50 Arizona Auction Week in Pictures
16 Shifting Gears
Getting to know a Volvo 1800S — and making more memories
with my daughter — on a long, winding drive home
40 Collecting Thoughts
What about those crazy — or not-so-crazy — 911 prices
42 Legal Files
A recent legal ruling means that buyers should do their
research before bidding on cars
44 Simon Says
Disappointment turns to redemption at the Baillon Collection
64 The Cumberford Perspective
The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special combined modern style
with aged mechanical elements
Ron Pratte’s automobilia brings big, big bucks during
Barrett-Jackson’s 2015 Scottsdale Auction
Collecting Thoughts 40
48 Arizona Concours: In its second year, the concours has
established itself as a world-class event — Carl Bomstead
50 Arizona Auction Week in Photos — SCM staff
20 Auction Calendar
20 Crossing the Block
24 Concours and Events: Portland Swap Meet, La Jolla
Concours d’Elegance, California Mille
28 Contributors: Get to know our writers
30 You Write, We Read: SCM’s Insider Seminars, Lancia
Fulvia HF and AC Aceca memories and details
32 Display Advertisers Index
34 Time Pieces: Chelsea Marine Clocks
34 Neat Stuff: Survive with a full deck; swipe the sapphire
36 In Miniature: 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf Le Mans
36 Speaking Volumes: Klemantaski: Master Motorsports
76 Glovebox Notes: 2015 Infiniti Q60S coupe Limited 6MT
118 Fresh Meat: 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, 2014 Shelby
GT500, 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
152 Rising Sun: Japanese highlights from Arizona Auction Week
166 Mystery Photo: “Every time a bell rings, a Miata gets
166 Comments with Your Renewals: “More racing cars,
more scandals, innuendo”
168 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale
172 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs
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Shifting Gears Keith Martin
Another Roadside Attraction
Taking Highway 1 up the coast turned the trip from a drive into an adventure
All the while, we would be getting to know the idiosyncrasies of
this classic car.
The 1800S showed its personality immediately. The gas gauge
stopped functioning. The heating controls seemed to have two settings
— no air or sauna mode. And a window winder came off in my hand.
The overdrive would cut in and out at random. We became proficient
at jiggling the Lucas-built switch “just so” to get it to re-engage.
However, this was not our first rodeo with old cars. From driving
Ferraris in Italy, to rock-crawling through Tillamook Forest in our D90
or hammering our Lotus Elise at Portland International Raceway, Alex
has been a great companion. She is always ready for a road trip.
You can go home again
As we headed north, we made several side trips. I visited the house
where my grandparents raised me in the Parkside district of San
Francisco. What had once seemed like a mansion was now just another
The next stop was Abraham Lincoln High School, where I had been
student body treasurer. Mike Holmgren, who went on to NFL coaching
fame with the Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, was our star quarterback
and student body president. I doubt he remembers me.
Then it was down to Ocean Beach. Alex had never been there, and
we talked about the timeless pulse of the waves against the sand.
Back on the road, we passed through Novato, Petaluma and then
Two dinosaurs on the Oregon Coast
t was a weekend to remember.
At 6 a.m. on a Saturday in February this year, my daughter
Alexandra joined me on a flight from Portland, OR, to San Jose,
CA. We’d bought a 1964 Volvo 1800S last July, and it was time to
bring it home.
Mike Dudek of iRoll Motors picked us up at San Jose International
Airport, and soon we were at his shop in San Martin, south of San Jose.
The Volvo was better than I expected — by a long shot. It wasn’t
perfect by any means, but it had a “lived and loved” feel to it that is
impossible to fake. It still had its original 1964 California black plates.
A bonus was a variety of in-period engine modifications that gave it
extra scoot, along with a lowered suspension and magnesium-spoked
wheels that created a menacing look.
A long, winding road
The straight shot home to Portland would have been north on
Interstate 5. That’s about 700 miles, and doable in one long 13-hour day.
I’ve been up that highway many, many times. In an old car, it is
akin to softly tapping yourself on the head with a ball-peen hammer.
It’s straight, it’s boring, and all of the giant-sized pickups that make up
today’s traffic go whizzing by at 80 mph and more.
We decided to take U.S. Highway 101 north through Eureka, CA,
and then follow 101 along the Oregon Coast to Florence. There we
could cut over to Eugene and I-5 for a 90-mile dash home to Portland.
That route added about 100 miles to our trip, and it meant taking
two days instead of one. But it also changed a “drive” into an adventure.
This 51-year-old Volvo was about to become a time machine. Alex
and I would be motoring on two- and four-lane highways that were
similar to what existed when the Volvo was born.
There would be odd roadside attractions, and mom-and-pop motels
and restaurants. We had plenty of time, so we could meander around,
stopping when we pleased.
entered Mendocino County.
The Volvo was a happy car, cruising along at 3,800 rpm in 4th over-
drive, which translated to about 75 mph. The pushrod four, upgraded
from 1.8 liters to 2.0, made enough power so passing on two-lane roads
was an entertaining instead of terrifying exercise.
Looking into the future
For the first time, Alex and I talked about my will — and which
cars she wanted left to her. At first she was uncomfortable with the discussion,
as you might expect. No one likes to acknowledge mortality,
especially when it involves those they love.
She told me that the cars that mean the most to her are our 1965
Giulia Spider Veloce (I have a picture of her in that car when she was 9
months old), the 1967 GTV and our 1967 Giulia Super.
I believe I should pull them out of the corporation now, pay the taxes,
and title them in my and Alex’s name. That way there will be no question
about where they end up.
My legal advisor thinks it is ridiculous to incur taxes now when we
can’t foresee what the world will look like when I pass. If you have
thoughts about this, I’d like to hear them.
We spent the night at the Eureka Inn, where I stayed many times
while on the California Mille. I could almost hear the voice of Martin
Swig resonating in the halls, talking about what a grand time he was
having enjoying the great people, cars and roads on the event he created.
By 6 a.m. the next morning, we had visited Starbucks, the Volvo was
packed and we were ready to go.
We passed Prehistoric Gardens, a roadside attraction near Port
Orford with a large Tyrannosaurus Rex in front. I remembered seeing
the dinosaur when I was 7 years old. My grandfather was taking
the family on a road trip to Timberline Lodge in his newly acquired
bumble-bee-yellow-and-black ’56 Mercury Montclair. He was making
memories then that still resonate today.
After 800 miles and two days, we pulled into the SCM garage. My
daughter and I had brought another old car into our lives — and created
another set of road-trip memories. ♦
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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted
VanDerBrink — The Koepke Collection
Where: Titusville, FL
When: April 11
H&H — The Imperial War Museum
Where: Duxford, U.K.
