Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, March 31-April 2, 2017

It’s difficult to find a collection of cars at auction backed up by a team more enthusiastic than Donnie Gould has at Auctions America.

Two weeks after their partners at RM Sotheby’s hit a home run at Amelia Island, Auctions America did the same in Ft. Lauderdale. The cars were mainstream but that didn’t mean they were overlooked.

The headline cars were impressive – a 300SL alloy block disc brake roadster and Shelby Cobra – but the real treat was down the order.

Ferrari (Dino) 308 GT4s and Cabriolets, Intermeccanica Italias, one of the best early Volvo P1800s, GTO Judge Ram Air III and a used car lot full of late model Ferraris and Porsches. There were even some choice classics like this gorgeous Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster.

Wandering through the many auction aisles, it is hard to find so many cars that just call out, “Look at me, I’m special, and you haven’t seen one like me in a long time,” if ever.

The creeping influence of late model high performance automobiles at collector car auctions also was obvious in Ft. Lauderdale. Half of the top ten sales were not old enough to qualify for collector car license plates. Cars 25 model years or less old accounted for just 17.7% of the 412 vehicles consigned making their 50% share of the top 10 even more significant.

The report that follows describes 18.75% of the lots on offer at Auctions America Ft. Lauderdale, 78 lots in all. It’s a cross-section of collecting appropriate to the diversity of the lots at Auctions America Ft. Lauderdale, if a bit Ferrari centric.

This observation has been made before, but the Broward County Convention Center is an excellent venue. It may be hot or rainy outside but the vast open floor of the Convention Center displays the cars to advantage.

The results were realistic in the present market and Auctions America’s team put no less than 31 lots to bed with new owners after the cars left the block. That’s working hard for consignors and bidders.

It would remiss to omit mention of the headline car, the Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe bought new by Donald J. Trump. Its price means nothing about F430 F1 values but it attracted a steady stream of attention.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2017 284/412 68.9% 69% 6% $61,659 $41,800
[67.8%]
$17,511,193
2016 301/437 68.9% 94.7% 6% $65,591 $42,900
[65.4%]
$19,743,005
2015 367/494 74.3% $58,044 $39,600
[68.2%]
$21,301,995
2014 359/494 72.7% $58,230 $53,000
[91%]
$20,904,718

Lot # 121 1965 Ford Falcon Squire Station Wagon; S/N 5T26T125905; Light Metallic Blue/Blue vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $17,600–200/120hp six, automatic, pushbutton radio, heater, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Good older paint, chrome, bright trim, woodgrain and interior despite a few small nicks and scratches. Roof rack rail has been repaired with chrome tape. Orderly and presentable engine compartment. It even has two matching color Samsonite suitcases. Underbody is original. A fun and unusual car. – This is more fun than its price reflects, a neat and unusual family cruiser that brings a smile to the face of pretty much any onlooker. Its condition is exceptional, considering the modest amount of work and money that’s been put into it. The consignor called it a ‘survivor’, but it’s had a little too much work put into it to rate that title but other than paint, woodgrain sides and probably an interior it seems to have or needed little attention. It is a very good value at this modest price.

Lot # 127 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible; S/N 30967W259166; White/Red leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $23,100–164/150hp turbo, 4-speed, pushbutton radio, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Thick repaint over old paint with scattered fisheyes. Good new upholstery and interior trim. Orderly engine compartment has been done to journeyman standards. The underbody was treated to a new coat of undercoat over the old. A sound cosmetically restored Spyder. – The car card referred to a ‘fully documented restoration’, but that was a restoration to Corvair standards which wouldn’t impress a Corvette or Cadillac restorer. It was enough, however to make this an attractive, usable and presentable car that is rare enough to hold its value, particularly at this modest price. The new owner got a good value for the money and likely a satisfying car to own and cruise.

Lot # 131 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible; S/N 223679N115677; Red/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $30,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $30,250–350/265hp, automatic, air conditioning, aftermarket fat woodrim steering wheel, power brakes and steering, Cragar S/S chrome wheels, Tiger Paw GTS tires, cassette stereo, underdash engine gauges. – Sound older repaint. Driver’s rear door gap tapers and is chipped at the top probably from interference with the jamb. Driver’s seat cushion covering is stretched. Stainless trim is scuffed and stretched. The top was stuck to the windshield header and left stains, residue and rusty spots no one bothered to clean up. The engine compartment looks like a new car but with two fairly active years of use. Cosmetically restored to casual standards, then driven, without a lot of attention being paid to it. – It was time for the seller to part with this Firebird, apparently having lost interest in it long before the auction. Its condition is not encouraging but it has an impressive list of equipment and potential, particularly at this price which leaves the new owner with some room to address any minor needs.

Lot # 138 1976 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF56654U0; Dark Green/Brown vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $18,000 – $24,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $18,150–Overdrive, silver wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, red line tires, rollbar, luggage rack, AM-FM. – Restored in 1992 and looks like a regularly but not excessively used car since then. A decent and presentable driver that appears to have been looked after. – The estimate range is optimistic but not unreasonable and the bidders responded to this ordinary and used older restored TR6 with appropriate skepticism. It’s worth every penny of the price paid, but hardly a penny more.

Lot # 140 1962 Ford Falcon Ranchero; S/N 2H27S120296; Red, White roof/Red, white vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $18,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $15,950–170/101hp Falcon engine, 3-speed, pushbutton radio, trim rings, hubcaps, narrow whitewalls. – Good older paint and interior, painted assembled. Engine compartment, chassis and underbody are done, but a while ago, As Falcon Rancheros go, this is a good one. – With a little more hp than standard from the Falcon-spec 170 cid engine this promises to be a rewarding little runabout. There isn’t much cargo capacity, but that’s not its purpose. A cheeky little light-duty hauler in remarkable condition for a Falcon Ranchero, it is a sound value to both the buyer and the seller in this transaction.

Lot # 145 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 136679K313862; Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $40,000 – $45,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $37,400–396/375hp, automatic, cassette stereo, console, tilt steering column, power steering, power brakes, SS wheels with trim rings, Eagle ST tires. – Decent older repaint. Fair major chrome, weak trim chrome. Scuffed stainless trim. Old undercoat in the wheelwells. Sound original interior trim and recovered seats. A presentable but unimpressive weekend cruiser that makes no representation about what engine it might have begun with. – Offered by Kruse at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in 2005 with a reported high bid of $29,000, post-block sale at Auburn Fall three months later at $18,360 (after being reported bid on the block to $26,000) and sold at Dave Rupp’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in January of 2006 for $38,880. Eleven years later and still in decent condition this is a respectable result for an SS 396 with no claims of its original drivetrain.

