Mecum Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report

Mecum Indianapolis Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report Page Seven

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S126 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 136370B135992; Gobi Beige, Black stripes, Dark Gold vinyl roof/Saddle vinyl; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $101,650. – 454/450hp LS6, automatic, Rally II wheels, Wide Oval tires, P/B, P/S, 8-track pushbutton radio, F41 suspension, 4.11 Positraction, buckets and console, cowl induction – Fresh restoration to better than new. Excellent paint and chrome. Meticulously detailed engine compartment. Represented as matching numbers engine. Documented with build sheet. – Highly desirable and in an unusual but also attractive color, this is a representative transaction for it, a good value for the money.
1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
Lot # S129 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N P857H35766; White, Red accent/Red, White leatherette; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $149,800. – 347/315hp fuel injection, automatic, P/S, P/B, P/W, power bench seat, WonderBar radio, power rear antenna, flipper wheelcovers, whitewall tires – Very good older restoration with good paint, chrome, interior and glass but now showing its age even with only limited use. – A pretty car with a sound older restoration that has probably covered no more than the 961 miles showing on its odometer. It was sold here two years ago for $116,600 and offered at Kissimmee earlier this year where it was bid to $120,000. The consignor did well by waiting, an outcome not often seen, but still fair for the buyer as well.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S134 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N XS29R0G171264; Red, Matte Black hood, White tail band/Black leather; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $214,000. – 426/425hp Hemi, dual quads, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, buckets and console, underdash S-W instruments, Cragar S/S wheels, Parnelli Jones tires, factory radio with 8-track, woodgrain steering wheel, headers – Excellent fresh repaint and chrome, otherwise a sharp, long-stored (since 1977), 17,560 mile original car. Headers, Cragar wheels and tires installed in 1970. Documented since October 1969. A sharp car that hasn’t needed restoration, just cosmetic freshening. – A rare car in very good condition, highly original and attractive. The price it brought includes a significant low miles/originality premium, but a deserved one.
1973 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe
Lot # S137 1973 Pontiac Trans Am Coupe; S/N 2V87X3N139029; Engine # 793071 ZJ; Brewster Green/Black leatherette; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $197,950. – 455/310hp Super Duty, 4-speed, Hurst shifter, P/S, P/B, honeycomb wheels, Wide Oval tires, shaker hood, sport steering wheel, pushbutton radio – Excellent paint, interior and what little chrome it has. Freshly and completely done but showing some age and use under the hood and missing the fenderwell skirts over the upper A-arms. Unusual and attractive colors that would have been even better with a cinnamon interior. PHS documented and represented as matching numbers engine. – The era of punitive insurance company premiums and oil embargoes had begun and horsepower ratings plunged along with compression ratios. In those fraught times Pontiac fought back with the Super Duty, a 7.5 liter behemoth that still smoked tires with the twitch of the throttle. They are uncommon and Firebirds are at the top of muscle car collectors’ wish lists these days, both of which figure in this price which is on the generous side of market.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S138 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124378N438517; Engine # 18N438517 V0514MO; Turquoise, Black stripes/Black vinyl, houndstooth cloth; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $107,000. – 302 Cross-Ram dual quad, 4-speed, P/B, Rally wheels with trim rings, E70-15 Wide Tread GT tires, console with gauges, pushbutton radio – Prototype Cross Ram unit casting #0-310512, 12/1967. Freshly restored to showroom condition. Excellent dear coat paint, chrome, interior and engine compartment. A highly impressive Camaro. – A crossram Z/28 is highly desirable. This car would be even better with the rare JL8 4-wheel disc brakes, but it’s pretty darn nice as it is and impressively restored and presented. That adds up to a premium price, like this. It will startle other Z/28 owners with its high rpm power and low rpm torque, but not with its price.
1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
Lot # S139 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster; S/N CSX 7049; Aluminum/Black leather; Competition car, original as-raced, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $320,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $342,400. – 5-speed, braced chrome paperclip rollbar, centerlock starburst alloy wheels, quick fill fuel cap, white coated side exhausts – Wide hip, cutback door FIA style body, 7000 series ‘continuation’ car. Like new except for a worn leather rim steering wheel, originally blue, dyed black and peeling. – The MSO that comes with the car has Carroll Shelby’s name on it but it isn’t a ‘real’ 289 Cobra, it’s a continuation car and is priced like one (with Carroll’s name on the MSO as the first owner.)
