“Pent up demand”?
If there was ever such a thing it was at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January.
First, the total: $204,267,329, a bit different from Mecum’s PR but this number is based upon their post-sale results list exclusive of “Road Art”, but still by a material amount beyond this year’s record-setting Barrett-Jackson vehicle auction total of $195,600,735 and the previous record total: RM Monterey in 2015’s $167,308,000 which had four lots selling over $10 million.
There was weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth about high prices.
So what’s new? The government has put $5 trillion into the economy in the past two years. The real estate market is afire with home builders (and plumbers, carpenters, electricians and roofers awash in business). The stock market is on a tear. Exotic “new asset classes” like cryptocurrencies and NFTs are raking in billions making their early adopters millionaires and billionaires based on nothing more than exotic tulip bulbs.
All this liquidity has to go somewhere. Some of it ended up being spent on cars at Kissimmee.
Looking at more granular data, as will show up in the auction reports that follow, it wasn’t splurged uniformly across the collector car spectrum. Many cars in Kissimmee sold for prices that showed modest increases, if at all, from prior auction results. Level heads still prevailed in most cases.
Even Mecum’s top sale, the first Shelby Mustang GT350R. SFM5R002, sold for a bit more at Indy in 2020 ($3,805,000) than it did in Kissimmee ($3,750,000).
Back in the late 80’s there was a great hype in progress: Buy NOW before it becomes even more expensive.
The best thing that could happen in 2022 is for buyers to cycle back, look at historic values and value relationships and not get caught in a hype-cycle. There were promising signs that was happening in Kissimmee. Not across the board, but across a cross-section of the modestly expensive segment of the Kissimmee docket.
Here are the numbers:
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The descriptions that follow are sorted by marque, model and year.
It’s taken a while to complete. Post Kissimmee the Scottsdale auctions were only a week after the last hammer in Kissimmee. There was time only to get home, get results from Mecum, repack, and hit the road again.
Lot # T250 1970 AMC Rebel Machine 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N A0C190Y242304; Frost White, Blue, Red/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700. – 390/340hp, automatic, Twin-Grip axle, power steering and brakes, polished 5-spoke Torque Thrust alloy wheels, Mastercraft Avenger GT tires, pushbutton radio, dual outside mirrors, buckets and console. – One of 1,000 in this immediately recognizable color scheme. Dented stainless trim. Masking holidays. Door windows don’t seal. Generally neglected and repainted to poor standards. An unusual car that deserves better than it got. – This is a handsome price for such a neglected Rebel Machine but it is surprisingly not a record. That’s held by Mecum at Kissimmee two years ago for A0M190Y179861 which brought $77,000 all-in. That car, however, was a much better example and this result is a tribute to flair and flamboyance, not value. It is unreasonably expensive.
Lot # L145 1950 Bentley MK VI Sedanca Coupe; S/N B135FU; Burgundy,/Parchment leather; Visually maintained, largely original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,100. – RHD. 4,257/132hp, 4-speed, dual sidemounts with mirrors, wheel discs, Lucas driving lights, dip beam light, Lucas Bi-Flex headlights, wide whitewalls, skirts. – Poor body work, worse paint. Usable upholstery and interior wood. Black painted vent window frames. Good repainted chassis, Rather awful and seriously ugly with teardrop-shaped quarter windows and poorly built modified coachwork. – Although seriously nasty, Worldwide sold this Bentley at Auburn in 2012 for $63,250. It is not getting any better with age and this result is much more indicative of its lack of quality or style.
Lot # S187 1957 Buick Super Convertible; S/N 5D4035724; Starlight Blue, Dover White/Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – 364/300hp, Dynaflow, air conditioning, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, boot cover, power steering, power brakes, power antenna, tinted glass, Sonomatic radio, power bench seat. – Nearly spotless fully restored engine bay. Very good paint and chrome. Slightly uneven gaps. Very good fully redone interior. Looks fresh and gorgeous and the Starlight Blue is crowd stopping. – Sold by Mecum at Indy in 2011 for $159,000, at Kissimmee in 2018 for $121,000 and at Dallas in 2018 for $151,500. The Kissimmee 2022 result is the lowest in years but the car is still a standout and a good value for the new owner.
Lot # S217 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 58P018846; White, Brushed stainless roof/White leather; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 365/335hp, automatic, power everything, Autronic Eye, air conditioning. – The air suspension appears to be connected. Windshield washer bottle missing. Lightly soiled upholstery, wiper scratched windshield. Oily, grimy engine compartment, but a sound and complete Eldo Brougham good enough to be displayed locally, not so good it can’t be driven to and from Cars and Coffee, and with plenty of restoration potential if the new owner wants to bury it under restoration dollars. – Unlike the J2 Olds 88 convertible that crossed the block about an hour earlier the Eldo Brougham bidders fixated on its rarity and style and didn’t take the grungy engine compartment or the apparent lack of the vanity items into account. This is a generous result for what this car is.
Lot # T161.1 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E54S002426; Polo White,/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 235/150hp, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewalls. – Largely unrestored except for a chipped and dull old repaint. Sound upholstery. Foggy, faded gauges. Dirty engine compartment. Fluid stains on the left front fender. All there but a restoration project, – ’53 Corvettes are the tap root of Corvette history but ’54s are much more common even though they are essentially the same six cylinder Powerglide boulevard cruiser. It is hard to find much to like about this old, neglected ’54 but the price paid for it takes most if not all of the disappointment into account. Tune it up an drive it.
Lot # T282 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E54S003096; Polo White/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 235/150hp six, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, headlight stoneguards, red wheels, spinner wheel covers, – The driver’s door doesn’t latch flush. Otherwise a very sharp older restoration to like new condition. NCRS Top Flight, but a while ago. – Sold by Kruse at Scottsdale in 2008 for $91,800, then here in 2017 for $90,200, it is a much better example of a ’54 Corvette than lot T161.1, sold earlier today for $71,500 and deserved a premium price if not quite as much as this.
Lot # T180 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57L193194; Engine # F610FD; Harbor Blue/Blue vinyl; Light Blue vinyl top; Estimate $115,000 – $135,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $157,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $173,250. – 283/245hp dual quads, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, heater, power windows, dual rear antennas, power steering and brakes, vacuum ash tray. – Excellent paint, bright chrome, inviting interior, crisp gauges. Restored over a decade ago and still beautiful aside from gas residue on the carburetors and intake manifold. Stated to be the original engine, which is appropriately stamped. – It has been a while since such a well-equipped and restored ’57 Bel Air has shown up. It’s been ten years, to be exact, since this car was sold for $100,700 at Mecum’s Indianapolis Spring Classic in 2012. It’s nearly as nice now as it was then and the odometer shows only 139 more miles. Cleaned up and detailed a little more carefully and it would show proudly. But this is fuel injection money, not dual quad.
Lot # F162 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible Race Car; S/N E57S105938; Arctic Blue, Silver coves and stripe/Red vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 283/283hp fuel injection, 4-speed, roll bar, bullet headlight covers, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Hoosier slicks, aeroscreen, Sun 90-degree tach, fire system. airbox added, Accu-Sump. – Very good paint with minor scratches and water spots. Historic race prepared and used. Restored in 2003 and holding up well. Bloomington Gold Special Collection, NCRS Special Interest award. – Back in 2013 when this Corvette was offered here it was described as having 400 dyno horsepower, a representation not made today. Like the other racing Corvettes offered today this result, a hammer price that is the same as it brought in 2013 without selling, is fair and reasonable to both the buyer and the seller but not the “Oh my god, prices are crazy” that so many onlookers were expressing.
Lot # F164 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N E57S105053; Engine # F625EL; Polo White, Red wheels, White hardtop/Red vinyl; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $400,000. – 283/283hp fuel injection, Airbox, 4-speed, steering column mounted AC mechanical tach, RPO 687 Big Brakes and HD suspension, wide wheels. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment is like new and the Airbox is represented as installed from the factory. Multiple NCRS Top Flight awards, 1985 and 1987 Bloomington Gold Special Collection. Race history including Sebring and Daytona, raced through the 1959 season. 2017 restoration and still like new with better cosmetics. – A desirable Corvette race car that was aggressively estimated and reserved in recognition of its good race history in the Fifties. It is hard to argue, however, with the bidders’ determination that $400,000 was enough for it and the consignor now must go in search of a new venue through which to move it on, or let it become one of Mecum’s auction regulars.
Lot # S145 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Roadster; S/N E57S001589; Pearl White, Brushed aluminum coves, Blue stripe/Blue leather; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Withdrawn $0 plus commission of; Final Price. – 283 V-8, fuel injection, 3-speed, woodrim steering wheel, spinner wheel covers, U.S. Royal XP-410 narrow whitewalls, individual sloped Plexiglas windscreens, WonderBar radio, chrome split taillights. – Represented as a GM show car highlighting the new-for-’57 Rochester fuel injection. Good older paint with one small pair of cracks on the driver’s door coaming. Worn, cracked, discolored original upholstery. Good dash, gauges and steering wheel. The underbody has been restored but now is aging. Special award winner at Amelia Island in 2017, HVA National Heritage award, but only halfway through NCRS Heritage Award recognition. An historic Corvette with a tired old restoration. – Viewed on-site but withdrawn prior to crossing the block, an unusual situation that invites further scrutiny of its history and configuration.
Lot # F158 1960 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Race Rat’ Convertible; S/N 00867S104420; Engine # 1104420F0211CS; White, White hardtop/Black vinyl; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $365,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $401,500. – 283/290 fuel injection, 397 brake hp, 4-speed, wide wheels, radio delete, Big Tank, big brakes, all the period racing Corvette goodies that Zora Arkus Duntov could devise. – 16th overall and class winner at Sebring in 1960 driven by Chuck Hall and Bill Fritts for George Reed. Later street driven. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Freshly restored like it never was when it was raced and loaded with period racing bits from Chevrolet. Amelia Island, NCRS Heritage Award. Restored to show, not vintage race and now showing age and some fluid seepage and staining on the engine, – Sold by Gooding at Amelia ten years ago in 2012 for $440,000 and bought here for a pittance. A seriously significant Corvette with Sebring class winning history that the bidders overlooked and let go by the consignor for far under its realistic value.
