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Mecum started 2016 in a big way

What started out as a relatively small Corvette-based sale in Kissimmee, Florida just a little over a decade ago, has grown by leaps and bounds to become the largest collector-car auction in Dana Mecum’s schedule. In fact, it is the largest collector-car auction in size, time and number of cars offered anywhere in the world. Starting on Friday, January 15th and continuing for 10-days straight, the auction block was extremely busy. The first weekend was filled with a general mix of vintage cars and some later model luxury cars with some interesting treasures mixed in. On Monday the 18th, the entire day was dedicated to what Mecum has termed “Road Art”, generally a wonderful collection of memorabilia ranging from restored neon signs to fuel pumps to porcelain signs of every size and description. Then it was back for five more solid days of collector car starting early in the morning and going into the evening hours. On the last day, Sunday the 24th, a special collection offered by Kim and Mary Kokles where nearly 500 lots of some of the most exquisite pieces of petroliana was offered at no reserve. Record prices were seen such as a Smith-O-Lene aviation fuel sign bringing a bid of $55,000 or an extremely rare Refiners Gasolene globe also selling for $55,000.

As the sale wound down and the numbers were looked at we came up with a total of 2,514 individual vehicles being offered with a little over 60 of these cars being re-ran for various reasons. Out of that number we counted up 1,730 vehicles sold which was an incredible 68.8% sell through, a gain over the same sale from 2015. Hammer sales were recorded at just over the $80 million mark, on top of which was added a 10% buyer’s commission taking this sale total to right at $88 million. On top of the automotive sales, another five million dollars was raised through the sale of Road Art taking this year’s Kissimmee sale total to just over $93 million, quite impressive.

Taking the honor of top-selling car would go to the fabulous 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, hammered sold at $2,675,000, while an equally brilliant 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible came in second place at $2,300,000. These cars were part of the Monumental Muscle Car selection which featured nearly two-dozen of the finest performance vehicles ever produced. This collection complimented another group of cars from the Wayne Schmeeckle Collection which had the best of the best from MoPar, GM and Ford.

We caught up with the proud new owners of a 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, Mike and Laurie Tilton. They were delighted with their $100,000 purchase, which will be added to their collection and told us that they enjoyed the atmosphere Mecum has created, one where the cars are the main focus and not part of a side show. Also the quick paced action really built up the excitement.

Due to a change in scheduling by the sales in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona, this was our first sale of the year and after leaving Kissimmee, the other 40+ plus auction on tap for us for 2016, will find that Mecum will be a tough act to follow.

Phil Skinner reported assisted by Bill Samuelson


1952 Buick Super 4-dr sedan: Black body, dark and light green broadcloth bench seats, 263 cid/128 HP engine, Dynaflow automatic transmission. With just 9,968 original miles, this is the type of car a preservationist dreams of. Equipped with factory heater-defroster and Sonomatic AM radio, plus a clock and parking brake warning light, this vehicle’s history as well documented. Bought by a woman from Chicago, it was evidently well taken care of. Time has had a minor effect on the paint, and while Korean war era chrome wasn’t known for longevity, this car’s finish looks well maintained. While the physical condition might not be perfect, this car deserves lots of attention. Condition #3. Called sold at $12,250.

This car was very well documented and maintained, still retained original break-in warning label in glove box For the price this was probably fair market but so much more valuable to a restorer for its original condition. A pattern car for restorers and with some proper detailing this car is sure to be recognized in historical preservation judging as well as honors from Buick clubs and survivor groups. Very well bought, hope new owner gets lots of trophies.


1967 Buick Electra 225 convertible: Medium green metallic exterior, black vinyl bucket seats, white top with glass backlite, 430 cid/360 HP, 4-barrel V8, column shift automatic transmission. Using the original color this repainted drop top looked to have at least 15-18 years on it. Some major bubbling was seen coming up on the rear of the deck lid and top was yellowing just a tad. Body panel alignment was decent, doors all looked to have proper gapping. Tinted glass all around with no signs of cracks, chips or marks. Well equipped with power steering, brakes, windows and front seat, also factory A/C. Unsure if AM-FM was stock, but looked at home in the dash. Gauges clean and clear, top bows could have used a little detailing before hitting the block. Condition #3. Called sold at $14,000.

Luxury land-yachts with drop tops have been passed over as the crowds wanted something from the 1950’s or early 1960’s. These later model GM convertibles are in good supply and with a little work this example could do well with a bit of body work and a quality repaint. For the condition it was in and represented we think the seller should be very happy with the final results on this car. We are calling one well sold.


1970 Buick GS-X 2-dr hardtop: Saturn yellow with black stripes, black vinyl bucket seats, 455 cid/360 HP V8/(M21) 4-speed transmission. Odometer shows 93,967 miles, true miles unknown. Excellent restoration of professional levels, paint was smooth and without flaws, interior was tight and in order, under the hood, operating room clean. Well-appointed with power steering and front disc brakes, Ram-Air intake, full gauge package, tilt column, factory AM-FM, 3.42:1 rear axle. Glass was tinted and perfect, car had no A/C. Date code correct engine, one of 81 with 4-speed. Condition #1. Called sold at $130,000.

Jumping into the muscle-car market, Buick pulled out all stops and made a pretty good impression for those looking at performance and comfort. About equal street times as the Olds 442, a little behind the Chevelle SS454 and GTO with Ram-Air, but for eye-catching beauty nothing could match these cars. In today’s market they compete well with their GM brothers, still behind the MoPar crowd but far ahead of comparable Fords. We call this one well bought, almost a bargain.


1953 Cadillac Series 62 4-dr sedan; Cobalt Blue exterior, dark blue bolsters with medium blue broadcloth inserts, 331 cid/210 HP V8 engine, Hydramatic automatic transmission. Showing 61,110 miles which appear to be from new. Proper equipment such as AM radio, heater-drying, clock and power steering plus back-up lights. Was sporting what appeared to be a very high quality re-spray, interior looked like new. Chrome dash looked almost new, some very slight chrome pitting noticed. Bumper and trim had minor patina, under the hood appeared unmolested with exception of a couple of replacement hoses. Condition #2. Sold at $18,500.

This final bid was in the right market place for this car. A good looking car that attracted several bidders, lots of pre-sale activity also, but it would most likely end up on another auction block or featured on a website. It might need a little adjusting and playing with before hitting the road, but we consider this deal a twofer, the seller sold for good price, the bidder got a solid fun car to own and enjoy.


1957 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 4-dr Limousine: Black exterior, black vinyl front and rear seats, power steering, brakes, windows, divider window; factory AM radio, dual air-conditioning and clock. Odometer 06,688 miles, but true miles unknown. 365 cid/300 HP V8 engine/4-barrel intake/automatic transmission. Featuring an older repaint with some of the chrome trim replated such as the bumpers. Interior had been reupholstered on a tight budget with high quality black vinyl used in driver’s area as well as passenger compartment including jump seats. Both front doors featured cracked glass. Weak battery on start-up but engine ran out well. Body work was decent, door lined up sell. Did notice some side trim held on by screws. Condition #3. Called sold at $17,000.

