Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 15-20, 2013
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Every year Barrett-Jackson’s WestWorld show changes. It is the one predictable element in the strategy of Craig Jackson, Steven Davis, Gary Bennett and Phil Neri.
Maybe the most surprising change in 2013 was the re-appearance of Chrysler’s SRT brand. Last seen at WestWorld years ago, Mopar was supplanted by Ford Motor Company. Then General Motors bought into the WestWorld experience with a presence that has steadily increased – although Ford remains the Big Dog at the main entrance. Mopar moved over to Russo and Steele for a few years, then its presence evaporated entirely, only to bubble back up as a second level Barrett-Jackson sponsor this year.
It’s no small accomplishment that Barrett-Jackson can attract and hold all three major US auto manufacturers as sponsors, two of them with major footprints, at the same event, and ample evidence of the commercial success of a Barrett-Jackson WestWorld presence.
In the auction tent it was the burgeoning presence of the Salon Collection that created buzz. Started last year, the Salon features classics and high end sports, muscle and pony cars, re-establishing some of the high end excitement that marked Barrett-Jackson long ago but had been subsumed by the intense focus on middle market and low end collector car that were accessible to Barrett-Jackson’s vast SPEED TV audience.
Barrett-Jackson gives the Salon cars feature placement online, in the event program, with prime placement at the front of the main preview tent and by accepting reserves on a few Salon consignments.
Far more important, however, Barrett-Jackson puts them in the coveted Saturday ‘Prime Time’ slot beginning at 5PM, The firmly established time and place for the auction’s premier consignments means consignors no longer have to sweat over ‘Prime Time’ lot numbers that slip into late evening – or early nighttime. Bidders, who may be tracking cars at other auctions, know when to be in the Barrett-Jackson Big Top. And, never to be overlooked, the producers at SPEED TV can build anticipation for the Salon Collection and deliver it to viewers in a fixed time slot.
Does it work? Oh, yeah.
Nine of the Salon Collection cars brought successful hammer bids of $1 million or more. They sold for an aggregate of $17,545,000, 16.8% of the new record total sale at Barrett-Jackson of $104,726,490. The Salon Collection’s contribution coupled with a strong consignment of high end cars in the auction’s normal docket and contributed to the seeming dichotomy of the median sale declining to $44,000 (from $48,400 last year) but the average jumping to $80,066, up 14.6% from 2012’s $69,871.
In other words, the 2013 Barrett-Jackson consignment was much stronger among upper middle market cars, or, in the alternative, bidders were flush with cash and willing to spend it on higher quality cars.
Barrett-Jackson has consistently innovated with new concepts. Craig Jackson and his team have been unafraid to tinkering with a good (a very good) thing in the interest of generating more excitement, more interest and in the final analysis more money. That’s an important part of the reason some 300,000 spectators walked through the WestWorld gates paying up to $55 for an adult day ticket (on Saturday.)
A lot of them came to see the Batmobile, too, and weren’t disappointed when it sold on Saturday evening for a mind-bending $4,620,000.
There’s always something new at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, including a new venue replacing the Orange County Fairgrounds location with a sale in Reno during Hot August Nights. Combine that with a jaunt out onto the Bonneville salt flats and Monterey and the August schedule becomes as fraught as January.
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Lot # 2 2013 John Deere Replica Model G 1/4 Scale Tractor Replica; S/N 06MLT; Green, Yellow/Yellow seat; Non-factory replica, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $6,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,150. No Reserve – Two-cylinder diesel, electric start, power takeoff. – Decent cosmetics, like a tractor. Incredibly cute and less than people pay for lawn tractors.
Lot # 99 2009 Dodge Regent Speed Energy NASCAR Replica 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N A5GBHU2WA91400010; Black/Black cloth; Original, with non-original appearance items, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. No Reserve – 295/20R20 tires and chrome wheels, two seats, roll cage, no carpet, V-8 crate engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-speed. – Lowered, reskinned, no doors. Decent paint. Clean and presentable but not fresh. A Dodge show car built for active demonstrations in NASCAR Car of Tomorrow configuration. Not emissions legal in Nevada. A snazzy street rod ready to be re-vinyled with your very own race driver’s livery (if he happens to have driven a Dodge.) It is actually a pretty cool thing and worth at least as much as it brought on Tuesday if only for the fun and in-your-face attitude.
Lot # 321 1965 Ford Falcon 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 5H01T255061; Wimbledon White/Brigs vinyl, cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $7,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $7,700. No Reserve – Pushbutton radio, underdash CD stereo, no wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – A quick cosmetic redo with decent paint, chrome and interior. It’s amazing that a Ford Falcon has become a ‘collector car’ but nothing better demonstrates the breadth and depth of the hobby. There are better ways to spend $7,700, but few of them will get the same smiles as this Falcon.
Lot # 335 1968 Buick Skylark Custom Convertible; S/N 444678H342710; Red/Tan vinyl; Beige vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $14,300. No Reserve – Chrome Cragar S/S wheels, narrow whitewalls, CD stereo. – Fair repaint, interior, top and chrome. Driver’s seat seam tom. Grubby dashboard, underbody and chassis quickly redone. A marginal driver. A moderately nasty car that the seller should be very happy to trade for this much money.
Lot # 435 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-Dr. Hardtop Custom; S/N 6031833; Black/Red, Black leather; Customized restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve – Bucket seats, 4-wheel disc brakes, CD stereo, wheel covers, red line tires, tilt steering column, Grant leather rim steering wheel. – Good paint and chrome, very good interior. Chassis and underbody done, but not to the same standards as the interior. A very presentable and usable car. Reported sold by Russo and Steele in Monterey in August 2012 for $30,250. A tough way to make a buck.
Lot # 615 1918 Cadillac Type 57 Victoria Sedan; S/N 57PP976; Blue, Black fenders/Brown broadcloth; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $26,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,150. No Reserve – White artillery wheels, whitewall tires, Klaxon electric horn, tinted glass windshield visor, dual rear spares, hinged steering wheel. – GM Collection. Fair older restoration. Sound paint and chrome (not nickel). Upholstery is aged and coming loose. Chassis and engine are orderly and tidy but show age. Some attention will make it much better. Cadillac quality and V-8 power for Model T money. The coachwork is pretty coach-ish and not pretty but gives the driver SUV-like visibility over traffic to prepare for using the two-wheel brakes. Needs some work but it is easily addressed and not complicated. When done this will attract plenty of favorable attention. A sound value.
Lot # 707 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cale Yarborough Race Car; S/N BP7964R; White, Red, Blue stripe/Black vinyl; Competition restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $22,000. No Reserve – 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass built by Banjo Matthews for car owner Junior Johnson and driven by Cale Yarborough in his NASCAR Championship year of 1978. Certified by crew chief Travis Carter. – Good paint and chrome. Old upholstery and 5-point belts. A real vintage NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National car. One of a vanishing breed of NASCAR Cup racers actually based on real cars. One look at this old clunker and it’s manifest that their drivers had to be surpassingly brave to run them at 200 mph speeds. Bought for less than a contemporary NASCAR racer, and a very good value in a car of a bygone age.
Lot # 741 1930 DeSoto Model K Roadster; S/N K62348; Yellow, Brown fenders and accent/Black leatherette; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $32,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $35,200. No Reserve – Red wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with chrome rings and mirrors, fog lights, radiator stoneguard, rumble seat, luggage rack, wind wings. – Fair old repaint, good chrome, interior and top. Chassis is aged and used. A decent but ordinary driver. Sold by Auctions America at Fall Auburn in September for $24,750, the seller did well with it here at WestWorld. You never can tell what’ll ring the bell with B-J bidders.
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Lot # 912 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero Pickup; S/N 4R27U164133; Wimbledon White/Red vinyl, cloth; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. No Reserve – 289 V-8, Tremec 5-speed, 9 inch Ford axle with 3.73 Traction-Lok, 4-wheel disc brakes, 5-spoke Torque-Thrust style wheels, blackwalls, CD stereo, black vinyl bed cover, woodrim steering wheel. – Fair repaint and chrome trim. Good major chrome and upholstery. Erratic door fit. As good as it needs to be. Very good underhood but the 289 V-8 that resides there replaced the 170 cubic inch 101 hp six that came from the factory. A handful to drive, but also promises to be a lot of fun. A bed load of concrete blocks might make it hook up better. Amply priced based on its potential for good times and entertaining burnouts.