Lot # F159 1961 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 10867S106409; Engine # 1106409F0308Cs; Ermine White, White hardtop/Red vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $170,500. – 283/315hp, 4-speed, hardtop only, wide wheels, Firestone tires, Big Tank, RPO 687 brakes, quick steering, – Genuine Big Brake Tanker Fuelie with period race history. Bloomington Gold certified, Triple Crown Award and NCRS Duntov winner but not represented as the original drivetrain. Restored in 1993. Good older paint and chrome. Slightly uneven gaps. Delaminating windshield top edge. Two small blisters right below the passengers’ window trim. The hardtop is in very good shape. Restored and lightly used underneath. Fully restored interior. Restored to high standards a while ago and an inherently desirable C1 given the list of desirable equipment, but not a show car. – Crossing the block immediately after the sale of the Reed’s Race Rats ’60 Corvette racer this desirably equipped and successfully raced ’61 Fuelie was dramatic counterpoint to the Race Rat’s price. It seems like this quality ’61 Fuelie just escaped notice by bidders still stunned by the Race Rat. This was an advantageous buy at this price after escaping notice also at Kissimmee in 2013 where it was bid to $200,000 and at Gooding Scottsdale in 2019 where the top bid was $220,000.
Lot # F159.1 1962 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N 20867S104942; Engine # F1214RF; Roman Red, Black stripe and cove accent/Black vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – 327/360hp fuel injection, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, Red steel wheels, hubcaps, Firestone tires, chrome braced roll bar, Big Tank, RPO 687 Big Brakes, 4.11 Posi-Traction, hardtop only, quick release fuel filler. – 2004 restoration showing age but no use. Good older paint with small scratches. Good chrome and interior other than a scratch on the front bumper. The Plexiglas quarter windows on the hardtop are starting to craze. Unpainted surfaces in the engine compartment are oxidizing and there is some dusty residue. Sound and presentable but aging, – Like the ’61 Fuelie race car that crossed the block just before this ’62 it got lost in the hubbub. A sound, presentable and usable Corvette vintage racer, this no reserve sale followed several unsuccessful auction appearances at Worldwide in Atlantic City in 2011 where failed to sell at a reported bid of $235,000. At Mecum Kissimmee in 2013 and Monterey in 2019 it was bid to $170,000 and $190,000 also without finding a new home. The odometer has added only 29 miles since 2011, suggesting a need for recommissioning before it’s taken out for a serious run, but that’s of little significance and it represents very good value for money with this result.
Lot # F153.1 1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Coupe; S/N 30837S120377; Engine # 3120377 F0604RF; Red, White stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $550,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $605,000. – 327/360hp fuel injection, Z06 package, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, 3.70 Positraction, power brakes, AM-FM radio, dash clock, documented from new. – 39,891 miles. Bloomington Gold Benchmark and Survivor awards in 2013. NCRS Top Flight. Represented as unrestored and matching numbers. With the original owner for 43 years. Full documentation and with the (clearcoated) original paint, glass, interior and drivetrain. Some small scratches and chips on the nose, polishing swirl and sloppy masking of the painted stripes. Remarkably good chrome and brightwork. Original engine bay has been thoroughly cleaned up and is both complete and correct. Remarkably good interior. Looks like a car a tenth its age. – This Survivor (capitalized in deference to Dave Burroughs) has been around but has traveled little except on and off auction blocks. It sold here in 2013 for $328,600, saw high bids here in 2017 of $525,000 and $380,000 in 2020. The odometer has added only 11 miles since 2017. A rare and valuable Corvette in its own right, rendered even more valuable by its exceptional documentation, history and preservation. It’s a relic entitled to veneration by the Corvette faithful, its ownership is both a privilege and an obligation to continue its preservation.
Lot # F157 1963 Chevrolet Corvette FI Z06 Coupe; S/N 30837S102227; White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $3,000,000 – $3,500,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,400,000. – Factory supplied Z06 Big Tank Corvette raced with Gulf Oil development and backing. Fully race prepared with add-on rear flares, giant knock off alloy wheels and Goodyear Blue Streaks, brake cooling scoops on the rear deck, rear window mounted central fuel filler and Plexiglas windows. – Raced at Daytona, Sebring and 1963 SCCA A Production national champion driven by Dr. Dick Thompson with sponsorship from Gulf and Yenko. Prepared to show quality standards in the late 90’s and meticulously maintained since. NCRS, Chip’s Choice, Bloomington Gold Special Collection. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2004 for $467,500 and apparently in the same condition today, the reported high bid is 413% more than it brought eighteen years ago. The consignor’s decision to keep it even at a bid $600,000 below the low pre-sale estimate is questionable and asking a lot even for such a storied Corvette.
Lot # S161 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 30837S114931; Engine # 3114931 F0425RF; Daytona Blue/Dark Blue vinyl; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $300,000. – 327/360hp, 4-speed, RHD conversion in Australia, power brakes, aftermarket pushbutton AM radio, stock instrument panel just on the other side, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewall bias ply tires, – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Bloomington Gold Survivor certified, many concours appearances, matching numbers engine. Crazing original paint with chips and scrapes. Sound upholstery. Dirty, oxidized original engine compartment. Good windshield and rear glass. Amazing, but an historic relic that will never be better than it is today. – Valuable as a Survivor and rare as an Australian righthand drive conversion. Beyond that this is a mundane Corvette of little significance and the amount offered for it here is realistic.
Lot # T249 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194376S105575; Silver/Black vinyl; Recent restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $170,500. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, teakwood steering wheel rim, centerlock alloy wheels, Silvertown gold line tires, side exhaust – Represented as the numbers matching engine. Very good fresh clearcoat paint, excellent upholstery and chrome. Sharp, clear gauges. The hood is bowed about a quarter inch. Good glass. Spotless engine compartment. A fresh 2021 restoration at the top of its game. – This is a showpiece Corvette, freshly done to high standards and desirably equipped. It brought a superior price appropriate to its equipment list and superior presentation.
Lot # T250.1 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S115249; Engine # T0221IP 6115249; Nassau Blue, Nassau Blue hardtop/Blue vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, woodgrain steering wheel, side exhaust, two tops, spinner wheel covers, gold line tires, – Represented as the matching numbers drivetrain. Clean restored engine compartment. Very good paint, chrome and glass. Crisp, clear gauges. A 2015 restoration that looks better than the restoration’s age implies, – Sold here in 2016 for $121,000, then offered at Indy seven months ago where it could only manage a high bid of $87,500. Holding out proved to be unusually successful at this result, which is reasonable for its condition and equipment.
Lot # S237 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194376S116425; Red/Black vinyl; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,100,000. – L88 prototype. 427/430hp, 4-speed, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Firestone Indy tires, white side exhaust, power 4-wheel disc brakes, braced roll bar, 36-gallon tank, teak rim steering wheel, no bumpers. – Entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team for Sebring in 1966 to be driven by Pedro Rodriguez but never participated. Excellent paint, stock interior and bright trim. Raced later, with logbook verification, but no significant history is mentioned. Restored to stock appearance, but not stock under the hood, with many experimental Chevy pieces. Parts removed during restoration including body panels have been preserved and accompany the lot. – Even with an intriguing history, among the several historic Corvette race cars at this year’s Kissimmee sale the absence of a compelling race history at premier events is significant and makes the reported high bid realistic.
Lot # F324.1 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S114154; Engine # V0308HO; Ermine White, Black vinyl hardtop/Bright Blue vinyl; Blue cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $62,000. – 327/300hp, Powerglide, air conditioning, Rally wheels with trim rings, Toyo narrow whitewalls, AM-FM, power windows, – Odometer shows 05,937 miles but the car card states 59,000 miles and all of them are apparent on the car. Cracked and chipped old repaint with overspray in the wheel wells. Grubby unrestored engine compartment with paint loss and oxidation. Sound original upholstery. Decent gauges with yellowing faces. An honest old Corvette with the same owner for the last 40 years, – This Corvette is rough and the amount offered for it reflects its condition.
Lot # T151.1 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194677S120437; Rally Red, Black stinger/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000. – 427/435hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, Coker red line tires, AM-FM, woodgrain steering wheel, off road exhaust, 3.36 Positraction. – Good older paint with minor scuffs and occasional areas where prep is visible. The driver’s door rear gap is very tight and scrapes the fender. Represented as 34,329 miles but omits claiming matching numbers. Very good upholstery and gauges. Good chrome and stainless. Top boot stands high on the driver’s side. Restored underbody. – The visible issues are not reassuring for the overall condition and restoration quality of this otherwise highly desirable Corvette. It sold for $84,240 here twenty-one years ago and scored a realistic price here today for its many shortcomings.
Lot # F288 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible; S/N 194677S108609; Tuxedo Black, Red stinger/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – 427/435hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, red line tires, AM-FM, side exhaust. – Very good paint, chrome, interior and top. Bright, crisp gauges. Dull engine paint and unpainted surface oxidation. Rebuilt title. – Sold here a year ago for $143,000 ($130,000 hammer) and moved on at a small loss today. It could have been a $160,000 car but that salvage title weights it down. As a glorious weekend driver, however, there will be little care about the title, just pleasure in blowing away cobwebs.
Lot # T181 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136379Z331796; Rally Green, Black vinyl roof/Pearl White vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 396/325hp, 4-speed, special order paint, Positraction, bench seat, factory tach, styled wheels, trim rings, Radial T/A tires, 8-track, gauges, original window sticker and Protect-o-Plate documented. – 107,196 miles. Represented as the matching numbers engine and one owner until 2007. Very good repaint in the original special order color, good chrome and stainless. The interior is represented as original but looks impossibly good for the age and miles. The underbody is dirty and unrestored. Well-preserved and unusual. – This Chevelle has a charming and reassuring history that presents exactly as a cherished long term possession of a Chevy Fremont assembly plant employee should do. It brought a price that is fair to be buyer, the seller and the memory of its long term owner.
Lot # K126.1 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible; S/N 194679S710164; Fathom Green, Fathom Green hardtop/Green vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $340,000. – 427/”430″hp L88, 4-speed, hardtop and soft top, J56 heavy duty brakes, 4.56 Positraction. – Bloomington Gold Special Collection 1988 and 2008, tank sticker documented. Very good paint in general but crazing under the driver’s door mirror, a big star crack on top of the hood and three cracks on the left side of the hood opening. The brightwork has all been either replaced or restored. The engine compartment has been restored but shows use and fluid residue. The underbody presents well, but the exhaust does have noticeable oxidation. The interior is very good and shows little use. Restored a long time ago and not holding up well through many Mecum auction appearances. One of 116 L88s built in 1969, the final year for the engine. – This L88 sold at Mecum Kissimmee in 2014 for $550,800 ($510,000 hammer) and then has cycled through six known Mecum auctions without selling. Its many trips across the country have not been kind to it and it still shows the same 37,531 miles it did at Mecum Indy in 2016. Offered on the first Saturday of Mecum’s 10-day Kissimmee auction, this was a spectator lure, not a serious auction car. It’s going nowhere but downhill through multiple Mecum auctions and really needs to find a new home, although bid wasn’t enough.
