Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F163 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N579576; Rallye Green, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $363,000 – COPO 9737, 427/425hp, 4-speed, 4.10 Positraction, Rally wheels, Goodyear Wide Tread GT tires, L72, power front disc brakes, spoilers, column-mounted Stewart Warner tach. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Represented as matching numbers L72 engine. Factory-style orange overspray on the headers and intake manifold. A few small dents in the valve covers. Otherwise spotless like new engine bay. Flawless paint. Very good interior. A fresh, very pretty car meticulously restored to as-new condition. – Impeccably presented and legendary performance and rarity, this is sure to be a centerpiece of any collection of American Muscle Cars. The bidders in Kissimmee endorsed that position with this price.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F172 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N649011; Dover White, Black stripes and vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $190,000 – $235,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $247,500 – 427/425hp L72, 4-speed, COPO 9561 Sports Car Conversion package, chambered exhaust, American Racing wheels, Goodyear Wide Tread GT tires, Protect-O-Plate, power front disc brakes, Stewart Warner gauges, radio. – From the Wayne Schmeeckle collection. Yenko Camaro built for Jack Douglass Chevrolet in Chicago. One repaint, advertised as otherwise largely original. Detailed engine bay, almost spotless. Newer upholstery and carpets but otherwise very sound original interior. A few small scratches on the rear bumper. Small chip at the back of the driver door. Original but very clean underneath. Good, straight roof vinyl. Not a trailer queen but a significant and rare Yenko that you would feel guilty about actually laying down some rubber in. – Offered by Mecum at the old Spring Classic in Belvidere (Rockford) in 2007 with a reported high bid of $270,000 when it was in essentially the same condition as here and showed 203 fewer miles, so someone has actually toasted a few tires with it in the last nine years. Its rarity as a Jack Douglass Yenko is offset by it not being delivered through Canonsburg, but is enhanced by its originality which makes the price it brought a good balance.
1971 Ford Bronco Stroppe Baja Edition Utility
Lot # F177 1971 Ford Bronco Stroppe Baja Edition Utility; S/N U15GLL22505; Poppy Red, Acapulco Blue, Wimbledon White/White vinyl; Estimate $55,000 – $80,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $101,750 – 302, rear fender flares, dual shocks, padded roll bar, front bumper braces, trailer hitch, rear-mounted spare wheel with vinyl cover, 4.11 limited slip, power steering, auxiliary fuel tank with skid plate, bucket seats, floor shift, column-mounted tach, Marti report. – Sold new in Houston. One of about 500 Stroppe Bajas built from 1971 to 1975 to commemorate Bill Stroppe’s victories at the Baja 500 and 1000 in modified Broncos. The package was a Sport Bronco that added tri-color paint before Stroppe’s shop added flares, dual shocks at each wheel, a padded rollbar, trailer hitch and trimmed the front fenders. Highly detailed, better than new restored engine bay and underbody. Excellent paint other than a large touched up scrape on the tailgate. Excellent interior other than lightly discolored white seats. Wheels are a bit dirty. A few negligible flaws aside, this is among the best Broncos around. – Bidding on this Bronco can best be described as “spirited”, with bidder numbers flying up all over the room and lots of murmurs in the crowd. When all was said and done, the hammer fell at $92,500. For a Bronco. Truly exceptional in both equipment and condition, this is nevertheless a monumental result for collector trucks although its condition is exceptional and FJ40s in comparable condition without the Stroppe connection have brought more.
1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F224 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 0F91G544281; Competition Gold, Black/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $110,000 – 302/290hp, close ratio 4-speed, Super Drag Pak, 4.30 rear axle, Radial T/A tires, rear spoiler, hood scoop, dual mirrors, tinted glass, bucket seats, Hurst T-handle shifter, factory radio, dash clock. – Lightly scratched window glass. Large touched up scratch on the passenger’s door and a light, subtle but long dent at the front of the passenger’s door. Otherwise very good chrome. Even gaps. Lightly used engine bay and underbody. Very good interior with barely any signs of use. Restored in 1991. Clearly not super fresh or exquisite, but it’s 25 year old restoration presents like it was done half that long ago. – While a very good car, the 302 was the smallest engine available in the Cougar Eliminator and this is an older restoration. If there was money close to the reported high bid, it would have been plenty.
1987 Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Coupe
Lot # F273 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo 930 Coupe; S/N WP0JB0931HS020417; Guards Red/Tan leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000 – Black Fuchs, sunroof, snorkely brake light, rear wiper, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, tinted glass, air conditioning. – Stated to be 36,002 original miles. Used engine bay with some newer hoses and an aftermarket air filter, intercooler and exhaust. Fairly worn shift knob and seats but otherwise very well kept inside. Touched up chip on the left front fender. Otherwise very good original paint. Shiny wheels. An imperfect but pretty good late 930. Better to drive than collect. – There were 11 911 Turbos of various vintages in Kissimmee this year, including six 930s. This modified example simply failed to stand out and unfortunately got no love when it crossed the block. It’s worth more than the reported high bid in the present market but as the number of Turbos in Kissimmee indicates they’re coming out of the woodwork and rapidly satiating demand with an abundance of supply. The seller would have been wise to take the money in anticipation of the 930 market’s direction..

Saturday, January 23, 2016

1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Coupe
Lot # S4 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Coupe; S/N 1E31875; Opalescent Silver Blue/Saddle leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,200 – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, narrow whitewalls, woodrim steering wheel, Becker Europa radio, JDHT certificate. – Same owner until 1999. Very good newer upholstery. The speedometer is stuck at 105 mph, but the odometer supposedly still works and shows 53,432 miles which are represented to be all it’s covered from new and are appropriate to its condition. Worn but clean engine bay, represented to be the original engine. Headlight bezels not flush. Small dent in the left rear fender. Cracked window molding. Good older repaint with masking errors at the top of the windshield. You wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen in it, but this is far from a show car. A mostly original car underneath with more recent basic cosmetic work. – A good buy, this car could have brought another 10 grand without being expensive.
 1990 Ferrari 348ts Targa
Lot # S14 1990 Ferrari 348ts Targa, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFFG36A6L0087190; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $59,400 – Bridgestone tires, limited slip, heated rear window, power windows, air conditioning. – Showing 6,883 miles and serviced in April 2015, including new belts, bearings and valve cover gaskets. Small gouge and a few scratches in the plastic front lip. Very good paint and clean underbody. Two small scuffs on driver seat and console but otherwise fantastic original interior. Barely used, but also maintained in good condition. – Sold by Mecum in Chicago last October for $61,600, the seller read the tea leaves after that generous transaction and decided to get out while he or she could, a wise move.
1987 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000 QV Coupe, Body by Bertone
Lot # S25.1 1987 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000 QV Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N ZA9CA05A0HLA12146; Black/Black leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $225,000 – BF Goodrich tires, three-piece wheels, wing, power windows, air conditioning, Kenwood stereo. – Quickly touched up chips on the nose. Small scratch beside right headlight and two long cracks above it. Two big cracks on the right rear fender. Another beside the left side of the engine cover. Decent original interior. Leather over the transmission tunnel is warped. Leather on the steering wheel rim is cracking. An original Countach with 48,920 miles and aftermarket wheels. Represented with service records and a recent $35,000 engine-out service. It has notable shortcomings, but it’s still more than good enough to turn plenty of heads and impress. – Not promoted or prominently displayed before it crossed the block, this car failed to find someone looking for a driver Countach and elicited little interest. Lamborghinis didn’t do too well in Kissimmee, this year, with four offered and only one, a 2006 Gallardo, selling.

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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.