Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 5-14, 2018

It is doubtful that even the ever-optimistic Dana Mecum thought that Mecum Auctions’ 2010 venture into central Florida the week before the Scottsdale auctions would become in and of itself a celebration of collector cars.

That first year there were 1,071 cars in Kissimmee. 701 were reported sold (65.5%) and a total of $26,161,356 changed hands.

Contrast that with 2018 when there were 2,926 lots on offer (not including automobilia which by itself takes up a full day). 2,031 were sold (69.4%) and the sale saw $91,330,790 change hands. It has become a staggering offering of delectable vehicles.

This report of 114 lots is grievously late, subsumed by coverage of Scottsdale, Paris and later auctions, but it retains its significance as a measure – in a single place at an established time – of trends in the collector car market, a mirror of the big middle of the market in $25,000-$50,000 vehicles

What happens in Kissimmee does not stay in Kissimmee. It sets a tone for the new year in nearly overwhelming volume.

Dana Mecum, I suspect, has only one regret: that the number of cars crossing the block (not counting those that make two or more trips) has never broached 3,000 even though the top seven auctions in consignments all belong to Kissimmee since 2012.

2019 is coming, however. It’s another year and another chance to establish the 3,000 lots benchmark.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2018 2013/2926 69.4% $44,968 $26,400

[58.7%]

$91,330,790
2017 1960/2663 73.6% $43,340 $27,500

[63.5%]

$84,945,775
2016 1734/2434 71.2% $47,696 $26,400

[55.4%]

$82,705,721
2015 1740/2332 74.6% $39,880 $25,920

[65%]

$69,391,247

This year’s Mecum Kissimmee observations are by Andrew Newton; the final remarks and comments are my responsibility.

They are sorted by Marque, Model, Body Style and Year.

Lot # F287 1986 Alfa Romeo 2000 Quadrifoglio Spider; S/N ZARBA5411G1040667; Red/Black; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $12,000. – Alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioning. – Tidy well maintained engine bay, although the insulation on the hood is coming loose. Small chip in the nose but otherwise very well kept original paint. Very good, possibly newer top. Some wear to the seats and steering wheel but mostly good interior. Looks like a car with fewer miles than the 38,051 showing and better than the majority of Alfa Spiders still on the road. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2008 for $16,500, 2009 for $24,200, and 2017 for $19,800. All were stronger prices than the car really deserved, but this result in Kissimmee was on the soft side. The car is worth somewhere in the middle, but more than it brought when brought back across the block as a rerun on Sunday as U110.1 with an $8,800 bid.

Lot # S164 1969 American Motors SC/Rambler Hurst 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N A9M097X305430; White, Red, Blue/Gray vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $57,000. – 390/315hp, 4-speed, Firestone red line tires, hood pins, dealer installed AC, Hurst T-handle shifter, pushbutton radio, column-mounted Sun tach. – One of 1,512 built. Type A paint. The AMC badge on the nose is loose. There is a small scratch on the hood and a few paint chips behind the front bumper. Even gaps. Restored underneath. Good interior with newer seats but sound original dash and gauges. Nothing represented in the way of history, provenance or restoration, but it was redone at some point to appropriate standards. – A perfectly fair offer for a good but unremarkable SC/Rambler which, as with other AMCs, still has yet to catch the love that some of the wilder Big Three muscle cars have received over the past few years.

 

Lot # G185 1966 Amphicar 770 Convertible; S/N 106524152; White/Red, White vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. – Hub caps, whitewalls, original radio. – Represented with new interior, new top and new seals. Good bumper chrome. Light rust on the screws for the lights. The headlight bezels are lightly pitted. Decent older respray. Old tires. Good newer seats, but the rest of the interior is lightly aged. Undercoated chassis. Never fully redone but good enough to enjoy. A driver/swimmer. – The charm and gimmick of the Amphicar will always find an audience, but this one was appropriately discounted for its less than ideal presentation and went for a fair price. A slightly better one was sold for the slightly better price of $49,500 on Thursday.

Lot # S120 2009 Aston Martin DBS Coupe; S/N SCFAB05D19GE00748; California Sage/Absinthe Green leather; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – 6-speed, carbon ceramic brakes, heated seats. – 753 miles and like new. The 6-speed is a rare treat. – Sold for about $130,000 less than the car’s original MSRP, which isn’t surprising given Astons’ tendency to depreciate. It may be a used exotic now, but with the rare 6-speed, this is sure to be a coveted collector car in the not so distant future.

Lot # F21 1959 Austin-Healey 100/6 BN4 Roadster; S/N BN4LS45425; Turquoise, White/White vinyl; White top; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Centerlock wire wheels, Michelin tires, wind wings, tonneau cover, banjo steering wheel, heater, overdrive. – The hood doesn’t fit flush and it is difficult to open. Touch up on the nose but otherwise good older paint and chrome. Slightly wavy body sides and the doors don’t quite fit flush. The interior and tonneau cover both have some discoloration, which will happen when they’re white. Older restored underneath. Restored to decent standards at some point and lightly used since. An attractive driver. – A driver 100-6 bought for driver money. It sold here seven years ago in 2011 for $42,400 and the difference in price is indicative of the Healey market’s trend since then.

Lot # T158.1 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7 Convertible; S/N HBJ7L23434; Black/Beige; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, store brand all season tires, chrome valve cover, new aluminum radiator, negative ground, modern alternator, electronic ignition, oil cooler, overdrive, heater, woodrim steering wheel, overdrive. – Spotless fresh engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Excellent, fully redone interior. It’s not 100% factory correct, but the changes were practical improvements and other than that you really can’t critique anything in this car. It’s fresh and gorgeous. – Strong but appropriate money for this BJ7, the likes of which you don’t often see in such fresh condition. This is BJ8 Phase 2 money for a BJ7 restored to BJ8 standards.

Lot # T194 1988 BMW M6 Coupe; S/N WBAEE1412J2561075; Black/Gray leather; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. – BBS wheels, Pilot Sport tires, sunroof, tinted glass, power windows, power seats, air conditioning, original tool kit. – Very good paint. Tidy underneath. Light wear on the driver’s seat but mostly excellent interior. Showing 54,842 miles. A babied early M6 that looks like a car with far fewer miles and years on the earth. – Sold for $45,100 at Mecum Dallas last year and 173 miles ago. These cars have started to catch on, following in the footsteps of the first generation M3 in terms of collectability. This result is a bit ahead of the curve, but it’s unsurprising that it sold for a higher price only a few months after Dallas and it likely won’t be too much longer before the market catches up to this price.

Lot # S108.1 1958 BMW-Isetta 300 Coupe; S/N 500553; Red, White/Red, White vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Hub caps, luggage rack. – Part of a BMW dealer’s collection. Some paint is chipping off around the edges of the door but otherwise decent older paint. Slightly dull chrome. Some significant wear on the upholstery, especially on the shifter boot. A used older restoration probably done before these were worth much money, but still charming. – Isetta 300s were selling well in Kissimmee. Another one sold on Friday for $58,300. This one is a better value, soundly bought at the lower end of Isetta 300s price range and appropriate to its older restored condition.

Lot # L138.1 1947 Buick Super Sedanet; S/N 14628929; Burgundy/Brown cloth; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. – Hub caps and trim rings, Firestone narrow whitewalls, fender skirts, column shift, factory radio, dash clock, dual mirrors. – The badge on the nose is a little faded. Light pitting in the middle of the front bumper. Several small scratches on the right front fender. Erratic panel gaps. Mostly good older paint and chrome. Good interior other than lots of cracks in the steering wheel rim. Undercoated chassis. A big, graceful old car that was restored a while ago and currently presents as a good driver. – Sold at Mecum’s Dallas auction in 2013 for $21,400, this Buick was rerun on Sunday as U120.1 where it was a no sale at $17,000. What possessed someone to pay this price and then expect to sell if for more on the auction’s last day is impossible to comprehend. This result is ample for the car and its condition.

Lot # S200 1952 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe; S/N 526228665; Polar Green/Dark Green, White leather; Dark Green cloth top; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,350. – Automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts, hood ornament, button tufted seats, pushbutton radio, dual mirrors, dash clock. – Very good paint and chrome. The driver’s door just will not shut all the way. The top fits tightly and the material is in great shape, but there are a few stains on it. Very good interior, but the tops of some of the buttons on the seats are worn off. Old tires, and the wheel covers are dull. Represented as a recent body-off restoration, but some corners were clearly cut. Not as good as it looks on first glance. – Sold at Mecum’s Indy sale in 2016 for $69,300 and should have sold for that much here. The result here is a good value for the buyer.

Lot # F191 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 31511J197729; Black/Turquoise vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $80,000 – $105,000; Facsimile restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 409/425hp Z11 dual quads, 4-speed, hub caps, Silvertown blackwalls, Z11 heads and intake, dual snorkel air cleaner, stainless exhaust. – From the Kayo Erwin collection. Multiple show awards. Spotless better than new engine bay and underbody. Excellent paint and chrome. Straight body with nearly perfect gaps. Excellent interior. Every bit the show car it’s advertised as, and fantastic performance-focused combination of equipment. A very cool Z11 clone. – Someone put a lot of energy, research and money into creating this Z11 clone but in the end it is still a clone and it could have been sold for only slight regret for the bid here.

Lot # S130 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N689171; Frost Green/Green vinyl; Estimate $135,000 – $155,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – COPO 9561 427/425hp, 4-speed, dog dish hub caps, Polyglas tires, cowl induction hood, 4.10 Positraction, power brakes, console, factory radio, woodgrain steering wheel. – Restoration finished last year with many NOS parts. Excellent paint and chrome. Straight body with even gaps. Very clean, fully redone engine bay. Very good fully restored interior. Desirable equipment, great colors and freshly restored condition. A real COPO, and a real good one, represented to be the original engine and transmission – This is not only a beautifully restored COPO Camaro it’s one that has (according to the seller) the original engine and transmission. That makes it a doubly unusual COPO that could have brought more than the result here and still been market-priced.

Lot # S177 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko Sport Coupe; S/N 124379N616724; Daytona Yellow, Black stripes, vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $295,000 – $325,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $260,000. – 427/425hp, American Racing wheels, Wide Tread GT tires, cowl induction hood, M21 4-speed, 4.10 Positraction, heavy duty suspension, power brakes, spoilers, Hurst shifter, radio, Stewart Warner tach, double COPO, 9561 and 9737. – From the Cliff Ernst collection. The real deal, and mostly very good conditions. The paint looks good with some fine scratches on the tops of the fenders and cracking near the window drip edge. Panel fit looks excellent. Vinyl roof looks new. Engine compartment looks fresh and spotless. Underneath is spotless with correct inspection tags. A mostly gorgeous older restoration to better than new condition and now showing some age. – Not sold at a $255,000 high bid at Mecum Indy last year and it is still lacking representation of originality of the drivetrain. Taking that into account, the market has shown what it is willing to bear with this car with two nearly identical offers. Trundling it around to yet another auction is unlikely to strike paydirt.

