You Want These Wheels

There’s a lot of cool old iron about to cross the stage at Barrett-Jackson’s fifth annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction from Sept. 20-22 at Mandalay Bay. Personally, I’d love to have the means to snag the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird that’s up for sale. Like guys of a certain age everywhere, I’m drawn to the cars of my youth, and the first car I owned was a 1970 Dodge Charger with a 383-cubic-inch engine and a pistol-grip shifter. It was a ridiculous car for a 15-year-old, but Mom approved the purchase because I saved the money from my paper route (remember those?) and planned to rebuild the engine in high school auto shop class (remember that?). She thought I’d learn a trade and become a useful member of society. I went into journalism instead.

The Superbird will fetch huge money—Barrett-Jackson doesn’t put pre-sale estimates on its cars, but it will be somewhere in six figures. What’ll be interesting to watch is exactly how high it goes. The muscle-car market took a major hit when the real estate bubble burst. After 2007, guys of a certain age no longer had home-equity cash to buy back their youth. Car values sank like the gas gauge on my old Charger. Prices have since stabilized—not to the point where a kid could buy a muscle car with paper-route money, but a lot cheaper than in 2006. Will Las Vegas 2012 go down as the point at which prices start to climb again? This weekend will tell.

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Next spring when Jerry Seinfeld performs in Las Vegas, the comedian can get a first-hand look at the future stars of his favorite baseball team. The Las Vegas 51s announced a two-year Player Development Contract with the New York Mets today, which will extend until the 2014 season. The affiliation will mark the fourth MLB franchise that the 51s, which just finished their 30th season in Las Vegas this summer, will serve as the top feeder team for—having just completed a four-year deal as the Triple A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays.