Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

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1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible
Lot # W269 1959 Ford Galaxie Sunliner Convertible; S/N C9GC163940; Red, White/Red, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000 – 292/200hp, automatic, Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, dual mirrors, rear fender skirts, power steering, power top, padded dash, bench seat, column shift, radio. – Frame-up restored Texas car showing 43,388 believable miles and sporting a quite impressive original interior. Dull original brightwork. Sound older repaint with a little overspray in the wheel wells. Top is a bit wrinkled and discolored. Very clean undercoated chassis. A cared for, but not exquisite, older restored driver. – Sold by Auctions America at Auburn Fall in 2014 for $25,300, giving the seller here a year and a half of use and enjoyment plus a small profit after commissions (almost enough to cover the transportation costs both ways and pay the entry fee here.) It is an enjoyable, practical drop-top car that appears to have led a good life, the ideal way to get started in car collecting and even at this price not an expensive way.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

1966 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Liter Saloon
Lot # T3 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Liter Saloon; S/N VRS3L2634; Black, Red coachline/Burgundy leather; Unrestored original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $5,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $5,500 – Hub caps and trim rings, aluminum 4-liter 4-cylinder Rolls-Royce built 175hp engine, dual carbs, automatic, seat back tables, column shift, BMC radio, Smiths dash clock, factory air conditioning, heater. – Factory lefthand drive U.S. car. Sagging headliner. Heavily cracked and warped wood. Dull original switchgear. Very good, probably newer upholstery. Pitted brightwork. Dull paint with cracking at the front of the right front door and along the drip rails. Steering wheel rim is coming apart. Rot free but dirty underneath. All original and needing TLC. Not a car you see on this side of the pond. – The only mass-produced civilian car to use a Rolls-Royce engine, the Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre was a badge-engineered Austin produced from 1964-68. Attractive, luxurious and faster than it looks, the Princess was priced around the same as a Mark X Jaguar. This left-hand drive examples best days are long behind it, though, and the bidders recognized it for the daunting project (with expensive to replace Rolls-Royce bits) that it is. Comes with a workshop manual which will be very important to have.
1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible
Lot # T9 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Convertible; S/N 5G69P221228; Maroon/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $40,150 – 390/330hp, 4-speed, wheel covers, Coker Classic red line tires, 3.25 Traction-Lok, front disc brakes and power steering from a ’66 Galaxie, bucket seats, floor shift, console, pushbutton radio. – Correct non-original engine. New interior and top. Very good paint and chrome. Straight body, even gaps. A little bit of age on the wheel covers. Excellent interior with some dull original switchgear. Some road dirt on the restored underbody. Not the most authentic car out there, but in pretty good shape. – More than good enough to be driven proudly, and built with the same type engine it now has, just not this engine. The combination of the P-code 330hp motor, 4-speed and Traction-Lok is unusual, the 3.25 axle ratio will be enjoyable on the highway. It’s a sound value at this price.
1953 MG TD Roadster
Lot # T58.1 1953 MG TD Roadster; S/N XPAGT0217251; Cream, Beige/Tan vinyl; Tan cloth top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $10,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $11,000 – Steel wheels with hub caps, store brand narrow whitewalls, dual wing mirrors, Lucas driving lights, rear-mounted spare wheel, side curtains. – Bad paint sprayed over existing cracks. Numerous chips, cracks and scratches everywhere. Lots of paint coming off around the doors. Paint coming off the top frame. Top itself is a bit shabby and water stained. Shabby, tired but complete interior. Dirty but dry underneath. A driver, and not a very pretty one at that. But at least it’s a solid example on which to improve. – A running, driving T-Series MG, even a less coveted TD, for 10 grand is a pretty darn good deal, leaving the buyer quite a bit of room to address this car’s significant but straightforward needs.
1955 Mercury Montclair 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # T65 1955 Mercury Montclair 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 55SL136867M; Black, Teal/Black, White vinyl with Black cloth inserts; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $28,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,800 – 292/188hp, automatic, hood ornament, wire wheel covers, whitewalls, rear fender skirts, power steering, power brakes, tinted glass, dual mirrors, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, dash clock. – Uneven hood and trunk gaps. Trunk is bowed out. Very good, shiny chrome. Several masking errors on the teal parts of the paint. Much of the spear trim isn’t flush with the body. Very good newer upholstery, but the rest of the interior is a little worn and was left alone. Very clean and restored underneath. An imperfect car done to slightly better than enthusiast standards, although from a short distance it’s quite striking in that color combination. – Sold at Mecum Kansas City in 2013 for $27,560. The market for 50s Mercurys has been flat since then, so the seller of this attractive driver did well to essentially break even.
1975 Lamborghini Urraco P250 Coupe, Body by Bertone
Lot # T72.1 1975 Lamborghini Urraco P250 Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N; Yellow/Yellow, Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000 – Centerlock alloy wheels, dual mirrors, air conditioning, power windows, later stereo. – Garish yellow and black aftermarket bucket seats. Modern, incorrect shift knob. Otherwise decent original interior. Good older repaint with numerous big chips below the windshield. Dirty engine bay. Showing 6,500 claimed actual miles, but it presents like a car that’s been through a lot more than that. Not a good car, but less than 800 of them were made. – Cataloged with an incorrect chassis number. The Urraco came out just in time for the oil crisis in 1973 and it was about double the price of a 911. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t sell well. It hasn’t gotten much love in the collector car world, either, but the Kissimmee bidders saw the word “Lamborghini” and bid this Urraco to a price that is twice what it’s probably worth. Why the reported high bid wasn’t snatched with enthusiasm is beyond explanation.
1973 Mini Clubman Station Wagon
Lot # T81 1973 Mini Clubman Station Wagon; S/N XA2W21098458A; Blue, Silver/Tan vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $8,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $9,350 – RHD. BWA Racing wheels, Yokohama tires, dual wing mirrors, wood shift knob, Smiths speedometer and fuel/temp gauges only. – Numerous small chips, cracks and scratches throughout the decent, presentable paint. Lightly worn interior. Tidy original underneath. An ordinary driver in both equipment and condition. – While the restyled Clubman version of the classic Mini has significantly less charm than the cute, frowny-faced original, this car is not without its appeal, especially for someone with an affinity for classic British cars looking for a practical runabout. And compared to a wood-sided Austin Countryman or Morris Traveler, this is a bargain.
1970 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # T85 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger 340 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LM23H0R205921; Yellow, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $23,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $25,300 – 340/275hp, automatic, Rallye suspension, yellow steel wheels with hub caps, Goodyear Integrity tires, twin hood scoops, hood pins, power steering, power brakes, bench seat, column shift, radio, air conditioning. – A little bit of rust on the hood pins. Sound older paint. Very good interior. Clean engine bay and underbody. A basic older restoration. – The Swinger 340 was only around for 1969 and 1970 as the performance Dart, and they typically make for fairly cheap muscle. This one was bought a bit expensively, but it wasn’t an unreasonable result.

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  1. Was it worth sitting on that idle Viper for 22 years, paying to store and maintain it, for a price of $50-60K? Seems a dose of reality that more value can be derived by just driving it and having fun.

  2. Rick I just wanted to tell you I love reading your honest assessments and insightful commentary. I learn a lot every time. Keep up the great work.