There were Porsches everywhere on Amelia Island this weekend.
Among the three established auctions, Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby’s, there were 73 of them. But nowhere were there more than at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Plantation auction: 38, 52% of the Amelia Island auctions’ Porsche population.
And Gooding guessed right, selling 35 of them, a breathtaking 92.1% sell rate – even though they missed on their headline consignment, the 1974 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo that finished second to a Matra prototype at Le Mans in 1974, falling a bit short of its expectation at a $5.4 million hammer bid.
Better smart than lucky, it would seem, with Gooding seeing $10 million more than RM Sotheby’s changing hands and $22 million more than Bonhams.
Porsches were the Amelia Island sweet spot, and Gooding had a full house of them along with an array of other exceptional cars, eleven of which sold on hammer bids of $1 million or more (six of them were Porsches), almost twice the six $1 million plus hammer bid cars sold at RM and Bonhams combined.
Is Porsche-centrism a fad, or a shift in preference? In the past 20 years it has been Porsche that won races, captured series’ championships, made heroes out of its drivers and excited the imaginations of younger enthusiasts. On the evidence at Amelia, it is a trend.
Gooding & Company seems to have anticipated it but RM responded to it by announcing a single-marque sale to be held at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta in late October.
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The cars reported here were observed on-site by me, Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold; the final text and comments are my responsibility.
They are sorted by marque, model, body style and year for easier review.
Lot # 86 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, Body by Touring; S/N AR192297; Silver-Grey/Oxblood vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – Body color wheels, hubcaps, Michelin X tires, heater, no radio. – Good clearcoat paint, new interior and chrome. Sloppily repainted old undercoat in the wheelwells. Faded and yellowed old gauges, dull steering wheel spokes and one crack in the rim. The engine has been out and done, them put back in a haphazardly and superficially prepared hole. An auction car. – This is emphatically not the ‘fresh from restoration’ car that is implied in the catalog, rather it is a hurried cosmetic redo designed to look good on the auction block and it achieved its goal, bringing a superior price not warranted by its presentation. The bidders weren’t lured into virtual reality by the estimate, but were chivvied along to paying a generous price for a cosmetically restored 2600 Alfa.
Lot # 35 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, Body by Bertone; S/N AR381257; Dark Blue/Red vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – Silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Pirelli tires. – Very good paint, interior and chrome. The underbody has old undercoat that has been overcoated. The engine compartment is orderly but not restored. A competent cosmetic restoration to very pretty tour car condition. – Sold by RM in Monterey in 2013 for $126,500 and changed hands here for essentially the same result, a static market performance that reflects its condition.
Lot # 29 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans Roadster; S/N BN1L155867; Engine # 1B213363; Iridium Silver/Red; Black vinyl top; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, Vredestein tires, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, overdrive, Le Mans equipment, heater. – Le Mans model upgraded during restoration with BMIHT certificate and 100 Le Mans registered. Excellent paint and chrome. Very clean engine bay. Even gaps. Recently restored and gorgeous. – A period-built 100 Le Mans is worth double this result but, as the 100 Le Mans Registry entry indicates, such distinctions have blurred over the years and here the new owner got a nearly impeccable 100/4 for no more than a standard 100/4 in comparable condition. Same performance, same event eligibility, much less money which adds up to an astute buy.
Lot # 62 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina Trasformabile Special Convertible; S/N 110B021926; Engine # 110004108530; Red, Cream/White; Tan top; Estimate $55,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $29,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,900. – A ‘Special’ endowed with three more hp bringing the total to a robust 21hp, 4-speed, hub caps, whitewalls, Trasformabile top, suicide doors. – Original U.S. market car, reportedly one of about 200. Very good paint and chrome, although the trim on the nose doesn’t quite fit flush. Cracks in the steering wheel cap. Small chip on the left rear fender. Light scratches on the chrome around the license plate lights. Recently restored and attractive, but not done to crazy high standards. Appropriate for what it is. – A decent little car in sound and presentable condition that brought a modest price leaving some opportunity for the new owner to bring it to Monterey in August where little things like this seem to do exceptionally well.
Lot # 20 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe, Body by Park Ward; S/N BC108LAR; Engine # A107BC; Red/Tan leather; Tan top; Estimate $250,000 – $280,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $214,500. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, Flying B, badge bar, Lucas driving lights, dual mirrors, sun shades, arm rest, column shift, Smiths dash clock, heater, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, wood dash and window trim, tan leather boot cover. – The cover for the right rear ash tray is missing. Light wear to the driver’s seat. Otherwise very good upholstery, carpets and redone wood. Sound but not immaculate older paint and chrome. Some significant road wear underneath but mostly tidy. One of 65 built and an inherently regal automobile, but neither fresh nor flawless. – It’s also neither a good deal nor a bad one, it’s just right, like Baby Bear’s porridge.
Lot # 84 1975 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 4291031; Engine # 4191031; White/Black vinyl; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. – Later BMW alloy wheels, quick ratio steering, optional polarized rear window, upgraded ignition and final drive (original comes with the car), tour tool kit. – Very good original paint without major flaws. The brightwork has been well maintained. The engine compartment is quite dull and aged, and the underbody is old with some road dirt. The interior has been very well kept and shows little use. Showing 64,611 believable km. Well maintained cosmetically with a few driver’s upgrades for usability. – This is a world record for the model, showing that originality can trump a high-dollar restoration and that the 2002 Turbo is gaining major traction among collectors. Gooding sold one for $143,000 at Pebble Beach last year and that seemed like a monumental price at the time. $50,000 more for this one’s originality and preservation (despite the modifications) is a generous premium.