Lot # 1002 1931 Ford Model A Roadster; S/N RBT05J99410715123; Black Cherry/Red leather; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve – S-W tach, conventional headlights in chrome shells, flathead V-8 with Edelbrock heads, three Stromberg 97s on an Offenhauser intake, Mallory distributor and coil, beehive oil filter, B-W T-10 4-speed, Buick aluminum drum brakes. – Clean and sharp. Sold by RM at Monterey in 2010 for $49,500, then no-saled at Auctions America’s Fall Auburn in 2010 for $56,500 and Mecum’s Indy sale in 2012 for $37,500. Considering that B-J bidders pay six figures for modern Tupperware street rods this authentic steel bodied period-built rod is an outstanding value. It’s the real thing.
Lot # 1409 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback; S/N 9T02Q177402; Meadowlark Yellow, Matte Black hood/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $49,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $53,900. No Reserve – 428/335hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, Rally wheels, Autonav computer, Heuer watches and more old rally equipment. – 1971 SCCA National Rally champion. Original, complete and very nice. Authenticated with build sheet, invoice, titles, bills of sale, a Marti Report, letter from Ford, log book and more. Represented as numbers-matching. This is the real deal, an authentic SCCA TSD Rally Champion with all its equipment, impeccably documented and in very good condition. The new owner got a significant piece of Ford ‘Total Performance’ history at a modest price. It is much more history and performance than Shelby GT500s bringing double this money.
Lot # 1585 1993 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR #3 Original; S/N 4931012; Black, Goodwrench #3/Black; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. No Reserve – Dale Earnhardt Sr’s car for Inaugural Brickyard 400 – Raced in 1993 & 1994 – Won the 1994 Food City 500 at Bristol. As-raced. – Dented and scratched, exactly as it was when Dale Earnhardt, Sr. pulled it off the track at Bristol in the first night race there. Lumina is a forgettable GM mistake, but Dale Earnhardt, Sr. isn’t and this car, bumped, bent and bruised, is emblematic of him and his driving style. A few years ago when the Earnhardt legend was in full flower it could have brought much more than this but today it’s appealing only to a subset of collectors, and too important in its condition to be put back on track in vintage events. It could have brought more without being silly, but neither is this result unreasonable.
Lot # 1587 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Fiorano Spider; S/N ZFFXR48A8X0116504; Red/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $68,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,800. No Reserve – F1 gearbox, SF shields, red calipers. – Clean original car with 7,327 miles. Driver’s seat bolster scuffed. Good original paint and top. A good, sound F355 that appears to have been babied, but without any evidence of major service which makes this price a bit generous for an example that may need to have its engine out in the near future.
Lot # 1613 1986 Ferrari 412 Berlina; S/N ZFFYD24B000063601; Dark Grey/Parchment leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $29,700. No Reserve – Automatic, Alpine CD stereo, A/C. – Decent repaint, sound original upholstery. Dashtop delaminating. Grubby original underhood. Sold at Russo and Steele in Monterey in August for $39,600, this has been an expensive five month ownership experience. The price here is more reasonable for this car’s automatic transmission and generally unattractive condition.
Lot # 3015 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Jeff Gordon #24; S/N 24-387; Blue, Red #24 DuPont/Black; Competition restoration, 2+ condition; Charity Fundraiser, no buyer’s premium $350,000 $350,000. No Reserve – Race-winning Jeff Gordon engine. – Sold with Lot # 3015.1 with proceeds to the AARP Drive to End Hunger. Restored like new with excellent paint. Sharp, fresh and clean. Fourteen races, two wins (Chicagoland in 2006 and Charlotte in October 2007), four top fives and five top tens. Documented by Hendrick Racing. A rerun of B-J 2009 Lot #1274, a charity sale for $500,000, now accompanied by a street car replica. Presented on the block by Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick with the fanfare and excitement that B-J does best. The result is mildly disappointing, but it raised a lot of money for a good cause.
Lot # 3015.1 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Street Version Race Car; S/N 2G1WX12KXY9336792; Red, Blue/Black leather; Original, with non-original appearance items, 2- condition; Included in another lot $0. No Reserve – Automatic, gauge package, sunroof, American Racing 17″ alloy wheels, four wheel disc brakes and every option Chevrolet could add to a Monte Carlo in 2000. Jeff Gordon replica, #4 of 24 built. – Excellent paint, very good interior. Clean, shiny and nearly like near. Sold with Lot # 3015 as a pair in a charity sale for AARP’s Drive to End Hunger.
