The mylights of the RM Auctions Amelia Island event (Mar 8, 2014) – Updated

RM Auction Amelia Island March 8, 2014

Lot 101
1978 Transition MK II Electric Prototype
Prototype seems a bit grand for a Harley frame with Golf Cart works couple to a 4 speed automatic. The Batteries and motor exposed to the elements. Would like to excuse the primitive nature but electric bikes have been around for a century.
As expected the motor has piles of torque but no mention of range.
The “Danger, High Voltage” license plate is my favorite part.
It was however formerly part of the Brooks Stevens Collection.
No reserve
Their estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
My estimate: $5,000 for most people
OR $10,000 for someone who collects electric motorcycles
OR $15,000 for a severe Brooks Stevens fan
It would be much higher if anything was developed beyond this prototype.
Selling Price: $11,000 (Somebody collects electric motorcycles.)

Lot 102

1971 Mini Moke
Only 17,000 miles
Previously owned by Ed Hemming and Bob Snodgrass of Brumos Porsche.
The Moke was an attempt to make a jeep out of a mini. It might not have been up to military snuff but it’s the most fun short of a Morgan 3-wheeler
No reserve
Their estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
My Estimate: $15,000 – $25,000
Trying to balance the famous owners vs. the lack of actual usage. If this has always been a trailer queen it could take some work/money to make it road-worthy. While this is a great example, I don’t think it warrents the estimate which is way above what most nice Moke sell for.
Selling Price: $49,500 (I missed this one by a mile!)

Lot 130
1930 BNC Type 527 Voiturette
This car is way above my usual price interest range but some cars are just too cool to ignore. It has an amazing history and how can you resist a fine French racer with a flathead Ford V-8? The question is how much is this mutant of a car worth to someone?
I desperately hope that the buyer wants to race it in vintage events.
Their estimate: $170,000 – $220,000
My estimate: $100,000 – $150,000
Selling Price: $181,500 (I’ll never underestimate a flathead again.)

Lot 148
1986 Lamorghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
Their estimate: $325,000 – $375,000
My estimate: It may go higher
Lets face it, the Countach was a terrible car. It’s lack of handling, comfort, driveability and reliability are legendary. However, the people who grew up with posters of this car on their walls are now grown up and some of them have too much money. This is the ultimate mid-life crisis mobile. Therefore, if there are enough dreamers in the audience this could turn into quite a fight.
Selling Price: $319,00 (Once again the baby-boomers fail to live up to their potential.)

Lot 193
1938 Simca Cinq Cabriolet
The French Fiat 500
No Reserve
Their estimate: $35,000 – $50,000
My estimate: With the current popularity of old Fiat 500s it’s hard to argue with their estimate. Since this is the last car in the auction though you always run the chance that the serious bidders have gone. On the other hand, this relatively cheap car may be tempting for someone who hasn’t bought anything yet.
Selling Price: $55,000 (Someone didn’t want to go home empty-handed.)

Summary: My estimates need work.


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