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Sports CarMarket The Pre-Porsche Arizona: Six Auctions, 1,884 Cars, $163m 267 Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Glöckler sells for $616k April 2008 When Titles Are a Little Too Clean Abarth Double Bubble at $88k $1.3m for 1963 Ferrari Superamerica www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 44 4½-Liter: Better looking with age 50 Count the bubbles April 2008 .Volume 20 . Number 4 60 Glöckler: Museum qualities IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 40 1963 400 Superamerica Coupe Enzo's car of kings tops $1.3m. Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH 44 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Vanden Plas Tourer It raised $880k—and plenty of eyebrows, too. Simon Kidston ETCETERINI 50 1959 Fiat Abarth Double Bubble Carlo Abarth's charismatic little buzzer makes $88k. Donald Osborne GERMAN 52 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible At $94k, prices are accelerating faster than the car. Jérôme Hardy AMERICAN 56 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrel Back Estate Wagon Few remain and they're priced accordingly. Carl Bomstead RACE 60 1952 Glöckler-Porsche Roadster More “giant annoyer” than “giant killer,” finally sold at $616k. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: RM Auctions GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 267 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales RM AUCTIONS 66 Phoenix, AZ: 88 cars sell in a $27m afternoon at the Arizona Biltmore. Dave Kinney GOODING & COMPANY 78 Scottsdale, AZ: 90% sell-through for a $21m total at this inaugural Arizona event. Donald Osborne BARRETT-JACKSON 88 Scottsdale, AZ: Totals drop from $108m to “just” $84m under the WestWorld tent. Carl Bomstead, Donald Osborne, Jérôme Hardy, Paul Duchene, and Jim Pickering RUSSO AND STEELE 108 Scottsdale, AZ: Muscle and sports cars bring $19m at Russo's hometown sale. Dan Grunwald and B. Mitchell Carlson SILVER AUCTIONS 118 Fountain Hills, AZ: Silver raises the bar to $6.7m at the Fort McDowell Casino. B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS 126 U.K. Roundup: A Veteran Rolls-Royce brings a record $7.25m in London. Paul Hardiman EBAY MOTORS 134 Simple sports cars from across the pond. Geoff Archer


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42 599: The latest piece of Ferrari's puzzle 36 The sights of Scottsdale COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears Giving control back to the seller Keith Martin 32 Avoidable Classic GM's diesel death rattle Tony Quiroga 34 Legal Files Title washing tricks you shouldn't try John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks Ferrari's worldwide appeal in numbers Michael Sheehan 48 English Patient Plotting the Healey price path Gary Anderson 54 Porsche Gespräch Ten tips for Porsche collectors Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs Surprisingly sunny outlook in Scottsdale Colin Comer 142 Motobilia Vintage signs pace a B-J motobilia record Carl Bomstead 144 Bike Buys Hodaka: long live the underdog Paul Duchene 154 eWatch The curse of Packard repros Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 Foreign Legion: Un Homme Francais a Scottsdale 38 Emerging Markets: From Russia with Love DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 Contributors 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 In Miniature: 1961 Maserati Birdcage, 1970 McLaren M8D, 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Blower 28 Icons: “The last time Rob saw Paris…” 30 Our Cars: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder 33 20 Year Picture 87 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Volvo C30 hatchback, 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt coupe 97 Alfa Bits 117 Museum Spotlight: Historic Auto Attractions 135 FreshMeat: 2008 Porsche Cayman S “Design Edition,” 2006 Noble M400, 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 136 Automotive Investor: Body style dictionary 140 Book Reviews: Reading for bathrooms and coffee tables 146 Mystery Photo 147 Comments with Your Renewal 147 SCM Garage 148 Showcase Gallery he latest piece of Ferrari's puzzle 36 The sights of Scottsdale COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears Giving control back to the seller Keith Martin 32 Avoidable Classic GM : The latest piece of Ferrari's puzzle 36 The sights of Scottsdale COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears Giving control back to the seller Keith Martin 32 Avoidable Classic GM's diesel death rattle Tony Quiroga 34 Legal Files Title washing tricks you shouldn't try John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks Ferrari's worldwide appeal in numbers Michael Sheehan 48 English Patient Plotting the Healey price path Gary Anderson 54 Porsche Gespräch Ten tips for Porsche collectors Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs Surprisingly sunny outlook in Scottsdale Colin Comer 142 Motobilia Vintage signs pace a B-J motobilia record Carl Bomstead 144 Bike Buys Hodaka: long live the underdog Paul Duchene 154 eWatch The curse of Packard repros Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 Foreign Legion: Un Homme Francais a Scottsdale 38 Emerging Markets: From Russia with Love DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 Contributors 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 In Miniature: 1961 Maserati Birdcage, 1970 McLaren M8D, 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Blower 28 Icons: “The last time Rob saw Paris…” 30 Our Cars: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder 33 20 Year Picture 87 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Volvo C30 hatchback, 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt coupe 97 Alfa Bits 117 Museum Spotlight: Historic Auto Attractions 135 FreshMeat: 2008 Porsche Cayman S “Design Edition,” 2006 Noble M400, 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti 136 Automotive Investor: Body style dictionary 140 Book Reviews: Reading for bathrooms and coffee tables 146 Mystery Photo 147 Comments with Your Renewal 147 SCM Garage 148 Showcase Gallery Twelve Twelve batteries and four hydraulic pumpscontrol the bull rid Custom paint applied directly over rust and rot. This makes me long for the days when a nice, clean Chevy Bel Air convertible made sense.—Full overage of Barrett-Jackson begins on p


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The End of No Reserve the auction company pockets $40,000, the buyer pays $220,000 with premium and the seller gets $180,000 net. The buyer pays an additional 8% sales tax, for a grand total of $237,600. If the bidding falls short of the $200,000 reserve and the seller elects not to lower his reserve and take the highest bid, the auction company makes nothing from this non-sale. That's a far cry from $40,000. Now let's look at the same Shelby at an all-no-reserve auction, at the same commission structure. If the bidding gets to $200,000, all of the numbers are the same as with the reserve sale. But what happens if the bidding stalls at $125,000, far short of what the owner was expecting? If he doesn't want to let it go at that price, he doesn't have any good options. He can play by the rules and sell it for much less than he wanted, or he can cheat. If he sells the car for $125,000, he nets $112,500 after the 10% Sellers want to be in charge A t times, being at the epicenter of a collector car weekend is like sitting in a command bunker. In Scottsdale, SCM's boots-on-the-ground team included nearly 20 market analysts, staff, and support crew. During the weekend, they fanned out to all the events, notebooks and cameras in hand, and began submitting their reports back to HQ. Each sale or no-sale immediately became part of the emerging new market reality. They also engaged in numerous conversations with buyers and sellers, getting a feel for the mood of the market. A pattern quickly emerged, which we detail in the Market Reports this month beginning on page 64. In short, well-documented cars did well—sometimes very well—and cars with stories struggled. But the real battle this weekend wasn't between muscle and sports cars, or even between large-scale and boutique auction companies. It was between two auction philosophies. One offers sellers the option of a reserve, the other will only accept consignments on a no-reserve basis. The economics of the sale On the surface, the difference between a reserve and a no-reserve auction is simple. When a car is entered with a reserve, the owner sets the bottom price he will take for a car. If the bidding doesn't reach that price, he has the choice of either lowering his reserve and selling the car, or taking the car home with him. If he sells the car, the auction company makes its buyer's and seller's commissions. If the car doesn't sell, the auction company makes nothing other than a modest consignment fee. At a no-reserve auction, the seller agrees to take whatever the highest bid might be—no matter how high or low—and the auction company collects all resulting commissions. The all-no-reserve format offers an obvious advantage to the auction company, as they are assured of full commissions on every car that crosses the block. Running the numbers Let's consider these two hypothetical sales. Suppose a seller has a 1966 Shelby GT350 he thinks is worth $200,000, and he consigns it to a sale that offers the option of a reserve. He sets his minimum at that number. Assume this auction company charges buyer's and seller's fees of 10% each, and the local sales tax is 8%. If the GT350 meets the reserve and sells for a high bid of $200,000, seller's commission. Based on where the seller hoped to be at $180,000 ($200,000 less commission), that's a perceived loss of $67,500— a bitter pill to swallow. Or, the seller can break the rules. He can try to find a way to buy the car himself, or have a friend (called an “agent” in legal terms) buy it for him. Either way, it's called an “owner buy-back.” Every auction company condemns this practice, and in most instances an owner buyback would be illegal. But in reality, a “no owner buy-back” policy is essentially impossible to enforce. The auction company may recognize a consignor if he tries to bid on his own car and refuse his bid, but there is no practical way at any auction to stop a “friend of a friend of a friend” from bidding on a seller's car for him. But even if he succeeds in buying his own car back, the result is still very expensive for the consignor. On this GT350, if his friend's buy-back bid was $130,000, the seller's “buy-back penalty” would be at least $26,000. (Remember, he is now paying both the buyer's and the seller's premium.) Plus, in most locales he will incur sales tax, especially if he has someone else buy his car back, as the local taxing authorities would view this as an actual sale. The $143,000 sale ($130,000 hammer price plus buyer's premium), plus 8% sales tax of $11,440, brings the owner's buy-back cost, which is the amount of the check he would have to write, to a whopping $37,440. And that doesn't include consignment fees, transportation to and from the auction, or any other expenses. That's a pricey trip across the block for a car that is going back to its original home, although a smaller loss than the $67,500 the consignor felt he would have lost out on by letting the car go at $125,000. Neither choice is a winner. Sellers control their cars These are uncertain economic times, with business sections of newspapers printing headlines daily about plummeting real estate prices, failing mortgage companies, rising oil prices, and fears of an impending recession. Throughout the Scottsdale weekend, sellers with high-quality cars told me as well as the SCM analysts that in today's market, they simply would not consign their cars without having the option of putting a reserve on them. Consequently, we are observing that thoughtful sellers have started to resist the all-no-reserve auction format. It's a question, pure and simple, of the seller having final control of the transaction as a car crosses the block. We believe the all-no-reserve policy has had its moment in the Arizona sun, and its time has passed. ♦ 12 Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Brendan Floyd Column Author Austin-Healey BJ7 at Branson Mecum Auctions— Muscle Cars & More Where: Indianapolis, IN When: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 16–17 More: www.mecumauctions.com Every Saturday from March 29 until May 3, Mecum will be hosting a new series of auctions at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Each 100-car sale will be broadcast live on HD Theater from 8 pm to 11 pm EST, with about 60 cars televised each week. These smaller events will lead up to Mecum's 21st Annual Spring Auction May 16–17, which will also be televised. Tom Mack Classics— Super Spring Auction Where: Charlotte, NC When: April 4–5 More: www.tommackclassics.com Last year: 104/186 cars sold / $2.1m Highlighting this year's 300-plus car auction will be 14 low-mileage classics from the personal collection of Duncan Automotive Network owner, Paul Duncan, as well as a fully restored 1967 427/435 Corvette convertible and a lowmileage, all-original 1980 MG B convertible. RM Auctions—International Spring Classic Car Auction Where: Toronto, CAN When: April 4–6 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 165/284 cars sold / $3.7m This three-day event will feature close to 500 consign- ments—one of the largest collector car auctions in Canada. Last year saw the majority of cars sell under $50k, making this the perfect place for collectors to find that next affordable addition to their garages. Expect to see both original and modified cars, with a healthy group of American muscle and European sports cars. Cox Auctions— The Branson Collector Car Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 18–19 More: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 141/215 cars sold / $2.7m After a record-breaking 427/435 Corvette at Tom Mack's Super Spring Auction $3.7m event in October, this spring's two-day sale will return to the new Branson-Hilton Convention Center, and over 250 consignments are expected. Highlights include a restored 1963 Austin-Healey BJ7 with its Heritage Certificate and a 1970 14 Sports Car Market


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Shelby GT350 convertible in red, black, and gold. Silver Auctions—Dallas Auction Where: Dallas, TX When: April 18–20 More: www.silverauctions.com This inaugural auction will be held in conjunction with the annual Memory Road Classic Car Show at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, and over 300 classics, customs, sports cars, and muscle cars are expected to cross the auction block. The show will consist of over 1,000 cars, with live entertainment and evening cruising. RM Auctions— The Wayne Davis Collection Where: Dallas, TX When: April 19 More: www.rmauctions.com Over 90 classics as well as 50 lots of automotive-themed memorabilia will be offered at this no-reserve sale of the Wayne Davis Collection. Highlights include several early Cadillacs from the late '40s and early '50s, a rare 1963 Ghia, and a 1957 Chevrolet convertible formerly owned by country music star Alan Jackson. Kruse International—Tampa 2008 Where: Tampa, FL When: April 19–20 More: www.kruse.com Last year: 50/167 cars sold / $1m The Florida State Fairgrounds serves as backdrop for Kruse at this second annual event, and a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I fitted with a 351 Cleveland V8, 4speed, and original Shaker hood will be featured. Finished in its original yellow, it comes with a Marti report, build sheet, and the original window sticker. Bonhams—RAF Museum Where: Hendon, UK When: April 21 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 65/75 cars sold / $3.7m The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, U.K. will again play host for this sale, and auction goers will be treated to vintage aviation displays surrounding the classics for sale. Featured this year will be a well-documented 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost with Barker Landaulette coachwork and significant provenance. Carlisle Events—Spring Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA Wayne Davis Collection at RM, Dallas, TX When: April 25–26 More: www.carlisleauctions.com Last year: 97/253 cars sold / $2.2m Carlisle Auctions expects over 250 classic, collector, muscle, and daily driver cars to be offered at its biannual event this spring. 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 1-2—KRUSE Naples, FL 3—COYS London, UK 8—KRUSE Del Mar, CA 8—RM Amelia Island, FL 10—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 12—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 13—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 14-15—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Fredericksburg, TX 15—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK 15—KRUSE Huntsville, AL 15-16—ICA Gilbert, AZ 17-18—BARONS Surrey, UK 21-22—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 27-30—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 27-29—RUSSO AND STEELE Hollywood, FL 29—COYS Essen, DEU 28-29—SANTIAGO Rogers, AR 29—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Daytona Beach, FL 29—MECUM Indianapolis, IN April 4-6—RM Ontario, CAN 4-5—TOM MACK Concord, NC 5—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 5—SILVER Spokane, WA 11-12—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 11-12—KRUSE Charleston, SC 12—LUZZAGO Rome, ITA 12—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 12—POTTS Rock Springs, GA 12—SILVER Portland, OR 18-19—COX Branson, MO 18-19—ICA Tucson, AZ 18-20—SILVER Dallas, TX 19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 19—RM Dallas, TX 19-20—KRUSE Tampa, FL 20—SHANNONS Brisbane, AUS 21—BONHAMS Hendon, UK 25-26—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 25-26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 26-27—RM Novi, MI 28-29—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—SILVER Spokane, WA May 3—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Half Moon Bay, CA 3—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 3—WORLDWIDE Seabrook, TX 5—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9-10— MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 10—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 15-18—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 17—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 17—SILVER Reno, NV 17-18—KRUSE Lake Placid, NY 18—RM Maranello, ITA 29- JUN 1—KRUSE Auburn, IN Carlisle promotes “Real Cars, Real Prices,” and offers lots that cater to a wide range of budgets. Expect plenty of American muscle, '50s fins, and some European classics rounding out the list of consignments. ♦ April 2008 15


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Inside Line Brendan Floyd Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. SCM News ■ SCM Auction Analyst Norm Mort will publish the first book dedicated to tiny work trucks, Micro Trucks— Tiny Utility Vehicles From Around the World. Despite increasing interest in micro vehicles as collectibles over the past several years, information on these diminutive makes is hard to come by. In this upcoming release, Mort covers the spectrum and provides in-depth technical information on several variations of previously unseen prototype Iso mini-trucks. He also covers the rare Topolino Fiat vans, and more common Autobianchi, Moto Guzzi, Vespa Ape, New Map Solyto, and Daihatsu mini-trucks. This 96-page book features full-color photography and includes restoration and maintenance tips. Visit www .veloce.co.uk for release date and pricing information. News ■ For its 30th annual event, Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance will add a new series of events to its August concours weekend. Destination d'Elegance will begin Friday, August 1, and will include lifestyle seminars, an Italian-themed wine and food tasting, unique shops, a next-gen preview party, a wine gala and silent wine auction, concept cars, and a ride and drive. “While Concours Sunday still remains the exclamation point on a long weekend of parties, seminars, and motoring, the events that lead up to Concours Sunday have been ever more popular in the recent years,” said Executive Director Matthew de Larcinese. The concours will take place on Sunday, August 3. www.meadow- brookconcours.org. (MI) ■ The 5th Annual Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz Kirkland Concours d'Elegance held last September set a new benchmark for contributions raised for its charities. Organizers and sponsors of the event presented checks to Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center exceeding $200,000. Over the last five years, the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance has contributed more than $800,000 to the hospitals. The 2008 event will be held on Sunday, September 7, and Publisher Martin will return as co-emcee. www.kirklandcon- cours.com. (WA) ■ Los Angeles Attorney Steve E. Young has been elected the new Chairman of the Board for the Petersen Museum in 2008. Young has served on the board since 2004 and has been a member of the museum since its inception in 1994. His primary goals are to cover a broader segment of automotive culture and incorporate a research facility into the institution. Young is a business and entertainment litigator and partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm of Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP. He brings to the post an automotive passion as a collector and enthusiast, having owned and raced many collectible cars over the years. www .petersen.org. (CA) Events ■ The fourth annual Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg, “A display of the world's finest automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, as participants are responsible for their own rooms, dining arrangements, and of course, vehicle. For $20 per person, a catered breakfast at Mission San Antonio de Padua will be provided on the last morning. A word to the wise: Drivers meet at 7:15 am and the rally leaves exactly fifteen minutes later. “If you are late we don't wait.” www.bench-racing .com. (CA) ■ The 18th California Mille Festivals of Speed, St. Petersburg, FL and watercraft,” will be held March 28–29 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The event begins in an aircraft hangar with the “Jet Port Reception,” and features displays of vintage and contemporary aircraft, exotic cars, custom motorcycles, high-performance boats, and luxury lifestyle products. The following day will have a concours to showcase exotic vehicles at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. Tickets for the reception are $65 or $120 per couple and must be purchased in advance. Tickets for the show are $10, with children under 12 free. www.festivalsofspeed.com. (FL) ■ The 18th Annual Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 Vintage Car Road Rally is set to roll from April 6 to 9. The popular three-day rally, which includes over 80 sports, racing, and grand touring cars manufactured before the 1973 model year, will begin in Phoenix and trek through several notable sites, including the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and the Coronado Trail. Last year's Copperstate attracted more than 50 SCMers. The event is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum's Men's Arts Council and costs $5,250. www.copper- state1000.com. (AZ) ■ The 10th Annual No Frills Iron Bottom Motoring Tour begins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on April 10 and ends there on April 12. This free, thousand-mile journey is open to pre-1976 vehicles and proudly promotes the “no frills” element, Kirkland Concours has raised over $800k for charity in the last few years 16 Sports Car Market will kickoff in San Francisco with a free car show featuring 60 classic luxury cars, including the Mille participants, at the Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill on Sunday, April 27, at 11 am. The four-day, 1000-mile journey through scenic Northern California will begin the following day. The event has traditionally been open to vehicles from 1957 or earlier, but exceptions have been made to accept later models as long as they are fundamentally similar. www .californiamille.com. (CA) ♦ Event Calendar March 28-29 Festivals of Speed St. Petersburg (FL) www.festivalsofspeed.com 5 All British Car Day (FL) www.allbritishcarclub.com 6-9 Bell Lexus Copperstate 1000 (AZ) www.copperstate1000.com 9 Southern Festival of Speed (NZ) www.classicrallies.com 10-12 No Frills Iron Bottom Motoring Tour (CA) www.bench-racing.com 14-19 Tour Auto (FRA) www.tourauto.com 18-20 VDCA at Virginia International Raceway (VA) www.vintagedrive.com 18-20 Englishtown Swap Meet (NJ) www.racewaypark.com 19 2008 CCCA Grand Classics (CA) www.classiccarclub.org 23-27 Spring Carlisle Swap Meet (PA) www.carlisleevents.com 24 FIA Historic F1 at Hockenheim (DEU) www.classicrallies.com 27-May 1 California Mille (CA) www.californiamille.com May 3 Legend of the Motorcycle (CA) www.legendofthemotorcycle.com


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SCM Contributors Gary Anderson enjoys as many aspects of the classic car hobby as he can find time for. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA, and is co-author of MBI's best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he has campaigned his 1960 MG A in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is an instructor with “Hookedon Driving,” a northern California track day organization, and is most recently the author ofMotoring, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com. His column “English Patient” has been a monthly feature in SCM since 1996 and appears on p. 48 in this issue. Jérôme Hardy's first conscious laugh occurred at age 6 in a 1951 Citroën 2CV in central France. At age 17, his first mistress was an Italian in the form of a 1971 Lancia Fulvia, followed by more costly European mistresses, represented today by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE. His first engine rebuild was the 350-ci smallblock in his 1970 Buick Skylark, acquired during a seven-year stint in New York City. Now based in Paris, Hardy enjoys the sheer size of his 1990 Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park wagon, as well as writing for the multiple automobile clubs to which he belongs. His tale of a Frenchman in the Arizona desert appears on p. 36, and his coverage of Barrett-Jackson begins on p. 88. Tony Quiroga makes a guest appearance in SCM this month with a p. 32 “Avoidable Classic” feature on the unremarkable Oldsmobile diesel. He is the Associate Editor at Car and Driver magazine, where he writes the regular “Up Front” column. In the past few years, Quiroga has fed his growing adrenaline addiction by entering the EyeRock 500—a race for blind drivers and sighted co-drivers. He has competed in several failed efforts to win the 24 Hours of LeMons, an endurance race for $500 cars, and recently he raced an Oldsmobile diesel across America. Thor Thorson fell in love with sports cars—particularly racing cars, and more particularly the adrenaline rush associated with them—while growing up in northern Iowa in the late 1950s when his father bought a red Jaguar XK 150. He has been an active vintage racer for over 20 years, the last 17 of which have been spent in his blue Elva 7. He is president of Vintage Racing Motors, Inc., a collector car dealer and vintage racing support company based in Redmond, Washington. Over the years, he has had experience with virtually all variants of vintage racing, and is jack of all trades in the hobby. He has been SCM's race car specialist since 2003, and this month he tackles our cover car, the 1952 Glöckler-Porsche roadster, on p. 60. 18 Sports CarMarket Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Morris & Welford, llc INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS & BROKERS 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Chassis Number 15001 was supplied new by Luigi Chinetti in March 1972 and remained in the USA until 1986 when it was acquired by Gregory Noblet (son of the famous Ferrari racer Pierre Noblet). Upon return to Europe a comprehensive, no expense spared restoration was undertaken by official Belgian Ferrari agent Garage Francorchamps. Boasting an interior retrim by Luppi, full mechanical rebuild and a bare metal respray in Rosso Bordeaux, this superb Daytona drives and presents particularly well. OTHER CARS AVAILABLE 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC 1958 Cooper T45 1961 Cooper Monaco T61 1961 Lola-OSCA Mk I 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 FIA Racecar 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com GT doh! I just read B. Mitchell Carlson's story on the 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible (February, “American Profile,” p. 62). I am surprised. As a reader of SCM for many years, I have been impressed with the knowledge of the contributors and have learned from and repeated many of the facts included in the articles. However, I now question my wisdom in repeating facts from the articles. Mr. Carlson states, in the beginning of the SCM Analysis, that “the GTO wasn't a separate series until 1967…” Although many of the people who see my 1966 GTO at shows do—due to the subtle differences—confuse the '66 and '67 GTOs, they do know the major change in the body style was introduced in 1966. This was also the year the GTO began receiving a separate serial number, which included “42” as the second and third digits, thus becoming a separate series. This information is easy to find, so I am disappointed to read an article in your magazine with no more accuracy than this.—David Shatz, Rolling Hills Estates, CA B. Mitchell Carlson re- sponds: David, you are correct, and thank you for finding my typo. Well, as they say, Shatz happens. In a way, your correction reinforces my argument that we should place far more weight on awards from marque-specific clubs than on awards from generic car clubs, as those who have nothing better to do than worship their specific car will always catch the subtle nuances others don't give two snorts about. Stuck in a 507 I enjoyed Donald Osborne's story on the BMW 507 (February, “German Profile,” p. 58), but don't badmouth the 507's competition history. Didn't one win the 1959 European Hillclimb Championship, driven by, I Those who havenothing better to do than worship their specific car will always catch the subtle nuances others don't give two snorts about think, Stuck Sr.? He beat the TdFs' times because the last hill was (wild guess) the Gaisberg in Austria, and the Ferrari guys couldn't see through the fog but Stuck drove it from memory. When I looked at the last new 507 in America, at Rudy Hanke's store in Houston, he gave me a factory option sheet that showed a triple-carb manifold, cute little blanking plates for the radiator and side vents to keep the engine warm, and possibly a sports exhaust system for—what else?—hillclimbs. I've never personally seen a three-carb setup on one, though. Finally, John Surtees fiddled with the suspension on his 507 and says it'll keep up with any car of the period through the twisty bits.—Toly Arutunoff, Tulsa, OK Stefan Lombard responds: Thanks for your letter, Toly. Following some digging, we discovered it was not Stuck Sr., but Edgar Barth in a Porsche RSK who won the 1959 European Hillclimb Championship. Stuck Sr., at the age of 60, won the 1960 German Hillclimb Championship in a rear-engined BMW 700. He retired on top, figuratively speaking, but pretty as it was, the 507 won't ever be remembered for its on-track performances. As for Surtees and his 507, we have little doubt he could keep up with any car of any period, regardless of what he was driving. Good Grifo On page 57 of his February Iso Grifo story (“Etceterini Profile”), John Apen makes reference to collector Steve Snyder, whose remarks concerning American-engined, Euro-bodied hybrids were true even when the cars were new. He said, “I really like the whole hybrid idea. I know that my Facel will always run, and I could probably rebuild the entire drivetrain for the cost of a major service on a Ferrari.” In the early 1970s, I had an apartment in a Chicago suburb. There was no sheltered parking. The building developer kept a unit for his own use and when in town parked his new Ferrari 365 GTS in the common outdoor lot, wherever there was a space available. One frigid January morning, I observed the owner, whom I never met, attempting to start the big six-carb V12. There was an occasional explosion, complete with flames out the exhaust tips, but it would be a few days before the yellow Spyder left its parking spot. Sometime later an Iso Grifo began appearing in our lot and the Daytona was never seen again.— Tom Hall, Vernon Hills, IL I purchased my 1967 Iso Grifo (#047) new and still own it, and I wanted to thank John Apen and SCM for the wonderful job showcasing the brand in the February issue. I've been a member of the Iso Bizzarrini Owners Club (www.isobizclub.com) for more than 30 years, and I'm sure the 20 RM Auctions


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Ad Index Amelia Island Concours ..........................85 Aston Martin of New England ..............105 Automobilia Monterey ..........................139 Autosport Designs .................................103 B. Milner ...............................................131 Bald Head Garage .................................129 Barnstorming Maine .............................105 BB One Exports ....................................139 Bonhams & Butterfields ..........................29 Branson Collector Car Auction ...............73 Canepa Designs .......................................25 Carlisle Events ........................................77 Carriage House Motor Cars ....................31 Cars That Matter ...................................153 Chequered Flag Int'l .............................113 Classic Car Systems ..............................141 Classic Showcase ..................................139 Copley Motorcars Corp. ........................125 Corvette Market ......................................99 Cosdel ...................................................139 County Corvette ....................................131 Davidoff Zino Platinum ........................131 Digit Motorsport ...................................111 Doc's Jags .............................................145 Driver's Houston Auto Works .................67 Ebay Motors ...........................................55 Exotic Car Transport .............................153 Family Classic Cars ..............................107 Fantasy Junction ....................................109 Festivals of Speed ...................................47 Fine Sports Cars ....................................153 GM ........................................................156 Gooding & Company ................................2 Grundy Worldwide ..................................43 Hagerty Insurance ...................................39 Heacock Classic ...................................121 Hotseat Chassis Inc ...............................153 Intercity Lines .........................................35 Italian Car Parts .....................................141 JC Taylor .................................................23 JJ Best ..................................................133 Keels and Wheels Concours ...................49 Kidston ....................................................11 Macneil Automotive ................................75 Mac's Custom Tie-Downs ....................103 Mark Motley .........................................121 Maserati ...................................................69 Mecum Auction .......................................81 Meguiar's ................................................27 Miller's Incorporated ............................153 Modena Cento Ore ..................................95 Monticello Motor Club ...........................63 Morris & Welford, LLC ........................119 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................83 Only Oldies LLC .....................................59 Park Place LTD ...............................71, 145 Paul Russell and Company ...................113 Perfection Autosport ...............................89 Preferred Products Design, Inc. ............129 Premier Financial Services ...................155 Putnam Leasing .......................................93 Renaissance Design ..............................145 RM Auctions .............................4, 5, 13, 17 Ron Tonkin ............................................111 RPM Motorbooks .................................141 Russo And Steele ....................................21 Santiago .................................................101 SCM Platinum .......................................115 Sports Car Shop ....................................109 Spyker of North America LLC ...............79 Steve Austin's Great Vacations .............141 Swissvax ...............................................123 Symbolic Motor Car Co ............................3 Ulysse Nardin Watches .............................9 Vintage Rallies ......................................107 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................153 Web Steel Sales, Inc. .............................145 Worldwide Group ......................................6 22 Mine is the only Grifo documented as a BaldwinMotion car, which was sold new by Baldwin Chevrolet and converted when new by Motion Performance membership feels as I do. There was one reference by Apen regarding the 1968 427 big-block option on Grifos that should be clarified. To the best of my knowledge, there was only one Grifo Super built with an L71 427/435 tri-power, solidlifter, 11.0-to-1 Corvette engine. It's car #201, and it was the prototype big-block Grifo. Iso built a total of 65 427 big- block 7-liter models (1968–1970), all fitted with L36 Corvette powerplants. They were essentially 427/390 Corvette engines with 10.25-to-1 compression, hydraulic-lifter cams, and single Rochester four-barrels, rated at 400 hp in the Grifo. My car is one of the first 50 that were coachbuilt and is fitted with a 350-ci LT1 small block supplied by Zora Arkus-Duntov. Mine is also the only Grifo documented as a Baldwin-Motion car (sold new by Baldwin Chevrolet and converted when new by Motion Performance). It has under 13,000 original miles and is completely original.—Marty Schorr, Sarasota, FL Nice titivation On page 119 of the February issue (“Market Reports,” H&H, Duxford, UK), in his description of lot 57, the 1952 Jaguar XK 120 SE roadster, Paul Hardiman writes that it was “ recently imported from California, where presumably some titivation work was carried out.” I looked it up and it means “spruced up.” Kudos to Mr. Hardiman for making the mundane sublime.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA For the sake of technical accuracy I continue to enjoy SCM. I appreciate your angle on the cars I love, particularly, the antiques and classics. I'd like to share a few things I noticed in recent issues. On page 98 of the January issue (“Market Reports,” Keenan, Portland, ME) there is a write-up on a 1955 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, lot 17. The Sedan DeVille, with its four-door hard top body style, was first introduced by Cadillac for the 1956 model year. The 1955 car is either a Series 62 sedan or a Series 60 Special (Fleetwood) sedan, both of which had a standard sedan body style. From the front, it's hard to know which car is pictured. Regarding the 1919 Pierce-Arrow on page 104 of the February issue (“Market Reports,” RM, Hershey, PA), it is not a Series 5 as your reporter suggests. The car is a Series 31, which has the 38-hp, 414-ci, dual-valve T-head engine. The Series 5 is a 1918 model with a 48-hp, 525-ci engine of the same T-head structure. It was the first production Pierce-Arrow with the dual-valve engine and was produced for only one year. Also, the 1928 car on the same page is a Series 36, not an 81. It has the same engine as the Series 31. The Series 81 was powered by a 289-ci L-head engine. When in doubt, for Pierce- Arrows built from 1919 to 1928, the series designation can be determined from the first two digits of the serial number or the engine number.—H. Paul Johnson Jr. Chairman, Pierce-Arrow Society Technical Committee, Salem, OR Errata On page 16 of our Insider's Guide to the Florida Auctions, we incorrectly reported that Speed Channel would not be covering Barrett-Jackson's Sixth Annual Palm Beach Auction. In fact, Speed will be providing 19 hours of televised coverage, as follows: March 27: 12 pm–3 pm live; 9 pm–12 am replay March 28: 12 pm–3 pm live; 8 pm–12 am replay March 29: 12 pm–6 pm live All times are EST. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Brendan Floyd Championship Shoes Need some new kicks to go with that Prancing Horse you just bought? Treating your feet to some V12 performance with these Puma Ferrari shoes is a good idea. These mesh, synthetic suede, rubber-toecap shoes are specially designed for Formula One drivers and teams, but are equally functional for the morning jog, visit to the gym, or that extra flare on casual Fridays. You'll be the envy of the office as you zip through your day with unprecedented productivity. The adjustable Velcro closure allows for quick entry and exit. These super shoes for the supercar fan are priced at $95 at www.speedgear.com. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT You've got mail Now there's a mail receptacle for those who want a little more excitement when they fetch their daily credit card offers and department store ads. These performance-minded mailboxes shout out attitude to your neighbors as well as postal employees. There are several cars and trucks to choose from, as well as farm equipment and animals. Each is available in a variety of paint colors and schemes and can be personalized with your house number, last name, or business name. Check out www.mailboxesandstuff.com. Go postal for $150 to $225, depending on the model. High-tech Controls For any incurable F1 addict or grown-up kid who likes to make “Vroooom” sounds when nobody's around, World Collector is providing you the opportunity to grab a piece of racing history. It is veteran racer Mark Webber's actual steering wheel, used during the 2003 season while racing for the Jaguar team. It comes complete with functional controls, noticeable wear marks, and rests on a display base with a plaque and Webber's signature. Flying around the track at 200 mph is an unattainable dream for most, but with $2,924 and a good imagination, you can get your virtual kicks. Available at www.worldcollector.co.uk. 24 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature Marshall Buck Close but No Cigar… The CanAm McLaren and Birdcage Maserati models are let down by their omission of details, which would precisely id 1961 Maserati “Birdcage” The Maserati “Birdcage” is another of my favorites. This is the T-61 version as raced by Carroll Shelby at Riverside. Well, sort of. Why do model manufacturers spend so much money on production and seemingly nothing on proper research? It's not magic—only some effort and nominal funds required. The 1:18-scale unlimited model from Minichamps is very good, and with the aforementioned proper research, it could have been great. Overall details of fi t and fi nish are truly excellent. As you can see, there is a wealth of detail and functional parts. A great and subtle touch was the bluing of the exhaust pipe, and the painted wire wheels with Goodyear Blue Streaks look terrifi c. There are, however, a number of detail areas and body work that miss the mark; most glaring of these is the nose, which is improperly shaped. Windshield and door windows are far from correct, and the “Shelby” marking should only be on the right rear fender. The list does go on. I know I'm giving a mixed message here. The model is really good and still one to have. Just be aware of what you're getting. Also offered by Minichamps is the Camoradi Nürburgring winner. Priced at $150 for either version. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1929 4½-Liter “Blower” Bentley Overall Quality: ½ Authenticity: Overall Value: Even though the “Blower” Bentley was not a successful racer, it is still one of the ultimates and one hell of a piece of machinery. Minichamps has released a stunning 1:18scale model. Not the best, but terrifi c nonetheless. Made in—you guessed it—China, and unlimited. So there will be many of these, which is a good thing, since it is a worthy piece to add to your collection. As my friends at R.C. Moss in the U.K. would say, Overall Quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall Value: “there are a lot of bits and bobs” everywhere. Working features include opening doors, removable tonneau cover, posable wheels, and opening hinged hood with working leather straps and buckles. Engine detail is a letdown and mediocre at best. For all the detail they have tried to incorporate, there have been many corners cut with regard to fi nish, as well as many areas that just have molded-in parts rather than separate pieces. There are many visible mold lines on various parts, and mine suffered from imperfections here and there. I suspect that most, of these Minichamps models will have minor fl aws, due to their complexity. The interior and dash are well-detailed, but they could be better. Same for the wire wheels. So, is everything on this model correct? No, it's but very close and highly recommended, especially at only $280. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1970 McLaren M8D CanAm I miss thundering CanAm racing—surely an era nev Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: namics, amazing cars, approachable drivers, and all-out McLaren M8D by GMP is an older release in their nowMass-produced in China, the M8D was offered in thr Miniature Marshall Buck Close but No Cigar… The CanAm McLaren and Birdcage Maserati models are let down by their omission of details, which would precisely id 1961 Maserati “Birdcage” The Maserati “Birdcage” is another of my favorites. This is the T-61 version as raced by Carroll Shelby at Riverside. Well, sort of. Why do model manufacturers spend so much money on production and seemingly nothing on proper research? It's not magic—only some effort and nominal funds required. The 1:18-scale unlimited model from Minichamps is very good, and with the aforementioned proper research, it could have been great. Overall details of fi t and fi nish are truly excellent. As you can see, there is a wealth of detail and functional parts. A great and subtle touch was the bluing of the exhaust pipe, and the painted wire wheels with Goodyear Blue Streaks look terrifi c. There are, however, a number of detail areas and body work that miss the mark; most glaring of these is the nose, which is improperly shaped. Windshield and door windows are far from correct, and the “Shelby” marking should only be on the right rear fender. The list does go on. I know I'm giving a mixed message here. The model is really good and still one to have. Just be aware of what you're getting. Also offered by Minichamps is the Camoradi Nürburgring winner. Priced at $150 for either version. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1929 4½-Liter “Blower” Bentley Overall Quality: ½ Authenticity: Overall Value: Even though the “Blower” Bentley was not a successful racer, it is still one of the ultimates and one hell of a piece of machinery. Minichamps has released a stunning 1:18- scale model. Not the best, but terrifi c nonetheless. Made in—you guessed it—China, and unlimited. So there will be many of these, which is a good thing, since it is a worthy piece to add to your collection. As my friends at R.C. Moss in the U.K. would say, Overall Quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall Value: “there are a lot of bits and bobs” everywhere. Working features include opening doors, removable tonneau cover, posable wheels, and opening hinged hood with working leather straps and buckles. Engine detail is a letdown and mediocre at best. For all the detail they have tried to in- corporate, there have been many corners cut with regard to fi nish, as well as many areas that just have molded-in parts rather than separate pieces. There are many visible mold lines on various parts, and mine suffered from imperfections here and there. I suspect that most, of these Minichamps models will have minor fl aws, due to their complexity. The interior and dash are well-detailed, but they could be better. Same for the wire wheels. So, is everything on this model correct? No, it's but very close and highly recommended, especially at only $280. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1970 McLaren M8D CanAm I miss thundering CanAm racing—surely an era nev Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: namics, amazing cars, approachable drivers, and all-out McLaren M8D by GMP is an older release in their now- Mass-produced in China, the M8D was offered in thr is is the Dan Gurney car. Looking at it, I immediately knew it was a “ten-footer.” Havi through my photo archives and a dozen books on the subject, I cannot fi nd any car t model is supposed to replicate. In other words, the model is not historically accurate As neat as this piece looks with the rear body panel off, one can see the lines betwee artistic license and gross inaccuracy have been blurred... a lot. There is also much mechanically wrong here. It features posable front wheels, but doors that open only partially. The gripe list is long. On the plus side, colors look pretty good, as does overall fi t and fi nish, and this will probably be the only 1 larger-scale M8D model available. I also bought GMP's M8A and M8B ,to which comments apply. They do display reasonably well, but with all body panels closed Most versions of all three cars can be found on eBay. Expect to pay between $ 26 iature Marshall Buck Close but No Cigar… The CanAm McLaren and Birdcage Maserati models are let down by their omission of details, which would precisely id 1961 Maserati “Birdcage” The Maserati “Birdcage” is another of my favorites. This is the T-61 version as raced by Carroll Shelby at Riverside. Well, sort of. Why do model manufacturers spend so much money on production and seemingly nothing on proper research? It's not magic—only some effort and nominal funds required. The 1:18-scale unlimited model from Minichamps is very good, and with the aforementioned proper research, it could have been great. Overall details of fi t and fi nish are truly excellent. As you can see, there is a wealth of detail and functional parts. A great and subtle touch was the bluing of the exhaust pipe, and the painted wire wheels with Goodyear Blue Streaks look terrifi c. There are, however, a number of detail areas and body work that miss the mark; most glaring of these is the nose, which is improperly shaped. Windshield and door windows are far from correct, and the “Shelby” marking should only be on the right rear fender. The list does go on. I know I'm giving a mixed message here. The model is really good and still one to have. Just be aware of what you're getting. Also offered by Minichamps is the Camoradi Nürburgring winner. Priced at $150 for either version. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1929 4½-Liter “Blower” Bentley Overall Quality: ½ Authenticity: Overall Value: Even though the “Blower” Bentley was not a successful racer, it is still one of the ultimates and one hell of a piece of machinery. Minichamps has released a stunning 1:18- scale model. Not the best, but terrifi c nonetheless. Made in—you guessed it—China, and unlimited. So there will be many of these, which is a good thing, since it is a worthy piece to add to your collection. As my friends at R.C. Moss in the U.K. would say, Overall Quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall Value: “there are a lot of bits and bobs” everywhere. Working features include opening doors, removable tonneau cover, posable wheels, and opening hinged hood with working leather straps and buckles. Engine detail is a letdown and mediocre at best. For all the detail they have tried to in- corporate, there have been many corners cut with regard to fi nish, as well as many areas that just have molded-in parts rather than separate pieces. There are many visible mold lines on various parts, and mine suffered from imperfections here and there. I suspect that most, of these Minichamps models will have minor fl aws, due to their complexity. The interior and dash are well-detailed, but they could be better. Same for the wire wheels. So, is everything on this model correct? No, it's but very close and highly recommended, especially at only $280. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1970 McLaren M8D CanAm I miss thundering CanAm racing—surely an era nev Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: namics, amazing cars, approachable drivers, and all-out McLaren M8D by GMP is an older release in their now- Mass-produced in China, the M8D was offered in thr is the Dan Gurney car. Looking at it, I immediately knew it was a “ten-footer.” Havi through my photo archives and a dozen books on the subject, I cannot fi nd any car t model is supposed to replicate. In other words, the model is not historically accurate As neat as this piece looks with the rear body panel off, one can see the lines betwee artistic license and gross inaccuracy have been blurred... a lot. There is also much mechanically wrong here. It features posable front wheels, but doors that open only partially. The gripe list is long. On the plus side, colors look pretty good, as does overall fi t and fi nish, and this will probably be the only 1 larger-scale M8D model available. I also bought GMP's M8A and M8B ,to which comments apply. They do display reasonably well, but with all body panels closed Most versions of all three cars can be found on eBay. Expect to pay between $ 26 Sports Sports Car Market


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Icons Rétromobile, Paris Phares Jaune, Deux Chevaux, et les Deesses Yellow headlights for locals were introduced to enable the gendarmes to determine which cars belonged to foreigners by Rob Sass Yellow headlamps For most of the twentieth century, Citroën 2CV Unlike Portland, Oregon, where a virtual parade of weird old cars passes the windows of SCM's editorial offices, few old cars remain in use as daily drivers in Paris. One of the few exceptions is the Citroën 2CV. While the rest of my family was enjoying the sights from atop the Arc de Triomphe, I was trying to make out the cars below and caught several snail-like 2CVs—looking wholly out of their element in modern traffic—trundling around the traffic maze of the Place de l'Étoile. Decent drivers start at around $8,000. There is no better way to advertise your boulangerie or pâtisserie. French-registered cars used yellow headlamps. The generally accepted explanation is that in 1936, French authorities wanted a method of determining French-registered cars at night without compromising safety. As it turns out, yellow lighting is more effective in adverse weather conditions, and in good conditions, it produces less glare. While finding a pair of round yellow headlamps at Rétromobile is as easy finding a good croissant and cof any corner outsid the expo hall, it's tougher in the U.S As usual, eBay is a good place to look. Start on the French web site, www.ebay .fr. Searching “phares jaune” under the “Motors” section should produce m choices at aroun per pair. ons Rétromobile, Paris Phares Jaune, Deux Chevaux, et les Deesses Yellow headlights for locals were introduced to enable the gendarmes to determine which cars belonged to foreigners by Rob Sass Yellow headlamps For most of the twentieth century, Citroën 2CV Unlike Portland, Oregon, where a virtual parade of weird old cars passes the windows of SCM's editorial offices, few old cars remain in use as daily drivers in Paris. One of the few exceptions is the Citroën 2CV. While the rest of my family was enjoying the sights from atop the Arc de Triomphe, I was trying to make out the cars below and caught several snail-like 2CVs—looking wholly out of their element in modern traffic—trundling around the traffic maze of the Place de l'Étoile. Decent drivers start at around $8,000. There is no better way to advertise your boulangerie or pâtisserie. French-registered cars used yellow headlamps. The generally accepted explanation is that in 1936, French authorities wanted a method of deter- mining French-registered cars at night without compromising safety. As it turns out, yellow lighting is more effective in adverse weather conditions, and in good conditions, it produces less glare. While finding a pair of round yellow headlamps at Rétromobile is as easy finding a good croissant and cof any corner outsid the expo hall, it's tougher in the U.S As usual, eBay is a good place to look. Start on the French web site, www.ebay .fr. Searching “phares jaune” under the “Motors” section should produce m choices at aroun per pair. an an 2CVs are still an occasional sight in y, the city is still lousy with Citroën's other e DS. DeGaulle himself credits one with m from assassination in 1962. I saw several ter DS23s in fashionable Montparnasse ne by the Opera—all still sported their ssued yellow headlamps. A sorted DS want to own starts at around $13,000. p examples of a car that literally becomes mobile paperweight when broken aren't considering at any price. Rétromobile, Paris Phares Jaune, Deux Chevaux, et les Deesses Yellow headlights for locals were introduced to enable the gendarmes to determine which cars belonged to foreigners by Rob Sass Yellow headlamps For most of the twentieth century, Citroën 2CV Unlike Portland, Oregon, where a virtual parade of weird old cars passes the windows of SCM's editorial offices, few old cars remain in use as daily drivers in Paris. One of the few exceptions is the Citroën 2CV. While the rest of my family was enjoying the sights from atop the Arc de Triomphe, I was trying to make out the cars below and caught several snail-like 2CVs—looking wholly out of their element in modern traffic—trundling around the traffic maze of the Place de l'Étoile. Decent drivers start at around $8,000. There is no better way to advertise your boulangerie or pâtisserie. French-registered cars used yellow headlamps. The generally accepted explanation is that in 1936, French authorities wanted a method of deter- mining French-registered cars at night without compromising safety. As it turns out, yellow lighting is more effective in adverse weather conditions, and in good conditions, it produces less glare. While finding a pair of round yellow headlamps at Rétromobile is as easy finding a good croissant and cof any corner outsid the expo hall, it's tougher in the U.S As usual, eBay is a good place to look. Start on the French web site, www.ebay .fr. Searching “phares jaune” under the “Motors” section should produce m choices at aroun per pair. an 2CVs are still an occasional sight in y, the city is still lousy with Citroën's other e DS. DeGaulle himself credits one with m from assassination in 1962. I saw several ter DS23s in fashionable Montparnasse ne by the Opera—all still sported their ssued yellow headlamps. A sorted DS want to own starts at around $13,000. p examples of a car that literally becomes mobile paperweight when broken aren't considering at any price. Sports Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars Have You Seen This Ferrari? Shortly before Castro entered Havana, Falla smuggled the Cal Spyder off the island. The story gets murky after that 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Owner: John Apen, Contributor Purchase date: February 1975 Price: $2,500, an OK buy! Mileage since purchase: 4,600 Recent work: Total restoration begun in 1998 I have owned the fi rst production Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, s/n 0919, for 33 years. It has a colorful but also cloudy past, and its history with me began when I hauled it out of Puerto Rico in 1975. Originally white, 0919 was red and rusty when I bought it. I put a coat of gray primer on to retard any further rusting, which had taken hold during its salty exposure in Puerto Rico. Some panels looked like your grandmother's fi ne doilies; my wife dubbed it the “Lace Car.” I replaced the clutch and rebuilt the brakes, then drove it to and from our Ferrari dealership (Atlanta's FAF Motorcars) several times a week, which was great fun, despite the fact it miles per quart of oil and was an embarrassment at stoplights when a rolling cloud of oil smoke would engulf me and the car. I fi nally laid it up around 1985 when the water pump leaked water in the oil. The water pump is driven by the cam timing chain, which makes it an engine-out repair. Given the state of the entire car, I decided to tackle it all. I started a complete restoration in 1998, and I hope to have it fi nished in two years. For 35 years, I have been tracing the history of this car. Eight years ago, I had a breakthrough when one of SCM's Auction Analysts reported on the sale of a 212 Vignale coupe—a well-known car in Ferrari Club circles—to a man named Julio Batista of Madrid, said to be the son of the 212's original owner. The father, Julio Batista Falla, was an international racer from Cuba, and had in his life bought seven new Ferraris, including 0919, which he picked up at the factory in June 1958. In the fall of that year, shortly before Cuban president Fulgencio Batista (no relation) handed over power to Castro, Falla smuggled the car off the island. Here, the story gets murky. Ferrari historians surmise that shortly after 0919 left Cuba, Luigi Chinetti in New York sold it to a Bill Helborn, who kept it only a few months. It may then have gone to Bob 0919 in Cuba, 1958 Grossman, who raced a very early California, eventually winning B Production with it. I have been unable to verify any of this, though in his 1990 book on the Californias, Ferrari Spyder California, historian Stan Nowak wrote that it was indeed Grossman's fi rst Ferrari. Nowak died soon after publication, and I have never been able to trace the source of his conjecture. Some people speculate that in the 1960s, 0919 was raced at Marlboro Raceway, Maryland, by Doug Diffenderfer, who was well known for his victories in an 8V Siata. Copies of the factory assembly sheets have the name Bernard Stayman, Dayton, Ohio, 1964, written in. Some think a “Barry” Wayburn bought it from Algar Ferrari in Philadelphia in March 1968 for $4,300. By the early 1970s, it was in Puerto Rico and may have been the California that won two races at the new Caguas Raceway. In any event, as the stock and real estate markets continue to gyrate, my Cal Spyder looks like a better investment day by day. Of course, nearly anything that has intrinsic value, if it is held on to for 33 years, will show a signifi cant increase in value. But no other collectible makes the same great sounds, or provides an introduction to so many great people, as a Ferrari does. I'd like to fi ll out the history of my car; if SCM readers have any information about 0919 or any of the people mentioned above, I sure would like to hear about it. Email me at john apen@cox.com. ♦ Friend Carlos Rueada helped rescue the car, Puerto Rico 1975 Apen secures his Ferrari, Port of Charleston, 1975 30 Sports Car Market


