Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, March 10, 2017

RICK6918_061_Jaguar_1957_XKSS_Roadster_XKSS716_900.jpgDon’t make the mistake of comparing the 2017 Gooding & Company Amelia Island total with that of 2016 which was buried in top quality cars from Jerry Seinfeld and a $17 million Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.

In fact, given the modest (for a Gooding sale) sell-through of 78.4% and the no-sale of the Jaguar XKSS, the $30.6 million total attested to the overall quality of the cars and a successful auction.

The presence of the Jaguar XKSS was a big draw. There is something special about the XKSS, arguably the most appealing execution of Malcolm Sayer’s svelte, sleek, curvaceous D-type design. Even the “road car” features, the full width framed windshield, shielded side exhaust and luggage rack, add to its appeal. Putting the ridiculous looking top up is the crowning feature that along with everything else says, ‘This is not a real street car, it’s a thinly disguised race car, so look out.’ I love the XKSS, and to judge from the crowd around it and the number of photos taken during the preview so do a lot of other people. Younger people had Lambos and F50s on their bedroom walls. Old guys like me had black and white shots of the XKSS and Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

As a result it was a great disappointment when it was announced during the preview that XKSS716 was not, in fact, the “original chassis, body and engine” car represented in the catalog. Instead some how and at some time a 3.8 liter block (which Jaguar clearly differentiated by casting a big and hard to miss “3.8” into the block sides) had snuck under the XKSS’s sexy bonnet. Despite a probable adjustment of the estimate and promise that the consignor had arranged with Jaguar to supply a proper 3.4 liter block factory stamped with the original engine number, all without cost to a purchaser, it asphyxiated prospects for a successful transaction.

Taking that circumstance into account the sale total represents an even bigger success for Gooding & Company.

Porsche fans, who have come to expect great things from Gooding auctions, weren’t disappointed by the 911 GT1 Strassenversion, 934/5, somewhat under the radar Al Holbert built 924 GTR or bevy of other Porsches, 25 of them in all, 28.4% of the sale’s consignments, as prevalent as Fords at a Mecum auction.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2017 69/88 78.4% 82.6% 0% $443,025 $181,500

[41%]

$30,568,700
2016 68/78 87.2% 63.2% 7.4% $884,990 $192,500

[21.8%]

$60,179,350
Featured 18 cars from the collection of Jerry Seinfeld, 5 sold >$1MM and 250 GT Cal Spyder 2871GT sold for $17,160,000
2015 76/85 89.4% 60.5% 9.2% $354,831 $137,500

[38.8%]

$26,967,150
2014 78/88 88.6% 44.9% 12.8% $396,839 $126,500

[31.9%]

$30,953,450

Note: The initial posting of the report on Gooding’s Amelia Island auction will have only some cars described in detail; a revision will follow with more cars which are included here as stub entries with results and photos but no details.
Later Note: 3/22/17 All entries have been completed and updated with several cars added.
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Lot # 1 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe; S/N WP0AB0919GS120808; Guards Red/Black; Estimate $160,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900 – Black center, polished rim Fuchs wheels, Cinturato tires, sunroof, whale tail, flares, power windows, power seats, air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented as original paint and interior. Showing 48,963 miles. Two tiny chips on the right side of the nose and some more tiny ones on the mirrors, plus a tiny dent that took some paint off right below the passenger’s window. Otherwise very good, shiny original paint. Tidy underneath. Very good interior with only light wear to the seats betraying the car’s age. Babied even by 911 standards considering the significant mileage, and well optioned. More than a few people could probably be tricked into thinking you drive a 930. – Strong but not excessive money for a well-maintained Carrera with the Turbo-look options. The result is a number both parties can be satisfied with, particularly the seller.

RICK6923_003_Alfa Romeo_2008_8C Competizione_Coupe_ZARJA181080038950_900.jpgLot # 3 2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupe; S/N ZARJA181080038950; Red/Beige leather; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000 – Sequential shift, Quadrifoglio badges, red calipers, luggage, tools, books, window sticker, CD stereo. – U.S. delivery, under 2,900 miles, three owners. like new. – This is the front mid-engined counterpart to Ferrari’s 458, the first commando to land on Alfa’s new beachhead in the U.S. Rare, pristine and quick it brought a reasonable price early in Gooding’s Amelia Island auction.

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Lot # 6 1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam Coupe; S/N 743814R; Engine # 30506; Red, Gold pinstripes/Black; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – 1559/105hp, twin Stromberg carbs, 4-speed, Sumitomo tires, dual mirrors, wood dash, wood shift knob, power windows, Craig stereo. – Kept by the original owner until 2011. Fully documented maintenance with no noticeable gaps. Lots of stress cracks in the paint and uneven-looking bodywork, but no original Lotus doesn’t have that. Several chips here and there and a dull overall finish. Commendably clean and tidy underneath, but original and used. Upholstery and dash look to have been replaced. For any 43-year-old largely unrestored car to look this good is impressive, but for a Chapman-era Lotus to have aged this well is truly spectacular. Will this car have needs? Of course, but something is only original once, and there can’t be many, if any, all-original Big Valve Europas that are this good. – Sold by Gooding at Scottsdale two years and 288 miles ago for $33,000. That’s an expensive two years of ownership, but this result is still appropriate, even taking a meaningful premium for this impressive level of preservation into account. This is a choice, superbly handling automobile for MG B money.

