Auctions America Auburn Fall 2014 – Auction Report

Auctions America Auburn Fall 2014 – Auction Report Page Six

1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Convertible
Lot # 5097 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Convertible; S/N HBJ828465; Red/Black Ambla; Black leatherette top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $44,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $48,400. No Reserve – Overdrive, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop blackwall radial tires, AM-FM, LeCarra woodrim steering wheel, fender mirrors, badge bar, Lucas driving lights. – Good older paint, chrome, interior and top. Car card says it’s been driven 3,000 miles since it was restored, and its appearance endorses that statement. No fan shroud. Replacement VIN plate. A sound and presentable driver. – Offered at Mecum Kissimmee in 2011 with a reported bid of $60,000, then sold a few months later at B-J Palm Beach for $45,100. The odometer now shows fifteen more miles than when seen in 2011 and the value has changed hardly at all; it seems like as the restoration aged the Healey market has grown modestly enough to offset the age.
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # 5098 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH368440; White, White porthole hardtop/White vinyl; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. No Reserve – 312/245hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C added, AM-FM, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, skirts, engine dressup, Town & Country radio. – Once was restored to showroom condition, now has been driven more than a few miles. Paint, chrome and interior are good aside from a few places on trim items where the plating is weak or lightly scuffed. A T-bird that should be a satisfying driver. – Driver-quality money, too.
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
Lot # 5102 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible; S/N 41467S316352; Engine # F0714S; Dark Red/Dark Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. No Reserve – 327/250hp, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, A/C, buckets and console, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, pushbutton radio, skirts, rear antenna. – Good older paint, interior, top, chrome. Chipped old hood trim aluminum. Scuffed bumpers. Orderly but aged and dusty engine compartment and underbody. Lightly soiled and yellowing top. A good older restoration with some years and a few miles that will benefit from some sympathetic attention. – This Impala’s restoration has aged enough that the presentation can be nit-picked, but not so the price it brought which is and entirely reasonable compromise among the Impala itself, its mundane drivetrain, generous equipment and condition. The Auburn Fall bidders did a good job of determining an appropriate price.
1994 Ferrari 348 Spider
Lot # 5106 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider; S/N ZFFRG43A2R0097330; Blue Sera/Cream leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $48,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,800. No Reserve – Kenwood satellite stereo, A/C, 5-speed, P/W, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Pirelli blackwall tires, Assembly #14311. – Good original paint, lightly soiled driver’s seat. Clean, orderly engine compartment. An orderly used car with the odometer showing a believable 7,668 miles. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction in 2011 for $50,600 and reassuringly presented in attractive colors here, it brought a strong price for the model and would have been more reasonably priced at $38K than $48K.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # 5107 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N 30867S116492; Engine # 3116492 F0522SD; Riverside Red/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. No Reserve – 327/300hp, Powerglide, P/S, no P/B, AM-FM, P/W, rear antenna, centerlock alloy wheels, narrow whitewall radial times. – Black top dash pods. Good older paint, chrome, interior and top. Top is lightly soiled where it rubs when folded. Doors line up well; window pockets are relatively clean and free of body shop crud. Nose shows evidence of repairs. Engine compartment is orderly, showing age and a little use. Loose, unprotected wiring for no longer installed horns or lights behind the grille. Underbody is old and has some exterior overspray. There are too many exceptions for this to be a good Corvette. – The car card said it has a 4-speed but neither what’s installed in the car nor the engine number correspond with that statement. It’s a usable driver, but not one that instills much confidence in the life it’s led. The Auburn Fall bidders were appropriately unimpressed and bought it appropriately for its specification and equipment.
1987 Buick GNX 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 5108 1987 Buick GNX 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 1G4GJ1174HP447992; Black/Grey velour; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 – #227 of 547 built. Includes owner’s manual, window sticker, GNX book, apparel, original brochure. – Unrestored, completely as-delivered with 91 miles from new. – MSRP was $29,900, expensive at the time but in retrospect a modest price for the fastest American car of the year. Something of a legend in performance that took full advantage of Buick’s experience building race-winning turbocharged Indy Car V-6 engines, the GNX was the overachieving big brother of the Grand National. Put away when new and in unusually good condition the reported high bid should have been enough to see this garage queen change hands.
1972 DeTomaso Pantera, Body by Ghia
Lot # 5109 1972 DeTomaso Pantera, Body by Ghia; S/N THPNMC03541; Bronze/Black; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $66,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $72,600. No Reserve – 351/330hp, no radio, DeTomaso alloy wheels, Cooper blackwall tires, A/C, P/W, compact spare with inflator bottle, luggage tray. – Clearcoat over old, shrinking original paint. Decent original interior and chrome. Stock engine compartment, dusty and aged. Some small rust bubbles at the front margin of the engine cover. Underbody is covered in old undercoat. A sound and usable, highly original, unmolested Pantera with issues. – An unusual color for a Pantera, as is its largely original presentation. The clearcoated paint is unsettling, but probably will long outlive the new owner’s interest in the car and it is scruffy enough that it should be good for many more miles of enjoyable fair weather driving. The price reflects a modest premium of about $10,000 for originality.
1987 Ferrari Testarossa
Lot # 5110 1987 Ferrari Testarossa; S/N ZFFSG17A4H0068291; Red/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $81,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $89,100 – A/C, Dunlop SP Sport tires, Blaupunkt stereo, factory luggage, books, tools and records. – Delaminating windshield, staffed, surface cracked driver’s seat. Good paint and new wheels. Clean used car. – Although there were a lot of Testarossas built (almost 7,200) their groundbreaking design and dramatic performance during the anemic Eighties has brought them increasing appreciation by collectors. This is an honest example with presentation that suggests a good and consistently maintained life. Testarossa prices seem to be gradually recovering, and this transaction endorses that view.