Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, January 2-12, 2020

When Mecum set up shop in Kissimmee eleven years ago it was an audacious bet that the team from Marengo, Illinois could – from scratch, without any tradition and a week before the long-established Scottsdale auctions – build a big mainstream collector car auction in the fields of central Florida.

And have they ever done that.

Located at the Osceola Heritage Park fairgrounds site since 2011 (I once observed that in common with the Spring Classic site at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, “you know it’s a Mecum auction when the site has stock pens and show rings”) Kissimmee has grown from $26 million in 2010 to today’s consistently $90 million-plus and made this Mecum show a destination that occupies a pivotal place in the annual auction calendar.

Kissimmee is massive. For example, there were 130 Camaros, 177 Mustangs. 32 GTOs and 301 Corvettes. From 2009-2013 Mecum held an auction at the Bloomington Gold show; it never had 301 Corvettes.

Kissimmee is overwhelming not only on account of the masses of cars (and trucks) but also because there’s a multi-day automobilia auction (“Road Art” in Mecum’s parlance) going on simultaneously.

At Scottsdale, Amelia, Paris, Monterey and the like there are separate auctions. At Kissimmee, there’s only one. It’s so big that presenting it in one single swath is impractical. This is Part I, AMC-Ferrari (including all those Camaros and Corvettes). Part II will follow with Ford-Zagato.

[The skew of consignments to Chevrolet (there were 892 at Kissimmee) can be seen in the segregation distribution: the first six letters of the 26-letter alphabet comprise Part I, the next twenty letters fill out Part II.]

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $ Change
2020 1983/2873 69% $47,450 $26,400

[55.6%]

$94,092,955 1%
2019 2151/3164 68% $43,332 $27,500

63.5%]

$93,206,410 2.1%
2018 2031/2926 69.4% $44,968 $26,400

[58.7%]

$91,330,790 7.5%
2017 1960/2663 73.6% $43,340 $27,500

[63.5%]

$84,945,775 2.7%

On-site observations are by Rick Carey, Jose Martinez, Reggie Horning and Tim Weadock.

Part I is sorted by Marque, Model, Year and Body Style.


Lot # S9.1 1980 AMC Pacer X 2-Dr. Station Wagon; S/N A0A685C107929; Sunflower/Caramel vinyl; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $8,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,800. – 258/110hp six, automatic, air conditioning, roof rack, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, pushbutton radio. – Represented as an Arizona car. It’s not stated but the paint, interior and chrome all appear to be original. There are a few edge chips, particularly around the gas filler door. Chassis and underbody are barely used. The odometer shows 13,647 believable miles and it’s had recent mechanical and air conditioning service. Proceeds to benefit Curing Kids Cancer – The last year for the Pacer. “Wide Small Car” just didn’t resonate with American buyers and they’re the object of jokes and derision as well as tasteless embellishment. This charity sale is impressively maintained and preserved and should bring smiles to the faces of pretty much everyone who encounters it, a good example of the fact that enjoying a collector car doesn’t have to entail vast expense.

Lot # F250 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 Roadster; S/N BN4L060440; Red/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – Silver painted wire wheels, blackwall Cooper radials, side curtains and spare, woodgrain steering wheel overlay, Lucas fog lights, fender mirrors, tri-bar headlights, overdrive. – Poor quality repaint sprayed casually in the engine compartment and oversprayed in the wheel wells. Sound interior. Dirty underbody with old undercoat. Engine oil leak. Not nasty but close. – Sold at Branson Fall in 2008 for $38,340, then at Auburn Fall four months ago for $30,800, the consignor’s reluctance to accept the reported high bid of $55,000 here is benighted. If there was money anywhere in Kissimmee, even in Bid Goes On, anywhere over the Auburn Fall transaction amount it should have been grabbed with gratitude. The reported high bid here is a pipe dream.

Lot # F93 1999 BMW M3 Convertible; S/N WBSBK9336XEC43334; Dark Cosmos Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. – 5-speed, chrome alloy wheels, power steering and brakes, power windows, clean CarFax. – 38,210 miles and nearly like new except for wear on the driver’s seat cushion and outside seatback bolster, a tiny 3/4-inch scratch on the right rear corner of the hood and a small chip near a windshield washer nozzle. – After two fruitless auction appearances on the West Coast in 2016 this M3 changed hands in a post-block transaction at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale sale in April 2017 for $22,750. The slight premium indicated in its result here is modest considering its appearance and performance, a sound value even at the pre-sale low estimate bid of $25,000.

Lot # F91.4 1987 BMW M6 Coupe; S/N WBAEE1403H2560292; Red/White leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 5-speed, power windows, power sunroof, power seats, cassette stereo, Silver BBS wheels, TRX tires, air conditioning. – Very good original paint, nearly unblemished interior and chrome. The nose has a smattering of small stone chips and there are some discolored spots on the front bumper. The front edge of the dashtop is shrinking away from the windshield base; the rear package tray is spotless. Surprisingly good for its age but not for the 53,332 miles it is represented to have traveled. – Sold here four years ago for $45,100 and reported bid to the low estimate printed on its car card, this solid M6 5-speed should have moved on to a new owner.

Lot # T224 1967 Buick GS 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 446177H183149; Champagne Mist, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 400ci/340hp, automatic, factory air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, red line tires, clock, bucket seats, tinted glass, center console with tachometer. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint and brightwork. The vinyl roof is in like new condition but the trim that surrounds the driver’s side C pillar is lifting from the corner. The engine compartment is detailed. The interior is very good. The only noticeable flaw in there is pitted brightwork trim on the instrument panel. Very well restored and well optioned. – While the GS 400’s 340hp rating doesn’t carry a lot of weight among its 1967 competition its 440 lb-ft made up in torque what it lacked in horses and makes it a very satisfying stoplight contender. This is a satisfying result for this well restored and desirably equipped example.

Lot # W186 1968 Buick GS 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 446378B12160Z; Verde Green, Red side stripe, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $30,000. – 400/340hp, automatic, power steering, air conditioning, dash clock, tilt steering column, deluxe wood wheel, AM/FM radio, power windows and bucket seats with console, special order color 1967 GM Verde Green. – Very good paint with no visible flaws. Bodywork is straight and well executed. The black vinyl roof is well applied and clean. The bumpers have been rechromed and all the stainless trim has been restored and buffed to a high luster. New fuel tank and lines. Brake lines and front suspension are fully restored and detailed. The black interior has new carpet and headliner but the seat upholstery and door panels appear to be well-preserved originals. Fully redone and correct engine bay. A highly attractive piece of Buick muscle, done to high standards and with nothing major to criticize. – Attractive and well-cared for, but the reported high bid is sufficient to have seen it on its way to a new home.

Lot # F26 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Convertible; S/N 446670H112938; Fire Red/Pearl White vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 455ci/360hp, automatic, power brakes, power steering, bench seat with headrests, column shift, redline tires, Sonomatic pushbutton radio. – Very good paint. Detailed engine compartment. Good interior but the driver’s side mirror adjuster knob is missing. Good Brightwork other than scratches on the bottom of the windshield frame, and missing window trim on the driver’s side. Unrestored engine bay but it’s tidy, complete and maintained with some new components. A cosmetically restored Stage I that would make a good driver. – This car hopped on the Mecum circuit in 2018, when it was sold for $82,500 in Indy. It was reported bid to $62,000 in Monterey. The next year at Glendale it was bid to $70,000. In Indy, it got a $72,000 high bid and in Dallas it got an $80,000 high bid. Since last September, someone at Mecum convinced the owner to run the car at no reserve and it finally, finally changed hands in Kissimmee at this result, a modest one for a Stage I. Holding out for every last bid didn’t pay off in this case. It often doesn’t.

Lot # T189 1972 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 4G37V2Z118521; Black, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Recent restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – 455/270hp Stage 1, automatic, 3.42 limited slip, power front disc brakes, air conditioning, power steering, AM/FM radio, dash clock, tilt steering column, window sticker, build sheet and Protect-o-Plate documented. – Represented as the matching numbers drivetrain. The black finish on this car has been carefully applied and well-polished to a high luster. The black vinyl top has been replaced and looks good but there is some mild puckering around the front of the windshield. All brightwork has been polished and restored with rechromed bumpers. The rubber protective strips on the bumper are original and have some minor cuts and rub damage on them. Black paint hides nothing in terms of poor bodywork, and this car is well executed, straight and reflects like a mirror. Body panel alignment is good and the doors shut well. Underneath the chassis is unrestored and the body stayed on the frame. Floorboards and trunk are original and free of any rust or damage. The underneath of the car has been lightly under coated some time ago, possibly dealer applied. Inside the car has original upholstery that is well-maintained with just a little light wear on the bead on the driver’s side. Door panels and headliner look original with only new carpet that is well fitted and has the correct factory rubber floor mats with Buick emblems. The engine compartment is clean well-maintained with new brake booster, master cylinder, fresh spark plugs, wires and cap. A/C is complete and appears functional. Also present is the smog pump, which looks complete and functional. This car is not a concours restoration, but would show very well at a local gathering. – Little loved as the power was dialed precipitously down in response to social pressure, new SAE net horsepower standards and insurance prejudice against muscle cars, ’72 GS 455s, even the Stage 1, are overlooked and represent something of a performance value as illustrated by this GS 455. It sold at Mecum’s Harrisburg auction in 2017 for $35,200, then at Indy in 2018 for $39,600.

Lot # F177 1970 Buick GS Prototype 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 446370H121924; Fireglow/White vinyl; Estimate $130,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 455/360hp, automatic, 3.64 limited slip, power brakes, steering and windows, SS wheels, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, tilt steering column. – Represented as one of two prototype show cars with 13,420 miles. Lightly soiled upholstery and steering wheel rim. Good lightly fogged gauge lenses, clear gauge faces. Decent major chrome, lightly scuffed stainless. Excellent paint. Good older underbody. Handsomely restored a decade ago and showing the restoration’s age. – This is a curious price history: bid to $125,000 at Indy in 2011, to $75,000 here in 2013, then sold at Mecum Chicago in October 2014 for $89,100 before being bid to $120,000 at Dallas in 2017 and Indy in 2018, then sold here for what can only be considered a startlingly low result, even considering the aging restoration. It’s not in the best shape, but it has Buick’s famed torque-monster engine and is a stoplight drag winner.

Lot # L129 1964 Buick Riviera 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 7K1001494; Bronze Mist Metallic/Tan leather; Enthusiast restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300. – 425/340 4bbl, dual exhaust, power steering, power brakes, factory air conditioning, power windows and tilt steering column. – The paint presents well. Minor chips can be found along the hood and door seams. The brightwork is lightly pitted and the rubber window moldings are dry and cracked. The leather upholstery and carpet does not show wear. The center console trim is worn and chipped on the sides, but the wood trim is excellent. Represented as an Arizona car. A good driver that shows the effects of being run in the sun. – Nice car, but a more generous price than it deserved. These Rivieras are superbly designed and executed personal luxury cars with knife edge styling and luxurious interiors. They are still as brilliant statements as they were 3/4 of a century ago and are undervalued.

