Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, January 3-12, 2020 — Part II: Ford-Watson

This is Part II of Mecum Kissimmee, starting with Fords and ending with Watson (as in legendary Indy mechanic, crew chief and constructor A.J. Watson.)

It’s a little shorter than Part I, mostly because it doesn’t have to include all those Camaros and Corvettes.

It does, however, include the highlight of the auction calendar’s first two months, the Bullitt Mustang.

This was the most-anticipated car of January. The audience had been prepped by two years of promotion, announcements and tours with Ford and others.

Astutely, Mecum and its consignors had keyed on the Bullitt’s celebrity factor and included several other movie hero cars (or “heroine” in the case of Christine) and others with celebrity histories.

Along with other activities and diversions – musical performances on the Midway, auction car parades, Transformer-dressed performers, vendors and even a diverse but good quality selection of country fair food – Bullitt provided plenty of inducement for day trippers and then gave them more to do. It’s an effective formula.

We don’t need to do the numbers again, they’re in Part I.

97 of the Mecum Kissimmee cars are reported here.

They were viewed on site by Rick Carey, Jose Martinez, Reggie Horning and Tim Weadock.

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


Lot # F49 1974 Ford Bronco Wagon 4×4; S/N U15GLT82259; Sandpiper Yellow, White/Beige vinyl, houndstooth cloth; Truck restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $56,000. – 302ci/145hp, column shift automatic, power steering, rear-mounted spare with cover, Vintage Air conditioning, rear seat, auxiliary fuel tank. – Decent paint with a few small chips, cracks and blemishes. Good exterior brightwork. Restored and clean underneath. The engine compartment is in good, clean and restored condition. Paint aside, it’s a well-restored and well-equipped later first gen Bronco. – First gen Broncos have been quite expensive by classic truck standards for a few years, and while prices are leveling off now they’re still high. This restored but imperfect one sold for $55,000 at Mecum Dallas 2018. It was reported bid to $70,000 at Harrisburg last August, a missed opportunity for the consignor there who may have gotten too greedy as it’s unlikely to get bids much higher than this elsewhere.

Lot # F244 1959 Ford Fairlane Convertible; S/N 476BK59545644; Wedgewood Blue, Colonial White/Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200. – 332/225hp, automatic, wheel covers, bias ply whitewall tires, power steering and brakes, pushbutton AM radio, chrome skirts and rear fender shields. – Nice paint but wavy body and variable panel fit. All the chrome is refinished. New interior and dash. The underside is very well-restored. The top of the engine compartment has been freshened but the bottom and chassis have road grime and fluid residue. It’s a pretty driver. – Sold at the Leake Oklahoma City auction in 2010 for $24,200, at B-J’s Orange County sale in June of the same year for $35,200, at B-J Palm Beach in 2011 for $40,700, at Leake Tulsa in 2013 for $26,620 and no-saled at Mecum Indy in 2016, making this is its best result ever for reasons that are entirely inexplicable. It would have been a reasonable value at $32,000 hammer.

Lot # T161 1967 Ford Fairlane GT 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 7A42S117216; Raven Black/Red vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. – 390/320hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, power front disc brakes, buckets and console, styled wheels, no-name radial red line tires. – Sound paint with minor masking issues, good newer interior. Faded rear package shelf. Weak chrome on the quarter window frames. Good looking restored chassis and underbody. Sandblasting shadow on the driver’s window and strange spots on the side windows that look like acid rain etching. A desirable car but not restored to the standards it deserves, nor represented to have its original drivetrain. – Reported sold at Mecum Indy in 2015 for $39,960, then a year later for $34,100, this rare S-Code Fairlane GT stroked a home run here at Kissimmee for a car with mediocre presentation and preservation and an undocumented driveline. It’s a sweet drive, but it’s more sweet at $35,000 than the result it brought here.

Lot # S284 2006 Ford Fusion NASCAR; S/N RHE11041700; Matte Black, “Aflac”/Black; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. – 358/800hp, 4-speed, ProComp tach, Butler seat. – No electronics except for a single Mallory CT Pro ignition module and coil. Road course setup with Carl Edwards vinyl graphics. Clean and orderly but used. – Without a documented race history this is only a track day car but at least it doesn’t cost a lot of money and among the safest ways to go turn some hot laps.

Lot # F164 2017 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 2FAGP9CW9HH200077; Liquid Blue/Grey Alcantara, cloth inserts; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,000,000. – Matte grey 5-spoke alloy wheels, Michelin tires, Silver calipers. – Previously owned by John Cena. Like new with 635 miles. – Sold in a celebrated transaction at Russo and Steele in Monterey in 2018 for $1,540,000, then by Mecum at Dallas two months later for $1,320,000. With 2017 Ford GTs free to trade in 2019-20 they are showing up everywhere and the prices are falling apace. The consignor may look back with regret on declining this bid if there was money behind it.

Lot # T154 1937 Ford Model 77 Pickup; S/N 54147564; Red, Black fenders and accent/Black leatherette; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100. – Heater, single right running board sidemount, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, steel bed floor, varnished oak side rails, chrome bumpers, crank-out windshield. – Excellent paint, chrome and upholstery. Done completely, thoroughly and to concours standards. 1996 AACA Grand National and Early Ford V-8 Club Dearborn Award winner. Originally powered by a V8-60 but repowered with an 85hp V-8 during restoration. Still nearly pristine although with chips and scratches around the hood, a truck Mike Dingman would be proud to see this well-preserved. – This is an ex-Michael Dingman Ford pickup restored to the highest standards in the 90’s (although with an 85hp flathead in place of its original V8-60) and still nearly pristine. RM sold it at Hershey in 2010 for $52,250, it sold at Auburn Fall in 2013 for $39,600 and again there in 2019 for $32,450. It is every bit a wonderful Ford pickup and a sound value at this price.

Lot # S6 1932 Ford Model B High Boy Roadster; S/N B29321; Black/Red vinyl; Customized restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,250. – Flathead V8, Offenhauser heads, triple Stromberg 97s on a Sharp intake, 12 volt, alternator, Hildebrandt remote oil filter, Fenton cast headers, Moon fuel rail, automatic, disc front brakes, transverse leaf spring front suspension, tube shocks, coilover rear suspension, Ford Twolite headlights, BLC fog light. – Steel body. The front and rear carbs are dirty and fuel stained, the center carb is clean and looks recently rebuilt. Good cosmetics and slightly used engine compartment and chassis. The chrome and upholstery are good. There are six empty bolt holes on the intake manifold which are inconsistent left-right. – Hot rods are by definition unique, each built to suit one owner’s (or a succession of owners) image of the perfect street rod. They might tell us a little about what’s popular (flathead, Chevy, Cadillac, etc.) but don’t impart much more information. That said, it was impossible to ignore this sweet flathead powered Deuce High Boy (Ken Gross will be gratified that the auction’s “Hi-Boy” greeting has been refined to the more appropriate “High Boy”). It was loaded with nifty period-style features and looked the part, while being carefully built and maintained. A work of hot rodder’s art, it couldn’t be duplicated even if all the parts were free for the price it brought here and should be a joy to cruise.

Lot # F170 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 9F03R202831; Candy Apple Red, Black side stripe/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $155,000. – 428ci/335hp, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, shaker hood, styled wheels with narrow whitewall tires, Hi-back bucket seats, body color mirrors, AM pushbutton radio, tinted glass, Marti report documented. – Multiple show awards in MCA and AACA, and formerly owned by Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top). Very good paint other than surface scratches on the hood. The exterior brightwork is very good. The restoration is 8 years old but is still in great condition and its equipment should attract Mustang fans. – This very well-equipped and well-restored Mustang sold at Worldwide Houston in 2011 for $143,000. A no-dale at Mecum Indy in 2018 with a reported bid of $190,000 and no-saled again at a $170,000 high bid here last year, a result repeated at Indy last year. It’s hard to argue with the consistency of those reported high bids, any one of which could have seen the car off to a new home, but not this meager bid.

Lot # F180 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 9F03Q127782; Candy Apple Red/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $110,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 428ci/335hp, automatic, bucket seats, power convertible top, radio delete, competition suspension, power top, tinted glass, Elite Marti report. – Represented as the matching numbers engine and one of 50 known Q-Code 428/335hp automatics. Good paint with a high gloss but there are many light surface scratches. The interior is good and clean but the boot trim is covered in scratches. The engine compartment is detailed and correct. Very clean new top. Well-equipped and well restored, just done a while ago. – Third time was not the charm for this Mustang on the Mecum block. It hammered not sold at a $100,000 high bid at Indy 2018 and again there the next year at a $110,000 high bid. These are all fair and even generous offers, especially given the age of the restoration. This is an example of a specious distinction of dubious import: it’s “one of one”, but the rationale is non-Ram Air and colors, which makes little real difference. The bidders weren’t taken in.

Lot # T213 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02G222538; Acapulco Blue, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 302ci/290hp, power brakes, 3.50 Traction-Lok, Magnum 500 wheels, Polyglas tires, rear window slats, rear wing, AM radio, Marti report, sales invoice, built sheet and warranty card documented. – Good paint besides a few driver’s door edge chips. The blacked out hood graphics have inconsistent edges, a few scratches and a small blemish. The interior is very good other than the damaged and hanging B pillar trim on the passenger’s side. There is some discoloration in the engine paint and surface rust on the exhaust manifolds. A basic cosmetic restoration on a fundamentally solid, desirable and attractive Boss 302 represented to have its original engine and 69,256 miles from new. – A solid car, well documented and bought for a solid price.

Lot # F127 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02Z164769; Black Jade/Black vinyl; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $205,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $225,500. – 429/375hp, 4-speed, Polyglas GT tires, 3.91 Traction-Lok, front spoiler, Philco radio, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, woodgrain steering wheel, KK # 1480, build sheet, owner’s card and owner’s manual documented. – Represented as unrestored with 14,407 actual miles. The engine bay looks overhauled with plenty of new parts, belts and hoses. Small crack behind the right window and some microblisters on the tail, but otherwise the paint (“mostly original”) and the chrome look almost too good to be original. Fantastic original interior. There are restored Boss 429s that aren’t this good. – Reported sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis “Spring Classic” in 2015 for a jaw-dropping $502,200 the rest of this Boss Nine’s Mecum auction history traces a steadily diminishing perception of value. It was reported bid to $400,000 at Monterey in 2016, $380,000 at Indy 2018, $375,000 at Dallas 2018, $300,000 here a year ago and $280,000 at Indy 2019 before the seller threw in the towel, placed it here at No Reserve and got body-slammed with this result. The new owner in 2020, however, got a Boss Nine to be proud of, and a good value to be proud of, too.

Lot # F200 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 0F02Z110858; Grabber Blue/Parchment vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $210,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $231,000. – KK # 2156. 429ci/375hp, 4-speed, power brakes, power steering, competition suspension, 3.91 Traction-Lok differential, Drag Pack, body color mirrors, power brakes, power steering, hi-back bucket seats, Magnum 500 wheels, Polyglas tires, handsomely documented. – Decent paint represented to be original with scratches a few chips and other small blemishes mostly on the rear quarters and trunk of the car of the car. Good exterior brightwork other than scratched door handles. The upholstery and door panels have some discoloration and light cracks but the rest of the interior is in good condition. The engine compartment is adequate but less than showable condition, and there is a factory replacement 429 in there. Largely original and the 7,942 miles showing are represented as actual. Multiple show award – Reported sold for $192,500 at Mecum Indy last year and broke the bank here in Kissimmee but still isn’t a staggering price for a claimed original paint Boss 429 and is a sound value for the money.

Lot # S288 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible; S/N 6R08A125475; Emberglo/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – 289/225hp, 4-speed, power steering and front disc brakes, Rally Pac gauges, Magnum wheels, red line tires, pushbutton radio, woodgrain steering wheel. – Excellent cosmetics, bright chrome, tight fitting top. Orderly engine compartment is in showroom condition. So is the chassis. Freshly restored to showroom condition with better paint. – A ’66 Mustang convertible like this with the A-Code engine and 4-speed might be the best and most conservative way to get into car collecting. Parts are readily available, there are supportive clubs with events and a liquid, active market. It’s also important to buy the best car out there to avoid disappointments. Having said all of that, though, this Mustang isn’t as valuable as its consignor thought and it should have been on its way to a new home at least $5,000 before reaching the reported high bid.

Lot # T150.1 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback; S/N 6F09K192549; White/Silver, White vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 289/271hp, 4-speed, Rally-Pak gauges, styled wheels, red line radial tires, power front disc brakes, Pony interior, console, woodgrain steering wheel. – With the same family until a few years ago. Rechromed front bumper with sloppy prep visible through the plating. Weak chrome on the right vent window frame. A few chips on the nose but mostly very good paint aside from some overspray and sander scratches on the rear window and drip rail moldings. Factory gaps. Very good, mostly restored interior. Tidy and lightly used underneath. An attractive, impressively equipped GT cosmetically restored a while ago and showing the restoration’s age, but also its quality. – Seriously, the car card recites a litany of casting numbers without any representation that they are original to the car, auction obfuscation at its best. It’s clearly a K-Code GT, beyond that the image is in the eye of the beholder. It sold for $49,500 at the Leake Tulsa auction in 2017, then $52,250 at Mecum Houston in 2018 and the consignor must be gratified to get this much for it in this transaction. The buyer has a nifty Mustang Fastback but paid optimistically for it.

Lot # F155 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback; S/N 8T02J148893; Black/Burgundy vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,500. – 302/230hp, automatic, woodrim steering wheel, AM-FM radio, power steering and brakes, Chrome rally-style wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, Sport Deck rear seat, underdash accessory gauges. – Good paint, chrome and interior. The paint has polishing scuffs, particularly on the rear deck. The underbody has some road dust but is otherwise like new. A very good Mustang. – A handsome car in very good condition let down by a mundane drivetrain, this Mustang attracted a serious bid and should have been on its way to a new owner if there was money anywhere close to the reported high bid.

Lot # F194 1985 Ford Mustang GT Hatchback; S/N 1FABP28M3FF236306; Red, Matte Black hood/Grey cloth; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. – 302/225hp, 5-speed, cassette stereo, alloy wheels, Eagle VR60 tires, Traction-Lok, power windows, tilt steering column, air conditioning, power steering and brakes. – 3,940 miles, all original (even the tires). Excellent provenance of Mustang experts. Beautiful original paint, and interior. A time capsule in exemplary condition. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2018 for $33,000 and the seller, a prolific consignor at Mecum, probably didn’t pay much if any seller’s commission so the car turned a modest profit. It’s hard to imagine it ever getting any more miles than it has, an historic artifact of limited utility at this handsome price which is some three times more than a merely very good ’85 Mustang GT Hatchback.

Lot # F150 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” Fastback; S/N 8R02S125559; Highland Green/Black vinyl; Original, modified for competition or performance, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $3,740,000. – 390/325hp, 4-barrel, 4-speed, Torque Thrust wheels, Traction-Masters, movie camera mounts. – The Steve McQueen driven “hero car” from the movie “Bullitt”. Three owners from Warner Bros., with the Kiernan family since 1974. Documented with letters from Warner Bros. and Steve McQueen when he tried to buy it. National Historic Vehicle Register listed. Dull, buffed through and scratched original paint. Both rear fenders are rusted through. Pitted chrome, rusted rear bumper. Dull 5-spoke Torque Thrust wheels with new valve stems. Old Firestone tires. Good front bumper, new headlights. Pulled driver’s seat seams. Max Balchowsky prepared for the movie, now mechanically rebuilt and runs and drives well. – It’s a challenge to put this car in perspective. First, it is likely than anyone who likes cars has seen “Bullitt”, probably several times and since the age of the VCR has rewound multiple times through the chase scene. It is the prototype for movie chases and, even like this year’s “Ford v Ferrari”, has countless upshifts even if there were only four gears in the box. Its history of everyday use with the Kiernan family, rejection of Steve McQueen’s offer to buy it and ultimate seclusion in unrestored if New Jersey rusted condition is the stuff of a legend. Finally, its emergence, sympathetic mechanical restoration and reveal along with a new Bullitt-liveried Ford Mustang has been carefully staged and managed. It was the car of the week in Kissimmee. It may be the car of the year, combining preservation, halo image and instant recognition in one defining moment when it came onto the Kissimmee auction block completely surrounded by admirers, cameras and a few carefully vetted bidders speaking through cell phones to straw people. The price and attention it brought is a singular event, rarely if ever to be repeated. Those who know where it went are mum on the subject, but it’ll show up soon. It’s too great a story to hide, unless some Philistine decides to restore it in which case its history will be shrouded in new panels and Bondo, its McQueen-shaped seats reupholstered to their 1968 appearance and its remarkable story forever subsumed by glitz and glimmer. If it is restored don’t go see it. Instead go back to a VCR, DVD or digital download and relive the “Bullitt” chase scene while remembering Max Balchowsky, creator of the “Old Yaller” road racing specials, whose preparation skills made the performances of Steve McQueen and stunt drivers Carey Loftin, Bud Ekins and Loren James possible. No race scene in “Ford v Ferrari” comes close to being as exciting as “Bullitt”, nor to the “Bullitt” Mustang’s auction at Kissimmee.

Lot # S261 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SportsRoof; S/N 9R02R156529; Competition Orange, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – 428ci/360hp Super Cobra Jet, 4-speed, shaker hood, hood pins, Drag Pack, 3.91 Traction-Lok, sport deck rear seat, power steering, power brakes, Hi-back bucket seats, and AM/FM radio, Deluxe Marti Report. – Very good paint. Lightly scratched window trim. Good but imperfect door handles, scratched and dinged grille surround. The bottom windshield trim is lifting on the driver’s side. Very good interior but there is chipped paint on the driver’s side rocker sill and scratches on the rocker panel. A few details aside, the equipment on this car is top-spec, its colors are good and the restoration, while older, was high quality to begin with. – This is a rare, fast and valuable Mustang, but only a six-figure one if its restoration were a little fresher. The reported high bid here is appropriate for the noted problems in its presentation.

Lot # S194 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N F7FH342055; Thunderbird Bronze, White hardtop/Bronze vinyl; Tan cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – 312/300hp supercharged, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, Town & Country radio, heater, two tops. – Stone chipped nose, aged chassis. Very good upholstery and top. Aged and blemished older paint, excellent chrome. The older restored engine compartment is clean and orderly. – An interesting car in an unusual color for an F-Bird but its condition is seriously aged and the reported high bid should have been more than enough to satisfy the consignor, especially since it was bid to essentially the same value ($155,000) at Indy eight months ago. The buyers have stated their opinion now in two high profile auctions and it’s time for the consignor to heed the message.

Lot # S170 1956 Hillegass Dirt Sprint Car; S/N; Red, Yellow “Martin Brothers”/Black vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Competition restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,650. – Gold painted Halibrand centerlock alloy wheels, M&H rear, Firestone front tires, transverse leaf spring front, torsion bar rear suspension, disc rear brakes, Hemi engine, Hilborn fuel injection, lever shocks, CAE gearbox. – Orderly but aged and rusty. Oily floor. Good older paint with blisters and edge chips. Serviceable but old and no racing history. Don Wallace Collection. – A decent old car with no described racing history but is reasonable condition that should be a straightforward blast to bring up to present day standards of safety and good for a fun weekend at an oval track. The price it brought reflects its opaque history and age, but also its potential.

Lot # S219 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupe; S/N 677377; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 3.8 liter XK 150S 265hp engine, 4-speed, drum brakes, black wire wheels, blackwall tires, fender mirrors, Lucas fog lights and tri-bar headlights, tool roll. – LA6223 block number. Thoughtfully modified and nearly indistinguishable from stock, until it starts up and the 3.8 engine expresses itself. Excellent paint, chrome and interior, particularly the interior wood which is so well varnished it is almost liquid. The engine compartment is aged and dusty with a little fluid leakage. A clean, orderly and well-maintained enjoyable tour car. – The XK 150S 3.8 engine makes this a real sleeper on the street, but one that deserves disc brakes to match up to the engine’s power. While it’s being modified, why not go the extra distance? It was sold by Christie’s at Pebble Beach in 1996 for $74,000, then at Gooding Amelia in 2013 after the 3.8 swap for $154,000. Mecum sold it at Indy eight months ago for a reported $126,500. The surprising feature is that, despite its enhanced performance, it’s added only 31 miles to the odometer since 2013. This is a Jag that should be driven.

