Mecum Auctions, Orlando Summer Special, July 28-31, 2021

Mecum Auctions never misses an opportunity.

Having made a monster success of the auction at Kissimmee, Florida in January (the Anti-Scottsdale) they seized an opportunity to put on another auction in Orlando in August.

Central Florida in August, however, is brutally hot and humid. Mecum’s solution was to secure the air conditioned Orlando Convention Center instead of the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. Mecum was tipping an 800+ car consignment in advance and delivered (not including motorcycles) 1,007, a graphic demonstration of how successful collector car auctions in Florida have become and how much confidence consignors have in Mecum’s ability to assemble well-heeled bidders.

Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $
776/1,007 77.1% $42,123 $29,700



Monterey is next where there are hundreds of millions of dollars lined up. The auctions hope there are hundreds and hundreds of millions burning holes in the consignor’s wallets.

Andrew Newton attended and wrote descriptions for 43 cars. They are sorted here by auction day and lot number.

Lot # W173 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express Utiline Pickup; S/N D13JS9S184793; Red, Gold graphics/Black vinyl; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,700 – 360/225hp, automatic, Cooper Cobra tires, original Motorola radio. – Solid, possibly original paint with light crazing and some dullness. A few small scrapes on the right rear bumper. Some bubbles at the bottom of the doors. Solid, seemingly newer wood in the bed. Very good original interior. Unrestored but maintained and clean underneath. The non-catalytic converter and rarer `78 models are rarer, but this truck’s preservation is seriously impressive and it’s still usable as-is. – When it was new in those odd days of the late 1970s, the Lil’ Red Express was the fastest domestic automobile to 100 mph, and today there is absolutely no missing one of these things coming down the road. It’s surprising, then, that these pickups have flown under the radar somewhat in an otherwise hot vintage truck market. This one sold for an $18,150 final price in Kissimmee last year and other ones have sold for similar amounts recently. Meanwhile, much more common and mundane Ford and Chevy pickups from this period sell for this kind of money (or more) all the time.

Lot # T57 1956 GMC 100 Pickup; S/N 101PX1128; Light Blue, White roof/Gray vinyl, blue cloth; Truck restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,850 – 270/130hp six, column shift 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, single sidemount spare, wood bed, dual mirrors, air conditioning. – Sound older paint, chrome and wood. The fit on the doors is a little erratic. Worn steering wheel and faded gauges, but the rest of the interior is restored and looks good. An older truck-quality restoration holding up well, and a relatively rare GMC in good `50s colors. – Fits on this GMC are probably how they came from the factory: it’s a working vehicle and if the door latches work that’s enough to satisfy GMC quality control in 1956. Attractively one and presented in utilitarian condition this is a sound value.

Lot # T150.1 1971 Dodge Dart Demon 340 Coupe; S/N LL29C1B289019; Gold, Black side stripes and hood scoops/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,650 – 340/275hp, headers, 4-speed, Radial T/A tires, power brakes, hood pins, bench seat, floor shift with Hurst shifter, cassette stereo, window sticker. – Mostly very good paint other than a scratch behind the hood, a scuff on the right hood scoop, and a handful of chips. Restored underneath with very clean, lightly run engine. A few scratches on the wheels. Very good partially restored interior. Dull original chrome bumpers that stand out on an otherwise shiny car. The original Demon is a far cry from the tire-shredding 800-hp cars of today but it’s still a neat little piece of vintage Mopar muscle, and this is a solid example. – Configured as a 340/275hp Demon this Dodge’s VIN indicates it left the factory as a 225/145 slant six with a “C” engine code. On that basis this is a silly price for a made-up but fun to drive car.

Lot # T181 1960 Chevrolet Corvair 700 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 00769K118546; Blue, Light blue roof/Blue vinyl, cloth; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,900 – 140/80hp flat six, Powerglide, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, clear engine cover, original radio. – A rare first year Corvair and a long-time museum display car. The front bumper was rechromed at some point. The paint looks ancient but it isn’t original. Tidy original interior, but the driver’s side fabric has a few small rips. Original but seemingly maintained engine, visible under the nifty and very rare clear Plexiglas plastic cover. This car is a little rough around the edges, but it’s remarkable in that it even exists at all. People rarely saved early Corvairs, let alone more pedestrian sedan models like this. – There were 14 Corvairs offered here out of the “Miami Corvair Collection.” Most were in driver-quality condition and were unexceptional in terms of equipment, but part of what made them interesting is that there were so many mundane base, automatic, four-door cars in one place. This one was made more appealing by its dealer-optional clear engine cover to show off that then-novel air-cooled six. The bidders recognized that this is a rare car and afforded it to a high price for what it is, but remembered that this still a base Corvair sedan at the end and didn’t get too carried away. As a museum car it needs sorting before hitting the road again, but both parties should be happy here.

Lot # T183 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Convertible; S/N 107675L114163; Madeira Maroon/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,650 – 164/140hp, 4-speed, Mag style wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, later cassette stereo, aftermarket exhaust. – The sportiest of the 14-car Miami Corvair collection offered here. The chrome and brightwork are a bit tired but better than the repaint, which has particles in it up front and orange peel on the back. The windshield looks like it drove too close behind a gravel truck for a while. The top is stretched slightly, and the cloudy rear window would be hard to see out of. Thick old undercoating on the chassis. Decent interior. Corvairs are rarely gleaming show cars, but this one really could be better. – A fairly nasty Corvair and it brought a fairly nasty price but one that should endear it to its new owner.

Lot # T246 1976 Chevrolet C10 Blazer Cheyenne Sport Utility Vehicle; S/N CKL186F124675; Skyline Blue, White/Dark blue vinyl; Truck restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100 – 350/165hp, automatic, bucket seats, console, factory air conditioning, original radio. – Good truck-quality repaint, but there are some blisters on the nose. Tired original chrome. Mostly restored underneath. Newer upholstery. Some mild pitting on the console. For the most part a better than average truck quality restoration in attractive colors. – Compared to the more valuable and often overrestored Broncos, it’s more common to see Blazers like this with more down-to-earth budget restorations. That doesn’t mean that Blazers aren’t selling for serious money, however. This C10 Cheyenne was surprisingly expensive, and yet another sign that demand for vintage trucks just isn’t slowing down.

Lot # F29.1 1995 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning Styleside Short Bed; S/N 1FTDF15RXSLA82740; Black/Black, gray cloth; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 351/240hp, automatic, power windows, air conditioning. – Showing 72,701 miles but surprisingly clean. The paint presents very well aside from a few scratches and touch ups plus some significant wear and tear in the bed, so this pickup was at least used for hauling something other than ass. The interior looks great, and the underbody is reasonably clean for the age and mileage. A used early Lightning, but a solid one. – Dodge’s success with the Li’l Red Express and Chevy’s with the 454SS weren’t lost on Ford who picked up the mantle of crazy fast pickup with the Lightning, a nameplate that now returns with watts of power. This is a reasonable example that can be driven pridefully and will look good on a Ford dealer’s showroom floor beside the new e-Lightning. The price it brought makes sense.

Lot # F31 1969 Nissan Patrol G60 Utility; S/N KL6025740; Beige, White roof/Black vinyl; Truck restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – Hub caps, rear-mounted spare, floor shift, Hitachi radio. – Mostly restored engine bay with new radiator, plugs, hoses, and wires. Nearly spotless underbody with fresh paint on the frame. Decent body paint with some orange peel on the roof. Some of the rubber around the windows is a bit discolored and doesn’t fit quite right. Good, mostly restored interior with dull original gauges. A truck-quality restoration that’s good enough to have fun with, plus it’s a Patrol so it will stand out in a crowd of FJ40s or really any gathering of vintage workhorses. These are seriously rare in any condition. – The Patrol isn’t as well-known a badge as the Land Cruiser, but they both have similar Jeep-inspired origins and they even came out the same year – 1951. Patrols were available in the U.S. during the 1960s (and were badged as Nissans, not Datsuns) but were never very popular and today don’t have anywhere near the following of the equivalent Toyotas. Even so, this Patrol sold very well in Orlando, especially considering it sold for $15,120 at GAA only just this April and the two vintage FJs sold in this auction brought an identical 33k final price.

Lot # F32 1990 Nissan 300ZX Turbo T-Roof; S/N JN1CZ24A7LX003624; Aztec Red/Black cloth; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,750 – 2,960/300hp, 5-speed, Yokohama tires, Bose cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning, rear window wiper. – Showing 33,818 believable miles. The paint finish is a little dull and there are a few chips on the hood but a good wax and polish would probably bring some of the shine back. Very good interior with little discernible wear to the seats or switchgear. Tidy, maintained engine bay. A reasonably clean, reasonably low-mile and, most importantly, unmodified twin-turbo Z32. – Hammered not sold at $32,000 on the block but the seller wisely accepted a deal after the fact at a perfectly fair price for the age and mileage.

Lot # F36 1977 Datsun 280Z Coupe; S/N HLS30389287; Yellow, Graphics/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900 – 2,753/149hp, 5-speed, Anson Sprint wheels, rear window slats, upgraded air conditioning, original radio. – One of 1000 ZZZap Editions built, which was a “Special Decor Package”. Clean engine bay. Repainted and mostly restored underneath. Clean mostly original interior. With the same owner since 1979. Good enough to drive and enjoy. – When the original Z-Car was starting to show its age later in the ’70s, Datsun did a very ’70s thing to attract some more attention and introduced a graphics package. But that’s not the whole story with the “ZZZap” edition 280. Nissan/Datsun also promoted the car with a video game called “280 ZZZAP” in 1977. The arcade racing game was one of the very first of its kind with promotional branding attached to it, and in it the player drives a 280Z through a tricky road course at night. As for the actual ZZZap cars themselves, they’re a rare sight and mostly an obscure bit of trivia for anybody other than diehard Datsun fans, but this one attracted a fair bit of attention in Orlando and this is a strong but not outrageous price for it.

