Broad Arrow Auctions moved quickly from its inaugural auction at the Monterey Jet Center in August to upstate New York and the single-owner sale of a whole bunch of cars from the collection of Jim Taylor.
Jim’s family started Taylor Made products in Gloversville, on the edge of the Adirondacks, in 1908 making canvas products for boats. It grew under Jim Taylor’s guidance into a multi-product boating-based supplier of equipment and accessories. Taylor Made was sold to Lippert Industries in 2018 for $88 million (according to Lippert’s website history.)
Jim also liked (an understatement) cars and over the years assembled a gaggle based not on possession but on the enjoyment and challenge of driving them on tours and long distance events which led to this auction being called “Passion for the Drive”.
Strong on Jaguars, Aston Martins and Fords, the collection nonetheless included old fire trucks, classics and an assortment of this’n’that, not to mention walls and tables full of automobilia. With the exception of something generously called “field art” (vehicles firmly planted in the ground and rusting away) all Taylor’s cars ran, drove and stopped. Many were subtly modified for better and more reliable performance. Others were sympathetically preserved cosmetically but with robust drivetrains and chassis.
It was a car-lover’s dreamland.
The Broad Arrow auction disposed of 131 vehicle lots with 130 offered without reserve and selling to the highest bidder. Jim Taylor kept a dozen aside for future driving adventures, adding a thirteenth when his Jaguar D-type (XKD 515), the only lot offered with a reserve, didn’t sell.
The sale was held in gorgeous early fall weather at Taylor’s car barn on the outskirts of Gloversville, NY, a town once better known for making … fine leather gloves. Jim Taylor was a presence talking with collectors and neighbors who came to see what was in their backyard at the end of a thirty-year tradition.
But there are still a baker’s dozen cars in Jim’s collection, and $20.6 million in his pocket for future acquisitions.
Here are the numbers (not including automobilia);
|Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
Lot # 500 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder Convertible; S/N 20967W281951; Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $19,600. – 164/150hp turbocharged flat 6, 4-speed, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, Firestone narrow whitewalls. – Mediocre old quick repaint with some overspray. Sound original chrome. Very good upholstery and interior trim. Orderly but aged engine compartment. Well-preserved and largely original. – The repaint takes this very attractive Corvair Monza Spyder out of the category “cherry” but other than that it is carefully preserved with 60,458 miles showing that are probably all it has done. It is a sweet little car, sure to attractive positive attention. The first car offered at Broad Arrow’s Jim Taylor auction, it could have brought more than this and still been a sound value.
Lot # 501 1961 Volvo PV544 Sport 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 327873; White/Grey vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $20,160. – 1,584/88hp, dual SU carburetors, 4-speed, Kraco AM-FM- cassette, hubcaps, trim rings, red steel wheels, radial blackwall tires, bumper overriders. – Dull original paint and chrome. Repainted left front fender has popping microblisters and a badly filled joint that suggests an accident repair. Also, the hood fits unevenly on the left side. Discolored upholstery with a big tear in the driver’s seat. An intriguing survivor, but no more than a beater. – Northeasterners love PV544s. Their ’40 Ford styling, immutable 4-cylinder engine and predictable handling make them ideal for carving backwoods gravel tracks. It’s no surprise Jim Taylor had one, nor that it’s in decent shape. The price it brought is commercially generous but it will be a rewarding enthusiast acquisition.
Lot # 504 1967 Land Rover Series IIA 109 Station Wagon; S/N 34300469A; Red/Grey leatherette; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Unrestored original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $42,000. – 2,625/83hp F-head six, 4-speed, center facing rear seats, safari roof, hood-mounted spare. – Dull, chipped, scratched, peeling paint. Sound upholstery. Rusty in front of the left rear wheel, otherwise sound. Can be taken deep into the woods without concern for cosmetics, a Jim Taylor beater. – The bidders saw potential in this beater Land Rover, and why not? Its capabilities are legend and even on a show field its condition will set it apart from the pristine Land Rovers that never see off-roading more challenging than a vast sward of green show fields. It is expensive in this transaction, but the expense and intrigue is understandable.