Lot # S291.1 1956 Jaguar XK 140MC Roadster; S/N S811604; OEWhite/Wine leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – Body color wire wheels, Pirelli P6000 tires, Lucas headlights and fog lights, JDHT documented, owner’s manual. – Good older paint and lightly stretched upholstery. Soiled top. Represented as the matching numbers engine. The underbody has been restored like new and little used. Some of the trim chrome is scratched and pitted. A sound older restoration to better than driver condition. – This is a totally meaningless transaction that has no bearing at all on this car’s six-figure value.

Lot # S139 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E12880; Engine # 7E8698-9; White/Burgundy leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $145,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – Chrome wire wheels, Firestone radial blackwalls 4-speed, no radio, JDHT documented. – Cylinder head and block numbers match the data plate and the engine and transmission are represented as the originals. Good older paint, chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment with some surface rust on unpainted surfaces. Not fresh but more than good enough to be driven proudly. – Sold for $104,500 at RM’s Amelia Island auction in 2007 and trundled around promiscuously since then in search of breaking even. The reported high bid here is entirely reasonable and could have been taken with only minimal regret.

 

Lot # W87 1980 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo Sport Utility Vehicle 4×4; S/N J0M83AB717534; Brown, Gold stripes/Tan; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $10,450. – 151/90hp four, 4-speed, power steering, dash clock, tach. – Original paint with a few chips on the front fenders and leading edge of the hood. There is some paint wear on the entry threshold, but otherwise presents well with good luster. The decals have some light fade and lifting on a few edges. Jeeps are notorious for frame rot, but this CJ5 is solid front to back and the body mounts are clean and solid as well. The floorboards are clean and along with the frame are detailed with chassis black. The original catalytic converter is in place and there is a fresh exhaust from the converter back. There are fresh shocks on all four corners. The original light brown soft top and doors are in place, and the plastic windows have some slight cloudiness. Inside the interior is original some tears in the front seat cushions. The engine bay is unrestored, factory correct and well-maintained. All smog equipment is intact. The 22,178 miles showing are represented as original. It’s rare to see such a clean original CJ-5 Jeep, especially a four-cylinder. – It’s well-preserved but it is also used, and the Kissimmee bidders didn’t get carried away. It’s a driver quality CJ bought for driver money.

Lot # T140.1 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Roadster; S/N 161001094; Satin Yellow/White vinyl; Satin Yellow top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250. – 161/91hp, 3-speed, overdrive, Kaiser wheel covers, bias ply wide whitewalls, wind wings, turn signals. – Poorly masked repaint while assembled. Peeling trim chrome, good bumpers. Sound upholstery and new top. Gloppy old original undercoat. A superficial old cosmetic restoration. – Closed post-block, this is a generous price for a mediocre Kaiser-Darrin. A result in the $60’s would not have been a bargain.

Lot # S123 1968 Lamborghini Espada CHD Edition Coupe Rat Rod; S/N 7695; Matte Grey, Gloss Black, Red, White, Green accents/Aluminum, Black Alcantara; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Customized restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – Look at the picture. – Highly creative rat rod style, but done to much better standards of fit and finish, built by Danton Art Kustoms in France. – To characterize this vehicle as idiosyncratic doesn’t do it justice. It is imaginative, creative and impressively built and detailed. About all that is discernable from its trip across the Kissimmee auction block is that no one really knows what to make of it, or to pay for it. It’s worth reporting, though, just for the visual effect and the daring approach to the concept. “Espada” is the sword wielded by matadors and this creation is a sword.

Lot # T176.1 1930 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton; S/N Engine No. 63371; Olive Green, Dark Olive Green accent/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – Body color wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Trippe lights, wind wings, folding rear windshield, Black leather covered luggage trunk, jump seats. – Sound old paint with surprisingly few chips and scratches. The chrome cries for polishing but may clean up well. The upholstery and interior trim are surprisingly good and without tears or serious scuffs. The luggage trunk is old and the leather covering cracked and scaly. Not run in years and needs comprehensive mechanical work, but not serious cosmetics. Sam Vaughn Collection. – One of the better cars from Sam Vaughn’s long-stored collection, with attractive and sporting 6-passenger coachwork and Henry Leland’s legendary 60 degree V-8 engine for power, there is great potential and even the possibility of going touring after attending to the mechanical systems and freshening the cosmetics. It’s a whole heck of a lot of a car for the money.

Lot # S156 1982 March 82G GTP Prototype; S/N 82G1; Red, White, Orange “Red Roof “/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Competition restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. – Goodyear slicks, BBS modular wheels, 358/650hp small-block, fire system. – Was on pole at both Daytona and Sebring. Finished second at Sebring. Driven by Bobby Rahal, Jim Trueman and Bruce Canepa. Restored in 2010 to original specs. Shown and raced since and in lightly used race car condition. Small chips, scratches and cracks here and there, but in pretty good shape. Presumably would be easier to keep running than the equivalent Porsche turbo. The fuel cell bladders are due for replacement. – Sold here in 2017 in pretty much the same condition for $192,500 and bought this year for a comparable price, surprisingly at the top of Mecum’s pre-sale estimate range of $150,000-$200,000. Due for thorough mechanical checking as well as the new fuel tank bladders but eligible for some enjoyable events, a realistic price for its performance and history.

Lot # S159 2015 McLaren P1 Coupe; S/N SBM12ABA0FW000152; Volcano Orange/Black leather; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $990,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,089,000. – 3,799cc/727hp twin turbo V8, 903hp with the hybrid motor engaged, 7-speed paddle shift, carbon ceramic brakes, matte Grey alloy wheels, PZero tires, climate control, navigation and entertainment system – 1,352 miles and unblemished. Don Wallace Collection. – At $1,150,000 out the door from McLaren (not including any special order items) the result here makes those 1,352 miles rather expensive but tempered by five years of satisfaction gazing upon this Volcano Orange rocketship in the barn.

 

Lot # S113 2019 McLaren Senna Coupe; S/N SBM15ACA4KW800002; Fux Green carbon fiber/White leather, Fux Green stitching; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,750,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. – Exposed carbon fiber body ($297,575), custom paint ($86,930), custom interior ($13,903) and more. – 203 miles, like new, second built. Michael Fux Collection – The $837,000 MSRP was only the starting point in building this one-off McLaren Senna. Adding on just the noted special features brings the original cost to roughly $1.25 million (what’s a few thousand here and there in this stratosphere?) It makes it seem like something of a bargain in this transaction, but the new owner will have to be happy aping Michael Fux’s individual preferences; when spending this much on an automobile shouldn’t it reflect the buyer’s preferences, not those of the previous owner?

Lot # T195 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10001212001902; Silver-Grey/Burgundy leather; Estimate $110,000 – $135,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500. – Wheel covers, narrow whitewall Michelin tires, Behr air conditioning, power everything, Blaupunkt CD stereo, Euro headlights. – Sound clearcoat repaint with prep scratches visible. Very good original interior and wood trim. Original underbody. Settles on its air suspension when sitting for any length of time. – Fraught with technical issues and Germanically complex systems, a M-B 600 is not to be taken on lightly. Prices spiked a few years ago upon the 600’s adoption by oligarchs but they have fallen back (prices, not the oligarchs) steeply since then and this is a representative result these days for a presentable example

Lot # F132 1971 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 1H17J526202; Competition Yellow, White vinyl roof, Black side stripe/White vinyl; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500. – 429ci/370hp Cobra Jet, 4-speed with Hurst T-handle shifter, power brakes, power steering, 3.50 Traction-Lok differential, AM/AM pushbutton radio, bucket seats center console, body color mirrors, Magnum 500 wheels and wide oval tires, Elite Marti Report – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Detailed engine bay. Represented as one of 353 Cyclone Spoilers built in 1971 and recently restored with mostly NOS or restored original parts. – This is a very rare, very fast piece of Mercury muscle that got the kind of high-quality restoration treatment it deserves. It also deserves this massive price, although Cyclone Spoilers are somewhat undervalued muscle cars given their rarity, speed and looks.

Lot # L144 1958 Metropolitan 1500 Convertible; S/N E45129; Sunburst Yellow, Frost White/White, Black leatherette; White vinyl top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. – Hubcaps, whitewalls, vinyl-wrapped rear spare. – Sound paint with a smattering of edge chips. Good upholstery and top. Weak side window frame chrome; major chrome is good. Cute as a button. – Sold at Mecum’s Dallas auction in 2016 for $33,000 and brought a bit less here but still a generous result for a mediocre car. Its cute factor far outweighs any practical considerations and its yellow and white livery makes it look good enough to lick, like a lemon creamsicle. Rationality is rarely a factor in cute cars like Metropolitans.

Lot # F107 1957 MG A Roadster; S/N HDL4335740; Glacier Blue/Black; Black leatherette top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. – Chrome wire wheels, Vredestein tires, dual outside mirrors, leather wrapped steering wheel, heater, wind wings, BMIHT Certificate. – Good repaint with light texture or prep flaws on the decklid. Good lightly stretched upholstery. Older but tidy engine compartment and chassis. Good chrome. – This MGA generates more profits for Mecum than for its owners. It was reported sold here in 2013 for $40,280, then again in 2015 for $34,560. Its odometer has accumulated just 82 miles since 2015. Mecum made $3,600 on the buyer’s premium alone in this transaction, more than the seller did even before paying the commission on the sell side.

Lot # L103 1947 MG TC Roadster; S/N 3579; Green/Beige leatherette; Beige cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. – Grey painted wire wheels, Dunlop tires (including the spare), Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel. – Good paint, rusty door hinge pins. Weak trim chrome. Good upholstery, faded top The frame was done like new and shows some age and use but also good care. Orderly, oil misted engine compartment. Not a beauty, but a TC that can be driven proudly. – No harm, no foul: this is a completely reasonable result for a usable and presentable TC.