Lot # G170 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Sport Coupe; S/N 124871N508247; Lime Green, Black stripes/Tan vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – 350/330hp, automatic, Wide Oval tires, 10-bolt rear, power steering, Winters intake, horseshoe shifter, factory radio, console. – From the Ray Hott collection. Small crack in the center of the nose. Very good paint otherwise. Restored underneath. Very good restored interior other than a scuff on the passenger’s door panel. Lots of track scratches on the window glass. A mostly very well restored ’71 Z/28 that cut a few corners. – This is a modest result for a mostly good, genuine split-bumper Z/28, but with the automatic it is not a steal.

Lot # F1.3 1966 Chevrolet Caprice 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 166396L191610; Artesian Turquoise, White vinyl roof/White vinyl with cloth inserts; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,800. – 396/325hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, Protect-O-Plate, 12-bolt rear, power steering, power brakes, bench seat, column shift, dash clock, factory radio. – Good single repaint. Small chips and scratches on the left front fender. Some light pitting on the front bumper. The interior almost looks new, and underneath it shows hardly any age. Interesting and desirable colors and equipment. Showing 8,915 miles, which are represented as actual. Remarkably low mileage and preserved condition. The quintessential old lady in Florida car. One owner until the 1990s, then sold back to the original dealer who kept it. – The level of preservation on a sedan like this is impressive enough to warrant a premium, and it got one here in Kissimmee. It sold at Mecum’s Portland sale last June for $20,350, then made the rounds of Monterey, Dallas and Louisville with bids of $18,000, $16,000 and $20,000 respectively. The seller had the good sense to hold off on a reserve this time, and the consistent high bids are the best indicator of what the car is worth, which is this much.

Lot # W190 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 45837H101145; Azure Aqua, White roof/Light Blue vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,350. – 283/220hp, Powerglide, wheel covers, Hankook narrow whitewalls, dual exhaust, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning with a modern rotary compressor and R134A, bucket seats, tilt steering column, factory AM radio, floor shift. – Good older paint with a small blister on the left front fender. Big chip on the passenger’s door. Dull brightwork. Restored underneath. Clean engine bay with correct but non-original engine. Good interior that’s original other than newer seats and carpets. A handsome, charming, honest early Chevelle. – But one that brought a much more handsome price than the Chevelle it is, a car that would have been fully priced at $20,000.

Lot # G215 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Club Coupe; S/N 40927W133188; Goldwood Yellow/Black vinyl; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,250. – 164/95hp, 4-speed, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, AM radio, heater, dual mirrors. – A fair older respray with some masking errors around the windshield. Uneven gaps. The rocker trim is old and discolored and the rest of the brightwork is a bit dull. The Monza badges are lightly pitted. The interior is lightly aged and unrestored except for newer seats. Light surface rust on some of the underbody but nothing major. The engine bay is very rough. A basic, but fundamentally charming driver quality Corvair. – This is strong money for a car that should be gone through thoroughly before driving regularly. At this price, the new owner doesn’t have anything left over to put in other than some cleaning products and elbow grease applied to the grungy engine compartment.

Lot # G214 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible; S/N 40967W273866; Red/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,600. – 164/110hp, 4-speed, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, heater. – From the Ray Hott collection. Good older paint and chrome. Sound, lightly worn original interior. Big stains on the top. Mostly unrestored underneath. A sound driver, but nothing special. – Corvairs are one of the most affordable ways to get into classic cars and there are rarely any surprises when they come to auction. This price, on the other hand, was certainly unexpected, especially at no reserve. This was restored car money for just a driver.

Lot # F164.1 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N J59S104526; Classic Cream, White coves/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – 283/245hp dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, Goodyear whitewalls, two tops, off road exhaust, 4.11 Positraction, heater, WonderBar radio. – Represented as matching numbers. Lightly run restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Very good interior. A straightforward, recent body-off restoration done to high standards, and in an unusual but pretty color combination as well. – A good car, but this is a generous price that would ordinarily buy a 290hp Fuelie in comparable condition.

Lot # S92 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 20867S100580; Almond Beige, Beige hardtop/Beige vinyl; Black top; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 327/300hp, Powerglide, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, hardtop, WonderBar radio. – From the Tom McNeil collection. Represented with original paint and interior. Recently detailed engine bay. Very clean underbody. The chrome looks newer and is quite good. The original paint is a little faded but there are no major flaws. Some scratches on the hardtop windows. Good interior other than lots of paint coming off the seat belt buckles. An attractive time-warp C1 in a rare color. – But with a mundane drivetrain and valued here mostly for its preservation, something that would have been better served by some paperwork from Bloomington Gold or NCRS which was not offered at the auction. The bidders were suitably cautious with this reasonable result.

Lot # S229 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S119400; Milano Maroon, Maroon hardtop/Black leather; Saddle Tan vinyl top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. – 427/425hp L72, 4-speed, centerlock wheels with wheel covers, gold line tires, hardtop, tinted glass, 3.55 Positraction, cassette stereo, power brakes. – Rough but complete original engine bay. Average older paint. Scratched up rocker trim. The wheel covers are a bit rough. The rear glass is a bit cloudy. Decent original interior. Represented as restored, but it’s pretty much only gotten superficial cosmetic stuff. This car deserves quite a bit better treatment than it has received. – The Kissimmee bidders weren’t misled and bought this Corvette for a price that leaves room for it to get some of the attention it so richly deserves to make it the six-figure car it should be.

Lot # S24 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194377S107028; Elkhart Blue, Black stinger/Blue leather; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – 427/390hp L36, 4-speed, turbine alloy wheels, red line tires, side exhaust, leather seats. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good, relatively recent paint and chrome. The exhaust surrounds are in great shape. Very good, very lightly worn interior with two very small dents in the trim around the shifter. No documentation or show history represented, but it presents as a gorgeous and reasonably fresh car. – Sold for $111,300 at Mecum Indy in 2011, but the car’s brief description and lack of represented documents in Kissimmee were not confidence-inspiring and led to modest bidding and what is apparently a strong value for the new owner.

Lot # F139 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III GT Coupe; S/N 194379S725819; Gold, Black stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $110,000 – $135,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500. – 427/435hp L71 with Edelbrock intake and Holley four-barrel, M21 4-speed, side exhaust, tilt and telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio, tilt steering column, aftermarket alloy wheels, fixed headlights, hood scoop, tee tops. – Represented as matching numbers and “believed to be 46,179 actual miles.” Represented as the only one with side scoops. One of 10 Baldwin Motion Phase III Corvettes. A handful of chips and cracks in the hood. Small crack in the nose. Lightly worn interior. Small things to pick on in an otherwise very desirable, rare and fast piece of Corvette history. – Sold for $226,800 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2005, then tried at Kissimmee and Indianapolis in 2014 with bids of $140,000 and $150,000. The appeal of Baldwin Motion Corvettes fluctuates with their auction audience sometimes, as at B-J in 2005, bringing fabulous prices and sometimes, as here, moving on to a distinct lack of interest. As Baldwin Motions go this one’s exterior appearance is pleasantly subdued, as is its price.

Lot # S173 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N E57S105090; Venetian Red, Beige coves/Red vinyl; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,800. – 283/250hp Fuelie, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, Firestone whitewalls, hardtop, 4.11 Positraction, radio delete. – AACA Senior in 2015. Very clean, lightly used engine bay. Touch up on the left front fender. Very good paint otherwise. The doors don’t quite fit flush. Excellent interior. A mostly gorgeous car with a handful of things to knock it for. – The doors didn’t fit flush when this Corvette left St. Louis, it’s just they way they were built. The bidders showed remarkable restraint when presented with this hydraulic lifter Fuelie and came away with a quality car for a modest price.

Lot # S91 1962 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 20867S109750; Roman Red/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 327/360hp fuel injection, 4-speed, hub caps, Firestone blackwalls, RPO 687 big brakes, radio delete. – Ordered originally with the engine uninstalled. The original owner planned to take the car drag racing, but he passed away and it was finally assembled in the 1970s. It has never been started, has no oil in the engine and has zero miles. There are a few paint flaws on the front of the car, but otherwise it looks brand new, and it pretty much is. – Now that is quite a story even for a preservation class car. The Kissimmee bidders were not, however, as enthusiastic for preservation as they were for driving, and the car had none of the dirt and grime that barn find buyers pay big bucks for, bringing a discount for being too clean. Go figure. It’s worth what the bidders paid, but seems to off some prospects for a bigger price among a more preservation-minded audience. Just don’t ever add oil, fuel and a new battery and start it up.

Lot # S131 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (big tank) Coupe; S/N 30837S109324; Saddle Tan/Tan leather; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $390,000. – Big tank, spinner wheel covers, Firestone blackwalls, off road exhaust, 4.56 Positraction, metallic brakes, heavy duty suspension, power windows WonderBar radio. – One of 63 Tankers. Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight. Duntov Mark of Excellence award. Formerly in the Otis Chandler collection. Clean, lightly run engine bay. Good but older paint and chrome. The door gaps are erratic. Excellent interior. Used sparingly since restoration in the 1990s. – Sold by Gooding & Company out of the Otis Chandler collection in 2006 for $330,000, then hammered not sold at Worldwide Scottsdale last year at a $440,000 high bid. Worldwide got it sold later in the year at Pacific Grove for $357,500. The result last year was something of a bargain, but the reported high bid here is a lot closer to fair and is worth considering.

Lot # W203.1 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Commemorative Edition Coupe; S/N 1G1YY12S245115300; Le Mans Blue Metallic, Silver stripes/Black piped in Silver; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $16,500. – 350/405hp, 6-speed, chrome wheels, Eagle F1 tires, tinted glass, dual-zone climate control, factory CD stereo. – Undisclosed mileage. Some light wear on the seats and discoloration on the console. Very good blemish-free paint. One of 2,025 built. – As C5s get more collectible, these Commemorative Editions will be particularly desirable, because they had both cosmetic and performance upgrades in addition to being limited production. This one isn’t a garage queen, but it’s not a bad car and at this price it’s a huge bargain almost no matter what the mileage is. Sold in the middle of the week at no reserve, it’s probably the most performance per dollar of the entire 10-day auction.