Lot # F151 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N616724; Daytona Yellow, Black stripes, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $335,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $368,500. – 427/425hp L72, M21 4-speed, Hurst shifter, 4.10 Positraction, power brakes, spoilers, American Racing wheels, Wide Tread GT tires, Hurst shifter, Stewart Warner tach mounted on the steering column, double COPO, 9561 for the L72 and 9737 for the “Sports Car Conversion”. COPO Connection documented. – One of 201 1969 Yenko Camaros. Sold new in Kentucky. Restored and mostly spotless. Gas puddle on the Winters intake manifold. Cowl number matches the VIN plate. The engine block is unstamped and there is no representation of the drivetrain’s originality. – At the end of a string of Mecum auction appearances that began in 2017 this Yenko Camaro fell into the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It was offered at Indy in 2017 where a bid of $255,000 failed to secure it. At Kissimmee in 2018 the high bid was $260,000 and last year it attracted only $225,000. Then suddenly here at Kissimmee in 2022 it hammers sold at $75,000 more than it ever attracted before, a nearly 30% increment. The odometer has added only 34 miles since 2017 and the condition has been consistent over the past five years. The moon, the stars and the planets aligned to exert a gravitational force that pulled an exceptional result out of the bidders’ pockets. There were only two other COPO Camaros at Kissimmee, however, a 9561 that sold for $198,000 and Berger 9561/9737 that sold for $286,000. In some other years there may have been a half dozen or more making COPO ’69 pickings slim this year but that is no justification for this Camaro’s generous price.
Lot # T086 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 1363711534622; Engine #…CPA; Placer Gold, Black hood stripes/Saddle vinyl; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 454/365hp, 4-speed, power steering and brakes, cowl induction hood, alloy style wheel covers, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, AM-FM, AutoMeter tach, bucket seats, no console, GM Canada documentation. – Beautiful paint, bright but lightly scuffed stainless, excellent chrome. The engine compartment is spotless and as-built. A show stopper represented to be the matching numbers engine,. – Sold here two years ago for $55,000, a modest price at the time for an LS5, 4-speed powered Chevelle in better than new condition. That was corrected here in Kissimmee and this a realistic price for this car’s drivetrain and condition.
Lot # F226 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136371R125623; Placer Gold, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 454/365hp LS5, automatic, Positraction, power brakes, cowl induction, mag-style wheel covers, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, buckets and console, AM-FM 8-track stereo, gauge package, original MSO documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine and 9,141 miles from new. Good older clearcoat paint. Good interior and chrome except for prep scratches under the front bumper rechrome. Dusty gauges and unrestored dashboard. An appealing Chevelle but at the same time disappointing, – Sold twenty years ago at Auburn Fall for $25,758, then at Mecum Rockford in 2004 for $32,655. It looks like the paint has been redone since Rockford, but the odometer reading has hardly changed, adding just 64 miles in eighteen years. This result includes some premium for the low miles but beyond that is a sound buy for a rare car in attractive colors.
Lot # F227 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136371L100013; Mulsanne Blue, Black stripes, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – 454/365hp LS5, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, mag-style wheel covers, Radial T/A tires, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, build sheet, Protect-o-Plate, window sticker and dealer invoice documented. – Van Nuys pilot car. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Flat panels, even gaps, flush fits. The engine compartment is nearly spotless and like new. Represented as 39,439 miles from new and the matching numbers engine. An interesting history that provides some differentiation from most SS 454s and well-equipped with an older restoration that is aging well. – Sold by RM in Toronto in 2006 for $39,668 but brought a seriously exaggerated price sixteen years later here in Kissimmee even with the quality of the restoration and the impressive documentation.
Lot # T141 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe; S/N 1G1YZ23J4L5802835; Black/Black leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 350/375hp, 6-speed, all the usual ZR1 bells and whistles. – Slightly dull original paint. Good upholstery. 27 miles and almost like new, but showing age. – One of many ZR1s that were put away still in the original wrappers as “instant collectibles”. They have surprisingly held their value well over the years, but the money could have better been put into the stock market, and the preserving owner got little joy from the all-aluminum 4-cam engine’s performance. This result is barely more than the original $51,000 MSRP before taking any original dealer markup into account.
Lot # T143 1992 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe; S/N 1G1YZ23J6N5800426; Black/Black leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 350/375hp, 6-speed, a full complement of ZR1 accessories and power assists. – 388 miles, two owners. Lightly orange peely original paint, good upholstery. Like new. – One of a group of ZR1s from the same owner, this sold for a bit more than the others, a modestly generous result for a carefully preserved and essentially untouched example.
Lot # T144 1994 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe; S/N 1G1YZ22JXR5800355; Black/Black leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 350/405hp, 6-speed, full complement of the usual ZR1 goodies including both sets of top panels. – 48 miles, two owners. Seats and belt anchors still in factory plastic. Like new. – A lot of performance for the money, as anyone who experienced one of this high-revving 4-cam V8’s special flavor of performance in the 90’s will attest. It’s also expensive and not all that rare to find as many of these were put away in futile hope of making a financial killing.
Lot # T145 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 1G1YY12S215111730; Black/Black, Red leather; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 350/385hp LS6, FI, 6-speed, memory package, power windows, locks and mirrors, dual zone air conditioning, CD stereo, titanium exhaust, owner’s manual, window sticker. – 7,267 miles, one owner. Factory light orange peel paint, stone chipped nose. Close to like new but not too good to drive. – Lightly used, but visibly showing the effects of some driving appropriate to the stated miles. A reasonably well-preserved Z06 for which a generous price was paid.
Lot # T146 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe; S/N 2G1FS1EP0C9801661; Ashen Grey/Black leather, Grey suede inserts.; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. – 376/580hp supercharged, 6-speed, carbon fiber hood panel, power sunroof, 8-way power seats, air conditioning, CD stereo with SiriusXM, magnetic ride control, stainless steel exhaust, Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels. Window sticker documented. – 4,251 miles, one owner. Unmarked and could just as well be 42.5 miles. – Even with the moderate miles and exceptional preservation this ZL1 would have been a better buy at $50,000 than it is at a $60,000 hammer bid. Time has moved on, and high performance Camaros with it. This was an awesome performance car a decade ago, but not so much today.
Lot # S128.1 1954 Chrisman Bros. and Duncan Bonneville Coupe; S/N NF557602; Metallic Brown,/Brown Naugahyde; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $310,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $341,000. – Rear-mounted 331 Chrysler Hemi, Moon discs, drum rear brakes, chromed transverse leaf spring front suspension. – Essentially completely built Bonneville speed record car, now restored to show car condition with excellent paint and abundant (non-original) chrome. ’30 Model A coupe body chopped and altered. Run at various times in various classes depending upon the engines. This is the 1955 Class D 331 Chrysler Imperial Hemi, fuel injection configuration which ran 196 mph. Later sold to George Barris and modified for use in television including the Dobie Gillis show. 2001 Pebble Beach feature car and class third place winner. Excellent restoration and an immediately recognizable piece of Bonneville history. – Sold by RM Auctions from Joe’s Garage in 2008 for $660,000 and by Mecum here in 2019 for $484,000. It is now a show car, but a real attention-grabber with a Bonneville history to back up its appearance. The bidders valued it more than Mecum did with their pre-sale estimate but this price is barely half what it brought at Joe’s Garage fourteen years ago.
Lot # T011.1 1967 Datsun 2000 Convertible; S/N SRL3100550; Light Yellow,/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $46,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,150. – 1,982cc, dual Mikuni dual choke carburetors, 5-speed, Kenwood CD stereo, Minilite style alloy wheels, Falken tires, Marchal fog lights, heater, – Sound but chipped and buffed through on some high points original paint. Cracks at the hood scoop corners. Sound upholstery. Orderly but aged and used engine compartment. Clean underbody and chassis. A presentable driver and a fine example of a British sports car built in Japan. – This isn’t your usual Datsun 2000 with 135 horsepower and a pair of single-throat carburetors. Looking at it the mysteries under the hood are intriguing: Other than the two Mikunis what else has been done? The car card offered no illumination. The buyer, however, stretched way out to arrive at this result, a price that is within the realm of reason even if it’s seriously optimistic by Datsun 2000 standards and the old paint.
Lot # W245 1956 Dodge Coronet Lancer D-500 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 35047838; Metallic Green, Light Green/Cream vinyl, Green cloth; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. – 315/295hp dual quad D-500 Hemi, automatic, hubcaps, heater, no radio, dual outside mirrors, column-mounted Sun 90 degree tach, – Good paint, chrome, original interior and glass. Engine like new but chassis and underbody only superficially redone and showing age and use since. – Described in exactly the same words when this D-500 sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2011 and had 30,538 miles on the odometer then against the 31,024 it shows now, 486 miles in eleven years and essentially unchanged in condition. It sold at B-J Scottsdale in 2011 for $41,800, then at B-J Las Vegas in 2018 for $31,900. Rarely seen and rarely appreciated outside early Mopar fans, this is a tiny niche Dodge and it brought a responsible price.
Lot # F212 1969 Dodge Charger SE Daytona 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29L9B409077; Silver Metallic, Black wing and tail band/Black vinyl; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $352,000. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, power steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, styled wheels, Polyglas GT H60-15 tires, buckets and console, woodgrain steering wheel, original broadcast sheet documented. – Superb paint, chrome and interior. Excellent nose cone and panel fits. Restored better than new. Represented as only 6,363 miles from new and the original matching numbers engine. – A stunning example of just 503 Charger Daytonas built, a one year only effort by Dodge to win in NASCAR and much more rare than the relatively common Plymouth Superbirds that followed a year later. Despite the rarity there were two ’69 Daytonas at Kissimmee this year with the other one (in Bright Red) bringing $308,000, both reasonably priced for their condition and equipment.
