The Guys With Rides Team will be on hand at the Mecum Harrisburg event slated for July 31st – August 3rd at The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After reviewing the preview docket provided by Mecum, here are three lots we plan to watch in person as they cross the block on Wednesday, the results of which will be the basis for our “Topless Thursday” feature.
Lot #W46 – Offered at No Reserve: 1984 Chrysler LeBaron Woody Convertible – In addition to preparing Chrysler’s innovative new mini van preparing to launch in 1984, Lee Iaccoca smartly decided the time was right to re-launch the convertible body style for 1982. Chrysler called on Cars & Concepts (“C&C”) to design and build the LeBaron convertibles. C&C heavily modified two-door LeBaron coupes on their way to becoming convertibles, a process that included thirty-two steps. They installed a boxed-in backbone along the center of the car and welded a three-piece windshield header to the A-pillars. The convertible top itself had a plastic rear window and broad rear quarter panels. For 1983, C&C ingeniously came up with a way to use the K-Car wagon’s simulated wood panel system on the two-door convertible and for 1984 they were able to add rear quarter windows and a more desirable glass rear window. We love this example has the woody exterior and the beautiful Mark Cross leather interior. The docket reports the top needs to be replaced so we’ll see how that affects the price.
Lot #W86 – 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Convertible – while Ralph Nader and GM’s lawyers fought each in and out of court during the early 1960s, Chevrolet’s engineers made numerous improvements to the Corvair, both in styling and more importantly, replacing the first generation’s rear suspension with a vastly improved fully articulated design similar to the C2 Corvette’s that virtually eliminated the danger of the previous generation’s swing axles. The red over white interior color combination looks stunning and with a claimed 9,195 miles since being restored, this Corvair should be ready to go for end-of-summer fun. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool lists the #2 Excellent Value for this vintage Corvair at $22,000 and the #3 “Good” value at $13,800 so we’ll be excited to see where the hammer falls and whether it meets its reserve price.
Lot #W157 – Offered at No Reserve: 1981 Lancia Zagato Beta Spyder – Introduced in 1972 by Lancia as their first new car under Fiat ownership, the Beta coupe was an entry level luxury car produced right through to 1984 when Lancia exited the U.S. market. The rare Zagato Spyder featured here was Lancia’s way of offering an open top car in the U.S. that met the highly anticipated but never executed Federal roll over standards. Zagatos were never sold in large numbers and most of the ones produced have long since rotted away as corrosion prevention was an afterthought. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool lists the #2 Excellent Value for this Zagato at $12,700 and the #3 “Good” value at $8,100 so we will be on hand to confirm whether the psychology of a No Reserve auction helps the hammer price on this car.
These three convertibles are a preview of our “Topless Thursday” feature. We’ll report our observations as well as take additional pictures if possible to provide a more complete picture of each car. Stay tuned!