Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report Page Seven

1973 Jaguar XKE SIII V12 Roadster
Lot # S38.1 1973 Jaguar XKE SIII V12 Roadster; S/N UD1S21138; Black/Black leather; Black top; Recent restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,750 – 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Michelin tires, power steering, power brakes, power windows, Pioneer CD stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, factory air conditioning, cruise control. – Sound, lightly used interior. Very clean underneath. Newer-looking exhaust. Very good paint. Straight bodywork. Restored 1,000 miles ago and showing 22,543 on the odometer. Tidy. Not a remarkable car, but not bad. A roadster with a 4-speed is arguably the V-12 E-Type to have, and this one has been well restored without being overdone. – Attractively equipped, and attractively priced for the new owner, too.
1971 Porsche 911T Coupe
Lot # S55.1 1971 Porsche 911T Coupe; S/N 521167371; Yellow/Black leatherette; Cosmetic restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $93,500 – 3-liter valves, high compression pistons, dual Webers, aftermarket exhaust, 5-speed, sunroof, fog lights, Fuchs wheels, Pirelli tires, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, gold brightwork. – Represented as matching numbers. Engine rebuilt to S-specs in 2012. Cosmetic restoration in 2014. Left exhaust pipe is cocked a bit inward. Very good paint and interior. Used but good and tidy engine bay. Clean underbody. Not top to bottom restored but given everything it needed and tastefully modified. – The 911T may have been the base model in 1971, but this one has been given significant, tasteful mods that probably allow it go like stink. The Kissimmee bidders took to the idea of a hot-rodded 911, and the sound of its 911R-style exhaust, to bid it to a result that would be generous for a stock example.
1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS Coupe, Body by Ghia
Lot # S75.1 1974 De Tomaso Pantera GTS Coupe, Body by Ghia; S/N THGTPS07223; Burgundy, Black/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $121,000 – 351/266hp, 5-speed, Campagnolo Pantera wheels, Goodyear Arriva tires, tool kit, cassette stereo, power windows, riveted fender flares, Ferraro steering wheel. – Original tires. Ghia badge instead of the De Tomaso one on the nose. Dull, wavy front bumper. Good, likely original paint. Touched up chip behind left headlight. Paint coming off window, scratch on engine cover. Small scratches on otherwise clean shiny straight rear bumper. Long scratch on the right front fender. Right rear fender flare isn’t on totally straight. Very good interior with newer seats. Dull original switchgear. Very clean, looks original underneath. Not totally original, but well maintained and shows only 5,425 believable miles. – One of 98 US-market Pantera GTSs, which didn’t get the solid lifter engine that the euro-market cars did but still had the cool fender flares and flashy “Pantera GTS” lettering on the body sides. Unmolested and largely original, this one brought a strong but appropriate result.
1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Roadster
Lot # S76 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Roadster; S/N 194676S123488; Mosport Green/Dark Green leather; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $160,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $176,000 – 427/425hp, centerlock alloy wheels, Silvertown gold line tires, side exhaust, M21 4-speed, Positraction, power brakes, transistor ignition, F41 suspension, telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio. – Body-off restored and NCRS Top Flight in 2015. Very good paint, chrome and interior. Exhaust surrounds have no scratches. Very pretty underneath. Every bit the show car it’s represented as. – In top notch condition and with top notch equipment, and the buyer paid full retail for it and for the assurance of its quality with the recent Top Flight. It may be expensive, but the new owner knows what it is and can be confident of its quality.
1967 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina
Lot # S85.1 1967 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 11471; Red/Tan leather; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $225,000 – Wire wheels, Michelin tires, dual mirrors, Borrani wheels, woodrim steering wheel, console, power windows, AM/FM radio. – Very good, relatively recent paint and chrome. Good, clean engine bay. Very good interior. Gone through mechanically, including new struts, bushings, tie-rod ends and air compressor as well as rebuilt carburetors and fuel system. Nothing has been done to exacting concours standards, but at the same time the car doesn’t need anything at least to be enjoyed. – The Queen Mother, as 365 GT 2+2s are disrespectfully known among Ferrari followers, is now the least expensive way to get the Enzo-era front-engined V12 Ferrari experience and today routinely bring eye-popping prices seen not so long ago on 250 GT Pf coupes. The escalation is troubling but in a purely market sense the consignor here made the appropriate decision to keep the car in search of a better offer.
1954 Buick Super Convertible
Lot # S87 1954 Buick Super Convertible; S/N; Light Yellow/Black, Yellow leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $93,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $102,300 – Chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM radio, Dynaflow, dual mirrors, wind wings, bench seat, column shift, clock, pushbutton radio, heater, black vinyl boot cover. – Body-off restored. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and underneath. AACA Best Buick in 2008. It may not have been done yesterday, but it’s a dedicated show car and still a stunner. – Cataloged with an Incorrect chassis number. It’s no Skylark or Roadmaster but it is superbly restored and maintained in excellent condition. For a Super convertible, it brought a realistic price but it is a superior Buick in all important respects and is even better than the price it brought.
1963 Maserati 3500GTi Coupe, Body by Touring
Lot # S88.1 1963 Maserati 3500GTi Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N AM1012638; Amaranto Rame/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $175,000 – Steel wheels with hub caps, Lucas fuel injection, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, Jaeger dash clock, locking filler cap. – Heavily cracked original paint near the front, heavily crazed on the roof and trunk, but presentable. Surprisingly clean engine bay. and tidy underbody as well. Very good original interior with really not much wear on the passenger seat, although the driver seat is pretty bad on the left bolster. A pretty good preservation class car. For people into patina, this car has a charming, not excessive level of it. Likely a car that sat a bit too long out in the sun, but stayed dry in the process. – Sold at Bonhams Greenwich in 2014 for $176,000, a result that showed buyers’ willingness to pay extra for originality. Since then, it’s surprisingly done 969 miles. The seller has therefore had his fun and one would think that more or less breaking even on it would be a satisfactory result, but the market for these great old GTs has moved up quite a bit in the last couple of years and he can’t be blamed for holding out for more, especially for a very well kept one like this. The gamble didn’t pay off, however, when this Maserati sold at Ft. Lauderdale two months later for $170,000 hammer, $187,000 with commission.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S90.1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N610168; Orange/Black vinyl; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $625,000 – 427/430hp, 4-speed, orange steel wheels with hub caps, Dunlop G/T Qualifier tires, radio delete. – Represented to be the original engine as delivered by Fred Gibb Chevrolet. Clean, like new engine bay. Gorgeous paint. Even gaps. Spotless interior. Showing 330 miles on a top notch 2004 restoration. Not done to be better than new, just good enough to be fantastic. – The second ZL1 across the block here in Kissimmee, the second to be bid to this price range, and the second to go home with its consignor. Iron-block Yenko 427s were going for $200-300,000, but ZL1s couldn’t get a break.

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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.