RM Auctions, Online Only, Open Roads, March 24-25, 2021

RM Auctions is accelerating its Online Only auctions, on a path to conduct one a month in early 2021 between Scottsdale’s Live/Online auction and the upcoming late May Amelia Island auction. Expect more Online Only auctions between Amelia and Monterey.

Recent RM Online Only auctions have introduced a new wrinkle: Auctions conducted in multiple currencies. At Open Roads March there were three, Euros, Pounds and Dollars. It’s not insurmountable, but does interject added complications.

Among the lots there were several dilapidated barn find muscle cars, none more notable than the engine-less Mustang Boss 429 that sold for an astronomical price and a similarly decrepit Porsche 356 coupe. On the other hand, the 1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible Brougham, despite rust issues, was a huge value.

This online only auction is a good example of the continuing success of this format in moving interesting, diverse collector cars at realistic prices.

Here are the numbers:

Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
58/94 61.7% 58.6% 12.1% $92,143 $46,200

[50.1%]

$5,344,281

Reports are by Andrew Newton and Rick Carey from RM Sotheby’s online descriptions and photos. Photos are courtesy and © 2021 RM Sotheby’s. Individual photographer credits are given where noted. Currency exchange rates are $1.1831/€ and $1.3723/£.

Lots are sorted by lot number.


Photo by Paolo Carlini

Lot # 124 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint Speciale, Body by Bertone; S/N AR380895; Engine # AR0012100526; Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $94,648 – $106,479; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $98,197 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $108,017. – 1,570/122hp, dual Weber carburetors, 5-speed, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Toyo tires, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Bertone radio blank plate. – Thick clearcoat repaint with minor surface flaws, light orange peel in places and dust inclusions. The right door and rear fender have scraped areas and a small door ding. Lightly crazed windshield deflector. Sound major chrome but some pitted trim. Worn pedal pads and old, worn carpets. Dull, scratched inside mirror. Good reupholstered seats and clear, sharp gauges. Nice looking engine but the engine compartment preparation and paint are superficial and erratically masked. The chassis and underbody have been repainted assembled and over old road grime and greasy residue. A usable but not inspiring cosmetically restored driver-quality SS. – Recently Giulia Spider Veloces in comparable condition have been bringing six-figure money, making this reasonably priced Sprint Speciale a particular value in envy-inducing distinction. Conceived as a show car, the Sprint Speciale still looks like a fabulous custom with Disco Volante heritage. The price is appropriate to the condition of this SS, but it will draw attention like no Spider Veloce ever will.

Lot # 125 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Coupe; S/N DB6MK24251R; Engine # 4004590VC; Blue/Tan leather; Estimate $177,465 – $207,043; Unrestored original 5+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $230,705 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $253,775. – RHD, 3,995/325hp, triple Webers, 5-speed, wire wheels, fog lights, woodrim steering wheel, original radio. – Located in Kuwait. Unknown early history. Represented as matching numbers engine. In total project condition with faded paint, crooked fog lights, a missing headlight lens, and tired brightwork with some small dents in the bumpers. Slightly dirty interior with soiled carpets, but nothing appears to be missing. It’s unclear how long the car has been in Kuwait’s desert climate, but some of the suspension and brake components are rusty. The engine bay is complete but looks like it hasn’t run in years. A desirable spec late DB6, but in need of everything. – A rough car with good bones and desirable Vantage equipment, this DB6 sold at an over-estimate price that takes both its needs and its potential into account. Even at that, though, it will be expensive before it is good enough to be driven.

Photo by Stephan Bauer

Lot # 128 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 113308; Engine # KDP713710; Blue/Black vinyl, cloth inserts; Estimate $88,733 – $118,310; Competition restoration 4 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $88,733 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $97,606. – Later 356C engine, 1,582/75hp, dual Solex carburetors, 4-speed, bucket seats, hood and engine cover straps. – “Whimsical” is perhaps appropriate for this “rust-o-mod” Porsche. First owned by Swedish racer Ernst “Nenne” Paulsson, later relegated to a lean-to in northern Sweden from which it was recovered and “restored” by a Swedish muscle car and custom shop for Gasoline magazine. That’s a lot of terminology in scare quotes, but maybe not enough. The blue paint is an ancient repaint over the occasionally visible original red, peeling in large areas, surface rusted and now protective coated to forestall further rust. There are many rust holes creatively repaired by pop riveted bits of signs and old registration plates still bearing their original legends. New gas tank with through the hood filler, said to have replaced floors and some other panels. The engine is from a 356C and looks functional. Hand painted and antiqued graphics. An imaginatively artistic rendering. – The bidders must have admired the creativity and style of this Porsche because they paid dearly for a rusty, holey car with the wrong engine and no competition preparation to speak of. Still, it’s probably going to be the only Porsche Rust-o-Mod at the next Rennsport Reunion, and that counts for something.

