Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Following last year’s two-day Houston auction featuring the R.E. Monical and Buess family collections Worldwide put on a one-day sale in 2011, a high-intensity offering of 129 cars and boats. While the numbers are off from 2010, the sale itself was one of Worldwide’s best ever in its enthusiasm and the quality of the cars offered.
The muscle cars of Pete Silva were prominently featured, including the LS6-powered 1970 Chevelle SS 454 convertible that was the sale’s top transaction at $236,500. They were uniformly high quality cars with exceptional documentation.
Classics offered distinct contrast, too, including the beautiful 1936 Pierce-Arrow 1602 Salon Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster, one of only two known survivors in this body style, that brought $220,000 and the wonderfully restored 1934 Bentley 3 ½ Liter Drophead Coupe with coachwork by Park Ward that sold for $143,000, a profound value for the money.
In keeping with the concours theme there were several desirable boats, particularly the 1929 Bath Iron Works launch, a rare – probably unique – piece of boating and American shipbuilding history that brought $30,800.
The diversity of cars (and boats) and the charm of the Keels & Wheels concours environment has always set Worldwide’s Houston sale apart.
Worldwide Houston Classic Auction 2011 – Report
(See Reference – Auctions Explained, A Note on Conditions and Character).
[Source: Rick Carey]