This was the Cunningham year at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance with 33 of the surviving 35 Cunningham cars arrayed along the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park seawall.
Rich Taylor and Tom Cotter worked magic in assembling the centerpiece display, an artful blending of the Greenwich dual-concours theme, American on Saturday and European on Sunday, that highlighted the dual nature of Briggs Cunningham’s cars, built in the U.S. but mostly bodied by Vignale in Italy.
It was even more magic when Bonhams offered one of the Cunningham C-3s, partially restored s/n 5440, as the final lot in its biggest-ever auction at Greenwich.
71.5% of Bonhams cars were offered without reserve. Some did well, others didn’t and were good values if not bargains, a record that reflects recent moderating market trends.
Bonhams Greenwich featured 23 vehicles from the collection of Carroll Shelby. Some were prototypes for projects for Chrysler during the Lee Iacocca years, number 1 of a series. Others were cars Carroll had acquired over the years with little connection to Shelby history. All were offered without reserve and only one sold below its pre-sale low estimate, which is expected for vehicles touched with Carroll Shelby magic.
Open to the public on Friday and Saturday, dusted with the halo of the Concours (as well as New England Spring tree pollen), Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’Elegance auction invites concours visitors to add an affordable collector car to their experience.
These are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
The cars reported here are sorted by lot number, keeping the Shelby cars together as they should be.
Lot # 102 1972 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe; S/N 124BC10191930; Engine # 60674; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $18,000 – $24,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $19,040. – 1,608/104hp, Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Pioneer cassette stereo, Abarth leather rim steering wheel, Cromodora 4-spoke alloy wheels, P400 tires, lowered. – Three owners from new, lightly modified. Good repaint, chrome and original interior. Original undercoat in the wheel wells, friendly body sides that wave as they go by. The Pioneer stereo is so 70’s it may be worth buying the car just to get its satin silver facia, funky large round tuning dial and mass of tiny buttons and switches. – This 1.6 liter twincam [thanks, Richard Reina, for pointing out the error of the earlier “pushrod” observation] Fiat, even with its aftermarket twin Webers, may not be a match for an Alfa GTV, but it’s half the money and a solid value.
Lot # 103 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFFYT53A840138968; Argento/Black leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $77,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $86,240. – 6-speed, air conditioning, Hamann modular alloy wheels, P Zero tires, SF shields, black calipers, glass engine cover. – Good original paint and interior, lightly worn top from being folded. Reported to be under 10K miles from new and looks like it. – A handsome Ferrari in unusual colors benefits not a bit from fitting a set of aftermarket wheels but nothing prepared the seller for this devastating result for a 6-speed that could have added a “1” to its hammer bid with only muttered remarks about extravagance. This is by any standard a serious value.
Lot # 107 1962 MG A 1600 Mk II Roadster; S/N GHNL2107065; Engine # 16GCU6983; Black/Red leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $35,840. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, cassette stereo, heater. – One owner until last year, cosmetically restored in the early naughts. Filled body with puffy panels. Worn, surface cracked upholstery. Underbody repainted assembled. Good chrome. Unrestored side curtains. Cracked windshield corner. A superficial cosmetic restoration by a long term enthusiast owner. – The caliber of the restoration’s workmanship, thoroughness, materials and subsequent presentation is enough to support barely more than half this result. Or, maybe, it’s the sign of a long-awaited resurgence in MG A Mk II values? Don’t bet on the latter. This a marginal car for a magnanimous price.
Lot # 108 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH356150; Red/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $43,680. – 312/245hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, skirts, engine dressup. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Engine compartment is like new. – Sold here in 2014 for $51,700 and unusually well-maintained since then. It’s not going to stun the crowds at a Thunderbird show but at a cars and coffee it will more than hold its own and is a good value at this price.
Lot # 113 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta; S/N ZFFAA17T0L0083954; Rosso Corsa/Black leather; Estimate $95,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $95,200. – Air conditioning, Black side vent deflectors, tool roll. Assembly number 889. – Good original paint with chips along the right rear wheel arch and a small bump in the fender above it. Good original interior. The nose and mirrors are chipguarded but that didn’t prevent the scrape on the right corner of the front bumper. It shows 34,696 miles on the odometer and on the car. – A few nicks, bumps and scrapes make all the difference in evaluating a late model Ferrari like this. The chances are it sat in a collection garage, and the noted flaws don’t show in the catalog photos. But that’s how it is and the bidders tagged its value for the flaws.
Lot # 116 1954 Dodge Royal 500 Pace Car Edition Convertible; S/N 38526401; Engine # D5022489I; Light Yellow/Yellow, Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $38,080. – 241/200hp Hemi, PowerFlite automatic, pushbutton radio, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, continental kit, clock. – One of 700 Pace Car Replicas rolled out to the public. Old repaint with some prep issues and many chip issues. Sound interior of about the same vintage as the paint. Old gauges. The old undercoat probably left the original selling dealer this way. The chrome is generally pretty good and bright. Window felts are worn but the door windows seem tight in their channels. A remarkable survivor with only enough restoration to keep it presentable. – A niche car, appreciated by old guys who remember the dawn of the Hemi and Dodge performance. This Royal 500 Pace Car would have been a much better buy at its low estimate than this nearly high estimate hammer bid, but there’s no denying its appeal even in this mediocre condition. Put it down to a couple of old guys who remember a car they couldn’t have in high school. And when will we see one again? This might not be a chance to miss?
