Gooding & Company didn’t have an auction in Scottsdale this year.
Instead, they held a live preview of the cars for a Geared Online auction at Bennett Dorrance’s posh Hangar 1 on the east side of Scottsdale airport. Gooding’s previous location adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall in downtown Scottsdale now appears to be a construction site, as is much of the rest of the Scottsdale area.
The offering had fewer than half the cars Gooding has presented in Scottsdales past and their makeup was, at the risk of being pejorative, plebian. The top lot was a Maserati 5000 GT, a premier lot at any auction but in this case the engine plumber had called in sick and the engine had no pipes, hoses or linkages. It was a desirable object, the sale’s top transaction by a mile or so at $924,000, but still a work in progress.
Gooding is concentrating its firepower on Amelia Island where they were a no-show in 2021 due to COVID logistics. Scottsdale 2022 kept their profile established in January’s Valley of the Sun auction calendar but it didn’t lend itself to superlatives.
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28 of the 56 cars in Gooding’s Scottsdale preview are described here, sorted in lot number order. This is an updated report with 7 additional car descriptions.
Lot # 5 2005 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S65Y401658; Black/Black leather; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $385,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $423,500. – 330/550hp, 6-speed, McIntosh stereo, forged aluminum wheels, gray painted calipers, stripe delete. – With less than 2,000 miles, just as expected this car presents as new with only the slightest minimal wear on the driver’s seat. All systems are in excellent condition. Service records, window sticker, Carfax, owner’s manual, air compressor, battery tender. – The 2005-06 Ford GTs are enjoying a resurgence in value that is shared with other of the so-called analog supercars. The second generation GTs are a technical wonder and have advanced aerodynamics to go with their EcoBoost V-6 and Le Mans history, but the first generation GTs like this have a much more clear visual link with the Le Mans winning Fords of the Sixties, a V-8 and a 6-speed. This result is representative of other recent sales and the stripe-delete car is distinctively different from most of its siblings.
Lot # 6 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe; S/N WDDRJ7HA4BA005117; Alubeam Silver/Black Designo Exclusive Leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $240,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $264,000. – 379/563hp, dual clutch sequential 7-speed, carbon fiber trim, AMG leather, Alcantara steering wheel, Bang and Olufsen stereo. – Aside of slight wear on the driver’s seat this car is virtually brand new. Paint, glass, rims, engine all in excellent condition. The perfect SLS AMG to buy if you missed buying one off the showroom floor ten years ago. Carfax, service records, commemorative SLS AMG book, Tools, copy of window sticker, car cover, battery tender, first aid kit, jack and owner’s manuals – This is a slightly better price than the $280,000 RM Sotheby’s got for a similar SLS AMG this week, but hardly better enough to crow about an advantageous price. It does look pretty good, however, racked up alongside B-J’s 2015 Final Edition Roadster at $396,000.
Lot # 7 1976 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF57434UO; Bright Green, Bright Green hardtop/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. – 2,498/104hp, 4-speed, steel wheels, trim rings, Michelin X red line tires, AM-FM radio, Lucas driving lights. – Indifferent old repaint on the exterior only. Orange peel on the hood. Good upholstery and gauges. The top headliner is water stained. The engine compartment is not restored and is road grimy. A mediocre driver. – The Gooding bidders valued the limited originality of this TR6 highly, overlooking the shoddy repaint and grimy engine compartment. It would have been a better value at $20,000.
Lot # 8 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster; S/N S674933; Engine # F1836-8S; Turquoise Blue/Black vinyl, Turquoise stripes; Black vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300. – 3,442/180hp, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, fender mirrors, Hella driving lights, JDHT certificate documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Dull old repaint with erratic masking. Rust repaired parking lights, rust along bottom rear fender joints and probably elsewhere. Dirty old engine compartment. All the pieces are here but there’s not one of them that doesn’t need total attention. A project that is not for the faint of heart or thin pocketbook. – Project enthusiasm, which sometimes propels barn find cars like this to eye-watering prices, was notably lacking with this Jag. The final price is entirely realistic and will give the new owner a reasonable shot at completing the restoration the car is begging for without risking penury.