Lot # 506 1978 Cadillac Seville 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 6S69B8Q500327; Gold, Gold vinyl roof/Beige cloth; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $15,680. – 350/120hp, automatic, chrome wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, climate control, power windows and seats. – Unrestored and nearly like new except for the driver’s seat which has some light soiling and stretching. The odometer shows 33,836 believable miles. – This Seville, despite not being anything special, is beautifully preserved and has many miles of enjoyable, economical, driving before it. This result has no, zero, bupkus premium for its preservation and it can continue to be preserved or simply enjoyed for its originality, comfort and style.
Lot # 520 1964 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller; S/N MAW5D1079641; Engine # 10MA-U-H107811; Cream/Cream vinyl; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $10,080. – 1,098/48hp, 4-speed, body color wheels, hubcaps, Firestone tires. – Quick old repaint with dust inclusions. Sound older upholstery with flattened seat cushions. Varnished mahogany body wood framing. Chassis is used. Unrestored engine compartment. A usable driver. – The Morris Minor established the basis from which the famed Mini emerged with the same BMC A-series 1,098cc engine. Both were outstanding drivers with precise steering and the Minor had benign, if lazy, handling. Sedans are plentiful but it is the wood-framed Travellers that put their mark on every subsequent Mini, rear-wheel or front-wheel drive. This is sedan money for a usable and funky Traveller and an exceptional value even if at this price “exceptional” is measured in a few thousand dollars.
Lot # 523 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe Station Wagon; S/N 899A2344182; Cream, Wood, Black composite roof/Red leatherette; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $29,120. – 239/100hp flathead V-8, column shift 3-speed, 3-row seating, heater, remote spotlight, hubcaps, trim rings, body color wheels, wide whitewalls, fog lights. – Sound but aging old paint, some Ford script glass. Sound chrome and stainless. The body wood is original, stained, waterspotted at some joints and fasteners and in desperate need of varnish. The doors close smoothly and fit well. Mostly original and well-preserved. – The last year for the classic Ford woodie wagon now with cleaned up styling. By now Ford’s Michigan hardwood forests were depleted but this ’48 Ford still has some intriguing figure in its body framing. What the Jim Taylor auction bidders failed to see in this Ford woodie is not apparent but it was bought for ’48 sedan money, a steal under any circumstances even if its engine was a bucket of bolts.
Lot # 540 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk IIa BJ7 Convertible; S/N HBJ7L24721; Red/White; White vinyl top; Estimate $3,000 – $5,000; Unrestored original 5+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $3,360. – 2,912/136hp, overdrive 4-speed, white wire wheels, fog lights. – Buried in the dirt outside Jim Taylor’s building and showing the effects of several (many?) winters’ exposure to Adirondacks snow and rain, but remarkably complete, if rotten and dilapidated. Some of the chrome is surprisingly good and salvageable. A reasonable parts car for a BJ7 restoration. – One of many “yard art” and “field art” vehicles from Jim Taylor’s collection, and one of few cars with the rest being trucks of varied age and progression on their way back to the earth. Three grand is fair enough and there is more than that in the parts.
Lot # 801 1960 MG MGA 1600 Mk I Roadster; S/N GHNL68999; Red/Beige vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $30,800. – 1,588/80hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Pirelli tires. – Good older paint with an assortment of edge and stone chips, none of which detract from its appeal or usability. Loose fitting top. Clean, aged engine compartment. Stretched upholstery. Good gauges. A good driver. – While this is expensive for what this MGA is it reflects the aura of Jim Taylor’s appreciation for the model and for classic cars in general with a modest premium.
Lot # 805 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 6B696A9130044; Victoria Plum Firemist, Dark Red vinyl roof/Dark Red leather; Estimate $45,000 – $60,000; Original, modified for competition or performance 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $56,000. – 500/500hp, automatic, 2.73 axle, 3-inch exhaust, oil and transmission coolers, power steering, brakes, seat and windows, sunroof, Weld chrome 15-inch wire wheels, Vogue whitewalls, climate control, CB radio, upgraded suspension. – High performance engine from a ’70 Eldorado, said to be capable of <13-second runs on the quarter mile. 22,827 miles. Very good clearcoat paint with tiny flaws and shrinkage. Good chrome and upholstery. – If there was one car that embodied Jim Taylor’s “Passion for the Drive” it was this Cadillac sleeper. Primed to scorch the quarter-mile or rule at stoplight drags all while cossetted in button-tufted leather pillow back luxury, it’s a driver’s Caddy not the grandma’s Caddy it looks like from the outside. The Hagerty Price Guide pegs the regular 150hp ’80 Brougham d’Elegance at about $11,000 but the added 350 horsepower and overall preservation are more than worth the premium.
