Mecum Kansas City Spring 2013 – Auction Report

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1970 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F190 1970 Pontiac GTO 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242370R146945; Engine # 122372 YC; Orbit Orange/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $27,000. – 455/370hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, Endura nose, Rally II wheels, Radial G/T tires, wing, pushbutton radio — Ram Air engine but not hood or air filter. Good older paint and interior. Bubbles under vinyl side accent. Left quarter window scratched. Road grime on chassis and the lower engine compartment. A driver with potential to be more. — Sold at Kissimmee (on its second pass across the block) in January for $23,320, a realistic price for its configuration and decidedly mediocre presentation.
1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Lot # F190.1 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup; S/N JBA505401; Light Grey/Grey, Black vinyl; Truck restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $26,500. – Varnished light maple (the car card says ‘oak’ but don’t bet on it) bed floor and side boards, black steel wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, whitewalls, oil filter, chrome grille and bumpers, headlight eyebrows, dual taillights — A truck with great eye-appeal but enough flaws to take the edge off. Whoever wet sanded it didn’t get closer than an rich to the drip rails and other edges, or sand the dirt out of the roof. Chassis has been repainted assembled after an older restoration. Visible filler in cowl edges. Pretty but not reassuring. — A pretty truck that most people will never subject to a close critique of the caliber of its restoration and bought appropriately for its eye-appeal and consistent, if not meticulous, presentation.
1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Pickup
Lot # F194 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Pickup; S/N 1JCCE88E5CT063478; White, Black pebble roof/Black vinyl; Customized restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $25,440. – 304 2-barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, wide alloy wheels, bolt in rollbar, tilt steering column, Laredo interior, seat in bed, bedliner sprayed bed, rear-mounted spare, AM-FM — Restored like new and then some. Excellent paint and interior. Some custom features but not offensive. — A quality restored and unusual Jeep, done to high standards and visually distinctive. It is a sound value at this price and likely couldn’t be duplicated for anything approaching the price paid. The new owner got a Jeep to be proud to own and drive.
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible
Lot # F195.1 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible; S/N 138676K174614; Engine # 10321 EDH; Red/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 396/360hp, 4-speed, buckets and console, knee-knocker tach, pushbutton radio, Rally wheels with trim rings, red line tires, P/B, no P/S — Represented as matching numbers, but the stamping is odd. Restored like new. Very good paint and chrome. Scuffed stainless, good interior. Orderly, like new, engine compartment, chassis and underbody. Documented with build sheet and original invoice. — Re-run Saturday as S178.1, no sale at $62,000. It’s time to let this car go away. It’s been a Mecum regular since Des Moines 2011, always at about the same bid. The message really should be getting through to the consignor by now: it’s a $55,000 car. It’s time to take your lumps and move on. Continuing to spend money on hauling it around is only adding to the pain.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F196 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124377L163656; Engine # T1027FDH; Marina Blue, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $43,460. – 396/325hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, power front disc brakes, P/S, Rally wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, Radial T/A tires, console gauges, fold down rear seat — A competent older cosmetic restoration showing age but limited use. Good paint, chrome and interior. Scuffed stainless trim. — A handsome car in a desirable color but the engine number de-codes to nothing in 1967 which makes the price it brought something of a stretch although not a lot for a shiny, showy cruise night car.
1965 Plymouth Valiant Signet 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S005 1965 Plymouth Valiant Signet 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N V457126018; Dark Red/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $9,000 plus commission of 5.56%; Final Price $9,500. – 273/180hp V-8, automatic, buckets and console, aftermarket A/C, no radio, wheelcovers, narrow whitewalls — Blotchy old paint, erratic bright trim, good interior, original underbody. Water stained package shelf. About as good as any Valiant Signet can expect to be. — Reported sold at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction two years ago for $14,575 and again since without much if any interest, the seller got out front of an unusual but intrinsically uninteresting car, took the money and stopped hauling it around. The new owner can have fun with it, but unless it gets some attention to address its numerous faults might also have to write off at least some of the cost. Only inflation will make it worth again what it brought at Kissimmee.
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner
Lot # S006 1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner; S/N H8FW165777; White, Red/White vinyl, Red cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $30,000. – 352/300hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, factory A/C, Town & Country radio, P/W, power bench seat, wheel covers, whitewalls, clear seat covers, no luggage box — Auction car with fresh chrome, interior and paint by Mr. Bill’s Body Shop. Underbody resprayed assembled. Top of engine chromed up and quickly painted but little attention elsewhere. — There really is a body shop called “Mr. Bill’s”? OHH NOOOO! What have you done to this car? Not much, and not very well, either, which is a good reason for the KC bidders to ignore it.
1953 Henry J Corsair 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S014 1953 Henry J Corsair 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N K534002247; Metallic Burgundy/Brown reptilette, Beige cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $8,000 plus commission of 6.25%; Final Price $8,500. – 3-speed, accessory turn signals, heater, no radio, wheel covers, whitewalls — Squirted with a particularly bad repaint in a color that must be intended as a joke. Described as a ‘complete restoration in 2008’ but this also is a joke. The car is sound but its condition is deplorable. — An exceptionally bad car — when it was built and as it still is today after some particularly reprehensible attention. A rat that in its present condition will never be worth more than it brought here.
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
Lot # S044 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible; S/N 223677U161930; Metallic Blue/Blue vinyl; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $28,000. – 326/180hp, 2-barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, aftermarket AM-FM console, remote outside mirror, styled wheels, red line bias ply tires — An unusual car with a decent cosmetic restoration. Good paint, competently masked, good top and glass. Orderly underhood, looks like a two-year old used car. — The first year for the Firebird, this one with the 2-barrel 326 V-8 and a few accessories to make it a decent cruiser. The reported high bid is right for its configuration and condition.

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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.