When: April 15
Last year: 71/106 car sold / $3.2m
• 1914 Ford Model T surrey
• 1976 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible
Star Car: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL at Lucky’s Spring “Jackpot” Sale in Snoqualmie, WA
Lucky — Spring “Jackpot” Sale
Where: Snoqualmie, WA
When: April 4
• 1967 Ford Mustang, offered at no
• 1974 Jaguar XKE coupe
• Star Car: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
Tom Mack — The Spring Fling Auction
Where: Concord, NC
When: April 9–10
Email auction info to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Girardeau, MO
Amelia Island, FL
13—GOODING & CO.
Amelia Island, FL
Fort McDowell, AZ
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Amelia Island, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Fort Lauderdale, FL
San Antonio, TX
Mecum — Houston 2015
Where: Houston, TX
When: April 9–12
Last year: 682/967 cars sold / $33.6m
• 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona
• 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird
• Star Car: 1959 Chevrolet Impala
Where: Edmonton, AB, CAN
When: April 10–12
The Branson Auction
Where: Branson, MO
When: April 17–18
Last year: 118/207 cars sold / $2.2m
• 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible
• 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 convertible
• Star Car: 1955 Buick Century Riviera
Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2015
Where: Palm Beach, FL
When: April 17–19
Last year: 511/514 cars sold / $24.6m
• 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible.
Recent frame-on restoration, new top
• 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 coupe.
Frame-on restoration in 2006, all matching
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.
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Palm Beach, FL
Kansas City, MO
Toronto, ON, CAN
Fort Worth, TX
Newport Pagnell, U.K.
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Castle Rock, CO
Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies
Star Car: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270
convertible at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.
Frame-off restoration to factory specifications
using NOS parts
Leake — Dallas Spring 2015
Where: Dallas, TX
When: April 17–19
Last year: 248/385 cars sold / $5.5m
Coys — Techno Classica
Where: Essen, DEU
When: April 18
Where: Surrey, U.K.
When: April 21
• 1979 Land Rover Range Rover Cabana
Mecum — Kansas City 2015
Where: Kansas City, MO
When: April 23–25
Last year: 359/578 cars sold / $8.3m
• 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
• 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible
Star Car: 1959 Chevrolet Impala
convertible at Mecum Houston
Star Car: 1955 Buick Century Riviera at Branson, MO
• 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top
Silver — Portland Spring 2015
Where: Portland, OR
When: April 24–25
Last year: 73/111 cars sold / $918k
Southern Classic — Inaugural Louisville Classic
Where: Jeffersonville, IN
When: April 25
Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic
Where: Montgomery, TX
When: April 25
Last year: 74/94 cars sold / $6.6m
• 1969 Porsche 911S. Highly optioned,
including special-order metallic blue
paint. Matching numbers with Kardex
• 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino. With
Daytona “Chairs.” From the Len Perham
Star Car: 1955 Moretti 1200 S spyder, the 1955
Paris and Torino Auto Show car, at Worldwide
Specialty Auto Auctions — Denver in the Spring
Where: Brighton, CO
Where: April 25
More: www.saaasinc.com ♦
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Concours and Events Alexandra Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to email@example.com
April 11–12 California
Festival of Speed, Fontana,
Copperstate 1000, Phoenix,
April 22–26 Spring
Carlisle and Auction,
Touring in the classic tradition
One thousand miles of the best back roads in California are ready for the 25th Annual California Mille
from April 26 to 30. After a free car show at the Hotel Fairmont on April 25, 60 classic cars that catch the
spirit of the Mille Miglia — and are 1957 or older models — will crank up and head out of San Francisco to
savor the best two-lane driving in California. SCMers David and Howard Swig honor the spirit of their father,
Martin Swig, with each scenic twist and turn.
The $7,000 entry fee includes all meals and lodging for both the driver and co-driver. For more information,
visit www.californiamille.com. (CA)
Tricks of the trade
The Portland Swap Meet,
the largest one on the West
Coast, takes place April 10–12.
With over 3,500 vendor stalls
crammed with literally tons of
car parts, there is something for
every vintage gearhead. For more
information, go to www.portlandswapmeet.com.
But wait, there’s more
Next door to the Portland
Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap
Meet, which runs from April 9
to 11. Five miles of booths will
fill every available space inside
the road course at Portland
International Raceway. Need an
unobtanium part? It’s probably
here — or next door at the Portland
Swap Meet. Gates open at 7
a.m. daily, and admission is $7.
For more information, visit www.
Spectacular cars in
a spectacular setting
along the coast
The 11th La Jolla Concours
d’Elegance is the jewel of the
weekend during April 10–12 in
beautiful La Jolla, CA.
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Contemporary Classic Cocktail
Party starts the weekend off in
style Friday night, April 10, with
the spotlight on a spectacular display
of extraordinary cars.
Saturday morning, April 11,
begins with the Motor Tour. Starting
at the San Diego Automotive
Museum in Balboa Park, the 70
miles of scenic roads includes pit
stops at Bill Evans’ Private Collection
Garage and Chuck Spielman’s
Only Yesterday Museum.
For attendees who don’t have a
classic car, there is an option to
join the tour as a passenger in a
Double Decker Tour Bus.
The Concours d’Elegance
starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April
12. There are over 300 vintage
automobiles on display, and the
Pacific Ocean makes the perfect
backdrop. The star marque is
Coachbuilt Classics of the ’30s
and ’40s. Waving the Fright Pig
Detector flag at this event as a
judge is yours truly, Alex MartinBanzer.
Publisher Martin returns
for his fourth year as emcee.
For pricing and registration for
the different events, please visit
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The panel conveyed their sentiments on the state of the market using their years
of experience — and displaying a great sense of humor
SCM’s Insider Seminars
To the Editor:
Thanks for hosting a very
enjoyable and informative
seminar at the Gooding &
Company auction in Scottsdale.
Donald Osborne was an excellent
moderator. The panel conveyed
their sentiments on the state of
the market using their years of
experience — and displaying a
great sense of humor (sometimes
aimed at the other panelists and
I’d also like to thank you for
the door prize I was fortunate
enough to win, a Tom McCahill
on Sports Cars magazine published
in 1951, which just happens
to be the year I was born. In
my opinion, access to events like
these makes a Platinum subscription
well worth the cost. — Alan
Andrea, Highland Park, IL
Insider Seminar videos
To The Editor:
I give credit to the SCM
group for starting an important
trend of Insider Seminars.
