Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale
January 18, 2017
Worldwide Auctioneers joined the Scottsdale auction party in 2017 with a focused, realistic sale of 82 cars on the southern periphery of Scottsdale off McDowell Road.
Set up in a good-sized tent on the site of a closed multi-marque new car dealership, they assembled a good collection of classics, sports and muscle cars. Enough ‘affordable’ cars were salted through the docket to keep things interesting to a wide variety of bidders. And there were enough exceptional cars – including the now-obligatory ‘barn-find’ scungy pile of paint chips – to attract plenty of interest.
As the opening act for the several supporting auctions surrounding grand-daddy Barrett-Jackson, they also set a tone for the week with generally realistic results and active but not hyper-active bidder interest.
The numbers reflect well on Worldwide’s specialists and their ability to find and accurately reserve cars. In fact it was Worldwide’s $11.4 million sale total that pushed the Scottsdale week auctions over last year’s total.
Would the cars have been at RM, Bonhams, Gooding, B-J or Russo and Steele if they hadn’t shown up under Worldwide’s tent? Perhaps, but what’s important is that they were at Worldwide and that makes Worldwide’s addition to the Scottsdale auctions significant.
Here are the numbers:
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Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold contributed on-site observations, photos and comments; the final text is the responsibility of the editor.
Lot # 6 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I Convertible; S/N B9471888; Blue, Black hardtop/Red vinyl piped in Black; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700 – 260/164hp, 4-speed, console, dual mirrors, hardtop. – Represented as a recent cosmetic restoration with mechanical sorting. Delivered new in Hawaii. Pitted door handles, but the rest of the brightwork is good and shiny. Large chip on the right side of the nose. Small chips in the center of the hood and a fine crack right above the trunk lid. Underhood paint was quick and dirty. Lots of electrical tape in there, but it’s sound and largely original. Upholstery and carpets are excellent, but the dash and gauges are original and the steering wheel is pretty dull-looking. Chassis looks original and is lightly worn. A cosmetically redone car, good enough to be proud of, but nothing special. It has to be commended, though, as a Mk I Tiger that someone left alone. – Five years ago, this would have been a huge price for a Mk I Tiger, but after people increasingly saw them as the cheaper alternative to a Cobra, prices shot way up. Today, this is a serious bargain with barely more than running project car money paid for an attractive, usable driver with few needs.
Lot # 7 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible; S/N 17144095; Reef Blue/Red leather; White vinyl top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000 – Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, whitewalls, dual mirrors, heater, dash clock, radio, red vinyl boot cover, power windows, power steering. – Small touched up chips at the back right edge of the hood. Small touched up chip on the trunk lid. Uneven panel gaps. Pretty much spotless underneath. Chrome and brightwork are very good. Very good interior. Beautiful car restored to very high standards, just done a while ago and enjoyed since. – Hammered not sold at Auctions America Auburn Spring 2014 at a high bid of $107,500, sold at Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale sale last April for $125,000. It’s added 9 miles to the odometer since 2014, which doesn’t indicate there has been much enjoyment taken from owning it, at least not on the road. This is a realistic result for a stylish Buick Skylark from the first year when the model was introduced at the Motorama.
Lot # 10 2005 Ford GT Coupe; S/N 1FAFP90S95Y401654; Black/Black; Estimate $280,000 – $330,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – McIntosh stereo, forged wheels, cloth slip on seat covers, car cover, battery tender. – Pristine, with some wear and dirt in the wheel wells appropriate to the claimed single owner and 2,600 miles from new. – An unusually ‘high miles’ Ford GT but maintained in very good condition and hardly used at all, just enough to take the edge off the delivery miles usually seen on them. It’s a realistic value at this price.
