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The 2016 Auctions America in Fort Lauderdale

Including a 2010 Spyker C8 Spyder sold at $220,000

Dave KinneywriterAuctions Americaphotographer

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
April 1-3, 2016

 

Feature Car: 2010 Spyker C8 Spyder
Sold at $220,000

S/N XL9AABAG4AZ363219
Dark Sapphire Blue over blue leather interior. 4.2-liter, 400-hp V-8; six-speed manual transmission. As new throughout, no visible wear and excellent paint. The interior, which is a pleasing mix of leather and engine-turned alloys, is unmarked.

The Story Behind the Sale

Spyker is a Dutch-based auto company founded by Victor Muller that has brand connection to the Spyker aircraft, coachbuilding, and car manufacturer that was in business from 1880 to 1925. It celebrates its heritage with its logo, which features the image of an airplane propeller and rotary engine. You might remember that Spyker purchased Saab from General Motors in 2010—a move that bankrupted Saab a year later and brought Spyker to bankruptcy several years after that. Saab was ultimately sold to a Chinese consortium, and Spyker has been able to extricate itself from its financial morass and move toward building vehicles again.

Before all that, Spyker built several models of sports cars, the brand's trademark being aviation-inspired designs and highly stylized details, similar to rival supercar builder Pagani. This car, a C8 Spyder, was built in 2010 and is one of the brand's better-known models, but it's still a rare bird.

All the boutique supercar tricks are present, with scissor-style doors, a clamshell-design hood, and plenty of diamond-quilted leather inside. A V-8 built by Audi is mounted amidships and is mated to a six-speed Getrag gearbox. Top speed is a claimed 186 mph, but only the brave are likely to attempt such a feat in such a small-volume car.

With all this convoluted company history, it is important to keep in mind that specialty and boutique sports car companies have often struggled in the marketplace. If you are the type who thinks owning a Ferrari or Lamborghini is following the crowd, this Spyker certainly offered exclusivity at a "reasonable" price.

1973 Jaguar E-type Series III V-12 Roadster
Sold at $70,950

S/N UD1S21517
Silver Metallic over black leather interior. 272-hp, 5.3-liter V-12; four-speed manual transmission. Reported to be a "100 percent original survivor." 14,708 miles on the odometer. Faded paint with more than a few small dings and discoloration points, good chrome and trim, but nowhere near perfect. Original interior. A great period piece.

If you are into survivors, this is one of the best. It is still sitting on its original Dunlop tires from 1973, and you'd be foolish to take it out of first gear until you replaced them. Complete with the original window sticker, warranty cards, and owner's manual. It's rare to find one as untouched as this, and it would be a shame to turn it back into just another perfect concours car. This Jag has the three things Series III E-type owners are looking for: wire wheels, air-conditioning, and manual transmission. Sadly, probably better to display than use.

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Sold at $41,800

S/N WP0EB0915KS170518
Velvet Red with brown canvas top over red leather seats. 214-hp, 3.2-liter flat-6; five-speed manual transmission. Decent paint said to be original. All trim appears to be good. This is not a show car but a well-kept driver. The interior shows some patina. From the last year of G-series 911 production.

What better way to remember the '80s than with one of the cars that defined the era: a Porsche Carrera Cabriolet with a "whale tail" spoiler? This car is a later 3.2 Carrera with the G50 transmission, which many claim to be a better-shifting unit than the early 915 gearbox. Every 911 variant has seen a bump in price in the last two years, but the market has been leveling out in the last six months. Blame the sheer number of 911s available at any given time. Sold right in the sweet spot of values for this series. The 3.2 Carrera, with modern refinement and reliability, is also a real sweet spot in the broader 911 lineage.

Best Buy: 1993 Cadillac Allante Convertible
Sold at $5,610

S/N 1G6VS3396PU127174
White Diamond with black soft-top over maroon leather interior. 290-hp, 4.6-liter V-8; four-speed automatic transmission. Good paint with a few flaws. Some of the black trim is in need of reconditioning but certainly not a difficult fix. The interior shows some age and use wear but still looks nice. The engine compartment shows well. Cadillac Allantes in 1993 featured the Northstar 32-valve V-8 engine.

Still on the cusp between used cars and collector cars, the Allante is quickly moving from the former into the latter. When these cars were new, the Pininfarina-crafted and -designed bodies were flown on a customized 747 from Turin to Detroit for final assembly. Today, a good one costs about the same as a first-class ticket from L.A. to New York. As is so often the case, it's worth buying the best you can afford. And beware of cars with electrical gremlins.

