Evaluation: Discovered on a Montana farm in the 1970s as a partial frame, engine and gas tank used to power a water pump. Restored over many, many years as original and period parts were sourced and finally completed in the ’00s. Very good paint, some thin nickel trim, good chrome. Older upholstery. Clean, crisp engine compartment.
Bottom Line: Reportedly sold at the 2015 Dragone auction for $577,500 and offered by Bonhams at the Simeone Museum in 2018 where it was reported bid to $460,000. This post-block transaction is at a surprisingly modest price and a huge value for the Bearcat’s condition although a lot of it is made up from the whole cloth to replace the bits missing back in the hills of Montana.