Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 – Auction Report

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 – Auction Report Page Five

1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer-Fatty Arbuckle, Body by Don Lee

Lot # 5028 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Tourer-Fatty Arbuckle’s, Body by Don Lee; S/N A4562; Purple/Light Grey leather; Grey cloth top; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,100,000 $1,100,000. With Reserve – – Massive varnished 36″ wood spoke wheels, white rubber tires, drum headlights and spotlights, dual sidemounts. – First owned by Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, bodied by Don Lee. A high quality older show quality restoration in flamboyant colors described as original to the car. First in Class at Pebble Beach in 2007. Shows a little age but no appreciable use. Flamboyant barely begins to describe this Pierce-Arrow. The bodywork is as extravagant as ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle’s reputation and dimensions, its colors suit a Silent Era film star in brightly lit southern California and its 825 cubic inch 66 ALAM horsepower engine is more than sufficient to deliver ‘Fatty’ to the cinema studio or a film premiere with alacrity. It is an outstanding relic of another time. The owner felt it was worth more than the B-J bidders were willing to pay to get him to part with it, and who’s to argue with him?

1920 Packard Twin 6 Roadster

Lot # 5030 1920 Packard Twin 6 Roadster; S/N S21699164886; Red, Black fenders/Tan leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. No Reserve – Light Yellow artillery wheels, whitewalls, dual rear spares, drum headlights, rumble seat, windwings, fender mounted mirrors, original owner’s manual. – Older restoration to like new condition showing age but still very presentable and usable. Rear body is reproduced in ‘non-metallic’ material, i.e., fiberglass. Small door opening chips, new top, bright chrome. Good upholstery. Not many of the first series Packard Twin Sixes survive, but they are superb, smooth, powerful machines. The Tupperware rear body does nothing for this car’s value but the new owner got a eye-opening automobile for a reasonable price. Driven frequently it will be rewarding and satisfying, especially at this price.

1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow 2-Dr. Sedan

Lot # 5031 1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 2580180; Ivory, Light Grey accent/Rose cloth; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $235,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $258,500. No Reserve – Orange steel spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, skirts. – An older show car restoration with some age. Very good paint, chrome and upholstery. Beautiful interior wood. This isn’t the ’33 Silver Arrow show car but rather Pierce-Arrow’s attempt to scrape off the show car’s halo to a similarly designed production car. It was sold here in 2005 for $108,000, then no-saled at RM Meadow Brook later in 2005 at $120,000. Sold at RM’s Boca Raton auction in 2006 for $98,975, it again came up short at Gooding’s Palm Beach sale in 2006 at $90,000. Mecum offered it at Monterey in 2009 where it brought a $60,000 high bid. A fairly ordinary Pierce, this is a magnificent price.

1931 Ruxton Model C 4-Dr. Sedan

Lot # 5032 1931 Ruxton Model C 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 10C104; Dark Grey, Light Grey, Violet/Grey cord; Recent restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $275,000. No Reserve – Dual sidemounts, disc wheels, Woodlite headlights and matching fender lights. – Excellent cosmetics and better than new throughout. Reupholstered in fabric obtained from Schumacher, OEM supplier to Ruxton. Typically flamboyant Ruxton colors. One of nineteen known surviving Ruxtons and one of only eight sedans. Even more dramatically designed than its contemporary Front Drive Cord, taking full advantage of the low profile permitted by its front wheel drive layout. Roadsters bring more money, but more of them survive and this car illustrates the inherent attributes of the drivetrain. Both the seller and the buyer can be satisfied with this result.

1954 Packard Panther Convertible

Lot # 5033 1954 Packard Panther Convertible, Body by Mitchell-Bentley; S/N M600050; Silver-Grey/Grey leather; Older restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $750,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $825,000. With Reserve – – 359/275hp McCulloch supercharged engine, automatic, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, pushbutton radio, skirts. – One of four built, two with supercharged engines, the other being the Panther Daytona. Restored by Mitchell Corp to show car condition. Designed by Dick Teague, the Panther has a one-piece fiberglass body. The only car comparable with this is the Panther Daytona that was clocked at 131.1 mph on the Daytona Beach sand in 1954. It sold at RM Amelia in 2009 for $700,000 and wasn’t as beautifully restored as this one. This is all the money, but the new owner has an important piece of Packard and American auto industry history.

1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible, Body by Ghia

Lot # 5034 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible, Body by Ghia; S/N 9999796; Red/Beige leather; Black cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $1,250,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,375,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, P/S, P/B, A/C, dual quads, automatic, P/W, power antenna, Marchal head and fog lights. – Excellent paint, chrome, interior and top. Chassis and underbody are older than the paint. An immense (21 feet long) automobile in the Firearrow tradition, designed by Virgil Exner. Joe Bortz Collection. Offered by RM in Monterey in 2008 with a reported high bid of $1.2 million, this is an important piece of American concept car history designed by Virgil Exner and executed in the finest tradition of one-off Italian coachwork by Ghia. Lavishly detailed, it will be the centerpiece of any collection, a stunning and singular example of flamboyant American design and intricate Italian execution.

1955 Hudson Italia Coupe

Lot # 5035 1955 Hudson Italia Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 1T1002; Cream/Beige, Red leather; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $360,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $396,000. No Reserve – Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, radio, dual carburetors, 3-speed. – Concours restored with excellent paint, chrome and interior. A real showpiece. Designed by Frank Spring with many aircraft-inspired details, the Hudson Italia is one of the most flamboyant of limited production early Fifties American cars and never fails to excite collectors. This very early example brought a record, but fully deserved, price.

1965 #1 Batmobile, Body by George Barris

Lot # 5037 1965 #1 Batmobile, Body by Barris; S/N; Black, Red accent/Black; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $4,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $4,620,000. With Reserve – – Bat Ray, Batscope, Bat Eye, cable cutter, automatic tire inflator, Batcomputer, Bat Turn, Anti-Fire, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, Batphone. – Presented as the original TV production Batmobile based on the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car. Rarely visible through a throng of spectators who surrounded it pretty much constantly. Used, but not tired. One of Barrett-Jackson’s most memorable moments as two bidders in the big tent pursued the ‘#1 Batmobile’ far beyond the realm of reason, eventually deciding the successful bidder by the flip of a coin. The new owner expressed great satisfaction in the acquisition and proposed putting it in his living room. A truly amazing price, but an unforgettable piece of auction theater.

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