Lot # 124 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679265; Engine # W40878; OE White/Black; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $43,680. – Steel wheels, hubcaps, fender mirrors, spats, driving lights. – Last registered in 1992 and parked outside for a long time, Dirty, flat tires, moldy upholstery. Needs everything. – The price it brought reflects what it needs, but even getting all it needs it’s going to be no more than a $150,000 Jag, and it’s not going to get from here to there on the $100,000 difference.
Lot # 126 1970 Porsche 911T 2.2 Targa; S/N 9110111751; Engine # 6102551; Silver, Black leatherette roof panel/Black vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $60,480. – CD stereo, Fuchs wheels, Kumho tires, 5-speed, Pioneer CD stereo, Porsche CofA documented, tool kit, jack, manuals. – Assigned VIN, grey market car represented with matching numbers. Decent repaint over old paint with chips showing. Bowed hood. Good upholstery. Original underbody. Abbreviated history before 1977 but with a record since then of care and appropriate attention/upgrades. – This is a pretty ordinary 911T 2.2 but with an encouraging history and the Greenwich bidders paid a fulsome retail price for it.
Lot # 127 1969 Jaguar XKE SII Coupe; S/N 1R25890; Engine # 7R31229; Dark Green/Cinnamon leather; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $68,320. – 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, AM-FM, headrest seats. – Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Older restored engine compartment showing age, use and some oxidation. Represented as the original engine and restored in 2013. – Sold at Fall Auburn in 2014 for $28,600, then scored a home run at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2015 where it sold for $63,800. The result here is appropriate and both the seller and buyer should be satisfied with the transaction results.
Lot # 128 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster; S/N 1130441200518950; Metallic Moss Green, Metallic Moss Green hardtop/Dark Green leatherette; Black top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $59,360. – Automatic, Blaupunkt multiband radio, air conditioning, headrests, hubcaps, trim rings, blackwall tires. – Fair repaint over edge chipped old paint. Big poorly touched up gouge at the left front corner of the hood. Good chrome and interior. Weak varnish on the console box and dashtop wood. Original chassis and underbody. A cosmetic redo to marginal driver condition. – Although the specs block in the catalog says 4-speed Manual, the only four speeds here are hydraulically shifted in an automatic box and this is generous price for a mediocre 280SL.
Lot # 130 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 20867S101783; Engine # F1013RF; Fawn Beige, Fawn Beige hardtop/Fawn Beige vinyl; No top; Estimate $70,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $48,160. – 327/?, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, hardtop only, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, WonderBar radio, Edelbrock 4-barrel and air filter, alternator, headers. – RF coded 360hp FI block with an Edelbrock 4-barrel. Sound paint, chrome and interior, lightly dented hardtop trim. Dirty engine compartment and chassis. A mediocre driver or the basis for a very expensive restoration in FI configuration. – A car worth, in FI-trim, far more than it brought here. Some time in its life the FI system was set aside in favor of a more reliable 4-barrel. Now it’s just a modified Corvette with some potential to become what it once was. The absence of documentation is a problem and it all added up to this seriously modest price. Driven as-is it will be a great Corvette but there’s the potential for more “date correct” stuff to be put back and make it worth its estimate range. It was bought right here.
Lot # 134 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 Record Monza Coupe, Body by Zagato; S/N 676193; Engine # 751536; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $33,600. – 747cc/43hp pushrod engine, Weber 2-barrel carb, 4-speed, steel wheels, rollbar. – A battered barn find, but a lot more complete and sound than the other two. Heaven only knows what bits and bobs are missing. – A largely sound and complete car that should present a straightforward, but lengthy and expensive, task to restore. It will be a rewarding process, both for the thrill of driving this little screamer and because when it’s done it is likely to be worth more than what’s in it.
Lot # 135 1957 Fiat-Abarth 750 Coupe “Double Bubble”, Body by Zagato; S/N 658862; Engine # 603661; Primer/None; Estimate $10,000 – $20,000; Incomplete restoration, 5 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $22,400. – The engine is removed but comes with the car. – Stripped body with fiberglass repairs. The rest of the vehicle is rusty or missing. – This is a surprising price for a build-a-car kit. [Pictured in the background of the photo below.]
Lot # 136 1957 Fiat-Abarth 750 Coupe “Double Bubble”, Body by Zagato; S/N Not known; Estimate $10,000 – $20,000; Incomplete restoration, 5- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $22,400. – Large fuel tank. – Rotten, with the rear suspension trailing arms resting on the ground and what looks like angle iron holding the front and back together. The body aluminum is holey, thin and oxidized. VIN plate is missing. – It is astounding that this build-a-car brought as much as the previous one, between the two build-a-cars more than the largely complete Record Monza and $78,000 for the three of them.
