Mecum Auctions, Dallas, Texas, September 6-9, 2017

Three weeks after Monterey Mecum Auctions set up in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas with an 846 vehicle auction.

Dave Newhardt shoots cars for Mecum, and he spends his entire life on the road, a situation which this schedule puts in focus, not to mention the bazillion vehicles that cross Mecum Auctions’ block each year. I don’t know how the staff does it.

Notable here, though, is the high repeat rate: 311 of the 846 lots had prior auction appearances. It speaks to the finite nature of the collector car universe. They aren’t making any more ’57 T-birds and each year a few of the surviving examples fall off the edge of the world in fires, under collapsing roofs, in collisions with airbag-equipped modern cars or through sad neglect. Collectors are, within limits, fated to recycle cars. It is a fact of life.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2017 602/846 71.2% $36,670 25,300

[69%]

$22,075,326
2016 759/1,039 73.1% $32,845 $24,200

[73.7%]

$24,929,333
2015 691/1,180 58.6% $36,115 $27,500

[76.1%]

$24,955,700
2014 767/1,196 64.1% $41,438 $27,000

[65.2%]

$31,782,778

Andrew Newton attended and provided the on-site observations but as always the final content (good, bad, indifferent, incorrect or offensive) is my responsibility.

This is a make-good report, overlooked in the mad post-Monterey crush and completed now to flesh out the 2017 collector car auction record.

The cars are sorted by marque, model, body style and year for easier searching.

Lot # F109 1993 Acura NSX Coupe; S/N JH4NA1157PT000586; Black/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. With Reserve. – HRE wheels, aftermarket stereo with stock appearance, power windows, air conditioning. – Sound, lightly aged original paint. Very good interior with negligible wear to the seats. High mileage for an exotic car, but these things will run forever. Showing 52,950 miles, but looks like a car with far fewer and compared to other mid-engine exotics, these VTEC engines can last forever and this one was serviced in June with a timing belt and clutch. Bought new by Wesley Snipes with some of the money he probably should have been paying his taxes with, and well-kept since. – The NSX never really got cheap on the used market, so most of the ones out there (even ones with lots of miles) have been adult-owned and well maintained. Prices have been on the rise along with general interest in ’90s Japanese performance cars, and this was a straightforward and appropriate result with no premium paid for celebrity ownership.

Lot # F214 1968 American Motors AMX Fastback; S/N A8M397X251612; Green, White stripes/Beige vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. No Reserve. – 390/315hp Go Package, 4-speed, 3.15 Twin-Grip differential, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, factory radio. – From the Kingston collection. Good older paint, although some clear coat has come off at the back of the front fender and there is a crack above the windshield. Lightly scratched windshield frame. A few scratches and blisters on the trunk lid. The rocker trim is scratched and doesn’t fit flush with the body. Good, lightly worn older interior. Restored, but more of a driver than the other AMX out of this collection. – There were four AMXs on offer in Dallas this year, and this was the most expensive of them even if it didn’t bring big money.

Lot # F215 1969 American Motors AMX Fastback; S/N A9M397X250126; Pompeii Yellow, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050. No Reserve. – 390/315hp, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Firestone red line tires, Go Pack, 3.91 Twin-Grip differential, power steering, power brakes, Hurst shifter, factory pushbutton radio. – From the Kingston collection. Correct but non-matching engine. Very clean restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome other than a crack at the top of the windshield frame. Small ding in the right drip rail and light scratches on the windshield frame. Uneven gaps. Very good fully restored interior. Certainly not perfect, but fully restored and still presents very well in these unusual but attractive colors. – Appropriately discounted for the replacement engine, but still a fair price considering the desirable equipment and attractive presentation.

Lot # F52 1974 American Motors Javelin Go Package Fastback; S/N A4C797H135618; Red, Black stripe/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100. With Reserve. – 401/235hp, automatic, store brand white letter tires, Go Package, Edelbrock valve covers, Rally Pac, Twin-Grip differential, power brakes, hotter cam and headers, Grant GT steering wheel. – Dull, scratched bumpers. Maintained but unrestored and old-looking engine bay. Good older paint. Lightly scratched window frames. Sound interior with newer seats and carpets, but the rest of the interior is a bit tired. A superficial cosmetic redo on a car that’s never been worth enough to fully restore. A good driver. – These old Javelins are one of the more affordable ways to get into classic muscle car ownership, as this result for a flawed but usable example shows. The automatic doesn’t commend it to serious collectors but it’s a positive attribute for young collectors who don’t know what to do with three pedals.

Lot # T215 1952 Austin A40 Sports Convertible; S/N GD3653717; Red/Light Brown vinyl; Beige cloth top; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $4,000 plus commission of 12.50%; Final Price $4,500. No Reserve. – 1197/51hp, 4-speed, hub caps, Excelsior tires, hood ornament, banjo steering wheel, column shift, salvage title. – One of only about 4,000 built. Tired old paint with lots of chips and scratches. Dirty but complete engine bay with what looks like a later A-Series engine. The rear third of the car has a coat of black primer. Minor corrosion underneath but nothing too bad. Solid interior. The windows are a bit shaky and loose. In rough shape and there are hard to find trim pieces that are missing, but it’s certainly worth saving. These are rare aluminum-bodied cars built by Jensen, but they have mostly obtainable Austin parts, so it would be a rewarding project. Rebuilt/salvage title. – One of the cheapest cars of the auction could also be the rarest and was certainly one of the cutest. It needs significant but straightforward restoration work that will almost certainly exceed the value of the car, but the end result will be an irresistibly charming and fun little convertible. No harm, no foul.

Lot # F57 1988 BMW M6 Coupe; S/N WBAEE1412J2561075; Black/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100. With Reserve. – 3453/256hp, 5-speed, 17-inch Alpina alloy wheels and steering wheel, Michelin tires, sunroof, power windows, power seats, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo, original tool kit. – Showing 54,669 miles. Very tidy original engine bay. The paint isn’t shiny and fresh, plus it has some light swirling, but it’s fantastic for the age and mileage. Very light wrinkling to the front seats are the only signs of age to the interior. A babied early M car. The mileage shouldn’t discourage any buyers because it has clearly been very well kept. – It’s worth noting that when new, the M6 was considerably more expensive than the M3, but in today’s market things have reversed as BMW fans have clamored first and foremost for the first generation E30 M3. The M6 has started to gain traction, though, with prices creeping up and seemingly still on the rise. This was a fair number for a well-kept car with some miles on it.

 

Lot # F90 1970 Buick GSX 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 446370H277685; Apollo White, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. With Reserve. – 455/350hp, automatic, Polyglas GT tires, hood tach, spoilers, F41 suspension, power steering, power brakes, bucket seats, console, factory air conditioning, horseshoe shifter, Soft Ray tinted glass, 8-track stereo, tissue dispenser, Protect-O-Plate, window sticker, GS Historical Society paperwork. – One of 187 in this color. Winner at Buick Nationals. Sold new in CA. Restored by Dave Kleiner. The black stripes aren’t great, but the rest of the paint and chrome is very good other than a crack at the top of the right A-pillar. Tidy underneath. Very good interior. A straightforward older restoration of an attractive and very well equipped car. – Hammered not sold at a reported $70,000 high bid at Mecum Indy earlier this year, which was a fair offer and a serious missed opportunity looking at this transaction for reference. The new owner got a seriously good and rare high performance Buick for a moderate price.

