Hot Rod Deluxe - - Contents - —DREW HARDIN

His­toric hot rods cross the auc­tion block; a new AMBR is cho­sen; mak­ing the scene at the Nickey Gasser dis­play at the Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als.

RM Sotheby’s closed its 2018 auc­tion sea­son in De­cem­ber with an eclec­tic sale at the Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum in Los Angeles. The 64 ve­hi­cles and 77 lots of mem­o­ra­bilia on of­fer ranged from high-brow to low, mix­ing ex­otic Euro­pean sports cars and art by Von Dutch and Ed Roth. Head­lines were made when a 1956 Fer­rari 290 MM, a Scagli­etti-bod­ied Scud­e­ria Fer­rari Works car driven by the likes of Juan Manuel Fan­gio, Phil Hill, and Stir­ling Moss, fetched $22,005,000, putting it on the list of the top 10 most valu­able cars ever sold at auc­tion.

The sale gen­er­ated $39.8 mil­lion in to­tal sales, with an 88 per­cent sell-through rate.

Among the sev­eral his­toric hot rods and cus­tom cars con­signed to the sale, the high­est selling price of $252,000 was paid for a 1941 Mer­cury built by Coachcraft for de­signer Peter Sten­gel. Not far be­hind

was the $246,400 paid for Jeff Jones’ metic­u­lous recreation of Ed Roth’s Mys­te­rion show car.

The high­light of the hot rods at the sale was the Lloyd Bakan ’32 coupe, which fa­mously ap­peared pool­side on the cover of the Oct. 1957 HOT ROD. Restored by Don Orosco’s team for the Deuce’s 75th an­niver­sary class at Peb­ble Beach, it was bid to $360,000 but not sold.

The Kus­tom Kul­ture items at the sale in­cluded art­work, signs, and knives cre­ated by Von Dutch, plus signs and art­work done by Ed Roth, and T-shirt and de­cal art from Roth Stu­dios. Nearly all the mem­o­ra­bilia sold, with Von Dutch items com­mand­ing the high­est bids. A metal sign fea­tur­ing Dutch’s iconic fly­ing eye­ball brought $75,000; and his meat grinder self-por­trait, “Good­bye Cruel World,” sold for $60,000.

Com­plete auc­tion re­sults are avail­able at rm­sothe­

ROTH TRIB­UTE: Un­like Roth’s orig­i­nal, Jeff Jones’ re-cre­ation of the Mys­te­rion is a run­ning, driv­ing ve­hi­cle. Of­fered at no re­serve and in­clud­ing pro­duc­tion molds and a trailer, it sold for $246,400.

COVER CAR COVER CAR: The Lloyd Bakan coupe looked gor­geous in the Petersen Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum lobby, a tra­di­tional coun­ter­point to the sale’s Porsches, Lam­borgh­i­nis, and Mclarens also dis­played there. It was bid to $360,000 but did not sell.

COACHCRAFT CUS­TOM COACHCRAFT CUS­TOM: De­signer Peter Sten­gel com­mis­sioned Coachcraft to build this cus­tom Mer­cury in 1941. The rigid top comes off in three pieces, and the side win­dows and vent win­dows can be low­ered si­mul­ta­ne­ously, giv­ing the car the feel of a road­ster. It sold for $252,000.

DUTCH MASTERS DUTCH MASTERS: Some of the high­est prices paid for the Kus­tom Kul­ture ex­hibits were for works by Von Dutch. The metal sign, “Orig­i­na­tor of Mod­ern ‘Pin’ Strip­ing,” brought $75,000, while the “Good­bye Cruel World” self-por­trait fetched $60,000.

PE­RIOD PER­FECT: That’s how the RM Sotheby’s cat­a­log de­scribed Jack Thomp­son’s track-nose T road­ster, built in 1954 and restored to award­win­ning con­di­tion by Gary Schroeder and Rick Cresse. It found a new home for $145,600. PE­RIOD PER­FECT

ROTH STU­DIOS: Quite a few Roth Stu­dios T-shirt and de­cal art sketches were of­fered at the sale, sev­eral in groups of two and three. “Ford Man” was part of a trio of Ford-based sketches; the lot sold for $12,000.

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