Lot # 150 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 5F08C395180; Ivy Green/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $30,250–289/200hp, automatic, power steering, air conditioning, cassette stereo, no console, fog lights, Pony interior, styled wheels, red line tires, dual outside mirrors. – Sound old repaint and interior. Some fisheyes and dirt inclusions. Good chrome. Engine compartment may have been done but it was so long and so many miles ago it’s hard to tell. Same for the underbody. A sound and presentable driver with a decent cosmetic restoration. – Other than having air conditioning, this is by any measure an ordinary ’65 Mustang convertible, as is the price at which it changed hands. Mustangs like this are a superior way to get into collecting on a modest scale, with active clubs, plenty of advice and easy parts availability. And the top goes down.

Lot # 157 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58T270830; Engine # T92F; Tropical Turquoise/Green vinyl; Beige vinyl top; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $58,850–348/250hp, Powerglide, power steering, power brakes, radio, heater, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewalls. – Areas of filler in the doors but not excessive nor obvious. Even gaps and flush fits. Attractively restored engine compartment but the “F” engine suffix indicates it originally had a 3-speed stick attached not the present Powerglide. The underbody is generally like new and showing some age. An attractive car that arguably would have been more attractive with a manual transmission. – More attractive to a purist, perhaps, but probably not to someone who just wants a pretty Impala convertible in unusual colors to tool around with on a weekend. The result here makes perfect sense and should not disappoint either the buyer or the seller.

Lot # 167 1971 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242671P105054; Lucerne Blue/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $46,200–400/300hp, automatic, 3.55 Safe-T-Track, power steering and brakes, headrest buckets and console, factory console mounted 8-track, AM-FM, remote outside mirror, Endura nose, leather rim sport steering wheel, air conditioning, power windows, honeycomb alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires. – Represented as matching numbers and PHS documented. Restored five years ago and still presents like a recently restored car with flat panels, even gaps and no evidence of interior wear. – Reported bid to $41,500 on the block, reported sold later with this result, it brought $42,506 at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in 2013, then was flipped here two months later for $57,750. It is loaded with comfort and convenience options but has only the base engine, although 300hp is more than enough for cruise night or even longer tours. It would not have been expensive at $5,000 more.

Lot # 183 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFAA02A4C0040949; Red/Black; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $47,300–Alpine cassette stereo, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, TRX miles. – Good paint and interior. – An ordinary 308 GTSi which brought ordinary money.

Lot # 200 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L Coupe; S/N THPNNP05523; Yellow/Black vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $60,500–Updated stereo, deTomaso Campagnolo wheels, Firehawk tires, accessory wing, air conditioning. – Sound older repaint with a number of flaws. Good interior, original underbody, orderly engine compartment. A sound, driver quality Pantera. – Mostly stock and in decent condition, the add-on wing adds nothing and would be better taken off so the essentially stock configuration of this Pantera could be appreciated. This is a realistic price for its condition.

Lot # 225 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 80879; Engine # 60493; Ivory/Tan vinyl; Tan cloth top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $232,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $255,750–1582/70hp, bucket seats, tan steering wheel, chrome wheels, hubcaps. – JLG Autocrib Collection, ex-Nicholas Cage. Later 356A engine. Restored to very good standards and showing only a few signs of wear and use. – Sold by Gooding & Company at Amelia in 2010 for $137,500 when it showed just 19 fewer miles on the odometer, Nicholas Cage’s ownership seems to have been insufficient to offset the later engine, and for a Speedster this is a good value.

Lot # 253 1989 Ferrari 348tb Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFFA35A1K0082643; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $54,000 – Stereo. – Sound original paint and interior. Small stone chips on the nose. Interior has patina appropriate to the 26,927 miles on the odometer. Dusty but not grimy engine compartment. A used car that would reward a good detailing. – This Ferrari is an Auctions America stalwart. It was offered at Auburn Fall last year and bid to $57,500, then at Hilton Head in November where the reported bid was $55,000. It didn’t get quite that far here and the consignor seems to be determined to get closer to $60,000. The bidders are going the other way.

Lot # 427 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Coupe; S/N 220281; Engine # P715637; Meissen Blue/Red vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $51,700–Bendix Sapphire radio, Silver steel wheels, antique tires, original keys, tool kit and sales invoice. – Rusty in most but not all the places Porsches rot. Tattered, taped original interior. Front bumper tied on with rope. A restoration project sold by the family of the original owner. – The passion for rotten Porsches continues with this car, which might bring $120,000 fresh from restoration, illustrating the vision. It is fantastically expensive for its condition, or for its configuration, and is unusable as is. Even getting it running will cost dearly. Repairing the rot so it is safe to drive is even more.

Lot # 430 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194671S118042; Orange/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $44,000–350/270hp, 4-speed, power brakes, power steering, AM-FM, Rally wheels with trim rings and center caps, Wide Oval tires. – Restored to showroom condition a while ago with plenty of miles since and documented by its build sheet. Cleaned up for the auction but not thoroughly, there is plenty of oil residue and road grime down where it is hard to reach and a big chip on top of the driver’s door. Some interior trim is old. It’s a good driver. – And it brought chrome bumper C3 driver money. It would be worth more if it had a big block under the hood, but it’s a more balanced and enjoyable driver with the high output small block. The seller seems to have appreciated it drivability to judge from the road grime.

Lot # 431 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible; S/N 138675B182020; Metallic Ruby Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $45,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $37,500 – 327/250hp, 4-speed, buckets and console, dashtop tach, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, red line tires, Hurst shifter, power steering. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is like new. Chassis and underbody have been superficially cleaned up and refinished. A lot of work went into this unusually equipped Malibu. – Sold at the RK Motors auction in Charlotte in 2013 for $20,598 and crossed the block at Mecum Kissimmee three months ago with a reported high bid of $32,000. It has added 456 miles to its odometer since Charlotte and its condition is marginally better, but not better enough to justify turning down the reported high bid here.

Lot # 434 1997 Ferrari 456 GTA Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFWP50A1V0105988; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $47,273 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $52,000–Automatic, garish aftermarket 19 inch chromed modular wheels, Michelin tires, books. – Good original paint. Interior shows more use than expected for a 29,955 mile car. Described as recently belt serviced. – Reported bid on the block to $45,000, sold later for $52,000 all-in. This is an affordable Ferrari with 442hp and all the comfort and convenience features anyone could ask for (as long as they’re not looking for lane departure warnings and automatic braking so they can spend more time on their cell phones and less time paying attention to the road and traffic.) With the recent (always an imprecise term) belt service it’s also a car that has many miles to go before another service is required. There’s hope yet for us wankers who’ve always lusted after a Ferrari.

