Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report Page Four

1962 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible
Lot #783.1 1962 Dodge Polara 500 Convertible; S/N 5422149298; Champagne, /White; White top; 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. No Reserve– 361/305hp, automatic, P/S, power top, dual exhaust, hubcaps, redline tires, push-button transmission, tilt steering column, air conditioning, power windows, radio, two-tone interior. – A sound older restoration. Good exterior paint and major chrome with minor age evident. Original interior fading. Claims to be restored to concours quality but falls somewhat short in the details. – Really strong price paid here, but when did another one like it appear?
1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot #804.1 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194678S424795; Bronze, /Bronze; White cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $38,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,800. No Reserve– 427/390hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, power windows, telescopic steering wheel, tinted glass, factory AM/FM radio, factory air conditioning, luggage rack, teakwood steering wheel, documented with GM of Canada paper, order copy and original tank sticker. – Fresh paint looks great on laser-straight body. Brightwork is in excellent shape. Engine has been detailed but isn’t spotless. Undercarriage is clean and tidy. Aside from minor chipped paint on console, interior is in excellent shape. Beautiful car. – Well optioned, but the slushbox and period correct colors limited the number of bidders who were interested from the start. There were many Corvettes at B-J this year, maybe more than there were Corvette buyers
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot #807 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23N0E111135; Lemon Twist, , Black/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. No Reserve– 383/330hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, hood-mounted tachometer, rear “go wing” spoiler, Rallye wheels, console, slap-tick shifter, later AM/FM radio with CD player, woodgrain steering wheel. – Fifteen year restoration documented with photos. Excellent paint and trim. Minor scratches in chrome. Immaculate engine bay. Seats and all interior surfaces appear as new. Only out of period equipment is the radio. About as good as it gets at least in presentation. – One is always left to wonder when a restoration takes 15 years to complete – at some point the work done at the beginning practically needs to be redone or becomes aged and hoary. Nonetheless, the quality and colors were here, and price was well deserved even with the base engine.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Convertible
Lot #810 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 Convertible; S/N 124678N436549; Le Mans Blue, , White stripes/White houndstooth; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $52,800 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $58,080. No Reserve– 396/350hp, solid lifters, 3.55 Positraction, 4-speed, off-road exhaust, Rally wheels, BF Goodrich Radial TA’s, P/S, P/B, P/T, Hurst shifter, wood grain steering wheel, AM/FM radio, offroad exhaust. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Only a little over 2,000 miles on a nut and bolt, rotisserie restoration. Not a matching numbers car, with a ‘period correct’ engine, but better than perfect cosmetically. – The trouble with a ‘period correct’ engine is that there’s nothing there to say if this is an original SS 396 or even an SS. It’s just a Camaro that may or may not (probably not) be accurately presented as it was new. This price is appropriate for a car that’s on the up-and-up, but the buyer took a leap of faith in bidding this much.
1957 Chrysler Saratoga Coupe
Lot #847 1957 Chrysler Saratoga Coupe; S/N L5726168; Black, , White roof/Cream leather; Cosmetic restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,400. No Reserve– 354/295hp, 3-speed automatic, BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls, bench seat, push button radio. – Very strong paint, chrome and interior. 33,267 miles and superbly restored, likely one of the best Saratogas around. The black paint reveals no imperfections in the all-original sheetmetal, and this car is a great representation of 1950s American fins and chrome. – Sold at Branson Spring in 2011 for $42,660, then at Mecum’s Indy sale in May of the same year for $58,300, a reflection of relatively steady values for quality cars of the Fifties.
1936 Chevrolet Standard Convertible
Lot #862 1936 Chevrolet Standard Convertible; S/N 21FC064339; Green, /Brown leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $57,200. No Reserve– 207/79hp, 3-speed, painted wire wheels, Firestone whitewalls, rear-mounted spare, rear fender skirts, rumble seat, dual mirrors, AM radio, heater. – Excellent interior. Several paint chips and cracks around the windshield and rumble seat. An attractively restored rare Chevy with a couple of noticeable flaws but still a standout in a sea of vintage Fords. – This is singularly impressive money for a Chevy, even one so well restored and maintained as this.
