Classics at the Boatyard: Boat Museum Auction

Jeff LaveryBy Jeff Lavery

You might expect an organization with the word “boat” in its name might to be focused on – well, boats. But given boat owners share the same affliction as hobby car owners (they might even be nuttier than us), it’s not surprising that the New Hampshire Boat Museum is auctioning off some decent project cars. Find the full gallery here on the New Hampshire Boat Museum website, and don’t mind the “2016” date stamp – it’s a new event for 2017. 

Up top, the 1984 Corvette sports an interesting body kit that actually works surprisingly well despite the potential for underbody accessories to run an otherwise decent car. With all of these listings, information is generally scarce, but the ‘Vette wears a mere 32,000 miles. This 1979 10th Anniversary edition Trans Am is said to be a well-maintained example with just under 60,000 miles on the clock. Admitedlly, the pictures could be better, but the smaller versions on the website are of passable quality.

This 1930 Buick Roadster Model 30 is said to have been professionally restored in the late 60s, with the listing claiming the refresh resulted in a car that “runs the way it should.” The listing also says there are fewer than 12 still in existence and that the current owner has maintained the Buick for the last 35 years. I suppose boat ownership is expensive enough that even a beauty like this one isn’t safe from the auction block. A 1922 Maxwell Touring Car will also be on display at the auction.

The current selection includes a gorgeous Austin Healey 3000; a Porsche 912E; a ’66 El Camino; and a 1969 Buick Riviera, among others. My eyes were drawn to yet another Corvette, mainly because of the unique options: a 1984 model with the 4-speed and glass panel targa roof. There can’t be too many of those left, especially in such nice condition. Overall, this isn’t the world’s most exciting auction, but there’s definitely some potential bargains in addition to some pricey restored classics – best of both worlds, in our opinion.

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  1. Squanto

    Well, Corvettes are named after a light-cruiser type ship, so it makes sense to me.

  2. Rx7turboII

    For some reason, and I’m not sure why, I really dig the Wheels on that gold 84 Vette. Never seen that design before… The body…


    These cars are all the unpopular years except the old Buick and TA.

  4. Sam

    There deals at these types of sales/auction. My brother came home with a very nice day sail boat and trailer last fall at Maryland Maritime Museum auction in St. Johns. Good rigging, hull and sails…on the water end of October. Some of those cars would be fun drivers and will likely sell under the radar.

  5. 86 Vette Convertible

    Most people have a love/hate relationship when it comes to C4 Vettes, they either love them or hate them. I’m not sure on that gold one but it appears to have a body kit I’ve seen before. If the back window was replaced with a flat panel and vertical back windows, it’s likely that kit. Didn’t like it before and less now. The red one looks ok. Thing to remember that the 84 is closer related to the 82 in that it has the crossfire engine vs the TPI in the 85 – 96.
    When the crossfire works it works, when it doesn’t then replace it with a Holley or FAST efi system and get on with it.
    That Buick looks interesting as does the El Camino and 89 Vette. Unfortunately not enough pictures and facts to get the mouth watering IMO.

  6. Gear Head Engineer

    I will be watching that Buick. Would love to own it.

    The auction is in July, warm enough to sleep in it for a few months while the divorce is processing.

    – John


    I think the wheels were creatively painted, here is the back window kit. Camaros had them too.


    66 el Camino looks beautiful. 396 and a power glide. Love it. El Caminos are muscle car bargains, usually about half the cost of a Malibu/Chevelle. What a fun car to drive

  9. Lisa

    Thanks for the plug for our Vintage Boat and Car Auction at the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro, NH. Our auction is July 15th this year. Check out our website, regularly around mid June for all the goodies that we will be auctioning!


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