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Lot # 8 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Convertible; S/N 8T03R213224-03949; Lime Gold/Black vinyl; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $106,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $116,600 – 427/335hp, automatic, Shelby alloy wheels, Goodyear Speedway tires, 3.50 Traction-Lok, console, power steering, power brakes, power top, tilt steering column, pushbutton radio, black vinyl boot cover. – One of 500 KRs built for 1968. Mostly original. Showing 70,993 miles. Recently serviced. Has Marti Report. Tired but presentable paint and chrome. Tidy and lightly worn underneath. Original interior is sound but tired. Console lid is crooked. Lightly faded gauges. Worn switchgear. This car looks too good to be restored. From only a few feet away you’d never guess it was largely original. – Sold at Gooding Amelia in 2012 for $140,250, which was on the cheap side at the time but not a steal. It is at least as good now as it was then even having put another 804 miles on its odometer. This result, on the other hand, is a downright bargain for a genuine KR convertible in almost any condition, let alone a well preserved example that’s running, driving and sorted. The Shelby crowd must have been absent on Friday, and the rest of the bidders were too busy with Porsches.

RICK6939_010_Alfa Romeo_1961_Giulietta_Sprint Speciale_AR101200319_900.jpgLot # 10 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale, Body by Bertone; S/N AR101200319; Engine # AR0012000746; White/Blue leather; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500 – Steel wheels, hubcaps, Vredestein tires. – Very good older repaint with some polisher swirl. Surface cracked older upholstery. Underbody was restored like new and then driven. A quality older restoration with non-trivial miles since completion but good care and attention. – For a long time Sprint Speciales were overlooked despite their performance, handling and exotic Franco Scaglione design. They then went through a brief period of popularity in the past two or three years, ramping upwards to tease $200K in price but now have come back to earth. While historic results might support the estimate range here, current values don’t and this is a realistic price.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6489_13_Bentley_1957_S1 Continental_2-Door Sedan_BC3LCH__900_900.jpgLot # 13 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Fixed Head Coupe, Body by Mulliner Park Ward; S/N BC3LCH; Engine # BC3C; Green/Tan leather; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000 – Wheel covers, Michelin narrow whitewalls, Lucas driving lights, Flying B, wood dash and window trim, pushbutton radio. – Single family ownership. Rare LHD model. Originally painted brown. Dent in the exhaust tip. Chips in the back of the driver’s side door. Passenger’s side door doesn’t quite fit flush. Scratched window frame and windshield frame, which doesn’t fit flush. Good mid-1990s repaint. Very good, lightly worn restored interior with excellent original wood. Clean underneath. Showing 87,350 miles. Restoration work has been done on the whole car, not all at the same time, but it’s an attractive if imperfect example pictured in the catalog with soft tires. – Elegant and rare, a Bentley that sets itself apart from its Rolls-Royce counterparts with style and panache. And having said that this price reflects its age and erratic attention. It is a rare opportunity which the Gooding Amelia bidders appropriately handicapped with this result.

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Lot # 17 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0L Spider, Body by Frua; S/N AM109SA1673; Engine # AM109SA1673; Rosso Capannelle/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original, 5 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $435,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $478,500 – 4014/255hp, Lucas FI, ZF 5-speed, Borrani wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, Lucas injection, power windows, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, limited slip differential. – One of 37 Mistral Spiders with the 4.0-liter engine. Inspection sticker expired in 1983. Recently discovered outside Washington, D.C. In as-discovered condition, rat shit and all. Upholstery is pretty much gone. Under all the dirt, paint is chipping and flaking all over the place. There’s a big dent in the rear bumper. Wheels are very pitted and fairly rusty. Leaves and dirt and rust in the engine bay. Fuel injection system is incomplete. Rust holes all along the rockers. Rust underneath. It is an interesting conversation piece as is, but it’s gross and at borderline parts car status, but if it’s off to the restoration shop, we won’t be seeing it again for a long, long time and after a staggering bill. – Done to the nines this is on its very best day an $800,000 car and the $321,500 difference between that and this price is not going to get it there. This is a nasty car that will have the transport driver covering the seat carefully before getting in to keep vile stuff from rubbing off. What’s the rationale for paying this much for a vile pile? The vision of resurrecting Maserati’s and Frua’s original concept, a vision that knows little to rationality. When it’s done we will marvel at its perfection and honor the owner who saved it. That’s why it brought this much.