Lot # 138 1959 AC Aceca Coupe; S/N AEX674; Engine # CL2349WT; Metallic Blue, White nose band/Red leather; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – 1,991cc/102hp, Grey painted wide rim wire wheels, Michelin XZX tires, braced rollbar, fire system, 4-point belts, woodrim steering wheel, Lucas headlights and fog lights, custom dash and gauge clusters, rack and pinion steering, outside quick release fuel cap. – Foggy Plexiglas rear window, otherwise spectacularly prepared and presented with great paint and lightly used upholstery. Not the original engine. A little used under the hood. The attention to detail is highly impressive. – This may not be a purist’s dream Aceca but it should prove to be a driver’s dream. Everything is done neatly and professionally giving great confidence that it has been used and maintained carefully. Also, it isn’t expensive, just priced right for what it is.
Lot # 139 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible; S/N DB5C1520L; Engine # 4001783; Goodwood Green/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,313,636 plus commission of 10.38%; Final Price $1,450,000. – Chrome wire wheels, Toyo tires, JVC cassette stereo, 5-speed, headrest seats, woodrim steering wheel, owner’s manual, jack, build sheet, BMIHT certificate. Originally air conditioned but now removed although the compressor comes with the car. – Present owner since 1971 and exhaustively documented since then. Decent older paint and upholstery. Dull gauges and semirigid hub. Clean, orderly engine in a superficially restored compartment. The underbody is original with some quick paint. Superficially cosmetically redone to decent driver condition. – That’s about what to expect from a car that’s been a single, caring, owner’s hands for the last 47 years. Closed post-block for this reasonable price that reflects both the car’s presentation and its reassuring history.
Lot # 140 1963 Maserati Sebring 3500GTi SI Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM10101841; Red/Black leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $188,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $210,560. – Lucas fuel injection, 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, power windows, Personal plastic rim steering wheel. – Engine compartment is casually resprayed with minimal preparation, but the engine is done right and only a little dusty. Light scratches on the windshield. Excellent paint and chrome. Spotless underneath. Newer seats, carpets and dash, but the rest is original and aged. A solid cosmetic restoration of a desirably configured car, but a few corners were cut, or compromised in favor of originality. – This Sebring was a no-sale at Bonhams Scottsdale auction in January with a reported high bid of $175,000 and the same estimate range as here where it brought a little more on the hammer and a realistic final price.
The Carroll Shelby collection:
Lot # 143 1935 Chrysler C-2 Imperial Airflow 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 7014765; Maroon/Beige cloth; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $50,400. – Clock, heater, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, skirts, radio, – Sound older paint, chrome and interior with dullness and crazing on the left front fender. The underbody and chassis have been restored but now show age. A sound and presentable driver quality example of the famous Airflow from the collection of Carroll Shelby who may have acquired it from the Steve McQueen estate auction. – This result is two-thirds for the car and one-third for Carroll Shelby’s name in the chain of title.
Lot # 144 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback; S/N SFM480266; Maroon/Ivory vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $92,960. – 4-speed, tilt steering column, console gauges, AM radio, Shelby alloy center wheels, Eagle tires. – Described as original with 64,465 miles, a closer look shows a quick old repaint over old paint, soiled upholstery, original underbody. Orderly, aged, original engine compartment. Offered from the collection of Carroll Shelby who bought it in 2010. – There is little premium for Carroll Shelby’s name in the chain of title, probably due it not being in Shelby’s ownership for very long. This is a reasonable price for this GT500’s equipment and condition plus $10,000 or so for the Shelby provenance.
Lot # 145 1982 Dodge Shelby Charger Prototype Coupe; S/N 1B3BZ44B4CD278674; Metallic Santa Fe Blue, Silver/Silver, Blue; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $23,520. – AutoMeter supplemental gauges, 5-speed, power windows, telephone dial alloy wheels, power steering – Dull, chipped paint, soiled interior. The Shelby Charger prototype with 13,488 miles and owned since new by Shelby. – This Omni-based Shelby Charger may have blown through the high estimate but it is an historic example with an unbeatable provenance. The first project in Shelby’s work with Chrysler and Lee Iacocca, it is something of a milestone and deserved every penny of the price it brought.
Lot # 147 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 8T02J116102-00321; Raven Black, White sill stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $103,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $115,360. – 302/250hp, 4-speed, console gauges, power steering and brakes, Shelby alloy center wheels, T/A tires. – Flawed repaint over old paint, chips and all. Sound original interior. Original underbody. Orange peel and a big smutch on top of the right front fender. From the collection of Carroll Shelby. – This result is two-thirds for the car and one-third for the Shelby ownership history. The number means nothing about ’68 GT350 values.
Lot # 150 1999 Shelby Series 1 Convertible; S/N 5CXSA1814XL000001; Silver, Blue stripes/Black cloth; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 11.79%; Final Price $313,000. – 244/600hp supercharged, ZF 6-speed, Sparco seats, Deist 4-point belts, chrome rollbar, Monsoon cassette stereo, air conditioning, modular wheels, Eagle F1 tires, 4-piston 4-wheel disc brakes. – Good original paint and interior with a few scuffed edges. Dusty. The first Shelby Series 1 and the test car for the supercharged engine, sold from the collection of Carroll Shelby. – The combination of Carroll Shelby’s ownership, number one in the series, the experimental 600hp supercharged engine and the upgraded brakes makes this a very special piece of Carroll Shelby’s legacy. It is worth whatever the bidders here in Greenwich said it is, an opportunity that will not be repeated any time soon.
