This is a special case of seriously belated auction reporting.
Mecum’s Harrisburg sale takes place two or three weeks before the start of the auction juggernaut that is Monterey. That’s not a long time.
For the past three years Andy Newton has diligently journeyed to Harrisburg and written his observations of 70-80 cars, forwarding his observations and photos to me in a week or ten days … as I’m packing for Monterey and trying to figure out how, even with help from him and several others, it’s possible to capture even a sense of the myriad cars of often spectacular history, quality and interest that will cross the Monterey auction blocks.
For three years the Harrisburg results – which is a huge, triumphant sale in the often auction-unfriendly Northeast – have lain dormant.
That oversight was rectified this year with several days of effort to transcribe not only the auction results summary from Mecum but also Andy’s on-site observations.
And it is a monumental auction that reflects Mecum Auctions’ draw and power in the dense middle of the market where collector car values are in low- to mid-$20,000, as the numbers below will attest.
There are few headline cars in Harrisburg. They’re saved for Monterey a few weeks later, as they deserve to be. But there are plenty of good cars which Andy found and documented this year.
So, almost three months late, here are the 2017 Mecum Harrisburg sale observations.
Don’t overlook this success. It shows, finally and after four years conclusively, that a thoughtfully consigned, meticulously managed, high energy, enthusiastic collector car auction is not only possible but practical in the Northeast where many have come but few have been chosen.
Results here are for automobiles (and trucks) only; automobilia, tractors and motorcycles are not included except as they have been interspersed among the car/truck lots.
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
On-site observations and photos are by Andrew Newton; final observations and comments are edited by Rick Carey upon whose shoulders the ultimate copy rests.
The descriptions that follow are sorted by Marque, Model, Body Style and Year.
Lot # F092 1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate Convertible; S/N ZARBA5643J1062832; Red/Tan vinyl; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $7,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,700. No Reserve. – Store brand tires, aftermarket Clarion CD stereo, alloy wheels. – The engine bay is a little grimy but maintained. Small touch up on the hood but otherwise good, probably original paint. Very good replacement top. Very good, lightly worn interior. No rust to be found underneath. Certainly a used car and showing 70,751 miles, but better than the majority of Alfa Spiders that are still on the road. – The Graduate model came with steel wheels and vinyl top, but this one has gotten alloys and a cloth top, which are welcome additions. It was bought at a bargain price, too. This could have easily been a five-figure car (which it was at Kissimmee in January where it sold for $14,300.) The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex doesn’t tend to attract a ton of Italian car enthusiasts.
Lot # F150.1 1969 American Motors AMX Coupe; S/N A9M397X148678; Orange, Black stripes/Black cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. With Reserve. – 390/315hp engine, 4-speed, rear spoiler, power steering, power brakes, factory AM radio, Grant woodrim steering wheel, Hurst shifter. – Good chrome and respray, but the screws in the side mirrors are rusty and there is light pitting on the window frames. The cloth door panels and dash are not correct but are in good shape. The chassis got undercoating a while ago. Heavily scratched rear bumper and cloudy taillight lenses. Never taken fully apart and restored, but this car has gotten plenty of attention and is in driver condition. – A good buy for a car even with plenty of shortcomings, which often seems to be the case with auction transactions for AMXs.
Lot # S116 1966 Amphicar Model 770 Convertible; S/N 106522277; Lagoon Blue/Yellow, White vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $64,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $70,400. With Reserve. – Hub caps, Coker Classic whitewalls. – Some pitting on the rear bumperettes. Light scratch on the right door and a touch up on the left front door. A few tiny dents in the left rear. Very clean engine bay, although some of the paint is flaking off. Very good interior. A pretty beautiful car considering it’s never been fully restored, but it does only show 5,635 miles which are represented as actual. – Represented as always owned by a single family, but it did sell at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this year for $57,200. Surprisingly, it brought even more in Harrisburg and was one of the few very strong prices of the auction. Amphicar results are like that, more dependent upon whim and whimsey than upon dispassionate appreciation of values.
Lot # F125 2005 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe; S/N SCFAD01A15GA00835; Silver/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. With Reserve. – Red brake calipers, slotted rotors, wood interior trim, heated seats, dash clock, clear bra on the nose. – Undisclosed mileage and no representation of service history, but it presents like a new car. – A new Aston sure does look good, but its value starts to plummet as soon as you drive it off the lot and with each tank of gas. This seems cheap for something that cost well past six figures just 10 years ago, but for a used Aston Martin without a service history represented, it’s about right.
Lot # S001 1971 Avanti Avanti II Coupe; S/N RQB1616; Bavarian Blue Fire Mist/White vinyl, Light Blue cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,900. With Reserve. – 350/270hp, automatic, narrow whitewalls, factory air conditioning, power windows, power brakes, power steering, factory radio. – The interior is quite worn. Good single repaint. The front marker lenses are a bit loose. The headlight bezels are pitted, as is the front bumper. Sound but unrestored underneath. Unrestored and not a particularly good car. It looks fine enough from a distance, but needs work before you could be particularly proud of it. – Some recent auction results have shown Avanti values to be pretty strong, but that is mostly for top notch cars built by Studebaker and this example is neither. It was a bit lucky to get this much in a sale that was generally light on bidding, and the seller wisely let it go for a realistic number. This lot also was reported sold as Lot F29.1 for $11,000 but only counted under this number.
Lot # S131.1 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible; S/N 16842896; Light Blue/White, Blue leather; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. With Reserve. – Chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, hood ornament, 12-volt electrics, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, Selectronic radio, power top. – Very clean lightly run restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. The doors sag a bit. Very good restored interior with very light wear on the driver’s side. A sound older restoration. – Sold at RM Amelia Island in 2009 for $107,250. Values for ’50s American cars like this have remained relatively flat since then, so this result is similarly appropriate. This is a realistically priced ’53 Motorama-style ‘sports car’.
Lot # F085 1967 Cadillac Eldorado 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N H7271871; Sherwood Green/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bench seat with armrest, dash clock, AM/FM radio, climate control, power windows. – Very good newer paint and chrome. Very good original interior. Not restored underneath, but has gotten serious attention including new exhaust and an undercoated chassis. – Sold for $16,500 at RM Arizona in 2011, for $16,800 at McCormick’s 2012 Palm Springs auction, then sold for $21,450 at B-J Vegas in 2012. All of them, and this one, too, have been appropriate results for this attractive E-Body Eldo.
Lot # S188 2000 Chevrolet Camaro SS Sport Coupe; S/N 2G1FP22G6Y2139001; White, Orange stripes/Dark Gray leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $26,000 plus commission of; Final Price $26,000. With Reserve. – 350/375hp, 5-speed, Eagle F1 tires, chambered exhaust, Hurst shifter, power windows, air conditioning. – Number 20 of 29 of these ’75th Anniversary’ produced in 2000 for the Grand Rapids dealer Berger Chevrolet. The 75 refers to the dealer’s anniversary, not the Camaro’s or Chevrolet’s. The cars featured a minor bump in power, shorter gears. This one looks like a new car, with no wear to be seen anywhere and 2,639 miles showing. – It’s hard to say what a small-batch privately produced special version of a car like this is worth even coming from a dealer famed for its COPO Camaros, but this one sold at Mecum Indy in 2013 for $34,240 and at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2014 for $23,650, which is a hefty premium over what a normal SS in this condition would bring. With that transaction for reference, it’s understandable that the consignor wanted to hold out for more, although it may be hard to find another buyer willing to pay that kind of premium.
