RM Auctions Hershey 2011 – Auction Report

1920 Detroit Model 82 Electric Brougham

Lot # 245 1920 Detroit Model 82 Electric Brougham; S/N 12578; Engine # 31220; Beige, Brown/Beige cloth; Estimate $80,000 - $100,000; Recent restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 -- Lefthand tiller steering, Vis-avis seating, drop down quarter windows, pull down shades on quarter and rear windows, rollup door windows. First owned by Margaret Gray of Chatham, Ontario whose husband Robert ran Gray-Dort Motors, builders of the Dort automobile after 1915. Window winder handles stripped but not re-nickeled but otherwise concours restored and show ready. John M. O'Quinn estate. A peculiar looking electric with a fake radiator grille but handsomely done and practical. It's a sound value at this price, but not at RM's estimate.

1920 Biddle Model B-1 Ormond Speedway Special

Lot # 246 1920 Biddle Model B-1 Ormond Speedway Special; S/N 37967-1031; Yellow, Black fenders/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 - $175,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $80,000 plus commission of ; Final Price $80,000 -- 226/48hp Buda L-head four, overdrive 4-speed, rear wheel brakes, black wire wheels, blackwall tires, helmet fenders, dual sidemounts. Poor older repaint over old paint, fair interior. A mostly original cosmetically restored car done in the 50's to the standards of the time. Believed to be the original body, a low beetle-backed two-seater, but with no history before 1962. Offered by Bonhams at Greenwich earlier this year (with a different VIN) where the high bid was reported as $130,000. While both catalogs emphasized the light weight and sporting performance potential of this car, its side valve Buda engine (better known for powering hoists and irrigation pumps) hasn't much sporting about it. The consignor should adjust his expectations.

1931 Lincoln Model K 7-Passenger Limousine

Lot # 247 1931 Lincoln Model K 7-Passenger Limousine; S/N 69345; Forest Green, Black fenders and accent/Black leather, Beige cloth; Estimate $60,000 - $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $47,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $52,250 -- Black wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts with leatherette covers and mirrors, jump seats, footrest, metal robe rail, sliding division, smoker's kit, vanity, original silk pulldown shades on division and all rear compartment windows. Described as 50,980 miles from new with one decent older repaint, good exterior chrome and upholstery. Much original interior trim. Chassis and underbody are covered in oily road grime, Paint is sound, chrome is fair. Engine is orderly but far from restored. This is a high quality Lincoln K with practical and stylish closed coachwork in remarkably original condition. It has plenty of potential, especially at this modest but appropriate price.

1932 Ford Model B-150 Station Wagon

Lot # 248 1932 Ford Model B-150 Station Wagon; S/N B5041968; Emperor Brown, Black fenders/Brown leatherette; Estimate $100,000 - $125,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $90,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $99,000 -- Chrome bumpers, three-row seating, tailgate, single sidemount, black wire wheels, blackwall tires, sliding side curtains. One of the very rare '32 Model B 4-cylinders, one of twenty Model B woodie wagons known. Restored like new in Nick Alexander's shop with very good paint, chrome, interior and freshly varnished wood. Very nice. No Reserve. This Ford had plenty of admirers looking it carefully over in the preview and checking for details. They seem to have been satisfied based on the price they paid.

1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Victoria, Body by Brunn

Lot # 249 1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Victoria, Body by Brunn; S/N K9139; Dark Blue/Brown leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $160,000 - $200,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $185,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $203,500 -- Radio, turn signals, wide whitewalls, Trippe lights, Black leatherette covered trunk, no sidemounts. Excellent older paint, chrome, interior and top but also plenty of miles and some hard use. Upholstery is lightly creased and worn. Paint has a few miles and chips. Chassis has been cleaned up but that hasn't removed all the road grime. Trunk corners are frayed. John M. O'Quinn estate. One of only eight built with this handsome modified convertible victoria body style with small rear quarter windows. Its restoration is not ageing well, and it begs for a thorough detailing but the design is something special and the Hershey bidders recognized it with a premium but not unreasonable price.

