Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, August 23, 2018

2018 was Worldwide’s second year at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. The sale was smaller in number of lots offered, in number of lots sold, in sell-through percentage and in total dollars.

The Average and Median transactions, however, were materially higher, indicative of higher quality consignments.

Many unsold cars brought reasonable reported high bids for their specifications, condition and history and could have been sold by better informed consignors who recognized that the market is not in a climbing trajectory.

Worldwide’s location may be the best of all the Monterey auctions, hugging the Pacific Coast with water in the background of some of these shots. They have free (“free”, in Monterey is unheard of, particularly this week) valet parking to make up for the distance to the parking lots. The bathrooms are good, the food better and not overpriced (“not overpriced” in Monterey is unheard of, particularly this week.) The food concessionaire should, however, stock some mayo and mustard in packets to lubricate the tasty but dry sandwiches.

This auction report has too many good cars going home with their consignors, but even the no-sales are fun to review and read about. Some have marvelous stories.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2018 32/58 55.2% 90.6% 3.1% $170,088 $90,200

[53%]

$5,442,800
2017 51/74 68.9% 68.6% 5.9% $145,250 $82,500

[56.8%]

$7,407,750

On-site observations are by Andrew Newton and Rick Carey, although the latter is solely responsible for the final text. Lots reported are sorted by Marque, Model and Year for easier searching. 39 of 59 lots offered are reported in detail and almost all of them have photographs.


Lot # 32 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider; S/N AR149505063; Engine # AR131531917; Red/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – Silver steel wheels, Pirelli CA67 tires, 5-speed. – Very good older paint, chrome and interior. There are small inclusions in the paint by the windshield and some faint orange peel. The engine compartment is restored and orderly but showing age and use. Once a show winner, now a superb driver. – The reported high bid here is enough to buy a tired Giulietta Spider Veloce, not this very good example. It would have been a sound buy at the low estimate.

Lot # 18 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Convertible, Body by Zagato; S/N SCFAE62333K800012; Engine # 00409; Aston Martin Green/Tan leather; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $260,000. – P Zero tires. – 2,000 miles and like new. The 12th of 99 built. – With how often you see these cars at high-end auctions you’d think there were more than 99 of them built, but they just seem to change hands a lot. This one sold for $307,500 at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island earlier this year, an appropriate number that makes this much lower reported high bid seem easy to refuse but it is comparable with the selling bid at Gooding & Company this week for a sub-1,000 miles DB AR1.

Lot # 09 2002 BMW Z8 Roadster; S/N WBAEJ13432AH61917; Titanium Silver Metallic/Black; Black top; Estimate $210,000 – $230,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,000. – Pilot Sport tires, power windows, air conditioning. – 7,781 miles and like new. – A Z8 with mileage this low is a $200,000 car, so holding out at the reported high bid was a reasonable decision.

Lot # 06 1948 Bob Estes Special Indy Car; Dark Blue/White; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Competition restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $270,000. – Mercury V8, 3 Stromberg 97s on a homemade manifold, dual Wico 4-cylinder magnetos, Ardun ohv heads, Cyclone 2-speed axle, 4-wheel hydraulic hand-operated drum brakes, Jones tach, transverse leaf spring suspension, rear hydraulic lever shocks, centerlock mag front wheels, wire rear wheels, Firestone tires, chrome suspension. – Good older paint and interior. An aged and long-displayed race car with fresh mechanicals. Built for Bob Estes for Indy in 1948 (DNQ driven by Manny Ayulo), 1950 (bumped driven by Joe James) and 1951 (with 4-cam heads driven by Bob Scott, DNF) and at Pikes Peak in 1950 and 1951. Pictured with Clark Gable at the wheel at Indy in 1950 during filming of “To Please a Lady”. Comes with its disassembled 4-cam engine. Offered by the Estes family. – The Indy history may lack luster but the quality of the car is typical of early California Indy roadsters and some of the names associated with it and Bob Estes like Jud Phillips, A.J. Watson, Manny Ayulo and Russ Snowberger are legends. The 4-cam engine parts weren’t on-site and might have been enough to juice up the bidders to go just a little bid [sic] further and take this piece of history home.