Lot # 152 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR Fastback; S/N 1ZVHT88S285167213; Black, Matte Black stripes/Black leather; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $91,840. – 6-speed, carbon fiber mirrors, polished 18-inch wheels. – CSM number JAN112008, Carroll Shelby’s 85th birthday present on that date. Under 150 miles and like new, because it is. Carroll Shelby collection. – Half this result is for the car and its low miles. The other half is for its Carroll Shelby history and the unique CSM number. If those things are important then this is a reasonable transaction and the result, bid well above the high estimate, indicates these things were important to at least two people, and that’s all that matters.
Lot # 156 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Continuation Convertible; S/N SFM6S2382; Blue, White stripes/White leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $201,600. – 289/306hp, nitrous oxide bottle in the trunk, automatic, air conditioning, woodgrain steering wheel, Craig stereo with equalizer, aircraft style belts, padded rollbar, Shelby alloy wheels. – Fair paint and chrome, soiled upholstery, clean underbody. The first of a dozen such continuation cars built in 1980-82 using period-built Ford 289 K-Code engines and transmissions. Reasonably well preserved and owned by Carroll Shelby from the date of its re-creation. – In Scottsdale a year ago (in 2017) Worldwide sold one of the four GT350 Convertibles built in 1966 for $742,500. The most recent sale of one of the continuation dozed was $104,500 at Barrett-Jackson in 2007, putting this car’s result in perspective and actually looking like a tiny premium for the Carroll Shelby provenance.
Lot # 158 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Continuation Roadster; S/N CSX4194; Dark Blue/Black leather; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $232,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $259,840. – 428/410hp, 4-speed, Halibrand centerlock wheels, Radial T/A tires, chrome paperclip roll bar, woodrim steering wheel, windwing, quick jack pickups side outlet exhausts. – Given to Heather Kozar, 1999 Playboy Playmate of the year, then traded back to Shelby American and retained by them ever since. 98 miles from new. Good original chrome, upholstery and paint with a few small scuffs one of which may have occurred during viewing and its repair will be covered by Bonhams. From the collection of Carroll Shelby. – This is a $150,000 car with a realistic premium for the Playmate story and the Carroll Shelby provenance.
Lot # 161 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02R482870; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $86,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $96,320. – Automatic, power steering and brakes, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, AM radio, alloy center Shelby wheels, Eagle GTII tires, Traction-Lok. – Owned at some point by actor Jackie Cooper, one of many owners before being acquired by Carroll Shelby. Very good original paint, interior and chrome. The wheel spiders are starting to oxidize. The underbody is nearly like new. Carroll Shelby collection. – There’s no premium for Carroll Shelby ownership provenance in this price, just an ordinary price for an ordinary ’69 Shelby Mustang built by A.O. Smith with a Ford chassis number.
Lot # 163 1997 Shelby Aurora V8 Can Am Sports Racer; S/N None; Grey/Black fiberglass; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – Polished modular wheels, Eagle race tires, Wilwood brakes, coilover suspension. – A concept for a single class race series, the only one built and powered by an Oldsmobile Aurora 32-valve twin cam V8 with an estimated 400 horsepower. Used only slightly for testing and long stored at Shelby after the idea gained no traction but done to professional race car standards. Carroll Shelby collection. – While every nut, bolt, screw, hose and joint will need to be disassembled, tested and replaced as necessary, this is an intriguing and uncomplicated track day car with ample potential and a wonderful story. It is also very enthusiastically priced.
Lot # 164 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S66Y400284; Gulf Blue, Orange stripe/Black leather; Estimate $395,000 – $420,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $370,000 plus commission of 11.35%; Final Price $412,000. – BBS alloy wheels, McIntosh stereo. – Driven ‘under 10,000’ miles, which may make this the highest mileage Heritage Edition out there, but meticulously maintained and still in nearly pristine original condition with a fresh chipguard coating on everything and new tires. – Offered by RM at St. John’s in 2016 where it was reported bid to $345,000. While new Ford GTs bring million dollar prices it’s possible to have the ’05-’06 in its most desirable Heritage Edition form for prices like this. Without the Gulf Blue and Orange livery they’re a hundred thousand dollars less but offer the same performance.
Lot # 168 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N E57S100398; Engine # F924EL; Venetian Red, White coves, Red hardtop/Red vinyl; No top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $64,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $71,680. – 283/283hp, fuel injection, 3-speed, WonderBar radio, hardtop only, spinner wheel covers, bias ply whitewall tires. – Good older paint, chrome and interior. Scuffed steering wheel hub and windshield post. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Taillight chrome is starting to flake. Well restored but getting old and offered with no documentation or judging credentials to support its FI configuration. – The 3-speed is a plus since the T-10 4-speed wasn’t offered until much later in the ’57 production sequence than this car and many 3-speeds were later updated with the T-10. It was offered at Russo and Steele in Monterey in 2008 with a reported high bid of $82,500 and sold here for a price that, if it is in fact an original FI 283/283 as it appears, is a huge value.