Lot # 808 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible; S/N 7C1002308; Tahiti Coral, Dover White/Black, White leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $56,000. – 322/255hp, Dynaflow, power steering and brakes, chrome wire wheels, radial wide whitewalls, WonderBar radio, power antenna, power windows. – A very well-maintained older restoration with age showing. Very good paint with minor flaws. The chrome is aging and starting to flake and the left front wheel chrome is discolored. The upholstery looks original and only lightly surface creased with delightful patina. The clean underbody is nearly like new. – While this is a very well-maintained older restoration the emphasis, at least to the Gloversville bidders, should be on “older”. It is a handsome car but long past its show condition period and was reasonably discounted here.
Lot # 813 1952 Willys CJ-3A Jeep Utility; S/N 451GB117583; Dark Red/Grey vinyl; Grey cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $33,600. – 134/60hp L-head four, 3-speed, 4-wheel drive, heater, single sidemount spare, half and full top with side curtains, dump trailer, Newton sickle bar mower, snow plow, front and rear power takeoffs, rear belt pulley drive, Ramsey winch, Timken circular saw. – Bought new by Arthur Knorr, producer of the Milton Berle show, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Sparsely used but fully accessorized for rural property maintenance, most of which are unused and still have their original tags. New wheels and tires (originals included.) Worn, scratched beyond its claimed 1,732 miles, but pristine and untouched. – This Jeep and its many accessories were purchased at Auburn Spring in 2013 for $30,250 and it brought slightly more here. It is a curiosity and fully kitted out with its various accessories mounted would make an eye-catching display, especially at a Jeep dealer, particularly at this modest price.
Lot # 815 2020 Ford GT ’69 Heritage Edition Coupe; S/N 2FAGP9EW2LH100148; Gulf Blue, Orange/Ebony Alcantara, Blue stitching; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,175,000 plus commission of 10.43%; Final Price $1,297,500. – 3,497/647hp twin turbo V6, 7-speed automanual, orange calipers, full body chipguarded. – One owner, under 850 miles and like new. One of 50 ’69 Heritage Editions built. – Calculated scarcity pays off and if you have to ask what it costs you can’t afford it.
Lot # 820 2006 Ford GT Heritage Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S86Y400285; Gulf Blue, Orange/Black; Estimate $650,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $560,000 plus commission of 10.89%; Final Price $621,000. – 330/550hp supercharged V8, 6-speed, polished BBS wheels, McIntosh stereo, grey calipers. – One owner, 5 miles, like new. – Perhaps overshadowed by the $1.3 million 2020 GT Heritage Edition sold a few lot earlier, this is a modest result for an unused 2006 GT Heritage Edition.
Lot # 823 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster Alloy; S/N 670116; Engine # W1225-8; Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Modified restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $252,000. – 3,442cc DOHC six, C-type head, 2-inch SU carburetors, 5-speed, aluminum radiator, bucket seats, Terratrip rally computer, gear reduction starter, front disc brakes, louvered hood, chrome wire wheels, radial tires. – Represented as the original matching-numbers engine block. Good paint, repositioned seats for tall drivers. Odd Firestone Destination A/T tires. Prepared for aggressive tours. Good chrome. Comes with the original seats. – Despite the cataloged ownership history I have this car sold by Coys in London November 1998 for $99,352 (£61,000 at the time) in pretty much the same configuration as it was offered here including the 8.5:1 compression ratio C-Type head, but not the 5-speed. Assessing its value in its current modified configuration is complicated. While it doesn’t have the stock configuration valued by most collectors of these rare early XK 120s it does have a long history in similar configuration and thoughtful modifications that make it both more enjoyable and safer on the road. The bidders chose to lean toward discounting on the basis of modifications which resulted in a superior value for a new owner who wants a lightweight XK 120 to drive and enjoy.