Lot # T175 1948 Morgan 4/4 SI Roadster; S/N 7915; Bright Green/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Modified restoration, 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300. – RHD. Grey painted steel wheels, old tires, hubcaps, rear-mounted spare. sohc Pinto engine, 4-speed Moss gearbox, 2-barrel downdraft carburetor, top but no side curtains. – Scratched and stained old paint. Good upholstery. Dirty, messy engine compartment. Needs a lot, but could be a rewarding project.. – Some might say that a Pinto is better than a Triumph, but probably no dyed in the wool Morgan enthusiasts would be so inclined. Still, at this price it presents interesting possibilities.

Lot # S231 1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Convertible, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N NHA1367; Dark Red/Dark Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000. – 3-speed, overdrive, chrome wire wheel covers. – Poor older repaint with dust inclusions, good major chrome and lightly stretched upholstery. The top is soiled from folding. Weak steering wheel and instrument bezel chrome. Scuffed interior door trim. Touched up hood chips and an outie star on the right side. The chassis has been repainted assembled. An older cosmetic restoration in sound but flawed driver condition. – This is a libidinous offer for a car worth well under $100,000 in this condition.

Lot # F27.1 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 344770M336381; Burgundy Mist, White side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 455/365hp, M21 4-speed, W-30, Strato bucket seats, console delete, AM/FM radio, Super Stock II wheels, Polyglas tires. – Good paint other tan crack on the trunk. Lightly scratched window frames but good chrome and otherwise good brightwork. Represented as matching numbers. A sound older restoration. – A Kissimmee regular, this car hammered not sold at a $45,000 high bid in 2014, sold for $115,500 in 2016 and sold for $99,000 in 2018. It then hammered not sold at a $90,000 high bid at Mecum Indy 2018, again at a $95,000 high bid at Mecum Las Vegas 2018, again at an $85,000 high bid at Kissimmee 2019, yet again at a $90,000 high bid at Indy 2019 and one more time at an $85,000 high bid at Mecum Las Vegas 2019. Those no-sale bids were consistent, realistic and missed opportunities but by now it was well and truly time to take any money on the table and this is a good value for the buyer.

Lot # F128 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible; S/N 344670M255957; Matador Red, Black hood stripes/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $95,000 – $105,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500. – 455/365hp, automatic, Hurst dual gate shifter, air conditioning, power brakes, windows and steering, SS wheels with trim rings, Wide Oval tires, AM-FM, W25 ram air hood. – Excellent paint, chrome, top and interior. The underbody is better than new as is the engine compartment. Freshly restored and better than new. Represented as the fully original matching numbers drivetrain, broadcast sheet documented. – Beautifully restored and lavishly equipped this is a premium 4-4-2 convertible that brought a moderate price that should make the buyer extremely pleased with both the car and its value.

Lot # K212 1968 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst Coupe; S/N 344878M382550; Peruvian Silver, Black accent/Black vinyl; Enthusiast restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $34,000. – 455/390hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, dual gate shifter, factory wood steering wheel and AM radio. – Decent paint overall, but there is some dirt in the paint throughout and some bubbling from poor final prep. There is some filler in the rear quarters behind the wheels. The repair looks good and is not bubbling but it’s there. Upon opening the hood there was some difficulty opening it as the hood hinges are worn out. The bumpers are straight but original and unrestored showing some patina. Dull window trims. The front windshield glass is original but starting to delaminate and cloud. Unrestored underneath and there is overspray on the frame. The floorboards are rust free, and a fairly recent dual exhaust has been installed. Mostly original interior other than a new headliner and carpet. The engine is reported to have been rebuilt. It is not fully restored under the hood but looks well-maintained with a new alternator, voltage regulator, radiator hoses and the A/C compressor looks new. A decent driver. – Rather unappealing, this Hurst 4-4-2 may be a better car than its upfront appearance. That made no difference to the Kissimmee bidders who turned their backs on it.

Lot # S232 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst/Olds 2-Dr. Hardtop Holiday; S/N 344879M343047; Cameo White, Firefrost Gold accents/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 455/380hp, automatic, His’n’Hers shifter, air conditioning, Rally wheels with chrome rims, Radial T/A tires, buckets and console, power steering and brakes, 3.23 Anti-Spin, Protect-o-Plate documented. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment with some corrosion on unpainted surfaces. The chassis was repainted over rust pits. Restored a while ago to good standards but not done to the standards it deserved. – It brought a price it deserved, though, taking into account both the rare air conditioning and the superficial restoration.

Lot # S95 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 Holiday Coupe; S/N 344870M374974; Porcelain White, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $79,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $86,900. – 455ci/370hp, automatic, Anti-spin diff, air conditioning, power brakes. power steering, Polyglas tires, deluxe interior, tissue dispenser, center console, dual gate shifter, AM/FM radio, W27 aluminum rear axle carrier. – Represented as matching numbers drivetrain. Comes with the original window sticker. Very good paint other than a crack near the 4-4-2 emblem. Detailed engine compartment. Very good exterior with some light scratches on the bottom windshield trim. Very good interior. A well restored 1970 Oldsmobile with minor paint and brightwork imperfections. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2014 for $77,000, a modest result for such a good car at the time. 4-4-2 prices have been up and down then, and this higher result despite six more years of age on the restoration is realistic.

Lot # F262 1953 Packard Caribbean Convertible; S/N 26792688; Gulf Green/White, Gulf Green leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $88,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,800. – 327/180hp, Ultramatic, power windows, steering, brakes and top, aftermarket air conditioning, continental kit, chrome wire wheels, 8.00-15 bias ply wide whitewalls, WonderBar radio. – Some chrome has been replated and is bright and uniform, much of the trim and stainless are neglected, scratched and scuffed. The dash, gauges and steering wheel are good but the radio bezel is blistering. The underbody is undercoated uniformly. The upholstery is surface cracked and slightly stretched. The paint is the best part, smooth, evenly applied with uniform metallic distribution although the window sills were overlooked when wet sanding. – The first year for the Caribbean, distinguished from its successors by the semi-circular wheel arches and monotone color schemes. The first is a good thing, but the later two- and three-tone color schemes are much more eye-catching. This result is a huge price for a superficially restored ’53 Caribbean, a car that would have been expensive at a $68,000 bid not the successful $88,000 bid in this transaction.

Lot # T175.1 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight-Series 840 Sport Phaeton; S/N 49163; Green, Dark Green accent/Green leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,400. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual chrome wrapped sidemounts with mirrors, dual S&M spotlights, wind wings, rear folding windshield, Black leather-covered luggage trunk, Depress Beam headlights, Pilot-Rays. – Sound old paint with edge chips and scratches. Sound upholstery except for deeply cracked driver’s seat cushion. Faded old top. Sound but discolored chrome. Greasy and somewhat road grimy chassis and suspension. Early unnumbered CCCA National First Prize. Not run in years but could be toured with exhaustive mechanical attention and only limited work on the somewhat presentable cosmetics. Sam Vaughn Collection. – This is a decades old price for a decades old restoration that needs abundant work but has glorious coachwork.

Lot # T172.1 1934 Packard Super Eight-Series 1104 Convertible Victoria, Body by Dietrich; S/N 76734; Black/Black leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Pilot-Rays, Solar vee-lens headlights, wind wings, leatherette covered luggage trunk, radio. – Crazed old paint, curdled shift knob, faded loose-fitting top. Tired chrome, sound old upholstery and interior wood. Tidy chassis festooned with cobwebs. A stately and elegant old car that might be toured with extensive mechanical work but whose paint is beyond saving. Sam Vaughn Collection. – Especially pretty Dietrich-designed coachwork with a flush folding top and Packard quality, silence and smoothness make this neglected old Super Eight a project well worth undertaking, especially at this price.

Lot # S240 1966 Plymouth Belvedere I Hemi 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N RL21H67196610; Red/Red vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,250. – 426ci/425hp, 4-speed, split bench seat, AM pushbutton radio, red wheels with hub caps, and blue streak tires, IBM card documented – Good paint with a few small scratches on the driver’s side and a small blemish on the hood. Mostly good brightwork with some light scratches and a dull area on the driver’s side taillight trim. Good interior, but there is lightly pitted and scratched interior brightwork. The engine compartment is clean and tidy, but there are paint chips especially on the radiator. An older restored car with a very rare combination of equipment. – Sold for $79,920 when its restoration was fresher at Branson Fall 2009, then resurfaced in 2018 and sold for $60,500 at Mecum Kansas City and hammered not sold at a $50,000 high bid at Mecum Indy last year. Given how rare a ’66 Belvedere hardtop is with a Hemi and 4-speed (22 built, according to Mecum), a higher price wouldn’t have been surprising, but there were lots of great Mopars in Kissimmee this year to distract attention from this rare early piece. A choice and rare Hemi, 1 of 22 4-speeds in this [boxy] body style in 1966.

Lot # F293 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23V0B159582; Lemon Twist, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $76,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $83,600. – 440ci/390hp Six Barrel, automatic, power brakes, power steering, shaker hood, Rallye gauges, Rallye wheels, Radial T/A tires, AM pushbutton radio. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Good paint. Decent brightwork with a few indentations and some scratches. Aged rust-free engine compartment with many paint chips. Aged interior with waviness in the upholstery, tired interior brightwork, scratches, and panel misalignments. Partially restored a while ago and showing age. – While this isn’t the best ‘Cuda at Kissimmee it’s a presentable car with a triple deuces matching numbers engine and is a solid value at this price.

Lot # S241 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23V0B202609; Black Velvet, Red/Black; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $81,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $89,100. – 440ci/390hp Six Pack, automatic, Slap Stik shifter, console, power brakes, power steering, Rally gauges, original radio, hood pins. – Good paint but there is a deep scratch on the hood. Good exterior brightwork. Good interior but there are light stress cracks and a few small scratches on the seats. Good engine compartment with only a few small paint chips. An aged but still very good restoration. – A spot-on result for this condition and the age of the restoration. It hammered not sold at a $41,000 high bid at Auburn Fall 2010, but it’s also worth significantly more than it was then during the post-Recession muscle car slump.

