Evaluation: Restored in the late 1990s with color changed, Rudge-style wheels and sport camshaft added. Used sparingly since and in remarkable condition with only a few easily ignored flaws in the paint, body trim, and upholstery. The inconsistent engine number is attributed to an assembly line error that also appeared in the cars before and after it in the early 1957 chassis number sequence. Desirably maintained, extensively serviced in 2019 and likely to be very satisfying.
Bottom Line: A marvelous restoration of a sound and preserved original car that has survived extremely well with limited use and regular care, this result is a realistic response to its presentation and quality even while the $1.14M hammer bid neatly splits the $1-1.3M presale estimate range.