Lot # F56 1955 MG TF Roadster; S/N HDE433695; Almond Green/Tan vinyl; Tan cloth top; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500 – 1,250/58hp, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, rear-mounted spare, wind wings, badge bar. – Attractive, high-quality paint and chrome aside from a scrape on the right rear and cracks near the spare wheel. Clean, correct engine bay and clean chassis. Body-off restored a while ago and all good where it counts. It needs nothing to take out and enjoy while looking good doing it. – In the MG T-Series family, the TF slots in the middle. It’s lower, more rakish and more valuable than the TD that it replaced, but the original TC is the most desirable. This TF is a lovely little driver and it sold for exactly what it should have, striking an even balance between the quality of the restoration and the age of that restoration. It was bid to $21,000 at Mecum Harrisburg in 2015 and brought $24,750 at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in 2016. This is a sound acquisition and a safe buy, a car that can be driven a few thousand miles and with good care and upkeep return what was paid for it five years ago. Both parties should be happy.

Lot # F58 1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Convertible; S/N 1FAFP46V4WF144078; Canary Yellow, Black graphics/Black leather; Black top; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400 – 281/305hp, 5-speed, SVT alloy wheels, fog lights, CD/cassette stereo, power seat. – Represented with 22,486 actual miles. Good original paint aside from a few small scuffs on the nose. Tight-fitting top with clean rear glass. Deep wrinkles to the seats but no issues to the interior. Lightly used, well-kept, and fast for a car from 1998. While the standard Mustang GT came with 225hp and 290 lb-ft from the 4.6-liter Modular V-8, SVT was able to milk out 305hp and 300 lb-ft in the Cobra. – For the most part fourth gen Mustangs are just too new and too common to really be collectible, but brightly colored, low-mile performance variants like this Cobra are rare standouts and if this price is any indication they’re finally starting to catch on and swing upwards a bit. As always, though, it’s worth noting that this car’s sale price here is still short of its 28 grand original MSRP, and that’s before adjusting for inflation.

Lot # F71 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Indy Pace Car Sport Coupe; S/N 2G1FP22P7P2109911; Black, White, pace car graphics/Gray, white cloth; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 350/275hp, automatic, power windows, air conditioning. – One of 633 cars built. Showing 18 miles and comes with the original window sticker. The original decals were never applied. Reportedly in the same collection since new. – For some strange reason there were six of these Pace Car Camaros out of the same collection in Orlando, all with less than 100 miles (79 was the highest odometer reading). This one was the lowest-mile car at 18 but they were all the same otherwise and their sale prices ranged from $33,000 to $40,700. Apparently the market could bear six identical cars at the same auction because they were all strong numbers but, adjusted for inflation, this one sold for less than its original purchase price ($21,985 on the window sticker, about 41 grand today).

Lot # F95 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 0F2Z137153; Grabber Blue/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $352,000 – 429/375hp, 4-speed, Polyglas GT tires, rear window seats, front spoiler, power steering, competition suspension, console, Hurst T-handle shifter. Comes with Deluxe Marti report, build sheet. – No major flaws to speak of, just restored to factory standards without overdoing it. – The Boss 429 continues to enjoy elevated levels of popularity and value. There is no shortage of them in the market and most are presented in fully and accurately restored condition, like this one. None of that seemed to deter the Mecum Orlando bidders and this was the top transaction of the auction along with a ’61 Corvette at the same result. Time to adjust the Value Guides.

Lot # F112 1967 Cadillac DeVille Convertible; S/N F7136352; Venetian Blue/White leather; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100 – 429/340hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, AM/FM radio, rear seat speaker, factory air conditioning, boot cover. – Repainted last year but otherwise a maintained original car. The paint wasn’t to high standards and shows minor prep issues but is presentable. The chrome is dull and scratched. Reasonably tidy engine bay. Solid original interior. The leather is dry and lightly worn as one might expect, but still quite good for 54-year-old white leather. Even with a little wear and tear, a baby blue convertible Caddy like this still makes a statement. – The price may be a bit optimistic considering the marginal repaint and old upholstery but the visual effect is enough to make this price at least understandable. Daddy Warbucks or Mr. Monopoly would be right at home behind the wheel of this land yacht and it makes a statement even 54 years after it was built.

Lot # F147 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Convertible; S/N B9471795; Dark Blue/Gray leather; Dark blue cloth top; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000 – 260/164hp, 4-speed, Shelby wheels, 2.88 Dana 44 rear end, wood dash, woodrim steering wheel, dual Talbot Yorck mirrors. – Good chrome and paint with some light detail scratching. Light pitting on the left mirror. Long scratch on the left rear fender and a long crack near the trunk hinge. Lightly worn driver’s seat but mostly good interior. Tidy engine bay housing a correct replacement 260. A solid, better than driver quality older restored Tiger. – A $65,000 high bid is perfectly reasonable for a replacement engine Tiger like this. It was a $70,000 no-sale at Kissimmee 2019, then was bid to another $70,000 no-sale in the RM Open Roads March online auction this year. That kind of consistency from bidders is hard to argue with, and the seller should adjust expectations.