Lot # S031 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378L336013; Tripoli Turquoise, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $50,600. With Reserve. – 396/350hp, automatic, Rally wheels, Firestone Wide Oval tires, horseshoe shifter, factory radio, 12-bolt rear, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows. – The numbers are missing from the odometer, as in the odometer looks to have just been taken out. Represented as matching numbers. Represented as a paint code delete car. Very good paint and chrome. Even gaps. Nearly spotless engine bay. Very good fully redone interior. Body-off restored to high standards and done relatively recently. – This is a good Camaro, desirably equipped and in essentially impeccable condition with a quality recent restoration and matching numbers engine it is impossible to find any significant faults with this SS 396, except the bargain price it brought. It’s more car than the money.
Lot # F213 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N657909; Cortez Silver, Black stripes/Black with Houndstooth cloth inserts; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,250. With Reserve. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, GM headers, 12-bolt rear end, 3.73 gears, factory 8-track, chambered exhaust, cowl hood, power brakes, Hotchkis sway bars. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Light scratches on the nose. Otherwise very good paint and chrome. Very good restored interior. Very clean detailed engine bay. An attractive, solid restoration on a desirable car. – Another very light result for a ’69 Z/28, which may be partly explained by the fact that there were eight of them in the sale. A good value for the new owner.
Lot # S114 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N621880; Burnished Brown, White vinyl roof and stripes/White vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. With Reserve. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Wide Oval tires, spoilers, 12-bolt rear end, Positraction, power steering, power brakes, Hurst shifter, chambered exhaust. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Spotless, fresh engine bay and underbody. Gorgeous paint and chrome. Excellent restored interior other than an unfortunate large crack in the console. Even gaps. Mostly better than factory and finished in rare, pretty colors. – Quite a bargain for a genuine Z/28 in this condition and with this equipment. First gen Z/28 prices have been retreating a bit over the past year, and this result doesn’t show them rebounding. In a further retreat it went to Auburn Fall a month later and sold for $52,250.
Lot # S155 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N570256; Cortez Silver, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. With Reserve. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Cragar wheels, Radial T/A tires, spoilers, Hurst T-handle shifter, radio delete, 12-bolt rear, 3.73 Positraction, Mallory ignition, column tach, Yenko traction bars, power brakes. – Built by Don Yenko for a friend to be a small-block Camaro that could compete with the big-blocks on the drag strip, and supposedly it ran low 12s in period. Believed to be a unique example. Represented to be 17,882 miles from new and the matching numbers engine. Very good repaint, chrome and interior. Restored to like new. A cool bit of Yenko history that a lot of people don’t know about. – Sold here for what has to be a definitive price given the absence of any comparable information, about double the price of a standard Z/28, which seems appropriate. Chevy rated stock Z/28s at 290hp. They regularly turned 350hp on a dyno at the time, over 450hp with the dealer option cross-ram dual quads. What this beast makes is hard to imagine. Enjoy it.
Lot # F083 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 138378A143454; Engine # 18A143454; Grecian Green, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,400. No Reserve. – 396/375hp, 4-speed, Protect-O-Plate documented, hub caps, body color steel wheels, Goodyear red line tires, power brakes, bucket seats, floor shift, factory radio. – Fully restored. Matching numbers and AACA Grand National award. Featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines. Fresh spotless engine bay with no overspray on anything. Excellent paint and chrome. Roof vinyl is perfect. Fully restored interior is excellent. Even gaps. Every bit a show car and essentially perfect. – This is a desirable car that was bought for a realistic price. Chevy got the Muscle Car idiom right and their late 60’s examples continue to resonate with collectors.
Lot # S070.1 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 1G1YY22P4T5118022; Polo Green/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $22,000 plus commission of; Final Price $22,000. With Reserve. – 350/300hp LT1 engine, automatic saw blade wheels, Goodyear Eagle GSC tires, glass roof and body color roof included, Bose CD stereo, power seats. – There is a little scrape on the bottom front lip, which is almost unavoidable in these cars, and a tiny chip at the back of the hood. Otherwise excellent exterior. Good weather stripping. Essentially a like new car represented with 2,322 miles. – Aside from its stellar condition, this final year C4 has the base engine and an automatic transmission, and is not finished in particularly rare colors. In today’s relatively flat C4 market, this car was lucky to get a bid this high and even luckier when it got a $30,000 high bid at Mecum Indy this year. Why these offers weren’t gladly taken is a mystery.
Lot # S054 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194678S416945; Rally Red/Black Vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $56,100. With Reserve. – 427/435hp L71 engine, M21 4-speed, 3.70 Positraction, Rally wheels, Firestone red line tires, factory radio, woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Body-off restored 50 miles ago. Chip at the back of the hood. Good paint, but it’s not as good as the car card would have you believe. Excellent top. Spotless underneath. Excellent interior. Genuine and desirably equipped car, but not quite top notch. – Uh, really? A matching numbers 427/435hp ’68 Corvette for $56,100? What is missing from this result? An irrational seller desperate for money? Regularly skeptical bidders who doubt its provenance? This in an irrational outlier that may represent a HUGE value for the buyer. Either way it seems to be a good value.
Lot # S104 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Coupe; S/N 194677S120135; Sunfire Yellow, Black stinger/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $84,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $92,400. With Reserve. – 427/435hp L71 engine, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, Rally wheels, Coker Classic red line tires, side exhaust, factory radio. – Engine number unreadable. Two scratches at the bottom of the stinger. Small crack on the left side of the nose. Sound older paint otherwise. Nearly spotless engine bay and underbody. Very good interior. A sound lightly worn older restoration, but not represented with any documentation. – This result is discounted for the uncertainty surrounding this Corvette’s configuration, but not enough.
Lot # S112.1 1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Coupe; S/N 30837S108548; Tuxedo Black/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $127,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $140,250. With Reserve. – 327/360hp fuel injection, 4-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, narrow whitewalls, power brakes, factory AM/FM radio. – CA black plate car. Not represented as matching numbers. Sound but older paint and chrome. Tidy, lightly run engine bay that’s been maintained but doesn’t look to have ever been fully taken apart and rebuilt. Newer upholstery but the rest of the interior has been left alone and looks solid. No other history or documentation represented. – Sold at The Auction in Las Vegas in 1999 in original unrestored condition for $37,800 (it was a Fuelie then, too.) Sold by Mecum at Dallas in 2012 for $106,000 and brought a modest price here reflecting its lack of documentation, something that is relatively easily resolved these days and that any sensible Corvette Split Window seller should resolve.
Lot # S172 1965 Chevrolet El Camino Pickup; S/N 136805Z156393; Tahitian Turquoise/Turquoise vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200. With Reserve. – 327/350hp L79 engine, 4-speed, 12-bolt Positraction, power steering, power front disc brakes, wheel covers, gold line tires, Hurst shifter, factory radio. – Spotless engine bay, although the engine number is unreadable (represented as matching numbers). Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Straight body with even gaps. A fantastic and ideally equipped El Camino, in attractive colors to boot. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017 for $42,900, which was a surprisingly high price even considering the surge of interest in vintage trucks and SUVs. That this one brought such a big price twice in the same year confirms its desirability.
Lot # F159 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454 Pickup; S/N 136800B177147; Cortez Silver, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $122,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $134,750. With Reserve. – 454/450hp LS6 engine, 4-speed, Polyglas tires, hood pins, 12-bolt rear end with 3.31 gears, power brakes, power steering, radio delete. – Represented as matching numbers and a fully documented genuine LS6. Excellent paint and chrome. Spotless dent-free bed. Excellent fresh interior. Spotless underbody and engine bay. Looks better than new. A rare LS6 El Camino that would look equally at home on a show field or doing burnouts in the parking lot. – This is a monumental price, but good luck finding another LS6 El Camino in this condition. It’s also significantly cheaper than a comparable LS6 Chevelle.
