We take a look at an El Camino, Ford Thunderbird and Cadillac Coupe DeVille from Catawiki’s online American Car Auction.
Catawiki’s online American classic car auction runs until Friday 20 October, and offers a number of US-built classic cars, located from around Europe. Here are five of Octane’s highlights from the sale.
Chevrolet El Camino – Estimated at €13,000 - €17,000
The El Camino is a fantastic idea, combining the practicality of a truck with the (admittedly still rather crude) dynamics and performance of the saloon car on which it was based. This example is the final generation, and is offered from Belgium.
Being described as healthy and rust free, although the paint does show a few signs of age. The engine has only done ‘a few hundred kilometres’ since a rebuild, and there are bills totalling €5000 from the last three years. Apparently the radio doesn’t work, but the sound of the V8 is apparently more appealing
Ford Thunderbird – €29,900 - €38,900
Positioned as sports convertible, as opposed to an all-out sports car, the original Ford Thunderbird was a stark contrast to the much more raucous Corvette that it was designed to compete against. Although offered from a Spanish seller, this Thunderbird comes with Norwegian paperwork – and is described as being in very good condition. Fitted with a 300bhp 6.4-litre V8, it’s showing 25,517 non-verifiable miles on the clock.
Ford Torino GT – €18,500 - €24,500
A solid car fresh from some recent partial restoration work, this Torino is in need of quite a few finishing touches. The new carpets need adjustment, while the headlining needs to be properly installed. The bumpers are showing signs of corrosion, while the grille and retractable headlights need some attention to the mechanism. Oh, and the seats need some refinishing and the cooling system has a small leak. So it needs a little bit of work, but shows the basis for a nice car, with 80,000 miles on the clock and matching numbers.
Cadillac Coupe DeVille – €55,000 - €71,500
When you ask someone to describe an American car, the Coupe DeVille is probably what they will picture. A huge thing, it’s endowed with fins and lots of chrome. It’s described as honest and rust-free underneath, and with chrome that is ‘like new’. It’s even won various awards at shows over the years, and is fully documented.
Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z28 – €9500 - €12,500
Here we have a genuine 1980s muscle car. When the Z28 Camaro was new, the optional IROC package brought with it more power and upgraded suspension. The 5.7-litre V8 pushed out 223bhp, which breathes a little easier thanks to a Flowmaster exhaust. A few minor defects include a cracked dashboard, a few marks in the paints and a leaky exhaust manifold.