Lot # S62 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible; S/N 7B20S6078; Black, White/White, Red vinyl, Black cloth; White vinyl top; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $77,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $84,700. – 322/236hp, Dynaflow, power steering and brakes, radio, power antenna, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, power windows. – Flawed older repaint, indifferent chrome, good interior and top. Fuel stained carburetor and manifold. Superficially redone engine compartment and chassis. An attractive but only cosmetically restored Roadmaster despite the AACA award it has won. – Maybe it’s the eye-candy color scheme and chrome wire wheels, but this Roadmaster scored a home run here in Kissimmee. It was sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2008 for $56,100, then at Mecum’s Chicago auction three months ago for a good deal price of $47,300 but the result here should have bought a much better ’55 Roadmaster.

Lot # S252 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible; S/N A1038946; Gulf Turquoise/White; White top; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000. – Power brakes, power windows, power seat, power convertible top, chrome wire wheels with whitewall tires, and Selectronic radio. – The paint has a few chipped edges along the hood and trunk, as well as some cracks and microblisters. Even with these imperfections the paint still maintains a high gloss and a good appearance. Very good exterior brightwork. Detailed engine compartment. Very good interior with only two light wrinkles on the driver’s seat. The convertible top does have a small tear on the driver’s side near the boot but the rest of it looks like new. Although this restoration has aged paint and a small tear on the top, as a whole it is still in near excellent condition. The brightwork, engine compartment, and interior are near flawless. – Not as fresh as it was when it sold at a $160,500 high bid at Mecum Indy seven years ago in 2013, but more recently it sold here last year for $115,500 and then hammered not sold at a $130,000 high bid in Indy four months later. Consistent, generous offers of significantly more than it sold for a year ago should be easy to take, and should have seen the car off to a new home if there was money close to it.

Lot # U26 1938 Buick Special Phaeton Convertible; S/N 13300277; Maroon, Black fenders/Dark Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200. – Hubcaps and trim rings, whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, turn signals, clock, radio, heater, Unity fog lights. – Good paint, glass and interior except for a cigarette burn on the driver’s seat cushion. Good major chrome but weak trim, steering wheel and dashboard. Faded gauge faces. Clean chassis and underbody are nearly like new. An outstanding Special restoration in a rare body style. – 4-door Convertible Phaetons were a dying breed in 1938 and Buick’s offering of one was extremely rare but 776 were built for the U.S. plus 170 for export, a remarkably large production number for a fading body style. The bidders overlooked the rarity of this Buick Special with its enclosed sidemounts and it brought a modest price for a rare, practical and aesthetically pleasing car in good condition.

Lot # T171 1915 Cadillac Series 51 Phaeton; S/N A15743; Maroon, Black fenders/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Varnished wood spoke wheels, 36×4 1/2 Firestone tires, dual windshields, dual rear spares, electric Klaxon horn, Warner speedometer, Phinney-Walker clock. – 1973 AACA National First Prize and has seen plenty of miles since. Cracking, peeling old paint, worn upholstery and trim, dull chrome. Clean old chassis and engine. Needs a lot but is sound and all there. Sam Vaughn Collection. – A Cadillac V8 for Model T money? This is a bargain even though it needs beaucoup work to get back on the road, let alone be shown.

Lot # F287 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe; S/N 5762107389; Red/Red, White; White top; Older restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 365ci/300hp, automatic, power brakes, power steering, power windows, power convertible top, power bench seat, power closing trunk, Sabre wheels with whitewall tires, pushbutton radio. – Good paint with only a few edge chips on the hood and driver’s side door. Very good exterior brightwork aside from the cowl vent trim, which has many indentations. Very good interior brightwork. The upholstery has light cracks throughout. A few paint chips in the engine compartment. This Cadillac Series 62 has tired upholstery and aging paint, but very good brightwork. – An indifferent Cadillac that attractive appropriately indifferent bidding at Kissimmee but enough that the seller should have given it more serious consideration than this.

Lot # S121 1936 Cadillac Series 70 Convertible Coupe, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 3111479; Olive Green/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – Dark Green steel wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Trippe lights, rumble seat, banjo spoke steering wheel. – CCCA National First Prize #2071 and still essentially flawless. Excellent paint redone in 2015, brilliant chrome, unblemished paint and new top. Michael Fux Collection – Sold by Mecum at Anaheim in 2015 for $154,000, at Indy in 2016 for $145,750 and no-saled here last year with a reported high bid of $70,000, a rare instance where waiting turned out to be the right move even though this result is well below wat was paid for it at Indy four years ago.

Lot # S225 1957 Chevrolet 150 FI 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N VA57F242813; Engine # F508EK; Black, White/Black vinyl, Silver cloth; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000. – 283/283hp fuel injection, 3-speed, hubcaps, Firestone blackwall tires, no radio or heater, bench seat, power brakes, Positraction. – Represented as a factory fuel injection car with the matching numbers engine. Displayed at Meadow Brook in 2006 and apparently unused since. Excellent cosmetics, clean, orderly like new engine compartment and chassis. Deserves to be shown more. – Troublingly, there is no history for this “Black Widow”, just the claim that it is a factory FI car with matching numbers engine. The engine stamping is correct for the 283/283hp Fuelie, but there’s nothing to link it to the chassis, and no early documentation was offered. It would take a leap of faith to conclude it is one of the famed SEDCO Black Widows, and no one was making that leap at this bid which, incidentally, is exactly the same as the bid it attracted at Mecum’s Chicago sale three months ago. It would be a fun ride, it is impeccably restored and if the next bid would have bought it the result wouldn’t be excessive.

Lot # F60.1 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC57F182206; Engine # F1126EK; Matador Red/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $40,000. – 283/283hp fuel injection, 3-speed, traffic light viewer, WonderBar radio, heater, spinner wheel covers, skirts, electric wipers. – Good paint, chrome and interior. The frame and suspension have been apart but were repainted over rust pits. The engine number is appropriate for a 283/283 but the stamping of the crucial K is not consistent with the other characters; a single E is the more mundane 283/220hp Power Pack. An attractive and usable Bel Air, but suspect in this configuration. – This Bel Air was offered at Mecum’s Rockford auction in 2004 where it was reported bid to $51,000. It attracted a more recent $50,000 bid at Mecum’s Chicago auction last October. No one seems to like this Bel Air Fuelie very much, with good reason.

Lot # S73.1 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57L149766; Engine # F806E; Red/Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 283/220hp Power Pack engine with dual Carter 4-barrel carbs and batwing air cleaner, automatic, power steering and brakes, electric wipers, windshield washer, spinner wheel covers, whitewall bias ply tires, skirts, WonderBar radio, power windows, vacuum ashtray. – Sound older paint. Weak chrome, pitted side window frames. Aged engine compartment. Two small touched up driver’s door edge chips. Dented front hood molding. Road grimy chassis. Usable, not exciting. – The engine in this Bel Air is stamped “E” which is the Power Pack 4-barrel; it also left the factory with a 3-speed, so there’s a possibility the Bel Air may have been a dual quad automatic originally, with a salvaged block from another ’57 Chevy. And as if that uncertainty wasn’t enough its condition is not very good, qualifications that were acknowledged in this moderate result. It was reported bid to $57,500 at Mecum Chicago three months ago and the consignor was fortunate to see it bring more here in Kissimmee.

Lot # S259 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air FI Convertible; S/N VC570142217; Tuxedo Black/Red, Silver; Estimate $160,000 – $190,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – 283ci/283hp Fuel Injection, 3-speed, compass, WonderBar radio, fender skirts, dual antenna, spotlight side mirrors, power windows, power seat, power convertible top, tissue dispenser, vacuum ashtray, Continental kit, wheel covers, whitewall tires, rain sensor top actuation. – Very good paint with some light swirls. Detailed engine compartment. Very good interior. Like new top. An AACA Senior and Grand National winner still in gorgeous condition and with a top notch equipment list. – This is a marvelous ’57 Bel Air Convertible, but nothing about it authenticates its original configuration; it’s just an a beautifully restored and presented car that is wonderful to own and drive. Its price here assumes it is what it wants to be, which may be a bit of a stretch.

Lot # S80 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N F58A158187; Engine # None; Red/Red vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – 348, 4-barrel, Powerglide, no power steering or brakes, bench seat, pushbutton radio, skirts, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, radiator bug screen, windshield washer, T3 headlights. – Blank engine number pad. Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. The engine compartment is orderly and fresh. Some small trim chrome blisters and badly painted inside door cap moldings. Freshly restored but only to attractive driver standards. – Reported bid to $70,000 at Harrisburg five months ago, this sketchy Impala was even less favorably received here at Kissimmee and the consignor’s decision to keep it can be understood.

Lot # F71.1 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N F58L147331; White/Blue vinyl, tri-tone cloth inserts; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 348ci/250hp, automatic, factory air conditioning, power brakes, added front discs, dual antenna, Continental kit, fender skirts, automatic headlight dimmer, WonderBar radio, tissue dispenser. – Aged but still serviceable with paint with a few touched up areas. Good exterior brightwork with a few light scratches and a small area of light pitting on the hood trim. Good interior but there are some paint chips on the dashboard. The upholstery shows age with a few wrinkles on the driver’s seat. Light surface rust in the engine compartment. A highly optioned 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, that has remained with the same owner for 15 years. A handsome, honest driver. – The options are impressive and complement the well-preserved older restoration that adds up to a sound value at this price.

Lot # S220 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N640918; Engine # F423MO; Hugger Orange/Black vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – 427/425hp COPO 9561, automatic, power brakes, 4.11 Positraction, cowl induction, hubcaps, F70-14 Wide Tread tires. – Documented COPO. Excellent clearcoat paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment and underbody are better than new. Represented as the matching numbers engine. There’s some surface rusting on unpainted surfaces and fuel residue on the intake manifold. Very good, just showing some age and inattentive detailing for the auction. – Reported sold at Mecum’s Austin auction in 2014 for $183,600 after trying its luck at six prior 2014 Mecum sales. The result here after commission would have been $176,000, which is enough.

