Friday, August 26, 2011

Sales Results-European Style With American Muscle In Monterey-Part 1

by Mike -

Sales results are in red text. Are Cobras a little low or were the estimates too high?

Cars with European styling and American power are of special interest to me. There are several cars in this unique category for auction in Monterey later this month. Here are my favorites.

1951 Allard K2 Roadster at RM Auctions.

$104,500 Sold

Estimate: $100,000-$120,000 - OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

RM says:

160 bhp, 331 cid Cadillac OHV V-8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual gearbox, Ballemy split-axle, semi-independent front suspension, de Dion rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

- One of 119 built; an original LHD example
- Well-equipped; tremendous performance and period racing cachet
- Regularly exercised by current owner

I love this green, this car looks very nice.

Chassis No. CSX 2485

$440,000 Sold

Estimate: $450,000-$550,000

RM says:

Estimated 271 bhp, 289 cid V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, ladder-type steel tubing chassis with independent front and rear suspension via A-arms, transverse leaf springs and tubular shock absorbers, rack-and-pinion steering, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.

- Remarkably original condition and lovely patina
- Documented in Shelby American World Registry

It looks like it is in original condition in these pictures.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra at RM Auctions.

Chassis No. CSX 2197

Not Sold at a high bid of $540,000

Estimate: $575,000-$675,000

RM says:

289 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, four-speed transmission, ladder-type steel tubing chassis with independent front and rear suspension with A-arms, transverse leaf springs and tube shock absorbers, rack and pinion steering and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.

- Early 289 Cobra with extensive history
- Documented restoration by Cobra expert Bill Kemper
- Under 10,000 miles from new, with Class “A” options; MSRP $5,195

Red and Cobra go together well.

Chassis No. CSX2451

$660,000 Sold

Estimate: $800,000-$1,200,000

RM says:

289 cid V-8, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes.

- Ownership by Lyon Family Collection since 1989
- Commissioned by the Copper Development Association from Virgil Exner’s designs in Esquire 
- The design vision of Virgil Exner and Virgil Exner, Jr.
- Modern interpretation of a Mercer Raceabout, built by Carrozzeria Sibona-Basano on Cobra chassis
- Numerous different finishes throughout to demonstrate the versatility of copper and brass
- Formerly in the collection of Joe Bortz
- Six-page spread in Automobile Quarterly (1964)
- Documented in Shelby American World Registry with chassis sold new through Shelby American

I have never heard of this car before - very unusual.

$115,500  Sold

Estimate: $125,000-$150,000 without reserve.

Gooding says:

One of Only 127 Built
Only Known Example with a Ford V-8 Engine
Stunning Scaglione Design
Superbly Restored and Sorted

428 cid Cobra Jet V-8 Engine
Holley 4-Barrel Carburetor
335 bhp at 4,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Vented Disc Brakes
Independent Front Coil Spring, De Dion Rear Axle with Coil-Spring Suspension

I love the prancing bull on the grill.

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If you like these cars you would like my book, European Style with American Muscle, available in paperback here and all eBook formats here.

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  1. Blue one is much better. Just see it's design. Engine and headlight are looks good. The concept of mixed both European and Amercian styles cars is really interesting.

  2. The concept is so interesting that I wrote a book about it: