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Sports CarMarket Exclusive Scottsdale Report: 1,877 Cars, $163m Sold Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends True Bleue Delahaye $1.3m Type 135 Special April 2007 Bargain or Turning Market: Porsche RS 61 at $880k Chop-job Daytona Flies High at $268k Bugeye Bid Spritely to $23k www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 56 RS 61—Last and best of the 550s 44 April 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 4 Delahaye—the graceful racer 52 40 Grade A Bugeye Super Snake—Don't mess with Texas IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 36 1969 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion Conversion price is a cut above expectations. Steve Ahlgrim 40 1958 Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite Class project brings smiles to all. Gary Anderson 44 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special France's dual-purpose dynamo. Donald Osborne 48 1958 BMW Isetta 600 Limousine The eggsectutive's choice. Robb Sass 52 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Supercharged and off the charts at $5.5m. Dan Hampton 56 1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder Hillclimbing giant-killer shines in silver. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 227 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 60 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ $29.8m, business as usual at the Biltmore. Dave Kinney 72 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ 1,239 lots, no reserve, $108m. Donald Osborne and B. Mitchell Carlson 94 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ Big Daddy's “Tweedy Pie” sings at $336k. Daniel Grunwald 106 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ Gambling on affordable classics brings $4.8m. B. Mitchell Carlson 116 Bonhams, Gstaad, CH Maserati brings home the prosciutto at Ferrari sale. Richard Hudson-Evans 122 eBay Motors How to turn your Fiero into something worth even less. Geoff Archer Cover photograph: RM Auctions


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30 34 Hobby or obsession? COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears What really happened in Scottsdale Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic Fiat's answer to the Alfa GTV Rob Sass 28 Legal Files Burning insurance questions John Draneas 38 Sheehan Speaks Know what you buy before you buy Michael Sheehan 42 English Patient The Stag: Triumph's unlamented dear departed Gary Anderson 50 Porsche Gespräch Buying a winter beater Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Muscle car winners and losers in the desert Colin Comer 126 Motobilia in Scottsdale Largest automobilia section ever Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Make mine Moto Morini Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Vintage race photo is quite a trophy Carl Bomstead After even a brief tour of it, I had a compelling desire to go to the media center trailer, take a hot shower, and burn my clothes— and I'm a professional bachelor who likes to go junkyarding.—B. Mitchell Carlson and Donald Osborne report on Barrett-Jackson on p. 72 16th Cavallino Classic FEATURES 30 Diary of a Madman: Building a Porsche Racer 34 Prancing Horses: Unharnessed at Cavallino DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1971 Datsun 240Z, 1965 Volkswagen Type 117, 1974 Jensen Healey 27 20 Year Picture 70 Museum Spotlight: Snooks Dream Cars 92 Glovebox Notes: 2007 smart fortwo cabrio, 2006 Subaru WRX STi 100 Alfa Bits 123 Fresh Meat: 2007 BMW 335i Coupe, 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line, 2007 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG 124 Automotive Investor: Camaro v. Mustang, Silver Auctions, Early 911 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 136 Showcase Gallery 139 Crossword Puzzle 140 Resource Directory


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Skinny From Scottsdale to auctions, looking at attractive (and sometimes unattractive) old cars, talking with collectors, and analyzing market trends. You depend on us to provide the most accurate information we can, coupled with our market insights and predictions. Twice a year, the SCM prediction, reporting, and analysis machine A kicks into high gear. Our two epicenters of the collector car world are Monterey in August (including Carmel and Pebble Beach), and Scottsdale ll things considered, fooling around with old cars is an enjoyable way to while away the hours. And, for those of us at SCM, it's also a terrific way to earn a living while being immersed in something we enjoy and care about. Our day jobs include going On the other hand, the bell has started to toll for clones, with pseudo muscle-anythings becoming more difficult to sell, and six-figure numbers becoming harder to achieve. For example, you could have purchased a 1968 Chevy Nova SS 427 “tribute” at Russo and Steele for just $27,500. Frankly, we didn't think there might be any untoward repercussions when we sent the muscle car column off to print. We expected lively correspondence from our readers, especially muscle car owners, but such discussion is what SCM is all about. TEMPEST IN A TEA CUP Some reactions came in most unexpected ways. By now, I suspect most classic car hobbyists have heard that I was relieved of duty, after ten years, as the longest running announcer for the Speed channel Barrett-Jackson broadcast team. A Speed executive told me that my written opinions “don't support the market that we are broadcasting to.” Then, my press credentials were pulled and I was physically escorted out of the Barrett-Jackson auction for allegedly criticizing the organization. (For the record, such claims are utterly without foundation, and people who were there that day have attested to that.) I bought a general admission ticket and returned RM gets $2.4m for a '71 Cuda; high-water mark or business as usual? in January (including Phoenix and Fort McDowell). For twenty years ,SCM has attended events at both locations, watched auction companies grow, change hands, rename and re-identify themselves. Sometimes they have led the market, and sometimes they have chased it. Monterey '06 and Scottsdale '07 were both huge successes. Between the two sets of events, more than 3,500 cars were sold, with more than $250m changing hands. By any measure, it has been a good time to own an auction company. But there may be storm clouds on the horizon. Our exhaustive coverage of the Scottsdale events begins on page 58, and I believe you will find what the SCM scribes have to say illuminating. OUR CRYSTAL BALL In addition to simply reporting on the market, one of the principal roles of SCM is to analyze and forecast it. Much as financial analysts cover stocks and anticipate future values of companies, and just as art, jewelry, and wine specialists at high-end auction companies make predictions about the future values of the merchandise they are offering, for two decades, SCM has been making predictions about various segments of the collector car market. Like other analysts, sometimes we are spot on, and sometimes way off. Three months ago, in our January issue, I wrote a column titled “Muscle Cars and Beanie Babies.” In it, I opined that the muscle car market was headed for a correction, but that significant cars built in small numbers and with impeccable paperwork will continue strong. I felt, and still do, that lesser cars built in higher numbers, and clones, will fall precipitously in value. For instance, 1965–66 Shelby GT350s have a strong racing heritage, were built in low numbers (under 3,000), and can be used in a variety of venues. Prices stayed strong in Scottsdale, with documented cars bringing over $300,000. 10 to do my job, covering the auction for both SCM and the New York Times, from which I had an assignment. Overall, I had a more pleasurable experience this year, as I wasn't trapped in the Speed channel announcers' booth for five days. I attended four auctions—RM, Silver, Russo and Steele, and B-J—and I interviewed buyers and sellers to get a sense of the market. (I returned home before the Kruse auction the following weekend, but SCM had an analyst there; his report will be in our next issue.) To replace the TV fix, I have my own show—“Appraise My Car”—on Discovery HD Theatre. It's satisfying, as I can present unvarnished opinions about the values and collectibility of cars. In a newspaper interview after the event, Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson said that Barrett-Jackson had been tracking auction results before January (when my column appeared), and knew the 2007 event was not likely to repeat the sharp increases of recent years. “It had to level off, and it's good that it leveled off,” he was quoted as saying. At least BarrettJackson and SCM seem to be in agreement that the muscle car market is changing. SCM will continue to analyze the market and predict where we think it is headed. Sometimes our observations will please the auction companies and our readers, and sometimes they will not. However, we will continue to offer our analyses to you, press passes or not, and you can make your own market decisions accordingly. AMELIA ISLAND AND BEYOND So much for the Scottsdale circus. The collector car market is a moving target, and the next market-making event where bidders will fire their wallets at four-wheeled bull's-eyes will be the RM event at Amelia Island. SCM will be there in force, having a booth at the auction itself for the first time, as well as a space on the concours lawn, where I will be signing copies of our books. My wife, Wendie, will be there with me, and we look forward, as always, to meeting you and hearing your thoughts about the collector car hobby at large, and the market in particular.u Sports Car Market John M. Vincent RM Auctions


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Column Author Last Year: 40 cars sold / $1.3m To be held among some of the RAF's finest flying machines, this year's sale in Hendon will feature 25 selected vehicles from the Yorkshire Car Collection, including a 1923 Bugatti Brescia two-seater, a 1908 Lanchester 20hp landaulette, a 1969 AC 428 Frua convertible, and a 1958 Corvette. MGs and more will cross the block at RM's sale of the Ponder Collection Tom Mack Classics—Super Spring Weekend Where: Concord, NC When: April 13–14 More: www.tommackclassics.com Tom Mack Classics will bring a wide assortment of consignments to North Carolina's Lowes Motor Speedway for its Super Spring Weekend. Expect to see a 1963 Ford R-code Galaxie 500, a 1931 Chrysler Rumble Seat coupe, and a 1941 Willys Street Rod in “Sassy Grass” green. RM Auctions—International Spring Classic Car Auction Where: Toronto, Ontario, CAN When: April 13–15 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 195 cars sold / $3.7m Close to 500 consignments are expected at RM's Toronto sale, which has become one of the largest sales in Canada. Expect plenty of high-quality autos, including a fully documented 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, and a fully restored 1953 Packard Patrician sedan. Carlisle Events—Spring Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 20–21 More: www.carlisleauctions.com Last Year: 114 cars sold / $3m In its inaugural season, Carlisle Events sold over 200 cars for a combined total of close to $5m. Now in its second year, the Spring Carlisle sale has grown, and consignments suiting all budgets can be expected. Plan on seeing a 1970 Dodge Super Bee replica, a 1967 Camaro RS 396, and a 1970 Lamborghini Espada Series 1 once owned by Nicholas Cage and fitted with a bar and in-car cinema in place of the front passenger seat. 12 Cox—Branson Collector Car Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 20–21 More: www.bransonauction.com Last Year: 128 cars sold / $2.8m Taking place over two days at Missouri's Celebration City, this year's spring sale should have something for everyone. Star cars include a 1958 Corvette convertible and a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 with a 428 Cobra Jet V8. RM Auctions—The Ponder Collection Where: Marshall, TX When: April 20–21 More: www.rmauctions.com Over 60 cars and close to 1,000 lots of automobilia, collectibles, and nostalgia will all be offered without reserve at RM's sale of the Ponder Collection.The sale will feature a 1954 Alfa Romeo Ghia Aigle one-off show car, a 1937 Cord 812SC Sportsman, a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder, as well as numerous MGs. Bonhams & Butterfields—The Frank Cooke Collection: Part II Where: Brookline, MA When: April 21 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams & Butterfields's sale of the Frank Cooke Collection in September brought close to $1.8m, and more lots once owned by the collector will be featured by the company at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Also crossing the block will be a completely restored 1932 Lincoln KA Rumble Seat roadster, equipped with the Leland-designed “fork and blade” V8 engine. Bonhams—RAF museum Where: Hendon, U.K. When: April 30 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams & Butterfields—The Legend of the Motorcycle Sale Where: Half Moon Bay, CA When: May 5 More: www.bonhams.com Held on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton just south of Half Moon Bay, CA, the second annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance will include some of the finest pre1976 motorcycles from around the world—and this first-time Bonhams & Butterfields event will offer many classic and high-value motorcycles and memorabilia.u Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. MARCH 1—H&H Cheltenham, UK 10—RM Amelia Island, FL 12—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 14-18—CLASSIC CARRIAGES Glendale, AZ 16-17—KRUSE Fredericksburg, TX 17-18—ICA Gilbert, AZ 17-18—KRUSE Ridgefield, WA 19-20—BARONS Surrey, UK 21—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 24—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK 24—KRUSE Myrtle Beach, SC 24—POTTS Dalton, GA 25—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 29-APR 1—BARRETT-JACKSON Palm Beach, FL 31—SILVER Portland, OR 31-APR 1—KRUSE Miami, FL APRIL 1—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FR 13-14—KRUSE Hot Springs, AR 13-14—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 13-14—TOM MACK Concord, NC 13-15—RM Toronto, CAN 14-15—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 16—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 17-20—H&H Buxton, UK 20-21—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 20-21—COX Branson, MO 20-21—RM Marshall, TX 21—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Brookline, MA 21—SILVER Spokane, WA 21-22—ICA Tucson, AZ 21-22—KRUSE Tampa, FL 27-28—MECUM Kansas City, MO 27-28—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 28-29—RM Novi, MI 29—BONHAMS Stafford, UK 30—BONHAMS London, UK 30-MAY 1—BARONS Surrey, UK Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard world and this year will welcome another small but remarkable field of entries vying for the Coppa d'Oro Villa d'Este. www. concorsodeleganzavilladeste. com. (ITL) 1936 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Coupe on display at the Phoenix Art Museum as part of “Curves of Steel” SCM NEWS n After 19 years, Editor Martin has traded in his dual role as Editor/Publisher. SCM's longtime Senior Editor Paul Duchene has moved in-house and taken the reins as Executive Editor, while Martin will serve solely as publisher. Duchene has been an automotive journalist since 1967, was with the Oregonian for 17 years, and has written for the Chicago Tribune for the same period of time. In addition to being a confirmed automotive gearhead, he is also the author of SCM's “Bike Buys” column. n SCM also welcomes Jimmy Carter as its Controller. Carter, a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin (which makes him SCM's first Longhorn) brings more than 15 years of corporate controlling and financial management experience to the magazine, including serving as a controller for the Marriott Corporation, property controller for the Kimpton Group, and executive manager for DMS/ Sports Fan Network. n SCM's Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney has just released the second edition of his tri-annual price guide, Cars That Matter. From Abarth to Willys, you'll find prices for cars ranging from beaters to Best of Show. A one-year/three-issue U.S. subscription is $40. Single issues are available for $20. (www. carsthatmatter.com) NEWS n It's Miller Time in Carlisle. Chairman Bill Miller Jr. 14 has announced that Lance Miller, son of co-founder Chip Miller, and his son, Bill Miller III, will take over leadership responsibilities in their respective Miller family business of operating the Carlisle Events auctions and shows at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Miller Jr. plans to spend more time with family. (PA) n Gooding & Company has appointed Jakob Greisen as its newest full-time specialist, to be based in the firm's Santa Monica office. Originally from Denmark, Greisen brings many years experience in the collector car field, having worked at Only Yesterday Classic Autos in San Diego, as well as managing his own brokerage firm, Greisen Classics, which specialized in European sports cars of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. He is well-versed in all things Shelby and the general market for American muscle. (CA) n Parish Heacock Collector Car Insurance has changed its name to Heacock Classics. According to president Ford Heacock III, the change comes as a way to simplify the firm's identity. “Our silent partner, Bill Parish, is gone but continues to live in our hearts and inspire our passion for classic cars,” he said. Heacock Classic specializes in insurance coverage for classic, collectible and vintage automobiles. (FL) n The 2006 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance recently donated $205,000 to representatives of Washington State's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Evergreen Healthcare. In four years, the event has raised over half a million dollars for the hospitals. Accepting the check was Elna Duffield of Children's Sovren Guild and Michael Friedline of Evergreen Healthcare. It was presented by concours committee members Jeff Clark, Bill Vadino, Tom Armstrong, Ben Lindekugel, and Marc Nowak of the Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington. (WA) EVENTS n The Phoenix Art Museum presents “Curves of Steel,” an exploration of European and American streamlined automobile design, from April 1 to June 3. The exhibit features over 20 cars from the 1930s to the present, including a 1937 Delahaye 145 racer, a 1948 Tucker 48, a 1936 Stout Scarab, and a 1986 Oldsmobile Aerotech. Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for museum members. www.phxart.org. (AZ) n The 9th Annual No Frills Iron Bottom Motoring Tour (NFIBMT) kicks off in Pasadena on April 12 and concludes April 14. There is no registration and participants get no prizes or real recognition at all for their efforts, but it is free to anyone with a car built before 1976. Show up at the Rose Bowl by 7 am, get a route book, and go. www.carnight.org. (CA) n On the shores of Italy's Lake Como, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este Cernobbio will take place April 20–22. The event is regarded as one of the finest concours in the n SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene will serve as a judge at the 2nd Annual Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d'Elegance on May 5. The event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, sharing the field with a Bonhams & Butterfields motorcycle auction. The concours is open to bikes built before 1976 and this year will feature Excelsior, Henderson, and Vincent. Tickets are $50. www. legendofthemotorcycle. com. (CA)u Event Calendar 1—Phoenix Art Museum (AZ) www.phxart.org 6-15—New York Int'l Auto Show (NY) www.autoshowny.com 6-15—Seoul Motor Show (KOR) www.motorshow.or.kr 12-14—NFIBMT (CA) www.carnight.org 13-15—VDCA Vintage Racing (VA) www.vintagedrive.com 14-15—VSCCA Student Races (PA) www.vscca.org 16-19—SAE World Congress (MI) www.sae.org 20-22—Villa d'Este (ITL) www.concorsodeleganzavilladeste.com 22—Colonial Vintage British Car Club Show (VA) www.cvbccva.com/ 5—Legend of the Motorcycle (CA) www.legendofthemotorcycle.com 6—51st Annual Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance (OR) www.hsf.org Sports Car Market Photo: Mark Furman MAY APRIL


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, email: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com SPLIT DECISIONS I own a 1963 Corvette Split- Window coupe similar to Publisher Martin's. It is silver on black, 340 hp, with a close-ratio four-speed and 4.11 Posi. It is original, well maintained, and driven in good weather. I bought it in 1966. Here's the question: Would Publisher Martin have bought his C2 if it had been equipped with a five-speed transmission? Why not change the axle ratio and rebuild the car as necessary with factory or reproduction parts? Few cars of the period can compete with a stock C2 in terms of reliability and performance. Why change the character of the car? And maybe someone will actually buy the car when Publisher Martin is ready to sell it.—Steve Segall, Madison,WI Publisher Martin responds: Excellent questions, Steve. In a word, no. I wouldn't even have considered my ‘63 Vette if it had been updated to a five-speed. But Colin Comer's column (September 2006, “Domestic Affairs,” p. 58) simply demonstrated all the choices available to someone who wants to “upgrade” his car. As a matter of fact, our current plan is to have the non-original 327ci. engine “breathed” on by my wife's father, Dick Ewing, who is a premier engine builder and drag racer in the Pacific Northwest. His “best fun per dollar” recommendation is to take the current engine, which he figures is putting out around 200 horsepower, and, through the use of different heads, camshaft, headers, ignition, and carburetor, boost that to around 350 horsepower. It's not an expensive proposition, probably less than the cost of an original 1963 Corvette block. And at that time, we can decide what to do about the rear axle ratio. So the car will continue to be as original/unoriginal as it is now, but with more scoot. RUMINATION ON HORSEPOWER I'm puzzled by something— the 500 horsepower car. And I fear, because I don't understand all of the hoopla, that I've become a fuddy-duddy, or my political 16 Sports CarMarket Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Executive Editor PAUL DUCHENE Managing Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Auction Editor JIM PICKERING Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS (Europe) B. MITCHELL CARLSON Auction Analysts DANIEL GRUNWALD JOHN CLUCAS (Australia) NORM MORT (Canada) JOE SEVERNS How many of these super-powered, super-expensive cars are going to get filled with gasoline, get driven a few times, scare the hell out of the owner and get put away to rot? leanings (social conscience, etc.) have taken a left turn, or… Who buys these cars, and why? Magazine road tests seem to be dominated by cars that only a few can afford. Are ratings so important that 99.99% of readers, consumed by such lust for what they can't have, buy the monthlies simply to drool on the pictures? The Bentley Continental GTC (552 hp), the Mercedes-Benz CL600 (510 hp), the Shelby GT500 (500 hp), the Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Carrera GT, etc. How many of these super-powered, super-expensive cars are going to get filled with gasoline, get driven a few times, scare the hell out of the owner and get put away to rot? Rings and valves will sit until they're devoid of oil, and seals will no longer be able to keep the oil where it belongs. Can you imagine what will happen to the onboard electronics when a stored car's battery is charged, the key is turned, and the wiring harness, along with any number of ECUs, goes through meltdown because a mouse has chewed through it? Has the big horsepower market become simply a stage on which to out-do a neighbor or the guy at Wednesday night poker? In the '60s, people took horsepower to Lions Drag Strip in Long Beach, or to Riverside International Raceway. Plenty of marriages have ended over fast cars, and plenty of lives have ended in them. Yeah, we have a host of airbags and other electrogizmos, and we know that they work, at least on Porsches (And Enzos, of course—PUB). But do buyers of 500-hp cars understand that the finest traction control in the world can't manufacture adhesion, it can only try to salvage a very bad situation. My VW Touareg has a sticker on the dash that states that the tires are safe to only 150 mph. The thing weighs 5,200 pounds, for crying out loud! We read about the two-piece Enzo in Malibu, the double fatality in the Carrera GT at Fontana, Jay Leno's near miss at the same place, and then we read, in F1 Magazine, about racer Mark Webber driving a Carrera GT on the street. The article made a point of stating the care that Mark—who holds an FIA Superlicense, after all—used in certain road conditions. He picked his spots to let the car out. And that's what it all comes down to—picking your spots. Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM (Ferraris) GARY ANDERSON (English) CARL BOMSTEAD (Automobila) COLIN COMER (Muscle Cars) JOHN DRANEAS (Legal) DONALD OSBORNE (Etceterini) JIM SCHRAGER (Gernan) MICHAEL SHEEHAN (Ferraris) THOR THORSON (Race Cars) Contributors JOHN APEN MILES COLLIER KATHY DONOHUE RAYMOND MILO STEVE SERIO MARTIN EMMISON (U.K.) Information Technology BRYAN WOLFE Controller JIMMY CARTER Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD Executive Producer, SCM Television ROGER WILLIAMS Editorial Intern JENNIFER DAVIS ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator NIKKI NALUM 877.219.2605 ext. 204 nnalum@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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But how many drivers who can pick their spots—and afford a 500-hp car—are out there? One in a hundred? One in a hundred thousand? (Paris Hilton?) Which brings me back to my quandary: If only one in a gazillion can afford that supercar, why the heck is so much ink and paper devoted to cars that will, on the grand scale, satisfy such a minuscule minority with tiny production runs? I don't think every car should be a hybrid fitted with sensors that apply the brakes when you get too close to the car ahead, but 500 horsepower? How about stricter cell phone laws and more driving schools?—Pete Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Publisher Martin responds: While 500 hp may seem excessive, particularly on the 65-mph roads of America, it is also addictive. And for those who can afford it, one-upmanship will never go out of style. As for the press these machines get on the newsstand, quite simply, sex (read horsepower) sells. Motocross racing would be a very different experience if everyone rode Vespa mopeds. Likewise, there is nothing sexy about a Suzuki Forenza, and publishers know that the headline “Forenza Fever!” just doesn't carry the weight of “Bentley's Beast!” or that “Ford Focus Frenzy” just isn't the same as “Carrera GT: Supercar to End Them All.” So don't expect that to change any time soon. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE? It is my observation as a long- term subscriber that you have received serious criticism from readers. These individuals, like myself, initially appreciated the candor and humor, expertise and research that prevailed throughout your publication. But reading the responses you return to those readers who write in to voice their concerns is worrisome. It is with regret I have to admit SCM “bad mouths” Countaches, Hemi 'Cudas/ Challengers, and Mopars that are modified and becoming more popular with sports car lovers. Ferrari has always been fa- vored by SCM, this is no secret. So why the need to degrade/belittle cars like the 426-ci E-bodies April 2007 Muscle cars accelerate fast, and that's it. They never really successfully raced, nor do they corner well, or brake decently. They are not my idea of a fun weekend drive with the club. and Countaches? Is SCM showing its true colors in what appears to be a not-so-hidden agenda to intentionally influence pricing and desirability of certain marques at the expense of others? I'm willing to try to give you guys the benefit of the doubt, however, the gist of my reading (cover to cover, each issue) reflects an ongoing trend that provides expert opinion by individuals who are highly invested financially and emotionally in certain marques, like Ferrari. Apparently, many SCM report- ers and management don't fully appreciate one-off, non-numbers matching muscle cars getting such noted attention by restoration shops, auctions, high-end and performance dealers. Resto-mods, clones, tribute cars, and the like are a significant part of the up-and-coming collector market. Now they're even sought after by some Ferraristi. Certainly SCM can respect the technologies and styling innovations that made the Countach a true supercar. And Mopar loyalty is legendary. Early modifications are what made them so successful in their race and performance superiority. Analyze your findings fairly, please.—Tom Bush, Mauston, WI Publisher Martin responds: Resto-mods, clones, tributes, and the like are indeed a big part of the market right now, and for many people interested in bangfor-the-buck, they are the perfect cars. But they are not period-correct vintage cars and never will be. We report on them because they appear at auction, and that is our business. Those that are built well are objectively recognized as such. Those that are not are taken to task. We make no secret that our journalistic heritage resides with sports cars, but we recognize the increasing part that muscle plays in the market – hence our increased coverage. In addition to analyzing condition and reporting bid prices, our analysts sometimes offer opinions on whether a certain car was well-bought. Anniversary Countaches at $250,000 were overvalued; at $80,000, they are well-bought. A clone 'Cuda 440 Six Pack at $80,000 is overpriced, but at $40,000 is good value. In the end, we believe SCMers are looking for our opinions, and evaluations, that both praise and criticize a car. If they want only puff pieces about how wonderful all cars are, this is not the right magazine for them. DIVERSIFY I want to address Publisher Martin's recent point of view on the muscle car market craze. (January, “Shifting Gears, p. 10). Wow, I thought I was the only one who saw this market had spiraled out of control—$1.5 million for a Dodge? No offense, muscle car lovers; they might be nice to look at and quick in a straight line, but not as practical as our Italians and Europeans for touring and having fun on weekends. I work in real estate and have studied the last three crashes, and I've been watching the current market. The muscle car market is no different than the real estate market. Sure, you can argue these buyers are not investors...yet. Show me people who do not think they hold a valuable investment when their cars' prices enflame. The current mood in the muscle market is really no different than what happened up until a year and a half ago in real estate. Wannabe speculators came in and wanted to cash out. Some did, some are getting stung. Unfortunately, most people think you can get rich quickly this way. While this can happen, it is rare. Does anyone know a lot of Wall Street investors who always get 100% or more on their returns? Of course not. Diversification is much wiser with a strict discipline. It's the same thing in the collector's market. The article's point was correct—muscle cars accelerate fast, and that's it. They never really successfully raced, nor do they corner well, or brake decently. They are not my idea of a fun weekend drive with the club. With little international aura and a limited wow factor here, watch that market correct itself. In the end, I believe there are three types of people in this hobby: the investors, the collectors, and the clueless. The investors are no fun. They lock their cars up and most of the times cannot even drive them. The collectors are a fun and passionate bunch. The clueless, well they are doomed to repeat what history has shown over and over again.— Nicolas Zart, Long Beach, CA MOTION COMMOTION This is in response to Colin Comer's article, “Russian Roulette with a Full Clip,” (February, “Domestic Affairs, p. 62). Essentially, it is a caveat emptor statement on the current crop of “continuation cars” and 17


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Ad Index Aston Martin of New England ................ 43 Auto Collections Inc ............................... 61 Automobilia Monterey .......................... 143 Autosport Designs ................................... 63 Bald Head Garage ................................... 85 Battery Tender ......................................... 85 BB One Exports ...................................... 91 Blue Highways ........................................ 89 Bonhams & Butterfields .......................... 21 Bonhams & Goodman ............................. 67 Boyd Coddington Auctions ..................... 75 Brian D. Moore Restorations ................ 145 Carlisle Events ........................................ 79 Christie's Auction.................................... 55 Coker Tire ............................................... 19 Copley Motorcars Corp. ........................ 113 Cosdel ..................................................... 69 Covercraft ............................................... 91 Digit Motorsport ..................................... 93 Doc's Jags ............................................. 144 Ebay Motors ............................................. 9 Exotic Car Transport ............................. 144 Fantasy Junction ...................................... 77 FECC Passport Auto Transport ............... 47 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................... 145 The Gary Group ...................................... 71 GMP Diecast ........................................... 97 GoFastAuction.com ................................ 69 Gooding & Company ................................ 2 Grand Prix Classics ............................... 105 Gregor Fisken .......................................... 81 Grundy Worldwide .................................. 11 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ............ 148 Heacock Classics .................................... 81 Horseless Carriage .................................. 69 Hotseat Chassis Inc. .............................. 144 Intercity Lines ......................................... 31 Italian Car Parts ..................................... 145 JC Taylor ................................................. 87 Kensington Motor Group ...................... 119 Maserati North America ............................ 7 Mid America Motorworks ....................... 39 Miller's Incorporated ............................ 138 Modena Cento Ore Classic ................... 131 Morris & Wellford .................................. 83 Motorcar Portfolio ................................ 137 Park Place Ltd. ................................ 25, 107 Paul Russell and Company ..................... 97 Premier Financial Services ................... 147 Pro Team Corvette ................................ 103 Putnam Leasing ....................................... 23 Renaissance Design .............................. 144 Re-Originals .......................................... 113 Richard Grenon ..................................... 145 RM Auctions ................................... 4, 5, 13 Ron Tonkin .............................................. 77 RPM Motorbooks ................................. 145 Russo and Steele ................................... 101 Silver Auctions .......................................111 Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate ............... 103 Steve Austin's Great Vacations ............... 73 Supercar Life ........................................... 29 Swissvax ............................................... 117 Symbolic Motors ....................................... 3 Vanderbilt Concours .............................. 133 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ................... 121 Vintage Rallies ...................................... 105 VintageAutoPosters.com ....................... 145 Western Driver ...................................... 144 Worldwide Group .............................. 15, 32 XV Motorsports ...................................... 95 Zymol .................................................... 109 18 A coachbuilt prototype Baldwin-Motion Camaro Supercar, especially one that has heritage, horsepower, and has been honored by General Motors, is in a class by itself. “clones” flooding the collector car marketplace. The Motion team is constantly monitoring the auction field for “fake” Baldwin-Motion cars and advising the auction companies of the dubious heritage of these cars. What we can't understand is why Mr. Comer, who makes a living selling matching-numbers, highly documented muscle cars, would attack Motion. We don't build continuation, recreation, or clone cars. You will not find a single reference to this type of vehicle in any of our promotional materials or on our web site. This is the first time since relaunching the brand almost two years ago that any media, print or electronic, has made that connection. We are Motion, not a clone of Motion. We build and market genuine, numbered, signed and documented Baldwin-Motionbranded Camaros, Chevelles, and Corvettes. Like the early cars, our new cars—the SS-427, Phase III 540, and coachbuilt SuperCoupe and SuperSpeedster Camaros— deliver Baldwin-Motion's signature badging and head-turning styling and details, with the added dimension of modern technology and engineering. Joel “Mr. Motion” Rosen, who built and sold Baldwin-Motion super-performance big block Chevys from 1967 to 1974, and Marty Schorr, who together with Mr. Rosen launched BaldwinMotion and was responsible for its edgy advertising and marketing from day one until the last car was built, are key members of the new Motion team. Each and every car we build is signed, inspected, and overseen by Joel Rosen and is delivered with a documentation package that includes extensive paperwork and build photography. BaldwinMotion vehicles are built using high-quality original “donors,” have GM VIN numbers, and can be insured and registered anywhere in the world. While Mr. Comer may be an expert in the area of matchingnumber muscle cars with nice paint jobs, original Protect-O-Plates and correct trim tags, his knowledge of Motion and Baldwin-Motion leaves a lot to be desired. Mr. Comer states that our cars are selling for more money than original Baldwin-Motion cars. Unless you've spent the last few years on Pluto, you would know that is not the case. He's way off base. Pricing of our limited edition 1969 SS-427 and Phase III 540 Camaros start at $169,000. The last private transaction involving an early 1969 Baldwin-Motion Phase III big block Camaro two years ago was recorded at $400,000. Baldwin-Motion muscle cars rarely cross the auction block. These cars often change hands between collectors who are generally private people. It's interesting to note that Mr. Comer targets Motion incorrectly as a builder of continuation cars, yet does not list by name such prestigious and highly successful brands like Shelby and Unique, who do correctly fall into the continuation category. Mr. Comer's “cheap shot” places Motion in a poor light and potentially could have a direct (negative) effect on our future. Additionally, the article speaks Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read of collector confidence in quality cars that tend to climb in value. The prototype Baldwin-Motion 1969 Camaro SuperCoupe shown at SEMA 2006 was the recipient of General Motors's highest award for design and quality. A coachbuilt prototype BaldwinMotion Camaro Supercar, especially one that has heritage, horsepower, and has been honored by General Motors, is in a class by itself. For Mr. Comer to ask why anyone would pay $400,000-plus for a handbuilt car of this quality is a slap in Motion's and the purchaser's face.—Joel Rosen, Founder, Motion Performance, and the Motion team Colin Comer responds: Thank you for taking the time to comment on my recent article. My article was not meant to be an attack on the Motion brand, your product, or the continuation or clone market. The intent of the article was to help buyers decipher value in the vintage car marketplace, and to offer my opinion on what cars make not only emotional but also financial sense for the future. While I do indeed mention the Motion product, I also specifically state that I was using it as an example for its particular genre. The Motion car jumped to mind, as you had a widely publicized public sale at Barrett-Jackson in Arizona last year (lot #1290, sold at $486,000). Nowhere did I imply that your cars were lacking in quality or were an inferior product. In fact, I examined your SuperCoupe at the SEMA show and was impressed by its quality. Your company does indeed do a fine job and is to be commended. However, I am a purist, and I like vintage cars because of what they represent and what they are. I don't need a vintage car to perform on par with a contemporary super car. Hence my opinion that I would buy an original Baldwin-Motion, Mr. Norm's, Harrell, or any other supercar before I paid the same or more money for a continuation version. Case in point: I own an original 1968 Mr. Norm's GSS Dart, and even though Norm has offered me a generous trade-in value toward his just-released continuation GSS Dart, I will be keeping my original example. Obviously, there are buyers who 20 His continued racing of a known stolen engine and parts makes him as guilty as the jerk kid who stole it think differently, which has meant the success of brands such as yours and Unique Performance. If you do not consider your cars to be “continuation” cars, then I apologize. You state that your cars are built using original 1969 Camaro VINs and are titled as 1969 cars. Yet there is clearly a “continuation” feel to what you are doing. Certainly I think you would agree that your cars are not “original.” Perhaps I am missing the point, but I see no negative connotations with calling your vehicles continuation cars, as Mr. Rosen clearly built a reputation and brand image to be proud of during the glory days of the original muscle era. Again, my apologies if you took my article as an attack on the Motion brand or product. You build a fine car that I am sure your customers appreciate, and your heritage is indeed one to be proud of. As the years pass, your cars may be collectible in the future. Short term, however, I stand by my opinion that the smart money is on an original car that has had 30-plus years to stand the test of time and properly mature, just like a fine wine. STEAL MINE, SPETTER This regards your February profile of the Lotus Cortina and, specifically, John Spetter's “Seat Time” on p. 49. His continued racing of a known stolen engine and parts makes him as guilty as the jerk kid who stole it. I hope there is no statute of limitations in Oregon, or at the very least, the victim will find out and break Spetter's kneecaps. If it was me, that's not all that would get broken.—Vic Skirmants, North Branch, MI MORE TO EAT, SIR? I read with much interest the comments made by Mr. Gordon Louttit, Manhattan Beach, CA, in his letter published in the January issue of SCM. I read with even greater pleasure Donald Osborne's kind response. Thank you very much for pointing out the efforts that we have made to offer our guests a more memorable experience at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Coincidentlly, the standing-in-line at the four bistros and the lack of seating were one of the main concerns we wanted to address for 2007. Therefore I am pleased to inform SCM and its readers that for 2007 we have increased the number of buffets with a fifth bistro and doubled the number of tables and chairs. As the event sold out in 2006, reaching its maximum capacity of 3,000 attendees, we hope that this increase in tables, chairs, and buffet lines will allow us to better serve our guests and exceed their expectations. We look forward to greeting you and your readers at The Quail, and more importantly, to continue hearing their suggestions for improvements.—Mathias Doutreleau, Director of Special Events, The Quail ERRATA • In February's “Sheehan Speaks,” p. 47, we incorrectly stated that “Gates recommends changing belts every nine years.” The statement should have read, “Gates determined the belts have a shelf life of nine years, after which point the materials in the belts change composition and performance can become compromised.” • In his February Cosworth- Vega “Affordable Classic,” on p. 28, B. Mitchell Carlson wrote that the car's aluminum block was “the world's first (and so far only) all-aluminum block, including the cylinder bores.” In fact, the Porsche 928, which debuted in the U.S. in 1978, utilized this same setup. Thus the Vega stands as “the world's first,” but not “the only.”u Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Personal correspondence has never seemed so decadent with this commemorative Bentley pen by Tibaldi. To mark the 60th anniversary of the famed British car maker at its Crewe facility, the specialist Italian pen maker has constructed this limited-edition Bentley pen, designed with cues from the Diamond Series Arnage and Continental GT. Each pen incorporates a patented refilling system and comes in a case featuring a symmetrical diamond-quartered oak wood marquetry technique to reflect the Arnage Diamond Series interior. Roller ball pens are priced at $6,350, while the fountain pen will set you back $6,750. www.tibaldi.it. In addition to offering faithful tire reproductions for all sorts of vintage bikes, motorcycles, and cars, Coker Tire also sells licensed Michelin memorabilia. This resin Bibendum statue is made from a mold cast from an original of the 1920s and stands 32” tall, weighing in at 30 lbs. It's hard not to like this guy, and at $290, a fraction of the price for an original, it's quite the deal, too. www. cokertire.com. If you're restoring that old American convertible, chances are Steele Rubber Products makes a roof rail seal for it. The seals have an authentic appearance and fit perfectly to eliminate the elements. Get them as complete sets or individually, with pieces made to fit side rails, hinge pillars, and the front bow-to-windshield weatherstripping. Side rail and front bow seals are custom-molded and feature brass cores. Available for most models of Cadillac, Chevy, Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Chrysler, and Ford from the 1930s to the 1970s. Prices range from $250 to $350, depending on year, make, and model. www.steelerubber.com From 1976 to 1982, Kelsey Hayes produced optional YJ8 aluminum wheels for the Corvette. Though discontinued long ago, 'Vette specialist Mid America Motorworks now offers authentic reproductions of the YJ8 wheel. For anyone looking to restore his C3 Corvette, or just to add to its looks, these CNC-milled wheels will have you rolling in style. Several finishes are offered, and you can get them individually or as sets of four, with all necessary lugs. Prices start at $299 for single wheels and go to $1,299 for complete sets. www.mamotorworks.com/corvette 22 Sports Car Market They're breaking ground soon at Scottsdale's Goodwood Motoring Club. These 15 luxury “car condos” will have units ranging from 2,400 to 5,000 square feet of posh car storage. The project will combine old world charm and elegance with state of the art environmental systems and security. Each unit will have an entertainment center with refrigerators, ice maker, wine cooler, CAT 5 wiring, and more, plus a full bath of granite and travertine. The main car area will feature 12-foot ceilings and a brick plate tile floor available in an assortment of sizes, colors, and patterns, with appropriate overhead and display lighting for art work and cars. For information and pricing contact Denise G. Ham at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, deniseham@cox.net. www.HomesForCars.com.u


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SCM Our Cars Victor V-Dub, the Z-Car, and the “Other” Healey Through the years he has caught the eye of four car thieves, but each time I managed to trace, retrieve, and repair the inevitable damage done 1965 VOLKSWAGEN SUNROOF SEDAN, TYPE 117 Owner: Diane Brandon, Contributor Purchase date: February 2, 1965 Price: $1,325 Mileage since purchase: 164,000 Recent work: Body-off restoration, which was a gift from my best friend for Christmas 2004 Victor Volkswagen was my first new car. He has 1971 DATSUN 240Z Owner: Rob Sass, SCM General Counsel Purchase date: October 2006 Price: $2,750 Mileage since purchase: 300 Recent work: Minor paint work, seats, wheels, battery, stereo The West Coast is so much kinder to cars than my native Missouri, and for me, idle time in Portland is the devil's automotive workshop. From Seattle to the Bay Area, there are a lot of good, affordable old cars within a day's drive. So it was with my latest unintended pur- chase, a 1971 Datsun 240Z. It literally appeared on the Portland Craigslist as I was refreshing my screen, and I was the first to see it. It was up on jack stands when I got to the seller's house, and I was able to have a look underneath. Still wearing its original paint on razor-straight panels, it was hands down one of the most solid 240Zs I've ever seen. It even had the original window sticker from Varsity Datsun in Davis, California, and pre-delivery notes dated 4/10/71 in writing on the cowl. I had no choice but to buy, it even though the seller confessed he just couldn't get it to run right. The running issue was simple. No thermo- stat meant that it never got up to running temperature during an Oregon winter. The car had been running with the choke out and had fouled plugs. A proper thermostat and new plugs and the car ran like it should. I scared up a set of period Western alloy wheels on eBay and had a part of the rear quarter expertly matched (it had been keyed at some point). The rest of the car buffed up remarkably well for 35-year-old enamel paint. I'm enjoying reacquainting myself with the joys of a 240Z, but I think the relationship will be short-lived, as I am aggressively trying to get our Strategic Planner Bill Woodard to part with his red Lancia Fulvia, meaning the Z will have to go. Anyone looking for an original 240Z could do much worse. 24 hauled countless people and things I've met or acquired during the twists and turns of my personal roadmap. From a 60-mile-per-day commuter car on the Los Angeles freeways in his, and my, youth, to grocery wagon and errand-runner in Seattle during my early married/new mom years, to second/third/ sometimes fourth car after a move to Portland, he's never let me down. He schlepped my kids during their early months, and later, his clutch and transmission survived their first teenage driving lessons. He's hauled friends and friends of friends and their stuff, found room to hold accessories and parts for the Harley, the Bentley, and other vehicles I've owned. In a raging snowstorm, with sunroof fully open, he proudly carried home an eight-foot Christmas tree. With an occasional quick crank of the gray plastic knob, the warm sun still shines in on my gray head and I'm transported back to Long Beach, 25 years old once again…. His original Blaupunkt AM/FM/Marine band radio still entertains me with clear reception from San Francisco to British Columbia. An attractive fellow, through the years he has caught the eye of four car thieves, but each time I managed to trace, retrieve, and repair the inevitable damage done. These days he is restored and retired and is maintained in luxury in my friend's automobile collection in Sacramento, always ready to go for a quick putt when I'm in town visiting. Not a bad investment for the hard-earned $1,325 listed on the original invoice. And, no, he's not for sale. 1974 JENSEN-HEALEY Owner: Paul Duchene, Senior Editor Purchase date: July 2006 Price: $5,500 Mileage since purchase: Still about 200 Recent work: Brakes. In this section of the October 2006 issue, I said that IF there is a good one of these, this might be it. As I continue to work on it, I think I might be right. It's much better than I expected—rust-free and very straight, and as a bonus, Delta Motorsports, in Phoenix, Arizona, confirmed the hardtop with it is a factory one. I'm sure the indicated 36,000 miles on the odometer are correct. I decided to rebuild the leaking brake master and rear wheel cylinders, part of the penalty of a car that had sat. The daunting $280 for a “close but not quite” master cylinder and $40 each for rear wheel cylinders caused me to buy rebuild kits, but then I got to thinking about interchanges. Bill Hawkins at British Auto Works in North Plains, Oregon, was able to determine that the rear wheel cylinders are TR7 ($20 each) and the late TR6 master cylinder is identical except for the shape of the reservoir ($140). It looks like the front disc brakes are TR6, too. Shoes and pads will complete the package. One J-H/TR7 oddity is that only the right rear wheel cylinder bleeds; the pipe goes “through” the left one. Next up are shift bushings, which look like a complicated and fiddly job but should reduce the shifter throw by six inches or so. A new timing belt follows, though I feel much better about belt life after Mike Sheehan's February column on the subject (“Sheehan Speaks,” p. 46). I have the shop manual, owner's handbook, and sales literature, but one bonus in my parts search was unexpected. Hawkins mentioned he'd cut up a rusty, burned-out J-H. Had he a spare mag “roulette wheel,” I wondered? Delta lists them as unobtainable and it'd be nice to have a spare. 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Affordable Classic Fiat 124 Coupe Fiat's Coupe de Grace If your build is more simian than hominid, you'll enjoy the angled wheel and long arms/short legs driving position by Rob Sass O ne of the most engaging things about being an automotive bottom-feeder is figuring out where to target one's attention when the object of first choice has appreciated beyond one's immediate grasp. Previously in this column, I have suggested that those with around $25,000 to spend who are looking in vain for a Big Healey should instead look for a Triumph TR250. Frustrated 289 Cobra buyers would do better to find a nice Sunbeam Tiger Mk II than a Tupperware fakey-doo Cobra. What to do, then, if you want a great Italian sport coupe but you missed the boat on an Alfa GTV during their recent doubling in price? Rather than settling for the GTV's successor, the homely and hopeless Alfetta Sprint, I suggest Fiat's handsome 124 Sport Coupe. HALF THE PRICE, MOST OF THE FUN The similarities are certainly there. Both are airy, enclosed coupes with alloy DOHC 4-cylinder motors, four-wheel disc brakes and five-speed gearboxes (first year 124s were four-speeders), and both are safe and predictable handlers. The Fiat lacks the performance of the Alfa as well as the cachet, and its boxier design is not as graceful as the Bertone-styled Alfa, but for about half the price, you get at least 75% of the experience. The Fiat-styled 124 Sport coupe bowed in 1967, a year after the Pininfarina-styled 124 Spider. Although not technically based on the same platform as we understand the term today, they share the same powertrain, brakes, and suspension. Initially, there was a family resemblance, as the 1,438-cc “AC” series cars had a single-headlight front end similar to the Spider. Many consider these to be the prettiest and best-handling of the coupes, sort of the “step nose” Giulia of the bunch. Though they sold reasonably well, finding a good one today is a real chore. The “BC” series coupes were introduced in 1971 with new taillights and a restyled front end, with quad headlights reminiscent of Bertone's Fiat Dino coupe. The engine was also stroked to 1,608 cc. For me, it's a toss-up between the single and quad headlight cars. Things went downhill in 1973 with a busier grille and larger (although not 5-mph) bumpers. The battering rams came a year later and lasted through the end of U.S. sales in 1975. DETAILS MAG WHEELS MAKE THE CAR As I have said so often, the wheels make the car. The handsome coupe screams for good wheels. Factory Cromodoras like those on the Fiat Dino are rare on both the Coupe and Spider. In period, both cars were often seen with handsome, four-spoke aftermarket wheels by BWA or Libres by American Racing. Of course, Minilites or Panasports always look good on a vintage sports car. The stock steel wheels don't do the car justice. Engine displacement was a somewhat confusing up- and-down thing, with a 1,592-cc unit replacing the 1,608-cc motor at some point in 1973 to appease the Italian taxman. 26 Years produced: 1967–75 Number produced: 280,000 approx. Original list price: $4,343 (1974) Tune up: $300 Distributor cap: $19.95 Chassis #: Underhood on firewall Engine #: Left side on plate above oil filter housing Club: www.flu.org (Fiat/Lancia Unlimited) More: FIATS Unlimited U.S.A., P.O. Box 160711, Sacramento, CA 95816 Alternatives: 1968–76 BMW 2002, 1965–76 Lancia Fulvia, 1966–72 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Junior Coupe SCM Investment Grade: D In any event, the car ended its life with a 1,756-cc unit that just about kept pace with emissions and added bumper weight in 1974–75. Interiors stayed much the same for the run of the car. They were utilitarian and not particularly rich looking, with a funky textured aluminum appliqué in place of the Spider's wood dash. However, the eyeball vents, rocker switches and full complement of nice Veglia gauges make it a more pleasant place than the cockpit of a BMW 2002. If your build is more simian than hominid, you will probably not take issue with the angled wheel and long arms/short legs driving position the car forces you into. Hominids may do well to test-drive one before buying. RESPONSIVE HANDLING, SMOOTH RIDE Driving is what the 124 Sport Coupe is all about. The majority of cars were built with a close-ratio five-speed gearbox that is a pleasure. The four-wheel disc brakes have excellent pedal feel and the system includes an effective proportioning valve. While not particularly sophisticated, the rear suspen- sion—a live rear axle located by coil springs and a Panhard rod—is up to Alfa standards (which is to say about the Sports Car Market


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best) for a non-independent setup. Like most Fiats, the 124 Coupe was a responsive handler with great steering and a smooth ride. At the limit, the cars understeered and plowed to the outside until enough speed was scrubbed off. In 1971, Road & Track tested a 124 Coupe against an Opel GT, MGB GT, Triumph GT6 and a Datsun 240Z. The testers were surprised at how few points separated the Fiat from the vaunted 240Z. Unfortunately, it didn't matter―all of the aforementioned were casualties of allconquering Datsun. And while the Opel, the MG, and the Triumph might have deserved their fate, I contend the Fiat did not. With a useful back seat and decent trunk space, it brought something to the table that the others couldn't. (Of course, this is coming from someone who has extolled the virtues of a Daimler SP250, so please value my judgment accordingly.) MADE WITH LOUSY SOVIET STEEL One thing 124s did have in common with the Datsun was rust. Finding a nice 124 coupe today is tough. Although produced in huge numbers, sometimes it seems like there are more Fiat 8Vs around than 124 coupes. Made with lousy Soviet steel, 124 coupes simply dissolved if they were anywhere with an average relative humidity of greater than 12%. The survivorship rate is minuscule. Which gets us to the other challenge—parts. Drivetrain parts are easy and a 124 coupe suffers from the same maladies as a Spider, i.e., dodgy electricals, oil burning, blown head gaskets, and soft synchros. Trim items and body panels are unfortunately extinct. The only coupe to buy is a black/blue plate California survivor or the obsessive Fiat-weenie restored car. Do not get frustrated and buy a less-than-right car. Although rare, right 124 coupes do exist. As for what to pay, 124 coupes trade in a thin market (SCMers Donald Osborne, Jamie Kitman, Publisher Martin, and myself may make up over half of the potential buyers). It is probably one of the few instances where a coupe is more valuable than the open car. My only advice is to remember that the field of sub-$10,000 interesting cars shrinks daily. And if a great Alfa 1750/2000 GTV is a $17,000 car, how wrong can you go paying $8,500 for a really nice Fiat 124 coupe? When you decide to move on, you can always dump it on Mssrs. Osborne, Kitman, or Sass. Martin won't pay you more than $6,000, I'm sure.u ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His articles on collecting have appeared in the New York Times and businessweek.com. 20 Year Picture $12,000 $15,000 1976–81 Lancia Beta Coupe 1968–75 BMW 2002 $3,000 $6,000 $9,000 1967–74 Alfa Romeo GTV Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. April 2007 27 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006


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Legal Files John Draneas Hot Topic: Cold Comfort In a rising collector car market, an understated agreed value can be your worst nightmare stroyed in a fire a few months ago (“Collecting Thoughts, p. 34). But the part that piqued my interest was the statement that the $500,000 Bugatti was underinsured with an $80,000 agreed value insurance policy. “Legal Files” has several times recommended agreed “L value collector car insurance policies, and remains convinced of their value. But this accident should ring an alarm bell among all car collectors that, in a rising collector car market, an understated agreed value can be your worst nightmare. Consider: NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS • With an agreed value policy, the value you and your insurance company agreed to is deemed to be the market value of the car, no ifs, ands, or buts. While this prevents the insurance company from trying to pay too little, it also prevents you from arguing that the car was worth more. • Insurance companies will typically declare a car totaled when the repair cost reaches somewhere between 70%–85% of the agreed value of the car. You can't argue about this percentage, either, as it is written into your policy. • When the insurance company writes the check for the agreed value, it becomes the owner of the wrecked car, regardless of the actual market value of the wreck. • Insurance companies don't have to, but they will typically allow the insured to buy the wreck, the price of which comes out of the agreed value settlement. And, since the car has been totaled, the owner generally gets a salvage title. AN EXTREME EXAMPLE The Bugatti is an extreme example of what can go wrong with this equation. If the insurance company pays $80,000 on the claim and becomes the owner of the wrecked car, it might come out way ahead. Steve Frisbie, of Steve's Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon, says, “I would buy the wrecked car for $80,000 in a heartbeat.” Frisbie would restore the T57 to a respectable Pebble Beach standard, although not necessarily class- or show-winning condition, for about $400,000, and when it's done, its value would be in the $700,000-plus range. Why doesn't that make the wreck worth $300,000? Steve explains, “You have to allow for potential overruns on restoration costs and some profit for going through the process and taking the risk. The wreck is worth $80,000–$100,000 easy, and maybe as much as $200,000 if you found someone who really wanted to restore and own this model car.” Let's do the math. The insurance company gets the 28 Where's Waldo's car? Look for the grille, fenders, and engine burned wreck for $80,000, restores it for $400,000, and sells it for $700,000, leaving them a tidy profit of $220,000. Or, the owner insists on keeping the wrecked car. When the value of the wrecked car is offset against the insurance claim, the owner gets a check for $0. In essence, the owner has been paying insurance premiums for some time and, when he needs the policy, he finds that he really doesn't have one. PRIMED FOR FINANCIAL DISASTER And don't think the insurance company is going to let this go by paying the $80,000 out of some sense of “fairness,” or that they won't know what the value of the wrecked car really is and sell it to the owner cheap. Insurance adjusters' jobs are to minimize their companies' losses, and they know how to call Steve Frisbie or someone like him and get a read of the market. McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, agrees that this can re- ally happen. “That's why we try to talk to our customers about the value of their cars at renewal time, as they sometimes don't know how fast their values have gone up.” So keep this in mind. Agreed value policies are excellent tools, but you have to stay on top of the values. If you overstate the value, you just pay too much premium, and little harm is done. But when collector car prices are going up and your agreed value doesn't keep pace, you are primed for a financial disaster. Although many insurance companies offer agreed value policies, this situation is another reason why dealing with a specialty collector car insurance company can be the best choice. They will be much more aware of collector car values, and more likely to help you prevent this type of situation from occurring, than one of the mass-market carriers that knows minivans best.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. Sports Car Market egal Files” noticed some excellent reporting by Carl Bomstead in the January 2007 issue of SCM about the 1935 T57 Bugatti convertible coupe that was tragically de


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Collecting Thoughts DIY The Doing's the Thing January 7, 2006—Decide to jump into the deep end and build a kick-ass chassis set-up by Diane Brandon As advertised on eBay before you paint?”). At home, they clutter the smallest room in the house with dog-eared parts catalogs, T marking pages in case an unspoken Christmas wish will be answered by a psychic partner. Meanwhile, their guilty secret conceals an awful truth—the bank account associated with the Current Project is being drained like Dracula's latest virgin. Here's another tale of the Curse of the Gearhead. Unless you're shooting for a Pebble Beach restoration, no project is more ambi- tious—and cost prohibitive—than building a racer from a car that originally wasn't one. Everyone knows it's always cheaper to buy someone else's finished project than to do it yourself, but for many, the doing is the thing, and associated costs are simply the price of making it yours. Dan Walkowski did it, and after two years, a $7,500 1969 Porsche 911T, $60,000 in receipts, and a journal full of milestones, he's ready to race. THE SEARCH IS ON The journal begins smartly enough, with the liquidation of a few assets, which, as luck might have it, freed up the garage. July 21, 2004 – Trade the Honda Odyssey and BMW 7 Series for Ford Explorer (need a tow car, right?) As an active participant in the Porsche Club of America, Walkowski had access to plenty of folks with suggestions about his project. He talked to car owners and club members, engine-builders and tuners. With other racers he discussed his options. August 1, 2004 – Start search for a 1967 to 1969 Porsche 911 November 20, 2004 – Found my 1969 911T on eBay. Dark green over the original Sand. $7,500 ROLL IN THE NEW YEAR As 2004 rolled into 2005, Walkowski dove into his restoration. Using project manage- ment techniques borrowed from his career at Xerox, he broke the challenge into sections—body, roll cage, suspension, engine and transmission. In his single-car garage, he systematically dismantled the car, and the discoveries began… January 2, 2005 – Found rusty floorpans January 8, 2005 – First attempt to cover up floors with POR-15 February 5, 2005 – Began chemical strip of interior March 13, 2005 – Began exterior paint removal to bare metal with walnut shell blasting March 13, 2005 – Estimate from shop: two weeks March 26, 2005 – Purchased flatbed trailer April 23, 2005 – Fed up with rusty floor. Began removing it (Note to self: Buy additional grinder cut-off wheels.) 30 Bare metal and 80 lbs lighter here's a dark spirit that dwells in the hearts of gearheads, something even Significant Others dare not address directly. An unspeakable impulse drives them to haunt messy restoration shops, interrupting bored experts performing mundane tasks (“So, you tape all the windows Walkowski's first drive April 24, 2005 – Exterior paint removal finally com- plete (five weeks later). 80 lbs material removed Over the next three months, Walkowski called on some long-ago night-school welding lessons and cut out the problem areas of the floor, welding new pans in place. He devised work-around methods for the tasks he was otherwise under-equipped to handle, including the welding. With no 220-volt outlet in the garage, he used an extension cord plugged into the dryer outlet in his basement. TAKE IT APART Late in the summer of 2005, he had a bit of luck, and he began disassembly in earnest. July 30, 2005 – Floor completed. Fall into deal to get a 20-foot enclosed trailer August 6, 2005 – Begin window and complete exterior dismantle August 14, 2005 – Begin removing engine and trans- mission September 3, 2005 – Complete engine and transmis- sion removal September 17, 2005 – Complete removal of exterior parts, windows Early in November he had a roll cage fitted, and the straight, sanded, rust-free body went off to Aaron Clyde in Southeast Portland for a 1999 Porsche Speed Yellow paint job, complete with two black stripes. With the engine out, it was time for a rebuild—updated oil system, new camshaft, new pistons, new cylinders, and a rebuild of the original Weber 40 IDA carbs. November 12, 2005 – Engine to Dick Elverud at Northwest Machine. Rebuild starts (target completion note: March 2006) Walkowski began rebuilding the suspension on the floor of his cramped garage, and in January 2006, he turned the stock transmission over to Jeff Gamroth, of Rothsport Road & Race, for a rebuild. Gamroth, who would eventually do the final assembly and set-up, apparently also advised him on a few things he might enjoy for his little racer. January 7, 2006 – Decide to jump into the deep end and build a kick-ass chassis set-up February was spent dismantling and prepping the Sports Car Market


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chassis, while March was a busy but revealing month for Walkowski. March 10, 2006 – Pick up my kick-ass suspension components March 10, 2006 – Realize Explorer is too small to tow the 20-foot trailer. Need an Excursion March 10, 2006 – Call from Elverud. Engine won't be finished this month March 17, 2006 – Sold the flatbed. Too many 4-wheeled vehicles around the house March 25, 2006 – Spring Break. Decide to take next week off work and focus 100% on the suspension assembly. Confident I'll finish. Gamroth laughs at me March 26, 2006 – Break a grease fitting on front end bushing. Get on phone and begin search March 28, 2006 – Found new grease fitting March 31, 2006, – Hang front end assembly for seventh time. Progress? Gamroth laughs at me again. Elverud tells me engine won't be ready next month, either PUT IT TOGETHER May brought more of the same on the engine front, though Walkowski spent the Memorial Day weekend finishing the suspension and brake rebuild, then assembled the front end. It was progress, but not without setbacks, a theme that would continue through the summer. June 3-24, 2006 – Install my cool new powder-coated window frames, with lightweight Lexan windows. Begin to assemble interior pieces, and install fuel cell June 25, 2006 – News from Elverud… my engine won't be ready this month July 8, 2006 – Begin to install new rubber body seals. Clean up front luggage compart- ment and engine bay July 21, 2006 – Pick up my rebuilt transmission. Another call from Elverud. Engine won't be ready for another month. Or so August 25, 2006 –11:30 pm. Complete brake system, bleed brakes, verify car can stop even though it can't go yet August 27, 2006 – Engine is assembled and waiting for dyno testing. Still a month before it's ready for me And then, with the electrical up and running (but wonky), front and rear glass in place, and the racing seat and harness newly installed… September 21, 2006 – Happy Birthday to me! My engine is done October was a month of late-night triumphs and nagging gremlins. October 14, 2006 –11:45pm. Get starter to turn over October 15, 2006 – Install electrical cut-off. Can't get starter to turn over October 18, 2006 – Gave up on the electricals. Scheduled appointment with Gamroth In late November of 2006, Walkowski dropped the Porsche off with Gamroth one last time for final set-up. December 27, 2006 – Got phone call from Gamroth. “It's alive!” December 28, 2006 – First drive He has now completed the prep and paperwork for his 2007 Novice license, and Walkowski is going racing this summer at vintage events in the Pacific Northwest. The rites of initiation are complete. The correct combination of blood and money has been mingled and spilled. Walkowski will now take his $30,000 race car, in which he has invested $60,000, and drive it as fast as he can in the company of other drivers—all pushing their tons of metal around the track in search of the elusive Nothing—the prize of success in vintage racing. It's the Curse of the Gearhead.u DIANE BRANDON was the National Director of the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club for eight years and a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance class judge for Rolls-Royce and Bentley for 22 years. April 2007 31


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Event Cavallino Classic The Eyes (and Ears) Have It at Cavallino Preston Henn's yellow competition 275 GTB/C finished third at Le Mans in 1965, after the Ferrari prototypes and Ford GT40s had retired by Martin Emmison Jeff Mamorsky's TdF, s/n 0901GT I 34 n a splendid mixture of “show and go,” more than 500 Ferrari owners divided the 16th annual Cavallino Classic gathering in Palm Beach between racing at Moroso Park and basking on the lawn at the majestic Breakers Hotel. The 2007 Cavallino Classic featured three models, the early V12 Barchettas, the 250 Testa Rossa, and the F40, all indelible parts of Ferrari's history. Rain rattled the roof at the Jet Aviation hangar recep- tion on Thursday, but the sun shone for Friday's race program, with impressive grids at the Ferrari-Maserati Historic Challenge. Mixed in with drum-braked Ferraris were Maserati 200S/300S sports racers, Peter Giddings' 250F and a lone Alfa Romeo P3. All the V12 fans applauded the noisiest thrill of the weekend as the 250 SWB, 250 GTO, 275 GTB, Competition Daytona, and Berlinetta Boxers went head to head in the disc-braked race around the 2.25-mile track. Saturday's Concours d'Elegance at the Breakers Hotel is the centerpiece of the weekend for many enthusiasts. Special V12s were assembled in a square on the main lawn, while serried ranks of road cars lined the golf course. Ten early Barchettas, mainly bodied by Touring of Milan, occupied one side of the square. A striking contrast to the highly restored cars was the 1950 166 Competition Barchetta #052, unearthed by Manny Del Arroz from a 40-year hiding place in the Arizona desert. The car has extensive early racing history in Europe, where it was driven by Chinetti, Lucas, Serafini and others. It still has its competition Formula 2 motor, with gear driven camshafts. Though 052 has been restored mechanically, it's a time-warp cosmetically, down to faded French Blue seats covered in “vinyl elephant hide” and blue rubber floor mats. SCMer Lorenzo Zambrano showed three sensational examples of the 250 GT model, a special Europa of 1953, an interim LWB Berlinetta from 1959, and a futuristic effort by Bertone on a short wheelbase. Luckily, this was not the version chosen by Ferrari for the 250 SWB. SCMer Jeff Mamorsky brought #0901GT, DETAILS Plan ahead: January 22–27, 2008 Where: The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL Cost: $550 (full event participation, with meals); $195 for Mar-a-Lago event More: www.cavallino.com a lovely, single-louver 250 GT Tour de France model recently acquired from Switzerland and superbly repainted in its original colors of dark blue with a silver central stripe. The original owner, Francois Picard, raced this car in 1958 under the banner “Scuderia Los Amigos,” sometimes fitted with a prototype 250 TR engine. His best result, with grand Sports Car Market Marcel Massini


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Cavallino SCMers Major Award and Class Winners Lawrence Auriana—Stamford, CT 1950 166 MM Berlinetta LM Phil & Martha Bachman— Greeneville, TN 1992 F40, Supercar Cup Stephen Bell—Englewood, CO 1966 275 GTB Stewart Coleman—Asheville, NC 1967 330 GTS Nick Colonna—Palos Verdes, CA 1974 246 GTS, La Coppa per Sei Cilindri John Goodman—Seattle, WA 1980 512 BBLM Lee Herrington—Bow, NH 1963 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso Al Ierardi—Marco Island, FL 1994 512 TR 2001 550 Maranello Jeff Ippoliti—Celebration, FL 1994 512 TR, Ferrari Spirit Cup 2000 550 Maranello Arturo & Debora Keller— Petaluma, CA 1959 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Bruce & Jolene McCaw— Bellevue, WA 1953 375 MM Spyder, Judges Cup No shortage of 275s prix driver Maurice Trintignant as his “amigo,” was a second place overall in the 1958 Tour de France, behind Olivier Gendebien. Occupying the center of the square were SCMer Bruce McCaw's 1953 375MM Spyder, #0286AM, SCMer Jon Shirley's prototype 250 TR #0666, Carlos Hanks's customer Testa Rossa #0756TR, and SCMer Peter Sachs's TRI61, #0794, in which Phil Hill and Gendebien won the 1961 Le Mans 24 hour race. Final centerpiece was Preston Henn's unique 275 GTB/C, #06885, a special light- weight competition car in Francorchamps Yellow that shares very few parts with the street 275 GTB. This car finished third overall at Le Mans in 1965 behind two 250 LMs, after all the front-running Ferrari prototypes and Ford GT40s had retired. That race was my first visit to Le Mans, and the midday heat was so intense that the Belgian team cut a gaping hole in the car's nose for it to finish. You can still see where that hole was repaired. The last official event was a display of selected Ferraris alongside the pool at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club. At the closing lunch, British long-distance racer and Le Mans winner Brian Redman shared memories of pressures applied to Ferrari team drivers in the Forghieri era. Redman turned down the chance of an F1 drive, and lived to tell the tale. When the weekend concluded and the cars began their long homeward journey in trucks, no doubt organizer John Barnes and his hard working Cavallino team began planning the event for 2008. Anyone can attend; no need to own a Ferrari. Just be prepared for the feast.u April 2007 35 Peter & Kacey McCoy—Beverly Hills, CA 1962 400 Superamerica Coupe, La Coppa per Dodici Cilindri Bill Rhodes—Concord, NC 1967 275 GTB/4, Excellence Cup Brian Ross—Courtland, OH 1949 166 MM Touring Barchetta, Scuderia Ferrari Cup Peter Sachs—Stamford, CT 1961 250 TRI/61, Risi Competizione Cup Enrique & Malena Senior— Windermere, FL 1989 348 ts, Classic Preservation Cup 1976 308 GTB 1988 328 GTS 1995 348 Spider Jon Shirley—Medina, WA 1957 250 TR, TR Cup Jack Thomas—St. Louis, MO 1952 342 America Cabriolet Kim & Dana Watkins— Alpharetta, GA 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Robert Wiesenthal—New York, NY 1961 250 GT PF Cabriolet Charles Wray—Mitchellville, MD 1979 512 BB Lorenzo Zambrano—Monterrey, Mexico 1955 250 Europa GT Coupe, Excellence Cup 1950 166 MM Touring Barchetta, 166 Cup On the Track Charles Arnott—Easton, MD Ferrari 250 LWB TdF Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Comp Stephen Dudley—Oshkosh, WI Ferrari 166 Vignale Coupe Ferrari 308 GTB/M Gregor Fisken—London, U.K. Maserati A6GCS John Kotts—Houston, TX Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp Peter LeSaffre—Andover, MA Maserati 300S Ferrari 275 GTB Tom Price—Larkspur, CA Maserati 200SI Ferrari 250 GTO Tony Schwartz—Calabasas, CA Ferrari 250 GT Boano Charles Wegner—Chicago, IL Maserati 250F Ferrari 196 SP


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Ferrari Profile 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion People who buy a “cut” Daytona don't plan to show it; most shows won't allow it on the field. The appeal is that it can be driven by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 1969–1974 Number produced: 1,273 coupes, 124 genuine Spyders Original list price: $19,500 (1990 U.S. coupe) plus $20,000–$45,000 for conversion SCM Valuation: $200,000–$250,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $500 Chassis #: Stamped on frame above right spring mount Engine #: Below head on rear passenger's side of block (does not match chassis #) Club: Ferrari Club of America, PO Box 720592, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS clone, '71 Hemi Challenger convertible clone, 1969–72 Maserati Ghibli SS Spider conversion SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: 12779 F errari's fabulous V12 front-engined sports car, the 365 GTB/4, debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name “Daytona” in honor of the 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330 P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional “long bonnet, small cabin, short tail” look in a manner suggesting muscular elegance. An unusual feature was a full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, which was replaced in the second half of 1969 by electrically-operated pop-up lights to meet U.S. requirements. The Daytona displaced 4,390 cc with 352 hp, 318 lb-ft of torque and dry-sump lubrication. A five-speed transaxle enabled a 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. The chassis embodied the long-standing Ferrari practice of oval-section tubing. The all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was more recent, having originated in the preceding 275 GTB. The Spyder version of the Daytona was shown at the Paris Salon in 1969, with deliveries commencing in 1971. Although the rear end had been extensively reworked, the surgery was so successful that it was hard to imagine that the Daytona had not initially been conceived as a spyder. CAPABLE OF OVER 170 MPH The most powerful road-going GT and the world's fastest production car of its time, the Daytona was ca36 pable of over 170 mph and is surely destined to remain a front-ranking supercar in the foreseeable future. Ferrari's production run of just 124 Daytona Spyders left many would-be customers disappointed, which inevitably led to a number of coupes being converted to Spyders, including the example offered here, s/n 12779. This Daytona was manufactured as a coupe in July 1969 and sold by Garage Francorchamps to Mr. André Gérard. Its next owner, a prominent private collector in Switzerland, had the car converted by ex-Scaglietti employee Egidio Brandoli of the respected Carrozzeria Brandoli in Montale near Modena. It was purchased by the vendor from German dealer Mario Bernardi (its third owner) in 2003. Faithfully converted to the desirable Spyder config- uration, this accident-free example of one of the most capable Grands Routiers of recent times is offered with partial tool kit, build/delivery authentication, sundry service records, and a roadworthiness certificate. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $267,565 at the Bonhams auction in Gstaad, Switzerland, December 17, 2006. A friend recently called for some advice; he had seen an ad for a Ferrari 456 GT that had been converted to a cabriolet. He thought the car looked smashing and wanted my opinion on converting his 456 to a cabriolet. The call paralleled many calls I fielded two decades earlier from clients considering converting 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder Conversion Lot #981, s/n 13729 Condition: 2Sold at $162,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/26/2005 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Spyder Conversion Lot #474, s/n 14047 Condition: 2 Sold at $253,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion Lot #224, s/n 13351 Condition: 1 Sold at $177,404 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MON, 05/15/2004 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams


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a Daytona coupe to a Daytona Spyder. Like many Daytona owners back then, my friend had a higher mileage car with some cosmetic issues. Again, like the Daytona owners, he wanted to know how much a conversion would cost and what it would do to the value of the car. ONLY 124 SPYDERS, BUT 1,273 COUPES Daytona Spyder conversions were quite popular in the 1980s. Only 124 or so Daytona Spyders were built, versus approximately 1,273 coupes. The Spyders usually out-value the coupes by a factor of two or three to one, so converting a coupe to a Spyder can be desirable for both economic and rarity reasons. Back then, a rough or wrecked Daytona coupe could be sent to a shop, and by throwing $20,000 to $45,000 at it, you'd end up with a beautiful copy of an original Spyder. It was a relatively painless process and in the heyday, one or two cars a month went under the knife. Not all conversions were created equally. Structural reinforcement, top construction, and panel fabrication are not an exact science. A good conversion should counterfeit the appearance and operation of the original version. The best shops developed resources to source original parts or made jigs to fabricate their own. The most prolific shops had small assembly lines for uniform and cost-effective production. Maybe a hundred coupes were converted worldwide and they varied greatly in quality. Eventually economics, including increasing scarcity and cost of donor cars, drove up conversion costs, beating down demand and ending the conversion craze. This particular Daytona conversion was rare in that it was an early European model with the plexiglass-covered headlights. Except for the prototype, all real Daytona Spyders featured the later pop-up style headlights. It also had an early-style wood rim steering wheel rather than the usual leather-trimmed wheel. There's little chance any knowledgeable Ferrari enthusiast would confuse the Bonhams Spyder with a real Daytona Spyder, which I'm sure limited its desirability. People who buy a Daytona conversion don't buy one to show it. Most major shows wouldn't allow a conversion on the field. The appeal of a Daytona Spyder conversion is that it can be driven. Once you chop a top off a car you've broken the chains of keeping it a low-mile original car. Future buyers are far less concerned about the history of a converted car than they are about its current condition. Paint chips, fender benders, and interior wear come with the territory and won't discourage a conversion buyer. KNOW WHO DID THE CONVERSION When considering a Daytona Spyder conversion, know who converted it. A car converted by a known shop will always command a premium price. In the U.S., Mike Sheehan- or Richard Straman-converted Spyders are the top dogs. In Europe, Autokraft of England and Auto Sport in Italy are the best-known brands. If the car wasn't converted by one of those four shops, then expect to hear that it was converted by Ferrari's normal body builders, Scaglietti or Pininfarina. But if a seller's feeding you the Scaglietti or Pininfarina story, don't trust anything else you hear. Scaglietti and Pininfarina were Ferrari contractors and Mr. Ferrari didn't take well to people copying his designs. Unless you were an extremely important client, these companies wouldn't even take your calls. If you were an important client, you could get something far more exclusive than a cut Daytona. To get as much as $267,000 for #12779 is a bit of a surprise. Daytonas have been hot for the last couple of years, with coupes moving from $125,000 to over $225,000. A rule of thumb puts Spyder conversions worth about $25,000 more than a coupe. Open-top Ferraris are less popular in Europe than the States, so traditionally European Spyder prices are a little soft. A plexi-nose conversion should pull at least $10,000 less than a pop-up headlight car, and I would have factored winter in Switzerland to hurt the price April 2007 a few thousand more. I think the seller got all the money and then some. There seems to be a trend of buyers paying a premium for the instant gratification of getting a car at auction rather than shopping for months. This sale may have benefited from the trend.u STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Conversion Spotter's Guide Most conversions were built on a budget and are not 100% counterfeits of an original Spyder. Amaze your friends and impress your date by picking out the Spyder conversion at the next car show. 1. Plexiglass nose: The prototype Daytona Spyder was the only known factory Spyder built that didn't have pop-up headlights. A plexi nose is a pretty good sign the car's a conversion. 2. Rear window defogger switch: Daytona coupes had a heated glass rear window with a switch on the dash. True Spyders did not have a switch. Removing the switch is easy, so even if it is gone, keep looking for other clues to validate (or invalidate) authenticity. 3. Pull-down sun visors: Coupes had conventional folding sun visors, factory Spyders had window-shade-type pull-down sun visors with suction cups to secure them in place. Most conversion shops kept the coupe sun visors. 4. Front and rear inner fender panels: One of the ways Ferrari strengthened the chassis on the Daytona Spyders was by building the Spyder with steel inner fender panels instead of the fiberglass panels used in the coupes. Most conversions will still have the fiberglass panels. 5. Bulkhead panel: Another area where Ferrari reinforced the factory-built Spyders was the bulkhead panel between the trunk and passenger area. Factory Spyders had a steel bulkhead where coupes had a fiberglass panel. Most conversions will still have the fiberglass panel. 6. Experts will look for the additional frame bracing in the engine compartment of an original Spyder, but if the car passed the first four tests, there's a good chance the conversion shop changed these too. If you're seriously looking at a Daytona Spyder, check with an expert. Most Ferrari historians have a list of recognized original Spyders and know conversions. The Ferrari Market Letter or Mike Sheehan's Ferraris-online.com are good places to contact for advice. 37


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Pre-Sale Inspections—Here We Go Again I usually recommend buyer and seller split projected repair costs. Buyers won't replace every aging part if they are sharing the bill T he daily drama of selling ultra-high-end Ferraris provides continuous material for this column, but the sale agreement is only the beginning of a long process. A sale should always include a pre-purchase inspec- tion (and all too often a re-negotiation after the inspection), followed by escrow agreements, wire and document transfers, shipping arrangements, and follow-ups. A recent example is the sale of 288 GTO, s/n 57715, an unusually nice “no-stories” low mileage U.S.- and California-legal 288. Only 600 miles and two years ago, this 288 had been treated to an engine-out cam belt and seal service at a cost of $5,320. Part of the sales process is to explain that regardless of cost, these are “just used cars,” and almost always need immediate post-purchase service. The current owner is usually oblivious to the work the inspecting shop will recommend and unwilling to pay for work that he would not have had done, and that will be immediately passed—at his expense—to the new owner. Conversely, the buyer wants perfection, and expects it to be built into the purchase price, an unrealistic expectation. Ironically, any work done does little to change the final value of the car. I usually recommend the buyer and seller share repair costs, because buyers are not nearly as eager to have every aging part replaced if they are paying part of the bill, while sellers are (begrudgingly) paying for some share of deferred maintenance. THE LONG LIST Once sold, 288 GTO s/n 57715 was sent to the local Ferrari dealer for inspection, resulting in a surprisingly long list that recommended yet another engine-out cam belts and seal service, and replacement of much of the rubber on the car, from tires to engine mounts, hoses, suspension bushings, axle boots and a re-engineering of the clutch hydraulics, a common problem on 288s and F40s. The estimate was a surprising $15,000-plus. To help better define the problem, oil leaks in the Ferrari world do not mean puddles of oil on the floor, but rather minor “weeping” (as opposed to leaking), and at most a few drops of oil after a long drive. The reality is that a one-hour drive in the 288 would probably reenergize the seals and eliminate any weeping… until our Ferrari sits for another few months. Indeed, any Ferrari that has only 600 miles over two years should be expected to seep. A new Cadillac, of course, doesn't leak if it sits for months, and if it did, the owners would be oblivious anyway. Replacing tires and/or every piece of rubber on a car simply because they are five years old is unthinkable in the real-car world, but commonplace with Ferrari ownership, simply because any newer Ferrari can top 150 mph, and occasionally does. 38 The car is almost perfect; that's why the service costs only $15k A phone call and a faxed copy of the dealer's inspection report to the local indepen- dent shop that had done the earlier cam belt and seal service confirmed they would do everything on the list for $10,000, but their question was just how much on the list was deferred maintenance and how much fell into the restoration category? Yet another quick call and a copy of the report to a well-known shop in my area confirmed the same price—$10,000 for everything on the list. But they asked the same question: How much of the recommended work was restoration rather than service? DON'T ADD MILES My advice to the buyer was to drive the car for 50 miles and see if the seepage stopped, but in yet another Freudian paradox of Ferrari ownership, a huge part of sale value is low mileage, as buyers look for “virgin” Ferraris. The idea of actually putting mileage on a GTO was not well received. Plan B was to explain to the seller that while he had paid for an engine-out service only 600 miles ago, two years of sitting had caused the seepage, not any fault of the shop that had done the work; and that the work now recommended could indeed be justified, although a large part of that work clearly fell into the “restoration” category. PUTTING YOUR MECHANIC'S KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE As for the buyer, he had to accept that it was not the seller's responsibility to give him a “Platinum” level Ferrari under the guise of a routine service. The dealer who did the inspection was simply doing his job well, perhaps too well. Had he broken the estimate down into needed-versus-recommended work and explained that much of the recommended work fell into the restoration category, it would have been an easier sell. Adding to the expense is Ferrari's current decree that cam belts now be changed every three years, which means that a Ferrari service is like Uranium 235—it has a half life. But that half life is now a year and a half. The dealer's high estimate and desire to do everything both right and right now guaranteed the buyer would go elsewhere. As for the two independent shops, their price was fair; both have excellent reputations. But by now the buyer was spooked and shipped his new toy back to his local Sports Car Market


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dealer, where he could touch the car, see the work being done, and make his own decisions as to how much to do. Thanks to the quotes from the independent shops, the final bill would certainly be closer to the $10,000 mark. LESSONS LEARNED Now over 20 years old, this 288 is like any old car, with every mechanical and rubber part well past its replace-by date. Compared with other 20-year-old cars on the road, the 288 needed surprisingly little. The difference is that a 288 GTO is worth almost $500,000, while most other 20-year-old cars are $2,500 away from being recycled. Fortunately, the buyer, seller, and I were able to go through the negotiations, reach a compromise on repairs and the deal was done. While the new owner has multiple new Feraris and other exotics, his welcome to the world of older Ferraris was an education. Any automotive passion has a price, and playing in the world of high-end Ferraris has a healthy price tag. Repair costs that would send any other 20-year-old car to the crusher are easier to rationalize on a $500,000 car. Anyone adding such a trophy to an already large collection will not be deterred by a repair cost equal to 2% of his new toy. The new owner gets to decide what is “needed work” and what is “make work.” Whatever is done will enhance his pride-of-ownership and add peace of mind at a high speed blast. It's all part of the pleasure of ownership.u 20-year-old GTO is full of expensive places to stuff hundred-dollar bills MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and racer for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series and the Trans Am Series as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lite, with three drives at the 24 Hours of Daytona. April 2007 39


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English Profile 1958 Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite In careful hands a Sprite could return 40 mpg—but not many did. Healthy survivors are scarce by Gary Anderson DETAILS Years produced: 1958–1961 Number produced: 48,987 Original list price: $1,795 SCM Valuation: $11,000–$24,000 Tune-up cost: $350–$400 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis #: Embossed plate screwed to chassis rail under air cleaners Engine #: Embossed plate screwed to step on right side of engine Clubs: Austin-Healey Club USA (www.healey.org) Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org) Alternatives: 1949–53 MGTD, 1962–66 Austin/Morris Mini Cooper, 1962–71 Austin-Healey Sprite/MG Midget SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: AN5L6206 of high school students pool their money to buy a car, it needs some work…but hey, how hard can it be to make an old car run? Sounds like something from the era of ducktails and drive-ins? But here's the twist: those students are young women, and the car was just a tub and twenty-odd boxes full of rock-hard rubber, rats nests of frayed wire, and hundreds of unlabeled bits!” T DECIDED TO DO IT RIGHT The first step in the 18-month saga of “Team Sprite” began with the discovery of a three-inch patch of beautiful Cherry Red original paint while stripping away a 25-year-old BRG repaint. At that point, the girls voted to restore the car as closely as possible to the way it rolled off the assembly line, in late October 1958. The ensuing bumper-to-bumper, show-quality restoration proceeded with Team Sprite trading their just-finished 1,098-cc mill for a 1958, 948-cc engine professionally rebuilt with NOS parts. Using parts with correct date codes as far as possible, the team returned the car to original factory specifications. A new convert- 40 he meticulous restoration of the 1958 “Bugeye” Sprite offered here has been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles in the U.S. and the U.K. “Here's a new twist to a timeless tale. A group ible top, restored sliding side windows, and the rare dealer option luggage rack make AN5L6206 a highly correct Sprite. A file of documentation for purchased and donated parts accompanies the car in the sale. The proceeds of the sale will go to the five original investors; three girls just started their first year of college, the fourth plans to travel, and their teacher and mentor plans to look for another project, maybe a small vintage racer of some sort. With its 0–60 in a neck-snapping 22 seconds, and a heating system once described as “a hamster puffing warm air across your knees,” the perpetually grinning Bugeye Sprite is unquestionably the most affordable of classic sports cars, and guarantees more smiles per gallon than cars costing ten times as much. THE SCM ANALYSIS: This car was sold at RM's Phoenix, Arizona auction on January 19, 2007 for $23,100 The 1958 Austin-Healey “Bugeye” Sprite brought sports car motoring to the youngest and most impecunious drivers, mostly through the use of off-the-shelf parts. Donald Healey partnered with BMC to borrow suspension from the rotund Austin A-35 commuter, while “Aunty” Morris Minor provided the engine. 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Lot #1225, s/n AN5L38378 Condition: 2 Sold at $25,920 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/26/2005 Sports Car Market 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Lot #SP51, s/n AN5L46998 Condition: 3+ Sold at $18,975 RM, Toronto, CAN, 10/21/2005 1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Lot #471, s/n AN5L35906 Condition: 2 Sold at $17,050 Hershey Auction, Hershey, PA, 10/07/2005 Photos: RM Auctions


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sponsors, such as Moss Motors,which donated parts and services, and the private supporters who helped out with hard-to-find original parts and other contributions. USED THE RIGHT MOTOR The project advisor encouraged the team to do ev- erything to top standards of originality and quality. For example, according to the documentation, the pile of parts that accompanied the stripped Bugeye shell included a larger 1960 A-Series engine, which simply wouldn't have been right for the first year of Sprite production, so it was swapped for the proper 948 cc, 1958 engine. Even the battery, which sits front-and-center in the en- gine compartment, is a correct reproduction of the original Lucas tar-top battery, and from the pictures, all the other details (except perhaps the contemporary gold Lucas Sport Coil) look equally correct for the car and its period. It's no surprise that the car was readily accepted at the internationally prestigious RM Biltmore auction in Phoenix, Arizona. When this “high school shop” project, carried out in a rural high school garage, crossed the block at RM, it stood its ground among the classic restorations on offer. The restoration team can take great pride in its achieve- Big smiles, and the work's just begun Twin SU carburetors boosted horsepower from 37 to 43, which meant that any per- formance would depend on light weight. The Bugeye (Frogeye in England) was basic. The headlights were originally intended to be concealed, but cost fixed them on top of the hood. There were no outside door handles and the side windows were flimsy Perspex sliders. The top lifted off and more or less fell apart, and there was no outside access to the trunk space, which made it impossible to repair if the car had been rear ended. The front clip lifted up for engine access, but not far enough to avoid banging your head. But the Sprite had rack-and-pinion steering and the drum brakes were adequate for its 80 mph top speed. In careful hands it could return 40 mpg, but not many did. Rust was a perpetual concern with the leaky superstructure and total lack of undercoating, and the extra six horsepower from the twin carburetors proved six too many for the crash first gear, inevitably howling by now. Every auction offers opportunities to buy interesting cars in excellent condition at reasonable prices, and occasionally the chance to buy a great story as well. This eyecatching Bugeye Sprite, with its distinctive BMC cherry red finish and period-correct whitewalls, was restored to its original specifications. The work was done by eight young women and their ad- visor at a small private school in the Sierra foothills near Nevada City, California. Supported by local gearheads and Austin-Healey aficionados worldwide, they undertook a complete, concours-level restoration of a basket-case Bugeye. They attracted the attention of sponsors and supporters and put in hundreds of hours of their own time. GREAT STORY FOR A NEW OWNER That's a great story for the new owner to narrate as he or she shows off this highly accurate restoration at the next British car or Austin-Healey club meet. Few cars that cross the auction block have an entire web site devoted to the restoration, as is the case for this pretty little car (www.teamsprite.com). On the web site, it's possible to see the Sprite at various stages of its restoration and also to get brief profiles of each of the team members involved. In addition, lists are provided of all the corporate April 2007 Seat Time Robert P. Smith, Volcano, Hawaii: I have a very nice AustinHealey Bugeye, or Frogeye—maybe one of the best restored cars in the world. The story on this car makes great entertainment. It belonged to a guy in California with plenty of money. He had a race car collection, but also a special affinity for a nice Bugeye, having owned one in his early days. Unfortunately, he couldn't quite keep his zipper fastened. A bitter divorce ensued, and the scorned wife got his entire car collection. She sold it to one person for peanuts, in a fashion whereby her ex-husband could be painfully aware of the sale. The buyer of the collection only wanted the race cars, so I bought the Bugeye. The car carries chassis number ANSL 20001, which I think you will find is chassis number one for produc- Smith's Sprite, with future racer tion year 1959. The panel gaps on this car are perfect, and it has been subjected to a no-expenses-spared restoration. That includes upgrades such as wire wheels (even a spare), disc brakes, and a 1,275-cc engine with ribbed transmission. It is truly a joy to drive, and believe it or not, does not leak a drop of anything. Vin McMaster, Dallas, Texas: I owned a 1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite while in college in Houston, Texas, in 1968–69. It was my first real British sports car, and I have nothing but fond memories of it (barring side curtains on rainy days, possibly). It was simple and easy to work on. Engine accessibility was one of its best features, especially since I was the mechanic. It also handled well, and seemed to “fit” around my 6' 2” frame just fine. However, I did sit in one recently, and noticed the car evidently had “shrunk” over time. 41 ment, and clearly learned much more than the mechanical skills they were seeking almost two years ago. The lucky buyer takes away much more than just an excellent Bugeye restoration—a unique and detailed provenance. Even at the price, this car was well-bought.u GARY ANDERSON'S own cars have won trophies at significant concours throughout the United States. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.)


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English Patient Gary Anderson Staggering Back From the Grave Neutral isolator switches failed regularly and service managers developed biceps by holding the phone at arm's length by Gary Anderson H ow is it that so many good ideas went so wrong for the British automobile industry in the early 1970s? Answers to this simple question have been the topic of at least two published Ph.D. dissertations, and it's a great topic for any British car journalist. As the text for this month's homily, let's turn in our British car bibles to the Triumph Stag, sold in the United States for only three years from 1971 to 1973, though British Leyland soldiered on with it in Europe for four more years. You'll find the Stag in the “unappreciated” chapter between Jaguar XJS and Jensen-Healey. Like the XJS, the Triumph Stag was intended to be a stylish long-distance cruiser. However, the new U.S. EPA emissions regulations were sapping horsepower, and British Leyland auto executives were afraid the U.S. Department of Transportation was about to outlaw convertibles, so neither car realized its design potential. Due to organizational and economic pressures, the Stag, like the Jensen-Healey, was burdened with a new engine that hadn't been fully developed. Serious problems of overheating and component malfunction gave the cars a bad reputation before the problems could be corrected. ENGINE FAILURES MEAN FEW SURVIVORS However, for hobbyists looking for an affordable classic car, the few Stags that have survived can be an exceptional bargain. With even the very best restorations priced well below the price of an Austin-Healey fixerupper, the Triumph Stag is starting to attract a following. The sleek styling has an Italian flavor, thanks to Giovanni Michelotti, who could develop a running prototype while the Triumph boys were still down at the pub. The Stag dates back to the “Zebu” concept of 1958 and Harry Webster, Director of Triumph Engineering, who was on nickname terms with Michelotti, and who had a hand in all Triumph designs from 1957 to 1970. Using the chassis and drivetrain from the Triumph 2000 sedan, Michelotti styled a Stag show car, but it was so attractive that Webster immediately took it back to England before it could be put on display. Webster used the model as the basis for a new four-seat roadster that was originally scheduled for release in 1970 as a half-priced competitor for the Mercedes-Benz 230SL. Unfortunately, due to the Triumph-BMC merger and subsequent Leyland take-over, all projects were stalled as new management reviewed future plans. The Stag had been designed with several alternative engines, including the fuel-injected TR5 6-cylinder and the Buick-based aluminum Rover V8. Triumph settled on a new 3-liter, SOHC V8 based on a Triumph slant4 designed for the Saab 99. Its tangled appearance and subsequent history suggest that nobody at Triumph had 42 Its the updates that make them work ever seen a Chevrolet small block. Performance was merely moderate. The 145-hp V8 powered the four-speed Stag from 0–60 in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 116 mph. The standing quarter mile took 17 seconds at 82 mph. Automatics were slower and unfortunately, U.S. cars were automatics. SHOULD HAVE USED ROVER V8 The seeds of disaster were sown in the engine department. Triumph had projected a demand of 15,000 units per year for the engine. There was no way Rover could supply that many V8s, but the projection was enough to justify tooling up for a second V8. In retrospect, British Leyland would have been much better off making more Rover engines. When the Stag finally came to market in 1971, it was well-reviewed by the British press. The practical packaging could carry a small family, and the combination of soft top and dismountable hard top and a confidence-inspiring roll bar were expected to ensure market success. Unfortunately, within six months, the first customers were reporting massive engine failures—the car was susceptible to stretched timing chains, main bearing and water pump failure, as well as head warpage from overheating. It didn't help that removing the hard top was a task for two men and a boy and erect- ing the accompanying soft top required the mental agility of Einstein and the nimble fingers of Victor Borge. Neutral isolator switches failed regularly on the automatic transmission cars, disabling the starter motor, and service managers developed their biceps by holding the phone at arm's length. Demand plummeted, cars under warranty required complete engine replacements, and money had to be spent to correct the problems, a perfect storm of market disaster. PROBLEMS SOLVED TOO LATE The Stag lasted three years in the United States, with only 2,871 units sold, before BL dealers dumped the model. It continued to sell in Europe, and by the time production finally staggered to a halt in 1978, just under 26,000 units had been sold. In the United States, Triumph Stags disappeared from the classic car arena during Sports Car Market


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the 1980s and 1990s. Many died a premature mechanical death long before the body or interior wore out, and were simply pushed to the back of the garage. The few that remained on the road were underpowered and couldn't be modified in many states, due to smog restrictions. Now, happily, Stags are exempt from smog restric- tions in all 50 states. True believers in Europe (where the cars command double and triple U.S. prices) have long since solved overheating and mechanical problems, and boosted horsepower up to 200, enough for highway cruising. ENGINE SWAPS ATTRACTIVE CHOICE Stags have attracted their share of engine swaps, and Ford V6 and Rover V8s are the favorite choices. Couple this with a transmission change and you've got a dependable car. Purists point out that prices suffer as a result of such swaps, but since cherry Stags sell for under $20,000 (and sometimes well under), the conversion penalty costs less than a stock engine rebuild. If you've been thinking about a British sports car, want more power and space than an MGB, but missed the bus with Austin-Healeys, TR4s and TR6s, you might consider the Triumph Stag. There are U.S. and U.K. clubs for support (www.stag. org.uk and www.triumphstagclubusa.org), and if you're smart, you'll contact the Stag community to find a car to buy. Reliable top down cruiser, once the drivetrain is replaced If you look for your own barn find, be very careful about engine condition or set aside a few thousand dollars you may never see again. With so much at stake in the engine department, your friends in the Stag community will be close to your heart.u GARY ANDERSON is the founding editor of MC2 (www.mc2magazine.com), the new Mini magazine, and a three-times participant in the Monterey Historic Races. April 2007 43


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special Delahaye had an enviable competition record, though most successes came either when the Germans didn't show up or when they broke by Donald Osborne DETAILS Year produced: 1936 Number produced: 14 Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $800k–$1.25m Tune-up cost: $1,200–$1,500 Distributor cap: $50–$100 Chassis #: Stamped on frame rail on left side; also on chassis plate Engine #: Tag on left front of engine; casting number on lower left block Club: Club Delahaye President Philippe Looten, Rue A. Carrel, B.P. 15 59944 Dunkerque, Cedex 2, France More: www.clubdelahaye.com Alternatives: 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C, 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS, 1934–39 Bugatti Type 57 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 47189 E mile Delahaye built his first automobile in 1895 and in 1896 drove one of his cars to sixth place in the Paris-Marseilles-Paris race. Sporting ambition lurked in the background as his truck business was crippled by a glut of WWI surplus U.S. trucks. Delahaye hung on, aided by a marriage of conve- nience with Chenard et Walcker and F.A.R. Tractor, until the 1930s when Ettore Bugatti urged him to rediscover his performance image. The vehicle for Delahaye's new direction was the Superluxe and its sports sibling, the Delahaye Type 135. The Type 135 engine was an OHV six with a cross-flow head and four main-bearing crank. It proved to be one of the most durable engines in racing history. Delahaye's sporting history in the 1930s is embodied by Laury and Lucy O'Reilly Schell. Lucy was the only child of an Irish-American millionaire who met Laury Schell in France. The two cut a swath through French society and the racing community. Their team, Ecurie Bleue, eventually became the proxy for the Delahaye factory. Their son, Harry Schell, became a noted grand prix driver after the war. It was Ecurie Bleue and its driver, René Dreyfus, who won the famous “Million Franc Prize” for Delahaye in 1937. IDEAL FOR THE 1936 RACING SEASON The competition prospects for the Type 135 were embodied in the short wheelbase, 3,557-cc tri-carburetor, 160-horsepower, Delahaye Type 135 Special. The Type 135 Special featured additional engine cooling passages, 44 a lighter and better balanced crankshaft, an 8.4:1 compression ratio, modified valve gear, and a high-lift cam. It breathed through six exhaust ports with individual headers. All Type 135 Specials were bodied with lightweight two-seat coachwork with removable teardrop fenders, making them acceptable in both sports car and grand prix competition. Aggressively functional, gracefully styled, and effectively aerodynamic, the Type 135 Special was ideal for the 1936 French racing season. At the conclusion of the 1936 season, Delahaye disbanded the factory team and sold this Type 135 Special to the Schells' Ecurie Bleue, where it joined two others, chassis numbers 46835 and 47193. This car was modified for 1937 with the addition of doors and campaigned by Laury Schell. He recorded a number of excellent results; third in the Mille Miglia with Carrière, third in the Tunis GP, and fifth in the GP de la Marne with René Dreyfus. Lucy O'Reilly Schell and a co-driver captured third overall in the Monte Carlo Rally. While it is believed that Dreyfus regularly raced chassis 47193, no satisfactory records or other evidence have been uncovered to identify specific race appearances for chassis 47189 other than the fifth place at the GP de la Marne. After the war, 47189 raced in September 1945 in one of the first postwar events, the Coupe des Prisonniers race in the Bois de Boulogne, driven by Roger Wormser. Later, it was exported to Argentina through Harry Schell's friend Georges Gath, where it was raced by a number of owners as late as 1966. It 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Lot #75, s/n 2211125 Condition: 2 Sold at $2,530,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 03/09/2002 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-CSS Lot #29, s/n 90117 Condition: 1- Sold at $3,905,000 Gooding, Palm Beach, FL, 01/22/2006 1932 Bugatti Type 51 Lot #36, s/n 51150 Condition: 2+ Sold at $867,173 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 02/12/2002 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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was acquired by Rudolfo Iriate “well-used,” with a Chevrolet engine and Fiat gearbox. The body was rebuilt using the original coachwork as the templates and Iriate raced 47189 regularly into the late 1980s, when he sold it to Peter Agg in England. Agg sold it to Hugh Taylor in 1993, who passed it to Anthony Bamford, then Nicolas Springer in Germany. It was restored by Lukas Hüni in the mid-1990s. The history of the Delahaye Type 135 was featured in Automobile Quarterly (vol- ume 39, number 2, July 1999) and this car was singled out for the “Coda” spotlight as a “True Bleue Delahaye.” Twelve of the 16 original Delahaye Type 135 Specials are believed to survive. The best performing were the two factory cars of the 1936 season and the Ecurie Bleue, which mounted a challenge to Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union and Enzo Ferrari's Alfa Romeos. Type 135 Specials—and perhaps this very car—scored points in grands prix, sports car, and endurance events, driven by racing legends. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $1,320,000 at RM's Phoenix, Arizona, sale, January 19, 2007. The reputation of Delahaye in the years leading up to World War II was outstanding. The company produced cars with powerful engines and strong, low-slung chassis with front independent suspension, in many ways more modern than contemporary Bugattis and the equal of the super sport 6C Alfa Romeos. The leading French coachbuilders created stunning bodies for the road cars, most notable being the teardrop coupes of Figoni et Falaschi. Delahaye had an enviable record in competition, although it must be said that like Alfa Romeo, most of the successes in the 1930s came when the all-conquering Germans either didn't show up or had a rare problem. After the war, of course things were rather easier for the French and Italian marques. AN ADAPTATION OF A ROAD CAR The Type 135 Special was the main source of this rep- utation in the years leading up to WWII, as its successor, the V12 Type 145, was barely developed by the time war broke out. Like most pre-war French competition cars, it was not a purpose-built vehicle, but rather an adaptation of the road version. This car continued to do well after the war as well, even after its French engine was April 2007 45


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Etceterini & Friends Profile swapped for the Chevy. The “original” engine, however, remained with the car and was rebuilt with parts from three others in its first restoration in the 1970s. Although the Type 135 Special was created for grand prix circuit racing as well as long-distance road racing, the realities of today's vintage race fields seem to dictate that the best use might not be on circuits. Running in race groups with far smaller and more nimble grand prix cars, the Type 135 would be a handful. However, in vintage rallies such as the Mille Miglia Storica and other European and U.S. rallies, the car would be fun. The reliability of the sturdy, torquey ex-truck engine and the quick changes the Cotal pre-selector gearbox allows make the Type 135 a much less stressful drive than many of its contemporaries. SCMer Sam Mann, who has campaigned a 1937 Delahaye 135 MSC in vintage races, says “It always starts, always runs well, and always finishes. It's utterly reliable.” The history of chassis 47189 as stated in the catalog raises a great challenge in the valuation. Although the conversation is best led by my SCM colleague Thor Thorson, there is no doubt race cars are at their heart “tools” and—much like George Washington's legendary axe—require enthusiasm, dedication, and compromise to keep them racing. In the heat of battle, keeping detailed records is hardly first on any team member's list. LITTLE DOUBT IT'S A FACTORY TEAM CAR There is little doubt that 47189 was a Delahaye factory team car, was sold to Ecurie Bleue, and has an engine block with the original number. However, beyond one fairly minor race, no documentation exists as to its actual track record. The background is full of tantalizing “maybes” involving Dreyfus and other noted drivers and races. The fact that the body is new and the engine has been built up from the parts of many is not really a problem for a “tool.” It is not uncommon for a manufacturer to have replaced worn engines or to have done major repairs or replacement of bodies if the car was used as intended. As long as the block, head and ancillaries are of the proper year and type and the chassis has most of its original components, all should be fine. The known history alone, along with the model's impressive racing record, the beauty of the design and the quality of the restoration make this car worth the price achieved. It remains a first-class ticket to any historic event in the world. u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 46 Sports Car Market


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German Profile 1958 Isetta 600—BMW's “Eggsecutive” Limo The 80 mph speedometer has a shaded band that starts at 60 mph and should be marked ‘certain death' by Rob Sass DETAILS Years produced: 1957–59 Number produced: 34,813 Original list price: $1,598 SCM Valuation: $10,000–$14,000 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $39 Chassis #: On rail by front door; inside engine compartment on right bulkhead Engine#: Right side of block below carburetor Club: Isetta Club e.V., Brunhilde Reimann Schapener, Straße 12, 38162 Cremlingen More: www.isetta-club.de Alternatives: 1957–61 Fiat Multipla, 1959–67 Austin Mini, 1955–62 BMW Isetta 250/300 SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS Chassis number: 125271 spectacular and expensive 507 roadster, BMW needed a volume model to survive. They understood the needs of the post-war European market and decided the best niche to exploit was the sub-VW Beetle class of microcars that had become popular with Germans who had not yet fully recovered from the ravages of the Second World War. Appliance maker Renzo Rivolta's little Isetta seemed G tailor-made for someone of limited means who wanted something more than a scooter or a motorcycle with a sidecar. A deal was struck to license and produce the 250-cc Italian microcar that became known in Germany as das rollende Ei, or “rolling egg,” for obvious reasons. In the first half of 1955, BMW sold about 10,000 Isettas on its way to a total production of over 160,000 by 1962. BMW replaced Rivolta's 250-cc, two-stroke twin with a 300-cc air-cooled single, which was half its motorcycle engine. It was therefore easy to use the whole BMW 600-cc twin in the rare jumbo-sized version of the Isetta. Listed in BMW catalogs of the day as a “limousine,” the BMW 600 could seat four in relative comfort. This particular 600 was a ground-up restoration on a solid original car that still sported its original paint and 48 ermans in the 1950s weren't concerned with having “the ultimate driving machine,” they were just happy not to be walking or pedaling. With a limited market for cars like the showed a genuine 25,662 miles on the odometer. With just one mile on the freshly rebuilt engine, four-speed transmission and clutch, a new interior, and gleaming salmon and white paintwork, this example of a rare microcar is ready to enjoy and turn heads everywhere. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, in January of 2007, likely a record by a factor of two for this model. The 600, catalogued as the “limousine” version of the Isetta, was a triumph in clever packaging much like the later BMC Mini. At just over nine feet, the 600 could hold two adults and three children. A slightly more conventional car than an Isetta, the 600 boasted a 20-hp BMW motorcycle-derived flat-twin motor and a four-speed geabox. A semi-automatic transmission by Saxomat was available. DROPPED AFTER 35,000 MADE Sales of the 600 were initially buoyed by the Suez crisis and the resulting fuel shortages. However, it was simply not competitive with the Volkswagen and at a price of several hundred Deutsche Marks higher, it made little sense for any but the most fuel-economy 1958 BMW Isetta 600 Lot #SP78, s/n N/A (SCM# 23989) Condtion: 3 Sold at $3,640 Silver, Portland, OR, 03/24/2001 1960 BMW Isetta 600 Lot #49, s/n M60145986 Condition: 3 Sold at $15,930 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17/2002 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla Marianella Lot #307, s/n 078209 Condition: 2Sold at $72,450 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MON, 05/16/2005 Sports Car Market


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obsessed. It was dropped after about 35,000 exampl were produced. Giovanni Michelotti was rumored to have bee involved in the design of the body. But the only discern able Michelotti cue, a sharp-edged, highly stylized fron bumper, is not present on this car. The car card noted it was an early production car, so perhaps the bumper this one sports—a chrome tubular affair similar to an Isetta bumper—is correct. Looking essentially like a stretched Isetta with a side door, the 600 was a much more sophisticated car, which actually pioneered the semi-trailing arm rear suspension found in everything from the 2002 to the Z3. Long-time 600 owner and Portlander David Adams compares the handling to an early BMC Mini and maintains that a good 600 can break 70 mph, although he allows that the 80 mph speedometer has a shaded band that starts at 60 mph and should be marked “certain death.” ONLY THE SECOND TO BE SOLD HERE The car card noted this was only the second 600 to ever appear at Barrett-Jackson. It is almost certainly the best one to ever appear at that event. The coral and white paintwork was done to a nice standard with proper gaps and good prep work evident. Chrome was also to an excellent driver standard, with only some minor pitting on the front badge. The interior was very well done and in the correct materials. Although less expensive to restore than a 21-window Microbus, simply by virtue of its size, the materials used in a 600 were of good quality and are not cheap. At $44,000, it's difficult to see an upside for the buyer any time soon. On the other hand, the seller may have made out fine. While many people go underwater restoring cars, tiny cars can cost less to restore simply because there's less to restore. I know several people who have restored Fiat Jollys and actually made a few bucks at sale time. The only other concern here is the fact that this thing has turned nary a wheel since its completion. The new owner will inevitably have some sorting to do. Once done, however, his ride will attract more attention than a new M6.u Seat Time B. Mitchell Carlson, Senior Auction Analyst: During the mid-1980s while I was an Air Force NCO, I was stationed with a tactical communications squadron in West Germany. Every once in awhile, we would have to go “play Army” somewhere between our main operating base and the East German border. One of those deployments took us to a town called Wasserkuppe, within spitting distance of “the Evil Empire.” The West German Luftwaffe maintained a base there, which became my home away from home for the month of July. The area was picturesque, though the base was unremarkable, but for one thing: the site commander owned a BMW 600. As the owner at that time of both a '78 728 sedan and a '73 2002 ith tii twin-Solex induction, I was already going through Bimmer ithdrawal. During my stay, we developed a friendship, and he llowed me to take the wheel of his 600 for a brief tour of the base. What struck me most was how sprightly it seemed. I had stereotyped t as a chest-type freezer on casters, but in reality it was a nimble and relatively quick-off the-line chest-type freezer on casters. A decade later, as both a civilian and an auction reporter, I went to an auction in rural Minnesota that had about 100 derelict cars and their pieces. The one carcass I locked onto immediately was the chassis of a BMW Isetta 600. There was no body, but it still had the powertrain with wheels and tires. I figured it would make a very interesting go-kart, or at least a decent running chassis with some work. My auction cruiser at that time was a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car. I had no trailer and was 100 miles from home. How would I ever get it home? I made several measurements on the chassis and lifted the 600 at several places to get an idea of the weight, then took the tape measure to the Lincoln. Sure enough, if I could get some help lifting it and put the motor end into the trunk, the front suspension would stick out about four feet. Otherwise, that sucker would fit! I figured if I pumped up the air shocks in the back, strapped it down to keep it from shifting, and took a bungee strap to the trunk lid, the trip back would be a cakewalk. But alas, I was only prepared to bid to $250, and when the hammer fell, it sold for $750. To someone with a trailer. What's the sport in that?u April 2007 49


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Give Winter the Oily Finger The Yellow Dog was rusty, with engine oil leaks two feet across… then the brakes stopped stopping Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager 1963 S90 Sunroof: The definition of pre-rusted SF to my gig teaching at the University of Chicago, so compromises had to be made. My solution has been to buy a series of Porsche beaters to bomb around our snowfilled roads. There is something especially wonderful about driv- W ing a vintage car in the winter. It makes you feel as if you have conquered Mt. Everest to battle the elements in a funny furrin' car several decades old. It really clears out your mind. But the salt can be deadly to the machine. I've got- ten around that handicap in several different ways, none quite perfect, but all good enough to keep me out on the streets all year long. FULLY PRE-RUSTED 356 My first instinct was just to buy a “fully pre-rusted” car, this one a 1963 356B S90 Sunroof for $4,800. It was Ruby Red and had the classic 356 rust holes on the body and chassis big enough to stick your hand through. But it had a freshly rebuilt engine and a sunroof for those sunny winter days (all three of them). The problem with this concept was that eventually the rust would become structural and important pieces of the vehicle, such as wheels, might be pitched into roadside snow without warning. It also didn't have much of a heater. After a few seasons and some fancy repaint work by me with a brush (I'm not kidding, and it came out pretty well for a beater), this one was sold to a “restorer” who promptly cut it up for parts and doubled his money. Trying for a longer-lasting affair, but sticking with the 356 theme, I happened on a 356 Coupe replica, the Envemo, built at great expense in Brazil and so accurate 50 1971 914: ran fine, smelled lousy Sports Car Market hen we first moved back from the mild climes of the San Francisco Bay to the blustery Midwest, I missed driving Porsches all year long. But it was a long commute from 1982 Envemo replicar it was sold at selected German Porsche dealers. With VW running gear and a fiberglass body, I figured even if the chassis rusted, we'd just bolt a new one on, like the sacrificial anode on the prop shaft of our sailboat. The hopped-up VW engine was quick and the full leather interior quite luxurious. I paid $7,800 for it, but the car was just too nice for me to sacrifice to the winter gods. We sold it after a few seasons, still in excellent condition, having done little battle with the elements. Next came a 1973 911T coupe that had been rusty and then repaired, with a nicely rebuilt engine, and purchased sight unseen for $4,500. It was an ugly toad, in refrigerator white over a lumpy body complete with loads of overspray everywhere and a light tan velour interior that belonged in an RV. None of this should have bothered me but it did. I drove it a while but it wasn't fun. SUSPECTED BROKEN CRANKSHAFT A 1969 912 for $2,500 was next, but it never made it on the road due to a suspected broken crankshaft. A non-running 1971 Sunshine Yellow 914 1.7 was purchased, but it


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But I was never thrilled with its beyond-beat cosmet- ics, so I found a Grand Prix White 1978 911SC Sunroof for the ridiculously cheap price of $4,500, sight unseen and uninspected, from that most trustworthy of towns, Las Vegas. It was complete with the most important of options for Nevada drivers, a fake whale tail. A Euro car with a salvage title, my Porsche friend who so liked the Yellow Dog named it “White Trash.” It had some strange noises in the engine that we couldn't resolve after dumping about $3,000 in the car. As a result, I was afraid to drive it more than a few miles from home. My trusty mechanic bought it and promptly blew it up. It has since been rebuilt and he enjoys it frequently—but only in nice weather. TOO NICE TO DRIVE IN WINTER Next, a 1980 911SC Metallic Black Targa came my “Yellow Dog” had a putrid moldy smell inside that never went away, even when we got it running. An inoperative 1965 356C came and went without serving any useful purpose. Then I bought a rusted 1971 911S coupe, Signal Yellow, on a whim for $7,000, unseen and uninspected. Lots of money back then, but this one went like the wind and became the mechanical standard against which we judged many of our early S cars. But it was rusty in the rear torsion bar area, the engine developed intermittent monster oil leaks (some puddles measuring two feet across), and the brakes stopped stopping. It acquired a nickname from one of my long-time Porsche friends, the “Yellow Dog,” but he always grabbed some seat time when he'd visit the warehouse to drive cars. It is now undergoing the restoration it deserves at the hands of a dedicated SCMer who will have a great car when he is done. EDITOR MARTIN TOOK A PASS Near the end of the Yellow Dog's reign, I bought a Petrol Blue (dark teal) 1978 911SC Targa for editor Martin. When it arrived it was just so beat he wisely took a pass. Yet another car purchased sight unseen, I was determined to turn this $7,500 lemon into lemonade. It became my new winter beater. The upside was—for the first time—a decent heater. I acquired a set of rear snow tires in one of my various car deals, and this ugly old mess ended up being great fun to drive on snowy days. way, a great car but too nice to drive in the winter. I then built the Silver 1976 912E with a 1971 911S motor, as previously seen in SCM. It has been a great winter car and gets lots of use. Just for fun, with the idea of winter use, last fall I bought back my old Envemo S90 replica from eBay Market Reporter Geoff Archer. It was beaten to death, though not by him, but I couldn't resist the urge to own it again. Now that it's cosmetically trashed, it may be more useful to me. In December, I happened on a 1983 911SC Sunroof, White Gold (a light, silvery gold) that was given up for dead with a failed electrical system and one inch of standing ice in the airbox. The owner moved away and someone left it to sit outside in an Indiana ice storm with the air filter and airbox intake off the car. I bought it unseen and uninspected, as is my usual custom. If we can get it running it might be a good car for the winter. Hmmm. Seems like I've said that before, doesn't it. Well, we all have our hobbies.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. Publisher Martin passed on the '78 Targa April 2007 “White Trash” gets a detail 51


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American Profile 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake While a top speed test was not performed, the Road & Track crew estimated 182 mph was possible by Dan Hampton DETAILS Years produced: 1965–67 Number produced: 348 Original list price: $9,650 SCM Valuation: $550,000–$650,000 Tune-up cost: $275 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: Passenger foot box, engine compartment Engine #: Casting number lower front Clubs: Shelby American Automobile Club, Club Cobra More: www.saac.com, www.clubcobra.com; Alternatives: 1961 SEFAC Ferrari 250 SWB, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, 1961 Lightweight E-type Jaguar SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: CSX3015 reason than to see how fast it would go. The Super Snake featured here is remarkable in many O ways. First, it was designed and built under the direction of Shelby himself as his own personal car. The car still has its original date-coded big block en- gine, its original Girling BR & CR calipers, and the original differential oil cooler and pumps. Under its massive aluminum hood lies the most radical motor ever assembled at Shelby American—a twin supercharged 427 with two Holley four-barrel carburetors. Attesting to the power of this engine, Road & Track tested CSX 3015 in 1968 and recorded 0–100 mph times in the low seven second range. While a top speed test was not performed, the Road & Track crew estimated 182 mph was possible. The Super Snake is a powerhouse whose pedigree and originality silence all critics. With its massive power plant, beautiful Guardsman Blue exterior, and impeccable lineage, it is, without a doubt, the “Cobra to end all Cobras.” SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $5,500,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 20, 2007. It represents the highest price ever paid for an American automobile at a public auction. 52 riginally built as the “Cobra to end all Cobras,” CSX 3015 represents the high water mark in the horsepower race of the '60s. Carroll Shelby built it for no other CSX 3015 started life as one of twenty-two 427 competition roadsters, the likes of which were not selling well at the time. Originally invoiced to Shelby American in early 1965, the car was not completed until December of that year, and promptly shipped to F.A.V (Ford Advanced Vehicles) in England, supposedly for duty as a promotional vehicle. The car was returned to Los Angeles in the latter part of 1966 and totally rebuilt as one of two “Super Snakes.” IF ONE BLOWER WAS GOOD... The distinguishing feature of the SS lies in its drive- train. The normally aspirated 427 was boosted by twin Paxton superchargers. At the time, these were being fitted to a limited number of Shelby GT350 Mustangs, and if one blower was a good idea, why not two? Because of the space needed to house the two blowers, an experimental Edelbrock XF8 cross-ram manifold was deployed so the two Holley carburetors could be moved laterally to the sides of the engine. The transmission was a Ford C-6 automatic, used, primarily, in Lincolns. The rationale to vacate the sturdy Toploader four-speed has been the subject of speculation for years. Don McCain, a long-time SAI employee, whose credits include the building of the Harr Ford 427 Dragon Snake, commented that it was a question of whether any production clutch could handle the torque demands of the engine. “Besides,” he said, “Carroll really wanted to drive something that 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor” Lot #37, s/n J557 Condition: 3- Sold at $4,445,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 08/15/2004 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe Lot #454, s/n CSX2300 Condition: 2- Sold at $4,400,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 08/19/2000 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Lot #S519, s/n CSX3011 Condition: 2+ Sold at $955,500 Mecum, Belvidere, IL, 05/25/2006 Sports Car Market Photos: Barrett-Jackson


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he didn't have to shift.” Sometimes the simplest explanations make the most sense. 0–60 MPH IN IN UNDER 4 The car was fast. In 1968 Road & Track achieved 0–60 mph times in the 3.8 second range, with the quarter-mile coming up in 11.86 seconds at 115 mph. Horsepower output was reputed to be about 800, but that number was provided by Shelby, and the editors at R&T had trouble publishing an undocumented number of that magnitude. After several road tests, and not wanting to offend ol' Shel, the writers deemed the power to be “more than adequate.” The second Super Snake, CSX 3303, was sold to actor/comedian Bill Cosby in 1968. Shelby networked the Hollywood crowd as well as anyone, and chided the comic for his addiction to foreign sports cars. Cosby finally succumbed to the Texan's needling and purchased the second SS. If there was a love affair with the car, it didn't last long, as Cosby returned it within a month. The story goes that the car scared the daylights out of him, but generated good material for his nightclub routine. After Cosby, 3303 made its way to S & C Ford in San Francisco. The next owner was Tony Maxey, who was ticketed by the CHP for speeding, then lost control of the car and launched it off a cliff into Half Moon Bay. The car was demolished and Maxey died a few days later. Around the same period, Shelby sold CSX 3015 to Jimmy Webb, the noted song- writer, for a paultry $10,500. Webb was famous for writing a number of hits for Glen Campbell, including “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Webb later told Shelby that he had turned down $1.2 million for the car during the collector car bubble of 1989–90. SEIZED BY THE IRS AND SOLD Unfortunately for Webb, his accounting skills didn't match his songwriting skills and he wound up owing the government millions in back taxes. CSX 3015 was seized by the IRS and auctioned off in 1995 for $375,000. As mentioned earlier, the $5.5m paid at Barrett-Jackson for CSX 3015 represents a high water mark for any Shelby. Only the Daytona coupes come close. This sale is, indeed “rare air” and there are not many other Shelbys that can aspire to the price paid for CSX 3015. Excluding the coupes, CSX 2000 (the small block Cobra prototype); CSX 3002 (the first 427 roadster); and CSX 2196, (the incomparable Ken Miles “Flip Top”) are the only contenders, in my opinion. But that still doesn't explain completely why this car brought this price. In 1968, when Shelby first advertised CSX 3015, he added new luster to the word hubris. While unsold 427 roadsters were gathering dust in Ford showrooms like so much military surplus, he sold his own used car for 50% more than the price of a brand new Cobra. This year, the Super Snake and its creator (who was on stage) put on an encore performance, to the delight of thousands of viewers at Barrett-Jackson, and hundreds of thousands more watching at home. Shelby passionately extolled the greatness of his former heartthrob, CSX 3015. If you had the means, how could you walk away from owning this piece of history, and this moment of theater? How many times do you think the new owner has watched the replay of his purchasing the car? And when you have so much money that money doesn't matter, what you really end up buying are experiences. Like this one.u DAN HAMPTON is a Shelby enthusiast who owns and enjoys significant racing Cobras and Corvettes, as well as one of three Chevrolet Echidnas built. (Introductory description courtesey of Barrett-Jackson.) April 2007 53


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer All That's Gold Still Glitters Cars that were hard to find and trading for $275,000–$375,000 found a new price—between $225,000 and $275,000 1971 Hemi 'Cuda convertible brought $2.4m at RM the largest inventory of muscle cars ever brought to the block at one time—and mostly at no reserve. With so many cars on offer, prices were bound to W change. A good example was what happened to Hemi E-body Mopars—'Cudas and Challengers. I wrote previously that these cars were due for an “adjustment,” as everybody who wanted a Hemi 'Cuda seems to have one. High prices have also converted many long-term owners into sellers, and I've never seen this many cars available. There were about ten Hemi 'Cuda hard tops on offer at Barrett-Jackson alone. Suddenly, cars that were hard to find and trading for $275,000–$375,000 found a new price between $225,000 and $275,000. This general rule applied to other cars with many examples for sale. Z/28 Camaros, LS6 Chevelles, '60s Corvettes—all seemed to hold steady or take about a 10%–20% hit from their peak values. But when a lowproduction car was offered without duplicates (my 1969.5 54 ith drama unmatched by even the best reality TV, the Arizona auctions were irresistible this year. Amid gloom and doom predictions, four auctions competed to offer “M code” Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack, for example), it did well. My car brought $159,500, more than it was worth twelve months ago. HEY, HO THE WIND AND THE RAIN One important aspect that's hard to gauge from watching Barrett-Jackson on TV is the fact that the weather took a dive this year. Temperatures in the 30s and driving rain with high winds do not put bidders in a buying mood. Terrible weather also has an unfortunate side-effect: timing. When cars are stuck in the mud (literally), trying to fight through huddled crowds, driving slowly with foggedup windows, and having to be dried off for a trip through the photo tent, and then dried off again for the actual auction stage, it slows everything down. Cars scheduled to run at 15–20 sales per hour cross the block at 10–15 per hour. An 8 pm “prime time” slot becomes 10:30 pm, and cold, wet bidders are ready to go to dinner. I watched it with my own eyes. Friday night weather was miserable, all the outside vendor tents shut down early, the parking lots were half full, and the people inside were cold and tired. To be able to sell cars at all under these conditions speaks highly of Barrett-Jackson and the market. By Friday night, bidders had been at the sale for four days, as well as attending the RM Biltmore sale, Russo and Steele, or the Silver auction. Sometimes the easiest choice is dinner with friends, which affects the auction results more than you may think. Another factor is perceived value. Take a look at any big auction house ads. Every one touts a multitude of “World Record” sales. In my opinion, this attracts more sell- Sports Car Market


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ers than buyers. Many experienced buyers I spoke to in Arizona were interested in particular cars, but saw no point in sticking around because they would surely do “stupid money.” There may be a changing of the guard here and auc- tion companies should be conscious of offering buyers good reason to stick around. I watched really great cars sell for fair prices, and some of them later traded at higher prices, once the word got out. The buyer's golden rule for any auction is to be there when the auctioneer clears his throat in the morning, and when he bids everybody goodnight. DOCUMENTED ALIEN VEHICLES One alarming aspect of the Arizona experience was the large number of fake trim tags, paperwork, and documentation. Now more than ever, buyers need to know what they are buying. Luckily for the hobby, buyers are becoming more educated, and crooks are having a harder time pushing bogus cars. The people I watched inspect a few really scary cars seemed to have done their homework. If you see a car listed in the results that looks “too cheap,” it probably isn't. I know of one car that I previously owned, which—although a real car—showed up at auction with a lot of new paperwork I never saw before. I think the ink was still wet. The bottom line post-Arizona is the same as it was going in, but now we have good examples. Questionable cars are not finding buyers and are dropping in value daily. Good cars that spiked in value and now have a saturated market are falling back to prices that represent great value. The truly great, low production cars with documented history and paperwork continue to set records. Some examples? I have touted '65 Shelby GT350s as a solid investment, and they have been trading in the $250,000–$300,000 range for good examples. Russo and Steele hammered a driver-level car for $269,500, and a freshly restored example for $358,600. How about Cobras? The “Super Snake” 427 Cobra (profiled elsewhere in this issue) went for $5.5 million at B-J. And an original 427 S/C sold for $1.43 million at RM, along with a driver-level 289 for $550,000. GILDING THE HEMI LILY And everybody's favorite barometer, a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda convertible, sold for $2.42 million at RM. Lest you think these cars are being bought by somebody other than end users, the Mopar collector who purchased it looked at it for a few days and decided it needed a little “something.” An original B5 Blue car, with matching steel wheels, dog dish hubcaps, and blue in- terior, the new owner decided what the car really needed was white “Billboard” quarter panel stripes, a trunk mounted “Go-Wing”, and American Torq-Thrust mag wheels. A week later, he drove the car to the local Phoenix cruise-night. Following the $108 million sale at B-J, the $20 million sale at Russo and Steele, and the $30 million sale at RM, two weeks later Mecum Auction sold $22 million in muscle cars in two days at Kissimee, Florida. The market is cutting the fat and getting down to business. It will settle, focus on great cars, and the rest will fall away. January's auctions proved that the right cars will find the right buyers for strong money and months to come will refine the marketplace. Just as four-seater Ferraris dropped off after the Ferrari boom of 1989–90, less-thandesirable muscle cars are being shut down. High time, if you ask me.u COLIN COMER is president and founder of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. April 2007 55


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Race Car Profile 1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder The factory figured on 120 man-hours to create one of these engines. Setting the cam timing took between eight and 15 hours by Thor Thorson DETAILS Year produced: 1961 Number produced: 14 Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $900k–$1.1m Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Distributor cap: (2) $700 each Chassis #: Welded tag on rear chassis cross tube Engine #: Stamped on front top of case Club: Porsche 356 Club More: www.porsche356club.org Alternatives: 1960–63 Lotus 19, 1957–63 Cooper Monaco, 1959–61 Maserati Birdcage SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 718076 multi-cylinder engine was not available, Porsche's racing car designers concentrated on “free horsepower” in the form of lightweight chassis and running gear fitted with streamlined alloy bodies. These provided excellent acceleration, handling, braking, fuel efficiency, and tire wear. This sports racing car theme—a highly developed P air-cooled four-cam alloy engine, mid-rear mounted in a lightweight tubular chassis, with four-wheel independent suspension (at first with torsion bars, later with coil springs), streamlined aluminum body paneling, fivespeed gearboxes, and huge alloy-finned drum brakes, was to serve Porsche well through the 550A, 1500 RS, the 1957 RSK, and on to the RS 60 and RS 61 series. The RS 60 and the following year's RS 61 was a unique marketing concept for the company—for the first time, they offered a select group of private owners a racing car identical to the ones raced by the factory. Still known as the Type 718, these cars had a tubular space frame similar to the 1959 RSK, but with an extra four inches in the wheelbase and a wider cockpit. THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $880,000 at RM's Phoenix, Arizona, auction, January 19, 2007. One of the fun things about writing these Profiles every month is that there always seems to be something surprising or interesting in the backstory surrounding a sale. 56 orsche's giant-killer Spyder series of four-cylinder, four-cam sports racing cars ruled small bore international racing for a full decade, beginning in the early 1950s. Since a powerful For years, my primary focus has been to explain why the market has been valuing various cars so highly. This time it's different. The big challenge for me and for most of the people I've been discussing the situation with has been to figure out why this car didn't sell for more. UNBELIEVABLY COMPLEX ENGINE Like Ferrari, early Porsches were all about the en- gine, with the cars themselves almost an afterthought. In 1952, Ferry Porsche and his engineer Fuhrmann designed and built one of the most complicated, labor-intensive small displacement engines in history, a DOHC, flat-four with a Hirth roller bearing crankshaft, dry sump lubrication, and twin ignition. If you're thinking Volkswagen, think again. The factory figured on 120 man-hours by an experienced builder to create one of these units. The cam drives alone utilize nine shafts, 14 bevel gears, and two spur wheels. The factory acknowledged that just setting the cam timing took between eight and 15 hours. It is a marvelous little jewel of an engine, originally making 120 hp at 6,400 from 1,500 cc and weighing something like 310 lbs. Now Porsche needed something in which to put it. Their first true racing car was their project number 550, which eventually became the formal designation of the car. These were based on a series of homebuilt racers built by Walter Glöckler in Hamburg. Within a few years, the 550 Spyder had become a near-legendary giant killer, utilizing light weight, low frontal area, and incredible balance to 1959 Lister-Jaguar Aerodynamic Lot #240, s/n BHL259 Condition: 2Sold at $275, 273 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 09/01/2006 1954 Porsche 550 1500 RS Lot #40, s/n 55010 Condition: 2 Sold at $1,034,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 08/21/2005 1967 Ferrari 212 E Montagna Lot #164, s/n 0862 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,650,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20/2006 Sports Car Market Photos: MITTLER PHOTO LLC


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nip at the heels of and occasionally just flat beat much larger machinery. In the 1954 Carrera Panamericana, a 2,178-mile open-road race with everything from mountain passes to flat-out desert, the finishing order was as follows: a 4.9-liter Ferrari, a 4.5liter Ferrari, and two 1.5-liter 550 Spyders. The early 550s were not particularly sophisticated, with ladder frames and basically Volkswagen suspension front and rear, but they worked extremely well. For 1956, Porsche upped the ante. The new car was called the 550A (also 1500 RS) and had a proper tubular space frame and an “almost five-speed” transaxle, with the engine kicked up to an honest 130 hp. The new chassis was lighter and far stiffer than the earlier ladder frame. The next iteration was the Type 718 RSK, and it was first seen as a works car in mid-1957. As an interesting bit of trivia, the K had nothing to do with the body (in the Porsche 917K, it stands for ”Kurz,” or short). The revised front suspension utilized torsion bar carriers that were shaped like the letter “K” laid flat, hence the name. The carriers were abandoned almost immediately in favor of a coil-spring arrangement, but the name stuck. In 1960, the final form arrived in the RS 60, four inches more wheelbase and a bit wider in the cockpit, with better suspension, frequently carrying 1,600- and 1,700-cc engines. The RS 61 was little changed. LOOKING LIKE A MILLION DOLLARS All of the sports racing Porsches, from the 550 through the RS 61, were develop- mental variations on a theme, and the market pretty much sees them that way. With the exception of cars with specific history (Le Mans winners, etc.) the newer cars are worth more than the earlier ones, and my research suggests that they're all in the range of $900,000 to $1.1 million or so. So why did this car show up at an auction with a published estimate of $700,000–900,000 and sell for $880,000? Am I missing something? A check of the records shows that the engine isn't the original one for the car, but with Porsches that's not a very big deal. The records show that the engine it has (P90403) was a 1962 “Spyder Replacement Engine,” so it's certainly correct and probably was installed in the era. It apparently has a replacement transaxle and possibly some body panel replacements, but again, it's not that big a deal on a car like this. The car was European Hillclimb Champion in 1963 but was driven by a privateer and that's nothing like a factory team car. Hillclimbs are five-minute sprints and while the car's history might add cachet in Europe, I don't think anyone in the States would assign additional value for it. RECENT HISTORY UNDERWHELMING My best guess is that the price had something to do with the car's recent history and marketing. It sat for years at Brumos Porsche, painted an ugly black with over-polished interior panels, so most of the Porsche cognoscenti had dismissed it long ago. The guy who bought it did a very nice job of getting it back to silver with a proper interior, and had the engine checked out, but it never saw much public use. I know from personal experience that people are scared to death of four-cam Porsche engines (for good reason; if one goes bang, you're looking at $30,000), so the fact that it hadn't been seen proving itself on the track might have made people nervous about buying it. There's also a question of the published estimate, which was well below what I'd consider comparable values. Low estimates can get people to start bidding, but they can also create an expectation of what a car is worth, sometimes to its detriment. I'll also go out on a limb and suggest that I don't think Phoenix was the perfect place to auction that car. Phoenix in January attracts buyers for middle-American muscle, more than it does for European cult cars. The RM events at Monterey or maybe Amelia Island might have seen a higher price. On the other hand, the market itself may be softening a bit, in which case we may look back at this sale and view it as a harbinger of a new era of values. But from what I can discern, it was a very good car that didn't accomplish what it might have in the marketplace. I'd say that whoever bought it did very well.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and is heavily involved with both vintage racing and the “adrenaline” collector car sides of the business. He has been an active vintage racer for more than 25 years. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) April 2007 57


