RM’s Hershey auction at the AACA Hershey Region Fall Meet is a throwback, like it used to be before selling collector cars became a big business.
It’s Fall in the Northeast. The air is crisp. The trees are turning.
Even the cars are a throwback to earlier times when “collector car” meant something from before WWII:
- 18 of the 135 lots offered, 13.3%, were built before the U.S. entered World War I;
- Another 77 of the 135, 57%, were built between then and 1950;
- The newest car in the sale was from model year 1984; and
- All but six were built before 1970.
In the face of so much old stuff … everyone seems more relaxed. People are curious about the cars’ details and their stories. There’s less commercial imperative, fewer headline cars. There are no new-money punters; bidders and onlookers are for the most part experienced, sincere and informed.
Hershey is not Monterey or Scottsdale with their pressure-packed parade of seven- and eight-figure cars. This is Hershey. It is unique in its own way and a welcome relief from the year’s big events.
Hershey has been styled an RM Sotheby’s sale since 2015, reverted to RM Auctions in 2018 and 2019 and this year was styled an RM Sotheby’s auction but stuck to RM Auctions’ flat 10% buyer’s commission. It introduced a bit of branding confusion at a sale with marques like Templar you’ve never heard of either.
Here are the numbers:
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48 lots viewed by Rick Carey are reported here sorted in lot number order.
Lot # 135 1920 Renault Type EU Coupe de Ville, Body by Binder; S/N 92602; Beige, Brown fenders/Black leather, Beige and gold fabric; Black cloth tendelet top; Estimate $35,000 – $55,000; Unrestored original 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – RHD. 2,815/12CV inline four, 3-speed, single right side spare bracket but no wheel, folding windshield, rollup division, black wood spoke wheels, staggered wheel sizes. – Bought by MGM in the 30’s as a prop car, used in Mata Hari with Greta Garbo and The Big Store with the Marx Brothers. Later owned by Lindley Bothwell and Indianapolis Speedway’s Tony Hulman. Poor old repaint over old scratched and peeling paint. Usable front seat upholstery and gaudy rear compartment. A typical movie and museum car that looks okay on film but gets steadily worse in close-ups. – It is somewhat amazing that Renault and Binder would still be building archaic style coaches like this in 1920 but that’s what happened. It’s an intriguing old car but in uniformly unfortunate condition. It will take serious attention and a lot of money to make something attractive out of it but it will never be worth enough to make up for what it costs. This is a generous price.
Lot # 137 1913 Cadillac Model 30 5-Passenger Touring; Engine # 87808; Black/Black leather; Heather cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,250. – RHD. 255/30 ALAM hp four, 3-speed, Gray & Davis headlights, sidelights and taillight, rear-mounted spare, Warner speedometer, blue wood spoke wheels, Silvertown tires, Cadillac branded MotoMeter, engine-mounted air compressor. – A sound original Cadillac in complete barn find condition. Good original upholstery. Painted brass. Peeling original paint with a lot of surface rust. Greasy, dusty chassis and oily engine. Far too good to restore. – 1913 was the first year for Cadillac’s industry-leading electric starter and also the debut year for the “Standard of the World” branding. The preservation of this Model 30 is wonderful despite the cosmetic and age issues. It could be a straightforward restoration but then would only join a bevy of restored Cadillacs of the period. As it stands, however, it is something entirely different and to be perceived with wonder and amazement. It deserves to be mechanically maintained and further preserved while also representing a sound value in this transaction.
Lot # 147 1927 Renault Type RA 50CV 2-Dr. “Big” Cabriolet, Body by Million-Guiet; S/N 125RA; Light Olive, Olive fenders and accent/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $125,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,750. – RHD. 3,180/50CV inline six, 4-speed, orange wood spoke wheels, Michelin (of course) tires, Marchal headlights, Jaeger clock, rumble seat, luggage rack, semaphore rear turn signals. – One family owned from new until 1989 and believed to be the only Type RA “Big” Cabriolet to survive. Superficial repaint over old, chipped paint and already beginning to fail. Sound, stretched old redyed upholstery. Weak, failing chrome. All there, but needs comprehensive attention and not good enough to be preserved. – Highly desirable and probably unique, but the old restoration from the early 90’s is not aging well and needs to be redone, a factor the Hershey bidders took into account with this price. What will it be worth when it is competently restored? Only time will tell but it will probably be enough to justify the effort and expense based upon its rarity, open Million-Guiet coachwork, inherent Renault quality of the period and the reasonable price it brought here.
Lot # 148 1935 Railton Eight Victoria Coupe, Body by Ranalah; S/N 546030; Blue, Light Grey sides/Biscuit leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – RHD. 254/113hp Hudson HT-series inline eight, 3-speed with overdrive, silver painted wire wheels, Firestone tires, banjo spoke steering wheel, sliding sunroof, rear-mounted spare, radiator stoneguard, top-hinged windshield, trafficators. – Edge chipped old paint, worn and creased original upholstery. Peeling paint behind the windshield edges. The engine is superficially painted silver all over. Superficially cosmetically redone, but the coachwork is handsome and it could be driven and enjoyed as it is. – This is a good-looking car with surprising performance bought for a modest price that belies its practicality and appeal. It might be particularly rewarding to explain why it’s displayed with American cars of the period.
