RM Auctions Arizona 2013 – Auction Report

RM Auctions Arizona 2013 – Auction Report Page Five

1941 Cadillac 60 Special Town Car, Body by Derham

Lot # 168 1941 Cadillac 60 Special Town Car, Body by Derham; S/N 6343167; Black, Black leather roof/Black leather, Grey cloth; Estimate $150,000 – $250,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $117,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $129,250. Automatic, pushbutton radio labeled with New York stations, power division window, large hubcaps, wide whitewalls, grille guard, skirts, Black leather tendelet. — One of two built, first owned by Bette Davis. Excellent paint, chrome, interior and wood. Restored like new, Second in Class at Pebble Beach in 1998. A quality restoration, beautifully preserved, and a rare coachbuilt Cadillac with celebrity history. Seems like a bargain at this price.

1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe

Lot # 169 1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible Coupe; S/N H47211; Wren Tan/Tan leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $187,000. Wide whitewalls, large hubcaps with trim rings, dual outside mirrors, skirts. — Concours quality restoration with excellent paint, interior, chrome and top. Excellent door, hood and deck fits. This is a gorgeous automobile with an equally gorgeous restoration and it deserves every nickel of the price it brought.

935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster

Lot # 171 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster; S/N 33811E; Cigarette Cream/Dark Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $500,000 – $650,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $470,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $517,000. Red wire wheels, Startix, remote spotlight, oil filter. — Excellent paint and interior. Engine compartment shows some age but is clean and orderly. Better than a driver but needs a thorough detailing to be show quality. This is what it costs to own a correct 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster. There is latitude to make this one better without undoing its restoration.

1932 Cadillac 452-B V-16 All-Weather Phaeton

Lot # 174 1932 Cadillac 452-B V-16 All-Weather Phaeton, Body by Fisher; S/N 1400208; Maroon, Black fenders/Gray leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $300,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $265,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $291,500. Pilot-Rays, dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, spotlight, wire wheel trim rings, rollup rear windshield. — Known history from new. Quality older restoration to concours quality except for paint which is thick and lacks definition, however the 1980’s restoration is holding up extremely well and the car is both well equipped and rare. Sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2004 for $270,000, in 2005 for only $135,000 followed by a sale at Auburn Fall the same year for $302,400. At Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in 2009 it brought $231,000. The close-coupled Fisher coachwork is unusual on the V-16 chassis and quite attractive, as is the price it brought here at the Biltmore.

1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II

Lot # 175 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II; S/N 8601; Silver/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $200,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $175,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $192,500. Centerlock alloy wheels, Pirelli P4000 tires, P/W, Blaupunkt multiband radio. — Ferrari Classiche certified. Good repaint, chrome and interior. Under the hood and under the car it is not so nice. Sold by RM in Maranello in 2007 for $96,482, then at Amelia in 2008 for $107,250. This is a strong result for a driver-quality 330 GT 2+2.

1959 Lister-Chevrolet Sports Racer

Lot # 178 1959 Lister-Chevrolet Sports Racer; S/N BHL127; Metallic Green/Black leather; Estimate $500,000 – $600,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $480,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $528,000. Full windshield, pleated leather cockpit liner, side exhausts, single 4-barrel, 4-speed — Originally Costin bodied, now with replacement Knobbly-ish body done many years ago and enthusiastically raced since. Used, dented, stone chipped and marvelous. This may be the best value in a thoroughly competitive vintage race car among the many offered in Scottsdale. It needs nothing except an enthusiastic, skilled and brave driver. At this price it can continue to be campaigned enthusiastically, to the delight of both its driver and onlookers.

916 Pierce-Arrow Series 4 48HP 7-Passenger Touring

Lot # 179 1916 Pierce-Arrow Series 4 48HP 7-Passenger Touring; S/N 14041; Maroon/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $190,000 – $230,000; Concours restoration, 1 condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500. White tires, two spares on right running board, Dawley headlights, luggage trunk, electric Klaxon horn. — Excellent paint, upholstery, top and nickel brightwork. Three owners from new including Albert Swabacher who owned it from new until 1963 and kept it at his ranch in the Teton mountains. Freshly, completely and fastidiously restored and concours ready. This Pierce is impressive no only on account of its prodigious size and 525 cubic inch T-head 6-cylinder engine but also for its meticulous restoration and presentation. The tread of the all-white tires is hardly dirty. The price the Pierce brought here can hardly be more than was lavished on its restoration.

[Source: Rick Carey]


  1. says

    Rick , thank you another great article , one thing , Lot 112 the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
    the correct nick name for these cars is Queen Mary as in the Ship ,( due to its size when new ) NOT Queen Mother , a very common mistake , makes sence if you think about it

    • Rick Carey says

      Mmmm, I don’t agree. I’ve never heard anyone refer to a 356 GT 2+2 as a Queen Mary, not even Bard Wolfe, who was for years the Prince Consort of the Queen Mothers, i.e., he was the master at making them look great.
      Across the pond in the UK (from which we Americans are, after all, separated by a common language) that may be the case, but not here in the U.S.

  2. Emma says

    Hi rick,

    I really enjoyed reading this article. It’s very complimentary and extremely well written. A strange request but is there anyway I can get a paper version of this article? Kind regards

  3. says

    So Rick , what you are saying is we Europeans nicknamed the 365 gt 2+2 the ” Queen Mary ” after the largest most powerful moving object in the world and you Americans named it after a little old lady who happen to be the Queens Mother ?

    • Rick Carey says

      We colonials have always been prone to speaking our minds, haven’t we.
      But revenge will be yours eventually — when the Duchess of Cambridge becomes “Queen Mother.” Maybe then we’ll have to change our minds on the 365 GT 2+2’s nickname, cuz it sure isn’t as svelte as Kate.

  4. Roscoe Gallaher says

    Mr. Carey, how many Lamborghini 350 GT’s have you restored? Have you ever driven one? Have you ever restored a car?

    • Rick Carey says

      These are open-ended and non-specific rhetorical questions.
      If you are taking a position or have an observation to make about the report on the 350 GT, please state it.

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