Mecum Kansas City Spring 2013 – Auction Report

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1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F005 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 105376L108279; Yellow/Black; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $3,000 – 4-speed, Motorola radio, 17 inch polished alloy wheels, radial Cooper blackwall tires — Cracked windshield, crappy, chipped and scraped old repaint, tired original interior, sound but scuffed old chrome and stainless. Grubby original engine. The wheels are startlingly inappropriate. Tired but sound and in search of a good home. — So, what did you expect for a car like this in its present condition? It should have been long gone at any money bid.
1970 Ford Galaxie 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F007 1970 Ford Galaxie 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0G55Y252399; White/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $10,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $10,600. – 390, 2-barrel, automatic, accessory cruise control, A/C, P/S, P/B, chrome Cragar S/S alloy wheels, radial blackwall tires, radio, dual outside mirrors, owner’s manual, original window sticker, invoice, build sheet — Fresh repaint, good original interior and chrome. One family owned, sound and presentable. Orderly and tidy but not restored underhood. — The story makes this car interesting, but not much else does and the seller should be very happy to get this much for it.
1936 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Phaeton
Lot # F015 1936 Ford Model 18 Deluxe Phaeton; S/N 18F2316779; Washington Blue/Brown vinyl; Beige cloth top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $41,500 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $43,990. – Steel spoke wheels, chrome spiders, large hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, wind wings, banjo spoke steering wheel, enclosed rear spare, luggage rack, dual taillights — Restored better than new with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Engine, underbody and chassis are neat and orderly. A very nice example with some use and age showing. — This is a favorite body style, open for use on fine days and with enough space for the whole family, and a good, well restored and maintained example that brought a reasonable price.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon
Lot # F117 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Station Wagon; S/N VC55J135250; Red, Beige roof/Beige, Red image; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $58,300. – 265/162hp, 2-barrel, Powerglide, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, no P/S or P/B, grille guard, oil filter — Fresh, sharp, bright repaint and chrome on an older restoration to driver quality standards. Scuffed stainless trim. Marginally presented underhood with too much matte black. Pitted trim, loose radio antenna escutcheon. A sound car that isn’t ready for Prime Time. — Sold at Branson Spring in 2009 for $47,520 and maybe a little better now but still needing lots of attention to be anything more than an attractive driver. The seller should be happy to have enjoyed it for four years and get this much for it.
1969 Goggomobil 250 Coupe
Lot # F127 1969 Goggomobil 250 Coupe; S/N 02282395; Red, White roof/Grey vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $24,000. – Floor shift, Blaupunkt Wein cassette, wheelcovers, whitewalls — Decent fresh paint, sound older interior. Worn window felts, cracked seals and loose channels. Engine given a superficial redo but orderly and only lightly oiled. A superficially presented but very cute microcar. — The consignor really can’t expect to get any more than this for a car with slapdash presentation that leaves many visible issues unresolved. Microcars are a hot category — especially after RM’s Bruce Weiner collection sale — but even the bad cars there were honestly presented and few if any of them were superficially redone in the manner of this Goggomobil. It could have been sold at the reported high bid and the result celebrated by the seller.
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe
Lot # F145 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Coupe; S/N 124870N541601; Engine # V0410CTB; Cranberry Red, Black stripes/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $37,000. – 350/360hp LT1, 4-speed, heater, pushbutton radio, console, gauges, mag-style wheels, G60-15 Polyglas GT tires, P/B, 3.73 Positraction — Good repaint and engine-out underhood detailing. Otherwise original and showing its age, particularly in the pitted trim and door handles. Underbody has been repainted assembled. Represented as matching numbers. — This is the last of the really muscular Z/28s, a car that promised performance from its 350/360hp LT1 engine but was burdened with way too much weight to realize its engine’s potential. This example sold for $29,680 at Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee auction. The seller was unreasonably greedy not to accept money anywhere close to the reported high bid.
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # F165.1 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E57S101891; Engine # F517F; Venetian Red, Beige coves/Red vinyl; Beige cloth top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – 283/270hp dual quads, 3-speed, 4.11 Positraction, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewalls, heater, radio delete — Good older restoration showing but little use. Flawed, microblistering paint looks good at 10 feet. Good interior and most chrome. Has great eye appeal that is diminished up close. — This car brought $82,680 at Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction in 2011. Since then it’s been searching for someone to give it a home at St. Charles 2012, Dallas (twice), Kissimmee (twice), Houston and now here. The reported high bid here should have bought it, before more transporter rides and entry fees build its sunk cost well into six figures.
1936 International C-30 Tank Truck
Lot # F167 1936 International C-30 Tank Truck; S/N C3026950; Red, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $27,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $28,620. – Opening windshield, turn signals, dump cans, grease barrels — Freshly done with ‘White Eagle’ branding to better than new condition throughout. Butler 3-compartment tank paint has some orange peel. Excellent chrome. Wood is stained, not varnished. Engine is fresh and sharp. An unusually high quality truck. — This is an exceptionally pretty truck restoration that couldn’t be duplicated in this exemplary condition if a sound, fully equipped unrestored truck were free. Just finding the tanks, dump cans and barrels would take days and days of searching. A sound value for a truck collection, particularly one that favors Internationals.
1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F172 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 166375L203846; Engine # F0112HCR; Yellow/Black vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $12,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $12,720. – 327 2-barrel, automatic, radio, buckets and console, heater, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, P/S, no P/B — Cosmetically redone with sound paint, polished chrome, good original interior, freshened engine compartment. Much of the car was left alone and original. Weak bumper chrome. Engine compartment superficially black-bombed. Represented as matching numbers engine but the numbers don’t decode. Mediocre is the right word to describe this Impala. — Right money for a mediocre 2-barrel Impala SS.

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  1. Love to read Rick’s auction reports, very informative and interesting. And
    This time very entertaining!

  2. I learn something every single time I read a Rick Carey report. Please keep up the auction coverage that is unmatched anywhere…print or online.

    1. Check often.
      Jamie posts them as I get them to him, and I’m about three auctions behind, rushing frantically to catch up before another round of sales, so there is likely to be at least one more before next week’s e-mail.

      Rick