While cars dominate the list of most expensive vehicles ever sold at auction, pickup trucks haven’t been wallowing. Especially if they’re of a certain vintage; even CNN has taken notice of the rise in classic truck auction prices. In fact, in this list of the 6 most expensive trucks ever sold at auction, only one was originally manufactured this century.
6. 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500
One of a handful of Mercedes’ mule-in-truck-form sold to the North American market, this particular ‘Mog was converted from single-cab to crew-cab, with additional mods such as a custom rollover bar, built-in tire inflation system, and a three-way tilting bed. It sold in June 2019 (just four months ago) on Bring a Trailer with a winning bid of $195,000, making it one of the most expensive pickup trucks ever sold.
5. 1957 Chevrolet 3100 ‘QuikSilver’ Custom
Built by Oklahoma-based Hot Rod Garage, Barrett-Jackson so admired this custom Chevy truck, they awarded it the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Cup. There’s practically no part of this truck that wasn’t gone over. Every body panel is either custom or handmade; the interior uses Mercedes leather; the custom chassis uses Mustang front suspension, a Ford rear axle, and Bilstein coilovers. For all that, plus a 650-hp V8 under the hood, the buyer bid $214,500 for it in 2016. This is perhaps the most expensive Chevrolet truck ever sold at Scottsdale.
4. 1941 Dodge Power Wagon ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Custom
Although reborn for the modern Ram pickup line, vintage Dodge Power Wagons have been on the rise in recent years. This culminated at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, where this 1941 Power Wagon, nicknamed ‘Full Metal Jacket’ extensively modified by Weaver Customs went home for $220,000. This set a new record for Barrett-Jackson, which had sold two other Power Wagons just two years earlier for $187,000.
3. 1922 Oldsmobile ‘Jalopy’ Custom
Nostalgia, as many entries on this list could attest to, is a powerful thing. So is the touch of celebrity. That could explain why, at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson auction, someone shelled out $275,000 for a genuine ‘Jalopy’. One of five custom-built trucks made for the TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” underneath the bodywork is essentially a 1922 Oldsmobile.
2. 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup
Before his death in 2008, Boyd Coddington was a renowned hot-rodder; he even had his own TLC show. He’d started working on this 1940 Ford pickup before his passing, after which Arizona-based shop Squeeg’s Kustoms finished it up. With a 560-hp Rousch engine under the hood, reworked C4 Corvette rear suspension, and build quality worthy of Coddington himself, it’s little wonder it sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson auction for $374,000.
1. 1956 Ford F-100 ‘Snakebit’ Custom
This list of the most expensive trucks could have easily just been titled “Most Expensive Ford F-100’s Sold at Auction.” The platform is immensely popular for a wide variety of customization. Indeed, quite a few Fords have sold for the same prices as other entries on this list.
But, there can only be one ‘most expensive’. That title belongs to this highly-modified 1956 Ford F-100. Owing to the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 pulled from a Shelby GT500 under the hood, it’s nicknamed ‘Snakebit’. The rest of the truck was customized per the previous owner Gene Simmons (yes, the tongue guy from KISS) to resemble a Shelby Mustang. The owner history may explain why it sold at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction for $450,000. Silver lining? The proceeds went to charity.