This past weekend was the Mecum Collector Car auction in Denver. Yes, there were a lot of cool cars, but I decided to focus on the results of the Land Cruisers at the auction, mainly because the last time I went, the few to cross the block went for below Craigslist prices. That’s no longer the case. A total of 12 Cruisers of some vintage hammered for over $300,000.
The low end was a ‘99 LX470, that went for just over $10k, including auction fees. The high end was a 1968 FJ40 that underwent a total restoration, which brought it $49,500. Only one went unsold, a 1989 RHD turbodiesel.
The least expensive FJ40 (this model comprised the bulk of the Cruisers) was this 1975. When it went for $15,950, I figured maybe we’d be in for more inexpense 40s. I was wrong.
The next 40 in price was another 1975, bringing in $24,200. Super clean, no hard top. I liked the contrast between old and new, and didn’t snap a solo shot of the FJ.
Next up is this 1981, which like a lot of the vehicles of more recent vintage at Mecum, “cannot be registered by a Colorado resident who lives in an area that requires emissions testing”. I’ve wondered how much work would be required remedy that situation on one of those cars, but generally not at the price they ended up selling for. This example sold for $29,150.
This 40 in the background is a 1978. Another clean one that crossed the block at $33k. The Bronco in the foreground bid to $50k but didn’t meet the reserve. Damn, I should’ve kept my ‘69.
This ‘69 went for $35,200. Yet another resto by Ecopaint (whoever that is).
This FJ45 went for more than I thought it would (surprise) as I didn’t think the utility bed presents as well as a stock 45. Clean, but is it nearly $40k ($39,050) clean? Somebody thought so. The chrome exhaust tip seems out of place, too, but I’m being nit picky.
This beautiful 1968 was the star of the show for FJs, hammering at an eye watering $49,500. Holy moly.
That wraps up the 40s. There were a couple of Japanese imports that were present. The first is this ‘88 with 50k on it. Sold for $35,200.
This rather unattractive 73 (to my eye, at least) sold for $17,600, making it one of the cheaper Cruisers of the weekend. I’m just not a fan of the aftermarket stuff on this one, as well as the paint mismatch.
This JDM Cruiser failed to meet its reserve. “The bid goes on” at $20k.
I’m not sure what happened to its partner, I can’t find any results for this 60. Unfortunately, the hood up picture blocks its lot number, so I can’t find it anywhere. Edit, I found this one on CL locally for $29,500.
This clean 1990 FJ62 went for $30,250, though!
No pictures of the ‘99 LX that crossed the block though. Since the auctioneer mentioned “extra keys” and “original owners manual” as highlights, I imagine it had mucho miles on it. It sold for a CL like price of $10,450.
Twelve Cruisers of various vintages hammered for $339,550. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the Mustangs, Chevelles, and Corvettes that dominate these auctions, but still and impressive figure.
The least expensive vehicle at the auction was a ‘95 Eldorado that sold (fees included) for $2k. Followed closely by a ‘68 Tbird for $2,450 (I gave a mercy bid of $1000 to get the ball rolling, but it was a quite rough and unattractive 4 door). The most expensive was a restomod Coyote powered 1957 Tbird that went for $181,500.