Junk car on ebay goes from $500 to $226,521

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The eBay auction for this 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest started out innocently enough. Obtained after owner died. Appears to have original interior but no motor, no transmission. Body has a little rust and some dents. There's stuff in the trunk, but no key to open it. Opening bid nine days ago was a mere $500. After one week, eBay seller 123ecklin will pocket $226,521 before auction fees. What happened between Day 1 and Day 9 is an amazing story.

The car's plexiglass windows, unusual suspension setup and a dash plate bearing the name of a racetrack tipped the owner to its racing history. But what he didn't know is that the car is one of only six 1963 Pontiac LeMans Tempest Super Duty coupes ever made. Hemmings recently did a story on the rare cars in which they listed all ever built. This one looks to have been driven by Stan Antlocer and was the fastest drag car in 1963 before disappearing.

Reading through the questions on the auction gives us reason to believe the seller truly didn't know the car's provenance. In his answers, he seems both surprised by the car's potential value as well as overwhelmed by the attention. He turned down an offer of $160,000 to end the auction early because he feared getting negative eBay feedback. That decision paid off. With only seven minutes remaining, the highest offer was $95,000. When the virtual gavel fell, eBayer ccsi2000 had bought a very rare, if a little rusty, LeMans for $226,521. Thanks for the tip, Trevor!
 

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i love this comment from below the article:

11:33AM (11/10/2008)

Here is my favorite exchange in the Q&A...

Q: High bid has ZERO feedback! LOL! Goodluck.
Answered on Nov-08-08
A: jay leno has high feedback, thanks

It's always nice to have 'The Chin' bidding on your item!
 

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it is crazy some of the old drag cars are going for big bucks my dad has his 63 sport fury still it is a drag pack car alluminum front fenders and bumpers fiberglass hood factory deleted rear seat
with the 413 cubic inch cross ram motor i have only been in this car two times and rode in it once i am glad to see some of the old drag cars coming back
:D
 

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Lol... This was almost a year ago! Good stuff though!
 

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I have an early CTS-V, 2004 with LS6. I just parked it and put it under collector car insurance coverage. It qualified as about 2300 were built. Mine has other "delivered in the trunk" factory suspension and brake upgrades that few people opted for,.

Foresight? Well, consider that at Barrett-Jackson a somewhat mundane, 1970 350hp 395 Chevelle sells for 15-17 times what it sold for new and I think the V will fetch. Doing that match, the V should sell for $750-$850k in 2040, just about the time my kids will be sending their kids off to college.
 

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I have an early CTS-V, 2004 with LS6. I just parked it and put it under collector car insurance coverage. It qualified as about 2300 were built. Mine has other "delivered in the trunk" factory suspension and brake upgrades that few people opted for,.

Foresight? Well, consider that at Barrett-Jackson a somewhat mundane, 1970 350hp 395 Chevelle sells for 15-17 times what it sold for new and I think the V will fetch. Doing that match, the V should sell for $750-$850k in 2040, just about the time my kids will be sending their kids off to college.
You'd cry if I told you what they are doing at the auction today.
 
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