Fall Carlisle auction sees improvement


Claimed to have been owned by Jackie Gleason, this 1941 Buick Super convertible sold for $60,000 at the Fall Carlisle auction. (Ron Kowalke photo)

Since Carlisle Events moved both its spring and fall auctions to a two-evening, Thursday and Friday format in 2009, the sales held in conjunction with the Carlisle (Pa.) swap meets have hit their stride.

Not that the previous Friday evening and all-day Saturday format faired poorly, but reviewing the past three Carlisle fall auctions supports the change. In 2008, under the previous format, sell-through achieved 36 percent on 191 total consignments. Last year’s fall sale — moved to consecutive evenings — showed an improved 41 percent sell-through on 256 consignments. This year’s fall sale, held Sept. 30-Oct. 1, achieved 48 percent sell-through on 277 lots. Taking into account the recent economic woes, this improvement takes on even more significance.

Again held at the Carlisle Expo Center located one block from the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the site of the swap meet and car corral, the event featured a strong lineup of vehicles, including what has become a traditional run each night of low-mileage, original cars and trucks. Featured examples of these “survivors” include an air-cooled  29,000-mile 1929 Franklin sedan that sold for $10,000, an 18,000-mile ’58 MGA roadster that sold for $23,750 and a 5,500-mile, rare Pony Edition ’79 Ford Pinto hatchback that sold for $6,750. The latter was stored for 27 years, from 1980 until 2007.

Other FoMoCo products that showed both low odometer readings and performance heritage included a 22,000-mile ’67 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop, equipped with the 390-cid V-8, that sold for $19,750; a 25,000-mile ’68 Ford Mustang GT/California Special hardtop that sold for $13,000; and, a 41,000-mile ’70 Mercury Cougar XR7 convertible that sold for $18,000.

High-sale honors resulted in a tie between a fuel-injected 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible and a Cobra Jet 428-cid-powered ’70 Shelby Mustang GT500 fastback. Each sold for $84,000.

Other noteworthy sales included a Hemi 392-cid-powered ’58 Chrysler Imperial convertible, 1 of 675 produced, that sold for $76,500 and a ’41 Buick Super convertible coupe that was claimed to have once been the property of the late entertainer Jackie Gleason that sold for $60,000.

Perhaps the “best bang for buck” sale was the 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner hardtop that was purchased for $12,000. The brilliant red Skyliner featured a glass roof insert and sold for less than current market value for the fine condition in which it was presented.

Also a tradition at a Carlisle auction, each evening’s sale began with about a dozen modern used cars and trucks that were sold at no reserve to raise money for the local Salvation Army chapter.       

Fall Carlisle
Carlisle, Pa., 9-30/10-1-2010

Ron Kowalke reporting

Vehicles listed were declared sold.
Reportedly, 277 were offered.