Lot # 835 1937 Horch 853 Cabriolet; S/N 853392; Engine # 850982; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 11.67%; Final Price $335,000. – 4,944/120hp inline eight, 4-speed, black wire wheels, Horch hubcaps, dual sidemounts, heater. – All original with dull, cracked, chipped paint. Cracked original upholstery. Rusty, dull chrome. Surprisingly good gauges and dashboard switches but the interior wood trim is dull and the varnish is cracking. Homemade top. Runs, drives and stops well. Needs everything, or nothing. Pebble Beach class winner in 2008. – The originality and preservation of this Horch is seriously impressive and deserves to be continued despite the difficulty of doing so while still being able to get some use and enjoyment out of it. The result here recognizes the challenges of being too sound and original to restore but of limited usefulness without risking compromising exactly that originality.
Lot # 836 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX2171; Wimbledon White, Black hardtop/Red leather; Estimate $950,000 – $1,200,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.56%; Final Price $995,000. – 289/271hp, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, red line Firestone tires, grille and trunk guards, luggage rack, Cobra radio, wind wings, dark grey sun visors, Rotunda 90-degree tach, two tops, side curtains. – Tattered and sun rotted upholstery. Dull, dirty, chipped original paint. Unpainted filler behind the passenger’s door. Good windshield. Aged gauges. Orderly and maintained engine compartment and chassis. “The Cobra in the Closet” stored from 1978-2007 with its original engine, gearbox, rear axle and several unusual early rack & pinion features. – Despite its somewhat dilapidated exterior and sun-rotted upholstery this Cobra is said to have been serviced and maintained in very good running condition and to retain all its important identification features. It may look like it’s been abused, but it hasn’t been, just maintained over a long storage period and since acquisition. Its unusual history and originality brought it a superior price, at least based on its exterior appearance, but under the skin it is a well-maintained fully original road-ready example. Cosmetic restoration would erase much of its appeal.
Lot # 839 1952 Allard J2R Roadster; S/N J2R3406; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $475,000 plus commission of 11.05%; Final Price $527,500. – Over-bored 331/400hp Cadillac, Holley 4-barrel, Vertex magneto, Muncie M22 4-speed, Halibrand quick change differential, custom radiator, Koni shocks, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, bucket seats, 4-spoke leather rim steering wheel, full width Plexiglas windscreen, fire system. – Excellent paint and lightly worn upholstery. The major chrome is good but the door hinge chrome is weak. Clear, sharp gauges. There is a small group of rusty bubbles on the deck behind the driver’s seat. One of only seven J2Rs built and the only original lefthand drive and two-door one. Meticulously clean and orderly engine compartment and chassis. – Sold by RM at Arizona in 2002 for $137,500 in pretty much the same condition and specifications as it has today. Holley and Muncie (sounds like a dance team) are not original but add performance, reliability and drivability to the package. Once squashed under a collapsed Canadian barn, the prior owner claimed most of the original body panels were retained and repaired. This result is a curve-setting figure reflecting its condition, rarity and performance as well as its Jim Taylor provenance.
Lot # 840 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S344; Wimbledon White, stripe delete/Black vinyl; Estimate $450,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $375,000 plus commission of 11.33%; Final Price $417,500. – 289/306hp, 5-speed, silver painted wheels, Radial T/A tires, woodrim steering wheel, stripe delete, comes with original 4-speed and Cragar S/S wheels. – Stored partially disassembled from 1967-2006. Dull, scratched, dinged original paint. Sound original upholstery except for a seam pull on the driver’s seat back. Dry, surface rusted underbody engine compartment and chassis. A marvelous unrestored survivor in good running and driving condition. – This is an appropriate result for this year, configuration and equipment but with no premium for originality or even the Jim Taylor provenance. It is a good value for the new owner.
Lot # 841 1953 Allard J2X Le Mans Roadster; S/N J2X3071; Engine # 2S222; Red/Red leather; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Competition car, original as-raced 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $252,000. – Over-bored 331 Cadillac, dual quads, T-10 4-speed, black wire centerlock wheels, Avon tires, full width glass windshield, Brooklands banjo spoke steering wheel. – Dull, chipped paint with a sanded off area on the hood after a long ago carburetor fire. Old but sound stretched upholstery. Stored for decades after the carburetor fire. Now in reliable running, driving condition with an orderly, maintained engine compartment. – Offered at the Leake auction in June 1993 in comparable condition and bid to only $45,000, it fared much better today even if it didn’t live up to the expectations of the pre-sale estimate range. It is one of only thirteen built of which nine are known to survive and despite the banged and fried body it deserved to bring more than this result.