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Market Reports Overview Maseratis in the Alps and Muscle in the Desert Add Up to $163m The market may be leveling, but at an extraordinarily high level by Jim Pickering warmer than usual December in Gstaad. Just as uncertain as the weather were the pundits' predictions of what the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 would bring for the collector car market. In the past, Barrett-Jackson has proven it- R self to be the big money-maker in the American Southwest, and this year was no different, with totals nearing $108m for 1,239 lots sold (SCM only includes vehicle sales in its totals, while many auction companies also include motobilia). While this was a comfortable increase from last year's $98m, it was noted by Auction Analysts Donald Osborne and B. Mitchell Carlson that a lot of the ultra-high prices for American muscle had cooled somewhat, especially for than stellar examples—which was indicative of the state market almost everywhere during the week. The high sale of the day seemed to be unaffected, however, as Caroll Shelby's 1966 Cobra Super Snake brought $5.5m. Barrett-standard irrational exuberance was still alive and well under the WestWorld ceiling; Osborne cites an $81k sale price for a '59 Fiat Jolly as a prime example. Just up the 101 Freeway from WestWorld, Russo and Steele's Sports and Muscle in the Desert brought a full $20m over its four-day duration, with the only Shelby Daytona Sold Percentage 1239 / 1239 80% 100% 60% 40% 20% Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale AZ 58 Bonhams, Gstaad CH RM Auctions, Phoenix AZ Russo and Steele, Scottsdale AZ 106 / 114 ain, sleet, and even snow fell among the cacti, Corvettes, and Hemi 'Cudas spread throughout the greater Phoenix area, while the white stuff was nothing more than a memory during a Barrett-Jackson Bonhams RM Auctions Russo and Steele Silver Auctions making high sale at $1,320,000. Auction Analyst Daniel Grunwald found that sales here were up as well—by $320k over last year's $19.8m—but more cars were offered, and fewer sold. Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was present at RM's auction at the Biltmore Resort, which showed a dip in its final totals. Numbers this year were down to 21 / 29 294 / 431 238 / 438 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell AZ Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions (RM), Phoenix, AZ, p. 60 Barrett-Jackson (BJ), Scottsdale, AZ, p. 72 $29.8m from last year's $31.2m, but six cars joined the million-dollar sale club, including a 1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ cabriolet that was the high sale at $2,805,000. Also notable was the sale of a '71 Hemi 'Cuda convertible. With drag race history and an excellent restoration it brought $2,420,000 and showed that the best and rarest examples still command top dollar in this market. About a half-hour drive across town, Silver's sale at Fort McDowell nailed down solid results to the tune of $4.8m for 238 cars sold—but even those numbers were down from the $5.7m from 2006. Fourteen more cars were offered this year, but five fewer sold. Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson was less concerned with the decline in prices than he was impressed by the increase in SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Russo and Steele (RS), Scottsdale, AZ, p. 94 Silver Auctions (S), Fort McDowell, AZ, p. 106 Bonhams, (B), Gstaad, CH, p. 116 the quality of Silver's offerings. Because of that, Silver was able to further solidify itself as the place to go in Arizona for decent consignments at real-world, grass-roots prices. Bonhams returned to Gstaad in December for its annual sale at the Palace Hotel. Historically, this sale has been all Ferrari, but this year brought with it a new twist to the consignment list: Maserati. The two marques brought Bonhams's final sales numbers to just over $6.1m, a figure less than last year's $6.4m, but still a respectable result. And opening the catalog contents up to include another marque worked well, as the top three sales all wore the Maserati Trident. Senior Auction Analyst Richard Hudson-Evans remarked in his report that further opening of the catalog entrants here may help Bonhams in the future, especially if attaining high-quality European consignments continues to be troublesome through 2007. Italian exotics were also a source of inspiration for Geoff Archer, as his report on eBay motors this month centers on the drive to own a legend—or at least something that looks like one.u Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake, $5,500,000—BJ, p. 88 2. 1937 Duesenberg Model SJ cabriolet, $2,805,000—RM, p. 68 3. 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible, $2,420,000—RM, p. 71 4. 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 racer, $1,676,167—B, p. 117 5. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, $1,430,000—RM, p. 70 6. 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Special roadster, $1,320,000—RM, p. 64 7. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona 427 coupe, $1,320,000—R&S, p. 100 8. 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT Alloy coupe, $1,265,000—RM, p. 62 9. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special cabriolet, $1,028,500—RM, p. 64 10. 1961 Porsche RS61 sports racing spyder, $880,000—RM, p. 64 1. 1949 Triumph 2000 roadster, $38,500—BJ, p. 73 2. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC coupe, $170,047—B, p. 118 3. 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 S Speedster, $99,000—RM, p. 64 4. 1958 Cadillac 60 Fleetwood 4-dr hard top, $22,140—S, p. 110 5. 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, $22,275—R&S, p. 100 April 2007 59 Best Buys


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author Blue Blood Classics, Blue Chip Investments I wouldn't worry that a sales slide was on its way, as six cars sold here for over one million dollars each Company RM Auctions Date January 19, 2007 Location Phoenix, AZ Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 106 / 114 Sales rate 93% Sales total $29,874,850 High sale Rudi Bauer's baroque 1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ cabriolet brings $2.8m Report by Dave Kinney, photos by SCM Staff Market opinions in italics I n my many years of attending auctions in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, this was my first chance to witness RM's Arizona sale in person. The Friday event, a one-day, indoor auction held in the Biltmore Resort Conference Center, featured a well-rounded choice of vehicles to suit more than just the high-end collector. The Biltmore, an historic hotel with manicured grounds and a distinctive period look, would not have been my first choice of location for an auto auction, but it worked well for RM. When the weather took a turn for the worse on Friday, attendees were able to move from their seats to the indoor garage with only a twenty-foot area to navigate in the rain. Also, the few breaks in RM's presentation could be spent in the Robb Report Salon, looking at Spykers, Rolls-Royces, and picking up a magazine or two, including, for the first time, thanks to the graciousness of Curtco Media, SCM. This year's 93% sales rate with 106 of 114 cars sold was down from last year's 96% rate with 110 of 116 sold. The dollar amount slipped as well, with this year's final result coming in about $1.4m less than last year's $31,293,300. Indicative of the overall market or not, I wouldn't worry that a sales slide was on its way, as six cars sold here for over one million dollars each. New members of the million-dollar club at this sale included a 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C that brought $1,430,000, a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT that sold for $1,265,000, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible that roared into 60 1937/40 Duesenberg Model SJ cabriolet, sold at $2,805,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) a new owner's garage at a cool $2,420,000, and the high sale of the day, a Duesenberg SJ Cabriolet that sold for a hefty but deserved $2,805,000. It wasn't all about the top-end vehicles, however, as there were some interesting cars that sold in a much more modest price range. A 1970 Oldsmobile, 442 W-30 coupe sold for $49,500, while a 1968 Porsche 912 soft-window Targa turned in an attention-getting $27,500. One of the most interesting affordable consignments was a 1958 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite roadster, which had been restored by a group of young women. It was in excellent overall condition, and found a new home at a reasonable $23,100. Other British cars did well also, with a 1958 Triumph TR3 sold at $33,000 and a 1960 MGA 1600 roadster that found new ownership at $35,750. Three particular eye-openers on my part were all Ferraris. A rather average 1967 Ferrari GT 2+2 Series II brought a more-than-expected $104,500, a 1967 330 GTC sold for $220,000, and most surprising of all, a 1957 Boano LWB berlinetta brought an astonishing $726,000. Of the eight Jaguars on offer, all of them sold except one, a 1966 Series I XKE. A 1965 Shelby GT350 R failed to sell at a less than adequate $700,000, a Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio convertible stayed with the seller at $410,000, and one of 20 '67 L88 427 Corvettes built didn't sell at $1,550,000. Based on the results achieved by RM at the Biltmore, the collector car market is still exciting and vibrant, and at the end of the day, when there were happy buyers and sellers in the room, it was clear RM had done a fine job at what it does best: auctioning a carefully selected group of cars to an informed, select audience.u SALES TOTALS $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m RM Auctions Sports Car Market 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #264-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi des Belges. S/N 1574. Eng. # 1574. Deep red/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9,103 miles. A beautiful presentation, well done everywhere. Paintwork is excellent, even the easily dented fenders are spoton. Brasswork fully polished, massive top is well-fitted and clean. Excellent interior shows miles. Too cute might be the best two-word description here. A very nicely prepared example, with excellent paint, brightwork, and trim. Very good gaps, underhood is clean and correct. Nice interior features leather seats, and the only Henley coupe built. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $825,000. Last seen in April '99 at Christie's sale in Lyndhurst, NY, where it sold for $321,500 (SCM# 4659). With all the flaws noted, I still would not change a thing, as this car is a lovely piece of Rolls-Royce history that will be as impressive and good looking in 2034 as it was 100 years earlier. I thought the presale high estimate to be a bit optimistic; obviously the market disagreed, as this car sold just $25,000 short of it. #276-1955 JAGUAR XK140 MC road- a pleasing light patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $797,500. Here's one for the ages, a Silver Ghost with a lot going for it in beautiful condition. If the Rolls market was stronger, one could easily build a case for this car being worth twice this bid. With the resurgence of the Rolls brand, as well as the introduction of the convertible, perhaps we are on the precipice of this happening. #227-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Henley roadster. S/N 224AJS. Dark green/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 11,271 miles. Coachwork by Brewster. Titled as a 1931. Mostly original, and plenty of paint flaws from age and use can be found. Very nice brightwork, top shows some dirt. Leather ster. S/N G29428S. Dark blue/blue-gray leather. Odo: 455 miles. An over-the-top presentation—not perfect, but all nice. Bright sun shows a few paint issues, including a bit of a mismatch on the passenger side with some differences in shade. Excellent panel fit, and carpets, and a good-looking dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,750. A body-off restoration was completed in 2006, and it looked the part. The seller claimed that over 1,200 hours were spent on the restoration, and again, I didn't doubt it a bit. When compared to an average driver-condition MGA for around half this price, this looked like a great deal for the end user. TOP 10 No. 8 #282-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 GT Alloy coupe. S/N DB4GT0175L. Eng. # 3700175GT. Red/black leather. Odo: 7,957 miles. All aluminum body devoid of dents. Excellent paint, no real brightwork issues. Some scratches to the glass, nice hood-mounted plexi bug deflector. Interior shows very correct and proper leather seats, nice Nardi wheel looks spotless chrome. Very nice fit to the interior, and the restorer says it was hand-sewn, as opposed to being from a kit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A number one price for a 2+ car. In the great scheme of things, this was not all that bad of a deal. Everything but the finish was great, and paint issues aside, a very well turned out example with lots of future. #201-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE has plenty of worn-in patina, good wood to the door caps and dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $770,000. One of the iconic Rolls-Royce cars, the Henley Roadster is the gentleman's car of choice for many early Phantom enthusiasts. Very few of these cars ever hit the market, and this one brought with it a proper result for its condition and rarity. #226-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Henley coupe. S/N 221AMS. Eng. # U75J. Black/black leather/black leather. Odo: 31,640 miles. Coachwork by Brewster. Very much an older refurbishment, and wearing it with pride. Good paint is no longer show quality, passenger side window is badly delaminating. Somewhat dull brightwork could stand a full removal and polish. One dent to driver's side headlight. Interior has a nice patina. Largely original, 62 Bugeye roadster. S/N AN5L6306. Red/black leather. Odo: 5. “Team Sprite,” a restoration project done by high school girls in Nevada, CA. Very good repaint, excellent chrome, well restored interior. Underhood is tidy but not at home. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,265,000. A painfully beautiful car, simple in presentation and well done inside and out. I might have pegged this car at just under a million as recently as three months before this sale, but with prices rising in some other markets, I'm ready to see this value stick. A great car with a great history—never a bad combo. #303-1963 JAGUAR XKE SI roadster. S/N 878014. Dark blue/blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 71 miles. Another very nice presentation. Very good door gaps, excellent fit and finish throughout. Paint evenly applied and freshlooking. Well done top has a good look. Top bows are powdercoated, not original, which is overdone. Looks just like a well-done Bugeye should. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,100. None of the girls involved with the project had any prior experience with fixing cars, let alone restoring them, but it didn't show. A nice end to a great project, and all involved should be happy. See www.teamsprite.com, and our Profile on pg. 40. #301-1960 MG A 1600 roadster. S/N GHNL80376. Red/tan leather. Odo: 7,012 considered an improvement by many. Tight and tidy interior, fully restored underhood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Market-correct, so no arguments from me on this price. I assumed the restorer had sorted this car out for the road after reassembly, but it was handsome enough for either show or use. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ #212-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BJ8 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L27540. British Racing Green/black/black. Odo: 75,905 miles. A nice example with very good paint, good brightwork, and a nice feel to the quality of fit and finish. Stainless steel exhaust is a nice bonus. The interior is well fitted and done in the correct style. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. on a boat to England, as it's worth quite a bit more than was spent here over on the far side of the Atlantic. The smart investor would have bought this here for dollars and sold it later for pounds. Even if it's destined to remain on the American scene, it was still well bought. There is a theory going around that there are only five British Racing Green Healey 3000s, and they are all the same ones trucked from sale to sale. Not true, but at times it seems that it might be the case. The price achieved here was not an upset, but I'm sure the seller thought he could get $5,000 or so more. #286-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Volante convertible. S/N DBVC3633R. Fiesta Red/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,928 km. Older paint is holding up well. Top is still good, but it shows its age. OK chrome, dirty wire wheels. Clean original-style interior is uninspired, but usable. Fitted with an enlarged fuel tank for long distance touring, as well as a fully lined convertible top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $220,000. One could assume this car is #311-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N VE1S23843. British Racing Green/ black vinyl/biscuit leather. Odo: 19,162 miles. A tidy visual presentation. Very good paint, excellent top. Some light kinking to the rear bumper, front bumper well-plated and overriders clean. Interior is not new, but looks good enough for a driver. Not show, but not bad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,000. And what's wrong with a Jaguar that's a little kinky? Last year, this would have been top money for this car with a 4-speed; now, it's the selling price for an example with a slushbox. Last year's high is now this year's median. Still, a fair result for all involved. FRENCH #271-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 37A Grand Prix racer. S/N 37290. French Racing Blue/ black leather. RHD. Another patina-plus presentation of a happy-appearing Bugatti, no worries about overly restored anything here. Older restoration with a recent refreshening. All paint work is very good, with some wear spots excluded. Brightwork is well done, but not overdone—the general theme of this car everywhere. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $489,500. The catalog carried a rather complete description of this car's history, and, because it was a Bugatti, that meant there were at least three people in the wings waiting to dispute most any part of it. I liked the car as presented, and it was well bought. April 2007 63


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author TOP 10 No. 6 #278-1936 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 Special roadster. S/N 47189. Eng. # 47189. Dark blue/saddle leather. RHD. Nice paint, but a few panels could have been worked out better. Most brightwork is good, but some pitting can be spotted. Goodwood entry sticker from 1999. Excellent dash, some patina to handsome leather seats. Cond: 3-. and is acquiring a comfortable patina. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Last seen in Las Vegas at The Auction Inc. in March '98, where it didn't sell at $31,000 (SCM# 18994). I gave this car a 3- and not a 4+, but I was on the fence the entire way. Perhaps 40 to 60 hours of extensive detailing could have made this car more appealing, and half of that time might have corrected a few of the obvious needs. A small investment would make a big difference, and it might have made the sale here. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 9 SOLD AT $1,320,000. For those of us who admire pre-war French race cars from afar, this beautiful example was nothing short of the stuff of dreams. Selling within the range of its presale estimate, this example might have been that real car that was both a bit too expensive and worth the money all at the same time. In a few years, this result will seem like a deal. See the Profile, pg. 44 #297-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Stelvio convertible. S/N 57450. White & lavender/ blue cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 58,063 miles. Excellent paint, spotless brightwork, very good fit and finish throughout. Art Deco interior beautiful, alligator-like red leather nice. The 2005 restoration is still quite fresh. Everything about the car—inside and out—is #231-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Special cabriolet. S/N 130913. Black/ black/tan leather. Odo: 1,257 miles. A stunning presence. Beautiful black paint, excellent brightwork, the massive top is well-fitted. Inside, all restored to an excellent standard. Very light wear to the seats, great dash and with an incorrect motor, but I was never able to quite pin that down. Even without the correct power unit, this car seemed an excellent buy. #251-1957 BMW 503 convertible. S/N 69146. White/blue cloth/black leather. Odo: 208 km. Coachwork by Bertone. Very nice paint and panel gaps. Most of the brightwork is excellent, but some pitting is evident on the window vents and badges. Well-fitted top, excellent interior, very good fit to the leather. gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,028,500. Even as hard as it is to think of a million dollar purchase as a bargain, I expect that's what this car will be in the not-too-distant future. MercedesBenz 540Ks stand in a class of their own, and this car was near the head of the class. #285-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980406500196. Eng. # 1980406500207. Red/black leather. Odo: 73,445 miles. Rudge wheels, Nardi wood steering wheel, fitted luggage. Very good paint is well polished and evenly applied. Brightwork and gaskets decent, but not fresh. Excellent as it should be. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $410,000. The catalog carefully describes one minor problem with the car: “at some point, the original engine and chassis numbers have been modified...” These are not the kind of words that fall softly onto buyers' ears. The history as presented did show some logic, but cars with stories never bring the tall dollars. #296-1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 drophead coupe. S/N 103027. Eng. # 26587. Blue/tan cloth/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 65,764 km. Coachwork by Dubos. An older restoration, now showing Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $165,000. Just ten years ago, 503 convertibles were known more for their sale-proof nature than anything else. Things have rapidly changed, and this car had lots of appeal and literally dozens of admirers with bidding credentials taking a close look. I wonder if the auction company should have set the suggested estimate a touch higher, as it appeared the assembled masses used it as a buying guideline. TOP 10 No. 10 #248-1961 PORSCHE RS61 sports racing spyder. S/N 718076. Eng. # P90403. Silver/red. Nice preparation, very good paint. Some light fit issues are not totally unexpected on a racer. Plexiglass headlight covers with black trim are an interesting look. glass. Underhood is clean and honest, without too much detail work done. No issues noted inside the well-done interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $451,000. Complete with the belly pans. Let's call this one close to well bought, even if the sale price was $1,000 over the high estimate. Another car on the move, and all of the movement appears to be upward. #222-1957 PORSCHE 356A 1600 S Speedster. S/N 83712. Black/black/red & black leather. Odo: 16,669 miles. Very some age-related issues. Paintwork still good, but some chrome has divots and scratching, and one of the chrome headlight surrounds came off in my hand—not a good sign. The interior is nice 64 nice paint, excellent brightwork. Good gaps, fit and finish to a high level. Shows some light use wear throughout. Nice chrome wheels, decent glass. Well-done interior with a nice steering wheel and good gauges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. The pre-auction buzz had this car Full tint to the short plexi-windscreen. Tidy interior, racing harness on driver's side only. Cond: 2 -. SOLD AT $880,000. In the end, event eligibility rules all with these Porsche racers. This car sold for darn close to the high end of the estimate, but I would have pegged it at perhaps $75,000 to $100,000 less. See the Profile, pg. 56. #205-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL roadster. S/N 12104010023883. Heron Blue/black/red leather. Odo: 66,822 km. Older restoration, now a driver quality car with some cosmetic issues. 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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author Ferrari prices to come, then this too is becoming an overheated market. Let's call this a one-time event for now and see what happens in the next six months. And no, this was not an aluminumbodied example—it was built of steel, but was no steal indeed. #298-1957 FERRARI 250 GT coupe. glass is good. Interior is a fresh cosmetic re-do, with excellent leather, carpets, and floor mats. Nice dash includes a working clock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,000. Let's put this one in the market-correct column—a decent-looking driver that brought a decent-looking driver price. Someone has recently spent a good deal of money on this car, and hopefully, the underpinnings look as good as the topside did. #210-1968 PORSCHE 912 soft-window Targa. S/N 12870969. Orange/black targa/ black. Odo: 89,315 miles. Trying hard to be a nice car, and almost making it. Hood gap is off a bit, and it's missing its underhood stickers. Side reflectors removed. Good door gaps, lots of orange peel to the paint. Big stereo inside, one speaker grille missing. Cond: 3-. SOLD S/N 0695GT. Eng. # 0951GT. Gray/blue/gray leather. Odo: 1,020 km. An event-ready car with lots of boy racer stickers, no real harm done. Decent paint, very good brightwork, good glass. Lots of trim issues, weak gaskets. Interior is clean and shows well, excepting a small divot in the leather. Good enough throughout. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. Last Sold in March 2001 at RM's Amelia Island sale for $51,700 (SCM# 27993), and later a no-sale at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '06, where it brought a high bid of $80,000 (SCM# 42411). As another indication of a heating 2007 market, six months and $24,000 later, the seller was persuaded to let it go. #272-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2. S/N 13583. Red/black leather. Odo: 27,082 km. Good quality paint, not to be confused with either very good or excellent. Too much of wet-look is shown here, with little bits of seen at Bonhams Gstaad in December '05, where in monotone silver and without race stickers, it sold for $167,786 (SCM# 40199). This car brought a high bid of $483,000 less than its sister car here (lot 229). Yes, I know there were differences both in style and condition, but for the difference in prices here, I'd take this one at $300,000, plus a nice Daytona—and a 328 driver or two. #219-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. AT $27,500. Last seen a year ago at this auction, where it sold for $28,600. It was then profiled in the June 2006 SCM by Jim Schrager (p. 54). Though presented in “same as last year” condition,” soft-window Targa says it all, and in a good color, too. No money made for the seller, but not much lost either. Still, a small bargain in today's hot early 911 market, even though this one's a 912. ITALIAN #229-1957 FERRARI 250 GT Boano LWB coupe. S/N 0673GT. Claret Red/gray leather. Odo: 5,775 miles. Paint well-applied and without visible flaws, excellent glass, wire wheels are well polished and bright. No complaints in the interior, with only light wear to the seats. Race-style seat belts, great dash. Good history, a concours winner and a Ferrariissued “Certificate of Authenticity” all add up to make this a desirable Boano. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $726,000. This was nothing short of an astonishing result, as the price paid bettered the high estimate by $226,000. If this is indicative of S/N 330GTC10377. Eng. # 10377. Silver/ black. Odo: 69,896 miles. Very nice paintwork, chrome, and glass. Bodywork straight, with good panel gaps. Chrome wires are not perfect but still show well. Inside looks good, but the leather is a different matte-style finish overspray here and there. Star mags, brightwork quite good. Inside is mostly original, with added contemporary radio and speakers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,250. A bit expensive for condition, but if it turns out to be devoid of problems, it will make someone a great driver. These “Queen Mother” 2+2s have a loyal and devout following, and are nice road cars despite, or perhaps because of, their size. #288-1972 LANCIA STRATOS HF coupe. S/N 829AR0001521. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,799 km. Likeable, but far from show condition. Good paint has plenty of orange peel, some very light chips to external tie downs. Excellent glass, almost non-existent brightwork is good. Very nice interior, no rips or than I remember from new. Cond: 2 -. SOLD AT $220,000. And yes, I do remember these cars from new, as I was the kid drooling on them in the showroom. If 330 GTCs were race horses, they would best be described as holding the inside track and coming on very strong, as prices have been increasing on an almost weekly basis lately. Well bought. #234-1967 FERRARI 330 GT SII 2+2. S/N 9305. Rosso Chiaro/tan leather. Odo: 73,575 miles. Fair to good quality older repaint, chrome shows wear in places. Disc-style mags look good, Pirelli P5 Radials are a nice look and fit. Inside shows good leather with some wear, good dash, and nice gauges. A decent driverquality 330 GT. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,500. tears. Racing-style seat belts. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $137,500. There were plenty of things that made the hair on the back of my head stand up here—and it was not just the thought of driving this car in an actual rally. For those of us who felt the $70–$90k estimates were high due to the car's condition, this sale might make us change our thinking. Or maybe not. #308-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 03238. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 51,216 miles. Very good paint, nice panel gaps. Brightwork in need of some light polish to be excellent, but is still quite presentable. Interior clean, with some light patina to the seats. Dash shows very good mouse fur, carpets show slight wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. 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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author expected. That said, by the time spring comes, this could seem cheap. AMERICAN #208-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A run- about. S/N 753. Maroon/none/black leather. RHD. An excellent restoration of a singlecylinder Cadillac that appears very fresh, complete, and well done. All paint and brasswork is as-new, interior fitted with beautiful leather. Likely better than the day it left the factory. completed by Rollson. The last Duesie, and an unusual car in many ways. The body was actually constructed in 1940 for artist Rudolph Bauer on top of a left-over chassis. Very good paint and brightwork, excellent fit and finish. Original in many ways, with only 10,000 miles and factory double-sided whitewall tires. Unusual front end works better in person than in photos. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,805,000. Even though the bodystyle looks better in person than in the catalog, don't mistake that statement for this car being the most elegant or graceful Model J Duesenberg ever seen— handsome in a manly way with few feminine touches might be a more apt description. The bid price, closing in on the three million dollar mark, grouped it among the handful of most expensive cars sold at auction. Expensive, but for a good reason. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,350. My appreciation for these cars has recently been renewed, as this was the same vehicle I recently rode in from London to Brighton. $75,350 does not sound cheap for an early Cadillac, but I will call it fairly priced in light of its exceptional condition. #247-1903 FORD MODEL A Rear Entrance tonneau. S/N 30. Eng. # 30. Red/ black leather. The “real” Model A. The seller describes this as the oldest surviving car built by the Ford Motor Company on the first day of production. Excellent paint, brass is all well-polished and complete. Interior very well done. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $693,000. There #202-1939 PLYMOUTH P7 ROADKING Five-window coupe. S/N P52673001350078. Verde Green/tan cloth. Odo: 40,932 miles. A relatively recent restoration. Subtle period colors are a nice look. Done but not overdone, with excellent paint and chrome. The engine bay is well detailed without being “showy.” was used for mobile communication between this car, Hyde Park, NY, and Washington, DC in the very early '40s. Well bought. #267-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N 539M39753. Coral & white/white vinyl/coral & white leather. Odo: 37,960. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A pleasing older restoration. Still nice everywhere, this one has aged well. Very good paint, chrome shows some light scratches. AGP replacement windshield excellent and unmarked. Underhood tidy and completely factory. Nice interior shows proportionate wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $187,000. Sold at $37,000 above the high estimate, but it was no real surprise, as this is another upward-heading segment of the market. Low production numbers, a handsome bodystyle, and a top that goes down usually spell desirability, and here it was spelled in capital letters. Very good original interior shows some light wear to the cloth seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. If an older Plymouth coupe is the kind of thing that excites you, then this was a great buy. There were a lot of miles left in this old coupe, and covering them won't cost the new owner a whole lot of money. Well bought. are earlier Fords, but they are not the product of the Ford Motor Company, a distinction to remember before you write in. This car comes with all the bragging rights of being the oldest relative of the F-150 in your driveway, if that's the sort of thing that floats your boat. Me? I'll take a 1904 model and a couple of Ford GTs instead. TOP 10 No. 2 68 #249-1937 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ cabriolet. S/N 2405. Eng. # SJ397. Black/black cloth/violet leather. Odo: 10,843 miles. Coachwork designed by Bauer, #259-1942 LINCOLN H-SERIES 7 Passenger Presidential limousine. S/N H135600. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 10,163 miles. One or two nicks visible since restoration five years ago. Excellent paint and chrome. Underhood shows a complete detail. Much of the original interior was left alone in the restoration; it's quite nice, but the historical significance overruled beauty in this case. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $605,000. A real, no-excuses Presidential Limousine, built shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and updated after the end of hostilities in Europe. With both Roosevelt and Truman history, it's not hard to see why the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles made it their own. Interestingly, this could be the first automobile ever fitted with an FM radio, as it #312-1953 MUNTZ JET 2-dr hard top convertible. S/N DR141664CAL. Coral/black cloth/white leather. Odo: 3 miles. Easily the nicest presentation I've seen on a Muntz in years. Body straight, door gaps slightly off. Carson top is covered in cloth, and fitted as if a convertible. Excellent glass, underhood looks great, but is overdone. Leather interior looks good and smells fresh. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. I heard some grumbling about this Muntz being overdone, and I don't disagree. Over-the-top or not, the car showed well and that seemed to be enough to bring over the high estimate of $65,000. For Muntz watchers, I would call this sale spot on the current market price. #246-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P857H35445. White & orange/white/white & orange vinyl. Odo: 55,300 miles. 347-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Nicely done with very good paint and excellent chrome. Top appears new, but it shows a few issues and could have been done better. The interior is period correct, and is well done Sports Car Market


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Column Author Museum Spotlight Snook's Dream Cars By Jennifer Davis with an excellent dash and great leather seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. An indicator of what the market thinks these cars are worth at this point, and I'm not going to argue with this result. These are great road cars that visually and physically exude '50s optimism without the self parody of massive fins. Well done. #313-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr Cars, in Bowling Green, Ohio. The 1940s Texaco gas station is only a replica. Owned by 84-year-old Bill Snook and his son, Jeff, the museum displays cars from the 1930s to the 1960s, along with some military vehicles. Every car can be viewed in an authentic D setting, which includes a '50s diner and a '60s Sebring Raceway pit lane. Thanks to an on-site mechanic and full-service garage, every car in the museum is in working condition. In addition to automobiles, the museum has an extensive collection of automobilia, antique pedal cars, and automobile decanters, some of which are still filled with the original Jim Beam. Unique Can't find that special place to hold your next banquet or event? Consider having your party at Snook's Dream Cars. The museum can accommodate up to 200 people, with on-site catering available. What's not to like about first-class dining surrounded by classic cars and antique automobilia? Check out the web site for prices, pictures, and contact information. Where Snook's Dream Cars 13920 County Home Rd. Bowling Green, OH 43402 419.353.8338 www.snooksdreamcars.com What 30 cars on rotation in 10,000 sq. ft. of space, including 6,000 sq. ft. storage for personal collections. Hours Open daily from 11am to 4pm Admission Adults: $5; Seniors: $4; Children: $3u 70 patina, all else looks new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $550,000. Buy a Cobra and save a cool $4,950,000 over what some other guy paid up the road. No, it's not a 427, and not a Super Snake, but it was a very nice presentation of a well-done 289 roadster. Well bought. Sports Car Market on't expect to get your gas tank filled when you pull up to Snook's Dream hard top. S/N VC578230808. Matador Red/ silver vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 970 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A full restoration still close to the edge of looking great, but some very bad problems lurk. Well-applied paint, but underneath some poor prep problems are about to surface, including a row of bubbles #260-1965 SHELBY MUSTANG GT350 R fastback. S/N 5FM5R533. White & blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 10,582 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Brown Brothers (Vancouver, BC) livery. Very good paintwork, excellent graphics. Plexiglass side and rear windows superb, interior shows well with one racing seat on the driver's side and a stock seat on the passenger side. Engine compartment clean, overall appears vintage race-ready. Cond: 2 -. NOT SOLD AT $700,000. I'm surprised this car didn't bring at least $250,000 more. There's a limited supply of R-model Shelby cars, and one famously came within $10,000 of crossing the million mark. We've all seen cars with a Canadian history bring less than those that got raced on our side of the border, but this was much too hefty a discount here, and the seller was right to keep it. TOP 10 No. 5 #254-1967 SHELBY COBRA 427 S/C roadster. S/N CSX3045. Blue/black leather. Odo: 17,003 miles. 427-ci V8, 4- in the driver's door. Excellent chrome, clear and unmarked glass, and the interior is also to a top-notch standard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,250. I just hate when this happens... an otherwise nicely restored car undone by poor prep work. The good news is that this car will make a nice driver for a few years before the work will have to be performed again. The bad news? This buy was at full retail for a car this nice without paint issues. #236-1964 SHELBY COBRA AC road- ster. S/N CSX2342. Silver/black hardtop/ black. Odo: 25,880 miles. 289-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. All paintwork to an excellent standard, unusual hardtop is a nice bonus. Tidy underhood, well-fitted leather. Steering wheel has a nice bbl, 4-sp. Very nice paint, but the poor lighting made the trunk lid hue appear mismatched to the rest of the body. Nice panel gaps, good glass and knock-off wheels. Excellent brightwork, leather, and carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,430,000. There's no ignoring the upward movement in the AC Cobra market—just six months ago this car would likely have brought $250,000 less. How high seems to be the question on everyone's mind, and while there's likely more upward movement before the top is hit, the answer will only be found over time. #270-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N 1946775109097. Black & blue/black leather. Odo: 507. 427-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. L88 motor with Protecto-Plate, M22 “Rock Crusher” transmission. Excellent paint, very good chrome, well turned out interior with a radio delete dash. Side pipes, all-GM


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ engine compartment looks new. A nice presentation through and through. NOT SOLD AT $1,550,000. Yes, a million five hundred and fifty and no sale. This was the biggest of the bigdog Vettes, and with great colors—one of only 20 similar L88 cars built in 1967. After a life as a race car, this Corvette was returned to its showroom-new appearance in 2006. The vendor stated that the car was date-code correct, and at these prices, I would sure hope so. #280-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B146415. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,478 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. A very tidy and correct restoration. Excellent paint shows better than new in this low-mileage example. Perfect glass, chrome is as-new. Correct style interior shows no issues whatsoever. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $330,000. Pinning a price on this car reminds me of water dancing on a hot skillet—fun to watch, but you might get burned, scalded, or ruin the skillet. Sold at a full $70,000 under the low estimate. What's cooking? Could be the Hemi steak lost a little bit o' sizzle. #306-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W30 2- dr hard top. S/N 344870M201184. Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 45,034 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some light prep flaws detract from otherwise very nice paint. Excellent chrome and stainless trim. Clean glass with no scratches noted. Window gaskets appear fresh, Firestone Wide Ovals look good. Underhood TOP 10 No. 3 #255-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA convertible. S/N BS27R1B269588. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 286 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Not bad shape for a former drag racer—especially for a convertible. Straight body with good panel gaps throughout, even around doors. Full restoration, excellent paint, the chrome is all as new or better. Top fit is spot on, and the interior is both correct and is well done, but not overdone. Extremely clean interior is all stock. Described as numbers-matching. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. Sold at $500 less than the auction catalog low estimate, and just in line with the market trend. This car was not a #1, and if it were, I would have expected a bigger bump and a possible $60k or more finish. As it was, a good deal for both the buyer and seller. well done. One of three convertibles delivered in '71 with the Hemi and Pistol-grip 4-speed, and the only one of them with an Elastometric body-color front bumper and white convertible top. SOLD AT $2,420,000. Low miles accumulated a quarter-mile at a time. The sellers decided that a total restoration to stock form was the best way to go, and it paid off here. One sale does not a market make (or change), but this sale is one that will be examined by the experts for the next few years. u April 2007 71


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Still the 800-pound Gorilla Among the most outlandish prices was $81k for a 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly— the highest price paid at auction for one of these four-wheeled follies Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 15–21, 2007 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Mark Gellman, Doak Lambert, John Nicholls, Shane Ratliff, Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold / offered 1239 / 1239 Sales rate 100% ProTeam Corvette's 1967 “Last Stingray” sold for $660,000 Report and photos by Donald Osborne and B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics B arrett-Jackson long ago moved past being merely a marketplace for the sale of collector cars. With year-round television coverage, lifestyle events, almost a full week of auction sessions of automobilia, cars, bikes, and trucks, it's practically a theme vacation for some attendees—a sort of “Grown-up's Auto Disney,” complete with Botox treatments, liposuction, and a nightclub. Last year's sale saw 1,063 vehicle lots sent to new owners who spent $98m before an audience of hundreds of thousands (against 2005's 878 cars sold for $61.7m). Where does the event go from there? Well, if this year's desert spectacular was any indication, it made a decisive slide sideways. While the 2007 total of nearly $108m (the overall announced total of $112m included many nonautomotive lots) certainly surpassed the 2006 amount, the additional dollars also came with more cars (176) and an additional day of selling. Clearly the increases of the past several years were not matched, but then a certain leveling off of growth is inevitable in any endeavor. One out-of-the-park item was the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, a wild high-performance variant built by Shelby for himself. It reached a new record for a Cobra at $5.5m. Interestingly, the next three top lots hovered right around the $1m mark—the pair of 1950s Dodge Italian styling concepts from Ghia, the Firearrow II and Firearrow IV, sold for $1.1m each, and the customized Hummer H1 used by CNN in its Iraq War coverage also brought $1m, with 72 proceeds going to benefit a military charity. The highest-priced European car was a Sales total $107,919,059 High sale 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, sold at $5,500,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in prices of sold lots) 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster for $632,500—a number that would have bought an alloy Gullwing a few years ago, but was a world record here. Plenty of examples of desert exuberance were displayed under the Westworld tent, and among these was $81k paid for a '59 Fiat 600 Jolly—the highest price yet paid at auction for one of these four-wheeled follies, and clearly not the nicest ever offered. The lightning struck on Scottsdale water once again in the case of an Amphicar that brought $93k, which, while less than last year's $124k for a similar car, was still crazy money. There has been lots of talk inside and outside the collector car business about the health of the muscle car market, and what that means for business at Barrett-Jackson. It's worth noting that B-J has in the past moved along with the overall market, building an initial reputation on big American classics, riding the wave of European exotics, then becoming one of the first places people paid serious money for modern customs and rods. There's no doubt that Barrett-Jackson has built a very large brand, largely through television. But a television audience, no matter how specialized, is still a mass market. In any business, it's always good to remember the product you started with, and it's why diversification from your core, in this case cars versus a lifestyle event, can eventually prove to be risky road to take. We'll see where it leads Barrett-Jackson in 2008. Hopefully, it will be about the cars, whatever they are.u $60m $80m $100m $120m $40m $20m Sports Car Market SALES TOTALS 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #650-1949 TRIUMPH 2000 roadster. S/N TRA714. Light metallic green/black canvas/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 3,882 miles. Well- applied paint in a shade slightly lighter than original. Good panel fit, nice chrome. Clean interior with a nice seat and excellent wood. Some minor wear to edges of soft top keeps this out of solid headlight. Nice glass and trim, decent rubber at base of windshield. Very good interior, but tach shows a crack in the glass and a faded needle. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. An older restoration of a single-family-owned early car from the first year of production. Very well sold here, as this amount usually scores a #2 example. #961.1-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 679195. Red/beige leather. Odo: 28,946 miles. Paint shows some polish swirl marks, and is #1 terrirtory. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. A striking, slightly bulbous early Triumph roadster with a two-passenger “dickie” seat. Beautifully restored in the U.K., and a show winner over here. These cars are fun, but they're terribly slow. This was one of the best I'd ever seen, and I wanted it. A real bargain at the price. #622-1950 MG TD roadster. S/N TD2345. Yellow/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 29,945 miles. Very good paint with a small crack on rear valance under the spare. Good panel fit, chrome OK except for dents and scratches in the right a color change from the original silver. Betterthan-factory panel fit. Very good chrome with some fine pitting on door window frames. New interior sports properly finished wood trim. Multiple Jaguar Club of North America winner. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. Last seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '06, where it didn't sell at a high bid of $90,000 (SCM# 42723). The XK120 coupe is the purest of all Jaguar shapes, but I would frankly have preferred this car in the original silver & red rather than the current red & beige. Nonetheless, very well done, and it presented beautifully. Well bought. #1293.1-1952 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N 91K3019. Burgundy/black leather. RHD. Odo: 21,785 miles. Very good paint shows only minor polish scratches and a small ding on the rear deck. Decent panel fit to better-than-race-car standards. Working interior shows a nice patina. Original Cadillac V8 replaced in 1957 with current Chrysler 392-ci Hemi engine. Halibrand April 2007 73


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author mags, quick change rear end. Restored in 2005. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $198,000. One of 119 built, identified as the New York Motorsports Show car from 1952. Complete with FIA papers. A well-presented, potent and scary vintage racer with good history. A high price, but the car was worth it. #655-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE saloon. S/N B434TN. Sand & sable/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 62,327 miles. Shiny paint with some light polish swirl marks, microblistering, and some touched-up chips. Evidence of filler in slightly wavy sills. Good chrome with a few dings and scratches. Decent interior, but seats have been rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic in stock form—most have been turned into hot rods or drag racers. A really neat piece sold by an Oregon SCMer. Priced right, fair all around. #958.1-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N S837860BW. Ivory/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 20,453 miles. Nice paint, with some light polish swirl marks. Good panel fit except for trunk lid and hood fit high. Excellent chrome and interior, nice glass and trim. Engine compartment clean and original. Cond: 2-. redone in nasty Naugahyde. Good wood. AM/FM cassette radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,700. Seller stated “all original, except for new paint in different colors.” I'll have to check my reference books to see which Bentley R-types came new with Naugahyde seats. A real ten-footer that sold for at least twice retail. #418.1-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N F25468. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 6,578 miles. Older repaint with some bubbling on hood and a few minor scratches and polish swirl marks. Dent in right rear corner from transport, otherwise nice body and panel fit. Good chrome with a couple of unevenly rewelded grille bars. Seats nicely creased, SOLD AT $84,700. The 150 is considered the cruiser's XK. A very high-level driver with no major issues anywhere. As presented, it was excellent for weekend cruising or hometown car shows. A little work may have brought more money, but here it was priced market-correctly. #942-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I roadster. S/N HBN7L1790. Black/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 60,286 miles. Very good paint, some small areas of blistering. Good panel fit, chrome, and bright trim. Recovered seats, some fading on horn button, missing shift some chips on glovebox door edge and rubs on driver's seat edge. Moto-Lita wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,700. Restored six years ago by specialist Fourintune, holding up quite well. An attractive driver—no longer show quality, but ready to enjoy. Last seen at August 2006 Bonhams Quail Lodge sale, where it was a no-sale at $43,000 (SCM# 42573). Having only covered 22 miles since, it sold for retail plus. separating trim on lower dash panel. Strange, thick-rimmed modern wheel with original “bullet” boss in center. Faded carpets. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $49,500. A pure early XK, with disc wheels and skirts. A somewhat tired original driver, but completely honest. Sold at the current retail entry price for an XK 120 open two-seater. Fair for both the seller and buyer. #311-1956 FORD ANGLIA 2-dr sedan. S/N C872166. Burgundy/dark red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 81,485 miles. Good paint with some orange peel. Body shows waviness in sills. Good chrome on headlights, some pitting on left rear hubcap. Original seats still standing up, hard plastic interior trim faded. Steering wheel chipped and marked. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,900. A charming upright English Ford, 74 #977-1964 JAGUAR XKE S 1 convertible. boot. Restored, offered with receipts and photos. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,700. The lighter, more “interactive” big Healey. Great looking in black, a nice driver—but not much more. The price was high, but not outrageously so. The new owner should enjoy it and drive it, as that's the most lucrative upside here. #1578.1-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM V limousine. S/N 5AS65. Black/beige leather & velour. Odo: 69,839 miles. Paint shows a good deal of orange peel, with some bubbles along the panel creases. Excellent panel fit, straight body. Sports Car Market S/N 881803. Cotswold Blue/beige canvas/blue leather. Odo: 91,873 miles. Excellent paint shows one chip on left side near the rear of the hood edge. Excellent hood fit, but neither door closes properly. Excellent chrome and interior. Clean interior shows well, nice glass has no chips or scratches. Period Philips three-band Good bumpers, other chrome dull and cloudy. Right front whitewall applied with a spatula-like buttercream frosting. Good seats, rears are somewhat baggy and ill fitted. Some wood trim is dry and shows cracking in varnish. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $93,600. A very valuable, rare, and important Rolls-Royce, especially in left-hand drive. This one appeared to be in hire-car condition. The price paid was generous, but try to find another example like it. #425-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L25656. Colorado Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 95,763 miles. Very good paint, except for scratches on driver's door and small chip on left rear fender near door seam. Decent panel fit and body work. Very good chrome, except for some rippling of right door trim and pitting of door handles. Most rubber OK, some weak. Clean interior, with


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author radio, wide whitewall bias-ply tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. Superbly restored in 1998, sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January '00 for $74,000 (SCM# 15230). Car card stated “driven less than 100 miles” since then, but odo readings disagree. Nevertheless, it's still stunning, and once the door fit issues are addressed, it's a #1 again. Very well bought. #995-1965 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1E11149. White/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 78,792 miles. Very good paint, excellent panel fit and chrome. Fresh interior fitted with new leather, carpet, and a wood rim steering wheel and period AM/FM radio. Stated restoration was hard to fault, but when viewed in person it somehow came off as not as sharp as past offerings. Still, below market for a car in its condition. Well bought. #1514-1970 MG B convertible. S/N GHN3L65023. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Shiny paint shows some sanding marks underneath and some blisters on hood edge. Variable panel fit, straight body. Decent glass, newer top still looks good. Very good chrome, interior, with proper unpolished horn ring and a period radio. Fully tricked out, with two-tone paint, fender skirts, chrome fender guards, underdash shelf, and vase. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,150. An eye-catching '50s convertible with nine first-place awards and four Best of Shows to its credit. Attention to detail was superb, but weren't all the accessories a bit over-the-top? Still, well worth the price paid. #6-1956 BECK 356 Replica speedster. $200k restoration, a 99.7 Jaguar Club of North America score. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,250. Well presented Series 1 1/2 covered headlight E-type. The claimed 3,000-hour restoration was easy to believe, with no real negatives present anywhere. Sold right on the money. #620-1966 AUSTIN MINI COOPER S 2-dr sedan. S/N 66CA2S57L799556. White & black/gray & red vinyl. Odo: 65,043 miles. Very good paint with some minor prep issues, excellent panel fit and chrome. Trim and glass in great condition, no rust evident anywhere. Engine compartment clean, but shows some signs of use. Excellent interior is complete and except faded A-pillar trim. Good interior shows some pitting on steering wheel center. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,400. A casually refurbished chrome-bumper B in not much more than decent driver condition. Bs are not hard to come by, especially in this condition, and this car sold for at least twice retail. #606-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF10688U. Carmine Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,163 miles. Excellent paint with one small bubble on left near fender crease. Decent panel fit, no dents or dings. Interior looks new, with S/N 3560000158. Light blue metallic/dark blue leather. Excellent paint and chrome, body relatively straight. Very good panel fit, except left door out at rear edge. Very good interior shows some use and has slightly soiled carpets. Nice dash and gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,550. A “factory-built” fiberglass spider, and it didn't pretend to be anything it wasn't—it was badged as a Beck. A market-correct price for a nicely done fake Speedster. Hopefully, the new owner will drive and enjoy, as while it did look like a real one, its value won't follow suit. #340-1957 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,200. A U.S. delivery genuine S with documentation. A show winner and the 2006 Mini Calendar cover car. Very cute and in great colors. It's important to pay up for a real one, as they are frequently faked. Besides the rally cars, only the ex-Paul McCartney car has been bid higher at auction. A big price, but worth it. #1220-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L35206. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 78,307 miles. Shiny paint shows no issues anywhere. Panel fit looks to be as good or better than original. Very good chrome, except for some visible sanding marks under door trim plating. Excellent fresh vinyl interior. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This fresh Kurt Tanner 76 Kabinenroller coupe. S/N 54777. Two-tone blue/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 4,521 km. Excellent paint, except for small crack on left side in front of flip-top door. Chrome and trim nice, wire wheel covers and mini-whitewalls look interesting. Very good interior. Soft top model, also sold with hard top. Cond: 2. SOLD nicely upholstered vinyl seats. Redline tires an interesting look, but nicely matched to the paint. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. Only 9,000 miles since restoration completed in 2001. A welldone TR6 in great colors, seemingly completely sorted and ready to drive or show. Well bought. GERMAN #628-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1098878. Teal & beige/black canvas/beige & black vinyl. Odo: 767 miles. Excellent paint, very good panel fit, door gaskets protrude. Show-quality chrome and AT $25,300. Well done tandem-seater bubble car micro. Last seen at Silver's Reno auction August '06, where it was a no-sale at $29,500 (SCM# 43063). Also listed as sold at the Reno auction in August 2004 for $15,300 (SCM# Sports Car Market


