Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

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1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # T87.1 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFSA17A6G0060807; Red/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500 – Single mirror, aftermarket alloy wheels, BF Goodrich tires, locking filler cap, fire extinguisher, power windows, air conditioning. – Nothing advertised regarding maintenance or history. Dull wheels. Decent original paint. Fairly worn, dull interior. No service history is represented, and although it’s a sound car, its overall condition is worse than most others like it. A flying mirror Testarossa would ordinarily be noteworthy, but this car was overshadowed at this sale by the white Miami Vice car. – Despite the unknown history and used presentation, this car brought a very healthy price for a Testarossa in this condition. It’s an expensive car that in less than 1,000 miles will be overdue for its 30,000 mile service, when it will become an even more expensive one.
1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
Lot # T91.1 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe; S/N WP0AA2998TS320979; Glacier White/Navy Blue leather; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $83,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $91,300 – Alloy wheels, Sumitomo tires, turbo wide body, turbo suspension, air conditioning, sunroof, power seats, aero package rear spoiler, power windows, factory cassette stereo. – Very well cared for top to bottom, looking like a car with a tenth of the 47,117 miles on the odometer. Lightly worn seats but otherwise like new interior. Looks like a Turbo and has all-wheel drive, but costs less. – The Carrera 4S was the most expensive 993 before stepping up to the Turbo, and had an MSRP of $85,000 in 1996. This strong result nevertheless could have been bigger without being surprising, but if the seller has had the car for any longer than a couple of years, he should be thrilled at having ridden the 911 wave successfully.
1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Targa, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # T200.1 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Targa, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 08252; Fly Yellow/Tan leather with Black inserts; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $400,000 – Campagnolo wheels, Michelin tires, chairs and flares, Borletti air conditioning, power windows, Momo steering wheel, Alpine CD stereo. – Claimed to have been used in films “Cannonball Run”, “Sharky’s Machine” and “Stroker Ace” but only offers a 1984 Ferrari Market Letter as evidence. 2001 repaint that is quite good but showing its age with a handful of small chips in the nose. Excellent targa top. Bumper rub strips are a little wavy. Some light scuffs on the seats, but otherwise pretty good interior. Desirable options and pretty colors, but this isn’t the world’s best. – Sold by Barrett-Jackson in 2002, back when even chairs and flares Dinos were relatively affordable and when this car’s restoration was fresh, for $78,100. Almost a decade and a half later, the appreciation for Ferraris with less than 12 cylinders has really grown and in today’s market, $400K for even this well used chairs and flares Dino isn’t enough. Another 10 percent would have been closer to the mark.
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # T203 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 16109; Fly Yellow/Black leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $800,000 – Ansa exhaust, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Simpson racing belts, power windows, Alpine cassette stereo, Borletti air conditioning, Momo steering wheel. – Nut and bolt restored in the 90s and 8k miles ago. Small chip at the top of the hood. Otherwise good, but not great older paint. Ansa stickers are wearing off. Used but tidy engine bay. Lightly worn seats and switchgear. Little bit of road dirt underneath. Restored then used. By classic Ferrari standards, it’s a decent driver. – The reported high bid was plenty, even generous for a Daytona in this condition, so why it didn’t see the car off to a new home is a mystery.
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # T206 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 9955; Engine # 9955; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000 – Ansa exhaust, Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, woodrim steering wheel, Becker Europa radio, wood dash, power windows, power brakes. – Excellent two year old upholstery. The rest of the interior is very good and without major flaw but older. Engine bay shows plenty of signs of age and use. Very good, not show-stopping paint. Some road dirt on the underbody and pitting on the exhaust. Restored in the late 1990s and enjoyed. Really just a driver, but a pretty one. – The 330 GTC will never command the same respect and collectability of its peers like the 275 GTB, but their more winsome traits have caught the attention of collectors over the past few years and they are no longer the tempting value in Enzo-era V-12s that they once were. The Kissimmee bidders were a bit behind the curve on this one. While imperfect, it could have asked another $100,000, so hanging on to it was a reasonable choice.

Friday, January 22, 2016

1975 Triumph TR6 Roadster
Lot # F7 1975 Triumph TR6 Roadster; S/N CF37981U; French Blue/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $8,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,800 – Dual Strombergs, Goodyear tires, woodgrain dash, newer Jensen CD stereo, wood shift knob. – Decent bumpers and top. Somewhat dull but presentable older repaint with a crack on the tail and chips at the top of the hood. Black duct tape is covering up big rips on the driver seat, and there’s a big rip out of the padding at the bottom of the dash. Faded, cracking woodgrain. Tidy and original underneath, and showing 73,261 believable miles. With the previous owner for 25 years. A driver-quality TR6 in a flattering color. No stunner, but a fun, basic vintage roadster. – There were deals to be had in Kissimmee, and this was one of them. This TR6 could have brought another two or three grand without being expensive, leaving the buyer plenty of room for a desperately needed re-upholstering in addition to the other issues here and there that will most likely pop up with an old Triumph like this. Mecum also sold this TR6 with exactly the same result in Chicago in October. No harm, no foul.
1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # F52 1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFUA13A6F0057063; Red/Black leather with Red inserts; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $51,700 – Alloy wheels, Goodyear Eagle GT tires, roof spoiler, dual mirrors, power windows, air conditioning, Kenwood CD stereo. – Bad, crinkly repaint on the bottom front lip. KM on the speedo but it has US bumpers. Decent exterior plastic. Worn leather steering wheel rim. Otherwise really well kept interior. Good shiny paint. Very good roof vinyl. Showing 57,362 km and advertised with a recent service, it’s your standard used 308 GTS. – A no reserve lot, this decent 308 GTS sold in 2016 for 2014 money.
1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F77.1 1950 Chrysler Windsor Newport 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 2C3DZC93FH820548; Haze Blue/Light Blue cloth; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $24,200 – Spitfire six, Presto-Matic, wheel covers, Silvertown whitewalls, rear fender skirts, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, clock. – Very good paint, chrome and trim other than a few tiny chips at the back of the driver’s door. Passenger’s door bows out a bit, and so does the trunk on one side. Very good interior. A lightly used older restoration that’s still thoroughly presentable. – A car calling out for someone to own, drive and maintain it to the high standards that it has seen recently. It is a superb way to gain some experience in car collecting, or a fine addition to a Mopar collection at modest but reasonable cost.

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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.