Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report

Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report Page Five

1965 Sunbeam Tiger Convertible
Lot # F281 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Convertible; S/N B9470832LRXFE; Carnival Red, Black hardtop/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $95,000 plus commission of; Final Price $95,000 – 260/164hp 2-barrel, 4-speed, LAT 13 inch alloy wheels, red line Tiger Paw bias ply tires, wood rim steering wheel. – Good older repaint with minor edge chips, sound original interior showing some age. Underbody is older than the paint job and is dirty. A usable and attractively original driver. – Reported twice by Mecum, as F261 as a $110,000 no sale and with this result. It’s attractively equipped with things like the rare LATiger wheels and the originality offers some real potential. At the reported high bid ($15,000 less than the high bid it got here last year) it should have been loose and selling.
1974 De Tomaso Pantera L
Lot # F282 1974 De Tomaso Pantera L; S/N THPNND06836; Red, /Black; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000 plus commission of; Final Price $90,000 – Campagnolo wheels, Arriva tires, P/W, A/C, AM-FM. – 7,625 mile, 2-owner car all original with clearcoat over original paint. Good interior and chrome. Dirty underbody with original undercoat. – Sold at Mecum Dallas last September for $84,530. The consignor apparently hopes for a home run which isn’t about to happen. It is, however, a six-figure highly original car waiting for just the right owner.
1969 Dodge Charger 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F293 1969 Dodge Charger 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XP29G9B153817; White, /Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $36,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $39,420 – 383/290hp 2-barrel, automatic, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, gauges, dog dish hubcaps, blackwall tires. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Very good paint and chrome, good original interior. Filthy windshield corners. A competent cosmetic restoration of a Plain Jane Dodge. – This is not an exciting car except for its originality, and this is a full price to pay for originality with a 2-barrel engine.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # F296 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC55F197585; Engine # T55F; Red, Ivory/Red, Ivory vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $46,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $50,220 – 265/162hp, 2-barrel, oil filter, electric wipers, Powerglide, skirts, wheel covers, whitewalls, WonderBar radio, dual outside mirrors, sill moldings. – Very good paint, chrome and interior. Bent windshield trim, some masking holidays, filled front fenders. Engine is orderly, showing a little age but no significant use and is correctly numbered for its configuration. Underbody has been hit recently with an erratic application of sealer. Honest, not fancy. – Good colors and generally attractive although some of the cosmetic shortcomings call into question the caliber of the work and attention accorded it during its restoration. At this price, though, it’s worth every penny.
2002 Ferrari 360 Spider
Lot # F299 2002 Ferrari 360 Spider; S/N ZFFYT53AX20129427; Silver, /Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000 plus commission of; Final Price $75,000 – F1 gearbox, 5-spoke alloy wheels, Bridgestone blackwall tires. Assembly number 46614. Motronic ECU upgrade, Chip guarded nose and mirrors. – No mention of miles, but from the interior and steering wheel wear it is more than a few. – Deservedly overlooked by the Kissimmee bidders.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Lot # F307 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible; S/N VC57N153596; Black, /Red, Silver vinyl; Black vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $66,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $71,280 – 283/220hp, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, heater, stoplight viewer, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, dual rear antennas, continental kit, bumper overriders. – Very good paint, chrome, interior, top and glass. Filled spots in the right sills, fenders and door. Clean and only lightly used underhood. Right door bottom flares. An attractive, generally well done Bel Air. – Sold for $86,400 at Barrett-Jackson in 2005 freshly restored and beautiful, now a little aged and maybe submitted to a more thorough inspection, this is a generous but not excessive price to pay for its combination of attributes.
1971 Buick GS Convertible
Lot # F308 1971 Buick GS Convertible; S/N 434671H190727; Lime Mist Metallic, /Pearl vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $73,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $78,840 – 455/315hp Stage 1, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, hood tach, console, Magnum wheels, Eagle GT II tires, aftermarket AM-FM, tilt steering column, P/W, 3.42 limited slip. – Restored to showroom condition. Excellent clearcoat paint, bright chrome and stainless, good interior, tight top. Underbody is better than new. Hood and driver’s door could fit better. – Typically Buick, Oldsmobile and even Pontiac muscle cars have trailed their Chevrolet counterparts in value. That seems to be changing, although this unusually liveried Buick Stage I could have brought a bit more without being ruinously costly.
1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # F309 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194671S108169; Engine # T0121CPJ 11S108169; Ontario Orange, Orange hardtop/Tan leather; Black top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $59,400 – 454/365hp LS5, automatic, AM-FM, Rally wheels with trim rings, blackwall tires, P/S, P/B, A/C, two tops, luggage rack. – Represented as matching numbers engine. Good paint, chrome and interior. Engine is like new up on top but has a little oil mist and road grime down low. Underbody is clean and like new. – Sold here two years ago for $43,460, the new owner should be satisfied with the car, if a little edgy about the price paid.
1969 AMC Rambler SC/Rambler 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S022 1969 AMC Rambler SC/Rambler 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N A9M097X257474; White, Red, Blue/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $65,880 – 390/325hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, bench seat, column-mounted 90 degree Sun tach, blue Magnum wheels with trim rings and red line Polyglas tires. – Restored like new but using some old, pitted trim bits that should have been refinished. Paint is very good, chrome and interior are good, underbody is painted like the top of the car. – Flamboyant hardly is sufficient to describe the B Group SC/Rambler, a car that will never be called a sleeper in its bright white, red and blue paint. When Muscle Cars gather it won’t be the fastest, but it will vie with any chicken-hooded Trans Am for the most flashy. Call it show-off money at this price.

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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.

    Rick

  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.

      Rick

        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.