Lot # 150 1939 Alvis Speed 25 Pillarless 2-Dr. Sedan, Body by Vanden Plas; S/N 14631; Engine # 15115; Dark Red/Parchment leather; Estimate $90,000 – $130,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $102,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $112,750. – RHD. 3,571/106hp, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Lester tires, sliding sunroof, Lucas headlights and fog lights, top-hinged windshield, trafficators, single sidemount. – Sloppy old repaint, indifferently masked and using old seals. Casually painted wire wheels with bashed centerlock nuts. Good chrome. Worn, cracked old upholstery with pulled seams on the driver’s seat. Rear window shade lying on the package shelf. Decent engine compartment and chassis. Generally poorly restored and indifferently maintained but preserved with no major flaws. – The Vanden Plas pillarless saloon coachwork was favorably commented upon by many in the auction preview and eventually outweighed the indifferent restoration and condition in reaching this result. A pretty price for a pretty car.
Lot # 153 1951 Nash-Healey Roadster, Body by Panelcraft; S/N N2066; Dark Green/Tan leather, Green piping; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Incomplete restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,750. – 253/140hp overhead valve six, aluminum cylinder head, three SU carburetors, silver painted wire wheels, Michelin tires, chrome braced removable roll bar, 4-spoke Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, quick release fuel cap. – Owned and restored by POSIES Rods and Customs for sculptor Wendell Castle but incomplete. Very good paint, chrome and interior showing no use. The door handles are missing, made obvious by the holes in the door skins. There are some modern turned aluminum knobs and the grille is from a later Nash. Needs to be completed. – One of 104 first year Nash-Healeys bodied by Panelcraft before the more familiar Pinin Farina body went into production. The workmanship is first class, it’s just that some if it isn’t finished yet and the completion process may be more complicated, not to mention that it’s been in process since the early 90’s, with all the uncertainties that sitting in various shops for that length of time can cause. The bidders intelligently hedged their bets with this price and even subject to the vagaries of completion this could be a rewarding project, both in ownership and financially, when completed.
Lot # 157 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; S/N 11102712000758; Silver/Blue leather; Blue cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $198,000. – 3,499/200hp, automatic, power steering, brakes and windows, Behr air conditioning, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, 14-inch chrome wire wheels, Continental tires, fog lights. – Peeling dashtop veneer. Worn upholstery with squashed front cushions. Dirty original engine compartment and chassis. Sound, but barely a driver (even after the wire wheels disappear.) – The small diameter wire wheels are indicative of questionable style and do nothing to reflect the innate quality of the 280 SE 3.5. Its condition casts further doubt upon the care and attention it has received. It was reported sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2018 for $211,750 and it deserved no more than the skeptical price it received here and can only look forward to going to a more refined and caring home hereafter.
Lot # 159 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 915251; Blue/Dark Red leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $240,909 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $265,000. – RHD. 2,443/90hp, single 2-barrel Weber carburetor, column shift 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Silvertown tires, radio, side outlet exhaust, Carello headlight covers, semaphore signals behind the doors, banjo steering carburetors, silver wheel. – Quick old repaint with some overspray in the wheelwells. Good upholstery and interior wood trim. Orderly but aged and somewhat grimy engine compartment. Superficially restored some time ago but claimed to have $176,000 in mechanical work since 2017. – Stylish, competently presented with a superficial repaint, aged and used, that it needed $176,000 in mechanical work over a four-year period is not reassuring, either for the mechanical condition or for the caliber of work done earlier and bidders’ reluctance to pony up even this much is a tribute to RM’s persuasiveness after it was passed on the auction block. This is full retail for this Alfa’s condition.
Lot # 178 1914 Cadillac Model 30 5-Passenger Touring; S/N Engine No. 99384; Engine # 99384; Maroon, Black fenders/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300. – RHD. 255/30 ALAM hp, 3-speed, 2-speed rear axle, hinged steering wheel, Gray & Davis electric headlights and sidelights, Warner speedometer, body color wood spoke wheels, Silvertown tires, single rear-mounted spare, engine-driven air compressor. – Rebodied from the front doors back during restoration. Good paint, interior and top. Orderly engine compartment and chassis with road use. Good nickel brightwork. Not a concours restoration but more than good enough to tour proudly. – Compare this with the unrestored 1913 Cadillac Model 30 sold earlier today for $41,250 and the appeal and honesty of the earlier car becomes apparent. Only minimal excuses are needed for this Model 30’s rebuilt body and it is full value for the money here.