Lot # 12 1995 Bugatti EB110 Coupe; S/N ZA9AB01E0RCD39093; Blue/Black leather; Estimate $750,000 – $850,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $590,000 – Nakamichi cassette stereo, Michelin Pilot Sport tires. – Good paint, chrome, interior and engine compartment. Interior is worn appropriately to the 14,793 km on the odometer. – Offered at Dragone’s Westport auction last June with a reported high bid of $800,000. It’s from New England so it’s fair to call it ‘wicked awesome’ but no more awesome than the bid it attracted here. It’s a piece of shopworn merchandise and the sooner it goes away, the better. Flog it around long enough and buyers get wise, waiting ’til it’s really distressed, which is going to be pretty soon.
Lot # 13 1922 Lincoln Model L Limousine, Body by Brunn; S/N 7892; Blue, Black fenders and roof/Black leather, Grey broadcloth; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500 – Windshield visor, wood spoke wheels – The third Lincoln built after its acquisition by Ford, owned until 1962 by the family of the original owner, William A. Lucking who was Ford’s attorney and has had just a few owners since then. It still has its “Leland-Built” badges. Aside from a good older repaint in the original colors and new leather on the front seat it is completely original, in exceptional condition and runs and drives like new. The typically Lincoln frumpy aluminum body by Brunn is delightfully detailed with nickel trim, opening windshield, sun visor, electrical intercom, bud vases, rollup divider, smokers’ kits and window shades. – A delightful old vehicle with significant American automobile history in more than one way, whether Leland, or Ford or originality. It’s been kicking around a while, from Branson Spring in 2002 (sold for $21,000) to Worldwide in Auburn in 2008 (sold for $34,100), but it’s still a charismatic old car with frumpy Leland Lincoln coachwork and marvelous originality.
Lot # 19 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379L528562; Burnished Brown, White stripes, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 – 4-speed, ‘Factory-type’ cross-ram intake, JL8 brakes, power steering and brakes, chambered exhaust and headers, cowl induction hood, Rally wheels with Goodyear Wide Tread GT tires, AM/FM radio, includes Protect-O-Plate, broadcast sheet copy and dealer inspection sheet. The factory delivered 4bbl carb and intake are included. – Mostly excellent paint with only a handful of minor blemishes on the A-Pillars. The brightwork is in very good condition with a few minor marks around the windshield trim. The engine compartment has been very well restored and indicates minimal use. The underbody is restored to like new condition and it is represented to be the interior which is like new.. A very well executed restoration on a claimed 65,733 mile car with little to pick on. – Crossram intake and 4-wheel disc brakes represent the ultimate specification for a ’69 Z/28 but this example has much, much more even if some of its features are not as original. There is absolutely no argument with the price it brought, a superior Z/28 bought for a price that will let its new owner be proud of the car and the cost.
Lot # 20 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S391; Wimbeldon White, Blue stripes/Black; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $345,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $379,500 – Shelby mag wheels with blue dot tires, documented in the Shelby American World Registry, dashtop instruments pod, woodrim steering wheel, 4-speed. – Represented as matching numbers. Sold new in California. Fitted at one time with a Boss 302 engine but reunited with the original 289 during restoration. Excellent paint. The trunk lid is slightly out of adjustment. The bumpers are like new and the windshield has minimal wear. The engine and underbody have few signs of use. The interior is practically unused since the restoration. A beautifully restored car with a high attention to detail and recently professionally freshened. – A pretty Shelby from the first year of production that looks like it just came out of the restoration shop and brought a deserved price.
Lot # 21 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679067; Engine # W61778; Black/Burgundy leather; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $88,000 – Steel wheels with hub caps, Firestone wide whitewalls, dual wing mirrors, rear wheel spats, wood dash and window trim. – Formerly owned by Shirley Muldowney. She apparently took her driving test in it. 99.98 JCNA judged and preservation award winner. Restored. Lightly scratched rear window glass. Very good paint. Very clean restored chassis and engine bay. Straight bodywork. Excellent interior. A gorgeous car with show credentials to back it up. – This result is roughly appropriate for an XK120 coupe in this condition, but slightly favorable to the buyer.
