David Nicoll was a crook. He bribed and cheated his way to amass an incredible fortune. And like most schemers – his bubble burst. Why does that matter? Because now his collection of vintage muscle cars is going up for auction, and it’s bound to fetch some big bids.
As president of New Jersey’s Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS), Nicoll bribed over a dozen doctors to send blood samples to his company to test, all while billing Medicare for the bogus work. Between 2006 and 2012, Nicoll’s scheme bankrolled an astounding $200 million for BLS, and earned him a reported $33 million, which he spent on cars, strippers, and season tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
Crook or not, Nicoll knew how to pick a muscle car.
The highlight of the auction appears to be Nicoll’s 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, which looks to be an immaculately restored example, sporting its signature 426 cubic-inch Hemi V8 and only 63,000 miles on the odometer.
It’s joined by a pair of vintage Mustangs – a ‘70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and a ’67 Shelby GT500 – as well as a mid-restoration 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda and a slew of fast Chevrolets. Get ready, they’re a doozy: a 1969 Yenko Chevelle Two-Door Hardtop; 1969 Yenko Nova; 1969 Yenko Camaro; 1970 Chevelle Convertible; and a 1970 Chevelle Super Sport 454. A whole boatload of pristine muscle.
The sale, conducted by AJ Wilner Auctions, will be held on Sept. 12 in Lodi, New Jersey. Learn more about these vintage muscle cars and view the auction details here.