Lot # F242 1969 Dodge Charger SE Daytona 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29L9B414665; Bright Red, Black wing and tail band/Black vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $308,000. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, power steering and brakes, styled wheels with trim rings, red line tires, original broadcast sheet documented, – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment is like new. Flat panels, even gaps and excellent nose cone fit. Carefully restored without excess. – The other Charger Daytona sold here, F212, brought $352,000 but that one was a more fresh restoration. The two are comparable in condition and equipment and the difference is down to the age of this Daytona’s restoration.
Lot # S242.1 1969 Dodge Dart Swinger Show Car 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LM23P9B188075; Maroon Metallic, Black tail band/Black vinyl; Estimate $130,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $95,000. – 340/275hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, woodgrain steering wheel, dual outside mirrors, hood scoop, Ansen Sprint alloy wheels, Wide Tread GT tires, radio delete, hood pins, heater, Cibie rectangular headlights, grille mounted fog lights. – Rapid Transit System show car debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 1969. Built by Alexander Brothers in Detroit. Shaved door handles, modified hood and rear deck. Very good paint and chrome. The hood doesn’t sit flush but the doors do. There’s some dirt under the windshield and a small touchup near the VIN plate. The underbody is like new. Formerly part of the Steven Juliano Collection and restored to his high standards. – Sold by Mecum from the Juliano Collection at Indy in 2019 for $110,000 ($100,000 hammer). Removed from the hype surrounding the Juliano Collection this Dart Swinger becomes a curiosity that strains for recognition by the bidders. It was unrealistic for the consignor to expect more than it brought in Indy.
Lot # F140 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23U0B219649; Plum Crazy Purple, White roof and accent/White vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 440/375hp Magnum, automatic, manual brakes and steering, pushbutton radio, Tic-Toc tach gauge package, Silver Rallye wheels, trim rings, Polyglas F70-14 tires, woodgrain steering wheel rim, original broadcast sheet, window sticker and fender tag documented. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment and chassis were restored like new but are aging with some dulling paint and failing finishes. Flat panels and even gaps. A mellowed older restoration that’s still showable but not too good to drive, – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2019 for $72,600, then here last year in 2021 for $92,400. If there was money at the reported high bid today the seller should have given the offer more serious consideration.
Lot # S176.1 1933 Essex-Terraplane KT Eight Deluxe Convertible Coupe; S/N 74187; Maroon,/Tan vinyl; Beige cloth top; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. – 244/94hp eight, 3-speed, dual sidemounts, Stabilite headlights, grey painted wire wheels, wide whitewalls, rumble seat, luggage rack. – Decent old paint with usual chips around the hood opening. Good chrome. Dusty chassis. Good interior. A solid and attractive old restoration with adequate power to be an enjoyable tour car. – Worldwide sold this car in 2018 from the Hostetler collection for $86,900 when it was already an old restoration. It still is that today but if it has deteriorated at all since then it is impossible to find a meaningful aspect. It is a fine car for tours even if it’s not a CCCA recognized classic but it will run rings around most cars of its era.
Lot # S234 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 15443; Rosso Corsa,/Beige leather, Black bars; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $550,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $605,000. – 4,390/352hp, 5-speed, Veglia air conditioning, Marelli ignition modules, power windows, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires. – The smog pump is not connected. Good older repaint with masking misses along the windshield posts and small cracks under the top coat at the hood corners. Good hood struts. The interior is sound but shows age and use. The underbody and chassis are aged and used appropriate to the 42,188 miles. A driver quality Daytona, – At Mecum’s Kissimmee and Indy auctions last year this Daytona was reported bid to $500,000 without selling. It had a better fate today and changed hands at a price that is, for its age and condition, generous. It is a result that is familiar at Kissimmee 2022 where prices were in general optimistic and bidders tended to overlook condition in favor of image.
Lot # T262 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFAA02A6C0040385; Fly Yellow, Black roof panel/Black leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. – 2,927/205hp, fuel injection, 5-speed, Borletti air conditioning, CD stereo, TRX tires, Blaupunkt stereo, tools, books, service history, – Good repaint and interior. Clear, bright gauges. Orderly engine compartment. Hazy wheel center caps. Stated to be 19,713 miles from new and looks like it in both condition and age. – Fly Yellow is always an attraction, particularly among a sea of 308s in various shades of red. The bidders (as well as the flies) were drawn to it and paid a seriously generous price to take it home.
Lot # T105 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFUA13A0F0054577; Red, Black roof panel/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200. – 2,927/260hp, 5-speed, Borletti air conditioning, Pioneer CD stereo, power windows, Falken tires. – Poor old repaint with blisters and dust. Good upholstery but dirty, scratched console. Dirty engine compartment with paint loss. The chassis matches the engine compartment dirt. Stated to be 48,310 miles and shows all of them. A Ferrari that will benefit from a decent re-repaint. – This was not an encouraging 308. The negligent repaint and general wear and road use are worse than a well-maintained 308 should evidence with 48,000 miles. Such treatment invites concern about how the rest of the car was maintained but the bidders didn’t seem to care.
Lot # F092 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFXA20A5H0066699; Rosso Corsa, Black roof panel/Beige leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – 3,185/260hp, 5-speed, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Denon cassette stereo, air conditioning. – Good original paint and barely used upholstery. Represented as 9,685 miles and looks like it. – This transaction has a serious component for low miles and well-maintained condition. It should be satisfying to own and even drive but is probably better tucked away to bring out for shows while preserving its originality. There are only about 300 miles of driving left before it rolls over to five digits and the preservation premium begins to wear out.
Lot # W142.1 1990 Ferrari 348ts Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFFG36A5L0087357; Red/Tan leather; Black roof panel top; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $97,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $107,250. – 3,405cc/300hp, 5-speed, power windows, well-documented, tool kit, two sets of keys, shop manual. – 4,711 miles, unrestored, factory orange peel. Stretched driver’s seat cushion and scuffed bolster. Belt serviced in 2014. – When sold at Gooding Scottsdale two years ago this 348ts showed 4,643 miles. Today the odometer reads 4,711 and it is to all intents and purposes in the same condition but the 2020 sale was for $72,800, $34,450 less than it brought today. Ferrari Market Letter has 348ts for mid-five figures and why this one, even with so few miles, should be worth almost twice as much is incomprehensible.
Lot # L285 1990 Ferrari Testarossa Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFSG17A7L0083697; Rosso Corsa/Beige leather; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. – 4,942/380hp flat twelve, air conditioning, Momo Corse steering wheel, modular alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, stick on SF shields, red calipers, polished shift knob, Tubi exhaust. Assembly number 00611. – Good paint but the interior is more worn than indicated by the claimed 18,049 miles. Orderly engine compartment showing its age. – The condition is not as good as it should have been for the claimed miles but the bidders appropriately balanced condition and miles in this result.
Lot # S150 1992 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFGJ34B000094528; Rossa Corsa/Red cloth; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,200,000; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,750,000. – 2,936/478hp, 6-speed, Tubi exhaust with the factory exhaust included. New fuel cell bladders in 2018, fresh annual service, tools, books, car cover. Assembly number 11658. – 14,053 km and exceptionally maintained. Excellent repaint. Unblemished upholstery. Mellowed engine compartment in good condition. Not fluffed up, but consistently maintained and cared for. – F40s are on a tear but this result leads the pack and anticipates inflation that may not arrive. It is very optimistic.
Lot # S271 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFXR48A7X0114257; Black/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 3,496/380hp, F1 paddle shift gearbox, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, cassette stereo, air conditioning, black calipers. – Chipguarded nose. Scuffed original paint with some stone chips. Sound but worn original upholstery, badly worn on the driver’s seat back bolster. Scruffy, used engine compartment. Tight fitting lightly soiled top. A used car with 26,073 hard miles, – An optimistic price for a hard-used F355 Spider, like so many others here at Mecum Kissimmee. There was money to burn among the bidders and some of it was burned on this F355.
Lot # S085.1 2005 Ferrari 575M Superamerica Coupe, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFFGT61AX50143109; Rosso Corsa/Beige leather, Black inserts; Original, with major mechanical repairs 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $275,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $302,500. – 5,748/540hp, paddle shift, GTC package, red calipers, Bridgestone tires, carbon ceramic brakes, Daytona style seats, CD changer, SF shields. – Illinois salvage title, only 300 miles. Resurrected by F40 Motorsports. Looks like new after only $12,000 in repairs. There is no visible evidence of repairs which the consignor stated were limited to the right front wheel and fender. – This is something of a bargain, a last minute addition to the Kissimmee docket that was represented honestly and sold well under the market. If it is as good as the consignor says it is (and he is a reliable and experienced source) it should be very satisfying both on the road and in the pocketbook.
Lot # S116 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFF80AMA3H0222041; Grigio Silverstone/Rosso Ferrari leather; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. – 3,902/661hp, loaded with options: Grigio Chiaro special colored stitching, Carbon fiber driver zone plus LEDs, Carbon fiber central bridge, White rev counter, Premium Hi-Fi system, Rosso seat belts, Daytona-style full electric seats, Cavallino stitched on headrest, Nero/Rosso floor mats with 488 Spider logo, Adaptive frontlight system, Parking camera, Front and rear parking sensors, Sport exhaust system, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with Rosso calipers, 20-inch Matte Black wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, Ferrari duffle bag – 611 miles and like new. Michael Fux collection. – Priced like a new car, because it is.
Lot # S146.1 2021 Ferrari 812 GTS Convertible, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFF97CMA8M0263996; Extracampionario Yellow/Black leather, Yellow Stitching; Estimate $800,000 – $900,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $700,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $770,000. – 6,496/789hp, paddle shift, Stitched Yellow Cavallino, Daytona-style seats, Manettino steering wheel, Dual zone climate control, Infotelematic digital audio system, Passenger display, Carbon fiber inner door handle, driver zone+LEDs, central bridge, kick sill and dashboard inserts, Yellow safety belts, Dreamline on bridge, Dedication plate in silver, SSC5-side slip control 5 and E-diff 3, F1-trac with SSC integration, PCV-virtual short wheelbase 2.0, Magnetorheological suspension, Front and rear parking sensors, CCM carbon ceramic brakes with Black calipers, Black 10-spoke wheels with Yellow pinstripe, Michelin Pilot Sport tires. – 138 miles and like new. Michael Fux collection. – What this 812 GTS cost new but it’s a sure thing that all those options and accessories added up on their own to enough to buy a new C8 Corvette with similar bells and whistles.
