Top 10 muscle car sales from Scottsdale 2018

Bidders looking for a solid, daily-driver 1960s muscle car at the last week’s auctions in Scottsdale had a feeding frenzy on their hands. There was a lot to choose from, and even a modest muscle collector could have driven home in a very respectable machine for less money than a modern version of the same car. Compared to the very top end of the market, especially north of a million bucks where things slowed down, popular mainstream muscle cars below $100,000 performed very well.

Still, buyers were out in force this year, which also meant prices for the most desirable muscle cars were up. If you were looking for that rare, numbers-matching car that would be the crown jewel of your American muscle car collection, you likely faced some serious competition. (And yet, Worldwide’s 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible failed to sell despite a $1.32 million bid.) We previewed some of our favorite muscle prior to the auction, and many of them were also among the highest prices among muscle cars all weekend.

10. 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Barrett-Jackson)

1970 Plymouth Superbird at Barrett-Jackson
1970 Plymouth Superbird
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $286,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $183,000–$389,000

Lot 1430

It was the Superbird that lured Richard Petty back to Plymouth for a dominating 1970 NASCAR season that included 18 wins. This example of Plymouth’s one-year-only wing car is equipped with the 426-cubic-inch Hemi, the most powerful of the three big-blocks available.

9. 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Barrett-Jackson)

1970 Plymouth Superbird front 3/4
1970 Plymouth Superbird
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $286,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $98,000–$242,000

Lot 1370

The 1970 Plymouth Superbird looks odd, but its wind-tunnel-sculpted nose and wing were no accident. Packing a 440-cu-in V-8 with Six Pack induction, this pristine example has a numbers-matching engine, down to the date codes on the carbs.

8. 1965 Shelby GT350 (Barrett-Jackson)

1965 Shelby GT350 front 3/4
1965 Shelby GT350
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $324,500

Hagerty Price Guide: $273,000–$455,000

Lot 1407

In case the Shelby name wasn’t enough, this early-production GT350 was delivered to Tasca Ford, a dealership famous for its high-performance Mustangs that would later go on to help birth the 428 Cobra Jet.

7. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (Barrett-Jackson)

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 at Barrett-Jackson
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $330,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $180,000–$430,000

Lot 1410

After NASCAR banned the overhead-cam 427-cu-in V-8, Ford schemed up the Boss 429 engine to take on Mopar’s Hemi. The engine’s huge cylinder heads have amazing potential for horsepower and make for a tight squeeze into a Mustang’s engine bay. Only 857 Boss 429 Mustangs were built in 1969 and their scarcity, combined with the monster 429-cu-in V-8’s legendary status and the ’69 Mustang SportsRoof’s gorgeous lines, make it one of the most sought-after of all pony cars.

6. 1965 Shelby GT350 (Russo and Steele)

1965 Shelby GT350 at Russo and Steele
1965 Shelby GT350
Russo and Steele

Sold for $341,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $273,000–$535,000

Lot S737

Well-documented, this early production Shelby includes copies of the paperwork from its original sale at Ryan Hunt Ford in Daytona Beach, Florida.

5. 1965 Shelby GT350 (Worldwide)

1965 Shelby GT350 at Worldwide
1965 Shelby GT350
Worldwide

Sold for $352,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $273,000–$535,000

Lot 24

Although it was restored nearly 20 years ago, this numbers-matching Shelby was driven only sparingly since then and still looks fresh. It features the correct gauge pod, tachometer, Le Mans stripes, and Cragar wheels.

4. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda (Worldwide)

1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda at Worldwide
1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
Worldwide

Sold for $418,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $229,000–$525,000

Lot 39

Still equipped with its original, numbers-matching drivetrain, this GB5 blue ’Cuda experienced a thorough restoration and bears only 21,433 miles on the odometer.

3. 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge (Barrett-Jackson)

1970 Pontiac GTO Judge at Barrett-Jackson
1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $440,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $283,000–$525,000

Lot 1412

Hagerty auctions editor Andrew Newton got a close look at this Pepper Green convertible before it crossed the auction block and described it as “pretty much a perfect car in #1 / #1- condition.” The rare Goat is powered by the Ram Air IV, Pontiac’s most potent of Ram Air V-8s.

2. 1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype (Barrett-Jackson)

1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype at Barrett-Jackson
1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $605,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $120,000–$250,000

Lot 1406

This car’s unique history as a pre-production prototype no doubt caused the bidding to heat up. It was used to develop and homologate the 1966 GT350 for SCCA competition and included a number of options, including its vinyl roof, that never saw production on other 1966 GT350s, making it one-of-one Shelby. Provenance wins the day.

1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Barrett-Jackson)

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Barrett-Jackson
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Barrett-Jackson

Sold for $770,000

Hagerty Price Guide: $385,000–$604,000

Lot 1409

The ZL1 Camaro was fitted with an all-aluminum, 427-cu-in big-block V-8 intent on wreaking havoc on the Pro Stock drag racing scene. And it did. It’s the high-water mark of first-generation, big-block Camaros, and because only 69 copies were produced, demand with collectors has remained high.