This car had a long-time Texas history, now heading to Indiana where it will probably be seen at auction somewhere up there this coming Spring. These are popular models with the professional car crowd. This example needed some serious attention to detail, and a little money should be invested for door glass and maybe a quality interior for the passenger compartment. With proper care and treatment this car has an honest $40K available, if properly done before the next sale. When dust settles, we think this limo was a better buy than a sell.


1966 Cadillac Eldorado convertible: Crystal Firemist (light green) exterior, dark green leather bucket seats, dark green fabric soft top with glass backlight, 429 cid/340 HP V8, column shift automatic transmission. Shows 69,774 miles which appear to be from new, full power plus factory air conditioning and AM-FM radio. Wearing a shining new set of chrome wire wheels this beauty had been given a pretty full cosmetic re-do, top fit tight and snug, soft trim well appointed, glass all around was without issues but a light patina on the chrome bumpers. Several plastic lenses did show some crazing. A lot of interest in this car, especially with the optional bucket seats. Straight body, comfortable passenger cabin and clean engine bay. Condition #2. Called sold at $30,000.

This was the last Eldorado to share the main-stream Cadillac’s basic body and chassis. These cars are superb machines but don’t bring that much of a premium of the basic de Ville line. Also their values seem to lag behind the competitive Lincolns of the era, one of the few seasons this happens. Still, the seller had prepared this car to be appealing, to the seller it was, we call this a push in that it was both a good buy and a good sale.


1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible: Harvest Yellow exterior, original black leather seats, white soft top, 500 cid/235 HP V8, column-shift automatic transmission. Full power plus A/C, which was standard, plus AM-FM-Cassette in dash. Top looked to have been recently replace but some of the insulation appears to have been deleted. Body showed well with no major ripples, dings or other issues, doors, deck and hood all aligned well. Various degrees of minor scratches, chrome has minor pitting, glass was clean and clear and no marks. Mediocre masking job for last repaint. Condition #3. Sold at $9,500.

For an inexpensive top-down “Nick Nolte” type of driver, this would be the car of your dreams. Not sure how well the accessories were working, one of the unknowns when buying a luxury cruiser at auction, but one could always take up a new hobby of being a Cadillac handy-man. If not looking for a show-stopper, just a country-club hopper, this deal couldn’t be beat. We say this one was well bought.


1953 Chevrolet Belair 2-dr sedan: White over light blue, two-tone blue fabric bench seat, 235 cid/105 HP in-line 6-cylinder, 3-speed column shift manual transmission. Just 390 miles since restoration this car had not been put together just to flip it, there was quality in the workmanship all around, body panels, paint, interior, accessories, chrome and glass. Fitted only with heater-defroster and clock, no radio and not a lot of “ginger-bread” trim bits with exception of full wheelcovers. This car could even make a hardcore Ford fan appreciate it. Condition #1. Called sold at $26,000.

Even if someone found a nice solid example of this car for free, it is doubtful one could approach the quality and workmanship seen in this car. We really thought that this Chevrolet would have brought something closer to the $30-35K mark. No indication of this car having one any awards or judging, which the new owner can have that enjoyment. Very, very well bought.


1953 Chevrolet Corvette 2-dr roaster: Polo White with red vinyl bucket seats, black soft top, 235 cid/150 HP, 3x1-bbl carburetors on in-line 6-cylinder/Powerglide automatic transmission. Odometer show 3,799miles reported to be from original! Had its original Wonderbar radio, heater, clock and tachometer with side curtains. Fiberglass patterns visible through the paint, all chrome looked to be in nearly perfect condition History of car was known back to new with details on all 9 owners. Has received Duntov Award and Top Flight from NCRS on at least two occasions. Condition #2. Called sold at $350,000.

A total of five 1953 Corvettes crossed the auction block so far this year. At Mecum, in addition to this one was #72 a little better looking sold at $200,000, while #1089 went unsold at the same level and #228 was taken only to $140,000 before being closed. Over at Barrett-Jackson a few days later, #300, the last 1953 Corvette built, brought an amazing $485,000! Special cars get special prices and 1953 Corvettes still bring about double what a 1954 will bring.


1957 Chevrolet Belair 4-dr hardtop; Larkspur Blue over Harbor Blue, blue vinyl with black cloth bench seats. 283 cid/220 HP “Power-Pack” V8/Powerglide automatic transmission. 2,918 miles since restoration, true miles unknown. Excellent restoration with every toy imaginable, A/C, full power, Wonderbar Radio, Autronic Eye, traffic light viewer, dual spot-lights, and much more including tissue box. Doors were weak spot on these models, this one was like new with right fit and finish. Color scheme looked good and was complimented by an authentic interior. Very minor chips on leading edge of hood, under which sat well detail engine underneath. Condition #1. Called sold at $28,000.

Tri-Five Chevrolets were in good numbers at Mecum Kissimmee, meeting with mixed results. While a pretty strong price for a 4-dr, still below some value guides. Loaded with accessories that probably added $5-7,000 in value the new owner of this car should enjoy a very pretty and dependable ride. But don’t leave it unattended in a parking lot, so many ornaments others may have to take a few souvenirs. In this sale, we believe the buyer got the better end of the deal.


1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 “Corphibian” pickup boat: Red with white, brown vinyl bolsters with brown cloth inserts, 145 cid/80 HP H-6 engine/3-speed transmission with column shift. Odometer shows 126 miles, verified from new. Fitted with base heater-defroster and AM radio, this was a prototype conversion kit that was presented to Chevrolet for inclusion in the approved after-market suppliers for the truck buyer’s Silver Book. Once GM decided this idea just wouldn’t hold water, the company founders locked this beast away. Discovered a few years ago it has been given a cosmetic restoration and it reported to run, drive and navigate small waterways. Condition #2. Called sold at $70,000.

Impossible to pre-estimate with any accuracy where this vehicle would end-up. Most of the glory for this creation was taken by the owner, but now it is time to hit the show circuit, one could imagine this being a center piece at a concours like Keels and Wheels, a dual entry that is way different than the Amphicar. Little to do except keep it ship-shape. With no previous experience, we have to call this one both well sold and well bought.


1962 Chevrolet Corvette 2-dr convertible: Honduras Maroon exterior, black vinyl bucket seats, white soft top, 327 cid/360 HP, Fuel Injection V8/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer shows 54,549 miles, believed to be from new. Looked like a well preserved original car even though it had just arrived moments before our inspection. and needed detailing. Upgraded radio system but everything else was bone stock including finned brakes, steel wheels with hubcaps and blackwall tires. Body was well lined up with proper gaps, weather-stripping showing some aging. Car started up easily and sounded strong, ready for the road. Condition #2. Called sold at $51,000.

This was one of the better bargains in Kissimmee, it appeared to be a pure and simple performance machine waiting to be loved. While a deep detailing would make it a bit more appealing, this car needed to be promoted a bit better than it was. The savvy bidder who took possession of this car did quite well. We mark it up to being a very well bought car.


1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2-dr “Split Window” “tanker” coupe: Sebring Silver exterior, red vinyl bucket seats, 327 cid/360 HP, Fuel-Injection V8/T-10 4-speed transmission/4.11:1 Positraction. Odometer shows 73,900 miles, reportedly from new. Fitted with Wonderbar AM-FM, tach, clock, heater, steel wheels with spinner wheelcovers, finned brakes with dual-circuit master cylinder and more including the 36 gallon fuel tank, upgraded suspension and a great look. 1 of 63 with Z06 option, beautiful presentation of body, interior, glass and under hood. Sold new in Victoria, Texas, complete history from 1975 known. Condition #1. Called sold at $710,000.

This is one of the most desirable Corvettes ever produced and the enthusiasm surrounding its sale was electric. Mecum promoted the car heavily and the right people were brought to the table. Being the first year of the Stingray, and the only year for split-window design didn’t hurt, having lots of documentation was also a good thing as well as the awards and accolades this car has won with NCRS and Bloomington events. Not for the faint of heart, very well sold.


1967 Chevrolet Corvette 2-dr convertible: Marina Blue, Bright Blue vinyl bucket seats, white soft top plus black vinyl covered hardtop, L71 427 cid/435 HP, 3x2-bbl carburetors V8/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer shows 15,052 miles verified from new. Factory equipped with AM-FM radio, power steering, disc brakes and windows, off-road exhaust and rally wheels. A lot of interest in this car, we did note a stress crack in right door jamb. Wearing original paint, may have had a touch-up when new, wearing original Uni-Royal tires. Had photo copy of tank-sticker, along with claims of all numbers matching. Condition #2. Called sold at $195,000.

History of this car back to new was a big bonus, authenticity of the car had been verified by NCRS and Bloomington, we did observe some neigh-sayers but the proof was in the pudding, or should we say, the final bid. This wasn’t a cheap example, but even at an auction with 2,500 plus performance cars, an original example of this caliber doesn’t come along every day. We call this one a good buy for a serious collection and very well sold.


1968 Chevrolet Corvette 2-dr convertible: International Blue, blue vinyl bucket seats, white soft top, 327 cid/300 HP V8/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer show 59,308, true miles unknown. This car is equipped with factory A/C, AM-FM radio, power steering and brakes plus windows. Given a repaint a few years back some debris noted in the finish, no signs of body repairs, chrome bumpers were clean and reflective, all glass was clear including the top’s rear window. Interior had proper materials with clean easy to read gauges. Under the hood was in order, but some decals were showing age. Condition #2. Called sold with bid of $34,000.

For the car presented we think this was a very fair offer, especially being the first car over the block on Saturday and being offered at no reserve. We really thought this car was a lesser car as lead-off cars usually aren’t that special, but the seller of this car should be quite happy with the results, showing bidders are alert early in the morning. We do call this one well sold.


1968 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon: Teal Blue metallic with imitation wood paneling exterior, Teal Blue vinyl bench seats, 327 cid/275 HP V8 engine/Turbo-Hydramatic transmission. 32,308 miles showing, appears to be from new. Power steering and brakes, AM radio, heater-defroster, tinted glass, tilt steering and more. Original spare still stowed away, did have some minor damage to Di-Noc wood finish, left rear door. Unrestored, well preserved even had the window sticker. Condition #2. Called sold for $13,000.

Our research found this same car sold through an on-line auction last November for $15,300 coming from Portland, Oregon. This seller had to pay transportation from Oregon to Florida, entry fees and related costs to net $11,700 from this sale. Hopefully a collector will acquire this car and enjoy it rather than trying to flip it. Considering the previous sales performance of this vehicle I would call this one well bought indeed.


1975 Chevrolet Vega “Cosworth” edition fastback coupe: Black with gold pin-stripping, black vinyl bucket seats, 1999cc/140 HP “Bendix” fuel-injection in-line 4-cylinder/4-speed manual transmission. 56,512 miles from new. Only Cosworth Vega is this sea of high performance, lots of pre-sale interest. Car had been driven and used, but was very well presented. A few very minor paint issues, interior looked good with no fade to special treatment on the dash, soft trim showed minor wear on driver’s side only. Seller claimed recently driven to 80 MPH without any issues. Did notice some surface rust on lower rear pans. Condition #2, called sold at $20,500.

Before the sale seller told us he had $12K reserve, would be really happy with $10K. Reserve was almost immediately met on the block and at least four bidders drove the price up. We have seen low-mile examples stall out where this one ended, for a well-cared for example we thought $15K would be tops. Hard to find nice ones at market, this could indicate renewed interest in these 40-year old screamers. Not too bad of a buy, but without a doubt very well sold.


1986 Chevrolet El Camino pickup: Custom two-tone Silver over Maroon, silver-gray vinyl bench seat, 4.3 Liter/140 HP V6, column shift automatic transmission. While the 69,700 plus miles showing really do not have any importance for determining value due to its modified state, it could be a good indicator of what those who built this car started with. Driver’s door had a bit of sag but nothing serious. Bed was covered by a tonneau cover, no idea if it was spray-liner, painted metal or had Astro-turf. Retained deluxe steel wheels which looked very good. Panels lined up well, no issues with glass, some scuffing and age on the chrome trim. Condition #3. Called sold at $7,000.

El Camino’s from the mid-1980’s were assembled in Mexico, as was this car, and their initial construction was actually very good. A lot of these were sold and today the stock editions are starting to climb in price with prime examples such models as the Conquista reaching into the $20K region. Bringing this example back to stock form might make it look nicer, doubtful that it would affect the value greatly. Not perfect, hopefully seller was happy, we do call this one well sold.


1986 Chevrolet C10 Silverado ½-ton pickup: White exterior, burgundy velour bench seat, 305 cid (5.0L), 160 HP V8/column-shift automatic. Well-appointed power steering, brakes, windows and locks, factory A/C, AM-FM-Cassette, Rally Wheels, under-hood lights, stainless tail-gate trim, push-bars and more. 33,862 original, well cared for miles, bed looks like it has never been used, cleaned and detailed, all bright metal looked new. No signs of hits, repairs or rust, tinted glass clean and clear all around. Engine started easily, shifted into gear easily. Sharp looking 30-year old truck. Condition #2, called sold at $17,000.

Popularity of pickup trucks is strong, and while they are usually reserved for men, several ladies were seen eyeing this beauty while in the staging area. Pretty in white, with no major worries visible, this is the type of vehicle that is at home on a family picnic or an evening on the town. It had great eye appeal and with the commission added come right into the range of some value guides. We call this one well bought and sold.


1941 Chrysler Windsor 4-dr sedan: Gray over dark blue exterior, dark blue broadcloth bench seats, 242 cid/108 HP in-line 6-cylinder, Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission. Shows 33,861 miles, lube sticker dated 1958 showed 29,814 miles. There were no claims of original, true miles are unknown. Fairly well appointed with original radio, “Comfort Master” heater, clock, plush seating, but most outstanding was the mother-of-pearl finished dash and steering wheel trim, simply dazzling. Under the hood was tidy, give a repaint in original color scheme at least 15 to 20 years ago, held up very well. Doors open close nicely, no glass issues, chrome did sport some minor pitting, biggest problems were the black rubber rear fender shields. Condition #3. Called sold at $10,000.

Even with four doors, this has to be one of the best buyers were spotted at Mecum Kissimmee. Not a classic, not top of the line, just a big, attractive, reliable sedan. While we didn’t get to see this car running, looking at the tail pipe didn’t reveal any major smudging or other visible issues. Unique styling, attractive lines for the era, any maladies could be addressed and taken care of in a snap. We think this car was very well bought.