Lot # 69 1989 BMW 635CSi Coupe; S/N WBAEC7410K0608660; Black/Black; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. – Sunroof, forged wheels with Michelin Radial Z tires, power seats and windows, air conditioning, cassette player. Three owner car. – Reportedly 7,187 miles from new. Very good, original paint and body. The alloy wheels have minor pitting starting to show and the lug nuts have minor surface rust. The mechanicals are very clean and the underbody shows minimal use. The interior has little wear at all with only light wrinkling to the driver’s seat to indicate any use. Showing 7,187 miles and represented with service records and tool kit. – This Bimmer was offered by Mecum at Dallas in 2014 where it was reported bid to the same amount that bought it here, $47,000, a reasonable offer then, a more reasonable result here.
Lot # 61 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet Stelvio, Body by Gangloff; S/N 57442; Engine # 57442 (see text); Black, Cream/Crimson vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $450,000 – $600,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $198,000. – RHD. Cream wire wheels, Michelin XC tires, Carello headlights. – Replacement engine. Originally a Labourdette cabriolet, rebodied with this Gangloff Stelvio cab body at some point. An Earl Scheib repaint over body cracks and poor prep. Sound old upholstery, aged gauges, old faded top. Dirty original chassis. Orderly but old engine compartment. – Pictured in the catalog in the snow, this is a Bugatti that could be driven in all conditions without having much if any negative effect on its condition. Just hose it off when the drive is over. It’s been in the current ownership since 1968, exactly a half-century, and is like an old and honored family retainer now ready for a new steward to continue its care and maintenance or, as this price suggests, as the basis for going to Scott Sargent for a nut-and-bolt restoration. It will always be bothered by the replacement engine and swapped coachwork, though, and this is a realistic price to pay for it, despite the grandiose estimate.
Lot # 37 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible; S/N 5762095559; Elysian Green/Elysian Green leather; Elysian Green cloth top; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – Dual 4-barrels, batwing air cleaner, Silver Sabre wheels, Silvertown whitewalls, full complement of options including cold, functional factory A/C. – Restored to beyond perfection with flawless paint, chrome, glass, top and everything else. A drop dead gorgeous Cadillac that will stop traffic anywhere it appears. AACA Senior, Cadillac LaSalle Grand National and Amelia Island Class winner. Meticulously maintained and still nearly flawless eighteen years after its restoration. – This Caddy was sold by Worldwide in Atlantic City in 2011 for $247,500, then by RM at Hershey in 2015 for $220,000. It really has not deteriorated to any significant degree since then. Its odometer displays only 201 miles more now than it did seven years ago. It’s a showpiece and could have brought $200,000 or so without being expensive.
Lot # 47 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet, Body by Ghia; S/N 0233EU; Engine # 0233EU; Turquoise Blue/Cream leather, Blue piping; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,200,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,454,545 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,600,000. – RHD. Outside laced chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Avon tires, cutaway fender skirts, owner’s manual, tool kit, restoration and research files. – Ghia’s 1952 Geneva show car, then at the Turin show. Discovered in a Grand Blanc, Michigan barn in 2011 with Chevy power. Purchased by Tom Shaughnessy who reunited it with its original engine. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2017, Platinum and the Wayne Obry Memorial Cup winner at Cavallino this year. Concours restoration, excellent fresh paint, interior and chrome. Bright, crisp gauges. The underbody is restored better than new, too, but not overdone. – Adorned with many neat little details befitting its show car purpose to display Ghia’s design and construction abilities, it came up short on the block but was concluded later at this all-in price, a particularly good deal for the new owner in a unique early Ferrari restored to the highest standards.
Lot # 15 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 08125; Engine # 08125; Silver/Blue vinyl; Estimate $2,500,000 – $3,250,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,530,000. – Centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, aircraft style belts, tool kit. – Stored since 1991 along with lot #16, 417 Cobra. A crusty, dirty barn find that is sound and complete under the dirt of generations. Recently serviced and running (barely). Despite the dirt and mildew, the underlying 275 GTB is remarkably good, and the alloy body is sound and largely dent and ding free. – Featured widely, including on Tom Cotter’s ‘Barn Find Hunter’ and at the recent Cavallino Classic, the case for this 275 GTB is strong and it will probably clean up to be reasonably presentable and to be drivable after extensive mechanical work. That said, it will probably get reduced to its parts and restored in some fabulously expensive and nearly interminable process, losing all the fun of its first car wash and amazing onlookers with its preservation. The price it brought is appropriate for its condition and history, but is a bargain for its potential in the preservation game.
Here’s an idea: The new owner could hold a charity raffle for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give this Ferrari (or its Cobra stablemate) its first wash in a quarter century.
Lot # 11 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 19377; Azzurro Metallizzato/Tan leather, Black stripe; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $227,273 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $250,000. – 5-spoke alloy wheels, Euro-spec dry sump engine, power windows. – Excellent fresh paint and interior. Fastidiously restored, completed in 2017 and described as having under 250 miles since it was completed. It is better than new without going to excess. – Closed post-block at a negotiated all-in price, this is a Ferrari that will be proudly owned and driven, although it’s almost too good to be driven except under the most benign conditions. The result here is about what the consignor represents having spent on the restoration, and the car’s condition leaves no reason to doubt that expenditure.
Lot # 65 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 15609; Engine # 0405; Silver/Tan leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000. – Centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin MXV4 tires, Becker Mexico cassette, power windows, air conditioning, books, tools. – 18,937 miles and three owners from new. Fresh clearcoat over the original paint, good and only lightly worn upholstery and interior trim. Orderly but not restored engine compartment with an oil puddle on the crossmember. MSD ignition box on one side, Autronic Controls box on the other. An attractive and well-preserved driver that does not seem ever to have been neglected. – Offered at Mecum’s Monterey auction in 2016 where it was reported bid to $275,000 and bought here at a modest price befitting its age, but not its low miles or preservation. It is a good value for the new owner.