Lot # 129 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe Custom; S/N WP0ZZZ96ZNS402265; White, Apple graphics/Black; Estimate $130,141 – $177,465; Modified restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,141 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,155. – 3.6-liter, single turbocharged and intercooled engine, 5-speed, Messer three-piece allow wheels with air extractors, roll cage, Recaro seats, air shocks. – Located in Germany. Built by Akira Nakai’s RWB (RAUH-welt Begriff, or “Rough World Concept”) as a show car in 2017 to emulate the Apple Computer-sponsored 935 race car from the 1980s. Flaws include some rusty fasters, some dings on the wheels, scrapes on the front air dam and tow hook, a scuff on one of the rear fenders, and lots of chips in the red-painted roll cage. It’s fast, and it looks like a race car, but it’s mostly a showpiece from one of the more well-known Porsche customizers. – It’s unclear what you’re actually supposed to do with a car like this aside from take it to shows and gather crowds, but for some people that’s more than enough. After 27 bids it sold at a price that is within RM’s estimate range and likely less than the cost of the build, a result that seems perfectly fair.

Photo by Stephan Bauer

Lot # 130 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera by Strosek Cabriolet; S/N WP0CA2998SS340673; Speed Yellow/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $59,155 – $88,733; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,606 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,166. – 6-speed, Yokohama tires, Pioneer stereo. Strosek add-ons include bumpers, rear wing, side skirts, wheels, lowering springs, and interior trim. – Located in Germany. Ordered new in the U.S. Showing 13,803 miles which are represented to be from new and last serviced in May 2020. Minor damage repaired from a bicycle falling on the right fender. There are a few small blemishes on the wheels, a handful of chips in the paint, a mildly worn driver’s seat and two small holes in the soft top, but nothing particularly surprising on a lightly used performance car that’s now twenty-five years old. – Strosek isn’t quite as well-known as RUF or Gemballa, but was a well-known Porsche modifier in period mostly known for mild body kits and shrunken headlights. This one, which has normal 993 headlights, sold for $53,550 on Bring a Trailer in 2019, when it was located in Florida. It isn’t far-fetched to think that it would sell for more in Europe where Strosek is perhaps better known, but this high bid is consistent with the last sale price.

Photo by Stephan Bauer

Lot # 132 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 80933; Engine # P60028; Sky Blue, White front fender scallops/Sahara leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $325,353 – $384,508; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $289,860. – 1,592/70hp, dual Zenith carburetors, 4-speed, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, headlight stoneguards, bumpers removed but included along with fog lights, full weather equipment, cataloged as Rudge-style centerlock wheels but shown with standard steel wheels, hubcaps and Avon tires, racing graphics. – Good older repaint with a few chips and some texture. Good upholstery and gauges, loose-fitting top with age and folding wear. The leatherette top boot cover has some scuffs and scrapes. Big gouge at the front edge of the hood and poorly prepped and painted inside the hood. Competently restored some time ago and appears little used but showing age and some shortcuts. – There’s a lot good about this Speedster, but a lot that suggests it may not have been given the most thorough attention including many small shortcomings and overlooked details. There were only 20 bids in total, indicative of lack of interest and skeptical bidding.

Lot # 139 2002 Porsche 911 GT2 Coupe; S/N WP0AB29932S696257; Arctic Silver Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $141,972 – $165,634; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $118,310. – 3,600/476hp, 6-speed, carbon-ceramic brakes, limited-slip, Turbo twist wheels, air conditioning, power windows, power seats. – Located in Germany. Sold new in Hawaii and came to Europe within the past few years. Repainted front bumper. Represented with 6,261 km (3,890 mi). RM’s detailed and helpful photos show a handful of rock chips in the paint, a few light scratches on one of the headlight lenses, a tiny scrape on one of the wheels, a ding in the front Porsche badge, and a light scrape on the bottom front lip. Given the mileage it really could be a cleaner car, but it’s still a fast, desirable, and mostly good GT2. – When this car was still in the States, it changed hands twice on different online auction platforms – once for a very healthy $159,000 on Bring a Trailer in 2018 and again for $155,000 on PCARMARKET in February 2020. With those two numbers as a reference, the decision to hold out at this high bid in Europe is understandable, a calculation complicated by the low mileage which makes it VAT Applicable in the EU. The €100,000 reported high bid would be €110,000 with the BP and €132,000 after paying 20% VAT on the total price. VAT is a serious consideration and a real handicap in selling this car in the EU.

Photo by Paolo Carlini

Lot # 142 1980 Ferrari 208 GTS Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 31845; Engine # 00019; Red, Black roof panel/Black leatherette; Estimate $65,071 – $70,986; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,778 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,156. – 1,991/155hp V8, four 2-barrel Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, leather rim steering wheel, Grundig cassette stereo, Campagnolo alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Cibie fog lights, jack, Michelin emergency spare (“150 kmh Velocita Massima”), tool kit, owner’s manual. – Three decades in the consignor’s hands, 43,205 km from new. Sound repaint with nicks, some shrinkage and a few rust worm trails under the repaint. Lightly worn and creased upholstery particularly on the driver’s seat bolster. Reasonable carpets and pedals. Good gauges. Orderly engine compartment. Dry original chassis and suspension with expected road grime. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. An unusual model developed by Ferrari to keep under the Italian 2 litre tax break. Surprisingly, Ferrari built 1,295 208s in both body styles through three generations. – Later 208s were turbocharged to make up for some of the litre of displacement lost to placate the Italian tax-raising bureaucracy. Simply as a practical matter a carbureted 308 rarely uses all of its 255 horses in driving around town or on tours but it was a notable deterrent to the online bidders, with only 14 bids placed. It closed at €43,000 ($50,873) during the regular auction and closed later with this reasonable result.

Photo by Paolo Carlini

Lot # 145 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N AR390965; Engine # AR0012102581; Light Blue/Black vinyl; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $106,479 – $118,310; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $87,549. – 1,570/122hp, dual 40DCOE2 Webers, short velocity stacks, 5-speed, silver steel wheels, Hankook tires, hubcaps, Blaupunkt multiband radio – Very good upholstery and carpets, rubber Alfa floor mats. Excellent paint with minor flaws and aging. Good chrome with some aging trim bits. Fuel leakage residue on the engine and chassis and universal joint lube spray under the otherwise clean and restored body and suspension. Orderly engine compartment let down by aluminum painted cam covers and shiny chrome hold down fasteners. It is a competently and thoroughly restored Giulia Spider Veloce that inspires confidence. – But apparently not enough confidence to bid this Spider Veloce to an acceptable amount. Only 16 bids were placed and while the final amount is realistic for this example’s condition in North American terms it wasn’t sufficient to satisfy the consignor.

Lot # 146 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta Convertible, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFF78VHA8F0215315; Blue Indigo Lucido, Silver stripe/Blue Scuro Alcantara, Giallo stripe; Estimate $475,000 – $550,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $455,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $500,500. – 4,497/597hp V8, 7-speed automanual, Novitec exhaust (original exhaust included), yellow calipers, SF shield, blue carbon fiber interior trim, front and rear flaps, front suspension lifter, rear parking camera, Alcantara interior trim (including the wheel arches), more carbon fiber, cruise, yellow belts, yellow tach face, radio, navigation, Bluetooth, tools and books. – Extensive Tailor Made custom options. 7,513 miles from new. Serviced in January of this year, under warranty until 2023. U.S.-delivered, migrated to the UAE in 2017. There is some abrasion on the diffuser strakes, curb rash on some wheels but otherwise original and like new. – An unusual color and a fabulous array of Tailor Made special features, materials and options mark this is a notable Speciale A yet it brought a remarkably modest price and is a good value.

Photo by Dirk de Jager

Lot # 148 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Series III 2 + 2, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 4295GT; Engine # 4295; Grigio Argento/Black leather; Estimate $337,184 – $402,254; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $283,944. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XVS tires, multi-band radio. Engine internal No. 980/62E. – Restored twenty years ago with a later mechanical overhaul in 2012 after a multi-owner history. Sound older upholstery with abrasions on the driver’s seat back bolster, worn pedal pads. The paint is generally sound but there are several cracks, small blisters on the driver’s door bottom, scratched windows from sloppy body sanding. The Borrani wheels look good, but there is no spare wheel. Much of the exhaust system has been sprayed with undercoat, which must smell good after it gets hot. The engine is orderly but the compartment housing it was superficially resprayed long ago. Carburetors are lightly fuel stained. Hoses have modern worm screw clamps. Done to mediocre driver standards and beginning to show its age. – Offered in RM’s Paris online auction six weeks ago where it was reported bid to $339,528 (€280,000). This isn’t a very attractive GTE with plenty of miles on its mediocre quality old restoration. The €240,000 bid here is even less than it brought in the earlier sale. It attracted only 19 bids and suggests it is getting shopworn. It’s like blood in the water for bargain hunters who are going to keep bidding low while waiting for the consignor to be worn down.

Photo by Marc Gneveckow

Lot # 151 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 120479; Engine # 97405; Slate Gray/Light Brown leather with Tan cord inserts; Estimate $461,409 – $544,226; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $414,085. – 1,966/130hp, 4-speed, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, VDO dash clock, luggage rack, heater, partial tool kit, original books. – Located in Germany. Delivered new in Paris. One of 445 built. Fell into disrepair in the 1980’s then went through a succession of restorations including the most recent last year. Returned to its original colors last year. Missing its original engine, but fitted with a correct replacement four-cam Carrera. Mostly gorgeous and restored to essentially like new without overdoing it. – Even with the checkered history of neglect and the replacement engine (numbered correctly for a 2000 GS) the reluctance of the bidders to step up even to the modest pre-sale low estimate is unusual. A Carrera GS, however, is a highly specialized car that takes in depth knowledge to evaluate, not a series of photographs on a website and the evaluation of both the auction company in setting the estimate range and the bidders in declining to meet it are important indicators.

Photo by Paolo Carlini

Lot # 154 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Body by Bertone; S/N AR149302236; Engine # AR131502219; Light Blue/Blue vinyl, Grey cloth; Estimate $100,564 – $112,395; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $88,733. – 1,290/80hp, single Solex carburetor, 4-speed, no radio, Alfa blank plate, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Vredestein tires, – Cracked steering wheel hub emblem. Clean, dry, restored chassis and underbody with fluid leakage residue. Very good paint with minor paint blisters and touched up edge chips. Very good chrome. The interior is particularly thoroughly done and impressive. There are troubling blisters in front of the right rear wheel. Scratched rear window. There may be some filler in places that will cause anguish later but so far this is an attractive, fully restored and well-maintained older restoration. – This Giulietta is a cute little car with a usable but unimpressive old restoration with much subsequent use. It should have sold at the reported high bid here, even in Alfa-mad Europe.

Lot # 155 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 681249; Engine # F1004-8; Black/Biscuit leather; Estimate $94,648 – $106,479; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $82,817. – 3,442/160hp, dual SU carburetors, 4-speed, Lucas tri-bar headlights, fender mirrors, chrome wire wheels, electric radiator fan, – Good gauges and interior wood except the driver’s door panel which is warped and revarnished without correction. Very good upholstery, carpets and interior chrome. Reproduction chassis plate. Sound engine compartment showing age. Partially restored underbody but good restored suspension. Mediocre, flawed but sound paint. Bright, clean new wire wheels. Represented as the original engine block (and therefore not the original cylinder head) and done to generally good quality driver standards. – This is a spot-on appropriate bid for an XK 120 FHC presented to these standards. Holding out for more in a different venue or via a different channel is not likely to be effective.

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Lot # 156 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super Berlina; S/N AR595211; Engine # AR0051600229; White/Burgundy vinyl, Grey cloth; Estimate $207,043 – $218,874; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $189,296. – 1,570/110hp, dual 45DCOE14 Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Tecnomagnesio alloy wheels, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, heater, fog lights with stoneguards, Avon tires, dual electric Facet fuel pumps, Bilstein shocks, – Like some other Alfas in this sale the cam covers appear to have been painted over, although at least this one has correct hold down fasteners. The paint is sound with a few edge chips. The upholstery and interior trim are very good. The engine compartment looks as it should, albeit with some paint loss on various bits. The chassis and underbody are close to perfection. RM’s description makes a point of the rarity of the TI Super in road trim, a boxy sedan that had an aerodynamic drag coefficient of less than 0.34. Its condition is uniformly reassuring. Without the blocky “Giulia TI Super” on the hood and trunk this was a fantastic sleeper. – Readers by now know well that I like Alfas and aside from a GTA, an 8C 2900 or a TZ2 it’s hard to like any Alfa more than a Giulia TI Super. It’s all the good Giulia stuff rolled up and put under a 4-door body with room for a small family. The little engine that could under the hood, could make well over 160hp with modern build and tuning, and the body has room for grandsons. What’s not to like? It could have been bid to more money than this by an enthusiastic and well-heeled Alfa fanatic but by any reasonable measure the reported high bid here is appropriate.

Lot # 157 1966 Maserati Sebring 3500 GTi Series II Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM10110441; Metallic Blue/Red leather; Estimate $118,310 – $165,634; Unrestored original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $111,211. – 3,485/230hp dual ignition six, triple 2-barrel Weber carburetors (converted from fuel injection), 5-speed, power windows, radio removed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop tires, Autoclima air conditioning, – This is another of several neglected, old, dusty exotics that RM has offered recently from a dealer in Kuwait. One might wonder what other wonders are still desiccating in the desert? The driver’s seat is a different color and in better condition than the cracked original passenger’s seat. A U.S. delivery car, the odometer shows 36,476 miles. Orange peely old repaint. Aged, cracked old rubber seals. Good carpets. The next owner might want to put a second machine bolt in the brake pedal mounting to keep it from twisting off. Thin trim chrome. Tired and neglected. Not nasty, but a project with a litany of needs before it can be driven. – Bidding went on and on for this neglected old Sebring with a final count of 32 bids showing the bidders knew what they were doing but were realistic about condition and the extensive and expensive efforts that are entailed in making it into even a reliable and presentable tour car. This was a serious and realistic bid.

Photo by Paolo Carlini

Lot # 159 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 Berlina; S/N AR190003671; Engine # AR130603800; Black/Grey broadcloth; Estimate $59,155 – $65,071; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $41,409. – 1,884/80hp, single Solex carburetor, column shift 4-speed, Bloster steering column lock, electrical cutoff under the dash, beige steel wheels, hubcaps, Michelin X tires, radio antenna. – Reportedly restored in 2003 with a competent paint job now with minor flaws showing and light orange peel on the sides. Good bumper chrome but the vertical grille and hood ornament are pitted. Good upholstery, interior trim and headliner. The carpets are starting to shrink. Gauge faces and the trunk emblem are fading and hazy, steering wheel has painted-over cracks. The engine compartment, underbody and suspension are restored to a good standard and show little use although the carburetor is fuel stained. Competently restored and maintained, a sound driver-quality sedan that has a rather Studebaker-ish profile. – Usable, practical and eligible for important events including Mille Miglia Storica, but this is still an 80hp family four-door sedan with frumpy, practical bodywork. The reported bid is realistic.

Lot # 160 1971 Fiat Dino Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N 135BC0004486; Engine # 1350006871; Nocciola Metallic/Beige cloth; Estimate $47,324 – $59,155; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $41,409. – 2418/180hp, 5-speed, Cromodora wheels, woodrim steering wheel, wood dash, pushbutton radio, books. – Located in Italy, where it sold when it was new. Older repaint with no major flaws visible. Rough original interior with several burst seams and some rips in the driver’s seat. Dull wheels with faded Fiat badges. Tidy, maintained engine bay. The exhaust looks brand new but there is lots of oxidation and surface rust elsewhere underneath. A (barely) presentable driver. – Understated compared to its Pininfarina Spider cousin but still quite handsome, the Bertone-styled Fiat Dino coupe is one of the last ways to get Ferrari power on anything resembling a budget. The bidders were fair in their treatment of this one. The high bid isn’t a lowball offer and a deal should have happened.