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Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring. Mechanically and structurally sound car with recent paint and interior. Sure to be an effective and comfortable event car with service and prep. 5-speed, Borranis, flat Nardi wheel. $89,500 1967 Ferrari 365 Calfiornia Spider. Perhaps the last of the limited production model Ferraris to be built. 1 of 13. Stunning condition, original color, A/C and power steering. Great presence. $1,100,000. 1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible. California car with 38,500 miles. Immaculate example of this very desirable year. Recent service and additional work. Pioneer stereo, Ipod and navigation. $79,500. 1971 365 GTB/4. US model with 3,000 miles on major service, brake lines, water pump and clutch by FAF. Receipts from 1994. Wood steering wheel, A/C, Alloys. $219,500


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author 34443). No longer a #1, having just lost its edge—now you needn't be nervous parking it in the bike rack at Costco. Priced correctly. #1283-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL convertible. S/N 7500383. Light green/dark green canvas/dark green leather. Odo: 920 km. Excellent paint, panel fit, chrome, and interior. Fitted luggage matches current color scheme. Only 900 kilometers covered since restoration by Rudi Koniczek of Victory, British Columbia. scratches on remaining trim. Nice interior with new seats in proper grain and very good wood trim. Period Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,300. Said to be ex-Princess Grace of Monaco car, but no confirmation was available. Very well presented as a driver. A fair bit over retail, but not too much. If the provenance can be proven, this price was a bargain. #725-1958 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 150730. Ivory/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 99,840 miles. Nice paint with some rippling around the right door panel. Both doors slightly out at rear edges, otherwise decent panel gaps. Very good chrome, with the exception of Vise Grip marks on the right vent window frame. Some perished rubber. Excellent interior with radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $77,000. A sharplooking 356 coupe, but apparently beauty is only skin-deep. With such a big rust hole in the floor, I had to wonder about the mechanicals. A very expensive price for a potential bag of problems. #647-1966 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $632,500. A high-level restoration done in non-original, unusual, and attractive colors. The highest auction price ever for a SL roadster. This one had a lot going for it, but it's too soon to call this sale indicative of an upward swing in the market for these cars. Time will tell. #341-1958 BMW 600 Limousine coupe. S/N 125271. Coral & sand beige/ gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 25,682 miles. Decent paint and chrome, some minor pitting shows inside front badge. Excellent interior in proper materials. U.S. delivery 304287. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 9,978 miles. Good quality paint, factory-spec panel fit. Nice glass, some wavy window gaskets. Good chrome has some light pitting and scratches throughout. New interior shows some minor fit issues in period three-band radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. A 1600 super cabriolet in not the sexiest color combo, but well presented. Last seen here 229 miles ago at Barrett-Jackson January '06, where it was listed sold at $135,000 (SCM# 40375). The price was judged high then, and even at $36k less, that was still the case. The seller couldn't have been too pleased. #734-1963 PORSCHE 356B Super Sunroof. S/N 121371. Silver/black leather. Very good paint, decent panel fit, except right door out at rear edge. Fair chrome, with pitting on window trim and taillight bezels, and much corrosion on both front wheels under plating. Clean interior, with incorrect rubber on leading edge of side rear windows, baggy visors, and some lumpiness in car, room for four. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. Fabulous restoration on a “big limo” micro—for the family man. Much more seldom seen than the bubble cars, and sure to be a hit at any BMWCCA meet. A huge price for a small car, but I've never seen one as nice. See Profile, pg. 48. #391-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S convertible. S/N 180030N8510535. Light gray/ dark blue canvas/black leather. Odo: 84,906 km. Very good paint, variable panel fit. Excellent rechromed bumpers, some pitting, fading, and dash top cover. Fitted with a radio antenna and an aftermarket blanking plate on dash. Ex-Jim Schrager. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,100. The later 356 1600S coupes with the sunroof are desirable cars, and if you didn't look too closely this wasn't a bad car—but it certainly wasn't a great one. Well sold. #698-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 216880. Red/black leather. Odo: 87,870 miles. Excellent paint on body, shocking three-inch rust hole from right wheelwell into footwell. Generally good panel fit, except for wide trunk lid gaps, and the right door sits slightly out at rear. Very good chrome, some perished rubber trim. Serviceable interior with period three-band 78 headliner. Wood rimmed steering wheel a good look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. An overall excellent early 911. Stated “restored to showdriver level” which is of course a contradiction. Clearly a high-level driver, but not a show car. Price was over double retail for the model, and more than likely unrepeatable elsewhere. #420-1967 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 1065621350. White/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 10,572 miles. Good paint shows a few small rubs and scratches. Very good panel fit, excellent chrome, decent trim and glass. Nice interior displays slightly soiled seats and carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,500. Stated 600 miles and three “swims” since restoration. Since the sale of the $124k Amphicar here in January '06 (SCM# 40359), practically the entire stock of remaining cars seems to have appeared for sale. Not as nice as that record-breaking car, but an even more remarkable result. I doubt if it will see the water again any time soon. Well sold. #415-1970 PORSCHE 914/6 Roadster. S/N 9140432560. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 73,679 miles. Excellent paint, very good panel fit. Decent bright trim, rubber bumper trim Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author condition. The result was a new auction record for the type, and was quite unbelievable given that it was far from the nicest I'd seen. With this result, we're sure to start seeing more fakes built from coupes. A home run for the seller. #1232-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 is rippled, scratched, and dull front and rear. Driver-quality interior, with later unlabeled cassette radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,450. Porsche 914s are much better than people think, and the 6-cylinder makes for a very good driver. This was not a bad one, but the price paid could have bought one close to perfect. Very well sold. #408-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412021818. Dark green/green canvas/cognac MB Tex. Odo: 74,415 miles. Nice paint application, with some subsurface shrinkage on front end of hood and a few touched-up chips. OK chrome with some special-order paint with a touched-up chip and rub on front bumper. Excellent panel fit. Very good black trim except for one small divot in left rear fender guard. Nice interior with wear appropriate for mileage. U.S. car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,700. This one was well-presented in a striking color, and should be ready to use without trouble. Priced a bit high for the mileage and condition. #646-1988 PORSCHE 930S Slantnose coupe. S/N WP0JB093XJS050700. White/dark blue leather. Odo: 27,919 miles. Superb paint and panel fit, very good black trim shows only a few small chips. Nice glass, factory rims in good condition. Generally clean interior shows pitting on trunk handle and a few small dents elsewhere. Good interior, but driver's seat back trim is a bit wavy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $61,600. A one-owner late “Pagoda” SL, described as restored in 2006. The 280SL is a capable sporty tourer, and prices run the full gamut. This was just an OK car, and it sold for a generous price. #913-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING con- vertible. S/N 1833022556. Orange/beige vinyl/ beige vinyl. Odo: 61 miles. Excellent paint is probably better than factory, with some small chips on top fastening hooks. Very good panel fit and chrome. Excellent interior, accessory gas AT $121,000. Stated to be one of four chopped by Scaglietti. Attractive in a way the Mondial could only dream of. A no-sale in January '93 at the Kruse Scottsdale auction at $60,000 (SCM# 592), it sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in '02 for $108,000 (SCM# 26919). It's covered just 724 miles a year since, and here it basically sold for the same money as in 2002, once you figure for inflation. Hardly a gold-plated investment. some wear to driver's seat and carpet. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,600. A genuine slant-nose 930 Turbo. Seems well cared for—but service records are a must at such low mileage. Perhaps 15% over retail, but if those records came with it, a fair deal. ITALIAN #669-1959 FIAT JOLLY. S/N 594538. Yellow/white canvas/brown wicker. Odo: 9,407 miles. Good paint shows several sink holes, with some evidence of filler in sills. Good chrome has some waviness under plating on both side rails. Correct interior shows a nice patina to the original wicker, but some soiling on lower dash mostly original, including dashboard cap. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,890. A “black spoiler” Spider offered by an SCMer dealer from Portland in his usual thoroughly refurbished manner. Just north of market-correct, but still well bought and sold. heater. A fully-restored 7,000 mile car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,560. Stated as “one of 25 made in '73–74,” which makes no sense. Correct and restrained restoration, yet still over-the-top for a Thing. Where was Publisher Martin when you needed him? A new Thing record—or is that a record Thing? #699-1986 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0938GS051014. Metallic red/brown leather. Odo: 56,117 miles. Excellent original 80 #986-1984 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N trim and pitting on speedo chrome detracts from the overall look. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $81,400. A U.S. delivery Jolly with the correct larger and higher-mounted headlights. Decent, but not top 2FFJA09B000051725. Silver & black/dark red leather. Odo: 27,640 miles. Very good paint looks to be largely original, with a few touchedup chips and some polish swirl marks. Good panel gaps appear factory. Nice black trim, except for fading door mirrors. Front amber lenses a bit clouded, other plastic OK. Clean interior shows a nice patina to the seats, still has delivery plastic on door sill carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT Sports Car Market #8.1-1978 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N AR115410003375. Ivory/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 32,086 miles. Very good paint, excellent panel fit. Decent chrome and black trim, some minor pitting on license plate lights. Corner of right taillamp bezel delaminating badly. Interior looks very good, and appears Converted spyder. S/N 15713. Red/Tan canvas/Tan leather. Odo: 17,112 miles. Coachwork by Scaglietti. Good paint with many polish swirl marks and a few touched-up chips. Good panel fit, nicely trimmed (but somewhat loosely fitting) tonneau cover hides the chop site. Excellent chrome and black trim, good interior with creased but not cracked seats and some fading to burlwood console trim. Cond: 3+. SOLD


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Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. An auction frequent flyer, color changed from black sometime between March '04 and January '05. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January '06, where it was declared sold at $58,320 (SCM# 40587). Just 321 miles later, it was back, and it sold for a grand less, which was still more than you need to spend on a U.S. model. #1546-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA $82,500. The ex-AJ Foyt, gray market BB federalized by Shelton. The BB is coming on strong in the market right now, and this price seemed a bit light—did the Foyt provenance help, or hurt? #1546.1-1985 FERRARI 308 GTSI QV targa. S/N ZFFLA13B000055963. Red/tan leather. Odo: 22,171 miles. Decent red repaint shows no issues. Good panel fit, very good black trim. Clean interior shows wear appropriate to indicated mileage. Kenwood CD, stated recent service. Euro-spoiler, aftermarket exhaust. Chassis shows recent use. A gray market car. wheel alignment issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. The Testarossa, icon of the '80s, will one day have its time in the sun again—especially as those who once had posters of it over their beds start gaining disposable incomes. In the meantime, this price was a gift to the seller. Well sold. #603-1993 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce convertible. S/N ZARBB32N5P700573. Red/ 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial by Scaglietti When Lampredi turned his hand to creating a light yet powerful four cylinder racing Ferrari, the result was the famed 500 Mondial. Chassis 0536MD was originally supplied to Luigi Taramazzo in 1955, campaigning the car in that years Mille Miglia as well as Monza and Imola. Later that year it was returned to the factory for a service and rebuild, and was sold to Luigi Chinetti and exported to America. Returning to Europe in the early 1990's, it received a complete restoration by Terry Hoyle and DK Engineering and has subsequently been campaigned successfully in the Shell Historic Challenge, Mille Miglia Retrospective and the Le Mans Classic. coupe. S/N ZFFSA17AG0063567. Black/black leather. Odo: 18,301 miles. Good paint has polish swirl marks and a few chips. Nice panel fit throughout, good black trim and glass. Original interior shows some fading on dash top and door caps. Very worn left rear tire hints at possible GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1963 AC Cobra Comp Car 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ 1955 Ferrari Mondial 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Competition Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1953 Pegaso Z102 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com April 2007 www.gregorfisken.com 81


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author winner, CCCA first Senior Badge in 2004. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $660,000. A one-off LWB Derham sedan, imposing and handsome. No longer top show-winning sharp, but it still presented very well. A bit of a bargain at the price paid. #985-1932 AUBURN 8 100A speedster. black canvas/black suede & leather. Odo: 49,546 miles. Original paint has a few small chips and a large parking scratch on the rear bumper. Decent panel fit, good brightwork, some fading on taillight lenses. Tidy interior, suede seats show little wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,650. The best of the late Spiders, and a real alternative to a Miata as an everyday driver—and this will garner more looks than its Japanese counterpart. Well bought. AMERICAN #1222-1929 AUBURN 8-88 Replica speed- ster. S/N 48. Dark red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 31 km. Well-applied paint on body and frame, very good bright trim and chrome, except for some pitting and fading inside the headlights. Interior as-new. Very clean painted S/N 11146E. Red & orange/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 504 miles. Very good older paint shows a few small chips. Excellent panel fit and chrome, nice trim and glass. Good interior shows a bit of soiling on metal dash instrument panel. paint, good panel fit. Most chrome nice, except for one loose hood strip. Interior also in good condition, but with some loose trim at top of left door. Copperstate 1000 and CCCA Caravan history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $313,500. Ex-Paul Whiteman, ex-Glenn Mounger, certified as a genuine supercharged car by the Auburn-CordDuesenberg Club. The most desirable Cord, with great provenance and excellent driver condition. The price paid was on the high side, but the car was worth every penny. #1042.1-1947 GMC TGH 3102 Von Dutch Rebodied 45 years ago by Glenn Prey from Auburn sedan. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,500. Stated as one of eleven built just after Prey obtained Auburn's parts and rights. Very well made, and if you're going to have a rebody, it may as well be a good one. The price was a bit high, but not by much. #1282-1932 PACKARD 906 Sport phaeton. S/N 9067. Beige/beige canvas/brown leather. Odo: 51,241 miles. Coachwork by Dietrich. Well-applied paint shows absolutely no flubs, panel fit looks excellent. Chrome all replated and spotless, well-fitted interior shows excellent bus. S/N TGH3102010. Dull red & cream/green vinyl. Odo: 49,353 miles. Paint faded and mottled. Plenty of corrosion is evident, especially in bottom of the home-made door. Newer engine cosmetics, but billows enough smoke to keep the mosquitoes at bay for several hundred miles. Repainted Budd split rims and recent bias ply tires. The forward portion of the bus is a workshop, with various toolboxes, workbenches, and a Crosley refrigerator. The rear portion contains a bathroom and sleeping quarters, which due to wires and newer tires complete the look. Fitted with four-wheel alloy brakes and an oil cooler. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,500. A replica based on the Auburn racer which set speed records at Atlantic Speedway in 1928. Very well executed, using all Auburn mechanical parts. An excellent racer certainly bought for less than the cost of the build. #1311-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J Arlington sedan. S/N J232. Ivory & beige/ tan canvas/beige wool. Odo: 15,235 miles. Coachwork by Derham. Some light polish swirl marks in otherwise excellent paint. good panel fit, perfect chrome. Interior just starting to show patina, with some cracking on seat piping. Very good wood trim. AACA National first-place leather. Rebodied in 1981. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $275,000. Built from a 1932 seven-passenger tourer. Shown at Pebble Beach in 1987 in the new body class; restored in 2006. A stunning presentation, but ultimately a bitsa, and priced accordingly. #1312-1937 CORD 812 SC Sportsman convertible. S/N 32236F. Ivory/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 7,176 miles. Superb decades of neglect, are not fit for man, beast, or probably even Von Dutch himself. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $46,000. Started life as a city transit bus, purchased by Von Dutch to use as his home and shop after his workshop failed inspection— and judging by the general layout and condition of the interior, I can see why. After I took a tour of it, I had a compelling desire to go to the media center's trailer, take a hot soapy shower, and burn my clothes—and I'm a professional bachelor who likes to go junkyarding. The Von Dutch factor gave this barely ambling example of scrap metal waiting to happen $45,500 more to its value. #87-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S004610. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 21,533 miles. AACA Junior national award winner in 1988, NCRS Top Flight winner in 2005. Body finish faithful if not slightly better than original, with moderate rippling. High quality heavily buffed repaint. Nice stainless trim and chrome. Undercarriage finished in high-gloss black paint. Nice engine paint detail, but some individual components are no longer clean. Older reproduction interior professionally installed and showing minimal wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. As the tenth from the last '54 built, it was made when the aura of the Corvette show car and the limited production of the '53 model had all but disappeared. When it had to stand on its own legs, it came off as a plastic-bodied kit car that drove like Aunt Emma's sedan. While Zora Arkus- 82 Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward Chassis Number BC.23.LAF was sold via distributors Inskip & Co. in New York to Mr. R.L.Parish of the American Flange Mfg. Co. in January 1956. One of just 31 left-hand drive examples of the Park Ward coachbuilt versions, the Bentley has had only 4 owners since new and has covered just 44,485 miles. Correctly restored over a three year period by the current custodian, it has since won multiple show awards. These rare and desirable Drophead models are the epitome of dignified and elegant Bentley Continental motoring. Other Cars Available 1911 Doriot, Flandrin & Parant (D.F.P.) 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulet by Brewster & Co. 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer 1929 Lagonda Two Litre High Chassis Speed Model 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Drophead Coupe by Windovers 1949 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport T-26 Coupe by Dubos 1960 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe Miles Morris Connecticut Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author #984-1959 DESOTO ADVENTURER Duntov eventually steered the Corvette down the right path, examples of '54 models show why GM had a good reason to can it in late 1954. Market price for a history lesson. #982.1-1956 LINCOLN PREMIER con- vertible. S/N 56LA8904L. Wisteria/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 58,635 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dealer accessory left hand spot light. Good quality older repaint, body shows a slight rise of the hood at cowl and mediocre trunk and door gaps. Original wrinkled dash pad, reupholstered leather seating, newer carpet. Minor steering wheel cracks forming. Clean undercarriage. Semi-metallic exhaust note at idle, but otherwise is rather muted when running. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,500. With RM selling Jerry Capizzi's Wisteria '56 Premier for a quarter million dollars, I figured the poseurs would come out of the woodwork for this one. Being about half the car Jerry's was, it rightfully went for less than a third of what his did. #359.1-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER Indy 500 Pace Car convertible. S/N 57SL52453M. Light yellow & gold/black vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 19,412 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old repaint and decal installation still presentable. Door and panel gaps good, but doors feel clunky when opened and closed. Body shows minor wrinkling of the side panel “Reynolds Wrap” trim, and a few dings in most of the body side moldings. Newer bumper chrome has some issues. Reupholstered interior with minor seat wear and lumpy dash Straight and flat “Reynolds wrap” and trim, with no dings whatsoever. Better-than-new inspection stamps in the sterile, correct, and all Mopar engine bay. All-new interior with no signs of wear or use. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $253,000. Sure, any '59 DeSoto is a pretty rare bird, especially one of the 97 top-of-the-line Adventurer drop tops, but $253,000 worth of rare? It appeared that Big Fin Mopars were the flavor of the weekend out here, as sales of similar cars brought similar over-the-top money. #96-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. S/N 841308530. Mardi Gras Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 5,814 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fitted with all power options and swivel front bucket seats. Nice body prep and subsequent repaint. High quality replate of chrome shows some pitting underneath. Aftermarket emblems added to reproduction wire wheel centers. Freshly redone motor with an incorrectly painted cross ram intake is otherwise concours are evident. Reproduction interior, Wonderbar radio. Minor fraying on the fuel injection metering rheostat, and minor fuel staining on the metering body at the line input. Correct and very clean underbody. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $115,500. Here's more proof that the best cars weren't always in the tent. As a first day car, it was parked outside, but not for long. All that is really needed here is about a day to detail the engine bay, and then hit the show circuit and get some more NCRS accolades. Well bought; a lot of car for the money. #120-1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr sedan. S/N 1Y82H415702. Light yellow/ black leather. Odo: 210 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new by Peterson Lincoln/Mercury in Minneapolis, then kept in San Diego for decades before being restored. Won several major awards in LCOC judging, including five 100-point Emeritus awards. Slight hint of corrosion in the exhaust manifold bolts, but otherwise shows absolutely no signs of wear or use convertible. S/N M491100473. Black/black cloth/white & gold nylon & cloth. Odo: 23,330 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Optioned with power windows, power steering, power brakes, and six-way power swivel seats. Very clean, correct, and fresh restoration from Greg Groom's Chrysler Works. Better-than-new body prep, paint work, and panel fit, with the only exception being a wide gap at the front of both doors. & silver coves/white hard & soft tops/red vinyl. Odo: 37,903 miles. Fuel-injected 315-hp 283-ci V8, 4-sp. Duntov signed glovebox door. NCRS Gold certification and Triple Crown awards in 1992, most recently awarded Top Flight status with a 97% score. Full older professional restoration of all components. Superb body and paint work, although some light polishing scratches pad installation. Somewhat difficult to start, and once going runs rough. Rather loose and rattly throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,700. Somebody must have seen what Jerry Capizzi's Pace Car did at RM's sale in November, and was hoping for lightning to strike twice—but for lightning to strike twice, you need to be in the same spot, and this wasn't Jerry's garage in Addison, IL. Fully priced for the rattletrap barge that it was, as all 1,265 1957 Turnpike Cruiser convertibles are cookie-cutter identical Indy Pace Car editions. 84 ready. Newer upholstery with modern seat belts. Clean chassis includes a stock exhaust system. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,800. Here's another example of late 50's/early 60's big fin Mopars going through the roof. This car got quite a bit of hay in the mainstream media, simply because it was sold on the first day and was the first of the Mopar Big Fin cars to sell above the market. Nice, but more like $100k nice rather than $140k nice. Both '59 DeSotos that sold later in the week were in better condition and more authentic, but this had more eyeball. #101-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S108388. Ermine White anywhere. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $60,500. These cars are extremely difficult to restore, thanks to early unibody construction and the sheer complexity of the standard power equipment. It was probably a wash if the $60k sale price matched the cost of restoration, but it could be argued that's the price to pay for five consecutive 100-point scores. If you wanted that nicest '61 Lincoln trophy-magnet on the planet, this was the car to get. #979.1-1961 PONTIAC MONTE CARLO Concept convertible. S/N 16XPX11. Pearl White & blue/white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 23,731 miles. 215-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Created by Pontiac for the 1962 show circuit, later made streetable with a full windshield, and roll-up door glass, and acquired by a GM executive for his son to use at college. Thick paint touched up on the hood, panel gaps OK except for very slight door alignment issues. Generally bland black Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author making revised spinners for the Kelsey-Hayes wheels, as the original spinner would hit the fender skirts on a non-Sports Roadster car. Real Sports Roadsters were never fitted with skirts, due to clearance problems. I certainly hope that the buyer was paying attention here and realized that he paid a premium for a convertible with a tonneau cover. undercarriage. Stunning interior sports a couple of modern supplementary gauges under the dash. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,700. Last seen at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale in August 2005, where it didn't sell at $90,000 (SCM# 38920). Being a kissing cousin to my beloved Corvairs, this modified Tempest was a venerable GM emblem and styling cue trivia contest. Yes, times were better back then—there's no chance a GM executive (or one from any auto maker) can get a non-production car for his kid to take to college in 2007. Bought exceptionally well. #1013.1-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S103242. Fawn Beige & white coves/white vinyl/beige vinyl. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Authentic paint and panel fit, to include ripples, areas of light coverage, and some light orange peel. NCRS Top Flight car. Slightly grubby engine bay, especially around the induction system. Superb chrome and replacement upholstery, slightly dingy top. Sold fuel-injected engine and big brakes helped the value here as well. The final result was just over the line from market-correct to steep, but some minor fixes to the trim could change that. #946.1-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. S/N 3G67G109990. Rangoon Red/red vinyl. Odo: 23,000 miles. 406-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Superb repaint shows minor swirls. Replated bumpers to a high grade, new replacement emblems, and highly buffed out trim. Bought new from Romy-Hammes Ford specifically for NHRA Super Stock drag racing, and the original owner was sponsored by this dealer. Claimed original miles indicated. Engine bay all FoMoCo, with a reproduction tar-top like battery. Mirror-like undercarriage, with shiny #474-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. S/N 824F35757. Silver Mist Gray/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,351 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Body prep and paintwork done well, original trim tattered and unpolished. Bumpers replated, albeit with a mediocre quality plating job. Most weatherstrips were replaced, but not all. Engine bay shows some indications of use; such as burned-off engine paint and fuel-stained new at Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angles with the following options: accessory hard top, power windows, heater/defroster, windshield washers, and Wonderbar radio. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. While it does seem odd to think that you could get a dual quad with a Powerslide automatic, they were available with that combo. Very big money for a car that shifts oddly—but then again, you don't have to worry about that steep first-to-second shift between the trailer and the parking spot on the concours lawn. #1235.1-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S105733. Fawn Beige Metallic/Fawn Beige hard top/beige vinyl. Odo: 97,855 miles. 327-ci fuel injected V8, 4-sp. Recently earned 93.2 points in NCRS judging, good enough for a national second place. Highest horsepower engine for the model year, with the big brake option and radio delete. Excellent finish is actually too shiny for the NCRS judges, and it lost points because of it. The headlight trim sits too high on the body and protrudes over the fender top. The sterile chassis is actually a lot cleaner than the somewhat dusty engine bay. High quality redone interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. A nice restoration of a desirable Corvette, and the high-horse 86 fuel lines, brake lines, hardware, and fasteners. Heater and radio delete. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $64,900. The 406 was the big motor for Ford until mid-year, when the 427 replaced it. Also being replaced mid year was this boxier style of two-door hardtop roofline, with the NASCAR inspired (and homologated) fastback roofline. Generally speaking, only the lightweight cars from Ford have traditionally traded for this amount, but perhaps the muscle car buying pubic is starting to realize that Mustangs aren't the only performance Fords. #1530-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 3Y85Z133185. Acapulco Blue/ white vinyl/2-ton blue vinyl. Odo: 3,900 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sports Roadster tonneau with reproduction Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Good quality older repaint has been touched up on some of the door edges and then buffed out. Hood to cowl panel and fender gaps could use a little work, but the body is nice for a driver. Nicely buffed-out trim and chrome. Glass all modern replacement. Engine bay clean and correctly detailed. SCM Gold consigning dealer. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. They must be carburetors. Back up lights and fuel gauge inoperative. Reproduction interior and newer Hurst shifter. Clearly only occasionally driven since restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. This example was teetering between a low #2 and high #3 condition—#2, in that the work done was quite good; #3, because despite the work done, the car was used. While the buyer may have leaned toward #2, cars with annoying little issues like a gas gauge that doesn't work are not in #2 condition. Well sold. #1020-1964 MERCURY MONTCLAIR Marauder 2-dr hard top. S/N 4Z57R507298. Light blue/2-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 50,907 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed original miles, only repainted and detailed. Original valve cover decals have started to discolor and wilt. Nice original interior, but the seats are lumpy from the padding settling. Clean matte black chassis includes black-coated exhaust system. Transistorized ignition, AM/FM radio, Rotunda 8,000 RPM tachometer. Correct 15-inch steel wheels—unique in 1964 to all 427s and Police Interceptors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. If I could have kept one car from here, it would have been this one. I like all 1964 Ford products, especially 427s, and I like light blue. I even like, and could legally use, the MN Collector vanity license plate REAL427. I'd factor this sale more as a fluke rather than marketcorrect, as close to six digits seemed pretty steep even for a rare Merc like this one. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #962-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Column Author Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N 135375A149643. Artesian Turquoise/aqua vinyl. Odo: 18,085 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed original except for the tires, fluids, and battery. Paint is buffed out quite a bit, with minimal chips or scratches. Excellent panel fit and finish. Engine compartment not concours, but clean. Black coated chassis is clean. Interior shows be only one of seven GSs fitted with the Riviera GS dual-quad induction. So rare, in fact, that I can't find any mention of it in my original sales literature or modern books on the history of the Buick marque. Expensive even for a perfect car, and the body issues made this closer to a driver than a show car. #1263-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE clean and well detailed under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,500,000. Used by Carroll Shelby, and was also the basis for a similar car made for Bill Cosby, which was destroyed in a fatal accident with a later owner. There was plenty of legend surrounding this car, but was it worth $5m plus? The high bidder seemed to think so, and at least one underbidder wasn't too far behind. A crazy price for a crazy car. See Profile, pg. 52. minor wear on the driver's side carpet and seat bottom. Radio delete. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. An interesting combination of equipment from the pre-SS 396 days, bought from stock on hand by one Madeline Rhodes at the end of the model year. History doesn't record whether she was a dowdy little old lady or a hot momma, but it would've been interesting to have heard the conversation when she bought the car. Seemed worth the premium in price. #775-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 338176M277791. White/maroon vinyl. Odo: 99,308 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good quality trim-off repaint, with GM-spec panel fit. All chrome has either been replaced with repro pieces or replated. All power options, tilt steering column, and AM/FM radio. Grubby flat black paint underhood. Most of the interior has been replaced with reproduction upholstery, with the exception of the console. Dashpad is replacement interior. Equipped with a tilt steering column, teak steering wheel, knee-knocker tachometer, 12-bolt Posi, power steering, power brakes, and a power top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $84,700. Last seen here in 2006, where it sold for $100,400 (SCM# 40571). A good indication of the state of the market here for vintage American muscle, as most cars in less than #1 condition came in a little shy of last year's figures. Some minor work may have helped this car, but not much. #1238.1-1966 BUICK SKYLARK GS con- crudely cut out and wrinkled around the dealerinstalled accessory tachometer. Non-stock door lock plungers rattle loosely in the doors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. You can go to any collector car auction from Maine to California and expect to pay this much or more for a '66 442 in this condition. Real world market pricing—almost bargain pricing—comes back to Barrett-Jackson. TOP 10 No. 1 #1301-1966 SHELBY COBRA Super Snake roadster. S/N CSX3015. Guardsman Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 17,449 miles. 427-ci 800-hp dual Paxton-supercharged V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally configured as a competition car, then retrofitted by Shelby American as a street car. Wears California manufacturers' black license plates with 1965 tabs. Good quality repaint, imperfect door fit. Clean underbody pan. Excellent upholstery, seat belts are period aircraft-style items. Dashboard marked with Dymo Label Maker type emblems. Extremely 88 original top and interior come off slightly dingy. Clean engine detailing, even with non-OEM hoses, clamps, and belts. Power steering, power brakes, power top, 3.55 Positraction differential, Buick Road Wheels with repro bias ply Redline tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,700. Claimed to excellent shape. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $660,000. One of five special order Hemi four-doors, three for domestic consumption. It took a lot of pull to have these built, as the elephant motor was never officially offered in a four-door anything during the 426 era. Just think of it as the 2006 Sports Car Market vertible. S/N 446676H162515. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,853 miles. 401-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. AACA Junior and Senior Preservation award winner, yet has sanding scratches on the windshield trim left over from the otherwise high quality repaint. GM-spec “good enough” panel gaps, good chrome. Nicely preserved SSBC 4-wheel disc brake kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. The auction card went into detail over the aura of the big block Corvette, but didn't say much about this particular car. Later in this model year, the high-horsepower 427 used had its rating changed from 450 hp to 425 hp, and no changes were made to the powerplant aside from new decals. It seemed fitting to use the over-achiever measurement here, as it fit in well with the rest of the presentation. A hefty price, considering the condition of the car. #1299-1966 DODGE CORONET Deluxe 4-dr sedan. S/N WL41H61245131. Red/tan vinyl & cloth. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very fresh restoration with degassing paint. One screw on the body tag is painted over, the other one is shiny stainless steel. A grubby positive battery cable is about the only thing to detract from an otherwise clean and correctly detailed engine bay. Nicely buffed out original trim, with a few minute dings. Correctly restored interior in #1013-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 138676K164305. Bolero Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Clean and correct engine bay includes a new reproduction tar-top battery. Pop-riveted grille assembly, in lieu of the flat rivets from new. GM spec panel fit at the doors, cowl, and fenders. Heavily sanded bodywork, as all of the character lines are muted. Nice newer paint and convertible. S/N 194676S100723. Red & black/red hard top, black soft top/black vinyl. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Door gaps uneven, and the edges are sanded down and muted. Repaint in good condition over nice bodywork, with one crack just starting to form at the corner of the outboard right headlight opening. Very clean chassis, with fresh, shiny hardware. Replacement interior expertly installed. Knock-off alloys with newer whitewall radial tires, side pipes, AM/FM radio, 3.36 Positraction differential, and a/c.


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Dodge Charger 40 years ahead of its time. You can keep your $2m+ Hemi 'Cudas, this is my Mopar of choice for sleeper of the millennium. Worth the price of admission, just as a freak show. #1029-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124377L100016. White/red deluxe vinyl. Odo: 18,316 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh from a no-holds-barred rotisserie restoration of a bare body. Mirror-smooth paint and body work, correct and sanitary underbody of what must be the only surviving Camaro with single exhaust. Incorrect headlights, and the original console lid is rather scuffed up—otherwise excellent through- #1021-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194327S105638. Black & red/black leather. Odo: 82 miles. 427-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Side pipes, leather seating, tinted glass, power windows, power brakes, and redline tires on Rally wheels. Restored from a bare body and frame rails by a dedicated individual to be a NCRS award-winning car. The final product was awarded an NCRS Top Flight accreditation this fall. No flaws or incorrectness found anywhere on the car. More or less perfect in all respects. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $187,000. #1285-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S122940. Silver & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 67 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “The Last Stingray.” Documented as the final 1967 Corvette to be built, sold new in Houston, TX. Body component fit and finish far exceed factory specs—even the doors fit nicely with good gaps at the top. Nice trim and chrome, excellent black vinyl interior. Having won the NCRS Triple Crown within the out. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $75,900. Who would go all out on restoring a rather pedestrian Camaro, even if it is a first year model? Simple; it was the first Camaro hard top made by Fisher Body at the L.A. Assembly Plant (LOS 1 on the body tag), plus this VIN was the lowest one known to exist on a Camaro from either plant. I'd say the $76k spent here was a far better buy than the “Last” '67 Stingray (lot 1285) up in the main tent. This stunning big block is fascinating enough, but then I joined in a conversation one of our contributors, Phil Skinner, was having with the consigning owner. The owner was a former NYPD narcotics officer, and when asked by Phil if restoring the car was therapy from that, he replied, “No, it was to get my mind off 9/11. I was working in Tower 2 when the first plane hit. It was 2,200 hours of intense work in my garage to get my mind off that.” Well done. last year means it's as perfect as a Corvette can be restored. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $660,000. The effort in presenting the car here seemed to almost match the effort of restoration. I also found it interesting that the odometer read 67 miles. Some pundits were estimating it would crack seven digits, but the hammered price was much more realistic for a rare 'Vette in excellent condition. #303-1968 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. S/N 105678W104198. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 44,295 miles. 164-ci flat 6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Sequoia April 2007 89


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Some dust in the paint on the rear package shelf. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,500. As one of only 1,512 SC/Ramblers built, it was also equipped with the only option available—an AM radio. Very rare and generally unappreciated, it was nice to see this sleeper from Kenosha get some respect and do well across the block. #636-1969 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 500 Green Metallic with a gold interior. Options include the telescopic steering column, bumper guards, and rear luggage rack. Mediocre body prep, good repaint. Door and panel alignment to GM specs. Rocker panel trim is scuffed. Original pitted and crazed front bumper and luggage rack, recently replated rear bumper. Slapped together dual exhaust system is uneven. Reproduction seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, and carpet. Faded and musty seat belts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. The 140 motor was a late addition to the 1968 model line, after being discontinued in 1966. Due to demand from the few people who were buying Corvairs, GM initially pulled out some service spare 140s and went back to assembling them from mid 1968 until the end of production a year later. Unfortunately, this example lived up to the stereotype of the typical cheap Corvair owner. Fortunately for him, it sold for over-the-top money. #972-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 2-dr hard top. S/N 124378N457150. LeMans Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 56,734 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. California car, with all smog gear in place. Glossy repaint over typical GM-spec panel fit. Bumper chrome lightly blistered, nice reproduction and original trim. Correct and clean engine bay. Matte black undercarriage looks nice. Interior upholstery is fit, with an excellent repaint. Fully correct chassis and engine bay detailing, with reproduction inspection tags and chalk marks. Engine slightly dingy. Fully restored and reupholstered interior. Ram Air, air conditioning, full tinted glass. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $82,500. One of the cars assembled by Hurst “off the premises” of Olds to skirt the GM corporate mandated 400-ci ceiling on mid-sized cars. With lots of pedigree as well as superb workmanship, the price was justified. #1290.1-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- back. S/N 8T02R20170902263. Acapulco Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 32,699 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shipped to Minar Ford of Minneapolis, MN in May of 1968, known to be the first GT500 KR made. Original miles, restored to a high standard. Correct ten-spoke alloy wheels with Goodyear Polyglas tires. No indications of wear or usage on the entire car—without even any polish swirls in the paint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. The seller mentioned it had “an extensive history that was well known.” Call it my point of view, but the Bible of Shelbys, the Shelby America World Registry, lists it as being owner unknown. That said, we all know about it now, and someone had a good payday across the auction block. #60-1969 AMC SC/RAMBLER 2-dr hard good quality aftermarket reproduction. Factory options include power brakes, power front disc brakes, rear spoiler, gauge pack console, and Rally wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. One of the few cars here that downplayed the mileage. With 56,734 on the odometer, it was accurately described as being “nearly 57k miles.” Market correct for condition, and a copy of B-J's girlie calendar, which this car was featured in, went with it. #1044.1-1968 OLDSMOBILE 442 Hurst/ Olds 2-dr hard top. S/N 344878M392095. Peruvian Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 96,111 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hurst Olds Club documentation, as well as the original build sheet, confirming it as number 84 of the 515 California-converted Hurst H.O. “skunk works” cars. Slightly better than GM-spec panel 90 Sports Car Market top. S/N A9MO97X299072. White, blue & red/black vinyl. Odo: 24,616 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some light orange peel on the Cpillars, otherwise it wears a good quality bare body repaint. All body seals and weatherstrips are new replacements. Band-type hose clamps and a new battery are the only non-stock deviations in the exceptionally clean, mostly correct engine bay. Replacement carpet and seat upholstery, with moderately cleaned up dashboard. was completely unprepped—not even washed— before the auction (to include the window sticker from when it was consigned at Russo & Steele last year) until it was ready to go into the final staging lane. Then the lead car marshaller pulled it off to have it quickly washed – and had the offending R & S documentation removed from the windshield. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,000. This car was part of the last batch of Corvairs made in the “Pilot Plant” area of the Willow Run Assembly Plant. It is also a time capsule of shoddy build quality in the '60s. This car was also part of the Bob McDorman Chevrolet Collection until it was parceled out two years ago, and has been searching for a permanent owner since. Hopefully, at this price—which is somewhat more than the 1969 MSRP adjusted for 2007 dollars—it did. #1350.1-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z173042. White/black vinyl. Odo: 27,132 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Kar Kraft assembly number KK1671. Sold new at Bill Ruthland Ford of Memphis, TN. Mileage claimed original, as is most of the car. Nice trim and chrome, good glass. Doors are repainted and better than original, but driver's side is slightly out of alignment. Well preserved interior shows wear commensurate with the miles. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $253,000. Why were only the doors repainted? Perhaps due to it 2 dr ht. S/N 101379W705381. Glacier Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 16 miles. Only one factory option—AM radio. In factory condition, with shipping tags, Monroney sticker, tires, belts, oil filter. Never titled or registered. Delivered new to an Arizona dealer; now all external seals are hard and cracked. The left rear quarter panel probably has been repainted, as it seems off hue and the left rear quarter window has some light overspray. Seems to run out fine, and doesn't leak too badly, but both thermostats operate unevenly. It


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Column Author Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2007 SMART FORTWO CABRIO only being driven a quarter of a mile at a time? Suffice to say that low-mileage Boss 429s are the rule rather than the exception, as they are thirsty and rather difficult to live with on a daily basis. These have pretty much come to roost as members of the Quarter-Million dollar club at most any sale in the country—which was true even for this one, which was one of this year's calendar cars at B-J. #400-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 Price: $27,315 CDN ($22,945 U.S.) Likes: Fun with generous space for two, hence name and luggage space that accommodates your Golden Retriever. Interesting all-in-one, automatic, semi-automatic, or paddleshift tranny. Perfect for around town, park it anywhere. Or cruise at 85mph. An alternative to hybrids. Gripes: Complicated combination, power, manual and vintage elements to top. Overly noisy, rear-mounted 40-hp, 3-cylinder 799-cc, turbo-diesel engine requires planned acceleration. Impish size hurts ride. Everthing optional, including cupholder, with Brabus performance options very expensive. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Like olives, the smart cabrio is an acquired taste. Soon to be replaced by a new smart(er) version, the fortwo has proven to be successful in Canada—3,023 units sold in 2006. No giant snowballs reported tumbling down the Canadian highways in winter; smart fortwo (always spelled in the lower case) has an impressive safety record.—Norm Mort 2006 SUBARU WRX STI SEDAN fastback. S/N 0F02G175145. Grabber Yellow & black/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good repaint and decal application. Doors are slightly out of alignment. Stainless trim shows some scratches, original bumpers in good condition. Clean engine bay. Replacement interior looks good. Optioned with the Detroit Locker diff, Shaker hood scoop, trunk spoiler, SOLD AT $220,000. Heavily hyped as one of those “one of one” rarities, based upon options and trim. Why didn't the seller just market it as a real-deal Hemi car? The rare option combination didn't do much for the price, as it would've likely been sold at this amount even if another indentical real one was parked next to it instead of a fakeydoo (see lot 1332.1). rear window slats, all tinted glass, Sport Deck folding rear seat, and AM radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,800. I had a bit of a Twilight Zone moment with this car, as I discovered that the original owner once lived in a former house of mine. Too bad he didn't leave it in the garage out back—it could've saved me about $80k on a nice driver-quality Boss 302, and saved someone else from spending a premium for it here. #1235-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23J0B296401. White & black/black vinyl/blue vinyl. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Rear window louver option. Scored 420.9 of 442 points at the Mopar Nationals in August, and took first in class. Two months previous, it came out of the restoration shop after a full rotisserie rebuild. Some overspray on the exhaust manifolds, otherwise Price: $33,945 Likes: Darts like a hummingbird; easy to drive at your limit (and nowhere near the STi's). Superbly stable, terrific brakes, slick 6-speed. Simple dash, comfortable seats, useful trunk. Cool red intake on 300-hp flat-four. Gripes: Giant rear wing distracting and magnet for cops and boy racers. 3rd gear gate very narrow. Stereo lacks midrange. Thumpy suspension, intrusive road noise. Driver-controlled differential, intercooler spray invite enthusiastic throttle-pedal induced disaster. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Still the definitive 150 mph pocket rocket—also good for shopping, unlike the EVO. Due for a redesign. Ugly grille goes away in 2007. I'll take the “wing delete.”— Paul Ducheneu 92 windshield. Clean engine bay paint, but the wiring is undetailed. Decent older chassis detailing job is still generally shiny. Fresh replacement console interior, with no indications of wear or use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $300,000. In keeping with the tradition ‘round these parts, the pricing bar again notches up for the Hemi Superbird. #1595-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE sterile and all-Mopar engine bay. An exceptionally clean chassis, with some attempt at factory-type inspection marks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. It's no wonder this was a rare color combination—white with a black roof and stripes with medium blue seats? Then again, the T/A package wasn't available with blue stripes, so if you wanted a vinyl top, that made black your only choice. High quality work, but still big money for a three-legged dog. SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370F165773. Fathom Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 19,491 miles. 454-ci 450-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new in Massachusetts. Nicely prepped body with a high quality repaint. Correctly detailed clean undercarriage. Underhood is not too spectacular, #1297-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23R0A126668. Vitamin-C Orange/black vinyl/white vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Galen Govier and NASCAR verified. Good older repaint shows a handful of light scratches. Nice original brightwork, panel gaps better than factory. Texas registration sticker from 1970 in #1287-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23R0B204076. Sublime/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 57,457 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice prep and paint, with a wrinkle-free replacement vinyl roof. Clean engine bay. Expertly installed repop interior with no signs of wear or use. Equipped with California emissions, 4.10:1 Track-Pak differential, black bumble bee stripe, center console, light package, and six-way power driver's seat. Cond: 1. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ and while the engine bits are all GM, the detailing is getting rather worn and untidy. Radiator shroud and support were haphazardly painted and are heavily fish-eyed. Fully restored interior shows no wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $106,700. Last seen at B-J in January 1993, where it was a no-sale at $37,500 (SCM# 18137). Looked great on the outside, but under the hood was another story—it resembled a high-school auto shop class project. With the hood shut, it looked like a great buy, so the buyer should keep it closed. #1332.1-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE Hemi Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N JS29N0E127757. Go-Mango/black vinyl/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Originally a R/T SE 383-ci V8 4-bbl car. Built for rock star Alice Cooper. Good paint and panel fit. Some trim dull, some expertly polished. Semi-cheap, rechromed bumpers. Circa 1970 engine bits used, in lieu of dropping in a crate motor. Expertly assembled, with a fully reworked suspension and polyurethane bushings. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $126,500. This car wasn't a bad catch before the engine swap, as a numbers-matching 383 would have sold for nearly this amount here. As it was, it was the perfect car for this venue: rock star history, rock star bling, and who gives a damn about correctness when you have a lifestyle to chase? #1003-1971 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124871N523049. Silver & black/black deluxe vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. U.S. Camaro Club Grand National Gold Award winner in 2006. Stunning repaint shows no issues. Good panel fit and bodywork. Correct assembly inspection marks on the cowl of the perfectly restored engine bay. All smog gear in second-generation Camaro. The price was justified, but it's most likely not sustainable. #1300-2007 SHELBY MUSTANG GT fast- back. S/N 1ZVHT82H675256567. Black & silver/black leather. Job 1 from Shelby America of the regular production Shelby GT package, wearing dash plaque serial # 0001. Brand new regular production car, in as-shipped-to-the-dealer condition, without full dealer prep. No signs of use, wear, or damage. All proceeds from the sale are to be donated to the Shelby Children's Heart place and functional. Very clean and concourscorrect underbody. Factory options include the LT-1 engine, Muncie M22, power brakes, and AM/FM stereo. A superb restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,000. A new record price for a Fund. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $660,000. I had a difficult time trying to get a decent picture of this car, due mostly to it being sequestered behind several other cars in the roped-off area of the main tent. It was no different from any other Shelby GT you can buy at any Ford dealership. As the sale was a charitable donation, the price has nothing to do with reality. At least Ol' Shel got a large donation to his worthy cause.u April 2007 93