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Avoidable Classic GM Diesels Have I Got a Smokin' Deal for You… Forget to change the oil and the resulting sulfuric acid meant the GM diesel engine essentially ate itself alive by Tony Quiroga W hen pundits ponder why diesel cars failed in the U.S., the inf mous engines built by Oldsmobile from 1978 to 1985 come mind instantly. Critical engineering fl aws, consumers who ignored stri maintenance schedules, and the handicap of a casually water-logged dies supply turned the cackling diesels into rolling grenades. Most have gon off by now. Since the last Oldsmobile diesel rolled off the line in 1985, a class-action lawsuit from owners against GM has been settled, but the car remain the subject of cruel jokes that can still cause former owners to furrow thei brows over their (often 100%) fi nancial losses. A fi xture on “worst” lists everywhere, the Oldsmobile diesel suffered a public relations fate worse than the Edsel. But like the Edsel, GM diesels may be staging a (suitably slow and rattly) comeback. Built to fulfi ll the CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) regulations of 1978, which required a fl eet average of 18 mpg for cars, and to contend with rising fuel prices of the second OPEC crisis, the diesel option was intended to boost fuel economy without sacrifi cing vehicle size or luxury. Initially offered exclusively in the downsized Oldsmobile 88 and 98, plus GMC and Chevy trucks for 1978—Oldsmobile sold 31,600 units in 1978—the 350-ci diesel LF9 engine clattered into all GM showrooms by 1980. One myth that took hold was that the diesel was merely a gasoline Oldsmobile V8 converted to run on diesel fuel. Although bore spacing between the two engines remained the same and the engines were machined on the same line, the diesel engine's high internal pressures requ changes, including a heavy-duty block, different heads, unique internal pa rotary-type Roosa Master diesel fuel injection system. We're not saying any of these parts were any good, they were just different. u parts, and a In reality, the only parts in common between the gas and diesel 350 were the water pump and the valve covers. But a quick glance under the diesel's hood doesn't reveal many modifi cations beyond two batteries to power the large starter motor required to handle the diesel's 22.5:1 compression ratio. Contaminated fuel and weak head bolts Many of the problems that befell diesel owners could be traced to weaknesses that are largely avoided these days. The biggest problems were caused by a diesel fuel supply contaminated with water and the engine's insuffi ciently strong head bolts. Before GM thought to install a fuel tank water separator and warning light, owners could unknowingly introduce water into their engines, which would cause head gasket failures. Survivors of this fault were caught by another design fl aw that endured until the end in 1985. Although the engine was beefed up in nearly every Details Years produced: 1978–85 Number produced: 700,000-plus Original LF9 diesel option price: $390–$960 SCM Valuation: $500–$5000 Tune-up cost: None, beyond oil and filters Distributor cap: None Chassis #: Upper left corner of dash Engine #: Left rocker cover Club: www.forums.delphiforums .com/350Diesel More: www.olds-diesel.com Alternatives: 1985 Toyota Camry diesel; 1983–84 Datsun Maxima diesel; 1984–85 Lincoln Mk VII diesel SCM Investment Grade: F 32 way, in a cost-cutting move, GM elected to keep the same number of head bolts as the gasoline engine. Under the stress of diesel combustion, the bolts stretched, leading to leaky head gaskets and steady work for tow trucks. Surviving GM diesel enthusiasts often credit their cars' longevity to a long warm-up period, which they claim allows the bolts to heat up slowly, thus reducing stress. Stronger bolts were eventually offered by GM, but the aftermarket bolts available from ARP (www .arp-bolts.com) are recommended. Other issues arose from the high sulfur content of the diesel fuel, which after combustion produced sulfur oxides. When combined with the water produced by combustion, this lead to sulfuric acid. This inevitably contaminated engine oil and corroded internal pa Forget to change the oil at the specifi ed 3,000- or 5,000mile interval (as many diesel owners did), and the engine essentially eats itself from the inside. parts. Continuous improvements befell the 5.7-liter diesel engine throughout its life, and the later cars (especially after 1981) command higher prices than earlier, more powerful, examples. Second-year upgrades in 1979 brought faster-acting glow plugs that reduced cold-start times from 60 seconds to a more convenient six seconds. A short-lived 4.3-liter V8 was offered only in '79 and is considered terrible even by permissive Olds diesel standards. The addition of an exhaust gas recirculation valve and a change from pencil-type to smaller and more accurate poppet-type injectors in 1980 reduced emissions but dropped engine output to 105 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 205 ft-lb of torque at 1,600 rpm (down from 125 hp at 3,600 rpm and 225 ft-lb at 1,600 rpm). In 1981, the beefi er DX block replaced the earlier D block, roller valve lifters increased oil change intervals from 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and an optional fuel heater was offered to keep the diesel from waxing in cold weather; paradoxically, the fuel heater didn't seem to be designed with cold weather use in mind. A water separator was fi tted in the fuel tank along with a sensor that illuminated a dashboard light when more than three gallons of water were in the tank. Starting in 1982, GM offered a transversely mounted 4.3-liter V6 diesel with 85 horsepower in a number of new front-drive intermediates. 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Gathering speed gracefully As one would expect of a 3,500- to 4,000-plus pound car with 105 horsepower, the cars don't so much accelerate as gather speed gracefully, like a Citroën DS19 with a plug wire removed. Zero to 60 times rest in the high teens, with quarter-mile speeds around 65 mph. If you can deal with that, diesels can keep up with modern traffi c and cruise comfortably at 70 mph. Car and Driver's test of the diesel-powered 1980 Cadillac Seville observed: “At 70 mph the diesel would just as soon go home and put up its feet rather than produce another 10 mph.” Editor David E. Davis sniped, “If the Seville is the answer, obviously misunderstood the question.” But consumers were still jumpy about gas short ages and bought roughly 400,000 of the cackling engines in 1981—their best year. The trade-off for power was economy. Owners reported mileage in the low- to mid 20s, higher for fans of the 55 mph speed limit. Coupled with the 27-gallon tank on the large cars, 600 miles between fi ll-ups was possible. Prices follow brand hierarchy Typical diesel-powered GM prices range from $500 to $3,000, depending on mileage and condition—about double what they were a few years ago. Prices follow GM's brand hierarchy: Cadillacs are the most costly, followed by Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and Chevrolets. No matter the brand, exceptional low-mileage vehicles can command $5,000 or more To avoid involuntary commitment papers, buyers should beware of head gasket and over heating issues; a car with such signs had better come with a replacement engine. Many cars received updated DX engines in the 1980s; a sticker on the valve cove will indicate if the engine is a GM Goodwrench replacement. In general, post-'81 car are more reliable, easier to maintain, and more likely to have survived. Expect to see black smoke at start-up and under full-throttle acceleration, but none at warm idle. GM diesels appeal to contrarians, and the ideal Oldsmobile diesel buyer has an in- stant two-fer—the most defunct model of a defunct brand. Noted GM diesel expert and 350Diesel forum founder Chris Richert sums up the ownership experience perfectly. “When you own an Olds diesel, you are alone in an entirely different dimension.” Seeing one on the road today, amidst the current rebirth of diesel interest makes one 20-Year Picture want to paraphrase the Rick Cole collector car slogan thusly: “You can never pay too much for an Oldsmobile diesel, you can only buy too soon.” And anytime before 2058 may be much too soon. ♦ 1980–85 Mercedes-Benz 300D $15,000 $12,000 $9,000 $6,000 $3,000 1981–83 Mercedes-Benz 240D 1980–85 Cadillac Seville 1988 1993 1998 2003 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 2008 33 2007


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Legal Files John Draneas When Title Tricks Won't Wash California extradited the Titles Unlimited president from Alabama. He was convicted and spent a year in jail S ay you hit the proverbial collector car lottery and find a 1957 Porsche Speedster that has been sitting in a barn for 40 years. The only problem is that the farmer lost the title 38 years ago. Like most states, your DMV purged its records after the car went unregistered for five years, and it can't issue a replacement title. Now what? In many states, you can title the car with an affidavit from the owner that explains the situation. The DMV will verify the VIN on the car is the same as on the affidavit and that it is not on the stolen car list, and you're home free. If that won't work, you can use the services of a car title service. Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arizona Car title services are found in the “no-title” states, which don't issue certificates of title on older cars and simply register them if they see a bill of sale. The most popular locations, likely because of the very small number of questions that they ask, are Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana, with Arizona being the newest up-and-comer. The procedure is pretty simple. First, you give the title service a bill of sale, trans- ferring the car to them. Second, they take that to their local DMV. No need to inspect the car or the VIN; just pay the modest fee and DMV gives them a “certificate of registration” confirming that they own your car. Third, they give you the certificate along with a bill of sale transferring the car back to you. Last, you take those documents to your state DMV. Generally through a visual inspection, they verify that the VIN on the car is the same as on the certificate and not on the stolen list and—voila!—you get your own certificate of title, registration, and license plates. Typical title service cost is about $235, and it's all perfectly legal. This is called “title washing,” but so far we've been honest. Let's change that and consider your basic scam artist who takes a $25,000 'Cuda with a 340, adds a rebuilt Hemi motor, and then restamps the block and VIN to match a real Hemi car. After $235 for title services, he has a “matching-numbers, factory-original Hemi 'Cuda with verifying title” that he can sell to you for very big bucks. Replica cars, genuine problems California Deputy Attorney General Robert Morgester, who prosecutes title wash- ing cases, says the biggest problem areas are replica cars and hot rods. He gives two examples. Say you buy a new rolling chassis from a Cobra replica manufacturer, a drivetrain from elsewhere, and put it all together for a total cost of about $65,000. Or, you buy a '32 Ford hot rod with modern, high-horsepower running gear for $50,000 from a shop that built one from scratch, using all new parts ordered from catalogs. Neither car was produced by an actual car manufacturer, so the only way to title them is as Special Constructed Vehicles (SCV). That's easy, but the tough part is passing emissions testing. According to Morgester, historically there have been three ways to do that in California: 1. Meet the emissions requirements for the year in which the SCV is first registered; so for a car built this year, that would be the 2008 regulations. 2. Use the SB100 program, which allows up to 500 SCVs per year to be treated as having been built in the year in which they replicate; in our examples, 1965 and 1932. 3. Meet the rules for the year the engine replicates. So if you are using a new engine that is built to 1965 standards, you would have to meet 1965 regulations, which is to say, none. 34 But Morgester says that things have changed. Using the year the engine replicates was recently determined to be contrary to California law. Anything already titled under that approach is grandfathered, but no more can be titled that way. The SB100 option used to be quite viable. But once the word spread that Morgester was prosecuting these cases, the 500 annual SB100 slots started disappearing within six hours after becoming available; they are distributed on a first come, first served basis. The first approach, meeting current smog rules, is the only one that is freely available for most people, and it's the tough one. Sales price lies motivate investigators Back to the $235 title service option. Run the car through an Alabama title as a 1965 or 1932 Ford, and California DMV will have to give full faith and credit to the other state's title determinations and issue a California title. They will only verify that the VIN on the car matches the VIN on the title, not that it matches any VIN actually assigned by Ford. Without a national VIN database, they have no practical way to do that. Emissions testing? No problem. Cars from 1932 and 1965 are exempt. If that was all, Morgester and the state wouldn't get that excited. But, Morgester says, “Most people who lie about the origin and vintage of the car to get around emissions testing don't stop there. They also lie about what they paid for the car [saying it cost much less than it actually did]. That costs the state of California very serious money, because the annual registration fees are based upon the value of the car.” Morgester estimates there are about 70,000 illegally titled cars in California, representing a revenue loss of about one-third of a billion dollars in sales tax and registration fees. Big fish fried Titles Unlimited, out of Alabama, was very active in processing titles—a valuable service. But it was charged with knowingly assisting customers in understating the values of the cars and their years of manufacture—a bad, in fact illegal, activity. (For instance, kit cars were purchased for $40,000–$60,000, yet were usually registered as older Fords with a value of just $5,000.) Morgester says their customer list read like a Who's Who of specialty collector car auction houses and dealers. He had the Titles Unlimited president extradited from Alabama to stand trial in California and won a conviction. The president ended up spending a year in jail. 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Morgester also prosecuted Boyd Coddington, who he says was really pretty straight up. He built a couple of cars from scratch that he titled through a title service, but he didn't register either of them, and they went out of state. As a result, California really didn't lose any revenue. When confronted with the situation, Coddington was honestly unaware that he had done anything wrong, and thought this was “just the way that it was normally done.” Consequently, Coddington was able to plead guilty to a misdemeanor to resolve the matter. Small fish fried too The small fish are pretty easy to fry. Morgester works with trained DMV staff and California Highway Patrol officers who are on the lookout for these cars. Morgester explains, “Say our replica Cobra gets stopped for a traffic ticket. The registration says it's a '65 Ford, but you know right away that it can't be real. After all, the guy's driving it on the street! Or, the '32 Ford gets stopped. The officer knows it isn't original, because an original '32 frame couldn't possibly hold up that big V8 hot rod motor. So the officer asks how the owner got it registered. Most people fumble a bit, and then readily admit exactly what happened.” Bingo. Title cancelled, forced to pay up all the registration fees that have been avoided, penalized with fines, and left with a car that you can't drive anymore. Morgester has sympathy for those who buy these cars from others and are unaware of the title problems. Their titles still get cancelled, and they can't drive the car on the street without meeting the rules. That leaves them with a pretty worthless investment in the car. But sympathy is as far as it goes. California rules are spreading If you're going to buy a replica or custom-built car, check the title carefully. If it's registered as an SCV, make sure it will properly meet emissions requirements, and that it can be titled in your state without difficulty. If it's registered as the model and vintage of car it replicates, be aware that it probably has an illegal title and registration. Don't think you're okay because you don't live in California. Morgester has been contacted by several of his counterparts in other states who asked for advice about how they could do the same thing. If authenticity is important, don't rely on the title. Try to trace the car's title history; just keep in mind that Carfax and similar services aren't much use for collector cars due to their age. If you see one of the no-title states in the car's pedigree, be suspicious. The car isn't necessarily a bad car; the barn find Speedster example above illustrates how a title service company can provide a very useful, legitimate service. But they can also be used to perpetrate frauds. Since you can't rely on the title, properly authenti- cating the car means going back to factory records. Documentation from the factory (such as Porsche Certificates of Authenticity), or from organizations such as the Shelby Registry or Pontiac Historic Services, can be invaluable. However, take the extra step to procure them directly from those sources, as there have been cases of counterfeit or altered documents. Also, know that many manufacturers place duplicate VINs in hidden locations in their cars. Learn where those are, and how to check them. In Oregon, for instance, you can take your car to a local Highway Patrol office and ask for a VIN inspection. In the end, if you use a title company for legal pur- poses—to establish ownership of a barn-find with no title, for instance—you are fine. But if you use the service to attempt to cheat the state out of its registration fees or sales tax, or to avoid meeting emission requirements, you could find yourself with no title, no registration, no car, and possibly behind bars. That doesn't sound like a very good deal to me. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. April 2008 35


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Collecting Thoughts From the Desert A French Line on the Arizona Auctions She looks toward me smiling and whispers, “We just bought the $1.76m Rondine.” This week has definitely been extraordinary by Jérôme Hardy Not exactly the Champs-Élysées S 36 unday, January 20, 2008, 11:30 am. Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ—Flight 1434 to Newark, New Jersey, is loading its passengers. My seat is A18, a window. I am returning to Paris, still overwhelmed by the intense five days I've just spent at the Arizona auctions. My current issue of SCM lies on my tray table. A smiling lady squeezes past passengers, a Barrett-Jackson catalog firmly in hand and filled with page markers. I say, “So, what did you buy?” She settles down, stuffs the catalog in the seat-back pocket, clicks her seatbelt, looks toward me still smiling and whispers with the tone of a little girl enjoying a good joke, “We just bought the Rondine for $1.76 million.” This week has definitely been extraordinary. Three reasons to go to Arizona My decision to head for Arizona in January was driven by three objectives: 1. To get some sun. While Paris is a beautiful city, in the winter it is wet, cold, and foggy—usually through April. 2. To have some fun. Old cars have been my close companions for a very long time, and 2,500 of them awaited me in Phoenix. 3. To meet some SCMers. I had never met any of the SCM crew, although I had begun to do some auction reporting. My Wednesday-through-Saturday agenda was busy, to put it mildly: Barrett-Jackson on Wednesday, Gooding and RM on Thursday, Russo and Steele and Silver on Friday, Barrett-Jackson on Saturday. It proved more than a full plate, and I never did make it to RM. While the temperature stayed chilly, every day was bright and sunny. Memo to self: Sunscreen next time. I particularly enjoyed the Silver Auction and would recommend that to any newcomer—especially a for- Sports Car Market


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eigner. It's 45 minutes from Phoenix, out in the desert at the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino, a complex lost in an arid valley and complete with rattlesnakes and helmet-less Harley-Davidson riders on the highway. Detroit iron glitters in the sun More than 400 predominantly Detroit iron auto- mobiles glittered in the sun, from a 1932 Chevrolet coupe to the 1980 Pontiac Trans Am with its Screaming Eagle (Chicken?) on the hood, along with dozens of Fords, Cadillacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles, and much live American Graffiti. Most were restored or in amazingly good original condition, and it's up to you to examine them (I couldn't find a catalog, anyway). Under the auction tent, each car rumbled up the ramp to the auction stage, sometimes with frightening unmuffled exhausts, trailing behind the smoke and smell of burnt oil and gas. This 90-second exercise led most cars to a new owner—for an average of $22,000. Many buyers who looked like average American car enthusiasts were obviously planning on driving their new toy home. Beer and hamburgers kept everyone going and the auction was friendly and effective. A regular credit card was enough to become an au- thorized bidder, and people talk to you as though you are old buddies. Perhaps best of all, I got to see a condition 2+ 1955 DeSoto Fireflite sedan in black and pink with a 331-ci Hemi and factory a/c sell for only $17,000. This year, Silver hit $6.7 million in sales, a 40% increase over 2007. Meanwhile in downtown Scottsdale, you could walk to Gooding & Company's luxury tents from an upscale shopping center. A charming hostess handed you a 200page glossy catalog on your arrival and 71 automobiles Bargain collectibles at Silver were carefully arranged under the heated tent in a collection that offered something for everyone, provided they had money: 1959 Ferrari 250 LWB California Spyder, 1936 Duesenberg Clear Vision Sedan, 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX. Real-time expertise is available The catering corner offered a delicious menu and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 at which to gaze. Real-time car expertise was on hand as David Gooding introduced some of the star cars during a one-hour tour for SCM Platinum subscribers. He gave great insight into many of the cars on hand, like the 1955 Mercedes 300SL and how its reputation as a hot-running car was no different than any closed coupe of the era, why the 1964 289 Cobra is a blast to drive, and why the 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica coupe is probably a better value than a 275 GTB because of its rarity. In the background I overheard languages such as Dutch, German, and several Asian dialects, hitting home for me just how international this inaugural sale was. When all was said and done, Gooding sold 64 cars for $21 million at an average of nearly $330,000 in its first Arizona auction. What made the experience so American for a foreigner was the rare-in-Europe combination of faultless professionalism with the relaxed attitude of the “car-guy-next-door.” Russo and Steele featured 500 American muscle cars and foreign exotics, plus a seminar that gave a more “mature industry” flavor to the event. SCM's Publisher Keith Martin emceed the two-hour seminar with six Corvette experts, each discussing the future of the Corvette market with 200 collectors anxious to discover whether they should buy, hold, or sell. Russo and Steele sold close to 300 cars for an average of $64,000. If you're looking for American values, Barrett-Jackson demonstrated two: Think Big and Showbiz. In six long days, B-J sold 1,135 cars from three tents the size of a stadium. More than 2,000 employees handled 250,000 visitors, Speed Channel provided full-time coverage, the auction stage was the size of a music hall, and 30 auctioneers and helpers toiled non-stop from 9 am to 9 pm. Dozens of electrical devices abounded—speakers, cameras, computers, flashes. Advertisers, retailers, and sponsors could be found at every turn, showbiz guest stars popped in to hawk their cars, and a 31-ton, 40-foot tall mechanical Tyrannosaurus Rex sold for $632,500, while 40,000 cars filled parking lots stretching to the horizon. As I doze in seat A18, I realize how lucky I have been. I enjoyed sun, fun, and many SCMers. I also took note of just how professional the collector car market has become, with some companies targeting specific niches—and doing quite well at it. The analysis of automobiles is becoming more scientific, and the general public more educated. Meanwhile, a smiling lady just bought an exceptional automobile that she David Gooding leads SCM Platinum members on a personal tour feels really good about. Our hobby has a bright future. ♦ April 2008 37


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Collecting Thoughts Emerging Markets Old Timer Show Moscow I am the guy who always sees his glass as at least half full, but perhaps that is because someone is always there to refill it by Raymond Milo rally cars, as well as a coachbuilt Volga cabriolet—the socialist Buick Skylark—likely meant for some highranking party member to cruise the Black Sea Riviera. The most fascinating was a bulletproof ZIS 115, which once occupied a spot in Stalin's personal stable. The ZIS is basically a metric copy of the early 1940s straight8 Packard, but this bulletproof version was something else, with glass three inches thick. I was told that the car had a dry weight of 10,500 lbs, and that the engine was hopped up to give 180 horses; but then again, Stalin never had to hurry. The car belonged to Technical Auto Museum, an in- Stalin's ZIS, all four tons of it W hen a reporter asked legendary bank robber and escape artist Willie Sutton why he robbed the banks, he replied, shaking his head, “Because that's where the money is.” I am a firm believer that new markets are emerging in our hobby and Russia is one of the more promising ones. At least, there seems to be money there. I have sold a few cars through a Moscow colleague, Andrey Paymushin, and increasingly got the itch to go there and find new clients. My golden opportunity came last October when Paymushin invited me to an Old Timer show—sort of a mini Rétromobile—at the end of that month. After two days in Paris and a moderately unpleasant Air France flight (they all are), Paymushin's friend picked me up at the airport. An unforgettable ride through Moscow traffic (Manhattan cab drivers have nothing on these guys) led to my hotel, a Marriott property ranking third from the top in their chain. The price made me long for the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia—think $735 a night. And dinner? I paid $700 for a notextravagant meal for three, and I can tell you we weren't drinking good French wine. Next morning, Paymushin and I went to a shopping mall the size of Rhode Island, where about 80 cars sat neatly arranged in a large hall. Though my Russian is still the equivalent of a parts car, my plan seemed foolproof: I would go to a stand and with Paymushin's help introduce myself to the owners, and let my charm and admiration for their exhibit do the rest. It's a simple process, and one I've employed to good effect in the past. But this was Russia, the new market, and the car owners were nowhere to be found. Instead, standing guard around almost every car were four to six burly men whose body language made clear they were not to be charmed. I am the guy who always sees his glass as at least half full, but perhaps that is because someone is always there to refill it. In any case, I decided to just see the exhibit and enjoy it. And what an eclectic array it was, ranging from a WWI-vintage Itala to magnificent pre-war Packards. There was a lonely 4½-Liter Bentley and sprinkling of late 1930s Harleys—all military versions sent to Stalin to be used against the Nazis. Russian cars stole the show. Snicker if you will, but Russia is doing its best to preserve its automotive heritage. On display were several championship Lada race and teresting complex owned and efficiently run by Vadim Zadoroznij, one of my clients. He was kind enough to invite me to see his imaginative complex, which contained not only the museum, but two floors of office space, a restaurant, and a restoration facility. The museum is an intelligent and inspired work in progress, filled mostly with pre-war Alfas, Delahayes, and Delages. While I have seen better, these are nothing to be ashamed of. The most fascinating part of the complex was the restoration facility. We have nothing to teach them, and could even learn a few things. The Russians have not been infected by the dreaded Pebbleus Beachus virus; they restore their cars to “as good as new” condition. Bravo. I came home to California with no new clients, no new cars, and no real prospects for either. But the trip was successful. This hobby has taken me many places to see many cars, but despite my thwarted attempts to win them over with my charm, I remain convinced the collector car market in Russia is on its way to booming. I look forward to going back. ♦ Old Timer show featured several rarities 38 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica 5029 SA is to me the most beautiful Superamerica, a Coupé Aerodynamico with covered headlights by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1960–64 Number produced: 47 Original list price: $17,800 SCM Valuation: $600,000–$1,200,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1954–57 Mercedes 300SL coupe, 1955–57 Pegaso Panoramica Touring coupe, 1955–58 Bentley S1 Continental fastback SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 5029SA T he 400 Superamerica was launched in 1959. It featured a Colombo V12 displacing 3,967 cc and also boasted disc brakes, a first for Ferrari's road cars. Over the course of a five-year “production” run, only 47 cars in two series (short- and long-wheelbase) were constructed. These were very much bespoke automobiles, built to order. The demanding clientele at whom the 400 Superamerica was aimed had a wide choice of finishing details on their cars. No two Superamericas are exactly the same, and variations are both small and large. The appeal of the fabulous cars brought owners ranging from Nelson Rockefeller to Aga Khan, Gianni Agnelli to Enzo Ferrari himself. 5029 SA is among the rarest examples of the Ferrari 400 Superamerica, the Series II long-wheelbase, covered-headlight Coupe Aerodynamico. Delivered new in Italy, it was finished in elegant Grigio Argento (silver gray) with a red leather interior. By the early 1980s, this Superamerica had come to the U.S. and was painted dark blue with black. In 1998, 5029 SA was sold in Switzerland, and shortly thereafter a full restoration was carried out by some of the most respected European specialists. This included bodywork by Carrozzeria Zanasi in Maranello, Italy, while Tappezzeria Luppi in Modena retrimmed the interior. Mechanicals were handled in Nyon, Switzerland, by Ferrari (Suisse) SA. Work was completed on the restoration in 2002. Returned to its original colors of silver gray and red 40 leather seats, 5029 SA was exercised the way powerful, capable cars such as this should be, successfully completing the Coppa Milano-Sanremo rally in 2004. It was sold at auction in December of 2005 to the present owner. The Superamerica is ultra-rare, very expensive, very fast, and built for a demanding and exclusive clientele. The low grille opening, covered headlights, and long sloping rear deck combine with the double curvature of the windshield and rear window to give the car a taut, muscular look in keeping with its performance capability. Inside, the lavish interior and thickly bolstered seats coddle the passengers in sumptuous Italian hides fit, quite literally, for a king. 5029 SA is in superb condition. It is the desirable long-wheelbase Series II configuration, which provides more interior comfort and legroom—a welcome improvement on tours and rallies. It is equipped with the original number-matching engine. A proven performer in vintage rallying, this 400 Superamerica will now, as when new, put its new possessor into a very select group of people and provide a sublimely memorable ownership experience. SCM Analysis This car was sold at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2008, for $1,320,000. Stop ten Americans on the street and ask them what bespoke means and there's a good chance none of them will have the right answer. It means to have something 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Lot# 168, s/n 3949 Condition 3+ Sold at $432,000 Barrett-Jackson, Los Angeles, CA, 6/21/2003 SCM# 31459 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Lot# 55, s/n 4271SA Condition 3+ Sold at $341,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2003 SCM# 30535 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Lot# 162, s/n 3931SA Condition 3 Sold at 363,000 RM, Monterey CA, 8/16/2002 SCM# 28847 Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding & Company


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made according to the specifications of the individual. The concept is uniquely European, as bespoke is generally associated with the kind of luxury items that royalty or an upper class European would commission. Custom-made shoes or a Savile Row suit are bespoke; a chocolate cake from Safeway decorated with “Happy Birthday Bob” is not. There was a time when the finest manufacturers built bespoke automobiles. The Ferrari Superamerica is one of those cars. In the late 1940s and early '50s, while Europe was still recovering from World War II, raw materials, fuel, and cash were scarce, yet Enzo Ferrari sensed there was a market for a high-powered GT. Introduced in 1950, the 340 America was the first attempt to put a powerful Lampredi V12 engine in a Ferrari GT. The name “America” was intended to associate the car with America's “bigger is better” culture, as well as to make Americans aware of this new Italian marque. Powered by Ferrari's legendary Lampredi engines and dressed in an assortment of beautiful bodies from Italy's most talented carrozzerias, the 340 and the subsequent 342 and 375 Americas were smash hits in high-end exotic car impact, if not numbers. Although only about 40 of the Americas were built, their influence was instrumental in establishing Ferrari's success. Great discretion in coachwork, features, and trim By the mid '50s, Ferrari's 250 series had changed the company from a manufac- turer of short runs of rapidly evolving models to a series-production-based manufacturer. Enzo Ferrari again sensed it was time to move up-market, this time with a bespoke GT model for his most affluent and demanding customers. The new car would use a common chassis and drivetrain, but would allow the client great discretion in the choice of coachwork, features, and tune. The model would be a step up from the previous “America” and was aptly named the Superamerica. In 1956, the 410 Superamerica was introduced. Following the “more power is better” theme of the prior “Americas,” the 410 Superamerica featured a near-5liter Lampredi V12 and was offered in tuning levels up to 400 horsepower. The 410 Superamerica lived up to its billing by reportedly being able to spin the rear wheels in third gear. The 35 or so examples were produced in vastly different configurations as both coupes and cabriolets, as well as in long- and short-wheelbase models. No two 410 Superamericas were exactly alike. The 400 Superamerica followed the 410 and while a formidable automobile, it probably fell short of the 410. By 1959, when the 400 Superamerica was introduced, Ferrari had refined the Colombo-designed V12 as a reliable and less expensive alternative to the Lampredi, and a 4-liter version of the Colombo engine was developed for the 400 Superamerica. The new V12 was rated at 340 horsepower, a disappointing 60 less than the most powerful 410 engine. While the powerplant may have been a step backwards, the coachwork options continued to impress. Ferrari's 47 or so 400 Superamerica customers commissioned an impressive array of coupe and cabriolet models in both LWB and SWB variations. Four show cars called Superfast I, II, III, and IV were built during the 410/400 Superamerica's production. They are identified by their Superfast chassis number; however, they feature Superamerica mechanicals and are part of the Superamerica family. Nineteen sixty-four marked the introduction of the newest car to the “America” series. It was named to align it to the Superfast show cars and was called the 500 Superfast. It followed the ultra-premium “America” theme but only offered one engine and body configuration. Thirty-six 500 Superfasts were produced, and although they all differed in some detail, they were quite similar in their essentials. An astonishing double price over 2005 In 1963, the “America” name would be used again, this time as life support for an aging 250 GTE. The last 50 250 GTEs were fitted with larger 330 engines and called 330 Americas. The Superamerica name would be recycled in 2005 for a new car, this time tied to a slick open-top option used to coax a few more sales from an aging 575 Maranello. However, aside from the name, this model had no meaningful ties to the earlier model. 5029SA is to me the most beautiful of all the Superamerica's variations—a Coupé April 2008 Skeets Dunn, via email: I have owned many Superamericas over the past 25 years, including several 410s in both LWB and SWB form. Many have gone to the lawn at Pebble Beach. At one time I owned all three examples—a 410 SWB (s/n 0713SA), 400 SWB (s/n 2841), and a 500 Superfast (s/n 5981)—and once took them on test drives all in the same day. The powerful 410 in short wheelbase is a much nicer car to drive than the long-wheelbase example, but still very truck-like in its handling. The 500 SF was the most powerful of the series, developing 400 hp, but it only came in long wheelbase. It was okay when the roads got twisty, but it always seemed too large a car. On the open road, however, there were few cars of the era that could match its performance and ride quality at speed. The 400 SA in short wheelbase was my favorite, with very light steer- ing, good suspension (with Koni versus Houdaille shocks), and a fantastic engine. It seemed nearly perfect in all respects. The styling, particularly at the rear of the car, represents extraordinary design and elegance. Even today, 45 years on, nothing compares. Quite frankly, it is a piece of moving art.♦ 41 Aerodynamico with covered headlights. The car is the third from last one built, which means it also sits on the preferred long-wheelbase chassis, and it was described as having been extensively restored and presented in excellent condition. SCM's Auction Database shows 5029SA was sold in 2005 for $561,000, which then eclipsed a high estimate of $465,000. This time it brought an astounding double what it sold for in 2005. The sale even topped what I would have expected for one of the rare 400 Superamerica cabriolets. The high-end Ferrari market is red hot, and I can't help wondering if the music's going to stop. This was a highly desirable variant of an important Ferrari and today the price was right, but I wouldn't put any bets on it selling for a higher amount two years from now. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Seat Time


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Crunching Ferrari's Global Numbers Late-model sales almost match new car sales, which is why Ferrari works hard on its warranty-supported used-car program 2006 599 GTB Fiorano, a small piece of Ferrari's worldwide cake D ecades ago, when negotiating with bankers for our first seven-figure credit line, I was asked, “What is the annual global Ferrari market, in both dollars and cars?” While I've long since forgotten the figures for that period, it was an interesting exercise to calculate then, as it is today. We start by breaking Ferrari sales into two catego- ries, first the primary or “new car” market, controlled by Ferrari SpA through their allocations to dealers worldwide. For 2007, that number was about 6,400 new cars worldwide. We'll use an average of the list prices, excluding the $100,000 premium attached to the 599s, and not get into the vagaries of currency exchange rates or the insane import taxes attached to some cars, such as the 105% import and luxury taxes on a new Ferrari sold into Brazil or the 85% into China. That averages out the 430/612/599 cars at close to $300,000 each for gross annual new Ferrari sales of about $1,920,000,000 per year. Having guesstimated $1.92 billion for 2007, an Internet search found that Ferrari SpA reported sales of €1.289 billion ($1.87 billion) for 2005 and €1.447 ($2.1 billion) for 2006, reflecting the weak dollar and adding in the sale of current competition cars and what Ferrari calls its “brand development activities” (accessories and memorabilia). A more accurate number, when figuring in the hot-selling and high-priced 599 and an ever-weaker dollar, will almost certainly be close to $2.5 billion. Used car market much harder to calculate The waters muddy as we attempt to calculate the an- nual dollar and transaction count in the secondary or “used car” markets, consisting of everything from the 166 series up to the “used” 599 market. Because the rich can and do trade late-model Ferraris on a whim, there are hundreds of 360s, 430s, 612s, and 599s for sale at any time in every major market. We start 42 with authorized Ferrari dealers, which normally sell about two used Ferraris for every new one. In the U.K. that figure jumps closer to three used for every one new, while in China there is virtually no secondary market, as the nouveau-riche Chinese don't want to “lose face” driving somebody else's old car. While the figures obviously vary widely from dealer to dealer and from country to country, that's about 12,000 or so of the more “modern” Ferraris sold annually through the dealer network. We will further define “modern” as the “di Montezemolo era” 355/360/430/456/612/599 market. Again, we have to put an arbitrary value on these cars, averaging out the $400,000 price for a “used” 599 versus $75,000 for a driver 355, guesstimating at $200,000 per car for a total world dollar volume in the $2.4 billion-range. Machiavellian marketing With gross sales from the late-model used Ferrari market through authorized deal- ers in the same range as new car sales, it's obvious why Ferrari has worked hard to implement its warranty-supported used-car program for these late-model Ferraris. It's a major cash-flow bonus for new Ferrari dealers. Indeed, as far back as 1992, when Gian Luigi Buitoni became the president of Ferrari North America, the corporate mandate has been that Ferrari, through its dealers worldwide, should control anything and everything Ferrari, eliminating the independent dealers and service and restoration shops, to be replaced by well-run dealer facilities. Reality is that there is an inverse new-to-used relationship for those lucky (and “connected”) dealers who get 50-plus new Ferraris per year, as their new car sales more than cover their overhead, making the used-car business a hobby. Regardless of Ferrari's “master plan,” it is estimated that about 3,000 or so of the 355/360/430/456/550/575/612/599 cars are sold or brokered through independents and owners, rather than dealers. Let's assume these average $150,000 or so, for a sales total in the $450 million-range. Post-Fiat 1974–95 cars change hands less often We next calculate the post-Fiat, pre-di Montezemolo Ferraris, starting with the 3,500 or so 208 and 308 GT4s built and then adding in every Ferrari from the 365 BB and 365 GT4 2+2, starting with a s/n range of about 17000 up to the first 355 with a s/n in the 98000-range. To complicate the formula, prior to s/n 75000, almost all production Ferraris had only the odd serial numbers, but after s/n 75000 Ferrari used every digit, so figure about 32,500 Ferraris up to s/n 75000 and another 23,000 up to Sports Car Market


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s/n 98000. That's more or less 55,000 Ferraris built from 1974-ish to 1995. In speaking with other dealers worldwide, it's gener- ally given that these Ferraris trade hands less often than the 360/430/612/599 models, so we will assume that 10% of these cars are for sale at any given time—with 15% changing hands annually—through independent dealers, brokers, and owner-sellers. Factor a driver 308 GT4 at $25,000 up to an ultra-clean 512 M at $175,000. That's an average of about $60,000 per car, spread over about 8,000 Ferraris, for an average annual market turnover of somewhere near $480 million. Many in long-term hands and trade quietly As for the 250 series and other vintage street Ferraris, up to and including the Daytonas and Dinos, figure a total of about 8,500 V12 cars and 3,700 Dinos were built, for a total of about 12,000 cars. Many of these cars are in long-term hands and usually only trade quietly through a network of well-connected brokers. Assume 5% to 10% are for sale at any given time and that 10%, or 1,200 cars, change hands annually. Price? You've got a bunch of $90,000 330 2+2s up to a few Daytona Spyder sales around $1,250,000. The number of cars sold drops dramatically as the price goes up, because very few are worth two commas. But the average price you need to pay for any classic Ferrari would have to be $300,000–$400,000. Average that to $350,000 over 1,200 cars and you get $420 million annually. Last but not least are the supercars, the dream cars that rarely change hands but usually make headlines when they do. Factor in 200 or so coachbuilt 410s and the Global Ferrari Market Model New: 430/612/599 Late-Model Used: 355/360/430/456/612/599 Factory Dealer Independent Post-Fiat Used: 308/328/400/BB/TR Vintage street: 250/275/330/Dino/Daytona Dream cars: Superamerica/SWB/333 SP Total No. Sold 6,400 Sales Total $2,500,000,000 12,000+ $2,400,000,000 3,000 8,000 1,200 150 30,000+ $450,000,000 $480,000,000 $420,000,000 $375,000,000 $6,625,000,000 like, with another 800 or so competition and dual-purpose GTs, including cars like the 166 Barchetta, 250 SWB, 512 M, up to the 333 SP. Figure that 15% might have changed hands in the super-hot market of 2007, and we have 150 cars trading hands at some number averaged out to nearly $2.5 million each, for a total of about $375 million. Global total is an eye-opener In summary, we have 6,400 new Ferraris at about $2.5 billion, another 15,000 or so late-model used Ferraris for $2.85 billion, add in about 8,000 post-Fiat 308s, 400s and BBs, up to the last TRs, for some number close to $480 million, another 1,200 production 250–365 GTB/4s at $420 million, and last but not least, 150 or so dream cars at a final $375 million. Add it all up, and you get an estimate of 30,000 Ferraris changing hands annually, out of a total production, to date, of 130,000 Ferraris built, or, as expected, between 20% and 25% of the total production. And that equates to gross revenues of about $6.625 billion. Impressive numbers, and proof that the path Enzo cut decades ago—race on Sunday, sell worldwide on Monday—has worked so well for all these years and still fuels the phenomenal growth outlined above. ♦ Can't stop thinking about her? Itching to turn the key and hear that roar? Has it become an obsession? And, have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, you have a problem? We don't think so... You're just like us! As “car people” ourselves, GrundyWorldwide understands how important your car is to you. And, with such a special car, we know that you have special needs. Our Agreed Value policies include UnlimitedMileage, Trip Interruption, Auto Show Medical Reimbursement, Towing and Labor Expenses, Spare Parts and Inflation Guard. WORLDWIDE Call for a fast, accurate quote: 800-338-4005 or log on towww.grundy.com April 2008 400 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044 43


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English Profile 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Tourer by Vanden Plas I'd put this price down to the mystique of an auction and congratulate the owner on courage worthy of a Bentley Boy by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1927–31 Number produced: 667 approx. Original list price: $4,775–$5,200 (chassis only) SCM Valuation: $200,000 (bitsa)– $1,250,000 (matching numbers) Tune-up cost: $2,000 Distributor cap: $300 Chassis #: Front chassis crossmember and left front dumb iron knuckle Engine #: Left side of crank on starter motor housing Club: Bentley Drivers Club, Ironstone Lane, Wroxton, Oxfordshire OX15 6ED, UK More: www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1911–22 Vauxhall 30/98, 1927–33 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport, 1931–35 Invicta S-type Low Chassis Comps Chassis number: XF3505 W alter Owen Bentley's automotive efforts were directed from the outset toward sporting motor cars, and the initial 4-cylinder, 3-liter models proved lively until burdened with saloon bodies. Bentley's solution was to double displacement and horsepower to 6½ liters, but disappointing sales figures and steep production costs threatened the company's financial stability. Luckily, “Bentley Boy” Woolf Barnato purchased the company in 1926, and after a second victory at Le Mans in 1927, he introduced a sportier 4½-Liter available as a two-seat roadster, tourer, and refined saloon. With Barnato at the company's helm, Bentley scored two more wins at Le Mans and many at Brooklands. Like other exclusive automakers, Bentley offered custom coachwork. Freestone & Webb, Gurney Nutting, Vickers, and Vanden Plas all produced tourer bodies for Bentleys. Vanden Plas was also employed by Rolls-Royce, Daimler, Alvis, and Lagonda. A limited number of early Vanden Plas-bodied cars have survived, and Bentleys are among the most soughtafter. While approximately 665 4½-Liter Vanden Plas Bentleys were produced, it is believed that only six examples of the 4½ feature original tourer coachwork. Experts suggest that approximately half of these VdP Bentleys were assembled with cycle-type fenders, presumably placing this example among exclusive company. The Bentley 4½-Liter presented here was originally owned by A.F. Rollason in Great Britain before its purchase in the 1950s by Carl B. Seaman of Columbus, Ohio. Correspondence between Rollason and Seaman indicates that the car had retained its original Vanden Plas 44 body and was in “first class condition.” It was described as being of the Le Mans type, with a heavier chassis and underslung strengtheners, and the original engine had been overhauled. Seaman sold the car in 1961 to Robert H. Kimes, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio. Letters received by Kimes described the car as a “most desirable specimen” and he owned the car at least until 1978. More recently, XF3505 belonged to Frank Allocca of New Jersey. In the last three years—less than 1,000 miles ago—the car had an extensive overhaul. The car is presented in very original condition, from its engine and body panels to the upholstery and dash. The brightwork is very presentable, as is the black paint. Virtually every element is either period-correct or part of the car's storied past. Signs of road use are apparent, which is to be expected from an active tourer. This is one of the most extensively documented cars RM Auctions has ever offered, with paperwork dating back to the early 1950s. XF3505 is one of the rarest of all vintage automobiles, having never been restored. Simply sitting in the car gives you a sense of its past in such things as the lovely patina of the leather, the shiny spot worn by the arms of a dozen caring owners, and the smooth grip of the steering wheel. The engine bay is lovely and carries the soft slick glow of a well-oiled machine. SCM Analysis This Bentley 4½-Liter tourer was hammered sold for $880,000 at RM's “Automobiles of Arizona” auction on January 18, 2008. “If people had only been as enthusiastic about the car in its early days as they were about it as a historic relic, 1928 Bentley 4½-Liter tourer Lot# 222, s/n FT3205 Condition 2+ Sold at $296,334 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 8/31/2007 SCM# 46854 1931 Bentley 4½-Liter “Blower” boattail tourer Lot#112, s/n SM3916 Condition 3 Sold at $4,510,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 SCM# 46587 1929 Bentley 4½-Liter tourer Lot# 359, s/n DS3570 Condition 3 Sold at $289,000 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 6/22/2007 SCM# 45857 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Three main models Broadly speaking, Vintage Bentleys divide into three main models—early and almost dainty 3-Liters, flagship 6½s, and allrounder 4½s. Later came the luxury 8-Liter (which almost bankrupted the company) and finally the “last hurrah” 4-Liter (too little, too late), There were also “go faster” versions of the three main models—the “Red Label” 3-Liter Speed Model, the supercharged 4½(only 50 “Blowers” were made —against W.O.'s wishes—and they were as unreliable in racing as they have become legendary in history), and W.O. Bentley's own favorite, the high-performance 6½-Liter “Speed Six,” which would nudge the magic ton (100 mph) at a cost of $8,200 for the chassis alone. Add to these variants the availability of different chassis lengths, ad hoc factory updates, and a wide range of coachwork. Then factor in some eight decades (including WWII) since most were the success would have been unbounded,” remarked taciturn company founder W.O. Bentley to motoring journalist and former “Bentley Boy” Sammy Davis shortly before his death in 1971. Considering that the original Bentley company built just over 3,000 cars from 1922 until financial meltdown in 1931, W.O. would probably have appreciated the irony that over 75 years later, interest in this most British of brands is at an all-time high, boosted by the modern firm's slick marketing, which has made today's Volkswagen-derived all-wheeldrive behemoth a favorite of L.A. rappers and Russian…er, businessmen. Bentleys built before the take-over by rival Rolls-Royce in 1931 have long enjoyed a macho image based on exploits at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and no-nonsense engineering that owed much to W.O.'s railroad training. Hand-assembled by Brylcreemed men in brown work coats with cigarettes in the corner of their mouths, Bentleys were bought by well-heeled, plummy voiced gentlemen (and high spirited ladies) often in the inheritance business. Since a low point as $200 beaters for British university students in the 1950s, “Vintage” (i.e. pre-1931) Bentleys have become highly collectible, and examples grace the world's great car collections. Despite predictions that pre-war cars have “had their day” due to changing buyer demographics, interest and values continue to grow—highlighted by the sale of a supercharged Bentley 4½at last summer's Gooding auction for $4.5 million. April 2008 45 built, and you can see how no two Vintage Bentleys were created equal, and few today look as they did when they left the factory. Nowadays, most vintage Bentley owners like open-air motoring, but in the late 1920s, many buyers opted for closed bodies, the weight of which led to Bentley increasing engine sizes. Another irony is that the touring bodies so prized today were originally the cheapest. Countless saloons, coupes, and limousines were butchered (and occasionally still are) to create open “Le Mans Replica” bodies complete with Union Jack flags on the side, fold-flat windshield, and a large racing fuel tank at the rear. Provenance and sex appeal compete for the attention of collectors, and one fre


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English Profile Seat Time quently excludes the other. Much is made of originality, but when a prestigious German dealer recently offered an original 4½ long-fender Vanden Plas tourer and a racy, rebodied Le Mans Replica at almost the same price, guess which one sold first? Eyebrows raised at this sale The sale of RM's car for $880,000 has caused much comment in Vintage Bentley circles. Eyebrows have been raised and questions asked, as this figure is significantly above informed estimates, including that of its long-term collector owner, who sounded out experts before selling it just months before the auction. The supercharged catalog entry for the car suggests that perhaps the author didn't have all the facts at his disposal: “Experts further suggest” and “presumably placing this car” don't imply familiarity, while the claim that 665 Vanden Plas-bodied 4½-Liter Bentleys were built is unfair to the car. There were actually 667 4½ Liters of all types, of which only 204 were clothed by Vanden Plas (England), based in Kingsbury Works, Hendon. The heavier chassis referred to as “Le Mans-type” was standard on all 4½s from April 1929, and all normal (i.e. 10´ 10˝ wheelbase) cars had the underslung strengtheners. Dealing with other details, H. Aron, not Rollason, is recorded in Clare Hay's authoritative book as the first owner; Mr. Rollason is thought to have sold it from England to U.S. owner Carl Seaman. Finally, the suggestion that six genuine VdP tourers remain is wide of the mark; the real figure is closer to ten times this number, and this car started life with less racy long fenders (the retaining brackets are still in place) rather than the cycle type it has worn for many years. On the plus side, all the numbers on this car were cor- rect—chassis, engine, rear axle, and steering box. Most importantly of all, it is a genuine Vanden Plas-bodied tourer with a lovely patina (if ever a car looks better the more used it appears, it is the Vintage Bentley), and it has documented provenance. This price is not indicative of the market value for the model, nor does it represent a shift in preference away from Le Mans Replica-bodied 4½s toward untouched, original (if slightly tame) open tourers. I'd put this sale down to the mystique of an auction and congratulate the new South American owner on backing his good taste with courage worthy of a Bentley Boy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 46 Morrison exercises his Bentley, s/n RL3429 Roger Morrison, Salina, KS: The challenge and the pleasure of driving a 1929 4½ Bentley are in the controls—a 4-speed non-synchro gearbox, the throttle in the center with the brake on the right (at least the clutch is on the left), and an outside hand brake. Going up and down the gearbox with no nicks or simply a minor noise gives a feeling of real accomplishment. Considering the chassis was designed in 1919, the engine, with its four valves per cylinder, overhead cam, twin magnetos, and twin carburetors, may be a surprise to those who think multi-valve engines are something new. With adjustable shock absorbers, very good four-wheel brakes, and two turns lock to lock, it gives surprisingly good road holding on winding roads. I was fortunate to be on the judging team at Pebble Beach in 1985 when Bill Dobson earned First in Class with RL3429. He drove it at least 20,000 miles. Since acquiring it from him 20 years ago, I have driven it several thousand miles on events such as the Colorado Grand, NAVBM, and the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic. One of the benefits after a long day of driving is you do not have to put a quarter in the Magic Fingers bed in the motel. Your butt is still vibrating from the engine's 5½-inch stroke. ♦ Sports Car Market Norman's Martin Walter Coupe, s/n HB3405 Steve Norman, Edmonds, WA: We have had this 1929 Bentley 4½ Martin Walter coupe (Doctors coupe) since I took possession at the Kirkland Concours in 2004. In 2005, we drove the 4½ to Pebble Beach as part of the Al McEwan and Peter Hageman Coastal Tour and then took it on the RROC U.S.-Canada Cross-Border Tour of 2005 for a little over 1,200 miles. We ran the Copperstate in 2006. We entered the 2006 Copperstate, and it drove wonderfully for the first couple hundred miles until it died a quick death. We were told the oil getting to the main was blocked by a build-up of long-term crud. We had the engine rebuilt and discovered there was a crack in one of the valve seats. We determined the safest bet was a new block, and now with an increased compression ratio, the 4½ drives with more power than ever. Recently, we entered the 4½ into judging at the CCCA annual meeting in Bellevue, Washington. We received a 96.5, which was both good and very bad news. We had not had the car judged before, and since we have treated it as a touring car since we bought it, we entered it the Touring category. Apparently, in the Touring category you cannot get a score higher than 94 or something like that, and they disqualified us. Now we know. We look forward to driving the 4½ at the Vintage Bentley West Coast Tour this coming fall.