Lot # S043.1 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 166375C139006; Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950. With Reserve. – 327 V8, automatic, wire wheels covers, narrow whitewalls, factory air conditioning, original Delco AM radio as well as a newer Kenwood CD stereo, bucket seats, floor shift. – The engine number is unreadable, but it appears original to the car. Sound older paint and chrome with a few scratches on the nose. A few blisters on the hood and some touch ups on the right front fender. Worn, old and oxidized original engine bay but it’s tidy and maintained and complete. Some surface rust on the chassis. Very good original interior. A decent, honest car that’s pretty enough on top but could use mechanical work underneath. – This is a driver quality Impala SS with a mundane drivetrain but air conditioning. It brought a realistic price for what it is.
Lot # T162.1 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 1G1BL52P0TR159021; Black/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700. With Reserve. – 350/275hp, automatic, power windows, air conditioning, factory CD stereo. – Showing 3,904 miles and looks like a new car. A time-warp example. – Everyone likes a sleeper, and people are really starting to come around to the Caprice-based 1994-96 Impala SS, which included an LT1 Corvette engine, beefed up suspension, dual exhaust, bigger brakes and a limited-slip differential. This result is in line with other recent results for good examples and is rather close to the original purchase price of around $22,500.
Lot # S147 1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible; S/N 7404660; Burgundy, Wood/Tan cloth; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. With Reserve. – Hub caps and trim rings, Firestone wide whitewalls, dual mirrors, dual spotlights, pushbutton radio, dash clock, amber fog lights. – Lightly run restored engine bay. Lots of pitting on the grille. Good paint and chrome. Very good newer top. The refinished wood looks excellent, but predictably on a wood car the doors don’t fit straight. Restored interior is very good. Not restored yesterday, but still very pretty. – The bidders handicapped this T&C for its many flaws but even at that it is a great value in a desirable car that has had good attention over the years and is holding up well.
Lot # S134 1983 DeLorean DMC-12 Coupe; S/N SCEDT26T5DD016978; Stainless/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. With Reserve. – Power windows, air conditioning, cassette stereo. – The doors open and close well. Several scuffs and imperfections in the body, most notably a very long scratch on the hood. Lightly wrinkled seats. Unrestored but maintained and sound engine bay. Represented as 12,614 original miles. Not the best DeLorean in the world, but not the worst, and most noteworthy for its low miles. – There weren’t a ton of strong prices in Harrisburg this year, but this is pretty huge money for a DeLorean with an automatic and in this condition. It would have been strong money at 30 grand, and it’s not even a Marty McFly replica.
Lot # S189.1 1972 DeTomaso Pantera Coupe; S/N THPNMR02600; Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $57,000 plus commission of; Final Price $57,000. With Reserve. – 351/330hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo wheels, power windows, air conditioning, aftermarket JVC cassette stereo. – Represented as matching numbers. Lightly swirled but shiny older repaint. Uneven door gaps. A few small cracks and touch ups around the engine cover. Wavy dash top but otherwise good original interior. The engine bay is well maintained but looks unrestored. A sound example of a desirable Pre-L Pantera, seemingly unmodified and well cared for even if it isn’t perfect. – This car deserves more and should be able to get it at another venue. The car was sold on Bring a Trailer back in June for $51,000, so for now this appears to be an unsuccessful flip even though the consignor passed up a modest profit. Unrestored Panteras are worth more than this.
Lot # S091 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29L9B388179; Bright Turquoise Metallic, White vinyl roof/White vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $215,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $236,500. With Reserve. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, narrow whitewalls, hood pins, 4.10 gears, power steering, power brakes, Music Master radio, Tic-Toc-Tach, broadcast sheet and invoice documented. – Very clean, lightly run engine bay. Excellent paint other than a run right below the windshield. Even gaps. Very good, fully restored interior. Very attractive fully restored car. It’s rarer than the Superbird next to it, but it doesn’t have the Hemi. – Yeah, but they built far fewer Daytonas than Road Runner Superbirds and this is representative price for a quality restored Charger Daytona. The difference between a Daytona and a Superbird is an esoteric distinction appreciated by only a limited number of Mopar collectors but it is significant.
Lot # S136 1969 Dodge Coronet Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WM23J9G156187; Yellow, Black tail stripe/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. With Reserve. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, steel wheels, hub caps, Firestone red line tires, dual mirrors, Super Track Pak, side scoops, radio delete, bucket seats, floor shift, Tic-Toc-Tach. – The tires look a bit old, but the rest of the car is great. Clean underneath. Excellent paint and chrome. Fantastic interior. Fully restored and still beautiful. – The quality of this restoration is apparent in its condition nearly a decade after it was done and this is a modest if reasonable price to pay for it. Hemi-Madness has receded and Hemis now bring prices comparable with LS6 Chevelles. That may change, but for the moment it’s reality.
Lot # S205 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Convertible; S/N WS27L9G233152; Green/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. With Reserve. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, Red line tires, dual mirrors, console, floor shift, Tic-Toc-Tach, pushbutton radio. – Very good paint. Some light scratches on the front bumper chrome. Even gaps. Excellent top. Very good restored interior. Fully restored 1,600 miles ago and nearly like new. – Don’t wear a hat in this Coronet 440 convertible with the top down: it’ll be on the street before getting to the next red light. A thunderous Mopar convertible, this is no less than its specification and condition deserved.
Lot # F266 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N WM21N0G179696; Light Green, White/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. With Reserve. – 383/335hp, 4-speed, Eagle ST tires, hood scoops, 383 engine, bench seat, fire extinguisher, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Tic-Toc-Tach but also a Mopar tach on the column, later cassette stereo, hood pins, 3.54 Sure Grip, ceramic headers. – Rebuilt engine. Factory gaps. Some pitting on the exhaust but otherwise restored and good underneath. Light pitting on the door handles. Very good interior. Original dash and switchgear. Recently restored and mostly good, but done on a budget with corners cut to the extent it amounts to a cosmetic, not full, restoration. – Designed by Dodge to appeal to an audience that wanted a Muscle Car but couldn’t afford a Hemi or 440, the Super Bee was a sales success and remains attractive today, as this generous result for a de-contented post coupe with a mild performance engine indicates.
Lot # F112.1 1979 Dodge D100 Warlock II Pickup; S/N D13JTAS116827; Black, Gold/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $15,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,050. With Reserve. – 360/160hp, automatic, Cooper Cobra tires, power steering, power brakes, bench seat, wood bed trim, exhaust stacks, Edelbrock carb and valve covers. – The grille trim is original and dull. The bumper chrome is a bit dull as well. Good repaint and newer interior, but the wood is a bit dull as well. Unrestored and lightly oxidized underneath but not bad. Inconsistent condition but not a bad truck, and you hardly ever see these. – Unlike the Li’l Red Express, buyers could have their Warlock II with any of Dodge’s D100 truck engines, the package being only comfort and dressup items. This is a decent example bought at a realistic price.
Lot # F087 1987 Dodge Ramcharger AW-100 Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N 3B4GW12W8HM702948; Light Blue, Dark Blue/Blue vinyl; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $19,000 plus commission of; Final Price $19,000. With Reserve. – 360/190hp, automatic, power windows, power locks, bucket seats, console, factory radio, tinted glass. – All original with 79,195 claimed original miles. Very good recently detailed engine bay with newer belts and hoses. The chrome and brightwork is a bit dull but still very good for original. The original paint is fantastic. The underbody was recently cleaned up and looks fantastic. Very good recently detailed interior. Although it has significant mileage, this Ramcharger looks almost like a new truck, and it may be an old Dodge but has been babied like a Ferrari. – The Ramcharger was introduced in the 1970s as Chrysler’s answer to the International Scout, Ford Bronco and Chevy Blazer, and this may be the best second generation Ramcharger that exists. The bidders were enthusiastic and offered big money, but the consignor has a higher number in mind. If interest in vintage trucks and SUVs keeps growing, the owner may very well get that number in the near future.