Lot # 180 1903 Cadillac Rear-Entrance Tonneau; S/N Engine no. 1497; Engine # 1497; Maroon, Black accent/Black leather; Estimate $140,000 – $180,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $129,250. – RHD. 98/6.5 hp, 2-speed, White tires, Solarclipse acetylene headlight, Dietz Dainty kerosene sidelights and taillight, red wood spoke wheels and chassis, bulb horn. – AACA Grand National winner #2019, 2004 AACA Senior W21662. Concours restored with bright paint and brass, Impeccable upholstery. Fresh chassis and engine with only appropriate lubrication showing. As good as it gets and LBVCR eligible. – From the first year of Cadillac, powered by the Leland & Faulconer “Little Hercules” single cylinder engine that would soon establish Cadillac’s reputation not only for reliability but also for Henry Leland’s insistence upon precision manufacture and interchangeable parts. This is a gorgeous example needing only VCC dating verification to take part in a cold, wet trip from London to Brighton. The LBVCR experience supports the price it brought, not to mention its magnificent restoration and presentation.
Lot # 181 1918 Templar Model 4-45 Sportette Phaeton; S/N 3465; Yellow, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $110,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $36,300. – 197/50hp overhead valve four, red wire wheels, whitewall tires, rear-mounted spare, wind wings, Edmunds & Jones Type 20 bullet headlights, S&M spotlight. – Weak old nickel brightwork. Sound but old repaint and upholstery. Aged engine compartment and chassis with no shortage of chips and paint loss. A barely presentable tour car, but always a story. – And it’s a handsome car with, for the period, a relatively powerful little overhead valve four-cylinder. The E&J bullet Type 20 headlights add to its style and demeanor and while the bidders came nowhere close to the presale estimate (presumably based upon rarity) it is still a good value in an unusual marque with excellent performance.
Lot # 183 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFJA09B000051073; Black/Beige leather; Estimate $225,000 – $250,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $175,000. – 4,390/335hp Flat Twelve, 5-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin TRX tires, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, Pioneer cassette stereo, Daytona style seats. – Decent repaint, otherwise original with worn, creased and lightly soiled seats. Dashtop covering is shrinking away from the driver’s side defroster vent. Generally clean and orderly but stored since the early naughts and not driven for a while. Reportedly had $14,000 recent mechanical service. – Not at all satisfying or reassuring in its history or observed condition and deservedly eschewed by the Hershey bidders… who were not particularly attuned to cars like this anyway.
Lot # 187 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL; S/N 12104010022630; Ivory/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500. – 1,897/105hp, Weber carburetors, wheel covers, “Grand Am” narrow whitewalls, Becker Europa AM-FM, heater. – Attractive paint but with blisters behind the passenger’s door and above the trunk. Good upholstery. Dash clock missing. Good steering wheel and gauges. Tidy but aged and used engine compartment and chassis. Good chrome. A sound and presentable driver but deficient in many obvious ways. – A disappointing 190SL with the wrong (but more reliable) carburetors and too many easily identifiable faults. The seller should be happy with this result but the buyer may wake up tomorrow with second thoughts having spent generously and an amount that would buy a better example.
Lot # 188 1950 Allard K1/2 Roadster; S/N 91K1703; Silver/Blue-Grey leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,750. – Lefthand drive. 295 cubic inch Mercury flathead with triple Stromberg carbs on an Edelbrock intake, Edelbrock heads, Isky cam, Bluemel’s Brooklands steering wheel, folding windshield, hubcaps, blackwall tires, enclosed rear spare, electric windshield wiper, full weather equipment, trafficators. – K2 chassis with K1 body, one of one. Good paint, chrome and interior. Clean, orderly engine. Oily, greasy chassis, but not old or neglected, just used. – This Allard was sold by Gooding at Amelia in 2011 showing 420 miles for $165,000. RM sold it at Amelia six years later in 2017 for $110,000. Today the odometer shows only 599 miles and the Allard hasn’t deteriorated, just fallen from favor.
Lot # 189 1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Drophead Coupe; S/N S838730DN; OE White/Brown leather; Black top; Estimate $115,000 – $135,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000. – 3,781/220hp, 4-speed, overdrive, chrome wire wheels, Coker whitewalls, fender mirrors, Lucas headlights – Sound older paint with cracked fender welting, spotted old the trunk lid, door edge chips. Even panel fits and gaps. Lightly worn, stretched and creased upholstery. Door windows rattle. Show polished engine compartment. Road grimy chassis. Sound chrome. A well-maintained but used older restored driver. – This isn’t the best XK 150 3.8 DHC around but it’s better than the reported high bid here which should have been closer to six figures. It sold for $110,000 at Auburn Fall in 2018 and the seller would have been supremely happy had it brought that $100,000 hammer bid today but the perception of value today is different and this is a reasonable offer for this Jag’s condition and specifications.
Lot # 190 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster; S/N 11304212019462; Grey Beige, Grey Beige hardtop/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 2,281/250hp fuel injection, automatic, Frigiking air conditioning, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, hubcaps, trim rings, Michelin MX tires, soft top and pagoda hardtop, power brakes. – Sound but dull old repaint in the original color, surprisingly good chrome and original upholstery. Represented as 33,542 miles from new and the matching numbers engine. Grungy engine and chassis. A used car that has received little attention. – Sold by RM in 2000 at the New York Auto Salon for $28,600 where it showed 31,097 miles, it’s added just 2,445 miles in the last two decades and based on the grimy engine compartment and chassis hasn’t gotten much attention. This is a generous price in 2021, but it bought a car that isn’t overdone, can be driven and will benefit for sensitive attention. This is a realistic price for a realistic 230SL.