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English Patient Gary Anderson Healey Prices on Cruise Control Many cars sell for $60,000 to $75,000—about the cost to restore a solid original car, if you know what you're doing 1960 3000 Mk I BN7 sold for $40,700 at Russo and Steele W ith only one “Gee whiz, what-was-he-thinking? over-six-figures” AustinHealey sale price in Scottsdale in January and one fairly respectable car that sold for less than $25,000, some folks are asking whether the recent run-up in big Healey prices resembles the Jaguar and Ferrari bubbles of the late 1980s. To gain perspective on where they might be going, let's look at where Healey prices have been. As readers of this magazine, we can study the auction sales chronologically over the past ten years in the SCM Platinum Database. The system even shows us a graph of average sale prices by year. Historical perspective is a wonderful thing. Based on SCM data, my conclusion is that there hasn't been a bubble in prices, and we're not in for a meltdown. In the late 1990s, a very nice Healey could be had for about $25,000; auction prices were pretty much the same as private market prices. At those levels, auction prices didn't pay for the cost of good restoration work. However, if you did some of the work yourself, factored in the enjoyment of ownership, and kept the car for a few years before selling it, you wouldn't feel cheated by selling at what the auction markets were offering. Wilson and Tanner raised the bar But soon after we stopped worrying about Y2K, things started to change. A few good restorers like John Wilson and Kurt Tanner restored some Healeys on spec and took them to Scottsdale and Monterey for sale. Doing obviously high-quality restoration work on cars that were in good shape before they began, they were able to sell their work for unprecedented prices ($30,000–$40,000), and everyone wondered if 48 those Healeys were overpriced. Even with these examples, a fair number of Healeys were still coming to auction in middling condition, so average prices stayed just below the $30,000 mark until 2003. In that year and the following year, a greater number of excellent new restorations came to market with sale prices in the high $40,000-range, pushing the average price up to the mid-$30ks. By 2005, things had changed completely from the earlier years. Very few down-market Healeys were finding their way to the auctions, Jaguars were getting too pricey, and a growing number of Baby Boomer collectors were starting to bid up the limited Healeys available. With top prices pushing up toward six-digit Jaguar territory, it was making sense for the restorers to expand the business of restoring Healeys on spec, and more high-quality, freshly-restored Healeys crossed the block. In 2005, with two bidders competing for the last Healey on the block at Barrett-Jackson, one was hammered sold at $97,200. More telling, there were a significant number of restorers' cars selling in the mid$70,000-range, moving average prices for the year up another $6,000 dollars. Sports Car Market


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Fresh restorations drove up prices In 2006, the same situation developed again, as a 1960 3000 drew $135,000 at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach sale in March and a '67 sold for $99,875 at Christie's June sale in Greenwich, Connecticut. While average sale prices increased almost $10,000, the rise seemed due to the dearth of average or below-average cars, while fresh restorations were selling for around $75,000. When the fundamentals of supply and demand and restoration costs—rather than emotion—actually determine prices, ceilings are eventually reached, and that's what happened in 2007. One Healey, a 100M with strange red wheels, did score an inexplicable $231,000 last year, but other than that, the remaining sales were a repeat of 2006. A double-handful of freshly restored cars from known restorers sold in the $75,000-range, and most of the others went across the block within a narrow range of the average price of $51,000. During the January auctions this year, prices were at almost the same level as 2007, suggesting that the big Healey market has stabilized, at least for now. Including the Kruse Ft. Lauderdale sale, a dozen big Healeys crossed the block in January. Only one car—an always-desirable late Mk III convertible in a traditional color scheme—broke the $100,000 barrier. No surprise that it was restored by Kurt Tanner, who is almost a brand name now, having sold his restorations at the major auctions for over ten years. Tanner is known for always producing no-prob- lem cars. Since Healey buyers seem to rate fun over investment, many of them value usability more than exacting (and sometimes questionable) originality. At the other end, only four cars sold for less than $50,000, suggesting once again that average Healeys and older restorations aren't showing up at auction. If you're looking, there always seem to be a reasonable number in the club magazine for-sale ads and also available for private sale. In the middle, we find more than half the cars selling for prices from $60,000 to $75,000. That's enough money to pay for a decent restoration on a solid original car if you know what you're doing. It also makes sense for an older car in good condition where you can go through it mechanically and give it a new interior and nice paint job, then put it back on the road for a proud new owner. A few years ago, when the first Healeys broke the $100,000 barrier, I went on record to say these sales were anomalies and weren't likely to mark any kind of new trend. At the risk of blowing my own horn (which works even if Lucas-based), I believe that the auction sales since have borne that out. Aside from the factory-produced 100S racers, which have passed the $250,000 mark, and the 19 existing Works rally cars (top price $323,000 for Pat Moss's car), there aren't many rare Healeys. The Healey Hundreds with factory-installed Le Mans modifications that we call the 100Ms can command a premium, but the fundamental costs of restoration dictate maximum prices. However, the supply is fixed and the demand is increasing, thanks to Boomers (as long as they can get in and out of a low-slung two-seater, anyway). With restoration costs dictating sale prices, I don't see any drop in prices in the near future. My conclusion is that Healeys are still good value. They may offer little opportunity for quick profit, and the long-term appreciation may be moderate, but as long as the car is carefully bought, there isn't much risk of loss. If I were searching for a really undervalued car, I'd be looking for a properly re- stored Triumph TR3, or maybe a TR4. I think both cars are where Healeys were ten years ago. They're fun to drive, they can keep up with modern traffic, and good ones can be bought for less than restoration costs. As long as that situation persists, buyers have the advantage. ♦ April 2008 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Double Bubble Values have been rising steadily for the least expensive coachbuilt Italian racing car with a decent history by Donald Osborne Details Years produced 1956–59 Number produced: N/A Original list price: $3,460 (1960) approx. SCM Valuation: $65,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: $175 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Left side of firewall Engine #: Lower left side near rear motor mount Club: Abarth Enthusiasts Worldwide More: www.aewsite.com Alternatives: 1959 Elva Courier, 1958 Lancia Appia Sport, 1959 Lotus Elite SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 100654000 A barth was an Italian tuning company founded in 1950 by engineer and designer Carlo Abarth. His 750 Zagato was designed to be equally at home on the track as on the street. The cars were built on the Fiat 600 platform, then heavily modified by Abarth and bodied by Zagato, which was renowned for its low-drag aluminum bodywork fitted to the finest sports cars of the era. The 750 had a weight of only 1,180 lb, giving it unmatched agility and a top speed approaching 100 mph. The 750 Zagato was first seen racing in March 1956, and the list of competition results was soon impressive. The car made a clean sweep of its class at the 1957 Mille Miglia, and in the 1958 and 1959 Mille Miglias, Abarth 750 Monza coupes emerged victorious in their class. Class wins at the 1961 Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona races were also among their many accomplishments. This 1959 Abarth 750 Zagato is a fine example of these rare Italian gems, famed for offering performance and style unmatched by cars many times their size and price. Presented in period racing colors, with matching blue interior, it shows well and features correct Abarth badges. It is equipped with a special Mille Miglia rally clock and competition seatbelts for an appropriate sporting character. The engine is a high-performance GBS 903-cc block that has been bored out to 981 cc, giving the car more than enough power to compete successfully in rallies and hillclimbs. This Abarth was recently fitted with a 50 new electrical system and is mechanically sound, with all systems working as they should. The 750 is one of the most successful and widely recognized Abarth models, and this is the model that comes to mind for most collectors and enthusiasts when the small Italian firm is mentioned. SCM Analysis This car sold for $88,000 including premium at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 19, 2008. Carlo Abarth (born Karl Abarth in Austria) was a very talented and masterfully clever businessman. A designer and builder of high-performance exhaust systems in the 1930s, he later branched out into go-faster parts for Italian cars small and large. As the Italian distributor of Porsche cars in the early post-war years, he was asked to find a manufacturer who would be willing to build a Grand Prix car Ferry Porsche had designed. When Piero Dusio of Cisitalia wanted to scratch his big-time Grand Prix itch, Abarth, who was also Dusio's racing director, introduced him to Porsche—who just happened to have the plans in hand. Unfortunately, the radical and very expensive Type 360 bankrupted Cisitalia and Dusio decamped for South America, leaving his son to deal with the mess. In the settlement, Abarth magically found himself with almost all the Italian assets of the company and on its ashes, he built his eponymous business. After developing the last of the Cisitalia chassis as 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza Lot# 409, s/n 670435 Condition 2+ Sold at $82,200 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 6/22/2007 SCM# 45883 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Bialbero Zagato Lot# 220122816135, s/n 556150 Condition 3Sold at $38,000 eBay, 10/20/2007 SCM# 47393 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Lot# 112, s/n 672545 Condition 1Sold at $43,712 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 9/16/2005 SCM# 39709 Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding & Company


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Abarths, he then turned to where the real money was, tuning Fiats. The perfect canvas came along with the Fiat 600 of 1955, and it became the core of Abarth's business. In addition to supplying parts, he developed an enlarged 750-cc version of the 633-cc engine and sold “derivazione” or “derivation” kits to dealers and garages for fitting into stock 600s. Quickly established as a winner He also built complete cars in his factory, the best known of which were these sleek little Zagato-bodied competition cars. The Fiat 600 Derivazione 750 Abarth Zagato made its debut at the 1955 Turin Auto show and began its racing career in 1956. It quickly established itself as a winner in European events, including that '57 Mille Miglia sweep. Nicknamed “Double Bubbles” for the distinctive roof humps found on almost every example, they were equally successful in the U.S. on all types of tracks across the country. I mentioned at the start that Abarth was a clever businessman. By creating a ca- pable “drive to the track, race, and drive home” mini GT that was also affordable, he maximized sales to privateer racers. Since he had made a deal with Fiat, which paid him for every win or second place scored by a “Fiat Abarth,” the more cars out there, the better. Through two earlier, small-production series of cars, the final configuration arrived in late 1958 with production through 1959. Most of the “Double Bubbles” found on the market are these Series III cars, as was the one offered at the Gooding sale. I owned one such Double Bubble for several years and absolutely loved it. They are fun to drive, in the way only very light, somewhat underpowered cars can be. You can hurl one around with complete abandon and not really worry, even though the engine is behind the rear wheels. As driveable on the street as on the track Once the entry (and exit) drill has been learned, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much space there is underneath those roof humps. There's plenty of room inside, even for those over six feet tall. Not inconsequently, they are also a masterpiece of design. I can think of few, if any, times that such a sleek design has been achieved on such a short platform. Finally, they also have a real racing pedigree—on both sides of the Atlantic—and are welcome in vintage racing and rallying practically everywhere. They are as drivable on the street as on the track. I bought mine in West Virginia and with no problem drove back to where I then lived in eastern Pennsylvania. The trip included several hours on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, cruising along with tractor trailer trucks whose wheel hubs were at the level of the roof of the car. This reliability makes them quite usable in long-distance vintage rallying. Because of the duality of use, the cars can vary greatly in the quantity and quality of trim present. Most racers had much of their interior trim removed over the years Seat Time Mike Baum, Laguna Beach, CA: I owned this Fiat Abarth , chassis number 10065400, for a year until May 2007. I'd always been fascinated with Zagato's creations, and I got the Abarth and an Alfa Romeo Junior Z at the same time with the goal to experience both and then keep the one I liked better. For sure, I thought the classic double bubble was the keeper. It looked so cute and the hot-rodded GBS engine sounded like a lawnmower on steroids. Marvelous! But it was not without its flaws. I was so happy to drive it around the block for the first time, then soon realized the front wheels scraped on the body work and the instruments and hand brake did not work. Even more, the car died on me and refused to come back to life. Being so small and light, I easily pushed it home (inclining slope!) without breaking a sweat. I think I even could have picked it up and carried it, but then I would have gotten the leaky radiator and water pump contents all over me. After a first round of fixes, I dared to take it out on the Pacific Coast Highway. Thinking I had a little racer, the acceleration of 0–60 in a tad over 17 seconds really pushed me back in the small April 2008 bucket seat. Somehow, the speedo came back to life and I was happy to achieve 80 mph—downhill with no traffic or red lights stopping me. Sadly, the clutch began to slip hopelessly and I was unable to get up the hill to my house, very much to the amusement of the entire neighborhood, who watched as the poor double bubble and I tried repeatedly (roll back, accelerate, crap out, roll back, accelerate again...). After playing around with the Abarth for some time, I really didn't know what to do with it: The driving fun was very limited, the car was a diva and required constant attention, the body was fragile and for its size, disproportionately expensive to make right. (My car had significantly more bubbles than the two in the roof...). The only use I saw was to carry it inside, hang it on the wall and admire the body work. Needless to say, I kept the Alfa. 51 and also lost the hand-made alloy bright trim body pieces. This car had a complete interior, some of which had clearly been re-created, with some details not quite right. All of the exterior trim was present, in varying levels of condition. The bodies are quite prone to corrosion, both of the traditional sort in the steel Fiat floorpan as well as electrolytic corrosion on the edges of the alloy panels— especially the doors. Here, evidence of the latter could be seen in the sills and doors. The panel fit on these cars should be very tight and even; this car's was neither. In addition, the original glass windshield for these cars is practically unobtainium and is usually replaced with Plexiglas, as on this car. Values have been rising steadily, reflecting the fact that they remain the least expensive coachbuilt Italian racing car with a reputation that you can buy. In spite of the relatively large production, they don't come up for sale often and price spikes are common. The earliest of them are Mille Miglia Storica-eligible and trade for multiples of the later model. Very good Series III examples have traded in private sales in the $75,000range. This sale, at $88,000, is either another spike—a sign the market has once again moved forward—or simply the enthusiasm of two bidders. With the issues visible on this car, the transaction has to be classified as “well sold,” but not for long. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.)


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German Profile 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible The M121 4-cylinder engine produced a modest 105 hp and it desperately needed another 50—even 30 would have done the trick by Jérôme Hardy Details Year produced: 1955–62 Number produced: 25,881 Original list price: $3,998 in May 1955, $5,000 in 1960 SCM Valuation: $35,000–$65,000 Tune-up cost: $375 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Stamped on driver side firewall above air inlet hose 921 Engine #: stamped on driver side under #1 spark plug 928 Engine #: stamped on driver side under #4 spark plug Clubs: MBCA, 1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909-2872 More: www.190slgroup.com Alternatives: 1954–57 Jaguar XK 140 dhc, 1956–59 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster, 1962–65 Alfa-Romeo 2600 spider SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 1210427502983 A vailable from May 1955, the 190SL convertible shared styling cues with its grander brother, the 300SL. It was a sports tourer, robustly built and designed for customers who preferred refinement over performance. Well-designed and sturdy, it's still a decent daily driver. The car presented here is a fresh example of this desirable convertible. Just out of a rotisserie restoration, the engine bay and undercarriage illustrate the quality of the work. The car is finished in classic silver, and the interior features red leather and gray carpeting with a white Bakelite steering wheel in noteworthy condition. SCM Analysis This car sold for $94,190 at the Artcurial auction in Paris, France, on December 10, 2007. As with many immediate post-WWII European lux- ury automobiles sold in the U.S., Max Hoffman's DNA runs through the 190SL. Hoffman was an Austrian-born car dealer and racer who emigrated to America in 1941. He opened his New York City Park Avenue showroom in 1946 with a French Delahaye and quickly became the key contact for recovering European car manufacturers targeting the American market. The U.S. market needed luxury convertibles The U.S. was booming and the wealthy were looking for new ways to distinguish themselves. Hoffman understood that European cars could do the trick, but only if manufacturers would build luxury convertibles he could sell to his customers rather than Spartan sedans aimed 52 at the hard-up Europeans. Hoffman was in Stuttgart in September 1953, meet- ing with Mercedes-Benz board members, and promised he could sell 200 luxury convertibles every month, if only they could be built. Consequently, Karl Wilfert, Mercedes's chief stylist, was asked to assemble the 190SL program team with design chief Walter Häcker. A parallel team was responsible for the 300SL program, as both cars were to be launched simultaneously. Both cars would be successful, though the simple and relatively inexpensive 190SL far outsold its big brother. Close to 26,000 190SLs were produced in the eight-year run from 1955 to 1962, which worked out to 270 cars a month. The U.S. took 70% of the production and the 190SL outsold its close competitor, the Jaguar XK 140/150, by 8,000 units between 1955 and 1960. At its introduction, the 190SL was modern and well- built, with a practicality rarely found in the era. Its low stance and horizontal grille were emphasized by its wide track and the fender eyebrows. The easy-to-operate soft top could be complemented by an optional hard top, transforming the car into a weather-tight coupe. The strong frame-floor construction integrated a front sub-frame for the engine, isolated with rubber bushings for a vibration-free ride, with steel panels welded on the structure. Light alloy openings helped to reduce the gross weight to a manageable 2,600 lb. Suspension was independent all around. The 1.8- liter 4-cylinder engine was mated with an all-synchro 4-speed manual gearbox with a floor shifter. The interior was plush, with thickly padded seats and two large 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot# 220155449102, s/n 1210407501636 Condition 2Sold at $35,500 eBay, 11/20/2007 SCM# 47762 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot# 22, s/n 12104010020221 Condition 1 Sold at $99,884 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/19/2007 SCM# 44558 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Lot# 370, s/n 12104220022491 Condition 3Sold at $52,900 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 6/22/2007 SCM# 45865 Sports Car Market


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gauges in front of the driver. As a final touch, the 190SL boasted the same solid, doorclosing thump characteristic of more expensive models, and Road & Track called it “well worth the money.” The problem is how good the 300SLs are The appeal of the 190SL has faded over time, and prices have been stagnant in the $50,000-range, though that may be changing. The problem isn't so much how bad the 190SL was, but rather how good its bigger siblings were. The 300SL coupe and 300SL roadster are icons, heading fast for the million-dollar mark—a '57 roadster brought $742,500 at RM Phoenix this past January. Part of the reason they are prohibitively expensive may be that their performance is still real world, 50 years later, while the dumpy 190SL is much more of a Sunday cruiser. The 300SL was glamorous from day one, and Stirling Moss's outright win in a race-prepped SLR in the 1955 Mille Miglia with Dennis Jenkinson at an average of 97.96 mph is still the stuff of legend. The fuel-injected, 215-horsepower engine could propel the car past 140 mph, while the 190SL wheezes into the 90s on a good day. Compared to the extraordinary 300SL, the 190SL was just plain dull. The newly- designed M121 4-cylinder engine produced a modest 105 hp, and it needed about another 50; even 30 would have done the trick. Conscious of this weakness, a few projects were initiated: Fuel injection was tried (M126), a 2,200-cc 6-cylinder prototype was built (W127), and an optional Judson supercharger was available (but Seat Time Paul Greenblatt, Kutztown, PA: I always admired the 190SL lines and when a 1960 became avail- able about six years ago, I snatched it up. It needed only a starter when I bought it. I've since restored many of the car's systems and installed a Judson supercharger, which adds about 40 more horsepower. I have been a member of the International 190SL Group (www.190slgroup.com) from the outset. There is no more comprehensive club support for any automobile model that I know of. The question and answer forum is a wealth of knowledge and experience. Members are very active online and at many of the club's events, both technical and social. Charles Rollins, via email: I bought a 1957 190SL in 1987, restored it, showed it, and sold it during the classic car market peak of 1990. Turns out I missed it, so in 1993 I bought a pristine '55 that needed a little work. My goal was to make it roadworthy so it could be driven on events like the Copperstate 1000 and California Mille. The car was produced without the treadle-vac brake booster, and I left it that way since the booster was the source of more problems than help. I replaced all the bushings and completely rebuilt the brakes and suspension. When I had the motor rebuilt, I paid extra to have the crankshaft balanced—something the factory never did. That paid huge dividends with a much smoother engine at higher rpm. I upgraded to mid-'80s 300D Mercedes wheels, which are larger diameter and half the weight of the tiny stock wheels. One thing to note is that 190 wheels were also built for tire and tubes; modern tires can separate from these rims after a very slight impact. My biggest struggle had to do with the dual side-draft Solex carbs. Because they sit on top of the exhaust manifold, and unless you have an experienced mechanic available, the car will never run well. Despite a rebuild of the fuel and cooling systems, I lacked confidence in them. The car ultimately proved to be quite uncomfortable and incapable of extended high speed. Most repairs and tune-ups proved very costly, and in 2005, I sold it with some reluctance. Today I drive a Porsche 356 that gives me great joy, miles and miles of high speed, and low maintenance. I don't miss the Mercedes at all. Scott Wallace, Carlsbad, CA: I bought my 1961 190SL in 1998 from the estate of the original owner. It had about 190,000 miles on the odometer when I bought it, and had not been running for more than Wallace's SL April 2008 53 Greenblatt's SL a decade—not a barn find but pretty decrepit. After a complete rebuild of the engine and brakes, she came back to life and I started enjoying periodic cruises around West L.A., where I was then living. Several years after I bought the car, I discovered and joined the International 190SL Group, which is outstanding. In addition to all the group does for its members, I appreciate the books and DVDs put out regarding the finer points of the restoration and ownership of the 190SL. Today, after ten years of ownership, my SL runs well and needs only a new interior to be considered “refurbished” to a driver standard. I focused on the mechanicals first and have since taken my time with the restoration, doing a little each year. Recent work included new paint and a replate of the chrome. I now commute to my La Jolla office once every week or two in the 190SL, cruising PCH and checking out the surf. I plan to have the car ready for the trip to the 2009 190SL Group convention in Yellowstone. I expect great things from both the car and the gathering. Walter Donaghy, North Kingstown, RI: In 1963, my first car after college was a 1957 190SL. It was silver with a black top and gray leather. I bought it from a local doctor for $1,800. It was not a performance car, of course, but a wonderful cruiser that would run happily all day and night at a steady 75 mph. Other than the well-documented wonky carb setup, it was a great car. I might still have it today if that lady hadn't turned in front of me out in the Hamptons. It was solid enough to protect both my passenger and me, but sadly, the car was a write-off. ♦ the engine was not strong enough and bearings failed quickly). The 190SL needed power and never got it. The car featured at Artcurial in December 2007 was fresh out of a full rotisserie restoration by a wellknown brand specialist in the Netherlands. The same shop also provided Artcurial with the 190SL that sold at Retromobile in February 2007 for $99,884 (SCM# 44558). When I examined our subject car, I found it to be in #1 condition in correct silver livery with red leather. It was fully rebuilt to period-correct Mercedes-Benz specifications, which justified the remarkable $94,000 result. Although short of options (no radio, no clock) the price was commensurate with the car's condition. The price is also in line with excellent examples of the 190's contemporary competition, such as the Austin-Healey 3000 and Jaguar XK 140, so I'd say it's market-correct, at least in Europe today. The 190SL may not be the fastest car in its class, but it's comfortable, convenient, and practical. And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.)


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Grokking the Porsche Collector's Gestalt Buy what you like and you can't do that well unless you buy what makes you happy. It's a blend of emotion and rational thought by Jim Schrager N ot everyone can make it as a successful Porsche collector. It takes a blend of emotion, knowledge, and temperament to put together the right cars at the right time to end up with something special. Like most things in life that really matter—a great marriage, a meaningful and productive career, and warm relationships with friends—a great car collection takes time and patience to develop. Sure, you can buy a Porsche or three pretty quickly, but it won't be a collection until you live with them, understand how to keep them operating, and decide which are important to you and why. Here are ten tips on how to have fun while you are at it. Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager edgeable in a fairly narrow area of Porsche collecting, so don't act like you can follow every car and every part of the hobby. By finding a period and type of Porsche you like, you can leverage your knowledge to make smarter deals. 7 Welcome all opportunities to buy. There is no one way to Speedsters are only for sunny days get a great buy, so look at cars for sale even though most cars won't be right for you. I recently got a call on a rusty 1969 911T coupe that had sat in storage partially ripped apart for about ten years. Not at all what I seek, but the fel- 1 Timing is everything, so buy when people are selling. This requires what is often in short supply in the vintage Porsche hobby—patience. While obvious, this ad- vice can be tough to follow. I've made some good buys when no one else wanted the car I was chasing and some even better buys when I didn't really want the car badly, either, which gave me wonderful negotiating room to see how badly the seller wanted to unload. This can only happen when the timing, on both the seller's and the buyer's sides, is right. 2 Buy what you like. I don't think anyone can do this well unless you buy what makes you happy. This is a blend of emotion and rational thought. As an ex- ample, I've had and sold a handful of 356 Speedsters over the years, and although they are great cars, our weather here in the upper Midwest doesn't make them easy to use. I need a car with a real top, and I wasn't willing to settle for a sunny-day toy. Although I knew they would be valuable someday, Speedsters just didn't work for me. Today I'm not sorry I don't have one, as I never would have had the desire to keep one long enough to matter, and if you don't really have a desire to get behind the wheel of a car, it really doesn't matter how much it goes up in value. What's the point? 3 Always start with a car with “good bones.” Except in rare cases, buying Porsches that have been thoroughly run through the wringer and rusty and crashed and bashed to within an inch of their lives is not the way to have a great collection. Starting with a car where the essential body and chassis structures are straight and in decent shape puts you miles ahead of having to rebuild from the ground up. 4 Get cheap/free warehouse space. This is one of the subtle secrets that allows you to take chances and buy Porsches you otherwise couldn't afford to keep. Some of my best cars only made sense when I bought them as long as the space to keep them was free—or at least paid for in a way that made it seem that way. 5 Get the family involved. Find ways for each member to have something to do with the hobby, such as doing research, cleaning parts, scouting at swap meets, re-organizing the garage, or finding great places to eat along the way to events. At this year's 356 Holiday, my wife and I gave our People's Choice concours votes to our two boys for them to cast. They took their mission very seriously. 6 Be an expert, but not a know-it-all; study diligently and admit what you don't 54 know. Most of us will only have sufficient time and desire to be really knowl- low who called was such a nice guy, I took a look anyway. The car was much better than he described and has loads of excellent parts we can use. At $1,000, it ended up being a great buy. Look at lots of cars for sale; you never know what you might find. 8 Keep as many Porsches as you can in running order and drive them absolutely as much as pos- sible. Nothing helps value more than having a running car, and nothing hurts more than having a rusty, dead heap. Selling an abandoned project is always the worst way to realize value. 9 Understand that Porsche collecting is not like gambling, i.e., you won't suddenly “strike it rich” overnight unless you get extraordinarily lucky. Much more likely is that your involvement over many years will allow you slowly to start making fewer mistakes and getting luckier in small bits that finally start to add up. 10 Do as many favors for other Porsche collectors as you can. These favors will pay off handsomely. Be generous with your knowledge, fully realizing that some will take advantage of you (like the friendly acquaintance who recently insisted he was going to buy a Porsche from me but only wanted to spend a few hours driving cars at my warehouse and never bought a thing). In most cases, you will be amply rewarded. It's the karma thing. Does this work? I have had all manner of wonderful favors done for me, some small and many large. One fellow—who I didn't know but for whom I did a very modest favor—sent me without warning a highly valued 356 Carrera wood steering wheel as a gift, and he refused to accept payment. I was floored and found a few ways to return the favor, but his gesture was real and he expected nothing in return. Building a great collection takes time and patience, but for most who have persevered, the joy more than pays for the tough spots along the way. ♦ Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrel Back Estate Wagon Built for a limited time, the Town & Country remains arguably the rarest, most desirable pre-war Woody produced by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1941–42 Number produced: 1,995 Original list price: $1,475 SCM Valuation: $150,000–$250,000 Tune up cost: $60 Distributor cap: $19.95 Chassis #: Left front door hinge post Engine #: Left side of block Club: WPC Club, Box 3504, Kalamazoo, MI 49002 Alternatives: 1941 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon, 1941 Packard Deluxe Woody wagon, 1941 Hudson 8 Woody wagon SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 771612 C onceived in 1939, the Town & Country Estate wagon represented Chrysler's desire to create an entirely new car that was both luxurious and dramatic. It had to be elegant enough for city driving and chauffeur driving, but utilitarian enough for country living. David Wallace, Chrysler's president, was the driving force behind the creation of the unique Town & Country Estate wagon design. He wanted a wood-bodied car that would have the same basic lines as the steel-bodied sedans, yet with greater refinement, quality, and panache. The cars were constructed utilizing two very different types of wood, including the structural wood of white ash with contrasting panels in a rich Honduran mahogany. By 1941, the evolution of the Town & Country had blossomed into the streamlined and beautiful design presented here. Built for a limited time only—production halted with the onset of World War II—the Town & Country was a rare sight on the street and remains, arguably, the rarest, most attractive, and most desirable pre-war wood-based vehicle ever produced. The 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrel Back station wagon on offer is an outstanding nine-passenger example that has resided in the collection of the vendor for over 15 years. Finished in Polo Green and trimmed in tan leather, these colors in combination with the white ash and Honduran mahogany wood give the Town & Country a very attractive and stately appearance. A highly optioned example, the Chrysler comes with wide whitewall tires, a radio, a clock, a roof rack, and the very rare musical horns that play “The Campbells Are 56 Coming Ho-Ro, Ho-Ro!” This was an option offered to promote the Highlander cloth interior trim. Beautifully finished, meticulously restored, impres- sively optioned, and highly correct, this nine-passenger Town & Country presents a rare opportunity for the serious collector to acquire one of the most unique and luxurious wood-bodied station wagons ever produced. SCM Analysis This Town & Country Estate wagon sold for $313,500 at the RM auction held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on January 18, 2008. Its pre-sale estimate was $300,000 to $400,000. The 1941 Chrysler Barrel Back is a rare and unusual vehicle, as only 997 of these hand-built Estate wagons were manufactured. Of those, 797 were nine-passenger versions and 200 were six-passenger cars. The Town & Country Registry lists only 17 nine-passenger survivors. They were built on a 121.5-inch wheelbase and are powered by a 112-horsepower, 252-ci, 6-cylinder Spitfire engine. They have Chrysler Fluid Drive, which was first introduced with the 1939 Chrysler Custom Imperial. Fluid Drive is the fluid coupling between the clutch and the engine that allows shifting between low and second without depressing the clutch. It also allows the driver to stop and start without using the clutch. The first steel-roof luxury Woody wagon The Town & Country was the first luxury steel-roof wood station wagon, and it appealed to more affluent buyers with its $1,475 price tag. It offered a larger, more refined cargo area that was accessed by two “clam 1942 Hudson Super Six Woody Lot 142, s/n 2118122 Condition 1 Sold at $231,000 Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2007 SCM# 46588 1941 Chrysler barrel-back Woody Lot 276, s/n 7706908 Condition: 3+ Sold at $170,500 RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2007 SCM# 44696 1940 Ford Deluxe Woody Lot S231, s/n 99A240265 Condition 2 Sold at $96,250 Russo & Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM# 42727 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Beach Bums Hit the Big Time About 150,000 Woodies were produced between 1928 and 1953, but less than 10 % have survived by Carl Bomstead Mention Woodies to Boomers and the first thoughts are of the Beach Boys and “Surfin' USA” or the Jan and Dean lyrics: “I got a ‘34 wagon and I call it a Woody. You know it's not very cherry, it's an oldie but a goodie…” Such images of beater Woodies with surfboards hanging out the rear window exemplify a free-spirited lifestyle that many people aspired to but few achieved some 50 years ago. Woodies are currently enjoying their third incarnation—the shell” wood doors. It was frequently referred to as a “fastback sedan” rather than a station wagon. As an aside, the 1941 Estate wagon was mentioned in the debate within the Classic Car Club of America as a sidebar regarding granting Full Classic status to the postwar Town & Country sedans and convertibles. The nay-sayers, who prevailed, stated that there was no pre-war model in sedan or convertible form to justify acceptance of the post-war models. When the pre-war Estate wagon was suggested, it was determined that it was a “commercial” vehicle and therefore could not be considered. To many, this was a ludicrous argument. But this is a topic that will surely come up again—hopefully, with a more sensible result. This example was restored to the highest standard and had won numerous Best in Show and Best in Class awards from prominent concours such as Amelia Island and Meadowbrook. The roof rack is a distinctive option, the interior trim elegant and distinctive. It's a very striking example of what many consider to be the most desirable Town & Country. While this Barrel Back sold for over $300,000, it was still at the low end of the es- timate. Considering the quality of the restoration and the unique options, I'd have to say it was well bought and could have easily sold for another $20,000 or even $30,000 without concern. RM sold another example of a 1941 Town & Country for $280,000 at its 2006 Arizona Biltmore sale, and while it was excellent, it was not as stunning as this one. Lesser examples have recently sold for under $200,000, so the premium paid here was certainly justified. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) first was transportation, the second as the transport of choice for beach bums, and now as a collectible. Edsel Ford envisioned a refined wood-bodied station wagon in 1928 that would be appropriate for his 21-room estate and summer home at Seal Harbor, Maine. It was to be based on the popular depot hack that first appeared in 1923. Custom “depot hack” bodies for Model T chassis were selling well and were in common use at train stations and upscale resorts. The first Model A wood station wagons were promoted for use at country clubs and estates, and with their maple, birch, and basswood bodies and sporty interiors, they certainly looked the part. By 1936, manufacturers were applying wood paneling over steel bodies, something that would reappear with the Ford Sportsman convertibles in 1946 and carry over to the 1949–51 wagons. It was complicated and never a cost-effective process, either to build or to maintain. Woodies of the 1940s were expensive to build, with over 440 board feet of quality lumber required for each wagon. The wood needed refinishing on a regular basis, and rain and mildew took their toll. Termites were also a problem. About 150,000 Woodies were produced between 1928 and 1953, but less than 10% have survived. In the ‘50s, surfers were buying them off Southern California used car lots for as little as $100. The two-piece tailgate meant a surfboard could stick out the back window, and a mattress on the deck was all part of the lifestyle. If you couldn't be part of the surf scene, there was always the music, and of course the B-grade movies like “Beach Blanket Bingo.” Woodies have moved from the back row at used car lots to top billing at today's auctions, and it's rare to find one for under $100,000 that does not require a complete restoration. Mid-‘30s Ford wagons are over $100,000, and a sorted 1946–50 Chrysler Town & Country commands up to $200,000. Well-restored 1941 Packard 120s are in the same price range. Ford Sportsman convertibles are infrequently offered; the 1947 model sold by Gooding & Company in Scottsdale in January realized $269,500. Everyone made Woodies immediately before and after WWII, but some are extremely rare. Hudson built only 15 Super Six Woodies in 1942; four are thought to have survived. Gooding sold one at Pebble Beach last summer for $231,000. Perhaps ten Nash Suburbans exist from the 1,000 built between 1946–48. Some are rarer still. Mercury Sportsman production ended after only five months in 1946 and only one is known to exist today, while the 1939 Chrysler Imperial Woody that was custombodied by Bohman and Schwartz is thought to be the only known example. Either of these would undoubtedly bring a multiple of the $313,500 paid for the 1941 Chrysler Barrel Back at RM Phoenix in January. ♦ April 2008 57


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Scottsdale Muscle Still Buffed I fully expected Scottsdale to result in a dismal showing for muscle car prices. I couldn't have been more wrong Street 289 Cobra brought $583,000 at Gooding & Company L ast year's Arizona auctions proved that we were indeed due for a well deserved and most predictable “adjustment” in many segments of the muscle car market. As such, 2007 brought us more head- lines about the muscle car market “crash” than those of Britney Spears's need for psychiatric care. The last twelve months have been filled with intense scrutiny of the muscle market. Now that a full year has passed and we have another stack of results from this year's Arizona auctions, it's time to see how the sales match up to the headlines. Before we get to Scottsdale, it bears mentioning that there are a few key auctions during the year for muscle cars leading up to the January extravaganza. While suspect and less desirable cars continued to return to the swamp from which they came, a good number of cars actually sold for very strong prices. However, the general consensus among dealers and active collectors was that January's auction companies would have a hard time getting high-end inventory for Scottsdale, especially those looking for no-reserve consignments. Sellers, fearing a bloodbath, were expected to hold on to their cars to sell privately or to just wait for the dust to settle. Buyers, already skittish after what happened 58 in January 2007, reported to me time and time again that they were just going to “see what happens in January and then decide.” Not a good combination—light consignment of “good” cars and bidders sitting on their hands. Regarded as the auctions that set the stage for the coming year, the January auctions in Arizona had everybody on the edge of their seats. There was indeed a noticeable decrease in what I consider to be highly desirable cars on offer this year. The one exception was Russo and Steele, whose choice to allow reserve prices clearly helped them stock their pond with cars that might have gone elsewhere. The end result? Quite shocking, actually. I fully expected that given the scarcity of great cars and the faithful anticipating prices would take a dive, Scottsdale would be a dismal showing for muscle car prices. I couldn't have been more wrong, and I know I wasn't the only one who was surprised. Let's look at some of the cars considered to be barometers for the market. Hemi Mopars must be close to bottom Hemi Mopars, the poster children for the muscle car price boom and bust, may not have hit the bottom but they must be close. The exception to any discussion in the past year about cars that have held their value were Mopars (namely Hemi-powered) as they continued the “adjustment process.” Twelve months ago, I reported that decent Hemi 'Cuda hard tops had dropped from $275,000–$375,000 to $225,000–$275,000. I watched three 1970 cars sell—one at B-J for $269,000 and two at R&S for $280,000 and $242,000. Two other '70 Hemi 'Cuda hard tops sold at B-J for $165,000 and $170,000, both automatic cars. It wasn't an increase, but it also wasn't the bloodbath many expected. Most B-body Sports Car Market


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Hemi cars seem to have leveled out in the $100,000–$125,000-range, down about 30% from their peak. I've seen quite a few sell at this new level, and buyers seem to appreciate this “value pricing.” Has the rapid adjustment drawn in buyers who just couldn't justify the 2006 price but who see value in the new 2008 price? Only time will tell, but I would guess that in what is now a buyer's market for Mopars, the newfound supply may slowly but surely dry up with new buyers. Shelby prices surprisingly strong Last year saw two 1965 Shelby GT350s sell, one at $269,000 and one at $358,000. This year, only B-J sold one—an early car in no more than driver condition and missing its original drivetrain. It made a shocking $462,000. R&S sold a concours-level '66 GT350 for an astounding $220,000—as strong as any '66 sale in the past two years. As long as we are on Shelbys, a street 289 Cobra brought $583,000 at Gooding & Company. Compare that to a similar car at RM in January 2007 that made $550,000. RM hammered a 289 Competition car for over $1.7 million, versus their sale last year of a 427 S/C for just over $1.4 million. B-J sold two 427 street Cobras this year, one a decent 428 car fitted with a 427 and in driver condition at $660,000, and another with a truly frightening description in the Shelby Registry for $687,000. Just like European classics follow vintage Ferrari prices, many parallels can be drawn between Shelby prices and those of other domestic performance cars of the same era. Corvettes price sound, beware bogus Camaros, GTOs Solid-axle and mid-year Corvettes returned solid results as well, with many showing strong increases from 2007—like the 1969 L88 coupe at R&S that brought $412,000—a result that would not have been thought possible even twelve months ago. Higher-production cars, such as GTOs, Camaros, and the like trod along, with good cars bringing about the same as they have for the past two or three years. No big headlines to be had here, except that I am continually amazed at the number of people fooled by bogus made-up cars that trade in this $40,000–$100,000-range. People, pay attention: Even though it may not be considered by some to be a ton of money, it is still not pocket change. Do your homework. Like Forrest Gump, that's all I have to say about that. One caveat I'd like to offer about scanning sales results on the Internet or reading auction reports: While some cars may appear too cheap or others too expensive, keep in mind all that glitters is not gold. Seeing a car in person and inspecting it as a potential purchaser would is different from what an auction company or even auction reporter will do. And pictures at 72 dpi or seeing a car under studio lighting on HD TV can be misleading. As somebody who attends a lot of auctions, I often wonder if they mistakenly replaced the car described in the catalog with a mere imposter. Scottsdale 2008 showed us that real cars still have no problem finding real buyers, and often at new record numbers. I surmised in my 2007 Arizona summary that the market was cutting the fat, with 2007 holding long overdue refinement in the marketplace, rewarding the great cars and scolding the rest. After literally sitting in the middle of six auctions in the desert and watching car after car find new homes (or go home packing when the owner wanted too much), I have to say that 2008 will be more of the same. To me it is a great occurrence. A return to real value and steady growth, versus a feeding frenzy with silly, unsustainable numbers, is what will solidify the market. Predictable, logical price increases will always drive out speculators and draw in end users. In twelve months we'll take another look and see if my prediction rings true. ♦ April 2008 59


