Bonhams Scottsdale 2013 – Auction Report

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1907 REO Model B Runabout

Lot # 380 1907 REO Model B Runabout; Engine # 5654; Blue, Black mudguards/Black leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $19,550. Wheel steering, kerosene lights, hinged rear seats. — Dilapidated but complete, unrestored and original. Pierce A. Miller Carriage Collection. The new owner of this relic will face a challenge in deciding whether to restore it or just make it run and preserve its originality. The latter is the more appealing alternative, in line with the stewardship principles that are making themselves felt among sophisticated collectors, and it’s a particularly appealing choice at this very reasonable price.

1908 Success Model C Auto Buggy

Lot # 381 1908 Success Model C Auto Buggy; Black/Black; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Unrestored original, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $16,000 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $18,400. Center-mounted steering wheel, center pivot front axle, kerosene side lights. — There are few vehicles more rudimentary than this Success, even to retaining the leather dashboard originally intended to keep the passengers from being pelted with clods thrown up from the horse’s hooves. To say this vehicle needs everything is an understatement, but its originality and inherent simplicity are charming. Pierce A. Miller Carriage Collection. The lineage between the horse and buggy and the automobile is nowhere more clear than in this Success and the similar auto buggies that bridged the gap between the horse and horsepower. Consider that it was built in 1908, as Henry Ford was gearing up to introduce the 4-cylinder Model T and the contrast is even more stark, but the familiarity of the buggy layout appealed to rustics only beginning to appreciate that gasoline powered vehicles didn’t need to be fed when they weren’t working to earn their keep. The price it brought is consistent with its condition and simplicity.

1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout

Lot # 383 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout; Engine # 18003; Dark Blue/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $50,000 – $80,000; Unrestored original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $54,000 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $62,100. Kerosene lights, top, rear seat with folding footrest, center tiller steering. — Essentially completely original and complete, with scant evidence of even minor touchup or repair. Firmly dated 1903 by both the engine number and several mechanical features like the roller drive chain, bolted differential and finned cooling tubes. Pierce A. Miller Carriage Collection. ‘Do no harm’ should be the mantra of the new owner of this exceptionally complete and preserved Oldsmobile. It will need thorough mechanical recommissioning but then should be ready to join the London to Brighton parade next fall. It brought a sound price for what it is, and for what it will do.

1964 Morgan Plus 4 Plus Coupe

Lot # 387 1964 Morgan +4+ Coupe; S/N A5794; Engine # 511605; BRGreen, Light Yellow/Tan Ostrich-pattern leather; Estimate $190,000 – $230,000; Modified restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $205,000 plus commission of 12.44%; Final Price $230,500. Chrome 15″ wire wheels, blackwall radials, 45DCOE 152 Spanish Webers, uprated engine, Derrington wood rim steering wheel. — The 1964 London Motor Show car, one of just 26 +4+ Morgans built, a dramatic departure from Morgan tradition and sufficiently frightening that traditionalists rushed to order +4 roadsters, possibly saving the company. Freshly restored to better than new condition with better paint and interior and a 170-180hp engine. Opinion among the auction onlookers was divided on the +4+, as it always has been. Some noted the Lotus-like brief, shapely body. Others couldn’t wrest their attention from the bulbous roof. The modifications probably had little effect on perceptions, as they were more than offset by the quality of the workmanship, materials and attention to detail. Once its showcar career is over it promises to be a scintillating road car and one that will always attract attention, although not always positive.

1966 Lola T70 Mark II Spyder

Lot # 388 1966 Lola T70 Mark II Spyder; S/N SL71/22; White/Black; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Competition restoration, 2 condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $270,000. 5-spoke bolt on alloy wheels, full windshield, four side draft(Spanish) Webers. — Racing history from new, restored in the livery in which it first raced, promoting Ronald Reagan for California governor and raced in the original Can-Am. Very nicely restored vintage race car. Clean, tidy done right. Tub reskinned around the original bulkheads. Very good cosmetics and little evidence of use. Like new. Maybe the Reagan thing deterred some bidders, although here in Arizona you’d think that would be an advantage. Or maybe they couldn’t figure out what ‘reskinned tub’ meant to value. In any event its history makes it eligible for lots of important events, as well as being an endorphin-fountain when driven.

2010 Allard J2X Mk II Roadster

Lot # 389 2010 Allard J2X Mk II Roadster; S/N J2X9024; Engine # M600636TNXE6253410886; Dark Blue/Red leather; Estimate $110,000 – $140,000; Non-factory replica, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $92,000 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $105,800. 5.7 liter fuel injected Chrysler Hemi crate engine, 5-speed Tremec gearbox, Wilwood disc brakes, nerf bars, chrome wire wheels, side exhausts, Moto-Lita 4-spoke steering wheel, dual roll bars, Hella driving lights, wishbone 4-wheel independent suspension, cycle fenders. — Freshly built with modern technology. Lightly scuffed paint, good chrome, interior is like new. A lookalike Allard loaded with modern stuff, good brakes and a rational suspension. This is the Allard J2X look, with none of the idiosyncrasies that make an Allard or a J2X. In other words, this is a street rod with unusual style and flair and the result it brought here is surely all it should have attracted.

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion

Lot # 392 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion; S/N 14197; Engine # B850; Black/Tan leather, Black stripes; Black cloth top; Estimate $320,000 – $360,000; Rebodied or re-created, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $380,000 plus commission of 11.32%; Final Price $423,000. Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Voxson 8-track, P/W, no A/C, MSD ignition boxes. — Lightly scuffed paint and chrome, poor left side windshield fit. Underbody recently resprayed. Good interior. Cruising down the boulevard, who cares if it once had a roof. Visibly well-maintained, the presentation of this cut Daytona gives some confidence it hasn’t been abused or neglected. Spider conversions are frowned upon by some, but that doesn’t lessen their visual impact or enjoyment, factors that are reflected in the mildly generous price brought by this example.

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Lot # 401 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, Body by Sindelfingen; S/N 169396; Burgundy/Cream leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate -; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,188,636 plus commission of 10.42%; Final Price $1,312,500. Burgundy painted wire wheels, whitewall tires, Becker radio, dual sidemounts, Bosch headlights, fog lights and dip beam light, spotlight, trunk rack. — Old repaint, some replaced carpets but all original interior. Interior wood redone and in very good condition. Sound chrome. Chassis has been repainted but not restored. Bid to $1,150,000 and closed just after it left the block with this result. It’s going to be very hard to figure out what to do with this 540K. It’s almost too good to restore, and plenty good enough to be driven as it is. The opportunity to wind out a 540K without concern for stone chips, bird strikes or the occasional inattentive sheep is one that seems like it’s too good to pass up and at this price that’s a real and reasonable prospect.

985 Tempero Lister-Jaguar Replica Costin Sports Racer

Lot # 403 1985 Tempero Lister-Jaguar Replica Costin Sports Racer; S/N 7151539; Green, yellow stripe/Black; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Non-factory replica, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $78,000. 4.2 liter, three Dellorto carbs, 5-speed, alloy body, polished Dunlop style alloy centerlock wheels, braced driver’s rollbar, full width windshield. — Well maintained vintage race car with very presentable cosmetics. The question is, vintage race where? It does have an SVRA logbook (#3458) and was refurbished by Tempero in 2002. It would be more satisfying with Knobbly bodywork. Offered at RM’s Boca Raton auction in 2003 it no-saled with a reported bid of $63,000, then sold at RM Monterey later that year for $47,300. It’s had a few miles since then and the expectation it’s worth any more than the reported high bid is specious.

[Source: Rick Carey]

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