RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 – Auction Report

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1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Coupe, Body by LeBaron
Lot # 161 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Coupe, Body by LeBaron; S/N 7803368; Light Olive Green, Olive Green fenders and accent/Olive Green leather; Heather Green cloth top; Estimate $550,000 – $650,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Post-block sale at $477,273 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $525,000. – Chrome spoke wire wheels, dual enclosed sidemounts, rumble seat, trunk rack, wide whitewalls, golf bag door, opening vee windshield. – One of just 22 built in this extremely attractive LeBaron body style. Meticulously restored some years ago by Stone Barn and maintained in concours condition since. – Sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2008 with only eight fewer miles on its odometer for $660,000. A beautiful car that has been restored and maintained in the condition which its quality deserves and bought here reasonably enough to put a few more than eight more miles on it in the next half-decade.
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
Lot # 162 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC; S/N 10007; Engine # 1007; Burgundy/Tan cloth; Estimate $390,000 – $450,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $506,000. – Becker Europa II radio, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop blackwall tires – Good new paint (from plain old red) and interior, good chrome. Clean, tidy underbody. Flat body with even gaps but slightly dropped at the rear of the passenger’s door. Thin window trim chrome. A quality, well-maintained driver quality Ferrari. – The 330 GTC continues its seemingly relentless march into unaffordability with this sale, a majestic result for a driver quality car recently given a handsome repaint in a more fashionable color and new interior. It looked good enough in the catalog photos in red and black but the gamble to freshen its cosmetics seems to have paid off for the seller. It’s nothing if not expensive at this price.
1932 Marmon HCM V-12 2-Dr. Sedan Prototype
Lot # 163 1932 Marmon HCM V-12 2-Dr. Sedan Prototype; S/N DD609; Beige/Beige leather; Estimate $400,000 – $600,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $370,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $407,000. – Silver wheel discs, blackwall tires, clock – Concours restoration with only a little age to separate it from any concours in the world. CCCA Senior #2443. The original prototype Marmon V12, designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, Jr. Known history from new, only six owners, only two of whom paid for it, the rest acquiring it by way of gift or trade. Restored 2001, Pebble Beach class winner. Distinctive design presented in near-concours condition.. – Just thirteen more miles appear on this car’s odometer from when it was sold by RM at Meadow Brook in 2007 for $891,000, and just seven more than when RM sold it at Monterey in 2011 for $475,000. The car’s condition is holding up better than its price, but the appeal of its gunboat-style coachwork may be wearing off. Today’s result is a reasonable price.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta
Lot # 164 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta; S/N 07751; Red/Black leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,375,000. – Starburst centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires – Never fully restored, with 50,859 original miles on its odometer. Good new paint, chrome and older interior. Underbody is covered in repainted old undercoat. Engine has been done and is neat and orderly. Straight body, flush fits and even gaps. An attractive and reassuringly maintained Ferrari. – The bidders appreciated the honesty of this short nose 275 GTB and conferred upon it a noteworthy value that was more than deserved by its exceptional condition and sharp appearance.
1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C Transformable Torpedo, Body by Hibbard and Darrin
Lot # 167 1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C Transformable Torpedo, Body by Hibbard & Darrin; S/N 12036; Engine # 320104; Cream, Light Yellow fenders and accents/Cream leather; Brown cloth top; Estimate $400,000 – $500,000; Concours restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $450,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $495,000. – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with strap-on mirrors, Marchal headlights – Updated body with skirted pontoon fenders and extended tonneau with integrated trunk. Quality older concours restoration with a few touched up cracks at stress points. Underbody is nearly like the top and shows little use or age. No longer fresh but done to very high standards in an attractive livery. – The rear body modification does nothing to enhance the balance and proportion of the Hibbard & Darrin coachwork. There is no clue from the catalog about the date of the restoration, but the car itself has plenty of clues about its age, which is considerable. The colors help its first impression a lot. The new owner would do the car a favor by researching the original coachwork to see if it would enhance the look, or just drive it and enjoy its 8-liter engine’s performance.
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
Lot # 170 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe; S/N 15105; Red/Tan leather, Black stripes; Estimate $375,000 – $475,000; Original, with major mechanical repairs, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $360,000. – Becker Mexico cassette, P/W, chrome spoke Borranis, A/C controls but no installation, 5-point belts – Painted nose, pop-up lights. Vintage raced by Arthur Urciuoli in the 90’s. Custom aluminum radiator and oil cooler without a shroud or fan, some Aeroquip style pressure hoses, ignition modules nowhere to be seen. Mediocre paint, erratic chrome trim and fit. Front fenderwells have been replaced but the rears are original. Fresh upholstery and dash covering. It looks like a nose job was done on this Daytona, and with little attention to originality. – This was a strange car, with its strange configuration plainly visible to anyone who looked under the hood yet no explanation was offered in the catalog. No wonder no one wanted it at the generous auction company estimate. If it had brought the reported high bid it would have been a huge win for the seller.
1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super 90 Cabriolet
Lot # 171 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Super 90 Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 158625; Ivory/Green leatherette, Dark Olive cloth; Black cloth top; Estimate $110,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. – Sapphire AM-FM, chrome wheels, clock, blackwall radial tires, luggage rack – Three owners from new, odometer rolled over once and now shows (1)10,057 miles. Restored to showroom condition with excellent paint, chrome, interior and bodywork fits and finish in the original colors and materials. Shows no age or use at all. – Incredibly fun to own and drive, with the luxury of a tight folding top, rollup windows and 90hp to play with, this is an impressive but deserved result for an impeccably restored Super 90.
1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback
Lot # 175 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S316; White, Blue stripes/Black leatherette; Estimate $120,000 – $160,000; Competition restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $140,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $154,000. – 5-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear Blue Streak tires, braced roll bar, bucket seats, 4-point competition belts, R-nose with oil cooler, fiberglass bumpers, quick fill gas cap, trunk-mounted battery, Plexiglas side and rear windows – Tidy race prepared car with fresh paint, not originally an R model, but now fully up to GT350R specs and neatly prepared. – Offered by Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale last year where it attracted a top bid of only $90,000. The consignor found a more receptive audience here at Amelia Island and took home a full retail price for a modified GT350.

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  1. Rick Carey is a joy to read. His information gives us an idea of what to expect to pay at an auction for a specific car in a specific condition and his reviews are right on. It is a pleasure reading his analysis and his humor is directed at the right place, owners who don’t take care of fine autos, many of which are works of art.

  2. I agree, the pics are great but Rick’s expert commentary and experienced eye make for an enjoyable read – almost like being there, without the $1500 for admission to the “high roller enclave”. Thanks Rick !

  3. James&Mark
    Thanks for the kind words.
    I try to paint a word picture in the notes and comments, which I hope comes through and enriches the account of the sale and the cars. Fortunately, I enjoy the exercise, and am gratified you think it’s working.
    Rick