Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report Page Five

1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi Convertible
Lot # F109 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi Convertible; S/N BS27R0B156924; Lemon Twist, Black/Black vinyl; Black top; Estimate $2,750,000 – $3,500,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,675,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,942,500 – 426/425hp, 4-speed, Yellow steel wheels with hub caps, Polyglas GT tires, shaker hood, hood pins, A34 Super Track Pak, 4.10 Sure Grip, heavy duty radiator, power front disc brakes, power top, black vinyl boot cover, remote driver mirror, Rallye instrument cluster, Hurst pistol grip shifter, AM radio. – One of five. Very good, mostly spotless but not immaculate engine bay. Black overspray at the back edge, right under the hood. Some more overspray at the bottom of the radiator. Trunk gaps are a bit off. Excellent paint and chrome. Very good interior. Very good, very fast and very rare. Not 10/10 perfection, but more than good enough and these are too scarce to be picky. – Not appreciably different in kind or quality from the ’71 ‘Cuda Hemi convertible sold a few lots before but bought for $375,000 more on the hammer, confirming the resurgence of these rare, but seriously over-engined, cars and resetting the benchmark only a few minutes old at a new level.
1968 Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible
Lot # F110 1968 Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible; S/N RS27J8G165203; Bright Blue Metallic/White vinyl; 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 Hemi, automatic, Radial T/A tires, 8.75 inch rear end, 3.23 Sure Grip, power steering, heavy duty suspension, woodrim steering wheel, bucket seats, console, floor shift, power windows, Solid State radio, white vinyl boot cover. – Represented as the original engine. Lightly discolored seats, surprisingly more so in the rear. Same with boot cover. A few scratches on the front bumper. Scratched up door handles. Small paint crack at the top of the trunk. Clean and restored but used underneath. A solidly restored and lightly used car that’s accumulated a handful of inevitable flaws over several years of light enjoyment. – Mopar Muscle was on display at Kissimmee and this ’68 GTX was one of few that were actually approachable in price. It is hard to argue with the price paid or with the quality and usability of the car.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible
Lot # F111 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi Convertible; S/N JS27R0B209728; Sublime, Black stripes/Black vinyl; White top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,650,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,815,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, automatic, 8.75 inch rear end, power steering, drum brakes, Rallye wheels, Polyglas GT tires, hood pins, black vinyl boot cover, bucket seats, woodgrain console, dual mirrors, Rally dash, power windows, Music Master radio, rear luggage rack. – From the Brett Torino collection. One of nine Hemi Challenger R/T convertibles in 1970. Handful of small paint cracks on the tail. Very good older paint otherwise. Excellent chrome. Even gaps. Older, lightly worn but attractive interior. Very clean engine bay and underbody. A well-kept, lightly enjoyed older restoration that was done to high standards. – Apparently the current Challenger Hemi hype has been ineffective in juicing the values of the original Challenger Hemis over their more widely recognized ‘Cuda counterparts. Like the difference between Ford and Mercury or Chevy and Pontiac, the cars that are remembered are the less expensive ones that the kids of the time (now in their leisure years) could lust after while saving a few hundred dollars on trim. If only on the basis of the value difference (which in this case is on the order of a million dollars) this is a significant value.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible
Lot # F112 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible; S/N RM27V0G142174; Citron Mist Metallic, Black hood stripe/Black vinyl piped in Gray; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000 – 440/390hp Six Barrel, 4-speed, A34 Super Track Pak, power brakes, air grabber hood, Rallye instrument panel, tinted windshield, Polyglas tires, black vinyl boot cover, Tic Toc Tach, bucket seats, woodgrain console, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Solid State radio. – From the Brett Torino collection. Restored in 2007. Right front bumper rub strip isn’t flush. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Very pretty underneath, at least beneath the mud kicked up from yesterday. A well done restoration barely used in the last eight years. – A sound and solid older restoration that is holding up very well with a Hemi under the hood and a four-speed under the driver’s right hand. It is a lot of car, and a rare one, that brought an appropriate price.
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible
Lot # F115 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Convertible; S/N 223679N104810; Cameo White, Blue stripes/White vinyl; Older restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,900,000 – 400/335hp, 4-speed, Ram Air III, power steering, power brakes, Rally II wheels, Polyglas tires, white vinyl boot cover, burled woodgrain dash and console, wood shift knob, pushbutton AM radio. – One of eight convertibles. Built for Pontiac Programming Manager Tom Goad and used as a company demonstrator for 10 months before being sold at a dealership in Pennsylvania. PHS documentation. Restored. Beautiful paint, chrome and interior other than a few light scuffs on the seats. As pretty underneath as it is on top. Concours restored in the 1990s and still showable. – Believed to be the only triple white ’69 Trans Am convertible, a car so rare it becomes nearly impossible to evaluate its value except for a serious and well informed Pontiac collector. With the recent hype in Trans Am values, however, the reported high bid here is not unreasonable, at least as an inconclusive speculation.
1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F158 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JS23R0B339366; Plum Crazy, Black, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $250,000 – $325,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $290,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $319,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, Super Track Pack, purple steel wheels with hub caps, Polyglas GT tires, shaker hood, hood pins, Hurst pistol grip shifter, woodrim steering wheel, Rallye instruments, pushbutton radio. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Very good paint. Excellent roof vinyl. Excellent interior. Not overdone but needs nothing and is showable. Not spotless but very good engine bay and underbody. Essentially like new rotisserie restored. – Another of this afternoon’s run of legendary Mopar Muscle which brought a healthy and fully deserved price. The Mopar hunters were out in force and armed with plenty of financial firepower.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof
Lot # F160 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof; S/N 9F02Z198721; Wimbledon White/Black vinyl; Estimate $325,000 – $375,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $275,000 – 429/375hp, 4-speed, Polyglas GT tires, power steering, power brakes, competition suspension, Magnum 500 wheels, dash clock, Kar Kraft #1950. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Fully documented. Unrestored. Used but impressively clean engine bay. Fairly dull but sound paint. Tiny dents in the trunk. Very good interior. Complete, fully documented and completely original with 54,660 miles. – Mental exhaustion may have set in on Friday evening by this time this fully documented, known mileage 4-speed Boss 429 strutted its stuff onto the block, but even at that the seller could have taken the reported high bid with little if any regret. It would have meant there was no originality premium, but original Boss 429s are not all that rare.
1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F161 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 114270W350058; Fathom Blue, White/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000 – 350/360hp LT1, 4-speed, Firestone Wide Oval tires, 4.10 rear axle, hood tach, power front disc brakes, bench seat, floor shift, radio. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. COPO 9737, one of 175 ordered. Very good paint and chrome. Excellent interior. Very clean underneath. Very well restored to like-new condition. – Built in some quantity but exceptionally fragile and rust-prone, a Yenko Deuce is remarkably rare at auction or anywhere else. The Kissimmee bidders, despite being exposed to a panoply of Muscle, responded with a healthy bid for this well restored and maintained example. Its condition is very good, but not too good that it shouldn’t be taken out and experienced on a regular basis. The odometer shows 34,431 miles and even a few thousand more should have little effect on value if it is meticulously maintained in between blasts.

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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.