Lot # S152 1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR Coupe; S/N 1B3ER69E0XV503426; Red, Silver stripes/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000 plus commission of; Final Price $50,000. With Reserve. – 488/460hp, 6-speed, ACR model, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, factory radio. – One of 215 American Club Racing (ACR) models built in 1999 with more power and stiffer suspension. Presents like a new car, and it should be given the 2,013 miles. – The reported high bid would be a fair offer for a normal GTS, but for a sportier and relatively rare ACR model in this condition it’s a bit short.
Lot # S137 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider; S/N ZFFXR48A7W0109753; Yellow/Black leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 plus commission of; Final Price $60,000. With Reserve. – Pirelli tires, power windows, air conditioning, factory cassette stereo, 6-speed. – The paint is very good. The top is clean and straight-fitting. The engine compartment is tidy, although the red Ferrari valve covers could use a cleaning. Underbody has light road wear, interior is clean but worn. Seats look dull and worn. Carpet is faded. Center console leather is warped from moisture. Represented as having its 15,000-mile service in April of this year. – Sold at Auburn Spring in 2014 for $63,800 and hammered not sold at Mecum Kissimmee this year at a $75,000 high bid. It only has one more mile on the odometer (18,124 total) than it did in January, so it’s in the same condition. Cars with the 6-speed typically command quite a bit more than the reported high bid, but given this one’s sale in 2014 and the offer it got in Kissimmee, it could have moved on to a new owner here, even with the recent service.
Lot # S105 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe; S/N ZFFAG17A1M0089528; Red/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. With Reserve. – Momo steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, books, manuals, tools, jack, unused luggage. – Engine out belt service in 2015. New tires. Very good interior with only light wear. The engine bay is a bit dirty but fine. A few chips on the nose. Pretty standard used TR, showing 26,675 miles. – A good, maintained low-mileage TR finished in red isn’t all that hard to find in terms of Ferrari shopping, but enough people wanted this one to afford it a very strong number that’s expensive but not quite excessive.
Lot # T243.1 1971 Ford Bronco Wagon 4×4; S/N U15FLL06281; Green, White/White vinyl; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $15,000 plus commission of; Final Price $15,000. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, six cylinder engine, 3-speed, factory radio. – Amateur respray that is presentable but coming off around the door hinges. The body is a bit wavy. The seats are discolored and ripped at the bottom. The interior is very tired looking and paint is coming off the dash with surface rust coming through. Sound chassis with light oxidation but no major rot visible. The sills look like they may have been redone at some point. – First generation Broncos are pretty hot right now and have been one of the models leading the charge in increasing vintage truck and SUV prices, but this is a ratty example and could have gone to a new home at the reported high bid.
Lot # S143 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N U5GF220495; Mountain Green, Colonial White/Teal, White vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $95,700. With Reserve. – 272/162hp, automatic, wire wheels, whitewalls, spotlight mirrors, oil bath air cleaner, zip-up covers for the roof, factory air conditioning, power steering, power windows, column shift, pushbutton radio, dash clock, Continental kit, fender skirts, tissue dispenser. – Clean, restored but lightly run engine bay. Very good paint, chrome and interior, plus it has just about every bit of kit you could hope for on one of these. Inherently a neat car that has received a quality body-off restoration in attractive colors. – The auction called this a 292, which the VIN questions with its U-code for the 272/162hp. No matter. This is a cool car loaded with options (that will tax the 162hp) and is in superb condition. It’s a real showpiece and it brought a superior, showpiece price that is deserved by what it is. Nevertheless, this is ALL the money and then some.
Lot # T030 1960 Ford Falcon 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 0K11S249933; Laurel Green/Green vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $6,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,150. With Reserve. – 144/90hp six, automatic, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bench seat, column shift, factory radio. – The hood won’t stay open, but this car has very good paint and chrome as well as a very good interior with repainted dash. Original gauges and switchgear are in very good shape. Restored, lightly run engine bay. Tidy undercoated chassis. Factory gaps. A very basic car on the face of it, but it’s very pretty and has to be one of the better six-cylinder Falcons out there. – It’s hard to believe the quality of work put into this car. If it was a Ferrari, sure, it wouldn’t be up to standards, but for a six-cylinder Falcon with an automatic it’s exquisite. The quality of the work was lost on the Harrisburg bidders who didn’t pay it much mind, but the new owner has a neat little classic to run around in and paid very little for it.
Lot # T150 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 4E68Z176792; Teal Green, White vinyl roof/Teal vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. With Reserve. – 390/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bucket seats, floor shift, console, factory radio, dash clock, rear seat speaker. – Very good older paint and chrome. The rest of the brightwork is original and good, although the body side trim doesn’t quite fit flush with the body. Roof vinyl is very good. Unrestored and very tidy underneath. Factory gaps. Excellent mostly original interior. Never restored because it never needed to be. An attractive car. – While this might be a pretty ordinary ’64 Ford it also is a pretty enjoyable one, particularly at this modest price. It seems to need nothing. Buy it and drive it while enjoying the 390/300hp Z-code engine’s power and torque. It was bought right in this transaction.
Lot # T229 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible; S/N 4U69X172555; Rangoon Red/White; White top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. With Reserve. – 390/300hp, automatic, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, power steering, power top, white vinyl boot cover, GE spotlight, bucket seats, console, floor shift, dash clock, rear seat speaker. – According to the car card this is a 390/300hp but according to the VIN it started life with a 352/250hp under the hood. Very good paint and chrome, although the front bumperettes are scratched up. Spotless restored engine bay. Lightly pitted door handles. Gaps are a bit uneven. Good, very lightly worn interior. An attractive and attention-grabbing car done well, but done a while ago. – Impressively equipped and nicely presented, this Galaxie 500 XL convertible brought an appropriate price for its condition and equipment list.
Lot # F076 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible; S/N 7H41H111446; Brittany Blue/Blue, Light Blue vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $31,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,650. With Reserve. – 390/270hp with a 4-barrel added, automatic, American Racing wheels, white boot cover, power steering, power brakes, slotted front disc rotors, rear drums, bucket seats, floor shift, dash clock, factory radio, Sunpro underdash gauges. – Fully restored 10 years ago. Light wear underneath. Very good paint and chrome. Very good interior, although some of the original trim is a bit worn. Well restored and lightly used. – Generously priced for a pretty ordinary 500 XL convertible with upgrades, a successful bid under $30,000 would have been more appropriate.
Lot # S130 1988 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Hatchback; S/N 1FABP42E0JF234244; Oxford White, Silver, Red/Red cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $10,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $11,000. No Reserve. – 302/225hp, automatic, power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, cassette stereo, rear spoiler, original sales contract documented. – From the Weatherford collection. Lightly faded and swirled paint. Very good, lightly worn interior. Clean, lightly run and unmodified engine bay. Very well kept and only showing light wear, quite a bit lighter than the 49,983 miles showing and 2-owner history would suggest. – Most Fox Body Mustangs aren’t nearly as well kept as this one, which explains this relatively strong price, although these cars still represent an affordable way to get a V-8 and rear-wheel drive. And with a reasonable number of miles on the odometer, it could be enjoyed without feeling guilty as would be the case with some of the ultra-low-mileage showroom fresh examples that have sold at auction recently.