Lot # T224.1 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378L303543; Matador Red, White vinyl roof/Parchment vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $42,000. – 396ci/350hp, automatic, air conditioning, power front disc brakes, power steering, RS/SS package, Rally wheels, red line tires, bucket seats, center console gauges, AM radio, folding back seat. – Represented as matching numbers. Good paint with only a few small blemishes found on the cowl vents and edges of panels. The vinyl roof cover is in very good condition but it is dirty and would benefit from a detailing. The parchment interior is aged with light discoloration on the door panels and seat backs. The center console dashboard and instrument panel all appear in good condition. The engine compartment is showable. No paint chips or rust to be found. Even the exhaust manifolds look like new, but the valve covers are scratched. The exterior brightwork is good, mostly. There a few things dings in the windshield trim and scratches. The engine number isn’t readable. A reasonably well-equipped and well treated SS that would be good for local shows. – With this batch of options and drivetrain the seller was well-advised to decline this parsimonious bid. It should have brought $50,000 hammer and would still have been a good buy at that price.

Lot # F198 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N635925; Engine # T424JH; Frost Green, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – 396ci/375hp, 4-speed, power brakes, bucket seats with headrests, Rally wheels, Polyglas tires, 12-bolt rear end, Hurst shifter, AM pushbutton radio. – Very good paint but the driver’s side SS stripe has a few wrinkles. The exterior brightwork is good but there are scratches on the windshield trim and door handles. The interior is in very good condition, and the engine compartment is detailed. This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is well restored and has been modified with Winters aluminum intake and heads. – The upgraded heads and intake may add to the owner’s appeal they detract from its presentation and create uncertainty about what else may have been modified. The Kissimmee bidders responded with restrained bidding and the seller might think about finding an original intake and heads (with the upgraded items in the deal) to present this desirable Camaro in factory condition.

Lot # T225.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N631710; Cortez Silver/Black; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $45,000. – 396ci/350hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, power brakes, power steering, bucket seats, Rally wheels, Wide Oval tires, built as an SS, upgraded with RS features during the restoration. – Good paint with a few chips on the driver’s door and a few small blisters. Good interior, the seat belts are frayed and the carpets are aged but the seats, center console and dashboard appear in good condition. The engine compartment is orderly, but there are few paint chips on the intake manifold and surface rust on the master cylinder. The engine number is unreadable because of grime. An older restored driver with no representation of numbers-matching. – A faux RS without documentation of the driveline’s originality? The reported high bid is sufficient.

Lot # F247 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N684457; Engine # V0827DZ; Burgundy, White stripes/White vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $71,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $78,100. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, cowl induction, Hurst shifter, power steering and brakes, console gauges, Rally wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, Wide Tread GT tires, heater, no radio, woodgrain steering wheel. – By consensus the DZ Z/28 engine made over 400hp from the factory, a performance bargain. The clearcoat paint is very good, as is the chrome. The upholstery is recent but loosely fit on the driver’s seat cushion. The gauge lenses are fogging and the dashboard air vents are worn. The chassis and engine compartment are restored and show age but limited use. An attractive Camaro with some disturbing issues. – Attractively equipped and presented in a good looking color combination, this Z/28 would have been a better buy at the $55,000 bit it attracted at Mecum’s Harrisburg sale five months ago than at this generous price which should have bought a much better Z/28.

Lot # F168 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N518516; Burgundy, Red stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – 302ci/290hp, 4-speed, power brakes, center console gauges, Rally wheels, bucket seats with headrests, AM pushbutton radio. – The paint has a high gloss and completely covers the car but there are a few microblisters throughout as well as a few small cracks, scratches, and unsightly runs and irregularities where the rear quarter meets the trunk. Very good exterior brightwork. The interior is in very good condition other than a tear on the driver’s side door panel and armrest. The engine compartment is showable but there are a few paint chips on the engine block. A good, honest older restored first gen Z/28. – This car is represented as the only known car in Burgundy with red stripes. It’s an odd combination so it’s a believable claim, but it doesn’t necessarily make it worth any more than another Z in this condition, and this reported high bid was plenty for the car to change hands if there was money close to it.

Lot # S262 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N539713; Cortez Silver, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – 302ci/290hp, 4-speed, power brakes, M21 close ratio transmission, Rally wheels, AM pushbutton radio. – Good older paint with a few edge chips and a few blisters on the passenger’s side rear quarter. Very good exterior brightwork. Paint chips and surface rust in the engine compartment. Very good interior. An older restored Z/28 sleeper ordered without spoilers or a cowl induction hood and retaining original engine – More than enough offered here to see this car off to a new home. At Mecum Indy 2018, when it was two years fresher and worth no less, it no-saled at a $60,000 high bid.

Lot # S94.1 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 138676B156163; Marina Blue/White vinyl; White top; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 396ci/360hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, power brakes, power steering, Rally wheels, red line tires, bucket seats, and center console. – Period-correct replacement L34 engine. Very good paint with a smooth mirror like finish but there is a chipped hood edge and a few small blemishes. Very good exterior brightwork other than scratched windshield trim with an uneven fit. Clean and well restored engine compartment. Very good interior. Well restored and lightly used. – A little expensive considering the lack of its original engine, but it is a solid car otherwise and this result isn’t as expensive as the $55,000 it brought here last year. On the other hand, how does anyone know this Chevelle started out with a 396/360? There’s no documentation offered and the result is based on hope.

Lot # G245 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 138177K146539; Marina Blue/Blue vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 396/375hp L78, 4-speed, tilt steering column, AM radio, console clock, power steering, Positraction, 12-bolt rear, Rally wheels, red line tires. – Paint is well applied over straight bodywork with even, probably better than factory gaps. The door jambs were poorly prepped, with paint sprayed right over old peeling paint. Fresh chrome and brightwork, all replaced or restored. New upholstery, door panels, headliner and carpet. That said, the seat upholstery is poorly installed with wrinkles and the carpet is cut short in a few places. The dash is brand new as well but not fully screwed in, missing the side mounting screws. The dash appears to have been fully disassembled with new firewall insulation, and cleaned and detailed. All new weather stripping. Clean rust-free underbody with light undercoating. The front and rear suspension have been fully disassembled and are detailed like new with all new parts, including new exhaust, fuel tank, fuel lines and brake lines. Fresh and correct engine bay with new factory wiring throughout. While probably not professionally restored, this SS396 was restored to very high standards, minor details aside. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale last year for $51,700, a similarly fair and realistic result to this one. It’s a desirable car and with Chevelle SS 396 values depressed this is the time to buy one, especially at this price.

Lot # S103 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 138177A173042; Granada Gold, Capri Cream roof/Gold; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $59,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $64,900. – 396ci/375hp, automatic, 3.08 Positraction, air conditioning, power brakes, front disc, power steering, Rally wheels, and gold line tires. – Very good paint. Very good exterior brightwork. Very good interior. The engine compartment is neat and tidy. There are a few paint chips on the radiator, alternator bracket and water pump. The engine pad has been milled. Not exactly as it left the factory but mostly well restored. Apparently used by bootleggers to run whiskey at some point, and confiscated by the police. – The story of this car’s bootlegging days might be an interesting one, but it doesn’t necessarily add to its value. This is a fair and realistic price given the equipment, condition and colors. It sold for a much more modest $45,100 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2016.

Lot # S90.1 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136379B304874; Le Mans Blue, White side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. – 396ci/325hp, automatic, factory air conditioning, 3.07 Positraction, power brakes, power steering, Strato bucket seats, horseshoe shifter, deluxe interior, center console, SS wheels, red line tires, AM/FM radio. – Represented as matching numbers but the engine number is covered in grime and unreadable. Very good paint and brightwork. Very good interior. Light waviness on the bucket seats are the only signs of age in the interior. Chipped paint and oxidation in the engine compartment reveals the age of the restoration, but nothing is particularly bad, just aged. – This Chevelle SS 396 isn’t going to impress any Chevelle judge, but it has street cred and is likely to be delight for weekend cruising with its 3.07 rear axle. It could have brought a bit more but this result is realistic.

Lot # S94 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136379G346825; Monaco Orange, White/White vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – 396ci/350hp, 4-speed, air conditioning, upgraded 4-wheel power disc brakes, power steering, SS wheels with gold line tires, Strato buckets, center console, full instrumentation. – Not represented as matching numbers, and the engine number isn’t readable. Very good paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment reveals the age of the restoration with dull orange paint and some discoloration on the intake manifold. Body-off restored and lightly aged. – Sold here in 2011 for $46,640, then in 2015 for $36,720, this is a generous result for this equipment and condition in 2020 with no representation of the drivetrain’s originality. The Kissimmee bidders didn’t seem to see the difference, or care. Could it be that it’s a great color?

Lot # T219.1 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136379G348588; Engine # T419JD 19C3485; Garnet Red, Black side stripe, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – 396ci/375hp, 4-speed, Protect-O-Plate, 3.55 Positraction, power brakes, center console, Strato bucket seats, SS wheels, Polyglas tires, AM pushbutton radio, build sheet documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Very good paint, brightwork, and interior. The vinyl top maintains a deep rich black. The engine compartment is neat and tidy with non-factory headers. There are spots of light rust and areas of pitting on those headers, as well as a frayed battery cable sleeve. Most of the car looks like new but the engine compartment is not as well treated. – Crossed the block at Auburn Fall last September where it was reported bid to $55,000. The consignor read the tea leaves and wisely took the money here in Kissimmee.

Lot # F138 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 136679B388267; Garnet Red, White accent/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $77,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,250. – 396/325hp, 4-speed, 3.55 Positraction, power front disc brakes, power steering, bench seat with headrests, tilt steering column, SS wheels, Wide Oval tires, chambered exhaust, T3 headlights. – Very good paint and chrome, lightly scuffed stainless. The bottom of the windshield trim has three scratches, two of which are huge. Dull paint on the rear wheels. Very clean engine bay. Represented as the matching numbers drivetrain. A clean older restoration of a Chevelle represented to have 42,667 miles from new. – This is such a fine SS 396 that even at this healthy price it isn’t inconceivable for it to have attracted a few more bids without being unreasonable and why the Mecum Harrisburg bidders five months ago bid it to only $49,000 in inexplicable, although the owner’s decision to hang onto it for Kissimmee is entirely sensible and proved to be successful.

Lot # S98 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370R211292; Cortez Silver, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $79,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $86,900. – 454ci/450hp LS6, automatic, 4.10 Positraction, power brakes, power steering, deluxe interior, center console, SS wheels, Wide Oval tires, and AM pushbutton radio. – Very good paint, but there are chips on the edge of the driver’s side front quarter, and a small patch of blisters on the passenger’s side door. Good but imperfect exterior brightwork with a few dings throughout. Very good interior with the original Malibu emblemed door panels. Detailed engine compartment. Represented with the original transmission, radiator, pulleys, distributors and rear end, but not the most important part – the LS6 engine. An attractive restoration otherwise. – It would be a six-figure car if it still housed the LS6 it left the factory with, but it’s appropriately discounted here. It previously Sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2018 for $69,300 and for $85,250 at Kissimmee last year.