Lot # S148 2021 Ferrari F8 Spider, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFF93LMA8M0267087; Extracampionario White, Red stripe/Red leather; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $600,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $660,000. – 3,902/710hp, twin turbo, F1 gearbox, Scuderia shields, Red interior with White stitching, Daytona-style leather seats, Colored upper dashboard, Carbon fiber inner door handle, driver zone+LEDs, central bridge, kick sill and dashboard inserts, Colored safety belts, F1 systems mode controller, Multimedia system with Bluetooth and DAB, Dedication plate in silver, S-duct, FDE+ Ferrari dynamic enhancer, Magnetorheological suspension, Carbon fiber exterior sill kick, Full LED headlights and turn signals, AFS system, Rear parking sensors, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with Red brake calipers, Silver 10-spoke wheels with Red pinstriping, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. – 66 miles and like new. Michael Fux collection. – Mattress mogul Michael Fux, the consignor of three late model Ferraris sold one after another during Kissimmee’s Saturday prime time, obviously loves buying cars even though he has so many that none of them get driven more than a few miles before they’re taken to Kissimmee and sold on to make room in the barn for the next round of deliveries from Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls-Royce or Bugatti. Considering that there are two late model F8 Spiders in FML this month both priced under $500,000 he and Mecum do a good job of making this strategy work.
Lot # S147 2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale Coupe, Body by Scaglietti; S/N ZFF95NLA9M0264321; Extracampionario White/Red leather; Estimate $950,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $850,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $935,000. – 3,990/986hp twin turbo V8 hybrid, Scuderia shields, Red interior, Daytona-style seats, Stitched White Cavallino, eManettino steering wheel, Heads up display, Dual zone climate control, Carbon fiber driver zone + LEDs, upper tunnel trim and dashboard inserts, F1 traction control system and E-diff 3,ESSC electronic side slip angle control, Magnetorheological suspension, Ferrari dynamic enhancer 2.0, Carbon fiber side air splitter, engine cover, rear diffuser, under door cover and exterior sill kick, Full LED headlights and LED tail lights, AFS system America, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with Red brake calipers and ABS/EBD energy recovery, Silver 5-spoke wheels with Red Prancing Horse center caps. – 57 miles and like new. Michael Fux collection. – About $507,000 new without including the laundry list of options. This is the price of exclusivity.
Lot # T285 1932 Ford Model B Pickup Custom and Jalopy; S/N B329123; Greenish/Plaid vinyl; Customized restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 305 Chevy V-8, Turbo 350 automatic, 9 inch Ford rear axle, coilover rear suspension, 4-inch front axle drop, heater, aluminum radiator, dual circuit hydraulic brakes. – An intriguing Rustomod that has scroungy old paint clearcoated to protect it and a lot of rust. The upholstery is rudimentary. The equipment described, however, is thoughtful and practical. Flat-towed behind it is a Model A-based jalopy race car in even more appalling condition. It’s said to run and start. No mention of brakes. – An instant historic racing equipe after working on the jalopy. There is nothing competitive about either vehicle but the combination is charming and would make a statement parked at a local short track or on the Bonneville Salt. The value is in the eye and imagination of the beholder.
Lot # F201 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2E63G248793; Rangoon Red/Red vinyl; Unrestored original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – 406/405hp, three 2-barrels, 4-speed, bench seat, 4.11 axle, 5 1/2 inch steel wheels, hubcaps, column-mounted Sun 90 degree tach. – Buffed through original paint. Sound but worn original upholstery and interior trim. The engine compartment is old and dirty. Rusty spark plugs, new oil filter cartridge and fuel pump. Aged and used but sound, complete and too good to restore. – An intrinsically desirable and rare car mostly distinguished by its awesome engine compartment, a real sleeper when it was new and a car that has slept, largely undisturbed, since it became uncompetitive in stoplight drags or on the drag strip. Its originality is outstanding and contributes importantly to the price it brought.
Lot # T023.1 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback; S/N 5T09K150431; Raven Black/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 289/271hp, 4-speed, 3.50 axle, styled wheels, double red line Silvertown tires, manual steering and brakes, pushbutton radio. – 59,524 miles, original North Carolina owner until 2017. Recently clearcoat repainted and front seat covers. Detailed engine compartment. Good chrome and gauges. Not pristine, but delightfully preserved and not too good that it can’t be driven. – The early K-Code Mustangs are collector favorites, and they deserve to be, particularly this well-preserved example in double black. This result reflects a modest preservation premium over even a meticulously restored example, but one that is well within reason.
Lot # T217 1967 Ford Bronco Roadster; S/N U136LA28028; Light Yellow, White hardtop/White, silver vinyl; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 170/105hp inline six, automatic, 4-wheel drive, Ford front locking hubs, no heater or radio, 2 1/2 inch lift, BFG Mud-Terrain tires, chrome bumpers, – Originally exported to Colombia, doors and hardtop fabricated there. Restored in the U.S. with very good paint and interior. The engine compartment and chassis are like new, a rare U13 Bronco even if the speedometer is in kilometers. – Taking into account the South American built doors and hardtop the reported high bid here should have been enough to see it move on to a new home.
Lot # F207 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback; S/N 9T02R194273; Acapulco Blue, Matte Black hood/White vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000. – 428/335hp Ram Air, automatic, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, 8-track stereo, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, Shaker hood. Deluxe Marti Report documented. – Excellent paint and most chrome aside from small blisters on a few pieces of cast trim. The interior and engine compartment are like new. Represented as the matching numbers engine and transmission. – This is a beautiful Mach 1, but it also is an expensive Mach 1 in this transaction, exceeding even Mecum’s pre-sale high estimate. The very best cars with the right equipment and fresh, pristine restorations were frequently seized upon at Kissimmee and brought eye-opening prices. This is a good example of that enthusiastic bidding.
Lot # F207.1 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback; S/N 9R02M188357; Wimbledon White, Matte Black hood/Black vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – 351/290hp, FMX automatic, power brakes and steering, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, rim blow steering wheel. – Represented as the matching numbers engine and transmission. Very good paint and upholstery. The engine compartment isn’t as good, showing age, oxidation and storage dust. The underbody is similar. A quality older restoration that’s showing the effects of extended storage and little attention. – This result almost makes the Cobra Jet Mach 1 that preceded it across the block look like a good deal. The lump under the hood is the basic run-of-the-mill Mach 1’s 351 and although its lighter weight is some compensation for fewer ponies and contributes to better handling it is at the end of the day much less interesting. The price it brought is 44% over the pre-sale high estimate and that is excessive. Better to buy Gamestop stock.
Lot # F189.1 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback; S/N 0F02G125456; Red, Matte Black stripes/Black vinyl; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 302/300hp race prepared engine, 4-speed, Hurst T-handle shifter, shaker hood, fire system, wide 10-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear slicks, side outlet exhaust, SW underdash gauges, Dixco tach, flared fenders, roll cage, manual brakes and steering, – Texas race history from new. 2005 restoration still with great paint and chrome. The engine compartment is spotless. Better than it ever was in 1970. – A solid and beautifully presented Boss 302 with race preparation from new, this is a very good value both in presentation and in historic racing potential, a car that could, in the time-honored tradition, be driven to the track, raced successfully, then driven home.
Lot # F201.1 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback; S/N 0F02G133514; Medium Blue, Matte Black hood/Blue vinyl; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. – 302/300hp, 4-speed, Hurst T-handle shifter, power steering and brakes, Magnum wheels Polyglas F60-15 tires, Shaker hood, tach, rear window slats, pushbutton radio. Marti Report documented. – Excellent paint aside from a touched up scrape under the right quarter window. Bright chrome and very good interior with crisp gauges. The engine compartment is like new. One of two provided to Ford’s Production and Engineering facility. – Nicely equipped, an interesting history that differentiates it from other Mustangs and an attractive color combine to make this a nearly singular Boss 302 and the Kissimmee bidders spotted it and bid on it accordingly. It is a bit expensive but also a car the new owner can own and show with pride and distinction, valuable attributes.
Lot # T240 1977 Ford Bronco Utility; S/N U15GL088144; Orange, White roof/White vinyl; Truck restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – 302/130hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, radio, lifted, alloy wheels, All-Terrain BFG tires, dual outside mirrors, screw on plastic flares, 2-row seating, step bars, chrome bumpers. – Sound paint, good interior. The chassis and engine compartment have been restored to serviceable standards. Not a show car, but maybe too good to take offroad. – This Bronco doesn’t stand out in a marketplace crowded with over-restored, upgraded U15 Broncos but the Kissimmee bidders treated it as if it does, putting a generous price on it.
Lot # T023 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Coupe; S/N 1FACP42D9PF154977; Black,/Grey cloth; Unrestored original 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 302/235hp, 5-speed, sunroof, power driver’s seat, rear window defroster. – 862 miles, one owner, as it came off the truck from Dearborn and not dealer prepped. – This result is a 30% premium for low miles and preservation. The new owner gets bragging rights, but no reasonable prospect of enjoying the SVT Cobra’s performance and handling without taking an immediate and heavy hit to value.
Lot # S294 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679318; Red, White/Black cloth; Estimate $95,000 – $110,000; Modified restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000. – 3,442/180hp inline six, C-type cylinder head, 5-speed, steel wheels, bias ply Firestone tires, turn signals added. competition seats, no bumpers, halogen headlights, stainless steel exhaust. – NASCAR coupe reproduction of the car raced at Linden, NJ in 1954, the first imported car to win a NASCAR race. Decent paint, good seats, crude transmission tunnel modifications. Fair chrome. Old underbody and engine compartment. Usable and unusual but only to mediocre standards. – This wasn’t a cheap car to build but declining a money bid this close to the pre-sale low estimate is brave. Finding a venue where it will appeal and the bidders will be willing to look past its shortcomings in fabrication and appearance is not going to be easy. If there was money at this bid, the consignor would have been well-advised to take it.