Lot # S127 1985 Ford Mustang SVO Hatchback; S/N 1FABP28TXFF176239; Dark Sage Green/Gray cloth; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $13,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,850. With Reserve. – 140/205hp turbo four, 5-speed, Koni adjustable front shocks, bi-wing rear spoiler, sunroof, center console, power windows, air conditioning. – From the Waterford collection. Lightly scuffed up wheels. Dry weather stripping. Slightly dull exterior plastic. Lightly swirled original paint. Light general wear to the interior. Unrestored, used and showing wear, but even with the 67,637 miles showing, it could be a better car. One of 60 Mustang SVOs purchased by Hertz in 1985, and one of 10 in this color. Certainly less well known than the Hertz Shelbys, but still a neat piece of Mustang history. – Top-notch examples of the Fox-body Mustang have been getting eye-poppingly high prices at auction this year, and this car is both a relatively rare SVO model and an even rarer Hertz Mustang. Even so, this car is really let down by its condition and most people don’t even know about the Hertz Mustangs of the ’80s, so it brought a realistic price. It is, however, a model that could – when the stars and planets align in a market-correcting transaction – become the object of a craze and bring much more. Until then, this is an appropriate result.
Lot # S128 1986 Ford Mustang SVO Hatchback; S/N 1FABP28T9GF196354; Jalapeño Red/Gray leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300. No Reserve. – 140/205hp turbocharged four, 4-speed, Koni adjustable front shocks, bi-wing rear spoiler, sunroof, power windows, air conditioning. – The paint is free of big blemishes but it is a bit dull and faded, as is the exterior plastic. Light but noticeable wrinkling to the seats. Clean and sound underneath. Showing 23,966 miles. A decent but used final year SVO that’s attractive but unexceptional. – This is a good car, but a serious collector with deep pockets would probably rather have one with lower miles and less wear. For someone who wants an SVO to drive and enjoy, this is an ideal example and it was bought at a realistic price.
Lot # S097 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N P6FH297569; Colonial White, White hardtop/Black, White vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. No Reserve. – 312/225hp, automatic, engine dressup, wire wheels, Firestone whitewalls, fender skirts, Continental kit, porthole hardtop, power steering, power brakes, tinted glass, later aftermarket radio. – Maintained, correct and complete but unrestored engine bay. Sound older paint and chrome other than chips at the back of the driver’s door. Slight discoloration in the headliner of the top. Very good unrestored interior with good upholstery. The steering wheel has chips and pitting. Showing 43,720 miles, which are represented as real and are believable given this car’s solid and mostly unrestored condition. – A 312/225-hp T-Bird in this condition could normally expect to bring another 10 grand or so on top of this price, so the winning bidder here was able to take advantage of a no reserve lot and lack of competition in the room to snag this perfectly good Baby Bird at an advantageous price.
Lot # F097 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH390899; Willow Green, White hardtop/Medium Green vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $53,000 plus commission of; Final Price $53,000. With Reserve. – 312/245hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, porthole hardtop, power steering, engine dress up kit, Town & Country radio, fender skirts, heater. – Very good paint and chrome. Spotless, fresh engine bay and underbody. Scratches at the top of the windshield frame where the hardtop fits. Very good interior other than a lightly worn original steering wheel. Sold new in Hawaii. Body-off restored recently to high but not top notch standards. It’s still a gorgeous car, especially in these colors. – This car deserved more, plain and simple, so refusing the reported high bid was entirely understandable.
Lot # S052 1993 GMC Typhoon Sport Utility Vehicle; S/N 1GDCT18Z4P0811061; Black/Black; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. With Reserve. – 262/280hp turbo V6, automatic, alloy wheels, Firestone tires, roof rack, tinted glass, console, power windows, air conditioning, factory CD stereo. – Represented with 10,970 miles and two owners but looks new. A lot of these were taken to the drag strip regularly or otherwise just generally beat on. Plenty of them, though, were also barely used and kept like new for some reason. This one may have a fair amount of miles on it, but the number is still super low and it looks showroom fresh. – Prices for Typhoons and their Syclone pickup cousins have shot way up over the past couple of years as general interest in collector trucks has grown. This result was ahead of the already steep curve at even higher than top dollar. Land Cruisers are off-road stars but Typhoons and Syclones rule the pavement
Lot # F138 1961 Imperial Crown 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 92131862; White/Red leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $23,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,850. With Reserve. – 413/350hp, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, dual mirrors, factory air conditioning, power windows, power seat, dash clock, factory pushbutton radio, pushbutton transmission. – Undercoated chassis. Good older paint and chrome other than some scratches on the trunk and some chips at the back of the driver’s door. Even gaps. Very good restored interior. Presents like a lightly used older body-on restoration. – Bid to $27,500 at Mecum Indy last year. Holding out for top dollar doesn’t always work out. The seller, likely discouraged by the idea of more auction trips and fees, decided to let this car go in this post-block transaction at a price slightly favorable to the buyer.
Lot # S198 1969 Jaguar XKE SII Coupe; S/N 1R26020; Imperial Maroon/Beige vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $67,100. With Reserve. – Centerlock wire wheels, Michelin XWS tires, stainless steel exhaust, headers, factory air conditioning (currently disconnected), woodrim steering wheel, period Philips pushbutton radio. – Represented as a body-off restoration finished this year, but that’s a bit misleading. The paint and brightwork are both very dull and show plenty of blemishes. The engine bay is mostly sound, but there are rusty fasteners and plenty of dust, so in no way does it look recently restored. The body doesn’t show any rust. The upholstery is newer and solid, while the rest of the interior is original but holding up well. The doors take a bit of effort to get open. A driver quality SII. Not bad, but it’s not a star. – After inspection and before going across the block, this car got a detailing from event sponsors 303 Detailing and it made a huge difference but doesn’t go all the way in explaining this very strong price for a fundamentally mediocre car.
Lot # S116.1 1974 Jaguar XKE SIII V12 Roadster; S/N UE1S25920BW; Pale Primrose/Black; Black top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000 plus commission of; Final Price $80,000. With Reserve. – 5343/272hp V12, automatic, chrome wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, boot cover, BL radio, dash clock, air conditioning. – Unrestored. Very good paint with a few tiny chips at the back of the hood. Some chips at the back of the driver’s door as well. Tidy engine bay. Lightly worn interior with somewhat dull switchgear, but it’s great for original. Really a gorgeous unrestored cruiser. It’s a shame about the automatic, but the late XKEs weren’t all that sporty anyway. – Cars with automatics are nevertheless harder to sell, and the Harrisburg bidders seemed to find it hard to look past the transmission and see the fabulously preserved car that is this E-Type. It deserves more than the reported high bid, if not the $100,000 to which it was bid at Mecum’s Indy auction a year ago in 2016.
Lot # S115 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa P350 GTS Coupe; S/N ZA9J00000FLA1225; Red/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. With Reserve. – OZ wheels, power windows, Alpine CD stereo, quadruple Webers. – Signed by Valentino Balboni on the glovebox in silver Sharpie, Carroll Shelby-style. Slightly grimy but maintained engine bay. Sound older repaint. Engine overhaul two years ago. Lightly but visibly worn seats. The rest of the interior is good. A lightly used Jalpa, which is one of the more affordable entries into Lambo ownership. – A straightforward, fair result for a good but imperfect Jalpa (pronounced “Hall-Puh”).
Lot # T116 1982 Lancia Beta Spider, Body by Zagato; S/N ZLAFS00C6C0203555; Red/Black vinyl; Black top; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500. No Reserve. – Alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, power windows, aftermarket CD stereo. – The engine bay and underbody are a little grimy but mostly tidy. Very good repaint and bumpers. Very clean new soft top. The original interior is in fantastic shape. Showing 48,969 miles. – Many of these FWD Lancias are rusting away and aren’t really worth enough to give serious attention to, so one this well kept with new paint and top is a real find. It didn’t get much love on the block, though, and at no reserve sold for a bargain price.