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Race Car Profile 1952 Glöckler-Porsche Roadster I will argue that the Glöckler-Porsches were early flickers, puffs of smoke in the weeds, and the tinder didn't really catch fire until the 550 came along by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1952 Number produced: 3 Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $616,000 on this date Cost per hour to race: Too much for a last-place finish Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: Top of case, pulley end Club: Porsche 356 Registry More: www.356registry.org Alternatives: 1948–56 OSCA MT4, 1954–55 Porsche 550 spyder, 1958–59 RSK spyder SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 10447 W alter Glöckler occupies an honored place among Porsche owners. Not only was he one of the first to race a Porsche, he was also one of the first owners to take a standard Porsche and make substantial changes to it in order to make it more competitive. The mid-engined Glöckler-Porsche specials he built were the inspiration for Porsche's mid-engined 550 sports racers. Walter Glöckler was a successful Frankfurt auto dealer who obtained one of the first Volkswagen dealerships after the war and rode VW's success to prosperity. The Glöckler shop was run by Hermann Ramelow. The car offered here, the third Glöckler-Porsche, adopted the standard Porsche rear-engined layout, with the rear suspension in its “proper” trailing arm configuration. Based on a standard Porsche cabriolet floorpan, Ramelow undertook the now-standard lightening modifications, removing everything that was non-essential and drilling out much of what was left. A 1,488-cc Porsche engine, again tuned with high compression to run on alcohol, made 86 hp. Weidenhausen created the body from aluminum, with a nose that bore close resemblance to the 356 Porsche, but which had semi-skirted rear wheels and cutaway rear corners similar to Glöckler-Porsches #1 and #2. The standard two-seat interior layout of the cabriolet was retained, and lightweight bucket seats were fabricated and installed. Still, its standard Porsche floorpan and two-seat interior brought a weight consequence despite Ramelow's massive lightening efforts, and Glöckler-Porsche #3 weighed some 1,133 pounds. 60 SCM Analysis This car sold for $616,000 at RM's “Automobiles of Arizona” auction on January 18, 2008. Oaks grow from acorns, Microsoft started from a couple of kids playing with computer code, and World War I started with a single bullet. Everything has to start somewhere, and frequently you don't know until much later whether a given spark will fizzle out or become a forest fire. Sometimes it's neither, just the first puff of smoke. The three Glöckler-Porsche specials were the first racing Porsches, no question, but whether they were the beginning of Porsche racing is an interesting conjecture. Aside from supplying the components, Porsche had little or nothing to do with the first two GlöcklerPorsches. They were truly specials, custom tube-frame chassis that used the VW-based Porsche powertrain and rear suspension mostly because they were lightweight and available (and because Glöckler was a VW dealer). Glöckler turned the whole package around in the chassis so they were mid-engined (engine ahead of the transaxle) instead of rear-engined like the 356. The reversed trailing arms created some strange suspension geometry, but they dealt with it with very stiff springs. The two specials had some real success in 1950 and '51 and caught Porsche's attention at a point when there was enough commercial success to consider racing as a viable way of generating publicity. Porsche started down the road toward being a racing car company. The third car was constructed in 1952 and the factory was actively involved in its creation, with the result that 1956 Porsche 550A RS spyder Lot# 228, s/n 0101 Condition 2 Sold at $726,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM# 34857 1957 Porsche 550A spyder Lot# 233, s/n 550118 Condition 2 Sold at $433,595 Bonhams & Brooks, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/21/2001 SCM# 23563 1955 Porsche 356 Special coupe Lot# 299, s/n 54089 Condition 2 Sold at $159,500 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2007 SCM# 44706 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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it was more Porsche than special. Based on a standard cabriolet fl oorpan with the standard rear engine layout, it was effectively an ultra-lightweight, custom-bodied 356 with a hot-rod engine installed, even badged as a Porsche and carrying an appropriate chassis number. I don't think there is any question that it is the fi rst true racing Porsche. Being fi rst doesn't convey importance Being fi rst, though, does not necessarily convey im- portance beyond primacy. By the 1952 season, Mercedes was racing the prototype 300SL, Aston Martin and Jaguar competed with 3.4-liter racers, and Italy had both Ferrari and Maserati fi lling the international grids. An 86-horsepower Porsche 356 special didn't make much of a splash. Glöckler had some class wins before selling it on to Max Hoffman in America in the fall of 1952, but it certainly wasn't the giant killer that we have come to expect from Porsche. That came along in 1953 with the project 550 cars. I'm not a Porsche historian, but I think it is safe to suggest that with Glöckler-Porsche #3, the engineers realized that if they were serious about winning, they'd have to do a lot more than build a lightweight 356, so they set about designing a proper racing car. Project 550 was born. Tiny, light, tube-framed and midengined, the 550 was the spiritual successor to the fi rst two Glöckler-Porsches, engineered to take maximum advantage of the Porsche engine and drivetrain. The 550 was an immediate success and quickly established the giant-killer reputation Porsche proudly maintained until it effectively joined the ranks of the giants in March 1969 when it introduced the 917. Let's go back to the forest fi re analogy. When did it Seat Time Larry Braun, Loveland, CO: Sometime in 1971, friend Mike Jekot traded in his late model VW Bug for fair-condition 1954 Porsche 356 Coupe. I was driving a 19 Karmann Ghia at the time, which I enjoyed working on a doing what little I could to enhance the car's performan Slowly, I got the Porsche bug from Jekot's enthusiastic i volvement with his Porsche. When my Ghia suffered severe front end damage in 1972 collision, I began thinking about replacing it. So, on night at the Gold Rush, a local Denver hangout bar, I wa talking cars with acquaintances when one of them suggeste that I talk to another patron. They said he had an old alumi num Porsche roadster body on a trailer outside his garage and he was anxious to get rid of it. We were introduced and agreed that I'd come look at the car the next day. It was really rough, and had nearly no mechanical components, but I had a decent motor and transmission in my damaged Ghia and lots of second-hand enthusiasm from my conversations with Jekot, who was putting a rebuilt VW engine in his Coupe. The seller showed me the Glöckle dash emblem and told me that he had visited Glöckler's Frankfurt dealership, but could find out little about the car other than it had been built by Weidenhausen, where they knew even less. The seller said he had lost interest in the car in favor of the two other 356s that occupied his garage. We made our deal and I borrowed the trailer on which the Glöckler sat, sans wheels, to transport Glöckler in action at Bridgehampton, 1953 start? I will argue that the Glöckler-Porsches were early fl ickers, puffs of smoke in the weeds, but the tinder didn't really catch fi re until the 550 came along. Academic, yes, but I think it has real bearing on the importance and value of the subject car. I'm not questioning either the importance or the collectible nature of this car. It is the fi rst, with all that comes with such a title, but I think a buyer has to be very careful here. It's not a 550, or even similar to one. If anything, it's the prototype Speedster. Where do you look for comparable values? And there is another issue here. As I've often held forth, a collector car's value is a combination of what economics calls utilities. That it is historically important is one, that it may be beautiful would be another, and how much fun you can have using it is always a huge one. The 550s are important, beautiful, and (I'm told by those my project to Loveland, where I was moving to be close to the foundry that cast my sculpture. Over the next year I acquired a fair knowledge of the real significance and value of the Glöckler and realized that what I had deserved a true restoration. The next quarter century or so, the car was in one storage garage or another while I collected parts and raised one family. When I started a second family in 1997, it became obvious that I was not going to be able to do my retirement project justice either time-wise or financially. I sold the car in 2000. ♦ April 2008 61


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Race Car Profile with experience) an absolute joy to drive. They've got it all. I'm guessing here, but I seriously doubt the subject Glöckler-Porsche is any fun to drive, if it can be driven at all. If you raced, it would be horribly slow Let's look at the engine. According to the auction data, the engine makes 86 horsepower on alcohol, and I have to trust they're telling the truth. There are problems here. First of all, alcohol is an almost impossible fuel to run, as you have to drain the entire system after every use to prevent the alcohol from absorbing moisture and turning to jelly in the lines. Even if it's historically correct, it's not useable. Second, 86 horsepower is an embarrassment. Vintage racers are comfortably getting 140 hp–150 hp out of their 356 engines (on gas) these days, so if you did race it, you'd be horribly slow. It is apparent that the car was restored as a static museum piece, not as something you could use. So what we've got is a car that is sentimentally important but not seminal to Porsche's history, and that has effectively zero “go play with it” value. Who is going to buy it and why? I'd suggest that this car is pretty much limited to being a static bookend in somebody's racing Porsche collection, and my friends, that's a limited and tough market. Newcomer commercial developers from Tulsa simply aren't going to bid on a car like this; you're selling to pros who know exactly what they're doing. This car was fi rst presented at a Gooding auction in January 2006 in Florida, where it failed to sell at $680,000, then was at the Worldwide auction in November 2006 in South Carolina, where it got to $630,000 and didn't sell. Before selling at RM for $616k, it sat for at least a year on a major collector web site without result. It's apparent to me that the few potential buyers for this car were simply willing to wait until the seller dropped his expectations to what they considered to be acceptable before stepping up. I'd say carefully bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 62 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Six Arizona Sales Total $163m Good cars still brought good prices in Scottsdale, but anything with a story was a harder sell by Jim Pickering ously missing from this year's group at WestWorld. An early press release stated that the number of consignments was to be pulled back by 20% in the name of quality, but that number really only materialized into 104 cars, and final sales totals dropped to a level below that seen in 2006. Following a record-breaking $61m result at its Pebble Beach sale last August, Gooding & Company made the decision to join the group of Arizona auctions this year, and its sale held at the Scottsdale Fashion Square was one of the most anticipated events of the weekend. The company did not disappoint, with 64 of the 71 cars on offer finding new homes for a final total of $21m. Contributing Editor Donald Osborne was present for this inaugural event, which saw a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder sell at $3.3m—the highest sale of the entire weekend and a world record for a steel Cal Spyder. RM's sale at the Biltmore saw $27m change hands, which was down from last year's $30m, but Auction Analyst Dave Kinney noted that the average sale price per car was up almost $22k. Eighty-eight cars sold this year to last year's 106, so while the decrease in totals wasn't great news for RM, it was really only due to the number of consignments rather than the quality or market value of those cars. A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special cabriolet and a 1934 Packard Twelve coupe tied for high sale honors here at $2m each, with four other cars bringing over $1m under auctioneer Bainbridge's gavel. Auction Analyst Dan Grunwald made his way to Russo and Steele's Scottsdale Gooding joined the desert fray with a $21m result T he auction world was buzzing in the months leading up to the annual Arizona sales in Scottsdale, with several changes causing much speculation about where the market was heading. This year's events offered varied results, ranging from Gooding's surprising $21m first-year sale to Barrett-Jackson's $23m deficit over last year's $108m total. Much of the pre-sale buzz seemed to focus on Barrett- Jackson, which this year saw 1,135 cars cross the auction block for a combined total of $84.5m. The company has in the past few years has seen meteoric growth, but as noted this year by SCM's reporters on the ground, many of the high-level collectibles seen in the past were curi- event, assisted by Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson, where 298 of the 490 cars on offer changed hands for a final total of $19m. This sale also saw a drop in totals from last year's $20m final take, but Grunwald noted that good cars continued to bring good money, while anything with a story struggled—a trend that continued almost everywhere else throughout the week. Plenty of quality consignments were available, including a 1969 Corvette L88 coupe that made high sale at $412,500. Silver returned to the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino for its annual event, and Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson was there to see 299 of the 422 lots offered find new homes. He noted more bidders and spectators on the ground there than in years past, and a significant number of affordable collectibles helped Silver see sales total $6.7m, up significantly from last year's $4.8m. On the other side of the globe, Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman made his way to Bonhams's November Harrogate and December London sales at the end of the 2007 season, and he observed strong results in both locations. The London sale saw a 1904 Rolls-Royce 10hp bring a record $7.2m, the third-highest sale of 2007, while the ex-Jim Clark Lotus Cortina sold at an impressive $281k. The Harrogate sale totaled $715,560, while the London event tallied $16,554,739—a new Bonhams U.K. record. Finally, Geoff Archer focused on British roadsters in his coverage of recent eBay activity, including something for everyone who has a voltmeter in one hand and a good pair of walking shoes in the other. ♦ 1999 Barrett-Jackson Kruse Silver RM Russo and Steele Gooding & Company 64 $35,333 $21,429 $10,412 2000 $42,937 $16,405 $13,076 NA NA Average Sales Price 2001 2002 $38,978 $16,213 $11,778 $41,872 $18,104 $14,170 NA $148,331 $153,975 $165,322 NA NA 2003 $43,511 $13,458 $17,868 NA $42,697 $30,435 NA NA 2004 $51,747 $20,139 $15,776 2005 2006 $70,259 $92,301 $26,945 $33,297 2007 $87,102 $23,378 2008 $74,428 $32,102 $18,314 $24,542 $20,340 $22,390 $70,150 $115,211 $167,606 $295,220 $281,838 $303,698 $41,552 NA NA $62,955 NA $66,318 $68,563 $64,243 NA NA $328,589 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Barrett-Jackson Kruse International* 10-Year Sales Totals RM Auctions *Kruse report will appear in the May 2008 issue 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 Russo and Steele Gooding & Company $ 2,863,250 $ 20,033,901 $ 7,500,000 $ 3,203,660 $ 23,100,000 $ 4,609,868 $ 7,713,200 2004 2005 $ 2,979,912 $ 26,700,000 $ 3,502,065 $ 9,700,416 2006 $ 2,834,026 $ 25,876,610 $ 4,526,064 $ 11,737,850 $ 3,800,000 2007 $ 3,609,247 $ 28,500,000 $ 3,189,611 $ 6,664,265 $ 4,200,000 2008 $ 4,180,628 $ 38,500,000 $ 4,833,335 $ 10,369,000 $ 4,612,325 $ 4,358,646 $ 61,687,526 $ 4,634,604 $ 18,771,825 $ 10,954,084 $ 5,718,170 $ 98,116,434 $ 5,960,196 $ 31,293,300 $ 19,829,178 $ 4,840,882 $ 107,919,059 $ 4,137,858 $ 29,874,850 $ 20,157,605 $ 6,694,647 $ 84,475,985 $ 4,911,570 $ 26,725,400 $ 19,144,455 $ 21,029,700 SCM1-6 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 Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1904 Rolls-Royce 10hp two-seater, $7,254,290—B, p.127 2. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California spyder, $3,300,000—G, p.82 3. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special cabriolet, $2,035,000—RM, p.68 4. 1934 Packard Twelve coupe, $2,035,000—RM, p.72 5. 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $1,732,500—RM, p.76 6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine coupe, $1,760,000—BJ, p.102 7. 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport spyder, $1,540,000—G, p.82 8. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6 coupe, $1,375,000—RM, p.70 9. 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept, $1,320,000—RM, p.74 10. 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series II Aerodynamico coupe, $1,320,000—G, p.82 1. 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, $121,000—BJ, p.100 2. 1916 Packard Twin Six 1-35 tourer, $220,000—G, p.84 3. 1937 Packard 120 convertible, $78,100—R&S, p.112 4. 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 SCJ coupe, $46,750—RM, p.76 5. 1955 DeSoto Fireflite 4-dr sedan, $18,360—S, p.122 April 2008 65 Best Buys


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author Automobiles of Arizona A 300SL roadster changed hands at a price well above that of a Gullwing, with the open top example bringing $742,500 to the coupe's $588,500 Company RM Auctions Date January 18, 2008 Location Phoenix, Arizona Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 88 / 95 Sales rate 93% Sales total $26,725,400 High sale 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet and 1934 Packard Twelve Coupe, sold at $2,035,000 each At $742,500, 300SL roadster hit deep into Gullwing territory Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics; Porsche commentary by Jim Pickering, final editing by Keith Martin T he RM sale held in January at the Arizona Biltmore was as successful as it was a good indicator of continued strength in the collector car world, despite troubling economic news both in housing and the financial markets. RM sold 88 of 95 cars offered for a 93% sales Sales Totals $35m $30m rate and a total take of $26,725,400. In 2007, 106 cars sold out of 114 offered, and even though the final selling percentage was the same, sales totaled $29,874,850. This shows a loss of about $3m in final totals from last year's event, but it should be noted that the average sale price per car this year increased by almost $22,000, simply because there were 18 fewer cars sold. By extrapolation, had RM sold 106 cars instead of 88 at this year's average price of $303,698, we might have been reporting on a $33,250,000 sale. In other words, if doom and gloom is about to set in, little economic evidence could be found here. If numbers like that make your head spin, how about $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 ten feet sold at a bargain basement $46,750, which was more of an indicator of its being out of place at this sale than a barometer of the current state of the muscle market. There were plenty of big dogs running loose in the Biltmore as well. This is the first sale in my memory where a 300SL roadster changed hands at a price significantly above that of a Gullwing. The open top example brought $742,500, while the Gullwing found new ownership at $588,500. Market indicator or better car vs. lesser car aside, this was real food for thought as we enter a new year. An astounding $101,750 was realized for a 1962 Porsche 356B coupe in very original condition, while the 1952 Glöckler-Porsche racer, our cover car, was hammered sold at $616,000 (see the Race Profile on p. 60). The high sale of the event was shared by two cars. One was an exceedingly handsome 1934 Packard some specifics? A 1977 Maserati Merak SS sold for $41,800, giving fans of the flying buttress everywhere something to cheer about. Other interesting sales included a 1958 Packard Hawk that brought an impressive $74,250—a number that might just be a new record for the Studebaker that wasn't. A 1970 Ford Torino GT 429 SCJ that looked as honest from ten inches as it did from 66 Twelve coupe, the other a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special cabriolet. Each brought $2,035,000. Other million-dollar mentionables included a 1929 Duesenberg Model J at $1,760,000, a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt at $1,320,000, a 1963 Shelby Cobra Comp roadster at $1,732,500, and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C at $1,375,000. That's six cars entering the Million-Dollar Club in a matter of hours. All other economies aside, on one day in the middle of January, things were looking pretty good for the collector car market. If you are among those who use the Arizona sales as an indicator of how markets will react throughout the year, your clinking champagne glass has been noted. ♦ Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices)


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #191-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N F38758. Red/tan leather. Odo: 84,553 miles. Very good sides are not perfect, but about as good as they come. Brilliant chrome, good details and trim. Well done interior with great SOLD AT $140,250. There is never a reason to argue with success, and this E-type brought in the bids just like it was built to do. And why not? As a one-previous owner, claimed matching numbers car, it deserved the price paid. #178-1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8C0L15173. Dark blue/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,516 miles. Automatic. Slight issues are forming at paint around and on the trunk lid. Stone chips and buff marks abound, older top is still good. Interior leather shows pleats, carpets, and dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $159,500. Very big money. I would have counted this car for perhaps $25,000 less before the sale, and it busted through its $125,000 estimate easily, so I guess I'm not alone. It's a bit too early to say this is indicative of a market move, but it just might be. #101-1958 MG A 1600 coupe. S/N GHDL77153. Red/black leather. Odo: 25,849 miles. A good but not great MG A. There's plenty to pick apart, including paint flaws and overspray. Fresh windshield, very clean underhood, nice interior again not perfect. About the best starter classic you can find. quite well. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $46,750. Just a used car through and through, and it brought a used car price. A much nicer example could have done significantly better. As it was, let's call this market. That said, someday we'll find ourselves feeling sorry that we didn't purchase this thing when it was this cheap. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 3 #144-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Special cabriolet. S/N 130945. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 4,196 miles. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. Great paint, excellent brightwork, well-stitched top. The biggest flaw noted on the exterior is the driver's side semaphore standing out a quarter inch, and that might just be a fluke. Light patina to the driver's seat, a very nice look Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,400. A visually decent example with a good bit of recent recommissioning. Despite all the down points, there were enough good points here to put this in the bought reasonably portfolio. Not cheap, mind you, but reasonable. #149-1967 JAGUAR XKE SI convert- ible. S/N 1E15577. Light blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 30,522 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork, windshield shows some light pitting. Very nice interior except for a few easyto-forgive flaws. This restoration was done by a dealer who knows how the market likes them, and it's ready for its close-up. Cond: 2+. and texture to the interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,035,000. A low-windshield, seductively handsome example of one of the world's greatest motorcars. Last seen in red at RM's Monterey sale in August '04, where it didn't sell at $1,100,000 (SCM# 34846). Restored since then, with a color change and a new top. Sold at below mid-estimate, and still a great result for a car that could be the cornerstone of any fine collection. #159-1952 GLÖCKLER-PORSCHE racer. S/N 10447. Silver & yellow/black leather. Coachwork by Weidenhausen. The third GlöcklerPorsche Special built, ex-Max Hoffman/John Von Neumann. Very nicely detailed throughout. Excellent paint but for some small chips, very nice trim and brightwork. Plexiglass windows 68 Sports Car Market are clean and without major distortion. Clean interior is also well fitted, with good attention to detail throughout. Restored in New Zealand by Tempero Restorations with later engine, as the original unit and several subsequent others are thought to have been destroyed by alcohol fuel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $616,000. First seen at Gooding's Palm Beach sale in January '06, where it didn't sell at $680,000 (SCM# 40352). Later seen at Worldwide's Hilton Head Island sale in November '06, where it failed to find new ownership at $630,000 (SCM# 43633). This car had both interesting history and a decent overall condition, and although it had suffered a little since its restoration, this was not a bad price to pay for a footnote racer with provenance. See profile, p. 60. (Report by Jim Pickering.) #151-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 198040550820. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 76,160 miles. Fitted luggage. Excellent paint, great chrome, well detailed underhood. Interior is a total high point, with drop-dead-beautiful leather expertly fitted and without a stitch out of place. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $588,500. Black and tan makes for a great color combo in a Gullwing. The interior on this car must have been a major selling point, as it was that well done. Like it or not, this is the price you'll have to pay for a Gullwing in early 2008. #172-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 1980427500089. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 36,154 miles. Fitted with Rudge knockoff wheels and fitted luggage. Very good to excellent throughout, great colors to go with great paint. Superb brightwork, very nice interior shows well in matte leather. Cond: 1-.


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author SOLD AT $742,500. If you didn't feel the ground shake here, then you weren't paying attention. This is huge money for an early production 300SL roadster, and it would have been huge even for a late-production car. Keep in mind that at this same sale, a quite respectable Gullwing brought $588k. Now did you feel the earth move? #183-1958 PORSCHE 356 1600 Speedster. S/N 84768. Eng. # 69348. Silver/black cloth/ red vinyl. Odo: 74,724 miles. Not perfect, but a nice presentation. Very good paint with one spot of repaint work to the driver's side door. Chrome is decent but far from great, with some waviness and pitting visible. Interior is older, but still quite nice throughout. Good gauges, leather & cloth. Odo: 15,202 miles. Some light spider-webbing to nose, one dime-sized divot on front bumper. Paint is good otherwise, but some repaint seems to have been done under the belt line. Clean interior looks the part of a 15,000 mile car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. A decent buy in one of the world's least understood super cars. We hate them because they are 6-cylinder cars, but under that theory, 300SLs are bupkis as well. Get over it... you should try one. superb steering wheel. Fitted with coupe seats, U.S. bumpers, and outside mirror. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $220,000. This car had its share of light needs, and the few things required to take this car up a level would be more dollarintensive than difficult. What is the price of originality in a Speedster of this vintage? Here it was $220,000. Exceptionally well sold at far over the high estimate of $180,000. (Report by Jim Pickering.) #185-1962 PORSCHE 356B T6 coupe. S/N 117844. Eng. # 606957. Champagne Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 66,000 miles. Strikingly original condition throughout, although some paintwork was likely done. Excellent panel gaps, unmarked chrome. A one-owner car until the mid-'90s, stored carefully and said to have had its doors cracked to preserve the original weatherstripping. Claimed to have been maintained by the same mechanic since new, engine ITALIAN #176-1930 ISOTTA FRASCHINI 8A Transformable torpedo. S/N 1585. Two-tone gray/tan cloth/burgandy leather. RHD. Odo: 74,975 miles. Coachwork by Castanga. Not fresh, but impressive all around. Very good paint with some age issues, still nice chrome is all good but not as bright as it once was. Wide whitewalls stained and yellowing, very good interior, great dash, seats appear to be slightly overstuffed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $308,000. Everyone fell in love with this Iso. I agree, it was a gorgeous car with an alluring paint job, but there are a few things that need to be pointed out. The paintwork did have flaws, and those flaws will need to be addressed at some point. Also, it had its nose badge, but not its grille-surround Griffin. Most interesting of all, that flat hood was a replacement for the original, according to a former dealer owner. This was extraordinary money, easily twice or better what this car might have brought a scant year ago. #162-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $495,000. This was just a $100,000 or $150,000 away from being perfect again, and perhaps someone with a good degree of skill could bring its rerestoration in for a tad less. Impressive and imposing, one of the greatest names in all of automotive history rarely sells for less than this with a Castagna body in an 8A. TOP 10 No. 8 compartment looks factory-original. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $101,750. An astounding price for a very original and very nice “timewarp” example. This car was clearly loved over the years, and the care it received certainly paid off here. An over-the-top price for a special car, but don't expect your driver-quality coupe to see the same kind of price growth. (Report by Jim Pickering.) #184-1981 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS59910004301403. Red/black houndstooth 70 Sports Car Market #160-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/6 Alloy coupe. S/N 8749. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,953 miles. One chip at driver's door, all else appears nice. Excellent Spyder conversion. S/N 13865. Red/black leather. Odo: 31,642 miles. A bit more than TLC is needed here. Nose has a hint of a slight hit, some exposed seams visible at headlights. Driver's door shows some paint lifting, trunk fit is nothing short of bad. Inside has some issues as well, with some dry and scuffed leather. Mouse fur to the dash shows some fade, steering wheel is scarred. Vent window chrome ears and other exterior chrome pitted. Underhood shows OK, MSD ignition looks out of place. brightwork, including wire wheels. Bumpers removed. Six-carb engine and compartment clean, outside filler cap fitted. Very clean and original style interior, good dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,375,000. The blogosphere goes wild with speculation each time a 275 GTB comes up for sale, and this car was no different. If I were working on completing a collection of significant Ferraris to fill my motor house, this would be among my first purchases. Again, a car with a significant price increase in just the last few months. #157-1969 ISO GRIFO coupe. S/N GL920245. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 3,418 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint with one filled-in chip, one stress crack, and one scratch visible. Great brightwork, glass, and gaskets. Very nicely done engine, but compartment is not completely correct. Well done


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author Cond: 4. SOLD AT $264,000. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '07, where it sold at $198,000 (SCM# 44697). I'm calling this one as market correct for condition and its status as a cut coupe, but others will disagree and think it was a bargain. With quite a bit of cosmetic work, I won't argue that this car is worth significantly more. #171-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14531. Rossa Bordeaux Red/tan leather. Odo: 10,877 miles. Excellent paint, very good brightwork, great gaps. Good glass excepting small bubbles in the windshield, tidy gaskets, window channel molding aged. Some wear to chrome wire wheels, Pirelli P4000 tires fitted. Very clean interior shows some patina to the leather and weak seams. Good dash and $66,000. This was almost double what you'd ever expect to see a 308 GTB sell for, so I don't know where the new owner will go from here. An extensive detail by someone who knows their way around the V8 Ferraris would work wonders here, but that would likely set the new owner back a pretty penny. This car with 10,000 miles more will be just another used 308, so the new owner is doomed to short trips if he is to keep his investment anything close to intact. AMERICAN parcel shelf. Very clean underhood with nice detailing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $374,000. Spot on the market for condition and colors, this was a nice one that was worth paying up for. RM's presale estimate of $325,000 to $375,000 was most reasonable, and in the end, it was only a grand away from the high estimate. #103-1977 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122AUS2266. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 30,602 miles. Some chips to otherwise good paint, good or better brightwork, nice trim. Original interior falls down in places, with lots of wear to driver's seat, worn console, and good dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,800. floorboards but will clean up without issue. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. The replacement body was built using period photographs and plans. It's ready for a concours, so the new owner should have cranked up his letter-writing machine by now. #166-1929 PACKARD 640 Custom Last seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '02, where it sold at $25,025 (SCM# 28771). Just a bit past the stage where a minor interior cleanup and buff-up will fix all sins. Fresh tires and still-decent paint help, but the easy fixes were done. The SS is the Merak to have if you have to have a Merak. The upshot: Everyone used to hate these, but now the SSs are gaining an air of social credibility. #189-1977 FERRARI 308 GTB coupe. S/N 21877. Red/tan leather. Odo: 2,099 miles. Unrestored original, miles claimed to be from new. Could use a better professional detail job, as some dirty areas hurt. Great trim, excellent unmarked interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT 72 Eight runabout. S/N 178382. Black & orange/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,689 miles. Exceptional throughout. Mirror-like paint, Some stains on the top, seat leather shows only light wear, excellent dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $154,000. This 1970s restoration was showing its age, but more that that, it was showing off colors that were more popular 30 years ago. I would consider this car quite well bought... Damn the color police, full speed ahead. TOP 10 No. 4 #163-1934 PACKARD TWELVE coupe. S/N 110832. Green/green cloth. Odo: 15,795 miles. Coachwork by Dietrich. An extremely high-quality restoration very well done throughout with craftsman-like detail to the excellent paint. Chrome and all trim Sports Car Market #147-1914 LOZIER MODEL 84 Meadowbrook runabout. S/N A1763. White & blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 3 miles. Restoration appears quite fresh, but it's not, as it was completed ten years ago. Great paint is well applied. Very nice brass, good wood and soft trim, slight stains are apparent on the chrome excellent excepting one piece on the spotlight. Superb top, very well done interior features a very nice dash and great gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $148,500. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '02, where it sold at $90,200 (SCM# 27269). Just a bit shy of its top estimate, which was still plenty pricey, but when you buy the best it never hurts. This runabout was the bottom of the line in 1929, and it was the least money you could spend and still get a custom. Not cheap, but still well bought. #130-1931 AUBURN 8-98 cabriolet. S/N 13118E. Black & silver/burgundy leather/burgundy cloth. Odo: 19,032 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork. A tiny touch of trim wear visible at external trunk, cracks in the bodywork at the rumble seat leading edge. Well-fitted top, very clean interior has light wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $203,500. Another bit of a surprise, as this handsome car brought $43,500 over its high estimate of $160,000—and I thought that high estimate was just about correct. Upon reflection, this was a heck of a lot of car for the money, and it was probably a fun one to own as well. #169-1931 CORD L29 cabriolet. S/N 2927940. Two-tone blue/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 63,065 miles. Some chips and poor touch-up to what was once an excellentquality restoration. Chrome is still very good or better, front end detailing remains great.


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author stated that this is the best of the bunch, and it's hard to imagine one too much nicer. As a styling exercise and concept car from an era where concept cars such as this truly were dreams in sheet metal, the price achieved sounds fair enough to me. close to spot-on perfect. Interior is spotless, with excellent faux wood trim and well-done fabric seats. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,035,000. A stunning restoration of a rare and most desirable V12 Packard. This was handsome and distinctive for a closed car, so it had everything going for it. Expensive, but a prized possession in every way. #161-1939 CADILLAC V16 convertible coupe. S/N 5290093. Black/black cloth/oxblood leather. Odo: 39 miles. Excellent paint, some chrome a bit under perfect. Excellent top, very good trim and exterior details. Interior is done in the original style, with excellent dash and well-executed soft trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $330,000. Shipped new to a dealer in Jacksonville, FL, and one of just seven V16 convertible coupes built in 1939. A very significant Cadillac with a significant profile and #141-1941 CHRYSLER NEWPORT Concept Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N C331001. Cream Yellow/saddle leather. Odo: 35,000 miles. One of six built, and this car, chassis #1001, was the first of the series. Decent paint is not fresh but certainly not bad looking, chrome follows suit. Interior is said to be all original, and it looks the part and has great patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $748,000. Last seen and tidy interior, well-detailed trunk and engine compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $141,250. I don't know how hard fixing the wood issues here would be, but I can't imagine they will be all that easy to repair. Price achieved was well within the market range. #116-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '04, where it sold at $330,000 (SCM# 32700). I'd call this body style a bit of an acquired taste, but on a car as important as this, it's only an opinion. Dressed as the official 1941 Pace Maker for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Sweepstakes, even though this particular example was not used for pace car duties. Not a bad entry port for the type of attention it will draw. A fair price achieved. #165-1942 FORD SUPER DELUXE Woody wagon. S/N 186787735. Maroon/black vinyl/saddle leather. Odo: 59,545 miles. Paint mostly decent, but the wood bits have some real issues, including lots of splits at the seams and ends. It's not all bad, but far from show. Nice enough interior shows some light wear. a large gap in its ownership history. This sold for low-to-mid estimate, so if someone finds out more about its provenance, that buyer will have made a very good purchase. TOP 10 No. 9 #140-1941CHRYSLERTHUNDERBOLT Concept retractable hard top. S/N 7807976. Red/gray/tan leather. 1997 Pebble Beach Best in Class winner. No evident problems with paintwork, all bright trim still looks sharp throughout. Some surface wear can be seen in the interior, but it's nothing to be concerned about. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,320,000. Last seen at RM's Phoenix sale in January '06, where it sold at $1,210,000 (SCM# 40663). One of five possibly completed, four of which are known to remain. The catalog great glass, very clean and correct-style interior. Looks to be a relatively recent restoration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $143,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale in January '05, where it sold at $153,900 (SCM# 37055). A very skilled restoration shop will be able to make this diamond in the rough sparkle, and recent increases in prices and high dollar sales will give encouragement. #182-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001268. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 45,764 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Panel fit and gaps far better than when new. Very good paint shows some light scars next to top latches. Nice interior fit, excellent stitching, great fit to the seats. Very clean Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $96,250. There aren't too many '42s of any manufacturer out there, as it was a short production year with the beginning of WWII switching production lines over to wartime manufacture. If the new owner can ignore the wood issues for a few years, there's a good chance his inevitable restoration bills won't hurt so much. #187-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7408377. Dark blue/tan cloth/blue & gray cloth & leather. Odo: 27,016 miles. Very good paint, nice top, wood has some issues, including patch pieces and some delamination on the dark bits. Clean 74 underhood and not overdone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $264,000. Not a bargain, but certainly not overpriced in today's market. Let's just settle on well bought and sold. It seems as if nobody Sports Car Market ible. S/N 17051631. Light blue/dark blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 55,041 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some unfortunate bubbles in bodywork are hard to find at first but are definitely there. A few scratches, again, are as unfortunate as they are deep. Excellent chrome,


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RM Auctions Phoenix, AZ Column Author still living remembers how bad the quality was on these first year 'Vettes, as just about every single one I've seen has been “fixed” to better than new. #112-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC57J102951. Tropical Turquoise/ blue/white vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. Eight miles since a frame-off restoration. Excellent paint and chrome. A stand-up presentation throughout. Great glass, underhood. Interior shows light shop wear, not use wear. Options include much. Race history includes events at Daytona, Watkins Glen, and Elkhart Lake among others. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,732,500. The market is currently gaga for old race cars, so why not pay up for a rather well known ex-factory comp car? Why not indeed, as someone did. A great history trumped a great paint job, and that's a good thing. #153-1966 FORD CS500 Super Duty truck. at RM's Cappy Collection sale in Addison in November '06, where it sold at $93,500 (SCM# 43537). This car was sent new to Moscow to be part of the American National Exhibition, a six-week event in the summer of 1959. The speedometer reads in kilometers, and boxes of spares were found in the trunk when it was purchased by former owner Jerry “Cappy” Capizzi. If you're an Edsel lover, there's no need to take your shoe off and bang it on the podium at this price. fender skirts, back-up lights, spinner hubcaps, Continental kit and door handle guards. Power steering, brakes, antenna, windows and rear dual antennas. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. This would have been a great $85,000 car were it not for the fuel injection. Fuelie status has removed this from the potential driver class into the important collectible arena. This was a nice one. Great car, great price. #120-1958 PACKARD HAWK coupe. S/N 58LS1226. Red/black/saddle leather. Odo: 21,568 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-bbl, auto. A bit more over the top than its stock over-the-top presentation, and the wire wheels with gold-plated knockoff ears might have a #117-1959 FORD GALAXIE Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N B9FW132041. White & blue/blue & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 55,170 miles. 332-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks to be an older restoration. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, older interior is still quite nice but not bright or fresh. Nice glass and chrome. Appears sorted out, which is just the way you want to find this type of complicated drop top. fitted. Appears visually solid throughout. Good seat, plenty of wear in all the right places on the interior. Assorted Cobra bits fitted to engine. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $66,000. What is the price of fame? In this case, about $66k. If I had a few extra bucks to throw around and a Cobra that needed to be moved, this would have been the truck to buy. After all, it's a lot cheaper than a few trips in the belly of a 747. #177-1970 FORD TORINO GT 429 SCJ coupe. S/N 0R38J137651. Yellow & black/black cloth & vinyl. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,250. Expensive for its condition, as this was an older restoration. To make this car shine would take quite a bit of work and even more dollars. Driver-quality Skyliners are readily available and usually for a good nick less than the price paid here. bit to do with that. Some light scratching to the paint, very good brightwork, well-done interior in leather shows light wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,250. The Packard Hawk was one car that made a splash before all production ceased, and only 588 were built. This was more than just a bit over the top in the price department as well as in design, but if you're having fun, what's an extra $20,000? #109-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convertible. S/N B9UR731197. President Red & white/ black vinyl/black & red vinyl. Odo: 56,500 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, pt, and a/c. Excellent paint, brightwork spotless aside from one or two light dings. Very good top shows no issues, great interior well-fitted in the correct style. A high-quality restoration showing no significant signs of age. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. Last seen 76 TOP 10 No. 5 #152-1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 Competition roadster. S/N CSX2011. White & blue/black leather. Odo: 1,634 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. The third of three factory competition examples, and another patina-plus car. Older race car paint job, which is to stay done to a poor quality. Large dent in the driver's door, interior is worn and dirty. Cleaner under the hood than in the interior, but not by Odo: 51,638 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A nice overall look with very good quality throughout the presentation. Paint and brightwork both to a respectable standard. Underhood is clean, but not overly detailed. S/N N50CU906509. Light blue/white vinyl. Odo: 16,182 miles. Full of great original stuff, including paint with lots of fade and buffedthrough spots. There's not much brightwork to mention, with painted bumpers and grille Interior shows quite well, replacement windshield fitted. Honest and original-appearing throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,750. If you were looking for a great buy in a full-sized American muscle car, you missed your chance if you weren't the high bidder on this bad boy. It was stated to be numbers-matching and was built with rare drag pack specs. It was worth more than this bid even considering the current muscle car slump. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ Column Author The Scottsdale Auction In its debut year in the Arizona desert, Gooding achieved the highest sale of the entire weekend with the $3.3m sale of a '59 250 GT California Spyder Company Gooding & Company Date January 19, 2008 Location Scottsdale, Arizona Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold / offered 64 / 71 Sales rate 90% Sales total $21,029,700 High sale 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder, sold at $3,300,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Cal Spyder at $3.3m, a world record for a steel-bodied, open headlight car Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics T here was much buzz surrounding the announcement last fall that Gooding & Company would hold its first sale during the January Arizona events. Starting with its initial $12m sale at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and culminating in its recent $61m Pebble Beach sale last August, the company has quickly established itself as a player at the top end of the collector car market. Gooding's debut in Arizona, held in tents pitched at the rear corner of the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall near Old Town, was no exception to the trend. An interesting assortment of vehicles was on offer, covering just about all segments for potential buyers. Lots ranged from a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder to a 1929 Ford Model A Postal Delivery truck, and in its first year in the desert, the company achieved the sale of the highest priced lot in all the Arizona auctions when that 250 GT Cal Spyder sold to a new owner for $3.3m. Things began slowly, with the first few lots bringing under their low estimates, but the sale began to heat up as the crowd of bidders responded more enthusiastically to the lots that followed. For company head David Gooding, the event's 90% sale rate and $21 million total achieved gave proof that the market was healthier than many people anticipated—especially in the under-$200k segment. For him the sale exceeded expectations. “It was better than we anticipated, and the venue was great. We were thrilled.” Besides the California Spyder, other notable sales included three Ferraris that fetched over $1m each. A Series II 400 Superamerica achieved $1.3m, a 275 GTB/4 fresh from restoration made almost $1.2m, and a Daytona Spyder sold at $1.3m. A lovely and rare '32 Packard Model 904 Custom Eight Convertible Victoria—a 2007 Pebble Beach winner—found a new home at $1.2m, and the stunning 1936 Duesenberg Model J Murphybodied “Clear-Vision” sedan was sold for $1.1m—a price perhaps held down by the fact that the body, although a period one, was not original to the chassis. A 1932 Alfa 1750 Gran Sport Zagato that sold at $1.4m offered a nice contrast to the stripped, original 1750 sold by Gooding for $946k at last summer's Pebble Beach sale. Further evidence that the 300SL market continues to ride strength after strength came with the $605k sale of a 1955 Gullwing coupe. Only seven of the 71 lots failed to find buyers, and notable among them was a much- marketed and very attractive and rare Ferrari 342 America coupe, which stalled at what must be a market-correct $650k. A very nice vintage race- and rally-prepared Ferrari 250 GT low-roof Boano failed at $800k, and a good '67 Shelby GT500 that had been purchased from the August '07 Bonhams & Butterfields Quail Lodge sale was bid to $140k—or $10k less than the buyer paid last summer. The consensus of people with whom I spoke was that Gooding & Company is a welcome addition to the January Arizona sale landscape, with the company offering another high-end auction venue with a full range of attractive cars in a well-presented, customer-friendly environment. The company looks to be a fixture in the winter desert for many years to come. ♦ 78 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #24-1933 LAGONDA 3-LITER tourer. S/N Z10710. Eng. # 2459. Black/black canvas/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 3,875 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint shows only minute traces of use. Very good chrome except some waviness on radiator shell. Nice interior shows evidence of water staining on right front door panel. Excellent wood and instruments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. A replica body, but aren't SOLD AT $253,000. Unusual and lovely color combination makes this Nash-Healey look even more like a Lancia Aurelia Spider. Very handsome, but price is on the high side considering condition and details. Well sold. #45-1953 JAGUAR XK 120SE roadster. most? A beautifully presented alternative to the expected vintage Bentley, but the rose painted wheels were a curious choice. Sold for $79,200 at Christie's Pebble Beach in August '91 (SCM# 17285), was a no-sale in October '96 at The Auction's Las Vegas event at $80k (SCM# 9209), and sold again by Christie's at Pebble Beach in August '02 for $117,500 (SCM# 29033). The price here was on the high side, but correct. #72-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Streamline saloon. S/N 86SK. Eng. # ET45. Black & red/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 114 miles. Coachwork by Park Ward. Excellent panel fit and paint, good chrome shows some pitting under plating on top of radiator shell. a touched-up rub on left seat back piping and light soiling on left rear seat backrest. C-type cylinder head. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,200. The hottest-spec 120 in simple and classic colors. Very well done, and a bit more work could make it one of the best. Priced right. #51-1965 JAGUAR XKE SI coupe. S/N 1E31621. Eng. # 7E54359. Black/black leather. Odo: 99,974 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows a few light polish swirl marks. Nice chrome shows some slight S/N 673648. Eng. # 9382485. Old English White/beige canvas/beige leather. Odo: 11 miles. Good panel fit, except for misalignment of left door at front and rear. Excellent paint and chrome with no issues. Nice interior has at rear and sides. Excellent chrome and trim, very nice interior with period Blaupunkt radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A very good restoration of a covered headlight 4.2 convertible, only let down by the fit of what is likely a replacement hood. Priced at nearly the top of the market, so very well sold. #10-1981 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante convertible. S/N V8COL15213. Red/tan Everflex/ tan leather. Odo: 33,644 miles. Automatic. Excellent panel fit, paint, and chrome. Very good black trim shows minor fading on front bumper and cracking on left rear bumper. Very good interior has some light soiling on driver's seat, which is also losing foam from bottom cushion. Excellent wood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. Ex-Petersen Museum and the former “Dynasty” TV series car, with a commemorative plaque on the console. A red V8 Volante is very much of the period of the prime-time soap opera, and one can just see Joan Collins and Linda Evans having a catfight right before one of them jumps in this car and screeches away. Priced as any other, so I suppose there was no harm done here. Excellent interior with spectacular wood trim. Won the Most Elegant Closed Car award and First in Class at Pebble Beach in 2005. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $852,500. This dramatic, almost sinister coachwork on a Phantom II chassis was incredibly arresting. A show stopper, and worth every penny paid. #27-1953 NASH-HEALEY roadster. S/N N2399. Eng. # NHA1414. Pale green/tan leather. Odo: 27,845 miles. Good panel fit, as per factory. Paint shows some areas of microblistering and sinkage, but generally very good. Excellent chrome, except for light pitting on rear license plate light housing. Strange flat paint on wire wheels. Either unique or incorrect grille. Well-executed interior shows soiling on top trim roll, some dirty spots on carpets. Cond: 2-. 80 waviness under plating on door frames. Clean and well-fitted interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,750. The covered-headlight Series I Etype coupe is the best expression of the classic shape, and this car was very well done to a high level. Top dollar in this market, but worth it. #11-1967 JAGUAR XKE SI convertible. S/N HBJ7L23416. Eng. # 7E125429. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 51 miles. Very good door and trunk fit, hood fit too low and wide Sports Car Market FRENCH #2-1933 DELAGE D6-11 truck. S/N 36680. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 33,102 km. Worn and dull paint wavy and chipped, shows period French garage livery. Wood bed is worn but solid and complete. Broken


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Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ Column Author right door handle, simple interior aged with dry dash wood, complete instrumentation still present. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $36,300. A barn-find converted from a car into a pickup truck—and some would opine that for the D6, it wasn't far to go. Such conversions were fairly common after WWII when trucks were scarce. This would make a great vineyard or French restaurant promotional vehicle, as it was pretty neat... but please don't restore it. #17-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C coupe. S/N 57717. Eng. # 46C. Black & green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 7,917 km. Coachwork by Gangloff. Very good panel fit except for right door slightly out at rear edge. Some fading and waviness in chrome. Very good interior shows some soiling on carpets. Excellent dash wood and instruments. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $731,500. The ultimate-spec Bugatti 57C in dramatic coupe form—a sort of closed “Aravis” drophead. A very high-level restoration now just a bit off, but still stunning throughout. Well bought at below the low estimate of $800k. GERMAN #66-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL coupe. S/N 1980405500581. Silver/red leather. Odo: 46,058 km. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows a few small bubbles on left front fender eyebrows. Chrome shows light polish scratches and a few rubs, interior has a few trim fit issues on door sills and canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 1,330 km. Coachwork by Zagato. Very good panel fit, paint shows some checking on right running board, a small area of microblistering on cowl, and light polish scratches. Excellent chrome, very good interior with superb instrument panel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,540,000. The most desirable fifth-series 6C 1750 with a beautiful Zagato body. Not much is known about this car's early history, and it has no known period competition record. Sold at Christie's Tarrytown sale in April '01 for $340,000 (SCM# 23860), and was seen again at RM's Phoenix sale in January '02, where it was a no-sale at $319,000 (SCM# 27066). Since then it's had a very high-level restoration and won prizes at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. A blue chip investment. #61-1959 FIAT ABARTH 750 Double Bubble coupe. S/N 100654000. White & blue/ blue vinyl. Coachwork by Zagato. Variable panel fit, with rear deck lid raised and right door wide and slightly high at rear edge. Shiny paint shows several areas of bubbling at Apillar, right sill, and left door. Bright trim on windows somewhat dull and scratched, chrome very good. Plexiglass windshield has messy California spyders have exploded in value and deservedly so. This one was in superb condition, though it's a shame it wasn't restored to its original navy blue over red color combination. A new world record for a steel-bodied, openheadlight car, but market correct. #1-1962 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Normale spider. S/N AR170954. Gray metallic/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 59,900 miles. Incorrect 1,600-cc single-carb engine and 5-speed. Uneven panel fit with very wide rear door gaps. Shiny paint shows some bubbling on rear edge of hood, large touched-up scratch on right rear quarter panel, and run on right side of trunk lid. Sills and wheelarches show evidence of putty work. Excellent chrome and trim, very good interior, faded gauges and steering wheel center. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,250. A late Giulietta missing its original 1,300cc engine. Attractive colors on what appeared to be a quick and casual restoration. A good 20-footer, and very well sold at this price. TOP 10 No. 10 headliner. Road-clean engine compartment. Rudge wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $605,000. This well-restored Gullwing has clearly been used—and that's how it should be. The differential between these and the increasingly-desirable roadsters has all but disappeared, and this one was well bought at below the $700k low estimate. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 7 82 #70-1932 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 Gran Sport spyder. S/N 10814400. Eng. # 6C10814400. Dark red/black caulking, left door glass misaligned. Good interior, with some loose floor trim, glue stains on headliner, and somewhat faded gauges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $88,000. This restoration was coming undone in lots of places, and the later 931-cc engine made it ineligible for VSCCA entry. Offered at Kruse's August 2007 Seaside sale where it was declared a no-sale at the same $88,000 for which it sold here (SCM# 46329). Values have been rising, but this was all the money and a bit. See profile, p. 50. TOP 10 No. 2 #44-1959 FERRARI 250 GT LWB California spyder. S/N 1215GT. Eng. # 1215GT. Fly Yellow/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 64,645 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows small stress cracks on inside front fender tops and light polish swirl marks throughout. Very good chrome, interior as-new. Original cold air box fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,300,000. Sports Car Market #14-1963 FERRARI SUPERAMERICA Series 400 II Aerodynamico coupe. S/N 5029SA. Eng. # 5029. Silver gray/dark red leather. Odo: 1,352 km. One of 18 Series 2 long-wheelbase coupes. Very good panel fit, trunk lid raised at rear. Excellent paint has one very small stress crack on left door vent frame. Superb chrome, interior as new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,320,000. The rare S2 Aerodynamico in great colors and fabulous condition. It's a shame it's only traveled 63 km since its last appearance at Bonhams Gstaad in December 2005, where it


