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BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Next Expensive Auction Car?

BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Next Expensive Auction Car?

The 1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 that was in hiding for decades, the car that was the subject of mythos and legend for years, and only appeared just a couple of years ago for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, finally changed hands at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2020 event. The final hammer price: $3,740,000 including the buyer’s fees. That makes the Bullitt Mustang the most valuable Mustang in the world, surpassing last year’s knockout, the only 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, which hammered for $2.2 million last year at the same event. A combination of Hollywood magic, the missing-car storyline, the connection to Steve McQueen, and the fact that the car looks unrestored got wallets to open wide.

So…what’s next? Every year, a new car hammers home the ultimate price tag that kind of sets the mood for the year. Nobody is shocked that the Bullitt Mustang went for millions. Honestly, I was expecting a bigger number than that. A one-of-one Shelby Mustang, a Hemi Mopar, a Chevelle LS6 with drag racing history…there are plenty of vehicles that are going up for auction and some big name collections that are emptying out. What do you think will be the next big stupid money car to go across the block? The big shows in Arizona are coming up soon…Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, they’ll be here soon!

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15 thoughts on “BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Next Expensive Auction Car?

  1. fastback

    i own a 68 gt 390 4 speed s code fastback, candyapple red with maroon interior, im thinging maybe a million? yeah right.

    1. Don

      I think all the media hype drove up the price. Me, personally, thought it was worth maybe $100k tops. It’s a POS. The story and movie history isn’t worth $3.6 m. No way.

  2. drivindadsdodge

    Ultimately another car will come along…
    Until then this Fantastic Car get s to Rein as King
    Very few cars have a pedigree this has

    Bolanders/Toads 58 Impala didnt generate the same interest when It sold in 2015

    I would love to see what Falfa’s/2 lane Blacktop 55 would sell for today

    or Milners Coupe

    1. Wolf

      the documented authentic Two Lane ’55 sold at Barrett Jackson in 2015 for only $159k. I thought it would go well over a million, but nobody seemed to care too much about it.

  3. Mopar or No Car

    The nature of collecting has changed so much over the last 20 years I don’t think we’ll see this kind of action for a car that is today unloved and hiding in a warehouse somewhere. Everything that’s going to emerge has already been found.

    In addition, everything that could be an auction blockbuster in the future has also already been snapped up. Movie cars don’t go into obscurity any more. Limited production vehicles are on the cover of ten enthusiast magazines.

    Now add in the fact that the US market surrendered luxury and performance to foreign automakers for 30 years starting in the 1980s. I predict the next blockbuster auction will be a foreign car.

  4. Lance

    I’m a Mustang guy. I’ll say it,it will not be a Mustang. Except for the single digit Shelbys we may not see another ,even, $1mil Mustang . Boss nines like it or not should have been $mil cars before Hemis but only a few,3 I think have. The common cars we love,Big Blocks,COPO,Hemi,Shelby are all in a holding zone,still big money but the buyers are aging out. I don’t think the big money buyers who are mid/late 40’s are buyers and the big money owners will start thinning there collections at a tax write off loss. We will see cars that sold for mid $500 k sell for less and even be driven again. We will have to wait tell us upper 50’s guys get to 80 or so to see numbers again like even 5 years ago. My comment is only for the Top their examples of each. Or drivers will still maintain value because cool fun is alway desirable.

  5. Matt Cramer

    I’m going to suggest a Brock Racing Datsun for the next car to really shock people with what it goes for at an auction. Early ’70s Datsuns have been climbing in value, a lot, and one with serious racing history might get someone to overbid on it.

  6. Scott Liggett

    The iconic Mustang in one of the most iconic gearhead movie that actually had Steve McQueen behind the wheel, and it hasn’t changed hands in 50 years. As Fords go, only the Le Man winning GT40 will bring more money.

    As movie cars go, Milner’s coupe could make 7 figures. It hasn’t been sold in 40 years. But, Paul Le Mat is not Steve McQueen.

    The only other movie car that could possibly match this one is the actual Porsche 917 that Steve McQueen drove in Le Mans.

    Maybe a race car with real race wins could bring big money. A Le Mans winning Ferrari comes to mind. Something from the 50’s or 60’s. Possibly a super rare drag car that won US Nationals. But, it would have to have never been across the auction block before. A Sox & Martin championship Hemi power Super Stocker possibly, but I doubt it.


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