Lot # F166 1941 Plymouth P12 Special Deluxe Convertible Coupe; S/N 11180534; Dark blue/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $37,000 – 201-cid six, column shift 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, Goodyear wide whitewalls, amber fog lights, original radio, heater, power top. – Decent chrome and brightwork but tired paint with detail scratching and heavy water spots. Uneven panel fit. Good top and very clean interior. Light road wear underneath. A straightforward old restoration of a late prewar Plymouth convertible. Not the sort of car you see every day, which makes it that little bit more interesting than all the Ford convertibles we see from this era. – But not interesting enough to justify turning down this reported high bid. It was reported sold by GAA this April for $33,480, and that was already a strong number. After paying the seller’s commission the consignor would have come out close to whole (before entry fees and transportation), a result that’s realistic in today’s largely static market.

Lot # F227.1 1986 Zimmer Quicksilver Coupe; S/N 1G2PF3798GP274183; White/White leather piped in black; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – 173/125hp Pontiac V-6, automatic, wire wheels. – One of the wackier neoclassics, the Zimmer Quicksilver has the long hood/short deck appearance of a big luxury coupe but it’s really a Fiero underneath, and is much smaller than it appears in photos. Just 170 were made. This one has decent paint with a crack at the front of the hood. Decent lightly faded chrome except for the window frames, which are heavily pitting. Slightly grimy engine bay. Lightly wrinkled and discolored leather. A neat, rare oddball, and it will start lots of conversations regardless of its minor flaws. – Hammered not sold at $20,000 on the block but later reported sold at the same high bid. And it was a sensible decision to take that offer. RM Sotheby’s sold a much cleaner 464-mile Quicksilver in Arizona last year for $21,280, so this result looks very strong by comparison.

Lot # F231 1974 American Motors Gremlin X Sedan; S/N A4C465A401057; White, Black/Blue Levi Edition cloth; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600 – 258/110hp six, automatic, Goodyear Polyglas tires, roof rack, pushbutton radio, factory air conditioning. – Showing 50,150 miles. Scratched original chrome and brightwork, and significant pitting on the taillight bezels. Some minor chips, scratches and cracks but the paint is mostly impressive and a little too good to believe it’s original. The wheels look newer as well. The carpets and switchgear are a little faded but the Levi denim seats, arguably the best part of this car, look great. This car has never been restored but why would it be? Being a Gremlin it’s graded on a curve, so it must be among the cleanest ones out there. – Decked out in denim thanks to the Levi’s package and flashy on the outside with the Gremlin X appearance package, this car is about as loaded and as clean as anyone could hope for from a mid-70s AMC product. The only thing it’s missing is the optional V-8, but you don’t buy a Gremlin to go fast and it didn’t seem to matter to the bidders, anyway. What drew them to this car were the looks and the fact that you hardly see these cars anymore. Remarkably, there were two Gremlin Xs in this sale and they both sold extremely well. Lot T39, a Big Bad Green example, sold for $18,700 but this one’s condition and equipment pushed it even higher.

Lot # F234 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Regular Cab Pickup; S/N 3D3HA16H64G174490; Electric Blue, White stripes/Black leather with suede inserts; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200 – 506/500hp, 6-speed, Pirelli tires, Hurst shifter, CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – VCA Edition model, one of 52 built with rights to purchase selected via raffle. Showing just 192 miles and no age to speak of. These Viper trucks have been selling for more and more money lately (just like Vipers have) and this is absolutely a collector-grade example. – The SRT-10 serves no real purpose as a pickup. “Cement-truck ride, cement-truck noise, fuel mileage worse than a cement truck’s” is how Car and Driver summed it up. But the whole point of the Ram SRT-10 is that it’s outrageous, and nobody builds anything like it anymore. As Viper prices have exploded over the past year the Viper trucks have appreciated in a big way too, just less dramatically. This VCA (Viper Club of America) has been treated as a collectible since new and may never roast its tires at this price, which isn’t a record number but is close.

Lot # S27 1979 Dodge Ramcharger Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N A10JT9C145735; Yellow, Red, orange, and yellow graphics/Beige; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600 – 360/180hp, automatic, lift kit, Weld wheels, air conditioning, aftermarket tach, column shift, Pioneer CD stereo. – Lived in California until 2010. Proudly wearing its original sun-faded and decal-laden paint. Tidy underbody with some newer suspension components but old exhaust. Rough chrome and brightwork. Dry weather stripping. Newer seat covers and carpets, but the inside of the removable roof as well as the factory roll bar are pretty beat up. Very much a used Ramcharger but a not ratty or rotten one, and that’s all part of its charm. – The spawn of Li’l Red Express, not really fast, but fast enough for 1979 and with the brawny, in-your-face visage of a work truck with performance credentials. The bidders liked it not only for its aura but also for its preservation and put a generous but reasonable price on it.

