When noted collector Ron Pratte consigned his Tucker #1043 at this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, there was speculation that it could achieve a new world record for the famed make. Tucked within the auction company’s 5000 Series, or best-of-the-best, the Tucker didn’t just surpass the old record of $1,127,500, it completely smashed it with a final tally of $2.915 million.
Accordingly, the Tucker community is brimming with excitement, according to Mike Schutta of the Tucker Historical Foundation.
My E-mail has not stopped since Saturday. The price was pretty amazing. This sale changes everything with the Tucker. It marks the end of the hopes of many wanna-be Tucker owners. The price of a Tucker is now out of their range. It also will bring in a new group of buyers that only buy the very best. There are only 47 cars left and I believe as many as 30 owners will now have to take a look at their Tucker and ask do they want to continue to own it or would they rather be living on a beach in Maui. Remember, there is still a guy out there that was bidding against the winner of this auction and was willing to pay over 2.8 million to own a Tucker. I know several owners that will take that in a heartbeat.
Final hammer price on the Tucker was $2.65 million. A 10 percent buyer’s premium brought the total sale price to $2.915 million, making it the top seller at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event.
As for the rest of the Ron Pratte-consigned cars discussed earlier, they all hit the sold column. The 1947 Bentley Mark VI with coachwork by Franay was second to the Tucker during Barrett-Jackson’s week-long sale, with a total sale price of $2,750,000. Another $225,500 traded hands for Pratte’s 1957 De Soto Adventurer convertible, while his pair of 2007 Shelby Mustangs (coupe and convertible) sold for $90,750.
It turns out Ron Pratte consigned a total of 15 vehicles; all sold, and only one sold as a charity auction item. The rest of the Pratte fleet and includes a 1957 Chevy Nomad, which sold at no reserve for $80,300; a 1969 Ford Mustang 428 CJ, which sold at no reserve for $79,200; a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 SCJ, which sold at no reserve for $99,000; a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, which sold at no reserve for $126,500; a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, which sold at no reserve for $158,400; a 1937 Ford Custom Woody, which sold at no reserve for $154,000; a 1941 Willys Americar Custom, which sold at no reserve for $198,000; a 1968 Shelby G.T. 500 convertible, which sold at no reserve for $220,000; a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 custom, which sold at no reserve for $1,000,000; and a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS Baldwin-Motion, which sold at no reserve for $275,000.
For more results from the auction, visit Barrett-Jackson.com.