Lot # S185 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible; S/N BS27H0B132930; Vitamin C Orange/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000. – 340ci/275hp, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, power steering, Rallye gauges, Rallye wheels, Polyglas tires, color-keyed mirrors, sport hood with lockdown pins, elastomeric front bumper, AM radio. – Represented with a matching numbers 4-speed but not a matching numbers engine. Good paint with a few touched up edges on the trunk and small blisters on the doors. There are light scratches on the windshield and window frames. The interior is good. The engine compartment is in condition that matches the age and mileage of the restoration. On the cover of Mopar Muscle magazine at some point and currently wearing an aged restoration. – The Kissimmee bidders missed an easy target with this 340/275hp ‘Cuda Convertible in High Impact Vitamin C and a 4-speed, an AAR ‘Cuda with a drop top. It’s so rare no one tracks its values but this should establish a benchmark.

Lot # F114 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23N1B188477; Curious Yellow, Black tail stripes, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $112,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $123,750. – 383ci/300hp, automatic, Slap Stick shifter, power brakes, power steering, shaker hood with lockdown pins, Rallye Gauges, Polyglas tires, rear window slats, Rallye wheels, Polyglas tires, elastomeric bumpers, road lamps, AM/FM. From the Tim Wellborn Museum. – Very good paint other than cracks and a chip on the corner of the rear elastomeric bumper. Very good exterior brightwork. Detailed engine compartment but there is some surface rust on the brake cylinder and battery bracket. The interior is in very good condition. A well restored and lightly aged 1971 Plymouth Cuda with the factory correct GY3 Curious Yellow paint, added shaker hood, and backlight louvers. Vin:BS23N1B188477 – Colors make a difference on classic Mopar muscle cars, and this car has a good one. It also has good options even if the powertrain isn’t anything to write home about, and its restoration was high quality. At this price, however, it’s an expensive car.

Lot # F156 1958 Plymouth Fury 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LP2L11322; Red, White roof/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $275,000. – 318/290hp dual quads, automatic, wheel covers, whitewall bias ply tires, P/S, P/B, pushbutton automatic. – Star of the movie “Christine” based on Stephen King’s novel. Good paint, weak trim chrome, good upholstery. Old body seals and window channels. Bad left quarter window fit. Old undercoat. A typical movie car cosmetic restoration, well-maintained is as-filmed condition and documented with a convincing paper trail. Formerly in Ron Pratte’s collection. – It takes a brave collector to buy “Christine”. She’s been bought three times before, first at Kruse Auburn Fall in 1998 for $19,110 (!), then at B-J Palm Beach in 2004 for $167,400 and most recently at WestWorld in 2015 for $198,000. Where Mecum came up with the highly imaginative $400-500,000 estimate range is hard to imagine and even in an auction heavily promoting movie cars (the Bullitt Mustang, for instance) the high bid here is more than appropriate for “Christine’s” history and condition, not to mention her temperament.

Lot # F117 1971 Plymouth GTX Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RS23R1G143389; Bahama Yellow, Black vinyl roof/White cloth; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – 426ci/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, power windows, hood pins, 4.10 Super Track Pack, air grabber hood, power windows, power sunroof, pistol grip shifter, rear window defogger, and AM/FM radio with 8-track and Dictaphone, Cragar wheels, spoilers. – Represented as the most expensive Hemi car ever built in period and the most highly optioned GTX ever produced with an original price of $6,592.75 (compared to the GTX’s base price of $3,707). Also represented as unrestored with 49,419 miles. Good paint with a few light blemishes on the hood and trunk but the black paint on the air grabber portion of the hood is dull and tired. The vinyl maintains a deep black color and is free of any tears or scratches. The rest of the interior is very good. The engine compartment is in a condition that matches the mileage and age of the vehicle, but it is tidy and complete. Spectacular original condition other than the Cragar wheels, one replacement door, and upgraded Mallory distributor/rev-limiter. – Options are important in the muscle car market, and this car has them all. Originality is a big deal as well, and this car has that in spades, too. For most Mopar collectors it is about as good as it gets for a GTX and sometimes it takes an extreme price to buy the best. Even fantastic Hemi GTXs have sold for less than half this amount but none of them compare with the history and specifications of this one.

Lot # F130 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23R1G132512; Winchester Grey, Matte Black hood/Black vinyl; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed Hurst pistol grip shifter, 4.11 Sure Grip, Air Grabber hood, Rally wheels with trim rings, Polyglas GT tires, power front disc brakes, wing, bench seat, broadcast sheet documented. – Excellent paint and interior. Very good chrome except for scuffed roof drip rail trim. The underbody is restored like new. Well and professionally restored without going overboard and represented to be the original engine. – The seller might have given the reported high bid for this Road Runner more consideration. It is light, but not unrealistically light for the year and the muted colors.

Lot # F291 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A180655; Lemon Twist, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000. – 440ci/390hp Six Pack, automatic, power brakes, power steering, Tic-Toc-Tac, AM pushbutton radio, Radial T/A tires. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Older-looking paint with a few edge chips, and a small masking error on the black headlamp surround. The center console lid is misaligned but the rest of the interior is good and mostly restored. The rubber between the nose and the front fenders does not fill the gap and adhesive is visible. The engine compartment is neat, tidy and restored. The exterior brightwork and vinyl top are in good condition. A real deal Superbird is always interesting, but this one’s apparently recent restoration had a few corners cut. – This car was at Mecum Indy last year presented as an “unrestored barn find” and hammered not sold at a $90,000 high bid. Given that that auction was only last May, it’s no wonder that corners were cut on its restoration. The bidders weren’t fooled and rushing to get it to Kissimmee didn’t pay off.

Lot # S187 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Hardtop Coupe; S/N RM23U0A171648; Blue Fire, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. – 440/375hp Super Commando, automatic, 3.55 Sure-Grip, F70-14 Polyglas tires, Magnum wheels with trim rings, bench seat. Thoroughly documents including four copies of the broadcast sheet, window sticker and original bill of sale. – Shiny original paint, good chrome and interior. Represented as the original engine. Peeling paint on the fender vents, missing the nose cone seal. Minor chips and small scrapes. Separating roof vinyl seams. Remarkably preserved but showing its age. The odometer shows 19,144 miles which could very well be all it has traveled. – This is a $140,000 car with a $52,500 premium for preservation, appearance and thorough documentation, a premium that is decidedly modest for what the new owner got.

Lot # F260 1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RP23H67220676; Gold/Gold vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, 3.54 Sure Grip, buckets and console, console mounted tach, pushbutton radio, no power steering or brakes, styled wheels, red line Radial T/A tires. – Good clearcoat repaint, original interior and chrome. New undercoat on chassis. Orderly engine compartment shows some miles since restoration. Represented as 23,449 miles. Documented thoroughly and represented as numbers-matching. Lightly touched with cosmetics only. Not the best Hemi out there, but pretty darn good and not messed up with excessive attention. – Back in 2005 this Satellite Hemi sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction for $93,960 and it has added some 4,000 miles to its odometer since then. They were gentle miles, however, and its condition seems not to have suffered for the road use. The result here is appropriate in the present environment even though it’s some $20,000 less than in the Hemi-frenzy of 2005. A Satellite is not the Hemi-dream but is an economical way into the Hemi-lifestyle and this is a sound value.

Lot # S183 1966 Plymouth Satellite Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RP23H67262928; Dark Blue/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $115,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,750. – 426ci/425hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, 3.23 Sure Grip differential, tachometer, bucket seats, Plymouth Transaudio pushbutton radio, broadcast sheet, window sticker, Certicard and original registration documented. – Represented as an unrestored car with 6,090 actual miles showing and its original engine. Also comes with its original registration, license plate and title. Numerous magazine and book appearances. Sound original paint with a few scratches, chips, and a blemish on the hood. Faint but livable pitting on some of the brightwork. The interior shows light age with a few scratches on the center console but is overall in good condition. The engine bay is lightly aged but maintained and complete. A fantastically preserved car that should be kept original. – The originality of the Satellite Hemi is fabulous, not mention its original engine and the paper that comes with it. It’s not part of the Big Hemi era later in the Sixties and early Seventies, but it’s marvelous and brought a reasonable price for what it is, but a remarkable value at the same time. An overlooked car bought reasonably and to be owned proudly. A Mopar Hemi is, after all, a Hemi.

Lot # S73 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N P857H27707; Kenya Ivory, Red accent/Ivory, Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – 347/317hp fuel injection, automatic, power steering and brakes, dual outside mirrors, spinner wheel covers, whitewall bias ply tires, WonderBar radio, power windows, original owner’s and fuel injection manuals. – Flat panels with even gaps and fits. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery and top. Bright, crisp dash and gauges. Restored to high standards. – Sold here in 2017 for $134,200, passed at Monterey in 2018 on a reported bid of $130,000 then sold at Harrisburg five months ago for a markedly modest $99,000. The FI on these Bonnevilles was troublesome and many have had it replaced by a good old 4-barrel so this FI car in pristine condition is a rare boat and the bidders adopted it enthusiastically with this generous price that made a handsome profit for the opportunistic buyer at Harrisburg.

Lot # S174 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 362P80184; Engine # 133922 13U; White/Red vinyl; Estimate $170,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $145,000. – Eight-lug wheels, Super Duty 421/405hp dual quad engine, 4-speed, 4.30 Safe-T-Track, radio and heater delete, Hurst shifter, tinted glass, aluminum fenders, hood and bumpers. – Rare 4-speed Super Duty. Previously in the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum. Some bubbling in the chrome on the left side of the front bumper and serious pitting on the rear bumper. The doors stick out slightly at the bottom. Good older paint and good older restored interior with nearly no wear. Very clean engine compartment and underneath. Fast, rare and attractive, but it needs another round of chrome work. – Reported sold by Mecum at Glendale, Arizona last year for $154,000 ($140,000 hammer) when it showed 2 fewer miles on the odometer. It’s hard to imagine why the owner thought it was worth any more here, but hope springs eternal.