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Daytona Coupe Leads The Charge The star of the show thundered into the tent, its open side pipes overwhelming the room, and sold for $1,320,000 Company Russo and Steele Date January 18–21, 2007 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Dennis Wisbey and Rob Row Automotive lots sold / offered 294 / 431 Sales rate 68% Sales total $20,157,605 High sale 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona 427 coupe, sold at $1,320,000 Real rods bring real money: “Big Daddy” Roth's Tweedy Pie sells at $335,000 Report and photos by Daniel Grunwald Market opinions in italics Scottsdale Road from last year's venue, and it offered room for two huge covered tent areas for the cars and another for the sale and other activities to take place—and both were needed, as the weather over the weekend brought everything from sunshine and rain to light snow. The bidder's area was larger this year, and with stadium-style seating, everyone was close to the action and easily could walk right up and inspect any vehicle as they crossed the auction block. The service at Russo and Steele is renowned for being T up close and personal, and the crew here went out of their way to host an enjoyable event. With more room and more cars to sell, Drew Alcazar expanded his sale to cover a full four days. The offerings were mostly muscle and exotic cars, as has always been the case, but the variety of the cars on offer was more diverse than ever before, with more cars from the '50s and a larger number of hot rods. The star of the show—the Shelby 427 Daytona coupe—thundered into the tent on Saturday night with open side pipes, easily overtaking all the other noise in the room. In almost no time, it sold for $1,320,000. I counted 39 other sales into six figures, and the mix of top sellers was varied and interesting. “Big Daddy” Ed Roth's legendary “Tweedy Pie” 1923 T-Bucket hot rod was offered for sale, and it garnered plenty of attention 94 he collector car frenzy was alive and well this year at Russo and Steele's Sports and Muscle in the Desert sale. This much larger location was just across Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) from those who remembered it on the show scene in the early '60s. In excellent condition, it sold for $335,500. Astronaut Gus Grissom's '67 427 Corvette convertible, restored in red with a red leather interior, found a new home at $275,000. One of the Ford GT40 concept vehicles from the GT program sold at $198,000, even though it had a dummy engine, transmission, and interior. An excellent low-miles '71 GTO Judge convertible brought $126,500, and a prototype 302-powered '68 Camaro Z/28 sold at $247,500. A European concours-winning 1954 EMW was bid to a reasonable $100,000, but the seller wanted more and the car failed to sell. Also not selling was a 1934 Ford 3-Window coupe. Powered by a flathead with triple Strombergs, it had an excellent retro hot rod feel, but it remained with the seller at a high bid of $48,000. A '63 Thunderbird didn't sell at $82,500, and although it was rare and in excellent condition, a '71 Hemi 'Cuda failed to bring more than its $600,000 high bid. This year's final totals were up just over $320k from the $19.8m brought here in '06, but the sales rate dropped from 75% last year to 68% this year. However, it must be said that seeing cars with reserves not sell is in someways refreshing, as a no-sale can sometimes tell you as much about the market as a sale. While $20m is not disappointing, the 35 additional cars included in this year's sale should have brought bigger results, and the fact that they didn't can be attributed in part to a leveling market for American muscle. Regardless, none of the auctions in January are more fun to watch than Russo and Steele, and those going just to see the party should be careful, as they might not be able to come home empty-handed.u SALES TOTALS $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #S730-1967 JAGUAR XKE SI convert- ible. S/N 1E14871. Blue/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 19,888. Nice paint and panel gaps, glass shows scratches on driver's side. Most chrome nice, bumper guards are chipping. Clean wire wheels, excellent new top and factory at Eisenach was named “EMW” after the war, as it ended up on the east side of the Berlin wall. This model was a remake of the original BMW 327, and this car was number 144 of 152 coupes built. Likely the nicest one out there, and the high bid was in the right area for a concours winner. #TH282-1958 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 2096600. Black/black cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 3,958 miles. Shiny black paint, some prep could be better—sanding scratches show. New chrome. Interior looks new and is detailed throughout. Haartz cloth been loved by its past owner. The seller picked the perfect venue for a nitrous-fed Porsche, and he was rewarded with a result above market. ITALIAN #S713-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Nonoriginal color on a very high level restoration. Bought at the top of the price level, but attractive enough to hold value in the future. A fair deal all around. #S648-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII convert- ible. S/N J691R8045. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 26,563. Paint chips to front end, hood fits wide at bottom. Nice chrome and trim, windshield shows rock chips and an abrasion. Interior carpet showing age, Nardi wood top with ill fitting side window weather stripping at side windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. First year for the fender-mounted turn signals. Very cute, and nice enough to be a fun summertime driver. This car whispered “Take me home,” and I whispered back, “Not at $33,000.” #S644-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 126470. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,702 miles. A few paint flaws evident, with some pitting on chrome wheels and trim. Side glass scratched, driver's seat bolster worn, one dash knob absent. Engine weather seals missing. A great rim wheel looks nice. Weatherstrips wearing, engine dirty, floor pans appear solid. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,900. The first year for the openheadlight XKE, but this one was little more than a driver. The new owner got a good-looking S II at a fair price. Well bought and sold. GERMAN #F524-1954 EMW 327/3 coupe. S/N 88144. Black & red/red leather. Odo: 79 km. Excellent restoration inside and out. Light glass scratches all around, a few dents visible in hubcaps. Clean and correct engine compartment shows some fuel stains at base of carbs. European Concours winner. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. The original BMW driver. Luggage rack included, but not affixed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,900. A decent cosmetic restoration of a solid 356C, but a little more work would have gone a long way here. Were the holes in engine cover lid for the included luggage rack? Well sold. #TH279-1974 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 9114103770. Black/black & red leather. Odo: 82,567 miles. Suspension, clutch, and transmission rebuilt 4,000 miles ago. New paint and new custom red/black interior with newer radio and autometer tach. Whale tail with yellow and red painted covers, nitrous oxide system for when you're in a hurry. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600. Hot rod custom Porsches normally are a tough sell, but that wasn't the case here. Not for the purist, but it still looked to have 96 carpet spotless. No flaws noted anywhere. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $165,000. A very strong price in any book, but a great way to go touring in comfort with the kids in the back—and that unmistakable 12-cylinder sound should help heal any wound to the wallet. #S674-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A3J0075836. Red/saddle leather. Odo: 7,016 miles. Nice paint shows several chips to the nose, bodywork appears straight with no panel gap issues. Nice glass, black trim looks new. Interior clean, with original seats, carpet, and dash components. coupe. S/N 13013. Red/tan. Odo: 45,961 miles. Excellent paint, chrome, and interior. Body shows straight lines and no panel gap issues. Glass and trim nearly perfect. Engine compartment clean and original, seats and Some cobwebs on relatively clean and unused engine. Original tools and manuals. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $88,000. Said to have recent major servicing, including timing belts. Ferrari Club of America Platinum, Meadowbrook first in class. Sold well over book for the model, but its service records and condition explain the rationale. AMERICAN #F531-1923 FORD T-BUCKET hot rod roadster. S/N T7426996. Purple/white leather. Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Odo: 3,507 miles. 280-ci V8, 6x2-bbl, 3-sp. Early Ed “Big Daddy” Roth '56 custom. Lever shocks with a straight axle, some pitting on chrome front suspension. Nice paint, excellent white pinstriping. Wide whitewalls, chrome baby moons, six chrome Strombergs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $335,500. One of the most famous custom cars of all time. Built by Roth before the “Rat Fink” era. Featured in every car mag of the time. Over one million model kits were sold by Revell when this car was first offered—and it was the first one I built. Not as detailed as today's custom rods, but when this was built you could count the number of top custom car builders on one hand. I think I'm gonna cry. Well bought. #S655-1934 FORD 3-WINDOW Hot Rod coupe. S/N 18A14735. Maroon/black. Odo: 13 miles. Steel '34 body, flathead V8 with chrome Offenhauser heads, three Strombergs, C4 automatic. Paint prep could be better. Chrome gouged by radiator cap. Straight axle, drum brakes, and Lakes-style headers look retro. correct decals and Delco tar top battery. Several rock chips in the windshield. Great dash, including chrome. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,200. Any flaws here were very minor, and overall the car had a great attention to detail. Who needs muscle to look ultra-cool? A top price paid on a great old Buick. Time to go cruising in style. #F446-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- Outside door handles are for decoration only. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Not the most detailed car, but that is the way the old rods were built when the budget was limited. The high bid was in the right area for a rod in this condition with the retro features, but the seller was looking for more. #F454-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N C54TO575O2. Black/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 84,551 miles. Lots of dust in paint, panel gaps OK. Side window surrounds pitted, rear bumper dented. Heavy pitting to the center of the front bumper. Nice interior let down by rusty paint at bottom of dash. Driver's side glass has a wide gap between windows. Blobs of seam sealer on firewall detract from otherwise nice engine compartment. Side trim a bit dull, radiator support homemade and crude. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. When the '55 Chevrolet came out with the new 265-ci V8, it made these cars obsolete overnight, and without love, not 98 Dual master cylinder with front disc brakes, Torq-Thrust wheels, newer BFG radials. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,800. A pretty typical Friday night cruiser. Nothing is more American than a red '57 Chevy sitting on Torq-Thrusts, but the price here felt a bit expensive, as there are plenty of '57 hardtops to choose from—and for the money, the buyer could have found a more original example without so many needs. #S750-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57F225332. Black/black cloth/red & gray leather. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, dr hard top. S/N VC57S231198. Red/gray & black vinyl. Odo: 26,074 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Most chrome nice, some flaws and pitting visible. Paint shiny, but a bit thick, and overspray is visible in places. Driver's side glass fit shows a half-inch gap with the quarter glass, passenger side cracked. Interior clean for its age, but looks original and worn. many survived. With lots of chrome and period options, this could have been a decent driver and a fun car, but it was definitely a ten-footer. The high bid should have been enough. #S752-1955 BUICK CENTURY convert- ible. S/N 6B2059002. Red & white/black vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 1,576 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power windows, seats, brakes, and antenna. New chrome, paint, interior, and top. Some glue visible on interior door panels. Paint chips at hood edges. Clean engine with auto. Power windows, seats, steering, and brakes. Boyd wheels, new chrome, trim, and paint. New a/c and power four-wheel disc brakes with a dual master cylinder. Slight delamination on windshield. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. A mild and pleasant custom, but touches or updates could have made it a better driver. Well recieved by the bidders, who kicked the price above that of a pure stock '57 convertible. Well sold. #F441-1960 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. S/N 8G2015089. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 41,544 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint marginal, hood shows a dent on the right side, and several chips and runs around the edges. Right side exterior trim dented, bumpers straight, cowl grilles have surface rust. Lower door chrome trims worn through and dented. Variable trunk gap, other gaps OK. Interior bright trim shows very weak, new seats and door panels look nice. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,750. You either like the styling of these big Buicks or hate it. It was a one-year wonder, and during the production run just over 6,740 were built. Lots of needs made this price a bit on the high side, but when was the last time you saw one on the road? #TH288-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 861P14298. Sea Crest Green/three-tone green vinyl. Odo: 16,768 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Generally good paint stopped short of wheelwells, where it looks sloppy. New interior with under dash a/c and radio. Some old, hard weatherstripping. Vent pane glued in with a lot of extra glue. Engine has newer carb and air cleaner. Undercarriage untouched. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,400. An attractive color that showed well and served as a lady-magnet all day long. The bidders took note, and it finished well in the money. Sports Car Market


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Colum Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #2200503729-1969 ALFA ROMEO GTV coupe. S/N ar 244701. Red/black. Odo: 24,789 miles. 13 photos. Princeton, MA. “ex. track car owned by road and track editor.” “This car is not a rot box its solid car, there is some small bubbling and misperfections but thats it.” Engine and gearbox are “out,” and not further described. 5 bids, sf 10, bf 11. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,500. It's going to be hard to reverse-engineer what this car has/needs/did/won't do, etc. Huge money for a basket case. Must have been bought by someone who knew the car (and knew it was better than it looked on eBay). #1400551010-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR3025078. Ice green/tan. Odo: 87,333 miles. 12 photos. Southern California. Two-owner CA car with only 87k miles. Mostly rust-free car, “with the exception of a bubble by the rear window and a very small area near the very bottom of the right rear fender.” looks clean and correct. Sports roadster tonneau, Rotunda tach. Interior looks worn. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $82,500. Watch these jet birds, especially M-codes, as they are taking off. Four 1962 and 1963 M-code convertibles sold from $68,750 to $192,000 at the Cappy sale in November, and I'll bet this owner read that issue of SCM as well. TOP 10 No. 7 #S724-1965 SHELBY COBRA Daytona 427 coupe. S/N CSB3054. Blue/Black Vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,902 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-sp. Fitted with racing seats, fire system, side exhaust, and dual racing fuel fillers. Tinted sunroof. No glass, all Lexan, Halibrand knock-offs missing one center cap. One of one. Hourmeter on dash shows 15 hours run time. A race car, and as such, all business and no frills. Cond: 2. Top Flight 2004 at Southeast Regional NCRS. Non-numbers matching engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $94,600. This very nice Corvette brought top dollar for car with a replacement engine. Honesty in describing the numbers issue paid this seller handsomely with a solid result. Well sold. #S703-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S1702. White/black vinyl. Odo: 427 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New chrome and paint, said to have the original engine and drivetrain. Panel gaps OK, body straight and solid, doors open and close well. Correct Original engine has been rebuilt. “No Nigerian scams or 0 feedback bidders...” #3- condition. 4 bids, sf 391, bf 334. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,900. Seller unimpressively calculted a 20-year receipt total of $3,000. Ratio of dollars-to-years indicates this car needs a complete resto ASAP. Fair deal, but no bargain. #2000652784-1974 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR3023656A. Red/black. Odo: 20,254 miles. 18 photos. Norfolk, MA. “Hope the pictures show her unique character. Very rare magnesium wheels... Sparco autocross seats... dual Webers... full Shankle suspension.... The drivers floor is rotted, SOLD AT $1,320,000. Last seen at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale in '05, where it sold for $1,457,500 (SCM# 39059). Peter Brock ran this special project for Carroll Shelby to put a 427 in a Daytona coupe. When Ford pulled the plug and put all its funding into the GT40 project, this wasn't completed, but it was eventually assembled as it was envisioned in 1965. Looked track ready and fresh. The most famous and rare non-raced Cobra on the planet, well bought at this price. #F414-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6F08C364015. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New chrome and paint with original-looking pony interior and GT package. so is the spare tire well.” Does not run or turn over. 8 bids, sf 27, bf 26. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,000. “Some of you may notice my car was listed earlier this month. The rep for the buyers came to look at the car, looked me in the eye and said the car needed more work than he and his guys expected.” That'll pretty much guarantee new bidders will underestimate how nice your car is this time around. New England Alfisti probably could have paid up to double this bid.u 100 #S691-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 3Y89M118121. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 35,313 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One of 37 M-code 340-hp cars built in 1963. Power windows, seats, locks, and a/c. Some pitting and scratches in chrome, paint shiny but thick, undercoated engine Several paint runs, new finish stops at the door jambs. New wood grain fits poorly on glove box. Detailed engine with aluminum Cobra valve covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,275. A local club or driver car originally equipped with a two-barrel carb. A lack of a/c didn't do much to help the sale here in Arizona. Nothing was stated about having a matching-numbers engine, but as a nice-quality driver, this was a very good buy. #S695-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S106669. Blue/blue hard & soft tops/blue vinyl. Odo: 161 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New good quality paint and interior, several stone chips in windshield. Small paint flaws at headlight and driver's door handle. Door latch alignment is not right, and neither door latches well. engine detail, including crayon marks and battery. Shelby ID plate has one rivet missing. Fiberglass hood. In Shelby Registry. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Bid to $200,000, but the owner wanted an additional $25k—and in this market, that may not be unreasonable for a real GT350 in this condition. #SN809-1967 BUICK GS 400 convertible. S/N 446677B124855. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,419 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint with some orange peel, nice chrome. Crack in cast grille at center. 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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author car for free, as is commonly thought—he and the other astronauts each paid $1.00 for their Corvettes. One of a number of Russo-no reserve star cars that sold well, and provenance played a big part on this one. #TH275-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Carlisle in April '06, where it sold for $30,450 (SCM# 41470). Numerous awards from 1996– 2003. Here it showed just a bit of age, but it was still a high #2 level car. Bought and sold at a fair price—just try to buy a comparable '67 Chevelle SS 396 convertible for this money. #F490-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. S/N 338677M252353. Yellow/white vinyl/yellow vinyl. Odo: 42,533 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny, “quickie” paint with lots of missed panel edges and touch-ups. Good exterior chrome and stainless trim. Said to be original interior, and the 978 trim code shows yellow, but the dash is brown. Weak dash chrome, steering wheel not bolted down tight. Appears solid underneath. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Last seen at Mecum's Spring Classic in Belvidere, IL, in May '06, where it didn't sell at $50,000 (SCM# 41729). Poor paint and details were noted as problems then, and here they were still not finished. Still, a desirable car with the 4-speed, and the high bid should have sealed the deal. #S719-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S102849. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 31,500 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 4-sp. Originally owned by astronaut Gus Grissom, extensive documentation. Power windows, steering, and brakes. Leather seats with headrest. Telescopic wheel and speed warning speedo. Engine dirt and wear visible. Underside cleaned with some detailing. Super shiny and greasy looking hoses and rubber parts. Some non-stock wiring visible and rusty. Dunlop tires on front and Majestics on back. Needs everything but interior parts. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $42,900. This single owner car was original and complete. However, 1968 has never been the most popular year of the sharks, and over 7,000 390 hp cars were built. Factory a/c helped a little, but this was still a huge price. Well sold. #F537-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124378N22393. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 37,583 miles. Prototype 302-ci hemi-head V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fourwheel disc brakes. Special carbs, cross-ram intake, cam, lifters, valves, air cleaner, valve covers, and headers. New paint, chrome and interior show a few scrapes, original seat back panels slightly worn. Raced from 1968–1977 in Trans Am. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $247,500. coupe. S/N 194378S417685. Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 28,598 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One owner, bought new in August 1968. Original paint dull, checked, and cracked everywhere. Pitted chrome, scratches and rock chips in glass. New seats, carpets, and door panels. Original California car, with a/c and smog equipment in place. Engine dirty, dusty, pro Jimmy Connors. Looked good overall, but closer inspection showed flaws—and panel gaps and trim fits can be hard to correct. Also, some of the restoration appeared just a bit sloppy. I don't understand why the seller held it back here—it will be a cold day at Wimbledon before $200,000 will be seen again for this used Shelby. #S736-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379L507752. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 74,903 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. JL8 four-wheel disc brake option. Both door gaps wide at front. Dashpad curling at corners. Optioned with JL8 fourwheel disc brakes, Cross Ram intake, and Cowl wide, variable gaps on hood. Right windshield trim fit off. Dash wood grain pulling loose with glue showing. Chrome side window trim pitted. Mileage claimed original. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Once owned by tennis Induction. Side glass scratched. Loud chambered exhaust, original Goodyears are cracked and worn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $198,000. Said to have never been restored, but also said to have had paint, engine, and carburetion refreshed with engine dyno sheet. The freshening looked to have been well done, and the bidding reflected that. Over market, well sold. #F528-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI CUDA under hood. Driver's seat shows wear, rear bumper chrome wavy. Some windshield chips visible. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. Originally Lyndale Blue with a teal interior. Tires and rubber parts were too shiny and left black color on my fingers. Gus didn't get this 102 Originally delivered with a 302-ci 290-hp Z/28 engine. Special Smokey Yunick/Chevrolet powerplant installed later to go racing—one of three such engines built. The car looked like a standard JL8-equipped Z/28 until the hood was opened. Rare prototype engines have become rarer than prototype cars, and the final bid here was proof. #F538-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convert- ible. S/N 8T03R20S2963279. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 45,520 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows several chips and overspray on trim. Door and trunk lid gaps Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B21439. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48,927 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Decent chrome and paint, driver's front door gap wide. Headliner sags at each pillar. Glass shows scratches on both sides, trim and


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author weatherstripping nice. Transmission numbers mismatched to the car. Offered with broadcast sheet and Govier docs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $302,500. One of 44 exported to Canada, and the original sales contract was in French. The color wasn't exciting, and even though it was equipped with the elephant engine, the lack of a 4-speed didn't help the sale. Sold on the money for its condition. #S714-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B349189. Orange/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36,329 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and chrome, nice panel gaps, doors open easy and shut solid. Interior door panels look and feel rough on the bottom, some older repairs visible on the bottom of the door jambs. Govier excellent interior smells new. Offered with build sheet and various documents. Detailed well under hood, hood release lever loose. “Best of Show” at the GTO Nationals. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. The Judge option added $394.95 to the basic GTO in 1971, and was a bargain in its day. Still, only 17 Judge convertibles left the factory. Bid to a fair level, but the present owner still felt there was more money available. If the muscle car dance keeps going, he may be right. #S694-1972 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am coupe. S/N 2V87X2N503723. White/ white leather. Odo: 32,276 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of cracks and chips in original paint. Typical Endura bumper color mismatch. Heavily worn leather interior. “Small” screaming chicken on hood. Ram Air IV heads, cam, and build documents. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. A clean car inside and out. Bid to $400,000, but the owner wanted closer to $425,000. The market appears to be cooling on these monsters, and while the car was nice, $425k would have been quite a stretch. $400,000 was over-the-top money, and the seller should have taken it. #S723-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B25185. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 24,718 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Great black paint, factory variable panel gaps. Some light scratches on side glass. Nice chrome and trim, rubber weatherstripping still soft. Light surface rust and intake. A Bill Mitchell design study and engineering development car with documentation. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $84,810. An unusual original styling car for the later Trans Ams. Seemed cheap enough despite aging issues, but most of them could not be restored without destroying what made this car so special. Well bought. #F410-1975 BRICKLIN SV1 Gullwing on several new steel undercarriage brackets. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. A serious bid on a serious Hemi 'Cuda with the essential documentation as proof of birth. This one had it all, except the correct final bid. The owner wanted more like $800,000, and this bid was a bit weak. Could there be a small crack developing in the seemingly endless escalation of Hemi 'Cuda prices? #F533-1971 PONTIAC GTO Judge convertible. S/N 242671P110372. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 223 miles. 455-ci Ram Air V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and chrome, coupe. S/N 00051BX5S002839. Orange/brown vinyl. Odo: 1,695 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Poorly masked and painted orange from original Suntan in 1977. Looks to be a hydraulic door car rather than the later pneumatic arrangement. Engine dirty and shows recent use. Mileage said to be original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,800. Rarity doesn't always equal big money. by a Cadillac District Service Manager. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,375. Claimed all original, but obviously it was repainted at some point. The last year of the Eldorado convertible caused a buying spree in '76, and many were put away or driven sparingly. With an $11,881 base price when new, perhaps it was worth it. Bought and sold fairly. #S718-2002 FORD GT40 Concept coupe. S/N 1147. White/black cloth. Dummy engine, transmission, and interior. Ford GT concept styling car. Dashpad paint bubbling. Serial number GT40-1147, which is the next number in the original GT40 sequence from original 1960s production. Owned by Safir GT40 Parts, which also own the rights to the GT40 trade- Built in New Brunswick, Canada, for three years by Malcom Bricklin until bankruptcy ended the party. Body color was injected into the plastic molded body panels at the factory rather than having the surface painted. This driver-quality example had Bricklin-standard door fit issues, but was under market at the sale price. #S628-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q208607. Phoenician Ivory/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 38,071 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Several rock chips to glass and paint. GM-typical panel gaps, trim ill-fitted in places. Driver's door edge has paint chips and numerous touch-ups. Good leather interior, parade boot. Very clean engine shows some signs of recent use. Said to have always been Arizona car, originally purchased mark. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $198,000. The slowest Ford GT on the planet. One of two styling and photo/display cars promoted by Ford to get a reaction before building the Ford GT. Ford owns the other one, which has a real engine. Purchased by Jeremy Porrazzo of System One Auto Polishing Systems to travel as a company promotional display. Hard to duplicate, but expensive for a lawn ornament.u 104 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Column Author Buyer's Market at Ft. McDowell The consignment list was a solid grouping of good cars, and those looking for their next affordable classic, muscle car, or hot rod had plenty of choices Company Silver Auctions Date January 19–22, 2007 Location Fort McDowell, AZ Auctioneer Mitch Silver, Paul Baer, Bob Graham, Gary Baylor Automotive lots sold / offered 238 / 438 Sales rate 54% Sales total $4,840,882 High sale 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, sold at $113,400 Buyer's premium Star-car 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, close but no hammer at $145,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics tions that have occurred since then—usually concurrent with at least one competing auction—have always increased in both sales and quality. This year's sale, held outside the doors of the Fort McDowell Casino, saw 238 cars bring a total nearing $4.9m. Despite having a record number of T consignments for 2007—up by an impressive 61 lots to 438—the total number of cars sold and the final sales numbers were down slightly from marks set in '06 (by 14 cars and almost $1 million, respectively). But this shouldn't cause any alarm, as this year Silver solidified its position as the affordable alternative for the weekend of car auctions in the Grand Canyon State. There is money to be made in the lower end of the auction market, and Silver is a good example of successfully covering that segment. There were fewer cars this year able to pull a six-figure price, and the median selling price fell between $20k and $40k. There were also fewer bottom level cars. Indeed, I did not encounter a single #5 condition vehicle all weekend (something that couldn't be said any other year), and even the #4 condition cars were fewer in number than in years past. Overall, the consignment list was a solid grouping of 106 his was the tenth anniversary of Silver's first sale in Arizona in mid-January during the prime Scottsdale auction season, and the nine ensuing auc- core market cars for those looking for their next affordable classic, muscle car, or hot rod—and inflated prices were kept to a minimum. The high sale of the weekend belonged to a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, which, with a custom Corvette chassis, engine, and transmission, brought a full $113,400. Also notable was a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible fitted with an optional “bird's nest” rumble seat. Equipped with a 312-ci V8 with dual fours, it brought $55,620. One of the favorites of the sale was a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood four-door hard top in time-capsule condition that sold for $22,140. Just as interesting was an original 1966 Toyota Corona 1900 with under 9,000 original miles. It found a new home at $16,740. An interesting 1971 Lotus Europa coupe with custom SALES TOTALS touches failed to sell at a high bid of $14,500, perhaps due in part to the airbrushed naked lady on the engine cover. And a nicely restored 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback with all the correct parts came up short when bidding stopped at $145,000. With so many mid-range cars from which to choose, some good deals were had by those who chose to drive the 22 miles from Scottsdale to attend the Silver sale. The event was a welcome change from the glitz and glamour found elsewhere in the region, and as is standard at a Silver sale, it provided a sense of attainability along with real-world prices for good-quality consignments.u $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 8% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #596-1971 LOTUS EUROPA coupe. S/N 1276R. Yellow & maroon/black vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 86,495 miles. Titled as a 1970, but seller declares it as a 1971. Engine sports a turbocharger with RaceTech electronic fuel injection. New repaint to an average standard, originally painted British Racing Green. Airbrushed silhouette of a naked lady in the center stripe on the engine cover. Panasport alloy wheels. Aftermarket sun roof, boost gauge, tachometer, & Blaupunkt in-dash stereo. Reupholstered seats to a decent standard. Sanding scratches on the windshield surround and most of the trim. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. I endured an extended spiel from the consignor about what all was done to “improve” what started out as a Lotus Europa. He said he needed $17k to sell it, which seemed more than steep for what was there. Who knows, maybe there's a Gallic Anglophile out there who is a gadget freak and likes tinkering? #594-1975 AUSTIN MINI COOPER coupe. S/N XE2D2228509A. White/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 13,177 miles. Claimed original mileage. Very good all-original paint. There is a light ding on the left rear roof pillar. Grubby engine bay looks original. Pretty much an average used-car undercarriage. Good original interior, if mildly used and soiled. Moderate White/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 36,272 miles. Older repaint is cracking at the windshield base on each side and at the corners of the trunk opening along the roof. Aftermarket side moldings, clunky door fit all around. Trunk seals dry-rotted and crumbling away. Newer exhaust system fits well into the used car-grade chassis. Trucker-sized stick-on fisheye mirror affixed to the passenger side mirror. Front seats excessively cracked. Feathering of the outboard tread on the front tires hints at some front end alignment work in the future. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,360. This Roller struck me as Larry the Cable Guy trying to go high posh—with all the Wal-Mart add-ons. Since it's anyone's guess when this was last serviced, it was more than fully priced. That being the case, the new owner really went out on a limb by placing a For Sale sign asking for $26,950 in the windshield by Sunday. It was still there on Monday afternoon. GERMAN #522-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER 21-window bus. S/N 274009055. Aqua & white/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 17,442 miles. Factory optional sliding roof panel, period accessory roof rack, obligatory surfboard sitting in the back. Cheapie homespun repaint shows decent masking. Rubber around the perimeter trim has several large gaps. Lower quality homemade interior work, with some panels loose and black leather. Odo: 148,739 miles. Aftermarket '80s vintage alarm system. Cheap repaint with lousy masking around the windshield. Targa emblem missing from the driver's side. Limo tint on all glass except windshield. Somewhat loose external driver's door handle, broken and partially missing driver's door armrest. Baked rubber on the edge of the whale tail is cracked and about as hard as the steel it's mounted to. Carpet at the driver's position is missing, ratty old seat covers attempt to hide torn-up leather on rattier seats. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $7,300. The consignor claimed there was $3k spent on recent mechanical work. When I asked on what, I got anything but a definitive answer. Something wasn't right here, and the bidders noticed it, too. ITALIAN #627-1986 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce convertible. S/N ZAR8A9417C1036218. Red/ black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 111,785 miles. Lots of panel dings and paint chips, especially on the right rear quarter panel just behind the door. Otherwise, the original paint is decent and holds an acceptable shine. Extremely solid body with no signs of rust. Very rippled and accelerator pedal wear. Alloy wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,180. When I inquired about how it got federalized, or at least how the seller got an Arizona title, I was given a generally vague response along the lines of it being personally imported by a British subject, and that it went through a title agency—at least it was legal in Arizona. With the slushbox tranny, it may be possible for a Mini to be lethargic and dull. Sold well. #46-1978 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH II LWB saloon. S/N LRG33012. 108 some glue ooze. Clean, well-maintained stockappearing engine bay with a ratty old exhaust system. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,250. Being the last year of both the first generation Microbus and the multi-window concept, there's usually a lot of demand for 1967s. However, they also seem no longer to be the flavor of the day for the “Let's shovel money at something because it's neat” crowd. Also, 117k original miles on a Microbus is no reason to brag. The final bid should have been enough for a realistic seller. #585-1983 PORSCHE 911SC targa. S/N WP0EA0915DS161162. White/black vinyl/ sunburnt bumper covers, grubby engine compartment. Heavily worn carpet, newer reupholstered seats. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,996. Considering that it seemed to run out OK, there was a lot of interest in the car, mostly due to it being so solid. That said, the new owner should bear in mind that with this mileage, something expensive is bound to break in the not-too-distant future. JAPANESE #549-1966 TOYOTA CORONA Deluxe 1900 4 dr sedan. S/N RT4311455. Pastel blue/blue vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 8,768 miles. Consignor claims the miles indicated are original. Very good original paint, with a few minor nicks and scrapes. Exceptionally nice bumpers could be original. More realistic original door handles and trim are very nice Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ and nick-free, but have some very light crazing. Clean engine bay is not detailed. Door panels covered in plastic sheeting, and they are all rather battered. Very light seat and carpet wear seems commensurate with the miles indicated. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,740. Consigned by the owner of a Toyota dealership, who used to have one of these and liked it so much that he opened his own franchise. The bidding started at $5k, and went with great aplomb past the $12k reserve, with the LeMay museum ending up as the underbidder. The successful bidder was another owner of a Toyota dealership, which pretty much sums up the market for lowmileage 41-year-old Toyotas. AMERICAN #547-1936 PIERCE-ARROW 1602 4-dr sedan. S/N 3140041. Dark blue/black vinyl/ gray cloth. Odo: 51,740 miles. Power assisted brakes, free-wheeling overdrive, dual side mount spares with metal covers, radio, and clock. Ten-year-old restoration was done to a driver-grade level and is generally holding up well. Thick repaint shows some orange peel and less than spectacular masking. Brightwork is a mix of qualities and needs work. Overall matte black undercarriage is rather dirty. Engine bay has gone a while without a clean-up. One carburetor newer than the other. Mediocre reupholstery job. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,140. When this first ran across the block, it was bid to a $46k no sale. Within five minutes, The Offer Man had put together a sale at $45,500, plus juice—a bit of a reality check for the owner, who before the sale said he wanted to see no less than $75k. Granted, the Fierce-Sparrow was a well built car until its end in 1938, but big '30s sedans—even the V12s—are nowhere near the hot ticket today. #1PM Sun-1937 CADILLAC SERIES 60 4 dr convertible sedan. S/N 6034493. Light yellow/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 4,439 miles. Dual side mounts with metal covers. Aftermarket miniature turn signals and exhaust outlet. Decades-old restoration is staring to un- wind. Good paint is still presentable, but tired. Passenger side of the windshield is seriously delaminating, most other glass follows suit. Tiewraps hold the left sidemount cover in place. Older replacement top still in very good shape. Heavy steering wheel wear, various wires dangle beneath the dash. Older reupholstery job still looks good. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for '30s convertible sedans, even Cattleracks—and perhaps that slaps the face of the fans of '60s cars who keep telling me that four-door cars have two doors too many. One thing this one had too much of was aging, so unless the consignor had future plans to sink a ton of money into it, he would've been smarter to take one of the reasonable bids offered here. #24-1937 LASALLE SERIES 50 4-dr sedan. S/N 2235378. Black/brown & gray broadcloth. Odo: 57,176 miles. Older frame-off restoration, with the repaint still looking good at five feet. All of the chrome was replated a while back, and along with the stainless trim, is polished to a good sheen. All of the glass April 2007 109


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Column Author has been replaced at different times. Formerly detailed engine bay is now dusty, most of the paint has worn off the brass upper radiator tank. Minimal wear to the reupholstered seats and door panels. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. The LaSalle, from 1935 until it was retired in 1940, was a direct competitor of the Packard 120. The two cars were pretty much an even match in most counts, and I definitely got that feeling while looking at this car and mentally comparing it to my '39 120. Considering that I'd gladly sell mine for what was offered here, both cars really are similar, and the seller missed the boat if he really wanted to sell this boat. #330-1957 MERCURY COLONY PARK wagon. S/N 57ME62876M. White, red & woodgrain/red & white vinyl. Odo: 675 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted from new with the optional Turnpike Cruiser engine, and the emblems proclaiming it are heavily crazed and faded. Moderate wear of the woodgrain panels, good older repaint starting to fade slightly. The driver's door needs a healthy slam to shut up the generally clean engine bay. Home-made late-year T-bird emblem stitched onto the seat back looks really bad. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,620. Last seen at Kruse Ft. Lauderdale in January '02, where it sold for $48,250 (SCM# 25295). The Bird's Nest kit is relatively rare, and it tends to bring roughly a 10%–20% percent premium over the price of the car. It's more of a curiosity than a practical seat, which kind of sums up this car in a nutshell, as it looks like little more than a collection of parts. I'd bet that a lot of the options on this car were installed post-production, and judging by this selling price, the bidders agreed. #115-1958 CADILLAC 60 FLEETWOOD 4-dr hard top. S/N 58M097640. Peacock Aqua Metallic/ Aqua & black leather & nylon. Odo: 30,859 miles. A two-owner car, with miles claimed original. Exceptionally nice original paint with a good sheen and just a couple of chips on the headlight bezel edges and rear edge of the hood. All chrome and trim circa 1958, and in excellent condition. Grime under the hood is commensurate with the miles indicated, fitted with Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $95,040. All in all, a damn good job for a car that was redone in 48 hours. However, high-quality work shouldn't be rushed (sorry, Mr. Foose, and the rest of the “Overhaulin'” staff). In this case, we got a pretty nice car that was almost too nice to drive. However, the new owner had better take some time studying Corvette technical guides with a Corvette parts vendor's catalog and his Visa card at the ready before even thinking about having it judged at an NCRS event. #251-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside 1/2-ton pickup. S/N 3R124F104295. Red & white/black, gray & red vinyl. Odo: 17,430 miles. Claimed original miles. Dealer accessory dash top clock and bumper guards. Past trinket-freak owner added 14-inch Nova wire wheel covers, side marker reflectors, a spotlight, and box side rails. Recently repainted to a good standard. Cheesy-looking 1964 car taillights added to the rear panel immediately below the tailgate. Very good condition original seat vinyl. Generally properly. Replacement windshield, original vent windows delaminating. Average-quality replated bumpers. All plastic dashboard knobs and levers are yellow with age. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. I helped push this car back onto the consignor's trailer at the end of the day on Monday. Push, because sometime after it crossed the block unsuccessfully, someone tried to jimmy the ignition switch and broke it. Trust me, this is one big car to push up a ramp, even with six additional people. The final bid should've been enough for us to have been able to push it onto someone else's trailer. #345-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH211152. Pink/white hard & black soft tops/white & pink vinyl. Odo: 24,233 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Fitted with a period accessory Bird's Nest rumble seat kit. Non-stock reproduction Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and modern Sanden air conditioning. Supposedly painted Sunset Coral, but it certainly looks like pink to me. Originally black with a black and white interior. Chromed battery hold-down and hood latch hardware blings 110 a modern gel-cell battery. Moderate upholstery wear on the front seat. Vintage accessory door edge guards and curb feelers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,140. The bidding easily went past the consignor's $18,000 reserve. Since this was a venerable time capsule, this was one of my favorite cars here. Even having four doors, with limited miles and regular care, this should hold its value. #340-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S105294. Snowcrest White, silver coves/white hard & soft tops/red vinyl. Odo: 54,527 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in two days for ESPN's “On The Block” TV show by the Chevy Connection, specifically for selling at no reserve here. Fitted with the 245-hp dual quad motor and an accessory hard top. Fiberglass layers exposed and rippling in the rear wheel wells. Wears a high quality bare body repaint and expertly buffed-out trim. Exceptionally clean and detailed engine bay and chassis. Replacement upholstery is starting to show slight wear. kept-up engine compartment and underbody. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. While there was some interest early on in this, due mostly to the low miles, the bidding petered out by $22k, and it looked like there was no money on that bid. Despite this, we've seen some rather strong selling prices on Corvair FCs as of late. Perhaps they will give the first generation VW Microbuses a run for their money on the block, let alone easily at any stop light grand prix. Then again, a 300,000-mile Geo Metro running on two of its three cylinders can out-race a Microbus. #580-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. S/N 30837S119736. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 15,785 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Solid-lifter engine, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM radio. Old restoration, well-kept paint looks nice except for poor masking. Very good door fit, acceptable gaps. A body crack is starting at the outboard corner of the right side of the cowl. Replated bumpers are moderately rippled. Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Column Author recently undercoated chassis. Very nice original interior vinyl, but the glovebox wood is lightly fading and the console wood is dinged in several spots. Bucket seats, gauge cluster, a/c. Front disc brakes added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,740. It took a little while longer on the block, but the auction crew got the job done here. It wouldn't have taken too much to make this into a low #2 car, and if it wasn't for the roof, perhaps even further. Suspension sits slightly high in the rear. Most engine accessories are not numbers-matching. Older replacement interior vinyl, with moderate wear and tear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $64,800. This went about twenty grand higher than it realistically should have. No wonder that the seller dropped his reserve when it hit $60k. It looked nice in black sitting on the auction block, but not $60k nice up close. Sold well, and I understand that Publisher Martin is looking feverishly for the underbidder to see if he'd be interested in the not-too-many numbers-matching SCM Split-Window. #409-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Spyder convertible. S/N 40667W178559. Azure Aqua/white vinyl/aqua vinyl. Odo: 596 miles. Factory optional knock-off wire wheels, dealer accessory bumper guards. Good quality older repaint shows sloppy masking. Light outwardly protruding dimple on the passenger side of the cowl. Moderately clean engine bay, used car undercarriage. The motor runs out very nicely for a turbo, and is very smooth. seats, while the rear is original. Several cracks in the steering wheel, but no pieces missing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,564. First-generation Scouts were notorious for rust along the rear quarter panels, as crud would get thrown up by the rear wheels and get stuck in between the sheet metal and the fuel tank. As this was a rust-free desert truck, it was worth something of a premium, but just enough to torture our vintage SUV man Paul Duchene, since he would like to find a good clean Scout with the fold-down windshield. Here you go, Paul, you missed a good one. #44-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6F08C264149. Tahoe Turquoise/white vinyl/aqua vinyl. Odo: 81,184 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Pop-riveted data plate on the door jamb. New paint and top in 2003, both done adequately and are still very serviceable. The lower line of the driver's door takes a fading of the carpet and seat vinyl. Several interior chrome trim pieces show minor pitting. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The 196667 B-bodies are still lagging in value for no good reason, apart from single master cylinder brakes in the '66s. Few Hemis from these two years cross the $100k point, and then generally only the ‘67s. The consignor wanted something “on the other side of $80k,” but probably not too far past. #292-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX convert- Nice original interior shows some moderate wear and fading. Non-stock shifter surround on the carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,980. The documented original owner was William F. Rogers, who in later years was the engineer in charge of the Pontiac Fiero program. I know that there is quite a bit of cross-over with Corvair and Fiero owners, but this was ridiculous. Far more ridiculous was the final bid, which woke up a lot of folks late on Saturday evening. Generally nice and original, but I would've expected more like $12k to $14k tops. It looks like Corvairs are finally getting some respect in the marketplace. #608-1964 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT SUV. S/N FC99520A. Pea Green/white paint/ gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 47,154 miles. Claimed original miles. Amateur repaint, with some fish eyes and a couple of runs. Extremely solid New Mexico body. Homemade front bumper set up for a tow bar (leaning against the back seat). All exterior weatherseals are rock hard. Generally maintained engine bay needs cleaning. Typical used work truck chassis. Carpet sample flooring, non-stock materials to front 112 slight detour midway in. Uneven trunk gaps, very close tolerance door to front fender gaps. Clean engine bay leans towards being correct. Undercoated chassis. Older reproduction seat upholstery, recently replaced dashpad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,600. As a great driver and cruise-in car, this one had no problem exceeding its $18k reserve for a spot-on market price. Well bought and sold. #213-1966 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2- dr hard top. S/N 166476L106297. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 42,430 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh repaint, interior, and vinyl roof, with a few light ripples in places. Good original chrome and trim, with some light crazing upon closer inspection. Uneven door gaps. Generally well detailed engine bay. Somewhat upholstered from a kit several years ago and showing only minimal signs of wear, except for the original faded seat belts. Stuffing in the seats is compacted and lumpy. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. The seller should have considered taking this bid. This was big money for a #3 car, and if he's holding out for more, he'll be holding it a while. #333-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 123677N188867. Butternut Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,411 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice, glossy repaint, good quality buff-out of the Sports Car Market ible. S/N RS27L77201091. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,618 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has a rather lopey idle, which smoothes out under acceleration and load. Very nice repaint, body prep, and panel fit. Matte black undercarriage with a silver-painted gas tank and a new exhaust system. Interior re- #355-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2- dr hard top. S/N RP23H67207292. White/red vinyl. Odo: 33,252 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Original Certicard and broadcast sheet provided with the car. Older repaint and trim still looks good. Fresh bumper rechrome work. Even door and panel gaps all around, neat and clean engine compartment. Original interior in excellent condition, with just some moderate