Following your lead, Hagerty
now has seminars, and Pebble
Beach inaugurated a series in
The good news is that knowl-
edgeable people and respected
authorities share their ideas
with those fortunate to attend
the seminar. The unfortunate
aspect is that many people who
would enjoy and benefit from the
seminar do not hear it.
I am having rotator cuff
surgery in December and am
unlikely to attend the 2015
Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar.
Thank you for recording the
Insider’s Seminar at Gooding &
Company’s Pebble Beach tent
earlier in 2014. I have watched it
twice. I sincerely hope you will
record the Insider’s Seminar at
Scottsdale 2015. Doing so will
reinforce your position as the
respected voice of the collector
car hobby. — Roger Morrison,
Keith Martin replies: Roger,
thanks for your note. We take a
lot of pride in our seminars, and
many thanks are due to our great
speakers and experts! We did
tape the 2015 Scottsdale Insider’s
Seminar at Gooding, and we
will have it online very soon for
subscribers. We also plan to tape
our 2015 Pebble Beach seminar.
In addition, we taped our
American Car Collector Seminar
at Barrett-Jackson this year.
The Fulvia HF is classic,
but is it affordable?
To the Editor:
Thank you for Donald
Osborne’s delightful article on
the Lancia Fulvia HFs (February
2015, “Affordable Classic,”
p. 42). In it, he allows that an
argument can be made that the
HFs don’t make a lot of sense as
affordable classics. And in that
he’s absolutely right; it’s a bit
like discussing the Alfa GTA/
Sports Car Market
You Write We Read
Adamson Industries .........................................68
AIG PC Global Services, Inc ...........................65
Aston Martin of New England .........................19
Auctions America .............................................47
Authentic Classics ..........................................164
Auto Kennel ...................................................158
Automobilia Monterey ...................................164
Automotive Restorations Inc. ..........................94
Autosport Designs Inc ....................................145
Barrett-Jackson ..........................................31, 65
Bennett Law Office ........................................142
Beverly Hills Car Club ...................................159
BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ...........149, 151
Bonhams / SF .............................................21, 23
Branson Collector Car Auction ........................45
Carlisle Events ...............................................129
Carnut Images ................................................164
Carriage House Motor Cars .......................10–11
Cars, Inc. ..........................................................39
Charles Prince Classic Cars ...........................153
Chequered Flag International ...................73, 147
Chubb Personal Insurance ................................35
Classic Assets Motor Sports Center .................79
Classic Investments ................................153, 171
Classic Restoration .........................................103
Classic Showcase .......................................7, 8–9
Collector Car Price Tracker .....................XXXX
Cooper Classic Cars .......................................167
Copley Motorcars ...........................................171
D. L. George Coachworks................................93
DC Automotive ................................................88
Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. .....................123
Driversource Houston LLC ......................4–5, 77
E-Type UK USA ..............................................99
European Collectibles ....................................165
Evans Coolant ................................................128
Exotic Classics ...............................................119
Fantasy Junction ...............................................89
Ferrari Financial Services ..............................158
Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................155
Francesco De Piero ..........................................92
French Lick Resort Concours ..........................91
Going To The Sun Rally ................................115
Gooding & Company ..................................... 2-3
Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance .......75
Grundy Worldwide .........................................145
GTO Engineering LTD ....................................26
Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .............................163
Hahn-Vorbach & Associates LLC ..................100
Hamann Classic Cars .....................................113
Heacock Classic ............................................139
Heritage Classics ..............................................49
Hyman, LTD ..................................................125
Intercity Lines ..................................................43
J Chadwick Co Engraving .............................150
JC Taylor ........................................................131
Jeff Brynan .....................................................170
JJ Best Banc & Co .........................................157
Keels and Wheels Concours ............................38
Keeneland Concour D’Elegance ....................159
Kevin Kay Restorations ...................................87
L.A. Prep ........................................................137
La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance ........................83
Leake Auction Company ................................109
Legendary Classic Center ................................33
Legendary Motorcar Company ......................119
LeMay - America’s Car Museum ...................167
Len Rusiewicz ................................................108
LmaRR Disk, Ltd. ..........................................144
Lucky Collector Car Auctions .......................133
Luxury Brokers International ...................69, 155
MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd ................127
Maxted-Page Limited .......................................50
Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ........................29
Mershon’s World Of Cars ..............................101
Morphy Auctions .............................................97
Motorcar Gallery ............................................135
Motorcar Studio .............................................139
My Classic Car For Sale ................................171
Park Place LTD ................................................27
Paul Russell And Company ...........................143
Premier Financial Services ............................179
Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc.........................141
Putnam Leasing ..............................................180
QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. .............................105
Reliable Carriers ..............................................71
Rick Cole Auctions ............................................6
Riley RMD 2.5 DHC .....................................149
RM Auctions ....................................................37
Robert Glover LTD ........................................151
Russo & Steele LLC ........................................51
Silver Collector Car Auctions ........................111
St Bernard Church ..........................................156
Steve Anderson Illustrations ..........................171
Steve Austin’s Great Vacations ......................134
Suixtil USA ....................................................144
Symbolic Motor Car Co ...................................17
T.D.C. Risk Management .................................65
The Creative Workshop....................................78
The Elegance At Hershey .................................46
The Miami Auction Center ............................126
The Stable, Ltd. ................................................81
The Werk Shop ...............................................157
Tony Labella Classic Cars..............................122
Velocity Channel ............................................110
Vintage Car Research .....................................157
Vintage Motors of Sarasota ..............................95
Vintage Rallies ...............................................143
Volante Classics .............................................157
Walter Leather Company ..............................162
West Coast Classics, LLC ..............................165
Worldwide Group .............................................25
You Write We Read
GT Junior instead of the standard
The Fulvia HFs were
homologation specials, and in
addition to (subtraction from?)
the weight-saving measures
Donald mentions, they have no
sound deadening and therefore
no under-floor heat shielding.
They’re considerably quicker
and handle even better than the
standard coupes, but they lack
the smoothness and refinement
of their brethren. So they’re not
for everyone, unlike the standard
1.2 and 1.3 coupes that are also
quite a bit cheaper. And that’s
my purpose in writing this; to
point out that the standard Fulvia
coupes ought to have been the
focus of the article. With viceless
handling, together with superb
engineering and build quality,
they’re the real Affordable
Classics. — Edward Levin, West
Dad and Mr. Hickey’s
To the Editor:
I just finished reading the
AC Aceca English Profile in the
February 2015 issue (p. 66), and
it put a smile on my face. As
Bostonians, years ago, my dad
and I would see a black Aceca
at various shows. We knew the
car “lived” in Cambridge from
the car card, but never had the
opportunity to meet the owner.