Lot # 169 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Sport Coupe; S/N M491100225; Black/White, Gold vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $47,040. – 383/350hp, dual quads, pushbutton automatic, dual exhaust, black steel wheels with full wheel covers, BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls, dual mirrors, dual antenna, power steering, power brakes, pushbutton radio, swivel power bucket seats, air conditioning. – Good older paint and chrome. Excellent interior. Used but clean engine bay. Paint is older. An older body-on restoration, but a hugely impressive list of equipment and a rare car that compares favorably in quality and equipment with Chrysler’s own letter cars. – Sold for $46,200 at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2013 in 2013, then passed at Mecum Houston in April 2015 with a reported bid of $70,000, this is a tired car but one with a nearly astounding list of features and an aggressive ‘Forward Look’ appearance. DeSoto would be gone only three years later and this is a solid example of the pinnacle of the marque at a modest price, the same hammer bid it sold for five years ago in Scottsdale.
Lot # 170 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 1980428500297; Ivory, Ivory hardtop/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $809,091 plus commission of 10.62%; Final Price $895,000. – Polished rim wheels, hubcaps, Michelin tires, AM-FM radio, Talbot mirror, owner’s manual, service book, Becker radio instructions and sales brochure, jack, spare and some tools. – 48 years in the present owner’s possession, 92,461 miles from new. Loose radio bezel. Sound but aged and worn original upholstery and interior trim. Mediocre repaint with scuffs and small chips. Erratic chrome, bent front bumper corners. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. Rebuilt engine with no number stamping in an unrestored compartment. – A post-block sale that is not immediately as appealing as a restored example that would bring well over a million but pleasingly maintained over many years and highly original, the car is every bit as good as the price paid for it and arguably even better for its long, caring history. The new owner made an astute deal for a quality 300SL Roadster.
Lot # 172 1912 Oakland Model 30 Tourer; S/N 7500; Olive Green, Black fenders/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $44,800. – RHD. Cream chassis and wood spoke wheels, whitewall tires, Flintex acetylene headlights, Prest-o-Lite tank, Corcoran kerosene sidelights, single right side spare with mirror, Stewart speedometer, double rear spring shackle dampers, overdrive and electric starting added and lighting converted to electric. – Sound older paint and patinaed upholstery, good brass. Aged but well maintained engine and running gear, thoughtfully upgraded for touring. Paint chipped from use and body flex but not abused. A sound old restoration that is more than usable as is. – Sold for $49,500 at RM Hershey in 2016, then for $44,000 also by RM at Hershey in 2016, this is a quality Brass Era touring car that needs nothing and is bought for a reasonable price here at the same hammer bid it brought in Hershey two years ago.
Lot # 173 1910 Panhard et Levassor Type X7 Landaulette, Body by Rothschild; S/N 26021; Engine # 26021; Blue, Black fenders/Black leather, Blue cloth; Black leather top; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 plus commission of; Final Price $60,000. – RHD. 4.1 litre/25hp (ALAM) engine, 4-speed, Bleriot acetylene headlights, Ducellier kerosene sidelights, bulb horn, Stewart speedometer, Prest-o-Lite tank, Neverout kerosene taillight, pullup side windows and division, speaking tube, New Haven clock, jump seats, electric starter. – When owned in the 1960’s by Walter McCarthy there were two bodies, a touring car and this landaulette. Later sold to Bob Scarsella who mounted this body. Dull old paint and brass, reupholstered driver’s seat and erratically retrimmed elegant rear compartment. The engine and chassis are old and oily but orderly. It is going to be hard to choose between preservation and a very expensive restoration. – Unusually for the time, the dimensions of this Panhard et Levassor’s engine are just 100x130mm bore and stroke which accounts for the low engine cover. There is real style, opulence and elegance in this old Panhard et Levassor, style, elegance and opulence that is hard to find in more modern cars at comparable prices. The seller should have looked more carefully at this bid, but the high bidder should have come back after the auction and made a more reasonable but still modest offer for it.
Lot # 179 1912 Chalmers-Detroit Model Thirty Touring; S/N 28140; Engine # K12063; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $25,760. – RHD. 226/30hp F-head four, 3-speed, Castle acetylene headlights, Solar kerosene sidelights, bulb horn, Prest-o-Lite tank. – Dull old paint, worn and torn original upholstery. Museum displayed for a half century, original and worth preserving. – This is much more than a Model T Ford, but brought no more than a Model T in similarly complete and unrestored condition could be expected to bring, a quality car at a modest price in wonderfully original condition. It smells like history: old oil, grease, rubber, wood and gasoline.
Lot # 182 1913 Ford Model T Touring; S/N Engine No. 236814B; Engine # 236814B; Olive Green, Black fenders/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $14,000 – $17,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $16,240. – RHD. Piel bulb horn, Stewart speedometer, single right side spare, E&J kerosene sidelights, Ford Motometer, E&J acetylene headlights, varnished wood spoke wheels. – Done to high standards a long time ago, then toured but well maintained. Sound paint, upholstery and brass. No one will mistake it for a show car but it is more than good enough to drive and enjoy. – And at this price it will return good value to its new owner while needing nothing more than continuing maintenance.