Lot # 27 1958 Buick Limited Convertible; S/N 8E1010461; Seminole Red/Red leather; Estimate $175,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. – Chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, Autronic Eye, WonderBar radio, dash clock, power windows, power steering, power brakes. – Spotless engine bay. Spotless fully restored underbody. Excellent paint and chrome. The doors don’t quite fit flush. Very good interior other than very light wear to the seats. A pretty stunning one year only Buick at first glance, and even upon closer inspection there isn’t much to pick on. Restored to the standards it deserves, just aged a bit. – Sold by RM at Phoenix in 2008 for $198,000 fresh from restoration and showing only 10 miles on the odometer. The restoration, now with 392 miles on the odometer, is holding up extremely well and even with a little age is worth all the money it brought here.

Lot # 39 1931 Cadillac 370A V-12 Sport Phaeton, Body by Fleetwood; S/N 1001581; Pumpkin, Brown fenders and accent/Beige leather; Brown cloth top; Estimate $180,000 – $230,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – Brown wheels with chrome spokes, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, dual windshields, wind wings, brown metal trunk, Pilot-Rays, radiator stoneguard. – 1975 AACA and CCCA National First Prize winner, exceptionally well preserved and in very good condition. Formerly in the Dr. Barbara Mae Atwood Collection. Recently freshened with very good paint, chrome and good older interior. – Sold for $134,750 by RM at Phoenix in 2009 and despite the more recent repaint in still pretty much the same condition. The Sport Phaeton is pretty much the most desirable body style for these Harley Earl-designed classic Cadillacs, lightweight and sporting but with enough room for a family or friends on a day’s tour or just a jaunt out to dinner and a show. The colors date the restoration coincident with the AACA and CCCA awards in the mid-70’s. The reported high bid is realistic.

Lot # 46 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N677396; Daytona Yellow, Black stripes and Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, Yenko wheels, Polyglas tires, cowl induction hood, floor shift, factory radio. – A few chips behind the front bumper. Otherwise good but not show quality paint. Good, lightly worn interior. Tidy underneath with little wear. A genuine Yenko, number 194 built and built as a 4-speed, but nowhere is there any claim it is the original engine. Not done yesterday and not a show car but has no real needs. – Reported sold by Russo and Steele at Monterey in 2006 for $291,500, offered by them at Scottsdale in 2015 with a $210,000 reported high bid. Even if the 427 block came out of a dump truck the price here is a bargain. The caliber of the restoration and its preservation are such that the low estimate is no more than could have been reasonably paid for it.

Lot # 10 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378N326781; Black, White stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,200. – 302/290hp, 4-speed, hidden headlights, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, spoilers, Hurst shifter, gauges, power front disc brakes. – Represented as matching numbers. There is a sizable blister on the hood but otherwise good paint and chrome. Very clean underneath. Very good fully restored interior. A rare Z/28 RS that wasn’t done yesterday but was fully restored to high enough standards. – This is an excellent value in an attractively equipped, 4-speed, Rally Sport Z/28, a car that could easily have brought much closer to the low estimate and still been a good value.

Lot # 23 1941 Chrysler Royal Town & Country Barrelback Station Wagon; S/N 7706531; Maroon, Wood/Maroon leather; Estimate $375,000 – $425,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $280,000. – Fluid Drive, hub caps and trim rings, Firestone wide whitewalls, amber fog lights, roof rack, pushbutton radio, dash clock, 3-row seating. – Very clean underneath. Sound older paint with some detailing scratches but no major blemishes. Pretty remarkable wood with no big cracks to speak of, and the gaps are actually pretty even. Light wrinkling to the seats and a small crack in the shift knob, but mostly fantastic interior. A restoration done quite a few years ago, but the work speaks for itself here and it’s still a gorgeous woodie with tons of eyeball. – It’s also a ton of money. The reported high bid reflects the age of the restoration while still giving weight to the rarity of the coachwork and the restoration’s longevity.

Lot # 60 1922 Duesenberg Model A Sport Phaeton; S/N 798; Light Gray, Dark Gray/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $280,000 – $320,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $270,000. – Chrome spoke wire wheels, blackwalls, MotoMeter, dual sidemount spares, wood steering wheel, Elgin dash clock, robe rail, clock and wood cabinet in the back, luggage trunk. – Excellent tight-fitting top. Not spotless underneath but close. Very good but slightly older paint. Very good interior. Not really anything to pick on and it was shown at Pebble Beach which of course counts for a lot, but that was back in 2010 and it has been used a little bit since. – Reported bid to the same $270K five months ago at RM’s Amelia Island auction, a pretty fair indication that the seller is convinced a little more than that is the number.