1961 Chrysler New Yorker 2-dr hardtop: Red exterior, black vinyl and fabric bench seats, 413 cid, 350 HP V8, 4-barrel intake, Torque-Flite push-button transmission. Showing 1,677 miles probably since restoration. Power steering and brakes plus windows and seat. Also factory clock, modern audio system and upgrades to R134 for the A/C. Most of the chrome was deep and reflective, some of the trim a bit anodized, body panels were lined up well but looked like it a rather economical re-do, sanding marks noted on some bright trim. Engine started up easily when lining up for the sale with no serious smoking problems. Transmission shifted smoothly. Condition #3. Called sold at $20,000.

This car just about spot-on for this model considering current market conditions. Not a high performance car, but decent driver with outstanding looks and who can’t resist the space-age instrument cluster on these cars. If the new owner is a private collector then it was a great buy, if it is a dealer, there might be a little bit of meat on the bone. We call this one well sold and well bought.


1939 Crosley convertible: Maroon exterior, tan vinyl bucket seats, black fabric top, 39 cid horizontally opposed 2-cylinder, 13 HP engine/3-speed manual transmission. Just 2 miles on the odometer reset since restoration. Bare bones car with no radio, clock, not even a heater. Did have electric wiper and upgraded to 12-volt electrics. Turn signals added for safety, body work was at or above what the factory produced. Featured hand pin-stripping. Top was showing some fading but paint and interior holding up. Detailing would have made this car a bit more eye-appealing. Condition #3. Called sold at $10,500.

The value of these little micro cars has continued to climb, if this car had been in perfect condition it would have done at least double this bid. Not too expensive to acquire or restore, while this might never be a $100K vehicle, it is still an interesting part of American automotive history. We would call this one well sold and well bought.


1978 Datsun 280Z 2+2 Hatchback coupe: Light blue metallic, black vinyl bucket seats, 2.8 Liter/149 HP SOHC in-line six cylinder/console shifted automatic transmission. Showing 1,510 miles which we suspect was since the restoration was completed, this Japanese sports car shows some patina of use especially under the hood. Did start easily and ran out well with no major smoking issues. Body panels seemed to have been painted at different stages as several didn’t quite match their adjoining parts. Interior was clean and dry, but weather stripping was cracking. Front bumper also sporting rust spots coming through the plating. Included a nice car cover. Condition #3. Called sold at $9,500.

Popular when they were new because they had strong performance and didn’t cost anywhere near what a sports car from Europe did, today the collectors who remembered them from new and dreamed of their Z-car are stepping up and paying good money. For this example we think the seller did very well and while not a bargain, the buyer should be happy too. A quality re-spray would probably be a money well spent on this ride. We will call this one well-sold.


1968 Dodge Dart “Super Stock” 2-dr hardtop: Non-factory Canary Yellow exterior, black vinyl bucket seats, 426 cid/425 HP, 2x4-barrel Holley carburetors, Hemi V8/Automatic Transmission with Hurst shifter. Odometer shows 3,787 mile, probably put on a quarter-of-a-mile at a time. This is a factory built race car that has seen action, probably been rebuilt several time but looked to be in pretty good shape at Mecum’s sale. Body work did show some ripples, alignment wasn’t to production standards, but who cars, turning ET’s in the low 11’s is all that matters. Lift off hood, roll bars added, back seats deleted, no radio or clock, not even a heater, made only for short trips. Condition #2. Called sold for $300,000.

Part of the spectacular Monumental Muscle Car offering at Kissimmee, this car was technically perfect and the interest in it was strong. MoPar leads the way in the Muscle-Car world, but that market it still a bit softer than what was seen in late 2006-07. However, Mecum continues to be the shopping center for high-performance and being able to offer this collection keeps him on tip. For the seller it is doubtful he could have taken this car anywhere else and gotten more. We call it well sold for this point in time.


1969 Dodge Charger “Daytona” 2-dr hardtop: Charger Red with white stripes accented with a strong patina of rust, black vinyl bucket seats, black vinyl “half top”, 440 cid/375 HP V8/”727” automatic transmission with console shifter. This was the highly touted barn find, rusty and crusty, unable to even get near the odometer, it has been parked and became a condo for critters. Reports were a family of tarantulas had taken up residence under the hood which might have saved some of the rubber bits. Presented as untouched as possible from when parked in mid-1970’s, even had a copy of a popular man’s magazine of the day on the front seat. Condition #6. Called sold at $90,000.

Pre-sale rumors were the seller was hoping for somewhere near twice the final price, which would have put it in the same territory as a restored and running version. Well preserved barn-finds do have collector interest, this car was not well preserved, but it is a real Daytona and for that reason it will probably be reborn into a show car. Hope new owner takes lots of photos of the transformation of this forgotten soldier into a five-star general. Even though it didn’t hit what the seller wanted, it was still well sold.


1969 Dodge Charger 500 2-dr hardtop: Bright Red (R4), Ivory and black vinyl bucket seats, 426 cid/425 HP, 2x4-barrel Carter AFB carburetors, Hemi V8/A833 4-speed manual transmission. Odometer 94,012 miles, appear to be from new. Largely unrestored, one of just 392 produced retained its 1968 Dodge Coronet grille and modified back window, also has base AM radio, heater-defroster plus Rallye instruments including Tic-Tac-Toc, Track-Pack with the Dana 60 rear axle and much more, offered by the king of the Drag Strip, Don “Big Daddy” Garlits. Condition #2. Called sold at $155,000.

Take away the celebrity owner status and this car did just about what it should be doing in today’s market. Car was really in remarkably well-preserved condition and had been in Garlits museum for many years. While it was running we imagine the new owner will perform a full “wake-up” and that this car will be shown, will win awards for what it is, and hopefully the find some time to visit vintage drag competition, even if it was supposed to help the NASCAR round-ee-rounds. We will call this one well bought.


1970 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible: Red (FE5) with white stripes, white vinyl bucket seats, white vinyl soft top, 440 cid/390 HP, 3x2-bbl carbs, V-code V8/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer 51,162 miles, true miles unknown. Promoted as a factory “Pilot Car”, one of the first, if not the first V-code 440 Challenger’s produced, unit number was 100021. Top-shelf restoration all around, laser straight body, well-appointed with power windows, trunk rack hood pins, and more. Original radio was not mounted in Dash, no word where it was. Car was displayed on elevated platform so the sanitary under-sides were visible. No expense spared on bringing this car up to snuff. Condition #1. Called sold at $450,000.

Again, MoPar muscle isn’t cheap, perfect cars also are not cheap to restore or even maintain. Part of another collection where perfection was paramount. These strong sales may trickle down to lesser cars but don’t expect this type of activity on a 15 year old restoration that’s been left out in the rain. If you were hoping that prices might still stay low, from these sales that doesn’t appear to be in the near future.


