Henderson Auctions Selling at Barber Motorsports Museum May 6, 2023
There are some major auctions coming up in the next couple months, but we love an underdog, the smaller, regional auction companies. Henderson Auctions will hold their 2023 Collector Motor Series Auction at Barber Motorsports Museum on May 6, 2023 and they have an impressive assembly of cars on offer. The ten that got us the most excited are as follows.
Lamborghini followed up the impressive Diablo by unveiling the Diablo SV, or Super Veloce, at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show. Unlike the earlier Diablo VT, the SV was rear-wheel drive and had a more powerful V12 that produced 510 HP and 428 lb-ft of torque. In 1998 the Diablo SV received some cosmetic updates that included fix headlights and an extra 19 horsepower, meaning the car on offer from Henderson Auctions is the more desirable example of a Diablo SV. Only 26 of these were sold in the US when new and in addition to being a rare supercar, this one has covered just 5,916 miles since new.
Land Rover’s Series IIA is the epitome of everything Land Rover means to the collective unconsciousness. It’s the image that comes to mind for most enthusiasts when the words “Land Rover” are heard, and it’s easy to understand why. It was offered in a variety of body styles and has clearly influenced the design language of Land Rover to present day. The example here can seat seven and is powered by an inline four-cylinder engine paired with a manual transmission and 4×4 drive with a locking front differential. The odometer shows 26,078 km, although it’s uncertain if that’s actual mileage or just the current reading.
The 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R was the most powerful Mustang produced in its time and clearly intended for racing enthusiasts. Its 5.4L V8 produced 385 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque, a remarkable figure when it was introduced. It featured an aerodynamic body kit with a large rear wing and front diffuser, accented by the side-exiting exhaust. The interior was as spartan as could be to save weight – definitely no radio or air conditioning on this model. Each of the 300 examples built was finished with a Performance Red exterior and black interior. This particular example is in nearly-new condition, having covered just 715 miles since its first owner took delivery. The low mileage and exceptional condition should make this a very tempting opportunity for the discerning collector.
This 2023 Porsche GT4 RS presents in GT Silver Metallic with a black interior that features Deep Sea Blue inserts, making for a rather stunning color combination. Carbon fiber trim and Satin Indigo Blue wheels complete the look. Equipped with the Weissach Package that includes a variety of interior and exterior carbon fiber elements. It also features the Front Axle Lift System, Chrono Package, Gloss Black Brake Calipers, and white instrument dials. Having covered just 335 miles since new, this presents an exciting opportunity to obtain a very choice example of Porsche’s GT4 RS without having to wait for an order to arrive at your local dealership.
This is one of only 622 examples of the Mazda RX7 finished in Chaste White for 1994. Its turbocharged 1.3-liter twin-rotor Wankel engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. This car includes the Touring Package, featuring power seats, power windows, fog lights, and a sunroof. Currently shod in gold Avant Garde 19-inch wheels, this RX7 shows 56,913 miles since new. Although documentation is a bit lacking on this car, it’s not unreasonable to think the mileage to be original considering the overall condition of this car.
This 2001 Dodge Viper RT/10 is finished in Sapphire blue with a black interior and is equipped with Gen V Rattler wheels that complement the aggressive styling of the Viper quite well. If not red, there doesn’t seem to be a better color combination than the one presented here. Its 8.0 L V10 is upgraded with Belanger headers, intake, and exhaust that increase its output beyond the stock 450 HP and 490 lb-ft of torque. It features a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter kit and shows just 19,801 miles since new.
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T featured a distinctive long hood and short deck that helped set it apart from its competition such as the Camaro or Mustang. The R/T package offered a performance-oriented set of options that included an optional 440 Six-Pack V8 that produced 390 HP and 490 lb-ft of torque. Although this particular example is powered by a 340 ci V8, it’s still no slouch. It features an automatic transmission with a slap stick shifter that’s been well-maintained over the years and still provides quick and smooth gear changes. It’s equipped with air conditioning, along with power steering and disc brakes, making it an ideal car for summer rallies and local cars and coffee events. It may not have the highest-end engine, but this should provide huge enjoyment to whichever enthusiast has the winning bid at Henderson Auctions.
The Datsun 280Z was the second generation Z-car, successor to the 240Z. The 280Z featured a fuel-injected inline six-cylinder engine, giving it more horsepower and torque than its predecessor. It also featured an improved suspension, better brakes, and more agile steering that lead to it being a favorite amongst car enthusiasts when it was new. These days the 280Z is still a highly-regarded sports car and this example, which shows 87,985 miles may be the ideal combination of mileage and maintenance that could allow a savvy collector to bid just the right price for this to be both a weekend driver and potential investment.
Studebaker had… something on their hands in 1963 with the Avanti R2. It had a solid amount of power thanks to the supercharged 289 ci V8 that generated 289 horsepower. It was supposedly able to reach maximum speeds of more than 150 mph. Disc brakes certainly helped with stopping power. This particular Avanti R2, being offered by Henderson Auctions, is finished in Hot Rod Red with a Fawn interior and features a recently-rebuilt V8 paired with an automatic transmission. The odometer shows 78,165 miles and that’s not an unreasonable number to be original to the car considering its overall condition. It should provide plenty of discussion fodder amongst the bidders this coming weekend.
This 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been in the care of only two owners since new. It features power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning making it an excellent car for most any collector. It presents in bright red paint with the classic black hood and side stripes with a black interior that retains all the original gauges and switches. The 351 ci V8 is paired with an automatic transmission making this Mach 1 an accessible entry into the Mustang world.