Lot # T172.1 1951 Buick Super Estate Wagon; S/N 16142201; Blue, Wood/Blue, White vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. With Reserve. – Automatic, wire wheels, whitewalls, hood ornament, dash clock, roof rack, dual mirrors, heat and defrost, dash clock, factory radio. – Long scratch on the left front bumper and chips all around the edges of the hood. Large chip and a few deep scratches on the right front fender as well. Lots of paint is chipping off on the driver’s door where the paint meets the wood. The wood itself is mostly quite good, but there is a long crack to the left of the tailgate. Good chrome. Tidy restored engine bay and underbody. Light pitting on the steering wheel, but otherwise very good restored interior. An older body-on restoration of a car that inherently has a lot of eyeball, especially in these colors, but it is in driver condition. – Sold for $33,000 at Mecum Monterey only last month and successfully flipped for more here, although it still would have been a fair price with another handful of bids added on top. At the surf beach the surfer who has a Buick woodie has stature.

Lot # S125.1 1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 807517; Green, Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. No Reserve. – Wire wheels with hub caps, wide whitewalls, dual sidemount spares with mirrors, Pilot Ray lights, wind wings, luggage rack. – The green part of the body is dull and has crazing on the hood. The black part is also older but has held up better. Dull chrome and brightwork. Uneven gaps. Rusty exhaust tips. Older discolored tires. Two cracks in the left running board. The frame almost looks unrestored but it probably was several decades ago. With a car like this in this condition, you’d probably feel a little self-conscious going out in it. Objectively, it’s not that bad or worn, but it should get another round of restoration work. – Mecum confused the VINs on their two classic Cadillacs; I think I got it straightened out. This is serious Classic even if the condition leaves a lot (a real lot) to be desired. It should be a straightforward project to recommission but restoration will be expensive. It sold for $90,100 here five years ago, has had nothing done to it since then and deserves the price it brought but has great potential.

Lot # S116.1 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Roadster, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 1002070; Dark Blue, Silver/Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $129,250. No Reserve. – Wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemount spares with mirrors, Trippe Safety Lights, golf bag door, wind wings, luggage trunk, dash clock. – The chrome and brightwork is all a bit dull. There are a few stains on the top as well as lots of cat hair on it. The paint is older but sound, as are the engine bay and underbody. The taillight gasket is starting to crack. Some light wear to the seats and the door panels are old-looking. The whitewalls are old and discolored. Restored at one point and not necessarily a rough example, but done many years ago and enjoyed regularly since. Another round of straightforward restoration work could turn it into a show car, or it could make a sound event car as it sits. – Sold for $93,500 at the Hershey auction in 2001 for $93,500, at RM Arizona in 2002 for $90,000 and passed at Worldwide Auburn in 2009 on a $130,000 bid. It’s been sold twice since then, at Mecum Houston in 2012 for $174,900 and at the same venue a year later for $196,100. It needs a good home and maybe it’s found it at this modest price. It is a quality automobile and it deserves to find an owner who will appreciate its design and performance.

Lot # S143.1 1934 Cadillac 370-D V-12 All Weather Phaeton, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 4100303; Engine # 410303; Gray, Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. With Reserve. – Hub caps, whitewalls, goddess mascot, dual enclosed sidemount spares, suicide front doors, division window, robe rail, wood window trim, luggage trunk. – Built in Canada. Represented as one of three built. 1994 restoration. Former AACA winner. Sound and blemish-free older paint and chrome, but it’s easy to see that it is older. Scuffs on the whitewalls. Very lightly wrinkled front seats but mostly fantastic interior. A high quality older restoration on an attractive body style that has aged very well. It’s no longer showable, but at the same time there’s nothing wrong with it, so a few years of vintage tours would probably be the best use of it. – Offered at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale in 2013 with a reported high bid of $190,000, then at Leake Tulsa five months later where it was bid to $150,000. It’s changed little since then, just getting older while adding 34 miles to the odometer reading. It is unfortunate to see a quality tour car like this sit without being used. It will cruise with modern traffic and initiate thumbs-ups from old and young onlookers. This price is realistic, but it is far more car than the money it brought.

Lot # T81 1953 Chevrolet 210 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N B53T098122; Woodland Green, Surf Green roof/Dark Green, Light Green cloth; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $16,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,150. With Reserve. – 235/115hp six, 3-speed, dual carbs on a Fenton intake, split Williams exhaust, hub caps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, bench seat, factory radio. – Lowered two inches, lightly modified engine. Very good older paint and chrome. The headlight bezels are lightly scratched and the body trim pieces don’t quite fit flush with the body. Chip at the back of the driver’s door and a touch up on the left front fender. Very good interior. A straightforward, lightly aged older restoration in attention-grabbing colors. – In the days before Chevy V-8s it was possible to make more than a little performance and style out of Chevy’s fabled Stove Bolt Six, an accomplishment thoroughly represented by this ’53 Chevy 210. The underpinnings are little different from the Tri-5s that would follow, or the earliest Corvettes. Lose the column shift for a floor shifter and this is a sweet-sounding street performer for little money.

Lot # S184 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58A147537; Snowcrest White/Red, Black, Silver vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. With Reserve. – 283/230hp, Powerglide, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, dual antennas, fender skirts, dual mirrors, power steering, power brakes, factory AM radio, dash clock, tissue dispenser, red vinyl boot cover. – First year Impala. Tidy lightly run engine bay that was mostly but not fully restored. Good older paint and chrome. Lightly scratched body trim and lightly pitted door handles. Very good interior. Restored to high but not excessive standards and lightly used, a great driver. – The bid is enough for a 348 Impala is similar condition and should have been taken in a heartbeat. It is a lost opportunity for the consignor.

Lot # T166 1989 Chevrolet Blazer Scottsdale Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N 1GNEV18K3KF162702; Beige, Light Brown/Tan cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400. No Reserve. – 350/210hp, automatic, All Terrain T/A tires, tinted glass, power windows, factory air conditioning, bucket seats, console, column shift. – Represented with mostly original paint, which is believable considering the 22,624 miles showing but nevertheless still remarkable. There are a few light scratches on the doors and body sides and a few touch ups on the tailgate, but that’s pretty much it. Unrestored but very tidy underneath. Very good, lightly worn interior with light wear consistent with the mileage. Lightly scratched up bumpers. A very well kept and seldom used Blazer. Not a time warp example, but finding an original one this good still isn’t easy. – As people have gotten priced out of increasingly expensive vintage Broncos, interest has turned to Blazers and prices have increased. This was strong but appropriate money for this one, and it could probably bring an even higher price in six months or a year.

Lot # F69 1967 Chevrolet Camaro R/S Convertible; S/N 124677L108284; Granada Gold, White nose stripe/Gold, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. With Reserve. – 327/210hp, later TH400 automatic, Silvertown red line tires, power steering, power brakes, console, later AM/FM radio. – Restored 1,500 miles ago. Upgraded TH400 transmission. Restored and tidy but lightly run engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Light discoloration on the top. Very good interior with next to no wear. Restored to essentially like new condition and lightly used since. – Sold at Mecum’s Chicago auction in 2015 for $33,550 and brought a little more today, this is a sound but unexciting Camaro RS convertible that brought a superior price for what it is.

Lot # S136.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N615382; Hugger Orange, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. With Reserve. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, Winters aluminum intake, Polyglas tires, power brakes, AM radio, COPO 9561 and 9732, documented with copies of the MSO and window sticker and COPO Connection certificate. – Lots of orange paint is flaking off the engine block but the rest of the engine bay is tidy and well preserved. A few scratches on the trim rings. Very good paint and chrome other than a large crack behind the front bumper. Factory gaps. Very good restored interior. A solid, sufficiently attractive but unremarkable cosmetic restoration. – Sold by Mecum at Dallas in 2013 for $294,250. This is a surprisingly moderate price for a documented Yenko Camaro. It turned up again at Mecum’s Las Vegas sale two months later, bid to $230,000 and passed on the block.

