Mecum Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report

Mecum Indianapolis Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report Page Six

1966 Dodge Coronet 500 Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S105.1 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WP23H67220378; Dark Blue, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $48,150. – 426/425hp Hemi, dual quads, 4-speed, 3.54 Sure Grip, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, heater, no hubcaps, red line tires – Thoroughly documented highly original Hemi Coronet showing 46,594 believable miles. Good original interior, some paint work and clear coated all over. Good chrome. Engine has been out and repainted. Represented as all original drivetrain. A rare and desirable find. – Sold by Leake in Dallas in 2005 for $58,320 (when it showed 46,567 miles on the odometer), then by Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale earlier this year for $40,700 (with 46,581 miles showing – at least the odometer is hooked up), this is a sound, presentable and carefully preserved – although not ‘original’ in the full sense of the term – early street Hemi. The 4-speed and 3.54 Sure Grip will make it unusually fun to drive on the highway on its short trips between gas stations. The price here isn’t as advantageous as it was in Ft. Lauderdale, but it’s not unreasonable, either.
1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Convertible
Lot # S108 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Convertible; S/N 252675E110171; Engine # YH; Red/Black leatherette; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $32,500 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $34,775. – 421/338hp with Tri-Power added, automatic, P/S, P/B, Vintage Air added, wood grain steering wheel, bucket seats, no console, pushbutton radio, 8-lug wheels, red line tires, rear antenna – A superficial cosmetically restored driver with sound paint, mostly good chrome and stainless but pitted vent window frames and deck lid trim. Chassis and underbody redone assembled. PHS documented. Sloppy dashboard mounting of Vintage Air control panel. Paint blisters and fisheyes on rear fenders. – Turning this Catalina into a better car is straightforward but probably will cost more than it will return. At least fix the A/C panel. It will look good on the highway and brought a realistic price for what it is, its flaws, and what it might be.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S110 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370A174983; White/Gold vinyl, cloth; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $93,090. – 454/450hp LS6, automatic, bench seat, Rally II wheels, F70-14 Polyglas tires, pushbutton radio, rear speaker, seatbelts – 14,151 fully documented miles, good original paint, chrome and interior. The definition of ‘sleeper’. Old undercoat and a little rust bleeding through it behind the front wheels but not yet coming through the body. Very good throughout and preserved in time capsule condition. Documented with original build sheet, sales invoice, window sticker and Protect-o-Plate. A real find. – White is the perfect color for this Chevelle LS6 sleeper, a salesman’s bare bones bench seat driver with explosive power under the hood. Sold here two years ago for $116,600, the rebalance in muscle car prices is clearly reflected in today’s result, as well as perhaps the appearance of rust that might not have been there two years ago. Let it be noted, though, that for a GM car of the period the almost complete absence of rust is ample evidence of how well this Chevelle has been kept.
1969 Pontiac Trans Am 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S113 1969 Pontiac Trans Am 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 223379N104342; Engine # 0736340 WQ; Cameo White, Blue stripes/Blue leatherette; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $101,650. – 400/335hp, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, Rally II wheels, Polyglas tires, Ram Air (III) hood and air cleaner, Hurst shifter, pushbutton radio – Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment is like new. Documented with original bill of sale, warranty and Protect-o-Plate, registrations, PHS documentation. – Collectors have recently turned to Firebirds in a big way, and more and more have been seen coming to auction. There were 39 pre-1980 Firebirds and Trans Ams in Indy, not like Mustangs, maybe, but enough so there was pretty much one in every preview row. This very pretty Ram Air III 4-speed crossed the block at Mecum Monterey in 2010 at a high bid of $80,000, then here two years ago in 2011 with a high bid of $85,000, before selling here for a $95,000 hammer bid, a track record that illustrates Firebirds’ recent popularity.
1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4-Dr. Hardtop Fiesta Station Wagon
Lot # S114 1958 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 4-Dr. Hardtop Fiesta Station Wagon; S/N 587L12276; Heather (Lavender), Provincial White roof/Silver, White vinyl, Grey cloth; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $47,000 $47,000. – 371/265 2-barrel, automatic, P/S, pushbutton radio, flipper wheelcovers, whitewalls – Good cosmetic restoration of an unusual and charismatic car. Good paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment cleaned up and detailed, but not fully restored. – While the drivetrain and equipment list are unspectacular, the body design, chrome trim and paint choice work together to make a dramatic visual statement. The consignor obviously thought its eye-appeal should have had great effect on its value and, if this bid is any indication of real money, it did. It should have been on its way off the block with a new owner at 2/3 of the reported high bid.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Lot # S115 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23U0A175671; Blue Fire (EB5), Black vinyl roof/White vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000 $100,000. – 440/375hp, automatic, Rally wheels with trim rings, F70-14 Polyglas tires, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, gauges – Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Underbody is like new. Very good body fits including the nose cone. Dull, yellowed gauge faces. Represented as matching numbers engine. – The fourth of nine winged Mopars to cross the Mecum Indy auction block and reported sold at Mecum’s Dallas auction last September for $100,700. This is a good, but not exceptional, Superbird that could have been (should have been?) sold for the reported high bid.