Lot # 191 1954 Austin-Healey 100-4 Le Mans Roadster; S/N BN1L157600; Engine # 1B213992M; Red/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Modified restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,500. – 2,660/110hp, 5-speed, upgraded to M Le Mans specs, chrome wire wheels, Michelin XZX tires, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, no front bumper, Lucas headlights and Flamethrower driving lights. – Upgraded to Le Mans specifications with a 5-speed gearbox at some point. Represented as the numbers-matching engine. Excellent gaps and panel fits. Doors close smoothly. Very good upholstery. The underbody is better than new. No road wear or stone chips. A seriously nice car. – Alas, however, it isn’t what it wants to be, that is, a 100/4 Le Mans. At this price, however, that hardly makes a difference. The work is well done, the cosmetics are attractive and the 5-speed… well, when driving windy roads it’s better than overdrive. This represents a seriously good value for the money and a delightful driver that will hold its head high at the end of a day’s tour.
Lot # 193 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster; S/N 812271; Red/Biscuit leather; Biscuit cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $77,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,250. – 3,442/190hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Firestone tires, fender mirrors, Lucas headlights and fog lights. – Sound paint with a few flaws and small scratches. Sound but soiled upholstery and interior trim. Failing front bumper and windshield frame chrome. Orderly old engine compartment with oil mist residue and some dirt. The aluminum is dull. A decent older restoration with road use and age. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2018 for $92,400, the market’s appreciation of XK 140s has depreciated since then and this result reflects a reasonable price for this sound but not exceptional example.
Lot # 194 1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible; S/N 15757065; Imperial Blue Metallic/Black, Grey leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $54,545 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $60,000. – 320/152hp inline eight, Dynaflow, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, power windows, power windows, halogen headlights. – Doors don’t close flush. Very good older paint. Shiny chrome. Good upholstery showing essentially no wear or use. The engine compartment is restored and shows age and some miles. The carburetor is fuel residue stained. A quality older restoration that’s starting to show its age. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall a year ago for $67,100, both the price it brought and the need to close the deal after it left the auction block demonstrate clearly that these early 50’s boats, even done to very good standards and reasonably well-maintained, are going nowhere in the estimation of collectors.
Lot # 195 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4 Roadster; S/N BN4L075787; Red, Red hardtop/Black leatherette; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $50,600. – 2,639/117hp, 4-speed with overdrive, chrome wire wheels, Michelin tires, hardtop only, heater, Lucas headlights, fender mirrors. – Sound older paint on the body but not as good on the hardtop which has overspray on the trim. Good body chrome but the hardtop aluminum trim is dull, scraped and gouged. Orderly engine compartment and chassis with road grime. An unassuming Big Healey driver represented as numbers-matching according to the BMIHT certificate. – Offered by RM at Auburn Fall in 2018 where it was reported bid to $42,500 and turned here for a generous price, particularly considering it has only the (rather scruffy) hardtop.
Lot # 196 1932 Ford Model B DeLuxe 5-Window Coupe; S/N AB5014323; Maroon, Black fenders and beltline accent/Beige cloth; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,750. – 201/50hp inline four, 3-speed, top-hinged windshield, Sparton horn, brown wire wheels, whitewall tires, rumble seat, rollup rear window with pulldown shade, rumble seat. – Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Orderly engine compartment but with aged wiring. Highly presentable but not fully restored. – Ford’s 1932 introduction of the flathead V-8 in a low-priced car was a leap into unknown territory and Ford conservatively continued to offer a 4-cylinder, the upgraded Model B, as a backup. It was successful, with 75,945 built including just 968 Deluxe Coupes like this, but nothing like the 178,749 V-8s. It is highly unusual to see a surviving stock 5-window coupe that hasn’t been hot rodded and the visual presentation of this example is excellent. The old wiring, however, is indicative of corners cut during the cosmetic restoration and the bidders were appropriately reserved in their enthusiasm. Despite the misgivings, however, this is a superb looking example and a seriously good value that at this price (unfortunately) could be a candidate for modification. It is a great value.
Lot # 197 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N U5DW116794; Snowshoe White/White, Red vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Older restoration 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. – 272/162hp, automatic, power steering and windows, heater, wheel covers, whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, skirts. – 2001 AACA National First Prize W14665. Very good older paint, chrome and interior. Visible body repairs above the rear wheels. Clean and orderly engine compartment and chassis. A little fuel residue on the carburetor but otherwise doesn’t appear to have been driven much at all. – The Crown Vic is a surprisingly durable staple of Fifties car collecting. Despite this restoration’s two decades of life it is still in essentially showroom condition and brought a realistic price that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
Lot # 198 1954 Buick Roadmaster 2-Dr. Hardtop Riviera; S/N 7A4029752; Metallic Green, White roof and lower panel/Green cloth, vinyl; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Older restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. – 322/200hp, Dynaflow, power brakes, windows and steering, heater, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, whitewalls, steering wheel Brodie knob, curb feelers – Color matching was not this painter’s skill but orange peel was. Painted over old paint and chips along the rain gutters and erratically masked. Stretched and lightly soiled upholstery. Old chrome. Dirty engine compartment. Pitted hood ornament. A rare car that deserves better. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2020 for $24,200 and turned here at an unexpected profit but even at that recognizes its many condition issues with a realistic price.