Lot # S124 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N622903; Garnet Red, Black stripes/Black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $72,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,750. With Reserve. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, 3.73 Positraction, hub caps and trim rings, Firestone Wide Oval tires, tilt steering column, rosewood steering wheel, power steering, power brakes, Hurst shifter, factory radio. – From the Matt Wagoner collection. Represented as matching numbers. Lightly run restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Excellent fully restored interior. Body-off restored in 2013 but still looks very fresh with outstanding cosmetics. – A good buy considering the quality and freshness of the restoration. It could have brought another 10 grand without being expensive.

Lot # F43 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe; S/N 1Q87T3N108002; Medium Orange, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. With Reserve. – 350/245hp, 4-speed, spoilers, power steering, power brakes, Hurst shifter, later cassette stereo with aftermarket speakers in back. – Represented as matching numbers. Very clean restored engine bay and underbody. Some overspray in the wheel wells. Uneven door gaps. Small dent at the rear of the driver’s door. Dry weather stripping. Very good mostly restored interior. Dull, lightly warped dash top. Not done to exacting standards and a few corners were cut, but understandable given that these cars aren’t worth all that much. It’s more than good enough. – Not sold at $27,000 high bid at Mecum Indy earlier this year and Harrisburg three months after, and it’s still a perfectly appropriate price.

Lot # F150.1 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378N438517; Engine # 18N438517; Tripoli Turquoise, Black stripes/Black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. With Reserve. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Wide Tread GT tires, 400+hp cross-ram intake, hidden headlights, power brakes, Hurst shifter, Tic-Toc-Tach, factory radio, Positraction. – Matching numbers. Very good engine bay. A few light scratches on the front bumper but mostly very good paint and chrome. Even gaps. Excellent interior. Prototype Cross Ram unit casting #0-310512, 12/1967. Fully restored and shown before, almost in showroom condition even if it wasn’t done yesterday. – Sold at Mecum Indy 2013 for $107,000 and why it should be worth $8,000 less today is a mystery. There was a hit somewhere along the way but the new owner got a choice Z/28 with aggressive performance and a good restoration for a modest price.

Lot # S101.1 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 138375Z123439; Ermine White/Red vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300. With Reserve. – 283/220hp, 4-speed, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, 3.73 Positraction, tachometer, front disc brakes, buckets and console, later Kenwood cassette stereo. – Represented as matching numbers. Tidy and restored but not spotless engine bay. Touch up on the right front fender and a few more below the windshield but mostly good paint. Factory gaps. Very good chrome. Very good mostly restored interior. CA black plate car. Tidy restored underbody. A sound but not perfect older restoration of a somewhat seldom seen ’65 Malibu SS. – Offered by Mecum in Denver two months ago and in Harrisburg a months after that, both time reportedly bid to $26,000. The consignor tired of giving it rides to no avail by the time it got to Dallas and took the money on offer, a reasonable decision but a good value for the new owner in an unusually equipped Malibu.

Lot # F183 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible; S/N 1D67U2B697098; Green, White stripes/Green vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300. No Reserve. – 402/240hp LS3, automatic, cowl induction hood, hood pins, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, Protect-O-Plate and build sheet documented.. – From the James Hoyo collection. Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint and chrome. Excellent top. Very good interior. Tidy underneath. Looks like a body-on restoration done a while ago but very well kept since. A smog choked later model, but it has the looks of the more valuable earlier cars and with the 402 LS3 engine, it has that year’s hottest powertrain. – Bought here five years ago for $53,000, now a serious deal on a car that flew under the radar at no reserve. The best part is that since it doesn’t have any immediate needs, the money saved on this transaction doesn’t need to be put back into the car.

Lot # S122.1 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370B154300; Tuxedo Black, White stripes/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. With Reserve. – 454/450hp LS6, 4-speed, Firestone Wide Oval tires, F41 suspension, 3.31 Positraction, power steering, power brakes, tinted glass, Strato bucket seats, console, factory AM/FM stereo, hood pins, build sheet documented. – From the Matt Wagoner collection. Represented as matching numbers. Spotless, show-quality engine bay. Very good older paint and chrome. The interior is excellent other than some scratches on the console. A mostly fantastic LS6 done to high standards. – Sold at Kissimmee in 2013 for $148,400, then at Indy in 2015 for $129,600. Its condition and specifications make it even at today’s price a sound value in a rare and desirable Chevelle.

Lot # S132.1 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370A107675; Black, White stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. With Reserve. – 454/360hp LS5, 4-speed, aftermarket radiator, power steering, power brakes, vinyl roof, cowl induction hood, 12-bolt rear end, sway bars, Hurst shifter, buckets and console. – Restored but not overly detailed engine bay. Good older paint and chrome. Sound roof vinyl. Good, lightly worn interior. A straightforward older restoration of the slower (but rarer) LS5 SS 454. – This result is a third of the price of the ’70 LS6 that crossed the block a half hour earlier. This is moderate but far from cheap money for this LS5 and the buyer should be happy with both the car and the price paid.

Lot # F145 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N J58S105990; Silver Blue, Silver coves/Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $63,000. With Reserve. – 283/245hp dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, hardtop, dual quads, WonderBar radio. – Represented as matching numbers. CA black plate car. Rebuilt engine. Repainted, but it’s so old and dull that it looks original. Sound but older original chrome. Some of the body trim pieces don’t fit flush. Sound original frame. Solid original interior other than newer carpets. Light pitting on the window frames. A solid, maintained unrestored but not totally original factory dual quad car. – Even considering the desirable options on this car, the consignor is expecting a sizable originality premium in declining the reported high bid. It could have been sold with only fleeting regret.

Lot # F210 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 40867S115117; Daytona Blue/White vinyl; White top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900. No Reserve. – 327/300hp, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, Goodyear narrow whitewalls, AM/FM radio, Soft Ray tinted glass. – From the Kingston collection. Represented as matching numbers. Lightly scratched bumpers. Sound but older paint. Discolored tires. Lightly worn interior. Tidy and restored but lightly used underneath. No representation of history or documentation, but a reasonably well aged older restoration by the looks of it. – This price is on the expensive end for a driver quality ’64 L75 convertible without much in the way of options.

Lot # S130.1 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S105647; Engine # 64105647; Nassau Blue/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $51,000. With Reserve. – 327/300hp, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, hardtop, power steering. – Represented as matching numbers driveline. Light pitting on the wheel covers. Lightly scratched bumpers. Very good paint with no blemishes. Lightly scratched window frames. Good, mostly but not completely restored engine bay. Good, lightly worn restored interior. Inconsistent presentation and not much represented history. – The reported high bid is eminently reasonable for this car, its equipment and condition.

Lot # S50 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194679S703616; Engine # 19S703616; Riverside Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. With Reserve. – 427/400hp, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Firestone red line tires, 3.55 Positraction, power steering, power brakes, power windows. – Dull old repaint in original color that has several blisters on the nose as well as numerous chips and touch ups. Maintained and tidy partially restored engine bay. Clean unrestored underbody. Newer seats, but the rest of the interior is a bit tired with dull switchgear and surfaces. A sound largely original car in driver condition. – Sold for $44,000 at Mecum Indy earlier this year, an appropriate amount given this car’s options and condition, so this result was a solid bargain.

Lot # F235 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S102463; Riverside Red/Red vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $73,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $80,300. With Reserve. – 327/340hp, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Decent older paint and chrome. The rocker trim is lightly scratched up. Old tires. Significant road wear underneath. Light pitting on the wheel covers. Newer upholstery and carpets, but mostly original and aged interior. Restored, but not to particularly high standards and done a while ago. The lack of documentation or history isn’t encouraging, either. – This is an appropriate number for a car with an aged restoration and enough questions to leave some doubt in bidders’ minds, even a ’63 Split Window with the high performance carbureted engine.