Lot # S002 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible; S/N 56WA36062L; Taos Turquoise/Turquoise, White leather; Older restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 plus commission of; Final Price $60,000. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts, hood ornament, spotlight mirrors, boot cover, Town and Country radio, power windows. – Won an award at Meadow Brook Concours. 2010 AACA Senior. Hood sticks up slightly on the right side. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Gorgeous fully restored dash. Very tidy underneath. Not done yesterday, but very well restored and still looking great. Doesn’t need anything. – This car deserves a lot more, especially considering the excessive $148,500 it sold for at RM St. John’s in 2013.
Lot # S175 1942 Lincoln Zephyr 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N H132486; Green/Tan cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $10,000 plus commission of; Final Price $10,000. With Reserve. – Hub caps and trim rings, Firestone wide whitewalls, fender skirts, suicide rear doors, Bench seat, column shift, dash clock, heater, radio. – Aged but very well preserved original interior. Good older repaint. Lightly scratched bumpers and grille. Some of the body side trim is pitted. Restored and repainted engine but the frame is sound and unrestored. Never fully restored because it never needed to be, but nevertheless it is no better than an attractive and unusual driver. – This is a surprising find, represented found in a Pinehurst, NC barn in 1970 and given superficial cosmetic attention since then. It was sold at Auburn Fall in 2003 for $27,030, at Auburn Fall in 2014 for $24,200 and at Mecum Dallas last year for $22,000. It’s not surprising it didn’t sell here at this bid, but its appeal is limited and its originality is wearing off.
Lot # S024 1988 Lotus Esprit S3 Turbo SE Coupe; S/N SCFFC20A1JHF62239; Pearlescent White/Light Blue leather with suede inserts; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $15,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,050. No Reserve. – 2174/264hp 910S intercooled turbocharged engine, 5-speed, white wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, rear wing, wood dash and shift knob, power windows, air conditioning – One of 88 Special Edition cars. Represented with new battery and rebuilt alternator. Very good original paint other than a scuff on the rear wing. The left rear indicator light is hanging loose. The driver’s seat is worn and cracking a bit but sound. The wood dash is cracking. Tidy underneath. A mostly pretty well presented car for a nearly 30-year-old Lotus, but offered at no reserve and with little in the way of service history. – Esprits have for quite some time flown under the radar with prices well under other comparable exotics. Buyer interest and prices have been on the rise, but there are still deals to be had. This example may very well have some needs, but this price for a mid-engine exotic in such attractive colors is tempting.
Lot # T079 1995 Lotus Esprit S4 Turbo Coupe; S/N SCCFD30C6SHF61397; Red/Black leather piped in Red; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700. With Reserve. – 2.2/285hp turbo, 5-speed, OZ wheels, Brembo brakes, Toyo tires, power windows, air conditioning, aftermarket stereo. – The dash top is a bit wavy. The rest of the interior is good and lightly worn. Very good original paint with no chips on the nose. A screw is missing from the front right indicator light, so it is a bit loose. No service history represented. Showing 41,081 miles. A very good example of a four-cylinder S4 Esprit. – The later four-cylinder Esprits are a pretty good value because they are developed and refined final-series cars but typically come at a significantly more affordable price than the subsequent V-8 versions. This one sold for $22,000 at Auburn Spring in 2011. That was a good deal at the time, but Esprits are worth more now, so this result was a borderline steal. Even if there is a hefty shop bill in this car’s future, the new owner still won’t be in it for very much and the quality of its presentation as well as its near-supercar performance and handling will be satisfying to experience.
Lot # T230 1970 Mercury Cougar 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0F91H530120; Turquoise, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $13,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,850. With Reserve. – 351/250hp with 4-barrel added, automatic, Michelin X tires, console, air conditioning, Philco radio, Marti report. – New headliner. Recently restored interior looks great other than what looks like some paint splotches on the passenger’s seat. Good, straight roof vinyl. Good older paint and chrome, but there is a small dent that took quite a bit of paint off on the right side of the nose as well as some scratches on the front bumper. Uneven door gaps. A sound, basic restoration that has endured some mistreatment. – This car sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2012 for $15,950, which is a fine example of how little Mercury Cougar prices in general have moved over the past five years.
Lot # S118 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Convertible; S/N 9F94S522064; Tahoe Turquoise/White leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000 plus commission of; Final Price $80,000. With Reserve. – 390/320hp, automatic, special order paint, power steering, power brakes, narrow whitewalls, floor shift, console, power windows, factory radio. – Represented with 3,566 original miles. Unrestored but very well kept and maintained engine bay. Very good original paint. Factory gaps. Tight, straight top. Very good original interior. Gorgeous and impressively kept. A hardly used but never neglected XR-7 documented with the original title and paperwork. – Originality is worth a lot among today’s collectors, but it is reasonable to question if a ’69 Cougar XR-7, even with the desirable 390/320hp engine and special order paint is worth as much as the consignor thinks having turned down a bid like this. It will be a challenge to find a buyer who is willing to part with even this much for it.
Lot # S044 1959 MG A 1600 Mk I Roadster; S/N GHNL78463; Red/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $18,000 plus commission of; Final Price $18,000. With Reserve. – Hub caps, dual wing mirrors, luggage rack, banjo steering wheel, heater. – Tidy, lightly used engine bay and underbody. Older average quality respray. Uneven gaps. Lightly worn seats. No top present, but it does come with a tonneau cover. Apparently the brakes don’t work. A few small dents in the hub caps. Photos from the restoration show a really rough car fully redone in a garage. Clearly a lot went into the car, but it was done to enthusiast standards and done a while ago. – Driver quality MGAs can regularly be had for a little under 20 grand. At the reported high bid, this would have been a straightforward and satisfactory result for both parties, but the consignor held out. The car isn’t likely to get a much higher offer elsewhere.
Lot # T216 1973 MG B Mk III Convertible; S/N GHN5UD310152G; Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $7,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,700. With Reserve. – Chrome wire wheels, luggage rack, BL radio. – Represented with new brake system, rocker panels and floor panels. The button for the driver’s door handle is missing so you have to open it from the inside. Very good paint and chrome. Engine bay is used but tidy. Door gaps are a little uneven, and there are some chips at the back of the passenger’s door. Very good newer upholstery and carpets. The rest of the interior is lightly worn original. Showing 10,215 miles, but the odometer has likely ticked over once. Good newer top, although the top frame is original and unrestored. A good driver quality B from the last year of the chrome bumper cars. – This could have been a five-figure car, so the astute winning bidder now has a bit of money left over for cosmetic and mechanical attention, not that this car has any serious needs although there are enough issues to put off bidders.
Lot # T069.1 1946 MG TC Roadster; S/N XPAG8296; Metallic Brown/Beige vinyl; Beige cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $12,100. No Reserve. – RHD. Painted wire wheels, old Pirelli tires, badge bar, banjo steering wheel, rear-mounted spare wheel, side mirror from a later passenger car. – Represented as an older restoration with working electrics and gauges. Old paint with scratches, chips and blisters all over, and big chunks of white paint are flaking off the chassis. Good interior. The top is tattered and discolored. TCs are worth a good bit of money and are usually in much better shape than this. It’s not a terrible car, but not really presentable as is and needs another round of restoration work. – And at this price, the new owner has plenty of financial headroom left over to embark on such a project.