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Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ Column Author sold for $560,921 (SCM# 40201). At that time it was fresh from a run on the Milan-San Remo rally. Obviously it has been a good investment, but now someone should really drive it. A market-correct price. See profile, p. 40. #35-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTi spyder. S/N AM1011453. Metallic gray/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 46,582 km. Variable panel fit. Thick paint has a bit of orange peel and some small areas of runs and microblistering. Good chrome except for light scratches on bumpers, dimpling in grille surround under plating, and Jolly—not that either makes any sense at all. There is a rabid club to support these in Europe and they're almost never seen here in the U.S. A ton of fun and well bought at this price. #49-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC Speciale some fading. Clean interior with somewhat faded carpets and perished door rubber. Still fitted with Lucas fuel injection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $253,000. A very handsome color combination, and a refurbishment done to typical European driving standards. These are fantastic rally cars whose values have steadily risen. Given the condition, this sale was a bit ahead of the market—but probably not for long. #57-1964 LAMBORGHINI 350 GT coupe. S/N 0111. Eng. # 0128. Burgundy/parchment leather. Odo: 1,047 km. Variable panel fit, somewhat thick paint still nice. Good chrome shows some pitting under plating and has lost detail on replated door handles. Redyed seats show some soiling, dash a bit dull and flat. Wear on wood wheel rim, period Pianola radio coupe. S/N 8727. Eng. # 8727. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 41,037 km. Somewhat variable panel fit under excellent paint. Very good chrome shows some light scratches on right door window frame. Wavy hood grille vents, good interior is let down only by rippling in dash top cover around vents. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $550,000. Built for Sergio Pininfarina, this car has many features not found on any condition, as an early owner had carried out extensive modifications to make it look more like a competition version. Seen in that configuration at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '05, where it didn't sell at $450,000 (SCM# 37528). The money spent undoing the excesses paid off handsomely here. #40-1971 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA spyder. S/N 14779. Eng. # B1316. Silver/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 39,602 miles. Mostly good panel fit, left door out at rear edge. Excellent paint has one small touched-up chip on nose. Excellent chrome and trim. Very good interior shows some light soiling on door panels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,290,000. Rare and well done in understated silver and black. Sold at RM Monterey in August '99 for $308,000 (SCM# 12066), when it was fitted with 5-spoke alloys. Appeared again at Christie's Monterey in August '04, now with its current chrome wires, where it failed to sell at $450,000 (SCM# 34912). My, what a difference a few years make—and it's only covered 788 miles since 1999. The current marketcorrect price. AMERICAN other 330 GTC. Some of them, such as the hood-mounted air vent grilles, were later used on the 365 GTC; others, such as the pop-up auxiliary lights, were found on other custombodied Ferraris. It was originally fitted with a light blue cloth interior, and it's a shame it was replaced with typical beige leather. The differential paid for these rather minor cosmetic modifications was substantial, so this can be considered well sold. #62-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $308,000. The Earls Court Show Car displayed in October 1964. One of the oldest Lamborghinis extant, this was the 11th production car built—and it deserved better than the rather casual refurb job it received. Values of early Lambos have taken a huge leap, and this may be the new market price. #41-1966 FIAT 500 Gamine roadster. S/N 110M1820976. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,210 km. Panel fit wide but correct. Paint has a drip stain on front deck and polish swirl marks. Excellent chrome and trim. Simple interior is clean, with some wear on steering wheel rim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. The Gamine is so much more sensible then the ubiquitous 84 S/N 09657. Eng. # 09657. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 44,756 km. Very good panel fit aside from slightly misaligned left door. Excellent paint, chrome, and interior. Fitted with a/c and Borrani wires. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,155,000. Freshly restored to stock loss on headlights. Interior surprisingly intact, with the front seat cushion quite distressed. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $220,000. A fantastic 12-cylinder Packard tourer in remarkably conserved condition. A perfect candidate for topline preservation entries in leading concours. Very well bought. #26-1931 CADILLAC V16 roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # 702368. Burgundy/black canvas/ gray leather. Odo: 500 miles. Coachwork in Fleetwood style. Excellent panel fit, paint, and Sports Car Market #18-1916 PACKARD TWIN SIX 135 tourer. S/N 83127. Eng. # 83127. Black & brown/black leather/black leather. Odo: 40,856 miles. Very good panel fit. Old paint opaque, crusty, and most possibly original. Nickel trim tarnished with areas of


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Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ Column Author door and panel. Unmarked chrome, nice interior with some soiling on central instrument panel, excellent wood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $231,000. An older high-quality restoration now showing some age. Sold at Christie's Greenwich sale in June '06 for $129,250 (SCM# 41889), and at that time, the SCM correspondent advised painting the then-beige fenders a darker color for a better look. It's been done and the work has paid off. These are highly regarded tour cars, and this was a good deal. chrome. Interior only marred by some small loose trim pieces and glue marks on left panel. Otherwise clean throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $297,000. A replica Fleetwood body created from a five-passenger sedan. Replaced engine, much chassis work done, superbly restored. Sold at Christie's Monterey August 2007 sale for $275,000 (SCM# 46168). The seller made no money, but the buyer still got a good deal at far below the cost of one of the 105 genuine Fleetwood roadsters. Fairly priced. #50-1932 PACKARD MODEL 904 Custom Eight convertible Victoria. S/N 90471. Dark blue/beige canvas/beige leather. Odo: 469 miles. Coachwork by Dietrich. Excellent panel fit, right door slightly out at lower front edge. Nice paint and chrome, very good interior has a small seat backrest. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,000. Great colors on a handsome blown Auburn convertible sedan. An older restoration still very presentable for touring, and priced correctly at near its low estimate of $175k. #42-1936 DUESENBERG MODEL J scratch on right front seat cushion. Excellent wood trim, dash panel, and instrumentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,210,000. A stunningly lovely and rare Dietrich Victoria in great colors and with incredible presence. Stated to be one of only four known. A 2007 Pebble Beach class winner, and ready to win wherever you might take it. A market-correct price. #32-1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT 1104 tourer. S/N 75011. Eng. # 752026. Burgundy & black/beige canvas/brown leather. Odo: 5,033 miles. The General Dwight Eisenhower, Admiral Nimitz, and George Marshall parade car. Good panel fit, left front door out at rear edge. Very good older paint on body shows a few stress cracks and checking on right rear “Clear-Vision” 4-dr sedan. S/N 2607. Eng. # J574. Burgundy & silver/Carmel cloth. Odo: 44,561 miles. Coachwork by Murphy. Good panel fit, both rear doors out at rear edge. Paint shows a few small areas of bubbling, some subsurface issues on left rear door, and polish swirl marks. Chrome nice except for light pitting on top of headlights. Excellent interior with #67-1935 AUBURN 851 SC phaeton. S/N GH5262. Burgundy/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 14,811 miles. Variable panel fit. Good paint has some areas of orange peel, some small stress cracks on front end, and polish swirl marks. Good interior shows some soiling on front door panels and left side of front & corduroy. Odo: 87,049 miles. Coachwork by Derham. Good panel fit, right door out at rear edge, nice paint shows some minor prep issues. Excellent chrome, some delamination in vent window glass. Very good interior with only slight stretching in front seat cushion fabric. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $451,000. Ex-Raymond Loewy. The famous designer custom-styled this for his personal use. It's certainly more attractive than his later Lancia Loraymo, and is really quite stunning in person. The color had been changed from the original black and red, but the green suited it well. A fair price for a bit of design history. #37-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002292. Red/beige canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 7,546 miles. 235-ci 150-hp straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Panel fit as good as or better than factory. Very good paint shows light polish marks throughout, excellent chrome and interior fittings. Engine compartment detailed but still slightly dirty. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. A very well-done second-year 'Vette with lots of eye appeal. Since no one actually buys these to drive, it should stay in this condition for quite a while. Well bought at a belowmarket price. superb wood and wonderful hand-hammered fixtures. Fitted with incorrect 18-inch wheels instead of 19-inch units. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. Murphy built some of the most elegant bodies on pre-war classics, and this stunning thin-pillared sedan is one of them. This is a period body, but it was not originally fitted to this chassis. A very high-level restoration now considerably mellowed, and well bought at low estimate money. #39-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Loewy coupe. S/N H116584. Eng. # 16H57392. Dark green/plexiglass/beige leather 86 Sports Car Market #3-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO SEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 5662056926. Black & white/black & white leather. Odo: 52,037 miles. Very good panel fit except for wide hood gap on left and rear. Well-applied paint shows a few minor prep issues. Most chrome very good except for light pitting on textured side beltline trim, rust on left vent


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Glovebox Notes trim, and wear on right drip rail. Nice interior except for some pitting on instrument and metal door trim. Fitted with power windows and spotlight. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $121,000. A factory custom Eldorado built for a GM executive. Equipped with many features seen on later models, which made it very attractive overall. The restoration was unfortunately uneven, which held the price down here. It would not need much to be stunning. Well bought. #19-1959 CADILLAC COUPE DE VILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 59J079448. Turquoise & white/turquoise cloth. Odo: 24,995 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good panel fit except for misalignment of left front fender and sill. Paint shows some minor prep issues, chrome nice except for small areas of light pitting. Excellent wires, and dual carbs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $583,000. Claimed to be numbers-matching, this was a superbly presented example of the small-block Cobra. In my opinion, this was the best Cobra iteration, and it was a very good buy for the new owner. #71-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N 698. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 10,684 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit as per factory. Paint shows some bubbling and cracking in roof drip rails and stress cracks near hood pins. Very largely original interior. Fitted with a/c and power windows. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. The coupe shows the lines of the iconic '59, the best out of all the models built that year. A heavily-optioned, documented low-mileage Cadillac in a spectacular color. Very elegant and well presented, and very well bought—it could have easily brought $10k more. #12-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 7J1006508. Sapphire Blue/white leather. Odo: 7,968 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good panel fit, left door slightly out at rear bottom. Good paint shows many polish scratches and a few small rubs. Good chrome, except for Price: $27,950 Likes: Quirky hatchback is sharply Gremlinized S40 sedan. DOHC, 227-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder and quick 6-speed will nudge 30 mpg highway; sports every possible safety device. Comfortable front seats, acceptable rear, glass tailgate evokes 1800ES; huge taillights occupy all rear-facing panels. Gripes: Climate controls infuriating, with no numerical gradations. Directional pictogram requires a dangerous amount of attention. Clutch engages at top of travel. Trunk space limited. Too heavy to be quick. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HH Verdict: Tentative entry in hatchback category surely too small for regular Volvans, too expensive (and dull) for youth market. If Volvo wants to play, where is the AWD, 300-hp turbo “R” version with 20-inch bling wheels, roof spoiler, and wild colors?—Paul Duchene good chrome, excellent interior. Supercharger with “Cobra” air box. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $132,000. The hot rod rental now modified with a supercharger. Although this was very clean, it was not a show car. It will still make a good-looking road burner for the new owner. Well bought. #29-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23J9G166975. Eng. # MN426. Metallic green/black vinyl. Odo: 9,593 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-correct panel fit, somewhat thick finish shows dust under paint and sanding marks in drip rails. Very 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt coupe A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2008 Volvo C30 hatchback some waviness under plating on bumpers. Good interior has some soiling on redyed seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,600. The first year of the Riviera is one of the best designs ever to come from the mind of Bill Mitchell. This was an average example which brought an aboveaverage price. Well sold. #6-1964 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX2279. Red/black leather. Odo: 46,959 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit, excellent paint shows some light polish marks, nice chrome and interior. Fitted with chrome roll bar, Borg Warner T-10 gearbox, class “B” accessory deep sump oil pan, chrome April 2008 good chrome, pot metal trim shows some light pitting. Nice interior shows some light staining and scratches on door sill plates. Hurst shifter, Redline tires. Full documentation since new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. A very desirable Mopar coupe with the rare Stage II Hemi engine and Super Track Pack option. Clean, attractive and well done, but not a show queen. A market-correct price. ♦ Price as tested: $31,075 Likes: Great noises, vicious launch courtesy of 315-hp V8 and 3.73:1 gears. Quick steering, slick 5-speed with short throws. Nicely understated, bereft of normal badges. Handsome period mags protected by wide tires. Gripes: Crude interior with tacky plastic and gaudy, '76 Trans Am “engine-turned” plastic dash panel. Poor rear visibility, cramped rear seat. Solid axle hops around on bad surfaces. Chrome shift knob very cold or very hot. Bullitt VIN on strut brace is tinfoil glued in place. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Second generation Bullitt better than first, but needs IRS. Interior quality is deal-breaker and the King of Cool would have pitched the cheesy doorplates and filler cap.—Rob Sass ♦ 87


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Scottsdale 2008 The high-end market was notably absent, with only three cars bringing over $1m Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 15–20, 2008 Location Scottsdale, Arizona Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Mark Gellman, Doak Lambert, Jimmy Landis, John Nicholls, & Shane Ratliff Automotive lots sold / offered 1,135 / 1,135 Sales rate 100% Crowds turned out in record numbers at B-J Report and photos by Carl Bomstead, Donald Osborne, Jérôme Hardy, Paul Duchene, and Jim Pickering Market opinions in italics O ver the years, Barrett-Jackson has built itself into the largest of the Scottsdale auctions, with over 1,000 no-reserve cars offered throughout the better part of a week's worth of action on the block, live Speed Channel coverage, manufacturers' displays, and live entertainment for the 250,000 people who come to WestWorld from around the country. Last year saw a total of 1,239 cars sell for a final total of just under $108m, and this year, the market was buzzing with speculation as to what would happen under the big tent. Many things had changed for Barrett-Jackson Sales Totals in the months leading up to Scottsdale, including both a declining market for muscle cars and a September press release stating that the company had sold a significant minority stake to Portland-based Endeavour Capital. In October, another press release from the company stated that the number of consignments had been pulled back by 20% to help with logistics, problems resulting from a muddy display field, and a desire to send consignments to their newly-announced fall auction in Las Vegas. Industry consensus was that B-J was setting the stage for an anticipated drop in sale totals. When all was said and done, 1,135 cars crossed the $120m $100m $80m $60m $40m $20m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Sales total $84,475,985 High sale 1963 Chevrolet Corvette “Rondine,” sold at $1,760,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Jackson sold some high-quality cars for reasonable money. The problem was there just were not enough of them. In an uncertain market, it takes a brave consignor to offer his car at no reserve, and we saw many of the high-quality types of muscle cars that formerly would be expected at Barrett-Jackson show up, with reserves, at the other Scottsdale-area auctions. In general, solid no-questions cars sold for strong market-correct figures, but anything with any sort of issue or story was well off the mark. For every car that was well sold, two or three others were not. In other words, just because it crossed the block at BarrettJackson this year did not guarantee over-the-top money. Sellers who stuck with their cars throughout the week to explain unique features or answer bidders' questions fared far better than those who simply parked their cars and spent the rest of the day in the bidder's bar. The high-end market was notably absent, with only three cars bringing over $1m. One was the 1963 Corvette “Rondine” concept car, which made $1,760,000. A 1929 Duesenberg Model J brought $1,100,000, and the first 2009 Corvette ZR-1 sold for $1,100,000, with the proceeds going to charity. Most of the cars on hand brought under $100k, with only a handful topping $500k. Notable sales included the 1963 Ford Thunderbird “Italien” concept car at $660,000, the Blastolene B-702 custom roadster at $522,500, and Robosaurus at $632,500. While the “core” business was off, the Lifestyle Pavilion was jammed, as the nice block this year for a final total of $84.5m—a drop of $23.4m for just 104 fewer cars. Apart from oddities like a fire-breathing 18-year-old Robosaurus, a bunch of Jesse James “Monster Garage” creations, and one of the many copies of the General Lee '69 Dodge Charger, Barrett- 88 weather brought the crowds through the gates. B-J's peripatetic PR machine churned out releases proclaiming new “world records” for this year's event, but rather than in car sales, they were in web site hits and attendance. However, few businesses shrug off a $23m dollar downturn, and we'll be curious to see how B-J moves to address this situation. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #1312-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II sport coupe. S/N MC65. Black & dark gray/black leather. RHD. One-off coachwork by Hooper & Co. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows some polish swirl marks and a few small stress cracks. Very good chrome has a few small areas of fading and light pitting. Clean and Pretty neat considering the history, and the price paid was fair enough for both parties. #316-1956 FORD SQUIRE Woody wagon. well-fitted interior, excellent wood trim. Original Louis Vuitton fitted trunks and Austrian-made picnic case. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $440,000. A late '80s restoration that's holding up quite well. The seller stated that much recent mechanical work had been done and that, along with this car's very elegant lines, made it an ideal tour car. Priced correctly. #309-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N TC9850. Black/beige vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 15,781 miles. Fair panel fit. Older paint has orange peel, subsurface prep issues, many light scratches, and areas of lumpiness. Good to fair chrome, clean interior with some fading on gauges. Moto-Lita wood wheel, period-style S/N 100E263922. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 60,498 miles. Variable panel fit probably as per factory. Very good paint shows some prep issues, chrome decent aside from extensive light pitting on grille. Interior shows soiling on metal dash panel. “Sports” cam and twin SU carbs fitted. Nice paint shows a few small touched-in chips on left running board. Very good chrome, clean interior has somewhat thick varnish on dash wood and small cracks in steering wheel. European restoration in 1998. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,800. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's West Palm Beach sale in March '07, where it sold at $38,500 (SCM# 44792). A high-quality restoration now mellowed into a driver. The taxi yellow color is not the most flattering hue, and the 2+2 body on steel wheels isn't the most desired Morgan. A good deal for the buyer, as this one is worth a bit more. #119-1960 MORGAN PLUS 4 convert- ible. S/N 4359. Red/black cloth/black with red striping/leather. Odo: 30,543 miles. Frame-up restoration to a nice level. Paint and panels very good, fenders properly aligned, glass, chrome, and rubber all new. Interior redone in black leather, soft top in good condition as long Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. The wagon companion to the English Ford Prefect. A U.S. delivery car, and a clear example of how the Brits totally misjudged the '50s U.S. market. The new owner will certainly have the only one on his block, and this price can be considered the current market value. #919-1958 TRIUMPH TR3 roadster. S/N TS27533. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 78,173 miles. Decent panel fit, right door a bit uneven. Good paint shows some prep issues, chrome generally nice. Windshield washer nozzles missing, two empty holes visible in bodywork on Goodyear tires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $22,000. Stated “restored numerous times since 1971,” but not much evidence of that work was visible. Last seen at Silver's Scottsdale sale in January '97, where it sold at $14,437 (SCM# 13721). Just a car, but not a bad one. Very well sold at this price. #670-1950 AUSTIN DORSET drag racer. S/N N/A. Blue/gray velour. 348-ci Chevrolet V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Surprisingly good panel fit, thick paint shows lots of subsurface prep issues. Stripped interior with velour-covered stock bench/bucket seat. STP logo hand-painted on side window, rear wheelwells radiused, Olds rear end with 5.12 gears fitted. Vintage race photos included. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $8,800. An American-market Austin Dorset rebuilt as an A/Gas dragster in 1959. This had a long racing history in Virginia, and you certainly won't see another one on the strip or at a race car show. 90 side of cowl. Seat covers slightly twisted inside, otherwise very good interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. An extensive, if casual, restoration of a straight TR3. It was titled as a '58, but the serial number dates it earlier. Regardless, it was fairly priced at this bid. #915-1959 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. S/N 4086. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 7,004 miles. Good panel fit throughout. Sports Car Market as you're OK with the Union Jack on the roof. Tonneau cover included. A clean Morgan in a nice color. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,600. A true bargain. This car was extremely presentable, even if you wanted to run with the top down all the time because of the flag. It will provide years of open air motoring at minimum expense, so this was a very good buy. #930-1960 MORRIS MINOR pickup. S/N 0FB4794460. Cream/beige canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 20,503 miles. Factory-typical variable panel fit. Paint shows a touched-in chip on top of right door, some overspray on rubber. Very


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ good interior with some cracking on steering wheel center emblem. Minilite alloys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. Morris Minor panel trucks are fairly common, but the canvas-covered back pickups are less so. The restoration looked to be quickly done in spots, but this was still a neat little vehicle. Very well sold at this price. #762.1-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N LSVB119. Black & silver/gray leather. Odo: 77,452 miles. Excellent panel fit, older paint shows bubbling and microblistering. Chrome good to fair, glass unmarked. Clean interior has some soiling on top of seat kind seen at auctions like Barrett-Jackson. If it drove better than it looked, this was not a bad buy for summer fun—but to make it a $100k Healey will take $60–$75k. I'd say it was fairly priced. #741-1964 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 880754. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 48,781 miles. Good panel fit on doors and hood, trunk lid raised all around. Smooth paint shows some light polish scratches, very good chrome has light pitting under plating on left A-pillar backrest, some cracking on left side, and staining on C-pillar. Wood trim nice with somewhat thick varnish on dash top rail. Fitted with a/c. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $57,200. An honest but tired Cloud II. If it was mechanically sound, then the cosmetic issues will only swallow a small fortune. A surprising result for condition. Very well sold. #970-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BN7 roadster. S/N HBN7L06859. Black/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 74,236 miles. Generally excellent panel fit except for raised trunk lid on left side. Excellent paint and chrome, interior as new. Fitted with Moto-Lita wheel, Mk III and some waviness at rear bumpers. Very good engine compartment, excellent interior. Fitted with electric cooling fan. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. This was a very good restoration that still showed well, and it was a shame the seller had only driven it 150 miles since the work had been completed. A bit of a bargain. #1235.1-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L30993. Maroon/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 9 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows some light polish swirl marks. Excellent chrome and trim, nice windshield. Clean interior aside chrome, and wire wheels as new. Interior original with original Blaupunkt stereo. Fitted with factory a/c, but inoperative. Engine bay spotless, undercarriage very clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. DOT bumpers damage the lines on the later E-types. This is the current price level for nice XKEs fitted with the V12 and stick, and with that in mind, this was a decent deal. #1281-1993 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220861. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 12,552 km. The second XJ 220, parked next to lot #1291 in the main tent. In similar near-new condition, but higher mileage here was visible through the patina of the bolster on the driver's seat. Buying this one or #1291 is a choice of color, as both have light mileage and all service bills. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $291,500. 20,000 fewer dollars for four times more miles. Even though it ran second on the block and was more expensive, #1291 was a better purchase. #1291-1994 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220662. Dark blue/blue leather. Odo: 3,085 km. Showroom-new condition throughout and consistent with kilometers on the clock. An early '90s true supercar with 550 hp on tap. A challenge to the 959, F40, or McLaren BJ8 cams, larger carbs, disc brakes, 72-spoke wheels, and 7/8-inch front sway bar. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,700. For restored Healeys, the devil is in the details, and this was a top example with well-done mechanical upgrades to the engine, brakes, and suspension. Very well bought at this price. #337-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I convertible. S/N HBT7L13576. Silver Blue/ blue vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 51,280 miles. Variable panel fit. Older paint is shiny, but shows much bubbling, cracking, and nicks. Fair chrome and trim, clean interior with added wood panel under dash for '70s cassette radio. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $23,100. This was called a '61, but Mk I production ended in 1960. This was a tired Healey, which is not usually the April 2008 from small soil marks on driver's seat. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $77,000. A recent very well done Kurt Tanner restoration in an attractive nonHealey color. A superb example, and a bit of a bargain at this price. #86-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convertible. S/N UE1S25816. Old English White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 77,553 miles. Restored in 1992 to good standards. Two owners, paint still shows well, panel fit very good. Glass, of the period. One of 281 cars built between '92 and '94. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $313,500. 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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #1282-2001 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE Column Author #906-1957 PORSCHE 356 Speedster convertible. S/N SCAZK29E01CX68547. White/tan leather. Odo: 8,000 miles. Number 63 of 103 built between '00 and '01 in the Crewe factory. Glossy white paint with no chips, rims unmarked, splendid interior covered by tan leather and varnished veneer. Attention to detail interior with somewhat worn carpet on transmission tunnel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. Not an Excalibur, but pretty well done for what appears to be a homebuilt kit. Worth $8,250 to someone on this day, but not likely something that'll see a huge increase in value in the near future. #1283-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC trickles down to two never-used R-R umbrellas fixed under the trunk lid. Engine bay and undercarriage as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. A new used car. Too young to be collectible yet, but it will become collectible, as the Corniche model was the last car built before BMW moved production from the Crewe factory in August 2002. A long-term investment as long as it stays in this condition. FRENCH #99-1962 CITROËN 2CV Charleston 4-dr sedan. S/N 2432935. Burgundy & black/black vinyl/gray plaid cloth. Odo: 14,821 km. Good paint shows a great deal of orange peel, some small stone chips, and a nick on the left front fender. Panel fit OK, small tear visible on left front of folding roof, some rust repairs evident under windshield. Very good interior shows wear coupe. S/N 1880145500012. Black/gray leather. Odo: 31,909 km. Excellent panel fit. Nice older paint shows some touched-in chips and polish marks. Chrome generally very good, but has some areas of light pitting and scratches. Clean interior with some cracks beginning to show in Replica. S/N WA98204704. Silver/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 1,683 miles. Made by Beck. Excellent panel fit, very nice paint has a small chip at bottom of left door. Very good chrome, nice interior shows some wavy stitching on passenger seat. Super 90 twin-carb engine fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,450. A very well-done Beck Speedster built in 2002 and still almost as new. Market correct, but don't expect the value to go up as much here as it would on a real one. #1520-1957 PORSCHE 356 Speedster Replica. S/N 4356810. Metallic blue/navy canvas/blue leather. Odo: 59 miles. Very good panel fit, paint well done, bodywork at doors quite rippled. Very good chrome, excellent interior except for some scuffs on driver's seat bolster. Full driver's seat cushion. Wood trim a bit dull in spots, period Becker Mexico radio installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $253,000. The 300Sc is the most desirable of the luxury sport 300 models of the '50s. This was a very straight, honest older restoration which still presented well overall, and as such, it was priced right. #1207-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 1584722. Metallic gray/red vinyl. Odo: 42,998 miles. Panel fit decent, right door out at rear bottom and trunk lid wide on left side. Very good paint shows some touched-in chips Porsche badging. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. Titled as a '68 VW. There is a wide variety in Speedster replicas, and this was not one of the better ones. The mileage indicated that it was practically new, but the visuals didn't back that up. Very well sold. #308-1958 BMW 600 Limousine coupe. on lower left dashboard and soiling on front rubber mats. Period-correct grille fitted, seats look to be later. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,650. Stated to be a “1962 chassis with a new body,” but that was a little hard to swallow here. This looked more like the late model of the quirky French snail, and those are the most drivable of all. Either way, this was fully priced and then some considering its needs. GERMAN #1-1929 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Replica roadster. S/N AZ140504. Gray & maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,275 miles. Variable panel fit, very good paint and chrome. Clean 92 on left door edge. Nice chrome, some minor cracking in window rubber. Clean interior has some staining on headliner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,400. A three-owner car with stated original miles. This handsome bug was nicely done, but not overly done, and it was very original in feel. A market-correct result. Sports Car Market S/N 134299. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 23,711 km. Good panel fit, thick paint somewhat blotchy in spots. Some chrome very good, some shows small pits. Alloy bright trim on beltline dull, headlight trim painted black. Very clean interior with largely original dash and some marks on steering column. Side glass scratched. Cond:


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author 4+. SOLD AT $33,000. A rare four-passenger microcar. This was very casually prepared and needed much before it could be shown. A generous price considering the condition. #685-1959 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 2247610. Light green/beige canvas/green vinyl. Odo: 88,898 miles. Very good panel fit, decent paint shows the correct amount of orange peel. Some rust showing on standard. Shiny paint shows some prep issues, chrome excellent throughout. Very good interior is non-original, but well-done leather is only let down by some rust around screws on right sill plate. 12-volt conversion, Kenwood CD player. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Ex-Mickey Jones, musician and actor. He had it built for his wife, and a lot of money was spent to “upgrade” the car in the process. Although it was nice, it wasn't done to the highest standards. Priced above market. #662-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010022787. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 74,858 miles. Very good panel fit, right door slightly out at rear edge. Older paint dull but possibly original in most places, with some checking and light scratches visible. Good chrome, original interior shows a nice patina over somewhat lumpy seats. Hard door hinges, chrome has no visible issues. Nice interior has some scuffing on left door panel and small cracks in steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. A very well-done Beetle convertible in attractive colors. Quite elegant, but this was no show winner. Fully priced and then some considering its condition. Well sold. #1283.1-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL convertible. S/N 19804210002719. Light green/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 31,592 km. Superb panel fit, generally excellent paint shows some light polish swirl marks. Very good chrome and trim, well-fitted interior shows nicely broken-in seats. Some cracking on top cover soft top included, fitted with Holley carbs in place of original Solex units. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,000. This stated two-owner SL was slightly worn, but it appeared to be good and straight throughout. This had a great color combination, and the replacement of the sometimes troublesome Solex carbs was probably a good idea. A market-correct result. #366-1963 HEINKEL TROJAN coupe. S/N LVL0399CV60. Red/gray vinyl & red tartan cloth. Odo: 144,449 km. Excellent door fit, paint shows well except for one small rub on right A-pillar. Unmarked chrome, superb interior shows some light wear on original trim visible, hard top included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $577,500. The late disc-brake convertibles are now the most sought-after 300SLs. The body and interior color combination on this one was lovely, but the black soft top didn't complement it very well. Like it or not, this is the new marketcorrect price for a 300SL in this condition. #617-1962 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA convertible. S/N 4696469. Red/beige canvas/beige leather. Odo: 95,834 miles. Good panel fit, but not to the typical careful Karmann column stalks. Sunroof, claimed 14,000 actual miles. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,900. A delightful 1-cylinder bubble car presented by an SCMer. A rare vehicle with a high-quality restoration done to over-the-top standards not often seen since the microcar market heyday. A bargain at this price. #1501-1965 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE S Squareback wagon. S/N 365193211. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 4,023 miles. Nice panel fit, 94 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $33,000. Last seen here in January '07, where it sold at $42,560 (SCM# 44103). You can cruise slowly with five friends on the California coast, and if it rains, you can even leave the top down. This Thing brought an excessive price last year, and while this was really an excellent example through and through, it's hard to see paying this much for one. Still, this was likely less than the cost of restoration, so a fair deal all around. #1215.2-1974 PORSCHE 935 Replica coupe. S/N 9114103502. Red/black leather. Odo: 56,787 miles. 1974 911 shell and title rebuilt as a 935 look-alike. Fiberglass panels very good paint and panel gaps, nice chrome. Incorrect type of silver paint on wheels, reproduction hubcaps fitted. Interior has slightly soiled door and rear side panels, repainted headliner, and some crude repairs on left door rest. Added disc brakes and oil temp gauge. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,290. A very clean and straight Squareback in an uninspiring color. Lightly modified for use, this would make a neat suburban cruiser, and if it had better colors it could have easily brought more here. A good deal as it was. #913-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1833022556. Orange/beige cloth/beige cloth. Odo: 91 miles. Nut-and-bolt restoration by The Thing Shop. Much better than new with powdercoated parts. Orange paint flawless on all-flat body panels, glass, rubber, and top all new. Roll cage, new flat black front and rear bumpers. Engine bay detailed. Cond: 1.


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author well assembled, good quality “look at me” red paint. Slant nose, side skirts, huge whale tail. Aftermarket chrome rims mounted in 345/30ZR19 rubber. Tinted glass, nice blackout trim. Interior clean with racy buckets, safety harness and Momo wheel. Rebuilt SC engine with Weber carbs, still street legal. PCA badges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. There was $70,000 said to be invested in building this car, and I would trust this number considering the quality of the work completed. Still, this was way too much to spend for a car that was not significant in any department. Well beyond well sold. #661-1977 PORSCHE 930 Turbo Custom coupe. S/N 93007800361. Yellow/black leather. A custom rebuilt 1977 930 car upgraded with a 3.3-liter turbo engine and 5-speed in 1994 C4 yellow and with chrome rims. Everything nicely put together, although bumper fit shows gaps. show and movie “Beverly Hillbillies.” Built by George Barris, has appeared in a number of shows and parades. Based on 1922 Oldsmobile with other truck chassis parts. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $137,500. This was a bunch of money for a prop from a TV show and movie that not many cared about. It should go to a museum that features movie cars—but I don't think I want to visit it anytime soon. Well sold. #1313-1929 RUXTON Prototype road- rims perfect and fitted with new tires. Whale tail rubber as new, black leather interior with all 930 options. A rare find in this condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $74,800. The original 1988 sticker price was $130,000 on this car, which was one of 591 bound for the U.S. An '89 model is a better choice thanks to the G50 gearbox, but this is still a fast car for reasonable money. Well bought and sold, as it will be difficult to find a better one. ITALIAN #698-1959 FIAT 500 Jolly. S/N 074962. Interior in good condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,000. Service history is key with Porsches of this vintage, and this one had undergone some changes over the years. Hopefully the mechanics were good, otherwise the new owner will have some real dollars to spend. For this money, I'd rather buy an original car. Well sold. #100-1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1582049446. Peach Red metallic/cream cloth/Ermine White vinyl. Odo: 40 miles. An unrestored original with only 40 miles, stored for 30 years in climate-controlled environment. Showroom new. Pink/pink & white canvas/pink & white canvas. Odo: 26,101 km. Good paint has some minor bubbling on front lid and a poorlymatched touch-up on rear engine lid. Fair brightwork, incorrect interior shows some shrinkage in paint on dashboard and chips to good panel fit, engine well detailed. Extensive documentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $423,500. There are only 17 Ruxtons in existence, plus this prototype. It did have unusual history, but the short wheelbase was not particularly attractive. Ruxtons have a niche all their own, so there's not much to compare them to. That said, I can't fault the final number here. #1261-1932 FORD chassis. S/N 18112582. steering wheel. Pink patterned molded carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,900. A “small block” 2-cylinder Jolly with an older restoration. Fitted with canvas seats instead of the correct wicker ones, this was quite a look in pink. The price was fair—perhaps a strong breeze off the ocean has caused “Jollymania” to cool a bit. AMERICAN #959.1-1922 OLDSMOBILE BEVERLY Optioned with Blaupunkt AM/FM, fuel injection, and Cyclone wheels. A true time capsule. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $30,000. It takes around 30 years of pure depreciation before a car really becomes collectible. This was bought at the right time as it can only go up from here, even if slowly—but the new owner had better not drive it. Well bought. #662.1-1988 PORSCHE 930S Slantnose coupe. S/N WPOJB093XJ5050700. White/ black leather. Odo: 28,000 miles. A nice original example. Original paint in showroom condition shows no dings or dents. White alloy 96 HILLBILLIES Custom truck. Black & rust/black vinyl. A studio prop for the television by seller. An interesting piece of Ford history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. Compare the price of a plain old '32 Ford sedan with what was paid here for just the chassis... that's why that noise we hear in the background is all those bodies being pulled off. With a price like this, do we get to look forward to “Tribute Chassis” in the future? Well sold. #1311-1933 DUESENBERG MODEL J Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 2355. Eng. # J281. Brown & tan/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 2,795. Distinctive LaGrande coachwork with swoop extending into front doors. Restored to Sports Car Market Black/tan cord. One of 23 documented chassis Ford used as dealer displays. They were returned to Dearborn for bodies, but for some unknown reason, this one was not. Once part of the Harrah Collection. Appeared at numerous 75th Anniversary Ford displays, seats added ster. S/N 1D47811COLO. Black/gray leather. Odo: 104 miles. A short-wheelbase prototype roadster built by Bill Muller, designer of the Ruxton. Front-wheel drive, fitted with a supercharger at one time. Recent restoration, chrome disc wheels, Woodlites. Attractive paint with


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Alfa Bits Last seen here in January '93, where it sold at $32,750 (SCM# 8531). Woodies continue to be hot property, and examples that have been wellmaintained continue to sell well. The price paid here was full retail, but not excessive. The buyer can drive and enjoy while the car appreciates. #1234-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 100-point standard a few years ago. Won Best of Class at Meadow Brook in 2007. A striking Duesenberg that has been restored to a very high standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. This car was out of place being in the same tent with Robosaurus and the Blastolene, and that might have had a hand in it bringing well under the money here. #1308-1937 LINCOLN MODEL K cabrio- let. S/N K8383. Maroon/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 1,164 miles. Coachwork by LeBaron. Older restoration still shows well. Rumble seat and golf club door, CCCA Senior badge. No issues with panel fit, paint shows minor signs of age but has been well maintained. Fitted with Trippe driving off here and there. Interior just OK, no fog lights, brightwork not perfect but acceptable. All in all, a decent example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $94,600. This car should have sold for at least $25k more. It was far from perfect, but even so, these are wonderful touring cars that have attractive period styling. At this price, the new owner should drive the wheels off and smile the entire time. #1355-1942 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N H132713. Black/tan fabric/ brown leather. Odo: 75,381 miles. Equipped with power windows and overdrive. Paint showing age and use, minor wear on interior. Brightworkshows several light scratches throughout. Cond: 3. lights. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $150,700. How the times have changed. A few years ago, this V12 Lincoln would have attracted all kinds of attention at B-J, but now the action on these is across town. This car sold for well under the money, suggesting that this is no longer the venue for a Full Classic from this era. #1248-1938 FORD 81A Woody wagon. S/N 184262531. Green/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 91,904 miles. A well-preserved older restoration. Extensive list of options including Columbia 2-speed, radio, clock, and third seat. Minor crack in rear glass, signs of light use in paint, no issues with wood. Interesting Pacific Northwest history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $115,500. motor. “A real turn key Spider. It drives iincredibly well.” 9 bids under reserve and one winning Buy-It-Now bid, sf 1020, bf 25. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,000. I'm not sure how a seller with a 1000+ rating decides to load only four bad photos, and I'm also not sure how eight different bidders got sucked in by them. It is starting to sink in that $24k is the new $16k for #2 condition Duettos. #230188946512-1969 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO SOLD AT $77,000. One of 136 built before production ceased due to war. I would say this sold on the light side, as they are infrequently offered on the open market. The condition was far from concours-quality, but a little effort will bring it up a bit. The buyer did just fine, but I'm sure the seller was looking for more. #1271-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. S/N 71002027. Tan & wood/red plaid. Odo: 50,079 miles. Original wood well maintained, presentable paint with minor nicks and swirls. Trunk fit off a bit, other panel gaps OK, very nice interior. Fitted with red Highlander interior, roof rack, Fluid-Drive transmission, radio, heater, and fog lights. Attractive presentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT April 2008 this example I think we can learn three things: 1) Although this looked like $7,500 worth of axle-breaking fun, the world disagreed and sat on its hands. 2) Lifelong Alfa fan and publisher Keith Martin secretly wanted to buy it but instead bought his Chevy-powered Rivolta. 3) Finally, hearing that, I'd bet you now kind of want this car too... but not for a penny more than $7499.99 ♦ 97 spider. S/N N/A. Red/black/black. Odo: 31,400 miles. 9 Photos. Richmond, VA. 350 Chevy V8, auto. “Local mechanic says it looks good, runs good, and sounds great!!!!” White dash looks suspect. 0 bids, sf 1813. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,500. I don't tend to write up unsold cars, in part because they do not teach us anything about value. However, from convertible. S/N 8340764. Black/black fabric/cream & red leather. Odo: 71,691 miles. A handsome Full CCCA Classic. Engine modified with period speed equipment including dual carbs and exhaust. Numerous issues with paint, include chipping and several scratches, panel fit Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #120188218456-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO spider. S/N AR664963. Black/black/black. 12 Photos. Alpharetta, GA. 200 miles since $42,500 restoration. Looks fantastic with Panasports. 1750-cc engine & Webers. “It runs perfectly with NO repeat NO leaks or faults of any kind! When was the last time you saw an Alfa that was as clean underneath is it is on top!” 15 bids, sf 90, bf private. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,500. This is the correct market price for great looking, restored Duettos—even if they are not perfectly stock. #290196836720-1969 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO spider. S/N AR1480259. White/black/red. 4 Photos. Los Angeles, CA. Restored 2,000 miles (and two owners) ago. “A couple very, very minor paint blemishes” do not show in these pics (but what does?). “This Alfa is NOT a bargain and I'll wait for the right buyer that does not want a 10 year project.” 2-liter


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author A desirable car, and at least the buyer should be happy. #983-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN con- vertible. S/N 26782494. Carolina Cream/brown fabric/yellow & brown vinyl. Odo: 59 miles. Attractive colors on a recently restored Packard. Continental kit, chrome wires, uniform seams and acceptable panel fit. Interior done to high $85,250. Another example in lesser condition sold across town for $3k more than what was realized here, so I have to say that this sold for under the money. Chalk this one up as well bought. #681-1947CHEVROLETFLEETMASTER Country Club coupe. S/N EKS621479. Blue & wood/tan fabric. Odo: 75,117 miles. Recent restoration. Fabric interior shows minimal wear, paint well applied with only minor blemishes. Glass Stated to have received a frame-up restoration some time in the past, but now showing signs of use. Decent wood and panel fit, nice paint application. Fitted with fog lights, front bumper guard, and fender skirts. Optional Highlander interior. A great car for the local show circuit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,500. Nothing special here, just a nice T&C Woody convertible that sold for the going rate. A decent deal all around. #48-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE coupe. S/N A2351711. Green/tan fabric. Odo: 53,730 miles. Purchased new by the consignor's wife's grandfather. Restoration far from perfect, but presentable. Minor chips and swirls in paint, standard. New top with no sags or wrinkles. Minor scratches on brightwork. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,700. These continue to be a good value, especially compared to a Buick Skylark of the same year. Price paid was current full retail, but the market will catch up. #957-1954 KAISER-DARRIN convertible. not chipped or scratched, period luggage in trunk. An attractive car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Wood sides were a dealer option on these cars, but it's hard to say whether this car got it when new or if it was added later on. It had a recent look, but regardless, the car sold for well above the going rate. I would want a bit more documentation on this one, especially at this price. #301-1947 CROSLEY CC coupe. S/N CC464699. Lime/green & white vinyl. Odo: 8,500 miles. Manufactured by Powell Crosley Jr, who made his fortune selling radios and refrigerators. Restoration not done to an exacting standard, with paint and chrome issues S/N 161001208. Pine Tint/Pine Tint vinyl/Pine Tint vinyl. Odo: 62,385 miles. Fiberglass body with patented sliding pocket doors. Recent restoration to high standard, body straighter than when it left the factory. Very nice interior in panel fit uneven in places, window rubber worn. A nice basic old car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. A fair transaction all around here. This was a good starter collector car at a fair price, and as long as the new owner uses and maintains it, the cost of ownership will be minimal. #939.1-1950 BUICK SUPER Estate wagon. S/N 15679842. Dark blue & wood/blue vinyl. Odo: 78,490 miles. One of only 2,480 Super Estate Wagons built. Minor fit issues with wood, brightwork well done. Paint not to show standards, but still very presentable. Nice interior a unique period color, incorrect wheels and hubcaps. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $176,000. A strong car that sold for a strong price, and the dollars spent were justified by the quality of restoration. These were only built for one year, and nobody is sure how many of the 435 produced are left. They're finally starting to come into their own, and although this was a top market price, it wasn't silly money. #984-1954 KAISER-DARRIN convertible. throughout. New interior, bumper guards and small propeller fitted in front. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. Cute, but not $13k cute. Maybe it could be used as a clown car with a bunch of them stuffed inside for the local parade. Then again, I don't like clowns or even Crosleys. A lot of money for a weird little car with needs. #1251.1-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7407896. Light green & wood/green plaid. Odo: 14,960 miles. 98 S/N 1610011265. White/maroon vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 68,492 miles. Recently completed the Copperstate 1000 without incident. Surprising performance for an 80-hp 6-cylinder engine, with a 0–60 time of 13 seconds and a top end of close to 100 mph. Recent with no major issues, all instruments restored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. Last seen here in January '06, where it sold at $52,920 (SCM# 40330). Woodies are hot, but this one was not. I have no idea why this sold well under the money, aside from its positioning in the auction. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author “sympathetic” restoration; engine clean but not highly detailed. Distinctive one-year styling by “Dutch” Darrin. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. Buyers had the choice of two Kaiser-Darrins here. This example, while very nice, showed signs of use, while the other was a fresh restoration. Correct money for condition. #1004-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. S/N 7A1068036. Arctic White/ Matador Red leather. Odo: 87,310 miles. One of 836 built during the second and last year for the early Skylark. Fitted with Selectronic radio and Dynaflow transmission. Distinctive open wheelwells with Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke the color. According to theCorvette Black Book, there were only four black '54s, though the records are admittedly hazy. Somebody paid 30% over top dollar gambling that this was built as a black car. Bravely bought and brilliantly sold. #1322-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing Replica coupe. S/N AZ299755. Black & silver/red & black leather. Odo: 108 miles. 5.3-liter fuel-injected V8, auto. Excellent panel fit, paint, chrome, and interior. As-new in all respects. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $203,500. Built for rock star Alice Cooper by Holy City wires. Decent fit and finish, good interior and brightwork. Paint just a bit dull. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,000. Call the sheriff—someone paid half price for a car and got away with it, and it was witnessed by hundreds of other buyers. Someone across town paid twice this for his '54 Skylark, so it goes to show there are still bargains at B-J. #1259-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S002618. White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 19,464 miles. 235-ci straight-6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Hubert Morton's car from new, owned until his death in 2005 when it was left to a caregiver. Mileage verified, many documents and receipts including the 1958 title. Body-on Hotrods of Phoenix. Bears painfully little resemblance to a real Gullwing, but I suppose that's not the point. Very well executed, and likely reliable with the late-model GM engine and transmission. The celebrity provenance must have helped, but even with the good overall craftsmanship, I can't see any intrinsic value here. Well sold. #935.1-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD 2-dr wagon. S/N VC550061045. Regal Turquoise/ Indian Ivory/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 96,375 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration to high standard. Excellent paint and brightwork, flawless interior. Fitted with Power restoration in Oregon in 2007, multiple awards since. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $192,500. A “Joan Rivers” car—looks too good to be true. Paint better than factory, interior tidy, engine clean and correct, glue-on door strip not typical color, paint on hood latch springs not typical either. Bound for a museum or to complete a collection, and priced accordingly. #980.1-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N 0491917F54YG. Black/tan/red. Odo: 6,743 miles. Displayed at NCRS national meet in Bend, OR way back in 1982, after it was restored using Nolan Adams Technical Guide. Three-owner car, decent panel fit, good interior, nice paint in rare black. Original side curtains in cases. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $165,000. Good patina into nice driver condition. The big question hanging over this car is 100 Pack engine and front bumper guards. Loaded with options, including power windows and power front seat. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. The buyer paid a premium here and got a no-questions car. It's hard to fault paying up for a right car, and that was the case here, as he bought the best. #988.1-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom roadster. S/N VE55S001126. Red/ black. 1955 tube frame resto-mod, two-stage paint with clearcoat, 700R4 o/d trans, ps, pb, AM/FM, tilt, leather interior, C4 rear end, C6 wheels, C4 polished front suspension, correct messy windshield seal. No wipers, power trunk. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $72,600. Build or buy a car like this and you married it, pretty though it may be. And lots of 'splainin' to do, Lucy—every time somebody asks. Well sold. #416.1-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC56F015597. Crocus Yellow & Onyx Black/yellow vinyl & black fabric. Odo: 5,587 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent restoration to an acceptable standard. Panel fit not perfect with uneven gaps, paint shows swirls and minor chips and touch-ups. Interior very nice, chrome and trim without major flaws. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. This buyer paid a #1 price and drove away with a #2 car. He has a bunch of work to do to bring it up a notch or two. He's not upside down yet, but he's on the edge. Well sold. #965-1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 98 convertible. S/N 579M26916. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 4 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Complete restoration and rebuild to award-winning specifications. J2 triple-carb engine package provides 300 hp, Continental kit fitted. Excellent chrome and brightwork, paint deep and luxurious. A strong presentation of a striking car finished in the right color combination. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,500. I would say that this car sold for under the money, as the J2 package is a very desirable option that adds Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author substantially to this car's value. The restoration was finished to a high standard, so I have to give credit to the buyer. Well bought, as it could have brought at least another $25k. #1240-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Star Chief convertible. S/N P857H28634. Kenya White & blue/white & blue leather. Odo: 6,736 miles. 347-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. The first year for the Bonneville, with only 630 Rochester mechanical fuel-injected units built. Each dealer in the country got one, and they were either done in white over blue or white over red. as a pair and shown at $143,000 each, although one suspects this car accounted for 75% of the $286k total. #1306-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Italien fastback. S/N DRF76806. Candy Apple Red/red leather. Odo: 45 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A study by the Thunderbird styling department done with an Italian flair and thus called the “Italien.” Once owned by Dale everything. Numerous panel fit issues as well as small paint chips and scratches. Lots of chrome and bling, but showing signs of age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $58,300. This Roadmaster sold for a touch more than expected. A little TLC will bring it up a notch or two, and in the long run the new owner should be just fine. Well bought and sold. #1252-1958 DESOTO FIRESWEEP con- All of them were convertibles with Continental kits. Recently restored, well maintained, nothing to fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,500. This stunning example was fully priced in today's market, but as that market grows, this will likely be considered a good value. The rare engine and handsome design, along with a quality restoration, should equate to smiles all around here. #57-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 Fiesta wagon. S/N 578C04488. Rose Mist Metallic/white/Rose Mist & white vinyl. Odo: 3,700 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Jetaway Hydramatic transmission, power steering and brakes. Interior needs lots of attention with pitting on dash and loose trim pieces. high standard with little to fault. Strong paint and chrome, excellent interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $187,000. Sold for about twice what was expected. This was a well-presented car with desirable goodies, but this price is hard to justify. I don't think time will take care of this one in the market, so the new owner should be ready to just take it out and use it. #1258-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S108189. Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1 mile. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight in August 2007, clean and correct inside and out. One of 144 “big brake” '58s, one of 26 with the Chrome OK, paint with a few nicks and chips. A good ten-footer, but no closer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. The new owner has his work cut out for him, as there were a bunch of little things to take care of here. Station wagons are of interest these days, so if he has the time and the ability to do it himself, he should be OK. Even so, he still paid about $5k too much. #929.1-1958 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 7E1010929. Teal/white vinyl/ teal leather. Odo: 31,954. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restored 20 years ago, but still presentable. Loaded with options including Factory Air Ride suspension and Continental kit. Power 102 3.70 Positraction rear end. Sold as pair with lot 1258.1, a 2008 Z06 with same last 4 digit VIN. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. A tasteful bodyoff restoration of a rare car, and the correct bias tires were a nice touch. These cars were listed interior, irreplaceable one-off hubcaps, original headlights. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,760,000. A generic PF form that could equally be a Buick or a Lancia. A pure museum piece (try finding a taillight) that bridges '50s and '60s Italian thinking, with a tail that heralds the Fiat 124 Spider. An art car that is more art than car and will always have to be explained. Expensive, but it's the only one. #1037-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S108429. Daytona Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 72,397 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto, Three owners, always garaged. Protect-o-plate, proving ground stickers on windshield, cross ply tires, original spare with car. Checked paint, all bonding strips visible. Typical sloppy sealant, radio antenna surprisingly shiny. Described as a Bloomington Gold Survivor. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $74,800. An irresistible rat in the remains of a great color. Appropriate condition, and the cheerful owner with detailed provenance more than made up for lack of options. This will undoubtedly draw Sports Car Market vertible. S/N LS118369. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl & fabric. Odo: 85,695 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. “Spring Edition” chrome package includes filler panel in side sweep. Equipped with 16 2/3 rpm record player and self-winding watch in steering wheel hub. Restored to a Robertson. Recent exacting restoration striking, complete history from new. Nothing to fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $660,000. The “Italien” sold for what many speculated would be the final number. It was purchased by the Blackhawk Collection, so I'm willing to bet we'll see it again soon. Well bought and sold. TOP 10 No. 6 #1304-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Rondine coupe. Blue metallic/tan leather. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. The 1963 Paris show car, and the only steel Corvette. A one-off concept that's been in the Pininfarina museum since new. Nice patina with some cracking in paint and blush that indicates enthusiastic buffing. Excellent Corvette


