It seemed to be a good year to be selling an Oldsmobile muscle car or a postwar Lincoln product at the Atlantic City Classic Car Auction. A gorgeous No. 1 condition 1970 Olds 4-4-2 Convertible was the high-priced car on Saturday. Grant Miller of Grant's Classic Cars in Lock Haven, Pa., paid what was probably a World's Record price of $195,000 to buy the shiny black car. Miller holds his own classic car auction in the Lock Haven area the third week of July each year.
A matching-numbers 1967 Olds 4-4-2 hardtop in No. 2 condition also traded hands for $33,500. Lincolns carrying "Sold" signs on their windshields included a No. 3 condition 1948 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet that fetched $48,000, a 1950 Capri two-door sedan in No. 3 shape that brought $24,000 and a similar-condition two-tone Yellow and Black 1956 Premiere two-door hardtop that found a new owner at a bargain $17,500.
In order, other top sales of Saturday were: 1956 Mercury Montclair two-door hardtop in No. 3 condition ($31,000); Customized 1948 Chevy 1/2-ton pickup in No. 1 condition ($35,000); 1964 Pontiac GTO two-door hardtop in No. 2 condition ($36,500); 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible in No. 2 condition ($37,000); 1968 Camaro SS in No. 2 condition ($39,000); 1970 Dodge Charger 500 in No. 2 condition with 440-cid V-8 and four-speed ($47,500); 1970 Camaro RS/SS No. 2 condition Coupe with 396-cid V-8 and automatic ($54,000); 1961 Corvette No. 2 condition roadster with 327-cid 365-hp V-8 ($67,500); 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible in No. 1 condition ($70,000) and 1969 Camaro RS/SS No. 1 Convertible with 396-cid 375-hp L89 V-8 and four-speed ($100,000).
During the Saturday auction, it was announced that hot rodding legend Boyd Coddington had died at age 63 and (wouldn't you know it) a hot rod 1947 Chevy two-door that crossed the block turned out to be a car that the "Boydster" had once signed. The No. 2 condition truck brought a strong (but not outrageous) $26,000.
The auction continues on Sunday March 2 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. If you're in the area, come over to AC and meet the Old Cars Weekly staff.