RM Auctions, Hershey, October 11-12, 2018

As part of RM’s restructuring the Hershey auction in 2018 reverted to the RM Auctions banner, replacing RM Sotheby’s branding here and Auctions America elsewhere.

It was a distinction without a difference: same feel, same people, same venue. Only the signage reflected the change with the absence of Sotheby’s.

RM’s Hershey auction reflects the AACA-based Hershey clientele that frequents the car corral and epic swap meet, stopping by the auction to get a sense of the market.

58.1% of the consignments were built before the entry of the U.S. into World War II hostilities. 20.3% were from the period before the Crash of 1929.

RM always manages to find some oddities to spice up the Hershey docket.

  • Ever seen a 1948 Playboy? There was one at Hershey.
  • How about a pair of unrestored Curved Dash Oldsmobiles?
  • Perhaps the most attractive closed body Rolls-Royce 25/30 in the world, bodied by Lancefield.
  • A truly eccentric 1909 Model T with Coupe de Ville coachwork.
  • There was even a Kaiser Deluxe Golden Dragon that had onlookers in awe of its green reptilian pattern upholstery and dashboard.

Hershey is always enjoyable and this year the weather cooperated with only intermittent sprinkles from an overcast sky to keep things in character. Hot and steamy early, there was a welcome cool-off with low humidity on Saturday.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2018 132/148 89.2% 57.6% 11.4% $81,539 $57,200

[70.2%]

$10,763,125
2017 131/138 94.9% 62.3% 13.1% $120,531 $57,750

[47.9%]

$15,789,500
2016 112/126 89.7% 66.4% 11.5% $102,111 $40,250

[39.4%]

$11,538,513
2015 144/150 96% 59% 11.8% $111,440 $60,500

[54.3%]

$16,047,700

98 of the 148 lots offered are described here, sorted by Marque, Model, Body Style and Year for easier searching.


Lot # 413 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible; S/N HBJ8L30659; Golden Beige/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,500. – Chrome wire wheels, Vredestein tires, overdrive, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, Lucas driving lights, badge bar. – Restored in 2009 but looks much more recent, like last year. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. The underbody is in essentially showroom condition. Impossible to fault in any meaningful way. – Big Healey values have dropped from the fad levels of a few years ago, but not as far as the reported high bid on this one would indicate. The consignor wisely declined to accept this offer for a high quality restoration, even if it is nine years old.

Lot # 172 1969 Buick Riviera 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 494879H931123; Copper Mist, Parchment vinyl roof/Parchment vinyl, cloth; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,600. – 430/360hp, automatic, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, pushbutton radio, air conditioning, tilt steering column, power windows, front bench seat. – Superficial clearcoat repaint over old paint and edge chips with a little overspray in the wheel wells. Good original interior. Old undercoat. A presentable used car showing 83,616 believable miles. – A spot-on result for a presentable and well-maintained ’69 Riviera, and maybe a little to the new owner’s advantage with the largely original preservation.

Lot # 375 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible; S/N 16834349; Red, White wheel wells/White, Red leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – 320/188hp eight, Dynaflow, radio, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, power steering, brakes, antenna and windows. – Good paint and chrome. Chipped hood edges. Lightly soiled upholstery. Dusty engine compartment was restored like new with only a little fuel residue on the carburetor. Loose trim screws. Poorly fit top boot. Hazy gauge lenses and dull radio bezel. A superficially presented car that deserves better attention. – A disappointing Skylark that brought a realistic price taking its many shortcomings into account. When a car has niggling little details like this they sap confidence in the rest of its workmanship, materials and maintenance.

Lot # 398 1937 Buick Special Convertible Phaeton; S/N 3139921; Engine # 43311807; Samarra Beige/Beige cloth; Beige cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. – Grey wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, clock, heater, added turn signals, seat belts. – Excellent paint and interior. Bright chrome except for peeling window sill moldings. Crisp gauges and very good dashboard woodgraining. The engine and chassis are like new. A surprisingly excellent restoration for a Special. Lloyd Needham estate. – It is unusual to see a Buick Special, even with distinctive open coachwork like this, restored to these standards, and even more surprising to see it sold for such a modest price, an excellent buy for the new owner.

Lot # 379 1940 Buick Special Sport Phaeton; S/N 13639276; Dark Red/Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. – Hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, pushbutton radio, turn signals. – Failing old repaint with many chips and flaws. Decent bumper chrome and upholstery but pitted grille and corroded hood side trim. Grimy engine compartment and dirty original underbody. A neglected old cosmetic restoration that was never very good. – Sold by Mecum from the Rogers collection in 2015 for $45,360 and turned over here for a much more reasonable price considering its superficial presentation and erratic attention.

Lot # 206 1955 Buick Special 2-Dr. Hardtop Riviera; S/N 4B1133977; Temple Gray, Cadet Blue/Light Blue vinyl, Beige cloth; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. – 322/220hp, Dynaflow, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, no radio, heater. – A basic Buick with dog dish hubcaps and no accessories to speak of, but represented as 4,876 miles from new and mostly original. Cataloged as an original paint car. Sound but aged interior. Thin chrome. It won’t win any vintage drag prizes but it’ll be a rewarding weekend cruiser. – Sold for $28,600 at Worldwide’s Houston auction in 2006, twelve years ago, for $28,600. It’s gone 66 miles since then according to the odometer readings and is in essentially the same well-preserved original condition. Right car, right price.

Lot # 407 1953 Buick Super Convertible; S/N 16903070; Engine # V883275; Dark Metallic Green/Dark Green vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 322/164hp V8, 3-speed, heater, radio, power windows, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Good upholstery, interior trim and gauges. Good chrome throughout. Orderly engine compartment shows a little age and fuel residue but limited use. The paint is very good except for the usual Buick alligator hood edge chips. Consistent panel gaps and fits. Lloyd Needham estate. – ’53 Buick Super convertibles like this are rarely seen having been overlooked in the past and disappeared into piles of iron oxide. The Hershey bidders appreciated its rarity and presence, overlooking a few minor shortcomings and bought it for a price that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.

Lot # 411 1935 Cadillac 370 V-12 Coupe, Body by Fleetwood; S/N Engine No. 4100743; Engine # 4100743; Blue/Grey cloth; Estimate $165,000 – $195,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $203,500. – Red wheels, body color filler rings, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, trunk (no rumble seat.) – Lightly polishing swirled paint with a big shrinkage crack on the rear deck and small stone chips in the front. Good chrome and interior. Delightful 3-window style coachwork with blind rear quarters. Not like new but a superb tour car. – In 1935 the owner of this sublime Cadillac V-12 would have had to have been largely immune to the effects of the Great Depression. It’s a 2-person car, without even a hint of 4-passenger accommodations in a rumble seat. Snug and secure in their nearly silent V-12-powered coupe this is estimable style and luxury which was appreciated by the Hershey bidders with the handsome result for its restoration’s quality and nearly singular style.

Lot # 389 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Victoria Coupe, Body by Fisher; S/N Engine No 1002367; Engine # 1002367; Dark Green, Black fenders/Beige cloth; Estimate $70,000 – $85,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,250. – Light Green wire wheels, wide whitewalls, radiator stoneguard, smoker’s kits, windshield visor, cloth covered rear-mounted spare. – Sound older paint with orange peel, a few edge chips and blisters under the beltline molding. Light Green coachline is polished through in several places. Very good interior and unusually crisp, clear gauges and dashboard. The underbody and chassis are superficially done and repainted assembled with some road grime and oily residue. cosmetic restoration to touring standards. – While the Victoria Coupe coachwork is far from the most extravagant 1931 Cadillac offering it is practical and elegantly proportioned and was bought for a price here that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.

Lot # 397 1930 Cadillac 452 V-16 Roadster, Body by Fleetwood; S/N Engine No. 702414; Engine # 702414; Light Green, Olive fenders and accent/Dark Green leather; Straw cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Rebodied or re-created, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $495,000. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, rumble seat, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, dual remote spotlights, Pilot-Rays, radiator stoneguard, Tilt-Ray headlights, wind wings, luggage rack, golf bag door. – CCCA National First Prize #1742. Originally righthand drive with Madame X Imperial Sedan coachwork, displayed at Earls Court in 1930 and sold to Count Labia, Italian Ambassador to South Africa. Body swapped for this Fleetwood (from a V-8). Excellent older paint, chrome and interior. Small touchups on the body upper sill behind both doors. The engine compartment and chassis are better than new and show only a little age. – The swapped body is slightly troubling, but not enough to take away from the presence and elegance of this V-16 Cadillac which brought a superior but fully deserved price for its quality, restoration and performance.

Lot # 401 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan; S/N Engine No. 8341946; Engine # 8341946; Black/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,750. – 3-speed, heater, pushbutton radio, skirts, large hubcaps, wide whitewalls, remote spotlight, grille guard, dual outside mirrors. – The engine has been out and redone but put back in a dirty engine compartment with dirty, old, auxiliaries and exhaust manifolds. The chassis is filthy and oil grimy. The upholstery is lightly stretched and good, gauges are bright, horn ring is pitted. A superficial cosmetic redo of a rare body style. Lloyd Needham estate. – Not up to the usual standards of Lloyd Needham’s cars but said to run well and exceptionally rare, this is an appropriate result recognizing both the inherent rarity and style of the Cadillac and its condition.

