Weird and Wonderful Stuff at Auction

New York Yankees 2010 Ford Mustang GT

Car auctions are always interesting, and most of us have wondered why the bidding goes way out of proportion on some vehicles, while others go for a song. We have a few cars here that will test your powers of prognostication.

The first is a 2010 Ford Mustang GT New York Yankees special edition. Created as a sweepstakes offering to celebrate the opening of the new Yankee Stadium, it’s now being auctioned by the winner to help pay for his kids’ education. Derek Jeter signed his name on the dash, and you can drive it home by bidding here. The online auction takes place December 15. Tell us in a comment what you think the final knockdown price will be.

Cobra 427 FliptopHere’s a sports car with a fabulous history (or “provenance,” as they say at the high-priced auctions). The great Ken Miles designed and drove this 1964 Shelby Cobra 427 prototype at such venues as Nassau, Riverside and Sebring during the ‘60s. This car, with its clamshell, “fliptop” design, is the granddaddy of the 427s and should bring in fat, atrocious bids. It will be sold by RM Auctions at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Friday, January 22, 2010. Do drop in.

1956 Jaguar D-TypeIf you’ve got the bucks, stick around for Gooding & Company’s fabbo one-of-a kind auction in Scottsdale on the following Saturday. Cars include the 1956 Jaguar D-Type shown here (which I would put a preemptive bid on), a ’59 Pinin Farina Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet, and a ’56 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta. So the 1950s are well represented, along with some 1930s trifles as well—a ’32 Alfa Grand Tourer and a gorgeous ’34 Hispano-Suiza Cabriolet that appeared in a James Bond film.

Get to Arizona or eat your hearts out, classics lovers.

We will be glad to have your winning-bid guesses on any of these cars. Leave a comment, and we’ll get back to you after the auctions to tell you how you did.

—jgoods

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