1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
Lot # S117 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible; S/N A1038946; Gulf Turquoise, White wheel wells/White, Turquoise leather; White vinyl top; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $150,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $160,500. No Reserve – 322/200hp, Dynaflow, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, chrome wire wheels, whitewalls, – A concours-quality restoration. Excellent paint, bright chrome, sumptuous interior, good top. – Described as the earliest known ’54 Skylark and the 10th built, concours restored Skylarks aren’t uncommon, but still when they show up are snapped up by informed collectors. This is appropriate money for this beautifully restored and attractively liveried example.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Lot # S118 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23U0A179799; Blue, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $105,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $112,350. – 440/375hp, 4-speed, rally wheels with trim ring, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires, P/B, P/S, 3.55 Sure Grip, gauges, Hurst pistol grip shifter – Represented as matching numbers engine. Broadcast sheet documented. Sharp, fresh restoration with better than new paint, some weak trim chrome, good interior, good nose cone fit. Crisp, bright gauge faces. – The fifth of the nine winged Mopars that crossed the Mecum Indy auction block, an unprecedented offering that challenged buyers’ capacity to take up $100K+ cars that have little utility on the street (a YouTube video of parallel parking a Superbird or Charger Daytona would be a hit – here is where a rear view camera proves its value.) This was, as it turned out, the last of the nine that were sold and it brought a representative price for its specifications and fresh restoration.
1970 Chevrolet Nova SS L89
Lot # S120 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS L89 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 114270W289169; Engine # T0227CKT; Tuxedo Black/Black; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $203,300. – L89 402/375hp, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, steel wheels, hubcaps, narrow whitewalls, P/B, Positraction, air pump and smog plumbing, bucket seats, no console – Restored like new. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and glass. Engine compartment is crisp and like new. – The consignor described this as the only known L89 aluminum head Nova, rarity that was enhanced by its superior restoration. The Mecum Indy bidders’ determination of its value should be accepted as definitive, even though this may be the pinnacle in value for a non-COPO Nova.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Lot # S121 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124379N609747; Dusk Blue/Black; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $500,000 $500,000. – 427/430hp aluminum block, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, P/B, radio delete, steel wheels, hubcaps, F70-15 Wide Tread tires, cowl induction, bucket seats, no console – COPO 9560AA, documented with Protect-o-Plate, shipping documents and notarized statement from the first owner. Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome, glass, interior and engine compartment. – If an iron block L88 rated 430hp really delivered 500+, how much underrated is this aluminum block ZL1? It is tantalizing to contemplate, but with a value measured in substantial fractions of a million dollars not likely to be experienced.
1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6
Lot # S121.1 1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6; S/N 136800K141518; Black, White stripes/Black; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $127,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $135,890. – 454/450hp, 4-speed, cowl induction, P/S, P/B, Rally II wheels, Wide Oval tires, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, air pump and smog plumbing, 3.31 Positraction – Fresh restoration to like new condition with better paint. Brilliant chrome. Comes with GM Canada paperwork. A show-quality restoration of a rare vehicle. – Aside from needing a bed-load of concrete blocks to provide traction the new owner of this extremely rare El Camino got all the vehicle that the money could buy. It’s much more rare than a Chevelle LS6 hardtop or post car, for no more money.
1968 Chevrolet Biscayne L72 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S122 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne L72 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 154118D150355; Engine # ID; Tuxedo Black/Black vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $176,550. – 427/425hp, 4-speed, bench seat, heater, radio delete, steel wheels, hubcaps, blackwall tires, air pump and smog plumbing but no drive belt, 3.55 axle, instruments – Cosmetically restored to nearly like new a while ago and driven some since then, to judge from the engine compartment and underbody. Flawed repaint, some thin chrome, good interior and glass. A very pretty car with some age and use on its good restoration. – A street racer’s dream car but at this price fully valued even though it is extremely rare. It is so stealth that no one will be fooled.