The Simeone Foundation Automobile was established by Fred Simeone, a pioneering Philadelphia Neurosurgeon who inherited four cars when his physician father passed away in the early 1970s. Eventually no less than 65 of the finest sports racing cars were added via acquisition and exchange, including examples of the finest cars to ever race at tracks such as the Nurburgring, Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. Simeone was a leader in the movement to preserve old cars and he has been open about the responsibility of stewardship with his views that these cars are ireplacable objects that require conservation in the same manner as fine art and other collectibles. In this his views are anathema to the traditional Pebble Beach “better than new” viewpoint but it is likely that history will value his connoisseur-ship attitude highly indeed.
Bonhams partnered with the Foundation to host an auction back in 2012 and in keeping with the remit, offered a fascinating selection of original automobiles with a strong vintage slant, the average age being 1939. The auction is something of a boutique sale in the same vein as the Zoute or Chantilly and offers 50 – 70 lots and in this case offering mainly American automobiles ranging from complete basket cases to preservation classics. Easily the high point for the sale was the 2014 sale that offered one of the best surviving American Underslungs, this extremely rare example of a pioneering sportscar selling for $1.43 million. 2015s sale saw an equally high calibre of pre war classics offered although the market had begun to swing away from pre-war cars and 2016s sale was even further depressed.
Year – Sold/ Offered (%) – Gross Total US$ – High Sale US$
2012 – 47/60 (81%) – $2,536,220 – $357,000 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4
2013 – 57/65 (83%) – $2,737,030 – $264,000 1934 Aston Martin Mark II
2014 – 48/60 (80%) – $3,840,290 – $1,430,000 1907 American Underslung
2015 – 57/69 (83%) – $2,786,850 – $319,000 1936 Wanderer W25K
2016 – 47/52 (90%) – $1,680,175 – $121,000 1901 Locomobile Model 5
2017 – 57/66 (86%) – $3,076,604 – $1,001,000 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Bonhams have returned to form for the 2017 sale with a fascinating selection of pre-war cars and a few interesting post-war collectibles. Leading the way is an example of the pinnacle Rolls-Royce, the London-to-Edinburgh Silver Ghost, so named because Rolls-Royce decided to develop an improved Ghost that they took to Edinburgh and back as a trial in 1911. With a torque tube, improved compression ratio, enlarged carburetor, strengthened rear axle casings and inverted semi-elliptic rear springs, this improved Ghost proved remarkably economical, quick enough and offered all the comfort one could expect. Rolls-Royce advertised the achievements of the car, the run and the dual statistics of 24.32MPG and 78.67MPH and demand meant they soon offered the London-to-Edinburgh specification on request with 188 examples sold in 1912 and 13.
The example on offer was supplied to Charles Walker in the USA baring Barker & Co. Tourer bodywork and was later donated to the Henry Ford Museum where it reposed for several decades, eventually losing its bodywork before being sold to Millard Newman although in a rather complicated exchange it had gained new sports tourer bodywork. Restored in the 2000s this fine Rolls is an immensely desirable example of a foundation automobile of distinction and the $1.1 – 1.5 million estimate is bang on for the model. Obvious questions must be asked about its lack of original bodywork although this is much less important with cars that survived both world wars and frequent changes of fashion, indeed concours classes for cars of this era accept period correct designs no questions asked. Cars such as this Rolls-Royce have immense appeal, so long as you desire a 100+ year old car and if you do, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Elsewhere there are two appeaing Bentleys, a 3 litre which was rebodied and rebuilt 70 – 80 years ago and remains totally original, making it fabulous value at $250 – 350k and a 4.5 litre with replica Le Mans Tourer bodywork and although lacking in originality it is still market correct at $600 – 700k. As noted earlier, Vintage cars in barn find condition are the sales stock in trade and all three on offer have tremendous appeal. Whether it be a Franklin Model G Touring that has been stored for 90 (yes 90!) years at just $35 – 45k, the Regal Underslung Roadster in wonderful original condition at $100 – 150k or the beautifully original Stevens-Duryea Model C6 at $150 – 225k. Any of these three would make a fantastic offer even with the optional six figure cost of restoration, although don’t discard the idea of simply buying one and conserving it for a future purpose.
