Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report Page Eleven

1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by LeBaron
Lot # 5048 1929 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by LeBaron; S/N 2158; Engine # J-292; Black, /Black; Black cloth top; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. With Reserve– Dual carburetors, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, Pilot-Rays, dual sidemounts with chrome rings and mirrors, dual windshields, spotlights. – Very good older paint and chrome. A quality older restoration. Later factory-fitted supercharged engine restamped with the original number – Despite the engine fiddling (not uncommon with Duesenbergs) this is an exceptional example that brought a price appropriate to its restoration, performance and sleek LeBaron coachwork.
1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet, Body by Guillore
Lot # 5051 1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet, Body by Guillore; S/N 800788; Red, , Black fenders/Black; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $495,000. With Reserve– 3-position top, Marchal head and fog lights, chrome wine wheels, blackwall tires. – Excellent paint and chrome. Underbody is like new. – Attractive coachwork by Guillore, a quality restoration and 130hp performance make this a great find in a beautiful French car, bought for an appropriate price.
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring
Lot # 5053 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring; S/N 915030; Blue-Green, /Tobacco leather; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $950,000. With Reserve– RHD. Body color wire wheels, blackwall tires, skirts, trafficators – Engine replaced with a 2300 bored to 2.5 liters, 2500 cylinder head, carburetor, manifolds and ancillaries. Restored in 1998, 2nd in Class and Most Elegant Closed Car at Pebble Beach in 1998, still good enough to be Best Pre-War Alfa at The Quail in 2012. Excellent paint, chrome and interior showing only faint evidence of being used. – As attractive as it was when RM offered it at Amelia Island last March, but no closer to finding a new owner than it did then when it was bid to $900,000. It is a beautiful example of Touring’s streamlined coachwork however the consignor may want to recognize that the replaced engine detracts from its value and accept the judgment of the bidders.
1930 Cord Front Drive L-29 Phaeton
Lot # 5054 1930 Cord Front Drive L-29 Phaeton; S/N FD2936A; Dark Blue, , Saffron coachlines/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000. No Reserve– Saffron wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, black trunk. – New upholstery. Quickly repainted over old paint. Frame painted with so little attention they didn’t spray behind the steering arm. Fair old chrome. Orderly and clean engine but done a while ago. ACD certified. – Sold by RM at Amelia in 2006 for $99,000, the result here is sufficient for a thoroughly and freshly restored example.
1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K Drophead Coupe Sport Touring, Body by Thomas Harrington
Lot # 5057 1927 Mercedes-Benz 630K Drophead Coupe Sport Touring, Body by Thomas Harrington; S/N 32019; Black, /Dark Red leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Post-block sale at $650,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $715,000. With Reserve– RHD. Chrome wire wheels, blackwall tires, luggage trunk, Zeiss headlights, Butler fender markers, Marchal driving lights. – Good recent repaint, body covering and upholstery on a much older and largely original chassis and engine. Original coachwork as fitted in 1927, attractive, lightweight and practical. In Thailand for nearly two decades until recently and serviced by M-B Classic Center. Eminently presentable and usable as is. – Bid on the block to $375,000 but reported later sold at a price of $715,000 ($650,000 hammer.) A stylish high performance Mercedes-Benz with supercharged six developed by Dr. Porsche, but expensive.
1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 7-Passenger Touring
Lot # 5059 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 7-Passenger Touring; S/N 3050171; Maroon, /Black; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. No Reserve– Body color steel spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, dual cloth covered sidemounts with mirrors, cloth covered trunk – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Chassis covered in oily road grime appropriate to the 9,097 miles on the odometer. An attractive older restoration with tour miles. – An heroic automobile, driven as the Pierce family would have intended and bought reasonably at this price.
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton, Body by Brewster
Lot # 5060 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton, Body by Brewster; S/N S308LR; Black, , Red frame/Brown; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $550,000. With Reserve– Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, dual windshields, dual spotlights, roll up windows. – Very good older restoration showing a little age, but little use. Rollup windows added by Murphy. Represented as original chassis, engine and body. – An exceptionally handsome car, documented from new and as-built throughout. Real quality in a Springfield Rolls-Royce with Brewster coachwork for which an appropriate price was paid as Barrett-Jackson returns to its classic car roots and expands newer collectors’ appreciation for these monumental automobiles.
1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra
Lot # 5063 1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra; S/N CM/3/63; Metallic Blue, , White stripes/Black; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,500,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,650,000. With Reserve– RHD. 289/400hp, four downdraft Weber carbs, 5-speed transaxle. – Excellent paint and interior. Restored better than new. – Sold by RM at Amelia in 2007 for $935,000, then passed at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2008 with a reported bid of $1.2 million. It’s hard to argue with the Barrett-Jackson bidders’ assessment of its value.
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
Lot # 5064 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster; S/N 1210409500417; Red, /Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Customized restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. No Reserve– Body color wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, Solex carbs. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is oddly restored with incorrect shiny paint finishes. Even the carbs are clear coated. Underbody is repainted better than new. A custom car show restoration. – Remarkably and unattractively over-restored, but that didn’t deter the bidders from over-paying for it.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 5065 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E53F001083; Polo White, /Red vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000. No Reserve– Wheel covers, Powerglide, heater, wide whitewall tires, WonderBar radio – Good old repaint with chips and scratches. Good interior. Dash top cracked. Good chrome. A strong, consistent cosmetically restored and maintained Corvette. Represented as unrestored, a term than is hard to apply to it. – Peddled around in the past year, from Mecum’s Bloomington Gold sale in 2012 through Mecum Monterey last August, the consignor finally got real, especially at this handsome price.
1954 Plymouth Belmont Convertible
Lot # 5066 1954 Plymouth Belmont Convertible; S/N 13829339; Red, /Putty Grey; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 1 condition; Post-block sale at $1,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,320,000. With Reserve– – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Concours quality, at least from 10 feet away. – Bid to $1.2 million on the block and reported sold later at the same value. The consignor bought it at RM Amelia in 2001 for $253,000, a tidy profit after 13 years of ownership and enjoyment.

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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.