1959 AC Ace Bristol
SOLD AT $286,000
SN BEX1090. Dark blue with black top over black leather. 128-hp, 1971-cc in-line six; four-speed manual with overdrive. 3328 miles since late-2000s restoration. Racing-style seatbelts. Period wood-rimmed steering wheel. An excellent presentation throughout. Nearly flawless paint and chrome; the interior follows suit. It looks as good as or better than the day it left the factory.
Does this body shape look familiar? AC Cars was a specialist English builder with a long history when a Texas chicken farmer named Carroll Shelby decided to stick a large American V-8 under the hood of an Ace. Thus was born the Cobra. Only about 465 Ace Bristols were built, and even though an in-line six might seem like a pokey choice, these cars are delightful to drive.
The Bristol engine is actually derived from a prewar BMW design. You can thank war reparations for that. The exterior design of the Bristol was penned with the earlier Ferrari 166MM Barchetta in mind. Although this particular car has a replacement engine from sometime early in its life, it still is an extremely collectible and usable car for events and shows. As the value of Shelby Cobras increases, so does the value of AC Aces. Pricey but not overpriced.The $286,000 paid here would have bought you a 289 Cobra less than a decade ago.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette
SOLD AT $66,000
Engine # 0792086F54YG. Polo white with black top over red vinyl. 150-hp, 235-cubic-inch in-line six; automatic. Good paint over what is best described as decent panel fit (they were never perfect when new). Most brightwork is good but scratched. Pitted and rusted grille. Clean interior has its ups and downs -- the gauge faces are good but the lenses need attention.
There are very few differences between the '53 Corvette -- its first model year -- and the '54. The '53 brings a big premium; this was an excellent buy. These are primitive sports cars that still provide plenty of open-air fun.
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I sedan
SOLD AT $38,500
SN LSED351. Cream and light olive over beige leather. 155-hp (est.), 4887-cc in-line six; automatic. 19,102 miles. Older paint has plenty of chips and cracks along with a few bubbles. It will need a strip and a repaint. Interior looks much better, with good leather and woodwork. Not a lot of money for what appears to be a car that can be brought back to life. But who knows what evil lurks underneath the paintwork? If there's rust or corrosion, the buyer should expect to spend somewhere around what he paid for the car in recommissioning costs.
1965 Ferrari 275GTS
SOLD AT $1,045,000
SN 07799. Yellow with black top over black leather. 260-hp, 3286-cc V-12; five-speed manual. 90,659 kilometers. Very nice repaint in fly yellow, but it's a color change from new. Chrome and trim are all very good. Very light wear on the seats. Excellent carpets, dash, and gauges. Tidy and professionally detailed under the hood. Overall, a cosmetically top-notch 275GTS.
To some, the 275GTS and its later sister cars, the 330GTS and the very rare 365GTS, are the pinnacle of open-air Ferrari motoring from the '60s. The knock against the 275 in particular is that it shares a similar look to the Fiat 124 Spider. You can buy a Fiat Spider for quite a bit less than the taxes you'd have to pay to register this car, but any comparison between the two cars is absurdly unfair. In today's market, this is an appropriate price.
1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400
SOLD AT $836,000
SN 1120126. Rosso Lamborghini (orange red) over black leather. 375-hp, 3929-cc V-12; five-speed manual. 53,286 kilometers. Excellent fit and finish. Great paint. Clean under the hood. Great interior.
The first of the Lamborghini Countachs had a unique feature: a central "periscope" that was part of the roof structure and provided a tiny bit of extra visibility to the rear via the usual rearview mirror. The Countach went through major design changes in its lifetime, but many prefer the original's uncluttered look, which endured until 1978. This example easily exceeded its $750,000 high estimate.
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1984 Audi Coupe Quattro
SOLD AT $13,475
SN WAUDC0859EA900600. White over tan leather. 160-hp, 2144-cc in-line five; five-speed manual. Lots of paintwork evident, and not all panels match. Black trim is almost all good. Very clean interior has good carpets and seats; a carpet-style material covers the dash, but gauges are clear and the console looks good.
Introduced in the United States in 1982 for the 1983 model year, the Quattro shared a body with the Audi Coupe but added a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system and an independent rear suspension. The five-cylinder engine was turbocharged, and there were disc brakes on all four corners. This car listed for $35,000 in 1984, making it more than twice as expensive as the four-door four-wheel-drive 4000S Quattro. For comparison purposes, a Porsche 911 coupe had a list price of $31,950 in 1984. Only about fifty Quattros were sold in the United States in the '84 model year. If you're looking to invest in a European touring car from the '80s, you couldn't find many better choices than a Coupe Quattro. Despite some of the condition challenges here, this was a very good buy.
1967 Ford Bronco roadster
SOLD AT $29,700
SN U13NLA47062. Turquoise over white vinyl. 150-hp, 289-cubic-inch V-8; three-speed manual. Fewer than 13,000 miles. Soft top included. Good paint. Clean and tidy interior vinyl. Perhaps not Pebble Beach quality overall but more than good enough for a Bronco.
Once thought of as simply utilitarian vehicles, first-generation Ford Broncos are now sought after by collectors in both stock and custom forms. It seems like everyone loves the Bronco -- it's simple to fix, easy to operate, and fun to drive. In those respects, it's almost the perfect companion to the Ford Mustang of that era.