Lot # 436 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sprint GTV, Body by Bertone; S/N AR3024822; Aubergine/Tan; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $35,750–Cassette stereo, woodrim steering wheel, alloy wheels, Pirelli P400 tires, sliding sunroof. – Seriously mediocre repaint in the original color on the outside only, not even in the sunroof track. The underbody has old undercoat with some surface rust bleeding through. Good upholstery, as long as the loose interior trim is overlooked. Engine compartment in orderly but not redone. Body is sound with no evidence of excessive filler. – This Alfa attracted a lot of interest in the preview but after looking at it for a few minutes most people turned away in disappointment. It was reported bid on the block to $31,500, sold later with this result. In this condition $25,000 would have been more than enough to pay for it.

Lot # 460 1962 Volvo P1800 Coupe, Body by Jensen; S/N 3687; Black/Dark Red vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $50,600–Dual Weber 40DCOE carbs, Mallory ignition, 4-speed, overdrive, Panasport 8-spoke alloy wheels, Continental radial tires, Sony stereo. – Good paint with some small prep and application flaws. Minor scuffs on the bright trim. Very good interior. Clean restored engine compartment. Old undercoat in the wheelwells. Not perfect but far better than when it left Jensen. – The early P1800s built at Jensen in Britain are noted for their non-Volvo build quality but this one seems to have been so thoroughly gone through that any vestiges of British assembly have probably been corrected. Even at that, however, this is enough to buy the best one in the world, which this P1800 is not.

Lot # 461 1970 Buick Wildcat 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 466370X100338; Red, White vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $45,100–455/370hp, automatic, styled wheels, whitewalls, headrests, console, AM-FM, underdash 8-track, power window, power seat, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning. – Possibly used by Buick as a show car or demo according to a search of the Sloan Museum’s archives. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and vinyl roof. Underbody and engine compartment are like new. Flat panels, even gaps and flush fits except for the right front of the hood which stands slightly but noticeably proud. – The Sloan documentation is backed up by the lavish array of equipment loaded onto this Wildcat. It’s a rare model with good road manners and abundant power, all of which are reflected in the price it brought here.

Lot # 466 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC57L134457; Red/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $44,000–Powerglide, power steering and brakes, Harrison air conditioning with a Frigidaire compressor, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewall radial tires. – Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment and underbody are almost like new, just a little old. – It is rare to find period A/C on a Bel Air which makes this otherwise ordinary example stand out from most of its counterparts. It was reported sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction a dozen years ago for $78,300. Its price here overstates the decline in ’57 Bel Air values since then and is a good value for the new owner at this price.

Lot # 467 1964 Amphicar 770 Convertible; S/N 101632; Red/Red, white vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $45,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $46,200–Paddle, life vests, hubcaps, wide whitewalls. – Painted assembled and not well. Erratic masking. Engine compartment not done. Doors don’t close lightly. Pitted trim chrome. Sound interior. A curiosity but in scary condition. – Don’t take this Amphicar into the water until it’s been thoroughly checked out. Its condition is so lacking in evidence of any kind of conscientious care that it’s even more of an anchor in the water than it is on the highway. it has all the indications of being an auction car, and even among auction cars it isn’t a very good one but the Ft. Lauderdale bidders cottoned on to what it is and didn’t pay too much.

Lot # 483 1984 Ferrari Mondial QV Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFUC15A1E0049975; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $38,000 – $44,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $38,500–Sony stereo, air conditioning, power windows, Kumho tires. – Sound repaint, worn and surface cracked original interior. Original dirty undercoat in the wheelwells. A tired, used and not very much loved Mondial. – Offered at Hilton Head in November with a reported high bid of $24,500, it fared much better here, for reasons known only to the Ft. Lauderdale bidders. Perhaps it was the advent of spring and the fine weather outside that had them thinking of top down driving. They paid dearly for those thoughts.

Lot # 491 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N J59S108583; Engine # F0412CU; Black, Silver coves/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $63,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $69,300–283/270hp dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewalls, updated cassette stereo. – The top of the engine has been cleaned up well but the bottom and the chassis is grungy with oil residue and road grime. The paint, brightwork-and interior are sound but have seen better days. The engine number is correct for its dual quad configuration although it was not represented as being the original engine. – The presentation of this Corvette is such that it will look much better after it’s had some attention. The bidders recognized it for what it is and paid a realistic price.

Lot # 494 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFZR49A8X0114954; Silver/Black leather; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000 – 6-speed. – Good original paint and interior showing only a little stretching and wear on the driver’s seat. Two small chips on the nose. The odometer shows 45,438 miles and so does the car. – The premium being paid for 6-speed Ferraris like this 550 Maranello has been substantial and the seller was hoping for it here but with no data about when it was most recently serviced the reported high bid is a realistic hedge against needing service soon, and against the duration of 6-speeds’ appeal. It was reported bid to $102,500 at the Motostalgia auction at Amelia Island two weeks ago, one of several Motostalgia no-sales that tried again in Ft. Lauderdale. Others had better luck.

Lot # 495 2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge Coupe; S/N ZFF71NXX000195603; Red, Chrome roof/Black cloth; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $198,000– – Very clean and orderly. Raced in the Ferrari Challenge in 2014 and 2015, crashed at Laguna Seca in April 2015 but now presented in apparently race-ready condition. Sold on a bill of sale and subject to confirmation by the court-appointed Monitor of Level 5 Motorsports. – This is a good price for an outdated Ferrari Challenge car good for track days only.

Lot # 497 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFXA20A6G0061669; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $46,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $51,150–Eclipse CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning, factory wheels, Dunlop tires. – Flawed and chipped paint on the nose, starting to check on the roof hoop. Good interior. Nothing a repaint won’t remedy, and belt serviced four months ago. – In this case the bidders traded a fresh belt (and all that implies) service for some flawed original paint. It doesn’t need to be painted to be driven and the confidence of the recent service more than makes up for some cosmetic issues. After seeing many exalted 328 prices recently this is a reasonable result.

Lot # 500 1988 Lamborghini P350 Jalpa Targa, Body by Bertone; S/N ZA9JB00A8JLA12381; Black/Black leather, Beige trim; Estimate $85,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 –OZ wheels, Continental tires on front, Yokohama tires on rear, power windows, later Sony CD stereo, air conditioning. – Sound older paint with a few scratches on the engine cover. Excellent interior. Tidy but used engine bay. Euro market car. Carefully used and taken care of. – Sold here a year ago for $80,000 hammer, $88,000 all-in, and reaching its low estimate here there is no good reason why this Jalpa didn’t sell.

Lot # 505 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFSG17A6L0085862; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Estimate $110,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $96,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $105,600–Air conditioning, books, tools, tire change kit. – Very good paint with no stone chips. Driver’s seat is lightly worn and butt polished. The odometer shows 30,716 miles which are appropriate to its condition and a May 2016 major service. – This is another indication of a big price adjustment in Testarossa values, one which the seller took into account rather than chasing the bids down.

Lot # 506 1984 Ferrari Mondial QV Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFLC15B000051101; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $39,600–Cassette stereo, air conditioning, TRX tires. – Good original paint, interior and top. Tires need to be replaced. Clean underbody. Euro spec. Reported to have a recent engine out service. – This Mondial QV Cab is better than the one sold earlier today as Lot #483 and has the benefit of a “recent” (whatever that means) engine out service. It is definitely better than the $1,100 more that it brought and represents good value for the buyer.

Lot # 514 1965 Iso Rivolta IR 300 2-Dr. Sedan, Body by Bertone; S/N 350198; Ruby Red metallic/Grey leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $74,250–Automatic, chrome spoke. Borrani wire wheels, Fuzion tires, modern AutoMeter gauges, air conditioning, woodrim steering wheel, power windows. – Very good paint, chrome and appealing interior. The engine compartment was inaccessible but if the wheel wells, hastily resprayed with underseal, are any indication it has been done competently if not to show quality. The paint and interior are mouth watering. – Sold three months ago at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction for $71,500, this attractive Iso was bid to $67,500 on the block and sold later at the same amount, $2,750 of its earlier all-in price which pretty conclusively illustrates what bidders think of this car’s value. Some of the details like cheap tires and AutoMeter gauges are troubling but the performance, style and comfort are not.

Lot # 519 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242379Z119153; Carousel Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $78,100–400/366hp Ram Air III, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, power steering and brakes, hood tach, Super Sport wheels, red line tires, console, AM-FM, tilt steering column, rear antenna, Endura nose with hideaway headlights. – PHS documented, build sheet and window sticker copies. Very good paint let down by the prep on the Endura nose. Brilliant chrome and polished stainless. Upholstery is almost like new; steering wheel rim woodgrain is worn off and the gauge lenses are cloudy. The engine compartment and underbody are clean and like new. – Most of this GTO Judge are so good it’s reasonable to overlook the worn steering wheel and cloudy gauges. It really is a superior car and correcting the noted details is not expensive. it bounced around a few years ago, selling for $63,800 at B-J in Palm Beach in 2013 and appearing at Mecum Indy in 2014 where it no-saled at an unaccountable modest $52,000. This result is a reflection of its quality, equipment and performance.

Lot # 529 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Convertible; S/N 50377414; Metallic Grey/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $132,000–351 Ford, 4-speed, chrome spoke polished rim wire wheels, power windows, pushbutton radio, leather rim steering wheel, covered headlights. – Excellent clearcoat repaint, attractive quilted pattern upholstery. Engine compartment, chassis and underbody are better than new. – There were two Intermeccanica Italias at Ft. Lauderdale where even one of the beautiful little bolides is sufficient to get hearts swooning. This was definitely the better of the two and in a better color that highlights the delectable body lines refined by Franco Scaglione. It brought only $15,500 more than the other one, a deserved premium for condition and color.

Lot # 532 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D, Body by Drauz; S/N 85720; Engine # P610472; Dark Red/Tan vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $165,000–Bumper overriders, headlight stoneguards, chrome wheels, hubcaps, Pirelli tires. – Very good paint, chrome, interior and top. Replacement engine (original case included.) Engine compartment was done like new and now is a little aged but barely used. Filled lower body and doors. – The successor to Porsche’s famed Speedster with more headroom and better seats, this is Speedster style in American size and is appropriately price at this result.

Lot # 533 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2 + 2, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 12793; Red/Black leather; Estimate $200,000 – $225,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000 – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin MXV4 tires, Blaupunkt multiband radio, power windows, power steering, air conditioning.. – Described as a single owner until 2016, it has a poor repaint over rust blisters under the windshield. Dirty original underbody. No evidence of excessive filler. Good chrome and sound bright trim. The top of the engine compartment has been superficially cleaned up and some finishes refreshed to look good at the auction but it is dirty and original in the corners. Describes as having an “extensive service completed recently.” – This 365 GT 2+2 is going nowhere and it is time for the seller to realize it. Offered at Auctions America’s Santa Monica auction ten months ago where it no-saled on a reported $185,000 bid it was even less attractive to bidders here in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s worth more way than the bid here, maybe even the estimate range but trucking it around from auction to auction isn’t helping it any.

Lot # 534 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Nova LT-1 Deuce 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 114270W353978; Gobi Beige, Black side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $130,000 – $140,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $137,500–350/360hp, automatic, hood tach, bench seat, sport steering wheel, Hurst His’n’Hers shifter, black outside mirrors, Super Sport wheels, E70-14 Polyglas tires, power front disc brakes, 4.1 Positraction. – Restored like new with excellent cosmetics. Said to be Don Yenko’s personal driver, documented with the original build sheet and owner’s manual. – This Yenko Deuce represents one of the last gasps of the muscle car era, a diminutive Nova stuffed full of LT1 350/360hp V8 and juiced up with suspension upgrades to make it handle like a Camaro. Its condition is above reproach, as is the price it brought.

Lot # 535 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible; S/N 8413149400; Black/Beige leather; Beige vinyl top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $96,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $105,600–413/375hp, automatic, swivel seats, console, pushbutton automatic, pushbutton radio, dual outside mirrors, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls. – Sound old paint with polishing swirls and small edge chips. Good chrome, interior and paint. Good top except for a dirty spot on the right quarter. Underbody is orderly, aged and a little dirty. Engine compartment has been restored and shows little use. A quality old restoration. – Sold at Auburn Fall in 2007 for $166,320, then at the same place six years later for $167,750, this older restored 300G has been well preserved but the market for it is going away and the seller wisely accepted the money on offer. It’s illuminating to watch the prices of 50’s and 60’s cars. Collectors who were impressed by them when they were new have moved on and their values have declined. With time cars like this 300G with its magnificent long crossram dual quad intake will come back as younger collectors realize how good they are but until then this is a declining category.

Lot # 537 1967 Sunbeam Tiger MK II Convertible; S/N B382100120LRXFE; Red, Red hardtop, white side stripes/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $135,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000 –8-spoke Alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, two tops, woodrim steering wheel. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Crisp, clean engine compartment, orderly underbody shows a little use but also good care. A sound and attractive driver that looks good with the hood open. – Not sold here a year ago for $130,000 and bid to less this year, it’s time to accept that this is not a Cobra and deal with reality.

Lot # 539 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible; S/N 6H44S144191; Springtime Yellow, Black side stripe/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $50,000 – $55,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $62,700–390/335hp, automatic, styled wheels, narrow whitewalls, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, power steering. – Restored like new, exceptionally well preserved. Looks like it was done fourteen months ago, not fourteen years. An AACA National First Prize winner a while ago and still an impressively restored and preserved car, even standing tall on its springs. – Offered at Atlantic City in 2003 fresh from restoration where it no-saled at $37,500; sold here in 2010 for $48,400. Still a pristine piece, it deserved to be bid to a superior price, if not quite this superior. The seller will be happy with the result; the buyer will be happy with the car and that’s what counts.

