Mecum Kissimmee 2014 – Auction Report

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dick Lang Race Car
Lot # S148 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dick Lang Race Car; S/N 30837S106553; Riverside Red, White stripes/Black; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000 plus commission of; Final Price $900,000 – 327/360hp, 4-speed, 36 gallon tank, J56 brakes, braced rollbar, 5-spoke Torque Thrust style wheels, black side exhausts. – Raced from new by Dick Lang, 4th in 1963 and 3rd in 1964 SCCA National standings. A quality older Nabers Brothers restoration starting to age. Paint and chrome are very good, chassis is showing age. – Is there a legend building here? This is a fine and well-documented SCCA Nationals Corvette race car but it has no legendary wins to its credit, no famed racing drivers sat in its seat. It never vanquished a notable Cobra. It is largely undistinguished except, that is, to Corvette collectors bent on creating their own legends. The reported high bid means nothing.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe
Lot # S150.1 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe; S/N 30837S108848; Silver, /Dark Red vinyl; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $475,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $513,000 – 327/360hp, 4-speed, 36 gallon fuel tank, P/B, spinner wheel covers, blackwall Silvertown bias ply tires, WonderBar radio. – Original driveline and interior. Excellent clearcoat repaint. Restored like new some time ago with little use since and still in excellent, correct condition. Bloomington Gold Special collection, NCRS Top Flight. – This is essentially the same specification as the ‘Dick Lang Z06’ and it brought half the reported high bid on the ex-Dick Lang car. It seems like a much more realistic valuation.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Styling Car
Lot # S153 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Styling Car; S/N 30837S115249; Pink Pearl, /Pink leather; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $340,000 plus commission of; Final Price $340,000 – 327/300hp, Powerglide, centerlock alloy wheels, narrow whitewalls, 4-wheel disc brakes. – Crazing old repaint, cracked original interior, White steering wheel. Dirty old undercoat. Tired old GM styling car driven by Mrs. Harley Earl. – A singularly unattractively presented car, not even distinguished by the originality of its paint. No wonder it didn’t sell even at the reported high bid.
1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Competition Roadster
Lot # S154 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Competition Roadster; S/N CSX 3016; Silver, Red, White, Blue stripe/Black leather; Competition restoration, 2+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,700,000 plus commission of; Final Price $1,700,000 – Centerlock wire wheels, Goodyear Blue Streak tires, fire system, black paperclip rollbar, quick fill fuel tank, quick jack pickups, black side exhausts. – 1966 Sebring class winner driven by Bob Grossman and Ed Lowther (4 laps behind the George Wintersteen/Ben Moore 427 Corvette), track record at Watkins Glen in 1966. Restored to race ready condition with better paint. – Good but relatively undistinguished history that is adequately balanced by the price offered for it.
1960 Porsche 356B 1600S Roadster, Body by Drauz
Lot # S165 1960 Porsche 356B 1600S Roadster, Body by Drauz; S/N 88348; Engine # P87182; Silver-Grey, /Black leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000 plus commission of; Final Price $150,000 – Chrome wheels, Pirelli blackwall tires, hubcaps, Talbot mirror, Weber carbs, MSD distributor. – Good looking older repaint but with egregious overspray and body shop crud in the wheel wells. Modified engine. Good interior and top. Not reassuring but the engine and chassis numbers fall into the appropriate sequence for 1960. – Reported bid to $145,000 at RM Monterey last August.
1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition
Lot # S174 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition; S/N ZA9DU21B7WLA12017; Cherry Red, /Beige leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $120,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $129,600 – 790hp twin turbo, chrome modular wheels, PZero tires. – One of 20 “Monterey Edition” built, one owner, 10,860 miles. A few stone chips on the nose and sand pitted wheel well lips, otherwise nearly like new. Richard Berry collection. – For years, and maybe to this day, Richard Berry was the inaugural customer for every new Lambo in the U.S., a remarkable position that has put him in the path of astronomically powerful automobiles. If this Diablo SV Monterey Edition is any example, with almost 11,000 miles he uses them, too. Good for him, and good for the new owner who got an remarkable Lambo for a remarkably modest price. Enjoy it.
1954 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster
Lot # S180.1 1954 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster; S/N S676116; Metallic Maroon, /Black leather; No top; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $70,200 – Silver painted wire wheels, whitewall tires, woodrim steering wheel, no top. – Represented as numbers matching, JDHT certificate. Good older paint and interior, Chrome is weak, underbody shows a few tour miles, upholstery is creased but sound and comfortable. Engine compartment is aged and dusty. May have been shown at Pebble Beach and Hillsborough but that was in the Seventies and the forty years are showing. – The quality of this old restoration is showing in the way it is holding up even after no small amount of use. This is a good, sound, attractively presentable XK 120 and its new owner should be pleased with both the car and the price paid for it.
1965 Amphicar 770 Convertible
Lot # S204 1965 Amphicar 770 Convertible; S/N 106521822; Red, /White, Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $65,000 plus commission of; Final Price $65,000 – Hubcaps, whitewalls. – Better than new. – A very impressive Amphicar. While the seller’s reluctance to let it go is understandable the prospect of finding a venue where someone is willing to pay more than this for it is small.
1965 Porsche 356C Coupe, Body by Karmann
Lot # S205.1 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe, Body by Karmann; S/N 221260; Engine # P716584; Red, /Tan vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000 plus commission of; Final Price $55,000 – Chrome wheels, Vredestein blackwall tires, VDO oil pressure gauge, no radio. – Repainted over a consistent coating of Bondo or many layers of paint. Edge chips touched up with mismatched color. Orderly and clean engine. Sound interior with mismatched headrests. Weak trim chrome, frayed window channels. Old, dirty undercoat. ’64 build date with appropriate sequence engine number. Dressed up for the auction. – The Kissimmee bidders can’t be faulted for passing on this mediocre Porsche. It’s a driver, and this is appropriate money for it.

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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.