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original mildly scratched trim. Lower quality replacement bumpers and reproduction emblems. Clean and moderately detailed under the hood. Recent replacement top and interior upholstery. Heavy steering wheel wear, aftermarket in-dash AM/FM/cassette stereo. Very fresh thick undercoating. Runs out without any undo fuss. Left rear taillight inoperative. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,540. Last seen at Mecum's St. Charles, IL sale in October '06, where it sold for $21,525 (SCM# 43298). Was bid to $25,750 on Saturday afternoon, and by Monday, the dealer who owned it was ready to make a deal. He turned it loose when the bidding during the Montana rules run-whatyou-brung session saw it reach the $25k mark. This is about the right price for a pretty driver, which is all this car really was. #210-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. S/N 223678U157665. Red/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 1,044 miles. 350ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent high gloss repaint, good panel fit. Exceptionally nice top fit and finish. Older replacement interior with factory center console showing minimal wear. Good motor prep, but more to used car lot quality than show car. Rather clean chassis, with newer gas tank and dual exhaust system. California black plate displayed on the front, but not a California car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,320. First sent across the block on Saturday morning, to a close-but-no-cigar bid of $28,000. The auction crew took a little more time with it on Monday, and got it sold. A very nice car, in a take-itout-on-Saturday-night kind of way rather than a blue-chip-investment kind of way. #332-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 2-dr hard top. S/N 164878L126854. Ivy Green Metallic/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 29,567 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The restoration of this car was featured on an ESPN-2 series. Exceptional high-quality restoration to the highest of standards. Well prepared body work is laser straight with sharp creases, perfect paint. Excellent chrome used throughout, highly buffed stainless trim looks new. Correct GM components under the hood. Fender bolts painted body color instead of correctly being left natural finish. Expertly reupholstered seats April 2007 113


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Column Author wood wheel mounted in the car, with the original stock two-spoke unit sitting in the trunk. Good quality replacement upholstery installation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,280. Went across the block on run-what-ya-brung Monday, finally selling at this price. Further proof that this is market pricing for a #2 '69 Z/28—at least for the time being. #587-1969 FORD TORINO 2-dr hard top. and door panels from a kit. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $43,740. With the color combination, bench seat, and column shift automatic, it came off as originally being a granny grocery getter/sleeper stop light terror. Bought very well, as the big horsepower 427 offsets the green color for desirability by a long shot. #672-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R20311002328. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 58,146 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Marti Report indicates a real KR. Expertly restored from a bare shell. Near flawless repaint and graphics application. All new trim and replated bumpers. Meticulously restored engine bay to near perfection with all correct FoMoCo components, to include reproduction S/N 9K40H160059. Maroon metallic/maroon vinyl. Odo: 78,439 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good quality old repaint, with thickerthan-stock painted pinstripes. Generally serviceable original weatherstripping shows some age. Engine bay has had a number of cheap repairs done, such as replacement plug wires and coil, but has a growl that sounds like a bad A/C compressor clutch or water pump bearing. Moderate wear to the front seat bottoms and driver's side carpet, otherwise nice interior. #350-1969 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX Type J 2-dr hard top. S/N 276579P169931. Crystal Turquoise Metallic/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,548 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully restored to the highest possible standards. Arrow straight bodywork and panel fit, with extremely high quality paint. Chrome replated, all trim buffed. Very clean undercarriage, with all new hardware that is still shiny. Reupholstered seating, replacement carpet and dashpad, well-preserved and cleaned interior components. Probably the best restored car Bought new by Bobby Unser. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,776. Purchased by a dealer I know quite well who's a Ford guy. By Monday afternoon, they cured the rattle (loose fan shroud) and replaced the battery cables so it no longer needed to be jump-started regularly. By Monday night, they were happy campers. A good enough buy without the provenance, bought well with it. #313-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE date-coded hoses and wiring. Replacement interior soft trim, with original dashboard and slightly worn steering wheel. Retrofitted with a Ford AM/FM radio from the era. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $145,000. Consigned by an SCMer, it saw some interest up to $140k, but then waned—as most Shelby buyers were at the other venues. Worth more than the amount bid here, but at least it served well as a feature car for the auction. #352-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124375N694902. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 64,956 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality repaint, good door and panel gaps. Mostly correct and clean engine bay. Restored undercarriage now grubby. Correct crimped exhaust gives off a louder-than-stock raspy retort. Reproduction SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 1363791319888. White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 95,797 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Product of GM of Canada. Recent repaint to a high standard, with excellent prep work and stripe application. Replated bumpers have a nice shine, while the original rear valance trim is somewhat scuffed up. Very clean engine bay is mostly correct. Excellent original interior, although the vacuum-plated components have lost their on the grounds. Cond: 1+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. This restoration shop specializes in Pontiacs, and since this was a proverbial littleold-lady-from-Pasadena car, the company decided to restore it to the nines as a calling card. Besides, everyone sees well done Firebirds, Camaros and Corvettes all day long—when's the last time you've seen a 1969 Grand Prix restored? Heck, when's the last time you saw a 1969 Grand Prix? The restorer was hoping to get at least $26k out of the car, and shouldn't worry about holding fast and not dickering for now. #375-1973 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23H3B123094. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,265 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed special order car. FJ5 color code on the fender tag is not a standard paint for 1973. Recent bare-body restoration, with an expertly applied repaint. Correct engine compartment, with only a modern battery and a few tie wraps as exceptions. Clean and shiny undercarriage. Good reproduction upholstery plating and are generally bare. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $20,450. GM of Canada has done a better job of retaining their production records than their Yankee counterparts, so bowtie muscle cars from the Great White North can be verified to approximately the same level as the Pontiac History Services or the Marti Report. The problem is, very few have survived, thanks to every single car being in the Snow Belt. The bid was quite a bit under the money, so the consignor was well justified for holding fast to this pretty decent car. 114 inside. DIN-mount Alpine stereo in the dash, with additional speakers in the trunk. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. In the time I had to put my report together, I couldn't come up with what exactly that paint code was. That code was not used in 1973, and it's not like they had a can of Go Mango sitting around the assembly plant. Then again, considering Chrysler in the 1970s, maybe they did. A healthy bid for a later year E-body, and it should have sealed the deal.u Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Column Author Maseratis Star at Ferrari Sale Maserati's evocative heritage was exemplified by the ex-Briggs Cunningham Tipo 151 racer, which once led Le Mans with Dick Thompson at the wheel Company Bonhams Date December 17, 2006 Location Gstaad, Switzerland Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 21 / 29 Sales rate 72% Sales total $6,173,027 High sale 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 racer, sold at $1,676,167 $1.7m for Tipo 151 was $500k over estimate Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics ing to Gstaad, the up-market location for Bonhams's annual pre-Christmas fixture. For the previous eight years, this auction has been staged under the chandeliers at the Palace Hotel, and the catalog contents have been exclusively Ferrari. Not this time, as this year's sale was opened up to include Maseratis. As it turned out, it was just as well, as all three of the highest priced sellers were historic racers from Ferrari's rival marque. As was the case with Enzo Ferrari, the five founding F Maserati brothers shared a consuming passion for motor racing, and this evocative heritage was exemplified by the ex-Briggs Cunningham 1962 Tipo 151 racer, which led the 1962 Le Mans for a while with Dick Thompson at the wheel, and which, after a bidding battle between a European collector and a U.S. private buyer, sold to the latter for a way over estimate $1,676,167. The even more exciting 1965 Tipo 65 prototype racer with a rearmounted V8 raised a close to top estimate $764,188, and its engine bay, with multiple everything wrapped in a complex web of the legendary “birdcage” tubing, was a mechanical vision for any old car junkie to behold. Another former Cunningham Team warhorse from 1961—the ex-Walt Hansgen/Augie Pabst and Bruce McLaren-driven Tipo 63 Prototype racer—made a forecast $583,598. Of the street-legal Maseratis, there were 116 or the first time in this reporter's often foggy memory, there was hardly even a cosmetic snowflake to be seen on the unusually ice-free Swiss mountain roads lead- Buyer's premium 16% below $122,880, 11% thereafter, included in sold prices (1 CHF=$.819202) strong above-estimate performances from a currently taxed and on-the-key 1969 Mistral 4-liter spyder, which sold for $163,727, and a 1977 Khamsin that brought $63,990. By contrast, both headline Ferraris disappointed their sellers and had to be transported home unsold. The Monza 750 sports racer driven to victory by Masten Gregory in the 1955 Lisbon GP was abandoned with an insufficient $1,064,963 on the board, and one of only 27 Tipo 212 Export berlinettas from 1952—a truly mint coupe with some period competition history—ran out of puff at $802,818. More modern fare from Maranello did well, with a 2004 575 GTC Competizione generating an above forecast $524,906, and an F40 with only 8,455 kilometers bringing $310,633. Other bullish performances under the hammer confirmed the continued strength of Lusso and Dino models, with $339,802 available for a 1964 250 GT Lusso, and $147,473 for a single-family owned 1972 Dino 246 GTS targa. Daytonas, be they a 1969 Spyder conversion or a 1971 coupe, also sold well here, costing the new owners $267,565 and $233,253, respectively. Even with Ferrari having to share the bill SALES TOTALS with Maserati this year, the '06 sale still magnetized plenty of players who wished to check out an interesting array of top cars. Although the gross takings of $6.2m here held up well against other sales in the region, gaining highquality consignments may be more of an issue in '07, and Bonhams could usefully open up next year's Gstaad catalog even further, maybe to include the other historic marques in the Fiat portfolio, Alfa Romeo, or even Lancia.u $2m $4m $6m $8m 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market


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#210-1952 FERRARI 212 Export coupe. S/N 0190ED. Eng. # 0190ED. French Racing Blue/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 99 km. Coachwork by Vignale. One of 27, 1952 Bois de Boulogne concours, crashed in the 1952 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally, finished 7th in the 1956 Reims 12-Hours. Full Italian rebuild, 2000 Mille Miglia, 2004 Historic Monaco Grand Prix. Color-changed from red to current blue pre-2006 Mille Miglia. Really sharp paint, minimalist brightwork unmarked, Borranis super-shiny, no bumpers fitted. Interior like new. Show finish engine bay with #225-1956 MASERATI A6G/2000 coupe. S/N 2147. Eng. # 2180. Red/magnolia leather. Odo: 36,000 km. Bearing in mind that no two cars were entirely alike, this was one of around 60 A6G/2000s to have been bodied by Serafino Allemano's workshop. Bodywork rough, paint and chrome poor, trim complete but soiled. Formerly in the U.S., then Germany, Chevrolet V8 powered at some time. Rear axle and power steering still Chevrolet units. Correct AC6 motor and Maserati (rather than original ZF) box included, but out of car. Competition gas tank filler inside trunk and rally clock on chrome hood supports. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $802,818. Remarkably similar to the '53 Cunningham C-3 Continental coupe profiled in December 2006 (p. 62). Both cars wear coachwork from Vignale, and it's thought that at least one 212 wore the same body as the C3. Considering the competition provenance on file and its simply stunning condition, it was a surprise that the circa $1m was not forthcoming for this gem of an early Ferrari—especially since it would be eligible for most of the world's top car events. #220-1955 FERRARI 750 Monza road- ster. S/N 0554M. Eng. # 0554M. White & blue/blue-gray leather. RHD. Masten Gregory's 1955 Lisbon GP winner. Shipped to U.S., took 2nd to Shelby's Ferrari in 1956 in Beverly, MA. Rebuilt and rebodied in '02. Panels dentfree. Paint relatively fresh, with some minor marks. Large Monza gas filler set into tail, Borrani rims brightly polished. Minimalist cockpit with low-back buckets and OMP full harnesses. Working engine bay spotless, “750” comes from capacity of one of its four cylinders. Many spares and second body included. dash indicate race history. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $188,106. Despite the chassis number never being listed in Maserati factory records (but looking correct), no motor or gearbox fitted, and an incorrect back axle and very little floor still present, this lot generated huge interest during viewing. No doubt inspired by some traces of a competition past, several contestants competed for ownership until the project was eventually taken on for a fairly crazy $57,034 above the high estimate. #207-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 508F1801GT. Eng. # 128F1707. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 28,910 km. First supplied via famous Belgian Garage Francorchamps with 280-hp compspec V12, though now fitted with non-original 128F type. U.S. owned from 1969, restored in the mid-80s. Italian resident since 1986. Paint and chrome still mainly clean, though driver's side door edge and sill show paint chips, and some brightwork is polish-scratched. Borranis Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,064,963. This was one of only two headline casualties of the evening—both Ferraris. Learning that chassis 0554/M had been described on Swiss customs documents as being 0562/M in 1986 may well have muddied the waters for some, even though by 2000, the car had been correctly reidentified as 0554/M. A 4-cylinder Ferrari like this would be a relatively economical proposition for an historic racer seeking major event starts, and around the $1.1m mark would not have been unreasonable. April 2007 bright, interior clean, engine bay well detailed, but non-concours. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $344,065. The fact that this was no longer a matching numbers car was no doubt a turnoff for many of the marque purists assembled under the Palace Hotel chandeliers. The cosmetics would have needed to be sharpened up to warrant anything over $350,000, and at this price, the bidders were smart to look for a better one. TOP 10 No. 4 #206-1961 MASERATI TIPO 63 Prototype LWB racer. S/N 63010. White & blue/black leather. RHD. One of two Cunningham Team rear-engined “Birdcage” 117


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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Column Author Maseratis, Walt Hansgen/Bruce McLaren 1961 Le Mans car, then Hansgen's SCCA Bridgehampton and Elkhart Lake 500-mile winner. Ford V8 powered in 1965, acquired in 1968 by Kaus who commissioned a Docking Spitzley resto—when it was fitted with the current ex-power boat motor. Much chassis tubing evident in tidy cockpit. No dings to panels, relatively fresh paint unmarked, engine bay spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $583,598. The suggestion that 63010 may have been renumbered 63011 during its post-LM rebuild didn't hurt the sale result, nor did the fact that when Californian-in-Modena Tom Meade acquired what was claimed to be the former Cunningham-campaigned car from factory storage in 1965, the rolling chassis purchased from Maserati had been renumbered 63021. A nice racer in great condition, and on the money at just over the low estimate. #204-1962 MASERATI TIPO 151 racer. S/N 151006. White, blue & red/black leather. RHD. Claimed to be the sole survivor of three Maserati 151s tailor-made for Le Mans privateers, this one issued to the Briggs Cunningham Team. Led Le Mans in Dick Thompson's hands, Augie Pabst driven in Bridgehampton 400 km and L.A. Times Grand Prix at Riverside. Joined Kaus Collection in 1983. Eight hi-rise inlet trumpets beneath Perspex bubble, Alfa SS brightwork, and interior all unmarked. Nonconcours engine bay spotless. Driver's door fit off very slightly, with the leading edge gap too big and the rear shutline over-tight. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $339,802. The market continues to love the Lusso, and this one duly did the business, albeit only achieving a low estimate sum. Among front-engined Ferraris, the model continues to command gilt-edged status. #217-1964 MASERATI TIPO 151/3 Replica coupe. S/N 151002. Red, blue & white/black cloth. RHD. Coachwork by Allegretti. A largely authentic re-creation of the 1964 Le Mans T151/3, Maserati's very own bread van. Paint generally good, but flaking off hood in places. Panels curvaceous and undamaged, cut-outs in roof for oil, extinguisher, and fuel filler really neat. Borranis look new. German-made replica chassis, ex-marine T54 V8. Meaty six-slot gear-shift gate, Willans full harnesses for both seats in spotless cockpit. Chassis plate prominently affixed to dash, huge exhausts exit through both sills. Cond: 1-. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $764,188. I witnessed a very high number of in-depth inspections of this remarkable and grand finale to the Orsi years of Maserati competition artistry, so it's not surprising that the near top estimate price was achieved. The bodywork and color would benefit greatly from a return to original, and a nut-and-bolt rebuild will have to be funded before any retro-action can be attempted. Even so, one very serious big boy's toy. #203-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 09459. Argento Silver/red leather. Odo: 33,548 km. Ten-year-old repaint is still sound, though driver's door is marked and there is a big bubble developing below paint on rear wheelarch. Engine tweaks include head mods and performance cams. Suspension stiffened and lowered, comp brake pads fitted. Interior and engine bay clean. Greater lateral support added to original low-back buckets, SOLD AT $231,448. Bonhams and their client were spot-on with the pre-auction estimates for this car. Apart from being invited to show it at top car exhibitions, I am not entirely sure what one would then do with this re-creation, as eligibility for all but club event entry lists might prove difficult. #214-1965 MASERATI TIPO 65 Prototype screen, gullwing doors, Kamm tail, large gas tank with Monza cap behind internal fire wall. Unmarked recent repaint with no dents or flubs. Borranis fair, woodrim new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,676,167. Genuinely historic and unique. A bidding battle between European collector and U.S. private buyer resolved in favor of latter, who had to pay more than $500,000 over estimate to win the car. This sale established a new open market value and brought with it much applause from the crowd. #208-1964 FERRARI 250 GTL Lusso coupe. S/N 5525GT. Eng. # 5525GT. Silver/ red leather. Odo: 604 km. One of 350, first Swiss, then Californian and Kentucky owned before being stolen and off the radar for 14 years. Monaco and Italian residencies since rescue. Low mileage displayed since 1990s Italian resto when engine block replaced. Paint, 118 booklet and driver's handbook all present and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $136,447. Essentially a closed version of the 275 GTS, with a short-wheelbase chassis, independent suspension, and Pininfarina understated body- Sports Car Market racer. S/N 151002. Red, blue & white/black vinyl. RHD. Coachwork by Drogo. Thought to be the first and only such T65 built for the 1965 Le Mans, when it crashed at the hands of Jo Siffert during lap 2. Different nose, twin headlamps, additional air-scoops to front and rear fitted in 1968. Accquired by Kaus in 1978, color changed at some time. Paint marked, cockpit only fair. Engine impressive, with four ignition coils, two distributors, and four oil coolers. Momo full harnesses. Tripmaster, fire system bottle behind seats, luggage retaining straps. 2003 Tour de Espana Lancia Classico stickers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $170,047. Even with some minor cosmetics still required, this wellsorted 1960s Ferrari deservedly raised forecast money. Appearing to be on-the-button for lots more eventing, it was not only good value, but is unlikely to depreciate in the foreseeable future. #222-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11395. Eng. # 11395. Red/black leather. Odo: 16,121 km. Body refurbished and engine rebuilt in 1997. Externally very clean and shiny. 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Bonhams Gstaad, CH Column Author work with elements of the Superfast nose. The 330 GTC offers grand touring for two as well as their luggage for a still affordable sum. This example was well presented, too, and therefore fully deserving of the new owner's $13,500 above forecast valuation. #209-1969 MASERATI MISTRAL Spyder. S/N AM109SA1717. Silver/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 64,938 km. One of only 123 such Spyders built. Paint dull and marked on passenger side, windshield chipped and scratched. Borranis tatty, engine bay dirty. Non-period Blaupunkt stereo hurts interior, rear cockpit trim vandalized with speakers. Swiss Motorway permit dated from 2006 makes this one of few drivers among the trailer #229-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13419. Red/black leather. Odo: 97,639 km. Supplied new to Switzerland, later a U.S. resident. ZF power-steering and a/c standard. Restored in 1989. Paint since then generally OK, with some stone chips and windshield scratches. Brightwork good, Borranis highly polished. Likely original leather acceptably worn. Engine bay would benefit from detailing, as oil is spraying out of a cam cover breather. queens crossing the block here. Likely driven to auction. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $163,727. Given the rather disappointing cosmetic condition, the nearly $33k over top estimate paid would appear to have been generous. However, the chassis beneath the blemished exterior appeared to be structurally sound, and the car was an on-the-key and ready-to-enjoy example of a model which has been on the upward slope of appreciation lately. #212-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA Spyder Conversion. S/N 12779. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 91,338 km. The second owner funded this well-executed chop from original coupe bodywork by former Scaglietti employee, Egidio Brandoli. Plexiglass front intact, chromed Kayser badge on tail. Panels and fit good, paint and brightwork in reasonable order. Screen wiper- marked, dash-top fabric water-marked. Leather lightly worn, Borranis show nicks around rims. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $267,565. Last seen at Coys Legende de Passion sale in Monaco in May of 2004, where it didn't sell for $190,270 (SCM# 34184). Considering this was not a factory conversion, the mid-estimate valuation would seem to have been on the high side—but then Ferrari themselves only hatched 123 Daytona Spyders, so it's hardly surprising that quality replicas by reputable workshops continue to make such strong money. See Profile on pg. 36. 120 window polish-scratched, wheel paint bubbling, non-concours engine bay clean. Definitive Plexiglass front intact, correct luggage straps behind seats. Tool roll with contents present. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $233,253. Although just fine when wound up, Daytonas can be hard work to steer when the going gets slow and twisty. At the near top estimate paid, this was a very nice and fully charted example of a model which continues to appreciate by the year. #219-1972 FERRARI 246 GTS Dino spyder. S/N 03902. Red/black leather. Odo: 47,887 km. One family owned, “Pozzi supplied” plate in dull engine bay, original sticker on rear screen. Panel fit good. Bits and pieces appear repainted, with minor marks here and there. Brightwork mainly sharp. Vinyl-trimmed targa top, Daytona seats, full leather interior, power windows. Chrome Ferrari badge added to tail, twin Abarth exhaust, Cromodora alloys. Engine rebuilt in 1980, upgraded in 2003, Radio-telephone aerial sprouting out of front of roof is quite unsightly. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,986. Rightly rated by Car magazine in their contemporary road test as being “the most civilized Ferrari yet,” the 365 GT, styled in the manner of the limited-edition Superfast, is also a good looker even 40 years after its launch. Thanks to more than one bidder wanting to own it, chassis 13419 cost the winner $10,000 over the high estimate of $69,632. #224-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14087. Red/black leather. Odo: 89,228 km. One of 530 in Series I guise. Factory a/c, mileage displayed likely to be genuine total by only two owners. Extensive restoration in 1989. Panels sound, fit good, body paint only slightly marked. Plastic rear replaced interior still very clean. Hydraulics and electrical system claimed to have been only recently checked out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,579. The just over top estimate paid here valued this apparently sound example of the first unitary-construction Maserati correctly. #211-1977 MASERATI KHAMSIN 2+2 coupe. S/N AM1201262. Blue metallic/beige leather. Odo: 685 km. Coachwork by Bertone. Delivered new to the U.S., Swiss-owned since 1990. German resto in 1992, with the low mileage displayed likely since then. Externally and internally very clean. Interior absolutely unmarked, though converted for unleaded fuel in 2005. Wheel paint chipped. Soft leather lightly worn, steering wheel rim scuffed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $147,473. Dinos continue to be much sought after. This fully charted example was no exception, being much viewed and raising mid-estimate money. Even though 2,609 GT coupes and 1,274 GTS spyders were produced, their recent form at auction would indicate that further appreciation is likely. #201-1974 MASERATI INDY 2+2 coupe. S/N 2070. Celeste Blue/tan leather. Odo: 73,848 km. Few Swiss owners. In receipt of mid-'90s resto. Paint clean, brightwork sound but polish-scratched. Sill finishers scuffed and dinged, alloy wheel paint dull and marked, engine bay would benefit from some TLC. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,990. Being one of the nicest condition Khamsins to be auctioned in Europe in recent seasons, the $10,742 above a most optimistic forecast paid for this particular Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Gstaad, CH supercar hatch should not be surprising. One can only hope that the concealed headlamps will pop up when required! #205-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000086762. Eng. # 24106. Red/red fabric. Odo: 8,468 km. Cat-equipped from new. Belts changed, body undersealed in 1997. New tanks, suspension upgrades, current 18in wheels fitted in 2001. Clutch and brakes recently renewed. Hood obviously repainted, minor stone chips to nose. OMP high-back seat fabric grubby, Sabelt full harnesses, fire system finding another example that was either more original or fully race-prepped. #213-2001 FERRARI 550 Barchetta roadster. S/N ZFFZR52B000124287. Red/ black leather. Odo: 1,300 km. One of 448, initially unregistered for the road, first took to the streets in June 2006, when in receipt of first service. Still absolutely original and mint with no cosmetic wear apparent. Split rims Huge rear wing with endplates in Kevlar, exhaust exits through dual Kevlar sills. ATL fuel cell, substantial roll cage, single Sparco race seat with full harness, quick-release steering wheel. Kevlar panel alongside seat with lots of aircraft-style switches. Unmarked OZ Racing bottle on passenger side floor. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $310,633. Although this was a fairly typical result for an F40 in public auction, perhaps the within-estimate valuation given to this particular car by the new owner was a tad generous for a slightly messed-around example. It was neither standard-spec nor a dedicated circuit racer, and the buyer may have been better off highly polished. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $186,300. Greatly reducing the estimate band during viewing almost certainly helped this virtually brand new 550 achieve just over the initial low estimate. It generated much interest from more than one bidder during the auction and set a current valuation for the model. #223-2004 FERRARI 575 GTC FIA Competizione coupe. S/N 2216. Red/black cloth. Ex-Italian Giesse team 2004 FIA GT race car, took 2nd in the Spa 24-Hours. Following Evo 2005 upgrades, Italian GT series raced. alloys shod with low-profile Pirellis. Fresh RaceAlliance restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $524,906. As the in-house developed evoversion of the 575M slips slowly down the current race results, the 575 GT Competizione berlinetta must howl to the top of any Ferrari collector's shopping list. With some solid history on file, and in totally restored condition, the market should not be surprised that 575 GTC number 2216 pulled $33,385 above the high estimate—which was still $144,247 less than the $785,000 that FIA GT and Grand-Am teams would have been charged by the factory in 2004.u April 2007 121


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics on the fringe, people convinced it's their task in life to change the Fieros, MR2s, and Volkswagens of the world into things that just shouldn't be. T Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material take from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #1700240532-2003 TOYOTA MR2 Ferrari 360 Replica roadster. S/N JTDFR320530056468. Red/black/red & black leather. Odo: 18,800 miles. 13 photos. Burbank, CA. “Car is immaculate, completely redone. The kit came with the car when it was first purchsed and a local auto body put it together.” Based on a salvage-titled MR2. “Everything on the car works perfect. New paint, new leather interior, 18-inch wheels, new low profile tires. configuration. “You will need to bring a U-haul truck to transport car and parts. Car is on jack stands but can be moved easily with a few people. I will help get the car in the U-haul.” 6 bids, sf 3, bf 143. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,551. Seller suggested this is a “Good start for someone that will gain from my loss.” Doesn't seem likely to me. Judging from the few nicely completed 250 GTO replicas I've seen on eBay, sellers tend to ask $20k for these cars, while bidders fade off at $6k or $7k. Perhaps, like me, they're still mad that the dream-sequence GTO in “Vanilla Sky” wasn't a real one, either. #1700391260-1985 PONTIAC FIERO Shaved doors-keyless entry. Car is very clean, a real eye catcher, turns a lot of heads. Be the envy of your friends and neighbors.” 40 bids, sf 35, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,700. I can think of a couple of real mid-engined Ferrari models one could have approached with this money. This sale price was inexplicable. Apparently none of the bidders heeded the seller, who reminded us, “Keep in mind that a 2003 MR2 sells for over $15k.” #1700284307-1962 FERRARI 250 GTO Replica coupe. S/N HLS30382787. Primer/ black. 10 photos. Rocklin, CA. Velo Rosso replica based on a 1977 Datsun 280Z (with 1973 VIN plate to dodge smog regs). Stock Datsun driveline, includes optional V8 mounting brackets (but no V8). Kit was designed for a spyder, but the rear wheel tubs are set up to retain coupe respect and Royal treatments from resturants and hotels.” 35 bids, sf 39, bf 4. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,301. Will we one day have to find and restore all the poor Fieros that have been thusly clad? Will they be like the lost Ferrari chassis hidden under a Devin? At least this price was more in line with tasteless frivolity—even if it is double what I would have expected. #1600374769-1991 MODENA FERRARI 250 GT replica roadster. S/N RI1724. Red/black/tan. Odo: 40,923 miles. 17 photos. Warwick, RI. “This more than a car, it is a sculpted work of art and an automotive legend! ...a ground up reproduction of the spectacular, 122 Sports Car Market Ferrari & Lamborghini Replica coupe. S/N 1G2PF37R3FP205741. Red/black leather. Odo: 61,105 miles. 7 photos. Pikeville, KY. “You are looking at a REPLICA/KIT car of a mix between Lambourghini and Fararri on 85 Pontiac Fiero frame. The car runs great. I bought it thru e-bay 3 yrs ago and drove from Florida to Kentucky. It was fun. I got alot of here exists in this world of cars a small but devoted group of people who live rare, short wheel base Ferrari 250GT California Spyder....manufactured in 1991 by Modena, the same people who built a simliar Ferrari featured in the movie ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' The body and chrome work are perfect.” Daytona wire wheels, Connolly leather interior. Ford 289 makes 378 hp, 5-speed manual. Impressive 40k reliable miles. 22 bids, sf 894, bf 423. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,000. “While it is a reproduction, three Ferrari owners have driven the car without suspecting that it is not one of the 100 of these automobiles that were made by Ferrari in the early 1960s.” Pop-quiz: These Ferrari owners are a) probably not on SCM's list of the Top 50 collectors, b) just the sort of folks who would pay early Ferrari 328 money for a Fordengined replica, or c) all of the above? #2800230968-1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Ferrari Daytona Replica roadster. S/N 1G1YY33P8N5116135. Red/black/ red. Odo: 68,800 miles. 34 photos. Maitland, FL. “Listing this car for a retiree in Florida who is selling the vehicle to pay for his retirement care facility.” Cost $50k to build. This “Miami Vice” kit on a C4 Corvette basis trades off improved handling and ergonomics for authenticity; retains Vette seats and sports some very plain five-spoke mags. 4 bids, sf 1023, bf 58. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,100. Market-correct price (believe it or not), and I guess it's just a bonus that “the male owner says the car singlehandedly attracted women to him and helped him get lucky countless times during his days as a younger man.” #4646393758-1931 ALFA ROMEO REPLICA roadster. S/N n/a. Red/black. Odo: 221 miles. 22 photos. Saginaw, MI. After writing “Alfa Romero” in a huge font seller later corrected with, “The proper name I am told is; Alfa Romeo. Alfa Romero vs. Bugatti were the cars in the 1920-1930 car races (long before NASCAR, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt).” Fiberglass replica based on a 1967 VW Beetle.


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Online sales of recent production cars. 1600-cc flat four in the back (polished, ported and balanced.) Painted wire rims are from the 1930s (marque not specified). Over 50 firstplace car show trophies. Custom 13-ft trailer included. 23 bids, sf 77, bf 8. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,250. Seller cautioned, “I would highly not recommend that you jump on the interstate with it and try and hit 90 MPH.” Me, either, but if you do, please have a bystander take some video for posterity/YouTube. A fair price for a show winner with a custom trailer, no matter how you spell it. #1500774622-1974 KELMARK GT coupe. S/N n/a. Light metallic blue/black. Odo: 2,600 miles. 13 photos. Spicewood, TX. Sits on a ‘68 VW pan with IRS. “Beautiful ice blue paint with clear coat. Shines awesome. Ferrari decals and badging keeps em guessing.” I have to admit that the custom interior featuring a “Lamborghini Diablo replica dash” actually looks fantastic. 2017-cc VW engine with twin Weber 44s “has a low rumble, that sounds more unless you really need a windshield for your Miura and a funny story to tell at the pub. #2000265158-1986 PONTIAC FIERO Ferrari 355 Spider Replica roadster. S/N n/a. Red/black/red. Odo: 3,000 miles. 13 photos. Pensacola, FL. “This is a 1986 Fiero, built from the ground up. It has a 350 crate motor in it that is less then a year old. The motor only has 3,000 miles on it. As you can see this car has been completely convereted to resemble the new body Fresh Meat 2007 BMW 335I COUPE style Ferrari 355 spider in every way shape and form.” Kenwood stereo with huge woofers. 10 bids, sf 1, bf 32. SOLD AT $15,000. Right now there is a real Ferrari 308 GTSi on Autotrader for $19k. It has a V8, it has a removable top, and it's an actual FERRARI. Did the seller not know that? I would consider volunteering for some kind of telephone hotline to help keep people informed. #3000378512-2006 IFG LAMBORGHINI like a V-8 than a 4 cylinder. When it hits around 5000 rpm, it sounds more exotic.” Very well done (for what it is). 28 bids, sf 16, bf 51. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,100. It goes without saying that the Kelmark GT is the kit car that first put the “NO” in “ItaliaNO.” It blew my mind that 15 people fought to pay five figures for one. If you'd asked me, I would have suggested financing a 308 Dino and holding on to the $10 large for repair bills. #4578126850-1974 FIBERFAB AZTEC coupe. S/N n/a. Yellow/black. 19 photos. Oshawa, ONT. Seller says this is a “replica of an Alfa Romeo Carabo.” Built on a ‘74 VW Beetle pan, “The design is very true to the Alfa with a few exceptions, it is not quite as low, does not have a V8 and does not have scissor doors.” Fresh paint. “The Windsheild is the original Lamborghini Muira windscreen and is perfect. DIABLO VT Replica coupe. S/N 244761. Yellow/tan. Odo: 143 miles. 22 photos. McAllen, TX. Lamborghini data plate is a nice touch. Options include DVD, “night vision waterproof rear camera,” carbon fiber dash, gauges with “Lamborghini and bull on face,” and... “tracking device lets you know were this puppies been in real time.” Two forthcoming developments: 1) “car has being re-upholstered Date sold: 01/11/2007 eBay auction ID: 190069697365 Seller: Private individual in CA Sale Type: “RIGHTS TO PURCHASE” only, not car itself, at MSRP. Details: Bluestone Metallic/black leather. 260hp turbo. LSD, OnStar. Sale result: $1,125, 7 bids, sf 12, bf 17. MSRP: $30,385 Other current offering: Saturn of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, www.saturnofscottsdale.com, asking $37,990 for silver car with 492 miles. 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ S65 AMG Date sold: 01/16/2007 eBay auction ID: 190071855148 Seller: RK Motor Company, Dallas, TX www .rkmotorcompany.com Sale Type: Used car, 252 miles Details: Space Gray/Dakota black leather. Twin turbo 3.0-L I6. Auto. Sale result: $47,345, 11 bids, sf 10, bf private. MSRP: $47,345 Other current offering: BMW of Orland Park, Orland Park, IL, www.autosportusa.net, asking $46,897 for black/tan car with 1,604 miles. 2007 SATURN SKY RED LINE I have seen these for sale for up to $2500 alone. Has the original Alfa and Bertone decals installed where they should be, looks great.” No wipers or turn signals. 1 bid, sf 56, bf 56. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,000. Seller offers two tests; 1) “If you are over 5 foor 10 inches don't bid,” 2) “Don't bid unless you are serious and want a toy because that is what this is.” I say don't bid April 2007 with Black Ostrich on center column and kick panels”, 2) “CAR IS BEING FITTED WITH 3.8 SUPERCHARGED ENGINE W/SMALLER PULLY TO GET AROUND 300+HP W/HD TRANS. ALL REBUILT.” 5 bids, sf 24, bf 1. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,600. Seller says, “the car was purchased for $30,000, and IFG of S.CA did another $27,000 worth of work.” Does that mean this is the third time someone has lost $30k on the very same car inside of one year? Sorry, that's unfair. Although all of it was unadvisable, only half to two thirds of this bid will be forever unrecoverable. Next time buy a Urraco, an Espada, a Jarama, or a Jalpa. PLEASE.u Date sold: 01/10/2007 eBay auction ID: 170066963355 Seller: Exotic Motor Cars, Boynton Beach, FL, www.8887exotic.com Sale Type: New car with 82 miles Details: Obsidian Black/black nappa leather. Renntech upgrades to 695 hp and 850 ft-lb. Sale result: $216,900, 33 bids, sf 38, bf 4. MSRP: $181,500 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Pines, FL, www .mercedesbenz-ofpembrokepines.com, asking $200,500 for 273-mile S65 AMG (without Renntech).u 123


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Automotive Investor Bowtie v. Blue Oval 40 Years Later, Mustang and Camaro Battle in the Market Average Price of All '65–'70 Mustangs and '67–'69 Camaros Sold at Auction, 2002–2006 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 '65–'70 Mustang Fastback '65–'70 Mustang Convertible '65–'70 Mustang Coupe '67–'69 Camaro Convertible '67–'69 Camaro Coupe 1965 W $25m $20m Camaro Mustang $15m 2002, 64 cars sold for $1,631,327 $10m 2003, 131 cars sold for $3,845,144 2004, 230 cars sold for $7,225,636 $5m 2005, 392 cars sold for $17,755,594 2006, 425 cars sold for $21,854,178 2002 124 2003 2004 2005 2006 Sports Car Market 2002, 52 cars sold for $789,295 2003, 144 cars sold for $2,139,904 2004, 122 cars sold for $1,980,581 2005, 180 cars sold for $3,672,516 2006, 249 cars sold for $5,523,089 1966 1967 hen the Ford Mustang was launched as a 1964 ½ model, it revolutionized the U.S. auto industry, selling 1 million cars in 18 months and adding the word “pony car” to the lexicon. Ford's humble Falcon powertrain and underpinnings were cloaked in a classically proportioned long-hood/short-trunk coupe, convertible, and fastback. Running gear ranged from a humble 200-ci 6-cylinder to a 260-ci V8, and by 1970 would evolve through 289-ci, 302-ci, 351-ci, 390-ci, and even a ground-pounding 428-ci. Mustang bodywork also changed, from smooth and square forms to scalloped sides, aggressive grilles, coke-bottle rear fenders, and hunched fastbacks. It wasn't until Chevrolet's Camaro and Firebird arrived for 1967 that the Mustang had a peer. Between 1967 and 1969, the Camaro offered the Five-Year Growth Index of Auction Values 1968 1969 1970 same mix of options as the Mustang, from 6-cylinder, 3-speed shoppers to 327-ci, 350-ci, 396-ci, and 427-ci V8s. The 302-ci Z/28 racers battled the Shelby GT350 Mustangs on the track. As muscle cars have roared into the collector consciousness Mustangs and Camaros have led the pack. You can still buy a nice 6-cylinder “driver” Mustang or Camaro for $12,000. But their big block brethren will cost you ten times that much, and limited-production Yenko Camaros and Shelby GT350s and GT500s fetch more than $300,000. For this analysis, we have lumped together the “real” Mustangs, 1965–70, and compared them with the “real” Camaros, 1967–69. Auction Sales Totals by Calendar Year Mustang Camaro


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AUCTION HOUSE FOCUS Silver Auctions ilver Auctions is headquartered in the Eastern Washington city of Spokane, and its enthusiasm properly reflects the area's robust mining and logging roots. Founder Mitch Silver began auctioning in 1979, while an ad- S ministrator at Eastern Washington State College. His first auction was at the county fairgrounds, within smelling distance of the cow barns. Such earthy roots remain the cornerstone of the company's busi- ness. Last summer, $25,000 would have given a dedicated buyer a shot at about 50% of the 800 cars offered at Silver's Hot August Nights auction in Reno, Nevada, the company's flagship event. A dozen other auctions take place throughout the northwest. Silver himself is a cancer-surviving everyman, who has hiked in 72 countries and survived kidnapping and robbery attempts. He believes that the very best deals are good for buyer and seller both, and his job is simply to bring the two, and the right car, together. Silver Top 10 Sales of 2006 11. $341,585, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 12. $185,500, 1954 Buick Skylark, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 1/23/06 13. $177,550, 1968 Shelby GT350, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 14. $127,200, 1966 Shelby GT350, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 15. $125,080, 1970 Dodge Challenger cvt, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 1/23/06 16. $95,400, 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air cvt, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 1/23/06 17. $93,280, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 18. $90,100, 1937 Ford Slantback street rod, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 19. $89,040, 1941 Packard 180 cvt, Reno, NV, 8/3/06 10. $83,740, 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, Ft. McDowell, AZ 1/23/06 Silver Major Sales Year-toYear $12m $15m $6m $9m $3m Ft. McDowell, AZ Reno, NV Portland, OR (Fall) Portland, OR (Spring) Sun Valley, ID Silver Major Sales Aggregate Totals $50,000 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 $5m April 2007 $10m $15m $20m $25m $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 125 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Average 911 SWB Sale Price at Auction D esigned by Ferdinand Porsche, eldest son of Ferry, the 911 was launched at the Frankfurt Auto show in September 1963.The 911 was intended to offer Porsche drivers more comfort and performance than the 356, with a 2-liter, 6-cylinder aluminum engine with 130 hp and capable of 130 mph. The first 1965–67 cars are known as “short-wheelbase” (SWB) cars. All have 5-speed Years Built No. Made 1965–67 6,843 SCM Price Guide Average $15,000 Good $30,000 SCM Investment Grade Concours $48,000 B transmissions, disc brakes and torsion bar suspension. Prices ranged from $5,990 for the coupe to $6,990 for the con- vertible Targa. The more powerful 911S model arrived in 1966, offering 160 hp and 140 mph. 911 collectors consider these early cars to be the purest version of the design—despite their unforgiving handling characteristics— and prices have risen steadily as a result. 911 SWB Individual Sale Tracker MODEL ANALYSIS 1965–67 Porsche 911 SWB


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Gasoline, Automaker Signs Fuel Market Question is, where do you put a $36,650 porcelain sign that is 21' x 12'? A rizona remains the winter Mecca for collectible cars, and the same applies to automobilia that comes to auction. Prices remained strong this year for motobilia items sold at both Barrett-Jackson and RM. Here's a selection of items of par- ticular note. Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction (Sold prices include 15% buyer's premium) been increasing over the years. The price paid here was spot on. fully motorized 42-inch model was intended to show students how an automobile operated. It is fully functional with numerous moving features and belongs in a museum of some sort. Price was high but I've never seen another. LOT 5486. STEELCRAFT 1935 AUBURN SUPERCHARGED PEDAL CAR. SOLD AT: $8,050. This swoopy pedal car was restored to high standard, with chrome exhaust, light pods, and a windshield. This pedal car is rarely seen and seldom restored to this standard. All-in-all it sold at the proper price. LOT 5297. 1950s BUICK VALVE-IN-HEAD AUTHORIZED SERVICE 42-INCH NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,600. The body of the sign was in excellent condition and it had been restored with new transformer, wiring, and backing. Price paid was more than fair; dealers were asking two to three times what was paid here. But most of those did not sell, so consider this price the market speaking with a very clear voice. LOT 5472. UNITED MOTORS 48-INCH DOUBLESIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,600. These popular signs were available in numerous sizes and configurations, with some having neon around the car and border. Condition is key and this example was near perfect with a few minor edge chips. It also had the original hanging bracket and the price was fair. LOT 5379. 1970S FERRARI DEALERSHIP ILLUMINATED SIGN. SOLD AT: $5,750. This plastic sign was 18 inches tall and internally illuminated with neon. Perhaps that attracted the gold chain crowd, as it sold for $1,000 more than usual. But what's that to these guys, compared to the cost of a Dino service? LOT 5499. MOBIL PEGASUS “COOKIE CUTTER” PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $7,763. These 96-inch signs were on Mobil stations in the '50s and either faced right or left. Originally they did not have neon but it's now common practice to add colorful glass, although the quality here was lacking. They are called “cookie cutters” as the individual pieces of the sign have a 9-inch lip. Prices of these signs have 126 LOT 5368.1 MOBIL GARGOYLE TIN PAINTED BASEBALL SCOREBOARD. SOLD AT: $2,300. Only a handful of these have survived and this example was in surprisingly good condition. I watched one sell a year ago for twice what was paid here; consider this a bargain. LOT 5281. 1968 CHEVROLET DEALER SHOWROOM COLOR DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $2,300. This display featured the palette of colors Chevrolet offered in 1968, including two-tone Corvette colors. In excellent condition, it was purchased by a serious Chevrolet collector. A similar piece for the 1958 Chevrolet sold for three times the price, so this was well bought. LOT 5477. 1958 GERMAN DRIVING SCHOOL INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL. SOLD AT: $4,025. This unique, LOT 5173. SEALED POWER PISTON RING ILLUMINATED CLOCK. SOLD AT: $978. The art deco logo that Sealed Power used in the 1950s makes this attractive and functional garage art. The price seemed more than fair, as light-up clocks usually go for several hundred dollars more. This was a Wednesday item and prices did not heat up until Thursday. Bad luck for the seller, good for the buyer. LOT 5471. PONTIAC SERVICE DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $8,050. This 42-inch Pontiac sign dates from Sports Car Market