1960 Buick Invicta convertible SOLD AT $34,100 SN 6G2014721. Titian red with white top over red and white vinyl. 325-hp, 401-cubic-inch V-8; automatic. Good quality paint, very good brightwork. Overall, very well done but not quite show quality. Very nice two-tone interior.
This car has lived on the West Coast since it was new. Great options include bucket seats and a center console. One of a reported 5236 Invicta convertibles built for 1960. A very nice example of a car rarely seen at auction. This one sold at a price fair enough that, even if you weren't thinking about buying before you came to the auction, it might have just followed you home.
1959 Ford Country Squire
SOLD AT $30,800
SN H9RY190184. Black with faux wood panels over red, white, and black vinyl and cloth. Modified, 352-cubic-inch V-8; automatic. Factory air-conditioning. Very good paint and chrome. Wood siding is also well done. Bullet-style spinner hubcaps and a spotlight give it a late '50s custom look. Interior is correct and appears fresh and well fitted. Engine, transmission, and suspension have been rebuilt.
Built at the San Jose plant, this wagon is said to have been a California resident nearly its entire life. The seller has made lots of performance and other updates, including disc brakes. At the price paid it would be tough to duplicate, but at the same time it's unlikely to see much value appreciation in the near future.
1940 Ford DeLuxe Tudor Sedan
SOLD AT $27,500
SN 185844233. Tan over light brown cloth. 85-hp, 221-cubic-inch V-8; three-speed manual. Fewer than 1000 miles since rotisserie restoration. A mild custom. Said to have a rebuilt engine and transmission. Electrical system also redone, upgraded to an alternator. Well-done paint, very good brightwork, pinstripes. Very clean interior is in the original style but has been upgraded.
1940 was a watershed year for Ford. The new styling by Eugene Gregorie was popular then and has stood the test of time. In 1940, the DeLuxe Tudor Sedan was the biggest seller, with 171,368 built. The price new? $765.
1974 Stutz Blackhawk VI
SOLD AT $28,890
SN 2K57Y4P267129. Burgundy over tan leather. Modified, 455-cubic-inch V-8; automatic. Sunroof. Very good paint and good bodywork, but the trunk lid sits high on the right-hand side. Very good trim. Aftermarket wheels. Interior has good leather with some age and use wear. Gold-plated knobs, bezels, and other interior trim. Wood is delaminated in places.
The Stutz Blackhawk was a specialty car targeted at celebrities and potentates, and they gravitated to it much like they did with the late-'50s Dual-Ghia. The list of famous Blackhawk owners includes Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis, Jr., Isaac Hayes, Dean Martin, Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, and many more. The Blackhawk was designed by Virgil Exner, best known for his wild Chrysler creations of the 1950s and early '60s. Most Blackhawks, such as this one, were built on a Pontiac Grand Prix chassis. A number of custom models also were made, including a four-door. When you add the element of time to what was once considered outrageous styling, you often end up with a flamboyant but desirable example of what many of the style leaders of the era thought was fashionable. It might be the punch line to a joke now, but we'll see who's laughing when one of these is the star of the 2055 Island of California Concours.
1951 Packard 200 sedan
SOLD AT $13,910
SN 249220265. Medium blue over gray cloth. 135-hp, 288-cubic-inch straight-eight; three-speed manual with overdrive. Excellent paint, chrome, and trim. Very good glass and gaskets. Very clean interior is redone to all stock. Great seats, carpet, and dash.
Restored to a quality hardly ever seen in older sedans. The new owner paid only a small percentage of what the restoration must have cost. This was a great buy for someone who wants to get into the old-car hobby on a budget yet have a fantastically well-done vehicle.
1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Targa
SOLD AT $18,190
SN WPOBB2968LS460070. Red with black removable top over black leather. 247-hp, 3.6-liter flat-six; five-speed manual. Very good paint is said to be all original. Good blackout trim, good shut lines. Some wear at the edges of the Targa top. Interior shows some use and age wear but is still quite nice.
Listed as having a clean Carfax report with no accident damage, this Porsche appeals to a much broader market as a used/vintage car than it did when new. The price paid here seems appropriate for the condition.
1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible
SOLD AT $82,925
SN 6Y85Q153417. Black with black top over black leather. 345-hp, 428-cubic-inch V-8; automatic. Just 315 miles on the odometer, which is undoubtedly how far it has traveled since its restoration. An excellent, close to over-the-top example. Much better than factory paint. Excellent brightwork. Excellent leather. Great console and dash. Numerous AACA Senior awards.
Triple black looks great on a number of cars. In this case, it looks exceptional. $83K is easily twice what you would expect to pay for an average '66 T-bird . . . or even a very good one. This was expensive but worth it for a collector who wants the best.
1970 Chevrolet El Camino
SOLD AT $11,235
SN 136800L169164. Light blue over light blue vinyl. 250-hp, 350-cubic-inch V-8; automatic. 88,451 miles. Restored to a good quality throughout with very good paint. Good brightwork, with a few loose pieces of chrome trim. Wheels have some rust. Clean interior shows signs of wear.
A California resident since new, this El Camino looks ready for duty at local shows or perhaps as an occasional driver. With some wrench time and elbow grease, it could look even better. Any nonrusty '70 El Camino can only be described as a bargain at this price.