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Lot # 19 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe; S/N WP0AC2997VS375923; Engine # 61V02269; Guards Red/Gray leather; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $310,000 – 3601/424hp, twin turbos, 6-speed, yellow calipers, cross-drilled rotors, carbon dash and steering wheel rim, Porsche CD stereo, power windows. – One of 176 US market examples. Showing 25,543 reportedly original miles. Small scratch on the left front fender and some small but noticeable chips on the nose. Like new interior. The one at Bonhams was better, but just by a hair. – Bonhams’ Turbo S sold post-block for $300,000, and RM’s 18,000-mile Turbo S sold for $308,000, so in that context it looks like this car should have gone to a new home at the reported high bid.

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Lot # 22 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 180010109502992; Engine # 180924109502394; Black/Red leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – Wheel covers, Silvertown whitewalls, Hella driving lights, column shift, Becker Mexico radio, wood dash and window trim. – All original. Paint is very dull and has minor blemishes throughout, but it is not an eyesore and has presentable patina. The hood, however, looks to have been repainted at some point. Light pitting on some of the brightwork, but nothing terrible. Original seats are very well preserved and not particularly dry or wrinkled having mellowed very nicely. Wood is remarkably good as well. Road wear and light oxidation underneath, but just as sound as the rest of the car. Engine was rebuilt in 2008. There’s no reason not to just keep this car as is if you’re into preservation. – This is a quality Ponton sedan that has lived a good life. It will occupy a place of honor at any German or M-B gathering and is at this price an economical entry into the M-B community.

RICK6931_023_Mazda_1989_767B_Group C_767003_900.jpgLot # 23 1989 Mazda 767B GTP; S/N 767003; Orange, Green/Red cloth; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,400,000; Competition restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,590,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,750,000 – RHD. 4-rotor Wankel, 630hp, 5-speed, complement of spares including the original 1989 Le Mans bodywork. – Two-time Le Mans entrant, 3rd in class in 1989, class winner in 1990 also class winner at Fuji in 1990. Restored in 2015, ran the Goodwood Festival in 2016. Very good cosmetics and better than that under the skin. Appears to be track ready. – Bid to $1,650,000 on the block and closed later at this all-in price, an historic GTP category endurance racer with an exhaust note that will awaken the dead. Capable of running with Porsches, but not costing as much, this is a reliable value.
Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6511_25_Aston Martin_1989_V8 Vantage Volante_Convertible_SCFCV81V2KTL15795_.jpgLot # 25 1989 Aston Martin Vantage Volante Convertible; S/N SCFCV81V2KTL15795; Cannock Black/White leather piped in Black; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000 – 5340/403hp, automatic, Weber-Marelli injection, flared fenders, air dam, sill cladding, deck lid spoiler, white leather boot cover, power top, power windows, air conditioning, dash clock, wood trim. – First owned by golfer Greg Norman. Final year for this model. Showing 7,919 claimed original miles. A few tiny scratches in the front bumper. Excellent original paint. Interior looks just about new. A gorgeous example, even by the usually high standards of these cars. – The boot, it must be assumed, is large enough for a bag of golf clubs. The Greg Normal history is less important than the low miles and exquisite original condition which the Gooding Amelia bidders recognized with this result. Golf is to some extent a game of expectations and Greg Norman arriving at the Doral-Ryder in 1990 would in this Aston would have put his competition on notice, especially if he was wearing his signature leather Crocodile Dundee hat. A flamboyant car for a flamboyant driver at a [moderately] flamboyant price.

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Lot # 28 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight Coupe; S/N WBSBF9326SEH07534; White, M graphics/Black cloth; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $132,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $145,750 – 3152/240hp, 5-speed, M wheels, P Zero tires, air dam, rear wing, tinted glass, power windows, carbon fiber interior trim. – Three owners from new. One of 126 of these Lightweights built (with about 60 for the U.S. market) with aluminum doors, no sound deadening and stiffer springs. Other than a handful of light scratches on the nose and one on the rear wing, this one looks nearly new and has probably never done the track duty it was designed for. A beautiful example. – The E36 is probably the most unloved generation of the M3, but with E30 prices having already gone crazy, the E36 is the next best thing. The Lightweight model is a totally different animal. With so few examples built, it was an instant collectible for the BMW faithful and this result, while big, was not all that surprising.

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Lot # 32 1957 Dual-Ghia Hemi Convertible; S/N DG128; Engine # D5007715; Blue/Tan leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000 – 315/230hp D500 Red Ram Hemi, automatic, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, tan leather boot cover, Town & Country radio, power windows, power steering, power brakes. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Looks fresh and needs nothing. Owned by Dr. Paul Sable in the 80’s and as those who know Paul understand it kindled a long term fascination and study of the Dual Motors cars. Later owned by Chuck Swimmer and John O’Quinn. – Sold at Bonhams Quail Lodge in 2007 for $199,500 and as good now as it was then. Collectors’ desire for Dual-Ghias is nothing if not erratic, with prices all over the place. Given its history this might be the definitive Dual-Ghia and that’s nothing to minimize when considering its modest price.