Lot # 842 1954 Jaguar XK 120M Roadster; S/N S676175; Engine # F3869-8S; Dark Green/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $103,600. – 3,442/180hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Avon tires, Lucas tri-bar headlights. – Cylinder block and head match the JDHT certificate. An older restoration to like new condition, showing some use and age but very presentable and usable. Top scratched rear deck and painted over chips on top of both front fenders. One loose grille bar. Impressive engine compartment. Not like new but close. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2001 for $55,000, then at Amelia in 2002 for $60,500, the result here is indicative of the increasing recognition of XK 120s, particularly the uprated M and SE equipped examples, as important in America’s early 50’s sports car history and strong, generally reliable, cars for tours. This one would not have been expensive at the high estimate and is a good value for the money in this transaction.
Lot # 843 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster; S/N CSX3299; Guardsman Blue/Black leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.42%; Final Price $1,325,000. – 427/425hp, single 4-barrel, 4-speed, 10-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires, grille and trunk guards, grey translucent visors, wind wings, woodrim steering wheel, lowered, original jack, spare, grease gun and top frame. – Three owners from new. Stored for three decades until 2005. The original 428 engine was replaced by a 427 years ago but it comes with the original engine. Gorgeous paint. Usable but aged original upholstery. Original top, side curtains and tonneau cover. The engine compartment is nearly like new. A gorgeous Cobra with 7,366 miles. – Sold by RM at Boca Raton with the factory 428 under the hood in 2005 for $535,000 which was appropriate at the time, as is this price today. Having the performance of the 427 is a plus for those who appreciate performance while having the original 428 on an engine stand mollifies most Cobra purists who decry modifications and updates. It is an exceptional car bought for an exceptional, but realistic, price.
Lot # 852 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S398; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $375,000 plus commission of 11.33%; Final Price $417,500. – 289/306hp, 4-speed, 4-speed, Cragar Shelby wheels, Goodyear Blue Dot tires, pushbutton radio, woodrim steering wheel. Documented with dealer and Shelby order. – Represented as the original engine. Very good older paint with a few nicks and prep flaws starting to show up. Scratch on top of the right rear fender. Chips behind the headlight bezels. Good upholstery and crisp gauges. A well-maintained quality older restoration. – Sold by RM at Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 for $302,400, then at Monterey six months later for $308,000. It is showing a little age and some modest use but is still a high quality example of a correct GT350 that is not so good that a few careful (and highly enjoyable) miles will affect its value. It would not have been unreasonable had it brought a hammer bid at the low estimate.
Lot # 857 1954 Cunningham C3 Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N 5442; Engine # 52810226; Metallic Grey, Silver/Parchment, Grey leather; Estimate $900,000 – $1,100,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $855,000 plus commission of 10.58%; Final Price $945,500. – 331/310hp Chrysler FirePower Hemi V-8, four Zenith carburetors on a Cunningham log manifold, column shift 3-speed, exhaust headers, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, wheel covers, Firestone wide whitewalls, luggage, radio, heater. – Excellent paint, brilliant chrome, pristine upholstery and interior trim. Once owned by Briggs Cunningham’s grandson Robert B. Cunningham. Class winner at Amelia, 2nd in the Cunningham class at Pebble Beach in 2015, award winner at The Quail 2017, displayed in the Cunningham reunion at Greenwich in 2018. It has remained a show car since and is still essentially beyond perfect. – This auction may have been “Passion for the Drive”, but this Cunningham hasn’t be driven much more than around the block or on and off a show field since it was done. It is the one, shining example of gorgeous restoration and restoration preservation among the Jim Taylor cars. It would not have been expensive at a million dollars, but it is much more realistic at this result.