Lot # T038 1950 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD2622EXLU; Light Blue/Dark Blue vinyl; Dark Blue cloth top; Enthusiast restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $7,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,250. No Reserve. – Hub caps, rear-mounted spare wheel, banjo steering wheel. – Represented as a fresh restoration, but that’s being generous and even misleading. The blue painted grille is cracked. The amateur quality respray is dull and has blisters along the running boards as well as lots of touched up scratches on the rear fenders and fuel tank. There are also rusty fasteners on the rear of the body. The engine bay looks lightly restored but not redone top to bottom. Tidy and lightly worn underneath. The dash and gauges look redone, but the steering wheel is rough. The seats were recovered, but the vinyl on the bottom is of a different type than the seat backs. Excellent new top with repainted frame. A haphazardly done car that deserves better. – A mediocre driver but bought for project car money, so this was a pretty good deal. TD prices have been generally trending downward, so to get one for such a low price anticipates the market’s trend.
Lot # F181 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4-4-2 Sport Coupe; S/N 338177M172253; Spanish Red/Red vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900. With Reserve. – 400/350hp, 4-speed, Red line tires, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, Rallye gauges, aftermarket Autogage underdash gauges, console, bucket seats, dual mirrors. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Very clean fully restored engine bay other than heat rash on the exhaust manifold. Very good paint and chrome. The rest of the brightwork is original and a little scratched but sound. Very good restored interior. Body-off restored and very lightly used. Not done to show car standards, but this early 4-4-2 still has nothing to pick on. – This is convertible 4-4-2 money, a remarkable price even with the desirable equipment list and excellent, accurate condition.
Lot # S063 1939 Packard 120 Eight Convertible Sedan; S/N 12972286; Black/Maroon leather; Beige cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $40,000 plus commission of; Final Price $40,000. With Reserve. – Hub caps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, brass Cormorant mascot, spotlight, amber fog lights, dash clock, column shift. – Good restored dashboard. Old paint with swirl marks as well as lots of cracks in the front fenders. Dull brightwork. Worn, discolored old top. Lightly worn older upholstery. Dinged up wheels. Unrestored underneath with lots wear and minor surface rust but nothing too bad. Not a completely original survivor, but also has never been restored, which is unusual for a Packard of this era. – Harrisburg may not be the place to sell a prewar Packard, particularly not a rare ’39 convertible sedan, even a relatively modestly powered and configured One Twenty. This is not an unreasonable bid.
Lot # T087 1983 Pininfarina Azzurra Convertible; S/N ZFRAS00B1D5501847; Red/Black vinyl; Black top; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $14,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,950. No Reserve. – Speedline wheels, boot cover, woodgrain dash, Clarion cassette stereo. – Very good blemish-free original paint. Very good interior with only very light wrinkling to the seats. Very clean underneath. The engine bay is a bit dirty but maintained. Showing 12,670 believable miles. This looks like a two- or three-year-old car, and is represented as having just one owner from new. – While badged with the sexy-sounding ‘Pininfarina Azzurra’ name, this is still essentially just a Fiat Spider. After Fiat’s exit from the U.S. market, the Spiders were sold as Pininfarinas in this country while the X1/9 was sold as a Bertone. Most Fiat Spiders on the road are much worse off than this one and their reputation and orphan status rubbed off on this one resulting in a pretty low price and a sound buy for the new owner.
Lot # S092 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23R0A170172; Alpine White, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $415,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $456,500. With Reserve. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, hood pins, Track Pack, power steering, power brakes, Polyglas GT tires, Hurst pistol grip shifter, factory radio, Tic-Toc-Tach, Rally wheels, console. – The doors aren’t quite flush with the body. Excellent paint. Straight roof vinyl. Excellent interior. Restored in 2002 to high standards and used very little since. Represented as matching numbers and documented with original window sticker, broadcast sheets, IBM and warranty cards. – Sold by RM at Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 for $529,200 at the height of Hemi-madness, then by Mecum at Indy in 2009 for $318,000 as the madness tapered off. It brought $363,000 at RM’s Art of the Automobile in NYC in 2013 and it has only done 72 miles since, bringing the total to an impressively low 16,431. This is very strong money even for such a fine car with the rare 4-speed. At least for this car, though, prices haven’t yet caught up to pre-Recession levels, but they’re gaining.
Lot # T021 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N P45622835; White/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500. No Reserve. – 383/330hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bucket seats, console, floor shift, factory radio. – Good older respray and bumper chrome. Good seats, but the rest of the interior is pretty tired. Unrestored but sound underneath. Dull brightwork. Usable as is and looks pretty good from a short distance, but would benefit from more significant restoration work. – A basic car that should command a basic price, but it sold for project car money. It is a better and more desirable car than the money it brought an hour into the sale on Thursday.
Lot # S047 1961 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 861P12228; White/Red, Maroon vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. With Reserve. – 389/318hp Tri-Power, automatic, eight-lug wheels, whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, rear seat speaker, power windows, power seats, PHS documents. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Long paint crack on the hood. The paint on the hood is a shade off from the rest of the car. The doors don’t quite fit flush with the body. The tires are old. The restored interior is excellent other than a lightly worn original steering wheel. A well-equipped car that’s more than good enough to drive and enjoy, but not perfect. – Not sold at Mecum Seattle in 2014 for $40,000, then sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2015 for $40,700 and no-saled at Mecum Dallas last year at a $32,500 high bid, which was arguably a more than fair offer for a car in this condition. Holding out for more paid off big time, though, and the seller should be thrilled. The new owner, not so much having paid a record-setting price for a flawed Bonneville.
Lot # F092.1 1966 Pontiac Grand Prix 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 266576E207613; White, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $22,000 plus commission of; Final Price $22,000. With Reserve. – 389/325hp with added Tri-Power, 4-speed, eight-lug wheels, red line tires, bucket seats, console, Hurst shifter, floor-mounted factory vacuum gauge, AutoMeter underdash water temp and oil pressure gauges, Kenwood CD stereo, factory pushbutton radio still in place, dash clock, rear seat speaker. – There are 421 badges on the body despite the 389 with added Tri-Power under the hood. Uneven trunk gaps. Good respray. Very clean restored engine bay. Good roof vinyl. Very good, mostly restored interior, but the original gauges are a bit cloudy and the switchgear lightly worn. PHS documented. Restored to drive and enjoy. – Also reported under F95.1 with the same result. The changes and mediocre condition overshadow the inherent attractiveness of this Grand Prix. The seller wasn’t wrong to prefer the car to the money, but it’s going to be a challenge to find a buyer who will overlook its several shortcomings to appreciate the exceptional design and inherent appeal they obscure.
Lot # F241 1964 Pontiac LeMans GTO Convertible; S/N 824F15133; Light Blue/Dark Blue vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. With Reserve. – 389/325hp, 4-speed, wire wheel covers, red line tires, power steering, power brakes, bucket seats, factory air conditioning, power top, tinted glass, Safe-T-Track, Delco radio. – Very good, mostly restored and lightly run engine bay. Excellent paint, chrome and top. Factory gaps. Taillight trim is a bit scratched up. Very good restored interior. A straightforward, lightly aged older restoration. – Sold by Barrett-Jackson in 2000 for $30,800 and by RM at Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 for $54,000. In today’s GTO market, this result is roughly appropriate but still represents a great value for a GTO convertible with air conditioning.
Lot # T253 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible; S/N SCAYD42A0CCX04018; Pale Yellow/Light Brown leather piped in Dark Brown; Light Brown top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $31,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,650. With Reserve. – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, brown leather boot cover, bucket seats with arm rests, burled wood dash and door trim, power windows, power top, air conditioning, later Alpine CD stereo. – A few small chips on the nose and some scratches on the front bumper. The mirrors look like they were repainted but were crudely done. Sound attractive interior other than some cracking in the wood. A used Corniche, but an attractive one showing 56,955 believable miles. – Sold for $33,000 at Mecum Monterey in 2013, for $35,200 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2016 and for $33,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach this year. With that kind of consistency, it’s safe to call this a perfectly fair price.
