Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report

Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report Page Four

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F220 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B216552; Black, /Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $162,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, dual quads, automatic, P/B, argent shaker, console, pushbutton radio, woodgrain steering wheel, 4.10 Sure Grip, Rally wheels, trim rings, Polyglas GT tires. – Good paint but scuffed and water-spotted. Stainless trim is scuffed. Engine compartment is orderly but a little dusty. A quality older restoration in need of some attention to details. – At this price the new owner can afford to spend quite a bid on details. Not that it’s inexpensive, it just has some headroom.
1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F224 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 118376N134852; Metallic Blue, /Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $81,000 – 327/350ho L79, 4-speed, wheel covers, blackwall bias ply tires, buckets and console, pushbutton radio. – Excellent paint, good interior and major chrome. Scuffed stainless. Cloudy instrument cover, dirty steering wheel center and console. Underbody is like new. May have been rushed to completion, which is not a good thing. – Offered at Mecum Indy in 2011 with a reported high bid of $40,000, then by Auction America at Auburn Fall in 2012 with a $55,000 high bid. Sold by Mecum at Indy last May for $51,360 in essentially the same condition as it was offered today and turned around here for a pretty astounding profit. Right place, right time, right presentation yielded a formidable result.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # F226 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57A102960; Engine # T126F; Red, /Red, Silver vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $84,240 – 283 with dual quad intake and FI heads, Powerglide, P/S, dual circuit P/B, electric wipers, spinner wheel covers, whitewall tires, skirts, dual rear antennas, stoplight viewer, pushbutton radio. – Sharp paint, chrome and interior. Clean engine compartment would look better with a bat wing air filter. Underbody is fresh and crisp. Good panel fits and even gaps. Represented as matching numbers engine but the engine block number is overstamped and illegible. Bad odometer wheels. The dual circuit brakes suggest there might be discs behind the front wheels to go with the breathed on engine. – Sold by Kruse in Houston in 2006 for $72,900, then by RM from the Charlie Thomas collection in October 2012 for $52,800. Offered here twice last year with bids of $55,000 and $50,000. It took a while to get back up to 2006 levels.
1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Callaway Super Speedster
Lot # F257 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Callaway Super Speedster; S/N 1G1YZ23J3L5801157; Cherry Smash Red, /My Favorite Blue leather; No top; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $185,000 plus commission of; Final Price $185,000 – 350/750hp twin turbo ZR1 engine, 6-speed, one of two Super Speedsters – Clean, orderly and barely used, even with 13,174 miles. Richard Berry Collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2005 for $210,600, no wonder the seller wouldn’t let go. This is whole lot of car with performance that challenges quarter century newer supercars and design that still looks fresh and sharp. The consignor made the right decision to keep it.
1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer
Lot # F259 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Sledgehammer; S/N 1G1YY2180J5109700; Silver, /Black leather; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000 plus commission of; Final Price $600,000 – 383/899hp, 6-speed, AeroBody, Dymag wheels, A/C, cassette stereo, matching luggage, Callaway 88-051. – Good paint but worn, creased upholstery, soiled better. Aged underhood. A performance legend with a top speed that measures up to million+ dollar supercars three decades newer. 2,120 miles from new. Richard Berry collection. – Sold for $221,400 at Barrett-Jackson in 2004. It would be interesting to know what Richard Berry thinks it’s worth, although this bid seems reasonable for it.
1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Twin Turbo Callaway Speedster
Lot # F261 1991 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Twin Turbo Callaway Speedster; S/N 1G1YZ23J5M5801985; Candy Wine Red, Red hardtop/Ivory leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $275,000 plus commission of; Final Price $275,000 – OZ blind-bolted modular wheels, Brembo brakes, 350/766hp twin turbo ZR1 engine, wing, LM-style bodywork with intercooler extractor vents, double bubble removable hardtop. – 3,636 miles, barely used. Richard Berry collection. – The other Callaway Super Speedster, and the only one with LM-style bodywork and a double bubble hardtop. You have to puff on the engine awfully hard to get 2+hp/cubic inch, which might be an inhibiting factor in actually extracting the endorphins lying dormant under the driver’s right foot. Sold for $189,000 at Barrett-Jackson in 2004.
1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Convertible
Lot # F262 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Convertible; S/N 1G1YY3186J5102255; White, /Red leather; Black vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $27,000 – Nash 4+3 transmission, White Dymag wheels, cassette stereo. – Sound but aged and used. Used by GM for promotions and road tests. Richard Berry collection. – Sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2005 for $39,960 and a sound value at the price it brought today even with the miles and age.
1997 Callaway C7R GT1
Lot # F263 1997 Callaway C7R GT1; S/N TPSW02F002; Silver, /Black; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000 plus commission of; Final Price $150,000 – Aluminum 383/640hp, 6-speed Xtrac, Brembo brakes, carbon fiber monocoque and body, Paul Deutschman designed body. – Getting a little tired. – One of two C7s built, never raced. Bought from Callaway at Barrett-Jackson in 2004 for $216,000 and worth more than that today. Much more.
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible
Lot # F268 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Phase 2 Convertible; S/N HBJ8U42799; White, Red/Red; Black cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $59,400 – Overdrive, chrome wire wheels, Vredestein blackwall tires, Moto Lita woodrim steering wheel, BMC radio, fender mirrors. – Good repaint, new top and well-preserved original interior. Underbody is clean and aged appropriate to the 49,890 miles on the odometer. Scratched side windows. – With the exceptional values that Big Healeys have been bringing in the recent past it is surprising to find one in: a) good, sound largely original condition; b) not messed up in some tasteless way; and c) at this moderate price. It’s a very good value, and a rare find.

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  1. Rick: It appears that the XK120, Lot S180.1, has a cut down windshield. This could be why there is no top.

  2. It does look low, but the hooks for clamping a top down on the windshield posts are there. I think it just got lost somewhere.
    Nice catch.


  3. Hey Rick, always a fan of your reports, especially on the Corvette and muscle car auctions. I appreciate your car by car descriptions and often go back to the auction catalog to see how the cars were presented in the catalog vs your description which often gives the actual condition number of the car. I find it very helpful and interesting noting the difference between what I perceived the car to be from the catalog and what it actually is after your inspection, especially since I am handicapped and cannot get to as many auctions as I’d like to see the cars for myself. The one request I would make is that you always list the condition number (sometimes that it missing) with the other details. I look forward your work each month. I might suggest you take a break and get the Alfa out and enjoy it, especially after such a brutally cold and much too long winter..

  4. Rick,

    Another great report, thanks for all the effort you put into it. I especially enjoy where you trace a cars auction history. Do you mind sharing where info from?

    1. The prior auction result data comes from my own personally compiled and maintained auctions result database. It contains results primarily from the early 90’s to the present but some from prior auctions which I have compiled from catalogs and a variety of sources for the sale and value data.
      I continue to build it, both forward and backward, as data sources and time permit.
      I’m happy to consult it on behalf of others, either with regard to a specific chassis number or for a specific year/marque/model. If I don’t have anything its free; if I come up with meaningful data it costs a little more.


        1. Bill,
          No, I don’t do appraisals. It would be, I feel, expose me to conflict of interest situations, and I’m more than busy enough doing the auction reports and some articles.
          Having said that, I’m more than willing to compile and send comparable transaction background that lets you, or a qualified appraiser, form opinions of value.