Whenever we saw it, we noticed
it always wore another interesting
sign, something to the effect
of, “If you see this car on a
trailer, call the police, it’s been
stolen.” We chalked it up to an
eccentric, enthusiast owner. Over
the years we wondered what happened
to the car since we stopped
seeing it around. I assume from
the profile it was the one owned
by Mr. Hickey.
My dad passed away this past
August. We shared countless
car adventures together — from
slogging through the mud at
Hershey to early mornings
watching the entrants roll onto
the field at Pebble Beach. He was
with me the day I acquired my
’58 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
back in 2000. We drove it home
from New Hampshire on a cold
winter day in late December —
with the top down and winter
coats, hats and gloves on. My
boys, ages 6 and 8, have been
making new car memories. They
both still fit in the passenger seat
I handle the steering and pedals
while they do the shifting
of the Alfa together. I handle the
steering and pedals while they do
the shifting. — Andrew Brody,
AC Ace and Aceca
To the Editor:
I was pleasantly surprised
when I saw the February 2015
issue of SCM with a photo of an
AC Aceca on the cover, and the
complimentary column written
by Donald Osborne (English
Profile, p. 66). As a collector of
AC motorcars dating from a 1910
Sociable through the post-Cobra
Frua models — and a specialist
restorer of AC cars — I have a
In view of recent auction
prices of AC Ace Bristol roadsters,
I suggest that your cover
stating “1958 Bristol, $215k”
should have read “$315k.”
As a “company man,” I
would like to point out that, in
“AC Speak,” if an AC model is
referred to as an “AC Ace” or
“AC Aceca,” it implies that an
AC engine is powering the car.
If, however, a Bristol motor is
equipped, the correct terminology
is “AC Ace Bristol” or “AC
Aceca Bristol.” Frequently, the
latter is called a “Bristol,” which
is misleading, as there still is a
lovely British car manufactured
named a Bristol.
While AC’s own engine,
developed in 1919 and installed
in AC Ace roadsters through
1960, is a lovely powerplant, the
main advantage of the Bristol
motor, besides more horsepower,
is the wonderful Bristol gearbox,
which is a real delight to use over
the Moss box that comes with the
Now, to ruffle quite a few
feathers out there, and in all
due respect to those placing
tremendous importance on the
This guideline probably holds
credence when it comes to
Corvettes, etc... However, when
it comes to ACs, if an engine
blew up or the owner wanted
to upgrade his AC-engined car
to a Bristol motor, the factory
made the swap, and then simply
stamped the new motor number
on a strip of aluminum and
riveted it in place to cover the
original motor number that was
stamped on the ID plate, located
on the top of the right footbox in
the engine compartment.
It is gratifying to see some
recognition of the AC Ace and
Aceca cars. While the Ace is a
nimble, wonderfully fun car to
drive, so is the Aceca, with the
latter having loads of luggage
space. Both cars have beautiful,
classic lines and excellent road
manners. Admirers have often
thought that either car was a
Ferrari, or in the case of the
Aceca, an Aston Martin. The
only downside to this is that
I have to explain the answer
to “What’s an AC?” — Jim
Feldman, U.S. Registrar, AC
Owners’ Club (U.K.) ♦
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In Miniature by Marshall Buck
1968 Ford GT40 Gulf Le Mans
Ford GT40s are cars I can never quite
get enough of — especially when they
are painted in Gulf Blue-and-orange
colors. I know I am not alone on that.
GT40s had a winning streak at Le
Mans from 1966 through 1969. The first
two wins (in 1966 and 1967) were with
big-block cars: the GT40 Mk II and Mk
IV. The last two wins, in 1968 and 1969,
were very significant, as the winning
car for both years was chassis 1075,
which was a supposedly outdated Mk 1,
powered with a 289-ci small block. So
much for obsolescence!
The 1968 Le Mans-winning car was piloted by Pedro Rodriguez and
Lucien Bianchi. The other two 1968 GT40 Le Mans cars did not finish the
Production date: 2012–14
Quantity: 1,000 models of the
Number 9 1968 Le Mans winner;
500 models each of the Number
10 and Number 11 1968 Le Mans
cars. Both of these cars failed to
finish the race.
SCM five-star rating:
My focus this round is on the three 1968 Le Mans Gulf cars, all produced
in 1:43 scale by Spark Models. These were staggered
releases, but finally, all three are together.
Spark has also produced many other fine GT40
models, and more are on the way. Spark has also
produced the two 1969 Gulf Le Mans cars in
1:43 scale, and the 1969 winner in 1:87 scale,
along with versions of the 1968 and 1969 winner
in 1:18 scale. The tiny one is a gem, but the
1:18 models both suffer from an odd stance and
questionable rear tires. So I settled on a complete
1968 team set in 1:43 scale. These little
GT40s have a very high level of detail, fit, finish
Spark sometimes gets their models wrong or
Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton
Klemantaski: Master Motorsports Photographer
by Paul Parker, images from the Klemantaski Collection, Motorbooks,
272 pages, $47.73, Amazon
Whether or not you know that
Louis Klemantaski made them,
a couple of his images should be
on the top 10 iconic motorsports
images list, should BuzzFeed
ever get around to motorsports.
First is a tight cockpit shot
of Norman Wilson in his ERA
R4A at Brooklands in 1939. No
helmet, but he is wearing aviator
goggles and a nubby sweater
perfect for hanging around the
pub. Wilson is leaning over,
every part of his being shouting his focus on the apex.
The second is a wide shot of Mike Hawthorn in a Cooper Bristol at
Goodwood in 1952. Hawthorn, leaning right as the car leans left, appears to
be aiming for the lens. You can’t help but think whoever shot this must have
been killed seconds later.
Both are arresting, powerful depictions of the skill and precision that simply
define racing. Both are also telling depictions of Klemantaski’s skill and ability
to bring to bear a tiny Leica on a fast-moving event and freeze it forever.
Klemantaski is full of wonderful images like this: from quiet moments in
the pits, to in-car moments as navigator in the Mille Miglia, to drivers before
and after the racing. He was fully engaged in motorsports from the mid-1930s
through the late 1960s, returning to the track with his love of photography
intact after a crash in 1933 at Brooklands left him hobbled.
That accident put him and his Leica at the center of one of the great periods
of racing in Europe, pre- and post-war — especially during the heyday of
Mercedes and Auto Union. He was one of the few photographing
both marques in color.
He chronicled many of the important machines, events
and personalities that have become touchstones for those of us
with a taste for cars when the cars were distinctive, the slides
were lurid and the drivers larger-than-life playboys.
All eras end, and Klemantaski himself found, as the cars
became lower and the drivers lower still, that the beauty of seeing
them at work was diminished, the images less compelling.