Lot # 858 1938 SS Jaguar 100 3 1/2 Liter Roadster; S/N 39016; Engine # M529E; Metallic Grey/Dark Grey leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $450,000 – $600,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $390,000 plus commission of 11.28%; Final Price $434,000. – RHD. 3,485/125hp six, 4-speed, folding windshield, dual aeroscreens, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop blackwall tires, rear-mounted spare, Lucas headlights, headlight and radiator stoneguards, side curtains, tonneau cover. – Restored in the 90’s for Archie Urciuoli with new front fenders (the original fenders come with it.) Excellent paint, bright chrome, nearly new upholstery. Bright, clear gauges. Chassis restored like new. CCCA National First Prize winner #1892 and still looks the part. Impressively maintained since its late 90’s restoration and wonderful. – The SS Jaguar 100 is the origin of the Jaguar legend where William Lyons’ design talent took full flight and was backed up by impressive power and performance. It is as pretty as any Alfa, Aston or Maserati of the era and makes, with apologies to Bentley lovers, a late R-R/Bentley look like a lorry. It is beautiful, and beautiful sells both in 1938 and in 2022. Gorgeous car, appropriate money.
Lot # 859 1952 Allard J2X Roadster; S/N J2X3048; Engine # E5528106; White, Red hood/Red leather; Estimate $375,000 – $425,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $325,000 plus commission of 11.54%; Final Price $362,500. – 331 Chrysler FirePower Hemi, dual quads, 4-speed, red wire wheels, dual sidemounts, Michelin Pilote X tires, dual Plexiglas windscreens, banjo spoke Bluemel’s steering wheel, cycle front fenders. – Excellent paint, upholstery and chrome. Restored better than new. Restored years ago by M.H. “Tiny” Gould (Broad Arrow specialist Donnie Gould’s father) with rather gaudy red hood and a Giants’ Despair hillclimb winner in 1958 with Cadillac power. Restored with appropriate Chrysler FirePower by Terry Healy in Australia. Acquired by Jim Taylor in 2014 and re-restored with a 4-speed. Impossible to fault in any meaningful way. – A dual quad Chrysler Hemi powered Allard is nothing if not a handful, maybe even an arm load, but this is an exceptional example with a known history from new. Its history and performance are apparent in the price it brought from the Gloversville bidders.
Lot # 860 1931 Cadillac 370A V-12 Sport Phaeton; S/N Engine No.1001085; Engine # 1001085; Champagne, Burnt Orange fenders and accent/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – 368/135hp V-12, 3-speed, orange wire wheels with chrome spokes, dual remote Lorraine spotlights, dual sidemounts, whitewall tires, Pilot-Rays, radiator stoneguard, wind wings. – Ex-Rick Carroll, from whom Jim Taylor’s father, Willard Taylor, acquired it and had it restored by Donnie Gould. 1993 AACA National First Prize and Senior, CCCA National First Prize number 1945 and Senior. Part of the Jim Taylor collection since 2000. Excellent old paint, chrome, interior and top. Not fresh but barely used and lovingly preserved. – This is a sweet old car with the best body style erected on any multi-cylinder Cadillac of the early 30’s. A fabulous motor car and a solid value in this transaction.
Lot # 862 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet, Body by Gangloff; S/N 57395; Engine # 275; Blue, Light Blue sides/Dark Grey leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $310,000 plus commission of 11.61%; Final Price $346,000. – RHD. 3,257/135hp inline dohc eight, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, Marchal headlights, fender mirrors. – Probably a later Type 101 engine restamped with the original engine number. Long owned by Henry L. Schaffer in the U.S. Good older paint with small flaws and cracks at stress points. Old, frayed window seals. Sound upholstery, interior trim and varnished wood. Bright, clear gauges. The chassis is older and shows age and road miles. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2006 for $396,000, offered at RM Monterey in 2008 where it was reported bid to $325,000 and later acquired by Ralph Whitworth. RM offered it at Amelia in 2009 where it was bid to $240,00 and was later acquired by Jim Taylor with the engine rebuilt by Sargent Metalworks subsequently. It is nifty but aged and is suitably discounted in this transaction.
