Low Mileage Survivors Headed To Auction!

I still can’t believe that summer is already slipping away! Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to buy and enjoy a classic before the snow starts to fall. We recently took a look at a few of the cars set to be auctioned off at the upcoming Lucky Collector Car Auction’s Fall Classic. At the time, they still didn’t have a ton of cars consigned, but I was just checking their site and it looks like they’ve just added a bunch of stuff, including some really awesome low mileage survivors! You can find more details about the auction here on Lucky Old Cars.

I’m still amazed by how desirable Datsun 240Z and even early 260 and 280Z have become in recent years. They are actually really good cars, but I still remember when you could pick up drivers cheap. Granted, most of those cheap examples were in need of work and had quite a few miles. This 1975 280Z, on the other hand, is a pristine 8k mile car and would make for a much better driver than any of the worn-out ones you find on craigslist now. When I first saw this car, I was skeptical about the mileage claims, but now that they’ve gotten it out of the garage and cleaned up, it actually looks like a real one owner survivor.

If you’d like to own a Japanese classic, but want something a bit more practical and isn’t a super low mileage car that you can drive and enjoy, this Toyota Corona might be worth a look as well! Or you could opt for this 1970 Honda 450. It was used by the Kitsap County, Washington Police Force back when it was new. I’m a bit confused by the stated mileage in the listing, but it appears to be showing 1,176 miles on the odometer.

As cool as the Datsun is, I know there are lots of readers here that would prefer their sports car to be British. In that case, this Austin Healey might be more your style. It’s said to be a two-owner car with documentation showing that there are just 48k miles on the engine. There are also lots of receipts showing all the work that’s been done over the years. It’s said to be a very nice driver and it looks to be in beautiful shape. It might not have a roof, but it has sort of usable backseats and a smooth spinning inline six!

Speaking of smooth, you can’t get much smoother a ride than a Cord 812! This Phaeton might have been restored at some point, but it was clearly well done and has been carried for since. It’s a well-documented car that has won lots of awards and was even shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It really is a work of art and would be amazing to own. It will definitely be interesting to see how much it ends up selling for!

And, for those of you that prefer your classics, American made, rear-wheel drive and powered by a big block you will want to check out this Chevelle SS 454! The seller believes it’s a real LS6 based on a small bit of the build sheet that shows it was optioned with the Holley carb, which was only fitted to LS6 cars. It seems likely that it is the real deal, but as always, you will want to do your due diligence. Overall, it really is a spectacular muscle car with all the right parts, 31k documented miles, and a binder full of documents/receipts showing everything that’s been done to the car.

Honestly, there are some great finds hitting the block this fall! There are more than a few at this auction that are tempting. So, which of these classics would you love to own?

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Comments

  1. rpol35

    “The seller believes it’s a real LS6 based on a small bit of the build sheet that shows it was optioned with the Holley carb, which was only fitted to LS6 cars.”

    There were about 2,100 1970 L78 (396 CI – 375 HP) Chevelles produced (Sep. through Nov. ’69) and those too had Holly carburetors. A L78 and a LS6 are externally identical, the alpha code on the block needs to be translated to discern which is which.

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    • JohnD

      Hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story . ..

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  2. Flmikey

    Well, it does say 454 on the side, and I am sure the bidder will know for sure…love the red with red guts…

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  3. Troy s

    Nice calendar car SS 454 Chevelle, hard to believe an LS6 could still look that good after nearly five decades. After all, they weren’t meant for driving miss Daisy if you know what I mean. Solid ride.

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    • ace10

      It’s not a survivor. Details state that it was a frame off resto.

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  4. 433jeff

    That red interior is too red, i had one, the black gut with red is nice, the white gut with burgundy is nice. Every second i was driving my red red 70, my senses told me Holy S#%* os this red, then a curb/ tree incident ended all that. Great ride real or not, the flapper the gauges the stick the posi, the smoke, The checking the rear view, cuz thats where the competition is.

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  5. George Mattar

    Body off restoration is not a survivor. Probably a 402 Monte Carlo engine. People will believe and buy anything. Another thing, the build sheet will not show Holley on it. Before I would buy that Chevelle, I would have Patrick Nichols look at it.

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  6. TimM

    Is a sweet car but the contradictions in the story concerns me that someone doesn’t know what there talking about or that there trying to scam someone into buying a car that isn’t really what it was born as!!! Either way someone should get there facts straight!!!

  7. Mike

    If only I had the money lol! Yes, I prefer American vehicles, and, the 1970 Chevelle is my all time favorite. I don’t even care if it’s a Super Sport, I’m building a (big inch) small block Malibu now. For my purposes though, if I was to buy an SS, I wouldn’t want the L-78 or LS-6 engine. I like to drive my vehicles instead of setting valve lash on solid lifters. The engine in my Malibu is a 427 small block with a hydraulic roller cam. That Cord really caught my eye too, I’ve always loved them too.

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