Year/Make/Model                                Price/Condition
1977 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider 2d Conv, 35K, w/alloy whls & luggage rack    $2,100    3
1939 Buick 41 4d Sed Rod, 350-cid    $8,800    3
1941 Buick Sup 2d Conv Cpe, Fireball 8-cyl, w/dual sport lights & fender skirts, ex-Jackie Gleason car    $60,000    1
1970 Buick Wildcat 2d Conv, 455-cid    $7,750    3
1972 Buick Centurion 2d Conv, 455-cid, A/C    $3,300    3
1975 Buick LeSabre Cus 2d Conv, 56K    $9,100    3
1978 Buick LeSabre Cus 2d Lan HT, A/C, 19K    $3,350    3
1992 Buick Roadmaster 4d Sta Wag, 48K    $4,600    3
1997 Buick Century Ltd 4d Sed, V-6, 1st sale $1,300 proceeds to Salvation Army, buyer donated car back to sell again    $1,200    3
1948 Cadillac Fleetwood 4d Sed, 60K    $11,250    3
1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Brgm 4d Sed, 472-cid, WW covers, w/fender skirts, 7K    $5,250    3
1975 Cadillac Sed deV 4d Sed, 500-cid, proceeds to AACA Museum    $1,900    4
1976 Cadillac Eldo 2d Conv, 500-cid, 4,000 orig miles    $21,500    2
1978 Cadillac Eldo 2d HT, 77K    $4,900    3
1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brgm 4d Sed, WW covers, 17K    $6,300    3
1991 Cadillac Brgm d’Elegance 4d Sed, WW covers    $7,800    3
2003 Cadillac Escalade 4d SUV Mod, SC, Brembo brakes, 30K, aftermarket whls, w/TV & “blaster” sound system    $22,000    3
1971 Checker Marathon 4d Sed Mod, 502-cid, 630-hp, Auto, cus paint & aftermarket whls    $27,000    3
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster 2d Cpe, 6-cyl, 3-Spd, 5W, w/fender skirts    $9,100    3
1950 Chevrolet 2d Stepside PU Mod, 454-cid, 325-hp, SBx, cus paint & aftermarket whls    $24,500    2
1955 Chevrolet 3100 2d Stepside PU, SBx, 31,900 orig miles    $12,000    3
1959 Chevrolet Impala 2d HT, 409-cid, 3x2V, w/fender skirts    $25,500    3
1962 Chevrolet Impala 2d HT Mod, 327-cid, 4-Spd, aftermarket whls    $11,250    3
1962 Chevrolet Impala 2d Conv, 327-cid    $14,250    3
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder 2d Conv, 4-Spd, 23K    $8,500    3
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Conv, FI, KO, #s matching    $84,000    1
1965 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Conv, 396-cid, 4-Spd, KO, w/side pipes & gold line tires    $55,000    2
1966 Chevrolet Impala SS 2d HT, 283-cid, Auto, A/C    $12,250    3
1968 Chevrolet Impala 2d Formal HT Mod, 427-cid, 385-hp, 4-Spd, A/C, aftermarket whls w/redline tires, #s matching    $18,750    3
1968 Chevrolet C10 Cus 2d PU, 77K, LBx w/bed cover    $3,800    3
1968 Chevrolet Camaro 2d Conv Mod, 396-cid, 350-hp, Muncie 4-Spd, SS replica, w/redline tires    $37,750    2
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS 2d Cpe, 350-cid, 300-hp, Hound’s tooth int, Hugger Orange    $20,250    3
1969 Chevrolet C10 2d 1/2T PU, 6-cyl, 3-Spd, 86K, w/wood side rails    $2,600    4
1969 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Conv, 4-Spd    $17,900    3
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 4d Sed, 46K    $3,100    3
1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic 2d Conv Mod, 454-cid, aftermarket whls (orig whls incl), w/fender skirts    $14,000    3
1975 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Conv, #s matching, w/alloy whls    $17,400    3
1978 Chevrolet Corvette 2d T-top Cpe, L48, 11,800 orig miles, 25th Anv Ed    $14,000    3
1984 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Cpe, 350-cid    $5,250    3
1986 Chevrolet Caprice Brgm 4d Sed, WW covers    $7,000    3
1987 Chevrolet El Camino SS 2d PU, Choo Choo Customs, w/bed cover    $8,500    2
1988 Chevrolet Celebrity 4d Sed, V-6, WW covers, proceeds to Salvation Army    $850    3