Lot # S115.1 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194377S103939; Elkhart Blue, Blue stinger/Teal Blue leather; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. With Reserve. – 427/435hp L71 engine, 4-speed, Rally wheels with trim rings, Goodyear red line tires, side exhaust. – From the Bobby Bouldin collection. Can’t read the engine number but represented as matching numbers. Body-off restored. NCRS Top Flight in 2006. Some fuel discoloration on the top of the manifold. Excellent chrome and paint. Very good interior with negligible wrinkling to the leather seats. Fully and correctly restored to high but not excessive standards. – This car’s transaction history is a good representation of what has happened to prices for these cars over the past few years. It sold for $123,200 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2010, which at the time was as appropriate as this slightly but significantly higher result is today.

Lot # F209 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Coupe; S/N 194377S109605; Marina Blue, Black stinger/Bright Blue vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. No Reserve. – 427/435hp L71 engine, 4-speed, Rally wheels, red line tires, side exhaust, 3.36 Positraction, tinted windshield, AM/FM radio, Protect-O-Plate, original tank sticker. – From the Kingston collection. NCRS Top Flight, Duntov Mark of Excellence and Vettefest Gold Spinner award. Body-off restored. Two chips on the right front fender and very serious crazing on the stinger. Very good interior with original gauges. Very good underneath. Paint issues need addressing before it can live up to the show car expectations elicited from the car card description. – A sound price for a car with this equipment and in this condition. Fair to both parties.

Lot # S112.1 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe; S/N 194379S720677; Cortez Silver/Black leather; Older restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $520,000. With Reserve. – 427/430hp L88, 4-speed, Rally wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, red line F70-15 tires, power J56 brakes, side exhausts, heater, tee-tops, radio delete, tilt steering column, rear window defroster. – Uneven gaps. Very good paint and chrome. Excellent interior. Body-off restored by Bloomington Gold judge. NCRS Top Flight. Twice Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight in 2006 and 2009, documented with the original tank sticker. Not a trailer queen and not super fresh, but very well kept. – The top sale at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Northeast auction last year where it sold for $624,800, a monumental price even for such a well restored and preserved L88. The Dallas bidders can be forgiven for declining to continue to advance its value record, but were more generous here than at Leake’s Dallas sale two months later where it brought a bid of just $400,000.

Lot # F221 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe; S/N 01837N130498; Roman Red, White/Red, White vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $31,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,650. No Reserve. – 348/335hp, three deuces, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, bench seat, cassette stereo. – Tidy and maintained but unrestored engine bay. Sound and unrestored underneath. Light scratches on the grille. Good older paint and chrome. Lightly scratched body trim. Very sound interior, original other than newer carpets. Uneven panel gaps. A well maintained and desirably equipped Impala that had led a mostly pampered life and only gotten major attention when necessary. – Sold for $50,600 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2015, hammered not sold at a $38,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey last year followed by selling for $38,500 at Mecum’s KC sale last year and sold again for $35,200 at Mecum Indy earlier this year. The B-J result was a fluke in an otherwise steady value history, but even at that this is relatively modest result.

Lot # F140 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 118377W121695; Royal Plum Poly/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100. No Reserve. – 327/275hp, automatic, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, bucket seats, factory radio, Protect-O-Plate and broadcast sheet documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine and 34,078 miles. Tidy, lightly run restored engine bay. The grille is a bit tired and lightly scratched. Very good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Spotless trunk. Very good interior, although the dash is original and there are a few light scratches around the A/C vents. Finished in attractive rare colors, and clearly a lot of effort went into this hot little Nova SS. – There is a meaningful premium in this price accounted for by several things: the rare color, the represented original miles, documentation, the L30 engine and the quality of its presentation. In the end everything adds up and the result is realistic.

Lot # F104 1954 Chrysler Windsor DeLuxe Town & Country Station Wagon; S/N 70158319; Red, White roof/Maroon, White leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. With Reserve. – Automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, hood ornament, amber fog lights, sun visor, bench seat, column shift, heater, AM pushbutton radio. – Very good interior that is fully restored other than an original dash and steering wheel. Uneven door gaps. Some scratched up brightwork. Light pitting on the headlight bezels and window frames. Mostly good older paint other than some orange peel inside the doors. Restored underneath. It is no show car and has plenty of flaws, but it has a lot of eyeball and a tempting choice for any fan of station wagons. – Sold for $38,500 at Mecum Kissimmee earlier this year and bid to just $27,000 at KC in March. Holding out for more in this case paid off.

Lot # S35 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JH23G0B198565; Panther Pink, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl with cloth inserts; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900. With Reserve. – Started life with a baby 318/230hp 2-barrel, now has a 440 Six Pack engine stroked out to 500ci with 475hp, hood pins, Radial T/A tires. – Clean, lightly run engine bay. Good older paint. The trim on the nose has a small dent and doesn’t fit flush. Touch up on the right mirror. Very good roof vinyl. Very good restored interior. Fully redone to high but not excessive standards and quite a bit of money put into making lots of power while keeping a mostly stock appearance under the hood. – Cars like this can be a hard sell. It looks the part and is probably quicker than even a Hemi car, but serious collectors crave authenticity and/or originality, and this car doesn’t have either. It hammered not sold here last year at a $54,000 high bid, but the seller got the message this time around and decided to let it go at a result that is fair to both parties but may give the seller pause before spending this much on modifications again.

Lot # F196 1996 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe; S/N 1B3ER69E0TV200690; Viper Blue, White stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $77,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $84,700. No Reserve. – Power steering, air conditioning, power windows. – From the Kingston collection. Not even broken in. Showing 317 miles and presents like a new car. – Sold for even more than its original MSRP (not counting for inflation). It might be premature to call this a breakout sale, but it is probably safe to say that we will see more similarly like-new Vipers selling for big money in the near future now that production has ended.

Lot # F199 2000 Dodge Viper GTS ACR Coupe; S/N 1B3ER69E5YV603121; Viper Black, Silver stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,800. No Reserve. – Power steering, Brembo brakes, competition suspension, A/C delete, BBS wheels. – From the Kingston collection. Showing 835 miles. One of just 218 ACR models built in 2000. Negligible wear to the driver’s seat. Otherwise looks like a new car, as do the rest of the Vipers from this collection. – This is about what this car cost new (not counting for inflation), and with both limited production and a host of performance upgrades, the ACR has a guaranteed status of collectability. This is a lot of money, but it is also probably about as cheap as it will ever be.

Lot # F198 1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R Coupe; S/N 1B3ER69E2WV401043; Stone White, Blue stripes/Black, Blue leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250. No Reserve. – Rear spoiler, front splitter, composite bodywork, power steering, Brembo brakes, racing harnesses, CD stereo. – From the Kingston collection. Number 43 of 100 built. Showing 4,342 original miles. Even though these were some of the fastest, most hardcore track-ready cars of their day, this one doesn’t look to have ever turned a wheel in anger. Other than very light wear on the driver’s seat, it looks new. – Buyer interest in early Vipers has been on the rise, and the GTS-R is pretty much the rarest and most desirable model. While this seems like a lot of money at first glance, it actually looks like a pretty good value compared to the $77,000 standard GTS that also sold out of this collection. It will also probably never be worth less than this result, unless the buyer decides to experience some of that performance and starts totting up the miles and inflicting wear on it.

Lot # F197 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster; S/N 1B3BR65E9SV200436; Viper Bright Yellow/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200. No Reserve. – Stereo, two tops. – From the Kingston collection. Showing 5,453 miles and in like-new condition. – Sold by Barrett-Jackson back in 2000 for $60,500 when it was still a relatively new car and there was a craze for Vipers. RT/10s haven’t exactly surged in value, but they are done depreciating and good examples have been commanding higher and higher prices. This strong result shows prices continuing upward.