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Lot # 33 1997 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZVS398063; Guards Red/Black cloth; Estimate $750,000 – $950,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $520,000 – Gold center modular BBS wheels, Pirelli tires, riveted flares, wings, roll cage, fire system, Momo suede-wrapped steering wheel, service records, race logs, correspondence, air jack wand, parts and owner’s manuals. – One of 45 built. Two owners. Showing 13,121 claimed original kilometers. Original engine. Tracked in Porsche Club and National Auto Sport Association events with the original doors, hood and wing removed to preserve the factory finish, now reinstalled. Bumpers and fenders repainted to remove track graphics. Track ready, but doesn’t look like it’s ever even been outside. Like new. – The final expression of naturally aspirated air-cooled Porsche performance with 3,746cc and 349hp. Impressively maintained, documented and preserved although it is difficult to see how it should be worth more than the reported high price here given its track event history.

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Lot # 34 1934 Packard Eight 1101 Convertible Sedan; S/N 72329; Engine # 375707; Beige, Black fenders, Orange hood/Brown leather; Beige top; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000 – Wire wheels, hub caps, wide whitewalls, dual sidemount spares with mirrors, cormorant radiator mascot, Trippe Speed Lights, dual chrome horns, suicide rear doors, luggage trunk, robe rail, dash clock. – Paint cracking under the windshield. Some discoloration to the top. Paint chip on the right rear door and another on the right rear fender. Cracks on the right side of the tail. Very clean underneath. Interior is still excellent. A CCCA show car dating back to the 1970s, then restored again in the early 2000s. A former top notch concours car and a gorgeous thing. Its show days are behind it and its colors date its restoration, but its condition is still exceptional and it wouldn’t take much to bring his car back up to snuff. – Titled by the engine number. 1934 is Packard collectors’ magic year where everything classic Packard, engine, chassis and coachwork, came together to make the most satisfying driving ownership experience. The colors of this car are flamboyant for the Thirties (a target for tomatoes from the unemployment lines?) but don’t diminish its appeal in the present context and it brought a decidedly modest price for the quality of its coachwork, drivetrain and restoration.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6497_35_Ferrari_1969_365 GTC_Coupe_12325__900_900.jpgLot # 35 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 12325; Engine # 12325; Blue/Black leather; Estimate $725,000 – $825,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000 – Centerlock wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Ansa exhaust, triple Webers, woodrim steering wheel, Voxson radio, power windows. – Two tiny, shallow dents on the nose. Good older paint. Very good chrome. Masking errors around the window frame. Very good original interior with barely any wear. Tidy lightly used engine bay. Original with light road wear underneath. A maintained but unremarkable example in attractive driver condition. – Sold by Bonhams at Gstaad in 2001 for $86,606 in sound but aged condition. It has been improved since, but still isn’t anything to write home about. The reported high bid here should have been more than enough for a new owner to take it home; the seller is unlikely to find a better opportunity to take off the reserve and see if it’ll inspire a bidding contest, an opportunity lost.

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Lot # 36 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe; S/N 119200650; Engine # 6298491; White/Cork leatherette; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $89,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $97,900 – 1991/130hp, 5-speed, Bosch fuel injection, silver Fuchs wheels, Michelin MXV tires, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, VDO dash clock, factory air conditioning, roll bar. – 2010 restoration. Represented as a concours winner. Rear window frame is pretty scratched up. The wheels look unrestored. Otherwise it looks fresh and gorgeous. Not a show winner, at least not anymore, but needs nothing and looks like lots of fun. – Sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2011 for $104,500 and by them here in 2014 for $137,500. Both of those were stupendous results at the time, even considering the desirable factory options. This result is more appropriate but still strong money today for a 911E, which sat between the 911T and 911S in the Porsche hierarchy.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6491_40_Ferrari_1978_308 GTB_Coupe_F106AB26637__900_900.jpgLot # 40 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N F106AB26637; Dino Blue Metallic/Tan leather with Black inserts; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500 – Bridgestone Potenza tires, Cromodora wheels, dry sump, Webers, Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning. – Originally sold in Switzerland, then imported to the U.S. from the Netherlands in 2015. Belt service done this year. Cosmetic restoration in 2009 in original colors. Showing 87,725 km. Wheel caps are a little dull but otherwise the car is gorgeous inside and out. – This result, while low in relation to some recent 308 GTB transactions, is in line with the current values of these cars, a sound value for both the seller (who waited a little too long to offer it for sale) and the buyer (who bought advantageously.)

RICK6921_042_Porsche_1998_911 GT1_Strassenversion_WP0ZZZ99ZWS396005_900.jpgLot # 42 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZWS396005; Estimate $6,500,000 – $8,500,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,665,000 – 3,164cc 544hp twin turbocharged Porsche 961 six in a mid-engined, wind tunnel tested package. Owner’s manual and all the stuff including the OEM parts kit and Show and Display documentation. – Original and showing (exactly) 8,000 miles with no tangible evidence of use. One of only twenty Strassenversions believed to have been built as the street versions of Porsche’s 1996 and 1998 Le Mans winning race cars, an awesome performance. – Offered by RM five years ago in 2012 with a reported high bid of $1,175,000. Highly touted and sold well under the reported estimate range but still an awesome price for a rare supercar, four or five times the value of a 959, but there are only twenty of these.