Lot # 9 1970 Porsche 914/6 Targa; S/N 9140431868; Signal Orange, Black roof panel/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $81,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $89,100. – 1,991/110hp, 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Yokohama tires, Pioneer cassette stereo. – The radio is missing one knob. The repaint is missing a decent masking applier and there is plenty of overspray. The original driver’s seat has a long tear. The engine compartment is fresh and fairly clean. A potentially rewarding car but neglected and not given much attention when it was needed. – Sold by Gooding at Amelia Island in 2020 for $123,200, it apparently was recognized as more of a project than the buyer there wanted. It is still optimistically priced for its specifications and equipment in this transaction but brought a ton and a half more than the 914/6 (bis) race car also in this auction.
Lot # 10 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus; S/N 257033973; Cumulus White, Sea Blue/Grey; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $98,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $107,800. – 1,585/65hp, 4-speed, safari windshield, 12 volt electric, dual master cylinder, tool roll. – Benefitting from a recent restoration the paint on this bus is excellent as is the fresh upholstery. There is one small crack in the steering wheel. The glass is all good an the engine is nicely detailed. There is slight scratching on the belt line stainless trim and minor pitting on the mirror stands. Despite being converted from 13 to 21 windows this bus is in excellent condition and ready for many miles of smiles ahead. – Putting more windows into microbusses is becoming a trend and it’s at least good to see the auction companies accurately describing the metamorphosis. This is a good example and it brought a handsome but realistic price.
Lot # 12 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Roadster; S/N 876237; Engine # R2852-9; Black, Black hardtop/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $220,000 – $260,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Blaupunkt AM-FM, two tops, JDHT Certificate documented. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior. Spotless engine compartment. Restored better than new but not overdone. – One of the final flat floor E-Types before Jaguar made room in the driver’s footwell for American-sized feet. It was realistically estimated and reasonably bought in this transaction, especially for such a quality and conscientious restoration.
Lot # 14 1970 Maserati Ghibli SS Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N AM114491786; Engine # AM114491786; Light Brown Metallic/Parchment leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $190,000. – 4,930/355hp, 5-speed, silver painted alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, Autovox cassette stereo, power windows. – Stone and edge chipped old repaint. Good newer upholstery. Scuffed trim chrome. Blistering paint on the wheels. Dirty unrestored engine compartment with fluid puddles on the engine. Maintained but not loved, an attractive driver looking for a caring home. – This is an entirely reasonable and responsible offer for a Ghibli SS in this condition and it really should have been given more serious consideration if not taken outright. Gooding is now asking $245,000 for it, and good luck to them and the Red Sox.
Lot # 18 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S106649; Engine # 3106649 F0105RE; Gold/Saddle vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $305,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $335,500. – 327/340hp, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, bias ply narrow whitewalls, WonderBar radio, documented with the original window sticker, dealer invoice and Bloomington Gold judging sheets. – Bloomington Gold certified, Survivor and Benchmark awards. Original owner until 2014. Stone chipped old paint, worn and surface cracked original upholstery. Good chrome and gauges. Dirty unrestored engine compartment and chassis. – This is a Benchmark result for a Benchmark split-window, helped by the clear ownership history and recognized originality. It neither needs, nor should ever get, anything, except perhaps a few more miles than the 61,137 showing on its odometer today. The result is a triumph for preservation, nearly a hundred thousand dollars more that even a well-restored 327/340 Split-Window would bring.
Lot # 20 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, Body by Mulliner Park Ward; S/N SCAZD0008FCX10080; OE White/Cream leather; Cream top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Detailed to restored 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $84,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $92,400. – 6,750/220hp, automatic, McIntosh CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning, tool kit, jack, spare. – Represented as 13,208 miles. The original paint is in excellent condition. Interior in great condition with only minor wear on the driver’s seat. Minor wrinkling of top on both sides near rear from being folded. Chrome and bright work great except for slight discoloration on top left of bumper. Engine compartment excellent and may be the best Corniche engine compartment ever. An amazingly clean example, a standout of the entire auction. Overall in excellent condition showing it has been well cared for. – Offered by Mecum at Dallas in October 2018 where it was bid to $47,500, it has been obsessively detailed to render it in what it essentially restored condition, a rare and notable accomplishment. It brought a deserved extraordinary price.