Lot # 22 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 0F02Z110869; Grabber Blue, Black hood scoop/White vinyl; Estimate $190,000 – $230,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $177,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $194,700 – Replacement correct engine, 4-speed, power steering and brakes, Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, console, pushbutton AM radio, Hurst T-handle shifter, Marti report. Kar Kraft #2176. – Excellent paint. The passenger’s side door is slightly out of alignment. The brightwork has been scuffed a little around the windshield. The engine compartment is well detailed with some aging. The underbody is the same. The interior is well sorted with no visible wear. A good older restoration of Ford’s monster Mustang. – Not sold at Worldwide Auburn in 2012 at a high bid of $140,000. Boss 429 values have come a long way since 2012, although they’re still quite a bit off from their pre-Recession peak. In today’s market, this was a respectable number for a car with cosmetic shortcomings and a replacement engine, so both parties should be happy.
Lot # 23 1956 Austin-Healey 100/M ‘Le Mans’ Roadster; S/N BN2L232274; Florida Green, OE White/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $190,000 – $240,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $203,500 – Woodrim steering wheel, chrome wire wheels, Michelin XZX tires, hood strap, louvered hood, overdrive, tonneau cover. – Restored like new with excellent cosmetics. A multiple show winner, Gold award at the 2013 Austin-Healey Club USA Rendezvous. Engine compartment is immaculate. – Short of a 100/M with period competition history this is as good as an early Healey gets, superbly restored, judged as correct as possible by experts and then carefully maintained. The odometer shows 746 miles, probably since restoration, but the condition of the Healey belies even that little use. This is an appropriate price for one of the best Healey 100s out there.
Lot # 26 1970 Jaguar XKE SII Roadster; S/N 1R12486; Silver/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $100,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,250 – 4-speed, centerlock chrome wire wheels, Michelin X red line tires, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, black vinyl boot cover. – Rubber gasket around the rear bumper is loose and flapping around. Driver’s side door isn’t quite flush. Very good paint and chrome. Very good interior with what looks like replaced upholstery but the rest looks original and well kept. Tidy, lightly used restored engine bay and restored, undercoated chassis. A basic older restoration with some wear here and there. – This is a better than average driver and was identified as such by the Scottsdale bidders. They afforded it a spot-on result for a Series II roadster, which is of course less desirable than the more powerful and prettier Series I cars but also a notable improvement when it comes to ergonomics. It was sold for nearly exactly the same price at Auburn Fall in September, $74,800.
Lot # 27 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Liter Fixed Head Coupe, Body by Park Ward; S/N B91JY; Black/Tan leather; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000 – 4-speed with overdrive, polished wheel discs, Michelin blackwall tires, Lucas headlamps, single Lucas driving light, Flying B radiator mascot, single sidemount spare, dual mirrors, suicide doors, wood dash and window trim, interior courtesy lights, opera mirrors, razor-edge roofline, blind rear quarters, pontoon fenders. – Represented as matching numbers with original coachwork. Light scratches on the trunk lid. Small crack above the driver’s side window. Handful of small cracks above the front bumper. Chip at the front of the left fender. Chrome spear on the driver’s side of the body is loose at the back. Very good, lightly worn leather. Excellent interior wood. Light road wear underneath. An undeniably cool car with rakish one-off bodywork. It was well restored at some point, too, but that was a while ago. Prime candidate for another concours restoration, but certainly good enough to drive around and enjoy as-is. – Offered by Christie’s in at Pebble Beach in 2001 with a reported high bid of $85,000 in essentially the same condition as here, just a little bit more fresh and with 5,038 fewer miles showing on its odometer. The many ways to use this elegant Bentley are apparent from the miles it has racked up, an unusual total for a classic car, and it is an elegant Bentley driver at a reasonable price.
