Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report Page Ten

1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet
Lot # 724 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet; S/N 12803010003229; Burgundy/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $110,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 – Becker Mexico radio, 4-speed, Hella fog lights, body color accented hubcaps, whitewalls. – Very good, paint, chrome, upholstery, top and interior wood. Exterior color overspray inside the wheelwells. Well restored with some subsequent use and quality upkeep keeping it in credible condition. – A very good example with a restoration that is holding up very well. The result is in line with the pre-sale estimate but could have been significantly more without being expensive, it’s that good a car.
1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan
Lot # 726 1937 Packard Twelve Convertible Sedan; S/N 356108; Grey/Grey leather, broadcloth; Charcoal cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $225,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $188,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $206,800 – Rollup division, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, turn signals, luggage rack. – Concours restored with excellent cosmetics throughout and subtle colors that highlight the coachwork and luxurious interior. Underbody is little dusty but nothing a few hours work couldn’t remedy. Then it would be ready for pretty much any concours. – A seriously classy automobile not only in its twelve cylinder engine but also in the comfortable, adaptable, commodious convertible sedan coachwork that makes it ideal for CCCA tours and events. It brought a realistic price, on the good value side of reasonable.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Lot # 728 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster; S/N 11304412023673; Ivory, Ivory hardtop/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200 – 5-speed, Becker Mexico cassette stereo, aftermarket leather rim steering wheel, body color accent wheel covers, Euro headlights, Pagoda hardtop and soft top, Frigiking air conditioning with a rotary compressor. – Top of the engine is cleaned up for the auction but the rest of the grimy bits are grimy. Sound repaint, original chrome and redone interior. A driver quality SL that shows reassuring care but far from the best out there. – The desirable and rarely seen 5-speed works wonders to take full advantage of the 280SL’s 180hp. Neither the 5-speed nor the A/C are factored into this price, which could have been well into the pre-sale estimate without being expensive.
1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster
Lot # 731 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster; S/N 11304212019539; Silver-Grey, Silver-Grey hardtop/Black leatherette; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $46,750 – Automatic, hubcaps, trim rings, Pirelli P300 tires, Clarion cassette stereo, two tops, Nardi woodrim steering wheel. – Fair older repaint with a few flaws, dust motes and cracking corners. Weak chrome on the hardtop and window sills, sound major chrome. Paint chip on the right rear corner. Pitted interior top brackets. Good upholstery and carpets. Dirty original underbody. Cosmetically maintained to mediocre standards in driver condition. – This is a pretty tired 230SL, but it is well equipped including both tops and could have brought another $5-7,000 without being excessive.
1955 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon
Lot # 736 1955 Ford Country Sedan Station Wagon; S/N U5EX190237; Black/White, Red vinyl; Estimate $42,000 – $48,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $62,700 – 272/162hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, P/W, power seat, radio, heater, dual outside mirrors, wheel covers, whitewall tires, roof rack, windshield sun visor, 2-row seating, sill molding. – Represented as 3,326 miles from new and all new except for a thick repaint, carpets and the windshield visor. Good major chrome, wrinkled interior, pitted window trim and steering wheel chrome. Old undercoat in wheelwells. Engine is orderly and clean but chassis is old and only superficially redone. A good driver with the patina of a low miles original car although the paint does it no favors. – Sold by RM in Hershey in 2014 from the Jeffrey Day collection for $49,500 and no better now than it was then, with 77 more miles showing on its odometer. Why it should bring 25% more here in Ft. Lauderdale, one of few cars in this sale to exceed their high estimates, is a complete mystery. It would have been amply expensive at $38,000, at $62,700 with the commission it is fabulously expensive.
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe
Lot # 742 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe; S/N C56B2222; Ivory/Parchment leather; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000 – Air conditioning, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, Town & Country radio. – Excellent paint and chrome. Very good original interior with reupholstered front seat cushions. Dry original underbody still with the dust of West Texas on it. Air conditioning works. An exceptionally good cosmetic restoration preserving the Continental’s originality. Going to Europe for a summer tour. – Anyone looking for the definition of a quality, ‘sympathetic’ cosmetic restoration needs to look no farther than this Continental. What’s good enough has been left alone, what needed attention has received high quality work and materials. Matching the recovered front seat cushions with the original seatbacks and rear seat is flawless. The paint, chrome and dashboard are as good as any Pebble Beach car. The buyer is an experienced serial collector who stayed on this car ’til it was his and now will enjoy it in Europe this summer. Is it expensive? Yeah, but it also is of a quality and caliber that is rarely seen.
1937 Studebaker J5 Coupe-Express Pickup
Lot # 744 1937 Studebaker J5 Coupe-Express Pickup; S/N 4287574; Bright Yellow/Cream vinyl; Estimate $45,000 – $60,000; Truck restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $38,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,350 – 218/86hp, 3-speed, orange steel spoke wheels, hubcaps, wide whitewalls, fog lights, single enclosed sidemount. – Thick, bright paint over limited prep. Decent replaced upholstery and attractive redone woodgrain interior trim and dashboard. Quickly redone underbody and chassis, then driven. Engine got the same treatment. Passenger’s door fit is terrible with rust repairs peeking through the paint on the cab. – An intriguing and rarely seen vehicle, but the shortcuts in its truck quality restoration are showing through and it’s not going to be long before they fester into something pustulous. It is a striking presence, however. Dress it up with Coca Cola emblems and it would sell for even more, which would be a good idea before the problems manifest themselves.
1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina
Lot # 751 1973 Alfa Romeo 2000 Berlina; S/N AR2355063; Black/Brown vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,900 – Dellorto carbs, 5-speed, CD stereo, Alfa alloy wheels, Dunlop tires. – Mediocre but sound repaint over old paint. Good original interior. Decent chrome. Orderly unrestored engine compartment and chassis. Clean, dry underbody. An honest, usable driver. – This result is about twice what this 2000 Berlina sold for in 1973. It isn’t a bad car, but neither is it a good one. It would be nice to think it found a good home here in Ft. Lauderdale where it will be loved, maintained, upgraded (which it needs) and driven. It could be parted out for more than the price it brought.
1991 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe
Lot # 753 1991 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe; S/N ZFFSM17A2M0088381; Black/Black leather; Estimate $75,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $79,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $86,900 – Air conditioning, 5-spoke Ferrari alloy wheels, Eagle HP tires. – Sound repaint, lightly worn upholstery, good carpets. Very clean, dry underbody and engine. A few stone chips on the nose. A reassuring driver quality TR. – This is a US-version TR with Canadian passenger restraints which go with the speedometer in kilometers. Sound, lightly worn, but with no maintenance history, it is still cheap at the reported result when TRs are regularly bringing low six-figures.
1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi Coupe
Lot # 759 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi Coupe; S/N ZFFAA01A3B0034883; Red/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $70,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,250 – 5-spoke Ferrari alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, air conditioning, Alpine CD stereo. – Bad repaint covered in microblisters. Good original upholstery, interior and dashtop. Orderly unrestored engine and underbody. Doors, hood and deck fit well. Said to have been recently given ‘a full service by Ferrari.’ A decent car, but stymied by a crappy paint job that needs to be redone by a competent shop. – Attended to quickly while the 308 fad still prevails the buyer of this 308 GTBi can probably rush it through a good paint shop and turn it around at a profit before the 308 fascination fades. An end used could ignore the finish issues [until they become scabrous] and drive it, having bought it at a realistic discount.

[Source: Rick Carey]