The past few years have seen more and more examples of modern and restored cars on offer and three examples at the 2017 sale stand out for me. Firstly the Dodge Daytona PPG Indy pace car that is unique (good or bad, either way its unique) and has provenance, originality and has been clocked at 173mph, I have no idea what you would do with it but at $20 – 30k, does it matter? A Fiat 124 Coupe in great nick is a very stylish option at just $18 – 24k and a Bricklin is an unusual but really cool option at $17 – 20k. Finally my pick of the sale is the 1929 DeSoto Model K Roadster at $30 – 40k, a seemingly innocuous car, it has tremendous possibilities for use because its first British owner, Evelyn Samuelson entered it for the 1930 Monte Carlo Rally where it finished 2nd and that should get it access to various events any other DeSoto won’t.
A truly fascinating collection of the old, the rare, the weird and the original, this sale has it all and Bonhams US team must be congratulated.
RESULT – $3,076,604 (*)
(*) Bonhams declared lot 320, a 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre, unsold but later changed its status after a post block sale without declaring any amount although its estimate was $600 – 700k so one can guess it would have been within $100k of the lower figure. This has NOT been included in the result.
Bonhams offered their usual eclectic collection of proper classics at the Simeone sale in early October and returned home having achieved their second best sale results at the venue, a real shot in the arm after 2016s rather limp sale. Results were propelled by offering 43 of the 66 lots at no reserve ensuring they would sell and actually obtaining a selection of barn finds of all ages along with all manner of curious modern cars, many of which were in highly original condition, both major selling points in the current market. A few weird results to note were the two cars that were withdrawn, the 1963 Mercedes-Benz Unimog that was declared withdrawn before the sale but actually sold for $10,175 and the 1929 De Soto Model K that I rather liked due to its fascinating history that was to be offered at no reserve but didn’t sell. Either the car was not actually offered at no reserve OR there were no bids and either would be highly unusual.
Of the cars that did sell the highlight was the 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, a genuine highlight of any sale, that made a 10% below low estimate, $1.001 million which was still a fantastic result for a car with non original bodywork. The Bentleys had disparate results with one as noted above selling post block while the fascinating 3 litre with lots of interesting history selling for $199,999 (20% below its low estimate) and cheap buying for someone. In fact very few cars sold for more than their estimates (just 5 out of 66 or 8%) and one in particular stands out, the 1910 Regal Underslung that fetched 10% over estimate at $165k and was still good buying at that. A few cars did sell for mid estimate money, notably the 1913 Stevens-Duryea, another excellent car, that fetched $170k and the 1975 Bricklin SV-1 at $17,600, both good buying.
Fully 31 of the 66 lots sold for less than their low estimate (47%), showing the no reserve status to be a good policy to ensure sales success. Among the worst performers were the 1920 Stearns-Knight at just $5k or 80% below estimate, the Ford Model A at 61% below estimate $3,850, the Ford Model T at $4,180 (58% below) and the 1948 Lincoln Continental at 53% below, $9,350. The 1912 Franklin sold for $25,300 (27% below) and the 1983 Dodge Daytona at just $12,100 (40% below). All figures that seem like bargains but for original cars with potential for very large restoration bills, possibly fair. Bonhams must be congratulated for the very successful sale and I look forward to seeing what they will bring in 2018.
Key – Lot # – Year – Make – Model – chassis number – Low – High est. US$ – N/R = No Reserve – Gross Sale (US$) – (EURO) – % above or below estimate
301 1926 Ford Model T Custom Stake bed Pickup 13391807 $8,000.00 $12,000.00 N/R/ $8,800 €7,493 Mid
Red and Black over Black. Ex. Robert Germain collection, restored to a unique specification. Finely crafted covered, wood-trimmed pickup truck bed, but the original metal was retained at the front of the truck ’00, beautiful.
302 1929 Ford Model A Coupe M4395731 $14,000.00 $18,000.00 N/R/ $7,150 €6,088 -49%
Green and Black over Brown leather. Vendor since ’52, restored ’50s and again in ’95, solid condition. Wonderful.
303 1912 Franklin Model G Touring 12837G $35,000.00 $45,000.00 N/R/ $25,300 €21,543 -27%
Ex. Helen Swigart collection, stored for 90 years, tidied up but otherwise unrestored. Historic Preservation of Original Features certificate. Concours award winner. Running condition. Good condition body although some rust. Highly original.
304 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible WDB10704212015462 $22,000.00 $28,000.00 N/R/ $20,350 €17,328 -7%
Cypress Green Metallic over Olive Green leather. 4 speed auto. California car, vendor from ’85. 66,894 miles from new. Docs.
305 1971 Porsche 911T Targa 9111110238 $55,000.00 $65,000.00 N/R/ $41,800 €35,593 -24%
Silver Metallic over Black leatherette. 1 of 583. Well specced car. Original and matching numbers.
306 1954 Chevrolet Corvette E54S002706 $50,000.00 $65,000.00/ $57,750 €49,174 Mid
Sportsman Red over Red. Powerglide Unknown PA car, restored ’90, excellent driving condition, shows well.
307 1967 Datsun Fairlady 1600 Roadster SPL31115056 $10,000.00 $15,000.00 N/R/ $6,600 €5,620 -34%
White over Beige leather. 96HP 1.6 litre 4 cylinder. Narrow bodywork. Modified with a padded rollover bar, a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, a set of aftermarket four-spoke aluminum wheels and larger tires, and a sport muffler. Running condition and 65,791 miles from new. Original, ideal basis for a restoration.
308 1960 Triumph TR3 Roadster TS61943 $8,000.00 $12,000.00 N/R/ $6,600 €5,620 -17%
Primrose Yellow over unknown. 4 speed manual. Unknown car, stored since ’82, delivery in light blue, solid, straight order structurally but requires restoration.
309 1998 BMW Z3 Roadster WBSCK933XWLC87223 $25,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $26,400 €22,480 Mid
Metallic Gray over Black and Red leather. 340bhp Dinan supercharged I6. 5 speed manual. Fully upgraded throughout. Air con etc. Recently serviced. 7,662 miles from new.
310 1996 Bentley Brooklands Saloon SCBZE11COTCX57963 $25,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $28,600 €24,353 Mid
Red Pearl over Parchment and St. James Red leather. 46,207 miles from new. Largely original condition throughout. Very well cared for. Excellent.
311 1910 Regal Underslung N Roadster 3331 $100,000.00 $150,000.00/ $165,000 €140,497 10%
Black over Black leather. Wonderful original condition, beautiful tufted upholstery with virtually no defects and all the correct instruments and lamps. The original top still has wonderful shape and is complimented by an original period monocle windshield. The engine compartment is equally impressive with no visible modifications; the side of the engine still shows its number stenciling and all the original ignition wiring is still present. Just 3 owners from new. Displayed at the AACA Museum. Wonderful.
312 1954 Austin-Healey 100 BN1 BN1L 158587 $30,000.00 $40,000.00 N/R/ $39,600 €33,719 Mid
Black over Red. via Galagher Motors Inc. to James ‘Jim’ Johnson, USA (1), unknown, stored for 5 years, 64,507 miles from new. Good condition. Requires re-commissioning.
313 1931 Ford Model A Huckster A6T176 $10,000.00 $15,000.00 N/R/ $3,850 €3,278 -61%
Dark Green over Black. Restored as a Huckster ’70s, well maintained since. Stored since ’13. Charming.
314 1963 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404 404.114-02228396 Withdrawn N/R/ $10,175 €8,664 ??
Light Khaki over Black. 2.2 litre I4. 4 wheel drive. Long Wheelbase, Open top cab. Military truck. US import ’90s, via Pammi Motors to vendor ’12. Good running and driving condition.
315 1936 Morgan 4/4 Series I Roadster 096 $40,000.00 $60,000.00/ $45,100 €38,403 Mid
British Racing Green over Grey leather. RHD. Scottish car, history from ’59, stored from ’70, restoration begun, completed ’80, US import ’10s, recent $9k mechanical service. Very rare. Mot and Docs.
316 1972 Fiat 124 0191930 $18,000.00 $24,000.00 N/R/ Withdrawn N/A
Red over Black. via Imported Cars of Royal Oak to Charles Davis, USA (1), vendor from mid 00s. 3 owners from new. Upgraded with Abarth bits. 50,000 miles from new. Beautifully detailed. Docs.
317 1975 Bricklin SV-1 Coupe 00031BX5S001653 $17,000.00 $20,000.00/ $17,600 €14,986 Mid
Safety Orange over Tan. Brown Daub, USA (1), unknown ’85 (2), history known from ’99 well maintained original. 7,260 miles from new. Docs.