Lot # 28 1938 Talbot-Lago T-23 Sport Cabriolet; S/N 93017; Violet/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $550,000 – $750,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $340,000 – RHD. Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, skirts, Marchal headlights in standalone chrome housings, pre-selector 4-speed. – Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery, top and interior wood. Concours restored some time ago to the standards of the time and still highly presentable. Engine compartment is orderly but shows the age of its restoration. A wonderful 4-liter tour car with fresh top and interior. Cataloged as factory built coachwork ‘with Figoni & Falaschi influenced’ design. – Whether it is Figoni & Falaschi ‘influenced’ or not, it is an attractive car with pontoon fenders, chrome embellishments and a sexy tail with a center spline. It was reported sold by Worldwide at Auburn in 2014 for $660,000, an optimistic result that even the pre-sale estimate range here can’t support but it is far more car than the reported high bid.
Lot # 30 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible; S/N 11304412022313; Moss Green Metallic, Moss Green hardtop/Cognac; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 – Automatic, wheel covers, Michelin Defender tires, Becker Europa radio, Frigiking air conditioning, VDO dash clock, two tops, owner’s manual, hardtop stand, headrest seats. – Represented as matching numbers with recent service and believed to have appeared in the film The Door In The Floor with Kim Basinger. Very good recently detailed engine bay. Gasket around the boot is loose and cracked. Rear fender rub strip is loose. Grille trim doesn’t quite fit straight or flush. Engine compartment is nearly like new. Good older chrome. Very good interior with what looks like newer seats. An older restoration in gorgeous colors that has some relatively easily addressed flaws. – It is unlikely Kim Basinger’s use of this 280SL adds much to its value and the buyer can be commended for not getting drawn into the cinematic hype. This is an appropriate price for a sound and attractive 280SL in an unusual color, even with its noted flaws.
Lot # 32 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster; S/N 194677S115484; Silver Pearl, Black stinger/Black; Black vinyl top; Estimate $1,900,000 – $2,600,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,800,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,980,000 – 427/430hp L88, J56 brakes, M22 4-speed, Rally wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, Silvertown blackwall tires, radio and heater delete, black off-road sidepipes, includes the factory side exhaust, documented with the original window sticker, dealer invoice and bill of sale to the first owner. – Replacement engine block, otherwise represented as being the original drivetrain. Bloomington Gold certified. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Restored better than new, but not better enough to be offensive. – The represented documentation and inspections by recognized Corvette experts as well as prior ownership by Otis Chandler and Kevin Suydam add up to an impressive endorsement of this L88’s quality and poses as something of a mystery why it didn’t bring more. One of only 20 ’67 L88s and 10 roadsters, this is one of the great cars in Corvette history.
Lot # 36 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible; S/N 59E101397; Kensington Green/White leather; White top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000 – 390/345hp, three 2-barrels, automatic, wheel covers, whitewalls, parade boot cover, rear fender skirts, Autronic Eye, rear seat speaker, dash clock, pushbutton radio, bucket seats, heater, power windows, power top, power steering, power brakes. – Reportedly the only one in this color combination and one of just 99 with bucket seats. Light but visible wear to the seats. Lightly pitted window switches. Some wear and scratches on the dash. Very good recent paint and chrome. Door gaps are a tiny bit uneven. Looks original but solid underneath. A well kept mostly original car with a repaint in its original, unusual and gorgeous color. – Offered at Auburn Fall in 2004 at a reported high bid of $82,000, then sold a month later at Hershey for $110,000. Offered at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale in 2014 at a high bid of $145,000 and then sold again at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2015 for $176,000. Sold for a satisfactory result here, even if it is slightly favorable to the buyer, a delicious Eldorado that will never escape favorable notice.
