Jeff and Paulette Carpoff were world-class con artists who had a world-class car collection, and that was evident by the fact that this collection sold for $8.233 million in an auction by the U.S. Marshals Service. In fact, this was the largest single car collection that the U.S. Marshals has ever sold. We already listed the top 10 grossing cars from this auction (excluding the $1,051,225 2018 Prevost Featherlite motorcoach), but here are the 10 coolest, rarest or just noteworthy cars from this collection.
Of all the vehicles sold in this auction, the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake might have one of the best stories behind it. The most impressive element of this GT500 Super Snake is that just weeks after the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, it was sold at Barrett-Jackson for $1 million to raise money for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Injured Police Officers. Helping it raise so much money is the fact that it was just the seventh GT500 (VIN ending in xxx007) built after the nameplate made its triumphant return in 2007, and it was originally owned by Ford's previous CEO, Mark Fields, where it was used as a test vehicle for Shelby's Super Snake 40th Anniversary Edition. When it was sold in 2017, it came with framed copy of the Monroney sticker signed by Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford. The U.S. Marshals got $167,000 for the Shelby this time around.
Not all the vehicles sold at this auction were classics, and this 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was definitely one of the coolest of the modern collectible cars. The SRT Demon was only produced for the 2018 model year, and it was priced starting at around $83,000. This stock example of the demonic 808-horsepower muscle car has just 626 miles on the odometer, and it sold for $105,000.
Only a handful of customized classics were part of this collection, and this 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Pro-Street was, by far, the coolest. For $50,650, somebody went home with a mean-looking NHRA-certified Chevelle that includes racing bucket seats, five-point harnesses and a full roll cage. But it's what's under the hood that makes this Chevelle truly special. With NOS, the 540 CID big-block V8 is rated at 1,106 horsepower allowing for sub-1o second quarter-mile runs, but even without the juice, it lays down 760 horsepower. This pro-street Chevelle backs up its wicked power capabilities with a gorgeous Captiva Blue paint job, silver metallic cowl inducted hood and fat Hoosier slicks tucked into the wheel openings.
There were a bunch of low-mileage modern collectible cars including this beautiful 2002 Dodge Viper RT/10. In the first eight years of its life, this American supercar had racked up just 6,800 miles, and in the nine years since it was sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction back in 2010, it has accumulated just 200 more miles with just 7,016 miles showing on the odometer.
Four Humvees were part of the auction ranging from a modified street version and two military versions, but this 1993 AM General pickup truck was the coolest and rarest. While the convertible and closed-body, wagon versions were well known, the Humvee was also offered in a two-door pickup truck model. This one has a modified stake bed, and it was sold for $27,100.
Ok, so there's not really that much that is cool about a bone stock 2014 Fiat 500, but the fact that this one is showing just 137 miles does make this one noteworthy among all of the classic and collectible cars. With a hammer price of just $12.500, this one probably won't end up like a typical used car either.
There were several low-volume production cars among the 149 lots at this auction, but the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT was the rarest. This track-oriented version of the XK was limited to just 30 units in North America (and an additional 15 for the U.K.), and this one remains museum quality with only 919 miles on the odometer. Looking at the $104,000 sale price, someone got a killer deal on this car as they sold brand new for around $175,000.
Another rare gem is this gorgeous, numbers-matching 1968 Plymouth GTX Hemi. This Bright Blue Metallic was one of 410 GTX Hemi hardtops built for 1968, and it underwent a ground-up restoration back in 2014. This beautiful Mopar went to a new home for $82,000, which seems like a great deal considering its condition and the rarity of the 425-horsepower, 426 HEMI V8 engine.
Of all the American muscle up for grabs at this auction, this 2017 Cadillac CTS-V might be the most enjoyable. The heart of this beast is a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 that produces 640 horsepower, and this one is still like new with 3,388 miles. This high-powered Caddy is another late-model gem that went to a new home for a great price with a sales price of $58,600.
While the million-dollar Shelby held bragging rights for the coolest vehicle of this auction, this 1978 Pontiac Firebird formerly owned by Burt Reynolds – the Bandit himself! – had its own story to tell. This pro-touring Trans Am actually started life as a 1978 Firebird Formula, but then it was professionally built by Restore a Muscle Car transforming it into a Bandit-worthy Trans Am. The $181,000 sale price was high enough to make this Pontiac the fifth-highest priced car at the auction, but it fell well short of the $275,000 this car was auctioned for back in 2017.
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