Lot # 53 1931 Duesenberg Model J Sport Convertible Sedan, Body by Derham; S/N 2486; Engine # J-475; Burgundy, Maroon accent and fenders/Burgundy leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,300,000 – $1,600,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,320,000. – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts with chrome rings and mirrors, single Pilot-Ray, burgundy leather covered trunk, speedometer and clock in rear compartment, vee windshield. – Very good older paint, chrome, interior and new top. The upholstery is lightly stretched but barely used. The centerpost chrome is chipped and weak; the rest of the chrome is very good. There are a few small chips in the paint. The engine and chassis were restored like new then driven but are very presentable as well as being represented to be the original chassis, firewall, engine and body. Close to a showpiece and a superb tour car. Acquired by the seller in 1974, restored in the 80’s and fettled before the auction. – This is one of five bodied in similar style by Derham. Four remain and only two have the vee windshield. A very handsome and sporting automobile. The price it brought reflects the quality of the car and its restoration which, even thirty years old, is outstanding.

Lot # 15 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spider, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 04494; Medium Green Metallic/Beige leather; Estimate $350,000 – $425,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $310,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $341,000. – Borletti air conditioning, headrest seats, Cromodora alloy wheels, Yokohama tires, Alpine cassette stereo. – Good repaint and lightly stretched original upholstery. Weak chrome. Aged underbody, chassis and engine compartment. A sound and presentable driver in an attractive color. – This is a sound example, and it brought a sound price.

Lot # 48 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe, Body by Ellena; S/N 0887GT; Engine # 0887GT; Red/Beige leather; Estimate $700,000 – $800,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $625,000. – Silver painted wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, fender mirror, Marchal headlights and grille-mounted fog lights. – Poor old partial repaint now chipped and flaking off in chunks. Cracked and torn original upholstery. Peeling original undercoat with exterior overspray. Peeling chrome. A restoration project but one represented to have its numbers-matching engine. Recently serviced to run, but not stop. – The bid here is a hefty premium for peeling paint and torn upholstery and the fact that the car will require extensive mechanical and cosmetic work even to be used in its present rather tattered condition before beginning an expensive restoration makes the high bid more than reasonable. This is a restoration project that will inhale six-figure money while probably never becoming a 7-figure car in constant dollars. The seller’s decision to keep it if there was money anywhere close to the reported high bid was unduly optimistic.

Lot # 36 1993 Ferrari 512 TR Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFLG40AXP0095283; Engine # 32847; Black/Black leather; Estimate $200,000 – $240,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $145,000. – Built-in K40 radar detector, air conditioning, Ferrari Classiche certified, tools, books, folio. – Represented as 32,968 miles from new. Engine out serviced 2,000 miles but four years ago. Touched up nose stone chips. Good paint and interior consistent with the 32,968 miles showing. The lower right corner of the windshield is starting to delaminate. Mostly original and given consistent care since new. – This 512 TR is a good original car that is somewhat better than the bid it received. It is however not pristine and original throughout which would have supported the $200K low estimate.

Lot # 45 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster; S/N 671888; Engine # W42418; Battleship Grey/Red leather; White top; Estimate $135,000 – $165,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000. – Hub caps, fender skirts, Bridgestone tires, single wing mirror, Lucas driving lights. Comes with books and tools. – One owner until earlier this year. Numbers matching with JDHT Certificate. There is vinyl on the tops of the seats that doesn’t match the color or pattern of the leather on the bottom. Original door panels and gauges. Unrestored but maintained underneath. Pretty much just a maintained driver and nothing remarkable condition-wise, although a one-owner car that’s 66 years old is pretty special. – The reported high bid was an appropriate one and could have been taken if there was money at or close to it. The history is intriguing and says a lot about the care and attention this Jag has received over the past 2/3 of a century. Holding out for the last $5 or $10 thousand is often more expensive in the end than taking realistic money.

Lot # 12 1968 Jaguar XKE SI.5 Roadster; S/N 1E17701; Engine # 7E171909; Light Blue/Dark Blue leather; Dark Blue top; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop tires, boot cover, woodrim steering wheel. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Very light wear to the driver’s seat is the only real sign of age. Judged to 100 points at JCNA events a total of 37 times. Hard to argue with that. It’s still a show car and just about perfect. One owner from new and showing 54,652 believable miles. – Represented as the world’s best Series 1.5 E-Type, and at this price it sure better be. You might not be able to restore one to standards this high for less, but this is nevertheless an excessive number that would ordinarily buy you a more desirable E-Type model in comparable condition.

Lot # 35 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupe; S/N 01054; Engine # 1037; Red/Black leather; Estimate $475,000 – $550,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $400,000. – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, Motorola radio, power windows. – Failing old repaint over old paint. Grungy, crusty engine compartment and chassis. Bad cooling system, no brakes, no reverse gear. Needs everything but the body appears to be sound except for some bubbles along the bottom of the passenger’s door and a few dents and dings. – Not good enough to be a preservation candidate and expensive to restore but all of that is reflected in the reported high bid and the seller could have given it serious consideration.

Lot # 01 1916 Locomobile Model 68 Collapsible Cabriolet; S/N 10850; Black/Black leather; Black leather top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $430,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $473,000. – Bausch & Lomb headlights, dual sidemounts and spotlights, cigarette dispenser/lighter with ancient Camels, wood spoke 35-inch wheels, diver’s helmet taillights, leather windshield visor. – 2017 Pebble Beach FIVA Preservation Award winner, all original. Torn original upholstery, stiff original top. Unusual coachwork which is fully collapsible, folding flat on the rear deck and with the c-pillars removed leaving a straight body line from the radiator to the tail. Lovely and actually runs fairly well. – The folding top would crumble into a million fragments if it were folded, but the idea is clever. The first car across Worldwide’s auction block it was, as it apparent from the result, well received by the bidders who paid generously not only for its preservation but also its performance and style.

Lot # 62 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 Coupe; S/N 79060165S; White/Beige leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,400. – Speedline wheels, Goodyears on the back, Mastercrafts on the front, wood shift knob, air conditioning, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Tired original paint with some chips and cracks on the nose and headlight doors. Small crack in the bottom front lip. Scratched window frames and door handles. Lots of wear and cracking on the seat bolsters, and the dash top is pretty severely cracked. About how you’d expect a 40-year-old unrestored Lotus to look. Pretty worn, but it’s mostly tidy underneath. – Esprits did remarkably well in Monterey this year with two jaw-dropping six-figure results for like-new cars at RM Sotheby’s and big money for this frankly mediocre example. For a long time Esprits have been pretty undervalued given their performance and rarity, but it looks like people may start to be coming around.

Lot # 24 1967 Maserati Ghibli Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N AM115074; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $190,000 – $230,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $170,500. – Borrani alloy wheels, Radial T/A tires, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, pushbutton radio, power windows, air conditioning, Ansa exhaust. – Older repaint that was never all that high quality to begin with. Touch ups at the front edge of the passenger’s door and a few near the filler cap. Imperfect masking around the rear window as well. Pretty worn original interior. The seats aren’t bad for their age, but there are some cracks in the door panels and in the wood of the steering wheel. A few of the gauges are cloudy and the cloth on top of the dash is wrinkling a little. A few scrapes on the wheels. Original and unrestored other than the repaint, it’s not a great Ghibli and deserves a high dollar redo. Last registered in 1989, back when these were just used cars. – Even with the condition issues this result is a solid value. Beautiful and fast, Ghiblis also are expensive to maintain and to restore and it’s more than likely the new owner will be appalled at the first bills for freshening it up mechanically enough to be driven. It might be worth $300K fresh from restoration but it’s not going to get there even with the $130K left after its price here. It’s a driver Ghibli and likely to stay that way, which isn’t a bad thing.

Lot # 54 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet; S/N 1800109506782; Crème/Red leather; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $90,200. – Wheel covers, Continental narrow whitewalls, column shift 4-speed, Becker Europa radio, dash clock, boot cover, amber fog lights, owner’s manual, tool kit, jack, shop manual, parts catalog. – Sound older paint other than two pretty big cracks at the front of the hood. A few chips on the wheel covers. The driver’s door sticks out a little at the bottom. Mostly good interior but the seat bottoms are cracking a bit. Tidy underneath. A well kept older restoration, but it is older and it’s starting to show it. Nevertheless, it’s charming, eye-catching and usable as it sits. – A cute little driver with modest expectations that were endorsed by the bidders with this result which is a good value for the new owner.

