LAS VEGAS – More than 40 fresh-to-the-market classic cars are lined up and ready to take the spotlight at Morphy’s inaugural West Coast Automobile Auction, April 25 in Las Vegas. Rare Porsches, Jaguars, ’60s muscle cars and other top-notch vehicles will be offered, each hand-chosen for the boutique event by Morphy’s uncompromising automotive experts, with quality and originality in mind.
At Morphy’s first automotive auction, held at the company’s flagship Pennsylvania showroom in October 2014, 40 premier vehicles were sold, including a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa that realized $85,800; a 1952 Jaguar XK120 that reached $88,000; and a 1955 Porsche Speedster that commanded $198,000.
The April Las Vegas auction will follow—and likely exceed—that success, with featured lots such as an extremely rare 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak “Woody” wagon, outfitted with nearly all available options for its model year, including Hydramatic transmission. Additionally, it retains its original canvas top, wood panels, interior details and floor mats, as well as original books and advertising brochures.
“There isn’t a beach in California where this beauty wouldn’t turn heads. It’s quite likely the finest known original example of a standard-model 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Woody and has only 35,000 original miles on its odometer,” said Bill Windham, VP of Morphy’s Automobile division.
But as desirable as this car might be to well-heeled surfers and Malibu millionaires, it has never been used to haul longboards. It has had only two owners, the first being a wealthy family from Cleveland who traveled round trip in the classy station wagon to their summer home in the Catskills. The second owner is the person who has consigned the car to Morphy’s April 25 auction.
“It wasn’t an everyday car by any means, and undoubtedly it was stored in a climate-controlled garage, because it’s in fantastic condition,” said Windham. “It looks brand new.” The Woody is estimated at $150,000-$175,000.
Another standout in the auction is a blue 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1600 Speedster, with a 1964 Porsche 356C motor and vintage livery from its participation in the La Carrera Classic. Held by the same owner since 1975, this rare model has 40 years of maintenance records, rally history, and a factory COA. Estimate: $250,000-$275,000.
Among the other vintage vehicles in the April auction are a silver-gray 1941 Willys Coupe from the golden age of drag racing, with a low-profile, fiberglass body, 572cu/620hp GM crate motor attached to a TCI TH 400 automatic transmission (collectively designed to handle up to 1,000hp), and rack-and-pinion steering, estimate $60,000-$70,000; and a brown 1951 Chevy 3100 pick-up truck, fully restored to the highest standard with rare options, estimate $40,000-$50,000.
Muscle car enthusiasts will find many choice models to their liking, including a rust-free, turquoise 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible with factory-original white-and-aqua interiors and white top, estimate $25,000-$35,000; and a fully documented, restored, yellow 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 with such factory extras as a black hood stripe, FMX select shift transmission and sport deck rear seat. Estimate: $35,000-$45,000.
The auction also features several unique motorcycles, including a jaw-dropping, custom-built, 2009 Big Bear Choppers Criss Angel “Believe” tribute motorcycle, powered by an S&S Cycle X-Wedge 114-CID engine, with a dramatic black-and-red-flame paint job and only 25 original miles. It’s entered with a $25,000-$30,000 estimate.
Other highlights in the April auction include an impeccably maintained, royal blue 2005 Rolls Royce Phantom Saloon with Cornsilk interior and rare sunroof option, estimate $125,000-$150,000; an iconic, Rosso Corsa 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS with beige interior, 3.2-liter V8 engine and only 16,000 original miles, estimate $85,000-$110,000; and a white-on-red 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 with original window sticker, books and delivery information; and only 712 original miles, estimate $35,000-$45,000.
The April 25 Automobile Auction will be held at Morphy’s Las Vegas gallery, located at 4520 Arville St., #1, Las Vegas, NV 89103. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Start time is 12 p.m. Pacific Time, 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Onsite previews are available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an extended preview on April 24 until 9 p.m.; or at other times by appointment. Call 702-382-2466.
For additional information on any automobile or motorcycle in the April 25 Las Vegas auction, call Bill Windham at 717-335-3435; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Morphy’s online at www.morphyauctions.com.