Lot # F143 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Convertible; S/N 136670B142595; Engine # T117CRV 188142595; Fathom Blue/Blue vinyl; White top; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $240,000. – 454ci/450hp LS6, M22 4-speed, 3.31 Positraction, power steering, power front disc brakes, bench seat with headrests, SS wheels with Wide Oval tires, documented with two build sheets. – Represented as the original engine, transmission and rear end.. Very good near flawless paint with only a tiny scratch on the passenger’s side rear quarter. Good interior. Detailed engine compartment. It lacks the usual options seen with an SS like bucket seats, center console, full instrumentation, stripes and cowl induction. It seems the original owner was only concerned about putting the power down. – This LS6 has an extensive auction history. It sold for $172,800 at Russo and Steele Monterey in 2003 and for $143,100 at Auburn Fall 2003. It also hammered sold at for $160,125 at Mecum Rockford 2004, again at a $367,500 at Mecum Rockford in 2007 where it was acquired by Dana Mecum for his personal collection and again for $397,500 at Mecum Indy 2009. Value for these cars post-Recession dipped drastically not long after that last Indy sale and haven’t fully recovered since. While this is a very good car, a $240,000 high bid for it in 2020 isn’t unreasonable when the fever for LS6 convertibles has cooled considerably.

Lot # F15.1 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E54S003349; Red/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – Siamese air filters, Powerglide, spinner wheel covers, bias ply wide whitewalls, WonderBar radio. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Soiled top. The top of the engine compartment has been quickly cleaned up, but the bottom and the frame are road grimy and haven’t been touched in years. There are stone chips on the nose. Cracked rear license plate cover. Doors drop. A superficial old cosmetic restoration that hasn’t aged well. – Sold by Mecum at Houston nine months ago for exactly the same price as here in Kissimmee. It made a turn at Mecum’s Indy sale last May but was bid to only $60,000 and didn’t sell. Considering its neglected condition the seller was fortunate to get out from under it in this transaction. The new owner paid a premium price for a less-than-premium Corvette.

Lot # S74 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 10867S103055; Engine # 1103055 F1014CU; Tuxedo Black, Silver coves/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,100. – 283/270hp dual quads, 4-speed, Alpine CD stereo, spinner wheel covers, whitewall tires. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Sound older repaint with minor scuffs. Fair chrome, Sound interior. The engine compartment was redone to driver standards, as was the chassis. A usable but indifferent quality driver. – An appealing combination of colors and drivetrain, but not so appealing in condition, all of which are recognized in this appropriate bid that could have been taken without regret.

Lot # T222 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 10867S110807; Jewel Blue, White coves/Blue; White top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $77,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $84,700. – 283ci/230hp, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, powered antenna, wheel covers and whitewall tires. – Very good paint, but there is a light run on the nose and a blemish near the driver’s side headlight. Excellent exterior brightwork. Very good interior but there is peeled paint on the driver’s side door jamb. The engine compartment is detailed. There is overspray on the whitewall tires, from the wheels being painted with the tires mounted. That was a questionable decision, but this looks like a great car otherwise, body-off restored a while ago. – A great car, yes, but this price might have bought a better one or a ’61 with a better than base engine. While not quite over the top, it’s expensive.

Lot # S191 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S100101; Engine # J112613 F0907RB; Daytona Blue/Dark Blue vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – 327/300hp factory modified, “Test Lab 61” with FI heads, 6 quart oil pan, experimental intake manifold with a Carter AFB carburetor, pushbutton radio, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers. – Represented as original paint but it’s been sloppily repainted long ago with overspray everywhere, then clearcoated. Scratched, blistered, orange peely. Pulled driver’s seat upholstery. Road grimy chassis and engine compartment. Scratched bumpers. Cracked windshield. Vinyl wrapped steering wheel. Tired is a modest description. – Described as “a fascinating artifact”, this Corvette hasn’t been treated like an artifact but rather driven hard and put away wet. Its history may warrant a premium but its condition warrants caution and the reported high bid here balances those two considerations. It will take a dedicated Corvette historian to appreciate its story.

Lot # T160 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S117414; Sebring Silver/Black vinyl; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. – 327/300hp, 4-speed AM/FM radio, dash clock, power steering, centerlock alloy wheels, Positraction. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Fresh top to bottom, and the interior even smells like a new car. The silver paint was flawlessly applied and polished to a deep luster. All chrome and brightwork has been restored. The engine bay is detailed to factory condition minus concours markings and part tags. A gorgeous car with no needs that could be driven casually and showed occasionally. – This is an outstanding Corvette done to consistently high standards and it brought a generous price even among the sea of over 300 Corvettes in Kissimmee. It deserved to stand out, and it did.

Lot # S203.1 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194675S113904; Engine # 6113904 0322HH; Nassau Blue, Nassau Blue hardtop/White leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000. – 327/365hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, alloy centerlock wheels, non-DOT narrow whitewall tires, woodrim steering wheel, two tops. – Represented as the original engine. Good original paint and chrome. Good original leather with some surface creases to prove it’s leather. An impressively preserved, maintained and detailed original and unrestored Corvette with just 14,220 miles. Ex-Chip Miller. The engine compartment is aged and disappointing however. – It is pointless to recount the numerous times this Corvette has crossed a Mecum auction block except to note that all of them have been no-sales and that the high bid here is reasonable for its originality and condition, particularly under the hood.

Lot # S104.1 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194675S103292; Engine # F1109HN 5103292; Nassau Blue/White; White top; Estimate $85,000 – $110,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $91,300. – 327ci/375hp Fuelie, 4-speed, off road exhaust, power brakes, powered antenna, teakwood steering wheel, centerlock wheels with narrow whitewall tires. – Very good smooth mirror like paint but there is a small rock chip on the driver’s side headlamp housing, and a slight run on the passenger’s side door. The interior is in very good condition. Immaculate engine compartment. The top is in very good condition. Represented as matching numbers and meticulously restored. – After just 771 fuel injected Corvettes sold in 1965, Chevrolet discontinued the option, going to high output 4-barrels on small block Corvettes in 1966. This one sold here last year for $100,100, which seems like a fairer result given the car’s excellent equipment, condition and colors. This is a good value.

Lot # S91 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194675S121875; Engine # 5121875 F0702HT; Milano Maroon/Black; Black top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 327ci/350hp, 4-speed, power antenna, knock off wheels, and gold line tires. – Good, smooth paint with a few scratches on the driver’s side and a blemish on the passenger’s front quarter. Very good exterior brightwork. Very good interior. Good engine compartment with only light oxidation on a few components. Matching numbers drivetrain and represented as an NCRS Top Flight winning body-off restoration. It’s a great car, just showing its age a little bit. – This restoration still has a lot of life and enjoyment left in it. This price might have ordinarily bought a slightly fresher car with the same equipment, but it’s not an outrageous number.

Lot # F278 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S120586; Engine # T421IL 6120586; Rally Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – 427/390hp, 4-speed, AM-FM radio, centerlock alloy wheels, power antenna, red line tires. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Scratched old repaint, bad door fits that have worn into the fiberglass rear jambs. Dirty engine compartment and superficially cleaned underbody for the auction. Grungy frame and chassis. Chipped nose. Sound more recent upholstery. Dull gauges. A sad and neglected Corvette. – The Kissimmee bidders rendered a spot-on accurate evaluation of the value of this neglected Corvette and the consignor would have been wise to accept their judgment and take the money.

Lot # S216 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S105705; Engine # T1029IP 6105705; Maroon, Maroon hardtop/Saddle leather; Beige vinyl top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, teakwood steering wheel, spinner hubcaps, gold line tires, AM-FM radio, power windows and antenna, side exhausts – Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight. Very good older paint now showing some tiny blisters and chips on both front fenders. Sound surface cracked original upholstery. Orderly, clean engine compartment showing age but little use. Same for the chassis. A quality older restoration now mellowed to excellent driver condition. – Overlooked at an absurd $40,000 on the block, but closed post-block with this modest result.

Lot # T225 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 19467S109248; Nassau Blue/Blue; White top; Estimate $85,000 – $100,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,000. – 427ci/425hp L72, 4-speed, power steering, side exhaust, power antenna, headrests, centerlock wheels, transistor ignition, gold line tires, Protect-O-Plate, window sticker. – A recent restoration in excellent condition. The only flaws are dull spots on the air cleaner. Originally a 327ci/350hp car. – It’s not what it wanted to be and swapping the heavy 427 into an originally 327-powered Corvette is not to be undertaken lightly or without careful and thorough attention to all the heavyweight and heavy duty details. The bidders were right to be conservative approaching this upgraded Corvette, especially since it shows only 13 miles, not enough to shake it down thoroughly.

Lot # S190 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S107573; Engine # 7101573 V1216HT; Lyndale Blue/Dark Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $125,000 – $135,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – 327/350hp, 4-speed, 3.70 Positraction, AM-FM, alloy wheels, red line Michelin radial tires, telescopic steering column, tank sticker documented. – Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight, represented as the numbers-matching engine, transmission and rear axle. Unique color combination. Good older repaint with some scuffing and dull rear deck. Special order paint combination. A clean, well-preserved older restoration with boxes of documentation. – It’s curious that, even among the over 300 Corvettes at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction, this singular Corvette convertible didn’t attract more notice but it’s a not much surprise that the seller decided not to part with it at the reported high bid.

Lot # F282 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S100696; Sunfire Yellow, Black stinger/Black; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. – 427ci/390hp, 4-speed, side exhaust, hardtop, Rally wheels with red line tires, AM/FM radio, original window sticker documented. – Represented as matching numbers and with NCRS Top Flight. Good paint for the most part, but there are microblisters on the driver’s side front quarter and runs in the rear. Very good chrome, brightwork and interior. Adequate engine compartment with a few paint chips. The auxiliary top has a few scratches in the trim. The passenger’s side door is mounted too high and is catching the weather stripping on the auxiliary top. An attractive, well-equipped and well-restored big-block ’67 done a while ago. – The restoration on this car is aged, but given its powertrain and the premiums added for a hardtop and side exhaust, it deserves more than this reported high bid.

Lot # S234 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S115309; Sunfire Yellow, Black stinger/Black vinyl; Black top; Estimate $150,000 – $175,000; Facsimile restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 427ci/430hp L88 upgrade, M22 4-speed, power brakes, side exhaust, radio and heater delete, transistor ignition, heavy duty brakes, F-41 suspension and finned spinner wheels. – L88 clone, originally an L36 with an M21 4-speed upgraded early by Tom Hill, Corvette engineer with this L88 engine in 2017. Nice try. Very good paint. Lightly pitted door handles and window vent trim. A small patch of pitted and chipped chrome on the passenger’s side rear bumper, and deep scratches on the front bumper. Detailed engine compartment. Very good interior. A mostly well and seemingly correctly done faux L88 with the performance of the real thing for a tiny fraction of the price. – Not what it wants to be, and not fooling anyone at Kissimmee, this is an irrelevant Corvette.

