Mecum Kansas City Spring 2013 – Auction Report

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1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S045 1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 5205118376; Engine # P318 212013; Light Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue roof/Blue vinyl, Black cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $22,000. – 318/230hp, 2-barrel, automatic, pushbutton radio, P/S, dual outside mirrors, flipper wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, bench seat — Dull old paint, erratic chrome, sound interior. Orderly but aged and intrinsically not very interesting except for its rarity and the fabulous dashboard, instrument panel and steering wheel. — This is a car most notable for its survival from a year when Dodge styling was searching for direction. The antediluvian water creature design of the rear fenders remains a mystery. A period best in Dodge history best forgotten, which the KC bidders did.
1966 Ford Mustang Coupe
Lot # S052 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe; S/N 6F07C288422; Beige, Brown taped coachline/Beige; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $12,000. – 289/200hp, 2-barrel, 3-speed, pushbutton radio, CD stereo underdash, styled wheels, red line bias ply tires, no P/S or P/B — Good repaint, new interior, chrome. Engine done on top but not below. Old undercoat, road grimy chassis. Very good body with tight, even gaps and flush fits. A well presented fresh cosmetic restoration in an odd but unusual color combination. — There’s something intrinsically forgettable about a beige over beige Mustang notchback. This is a car a Ford dealer would buy to place out front of the dealership with ‘$2,500’ lettered on the windshield in white shoe polish. A nice enough car, and worth more than the reported high bid here even in this superficially presented condition.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S052.1 1968 Plymouth Road Runner 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N RM21H8G213471; Burgundy Metallic/Black; Modified restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $21,500 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $22,790. – 440/375hp replacing the original 383/335, automatic, Hurst shifter, bench seat, CD stereo, Magnum wheels, Firehawk Indy 500 radials — Showy deep clearcoat paint, good engine compartment, chrome and interior, scuffed stainless. Underbody covered in old undercoat. A showy semi-custom. — Good luck to the buyer.
1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible
Lot # S053 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible; S/N 4H14F112282; Skylight Blue/Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $16,500 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $17,490. – 260/164hp, automatic, P/S, A/C, steel wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, Radial T/A tires, dashtop tach, pushbutton radio — Sound old orange peely repaint, sound original upholstery, new floor mats. Engine compartment redone with a rattle can. Driver’s seat cushion collapsed. Sound, straight body, even door gaps and flush fits. Some overspray and erratic masking. Usable as is but needs some love and attention. — But at this price it’s impossible to go wrong on a V8 Falcon Sprint convertible, even with all this one’s needs.
1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I Roadster
Lot # S091.1 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I Roadster; S/N HBT7L8943; Red, Red hardtop/Black leather; Black top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $34,500 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $36,570. – Overdrive, fender mirrors, chrome wire wheels, blackwall radials, two tops — Restored to like new condition and showing some use and age but still in very satisfying condition. The two tops make it especially attractive to collectors looking for more than six months usability. — Sold two weeks ago in Branson for $29,700, a modest but successful flip that paid the consignor’s weekend expenses and still was a sound value for the new owner.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # S099 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194679S722616; Engine # T0319ME; White, Red scallop/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Modified restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $185,000. – ZL1, 4-speed, J56 brakes, Rally wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, side exhaust, heater, no radio, air pump disconnected — Represented as a real L88 Corvette upgraded with a period ZL1 aluminum engine retrieved from the estate of Howard Gidovlenko, test pilot and speed freak. Restored like new with very good paint, chrome and interior. Underbody and engine are nearly like new with just a little storage dust in the recesses. — An extraordinary tale and a car to be reckoned with. Howard Gidovlenko’s original lightweight E-type was the sensation of the Monterey auctions in 1999. His prowess with building Allison aircraft engines for unlimited hydroplanes was legendary. No surprise he had a ZL1 block holding up one end of his coffee table. What is this Corvette worth? More than this, just for its connection with the past and the excellent workmanship in its restoration and preparation.
1959 Rambler Cross Country Station Wagon
Lot # S102 1959 Rambler Cross Country Station Wagon; S/N D741008; Cotillion Mauve, Hibiscus Rose accent, Oxford White roof/Rose vinyl, Black cloth; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $23,320. – Pushbutton automatic, pushbutton radio, heater, roof rack, wheel covers, whitewalls, stoplight viewer — Fresh decent repaint, good interior, weak chrome, old undercoat. A sound largely original car with a presentable repaint. — There were some pretty special cars at Mecum’s Kansas City auction, but few of them attracted the attention of this Cotillion Mauve, Hibiscus Rose, Oxford White Rambler Cross Country wagon. It had been sold at Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction last August for $8,525, then at Mecum’s Anaheim auction in November for $16,960 and deserved every penny of the price it brought here. Lined up with mega muscle cars on cruise night it will still be the center of attention.
1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # S103 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194671S116338; White, White hardtop/Red; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $23,500 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $24,910. – 350/270hp, 4-speed, AM-FM, two tops, P/S, P/B, Rally wheels, spinner hubcaps, trim rings, Kenwood CD stereo — Fresh repaint, some light overspray underhood. Sound interior and top. Engine compartment and underbody are old, untouched and grungy. — It’s just a car, but it’s in decent condition and at least it’s not an automatic. It is impossible to argue with the price it brought, but unlikely it will ever be worth more than this.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # S105 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194677S102900; Engine # 7102900 V1019HP; White/Black; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $64,000 plus commission of 6.00%; Final Price $67,840. – 327/350hp, 4-speed, alloy wheels, side exhausts, red line tries, AM-FM, P/B, P/S, cold factory A/C — Represented as numbers matching, borne out by the block stamping. Good paint, chrome and interior. Top of engine is good but the bottom not so much. Underbody resprayed over minimal prep. An unusually optioned high performance smallblock Corvette that deserves better than this but will be fun to drive until it gets it. — It may deserve better presentation but it doesn’t deserve any more money than this. That’s not a knock on the car or the price it brought, but any more than this would be excessive.

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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.