Lot # 183 1923 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup; S/N Engine No. 7392695; Engine # 7392695; Black/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $13,440. – Frontenac overhead valve cylinder head, water pump, electrically shifted Ruckstell 2-speed axle, hinged steering wheel, modern 2-barrel carburetor, pressurized engine oiling, electric starter. – Poor, orange peely old paint. Good newer upholstery and top. Workmanlike engine compartment and chassis. Good new wood bed. Fun, but a driver/mechanic’s, not a car show owner’s car. – The Fronty head was the Chevrolet brothers’ early contribution to American hot rodding, a conversion that nearly doubled the power of Henry’s Model T. This isn’t a pretty vehicle, but it’s one with unusual power, performance and engineering appeal. To a buyer with the right sensibilities it is a choice vehicle, sold here for a moderate price that offers nothing for its many features.
Lot # 190 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Monospecchio Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFSA17A6G0062945; Engine # 262; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $110,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – Single high-mount mirror, air conditioning, auxiliary speaker enclosures behind the rear seat, fitted luggage, window sticker, books, tools, keys. – Repainted over a few unrepaired chips. Lightly stretched original upholstery. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. Engine-out belt serviced last winter. Needs nothing. – This result is better than this Testarossa. Not by a lot, but by enough to be significant.
Lot # 191 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N ZA9CA05A7GLA12028; Engine # L507V4711237; White/Red leather; Estimate $280,000 – $340,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $220,000 plus commission of; Final Price $220,000. – White telephone dial wheels, P Zero tires, wing, U.S. bumpers, Alpine cassette stereo, air conditioning, remote mirrors, tinted glass. – 41,497km from new, one owner and obsessively documented from new. Adequate repaint with body shup crud and overspray in the door jambs. Sound original interior with patina. The underbody is original. The engine compartment is orderly. A clean used car. – Bonhams realistically estimated the car and it is no surprise that the owner didn’t let it move on at this bid.
Lot # 192 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet; S/N 11102512000619; Engine # 13098012005276; Anthracite Grey/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $116,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $129,920. – Automatic, Kuhlmeister air conditioning, Becker Europa II AM-FM, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power windows. – Good recent paint, chrome, interior and top. Rough, oily, rusty engine compartment. Curb rashed wheel covers. Cosmetically restored to look good under the lights. – Moderately bought by most standards, the seriously neglected engine compartment is a big issue and the price is generous for the quality of the underlying auction-prepared car. It looks good, but it isn’t very good.
Lot # 193 1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe; S/N 222001; Engine # 813680; Primrose/Cognac vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 plus commission of; Final Price $85,000. – Chrome wheels, hubcaps, Nankang tires, heater, no radio, luggage rack, woodrim Porsche steering wheel, headrests, Kardex copy, Porsche CoA, owner’s manual, jack, spare, tools. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine. Sound recent repaint and new interior. Good chrome and restored engine. Peeling old undercoat. Filled doors. A presentable driver. – Reasonably bid for the age and quality of its cosmetic restoration, this 356 SC Coupe could have been on its way to a new owner at this bid.
Lot # 194 1967 Fiat Dino Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 135AS0000438; Engine # 135B000000488; Red/Beige vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $88,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $98,560. – Grey painted centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin tires, Voxson AM-FM, Momo leather rim steering wheel, Dinoplex ignition. – Sound repaint with masking misses, sound upholstery. Orange peel on the body sides and some blisters on both front fenders in front of the doors. Orderly engine compartment. An enjoyable driver. – Offered by Bonhams at Scottsdale in 2016 where it was bid to $120,000, it brought less today, but no less than it deserved. This is a real, even generous, price for a mediocre 2-liter Dino Spider.
Lot # 195 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce 2 + 2, Body by Bertone; S/N AR3023824; Purple/Beige vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $38,080. – Woodrim steering wheel, Campagnolo wheels, Goodyear tires, yellow fog lights, – Excellent repaint, bright chrome, good original interior. Underbody is like new. – Alfa GTV values have been marching steadily up, as this 2000 GTV demonstrates. It’s in excellent condition and brought excellent but not silly money.
Lot # 199 1980 Ferrari 512 BB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 31363; Red, Black sills/Black leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $212,800. – Borletti air conditioning, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Good repaint and lightly creased original interior, good dashtop, interior controls and gauges. Original undercoat and orderly engine. – 512 BBs were long overlooked and even today are not fully appreciated for their handling and power. This result is representative but still doesn’t give the car the respect it deserves.
Lot # 200 1958 Jaguar XK 150 3.4 Roadster; S/N S830667DN; Engine # V41948; OE White/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $91,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $101,920. – Chrome wire wheels, Firestone tires, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, fender mirrors, burl wood dashboard, overdrive. – Very good unblemished paint, interior and chrome. The underbody has been restored like new and is only a little dusty from storage. An older restoration, it’s aged hardly at all and is exceptional. – Restored to high standards and having limited use and good care since it was done, this is a highly satisfying XK 150 bought here at a moderate price that doesn’t fully recognize its quality.
