At various times on this site we have discussed the relatively low sale’s prices of the ultra rare Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II cars. There have been no shortage of theories and hypothesis. Now we have a slightly different issue to discuss. A nice but modified Talladega just sold for $110,000 (includes buyer’s premium) at the 2014 Scottsdale Barrett Jackson Auction. This car is listed in our Registry. This Talladega has a modified NASCAR style gas filler, incorrect color on wheels, wheel well lip moldings, Cobra emblems and, according to those at the auction, was not clean under the hood.
It was only a couple of years ago that the fabulous red Banjo Matthews prototype that Jason and Clarence Thompson restored sold for only slightly more. Talladegas similar to the one that sold Tuesday night would have been lucky to bring $35,000 at that time. Recent similar examples on eBay have been in the $30,000 to $40,000 price range.
Is this the long expected rise in Talladega prices? Does the market want modified cars rather than originals? Or, was this the result of at least two bidders who had too many free beverages from the open bar?
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