Mecum Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report

Mecum Indianapolis Original Spring Classic 2013 – Auction Report Page Eight

1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Lot # S170 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23V0A178064; Vitamin C Orange, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000 $100,000. – 440/390hp Six Barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, console, rally style wheels with trim rings, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires – Restored like new. Excellent paint and chrome, good body fits and gaps. Engine compartment is like new. Documented with window sticker and partial build sheet, represented as matching numbers engine and transmission. – The sixth of the nine winged Mopars at Mecum Indy, with the Six Barrel intake, thorough documentation and excellent fresh restoration the seller was more than justified in declining to accept this bid. It and the next three like it didn’t find new owners despite six-figure bids, a sign that buyers’ desires can be satiated if they are over-supplied with choices.
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427-435 Coupe
Lot # S171 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Coupe; S/N 194377S122410; Engine # T0629JE 7122410; Red/Red; Unrestored original, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $210,000 $210,000. – 427/435hp, 4-speed, P/B, AM-FM, tinted glass, Rally wheels with trim rings, red line bias ply tires, Positraction – Bloomington Gold Benchmark, numbers-matching engine, Protect-o-Plate, original window sticker and dealer order form. Partial repaint but otherwise as original as it gets, right down to the grungy engine. – Offered at Mecum Dallas last September with a high bid of $275,000, it’s hard to get past this Corvette’s grunge to appreciate its originality. With so many super-restored Corvettes around, many with credentials comparable with this one, this car’s appeal is limited to the truly Corvette-committed. Maybe it’ll do better at Bloomington Gold in July where the truly committed are thick on the ground.
1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Convertible
Lot # S172 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Convertible; S/N BS27V0B144830; Vitamin C Orange/White; Black leatherette top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $185,000 $185,000. – 440/390hp Six Barrel, automatic, P/B, P/S, argent shaker hood, Rallye gauges, buckets and console, P/W, Magnum wheels with trim rings, F70-14 Polyglas tires, 8-track radio – Very good paint, chrome, top and interior. Restored like new and shows attention to detail everywhere. – Offered at Mecum Dallas last September, with a reported bid of $220,000. It’s not getting any better for its auction trips, nor apparently are the bidders’ opinion of its value. It’s a good car and would be safely bought at this bid, a reasonable full retail price.
1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV
Lot # S174 1970 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV; S/N 228870N127735; Engine # 600747 XP; Lucerne Blue, White, Dark Blue stripe/Blue; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $90,000 $90,000. – 400/370hp Ram Air IV, automatic, P/S, P/B, pushbutton radio, 8-track, sport steering wheel, Super Sport wheels with trim rings, F60-15 Polyglas GT tires, white shaker hood – A competent older restoration with original interior. PHS documented, one of 60 built in 1970. Paint and interior are good but engine and chassis show age and limited use. A pretty and rare Trans Am. – A right car but there’s a disconnect … it was bid to $170,000 at Mecum’s Dallas auction last September. What happened, or did the auctioneer just get tired of finding bids from a disinterested room? The restoration is aged, but not enough to handicap its value this much. Disregard this result.
1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # S181 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N P6FH143714; Torch Red, Red porthole hardtop/Red, White vinyl; White vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $96,300. – 312/225hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, Town & Country radio, skirts, P/S, engine dressup, two tops – A fresh, crisp Amos Minter restoration. Better than new and flawless. – Amos Minter does T-birds better than anyone and they bring premium prices fully deserved by their quality and consistent, thorough attention to detail. Having said that, this is a super-premium price for an otherwise ordinary ’56 T-bird. The new owner has nowhere but down to look at value, but can be proud of what this car is, as good as it gets.
1959 Chevrolet Impala FI 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S183 1959 Chevrolet Impala FI 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N F59F194201; Tuxedo Black/Red; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $125,725. – 283/250hp Fuel Injection, Powerglide, Positraction, P/S, P/B, wheel covers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, heater, dual rear antennas – 32,605 documented miles, four owners and thoroughly restored to like new condition. Excellent cosmetics, clean, accurate engine compartment. A very good, very rare, attractive Impala. – A fascinating car, but honestly, wouldn’t a 348 or 409 be better, and a whole lot easier to keep up than an hydraulic lifter FI 250hp engine? The value equation just doesn’t work at this price, except for the seller who scored an inside the park home run with the unexpectedly generous price. It would have been a decent value at $85,000.