1935 Packard 1207 Twelve Coupe Roadster

Lot # 250 1935 Packard 1207 Twelve Coupe Roadster; S/N 903-111; Light Green, Green fenders/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $190,000 - $220,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $181,500 -- Chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual enclosed sidemounts with minors, rumble seat, trunk rack, Trippe lights, small Packard fog lights, 12 volt starting. Very good older CCCA National First Prize (#1256) winning restoration with no small amount of age and use. Sound but visibly aged paint, well worn interior, good chrome. A great driver but its show days are far behind it. That's OK, though, because this will be a superbly satisfying car on the road. This is a moderate price for a Packard Twelve, appropriate to its older restoration and use, but a cost-effective way to get the Packard Twelve experience in a car that is still presentable.

1913 Argo Model C Electric Fore-Drive Limousine

Lot # 251 1913 Argo Model C Electric Fore-Drive Limousine; S/N 513; Green/Light Green cloth; Estimate $100,000 - $150,000; Concours restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000 -- Lefthand drive wheel steering, drop down windows, pull down shades, hat net, smoker's kit for driver, vanity for passenger, nickel brightwork. Concours restored with excellent paint and extremely nice and elaborate interior. A few small joint cracks but otherwise as-restored and beautiful. Prior owners include James Cousens and John McMullen. One of several early electric cars with high quality older restorations offered by RM in Hershey this week, this is a rare example of the marque believed to be the only example of its type. Its elegant and elaborately trimmed interior also works to its advantage. In the current positive environment for electric cars this is a realistic price.

1913 Pope-Hartford Model 33 50hp Phaeton

Lot # 252 1913 Pope-Hartford Model 33 50hp Phaeton; S/N 00662; Engine # 1792; Red, Gold coachlines/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $550,000 - $650,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $375,000 plus commission of ; Final Price $375,000 -- RHD. Gray & Davis electric lights, dual right side spares, wicker trunk, Sparton electric horn, Red wood spoke wheels with blackwall tires, splash pans. Wonderful 389 cubic inch inline four with overhead valves, exposed valve gear and crossflow porting. Ex-Harrah's with its restoration completed by Temple Baldwin in the mid 90's, this is a very high quality restoration to like new condition but it's also visibly aging and no longer show quality. A piece of marvelous big horsepower brass that met neither its reserve nor a reasonable approach to its considerable value.

1914 Cadillac 40-50hp Phaeton

Lot # 256 1914 Cadillac 40/50hp Phaeton; S/N Not Specified; Blade/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 - $120,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000 plus commission of ; Final Price $60,000 -- RHD. Hinged steering wheel. varnished wood spoke wheels, blackwall 36 inch wheels, wind wings, Gray & Davis brass headlights and cowl lights, footrest. Freshly restored with good paint and interior and fair brass to very good touring condition. Upholstery shows some use on driver's seat cushion but otherwise little used or aged. An unusual condition car: freshly done but not in show quality presentation. The bidders were apparently confused by its presentation, too, judging it questionable and bidding conservatively.

1936 Pierce-Arrow 1602 Twelve 4-Dr. Sedan

Lot # 257 1936 Pierce-Arrow 1602 Twelve 4-Dr. Sedan; S/N 3130050; Maroon/Beige cloth; Estimate $40,000 - $60,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $27,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $30,250 -- Free wheeling, smoker's kits, quarter window pulldown shades, dual enclosed sidemounts, body color wire wheels, blackwall tires. Superficially redone with a good repaint, chrome redone over pits, original interior trim but new upholstery. Engine oil contaminated with coolant and noted in the Saleroom Notices having a cracked cylinder head and broken water pump impeller. Radio missing. John M. O'Quinn estate. Sold at RM's Arizona auction in 2006 for $52,800 and suitably discounted for its mechanical problems at this price. This is a distinctive, high quality automobile that deserves to get better attention.

1936 LaSalle Convertible Coupe

Lot # 258 1936 LaSalle Convertible Coupe; S/N 365067553; Burgundy, Maroon fenders/Burgundy leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $90,000 - $110,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $87,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $96,250 -- Dual enclosed sidemounts, steel wheels, hubcaps, trim rings, rumble seat, whitewalls. Good paint, chrome and interior. Chassis repainted over rust pits. A very attractive car that could have been done better. Christie's sold this LaSalle at Pebble Beach in 2002 for $58,750 and it scored a home run today, aided by its attractive coachwork and sound older restored condition.