Lot # 21 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 82893; Engine # 64011; Red/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 4- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – one-piece Speedster seats, bumper overriders, Marchal driving lights. – Dull, dirty, chipped, peeling old paint. Stiff original upholstery. Tattered top. The engine is in pieces but the numbers conform to the Porsche Kardex. Rot in the doors and probably everywhere else. – Offered here as “a prime candidate for a complete concours-quality restoration, outlaw build” the latter would be a crime against humanity
Lot # 22 1929 Packard Eight 640 Town Car Landaulet, Body by Dietrich; S/N 176209; Black/Black leather, Beige broadcloth; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200. – 384/105hp, 3-speed, black wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual cloth-covered sidemounts with mirrors, single Pilot-Ray, radiator stoneguard, Dictograph communicator, opening windshield, rollup division, pulldown shades. – First ownership attributed to Irene Rich, a silent era film star. Pretty coachwork but old, scratched chipped paint. Good rear compartment upholstery and trim. Cracked, probably original chauffeur’s upholstery, newer door panels. Clean repainted chassis. A movie car. – This Packard is 20’s-30’s Hollywood style personified. It has panache. It has cachet. It is good enough to be preserved and used without ever spending more than a nickel on paint, upholstery or brightwork. Formal cars like this are not favored (for good and sufficient reasons) by collectors, but rolling up in this Dietrich-bodied Town Car will be the essence of style and put oligarchs M-B 600 Pullmans to shame. Neat car, sound value.
Lot # 23 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C Coupe, Body by Zagato; S/N 824133149; Engine # 823101568; Dark Blue/Maroon leather; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000. – 2,775/150hp V-6, 4-speed, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, floor shift, Hubcaps, trim rings, Michelin X tires. – Good paint but with some orange peely panels particularly the passenger’s door and both rear fenders. The underbody and chassis have been restored but subsequently used. The upholstery and gauges are very good. – Good looking, good handling and reasonably quick especially with the lightweight and aerodynamic Zagato coachwork, this is a Ferrari/Maserati caliber Italian road car at a much lower price point that was in this case bought at a price that should leave both the buyer and the seller feeling good about it.
Lot # 24 1913 White Model 30 G.A.D. Roadster; S/N 17143; Engine # GK219; Yellow, Black accent/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $150,000 – $170,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 226/40 ALAM hp four, 4-speed, Clear Vision dog leg windshield, Gray & Davis headlights. C.M.Hall kerosene sidelights, electric taillight, rear-mounted spare, Kamlee luggage trunk, oval bolster fuel tank, Klaxon electric horn, Stewart speedometer. – Acquired in 1993 from the estate of Leo Bongers by Frank Spain and preserved in the Tupelo Automobile Museum until 2019. Dry, faded original paint, dull brass, cracked original upholstery, stiff old top. Carefully inspected and evaluated subsequently, concluding that the paint was original. Mechanically restored, but otherwise left marvelously untouched. Displayed at Pebble Beach’s Preservation Class in 2021. Other than that it is spectacular and should stay like this forever, a tribute to the archeological automobile. Sound and all there. – This was one of a number of benignly preserved cars in the Spain collection sold by Bonhams in 2019. It brought a superior price of $71,680 there despite being static for years, then was given a sympathetic review by experts in century-old cars that cemented its stature as miraculously preserved and a mechanical refresh. I gushed over this car at Tupelo, and I will gush over it in its improved state today. It is marvelous, a piece of history. This is not an old automobile. It is an important artifact and it is a supremely good buy at this price.
Lot # 25 1966 Ford Bronco U13 Roadster; S/N U13FL753471; Light Blue/Silver; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 170/105hp six, 3-speed, racing stripes, silver upholstery, rear seat, padded dashboard and visors, one year only wheel covers, dealer installed soft top and vinyl doors – Original condition with bumps, bruises and minor surface rust throughout. Upholstery is worn but intact. Glass good. Engine bay as is from factory. A great rare original example of the hot Ford Bronco. Hopefully the new owner will leave as is and enjoy it. One of 1400 roadsters built for the first year Bronco and represented as 15,274 miles from new. – Snow plow trucks rarely survive this well. Bronco mania has declined but is still endemic and finding a sound, low mileage U13 that doesn’t have a V-8 and lift kit added is rare indeed. Maybe not as rare as the price this example brought, but pretty rare and it would be unfortunate to see it given the off-roader restoration treatment.
Lot # 26 1972 Volvo P1800ES Station Wagon; S/N 1836353002665; Ice Blue Metallic/Black leatherette; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $60,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $67,000. – 1,986/112hp, 4-speed, overdrive, air conditioning, demountable radio. silver wheels with trim rings, Silvertown Radial tires. – Paint is in good condition. The interior is erratic. The visors are “puffy” from age, rear interior light is dislodged, ashtray is missing but the upholstery is good. Glass is good except small scratches on vent window and slight fog on passenger side windshield. Chrome is good except slight pitting on driver’s side door handle. The engine very nicely detailed. A good little wagon that with some help could be great all while driving and enjoying. – Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2018 for $44,800 with a few small oversights that have been resolved since then along with adding 132 miles on the odometer. The result, despite being well below Gooding’s pre-sale estimate range, is realistic and the new owner should be ecstatic with the P1800ES although the one at Bonhams on Friday that sold for $41,400 is a much better deal even if it’s not in as good condition.
Lot # 28 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C 5-window Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N AR1900C01046; Engine # AR1308000108; Grey Metallic, Silver Metallic roof/Dark Grey leather, Grey cloth; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $225,000. – 1,884/100hp, column shift 4-speed, Condor radio, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Avon tires, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Excellent paint, bright chrome, fresh interior. Restored like new with better cosmetics. – This is a thoughtfully restored and attractively presented 1900C Touring Coupe. It might have been sold without complaint at the reported bid here, but is equally intelligently kept in search of a bit better price although Gooding’s post-block asking price of $270,000 is optimistic.
Lot # 30 1961 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N AM103010; Engine # AM103010; Azzurro Vincennes/Black leather; Estimate $700,000 – $900,000; Incomplete restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $840,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $924,000. – 4,938/340hp, fuel injection, 4-speed, polished rim alloy wheels, Pirelli tires. – A long and convoluted history starting as a Maserati show car, then as an engineering development car and finally through a series of owners starting with Antonio Orsi, a cousin of the family that owned Maserati. Many modifications followed through a number of owners before winding up with the current owner who commenced a restoration to return it to its 1961 configuration. Very good paint, chrome and interior. The powertrain is not complete, particularly fuel and coolant plumbing but the work that has been done is good quality including engine compartment and chassis paint. Scratched windshield. – The last of just three Touring bodied 5000 GTs and only 34 in the entire series. As presented the cosmetic and mechanical workmanship is high quality, just not finished. There are many potential pitfalls between what is offered here and a finished 5000 GT in Pebble Beach condition but at this price the successful buyer must have been confident there were no major questions. The Touring body with its odd snout recessed above the grille is not especially pleasing but it is instantly recognizable.
Lot # 31 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, Body by Touring; S/N AR192708; Engine # AR0060102156; Blue Metallic/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. – 2,584/145hp, 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Vredestein tires, Blaupunkt multiband radio, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, metric gauges, tool kit, some spares, manuals, parts catalog. – Sound older paint with some color variation among panels. The upholstery is older and worn. Dull, discolored gauges. Good major chrome. The chassis is old and road grimy. Aged engine compartment with paint loss. A driver, and well-used one at that. – This is a tired and used Alfa and the price it brought is right in line for its condition.
Lot # 34 1968 Triumph TR5 PI Convertible; S/N 1CP1970LP; Engine # CP2311E; Black, White hardtop/Red vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $79,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $86,900. – 2,498/150hp, fuel injection, overdrive 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X red line tires, removable roof panel in the hardtop – Excellent paint and interior. Bright chrome. Restored better than new but now aging and dusty under the hood. German Typ plaque. Looks like a car that is a few weeks off the showroom floor. – Not U.S. emissions compliant when new, but foreshadowing the TR6 that would follow and at a British car gathering a car that will get plenty of notice and start many conversations. Attractively presented in generally very good condition and a realistic buy at this price.
Lot # 37 1953 Hudson Hornet Club Coupe; S/N 7C265361; Light Blue, White roof/Light Blue, White leather; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300. – 308/160hp, Twin H-Power dual intake with Carter WA-1 carbs, beautifully made tube headers, automatic, pushbutton radio, heater, skirts, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and glass. Engine is a little oily but has been redone. The chassis, however, is oily and dirty. The cosmetics deserved 2+ but the chassis is just a 3 and brings the whole car down. – Sold by RM from the Art Astor collection in 2008 for $88,000, it showed up in Hershey a year later where it was bid to an inexplicably low $48,500 but that non-result was vindicated here with an even lower price. This result is comparable with what Bonhams got for its Hornet Twin H-Power on Friday, being a good indication that people have forgotten what a revelation the “step-down” Hudsons with Twin H-Power were in the early Fifties.