1973 Dodge Charger SE 2-dr hardtop: Bright (B5) Blue exterior, blue vinyl bucket seats, black vinyl top, 400 cid/185 HP, 4-barrel V8, column-shift automatic, 74,770 miles, reportedly from new. Upon inspection noted high-quality repaint in original colors at couple of years old, still had deep reflective quality. Some chrome sported light pitting, aluminum trim was a bit faded. Fitted with factory AM radio and A/C, power steering and front disc brakes. No signs of sheet metal replace, sitting level and flat on a new set of tires. Everything looked in order, alignment, glass, fit and finish. Not a show car but could me. Condition #3. Called sold at $11,000.

On the waning edge of the muscle car days, when a little dazzle replaced a lot of horsepower. Car had keen looks, and while it might be a little on the light side, this was a pretty good price for the car offered. Having been kept un-altered is an accomplishment on this car, in the long run, the new owner should be the winner of this deal, very well bought.


1931 Ford Model A Deluxe “Woody” station wagon: Tan body with black fenders, natural wood finish, black vinyl bench seats, 200 cid/40 HP in-line 4-cylinder engine, 3-speed floor shifted transmission. Showing 7,903 miles on the odometer indicates this “A” has been driven since restored, but looked to be in quite presentable condition. No chips or nicks in the paint, all factory materials, wood body was repaired only as needed and current coat of varnish looks fresh and clear. Seats were simple, top was tight and properly fitted. Even side curtains, which were in place for the sale, looked factory fresh. Condition #2. Called sold at $28,000.

We have seen some Model A Woodies go up to nearly the $40K mark and with a little TLC this example could go up to that level, but for this sale the price realized was more than fair. Pure stock well restored Model A’s of all body styles have been seeing their values increasing a bit above the curve for the past few years. Plusses are good looks, ability to attain and maintain highway speeds, simple mechanics and good touring value. We call this one well bought.


1940 Ford “01A” Siebert Ambulance: Light gray exterior, dark green heavy duty vinyl seats, 221 cid/85 HP “flathead” V8/3-speed manual transmission, 34,498 miles showing. This vehicle probably had an interesting story but it has been lost to history. Paint was the only thing done to the outside, seats appeared to have been recovered in the 1960’s while it might have still been in service. Included vintage siren, red-light, period patient gurney and side mount spare tire. Heater but no radio. Body appears to have totally fabricated from the cowl back and on a long-wheelbase. Condition #4. Called sold at $23,000.

Based more on a commercial chassis than passenger car, it still had some appeal to a person looking for a professional car. While no plate was found to positively identify coach builder it looked like Siebert’s work. Solid body, a lot to properly restore but it would be a work of art if done right. Hopefully it doesn’t become a street-rod or a ghoul’s novelty ride. At this price, should be going to a serious buyer. On the market for a while, now flipped, let’s keep it stock. Well bought if going to be restored.


1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria 2-dr hardtop: Peacock Blue with Colonial White style-tone finish, white vinyl with original style blue brocade cloth bench seats, 272 cid/176 HP Y-block V8, Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission. Odometer showed 13,760 miles, but true mileage is unknown. Car had amateur level restoration with regards to body work, fit and finish, but looked good as a driver. Cosmetics matched original data plate, interior was high point of car. Under hood looked good by wasn’t show ready. Apparent repairs in both quarters, but smoothed out. Chrome and glass were both clear without scratches, undersides given a quickie re-do, a little scary here. Condition #3. Called sold at $15,500, offered at No Reserve.

This car may never be a top-shelf restoration award winner, but it would be a fairly dependable cruiser and will definitely turn heads and get lots of thumbs up, smiles and maybe offers to buy. Not sure who bought the car, but if it was a dealer, with a little sprucing up this Vickie could even have some room for financial return. We would call this one very well bought.


1956 Ford Country Sedan 8-passenger station wagon: Resale Red and White Styletone paint scheme, white vinyl and red fabric on bench seats and rear-seat pads. 292 cid, 198 HP Y-block V8/3-speed + overdrive. Shows 39,133 miles but true miles unknown. Original radio converted to FM tuner, original radio and heater-defroster as well as clock. Major color change and the hood was “nosed” removing all chrome, trim and emblems. Quite a bit of body filler noted in right quarter and some small bubbles in right rear door. All glass was clean, clear and without issues. One taillight had nearly all chrome plating worn off, other looked new. Unique sun-visor over windshield. Condition #3. Called sold at $17,500.

Station wagons have been growing in popularity for the past few years. We have seen stock restoration of similar models go well north of the $30K mark and this example could have done that with a bit more investment during the restoration. However, we do not know the condition of this car when found so it might a miracle that it was saved. Now it can cruise to a number of events with friends and supplied and a bit of style. Well bought and hopefully will be enjoyed.


1969 Ford Torino 2-dr fastback hardtop; Lime-gold metallic finish, black vinyl bucket seats, 428 cid/335 HP V8, console shifted automatic transmission. Typical appointments including base AM radio, factory A/C, power steering and brakes, discs up front make this car very roadable. Repaint in original color sometime in past decade, did not a couple of small dings, deck lid needed adjusting chips around the opening. Factory GT wheels with hubcaps, dual sport mirrors, car had some eye-appeal, plus original dealer script from Helmold Ford in Raleigh, NC, verified authentic by the Marti report. Condition #3, called sold at $28,000.

Despite outstanding performance when new and a dedicated following of enthusiasts today, the Torino lags behind the comparable Chevelles of the day. Fewer of these cars are on the market and their values are less, but the thrill and excitement are just as hot making them a bit of a bargain for the muscle-car buyer looking for speed, looks and enjoyment. For this particular car this was strong money and we congratulate the seller, well sold!


1969 Ford XL 2-dr hardtop: Candy Apple Red exterior, white vinyl bench seats, white vinyl top, 390 cid/265 HP V8/column shift automatic transmission. 79,096 miles showing, reportedly from new. Well equipped with power steering, brakes (disc in front), windows, front seat, top, plus factory AM-FM, A/C, and even a working clock. Car had been given a decent frame-on cosmetic restoration starting with Southern California built and owned example. Quality all around, supple and fresh weather stripping, Marti report confirmed heritage. Condition #1, called sold at $21,500.

Even starting with a solid car for free, it is doubtful that a presentation of this quality could be achieved for twice the final bid. There was no indication this car had been shown, but it would certainly qualify for AACA honors as well as other marque related events. Big cruisers like this are starting to come into vogue, this was one of the best we have ever seen. The real winner here has to be the new owner, very well bought.


1969 Ford Bronco Sport 2-dr Utility Vehicle: Candy Apple Red with White hardtop, white vinyl bucket seats, 302 cid/220 HP V8/column shift automatic, 4-wheel drive. Odometer 21,175 miles, true miles unknown. Pure stock in looks department, smooth sheet metal, but both doors needed a bit of alignment help. Chrome bumpers looked new as did other bright trim, interior also appear stock with colors and gauges but did sport upgraded modern sound system. Was wearing new rubber on heavy-duty after-market aluminum wheels. Condition #2. Called sold at $24,500.

We have seen some of these Bronco’s go well over the $40K mark. This example had some quality work done to it and it riding high on the crest of the wave for these little 4X4 Sport Utes. Not sure what this seller started with but body panels looked original, so their restoration investment dollars might have left them a few extra pennies in their pocket. New owner should enjoy it and if kept in good condition, it might bring a bit of a profit down the road. We’ll call this one well bought and well sold.