Lot # 37 1955 Porsche 356A Speedster; S/N 81066; Red/Black; Black cloth top; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000 – 1582/60hp, 4-speed, silver painted wheels, hub caps, Firestone tires, gold brightwork, black cloth boot cover. – Represented as matching numbers with Porsche CoA and Kardex copy. Excellent interior. Gorgeous paint. Spotless underbody. A stunner. – Described in the catalog repeatedly as a ‘Pre-A’, this car’s chassis number does come from the end of the 356 sequence, but how did it get a 1582cc engine? Of course such things did happen in Stuttgart, but the bidders were suitably circumspect about the specs and wisely resolved to leave a lot of headroom with this result which looks modest for a 356A 1600 Speedster, but isn’t for this particular 356A/Pre-A 1600 Speedster.
Lot # 38 1967 Maserati Mexico 4.7 Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM1121118; Rosso Rubino/Black leather; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500 – Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, quadruple Webers, air conditioning, power steering, 5-speed, woodrim steering wheel, wood shift knob, Kenwood cassette stereo, dual fuel tanks. – Well kept and maintained but mostly original engine bay. Very good but not show quality paint and chrome. Handful of chips at the back edge of the hood. Light scratches on the side window frames. Very good, lightly worn restored interior. Looks original but very clean underneath. A good older cosmetic restoration on top of sound, dry, well maintained underpinnings. – Not seen very often, and even less in this good, well maintained condition, this Mistral 4.7 brought a sound price and the new owner got full value for the money.
Lot # 39 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe; S/N 124871L507744; Rosewood Metallic/Beige vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $29,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $31,900 – 350/270hp, 4-speed, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, Rally wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires, center console, AM/FM radio. – Represented as numbers matching. Recently and very well restored. Very good paint and brightwork. The engine compartment shows light use and there are marks around the hood latch. The exhaust has been recently redone and the underbody shows little use. The interior has little wear. A pretty car in handsome, unusual colors. – Sold at Auburn Fall in 2015 for $37,400, then passed at Mecum Indy last year at a high bid of $38,000, which was a generous offer that should have been taken if there was money close to it. While lower, this result was more appropriate to what the car deserves, including an appropriate premium given for the RS package.
Lot # 45 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Coupe; S/N DB4510L; Metallic Green/Green leather; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Unrestored original, 5 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $340,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $374,000 – Painted wire wheels, overdrive, Motorola radio – Not the original engine. Filthy, peeling paint, tattered interior after years sitting outside since the 1970’s. Driver’s door is loosely attached – After a mega-bucks concours restoration this DB4 will be worth in today’s money $750,000 and it is impossible to see how it will get there from here for the difference, but that reality hardly seems to make an impression on dreamy-eyed collectors who see only the finished product, not the years and bank account draining checks in between.
Lot # 47 1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Roadster; S/N 1E10677; Black/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $190,000 – $250,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $170,000 – Centerlock wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt radio, black cloth boot cover. – Represented as numbers matching. Excellent paint and chrome. Spotless underneath. Excellent interior. Relatively fresh and definitely exquisite. A gorgeous car recently restored by marque specialists. – A 4.2 Roadster in such fine condition deserves more than the reported high bid, and a car this good shouldn’t have too much trouble finding it at another venue.
Lot # 51 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 09911; Silver/Blue leather; Estimate $575,000 – $675,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $510,000 – Centerlock alloy wheels, Yokohama tires, air conditioning, power windows. – New brake booster and Sanden air conditioning compressor. Poor old repaint over old paint, rust blister at the base of the left windshield post. Good recent upholstery but rough, dirty old interior trim. Poor chrome. Dirty engine compartment only superficially cleaned up for the auction. Stored for maybe 20 years and given only superficial attention, this is a restoration candidate. – This GTC needs everything, a fact that is adequately reflected in the bidding it attracted here. It could have sold with minimal regret for the reported bid.
