Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2013 – Auction Report Page Two Lot # 344 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 963D19589; Engine # 446703 YD; Red/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $15,400. No Reserve – Single 4-barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, chrome Cragar S/S wheels, Turbo-Tech blackwall radial tires, AM-FM, buckets and console with vacuum gauge, remote driver’s fender mirror – Fair repaint with a little dirt left in for texture, good chrome and interior. Engine compartment casually covered in a coat of blown-on engine black. Underbody and chassis got the same superficial treatment. An auction car. – The YD engine is a later block, 389 or 400 cubic inch 290hp, not a ’63, and tires called ‘Turbo-Tech’ or dirt in the paint are never good signs. It is, however, a ’63 Grand Prix, one of Detroit’s best designs with clean, pure lines saved from chrome growths, a Pontiac statement that should have been remembered when they grafted on plastic sarcomas in later decades. The bidders recognized this car for what it was and were appropriately restrained in their bidding. Lot # 347 1972 Ford Ranchero Pickup; S/N 2A47F266122; Gold, Black vinyl roof/Gold vinyl, cloth; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. No Reserve – 351/153hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, Magnum wheels, G70-14 Polyglas tires, pushbutton radio, remote spotlight – 1997 AACA National First Prize winner with a claimed 40,882 miles from new. Restored like new with very good clearcoat paint, chrome and interior. Sharp, clean underbody. Said to be one owner from new. – This is just a really nice Ranchero, not messed up, although the car card says it’s a 302 but the VIN indicates a 351 and it claims original paint. Maybe the clearcoat was added later to protect it. In any event it is a classic Ranchero at a decidedly modest price for its quality and presentation. Lot # 396 1941 Chevrolet AK 1/2 Ton Pickup; S/N 5AK102924; Swifts Red, Black fenders/Brown leatherette; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. No Reserve – Later 235 cubic inch six, Fenton headers, 4-speed, dual outside mirrors, opening windshield, turn signals, heater, headlight visors, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewalls, chrome bumpers – Much better than most pickups. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Thoroughly done to factory standards. Shows a little age and use but easily detailed back to showroom condition. – A sweet Chevy pickup done to very high standards throughout. The later engine will pull better, and the Fenton headers sound better. This is a premium truck at a deserved premium price that brings its new owner full value for money. Lot # 397 1967 Fiat Dino Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N 135AC0000651; Red/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050. No Reserve – Blaupunkt Aspen cassette stereo, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, P/W, Cromodora wheels with mismatched front and rear tires – Hood has a big rust pustule in the left front corner but otherwise no evidence of rot. Underbody is original with some Red overspray Glass, body gaskets and window seals are good. Paint, chrome and interior are sound and presentable. – Sold by RM at Amelia in 2008 for $30,800, then at Ft. Lauderdale in 2011 for $27,500 and offered two weeks ago at Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale where it no-saled at $25,000. The wait didn’t get the seller much. Ferrari Dinos may be taking off into stratospheric prices but it hasn’t leaked down to Fiat Dinos yet, at least not auction-car Fiat Dinos like this. The seller should be satisfied with this result. Lot # 398 1958 Volkswagen Type 2 Deluxe Microbus 15-window; S/N 357517; Palm Green, Sand Green/Cream vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. No Reserve – Safari windshield, walk-through front seats, hubcaps, whitewalls, Olive Green wheels, 3-row seating, clock, antenna but no radio – Cosmetically restored with good paint, chrome and interior. Floor pan done when it’s visible but not deeper down. Lower body filled and chipped at left panel joint. Doors filled and puffy. An attractive driver but not reassuring in its presentation. – Looks good at five feet, and probably looks good on the road but less than fastidiously restored and amply Bondo-ed, this is an auction car (van?, bus?) built to a budget. That and its paucity of windows makes this a generous price. Lot # 400 1959 MG A Roadster; S/N GHNL70760; Black/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $25,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,050. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, luggage rack, 1,800cc engine, two barrel downdraft Weber carb on TWM intake, wood instrument panel – Good paint, chrome and interior. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Clean underbody with old undercoat. A neatly presented and pretty MGA driver. – The solution to moderate MG A performance is an 1,800cc MG B engine, although while doing it a more attractive (if not more efficient) solution to carburetion could be found than the Weber downdraft. The bidders appropriately discounted the restoration’s accuracy but gave no recognition to the improved performance. The new owner got more performance than the price paid indicates as well as a quality restoration, a good value in the end. Lot # 433 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Convertible; S/N 124679N652000; Ermine White, Black accent/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $43,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $47,300. No Reserve – 396/375hp, 4-speed, Positraction, P/B, no P/S, pushbutton radio, Superstock wheels with trim rings and Wide Oval tires, console gauges, rear deck spoiler, front air dam – An indifferent old cosmetic restoration with decent paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment and underbody show age and sketchy attention to details. Steering column badly scratched by hanging keys. No visible engine number or documentation. – This Camaro SS 396 crossed the block twice at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January with high bids of $35,000 on Wednesday and $40,000 on Saturday. It was worth the wait to come here for the seller, but the buyer’s in Kissimmee may have had a better perspective on this Camaro’s restoration and presentation. Lot # 434 1971 Buick GS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 434371H145966; Gold, Matte Black hood stripes/Black; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $27,500. No Reserve – 350/, Ram Air hood and air cleaner, automatic, P/B, P/S, P/W, console, hood tach, limited slip, AM-FM, black steel wheels, hubcaps, red line tires – Superficially redone with numerous shortcuts and flaws. Good repaint and very good interior. Thin bumper chrome, pitted hood edge trim. Underbody repainted to decent standards. Good gauges and instrument panel but much flawed, dirty interior trim. Tidy underhood. Represented as matching numbers. Not a reassuring Buick. – A dress-up job by Buick to give GS presence to an anemic 350/260hp powered car. That trivial approach carried through the restoration, such as it is, of this GS, a car with many shortcuts and shortcomings that played on its aggressive presence and rarity (124 built, probably because even in 1971 no one was fooled by the absence of performance to back up its pretense) to appeal to auction bidders. It looked good under the auction lights, but no one was fooled by its lack of substance and it brought an appropriately modest price. Lot # 437 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 20867S112579; White/Red; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. No Reserve – 327/340hp, 4-speed, WonderBar-style AM-FM radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls – Restored to sound driver standards with an un-numbered replacement block. Shows age and use but should still be an enjoyable weekend and event car. – Offered at Mecum Kissimmee in January with a high bid of just $39,000, this Corvette found a welcome audience in Palm Beach and brought its consignor a home run. There’s no way of telling whether the ‘327/340’ engine now represented to be under the hood is what it came from St. Louis with, or even if it is ‘327/340’ configuration. This is a more than ample price to pay for the uncertainty.