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Lot # 46 1955 Pegaso Z102 Coupe, Body by Saoutchik; S/N 1021500146; Engine # 1020170146; Red/Red, Black leather; Estimate $600,000 – $800,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $500,000 – 2,814cc/170hp 4-cam V8, 5-speed, chrome centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop tires, quadruple Webers, 5-speed transaxle, pushbutton radio, woodrim steering wheel. – Restored by Harrah’s collection in the 60’s, re-restored by Blackhawk in 2008, shown at Pebble Beach in 2009. Displayed in the group of Pegasos at the Amelia concours last year. One of seven of this model with Saoutchik coachwork. Very good older paint and brightwork. Very tidy and restored underneath. Mostly excellent interior with some very lightly worn original switchgear and gauges. A funky but cool and highly advanced car. This is a very good if not quite perfect example. – Wilfredo Ricart’s Pegaso left little untouched in design with a 4-carb V-8, 5-speed gearbox, torsion bar suspension independent at the front and deDion at the rear. Saoutchik’s coachwork suited the Z102’s idiosyncratic course with sculpted wheel wells, a sleek greenhouse, minimally adorned grille and shrouded head and tail lights. ‘Conventional’ didn’t apply and they are today singular expressions of individuality. This ex-Harrah’s and Blackhawk Pegaso leaves no stones unturned in its presentation or history and nothing about it contradicts the seller’s determination to keep it for visual and driving enjoyment at the reported high bid.

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Lot # 50 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupe; S/N WP0CA29805L001234; Seal Grey/Black leather; Estimate $875,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $750,000 – Yellow calipers, wood shift knob, power windows, air conditioning. – 900 miles and like new, just like all of them. – A black, 3,600-mile Carrera GT sold for $770,000 over at RM. The owner of this car felt it deserved more than that, but he’s unlikely to find any more than the reported high bid if other recent Carrera GT sales are any indication. There is no shortage of delivery miles Carrera GTs these days and this one should have moved on at this bid. There must be, somewhere in the world, a Carrera GT with 50K miles [80,000 km], a car that someone had driven and enjoyed for its 605hp naturally aspirated V12 and race-designed suspension. How much less could such a specimen bring? Would anyone who loves cars trade 136 miles from San Luis Obispo to Monterey on California 1 driving a Carrera GT for delivery mileage? If they would, they don’t understand.

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Lot # 52 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N DB4287L; Engine # 370293; Snow Shadow Grey/Burgundy leather; Estimate $575,000 – $675,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $505,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $555,500 – Painted centerlock wire wheels, Michelin tires, woodrim steering wheel, Smiths dash clock, Blaupunkt AM/FM stereo. – Matching numbers LHD car. Displayed at NY Auto Show. Engine rebuilt to 4.2 specs. Chassis and body restoration plus the engine rebuild done in the early 2000s. Brightwork, interior and glass were done in 2009. Small chip at the front edge of the hood and a paint blister on the left edge of the hood. Otherwise very good paint and chrome. Restored but light road wear underneath. Driver’s door doesn’t quite fit flush with the body. Very good, very lightly worn interior. A high quality restoration of a car in a desirable configuration, just lightly used. – Sold at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2012 for $450,000, then at the same venue a year later for $445,500. Four years later it’s somewhat better, but still not a fully restored car and modestly more pricey.

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Lot # 53 1970 Ferrari 365 GT Coupe 2+2, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 13047; Engine # 13047; Oro Nasrullah/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X tires, Ansa exhaust, triple Webers, woodrim steering wheel, power windows, pushbutton radio, dual mirrors, Borletti air conditioning, books, warranty card and tool roll. – Classiche certified. Massini documented. Matching numbers. Originally a U.S. car, then exported to Germany and had instruments converted to km. Cosmetically restored in the 2000s. Unrestored but maintained and detailed engine bay. Very well kept paint with a handful of chips on the nose. Black vents have a few bits of paint coming off. Wheels are original and look it, with forgivable age. Even panel gaps. Older replacement upholstery is still very good. Very good chrome. A sound, attractive Queen Mother in an unusual but fitting color. Ferrari Red Book Certified. – A Queen Mother is Superamerica looks for less than 250 GTE money in a front-engined 320hp V-12 Enzo-era Ferrari. That is definitely not a bad thing and this is definitely not a bad Queen Mother. The buyer got a quality car for a reasonable price.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6525_54_Ferrari_2007_599 GTB Fiorano_Coupe_ZFFC50A770152365__900_900.jpgLot # 54 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFFC60A770152365; Rosso Rubino/Tan leather piped in Brown; Estimate $700,000 – $800,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $610,000 – Silver one-piece alloy wheels, PZero tires, cross-drilled carbon ceramic brakes, 6-speed manual, power Daytona seats, SF shields, navigation, carbon fiber interior trim. – One of 20 built for the US market with a manual, loaded with expensive options for a $311,161 sticker price. Two owners 350 miles, regularly serviced and showroom fresh. – Open gate 6-speed Ferraris aren’t a dying breed, they’re dead, and already the late model manuals are super collectible although it’s doubtful they’re more collectible than the reported high bid here.