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Lot # 5001 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980405500323; Engine # 1989805500334; Silver-Grey/Dark Red leather; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,850,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,035,000. With Reserve – – Rudge wheels, Nardi steering wheel, fitted luggage, Becker Mexico radio. – Clark Gable’s Gullwing, thoroughly documented. Restored by Paul Russell to like new with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Half the money for the car, the other half for the Clark Gable history.
Lot # 5004 1934 Duesenberg Model J LWB Custom Beverly Sedan, Body by Murphy; S/N 2489; Engine # J-468; Gold, Dark Gold/Beige broadcloth, brocade; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. With Reserve – – Chrome wine wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts, rollup division, silk rear window shade, elaborately equipped rear compartment with beautiful brocade upholstery. – Documented history from new. Restored thirty years ago by Stone Barn, 1988 AACA Senior and CCCA Premier #722. Breathtakingly trimmed and equipped rear compartment. Dated colors, but, really, who cares? A magnificent automobile with a restoration that demonstrates its quality by how well it has survived. It wouldn’t get painted gold today, but there are plenty of more subtle counterpoints to the dramatic interior that will appeal to present-day fashion. A magnificent price for a magnificent car.
Lot # 5006 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Shooting Brake; S/N 67XJ; Dark Green/Black leather; Rebodied or re-created, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. No Reserve – Black painted wire wheels, blackwall tires, single sidemount, tinted glass windshield visor, three row seating. – Rebodied in the 50’s with this shooting brake coachwork. Sound paint, chrome and interior. Frame is not restored and is surface rusted. A usable driver quality Rolls-Royce shooting brake. Sold by Brooks at Quail Lodge in 2001 for $83,900 in moderately unattractive condition, offered at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction last August in the present much more attractive livery with a reported high bid of $135,000. Sold here at WestWorld for a modest price and a good value for its new owner. People pay this much for Ford woodies.
Lot # 5007 1929 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster, Body by Castagna; S/N 1535; Engine # 1482; Red, Maroon/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,320,000. With Reserve – – Grebel headlights and spotlights, polished wheel discs, whitewalls, dual rear spares, rumble seat. – One of two Castagna Roadsters, completely as built. Provenance includes D. Cameron Peck, Harrah’s and Blackhawk. Aged and used Harrah’s restoration but sound and very attractive. A choice car. Think how many rotten tomatoes got thrown at Albert Wielich got thrown at him by unemployed on food lines as he drove this imposing, elegant roadster through the Depression era streets of New York. It’s almost too good to restore again, but not quite good enough. Everything is there and its reincarnation as a concours car will be straightforward.
Lot # 5008 1913 Fiat Tipo 55 Speed Car; S/N 211; Red/Black leather; Rebodied or re-created, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $198,000. No Reserve – Monocle windshield, dual rear spares, electric lights, white artillery wheels. – Microblistered paint, aged upholstery with some cracks and tears, good brass. A massive, exciting driver. created from the whole cloth by Gary Wales. There are very few cars that give their driver and passenger the thrill of driving that this FIAT will. It has no, zip, bupkus history, but that only means it is easier to take it out on the road where it will amaze (and frighten) passersby. A thrilling car bought for a healthy but not outrageous price.
Lot # 5010 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Drophead Coupe, Body by H.J. Mulliner; S/N LSMH21; Beige/Beige leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $335,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $368,500. No Reserve – Multiband radio, body color wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, fog lights, badge bar. – 47,952 miles from new. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Old undercoat on underbody. A well maintained and fastidiously cosmetically restored car. One of seven lefthand drive Cloud I Mulliner dropheads. Old and honest, this Cloud I Drophead has miles left in it before it needs or should have a concours-quality restoration. It brought an appropriate price here at Barrett-Jackson from a somewhat surprisingly receptive audience.
Lot # 5011 1986 Porsche 959 Prototype Coupe; S/N WPOZZZ93ZFS010067; White/Gray, Red cloth; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $400,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $440,000. With Reserve – – White 5-spoke wheels, Dunlop tires. – Good original paint and interior. Like new. A legendary car, avidly sought not just by Porsche collectors but as one of the first supercars that set a new standard for technical sophistication and performance. To see one of these all wheel drive marvels raised up on its variable ride height suspension and flying over the dunes of the Paris-Dakar was a revelation. The new owner paid a healthy but entirely realistic price for this prototype, a car that’s special even among 959s.