Lot # 39 1962 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Coupe; S/N 885356; Engine # R3321-9; Bronze/Red leather; Estimate $200,000 – $240,000; Recent restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000. – 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Firestone bias ply tires. no radio. – Excellent paint, flat panels, even gaps. Pristine interior. Gorgeous engine compartment. A trophy winning restoration with 54 miles showing on the odometer and less on the car. Judged by JCNA ten times with perfect scores. – Some cars tell you upon approaching them that they’re better than their counterparts and two of the E-Types in this year’s hybrid Gooding Scottsdale auction did that, this coupe and its neighbor, the similar flat floor roadster. They were well-received by the online bidders and brought realistic prices. The quality of this E-Type’s presentation should be especially gratifying to the new owner although driving it any farther than from a trailer onto a show field may cause heart palpitations.
Lot # 43 1939 Ford V-8 Deluxe Convertible Sedan; S/N 184992657; Mandarin Maroon/Brown vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. – 221/85hp, 3-speed, clock, wide whitewall tires, fender skirts. – Some minor blemishes in paint including fisheyes around windshield. Paint chipped off of both front door exterior hinges. Interior is in fair condition with cracking on top of front seats. Engine detailed at restoration but shows signs of use. Chrome good overall. Whitewalls yellowed from age. A good older restored Early Ford V8 with lots of life still left in it. Previously owned by Hollywood producer Richard Donner. – Cataloged as a Phaeton although that body style was not offered by Ford after 1938. This is a Convertible Sedan with rollup windows and a removable center post. It is the last year for the body style in Fords and it is, while aged and used, a sound value at this price and a rare car, one of only 3,561 built.
Lot # 50 1971 Porsche 914 Race car; S/N 4712914147; Continental Orange, Black roof panel/Black cloth; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Modified for competition during restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. – 1,991cc 911 engine, race-prepared and estimated at 180hp, 5-speed, limited slip differential, transmission cooler, Corbeau seat, G-Force 5-point belts, Fuchs wheels, Hoosier tires, leather rim removable steering wheel, roll cage, fuel cell. – Gutted and stripped, prepared for racing as a coupe, targa or roadster and made into a 914/6 despite its 914 origin. Decent paint (for a race car.) Orderly interior and engine compartment to businesslike, not show, standards. Comes with a cutdown lightweight windshield. Sound and professionally prepared but showing age. – Sold by Gooding at Amelia in 2020 for $44,800 and moved on today at a bit less. The odometer today is exactly what it was in 2020; the car isn’t as good and that is reflected in the price it brought.
Lot # 51 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 08294; Engine # 135CS0000012027; Red, Black roof panel/Black leather; Estimate $375,000 – $425,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – 2,419/195hp, 5-speed, power windows, Cromodora wheels, Michelin XWX tires, covered headlights. – Scuffed and swirled old repaint. Sound upholstery, scratched chrome. Water stained dashtop. Oily, aged engine compartment. Mostly original and showing its age. – Any Dino is valuable, even one like this that has lost its air conditioning and hasn’t had consistent attention during its life. In that case, this is an appropriate result, although the Dino’s condition suggests that a trip to the Dino-specialist is going to be expensive before it is fully serviced and commissioned for reliable road use.
Lot # 53 1967 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E13271; Engine # 7E9338-9; White, White hardtop/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $180,000 – $220,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – 4,235/265hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Blaupunkt multiband radio, dual Talbot outside mirrors, two tops. – One family owned since 1968. Represented as original paint and upholstery although details indicate it has an old repaint and replaced upholstery, otherwise original, scratched and scuffed. Erratic but generally sound chrome. Clean engine compartment. In good and largely original condition with the benefit of having both tops. – The estimate range for this Series I 4.2 liter XKE includes a generous premium for its originality without recognizing how the originality has been compromised by a mediocre, aged repaint and reupholstery. It could have been sold with some gratitude at the reported high bid.
Lot # 56 1964 Maserati Sebring SI Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM10101995; Engine # 2139; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Visually maintained, largely original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000. – 3,485/230hp, Lucas fuel injection, 5-speed, alternator, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X tires, Marchal headlights, Becker Europa II AM-FM. – Superficial old repaint. The lip at the back of the roof wasn’t sanded before paint and it is lumpy and ugly, but the rear window chrome strip was in the way and got thoroughly sanded. That’s indicative of the overall treatment. Good, orderly engine but sitting in a rather nasty compartment. A good car to avoid. – Appropriately, no one got wound up to own this Sebring. My colleague John Apen, in his MIT/Bell Labs vernacular, called looking at cars “a game of attributions”, and when something like the back roof edge of this Sebring shows up it puts the whole car in the pits and calls all the stuff you can’t see into question. The bidders left a lot of headroom in their reported high bid, as they should have.