1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible
Lot # S140 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible; S/N 9F03R481554; Candy Apple Red/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $155,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $165,850. – 428/335hp, Ram Air, Drag Pack, 4-speed, console gauges, tilt column, remote outside mirror, P/S, P/B, 8-track stereo – Cosmetically restored with good paint, chrome and interior. Good engine compartment shows age and use. Underbody is cleaned up but not restored. Scrape on the peak of the right rear fender, two star cracks on decklid over hinges. An attractive but flawed driver. – This would be a lot better buy at $135,000 than $155,000. Its condition leaves a lot to be desired, but this prices it as essentially flawless.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S144 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N BS23R0B257766; Jamaica Blue/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $275,000 $275,000. – 426/425hp dual quads, automatic, P/B, silver shaker hood, woodgrain steering wheel, console, pushbutton radio, underdash Realistic FM converter, rally style wheels, F60-15 Polyglas tires, 4.11 rear axle – 16,774 miles, original engine, one repaint and recent plugs, OEM shocks and other mechanical attention. Driver’s seat cushion tom. Paint is flawed and the whole car is aged as expected, but it’s one owner from new and pretty special. – A choice find, in remarkably good, original and unrestored condition. The torn seat is a problem but the best solution might be to find another ‘Cuda seat cushion and preserve this one in a plastic (vermin-proof) bag. The idea that it could be worth this much for its originality is a stretch, however, especially after the repaint. This was probably the consignor’s reality-check, now it’s time to get serious.
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Lot # S150.1 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster; S/N E53F001093; Polo White/Sportsman Red; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $267,500. – 235/hp, Powerglide, WonderBar radio, wheel covers, whitewalls – Restored like new, multiple NCRS Top Flight, Duntov Award and Bloomington Gold. Still show quality with excellent paint, chrome, interior, top and underhood detailing. – This Corvette’s history shows clearly how important it is to have the right bidders on hand (or on the phone) to realize top value from a rare and desirable but highly specific car. It was offered at Mecum Dallas last September with a high bid of $210,000, then at Kissimmee in January with a bid of $185,000 before scoring this home run result. Time and place, this is strong.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396
Lot # S151 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124377N231706; Madeira Maroon, White nose band/Black; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $101,650. – 396/375hp L78, 4-speed, bucket seats, console with gauges, pushbutton radio, mag wheel covers, red line tires, 4.11 Positraction – One owner car until November 2012 documented with original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual and plastic sleeve and notarized letter from the original owner. Restored better than new with excellent cosmetics. Tonawanda stamping illegible but VIN stamping clear, represented as matching numbers. – ANOTHER highly documented, restored better than new high performance Camaro. Unlike the winged Mopars this week the demand for Camaros kept up with supply. It’s impossible not to like this first generation RS/SS 396, or its price.
1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S161 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N WS23J9A205652; Yellow (Y2), Black tail band/Black leatherette; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $98,440. – 426/425hp, 4-speed, P/B, P/S, Air grabber hood, alloy wheels with trim rings, Hurst shifter, buckets and console, 4.1 Sure Grip, Super Track Pack – A good older restoration except for some paint issues and age evident under the hood. Repro ‘recall’ wheels look great. 31,675 miles and good enough to show, if not win (which it will do just fine, thank you very much, at the drive-in parking lot on Friday night.) – Described as unusual in several respects (1 of 19 Super Track Pack, possibly unique in Y2 Yellow) which help set it apart but actually contribute little to its value. The real value lies under the hood and with the 4-speed under the driver’s right hand. The price is full retail even with the low, known miles taken into account.
1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Convertible
Lot # S163.1 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Convertible; S/N 138675K179535; Engine # K179535 F0330EC; Black/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $149,800. – 327/350hp, 4-speed, 3.31 Positraction, P/S, P/B, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, dashtop tach, power driver’s bucket seat, console, factory 8-track, tilt steering column – Restored like new with excellent paint, chrome, interior, top and engine compartment. AACA National First Prize in 2012. A prizewinning Malibu in prize wining condition. – Big block money for a small block Malibu, but that’s not a knock on the buyer, who got a superior car for a realistic price.