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Lot #879 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner; S/N D7KW170243; Raven Black, , Colonial White/White; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve– 312/245hp, automatic, Two-tone interior, AM radio, power steering. – Good paint with blemishes around the trunk. Good chrome and interior. Gaps inconsistent, some chrome trim misaligned. Retractable hardtop is in great working order. A driver that is representative of the presentation of must Skyliners which take inordinate attention to their complex roof mechanisms and are often superficially treated elsewhere. – Less than perfect, but could have been bought for slightly more without causing consternation. The colors are stark but more in tune with modern tastes.
1948 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe
Lot #942 1948 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe; S/N 4349601; Peacock Green, /Grey; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $21,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $23,100. No Reserve– 3-speed, Firestone whitewalls, push button radio. – Decent interior. Poor panel fit on the trunk. Poorly fit windshield trim. Light orange peel on the roof and along drip rails. Paint crack in the tail. Clean engine bay. From the John Hendricks Collection at the Gateway Auto Museum. A nice color and Raymond Loewy styling don’t hide the minor cosmetic issues, but it would make a good, unique driver with plenty of opportunity for the new owner to address its shortcomings. – A milestone of postwar design, competently restored even if showing age and bought reasonably.
2001 Acura NSX Targa
Lot #951 2001 Acura NSX Targa; S/N JH4NA21641T000048; Yellow, /Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $61,600. No Reserve– 6-speed, HRE wheels, yellow calipers, Bridgestone Potenza tires, targa roof, Alpine stereo. – Essentially a new car with 3,092 miles. A few add-ons but not overly modified. The wheels, fancy aftermarket stereo and somewhat excessive amount of rear window stickers, however, do take away from what could have looked like a factory fresh NSX. – Honda, somewhat inexplicably, let me drive an NSX press car for a weekend years ago and I have ever since been a fan of them. Settle in and it quickly becomes part of the driver. The corners are tightly composed and the car responds to the slightest thoughts. A new NSX is on the way, and this is the time to buy if this result is any indication.
1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot #960 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 223377U147119; Gold, /Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. No Reserve– 400/325hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, modern Hurst-style wheels, BF Goodrich red line Radial tires, bucket seats, A/C, AM/FM radio. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very clean engine bay. Nicely restored first year Firebird. – Russo and Steele sold this car in Scottsdale in 2012 for $21,725. Mecum sold it at Indy in May 2012 for $26,500. The history is indicative of the increasing popularity of Firebirds, and not out of line among present values.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot #965 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194675S116375; Glen Green, /Tan; Tan cloth top; 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. No Reserve– 327/300hp, automatic, spinner wheel covers, gold line tires, teakwood steering wheel, Bloomington Gold Certificate awarded in 1997. – Single-family ownership, older sympathetic body-off restoration completed in 1996. Paint is in fair shape with minor chips and noticeable swirls. Top of the engine is detailed while undercarriage is filthy. Brightwork is mostly good with some minor scratches – Incredibly strong price paid for a superficially presented 300-hp Corvette with a slushbox. Of course this car’s same-family history and its originality drove the price, but the presentation calls its quality into question. An incredibly generous price for an ordinary Corvette.
1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe
Lot #983 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679632; Old English White, /Red leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. No Reserve– Centerlock wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, locking filler cap, dual wing mirrors. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very clean engine bay. A nicely restored driver but not a show car. Stated to be body-off restored, which its presentation supports, and with matching numbers and Heritage Certificate, but the cosmetics and presentation don’t measure up to most XK 120 restorations. – Sold by RM here in Arizona in 2011 for $55,000, then peddled at Worldwide in Houston and Bonhams Quail Lodge in 2012 with reported bids of $95,000 both times. It came back to earth here at WestWorld and brought a reasonable price for its presentation and condition.

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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.