Lot # 201 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe; S/N 11102610000741; Tunis Beige/Cognac leather; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000 plus commission of; Final Price $125,000. – 3.5/200hp V-8, 4-speed, Becker Mexico cassette, power windows, sunroof, Behr air conditioning, wheel covers, power steering, owner’s manual, tool roll, build sheet. – Very good fresh repaint and upholstery. Oily unrestored engine compartment. The underbody has been repainted over old undercoat. Bright chrome with the usual weakness on the windowsill moldings. A quality car given a superficial cosmetic freshening. – Erratically cosmetically restored, the inherent desirability of this 4-speed 280SE 3.5 is masked by its superficial presentation. It’s unfortunate, and the Greenwich bidders saw through the shiny cosmetics. It’s a marvelous car, but it isn’t presented to realize its potential.
Lot # 202 2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Final Edition Coupe; S/N 1B3AZ6JZXAV100428; Metallic Dark Grey, Black stripe and roof/Black leather, Gray Alcantara; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $68,320. – 6-speed, Red calipers, Grey painted alloy wheels. – Chipguarded nose and mirrors. Unblemished inside and out, like new. – Viper history in a nutshell: Sold for $85,800 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2016 for $85,800, then at B-J Scottsdale in 2017 for $78,100. The result here represents the current market, but maybe not the valley of the value curve.
Lot # 203 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT1 Championship Special Edition Coupe; S/N 1G1YG26E095400033; Black, Yellow, Silver/Black leather; Estimate -; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at plus commission of -100.00%; Final Price. – 429/505hp LS7, 6-speed, chrome alloy wheels, air conditioning, power brakes, steering and windows, etc. – 31 miles, window sticker still on the windshield, one of 125 built with GT1 Championship livery of which 55 were Z06s like this. – This result seems appropriate for the Z06 specifications and the delivery miles leaving the new owner to decide whether to drive it or to continue to preserve it.
Lot # 204 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0JB0934HS050900; Engine # 68H00913; Silver/Linen leather; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – Air conditioning, alarm, cruise control, driving lights, sunroof, power windows, tool roll, tire compressor, owner’s manual, Blaupunkt stereo, black center Fuchs wheels. – 63,537 miles and in nearly like new condition, but not so good it can’t be driven, adding a few more miles to the odometer without impacting its value. – Sold by Bonhams in Scottsdale three years ago for $129,800 with 728 more miles showing on its odometer today. It was bought here for an inexplicably modest price that represents an extremely good value for the new owner.
Lot # 205 1968 Jaguar XKE SI.5 Roadster; S/N 1E17088; Cotswold Blue/Biscuit leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $130,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $87,360. – 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Michelin blackwall tires, Motorola AM-FM, tape player, air conditioning. – Good repaint with some preparation issues overlooked. The underbody has been repainted with minimal prep. Orderly but used under the bonnet. Good upholstery. A sound driver-quality E-type with a misleading California vanity plate ‘BAD JAG’. – The result here is appropriate for a Series 1 1/2 E-type. The open headlights and two carburetors don’t commend it.
Lot # 208 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E12683; Engine # 7E120229; Blue/Grey leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $79,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $88,480. – Chrome wire wheels, Firestone tires, AM-FM, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, iPod jack, electronic ignition and fuel pump, ANSA exhaust, aluminum radiator, Toyota 5-speed, Wilwood brakes, show polished engine compartment. – Very good paint and chrome. Lightly worn and surface creased upholstery, good top. The engine compartment is orderly and shows some use. Loose driver’s door weatherstrip. Restored like new with many upgrades, then carefully used. Salvage title. – Sold here four years ago for $85,800, a hammer bid of $78,000, and driven sparingly since, the upgrades, caliber of the workmanship and the miles put on the car that demonstrate its quality more than make up for the salvage title.
Lot # 209 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 Roadster; S/N HBT7L11954; Sage Green/Cream leather; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $57,120. – Chrome wire wheels, Kumho tires, heater, Lucas foglights, overdrive. – Restored and color changed eight years ago and still is exceptional, showing little use and unusually thorough and consistent care. – Sold by Worldwide at Hilton Head in 2007 before restoration for $29,150, then at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in 2009 for $30,800. After that it got this $100,000 restoration, an investment that disappeared over the past eight years with this result that represents a good value for the new owner.
Lot # 210 1959 Dodge Royal Lancer 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N M332110515; Engine # 1851829; White, Pink/White, Black vinyl, Pink cloth; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $24,640. – 383/295hp dual quads, power swivel bucket seats, pushbutton automatic, heater, power steering, power brakes, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewalls, rear antenna. – Quickly repainted over old paint and superficial prep. Good upholstery. Cracked steering wheel rim, pitted trim chrome. The underbody has been stripped and repainted assembled. A marginal driver. – The presentation of this dual quad Royal Lancer is seriously disappointing. It deserves better treatment than this, but it deserves no more money than this, giving the new owner the opportunity to make it better without spending more than it is going to be worth.