Lot # T216 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 HO Convertible; S/N 223679L103544; Goldenrod Yellow/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 400/335hp Ram Air III, automatic, dash clock, AM radio with8-track player, steel wheels with PMD dog dish hub caps and Firestone Wide Oval bias ply tires, PHS documented. – Represented as numbers-matching. Very good paint with no visible flaws. Body panel alignment is good but not perfect on the passenger’s door and the trunk lid. The front fascia is high on one side and a little tight on the other side and is missing one of the rubber supports on the driver’s side. The black vinyl top fits well with no wrinkles or puckering and the top frame is fully restored. The bumpers have been rechromed and the stainless has been buffed to a high luster. The grilles on these cars should be two colors, silver outside with black grilles, but this one is all silver. The underbody is fully restored to factory with correct fuel and brake lines, part and frame tags and the correct oxide finish on the metal. Inside the black deluxe interior has been lightly restored with new seat upholstery and carpet. The door panels appear to be well-preserved originals. Under the hood is highly restored with all the correct paint dabs, paint stamps, crayon marks and part tags applied on the assembly line. The Ram Air intake is in place and appears to be a restored original and fully functional. Highly optioned and well restored to nearly like new. – This is a handsome, well done car with a hard to find combination of options and the seller can’t be judged too harshly for expecting a little more than this reported high bid. That said, it hammered not sold at a $65,000 high bid in Harrisburg last year and it will only take another trip or two across the block’s worth of fees to make that seem like a missed opportunity.

Lot # F142 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2V87X2N505611; Cameo White, Metallic Blue stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $85,000 – $115,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 455/300hp HO with M22 4-speed, Rally II wheels with Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, power front disc brakes, 3.42 rear axle, dual exhaust, aftermarket radio, PHS documented. – Very good paint and body. The lines and gaps are all straight and consistent. The engine has some paint discoloring on the exhaust ports from running, but that’s it. The underbody is restored and very clean. The passenger’s seat upholstery appears a bit baggy while the driver’s seat looks unused. A good older body-off restoration represented to have the original engine and transmission. – Barrett-Jackson sold this Trans Am at Westworld a year ago for $59,400, a bargain price by any standard, but this year the pendulum swung to the other extremity with this generous result. It’s not unreasonable, just generous.

Lot # K168 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2WZ7W6N564782; Red/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $30,000. – 455/200hp, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, AM radio, Pontiac honeycomb wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires. – The red paint on this car is unrestored but well-maintained and clean, although the front has numerous stone chips and a few scratches on the fender. The stainless trim looks unrestored as well, but well-maintained with a nice shine. Clean underneath. The floors are clean and rust free and much of the original red oxide paint from the factory is present. The original exhaust is still in place along with the catalytic converter and the original GM spiral shocks. Good interior with some light wear on the driver’s side but little or no fade and the original GM floor mats are in place. Seat upholstery is well-maintained and clean. Unrestored but maintained engine bay. Showing 32,717 believable miles and never got serious restoration work because it never needed it. – The Kissimmee bidders afforded this car a premium for its impressive originality and its 4-speed, but apparently not enough of a premium in the eyes of the consignor.

Lot # T223 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Ed Y81 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2W87Z7N141037; Black, Gold/Black cloth; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700. – 400/200hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, tilt steering column, cruise control, power windows, AM/FM radio with 8-track, T-tops, snowflake wheels, Radial T/A tires, PHS documented. – Represented as the numbers-matching drivetrain. Very good paint. Clear coat over the decals, which wasn’t done at the factory. All underbody sheet metal looks original and is free of rust. The rear differential has been stripped, cleaned and painted. There are new fuel and brake lines, fuel tank and a new true dual exhaust has been installed. Inside the black interior has been nicely restored. This car came new with black velour seat upholstery, the fabric is no longer available, however the owner used an upgraded material that closely resembles the factory and had custom covers sewn to match the factory pattern. The rest of the interior has been fully restored with new carpet, headliner and all the interior panels have been cleaned and restored. The engine is well detailed. The A/C looks to have been restored and functional, but while the cruise control module is present it is not hooked up. Restored to appropriate standards for what it is and ready to enjoy. – Sold by Mecum at Kansas City in 2017 for $61,600 and this result is remarkably consistent with that one.

Lot # T166 1967 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242177B123256; Engine # 401517 YS; Maroon, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 400/335hp with ram air added, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, body color wheels, hubcaps, F70-14 Firestone red line bias ply tires, woodgrain steering wheel, buckets and console, hood tach, power steering and brakes. – Represented as the matching numbers engine with Ram Air added. Very good clearcoat paint, chrome, stainless, interior and roof vinyl. The engine compartment is fabulous. Carefully restored with cosmetics and details that are better than new. – One problem: the YS engine code is for a 400/335hp with an automatic, and this is a 4-speed (which isn’t represented as original.) The manual transmission engine number would lead with a “W”. That aside, this is a good value for this car’s exemplary restoration, presentation and equipment although the consignor may regret foregoing a reported $67,000 high bid at Mecum Indy eight months ago.

Lot # F167 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 242679B169050; Carousel Red/Parchment vinyl; Black top; Estimate $135,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. – 400ci/370hp Ram Air IV, automatic, 3.90 Safe-T-Track, power brakes, power steering, power convertible top, hood tach, power antenna, power windows, Pontiac Rally II wheels, red line tires. – Sold new in Vancouver. Warranty replacement block. Very good paint other than some light blemishes on the Endura bumper and the trunk. Excellent exterior brightwork. Very good interior. The engine compartment is clean and tidy but shows age with some chipped paint on the block and surface rust on bolts. An older but still very good example of a ’69 Ram Air IV convertible, represented as one of just 14 built. It includes PHS documentation and has recently received mechanical attention. – This car hammered not sold at a $175,000 high bid at Mecum Kissimmee 2017 and again at a $145,000 high bid at Mecum Monterey last year. This is a desirable car but the bids are both consistent and fair and the consignor prudently accepted the money here in Kissimmee.

Lot # F70 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV Coupe; S/N 242379A126275; Keylime Green/Green vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – 400ci/370hp Ram Air IV, 4-speed, Safe-T-Track, power brakes, power steering, Rally wheels with red line tires, Rally Gauges, sport steering wheel, radio and heater delete. Comes with original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate and first sale invoice, PHS documented. – Very good paint and brightwork. Detailed engine compartment. Very good interior other than a small area of damaged piping on the driver’s seat and a few light scratches on the glovebox. Well-restored and very well-equipped. – This car hammered not sold at an $80,000 high bid in Kissimmee last year, a reasonable offer and a missed opportunity.

Lot # K255 1965 Pontiac LeMans Convertible; S/N 23767SP344740; Engine # WS; Burgundy/White vinyl; White top; Facsimile restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $31,000. – 389/360hp Tri-Power, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, bucket seats, power steering power top, AM radio, tachometer, Rally I wheels and red line radial tires. – “Date code correct WS-suffix tri-power engine.” PHS documented. Very good paint and straight body with excellent panel alignment. New, clean, tight-fitting top. The rear bumper has been rechromed and the front bumper is a reproduction piece. The underbody is not restored but has been cleaned up with a light coat of rust proofing, but the floor boards and frame mounts are all clean and rust free with new body mounts. It has a recent factory style dual exhaust, new shocks and brake lines. Inside the white interior has been freshly restored with new seat upholstery and door panels and new black carpet. The dash has been repainted, but with a high gloss black rather than the correct matte finish. The gauge pod wood veneer is warped and lifting, and the vinyl dash pad is missing. Under the hood has been cleaned up but needs a little more detailing with dusty wiring harness and some parts here and there that need detailing. An eye-catching LeMans done up as a GTO clone on a budget, as most clones are. – The reported high bid is certainly a modest amount for the real thing, but given the desirable equipment and good overall presentation, it’s a light offer for such a good clone at well.

Lot # F154 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO Convertible; S/N 237675B135271; Tiger Gold/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $89,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $97,900. – 389/360hp, Tri-Power, 4-speed, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, Hurst wheels, red line tires, 3.55 Saf-T-Track, woodgrain steering wheel, rally gauges. PHS documented. – Excellent older restoration to like new condition with sharp clear coat paint, excellent chrome and interior. PHS documented. A showpiece. – This Tiger Gold GTO sold for $92,400 at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in 2011 and it appears to have been carefully maintained since then in nearly the same condition and it brought nearly the same money, a solid value for the new owner.

Lot # T212.1 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO Convertible; S/N 237675P213688; Montero Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 389ci/360hp,Tri-Power, 4-speed, dealer air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, pushbutton radio, remote driver’s mirror, Safe-T-Track, power convertible top, Rally wheels, red line tires, PHS documented. – Represented with matching numbers Tri-Power engine and date code correct 4-speed. There are a few door edge chips on mostly very good older paint. Detailed engine bay. The interior is very good with no signs of age. Light age on a 2006 body-off restoration. – Lots of boxes get checked by this Tri-Power LeMans GTO with a restoration that is holding up well and it brought a realistic price that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.

Lot # S16 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible; S/N L855H3130; Metallic Green/Green, Tan vinyl; Tan vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $72,000. – 287/180hp, 2-barrel, automatic, pushbutton radio, CD stereo concealed in the glove box, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, power brakes and steering, lighted hood ornament. – Good older paint, bright chrome, good interior and top. The chassis and underbody were restored like new and show little wear or miles but the engine looks like it has been run more. – A Kissimmee regular, this Star Chief has crossed the block here, and only here, annually since 2018. It’s possible the consignor just wants to test the waters in search of some magnanimous bidder, then when it doesn’t sell put the Star Chief back in the garage and use it for another year. In any event, the reported high bid was more than enough for it to have gone away, as it has been in 2018 ($85,000) and 2019 ($60,000).

Lot # S202 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 81083; Engine # P81044; Black/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $300,000. – Silver painted wheels, Vredestein tires, headlight stoneguards. – Thick paint over old paint, shrinkage and filler. Good upholstery and top. Weak instrument bezel chrome. Worn repainted steering wheel rim. Loose rear deck emblem. Dull engine cover vent aluminum. Later engine from the 1957 1600 Super engine number series. – Disappointing condition and a replacement engine do not make for a $400,000 Speedster. Even the reported high bid here is generous for this car. It was reported bid to $370,000 at Harrisburg five months ago and it’s safe to infer that there was no money, only inflated consignor’s dreams, at the reported high bid.

Lot # S176 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 61740; Engine # P61887; Black/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $145,000 – $165,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – Chrome wheels, blackwall no-name radial tires, Blaupunkt radio, clock, Porsche CofA. – Good looking engine put in a not-so-good engine compartment. Body consistently skim coated with filler or many layers of paint. Sound upholstery, good new top, good steering wheel and gauges. clean, freshly painted underbody. Weak window sill, door handle and parking light chrome. An indifferently and erratically presented Porsche Cab with an engine number from the 1956 1600 Normal sequence. – Sold by Mecum here in 2014 for an eye-watering price of $210,600. Indifferently presented and with a non-matching engine, the pre-sale estimate range of $145,000-$165,000 is much more reasonable but the reported high bid is actually realistic.

