Mecum Seattle 2014 – Auction Report

Mecum Seattle 2014 – Auction Report Page Five

1959 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe
Lot # S210 1959 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N S835883; Engine # S7329-9; Red/Tan leather; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $43,500 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $46,980 – Chrome wire wheels, Vredestein blackwall radials, underdash radio. – Head number LC9449-8. Decent repaint, chrome and interior. Not beautiful, but sound and usable. A twenty year old restoration that’s holding up well despite being driven. – The buyer of this Jag was pumped about getting it, and should have been, despite the mis-matched block and head numbers. It’s a pretty, reasonably well maintained, sound example at a respectable price. Not the best one in the world (in fact, far from it) but more than good enough.
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Lot # S213 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N P5FH160326; Turquoise, White porthole hardtop/Turquoise, white vinyl; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $61,560 – 292/193hp, automatic, P/S, P/B. P/W, power seat, hardtop only, wheel covers, whitewalls, Frigette underdash A/C. – Good paint, interior and major chrome. Scratched door molding. Clean underhood and under the car. Shows a little age but still better than just a driver. – This price is generous, but not enough to be egregiously generous, just more than enough for the Thunderbird it bought.
1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S214 1968 Plymouth Road Runner Hemi 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N RM21J8A175017; Blue, Black hood bump/Blue vinyl; Modified restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $70,000 – 426/425hp Hemi, 4-speed, Hurst pistol grip shifter, Gear Vendor overdrive, traction bars, headers, P/S, no P/B, body color wheels, hubcaps, blackwall radial tires, line lock, front brakes upgraded to discs, bench seat, accessory gauges. – Represented as a matching numbers engine, modified as it would have been after a few years. Presentable paint, chrome and interior, orderly underhood and underbody. An intriguing driver. – Offered at the Kruse Auburn Fall auction in 1991 before it got all the upgrades. While the presentation is intriguing, the idea that a modified Road Runner Hemi should be worth more than the reported high bid exceeds the bounds of reality. It’s a good hot rod, but that’s all.
1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
Lot # S215 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible; S/N 164679R006771; White/Black vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $12,000 – 4-barrel, Hydramatic, P/S, P/B, A/C (not connected), Alpine cassette, console, Rally wheels with trim rings, Radial T/A tires. – Tired, dirty and original underhood. Worn original interior with pulled seams. Steering wheel held together with old duct tape. Dead body seals. Sound body (except for the rust hole in the cowl) and a better repaint than the rest of the car would lead you to expect. – There is not a clue what engine is under the hood, just a ‘Big block’. It needs everything and should have been loose and selling well before reaching the reported bid. In fact, it should have been No Reserve –
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible
Lot # S216 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible; S/N F58S187624; Engine # T122H; White/Red vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $85,000 – 348/280hp three 2-barrels, Powerglide, P/S, P/B, P/W, WonderBar radio, dual spotlight-mirrors, skirts, spinner wheel covers, whitewalls, continental kit. – Decent paint, chrome and interior. Engine compartment given a quick once over where it can be seen but less attention paid to what is more obscure. Upholstery is good but the interior paint is of dubious quality. Frame is surface rusty. A driver quality restoration that makes a good first impression. – The first impression doesn’t hold up to close inspection and the H suffix on the block decodes to the 250hp 4-barrel Turboglide 348, not the 280hp solid lifter three deuces engine with Powerglide that’s in it. It was sold last September at Auburn Fall for $68,200 and doesn’t appear to have had a lick of work done on it, just put 34 more miles on the odometer. Under the circumstances it should have been on its way to a new owner long before it reached the reported high bid.
1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible
Lot # S232 1969 Pontiac GTO Convertible; S/N 242679Z121468; Engine # 0562821 WS; Verdoro Green/Black vinyl; Black vinyl top; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $75,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $81,000 – 400/366hp, Ram Air III, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, Rally II wheels with trim rings, Radial T/A tires, rally gauges, rear speaker, HD suspension and radiator, hood tach, Safe-T-Track, pushbutton radio. – Restored better than new with very good paint, chrome, interior, top and engine compartment. Underhood finishes are a little too shiny but show well. – A very good but expensive car on account of its originality. It is worth every penny of the price paid here.
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # S232.1 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 242379A119466; Engine # 0420224 WS; Carousel Red, Black accent/Parchment vinyl; Detailed to restored, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $59,400 – 400/366hp Ram Air III, 4-speed, P/S, P/B, Rally II wheels, Eagle GT blackwall tires, 3.55 Safe-T-Track, hood tach, Rally gauges. – One old and surprisingly good repaint, good original interior. Fully documented including original bill of sale. Freshly detailed to nearly like new condition. – Owned by the same person who owned Lot 232. Very original and impressive and like Lot 232, worth every penny of the price it brought.
1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO 2-Dr. Sedan
Lot # S238 1965 Pontiac LeMans GTO 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 237275P352564; Engine # 686827 YS; Starlight Black/Red vinyl; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $52,500 – 389/335hp upgraded to Tri-Power, later TH350 automatic with Hurst His’n’Hers shifter, P/S, P/B, A/C, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, dog dish hubcaps, red line tires. – Good older repaint, good original interior and carpets. Lightly scratched front bumper, good trim chrome. Freshly detailed underbody; engine compartment is clean and orderly but not restored. An exceptionally good and highly original car. – Very original and finely detailed. Flawed by the TH350, but more drivable. Owned by the owner of Lots 232 and 232.1. This GTO lacks eye-appeal and might be a bargain to someone who can accept its lack of bling although no more than the declined high bid. But, hey? He’d just sold two other GTOs for a total of $130K and probably had little incentive to let this one go.
1958 Packard Golden Hawk
Lot # S244 1958 Packard Golden Hawk; S/N 58LS1011; Beige, Brown roof/Tan vinyl; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 8.00%; Final Price $64,800 – 289/275hp supercharged, automatic, P/S, P/B, signal-seeking radio, wheel covers, whitewalls. – Poor old repaint over superficial prep and now showing flaws. Sound but aged old upholstery. Uneven door and trunk fits. Dirty engine compartment. Underbody freshly spayed with undercoat over everything. Nasty car. – It sure didn’t bring Nasty money, though. A premium price for what [little] it is and a sorry end to the otherwise glorious history of Packard.

[Source: Rick Carey]

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  1. Reading the fascinating review, one can’t help but have the impression that Mecum delivered market level results for many sellers who had unrealistic values for their cars. They should have sold and commissions should have been paid. Number 3-4 level condition on barely collectibles. Looks like (over)promises were made to bring cars to a new venue as most of these were clearly no reserve autos.

  2. Watched this auction streamed over the three days, and was amazed at the length of time it took to get a bid from the floor. There were some nice cars there, but Rick made a comment that I’d agree with – many cars should have sold at pass-in or before: overvalued, and some didin’t deserve the price they got. Mecums did a good job for their clients, that’s for sure.

  3. Danas comment about the Cuda never being a good car is puzzling. The rarity and performance speaks for itself. Perhaps more dime a dozen chevys is what he likes. Dan.

  4. I restored the 70 Boss 302. Finished it early 2008
    Too bad they never kept it up. A lot of NOS parts in that car.
    Back yard resto.. Az car since purchased from Ford late 1970