1988 Chevrolet K1500 2d 1/2T PU 4×4 Mod, HO 454-cid, SS replica, w/lift kit & aftermarket whls    $10,200    3
1989 Chevrolet S10 2d 1/2T PU Mod, w/bed cover, 33K, aftermarket whls    $7,200    3
1995 Chevrolet C3500 2d Ext Cab 1T PU Mod, diesel, aftermarket whls, dually, w/cowl induction hood, “Rattle Trap”    $9,500    3
1997 Chevrolet G1500 Bus, 67K, 24P, proceeds to Salvation Army    $3,800    3
1997 Chevrolet G1500 Discovery 6d Van, 3 row seats, w/raised roof, proceeds to Salvation Army    $3,600    3
2000 Chevrolet Malibu 4d Sed, 1st sale $1,500 proceeds to Salvation Army, car donated back to resell    $1,350    3
2004 Chevrolet SSR 2d Conv PU, w/retractable roof, 9,600 orig miles    $23,500    3
2009 Chevrolet Corvette 2d Conv, 2,200 orig miles    $39,000    2
1958 Chrysler Imperial 2d Conv, Hemi 392-cid, WW, 1 of 675    $76,500    3
1964 Chrysler 300 2d Conv    $12,600    3
1976 Chrysler Cordoba 2d HT, 360-cid, WW covers, 16,200 orig miles    $6,600    3
2000 Chrysler Sebring JX 2d Conv    $1,850    3
2004 Chrysler LX 4d Mini Van, proceeds to Salvation Army    $3,100    3
1977 Citroen 4d Sed, sliding S/R, ex-Bill Miller Coll    $7,800    3
1977 Datsun 280Z 2d Cpe Mod, 6-cyl, 47K, aftermarket whls    $7,800    3
1974 Dodge Charger SE 2d FBk Mod, Magnum 440-cid, w/hood pins, aftermarket whls    $8,100    3
1978 Dodge Magnum 2d HT, 318-cid, A/C, 49K    $6,800    3
2001 Dodge Stratus SE 4d Sed, 62K, proceeds to Salvation Army    $2,800    3
1958 Edsel Pacer 2d HT, 361-cid, 303-hp, push-button Auto    $16,250    2
1933 Ford 2d Sed, flathead V-8, rear mount spare, suicide doors    $39,500    1
1947 Ford COE 2d Ext Cab Car Hauler Mod, 351-cid, on ’85 GMC chassis, cus paint & aftermarket whls    $20,000    3
1947 Ford Sup DeL 2d Sed, w/Columbia 2-Spd rear axle, 40K    $20,500    3
1950 Ford F3 2d Stepside PU, LBx, w/grille guard    $7,750    3
1953 Ford F350 2d Stake, dually    $8,500    2
1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner 2d HT, w/glass top insert    $12,000    1
1954 Ford F100 2d Stepside PU Mod, T-bird 312-cid, 3x2V, SBx, cus paint    $12,500    3
1954 Ford Customline 4d Sed, OHV V-8, Auto, 67K    $7,300    3
1955 Ford T-bird 2d Conv, 292-cid, w/both tops & fender skirts    $26,000    3
1956 Ford T-bird 2d Conv, w/both tops, cont kit & fender skirts, proceeds to AACA Museum    $31,500    2
1957 Ford Fairlane 2d Sed    $10,000    3
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2d Conv, 390-cid    $6,600    3
1964 Ford Galaxie 500XL 2d Conv, 14K, w/spotlights & fender skirts    $30,500    3
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 2d HT Mod, 390-cid, 330-hp, 4-Spd, 3x2V, #s matching, aftermarket whls    $19,000    3
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 2d HT, Auto, WW covers, 44K    $12,250    3
1965 Ford Mustang 2d HT, C code 289-cid, 200-hp, Auto, rare Caspian blue, Pony int, w/redline tires & spinner caps    $11,400    2
1965 Ford Mustang 2d Conv Mod, 5.0L, A/C, cus paint & aftermarket whls    $23,000    3
1965 Ford Mustang GT 2d HT, A code 289-cid, 4-Spd, A/C    $26,250    1
1966 Ford Mustang 2d HT Mod, 289-cid, Auto, w/GT whls    $8,600    3
1967 Ford Galaxie 500 2d HT, 390-cid, Auto, 22K    $19,750    3
1967 Ford Mustang GT 2d FBk, S code 390-cid, 4-Spd, w/redline tires    $45,000    1
1968 Ford Mustang GT/California Spl 2d HT, 289-cid, 25K    $13,000    3
1968 Ford Mustang 2d Conv, 289-cid, 200-hp, Auto, WW covers    $21,000    3
1968 Ford Mustang GT/California Spl 2d HT, J code 302-cid, 230-hp, A/C, 49K, 1 of 4,918    $21,000    3
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 2d FBk, Cleveland 351-cid, Auto, w/rear spoiler & rear window louver, 77K    $25,500    3
1975 Ford T-bird 2d HT, 460-cid    $3,100    3
