Mecum Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report

Mecum Indianapolis Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report Page Four

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F231 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N VC57A146460; Matador Red/Red vinyl, Black cloth; Older restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $77,500 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $82,925. – 283/245hp dual quads, 3-speed, pushbutton radio, spinner wheel covers, whitewall bias ply tires – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Flat panels, flush fits, even gaps. Brilliant chrome and stainless. Better, far better, than new. – When I saw this Bel Air at Dave Rupp’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in January 2008 it was to all intents and purposes as perfect as it is today in Indy and showed a single mile on its odometer. It shows just 20 today and has been superbly maintained in better than perfect condition. It sold for $88,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in 2008, then was bid to a sparse $67,000 here in 2011. This is an example of the best, and better than that it is holding up superbly, deserving the handsome price it brought.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # F232 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N 104677S119425; Marina Blue/Bright Blue vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $52,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $55,640. – 327/350hp, 4-speed, side exhaust, alloy wheels, side exhausts, AM-FM, redline tires – Good paint, chrome and upholstery. Instrument bezels and panel show age, as does the chassis and underbody. Nose panel is wavy. Loose radio antenna. Represented as ‘All numbers matching and date codes correct car.’ A good older restored Corvette with a few years and miles. – Collectors seem to overlook high performance small block mid-year Corvettes like this sound older restored example, which is myopic, but good for collectors who can see beyond big block 427s and appreciate the small blocks’ handling and balance. This car is a very sound value, to some worth more than the price it brought in performance and driving satisfaction.
1959 Pontiac Catalina Convertible
Lot # F235 1959 Pontiac Catalina Convertible; S/N 159P10618; White/Red, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $49,220. – 389/215hp 2-barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, flipper wheelcovers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio – Highly original with a mediocre old repaint, replaced top and carpets. Good chrome, lightly soiled original upholstery. Good original interior chrome, steering wheel and dashboard. Engine compartment has had some limited cosmetic attention and service replacements in its past. Odometer shows 44,262 miles, represented and believably from new. Engine number is illegible without applying noxious solvents. – A great story, delivered in Cuba, escaped Castro’s revolution, then sold to the second owner in the early 90’s. A good, low mileage Pontiac of no particular distinction but desirable preservation that brought a significant premium for its originality.
1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F238 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 21847L144918; Nassau Blue/Blue vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $74,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $79,180. – 409/409hp dual quads, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, steel wheels, narrow whitewalls, buckets and console, steering column mounted 90 degree tach, tinted glass, dual outside mirrors, pushbutton radio, dual rear antennas – Represented as a factory SS 409 with a replacement engine. Nut and bolt restored and better than new except for lightly scuffed window sill stainless. Engine, chassis and underbody are crisp and fresh. – Pardon the expression, but this is a real fine 409, restored to high standards, superbly optioned and in better than showroom condition in an attractive and rarely seen color scheme. The new owner needs to make no excuses for paying this price for it, it’s worth every penny.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F239 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B157065; Dark Burnt Orange Metallic/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,000 $180,000. – 426/425hp dual quads, 4-speed, silver shaker hood, P/B, 4.1 Dana Super Track Pack, woodgrain steering wheel, console – Represented as 12,287 miles with its original engine and transmission. Restored better than new, fresh, sharp and clean. Documented with broadcast sheet. Great color. – The glow is off ‘Cuda Hemis, but not enough to make the reported high bid here a reasonable price for this eye-catching example. It is a superior car in every respect and should bring close to, if not more than, $200K.
1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F244 1969 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Hurst 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 344879M359750; White, Gold accents/Black; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $80,250. – 455/390hp, Ram Air, automatic, P/B, P/S, A/C, AM-FM, chrome rim Rally wheels, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires, 3.23 limited slip – Represented as matching numbers original engine. Documented with build sheet, warranty records and even Hurst paper. Freshly restored and in better than showroom condition without going to excess. – It isn’t necessary to like Hurst Olds, with their blocky ram air hood scoops to appreciate their aggressive demeanor and muscle car performance. It’s possible to like this one, though, for its quality older restoration, careful preservation and reasonable price.
