Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report Page Five

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 1002 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 138177K198773; Yellow, /Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. No Reserve– 396/375hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, P/W, tilt steering column, wood-rimmed steering wheel, tinted glass Firestone red line tires, documented with sale documents and title history. – 23,784 miles. Replacement transmission and rear axle but represented as matching numbers engine. Very good chrome. Decent paint and interior. Rare, desirable options. An older restoration in a color combination not often seen. – Sold by B-J at Palm Beach in 2006 for $81,000, then at WestWorld in 2010 for $57,200. Aren’t you glad you weren’t the 2006 buyer?
1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 1025.1 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N J58S105005; Panama Yellow, , White coves/Black; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $132,000. No Reserve– 283/245hp dual quads, 4-speed, 3.70 Positraction, Al Knoch black canvas top, new whitewall radial tires, factory radio delete, heater, aluminized exhaust system. – Beautiful recent restoration and represented as matching numbers. Paint was properly prepped and looks excellent. Engine bay has been highly detailed without going overboard. Panel fit is spot on. Door window trim wasn’t polished and it stands out against rest of car. New soft top looks great. – Fantastic car in great colors, done to an excellent standard, and nicely optioned. The bidders responded to the dramatic colors and desirable drivetrain with an exceptional price. Ordinary Corvettes at B-J brought soft money; exceptional ones like this brought all the money … and then some.
1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 1033 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E56S001407; Cascade Green, , White coves/Beige; Beige cloth top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $95,700. No Reserve– 265/225hp, 2×4, Powerglide, whitewalls, push button radio. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. A lightly used older restoration, built during the year when Zora Arkus Duntov first had a crack at the Corvette. Finished in an eye-catching color and equipped with the Powerglide automatic, it’s ideal for cruising and being seen in. – Today it seem almost ludicrous to combine the dual quad 265 V-8 with Powerglide but in 1956 it wasn’t strange at all when the alternative was a clunky Bel Air 3-speed stick. And, as Jim Hall conclusively proved with his Chaparrals, Powerglide was in many ways an attractive alternative to fumbling around in a box of cogs with limited ratio choices. ’56 was a watershed year for Corvette and this is a good one, even at this price.
1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # 1053 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N E7FH266731; Gunmetal Grey, , Gunmetal Grey hardtop/Red; Black cloth top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. No Reserve– 312/270hp dual quads, 3-speed with overdrive, two tops, chrome wire wheels, Firestone whitewalls, Town & Country radio, P/S, P/B, engine dressup – An Amos Minter restoration to his exceptional standards with excellent paint, chrome and interior in the original colors. Spotless engine bay. A little overrestored but not enough to make it unappealing, freshly restored and never shown. – The supercharged ‘F’ Series cars are the holy grail for early T-Birds, but this ‘E’ Series example is still desirably equipped and fresh from a complete restoration. It sold for $64,660 at Mecum’s Dallas auction in 2012 before being ministered to by Minter. An astounding price, but the price of the best and most accurately restored ’57 Thunderbird. The new owner will never have to make excuses for this car. For its price, another matter, especially when an older restored Minter F-bird sold at RM for $200,000 this week.
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible
Lot # 1057 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible; S/N HBJ8L39323; Healey Blue, /Navy Blue leather; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,800. No Reserve– 4-speed, front disc brakes, chrome knock off wire wheels, Classic Radial all season tires, roll up windows, heater, banjo steering wheel. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior restoration by Healey Lane. Very clean engine bay. Completely restored and documented with almost everything rebuilt or replaced. This final year BJ8 is fresh from top to bottom and ready to show. – BJ8s just aren’t doing what they did a few years ago, while 100/4s climb steadily up the value ladder. Let’s put it this way, for the same money (or close) you can have a BJ8 Phase 2 with 150hp … or an XKE with the sexiest body ever put on four wheels and 265hp. Hmm? This is realistic money for what this Healey is.
1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible
Lot # 1152 1964 Lincoln Continental Convertible; S/N 4Y86N432985; Black Satin, /Black leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. No Reserve– Automatic, P/W, power top, power seat, whitewalls, dash clock, push button radio, A/C – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Straight body. Lightly worn seats. Big, beautiful and all black. Perfect for parades and leisurely drives. – Glide up anywhere in this Continental and be received like royalty, a car that says ‘1%’ like no other, even an M-B 600. Well maintained and presented in good cosmetic condition, it brought a superior price that reflected its presence if not an appreciation of others’ opinion of its value.