Lot # 239 1958 BMW Isetta 300 Coupe; S/N 511818; Red/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. – 298cc/13hp, 4-speed with reverse, chrome bumpers, aluminum wheel covers, whitewall tires. – Very good paint and interior. Bright chrome and aluminum trim. Oily engine with an electrical fault that kept it from running across the auction block. – Less complicated than an old lawn mower, the electrical issues are probably relatively easy to resolve and this is a modest price for an attractively restored Isetta 300.
Lot # 240 1972 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CC78718U; Damson Red/Tan vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – 2,498/150hp, 4-speed, silver wheels, trim rings, Yokohama tires, Blaupunkt AM-FM, Lucas headlights, bumper overriders. – Very good original paint, upholstery, interior trim and chrome. The engine compartment is clean on top but lower down it’s oily and grimy. The top is aged. The odometer shows 21,708 represented actual and believable miles. A very good and all-original TR6. – Sold to an online bidder who made the most of this opportunity and took home a rare survivor TR6 with modest miles and very good condition for its age. There is a meaningful originality premium in this result, but not an unreasonable one.
Lot # 242 1913 Hupmobile Model 32 Touring; S/N 38286; Black/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original 4 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,900. – RHD. 183/32 ALAM hp inline four, 3-speed, C.M. Hall acetylene headlights, Stewart speedometer, Hupp branded sidelights and taillight, Prest-o-Lite acetylene tank, varnished wood spoke wheels, Firestone Non Skid tires, Boyce gas, oil and water tanks on the right running board, Handphone horn. – Dull, chipping original paint, threadbare upholstery. Dull, rusty nickel trim. A tired but complete barn find that’s good enough to be used with some pleasure. The body’s low profile and high-mounted headlights will be attractive and sporty when the tall top is folded. – It needs a lot, but also has a lot of potential and this price leaves the new owner with a number of possibilities, the first of which should be to get it running for a summer’s driving season before deciding whether to undertake a full or partial restoration.
Lot # 245 1905 Buick Model C Touring; S/N 18903; Dark Blue, Black fenders and accent/Dark Red leather; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000. – RHD. 159/22hp ohv twin, 2-speed, Gray & Davis projector headlights and matching sidelights, bulb horn, Warner drum speedometer, Regal clock, yellow wood spoke wheels and chassis, Firestone tires. – AACA Grand National winner. A high quality old restoration that’s showing age with panel cracks and various lubrication seepages from proper care during touring. Bright brass. Good lightly used upholstery. A delightful brass touring car and believed to be the fifth oldest surviving Buick. Les Holden collection. – One of several cars in this auction from Les Holden’s collection, and one of the best restored and presented. Bidding started at the low estimate and proceeded steadily to this result which might be considered generous for an early Buick that isn’t eligible for the LBVCR on account of its build date of June 1905. The restoration is holding up well and repairing the panel cracks is straightforward. It looks expensive when compared with its pre-sale estimate range, but recognizes its quality and provenance.
Lot # 248 1909 Peerless Model 19 Touring; S/N 4882; Ivory, Red coachlines/Dark Red leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $100,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000. – RHD. 411/38 ALAM hp T-head four, Jones speedometer, Gray & Davis headlights and kerosene sidelights, Nonpareil bulb horn, dual right side spares with Auto Trunk toolbox, body color wood spoke wheels, Silvertown blackwall tires, jump seats, wicker trunk and umbrella basket, Blackledge Velvet damped rear spring shackles, later hydraulic brakes fitted for touring. – Good paint, bright brass, sound lightly used upholstery. Meticulously restored, shown, then toured. Comfortable front seats. Known history since the 50’s, restored by Dr. Stanley Cope and an AACA NFP winner in 1960 then upgraded with hydraulic brakes. Re-restored in the late 70’s, painted in 1991 and a new top in 1998. Acquired by Les Holden in 2002, displayed and toured since but still in very good condition. Les Holden collection. – This is a magnificent automobile: “Peerless” indeed. Bidding started at the low estimate and proceeded expeditiously to this result which is $110,000 (73%) more than the pre-sale high estimate. Being one of only two known surviving 1909 Model 19s it well never be overlooked whether on the show field or on tour where its big T-head four will give it freeway-level touring performance.
Lot # 254 1934 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton; S/N 181112331; Black, Olive Green coachlines/Brown leatherette; Beige cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $52,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,750. – 221/85hp, 3-speed, Columbia 2-speed axle, skirts, olive green wire wheels, hubcaps and trim rings, Firestone whitewalls, dual remote Unity spotlights, wind wings, metal luggage trunk, single enclosed rear-mounted spare, radio, Ford Twolite headlights, dual horns. – Very good older paint and chrome. The chassis and underbody are better than new but the engine itself is older and shows age, use and some paint loss. The upholstery and top are very good. The skirts and rear-mounted trunk and spare give an unusual and sophisticated look. – This is an unusually sophisticated Ford, presenting all the elements of the ’34 Phaeton and accentuating them with superior presentation and exceptional features. It is surprising it didn’t bring more, if only based on its presentation, and the new owner can be pleased with both the car and the cost.