Lot # 544 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 12104010015706; Red/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $88,000–Body color wheels and hubcaps, whitewalls, Becker Europa TR radio, bumper overriders, side-facing rear seat. – Weber carbs. Fair paint, good lightly worn and scuffed interior. Paint is lifting in the creases above the wheel well eyebrows. Erratic chrome. Driver’s window sill is scuffed, left front bumper rechrome is failing. A car that was never done very well and now the shortcuts are showing.. Dirty engine compartment and underbody. – The seller should be very pleased to get out from under this mediocre 190SL for this much money. A few years ago it might have brought 50% more but the 190 SL chic has hatched and demand has been satisfied, not to mention having reality intrude upon fashion. The result is not out of line for this car’s condition, it’s just generous.

Lot # 545 1970 Porsche 911T ‘Sportomatic’ Coupe; S/N 9110123238; Engine # 6108287; Light Blue/Black leather; Estimate $85,000 – $95,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 –2195/123hp, Sportomatic, AM-FM, headrest seats, Fuchs wheels, Michelin XZX tires, air conditioning. – The underdash A/C vent is there, and so is some of the plumbing, but the compressor and condenser are nowhere to be seen. Mediocre repaint, touched up chips behind the hood which also has an outie dent in the middle. Fair bright trim. Sound interior. Old undercoat. Sound body. An erratic car. – This erratic Porsche with its Sportomatic transmission had little hope of finding an eager buyer even in this heavily Porsche auction. Someone (perhaps with one leg) may turn up who likes it but until then it’s a neglected old orphan looking for a caring home and the reported high bid is all the money for it.

Lot # 548 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 67200F2A01429; Dark Red, White stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $84,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $92,400–4-speed, underdash Rally Pac gauges, power steering, power brakes, pushbutton radio, 10-spoke alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment shows some age but little use, as does the underbody. Gauges are crisp and clear but the instrument panel covering is scuffed. – Sold for $154,000 at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2012, a generous price at the time. The price here is realistically modest for a high quality Shelby.

Lot # 550 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight Roadster; S/N 178382; Black, Orange beltline and wheels/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $172,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $189,750–Orange wood spoke wheels, blackwall tires, dual sidemounts with mirrors, sliding boy mascot, radiator stoneguard, dual spotlights, Trippe lights, rumble seats, luggage rack. – CCCA Premier National First Prize winner a while ago and still in exceptional condition despite starting to show some age. Chassis and underbody are still nearly like new. Paint is nearly flawless and the upholstery shows no wear. An exceptionally good older restoration that is holding up very well. – Early in the auction’s preview this was the standout Classic. It was later challenged by a few other late arrivals but even then it stood out for the quality of its restoration and the style of its design. It sold for $90,200 at RM’s Amelia Island auction in 2002, then was freshened before selling for $148,500 at RM Arizona in 2008 for $148,500. It is barely deteriorated in the past nine years and the result here shows the value of presented a car that is out of character among the other auction consignments. It was a jewel if not a jewel among thorns in Ft. Lauderdale and brought a deserved superior price.

Lot # 554 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFFC60A770150549; Black/Black leather; Estimate $425,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $375,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $412,500–6-speed, carbon fiber interior trim, red calipers, 20 inch wheels, SF shields. – 16,600 miles from new and looks the part. Unblemished paint and only slightly worn upholstery. U.S. delivery with 16,600 miles. – Reported bid to $400,000 at Russo and Steele Monterey last August. Enjoy its performance and style because when it comes around to trading it the price will be less, even for a GTB.

Lot # 556 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S120543; Engine # F0628RE; Red; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $104,500–327/340hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – NCRS Top Flight some time ago but still clean, accurate and with negligible evidence of use. The engine number is appropriate to its present configuration. The paint, chrome and interior are unblemished. A fine Corvette. – The new owner got a serious value in this high output solid lifter four-barrel 340hp Corvette, a car that is easier to tune and keep in tune than a Fuelie. It could have brought mid-estimate without being unduly expensive.

Lot # 557 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210002994; Silver-Grey/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $1,090,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $1,200,000–Becker Mexico radio, painted center polished rim wheels with hubcaps, Englebert tires, Euro headlights, fog lights, Talbot outside mirror. – Alloy block, disc brakes. Restored like new with lustrous clean coat paint, bright chrome and rich, inviting interior. Underbody is like new. – Bid to $1,125,000 on the block, sold later with this result. The original paint never had this hard candy glossy appearance. For some that’s a knock, for others it’s an advantage. For this alloy block, disc brake Roadster the price makes perfect sense.

Lot # 559 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFJA09B000043937; Red, Black sills/Black leather; Estimate $250,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $220,000 – Pioneer cassette stereo, power windows, Borletti air conditioning, TRX wheels and tires. – 10,573 miles, good original paint and lightly worn upholstery scuffed on the driver’s seatback bolster. Underbody is original with only a little use evident. – Trace this history: Not sold here last year for a $290,000 high bid on a $375-475,000 estimate; then at Auburn Fall last September with a $250,000 high bid on a $320-360,000 estimate; and now no-saled with a $220,000 high bid on a $250-275,000 estimate. This history is worse than most 512 BBIs, but may be telling about collectors’ desire.

Lot # 561 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; S/N 11102712003179; Black/Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $320,000 – Automatic; Becker Europa stereo, Behr air conditioning, headrest seats, power windows, wheel covers, fog lights, narrow whitewalls. – Good repaint, interior and top. Underbody is clean and like new. The chrome has been polished but still shows typical M-B weakness of the period. Gauges are clean and crisp. Better than the average driver but not a showpiece. – The 200hp 3.5 V8 is 50hp more than the 150hp 2.8 six, but is valued about 1.5 times more in the marketplace. While rarity is a factor there were 1,232 built and that’s hardly rare in an absolute sense. This is a good but not exceptional example and it was appropriate to decline to accept this modest bid even though it’s enough to buy the best 2.8 in the world.

Lot # 562 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster; S/N CSX2442; Red/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,150,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $830,000 – Silver painted wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, wind wing, grille and trunk guards, luggage rack, woodrim steering wheel, full weather equipment. – Represented as the original engine. Excellent paint and brightwork. The underbody and mechanicals show minimal use. The interior leather is reported to be original and the driver’s seat back is torn and has several pulled seams. Gauge faces are starting to yellow. A sympathetic old restoration with little subsequent use. Sold new in Illinois. Lightly crashed early on and apparently repossessed. Later color changed and stored from ’73-’90. Fully restored in the 1990s. – Offered at Auburn Fall last September with a reported high bid of $800,000. The estimate range is the same here as it was there. So was the opinion of the bidders that this is not a million-dollar Cobra. It was once, but not any more.