Lot # 5013 1927 Bugatti Type 38 4-Seat Open Tourer, Body by Lavocat & Marsaud; S/N 38243; Engine # 115; Blue/Black leather; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $650,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $715,000. No Reserve – Cycle front fenders, polished wheel discs, dual rear spares, Marchal headlights, folding windshield. – Original engine, chassis, body and wood. Fresh paint on an older restored car in good overall condition. Sold to South Africa when new, then disappeared and eventually acquired by the Dragone brothers. Engine rebuilt in 2008 and recently serviced by High Mountain Classics. In effect, a 4-seat Type 35A, in excellent touring condition and remarkably complete and as-delivered throughout. In many ways it is more desirable and practical than a Type 35, with room for friends or grandchildren but all the exhilarating sensations of driving an 8-cylinder Bugatti. It’s a sound value at this price.
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Lot # 5016 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Coupe De Ville, Body by Saoutchik; S/N 815004; Light Grey, Ivory/Cream leather; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,210,000. With Reserve – – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, gold plated interior brightwork, pushbutton radio, preselector transmission. – 1949 Paris Salon displayed, then at the 1952 New York show. Provenance includes Harrah’s where it was restored for the first time, then Tom Barrett and J.B. Nethercutt. Freshly concours restored by Mike Fennel. Brilliant chrome, superb paint and upholstery. Far better than new and a stop-you-in-your-tracks piece of Saoutchik coachwork that’s extravagant from almost every angle. The angle where it’s least attractive is from the rear, where it looks like a postwar Buick or Pontiac fastback sedan. That does little to lessen its impact, however, with swoopy curves accented by generous but not oppressive swashes of chrome. Condition is impeccable, price is, too.
Lot # 5016.1 1952 Allard J2X Roadster; S/N J2X3076; Red/Biscuit leather; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, Dunlop bias ply blackwall tires, dual windshields, dual sidemounts, 365 Cadillac, 4 Stromberg 97s on Horne intake. – A fresh Mike Fennell restoration with excellent paint, chrome and interior, but not like new out of view. A good J2X driver with better than driver cosmetics, the B-J bidders appropriately handicapped its value and bought it for an appropriate price. In endorphins/dollar, however, its a significant value.
Lot # 5019 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Coupe, Body by Franay; S/N 110113; Black/Dark Red leather, Black piping; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,850,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,035,000. With Reserve – – Chrome wire wheels, blackwall Michelin tires, skirts, preselector 4-speed, short wheelbase. – Restored like new with better paint, chrome and upholstery. Coachwork looks like a Bugatti Atlantic. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2005. A beautiful, menacing, svelte, seductive automobile with dramatic performance. The nine year-old restoration looks like it was done yesterday. Make no mistake, short wheelbase or not this is a big car appropriate to its long stroke 4.5 liter twin cam six. It also is stop-you-in-your-tracks beautiful. Imagine it parked at the curb in Paris or Zurich in the early postwar days. Its performance is on a par with luxury cars of the mid-Fifties. It takes more money than this to own most automobiles of comparable effect, rarity and performance.
Lot # 5021 1956 Buick Super Convertible; S/N 5C1071732; Bronze/Red leather; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, P/S, P/B, radio, P/W. – 5,539 miles. Original paint is flawed, especially on the rear fenders. Good chrome and interior. Well preserved original car. A Buick Super? With bad paint? It’s not even a Roadmaster. This is a $60,000 car all day with a $140,000 premium for originality.
Lot # 5022 1968 Shelby Mustang The Green Hornet; S/N 8F01S104288; Metallic Green, Black vinyl roof/Light Green vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,800,000 $1,800,000. With Reserve – – 428, rear disc brakes, independent rear suspension, automatic, pushbutton radio, 10-spoke alloy wheels, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires. – Restored like new a while ago and showing age. The Ford prototype California Special later used as Shelby’s engineering development car for the GT500. The throttle body Conelec fuel injection that Shelby tried on this car (or at least a Conelec fuel injection unit) isn’t installed. The rest of the neat stuff is there and restored to good if not great nearly original condition. An interesting glimpse into the fun stuff Shelby was doing in ’68-’69 but without any effect upon later Shelby Mustangs, this is a curiosity without significance in the Shelby timeline. It should have been loose and selling well before reaching the reported high bid.
