‘Pawn Stars’: Rick Harrison Once Traded Gold for a Vintage 1932 Lincoln Roadster

by Chase Thomas
(Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

History Channel’s Pawn Stars is one of America’s favorite shows for a myriad of reasons. After over 500 episodes, we have seen a lot from Rick Harrison and company, but it is going to be hard to top that time he traded gold for a vintage 1932 Lincoln Roadster.

Yes, that happened.

This happened in season four, episode 16 of Pawn Stars for those keeping track at home. The color? Exquisite. Yes, if you have not already taken a gander at the vintage vehicle, Outsiders should absolutely do so. The vehicle that Harrison traded gold for had this beautiful mint and cream look to it. The paint was gorgeous. When you take a gander at it, it doesn’t even look real. It may have been crafted in the ’30s, but you would not be able to tell when you look at the picture.

What kind of engine did this car have that was made during the height of the Great Depression? Glad you asked, a V-12. Combine the engine, with the look, with the color, with how well kept it was. Harrison, understandably, could not say no. How could anyone say no under those circumstances? There was never a doubt that the Pawn Stars star would make some sort of trade. However, it did come at a steep cost.

Well, it turned out that Harrison from Pawn Stars would need to at least pony up $70,000 to walk out with the 1932 vehicle that day. Instead of risking not landing the car, he went above and beyond and offered $95,000. The deal worked out and the boys got the car. He would later use the money from the deal to later buy gold from the pawn shop.

What was the Pawn Stars deal?

If that seems like a lot for the 1932 Roadster, remember, it went for around $70,000, in today’s dollars, when it came onto the scene. It was in pristine condition. And, man, it was a pretty car wasn’t it?

What is that Harrison always says? According to IMDB, “I’m Rick Harrison, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my old man and my son, “Big Hoss.” Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I’ve learned after 21 years – you never know what is gonna come through that door.”

The 1932 Lincon Roadster was THE car in 1932 for Ford. It was the premier make and model. Everybody wanted to ride in style in of these. It was a pretty car then and it is a pretty car now. This was the main rival for Cadillac during 1932 and that would be the case for a while longer. I think Harrison and the crew found a great deal here, no?