1970 Ford Torino “King Cobra” 2-dr fastback hardtop: Special Yellow exterior, black vinyl bucket seats, 428 cid/Cobra-Jet/370 HP V8/C6 Select-Shift Automatic transmission. Odometer 831 original miles. Concept car used for marketing tests, sold in mid-1970’s to Ford friend Bud Moore. Has factory A/C, power steering, brakes and windows, base AM radio, with entire front end redesigned by the factory. Had Marti report showing this car was ordered as a “Special Purpose” car from the factory. Very well preserved, museum piece. One of two produced, other example was strict prototype Moore also purchased. Condition #2. Called sold at $525,000

Condition and documentation made this extremely unique vehicle a one-off that was desirable. For the historian the Marti report is paramount, but this car also had documentation from Ford noting the sale to Moore, plus the serial number for the prototype (showing he paid $600 each for both cars in 1971). Congratulations to the new owner and to Mecum for an excellent presentation of this car. We think it was very well sold.


1974 Ford F100 2-dr ½-ton long-bed pickup: White exterior, black vinyl bench seat, 240 cid/150 HP in-line 6-cylinder/3-speed manual column shift. Seller claimed 126,500 miles were original to this truck. A very plain-Jane even for a pickup, this example didn’t really have eye-appeal, but there was little or no rust-out to be found in the cab, the bid sports a few usage indentations, but again no major rust. Kind of tired, ready for a re-birth. Condition #4. Called sold at $3,000.

While pickups can bring big money, this was not a bell-ringer, however, for the builder looking for a fairly solid starting point or someone who wants to find the back roads of their minds, this was the truck to do it in, and at this price, few people could get too seriously hurt. Consignor was wise to let it go, seller shouldn’t get hurt, and let’s leave it at that.


2003 Ford Thunderbird “007” convertible Fiesta Red body, parchment leather interior, white hardtop and unknown soft top. 3.9 Liter/280 HP V8/5-speed “SelectShift” Automatic transmission, 12,345 miles. Sometimes called the Halle Berry edition from its appearance in Die Another Day, this example was well maintained and while not ultra-low in miles there was a lot of interest in this particular car. It has all the factory power equipment plus an upgraded factory audio system. These later 2003 editions had the improved engines with the Variable Valve Timing and nearly 30 more horses than earlier example. Condition #1, called sold at $33,000.

This is the highest price I have seen one of these sell for at auction in quite some time, which shows that the collector interest for this 11th edition T-bird is starting to pick up. Look for special editions, Neiman-Marcus, 100th Anniversary, etc. We call this one very well sold. 

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2007 Ford Crown Victoria “Police Interceptor” 4-dr sedan: White base with Washington D.C. graphics, gray tweed front bucket seats, with gray vinyl rear seat, 4.6 Liter/320 HP “Modular” V8, column shift automatic transmission. Showed 107,500 miles on the odometer. While this car had been a real squad car, it was presented more as a prop-cop car for the film Pixels (which we missed, in fact didn’t know it had been made). Was equipped with LED modern light bar but no radio or communication equipment. Car show no sheet metal damage, glass was good all around, started and ran without issue, but area around ignition switch had been broken out and new switch installed. Condition #3. Called sold at $5,000.

This was probably about all this car was worth, in fact had it been a retired D.C. squad car it might not have brought money anywhere near this bid. As a prop car goes this one wasn’t a “star” and was presented without any images of it being used in the filming. Unless there was a Pixel fan in the crowd, it will probably be parked in forgotten in a vast warehouse, or maybe a small Florida town just acquired a new unit for their fleet!


1931 Huppmobile Century Six 2-dr coupe: Dark Aqua body with black trimming and fenders, grown cord cloth bench seat, dark brown leatherette rumbleseat, disc wheels in yellow. 4,116 mile showing, most added likely since restoration. Was holding up quite well, featuring trunk on the back, good glass and no major body issues. Even had vintage spotlight and boot scraped on the running boards, Doors opened and close, hood revealed decent engine may but with no evidence of running, this could be a pig in a poke. Condition #2. Called sold at $12,500.

This was almost a give-away, nice coupe, well restored, would bet most Americans have never heard of a Huppmobile. Car has minimal identification, our bet is the seller didn’t even know the make or model or specs. Hopefully new owner will get educated, start hanging with the right people, appreciated this historic and watch its value grow. Well bought from our side.

1963 Imperial Crown 2-dr convertible: Oyster White exterior, dark red leather bench seat, black soft top, 413 cid/340 HP “Wedge” V8/push-button automatic transmission. 11,340 miles reportedly from new. Loaded with equipment, full power including locks, antenna and top, plus A/C. Did have upgraded audio system, and everything was reported to work. Restoration a few year old, no date on the soft top, sat well, body was fairly straight no immediate signs of body damage, driver’s door needed some alignment, chrome did have a bit of a patina but no serious pitting. Condition #2. Called sold for $33,000.


Offered at “no reserve”, this particular vehicle has been listed for sale at several venues over past year, asking price at one location was $19,500. For the lucky owner, this was a premium of over $13,000. Value on these luxury cars is going upward, and maybe nicer well-appointed example will go even higher. We call this one quite well sold.


1954 Kaiser Special 2-dr sedan: Dark green over Crème, Tan vinyl bolsters with dark green fabric inserts, simulated bamboo dash covering, 226 cid/118 HP Continental Red-Seal in-line six-cylinder/3-speed manual with overdrive. Odometer shows 12,014, unsure if from new or when, figure true miles unknown. Beautiful restoration at least several years old, chrome is impressive but a couple of minor pits noted, paint was deep and spot on colors, interior impressive especially the dashboard. Fitted with AM radio, heater-defroster, clock and “KF” branded Fog lights. Rising on Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and white walls, this ride was stylish and a rare body style to boot. Condition #2. Sold at $15,500.

Rare body style for 1954 when 4-dr sedans were being pushed. Color combination was typical for the era, workmanship on the restoration really made this sale price a bit of a bargain, especially when same car sold for $28,000 two years earlier at this same venue. Hope sell got his money’s worth. This is one where the seller took a big hit, the buyer proved that you make you money when you buy something. Well bought.


1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV 2-dr hardtop: Polar White with Red trim, White leather w/Red accents (Lipstick ed.); 460 cid/202 HP V8/automatic transmission. Odometer show 467 mile, verified from new. Beautifully preserved ultra-luxury car that has was awarded an AACA National 1st in 2003. Full power plus AM-FM-8 track, A/C and much more. Light discoloration on driver’s seat but that could be detailed out. Under the hood looks brand new, as does paint, vinyl top and chrome. Condition #1. Called sold at $31,000.

This car has a known history, was in a major collection that sold in November 2006, hammered at $40,000 over 9 years ago with same exact mileage. A lot of these cars were saved when they were new, which might explain why their values haven’t risen to any strong degree in the past decade. Sometimes buying at car from a well-known collection can see values rise, sometimes they can drop. We call this one well bought.