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible
Lot # 1171 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible; S/N 12005126; Brown, /Tan; Tan top; Cosmetic restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500. No Reserve– Automatic, two tops, factory wheels, factory air conditioning, Becker Europa AM/FM radio, leather upholstery, owner’s manual, spare tire, tool kit. – Excellent paint, chrome in fair shape with light pitting and minor scratches. Wheels are in great shape without nicks or other road rash. Engine bay has been thoroughly detailed. Excellent seats, carpet and dash round off an already good-looking interior. – The Pagoda SL market is somewhat befuddling. Fresh world-class restorations on well-equipped cars vault prices well into six figures in the right venue, while slightly less impressive examples can sometimes sell at a 50% discount. This 280SL, aided by its two tops, is a quality driver done by professionals to an acceptable standard of presentation and brought a realistic price.
1952 Nash-Healey Series 25 Convertible
Lot # 1262 1952 Nash-Healey Series 25 Convertible, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N AZ124140; Red, /Black; Black top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. No Reserve– Overdrive, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires. Arizona assigned VIN. – An older restoration still holding up well. Good paint and body fit, sound chrome and interior, engine bay shows use while still being clean and orderly. – Sold by Worldwide at Auburn in 2012 for $58,300, then by Auctions America at Auburn Fall in 2013 for $72,600. 
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe
Lot # 1275.2 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe; S/N 124870L514769; Mulsanne Blue, Black stripes/Sandalwood; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $69,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $75,900. No Reserve– 350/360hp, M21 4-speed, 3.73 Positraction, Z/22 hidden wiper package, Torque Thrust wheels, Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. – Very good paint and interior and represented as the original engine. From the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum. Rare, clean and correct. First and last of the second generation Camaros before being choked by smog regulation, the 1970 cars are the ones to have, with this being a particularly good example. – Accurately restored and attractive, but generously priced.
1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible
Lot # 1283 1961 Chrysler 300G Convertible; S/N 8413174378; Mardi Gras Red, /Tan leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,200. No Reserve– 413/375hp, Cross Ram intake, push-button transmission, P/S, P/B, P/W, Remington whitewalls, push button radio, swivel seats. – Good paint and chrome. Lightly worn seats. Original dash. Very sound driver that has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on TV. – Sold here in 2008 for $150,700 in similar condition. The underhood presentation of the long-ram 300s is nothing short of spectacular and they go just as strong as they look. Bought here for a modest price.
2009 Mosler Raptor GTR Coupe
Lot # 1310 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR Coupe; S/N 1M94136BX9C682029; Lamborghini Orange, , Carbon wing/Black cloth; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $280,500. No Reserve– 1,200hp Chevy-base V-8, Getrag 6-speed, Dymag wheels, cross-drilled 14-inch rotors, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, tinted windows, A/C, P/W. – Crashed in 2011, but completely repaired and showing no evidence of damage. Still one of the ultimate track cars with a 1,200 horsepower LS7 behind the driver. – Sold by B-J at Las Vegas in 2011 for $268,800 and still an exceptional performance value at the price even if its design is best described at ‘functional.’
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Lot # 1311 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194375S113272; Blue, /Blue; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $86,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $94,600. No Reserve– 327/300hp, automatic, drum brakes, BF Goodrich Silvertown narrow whitewalls, radio delete, A/C, dash clock. – Good repaint, original interior and chrome. Imperfect gaps. Small dents in roof. Cracking filler cap. Solid original engine bay and frame. Strong original car and amazingly preserved with 9,358 miles, but also with less than ideal specs. – This is a snapshot of the ‘preservation’ phenomenon: sold by B-J at Palm Beach in 2004 for $61,830 with 9,133 miles, then at WestWorld in 2007 for $107,250 and by Auctions America at Auburn Fall last Labor Day weekend for $74,250. The WestWorld bidders paid up for originality while ignoring the base engine and Powerglide.

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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.