Lot # 02 1965 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe; S/N 11102110084174; Tobacco Brown/Bamboo leather; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – Wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, Becker Brescia radio. – Restored 500 miles and one year ago. Several unfortunate scrapes and scratches on the right side of the hood. Otherwise the paint is fresh and good. Tidy underneath. Very good interior other than a smudge on the driver’s seat that may or may not come out. A handsome coupe that was recently restored but misses the mark by just a tiny bit. – A good car, but certainly not better than the generous reported high bid, which could have easily been taken if there was money close to it. This is a 2.5 liter six, not a 3.5 liter V8.

Lot # 25 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Station Wagon; S/N WDB1240901F125364; Cream, Beige/Gray cloth; Estimate $55,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. – Wheel covers, Michelin tires, roof rack, sunroof, factory cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning, power rear window shade, flag mounts. – Formerly owned by Shirley Temple Black when she was a diplomat. The grille is a little dull but the exterior is pretty good. Light scrape on the right side of the body. Long scratch on the left rear passenger’s door. Good interior, although the console trim is cracking. Condition-wise it looks exactly as you’d expect a well kept 62,108-mile Mercedes from this period to look, but it has a neat story that sets it apart and is still titled in Shirley Temple Black’s name. – Apparently the Pacific Grove bidders didn’t put much value on the history and prior ownership and bought the car for its used car value with just a little more for the story.

Lot # 14 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupe; S/N WDDAJ76F35M000358; Crystal Galaxie Black/Black; Estimate $300,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $280,000. – Carbon ceramic brakes, Pilot Sport tires. – 550 miles and like new. – For whatever reason, the SLR McLaren’s combination of GT driving and comfort with hypercar performance hasn’t endeared it to collectors all that much yet, with prices relatively flat over the past few years and still well under the original base price. Given what others are trading for currently, the reported high bid was fair and could have been taken without much regret.

Lot # 34 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible; S/N 578M04169; Ice Green/Tan leather; Tan top; Estimate $80,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. – 371/300hp J-2, automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, boot cover, pushbutton radio, power steering, power brakes, dash clock. – Sound but older paint and chrome. Light road wear underneath. Lightly wrinkled seats but otherwise good and fully restored interior. A handsome car in good colors that was fully restored a while ago and starting to show its age a bit even if it has no major shortcomings. – This result is a huge value, a J-2 Olds bought for a price that wouldn’t buy most 220hp ’57 Bel Air convertibles. It illustrates an issue faced by many up-market cars like Olds, Mercury and Dodge. They weren’t coveted when today’s collector car buyers were teenagers, unlike Fords, Chevys and Plymouths which were more accessibly priced, and today they are overlooked giving astute buyers opportunities like this. This is a bargain.

Lot # 29 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 83881; Silver/Red; Black top; Estimate $450,000 – $550,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $390,000. – 1,582/75hp, hub caps, Pirelli tires, boot cover, gold brightwork, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, bumper overriders, Porsche CofA. – Three owners from new, represented as matching numbers engine and gearbox. Very good paint and chrome. Restored underneath. Gorgeous interior other than light wear on the driver’s seat. A fully restored A Speedster in the usual colors. Most of the restoration was done in 2008, the engine and gearbox were rebuilt in 2010 after the consignor acquired the car from the second owner’s estate. – The pre-sale low estimate is an honest and accurate goal for this superbly restored and preserved numbers-matching Speedster and the seller’s reticence at accepting less is reasonable.

 

Lot # 17 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe; S/N 9115400275; Engine # 6451281; Bitter Chocolate, Black Carrera graphics/Brown; Estimate $110,000 – $140,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – Gold painted Fuchs wheels, Pirelli tires, whale tail, sunroof, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, power windows, air conditioning, Porsche CofA, original owner’s manual and books. – Several small chips on and around the nose, plus some paint is chipping off the right headlight bezel. A few chips on the door edges as well. The exterior plastic is in good shape. Very well kept original interior with only light wrinkling to the front seats. A 69,665-mile car and not exactly like-new, but very well preserved for a40-plus-year-old unrestored sports car. These mid-70s Carreras are also relatively rare in the U.S. – The rest of the world got a much more potent version of the Carrera 2.7 engine, while here in America the Carrera was pretty much just a cosmetic upgrade from the standard 911S. They’re on the affordable side as far as vintage 911s go, and while prices have been brought up over the past year or so, the consignor here is ahead of the curve. Even with the premium for its impressive level of preservation, it’s not really worth any more than the reported high bid.