Lot # F297 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Station Wagon; S/N 1J4GS5874LP503267; White, Woodgrain/Beige vinyl, cloth inserts,; Modified restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 360 V8, Holley double pumper 4-barrel, Edelbrock Performer AMC intake manifold, headers, power brakes and steering, power windows, power individual front seats, Pioneer CD stereo, air conditioning, roof rack, gold accented alloy wheels, Hankook tires. – Decent repaint and applied woodgrain with small repairs behind both front doors. Good upholstery, dash and glass. Stainless bright trim is slightly dull but not damaged. The engine compartment is orderly but the chassis is aged and not restored. An intriguing updated Grand Wagoneer and an appropriate tow car for a vintage racing AMX Javelin. – Grand Wagoneers of this era have become popular but haven’t broken through into the widespread passion of updated rugged urban-oriented 4×4 like Land Crushers and Discoverys. They rarely appear for public sale both because so few were built (only 4,117 Grand Wagoneers in 1990) and their tendency to rot. It was, however, one of five of this generation at Mecum Kissimmee, and not even the most expensive, selling for exactly half of the price brought by a fully-restored, nut-and-bolt, 1986 that didn’t benefit from any performance improvements.
Lot # S120 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo GT3 Race car; S/N ZHWEF5ZF1LLA13281; Matte Black, Gold/Black cloth; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Competition car, original as-raced 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – 5,204/620hp V-10, X-Trac 6-speed sequential paddle shift, OMP multifunction steering wheel, LED headlights and taillights, Speedline wheels, P Zero tires. – Never driven and not street legal, a new and unused GT3 race car. Roger Dubuis watch livery. – Apparently not upgraded to EVO2 specs, the result here is about what it cost new which is appropriate since it to all intents and purposes a new car. Its utility is limited, unless the new owner happens to live next door to a race track.
Lot # F097.2 1997 Lotus Esprit V8 Turbo Coupe; S/N SCCFE33C8VHF65240; Red/Parchment leather; Unrestored original 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 3,506/350hp, 5-speed, O.Z. modular wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Alpine CD stereo, built in radar detector, two roof panels. – 32,713 miles, one owner. Good original paint. Chipped roof panel corners. Sound but stretched original upholstery with a smudge on the driver’s seat cushion. – The Lotus Esprit was a supercar with the 2-litre turbo four. Gaining the 3,506cc/350hp twin turbo V8 in 1996 left no doubt of its positioning the 90’s high performance market, particularly when analog supercars are a sweet spot among collectors. This is all that and more, well-preserved and -maintained and bought for Ferrari Mondial money.
Lot # W095 1974 Maserati Merak Coupe; S/N AM1120634; Red/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $40,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,000. – 2,965/190hp, 5-speed, air conditioning, power windows, alloy wheels, Nexen tires, Citroen style gauges. – Good older repaint. Sound original upholstery. Old undercoat in the wheel wells, scuffed bumper chrome. Dusty engine compartment. A usable driver, – Bid to $44,000 on the block, sold later through Bid Goes On with this all-in result, a realistic figure for a mediocre Merak.
Lot # S146 2020 McLaren Speedtail Coupe; S/N SBM23GDG0LW403100; Volcano Yellow, Black roof/Black, Yellow leather; Estimate $3,500,000 – $4,000,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,000,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $3,300,000. – 3,994/746hp twin turbo V-8, 312hp electric motor, 1,050 hybrid hp, many bells and whistles. – 194 miles, like new, number 100 of 106 built. Some sources cite the parallel hybrid system’s power is 1,035, not that it makes much difference. – It is what it is, production is sold out and to get one it has to be bought used, although “used” hardly applies to this car with 194 miles.
Lot # S162 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe; S/N 1980405500791; Engine # 1989805500803; Dark Pewter Grey Metallic/Tan leather, Grey plaid; Estimate $1,750,000 – $2,000,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,640,000. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, body color centerlock wheels, Yokohama tires, Beige steering wheel rim and shift knob, fitted luggage, hinged steering wheel. – Excellent clearcoat paint. Smooth, flat panels. Good upholstery but with uneven seat back padding. Their underbody is like new, as is the engine compartment, and although the restoration’s age is now calculated in decades it is still fresh and crisp. – Reported sold by Russo and Steele at Scottsdale eleven years ago in 2011 for $704,000, the result here at Kissimmee had tongues wagging trying to sass out what had happened in the meantime to bring such an extraordinary result. It would have been fully priced and reasonably expensive at the low estimate of $1,750,000; the successful hammer bid was $650,000 more than that which is more than generous.
Lot # F143 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster; S/N 19804210002759; Engine # 19898010002819; Silver Grey Metallic/Dark Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $1,600,000 – $1,800,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,300,000. – 2,996/240hp, 4-speed, body color wheel centers, polished rims, Michelin RainForest tires, Euro headlights dual outside Talbot mirrors, Beige steering wheel and shift knob, original jack, Becker Mexico radio, Hirschman antenna. – Excellent clearcoat paint, flat, flush-fitting panels, slightly creased upholstery. Appropriately restored engine compartment with some road dust and correct finishes, – An exceptionally attractive example that sold at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2012, ten years ago, for $792,000 and was bid to an appropriate amount here in Kissimmee.
Lot # F233 1982 Mercedes-Benz SL Trans Am Coupe Trans Am; Black/Black cloth; Competition car, original as-raced 4 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $200,000. – 4.5 liter M-B V-8, dual Holley 4-barrels, fiberglass wide body panels, tube chassis, roll cage, BBS wheels, Goodyear Eagle race tires, a silhouette race car built for the DeAtley team, comes with various spares. – Not used in years, scratched, chipped, cracked bodywork and paint. Tired, dirty and neglected, but intriguing and sure to attract plenty of attention on a historic race grid. – It isn’t beautiful and it apparently wasn’t successful but it sure is different, particularly the sight of an overhead cam Mercedes V-8 with dual quads.
It is strange enough, and tired enough, that any money offer should be considered seriously. If there was money anywhere close to the reported high bid here it should have been taken with gratitude.
Lot # S152 1951 Mercury Hirohata Mercury Custom Coupe, Body by Barris; S/N 51SL35730M; Turquoise Green, Dark Green sweep panel/Beige, Dark Green vinyl; Customized restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,145,000. – 331 Cadillac V-8, 3-speed, Cadillac wheel covers, wide whitewalls, triple Stromberg 97s. – The word “icon” is over-used and no longer descriptive, except in this case. Built by the Barris brothers for Bob Hirohata and widely displayed and featured at the time. Appeared in the movie “Running Wild” with Mamie Van Doren in 1955. Bought by Jim McNiel in 1959 and driven for a few years when he was in high school, then put aside until 1996 when it was restored. Restored again in 2015 by some of the team who built and painted it in the Fifties and won its class at Pebble Beach the same year. Still owned by the McNiel family. The dashboard still has its original pinstriping by Von Dutch. Excellent paint and interior. Bright chrome. The engine compartment isn’t as fresh as the cosmetics, but that is insignificant compared with its history and continuing influence on customizing. – The Hirohata Merc probably inspired more lead sled Mercurys than any other car during the ascendancy of customizing. It was the subject of a long and ultimately successful campaign to re-establish its recognition since appearing at Pebble Beach seven years ago. The family were hoping for a 7-figure price and did they ever get it. The new owner got a singular automobile after enthusiastic bidding. It is an iconic car acquired in an iconic auction process.
Lot # T037 1960 MG MGA Roadster; S/N 89406; Black/Dark Red vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300. – 1,588/80hp, 4-speed, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, chrome wire wheels, Nankang tires, wind wings, fender mirrors, headlight stoneguards, dual choke carburetor on a Pierce manifold. – Sound paint and upholstery. Faded original dashboard. Orderly engine compartment. A decent driver with strange carburetion. – The Kissimmee bidders saw something in this oddball MGA that escapes the usual analysis. There is nothing comparable, either in its equipment or in the price it brought and this is more money than the car it bought.
Lot # S192 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible; S/N 578M22498; Alcan White/Red leather; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 371/300hp, J2 three 2-barrels, automatic, power steering and brakes, skirts, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, traffic light viewer. – First odometer digit is unreadable, the rest reads 2,433. Dulling old paint, very good interior. Decent major chrome but weak vent window frames and hood ornaments. The left rear hood corner is bent and cracked. A rare and desirable Oldsmobile but in need of attention. – Sometimes auction bidders see through the hype and recognize the underlying details that they have to balance, like rarity against condition, to arrive at a price compromise that is reasonable. That’s the case with this rare J2-powered Super 88 convertible which had some notable condition flaws but was inherently valuable both as a convertible and for its three deuce J2 engine. They whipped it all in a mental mixing bowl, cooked on it for a while and arrived at a precise and, in my opinion, accurate blend that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
Lot # S180 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W-30 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 344870M271171; Black, White hood stripes/Pearl White vinyl; Estimate $180,000 – $220,000; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – 455/370hp, M21 close ratio 4-speed, power steering, 3.91 Anti-Spin axle, T3 headlamps, SS I wheels with Uniroyal Tiger Paw tires, bucket seats, AM radio, sport steering wheel. Documented with GM Canada paper. – Represented as the original engine and transmission. Very shiny, smooth black paint with excellent body lines. The brightwork has been completely replaced. The engine compartment has been fully restored and has all the right stickers. The underbody is just as well restored as the exterior and the interior is unused. A gorgeously restored W30 with no faults that deserve noting. – Sold by Russo and Steele at Scottsdale in 2017 for $165,000, then by Mecum at the 2019 Spring Classic in Indy for $225,500. The $22,000 difference between 2019 and 2022 prices is under 10%, a difference without a distinction, essentially the same price three years apart even if Mecum’s estimate is hedged significantly lower.
Lot # T248 1972 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 3J57U2M194376; White, Gold accents/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 455/275hp, automatic, Ram Air hood, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, Dual Gate shifter, sunroof, 8-track stereo, gold SSII wheels, Firestone Indy 500 tires with Speedway insignia. – One of 27 Hurst Olds cars used in the Indy 500 Festival. Numerous chips, microblisters and scratches on the nose and hood. Poor paint masking. Decent chrome. Long touched up scratch on the left front fender. Long scratch on the driver’s side mirror. Surface rust poking through the paint ahead of the rear of the left quarter window. Several cracks on the tail. Faded sticker graphics. Good interior with lightly worn switchgear. Showing 53,707 miles and certainly showing use, this Hurst/Olds clearly wasn’t treated as a collectible from new. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction in 2016 for $27,500 and having 522 more miles on the odometer than it did then. The restoration wasn’t very good to begin with and isn’t holding up well, with noticeable deterioration in the past six years. Bidders here didn’t seem to notice, however, and paid a premium price for the Indy 500 Festival history and the gate pass on the windshield.
