest auction price for 2018, $22,000,500, went for a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM at the RM Sotheby’s Petersen Museum auction in December.

Vintage Corner: Allard J2 and J2-X

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At the RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in August, a 1953 J2-X, one of the 83 made and known as “Little Red,” sold for $280k. (The pre-sale estimate was $275k-$375k).