But the images in Klemantaski are the good stuff, culled
from the collection of negatives acquired by Peter Sachs in
1990. It’s a simply arresting selection. Can we have more,
The images speak for themselves. Of course, as time
passes, we all ache to know more details, and automotive
historian Paul Parker’s captions are detailed and expansive.
Fit and finish:
Great images get a showcase that is technically top-notch
and a design that gets out of the way.
You will see some obscure cars from the era, find plenty
of names you don’t recognize and, mostly, some crisp, telling
photographs created with rare skill. We should all be glad
he wasn’t a fan of horse racing. Luckily, Klemantaski was
going to the right part of the Goodwood estate, as well as
Donnington, Le Mans and everywhere across Europe where
brave men and women drove fast, exciting cars. ♦
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does a mediocre job, but not so
with these three GT40s, which
are among the best of any type of
car Spark has produced to date.
They are not perfect, but they
come damn close, and are very
reasonably priced at about $80
Model companies made
countless numbers of Gulf GT40
models and kits over the years.
If you are okay with 1:43 scale,
then these Sparks are the ones to
get, as they offer the biggest bang
for the buck.
Body shapes are perfectly captured, and there is great
paint finish and perfect application of all decals. The windows
are clear, allowing you to enjoy well-detailed interiors.
If you look through the rear window, you’ll see little Weber
carbs with a cover plate atop them.
The accurately treaded tires with their thin gold stripes
and gold Firestone lettering are a great match to the chromeand-orange
wheels. Brake discs and calipers are right behind
the crisply cast wheel spokes. On the right rear corner
of each car are the large, round Le Mans ID lights.
So, with all of that great detail, how on earth did Spark
make the following mistake?
The winning car has no door vent windows — just open
square cut-outs where the vent windows should be. Those
windows are correctly in place on the two later releases of
the other, did-not-finish cars.
Overall, these are great models, but authenticity takes a
hit because of the problems with the vent windows.
Collecting Thoughts Rising Porsche 911 Prices
The 911’s Steady Roll
I expect a steady upward trend across all models, with the great and
extraordinary accelerating away from the mundane and needful
by Miles Collier
1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 coupe, Gooding Lot 16, sold for $643,500
hat’s behind the extraordinary rise in Porsche prices and the auction results
at Scottsdale?” asked SCM Editor Chester Allen.
He sent me 11 auction results: two from RM, eight from Gooding and
one from Bonhams. If we look at those results, we see high prices for
Porsches of all ages and types.
Because of the large variety of Porsches sold, we can assume a broad spectrum
of buyers with varying desires. Given that almost 77,000 356s and 820,000 911s have
been built, it would seem almost impossible, even accounting for normal scrap rates,
for there to be enough demand to raise prices of these cars across the board.
We can divide editor Allen’s list of results into two groups: 356 cars, and the sub-
sequent 911 models, although the 1966 912 (Gooding Lot 912, $82,500), a 911 chassis
with a 356 engine, cleverly splits the difference.
Porsche 356 prices
Let’s start with the 356s. With a total produc-
tion of 77,000 cars between 1949 and 1965 — when
production ceased in favor of the 911 — the 356 was
built in sufficient numbers that even today, 50 years
after the last new one hit the streets, they can be
found close to home almost anywhere. While they
aren’t overly difficult to find, really nice 356s are
considerably thinner on the ground.
Porsche 356s are deceptively simple at first
glance. Some might say they’re just a hot-rodded
VW with a blobby-looking body, but the reality
is much different. While appearing remarkably
simple, they are actually fiendishly difficult and expensive
to restore, and they commonly require lots
of it because of their chronic rust problems.
Mechanically, even the pushrod cars differ
enough from Volkswagens that they require special-
ist care if their famous reliability is to be preserved.
While the later 356s have the chops to drive with modern
traffic, it’s asking a lot from the engine to hammer away
on an interstate highway for hours at a time. Bottom
line, today’s nice 356s are almost exclusively hobbyist
and collector cars.
For example, the Bonhams 356B 1600 Super notch-
back (Lot 119, $94,600), long the least desirable 356
body style (its cabriolet-style steel top is permanently
welded to a cabriolet body to make an odd-looking
coupe), is probably going to a 356 collector. This car
is perhaps a “tick-the-box” addition to a 356 collection
1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Super notchback, Bonhams Lot 119, sold for $94,600)
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Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company
Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams
Legal Files John Draneas
Do Your Homework Before Bidding
Auction companies act as a broker on behalf of the consignor, and they
simply tell us what the consignor told them
You agreed not to believe me
The main line of defense was the language of the bidder’s agreement
that Ted signed. The pertinent provision reads: “…the Purchaser…is
buying property entirely upon his own or his agent’s personal examination,
inspection and opinion. All lots are sold ‘AS IS, WHERE IS.’”
The court interpreted this provision as a “no reliance” provision,
which means that the bidder had agreed that he would make his own
inspections and investigations about the car — and would not rely upon
anything the auction company might say about the car.
Under Illinois law, which applied, as it was the site of the auction,
no-reliance provisions are generally enforceable.
The court’s interpretation resulted in the dismissal of Ted’s fraud
and misrepresentation claims. As a general legal principle, a buyer
cannot claim that he was defrauded by a seller’s statements unless he
believed and relied upon them. Having agreed that he would form his
own opinions and not rely upon the auction company’s statements, the
statements could not have caused his damages.
The faulty NCRS certificate was summarily dismissed. The court
read it closely and concluded that all it really said was that a 1967
Corvette with these identification numbers was produced by Chevrolet.
It did not claim that this Corvette was actually that Corvette.
recent Federal District Court decision in Illinois should be of
serious concern to auction bidders. If it stands, we might all
have to take a full coterie of mechanics and consultants with
us to each auction.
Our plaintiff, “Ted,” was a successful bidder at a 2011 auction.
(“Legal Files” won’t identify the auction company because, as will be
explained later, it isn’t particularly unique in this regard.)
Ted purchased a 1967 Corvette 427/435 coupe at a hammer price
of $68,500 — $72,610 after buyer’s commission. The Corvette was
in beautiful condition, and it was displayed with an NCRS certificate
certifying the authenticity of the car. Ted claims that several Corvette
experts expressed their doubts about the authenticity of the Corvette
after he placed the winning bid.
Upon inspection after he took the car home, Ted was told that the
Corvette was a bitsa — “a fraudulent amalgamation of Corvette parts
from various model years, placed on a damaged 1964 Corvette frame,
with fraudulent vehicle identification numbers and tags … with the
vehicle then cosmetically altered … to appear to be a 1967 coupe.”