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the '50s and was in exceptional condition, with only very minor wear. This is an unusual version of this sign and coupled with its condition, it sold for a bunch. But then, the combination of rarity and condition often brings surprising values. and sold for a song. All the Alfa guys must have been at another auction – or they were just confirming their reputation as being tightwads. A colorful automotive sign in this condition should bring at least $1,000 more. as Case's logo in 1865 and used up until 1969. Only five of these are known and the consignor said that this is the only one in original condition. A striking piece if you are into tractor stuff, as someone clearly was. makes me wonder if this auction is the place for such specialized collectibles. Could easily have sold for twice what was paid. LOT 5569. HUSKY HI-POWER GASOLINE PORCELAIN PUMP PLATE. SOLD AT: $1,495. There are three versions of this pump plate to correspond with the grade of gasoline it promoted. This orange version is the rarest and therefore the most expensive. It sold for $500 more than the common white version in the previous lot. Both were in line with recent sales. LOT 5599. 1937 EMBOSSED SHELL NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,370. These 48-inch signs were double-sided, so this one had been split. Neon was clearly added at a later date. The sign was in good condition and worth the price. LOT 5456. SINCLAIR AIRCRAFT ONE PIECE ETCHED GAS GLOBE. SOLD AT: $6,900. This desirable gas globe was in excellent condition with no damage or issues. Should have sold for much more, which LOT 5495. 1949 BODY BY FISHER PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $35,650. This huge 21-foot sign was one of two on the Fisher Body Plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was in excellent condition but lacking any verbiage that would have made it even more desirable. Was once offered on eBay with a $50,000 reserve. Question is, where do you put a sign that is 21 feet by 12 feet? RM Mascot Auction (Sold prices include 15% buyer's premium) LOT 5594. 1940S SKIPPY LOT 5262. 1911 RATO RADIATOR STOP LEAK COUNTER-TOP DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $1,035. This cardboard display was complete with twelve tins of stop leak. It was as-new but not that unusual, as they show up from time to time. Price paid was a few hundred dollars more than usual. FIRE TRUCK PEDAL CAR. SOLD AT: $2,013.This pedal car was restored within an inch of its life. Lots of period touches with flared fenders and a big chrome grill. Buyer should be happy as it sold for well under the money. Just keep the grandkids away from it. signed by Elie Ottaway It was highly detailed with expected patina. One more bid might have owned the piece. But perhaps there was reluctance in having an angry pussycat on the radiator of your Packard. LOT 104. LEGENIE. Estimate: $1,750–$2,250. SOLD AT: $1,150. This bronze mascot was used on Verot Flandrin Parant automobiles, which were made in France in the early '20s. An unusual mascot in very presentable original condition. It was well bought. LOT 106. INDIAN WITH HATCHET. Estimate: $2,300–$2,800. NOT SOLD AT: $2,100. This highly detailed piece was by French sculptor Jactel and dated from the late '20s. The French created many desirable Indian mascots in the era and this bronze example was in excellent condition with minor patina. It was well worth the low estimate. LOT 5375. 1960S ALFA ROMEO PORCELAIN DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $3,680. This 38 x 25-inch sign was in excellent condition April 2007 LOT 5391. CAST IRON CASE TRACTORS AND IMPLEMENTS EAGLE ON GLOBE. SOLD AT: $13,800. This Civil War eagle was adopted LOT 105. CAT WITH ARCHED BACK. Estimate: $1,900–$2,500. NOT SOLD: $1,900. This was a bronze mascot with silver plating that was LOT 125. SCHNEIDER TROPHY SEAPLANE. Estimate: $450–$850. 127


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead SOLD AT: $805. The wingspan of this small mascot by Desmo was only 3 1/2 inches. It was mounted on an ashtray and not nearly as striking as the larger examples, but brought a reasonable price for a piece of air racing history. Ambitious Prices Slow Vendor Sales Over-restored gas and oil items appeal to the “bright and shiny” guys here in abundance T LOT 129. ISOTTA- FRASCHINI. Estimate: $1,150– $1,550. SOLD AT: $1,725. This mascot was factory fitted by the coachbuilder on many IsottaFraschinis. The more common mascot is the after-market Bazin Spirit of Triumph and this rather simple mascot sold well. he Arizona auctions attract a large number of vendors offering services and items related to the collectible car hobby. Asking prices vary widely, as values aren't being established by auction. An informed shopper can sometimes make a score, while ambitiously priced items are almost guaranteed to go home with the seller Barrett-Jackson Vendors but with the steep asking price, at last check, it too was going back home. (I think $15,000 would have bought it.) LOT 136. CLASSICAL “FEMALE.” Estimate: $1,650– $2,150. SOLD AT: $2,070. This French nickel-plated bronze figure of a woman in a revealing gown was about seven inches in height and dates from the 1920s, mounted on a period radiator cap. Strong money but very desirable. MICHELIN TIRE AIR COMPRESSOR. Asking price: $4,000. These air compressors were offered in a number of sizes and are sought after, due to the cute little Michelin man riding on the top. This example was over-restored but it had the rare English conversion chart on the dial. It was expensive and at last check it had not found a new home. (Suggested opening offer: $2,000.) FORD V8 NEON SIGN. Asking price: $20,500. Large and impressive neon sign that would be the corner-stone of a Ford collection—assuming there was enough room. Texture of the surface suggested it may have been touched up. Same vendor sold another example of this sign a few years back for the same money but no luck this time. (I'd like to own this sign for $16,000.) LOT 140. MONKEY RIDING A GREYHOUND JUMPING A HURDLE. Estimate: $1,700–$2,200. SOLD AT: $1,725. A rather whimsical mascot mounted on a dog bone radiator cap. Highly detailed and in excellent condition. The right price for this desirable piece. 128 OLDSMOBILE SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Asking price: $20,000. This unusual round sign had the Oldsmobile Service in embossed letters and the logo dated it to the late '40s. It was in exceptional condition and the vendor mentioned he purchased it from the original Oldsmobile dealer some years ago. The neon outer ring appeared to have been added later. The seller was willing to dicker WAYNE 492 GREEK COLUMN HAND OPERATED TEN-GALLON GAS PUMP. Asking price: $20,000. These pumps are extremely desirable due to their cast iron, ribbed bodies and striking design. They were introduced in 1923 and manufactured by the Wayne Oil Tank and Pump Company in Ft. Wayne, IN. This example was over-restored and over-priced. An equally nice example sold in the automobilia auction for $11,500. WAYNE 866 CLOCK FACE GAS PUMP. Asking price: $8,595. A striking gas pump with a desirable deco design that dated to the mid-'30s. It was well restored in Polly Gas livery with Sports Car Market


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reproduction globe and decal. Vendor always brings about 35 pumps and normally leaves with an empty truck. This one was marked Sold early in the week. Not a bargain but a quality pump sold at a fair price. fame and the influence is evident. Art is in the eye of the beholder and I bet the artist would be beholden to anyone who dropped three large on this unusual piece. (I'd say start at $2,000 and he'll probably still become your best friend.) offered by the GM Heritage Collection. Each is done in an edition of 100. These are quality reproductions but at this price I would be inclined to find an original sign and add my own neon. (Another repop. I'd rather spend another $1,000 or so to get an original, even if in lesser condition.) 1955 FUTURA STYLING RICHFIELD OIL LUBSTER. Asking price: $9,500. A very nicely restored—albeit a bit over-thetop—three-grade oil dispenser. Restored in Richfield livery with a show car finish, it would never have been in this condition in the era. Over-restored gas and oil items such as this can sell well at this venue, as they appeal to the “bright and shiny” guys here in abundance. Still looking for a new home Sunday morning. (Very cool, worth it to the right guy; start at $8,000 and smile if the seller says yes.) “RIDE THE CHAMPION” KIDS RIDE. Asking price: $9,600. This restored 1950s kids ride was manufactured by Bally to show the entire “Lifestyle Experience.” Would be a cool piece but at a steep price. And how would you keep the neighborhood kids off it? (Not my area of expertise, but very cute, and I'd say start at $7,000 and see what happens.) RESTORED WAYNE 71 DISPLAY GAS PUMP. Asking price: $7,800. This Wayne pump dates to 1938 and was restored in Frontier Gas livery. Display pumps are desirable and unique but their usefulness was short lived. Imagine how long before one was broken today? This one included a collection of Frontier goodies and was sold early. PONTIAC NEON SIGN. Asking price: $12,600. This sign was double-sided with a bullnose end piece. Neon ran around the edge and it would have been mounted to extend from the building. Very presentable condition and I was surprised it did not sell. ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING “PEBBLE BEACH” BY PAT BAILEY. Asking price: $6,000. The subject of Pat Bailey's piece is a 1933 Lincoln parked in front of the entrance to the Lodge at Pebble Beach. Desirable piece but doubt if the muscle car crowd of Arizona is the target audience. Still available Sunday morning. (Haul this one to the Pebble Beach Expo and it will bring this much in a heartbeat.) FANTASY NEON SIGN “MUSTANG” BY STEVE KAUFMAN. Asking Price: $2,895. Artist was once the assistant to Andy Warhol of Pop Art April 2007 REPRODUCTION GMC TRUCKS NEON SIGN. Asking price: $4,000. One of six GMrelated reproduction signs being FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF FORD V8. Asking price: $6,500. Newly created limited edition neon sign with the look and feel of old porcelain. Ford guys are not known for spending money on stuff that does not go on their cars, so this may be a tough sell. Lacked a Sold sign at the end of the week. (In the end, it's still a repop, so half-price seems reasonable to me.) MODEL. Asking price. $3,000. This was a poured urethane styling model of the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car built by Ghia for the Chicago Auto Show at a cost of $250,000. In 1965, it met its demise when George Barris converted it into the Batmobile. The model was highly detailed with full internals and finished to a high standard. Price seemed fair enough but it was lacking a Sold sign on Sunday. ORIGINAL CADILLAC NEON SIGN. Asking price: $14,900. This was an early 48-inch round porcelain sign for Cadillac Service in very good condition, but pricey. It appeared that the neon had been added at a later date. The sign itself is worth $3,000-$4,000 and another $2,000 for a backing can, transformers and glass would make for a tidy profit if it sold at the asking price. (I think this is a $10,000 sign on a good, no, make that a very good day.) SPLIT-SECOND GAS STATION ATTENDANT'S CAP. Asking price: $550. From another era when service 129


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead station attendants, dressed in snappy uniforms, pumped your gas, cleaned your windows, and checked the air in your tires. Have never heard of Split-Second Gas but the logo was catchy. Although the piece was cool, the price was a few hundred more than I was willing to spend. armband, and a set of carburetor stacks. The artist claimed he paid a ton for the armband and Clark's signature, so he was not getting rich. Marked sold, along with the “bundle of snakes” headers from the Lotus for $2,500. but more than doubles the price of the sign. Unusual and sold early in the week at a significant discount when seller was offered cash. meter from the '20s. Vendor stated that it only required repainting. Not cheap but an attention-getter in the new owner's garage. Sold early. Russo and Steele Vendors VON DUTCH FRAMED WAYNE 60 RESTORED GAS PUMP. Asking price: $6,500. The Wayne 60 is identical to the Wayne 866 that was also offered for sale, except that the 60 has a computing mechanism. The Wayne 60 was restored in Gilmore colors but did not have a globe and was not as well presented as the Wayne 866. So the 866 sold and the 60 went home. (Fair enough price, the right buyer just didn't happen to walk by.) DISPLAY. Asking price: $1,000. Framed display included a photograph of Von Dutch with his famed Flying Eyeball logo and a small piece of metal that he had pinstriped. Considering the staggering prices Von Dutch stuff has been bringing, this was well priced. Someone else agreed; it was marked sold early. WAYNE 50 RESTORED DISPLAY PUMP. Asking price: $15,000. This very desirable pump was restored in Gilmore livery and the display was full of reproduction Gilmore Oil cans and other memorabilia. This is the single most desirable gas pump and it was well restored. Might have sold in prior years at the inflated asking price, but the market is changing. No sale. (If you need to have it, start at $10,000 and be happy if you can get it for $12,000.) MOBIL GAS PUMP WITH ROTATING PEGASUS. Asking price: $12,000. This was a fantasy piece offered by Tops Restoration. The neon Pegasus was recent, although the pump was authentic, and it made a unique and striking display. Traffic was light in the vendor area and at last visit, it was still available. (Given the mix-andmatch provenance, $8,000 would be fair.) RESTORED FORD JIM CLARK “INDY 65” COLLAGE. Asking price: $3,000. Creative piece with items relating to Jim Clark's Lotus four-cam Indy car. Display included a photograph of Clark in the Lotus, his signature, Indy flag, technical committee 130 FREE AIR MICHELIN PORCELAIN AND NEON SIGN. Asking price: $4,000. Cute sign with Michelin logo and a tire from the '60s. In excellent condition and I'd guess that it was not born with neon. Adding neon is not expensive or difficult TEXACO SERVAIR AIR METER. Asking price: $8,900. A unique early gas station air SERVICE CABINET. Asking price: $18,500. This highly restored shop cabinet was from a Ford store in Kansas from the late '30s. Workmanship was to high standard and other Ford goodies might have been included but on last visit the piece was still there. (If the history of the piece was backed up by documentation, the price was fair. Otherwise, I'm not interested.)u Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene The OTHER Italian V-twin The sole Morini 3 1/2 Sport I know always runs out of spark somewhere in Eastern Oregon, just when cell phone coverage ends D ucati has branded the idea of an Italian V-twin sportbike so boldly that other manufacturers exist in its shadow—including some which predate its 1946 cyclemotor origins. Moto Guzzi dates back to 1921 and Moto Morini back to its parent MM in 1924, for example. So instead of lusting after a '70s Ducati 900SS for your collection, how about a Moto Guzzi Le Mans I or a Moto Morini 3 1/2 Sport? If you're uncomfortable with the Guzzi's Le Mans cross-frame torque and cramped riding position, the red and black Morini 3 1/2 Sport is worth seeking out, and its rarity in the U.S. confers additional bragging rights. SET A WORLD RECORD The Moto Morini Sport and its more sedate Strada sibling powered an energetic revival at the Bologna factory in the 1970s. But Alfonso Morini made his reputation almost 50 years earlier, when he set a 175-cc world record of 101.25 mph in 1933. His daily work was more pedestrian—he made commercial three-wheelers during the 1930s and aircraft parts in WWII, when the factory was bombed. But in the 1950s, Morini's 125 cc , 175 cc and 250 cc racers won Italian championships and several Grands Prix in the hands of Umberto Masetti and Emilio Mendogni. A promising youngster named Giacomo Agostini began his racing career on a Morini Settebello in 1961, on his way to 14 world titles. Alfonso Morini died in 1969 and control of the company passed to his daughter Gabriella, who ran it until 1986, when she sold out to the Castiglioni brothers, owners of Cagiva and Ducati. When she took over, Gabriella's first move was to hire designer Franco Lambertini away from Ferrari. Lambertini was full of ideas and in 1973, Morini introduced the 350-cc 3 1/2 GT, or Strada. Power came from a 72-degree four-stroke V-twin, which was punched out to 500 cc in 1977 (though the smaller engine is almost as fast and revs more freely.) Perfect Morini owner: Rides it often—when his Lancia's in the shop Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHH Years produced: 1974–81 Number produced: 5,000 approx Original list price: £872 ($2,180) in 1975 SCM Valuation: $2,000–$7,500 Tune-up cost: Under $100 DIY Engine: 344-cc, four-stroke, air-cooled V-twin Transmission: 6-speed Weight: 320lbs Engine number: N/A Frame number: On cross brace behind engine Colors: Red/black Website: www.morini-riders-club.com 132 AVOIDED PUNITIVE TAX The 350-cc engine was small enough to avoid Italy's punitive displacement taxes and proved enormously popular. It featured a Heron design head (in which the combustion chamber is countersunk into the piston), ball main bearings and plain big end bearings. Both cylinders and heads were interchangeable and each cylinder had a 25 mm dell'Orto carburetor. The handsome engine revved freely to 8,500 rpm, giving a top speed of 100 mph. The GT/Strada was produced in red or blue, and the dazzling Sport appeared one year later in red/black, sporting clip-on bars, a racing seat, and 38 horsepower. The frame was a conventional steel duplex with Marzocchi forks and Ceriani shocks at the rear. Initially available with a twin leading shoe front drum, from 1977 the bikes had one, then two, Grimeca discs and the footpegs were moved rearward for comfort. Wire wheels gave way to mags in 1978; electric start came a year later. HANDLING RAZOR SHARP Road testers praised the Sport's handling, often de- scribed as razor sharp. The clutch is light, the brakes effective, with the front disc setup being superior. The ride is firm, as was the fashion, and handling deteriorates if oversize tires are fitted. Of course it has Italian idiosyncrasies. The switchgear is awful and should be updated. If the seller admits to any electrical woes, check for a demagnetized flywheel, faulty ignition pickup or damaged alternator windings. The sole Moto Morini 3 1/2 I know always runs out of spark somewhere in Eastern Oregon, hundreds of miles from any help, like a cell phone going out of range. But motors can easily last 50,000 miles before any top end work, says Scotsman Colin Syme, who successfully completed the 2006 Motogiro d'Italia on his Strada and will be back in 2007. EARLY BIKES PREFERRED Early bikes with drum brakes are preferred for their classic looks, but the accompanying electronic tachometers are unreliable and difficult to update. Check the rear swing arm for wear; it's likely to need a new pivot pin as well as bushings if it's loose. Don't buy a bike with a noisy motor; a rebore is ex- pensive and the concave-crown pistons cost about $200 apiece. Exhaust nuts can work loose and exhaust stud replacement is costly if the thread is bad. Rubber intake manifolds seal better than early metal ones, and make sure the bike has the original airbox or you'll grow old getting it to run smoothly. Stick to OEM silencers for the best performance, replace original plug caps, and rewire ignition pickups for better starting. Few Morini 3 1/2s made it to the U.S., but North Leicester Motorcycles in England (www.motomorini .co.uk) is a major importer and probably a good place to start, with rebuilt and “as found” bikes from the Continent. The Castiglioni brothers sold Morini along with Ducati to American investors in 1996, but there were no plans to revive it. Blood, however, is thicker than motor oil. In 1999, Franco Morini, Alfonso's nephew, bought the name and set about reviving the family business. Lambertini was engaged once more and delivered the 1200-cc Corsaro and “9 1/2” streetfighters in 2005. These go head-to-head against the Ducati Monster, Aprilia Tuono, Moto Guzzi Griso, Bimota Delirio and KTM Supermoto in what can only be called a war of naked aggression. u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for 45 years. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and New York Times, and he is a judge at Oregon's Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance. Sports Car Market David Marlow


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Mystery Photo Answers From an Arizona auction catalog: “To be sold as a matched pair with the 1952 Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.” —Don Peebles, Scottsdale, AZ RUNNER-UP: I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeVille.—Daryl Pinter, Algonquin, IL The elusive Captain Nemo is caught on camera out for a drive in the Nautilus's companion car.— Tom Donahue, Dallas, PA We all live in the little subma- rine, the little submarine...—Adam Wilson, via email And the winner by an eyelash in the alternative fuel category is the 1967 collagen-injected Lysergic 25, original owner, Dr. T. Leary.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Dude looks like a lady.... Dude looks like Steven Tyler!—Kathy and Allen Barry, Malvern, PA Another fright pig tarted up for auction.—Dale Pope, Plymouth, IN I took a drink of my beer. The horrible im- age was there. I took another drink, the image was even worse the second time. I quit drinking!—Bob Childers, via email I still say that Dino Spyder looks fishy.— Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT On the lawn at Concorso we have the introduction of a controversial pretender to the USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: March 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provoca- tive response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mystery photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an of- ficial “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 134 Sports Car Market throne of one of the truly iconic supercars, the new Lipoghini Miura.—Robert M. Krantz, San Ramon, CA There is nothing ugly about the front end of my Ferrari 365 GTC.—Joe Seminetta, Kenilworth, IL My mechanic in Beverly Hills said fuel injection is passé and recommended collagen injection instead.—Vince Burgos, San Francisco, CA I Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!— Kristin Rothgarber, Traverse City, MI This is what happens when you let a plastic surgeon restore a car.— Ron Susser, Aurora, IL This exclusive spy photo so- lidified recent rumors that the long awaited successor to the Daimler SP250 is close to going into production.—Brian Balladares, Los Angeles, CA No offense, man, but that's a chick car.—Andrew W. Davis, Belleville, MI Not to be outdone in the retro- market, Paramount Pictures and Fiat present the Fiat Angelina Jolie.—B. Dorman, LaPorte, IN Prototype of the Daimler SP250, seen here at the Federico Fellini Concours d'Elegance.—Doug Anderson, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA For his precision insights into the Scottsdale auction scene, Don Peebles can expect a highly prized 1:18 scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal. The presentation will not be televised.u


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Comments With Your Renewal Very informative—great work!—S. Anderson, Hollywood, CA More focus on mid-range value autos.—C. Rapuzzi, Lake Forest Park, WA It keeps getting better. You have gathered a great group of contributors and a wonderful balance of topics. Thanks.—M. Robinson, Wyoming, PA. We are always on the lookout for the cars and stories that will keep readers coming back. Glad you keep coming back.—ED Still one of the best, but I prefer previous “warm” covers with Get back to sports cars please, no barges!—W. Witkowski, Marietta, GA My favorite read every month. More automobilia and ephemera coverage would be great.—M. Eigen, New York, NY. This was the issue for you. Carl Bomstead's coverage of motobilia in Arizona is bigger than it's ever been, and artist's painting vs. new “cold” studio photos.—J. Surotchak, Ardmore, PA Great magazine. Informative and entertaining, but I would like more “barn finds.”—J. Mead, Coupeville, WA full of his usual insight and humor.—ED I cannot wait for the muscle car bubble to break, so we can get back to real collectibles.—R. Gloyd, Centennial, CO I look forward to your maga- zine each month.—M. Runz, Wayne, NJ Thor Thorson's race car pro- files are great. It's nice to see him at Elkhart Lake in his Elva each year too!—D. Tobin, St. Paul, MN I've been a subscriber for several years, thoroughly enjoy- ing each issue. How about more info on modern racers, challenge cars, and club racers?—R. Doyle, Killingworth, CT It's the only magazine we sub- scribe to now—the best!—P. & S. Price, Portland, OR I love it. Don't change.—J. Schirmer, Santa Ana, CA Let's read something about the Jensen FF.—H.L. Resnikoff, Carmel, CA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—EDu SCM GOLD ? What is SCM GOLD membership gives you access to over 40,000 auction records. Each month in the magazine, we deliver reports from auctions around the world on what sold, for how much, and why. Only part of what our auction analysts turn in makes it to print, but every car they report on is available online to GOLD members. Everything You Get With GOLD Membership: Full Access to Over 40,000 Online Auction Reports Gold-Only Emails Informing You of Insider Information and Updates on Sales from Around the World Access to Our Full Online Price Guide Invitations to Special Events and SCM Gold-Only Offers Sign up online at www.sportscarmarket.com Just $60 a year. (Isn't it worth $5 a month to know what's really going on?) April 2007 135


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster sorted, concours.quality. Heritage Certificate. $48,000/trades photos at www.dearbornauto.com. $48,000. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644. (MA) 1960 Triumph TR3A Zero miles on just completed ground-up restoration; BRG, beige leather int. All correct, complete original tool kit; BMIHT certificate. Photos at www.mackaysgarage.com $50,000. Daniel Rush, 207.985.9850. (ME) 1961 Jaguar XKE Roadster JCNA 99pt car. Absolutely spectacular, drives flawlessly. Silver, red leather. Matching numbers. Books, tools, fitted luggage. Body off restored by marque specialist on excellent, rust free original car. Expensive. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1955 Jaguar XK-140 Early (875295) XKE. Complete restoration by Lippincott's in original colors. Outside latches, welded louvers, syncro transmission, stunning engine area, beautiful presentation. $105,000. Jeffrey Breneiser, 610.777.6935. (PA) Ground up frame off restoration, matching numbers, new top, tonneau, side curtains blue leather, Pirelli's, rebuilt C-type engine, stainless exhaust $65,000. Robert Millstein, 914.762.1965. (NY) 1957 Jaguar XKSS 1961 Lotus 20/22 Formula Junior Recent restoration, excellent condition. $43,500. Gary McClellan, 817.236.2832. (TX) 1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Multiple JCNA Best of Show and People's Choice. Complete documentation of restoration on two owner, low mileage, rust free car. Ownership history back to new, all numbers matching. Red, black leather with all factory original books and tools. The best there is bar none. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII One of 250, this pristine, one owner 24,000 mile car was JCNA judged 99.5 points. Best offer over $42,000. Ron Spoltore, 310.471.0692. (CA) 2002 Mini Cooper S JCW kits, 207hp, 6-speed, red/white top. Premium package, sunroof. 17,300 miles. Always garaged - just like new. $19,500. Bill Fox, 239.262.3104. (FL) 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish New paint, new interior,1100-cc. Fresh engine overhaul, Hewland 5-speed, race ready. Imported from New Zealand. Call for history. $50,000. Captain Marco, 415.987.1942. Stunning aluminum recreation. Exacting build to original, monocoque center / tubular framework, awesome performance, Jaguar mechanicals, 400 sorted miles, triple webers, 5-speed, koni shocks, connelly leather, LHD. drourke@aol.com Dan Rourke, 508.872.5312. (USA) 1960 MGA TwinCam Bare-frame restoration by specialists. Blueprinted, 136 Red, black Connolly leather, all-weather equipment. A great driver from a private collection. Clean and straight, nice paint, mint interior. Runs and drives without fault. $27,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. 24,000 original miles, 3rd owner, all original paperwork and records. 1st AACA-2005 - 1st Jaguar concours. New upholstery and paint. Show or drive this great running vehicle. $70,000. John Falco, 201.274.3178. (NJ) Rare and elegant Franay fastback coupe. Fully restored with strong performance and easy to use pre-selector gearbox. Great car with real panache and ideal for any event. $365,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) Sports Car Market 1963 Morgan 4-4 Silver with blue and gray interior. 8,000 miles. Warranty until July 2007 with option to extend. Truly amazing and wonderful car; perhaps you owe it to yourself. $149,000. Gregory Fretz, 650.948.5612. (CA) Body-off Fourintune restoration. Numbers matching per British Heritage Certificate, fully sorted with less than 5000 miles since completion. Go to www. memory-motors.com for more information and photos. $59,000. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622. (WI) 1969 Jaguar XKE Roadster FRENCH 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS Black with red leather interior, 1,200 miles, immaculate condition, 1600-cc Toyota 2TG dohc engine, extras included. dwf27@drexel.edu $25,000. Derek Fink, 484.431.5877. (PA) 2001 Jaguar XKR Silverstone S/N BEX1212. Rare opportunity to acquire a documented 6,315 mile, late example of one of Britain's finest sports cars. Wonderful condition throughout and marvelously original interior. Full equipment. Perfect for any event or tour. $225,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 coupe Rover/Olds 3.5 Aluminum V-8, Borg Warner Super T-10, British racing green, sunroof. Too much to list, call Don. $19,500. Don Meluzio, 717.676.1557. (PA) 1980 MG B Nice B convertible. Always starts. Runs a bit fast until warmed up. Interior good. Paint has dings and scratches likely not apparent in photo. 37,000 miles. $3,200. Doug Standriff, 201.875.4010. (NJ) 2000 Laminar Concept Viking 1963 AC Ace Bristol 1972 TVR 2500


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SCM Showcase Gallery GERMAN 1956 Porsche 356 1600 Super Speedster 1972 BMW 2002tii 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Anniversary Edition original interior. Machal driving and head lamps, original owner's handbook, spares, and receipts. $104,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. 2001 Ferrari 360 Spyder Fully documented restoration on numbers matching fully correct car. Finished in factory original colors of arctic white with black interior. Ready today to take to any national show. Fully sorted for driving. Looks, runs, and drives like new. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (CT) 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster New dash, older paint, konis, needs some leather work. Sunroof, red/tan, new wood, custom headers. Still very fast. $18,000. Peter Irlenborn, 415.897.0862. (USA) 1985 Porsche Carrera Targa Beautiful color combination. Very well taken care of. $44,000. Steve Markowski, 802.598.0385. (USA) Absolutely spectacular car that needs nothing. Perfect gaps, paint and detailing. $155,000. Steve Markowski, 802.598.0685. (USA) 1960 Porsche 356 Roadster Complete restoration, Fjord Green/Tan Super 90 special alum. wheels. Condition #1. $105,000. Nathan Supnick, 609.781.0888. 1965 Porsche 911 ITALIAN Factory turbo body, white/black, 80,000 miles. Two owners, polished rims, Kardex, records, recently rebuilt transmission, new brakes, clutch, tires. Clean #2 car. $24,500. Stan Bennett Sales, 503.232.7915. (OR) 1985 Porsche 930 Slantnose 1957 Dual Ghia Dual Ghia conv. Hemi engine. Half-way through restoration. Almost all body work completed. A complete original. Call with all parts. Paul Sable, 610.987.6923. (PA) 1962 Ferrari Modena Replica California Spyder Beautiful silver with red leather interior, fresh 289 Ford with 4 bbl., 5-speed manual transmission, excellent condition. See more at www.dormangarage. com. $55,000. Dorman Garage Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) Guards red/black, leather sports seats, sunroof, A/C, 59,326 miles, Ruf intercooler and exhaust, Kremer 3.4 P&C Kit, $34,500. Foreign intrigue. $34,500. Michael Grishman, 207.698.1000. (ME) Rare 1965 911 completely restored and upgraded to 1967 911S specs. Matching number; re-sprayed guards red; Go to www.memory-motors.com for more information and photos. $27,500. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622. (WI) 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet Imperial red, parchment leather, black soft top, 37,000 miles, pristine, concours winner, heated seats, Bose 6-CD player, integrated phone. Rick Siefert, 636.273.6971. (USA) Tight, excellent running, rust free car. Largely Very rare late '57 with factory correct and original four-speed manual. Finished in red with white coves, red interior. Show quality in every detail and mechanically 100% perfect. Fully sorted for spirited driving with complete confidence. $98,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (CT) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS 1962 Ferrari 205 GTE A no-expense spared restoration of a numbersmatching tii to the highest show standards. As new and fully sorted. Go to www.memory-motors.com for more information and photos. $59,000. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622. (WI) 1972 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 coupe One owner, California example of limited production model with special paint, interior, trim and 17” wheels. Well cared for. Service current. Recors, books, and window sticker. $24,750. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1998 Porsche Cabriolet 6-speed, Rosso Corsa over black leather, 4,000 miles, Daytona seats, 19in chrome wheels, have originals. $143,900. Leonard Mitchell, 760.845.5008. (CA) JAPANESE 1967 Toyota 2000GT One of only 40 remaining in the US. Toyota dealer owned 30+ years. Complete, correct, original example just restored by marque specialists. www .mainelineexotics.com $249,500. Bob Tkacik, 207.590.0059. (ME) 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder One owner California car, 54,900 mi., 5-speed, new tires and AEM cold air intake, only 2200 pounds. Too much fun! championmotors.net $16,500. Gerard LaDamus, 435.864.7513. (UT) AMERICAN 1948 Chrysler New Yorker 2-door coupe Orig. vehicle with perfect body, paint, int. and chrome. Straight 8 engine with “Fluid-drive.” Bought in Texas. $25,000. Stig Pedersen, +4528405161. (Denmark) 1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B Recent body-off restoration, military style paint and interior, stock engine and transmission, excellent condition. Runs and drives beautifully. www. dormangarage.com $10,000. Dorman Garage Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) 1957 Corvette Fuel Injected Roadster Granada gold w/original gold vinyl interior, factory L-30/M-20 “4P” code performance package having the 327/275 HP motor, all matching #'s of course, the M-20 4 spd. w/12-bolt Posi rear end w/early traction bar when new. Essentially an RS/SS 4 spd. 138 Sports Car Market


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Convertible w/out the SS trim only, but the king of the sleepers w/this rare package. Sympathetically restored survivor that looks new. $47,500. Trades? Call Craig@Investmentmotorcars.net or call me at 954.646.8819. $47,500. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819. (USA) 1969 Dodge Dart 383 GTS Convertible Dark green metallic, pearl white bench. Seat interior, factory “383” Big Block w/4 spd. All matching #'s, one of 34 ever! 75,000 original miles, rotisserie restoration, Govier report, brand new! $75,000. Trades, ?s, Call Craig @ Investmentmotorcars.net or call me @ 954.646.8819. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819. (USA) 1970 Mustang Boss 302 70,000 miles, white/black soft top, chrome factory wheels, new battery & tires, e-mail for more photos and info: gizmonaz@msn.com $25,000. Peter Gilmore, 602.697.8680. Mustang Boss 302 Drag Pack with documentation. Grabber orange. Stunning restoration. Nicely equipped. 65,000 miles. Lots of pictures available. Steve Linden, 516.525.4102. (USA) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 2002 Chrysler Prowler Prowler collection- all years & colors -loaded. Low miles - excellent condition - trailers available. Prices from $33,000 to $39,000. Bill Neissen, 954.410.6253. (FL) 2004 Ford F150 Across Tuxedo black w/parchment interior, automatic, sympathetic restoration of a 29,000 mile original survivor car! All matching #'s, Protect-o-plate & lots of docs, ultra clean. $109,500. Trades ? Call Craig@Investmentmotorcars.net or call me at 954.646.8819. $109,500. Craig Brody, 954.656.8819. (USA) 1971 Dodge Charger 42,000 miles, dealer serviced every 3,000 miles. All records, new tires leather, towing, 6-CD; loaded. $20,000. Dennis Jones, 404.432.1450. (GA) MISCELLANEOUS varied various various Several original owner incredibly low mileage Arizona vehicles for sale. For example, a 1979 Triple black Porsche 911SC Targa with 5,938 miles. Ronald Gooding, 402.659.1655. (USA) Beautiful restoration, 440, automatic, console, PS, PDB, 6 Way Dr seat, purple, white top and bucket seat interior, Rallye wheels $50,000. Mark Leszczynski, 708.388.5277. (IL) 1986 AC Mk IV WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Maybe the best original example anywhere. 934 original miles, absolutely flawless throughout. BRG, tan leather, full aluminum coachwork, Ford 5 Litre V8, properly serviced. None better. $105,000. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1989 Avanti Convertible Original 4,500 miles. Excellent - like new. In heated April 2007 Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche cars and items (momorabilia, parts collections) related to those cars in any condition. Fair, discreet and rasonable. Please contact 860.350.1140 or fax 860.350.1140 Peter Sweeney, 860.350.1140. (USA) Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale Prefer Dark Color/no white. Rust free driver or better. Private party, will travel anywhere in U.S. John Bungay, 505.660.7777. (USA)u 1. Royce's partner 6. 1997 Bentley abbreviation 8. Music scale note 10. One in Mexico 11. Royce's first name 12. Red cap 13. Rolls feature: ____ and comfort 15. Compass point 16. Socially unacceptable 17. Humor 18. International System of Units, for short 19. Fail completely 21. ___ Forster, novelist 22. Salvatore, briefly 23. First Rolls aero engine 26. Rolls built from 1965 to 1970 (2 words) 30. Rolls with “Chinese Eyes” (2 words) 31. To exist 33. Also called the 40/50 hp (2 words) 35. Possess 36. Ton, for example 39. U.S. abbr. 41. Length measurement, abbr. 42. Morning 44. Research and development, for short 45. Electrical power measurement 46. Seat belt part 48. Leaning tower 49. Kipling poem 51. More than suffix 52. Power windows, abbr. 53. Bentley Mulsanne ____ 55. Bentley Continental ___ 56. Shock 58. Wonder 59. 1946 Bentley Mark ___ 60. Asphalt 61. Create excitement 62. Small city Down 1. Bentley factory site 2. Tin worm 3. Bentley's Tee ___ of 1966 4. Hi's partner 5. Car, affectionately 6. Nurse, abbr. 7. Upholstery 8. Winter mo. 9. A blue Bentley 12. North Dakota movie city 14. Target 15. 1946 Rolls (2 words) 18. Ointment 19. Silver tree? 20. Rolls and Bentley descriptive word 22. 1949 Rolls (2 words) 24. Contribute to 25. Stretch Rolls, for short 26. Jankel was subcontractor for this Rolls limousine (2 words) 27. Measurement of force 28. Not rapid 29. Garden equipment 30. Now Thailand 32. The last wife 33. Best looking 34. Expression of relief 37. Bentley convertible 38. Story 40. Silver Rolls introduced in 1980 43. Rolls engine 47. Equipment 50. Fullback, for short 54. Boat equipment 55. Obtain 57. Teacher's assistant, abbr. 59. Bentley's current owner For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword 139 garage. Red w/ black leather and roof. $38,000. Jon Keane, 508.761.7498. (MA) 1996 Lincoln Mercury 1-owner, over-maintained 22pmg. Uses and leaks no fluids, 112,000 highway miles. Oil changed every 4,000 miles. 4.6L V-8. Gray silver & gray silver leather, air, am/fm cass, power everything. No rust, no dents, and no stories. Please leave message. $4,999. Scott Ferguson, 408.730.1852. (CA) 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Rolls & Bentley


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Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classiccarauction.com. (CA) Russo and Steele Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www .russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. 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For more info, visit our web site at www .caldreamcars.net. (CA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) INSPECTIONS rabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsautomobilia.com. (OR Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www .campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) BUY/SELL/GENERAL 2shores International. 49-5691- 912460, fax 49-5691-912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) GMP. 800.536.1637. GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast .com. (GA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www .rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) 140 Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www .jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memo- Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection .com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www .colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- torcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www .investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www Sports Car Market


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.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www .grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-deRochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) els from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell. com; www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub .com; www.virgallery.com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www .aon-collectorcar.com. over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for BarrettJackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005. With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes: www.grundy.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www .JCTaylor.com. (PA) Heacock Classics. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock .com. (FL) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, fax 978.768.3523. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring mod- April 2007 Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-thanperfect credit considered. Call or apply COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www .mosesludel.com. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) The Winning Collection, Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frame-off restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection .com. (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 19–21, 2007. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin 3rd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.838.7076. October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000 .com (CA) William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance. July 27–29, 2007, at The Newport Mansions, featuring a Driver's Dinner honoring Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, Black & White Ball, Tour d'Elegance, and Concours. www.NewportMansions.org (RI) 142 Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, fax 480.951.3339, Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com, www.docsjags.com. Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna .com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www .familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lambo- Sports Car Market


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rghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol. com. (CA) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted. com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COVERS (426.8377). World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www .greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877.GAME. TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) sport watches, each with its own chassis number. Free engraving / personalization. Car and boat totes, handmade silk ties in racing team colors. Vintage leather jackets in styles from famous racing drivers of the '40s and '50s. www.rossocorsausa .com. (IT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse .com. (CA) TRAVEL Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900. Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life significantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx .com. (OR) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www .steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. (OR)u Rosso Corsa. Modena, Italy. Unique handmade products. Limited-production April 2007 143


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Carl Bomstead 1909 Photograph is a Real Winner Ashtray figures double as mascots; fancy Packard sign goes begging; coin bank nets beans Y ou can still find a bargain or two on eBay without spending half your life scrolling through thousands of goofy listings. Go into Advanced Search, enter the subject you are looking for, and when it pops up, sort by “Price: Lowest First.” I found a pair of Mohawk five-year service pins for $6 including shipping and a 1938 Packard Six mail-out brochure for only $8. Here are a few other well-bought pieces I found, along with some that are simply must-haves: EBAY ITEM #20067860679—CORNING DAUGHTER HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 9. SOLD AT: $275. Date sold: 1/18/2007. One of two glass hood ornaments made by Corning glass in the '30s. The other larger piece is known as “Mother.” This one is EBAY #280067034530— 1909 STODDARD-DAYTON RACING PHOTOGRAPH WITH TROPHY. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $1,136. Date sold: 1/11/2007. This handcolored 19 x 27-inch photograph is of the winning StoddardDayton crossing the finish line in the 1909 Automobile Club of Hartford race. Included was the eight-inch, silver-plated trophy that was presented to Harry Tuttle, the winning driver. Stated to be in untouched original condition with no issues other than some minor wear on the picture frame. This is one of the coolest pieces I've seen in some time. Individually the pieces are of interest but together they are a piece of history and make a fantastic display. Price paid seems more than reasonable considering the uniqueness of the items. often referred to as the “Goddess of Smoke” as it was actually used as the center of an ashtray. The base is threaded to screw into the ashtray base. With a little effort, it can be modified to fit a radiator cap. Over time they have become accepted as hood ornaments and appear in many books as such. Years ago you could find them at the outdoor Massachusetts antique show at Brimfield for $30 and make a tidy profit, but those days are long gone. Price paid here is the going rate. EBAY ITEM #203377421375—GULF OIL DIECAST AIRPLANE BANK. Number of bids; 10. SOLD AT: $15. Date sold: 1/27/2007. Die-cast banks were the rage in the 1990s and were sold by the jillions in both airplane and automobile configuration for, if I recall correctly, around $100. This one was issued in 1997 with a “limited edition” of 2,500 and was a Stinson Detroiter made by Gearbox. These instant collectibles have proven, as predicted, to be a horrible investment; you can buy brand new ones from the current “edition limited to just 5,000” on eBay for $24.95. EBAY ITEM # 180077644460. PAIR OF 1932 COPPER ARIZONA LICENSE PLATES. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $2,024.99. Date sold: 1/28/2007. These license plates were in excellent condition, with no bends or tears, and the mounting holes had not been enlarged or altered. Arizona plates of this vintage are very desirable, as they were made of copper. A single 1934 Arizona plate, with an aqua blue background and a few minor issues sold for $800 at about the same time these sold, so the price paid here was not out of line. EBAY ITEM #280072327543—PACKARD SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN IN SHAPE OF RADIATOR. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $3,000. Date sold: 1/28/2007. This very desirable Packard Service double sided porcelain sign had been painted over and used as advertising for a radiator shop. The seller had cleaned one side and it was in very presentable condition. The other side was left as found. This was purchased by a very astute dealer at a rock-bottom price. He will finish cleaning it and quickly sell it for $7,000 or so, turning a well-deserved profit. Question is, where were all the other sign guys, including me? SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 146 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 EBAY ITEM #190074083395—1940S KEYSTONE TOY GARAGE. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $200. Date sold: 1/25/.2007. This remarkable toy garage is 24 inches wide and made of Masonite, wood, tin, and plastic. It was in exceptional condition considering it is over 60 years old. It was missing a few minor pieces and part of the gas pump was broken, but all-in-all, it was very attractive. Price was an absolute bargain, as toy garages frequently sell for three times this final bid and in worse condition. u The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Sports Car Market EBAY ITEM #180072089496—SEALED POWER PISTON RING ASHTRAY. Number of bids: 2. SOLD AT: $31. Date sold: 1/16/2007. The art deco Sealed Power logo with the female with flowing hair was used in the 1930s and 1940s and was on signs, matches, product boxes, and other advertising. This ashtray was made of Bakelite and the little statuette was often removed and fitted to a radiator cap. Value as an ashtray $30, value as a hood ornament—$200.