Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report Page Ten

1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe
Lot # 5009 1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Coupe; S/N 194370S413942; Monza Red, /Black vinyl; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $220,000. No Reserve– 350/370hp, M22 4-speed, F41 suspension, 4.11 axle, J56 brakes. – Restored like new, one of 25 built, GM of Canada documentation, 2013 NCRS Top Flight. – Crossed the Mecum Indy block last May with a reported bid of $200,000. This is one of the most rare of all Corvettes, the last gasp of the high performance small block before the smog police and insurance nazis emasculated performance engines for two decades. A beautiful, rare car at a realistic price.
1958 Buick Century Convertible
Lot # 5012 1958 Buick Century Convertible; S/N 6E1031879; Green Mist Metallic, /Green, White; Dark Green vinyl top; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. No Reserve– Wheel covers, whitewalls, ‘Air-Poise’ suspension, Flight-Pitch Dynaflow – Very good paint and chrome. Chipped hood edge. One owner 30,800 mile car represented to be all-original except for required mechanical maintenance. – There are several things going for this Buick: its one-owner, 30,800 mile history; big engine-short wheelbase chassis performance; rare Air-Poise and Flight-Pitch Dynaflow options, attractive colors. They added up to a combination that was enthusiastically received by the Barrett-Jackson bidders. An expensive ’58 Century, but likely to be one of a kind with quality, preservation and features unlikely ever to be seen again.
1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible
Lot # 5013 1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible; S/N 50415283; Black, , Gold/Beige leather; Black vinyl top; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000. No Reserve– 345/345hp dual quad Hemi, pushbutton automatic, P/S, P/B, P/W, dual rear antennas, tinted glass, dual outside mirrors, chrome wire wheels, bias ply whitewalls – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. No longer fresh but still an arresting presence. One of just 300 Adventurer convertibles built in 1957. – Talk about a home run, this rare Adventurer convertible sold for $123,750 at RM’s Monterey auction in 2006, then for $126,500 at RM’s sale of the Don Davis collection in April of last year. A rare and dramatically styled car that brought a stupendous price unlikely to be matched any time soon.
1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-2 Coupe
Lot # 5018 1971 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-2 Coupe; S/N 194371S118181; Brands Hatch Green, /Dark Green vinyl; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $495,000. No Reserve– 454/425hp, M22 4-speed, F41 suspension, 4.11 Positraction, J56 brakes. – Restored like new. One of 12 built before smog and insurance took down performance. GM of Canada documented, restored in the original colors, Bloomington Gold. – It’s telling how our better impulses – to reduce smog, restrict performance, inhibit fun – are eventually overcome by our passions. This ZR-2 was a great car in its day but it was followed by a wasteland of dull, boring, car-slugs of the 70’s and 80’s. The animal spirits of performance just won’t be put down and today this ZR-2 seems almost pedestrian beside the Corvettes, Vipers, Porsches, BMW Ms and M-B AMGs that make sweet, sublime 500 and 600 + horsepower with power everything, nearly zero smog emissions and concert hall stereos. It is the elemental, no frills, character of this ZR-2 that confers its value. It is rude, raucous and raunchy, and that’s why it’s worth this much.
1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 5021 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23R1G134682; Gold, , Matte Black hood/Brown; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $104,500. No Reserve– 426/425hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, rally wheels with trim rings, Polyglas GT tires, Track Pack, Air Grabber. – Described as an original car with 11,103 miles, documented with its original invoice and build sheet. It’s impossible to assess its condition from the distant view permitted at B-J, however. – On the view from 10 feet and the description alone this price seems to be eminently appropriate for such a remarkable survivor and with just over 11K miles a few more to experience its performance and keep its juices flowing are not going to have much effect on its value.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car
Lot # 5022 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 #57 Rebel Convertible Race Car; S/N 194679S713635; Red, /Black; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $2,600,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,860,000. With Reserve– 427/430hp L88, 4-speed, chrome side exhausts, polished alloy wheels, bubble covered headlights, Cibie driving lights, aluminum chin spoiler. – Excellent paint, trim and interior. Better than new. Sebring history 1969-71, 1971 IMSA champion, 1972 Daytona 24 Hours 8th overall and 1st in class. This is what Zora Arkus-Duntov intended when he created the L88. – A legendary Corvette race car, there is no arguing with the Barrett-Jackson bidders’ determination of what it is worth.
1963 Plymouth Belvedere Max Wedge 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 5026 1963 Plymouth Belvedere Max Wedge 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 3231130981; Red, /Beige; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. No Reserve– 426 Max Wedge with short cross-ram dual quads, 3-speed. – Older restoration of a claimed completely original car with good paint and chrome but showing age. Viewed at a distance, this is as good a description as can be inferred. – Legendary car, one of 18 built.
1968 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi Convertible
Lot # 5028 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi Convertible; S/N WS27J8G212214; Iridescent Blue, /Blue vinyl; Black top; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. No Reserve– 426/425hp Hemi, automatic, body color wheels, dog dish hubcaps, red line tires, P/B, P/S, replacement block. – Quality older restoration with bright paint and chrome. – If this isn’t the ultimate cruise night show-off car it has to be close. One of just 9 built, the convertible body must flex like a snake when all this power gets dumped down the drivetrain; it stays together only because it has narrow tires that turn to smoke with the slightest twitch of the throttle.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe
Lot # 5035 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe; S/N 194377S115791; Red, , Black stripes/Red; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $3,500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $3,850,000. With Reserve– 427/430hp, M22 4-speed, J56 brakes, F41 suspension, transistor ignition, 4.56 Positraction, Rally wheels with trim rings and hubcaps. – Excellent paint and chrome. Documented with its tank sticker. NCRS Top Flight, Duntov Mark of Excellence in 2001. – Incredibly rare and legendary, commonly accepted to have 500+hp off the dealer’s lot. When offered at RM’s Arizona auction in 2000 it was described as having a replacement block.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # 5038 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E53F001181; Polo White, /Red vinyl; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $700,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $770,000. No Reserve– – 9,260 miles from new, all original including tires, top and interior (but some paint work), Bloomington Gold, Hall of Fame, AACA National First Prize. Sold as a pair with 2003 Corvette lot #5039 with matching VIN and miles. – More spectacle than market, this result means nothing.
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Lot # 5044 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980405500634; Silver, /Grey plaid; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,900,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,090,000. With Reserve– – Freshly restored and show quality from ten feet. – Barrett-Jackson gets some extraordinary prices for Gullwings.
1937 Lincoln K 7-Passenger Touring, Body by Willoughby
Lot # 5047 1937 Lincoln K 7-Passenger Touring, Body by Willoughby; S/N K7850; Grey, , Black fenders/Dark Grey leather; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000. No Reserve– Body color steel spoke wheels, whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, cloth covered trunk with fitted luggage, Trippe lights. – Concours restored with a little storage dust underneath but otherwise excellent paint, chrome and interior. – A handsome car that owes a significant value increment to its use as a parade car by the governor of New York, Herbert Lehman, and at the 1939 New York World’s fair.