Lot # F161 1931 Packard 840 Custom Eight Roadster; S/N 189075; Dark Blue, Black accent/Dark Blue leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. – 385/120hp inline eight, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, Pilot Rays, luggage rack, dual spotlights, rumble seat, “donut-chaser”. Ex-Frank Buck, Dan Sargent and John Mozart – Unnumbered CCCA National First Prize. Restored in 1975 and winner of a laundry list of AACA and CCCA awards. Sound old paint beginning to dull out, with edge chips from use. Sound surface creased upholstery. Oily, dirty engine compartment and chassis. A quality old restoration that has been driven extensively and is holding up well but showing the miles. – Sold by Christie’s at Pebble Beach in 1998 for $162,000. In 2003 Christie’s offered it again at Pebble Beach, where its odometer showed 64,724 miles. The mileage today is 68,232, 3,508 miles in almost two decades. RM sold it at Hershey in 2018 for $148,500 and its condition has deteriorated despite adding only 117 miles since then. It is and always has been a special car with informed and caring owners who have treated it with the respect and deference it was due but this result is a triumph for its condition and the age of its restoration.
Lot # T256 1956 Packard 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 56873040; Gold, White/Gold cloth, Black, White leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. – 374/290hp V-8, pushbutton automatic, WonderBar radio, power windows and seat, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, skirts, dual rear antennas, power brakes and steering. – Good older paint, chrome and original upholstery. Represented as 6,114 miles and nothing about the car contradicts that claim. It has been impressively maintained and cared for throughout its life, a true survivor. – This Packard 400 has an extended auction history of superior results reflecting its preservation more than anything else. It was sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2010 for $41,800, then at Auburn Fall in 2016 for $46,000. It is impressive that it brought this much here, but it’s only a further step in its history of preservation and value but somewhat surprising that its quality and preservation were noted and valued here at Kissimmee.
Lot # L153 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 Club Sedan; S/N 1051014; Light Yellow, Gold fenders/Grey cloth; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 366/125hp eight, 3-speed, overdrive, archer mascot, painted wire wheels with hub caps and trim rings, dual sidemount spares with vinyl covers and mirrors, dual chrome horns, Dawley headlights, Pilot-Ray lights, wind wings, luggage rack and trunk, suicide rear doors, interior courtesy light, modern air conditioning. – Represented as restored 12 years ago but appears even older than that. Tired paint with big chips, scratches, and cracks throughout. Dull chrome. Good upholstery and interior wood trim. Mild road wear underneath. Even just a repaint would go a long way, but as it sits this Pierce Arrow isn’t much to look at. – Sold at the Barrett-Jackson Houston auction four months ago for $38,500, this is a magnanimous return for a few months’ ownership. It’s a handsome old car, but with the emphasis on “old”. The seller should be very happy.
Lot # F141.1 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23J9G190426; Omaha Orange, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. – 426/425hp, Hemi, Air Grabber hood, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, bench seat, woodgrain steering wheel and shift knob, tach, dog dish hubcaps, red line Firestone tires, power steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, original fender tag documented. – Good paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment is orderly but aged and dusty. Flat panels, flush, fits, even gaps. An older restoration now mellowed to good driver condition. Not represented as the original engine. – This price may be somewhat better than the underlying car (particularly if the engine has been replaced) but it is an eye-catching example in special order Omaha Orange and the bidders’ enthusiasm for it is understandable.
Lot # F138 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible; S/N BS27V0B133363; Limelight/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – 440/390hp Six Barrel, automatic, Tic-Toc tach gauge package, silver Rallye wheels, trim rings, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, power brakes and steering, fog lights, Shaker hood, buckets and console, woodgrain steering wheel, pushbutton radio, body color bumpers. – One of 29 V-code convertibles built in 1970. Excellent paint with a few small blemishes. Bright chrome. Very good interior. The engine compartment, however, is dusty and has fluid residue. Waterspotted underbody and chassis. A showcar restoration in need of thorough detailing, – Sold by Mecum at Harrisburg in 2019 for $211,750, then here in 2021 for $239,250, it is holding its value well, but isn’t exactly emblematic of the “impossible price increases” people were muttering about in Kissimmee. A sound and attractive car resplendent in High Impact Limelight green, it is aging well in both condition and consistent value.
Lot # F136 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi Convertible; S/N BS27R0B305097; Lemon Twist/Saddle vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,700,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,100,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, automatic, buckets and console, body color wheels, dog dish hubcaps, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, Shaker hood, power brakes, – Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome, stainless, gauges and interior. Flat panels, even fits. Impossible to fault. Documented history from new. One of fourteen built. – Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles have their own exclusive niche. With abundant Hemi horsepower and torque in a whippy frame without the stabilization of a roof the driving experience may leave something to be desired, but they are consummately rare and legendary. They have gone through value cycles when they’re in and out of fashion and having sold at Mecum Indy three years ago in 2019 for $1,980,000 the consignor here obviously was anticipating riding a cresting wave to get closer to the $2.4 million low estimate. Considering how strong the prices were at Kissimmee this year it is somewhat surprising more money wasn’t present for this Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, but the wave may have passed.
Lot # F141 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B349154; Alpine White/Black vinyl; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $250,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, pushbutton radio, manual brakes and steering silver Rally wheels, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, 4.1 Dana, pistol grip shifter, black shaker hood. – Represented as 9,944 miles, matching numbers and all original. Sound paint and interior. Sound old chrome. Dirty engine compartment. A relic. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2007 for $240,000, at Mecum Dallas in 2013 for $214,000 and here in Kissimmee a year ago in 2021 for $192,500. The reported high bid here is more than realistic, leading to the inference that maybe there wasn’t money present at or close to the reported high bid.
Lot # F213 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A170187; Lemon Twist, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000. – 440/390hp Six Barrel, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Rallye wheels with trim rings, red line tires, power steering and brakes, 3.54 Sure Grip, pushbutton radio, buckets and console, broadcast sheet documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Excellent paint, chrome and upholstery. Yellowed gauge faces. Grubby engine compartment. Clean restored underbody. The cosmetics are great but the engine and chassis are aged and road grimy, – This is an astounding price for an aged and tired Superbird even with the Six Barrel V-Code engine and in High Impact Lemon Twist.
Lot # F252 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A172660; Petty Blue, Black vinyl roof/White vinyl; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $285,000. – 440/390hp, Six Barrel, automatic, power brakes and steering, Rallye wheels with trim rings, Polyglas GT F60-15 tires, pushbutton radio, Tic-Toc tach, documented with three broadcast sheets, MSO, original bill of sale and window sticker. – Represented as the original matching numbers engine and all original with 24,510 miles. Sound dulling original paint with chips, water spots and scratches. Bright chrome and stainless. Rust blisters under the left c-pillar roof covering. Looks just like what it claims to be. – An extraordinary survivor that was bid to a reasonable price just $15,000 shy of the low estimate. The consignor must hold it in high regard to turn down an offer of this much, assuming there was real money in the building or on the phones.
Lot # S218.1 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Safari 2-Dr. Station Wagon; S/N W756H11116; Beige, Sandalwood/Beige, Sandalwood leather; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Older restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 317/227hp, automatic, P/S, tissue dispenser, front bumper overriders, aftermarket cassette stereo, heater, wheel covers, bias ply whitewalls, dual exhaust. – Owned in the 50’s and 60’s by Bob Shane, lead singer of the Kingston Trio. Meticulously restored in the original colors and materials and exhaustively documented with paper usually lost in the history of cars this old. Very good paint, chrome and interior, detailed to very good standard but the wheel covers are dull and the door window frame chrome is weak and pitting. The engine compartment is aged and dirty. An older restoration that’s lost its edge and been neglected, – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2010 for $44,800, at Bonhams Scottsdale in 2013 for $47,150 and at Branson Spring three months later for $56,160. The ratio of Chevy Nomads to Pontiac Safaris at auction is about 100:1 yet Safaris distantly lag their more prolific Chevy cousins in value. The Hagerty Price guide pegs the Safari at 20% less than the Nomad, a distinction that was totally lost on the Kissimmee bidders who, with unusual introspection, bid this aged but well-documented and well-restored Safari at a seriously premium price. Or else the bidders were Kingston Trio fans. Either way this is a healthy over-market price.
Lot # T190.1 1958 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N C558H2437; Metallic Green, Light Green roof and accent/Green vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. – 370/315hp fuel injection, automatic, power steering and brakes, Sportable radio, power windows, bucket seats, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Excellent clearcoat paint, brilliant chrome, lightly stretched upholstery. The engine compartment has been restored like new but is generously coated with oily mist and road grime that should have been cleaned up better. A rare car that will be shown proudly after a thorough detailing. – Few of these early fuel injected Bonnevilles survive with their fuel injection intact. Corvette owners many have enduring and eventually resolved early Rochester FI problems but Bonneville owners were less patient with the result that a 4-barrel was the expedient fix. Not only attractively restored but also rare, this is a desirable car and it brought a generous but not unreasonable price.
ot # F091 1965 Pontiac Le Mans GTO Convertible; S/N 237675Z1120777; Amethyst,/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 389/338hp, Tri-Power, automatic, power steering, brakes and top, Rally wheels, red line tires, pushbutton radio, buckets and console, heater, factory tach but no engine gauges, T3 headlights. – Represented as the original Tri-Power engine. Very good clearcoat paint and exterior chrome. Good interior, dash and gauges. The frame is restored like new. The engine compartment is clean and orderly with only some scorching of the intake manifold paint from the exhaust heat. The interior chrome, however, is pitted and unattractive. – Aside from having an automatic this is a choice Le Mans GTO, thoughtfully restored and equipped with enough amenities that it will be a delightful weekend driver. It is priced right for all those attributes.
Lot # F163 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 223379U132041; Matador Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 400/330hp, automatic, air conditioning, power brakes and steering, hood mounted tach, 8-track tape player, Hurst alloy wheels, red line tires, extensively documented with broadcast sheet, window sticker, Protect-o-Plate, order form and more. – Excellent paint, chrome, glass and interior. The engine compartment is very clean but aged. The paint behind the left rear rain gutter is dull and the interior console woodgrain applique is old and dull. The windshield edges are starting to delaminate. Impressive equipment, not so impressive presentation, – Sold here in 2017 for $44,000, then in 2018 for $38,500. The documentation from new is impressive and feeds into the superior price it brought today. It is a satisfying car with a good history and desirable drivetrain.