Lot # S276 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S102039; Red, Black stinger/Black leather; Black top; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $37,500. – 327/350hp L79, 4-speed, 3.55 Positraction, side exhaust, two tops. – The paint looks good from a distance, but up close several deep scratches and paint chips can be seen. The scratches are located on the hood, the top right quarter panel near the hood and the driver’s door above the door handle. The brightwork bares some scratches and lost a bit of luster. The interior is clean and in good condition. The leather seats show wear consistent with being comfortably broken in. Represented as matching numbers but with little else in the way of documentation or history. – Sold here a year ago for $55,000 and rather lost among the 300+ Corvettes here at Kissimmee, an indifferent quality car in a sea of choices, many of them much better. The consignor wasn’t wrong in declining this bottom-feeder offer, but could improve the chance of selling by putting a little more effort into auction preparation.

Lot # S122 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194377S114881; Marlboro Maroon, Black stinger/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $110,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – 427/390hp, 4-speed, 3.36 Positraction, Rally wheels with hub caps and trim rings, Silvertown narrow whitewalls, dash clock, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, woodgrain steering wheel, original jack and spare, tank sticker documented. – 49,237 miles, unrestored. Pitted, surface-rusty wheels. Newer tires. Faded, mostly original paint with cracks and crazing and scratches throughout. Appears to have been clearcoated for preservation but that, too, is failing. Good, mostly original interior with newer upholstery. Good newer chrome. Tidy and original underneath. Bloomington Gold Survivor in 2007. Sympathetically kept and maintained to keep its original presentation but not 100 percent original. – Bloomington Gold Survivor recognition is a double-edged sword. On one hand it gives the owner and prospective owners confidence in the condition and quality of the car. On the other, however, it places a premium on preservation and imparts no small risk to driving it. This Survivor sold at Gooding’s Amelia Island auction in 2016 for $83,600. It’s added just nine (yes, “9”) miles to the odometer since then and without even taking account its preservation and judging it is worth well more than the reported high bid here which wouldn’t buy a decent driver quality 327/300hp coupe.

Lot # S295 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194677S106615; Engine # CF365452; Goodwood Green, Black stinger/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. – 427/435hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, alloy wheels, red line tires, side exhausts, aluminum radiator. – Replacement engine block. Good older paint, wrinkled upholstery. Good dash and gauges. Orderly engine compartment, frame and underbody. A sound, attractive and usable car but without representation of the correctness of its configuration. – When the car card says “year correct carburetor, intake and cylinder heads” and “period correct Goodwood Green paint” yellow flags are flying and confirmed by the non-conforming engine block number. It might be a fun driver, but do all the pieces go together? The uncertainty is reflected in this car’s auction history: after several appearances 2014-2016 it was reported sold at Mecum Indy in 2017 for $122,100 and Dallas in 2018 for $154,000 before falling back to earth with a thud here in this transaction.

Lot # S235 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194677S109269; Goodwood Green, White stinger/Black; Black top; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – 427ci/435hp L71, 4-speed, power brakes, power steering, side exhaust, power windows, headrests, stinger hood, AM/FM pushbutton radio, Rally wheels, and red line tires. – Very good paint other than a light run and a wrinkle on the driver’s side door. Very good exterior brightwork. Very good interior. A clean and tidy engine compartment with surface rust on a few bolts and on the fuel line but still in a showable condition. An NCRS Top Flight award winner with show quality paint. – Nowhere in this description is any mention of “numbers-matching” or “original engine”, omissions that doom this otherwise beautifully restored and presented car to the periphery of collectability. It deserved to be shunned among the plentiful choice of over 300 Corvettes offered in Kissimmee.

Lot # F233 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III Coupe; S/N 194379S725819; Engine # T708LR; Metallic Gold, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – 427/435hp L71 with Edelbrock intake and Holley four-barrel, M21 4-speed, factory side exhaust, cowl induction hood, tilt and telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio, tilt steering column, aftermarket alloy wheels, extended nose with fixed headlights, hood scoop, tee tops. – Represented as matching numbers and “believed to be 46,236 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. – This Baldwin Motion Corvette established its benchmark value at Barrett-Jackson in 2005 where it sold for a reported $226,800. After a pair of no-sales at Mecum Kissimmee and Indy in 2014 it changed hands at Kissimmee in 2018 for $104,500 and at Harrisburg last year for $115,500 ($105,000 hammer). Its result here isn’t surprising for a car that appeals to a limited audience who don’t mind (let alone appreciate) its voluptuous styling and gew gaws.

Lot # S199 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N E57S105868; Engine # F624EL; Venetian Red/Red vinyl; Beige vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – 283/283hp, 4-speed, radio and heater delete, hubcaps, 6.70-15 bias ply blackwall tires, RPO 684 suspension, 4.11 Positraction, off-road exhaust. – Very good paint, upholstery, top and gauges but erratic chrome. Scuffed stainless door caps. Pimply grille surround. Dusty old engine compartment, dull aluminum. Cracked windshield seal. A quality old restoration, with the emphasis on old. – Offered at Atlantic City in 2004 fresh from restoration where it was reported bid to $77,500. After several Mecum auction appearances it finally sold at Kissimmee in 2014 for $116,100 and it hasn’t led a good or easy life since which makes the reported high bid here look sensible.

Lot # F137 1958 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N J58S104072; Regal Turquoise, White coves/Charcoal vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. – 283/250hp fuel injection, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, bias ply whitewalls, power windows. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Very good fresh clearcoat paint, interior and good-fitting top. Freshly restored with better than new cosmetics. The underbody is similarly better than new. The chrome is fresh but some trim is scuffed. No judging mentioned, but ready for NCRS. – This really is an outstanding Corvette and its less desirable hydraulic lifter 250hp FI powerplant is more than offset by the quality of its presentation and the attractive colors which brought it a deserved premium price.

Lot # F163 1959 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N J59S106299; Engine # F306CS; Roman Red/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $130,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000. – 283/290hp fuel injection, 4-speed, radio and heater delete, spinner wheel covers, 6.70-15 bias ply blackwall tires 4.11 Positraction, jack, tools, spare, owner’s manual, T3 headlights. – 2009 NCRS Top Flight and still in show car condition with very good paint let down by an edge chipped fuel filler door. The chrome is showing some age and deterioration but for the most part is exceptionally bright. Pristine upholstery, top and bright, crisp gauges. The engine compartment is tidy but has some fluid residue and minor paint loss. No longer Top Flight, but still gorgeous. – Sold for $118,250 at Mecum’s Houston auction in 2016, then several inconclusive trips across auction blocks in 2018 and still inconclusive here at Kissimmee to kick off 2020. It’s worth low 6-figures, but probably not the $130,000 low estimate.

Lot # S233 1962 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 20867S106498; Engine # 106498 F0122RF; Red, Red hardtop/Black vinyl; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. – 327/360hp, 4-speed, hardtop only, hubcaps, Firestone tires, heater, no radio, RPO 488 24-gallon tank, RPO 687 brakes and steering with the brake scoops in the trunk as they were delivered in 1962. – Restored in 1996 and still looks fresh outside and inside. The engine compartment is orderly but aged with some surface corrosion. The chassis was like new and shows no miles, only time. NCRS Top Flight in 1997 and looks like it has barely turned a wheel since then. – Whatever the Kissimmee bidders saw that they didn’t like about this Corvette, other than some easily reversed aging, totally escaped me. This is at least a six-figure bid Corvette, bought for (barely) five-figures and a solid value.

Lot # S177 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible; S/N 194677S109097; Black, Blue stinger, Black hardtop/Black vinyl; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,800,000. – 427/600hp, M-22 4-speed, F41 suspension, Positraction, J56 brakes, Protect-o-Plate, side exhausts, alloy wheels, blue line tires, radio and heater delete, hardtop only. – Tony DeLorenzo’s 1967-68 SCCA race car, second to Dick Smith’s Cobra 427 in the 1967 Runoffs. Numbers-matching throughout, Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight after an earlier restoration. Twice restored since 2002, once to as-raced condition for the 2003 Monterey Historics where it was driven by DeLorenzo and again in 2006 in its current as-delivered street configuration. One of 14 ’67 L88s believed to survive. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Not fresh and showing some miles since 2010. – Back in 2010 Mecum reported selling this car for $1,325,000 at Monterey and the reported high bid here is reasonable, even if it’s not acceptable to the consignor.

Lot # F145 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible; S/N 194678S428358; Tuxedo Black, Black vinyl hardtop/Black vinyl; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $350,000. – 427/430hp L88, 4-speed, Rally wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, Goodyear Speedway F70-15 tires, heater, radio delete, woodgrain steering wheel. – Great paint and chrome. Wrinkled upholstery. Restored like new with awards to show for it: Bloomington Gold, Special Collection, Hall of Fame, NCRS Top Flight, MCACN Triple Diamond. Tank sticker documented, matching numbers engine – Despite being heavily promoted by Mecum this pristine L88 Convertible failed to catch on with the Kissimmee bidders and it deserved to bring much closer to the pre-sale $450,000 estimate.

Lot # S180 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 30837S120377; Engine # 3120377 F0604RF; Red, White stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $475,000 – $495,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $380,000. – 327/360hp fuel injection Z06 package, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, 3.70 Positraction, power brakes, AM-FM radio, dash clock. – Bloomington Gold Benchmark and Survivor awards in 2013. NCRS Top Flight. Represented as unrestored. With the original owner for 43 years. Full documentation and with the (clearcoated) original paint, glass, interior and drivetrain. Some small scratches and chips on the nose and sloppy masking of the painted stripes. Remarkably good chrome and brightwork. Original engine bay has been thoroughly cleaned up and is both complete and correct. Remarkably good interior. Looks like a car a tenth its age. – By any standard including presentation, preservation, equipment and awards this is a totally impressive Corvette. Seven years ago it sold here at Kissimmee for $328,600 and declined to accept a reported $525,000 high bid here in 2017. The reported bid here may be low, but it’s closer to real than the pre-sale low estimate of $475,000.