Lot # 5024 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback; S/N 67400F2A00213; Nightmist Blue/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. No Reserve – 428 dual quads, 4-speed, 5-spoke alloy wheels, F70-15 Goodyear tires, radio, underdash Rally Pak gauges, center mounted driving lights. – The third GT500 built, 9,508 miles from new, most of them on dragstrips when new, then stored for 30 years. Original drivetrain. Dull original paint, fair chrome, good interior. A relic, not an automobile. Bought right with a modest premium for its originality and its third-built status. The new owner got good value for the price and has 482 miles to drive it before it rolls over a ‘1’ in the first column and becomes less distinctive.
Lot # 5025 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi Convertible; S/N BS27R1B295949; In Violet/Black vinyl; Black leatherette top; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,320,000. With Reserve – – 426/425hp, dual quads, automatic, buckets and console, black shaker hood, hubcaps, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, Super Track Pack, 4.11 Sure Grip. – One of just 11 Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles built in 1971 and the only one delivered with In Violet paint. Restored like new with excellent cosmetics. Remember when Hemi ‘Cuda Convertibles were supposed to be $2.5 million cars? Those days are gone and the seller of this unique ’71 should be very satisfied to get seven figures for it. Of course, there’s a reason why only 11 Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles were built: without the coupe’s roof their 7-liter Hemi engines flexed them like rubber bands. It’s amazing (and a tribute to the restorer) that this car’s doors still work, let alone line up with the body.
Lot # 5026 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback; S/N 9F02Z159817; Red/Black vinyl; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500. No Reserve – P/S, P/B, 4-speed, Magnum wheels, Polyglas GT tires, pushbutton radio, console. KK #1460. – 13,528 miles and all original including paint. Shows a little age, but less than expected. A surprisingly good and highly original car, still with its smog equipment, Space Saver spare, air canister and jack. The Boss 429 is an engine guy’s car, all about the semi-hemi crammed under the hood by Kar Kraft, and they still get engine guys’ juices flowing. If anything this is an excellent value in a carefully preserved, low mileage and original Boss 429, right down to the headlights.
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Lot # 5028 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer-Fatty Arbuckle’s, Body by Don Lee; S/N A4562; Purple/Light Grey leather; Grey cloth top; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,100,000 $1,100,000. With Reserve – – Massive varnished 36″ wood spoke wheels, white rubber tires, drum headlights and spotlights, dual sidemounts. – First owned by Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, bodied by Don Lee. A high quality older show quality restoration in flamboyant colors described as original to the car. First in Class at Pebble Beach in 2007. Shows a little age but no appreciable use. Flamboyant barely begins to describe this Pierce-Arrow. The bodywork is as extravagant as ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle’s reputation and dimensions, its colors suit a Silent Era film star in brightly lit southern California and its 825 cubic inch 66 ALAM horsepower engine is more than sufficient to deliver ‘Fatty’ to the cinema studio or a film premiere with alacrity. It is an outstanding relic of another time. The owner felt it was worth more than the B-J bidders were willing to pay to get him to part with it, and who’s to argue with him?
Lot # 5030 1920 Packard Twin 6 Roadster; S/N S21699164886; Red, Black fenders/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. No Reserve – Light Yellow artillery wheels, whitewalls, dual rear spares, drum headlights, rumble seat, windwings, fender mounted mirrors, original owner’s manual. – Older restoration to like new condition showing age but still very presentable and usable. Rear body is reproduced in ‘non-metallic’ material, i.e., fiberglass. Small door opening chips, new top, bright chrome. Good upholstery. Not many of the first series Packard Twin Sixes survive, but they are superb, smooth, powerful machines. The Tupperware rear body does nothing for this car’s value but the new owner got a eye-opening automobile for a reasonable price. Driven frequently it will be rewarding and satisfying, especially at this price.