Lot # 162 1950 Hudson Commodore Eight Convertible Brougham; S/N 50490375; Metallic Blue/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $41,409 – $53,240; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,747 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $19,521. – 254/128hp inline eight, Super-matic overdrive 3-speed, chrome body sill, skirts, windshield visor, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, aftermarket turn signals, pushbutton radio, underdash stereo with door-mounted speakers, bench seat, power top, power windows, heater. – Sound but aging older repaint with noted erratic masking. Generally sound chrome with dents on the hubcaps and in some trim. Very good newer upholstery and attractively woodgrained dash and door panels. Orderly but aged engine compartment and unrestored chassis and suspension with rust holes inside the body flanges. A presentable driver that has a lot going for it. – Reported sold for $46,750 at RM’s Arizona auction in 2014, then for $49,500 in the Online Summer auction in May 2020. This lot now shows an “ownership interest” note suggesting that the Online Summer transaction didn’t reach a successful conclusion. “Super-matic” is Madison Avenue for the electrically operated overdrive. This is without a doubt the best value in this Online Only auction, a “step-down” Hudson Commodore Convertible Brougham with many options for a price that is a legendary and probably never-to-be-duplicated bargain. There’s some rot in the bodywork underpinnings but repair is straightforward and does little to detract from the driving ability or safety of this full frame vehicle. Someone got a huge value that will impress everyone while wallowing through the Mille Miglia Storica (if it can get an entry.)

Lot # 220 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Sprint Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N AR3023316; Grigio Metallizzato/Black leatherette; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 1,962/129hp, Spica fuel injection, 5-speed, engine sump guard, silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Michelin XAS tires, woodgrain Personal steering wheel, spare, jack. – Very good older repaint with insignificant issues. Excellent panel fits and gaps. Good chrome bumpers and exterior trim. Sound upholstery, interior soft trim, dash, console and gauges but the passenger’s wind wing knob is missing. The engine compartment and chassis are competently restored, clean and dry. An attractive and reassuringly presented example. – Alfa trivia: There is a shallow recessed panel in the headliner above the rear seats that Alfa put in to meet sedan racing rear seat headroom specs without spoiling Giugiaro’s roofline, an example of Alfa’s commitment to its sporting heritage and sensitivity to design. It’s always impressive to see a 2000 that retains its original Spica injection, implying careful attention and consistent maintenance. Even at the top of RM’s pre-sale estimate range this result is a solid value for the new owner.

Lot # 223 2010 Morgan Aero SuperSports Targa; S/N SA9FASSA4BE004100; Yarwood Siren Blue/Blue, Romeo Red leather; Estimate $225,000 – $275,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – 4.8/362hp BMW V-8, automatic, chrome wheels, side exhaust. – Located in Texas. Showing just 865 miles and essentially like new. – Wearing a curious blend of classic Morgan traits (sweeping fenders and horseshoe grille) with flashier features (chrome wheels, cross-eyed headlights and an extravagant boattail) the Morgan AeroMax coupe was the first Morgan to cost six figures (in GBP). An aluminum chassis and body keep the weight to barely 2500 pounds and a BMW V-8 gives it enough thrust to back up its good (or at least eye-catching) looks. Introduced in 2009 ahead of Morgan’s 100th birthday, the Aero SuperSports is the targa-roofed version, and only around 200 were built. No more than a handful made it to the States, carrying a base price of around $185,000. It has clearly appreciated a lot in the last decade, then, but there’s no telling when the next one of these eccentric English rolling sculptures will come to market and someone jumped at this rare opportunity.

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Lot # 226 1988 BMW M6 Coupe; S/N WBAEE1417J2560911; Black/Light Grey leather; Estimate $45,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100. – 3,453/256hp, fuel injection, 5-speed, power sunroof, air conditioning, gold center modular alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, fog lights, cassette stereo, power windows, power seats, tool kit, manuals. – Three owners from new. Good original paint and interior with a lightly stretched driver’s seat. The chassis and underbody are original. The engine compartment is clean and orderly. The odometer shows 66,584 believable miles. A sound and attractive 5-speed M6 that appears to have been well-maintained since new. – Sold by Gooding & Company in 2014 for $57,200, then by RM at Ft. Lauderdale in 2019 for $45,100. It was offered at Mecum Kissimmee two months ago where it was bid to $37,000 but unsold. The consignor got real in Open Roads March and took the money, a result fair to both the buyer and the seller.

Lot # 227 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster; S/N 4702; Engine # IS80195ME; Midnight Blue/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300. – 1,991/90hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, driving lights, badge bar, luggage rack, rear-mounted spare, spotlight, side curtains, woodrim steering wheel, Smiths gauges other than an added Stewart Warner water temp gauge, tool roll. – Located in Florida. Represented as a running and driving car in need of some further servicing before serious use. Lightly aged seats and carpets. Tired older paint that doesn’t look like it was very high quality to begin with and now shows minor chips, cracks and scratches throughout. Choke cable won’t stay pulled out. Clean older restored engine bay. Solid but a bit grimy underneath. An old restoration starting to show its age. It looks like a solid driver that has probably just been sitting for a bit too long. – It’s a bit too late for winter projects, but this would be a perfect car to tinker on and tackle small jobs to get it ready for driving season. Parts are available, as many mechanical bits were borrowed from Triumph. And Morgan, which is still in business, will happily supply anything else one might need. The price here is spot on for a Plus 4 in this condition, too, giving the new owner plenty of room to make little fixes without getting underwater.