Lot # 563 1963 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster; S/N 879680; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $220,000 – $260,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $209,000–Chrome wire wheels, Dunlop tires, Blaupunkt multiband radio, JDHT Certificate documented. – Concours quality paint, chrome and interior. Detailed to beyond perfect, like the chrome steering wheel spokes. Described as a JCNA 99.98 point judged example and it is above reproach as expected. – This is a concours price for a concours car. It might be argued that it is too good to be driven but after a few more shows where its presentation will impress judges and spectators alike it has many miles of proud driving before it.

Lot # 564 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback; S/N 9F02Z198782; Royal Maroon/Black vinyl; Estimate $190,000 – $220,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $231,000–4-speed, Traction-Lok, power steering, power brakes, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, window sticker and dealer invoice documented. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Sharp engine compartment. Underbody is like new. The only apparent shortcoming is foggy gauge lenses. Featured in Mustang Monthly. – Foggy or faded faces on gauges are a little thing but one that detracts from the overall impression of quality and attention to detail that this Boss 429 inspires. They’re the first thing the new owner should address, particularly after paying a reasonable price in this transaction.

Lot # 566 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Fastback; S/N SFM6S561; Black, Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $275,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $231,000–4-speed, Hurst shifter, woodgrain steering wheel, pushbutton radio, dash top tach. – Represented as one of only 85 GT350Hs built originally with the 4-speed, confirmed by the SAAC Registry. Sound paint with defects and scratches on the rear stripes. Engine compartment is orderly but aged and erratic. Front bumper chrome is flakey but the rest of the chrome is acceptable. A usable but erratic older restoration. – This is a seriously generous price for a GT350H that has many issues, even for a 4-speed GT350H.

Lot # 568 1960 Imperial Crown Convertible; S/N 9204106018; Dusk Mauve/Mauve leather; Mauve cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $137,500–413/350hp, pushbutton automatic, power steering and brakes, air conditioning with a modern Chinese-made compressor, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, 60-40 split bench power seat, power windows. – Best in Class Winner at 2017 Boca Raton Concours. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment and underbody are nearly like new. Standout colors. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2015 for $110,000 in substantially the same condition as it appears today, then at Las Vegas eight months later for a paltry $71,500. In 2016 it was sold at Mecum Indy for $107,250. This very much a car whose value is established by its striking Dusk Mauve color and matching interior and top. Talk about eyeball, this car has it and it caught the bidders’ attention to result in this price. No matter where it may be it is going to get rapt attention, attention that will be reinforced by its excellent condition.

Lot # 569 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFEW58AX70153916; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $245,455 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $270,000–Red calipers, SF shields, CD stereo, air conditioning, F1 gearbox. – Bought new by Donald J. Trump, documented with the original personally signed paperwork. 5,769 miles and barely used. – The star of the Ft. Lauderdale show, nearly continuously under the lights of TV cameras during the preview, but it lagged on the block eventually halting at a reported bid of $245,000 and announced as sold shortly thereafter although the transaction amount wasn’t disclosed until the next day or so. It was important for Auctions America to follow up the publicity by concluding with a sale and the car ended up in a Reliable truck headed for Marysville, Ohio. The result means nothing about F430 values, it’s all about the Trump history.

Lot # 573 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster; S/N 194677S115522; Sunfire Yellow, Black stinger/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $110,000 – $125,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $91,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $100,100–427/435hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, alloy wheels, red line tires, side exhausts. – Very good paint, interior, top and chrome except for an annoying dent on the right windshield post. This is about as good as it gets, sympathetically restored to like new condition without going overboard. The only reservation is that it isn’t represented with any judging information, unusual for such a carefully restored Corvette. – Offered at Auburn Fall in September of last year where it was bid to only $44,500 and didn’t sell. The bidding was a little more attractive today, but this still is a modest price for such a well restored 427/435.

Lot # 574 1974 Jaguar XKE SIII V12 Roadster; S/N UE1S23453BW; Red/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $67,100–Automatic, air conditioning, Kenwood cassette, chrome wire wheels, narrow whitewalls. – Good older repaint, otherwise a sound, reasonably clean original car showing 54,774 believable miles on the odometer. – Sold at the Hershey auction in 2003 for $41,800, then by RM at Boca Raton in 2006 for $48,150. It’s traveled 7,000 miles since 2003 but is still a clean, attractive, consistently maintained largely original car that has had attention as it needed and never had to have a restoration. It obviously appealed to the Ft. Lauderdale bidders, as it should have, and brought a generous price for an automatic SIII, even one with air and wire wheels.

Lot # 576 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible; S/N 5662063516; Chantilly Maroon/Maroon, White leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $180,000 – $210,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $159,500–365/305hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, signal seeking radio, power windows, power bench seat, polished Sabre wheels, wide whitewalls, continental kit, Autronic eye, parade boot. – Very good paint, interior and major chrome. Some scratched and thin trim chrome like the door handles. Underbody and engine compartment were restored to nearly like new but now are showing some age. Not the best of its kind, but more than good enough. – Like the Imperial Crown convertible sold eight lots earlier this is a magnificent, luxurious, rare automobile that is distinct from its counterparts on account of its vivid colors. Its condition isn’t as good as the Imperial but an Eldo Biarritz is more widely recognized and appreciated and this is a reasonable price that balances the dramatic color and Eldorado styling against the age of its restoration.

Lot # 578 1992 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe; S/N ZA9DU07P3NLA12537; Red/Beige leather, Red piping; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $129,250–Sony stereo, wing, telephone dial wheels, Michelin tires, tools, books. – Other than a few almost invisible pebble chips on the nose and some subtle stretch on the driver’s seat this car shows essentially no use or age despite showing 43,683 miles on the odometer. Its condition is such that it could easily have been 13,683 miles and that is a compliment to its owners and their diligence in maintaining it. – This Diablo could easily have brought the low estimate without being expensive, a tribute to the quality of its presentation and preservation. At this result it is a good value … as long as the new owner keeps it up in such marvelous condition. Even if it’s driven hard and put away wet it will be worth what was paid for it.

Lot # 582 1937 Packard Super Eight Convertible Sedan; S/N 1063259; Dark Blue/Grey leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $94,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $103,400–Body color steel wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirror, Trippe lights, rollup division, rear folding armrest, luggage rack. – Good older paint, chrome, interior and top. The paint is lightly polishing swirled but not chipped. The underbody was restored like new and then driven some, but not much The passenger’s wind wing glass is delaminating. A magnificent old car with an appropriate restoration that is holding up very well. – While this may technically be convertible sedan coachwork its equipment is lavish and luxurious on par with a chauffeur-driven formal sedan or even limousine. It isn’t show-ready but it could be with some careful and thorough freshening. It is a lot of automobile but it didn’t command an exceptional price, just a realistic one, and the new owner should be proud of this acquisition.