Lot # 408 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible; S/N Engine No. 8427425; Engine # 8427425; French Grey/Grey-Blue leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – Hydramatic, pushbutton radio, sombrero hubcaps, wide whitewalls, heater, power windows. – Good older paint with some wear and tear chips, notably at the rear of the hood on the driver’s side. Good gauges but the radio speaker grille was rechromed over pits. Very good upholstery with only light stretching on the driver’s seat. Original undercoat in the wheel wells. Dirty engine compartment with frayed old wiring. 4-inch crack under the hood ornament. Good chrome. Lloyd Needham estate. – The catalog describes this ’47 Cadillac as “with detailing the car could still be quite successfully shown.” Not so. This is a nasty, old cosmetic restoration with many shortcuts. The price it brought is seriously generous by a third.

Lot # 405 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible; S/N Engine No. 496208030; Engine # 496208030; Madeira Maroon/Parchment leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 331/160hp, automatic, pushbutton radio, skirts, sombrero wheel covers, electric vacuum pump, wide whitewalls, windshield washer, remote spotlight, power windows, heater. – Sound older paint with small blisters and blemishes. The upholstery is used and surface creased but sound. The engine compartment was restored but now shows age and miles. Bright exterior chrome. An excellent driver and tour car. Lloyd Needham estate. – Despite the visible issues of age and use this is a quality Cadillac convertible and it brought a price that nicely balances its strengths and weaknesses.

Lot # 227 1961 Cadillac Sixty Special 4-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 61M111960; Tunis Beige/Rose Ostrich leather; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 390/325hp, automatic, air conditioning, WonderBar radio, bench seat with ostrich leather upholstery, skirts, wheel covers, whitewalls, Autronic Eye, power steering, brakes and windows. – Good clearcoat repaint and refreshed engine compartment. The ostrich pattern leather is original to this car and the chassis is original, too. A neat thing. – The Hershey bidders balanced the overall originality of this Sixty Special with its quality repaint, detailing and extensive complement of options and valued it like a fully restored car, and then some. Even with the balancing act, it is expensive

 

Lot # 388 1924 Cadillac Type 63 Phaeton; S/N 63B1332; Engine # 63L2928; Beige, Tan fenders/Maroon leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. – Beige wood spoke wheels, 33-inch B.F. Goodrich tires, Bausch & Lomb headlights, Cadillac Moto-Meter, cloth-covered luggage trunk and dual rear-mounted spares, right running board luggage fence, full weather equipment. – 2016 CCCA National First Prize. Very good paint, chrome, interior and top. The engine and chassis have been redone since 2013 and are essentially like new with minor use and age, not overdone. – Sold at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in 2013 for $62,700 with subsequent fresh cosmetics in the same colors, the result here is $1,000 more on the hammer and it is impossible to argue with.

Lot # 225 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC56K062087; Engine # F56FB; Ivory, Red/White, Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Modified restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. – 265/205hp Power Pack, Powerglide, windshield washer, wheel covers, whitewalls, cassette stereo, remote spotlight, Continental kit, skirts, tissue dispenser, heater, aftermarket power steering and tilt steering column, electric wipers, bumper overriders, T-3 headlights. – Even panel gaps and flush fits. Very good paint, interior and chrome. The engine compartment was restored like new and now shows some use and age, Thoughtfully modified for more enjoyable driving. – Although there were three ’57 Bel Air convertibles in the Hershey Auction there was only one ’56 which must have singled it out for special interest despite the deviations from stock. Or maybe the deviations from stock made it more attractive to the Hershey bidders. Either way it brought a reasonable price.

Lot # 186 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57J223756; Engine # F320EB; Matador Red/Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800. – Restamped engine, 283/270hp dual quads, 3-speed, column shift, power steering, pushbutton radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls. – Fuel residue on the carbs, otherwise in showroom condition under the hood. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Touched up area on the hood above the chrome leading edge molding. 2014 AACA Grand National winner and looks like it. – Eleven years ago this Bel Air attracted a high bid of $58,000 at Auburn Spring and its AACA Grand National restoration is more recent. The price it brought is appropriate to its configuration and condition today. It was the middle value of three ’57 Bel Air convertibles offered here, and it is the middle in terms of equipment.

Lot # 360 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC570101583; Engine # F1109EB; Blue/Two tone Blue; White vinyl top; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 283/270hp dual quads, 3-speed, overdrive, column shift, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, no power steering or brakes. – 1987 AACA National First Prize. Good chrome and upholstery but dull (lacquer ?) paint. Dirty engine compartment and chassis. Orderly underbody with recent undercoat. Chipped steering wheel rim and mediocre gauges. A quality car but showing the age of its restoration. – The overdrive on this Bel Air is highly unusual, helping its cruising performance at highway speeds as well as permitting a lower (numerically higher) rear axle ratio for quicker starts. An all-around quality car it has some age-related needs that are easily and economically addressed at this moderate but appropriate price.

Lot # 374 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air FI Convertible; S/N VC57N171432; Engine # F301EK; Matador Red/Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $77,500. – 283/283hp, fuel injection, 3-speed, radio delete, heater, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Crisp gauges. Silver painted FI regulator, plenum, pump and exhaust manifolds. Glossy black painted engine compartment with surface rusting hood hinges. Clean, dry like new underbody. Dirty, oily chassis. An unsatisfying car. – Oddly paired with the radio delete is a heavy power top mechanism (although manually erecting the top on one of these behemoths must require two men and a boy.) No representation is made of the original driveline configuration although the statement “rebuilt to high-performance specification” suggests it started life with something less fearsome than the fuelie engine. Details like the painted FI system are suspect and the bidders agreed, holding their fire at a skeptical amount.

Photo by Robin Adams, courtesy RM Auctions

Lot # 422 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58J249242; White/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 348/280hp, Tri-Power, Powerglide, power steering, brakes, seat and windows, factory air conditioning, continental kit, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, skirts, dual rear antennas, WonderBar radio. – Good new paint and interior. Orderly engine compartment but dirty down deep. Fresh shiny paint in the wheel wells. Old engine auxiliaries. A fresh but superficial cosmetic redo that makes a great first impression. – The pre-sale estimate range was increased from the catalog’s $90-$130,000. Impressive for its comprehensive options, but not as impressive for the sketchy presentation, the original estimate was more accurate and the seller would have been well advised to take the money.

Lot # 175 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible; S/N 124678N395919; Le Mans Blue, White nose band/Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050. – 350/?, Edelbrock 4-barrel, automatic, power steering and brakes, Rally wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, Eagle ST tires, Kraco cassette stereo, SS trim added. – Good repaint with a few small dimples and touched up chips. Good upholstery and chrome, orderly engine compartment and chassis. Dented panel under the grille. A sound driver. – An appropriate result for a mediocre faux-SS with a modified engine that last changed hands at auction at Auburn Fall two years ago for $19,250, putting a tidy profit in the seller’s pocket.

Lot # 179 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E54S004625; Polo White/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $59,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $65,450. – 235/155hp, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls. – Tired old paint, thin chrome, sound but aged upholstery. A sound but tired example. Built late in the production sequence, it has five more horses than the bulk of 1954 Corvette production. – Sold at RM’s St. John’s auction in 2016 for $58,300, a market price at the time and a market price here.

[In one of the more bizarre events of the Hershey auction this Vette arrived on the lower deck of an open transporter from Quebec, trailing a sheet of plastic behind it that the transporter driver apparently thought would protect it from the elements, and probably began its disintegration minutes after the journey started.]


Lot # 362 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N E57S106189; Engine # F820EL; Onyx Black, Inca Silver coves, Black hardtop/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $145,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $159,500. – 283/283hp fuel injection, 4-speed, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, electric wipers, T-3 headlights, both tops. – 2007 NCRS Top Flight, Duntov Mark of Excellence sticker and looks exactly like expected for an 11 year old quality restoration with some miles. – One of the most desirable of all Corvettes with its first year 1hp/cubic inch 579E engine (even though there’s no representation this is the engine it came with and the build date, 8/20, is a lot earlier than the 6189 production sequence) and T-10 4-speed. The bidders weren’t concerned and paid a strong but not unreasonable price for its specifications and reassuring presentation.