Lot # S124 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible; S/N 8T03J180317; Candyapple Red/Black vinyl; Black top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. With Reserve. – 302/250hp, 4-speed, Shelby wheels, Radial T/A tires, boot cover, bucket seats, console, factory AM/FM radio, tilt steering column. – From the Waterford collection, 73,720 miles from new. Pretty tired older paint with a few chips and touch ups on the nose and hood. Very dull and scratched up windshield frame. Lightly worn but tired interior with a dull appearance. Restored in the 1990s to a reasonable but not particularly high standards, then enjoyed and now starting to show its age. – By 1968, Shelby Mustangs had gotten heavier and less overtly sporty as Ford became much more involved in the process, but they are still highly sought after and expensive cars even in average driver condition like this one. Unsold on the block at this bid, it closed post-block for the same amount as the consignor realized this was an opportunity not to be missed.
Lot # S126 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Fastback; S/N SFM6S1874; Raven Black, Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. With Reserve. – 289/306hp, automatic, hood pins, parking brake warning light, woodrim steering wheel, dash tach, factory radio. – Advertised with a correct but not original engine. It also has an automatic, but most of these Hertz rent-a-racers do. Sound older paint and chrome. Tidy underneath. Same with the interior. A straightforward older restoration. – Hammered not sold at Mecum Kissimmee last year at a $130,000 high bid, which was appropriate money for a non-matching numbers car in this condition and a missed opportunity. The winning bid here is still a fair number.
Lot # F186 1976 Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser Wagon 4×4; S/N FJ5559696; Light Blue, White/Gray vinyl; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. With Reserve. – 2F 4.2 liter/125hp engine, All Terrain T/A tires, Warn winch, roof rack, fender flares, mud flaps, bench seat, floor shift, Pioneer CD stereo, Hella LED rally lights, power tailgate window. – Represented as one of 2,000 FJ55s imported here. Replacement engine and transmission. Tidy engine bay. Good paint with some imperfect masking between the white and blue parts. Straight body. Some scratches on the bumpers. Light road wear and oxidation on a partially restored underbody. Very good interior. A very good example, but not so good that you’d be afraid to actually use it. – An appropriate number for a sound FJ55 “Iron Pig”, which is relatively rare compared to the more famous FJ40 but also not necessarily more valuable.
Lot # S171 1979 Toyota HJ45 Land Cruiser Pickup 4×4; S/N HJ45026885; Yellow, White roof/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300. With Reserve. – 3.6/90hp diesel, 4-speed, wood bed, bench seat. – No represented history other than that it has been restored to original specs. Good truck quality respray with a few cracks on the passenger’s door. A few sprayed over cracks in the wood, but the bed is sound. Spotless older restored and well painted frame. Dry, cracked weather stripping. Good, mostly restored interior other than some dull switchgear. Restored to truck standards. – The more unusual body styles fitted to the classic Land Cruiser tend to attract the attention of collectors more so than a run of the mill FJ40, but this one’s budget cosmetic refresh isn’t ideal. It sold at Mecum Dallas last year for $20,350 and was let go for a similarly appropriate number here. If it was given a full high-quality restoration, the price would be a lot higher.
Lot # F049 1990 Toyota Supra Mk III Turbo Coupe; S/N JT2MA71N2L0149184; Dark Blue/Dark Blue cloth; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $15,000 plus commission of; Final Price $15,000. With Reserve. – 2954/232hp single turbo, automatic, Goodyear Eagle GT4 tires, cruise control, power windows, rear window wiper, air conditioning, cassette stereo, Targa roof. – Freshly serviced. All original and unmodified. Very clean engine bay. Excellent original paint aside from a handful of tiny rock chips on the nose. The interior looks brand new. Showing 25,677 believable miles. Probably one of the best on of these that exists anywhere. These were seriously overshadowed by the Mk IV that came after, which is a shame since these are attractive, fast, fun and reliable cars. The automatic is obviously a disappointment, though. – Cars that are all about performance but have an automatic naturally have a narrower audience, and although this is a great example of a model that is so often modified and driven hard, the reported high bid was not an unreasonable offer and should have seen the car off to a new home.
Lot # T219 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 Convertible; S/N FM49197U; Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $4,000 plus commission of 12.50%; Final Price $4,500. With Reserve. – Minilite-style wheels, luggage rack, black vinyl boot cover, wood shift knob, pushbutton radio. – Heavily scratched bumpers. The front bumperettes are dull and the right one is loose. Decent respray with chips around the panel edges, masking errors around the windshield and a big chip in the middle of the hood. Rebuilt engine. Good newer top and upholstery. There are a few cracks in the wood dash but it’s mostly sound. A good driver quality Spit for weekend fun but far from a show car. – This price would ordinarily buy a significantly worse example. Like many of the smaller foreign sports cars in this sale, this was a considerable bargain.
Lot # F161 1973 Triumph TR6 Roadster; S/N CF4789U; Mimosa Yellow/Tan vinyl; Tan vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400. No Reserve. – BFG Traction T/A tires, luggage rack, later Pioneer stereo. – Tidy engine bay with some fuel on the carbs. Good average quality paint. Straight body. Good chrome. Very good newer top with a sound original frame. Very good interior with newer upholstery and carpets. Restored on a budget, but more than good enough to enjoy. – This car sold at Mecum Kissimmee last year for $19,250 and again this year for $20,350, but curiously had no reserve on it here in Harrisburg and was let go for quite a bit less. The Kissimmee results were a bit on the high side, but were still closer to what the car is arguably worth than this number.
Lot # F126 1971 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible; S/N 1512620398; Black/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $13,000 plus commission of; Final Price $13,000. With Reserve. – Custom hub caps, trim rings, whitewalls. – Custom paint, interior and wheels. Good paint, chrome and interior. The engine bay is a little dirty. Fully redone and lightly customized, but not a concours car. – Sold at Scottsdale in 2008 for $16,170, at Orange County in 2011 for $17,600 then at Palm Beach in 2012 for $25,300. The custom touches make for a neat little car, but not a particularly valuable one, and it’s unrealistic to expect a number close to the 2012 result again any time soon. The reported high bid here was light relative to its other auction transactions, but realistic for what this car is and what it isn’t.
Lot # F113 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible; S/N 5585953; White/Light Blue vinyl; Dark Blue vinyl top; Unrestored original, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $4,000 plus commission of 12.50%; Final Price $4,500. No Reserve. – Hub caps, pushbutton radio, VDO dash clock. – Represented as a runner but the brakes don’t work. Missing left rear hub cap. Faded paint with surface rust showing through the cracks and chips. The top is ripped at the back and has no rear window. Significant rust at the bottom of the doors and sills. Bad interior. Rough but complete engine bay. A barn find, but not a particularly good or enticing one. In fact, it is a rotter. – It will take a lot blood, sweat, tears and dollars to get this car fully redone, and it will probably never be worth enough to recoup the restoration costs. Its fate may be as a parts car for which this is appropriate money.
Hi Rick, nice report on Harrisburg. I have the advantage of living (relatively) locally to the event, and I’ve been in attendance all 4 years that they’ve held a Harrisburg auction. These are the only Mecum auctions I’ve ever attended, and your comments are spot-on. I’ve seen this event only get better over time.
As a fan of European, and especially Italian, cars, it was great that you made note of both the Alfa spider and the Lancia Beta. I looked both those cars over very carefully. While I would not heap as much praise on the Alfa as you did, I can tell you that the Lancia was very clean, and agree that it was a bit of a steal at that price. I doubt that 90% of the audience knew what it was.
The price of the beta spider is not enough to restaure mined that is in a cery good running condition
I think the point of your comment is that if you’re given a Lancia Beta Spider for free it still cannot be restored without going underwater, and with that I concur.