Lot # S34 1958 Willys-Jeep FC-150 1/2 Ton Pickup; S/N 6554814517; Springtime Yellow, White roof/Brown vinyl piped in white; Truck restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 – 134/72hp four, floor shift 3-speed, narrow whitewalls, wood bed, sidemount spares on the passenger’s side. – Charming colors, but it’s a truck quality repaint with some prep issues and a few chips. Lovely fresh wood in the bed. Fully restored chassis and drivetrain. Fully restored interior. An eye-catching and rather rare forward control Jeep restored to reasonable standards for what it is. – Designed by Brooks Stevens and largely based on the CJ-5 Jeep, Forward Control Jeeps were primarily marketed as work vehicles and, naturally, most were primarily used as such. That means they’re a seriously rare sight today, rare enough that even many car people don’t know about this important bit of Jeep history. Mecum has offered a few restored FCs over the years but this is the most expensive by a long way. It’s honest and needs nothing except continued care and attention. In lieu of front air bags it has the driver’s and passenger’s legs.

Lot # S52.1 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix Convertible; S/N 266677P191253; Blue/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200 – 428/376hp HO engine, 4-speed, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, factory air conditioning, AM/FM radio, headrests, console, PHS documents. – Rare one-year-only Grand Prix convertible and represented as one of just 205 built with a 4-speed. Restored and lightly run engine bay. A few flaws in the chrome and a few in the paint but both present well. Factory gaps. Small, shallow dent in the left rear fender. The top is mostly good other than a few light smudges. Peeling faux wood on the console but mostly very good interior. An attractive if flawed example of a rare car, and should pique the interest of any Pontiac fan here. – This Grand Prix convertible looks expensive at first impression, but then peruse the options list which leaves little or nothing off and sets it apart, far apart, from most contemporaries. The bidders “got it” and were determined in their pursuit resulting in this seemingly generous but entirely appropriate price.

Lot # S64 1962 Cisitalia Abarth Scorpione Coupe, Body by Allemano; S/N 50020020; Dark Blue/Tan leather; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 – Abarth tuned 847cc/47hp engine with 2-barrel Weber carburetor, 4-speed, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, Jaeger gauges, dual mirrors, spare in the back seat. – Recently imported from Argentina. Represented as matching numbers. Chrome flaking off around the badge on the nose. Decent older paint. A few scuffs on the wheels. Light scratches on the rear glass and windshield. Older restored underneath, and mostly restored interior with fresh seats and carpets. There is a new rear bumper wrapped in cellophane behind the seats. Charming, rare and fun, and it has gotten a reasonable amount of restoration work without being fully taken apart. – An intriguing little hot rod. Cisitalia’s Piero Dusio sought refuge from his creditors in Argentina but continued to build “Cisitalias”. This appears to be a Cisitalia-badged version of the Fiat/Abarth 850 S Scorpione bodied by Allemano and it has all the right stuff (except the hopped up Record Monza 57hp engine) including style and presentation. It is an acquired taste that missed the mark here in Orlando where bidders were more inclined to Mustangs and Corvettes than Italian pocket rockets. An opinion on the consignor’s decision to decline the reported high bid would be presumptuous; it belongs at Monterey next month where the audience will be more informed and accepting.

Lot # S69.1 1970 Pontiac Grand Prix Model SJ Hardtop Coupe; S/N 276570P171189; Gold, Tan vinyl roof/Tan vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800 – 455/370hp, automatic, Rally wheels, narrow whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, original radio. – Good older paint. Very good interior. Light scratches on the chrome. Fully restored engine bay and underbody. A straightforward older restored sleeper in appropriate `70s sleeper colors. – The Grand Prix has the look and appointments of a personal luxury coupe but the heart of a muscle car in the 455/370hp SJ model. The cockpit, with its bucket seats and driver-oriented gauge layout, is also surprisingly sporty in a car with this much heft. Values for good SJs have crept up significantly over the past several years so they aren’t as much of a performance bargain as they used to be next to something like a GTO, but they’re still very cool sleepers. This price is near the top end of the SJ spectrum, and the car deserved it.

Lot # S86 1983 DeLorean DMC-12 Coupe; S/N SCEDT26T5DD020027; Stainless steel/Gray leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000 – 2,850/130hp, 5-speed, original cassette stereo. – Represented with 22,010 original miles. Small dent in the left front and a few more on the roof/tops of the doors. The interior looks excellent and shows hardly any age. Engine bay looks reasonably tidy. There are nicer DeLoreans out there, but this one’s mileage and 5-speed should at least get some people’s attention. – And it did, bringing a realistic price even without Back to the Future accoutrements. DeLoreans are not good cars, but they always attract attention and attention is about half of the result brought by this example.