Lot # 211 1954 Kaiser Manhattan Supercharged 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 54212355; Engine # 2176172; Cream, Metallic Green roof/Green cloth; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $20,160. – 226 flathead six, 140hp, automatic, pushbutton radio, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls. – Poorly masked repaint over old paint, weak chrome, sound interior. New wire wheels. Original undercoat in the wheel wells. – What to do in an overhead valve era when all you can afford to build is a side valve six? You tack on a Paxton supercharger to force air and fuel through restrictive intake passages, which is what Kaiser did with this Manhattan sedan. Its 140hp in 1954 was modestly competitive; its complication in achieving that result was not. This is a pretty awful car with pathetic paint (‘Earl Scheib, I don’t want the ‘$29.95 any car, any color’ repaint. I want the $19.95 repaint.”) The new wire wheels are a waste of money. The seller should be overjoyed at getting even this much for this ark.
Lot # 214 1961 MG A Mk II Roadster; S/N GHNL2105962; OE White/Red blanket cloth, vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $7,280. – Silver steel wheels, fender mirrors, luggage rack, heater. – Dull, dirty old paint and chrome. Tattered upholstery. Filthy. A restoration project that needs everything. – Conservatively but intelligently bid to a conservative restoration project price, this MG A Mk II contrasts with the generous price brought by the other one in this sale. It won’t get close to the ‘everything’ it needs without spending vastly more time and money than it’s worth when done, but in terms of dreams it’s worth this much.
Lot # 215 1963 Fiat-Abarth Monomille GT Coupe; S/N 1100380; Engine # 1586414; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Competition restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $151,200. – 982/102hp twin cam Bialbero engine, dual 40DCOE Weber carbs, roll cage, fire system, 5-point Simpson belts, covered headlights, dual Talbot mirrors, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, four wheel disc brakes. – Sound paint, brightwork and upholstery. The paint is lifting in the rear fender creases and chipped under the quarter windows. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. A clean, orderly and attractive vintage race car. – 2018 has seen two Monomille Fiat-Abarth. The first was a single cam 60hp at RM’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in March which sold for $99,000. This is a much more potent Bialbero with a pair of dual choke Webers and distinctive long tail bodywork. The combination of exotic design, light weight and sizzling engine output makes this a choice piece of vintage racing machinery and its price reflects its potential on the track.
Lot # 216 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E13061; Engine # 7E90869; Red/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $81,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $90,720. – Chrome wire wheels, Michelin red line tires, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt Denver cassette stereo. – Sound repaint and interior. Some weak chrome. Old, chipped top frame. The engine compartment is orderly but used and aged. A sound and usable example, but with many obvious but not debilitating shortcomings. – E-types were not in favor at Greenwich this year, bringing modest prices and presenting opportunities for buyers possessed of information and good sense to pick up sound and usable cars for modest prices like this. It could have brought another $10,000 without being expensive, just a little bit edgy.
Lot # 219 1935 MG PA Midget 2-Seater; S/N PA2015; Dublin Green, Ulster Green sides/Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $55,000 – $70,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $50,400. – RHD. Silver painted wire wheels, badge bar, folding windshield, rear mounted spare, Bluemels steering wheel, wood instrument panel, scuttle mounted trafficators. – 2001 AACA National First Prize. Restored like new a decade ago and still impeccable. – Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2014 for $52,800 where it exhibited appalling play in the steering box. That’s now been fixed and at slightly less this is a solid value in an early MG Midget.
Lot # 222 1907 Thomas-Detroit Model C Tourer; S/N 7146; Engine # 7180; Black, Green chassis/Beige leather; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $61,600. – RHD. 354/40hp T-head four, Jones speedometer, New Continental clock, Gray & Davis acetylene headlights, generator, kerosene sidelights and taillight, Green wood spoke 34-inch wheels. – Paint and interior are excellent, the brass is generally very good but the control surfaces are starting to tarnish. The engine and chassis are both nearly like new. It won’t take much to bring this Thomas-Detroit back to concours condition, just lots of Brasso and elbow grease. – This much would buy three good Model T Ford Tourers, but this Thomas-Detroit is much more than three times the car. The new owner has a car that will be proudly driven and shown on a variety of events and tours, with money left over to hire someone to brighten up the brass.
Lot # 224 1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N 5440; Engine # C5381852; Blue, Silver/Ivory (?) leather; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Incomplete restoration, 4 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 11.79%; Final Price $313,000. – 331/220hp Chrysler Hem, four Zenith carbs on Cunningham log manifold, Fluid-Matic semi-automatic, wheel covers, Kumho tires, heater, pushbutton radio. – Superficial old repaint, not much better than preservation quality. Tattered, disassembled interior and dashboard. Aged chassis but an orderly and complete driveline. Visible left front fender repair. Some parts from the incomplete Cunningham chassis s/n 5236 including the unobtanium original Cunningham four-Zenith log intake manifold. Runs and drives as the result of recent work. Restoration of this Cunningham started in 1980, was pursued in fits and starts and today is inconsistent; a place to start for a comprehensive restoration or a chance to complete what’s here and drive it. – This was the place to sell a Cunningham project. 33 of the 35 surviving Cunninghams were arrayed along the Greenwich harbor waterfront a few miles from Briggs Cunningham’s home in Greens Farms, the locus of the legend. RM sold s/n 5223 at Monterey last August for $1.1 million, but it came directly from the Cunningham family’s ownership. This one deserves to be taken fully apart and redone from top to bottom. All the important stuff is here and when it’s done it’ll be worth enough to make the effort and expense worthwhile.