Lot # 52 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster; S/N YD3734; OE White/Red leatherette; Black leatherette top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500 – Centerlock Dunlop alloy wheels, Dunlop SP tires, luggage rack, badge bar, wind wings. – Very good paint, chrome, interior and glass. Erratic but acceptable door and trunk fits. Generally like new or better but the catalog only says the chassis and body are matching numbers, not the engine. – No one was paying much attention to this MG A and it went off in a cloud of dust having sold at RM’s Amelia auction in 2015 for $82,500. Twin Cams have well-documented reliability issues that have been dealt with in almost 60 years of development making this a sound and overlooked value among the Scottsdale auctions this year even with the probability that the engine is not the original.
Lot # 55 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica Convertible, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFGT61A550143339; Green/Cream leather, Maroon piping; Estimate $375,000 – $450,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $285,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $313,500 – CD changer, F1 gearbox, SF shields, yellow calipers, Toyo tires, fitted luggage, tools. – Clean used car. Unblemished upholstery but some lumps in the instrument cluster covering suggest it may have spent a few too many hours in the sun. – Offered by Russo and Steele here a year ago with a reported high bid of $375,000 and at Monterey in August where it was reported bid to $350,000, the seller took a hard look in the mirror and settled for this modest bid, an advantageous buy for the new owner.
Lot # 57 1953 Porsche 356 Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 60115; Azure Blue/Gray leather piped in Blue; Blue top; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000 – Wheel covers, whitewalls, dual mirrors, dark blue cloth boot cover, Telefunken radio. – Owned by the Beck family, who made the Beck Spyders. Very good blemish-free older paint and chrome. Engine bay is spotless but not overly detailed. Other than two tiny, probably fixable scuffs on the passenger’s seat the interior is immaculate. Spotless underbody. Not done yesterday, but this rare Pre-A Bent Window Cab is gorgeous and needs nothing. – Not sold at Worldwide Houston last year at a high bid of $300,000. That bid was appropriate and really should have been taken, especially considering the no reserve result here. Sometimes, patience with auction cars is rewarded, but not when you’re holding out for much more than the car is really worth. This represents a solid value in a rare and classy early Porsche.
Lot # 58 1955 Lancia Aurelia GT B24S Spider America, Body by Pininfarina; S/N B24S-1177; Black, Black hardtop/Tan leather; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,500,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,031,818 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,135,000 – Factory hardtop, wire wheels, leather seats. – Cosmetically restored in 1987, paint has been buffed through around the edges, brightwork is scuffed, scratched glass, poorly fitting hard top seal. Engine compartment has been cleaned up. The interior appears to be redone more recently than the body. Claimed to have been recently mechanically serviced. A solid driver’s car but no more than a driver. – Reported sold at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in 2014 for $1,100,000 and turned over here in this post-block transaction for essentially the same price which is pretty much the definition of a static market.
Lot # 59 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster; S/N 672435; Engine # W52618; OE White/Red leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000 – White steel wheels with hub caps, Firestone wide whitewalls, dual wing mirrors, rear wheel spats. – Offered from the collection of a former JCNA judge. Apparently judged to 100 points multiple times. Door gaps are slightly uneven. Very tiny scratch in the upholstery on the side of the driver’s seat. Otherwise, the car is immaculate and spotless and pretty much show ready as it sits. Those 100-point scores were deserved. – And so was this result. The buyer paid top-shelf XK 120 money and got a top-shelf car.
Lot # 63 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible; S/N SFM6S2377; Candy Apple Red/Black vinyl; White top; Estimate $800,000 – $1,100,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $675,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $742,500 – 289/306hp, 4-speed, air conditioning, Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak tires, AM radio, dash mounted tachometer, documented in the Shelby World Registry. – One of four built. Owned new by Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio. There was a minor crash in period and he lost interest. Cosmetically restored in the late 1980s then fully restored in 2010. Very good paint with only a few cracks on the passenger’s side seam above the trunk. The brightwork shines like new. The mechanicals and underbody show minimal use as indicated by the odometer. A gorgeous restoration with minimal wear. – Sold by RM in Monterey in 2000 for $203,500, then a year later at the same venue for $181,500 and subsequently re-restored to its present high quality presentation in 2010. It shows essentially no use since but careful preservation of its excellent restoration and brought a price that is realistic, but still a good value for the new owner. Being one of four it’s nearly impossible to judge value, so the bidders’ decision here in Scottsdale is definitive.