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Lot # 59 1947 Cisitalia 202 Sport Cabriolet, Body by Vignale; S/N 054SC; Engine # 75; Maroon/Brown leather; White top; Estimate $525,000 – $625,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $550,000 – RHD. 1,089cc/63hp, dual single throat Weber carburetors, 4-speed, silver painted Borrani wire wheels, Cinturato tires, tan cloth boot cover, banjo spoke steering wheel. – One of 202 built. Restoration finished last year in the original colors. Class wins at Greenwich and Lime Rock Concours. Very good paint. Spotless underneath. Light wrinkling to the seats. Aged original steering wheel. A high quality, cared for fresh restoration to high standards now showing a little age and use. – It seems almost a shame to sell this meticulously researched and restored Cisitalia after only a few shows, but it also looks like the seller got to enjoy it on the road. The new owner got an exceptional vehicle with many miles and show fields in its future, paying a full but reasonable price for it.

RICK6937_060_Ferrari_1988_328 GTB_Coupe_ZFFXA19A8J0075593_900.jpgLot # 60 1988 Ferrari 328 GTB Coupe; S/N ZFFXA19A8J0075593; Rosso Corsa/Cream leather; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000 – Air conditioning, Alpine cassette stereo, Goodyear rubber, books and tools. – 12,385 miles, original and in nearly showroom condition with only a little driver’s seat wear. Twice judged Platinum by FCA judges, clean CarFax – Ferrari 328s are coming off a recent spate of popularity and some frothy prices with this result being representative of the new normal even for an original, low miles, well documented example but raising the prospect that there might be more downside. This price was within a rounding error of the price brought by a Testarossa with even fewer miles here later today.

RICK6918_061_Jaguar_1957_XKSS_Roadster_XKSS716_900.jpgLot # 61 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster; S/N XKSS716/XKD575; Dark BRGreen/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $16,000,000 – $18,000,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $11,900,000 – RHD. Dunlop centerlock alloy wheels, chrome shielded side exhaust, luggage rack, bonnet straps, woodrim steering wheel. – Restored like new in the deepest shade of BRGreen, almost black. Raced successfully when new by the first owner, Stanley C. McRobert, in Canada and later by Ray Carter. Winner of the CRDA 500 at Harewood Acres. Later converted to D-type configuration by John Pearson in the U.K., retaining the original XKSS components which were later employed in a restoration by Gary Pearson (John’s son.) Cataloged with engine E2080-9, the original engine, but as announced on site the block had been replaced years ago with a 3.8 for better performance. In a hasty compromise the consignor arranged with Jaguar for a new correct 3.4 liter block factory stamped with the original engine number to be supplied with the car at no additional cost. – Offered by RM at Monterey in 1998 and bid to $875,000 but unsold. The cataloging error here was fatal to the result; bidders expecting a pure, if converted and re-converted, XKSS can’t be expected to adjust on site to the revelation of an engine change, nor to be satisfied with the promise of a new 3.4 liter block re-stamped with the original block number. The reserve must have been adjusted consistent with the facts making the cataloged estimate irrelevant and judging from Charlie Ross’s efforts on the block to extract a final increment from the reported high bid it must have been extremely close to the reported final bid. It is hard to see why the consignor and the auction company couldn’t find common ground and shift this lot, which now has been seriously compromised.

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Lot # 63 2003 BMW Z8 Alpina Roadster; S/N WBAEJ13473AH62392; Black/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – 4837cc/375hp, automatic, Alpina wheels, Pilot Sport tires, BMW cell phone, hardtop. – One of 555 built. 3,200 miles. Like new. – The Alpina version of the Z8 actually had less horsepower (but more torque), an automatic transmission, and different rubber to make it more of a cruiser than a sports car, which isn’t what you’d expect from an Alpina. It had an MSRP of about $140,000, but for the last couple of years dealers have been pricing these cars at well over 300 grand. This car met low estimate and it seems like a pretty straightforward transaction.