1970 Mercury Cyclone GT 2-dr hardtop: Dark blue exterior, medium blue vinyl bucket seats. 351 cid M-code “Cleveland”/300 HP V8, 4-speed manual transmission. Showing 45,925 miles on odometer, seller claimed they were from new. Instantly recognizable front end design, this car’s history was verified with a Marti report. However, the Federal VIN tag was gone (the VIN plate was in place), and car looked like it had been given an economy budget. Paint was decent, not spectacular, bright work varies from near excellent to “needs replacement. AM ration about the only amenity, along with outside color-keyed rear view mirrors. Did not get to hear or see it run, but it looked to be quite presentable. Condition #3. Called sold at $19,000.

Another example of where the car that was higher priced when new, performed just about the same, but had different looks, doing about 60% of what a Ford Torino would be doing. From my viewpoint I would say buyer got a great deal, the consignor got a parking space. Not a performance-car or speed equipped car, just a well-built vehicle. Bought very well.


1961 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible: Black exterior, burgundy leather front bucket seats, rear bench, black canvas top, 394 cid/345 HP V8 with 4-barrel intake, automatic with console mounted shifter. Odometer showed 66,450 miles but true mileage was unknown. Given a cosmetic restoration we did see a few very minor flaws in the paint such as dust, interior was the high-point for this car, top fit was tight and straight. Claims were work had been done 13-14 years earlier, not fresh but not that bad. Sheet metal smooth, panels lined up well, chrome looked good, glass showed no nicks, marks or cracked. Well-appointed from factory as was part of the package. Condition #2. Called sold at $44,000

This was Oldsmobile’s show-boat for 1961, made in limited numbers and nearly every toy in the book with exception of A/C, was included in the base package. They are special car but are often overlooked except by those who know. This car had a certain eye appeal which drove the spirited bidding for this car. Seller had to hesitate but also realized that this was a fair price for a car in this condition. We consider this car as being very well sold.


1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme-442 convertible: Red exterior, black vinyl bucket seats, black top, 400 cid/350 HP V8/automatic with console shifter. 37,307 miles showing, around once, around twice, who knows. Accessories including power steering and brakes, factory AM radio and heater-defroster, as well as a clock. Car had lots of history, fresh paint still smelled, but shabby body work detected, lots of filler in rear quarter panels, various degrees of pitting on chrome items, doors were ill-fitting, under the hood needed lots of attention, possibly the original engine still in the car. Condition #4. Called sold at $12,500.

For the condition this car was in, the final bid was kind of on the strong side. We didn’t crawl under the car, but would bet there were some details that might have changed the outcome. In perfect condition this car can bring $55-60,000. However it would probably take much money and then some to bring this car up to snuff. We have to call this deal as well sold by the consignor.


1969 Opel Kadett 2-dr sedan Dark Copper with black stripes, black vinyl top, black vinyl bucket seats, 1100cc/56 HP in-line 4-cylinder engine, factory dual carburetors, 4-speed manual transmission. Showing 56,938, seller stated he thought they were original, but could not confirm that. Car had been restored by an enthusiast who seller said upgraded badges and markings to the Rally edition. Had proper wheels, looks inside and out were very nice. Body was smooth, under hood had light patina of use, interior clean with vintage AM-FM radio and heater. Noted a small ding on left fender that skilled body person could remove, also loose trim on right drip rail. Ran out well, started easy, interesting GM of Germany product. Condition #2. Called sold at $10,000.

Seller had been looking for $12,000, at this level he shouldn’t be that disappointed as this car performed better than all the value guides. Wasn’t sure who the customer was, wouldn’t be surprised to see a dealer end up with this car and put a $15K price tag on it, and might just be worth it to the right customer. We have to call this car well sold and well bought.


1961 Plymouth Belvedere 4-dr sedan: White over silver metallic paint, gray vinyl with black-gray print fabric, 225 cid/145 HP “Slant” 6-cylinder/Torque-Flite push-button automatic transmission. Odometer read 36,503 miles which appear to be from new. Typical equipment, AM push-button radio, push-button controlled heater-defroster, no clock or other power equipment. No signs of any rust out or accident repair but paint was looking a bit tired and some area, down right flaky in others. Interior was remarkably well preserved with original materials, inside plastics in very good condition. Engine started rather easy and went into gear without clunks, rattles or shakes. Stickers indicated a life in Pennsylvania at one point in time. Condition #3. Called sold at $8,000.

Over a nice sedan with wild styling. A really sharp repaint in original colors would be a major benefit for this car, but for condition presented, this was a pretty good buy. According to pricing guides was right around the market for this make and model. Nice original car, not quite good enough to preserve, not valuable enough for total re-do, perfect for a decent cosmetic freshening. Place this in the well bought files.


1962 Plymouth Sport Fury 2-dr convertible: Burgundy exterior, burgundy and gold vinyl bucket seats, white fabric top, 361 cid/305 HP V8 engine, push-button Torque-Flite automatic transmission. Odometer shows 35,639, but no indication if this was since restoration, from new or on second go-around. Well -presented car that had a decent repaint but didn’t appear to be a factory offering, nor does the interior color scheme. Under the hood was rather clean and everything appeared in order. Chrome was decent with no major pitting, other bright metal in good condition and no issues spotted for the glass, equipped with AM radio, heater-defroster, and clock. Redone probably in the mid-1990’s, top was not dated. Condition #2. Called sold at $30,000.

In my opinion, and many others share this sentiment, these are some of the least attractive American cars ever produced. Chrysler Corp. offerings from this era were trying to find their market niche. That said, this car brought about all the market could produce and seller did quite well letting it go, the new owner can enjoy but I wouldn’t wager on any return if this was an investment. We call this well sold.


1970 Plymouth Roadrunner 2-dr convertible: Citron Mist exterior with blackout hood, black vinyl bucket seats, black vinyl soft top. 440 cid/390 HP, 3x2-bbl carbs, V-code V8/4-speed manual transmission. Records show this car was sold new in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and was restored using all of its original sheet metal in 2007. Car had been inspected and verified that the numbers were all original to the car. Had the desirable A34 “Super-Track” pack, plus Air-Grabber hood, pistol-grip shifter, Rallye instruments including Tic-Tac-Toc, base AM radio and riding on Magnum 500 wheels. Claims of 1 of 20, source unknown for that statement. This looks like a Show-piece, not a Go-piece. Condition #1. Calles sold at $160,000.

Mopar muscle is making a bit of a comeback, but in 2007 this car probably could have been in the $230-250K range. It is probably one of the very best in the world and worthy of the top-shelf restoration it received, though the color was something that one has to like. With a “high impact” color on a car of this caliber, another $25-30K could have easily been attained.


1970 Plymouth Fury II 2-dr hardtop: Red, black vinyl bucket seats, 318 cid/230 HP, column shift automatic. Interesting car not listed in most Plymouth sales brochures for 1970, Canadian model, resale red finish with black nostrils gave it impressive looks. New audio system, heater defroster, no A/C or even a clock. Chrome shows typical patina for age with micro-pitting, bumper sported decent ding up front, under hood still factory specs, complete but far from antiseptic. Mo major body issues outside of a few ripples. Condition #3. Called sold at $6,000.