Lot # S206 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 150396; Engine # P81927; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $210,000. – Body color centerlock alloy wheels, Dunlop tires, bumper overriders, Talbot outside mirror, Blaupunkt multiband radio, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Very good paint over a moderately filled body. Very good top and interior. Sharp gauges. Clean, orderly and nearly like new engine compartment with fuel stained carburetors. Undercoated chassis. The engine number is appropriate for a ’58 1600 Super. – Reported sold at Mecum Monterey in 2018 for $209,000 then flogged through five more Mecum auctions at steadily decreasing high bids until it arrived here where it was bid to a reasonable number, and over the pre-sale low estimate, without selling. The centerlock wheels are seriously cool looking, as is the Nardi steering wheel, but there is no excuse for it not going to a new home at the reported high bid.

Lot # F174 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 161869; Engine # P733133; Champagne Yellow/Burgundy leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $195,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – Becker Europa AM-FM, chrome wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – Excellent paint, chrome and lightly creased upholstery. Cracking steering wheel rim. Undercoated underbody is close to like new. Flat panels and even fits. The engine compartment is orderly and nearly like new. Represented to be the matching numbers engine and Porsche CofA documented. – Cleverly positioned as a twin to the yellow 356C Cabriolet driven by Jacqueline Bisset in “Bullitt” and placed in the glass house near the Bullitt Mustang, the seller got a good result from smart marketing, earning a solid price for an attractively restored and maintained 356C Cab. It’s from the Joe McMurrey collection, and Joe is an astute marketer of his cars.

Lot # S237 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Coupe; S/N 9309800591; Guards Red, Black graphics/Black; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000. – Black Fuchs wheels, Turbo graphics, sunroof, air conditioning, cassette stereo, books and tools. – Very good possibly original paint with a few minor imperfections on the front bumper, trunk lid and filler door. The rubber trim and bumpers have a few hardly visible scuffs. The interior is clean and well-kept with minimal wear. Meticulously maintained, carefully stored and showing just 31,948 miles. – This car hammered not sold at Russo and Steele Monterey 2016 at an $85,000 high bid and again at Motostalgia Amelia Island in 2017 at a $100,000 high bid. That last offer really should have been taken because 930 prices have done nothing but go down ever since. The best of the best delivery-mile cars still command top dollar but used ones, even ones as remarkably well kept as this, have been struggling.

Lot # S141 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Brumos Edition Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZCS798183; White, Red, Blue stripes/Black cloth; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $275,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $302,500. – 4-liter, 450hp, 6-speed, fire system, roll cage, APP Tech centerlock wheels, Red calipers, steel discs, quick fill fuel inlet, carbon fiber wing, two OMP seats. – One of five replicas built for Brumos Porsche, race prepared with very good cosmetics and apparently unused. – This Porsche started its Mecum odyssey at Monterey in 2016 where it was reported bid to $375,000 and not sold. The reported bids escalated two Mecum sales later to $475,000 at Kissimmee in 2017 through another seven Mecum auctions at steadily lower high bids before finally finding a home here at Kissimmee at its lowest hammer bid ever. It was time to say goodbye, and this price for a limited production, high performance Porsche is a good buy for the new owner.

Lot # S158 2000 Porsche 911 GT3 R Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZYS692096; Silver/Black cloth; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – Recaro seat, Willans belts, roll cage, fire system, Gold center BBS centerlock wheels, Yokohama tires. – Raced at Petit Le Mans in 2000 driven by Paul Newman, Michael Brockman and Randy Wars. Vintage raced in 2011. Good older paint with a few scrapes and chips. Worn, scratched interior. Professionally prepared and close to race ready. Don Wallace Collection. – Reported sold post-block at the Rand/Workman auction in New York in 2005 for $100,000, at RM Monterey in 2010 for $96,250 and at RM Amelia in 2013 for $121,000 making the result here the best this car has ever achieved. Mecum was selling celebrity at Kissimmee this year and PLN fits the prescription although this price is expensive for the underlying car.

Lot # S111 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Roadster; S/N WP0CA2A13FS800043; Acid Green/Black leather, Acid Green piping; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,600,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. – 4.6 litre V8, hybrid, 887hp, 7-speed dual clutch automanual, carbon ceramic brakes, Acid Green calipers, 20-inch wheels, Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. – 510 miles and like new, number 43 of 918 built. Michael Fux Collection. – While this 918 Spyder didn’t break into the pre-sale estimate range the result here is still something like half-million dollars more than what was on its sticker, even with the paint to sample Acid Green livery and other special order features. 918 Spyders are showing up at auction in increasing numbers, with the expected effect upon their prices but this is a representative result today.

Lot # S182 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 3-pos. Drophead Coupe, Body by H.J. Mulliner; S/N GXB45; Brown, Cream sides/Beige leather; Brown cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $77,500. – RHD. Cream wire wheels, Lucas headlights and fog light, rear-mounted spare. – Good older paint, interior, chrome and top. Very good interior wood trim but faded gauges. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Somewhat dirty but not abused chassis. An attractive and practical Rolls-Royce that’s not too good to drive. – An attractive and practical compact Rolls-Royce with versatile H.J. Mulliner coachwork but an older restoration with miles on it for which the reported high bid is reasonable.

Lot # S207 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Pall Mall Tourer, Body by R-RCCW; S/N 341LF; Maroon/Black leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. – RHD. 4-speed, Bausch & Lomb drum headlights and cowl lights, drum taillight, Beige cloth covered luggage trunk, Waltham clock and speedometer, Black wire wheels, 33×5 tires, dual sidemounts – Springfield Rolls-Royce, represented as the original Pall Mall-style body. Cracked, crazing paint all over. Sound older rear seat upholstery, newer front. Faded, soiled top. Thin but sound old nickel brightwork. Road grimy chassis appropriate to the 2011 Transcontinental Reliability Tour windshield sticker. Orderly engine compartment that is cleaner than the chassis. The paint may be on its last legs but the Ghost has many more touring miles in it. – This car turned up at the Premier auction at Punta Gorda a little over a year ago where it was no less out of place than here. It is an attractive old car, well-equipped and well-maintained. The crazing old paint is less of an issue than an attribute that characterizes the patina of its old restoration and its result here shows that even in a Mecum auction with truckloads of muscle, custom and sports cars there are collectors who appreciate quality old cars with character and are willing to pay appropriate prices for them. It’s a sound buy at this price.

Lot # F168.1 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster; S/N CSX3162; Red/Black leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,900,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,500,000. – Dual quads, black centerlock Halibrand alloy wheels, Eagle GTII tires, chrome side exhausts, grille and trunk guards, chrome paperclip rollbar, woodrim steering wheel, wind wings. – Side exhaust chrome is lightly discolored at the expansion joints. Excellent paint and chrome. Very good panel fits. Minor paint chips under some of the top clip posts. Banged up wheel nuts. Old undercoat. Stone chips in front of the rear wheels. Paint lifting on the flare seam behind the right front wheel and around the exhaust opening. Wrinkled upholstery. Very good but showing age. – What to say when a car is bid to the pre-sale low estimate but doesn’t sell? How about, “There wasn’t any money.”

Lot # S267 1969 Shelby GT500 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02R481441; Royal Maroon, White side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $950,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $91,300. – 428/335hp, automatic, fog lights, factory air conditioning, sport deck rear seat, factory AM/FM radio. – Last restored in 2001. The paint has been well-maintained with a few imperfections along the door jams, a light but long scratch on the passenger’s door, and some light scratching on the white side stripes. The brightwork and seals are excellent. Two small rock chips on the passenger’s side windshield are the only flaws in the glass. Underneath the hood, the engine compartment is correct and nicely detailed. The steering wheel is worn, the only blemish on an otherwise immaculate interior. Loads of documentation comes with the car and Carroll Shelby’s signature adorns the dash. A very well sorted and documented late edition Shelby. – This car came here two years ago and hammered not sold at an $89,000 high bid, a fair number given the age of the restoration. The seller came around this time, and both parties can be satisfied with the result.

Lot # F161 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S2139; Wimbledon White, Blue side stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $185,000 – $200,000; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $145,000. – 289ci/306hp, 4-speed, front disc brakes, 3.89 Traction-Lok, radio delete, stripe delete, thoroughly documented. – New date-code correct 289, but the 4-speed is original to the car. SAAC VIN verified. Good paint, but there are a chipped edges on the trunk. The exterior brightwork is very good other than the rear window trim which has two indentations. The interior is in very good condition and the engine compartment is detailed. A full restoration finished in 2019. The stripe delete is unusual and noteworthy, but the lack of matching numbers of course affects things. – And given that lack of matching numbers, this was a reasonable high bid regardless of how fresh the restoration is.

Lot # F77 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 67211F4A00168; White, Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – 289/306hp, automatic, 5-spoke Shelby alloy wheels, Eagle GT tires, pushbutton radio, woodgrain steering wheel, underdash Rally-Pak gauges, air conditioning, power steering and front disc brakes, inboard fog lights. – Bug splattered nose from being brought to Kissimmee on an open hauler, Good paint and panel fits. Good major chrome but the side window frames are slightly dull. The chassis is restored like new with minor age. A sound GT350 in an unusual color. – Barrett-Jackson reported this GT350 sold at Palm Beach in 2014 for $82,500, an appropriate price then. It also brought an appropriate price here at Kissimmee. How times have changed in only six years.

Lot # F178 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 67200F2A02148; Nightmist Blue, White side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $440,000. – 289ci/390hp with Paxton supercharger, Toploader 4-speed, inboard headlights, power steering, power brakes, AM pushbutton radio, woodrim steering wheel, Marti report. – Represented as one of 35 cars fitted with the factory-installed Paxton blower. Good paint with a few surface scratches and small blemishes on the hood. Good exterior brightwork other than a scratched driver’s door handle and faintly pitted driver’s side mirror. Very good interior. The engine compartment is less than pristine but still showable. Lightly scratched rear glass. The restoration is aged but still very much presentable, while the supercharger and Nightmist Blue paint make it a serious standout even among the dozens upon dozens of other Mustangs in this auction. – This car hammered sold at a $313,500 bid at Mecum Indy 2016 and then didn’t resurface at auction until now. This number is much more appropriate for a Shelby this rare and well-equipped.