Lot # 36 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 0491SA; Engine # 0491SA; Amaranto/Tan leather; Estimate $5,000,000 – $6,000,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $3,900,000. – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Blockley tires, Marchal headlights and fog lights. – Excellent fresh paint, interior and chrome. No blemishes or issues of any significance. The underbody, chassis and engine are like new. 12,156 km from new. Built for H. Richard Dietrich, president of Luden’s and painted the color of a root beer cough drop. Restored for the present owner after its 1999 acquisition from Greg Garrison and impossible to fault. – It is pretty amazing that this 410 Superamerica has survived 60+ years while accumulating only 12,156km, but two complete restorations. The reported high bid is not unreasonable for it, but the owner can be forgiven for thinking it is worth more than this.
Lot # 21 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFBV55A420129484; Black/Beige leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – F1 gearbox, SF shields, yellow calipers, high back carbon fiber seats, climate control, Ferrari stereo, manuals, tool kit. – Stated to be under 12,000 miles from new and showing no significant use or wear. – Sold by Gooding at Scottsdale last year for $159,500 and changed hands here at significantly less, the price history of a well maintained but little used Ferrari that a year ago was represented as under 11,800 miles, about the same as today’s representation of “less than 12,000 miles”. It was shooed off the Mecum Las Vegas auction block in November having attracted no meaningful interest.
Lot # 67 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Coupe; S/N ZFFFC60A070150621; Black/Black leather, Red stitching; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $506,000. – 6-speed, Red calipers, SF shields, carbon brake discs. – Chipguarded nose. Like new. One of twenty built for the U.S. market with the 6-speed manual gearbox. Owned during 2011 by baseball pitcher C.J. Wilson. – Such is the allure of the 6-speed that it vaults this 599 GTB to a value more than twice that of its more efficient but less challenging F1 counterparts. Value, as we all know, lies in the eye of the beholder and beholders these days like 6-speed Ferraris.
Lot # 58 2003 Ferrari Enzo Berlinetta; S/N ZFFCZ56B000133495; Red/Red leather; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,700,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,365,000. – Assembly #50424. SF shields, Black calipers, Bridgestone tires, front end lift, air conditioning. – Chipguarded nose and mirrors with a small application wrinkle on the right mirror. Otherwise like new with just over 1,600 miles from new. Imported from Japan last year and Federalized at JK Technologies. – This is an appropriate result for a barely used Enzo, even with 1,600 or so miles on it, but it could have brought more and still been appropriate.
Lot # 59 1953 Fiat 1100 Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N 24545; Engine # 025389; Velvet Green, Black roof/Pumpkin leather, Green piping; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $380,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $418,000. – 1,089/50hp, Nardi intake, dual carbs, 4-speed, wheel covers, Pirelli tires, Marchal headlights, tool roll, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – This is a cute little thing with expressive coachwork, freshly restored with better than new cosmetics but not overdone. Neat, clean and orderly under the hood, and a cute little Fiat engine. Bright, crisp gauges. Impeccably and recently restored, displayed at Pebble Beach in 2016, Best in Class at Amelia Island and comes with Giovanni Michelotti’s original pencil sketches for the coachwork. – The proportions appear a little odd in the catalog photos but in person all is resolved and it becomes a handsome little car with character and style. This is a lot to pay for a Millecento Fiat, but not so much for the rare Vignale coachwork and the glorious restoration.
Lot # 28 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV Coupe; S/N J12; White, Blue/Black; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,750,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,925,000. – One of two spare GT40 Mk IV chassis left over from the Le Mans racing program. This example was later completed using spare parts and period correct items, including the tunnel port 427 engine. – Built up from an original, never used, spare tub, passing through various specialists in the U.K. until it was assembled with an assortment of FAV spares, powered by a tunnel port 427 and given this number by agreement with the owner of the other surviving spare tub. Good paint with a few minor cracks on the clamshell near the driver’s door as well as a few chips at the bottom of the rear window. The clamshell latches also have some worn paint. The interior has little obvious wear. A reasonably well maintained example since completion in the late 80s. Never actually raced or used in period and the possessor of an FIA HTP acknowledging its construction to correct period configuration. – It’s real enough to be worth nearly $2 million, and not worth so much, nor so irreplaceably historic it can’t be driven with verve. A Mk IV with period competition history is about three times this price and the driving experience and appearance are the same resulting in a transaction here that is fair to both the seller and the new, very lucky, owner.
Lot # 14 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster; S/N 671928; Engine # W42358; Black/Tan; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – Steel wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, fender skirts, tri-bar Lucas headlights. – Good newer chrome apart from a dull and lightly pitted original windshield frame. Very old repaint with some light chips, scratches and blisters throughout, but it’s still shiny. A few cracks and scuffs on the paint behind the seats. Lightly worn but very well kept original interior with clear original gauges and only slight wrinkling and discoloration to the upholstery. Lightly oxidized but tidy underneath. Mostly original with a satisfying level of patina and represented to be the original engine. Kirk F. While collection. – While this is a reasonable price for an aged, well-maintained XK 120 Roadster its price owes little to its long term ownership by Kirk F. White and is, by any measure, a standout XK 120 bought for little money.
Lot # 49 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Roadster; S/N 875231; Engine # R13469; Black/Black; Black cloth top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $320,000. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, cloth boot cover, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt pushbutton stereo. – Matching numbers. Formerly owned by Bobby Rahal. Has the flat floor, welded louvers and external latches that make it a top dollar car from a collectability standpoint. Formerly a JCNA show car reportedly judged to 100 points. Still a gorgeous car but the paint, while free of blemishes, just isn’t fresh any more. The seats also show a little wrinkling but essentially spotless underneath and in the engine compartment. Still a show car, but maybe no longer a show winner. It still ticks all the right boxes for Jag collectors. – This result is consistent with this E-type’s configuration, history and condition. It matters not that drivers have to wear size 8 or smaller shoes to operate the pedals, or that the seats will deaden butts and backs in an hour’s drive. This is the one the collectors want but because of their peculiar ergonomics they’re destined to spend most of their time on exhibition while owners take out a later SII 4.2 with footwells and cushioned seats for weekend drives.