Lot # 194 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline DeLuxe 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N GAA404558; Satin Green/Tan cloth; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $18,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,800. – 217/90hp, 3-speed, radio, heater, skirts, windshield sun visor, turn signals, heater, hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls. – Older, possibly original, paint and chrome showing age and inattention. Driver’s seat is worn and stretched. Excellent door and panel fits. Chipped wheels. Original undercoat in the wheel wells. Left front fender paint buffed through. The odometer shows 36,227 miles, a number reasonably attribute to the car’s condition. Richard L. Burdick estate. – Sold for $6,720 at Branson Fall in 2001, then $16,170 at Branson Spring in 2017. The sleek, modern, fastback style of these freshly redesigned postwar Chevys contrast dramatically with the “3-box” designs of the competition from Ford and Plymouth. This one’s originality and preservation are impressive, although hardly enough to support the 2.5x premium in this price, or even the 1.5x premium after taking the Dick Burdick provenance into account.

Lot # 381 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible; S/N 8413158814; Red/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – 413/300hp, crossram dual quads, automatic, power steering, brakes and windows, air conditioning, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, pushbutton “Golden Tone” radio, power antenna, swivel bucket seats. – Good older paint, bright chrome, soiled, stretched upholstery. Impressive gauges and dashboard. Orderly engine compartment now showing some age, miles and oily residue. Done well but not appropriately prepared for the auction thus having a moderately disappointing presentation. – This is a better car than the consignor’s preparation of it for the auction reflected and the successful bidder took it home for a modest discount that will leave room for the attention it deserves, or just to drive it secure in the knowledge it is an extraordinary car and a good value.

Lot # 169 1937 Chrysler Airflow C17 Coupe; S/N 7024532; Engine # C175164; Dark Blue/Brown cloth; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. – Overdrive, deluxe radio, turn signals, banjo-spoke steering wheel, skirts, hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, crank out windshield. – 2017 AACA and CCCA National First Prize winner. Good older paint, bright chrome and stainless trim, sound older upholstery may be original. Chassis and underbody are restored like new with some age. Eminently presentable and usable. – 1937 was the final year of production for Chrysler’s ground-breaking Airflow. Introduced in 1934, it broke new ground with aerodynamic design and a revolutionary chassis layout. It failed miserably in a market mired in the Great Depression. “Different” was suspect and buyers who could afford an Airflow at $1,345 looked favorably upon conventional designs from Buick ($895) or Hudson ($805) without the gimmicks, worthy as they were, of “floating power” and the Airflow’s rigid unit body. By 1937 the Airflow’s visual identity gave way to conventional styling cues and Chrysler built just 4,600 of them of which only 230 were coupes like this. While this C17 Airflow coupe should drive superbly well and is rare its contrived conventional grille

Lot # 404 1949 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible; S/N 7408150; Engine # C3975859; Noel Green Metallic/Green leather, Beige cloth; Heather cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $112,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $123,750. – Fluid Drive, dual remote spotlights, pushbutton radio, heater, hubcaps, sombrero trim rings, wide whitewalls, fog lights. – Excellent older paint and impressive varnish on great wood with no filler or water stains. Beautiful interior chrome and gauges except for one missing rear window crank handle. The engine compartment was restored like new but now shows age. Brilliant exterior chrome. Lloyd Needham estate. – The color contrast of the Noel Green painted metal with the rich body framing and deep mahogany panels is outstanding. A solid car, sold (and bought) for a solid price that needs no qualifications.

Lot # 421 1948 Chrysler Windsor Town and Country 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 71003838; Catalina Tan/Red leather, plaid cloth; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – 251/114hp six, Fluid Drive, pushbutton radio, dual remote spotlights, wood roof rack, wood canoe and fishing pole, windshield visor, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, Mopar fog lights, heater. – Good original wood with sound but mediocre semigloss varnish. Painted assembled. Pitted door handle, grille and interior chrome trim. An imposing and highly original Town and Country, one of just 41 known survivors, with a sympathetic cosmetic restoration. – This is a generous price for this car’s condition, but also recognizes its originality and quarter century of single family ownership.

Lot # 181 1972 Citroën SM Coupe; S/N 00SB5023; Silver-Grey, Black roof/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,750. – 2,670/180hp, 5-speed, power windows, alloy wheels, air conditioning. – Very good new paint and interior. The engine compartment, trunk and chassis are like new. An outstanding example. – Quirky, to say the least, but also a highly developed, sophisticated performance car with 140mph top speed capability and rather astounding Citroen handling and ride. The result here is modest for the preservation and meticulous presentation of this SM and no less than a sound value for the new owner.

Lot # 170 1983 Citroën 2CV6 Convertible; S/N VF7AZKA0093KA5578; Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $12,000 – $18,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400. – Turn signals, Michelin X tires, full length folding roof. – The all-over paint texture suggests this Citroen should be painted orange. Otherwise it presents as a low miles sound used car showing 22,240 km on the clock (probably from Canada.) – Regardless of the high school auto body shop class (if such a subject exists any more) paint job this is a sound and attractive deux chevaux that was appreciated by the Hershey bidders and brought a healthy but realistic price.

Lot # 161 1956 Continental Mark II 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N C56E2897; Black/White, Dark Red leather; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000. – Town & Country radio, wheel covers, whitewalls. – 2016 AACA National First Prize. Touched up hood chip and lightly worn and stretched front seat upholstery. Some infill painting, but mostly original. Good brightwork. The underbody shows some miles since being restored. Highly original and comes close to a show quality presentation while preserving its originality. – The pre-sale low estimate reasonably compromises the originality and condition of this Continental Mk II, a compromise that was not recognized by the Hershey bidders who seemingly obsessed on age instead of preservation. The car is worth more than the reported bid, if not the low estimate.

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Lot # 187 1936 Cord 810 4-Dr. Sedan Westchester; S/N 8101971A; Engine # FB1195; Palm Beach Tan/Burgundy cloth; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. – Whitewalls, no radio or heater. – Very good paint with a touchup by the left headlight and a crack at the top of the left center pillar. Some of it is dull and needs buffing. Good chrome and interior. Orderly restored underbody and chassis shows age but little use. Clean and orderly engine compartment if showing age and represented as the original engine. A sound, quality Cord with decades of informed enthusiast ownership. – With a 60-year history of ownership by just three families, this Cord is about as satisfying and confidence-building as any Westchester in recent memory and is a sound, solid value at this price.

Lot # 212 1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet; S/N 8121113F; Engine # FB2193; Ganges Green/Green leather; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Modified restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – Rumble seat, outside headpipes, radio, heater, large hubcaps, wide whitewalls. – Good older paint, chrome and barely used interior. Orderly engine compartment shows age but little use, some moderate corrosion and dusty residue. The paint is cracked on the front apron but otherwise is very good. Replacement engine (original ID plate says FB1706) and the outside headpipes and rumble seat were added during restoration. – Reported sold at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale in 2015 for $151,250 and reported bid to $140,000 at Auburn Fall in 2015, this is a quality car in an unusual color appropriately discounted for the replacement engine and the departures for stock configuration.

Lot # 365 1937 Cord 812 Cabriolet; S/N 1214; Engine # FB2505; Black/Maroon leather; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $90,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $100,000. – Radio, clock, heater, manual shift linkage, turn signals added, large hubcaps, wide whitewalls, 12 volt electrics. – Owned from 1947 by Harold Allsop. Surface cracked upholstery with a tear in the driver’s seat. Worn, chipped, old paint worn through on the driver’s door. Aged and modified under the hood, replacement engine block but accompanied by the original. Tired, but famed among Cord owners. – Rich with both provenance and patina, it would be a shame to restore this Cord and reverse Harold Allsop’s 66-year history of enthusiastic ownership. It proved to be a little difficult to close the deal but in the end RM put together this post-block deal at a reasonable all-in price.

Lot # 402 1948 DeSoto Custom Convertible; S/N 5891198; Engine # S11153895; Butterfly Blue/Blue vinyl, Beige cloth; Blue cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,750. – 237/109hp, Fluid Drive, sombrero hubcaps, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, dual remote spotlights. – Bad odometer rings. Aged, scratched and chipped but sound old repaint. Orderly older restored engine compartment and chassis. Sound upholstery and interior trim. Good gauges and dashboard. A presentable driver. Lloyd Needham estate. – Bid to $26,979 at RM’s Toronto auction in 2007 and sold here today for a reasonable price reflecting its rarity but also the aged presentation.

Lot # 410 1912 Everitt Six-48 Touring; S/N P6259; Dark Blue, Black fenders/Black leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – RHD. Gray & Davis acetylene headlights with halogen bulbs, C.M. Hall kerosene sidelights, turn signals added, updated with hidden rear disc brakes, pressure engine oiling, electric starting and an hydraulically-operated clutch. – The body is chipped from touring, the brass is dull, the frame is dull and road grimy, the upholstery is sound. A well-used older restored car that has been thoroughly toured and much modified for more contented driving. – It may not be pure-old-car but it is surely more enjoyable and safer to drive on tours with all the upgrades. The Hershey bidders weren’t impressed and the result is this moderate price for a superior Brass Era tour car.