Lot # S136.1 1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe; S/N 194370S404103; Laguna Gray/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000. – Genuine 350/370hp ZR1 with Rally wheels, Goodyear Speedway tires, Protect-O-Plate, M22 4-speed, 4.11 Positraction, tinted glass, power brakes, performance suspension, transistor ignition, original tank sticker, Protect-o-Plate and invoice documented. – NCRS 4-Star Bowtie award in 2015, 16,292 miles from new. Rough original paint that is cracked and crazed all over. Tidy but original and aged engine bay, worn but sound and complete interior. A bit tired but not an eyesore. Its condition is largely irrelevant, though, since this car is both original and a genuine ZR-1. – A factory-built race car, one of 25 ZR-1s built in 1970 and so original and complete it deserves to continue to be preserved, as it also deserves a bit more than the reported high bid here.

Lot # F190.1 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible; S/N 31867S267838; Ember Red/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $170,500. – 409/425hp, dual quads, 4-speed, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, dual mirrors, bucket seats, floor shift, factory radio, tach. – Represented as unrestored with 7,901 original miles, but that’s not the whole story. Cosmetically, it does appear to be original and in fantastic shape. Underneath, though, it’s been restored. The block and firewall have fresh paint. Fresh paint and new fasteners are apparent in the underbody as well. Still commendably well preserved, but not quite the time warp car it’s represented as. – Similar to the ’59 Impala sold earlier today in its preserved/restored presentation but a convertible and with the highly desirable 409/425hp engine but without any claim the drivetrain is original, this Impala scored a highly superior price that can only be based on the bidders’ conclusion it was in fact built this way.

Lot # F192 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe; S/N F59A213724; Roman Red/Red vinyl with patterned cloth inserts; Estimate $90,000 – $115,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $76,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $83,600. – 348/335hp high compression Tri-Power, 3-speed, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, heater. – Represented as ‘highly unrestored’ with original paint and interior. You can see why they left those alone, because other than a few touch ups on the nose and trunk as well as a small dent in the left rear fender, the body and cockpit look fantastic and need nothing. Underneath, meanwhile, has been gone through. The chassis has undercoating, and the mechanicals have all been redone or replaced, including fresh paint on the block and brand new exhaust. The restorer’s sensitivity should be a lesson for others on combining preservation with restoration. – With its highly original restoration and high performance 348 engine this ’59 Impala is probably unique which makes observations on its transaction highly subjective. The car itself, restored to show quality condition without going to excess, could be worth six figures. The uniquely sensitive restoration should add to that. No car show judge in his or her right mind could possibly deduct for the blemished but shiny original paint or the somewhat aged interior. Taken together they make the transaction a very good value for the new owner, but one missing only one thing: any attribution or representation that the 335hp Tri-Power V-8 is the way this Impala came from the factory. That simple missing fact makes the bidders’ reluctance to pay up realistic and reasonable.

Lot # G238 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 1G1BL52P2TR117644; Dark Cherry Metallic/Gray leather; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350. – Alloy wheels, Comp T/A tires, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, tinted glass, factory CD stereo. – From the Ray Hott collection. Represented as having 12,159 miles and looks nearly new. – Prices for these ’90s rear-drive sleeper sedans have shot way up over the past year, so this result is a bit behind the curve. It could have brought another few bids without being expensive, particularly with the low mileage and excellent condition.

Lot # F188 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 118376N143338; Aztec Bronze, White vinyl roof/Fawn Beige vinyl; Estimate $85,000 – $115,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. – 283/195hp, Powerglide, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, dual exhaust, Protect-O-Plate, bucket seats, floor shift, original Motorola radio, tinted glass, dash clock. – From the Kayo Erwin collection. Unrestored but very well maintained engine bay. The 4,802 miles showing are represented as accurate. Very good original paint and chrome aside from a handful of scratches on the passenger’s door and a few more on the right rear fender. Very sound roof vinyl. Excellent interior. Clearly used very little then put away in careful storage for many years. Not the most desirably equipped Nova SS, but the colors are attractive and the level of preservation is phenomenal. – It’s impossible to say how many Novas out there are as well preserved as this one is, but another probably won’t come to market any time soon. Most of the money in this result, and there was a lot of it, went to the car’s originality. When offered by Kruse in Scottsdale in 1998 it had 4,000-some miles and aftermarket A/C which now has been removed. It was a no-sale there for what was at the time a supremely generous offer, $13,800.

Lot # G225 2002 Chrysler Prowler Convertible; S/N 1C3EW65G12V100776; Inca Gold/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. – Automatic, air conditioning, power windows, CD/cassette stereo. – From the Ray Hott collection. The top could use cleaning. Water spots on the wheels. The exposed front suspension is a bit dirty. Light wrinkling on the seats. Tidy underneath. No blemishes in the paint. This car would really benefit from a good detailing. It has just 728 miles on it, but as it sits it looks like a more heavily used car than it is. – The Prowler was sold as a Chrysler for 2002 after the death of the Plymouth brand, but underneath it was still the same style-over-substance retro-look cruiser as before and Chrysler-badged versions actually tend to be worth a little less since the Plymouth badge somehow has more cachet. This one sold at a modest price, although a thorough detailing may very well have attracted another several bids.

Lot # S224 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS Coupe; S/N THGTPL07162; Red, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. – 351/266hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo wheels, Goodyear Arriva tires, riveted fender flares, Ferrodo steering wheel, Sony CD stereo, Ansa exhaust. – Major service done in 2015. Has all Ghia badges. Sound original paint with no major flaws. The “Powered By Ford” badge on the tail is loose. Very clean underneath. Good original interior with slightly dull gauges and switchgear. Never restored because it definitely didn’t need it. All original down to the Arriva tires, and showing 8,978 believable miles. From the less desirable end of the run for Ford-era Panteras, but a rare and sporty GT-S model, which counts for a lot. – This wonderfully preserved, low mileage Pantera could have brought a little bit more without being expensive. The low estimate is retail for a restored or partially restored Pantera GTS, without the originality premium which this car deserves.

Lot # F127 1964 Dodge 330 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 6142227884; Black/Red vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – 426/415hp Max Wedge, dual quads, pushbutton automatic, bucket seats, rear seat delete, radio delete, AutoMeter underdash gauges, column-mounted Sun Tach. – From the Nick Smith collection. Represented as 294 actual miles. Original but pretty much spotless inside and out. Looks just about showroom fresh. – A stupendous car with the lightest full-size body Dodge built and the most robust engine they had on the shelf except for NASCAR and NHRA teams. It is impossible to criticize this grandma-Dodge’s presentation, only the Kissimmee bidders’ willingness to step up for it.

Lot # F198 1967 Dodge Coronet Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N W023J71201848; White/Black vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $145,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000. – 426/425hp dual quad Hemi, automatic, steel wheels, Goodyear Power Cushion tires, Hooker headers, 4.87 Sure Grip, radio and heater and windshield wiper delete, front sway bar delete, bench seat, column shift, Moroso tach mounted on the dash. – A genuine documented factory race Hemi and one of 55 built, although the engine fitted is correct but not original. Represented as original miles. Spotless show quality engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Some of the brightwork is very lightly pitted. Light scratches on the rear glass. Very good interior with some light age on the original dash. – While others fitted 4.11 or even 4.56 rear axles this Coronet has a 4.87 to take advantage of the Hemi’s high rpm breathing. It is to all practical purposes worthless on the street but in a straight line it’ll leave rubber every time the 727 automatic shifts. The Kissimmee bidders weren’t paying attention to its drivetrain or condition.

Lot # F104.1 1968 Dodge Coronet Super Bee Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WM21J8G224094; Yellow, Black bumblebee strip and vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. – 426/425hp dual quad Hemi, automatic, steel wheels with hub caps, Silvertown red line tires, Dana 3.54 rear end, AM radio, heater, floor shift with Hurst shifter. – Represented as a genuine Hemi Super Bee, one of 125 in 1968, that was a barn find in 2013 then got a restoration that was finished recently. Also represented with racing history from the 1970s and 1980s. Replacement block. Nearly spotless engine bay. Very good, fresh paint. Tight-fitting new roof vinyl. Very good fully restored interior. Done to appropriately high standards, and finished recently. – Hammered not sold at $77,000 on the block then sold after for the reported amount which is still something of a good deal.

Lot # S143 1957 Dodge D100 1/2 Ton Sweptside Pickup; S/N 84299073; Bermuda Coral, Alaska White/Coral, White vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 315/204hp, pushbutton automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, single spare, wood bed, dual exhaust, power steering, Motorola AM radio. – Fully restored but not overly detailed engine bay. Spotless underbody. Very good chrome, including gorgeous wire wheels. Excellent paint. Straight bodywork, although the doors stick out a bit. Fresh wood and straight metal in the bed. Excellent interior other than some small cracks in the older headliner. From an era when trucks were mostly used for work, but this Dodge has a ton of eyeball and was never a farm tool hauling crates of cauliflower. It makes quite a statement in these colors and with those wheels. – Rightly recognized for the top-notch truck that it is and sold at the very top of the price spectrum for a Dodge D100 because it deserved to be.

Lot # F150 1971 Dodge Dart Demon 340 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LM29H1B436231; Gunmetal Gray, Black stripes and vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. – 340/275 upgraded with a three deuce intake, 4-speed, Rally wheels with trim rings, Polyglas tires, triple carbs, aluminum intake manifold, power steering, AM radio, tinted glass, bucket seats, Hurst shifter. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Very good paint and chrome. Tight-fitting and clean roof vinyl. Very good interior. Fully restored with light use underneath. Restored to like new standards and done recently enough to not have any real shortcomings. Brought to GSS specifications at Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago. – Is Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge’s 3-deuce intake worth a $40,000 premium? Apparently, but it might be a premium that is hard to maintain.

Lot # F149 1974 Dodge Dart Hang 10 Edition 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LL29G4B355518; White, Red, White, Blue graphics/White vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Hang 10 Edition Dart with Polyglas tires, orange shag carpeting, floor shift, air conditioning, power steering, bucket seats, console, 318/150hp 2-barrel, automatic. – The chrome is a little dull and scratched. Very good original paint aside from a handful of cracks and small scratches. Very good, lightly worn original interior. Showing 54,555 miles, but this was treated as collectible from new. Whether or not it actually is collectible is up to the bidders. Rare Hang 10 Edition aimed at surfers, from back when American carmakers had to sell their products on gimmicks and flash rather than performance. – Neat to look at but probably not very exciting to drive, this Hang 10 Dart was in the right place at the right time and brought all the money in the world anyone could expect for a ’74 Dodge Dart, an exceptional result that would be more appropriate in the LA surfing culture than in central Florida where the waves are in pools.