Lot # K294 1968 Chevrolet Impala 427 Convertible; S/N 164678C106806; White/Ivy Gold vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 427/385hp L36, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, factory AM/FM radio, power top, tachometer, dash clock, bucket seats with console, Rallye wheels, Firestone red line bias ply tires. – Body-off restored with very good paint and straight bodywork. Restored and polished brightwork. The white convertible top is well installed with no wrinkles or puckers and the top frame has been painted and restored. The chassis has been completely restored and fully detailed with new brake and fuel lines, correct factory dual exhaust and is showroom fresh. The interior has been given the same full restoration treatment. All new seat upholstery, carpet and door panels. The dash is detailed and restored to factory correct with chrome accents. Under the hood the engine is documented numbers matching and completely detailed down to correct part numbers on the hoses, R59 battery, date coded plug wires, factory crayon markings and paint dabs. Fully loaded and looks just like the day it left the plant. – This car was at Russo and Steele Monterey 2010 and sold for $68,750, then sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2011 for $49,500. Its restoration has held up very well since then, a fact fully recognized by the folks in Kissimmee with this realistic reported high bid.

Lot # F242 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop Bubble Top; S/N 11837J266981; Engine # Illegible; Honduras Maroon, White accent/Grey, White vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. – 409/360hp, 4-speed, factory shifter, bench seat, power brakes and steering, heater, no radio, spinner wheel covers, 8.00-14 bias ply narrow whitewalls, T3 headlights. – Polishing scuffed clearcoat paint with some light orange peel and dust inclusions. Generally good chrome and aluminum trim. Good upholstery. The chassis and underbody are nearly like new, as is the engine compartment. Not fresh by a long shot, but sound and usable. – Sold here in 2017 for $115,500, it’s been searching the ranks of Mecum bidders for a new owner ever since and The Bid Goes On after Kissimmee 2020. It’s time to let it go.

Lot # F101 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 21847A158150; Engine # T214QB; Tuxedo Black/Blue; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – 409ci/409hp, 4-speed, dual exhaust, steering column tachometer, bucket seats, center console, AM pushbutton radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewall tires. – Very good paint and exterior brightwork. Nearly flawless glass. Very good interior, the only sign of wear is a scratch on the chrome trim on the passenger’s seat back. A well restored 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS with excellent paint and exterior brightwork, a detailed engine compartment and, a near flawless interior. – The trouble with this 409/409 is that nowhere does it claim to have started life as a 409. The block stamping is appropriate for the present configuration. It was bid to $65,000 at Mecum’s Indy sale eight months ago and no one is bidding as if they believe it’s an as-built 409/409.

Lot # S157 1994 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR; S/N 1; Black, Silver “Goodwrench”/Black; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – 358 cid, 4-barrel, 4-speed, full period NASCAR equipment. – Race used. Cracked, chipped old paint, Torn driver’s seat upholstery. Dirty underbody. Used and not very pretty. – The description of this Lumina carefully avoids stating it is, in fact, an ex-Dale Earnhardt race car, and even skirts its provenance as RCR-built, instead saying only that it “comes complete with an ‘RCR Enterprises Car #1’ dash plaque.” The price, however, seems to accept it as a genuine RCR and Dale Earnhardt NASCAR and is generous for the sketchy attribution.

Lot # F226 1968 Chevrolet Nova Coupe; S/N 114278W331441; Engine # 18W331441 V0411FP; Matador Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $52,000. – 327ci/325hp L79, 4-speed, power brakes, power steering, AIR smog system, split bench seat, AM/FM radio, red wheels with dog dish hubcaps, red line tires, partial build sheet documented. – A relatively unusual non-SS Nova fitted optioned with a matching numbers L79. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Represented as one of 1,274 built and as a California black plate car. Well restored to appropriate standards for what it is. – This car went home unsold at a $40,000 high bid at Mecum Harrisburg last year, which was fair enough, but this reported high bid is plenty unless the seller really likes the idea of a high performance 4-speed L79 Nova and can’t be dissuaded by repeated expressions of value from bidders.

Lot # S92 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS Coupe; S/N 114279W367769; Engine # 19W367769 V1120HB; Garnet Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. – 350ci/300hp, M20 4-speed, power brakes, power steering, bucket seats with headrests, SS wheels, Wide Oval tires, and upgraded pushbutton radio, original build sheet documented. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine. A scratch and some runs on the rear of the car and a buff through on the passenger’s side C-Pillar. Otherwise very good paint. Very good brightwork other than scratched headlight surrounds. Detailed engine compartment. Very good interior. A well restored, well-equipped Nova SS with light age to the paint but little else to critique. – This is a potentially delightful and moderately priced performance Chevrolet. The underpinnings of the chassis are essentially the same as Camaros. The seating position is commanding. No one much cares, but for a few a Nova SS like this with a 4-speed is a special treat that costs half or less what a comparable Camaro SS would. This result is sensible, but has hidden value.

Lot # S131 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS Coupe; S/N 114270W217635; Cranberry Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. – 396ci/375hp, 4-speed, power brakes, Positraction, SS wheels, Wide Oval tires, bench seat with headrests, and AM pushbutton radio, GM Canada documentation. – Very good paint and brightwork. Detailed and well restored engine compartment and interior. Clean and well restored underbody. An exceptionally restored 1970 Chevrolet Nova with AACA First place, Senior, and Grand National awards. – This Nova ticks all the right boxes. It’s thoroughly restored, it’s a 4-speed L78, and it’s bright red. Sold at the top of its estimate range and at the very top of the market for Novas, and deservedly so.

Lot # W8 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth Coupe; S/N 1V77E5U221217; Black, Gold/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500. – AM Radio, rear defrost, aluminum wheels. – This car appears to hail from the East Coast subtly adorned with Lime Rock and Watkins Glen race track window stickers, but has clearly never seen an East Coast winter and was garage kept. The original black finish still adorns the car, but there are some dime sized chips in the driver’s front fender and door and a burn through spot on the rear deck from overzealous polishing. That said, the paint still presents well with a nice shine and the contrasting gold pinstripes. The underbody is rust free and unrestored with a little dealer rust proofing left but mostly bare metal. A new exhaust has been installed but it still rides on the original GM HD spiral shocks. The black vinyl interior is completely original with a small tear in the driver’s seat and the carpet is slightly faded but it has held up quite well and the factory floor mats are still in place in this well cared for interior. The engine compartment is clean but not detailed, and the fuel injection has been replaced with two Weber carburetors. The seller has all the original fuel injection parts tagged and included with all the factory service manuals to returning the induction back to stock. Well-preserved but a little rough around the edges. – While quick in their day and not bad to look at, Cosworth Vegas don’t have much of a following and can still be had all day at entry-level prices. This one flew even further under the radar and while it has its issues, it’s a better car than the price it brought here.

Lot # F179 1955 Chrysler Ghia ST Special 2-Dr. Hardtop, Body by Ghia; S/N N558768; Copper, Cream roof/Gold, Cream leather; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $375,000. – 331/250hp Hemi, automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, Town and Country radio, power windows, Marchal headlights and fog lights. – The last collaboration between Virgil Exner and Ghia. One of four built. Exhibited at the Turin Motor Show in 1955. Restored in 2014. Tiny but serious chip in the right side of the windshield and very light discoloration on the driver’s seat, other than that the paint, chrome, interior and engine bay are excellent. A significant, gorgeous and rare Italo-American hybrid one of four built in this style, displayed at the Turin Motor Show in 1955. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2018 for $527,500 with four (that’s 4) more miles today than it had then. It’s a special car, but the design is dated as well as being bloated by the dimensions of the Chrysler chassis and drivetrain it has to cover. The roofline is designed for people who wear hats. It has been beautifully restored and maintained and good luck to the seller in finding someone who appreciates it.

Lot # F221 1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible; S/N 7410754; Noel Green, Varnished wood trim/Saddle leatherette; Beige cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. – 324/135hp, Fluid Drive, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, wide whitewall tires, grille guard. – Sound paint, chrome and interior. Wood has been recently revarnished and is bright and liquid but has obvious old water damage and staining. Weak trim chrome. Dirty underbody shows use. The engine compartment is orderly but the engine has a rear main bearing leak to judge from the puddle underneath it. A sound but aged T&C. – Reported sold at the Dragones’ Westport auction in 2013 for $79,200, then at Mecum Kissimmee in 2014 for $69,120. It’s not getting better with age, nor is its perception of value although even this result suggests the bidders didn’t see the puddle under it and overlooked the work it obviously needs.

Lot # K54 1923 Citroen 5CV Torpedo Cul de Poule; S/N 5130; Yellow, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $10,000 – $15,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200. – 856cc/7.5 taxable hp, 3-speed, black disc wheels, 3.50-4.00×19 tires, folding windshield, 1999 British tax disc, Marchal headlights, diver’s helmet taillights, boattail 2-seater body. – Old driver quality paint with numerous chips and cracks. Worn old top. Tidy frame. Used but maintained and complete engine bay with its little side-valve four that looks like it could almost fit in the palm of your hand. An adorable little car with a neat ducktail rear not visible in the photo. – Mecum sold this cute little Cul de Poule (“Mixing Bowl” according to Google Translates) torpedo at Las Vegas in November 2018 for $19,800. It tried to sell it here a year ago but the bid went only to $19,000 and the Citroen went home with its seller. It reappeared here this year with a much more reasonable pre-sale estimate of $10,000-$15,000 and found a new home at the midpoint. Sometimes it takes a little disappointment to communicate harsh reality and the new owner got a tiny little weekend driver for a reasonable price.

Lot # F118 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible; S/N JS27N0B212637; Plum Crazy, White side stripes/White vinyl; White top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $129,250. – 383ci/330hp, automatic, Slap Stick shifter, factory air conditioning with upgraded compressor, power steering, AM radio with 8-track, Rallye Gauges, Rallye wheels with Polyglas tires, luggage rack, sport hood with lock down pins. – Very good paint with only a few microblisters on the hood vents. Almost flawless exterior brightwork other than some faint pitting on the luggage rack. Very good interior and a detailed engine compartment. A well restored 1970 Charger Convertible in its factory correct Plum Crazy paint. Also featured in “Mopar Magazine” in May of 2003, and is powered by a matching numbers 383ci Magnum engine. – This well-optioned Challenger convertible hammered not sold at a $75,000 high bid at Kissimmee 2017. That seemed like an adequate bid at the time, but it was yet another home run for a brightly colored, loaded classic Mopar in Kissimmee and it’s hard to imagine it selling for more elsewhere.

Lot # F116 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23N1B193978; Citron Yella, White vinyl roof/White vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – 383ci/300, automatic, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power sunroof, power windows, color keyed mirrors, sport hood with lockdown pins, rear quarter vents, rear window defogger, Rallye Gauges, AM/FM radio with 8-track and Dictaphone, Polyglas tires. – Represented as one of 31 cars with the sunroof. Glossy paint but there are light surface scratches on the hood and a crack in the paint near the roof vinyl. Very good interior. The tinted windshield is delaminating on the driver’s side corner. There are light scratches on the otherwise good exterior brightwork. The headliner is separating where it meets the sunroof trim. The engine compartment shows some age but is still showable. This 1971 Dodge Challenger is highly optioned in its factory correct Citron Yellow and is well restored. – It would be extremely difficult to find another Challenger with this combination of options. Being a fully loaded car more than made for its few flaws in the bidders’ eyes and resulted in another monumental price for a Mopar muscle car out of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum collection.

