Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Report Page Six

2008 Bugatti Veyron Coupe 'Simon Cowell's'
Lot # 1319.2 2008 Bugatti Veyron Coupe ‘Simon Cowell’s’; S/N VF9SA25C68M795060; Black, /Black; Restricted Access, not viewed closely, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,375,000. With Reserve– Polished alloy wheels. – Certified pre-owned Bugatti offered by Simon Cowell with a one year warranty from Bugatti. New tires, recent service and 1,300 miles from new. – The warranty probably requires that it always be driven while wearing a vee-neck sweater with just a little chest hair showing. No, that’s rude. I apologize, Simon. A real supercar, for supercar money.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 1333 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A168713; White, /Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. No Reserve– 440/390hp Six Barrel, automatic, Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, push button radio, documented with build sheet. – Very good paint and interior. Clean original engine bay. Well kept car with low miles. Strong, driver quality example of these wild cars. – Not a restoration, but not original, either, this is a quality Superbird with rock crushing 440 Six Barrel power at an appropriate price even without a representation of the driveline’s originality to this car.
1972 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W30 Convertible
Lot # 1368 1972 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 W30 Convertible; S/N 3J67X2M235892; Flame Orange, , Black hood stripes/Black leather; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000. No Reserve– 455/300hp, automatic, Goodyear Polyglas tires, push button radio. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Body-off restoration done correctly, not overrestored just very fresh and crisp. A solid, eye-catching 4-4-2 convertible done to the highest standards, one of 113 W30 convertibles built in ’72. – Oldsmobile 4-4-2s continue to be extremely popular even as most of the rest of the Muscle Car market is cooling off and this ’72 benefited from the continuing excitement even though its 455 engine is throttled back to only 300 (rated, net) horsepower this year. They are, however, a torque-monster making them fun to drive around town. This result is representative.
1929 LaSalle Series 328 Convertible Coupe
Lot # 1369 1929 LaSalle Series 328 Convertible Coupe; S/N 415702; Engine # 8707530; Red, , Black fenders and trim/Brown leather; Tan cloth top; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. No Reserve– 3-speed, painted wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with mirrors, Pilot Ray driving light, mesh radiator stone guard, rumble seat, golf bag door, luggage trunk. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior done in the late 90’s and exceptionally well maintained since then. Built from a 1929 coupe and a 1929 convertible. Has won numerous awards in the past and could still win more. – Sold here in 2012 for $82,500 and brought a sizable bump today, a tribute to its innate eyeball appeal and quality restoration.
1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R Coupe
Lot # 1379 1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R Coupe; S/N 1B3ER69E0WV401056; Stone White, , Viper Blue Le Mans stripes/Blue and Black leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $85,800. No Reserve– 6-speed, GT2 aero package, BBS wheels, Michelin Pilot SX tires, 5-point harnesses, tinted windows, Alpine radio, original manuals, window sticker, purchase paper, service contract, keys and wheel center cap removal tool. – Like new. Another great exotic that was just stuffed away and never actually used, #56 of 100 built, 1,082 miles from new. – This is the cafe racer street version of the GTS-R FIA GT race car. It sold here in 2011 for $95,700, demonstrating the folly of preserving an expensive car as an ‘instant collectible’. It takes 20 or 25 years for the depreciation curve to bottom out, which leaves the new owner with a decision to make: continue to accept depreciation as it sits in the garage, or take it out and drive it for the sheer exhilaration of all those ponies and lb-ft.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 1384 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194675S117485; Red, /Black vinyl; White top; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. No Reserve– 327/365hp, 4-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, Firestone narrow whitewalls, roll-up windows, dash clock, AM/FM radio. – Represented as matching numbers. Good interior. Clean but used engine bay. Decent paint. A strong driver documented with Protect-o-Plate, sales invoice, order sheet and owner’s manual. – An inherently desirable Corvette with its high output 4-barrel small block V-8, restored to good standards and showing little evidence of use. Most buyers will focus on the Big Blocks and this modest price reflects that myopia but inherently represents very good value for the money.