Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F88.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N697049; Blue, White stripes/White vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $73,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $80,300 – 302/290hp, 4-speed, Rally wheels, Polyglas tires, fold down rear seat, big valve heads, Muncie 4-speed, Hurst shifter, Positraction, 3.73, 12-bolt rear, cowl induction hood, hidden headlights, console gauges, FM radio. – Stated to be a correct DZ engine, without actually coming out and saying it is the original one. Trunk gaps are uneven. Very good paint and chrome. Very good interior. Good restored engine bay and underbody. A well kept older body-off restoration. – An outstanding car, desirably equipped and in very well restored condition that brought a reasonable, but not expensive, price.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F100 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R1B345763; Winchester Gray Metallic/Black leather; Estimate $800,000 – $1,200,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000 – 426/425hp R-Code, 4-speed, Dana rear end, drum brakes, black steel wheels with hub caps, Polyglas GT tires, hood pins, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Solid State radio, rear speaker. – From the Brett Torino collection. Unrestored with 58,992 miles and represented to have the original engine. Bought new in Virginia. Comes with original invoice and two broadcast sheets. Very good chrome. Big scratch on the left rear fender. Dull finish on the front fender vents. Small chip on the right rear fender. A few small scratches on the driver door. Original but very tidy underneath. Very good interior with a few waves and small cracks in the top of the dash. Rear window frame doesn’t fit flush with the body. A handful of flaws aside, this is a very pretty car, especially considering its complete originality. – Hemi magic still works, although this ‘Cuda is so meticulously original that it’s hard to say how much of the price is ‘Cuda Hemi and how much is original ‘Cuda. Both go together to make for an exceptionally good result, in line with other ‘Cuda Hemi hardtops sold recently.
1971 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi Convertible
Lot # F102 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi Convertible; S/N BS27R1B126869; Sno White/Black vinyl; Estimate $2,250,000 – $2,750,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,530,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, TorqueFlite, performance axle package, power steering, power brakes, 3.55 Sure Grip, shaker hood, chrome exhaust tips, power top, black vinyl boot cover, AM radio with microphone and cassette recorder, white steel wheels with hub caps, Polyglas GT tires, column shift, hood pins. – From the Brett Torino collection. Restored in 2003. Slightly uneven trunk gaps and the doors aren’t quite flush. Very good paint. Excellent chrome and interior. Some white overspray in the wheel wells. Good underneath. A barely used older restoration. – The Hemi ‘Cuda Convertible legend is back in the headlines with this sale after years off the radar of pretty much everyone. It is a legendary vehicle and shows that the Hemi aura still has market power even without heavy support from Chrysler marketing programs. This result sets a new benchmark for Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles.
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F103 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XX29J9B386573; Charger Red, Black tail stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $700,000 – $900,000; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $550,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $605,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, dual quads, 4-speed, Dana 60 Track Pack, power front disc brakes, Goodyear red line tires, wheel covers, hood pins, woodgrain console, Hurst shifter with wood knob, Rallye instrument cluster, Solid State radio. – From the Brett Torino collection. One of 20 Hemi 4-speed cars. Rubber molding for the front bumper is a bit wavy. Very good paint. Straight body, even gaps. Interior is largely original, but very well kept and without flaw other than light general wear. Well but not overly restored underneath. Not a concours car, but competently restored to beautiful condition with a sympathetically preserved interior. – Offered last April at Mecum’s Houston auction where it was reported bid to $625,000 on the block. Bid to $500,000 on the block here and closed later with this result. Daytonas are much more rare than Superbirds and finding one in as good and well preserved condition as this is extremely rare. It is a sound buy at this price.
1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Fastback
Lot # F104 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra Fastback; S/N 0H38C108527; Yellow/Black vinyl; Estimate $500,000 – $750,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $525,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $577,500 – 429/370hp, automatic, hub caps and trim rings, Firestone double white line tires, dual mirrors, factory air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, power windows, bucket seats, floor shift, console, pushbutton radio. – Unrestored, with 835 miles from new, documented with the original invoice to Bud Moore Engineering. Paint cracks on the nose and under the running lights. Big touched up chips at the rear of the hood, uneven door gaps. Touched up chips on the tail. Beautiful, like new interior. Original but very tidy underneath. Very well kept and pretty. Only reveals any flaws upon close inspection. Kind of a goofy-looking, aardvark of a car, but very rare. – It may be an oddball aardvark, but it was a very fast one. Its 429 may not have claimed the power of its Hemi competitors from Dodge and Plymouth but in the hands of NASCAR’s elite builders it was every bit competitive with them. This is a monumental price that relies in good part on its originality, negligible miles and association with Bud Moore.
1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi Convertible
Lot # F105 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi Convertible; S/N WS27J9G278020; Bright Green Metallic, White tail stripe/White vinyl; Estimate $600,000 – $800,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $625,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $687,500 – 426/526hp, 4-speed, A33 Track Pak axle, 9.75 Dana rear axle, 3.54 Sure Grip diff, power steering, drum brakes, Ramcharger induction, hood pins, red line tires, white vinyl boot cover, Magnum 500 wheels, woodgrain console, Hurst shifter with wood knob, Tic Toc Tach, Solid State radio. – Ex-Otis Chandler collection. The only documented ’69 Hemi Coronet R/T convertible. Nearly spotless engine bay and underbody. Tiny paint chip at the back of the driver door. Very good paint and chrome otherwise. Even gaps. Very good interior other than the front of the driver’s side headrest coming loose. Beat up driver’s side seatbelt buckle. Restored a while ago, but still gorgeous and casually showable. – Superbly restored and holding up very well, this is a monumental automobile, well worth what it brought even if it is a third as much as the ‘Cuda Hemi convertible sold just before it.
1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible
Lot # F106 1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible; S/N RS27J9G277476; Black/Black vinyl; White top; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $165,000 – 426/425hp, 4-speed, Dana rear end, power steering, power brakes, air grabber hood, heater, power top, steel wheels with hub caps, Goodyear narrow whitewalls, black vinyl boot cover, bucket seats, woodgrain console and door panels, wood shift knob, Solid State radio. – Restored in 2007. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Straight body. Pretty and restored underneath. Used since restoration, but lightly so. Not overdone to begin with. – Bought for less than a third of the price brought by the Coronet R/T Hemi convertible sold just before it and not presented in the same pristine condition but still a rare and desirable car. At this price it represents at least a good value, if not a bargain.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F107 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N609510; Dusk Blue/Black vinyl; Estimate $800,000 – $1,000,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $600,000 – 427/425hp, 4-speed, Blue steel wheels with hub caps, Goodyear Wide tread tires, cowl hood, bucket seats, radio delete. – From the Brett Torino collection. Documented with the original dealer order and bill of sale and represented to be the original engine. Significant pitting on the headers. Otherwise very clean, lightly used engine bay and underbody. Very good paint and chrome. Very good, lightly worn interior. Fully restored. It would be a shame to have one of these and not drive it, and the owner(s) of this very pretty ZL1 have succumbed to that temptation. Even so, it’s a very well kept high quality job. – Sold at Mecum’s Fall Classic in 2005 for $840,000. With all the horsepower crossing the Kissimmee block today it was probably inevitable that some of them would fail to find a suitably appreciative audience although the amount bid for this ZL1 is reasonable for what it is.

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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.