Lot # S119 1979 Ferrari 308 GT4 Coupe 2+2; S/N 15016; Black/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,750. With Reserve. – Alloy wheels, Potenza tires, quadruple Webers, Ansa exhaust, Nardi leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning. – Rough original paint with lots of swirling as well as chips on the nose. Dirty but complete engine bay. Good wheels. Worn seats but no rips. No information about service work, a serious omission for one of these. A driver that should be better given the 16,023 miles showing. – Not sold at a $70,000 high bid at Leake Dallas earlier this year. The seller got the message the second time around, and let the car go at a perfectly reasonable price. Even the ‘budget’ classic Ferrari models like the four-seater GT4 have gotten relatively expensive, so if the seller had the car for more than a few years, he or she might have turned a decent profit on the car as well. Paying this much, however, means the new owner is poorly positioned to enjoy a similar experience.

Lot # S156 2003 Ferrari 360 Spider; S/N ZFFYT53A430131224; Silver/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. With Reserve. – 6-speed, modular wheels, Potenza tires, Challenge grilles, CD stereo, power Daytona-style seats, power windows, air conditioning. – Service records since 2005. Desirable 6-speed model. Clear bra on the nose. Small chip on the hood. Otherwise very good paint and like new interior. Showing 10,980 believable miles. – With these options, this car cost 183 grand when new, but it hammered not sold at this same $90,000 high bid at Russo and Steele Monterey last month. This car arguably deserves more, but not a lot more, and it will only take a few more auction trips before holding out for every dollar will stop making financial sense for the owner.

Lot # S147.1 2003 Ferrari 575M F1 Coupe; S/N ZFFBT55B000130643; Nero Daytona/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. With Reserve. – Paddle shifter, Bridgestone tires, yellow calipers, Daytona-style seats, Kenwood CD stereo, SF shields, clean CarFax. – Showing 12,767 miles. No represented service but a clean CarFax. The paint is sound and blemish-free but could use a good detailing. The headlight lenses are cloudy. There is some waviness to the dash but the interior is mostly very good. Most Ferraris with mileage this low look like they’re new. This one misses the mark, but only by a bit. – The lack of documentation and the general condition of this car proved off-putting to bidders, who afforded it a notable and fully deserved discount. This car cost about a quarter-million dollars when new.

Lot # S111 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Berlinetta; S/N ZFFFC60A390166699; Red/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. With Reserve. – Paddle shifters, red calipers, carbon brakes, carbon fiber interior trim, red contrast stitching, tinted glass, factory CD stereo, fire bottle. – Represented with 2,533 miles and in like-new condition. – A $300,000 car when new, so still in used car territory and down a little from its $200,000 high bid at Mecum’s Indy sale four months ago. The few cars ordered with a 6-speed manual, on the other hand, have become quite collectible. For reference, if this car had an open gate 6-speed with this kind of mileage it would likely be a half-million dollar car.

Lot # S51 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider; S/N ZFFXR48A7W0109753; Yellow/Black leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. With Reserve. – 6-speed, P Zero tires, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo. – Represented with a $7,000 major service earlier this year. Small paint crack at the back of the front bumper. The shift knob is a bit scratched up and the surface of the console is wavy. Showing 18,126 miles and while not perfect, still good enough for most to at least to drive and enjoy. The recent service is a big plus. – Sold at Auburn Spring in 2014 for $63,800 and hammered not sold at Mecum Indy this year and 3 miles ago at a $75,000 high bid followed by a bid of $60,000 at Mecum Harrisburg. 6-speed cars can command a huge premium over 355s with the F1 gearbox, so the consignor’s hesitation to let this 6-speed model go is understandable, but the past two bids have been reasonable ones and are unlikely to get higher with more trips across the auction block.

Lot # S106.1 1977 Ford Bronco Wagon 4×4; S/N U15GLY51092; Cinnamon, White top/Tan vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $59,000. With Reserve. – 302/133hp, automatic, wheel covers, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, factory AM radio, Marti report. – Final year for the desirable first generation Bronco. Clean, lightly run fully restored engine bay. Uneven gaps. Very good chrome and body paint, although the roof has orange peel as well as several scratches. Good newer seats, carpets and painted dash, although the original steering wheel, gauges and switchgear are tired. Spotlessly restored underbody. Body-off restored to truck standards. – It’s no secret that Broncos have been one of the hottest classic vehicles on the market this year, leading a charge of greater general interest in vintage trucks and SUVs. The consignor’s expectations on this one were well ahead of the curve. The reported high bid absolutely could have seen the car go to a new home. The money offered might not cover the costs of restoration, but that’s one of the realities of buying and selling in this hobby.

Lot # S98.1 2006 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S76Y400391; Tungsten Gray Metallic, Gray stripes/Black; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000. With Reserve. – BBS wheels, painted calipers, McIntosh stereo. – Represented with 4,326 miles and, like pretty much all Ford GTs, looks like a new car. – With the L88 failing to sell, this car became the top seller of the entire auction, although it was still a pretty light result for a car with all four desirable options. Then again, 4,000-plus miles can practically be considered ‘high mileage’ when it comes to these cars.

Lot # S65 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 SportsRoof; S/N 0F02G166645; Grabber Blue, Black/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $52,000. With Reserve. – 302/300hp, 4-speed, Polyglas GT tires, 3.50 rear end, power steering, power brakes, spoilers, rear window slats, hood tach, Hurst T-handle shifter, later cassette stereo, Marti report. – Service replacement engine block. Maintained engine bay with a later power steering system. Mostly good older paint and chrome, although there is a chip at the edge of the hood and orange peel on the mirrors. The screws holding the mirrors in place are also rusty. Very good, mostly restored interior. A sound older restoration on a genuine Boss 302. – Hammered not sold at a $57,500 high bid at Mecum Kissimmee in 2012, then sold at AA Fall Auburn in 2014 for $56,100 and again for $77,000 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2015. A repeat of the Barrett-Jackson result isn’t all that likely, but the reported high bid here is off by a similar if opposite amount.

Lot # S94 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback; S/N 8T02S110491; Black, White C-stripes, Matte Black hood stripes/Red vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. With Reserve. – 390/325hp S-code engine, 4-speed, GT model with narrow whitewalls, power front disc brakes, fog lamps, tilt steering column, aftermarket radio. – From the Bruce Church collection. AACA National First Prize in 2008. Restored, lightly run engine bay. Lightly swirled older paint. The white portions of the tires are yellowing. Fairly worn older interior with sound but tired console, dash and steering wheel. An older restoration in unusual but attractive colors that is starting to show its age. – This result generously values the rather tired older restoration and the seller should be very pleased with getting this much for a $50,000 car.

Lot # F144 1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible; S/N 1FALP46V4TF178911; Black/Black; Black top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. With Reserve. – 5-speed, alloy wheels, Comp T/A tires, limited slip, air conditioning, power windows, boot cover, factory CD stereo. – Barely run but not detailed engine bay. The paint and wheels are both like new as would be expected, and very light wrinkling to the front seats are the only signs of interior wear. Showing 404 miles. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale back in January with 29 fewer miles on the odometer for $22,000, making this a modest but successful flip after a few months of ownership but no real driving enjoyment of the Cobra’s 305 horses and an indication of the enhanced interest in this and similar Mustangs.

Lot # S50.1 1971 Ford Ranchero GT Pickup; S/N 1A48J134140; Orange, Yellow side stripes/Brown vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. With Reserve. – Hub caps, Wide Oval tires, factory 429/375hp Cobra Jet, automatic, factory air conditioning, 3.25 rear axle, power steering, power brakes, shaker hood scoop, hidden headlights, factory AM radio, tinted glass, dual mirrors, bench seat, column shift. – Out of the Colin Comer collection. Represented as a matching numbers Cobra Jet Ranchero. The brightwork of this car is its weak point. The bumpers and trim were all left alone but have light scratches all over, plus both the windshield frame and drip rails have a few small dents. The paint is fantastic and the gaps are mostly good except for the hood. Very good restored interior. Restored underneath. Addressing the brightwork would go a long way in the presentation of this otherwise very neat car, which equipment-wise is just about the most amount of Ranchero that you could ask for. – This is a gigantic result for a Ranchero of any kind, even a factory Cobra Jet car, and the kind of price that encourages owners to bring other ones to market, so don’t be surprised if we start seeing more of these coming up for sale in the near future.