Lot # 863 1937 Alvis 4.3-Litre Drophead Coupe, Body after Gurney Nutting; S/N 13639; Engine # 14219; Dark Blue/Dark Red leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Rebodied or re-created 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $112,000. – RHD. 4,387/137hp inline six, triple SU carburetors, 4-speed, body color wire wheels, Michelin tires, dual sidemounts, Lucas tri-bar headlights, halogen fog lights, luggage trunk. – Originally bodied by Charlesworth as a saloon, a body destroyed by fire in 2000. The chassis was shortened and a reproduction body after Gurney Nutting built. Sound but polishing swirled and edge chipped old paint. Good upholstery, interior trim, wood and gauges. Good chrome. Orderly engine compartment. – Sold by Bonhams at Beaulieu in 2014 for $101,102 (£61,980 at the time, this result is £99,900). Alvis is rarely credited for its design and technical quality, something this result reflects. The new owner got an attractive and comfortable rebodied drophead coupe for a modest but appropriate price, a car that should be enjoyed enthusiastically.
Lot # 864 1958 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster; S/N BEX389; Engine # 100D738; Black/Red leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $252,000. – 1,971/105hp, triple Solex carburetors, side outlet exhaust, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Avon tires, dual outside mirrors, side curtains, jack, tools, grease gun and spare. – Stored from 1969-2010. Dead, scratched, chipped original paint with touch-ups. Original engine. Stiff, cracked and torn upholstery. Threadbare carpets. Orderly but dirty engine compartment. Complete, not rotten and mechanically rebuilt. – There were so many beautifully maintained but largely original cars in the Jim Taylor collection that it’s hard to differentiate them. That said, this is one of the best, a car that looks like a beater but runs like a bear. It wears its history on its sleeve and restoring it would be sacrilegious. This result is modest, thoughtlessly discounted for the awful cosmetics but not taking the preservation and mechanical restoration into account. It is not for everyone, but for the one who appreciates it the value is significant.
Lot # 865 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210002745; Engine # 19898010002804; Fire Brigade Red, Black hardtop/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,650,000 plus commission of 10.30%; Final Price $1,820,000. – 2,996/250hp, 4-speed, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, chrome wheels, Dunlop tires, Becker Mexico multiband radio, Euro headlights, two tops, Talbot outside mirror, luggage. – 1986 AACA National First Prize and Senior. The windshield lower right corner is starting to delaminate. Excellent paint and chrome with slight scuffing from the top on the rear deck. Very good lightly stretched replaced upholstery with original interior trim panels. Clean restored underbody is like new as is the engine compartment. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2005 at RM’s Monterey auction from Joseph and Margie Cassini for $357,500 and mechanically refreshed since then. It is a standout 300SL Roadster and it brought a standout price.
Lot # 866 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 915417; Engine # 926235; Ice Blue/Dark Red leather; Dark Red cloth top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $235,200. – RHD. 2,443/90hp, single Solex carburetor, column shift 4-speed, multiband pushbutton radio, silver painted wire wheels, Pirelli tires, translucent visors, Lucas headlights. – Very good older paint holding up well. Good upholstery and interior trim. The wood door tops and dashboard are painted to match the upholstery. Good gauges and dash knobs. Old chassis with gloppy undercoat. Most chrome is good, but the hood hinge is discolored. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2001 for $108,000 and pretty much unchanged since then including the blotchy hood center hinge. It is at least as good as its price here indicates and is on a dealer’s website a week later asking $295,000.
Lot # 873 1962 Proteus Jaguar C-Type Recreation Sports Racer; S/N 1J50370BW; White/Black; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Non-factory replica 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $106,400. – RHD. 3,442 Jaguar with triple 45DCOE Weber carburetors, synchromesh 4-speed, overdrive, disc brakes, fuel cell, 4-point belts, silver painted wire wheels, Avon tires, full width Plexiglas windscreen, rollbar, fire system, Terratrip rally computer, Personal leather rim steering wheel. – Built for Nick Mason to contest the Carrera Panamericana and used by Jim Taylor for pre-running event stages. A well-used hot rod. – Sold by Gooding & Company at Amelia in 2013 for $93,500 and sold here for barely more (before commission) it’s hard to imagine having more fun for $106,400 than with this hot rod.