Lot # 255 1941 Packard Custom Super Eight One-Eighty 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 14422133; Blue-Grey, Light Grey-Blue/Blue-Grey, Grey cloth; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Cosmetic restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. – 356/160hp, 3-speed, factory air conditioning, pushbutton radio, turn signals, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, grille guard. – Foul smelling interior. Sound older paint with edge chips particularly along the hood edges. Sound but aged upholstery and interior trim. Dull chrome and pitted hood side trim. Dirty, oily engine compartment. Unusual because of the A/C but otherwise aged and undistinguished. – Bidding started at only $10K and proceeded slowly but finally reached this generous result. Just opening the door and smelling the interior was an assault, getting beyond the stench required some forbearance by bidders. The early air conditioning is a healthy plus for value and must have figured prominently in the bidders’ interest.
Lot # 256 1920 Stevens-Duryea Model E Roadster; S/N Engine no. 210; Engine # 210; Light Tan/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $90,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 472/80hp T-head six, 3-speed, Vesta drum headlights, drum spotlights, dual rear-mounted spares, rumble seat, orange wood spoke wheels, whitewall tires. – Very good older paint and interior. The engine is restored and has aged but is clean and dry. Good mixed nickel and chrome trim. Not fresh but consistently sound and well-maintained. – In 1920, when a Model T had 177 cubic inches and 22 horsepower, this 472 cubic inch 80hp Stevens-Duryea was a monster. Bland colors do this example no favors but the final result for it is ample recognition of its style, rarity and performance.
Lot # 257 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible; S/N 14847808; Dark Blue/Maroon leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $55,000 – $65,000; Older restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. – 320/144hp inline eight, Dynaflow, power windows, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, skirts, bumper overriders. – Scratched and chipped old paint, scuffed chrome, soiled top. Sound upholstery. Good gauges but scratched, pitted dash trim. Restored to the standards of a bygone era, then used and neglected. Needs more than it can afford even though it is represented as 60,098 miles from new. – These are difficult cars to maintain, let alone restore and the bidders at Hershey were not taking any risks with this bid, a chintzy result for an elegant Buick but one that may harbor all sorts of unseen challenges.
Lot # 262 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58T209188; Engine # T424FA; Black/Black, Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. – 348/280hp Tri-Power, manual transmission with appropriately coded engine, 4-speed added, halogen headlights, power steering and brakes, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, dual rear antennas, continental kit, sill moldings. – Very good recent repaint. Bright chrome. Barely stretched upholstery. Tight fitting top. Fresh, dry engine compartment but too much paint on the engine so the stamping is not legible (but it was legible eleven years ago at Ft. Lauderdale and that is reported here.) – Simply wonderful. This car was sold by RM at Ft. Lauderdale in 2009 for $67,100. It wasn’t very good then but had its appropriate 3-speed manual transmission. Beaucoup dollars have been spent on it since including replacing the 3-speed with a 4-speed, a change that detracts from its correct configuration but adds immensely to its driving enjoyment. A choice Impala for which a deserved premium was paid.
Lot # 266 1934 Pierce-Arrow Model 840A Convertible Sedan; S/N 2080338; Thessalon [Dark] Green, Black fenders and accent/Dark Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $180,000 – $220,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. – 385/140hp inline eight, 3-speed, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, body color wire wheels, trim rings, Firestone double side wide whitewalls, metal trunk, trunk rack, Dawley headlights. – Gorgeous paint, brilliant chrome, lovely upholstery, beautiful interior woodwork, tight top. Impossible to fault. Fresh, impeccable and beautiful. Most recently restored in 2015, CCCA First Junior and President’s Cup in 2015, Pebble Beach in 2016 and more. Charles Gillet collection. – A brilliant, elegant, luxurious motor car restored and then maintained to concours standards. Compared with comparable marques from the period this is a serious value in style, quality, restoration and preservation. The final bid well over the pre-sale high estimate may appear to be generous but this Pierce-Arrow deserves every penny of the result it brought.
Lot # 267 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Cabriolet, Body by Barker; S/N 30TC; Maroon, Black fenders and accent/Brown leather, Beige leather rear; Black leatherette top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. – RHD. 7,668/113hp, 4-speed, black wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Lucas bell headlights, jump seats, black leatherette luggage trunk, rollup division, Boa Constrictor bulb horn. – Delivered to Captain A. Loewenstein in London. Restored by White Post in the early 90’s, Lucius Beebe Award at Pebble Beach the same year. Driver’s door retainer strap is broken. Very good older paint, chrome, nickel, interior and top. Restored to concours standards and now gracefully aged. Charles Gillet collection. – Elegance personified, but this kind of elegance is fading from favor these days, more’s the pity. It is hugely wonderful automobile and is a great value at this price.