Lot # 584 1936 Packard Super Eight Coupe 2/4 passenger; S/N 757396; Cream, Maroon fenders and roof/Brown ostrich leather; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $74,800–Cream wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, four Trippe lights, two of them with halogen bulbs, golf bad door, rumble seat, cloth covered luggage trunk, rollup back window, Ride Control, radio, underdash engine gauges, turn signals. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody and engine are restored to like new then driven but still look very good. The colors are good but the color pattern is garish and clown-like. The interior on the other hand is tasteful and attractive. Set up for touring for which it should be highly satisfying. – Sold by RM at Amelia in 2009 for $66,000 and bought for a little bit more today, eight years later. More than anything it needs exterior color(s) that complement its design and style.

Lot # 591 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible; S/N 223679U117223; Engine # 028756 XB; Orange/Pearl vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $41,800–350/265hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, Super Stock wheels with trim rings, red line tires, AM-FM, console, woodgrain steering wheel. – AACA National First Prize and Grand National First Prize in 2007. Excellent clearcoat paint is better than Pontiac ever did. The rest of the Firebird is in showroom condition with a little storage dust where it was hard to reach before the auction. It’s still a show quality Firebird but will benefit from a more assiduous detailing. – Nicely equipped and impressively restored, this is otherwise a fairly ordinary 2-barrel Firebird that has been conscientiously preserved since its restoration a decade ago and deserved the price it brought. As a practical matter, the 2-barrel is more than powerful enough for cruising around and even on long trips so the new owner got style and equipment (including A/C) for a price that pales beside a similar Firebird with a rare HO engine. It is a sound value.

Lot # 595 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, Body by Bertone; S/N AR381311; Engine # 0012401265; Dark Blue/Tan leather; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000 – 5-speed, velocity stacks, headers, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Vredestein tires. – Very good paint, interior and chrome. Wiper scratched windshield. Engine compartment is done right, clean and orderly. Underbody was done, then driven a little. Upholstery is slightly stretched. A good car done thoroughly and to high standards. – Sprint Speciales have taken a severe hit in recent months, coming off prices that fluttered over $100,000 for a while but have fallen back to earth. This is a good example, better than the one Bonhams sold in Paris last month that sold for $94,000 hammer, but the consignor doesn’t appreciate that this is a very reasonable offer for it. The fact it is a no-sale on a reported bid $5,000 over the low estimate is, to say the least, strange and it should be been lose and selling.

Lot # 598 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster; S/N 11304210005461; Light Gold, Light Gold hardtop/Cognac vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $31,000 – 4-speed, Kuhlmeister air conditioning, updated Blaupunkt stereo, woodrim steering wheel, later M-B alloy wheels, Michelin XZX tires. – Poor fresh clearcoat repaint with abundant flaws and preparation shortcuts. Good new interior and dashtop wood; console wood was not refinished. The engine compartment is original, dirty and oxidized. Erratic chrome and bright trim. Brake booster has been replaced. The repaint was wasted on this car which needs everything except the interior. – This is a potentially wonderful car but its condition and presentation here were a disgrace. The repaint and new interior were wasted on a car that needs to be taken apart and completely restored. No one with any self respect will be seen driving it. And nothing about its presentation suggests that mechanically it is anything other than old and decrepit. The reported high bid should have been accepted with gratitude.

Lot # 602 1965 Buick Riviera Grand Sport 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 494475H939956; Metallic Blue/Black vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $33,000–401/360hp dual quads, automatic, air conditioning, updated stereo, power steering and brakes, chrome rim styled wheels, narrow whitewalls. – Sound clearcoat repaint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment has been done to mediocre standards and has some age and miles. The underbody has repainted old undercoat. A handsome car in mediocre but presentable condition. – The condition of this Riviera Grand Sport is only driver, but what a driver it is, with 360hp and those simple Riviera lines that look great in black. The new owner should be pleased with the underlying value in this Riviera at this price.

Lot # 605 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino 2 + 2, Body by Bertone; S/N 09848; Rosso Corsa/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000 – Cassette stereo, air conditioning, cassette stereo, power windows, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, books and service receipts. – Correct Dino nose badge but called a Ferrari here for search purposes. Good repaint, sound but worn original upholstery. Sound, orderly engine compartment and underbody. New springs. A sound presentable Dino that looks like it has had attention when it was needed. – Never have so many 308 GT4/Mondial/Mondial Cabs been assembled in one place at one time. They were like bedbugs in a flophouse. This was a very good example, but how in God’s Green Earth the seller could have expected even this much for it is a complete mystery. It should have been on its way to a new home before reaching $50,000.

Lot # 606 1984 DeTomaso Pantera GT5 Coupe; S/N 874LTHPNBM09298; Black Cranberry/Claret leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000 – 5-speed, air conditioning, modern stereo, power windows, aftermarket one piece alloy wheels with red accented lugnuts, Pirelli P7 tires on the front, PZeros on the back. – Good custom paint with red metallic in the clearcoat. The original interior is sound but aged. The wheels are garish, but that’s appropriate for a GT5. The underbody is original and dirty. A cars and coffee Pantera. – A Pantera GT5 does nothing if not get attention and this one adds distinctive colors to the mix. Onlookers were amazed that this was actually the way it was built with air dam, flared fenders, huge wheels and tires and vee-shaped wing. It is quite something but in the end worth little or no more than the reported high bid.

Lot # 607 1966 Sunbeam Tiger MK 1A Convertible; S/N B382000441LRXFE; Black, Black hardtop/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $99,000–260/164hp, 4-speed, polished alloy wheels, two tops, woodrim steering wheel, documented with the original bill of sale. – Sound repaint and replaced interior. Bright chrome. Underbody has old undercoat and the dirt of many miles. A driver quality presentation. – The ‘professional rotisserie restoration’ must not have included cleaning up the underside while it was rolled over. From the condition it’s hard to imagine it’s ever even seen a rotisserie, let alone been on one and the seller should be very pleased with the reception, and price, it brought here.

Lot # 611 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFXA20A1J0075910; Rosso Corsa/Beige leather; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $62,500 – Sony CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning, Ziex tires, SF shields. – Other than a smattering of small chips on the nose and some wear on the driver’s seat this is a nearly pristine car in condition appropriate the 30,240 miles on the odometer. 30,000 mile major service “just” completed, whenever “just” may have been. – Sold for $60,500 at Mecum’s Monterey sale last August, the bid it brought here is perfectly reasonable for its condition even if the major service was done in the past eight months.