I would bet that 95 out of 100 hardcore MoPar fans didn’t even know this model wasn’t made in the USA, and with exception of Fury Gran Coupe, that number might be 100%. Despite its rarity the condition was the main factory, coupled with passing interest. The offer given was almost a charity bid, but cleaned up, properly promoted this car could bring rewards to the new owner. At least he is the only one on the block with one. Hard to say if well bought or sold, just kind of neutral on this one.


1971 Plymouth “Hemi-‘Cuda” 2-dr convertible: Sno-White with black stripes, black vinyl bucket seats, white top, 426 cid/425 HP, dual Carter AFB carburetors Hemi V8/A727 automatic transmission, 3.53:1 Sure-Grip axle. A beautiful restoration of a fully authenticated Hemi ‘Cuda convertible. Restoration was top shelf with all the amenities possible including the G36 performance axle, power steering and brakes, N96 Shaker hood with hold-down pins and even an AM/Cassette player complete with microphone. One of five Hemi ‘Cuda convertible built in this final year with the automatic transmission. Condition #1. Called sold at $2,300,000.

This was the second top seller in Kissimmee, the top going to a 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda convertible for $375K more than this car. The last ’71 to sell at auction was offered by Mecum in Seattle in June 2014 and was hammered at $3.2 mil, the difference, that one had a four-speed. Effectively a $900K difference for the transmission, and that was one also B5 Blue. Either way, this car had to be marked down in the well sold column and the new owner will be entrusted to love and cherish this king of the muscle-cars.


1954 Pontiac Star Chief 4-dr sedan: White over dark blue, dark blue vinyl with tan woven fabric bench seats, 268 cid/127 HP in-line 8-cylinder, Hydramatic column shift transmission. Shows 76,150 miles which appear to be from new. Factory equipment included power steering, AM radio, clock, heater-defroster, back-up lights, full wheelcovers, and deluxe hood ornament. Paint looked original, showing its age with fading and a number of nicks and scratches acquired over the past 60+ years. Interior had been redone in complementing colors but was not authentic for this model. No sign of rust-out or any accident repairs. Chrome decent but some trim bits did show various degrees of pitting, and the amber plastic tipped mascot shows some crazing. Condition #3. Called sold for $7,000.

Despite more trim, decent styling and more powerful engines, Pontiacs almost always seem to lag behind comparable Chevrolets in the value-game, but this car had a certain eye-appeal and I really doubt that a Belair sedan in this condition would have done much better. Not a show winner and an official would have to determine if this car qualified for historical preservation, but a great starting point for a new collector. We found out this car was purchased by a dealer who had to be reminded that “For Sale” signs were not permitted on the auction grounds, a rule we heartily endorse.


1968 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hardtop: Solar Red exterior, Pearl White vinyl bucket seats, 400 cid/330 HP V8, 400 Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, 51,318 miles. Fitted with factory AM radio, heater-defroster, clock plus after-market gauges. Looked like a pretty original car without any major body issues. Car appeared to have had some work in quarter panels, quality paint but minor bubbles spotted in hood plus minor pitting spotted on some chrome trim. Interior had proper perforated headliner, one vent knob was devoid of chrome plating. Condition #3, called sold at $21,000.

This same GTO was seen at this same sale in 2013, condition is about the same, just a couple of more miles on the clock. At that time, it sold for $20,000, so value of this car really hasn’t increased at all from the owner’s standpoint. Was probably wise to let it go if it was just going to sit around waiting to be resold and resold. Hopefully the new owner is an enthusiast and will drive, enjoy and display this muscle-car. We call this one well bought


1958 Porsche 356A/1600 Super 2-dr convertible: Fjord Green, Tan vinyl bucket seats, tan soft top, 1,582cc/75 HP H-4 engine/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer shows 21,232, true miles unknown. This appeared to be an original car, well preserved by not mint condition. Stress cracks noted on rear bustle back, corrosion seen in the rocker panels. The top looked new and fit snug and tight, all glass was without issue, bright work had slight patina from age. Body panels were smooth and gapped properly all around, still retained vintage Blaupunkt AM radio. Condition #2. Called sold at $120,000.

Early Porsches, including all 356, early 911’s and special editions, are at the top of their game. This has brought to market a number of cars that have been secreted away in collections for years. We heard rumor seller was hoping to net $150K for this beauty, but reality set in and the car was cut-loose. Flat sales in Arizona were still strong, the big news of Seinfeld collection in Amelia Island is on everyone’s mind, seller was smart to let it go, very well sold and not a bad buy either.


1970 Shelby GT500 2-dr fastback hardtop: Wimbledon White with Blue stripes, black vinyl hi-back bucket seats, 428 cid/335 HP V8 engine/4-speed manual transmission. Odometer shows 55,137, no claim of being from new. Factory fog lights up front, NASA style hood, factory A/C, upgraded Panasonic sound system. Had the 1970 chin fairing up front as well as two sturdy tow hook. Car was also fitted with power steering brakes, discs up front, plus visibility group and tilt steering wheel. Hood sits low, kind of normal on these Shelby Mustangs, doors both needed minor adjustments. Marti report confirmed this car’s heritage. Condition #2. Called sold at $80,000.

By the time this car was produced, Mr. Shelby had left the Ford room. A great design that was finished off by an outside firm, the GT500 actually outsold the GT350, so today there is a good number available, however, they still command good money. The pre-sale interest in this car looked kind of slow, but with reserve lifted at $70K, there was some excitement as bids were called. We will consider this car well sold.


1967 Volkswagen Type II Double-Cab Drop-side Pickup : Sealing Wax Red with Beige-Gray two-tone, Salt & Pepper Vinyl weave bucket seats, 2110 cc/75 HP (estimated) H-4 engine/4-speed floor shift transmission. Showing just 2,908 mile, probably since the build, this was a great looking vehicle. Metal panels lined up well, paint and workmanship was top shelf inside and out. All new rubber around the doors, glass was clean. Modified suspension, engine and drive-train while retaining all stock looks. Condition #1. Called sold at $65,000.

This was a pure professional level build on all levels and appears to have been treated with “kit-gloves” since completion. With the huge interest in the VW Micro-bus, other models have enjoyed increased interest and values from collectors and enthusiasts. That said we would imagine that the build of this truck was a bit more than the sale price making somewhat of a bargain. Mark this one up in the well bought column.


1926 Willys-Overland Model 93 Six 2-dr coach: Dark Green over Light Green, dark green fabric bench seat, black fabric top, wood-spoke wheels with detachable rims. A barn-find type car, showing 46,724 miles, which were most likely original. Sported a 1929 Pennsylvania plate that was firmly rusted in place. One portion of the of the roof was missing, but body shows no major dents, rust-out or other maladies, just a loss of paint. Interior was remarkable well preserved despite the missing rear window. All gauges were intact. Not running, but probably could with a little help. Rear-hinged doors allowed for easy entrance and exit for rear seat passengers. Condition #5. Called for at $13,000.

We have seen a lot nicer cars of this era not bring this type of money, but this car has some mysterious appeal that kept the bidding going for several jumps after it was announced sold. Most cars from this era have dark hues, maroon, dark blue or black. This car’s two-tone treatment made it stand out when new, and will also be an interesting car once it is restored. It won’t be cheap, even a #1 restoration won’t cost the restoration needed. A winter project that can last for several seasons. Very well sold, congratulations to the buyer.

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