Lot # 23 1954 Kurtis 500S Roadster; S/N KK500S024; Red/Black leather; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $102,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $112,750. – Centerlock style alloy wheels, unbranded tires, cycle front fenders, halogen headlights, four wheel disc brakes, chrome rollbar, full width Plexiglas windscreen. – Completed from a derelict chassis by Frank and Arlen Kurtis and their family. New rear fiberglass panel fabricated from original mold, many NOS fittings used from remaining stock. Very good paint with touched up stone chips on the nose and the front of the rear fenders. Very good chrome and upholstery. The suspension shows miles. – Back in 2011 when Gooding sold this Kurtis in Scottsdale for $165,000 it had 1,763 miles. Today it has 4,958, 3,195 more, so it has seen some meaningful use. It was sold again by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2014 for $170,500. While the chassis frame may have some history, the rest of the car is more recent, making it a Kurtis only from the family’s connection and this is a representative price for it, and for its potential on the road.
Lot # 56 1947 Kurtis Kraft V8-60 Midget; S/N F139; White, Maroon/Red leather; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Competition restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. – V8-60 with Tattersfield aluminum heads and dual carb intake, magneto, in-out gearbox, 4-wheel Casale disc brakes, polished centerlock alloy wheels, chrome suspension, hydraulic lever shocks, torsion bar suspension, Casale quick change rear. – Represented as raced in period by George Bignotti and Bob Sweikert. Show quality paint, chrome and upholstery showing a little age but no significant use. – Gooding has done well with charming midgets like this recently, getting $35,200 for an Offy-powered example in comparable condition in Scottsdale two months ago. This is significantly more, but the appeal of Henry’s little V8-60 burns strongly and the new owner will be proud to tool around in it, or just enjoy its superb presentation.
Lot # 17 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Coupe; S/N ZA9DU01B3XLA12246; Rosso Diablo/Cream leather; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $214,500. – CD player, power windows, telephone dial modular wheels. – Showing 7,285 miles that are stated to be all that’s been acquired in the last 19 years. Very good paint with no signs of excessive wear. The underbody and mechanicals show minimal use. The interior is generally clean and the seats have heavy wrinkling on the cushion. Low miles and cosmetically maintained reasonably well, but not quite like-new. – Bid to $230,000 at Mecum Monterey in 2016 and not sold again at RM Sotheby’s Arizona last year at a $220,000 high bid. Both of those were reasonable offers in today’s Diablo strengthening market for Diablos, and while the seller’s expectations may not have changed, the car was offered by Gooding at no reserve and sold this time at a lower but still reasonable bid. It actually has been driven a little, having been described as “under 4,000 miles” when offered by Barrett-Jackson in LA in 2002.
Lot # 39 1910 Lion-Peugeot V2Y2 Sport a Chaines; S/N 3958; Engine # 5173; Light Green, Dark Green accent/Black leather; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. – RHD. 1,702/16hp two-cylinder engine, 3-speed, double chain drive, bulb horn, single sidemount spare, brass cylinder fuel tank, Ducellier lights and acetylene generator, ivory wood spoke wheels. – Believed by Peugeot to be the only surviving V2Y2 with this body style and chain driven. Restored over many years by John Lothrop, class winner at Amelia Island in 2016. Largely impeccable and surpassingly cute with excellent paint, bright brass and a clean, orderly engine compartment. – The abundant details and meticulous restoration make this Lion-Peugeot particularly appealing. The caliber of the workmanship is especially impressive and the little inline side valve 2 cylinder is a gem. The bidders here at Gooding were obviously equally impressed with it and it was one of only seven lots in the auction sold over the high estimate. Was it worth it? Abundantly.
Lot # 52 1983 March-Chevrolet 83G IMSA Race Car; S/N 83G02; White, Blue “Apache Power Boat”/Black cloth; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Competition restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $235,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $258,500. – RHD. 383 Chevrolet, Kinsler FI, 550 brake horsepower, Hewland DGB 5-speed, gold center BBS wheels, Avon tires, fire system. – 2-time IMSA champion 1983 and 1984 driven by Al Holbert and Emerson Fittipaldi in 1983 and at Miami in 1984. Randy Lanier, Bill and Don Whittington drove it for the rest of 1984 with sponsorship from the Apache boats so useful in their business. Restored like new with very good paint and orderly, clean, professional chassis and drivetrain. Poor headlight cover fit. New fuel cell, seat belts, hoses and two hours on the most recent engine rebuild. Comes with gears, extra wheels, spare front wing, Hewland DGB gearbox, refueling equipment and a trailer. – This is huge performance as well as some scintillating history in a competition car in excellent condition and the new owner, as well as the consignor, should be satisfied with the result.
Lot # 5 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible; S/N 11304410020675; Engine # 13098310007377; Dark Red (DB 542)/Cognac leatherette; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 4-speed, Becker Mexico cassette, hubcaps, trim rings, Tiger Paw blackwalls, Euro headlights, two tops. – Erratic old clearcoat repaint with edge chips, small scratches on top of the left front fender. The engine compartment is dirty, original and disorganized. The paint is described as done in 2008, perhaps at Earl Scheib (“$29.95, any car, any color.”) – OK, maybe the paint isn’t Earl Scheib quality, but it’s not a lot better, and the new owner has many, many ways in which to improve this 280SL, even with its desirable 4-speed manual gearbox. This is a generous price despite the optimistic estimate range for a $55,000 car.
Lot # 57 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300Sb Coupe; S/N 1880115500041; Engine # 1889205500040; Dark Grey/Light Grey leather; Estimate $475,000 – $550,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $430,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $473,000. – 300Sb coupe with hub caps, whitewalls, Becker Le Mans radio, Bosch driving lights, floor shift, pushbutton radio, wood dash and window trim, fitted luggage, dash clock. – One of 216 built. Fully restored with very light road wear underneath. Excellent paint and chrome. Even gaps. Flawless interior wood and clear restored gauges. Very light wear to the seats. An immaculately restored, rare top of the line car, just driven a bit. – The catalog describes the 300Sb as an interim variant between the 300S and the later fuel injected Sc, a distinction that isn’t well-known. Regardless of its nomenclature, however, this is a gorgeous example, beautifully restored and assiduously maintained. Its result his is no more, nor less, than it deserved.
Lot # 43 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10001212001049; Engine # 10098012001086; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, Becker Europa stereo, air conditioning, original tools and service kits. – Recently serviced. The windshield is delaminating a bit at the bottom. Very good older paint and chrome. Scratched up door handles and lightly pitted window frames. Very good interior other than very lightly worn seats. Even gaps. Few signs of use underneath. A few scuffs on the whitewalls. While a few details are lacking, all the expensive stuff seems to be in good order and this is a very solid short wheelbase 600. Brumos Porsche collection. – First owned by NBC Orchestra conductor Don Ricardo, a famed collector of primarily M-B automobiles. It was sold at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in 2002 for $27,600 where it was represented and appeared as unrestored, as it is today. The cost of restoring one of these is staggering and the opportunity to acquire one with a lengthy history of ownership by informed, caring enthusiasts for this price is too good to pass up.
Lot # 6 1949 Nash 600 Airflyte 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N K280520; Engine # S25067; Black/Gray cloth; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – 172/82hp six, 3-speed, wheel covers, Goodyear blackwall tires, column shift, factory radio. – Dull but sound original paint and chrome. The paint is free of cracking or major blemishes, but has light swirl scratches all over. Old tires. Tidy underneath. All original with low miles represented as 5,621 from new. Could be the best unrestored one around. Looks like a bathtub, but one of the most aerodynamic cars of its day and an early example of the wind tunnel shaping car design. – This car had a $45,000 high estimate, and that seemed perfectly reasonable. Two people just had to have this Airflyte, though, realizing that the opportunity to buy an unrestored one this good may never come up again. The seller must be ecstatic. The underbidder must be relieved. This is a huge result that goes beyond curve-setting.
Lot # 3 1953 Porsche 356 1500S Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 50161; Radium Green, Dark Green roof/Brown; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – Single family ownership for 62 years, currently has a Volkswagen engine installed, includes a period correct replacement engine and outfitted with exclamation mark bumper overriders front and rear that belong on a ’51 Buick. – Last driven in 1976. There are chunks of paint missing and there is surface rust throughout. Light damage to the right quarter panel as well as damage to the top of the right fender. Rusted out right door bottom and hinge post. The engine compartment is filthy and derelict. The interior is dirty and the seats are shredded. This car needs a complete restoration only a marque expert can competently accomplish, which is bound to cost dearly. – This 356 isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime barn find and the described ‘patina’ isn’t, it’s rot and neglect. It will take many thousands of dollars and several years to get right again and it still won’t have its original engine. At this price, the new owner already has too much money in it, and the costs are only going to snowball from here. Not even Barry Meguiar has potions to fix this derelict hulk.
Lot # 66 1957 Porsche 356A 1500 GT Carrera Coupe; S/N 100969; Silver/Black; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $506,000. – Bumper overriders, snow tires on the rear. – Abandoned in a carport in the 70’s with its original engine disassembled, which is how it was found. The paint is almost completely worn off the hood and fenders, the tires are mis-matched and almost flat, the engine is in boxes, the interior is old, dirty and overwhelmingly musty-smelling. It has its original gearbox. A ‘barn find’ derelict in desperate need of a full, and very costly restoration. – A Carrera GT Coupe with its original engine and gearbox could be worth $900,000 freshly and competently restored. That’s just $400,000 more than this rat brought and the specialist technicians, let alone finding or making the missing parts after sitting around for 40+ years, will eat into that difference quickly. At this price it isn’t unrealistic, just optimistic, the stuff of Porsche dreams.
Lot # 71 1960 Porsche 356B Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 152862; Engine # 800204; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $122,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $134,750. – Chromed wheels, Potenza tires, cloth boot cover, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, Super 90 engine. – Comes with CoA and original tools and jack. Very good paint and chrome with nothing to pick on. Nearly spotless recently detailed engine bay. Light visible wear on the driver’s seat but the interior is otherwise fully restored and pretty. The only other thing to pick on is that the Super 90 badge on the tail is a little dull and isn’t flush on the body. In a sale flooded with Porsches, it’s hard to stand out. This is a good car, but given its non-original engine and minor flaws it’s easy to miss in this setting. James G. Hascall collection. – The first of a dozen Porsches from the collection of James G. Hascall, this is a responsible price for a 356B Cab. The Super 90 engine is a driver’s bonus, if not enhancing the Porsche’s collectible aspirations.
Lot # 30 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 GS/GT Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 110858; Engine # P95072; Ruby Red/Black, Beige cloth inserts; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000. – GS/GT, matching engine, lightweight seats, comes with Porsche factory Kardex, restoration done by marque specialist Jeff Adams. – Vintage raced during the 80’s and 90’s by Manfred Knebel in Germany. Freshly restored, engine upgraded to 692/3A specifications. The paint is phenomenal. Very good brightwork. The engine and underbody have all been redone to very good quality. The interior has been completely redone and has no obvious flaws. A beautifully restored genuine car with no corners cut. – During a very much Porsche-centric week in Amelia Island how this GS/GT with its rarely seen original engine escaped the bidders’ attention with this parsimonious bid is hard to understand. But, perhaps it had to do with the modifications to the engine? Is the departure from originality enough to overcome the increased performance? In the absence of testimony from bidders the answer to that question will have to be held in abeyance, leaving only a lingering regret that it didn’t find market equilibrium.
Lot # 32 1966 Porsche 911 Coupe; S/N 304427; Engine # 907674; Slate Gray/Red; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $235,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $258,500. – Fog lights, steel wheels with hub caps, Michelin XAS tires, woodrim steering wheel, wood dash, Blaupunkt pushbutton stereo, gold brightwork, heater. – Represented as matching numbers and only three owners from new. Finished in great colors. Excellent paint and brightwork. Spotless and fully redone underneath. Immaculate fully restored interior with no wear to speak of. A fantastic early 911. You couldn’t ask any more of this car. It’s fresh and show-ready, with awards as late as 2015. – Amelia Island was full of strong prices this year, but the truly over-the-top results were for cars that were either absolute top notch restorations or immaculate preservation. There are lots of good early 911s out there, but few are as exhaustively restored as this one and it brought even higher than top dollar.
Lot # 79 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Targa; S/N WP0BB2969PS440108; Guards Red, Black Carrera graphics/Black leather with Gray cloth inserts; Black top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – Cup wheels, cassette player, power windows, includes jack, tools compressor and books, Porsche CofA documented. – Excellent paint with no noticeable aging. The underbody is very clean and the interior is like new. Showing 3,418 miles without representation that it is all it has covered although nothing about the car suggests it is more. Only the driver’s seat has any wear with a few wrinkles. Represented as one of just 137 for the U.S. market in 1993. James G. Hascall collection. – This is very strong money for a rare and well-kept but not extraordinarily special car.
Lot # 54 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS390261; Engine # 63S85858; Riviera Blue/Black, Gray leather; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $650,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $715,000. – Blaupunkt radio, Clubsport wings, Exclusive Department interior includes books, tools and documentation. – The stunning Riviera Blue paint is like new. The underbody is immaculate and shows few signs of real use. The interior is practically unused. Showing 12,845 km which are claimed, and to all intents and appearances are, from new. Sold new in Germany. A fantastic example of an exceptionally rare 993. Not U.S. compliant, nor old enough to be exempt and will need a Show and Display exemption to be imported permanently – Low mileage, great colors and desirable specs. Another very strong sale for a car that ticked all the right boxes for Porsche-philes, a fabulous 993-series Porsche.
Lot # 40 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring Coupe; S/N 9113600029; Engine # 6630038; Light Yellow, Black Carrera graphics/Black leather; Estimate $750,000 – $900,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000. – 2,687/210hp, 5-speed, sunroof, Fuchs wheels with Pirelli P6000 tires, Becker Europa radio, includes books, tools and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity – Excellent paint with only a minor crack at the bottom of the driver’s side A-pillar. The wheels are not overly polished. A few minor nicks can be seen on the left front and right rear. The engine compartment is very clean with minimal evidence of run time and the underbody has a few small spots of worn paint. The interior has been redone and the driver’s seat has a little wear. Restored well in the 1990s and has received attention more recently. Represented as the matching numbers engine. – If only you’d known at the time, this Porsche was sold by RM at Monterey in 1999 for $68,750 fresh from restoration. But times have changed and today, even with the restoration aging a little, it went home with its consignor at this bid, which was twice what it was bid to at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in 2009.
Lot # 22 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.1 Turbo Coupe; S/N 9114609102R13; Silver, Martini graphics/Black; Estimate $6,000,000 – $8,000,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $5,400,000. – Avon Racing tires, 500hp 2.1-liter turbo engine, roll cage, cross-drilled rotors. – Second overall at Le Mans in 1974 (Muller, van Lennep) behind a Matra. Then finished second at Watkins Glen, fifth at Brands Hatch with the same drivers and a DNF at Daytona (Ongais, Follmer, Field). Lots of chips in the paint. Scrape in the left rear. Crack in the body below the driver’s door. Worn steering wheel and lightly faded gauges. One of four of these 2.1 Turbos, which were the first of the turbocharged racing 911s. One of the ultimate ’70s competition cars, for the most part sitting just as it raced. – A history of just a few, informed, caring owners has left this 911 in largely as-raced condition and exposed it to little more than demonstration runs since 1977. Its importance to Porsche’s racing lineage is basic. And all those factors make its determination of value very difficult, which is apparent in its non-result here. The difference between bidder and seller cannot be large, however.
Lot # 74 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0AC2962RS480154; Midnight Blue/Classic Grey leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $187,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $206,250. – Modular wheels, red calipers, sunroof, heated seats, factory CD player. – The paint is very good with no obvious flaws. The driver’s seat is the only item in the car that shows any sort of wear and even that is minimal. Showing 27,489 miles but looks like a car with far fewer. Enjoyed intermittently and pampered from new. James G. Hascall collection. – One of the few modest 964 sales of the week, more due to the mileage than the condition. Regardless, the result here is still about four times as much as it was worth before everything with a Porsche badge started getting expensive a few short years ago.
Lot # 55 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS392126; Speed Yellow/Black, Yellow leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,800,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,350,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,485,000. – Air conditioning, electric windows, Red calipers, German delivered car, includes records, books, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and tools. – Very good paint with no signs of use. The underbody is immaculate as well as the interior. Showing 9,678 km. A wonderfully maintained example of the ultimate road going 993, and finished in a desirable color. Not U.S. compliant, nor old enough for an exemption, and will require a renewed Show and Display exemption to stay in the U.S. – There were less than 200 of these hardcore homologation cars built, and they are among the most desirable of all 911s, so they make quite a stir when they come to auction. RM sold one in London in 2016 for $2.4M, but that was an excessive result and this is still serious and strong money for one of these cars.
Lot # 13 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Coupe; S/N WP0AE2A99BS778187; Black/Black, Red Alcantara inserts; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $490,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $539,000. – Carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber hood, door mirrors and accents, centerlock wheels, racing seats, yellow calipers. – The paint, body and interior are all pristine. Showing 752 miles and well kept. Essentially a new car. – Porsche’s lightweight, twin-turbocharged, rear-drive 997 GT2 RS was the most extreme 911 of its day and cost about a quarter of a million dollars when new. At this way higher price just seven years later, it’s safe to call it an instant collectible, which has been the fate of several limited-production high-performance Porsches in recent years. It has “painted headlight washers”, perhaps significant to Porschephiles.
Lot # 82 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0AC2998TS375247; Guards Red/Cashmere Beige leather; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – Sunroof, sport seats, Bose stereo, air conditioning, Red calipers includes CARFAX report, books, tools and jack. – Excellent paint and body. The underbody shows some but not excessive use. The seats have some creasing and light wear. A well maintained car with 21,983 miles. James G. Hascall collection. – Another case of the bidders paying more attention to the mileage than the objectively very good condition of the car. This was essentially driver money paid for a car that arguably deserved around 200 grand.
Lot # 8 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe; S/N WP0AC2994VS375930; Ocean Blue/Classic Grey; Estimate $300,000 – $375,000; Original, modified for competition or performance, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000. – Engine upgraded to 993 GT2 3,601/55hph specifications by Andial, yellow calipers, carbon fiber dash. – Very good paint with no obvious issues. The underbody shows minimal use and the interior is well maintained with only light creases to the driver’s seat to indicate use. Showing 21,540 miles which are represented to be from new and nothing about the car suggests they aren’t. A fairly well maintained car with performance upgrades. – Sold for a few bids less than the other, unmodified ’97 Turbo S at this sale, so it’s a relatively modest price that buys a car discounted for modifications, but it’s still a fair number.
Lot # 76 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe; S/N WP0AC2999VS375745; Polar Silver/Black leather; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. – Sunroof, carbon fiber dash and steering wheel, radio delete, includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, CARFAX report, manuals, tools and jack. – Excellent paint with no noticeable blemishes. The underbody is extremely clean. The interior is well kept, although the driver’s seat has some creasing. CarFax supported 15,058 miles from new. – The 993 Turbo S had an extra 24hp on top of the standard Turbo in addition to other enhancements, and they can be worth about twice as much. This wasn’t a particularly strong price considering the generally great condition of the car, but it was within Gooding’s reasonable presale estimate and a number that the seller can be satisfied with.
Lot # 53 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Liechtbau Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZPS479011; Engine # 61N01533; Midnight Blue/Bordeaux leather; Estimate $1,600,000 – $2,000,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,600,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,760,000. – Drilled rotors, racing harness, roll bar, modular 5-spoke wheels with amethyst metallic spiders, leather covered roll cage, Schroth harnesses, motor sport leather covered steering wheel, fire extinguisher, gold calipers, full leather-covered interior – 94km from new, one of four 911 Turbo S Leightbaus built for the first owner, two LHD and two RHD. The paint is unblemished. The underbody is like new and the interior shows no wear whatsoever. A beautiful time capsule Leichtbau that looks new. Fluid and filter serviced in 2015, not driven since. – Porsche may have built only 86 of these cars, but two of them were up for grabs in Amelia Island this year. RM’s yellow example hammered not sold at an $860,000 high bid, but it had much higher mileage and wasn’t as immaculately preserved as this car, which was a standout even in an auction packed with Porsches and hit a home run when it crossed the block even though if the new owner intends to drive it the first stop will be a Porsche specialist to make sure the last three years of dormancy haven’t compromised its safety or reliability.
Lot # 64 1973 Porsche 911E 2.4 Targa; S/N 9113210435; Engine # 6230889; Signal Yellow, Black roof panel/Black; Black top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – Fuchs wheels, Yokohama tires, 8-track stereo. – One owner until 2017. Several sizable chips in the nose but otherwise great original paint. Good original brightwork most part considering its age. Lightly worn and dulled seats. Faded, lightly discolored door handles and switchgear. Cracks in the top of the shift knob. A few scrapes and scratches on the wheels. Tidy, lightly used engine bay. A solid and very well kept car for the most part, babied in typical Porsche fashion from new. Unrestored and showing 66,527 miles which are probably all it has covered. – Not as well preserved as the original 914 in this sale and didn’t bring as crazy high of a price, but this is another example of a huge premium paid for an all-original Porsche. This price is more than even a high-dollar restoration would normally expect to bring.
Lot # 41 1974 Porsche 914 2.0 Targa, Body by Karmann; S/N 4742904357; Engine # GA009642; Zambezi Green/Black vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – Continental tires, alloy wheels, AM/FM radio. – Showing 4,938 and represented as a time-warp all-original example. Other than a crack near the radio antenna, there are no faults to be found on this car. There is no dirt underneath. The paint looks like it was just sprayed on. No parts of the interior show any wear. The gauges are clear and bright. This car looks better than some restored 914s, and could very well be the best unrestored one in the world. Offered from the Brumos Porsche collection – The $80,000 presale estimate seemed a little ridiculous until the bids started coming in on this car. It got a lot of attention from Porsche people during the preview and its combination of a good color and time-warp presentation was the perfect recipe. This is tied for the most expensive four-cylinder 914 at auction, matching the similarly preserved Summer Yellow example sold by RM in Monterey last year.
Lot # 44 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Roadster; S/N WP0CA2A10FS800159; Liquid Metal Silver/Red leather; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,700,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,540,000. – Carbon fiber interior trim and exterior mirrors, color to sample interior, Weissach wheels, front axle lift, special VIN ending “59” in honor of the Brumos Porsche racing cars. – From the Brumos collection, ordered new by the dealership for the company’s former owner. Excellent paint and interior with no signs of use. Extensively chipguarded. Essentially a new car with 2,482 miles. – Some other 918s have brought closer to $2M at auction recently, but this is still fair money for a like-new example with a particularly appealing ownership and maintenance history.
Lot # 38 1990 Porsche 962C Race Car; S/N 962160; Blue, Orange “Repsol”/Black; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,000,000; Competition restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,595,000. – RHD. 2,999/750hp, Bosch FI, twin turbos, Gold center BBS centerlock wheels, Dunlop tires. – A customer car bought new from Porsche by Dr. Robert Bishop and leased to Brun Motorsport for 1990-91. DNF at Le Mans in 1990 after 23 hours and 45 minutes followed by a string of disappointing finishes and even more DNFs. Restored by Brun in its Le Mans livery. Historic raced in the U.S. since 1997. Porsche Motorsports engine rebuild with 9 hours since, still running its original tub. Freshly repainted, and it shows. Beautiful paint, like new chassis. A 962 showpiece. – Exceptional performance with period race history that moves it to the top of the applications pile for important events, this is an excellent Porsche for a realistic price.
Lot # 81 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Coupe; S/N WP0CA29815L001274; Silver Metallic/Terracotta leather; Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $835,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $918,500. – Single owner car, Yellow calipers, includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, CARFAX, purchase documents, manuals, tools and luggage. – One-owner car. The paint and body are excellent. The underbody is extremely clean. The interior is close to like new with only a few creases on the driver’s seat from use. Represented as 107 miles from new, and looks like it. James G. Hascall collection. – Almost 15 years on, most of the Carrera GTs out there still have barely any digits on the odometer, but with 107 miles this one is still a standout. Sold without reserve, it brought a strong price. 600-800 grand has been the typical range for these cars at auction. The challenge for the new owner here is to make a choice between keeping the mileage low to maintain the rather ephemeral advantage of delivery miles, or to make the leap to drive it, put on a few thousand joyous driving miles and see the value slump by six-digit amounts with each leading zero replaced on the odometer.
Lot # 51 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster; S/N CSX2271; Engine # 3161; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000. – Chrome wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, windwings, grille and trunk guards, Lucas headlights. – Delivered new to Karl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine and impresario of Chrysler’s 50’s racing efforts. Represented as the original engine, gearbox and body panels. Only six owners from new. Very good clearcoat repaint, wonderful chrome and interior. The engine compartment is like new. Freshly brought back to its original colors and appearance and impossible to fault. – Offered by Kruse at Carlisle in 1991 (the first collector car auction I attended) with a reported high bid of $140,000 during the post-meltdown period when no one knew what collector car was worth. Mecum offered it at Indianapolis in 2008 with a $560,000 reported bid, then sold it in the same place in 2016 for $1.1 million. The result here is sound, a quality ring & pinion Cobra in excellent condition for a solid price that both the seller and the buyer can be satisfied with.
Lot # 63 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster; S/N CSX3283; Dark Green/Black leather; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,400,000; Modified restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,325,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,457,500. – 427/433hp, dual quads, 4-speed, silver painted centerlock starburst wheels, Avon tires, wind wings, grille and trunk guards. – Holman-Moody 427 installed by the original owner, now replaced by a new block. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Freshly restored and impossible to fault but modified, restored and fiddled with during its lifetime. Originality is not an consideration. – Here is a beautifully restored Cobra 427, modified and updated over the years but a fire-breathing example of the type. The bidders responded to its presentation and performance while overlooking its checkered history with this generous price.
Lot # 16 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster; S/N CSX3278; Red/Black leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000. – 428/355hp, 4-speed, Centerlock starburst alloy wheels, old Wingfoot tires, grille and trunk guard, aircraft-style belts. – Put away, “running when stored”, in 1991, featured on Tom Cotter’s “Barn Find Hunter” and well-publicized. A dirty barn find that is surprisingly good under the mung. The upholstery is aged and stiff, but as good as many recent restorations. Runs, but doesn’t stop, and is largely as it was in 1991 and before, a time-warp Cobra with some in-authentic Aeroquip/Earl’s lines that a tidy owner added decades ago. It’s rather marvelous and has a vibrant future. – This Cobra is dirty, but far from derelict, a rather marvelous find with its most important pieces intact. Under the dust of nearly three decades’ storage in a North Carolina concrete floor, dry barn, it has the potential to be brought back to life without seriously compromising its preservation and originality and brought a modest price here for what it represents.
Lot # 87 1971 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Soft Top 4×4; S/N FJ4087333; Engine # F321631; Nebula Green/Black vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,750. – Upgraded shocks and springs, Warn lock-out hubs. – Shiny paint with no noticeable flaws. The soft top fits well, although there are a few stains from the rusty hardware. The engine and chassis are well detailed, although some of the spring shackle hardware was not replaced during the restoration and is noticeably aged. The interior has been redone and the seats re-upholstered. The steering wheel appears original as well as the ash tray, since they are noticeably more aged than the rest of the interior. A generally good looking cosmetic restoration from afar, but missed details stand out like a sore thumb when viewed closely. – One of so many Central American FJs (this time from Costa Rica) salvaged off ranches and farms and brought to the U.S. to meet demand. Sold for well under Gooding’s very ambitious presale estimate, but still a reasonable price since soft-top FJ40 prices remain strong even if they aren’t what they were at the height of their popularity a few years ago.
Lot # 2 1957 Triumph TR3 Roadster; S/N TS20880L; British Racing Green/Beige vinyl; Black top; Estimate $55,000 – $70,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, black vinyl boot cover. – Spotless highly detailed engine bay. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Body-off restored less than 100 miles ago and gorgeous. This is the best TR3 I have ever seen. – TR3 prices have generally been trending downward, but it’s not often that a basically flawless car comes to market. The massive price is largely explained by the money in the room and the premium of paying for the best rather than by any particular fervor in the Triumph market. This is curve-setting result, and the car deserved it.