Lot # S192 1960 Dodge Dart Phoenix 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 5305106874; Red, White/Red vinyl with pattern cloth inserts; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. – 383/330hp, pushbutton automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, ram induction dual quads, power windows, swivel seats, dash clock, power steering, power brakes, AM radio, rear seat speaker, arm rest. – Tidy used engine bay. Lightly scratched window frames. Unrestored but clean underbody. Good older paint. Crack on the left rear fender. Good mostly original interior. A loaded, rare car partially restored a while ago and showing age. – Sold here for $77,000 last year and still in a similar stratosphere in 2018. This is a generous price even though it bought a rare and special engine with a gorgeous underhood presentation, generous by double digit thousands.

Lot # F160.1 1992 Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo Hatchback; S/N JB3XE74C9NY043937; Mystic Blue/Black leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. – 3 litre/320hp, 5-speed, alloy wheels, active aero, all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, P Zero tires, power windows, air conditioning, factory CD/cassette stereo. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Showing 4,250 miles, and aside from a few very light scratches on the wheels and light wrinkling on the seats, it almost looks like a new car. – Built by Mitsubishi in Japan, these Dodge-badged versions have all the high tech performance goodies of the 3000GT VR4 but typically cost a bit less, as demonstrated by the $42,900 Mitsubishi from the same year and with similar mileage that was displayed across the room from this Dodge. This is still a benchmark price for a Stealth, with a substantial originality premium.

Lot # F159 1970 Dodge W100 Sweptline Pickup 4×4; S/N E13AE0S115405; Orange, White roof/Orange, White vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Truck restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300. – 318/210hp, 4-speed, Cooper Discovery tires, stainless headers, dual exhaust, locking hubs, spray-in bed liner, floor shift, white grille, bumpers and wheels with trim rings. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Shiny recent paint with light orange peel. Like new engine bay and underbody. Clean, straight bed. Excellent interior. Excellent interior. A recent body-off restoration, but the paint is truck quality. – A 4×4 Sweptline is rare, like a unicorn and this is unicorn money for it. How this workhorse Power Wagon survived to be restored should be written up, because it should be a remarkable story.

Lot # S223 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider; S/N ZFFAA02A5B0036133; Grigio/Tan leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – Cromodora wheels, Potenza tires, Momo leather-wrapped wheel, power windows, air conditioning. – Delivered new in Monterey. Some discoloration on the bumpers. Decent original paint. Very good, lightly worn interior. The wheels are a bit dirty and the engine bay is a little grimy but maintained. Showing 25,717 miles represented as original. A less desirable early injected 308. Pretty well kept, but by Ferrari standards it’s a driver. – Hammered not sold at a $60,000 high bid here last year. What a difference a year makes, or just a less-informed bidder base.

Lot # S111 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta Spider; S/N ZFF78VHA2F0208540; Pearl White, Red accents/Red leather; Estimate $700,000 – $750,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $660,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $726,000. – P Zero tires, Red calipers, carbon ceramic brakes, aluminum body and chassis, Ferrari telemetry, carbon fiber accents, front suspension lift, titanium exhaust, SF shields, parking sensors, NART stripes and more. – From the Michael Fux collection. One of 499 built. Represented with 400 miles and in like new condition. – If the bidders had consulted Ferrari Market Letter they would have known s/n 208630 Speciale Aperta with 124 miles could have bought for $699,000 from Autosport Designs. Ferrari buyers these days acquire their delivery positions with long lists of options, as in this 458 Speciale Aperta, and the practice continues in the used Ferrari market. This is silly money even for the low miles.

Lot # S113 2016 Ferrari F12tdf Berlinetta; S/N ZFF81BFA5G0217535; Giallo Triplo Strato/Black, Yellow Alcantara; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,320,000. – 6.3/769hp, 7-speed sequential transmission, Ferrari telemetry, carbon fiber bits, black calipers, carbon brakes, P Zero tires, SF shields. – From the Michael Fux collection. One of 799 made. 150 miles and no wear to speak of. Like a new car, and it pretty much is. – For reasons that are somewhat obscure this is a representative result for an F12 TdF.

Lot # S212 1995 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta; S/N ZFFPR41A2S0100771; Rosso Corsa/Nero leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – Potenza tires, aftermarket exhaust, 20mm wheel spacers, fuse upgrade, Challenge rear grille, tinted glass, power windows, air conditioning, Sony cassette stereo. – Sound but not flawless original paint. Very good interior other than some scratches on the little door for the cigarette lighter. Represented with a “recent” $24,000 engine-out service and $40,000 in receipts. Showing 23,211 claimed original miles. – The reason 355s can sell for temptingly low prices is that engine-out services are a regular wallet-sucker that owners have to endure. This is a car that someone else has already spent tons of money on, though, which at least makes it an ideal example to buy. Adding in the premium commanded by the 6-speed, the reported high bid here was too low. It was sold at Auburn Fall four months ago for $65,000 all-in, not that it matters except in the calculations of the seller.

Lot # K184 1967 Fiat 850 Coupe; S/N 100GC117420; Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $5,500. – Hub caps, store brand tires, dual mirrors from a later car, aftermarket cassette radio, partial wood dash. – Heavily pitted bumper chrome and brightwork on the front. Lighter pitting on the rear bumper. The wheels are a little beat up. A few small paint cracks on the tail. Long crack behind the passenger’s side door. Lightly worn interior with rough looking dash and radio. Small rip in the rear seat. A fairly rare car, especially in this country. It’s also undeniably cute. Even so, this one is a bit on the rough side and could do with some TLC. – Hammered to $9,000 here last year but didn’t sell. It was even less appreciated this year. Its neglected condition more than offsets its fun and style and it just needs to go away.

Lot # F157 1975 Ford Bronco Stroppe Baja Edition Wagon 4×4; S/N U15GLV65965; Orange, Black, White, Blue/White vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $95,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $107,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $118,250. – 302/135hp enlarged to 331 and modified, automatic, Yokohama tires, Cibie fog lights, front bumper bar, headers and exhaust, modern alternator, 4.11 limited-slip, power steering, skid plates, bucket seats, cup holders, factory radio, rear-mounted spare with Baja Bronco vinyl cover, tow hitch. – Rare Bill Stroppe Baja Bronco with tasteful upgrades. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Even gaps. Spotless underneath. A fresh restoration of a rare eye-catching model. – This is the reaction to over-restored Land Cruisers and a beautiful reaction it is, too. Even with no actual Baja history Bill Stroppe’s vaunted reputation for building mighty off-roaders attaches to it and drove the price to previously uncharted Bronco levels. Don’t infer this result to more ordinary Broncos.

Lot # W248 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Sport Convertible; S/N 4H12F211513; Light Blue/Blue vinyl; Dark Blue vinyl top; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. – 260/164hp, automatic, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power steering, bucket seats, console, column shift. – Decent older respray. Good redone bumpers and there some blisters on the rear, but the rest of the brightwork is dull, lightly scratched and in places pitted. Good interior with dull switchgear. Road wear underneath but no rust. Cloudy plastic rear window. A basic car in good enough condition for what it is, which is a nifty driver. – Falcons aren’t all that collectible in general, but a Futura Sport convertible with a 260 ticks all the right boxes and explains the appropriate price here.

Lot # S201 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 4P66R158979; Wimbledon White/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. – 427/425hp R-code engine, floor shift 4-speed, VDO tachometer, hub caps, bench seat, dual quads, 4.11 rear end, tinted glass. – Represented as matching numbers. Good older paint and chrome. Small chip at the bottom of the driver’s door. Good interior. Restored but lightly used underneath. Highly desirable by virtue of its engine and in good very condition with no major needs, but not a show car. One of 212 R-Code Galaxies built for 1964. – Hammered not sold at an $80,000 high bid at Mecum Indy in 2015, then no-saled at Auburn Fall at a $75,000 bid, then finally sold at Mecum Indy the next year for $57,200. A bargain when bought in 2016 then sold here for a spot-on price, making for a rewarding year and a half of ownership for the seller. It is a choice Ford.

Lot # F117 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible; S/N 4E69R189657; Chantilly Beige/Beige vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $190,000 – $225,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $205,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $225,500. – R-Code 427/425hp dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power windows, power seats, power top, pushbutton radio, rear seat speaker, bucket seats, console, floor shift, dash clock, transistorized ignition. – Displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Represented as one of one with this equipment. Spotless detailed engine bay. Excellent paint and chrome. Perfect top. The interior is excellent and like new. Body-off restored to appropriately meticulous standards. A rare, fast gorgeous car at got the attention it deserved. Started out life as a show car, and that’s still what it is. – There is a lot going on with this Galaxie, not least its display at the World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, and the bidders responded to the opportunity and paid a lot for it. It is a showpiece with performance to match its restoration.

Lot # S112 2006 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S96Y401574; Red, White stripes/Black; Estimate $280,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000. – All four options. – From the Michael Fux collection. 371 miles and like new, so no surprises here. – No surprises with the price, either. The mileage is low even for a Ford GT, which explains why the price was on the high side for one of these cars.

Lot # G290 1991 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Hatchback; S/N 1FACP42E9MF143353; Medium Red/Red vinyl, cloth; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $10,450. – 302/225hp, automatic, alloy wheels, Kenwood CD stereo, power windows, air conditioning. – Light scratches and touch ups on the nose. Some light scratches and scrapes on the wheels. Small touch up on the tail. Very good, nearly like new interior. Showing 38,348 believable miles. This car is a great 20-footer with some eyeball but it’s got plenty to pick on up close and it’s not quite a collector grade Fox-body. – This transaction is on the expensive side for a pretty standard GT with an automatic. It was offered at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction in November where it was reported bid to $12,000, an offer that should have been grabbed as the opportunity it was.

Lot # F146 1968 Ford Mustang High Country Special Coupe; S/N 8R01C165273; Raven Black, Red side stripe/Burgundy vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 289/195hp, automatic, steel wheels with hub caps, Silvertown narrow whitewalls, integrated rear spoiler, sequential taillights, Lucas fog lights, bucket seats, floor shift, factory radio. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Rare High Country Special model sold for the Colorado market. Represented as one of 251 built that year. Light track marks in the side windows. Otherwise very good paint, chrome, interior and underneath. Fully restored about 10 years ago and very pretty. – This is a curve-setting result even for such a rare model as the High Country Special. It is in essence a mundane Mustang with the base 2-barrel engine that has been gussied up with bits and bobs to draw traffic to a dealership and this is a lot to pay for sequential taillights, a trunk lid spoiler, fog lights and some badging.