1884 DeDion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout

Lot # 259 1884 DeDion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout; S/N 6; Locomotive Black/Black leather; Estimate $2,000,000 - $2,500,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $4,200,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $4,620,000 -- Central luggage handle steering, front-mounted boiler, closely spaced rear wheels driven directly by connecting rods from the engine crankshaft. The "oldest running motor car in the world," prototype for later steam vehicles backed by Comte DeDion. A marvelous old conveyance capable of transporting four people down the road at a surprising rate of speed. Wood or coke fueled, dingy and grimy, but runs and drives, as demonstrated when RM got up steam and drove it onto the auction block. John M. O'Quinn estate. Sold just four years ago at Gooding's Pebble Beach auction for $3,200,000 hammer, $3,520,000 with commission, this piece of automotive history made history again when RM sold it to the cheers of the onlookers for a million dollars more. The mesquite helped, giving the environment an aura of Texas barbecue, maybe in honor of John O'Quinn. There's not much more to say about it.

1935 Ford V-8 Pickup

Lot # 265 1935 Ford V-8 Pickup; S/N 181443100; Dark Green, Black fenders/Black leatherette; Estimate $30,000 - $40,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $44,000 -- 85hp flathead, red wire wheels, trim rings, whitewalls, varnished bed floor with matching wood storage box, turn signals, banjo spoke steering wheel, single right side spare, Unity fog lights, alternator, chrome bumpers, grille guard. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Restored like new six years ago with better cosmetics and maintained in top notch condition. No Reserve. This is a sharp, sharp pickup and a desirable year for Ford with good styling. The buyer paid a strong but still reasonable price for an excellent truck

1919 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

Lot # 267 1919 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring; S/N 164130; Black/Black; Beige cloth top; Estimate $15,000 - $20,000; Unrestored original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $7,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,250 -- Other than a quick old repaint and upholstery this is a sound, old car that is usable as is. No Reserve. A good value in a rarely seen Chevy with overhead valve 4-cylinder power.

1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe

Lot # 270 1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe; S/N 8421976; Black/Red leather; Burgundy cloth top; Estimate $65,000 - $75,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Not sold at Hammer bid of $52,500 plus commission of ; Final Price $52,500 -- Dynaflow, remote spotlight, skirts, pushbutton radio, wheel covers, whitewalls Good paint with a few blemishes, excellent interior, tight top, good chrome. Old undercoat on underbody. chipped paint on wheels. The bright red interior makes this car pop. Not enough, apparently, to get the bidders excited, although the seller really could have let it go at the reported high bid.

1952 Willys M38 Jeep Utility

Lot # 271 1952 Willys M38 Jeep Utility; S/N 65476; Olive Drab/Olive cloth; Estimate $30,000 - $40,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $45,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $49,500 -- Impressively restored with excellent paint and interior but excessively detailed with stick-on lettering and a gaylord-load of Army stuff. No Reserve. The stuff, however, is a contributor to the premium price this Jeep brought and will make quite a display in some garage. To show it with all its equipment it will need to add a trailer to its equipment list to haul the baggage. It would look better if the vinyl lettering were replaced with authentic-looking stencils.

[Source: Rick Carey]

Comments

  1. D Cadby says

    Very good descriptions and comments re the cars for auction. Good information for future comparisons. Very complete. Especially liked the inclusion of your reasons as to the quality of the restoration or lack of in the offered vehicle. Past info on previous sales at different auctions helped to complete the package. Well done review. I felt as if I had been to the event. Nice job, Thanks.

  2. says

    Excellent as usual, but note that while the Fairfield Franklin was a Full Classic, lot #106 here was not; it’s too old for the designation.

    • Rick Carey says

      Indeed you are correct and a good catch, too. I just looked at the Franklin listing (“All”) and forgot the overall 1925-on qualification.

  3. Michael Wright says

    Came to here looking for a good price to put on a 1949 Dodge Roadster Wayfarer Convertible fully restored with 6105 actuall miles on it would be…. If anyone knows let me know send me a email @ michaelwwright55@yahoo.com….. thanks…..

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