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author #1329.1-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 9F02R481093. Candy Apple Red/white vinyl. Odo: 83. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented and loaded with options, one of seven built with the W-code 4.30 locking N-case a crowd at Corvette gatherings. Expensive, but worth it for fun factor. #1285-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD “Thelma & Louise” convertible. S/N 6Y85Q105070. Turquoise/white vinyl. Odo: 7,399 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Used in the 1991 movie “Thelma & Louise.” Brad Pitt signed the rear arm rest, and Geena Davis signed the visor. Just maintained over the years, with paint luster gone and brightwork NCRS Top Flight certified. Protect-o-Plate missing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $198,000. The old hands were all over this. Everyone agreed it was beautiful, and if it was correct, it was going to be very expensive. Either somebody got a screaming deal or there's more to the story. #1287-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R482847. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 9,727 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have been owned by Carroll Shelby since new, recent five-year restoration to a high standard. Body straight and solid, interior flawless aside from steering wheel cover issues. An rear end. Restored to perfection, build sheets and original body tags intact. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $220,000. This Shelby sold for a strong but justified price. Rare options, documentation, and condition make it tough to argue with the final number spent. A decent deal all around. #1337-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 344679M280739. Saffron Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,841. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of about 15 W-30 four-speed cars known to exist. Recent restoration to very high standard. Excellent paint, scratched and dull. Interior shows minor wear. Just a used car with a moderately famous history. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,500. This belongs in a museum that features movie cars. Someone paid about $50,000 for the fact that it was in a rather insipid movie, as the car itself was not much in terms of condition or equipment. How many times can you watch your car driving into the Grand Canyon before it gets old? #328.1-1967 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494877H938381. Gold/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 30,145 miles. 430-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Power everything. Numerous paint touch-ups and minor scratches visible, panel fit acceptable, chrome and brightwork scratched excellent example with the magic of Carroll Shelby's name. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $742,500. The front end styling on the Shelby was a dramatic departure from production Mustangs in 1969 and 1970. Let's say a “normal” GT500 in this condition is worth $300,000, so this was a dramatic premium over the current market for one from Carroll's garage. #422-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N614296. Dover White & orange/white vinyl/orange houndstooth. Odo: 41,485 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with the Indy Pace car package, autographed by Mario Andretti. The actual Pace Cars were 396s, and 3,675 replicas were built under RPO Z11. Excellent but not heavily worn. Interior no longer crisp and showing signs of use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,850. The price paid was on the light side for a car that is gaining in popularity. Use, enjoy, and maintain, and when it comes time to sell it down the road, this buyer will do just fine. #1327-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S119682. Black & red/black vinyl. Odo: 17,396 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Presented as the only black L89 of the 16 built in '67. Aluminum heads, side pipes, M21 4-speed transmission, Positraction. Excellent paint, very nice door fit, correct striping, AM/FM, original dealer MSO. Two-time 104 chrome with deep luster. Original order form, Protect-o-Plate, W-30-only double pinstripe on deck. A striking presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,500. A bunch of money for a Cutlass, but still a very fair price for something as rare as this. The W-30 option cost about $264 when it was new, but it made the 442 one of the quickest production cars in 1969. Expensive, but still a good value. #1314-1969 PONTIAC CATALINA Pink Lady convertible. S/N 159P56488. Pink/white fabric/pink & white leather. Odo: 57,526 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Ordered by Harley Earl for his wife. Catalina chassis, Bonneville trim, fitted with triple carbs and every option available in 1959, including a/c and air suspension. Complete restoration, two AACA Grand interior, minor issues with paint and chrome. A low-mileage example that has been well maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. The price paid here was market correct. I would have wanted a little more documentation, as a build sheet or Protect-o-Plate would have helped to prove the options this car was originally built with. Andretti's signature also added some value here, as he infrequently signs cars like this. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Column Author National Championships. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. A significant car once you get past the color... I kept looking for a Mary Kay sticker. Not a bargain for a fullydocumented one-off factory car, but worth what the new owner paid. #1321-1969 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29G9B279159. Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 11,429 miles. 511-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Featured in “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion movie. Hemi engine features mods that boost it to 725 hp, Gear Vendors overdrive unit provides six forward speeds. Featured in numerous magazines and movies, complete with rebel flag case of “just because you can doesn't mean you should.” Or as F1 champion James Hunt once said in color commentary at a Madison Square Garden Hot Rod show, “Looks like they all started with the wrong car.” Well sold. #1307-1990 ROBOSAURUS car crushing Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $214,500. Strong cars continue to bring strong money, and this was no exception, as it was fully documented with desirable options. A no-questions car, and while the buyer paid up to own it, he'll never need to explain why. #1290-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE on the roof and push bar on the nose. Built for and owned by John Schneider—Bo Duke himself—and claimed to have 160 mph abilities with more available. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $495,000. Any number of these were made (and wrecked) for the original “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show, and hundreds of replicas now exist as well. How much are “Dukes” star power and a noisy Hemi worth? Here it was an expensive $495k. #1268-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23VOA172650. Lemon Twist Yellow/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 21,733 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Stated to be an original-miles example. Two original broadcast sheets, verified ZR2 coupe. S/N 194371S11Z787. War Bonnet Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 24,149 miles. 454-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of twelve ZR2s, and one of eight coupes built with the LS6 454—a one-year only option. Sold by the 20-year second owner. Matching numbers, M22 rock crusher, dual-plate clutch, aluminum radiator. Superb robot. S/N N/A. Gray/black vinyl. Described as an “electrohydromechanical creature of prehistoric proportions.” Stands 40 feet tall, weighs 31 tons, shoots 20-foot flames from propanepowered nostrils. Able to pick up and destroy just about anything, with hydraulic hand and arm controls. Jaw features stainless steel teeth and 20,000 pounds of crushing force. Offered paint, correct throughout with smog pump and painted valve covers. NCRS awards date from 1989, original documentation displayed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $357,500. This looked like a lovely older restoration and felt like a museum piece. It must have been a nice original that probably wouldn't be restored today, but who knows? Appropriately expensive. #1265.1-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE by Galen Govier. Equipped with Tic Toc tach, 727 automatic transmission, power steering, and power disc brakes. Engine highly detailed, panel fit better than factory. Finished to a high standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. One of the better restored Superbirds we've seen of late. This was a no-questions car that sold for a strong but fair price, and it should prove to be a solid investment for the new owner. #1279.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 COPO 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B144642. Daytona Yellow & black/ white vinyl. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The 2006 Goodguys Muscle Car of the Year. Loaded with options, including the ZL2 Cowl Induction system and the Z15 SS package. Paint shows some minor issues, chrome and trim excellent. Fitted with AM 8-track. Fully documented with two original build sheets. Close to perfection. 106 “Mud Bogger” coupe. S/N 1Z3723940799. Blue Fade/tan & yellow. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Monster Garage “Mud Bogger” project car by Jesse James. Fitted with 12-inch lift, 4WD using chain-driven Toyota 4Runner front axle, nitrous, roll cage, zoomie pipes, Cobra seats, 9-inch Ford at no reserve, with all required operating equipment included. Spare parts and the semi-tractor for towing available by separate treaty. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $632,500. The perfect thing for state fairs, air shows, monster truck rallies, or just scaring the hell out of your neighborhood. Although it looked like a cross between Godzilla and a diesel generator, it will likely be a money maker for its new owner... but he'll have to sell a lot of tickets and crush a lot of cars before this investment sees any returns. Well sold. #1310-2007 BLASTOLENE B-702 Custom roadster. S/N OR82122. Midnight Blue/maroon leather. Odo: 2 miles. The cover car for the auction catalog, which gives an idea of how things are changing at B-J. Hand built with '30s French rear, and Mickey Thompson Baja Claw tires, 6-lug front wheels, 5-lug rear. No dash, scruffy paint. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $33,000. What did this poor old car do to deserve this? A classic design inspiration. 1960–1965 GMC V12 truck engine, glass grille bars, and Woodlites. A oneoff design that is certainly unique. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $522,500. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the new owner will not be lacking in attention everywhere he takes this. I doubt if the builders made much here, as this was clearly not an inexpensive project. Still, this was a lot of money to spend to be the center of attention at the local cruise-in. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Anticipation was thick, and while really good cars still found really good prices, cars with stories typically returned home with their sellers Company Russo and Steele Date January 16–20, 2008 Location Scottsdale, Arizona Auctioneer Dennis Wisbey & Rob Row Automotive lots sold / offered 298 / 490 Sales rate 61% Sales total $19,144,455 High sale 1969 Corvette L88 coupe, sold at $412,500 Buyer's premium 1970 Dodge Charger custom went unsold at $24,500 Report and photos by Dan Grunwald and B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics G rowth was the word at Russo and Steele again this year. Adding a day of selling brought the total to five, and during that time, nearly 500 cars crossed the auction block. The tent space was increased by 20%, and as usual, all of the cars were under cover and on a carpeted floor. The weather was cool but tolerable, with a light jacket needed in the mornings on most days and no inclement weather for this opening splash into the collector car season. The feeling of anticipation was thick this year, Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m and everyone was looking forward to the direction this market might go. The credit and mortgage tremors and the generally gloomy economic predictions by the media on a daily basis didn't forecast a boom for the collector car market, and the reality of it all was pretty much as expected: the really good cars still found really good prices, and cars with stories were put back on the sellers' trailers. This year saw 298 cars change hands to the tune of $19,144,455, which shows a $1m drop in final totals from last year's $20,157,605 for 294 cars sold. American muscle has proven to be strong at Russo in the past, and although they didn't hit the same fevered pitch they had in years past, there were still some respectable numbers $5m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 realized for rare and original cars. This year's high sale went to a 1969 Corvette L88 coupe at $412,500. One of 17 built with the TH400 automatic, this car was highly original throughout, and the price paid was in line considering its rarity, performance, and condition. Hemi 'Cudas have been at the forefront of the muscle car decline of late, but a 1971 sold here for $396,000, while a rare 1969 Yenko Chevelle brought $341,000. Notable no-sales included a 1963 Plymouth Savoy altered-wheelbase drag racer known as the “Jayhawker.” Complete with injection stacks, open headers, a straight axle, and a relocated rear end, it had a good look and great history, but it failed to find a home at $190,000. A 1970 Lamborghini Miura with some needs was bid to an insufficient $370,000, while a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion stayed with its seller at $335,000. If this year's auction could be summed up in a single phrase, “Reality Strikes” would do it. Consignors who brought cars to sell were serious and did not want to take them home again, and very few sellers were seen holding out for an unrealistic reserve in the hopes of finding two bidders with expansive bank accounts. It was an exciting cast-off to the 2008 auction season, and if this is a forecast for the future, it is indeed going to be an interesting year for automobile aficionados. If you have some spendable cash and some room in the garage, be prepared, as there will be some opportunities for you this year. ♦ 10% (included in sold prices) 108 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author ENGLISH #S721-1950 ALLARD J2 roadster. S/N 99J1571. Blue/red leather. Odo: 67,779 miles. 331-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Delivered to Moss Motors in California in April 1950. All-alloy body with shiny paint shows some light age cracks and large separation at left front side. Cadillac engine clean but not detailed and modified to produce approximately 300 hp with three Stromberg 97s. Lots of cracks and flaws in steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,000. Odo: 6,770 miles. New paint, chrome, and interior. 3.4-liter engine detailed with some polished alloy pieces. A few small paint flaws are only visible up close. A genuine “S” with factory performance items fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $136,400. The last of the XK era prior to the E-type Jag, and the most streamlined of the group to look at. DHCs are much rarer than the roadsters in this version, and this one brought market-correct money. #S660-1959 JAGUAR D-TYPE Replica racer. S/N S835275BW. Black/black leather. Odo: 1,800. Built by Predator Performance. Race car look with fit and finish a bit above a working current race model. Newer paint and interior, no top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Drive past the local Jaguar club event transmission. Well built and very fresh. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $115,500. Ready to show or race, if you dare. Some might find it a sacrilege to cut up an original Tiger, but considering these numbers, it was certainly the correct move from a financial standpoint. Well sold. #S734-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BJ8 convertible. S/N N/A. Gold Beige/maroon leather. Odo: 3 miles. Good new paint and chrome, some distressed trim on windshield Last seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '00, where it sold post-block at $110,000 (SCM# 10340). Modified from its original configuration for speed and an updated look, this car was said to be a prize winner at Pebble Beach in 1999. It was showing some age and wear since, but it was still good for lots of smiles per mile with American V8 performance and sound. #TH208-1959 MG A coupe. S/N HDRH357801. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 2,194. All new chrome. Several very minor panel fit issues at driver's door and fender top, very presentable paint. Light patina to leather at 30 mph, and Nigel will never know whether it's real or not. A bargain in my estimation, with a lot of fun factor, as long as it doesn't rain. The new owner probably won't make money when it's time to sell, but I doubt he'll lose any, either. #S632-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BN7 convertible. S/N HBT7LS2256. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 4,202 miles. New paint shows very thin areas and prep flaws. New interior and tonneau, detailed engine. Right door fits wide at bottom, trunk gap varies. Trunk hinge pins are bolts that are nearly an inch too long. Looks to be rotisserie re- surround. New interior shows very well, chrome wires have no issues whatsoever. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $69,300. A high-level restoration of a big Healey in an unusual color. It should have brought stronger bids than it did, so the new owner should be pleased. #S738-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII coupe. S/N 1R26811. Light blue/black leather. Odo: 55,211 miles. Marginal new paint with preparation flaws, color mismatch, and chips in front. Windshield pitted, engine clean but clearly driven lightly. New interior, thick undercoating with still-fresh overspray on painted seats, Sony radio and Nardi wheel fitted. Excellent dash and gauges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,050. You don't see these hard tops as often as their roadster siblings, and this one sparkled. If speed isn't the first thing on your list, a car like this can be a lot of fun for a fraction of the cost of a condition-equivalent Jag. #S694-1959 JAGUAR XK 150S drophead coupe. S/N T831574DN. Red/black leather. stored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,700. Last seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '03, where it didn't sell at $27,000 (SCM# 36117). Paint is expensive, but putting it on this thin is just not cost effective. This car needed only minor fixes and another coat of paint to be great. The color might have put some buyers off, but the new owner should be pleased at this price. #F502-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER Custom convertible. S/N B9470080. Silver & black/red leather. Odo: 64 miles. 331-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. New paint and chrome done to a high standard. Fire system and Simpson racing belts fitted, independent suspension and Wilwood discs all around. Everything new and well-detailed, including the Ford 302 stroker and manual 110 surfaces. Chrome shows wear and pitting, weatherstripping globby on front and rear windows and trim. Unattractive stick-on side trim installed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. This car looked like it had been fluffed and buffed for auction, but it was still a 30-footer. Paint issues and quick weatherstripping really let it down, and this was a strong price with that in mind. GERMAN #F547-1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 10894853. Tan/red vinyl. Odo: 22,307 km. All side glass heavily scratched. Good paint, new interior, horn button pushed Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author reliably go for another 100k miles beyond what was here, but I'd still say this one brought more than usual. Well sold by about $4,000. IRISH #TH211-1983 DELOREAN DMC-12 in. All good chrome and trim. Speedometer in kilometers looks new, Blaupunkt radio installed. Window cranks and inside door handles show age, engine looks well-detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $16,500. A great oval-window bug with owner documents from Mexico in the glove box. A market-correct result. #S613-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 18842. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 35,613 miles. Quick red repaint with dust and some marginal masking. New seat and front glass, very rusty bumpers and hard weatherstrips on side glass. Newer sunroof fabric, panel dent at wiper on front door. Typical rust-through in battery well. steel body should have made this a classic collectible, but fit and finish issues and electrical gremlins along with dismal performance trumped the uniqueness, and these cars are still unloved after all these years. Market price for mileage and condition. ITALIAN #F517-1969 LAMBORGHINI 400 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 1327X. Red/tan leather. Odo: 20,715 miles. Newer high-quality paint with a few small chips visible, front park lenses cracked with age. Excellent original interior Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,625. This car came with a box of spare parts on rear package tray. Slow BMW MCY engine brings 13 hp to the party, which adds up to $1,586 per horse. Let's see... that would equal about $429,806 for an equivalent K-code Mustang. Just over market for a driver-quality example. #F413-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WPOAB0916GS122158. Red/ black leather. Odo: 64,759 miles. Good quality mostly original paint with no real issues, blackout trim shows some fading at front bumper, whale tail rubber still pliable. Interior has little with light patina. Borrani wire wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $254,100. One of 247 built, and one of two 400 GTs in this sale. This one had great colors and was highly original, and it was a decent buy on its rarity and condition combined. #S705-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14187. Red/black & red leather. Odo: 42,405 miles. Paint flaw on left A-pillar, wear, but some slight issues are located around the driver's seat area. Engine cover cable rusty and won't release cover. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. A Carrera in red and black with the whale tail is an iconic look. These cars can 112 Some wavy chrome trim on right windshield, all other chrome like new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. The most unusual resto-mod ever. Built to cruise and surprise people with power and handling, and understated enough to not raise too many eyebrows. It was both well thought out and executed to a very high level, and it paid off with a relatively large result here. Well sold. Sports Car Market in left door for mirror adjustment, a/c added at some time. Nice interior, engine shows driving dirt. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,100. An original low-mileage car with some cosmetic problems, but someone was moved enough to pay top dollar to own it. All the money and more. AMERICAN #S677-1932 CHRYSLER SERIES CP sedan. S/N 7527172. Two-tone green/tan leather. Odo: 3,532 miles. 360-V8, 4-bbl, auto. Classic paint, new leather interior in original style, later Chrysler V8 and automatic transmission fitted. Disc brakes and independent front suspension, tilt steering, Vintage Air. Classic instruments in original style installed in dash. coupe. S/N SCEDT262T7ODO15976. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 11,434 miles. 5-speed. Typical factory fit and finish with 11,000 miles of light patina. Nice wheels, interior clean, no real issues to speak of. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. The gullwing doors and stainless light chips on hood and front end. Good mouse fur to dash, nice seats show unmarked leather. Parking lamp gasket misfit, engine shows driving dirt. Modified by Carobu Engineering in Costa Mesa to produce 425 horsepower. Aftermarket rims fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $319,000. The deviations from stock don't typically help values of cars like these, but the custom wheels and engine work didn't hurt the value of this coupe much here. Still, one would think this would be worth more in this market had it been left alone. Well sold. #S743-1979 FIAT 2000 convertible. S/N 124CS20155117. Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 7,701 miles. Right rear fender dented, trunk fit off, large pushed-in area at left rear fender with paint chipping. Retouched door edges, evidence of repaint on the left side. Inside mirror poor, hole


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author #S656-1937 PACKARD 120 convertible. S/N 10992411. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 115 miles. Nice paint, new chrome with plated-over visible flaws on grille. New leather interior with restored dash and gauges. Dual sidemounts, left hood vent shows misfit and a silicone glob. All wood replaced, all metal stripped to bare and restored ten years First in Class at Newport Beach the first time it was shown. A well-deserved strong price on this high quality car. #S697-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. S/N 7A1102103. Black/red leather. Odo: 39,486 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. New paint and chrome show some minor issues, passenger door gap wide at top. New ago. Complete photo records document work completed. Offered for sale by a long-time SCMer. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $78,100. Overall a high-level restoration, but the chrome on the grille let it down a tiny bit. Still, this was a great classic, and you couldn't restore one to near this level today for the money spent here. A good buy for the end user. #S668-1937 LINCOLN ZEPHYR coupe. S/N HB7203229. Black/black leather. Odo: 956 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Great paint and chrome, fenders welded and molded into body panels. New leather interior with jump seats, spectacular simulated wood grain dash. Fitted with Vintage Air, pw, ps, and pb. Engine interior including gauges, thick red paint on dash. A very nice example throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $157,300. First seen at Kruse/ Leake's Tulsa sale in June '93, where it sold at $29,000 (SCM# 915). Later seen at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale in August '07, where it sold at $143,000 (SCM# 46489). Here it stalled at $130,000 with the reserve off, but a bidder war broke out, taking it to this final sale price. Well bought and sold. #TH311-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR bay clean, but not spotless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $118,250. Last seen at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale in August '07, where it didn't sell at $125,000 (SCM# 46355). A gorgeous custom built on one of the prettiest cars to come out of Detroit in the '30s. Exceptionally well detailed in the build quality, and my favorite car at the sale. Well sold considering the current market for resto-mods, but still a good buy for someone intending to use it. #S690-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N C3970115. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 42,702 miles. Body-off restored rust-free car, three owners from new. All new chrome inside and out, good paint with no issues, excellent wood restoration. Beautiful tartan plaid and leather interior, starter button shows wear. Complete photo album showing restoration. Very little wood replacement needed, $10k was spent restoring pot metal grille, as it took three times to get it right. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $165,000. As-new top to bottom. A very expensive restoration that took 114 Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N VC55A039971. White & blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 14,197 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some paint chips on front of hood detract from overall great paint, driver's door fits wide at top. No wipers, tinted glass, full custom interior includes buckets, dash, gauges, tilt wheel, and console. Nine-inch #F491-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom convertible. S/N E56S003684. Red/black leather. Odo: 3 miles. 5.7-liter fuelinjected LS1 V8, auto. Complete ground-up custom build using frame rails from the original '56 and custom fabricated tubing to accept a C5 powertrain and suspension. Mirror-like paint finish with limited pinstriped graphics. No exposed chrome, minimal other brightwork nice. Exceptionally clean engine bay, poweroperated hood and trunk with billet hinges and latches. Custom fabricated interior with dash cluster relocated to the front of the console. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $115,775. This came off as way over the top, which is what the builder wanted in the first place. In our purist vs. modified tally, we could give the nod to the builders, as the best restoration on Zora's personal '56 would be the only way to go beyond this selling price on the year. However, this type of work can't be done for $115k, even with sweat equity, so the nod goes to the purists. #S610-1958 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N H8FW215037. Red & white/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 21,801 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Generally good chrome and trim with some dents and wear visible. Bright paint shows some chips and orange peel by the grille, engine has driving dirt and oil stains. New seats, door panels and Ford rear and four-wheel disc brakes fitted. Equipped with Chevrolet 350 V8 crate engine, 700R4 automatic, Vintage Air, aluminum radiator, power steering, and power brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,400. A nice cruiser with many modern updates and great two-tone colors. The price paid was likely under the build cost here, and although we won't likely see something like this gaining a lot of value in the near future, the buyer got a good-looking usable hot rod. Well bought and sold. dash showing age. Chips and wiper scrapes on windshield. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale event in January '06, where it sold at $42,120 (SCM# 40163). This wore an older restoration that was starting to age visibly, but it did have the desirable “H” code 352/300 V8. A great cruise-in car to drive as-is, but plan on spending some money if you want to do anything else with it. As it was, a good deal for both the buyer and seller. #TH322-1959 PLYMOUTH SAVOY 2- dr sedan. S/N M135119942. Red/gray & red vinyl. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny red paint, heavy delamination to windshield, some rattle-can chrome with lots of pitting visible. New seat covers and door panels. Hemi engine Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Column Author monumental of a task—but you'll never have a numbers-matching powertrain unless you have a set of stamps in the proper fonts. At this price, I certainly hope it was bought as a runner with all sins well known to the buyer. #S714-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE bored, balanced, and blue-printed with dual quads and a Hurst 4-speed shifter. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,410. Heater and original wiring deleted, and an aluminum plate was mounted to the firewall in its place. A street sleeper with a number of issues. Well sold. #TH205-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 6R07C129772. Emberglo/maroon & cream vinyl. Odo: 30,421 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint edge chipped at left door and trunk by key. Newer vinyl top. Said to be a 271-hp example, but side emblems are wrong and the VIN says it was born with just 200 hp. L88 coupe. S/N 194379S727107. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 33,085 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original tank sticker confirms L88 with automatic, ordered with power brakes and side exhaust. Body retains original contours, rippling, and bonding strip broadcasting under better quality older repaint. Light fiberglass blistering on hood scoop, 4-bbl, auto. New paint and chrome, driver's door fit wide at bottom rear. Glove box door doesn't latch, remote mirror control mounting hole in driver's door. Scratches on side and rear glass. Build sheet missing, other documentation supports the car's history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $176,000. There were no major problems here aside from the usual fit and finish issues with Chryslers of this vintage, and this one brought a high price despite not having the much-coveted original build sheet. Well sold. #F473-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE New Edelbrock air cleaner, factory a/c, multicolored interior with new and old panels and parts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,750. This looked more like a project that lacked continuity than a completed driver that was ready for the road. With that in mind, this was fairly bought and sold at the price paid. #TH236-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S118798. Black/black leather. Odo: 35,420 miles. 350-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Originally Milano maroon with standard black vinyl upholstery. Good repaint, serviceable original weather seals. Mostly reproduction trim, older rechromed bumpers, modern reproduction simulated knockoffs. Fitted with a ZZ3 crate engine with Edelbrock intake and Carter AFB-style carburetor. Original-style replacement a/c newer chrome and trim, semi-rippled replated bumpers. Well-sorted engine bay just lightly dusty. Correct assembly markings and hardware installation, light to moderate wear on replacement interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $412,500. In addition to being one of the 216 L88s made from '67 through '69, this was one of the 17 from 1969 with the TH400 automatic, making it the ultimate in point and shoot. This was the top selling Corvette out here over the weekend, and apart from its condition, it's not hard to see why. #F518-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z150456. White/black vinyl. Odo: 62 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An original drag car said to have covered only 62 original miles. Both front door gaps appear wide, but that could be factory. Flawless paint, decals, and interior. No faults. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $253,000. Last seen at Russo and Steele's coupe. S/N 194379S702373. Daytona Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 79,338 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Tank sticker documents engine, M21 4-speed, K66 transistorized ignition, G81 3.70 ratio Posi, PT6 red stripe bias ply tires, U69 AM/FM radio, A82 headrests, and A01 tinted glass. Frame-up restoration now dating a couple of years. Very good door and panel fit, equally good repaint, replated bumpers and all new trim. Near-concours engine compartment, all interior soft trim has been replaced with high-quality reproduction pieces. Parking brake handle original and soiled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,900. Generally, 435-hp C3s have been slowly creeping up in value lately while the 1967s have settled down somewhat. All in all, this was not an entirely out-of-line price for a car that is about a week's worth of evenings in the garage from being very competitive in NCRS judging. compressor, Doug Nash 5-speed manual transmission. Reskinned seats in leather with repop door panels and dash-pad. Repainted interior, original trim somewhat dull and dinged. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,150. If you really wanted to take this car back to stock, it wouldn't be too 116 Monterey sale in August '07, where it didn't sell at a high bid of $350,000 (SCM# 46362). Undoubtedly the lowest-mileage Boss 429 on the planet, and a correct O2Z car with documents and a Marti report. With an interesting history and complete documentation, this was an excellent example, and this price should be considered the new market level for these cars. #S687-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B410796. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 74,358 miles. 440-ci V8, Sports Car Market #S681-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 34467OM415111. Gold & white/brown vinyl. Odo: 61,430 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wide door gaps, variable trunk gap. New top and paint, correct orange inner fenders and air induction hood. Clean interior and engine compartment. Fitted with power windows and 8-track stereo. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,100. A typical dirt-brown 1970s interior color on a very well-restored 442. This was


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the last of the big power models built before gas prices and insurance ended the party. An on-the-money result in this market. #S696-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23ROB137497. Burnt Orange/brown cloth & vinyl. Odo: 41,923 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Good chrome and paint, all gaps factory or better, Shaker hood. Newly painted dash and steering wheel center too shiny and off color. New tank, set the cruise, and head for Miami. A very fair deal, and it might have gone home with me if I hadn't been so far from home. #F446-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE interior and weatherstripping. Trim tag screws not tight. Build sheet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $217,800. One of 15 Hemi Shaker 4-speed cars built, and of those, only five are known to be left. Govier-documented, driven on block by him. Broadcast sheets, title history is Mopar Nirvana, especially on a car like this. The dash paint was the only downside here. Well bought and sold. #S706-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23ROB2270727. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 55,935 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Owner history and broadcast sheet. Shiny black paint, good chrome, several visible additional dealer markup. The final bid was just about what the nicest one on the planet should bring, and with nowhere to go but down, the consignor cut and run. On top of that, there are still cars with under ten miles on the clock out there being held by their original owners—so this wasn't the best, most minty one in the world anyway. #TH242-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE repairs on clean dashboard area. Windshield shows some light scratching. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $280,500. This paint was just a bit too thick for my taste, but it still had a good look overall. This lightly-optioned example had good documentation, but it was cheap by last year's standards. #F412-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q175823. White/ white leather. Odo: 10,214 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some chips and touch-ups in paint, poor masking on repainted wheel covers. Very good original leather interior, engine compartment looks correct for a 10,000-mile original car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,725. 1976 was the last year of the big boats. They're not exceptionally rare, as many were put away and now show up for sale with low mileage. Fill the Z06 Commemorative Edition coupe. S/N 1G1YY12S845129945. Lemans Blue & silver/black leather. Odo: 14,784 miles. 5.7liter 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. In better condition than low mileage would suggest. Cross-drilled brake rotors and Firestone Firehawk tires fitted. Superb original paint with only a few light stone chips on the snout, like ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J8L5801459. Bright Red/saddle leather. Odo: 7,104 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Ordered new through the Chevrolet Central Office, with dual-zone climate control and both roof panels as the only options. Kept as an instant collectible, with only maintenance miles covered. Some light swirling scratches in paint, ECU has been replaced with a remanufactured unit, engine bay tidy. Original tires were pulled off the rims and stored, both sets come with the car. In as-delivered condition, and includes the entire delivery package and all paperwork since new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,250. Here's another shot in the hinder for pickling “instant collectibles,” especially when you have to pay Museum Spotlight Historic Auto Attractions Roscoe, IL By Jennifer Davis W ayne Lensing was a successful Midwest short-track racer who began building cars for himself and others, eventually founding Lefthander Chassis for the purpose. In 2001, when he opened the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, Illinois, he did so to showcase his passion for the vehicles in his own collection. Lensing began collecting cars in the mid-1980s. In 2000, as he prepared for the opening of his museum, he bolstered the display by purchasing 16 cars from the Imperial Palace Collection. Today, the eleven-room museum has the largest collection of “world-leader” limousines on display, as well as a Secret Service vehicle that was in the motorcade when President Kennedy was shot. Each room in the museum is dedicated to a certain theme. The “Kennedy Room” features not only vehicles, but an extensive collection of Kennedy memorabilia, including historic photos and clothing from Camelot. “Gangsterland” features vehicles and memorabilia from Al Capone, John Dillinger, and Bonnie and Clyde. Other rooms include “World of Speed,” “Movieland,” and ”Turn of the Century.” Unique If you can't make it to the museum in Roscoe, you can take a virtual tour of the entire museum online. This is definitely worth a look. new wheels, pristine engine bay. The worst of the interior wear is on the driver's seat bottom, which has a significant amount of wrinkling from use. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. An extremely pampered car from northern Nevada. It was claimed by the seller to be number 1,607 of the 2,025 Commemorative Z06s, although I've been yet to find out how to verify that claim. The bidding stopped just shy of average retail for an above average example, and the seller held his ground and ended up taking it back home. ♦ April 2008 Where Historic Auto Attractions 13825 Metric Drive Roscoe, IL 61073 815.389.7917 www.historicautoattractions.com What Seventy-five cars and related memorabilia displayed in a 36,000-sq-ft. air-conditioned building on 40 acres. Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm Admission Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Kids 6–12: $6; Under 6: Free ♦ 117


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Silver Auctions Fountain Hills, AZ Column Author Arizona in January The market for classics continued to be strong, with the top sale of the weekend going to a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible at $108k Company Silver Auctions Date January 18–21, 2008 Location Fountain Hills, Arizona Auctioneer Mitch Silver, Paul Baer, Bob Graham, & Gary Baylor Automotive lots sold / offered 299 / 442 Sales rate 68% Sales total $6,694,647 High sale 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible, sold at $108,000 Buyer's premium 1952 Mercedes 220 Cabriolet A missed its $100k reserve, not sold at $85k Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics A lthough Silver Auctions has held its annual Arizona winter auction in the Fountain Hills area for twelve years, this year, all eyes were on it. For numerous reasons, auction goers were far more nomadic this year than in the past, and as a result, quite a few folks who had never been to a Silver auction before found their way to the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino for the 2008 event. Based solely on a sales rate of 68%—compared to last year's 54%—those people liked what they saw and bid accordingly. Another plus for Silver was that the number Sales Totals of consignments grew slightly to 442 from last year's 438. While there was a higher ratio of incorrect or replica muscle cars, they tended mostly to be respectable drivers. Those cars didn't set the world on fire with sales rates or prices either, again confirming what we've said all along—they are buffalo chip investments rather than blue chip investments. However, correct cars were still stable, and among them, a 1968 Camaro SS in white and black and fitted with a 396-ci big block and TH400 automatic sold at $42,660, and a well-done 1971 Chevelle SS convertible with a 350-ci V8 brought $38,880. Among the muscle car no-sales, a 1969 Mustang 118 $8m $7m $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 Mach I with a 428 Cobra Jet had no takers over $50,000 during both of its trips across the block. Also failing to find a new owner after two trips across the stage was a rather nice '67 Pontiac GTO hard top with a full pedigree from Pontiac Historical Services. That car was bid into the mid-$30,000 region, which in this market wasn't out of line. The market for classics continued to be strong, as the top sale of the weekend here was a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible from the Connie Fitch estate. After much attention on the block, it was hammered sold at $108,000. The next highest sale was another classy convertible from the era, a 1939 Packard Eight 120 coupe. In decent driver condition, it sold to a new owner at $81,000. A collection of micro cars was available this year, including three BMW Isettas, a Subaru 360 racer, and a Messerschmitt KR200 roadster. The most expensive of the Isettas brought $23,490, with the other two bring- ing $16,740 and $13,500, respectively. The Messerschmitt found new ownership at an expensive $19,710, while the little Subaru racer went to a new home at $18,360. Final totals this year were up almost $1.9m from last year's $4,840,882, with 299 cars sold to last year's 238. It's clear Silver has pretty much locked down its position in the Arizona auction weekend as the affordable alternative for those looking to buy. And for those willing to put their cars on the money with realistic reserves, it's a good place to sell as well. ♦ Sports Car Market 8% (included in sold prices)


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Silver Auctions Fountain Hills, AZ ENGLISH #553-1979 TRIUMPH TR7 convertible. S/N TCT101833UF. British Racing Green/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 49,061 miles. Mileage claimed correct. Heavily buffed-out paint with quite a few chips and scratches, front and rear decal emblems cracked and dry-rotted. Older top, plastic sheet backlights baked and cloudy. Somewhat cleaned-up engine bay with newer hoses and belts. Light wear to seats is whatwould be expected based on the mileagerecorded. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,916. An automotive reporter for the local paper looked casually at this car shortly after it crossed the block and said that it was a good deal on a nice car. I, on the other hand, suspected that one of the major reasons that it had such low miles was that it was still waiting for parts. Bought cheap enough, but can any cheap TR7 possibly be bought well? #538-1996 BENTLEY BROOKLANDS saloon. S/N SCBZE11C7TCX57572. British Racing Green/tan leather. Odo: 43,598 miles. Mileage claimed correct. Original paintwork in excellent condition despite some light polishing scratches. Trunk lid fit slightly off at lid bottom, other panel fit OK. Cleaned-up engine bay, near new condition interior retains some wind. Highly polished paint and chrome show off some imperfections. Sagging doors to onoff body, fresh off-the-shelf Interstate battery. Older restored interior has light patina to supple leather seats. Brake lights were always one whenever I saw the car, which was probably part of the reason for the new battery. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. What was a car like this doing here? It seemed to be a bit off the radar for being a draw at this venue... something of a poodle at a greyhound track. It didn't sell last year at RM's Phoenix sale for $130,000 (SCM# 44095), and some things had been tweaked since then. However, it is just looking for a new home before being sent off to the no-kill shelter. With a $250k reserve, it'll continue to acquire patina with this dealer while waiting. GERMAN #268-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 Cabriolet A. S/N 1870121006652. Cream/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 20,489 km. Original 4piece fitted luggage, shop manuals, restoration log, cloth top boot, and a wide whitewall radial tire in trunk. Older repaint starting to see some wear, polishing swirls, and a few small scrapes. Heavily polished brightwork. Superficial cleaning on upper regions of engine, but not detailed accessory headlight shades, good older replacement top, light scratching and scuffing on sliding Plexiglas side windows. Recently cleaned and detailed powertrain under flip-up rear hood. Authentically reupholstered seat and cabin sides. Runs out about as well as one would expect a covered moped should. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,710. One of these in better condition did $25k at Barrett-Jackson last year (SCM# 43976), but this one easily surpassed its $17k reserve. It was scooped up by a Midwest dealer of oddball cars, so there's still money to be made here. Still, these are nothing more than garage ornaments, as they make a Smart car look like a Maybach 62. #753-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 576373. Purple metallic & white/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 30,866 miles. Continental European specification. Recent refurbishment and repaint, freshly rebuilt driveline, modern stick-on Roundels used in lieu of the original cloisonné pieces. Mostly replated trim and new repop hubcaps fitted, period accessory rear trunk rack. Steering wheel cap horn button and ancillary pieces missing, reproduction serial of that new car smell. Freshly serviced by a Rolls-Royce/Bentley dealer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,800. I'll bet you didn't know that one of New York's boroughs had a famous racetrack, as the catalog and pre-sale website called this model the “Brooklyn.” So much for calling in the lot information ahead of time over the phone. While not as sexy and definitely not coveted like a Turbo R, this was a pretty decent deal, even if the reserve went by without too much difficulty at $32k. FRENCH #263-1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 drophead coupe. S/N 103027. French Blue/tan cloth/tan leather. One-off coachwork by Dubos. Older restoration still presentable but starting to un April 2008 since restoration. Wear on driver's seat and door panel beyond cozy patina. When the speedometer was redone, someone scraped off the K from the KM annotation. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Granted, the drivetrain bits aren't too difficult to locate should one choose to use this as a driver. However, Cab As are a bit too scary to use as drivers, and they're somewhat underpowered for events like the Colorado Grand. On the other hand, it hasn't unwound to the point of really having to be restored again. Therefore, with a reserve north of $100k, the seller will have a bit of a job finding someone to take on this car. #340-1956 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 convertible. S/N 61677. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 3,071 miles. Older restoration and repaint with some chipping along a few panel lines. Heavier pitting and corrosion on number tag blank. The seat and interior panels reupholstered in a non-stock diamond tuckand-roll pattern. New weatherstrips, door hinge rubber original and dry-rotted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,470. Silver had a unique opportunity for someone with a jones for an Isetta, as there were three of them consigned here. This was in between the other two for both condition and selling price, bearing in mind that it initially didn't sell at $19k when it ran on Saturday as lot 338. #345-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 511583. Light blue & white/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 21,143 miles. Original door hinge rubber seals dry-rotted. 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Silver Auctions Fountain Hills, AZ Column Author separation. Nearly sanitary underpinnings and drivetrain, although the colors aren't authentic in several instances, and there is also some fluid seepage on several components. Authentically reupholstered seat and cockpit sides, reproduction rubber floor mat. From the Connie Fitch Estate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,400. An older restoration that is no longer the state of the art. This was a realistic selling price that leaned toward being well bought if you didn't care too much about authenticity and just wanted a pretty one. #552-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE con- vertible. S/N 4695419. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 6,776 miles. Non-original 1600-cc motor. Subtly modified with CB dropped spindles, chrome wheels, and under-dash wicker shelf. Excellent-quality repaint is better than some of the body prep. Most chrome replaced, but not all of it. All new door, trunk, and engine compartment seals. Door top aluminum trim on Underside covered in overspray, especially at engine. Replacement door panels, carpeting, seat upholstery, and dash wood. All in all, a nice looking driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,504. This one spent quite some time on the block, and that wasn't to get some money on it. It went past the $7,900 reserve early on, so it was a matter of bidders on the phone and on site working their way up. Ghias have only seen the most modest of price increases, especially on the final guard rail bumper years. Well sold. #414-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 6.9 4-dr sedan. S/N 11603612006886. Champagne Metalllic/brown leather. Odo: 45,293 miles. Mileage claimed correct. Although the consignor claims the paint is original, the front of the car is lighter than the rear. Right rear quarter panel has some light but long scratches, engine compartment and undercarriage have wear congruent to a used car of this many miles. There is some light checking of the driver's seat leather, plus is at $30k at the ICA auction in Gilbert just one weekend before the Silver sale. Nobody is going to pay $25k—let alone the $40k reserve—for a Q-porte III, even if it has no miles and is still on the MSO. The most optimistic price guide out there puts the nicest one on the planet at $20k, so this consignor should take anything offered over $10k and be thankful it didn't self-immolate while it was stored. JAPANESE #339-1970 SUBARU 360 racer. S/N K111L4253. White & red/black vinyl/gray vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. Claimed six actual miles since new, as it was a backup car for an attempt at a factory racing team and not used. Floor covering and door panels removed, fitted with most race-spec gear including fuel cell, roll bar, and Goodyear racing slicks. Good original paint with rising sun graphics. Engine tweaked for performance with an SU-pattern carburetor both sides is dinged from contact with the convertible top. Generally clean and stock looking motor. Reupholstered interior in the stock pattern done to a high level. Aftermarket steering wheel rim cover. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,120. This was quite a ways from stock, but it was hard to knock as a moderately fuel-efficient cruiser car. Don't let nostalgia cloud out the facts; these weren't the most economical cars out there. Most Beetles were doing good to get 25 MPG, and that was out on the road. Still, this was a well-done driver that bucked the petering-out Beetle price trend. #584-1973 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN- GHIA coupe. S/N 1432541457. Red/white paint/black vinyl. Odo: 59,634 miles. Fresh repaint still degassing heavily. Slight paint ding on engine compartment lid, other panels straight. Engine seems to run out OK but has a chirp in the exhaust. Original and slightly dull trim only superficially polished, bumpers and non-stock exhaust outlets are new chrome. 120 starting to get somewhat stiff. Rear parcel shelf carpeting heavily faded. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. 6.9s are pretty rare to find in the U.S, due in no small part to a $51,595 original sticker price. Therefore, M100 fans are a pretty tight-knit group, and they should be, since the 6.9 also had the pneumatic suspension that pretty much required the services of a hydraulics engineer to troubleshoot if—or rather when—it went wonky. The consignor really didn't seem too keen on selling unless a new world record was set with his car, but this was a marketvalue bid. ITALIAN #2-1984 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE SIII 4-dr sedan. S/N ZAMBC1108EA304310. White/tan leather. Odo: 28,675 miles. Fitted with aftermarket film window tinting. Miles indicated are correct from new, and it actually looks the part. Factory-applied paint buffed out, no indications of wear or usage on exterior trim or interior. Undercarriage shows some road grime and lightly lifting original dealer-applied undercoating. Generally well cleaned and well kept engine bay, but not detailed. Fitted with a newer Die Hard battery and Vise-Gripped hood struts. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Was unsold for each combustion chamber. Somewhat clean underpinnings look like they have seen more deterioration from sitting than use. Later seats fitted, offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,360. In an attempt to get some publicity for his newly-imported Subaru line, Malcolm Bricklin campaigned a few of these in showroom stock classes. Claimed to be the only survivor of ten built for the track, one would imagine that a specific race seat was intended for the car, and in later years a set of take-outs was put in to make the car functional. There was quite a lot of interest and bidding on the car, and it finally went to a Midwest dealer who likes non-conformist cars. #43-1973 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3077430. Orange/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 131,463 miles. Presentable older repaint with a smattering of touched-up nicks. Small paint crack forming in the middle of rear hatch below latch release. Original bumper chrome weak and dinged, light remnants of overspray on undercarriage. Aftermarket performance open-style dual air cleaners and spark plug wires, late '70s vintage in-dash Marantz AM/FM/cassette deck, heavily worn vents in dash. Correctly reupholstered seats with little wear, door panels have some light warping. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT Sports Car Market


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$7,000. Rerun on Sunday as lot 550, a no-sale then at $7,500. The excitement about first-generation Z-cars of a few years ago has cooled down quite a bit since, and while this was a generally decent example, it was a long way from being worth the $12k reserve. Either offer was respectable if not somewhat generous. AMERICAN #279-1933 FORD 3-Window coupe. S/N 18334821. Orange metallic & silver/gray leather. Odo: 779 miles. Professionally built by Goldesberry Motor Sports for the B&M Shifter display booth at the 2007 SEMA show. Flawless body mods and paint, remote power doors, trunk release, and windows. Heavily chromed 350 Chevrolet engine, B&M modified GM 700R4 transmission, four-wheel independent suspension. Fitted with B&M Street Bandit shifter, Auto Meter gauges with hand-built dash, Dakota Digital speedometer with LCD display, and gray leather. No signs of wear or use present. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $59,500. Like most cars built to be showcases for products at the SEMA show, this was a bit over the top. I just don't see someone hopping into it here in Ft. McDowell and driving it to the NSRA Nationals in Louisville. However, Silver had quite a few street rods at this sale, and this was the best of the bunch. Like most street rods, it is claimed to have $155k into it, had a reserve of $77,500, and the bidding petered out at $55k. #364-1939 PACKARD EIGHT 120 convertible. S/N C301141. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 49,268 miles. Fitted with optional dual side-mount spare tires, deluxe radio, heater, clock, “donut pusher” hood ornament, and banjo wheel. Older restoration holding up quite well, repaint has a couple of cracks and some scuffing around the hood openings. All chrome replated to average quality. Light dings and waviness on the running board bodyside trim strip. Generally neat, clean, and authentic engine bay, expertly upholstered interior April 2008 121