His demands to unwind the deal were refused, so Ted sued the auction
company and the consignor.
Ted asserted the following claims against the auction company and
1. Passing off a 1964 Corvette as a 1967 Corvette and offering an
inaccurate NCRS certificate constituted fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
2. It was a breach of contract since he was not provided with proper
and legal title to the Corvette.
3. Based upon these problems, he should be allowed to get his
The auction company and consignor filed a Motion to Dismiss with
respect to all of Ted’s claims. This motion attempted to eliminate the
lawsuit at the procedural stage. The argument is that, even if everything
that Ted has alleged about the situation is true, he has not made any
proper legal claims. Consequently, there is no need to waste time and
effort on a trial, and the case should just be tossed out of court.
Not a clean title
The court did rule that Ted could go to trial on the breach-of-contract
claim. Although the auction company did give him a certificate of title
to the 1967 Corvette with the claimed VIN, the car Ted purchased was
actually a 1964 Corvette with some other original VIN, camouflaged as
a 1967 with a phony VIN.
Consequently, it was not clear whether Ted actually received a
proper certificate of title to the car that he purchased. To resolve that
would require a trial, where evidence and witnesses could be examined.
If it turns out that the certificate of title works, then Ted will be out of
luck. If it doesn’t, then the failure to provide good title will allow Ted
to get his money back.
Sounds pretty expensive!
The apparent lack of liability on the part of the auction company will
no doubt make many readers howl over the unfairness of it all. After
all, the misrepresentation here goes to the very identity, character and
essence of the car being sold.
“Legal Files” contacted SCMer Bryan Shook, a Camp Hill, PA, at-
torney who has made an international practice out of litigating collector
car disputes, and asked for his comments. Shook said this disclaimer
is overly broad and contrary to public policy. He also sees it as grossly
unfair because of the perceptions that auction houses have intentionally
“Many auctions have a team of car specialists as well as researchers
and writers who research and write each vehicle’s auction description.
The gist of the information may be provided by the consignor; however,
the auctions are generally selective of the cars they permit into their
events and all (or most) of the cars are vetted (in some fashion) by a
researcher or car specialist,” Shook said. “The statement that the ‘auction
house has no obligation to verify or authenticate any such claims
or representations’ may legally be true; however, in the course of the
consigning process and the promotion process, the auction does vet the
cars, and accordingly the auctions have become known in the hobby as
only selling the best (or at least good) cars due, at least in part, to the
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efforts undertaken by the auctions to improve their consignments by
vetting the consigned cars prior to sale. Therefore, since the auctions
voluntarily accept this obligation or duty to verify and authenticate the
cars they offer for sale, they have through these efforts created a sense
of security in bidders and hobbyists in general — so much so that they
should not now be permitted to hide behind a disclaimer which would
effectively nullify their efforts and the security which they have worked
to instill in their bidders.”
In common use
No-reliance provisions are very common in auction bidder agree-
ments. Consider a second provision used by another auction house: “No
statements, including those in the catalog or in any other material, shall
be deemed to create a representation or warranty by either the auction
company or the seller of the vehicle.”
And consider a third one from another well-known house: “Bidder is
responsible for inspections and verifications of condition, authenticity,
and completeness of any vehicle purchased. No warranties or representation
of any kind are made by the auction company. Statements printed
in catalogs… signs… and verbal statements made by auctioneers or
auction staff are representations made by the Consignor [not the auction
Striking a balance
Shook makes a strong argument about the perceptions that the auc-
tion companies have created, and he may well be able to make that stick
in an appropriate case. But let’s be real about this.
Take, for example, a typical mega-auction, in which more than 1,000
cars might change hands in a week. The auction staffers research and
verify as much as they can about the cars they accept. But can we really
expect them to thoroughly vet that many vehicles each year and find all
the problem cars? If they have other auctions across the country, the task
quickly becomes impossible.
At the core of the auction process, the auction company is acting
as a broker on behalf of the consignor. The auction company is simply
repeating to us what they were told by the consignor. As long as it is
reasonable to rely upon the consignor and the auction company adds
no incorrect content of its own, any misrepresentations should be the
liability of the consignor, who is the real culprit here.
Of course, the auction companies do try to cultivate a “we have your
back” perception. That’s great marketing and PR, but we should realize
that they can only do so much. It’s fair that they make it clear that they
aren’t insurance companies.
But having said that, a very real unfairness still results from some of
these provisions. Notice that Ted’s claims were dismissed against both
the auction company and the consignor. That is unfair overkill — the
auction company should be able to protect itself, but it shouldn’t be
allowed to protect the consignor from his own fraud. That is the biggest
problem with this provision, and the second one shares the same
fault. The third one, however, skates the line very nicely. It essentially
states that if you get lied to, go sue the lying consignor, not the auction
company. That’s okay.
What should you do?
Auction bidders need to carefully read all the fine print in their bid-
der agreements — and protect themselves accordingly. Don’t want to
go to that trouble? Then consider this comment from the court: “There
is generally little that courts can do to protect persons who are prone to
signing contracts without reading them from the natural consequence
of their folly.” ♦
JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general
in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an
attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com.
Simon Says Simon Kidston
A New, Sweet Home after 54 Years
Cheers of joy over the telephone as a family welcomes a California Spyder
in need of loving care
advised against it, but as you’ve probably guessed by now,
the seller did a U-turn. It was not the Christmas present
we were expecting, but the world’s not the place it once
was. And, for once, it was a blessing in disguise.
As the minutes ticked away towards the Artcurial auc-
tion’s 2 p.m. starting time, security guards struggled to
contain the mounting tide of rubberneckers, journalists,
dealers, restorers, enthusiasts and collectors trying to
overwhelm the auction house staff manning the entrance
to Hall 2 at Paris’s Rétromobile show.
Inside, shrouded in near darkness — save for eerie
mood lighting and quirky soft music — the mortal remains
of the 59 cars of the Baillon Collection awaited
their fate under the hammer of veteran French auctioneer
“Lot number 59,” he finally exclaimed three hours
later to a room packed with some 3,500 spectators who
had waited eagerly for the star of the show: the 1961
Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.
Try reading that with a very thick French accent, and
Le chaos, as a crowd of enthusiasts watches the sale of Alain Delon’s old Ferrari
magine how visitors to the 1961 Paris Motor Show might have reacted, especially
those who admired the svelte curves of the elegant blue Ferrari 250 GT SWB
California Spyder on the Italian firm’s stand, if you’d offered them a glimpse into
the future and told them that one day — 54 years from then, in fact — that same car
would be displayed for the world to see in neglected and forlorn glory.