Lot # S176 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SportsRoof; S/N 9R02H170925; Maroon, Black hood/Black Vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Facsimile restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000. – Cobra Jet, 4-speed, Magnum 500 wheels, Wide Oval tires, shaker hood, 3.50 Traction Lok, spoilers, rear window slats, console, Kenwood CD stereo, dash clock. – Originally a 351 but now has a 428. Clean. Lightly used engine bay. The paint has lots of detail swirls and the chrome is older. Lightly scratched window frames. Good restored interior. Not a top notch car, but good enough for someone who wants Cobra Jet performance on more of a budget. – Bid to a price appropriate for a 351-powered Mach 1, which is what this car left the factory as.

Lot # S251 1991 GMC Syclone Marlboro Pickup; S/N 1GDCT14ZXM8802884; Red, White/Black; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $56,100. – 262/280hp turbocharged V6, automatic, special wheels, T-tops, lowering springs, Sony CD stereo, power windows, Recaro seats, Simpson racing harnesses. – Showing 427 miles and now signs of age to speak of. One of 10 special Marlboro Editions and comes with documentation. – As a pickup with T-tops, an interior that looks like a track car and Marlboro graphics everywhere, these special edition Syclones are delightfully strange and have an almost comically ’90s look to them. This is very expensive for a Syclone, but the Marlboro versions are extremely rare and this one is showroom fresh, so the money paid is understandable.

Lot # T114 2003 Honda S2000 Convertible; S/N JHMAP11453T000052; Silverstone Metallic/Black leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – Potenza tires, power windows, air conditioning, power top. – Showing 885 miles and that pretty much says it all. It looks showroom fresh. An unmolested, low-mileage AP1 S2000 is pretty much a needle in a haystack and they are likely only going to get more collectible. S2000s take a lot of punishment and a lot of owners give it to them, so this car is very special even if it’s only 15 years old. – It is not, however, as special as at least two bidders in Kissimmee seemed to think it is. This is over twice what the car cost new just 15 years ago, and S2000s that are similarly good don’t get much past 30 grand. Don’t expect S2000s to all of a sudden start selling for NSX and twin-turbo Supra money. This was a fluke.

Lot # F158 1972 International (IHC) 1210 3/4 Ton Fenderside Pickup 4×4; S/N B43208H280734; Gold Metallic, Woodgrain body side accent/Dark Grey cloth; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Truck restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400. – Automatic, hub caps, Goodyear Wrangler tires, dual exhaust, locking hubs, power steering, power brakes, Pioneer CD stereo, spray-in bed liner, dash clock, MSD ignition. Short bed model. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. The mirrors are not currently attached but some with the car. There also appears to be some door trim missing because there are holes. Very good paint and brightwork. Very tidy, lightly used restored frame. Good interior with original dash and door panels. Not a show quality restoration, but there aren’t too many of these IHC pickups around in any kind of condition. – Once in a while a vehicle comes along that sets the market simply because it is essentially unique in the marketplace. This is one of them and it is worth whatever the Kissimmee bidders said it is.

Lot # S126 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N S834564DN; British Racing Green/Brown leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – Painted centerlock wire wheels. – Dry, cracking weather stripping. Old repaint with some rub through and a scratch on the right rear fender. Small chip in the windshield. Unrestored but tidy and maintained underneath. Original interior with lightly cracked but sound leather. Lightly faded dash. An unrestored but fundamentally attractive XK150 Coupe that wears its age very gracefully and is more than good enough to enjoy as is. – Sold at the McCormick’s Palm Springs auction in 2003 for $40,280 then at Gooding Scottsdale in 2009 for $61,600. Sold again for $82,500 at RM Arizona in 2015 and driven just 8 miles since to a total of 72,536 that are represented as accurate. Still given a premium here for its charming level of originality, just not as big as the one it got in 2015.

Lot # S180 1964 Jaguar XKE SI Roadster; S/N 880616; Cotswold Blue/Dark Blue leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $190,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. – Centerlock wire wheels, whitewalls, Talbot Yorck mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, driving lights. – From the Cliff Ernst collection. Scored 99.5 at a JCNA divisional show. The paint and chrome are good, but neither one is fresh and there is a chip on the bottom of the right front fender. Light stain on the convertible top. Light rub-through on the left driver’s seat bolster from getting in and out. Good interior otherwise. Very clean underneath. Restored to high standards at one point, it is now lightly used and best categorized as a very attractive driver. – This is an attractive car in Cotswold Blue although the driving lights protruding in front of the air intake go a long way to overcoming that attraction. It brought a full retail price.

Lot # S89.1 1989 Lamborghini Countach Silver Anniversary Coupe; S/N ZA9CA05AXKLA12596; Red/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000. – OZ Racing wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, power windows, air conditioning, Alpine CD stereo. – A few very fine cracks on the rear wing and the driver’s seat is a bit flattened. Besides that, it looks like a new car and is showing 10,409 km. – Countach prices have softened recently. Perhaps too many collectors learned the ‘never meet your heroes’ lesson the hard way and discovered that these cars are hard to drive and difficult to live with. Regardless, this result is in line with other current results, although it would have seemed like something of a bargain just a year or two ago.

Lot # G114 1972 Lincoln Continental Mk IV Coupe; S/N 2Y89A868380; Pastel Lime, Dark Green vinyl roof/Dark Green cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,750. – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, opera windows, woodgrain, power windows. – One of the buttons is loose on the driver’s seat, but the rest of the interior looks almost new. A few scratches on the left front fender but mostly good paint. A few scuffs on the roof vinyl but it’s mostly good. A pampered, lightly used car from new, showing 69,200 believable miles. – This price is on the modest size and, in the literal sense, it is a lot of car per dollar. 15 grand still wouldn’t have been expensive.

Lot # S103 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 5H27A538913; Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $56,100. – 289/225hp, 4-speed, wheel covers, Silvertown red line tires, Flowmaster mufflers, aluminum radiator, power steering, Hurst shifter, factory radio, bucket seats, dash-mounted tach. – Clean and restored but not overly detailed engine bay. Straight bodywork. The doors don’t quite fit flush but the gaps are mostly even. Very good paint and chrome. Lightly scratched window frames. Very good interior. Thorough restoration of a seldom seen piece of Mercury muscle. – This is a top-dollar result for a car that has seen some use since the restoration was completed and is enough to buy a freshly and meticulously restored example.

Lot # S230 1969 Mercury Cougar Convertible; S/N 9F92Q532081; Dark Ivy Green Metallic/Saddle vinyl; Tan top; Estimate $185,000 – $200,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – 428/335hp Cobra Jet, 4-speed, Wide Oval tires, 3.25 Traction Lok, power steering, power brakes, bucket seats, floor shift, boot cover, factory radio, Marti report. – Represented as matching numbers. Fresh, gorgeous engine bay and underbody. Factory gaps. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Rare, desirable equipment and freshly restored condition. A top notch Cougar in terms of both equipment and condition. – There are two Cougars in this report. Both were bid to unusually strong prices that should have seen them loose and selling well before the reported high bid was registered. Both were egregiously optimistically estimated. Both have a strong odor of “legend-making”.

Lot # S243 1967 Mercury Cougar GT 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 7F91S621545; Polar White/Parchment vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 390/320hp, automatic, Magnum 500 wheels, Radial T/A tires, power steering, power drum brakes, tinted windshield, air conditioning, 8-track stereo, floor shift, Marti report. – First year GT model, which added the 390 engine and beefier suspension and brakes. Fresh and fully redone but not overrestored engine bay. Spotless fresh underbody. Very good paint and chrome. Some light discoloration on the seats but very good restored interior. No representation of this car’s restoration, but it was done to high standards and looks like it was finished relatively recently. – This is by any standard a generous offer even for a GT. The pre-sale estimate range is astronomical.

Lot # S145.1 1958 Mercury Montclair Turnpike Cruiser 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N M8ZD520984; White, Blue/Blue vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $35,000. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, Super Marauder 430 with Tri-Power, pushbutton automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, Continental kit, fender skirts, bench seat, pushbutton radio, dash clock, power seat. – Very tidy maintained but unrestored engine bay and underbody. Big dent in the rear bumper from a collision that has cracked a lot of the chrome. The panel gaps are erratic. Good older repaint with a crack at the top of the left rear fender. Good interior with original dash and some cracks in the steering wheel rim. An older superficial cosmetic redo on a car that was fundamentally solid. The damage on the bumper is a real shame. A rare, fast and neat car, but not a very good one. – Hammered not sold at an $80,000 high bid at Mecum Anaheim in 2015, then sold for $50,600 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale last year. This bid is irrelevant, except in endorsing the widespread and serious deficiencies in its condition. It’s a $40K car.

Lot # G219 1958 Metropolitan 1500 Convertible; S/N E51323; Teal, White/White vinyl, Gray cloth; White vinyl top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100. – Hub caps, whitewalls, rear-mounted spare, column shift. – Sound older repaint. Good upholstery but the original dash and gauges are pretty aged. Restored underneath. Restored a while ago to appropriate standards for what it is. – And it brought an equally appropriate price.

Lot # S126.1 1951 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD3677EXLU; British Racing Green/Tan; Tan cloth top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Centerlock wire wheels, badge bar, Lucas driving lights, banjo steering wheel, rear-mounted spare. – From the Michael Fux collection. Very tidy restored engine bay and underbody. Good older paint and chrome with no big issues. Light discoloration on the top. Light discoloration on one side of the driver’s seat and some light discoloration on the original gauge faces of the Jaeger instruments. Not a show car, but better than many TDs and therefore good enough to be proud of. – TD prices have generally trended downward, so this result for a good but imperfect car is a serious outlier. This price should buy you nearly the best TD in the world or even a pretty good TF 1500.

Lot # S235 1992 Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4 Hatchback; S/N JA3XE74C5NY058531; Monza Red/Black leather; Estimate $75,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. – All-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, alloy wheels, rear window wiper, tinted glass, power windows, air conditioning, factory CD/cassette stereo. – Showing 4,881 miles and looks like a new car. – It is somewhat overshadowed by some of its rivals, but the 3000GT was a technical marvel when it came out and it’s the early VR4 models like this one that have even more goodies like active rear spoiler, two-mode exhaust and electronically controlled suspension that were lacking in the later, albeit more powerful VR4s. These cars can be a headache to maintain and collector attention has largely been on Mk IV Supras and Acura NSXs, so prices have remained modest. That makes this result pretty staggering as it is something like twice what these cars ordinarily command.