Lot # S112 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH227043; Coral Sand, Coral Sand hardtop/White vinyl; White top; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. With Reserve. – 312/245hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, soft top and porthole hardtop, Town & Country radio, heater and defrost, power windows, power steering, power brakes, power seat. – The engine bay isn’t fully restored, but it has been gone through and recently detailed. Excellent paint. Very good chrome. The headlight bezels don’t fit straight. A few small scuffs on the headliner of the hardtop. Trunk gaps are uneven. A few almost inevitable smudges on an otherwise very good restored white interior. A cosmetic restoration on a solid platform, and a handful of flaws take little away from a car that has so much eyeball in these colors. – The reported high bid is reasonable for this T-bird, even taking the desirable paint color into account. The seller equally reasonably decided to disregard the Dallas bidders’ opinion in the hope that a more enthusiastic bidder may come along in the future.

Lot # S160 1953 Glasspar G2 Roadster; S/N DR023053CAL; Orange/Orange, White vinyl; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, 291/185hp ’55 DeSoto hemi head V-8, Ford 3-speed, column shift, Stewart Warner gauges. – Spotless engine bay and underbody. Excellent paint and chrome. Spotless interior. Even gaps, which is impressive for an early fiberglass car. A fresh body-off restoration resulting in a car that looks better than it probably ever did when it was new. – Introduced in 1949, most Glasspars were kits with a few factory built from 1951-54. The Glasspar was America’s first fiberglass bodied sports car and about 200 were built in all. Usually flathead Ford or Mercury powered, they have attracted something of a following and this one is notable for its later DeSoto hemi V-8. Beautifully restored and presented, it’s not surprising the consignor decided it was worth more than this bid, which could have been $10-20,000 more without being expensive.

Lot # F81.1 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Pickup 4×4; S/N 1JCCE88E1CT016741; Beige, Brown graphics/Brown, Light Brown vinyl; Truck restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. With Reserve. – All Terrain T/A tires, rear-mounted spare, dash clock, tach, Sanyo cassette stereo. – Good respray. The rear window gasket is hanging loose. The tops of the doors have a few cracks. Very good interior other than a tired original steering wheel. Very good fully restored underbody. Fully restored to truck standards. A rare, likable and attractive Scrambler pickup. – Bid to $19,000 on the block and closed later with this result after being sold by Mecum in Chicago in 2015 for $28,050.

Lot # F148.1 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster; S/N ZA9RU37B5VLA12695; White/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $230,000. With Reserve. – Pirelli tires, carbon fiber roof panel, all-wheel drive, Alpine CD stereo, dash clock, power windows. – One of 200 VT Roadsters. No noticeable wear. In like new condition even though it’s showing 22,873 miles. – The VT was the first Lamborghini production car with the viscous all-wheel drive system that sent up to 20% of the torque to the front. And as the last big V-12 Lambos before the Audi takeover, the Diablo is already collectible. Taking mileage into account, though, this car’s reported high bid is in line with other current prices and could have seen the car off to a new home.

Lot # T148 1978 Lotus Esprit S2 Coupe; S/N 78020720H; Monaco White/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500. No Reserve. – White painted Speedline wheels, Pirelli tires, dual Weber carbs, Personal Monza steering wheel, power windows, wood dash, wood shift knob, console. – Represented with rebuilt carbs and cylinder head as well as new clutch, belts and exhaust amounting to $15,000 in work. Older repaint is shiny but has numerous cracks and scratches, plus the silver pin striping is coming up in places. The bumpers and chin spoiler have an awful, cheap, gloppy coating of black paint. Tidy but unrestored engine bay. Very good interior for an old Esprit with sound upholstery and good dash wood, but the dash top is wavy. It may look like James Bond’s Esprit submarine in these colors, but it also looks just as likely to put you underwater financially, too. – This car would probably be enjoyable to drive as-is for a while, but to get it to the kind of condition where it could be considered a good example would be a labor of love, because it needs more in work than it will ever be worth any time soon. At this price it can be driven until it drops, then parted out.

Lot # F195.1 2002 Maserati M138 Spyder Convertible; S/N ZAMBB18A620005823; Red, Red/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. With Reserve. – Paddle shift, alloy wheels, Toyo tires, power top, navigation system, dash clock. – Small rip in the top. Well-kept original paint with only a handful of tiny chips on the nose. Some visible wear in the driver’s seat, especially the left bolster. A used car showing 30,732 miles. – This car would have cost about 85 grand when new. These cars were criticized thanks to their clunky early paddle shift technology, but they represent a temptingly cheap way to get into Maserati ownership see days, as this result shows.

Lot # S133.1 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe; S/N WDDAJ76F85M000095; Silver/Red leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $245,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $269,500. With Reserve. – 5.4/617hp supercharged V-8, paddle shift, dual zone climate control, carbon-ceramic brakes. – Like new in desirable colors. Represented with 1,189 believable miles. – Not sold at a $210,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey last month, where it was likely overshadowed in an auction that was heavy on modern exotics and hypercars. Bringing it to the Houston sale, where it was more of a standout, successfully paid off.

Lot # S175 1947 Mercury 79M 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 799A2033280; Burgundy/Burgundy, Gray cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500. With Reserve. – 239/100hp flathead, 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, Goodyear wide whitewalls, column shift, dual mirrors, factory radio, dash clock, spotlight. – Rough old repaint with orange peel on the roof as well as chips and scratches all over the front. Dirty but maintained engine bay. Sound frame. Very good interior with newer seats and carpets. The body trim pieces have several dings and don’t fit tightly to the body. It’s a bit rough to look at with this paint job, but a mechanical sorting and fresh respray is all it really needs. It could even make a solid foundation for a hot rod build. – At this price customizing is the most likely end for this Merc and it is a sound basic canvas for a straightforward project but functionally and financially.

Lot # T157 1968 Mercury Cougar 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 8F91C545223; Turquoise, White vinyl roof/White vinyl; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $11,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,650. No Reserve. – 302/210hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, base two-barrel engine, power steering. – Showing 28,192 miles. Rough and dirty but complete engine bay. Solid frame, although the rear leaf springs are a little rusty. The roof vinyl is sound but dirty, and the paint is dull but not terrible and has a few dozen small chips on the body. The interior is very sound but could use a cleaning. An unrestored project car that is complete and solid, making for a relatively straightforward job even though it’s only a base 302 automatic model. – A project car bought for decent driver quality money and expensive at this price.

Lot # T39 1952 MG TD Roadster; S/N H3090U887; Autumn Red/Tan; Tan top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350. With Reserve. – Hub caps and trim rings, dual mirrors, rear-mounted spare, wind wings, badge bar, Lucas driving lights. – Sound older paint and chrome. Light road wear underneath. Good, lightly worn interior. The tonneau cover is original and worse for wear. Body-off restored 10 years ago and enjoyed plenty since, as a car like this should be. – TD prices have been trending gradually downward over the past couple of years, and because they have always been worth less than both the earlier TC and later TF, they typically aren’t in great condition. This car is about average, and brought modest but not cheap money that both parties can at least be satisfied with.

