RM Sotheby’s Hershey 2015 – Auction Report

RM Sotheby’s Hershey 2015 – Auction Report Page Four

1958 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer 2-Dr. Hardtop
Lot # 220 1958 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N LD3L3040; Sunshine Yellow, Ebony Black/Cream vinyl, Black cloth; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $66,000. No Reserve. 350/295hp, pushbutton PowerFlite automatic, power steering, power brakes, pushbutton radio, heater, wheel covers, bias ply whitewalls, windshield washer. – Excellent original chrome and interior. Yellowed whitewall bias ply tires. Paint is represented to be original but there is abundant evidence of repaint applied over chipped, flawed old paint. Engine compartment is clean and impressive, not restored. 22,463 miles. Not as original as it is represented to be, but desirable nonetheless. Jim Miller estate. – This is a marvelous Custom Royal Lancer even with the evidence of at least a partial repaint, but the price it brought is so close to double what it could be expected to bring that the premium for originality is extremely generous.
1911 Kelsey Model M Motorette
Lot # 223 1911 Kelsey Model M Motorette; S/N 290; Black/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $37,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $41,250. With Reserve. Right-hand tiller steering, 2-cylinder 2-stroke engine, Gray & Davis kerosene headlights, kerosene taillight. – 1997 AACA National First Prize and Senior. Good paint, upholstery and top. Good brass. Well restored to sound and presentable condition. – Offered at Auburn Fall a year ago and by Bonhams at Amelia Island earlier this year, both times failing to sell at reported bids of $45,000. The consignor got real this time and took the money. It is a cool thing, but obscure (and not in a good way), a rudimentary vehicle not eligible for the Brighton Run, and not a competitor for the Model T with which it is contemporary. It is an odd vehicle which brought a price appropriate to its restoration.
1940 Plymouth P10 DeLuxe Station Wagon
Lot # 225 1940 Plymouth P10 DeLuxe Station Wagon; S/N 11083536; Regal Maroon, Black composite roof/Brown leatherette; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $38,500. No Reserve. 3-row seating, remote spotlights, hubcaps, trim rings, radial whitewalls, heater, bumper overriders, sliding side windows. – Repainted assembled, over old paint, erratically masked. Mostly new wood. Reupholstered front seat, aged original back seats. Underbody quickly redone. A quick, superficial cosmetic redo that is unlikely to be satisfying. – The bidders didn’t like this Plymouth’s presentation, either, and stopped well short of the estimate to take its mediocrity and shortcuts into account. It brought a price appropriate to its condition even though its rarity is largely unrecognized.
1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Sportsman Convertible
Lot # 229 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe Sportsman Convertible; S/N 1849644; Pheasant Red/Dark Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $135,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $148,500. With Reserve. Power top, power windows, clock, radio, remote spotlight, hubcaps, sombrero trim rings, wide whitewalls, fog lights, bumper overriders and tips, oil filter, windshield washer. – Very good paint, wood, chrome and interior. Crisp, orderly engine compartment. Clean underbody with a little fresh surface rust on unpainted fasteners. A quality older restoration that has been sparingly and carefully used. – Cataloged as ‘crafted of the finest maple, birch and mahogany harvested from Iron Mountain’s rich forests’. Henry Ford accomplished many remarkable breakthroughs, but one of them was not getting mahogany to grow in northern Michigan. This Sportsman was sold at Dave Rupp’s Ft. Lauderdale auction in 2007 for $180,360. Some of the Sportsman’s appeal has worn off in the past eight years, but it’s still a good value at the price it brought here.
1909 Stoddard-Dayton Model 9-A Touring
Lot # 232 1909 Stoddard-Dayton Model 9-A Touring; S/N A3724; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000 plus commission of; Final Price $80,000. With Reserve. RHD. Solar headlights, C.M. Hall sidelights and taillight, wood spoke wheels with34x4 blackwall tires, Stewart speedometer, trunk, folded bulb horn, Prest-o-Lite tank, dogleg windshield. – Sound but old paint and brass. Cracked and duct taped original upholstery and interior trim. Electrified lights and coil ignition. A quality but ageing restoration with tour miles on it, in very good running condition. – Less attractive in detail than it might have been, but the consignor could have taken a cue from the bidders’ less than enthusiastic response to its condition and cut it loose well before the reported high bid.
1907 Thomas Flyer 4-60 4-Passenger Runabout
Lot # 238 1907 Thomas Flyer 4-60 4-Passenger Runabout; S/N; Engine # D212; Light Grey, Black accent, Red coachline/Dark Red leather; Estimate $450,000 – $600,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $330,000. With Reserve. RHD. 523 cubic inch T-head four, Dietz acetylene headlights and kerosene sidelights, Gray & Davis taillight, Badger acetylene generator, triple rear spares, Rushmore acetylene spotlight, folded bulb horn, eagle radiator mascot, Warner drum speedometer. – 2007 AACA National First Prize. An assembled car, built by Wolfgang Gawor in the image of the NY-Paris Thomas Flyer. Excellent paint and upholstery. Brass shows a little age and some polish residue. Running gear is little dirty. A high quality older restoration with a few miles and years on it. Harold Coker collection. – Painted Battleship Grey, this Thomas is built like a battleship, too, with an immense engine and rugged chassis. It may not have been built this way, or even with these bits, but it is an epic automobile. The Hershey bidders appropriately parsed the difference between origins and enjoyment with this appropriate price.
1916 Winton Model 22A Six-33 7-Passenger Touring
Lot # 242 1916 Winton Model 22A Six-33 7-Passenger Touring; S/N; Engine # 31395; Light Grey, Grey fenders and accent/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $67,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $74,250. With Reserve. 348 cubic inch L-head six, Warner speedometer, Waltham clock, Black painted Houk centerlock wire wheels, 36×5 blackwall tires, folding windshield, forward facing jump seats, single rear spare. – 2008 AACA National First Prize and Senior. Excellent paint and interior. Restored better than new, then driven a little but should detail back to show condition. Harold Coker collection. – This Winton was assembled from a chassis and not much more by Harold Coker but resulted in an AACA winning finished product. Unusually sleek and low for a 1916, it stands out as both a stylish and a good performing automobile of its era and is surprisingly reasonably priced in this transaction.
1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca deVille, Body by H.J. Mulliner
Lot # 246 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Sedanca deVille, Body by H.J. Mulliner; S/N WZB28; Engine # W27B; Black/Tan leather in front with West of England wool in rear; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $137,500. No Reserve. RHD. 4257/137hp, single downdraft Stromberg carb, wind wings, suicide doors front and back, partial rear fender skirts, disc wheels, Michelin blackwall tires, Spirit of Ecstasy radiator mascot, Lucas headlamps, Lucas central driving light, bustleback rear, burled walnut dash, door and window trims, power rear division, push button radio in rear, dome courtesy light. – Very good paint and chrome. Excellent interior, especially in the rear. Interior wood is very strong. Tidy engine bay and undercarriage. Best of Show at the 1999 Convention of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club. Fascinating, rare and gorgeous car that has seen a few years since restoration but is still very strong. – Sold by Bonhams at Olympia in 2007 for $93,995 (GBP 45,500), then by RM at Monterey in 2014 for $110,000, the price today is equivalent to GBP 89,800, a comparison more affected by exchange rates than by the automobile or its condition. It is the essence of bespoke Rolls-Royce luxury and refinement, a classic automobile in nearly like new condition and bought for a price that is fair to both the buyer and the seller.