Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2016 – Auction Report Page Five

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Lot # 478 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet; S/N 11102712001947; Metallic Blue/Blue leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $245,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $269,500 – Automatic, Behr air conditioning, power windows, Becker Europa AM-FM, body color accented wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fog lights, power steering, power brakes. – Superficial recent clearcoat repaint largely unmasked with overspray in the engine compartment. Curdled dashtop wood varnish. Weak trim chrome. Filthy original engine compartment. Mostly sound original upholstery except for some seam pulls and sun rotted rear seatback. Why it was painted is an enigma. – A truly disappointing 3.5 that is in no way usable as it is yet brought a restored car price. The buyer must see in his or her mind’s eye the spectacular thing it can become, but only after spending a quarter million dollars on it. A truly disappointing 3.5 that is in no way usable as it is yet brought a competently cosmetically restored car price. The buyer must see in his or her mind’s eye the spectacular thing it can become, but only after spending a quarter million dollars on it. There is no way even to start on this car without ending up with it ‘while you’re at it’ in a pile of parts, each of them needing hours of careful attention. It would not have been reasonably bought at the low estimate. At this price it is a hopeless project that will end in tears and recriminations.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 487 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 11102610000524; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $96,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $105,600 – 4-speed, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, Euro headlights, fog lights, Behr air conditioning, headrests, Becker Europa AM-FM, wheel covers with body color accents, narrow whitewalls, power windows – Painted assembled with some detail oversights. Good original interior and redone wood, dirty dash bezels, clear gauges. Red paint dust residue on the shift lever boot. Sound major chrome but the usual thin Mercedes trim brightwork. Engine compartment has been cleaned up but not restored. Doors and trunk fit impressively flush and evenly – In 2004 this car sold for $14,580 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Some of its cosmetics may [probably] have been redone since then. It’s difficult to argue with its technical specs, particularly the 4-speed, and impossible to argue with its price today. It is a potentially great car, largely left alone but maintained, that exudes confidence in its care and presentation.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet
Lot # 489 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet; S/N 11102512001849; Light Ivory/Cognac leather; Brown cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $120,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $137,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $150,700 – Automatic, power windows, power steering, power brakes, Becker Grand Prix AM-FM, body color accented wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, headrest seats, air conditioning. – Sound clearcoat repaint with some body shop flaws. Very good fresh upholstery, trim, carpets, instruments and dashboard burl wood facing. Dashtop wood is done but not very well. Underbody is original and very good for its age. – The 280SE six is forty horsepower down on its V8 counterpart 280 SE 3.5, but the difference in performance is unlikely to be noticed the way these cars are used today. And 160hp isn’t exactly chopped liver. The Ft. Lauderdale bidders recognized the trade-off and accorded this sound and competently presented 280SE Cab with a superior price.
1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback
Lot # 495 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S472; White, Blue stripes/Black leatherette; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $286,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $314,600 – 289/306hp, 4-speed, 9″ rear end, 5-spoke Shelby wheels, Goodyear Power Cushion blackwalls, dashtop gauges. – Quality, paint, chrome and interior. Very good door fits, slightly bowed hood, deck lid stands slightly proud. Crisp gauges, lightly scratched wood steering wheel rim. – Sold by Russo and Steele in Arizona twelve years ago for $82,080, this is still a quality GT350 and it brought a modest price for a quality GT350.
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
Lot # 504 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4; S/N 14769; Red/Black leather; Estimate $675,000 – $725,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $590,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $649,000 – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X tires, Veglia air conditioning, Becker Mexico cassette stereo. – 78,068 miles. Fresh repaint that should have been better finished along some of the body edges. Good new upholstery and carpets. Underbody got some new undercoat. Engine compartment is orderly and clean. Cosmetically restored to attractive touring standards. – Here’s the Daytona value curve, in the flesh: sold by RM in Arizona last year for $715,000, then by Mecum at Indy four months later for $837,000 and $649,000 here. Attractively presented but not excessively detailed, this is a ‘driver’ Daytona. It has some issues and they are easily resolved but the way prices are going [Daytonas are not rare cars] are they worth addressing? Bought by a dealer who thinks otherwise, time will tell.
1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe
Lot # 508 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe; S/N 13471; Black/Black leather; Estimate $240,000 – $280,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $215,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $236,500 – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin X tires, Blaupunkt multiband radio, headlight covers, power windows. – The interior trim is aged but the original seat upholstery is good. Paint and major chrome are good, trim chrome is mixed. Engine compartment has been done to better than driver standards and shows only a little age and use. Doors, hood and deck lid fit well but the rear edge of the deck lid has some paint buildup. A very usable driver that will not embarrass the owner when the hood is raised. – Someone observed that the Queen Mother 365 GT 2+2 is ‘the new entry-level Enzo-era Ferrari’. Fair enough, and a car that will accommodate a four-person Millennial family with way more performance and comfort than a GTE at twice the price.
1931 Packard DeLuxe Eight Coupe Roadster
Lot # 511 1931 Packard DeLuxe Eight Coupe Roadster; S/N 4796; Cream, Black fenders and accent/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $140,000 – $170,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000 – Rumble seat, luggage trunk, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Trippe lights, radiator stoneguard, Depress Beam headlights, firewall number 138253. – Good older paint, chrome, interior and top. A quality older concours restoration showing years but little use. Titled by the body number. – This is a highly satisfying Packard, a mellowed older restoration that still presents well and is in attractive colors that have come back into fashion since it was done. The new owner was to say the least enthusiastic about it, while loading it up with his wife’s shopping bags from Bergdorfs and other premium venues. A choice automobile that will be a joy to show off and drive.
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible
Lot # 512 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible; S/N HBJ8L40852; Gold/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Estimate $65,000 – $75,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,750 – Chrome wire wheels, Nexen radials, Audiovox cassette stereo, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, overdrive. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and gauges. Underbody is restored like new. As good as it gets with a few years on the restoration. – This would have been a nearly, if not over, six-figure car a few years ago but the froth is off Big Healeys and today this is a realistic price.