Lot # S122 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 2-Dr. Hardtop Holiday; S/N 344770M336381; Maroon, White stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. With Reserve. – 455/370hp, 4-speed, Super Stock II wheels, Polyglas tires, console delete, heavy duty radiator, factory AM/FM radio, 3.23 Anti-Spin axle, buckets, tach and gauges. – From the Matt Wagoner collection. Represented as matching numbers. Restored and recently detailed engine bay. Very good older paint and chrome. Excellent interior other than the glovebox, which fits a little crooked. Not restored yesterday, it still gorgeous and has no apparent needs. – Not sold at a $45,000 high bid at Kissimmee in 2014. and sold for $115,500 at Mecum Kissimmee last year, duplicating the result here which speaks eloquently of its value.

Lot # S108 1938 Packard Series 1600 Convertible Coupe; S/N 442588; Green/Tan; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. With Reserve. – 245/100hp six, 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, radiator mascot, amber fog lights, mascot, wind wings, dash clock, banjo steering wheel, factory radio, tan cloth boot cover. – Body-off restored. Tidy older engine bay. Good, lightly swirled older paint. Lightly worn interior. No show car and probably never was a serious one, but still an attractive older restoration that offers Packard style at a much more affordable price than the larger eight-cylinder models. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson in 1995 for $56,700, at Mecum Indy in 2015 for $70,200 and at Indy again this year for $82,500 which set a bar in value for a six-cylinder Packard that is probably insurmountable, as this result indicates.

Lot # S48 1948 Packard Super Eight Victoria Convertible; S/N 22799379; Red/Red vinyl with Tan cloth inserts; Tan cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve. – 356/165hp Custom Eight engine, 3-speed with overdrive, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, cormorant hood ornament, dual mirrors, power windows, power top, power seat, working factory radio. – Dull original chrome and brightwork with light pitting on the grille. Sound but unrestored engine bay. Dull old repaint with numerous scratches and touch ups. Good newer top. Light pitting on the hub caps. The whitewalls are beginning to yellow but there is a lot of tread left. Sound original interior with newer upholstery. Fresh paint and chrome on the outside as well as a mechanical sorting will go a long way and while they won’t be cheap, this car doesn’t need a more expensive full restoration. – Sold by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach a dozen years ago for $42,120 with the odometer today showing 1,357 more miles than it did then. It is a distinctive luxury car with the power and overdrive to keep up with modern traffic and the restoration, while showing its age and some use, is holding up well. It’s a lot of car for the money and is a bargain at this price.

Lot # T119 1960 Pontiac Catalina 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 160P72549; White/Red vinyl with cloth inserts; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve. – 389/315hp Tri-power added, 3-speed, dual exhaust, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, heater and defrost, bench seat, factory radio, rear seat speaker. – From the Freddie Mack Widmer collection. Very solid older paint and chrome with some blisters on the right front fender. Uneven gaps on the doors and trunk. Lots of paint is coming off the steel wheels underneath the wheel covers. Sound but worn frame. Very good all original interior with light aging but no big problems. Unrestored with an older repaint, and arguably still too good to restore now. – The Tri-power intake and column shift 3-speed are an odd combination on this Catalina. It sold for $35,200 at Mecum Indy last year. This is a much more realistic price.

Lot # S107 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 252375E137215; Fontaine Blue/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. With Reserve. – 421/376hp, 4-speed, eight-lug wheels, narrow whitewalls, Tri-Power, bucket seats, console, Hurst shifter, factory AM-FM with reverb, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, 2+2 package. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Very good but not perfect restored engine bay. Very light pitting on the front bumper. Very good older paint. Lightly scratched rear glass. Clean undercoated chassis. Very good, mostly restored interior with sound original dash and gauges. A remarkably well equipped car, restored a while ago and only showing light signs of age. No PHS documents represented. – No better than a superior driver but with a desirable drivetrain and loads of accessories, the seller has grandiose expectations of value and would have been well-advised to take the reported high bid here if there was money in the room. It would have been fully valued at $45-50,000.

 

Lot # F167 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Collector Edition Convertible; S/N 2G2FV32G522122463; Bright Yellow, Black/Black; Black top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $30,000. With Reserve. – 346/325hp WS6, automatic, Eagle F1 tires, Monsoon radio with 12-CD changer, power windows, air conditioning. – Represented with 2,000 miles. One of 488 Collector Edition convertibles. Many of these were treated as collectible from new, and this one fits the bill. It shows next to zero sign of use from top to bottom. – The reported high bid is less than this car would have cost new, but in the current market this was an appropriate offer for an automatic-equipped example, even one so well kept as this. It sold in 2014 at the Leake Tulsa auction for $28,050 and was bid to $31,000 at Mecum’s Kansas City auction six months ago.

Lot # S121.1 1970 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242370P194146; Palladium Silver/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. With Reserve. – 400/370hp Ram Air IV, 4-speed, PMD wheels, Firestone Wide Oval tires, 3.90 Safe-T-Track, heavy duty radiator, hood tach, power steering, power brakes, dash clock, factory AM/FM radio, Hurst T-handle shifter. – From the Matt Wagoner collection. Represented as matching numbers drivetrain with PHS documentation. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very clean restored engine bay. A very good full restoration and one of only 627 Ram Air IV hardtops built in 1970 with a 4-speed. – Sold at Mecum Kissimmee in 2015 for $91,800 and in Kissimmee earlier this year for $96,250. Considering that this result netted the Kissimmee buyer much less after commissions than was paid for it and is within 3% of the prior transaction it is eloquent confirmation of its market value.

Lot # F116 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO Convertible; S/N 237675B134134; Capri Gold/Gold vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. With Reserve. – 389/335hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, boot cover, bucket seats, console, floor shift, pushbutton radio, factory air conditioning, power steering, Protect-O-Plate, PHS documents. – Owned by the same NASA engineer until last year. Uneven hood and door gaps. Small crack above the trunk. Rusty exhaust but otherwise very good restored underbody. Very good interior, fully restored other than a wavy woodgrain dash. Restored a number of years ago and resulted in an attractive car, but some panel fit issues and other small flaws keep it from being a stunner. – Sold at Mecum Denver in July for $44,000 and turned here for a modest amount more, it’s an impressive early GTO convertible and worth what was paid for it even if it is $7,700 more than in Denver.

Lot # F176 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO Convertible; S/N 237675P314362; Mayfair Maize/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $57,500. With Reserve. – 389/360hp, Tri-Power, automatic, Hurst wheels, red line tires, power brakes, power windows, power top, bucket seats, pushbutton radio. – Represented as matching numbers Tri-Power engine. Good, mostly restored engine bay with a little fuel residue on top of the manifold. Very good older paint and chrome other than some rubbing in front of the edges of the doors. Lightly scratched window frames that also show a tiny bit of pitting. Very good restored interior. A lightly used older full restoration with desirable equipment and pretty colors. – For a factory Tri-Power convertible, the reported high bid here was pretty far off and holding out for more was basically a no-brainer, especially when it had been bid to $75,000 at Kansas City six months ago.

Lot # S127 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZCS000462; Grand Prix White/Red; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $77,500. With Reserve. – Black Fuchs wheels, sunroof, whale tail, VDO boost gauge, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt CD stereo. – The sunroof doesn’t fit correctly. A few chips around the filler cap. The front bumper looks repainted and is a different shade than the rest of the car. Fairly dirty engine bay. The seats show some wrinkling but the interior is mostly very good. The odometer shows 16,679 miles and there are 930s with higher mileage than this that are in far better condition, although this isn’t a bad unrestored car by any means. This car has instruments in miles, but the 930 was not sold in the United States from 1981 to 1985. – A 930 in all but the roughest condition is a six-figure car. This car just didn’t get the bids it deserved, and shouldn’t have much trouble getting them at another venue. It was sold by Mecum in Chicago two years ago in 2015 for $55,000 which illustrates the recent trend in 930 prices.