Lot # F27 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23V1B281507; Plum Crazy, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 440/385hp Six Pack, automatic, power steering, power brakes, AM radio, rear seat speaker, color-keyed mirrors, rear window slats, rear spoiler, Rallye wheels, Polyglas GT tires. – Very good paint, chrome and interior as well as a fully restored and detailed engine bay. There are a few scratches on the driver’s side window, but otherwise a well-restored and stylishly appointed ’71 Challenger. – Reported sold for $99,000 at Mecum Dallas last September. This result is quite a bit more modest but it is more realistic, although given the otherwise very strong Mopar sales in Kissimmee this year, this was a bit of a surprise.

Lot # F169 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23R0B339366; Plum Crazy, Black stripe, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $285,000 – $350,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $275,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $302,500. – 426ci/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, power brakes, power steering, Super Track Pak, shaker hood with lock down pins, Rallye gauges, AM pushbutton radio, purple wheels with hub caps and Polyglas tires, original broadcast sheet documented. – Very good paint and brightwork. The engine compartment is detailed. There are a few scratches on the steering wheel but otherwise the interior is in very good condition. The black vinyl top is also in very good condition. The passenger’s side window has a few long scratches. This 1970 Dodge Challenger is well restored has been featured in “Muscle Car Review” magazine. Desirably equipped and finished, and restored to essentially like-new condition a few years ago. – Sold for a healthy but deserved price of $319,000 here in 2016 and for $264,000 at Mecum Indy 2018. This result is based upon an esoteric claim that it is one of 5 Hemi Challenger R/Ts known to exist with a 4-speed, Shaker hood and Super Track Pack, all well and good. The Hemi Challenger market hasn’t been noted for its strength in the last four years and this result is optimistic.

Lot # F185 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23R0B247515; Plum Crazy/Black vinyl; Estimate $185,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $235,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $258,500. – 426ci/425hp, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, power brakes, Super Track Pack, 4.10 Sure Grip, Rallye wheels, Polyglas tires, Rally gauges, AM/FM radio, stripe delete, broadcast sheet documented. – Represented as matching numbers drivetrain and 40,671 miles. Very good paint. Decent but lightly scratched brightwork. Very good interior represented as original. Scratched windows. Detailed and well restored engine compartment. Represented as of only 137 426ci Hemi 1970 Dodge Challengers with a 4-speed, and in mostly very good restored condition with sympathetically preserved upholstery. – An appealing car with excellent equipment, it brought a price that is appealing to its seller here in Kissimmee. It’s not out of line, just optimistic.

Lot # S184 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29L9B390018; White, Red tail band/Red vinyl; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $315,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $346,500. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, red line tires, Magnum wheels with trim rings, power steering, console, Tic Toc Tach, broadcast sheet documented. – Represented as matching numbers. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Flat panels and even gaps. One small 1 inch scrape on the left sail panel but otherwise pristine. Many concours and specialist show awards and feature articles. Known history since 1972. Tony D’Agostino Collection. – There are many Road Runner Superbirds but only a few Charger Daytonas and thus the significant difference in values. A matching numbers 440/375 Superbird in exceptional condition like this is a $200,000 car and while this result is noteworthy it only highlights the rarity of the outwardly similar but exceptional Charger Daytona. This is a big price, but it bought a big car.

Lot # S227 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29L9B414664; Bright Red, Black tail band and wing/Black vinyl; Estimate $265,000 – $300,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $280,500. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, 3.55 Sure Grip, power front disc brakes, power steering, hubcaps, red line tires, woodgrain steering wheel, pushbutton radio, buckets and console, factory gauges, documented with copies of the broadcast sheet and window sticker. – Represented as the matching numbers drivetrain. Excellent paint, flat panels, even gaps, excellent nose cone fit. Very good original upholstery and chrome. Impressively restored and maintained. – Sold at a realistic price that recognizes the Daytona’s rarity and audacious appearance as well as the big block Magnum engine under the hood. This example is about as good as it gets, and so is the price it brought.

Lot # F112 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XS29V0G258205; Panther Pink, White vinyl roof/Black, houndstooth cloth; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $185,000. – 440ci/390hp Six Pack, automatic, power steering, power front disc brakes, AM pushbutton radio, Polyglas tires, buckets and console, three broadcast sheets for documentation. – Good paint, but there are surface scratches and microblisters on the hood and front fenders. The exterior brightwork is good other than the front bumper which is covered in scratches and a small area of pitting on the driver’s side window vent. The vinyl top is adequate with some light discoloration. The interior is in very good condition. The engine compartment is detailed. An older restored Charger with a desirable combination of rare colors, several comfort options and a desirable powertrain. – This Panther Pink Charger R/T Six Pack would be an acquired taste for a special collector of Mopar special colors although the car card claims there were two built like it. Since it was bid to $10,000 over its low estimate there must have been at least two like-minded collectors in attendance and why it didn’t sell is open to question. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see it turn up at more Mecum auctions in the near future.

Lot # F115 1971 Dodge Charger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WS23U1A155556; Citron Yella, White vinyl roof/White vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,750. – 440ci/370hp, automatic, power brakes, power steering, power windows, hideaway headlights, color-keyed mirrors, radio delete, interior hood release, Polyglas tires, broadcast sheet documented. From the Tim Wellborn Museum collection. – Very good paint and exterior brightwork. The vinyl roof cover and interior are in very good condition. The engine compartment is detailed. A well restored 1971 Dodge Charger R/T featuring its factory correct GY3 Citron Yella paint, sleek hideaway headlights and powerful numbers-matching 440ci Magnum engine. – Another well-restored, brightly painted Mopar with interesting options out of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum collection that sold for a deserved top-dollar price.

Lot # F113 1971 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WS23R1A144453; Hemi Orange, White vinyl roof/White vinyl; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000. – 426ci/425hp Hemi, automatic, Super Track Pack, air grabber hood, power brakes, power steering, power sunroof, power windows, Rallye wheels, color-keyed mirrors, AM/FM pushbutton radio, spoilers, hood pins. From the Tim Wellborn Museum. – Represented as one of two Hemi Charger R/Ts with a power sunroof and as the most highly optioned ’71 Hemi Charger known to exist. Featured in numerous books and magazines. 35,374 miles. Good paint with the exception of a few touched up chipped door edges, and scratches on the front bumper. Good exterior brightwork with a few light scratches. Very good original interior. The vinyl roof is in good condition. The engine compartment is in a condition that matches the age and mileage of the restoration. Mostly original other than a repaint but very well-maintained. It’s a well-known car that ticks almost all the right Hemi Mopar boxes. Maybe the only way it would be more desirable is if it were a 4-speed. – The combination of options, colors and preservation were just the right mix for this car. Its price is extraordinary (but not as extraordinary as the $375,000 it was reported bid to here in 2015), but enough of the Mopar folks in Kissimmee with deep enough pockets could tell what a singular opportunity this Charger represented. The estimate is generous but the price it brought is realistic.

Lot # T201 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WM23V0A184037; Plum Crazy Purple/Black vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900. – 440/390hp Six Pack, automatic, Rallye wheels with trim rings, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, power steering and brakes, Ramcharger hood, 3.71 Dana Sure Grip axle, bucket seats, no console. – Very good unblemished clearcoat paint, interior and chrome. The frame and suspension have been painted assembled. There is some water staining at the base of the windshield. Thoughtfully cosmetically restored, carefully preserved and represented as the matching numbers engine. – Sold by Worldwide at Hilton Head in 2006 for $88,000, by Mecum at Kissimmee in 2011 for $47,700, then last year for $62,700. Bid to $57,000 on the block, but later reported sold for this modest all-in price.

Lot # S52 1947 Dodge WC Pickup; S/N 81186521; Red, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. – 218/95hp six, Firestone bias ply whitewalls, wood bed floor, hub caps, floor shift, crank-out windshield, black painted front bumper. – Body-off restored in 1995 and won an award at the MOPAR Nationals that year. Stored for years, well-maintained since and still nearly impeccable. Looks like a restoration that’s two years old, not 25. – Sold at Auburn Fall in 2016 for $39,600, then at Mecum Indy eight months ago for a breathtaking $63,250. It crossed the Mecum Harrisburg block five months ago where it was bid to $40,000, the same hammer bid that bought it here at Kissimmee, conclusively demonstrating that once you pay too much it’s difficult if not impossible to get out from under a bad decision. The odometer has added only 12 miles since 2016 and at least the interim caretakers have preserved its high quality restoration to the benefit of the new owner in this transaction who got a quality and unusual truck for a realistic price.

Lot # T170.1 1932 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, Body after Derham; S/N; Engine # J-490X; Red, Maroon fenders/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Rebodied or re-created, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $475,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $522,500. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, wind wings, Twilite headlights, rollup rear windshield, Beige leather covered luggage trunk, outside exhaust headpipes. – No visible chassis or firewall numbers. Dirty engine compartment with liquid residue everywhere and messy wiring. Internal coolant leak. Old, dusty chassis. Decent old paint, sloppy accent masking. Good interior, lightly soiled but decent fitting top. Reproduction body by Ted Billings in the style of a Derham Tourster. Long stored and not used in many years, but too good to restore. Sam Vaughn Collection. – This Model J needs a lot of work but it is an attractive, stylish and practical car for road tours and events. Why it brought this obscure result over the high estimate is hard to fathom and it is expensive for the rebodied car that it is, especially after reading the car card note that coolant is leaking into the oil.

Lot # G102 1959 Edsel Corsair Convertible; S/N W9UR738747; Presidential Red/Black, Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. – 361/303hp, automatic, dual outside mirrors, spinner hubcaps, whitewalls, cruiser skirts. – Pitted trim chrome, dull, dirty instrument panel and steering wheel. Good upholstery and top. Paint over old undercoat. A quick old cosmetic restoration that is showing its age. – Sold for $19,250 at B-J’s Las Vegas auction in 2018, then a paltry $14,300 at Mecum Chicago three months ago this Corsair arrived at Kissimmee to an unprecedented and generous reception, achieving a benchmark price for its neglected and aged condition.

Lot # F246 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 24721; Black/Black leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – Blaupunkt CD stereo, air conditioning, Grey painted 5-spoke alloy wheels, Doral blackwall radial tires, power windows, owner’s manual, tools. – Erratically masked repaint, good new upholstery. Weakly and variably finished window frame trim. Road grimy chassis. Represented as 28,386 miles. A tired old car dressed up for the auction. According to the car card the upholstery is ‘camel’ leather, as in the animal, not the color. – This 308 GTB has been to five Mecum auctions since 2015 without finding a buyer while high bids have slowly declined in parallel with the 308 GTB market to this depressed (and depressing) level which unfortunately is not unreasonable for its age and condition.

