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Mopar muscle shines in Harrisburg

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1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird. Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions.

Customers of Mecum Auctions tend to favor muscle cars, and the top-10 list from any of the company’s sales will reflect this. Last weekend’s Harrisburg auction was no exception, though the anomaly was the Mopar-heavy mix in the sale’s top-10, of which five were built by Dodge or Plymouth.

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The high seller of the weekend was a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, showing just 17,000 miles and reportedly one of just 58 Hemi Superbirds built with a four-speed manual transmission. Restored to a better-than-new standard in 2002, the car received points off for this at the 2002 Mopar Nationals, where it scored an OE Silver Certification after points were deducted for its deviation from production quality. Redemption came at Amelia Island in 2003, where the Plymouth was voted Best American Muscle Car. As offered in Harrisburg, the original-drivetrain Superbird came with documentation that included the window sticker, two broadcast sheets, and the warranty card. While the selling price of $415,000 was lower than might have been achieved a few years back, it did split the difference between high retail estimates from NADA ($491,820) and KBB ($376,250).

1969 Dodge Daytona

1969 Dodge Daytona.

Runner-up on the Harrisburg top-10 list was another winged warrior, specifically a 1969 Dodge Daytona powered by a V-8 fed by a single four-barrel carburetor and producing 375 horsepower. The seller claimed the 33,000 miles showing were original, though no claims were made to the originality of the car’s engine, transmission, or differential. Sold with the original broadcast sheet and dealer invoice, the selling price of $215,000 was significantly higher than NADA’s high retail ($191,600) or KBB’s excellent condition ($153,900) pricing.

1968 Shelby GT500KR

1968 Shelby G.T.500KR.

Other cars in the sale’s top-10 included a 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which sold for $178,000; a 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T, which sold for $165,000; a 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR fastback, which sold for $162,500; a 1970 Plymouth Superbird powered by a 440 Six-Barrel, which sold for $160,000; a 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee, which sold for $140,000; a Yenko-modified 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, which sold for $140,000; a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, which sold for $130,000; and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window coupe, which sold for $127,500.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

More affordable lots of note included a freshly painted 1976 Triumph Spitfire, which sold for $4,000; a 1940 Oldsmobile Dynamic four-door sedan, which sold for $4,000; a 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury, which sold for $5,000; a 1960 Ford Falcon two-door, which sold for $6,500; a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible, which sold for $6,500; a freshly restored 1950 MG TD roadster, which sold for $7,500; a resto-modded 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon, powered by a 455 V-8, which sold for $7,500; a 47,000-mile 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which sold for $8,000; a 1981 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle, which sold for $9,000; and a recently restored 1973 Mercury Cougar, which sold for $10,000.

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