Lot # F45.1 1978 Porsche 911SC 3.0 Targa; S/N 9118211074; Dark Brown, Black vinyl roof/Brown vinyl; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $18,000. With Reserve. – Aftermarket modular wheels, Toyo tires, tinted glass, air conditioning. – Showing 107,758 miles. The radio is missing. The seat upholstery is very stiff and there is a small rip on the driver’s side. Sound but somewhat tired original paint with several chips on the nose. Light road wear but no major problems underneath. The roof vinyl is a bit tired. This car has a lot of miles, but it is represented with extensive servicing, which is reassuring because these cars were well built and will last a long time if properly cared for. It’s a solid driver, nothing more and nothing less. – Not sold at a $28,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey last month, which was a generous offer that the consignor should have eagerly taken. The 911 SC is one of the least valuable classic 911s, and a high-mileage driver like this isn’t worth a whole lot over 20 grand even though someone paid $27,500 for it at Mecum’s Denver sale in July.

Lot # S103 1970 Porsche 914/6 Targa; S/N 9140431733; Black/Black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. With Reserve. – Fuchs wheels, Falken tires, gold brightwork, Webers with K&N air cleaners, a few later VDO gauges, aftermarket CD stereo. – Represented as a genuine matching numbers 914/6. Tidy but not immaculate engine bay. Good older paint with a handful of light scratches on the nose. A few light scuffs on the driver’s seat but mostly very good interior. The gauges that are original to the car are a bit cloudy but not bad. Some paint coming off the wheels. Restored underneath. Full restoration of a genuine six-cylinder car. It has some notable shortcomings but would be a great driver. – Porsche made less than 3,500 six-cylinder versions of the 914 compared to well over 100,000 Volkswagen-engined cars. Seeing one is therefore a rare treat, and they are priced similarly to a comparable 911. The reported high bid here wasn’t generous, but it might have been worth accepting after taking the costs and fees of another auction trip into account.

Lot # S142 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible; S/N 8T03J206134-03234; Acapulco Blue, White/Black vinyl; Black top; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. With Reserve. – 302/250hp, 4-speed, Shelby wheels, Radial T/A tires, boot cover, console, woodgrain dash, Philco radio. – Light pitting on most of the chrome and brightwork. The right Cobra badge is loose. Dirty, tired old engine bay. Sound but pretty tired original paint and interior. No represented history or documentation, but it appears to be a totally unrestored car showing 50,764 believable miles. A less valuable GT350, but nevertheless interesting to find in reasonably sound unrestored condition. – Sold by Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale in 2014 for $110,000 when its odometer showed 135 few miles than it did today. It may have been repainted at some point along the way but it was so long ago and the paint is so aged that it really doesn’t make much difference. The consignor no doubt hoped for more but this result makes sense in today’s market.

 

Lot # S109 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 8T03S173669-02068; Candy Apple Red, White/Tan; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $97,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $106,700. With Reserve. – 428/360hp, 4-speed, Shelby wheels, Radial T/A tires, dual mirrors, boot cover, console, pushbutton radio, factory air conditioning. – Deluxe Marti report. Originally equipped with an automatic. Represented as having been refurbished six years and 100 miles ago. Good restored engine bay. Sound older paint and chrome. Window frames and brightwork are lightly scratched. Good, lightly worn interior. Not super fresh, but more than good enough. – Sold by Barrett-Jackson in 2000 for $68,900. GT500 prices haven’t quite recovered to their pre-recession levels, but they have rebounded to the point where a convertible in just about any condition is a six-figure car, making this a fairly modest result.

Lot # T189 1966 Sunbeam Alpine V Convertible; S/N B395005132; Red/Black; Black top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,800. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, store brand tires, boot cover, console. – Represented with $50k invested. Good but not show quality older paint. Small chip at the front of the passenger’s door. Very good fully redone interior. Overspray on the frame. Fully redone to appropriate standards for what this car is (an Alpine and not a Tiger). – Sold by RM out of the Pate collection in 2010 before restoration for $7,700. Despite Mecum spelling it ‘Sunbean’ on the car card, this is a well and correctly done car and it brought a deservedly strong price that is slightly favorable to the seller.

Lot # F143 1973 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Hardtop 4×4; S/N FJ40139203; Red, Black roof/Black; Truck restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. With Reserve. – Lifted FJ with winch, Weber carb, painted skid plate and painted in crinkle finish on the roof, factory heat and defrost, headers, Halogen lights, roll bar, aftermarket bucket seats, Hurst T-handle shifter, Sony CD stereo, tinted glass. – Represented as a matching numbers body-off restoration. Average quality older respray in incorrect colors. The engine bay is dusty and grimy but was restored at some point. The interior is restored and lightly used. The frame has a solid and clean coating on it and there is very little road wear. The tastefulness of the mods are open to debate, but they’re all easily reversible. It’s far from perfect, but it was fully restored and looks ready to enjoy. – Sold for $30,800 at Mecum Monterey last year and again for $38,500 at Mecum Los Angeles earlier this year. All three transactions are in the same ballpark of appropriate numbers for a sound if imperfect FJ like this.

Lot # T177 1966 Triumph TR4A Roadster; S/N CTC61398L; Signal Red/Black vinyl piped in Red; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $29,000. With Reserve. – IRS car with chrome centerlock wire wheels, store brand radial tires that don’t match front to rear, dual mirrors, luggage rack, black cloth boot cover, wood dash, wood shift knob, factory radio, banjo steering wheel. – Good older paint and chrome with a handful of chips and scratches on the hood and doors. Several scratches on the rear bumper. Light pitting on the luggage rack. Uneven gaps all around. Some red overspray on the frame. Lightly used underneath. Plating is coming off the mirrors. Very good fully redone interior and new top. Very good, fresh wood dash. Very good fully restored engine bay. A classic 20-footer that will get plenty of attention and thumbs up on the road but has lots of little issues when you look at it up close. – This car was represented as a recent restoration and there appears to have had quite a bit of money put into it, but it is not worth more than the reported high bid and it should have gone to a new home at this price.

Lot # F150 1966 Volkswagen Beetle 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 116229300; Red/White vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100. No Reserve. – Hub caps, whitewalls, upgraded to 1600cc engine, pushbutton CD stereo. – Dull old paint. Cloudy marker lenses with a crack in the left one. Dirty but complete engine bay. Sound, partially restored interior. A sound Beetle with only minor issues. – In its current condition and without the original engine, it isn’t worth much so would make a great first classic for someone who is new to the hobby or wants to learn how to tinker. At this price, though, the new owner is in this car for quite a bit and it was an expensive buy even if it was less expensive than the $13,200 it sold for at Barrett-Jackson Orange County in 2010.

Lot # T59 1973 Volvo 1800ES Station Wagon; S/N 1836353006225; Orange/Brown vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $7,250 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,975. With Reserve. – Cooper tires, power brakes, alloy wheels from a later Volvo, console, Volvo-branded aftermarket radio. – Rusty, dirty engine bay with serious corrosion behind the battery. Surface rust on some of the frame but no major rot. Cheap old respray with numerous chips, cracks and blisters. The glass is all lightly scratched up. Tired dash and switchgear. Decent newer seats and carpets. Heavily scratched up brightwork with almost no shine left. Represented as having been restored before being put away for 10 years, but the work seems to have been limited to a trip to Maaco for paint and a refresh of the interior. These cars are inherently gorgeous and the B-Series Volvo engines are legendary for their longevity, but this is a bad example. There’s no other way to put it. – Interestingly, there were three Volvo 1800s in Dallas this year, including another ES wagon that got bid to 23 grand. None of them were particularly good cars, but this was the worst. It sold, appropriately, for project car money. The car card said ‘older restoration by a doctor in Phoenix’ who should stick to doctoring.

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