1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Lot # F245 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N E57S103108; Arctic Blue/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $93,090. – 283/270hp, dual quads, 4-speed, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, heater, no radio – Represented as matching numbers, although the block stamper at Flint must have had a hard night before to have such erratic numbers. The theme continues on the rest of the car with pretty paint with serious detail issues. Major chrome is good but the top cover surround is badly gored and scraped. Engine compartment, underbody and chassis are clean with only a little age. Rust flakes piled under the clutch return spring. Boot cover fits unevenly. A strange, and not happy, car and a good Corvette to avoid. – Bid to $85,000 at Mecum Kissimmee in January and no better here than it was there, which wasn’t very good. An expensive Corvette that has too many flaws to be overlooked at this price.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Lot # F247 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A170220; Blue, Black vinyl roof/Black; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $133,750. – 440/390hp Six-Barrel, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, P/S, P/B, rally style wheels with trim rings, pushbutton radio, buckets and console – Sharp, freshly restored car with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Meticulously presented engine compartment. Good nose cone fit. Sharp car with Broadcast sheet documentation. – The third of the nine winged Mopars that crossed the Indy auction block. With the Six-Barrel under the hood, the 4-speed connected to it and an excellent, fresh, restoration this is a particularly desirable Superbird that brought an appropriate price.
1972 Ford Mustang Convertible
Lot # F252 1972 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 2F03F119895; Grabber Blue/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $42,500 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $45,475. – 302/140hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, sport mirrors, cassette stereo, chrome rim Magnum wheels, Radial T/A tires – A perfectly ordinary Mustang with a boring drivetrain but with an essentially perfect restoration. 45,240 miles. Good paint, chrome and original interior. underbody is clean enough to be displayed in the showroom in 1972. – It’s hard to credit this price except for the Grabber Blue paint and White interior. It was probably a dealer’s stock Mustang order with minimal equipment; looks good but without performance to match its looks. It could have been bought for half this price and not been a good value. Abigail Beecher, our history teacher’s car. And if you’re old enough you’ll know what it means and who Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon is.
1972 Ford Mustang Convertible
Lot # F253 1972 Ford Mustang Convertible; S/N 2F03F157773; Laser Red/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $33,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $35,310. – 302/140hp with 4-barrel added, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, Magnum wheels with chrome rims, Radial T/A tires, chin spoiler – An older restoration to show winning condition. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. – Essentially uninteresting even if featured (along with the Mustang that crossed the block before it) the hype worked and this car brought 50% more than a similar one would have.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Lot # F254 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 30837S120588; Engine # 3120588 F0628SD; Black/Black; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $90,950. – 327/300hp, Powerglide, Positraction, A/C, P/S, P/B, spinner wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, AM-FM – Fading older restoration Paint flaws on hood, right front and left rear fenders. Good interior, scratched, scuffed chrome. Uneven driver’s door fit. Dirty engine. An undistinguished Powerglide Corvette that isn’t wearing the age of its restoration well. – Sold at Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale in 2012 for $67,100, then by Mecum in Kissimmee this January for $74,200. This is, despite the split down the rear window that destroys vision out the back, just a car, a 300hp Corvette with Powerglide and A/C. The restoration long ago lost its edge and is getting no better being passed around. It’s gotten no better since Ft. Lauderdale, and its price shouldn’t have.
1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # F256 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N JH23J0B28936; Go Mango Orange, Matte Black/Cinnamon leatherette; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $46,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $49,220. – 340/290hp Six Pack, 4-speed, P/B, no P/S, rally-style wheels, Radial T/A tires, Hurst pistol grip shifter, no console, pushbutton radio – An older restoration to showroom condition showing age and use underhood but excellent cosmetics. Converted to 4-speed during restoration, original automatic included. Clean, orderly and presented in unusual and attractive colors. – Represented as ‘Less than 100 miles since restoration completed’ every one of them has outsized effect on this Challenger’s presentation, particularly under the hood. The 4-speed conversion is problematic. It’s less original, but a lot more enjoyable to show off. All in all it’s a sound and eye-catching car that represents good value for the money for someone aware of the compromises.