Mecum Anaheim 2014 – Auction Report

Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, California, November 13-15, 2014

2015 marked Mecum’s third auction at the Convention Center in Anaheim. Their success in this venue is in marked contrast to that of others who have ventured into the LA area with uniformly lackadaisical results.

While Rick Cole had successful auctions in Newport Beach in the waning years of the last collector car auction boom and Keith and Desley McCormick have been successful in Palm Springs for 30 years, since the early 1990’s Barrett-Jackson, Christie’s, Bonhams, Russo and Steele and others have attempted to establish a beachhead in what is, by any standards, the center of American Car Culture. A region built around the automobile, where even venues are defined by their proximity to freeways, major highways and traffic arteries, where institutions like the Petersen Museum celebrate the automobile in all its varied manifestations, where major manufacturers – American, European and Far Eastern – site their advanced design studios, where Carroll Shelby, Lance Reventlow, Dan Gurney, Vic Edelbrock, Harry Miller and scads more innovators and dreamers had their roots, southern California has beaten back every venture by the best and most successful auction companies.

Will Mecum beat the jinx? The numbers below are the best guide:

Mecum Anaheim
Cars Offered / Sold
Sale %
Average Sale
Median Sale
Total Sales
758 / 398
$22,680 [59.4%]
780 / 413
$23,540 [71.2%]
786 / 421
$25,440 [69.9%]

Factor into the analysis that 2014’s total was boosted by the sale of Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 07633 for $2,322,000, a transaction some three times greater than any prior Mecum Anaheim transaction. Discounting the effect of the 275 GTB, car counts, sale rates, median transactions and total dollars are stable, but gradually trending down, over the 3-year span, a good revenue-generating sale for Mecum, but not taking off into spectacular numbers such as Mecum has generated in places like Kissimmee, Houston or Dallas.

That impression carried through on-site where the late Saturday crowd was sparse, even before the good cars on the day’s docket ran out.

Southern California is a tough nut to crack, even for the Mecum Auctions juggernaut.