Lot # S90.1 1978 Land Rover Range Rover Wagon 4×4; S/N 35941811F; Arctic White/Palomino cloth; Enthusiast restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $37,000 – 3,532/154hp V-8, 4-speed, wing mirrors, bucket seats, floor shift, aftermarket radio, tow hitch, original tools and books. – Represented with one owner. Good older repaint with some light orange peel and forgivable masking errors. Faded dash and switchgear and a crack behind the gauges, but good seats and carpets. Looks partially restored underneath with fresh undercoating. A `70s Range Rover in any condition is not a common sight. Most became rusty or broken years ago, and this one’s condition is reasonably impressive. – Revered and respected for their ruggedness and off-road capability, this is a seriously modest offer for this Range Rover’s condition. It’s more than good enough to be driven to the football pitch with a load of eager middle schoolers, yet used enough to extract lesser vehicles from the parking lot muck, and then get the little scholars to school on a snowy, slushy day. It should have brought 20% or more than the reported high bid.

Lot # S93 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZHS0246; Guards Red/Champagne leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000 – 3,299/330hp Turbo six, factory power kit, gold BBS wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, sunroof, snorkely brake light, Sony cassette stereo, wood-trimmed dash, special steering wheel, two extra under dash glove boxes, heated seats. – Documented genuine Sonderwunsch (Special Wish) slant nose car. A few chips throughout and some odd discoloration on the whale tail but mostly good paint. Clean wheels. Tidy engine bay. Lightly worn seats that match the 46,135 miles on the odometer, but the interior looks quite good. A neat 930 packed with special features and well-maintained. – Real slant nose 930s can command a 30 percent premium over standard cars. They don’t often come to market and this one’s extra special features make it even more of a standout. It was a $210,000 no-sale on Bring a Trailer in 2018 and a $207,000 no-sale on the Porsche focused Pcarmarket online platform just this May but, surprisingly, it had much better luck with Mecum. This is a reasonable number, around twice what a “normal” 1987 930 in this condition typically sells for these days.

Lot # S96 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194677S108960; Sunfire Yellow, Black stinger/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000 – 427/435hp L71, M21 4-speed, 3.55 Positraction, Rally wheels, red line tires, power steering, power windows. Comes with original tank sticker. – Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, Vettefest Gold Spinner. Matching numbers. Very good paint, chrome interior, and top. Very clean underneath. The light wear to the leather and some dirt in the engine bay are the only real signs this car has been driven at all. – Given this Corvette’s condition, options and documentation/awards, the price it brought here in Orlando was on the modest side. It sold for $190,800 in Kissimmee way back in 2010, and although the restoration is technically 11 years older now, C2 prices are up since then. This wasn’t a steal, but it was an astute buy.

Lot # S104.1 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Fastback; S/N SFM6S1260; Wimbledon White, Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $170,000 – 289/306hp, automatic, Radial T/A tires, hood pins, radio. Has the ubiquitous Carroll Shelby signature on the glove box. – Delivered new in Chicago, and represented with ownership documents going back to 1972. General dirt and grime under the hood, and some blue paint is coming off the engine block, but it’s mostly tidy. Not represented as matching numbers. Older paint with a handful of chips as well as some microblisters on the roof. Good interior with newer carpets. Lightly scratched rear glass. A straightforward older, lightly used rent-a-racer restoration. – Most of the Hertz Shelbys came in Raven Black with gold stripes but a small number were delivered in other colors, like Wimbledon White. The rare color on this car is interesting but doesn’t necessarily make it worth more than other Hertz cars, at least in the eyes of the Orlando bidders who put up a sensible number for the age and condition, and it’s much more than the $110,000 it was bid to at Kissimmee in January.

Lot # S126 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible; S/N 242670B111043; Polar White, Judge graphics/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000 – 400/366hp Ram Air III, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Firestone Wide Oval tires, rear spoiler, factory air conditioning, AM 8-track radio, Hurst T-handle shifter. – Represented as matching numbers. Excellent paint, brightwork, interior, and top. Light scratching and a shallow dent on the rear bumper is the only knock on this gorgeous Judge convertible. It was recently restored to showable standards. – Almost better than new cosmetically and like-new mechanically, this Judge was one of the better and more desirable cars in Orlando this year. The high bid is on the soft side but worth considering. It was a $150,000 no-sale at Mecum Denver in 2018 before selling for $140,250 at Mecum Kissimmee in 2019, and with commission a 125k bid would have put it close enough ($137,500) to that 2019 number to be reasonable. The high bid here is realistic in an essentially static marketplace. The alternative to accepting a realistic bid is giving it rides to and paying entry fees at more venues.