Lot # W226 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 242679R172953; Black/Burgundy vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 400/350hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, buckets and console, styled wheels with trim rings, Radial T/A tires, hood mounted tach, pushbutton radio, AutoMeter underdash gauges, hideaway headlights, original invoice documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Erratic repaint, poor blistered paint on the Endura nose. Grubby under the windshield corners. Good interior and clear gauges. Orderly repainted underbody. Pitted outside mirror chrome. Not very good, but good enough. – This is a nifty GTO, but it is only basically equipped and its equipment doesn’t come up to the price it brought here. A basic GTO in basic condition, it brought a generous price.
Lot # S189 1970 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242370R132006; Red, Black “Judge” side stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – 455/360hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, hood tach, 4.1 Saf-T-Track, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, SSII wheels, Wide Oval tires. PHS documented. – Represented as a “correct 4-bolt main block “. Excellent paint, interior and chrome. The chassis and engine compartment are restored like new. 2011 restoration that’s holding up well, but there is at least one issue at the front of the left front fender, and where there’s one there are probably more, – Sold by Mecum at St. Charles, Illinois in 2012 for $68,900 only a year after the restoration. The price it brought here is representative, but not for a GTO that can’t attest to the originality of the engine. The bidders ignored that salient feature and got carried away with the 455 and the rare special order Judge side stripe.
Lot # S237.1 1965 Porsche 356B/912 Prototype Coupe; S/N 13415; Engine # P821653; Light Ivory/Black leather; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $290,000. – 1,582/107hp 356SC engine represented as matching numbers, chrome wheels, hubcaps, Michelin XWX tires, woodrim steering wheel. – Factory-documented prototype with 356SC power used for a tour of U.S. dealers to show the new 911/912 body style. One of six built of which two survive. Represented as the matching numbers engine. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Flat panels, flush fits, even gaps. Spotless engine compartment. An impressive restoration of a rare Porsche prototype. Kardex and Porsche CofA documented. – Mecum offered this 912 prototype at Monterey in 2016 where it was reported bid to $600,000 without selling. It is much more reasonably estimated today but similarly fell short, no doubt a disappointment to the consignor and also to Porsche enthusiasts who would like to see it out on Porsche parades and Rennsport Reunions.
Lot # F301 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe; S/N 9309700506; Red, “Momo” “Electrodyne”/Black cloth; Competition car, original as-raced 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – Kremer 935 bodywork, extensively modified to go with the body kit, upgraded 3.3 litre turbo engine, Fabcar intercooler and intake system, fire system, Recaro seat, 935-spec suspension, two sets of BBS wheels. – Chipped, cracked, scratched, dull bodywork and paint. Tired, dirty interior. Very used and neglected. – An impressive equipment list indicates someone spent a great deal of time and effort creating a fast track day car. It was then used, as evidenced by the visible damage, then put away. The offer here wouldn’t pay for the engine and gearbox work but it is so neglected the consignor should have given serious consideration to any money offer.
Lot # S140 2016 Radical RXC GT3 GT3 Race car; S/N SA9RXCLETGP207014; Orange, White, Gold/Black cloth; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Competition car, original as-raced 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $214,500. – Ford 3.5 Litre Exo Boost V-6, 448hp, 7-speed Quaife paddle shift transmission, LCD dashboard, data logger, fire system, Pirelli PZero tires, dual Corbeau seats, gold 10-spoke wheels, power heater mirrors, power steering, carbon fibre wing. – A street-legal GT3 car. Very good paint (for a race car), barely used upholstery. Clean lightly used engine compartment. There are a few small cracks in some of the body accessory panels but no indication of racing use. – $160,000 less than the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 sold twenty or so lots before at Kissimmee, the Radical has the benefit of being a legal road car. It is lighter but has about 2/3 the horsepower. All-in-all that sounds like a reasonable compromise and both this and the Huracan brought a little more than their pre-sale high estimates.
Lot # F155 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Factory Stage III Dragonsnake Roadster; S/N CSX2427; Yellow, White nose band/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,375,000. – 289/325hp with factory 4-Weber intake “Stage III” package, chrome braced paperclip rollbar, 5-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, AC 2-lobe nuts, Goodyear Super Cushion front tires, 8-7.60-15 M&H slicks at the rear, known ownership history from new. – One of five factory-built Dragonsnake drag cars and the only one built to customer order for Don Reimer in Gettysburg, PA. Special order paint to match his T-Bird tow car. Excellent paint, chrome and lightly creased upholstery. Restored like new with OEM and NOS parts for Steven Juliano. Better than new without being overdone. – Sold by RM in Arizona in 2001 for $209,000 then re-restored to acknowledged high standards that brought it a series of awards. Offered as part of the Juliano collection at Mecum Indy in 2019 where it was bid to $1.4 million but not sold on the block. Today’s result mirrors that one and is still plenty of money for a Cobra that has no practicality at all.
Lot # S160 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350R Fastback; S/N SFM5R002; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $3,700,000 – $4,000,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $3,409,091 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $3,750,000. – 289, Holley double pumper 4-barrel, cold air intake, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear Blue Streak tires, woodrim steering wheel, SW gauges, Plexiglas side and rear windows, braced roll bar. – Restored like new and showing some age but little if any use. Vinyl race numbers and Terlingua shield but otherwise in great, usable condition. This is the first GT350R built, driven by Ken Miles, Bob Bondurant, Chuck Cantwell, Peter Brock and Jerry Titus. 5R001 is actually the second R-Model built. Multiple B/Production race winner in 1965 when Cantwell took the SCCA B/P season championship. Award winner at Amelia, SAAC and Pebble Beach where it also took the Road & Track magazine special award. – Bidding was fast and furious but stalled at $3.4 million until the successful bidder was persuaded to bump the bid by $300,000 to $3.7 million and take it home. However, Mecum subsequently reports it sold for $3,750,000 all-in. It was reported sold at Mecum Indy in 2020 for $3.85 million all-in, $3.5 million hammer, making this result a lateral move. It was the top sale of Mecum’s blockbuster 2022 Kissimmee auction until the post-block adjustment.
Lot # F171.1 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster; S/N CSX3281; Metallic Green,/Black leather; Estimate $1,500,000 – $1,700,000; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. – 427 engine, Shelby registry notes this car was originally a 428, starburst centerlock alloy wheels, Goodyear Sports Car Special tires, grille and trunk guards, wind wings, Talbot outside mirror, formerly in the Otis Chandler collection. – Excellent paint, consistent panel gaps and straight body. The brightwork is all in excellent condition. The underbody is spotless and has no aging. The interior is appealingly and only slightly stretched. The engine compartment is like new. A beautiful fresh-looking restoration of a big-block Cobra in its attractive original colors, although it was originally a 428 and not a genuine 427 and the restoration is now a dozen years old. – Most “427” Cobras began life as 428s, so the distinction is rather meaningless. It has a substantial auction history, selling for $332,750 at RM Monterey in 2003, then $632,500 at RM Arizona 2010 and $1,100,000 at RM Arizona in 2019. A bid of $1,250,000 at Indy in 2020 was declined but this successful bid is only $50,000 more, small compensation for the eighteen months in between. The auction history is characteristic of 427 Cobra values over the past twelve years and this is a reasonable result in 2022.
Lot # F160 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback; S/N 67400F2U00643; Dark Blue, White stripes/Parchment vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000. – 428/335hp, 4-speed, dual quads, Rally gauges, pushbutton radio, 5-spoke Shelby Magstar wheels, Goodyear tires, power brakes and steering, woodrim steering wheel, grille-mounted fog lights, Marti Report and Shelby Register history documented. – Restored like new some time ago still with excellent cosmetics. The interior and engine compartment show no wear and barely any use but are aging. It is a multiple winner in concours and at SAAC events and is impossible to fault in any meaningful way except for the restoration’s age. – Sold by Mecum at Monterey in 2011 for $196,100, then by Barrett-Jackson at Las Vegas in 2018 for $198,000. Those were both reasonable results at the time, and would still be reasonable today. Why and how it is deemed to be worth nearly double the 2018 successful bid of $180,000 today, and $40,000 more than the pre-sale high estimate is inexplicable. This is far over the top, even for a quality GT500 with all the right stuff.
Lot # L156 1970 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CC52986L; BRGreen,/Beige vinyl; Black leatherette top; Visually maintained, largely original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,600. – 2,498/150hp, 4-speed, CD stereo. – Stock steering wheel with two vinyl wraps. Edge chipped old repaint with erratic masking. Peeling front bumper chrome. Luggage rack on the rear deck is attached only on one side. Crudely repaired top margins. Dirty old undercoat. – Sold here three years ago in 2019 for $16,500, this fairly nasty TR6 went to the same Mecum Transport address as L163, another TR6. It may be a chance to make one good car out of two fading ones but hope springs eternal that it may have found a specialist who can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear even though this sow’s ear is seriously expensive.
Lot # L163 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF20582U; Red,/Brown vinyl; Black leatherette top; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100. – 2,498/124hp, 4-speed, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, AM-FM radio, chrome wire wheels, Coker red line tires, – Dull old repaint, poorly masked. Cracked rubber seals. Usable upholstery. Crudely repaired top. Old undercoat. Dirty wire wheels. Sound but needs a lot. – Sold here three years ago in 2019 for $17,600 and not at all pleasing in its condition or presentation, this smog-limited TR6 with 26 horsepower less than the earlier one sold a few lots before as L156 is even more optimistically valued. Both TR6s went to the same Mecum Transport destination but what a TR6 buyer saw in either of them is hard to fathom. This is an expensive TR6, but being expensive is not a rare attribute at Mecum Kissimmee in 2022.
Hey Rick, thanks for putting in all the hard work that goes into these auction reports. As someone who also archives auctions I can appreciate and understand the amount of time and energy that goes into one of these. I did some comparisons between my records and yours, and I found a few that I was missing, and a few that you might have been missing. Lot F157: unnoted that it sold for $1,050,000 (not including premium) at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in 2009. Lot T181: unnoted that the car has been turned around and is listed for sale at Mecum’s Glendale 2021 sale as lot F111. Lot F140: unnoted this car received a high bid of $33,850 on BaT in November of 2016 but failed to sell. Lot F92: unnoted this car sold for $81,000 on BaT in October 2019. Lot S146.1: unnoted that the car has been turned around and is listed for sale at Mecum Glendale as lot R381. I hope you can use these records and can help aid you in the archiving. Bennett
Bennett, Thanks for your observations. I’m impressed by your thoroughness and attention to detail. I’ll add this information shortly.