Mecum Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

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Friday Cars

1983 Daimler DS420 Limousine, Body by Vanden Plas
Lot # F012 1983 Daimler DS420 Limousine, Body by Vanden Plas; S/N SADDWATL4AC200423; Dark Grey hood and above coachline, , Dark Blue/Navy Blue leather in front and Navy Blue cloth in rear; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $13,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $14,040. – 4235, automatic, Uniroyal narrow whitewalls, bustleback rear, locking filler cap and glove box, flag pole, interior dome lights, front and rear A/C, electric rear division, P/W, central door locking, rear foot rests, tinted glass, pullout bar with crystal, dual wing mirrors. – Cracking interior wood. Average quality repaint with some overspray and orange peel. A few dings and a big scratch on the hood. Weak chrome. May have been described as regal at one point. Now just looks like a heavily used toy, but what a toy. – Re-run of T135.1, no-sale at $17,000. A Jag (or a Hag) by another name but with exaggerated design that recalls a failed earlier idiom. The seller should be happy to get this much.
1965 Honda S600 SM Roadster
Lot # F029 1965 Honda S600 SM Roadster; S/N AS2851008019; Black/Red leather; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $44,280. – 606cc four, four Mikuni carbs, K&N filters, 4-speed, Minilite wheels, Cooper tires, dual wing mirrors, wood-rimmed steering wheel, radio, heater, locking glovebox. – Good paint and chrome. Titled as a 1967, probably the year it was imported. Good lightly worn interior. Definitely used but tidy underneath. The more luxurious SM model came with a radio, cigarette lighter, heater, more comfortable seats and a removable passenger’s seat. Superficially restored, but a cute, rare, interesting driver (for those who can fit inside, at least). – Given the choice between this Honda S600 SM and a Fiat Jolly the value is all on the Honda’s side of the equation and the bidder wise enough to recognize it, even spending this much, is way ahead of the game. It may be expensive, but that’s only ‘now’. Later it will look like a good value.
1966 Triumph TR4A IRS Roadster
Lot # F053 1966 Triumph TR4A IRS Roadster; S/N CTC65916L; Red/Black vinyl piped in White; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $26,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $28,620. – 2138, 4-speed, Minator wheels, Dunlop tires, dual mirrors, banjo steering wheel, wood dash, locking glove box, push button radio. – Desirable IRS (independent rear suspension) example. 113,000 miles on the chassis. 1,500 since 2008 engine rebuild and on frame restoration. 13,377 miles on odometer. Represented as matching numbers. Very good chrome. Strong paint. Very clean interior. A good but not perfect car, more like a pretty driver. – Sold by Worldwide in Houston in May 2007 for $24,750, then at RM Monterey three months later for $25,300, this is a steady and enjoyable car that brought a little more than the seller had in it and had added 558 miles to its odometer since Houston. Once seen as appreciating drivers, the TR4 value curve seems to have flatlined.
1961 Morris Mini Minor 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # F089 1961 Morris Mini Minor 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N MA2S4L34624; Burgundy/Tan leather; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $20,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $22,140. – 850, 3-speed, Minilite-style wheels, dual mirrors, black plastic fender flares, heater. – Decent paint. Very good gaps. Decent chrome. Very good interior, especially the high-quality custom leather. Average engine bay. Pretty well done very early Mini, but basic equipment. – The base Mini, still cute, but not exciting like a Cooper. The custom leather interior probably accounts for the few thousand dollars it brought over a standard vinyl upholstered Mini Minor.
2003 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe
Lot # F092 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0AB29993S685250; Speed Yellow/Black leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $51,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $55,080. – 3.6, twin turbo, 6-speed, Speedline wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, factory X-50 Power kit and factory aero kit, Alpine stereo. – Very good paint and interior. Some rock chips on the nose. Lightly used. Not like new, but close. – Used car. KBB says it’s worth $24,256 with the aero kit, Power Kit and 19 inch wheels. Chalk it up to auction enthusiasm.
1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible
Lot # F105 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible; S/N HBJ8L27836; California Sage/Dark Green leather; Dark Green vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $77,760. – 2,912/148hp, 4-speed with overdrive, stainless spoke wire wheels, Nankang tires, wood-rimmed steering wheel, heater, locking glove box, wood dash. – Well done top and paint. Very good top and chrome. Excellent interior. Really clean frame and engine bay. Recent rotisserie restoration done to high but not show quality standards. – An exceptionally enjoyable Healey, more than good enough to be driven proudly and displayed anywhere but at the most demanding venues, this is a notable value for a car that could have brought $80K or more on the hammer without being expensive.

Saturday Cars

1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible
Lot # S054 1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible; S/N 50268552; Yellow/Dark Red leather; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $54,000. – 262/123hp, 3-speed, power top, P/W, pushbutton radio, turn signals, dual remote Unity spotlights, skirts, wide hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls. – Mediocre old repaint, sound but flawed. Decent chrome and stainless. Surface creased upholstery. Badly wiper scratched right windshield pane. Underbody is mostly original and surface rusted. A sound old Hudson that can be used as is for a long time before it warrants restoration. – Reported sold at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction this May on Wednesday for $41,040, but a no-sale on Sunday at $32,000, the bet paid off here in Monterey with a home run for … whomever owned it. The Wednesday Indy price made perfect sense, but it’s hard to criticize the Monterey bidders for its premium here. It’s a cool car.
1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S078 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N STH21; Black, , Silver coachline and roof/Black leather; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $28,080. No – Automatic, painted disc wheels, Firestone wide whitewalls, dual mirrors, Lucas driving lights, badge bar, Spirit of Ecstasy radiator mascot, suicide rear doors, dash clock, passenger’s side flower pot, dome light, pullout trays in back of front seats, wood dash and window trim. – Used by collector Bill DeCarr as his ‘around town’ car. Average paint. Very good interior. Dings and a couple of cracks in paint. Very good interior. Dings and a couple of cracks. Solid chrome. Average quality car that is no stunner in any way. One of 730 built between 1949 and 1955. – A neat old car, tired but honest and eminently usable. There is no more economical way to become a member of the RROC than this, and it is a great value.

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  1. Lot #F105, “Phase 2 Austin-Healey” shows the front shroud light configuration and door handles of a Phase 1 car, although the VIN is given as HBJ8L/27836, a Phase 2 number. Mecum description says it’s a Kurt Tanner restoration to highest Concours standards, but how can that be if the VIN does not match the features of the car? The paint, too, while beautiful, is not an original color and would therefore lose points in Concours.

  2. Rick, I believe that any restorer worth his salt should use a favorable estimate of his work by your column as advertising. Your commentary and evaluations are free of the usual frippery done by writers not wanting to abrade the owner ego. Therefore, I will steer clear of having any of my cars evaluated. I already know the flaws. 🙂