Lot # S248 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS QV Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFXA20A3K0079443; Bianco/Cream leather; Black vinyl roof panel top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – Air conditioning, cassette stereo, power windows, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Yokohama tires. – Good paint and interior. The left outside mirror flops down. Shows 30,395 believable miles. The nose back to the A-pillar has been repainted. Represented as having a “recent service” without documenting what that was. Just a used car. – A disappointing Ferrari with a partial repaint and just 260 over-worked horsepower, the reported high bid here could have bought a better example. The consignor bluffed the bidders while looking for more, and lost.

Lot # F157 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 10457; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $450,000. – Perma-Tune transistor ignition, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, air conditioning, power windows, Kenwood cassette stereo with equalizer. – Sound, faded and surface cracked original upholstery. Fair, dull older repaint and chrome. Several small chips that haven’t been touched up. Dirty engine compartment with oily residue on the engine number pad. Old undercoat. Cracked windshield seal. Sound but aged and not pampered. – Neglected and not very attractive, it’s just a car that was reported bid to $400,000 at Mecum’s Monterey auction in August and should have gone on to a new home if there was money at the reported high bid here in Kissimmee.

Lot # S178 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 9955; Engine # 9955; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $500,000. – Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Ansa exhaust, woodrim steering wheel, Becker Europa radio, power windows, air conditioning. – Represented with 1,000 miles on a rebuilt engine, but the engine bay needs a serious detailing. Good but not exceptional paint and chrome. Good seats and carpets. The center cap on the steering wheel is cracked and cloudy. Light road wear underneath. A driver quality/event car, but not a great example by the standards of Enzo-era 12-cylinder Ferraris. – This GTC is one of Mecum’s regulars. First seen here four years ago in 2016, it started its Mecum auction history as a $600,000 no-sale and has steadily faded to a $500,000 no-sale at Kissimmee last year and this year, which is an appropriate price for a mediocre 330 GTC in 2020.

Lot # F159 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 14193; Red/Black leather, Red bars; Estimate $625,000 – $650,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $500,000. – Painted nose panel, popup lights, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, power windows, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, Veglia air conditioning, headrest seats. – Rust blisters over both rear tires, crack on the left windshield post. Crack at the right front corner of the engine compartment. Good paint despite the flaws. Very good upholstery. Wiper scratched windshield molding. The shifter boot is missing. Dead hood struts. Ferrari Classiche certified but there are too many problems to support the premium price indicated by the pre-sale estimate range of $625,000-$650,000. – There is no shortage of Daytonas in the market today and it takes either an exceptionally good one (which this isn’t) or a moderately-priced one (which this isn’t, either) to get bidders excited. Based on recent Daytona transactions the reported high bid here is completely reasonable.

Lot # S192 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 15717; Argento Metalizzato/Black leather; Estimate $525,000 – $575,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $495,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $544,500. – Becker Europa AM-FM, Veglia air conditioning, power windows, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Mallory ignition modules, jack, books and tools. – Good clearcoat paint cracked at the hood front corners. Lightly wrinkled upholstery and good dashtop. Sound chrome. Old, frayed window runners. Clean, orderly but aged engine compartment. A sound driver. Ferrari Classiche certified. – It is odd to characterize any Ferrari Daytona as “a sound driver”, but that fits this car, which was offered here last year and reported bid to $575,000. There are many Daytonas available today and their values are seeping downward in search of the bottom of their value trough. This may be it, but it is no less than the car deserved.

Lot # F140 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 16573; Marrone Colorado/Tan leather, Black bars; Chocolate cloth top; Estimate $2,300,000 – $2,400,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,200,000. – Chrome spoke Borrani RW 4075 wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Audiovox AM-FM, air conditioning, leather rim steering wheel, painted nose panel, popup lights, lots of documentation, manuals, complete tool kit, thoroughly documented with the original bill of sale, SEFAC delivery and import paper and a Massini Report. – FCA multi-platinum winner with flawless paint, chrome and upholstery, a 2009 Motion Products restoration. The underbody is restored like new and a little dusty. The engine compartment is nearly like new aside from some oxidation of unpainted surfaces. – Gooding sold Daytona Spider s/n 14779 the following week in Scottsdale for $1,930,000. It may not have been quite as good as 16573’s restoration and presentation, but that’s not sufficient reason for 16573 to have failed to sell at the reported high bid.

Lot # S162 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB Convertible; S/N ZFF80AMA5J0236447; Rosso Corsa metallic/Black leather, Red stitching; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $285,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $313,500. – SF shields, yellow tach face, rear parking sensors, matte grey 5-spoke wheels, Bridgestone tires, AFS lighting, carbon fiber driver’s zone, dashboard inserts and stack, navigation and entertainment, carbon fiber exterior bits, black calipers, carbon ceramic brakes. – Excellent original paint and interior. Unblemished and like new with 1,354 miles. Don Wallace Collection. – This is an expensive 488 GTB, even with the low miles. There are plenty on FML for under $300,000 which means the new owner of this one paid a significant premium for the privilege (?) of buying it on the Mecum auction block and appearing on NBCSN.

Lot # S116 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Convertible; S/N ZFF80AMA3G0219381; White/Red leather; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $295,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $324,500. – SF shields, Daytona style seats, carbon fiber interior, white tach face, climate control, rear parking sensors, carbon fiber exterior trim, engine compartment signed by Ferrari’s staff who built it and badged “Handcrafted for Michael Fux”. – Like new, because it is, with 307 miles. Michael Fux Collection. – $95,158 in options and special order features but this still is a generous price. “Hi, I own a car dedicated to Michael Fux, and I’m cool”? Gimme a break. This is irrational.

Lot # S161 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider Convertible; S/N ZFF80AMA5H0221098; Yellow/Black leather, Yellow stitching; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000. – Matte grey 5-spoke alloy wheels, PZero tires, navigation and entertainment, yellow tach face, SF shields, Daytona style seats, carbon fiber driver’s zone and stack, rear parking sensors. – 1,440 miles and unblemished. Don Wallace Collection. – The buyer of this 488 Spider wisely eschewed the 70th Anniversary livery and saved a hundred thousand dollars.

Lot # S125 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider Convertible 70th Anniversary; S/N ZFF80AMAXJ0232670; Argento Nürburgring, Rosso Corsa stripe and nose band/Red leather; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – 70th Anniversary livery “1957 Testa Rossa Spider”, carbon ceramic brakes, yellow calipers, power seats, carbon fiber sill kicks, matte silver alloy wheels, parking sensors, airbrushed SF shields. – Unused, unblemished and like new with 1,071 miles. – The 70th Anniversary livery carries a modest premium, probably less than what Ferrari Tailor Made charged for it, in this transaction, a sound value if it’s appreciated by the new owner.

Lot # S129 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFJA09B000050285; Red/Beige leather; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. – TRX tires, air conditioning, power windows, Kenwood cassette stereo. – 13,482 miles from new (the car card says km, but it’s in miles, just like it showed here a year ago.) Old, wrinkled carpets don’t fit well, the upholstery is sound and only lightly scuffed on the driver’s bolster. Good older repaint but the nose is more dull than the sides and roof. Otherwise it is original and well-maintained. – Sold here a year ago for $275,000. It was reported bid to $230,000 at Monterey last August. It’s troubling that the odometer shows exactly the same reading today as it did a year ago but this appropriate result seems to take that into account.

Lot # F276.1 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFZS40Q5Y0130152; Tour de France Blue/Saddle leather; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000. – 6-speed, CD changer, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, SF shields, Red calipers. – A tired car. Fading headlight covers with one gasket falling out. Stone chipped nose. Worn, burnished seats. Peeling paint on the driver’s side window frame. Belt serviced in 2019. Driven hard and put away wet. The odometer shows 31,976 miles but the car looks like more. – The fact that this 550 Maranello has a 6-speed “gated shifter” completely misses the point, which is that the 6-speed gated shifter is the way they came from the factory. Even with the 2019 belt service the bidders didn’t like this car very much and wouldn’t go beyond this safe bid to secure it, a sensible decision.

Lot # S126 2012 Ferrari California Convertible; S/N ZFF65LJA8C0184890; Bianco Avus/Tan leather; Estimate $90,000 – $100,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – Assembly no. 184890, matte Black wheels, Yellow calipers, SF shields, yellow tach face, Daytona style power seats – Very good original paint, good lightly stretched upholstery. 14,577 miles. Lemon law buyback for cumulative days out of service for tire issues. – The bidders looked beyond the Lemon Law issue and paid an appropriate price for the miles and condition.

Lot # S75.1 2015 Ferrari California T Retractable Hardtop; S/N ZFF77XJAXF0207158; Nero Daytona/Tan leather, Black bars; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000. – Matte Black 5-spoke alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, Yellow calipers, SF shields, Daytona seats, carbon fiber steering wheel, carbon brakes, Yellow tach face. – Mileage and service history not stated. Chipguarded nose and mirrors. Scuffed driver’s seat outside bolster. A clean-looking used car. – The absence of mileage and service history in any late model Ferrari is like waving a yellow flag at an auto race, putting everyone on notice to be extra careful and deliberate. Considering that, the reported high bid here (which would have been $165,000 with commission) is remarkably generous and should have received serious consideration.

Lot # F91.2 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF74UFA0E0198548; Red/Tan leather, Red stripe and stitching; Estimate $250,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $230,000. – Matte Grey alloy wheels, Yellow calipers, Pilot Super Sport tires, SF shields, carbon fiber seats. – Represented as 3,837 miles. Polishing scratched paint. Lightly scuffed driver’s seat bolster. Reportedly “freshly serviced”. – At $353,038 new, each of the miles this F12berlinetta has accumulated has cost the seller $32.07 at the realistic reported high bid here. It does seem a bit excessive.

Lot # S117 2008 Ferrari F430 Spider Convertible; S/N ZFFEW59A180159359; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather, Red stitching; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000. – Carbon fiber boot cover, climate control, power Daytona style seats, Capristo alloy wheels, PZero tires, yellow calipers, SF shields. – 243 miles and unblemished except for lightly burnished driver’s seat bolster and creased passenger’s seat cushion. Michael Fux Collection. – Even taking into account the low miles this is a full retail price for a dozen-year old Ferrari. I’m led to wonder if there is a tipping point for late model Ferraris, McLarens, Lamborghinis, Bugattis when buyers realize that, despite their exalted original prices and all the extravagantly expensive options, they are only entrées for the ticket to buy the next one. This is a sweet Ferrari. Is its exclusivity worth three times the price of a C8 Corvette? That is a paradigm-shifting question that remains to be answered.

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