Lot # 5031 1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2580180; Ivory, Light Grey accent/Rose cloth; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $235,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $258,500. No Reserve – Orange steel spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, skirts. – An older show car restoration with some age. Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. Beautiful interior wood. This isn’t the ’33 Silver Arrow show car but rather Pierce-Arrow’s attempt to scrape off the show car’s halo to a similarly designed production car. It was sold here in 2005 for $108,000, then no-saled at RM Meadow Brook later in 2005 at $120,000. Sold at RM’s Boca Raton auction in 2006 for $98,975, it again came up short at Gooding’s Palm Beach sale in 2006 at $90,000. Mecum offered it at Monterey in 2009 where it brought a $60,000 high bid. A fairly ordinary Pierce, this is a magnificent price.
Lot # 5032 1931 Ruxton Model C 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10C104; Dark Grey, Light Grey, Violet/Grey cord; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000. No Reserve – Dual sidemounts, disc wheels, Woodlite headlights and matching fender lights. – Excellent cosmetics and better than new throughout. Reupholstered in fabric obtained from Schumacher, OEM supplier to Ruxton. Typically flamboyant Ruxton colors. One of nineteen known surviving Ruxtons and one of only eight sedans. Even more dramatically designed than its contemporary Front Drive Cord, taking full advantage of the low profile permitted by its front wheel drive layout. Roadsters bring more money, but more of them survive and this car illustrates the inherent attributes of the drivetrain. Both the seller and the buyer can be satisfied with this result.
Lot # 5033 1954 Packard Panther Convertible, Body by Mitchell-Bentley; S/N M600050; Silver-Grey/Grey leather; Older restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $750,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $825,000. With Reserve – – 359/275hp McCulloch supercharged engine, automatic, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, skirts. – One of four built, two with supercharged engines, the other being the Panther Daytona. Restored by Mitchell Corp to show car condition. Designed by Dick Teague, the Panther has a one-piece fiberglass body. The only car comparable with this is the Panther Daytona that was clocked at 131.1 mph on the Daytona Beach sand in 1954. It sold at RM Amelia in 2009 for $700,000 and wasn’t as beautifully restored as this one. This is all the money, but the new owner has an important piece of Packard and American auto industry history.
Lot # 5034 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible, Body by Ghia; S/N 9999796; Red/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,375,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, P/S, P/B, A/C, dual quads, automatic, P/W, power antenna, Marchal head and fog lights. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Chassis and underbody are older than the paint. An immense (21 feet long) automobile in the Firearrow tradition, designed by Virgil Exner. Joe Bortz Collection. Offered by RM in Monterey in 2008 with a reported high bid of $1.2 million, this is an important piece of American concept car history designed by Virgil Exner and executed in the finest tradition of one-off Italian coachwork by Ghia. Lavishly detailed, it will be the centerpiece of any collection, a stunning and singular example of flamboyant American design and intricate Italian execution.
Lot # 5035 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 1T1002; Cream/Beige, Red leather; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $360,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $396,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, radio, dual carburetors, 3-speed. – Concours restored with excellent paint, chrome and interior. A real showpiece. Designed by Frank Spring with many aircraft-inspired details, the Hudson Italia is one of the most flamboyant of limited production early Fifties American cars and never fails to excite collectors. This very early example brought a record, but fully deserved, price.
Lot # 5037 1965 #1 Batmobile, Body by Barris; S/N; Black, Red accent/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $4,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $4,620,000. With Reserve – – Bat Ray, Batscope, Bat Eye, cable cutter, automatic tire inflator, Batcomputer, Bat Turn, Anti-Fire, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, Batphone. – Presented as the original TV production Batmobile based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Rarely visible through a throng of spectators who surrounded it pretty much constantly. Used, but not tired. One of Barrett-Jackson’s most memorable moments as two bidders in the big tent pursued the ‘#1 Batmobile’ far beyond the realm of reason, eventually deciding the successful bidder by the flip of a coin. The new owner expressed great satisfaction in the acquisition and proposed putting it in his living room. A truly amazing price, but an unforgettable piece of auction theater.
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Lot # 5038 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner; S/N F7FW334813; Black/White vinyl, Red cloth; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. No Reserve – Must have every option and accessory that could be bought. F-Code 312/300hp supercharged engine, automatic. – Restored better than new. Multiple award winner. Great second owner story who worked for the original selling dealer, then bought it from the first owner years later. Three owners from new. A magnificent Skyliner that’s had the kind of comprehensive restoration these cars rarely receive. It’s worth less than half this price so the next $150,000 has to be ascribed to its history, a generous increment.