Lot # S128.1 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E57S106159; Cascade Green, Shoreline Beige coves/Beige; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000 – 283/245hp, 3-speed manual, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, WonderBar radio, hardtop. – Represented as matching numbers. With the same owner since 1974 but restored only 120 miles ago. Very good fresh paint and chrome. Nearly spotless engine bay. Excellent interior. The hardtop is in fantastic shape, too. Really a gorgeous car, and these colors only help the appeal. – A premium Corvette in desirable colors and refreshingly restored in its original configuration and not updated to a 4-speed as so many were. The bidders appreciated its honesty and condition and put a strong but not excessive price on it, a result that should please both the buyer and the seller.

Lot # S131 1984 Aston Martin Lagonda S2 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N SCFDL01S2ETL13342; Gold/Tan leather piped in brown; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 – 5,341/263hp V-8, automatic, Radial T/A tires, sunroof, Sony cassette stereo, all digital dash. – Formerly owned by Mike Tyson, and that may be the only appealing thing about this car. The hood won’t stay open, which may be an issue since a mechanic will likely be spending a lot of time under there in the near future. There’s no service history represented and the engine bay looks neglected. The underbody is a bit grimy, too. Decent repaint with some masking errors. The wheels look a bit rough. Decent leather, but the wood trim is cracking and there is no word if this car’s extensive (and prone to failure) electronics are working, which means they probably aren’t. Buying a visibly used Lagonda at auction, celebrity-owned or not, sounds like the start of a cautionary tale. – Lagondas were darlings of the nouveau riche in their day, so it makes perfect sense that Mike Tyson had one in the garage. Iron Mike bought a lot of stuff for himself and his friends, and this car would have been just one in a stable that included a Bentley, Benz, BMW, Jag, Porsche, and Lamborghini. Its post-Tyson history is one big question mark and that’s a massive red flag. Although the extreme William Towns-penned folded paper design is nice to look at, these cars can be ruinously expensive to fix and they often need a lot of fixing. At least two Orlando bidders didn’t seem to know or care, because this price would ordinarily buy either a restored or pampered original Lagonda. The car is far from a knockout, but it sold for a knockout price, and the new owner isn’t done spending money on it. As a car it is expensive by a factor of three, as boxing memorabilia, who knows what it’s worth although the bidders here have put at least a number on it, and it’s a lot.

Lot # S136.1 1967 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E13918; Dark Blue/Tan leather; Dark blue cloth top; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $155,000 – 4,235/265hp, modern aluminum radiator, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, red line tires, woodrim steering wheel, later Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented as matching numbers. Older restored underneath with some mild dirt and road wear. Decent older paint and chrome. Light scratches in the headlight covers. Panel fit on the doors is slightly erratic. Dry leather on the driver’s side. There’s plenty to nitpick on this car, but it’s still hard not to like a Series I E-Type and this one is plenty good enough for casual tours and weekend drives. – The gap in prices between driver-quality E-Types and excellent E-Types is larger than it is for most classic cars, and the condition of this roadster is closer to the former than the latter. It was a $120,000 no-sale at Kissimmee this year and refusing that number was fair enough, but a $155,000 high bid is all the money for this car and should have seen it sold.

Lot # S137 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N LSDW503; Burgundy, Gold/Tan leather; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 – 6,230/200hp, automatic, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, badge bar, dual wing mirrors, factory air conditioning, original radio, original tools. – Lightly scratched bumpers and radiator shell. Good older paint with masking errors around most of the rubber stripping, all of which is dry. The rear glass has some odd blemishes in it. Slightly uneven gaps. Lightly wrinkled leather and impressive interior wood. Tidy and older restored underneath. A usable Phantom III for driving events or weddings. The factory A/C and original tools are big pluses. – Cloud IIIs are the last and the most desirable of the Standard Steel Silver Clouds, and this is a solid left-hand drive example, but it could have gone to a new home at this price.

Lot # S144 1942 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe; S/N H135281; Black/Light brown leather; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $86,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $94,600 – 292/130hp flathead V-12, column shift 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, fender skirts, amber fog lights, dual mirrors, original radio, dash clock, matching luggage set. – Represented as one of five known to exist. Very good paint and chrome, but they’re starting to show their age a bit. Straight body and trim, although the door gaps aren’t completely even and the right headlight bezel isn’t quite flush if we’re nitpicking. Very good, lightly worn interior. Tidy underbody. An honest older show car from the shortened 1942 model year. – Sold for $43,200 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2006 before restoration. The appeal of this Lincoln-Zephyr is its year, 1942. Introduced in September 1941, production ended on January 31, 1942 as Ford shifted to defense production and only 1,236 coupes were built making this a car that, to those who understand, is about as rare as it gets. For a collector into Fords, or better yet Lincolns, this is a rare prize and it’s up to those in-the-know to decide what it’s worth. In other words, this price.