318 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360HP Roadster 30867S119892 $75,000.00 $100,000.00/ $82,500 €70,249 Mid
Sebring Silver over Black. 360HP L84 327cui V8. M20 4 speed manual transmission. via Star Chevrolet to George Hehner, USA (1), unknown, vendor, redone ’10s in original livery, freshly serviced by noted expert Jack Podell. 60,000 miles from new. Docs.
319 1917 Mack AB “C” Cab Stake Truck 579334 $15,000.00 $25,000.00 N/R/ $8,800 €7,493 -41%
Red and Yellow Truck. Excellent example. Highly original. Great opportunity to get one of these legendary machines.
320 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre Le Mans Tourer Rep. PL3496 $600,000.00 $700,000.00 N/R/ Sold ??
RHD. Harrison and Co. Flexible Saloon for H. M. Bentley and Partners, UK, A.W. Whyte (1), unknown, A.P. Maggs ’57 (2?), H. Pasco ’65, Arthur Wells ’66, Replica Vanden Plas Le Mans bodywork fitted, OEM 4 1/2 litre engine #FB 3307 fitted, D series gearbox #D7077 fitted, unknown, via Stanley Mann to Frank Allocca, USA ’83, David Van Schaick ’80s, well maintained by D.L. George and Donald Koleman. Excellent patina.
321 1952 Alvis TA21 Tickford DHC 24926 $50,000.00 $60,000.00/ $63,800 €54,326 6%
Black over Red leather. via Cavalier Motor Cars Ltd. to unknown, California, USA (1), unknown, Canada from ’59, Robert McCartney from ’59, engine rebuilt 1200 miles ago, via Bristol Motors, Charles Crail ’14, David Van Schaick ’14, well maintained.
322 1950 Studebaker Model 2R612 1/2 Ton Pickup R6-448 $25,000.00 $35,000.00/ Not Sold N/A
Blue over Brown. California truck in C2 Box format. David Van Schaick ’97. Very original, carefully maintained.
323 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Rolling Chassis S454FL $75,000.00 $100,000.00 N/R/ $56,100 €47,769 -25%
Rolling Chassis with Blue bonnet. Mrs. L. B. Morse, USA (1), Brewster Warwick Limousine coachwork fitted, unknown, later via Sam Adelman to Frank Cooke ’61, via Bonhams Cooke ’06 to unnamed, vendor, restored to rolling chassis form.
324 1937 Triumph 1.5 Litre Brooklands Special 12/10359 $45,000.00 $55,000.00/ $27,500 €23,416 -39%
Green over Red. RHD. Unknown car, vendor since late ’90s, discovered in Florida, USA, part restored but mostly very rough. Believed built on a pre-war Triumph chassis. Very interesting.
325 1914 Ford Model T Touring C19443 $35,000.00 $45,000.00 N/R/ $27,500 €23,416 -21%
Midnite Blue and Black over Black leather. Ford Motor Company of Canada produced example, 4 owners since, McLachlan Bros. (1), Ron Wallis (2), restored by Saunders ’70s, Floyd Sinton ’90s, vendor ’15. Restored by Edwards Antique Automobiles, 50 miles since. Excellent.
326 1980 Porsche 911SC Targa 91A0141981 $32,000.00 $38,000.00 N/R/ Withdrawn N/A
Yellow over Black. Two owners, Canadian car, second since ’92. 70,000 miles from new. Well maintained.
327 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL 113-042-10013321 $40,000.00 $60,000.00/ $41,800 €35,593 Mid
Dark Blue over Red leather. Manual. via Nelke Motor Co. to unnamed owner since ’68 and 89,000 miles from new. Stored and later recommissioned by J.E. Robison at Bosch Service Center. $16k in receipts. Excellent.
328 1919 Ford Model T Touring Car 3870840 $10,000.00 $15,000.00 N/R/ $4,180 €3,559 -58%
Black over Black. 1 owner since ’52, restored ’80, well maintained since.
329 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe Coupe 396876M538074 $30,000.00 $35,000.00/ $41,800 €35,593 16%
Porcelain White over black leather. Well specced. Vendor since ’10. 12,700 miles from new, well maintained by Blackhorse Garage. Excellent. RM Hershey ’10 sold $45k.
