Auctions America Auburn Fall 2014 – Auction Report

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1970 Plymouth `Cuda Convertible
Lot # 4130 1970 Plymouth `Cuda Convertible; S/N BH27N0B131588; In Violet/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 – 426/425hp dual quad Hemi replacing the original 383/330hp, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, buckets and console, P/S, P/B, argent shaker hood, luggage rack, Rally wheels with trim rings, Radial T/A tires, pushbutton radio, auxiliary engine gauges, Sure Grip axle. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Restored to showroom condition with an engine upgrade, engine compartment and underbody show some use and a little age. Eugene is represented as a ’68 block. – This is an ample bid for a made-up car with a 426 Hemi replacing its original 383.
1932 Packard 902 Coupe Roadster
Lot # 4131 1932 Packard 902 Coupe Roadster; S/N 509441; Metallic Lilac, Purple fenders and accent/Purple leather; Black cloth top; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $187,000 – Chrome spoke purple rim and hub wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, dual sidemounts, Pilot-Rays, wind wings, rumble seat, luggage rack, golf bag door, heater. – Excellent paint, chrome and upholstery. Better than new everywhere and reportedly mechanically freshened since the restoration. A concours car with scant evidence of use. – Delightfully presented in Lilac with purple fenders, this Packard has ample eye-appeal even if the color choices are dated. Driven, it will be a standout and while the colors may not commend it to today’s more sober palette there’s nothing else that can be criticized in its presentation beyond a little age and sympathetic use. It brought a price that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
1991 Lamborghini Diablo
Lot # 4133 1991 Lamborghini Diablo; S/N ZA9UD07P0MLA12203; Red/Beige leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,750. No Reserve – Alpine CD/Satellite stereo, polished rim modular wheels, Michelin blackwall tires, A/C. – Odometer shows 13,376 believable miles given this Diablo’s original condition with only a little scuffing on the seat bolster upholstery. – Carefully maintained and in nearly showroom condition, this is a 492 horsepower supercar with all the stature of one of Lamborghini’s most appealing designs. Skyrocketing values for F40s and Miuras should soon have effect on Diablos, particularly well maintained low miles ones like this, but not yet. This is a reasonable price for a car that can be driven judiciously without detracting from its potential market appreciation.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 4139 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57J163901; Engine # T1116FC; Red/Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $45,100 – Powerglide, cassette stereo, tissue dispenser, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, skirts, rear antenna, continental kit, heater. – 283/220hp, 4-barrel, Unfused hot wire from the battery to the voltage regulator. Fair old paint, dull stainless, pitted quarter window frames, soiled upholstery, loose top fit. Nasty underbody. Car card says 265/170hp but a Quadrajet sits on top and the engine number is for a 283/220hp Power Pack. A weak, hard used Bel Air. – Reported sold by Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale in March for $59,400, then no-saled at Auburn Spring in May for a reported $49,000 high bid showing just one fewer mile on its odometer, the result here for this flawed, superficially presented car is no more than it deserved.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Lot # 4143 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S108737; Engine # 108737 F0304RE; Tuxedo Black/Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $69,091 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $76,000 – 327/340hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, narrow whitewall tires, AM-FM, power windows. – Good paint, chrome and interior. Represented as matching numbers. Underbody is done but showing subsequent use. Dusty underhood and done only to cosmetic restoration standards. A good driver quality Split Window Corvette but nothing to get excited about. – Closed post-block at this price. The high performance 4-barrel is positive, but the lack of any offered documentation for the originality of the engine/chassis combo is a serious drawback. It took some doing to make this deal and the seller was wise to recognize the car’s many weaknesses and accept real money. The fact that a deal got done at all in the absence of documentation or even NCRS/Bloomington Gold judging is a credit to the hard work of Auctions America’s ‘Still for Sale’ crew.
1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Saloon
Lot # 4148 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Saloon; S/N 122JG; Engine # 20-123; Blue, Black fenders and accent/Black leather, Beige cloth; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $120,000 – RHD. Black wire wheels, blackwall tires, dual sidemounts with mirrors, drum headlights, rollup division, pulldown shades rear compartment clock, smoker’s kit, communication microphone. – Poor quality TV car paint job used in ‘Boardwalk Empire’. Weak old chrome, tired original rear compartment upholstery and trim, broken division window crank. Orderly but aged underhood. A typical movie/TV car but sound and largely complete as the basis for a restoration. No coachbuilder identification. – This is an awful car, superficially redone to look good to a TV camera at fifty feet, with no interior shots, please. It should have been gone and away long before reaching the reported high bid, even with the functional coachwork and highly original interior (that needs to be redone.) Any mention of ‘originality’ or ‘preservation’ is obviated by the $200 paint job.
1959 Fiat 500 Jolly, Body by Ghia
Lot # 4152 1959 Fiat 500 Jolly, Body by Ghia; S/N 110074209; Engine # 110000090287; Coral Pink/Wicker; Pink, White stripes top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000 – Wheel covers, whitewall tires, halogen headlights. – Freshly restored, engine compartment still smells new. Very good paint, fresh wicker, good top and chrome. Very cute. – Sold by RM in Monterey in 1998 for $26,410 in the same condition in which it was offered here. By all rights the car should have been sold well before reaching the $70K high bid. It’s a good Jolly, but not even as good as the reported high bid.
1934 Packard Eight Convertible Sedan, Body by Dietrich
Lot # 4160 1934 Packard Eight Convertible Sedan, Body by Dietrich; S/N 72315; Dark Blue/Blue leather; Beige both top; Recent restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500 – 319/120hp, body color wire wheels, trim rings, wide whitewall tires, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, luggage rack, radio. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Concours restored and still fresh and sharp. – ’34 Packards combine good performance, updated chassis and classic Packard design into a package many Packard collectors regard as the best in the marque’s famed history. This one has an attractive open body on top of that, capped by an essentially flawless concours-quality restoration. At this price that adds up to a good value that will never need any excuses, whether for the car or for its price.