Lot # T8 1959 Morgan 4/4 SII Roadster; S/N A511; Engine # 154763; Black/Red; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. – Side valve Ford powered, hub caps, Michelin tires, single wing mirror, headlight stone guards, Smiths gauges, wood dash, banjo steering wheel, rear-mounted spare, aluminum radiator. – Represented as a 2016 restoration. Very good new top. Very good paint and chrome. Nearly spotless underneath. Discoloration on the original gauge faces, but otherwise very good redone interior. An attractive, charming car through and through that should provide fun and trouble free motoring. – Sold here last year for $39,600 and $5,500 less for a Morgan, a marque that has a pretty consistent value trend in the marketplace, is a big comedown in a year. The sidevalve Ford engine is not very appealing, however, and this year’s result is more reasonable than the strong price it got last year.

Lot # T16 1986 Nissan 300ZX Turbo Hatchback; S/N JN1CZ14S8GX106222; Burgundy/Burgundy; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $6,050. – Automatic, alloy wheels, store brand tires, T-tops, power steering, power windows, spoiler, rear window wiper, Panasonic CD stereo. – The interior smells a little musty but it looks to be in very good shape. Good, lightly faded original paint. The wheels could stand to be cleaned. Undisclosed mileage. An old ZX that has been reasonably well kept, but it’s an automatic. – A spot on result for an ’80s ZX in this condition, although it probably could have gone for a little cheaper with the automatic.

Lot # F154 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst Holiday Coupe; S/N 344879M359097; Cameo White, Firefrost Gold/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,200. – 455/380hp, automatic, Polyglas GT tires, rear spoiler, power brakes, Super Stock II wheels, Hurst dual gate shifter, factory AM radio, woodgrain dash, Protect-O-Plate. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Factory gaps. A genuine Hurst/Olds recently body-off restored to like-new standards. – 4-4-2s continue to enjoy collectors’ attention and ring up strong prices like this. Under the circumstances it is hard to fault the bidders’ willingness to pay retail money for an essentially flawless and freshly restored example.

Lot # G224 1973 Opel GT Coupe; S/N 0Y07NC3095237; Sunset Yellow/Tan vinyl; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $10,450. – Trim rings, store brand tires, 5-speed from an unknown source, heater, woodrim steering wheel, factory radio. – From the Ray Hott collection. Average older respray with some slight fading and some chips around the headlight doors, which are loose and don’t close all the way. Small dent on the right rear fender. The wheels are oxidized. Newer seats and mostly good interior, but the dash has some odd discoloration and a huge crack down the middle of it. Unrestored but tidy underneath. An average, driver quality example. – The Opel GT has been a somewhat underappreciated oddball sports car for a long time, but this one was actually over-appreciated when it crossed the auction block in Kissimmee. It’s a no better than average car, so it really didn’t deserve to break into five figures.

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Lot # S242 1954 Packard Caribbean Convertible; S/N 54782337; Black/Black, Brown leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 359/212hp, automatic, wire wheels, whitewalls, column shift, power windows, power seat, heater, power top, pushbutton radio, Continental kit. – The grille chrome is lightly scratched, but the rest of the brightwork and paint is very good. Straight body with even gaps. Clean, tight-fitting top. The rear fender trim doesn’t quite fit. Very good fully restored interior with no discernible wear. Body-off restored in 2012 and concours awards as late as 2016. Maybe not quite a show winner, but a rare and gorgeous car that is still a stunner for the most part. – Not very many Caribbeans are left and they are expensive to restore, so finding one that has already had all the money spent on it is ideal. This one is just such a car, and it brought a deservedly strong price even if it isn’t totally perfect.

Lot # S130.1 1958 Packard Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 58LS1517; Red/Tan; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – 289/275hp supercharged, automatic, wire wheels, whitewalls, dual mirrors, Twin Traction, power steering, power brakes, dual antenna, split bench seat, dash clock, pushbutton radio. – One of 588 built. Essentially a 275-hp supercharged Studebaker Golden Hawk with Packard badges and a fiberglass nose. The gap between the nose and the hood is too wide, and the hood is a shade darker than the rest of the car. The doors stick out slightly at the bottom. Good interior. Good paint and chrome. Tidy and lightly used underneath. A sound older restoration. The car that Packard enthusiasts love to hate, but it is technically the quickest model they ever made. – This is by a significant margin the most expensive Packard Hawk auction result, the first one into six figures, and it’s not even in exceptional condition. Two people must have been bookending a Packard collection, there is no other explanation for paying this much.

Lot # S189 1964 Plymouth Belvedere 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 3241257503; Ruby Red/Red vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Competition restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 426/425hp Hemi, short crossram dual quads, automatic, bench seat, ram air hood, hubcaps. – Gorgeous engine bay and underbody. Very good older paint and chrome. The doors stick out slightly. Small crack in the steering wheel but mostly very good interior. Restored in 2004 and hardly used since. One of the first ‘transitional’ Belvederes with the earliest version of the fabled Race Hemi engine, ordered with a Max Wedge but delivered with the Hemi. – Sold at RM Sotheby’s Arizona last year for $82,500 with 12 fewer miles on the odometer, which was itself a modest result. It brought even less this time around, possibly due to the fact that it has no period competition history of note and was surrounded by other rare early- to mid-1960s rare drag and muscle cars. A lot of automobile for the money.

Lot # F133 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B317914; Black, Matte Black side accent/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $209,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Polyglas GT tires, hood pins, 3.54 Track Pack, radio delete, Hurst pistol grip shifter. – From the Nick Smith collection. Clean, fully restored and lightly used engine bay. Well maintained older paint. Factory gaps. Excellent interior. A proven show car in the early 2000s. It’s no longer a fresh stunner, but it’s a genuine and desirably equipped Hemi Cuda with no apparent needs. – Sold at Mecum’s Indy auction in 2009 for $286,200, then here a year ago for $198,000 when it had 2 fewer miles on the odometer. It is $11,000 more in this transaction but the hammer bid is $8,000 less that what was paid for it twelve months ago, a losing transaction for the seller.

Lot # S138.1 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23J8G225461; Matador Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, automatic, hub caps, red line tires, 3.23 Sure Grip, bench seat, column shift. – Represented as one of eight Hemi Road Runners from 1968, the only one in this color, and the only one with radio delete. Has also been a show car earlier in the decade and featured at several Hemi celebrations. Very good paint and chrome. The doors stick out slightly and the trunk gaps are uneven. Very good interior. Very good, slightly used engine bay and undercarriage. It’s hard to pick on the little things when this is such a rare car with the kind of specs that get Mopar people excited. – It is a strange to come upon a Hemi Road Runner with highway, not dragway, gearing but it is a feature that will make this car easier to drive. That must have appealed to the bidders because it brought a curve setting price.

Lot # S203 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM21J9G172560; Frost Green Metallic/Black vinyl; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $140,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Firestone red line tires, hood pins, A34 Super Track Pack with 4.10 gears, bench seat, floor shift, wood shift knob, factory radio. – Represented as matching numbers and one of one as optioned. Spotless fresh engine bay and underbody. Very good paint and chrome other than a long scratch on the rear bumper. The doors don’t quite fit flush. Very good interior. A well done body-off restoration of a real deal Hemi Road Runner that has been lightly enjoyed. – A fair high bid, even accounting for the premium added for the 4-speed. This is a good and documented Hemi Road Runner, and while values have grown slightly in the past couple of years, there’s no reason for a no-sale at the reported high bid if there was money close to it.

Lot # S125 1958 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N K558H1303; Black/Silver vinyl with Black cloth inserts; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 370/300hp Tri-Power, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, pushbutton radio, power windows, dash clock. – From the Michael Fux collection. Very well maintained original engine bay with some rash on the exhaust and some paint flaking off here and there but not bad. The paint and chrome are too good to be original. The interior does appear to be original, meanwhile, and is in fantastic shape. Not a total time warp car, but a very impressively preserved and equipped early Bonneville. – Sold by Mecum in Dallas in 2012 for $103,350 and even with the restoration beginning to age a little it’s an exceptional value in this transaction.

 

Lot # S123 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N F1558H1731; White, Grey accent/Silver, Blue vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $125,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,750. – 370/300hp Tri-Power, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, blue vinyl boot cover, power steering, power brakes, column shift, WonderBar radio, dash clock, spotlight mirror, power top. – From the Michael Fux collection. Good older paint and probably newer bumpers. The rest of the brightwork is a little dull but sound. Lightly worn seats, but they’ve aged gracefully, and the rest of the interior is great shape. Not totally original, but almost, and very well preserved. – Sold by Mecum in Dallas in 2012 for $95,400 and acquired here for a reasonable price.

Lot # T208 1961 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Station Wagon; S/N 361L11914; Dawnfire Mist/Red, White vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $25,000. – 389/348hp, Tri-Power, automatic, hub caps, roof rack, power steering, power brakes, power rear window, column shift, pushbutton radio. – Has Tri-Power, but it is not represented as factory. Good older single repaint. A few light scratches on the front bumper. Even gaps. Some light pitting on the rear brightwork and roof rack. Very good interior. Restored and clean underneath. Not totally redone top to bottom, but for the kind of car that usually served as the family hauler, it looks great and it’s a surprise to see it at all. A very cool wagon. – Rare and nifty, but not necessarily valuable, and bid to a fair price that could have seen it off to a new home where it would make an admirable hauler for a vintage race car.

Lot # F131 1960 Pontiac Catalina 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 160P18458; Black/Red vinyl with cloth inserts; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Facsimile restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – Eight-lug wheels, 400/345hp Tri-Power, 4-speed, 4.88 gears, backup light delete, Goodyear racing tires, floor shift with Hurst shifter, tach, AutoMeter underdash gauges, radio delete. – From the Nick Smith collection. Rebuilt to 1960s racing specs with 400 block and correct 4-speed. Very good paint, chrome, interior and underneath. Freshly finished and gorgeous. – Huge performance in an attractive package and fastidiously restored to be something it wasn’t when new. The reported high bid is a realistic compromise among performance, style, condition and modifications.