1931 Ford Model A High Boy Roadster
Lot # S199.1 1931 Ford Model A High Boy Roadster; S/N 1960227; Pearl Gray/; Customized restoration, 2+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $55,000 $55,000. – 302/420hp Ford crate engine, dual quads, Tremec 5-speed, 9 inch Ford axle, 4-wheel Wilwood disc brakes, Brookville body, leaf spring front, coil spring rear suspension, Black painted wire wheels, tube shocks – A wicked cool High Boy, called ‘Land Shark’ and dressed with a tiny little deck lid dorsal fin. Featured in Street Rodder. Clean, sharp and pristine. – Aside from the ‘Land Shark’ dorsal fin the visual appeal of this Model A is in its intricate details, the four-spoke steering wheel, the tiny bullet headlights, its skinny tires and the deliciously negatively raked grille shell. It begs a coating of salt from Bonneville or El Mirage, and at a price like this it could be campaigned with little concern for value if it were comprehensively cleaned afterward. It was offered at here a year ago with a high bid of $43,000, then reported sold at Mecum Dallas last September for $53,000. It belongs in my garage, and would probably get more exercise than my beloved 2-liter Alfa Giulia GT Jr. It would be irresistible with a flathead V-8.
2000 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe
Lot # S213 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe; S/N ZFFYU51A5Y0121650; Metallic Blue/Tan leather, Black stripes; Unrestored original, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,500 $60,500. – SF shields, Daytona power seats, glass engine cover, P/W, Pioneer CD stereo, F1 gearbox, silver calipers – Lightly surface cracked driver’s seat, good paint with no nose chips. As expected for the claimed 24,827 miles. Clean, orderly engine compartment. Assembly #38708. – Rerun Sunday as U167, no sale at $40,000. It’s hard to keep up with the depreciation of late model Ferraris, a challenge the Mecum Indy bidders clearly couldn’t deal with either.
1965 Porsche 356C Coupe
Lot # S217 1965 Porsche 356C Coupe; S/N 130360; Engine # 751932; Red/Black; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $60,990. – 912 engine, Weber carbs, sliding sunroof, Alpine cassette stereo, chrome wheels, Talbot mirrors, lace-on leather steering wheel cover, Michelin XZX blackwall tires – Sound repaint with orange peel not sanded out along edges, good older interior. Engine compartment is clean but neither restored nor detailed. A serviceable cosmetically restored Porsche coupe. – Sold at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale in January for $45,650 and turned here for a highly satisfying profit beyond the normal value of its condition and later 912 engine.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
Lot # S219 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N RM23U0A173755; Lemon Twist Yellow, Black vinyl roof/Black vinyl; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $125,000 $125,000. – 440/375hp, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, P/S, P/B, 3.54 Sure Grip, Magnum wheels, Radial T/A tires – Thoroughly restored 23,831 mile car parked from 1978-2004 by the original owner. Excellent High Impact color, good original interior and carpets. Restoration shows a little age but no use. Represented as numbers-matching engine and transmission. – Number seven of nine, and the last winged Mopar of four (all Superbirds) offered on Saturday, the seller’s decision to hold on to this documented mileage, High Impact painted, 4-speed, fully restored Superbird at the reported high bid is understandable.
1962 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
Lot # S243 1962 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible; S/N 862K7763; Engine # 450708 36; White/Burgundy leather; White vinyl top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $48,150. – 389, 4-barrel, automatic, P/S, P/B, buckets and console, P/W, pushbutton radio, underdash Autogage instruments, console mounted 90 degree tach, flipper wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, dual outside mirrors, rear antenna – Good paint, chrome, upholstery and top. Dash and instruments are good but aged and a little dull. Engine compartment is pretty on top but the depths, chassis and underbody aren’t done. An imposing driver for cruise night but not as nice as it could, and should, be. – Going to Lake Winnipesauke in NH where it will be a star at Weirs Beach. It won’t take a lot to make this a Bonneville to be proud to drive and show off. It brought $46,200 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach a month ago, which endorses the value the Mecum Indy bidders put on it.
1949 Hudson Commodore Custom 8 Convertible
Lot # S257 1949 Hudson Commodore Custom 8 Convertible; S/N 49458715; Yellow/Maroon; Black cloth top; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 7.00%; Final Price $62,060. – 254/128hp, 3-speed, large hubcaps, trim ring, whitewalls, remote spotlight, skirts, turn signals, pushbutton radio, heater – Represented as documented 70,166 miles and given a showy but superficial cosmetic restoration over a grungy chassis and old undercoated fenderwells. The over-representation (‘complete professional restoration’) induces questions about what else was shortcut. Cosmetically makes a good first impression and might be fun for a night but you wouldn’t want to take her home to the parents. – Oops. This Hudson brought $30,740 at Mecum’s Dallas auction last September. It was realistically priced there.