Take it away Gar!

Hello Ladies and Germs, we are introducing a new game show today. WHATS IT GOING TO SELL FOR? The big news of the week, month, winter…. is the auction in Florida from Mecum Auctions this weekend of Miss America VIII or Miss America IIX for all our literate Woody Boaterites. This magnificent historic Gar Wood  race boat may break a record again, for the highest paid for an antique boat. We don’t know. But it’s broken records before. Will you be there when this does again? All you have to do to play is comment your number and a short reason.. or if you are Paul, you can write an essay. Gar just wants to know.. So  thanks for playing.. WHATS IT GOING TO SELL FOR? You can click here and watch the video again. And Good luck..

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47 Responses to “Gar Wants To Know. What’s It Going To Sell For?”
  1. Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy

    Probably more than all my boats, and 3 houses are worth.

  2. Tom Gruenauer

    The last Riva went for over $900,00
    I think that number is the reserve.
    1.2 Million is my guess.
    I’ll be watching on TV Sat. night.

  3. Jim Frechette

    I was going to go with the $1.2. Now I will have to up that to $1.25. The highest without going over, just like “The Price is Right”.

  4. The Central Scrutinizer

    I’m gonna be all negative and say it won’t make the reserve.

  5. brian

    Even in these difficult times someone is going to want to take this home.

    My Double Secret Probation formula says:

    $1.37 m

  6. Alex

    I’m going to agree w m-fine and The Central Scrutinizer that it won’t make the reserve, whatever high number it is.. The last Riva is a much more usable, boast-able, show-able boat. It has a better brand too, making it a safer bet. Tho at its $900,000, perhaps not.

    Separately, gotta get me some cool graphics like that banner boat has! Dun-dun Dun-dun Dun-dun Dun-dun Dun-dun…

    Could apply it like war paint, before the big Hessel shootout, with matching face paint too! Ha.

    • matt

      Those graphics are all hand painted on. We made the boat like it may have been owned by a fighter pilot. Lil Suzy was .. is a fun little boat we featured years ago. She was sold two years ago to a guy in NY.. I miss that little sucker.

  7. Al Schuinnerer

    It’s not going to a boat guy who buys this package. It’s going to be an engine guy- a Miller affecianado- who will buy it for $2 million plus. These are the ultimate Miller engines. The boat is just an inconvenience for him.

  8. MikeM

    I’m going with $1.4MM. Some guy offered me $1.6MM for the Mighty Arabian and I wouldn’t let it go for that. I told him about Miss America and I think he’s interested.

    I think Al is right about the engines and it will be interesting to see what it actually goes for.

  9. Alex

    The only Mighty Arabian worth $1.6MM is a member of the royal family. Or perhaps an exceptional harem chick (or few).

    Wassa matter Mikey, you underwater with that boat at $1.6MM?

    Hey. Wait a minute… “Underwater” Hmmmm. Takes on a different meaning when you use that word in conjunction with “Century,” doesn’t it?

  10. chad

    I’m going “all-in” with a bid of $8,500.

    And to sweeten the offer, I’ll throw in some old tools and a riding lawn mower.

  11. Chris / Hagerty

    Agree with Al….Although I don’t see anything on the car side that will draw pockets that deep either, lots of stuff…over 2k cars, biggest classic car auction ever… but these motors may actually be the most valuable items of anything there. The few deep pockets in our world will probably never go to an auction again 🙂 But the right car guy would buy them and burn the boat before he left Florida and nobody will ever see them again….Hope we are wrong….

  12. Alex

    Chad, if Chris is right, maybe you can buy the boat sans motors for $8,500 (plus mower and tools). The new owner can extract the motors with your tools, then tow them to his trailer with your mower. It’s foolproof!

    • Rick

      I’ll up the bid with everything Chad offered and a can of Marvel Mystery Oil for the mower and engines.

  13. Alex

    I seriously doubt your dibs (and dubs) will compete with Chad’s tools and mower. With just the tools, maybe. But he’s got a mower on the table man!

  14. matt

    Damm mower.. Is it a riding mower? I have a nice 2008 John Deer. I will throw that in.. And a set of tires. Thats right, i have a complete new set of tires for a suburban.. Un used.

  15. chad

    My wife said the mower is staying and that the only Millers I can afford are the Genuine Draft models.

    I’m out! Like a fat kid in dodge ball.

    I’m going to get those 6 cylinder Millers now.

  16. matt

    Your wife, you are using the wife argument. Too soon.. And the fact that she wants to keep the lawn mower and you dont.. Man up..

        • anonymous

          Because non of us can afford the whole package even in our dreams so we fantasize about owning just the cheapest part of it. LOL

  17. Jack Schneiberg

    Some Chris Craft Guy is going to buy this boat and slap a set of Chris Craft Decals on it. Then he will go out and finally beat the bajabber’s out of a Century Arabian so he can have bragging rights. I think he might just bid $750,000 for it. Or…..maybe he won’t beat the Century Arabian!!!!

  18. warren

    Can’t imagine what this will bid up to, but I think it’d be a great start for Jay Leno to break into boat collecting….he’s running out of different car & motorcycle marques!!!

  19. Paul H.

    Most of the Miller and later Offy’s were automotive racing engines, as far as I know. The cars that get bid up to huge money are all original, numbers matching and if they are racers, can prove racing success and provennace. No car had these engines origianlly.

    While these engines are seriously valuable and interesting, do they add value to any high-buck cars? I have not heard that any other than these two were built so their application in the auto world, and ability to attract or add value, might be more limited than we think. I will stay at my range of $600-$800k and a no sale. I really hope that the buyer does not split them up, and completes the restoration.

  20. David Black

    I agree with Al Schinnerer. It will be the Collector with a barn full of Classic Autos and another barn for his Classic Boat collection. These Millers are like no others…custom motors by a Master. But it is also the Creme de la Creme of Garwwod. So. this as a whole package. $2 million plus easy!!!

  21. Denis D

    The money is out there and ready to be spent. At Fridays’ Gooding & Co. auction, an alloy bodied Gullwing went for $4.6 million. I bet the losing bidder could easily pop $2 million for these. Not sure if a Mecum auction will pull that level of bidders though.

    • Jimmuh

      You’re exactly right; whether or not the right buyer/s will be there is an issue. It takes 2 guys to make the magic.

      Maybe one will send his “man”, or maybe a mysterious phone bidder will scoop them without any competition. Whatever; they are most likely to disappear into a motor-head focused collection; to be seen only by the collectors ‘friends’.

      Will be a real treat if we ever get to see them running at Tavares or Buffalo….fingers crossed! & good luck Scott!!

  22. Alex


    “[Decals]? We ain’t got no [decals]. We don’t need no [decals]! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ [decals]!”

    You keep dreamin’. An XK still tied to the dock beats an Arabian. Tho I hear an Arabian will beat an XK to the lake bed.

  23. Tom Gruenauer

    Is ther a prize for who comes the closest with there guess?

  24. Jim Staib

    I agree with Al. I think the engines will end up in Nebraska if they sell. The hull will resurface for sale soon afterwards. would be a shame tho.

    • David Black

      I think it would de-value the motors to seperate them from that hull. They were customize just for Miss America VIII, not an auto. The value is in the “Complet Original”

      • matt

        I agree, anyone that would seperate the motors would always need the boat as a reason why the motors where made in the first place.

    • Jimmuh

      Doubtful IMHO.
      The package is the value.
      Separated, the provenance is lost.
      At this level of the ‘lifestyle’, provenance rules.
      Only question is whether we get to see it at a show.

  25. Mike Green

    I will go $875,000 hard to think that it will go for 1million or more.