Lot # F126 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Fastback; S/N SFM6S441; White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. – 289/306hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, Magnum wheels, Michelin tires, pushbutton radio, dashtop tach, woodgrain steering wheel. – Replacement engine (original block included). The steering wheel rim is worn and cracked. Good paint but with cracks at the hood scoop corners. Orderly older engine compartment. Clean restored underbody. Good interior. An unusual GT350H in White with the 4-speed, the 4th GT350H built, thoroughly documented early history. – The history, color and 4-speed more than compensated for the aged condition in arriving at this result, a rather finely calculated set of trade-offs that brought a realistic result.

Lot # S239 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Fastback; S/N SFM6S1553; Raven Black, Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $180,000 – $200,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000. – 289/306hp, automatic, woodgrain steering wheel, pushbutton radio, Shelby wheels, Blue Streak tires, dashtop tach, factory gauges. – Excellent fresh paint, chrome and interior. Scuffed Plexiglas quarter windows. Excellent, fresh engine compartment. Restored like new with better paint. Represented as a 3-owner car with its matching numbers engine and restored to the high standards it deserves. – It’s a gorgeous GT350H, but it’s also a gorgeous price that would have been fully valued at the pre-sale low estimate. This is a benchmark price.

Lot # F78 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback; S/N 67412F7A02884; Lime Gold, White stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $137,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $151,250. – 428ci/355hp, automatic, power brakes, power steering, Magstar wheels, Radial T/A tires, outboard grille mounted high beams, Marti report. – One owner in California until 2005. Very good paint. Good front and rear bumpers with a few scratches. The windshield trim is lifting in the corners, and the windows have light pitting. Very good interior other than some frayed stitching and damaged piping on the driver’s seat. The engine compartment is aged with light surface rust on some fasteners and light oxidation on the power steering pulley and other components. A cosmetically restored driver-quality GT500. – This is a solid result for a solid car that evidences a good life with careful attention to it when needed and it brought a realistic result for its condition, history, presentation and the automatic gearbox.

Lot # F176 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 8T03S110576-00056; Sunlit Gold/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. – 428, Paxton supercharger, Holley 4-barrel, power steering and brakes, automatic, Black steel wheels, no hubcaps, 3.50 Traction-Lok, E70-15 Goodyear Speedway tires, pushbutton radio, console gauges. – Shelby Engineering Development car, first ’68 GT500 convertible off the line. Experimental supercharged engine. Freshly restored and uniformly impeccable with better than factory cosmetics and a show quality engine compartment. 2019 SAAC 44 Gold Award winner and still show quality. – A significant car in Shelby history and a convertible, too. The only thing missing from its documentation is a dyno sheet for the Paxton supercharged engine, not that it makes much difference. It’s too valuable and historically noteworthy to take it out on a track to wind it up enough to plumb the potential of its drivetrain.

Lot # F134 1970 Shelby Mustang GT500 SportsRoof; S/N 0F02R483076; Grabber Orange, Black hood stripes, White side stripes/White vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $115,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 428ci/335hp, automatic, factory air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, AM/FM radio, tilt steering column, Shelby Magstar wheels with Polyglas tires, documented with build sheets, Shelby and dealer paper. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint other than a few chips and blemishes on the door edges and rear of the car. The chrome on the front bumper is scratched and faintly pitted but the rest of the brightwork is mostly good. The interior upholstery and door panels are aged. The engine compartment is detailed. An older professional restoration. – The colors on this GT500 are quite unusual for a Shelby but they look really good, and while this price might have bought a fresher example elsewhere, it’s hard to argue with it given the car’s rare configuration and eye-searing paint.

Lot # T180.1 1964 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Convertible; S/N B9470327LRXFE; Metallic Blue/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $72,500. – 260/164hp upgraded with a Carter 4-barrel on an Offenhauser intake, headers, factory woodrim steering wheel, Panasport alloy wheels, Nitto 205-50R15 tires, Sunbeam AM radio. – Poor quality older repaint with uneven metallic distribution, microblisters and edge chips. Sound upholstery and chrome. Oily, disorganized engine compartment. Old undercoat in the wheelwells. A seemingly sound but not reassuring driver quality cosmetic redo. – Among the Tigers here in Kissimmee, and even more crossing various auction blocks in Scottsdale next week, this is a representative reported high bid that takes into account the less than pleasing condition of this unit.

Lot # F189 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Convertible; S/N B9472881LRXFE; Red/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $115,000 – $135,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – Wheel covers, bias ply narrow whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, Pertronix ignition, aluminum radiator, spare Panasport wheels with radial tires. – Single owner until 2016 and represented as 22,893 miles from new. Claimed original paint but has more of the appearance of a sound old repaint now burned through in places. Good interior and top. The underbody is heavily glopped up with old undercoat and the engine compartment has abundant patina (i.e. paint loss and cleaned up road grime.) Good chrome. A decent driver made desirable by preservation. – This Tiger changed hands at Bonhams Scottsdale auction in 2018 for $51,700 and was reportedly bid to $100,000 at Mecum Monterey seven months later. It’s an intriguing Tiger, but with many on the market the seller might be encouraged to accept a bid like this if it came attached to a real money buyer.

Lot # F78.1 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA Convertible; S/N B382002227LRXFE; Dark Green/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 260/164hp, 4-speed, Panasport wheels, Falken tires. – Very good older paint, interior and chrome. The top is slightly loose and has been pinched in folding. Very attractive interior wood. Clean, orderly engine compartment with some fluid residue on the intake manifold and surface rust on unpainted surfaces. Generally attractive and well-presented. – Between Kissimmee and Scottsdale there were fourteen Tigers at the January 2020 auctions. Five of them were here in Kissimmee but this is the only one of them sold despite being bid to realistic prices. It had sold previously at Auctions America Ft. Lauderdale in 2017 in a post-block transaction for $72,500.

Lot # S203 1966 Superformance GT40 Mk II Ford v Ferrari Hero Car Coupe; S/N GT40P2339; Light Blue, Red accents, White stripes/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $440,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $484,000. – Ford v Ferrari movie hero car driven on camera by Christian Bale as Ken Miles. RHD. 511cid Roush V-8, Inglese-style K&N fuel injection, Quaife 5-speed transaxle, digital odometer, Halibrand-style centerlock wheels. – Good paint and interior. Scratched Plexiglas door windows. Otherwise reasonably clean and fresh with Charlie Agapiou and Peter Miles signatures on the dashtop. – A high quality GT40 replica with abundant Roush power and correct Le Mans-style livery with an important role in a significant and recent movie, this is an interesting study in valuation. It was superbly positioned at Kissimmee where the headline consignment was another movie hero car, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang. It was displayed in a group with an Eleanor and the “Christine” movie car. It worked, bringing a substantial 35% premium over its pre-sale high estimate.

Lot # S130 1968 Thompson Challenger 2 Streamliner; S/N N/A; Metallic Blue/Black; Estimate $900,000 – $1,500,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $510,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $561,000. – Two dry-block 500cid aluminum Hemi-style Brad Anderson engines, 87% nitromethane fuel, fuel injection, 4-wheel drive, 3-speed air shift transmissions, estimated 2,500 max horsepower per engine. – August 12, 2018 SCTA AA/Fuel Streamliner 2-way record speed of 448.757 mph, the fastest piston powered wheel driven automobile in the world. Started by Mickey Thompson in 1968, tested at 400+ mph but rained out then shelved. Rebuilt, updated and completed by his son Danny. Comes with a custom fifth-wheel trailer for its 32 foot length but just 3 feet wide and 37 inches high. As-raced. – An artifact, not a vehicle, displaying remarkable specialized design, engineering and construction and conceived for a single purpose: to capture the wheel-driven reciprocating engine Land Speed Record, which it did. It’s probably capable of going even faster with even more power but Danny Thompson reached his and his late father’s goal and it’ll move on to a museum somewhere. It should be displayed with some of its panels removed to display the engineering and execution, and the price it brought is a tribute to Mickey and Danny Thompson’s legacy and vision. The video of the two record runs that was played on a loop at Kissimmee is worth watching again and again. For the record, 448.757 mph is 658.177 feet per second, half the muzzle velocity of a high velocity.22 long rifle bullet.

Lot # S72 1957 Volkswagen Beetle Oval-Window Sedan; S/N 1529743; Coral Red/Coral Red vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. – Pushbutton Audiovox radio, folding tan cloth sunroof, bumper overriders, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, fender skirts, luggage rack, underdash parcel shelf, banjo spoke steering wheel. – Represented as the original drivetrain and a California car from new with 85,072 miles. Gorgeous paint and upholstery in the original color. Bright, fresh chrome. Tight fitting sunroof. Highly appealing and impressive, done to high standards without going too far. – Some cars are impossible to walk by, even among the thousands here in Kissimmee and this was one. The color alone was enough to grab attention and enthusiasm was ramped up by the caliber of the restoration and the numerous accessories. It’s unusual to see a Beetle bring this much money but this Beetle could have brought even more without being excessive, it’s that unusual and good.

Lot # S247 1954 Watson Indy Car Indy Car; S/N None; Yellow, Red, #16 Bob Estes Special/Red vinyl; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – Offset 270 Offy, Hilborn fuel Injection, torsion bar suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, centerlock alloy wheels, Firestone tires, tube shocks. – No engine ID plate. Tired old paint, good upholstery, grimy chassis. The engine compartment shows some recent attention but also age. 7th at Indy in 1954 driven by Don Freeland, the first Watson-built roadster to finish the 500. Complete but needs everything. – The importance of this roadster is not so much that it finished 7th in 1954 but that it was the first roadster built by A.J. Watson to demonstrate his talent as a constructor, mechanic and crew chief. He would go on to domination Indy and Champ cars for the next decade. This is the price of history, the car is somewhat irrelevant and its condition is compromised, which takes little away from its history.

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    • Alex Cauthen
    • March 4, 2020
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    I appreciate the knowledge and the work required for you to post these observations. I look forward to reading each new report.

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