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Silver Auctions Fountain Hills, AZ Column Author with well-cared-for leather. Correctly restored woodgrain to dash and inner windshield frame. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $81,000. Coming from the man who owns one, I can tell you that these are some of the best driving pre-war cars out there. The '38-'42s even came standard with a rear sway bar, so they are competent on modern roads... as long as you take your time working the not-always-so-handy Handy-Shift. Spot-on market price. #205-1940 INTERNATIONAL D-2 pickup. S/N D280615. Green metallic & gunmetal/black vinyl. Odo: 95,070 miles. Optional heavy-duty floor shift 4-speed transmission. Repainted and reassembled within the last year in an incorrect metallic paint scheme. Door fit nice, hood fits well if closed carefully. Box sides fabricated from a single sheet of steel instead of original two-piece configuration. Two lowest grille bars missing, others present are highly polished. SOLD AT $48,600. This car had its share of needs, but there was nothing about it that would keep a potential new owner from driving and enjoying it as it was. $45k is pretty much where this car should be, so this was well sold at just over market. #315-1953 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION Custom roadster. S/N G1246901. Copper/ white & butterscotch vinyl. Odo: 2,202 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. While the top was sliced off by someone else, George Barris re-arched the rear wheelwells, shaved the hood, doors, and trunk lid, and repainted it in the 1950s. Current paint job shows some wear and tear but is still shiny. Ill-fitting windshield gasket, half of the vent window seals are missing, doors latch poorly. Under the hood is pure '50s hopped-up Stude V8 with all period goodies. Dash retrofitted from a later Hawk, Barris-signed glove box 1955. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,360. As the first year of the Forward Look, the 1955 hadn't grown the outrageous fins that started to sprout a year later, and it had a dignified look that almost emulated the contemporary Mercedes 300 “Adenauer” sedan. Additionally, it was the first year that every single one had a Hemi V8 and the last year before the hokey push-button gear selector was used. The only downside is that it was the last year for the 6-volt electrical system. Low miles, plenty of options, and lots of details made this one well bought. #302-1955 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 558C7339. Peach & white/peach & white vinyl. Odo: 80,253 miles. 324-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Restored for retired toy company magnate John Ertl. Autronic Eye headlight dimmer and Wonderbar radio fitted. Excellent repaint in correct colors, restored or replaced chrome and trim. Cleaned-up undercarriage, with the original dealer-installed undercoating sprayed over at least once since. Older dual exhaust system Hard to start when cold, but runs out well when warmed up. Professionally reupholstered bench seat, cab painted matte black where the headliner should be. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,280. This was a no-sale on the block at $14k, then later in the day was sold at this price off the block. Before the auction, the consignor was hoping for $17,500, but eventually money talked. The 1937-1940 D-series IH trucks were the epitome of Art Deco styling, and they pop up few and far between on the auction circuit. This was a clean enough redo, but there was still plenty lacking to give me proper inspiration to finish up my 1939 1-ton version better and more correctly than this one. #82-1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 7H156332. Navy blue/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 2,372 miles. Period accessory back-up lights and factory AM radio fitted. Superb old repaint with just a bit of cracking at door tops, high quality older bumper and trim rechrome. Engine compartment once restored to a high standard, now dusty. Twelve-volt conversion with a new Interstate battery, new voltage regulator and HydroElectric pump for top and window lifts. Older reupholstered leather seats and door panels in excellent shape. Passenger visor displays a plaque from the 1965 LCOC National Meet at Lake Ozark, MO. Cond: 3+. 122 door. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,162. On the surface, this looked like a full-bore Barris custom, but he only tweaked what someone else started. Regardless, it had no problem crossing the $17k reserve, making it a decent deal on a car that at least has the George Barris papal blessing of having laid hands upon it. #105-1955 DESOTO FIREFLITE 4-dr sedan. S/N S2122476. Eng. # S2122476. Black & pink/black & pink nylon & vinyl. Odo: 34,694 miles. 291-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, ps, pb, push-button AM radio, and dashboard clock. Fitted with reproduction Mopar-style wire wheels available over the parts counter in '55. Canadian car with original miles. Excellent repaint of black, pink original to car. Top-quality bumper rechrome, polished stainless trim. Clean engine bay shows new 6-volt battery and cables. All original interior, including threadbare carpet in a few places. Seats have been covered with clear plastic since with period aftermarket outlets. All new carpeting and vinyl interior upholstery professionally installed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,920. Last seen at the fall MidAmerica in September '07, where it sold for $36,040 (SCM# 47195). Apart from fewer than a hundred more miles on the clock and some light fluffing, it was pretty much in the same shape here as it was when we last saw it. Even factoring in shipping from the Twin Cites to Fountain Hills (almost a non-issue, as the seller lives in both places), this was a pretty easy payday. #30-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N C56H3250. White/white & dark green vinyl. Odo: 99,170 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c and Town & Country radio. Older higher-quality repaint with finish and stainless trim heavily buffed out. Bumpers most likely original with moderate scuffing. Most plated pot-metal trim pitted, chrome on mirrors peeling at edges, most glass has some delamination. Mediocre engine bay and undercarriage. Seats reupholstered in the stock pattern and color combination, original door panels respectable, dash padding cracked around several mounting screws. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. While “Deuces” have been seeing some modest increases in value over the last year, their track record on the market gives all impressions that Sports Car Market


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they are not going to start escalating in value by leaps and bounds any time soon, if ever. Should have sold at this price. #211-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH181353. Gunmetal/ Gunmetal hard top & black cloth soft top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 37,898 miles. 312-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Factory optional ps, Town & Country radio, and vent window wings. Older frame-off restoration starting to show some age. Good repaint has some light polishing swirls and a few nicks. Rechromed bumpers and trim show well, excellent door and panel fit. Neat-as-a-pin engine bay not completely stock. Soft top appears to have rarely been put up since it was installed during the restoration. Reproduction soft trim includes repro accessory white rubber floor mats. Well-polished interior brightwork. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. The $42k reserve probably reflected what it took to restore the car. However, that was a ways down the road—both literally and figuratively. Since the car was visibly used, the final bid was market correct if not slightly generous. #381-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC570135626. Black/red, silver & black vinyl. Odo: 81,340 miles. 327-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Authentically restored body and interior using better quality reproduction items. Excellent body prep and paintwork, average bumper rechroming. Fully restored interior shows some mild wear from limited use. Engine is a 1964 Corvette 365-hp unit from oil pan to air plenum. Cast aluminum valve covers have been painted between the fins, other bits metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 36,450 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with factory a/c and gas door trim. Mileage claimed correct. Excellent repaint in the original maroon metallic, panel fit at least to GM specs if not better. Nicely preserved all-original brightwork with only some light fogging at rear bumper. Concours-quality engine with all GM components. Freshly restored interior with door panel and seat vinyl in white and new carpet in red. Well cleaned and detailed dashboard with a color-coordinated tissue dispenser added. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,888. Most maroon '64 Chevys tended to have black upholstery, so the red and white combination on this car really made it come alive. The only way to beat this combo would've been if there had been a 409 under the hood. As it was, this was one nicely prepped car, and it needed only a few more authentic details to make it a concours show winner. This was not a smokin' hot deal, but considering that it started out with a $36k reserve and didn't sell the first time around as lot 244 at $28k, it was bought well. #289-1964 OLDSMOBILE F-85 Cutlass 442 2-dr sedan. S/N 824F023094. Medium blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,999 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally sold new to Leonard D. Press on 8/8/1964, per the raised Dymo labels stuck to the door pillar. B09 Police Apprehender Pursuit package. 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There are, quite simply, no compromises when it comes to our pursuit of the ultimate wax and car care system. No wonder Swissvax is OEM to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Mercedes-Benz Classic and Spyker Cars. We invite you to see for yourself what delighted enthusiasts and collectors all over the world are discovering about Swissvax. Swissvax «Onyx» Standard wax for all colours with pure Brazilian Carnauba (30% by vol.) produces a brilliant, streakfree gloss. Price: $79.00 Swissvax «Concorso» Our famous concours wax with 50% by vol. of pure Brazilian Carnauba for a deep, wet «show car» shine. Price: $225.00 First application requires a wax pretreatment with «Cleaner Fluid» or Swissvax waxes will not adhere to the paint surface. Price: $35.00 heavily polished. Electrical system uses a generator in lieu of the Corvette's alternator. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,500. All we can say for certain about this car is that it was originally built as a V8, so whether it really was a factory fuelie is anyone's guess. It's not a combination that I would've thought of, but it was probably done back when both a '57 Chevy with a dead engine and a Corvette motor without a home were no big deal. Still, as a modified car, relative worth is subjective, and the seller's opinion and that of the final bidder didn't agree. #608-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 41447S211040. Maroon April 2008 door panel fit, hood sits high on driver's side. Older bumper replate job, well-preserved original emblems and trim. Older replacement interior soft trim now developing some patina that makes it seem original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,320. The last '64 442 which I saw was hammered sold at $29k at Mecum's Belevidere auction last May (SCM# 45396). 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Silver Auctions Fountain Hills, AZ Column Author panels, new reproduction seat belts. Aftermarket carpeted floor mats with embroidered SS logo. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,660. For once, someone restored a big-block SS and didn't make it into a testament to testosterone. The car ran out like these generally did in '68, albeit with the volume up by one notch on the exhaust. Not cheap, but worth the money spent. seams from a lack of padding. Most other interior pieces also reproduction and show better fit. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. The consignor took Colin Comer's advice on Sprints perhaps a little bit too much to heart (June 2007, “Domestic Affairs,” p. 62), thinking that his $25k ragtop cruiser was a $30k blue-chip investment. True, Sprints have been overlooked for 44 years, but with a sea of Mustangs, only a handful of folks prefer the blander look of Ford's boxy little econo-car. #335-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 824M15209. Saddle Bronze/fawn vinyl. Odo: 80,820 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documented. Factory Tri-Power, a/c, 4speed, and Rally wheels on Redlines. First Place winner at the POC Nationals. Arrow-straight body with superb paint application, rechromed bumpers, and mostly new trim. Panel gaps are at least to OE specs. Concours-ready engine bay, and while this car looked good at ten feet, it lacked the details to make it a $20k plus car. The seller must have known this, as the reserve was dropped past $18k. For someone who's into GSs, this can easily be made into a better car. Aside from my usual dissertation regarding non-Chevelle A-bodies being a better buy for the buck, I'll say this was bought well. #241-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177P147052. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,169 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent PHS documentation. Optioned with ps, pb, AM/FM radio, and center console. Spiffy bare-body repaint shows masking issues at GM emblem in door jamb and painted-over door latch, striker, and hardware. Typical GM A-body panel fit issues in the cowl area, nicely polished brightwork and replated bumpers. Fully replaced #245-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach I fast- back. S/N 9F02R157245. White & red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,077 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with 3.50:1 Traction-Lok differential, ps, pb, Sport Deck rear seat, AM radio, and visibility group package. Marti report. Various panels repainted at various times, with some masking lines obvious. Panel gaps OK, but bottom lip of trunk lid sticks out about a quarter inch from rear fenders. Easy to replace chrome has been redone, door glass trim frosted and lightly pitted. Reproduction Autolite battery, door checks not functioning. Newer non-stock wood wheel fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,800. Here's further proof that first-year Tri-Power Goats are cooling in value. The seller sensed this and dropped the reserve when the music stopped and everyone else took a seat. A nicely done car, but there were too many not quite right issues and excuses to keep it from being a true number one. #77-1967 BUICK GS 400 2-dr hard top. S/N 446177Z119867. Medium blue metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 14,404 miles. 401ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with ps, vinyl roof, and Buick road wheels. Fresh paint on a no-rust body with typical A-body fit issues at cowl and door areas. Semi-clunky doors require a forceful slam due to new door seals. Rechromed bumpers, polished original trim and emblems. Somewhat recent engine paint detailing, new replacement alternator fitted. Newer seat upholstery kit installation, seat spring protrudes into top of front seat backs. Generally good door panels, sill plates, and dashboard. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,980. The devil's in the details, 124 interior soft trim, console redyed, dash structure repainted. Aftermarket oil pressure gauge and Hurst shifter. Clutch pedal sits high, brake pedal sits very low. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. This wasn't a bad car, and at least the consignor had everything out in the open about it. However, I do find it odd that the color had been changed, as it was claimed to have been owned by a past president of the GTO club. Was rerun on Monday to a $31,500 no-sale bid. The consignor had a “What are you smoking?” reserve of $70k, so this was going nowhere fast. #267-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 124378L341269. White & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,137 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with pb and full gauge console. Freshly restored to exceptionally high standards. Excellent body prep, repainted to the correct sheen. Better-than-original graphics installation, roof vinyl fit, and panel gaps. All new chrome and reproduction emblems, professionally buffed-out stainless trim. All new interior soft and chrome trim, restored quasi-wood new gas tank. Reproduction interior soft trim just stating to show some light wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. The consignor noted on the windshield card that one could “steal this car for much less than one sold for up the street.” I'm assuming that he meant a few miles down the road at or near WestWorld. With a $100k reserve, this was in the same league as both of those other venues—what he forgot was that '69 Cobra Jet Mach Is are no longer doing $100k, especially if they have some issues. The market spoke precisely with the final bid here, and there was no need to go to any other venue to verify it. #273-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA AAR 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23J0B297260. Burnt Orange Metallic/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 37,665 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Broadcast sheet, window sticker, and original bill of sale. Optioned with tinted glass, rear window defogger, front spoiler, transistor AM radio, quickratio ps, and vinyl top. Mileage claimed original. Good quality body prep and paint, lift-off hood bulges at center compared to fender lines on both sides, hood pin retainer cables chewed up. Exceptionally nice original interior, with door panels and seats not showing anywhere near 38 Sports Car Market


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years of age and discoloration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Rerun on Monday to a nosale bid of $75k. Sure, the miles may be low, it's well documented, and Burnt Orange is the rarest color for an AAR 'Cuda, but that doesn't justify a $150k reserve. This was more of an appraisal with a second opinion rather than an attempted sale. #107-1971 FORD RANCHERO GT pickup. S/N 1A48H119961. Dark green metallic/saddle tan vinyl. Odo: 20,233 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report. Optional C4 automatic, ps, a/c, tinted glass, twin sport mirrors, console, and AM radio. Reproduction Magnum 500 wheels, modern radials. Generally good repaint shows #37-1973 BUICK APOLLO 2-dr sedan. S/N 4B27H3L108329. Buttercup Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,232 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, tilt steering column, and Buick road wheels on older radials. Highly detailed by the SCM Platinum consignor. Superb repaint, professionally buffed-out original brightwork. Door and panel fit nice, well-preserved original interior shows minimal wear. Heavily detailed engine compartment, age and discoloration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Rerun on Monday to a no- sale bid of $75k. Sure, the miles may be low, it's w s of age and discoloration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Rerun on Monday to a no- sale bid of $75k. Sure, the miles may be low, it's well documented, and Burnt Orange is the rarest color for an AAR 'Cuda, but that doesn't justify a $150k reserve. This was more of an appraisal with a second opinion rather than an attempted sale. #107-1971 FORD RANCHERO GT pickup. S/N 1A48H119961. Dark green metallic/saddle tan vinyl. Odo: 20,233 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report. Optional C4 automatic, ps, a/c, tinted glass, twin sport mirrors, console, and AM radio. Reproduction Magnum 500 wheels, modern radials. Generally good repaint shows #37-1973 BUICK APOLLO 2-dr sedan. S/N 4B27H3L108329. Buttercup Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,232 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, tilt steering column, and Buick road wheels on older radi- als. Highly detailed by the SCM Platinum con- signor. Superb repaint, professionally buffed-out original brightwork. Door and panel fit nice, well-preserved original interior shows minimal wear. Heavily detailed engine compartment, some some chipping along the passenger's side at both hood and hood well edge, hood hinge adjustment too high on both sides. Replated bumpers, polished original trim. New reproduction interior color changed from original green vinyl, '71 Mustang seat kits expertly installed. Rubberized pickup bed mat fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,230. A good enough cosmetic redo, but the base level 351-Windsor isn't anything to write home about. This surpassed its $11k reserve without too much effort, so this was sold well. #246-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 136671K202058. Marina Blue & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 70,084 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include ps, pb, a/c, Cowl Induction hood, basic center console, and Rally wheels. Excellent body prep and paint, rechromed bumpers, mostly replacement trim. Door gaps seem wide, but doors function well. Coated tube headers, HEI distributor with silicone plug wires, and mostly with paint and not exclusive to OEM GM components. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,020. The last time we saw one of these upmarket Novas, it was a ratty example that failed to sell at $500 at the Murdo auction in May '06 (SCM# 41617). This was the antithesis of that car, as it was probably one of the best condition survivors in existence. Then again, outside of the Buick Club of America, the number of folks who kept or restored or even care about an Apollo—let alone even remember or know what one is—is quite thin. It's safe to say this was a market-correct price. #401-2007 SHELBY MUSTANG GT-H fastback. S/N 1ZVFT82H265226519. Black & gold/black leather. Odo: 18,721 miles. Number 175 of 500. Sirius satellite radio and GPS nav screen are still with the car from its days as a premium rental. Buffed out paint with some swirls. Hood cables are in very rough shape, but the engine security cable is still in place. Otherwise under the hood, it's just another latemodel used car with some light dealer prep. The years of years of of age and discoloration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Rerun on Monday to a s of age and discoloration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Rerun on Monday to a no- sale bid of $75k. Sure, the miles may be low, it's well documented, and Burnt Orange is the rarest color for an AAR 'Cuda, but that doesn't justify a $150k reserve. This was more of an appraisal with a second opinion rather than an attempted sale. #107-1971 FORD RANCHERO GT pickup. S/N 1A48H119961. Dark green metallic/saddle tan vinyl. Odo: 20,233 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report. Optional C4 automatic, ps, a/c, tinted glass, twin sport mirrors, console, and AM radio. Reproduction Magnum 500 wheels, modern radials. Generally good repaint shows #37-1973 BUICK APOLLO 2-dr sedan. S/N 4B27H3L108329. Buttercup Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,232 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, tilt steering column, and Buick road wheels on older radi- als. Highly detailed by the SCM Platinum con- signor. Superb repaint, professionally buffed-out original brightwork. Door and panel fit nice, well-preserved original interior shows minimal wear. Heavily detailed engine compartment, some chipping along the passenger's side at both hood and hood well edge, hood hinge adjust- ment too high on both sides. Replated bumpers, polished original trim. New reproduction inte- rior color changed from original green vinyl, '71 Mustang seat kits expertly installed. Rubberized pickup bed mat fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,230. A good enough cosmetic redo, but the base level 351-Windsor isn't anything to write home about. This surpassed its $11k reserve without too much effort, so this was sold well. #246-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 136671K202058. Marina Blue & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 70,084 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include ps, pb, a/c, Cowl Induction hood, basic center console, and Rally wheels. Excellent body prep and paint, rechromed bumpers, mostly replacement trim. Door gaps seem wide, but doors function well. Coated tube headers, HEI distributor with silicone plug wires, and mostly with paint and not exclusive to OEM GM components. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,020. The last time we saw one of these upmarket Novas, it was a ratty example that failed to sell at $500 at the Murdo auction in May '06 (SCM# 41617). This was the antithesis of that car, as it was probably one of the best condition survivors in existence. Then again, outside of the Buick Club of America, the num- ber of folks who kept or restored or even care about an Apollo—let alone even remember or know what one is—is quite thin. It's safe to say this was a market-correct price. #401-2007 SHELBY MUSTANG GT-H fastback. S/N 1ZVFT82H265226519. Black & gold/black leather. Odo: 18,721 miles. Number 175 of 500. Sirius satellite radio and GPS nav screen are still with the car from its days as a premium rental. Buffed out paint with some swirls. Hood cables are in very rough shape, but the engine security cable is still in place. Otherwise under the hood, it's just another late- model used car with some light dealer prep. The 1970 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Grabber Blue 4 spd, only 5k miles. PARTIAL LISTING chrome upper radiator bracket fitted under the hood. Tidy replacement top, good quality seat upholstery and door panels installed in a workman-like manner. New OE-style carpeting, cleaned up and dyed dash and console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,880. The single-headlight '71s have come into their own lately, bringing nearly as much money as a '70. While not concours correct, this will make someone a good street cruiser, and that person won't have to skip a mortgage payment to feed it. April 2008 same goes for the interior, as it's no better or no worse than the last Taurus I rented. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Currently, the market is at saturation point on these. Since the Shelby GT came out last year, anyone who wants one for the performance and Shelby aspect can by one brand new—and in some cases without dealer markup. For those who want a rode hard and put a way wet collectible ex-rental car (you KNOW that each and every one was run hard every time the Hertz counter was out of the line of sight), the demand has met the supply. 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Bonhams U.K. Roundup Column Author Bonhams Harrogate/London Roundup The oldest surviving Rolls-Royce stayed in the U.K. for a staggering $7.25m—three times as much as expected Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T alk about ending the year with a bang. Bonhams's final motor auction of 2007, at its regular London venue of Olympia, was a hit back at the success of RM's first foray into the capital a month before. It raised $16.5m—the highest U.K. motoring sale figure the company has ever posted. At the packed venue, no fewer than four record prices were established, most notably the three-times estimate $7.25m raised for the oldest surviving Rolls-Royce, a 1904 10hp that was only the fourth car to bear the name. This was also a record auction price for a pre-1905 car, a record Rolls-Royce price, and a new high for a British car. The Bonhams team put together a quality-packed catalogue: If the 10hp hadn't been there, plenty of other noteworthy cars easily could have covered the number one slot. Star quality oozed from the Hispano-Suiza H6B coupe de Ville and Bugatti Type 30, which sold for $818,850 and $614,910, respectively, the latter another record. As always, auctioneer James Knight was ready with a few of his trademark quips to keep the ball rolling. “It's the only one I've got today… well, it's the only one,” he said, when movement on the 10hp Royce temporarily stalled at $6m. Interest in the car, the only Rolls-Royce old enough to take part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, was reported at $2m from no fewer than ten parties at the beginning of the auction, but when Knight clapped the hammer down after a power play between two bidders in the room and three on the telephone, there was spontaneous applause. When he announced the car would be staying in Britain, as the buyer was a U.K. private collector, the room erupted into a cheer. Just a few weeks earlier, Bonhams's annual Harrogate sale backed up its reputation by selling a solid 77% of the mostly bread-and-butter Brit classics on offer—a slightly more parochial choice than its usual London fare. This sale also saw comfortable growth from last year's numbers, with $715,560 selling this year compared with $665,227 in 2006. London Sales Totals $20m $15m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 $10m $800k $700k $600k $500k $400k $300k $5m $200k $100k 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 LONDON, U.K. Company Bonhams Date December 3, 2007 Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 72 / 103 Sales rate 70% Sales total $16,554,739 High sale 1904 Rolls-Royce 10hp, sold at $7,254,290 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $206,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $2.06) 1904 Aster sold at $456k in London The Yorkshire Event Centre was packed and the sale Harrogate Sales Totals attracted the usual provincial lots—mostly usable classics from the 1930s on. High-end consignments were lacking, but plenty of up-to-$30,000 lots were present, with several restoration projects and a scattering of early Land Rovers. These might not so long ago have been working vehicles, but many have recently come out of the woodwork to be quickly restored in the hope of making a buck before the Landie's big 60th birthday next year. Most sales at U.K. auctions these days are funded by “spare” money, especially on cheaper fare such as this, and trade tends to be brisk. Auctioneer and International Managing Director Jamie Knight's typical ebullient style helps a sale recover its momentum after an occasional awkward hiatus in bidding, and here he was in typically fine form, selling 59 cars of the 77 offered. While they show opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the vehicles consigned, both sales showed Bonhams's ability to sell to both highlevel and grassroots collectors, and the results were good news for both the company and the market in general. ♦ 126 HARROGATE, U.K. Company Bonhams Date November 19, 2007 Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 57 / 74 Sales rate 77% Sales total $715,560 High sale 1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, sold at $59,225 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $206,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $2.06) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams U.K. Roundup ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 1 #604-1904 ROLLS-ROYCE 10hp two-seater. S/N 20154. Blue/black leather. RHD. 1800-cc twin. The oldest surviving Rolls-Royce, with body changes over the years and a non-original steering column. Fitted with streamlined coachwork in the '20s, restored in the '50s. In good shape with excellent brass fittings. The only R-R eligible to take chrome, glass, engine compartment, and interior. Immaculately presented, complete tool kit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $188,902. Previously seen at Christie's Geneva in March '71, where it sold at $38,688 (SCM# 15131). Later seen at Coys Hendon in November '80, where it brought $34,698 (SCM# 14781). This time it was priced right at at the lower end of the presale estimate range. (London, 12/3/07) #658-1934 LAGONDA 4½-LITER M45 part in the VCC London to Brighton run. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,254,290. Bidding quickly rose from the $2m opener and kept going, so auctioneer Jamie Knight moved up from $100k to $200k increments. The final bid on the phone bought the car to much applause at roughly three times over the low estimate... but as Knight said, “There is only one.” See the March “English Profile,” p. 50. (London, 12/3/07) #623-1914 STELLITE 8/10hp two-seater. S/N 614. Eng. # 533. Blue/black canvas/brown leather. RHD. Closely related to a Wolseley, this has a fair body, nice brass, poor top, OK artillery wheels, and is still fitted with all its period accessories. Has been on showroom in the tail section. Has MoT, but needs recommissioning as it has been stored for some years. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $229,690. Although it failed to set the market alight and sold for midestimate, the price of celebrity was confirmed by an identical but rebodied model selling for $174,124 at Bonhams' Goodwood sale in August '07 (SCM# 46863). (London, 12/3/07) display so will need checking and recommissioning before going back on the road. Comes with receipt for sale in 1966 for £690. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,613. Said to be usable with “lively” performance. Old veteran rule-ofthumb of $4,000 per seat, $4,000 per cylinder slightly outdated here as it sold well over $20k low estimate. But it cost relatively less now than it did in '66. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #619-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp PHANTOM II Continental Sports saloon. S/N 22PY. Eng. # VQ15620. Gray/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 4,767 miles. Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly. The 1933 Olympia Motor Show Car fitted on 144-inch wheelbase, restored in 1969 and recently refreshed. Excellent paint, April 2008 #625-1934 RILEY KESTREL saloon. S/N 6027175. Eng. # 55352. Green & black/green vinyl & leather. RHD. Odo: 70,760 miles. A shiny example of Riley's aerodynamic small saloon. Older restoration still with fair appearance. Slightly cracking paint, leather shows service and new tires, or you could wipe an oily rag over it and use as-is. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,790. Pleasingly “un-got-at,” which makes restoration easier. Sold with no reserve, and you can't go wrong at this money... especially if you just service the mechanicals and use as is. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #617-1948 ALLARD L-TYPE tourer. S/N 71L345. Eng. # 7186856. Black/black canvas/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,479 miles. Restored and better than new. Very straight, with recently retrimmed interior and functional top. Only 127 T7 tourer. S/N Z10993. Eng. # M45277. Blue/ black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 739 miles. Supplied new to Sir Malcolm Campbell, the famous recordbreaker, though he never raced it and only owned it a short time. Found after 50 years laid up and restored before being put away again. Generally good but a few scrapes SOLD AT $10,424. Sold smack in middle of its $8,000–$12,000 estimate and impossible to replicate for the money, so this was a good value for an unrepeatable car. It was a shame to overtake it on an uncovered trailer in the rain the day after the sale. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #672-1939 HILLMAN MINX saloon. S/N 1111214. Eng. # 1110898. Blue/blue leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 93,618 miles. Nicely original but with poor paint and chrome. Dry stored for years, rubber trim perished. In need of a big a nice patina, good timber dash. Off the road with a broken crank since the '70s, rebuilt with new parts in '00. Last used in 2004. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,214. Nicely lived-in appearance, up-to-snuff mechanicals and desirable pre-selector gearbox meant this attractive saloon was reasonably priced. A market-correct result. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #650-1936 MORRIS 10hp Series II saloon. S/N 52TN76257. Eng. # 59201. Green & black/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 98,801 miles. An all present and correct former concours winner still in excellent shape, although it almost certainly has had paint at some stage in its life. Two owners, the first from new until 1996, in whose hands it won numerous concours over a 30year period in the north of England. Cond: 1-.


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Bonhams U.K. Roundup Column Author for condition and rarity. Well bought and sold. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #660-1954 ARNOLT-MG coupe. S/N TD25279. Eng. # XPAGTD25974. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 87,062 miles. MG TD-based Bertone coupe. Nice older restoration with much more spent recently. Good chrome, exquisite pinstriping. Dash and interior good with instruments all complete. Engine bored 600 miles in past five years and probably still better than when it left Sydney's factory. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $42,642. Believed to be one of ten remaining examples. The final sale price was just over the low estimate of $41k, and that felt surprisingly cheap for a rare immediate postwar tourer with competition lineage. (London, 12/3/07) #665-1948 ROVER 75 Sports saloon. S/N 8431222. Eng. # 8431222. Black/red & brown leather. RHD. Odo: 98,022 miles. An interim model produced for 18 months to plug post-war gap before the P4 appeared in 1949. Straight body, door fit good, reasonable with Shorrock supercharger, Ford 5-speed gearbox, uprated shocks and sway bars, and inertia-reel belts fitted. New MoT. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,856. Sensitive mods didn't mess up this attractive car. It was claimed to be one of only three in Europe, and even so, it sold well under its pre-sale estimate of $66k. A fair deal for the end user despite the deviations from stock components. (London, 12/3/07) #651-1957 JAGUAR Mk I saloon. S/N S908259DN. Eng. # 7B562738. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Odo: 53,283 miles. Looks like (and doors shut like) an untouched, original car. Restored in 1997, wearing in nicely. Original paint, some chrome flaking off though pleasingly still has period horns and spotlight. Good timber dash and door tops. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,923. P3s weren't fashionable even when new, being the choice of stolid bank-manager types, so they will never have high values. Sold quite some way behind the estimate range of $8,200-$10,255. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #634-1950 RILEY RMC 2½-LITER roadster. S/N 60257101. Eng. # 7101. Ivory/ tan mohair/green leather. RHD. Odo: 75,507 miles. In good order with a repaint in the original color. Original green leather interior, new interior has lovely patina, but carpets are faded and loose. Fitted with later 3.8 engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,371. Started at $8k and sold for cheap money. A good 3.8 manual Mk II, although a much improved car, would fetch nearer $30k. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) tires. In a private collection since 1992 and little used. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,244. Only 507 of these were built between 1948 and 1951, and they were designed for the U.S. market with three-abreast seating. Priced about right 128 #610-1963 MG 1100 saloon. S/N GAS3L17463. Eng. # 1104MWTAH441716. Red/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 160 miles. Another of BMC's badge-engineered Triumphs, MG was based on the ADO16 1100 sedan—itself a “big Mini.” Recently well restored with excellent floors, sills show one bent jacking point, new exhaust. Paint good, interior perfect, trip meter presumably zeroed after restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $6,633. Many of the upmarket 1100/1300s were exported to Japan... and quite a few are coming back. This one had probably not been outside the U.K, and interest remains relatively high, showing only a couple of tiny paint bubbles if you look hard. Nice woodwork, clean and well-fitted interior, chrome unmarked. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,875. Soared past expectations to double its high estimate of $12,381, which is top Cooper money. However, this car's provenance and condition made it a decent buy even at this price. (London, 12/3/07) #670-1965 FORD LOTUS CORTINA Mk I saloon. S/N BA85E424567. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 72,746 miles. Perfect '03-'04 restoration of one of the ex-Team Lotus racers driven in period by Jim Clark, John Whitmore, and Jack Sears. Authenticated by Lotus Cortina Register. Much body restoration may be tantamount to a new shell, but detail work is impressive and car looks spot on. Cond: 1. as evidenced by a sale price well over the low estimate of $4,600. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #601-1965 MORRIS MINI Traveller 2-dr wagon. S/N MAW4798831. Eng. # H1015911. Red/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2 miles. Rare due to rust, but this one, first owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten and a Hamsphire car all its life, is rust free and was well restored in the '90s, SOLD AT $281,808. Although unraceable in its present form with no modern safety equipment fitted, this was a new record price for a Lotus Cortina, and more than double the going rate for ex-Works cars. Plenty of history backs up the money spent here, so this was a good buy even at the price paid. (See the Race profile, March '08, p. 64). (London, 12/3/07) Sports Car Market


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Bonhams U.K. Roundup #609-1971 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Column Author Vantage coupe. S/N DB6MK24328R. Eng. # 4772VC. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 13,617 miles. Odometer changed in 1984 when the car had covered 26,465 miles. Concours winner in 1972, in storage since 2001 but recommissioned with service, carb, and ignition overhaul. New black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 12,426 miles. U.K. car with BMIHT certificate and excellent restored appearance. Doors fit well, which is a common TR6 failing. Includes hard top in need of restoration plus lots of parts including used front fenders, trunk lid, wheels, and engine parts. Overdrive gearbox, road tax exempt. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $14,214. With the best TRs commanding $25k, and $50k being asked for “new” cars built up from parts, this looked like a very good value. Well bought and sold. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #660-1991 LOTUS ELAN SE Turbo convertible. S/N SCC100ZT1MHD18475. Eng. # 111709. Red/black canvas/gray leather & velour. RHD. Odo: 89,981 miles. In good shape with no cracks or crazing to composite body. Interior good, no obvious faults or leaks from tires, vinyl sunroof, Harvey Bailey handling kit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $173,040. All “lesser” DBs are being pulled up behind the DB5, even in slightly unhelpful colors as here. That said, even with low circa 40,000 mileage, this was well sold at $40k over the high estimate of $134k. (London, 12/3/07) #604-1971 TRIUMPH GT6 coupe. S/N N/A. Eng. # KE1337HE. White/black vinyl. RHD. Dubbed “the poor man's E-type,” this one was subject to a rather enthusiastic restoration with some odd detailing (red bolt heads, anyone?). Big crack in paint over windshield, but in basically good order elsewhere. Quoted Isuzu-sourced turbo engine. A note warned of trouble with one power window, which is a usual problem with these and probably just the window switch—a Fiesta item that can be replaced in seconds. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $7,344. The Peter Stevens-designed “new Elan” never really took off when it was launched in 1989, because sports car buyers didn't really understand or want front-wheel drive. However, the press voted it best handling FWD car built thus far. It had no stories and was worth a punt. The winning bid was almost $1,000 under the low estimate of $8,200. A bargain. #669-1994 MG R V8 convertible. engine number says it's a 2-liter but it wears big 2.5 badges, which is quite possible. Period Wolfrace wheels and whitewalls. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $8,528. These are getting to be rare, and the Mk III like this one is thought by many to be the most attractive (although the Mk II handled better with a lower link in the rear suspension). A bit unloved, but it will appreciate—just not right now. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #621-1972 TRIUMPH TR6 convetible. S/N CP768820. Eng. # CPO76986HE. Black/ S/N SARRAWBWBMG001000. Eng. # 48A00912A. Woodcote Green/beige canvas/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 7,247 miles. The last of the “proper” MGs, and fewer than 2,000 were built—fewer than the number of surviving Bugattis, as one dealer puts it. Good condition inside and out, but there is no way you can tell the export versions by the “eyebrow” front wheel arch lips from car 971 on). The best cars are advertised at $40k plus in the U.K, and this wasn't a bad deal at the cheaper end of the scale. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) FRENCH #608-1904 ASTER 16/20hp Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 9589. Eng. # 43JS9589. Maroon/ black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Besson. Imposing London to Brighton car in super order throughout. Nicely done brasswork includes BRC acetylene headlamps and oil sidelamps. Non-original period coachwork suits well. Later distributor and coil conversion, last taxed in 2005. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $456,290. The final sale price was right in the middle of the pre-sale estimate range, and at that price, it cost its new owner more than the price of a vintage Bentley. A market price for one of the more practical London to Brighton cars. (London, 12/3/07) GERMAN #619-1971 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9112500741. Eng. # 6521314. Orange/black leather & fabric. RHD. Odo: 88,305 miles. Late 911T looks presentable from a distance, wearing optional front spoiler and dressed up with RS-type ducktail, but rust has eaten the bottoms of the front fenders and doors, and there are rust bubbles breaking out around the rear window. Some floor and sill work already done, no way to tell if the internal “kidney bowls” have been fixed. No leaks from engine, heat exchangers and exhaust in reasonable of telling the kilometers recorded before mph speedometer was fitted. Catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,690. Like many RV8s, returned in 2003 from Japan, which is the biggest market (and 130 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams U.K. Roundup Column Author shape. All fixtures and fittings in place. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,137. This needed a lot of work, and although small-bumper 911s are fetching big money wherever you look, it was a surprise this managed to sell for as much as it did. This was a lot for a restoration project, even one that drives and has an MoT. Assuming $20k might cover the body, that leaves some margin below the price of the best cars—but it's still the base model. Well sold. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #629-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 280CE coupe. S/N 114072222103161. Eng. # 11098122021412. Metallic blue/cream vinyl & cloth. RHD. Odo: 50,225 miles. Nice straight example of an elegant and sought-after coupe with desirable twin-cam engine. No rust, interior tidy, no leaks underneath or evidence of and the most desirable with a five-speed and three-vent fenders. Original RHD configuration, Jack Durlacher's second Superfast. Restored in the '80s, engine rebuilt in the '90s, continuing big-bills care since. Near perfect. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $524,270. Last sold in November 1992 at Sotheby's Hendon, London, auction for $208,353, previously offered for sale in 1976 for £70,000. Front-engined V12 Ferraris are still climbing, especially the rarest, so while this was expensive, it wasn't a bad buy. (London, 12/3/07) major repairs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,212. It's rare to find one of these that has not suffered the ravages of rust, although the light interior wasn't much of a help here. Bought by a south coast dealer for mid-estimate money with a retail of $8,000 written all over it. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) #655-1990 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 coupe. S/N WPOZZZ96ZLS404765. Gunmetal/black leather. Odo: 216,000 km. Imported to the U.K. in '00, probably from Italy. Good appearance, with nice sunroof, wheels, and mirrors. A couple of small bubbles just starting in one from a LHD coupe sometime before 1995, but it's not known by whom. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,626. First seen at Bonhams London in December '05, where it didn't sell at $176,460 (SCM# 40872). No obvious flaws were visible here aside from light use, and it was still cheaper than some coupes... it would seem going to all the trouble to cut the car wasn't worth it, at least not in the current market. (London, 12/3/07) #622-1989 FERRARI 412 GT 2-dr sedan. front fender/scuttle joint, one alloy lightly curbed. Plenty of bills from independent specialists including a rebuilt gearbox a year ago. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,768. 964s are slipping into cheap 911 territory now, though they cost twice as much to service as the 930 series. LHD seems to put U.K. buyers off, so this was a bargain, with its high bid being $5,000 under the low estimate. Well bought. (Harrogate, 11/19/07) ITALIAN #625-1966 FERRARI 500 SUPERFAST coupe. S/N 8459SF. Eng. # 8459SF. Blu Chiaro/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 84,594 miles. The 33rd car of approximately 37, therefore a Series II 132 S/N 80652. Eng. # 15702. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 19,847 miles. Body straight and tidy, two small paint blisters behind left door, alloys unscuffed. Low mileage and one owner from new as part of small Ferrari collection. Well looked after, with lambswool floor mats. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,196. This car cost almost four times this much 18 years ago. 400 #624-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 spyder conversion convertible. S/N 16647. Eng. # 16647. Red/black/tan leather. Odo: 9,632 miles. Good overall with a few paint chips visible, wearing the essential 9-inch-wide rear alloys, refurbished throughout. Well-done conversion series cars are seen as “cheap” Ferraris in the U.K., and even though this was likely one of the best examples out there, this price was all the money. (London, 12/3/07) SPANISH #640-1924 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B 6.6- Liter coupe de ville. S/N 10960. Eng. # 300107. Red & black/red & black fabric. RHD. Odo: 24,000 km. Coachwork by Saoutchik. One of the most original-spec formal coachbuilt Hispanos. Little history from 1962 when it was retired, but more recently meticulously restored by Wilkinsons of Derby, using specially woven and dyed horse hair, Bleriot and Strebel lamps, and Cromos twin-tube bumpers. Little used since. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $818,850. Sold after sailing past its $500k pre-sale estimate. Expensive, but try to find another like it. The concours circuit beckons. (London, 12/3/07) AMERICAN #706-1936 BUICK LIMITED Series 90 Eight limousine. S/N 649990164. Eng. # 2943885. Black/black/tan mohair. RHD. Odo: 44,096 miles. Reportedly the car that carried King Edward VIII from his abdication speech in 1936, then used by himself and Mrs Simpson for three years in France. In very good order and still with Royal crest and blue light. Last reported in good used condition, may have been subject to some refurbishment since. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $207,030. First seen at Sotheby's London sale in June '83, where it sold at $130,000 (SCM# 22005). Then seen again at The Auction's Las Vegas sale in March '98, where it sold at $45,000 (SCM# 22271). Later appeared at Coys Klausenrennen sale where it was a no-sale at an undisclosed amount, and finally seen at Coys, London in November '98, where it brought $78,706 (SCM# 8673). There was much interest from a Canadian contingent here, and it therefore fetched twice its pre-sale estimate. (London, 12/3/07) ♦ Sports Car Market


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Column Author eBay Motors Online Sales Flying the Union Jack Most car guys probably don't find themselves wishing they were short, but a contorted drive in one of these icons might inspire such a thought Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics I f a rorty-sounding British roadster is what you crave, this month's collection should have just what you're looking for... but don't forget some warm gloves and a pack of oil-absorbent rags. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #160183218454-1955 TROPICANA roadster. S/N C28520. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 1,400 miles. 11 Photos. Walled Lake, MI. One of 24 U.K.-built examples. The “only one in U.S... rebuilt with 3.8L, V6 GM engine. This car has custom wheels with custom exhaust system.” Fake boat propeller in Paint and upholstery 15 years old. “Still shinyalways garaged.” WA tags “BLOWN60” tip off the “Judson supercharger (Folchi rebuilt) and original-type oiler. Original 948 motor with upgrades like reproduction Judson boost gauge, electronic ignition, strapped center main, 1098 head, Speedwell alloy valve cover. All original parts come with car.” Looks great and likely scoots. 25 bids, sf 410, bf 38. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,457. Funny seller laments, “Hate to sell—it was my 40th Birthday present and the last nice thing my ex-wife did for me.” But he also admits that the paint looks worse in person. Knowing that, this price is probably spot-on. #110212735530-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER class II receiver hitch perplexes. “Very powerful car with a lot of torque... tops out at 80mph.” 3 bids, sf 1, bf 1. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,100. If “Jeopardy” had a category for the weirdest car ever powered by a Buick V6, this would be the winner. Price was fair given the condition. A couple grand more would not have been out of line (for an open-air tow car). #300171167697-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE roadster. Red/black/red leather. 11 Photos. Seattle, WA. BMH cert. the dash and some small scratches in the paint... front clip has been repainted about 30 yrs. ago due to a small dent (original paint from the doors back), and it has a new top and new tires.” 28 bids, sf 135, bf private. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,689. Optimistic seller opines “this car is just as it was delivered from the factory but older.” Buyer paid a light premium (10%+/-) 134 great with new plugs and wires... Don't let the right-hand drive concern you, it's a synch.” 15 bids, sf 92, bf 151. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,001. Seller claims to be selling this, an “Auburn, a Sunbeam Tiger and Porsche 356,” to make room for a “91 Ferrari Testarossa and 2007 427 Shelby Cobra.” Apparently somebody's been taking his Viagra. Fair deal all around. #250190759763-1974 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR III convertible. S/N 23111571. Burgundy/tan canvas/cream leather. Odo: 48,900 miles. 15 Sports Car Market convertible. S/N B9471935LRXFE. Blue/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 64,285 miles. 17 (really bad) Photos. Wildwood, MO. “Unmolested, original interior, carpet, motor-tranny-rear axle, no rust/rust repair.” Documented two-owner car, certified by “The Tiger Authenticity Committee (TAC) at the Tigers East Convention. Runs and looks great, it does have a few hairline cracks in for that feeling, and he will likely never regret having done so. #230205784630-1967 MG B convertible. S/N 67GHN3L96017. British Racing Green/ black hard top/black leather. Odo: 62,282 miles. 17 Photos. San Luis Obispo, CA. Well-restored and mildly hot-rodded. “The cosmetics speak for themsleves, but the mechanicals are really exceptional. Engine is completely rebuilt with nitrided crank, ARP studs, performance cam, aluminum crossflow head, Weber 40DCOEs, Mallory electronic pointless ignition, new water pump, all new internals... balanced and blue printed. Gearbox is a Ford UK Escort five speed that shifts like butter and has an over drive 5th.” 13 bids, sf 1608, bf 18. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,000. The guide books say this was $4k–$8k high for a #2 car. It's nicer than a #2, but it's improved in a way that only an enthusiast, not a purist, would love. Because it couldn't be duplicated for the price, I say well bought. #260167693844-1973 MARLIN roadster. S/N 21157. Blue/tan canvas tonneau/tan vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,034 miles. 18 Photos. Louisville, KY. RHD. “The paint is good with few, nonnoticeable imperfections... Tan interior in mint condition... 1600 cc Triumph overhead cam 4-cylinder/4-speed... Starts, runs, and shifts


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Fresh Meat Online sales of contemporary cars. (Descriptions exactly as presented by sellers, including non-stop capitalization and creative grammar.) 2008 Porsche Cayman S Design Edition Photos. Smithtown, NY. Reputedly one of 505 built (280 surviving). Unrestored, but previously repainted. “Meticuliously maintained and is in excellent condition.” Power top inoperative, a/c warm, driver's seat worn. 1 bid, sf 4, bf 39. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,000. Question: The buyer who paid #2 money for a #3 car must have a) really wanted one, b) had a hard time finding one, c) imagined the pending repairs to be inexpensive Mopar stuff, d) saw that the car is nicer in person than described, or e) all of the above? The answer has to be e, or this car was very well sold. #330188662680-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 roadster. S/N CF52834U. Java Green/black/ black vinyl. Odo: 62,899 miles. 32 Photos. Eugene, OR. Sports Car Shop does a masterful job of sharing the car with the viewer: Angles, sightlines, reflections, and poses (on a lift) show it to be eat-off-it clean. The paint has “...excellent depth and luster... The interior has been redone and is brilliant... The engine and transmission are in excellent condition... The rare overdrive AT $11,700. Q&A brought both domestic and international Panther geeks out, and thus we know this car would have sold for more if it had been worth it. #220168444733-1998 MORGAN PLUS 8 roadster. S/N SA9CE283XW1012439. Dark blue/black/cream leather. Odo: 8,000 miles. 24 Photos. Sellersville (no, I did not make that up), PA. Looks to be an excellent car in all respects. Seller admits to two minor faults, including “a few tiny stone chips not easily seen until pointed out. The driver side door window has a couple very minor scratches.” The “never-smoked-in Date sold: 12/16/2007 eBay auction ID: 220182767361 Seller: Private party; eBay ID “postgolf” Sale Type: Right to purchase only—NOT THE CAR Details: One of 250 black “Design Edition” cars Sale result: $6,000, 1 bid, sf 584, bf 0. MSRP: $74,900 Other current offering: Blue Grass Porsche, Louisville, KY, www.bluegrassauto.com, asking $78,715 for similar car. 2006 Noble M400 transforms the TR6 by reducing noise, motor wear, and increasing the driving pleasure.” 36 bids, sf 508, bf 123. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,300. Java Green is one of those rude, preppy greens that Ted Knight might have worn as pants in the “Caddyshack” era. It is so striking that Land Rover actually painted one Defender 90 in this color for its L.A. Auto Show launch in '94. All this is to say that a Java Green TR6 is not for everyone, but for this particular someone the car and the price were just right. Caddy want a Fresca? Mmmm? Mmmm? #120170897299-1986 PANTHER KALLISTA roadster. S/N SA9KA21A3GB005070. Red/ tan/tan leather. Odo: 34,200 miles. 24 Photos. Pompano Beach, FL. “I BELIVE THAT LESS THAN 185 WAS EVER SOLD IN THE USA... IT HAS A 2.3 LITER FORD MUSTANG ENGINE, CONNECTED TO A 5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION; PARTS ARE EASY TO COME BY AT YOUR LOCAL NAPA TYPE STORE.” (Note the skillful avoidance of the word Pinto.) “EXTREMELY GOOD CONDITION...LEATHER INTERIOR WAS COMPLETELY REDONE TWO YEARS AGO IN THE ORGINAL COLORS, AND IS JUST ABOUT PERFECT. A VERY UNIQUE CAR, LOOKS LIKE A MORGAN FOR A LOT LESS MONEY” Lots of paint chipped at door edges. 34 bids, sf 310, bf 58. Cond: 3. SOLD April 2008 interior still has the fragrance of fine leather.” Stock V8 engine, “runs very smooth with a great tone from the stock dual exhaust.” 18 bids, sf 9, bf 91. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,906. Though most car guys probably don't often find themselves saying, “<an, I wish I were short,” a contorted drive in one of these powerful icons might inspire such an utterance. This was a fine example of a wonderful car that appears to have been well bought by $5k–$10k. #150183212893-2005 MORGAN AERO 8 roadster. S/N SA9AR281750J00332. Metallic blue/tan canvas/cream leather. Odo: 7,055 miles. 4 Photos. Springville, UT. Entertaining Utah license plate reads “NOTAKIT.” Short, generic advertising text does not describe this actual car, and gives only one statistic: braking distance is “just 38 metres from 62 mph.” Buyer would have Date sold: 12/09/2007 eBay auction ID: 200176395641 Seller: Exotic car broker in Branford, CT; eBay ID “wcexoticcars” Sale Type:Used car, 2,400 miles Details: Black metallic over black. Upgraded intercooler and software. “0–60 in only 3.2 seconds, with 1.3 lateral g's” Sale result: $86,995, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 139, bf 33 MSRP: $84,990 (2006) Other current offering: Best of Show Automotive, Mentor, OH, www.bestofshowautomotive.com, asking $89,900 for all-black 2007 model with 750 miles. 2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti to be the type who already knows these are made of aluminum and powered by a 4.4-liter BMW V8. 18 bids, sf 19, bf, 186. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,100. This is not something you're ever going to find on Autotrader. A well-populated auction like this is what it takes to know the current value of a U.S.-registered 2005 Morgan Aero 8. Five different bidders pitched figures in excess of $50k, and that's why I consider this price to be market-correct. ♦ Date sold: 01/17/2008 eBay auction ID: 220188981635 Seller: Sports Car Company, La Jolla, CA, www .sportscarcompany.com Sale Type: Used car, 9,000 miles Details: Two-tone black and Fiorano Red over tan leather with red piping. F1 paddle shift, Becker stereo with Zagat guide Sale result: $199,000, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 136, bf 32. MSRP: $285,000 Other current offering: Manhattan Motorcars, New York, NY, www.manhattanmotorcars.com, asking $255,999 for similar 3,400-mile car. ♦ 135