Lot # 612 1980 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino 2 + 2, Body by Bertone; S/N 14784; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $25,000 – Borletti air conditioning, Pioneer cassette stereo, power windows. – Poor old repaint with fisheyes. Windshield poorly sealed to the roof. Scuffed window trim. Ferrari nose badge. Filled lower body. Driver’s seat is falling apart, cushion is torn and the fill is flattened out by many miles with a generously sized driver on it. The odometer reads 29,877 miles and should have a one in front of it. This is a nasty Dino. – The car card said “Beautiful restoration”, a statement wrong on two counts: a) it’s not beautiful, it’s ugly; and b) it’s never had anything approaching a restoration. Even the paint job would earn a failing grade in a high school autobody class. The estimate is beyond reason and even the reported high bid is generous for this car.

Lot # 614 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Convertible; S/N 59248314; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $117,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $128,700–351 Ford, 300hp, 4-speed, air conditioning, power windows, Magnum wheels, red line BFG tires, open headlights. – Excellent paint, chrome, top and interior. One small flaw in the deck lid paint. Dashboard and gauges are a little dusty. Engine compartment is tidy but shows age. Underbody is restored then driven a little. Body panels are flat, gaps are even. – This is the second of two Italias in Ft. Lauderdale, more conventional in red with open headlights and not in quite the condition of its predecessor across the block

Lot # 724 1987 Nissan President Sovereign VIP 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N H252016263; Black, Black padded roof/Grey cloth; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $13,200– – Good original paint, chrome and interior. Underbody is original, the rest of the car is superbly preserved. – One of three Japanese home market righthand drive cars in Ft. Lauderdale, the others being a Honda NSX and a gigantic Toyota Century sedan. The preservation of this Nissan President Sovereign VIP is completely original and belies the 89,169 kilometers on the odometer. It must have been very well kept by a professional chauffeur and driven only sparingly. It must have cost nearly as much as it brought on the block just to ship it to Florida. It is worth what it brought if only as a conversation piece.

Lot # 731 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon; S/N 799A1421452; Metallic Gunmetal, Black composite roof/Dark Red vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $57,200–3-row seating, turn signals, Columbia 2-speed axle, clock, enclosed rear spare, two taillights, bumper overriders, body color wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, blackwall tires. – Good glossy varnish on probably original wood with minimal water stains. Good replaced interior and dashboard woodgrain. Refinished plastic instrument panel. Engine compartment is cleaned up, not restored. Underbody and chassis are original. – Sold by RM from the Alexander collection of Ford woodies in 2009 for $88,000. This is a remarkably modest price for a quality Ford woodie and can only be counted as a good value.

Lot # 733 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Convertible; S/N 607M38516; Shell Beige/Burgundy, White vinyl; Burgundy vinyl top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $28,050–371/240hp two-barrel, power steering and brakes, automatic, skirts, cassette stereo, dual rear antennas, bench seat. – Paint code R. Repainted assembled to mediocre standards. Fair major chrome, dull headlight bezels, pitted taillight and trunk trim. The engine compartment has been given a little erratic attention with some black paint, in some places applied over old dirt. The underbody has its original undercoat. Dressed up with Indy Pace Car graphics which distract from the sloppy work. – By all appearances this isn’t an Indy Pace Car from new, just a Dynamic 88 with Pace Car graphics and its treatment reinforces that inference. It was sold at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction three months ago for $27,500, changing hands here at a small loss for the seller, but within $550 of its all-in price which is a consistent valuation of a car with obvious needs.

Lot # 734 1939 Bantam 60 Boulevard Delivery; S/N 64935; Metallic Blue, Grey sweep panel/Black leatherette; Beige cloth tendelet; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $35,000 – Folding windshield, skirts, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, carriage lamps, dual outside mirrors. – Good older paint, chrome and interior. Underbody was done like new and has been driven. Represented to be one of 70 built in this configuration and five survivors. Incredibly cute but highly impractical as a delivery vehicle due to the absence of a loading door at the back. The dash plaque of the selling dealer, Fergus Motors in NYC, is a nice touch. – It’s not hard to imagine how cool it would be to have this Boulevard Delivery pull up out front of an east side New York brownstone with a rush delivery of Chanel No. 5 or a corsage for m’lady. Today’s troubled retail stores would do well to take a page from this kind of service and style, as well as efficiency. On the other hand, Amazon should have a fleet of them for same-day delivery in New York or San Francisco. Oh, the price? The reported high bid is reasonable for the condition, if not the cuteness.

Lot # 742 1986 Panther Kallista Convertible; S/N SA9KA21A0GB005107; Black/Black cloth; Red leatherette top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $15,409 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $16,950–4-speed, AM-FM stereo, chrome wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, luggage rack, LED CHMSL. – Used and dirty, in condition appropriate to its age and the 21,038 miles on the odometer. – Offered two weeks ago at Motostalgia’s Amelia Island auction where it was bid on the block to $12,800 and not reported in Motostalgia’s published results. Here it was bid to $15,000 on the block and sold later with this all-in result. An unusual automobile of no particular distinction bought for a modest price appropriate to its condition.

Lot # 750 1938 MG TA Roadster; S/N TA2473; Black/Claret leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price – $36,300–RHD. Chrome wire wheels, luggage rack, single rear-mounted spare, fender mirrors, badge bar, fog light, Messko radiator cap thermometer. – Sound paint, chrome and interior. Restored a while ago and well maintained, showing little use but some age. The first exemplar of MG’s famed T series, leaving only 7hp on the table between here and the final TF 1250. – The TA, however, has a completely different engine from later XPAG-engined MG Ts, a long stroke, pushrod four from Morris and Wolseley sedans that made power but lacked the revs of earlier overhead camshaft MGs. This would be a modest price for a TC in comparable condition but this is a much more rare model.

Lot # 751 1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Coupe; S/N 14243218; Cream/Dark Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $62,000 – 310/165hp inline eight, 3-speed, pushbutton radio, skirts, red wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, grille guard, bumper overriders. – Good paint, chrome, bodywork and trim. Both door bottoms hang out a quarter inch at the rear. The upholstery in the front seat is lightly stretched and surface creased. The underbody has been redone some time ago and has a few miles. A quality older restoration that has mellowed pleasantly and will be driven proudly. 1998 AACA National First Prize winner. – Having not satisfied the consignor with the bid it brought in Ft. Lauderdale it will have to be driven proudly by someone else. The seller missed an opportunity with the realistic bid.

Lot # 767 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 2 + 2, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFAD08A7C0039647; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $32,000 – Sunroof, Sony cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Good original paint and interior. Condition is appropriate to the 34,047 miles on the odometer. – Yet another 308 GT4/Mondial from today’s generous offering of the models. This one was reported sold at Motostalgia’s Amelia Island auction two weeks ago for $29,700, a price that would have let the seller just about break even after paying the seller’s commission. Apparently that wasn’t up to the visions of sugarplums dancing in the seller’s head and this car will have to keep looking for a home.

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