Mecum Anaheim 2014 – Auction Report

1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convertible
Lot # T019 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convertible; S/N 2KKD36275; Black/Tan broadcloth; Tan cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $17,280 – 3-speed, no radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, clock. – Dull old repaint, fair old chrome, nearly illegible odometer reels but good, crisp gauge faces. Poor top fit, some broken snaps. Usable recent upholstery and trim panels. Dead, gooey door seals and poor window fits. Orderly but aged underhood. Potentially a good car, but needs a good home. – By any standards this is a generous price for a tired and undistinguished old Chevy that wants comprehensive attention before it is anything more than a neglected and somewhat dilapidated old driver.
1968 International 1200 Travelall Utility
Lot # T020 1968 International 1200 Travelall Utility; S/N 783207H7404048; Light Green, White roof/Grey vinyl; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $4,000 plus commission of 12.50%; Final Price $4,500 – 267/155hp V-8, 2-barrel, 4-speed, 4-wheel drive, P/S, P/B, white wheels, Firestone Radial A/T blackwall tires, Warn front hubs, 2-row seating. – Dull, thin original paint, rechromed bumpers but pitted, dull chrome everywhere else. Good glass. Upholstery is good. Pedals and driver’s floor mat are worn so much that the car card statement, ‘Believed to be 6,234 miles’ is patently stupid. Body is sound and straight. Engine compartment is filthy. Has potential as a restoration project. – An intriguing truck with attributes that commend it amid the present fascination with FJ40s, but this example is so old and tired that it is worth no more than the modest price it brought here. With restoration costs that will be daunting, it may live out its remaining days as a weekend hauler.
1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # T027 1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 607C14349; Blue/Blue vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $8,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $9,180. No Reserve – 371/240hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, rubber floor mats, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls. – Fair old repaint, sound but scuffed chrome and stainless. Sound replaced upholstery with gaudy bright blue panels. Dirty old engine compartment and underbody. Not much of a car but, then, it never was. – Oldsmobile’s bread-and-butter in 1960, one of 76,377 built to haul America’s families, one notch up from a Pontiac and one below a Buick in GM’s aspirational ladder. Its original $2,900 price is less than $300 more than an Impala V-8, but its survival is pretty amazing. So is the generous price it brought.
1949 Studebaker 2R5-12 Pickup
Lot # T036 1949 Studebaker 2R5-12 Pickup; S/N 1R13217; Red/Brown vinyl; Truck restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $17,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $18,900 – 4-speed, chrome bumpers, hubcaps, Firestone radial blackwall tires, owner’s manual, shop manual, parts catalog. – Very good older paint, good interior, dash and instruments. Probably better than when it left Studebaker, certainly the paint is, and one family owned from new. Restoration said to have cost $46,000. – A good restoration, even for a truck, costs about as much as was spent on this Studebaker, but often the restoration cost dwarfs the value of the finished vehicle. Taking into account the rarity of this Studebaker and the quality of its presentation, the new owner got a good value in a truck that will always attract attention.
1967 Chevrolet C10 CST Pickup
Lot # T098 1967 Chevrolet C10 CST Pickup; S/N CE147Z106142; Blue/Blue vinyl; Truck restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $21,600 – 327, 4-barrel, automatic, P/S, no P/B, AM-FM, heater, black steel wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, narrow whitewalls, short wide bed, black painted oak bed floor, stainless bed strips. – Good clearcoat paint, chrome, interior and bed. Orderly, clean engine compartment. Dry unrestored chassis and underbody. An unpretentious but quality truck in cosmetically attractive condition. – Cosmetically restored well, with good mechanical attention, but still largely original underneath, this is what you want in a 60’s California pickup. The replacement engine isn’t, among trucks, much of a knock on it and the result of this transaction is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible
Lot # T099 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible; S/N CF29207U; Yellow/Black; Black leatherette top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $12,960. No Reserve – Steel wheels, trim rings, red line Michelin tires, Kenwood CD stereo, luggage rack. – Good recent paint, chrome and interior. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Dry original underbody with some overspray. An attractive two-owner California driver. – While the car is nothing special its presentation is notable for its honesty, like a carefully driven 8- or 10-year old car would have been twenty years ago. It is more car than the money it brought.
1985 Maserati Quattroporte 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # T102.1 1985 Maserati Quattroporte 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N ZAMBC1105FA305254; Metallic Dark Blue/Saddle leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $11,880 – Automatic, A/C, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, Michelin Pilot blackwall tires. – Represented as 29,838 original miles and one owner from new. Aside from an old, occasionally chipped repaint this is an honest, sound car. – As an automobile a Quattroporte is less reliable and far more complicated than an old Jaguar but as an object it is nothing less than beautiful. The coachwork is purposeful and aggressive. The interior is sublimely luxurious. The 4-cam, 4-Weber engine is mechanical artwork. Unfortunately the whole is less than the sum of its marvelous parts, suffering from exaggerated complication and an inexplicable electrical system with more fuse boxes than a whole showroom of Volkswagens. This one-owner example may be the exception to the rule, however. It seems to have led a good, even pampered, life and may actually be drivable. At this price just the experience of owning it can be savored. If it proves otherwise, put the engine on a stand in a man-cave, surround it with the soft, supple leather seats and think about its origin in the fabled 450S.
1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible
Lot # T103 1954 Ford Crestline Sunliner Convertible; S/N U4SC109246; Red/Red, White vinyl; Black cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $19,000 – 239/130hp, 3-speed, pushbutton radio, continental kit, skirts, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Poor but sound old repaint with dirt and dust included for free. Decent upholstery, fair gauges, overspray on hood seals. Erratic chrome. Aged, oily engine compartment, dry original underbody. Not good, but not seriously flawed (except for the paint) either. – The consignor was correct in declining the reported high bid on this Sunliner, even taking the dirty, badly masked paint into account. The bid isn’t far from being sufficient, but far enough to wait for another day.
1911 Ford Model T Tourabout
Lot # T111.1 1911 Ford Model T Tourabout; S/N 45694; Olive, Black fenders/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $13,000 – Ford script E&J brass electric headlights, kerosene sidelights and taillight, folded trumpet bulb horn, brass windshield frame. – Dull old paint, tattered original upholstery, complete but fragile old top. Dull brass. An uncatalogued 1911 body style documented with the original Ford delivery paper. Tired, aged and neglected but way cool. – This is a wonderful old thing, in a rare body style (a Tourabout being a roadster with a tonneau added at the rear to take two or three more passenger) in wonderful, tired but never messed up condition. It was offered here a year ago with a reported high bid of $28,000, a much more realistic value than the sparse high bid reported here. With documentation from new for its uncataloged body style it is a potential star at any Ford or Brass era event. It missed its audience here (twice) and should be sold at Hershey or Philadelphia.

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    1. I thought I’d covered that discontinuity with the observation, ‘Corsa badged but naturally aspirated.’
      This was such a crapcan that mis-describing its configuration is but a smudge upon its overall miserable presentation.


      1. 1966 CORSAs came standard with a 140hp 4x1bbl version, which is what I had, or an optional 180hp turbo. Saying it is CORSA badged is flat out wrong. That front fender badge is a Monza badge. I think what you’re attempting to say is that the seller presented it as a CORSA or CORSA engined. The 140 hp 4x1bbl engine was optional on the Monzas and 500s, so it probably had the CORSA standard engine, but the car is definitely a Monza.

  1. F102.1 Mini is not a 1969 car as represented…a 1969 would have exposed door hinges…the hidden door hinges came something like 10 years later…my guess…a later car with a title transplant.

  2. You’re probably correct, at least a ’69 ID plate carefully drilled out and re-installed on one of the new shells available in the UK. That’s consistent with the many modifications.