Apollos lead Worldwide auction with record results in Corpus Christi

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A rare 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Spider was the auction's top sale | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

A record price for a rare 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Spider led Worldwide Auctioneer’s sale this past weekend from the collection of the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum. The auction realized $5.8 million in sales.

With an eclectic mix of about 200 collector vehicles, the Texas Gulf Coast auction offered three of the Italian/American Apollos: the GT Spider, which was the first built and one of five known to survive, and sold for a $506,000 (all sales include buyer fees); a 1963 3500 GT coupe, also the first one built and the second-highest result of the sale, at $242,000; and a 1966 5000 GT coupe representing the final evolution, which sold for $165,000, the auction’s fifth-highest seller.

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The 1963 Apollo 3500 GT coupe was the first one produced

Also among the Worldwide top sellers was a 1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster that is a “well-documented, numbers-matching and restoration-worthy ‘barn-find’,” according to a Worldwide news release. That car sold for $211,750.

Another notable sale was that of a 1951 Mercury series 1CM customized by Bill Hines, who’s known as The Leadslinger, and painted by Larry Watson, which sold for an impressive $115,500.

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A 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was presented in ‘barn-find’ condition

About 100 collector pedal cars also were sold during the auction, held at the American Bank Convention Center in Corpus Christi.

The top-10 sales for the Worldwide Corpus Christi auction were:

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1. 1964 Apollo 3500 GT Spider, $506,000
2. 1963 Apollo 3500 GT Coupe, $242,000
3. 1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster, $211,750
4. 1928 Hudson Super Six Series O Convertible Sedan, $170,500
5. 1966 Apollo 5000 GT Coupe, $165,000
6. 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, $132,000
7. 1951 Mercury Custom, $115,500
8. 1973 De Tomaso Pantera, $88,000
9. 1938 Cadillac Series 65 Resto-Rod, $85,800
10. 1985 AC Autokraft Mk IV Cobra, $85,250

(All sales results include buyer fees)

Next stop for Worldwide is its inaugural auction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 21-26 with about 400 collector vehicles for sale. For more information, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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