Lot # 874 1954 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Prototype; S/N 7A1169768; Dover White, Titian Red/Dark Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $120,000 – $160,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $44,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $49,280. – 264/200hp, Dynaflow, power steering and brakes, chrome wire wheels, WonderBar radio, power antenna, power windows, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, continental kit. – A 1954 Buick-based prototype for the ’55 Buicks. Well-preserved older paint, chrome and interior but definitely not flawless. Tired engine compartment. Its condition is better than its restoration’s age deserves. – Sold to Jim Taylor (who seems to have a Jones for 50’s Roadmaster convertibles) at RM’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in 2007 for $167,400. Overlooked here, a funky hybrid and bought cheaply.
Lot # 883 1964 Porsche 356 SC Coupe, Body by Karmann; S/N 215206; Engine # P810069; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – 1,582/107hp, 4-speed, Blaupunkt multiband radio, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, chrome wheels, hubcaps, Vredestein tires, tools. – Good paint poorly finished where it’s hard to see. Sound upholstery with seat cushion stretch. Orderly engine compartment not prepared to the standards of the exterior. Very good panel fits but the driver’s vent window is loose. Good chrome. A Porsche driver. – A Porsche 356 driver, and Jim Taylor’s collection wouldn’t have been complete without one. It’s a sound and usable car with no pretentions and it brought a healthy price.
Lot # 885 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 Utility; S/N SALDH1288PA916537; Acrylic White/Grey cloth; Estimate $75,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $78,400. – 3,528/134hp V-8, 5-speed, air conditioning, exterior roll cage, roof rack, center facing rear seats, grille guard, rear-mounted spare. – Original, unrestored and used. Ideal for driving around on the southern fringe of the Adirondacks. – The bidders weren’t as enthusiastic about this Defender as Jim Taylor, who owned it for 22 years, but they were pretty enthusiastic about its configuration and preservation.
Lot # 886 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus ’21-Window’; S/N 246011493; Engine # H5347731; Velvet Green, Pearl White/Tan vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $81,200. – 21 windows, folding sunroof, pushbutton Sapphire 1 radio, accessory multiband pullout portable radio, 3-row seating. – Very good paint, pristine upholstery and interior. Good chrome. Some oversights like window latch chrome and door latch galvanized parts. The chassis is restored and has some road use. Minor flaws that don’t detract much from an excellent presentation. – Would two more windows bringing the total to 23 elevate the value of this handsomely restored Microbus to Monterey levels and six-figures? Not likely. It’s a sound, attractive and responsibly restored example and a solid value at this price.
Lot # 887 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N AM115492090; Engine # AM115402090; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $280,000. – 4,930/320hp, four Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Becker Europa AM-FM, chrome wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Voxson 8-track in rear console. – Very good older paint and chrome. The original upholstery is aged and cracked but the driver’s seat looks like it’s been reupholstered. The underbody is restored and clean. – Sold by RM at Boca Raton in 2003 for $62,275 pretty much as it is today albeit with 1,100 more miles on its odometer. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2003 when it brought a 3rd in class after being driven around Monterey all week. A solid, honest, quality Ghibli SS that needs nothing and was appreciated by the Gloversville bidders for what it is.
Lot # 889 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer; S/N XKD515; Engine # E2023-9; Blue, White roundels/Dark Grey leather; Estimate -; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $7,520,000. – RHD. 3,442/275hp, triple Weber carburetors, short nose body, full windscreen, headrest (no fin), centerlock Dunlop alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, full width Plexiglas windscreen, metal passenger’s tonneau cover, Lucas halogen headlights, side exhaust. – Represented as the original engine. Sold new to Col. Ronnie Hoare as a road car and saw only limited racing with a subsequent owner. Eventually restored by Ardua Engineering in ’96 with sympathetic attention to its originality. Only 19,050 miles at the time, now showing 21,609 miles. Good quality repaint but applied over old paint; interior shows wear and use, minor body edge chips and small dimples. Very clean and almost like new throughout. – Pity Jim Taylor, his D-type didn’t sell and it joins his C-type among the now 13-keepers in his depleted collection. This D was reported sold by Brooks Auctioneers at Quail in 2000 for $1,102,500 then fell short at RM Monterey a year later at a reported bid of $950,000. With no significant racing history it depends upon the D-type’s legend and its performance for its value and the reported bid here, the only car in the Jim Taylor “Passion for the Drive” auction with a reserve, is realistic.