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 1402 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370K148538; Red, , Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $37,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,700. No Reserve– 396/350hp, automatic, hubcaps, trim rings, cowl induction hood, stainless exhaust, F41 suspension, 8-track player, tilt steering column. – Claimed original 65,000 miles, documented with build sheet, ‘correct’ engine, garage-kept survivor. Good paint, chrome and vinyl roof. Exceptional interior that appears to have never been sat in but is claimed to be original. Minor imperfections are irrelevant to the overall quality of this Chevelle. – Assuming the “correct motor” (as described) means what it seems and not “correct type of motor,” this was a good buy – even with the auto box.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # 1412 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 30867S112349; Red, /Red; Black top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200. No Reserve– 327/300hp, 4-speed, represented as matching numbers, alloy wheels, whitewall tires, WonderBar radio. – An older restoration that has kept its freshness. Sound paint. Chrome is good to fair with only minor scarring. Clean NOS interior with new convertible top. Detailed and rebuilt engine. Clean and orderly throughout on a vehicle that presents well. – This result is a little on the strong side considering the pedestrian 300hp engine, but not egregiously so. The fact that the restoration is holding up so well is testament of the quality of the work and the owner’s level of care, both good clues to future enjoyment.
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Utility
Lot # 1536 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Utility; S/N FJ40259419; Tan, , White roof/Black; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. No Reserve– Power brakes, full-size spare tire, hubcaps, radio, air conditioning, forward-facing rear seat instead of expected jump seats. – Sound recent and complete restoration. Quality paint, original glass throughout. Completely new interior including sun visors that are still in plastic wrap. Freshened engine compartment tastefully done. A presentable and thorough touring FJ. – Compared to other FJs in Scottsdale, this was a deal. For those sellers who are beginning to point to $100K sales [there was one here in Scottsdale], there are still plenty of sub-$50K restored FJ40s like this with which to refute the argument that the FJ40 market has gone completely crazy. The craziness is still isolated.
1957 Willys FC-150 Pickup
Lot # 1537 1957 Willys FC-150 Pickup; S/N E171A0192; Red, , White/Red; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $28,600. No Reserve– 4×4, Coca Cola livery, complete with cooler. – Beautifully done in and out, only 77 miles showing on the odometer since the restoration was completed. – Good money for something that’s basically only good for parades, as it’s deathly slow. Even still, a charming oddity.
1963 Chevrolet Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 1539 1963 Chevrolet Impala 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 31847J243316; Red, /Gray; White top; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200. No Reserve– 327/300hp, Powerglide, air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, vinyl roof, power bench seat, padded dashboard. – Odometer shows 22,468 reportedly original miles. Good repaint, excellent chrome, clean engine bay, vinyl top well fitted, good trim. Original interior holding up very well. A solid car all around. – In this configuration, this Impala is more about the enjoyment than the thrill, but it is still a very usable cruiser that will earn attention. Cheap, too. Reported sold by Kruse in Miami in April 2007 for $21,300, then here at WestWorld in 2008 for $23,100. It can’t have covered many miles in the past 7 years, and has had excellent care to look this good today. A usable, interesting, comfortable entry-level collector car without the hype of big engines.
1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Coupe
Lot # 1550 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Coupe; S/N 344779M412206; Silver, /Maroon vinyl; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $23,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,850. No Reserve– 400/325hp, automatic, represented as matching numbers, power front disc brakes, power steering, Magnum wheels, factory air conditioning, bucket seats, factory tachometer. – An older restoration recently cleaned up for the auction. Paint is fair with signs of poor prep work as well as multiple chips and cracks. Engine is tidy. Brightwork is unpolished and severely scratched. Undercarriage is clean. Interior chrome is pitting and the center console is cracked. Not a happy car, nor a reassuring one. – A very usable driver. 4-4-2s have held their own in the market for the most part during the past five years, and fair money was paid here in line with its prior sale at B-J’s Las Vegas auction in 2011 where it brought $20,900.

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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.