Lot # 195 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N U4FF107364; Snowshoe White, Cadet Blue roof/Light Blue, White vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. – 239/130hp, Ford-o-Matic, pushbutton radio, heater, skirts, windshield visor, Blue-Green Plexiglas roof panel, clear Plexiglas hood panel, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Fair old repaint over old paint and edge chips. Clean unrestored engine compartment and chassis. Good upholstery. Good dashboard and gauges. Richard L. Burdick estate. – The clear hood panels were typically added by Ford dealers to highlight the new overhead valve V8 engine for 1954. This one appears to have been retained as an “instant collectible” with few miles and only an old repaint and freshened interior. It sold for $22,525 at Auburn Fall in 2002 and the odometer has added only 313 miles since then to today’s reading of 13,409 through auction sales at RM Amelia in 2008 for $30,250 and Branson Fall in 2009 for $29,160, an insignificant variation in bidders’ opinion of its value in the last 10 years.

Lot # 189 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Coupe; S/N U5NW145470; Torch Red, Snowshoe White/Red, White vinyl; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $43,500. – 272/162hp, 4-barrel added, automatic, power steering and brakes, skirts, continental kit, rear antenna, pushbutton radio. – 2004 and 2018 AACA Grand National winner and still impeccable. – Despite the superlative restoration and its meticulous preservation, some discount for the restoration’s age is appropriate, an adjustment that is reflected in the bidders reluctance to go higher than this.

Lot # 198 1932 Ford Model B Coupe 5-Window; S/N Engine No. 5078832; Engine # 5078832; Dark Green, Black fenders/Olive Green cloth; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Lime Green wire wheels, Excelsior tires, dual sidemounts, rumble seat, no heater. – Excellent paint (despite some shrinkage), chrome and interior. Spotless like new engine compartment and chassis. An outstanding, rare car. Richard L. Burdick estate. – Hot rodders’ mouths salivate at the potential for the Model B, chopped, lowered and channeled with an Ardun V-8 under the hood, but it isn’t to be at this price. Even if it were financially feasible the result would be a travesty for a meticulously restored, preserved and rare car.

Lot # 385 1909 Ford Model T Coupe de Ville; S/N Engine No. 5105162; Engine # 5105162; Blue, Black fenders/Black leather, Olive cloth; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – Stewart speedometer, bulb horn, left running board luggage fence, E&J kerosene sidelights, acetylene headlights and kerosene taillight, umbrella basket, Waltham clock, sliding division, luggage trunk. – Unusual coachwork of unknown origin, 1921 Model T engine. Erratic but sound paint, bright brass, good upholstery. The headlights are missing their internal parts. Excellent varnished wood. Rust blisters on the right rear fender. Dirty old luggage trunk just given a quick coat of paint. Torn floor mat, broken horn tube. Intriguing but erratically presented. – An imaginative thing, regardless of its sources, but hard to justify the price it brought with its several needs and overall erratic attention.

 

Lot # 390 1920 Ford Model T Speedster; S/N DRF63974; Engine # DRF63974; Red/Tan vinyl; No top; Estimate $15,000 – $25,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. – Red wood spoke wheels, Wards Riverside tires, rear-mounted spare, electric starter, Ruckstell 2-speed axle, Rocky Mountain brakes, oval bolster fuel tank, wood luggage box, Klaxon horn. – Good older paint with usage chips. Sound upholstery. Orderly chassis and quickly repainted engine. Running boards and floor boards are unblemished. An unusually sharp T runabout. – A fun little car for fun-car money, built to honest standards and unusually well-maintained.

Lot # 193 1927 Ford Model T Coupe; S/N Engine No. 14254320; Engine # 14254320; Gunmetal Grey, Black fenders/Beige cloth; Estimate $12,000 – $18,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,150. – Fox wood steering wheel, rear-mounted spare, windshield visor. – Largely original but the body has probably been repainted at some time and certainly the fenders more recently. The torn original upholstery is preserved under clear plastic. Rusty, thin chrome. Grungy engine compartment and chassis. Richard L. Burdick estate, the first collector car he bought. – With this much if only in recognition of Dick Burdick’s four decade contribution to car collecting.

Lot # 423 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N P6FH263427; Sage Green, Blue hardtop/Olive Green, White vinyl; Green cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – 312/225hp, automatic, power steering, brakes and windows, engine dressup, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, porthole hardtop and soft top, Town and Country radio. – Good older paint, chrome and interior. Good panel fits. Dusty and aged underhood. The catalog says it’s recently restored, but its condition belies that claim. – The blue hardtop is a jarring note on the Sage Green paint. This was one of several 2-seat T-birds in the Hershey auction and brought a price consistent with its condition and the results for the others here.

Lot # 202 1932 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Roadster; S/N AB5041270; Maroon, Black fenders/Tobacco; Beige cloth top; Estimate $55,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – Red wire wheels, whitewalls, rumble seat, Tan vinyl covered rear-mounted spare, wind wings, spotlight-mirror. – Good older paint, chrome, upholstery and top. Plenty of chips on the horn from carelessly closing the hood. Orderly but aged engine compartment and chassis. Not a show car but a wonderful weekend driver. Richard L. Burdick estate. – The Deuce Roadster isn’t Henry Ford’s masterpiece (that was the Model T) but it broke so much new ground with an affordable V8 engine that it reset America’s expectations. Surviving Deuce V8s are rare and can sometimes bring six figures. On that basis this should be considered a good value even bid to the pre-sale low estimate.

Photo by Erik Shipley, courtesy RM Auctions.

Lot # 414 1934 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Roadster; S/N 181023262; Coach Maroon/Saddle leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000. – Red wire wheels, blackwall tires, enclosed rear spare, wind wings, radio, rumble seat. – Gorgeous paint, chrome, interior, top and engine compartment. 2015 AACA National First Prize and Senior, Early Ford V-8 Dearborn Award and still gorgeous. – A sparse offer for a flawless Ford. This is heresy to the Early Ford V-8 folks, but wouldn’t it be fun to open the hood of this ’34 and find Edelbrock heads, an Eddie Myer dual carb intake and headers with an Isky cam inside the block? Perish the thought!

Photo courtesy RM Auctions.

Lot # 399 1940 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Convertible; S/N 185767176; Coach Maroon/Dark Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – Hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, skirts, dual outside mirrors, bumper tips, radio, fog lights. – Clean, orderly engine compartment shows a little age but limited use. Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. Sharp gauges. The underbody is nearly like new. Clean window pockets. Hard to fault except for age. Lloyd Needham estate. – A beautiful car when it was built and still a beautiful car today evidencing not only a meticulous restoration but also superb care in Lloyd Needham’s collection. It is better than the price it brought and the new owner should be highly satisfied with the value for money.

Lot # 205 1940 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Coupe; S/N 185316012; Maroon/Beige cloth; Estimate $32,000 – $38,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. – Radio, no heater, hubcaps, trim rings, radial whitewalls, Navarro aluminum heads, stock intake manifold and 2-barrel carburetor, dual exhaust, 12 volt, grille guard. – Sound older repaint and interior. Delaminating right vent window. Dirty engine compartment and chassis. Old undercoat. A presentable weekend driver with some worthwhile modifications. Richard L. Burdick estate. – This is “just a car”, but one that is solid, sound and can be driven with great satisfaction as-is. So many ’40 Ford coupes have been hot rodded that this largely stock example is part of a rare contingent and is reasonably bought at this price.

Lot # 363 1951 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679077; Engine # W36288; Twilight Blue/Dark Blue, almost Lilac, leather; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250. – Chrome wire wheels, Excelsior blackwall tires. – Freshly restored and judged 98.4 points by JCNA this year, one owner from new, matching numbers, 65,282 miles. Show polished underhood with only a little radiator overflow residue under the radiator cap to prove its Jaguar bona fides. It deserved better pre-auction prep to get rid of dust and some fluid seepage. The leather upholstery is less the Dark Blue of the description and interior trim panels than a rather startling Lilac. – Maybe the leather color offended the bidders into giving this excellent XK 120 a meager price. It deserved somewhat more.

Lot # 180 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N S834339DN; Engine # V14378; OE White/Crimson leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 3,442/210hp, chrome wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, 4-speed, overdrive, electric fan. – Sound repaint, good chrome and interior. Filthy when viewed having just come off an open transporter. Orderly unrestored engine compartment and chassis. – It was cleaned up a lot by the time it crossed the block and the bidders found something otherwise not apparent to get excited about to reach this heroic price. It was sold at Bonhams Greenwich auction sixteen months ago for $48,400. That was a reasonable result; this is seriously optimistic.

Lot # 185 1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E10698; Engine # 7E28699; Black, Black hardtop/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $120,000. – Chrome wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, Blaupunkt multiband radio, both tops, Wilwood front disc brakes, JDHT documented. – Thick older repaint with orange peel on the cowl. Fair chrome. Scuffed hardtop with a cracked and scuffed back window and no door window weatherstrip. Door weatherstrip is loose and doesn’t fit at the front. Soft top frame and hardware are rusty. Some surface rust on the wire wheels. Orderly but oily and aged engine compartment. An older restoration that needs a good home. – Both the pre-sale estimate and the reported high bid are appropriate for the condition and presentation of this Jag, they’re just $20,000, 17%, apart, a reasonable difference of opinion but one that favors the skeptical bidders’ judgment of this car’s presentation and what it will take to bring it to the next level of careful, thoughtful presentation.

Lot # 382 1969 Jaguar XKE SII Roadster; S/N 1R10742; Red/Biscuit leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – Philips multiband radio, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop tires, electric fans. – Unnumbered cylinder head. Polished carbs and intake manifold. Sound older paint with minor flaws. Good chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment and chassis showing some age and miles. An OK driver quality SII E-type. – Sold at Auburn Spring in 2014 for $71,500 and worth more than the reported high bid today, but not much more.

Lot # 199 1951 Kaiser Deluxe Golden Dragon 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N K512053525; Engine # 512141328; Mint Green, Dark Green roof/Green Dragon vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. – Hydramatic, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, wide whitewalls. – Sound older repaint, rusty vent window trim, good major chrome. Original underbody and chassis. Good Dragon grain upholstery and just awesome Dragon Grain upholstered dashboard. Richard L. Burdick estate. – Later Dragons had reptile grain padded roofs, which had this one had that seductive feature might have brought a bit more. It didn’t, so the buyer here got the reptile pattern upholstery and blindingly wonderful dashboard for a moderate price. If you’ve never seen one, don’t ask about the effect. In the preview at Hershey this car brought wide-eyed exclamations of wonderment. The suspension and skinny hard tires didn’t promote exciting cornering, which isn’t a bad thing since the shiny upholstery on the bench front seat would have occupants sliding across like a Simpsons cartoon. A neat, if niche car, that will make a positive impression at any car show or Cars ‘n’ Coffee.

 

Lot # 400 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet; S/N H109092; Spode Green/Tan leather, Beige cloth; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,250. – 3-speed, overdrive, radio, skirts, hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls. – Lightly stretched upholstery with three small spots on the driver’s seat. Good interior trim and gauges. Excellent paint except for chips on the trailing edge of the driver’s door which doesn’t close quite flush. The underbody is nearly like new and the engine compartment is gorgeous. CCCA Premier #1728. – The fact that the no longer available original type gold finish for the instrument bezels was replaced by real gold plating underscores the quality that went into this Continental’s restoration. Bought for less than twice the price brought by the scruffy Continental Cabriolet the day before puts this transaction in good value territory.

Lot # 196 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet; S/N 7H168585; Valley Green/Dark Green leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Heater, skirts, radio, power windows, wide hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls. – Scrofulous, blotchy repaint over old paint and minimal preparation. Weak, peeling trim chrome but crisp, sharp grille and front bumper. Good interior and top. Ugly, lumpy old undercoat. Poor hood to grille fit. Needs a lot, starting with paint and no telling how much more after that. Richard L. Burdick estate. – This Continental Cabriolet looks like a 4+ condition car, although it may be a 3+ under the skin. The bidders gave it credit for being one of Dick Burdick’s collection with a 3+ price (and a little more.) It begs for some attention but a full restoration would be wasted on a largely sound and drivable Continental Cabriolet.

Lot # 392 1941 Lincoln Custom Limousine; S/N H123610; Dark Green/Beige cloth; Estimate $75,000 – $125,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,250. – Front and rear heaters, radio, overdrive, jump seats, large hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, power division, gold interior trim, skirts. – CCCA National First Prize #2397. Body #138H-32-209. Gorgeous paint, chrome and upholstery. All the panels fit flush with even gaps. The engine compartment is show polished and impeccable except for fuel residue on the carburetor. Donnie Gould says, “That is a kick ass car.” It is all of that and more. – The proportions of this Lincoln-Zephyr based limousine are unusually attractive for its size. It is one of only 295 like it built in 1941 and the captain of industry or financial mogul who had it during the car-starved WWII years was fortunate. It’s not to everyone’s taste, however, making it an even better value for the new owner at this price.

Lot # 378 1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan, Body by Dietrich; S/N KB3434; Engine # KB3434; Blue/Camel leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000. – Body color wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, vee windshield, luggage rack, rollup division – A quality restoration with sound paint, chrome, interior wood, upholstery and top. Paint may have been redone subsequent to the original restoration, or maybe it’s just thickly applied. Upholstery is lightly stretched but clean. Interior wood could use some attention. Even with age, though, it is an excellent tour car and something anyone would be proud to own, drive and show. – Sold by RM at St. John’s in 2013 for $275,000, by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2015 for the same $275,000 and by Gooding at Scottsdale in 2016 for a sparse $209,000, the result here is the best-ever, and for a car that’s actually been driven, adding some 702 miles to the odometer reading since 2013.

Lot # 184 1934 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton; S/N KB3358; Engine # KB3358; Sand, Maroon fenders and accent/Maroon leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000. – Maroon wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts, dual windshields, luggage rack. – One of two built with this uncataloged factory body style and the only known survivor. In an earlier appearance at auction it was claimed that the first owner was entertainer Herb Shriner, who would have been 16 years old when this Lincoln was built, and still practicing his harmonica in the barn. An excellent older restoration with some edge and body panel interference chips but otherwise, except for dated colors, an outstanding car that needs little but is showing the restoration’s age. Reportedly has a fresh $40,000 engine rebuild with new cylinder heads. – Offered at Auburn Fall in 2002 where it was reported bid to $95,000 and showed 23,836 miles. Today the odometer reads 23,965, just 129 more in sixteen years. The muddy colors are characteristic of an old restoration from the 70’s and do the car no favors today which reinforces bidders disdain for it.

Lot # 190 1930 Lincoln Model L Town Sedan; S/N 62692; Engine # 62692; Sand, Brown roof and accent, Black fenders/Brown cloth; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – Black wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual leatherette covered sidemounts, tinted glass windshield visor, leatherette covered luggage trunk. – Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Interference chips at the front of the driver’s door but otherwise chip- and scratch-free. Very good interior and bright, crisp gauges. The engine compartment and chassis are very good and need only some detail cleanup and attention. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2010 and driven on the Tour d’Elegance without issues. – Under Ford ownership and Edsel Ford’s guidance Lincoln gradually shifted into gracefully designed luxurious coachwork while perpetuating Henry Leland’s advanced V8 powerplant. This is an older restoration with 70’s earthen colors but still an excellent motor car that brought a sound price and a solid value for the new owner.

Lot # 217 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe; S/N H83062; Dark Red/Dark Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $110,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,750. – Skirts, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, clock, remote spotlight, radio antenna but no radio. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. The underbody was restored like new then driven but will clean up readily. The paint is cracked on both sides of the grille split. The chrome pulls on the dashboard are chromed over a few pits but all in all, an exceptional example. – Sold at Auburn Fall a year ago for $71,000, the result here is a little better but not enough to be notable and it is still one of the most attractive pre-war convertibles to own and drive.

Lot # 412 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe; S/N H67590; Coach Maroon/Tan leather; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. – Columbia 2-speed axle, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, oval wind wings, skirts, dual outside mirrors, heater, radio. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. LCOC National Award winner and still close to show quality. – The split rear window, oval wind wings ’39 Lincoln-Zephyr with its center-stack mounted gearshift is one of the most appreciated of late ’30’s designs symbolizing the dawn of an aerodynamic era of coachwork. The contours of this Lincoln-Zephyr’s body are sublime and accented by the delicate “weeping willow” outside rear view mirrors. A ’39 Ford is beautiful, but a ’39 Lincoln-Zephyr is seductive and this one deserved, for its design and restoration, nothing less than it brought from the informed and appreciative Hershey bidders.

Lot # 358 1912 Marion Model 33 Bobcat Runabout; S/N 37388; Red, Black fenders/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – RHD. Solar acetylene headlights, E&J kerosene sidelights, acetylene spotlight on cowl, monocle windshield, Stewart speedometer, oval bolster tank, luggage trunk, rear mounted spare. – Sound but aged restoration to good touring condition. Very presentable and usable, but not very convincing, with no history known before the John McMullen collection in the early 90’s. – Sold for $165,000 at RM’s auction of the John McMullen collection in 2007, then for $88,000 at Hershey in 2008, the swing in value from beginning to end is a strong indication that no one knows what a Marion Bobcat is worth. Kirk F. White sold a restored yellow one in 1971 for $14,500, which was equivalent to about $89,000 in 2018 dollars.

Lot # 155 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible; S/N 10704412058836; Light Gold/Brown; Brown cloth top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,050. – Automatic, air conditioning, Becker Mexico cassette stereo, alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires, rectangular fog lights. – Quick clearcoat repaint and good new upholstery but stretched, floppy sun visors. Aged and original underneath. A superficial cosmetic redo. – This result is generous but within reason for a well presented 450SL that seems to have lived a good life. A good drive-to-the-golf-course car.