Lot # 270 1928 Cadillac 341 V-8 Sport Phaeton, Body by Fisher; S/N 302701; Green, Dark Green fenders/Saddle leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. – 341/90hp, 3-speed, chrome spoke wire wheels, Silvertown whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Depress Beam headlights, Pilot-Rays, wind wings, dual windshields, Jaeger clock. – Very good older paint and chrome. The front seat upholstery is slightly stretched but the rear seats are pristine. The engine compartment is restored but has some oil leakage, as is the chassis. No history offered, but the condition is benign and reasonably well-maintained. – Collectors think of elegant class era Cadillacs being bodied by Fleetwood but this 341 V-8 shows that Fisher, with input for Harley Earl, could do as much with the 140-inch V-8 chassis. It is a car that will hold its own with later multi-cylinder Fleetwoods and is a solid value in this transaction.
Lot # 277 1930 Packard 745 Deluxe Eight Roadster; S/N 182152; Maroon, Black fenders/Maroon leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $370,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $407,000. – 385/106hp, 3-speed, Depress Beam headlights, Pilot-Rays, radiator stoneguard, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, dual cloth-covered sidemounts with mirrors, wind wings, C.M.Hall spotlights, rumble seat, trunk rack. – Excellent paint, bright chrome, lightly stretched upholstery, tight fitting top. Clean, tidy engine compartment and chassis. Class winner at Pebble Beach in 1998, CCCA National First Prize, Hilton Head People’s Choice in 2005 and more. Not fresh but lovely. – “Sexy” best describes this low windshield, low top Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster. It has charisma just sitting still and its RM restoration is still remarkable.
Lot # 278 1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedster; S/N 85133734E; Engine # GH4766; Black/Olive Green leather; Estimate $700,000 – $900,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $810,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $891,000. – 280/150hp supercharged, 3-speed, 2-speed axle, chrome wheel covers, blackwall tires, outside exhaust head pipes. – Lightly stretched upholstery. The chrome is brilliant. Very good paint let down only by some lifting in the beltline creases on the right side. The chassis has been restored like new without going over the top and now is a little dusty without road grime. ACD Category 1 certified. Nearly concours-quality but showing some age. – Were Hollywood to notice, this should be the prototype for the Batmobile, in sinister black with lime green upholstery and a menacing demeanor that has a supercharger scream when it is let loose. It is as expensive as it deserves to be.
Lot # 279 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster “Green Hornet”; S/N 2410; Engine # J-434; Dark Green/Brown leather; Brown cloth top; Estimate $1,400,000 – $1,800,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,650,000. – 420/265hp twin cam inline eight, Twilite headlights, chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts with chrome rings, rumble seat, folding windshield, barometric altimeter, Jaeger clock. – Bodied by the Duesenberg factory with this Packard-built roadster coachwork with a lower cowl. Known history from new. Engine swapped by long term owner Melvin Clemans. A-C-D certified. Restored by RM, award winner at Amelia Island and Pebble Beach in 2011. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery and top. The chassis shows no road use. – Offered by RM at Arizona in 2009 before the most recent restoration where it was reported bid to $600,000. It’s an interesting value case: A real Model J with a factory-installed body by Packard. It’s also unusually good looking and more sporting than the more common Model J convertible coupes. The discussion (and there was plenty of it at Hershey) is whether its good looks make up for the body’s origin. The general conclusion, and that of the successful bidder, is that it does, with adjustments that make it a relatively good value.
Lot # 280 1931 Buick Series 90 Sport Roadster; S/N 2584845; Engine # 2646413; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $202,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $222,750. – 345/104hp overhead valve inline eight, 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, wind wings, dual cloth covered sidemounts with mirrors, Pilot-Rays, Tilt-Ray headlights, rumble seat, luggage trunk. – The first year for Buick’s straight eight, one of 824 built in this style. Restored for Marvin Tamaroff in the 1990’s. CCCA National First Prize number 1437. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery and top. Some panel edges have been buffed through. The chassis and engine compartment are nearly spotless. Gorgeous if not completely fresh. – Sold back to Marvin Tamaroff by RM at Arizona in 2016 for $154,000 and, aside from the buffed-through paint and some signs of age, still in show car condition nearly three decades after it was restored. Buick challenged Cadillac with these big eights building over 20,000 of the Series 90s. This is an heroic price even for this Buick’s stature, provenance and restoration quality.
Lot # 291 1957 Chevrolet Corvette FI Convertible; S/N VE57S102764; Engine # F225EM; Polo White, Polo White hardtop/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. – 283/250hp fuel injection, 4-speed, two tops, spinner wheel covers, Coker whitewalls, WonderBar radio. – Cracked and peeling dull old paint. Dirty, aged engine compartment. Chipped edges. Suspect engine stamping ending with an upside down “W’ and the 4-speed is probably a retrofit. Poor trim chrome. Ready for re-restoration. – All things considered, the seller should be pleased with this result for a car in this condition with a dubious engine number.
