At some point, Bring A Trailer evolved from a place you could buy a clunker on the nice(r) side to one where pristine machines that aren’t always terribly rare but with only a handful of miles on them changed ownership at tip-top dollar. It was only a matter of time, I suppose. Here are some of the more bemusing ones.
The following cars are what a Bring A Trailer spokesperson called “surprising,” but are probably more accurately “offensive.” There are no Ferraris or vintage Aston Martins on this list, if you get my drift. They are cars he picked that brought in usually high amounts of money and “broke records for individual models.”
They may not be your cup of tea, but here goes.
10. 2007 Volvo V70 R: $US25,570 ($37,235)
OK, to be fair, the blue and tan interior is pretty ace. But it’s an automatic, which sort of defeats the purpose of this unicorn wagon. The listing said it had 53,000 miles on the clock and it ultimately sold for over 25 grand. I don’t know, man. See this silver V70 R with a manual? It was being sold for $US11,500 ($16,746).
9. 1991 Honda CR-X Si: $US33,600 ($48,928)
Patrick mused, “A CRX, going for as much as a nicely equipped new Subaru BRZ. Never thought I’d see the day, man. I remember when CRXs were dirt cheap, and generally treated in accordance with that.”
Same, dude. Same. I guess really nice ones are expensive now.
8. 1994 Toyota MR2 Turbo: $US38,250 ($55,699)
I directly blame Radwood for this one. Well, most of these are Radwood-bait, but this MR2 especially. For just $US10,000 ($14,562), you could climb into the new Supra. But, I’m pretty sure which car this lot would choose.
And it’s truly a wonderful car. I’m only salty because it’s way out of my price range.
7. 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbodiesel: $US44,525 ($64,837)
With 57,000 miles on the clock, this cream-coloured Benz turbodiesel wagon is definitive Jalopnik cool. It doesn’t look like it has any rust, either. But it also sold for, like, the same amount of money as a typical luxury car now. This one would probably stay running for longer, though.
6. 1991 GMC Syclone: $US50,000 ($72,809)
I had no idea people liked Syclones this much. I also guess I had no idea how rare they are. The listing claims only 2,995 were built, ever. Hmmm. And with only 4,000 miles on it. Alright, proceed.
5. 1983 Jeep Cherokee Laredo: $US51,360 ($74,790)
4. 1997 Acura Integra Type R: $US82,000 ($119,407)
3. 1994 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2: $US101,101 ($147,222)
This one, to me, is kind of like, “No shit.” It has about 33,000 miles and was imported from Japan to Germany in 2015, and then brought to California.
2. 1970 Datsun 240Z: $US124,260 ($180,945)
Are you kidding me? What’s special about this thing?
Oh, I see. From the listing:
This 1970 Datsun 240Z is a Series I example which was restored by Bill Reagan of Texas in the early 1990s, subsequently receiving a Gold Medallion award from the National Z-Car Convention as well as being displayed at the Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York. The car was also featured during the induction of former Nissan Motor Corporation USA president Yutaka Katayama into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1998, and was further used as the basis for a Franklin Mint model wearing the same chassis number.
Power is from a numbers-matching 2.4-litre inline-six paired with a four-speed manual gearbox, and the car is finished in orange over a black interior. This 240Z is offered by the selling dealer in Oklahoma with a Franklin Mint model signed by Katayama, supporting documentation and memorabilia, factory literature, restoration photographs, a Gold Medallion award, and a clean Delaware title.
Alright, alright. Carry on, I guess.
1. 1962 Austin Mini Beach Car: $US230,000 ($334,922)
Look it’s so cute! It’s one of about 15 “Beach Cars.” Of those, 13 were left-hand drive examples that we got here in the U.S. for the purposes of promoting Mini in North America.
And now I’m going to go have a drink after seeing that sale price.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on these cars, because they are genuinely wonderful. But, like, someone paid nearly 40 grand on a Toyota MR2 Turbo? Look guys, it’s your money and you can do whatever you want with it. But, Jesus. The Radwood-era car price inflation is real.