330 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon SFU153 $50,000.00 $80,000.00/ $49,500 €42,149 -1%
Astral Blue and Shell Grey over Blue leather. RHD. via W. Watson ltd. with Red leather to Mr. James Leonard Seed, Esq., UK (1), unknown, via Jack Barclay, Ltd. ’77, Harry Davis, USA from ’00s, well maintained by The Frawley Company and Richard Mullin Coachbuilding, Ltd. Stunning.
331 1920 Stearns-Knight L4 Touring L9959 $25,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $5,000 €4,257 -80%
Green and Black over Black leather. 248cui 4 cylinder engine. 3 speed manual. 1 of 3850 built, sole survivor. Discovered in a West Virginia barn in 2003, L9959 is in unrestored original condition. Good condition, though some damage. Complete and in running condition. 23,934 miles from new. Historical Preservation of Original Features (HPOF) certification and docs.
332 1949 Mercury Pickup MD 83H49-20861 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $20,350 €17,328 Mid
Colony Blue over Sheridan Blue. 114 inch wheelbase, 95hp 239cui V8. Older cosmetic redo. Still looks wonderful. 76,428 miles from new.
333 1948 MG TC Midget TC/6256 $30,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $22,550 €19,201 -25%
Red over Maroon leather. Unnamed, MA until, ’03. 2 owners from new. Well maintained and loved.
334 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 00867S101705 $55,000.00 $75,000.00/ $56,100 €47,769 Mid
Blue and white over Blue. 270HP 283cui V8. Borg Warner T-10 4 speed manual. Power top. Very original order apart from engine block replacement. Excellent.
335 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London – Edinburgh Tourer 2380 $1,100,000.00 $1,500,000.00/ $1,001,000 €852,350 -10%
Cream over Red leather. RHD. Charles G. Walker, USA (1), colonial type Ghost with Barker & Co. Tourer bodywork, Lucius James Knowles (2?), donated to the Henry Ford Museum ’41 (3), bodywork lost at some point, Sam Scherr ’68 (4), Wilkinson bodywork fitted, sold or swapped back to Ford Museum, Millard Newman (5), Philip A. Peterson ’83 (6), mechanically restored by Robert “Bob” Jefferson, Nic Moller ’89 (7), Veasey Cullen Jnr. ’04 (8), totally restored and concours award winner. Pristine.
336 1904 Humber 8.5HP Two Seater 2411 $90,000.00 $110,000.00/ Not Sold N/A
Unknown car, unnamed ’50, used on the London-to-Brighton Run 40+ times, via Brooks ’00 to US vendor, restored by Jay Steele and others, displayed since, recently recommissioned and ready for the London to Brighton. Excellent.
337 1968 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet 158-567203 $15,000.00 $20,000.00 N/R/ $11,000 €9,366 -27%
Red over White. 3 speed automated manual. Original except for an older repaint. 50,000 miles from new. Aftermarket Pioneer stereo fitted. Can be either used as is or restored.
338 1968 Mercedes-Benz 230S Sedan 111012110675 $15,000.00 $25,000.00 N/R/ $16,500 €14,050 Mid
Green over Brown leather. US car, 2 owners from new. Well maintained by J.E. Robison Service. Good condition and a great runner.
339 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model 4 seat Tourer 897/780 $250,000.00 $350,000.00/ $199,999 €170,299 -20%
Eggshell Black over Red leather. Chassis #897 delivered to Morgan and Co. for 2 seater Dickey seat coachwork, The Prince of Liechtenstein, UK (1), Major J.H. van Haeften ’28 (2), R.C. Powell ’35 (3), bodywork modified to Tourer form, unknown, rebuilt ’40s on chassis #780, M. S. Gooding ’50s, Mr. Teryle, USA ’60s, vendor ’82, engine rebuilt by Arden Hjelle, well maintained. Remarkable unmolested condition. Very interesting car.
340 1982 Ferrari Mondial 8 Coupe 41451 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $21,450 €18,265 Mid
Rosso Corsa over Beige leather. Vendor ’90s, stored for 13 years, recommissioned some years ago, engine fully rebuilt by J.E. Robison Service, $22,000 in receipts. 23,000 miles from new.
341 1956 Ford Thunderbird Coupe P6FH148137 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $11,000 €9,366 -45%
Peacock Blue and White over Blue and White leather. Vendor for many years, restored ’80s, stored since early ’10s.
342 1913 Ford Model T Touring Car 323625 $10,000.00 $20,000.00 N/R/ $9,900 €8,430 -1%
Black over Black. Rice collection for many years, great running and driving condition. A bit scruffy but great fun.
343 1913 Stevens-Duryeea Model C6 5 pass Touring 26392 $150,000.00 $225,000.00 N/R/ $170,500 €145,181 Mid
Dark Green over Black leather. RHD. Rutland Vermont, USA (1), Roderick Rice ’46 (2), beautifully well preserved. Runs very well. Wonderful condition. Low mileage.
344 1954 MG TF HDE43/1020 $25,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $20,900 €17,796 -16%
British Racing Green over Green leather. Restored by Rod Rice. Well known car. 30,000 miles from new.
345 1922 Cadillac Model 61 Touring Car 61B130 $25,000.00 $35,000.00 N/R/ $19,800 €16,860 -21%
Dark Green over Black leather. Very original car. Superb mechanical condition. Wonderful.
346 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 8H182050 $25,000.00 $35,000.00/ $22,550 €19,201 -10%
Dark Green over Tobacco brown. 1 of 452. Restored mid ’60s, AACA prize winner. Excellent patina. Requires recommissioning.
347 1965 Chevrolet Corvette L76 Convertible 194675S117419 $40,000.00 $60,000.00/ $52,250 €44,491 Mid
Nassau Blue over Black vinyl. 365HP 327cui v8. M21 Muncie 4 speed transmission. 1 of 5011, matching numvers. Very rare.
348 1929 DeSoto Model K Roadster OW152L $30,000.00 $40,000.00 N/R/ Not Sold N/A
Black and Yellow over Black leather. RHD. Canadian built car for delivery to UK, Evelyn Samuelson ’29 (1), Monte Carlo Rally ’30 Cadet Al Berlesco 2nd, taken to India, returned to UK ’38 (still with Samuelson), unknown ’38 – 60s, discovered by John Woodman, UK late ’60s, restored, three further owners, US vendor ’02. Excellent.
349 1968 Porsche 912 Coupe 912801959 $35,000.00 $40,000.00 N/R/ $27,500 €23,416 -21%
Light Ivory over Black leatherette. 5 speed manual. via Autohaus to Nazaly Bagdasian, USA (1), 89,194 miles from new. Highly original and very presentable. Possible restoration candidate.
350 1900 Locomobile Style 2 5.5HP Steam Runabout $35,000.00 $45,000.00/ $35,200 €29,973 Mid
Red over Black leather. Carl Amsley coachwork. John Craig ’70s, sold to and rebuilt by Bob Mead, restored to perfection by mid ’00s, exceptionally clean order.
351 1903 Stanley Type C 6.5HP 2/4 seat runabout by Carl Amsley 392/492 $55,000.00 $70,000.00/ $53,900 €45,896 -2%
Red over Black leather. David Ault ’76 to Mr. Mead, rebuilt/ restored, renewal of the bodywork and some frame tubing, but it retains key original components including engine, axles, springs, wheels, boiler controls. Completed ’00s.
352 1900 Mobile Model 4 4.5HP Steam runabout 3137 $40,000.00 $50,000.00/ Not Sold N/A
Red and Cream over Black. Culp ’65, restored, Harry Harrison ’74, Bob Mead, exceptionally fine order with bodywork provided by Carl Amsley. VSCC dated 1900 bodywork. Shown widely.
353 1988 BMW M6 WBAEE1404J2561635 $40,000.00 $50,000.00 N/R/ $32,450 €27,631 -19%
Black over Silvergrey part leather. 75,000 miles from new. Very rare.
354 1910 Stoddard Dayton 10C Raceabout 10C214 $125,000.00 $175,000.00/ $106,700 €90,855 -15%
White over Brown leather. Ex. Richard C. Paine Jr. collection, possibly ex. Sam Scher and James Melton, re in Florida. The car is equipped with C.M. Hall acetylene headlights, a Gray & Davis kerosene taillight which has been electrified and a Rubes trumpet style bulb horn, it also has a Stoddard-Dayton No. 2 carburetor. Suspension is by semi-elliptical leaf springs and solid axles. Rear wheel brakes use contracting external bands on the drums. There is no windshield, top or top frame. Raceabout bodywork fitted. Ideal restoration candidate.
