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Howard Hughs' Buick for 1.5 million

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  1. Spasso

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    On Barrett Jackson. 1953 Buick built for Howard Hughs, unrestored. Self contained germ eradicator in the trunk powered by four 6 volt batteries.

    You've got to be KIDDING!
     
  2. JSL

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    This one makes no sense to me at all! I know, history and all that but it is still a 53 Buick!
     
  3. JAM1

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    Crazy money for that car... it won't be worth half that to anyone in 5 years when the Aviator movie is on the .99 cent rack at Blockbuster.
     
  4. darth550

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    Is this the car (of legend) that he abandoned when it ran out of gas?

    DL
     
  5. tjacoby

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    great take-out from the phone-bidder. from memory;
    1.250m
    1.255m
    1.260m
    1.261m

    ah - heck, 1.5m and shuts the floor-bidder down. Who's to say - Howard Hughes is as eccentric a piece of Americana as anything else out there.
     
  6. Westworld

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    Who was the buyer?
     
  7. amslb182

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    Who knows, someone over the phone, I myself thought this car might fetch 150-200k, just because of the history, guess i was wrong.
     
  8. WJHMH

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    I wonder if any bottles of urine & finger nails were found in the car?
     
  9. Webby

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    That's what I was wondering.
     
  10. Kds

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    I watched this one go down live too.......amazing money !!
     
  11. Teenferrarifan

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    I didn't see it but if this car was either gray or a light blue color it was sold a few years back by barrett-jackson at there Arizona auction.
    ERik
     
  12. EarlyCat

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    I bet you could get all the rest of the 53 Buick 4 doors in the world combined for less than 1.5, and I am sure that some were owned by a Mr Hughes,Hughs, Hues and a few Smiths too.
     
  13. Glassman

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    How much does one of these germ eradicaters cost anyway? I'm thinking of installing one in the trunk of my 250.
     
  14. donv

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    I'd even throw in John Voight's LeBaron!

     
  15. donv

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    Based on the valuation of the Buick, I'd say around $1.25 million might do it.

     
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    i was there when it happened. it was great!
     

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