Lot # 171 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Roadster; S/N WDBBA48DXKA100624; White, White hardtop/Grey leather; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $17,600. – Automatic, Alpine stereo, power windows, air conditioning, alloy wheels, Kumho tires, two tops, fog lights. – Aside from two or three touched up small chips and a long scrape at the trailing edge of the driver’s door the original paint is very good. Chassis and underbody are original and as expected for the 84,152 miles showing. The brightwork is good except for a badly scraped molding on the hardtop over the driver’s window. The upholstery is barely used. A well-maintained usable 560SL. – A better car than the price it brought, this original 560 SL would still have been reasonably priced at the low estimate.

Lot # 366 1957 MG MGA 1500 Roadster; S/N HDA4328764; Engine # BP15GB18854; Black/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800. – Chrome wire wheels, Arizonian blackwall tires, fender mirrors. – Good older paint, chrome and interior. The underbody is very clean and nearly like new with only a few miles. Wire wheels are a little dirty. Not freshly restored but only lightly used and aged. – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2003 for $38,720, a year later at the same venue for $24,200, then at Arizona in 2010 for $31,250. A year later Gooding & Company got a fairly astounding $56,100 for it at Pebble Beach in 2011. Both the car’s value and the restoration have held up well over the years save the inexplicable Pebble Beach result that must have scalded the seller’s bank manager. This is a realistic result for a very good MG A.

Lot # 359 1952 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD19754; Engine # XPAG20225; Red/Tan vinyl; Tan cloth top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. – Silver steel wheels, Nankang tires, Lucas fog light and driving light, chrome luggage rack. – 1987 AACA National First Prize and Senior. Lightly used and well-maintained since but showing age and miles. – This is a representative result for a well-restored and preserved TD, a fun car for not a lot of money and still with a month or so of the driving season left to enjoy it on a crisp Fall day.

Lot # 197 1917 Milburn Electric Model 27 Brougham; S/N 29974; Light Grey, Carmine fenders and roof/Maroon velour; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,250. – Chrome spoke wire wheels, lefthand tiller steering, 12-volt battery converted, kerosene opera lamps, glass windshield visor. – Indifferent old paint, very fuzzy interior, chipped older paint on the frame and chassis. More fluffed-up than restored. Richard L. Burdick estate. – Really? How much? This result for a superficially restored Milburn makes the Playboy sold earlier today for $132,000 seem almost reasonable.

Lot # 406 1951 Monarch Convertible; S/N 0376H5114568; Engine # 1CB2131; Fez Red/Black, Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 8BA flathead, 3-speed, overdrive, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, oil filter, windshield washer. – Sound older paint with issues on the front of the hood and hood edge chips. Sound old upholstery and soft trim but peeling outer layer of the black sections. Central Precision, Toronto rebuilt engine in an orderly but aged engine compartment. Oily, dirty underbody and chassis. An older cosmetic redo that is showing its age and only mediocre quality to begin with. Lloyd Needham estate. – Emphatically unusual but also seriously aged since its 1995 cosmetic restoration, which doesn’t appear ever to have been very good to begin with, this is a generous result even for such a rare car. The new owner will be proud to own a rare car that starts discussions when it’s at cars and coffee, but not particularly proud of its appearance, which is a mixed blessing.

Lot # 425 1960 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster; S/N 4498; Engine # TS44717ME; Cream/Crimson leather; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000. – Triumph engine, chrome wire wheels, Michelin XZX tires, folding windshield, dual aeroscreens, Lucas driving lights, Bluemels steering wheel, front disc brakes, fender mirrors. – Sound older paint with hood edge chips. Decent but aging chrome. Orderly restored engine compartment with miles. A touring Morgan, not a show Morgan. – In pretty much every way this Plus 4 is comparable with the Plus 4 that sold yesterday, except for the price which is $6,700 more, a handsome increment.

Lot # 224 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster; S/N 4572; Engine # TS73304ME; Red/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,750. – 1,991/90hp Triumph engine, silver painted wire wheels, Kelly blackwall radial tires, White banjo-spoke steering wheel, wind wings, Sunpro auxiliary gauges, halogen headlights, Maxtel driving lights, electric fan, front disc brakes. – Good paint except for orange peel on both doors. Sound but worn upholstery with cracking older door caps. The chassis is unrestored and road grimy. Decent chrome. A driver. – A reasonable Morgan, bought for a reasonable price, economical entry into Morgan club events.

Lot # 201 1948 Nash Ambassador Custom Cabriolet; S/N R502739; Light Blue/Blue vinyl, Beige cloth; Beige cloth top; Estimate $45,000 – $60,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – 235/112hp with added dual carburetors, headers and high compression cylinder head, alternator, hubcaps, trim rings, blackwall Excelsior Racing 7.00-15 tires, overdrive 3-speed, bolt-on turn signals, grille guard, fog lights, heater. – Mediocre old repaint, a little dull and with a few small chips. Rot in the bottom of the passenger’s door. Several long scrapes on the bottom of the right front fender. An unusual car, but badly needs help. Richard L. Burdick estate. – “Rot” is the kiss of death: when it’s seen it signifies there is more, hidden and expensive when for a model like this no one makes patch or replacement panels or floor pans. The Hershey bidders noticed it and took it into account with this Ambassador Custom’s price.

Lot # 370 1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 454676; Engine # RE72874; Strato Blue/Red leather; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. – 235/112hp six, overdrive 3-speed, backup lights, Zenith radio, heater, fog lights, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, bumper overriders. – Excellent clearcoat paint with fender scratches at the back of the hood. Excellent wood appears to be original except for one patch at the lower front of the driver’s door. Very good dash and gauges. The engine compartment and chassis are like new. Impossible to fault in any meaningful way and winner of the AACA President’s Cup at some point in the dim and distant past. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2015 for $77,000 and offered at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction a year later where it was bid to the same amount but not sold. The caliber of the restoration is exceptional as is the preservation of the exterior wood framing and panels. Its result reflects this Suburban’s quality and rarity.

Lot # 373 1905 Northern Runabout; S/N 2181; Red, Black mudguards/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,250. – Righthand tiller steering, Rubes bulb horn on tiller, Gray & Davis kerosene lights, Dietz Dainty tail light, white tires – VCC dated. A quality old show quality restoration now showing a few cracks and chips from age and limited use. 1991 AACA National First Prize and Senior. L-BVCR participant with VCC dating plaque #1946. Brass is dull. No longer show quality but still very good. – Sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2005 for $55,000 to John O’Quinn, then at Hershey in 2013 for $68,750, it’s not getting better sitting around but still looks very good and brought a price consistent with its earlier results and fading restoration.

Photo by Erik Fuller, courtesy RM Auctions.

Lot # 372 1949 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 Deluxe Convertible; S/N 498M11520; Light Metallic Green/Dark Green vinyl, Green cloth; Black cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. – 303/135hp, Hydramatic, pushbutton radio, hubcaps, sombrero trim rings, whitewalls, skirts, locking fuel filler door, fog lights. – Shiny but mediocre repaint while assembled, good chrome and stainless trim. Dirty, deteriorating old upholstery. Dirty engine compartment with old wiring. Solid body. A quick, superficial cosmetic redo with a litany of needs. – The first year for Oldsmobile’s high compression overhead valve V8 engine and it was employed to advantage in the 88 chassis, weighing some 400 pounds less than the corresponding 98 convertible. This car deserved better treatment than it got, but not from the bidders who overlooked its many shortcomings and paid enough to buy a much better example.

Lot # 210 1901 Oldsmobile Model R ‘Curved Dash’ Runabout; S/N 6541; Black, Maroon seat/Black leather; No top; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. – Right-hand tiller steering, bicycle bell, new chrome wire wheels and tires. – All here, two family owned and original except for wheels and tires. 5-year old Victor F. Hitz bought a 5-cent raffle ticket at the Chicago Automobile Show and won this Curved Dash, keeping it until he died. Bought by Dick Burdick in 1984 and two-family owned from new. A remarkable survivor. VMCC dated (some time ago) 1901 and Brighton Run eligible. Richard L. Burdick estate. – The contribution of the Model R “Curved Dash” Olds to the development of the automobile, not limited to the United States, cannot be understated. Simple, reliable, able to negotiate high-centered wagon tracks, familiar tiller steering to reining horses and teams and repairable by mechanically proficient farmers or blacksmiths, the Curved Dash brought gasoline power to visibility and acceptance. It was the epitome of “it doesn’t need to be fed, watered or bedded down if it’s not working,” in contrast to horses. Beloved by London to Brighton Runners, the originality and concise provenance of this Curved Dash commended it to the Hershey bidders, who appreciate these things, and is a sound value in a Curved Dash with such a history.

Lot # 357 1903 Oldsmobile Model R ‘Curved Dash’ Runabout; S/N Engine No. 17282; Engine # 17282; Black/Black leather; Estimate $40,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 5 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. – — Rusty and all-original barn find, even the peeling paint. Needs everything but most of what is needed is there. – Sold here last year for $38,500. It is worth no less now than it was then, or maybe it was worth no more then than it is now. Either way the new owner has a decision to make whether to restore it, to make it run and drive and apply for the 2019 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run or to leave it as an artifact of survival. It’s a sound value at this price for any of those purposes.

