Chevy leads no-reserve sale of eclectic 40-car collection

| 19 Dec 2019
Hadjopulos Collection for sale with Bring a Trailer

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A 1961 Chevrolet Corvette was the top seller in the first of a diverse two-part sale, when it achieved $77,007 yesterday.

It was one of 20 lots to cross the virtual block, all of which came from the Hadjopulos Collection – an eclectic mixture of cars spanning more than a century of motoring. 

The no-reserve sale was conducted by online auction platform Bring a Trailer and bidding will open on the second 20-lot batch next month.

1961 C1 Chevrolet Corvette
Modified C1 went to a new home for $77,007

The ’Vette joined the collection five years ago, following refurbishment and modification by a previous owner.

Consequently, among the highlights of this Jewel Blue and white car are polished Colorado Custom wheels, vented disc brakes, an updated stereo system with display screen and keyless ignition.

Among the other high sellers were a trio around the $35,000 mark, including a Guards Red, 73,000-mile 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa and a modified 1929 Cadillac Model 341-B that achieved $35,964 and $35,000 respectively.

But the one that caught our eye was the 1990 BMW Z1. Originally red, a previous owner repainted it white and it has benefited from some restoration work, but will need further TLC – it was sold listed as a ‘project’.

1990 BMW Z1
The BMW will need some work before it can be enjoyed

Other results included a modified 1970 Fiat 500 which found a new home for $8500, $5200 for a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE, a 1951 Ford Country Squire Woodie Wagon that sold for $28,000 and, perhaps unexpectedly, a 1924 Richardson boat that needs some work but still changed hands for $23,100.

Another project was the collection’s oldest piece, a 1903 Orient Buckboard.

This two-seat non-runner will one day be powered by its air-cooled 35cu in single-cylinder engine – hopefully once its non-original wire wheels have been replaced by something more appropriate.

1903 Orient Buckboard
This 116-year-old car is the oldest in the Hadjopulos Collection

Cars going under the hammer in the second part of this sale include a 1956 BMW Isetta, and a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa and an ’83 308GTS.

Not forgetting the 1974 De Tomaso Pantera and 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 Group B Prototype, as well as the collection’s youngest car, a 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S.

Interested? All will be sold with no reserve. Keep an eye on Bring a Trailer’s website in January.


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