Lot # S178 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 362P55666; Red/Red; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000. – 421/405hp, dual quads, 4-speed, eight-lug wheels, narrow whitewalls, 4.30 Safe-T-Track, bench seat, floor shift, pushbutton radio. – A genuine Super Duty, in the same collection since 1989. Tidy restored engine bay. Very good older paint and chrome. Very good interior, mostly restored but with original gauges. Thoroughly and correctly restored, its condition isn’t even all that important since it’s a genuine early Super Duty Pontiac. – There may have been bottom-feeders in Kissimmee but they found nothing to nibble on with this Catalina SD which brought a richly deserved superior price.

Lot # S2.7 1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Hardtop Coupe; S/N 228870N126637; Polar White, Blue stripe/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700. – 400/345hp Ram Air III, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Polyglas GT tires, power steering, power brakes. – Quite a few large cracks in the nose. Small cracks on the front fender vents. Crazing and cracking on the trunk lid. The blue stripes are discolored in a few spots. All these problems are only visible close up, however, and this is original paint. The engine bay is very tidy and well maintained. The original interior is excellent. Not quite perfect, but a time warp car. – Given a clear premium for its impressive preservation, but not a big one, and it could have brought over 50 grand without being expensive. Mecum sold this Firebird in Rockford in 2004 for $25,988 and it has added 104 miles to its odometer since then.

Lot # S191 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242176P217751; Barrier Blue/Blue vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. – 389/360hp, Tri-Power, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, Hurst shifter, power steering, pushbutton AM radio, console, dual mirrors, bucket seats, no PHS represented. – From the W.A.T.B. collection. First year for the GTO as a separate model. Lightly used older restored engine bay. A few small chips behind the right headlight bezel. Otherwise really good paint, chrome and interior. The gauges and switchgear are original. Restored to like new standards a while ago and lightly used since. – Sold out of the Andrews collection by RM in 2015 for $60,500 and looks to have been used since. Although this was a more muscle car-heavy crowd than an RM auction, this car nevertheless brought modest driver-level money and is a good buy.

Lot # F167 1966 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 242676P182056; Montero Red/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $84,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $92,400. – 389/360hp Tri-Power added, 4-speed, Hurst wheels, Firestone red line tires, Protect-O-Plate, 3.55 Safe-T-Track, Royal Bobcat performance kit, factory radio, power steering, power brakes, power top, floor shift, console, bucket seats, PHS documents. – Like new engine bay. Small touch up on the right front fender. Otherwise very good paint and chrome. Very good, tight-fitting new top. Straight body with dead even gaps. Some light warping and cracking in the dash, which is unfortunate, because the rest of the interior is fantastic. A mostly amazing car. It needs a new dash treatment, but for the most part it’s a stunner with lots of desirable equipment. – Bid to $84,000 on the block, closed later with this result, a generous but not foolish one for a car that didn’t start out with the Tri-Power, even for a Royal Bobcat.

Lot # S1 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 242677K107580; Signet Gold/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 400/360hp HO engine, 4-speed, Rally wheels, trim rings, Firestone red line tires, bucket seats, floor shift, console, power steering, power brakes, power top, Safe-T-Track, PHS documents. – Very good restored engine bay and underbody. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Tight, clean newer top. A genuine GTO in a desirable configuration and pretty colors, and an older body-off restoration holding up very well. – Sold for $66,000 a decade ago at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, then for $68,750 at Harrisburg last August. At a little more than that here it is still a sound value, but doesn’t have any upside potential for the new owner.

Lot # F121 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 237375Z129443; Iris Mist, White roof/White vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 389/335hp, 4-speed, Rally I wheels with trim rings, Goodyear Eagle ST tires, floor shift with Hurst shifter, factory radio, PHS documents. – Represented as one of two cars in this attractive combo of Iris Mist with White roof. Good single repaint. Unrestored but impressively clean and maintained underneath. Rocker trim has some light scratches. The original seats are lightly worn but the rest of the interior looks great. A very well kept, mostly original car. – Sold for $36,300 at Mecum Indy in 2016, which was something of a bargain. This result is more realistic to what the car is worth. These aren’t the most macho colors for a muscle car, but they are rare and attractive.

Lot # S232 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible; S/N A857H7181; White, Red/Red, White; White vinyl top; Estimate $120,000 – $145,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000. – 347/290hp Tri-Power, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts, power steering, power brakes, Autronic Eye, pushbutton radio, clock. – Body-off restored with only 44 test miles on it. The badge on the nose is lightly scratched, but otherwise the paint, chrome and interior are fresh and fantastic. The engine bay and underbody are similarly unused. – Sold for $89,100 at Auburn Spring in 2014, then for $93,500 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2015 and barely used since, so it’s in essentially the same condition and refusing the high bid here was perfectly reasonable. It crossed the block again on Sunday with a reported bid of $77,000.

Lot # S67 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 112930; Ivory, Red Stripe/Red leather; Modified restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000. – Steel wheels, Dunlop tires, roll cage, Speedster seats, fire extinguisher, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, 12-volt electrics, Dansk exhaust, nerf bars. – Represented as matching numbers. Full restoration completed last year and lightly upgraded for driving events. Event stickers from Rennsport 2015 and HSR. Very good paint and chrome. Nearly spotless engine bay. Restored underneath. Very good interior. Not overdone. Just right for what it is, and looks like it would be a very rewarding vintage rally car. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2008 for $66,000 when it was already set up as a race car before its fresh restoration. A great little car to get into a wide range of fun vintage driving events, but unnecessarily expensive for a car that as it sits should have sold in the low 100s. Still, for someone who wants to go racing, this one is clean, fresh, done and ready to hit the track.

Lot # F205 1968 Porsche 911 Targa; S/N 11880182; Engine # 3281127; Irish Green/Black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. – 5-speed, Fuchs wheels, Vredestein tires, gold brightwork, glass rear window, heater, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint and interior with gauges supposedly from a 911S. Clean wheels. Original but tidy underneath. Tidy and maintained but used engine bay. A straightforward cosmetic restoration resulting in a pretty car. Early 911s look great in Irish Green. – Sold for $69,300 at Bonhams Scottsdale in 2016, then sold again for $51,000 at Leake Dallas later in 2016. Both are modest results for a pretty good car, but many Porsche fans want a thorough restoration or a time-warp original, and this car is neither.

Lot # S213 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet; S/N WP0CB2968MS460950; Violet Blue Metallic/Grey leather; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – Alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, snorkely brake light, air conditioning, factory CD stereo, rear seat delete. – The original paint has some swirling but no major blemishes. The tires look new. The top has some water spots and the plastic rear window is a bit cloudy, but it’s minor. The engine bay is a bit dirty. Light wrinkling to the seats but a mostly well cared for interior. Not represented with a service history. Showing 22,015 miles. Relatively low mileage and a very attention-grabbing rare paint color, but no better than your usual used 964. – No paint color is worth this, which can only be described as crazy money. It would have been expensive at 40 grand. At nearly 60, it’s unbelievable.

Lot # S211 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Coupe; S/N WP0AB2968PS420329; Polar Silver/Dove Gray leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000. – Cup wheels, lowering kit, sunroof, power windows, air conditioning, power seats. – Has an RS badge on the back but it’s not a real one. Engine rebuilt 1,000 miles ago but not overly detailed. Quite a few sizable chips on the nose and hood. Two chips near the passenger’s door handle. Lightly used underneath. The seats show some wrinkling but the interior shows a lot less wear than the 84,490 miles showing would suggest. – The reported high bid here wasn’t just fair, it was generous. Better wheels and a rebuilt engine don’t translate to real world values, and this car is essentially just a used 964 coupe and at this bid it should have been on its way to a new owner’s garage.

Lot # S116.1 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Coupe; S/N WP0AE2A97BS778107; Guards Red, Carbon hood/Black with Red suede inserts; Estimate $450,000 – $500,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $495,000. – Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, centerlock wheels, suede steering wheel rim and shifter. – From the Michael Fux collection. 677 miles and in like new condition. – The GT2 RS was the manic twin-turbo, rear-wheel drive 911 lightweight that took the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. It is both lighter and more powerful than the already crazy-quick 997 GT2. This one sold for almost twice its original base price, but low-production (500 built in this case) high-performance Porsches have a way of getting more rather than less expensive after they leave the factory and the GT2 RS is close to the top of the heap of late model Porsches.

Lot # S209 1984 Porsche 911 RUF BTR Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ93ZES000478; Grey/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $300,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – Ruf wheels, Pirelli P6 tires, Simpson harnesses, sunroof, whale tail, Ruf gearbox and other BTR mods. – Very early genuine Ruf. A few chips in the nose and slightly dull paint, but not bad. Very good, very lightly worn interior. If a regular 930 isn’t crazy enough, one of these should do the trick. – Not sold at a $170,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey last year then listed on Bring a Trailer at the beginning of February. Bid to about the same amount a normal 930 tends to bring, so it’s understandable that the owner would want to hold out for more. Then again, chasing the right buyer for a 34-year-old tuner 911 may be a lengthy process.

Lot # S228 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Coupe; S/N WP0JB0932HS051186; Black/Black leather; Estimate $175,000 – $195,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – Black Fuchs wheels, Potenza tires, sunroof, rear window wiper, heated seats, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented as unrestored. Showing 14,371 believable miles. Very good original paint. Very, very light wrinkling to the seats. Nothing really to pick on. Babied as many 911s are. A very good late 930. – The seller can’t be blamed for thinking that this car is worth more than the reported high bid, but if the high bids at auction so far this year are any indication, 930 prices are softening and this kind of money is looking like it may be the new normal even for pretty good examples.

Lot # S249 1969 Porsche 911E Targa; S/N 119210666; Gold/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. – 2195/170hp S-spec rebuilt engine, 5-speed, chrome Fuchs wheels, Kumho tires, gold brightwork, called a 911E but it has carbs. – Decent older paint. Some very light scratches in the roll hoop. Good interior with newer seats and carpets but original gauges and steering wheel. Used but tidy and partially restored engine bay. Restored underbody. Not represented as matching numbers. Not done to particularly high standards. – Despite this car’s flaws and incorrect carbs, the reported high bid here was light and refusing it was understandable. The bid is 911T money.

Lot # W188.1 1980 Porsche 911SC 3.0 Coupe; S/N 91A0141089; Guards Red/Black; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – Black 16-inch Fuchs wheels, whale tail, clear bra on the nose, cruise control, power windows, air conditioning, Kenwood CD stereo, sunroof, tinted glass, sport seats. – Showing 49,099 miles. Small dent in the nose. New clutch and lots of other recent work. Good original paint. The exterior plastic is a little dull. Good, lightly worn interior. A used but well kept 911SC represented as the matching numbers engine and documented with a Porsche CofA. – The SC used to be a fairly affordable way to get into a 911, but those days are past us. This was a strong price for one with wear and miles, but it wasn’t excessive in a world of air-cooled 911 prices that has settled on a stable but elevated plateau.