Lot # 178 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire Ninety-Eight Convertible; S/N 579M13711; Red, White/Red, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,250. – 370/300hp J-2 three deuces, automatic, power steering and brakes, pushbutton radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, power windows, skirts. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Lumpy hood ornament, some lightly dented and scuffed trim. Clean, recently freshly undercoated fender wells. An attractive driver. – Even if it didn’t come from Lansing with the J-2 that’s under the hood the engine is still desirable and presents an impressive underhood display. The bidders seemed reluctant to give it credence resulting in this wholesale transaction.

Lot # 356 1954 Packard Clipper Panama 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 5467320524; Engine # M320524; Sahara Sand, Chariot Red roof/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $18,000 – $24,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. – Ultramatic, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, skirts, 4-barrel carb. – Repainted assembled with a few fisheyes, and dirt inclusions and overall orange peel. Old yellowed silicone across the top of the windshield. A few pieces of peeling trim chrome. Original undercoat in the wheel wells. Surface cracked old vinyl but good newer fabric. Smells like a pipe smoker’s ashtray. The engine compartment and chassis are aged and unrestored. Solid but tired. All proceeds to the AACA building fund. – This is a generous result for a needy Packard reflecting the charitable nature of the transaction far more than the value of the underlying Clipper Panama. It means nothing for the Clipper Panama market.

Lot # 209 1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster; S/N 191299; Engine # 191321; Coral, Russet Brown fenders/Brown leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $180,000 – $240,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $137,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $151,250. – Chrome wire wheels, dual sidemounts with mirrors, wide whitewalls, rumble seat, luggage rack, windwings, spotlight, folding windshield, Pilot-Rays, radiator stoneguard. – A quality older restoration showing use and age. Good chrome, nice interior with a pleasing patina. Paint is scuffed and microblistered in places. A few edge chips. Overall a very nice car older restored Packard for tours and events. 1979 AACA National First Prize. Richard L. Burdick estate. – Sold for $137,202 by RM at London in 2008 (GBP 88,000 at the time, this result is GBP 115,000), then at Branson Spring six months later for $189,000. I would quarrel with the color description as “Coral”. It’s more “Pumpkin”, but that’s barely relevant. It’s a delightful CCCA or Packard Club tour car and it brought a realistic price.

Lot # 364 1931 Packard Custom Eight Roadster; S/N 189075; Engine # 189025; Dark Blue/Dark Blue leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, Pilot Rays, luggage trunk, dual spotlights, rumble seat, “donut-chaser”. Ex-Frank Buck, Dan Sargent and John Mozart – Unnumbered CCCA National First Prize. 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, a well-preserved older restoration, then offered by RM in Arizona and Christie’s at Pebble Beach in ’02 and ’03, both bid to $110,000 but not sold. The restoration has mellowed more now but is still holding up in fine touring condition and brought an impressive price here.

Photo by Drew Shipley, courtesy RM Auctions.

Lot # 183 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One Eighty Sport Brougham, Body by LeBaron; S/N 14522044; Engine # CD502507; Green/Beige cloth; Estimate $85,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,500. – Overdrive, pushbutton radio, turn signals added, power windows, skirts, hubcaps and trim rings, wide whitewalls, grille guard, heater. – CCCA Premier #1595 and stated to be 48,632 miles from new, ex-Harrah’s and Richard Gold. Attractive Art Deco wood interior window sills. Solid body with a decent clearcoat repaint; doors close wonderfully. Delaminating rear quarter windows. Good body seals. The chassis is old and neglected. An imposing, luxurious automobile with two recent CCCA CARavans to substantiate its reliability and performance. – With outstanding provenance, elegant design, smooth Packard Super Eight power and a quality presentation this is an exceptional car by any standards and it deserved to bring more than the cautious amount bid for it here.

Lot # 188 1929 Packard Eight Convertible Coupe; S/N 259300; Engine # 258642; Black, Red accent/Tobacco leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250. – Disc wheels, Denman tires, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Trippe lights, radiator stoneguard, rumble seat. – 1991 CCCA National First Prize #1579. Excellent paint, interior and chrome. The engine compartment is almost like new with a little age evident, as is the chassis. The interior is also nearly impeccable with only a little stretching to the seat covering. Darn near show-ready. – Sold here two years ago in a post-block transaction for $105,000, the quality of this now almost 3-decade old restoration is apparent in how well it has held up. A Classic in every way, it brought a price well warranted by style, performance and condition.

Lot # 191 1934 Packard Eight Phaeton; S/N 389253; Royal Blue/Blue leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000. – Red wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts, Solar headlights, wind wings, luggage rack. – Gaudy recent repaint to indifferent standards. Pitted instrument panel and steering wheel center. The rest of the chrome is adequate. The engine and chassis have been done but are aged and used since. An auction car. – The 1934 Packard is widely held to be the best driving car of Packard’s classic period and the lightweight phaeton 4/5-place coachwork that takes full advantage of the chassis. That said, this isn’t the best one out there, rather it is a sound driver quality older restoration gussied up with shiny new paint. A quality restoration might deserve the pre-sale estimate but this one was accurately identified as something not to those standards and appropriately hedged by the bidders.

Lot # 214 1911 Packard Model 30 UE Limousine; S/N 16476; Engine # 16482; Black/Black leather, Blue cloth; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – RHD. 432/30hp T-head four. Black wood spoke wheels, Firestone 36-inch tires, brass acetylene headlights and kerosene sidelights, dual right side spares, pullup division, speaking tube, Warner speedometer, bulb horn, electric taillight and license plate light. – First owned by Laura Campbell Solo Whitney, eventually given to her chauffeur and traded to Frank Franklin in 1947 for a bottle of Cutty Sark Whisky. Preserved since, rough but clean, orderly and complete. Rear compartment upholstery and trim is tattered and motheaten, the brass is dull and the paint is scruffy. The chassis is surprisingly good but the front shocks are missing. Largely complete and an attractive restoration or preservation project. – Sold by RM at Amelia in 2016 for $137,500 and turned over here for this rather amazing result, a successful bid that is less than half the price paid just over two years ago. The Packard’s condition leaves a lot to be desired but its preservation status is documented and undeniable. One of the finest automobiles of its era, elegant and refined, it is a bargain in this transaction.

Lot # 403 1936 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, Body by Dietrich; S/N 927223; Engine # 904568; Golden Tan/Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – 473/175hp V12, body color wire wheels, trim rings, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, radio, no heater. – Good dash and gauges, beautiful interior wood, the upholstery is like new. The engine compartment is spotless, the underbody and hidden chassis parts, however, are not as good and show miles and road grime. A beautiful car that needs only attention to detail. Lloyd Needham estate. – An exceptional automobile done and maintained to high standards. It looks great with the top down and almost as good with it erected. This is a realistic price, neither too much nor too little, and sets a standard for the marque, year, model and coachwork.

Lot # 409 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan, Body by Dietrich; S/N 900104; Engine # 900116; Packard Maroon/Lavender leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $600,000 – $750,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $540,000. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, rollup division, vee windshield, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Depress Beam headlights. – Ex-Bob Bahre, assembled from a 904 Super Eight body, ex-Harrah’s, and this Twin Six chassis, also ex-Harrah’s. Concours restored and maintained in show ready condition. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Body swapped from a Super Eight during restoration. – Sold by RM in a post-block transaction at Amelia in 2014 for $840,000, no-saled at their Arizona auction earlier this year on a bid of $600,000. It is an exceptional classic car with a bit of a muddled history, searching for the right buyer, who wasn’t in Hershey.

Lot # 182 1924 Pierce-Arrow Model 33 7-Passenger Phaeton; S/N 339177; Engine # 339169; Crimson, Black fenders and accent/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $75,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. – Folding rear windshield, jump seats, wooden steering wheel, wind wings, Dawley headlights, Crimson wood spoke wheels, whitewalls, dual rear spares. – Torn top and lining. Mediocre old repaint with some worn hinges. Sound upholstery lightly surface creased. Good instruments but dirt in the dashboard paint and poorly rechromed switch panel. Orderly, lightly used engine compartment, dirty chassis. An ex-Barney Pollard collection car with a careless older restoration and plenty of miles. – Barney Pollard was famous for saving so many antique and classic cars that he had to store them vertically hanging from the rafters of his barns to fit them all in. This is a marvelous old Pierce-Arrow although it was never better than a tour car and now begs for a complete restoration and is priced accordingly after selling at RM’s St. John’s auction in 2016 for $60,500 and at Bonhams Greenwich in 2017 for $53,900. It’s time for it to find a good home where it will receive the attention it deserves.

