Auctions America by RM Ft. Lauderdale 2013 – Auction Report

Auctions America by RM Fort Lauderdale 2013 – Auction Report Page Two

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible

Lot # 200 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible; S/N 342671M195178; Copper/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350. – Automatic, dual outside mirrors, AM-FM, underdash CD stereo, Rally wheels, Radial T/A tires, buckets and console, P/S, P/B – An aged driver with decent paint, pitted rear bumper, old body seals, lightly soiled interior and clean but original old underbody and chassis. A usable but not very attractive driver. – Reported sold at Auburn Fall last September for $24,200, it is a much better value here, and a car that can be driven and enjoyed with little concern. It is not, however, the ‘Fully restored’ car that the car card claimed. An attractive and eye-catching color combination, but the interior is not ideal for muddy-footed dogs or kids. Bought right.

1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 4-4-2

Lot # 202 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 4-4-2 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 3G87U2M100258; Flame Orange/White; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $18,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,350. – 455/270hp, automatic, P/S, P/B, A/C, buckets and console, pushbutton radio, broken remote outside mirror, Rally wheels with trim unrigs, Radial T/A tires, Tic Toc Tach – Three owners from new. Good repaint but disappointing taped accent with overlapping joints on hood. Good interior and chrome. Interesting and unusual color. Orderly original engine compartment with expected service replacement parts. Peeling chrome on some interior plastic trim. Documented with its Protect-o-Plate. – By 1972 the legendary 4-4-2 had been relegated to the status of a trim package with stiffer suspension. The 455 was still available, though, with a conservatively-rated 270 horsepower for $188. With big block power and remarkably well preserved by only three owners, this is a handsome hardtop and desirably equipped for a modest, but appropriate, price.

1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

Lot # 215 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible; S/N D7FH165916; Red/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Older restoration, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $31,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $34,650. – 312/245hp, automatic, P/S, P/B booster removed, P/W, power seat, cassette stereo, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires – A scruffy car with pitted, blistered chrome inside and out, loose window switch, rusty wheels, vast gap between the windshield post and the vent window frame, etc. A good car to avoid. – This price is a home run for the seller, but more like a pop-up fly for the new owner. A decidedly marginal T-bird that brought a full price, and much more than it deserved.

1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Lot # 216 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe; S/N 194375S109319; Engine # 51005319 F0127HT; Rally Red/Red; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $59,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $64,900. – 327/350hp, 4-speed, centerlock alloy wheels, gold line tires, AM-FM, side exhausts – Represented as two owners from new. Good paint, chrome and interior. Thoroughly restored and neatly presented. – The value divide between small block and big block mid-year Corvettes is gaping, yet the small blocks are lighter, more responsive and dollar-for-dollar much better values, particularly the high output small blocks like this 327/350. There may be 75 horsepower between it and its big block brother but driver’s are unlikely to notice it, except in the small block’s favor. This result is modest even for small block engine, and a remarkably good value for its essentially immaculate restoration.

1974 Porsche 911 Targa

Lot # 230 1974 Porsche 911 Targa; S/N 9114111208; Engine # 6122809; Chocolate Brown/Brown; Black top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $18,250 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,075. – Momo leather rim steering wheel, A/C, Alpine CD stereo, chrome Fuchs wheels, color 408-91, Weber carbs, modern A/C compressor – Good repaint and interior. Underbody is aged and original. Not sharp, but well maintained, clean and orderly. Chassis number is correct for a 1974 911, but the engine number appears to be from a 1972 911T. – There are many good things about Porsche’s 911, not least that an old one often looks as good as a new one, and more distinctive. This Chocolate Brown 911 Targa is sound and evidences good care in the past 37 years. It’s an economical entrant into Porsche club events and is modestly priced for its panache.

1951 MG TD Roadster

Lot # 238 1951 MG TD Roadster; S/N TD5092; Red/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $18,750 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $20,625. – Silver steel wheels, hubcaps, Michelin XZX blackwall tires – Decent paint, chrome and interior. Engine and chassis are grungy and neglected. – This isn’t a very good TD, but at this price, who cares?

1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible

Lot # 244 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible; S/N 105675W121927; Artesian Turquoise/White vinyl; White vinyl top; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $10,000. – 164/110hp, 4-speed, radio, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls – Quick clearcoat repaint, sound interior, scuffed stainless, pitted trim chrome, rusty top frame. Repainted over old undercoat. A marginal but sound driver. – ‘Parlous’ might best describe this Corvair’s presentation, never a good thing at auction, or anywhere else for that matter. It wouldn’t have been a bad deal at the reported high bid, but neither would it have been a good one.

1965 Triumph TR4 Convertible

Lot # 441 1965 Triumph TR4 Convertible; S/N CT37873; Cream/Black leatherette; Black leatherette top; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $35,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $39,050. – Triumph radio, silver painted wire wheels, Kleber blackwall radials – Well and accurately restored to like new condition. Clean, sharp and fresh like a dealer would have proudly displayed on the showroom floor in 1965. – Restored to unusually correct standards and presented in showroom condition, there is nothing not to like about this TR4, not even the healthy price. It was offered at Auburn Fall in September with a high bid of $34,000.

1983 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV

Lot # 443 1983 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV; S/N ZFFMA13A8D0046935; Black/Tan leather; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $33,000. – Ferrari alloy wheels, Bridgestone 205/55R16 tires front, 225/50R16 rear, Alpine cassette, A/C. – Clean, tidy engine, good paint and interior, underbody is original and aged less than expected for the 51,443 miles on the odometer. Repainted, but very well. An unusually good 308 GTSi QV. – Most Ferraris of this dawn-of-the-industrial-era period have been used up, driven hard, and put away wet. This one is an exception. Conscientiously maintained (or at least detailed and presented), it doesn’t promise to be anything other than what it is, a recognizable Ferrari that still has class and style far beyond its price. The result here is sensible in the current market, but offers more than enough value for the money.

1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster

Lot # 457 1960 Triumph TR3A Roadster; S/N TS58623L; BRGreen, Light Olive hardtop/Black leatherette, White piping; Modified restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $37,400. – Top bows but no top, side curtains in trunk. Silver painted wire wheels, radial blackwalls, rally equipment including hardtop mounted Lucas spotlight, Halda Speedpilot, rear Lucas driving light, map light and two dash mounted stopwatches, a Heuer and a Leonidas – Restored like new with very good paint and chrome and good interior. – This TR3 would be a good value in stock condition at this price. The hardtop and rally equipment transport it beyond its counterparts and add several thousand dollars to its value for the equipment and installation. It is neatly done and represents a good value at this price.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says

    I am always fascinated by Rick Carey`s pithy comments. For some time I was a judge at the Sydney Mercedes Owners Club and wish I had have been game enough to make judgements as telling as his. But the cars were not for sale and only competing in a Concourse Event.
    Please keep it up.
    Regards Les Rogers.

    • Rick Carey says

      Thanks for the kind words, Les.
      People often come up to me and say something like, ‘You seem to know a lot about [fill-in-the-blank]s.’
      My standard response is, ‘I know just enough to be dangerous’, which is true.
      I admire you judges who know intricate details of construction and the evolution of marques’ histories. Going from Rolls-Royces to Pontiac GTOs to MG As (not to mention Fiat Dinos and Delahayes) I wish I could do the same, but this old brain is not up to retaining all that minutia.

      Rick

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