Mecum Kissimmee 2016 – Auction Report

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1964 Porsche 356 SC Coupe, Body by Karmann
Lot # S96 1964 Porsche 356 SC Coupe, Body by Karmann; S/N 217501; Signal Red/Tan; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000 – Chromed steel wheels with hub caps, Bridgestone tires, Nardi woodrim wheel, Blaupunkt radio, dash clock. – Older paint with a small chip on the nose and a big one at the front of the filler cap. Paint on engine cover and driver’s door doesn’t match the rest of the body. Visibly worn seats. Lightly scratched rear glass. Clean and restored but used underneath. A basic, slightly tired older restoration. – Hammered not sold at $65,000 at Mecum Monterey in 2013, which was a generous offer that should have seen the car sold. Porsche prices have of course surged since then, so this result in Kissimmee was actually a good buy even taking the car’s flaws into account. The new owner has plenty of money left for a fresh paint job that will do it a world of good.
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner
Lot # S103 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner; S/N D7EC155495; Dark Brown, Gold, Pink/Pink, Dark Brown leather; Dark Brown cloth top; Recent restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $108,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $118,800 – 312/245hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, dual mirrors, power steering, bench seat, column shift, pushbutton radio, dash clock, brown vinyl boot cover. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. All like new. Top is flawless and fits perfectly. Engine bay and underbody are fresh, shiny, spotless and highly detailed. Door gaps are uneven, more so on the driver’s side but other than that it is a flawlessly restored show car. – This is huge money for a ’57 D-code Sunliner, but this also is a beautifully restored example that is unlikely to find its match in quality and presentation any time soon. The consignor found the right venue, even as the prices of Fifties’ cars swoon, and should re-set the value curve, but entirely reasonably.
1987 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupe, Body by Bertone
Lot # S108 1987 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N 1A9PN8744HD111022; Black/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $220,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $242,000 – 351/245hp, 5-speed, wing, Campagnolo wheels, Pirelli tires, steel fender flares, original tool kit, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt stereo, wood dash, leather-wrapped steering wheel. – One of 187 examples of the Pantera GT5-S. Legally imported. Dull bumper plastic. Sound original paint. Tinted glass. Small scratch on the driver’s side window. Very good, lightly worn original interior. A very well kept original car with 11,784 km. – This is the ultimate Pantera, fortunately preserved with low miles and none of the usual Pantera tweaks. It also is the ultimate Pantera transaction other than a Group 4 with race history sold in 2009, which doesn’t count. Performance, rarity, aggressive design and outstanding originality combine to set a benchmark in Pantera values.
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S110 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136379B406668; Butternut Yellow, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $240,000 – COPO 9562 427/425hp L72, M21 4-speed, 4.10 12-bolt diff, power front disc brakes, Polyglas tires, Stewart Warner tach, radio. – From the Lingenfelter collection. Detailed engine bay. Some really subtle paint cracking on passenger body side and at the back of the driver’s door. Very good roof vinyl. Very good interior. Pretty much perfect other than those odd paint problems. An older restoration that hasn’t been used much. – Represented as the first COPO 9562 Yenko Chevelle built, once part of Otis Chandler’s collection which should have made it no-sale proof but didn’t. The bidders missed the boat on this high quality, rare, significant Yenko Chevelle.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S117 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378L308237; Light Blue, Black nose stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $85,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $67,000 – 396/375hp, 4-speed, wheel covers, Firestone narrow whitewalls, power steering, power brakes, tinted glass, Protect-O-Plate, console gauges, radio. – Represented as matching numbers. Very clean, not overly detailed engine bay. Clean undercoated chassis. Very good paint and chrome. Very good interior. Fully done over. A quality older restoration that’s not super fresh, but still very pretty and without major flaws. – This consignor must think the Muscle Car Market is going up. It isn’t, and the reported high bid should have been sufficient to see this very good, but not perfect SS 396 on its way to a new home.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # S119 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 10717; Engine # 10717; Grigio Mahmoud/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $2,800,000 – Centerlock alloy wheels, dual mirrors, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio in addition to a later underdash AM/FM radio, dash clock, manuals, tool roll. – All original except for one repaint in the 1970s and a replacement odometer. Badly fading finish in some spots, particularly on the front. Crazing on the nose. Big chips at the back of the driver’s door. Fairly worn original seats, but the rest of the interior is quite good and well preserved. Clean used engine bay and underbody. Purchased in 1970 by Ferrari mechanic Terry Myr and kept by him until 2015, so it is reasonable to assume it’s as sound mechanically as it is cosmetically. – This car got a lot of attention during the preview days and was not without a fair number of bidders when it crossed the block, but bidding ground to a halt at $2.8 million, a sufficient number two years ago but not so much today. Originality and condition both commend this 4-cam, which was easily worth over $3 million, and might have sold for that much if Ferrari bidders hadn’t been on their way to Scottsdale this Saturday.
1957 Lincoln Premiere 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S121 1957 Lincoln Premiere 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 57WA58979L; Taos Turquoise, White roof/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $32,000 – 368/300hp, automatic, wheel covers, Firestone wide whitewalls, curb feelers, power windows, power seats, power brakes, power seats, bench seat, column shift, Town and Country radio, dash clock, heater. – Fairly dull older paint with some subtle cracks on the nose. Straight body. Even gaps. Good, lightly scratched and swirled chrome. Excellent interior with like-new upholstery. Tidy restored engine bay and underbody. A quality restoration done in the 1990s that’s starting to show its age, on the outside at least, but is still exemplary.. – Offered by Mecum in Dallas in 2013 with a $36,000 high bid, then at Houston in 2014 where it was bid to $30,000. The consignor (and the Mecum specialists taking the listings and setting the reserves) don’t seem to have gotten the message: the top doesn’t go down.
1992 Porsche 911 RUF CTR Coupe
Lot # S122 1992 Porsche 911 RUF CTR Coupe; S/N WP0AA2966NS480142; Yellow/Gray leather; Estimate $325,000 – $400,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $265,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $291,500 – 3.6/469hp Turbo, Ruf-designed 6-speed, integrated roll cage, polyurethane bumpers, Ruf calipers, Ruf wheels, sunroof, tinted glass, power windows, Sony stereo, dash clock, whale tail, rear wiper. – Genuine Ruf Yellowbird. Small ding in right exhaust tip. Uneven gaps on engine cover. Very good paint. Lightly worn upholstery. Very good, genuine and original example from one of the best known Porsche tuners. – Mecum doesn’t seem like the kind of place to go shopping for Ruf-Porsches, but they had this car in 2016 and a 1997 car in similar condition last year. The 1997 failed to sell at $250,000, while this one successfully sold at $15 grand more. One of the quickest cars you could buy in 1992, this Ruf sold for about what a good 1992 964 Turbo S is worth but offers well over 100 hp more plus a number of other enhancements. When you take the exclusivity and added performance of this car into account, it actually seems like pretty good value. You could, of course, get this performance in a new Corvette for less than half the money but that’s irrelevant. Right?

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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.