Lot # 51 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0AC2994TS375942; Arena Red Metallic/Gray leather; Estimate $135,000 – $155,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $122,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $134,200. – 3,601/400hp, 6-speed, Red calipers, Pilot Sport tires, sunroof, aftermarket radio, four new spare tires. – The sunroof doesn’t quite fit right. A handful of tiny chips on the nose but mostly good paint. The upholstery right behind the bottom of the rear window is coming loose. Otherwise very good interior. One owner final year 993 Turbo. A one owner car showing 33,024 original miles and could be better, it’s still very good and well kept. – While a used car, this 993 Turbo is a lot better than the result here would suggest. It could have brought a mid-estimate price without being expensive.

Lot # 56 1972 Porsche 911T Targa; S/N 9112111043; Tangerine, Black/Black; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Unrestored original, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – Fuchs wheels, Eagle GT tires, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented as matching numbers. Fantastic original paint. A scratch on one edge of the engine cover and a chip on the left rear fender are the only flaws. Excellent original interior. Maintained and recently detailed engine bay. Despite the 53,069 miles it has covered, this is a time capsule Targa that’s hard to believe. – With the spectacular level of preservation and the desirable color and body style, this car has a lot going for it even if it is a base model 911 T. The bidders placed a strong and fair premium on it for its originality, and it could have gone to a new home at this number.

Lot # 19 1967 Porsche 912 Coupe; S/N 463014; Engine # 756162; Conda Green/Black; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. – Steel wheels, newer Bridgestone tires, Blaupunkt pushbutton radio, Porsche CofA. – Represented as a matching numbers California car. Some small chips and scratches on the nose but mostly very good repaint. Some light pitting on the front vents and window frames. Mostly good original interior, but the gauges are so cloudy you’ll think you have cataracts. Very well maintained underneath. A mostly original car that’s not perfect but really well kept for a 912. – Long gone are the days when a 912 was a cheap way to get into vintage Porsche ownership. Now, it’s just a more affordable way. Even so, this result was well ahead of the curve for a car that, while very well preserved, has been repainted. A good day for the seller.

Lot # 44 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III LWB Sedan; S/N LCEL63; Black/Cream leather; Estimate $150,000 – $170,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $132,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $145,750. – Wheel covers, whitewalls, Lucas driving lights, factory air conditioning. – Very good reasonably fresh paint and chrome. Very clean underneath. Very good lightly worn interior with fresh upholstery and wood. Even gaps. Maybe not a show car, but a handsome desirably equipped Cloud III restored to essentially like new condition. – The long wheelbase Silver Clouds are relatively rare, but that doesn’t quite justify the price here, which arguably should buy the best Cloud III in the world. And while this one is very good, it’s probably not the world’s best.

Lot # 20 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster; S/N CSX2061; Black/Black leather; Estimate $950,000 – $1,150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $900,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $990,000. – 260/260hp, silver painted wire wheels, Vredestein tires, wind wings, grille and trunk guards. – “Uncle” Tom McCahill’s Mechanix Illustrated road test car in August 1963. One owner since 1976, restored in 2012. Represented as the original engine, gearbox and body panels. Excellent older paint, chrome and interior. The underbody is showing age and deficient details like rusty exhaust hangers. The engine compartment is orderly but also aged. An honest, professionally restored Cobra starting its second round of patina. – This Cobra’s history is unusually simple, straightforward and uncomplicated. That and its quality older restoration give great confidence in its quality and make this an astute acquisition at this price.

Lot # 38 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S1159; White, Metallic Blue stripes/Black; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Competition restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 289 estimated at 450hp, competition driver’s seat with 4-point belts, rollbar, woodrim steering wheel, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear Blue Streak tires, R-style nose, dash pod mounted Pro-Comp tach, fire system, halogen headlights. – Originally a GT350H, converted to a racing car in the late 80’s and used in VARA and SVRA events. Orderly and tidy but used. Sound, usable and road registered. – If it weren’t so much fun on the track it would make sense to put it back in GT350H guise and sell it as a road car. The bid here reflects what many Shelby Mustang fans would consider to be heretic modifications, but that was 30 years ago, when it was just a well-used old Shelby Mustang and the bidders evaluation of it here was realistic.