Lot # S147 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Convertible; S/N WP0CB2944LN481693; Guards Red/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $21,450 – 2,990/208hp, 5-speed, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Showing 56,420 believable miles. Tidy, maintained engine bay. Some paint blemishes on the nose and some scratches on the rear bumper. Some scuffs on the wheels. Excellent interior. It looks like a car with a tenth of the mileage on the inside. One of the last 944s and a relatively rare convertible, lightly used but well cared for in the typical Porsche fashion. – 1990 was the second to last year for the 944 and the S2 is the most developed/best of the normally aspirated cars with its larger 3.0-liter engine and 16-valve head. The cabriolet version sold only in the U.S. for the 1990 and ’91 model years, and in the Porsche tradition the soft-tops are worth less than their fixed-roof cousins today even though they’re more rare. We saw this one in Kissimmee two years ago when it sold for $20,900 and this is a similarly fair result.

Lot # S148 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N 9306800106; Black/Tan leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500 – 2,993/234hp, black Fuchs wheels, Yokohama tires, sunroof, air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Relatively rare first-year US-market 930, showing 114,844 miles but the engine has been rebuilt. The wheels have been refinished and the tires look new, but the paint is slightly dull with light detail scratching. Good interior showing mild wear. Looks great in black with the wide hips and whale tail, but mostly a driver-quality car in terms of condition. – 930 prices were sliding for several years after their peak in 2016 but appear to have leveled off aside from this modest result. Although this is a mostly average-quality 930 aside from its early build date, it’s still a solid usable example. Another 10 or 15 grand wouldn’t have been surprising which should make the new owner happy.

Lot # S150.1 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup; S/N H54B023071; Green, Black running boards/Green vinyl, cloth; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 – 236/112hp, column shift 3-speed, hub caps, whitewalls, single sidemount spare, wood bed, period radio. – A freshly restored and mostly gorgeous 3100. There are only minor things to nitpick like imperfect panel fit and flaws in the white painted “Chevrolet” script, but overall this is an exceptional Chebby pickup – A desirable 5-window cab pickup, well and correctly restored to higher than average truck standards, this 3100 brought a healthy price, and it deserved to.

Lot # S183 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS Sport Coupe; S/N 124379N570338; Daytona Yellow, Black stripes. Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $115,000 – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, 4.1 Positraction, tinted glass, console gauges, Rally wheels, Wide Tread GT tires, pushbutton radio, power brakes, cowl induction. – Fully documented ownership history and a show-winning restoration. It’s still spotless top to bottom and its show days are not behind it. – This car sold for $99,000 at Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2018 and is in essentially the same condition three years later, but the Camaro market hasn’t exactly exploded since then and the reported high bid here in Orlando was a realistic one, in fact generous.

Lot # S191 1946 Mercury 69M Station Wagon; S/N 99A985138; Dark red, Wood/Red leather; Modified restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700 – 239/100hp, column shift 3-speed, disc brakes, 12-volt electrics, hub caps and trim rings, whitewalls, enclosed rear-mounted spare, three-row seating, dash clock, original radio. – Fairly tired but presentable old paint and chrome. Very impressive wood, free of cracks or any major issues, and the gaps are reasonably even. Some flaws in the glass, including a crack in the right middle window. Excellent restored interior. Fully restored underneath. A striking car as it sits, but with fresh paint and chrome this woody would be just about perfect. – It was bid to $75,000 at Bonhams Greenwich in 2010 and appears to have been upgraded since them with disc brakes and who knows what else. It’s a choice old Merc and is a great value at this price even with the old paint.

Lot # S222 1933 Auburn 8-101 Standard 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 4326A; Brown, Black fenders, tan cloth roof/Brown cloth; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000 – 267/100hp eight, 3-speed, artillery wheels, wide whitewalls, dual chrome horns, Trippe Safety Lights, suicide doors, rear-mounted spare – Restored in the 1990s. Dull paint and chrome, although there are no serious flaws. Clean chassis and engine that show less age than the paint does. Tidy interior. A decent driver. – Just sold for $60,500 in Indy this year and showing little appeal here in Orlando despite its competent old restoration and good maintenance.

Lot # S225 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23N0E129575; Plum Crazy, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl with cloth inserts; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200 – 383/330hp, automatic, Radial G/T tires, hood pins, power steering, power brakes, console, factory air conditioning, remote mirror. – Represented as matching numbers. Decent older paint and chrome. Light scratches behind the passenger’s door. Original glass and window frames. Good, largely original interior. Older restored underneath with newer exhaust. A budget refurb done a while ago to appropriate standards for a Magnum-powered Mopar. – Sold by RM from the Art Astor Collection in 2008 for a then very strong $63,250, then at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in 2015 for $40,700. There have been ups and downs in the muscle car market since, and this $46,200 result is still strong in the current context and given the age of the restoration.

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    • Bennett DiMeo
    • August 19, 2021

    Hey Rick I wanted to point out that the blue Boss 429 or lot F95 had sold at Mecum Glendale 2021 for $225,500 all in.

      • rickcarey1
      • September 4, 2021

      Thanks for that added information.

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