Divine dereliction, you might call it; the auction house modestly opted for “The Holy
Grail of Automobiles.” The 1961 showgoers would have been even more surprised if
you’d told them that one day the forgotten sports car would be worth almost double
the figure Enzo Ferrari demanded 18 months later from Henry Ford II — for his entire
Of course I’m talking about the French “barn find” Ferrari that has been making TV
and newspaper headlines around the world since its record-breaking sale at auction in
Paris a few days ago. A couple of months earlier I shared some of its backstory with you.
Now I can reveal the rest….
A Christmas disappointment
Timing, in collecting as in life, really is everything. When I’d learned last November
that the horde of aging automotive beauties amassed by reclusive trucking company
owner Roger Baillon and his late son Jacques was to be sold at auction by Artcurial, I put
aside disappointment — I’d been following the California Spyder for years — and set
about tracking down an alternative.
The logic was simple: We had a mandate to find such a car for a good client, and if
the Baillon one sold well, which truly fresh discoveries tend to (especially if Alain Delon
and Jane Fonda are photographed cavorting in them), then every other California Spyder
owner was likely to get starry eyed, too. We needed to act before the auction.
It goes without saying that in this business you always keep irons in the fire, and so
when a friendly meal with the agent of another collector led to those immortal words:
“I’m not promising he’d sell, but what’s your offer?” it seemed that maybe the stars had
aligned after all.
One thing quickly led to another, and in a matter of days a price was agreed upon,
inspection completed and a draft contract circulated. The seller was dictating terms
— this was 2014, remember — to which, one by one, the buyer agreed. And then, as
seems to always be the case with bigger deals, the Christmas holidays intervened to put
everything on hold. Not to worry, said the seller’s agent: His client would back after the
vacation, suitably refreshed and ready to complete.
I’m not sure whether the holiday wasn’t to his liking, or perhaps his fortune teller
then get three friends to do the same very loudly — preferably
all together but each in his own words — and you’ll
start to understand why at a French car auction you’re
actually likely to understand very little.
The auctioneer takes bids up, then down if nobody
actually bids, whilst his specialists, although deferring
to him with frequent “Oui, Maitre,” all vie for attention
as they shout at random about the car, repeat bids, solicit
bids, think they’ve spotted a bid (sorry, it was a Gallic
wave to un ami) and generally get very excited.
Le chaos barely sums it up, but today, somehow, it
By the end of the marathon sale, everything had found
a new home, mostly for prices that defied all logic. And
the famous Ferrari? Yep, that too, and the cheers of joy of
an entire family at the other end of the telephone pressed
to my ear as I made the winning bid and the hammer came
down never felt so sweet.
I’ll bet Hank the Deuce felt the same when his cars
finally crossed the line ahead of Enzo’s at Le Mans… ♦
The smiling agent confers with his elated clients
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Steve Wakefield, k500.com
Steve Wakefield, k500.com
Feature 2015 Arizona Concours
Building Momentum In Its Second Year
Arizona Auction Week now has a world-class opening event
Story and photos by Carl Bomstead
Nine cars were presented in the class,
including the Plymouth Explorer, Cadillac
Series 62 and the Ghia GS 1 coupe. Two
stunning Fiats by Ghia were also presented:
the 1954 8V coupe and the futuristic 8V
Supersonic, which was awarded the Best in
A 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, pre-
sented by the Academy of Art University,
was a consistent object of attention. Priced
at $10,000 when new, it was designed by
Phil Wright and had a steeply angled grille,
concealed sidemount spares and a uniquely
tapered rear section. Only five were built and
Publisher Keith Martin and Editor-at-
Large Donald Osborne served as emcees,
and they kept the event percolating with
lively interviews with many of the entrants
while raising funds for the Make-A-Wish
One highlight was Martin’s interview
Just because it’s a desert doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy splendor in the grass
he Arizona Concours d’Elegance, in only its second year, is quickly becoming an
This year’s concours, at the Arizona Biltmore on January 11, 2015, was ideally
positioned at the beginning of the widely attended Arizona Auction Week — and
it is the only concours of this big week.
The Arizona Biltmore, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Albert
Chase McArthur, provides an ideal intimate garden setting for the 90 cars presented.
Two events were added to the 2015 concours agenda: a Saturday Elegance at Speed
Seminar and a Monday Tour d’Elegance.
The seminar featured former race driver Lyn St. James and noted car designers Peter
Brock, Kip Wasenko and Nigel Bennett. The Tour d’Elegance included a visit to the
Scottsdale Auto Museum, which houses the impressive collection of Bill and Linda Pope.
After lunch the tour visited the home of Paul and Gladys Wright, which was designed
by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son Paul. It is rarely open to
the public and was a fitting ending to a remarkable three
days of concours activity.
The Sunday concours featured 90 cars in 17 classes.
Tour: Tour d’Elegance on local roads
takes place on the day after the
Winners: Best in Show: Thomas
Taffet’s 1937 Mercedes-Benz
Plan ahead: The third annual
Arizona Concours d’Elegance
weekend is scheduled for January
Where: The Arizona Biltmore, 2400
East Missouri Ave., Phoenix,
Cost: Admission to the concours
Number of entries: 90
The featured classes showcased the cars of Frank Lloyd
Wright and the 100th anniversary of Carrozzeria Ghia.
Frank Lloyd Wright, in addition to being one of America
most influential architects, was a connoisseur of elegant
automobiles. He owned at least two Cord L-29s and he always
painted his cars Cherokee Red. Included in the class
were his 1937 AC, 1953 Bentley R-type and a 1949 Crosley
Hot Shot that was used by his students.
Giacinto Ghia, who died at age 57 in 1944, did not live
to see many of the stunning designs that bore his name.
After his passing, the firm was sold to Mario Boano, and
by the early 1950s, Ghia was building concept cars for
Chrysler and Ford. This led to the famed Dual-Ghia and
lesser designs such as the Karmann Ghia.
of racing legends Sir Stirling Moss OBE
and Norman Dewis OBE. Their exploits
are legendary and the discussion was most
Best of Show was presented to the 1937
Mercedes-Benz 540K owned by Thomas Taffet of
Chatsworth, CA. It was one of only 32 built, and the car
was a spectacular presentation as the burgundy livery
glistened in the Arizona sunshine.
Presenting a concours is not an easy task, and it
requires the dedicated efforts of a committed group of
volunteers. Executive Director Kevin Cornish is to be
commended for guiding the organizing committee and
achieving what was widely agreed to be spectacular
results. Make-A-Wish Arizona was the concours beneficiary,
and when all was said and done, $90,000 was realized
for this well-deserving charity.