Lot # 230 2001 Qvale Mangusta Convertible; S/N ZF4AH01A71M000120; Giallo Tigre/Gray leather; Estimate $35,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300. – 4,601/320hp Ford Modular V-8, Tremec 5-speed, dash clock, CD stereo, air conditioning, tool roll, books. – Located in Pennsylvania. Showing 13,925 believable miles. Minor chips and scratches on the nose. Light haze on the headlight covers. Minor scrapes on the wheels. A lightly used modern Italo-American hybrid. – For a car that was only built for two years the Mangusta has a convoluted history, but some big names were involved in the project. Alejandro de Tomaso, Kjell Qvale, Marcello Gandini, Maserati technical director Giordano Casarini, and ex-F1 designer Enrique Scalabroni all had a hand in the project. It wouldn’t win any beauty contests and the interior will make you feel like you’re in a fourth gen Mustang, but the Qvale Mangusta offers fairly exotic looks, decent performance, and serious rarity (fewer than 300 built) for not a lot of money. On introduction it carried a base price of nearly 80 grand. Today, on the rare occasion that one does pop up, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 grand is the norm and this result fits on the curve.

Lot # 233 1976 Cadillac DeVille Coupe; S/N 6D47S6Q249430; Cotillion White, Light Buckskin half-vinyl roof/Antique Light Buckskin leather; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $13,200. – 500/190hp, automatic, wire wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bench seat, pushbutton radio, power seats, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering column. – Located in Florida. $3,700 spent on service in 2018. Air conditioning doesn’t work, which might be a problem in South Florida. Some light surface rust underneath but tidy engine bay. A few chips visible on the nose and a long scratch on one of the fender skirts but the paint mostly looks good. Very well kept interior. A solid driver. From the last year of GM’s biggest body series before Caddies were downsized for 1977. – A driver-quality Coupe DeVille bought for driver-quality money. With 19-feet and 500 cubic inches of Cadillac at a winning bid of 12 grand, it’s a sweet value in car-per-dollar terms.

Lot # 235 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 13471; Black/Black leather; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – 4,390/320hp, triple 2-barrel Weber carburetors, 5-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, headlight covers, Ansa exhaust, woodrim steering wheel, power windows, Blaupunkt multi-band radio, power steering, air conditioning with a modern rotary compressor, partial tool roll, jack, wheel hammer, owner’s manual. – Sound but flawed older color change repaint with stone chipped nose, windshield post cracks, assorted small scratches and tin worm tracks under the paint. Sound but scuffed exterior brightwork. Sound original upholstery with the patina of surface creases and scuffed seat back bolsters. Good gauges. Pitted outside door handle chrome. Good hood blanket, clean engine compartment with paint loss on the exhaust header heat shields. Ferrari Classiche documented (note, not “certified”.) Sound and usable in decent older cosmetically restored condition. – Sold by Auctions America at Ft. Lauderdale in 2016 for $236,500 in essentially the same condition as it shows here. It showed 29,082 km then but now displays 34,447 km, about 3,000 miles more. This is a usable Ferrari that won’t win any awards at Concorso Italiano or Cavallino but can be driven with some satisfaction to and from various events and at this price can be used with little concern for stone chips, bird strikes or rain storms, a sound value.

Lot # 236 2005 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Convertible; S/N 1B3JZ65Z05V501387; Viper Red/Black; Black top; Estimate $65,000 – $70,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000. – 505/500hp, 6-speed, power windows, air conditioning, CD stereo. – Located in Quebec. Showing 11,920 believable km (7,407 mi). Looks like a new car. – With earlier Viper RT/10s and GTSs gaining serious traction in the collector car market over the past couple of years, the less beloved and less attractive third gen (2003-07) cars have started to get more expensive as well. The seller of this one, though, is ahead of the curve in his or her expectations. The car’s location in Canada and its instruments in km diminishes the appeal for buyers in the U.S., where there is no shortage of Vipers for sale, but even though the high bid was at the very top of the current range for these cars, it’s staying home, an optimistic decision on the part of the consignor.

Lot # 237 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Convertible; S/N B9471795LRXFE; Midnight Blue/Light Grey leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $78,500 – $85,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000. – 260/164hp, 4-barrel, Edelbrock intake manifold, 4-speed, Minilite alloy wheels, Radar Dimax Classic tires, woodrim steering wheel, dual outside bullet mirrors. – Sound repaint with nose sand chips. Good interior that has an attractive patina and light stretching. Good gauges, interior trim and dashboard. Clean underbody and chassis with little use evident since restoration. Tight fitting top with a good rear window. Weak chrome. Orderly, clean engine compartment. An attractive Tiger that a new owner could drive with pride and confidence. – There were 29 bids on this Tiger, extended four times, enough to show serious interest. The reported high bid should have been given more serious consideration.

Lot # 244 2004 Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFBV55A540136317; Grigio Titanio/Black leather, Red bars; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – 5,748/515hp, 6-speed automanual, red calipers, Daytona-style seats, Becker Silverstone CD changer, tool kit, battery charger, manuals. Assembly No. 53549. – Showing 10,543 believable miles and if anything better than would be expected for that mileage, particularly underneath where it is in essentially showroom condition without scratches, scrapes or fluid residue. No service history, however. – A reasonable 575M F1 but this also is a reasonable offer for it. There are sufficient miles to show it works, but not so many that it’s heavily used. The lack of a service history, however, is a serious detriment to bidders’ confidence and the reported high bid reflects that.

