At this past month’s Kissimmee, Florida, Mecum auto auction, there was an extremely special car sitting on lot S169. Up for grabs was a red five-speed 1989 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach.
It’s the type of ride that steals a show, but at this particular gathering, it’s $350,000 final sale price was only good enough to be ninth-best. And guess what? The other cars weren’t other Lamborghinis or Rolls-Royces, or even Ferraris. They were good ol’ delicious American power.
Six of the top eight vehicles (there was a Harley-Davidson and a Prevost RV in there) were pure sport and muscle. And the King, which wore an enormous rear wing as a crown, was the most under-utilized 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona in existence.
With a paltry 6,435 miles on the original engine, the four-speed copper metallic beauty sold for an astounding $900,000. Only 70 of the 503 Charger Daytonas had the honor of roaring to life with a 426 Hemi under the hood, and only 20 of those 70 had manuals instead of automatics. This car ticks every box.
Following the Daytona’s impressive sales performance was another Hemi, an unrestored, one-owner 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T with only 1,871 miles that sold for $640,000.
Why the original owners of these fantastic automobiles weren’t driving their grails is unknown, but their sales prove one thing: People are loving ’60s and ’70s American muscle more and more each day. Check out the full results of the auction here.
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