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    1. Keith,
      I beg to differ, although I agree the subject is open to debate.
      We all know the Continental Mark II as a Lincoln Continental.
      The Standard Catalog describes it as a Lincoln-Continental, and there is widespread confusion about Zephyrs, too, as Ford struggled to develop an identity for its models.
      I have to be searchable, so please forgive the simplistic representation of the Mark IIs as Lincoln (marque) Continental (model). It will pay off some day when you ask me to search the database for results. I’ll actually be able to find them.

      Rick

  1. I just love the use of the word “scrofulous,” and I still have 15 more screens to go! Good bye productivity on Thursday!

  2. Olds interior velour described with superb accuracy as “bawdy house,” a term I haven’t seen since looking at an old dust jacket of a Ledbelly album decades ago. Bravissimo!

    1. It’s a substitute for ‘bordello’, which I might use in a subsequent description. Gawd, they were awful.

      Rick

  3. Great and comprehensive report Rick. Enjoyed the latter half of the selection illustrating the Talbot, Delahaye, etc. Certainly cars of distinction, and not the mass produced Camaros, Chargers, 57 Chevys etc, which for all intents and purposes, although iconic and emulate the cultural period in which they were built, can be boring in the sheer numbers of their production.

  4. Always a real pleasure to read. Would trade any car magazine for this, extremely interesting for any car enthusiast.