355 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible 7407270 $100,000.00 $130,000.00/ Not Sold N/A
Newport Blue and wood over Blue leather and Taupe Bedford cord. Unrestored. Californian car. Later stored for many years. 1 owner and 36,310 miles from new. Time warp and ideal restoration candidate.
356 1935 Ford Panel Truck 18-2875888 $8,000.00 $12,000.00 N/R/ $15,400 €13,113 22%
Blue over Grey. Appealing ‘barn find’ example of their Panel Delivery truck, with solid but well aged aesthetics. In its present guise, it currently has a Ford flathead engine 24 bolt cylinder head with stamping 8BA which decodes it as a 1950 239 cid 100 hp engine, while also accompanying it is an older flathead with many parts and the original three speed manual with matching numbers to the chassis. Highly original, will require recommissioning.
357 1931 Willys Roadster 97 24812 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $18,150 €15,455 -9%
Dark Red and Black over Beige. Ex. Don Slater collection, vendor since ’07. Good running and driving condition, paintwork is very good. 29,060 miles from new.
358 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III BJ8 HBJ8L/41951 $65,000.00 $70,000.00/ Not Sold N/A
British Racing Green and Cream over Black. Delivery to Barcelona, Spain, later exported to USA, serious front end crash and total restoration, 5926 miles from new. Recent service and thorough detailing. Docs.
359 1983 Dodge Daytona PPG Indy Pace car SVI-4055 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $12,100 €10,303 -40%
Daytona prototype, PPG Industries sponsored Indy pace car. 225bhp Stage Two Turbo 136cui Inline 4. 5 speed manual. Used during the ’84 and ’85 Indy car series. Later in the Stone Mountain Antique Car and Treasure Museum. Static display until ’08, vendor since ’09, not run until ’09. Docs.
360 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau IH57H4K402652 $15,000.00 $25,000.00 N/R/ Not Sold N/A
Black over Black. This 2-owner Monte Carlo Landau Coupe was purchased new by one Shirley Hardin from Ed Fanning Chevrolet in Aurora, Illinois, on September 22, 1973. Dealer paperwork shows that she traded in her 1969 Ford station wagon, for which she was given a $1,000 trade-in against the Chevrolet’s $5,322 price. Constructed at GM’s Leeds, Missouri plant, the Tuxedo Black car is equipped with optional swiveling Strato Bucket front seats, knit cloth and vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, and power windows. The odometer shows just 20,591 miles from new.
361 1937 Mercedes-Benz 230N Limousine 238861 $3,000.00 $6,000.00 N/R/ $4,400 €3,747 Mid
White over Blue fabric. US from at least ’58. Lovely. Docs.
362 1963 Buick LeSabre Convertible 4J5013741 $5,000.00 $10,000.00 N/R/ $7,150 €6,088 Mid
Black over Red. Less than 6% of the LeSabres produced in 1963 were Convertibles such as the offered example. Retailing for $3,390, this LeSabre was equipped with the optional automatic and trimmed in elegant black over red with a white top. Matching red details abound on the wheels and nose as well. In the currently ownership for at least three decades, its last active use was about a score of years ago. Dusty but complete, the car shows well save for a few pockets of rust along the rear quarter panels. While it hasn’t been used of late, it has been carefully stored next to the Mercedes-Benz 230 n Roadster, Lincoln Continental, and Jaguar Mk IX. A capable and enjoyable machine, this LaSabre Convertible will provide plenty of smiles once it is cleaned and sorted. With parts plentiful and easily found, it is only a matter of time before this bold Buick is back on the road!