Lot # 33 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 8T03S149505-01792; Sunlit Gold/Black; Black top; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – 428/360hp, 4-speed, Shelby 10-spoke wheels, Philco radio, grille-mounted fog lights.. – Several chips on the driver’s door. A few scratches on the front bumper and some chips on the nose. A few blisters on the rear fender vents. Wear on the console. Two cracks in the steering wheel. Tidy but older underneath. Good newer top. Restored at some point but driven plenty and now essentially in driver condition. – The reported high bid is consistent with market values, but for a fastback, not a convertible.

Lot # 11 1955 Talbot-Lago T-15 Coupe, Body by Barou; S/N 122022; Black/Brown leather; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250. – RHD. 2,690/120hp, chrome spoke wire wheels, Michelin X tires, pre-selector transmission, Jaeger gauges, dash clock. – Numerous chips and scratches in the original paint, particularly a big chip in the hood and crazing on the roof. Oxidized wheels. Dull chrome with some big chips in the rear bumper. Dirty but not rotten underneath. Very good newer seats and dash padding. The rest of the interior is original and well preserved. A neat one-off car that isn’t exactly gorgeous, but it’s distinctive and after a restoration would be a cool showpiece. On display for many years, runs but needs comprehensive attention – It needs so much attention that once begun it will almost certainly getting a full restoration although it does have some potential as a preservation class entrant and particularly as an example of unusual coachwork by a little known French carrossier. Its rarity is more than enough to support the price it brought here.

Lot # 59 1939 Talbot-Lago T-23 4-Litre Cabriolet; S/N 93615; Black/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $450,000 – $500,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $390,000. – RHD. Wheel discs, Michelin tires, rear-mounted spare, landau bars, pre-selector transmission, Jaeger gauges, dash clock, wood dash and window trim, suicide doors. – Very good older paint and chrome. A few blemishes on the wheels. Very good top and frame. Excellent newer interior with only very light age. A handsome French prewar open car that was fully restored at some point, but is nothing out of this world. Still pretty gorgeous, though. – Sold by RM at Villa Erba in 2015 for $278,032, then reported sold by Barrett-Jackson earlier this year for $258,500. The bid here is nothing if not generous.

Lot # 22 1957 Volkswagen Beetle Oval-Window Sedan; S/N 1473718; Silver/Red piped in Black; Estimate $45,000 – $65,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Hub caps, Firestone whitewalls, dual mirrors, radio, flower pot, mud flaps, 6-volt electrics. – Very good high quality paint and chrome. Fully restored underneath. Paint coming off around the door hinges. Very good fully restored interior. Very pretty and relatively fresh. Fully restored to high standards for a Beetle, even an early oval window car. – This car sold for $18,150 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale earlier this year. The roof rack has been removed, but it’s unclear how much work has been done to it since January. In any event, this is a very expensive transaction for any ’57 Beetle that isn’t a convertible, and the seller should be thrilled with the result.

Lot # 37 1974 Volkswagen Type 181 Thing Convertible; S/N 1842320865; Sunshine Yellow/Yellow plaid; Black cloth top; Estimate $35,000 – $55,000; Truck restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. – Plaid cloth seats with pillows, running boards, black aftermarket wheels, side curtains. – Decent quality recent paint. Some yellow overspray underneath. Restored but used engine bay and underbody. Very good brand new top. The interior all looks restored other than the seat belt buckles, and the waterproof plaid seats with pillows are pretty neat. Restored recently to high enough standards for what it is, it’s a charming and drivable beach cruiser. – Sold for $6,325 at Leake Dallas last November then $9,350 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale earlier this year before restoration. The seller barely had time to enjoy it before selling it in Monterey (the odometer shows 50 more miles), but the price was a home run and they could have made up most or all of the restoration costs here.

 

Lot # 52 1959 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus, 23-Window; S/N 397019; Mango Green, Pearl White/Brown piped in White; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $115,500. – Hub caps, whitewalls, folding sunroof, dual mirrors, single port 1.6 engine, 12 volt electrics. – Some orange peel on the window frames. A few light scrapes on the edges of the doors. Small tear in the left rear window gasket. Some of the upper window gaskets don’t quite fit flush. Spotless and detailed underneath. The canvas top is a little dirty. Excellent interior, fully restored other than the original speedometer. Represented with 135 grand in restoration receipts, but with a replacement engine and this many flaws it’s hard to see this Transporter meeting Worldwide’s very ambitious estimate. – Strong but not unreasonable money given what other 23-Windows in similar condition have been commanding over the past year or so.

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