Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report Page Three

1969 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet
Lot # 246 1969 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet; S/N 159863743; Red/Black cloth; Black vinyl top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $16,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $18,150 – Chrome wheels, hubcaps, whitewalls. – Doors close and line up well but the hood and engine cover don’t fit square. Upholstery is good but using cloth is odd. Decent chrome except for the vent window frames. Orderly, clean engine. Front has been hit and the inner panels roughly banged back into submission leaving panels covered in ripples. – The new owner will have to hope that whomever banged the front back into shape at least got the alignment right and didn’t weaken the structure too much. That’s a lot to hope for, but is figured into this price.
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible
Lot # 259 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible; S/N 40967W112902; Dark Green/Black vinyl; Beige vinyl top; Estimate $8,000 – $12,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $6,600 – Powerglide, power top, radio, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Exceptionally awful repaint possibly done in a shop class for the visually challenged. Sound original interior except for the torn driver’s seat with old foam falling out. Sound body. Mostly original engine compartment with sloppy black paint touchup. No spare. Fair chrome and bright trim. Overspray and sloppy masking everywhere. – ‘Sloppy’ seems to be the recurring theme with this Corvair and the seller should be happy to get this much for it.
1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible
Lot # 407 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible; S/N 223678L101015; Engine # 705300 WT; Maroon/Parchment vinyl; Parchment vinyl top; Estimate $40,000 – $45,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400 – 400/350hp WT suffix, 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, Hurst shifter, mutilation radio, console, Rally II wheels, trim rings, Wide Oval tires. – Very good paint, major chrome and older interior. Decent recent top. Engine done but slipped back into a superficially cleaned up compartment. Scuffed windshield trim. Chassis partially redone to sound driver standards. A usable but not thoroughly done cosmetic restoration. – This Firebird is typical of a many at Ft. Lauderdale this year, a sound, good looking car done to competent but not exceptional standards. It represents a significant opportunity for a collector to acquire a neat, powerful, usable car for not a lot of money, particularly these days where Firebird Trans Ams are all the rage. This is a good value.
2010 Ford Shelby GT 500 Super Snake Coupe
Lot # 409 2010 Ford Shelby GT 500 Super Snake Coupe; S/N 1ZVBP8JSXA5124278; White, Black stripes/Black leather; Estimate $80,000 – $90,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000 – Shelby # CSMSS0054. 6-speed, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, air conditioning, stereo. – Clean, low miles used car. – It’s no surprise this Super Snake didn’t sell on the reported high bid, since it sold at the Leake auction in Oklahoma City in 2013 for $99,000. It is reasonable to wonder if the owner got $25,000 worth of enjoyment out of it in the past three years since it appears to be all but unused.
1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider
Lot # 423 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider; S/N ZFFAA02A8C0038685; Red, Black leatherette roof panel/Tan leather; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $49,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $54,450 – Air conditioning, power windows, TRX tires, Alpine CD stereo. – Superficial repaint described as done this year but looking older. Sound but aged original interior, faded carpets. Repainted wheel wells. Chipped paint on the Targa bar. A superficial driver. – 308s and 328s have been newly attractive, so much so that reruns of “Magnum” may be proliferating on cable TV to excite interest. The auction history of this 308 GTSi gives a hint, having been sold when no one cared in 2004 at B-J in Palm Beach in 2004 for $32,400. The new paint didn’t add anything to it. It’s just an old car fluffed up for the auction with a quick repaint, but the fluff did its work and brought a superior price for a mediocre car.
1950 Ford Custom Deluxe V-8 Convertible
Lot # 425 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe V-8 Convertible; S/N B0LB151479; Chartreuse Green/Brown vinyl; Tan Cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $26,950 – 239/100hp flathead, 3-speed, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, overdrive, power top, pushbutton radio, skirts. – Very good paint, good chrome and interior, loose fitting top, good gauges. Weak window frame chrome underbody done better than new, but not overdone. New top and body seals. – This is another potentially satisfying entry-level collector car, among a number of them in Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction. It was sold at RM’s Arizona auction in 2005 for $41,800, then at Branson Spring in 2011 for $40,500. Is it a good deal here? Not necessarily, but it is a sound value for the money that should give its new owner a positive ownership experience and a secure place to park some money.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Roadster
Lot # 426 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Roadster; S/N 194676S113953; Engine # OE81753; Yellow/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $65,000 – $80,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $56,100 – 427/390hp, 4-speed, side exhausts, Rally wheels, trim rings, hubcaps, narrow whitewalls, AM-FM. – Fair older repaint, chrome and interior. Dirty gauges. Old dirty engine compartment. Replacement engine. A remarkably unsatisfying Corvette. – This result is a home run for the seller, even after turning down $62,500 at Auburn Fall six months ago. There is no documentation, no history, nor any representation it started life with a Big Block, let alone the oddly-numbered replacement block now under the hood. It isn’t egregiously expensive, but it is expensive for what it is.
1986 Ferrari 328 GTS Spider
Lot # 432 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS Spider; S/N ZFFXA20A8G0064895; Red, Black leatherette roof panel/Tan leather; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500 – CD changer stereo, air conditioning, Bridgestone tires, QV engine. – Good older repaint, original upholstery and carpets. Speedometer in kilometers, temp gauge in Fahrenheit. Dusty, aged engine and chassis. Original Goodyear temporary spare. Speedometer in kilometers, represented as 46,808 from new. – The car card says, ‘Believed to be original paint’, but it isn’t. The rest of the car, however, is original and in pretty decent condition for its age. The price reflects the recent resurgence in 308/328 values and while reasonable in a current snapshot may not hold up over time. It is, however, less than many Porsche 911s, and is a Ferrari.