Lot # 245 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe; S/N WP0AA2921PS820118; Black/Cashmere Beige leather, Black piping; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 4,957/326hp, 5-speed, power sunroof, front and rear air conditioning, extended leather interior, power seats, Pioneer CD stereo, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Hankook tires, power windows, power sunroof. – The seats are turning a little olive with age and use but the rest of the interior is original and good with only light stretching and wrinkles. Gauges are bright and clear. Beige over rugs protect the original black carpets. Scratched original paint. Rust under the windshield seal and one of the rear quarter windows. Good engine compartment. Sand chipped light lenses. Stone chipped windshield. There are many flaws and issues, particularly cosmetically, but none that indicate misuse or more mileage than the 70,054 showing on the odometer. – This was the bidding contest of the auction, advancing slowly (as online auctions usually do) in the early days but there were 27 bids as it approached ending with a standing bid of $34,000. Clearly there was at least one bidder who wanted it seriously, throwing in $1,000 increments within seconds of a new bid. In the end it went on for an hour in two minute extensions, a total of 57 bids in all with the quick bidder taking the prize. It was fascinating to watch online and someone who seriously wanted the car got it, a good result for all concerned, for Porsche 928s in general and for car collecting enthusiasm.

Lot # 246 1990 Ferrari Mondial t Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFFK33A8L0086500; White/White leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $39,000. – 3,405/300hp, fuel injection, 5-speed, Nakamichi CD stereo, leather rim steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, tools, spare bulbs. Assembly No. 03385. – Assessing details of a white car photographed against a white background is, to put it mildly, a challenge. That qualification aside, this appears to be in photos at least to be pristine and in condition appropriate to the 28,029 miles showing on its odometer. – This is the Miami Vice equivalent in Mondial t guise but at a third of the price of a white Testarossa. Bidding was desultory, with only six bids on the closing day. No one cared, but if a white over white Mondial t Cab appeals it could be a great value.

Lot # 249 1973 Volvo 1800ES Station Wagon; S/N 1836353006468; Gold Metallic/Black leatherette; Estimate $30,000 – $35,000; Enthusiast restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $26,000. – 1,986/130hp, 4-speed with overdrive, factory pushbutton radio, dash clock, rear mud guards, tool roll. – Located in New Jersey. Older full restoration but done on a budget. Mismatched tires front to back. Tidy engine bay. Dirt and oxidation underneath. A good driver. 217,568 miles done on the chassis, but the drivetrain was rebuilt during the restoration and Volvo 1800s are famously robust, particularly the Swedish-built ones like this that supplanted the problem-plagued ones assembled by Jensen in the U.K. – Not sold after a bit of a last-minute bidding frenzy that arrived at a perfectly reasonable offer. This Volvo sold for $16,800 on Bring a Trailer back in 2015, when 1800s were considerably more affordable than they are today and before these cars got the high-dollar restorations that have become more common on them today. This car looks much the same as it did on Bring a Trailer and the odometer shows 2,049 more miles. The seller here is presumably the same person who bought it in 2015, so why they refused a $10,000 profit for a car they owned for six years and barely drove is a mystery.

1953 Porsche 356 Coupe Barn Find | Photo: Teddy Pieper – @vconceptsllc

Lot # 251 1953 Porsche 356 1500S Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 50245; Red/Black; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original 5 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – Hub caps, Telefunken radio. – Ordered new in Palmetto Green with the 1500S engine and a Telefunken radio. Part of a collection of seven barn finds located in Indiana, and that barn certainly wasn’t climate controlled or sealed shut. The car is filthy and shows rust everywhere. The engine and the passenger’s seat are missing. Several years and six figures away from ever seeing the road again, if it is even salvageable. – At least two bidders seemed to think it is indeed salvageable. The price is well over RM’s reasonable high estimate and should have at least bought a car with an engine, even a seized one. We’ve seen rusty barn find Porsches sell for big money before, but typically such cars are far less deteriorated than this one. Best of luck to whoever has it now.

Lot # 252 1995 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Pace Car; S/N 1G1YY32P3S5112703; Purple, White, ribbons/Black, Purple leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $38,000 – $42,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $30,000. – 350/300hp, automatic, climate control air conditioning, CD/cassette stereo, power seats in addition to standard equipment, factory window sticker and manuals. – 192 miles, seats, carpets and sills still factory wrapped. Appears to be unblemished and well-maintained. $49,750 sticker. – Sold for $26,950 ($24,500 hammer) at Auburn Fall in 2016. It was irrational to turn down even such a modest profit here.

Photo by Theodore W. Pieper

Lot # 255 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0H17C522473; Competition Orange/Black; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original 5- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400. – 429/370hp, 4-speed, Hurst T-handle shifter, buckets and console, power front disc brakes, power steering, pushbutton radio, rally-style wheels, narrow whitewalls, Drag Pack. – Dirty barn find stored 30 years. Missing the front facia, bumper, grille, etc. Collapsed rear suspension that implies frame rot. Dead, peeling paint and ancient tires, rusty chrome. Mildewed, torn upholstery and interior trim. Restoration project or parts car? – Apparently the bidders thought it was a parts car, which is a realistic conclusion. The parts needed to return this Cyclone to running and driving condition will bury its completed value even with labor, paint and bodywork at $0 cost. And there’s no suggestion the engine is in fact original to the chassis or even a 429 SCJ.

Lot # 256 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFXR48A2W0110552; Giallo Modena/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. – 3,496/380hp, 6-speed, power windows, air conditioning, alloy wheels, Hankook tires, SF shields, Alpine CD stereo, JL Audio amp. Assembly No. 27611. – Good interior with wear appropriate to the 43,670 miles showing on the odometer. Good original paint with the only noted blemish being a scrape under the nose on the right side. A clean Carfax is the only documentation, noting multiple owners. No service history given. – F355 Spider prices are not going up and the seller of this car recognized the reality. So did the bidders, who pushed it on 25 bids to above the low pre-sale estimate. This should be a satisfying transaction to both parties.

Lot # 257 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst/Olds 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 344879M349435; White, Firefrost Gold stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $79,000. – 455/380hp, automatic, power steering, power brakes, power driver’s seat, 3.23 limited-slip, cruise control, tilt steering column, 8-track stereo, factory air conditioning. – Located in Texas. Body-off restored 16 years ago and has held up remarkably well, with few signs of use from top to bottom. – This car sold for $100,100 at Kissimmee in 2017, but if anything Hurst/Olds prices have softened since then and there were likely more eyes on the car in a muscle car-heavy sale like Kissimmee than there were in this more Eurocentric RM online auction. The high bid here was definitely worth considering.

Photo by Theodore W. Pieper

Lot # 261 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback; S/N 9F02Z159757; Raven Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original 5- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. – No engine or transmission, partial rear axle, alloy front wheels, steelies on the back, wing, hood scoop, added traction bars, KK No. 1356 original build sheet and Deluxe Marti Report documented. – Stored for years partially assembled, various parts missing (not least the engine and transmission) and others in boxes. Frame rot through at the front, in various places underneath and generally peeling undercoat and surface rust. A scrofulous mess. – Boss 429s are back in favor after some years in eclipse and original Boss 429s bring healthy premiums, when they’re complete, presentable and usable. This is a derelict hulk. Just buying an appropriate Semi-Hemi 429 engine and transmission will exhaust any realistic restoration budget. This price, more than double RM’s pre-sale high estimate, is irrational unless the buyer (and the underbidder among the 30 bids placed on it) have some personal connection with this specific Boss 429 that makes spending far more on a restoration than it will ever be worth a poor decision. This result makes Mecum’s Bullitt Mustang price look modest.

Lot # 266 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone ‘R-Code’ 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 7H15R549810; Caspian Blue/Red vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original 5 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. – 427/425hp, dual quads, 4-speed, Hurst t-handle shifter, black steel wheels, pushbutton radio. – Stored for thirty years, partially assembled and accompanied by many interior parts, trim items and other stuff. Dirty, dusty, neglected. Appears to be largely sound, but needs everything. Replacement 1964-dated engine, fiberglass hood. – It’s hard to figure out just what the buyer got here: boxes of parts, an earlier 427 engine, lots of rust and scruffy interior parts. History would make a big difference, but there is none. It is, in the terms of frontier America, a “pig in a poke” and the new owner takes possession of a work-in-progress, but one with some potential and a price that is a gamble but not a longshot.

Lot # 267 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Convertible; S/N JS27U0B179406; Plum Crazy/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $130,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. – 440/375hp, automatic, air conditioning, power brakes, Rallye wheels, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton AM radio, woodgrain steering wheel, compact spare with inflator, jack. – Represented as the numbers-matching engine and correct type transmission. Very good older paint, interior, chrome and top. Bright, crisp gauges. Even gaps and flat panels. There are a few small edge chips and minor scrapes on the chassis and transmission sump but nothing that indicates misuse or extended driving. A quality, rare car with a desirable drivetrain. – Reported sold by Mecum at Indy in 2018 for $121,000 ($110,000 hammer). It would be hard to characterize this result as anything other than “consistent”.

Photo by Theodore W. Pieper

Lot # 269 1965 Griffith TVR 200 Coupe; S/N 2005013; Yellow/Black; Estimate $35,000 – $50,000; Unrestored original 5 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. – 289, 4-speed, wire wheels. – Located in Indiana. The TVR body is fiberglass and relatively solid, but every visible piece of metal on this car is rusty. No body trim or lights are fitted and the rear glass is out of the car, but some spares are included. There is also overspray on the windshield. A very rare and cool car, but it’s a total mess wearing 30 years of deterioration, an incomplete restoration and it’s unclear how much of it can actually be saved. – While Jack Griffith may not be a household name like Carroll Shelby, the Long Island Ford dealer nevertheless followed the same formula of lightweight British sports car (in this case a TVR Grantura) plus 289 Ford V-8. The result was one of the quickest sports cars of the mid-1960s, but also one of the most squirrelly on account of its short 85.5 inch wheelbase. With just 192 Griffith 200s before it was replaced by the improved and even rarer Griffith 400, these cars hardly ever come up for sale. The bidders didn’t think much of this one, as it sold more for the sum of its parts than as any sort of buried treasure barn find.

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