RICK6935_065_Ferrari_1968_206 GT Dino_Coupe_00152_900.jpgLot # 65 1968 Ferrari 206 GT Dino Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 00152; Engine # 4342; Rosso Dino/Black vinyl; Estimate $750,000 – $900,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $640,000 – Woodrim steering wheel, Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Becker Mexico cassette stereo. – Second owner was Eric Clapton, with supporting contemporary documentation, who got GBP650 for it (before commission) after accident damage. Restored like new with excellent paint in the original color, chrome, interior and a fresh, crisp engine compartment. The underbody is like new. Ferrari Classiche certified. – This is a beautifully, accurately restored Dino 206 GT and it has an intriguing history. The reported high bid for it here is modest and the seller not unreasonably declined to accept it.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6542_70_Fiat_1958_1200 TV Transformabile_Convertible_103G115002414_.jpgLot # 70 1958 Fiat 1200TV Spider; S/N 103G115002414; White/Green leather piped in White; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000 – 1,221cc/60hp, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, dual mirrors, driving lights, single Weber, green cloth boot cover, wood rim steering wheel, aftermarket radio. – 2013 restoration. Shown at a few concours events. Excellent paint. Very good chrome. Doors don’t fit flush. Left taillight gasket has a split in it. Excellent fresh interior. Not a Pebble Beach car, but done to high standards appropriate for what this car is. – Cute wins again, with a superior price for a pretty modest automobile. It is the restoration that brought the money, but even the quality of the restoration isn’t up to the price it brought.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6474_71_Ferrari_1973_Dino 246 GTS_Targa_05846__900_900.jpgLot # 71 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 05846; Nocciola/Beige leather, Black bars; Estimate $300,000 – $375,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000 – Chairs and flares, Campagnolo wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Becker Grand Prix radio, Borletti air conditioning, headlight covers, power windows, tools, books, top cover, keys. – Very good chrome, original interior and clearcoat repaint in the original color. Underbody painted over old undercoat. Strange grounded antenna base on the engine cover possibly for an old-style car phone. Odometer shows 23,008 miles which are probably accurate from new. – Impressively maintained and highly original with one owner from 1974 to 2015, the condition, history and originality make this price a good value.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6503_72_Ferrari_1987_Testarossa_Coupe_ZFFSG17A8H0070383__900_900.jpgLot # 72 1987 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFSG17A8H0070383; Black/Beige leather; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $129,250 – Centerlock alloy wheels, books, tools, wheel wrench. – Lightly stretched driver’s seat cushion, otherwise excellent, original, 8,975 miles and like new with a belt service about a year ago. – This Testarossa is all original, beautifully maintained and menacingly attractive in Nero. That it also has 1/3 fewer miles, 50% more horsepower and cost only $8,000 more than the 328 GTB sold a dozen lots earlier in this sale doesn’t make it a bargain at this price, only a relative bargain.

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Lot # 74 1954 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 60568; Engine # 33108; Red/Black; Black top; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,000 – 1,488cc/55hp, bent windshield, hub caps, Dunlop tires, black cloth boot cover, woodrim steering wheel, bench seat. – Represented as matching numbers, documented by the Porsche Kardex. Restored PCA concours car. Excellent paint and brightwork. Even gaps. Very good, very lightly worn interior. A beautiful car done to appropriately very high standards. – This is not an unreasonable or meager offer for this early Porsche Cab but represents an honest difference of opinion between the owner, who has owned it since 1984, 33 years, and clearly holds it in high regard, and the bidders.

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Lot # 77 1962 Porsche Carrera 2 GS Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 120995; Engine # 97062; Smyrna Green/Green; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $350,000 – Dunlop tires, Marchal driving lights, electric sunroof, woodrim steering wheel, VDO dash clock, Carrera 2 exhaust and fuel tank – Replacement engine of the correct plain bearing type built by Bill Doyle. Restored in 2001. Group of light scratches by the right headlight. Cracking rubber gaskets. Group of cracks on the left front fender. Otherwise very good high quality paint. Very good interior. A mostly very good high quality and correct restoration, but showing a little age and use. – Sold by Gooding & Company at Scottsdale in 2010 for $203,500, which was a good price at the time, especially considering the generous equipment. It would not have been expensive at the pre-sale low estimate even with the sixteen year old restoration.

Gooding&CompanyAmeliaIsland2017_IMG6470_78_Porsche_1988_959 Komfort_Coupe_WP0ZZZ95ZJS900248_.jpgLot # 78 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ95ZJS900248; Black/Black leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $800,000 – Adjustable suspension, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Stage II power kit. No flaws or visible wear. Looks like a new car. Reportedly one of three finished in black. Also reportedly had a minor fender bender and sports a replacement front bumper. Just rolled into five figures on the odometer which shows 10,114 claimed original km. – Sold at RM Monaco last year for $1,011,943. With less than 350 examples built and since they’re a coveted piece for Porsche collections, 959s don’t often come up for sale although there has been a spate of this this year, this being the fifth since Scottsdale. That this car didn’t get more attention when it crossed the block is pretty surprising, and holding out for more is entirely justified, especially considering the market appropriate auction result last year. Maybe there is such a thing as market saturation.

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Lot # 79 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, Body by Park Ward; S/N 5AS69; Engine # PV34A; Mason’s Black/Black leather in front, Beige in back; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800 – Wheel covers, Michelin tires, dual wing mirrors, Lucas driving lights, suicide rear doors, wood dash and window trim, power division window, jump seats, drinks bar, air conditioning. – Custom built for the High Commissioner for Nigeria in London. Air conditioning added in the 1980s. A handful of chips and scratches on this enormous body, but the original paint is mostly quite good. Brightwork is quite dull, however, particularly around the door handles. Body sides are a little wavy. Newer wood and rear upholstery is very good. Front upholstery and gauges are original but sound. Tidy underneath. A great way to stand out anywhere you go, even at an RROC event. – One of 516 Phantom Vs built and as imposing and luxurious today as it was fifty-seven years ago when it was new. It’s a great way to keep up appearances, especially at this moderate price.