Lot # 5039 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N 67200F40018; Wimbledon White, No stripes/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000. No Reserve – 5-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear Speedway tires, 4-speed, pushbutton radio, sail panel marker lights, center mounted high beams, P/S, P/B. single 4-barrel. – The lowest known ’67 GT500 VIN, a pre-production pilot line car with many unique components. LA Auto show display car. Restored like new a while ago and showing a little age but no use. Multiple SAAC winner with original body panels, engine and transmission. Documented with original paper. A real showpiece among Shelby Mustangs that didn’t bring an unusual premium for its early status or pre-production details. A good value.
Lot # 5041 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Owens/Corning Racecar; S/N; White, Red “Owens/Corning”/Black vinyl; Competition restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,000,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,100,000. With Reserve – – 427/430hp L-88 engine, side exhausts, braced roll bar, two bucket scats, 8-spoke alloy wheels with Firestone race tires, hardtop. – Without a doubt the most successful Corvette race car ever. Campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo’s Troy Productions with sponsorship from Corvette supplier Owens-Corning fiberglass, won its class in 11 of 22 SCCA/FIA races entered. 1969 and 1972 SCCA A/P Champion, 1969 and 1970 Daytona 24 Hours GT winner. Driven by DeLorenzo, Jerry Thompson and Don Yenko. Restored to high standards and better than new, except for vinyl graphics. As important and significant as any Corvette with breathtaking performance and restored to FIA configuration as at Daytona in 1972. This is the real deal and record-setting money for it.
Lot # 5042 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe; S/N 194379S737301; Fathom Green/Saddle leather; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $280,500. No Reserve – 427/430hp L-88, M-22 4-speed, F-41 suspension, 3.70 Posi-Traction, J-56 power brakes, transistor ignition, tinted glass, Rally wheels, trim rings, Firestone Wide Oval narrow whitewall tires. – An older restoration that shows its age and use. Sound and presentable. The last L-88 built documented with build sheet, window sticker copy and complete owner history. Represented as ‘number correct and component correct’, whatever that means. Sold here in 2006 for $237,600, offered at Mecum Indy in 2012 with a reported high bid of $235,000. Less than exceptionally presented, but it’s of little significance with a car of this quality and originality.
Lot # 5043 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline, Body by Murphy; S/N 2307; Engine # J-288; Maroon, Black fenders and accent/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $725,000 $725,000. With Reserve – – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with chrome rings and mirrors, junior Pilot-Rays, dual taillights, elaborately figured wooden running boards and slats over the fuel tank, jump seats, rollup division. – First owned by L.H. McCormick in Chicago, later through a succession of owners including (among many others) John Troka, D. Cameron Peck, Mills Lane, Richard Kughn, the Imperial Palace and Dean Kruse. Prepared for tours in 2005 by Brian Joseph with new top and upholstery later. Good paint, chrome and excellent interior. Cosmetics recently freshened and very pretty. Sold by RM at St. Johns in 2011 for $704,000, which makes its no-sale at this bid understandable. It is one of Duesenberg’s and Murphy’s most distinctive and attractive designs and is worth a bit more than the reported high bid here.
Lot # 5045 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Drophead Coupe, Body by Franay; S/N WVA63; Black/Cognac leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. No Reserve – Lucas Biflex headlights, fog light and driving lights, cutaway skirts, radio, cowl mounted trafficators. – A quality old restoration with good paint, excellent interior, top and chrome. Underbody is very clean and nearly like new. Sold by Brooks at Monaco in 1998 for $88,631, then by RM in Arizona in 2011 for $165,000. It’s been carefully detailed and updated since then and is dramatic and distinctive Franay coachwork that is unusually sporting and attractive for a Rolls-Royce. The price here is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
Lot # 5046 1925 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster, Body by Corsica; S/N 720; Red, Black/Black leather; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $850,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $935,000. With Reserve – – Dual sidemounts, polished wheel discs, wind wings, Barker radiator louvers, vee windshield. – An older but still impressive concours quality restoration of a 1930’s Corsica rebody with excellent newer paint, chrome and upholstery. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2012. A boattail roadster of epic proportions, with competent but not concours quality presentation, the seller could hardly hope for more money than it brought here at WestWorld.
[Source: Rick Carey]