Barrett-Jackson Reno 2013 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights Reno 2013 – Auction Report Page Three

1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible
Lot # 645 1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 Convertible; S/N 598W08090; white/Brown, Beige leatherette; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $39,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $42,900. No Reserve – 394/315hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, heater, aftermarket A/C, skirts, dual outside mirrors, wheel covers, whitewalls – A good five year old restoration with miles showing on the chassis and underbody. Paint, chrome and interior are good. Hood is slightly bowed; doors and trunk fit well. – When it comes to extravagant, big, lavishly bedecked cars the 1959 Oldsmobile is at the head of the list. It’s excess in steel and chrome, which makes them so appreciated by collectors. Drive one and feel Fifties – when everything was possible. This Olds sold at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld in 2004 for $22,140 before its restoration. It’s a sound and presentable, if not exceptional, car as offered here and brought a reasonable price. But, the new owner will feel very good driving it.
1926 Ford Model T Roadster Custom
Lot # 646 1926 Ford Model T Roadster Custom; S/N TT13444904; Melon Yellow Pearl/White Pearl; No top; Customized restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. No Reserve – 351/325hp Ford Windsor, automatic, 4-wheel disc brakes, chrome transverse leaf spring suspension, stretched wheelbase and steel body – ‘Golden Era’, an extreme show rod by Rick Dore, particularly the shaped nose. Show quality everywhere. – Sold at Mecum’s Indy sale in 2012 for $30,201, then at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in April of this year for $46,200, this show rod is done to the highest standards and shows no use at all. It is, to be fair, derivative of Sixties style roadsters but done so well and with such meticulous attention to detail that it brings the whole concept to a new level. The price is half or less what a similar Sixties-built rod would bring. On the streets of Hot August Nights or similar events it will be a fan favorite and for that it is a sound value.
1951 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
Lot # 665 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible; S/N 5162100054; Red/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,300. No Reserve – Automatic, P/S, wheelcovers, whitewall tires, skirts, chrome ring continental kit, P/W, pushbutton radio – Auction car painted assembled and erratically wet sanded with multiple areas left untouched. Engine cleaned then hit with rattle cans of blue. Chrome sparkles and interior is new. Cracked steering wheel rim. Overspray in wheel wells. A car best avoided with little to recommend it. – One step above despicable. One step below reasonably priced.
1958 GMC Suburban Napco 4X4
Lot # 680 1958 GMC Suburban Napco 4X4; S/N 101PS1929A; Turquoise Blue, White roof/White, Turquoise Blue vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – NAPCO 4-wheel drive, Warn front hubs, Fleetmaster Deep Lug tires, 3-row seating, windshield visor, dual outside mirrors, radio, heater – Restored like new with excellent paint, bodywork, chrome, interior and dashboard. A showpiece, rare truck. – A really impressively restored and presented vehicle, fresh and done to the nines. Most NAPCOs were used up and abandoned where they last broke after years of heavy industrial use. They’re coming back into favor among collectors who value their honest, sincere, industrial configuration. Drive your kids to school in this lumpy NAPCO and rows of modern SUVs will cringe in submission. This is no more than a reasonable price for this GMC NAPCO Suburban’s ominous presence and exceptional restoration.
1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible
Lot # 684.1 1970 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible; S/N 344670E108232; Sherwood Green, White stripes/Parchment vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – L31 455/365hp, M22 4-speed, chrome rim SS wheels, F70-14 Polyglas tires, 3.42 limited slip, P/S, P/B, Hurst shifter, bucket seats, no console, AM-FM – Freshly restored better than new without going over the top. Excellent clear coat paint, bright chrome and stainless, accurate underhood finishes. A highly impressive example documented with its build sheet. – With 365 horsepower the L31 was no slouch but it was its 510 lb-ft of torque that made it something to be reckoned with, particularly on the street where it would obliterate a city block while more powerful but higher revving engines were still winding up to their useful power range. This is a very good, desirably equipped example with lots going for it, not least its thorough restoration. It was offered earlier this year at Mecum Kissimmee without selling but found a new home at a very reasonable price here at B-J Reno.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # 694 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57B240608; Red/Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800. No Reserve – 283/220hp, Powerglide, P/S, pushbutton radio, dual rear antennas, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, power top – Good older restoration with very good paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is nicely detailed and clean but showing a little age. – This Bel Air was offered at the Hershey auction in 2003, fresh from restoration. Its odometer today shows just 36 more miles than it did then. It was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction earlier this year for $70,400, appropriately congruent with its result here in Reno.
1949 Mercury 9CM 2-Dr. Station Wagon
Lot # 698 1949 Mercury 9CM 2-Dr. Station Wagon; S/N 9CM46028; Metallic Blue/Saddle leatherette; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $76,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $83,600. No Reserve – 255110/hp, overdrive 3-speed, Fenton headers, dual exhaust, three row seating, hubcaps, sombrero trim rings, windshield visor, enclosed rear spare, clock, heater, pushbutton radio – Represented as 37,100 miles from new. Good repaint, chrome and interior. Very good exterior wood with some seam gaps and looks original. Good interior wood and woodgrain paint. Underbody is not to the same standards but is appropriate to the 37,100 miles. – A car that fits no formula. Highly original, sympathetic cosmetic attention, sound wood, desirably equipped: this is one sweet Mercury wagon that brought a price finely calculated to its desirable attributes. It is expensive, but it is full value for the price it brought.
1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Lot # 699 1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible; S/N 01867F249524; Engine # F0607D; Metallic Blue/Blue houndstooth; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. No Reserve – 283/170hp, 2-barrel, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, electric wiper, heater, pushbutton radio, power top, bench seat – 34,819 miles, original, thoroughly detailed and better than many, even most, restored cars. A real showpiece whether on the street or the show field. – There isn’t much special about this ’60 Impala Convertible, the kind of car a dealer would order to fill up inventory and have a convertible available on a whim, but its originality, low miles and exceptional condition elevate it far beyond what its specifications and options would otherwise warrant. It is impossible to argue with the opinion of the Reno bidders on this Impala.
1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible
Lot # 699.1 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Convertible; S/N 344679M325898; Trophy Blue, White stripes/Parchment vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. No Reserve – 400/360hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, buckets and console, AM-FM, chrome rim SS wheels, Wide Oval tires, P/S, P/B, A/C, P/W, power locks, tilt steering column – Freshly restored to showroom condition with excellent clear coat paint, bright chrome and stainless and sharp interior. Engine and chassis are restored and tagged like they came from the factory. – A sharp, clean, beautifully restored 4-4-2 Convertible that brought an appropriate price for its many positive attributes.