RICK6925_080_Alfa Romeo_2009_8C_Spider_ZARJA28199004980_900.jpgLot # 80 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider; S/N ZARJA28199004980; Ruby Red/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $355,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $390,500 – Carbon fiber windshield frame, stereo, sequential gearbox, soft luggage bag, tools, battery maintainer, owner’s manual, original window sticker, navigation. – 950 miles, two owners, like new and impeccable. The wheel wells of this 8C Spider are carpeted, or perhaps flocked with some soft and fuzzy material. What’s next? – Just 20% more than the Alfa 8C Competition coupe sold earlier today, with half the miles and a top that goes down. That sounds like an appropriate premium and a sound value.

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Lot # 81 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Coupe; S/N SCFAB22341K301069; Works Racing Green/Green, Cognac leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300 – Red calipers, Brembo cross-drilled rotors, Tremec 6-speed, dash clock, wood interior trim, power windows, air conditioning, ordered with bespoke features including rear seat delete, Rolls-Royce rocker switches, exposed fuel filler, different stereo, special tail lights and a rear spoiler. – One owner from new, 64,000 miles. Lots of unfortunate chips on the nose as well as several small scratches on the hood and mirrors, but the finish itself is hard not to love. Interior looks nearly new. A used Aston with impossible to ignore paint flaws, but it does have the rare manual and special-order features that really set it apart. – DB7s are still something of a bargain right now, having depreciated like so many expensive cars do without starting to increase in value as collector cars yet. A standard car cost well into six-figures when new, so this $36,300 sale in a room full of millionaires for a car with numerous bespoke features further shows that these cars have not yet had their day. Someone took home a prize which, if it is used gingerly and kept up, will be a rewarding experience.

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Lot # 82 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZNS491254; Guards Red, Black Carrera graphics/Black, Gray leather; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $203,500 – Michelin Pilot Sport tires, cross-drilled rotors, radio delete, rear seat delete, roll up windows, magnesium wheels. – One of 2,282 Carrera RSs built for the European market that weighed 345 pounds less than the standard car. This one is represented as a suspension test car used by Bilstein and piloted by Walter Rohrl. Showing 57,430 believable km. Engine rebuilt in 2013 and repainted at the same time. Lightly wrinkled seats are the only real sign of age. – A rare high performance lightweight Porsche with an intriguing history and its condition is impeccable. The buyer got a good value.

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Lot # 83 1957 Toyota FJ25 Land Cruiser Soft Top 4×4; S/N 7FJ254165L; Engine # F74334; Carnival Red/Parchment vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000 – 3878cc/120hp six. hub caps, locking front hubs, single spare mounted on the passenger’s side. – Matching numbers. Body-off restored. Originally used on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica. Represented as the third-oldest Land Cruiser known to exist. Headlight bezels are scratched up. Very good paint. Spotless and fresh underneath. Clean top. Clean new interior. A very early FJ that will stand out among the tons of FJ40s out there. Not overdone, just to like new, which is exactly right for a truck like this. – A lot of the Land Cruisers turning up at auction recently come out of the jungles of Central America, an apparently limitless source of them and a strong endorsement of the staying power of Land Cruisers. This early one is particularly intriguing and it is surprising that it didn’t bring more based on the quality of its restoration and rarity. The new can be proud of the Land Cruiser and of the moderate price paid for it.

RICK6933_085_Ferrari_1997_F355_Spider_ZFFXR48A8V0107198_900.jpgLot # 85 1997 Ferrari F355 Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFXR48A8V0107198; Black/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000 – 6-speed, air conditioning, CD stereo, carbon fiber interior trim. – Very good original paint and interior with the driver’s seat worn appropriate to the 21,645 miles on the odometer. Paint is flawless except for one small, touched up chip by the nose badge. No recorded service since 2008 and 15,000 miles, however, which means a trip to the dealer is necessary and won’t be cheap. – Sold by Auctions America at Auburn Fall in 2015 for $53,900 (where it was described as ‘all services are said to be up to date’ and 21,609 miles), this result is a handsome return for a year and a half of benign neglect.

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Lot # 87 1991 BMW M3 Convertible; S/N WBSBB05090EB86423; Diamond Black Metallic/Gray leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000 – 2,302cc/215hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, air dam, power windows, air conditioning, factory radio. – Final year E30 M3. One of 476 convertibles built with the 215-hp engine. Showing 80,059 km. Recently serviced by BMW Classic. Light scratch on the left rocker and repainted hood, otherwise excellent original paint. Interior wear corresponds with the mileage and is noticeable but not bad and limited to e seats and steering wheel. New top and tires. Very clean example. Not quite cherry, but ideal for someone who wants one of these to drive and enjoy but also wants one that looks great and is all sorted. – This seems like a lot of money for a 26-year-old BMW, but considering that this convertible went for roughly what much more common coupe models have brought at auction recently, it seems like a good value.

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