363 1951 Buick Series 50 Dynaflow Estate Wagon 16238410 $15,000.00 $20,000.00 N/R/ $19,800 €16,860 Mid
Carlsbad Black over Red leather. One of 2,212 Estate Wagons built on the Dynamaster Series 50 chassis in 1951, the body was manufactured by Ionia Manufacturing Co. and it was finished in Carlsbad Black over Red Cordaveen leather. Very likely delivered new to Pennsylvania, old Keystone State registrations date back to the early 1960s. In the present collection since at least the early 1970s, it has been in long term dry storage since the early 1980s/late 1970s. A very original car, its finely crafted wood trim shows well and features the rich graining of the old-growth forests from which the timber was sourced at that time. The chrome, paint and interior are all very serviceable and well preserved. Mechanically the car has not been started or moved under its own power in decades, but it is all easy to source pieces from GM’s parts bin should anything thing be required. These lovely estate wagons represented the top of the line for Buick in the 1950s and still carry cache with them today. Their elegant and understated lines are accentuated by the carefully placed wood trim, reflecting the last cars to carry such finely crafted timber on their exteriors. A well preserved and original example such as this is a rare find indeed.
364 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible 7H17201 $20,000.00 $30,000.00 N/R/ $9,350 €7,962 -53%
Black over Blue leather. This sleeping giant has been in the same collection for at least four decades. Finished in black over blue leather interior, it appears to be a largely original car save for yellow pinstriping on the bottom edge and along the rims of the wheels. Handsomely equipped with dual spotlights, its last road appears to have been around 1981 or ’82. It has spent the subsequent 35 years in dry storage that has helped preserve the car in the mellowed—if dusty—condition it shows today. Not run in decades, there is no question that a certain degree of detailing and mechanical fettling will be required prior to active use. Once completed, however, this top-of-the-line Lincoln will no doubt be a stellar touring car or entrant in the preservation class at any number of events. A CCCA Full Classic™ by definition, these elegant Lincoln Continentals remain one of the world’s most coveted automobiles. This is a great entry level driver quality example.
365 1959 Jaguar Mark IX Saloon 790823BW $15,000.00 $20,000.00 N/R/ $9,900 €8,430 -34%
Cornish Grey and Mist Grey over Grey leather. Completed on April 9th, 1959, this Mark IX was soon dispatched to its sole owner eight days later with the temporary U.K. registration UVC 736. Trimmed in the very elegant color scheme of Cornish Grey and Mist Grey over Grey leather, the optional automatic transmission was fitted from new. While ordered new through Jaguar Cars of New York, this car was originally delivered through Personal Export Delivery—allowing the owner to make a European vacation out of delivery of his new car. Royal Automobile membership cards and tags, along with a Federation International de l’Automobile card, an RAC Foreign Touring Service booklet, and English language European road maps indicate that the initially weeks of ownership were highly enjoyable. Following the European adventure, the car would return to the Philadelphia exburbs where it would remain for the rest of its life with its original owner. Currently showing 41,764 miles—a figure that very well may be original—this car presents as a nicely persevered example of Jaguar’s top of the line model. Unused in recent years, it is certainly a diamond in the rough that is ripe for gentle refurbishment back to its former glory. This numbers-matching Mark IX comes complete with a jack, original delivery paperwork, and original Radiomobile radio. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate accompanies the car. This gorgeous, preserved example of this capable and luxurious saloon is ready to continue be brought back into the light.
366 1937 Mercedes-Benz 230N Roadster 244551 $100,000.00 $125,000.00 N/R/ $149,600 €127,384 16%
Chocolate Brown and White over Beige leather. Virtually every variant imaginable was offered on the W143—including coupe, sedan, cabriolet, sedan convertible, landaulet, Pullman-Limousine, and even a 6-seat Tourwagen. But the rarest and most attractive body by far was the Roadster. Featuring svelte lines and a disappearing top, the Roadster costs some 5,000 Reichsmarks—about $2,000 in 1937—and offered the peak of German luxury in a relatively compact package. Drawing clear inspiration from the 540K Special Roadster—of which 58 examples were produced, the 230 n Roadster was by far the rarest body style with only about 30 examples rolling off the Manheim production line. This example is one of only about six or seven that survive to this day. Acquired by the vendor several decades ago, it was in the process of being restored to its former glory when bad health put a stop to forward progress. Finished in chocolate brown over white with beige leather, it is largely finished but requires final assembly and fitting. Sidelined for some time now, it is a sure to benefit from the care and attention that an able new owner can provide. Among one of the only examples of its type in the United States, it is surely the most attainably priced pre-WWII Mercedes-Benz Roadster out there. With a bit of elbow grease, assembly, and effort, there is little doubt that the new owner will have a rare and special car to wow show goers and judges alike.
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