Lot # 66 1958 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 Deluxe Sedan; S/N 1754939; Black/Red vinyl piped in White; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000 – Wheel covers, whitewalls, cloth sunroof, 12-volt electrics, CA black plate, bumper overriders. – All original and showing 98,850 miles, California black plate. Cloth top is sound but has some wear at the front edges. Paint and chrome are both tired, especially the front bumper which is lightly scratched and pitted. It’s forgivable, though, since it’s original and from a distance the car looks about as good as any. There are a few chips off the painted wheels but they still look quite good. Interior is remarkably preserved other than a crack in the steering wheel. Underneath is a little dirty but not bad at all. This car is almost 60 years old, but it looks six years old. There’s a reason why California cars are coveted. – This is quite a sweet little VW, preserved in remarkable condition. Even in California after sixty years the sun and smog takes a toll but this VW seems to have been protected from the vagaries of the elements and it is wonderfully preserved. No restoration needed, just continue to maintain it and keep it inside except of good driving days when it will attract all kinds of favorable attention. The sad thing is that if it had been grungy and neglected enough to quality as a ‘barn find’ it probably would have brought more. This is better, and it didn’t cost as much as a dirty one.
Lot # 75 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 00867S100234; Black, Black hardtop, Silver coves/Black vinyl; Estimate $120,000 – $140,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500 – 283/270hp, dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, Silvertown whitewalls, dual quads, hardtop, WonderBar radio, dash clock. – Multiple NCRS Top Flights and Duntov, Bloomington Gold certification. Represented as matching numbers. Lots of fuel spit out on top of the manifold. Otherwise clean, tidy, lightly run engine bay. Very good older paint and chrome. Excellent interior. Not done yesterday, but nothing substantial to pick on. The work was done very well in the first place, and the car has the trophies to back it up. – Sold by Worldwide at Auburn in 2011 for $123,750 with 2,012 more miles showing on its odometer today than it had back then, but nearly as good now as the restoration was then. The price it brought there is appropriate for today’s market and the age of the restoration.
Lot # 76 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster; S/N WP0WB0914KS173247; Guards Red/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $190,000 – $220,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $155,000 – Black center Fuchs wheels, snorkely brake light, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt Charleston cassette stereo, VDO dash clock, thoroughly documented from new, tool roll, tire inflation kit, Porsche CofA – Represented as 8,892 original miles. Good blemish-free original paint and exterior plastic. Very light wear on the seats are the only real signs of age on this car. Looks like it was treated as a collectible from new. – While this car is unremarkable the world of ’89 Speedsters (pretty much all of them are in great shape with low miles), it deserved more than the reported high bid. Maybe it just crossed the block too late in the evening but, regardless, it didn’t get enough attention.
Lot # 78 1970 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242370P164669; Pepper Green/Black vinyl; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,200 – Ram Air IV 400/370hp, 4-speed, 4.33 rear axle, body color wheels with hub caps and Goodyear Polyglas tires, bench seat, radio delete. PHS documented and a MCACN Concours Gold winner. – Excellent paint and body. Replacement period-correct WW code Ram Air IV engine. The brightwork is all like new. The engine and underbody show no use. The interior is immaculate and like new. Best Concours Restored GTO at the 2013 GTO Nationals, Concours Gold at 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. A stunning stripped down GTO deserving of its accolades. – Not sold at Mecum Indy 2014 at a high bid of $79,000, then at Mecum Chicago five months later with a comparable bid of $80,000, both of them less than this fabulous car deserved even then. This result is more like it and even at just over a Hundred Large the new owner can be proud of the value and the quality (and performance) of this GTO. This is a serious Ram Air IV GTO, built to go fast and not much else.