Lot # 418 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B-2 7-Passenger Touring; S/N 11552; Engine # 11552; Dark Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. – RHD. Dual right sidemounts, Dawley headlights, varnished wood spoke wheels, 37-inch Goodrich tires, bulb horn, electric Klaxon horn, Westinghouse spring shackle dampers. – A quality car that has had quality care from only a few long term owners. It shows its age but is remarkably well preserved and in good touring condition. Good paint starting to have some issues. Bright nickel trim. Good only lightly stretched upholstery. – Rated 48.6hp by the bore-size formula of the ALAM and NACC, the T-head 525 cubic inch long-stroke six that drives the Model 48 clearly made more horses, and boodles of torque that give even this tall, heavy automobile surprising performance. This one was sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2005 for $236,000, then by RM in Arizona six months later in a post-block transaction for an impressive $325,000. Its value has come back to earth eleven years and a few touring miles (just 88 according to the odometer reading) later. No one will ever mistake this monster for a Model T.

Lot # 384 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 51 Twelve Sport Coupe, Body by LeBaron; S/N 350004; Engine # 350087; Brewster Green, Black cobra grain roof/Green cloth; Estimate $145,000 – $175,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. – 429/150hp V12, yellow wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts, rumble seat, Arvin radio, luggage rack, Dawley headlights – Described as the 1932 New York Auto Show Pierce-Arrow display car with one-off LeBaron coachwork. Peeling, blistered old paint, tattered, motheaten upholstery, green tarnished brass. Sound and largely complete, a very worthwhile restoration project. – In a few years this Pierce-Arrow is going to show up on the lawn at Pebble Beach restored to beyond perfection but before then it deserves to be brought back to running, driving, stopping condition and make some Preservation class appearances. Value is in the eye of the beholder and the beholder here saw it resplendent on the 18th Fairway.

Lot # 157 1948 Playboy A48 Convertible; S/N 88; Light Blue, White roof/Beige leatherette; Estimate $55,000 – $75,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – Continental 4-cylinder, 3-speed with overdrive, silver painted wheel covers, blackwall tires, dual remote spotlights, heater. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Pitted door handle chrome. The engine compartment and chassis are done, but not to the standards of the paint and interior. One of 97 believed to have been built including a few assembled from parts after the company’s liquidation. This is the 88th of 91 factory produced Playboys. –

Never seen one? Neither has most of the rest of the world and this is the first impression in 27 years and a quarter million auction results for me. That may explain the seriously fantastic price it brought even though it stands a good chance of being the only one of its kind at any car show it attends.

The buyer also got this somewhat diabolical cat. No one knows why, but it was in the car when it arrived in Hershey.


Lot # 215 1960 Plymouth Fury Convertible; S/N 3301120362; Gold/Gold vinyl, cloth inserts; Tan cloth top; Estimate $130,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $209,000. – 383/300hp crossram dual quad Sonoramic Commando, automatic, power steering and brakes, power windows, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, clear plastic seat covers, swivel front seats, chrome rear fender stone shields, no heater. – 1960 Mexican Auto Show display car, driven 22K miles then put in storage until acquired by and restored for a prior owner, Wayne Davis, and represented to have just 35,200 miles from new. Excellent paint, interior and chrome. Engine compartment is like new except for some gas residue on the carbs. Restored like new and still impressive. –

Sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in 2013 for $148,500, it made a huge impression on the Hershey bidders soaring to this result more than 25% above the pre-sale high estimate. This is a rare and attractive car with a meticulous, high quality restoration on a well-preserved original car. It also is a huge price that says more about the bidders’ determination to own it than about any market-based rationalization.

Lot # 420 1964 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N 884L87261; Cameo Ivory/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,350. – 389/255hp, 4-barrel, automatic, power steering, brakes and windows, 8-lug wheels, narrow whitewalls, AM-FM, bench seat, alternator. – Quick repaint over old paint and minor edge chips. Dirty engine compartment. Good, probably original interior, tight top. Good chrome. A handsome driver. – Sold at Auburn Fall in 2006 for $22,680, it brought little more than an inflation increment here, a handsome and usable car bought for a full retail price.

Lot # 415 1905 Pope-Hartford Model D Side-Entrance Tonneau; S/N 226; Engine # 226; Carmine Red, Light Yellow chassis/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – RHD. Testaphone 4-trumpet bulb horn, Neverout acetylene headlights, white rubber tires, Corcoran kerosene sidelights, Gray & Davis kerosene taillight, Splitdorf ignition, electric starter added with 12 volt electrics. – Road dirty chassis. Brass needs attention. Good paint with minor small cracks and door latch scrapes Very good upholstery and top. Lightly oiled engine. A fine older restoration with some touring miles and age that will make a much better impression with a moderate amount of elbow grease. – It is a surprise to open the hood of this Pope-Hartford and find its 160 cubic inch 2-cylinder opposed engine tucked deep down between the frame rails under cubic feet of empty space. It is an imposing motor car in fine condition in need only of some cosmetic attention and is a cost-effective way to join the brass era touring crowd.

Lot # 386 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 4-Dr. Sedan, Body by Lancefield; S/N GRO3; Engine # B29D; Brooklands Green/Parchment leather; Estimate $45,000 – $60,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – RHD. Dual enclosed sidemounts, polished wheel discs, Lucas headlights and fog lights, badge bar, sliding sunroof, Trafficators, fender mirrors, full tool set, factory build record documented. – Good older repaint with chips at some body joints and panel edges as well as light orange peel in difficult places. Good lightly worn upholstery and interior trim. Thick interior wood varnish. The engine compartment is clean and orderly but the chassis is oily and road grimy. Well-proportioned slant back coachwork. The only Lancefield-bodied 25/30 Rolls-Royce. – Unusually attractive, a standout design from Lancefield and unusually attractive for a 25/30 saloon. The condition is a bit erratic, but the effect is dramatic from 20′ away and the bidders put a good price on it.

Lot # 166 1913 Stanley Model 64 Roadster; S/N 6999; Red, Black fenders, Yellow chassis/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. – RHD. Yellow wood spoke wheels, nickel brightwork, Jones speedometer, E&J kerosene sidelights and acetylene headlights, concealed hydraulic rear brakes. – 1991 AACA National First Prize, 1992 Senior and still impeccable. A gorgeous thing. – The Hershey bidders agreed with this assessment, bidding it to just over its low estimate, a result that is entirely appropriate for its quality, presentation and the fascination of a Stanley Steamer’s operation.

Lot # 167 1909 Stanley Model Z Mountain Wagon; S/N 5088; Red, Black fenders and accent/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Rebodied or re-created, 2 condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $118,182 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $130,000. – RHD. Rushmore acetylene headlights with halogen bulbs, E&J kerosene sidelights, hydraulic rear brakes added. – New boiler in 2009. Excellent paint, brass and upholstery showing little age or wear. A show quality restoration, AACA Senior in 2002, and still show quality. Recreation coachwork with pickup rear body alternative included. Participated in the 1987 Great American Race before the current restoration, believed to be the only steam car GAR participant. – The “Mountain Wagon” Model Z Stanley came about when Freelan O. Stanley built the Stanley Hotel in the high, dry elevations of Estes Park, Colorado to counter the effects of tuberculosis. The railroad reached only to Loveland, almost 50 miles away by the tracks and trails of the day and 2,500 feet in altitude below Estes Park’s 7,522 foot elevation. To bring guests to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park F.O. built the Mountain Wagons, the only vehicles of the day capable of reliably ascending the rudimentary roads and steep grades. They remain cherished memories of one of steam motoring’s pinnacles. This is a beautiful, meticulously built example worth every penny paid in this post-block transaction.

Lot # 226 1982 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Utility; S/N JT3FJ40C2C3353288; Blue, White roof/Grey vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Truck restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100. – Rollbar, ASCO locking front hubs, center-facing rear seats, Smittybilt winch, LED headlights, Old Man Emu shocks and steering stabilizer, Pioneer CD stereo. – Very good new paint and interior. The chassis looks like it was brush painted by a ten year-old. – Renowned for their off-road capability and durability, FJs went through a period of fad valuations often exceeding $100K. That fad has passed and this is an ample result for a dressed-up and accessorized example in truck restoration condition

Lot # 173 1969 Volkswagen Type 2 ‘Weekender’ Microbus; S/N 239157785; Blue, White/Grey vinyl; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Truck restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Sink, bed, roof rack, CD stereo, sliding side door, hubcaps, narrow whitewalls. – Very good original older repaint with slight overspray on old undercoat in the wheel wells. Good interior. The engine compartment shows use and age. Redone to decent Microbus standards. – Sold at Auburn Fall two years ago for $30,800 and having added just 10 miles to the odometer since then, this Microbus hasn’t done much weekending, or anything else for that matter, and probably needs a bit of attention to make up for sitting dormant for two years. The bidders weren’t deterred, and it bought a generous price.

Lot # 153 1971 Volvo 1800E Coupe; S/N 184353033564; Engine # 4969403291; Silver/Dark Red leather; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – Phase Linear CD stereo, 4-speed, alloy wheels. – Excellent repaint except for one small blister on the right rear fender. Very good lightly stretched upholstery, crisp gauges. Nearly like new under the hood with only a few miles and limited age. – Over-estimate and seriously over-valued, this is a cute little 1800E. It is also expensive by a significant 75% or so and would not have been a sound buy even at the low estimate.

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