1979 Ford Pinto 2d HBk, 4-Spd, Pony Ed, 5,500 orig miles, stored 1980-2007    $6,750    2
1983 Ford Mustang SX 2d Conv, WW covers    $20,000    3
1988 Ford T-bird 2d HT, Turbo 4-cyl    $4,250    3
1988 Ford Mustang 2d Conv, 5.0L, 5-Spd, 17,300 orig miles    $14,000    3
1993 Ford Taurus SL 4d Sed, 1st sale $600 proceeds to Salvation Army, car donated back to resell    $600    3
1995 Ford F150 2d PU, LBx w/bedliner, proceeds to Salvation Army    $1,350    3
1995 Ford Contour GL 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $1,300    3
1997 Ford Contour GL 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $800    3
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 2d HT, 4.6L, 5-Spd, 3K, w/rear spoiler & shaker hood    $17,200    2
2009 Ford F450 Sup Duty Lariat 4d Crew Cab PU, Power Stroke diesel, 470-hp, dually, 1,499 orig miles    $38,500    2
1929 Franklin 4d Sed, air-cooled, 4-Spd, 29K    $10,000    3
1991 GMC Syclone 2d 1/2T PU, Turbo 4.3L, w/bed cover    $9,500    3
1972 Lincoln Cont Mk III 2d HT, 460-cid, 65K    $5,700    3
1978 Lincoln Mk V 2d HT, 33K    $7,000    3
1979 Lincoln Cont Town Car 4d Sed, Coll Ed, 13.5K    $11,250    3
1989 Lincoln Cont Town Car 4d Sed, Signature Ed, 54K    $4,100    3
1992 Lincoln Town Car 4d Sed, 5,200 orig miles    $5,300    3
1997 Mazda 626 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $1,000    3
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL 2d Conv, w/both tops    $6,600    3
1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 2d Conv, w/both tops    $7,700    3
1970 Mercury Cougar XR7 2d Conv Mod, 351-cid, Auto, A/C, 41K, w/GT whls    $18,000    3
1958 MGA 2d Rds, LHD, 18K, KO, WW    $23,750    3
1960 MGA 2d Rds, w/trunk rack    $15,000    3
1953 Nash Rambler Cus 2d Conv, 43K, w/cont kit    $16,000    3
1968 Oldsmobile 442 2d Sed, 4-Spd, w/hood stripe    $11,300    3
1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $850    3
1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 4d Sed, 54K, w/sun visor    $7,300    3
1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2d HT, Magnum 383-cid, Auto, A/C    $19,750    2
1973 Plymouth Duster 340 2d HT, Wedge 340-cid, w/Ram Air hood, Magnum 500 whls, Sublime    $14,000    2
1966 Pontiac Tempest GTO 2d HT, 389-cid, w/redline tires    $27,000    2
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2d Cpe, 403-cid, Auto, w/shaker hood    $3,750    3
1979 Pontiac Firebird 2d Cpe, 59K, w/Rallye whls    $3,200    3
1986 Pontiac Fiero GT 2d Cpe, w/rear spoiler    $1,900    3
1989 Pontiac Bonneville 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $500    3
1994 Pontiac Sunbird LE 2d Conv, V-6, Auto, w/rear spoiler    $2,300    3
1995 Pontiac Grand Am SE 4d Sed, V-6, proceeds to Salvation Army    $650    3
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 2d HT, proceeds to Salvation Army    $900    3
2005 Porsche Cayanne 4d SUV, 6-Spd, 20 orig miles    $18,750    1
1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur 4d Sed, LWB    $13,000    2
1996 Saab 900S 4d Sed, 4-cyl, proceeds to Salvation Army    $850    3
1998 Saturn S 4d Sta Wag, proceeds to Salvation Army    $1,100    3
1970 Shelby Mustang GT500 2d FBk, Cobra Jet 428-cid, Auto, 58K    $84,000    3
1995 Subaru Impreza L 4d Sed, proceeds to Salvation Army    $1,150    3
1969 Volkswagen Beetle 2d Conv, w/wide whitewall tires    $7,700    3
1970 Volkswagen Beetle 2d Conv, w/Rallye whls    $5,700    3
1957 Willys Jeep 1/4T Utly 4×4 Mod, 4-cyl, 4-Spd, w/roll bar & removable fabric doors    $9,250    2

Miscellaneous
2006 Bobber Chopper Motorcycle, 6-Spd, 100 orig miles    $9,000    1
1997 Performance Trailer    $9,100    2

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