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.
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.
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:
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.