1979 VW Super Beetle Convertible
Sold at $42,900

S/N 1592039322
Light blue with white soft-top over black vinyl interior. 48-hp, 1.6-liter flat-4; four-speed manual transmission. Original condition; reported to have a little more than 600 actual miles. The exterior paint is unmarked; all the brightwork is great. However, a 35-year-old soft-top has a little bit of history no matter how good it looks. Some bagginess in the driver's seat bolster, but other than that, the interior is as-new.

The original Beetle was last imported to the U.S. in 1979, and more than a handful were put away with very few miles on them. Beetle production continued internationally, notably in Mexico, where the last example was built in 2003. Probably not your last chance to buy an almost-new U.S.-delivery Beetle, but there can't be all that many new ones left. Both the buyer and the seller
got a good deal here.

1972 Puma GT Coupe
Sold at $19,250

S/N SP1431404
Orange over black vinyl interior. 1.6-liter flat-4; four-speed manual transmission. Very good paint and good-to-excellent chrome and trim. Very nice seats appear recently reupholstered. Nice dash and console. Overall, a pleasing presentation.

These Brazilian-built, VW-based Pumas do show up occasionally at auctions, but most have a distinctive kit-car feel to them. This one is finished to a higher level of quality and attracted lots of bidder attention. In fact, this car sold for well above its high estimate of $15,000. If you think about it, it's not a surprise; there are not a whole lot of distinctive sporting cars of this era available for less, including those with VW power. As they say, a rising tide raises all ships. The buyer will likely have the only Puma GT at his local Cars and Coffee on Saturday mornings. Not so with Porsche 911s.

1971 Buick Skylark GS 455 Convertible
Sold at $35,750

S/N 434671H204676
Cortez Gold with white vinyl top over Pearl White vinyl interior. 315-hp, 455-cubic-inch V-8; three-speed automatic. Equipped with factory air-conditioning, AM radio, power steering, and power brakes. Frame-off restoration completed in 2015. Excellent paint; very good chrome. The interior is a real standout; the white vinyl against black dash and carpets are pure '70s style. When you add the GS 455 convertibles, the Stage 1, and the GS 350s together, fewer than 900 were built for 1971. A very nice car.

File this one under "lots of car for the money." For the price of a well-optioned Camry, the buyer got a usable, classic American muscle car with a bit of rarity. You have to wonder if this car would have brought more money in a different color or with bucket seats instead of a front bench. A massive 1970s convertible at a massively good price.

1993 Jaguar XJS Convertible
Sold at $35,750

S/N SAJNW4741PC186484
Signal Red with tan soft-top over tan leather interior. 220-hp, 4.0-liter I-6; four-speed automatic transmission. 4,040 miles reported. Not perfect but an extremely nice example with very good paint, chrome, trim, and glass. The interior shows only light evidence of wear and some age. Clean underhood. Looks just like its low miles indicate: almost new.

The list price on this particular car when brand new was $57,700, including options, and it was sold to its first owner in Florida. There's been a lot of talk recently about the XJS moving into the collector car market. Well, guess what? That movement has already happened, and this is a full-on collectible piece. But let's not get nuts; most examples of the XJS have been used as a daily driver and maintained cheaply. This exceptional XJS brought an exceptional price. Your beater Jag with 125K miles is still worth $5,000.

1991 BMW 850i Coupe
Sold at $28,050

S/N WBAEG2312MCB73055
Red over black leather interior. 296-hp, 5.0-liter V-12; four-speed automatic transmission. 25,510 miles on the odometer. Very good paint, but some scratching and aging are evident. The trim shows some wear, but overall it's still nice. The black leather interior shows well, with some normal sag in the driver's seat. Clean engine compartment but not detailed. A collector car with a used-car presentation.

When the 8 Series was new, it was BMW's flagship sports coupe and had styling that would stop traffic. You couldn't walk into a showroom and buy one; each had to be special-ordered. Especially in the U.S., where off-the-rack car shopping is the norm, the 8 Series reeked of exclusivity. Today, the 8 Series gets hated on because it is a wildly complicated car with a design some see as dated. Despite that, the 12-cylinder 850i, especially with three pedals, is becoming sought by collectors looking for the next big thing.

 

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