Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2013

Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2013 – Auction Report

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1953 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon
Lot # 654 1953 Mercury Monterey Station Wagon; S/N 53LA27746M; Black/Teal, Black leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – 255/125hp, 3-speed, pushbutton nadir, windshield and side window visors, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, 3-row seating, push button radio, 12-volt electrics – An interesting but not very meticulously treated car. Sound old repaint, good interior. Good chrome except for the Dagmars. Engine has been painted assembled, with some overspray. chassis and underbody are old and haven’t been apart. Wood framing is very good but panels are covered in wood grain shelf paper, then hit with fine sandpaper to knock down the shelf paper look. It has style, but the details are seriously lacking. William Munday Collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2008 for $49,500, then at RM’s Charlie Thomas auction last October for $44,000. The result here is a home run in more ways than one. This is an intrinsically attractive car, but its presentation displays more than a few shortcuts that make this a generous price.
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible
Lot # 655 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible; S/N WDBBA45A0CB018200; China Blue, Marine Blue hardtop/Blue leather; Blue top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $22,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,750. No Reserve – Automatic, P/S, P/B, two tops, Becker Europa AM-FM, chromed later M-B wheels, Bridgestone blackwall radial tires – Good repaint and polished chrome. Sound, redyed and slightly soiled original leather. Old undercoat on underbody. A sound driver in attractive colors. William Munday Collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2011 for $36,300, the price here is a third less, but no less than this shallow presentation warrants.
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 656 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194678S427221; LeMans Blue/Medium Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – 327/350hp, 4-speed, Positraction, P/S, P/B, AM-FM, two tops, Rally wheels with trim rings, red line tires, luggage rack, woodgrain steering wheel – Overspray in wheel wells. An older cosmetic restoration with good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody has old undercoat. Looks like a sound, solid old car that needed little, and got what it needed. William Munday Collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2011 for $37,950. It would have been a better value in its present condition at $22,000.
1956 DeSoto Fireflite 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 657 1956 DeSoto Fireflite 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 62050931; Coral, Metallic Grey/White leather, Lavender cloth; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $36,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,150. No Reserve – 330/255hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, P/W, pushbutton radio, dual outside minors, dual rear antennas – A quality older restoration with very attractive cosmetics. Engine and underbody show a little age but little if any use. William Munday Collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2008 for $60,500, the price today is a bargain for a rare ‘Forward Look’ big fin DeSoto. This car exudes presence and will never fail to make an impression wherever it appears. It is a really good value at this price for both its inherent style and its quality older restoration.
1969 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 663 1969 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N FJ4067226; Ivory/Green leatherette; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,600. No Reserve – Warn front hubs, removable hardtop, facing rear seats, heater, rear-mounted spare – Freshly restored to very presentable, nearly like new, standards. There are a few paint flaws but they won’t be noticed when it’s covered in mud. – Rapidly climbing in value, FJ-40 Land Cruisers are quickly establishing themselves as a popular segment. They’ll go pretty much anywhere a Range Rover or Jeep CJ will and do it with Toyota reliability. Restored to nearly showroom condition this ’69 FJ-40 brought a responsible price that recognizes the model’s current popularity.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible
Lot # 707 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 138677B131955; Butternut Yellow/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $46,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,150. No Reserve – 396/375hp, 4-speed, buckets and console, Rally wheels with time rings, red line tires, pushbutton radio – Good paint, chrome and interior. Frame and underbody stripped and repainted but not disassembled. Dirty heater controls. Looks like it was rushed to completion. – This Chevelle is described as a ‘Rotisserie restoration’, a term that has two possible meanings. One is stripped to the frame and completely nut-and-bold restored. The other is with the body and frame left assembled. This Chevelle SS appears to be the latter, and then pushed to get it done for the auction, or to meet a price. It’s not very satisfying, with some details left unaddressed in final assembly like the dash controls. There’s no representation that its present 396/375hp aluminum heads configuration is as it was built. Under the circumstances the consignor did well to get this much.
1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Safari 23-Window Samba Micro Bus
Lot # 730 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Safari 23-Window Samba Micro Bus; S/N 1137682; Pale Green, Cream-Green/Green leatherette; Modified restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. No Reserve – Cassette stereo, clock, 3-row seating, opening Safari front and rear windows, folding sunroof, painted bumpers, 2,005cc 140hp VW crate engine (original rebuilt 1,500cc engine included), hubcaps, whitewalls – Done everywhere to very high standards of detail and cosmetics. All new rubber. – Whoof! This is a beautiful 23-window, but a mind-bending price for it.
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # 732 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH395729; Colonial White/Brown vinyl; Beige cloth top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $73,700. No Reserve – 312/245hp, overdrive 3-speed, chrome wire wheels, P/B, Town & Country radio, whitewalls, engine dressup, chrome wire spare – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Sharp, fresh restoration and better than new without being egregiously excessive. – Sold at Mecum Kissimmee in 2010 for $82,680, then at Mecum Indy last May for $49,820, the latter transaction being hard to explain. This is a beautiful, better than new, ’57 T-bird and a magnanimous price that recognizes how attractively it was presented. A choice piece, but it brought a premium price.
1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan
Lot # 733 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible Sedan; S/N 3Y86N424299; Black/Black leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $82,500. No Reserve – Shiny new paint with some orange peel not sanded out. Excellent new interior. Gauges are disappointing and steering wheel is cracked. Engine compartment is pretty on top but the rest of the chassis is oily and covered in road grunge. Windshield and side trim are brightly polished but window frames are scuffed. An auction car. – When the definition of ‘auction car’ is written this Continental should be the pictured example. The paint and chrome are beautiful and the fresh, supple black leather interior invites fondling (both in and of it). The top of the engine compartment is succulent. The rest of the car borders on gross. There were no mirrors under this Continental, and for good reason. The bidders were beguiled by the presence – and make no mistake, it was gorgeous – but got far less than full value for this exceptional price.

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  1. Hey Rick….enjoyed your report….there was a 1963 Chevy II Nova convertible sold and I’d like to contact the person who bought the car and I have no idea how to….any help poimting me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated….lee

  2. Lee,
    The only way to do that is to contact Barrett-Jackson. They’ll probably ask you, “Why?”
    Then they’ll contact the buyer and give him your contact information so he/she can call you.
    It’s a little convoluted, but if you were the buyer you’d probably want your privacy protected, and B-J (or any other auction company) doesn’t want to disclose their clients’ identities.
    Good luck.
    Rick