Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report

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1958 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 434 1958 Pontiac Bonneville 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N K558H2572; Light Green, Metallic Green roof and accent/Light Green vinyl, Green cloth; Estimate $62,000 – $68,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000 – 370/330hp, Tri-Power, automatic, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, rear antenna. – Good older paint, chrome and interior holding up very well. Underbody has some evidence of light use and age. Doors, hood and trunk fit very well. No longer a show car, but a superb driver. – The swoon of Fifties American autos is apparent in this Bonneville’s result. It has just about everything that could be desired in a ’58 American anything, like style, power and chrome. The triple green livery is rare, if not unique with the other options on this Bonneville, and has real presence. Its price is no more or less than what it should have brought.
1962 Ford Galaxie 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 458 1962 Ford Galaxie 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2G51B140817; White/White vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $21,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,650 – 406/385hp, single 4-barrel, 4-speed, bench seat, heater, Sun 90 degree tach on steering column along with a big oil pressure gauge, electronic ignition module, body color wheels, hubcaps, Radial T/A tires. – Old repaint applied over older paint. Sound older interior and major chrome, pitted cast trim pieces, badly scratched door handles. Dusty and aged underneath. Probably too good to restore but needs much attention. – Does anyone care about condition when the hood is opened? It’s not the ultimate 406, but it’s a reasonable facsimile and has a 4-speed. On cruise night few if any cars will attract as much attention, or lay down strips of rubber as long as this Galaxie’s skinny tires. It brought appropriate money for its condition, but is modestly priced for its bragging rights.
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # 460 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 149506495; Grey/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800 – Silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Radial T/A tires, no radio. – Very good paint except for some poor finishing on the windowsills. Very good chrome and interior. Wheel wells have been undercoated assembled. Engine compartment and chassis are not up to the standards of the exterior but are orderly and usable. – A thoroughly usable Giulietta, renowned for its intuitive handling and the willing little (if undercarbureted and under-cammed) engine. The color scheme is a significant difference from the usual red/black and makes the car stand out from the crowd. It brought an Alfa Romeo discount from a comparable Porsche 356 (not to mention being 1/5th the cost of a Speedster), a realistic result. The new owner will get to meet Alfa people, too, a meaningful benefit to Alfa ownership.
1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider
Lot # 461 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi Spider; S/N ZFFAA02A6B0037145; Silver-Grey, Black leatherette roof panel/Black leather; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800 – TRX tires, air conditioning, Sony CD stereo. – Clearcoat repaint with some edge buildup, bubbles around the radio antenna, chip on the right front fender. Very good interior, trim and carpets. Recent belt service. The bottom of the engine, though, is grimy and oily. Wheel wells have been resprayed with undercoat. Babied, but not pristine. – With its recent belt service this 308 GTSi stands out among the many in Auctions America’s Ft. Lauderdale auction, yet it brought no more money than others that were not comparably babied. It’s a good value.
1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # 463 1955 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N VE55S001545; Red/Beige vinyl; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 – $110,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $69,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $75,900 – 265/195hp, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls. – Good chrome and interior. Paint is sound but has a number of flaws, including chips under the left side of the windshield frame. Replacement dual circuit brake master cylinder. Some errant wires under the hood. It is a ’55 Corvette driver, a rare animal. – Offered at Auburn Fall six months ago with a reported high bid of $72,500 and sold here reasonably. The ’55 Corvette is a choice combination of the original Corvette roadster style and the new lightweight small block V-8. Produced in only a few (700) units, it is among the most rare of Corvettes, but largely overlooked. This one brought a deserved price. The dual circuit brakes won’t satisfy a Corvette purist but make it a more safe and reliable driver, appropriate to its restoration and presentation.
1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster
Lot # 464 1959 MG A Twin Cam Roadster; S/N YD31288; Black/Red vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $57,500 – Dunlop centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin X tires, no top, Le Carra steering wheel. – Poor old repaint barely up to Earl Scheib’s standards. Dirty engine and chassis. Sound upholstery, fair chrome. Panels fit well and the car is dry and sound but in need of a full restoration, for which it is ideally suited. – MG A Twin Cam prices are all over the lot, but even at that this rough, tired, sloppily painted Twin Cam brought an heroic bid for its condition. It might claim an ‘originality’ premium, except originality has been lost with the crappy repaint. It’s a restoration project (or a candidate for historic racing now that the Twin Cam’s reliability issues have been resolved with a half century’s experience) and could have been sold for half the reported high bid.
1964 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible
Lot # 466 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Convertible; S/N 4H15F141899; Grey/Black vinyl; Charcoal cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $30,000; Customized restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,727 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,000 – 351 V8, 4-barrel, floor shift automatic, white plastic rim Grant steering wheel, bench seat, white plastic dashboard, beige padded dashtop, power steering, 17 inch SM chromed alloy wheels, Fuzion tires. – Weak repaint applied over old paint and visible prep work. Painted assembled. Fair chrome. Done to a small budget with limited taste. Charity sale with all proceeds including buyer’s premium to benefit the Broward County Boys and Girls Clubs. – Offered at Mecum Indy last May where it was reported bid to $18,500, then sold at Auburn Fall for $20,075. Its tacky big wheels didn’t do anything for its appearance and is a car that would have been better served with a set of stock wheels. Its price is a ‘charity sale’ in more ways than just the disbursement of proceeds.
1948 Tucker 48 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # 470 1948 Tucker 48 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 1052; Ruby Red/Beige broadcloth; Estimate $950,000 – $1,250,000; Older restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $850,000 – Completed on a bare, running chassis after Tucker closed. Concours quality. – This reconstructed Tucker drew the biggest crowd in Ft. Lauderdale. People still respond to the legend even though the car itself was reconstructed from a pile of parts on an original, running test chassis. The workmanship is as fine as it gets and its presentation, if a little aged, is still above reproach in any material respect. A showpiece, but an expensive one.