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Automotive Investor A Quick Look at Body Styles General guidelines to help you know what coachwork style you're looking at—no matter what the seller is calling it by Donald Osborne W Cabriolet e've seen Jaguar XK 150s offered for sale as cabriolets, drophead coupes, and convertibles. Alfa Giuliettas are roadsters to some, spyders to others, and to a third group, spiders. Some terms have precise meanings when used by a manufacturer, some have evolved through common usage and tradition, and others are flights of fancy, the most egregious by new automobile marketing mavens. The following list is a general guide, and there are terms that were omitted. as no one list will contain them all, unless it is web-based and takes up more pages than this publication. Usage counts for more than precision, and you may encounter a car which logically should be referred to by one name but in practice is known by another. For example, VW calls its “über-Passat” sedan a Phaeton, while Mercedes-Benz, with the CLS, calls it a “four-door coupe.” Both are designations that make no sense. Then there are invented words like “tourster,” which seem quite unnecessary. Where appropriate and useful, the original source of the name or term has been included. Eagle-eyed and informed readers will undoubtedly share opinions, challenges, ideas, and questions on what comes below. Values for selected coachwork styles are estimated from one to five stars as a very general guideline. Here goes: Examples: 1953 Buick Skylark, 1966 Austin-Healey 3000, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. Rating: Convertible Coupe Two-door, fixed-roof, seating either two or two with occasional rear passengers (called a 2+2); pronounced in Europe and England as “coo-PAY” (also known as Fixed Head Coupe). Origin: fourwheeled closed horse-drawn carriage for two persons inside with an outside front seat for the driver. Examples: 1967 Jaguar XKE, 1960 MG A, 1965 Porsche 911 Rating: Usually a two-door open car with a lined convertible top and four or five seats, often with external landau irons; also “Cabrio.” Origin: a light two-wheeled carriage with a folding leather top and side irons. Examples: 1936–39 Mercedes-Benz 540K, 1929–36, Rolls-Royce 20/25, 1925–32 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Rating: Convertible Two-door with lined top that goes down; also Drophead Coupe (British). Examples: 1954 Jaguar XK 120, 1936 Bentley 3½-Liter, 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet Rating: Convertible Sedan From England; Convertible with roll-up windows and a soft top with an internal lining. Usually, but not always, without cabriolet landau irons. Two- or four-seater having a top that may be lowered or removed, with roll-up windows. 136 Examples: 1952 Jaguar XK 120, 1963 Aston Martin DB4, 1953 Alvis TC21 Rating: Drophead Coupe Four-door with roll-down windows and a top which can be completely lowered. Examples: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300, 1961 Lincoln Continental, 1932 Chrysler Imperial Rating: Coupe Sports Car Market


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Four-door Hard top Limousine Roadster A four-door built without a structural B-pillar, in which the side windows roll completely into the doors leaving an open space from A-pillar to C-pillar (see Roof Pillars); principally American. Examples: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1965 Ford LTD, 1959 Cadillac Sedan deVille Rating: Four-door Sedan Large, luxurious, usually chauffeurdriven sedan that often has a glass partition separating the front seat from the rear passenger compartment. Examples: 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 1937 Lincoln K, 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood Rating: Phaeton Two-seat, usually lightweight car with no permanent top and without roll-up windows; also a car with two seats in the body and additional rumble seat in the rear body. Also known by Jaguar as OTS (open two seater). Origin: a light carriage, synonymous with “buggy.” Examples: 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, 1929 Ford Model A, 1935 Fiat Balilla Rating: A four-door built with a structural B-pillar extending from the sill to the roof; the doors also carry structural frames around the side windows. The most common bodystyle. Also Saloon (British). Examples: 1934 Austin 10, 1955 Buick Roadmaster, 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Rating: Landaulet Roof Pillars Structural posts between the roof and the body of a car named in alphabetical order from front to rear; the windshield post is the A-pillar, the mid-roof post is the B-pillar, the rear quarter post is the C-pillar. Sedanca, Sedanca deVille Convertible with seating for four to six in two rows and removable side curtains. Dual Cowl Phaeton has an additional cowl and windshield behind the front seat to protect the rear seat passengers. Origin: light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn vehicles with two bench seats, usually four doors, and a folding top. Examples: 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial, 1931 Cadillac V16, 1934 Packard Super Eight Rating: Retractable Hard top Top divided between an open section in front and a covered section over the rear passengers, with either a removable soft or hard top section that can be placed over the front compartment. Examples: 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, 1929 Duesenberg Model J, 1933 Daimler Double Six Usually a formal body design, with top divided between a fixed roof in front and a soft top section over the rear passengers, which can be lowered to create an open compartment. Origin: four-wheel carriage with a top divided into two sections that can be let down, thrown back, or removed and with a raised seat outside for the driver. Also Landaulet. Examples: 1929 Chevrolet Imperial, 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 1926 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Rating: April 2008 Rating: Skiff Non-removable hard top that can be lowered into a compartment at the rear of the car, creating a convertible. Examples: 1937 Peugeot Eclipse, 1958 Ford Skyliner, 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Rating: 137


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Automotive Investor Wood body with pointed tail, taking the reverse form of a nautical skiff, which is a flat-bottomed boat with a pointed bow and square stern. Many by coachbuilder Labourdette. Examples: 1910 Rolls-Royce, 1926 Bugatti, 1911 Mercedes Rating: Speedster windowed, rear cargo area; originally served as a method to transport guests from railroad stations to country hotels or homes (also Estate and Shooting Brake). Originally wood-bodied and known as “Woodies” from 1920–1952. Later models have plastic appliqué on the sides. Examples: 1941 Packard 120, 1949 Chrysler Town & Country, 1956 Chevrolet Nomad. Rating: Tonneau Lightened, usually higher performance version of a sports model. Examples: 1908 Mercer, 1932 Auburn, 1958 Porsche 356A Rating: Spider/Spyder Veteran car with open rear seating compartment, usually with a rear entry door; in modern usage, a removable cover for the passenger compartment. Origin: French, meaning container, or cover. Examples: 1903 Cadillac Model A, 1902 Renault, 1901 Arrol-Aster Rating: Tourer Lightweight, open, two-seat sporting car with minimal comfort features; most often the spelling with the “i” is used for Italian cars, with a “y” for German cars, but not exclusively. Origin: a carriage that was a lighter version of a phaeton, with narrower wheels, two seats, and a basic top. Examples: 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, 1928 Mercedes-Benz, 1955 Porsche 550 Rating: Station Wagon Open car with two rows of seats, four doors, and a convertible top. Disappeared by 1950s. Examples: 1924 Ford Model T, 1926 Hudson, 1923 Citroën Rating: Tourster Two-door built with a structural B-pillar extending from the sill to the roof; the doors also carry structural frames around the side windows. Utility vehicle derived from sedan or light truck chassis with an enclosed, 138 Examples: 1932 Hupmobile, 1950 Ford, Volkswagen Beetle Rating: Sports Car Market Two-door built without a structural B-pillar, in which the side windows roll completely into the doors leaving an open space from A-pillar to C-pillar (see Roof Pillars). Examples: 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk, 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda Rating: Two-door Sedan Formal design, with a top divided between an open section in front and a covered section over the rear passengers with a divider window between; there may be a removable soft top that can be placed over the front compartment. Examples: 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, 1932 Lincoln K V12, 1935 Cadillac V12, Rating: Two-door Hard top First used to refer to an early Ford “tourer” sold without doors; later used by U.S. coachbuilder Derham for what is actually a Dual Cowl Phaeton body. Examples: 1909 Ford Model T, 1932 Duesenberg model J Rating: and  Town Car


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Book Reviews Mark Wigginton Flushed with Enthusiasm The author is living the automobilist career I dreamed of, the bastard Chapman's Car Compendium The Essential Book of Car Facts and Trivia by Giles Chapman, Merrell, 187 pages, $11.53, Amazon.com Giles Chapman gives us all a thing of beauty, a sharp tool to win the battle of the bathroom. My lovely wife oft complained there were automobile books in almost every room in the house. The master bath, until recently, was auto-mania free, but thanks to Chapman's tidy little tome—problem solved. Like the iconic Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series, this book is jammed with the most delicious trivia, in this case automobile trivia, presented in, uh, easy-todigest bites. For instance, the list of ten most sought-after Scalectric cars (the super-rare '60s C70 Bugatti Type 59 will fetch $7,000, since you asked) is backed with a short chart comparing the lives of the men behind Hertz and Avis (both were passionate horsemen). On and on it goes, for nearly 200 pages. Great stuff, and you won't be tempted to tear out any pages, despite your reading location. Provenance:  Most motoring books are historical, but Chapman's is firmly fixed in the now, and will grow more charming with age. Fit and finish:  Not a picture book, it's printed in nothing but black and white with a touch of red, but it still manages to be both handsome and elegant. Drivability:  Great reading, great data, great spirit and style. “Honey, I'll be out in a minute.” Jaguar Scrapbook by Philip Porter, Porter Press, 162 pages, $31.49, Amazon.com If you seek expertise on the Jaguar marque, Philip Porter delivers. Helping to run the Jaguar XK Club and the Jaguar E-type Club, plus being author of half a dozen Jaguar related-books, he is deeply, maybe scarily, informed. His Jaguar Scrapbook follows the now-familiar form—reproductions of old ad- vertisements, photos, letters and memos, arranged chronologically, annotated for context where it seems necessary or prudent. It's deep trivia and history, gossip and fanzine all at once. If you love the marque, it's essential; others will be entertained and amused. Provenance:  Original material from still-living survivors, plus plenty of never-seen-before bits and pieces. Fit and finish:  A nicely presented, large-format book with pleasing reproduction of old material. Drivability:  Enjoyable on a couple of levels, whether you live and breathe Jaguar, are simply at fan of the era, or simply someone happy to pass a nostalgic winter evening by the fire, single malt at hand, with a couple of vintage LIFE magazines. 140 Sports Car Market A Drive on the Wild Side by Alistair Weaver, Veloce Publishing, 176 pages, $43.76, Amazon.com Automotive journalism isn't a priestly calling. Oh, there are a few practitioners with the highest standards, a burning need to expose the excesses of corporate greed or consumer abuses, and many are passionate motorheads. A sub-genre is the hard-driving freelancer, grabbing the cool opportunity to pilot a Ferrari across China's Silk Road or drive a Mini on the best road you'll never drive (the Jabel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates). Weaver is that guy, and this book is a collection of his stories from 20 of those ultra-cool trips taken for a variety of motoring publications. The writing is crisp and professional, the photography high-quality, and the adventures mouth watering. Weaver is living the career I dreamed of, the bastard. Provenance:  Good reporting from exotic locales in often exotic automobiles. Fit and finish:  Beautiful printing of some striking photographs by seven different photographers. Drivability:  Nothing more or less than quality motor porn. If you like watching as much as doing, then A Drive on the Wild Side is for you.


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Barrett-Jackson's Bullseye Vintage signs pace the three-day motobilia auction and boost prices 47.6% from the 2007 result by Carl Bomstead I f you thought automobilia was just a passing fancy, the results here from Barrett-Jackson should change your mind. There were 480 items offered, and from January 15 to 18, they sold for a total of $858,621, including the 15% buyer's premium. This represents an increase of 47.6% over last year, and that was the strongest Barrett-Jackson automobilia sale to date. At a time when their car sales were down significantly, in my opinion because the merchandise simply wasn't as good as it has been in years past, the high-quality automobilia pieces brought strong prices. Yes, a few went for silly money, while a few others fell through the cracks. But overall, the results proved there is a lot of money in the B-J audience, and all it takes is high-quality stuff to get the folks waving their bidder numbers. (All prices include 15% buyer's premium.) LOT 5375—PORSCHE “SALES-SERVICE-PARTS” LIT DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,600. This back-lit plastic sign dated to the late ‘60s and was in very good condition with bright and vibrant colors. There were no chips or cracks in the plastic. Not cheap but a fair price for an interesting piece of Porsche memorabilia. LOT 4118—1935 COCA- COLA FOUNTAIN SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,850. This sign, which was in excellent condition, measured 96˝ x 54˝. These are not hard to find, but condition made the difference. It sold for a reasonable price but would have gone for more later in the week. LOT 5189—NEW OLD STOCK PORSCHE PORCELAIN DEALER SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,045. This 1960s sign was 14˝ x 18˝ and had never been hung. Condition was flawless and as such it sold for a song. The buy of the sale. LOT 4180—MARTIN & LOT 4166—1940'S KAISER-FRAZER DOUBLESIDED PORCELAIN DEALERSHIP HANGING SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,200. This six-foot round sign was in nice condition, with only minor dings and nicks. It was complete with the original hanging bracket. Buyer did well here, as early sale time hurt the final figure. SCHWARTZ MODEL 80 GAS PUMP. SOLD AT: $13,200. This pump dates to shortly after WW II and was finished in Standard Red Crown livery. Restoration was atrocious, as the paint had more orange peel than an Earl Scheib $39.95 paint job. Buyer's wife was egging him on so paying four times what the pump was worth was not his fault. LOT 5209—1960'S TIN LITHO MERCEDES 300 SE WITH PACKAGING. SOLD AT: $247.50. This two-foot long toy had only minor wear and the box was close to perfect. Sold early in the day for not much money, so the Mercedes guys must have still been nursing their hangovers after a late night at Mastro's. LOT 5381.1—STANDARD GASOLINE STATION RESTORED POLE SIGN. SOLD AT: $27,600. This restored pole sign was over 18 feet tall and double-sided. No idea what the buyer was thinking here, as these usually sell for a fraction of what was paid. Let's hope buyer's remorse did not kick in until after he went through the hassle of hauling the thing home. 142 Sports Car Market


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at Ruth's Chris it was bought by a sign collector, not a FORD sign collector. only two known. The sign sold for a fortune and I have to wonder if the buyer will ever see the fiscal light of day on this deal. LOT 5391—GLASS NEON PURE OIL SERVICE STATION SIGN. SOLD AT: $17,250. This unusual 1930s glass sign was lit by neon from the inside. It was almost four feet in diameter and the glass was undamaged after 60 years. Graphics were not all that striking, but it was very rare. All in all, not a bad buy. LOT 5398—MERCEDES- BENZ PORCELAIN AND NEON DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $8,625. This sign was in decent condition with no damage. Not as impressive as the Ford sign above but sold for $1,600 more. Few Mercedes were offered in the car auction, so perhaps the buyers were spending their money here. LOT 5394—WAYNE 60 RESTORED GAS PUMP. SOLD AT: $3,680. Well restored in Shell livery. With their art deco look, these late '30s pumps are extremely popular. Even thought it had a reproduction sign and globe, the buyer has no reason to look back. LOT 5486—1926 PACKARD DELUXE PEDAL CAR. SOLD AT: $13,226. Restored to perfection, with running lights, spot light, spare tire and sprung axles. I've seen these sell for more than what was paid here, so congratulations to the buyer. Now, just try and keep the grandkids off it. LOT 5385—1950S CADILLAC SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $45,245. Later version of a rather common sign that had the '50s-style wider “V.” It was five feet in diameter and in excellent condition. This version is very rare and most people thought it would sell for serious money, but this was at least twice anyone's best guess. Time will tell if this was silly money or the buyer just bought too soon. LOT 5593—1947 UNITED LOT 5399—FORD NEON PORCELAIN DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $6,900. This sign was over twelve feet tall and flawless. Ford guys, who are noted for being cheap, missed the boat here, as this was very well bought. Willing to bet my bar tab LOT 5495—CHEVROLET PORCELAIN NEON DEALERSHIP SIGN. SOLD AT: $44,850. This sign measured 8˝ x 10˝ and was one of MOTORS LIT SIGN IN ORIGINAL SHIPPING CRATE. SOLD AT: $4,025. Original unmolested condition made the difference here, as these usually sell for about half what was spent. No harm done as long as buyer keeps the original crate on hand for when he parts with the sign. ♦ LOT 5498—1958 ATLANTIC GASOLINE BILLBOARD. SOLD AT: $5,520. Interesting graphics on this 21´ x 12´ billboard. Features a 1958 Thunderbird on a rural highway. Seller used a bit of ingenuity by mounting the 21foot section on a frame and was handsomely rewarded for his efforts. LOT 5583—HUDSON SALES SERVICE NEON CLOCK. SOLD AT $3,277.50. This 1930s clock was in excellent condition and in working order. I hoped to buy it for about half what was paid here. Missed this one by a long shot. April 2008 143


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Hodaka's Bestiary of Bikes Goofy advertising hawked Super Rats, Combat Wombats, Road Toads, Dirt Squirts, and Thunderdogs H odaka occupied a unique position in the world of motorcycle manufacturing from about 1963 until 1978, and it still enjoys the kind of loyalty only Studebaker owners can relate to. Based in the tiny Eastern Oregon town of Athena (population 1,000), the Japanese-sounding company was actually owned by Pabatco (Pacific Basin Trading Company), formed to trade Oregon farm products overseas. Pabatco starting importing 49-cc and 80-cc bikes from manufacturer Yamaguchi in 1961, and when Yamaguchi went under in 1963, it struck a deal with engine builder Hodaka to import a bike to the U.S. under that name. Faced with 300 surplus engines, Hodaka agreed and the good old boys in Athena, led by Hank Koepke at Pabatco and retired Harley-Davidson dealer Adolph Schwartz designed a new 90-cc dual sport bike and tested it on their local Blue Mountain trails. The design was called the Ace 90 and was heavily influenced by the British Cotton, Greeves and Dot, with twin down tubes, high exhaust, and gusseted frame. It was also street legal, and with its upgraded 4-speed gearbox, could be ridden any- where the rider wanted to play. Hodaka agreed to build the whole bike and gave Pabatco exclusive distribution rights. The first Aces arrived in 1964 and in four years, 17,000 were sold through Pabatco's 480 dealers. Hodaka's virtues were light weight, simplicity, and surprising durability. Both hubs were the same, The same size cable was used on both brakes and clutch, and the transmission was brilliantly designed to slide the gears along one shaft without resorting to a shifting fork, so often bent in the heat of battle. Perfect Hodaka owner: Emotionally secure, doesn't need a Harley skull cap to feel good about being on two wheels Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HH Attention getter: HH Years produced: 1964–78 Number produced: 150,000 approx. (Ace, Dirt Squirt, Super Rat, Combat Wombat, Super Wombat, Road Toad, Thunderdog) Original list price: $379 (1964 Ace 90); $598 (1972 Super Rat); $1,225 (1978 250) SCM Valuation: $100–$7,500 Tune-up: $50 DIY Engines: 90-cc, 100-cc, 125-cc, 175-cc, 250cc, 2-stroke, air-cooled single-cylinder Transmission: 4-, 5-speed Weight: 145–225 lb Engine #: Front right of case Frame #: On headstock, also on gusset below tank on left side, gusset below seat on left Colors: Signature red frame, chrome tank; later green, yellow, white, red, orange and blue More: www.strictlyhodaka.com SCM Investment Grade: C 144 Happy weekend warriors and more Apart from thousands of happy weekend warriors, users included serious competitors like Jim Pomeroy won the Portugal Motocross Grand Prix in 1973, and Pabatco's own service manager Harry Taylor won the 1968 Daytona road race for 100-cc bikes. The upsurge in vintage motocross and flat track rac- ing has seen a number of Hodakas emerge from garages and barns to good effect—the Hodaka team cleaned up at the International Six Day Trials reunion ride in Arkansas last year. Hodaka's goofy advertising campaigns reflected a company hardly able to believe its luck. Cartoon characters hawked the 90-cc Ace, the 100-cc Super Rat, the 125-cc Wombat, the competition Combat Wombat, a Super Wombat (of course), the 100-cc Dirt Squirt (featuring a racing Clam—honestly) the dual sport 100-cc Road Toad (advertised as “Wart's New?”) and the 175-cc and 250-cc Thunderdog. The Super Rat out-of-the-crate racer could be bought for under $500 in 1970. It was all too much fun, and profitable too. How long could it last? Two things signaled the end of the party. The major Japanese manufacturers entered the off-road market—Yamaka with the DT-1 in 1968 and Honda with the Elsinore in 1973, and the dollar was devalued against the yen in the late 1970s. Not the end of the story Any chance the enthusiasts at Pabatco might have ridden the market down like Slim Pickens on the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove” was shortstopped by Shell Oil, which had acquired Pabatco in 1965. The mega-corporation watched its motorcycle division with detached amusement, until it started to lose money. Shell decided the answer was to get bigger or go home. Hodaka refused to sell its factory, so Shell folded the U.S. enterprise in 1978. But that's not the end of the story—far from it. The simplicity of the basic designs, their durability, and the determination of several owners to keep the faith have led to a thriving Hodaka underground. Once a year since 2000, Hodaka owners worldwide are invited to Athena for a couple of days of family fun. Imagine a county fair with motorbikes and you get the idea. The party features motocross racing, a trail ride, off-road riding classes, parts swapping, a bike show, and a barbecue and wiener roast, among other things. In 2006, the event was moved to Mid-Ohio race track for the AMA's Vintage Motorcycle days, but it will return to Athena this year from June 19 to 22. Paul Stannard of Strictly Hodaka (www.strictlyho- daka.com) is probably the key figure in this indisputably underdog crusade. Though he lives in Rhode Island, he owns 200 Hodakas (including 14 brand new bikes in his museum) and is a key figure in sourcing original parts, and reproducing and improving others. His web site also lists reliable Hodaka mechanics across the U.S. Stannard says Hodaka parts supplies present no prob- lem at present, though sheet metal such as gas tanks and fenders are hard to find in new or very good condition. Reproduction parts solved problems He says that reproduction has solved such problems as the tendency of the old 250s to strip kick-start gears. “This was solved last year by building a new shaft that was splined an additional 25 mm and the kicker knuckle mates the whole way. That was the worst problem we had and it's solved,” he said. Owner's manuals and parts manuals are also readily available. Stannard reckons the “Holy Grail” for most Hodaka owners is probably the 100-cc 1969–72 Super Rat racer, one of the last chrome-tank, red-frame bikes. “It was the bike everybody wanted. Complete but real rough, you might find one for $100, but a very nice one could cost you $5,000, and I've seen some sold for $10,000,” he says. Stannard says that among his collection of #1 produc- tion bikes and prototypes, his pride and joy is probably his Bull Frog, a one-off trials bike. “Ed Chesnut, who worked at Pabatco in charge of the service department, also has one, but there were very few made.” Stannard says the best thing about Hodaka is the worldwide family atmosphere. “When you come to Athena in June, you'll feel it and understand what I mean,” he says. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers She wanted a convertible for Christmas, and I wanted a divorce, so I compromised and succeeded in both. —Richard Lincoln, Cambridge, MA stood his wife's desire for him to install a “rustic outdoor bathtub” in their yard.—Andrew W. Davis, Belleville, MI While on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney reveals his family background to the media with a display of the actual car that had inspired his father, George Romney, to drop Nash from the AMC line.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA To the tune of “Jingle Bells”: Rust and smoke, the heaters broke, the door just blew away Oh let's go, through the snow, RUNNER-UP: For the fifty- second year, the Metro New York Dealer's Association prepares its Macy's Day Parade float.—Pete van Hattem, Sea Tac, WA If dinosaurs could poop cars.— Patrick Fisher, Portland, OR When the Low Rider craze hit Nash, Texas, Pedro's project took longer than anticipated, but this Christmas, in response to the mayor's request for all citizens of the greater Nash Metropolitan area to hang a wreath in the window, Pedro responded accordingly.—Dale Rowe, Raleigh NC The residents of Spankybottom, Oklahoma, are not pleased when the time capsule reveals the 1957 Metropolitan to be in less-thanexpected condition.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Yesh, offisher, but I drunk only ti martoonies before Chrishmash Eve shoppers came out of nowhere and I hit ‘em.—Larry McCagg, Battle Ground, WA Remember that new car you wanted for Christmas? Well we just remembered where we hid it. Merry Christmas!—Lewis Duink, Traverse City, MI Apparently Santa didn't think little Johnny was a good boy this year, but it sure beats another lump of coal. Or does it?—Mark George, Traverse City, MI Merry freaking Christmas...— Dennis Cignatta, Edgewood, MD After spending several times his monthly take-home salary to lower his Metropolitan, Mickey Morono was forced to abandon his resto-mod project.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Bob completely misunder- This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: March 25, 2008 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative 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: mysteryphoto@sportscarm arket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCMFright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. in a Metro-sexual-lay.—Jim Bender, Columbus, OH The seller is holding firm on the price, but has sweetened the deal with a collection of plastic Christmas decorations.—Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT Bob was quite surprised when the narcotics squad showed up. Apparently they misunderstood when the neighbors reported Bob had planted a Nash in his garden.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT Classified: Award-winning Nash rat rod, “Metro Sexual” by Chip Woode. Lays frame—it's in the weeds! Bagged (50 lbs peat moss). Featured on TV show “UnderLuggin.” Best in Show, North Carolina Back Yard Christmas Cruise. $50,000 or trade for late-model roto-til- ler.—Terry Eames, Groton, CT Nashes to Nashes, rust to rust. Rest in pieces.—Edwin Marker, Kenai, AK Oh, it was a “December to remember” all right, The screaming, the crying, the lumpy couch.—Dale Pope, Plymouth, IN This puts Clark W. Griswold to shame.—Trissa Wilbert, Traverse City, MI In a surprise news conference, NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace revealed that he was named after an old car in his parents' back yard.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT For sale: 1959 Nash. Wreath stored. Price negotiable.—Rob McCall, Chicago, IL Almost ready to harvest in the rust patch.—Bob Bayuk, Annandale, NJ It's not a question of who was naughty or nice, only that Santa had run out of lumps of coal.— John Finley—Boston, MA Honey, quit watering the hash. You're ruining the Nash—Jimmy Aretakis, Morrison, CO My wife promised me a two- seat sports coupe for Christmas. I can't wait to see it.—Richard Castiello, Chevy Chase, MD For being solution oriented, Richard Lincoln wins a signed copy of Keith Martin's Guide to Car Collecting, and a 2008 SCM Pocket Price Guide. ♦ 146 Sports Car Market


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SCM Garage Comments With Your Renewal Keep up the great work. I have my friends hooked on SCM, too. I look forward to each issue.—B. Delia, Pepperell, MA Even for those who aren't ac- tively in the market, SCM is great for its educational value. I learn something in every issue. It's a wonderful read.—J. Svendsen, Sturgis, MI More Alfa content please.—M. Pordes, Fairfield, CA Bloody excellent. More of Geoff Archer's eBay stuff.—T. Rayner, Poway, CA Try focusing more on the lower end cars under $50k while identifying appreciating classics of the same price range. SCM rocks.—C. Rapuzzi, Lake Forest Park, WA This month we include coverage of Silver's January sale in Arizona. We've long maintained that Silver is a great place to find solid entry-level collectible cars at excellent prices; the average sale price there was $22,000, and the consignments were more diverse than ever, including a Talbot-Lago.—KM I especially like coverage of un- glamorous survivors, old four-door sedans, wagons, vans, plus all Alfa Romeos.—W. Rice, Evanston, IL The only car magazine I read cover to cover, over and over.—D. Logsdon, Mattoon, IL Endlessly informative and entertaining. I reread each issue many times.—J. Engel, Random Lake, WI Thanks for a great publication.— W. Lilliehook, Cape Coral, FL Fortunately I acquired my old Indy cars years ago when they were affordable. I'm currently restoring two V8 Austin-Healey conversions with race history. Thanks for all of your info.—M. Bauman, Olney, IL I read every issue cover to cover, and then put it in my reception area for my clients to look at. They love it and some have become subscribers.—M. Cramer, Saint Louis, MO Each issue is a good read. Keep improving.—P. Evans, Inglewood, CA The best car magazine I get, and you are constantly improving it. Keep up the good work and renew me for a another couple of years.—J. Griffin, Aiken, SC Stop bashing the 190SL.—S. Wallace, Carlsbad, CA For another perspective, read our 190SL profile on p. 52. My personal opinion continues to be that they are stylish, harmless cars, with a hopeless progressive Solex carburetion setup and a 0–60 time most easily measured with an egg-timer. Those who call them “the 300SL's little brother” would prob- ably also refer to a BMW M3 as “the Isetta's grown-up cousin.” Good ones are nice Sunday tourers, nothing more and nothing less.—KM House remodel left me broke. Told my wife I was canceling SCM “for a while,” and she got upset. She said I was not canceling my only subscription. “I will get a second job if I have to,” she said. Here is the check.—C. Amato, Los Angeles, CA A reasonable perspective, indeed.—KM I totally support your views on the limited reach of the American muscle car market.—R. Demart, Reston, VA Every year SCM gets better.—B. Weast, Tualatin, OR More '50–'60s British cars.—T. Moore, Skykomish, WA When does a sports car become a muscle car? Great magazine. Keep it just as it is.—P. Talbot, Christchurch, NZL Superbly written and researched magazine. Only car magazine I read cover to cover every month. Thank you.—J. Tansey, Southbury, CT I have enjoyed the commentary for many years now. Very insightful and entertaining. Would like to see some thoughts on collecting and the current economic concerns in the country.—J. Rorquist, Phoenix, AZ Great magazine. Thanks for the monthly fun.—F. Cali, Scottsdale, AZ I'm an accredited auto appraiser and newspaper columnist. I just love the humor. Don't change anything.—F. Nelson, Calgary, Alberta, CAN What do you have against Porsches?—T. Casale, Williamsport, PA Nothing. We just put 200 miles on our 1978 SC yesterday, and it continues to be delightful even after covering 184,000 miles. You might ask, however, why at Porsche club meetings 914 and 924 owners have to sit in a corner by themselves, and Cayenne owners are asked to park their trucks four blocks away. And some Teutonic wag did ask if we shouldn't include 928s in a Strudelini section of Corvette Market magazine.—KM SCM gets read first and cover to cover as soon as it arrives.—S. Fraser, North Barrington, IL Love this mag. Fewer muscle cars. More Italians.—P.F. De Napoli, Groveland, MA My favorite subscription. Keep doing your best.—S. Schaeffer, Seattle, WA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ Garage Fire of 2008 What happens when you leave the web geek in charge of your vintage car by Bryan Wolfe, SCM IT Specialist W hile most of the editorial staff was in Scottsdale, I got a call from “Affordable Classic” Editor Rob Sass to let me know that someone from a local transport company would be coming by to pick up the 1977 Lancia Beta he'd recently sold on eBay. Sass asked only that I let the trucker into the garage and toss him the keys. “He'll do the rest,” he said. The Lancia was parked between SCM's newly acquired 1968 Iso Rivolta and Publisher Martin's old friend, the 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider. Not surprisingly, when the transport guy came, the Lancia wouldn't start. I put a few gallons of gas in it. No dice. Defeated, the driver went out to his truck for some starter fluid and a cigarette…. The starter fluid provided the necessary ignition; unfortunately it was on the outside of the engine, not in the combustion chambers. As the flames rose, I fought my initial impulse to run upstairs for a camera and instead grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher. Once I'd gotten the fire out and the air had cleared, I was faced with a new problem: Both the Iso and the Alfa were covered in a frothy layer of fire retardant. With my heart still beating somewhere near my gut, I called Sass to let him know I had set fire to his car, and then followed that with a call to Auction Editor Jim Pickering and Executive Editor Paul Duchene to give them the news. Sass was the only one who failed to see the humor; Pickering and Duchene both commented that usually, Lancias set fire to themselves, without help from truckers. I suppose I did well enough to clean up the mess because I still have my job. And the Lancia escaped unharmed, though it still won't start. Duchene couldn't hide his disappointment the next time we talked, though. “You had the perfect opportunity to let another Beta die and make the world a better place,” he said. Sorry, Paul. I guess I should have gone for the camera. ♦ April 2008 147 The Great SCM


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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. E-mail: 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 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, 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 1948 MGTC Restored California car. Nice driving example, tight and responsive. Fresh engine, wooden steering wheel and alloys. $67,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555 (CA) tonneau, manual, grease gun, etc. None better. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 3 1967 Trident Clipper Still brilliant after 203K miles! Enthusiast owned. For details write to RLSPZIM@aol.com, or call Peter Zimmermann 661.303.7484, 8-6 pst. $18,000. 2000 Porsche C4 lon@sedona.net for photos +, $30,000, $1500 for spares. Lon Walters, 928.282.4223. (AZ) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger electric sunroof, rebuilt engine, absolutely rust and accident free, see detailed pictures at www .dreamsonwheels.com. $29,500. 386.426.6405 or 386.314.9010. (FL) 1982 911SC The ultimate touring TC. Properly and professionally restored and fully sorted mechanically for spirited and trouble free driving. Yellow, green Connolly leather, all weather equipment, tools. $35,000. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1956 Austin-Healey factory 100M Millennium Edition Package. #183 of 911 made worldwide. 6 speed, PSM. Navigation, & almost every other option available. Only 35k. $38.5 obo. Steve Stitle, 847.381.3511. (IL) LHD,long wheel base, dual a/c.38k original miles, beautiful. Worldwide shipping. $82,500. 972.458.2004. Peter Krell, www.petesclassiccars.com. 1965 Jaguar XK-E 4.2 Series I Italian styling by Fissore. Ford 289 Hi-Po with T-1- transmission. One of ten built to this spec. Low miles on restoration. Thrill to drive, easy to maintain. Exhibited at Pebble Beach and Meadowbrook. Featured in Automobile Quarterly. $88,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www .fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555 (CA) 1969 Triumph TR6 Second owner since 1987, 127K miles, excellent condition, rarely driven, recent top, upholstery and always maintained by Alfa mechanics. $18,000. Fred, 805.682.5744 or fredmelzimm@cox.net. (CA) Superb restoration on original paint 2-owner car,180k in receipts, same owner since ‘58, simply the best. Jerry Bensinger, 330.759.5224 (days). 1963 Bentley Continental S3. 1982 Ferrari 400i Good, solid, honest un-restored, matching numbers example. To be enjoyed now or an excellent platform for straight forward restoration. $39,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction .com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555 (CA) 1966 Ford Cortina Mk 1 1500 Deluxe Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years. $35,000. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 1976 Triumph TR6 Italian 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Original blue paint/tan interior, 41k miles, reliable, Bosch injection, rebuilt GM auto, alternators and water pump. The 4 can timing of this V12 is driven by double roller chain - not belts. $22,900. Rockwell, 317.255.2350. (IN) Rare LHD alloy bodied Mulliner Park Ward Coupe. Last of the coachbuilt era Bentleys. Drive with the flair expectwed from this sporting model. $125,000. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1963 AC 289 Cobra 90k original miles, 4-speed floor shift CA car, no rust, long storage, much recent work. Runs and drives great. Original paint, original wheels & hubcaps also available. $6,500 Fred, 360.588.8311. giuliasuper1967@aol.com. (WA) 1966 Lotus Seven Owned by us several times over the last 18 years. A wonderful, restored, California car. Teal green, tan leather. Used summers, heated storage winters, properly serviced every spring. $18,500. Matthew L. DeGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) Extensively documented car with 9000 original miles. First 289 made in Guardsman Blue. Spectacular condition in every respect. Original top, 148 Beautiful, raced West Coast. Ingram Engine, all the right bits. Easy conversion to road car. Truck load of spares available w/purchase. Email German 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Matching #'s rare Jade green color, factory A/C, Sports Car Market Blue with Tan Interior.11k miles. Part of collection. Selling to make room for new cars. Asking $64,900. Any questions email: curt@nationaltattoo.com. 1986 Alfa Romeo Spyder Veloce Triple black; 47k miles, leather seats, power windows, 2000-cc fuel injected five-speed, alloy wheels, alpine FMCD player. Excellent condition, no rust, nice driver. $9,750. Dan Rush, 207.985.9850. (ME) 1998 Ferrari 456 GTA


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Japanese 1973 Datsun 240Z 22,150 milesFord Drag Pack, Boss Front clip, 460 eng with Prescot carb and nitrous 3 stage. Nine inch diff. Stored, not dragged! 250.554.3240. 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible Race Tracks Unrestored 240Z by original owner. Has original engine w/ Weber carburetors, 115 blue paint w/black interior, A/C, spare tire and misc. other items. 101k miles. $10,500. Kurt George, 503.474.0430. (OR) American 1931 Dual Cowl Phaeton Packard Two plus year professional rotisserie restoration by Classic Ventures. Hi-Impace Lemon Twist with a white top, white billboards & white leather interior. Original “G” convertible restored with an Engine Design 425 Hemi, “Shaker Hood”, Dana, Pistol Grip Hurst shifter four speed, Rallye gauges, Rom Blow & Elastomeric front bumper. Appraised at $200k. Contact Gary 817.821.6895 or Bill, 815.597.1028. BLTurner1@aol.com for more info and photos. 100% original car; 29K miles, 7 owners & in perfect running order; long history, unbelievable patina. Many unrestored awards. Tools, owners man. and more. $150,000 obo. Bruce Male, 781.592.1110. (MA) 1936 Ford Phaeton. Grabber Orange with Black top and interior. GT500 package. Ahaker 1000 stereo, Sirius, lighting package, brand new car on MSO. No miles. $57,900. David Caccauo, 516.541.9541. (NY) Other 1959 Troy Roadster Show quality throughout and drive anywhere with complete confidence. Finished in dark blue, brown leather. Flawless cosmetics and includes all weather equipment. Mechanically wonderful. Needs nothing to drive regularly. Call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 1962 Ford Falcon Wagon Featured in early 60's magazines, Amelia Island 2004, interesting history, fun to drive. Same owner for 32 years. Call for details. Bill, 920.823.2187. (WI) 1960 Rytune Scorpion #'s match 48k miles. 6-cyl auto with rack. Wide white drive anywhere. $13,500 obo. Part trade small convt. Driver quality. Sam, 765.661.0420. (FL) 1965 Ford F-100 Custom Cab Pickup Across Eight foot styleside, stock 352 V8 with dual exhaust. Holly green/Wimbleton white; recent frame off restoration; all correct; many factory options; beautiful pickup. $23,500. Dan Rush, 207.985.9850. (ME) 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Formula Junior. #5 out of 10 made. Built by Frank Nichols of ELVA fame. 100 point photo-documented restoration. Great for FJ 50th Anniversary Tribute. Live the Dream, Go Vintage Racing!! $48,500 O.B.O. Contact rytune@yahoo.com or call 604.534.3410. Factory Five Cobra Replica Blue/White stripes, chrome paper clip, Halibrandstyle wheels. Built up 302 Dynoed @400hp. 5speed. $32,500. Scott, 925.813.8390. (CA) Ferrari / Maserati / Lamborghini Cash buyer for Ferrari Maserati Lamborghini cars and related items. Please call 860.350.1140; fax 860.350.1140; email forzamot@aol.com ♦ April 2008 1. Porsche's ultimate triumph 5. March home for 12 hours 9. Old Italian 12. Watkins follower 13. Curva Parabolica's track 15. James Hunt clinched his F1 title here 16. 1936 race movie “___ Laps to Go” 17. Not in 19. Got in front slightly, ___ ahead 20. Vol state 22. Jacarepagua's city 23. Edge 24. Also known as 26. Favorite uncle? 28. Battle between two racing drivers 29. San Marino circuit 31. Gotcha! 32. You and I 33. Engine part 34. Shout 36. Japan's former Grand Prix track 39. That is so untrue! (slang) 41. Rookie 42. Staple of 1960s Southern California road racing 46. The yard of bricks? 53. Emotional intelligence, for short 54. Comes before a vowel 55. Potpourri 56. Auto efficiency measurement 58. South Africa's circuit 59. Simon and Garfunkel's “ ___ Robinson” 60. Former site of the Masta Kink Down 1. Famous for its Corkscrew (2 words) 2. Contests 3. Unrated, briefly 4. A few 5. Storage area network, for short 6. Ferrari founder 7. P II builder 8. Out of gear 10. Canadian track location 11. Villeneuve and Arnoux battled here in 1979 14. Gold symbol 16. Superbowl pts. 18. Grouping, of players or horses 21. Big zero 25. Ring takedown, briefly 27. ____-Cours, current French Grand Prix site 28. Richard Petty was a big winner here 29. Special topic 30. Boat for a flood? 35. Hawaiian necklace 37. Condo, perhaps 38. Wisconsin's Road 40. Either's nor? 43. Race car sound, perhaps 44. Site of 1950s French Grands Prix 45. Artificial intelligence, abbr. 47. Capitol Hill vote 48. CSI evidence 49. ___ de plume; pen name 50. Née Clay 51. Endless number 52. Spanish, for short 57. Gravity forces For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword 149 2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-500 convertible


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www .barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed 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) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. 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, 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. www.ebaymotors.com. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) 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, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest 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 American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 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) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals The Worldwide Group. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the fi nest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classicauctions.com. (UK) 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. 150 Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed 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) Automobilia 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) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest 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 memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Sports Car Market


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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. Buy/Sell/General classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost signifi cantly 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) The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www .thecarcierge.com. (FL) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com. www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-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.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest 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) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000, Park Place LTD is the West Coast's largest luxury, sports and special interest auto dealership. We're an authorized dealer for Aston Martin, Lotus, Spyker, Shelby, Superformance, and Speedster Recreations and carry collector and special interest vehicles of all kinds. 20 years in the business and familyowned; Park Place LTD is driven to excellence. www.ParkPlaceLTD.com. Collector Car Insurance Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Heacock Classic. 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.heacockclassic .com. www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) 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. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 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) Kevin Kay Restorations. JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-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. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 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) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models 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) 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, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands. com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools 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) Austin-Healey Club USA. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050, Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These April 2008 888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Baldhead Cabinet CompBaldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage 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) 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 151


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Inspections award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) 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 signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www.batterytender.com. (FL) Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” 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) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- Racehouse Design. 541.330.8766, GARAGE DESIGN PLANS FOR SALE. Racehouse Design has four portfolios of garage designs: “SPEEDCLUB GARAGES”, “COACH QUARTERS”, “CLASSIC GARAGES”, and “CAR COTTAGES”. Each plan is professionally designed by Lawren Duncan, Designer and Race Enthusiast. www.racehousedesign.com. (OR) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) ERS (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) 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 fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) 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) Tires Only Oldies Garage. 480.966.9887, The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) 712.944.4940. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks .com. (IA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.856 Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; 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, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) 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 our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Restoration - General 2/203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) The Southwests Only Coker Tire Distributor! Contact us for Best Pricing on all Classic Tires. Only Oldies Specializes in all Classic Service from Pre-war - 60's Muscle. We Don't Restore 'em… We Keep 'em Running Right. www.onlyoldiesgarage.com. (AZ) Vintage Events The 4th Annual Muscle Car 1000. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 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. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 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 our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) 152 Advertise in Sports Car Market C CONTACT KJ Glennon kj.glennon@vettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 222 8 J John Scharff 314.802.8139 Co Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, You may have seen our C dy Wilson 8 john.scharff@vettemarket.com 3 cody.wilson@vettemarket.com 877.219.2605 x 213 Sports Car Market 949.838.7076, October 5–10, 2008. The most luxurious collector car adventure in America. This six day, all-inclusive, once in a lifetime experience includes exceptional Hotels and Resorts, Gourmet Meals, Fine Wines and Great Friends. Our 2008 participants will enjoy an opening night gala on Alcatraz, the wonders of Yosemite, the tranquil beauty of Lake Tahoe, a private winemakers dinner in Napa Valley, Drag Racing at the Infi neon Raceway, and a magnifi cent awards banquet on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Reserved for 1964–1973 American Muscle Cars. APPLY NOW-Space is limited to just 40 teams. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦


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Carl Bomstead eWatch New Packard Parts, Same Old Stories Nostradamus mascot an unforeseen success; bidders cheated out of Packard tin toy, cigar box pretty but pricey Thought Carl's The creative writers are still at it. Seems like every month there are a couple of eBay listi where some bozo is attempting to pawn off newly made Packard thermometers as vintage pie of Packard history. One of the more recent ones explained in detail how his '20s Packard thermometer found in the attic of an old carrage [sic] house located on the grounds of an old mansion that was torn do years ago. Yeah, sure. My favorite is the one a year or so ago, where the seller found his thermometer in his grandfath barn tacked onto a pole and knew it was original, as he thought grandpa had once been a Packard dea Interesting reading, and let's hope no one falls for this literary garbage and bids on these newly made ite Here are a few finds that are the real deal: EBAY #360003280830—HANOVER AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE TIN LITHO SIGN. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $1,193. Date Sold: 12/11/2007. This lithographed tin over cardboard sign was 19˝ x 13˝ and featured a late '20s Packard automobile. Great graphics and flawless condition at a reasonable price. Where the heck was I when the electronic hammer came down on this piece? EBAY #300174083104—1916 JOY RIDE CIGAR BOX. Number of Bids: 7. SOLD AT: $442. Date Sold: 12/02/2007. This early cigar box was smaller than the standard size and the lithographed inside label was in wonderful condition—a bright image of an early touring car with tennis courts in the background. It's a cool piece, albeit a bit pricey, considering no stogies were included in the deal. EBAY LIVE #120201521195—INDIAN MOTORCYCLES AUTHORIZED DEALER TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 33. SOLD AT: $2,990 including buyer's premium. Date Sold: 1/01/2008. This double-sided 24˝ x 26˝ tin flange sign was in very desirable condition, with little wear noted and offered through eBay Live from a small auction house in Idaho. This sign has been reproduced, but this was the real thing and it sold for the going rate. Sign dated to the ‘50s, as Indian had changed from Motocycles to Motorcycles. EBAY #300185268612—PORCELAIN UNITED MOTORS SERVICE SIGN. Number of Bids: 36. SOLD AT: $1,758. Date Sold: 1/02/08. This sign was offered in a number of sizes. This one was in decent condition, with only a minor chip on the surface. It was lacking the neon, transformer, and a backing can, but most neon shops can take care of that for $800 or so. All in all a good buy, as the sign, ready to go, should bring close to $3,500. EBAY #280184442334— EBAY #120201869373—1953 ALPS DELUXE PACKARD SEDAN JAPANESE TIN CAR. Number of Bids: 28.NOT SOLD AT: $2,966. Date Not Sold: 12/28/2007. The deluxe version of this Alps tin Packard included a hood ornament, lithographed wheel covers, celluloid windows and a few other goodies. Condition was outstanding, with flawless original paint and no noticeable wear. It must have been played with by a very delicate and gentle child. Seller ended the auction early with a lame excuse that there had been a listing error, so I'm willing to bet he got his price off-line. It's beyond me why eBay continues to allow sellers to do this. WM. MORFORD PREMIER AUCTIONS LOT 63—LITENING GASOLINE NAME BADGE. Number of Bids: Unknown, SOLD AT $7,150. Date Sold: 12/07/2007. Litenin gasoline was the brand name for the John Hancock Oil Company that was located in Montana. Word in the gas and oil world was that the bottom had dropped out of name badges and prices were falling faster than cloned Hemi 'Cudas, but someone forgot to tell the bidders here. Yes, this one was rare but, it's difficult to explain why it sold for almost twice what any other badge has ever brought. The only explanation is that two guys with deep pockets just had to have it. One of them is now happy, we just don't know which one it is. ♦ SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage POSTMASTER paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. 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, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 154 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market NOSTRADAMUS HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $7,100. Date Sold: 12/22/2007. This was a highly detailed sculpture of the 14th century soothsayer Nostradamus, who was credited with predicting many major world events. He also published a collection of prophecies that are still read to this day. The hood ornament was sculpted by A. Loir and it was in excellent condition. These appear from time to time, but this one sold for several thousand more than any in recent memory. I wish I could have predicted that.