Lot # 292 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country Convertible; S/N 7407769; Dark Green Metallic/Green vinyl, Beige cloth; Heather cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. – 324/135hp, Fluid Drive, dual remote spotlights, heater, pushbutton radio, fog lights, halogen headlights, hubcaps, wide trim rings, Coker wide whitewalls. – Very good older paint and major chrome. Pitted right spotlight. Orderly engine compartment with some fluid dribbles. Excellent upholstery, interior trim and top. Shiny wood with some noted repairs, joint separation and small areas of peeling varnish. Doors close well but unevenly. Trunk lid stands proud on the right side. – A rare postwar CCCA Full Classic ™ bought for an appropriate price. It is a lot of eye-catching convertible for the money.
Lot # 294 1946 Pontiac Streamliner Eight Deluxe Station Wagon; S/N P8LB32060; Royal Maroon Metallic/Maroon vinyl, Brown cloth; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. – 249/103hp, 3-speed, turn signals added, 2-row seating, pushbutton radio, heater, hubcaps, trim rings, Firestone wide whitewalls, skirts. – Very good paint and major chrome. Thin chrome on the door handles. Old window felts. Sound old wood refinished over water stains. Sound interior with good gauges but old dash plastic and knobs. Door fits are erratic and there are some separating joints. The door lock knobs are falling apart. Clean restored underbody. An erratic old cosmetic restoration but in decent driver condition and believed to be the sole surviving example of this model and body style. – A rare and surprisingly appealing automobile with a competent but aging old cosmetic restoration failing in numerous but not serious ways. The bidders bought into the concept and execution with a reasonable price although there’s little financial headroom to make it much better than it is without going seriously underwater.
Lot # 295 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible; S/N U5KC173330; Raven Black, Goldenrod Yellow/Black, Yellow vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $30,000 – $35,000; Cosmetic restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $29,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,900. – 272/162hp, automatic, pushbutton radio, clock, heater, skirts, wheel covers, Silvertown whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, continental kit, power steering. – Painted assembled with masking misses. Various weak trim chrome, delaminating vent windows. Aged engine compartment with plenty of miles. South but aged interior. A used and aged cosmetic restoration. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2020 for $25,300 and turned over here for a modest profit yet still a result that should make both parties satisfied.
Lot # 296 1952 MG “Cisitalia” Special Roadster; S/N TD17607EXLNA; Engine # XPAG2394; Red/Red vinyl; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – 1,496cc MG TF engine with Laystall aluminum cylinder head and 1 1/2 inch SU carburetors, TD gearbox, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Healey windshield, dual windscreens, driver’s roll bar, 4-spoke steering wheel, modern gauges, 5-point belts, Recaro racing seat included but not installed. – Atlas or Allied fiberglass body based upon a Cisitalia 202 owned by publisher Bob Petersen and an MG TD chassis. Discovered incomplete in 2006 and finally completed in 2014. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. The engine compartment is clean and orderly with some use evident. Comes with some parts, six wheels and featured on Undiscoveredclassics.com. – Professionally restored and prepared to high standards, a distinctive car with an interesting history that should shine on the historic racing circuit and could not be duplicated even if the parts could be found for the price paid here.
Lot # 303 1934 Ford V-8 DeLuxe Roadster; S/N 18636950; Sand/Tobacco Brown leatherette; Heather cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Older restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 221/85hp, 3-speed, red wire wheels, Firestone wide whitewalls, trim rings, rumble seat, enclosed rear-mounted spare, wind wings, Ford Twolite headlights. – 2012 AACA National First Prize number W26933, Senior and President’s Cup. Excellent paint, chrome interior. The engine and chassis are like new. Tire sidewalls are cracking. No longer quite fresh but exceptional. – This is a seriously good car with a carefully preserved and accurate restoration is appropriate period colors and materials. It needs nothing at all whether being driven on the weekend or displayed proudly at concours and events and the bidders recognized its attributes with this generous, but deserved, price.
Lot # 304 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible; S/N 7C3042813; Tahiti Coral, Dover White/White, Black leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. – 322/255hp, Dynaflow, power steering, brakes, bench seat, top and antenna, chrome wire wheels, Goodyear whitewalls. – Very good older paint and chrome. The upholstery is sound but stiff and starting to crack. The engine compartment has been superficially cleaned up but still shows fluid residue. The restored underbody showing road use. A quality older restoration that is fading with age and use. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2020 for $60,500. It isn’t holding up well and left the Hershey bidders holding back on their financial endorsement.
Lot # 305 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible; S/N W8RR700486; Snow White, Ember Red accent/Snow White, Ember Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – 361/303hp, automatic, power steering and brakes, wheel covers, Remington whitewalls, T&C radio, dual outside mirrors. – Sound older paint with various small chips. The doors fit well, but the windows rattle. The interior is sound but the Snow White is yellowing. Dash gauges are fair and the steering wheel hub paint is flaking and peeling. The engine compartment is old, dirty and disappointing. Messy wiring includes a tangled nest hanging under the dash. A disappointing superficially cosmetically redone Edsel. – Sold by RM at Auburn Fall in 2020 for $40,700 and for abundant reasons not appreciated here at Hershey, its superficial presentation reflecting all the things that have doomed Edsels to automobile perdition. It is, however, the best of the “real” Edsels, with distinctive design details and the original horse collar grille that became even more of a caricature in 1959. This result is the best the consignor could have hoped for.