Lot # T259 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe; S/N 12802645; Irish Green/Black; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $35,000. – Steel wheels, later cassette stereo. – Good paint. Original brightwork and marker lenses. Small dent in the passenger’s door. Overhauled engine. Good newer seats and carpets but the dash and instruments are old and aged. The gauges are cloudy and faded. Redone on a budget, which is understandable since this is just a 912. An attractive car nonetheless. – The high bid is modest but fair, and for a car at this price point the extra transport costs and fees for another go at the auction block are serious considerations.

Lot # T185 1970 Porsche 914/6 Targa; S/N 9140431733; Black/Black vinyl with houndstooth cloth inserts; Estimate $75,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $49,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $54,450. – 1991/110hp, 4-speed, Fuchs wheels, Falken tires, gold brightwork, Webers with K&N air cleaners, a few later VDO gauges, aftermarket CD stereo. – Represented as a genuine matching numbers 914/6. Tidy but not immaculate engine bay. Good older paint with a handful of light scratches on the nose. A few light scuffs on the driver’s seat but mostly very good interior. The gauges that are original to the car are a bit cloudy but not bad, and the dash is slightly wavy. Some paint is coming off the wheels. A fully restored car, but not perfect. – Porsche made less than 3,500 six-cylinder versions of the 914 compared to well over 100,000 Volkswagen-engined cars. Seeing one is therefore a rare treat, and they are priced similarly to a comparable 911. This one hammered not sold at a nearly identical $55,000 high bid at Mecum Dallas last year, so while the offers aren’t generous, the market seems to have spoken.

Lot # G136 1983 Porsche 944 Coupe; S/N WP0AA0945DN455927; Guards Red/Black vinyl with cloth inserts; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,800. – New Kumho tires, sunroof, power windows, air conditioning, Alpine CD stereo, VDO dash clock. – A handful of tiny chips on the nose and a chip on the left rear fender, but mostly very good original paint. Some of the weather stripping is a little loose. Some light scratches on the wheels. Very good, almost like new interior. This is a very early 944 and the early ones tend to have more problems. This one also isn’t represented with a service history, but it shows 39,496 miles and it appears to have always been pampered, which counts for something. – An expensive, bordering on excessive price for this 944, which does have a Porsche badge but has just 143hp and is bound to break at some point. At this price, there are a lot of other performance cars that offer a lot more, like Boxsters, C5 Corvettes, Mustangs and Honda S2000s, just to name a few.

Lot # S210 2003 Renault Clio V6 Sport Hatchback; S/N VF1C61A0624750374; Silver/Dark Blue leather with suede inserts; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 3 litre/247hp, 6-speed, alloy wheels, Michelin tires, aftermarket coilovers, air conditioning, suede steering wheel, factory cassette stereo. – Good original paint and essentially like new interior other than some scratches on the door panels. Tidy underneath. Represented with new tires and fresh fluids. Surely the only of these Tom Walkinshaw-built hot hatches that you’ll see on our shores. Good luck finding somebody to work on it. – Represented as having been legally imported in 2010. No word on if it was federalized and it is obviously younger than 25 years old, but it was recently listed at a dealer in Miami with a clean FL title for 69 grand. This is quite a bit more than the car would have cost new in Europe and it’s still unclear how much you could actually drive it, so probably not the smartest buy. Then again, it is probably the only one in the country and it will be a star at the next Renault Club outing (is there a Renault club on this side of the pond?)

Lot # G242 1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche III Drophead Coupe; S/N SCAZD02A3KCX29006; Red, Beige vinyl top/Beige leather piped in Red; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $67,100. – Gold wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, gold Spirit of Ecstasy, Alpine CD stereo, rear seat tables. – From the Ray Hott collection. One owner car showing 21,357 miles. Sound, slightly faded original paint with two small cracks at the back of the hood. A little bit of discoloration on the top. Lightly worn seats. A used old Rolls, plus all the gold is a bit much, but it’s a sound car assuming everything works and it has a service history. – This much money should have bought the best Corniche III in the world, as well as one not burdened by gold plated brightwork and wire wheels. It might fit right in among the snowbirds in Florida, though.

Lot # T156 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster; S/N CSX2588; Rouge Iris/Black; Estimate $1,250,000 – $1,500,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,000,000. – Wire wheels with AC caps, Michelin XWX tires, wind wings, woodrim steering wheel, Stewart Warner gauges, lap belts, AC pedals. – Represented as the second to last 289 built and the last sold to the public. Good single repaint done in 2006 in its original and unusual but attractive color. Decent original interior with good seats, but there is a big crease in the vinyl-covered glovebox and the gauge faces are pretty dull. The carpets are new. Sound and unrestored underneath as well. – Not totally original and not totally restored, so deciding on what to do with this Cobra is something of a dilemma. It was sold by RM at Boca Raton in 2006 for $342,400 and was bid to $950,000 at Mecum Monterey last year but remained unsold. It remains unsold at this higher bid that really should have been considered.

Lot # T157 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P Roadster; S/N CSX2549; Silver/Red; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $850,000. – Automatic, chrome wire wheels, Pirelli P5 tires, grille and trunk guards. – One of no more than 20 small block Cobras built with the C4 automatic. – Good paint and chrome. Light wear to the seats. Lightly used engine bay and underbody. Not a show car, but good enough to be proud of. – It was bid to $1M at Mecum Indy in 2015, then sold for $950,000 hammer, $1,045,000 with commission, at Mecum Monterey in 2016. It showed up at Mecum Las Vegas last year where it was a $925,000 no-sale. The bidders don’t seem to think that the automatic’s rarity translates to any kind of value no matter what the venue, and certainly not a 7-figure bid.

Lot # S204 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S203; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $145,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – Shelby wheels, Radial T/A tires, side exhaust, radio delete, dash-mounted tach, Carroll Shelby signature. – Dusty but complete and unrestored engine bay. The paint is a little rough with fading and crazing all over plus some chips on the hood scoop. Scratched up door handles. Very good interior. An unrestored ’66 GT350. Later ’66 Shelby Mustangs are not as desirable as the ’65s, but this car is one of the ’65 carryover cars, very impressive and definitely way too good to restore. – This result is reasonable for a ’65 carryover in mediocre condition like this but has little if any premium for originality and preservation making it a sound value at this price.

Lot # S165.1 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Convertible; S/N 8T03R213354; Acapulco Blue, White stripes/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $350,000 – $400,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $290,000. – 4-speed, Goodyear Speedway tires, 3.00 Traction Lok, power steering, power brakes, tilt steering column, factory AM radio, factory air conditioning, console, wood shift knob, dash clock, Marti report. – A rare 4-speed and represented as matching numbers. Spotless fresh engine bay and underbody. Very good paint and chrome. Factory gaps. Very good fully restored interior. A fresh and very well done car with all the desirable equipment that would be a star in most Mustang collections. – If there was money close to the reported high bid, it should have been taken. This is a top tier GT500 in terms of both its condition and equipment, but top tier money was offered.

Lot # T203 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA Convertible; S/N 382000337; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700. – 302/210hp (?), 4-speed, factory centerlock wheels, Toyo tires, later 302 engine, LeCarra woodrim steering wheel, console. – Very good paint and chrome. Lightly used underneath. Slightly erratic panel gaps. Very good interior. Not strictly correct with the 302 engine, but for someone who wants a Tiger to drive hard and have fun with, it’s a very pretty car with extra punch from a larger engine even if it is sucking through a 2-barrel. – This was the only Tiger in the whole auction, and the bidders apparently cared more about the cosmetic flaws and incorrect engine than added performance, so it went for a moderate price that reflects its shortcomings.

Lot # F29.1 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Hardtop 4×4; S/N FJ40268247; Green, White roof/Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Rear-mounted spare. – Represented as a body-off restoration finished a year and 100 miles ago that included a rebuilt engine. The bumper and wheels look older. The paint has some orange peel, and the original windows have some scratches. But it’s very pretty underneath and the interior was fully redone, including a new headliner. Restored, but to truck standards. – This is fair money for an FJ that’s good and sorted, but not so good that you’d be afraid to take if off road where these things are most at home anyway. It was bid to $27,500 here a year ago so the seller got to drive it another year and still came out $2,500 ahead.

Lot # S234 1994 Toyota Supra Mk IV Turbo Coupe; S/N J72JA82J1R0022388; White/Black leather; Estimate $90,000 – $115,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,000. – 2997/320hp twin turbocharged, automatic, rear window wiper, power windows, air conditioning, CD stereo. – Single family ownership and represented as 5,635 miles from new. Like new interior. Very good paint. Slightly dirty wheels. Very well preserved. – It’s pretty remarkable to find a totally stock and well preserved Mk IV twin-turbo Supra, but your heart sinks a bit when you notice that this one is an automatic. This one deserves a price toward the high end of the value spectrum, to be sure, but with the knock for the transmission choice the reported high bid here was a fair one.

Lot # G171 1973 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF2974U; Carmine Red/Tan vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $20,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. – Painted centerlock wire wheels, Michelin tires, woodrim steering wheel, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, BL factory radio, dual mirrors. – Represented with 23,052 original miles. Very good paint. Even gaps. Good chrome. Unrestored underneath with a fairly grimy engine bay. Ratty top with several small rips. Good seats and dash wood, but the steering wheel could stand to be cleaned and the switchgear is worn. Better than most, but still a driver quality TR. – This is very strong money for a superficially redone slim bumper TR6. Then again, the gap in prices between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ TR6s is pretty wide and this one falls on the side of good, meaning it has few needs and is ready to enjoy in confidence, which is not something that can be said about all the TR6s on the market, however it crossed the Kissimmee block again on Saturday (this is a Tuesday result) as S273 and was a $12,000 no-sale, a much more reasonable result. One might wonder what happened between Tuesday and Saturday.

Lot # G223 1959 Volkswagen Beetle 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2126408; Beige/Beige vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $25,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. – Hub caps. – Big crack on the left edge of the nose. Some rust poking through the door hinges. Lightly pitted door handles and window frames. Very good newer upholstery, but there is some discoloration in the headliner. Cheaply undercoated chassis. Clean engine bay. A driver, not that there’s anything wrong with that. A relatively early painted dash car, but not early enough to have the collectible oval rear window. – This isn’t a bad car, but it’s not good enough to justify this price that should have bought a Beetle with fewer corners cut and a cleaner overall presentation.

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