Owner Richard Rawlings has been collecting cars for 20 years but offloading most of them.
If you are a true gearhead, you have at least one daily car and one project car. Or varying levels of car collections if you have the space. But for Richard Rawlings owner of Gas Monkey Garage, it has been 20 years of car collection obsession. Rawlings, the star of Fast N' Loud reality TV show and restoration garage owner, has decided it's time to liquidate almost all of his extensive car collection from oldies to a modern Ford Bronco Badlands Sasquatch with RTR upgrades.
Rawlings is going to list 30 cars for auction online and has even released a series of videos outlining all of the automotive legends that will be available. Rawlings has made some bold statements about how many cars are going to sell by saying, "everything must go."
Not present in Part 1 and Part 2 videos are cars important to Rawlings, like the Pontiac Trans Am he drove in high school and Gas Monkey's first build. Regardless of how many cars are being liquidated from the Gas Monkey collection, the auction will commence on Bring a Trailer in September. The aim here seems genuine: to cash out and rebuild with an entirely new car collection with some more Euro metal.
Looking at the vehicles available, it's possible that Rawlings is looking to offload a number of pre-war and older cars that are starting to soften in value. The demand for these cars is far less as the Boomers start to get older and pass on. Take for example the 'King T' custom 1913 Model T built in the mid-60s, which was purchased back in 2010 for $85,500 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.
Then we see the 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe Roadster and a classic 1932 Ford 5-Window coupe. Two more Ford platforms that are collectible but with peak valuation days far behind them.
There are a few early Corvettes up for grabs too. One is a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette roadster in an unrestored condition which is sadly not numbers-matching, which might affect its value, but Rawlings says it will attract attention by being original. The other Corvette is a 1962 C1 soft top with the optional hard top. That was a garage find and a solid runner with no more needed than a respray on a rust-free body and upgraded Cragar wheels.
The 1960s and 1970s offerings are decent, starting with an early Ford offering: the 1966 Ford Fairlane. The Fairline is a black-on-black sleeper with a 390 ci V8 and is 100% all original numbers-matching car. A few 1960s Mustangs are available, including a white 1966 Ford Mustang GT with a four-speed manual and its relative a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback original K-Code car with a modern five-speed box.
From the 1970s, we see a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442 tribute restomod running modern gear like a Performance Unlimited 455 ci V8 with 525 horsepower paired to a modern Tremec six-speed. Then there is an oddball German car, a 1979 Porsche 928 with an original and obnoxious paint job over a trippy Pasha interior.
The auction listings are still being assembled for several domestic cars and trucks and a handful of Euro offerings. The cars are in various states from survivor to full restoration or restomod along with every condition in between. Too bad Rawling's salvage title Ferrari F40 build was sold long ago, now that is a supercar that would have turned up the heat at an auction today.