No sooner had the last car left the show field than plan-
ning for the 2016 event was under way. We are certainly
anticipating another spectacular event, as Duesenberg
will be the feature class. ♦
1954 Plymouth Explorer
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ARIZONA AUCTION WEEK IN PICTURES
Prizes sit under wraps in the pre-dawn stillness at Gooding & Company
Blooms in the Arizona Desert
It’s nearly impossible to fully capture the drama, fun and
spectacle of Arizona Auction Week, but here is a small
sampling of what we saw during the $291m mega-sale
A 1961 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 roadster catches some rays and eyeballs at Bonhams
Ringman Marty Hill fires up the crowd as a 1968 Plym
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Auction personnel display a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS for the crowd shortly before it hammers sold for $40k at Barrett-Jackson
mouth GTX rumbles onto the block at Russo and Steele
Sports car royalty awaits new homes at RM Auctions
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
A 250 California is a cornerstone car no matter what configuration.
They are collection centerpieces
by Steve Ahlgrim
Years produced: 1957–60 (LWB only)
Number produced: 42 steel and nine
Original list price: $11,600
Current SCM Valuation: $6.5m–$9.5m
Tune-up cost: $3,000–$5,000
Distributor caps: $450 (two needed)
Chassis # location: Left frame tube, front
of engine compartment
Engine # location: Right rear engine
Clubs: Ferrari Owner’s Club, Ferrari Club
Alternatives: 1956–59 Ferrari 250 TdF,
1957–59 Ferrari 250 PF cabriolet
Series 1, 1958–63 Aston Martin
SCM Investment Grade: A
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Lot 112, s/n 1055GT
Sold at $8,800,000
Chassis number: 1425GT
Engine number: 1425GT
he extraordinary Ferrari presented here, 1425GT,
is the 27th of 50 California Spyders built on the
long-wheelbase 250 GT chassis. Consistent with
its May 1959 build date, this California Spyder
benefits from a number of significant evolutionary improvements
introduced throughout the model’s two-year
Although more than 55 years have passed since
it left the factory, 1425GT has never warranted a full
restoration. Simply maintained as required, the Ferrari
is largely unchanged since the seller acquired it over
45 years ago. Still wearing its late-1960s red paint and
original black leather upholstery, this California Spyder
possesses a glorious, irreplaceable patina that is sure to
resonate with sophisticated collectors.
1425GT is offered with tool roll, original spare and
an extensive file of documentation that includes important
ownership records, service invoices, shipping documents,
period photos, sales literature, parts catalogs,
written offers, and fascinating personal correspondence
dating back to 1969.
For the next caretaker, this opportunity ought to hold
the same promise and excitement as the moment that the
owner arrived at Tom Meade’s garage in Modena and
first laid eyes on his new California Spyder.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 46, sold for $7,700,000,
including buyer’s premium, at
Gooding and Company’s Scottsdale Auction on January
The next time someone chides you for curing wrinkle-
finish cam covers in your kitchen oven, tell them about the
guy who filled his living room with turn-of-the-century
Jack Castor was an aerospace engineer — and a bit on
the eccentric side. Over his lifetime, he amassed a worldclass
collection of early bicycles, and he gained international
acclaim for his ability to ride them. In 1984, Castor
rode a high-wheel bicycle from Boston to San Francisco
in 44 days. In 2002, Castor won the Velocipede World
Championship held in Belgium.
High-wheelers have no brakes, and the pedals are
direct-drive, so they are notoriously difficult to ride
downhill. In 2000, at a high-wheeler tour of New Zealand,
Castor was demonstrating to a film crew his method of
throwing his legs over the handlebars to coast down a hill
when he crashed — and made himself an Internet sensation.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Lot 30, s/n 1073GT
Sold at $8,250,000
Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/13
RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/14
1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
Lot 137, s/n 0769GT
Sold at $6,600,000
Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/12
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Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company
versions. Most significantly, Californias were built in both open- and
A 250 California is a cornerstone car no matter what configuration it
is. They make a centerpiece of a collection — or a headliner for an auction.
It seems hardly a major car-auction weekend — such as Monterey,
Arizona or Amelia Island — goes by without a California Spyder as a
A quick check of SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows that at least
20 Californias crossed an auction block over the past seven years. I suspect
a similar number were privately traded. A California is a must-have
car for a serious Ferrari collector, and their importance is reflected in
their trading price.
This California Spyder is a tough one to value. It has a rich history, but
the change from open headlights to closed headlights has to hurt its value.
This modification knocks 1425GT out of major award consideration at
most major concours. The change would also eliminate it from receiving
a full Ferrari Classiche certificate, a nod that’s almost mandatory for top
Returning 1425GT to its original configuration is problematic, as that
makes it an open-headlight car, which is arguably less attractive and less
Gooding & Company played up the Tom Meade connection to temper
Found and bought in Italy
Castor also loved cars and automobilia. Castor famously owned two
BMW 507s — one reportedly an ex-Elvis Presley car. He also amassed a
Kaiser Traveler, a D-type Jaguar replica, vintage gas pumps and a bunch
of other stuff.
Among the other stuff was a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, chas-
sis 1425GT. The California was purchased in Italy from Tom Meade, an
American who moved to Italy to be around the exotic cars and craftsmen
who built them.
Meade took on menial tasks at some of the carrozzerias supporting
the exotic trade, and in return, he was taught the craft. He was a quick
learner and a talented designer. Meade would become famous for a car
he built called the Thomassima, which graced the December 1970 cover
of Road & Track magazine.
The Thomassima is currently on loan to Ferrari’s museum in Modena.
Meade supported his passion by repairing, modifying and brokering old
Ferraris — often for other Americans.
Castor bought one of Meade’s creations, an early open-headlight
Ferrari 250 California Spyder that had been converted to the more
popular covered-headlight style. The car was all of $2,950, a number that
mushroomed to $3,750 after shipping and expenses. That was still a good
deal of money in 1969, so Castor financed the purchase by taking out a
loan against a paid-off Volkswagen Beetle at his credit union.
Castor preferred lots of toys in the toy box instead of a few nicer toys,
so when the California Spyder developed an oil-pressure issue around
1980, he moved on to a different car and retired 1425GT to a space near a
dormant Chevy-engined BMW 507.
During the mid-2000s, a stay at Patrick Ottis’ Ferrari hospital res-
urrected 1425GT to driving status. Once returned to running order, the
California was occasionally seen at Northern California car events being
used as Mr. Ferrari intended.
Not all Californias are equal
Like many early Ferraris, the California’s specifications evolved dur-
ing its production. Most significantly, Ferrari shortened the wheelbase of
later California cars by nearly eight inches to improve its already impressive
Evolution — Ferrari style — also brought about more-reliable engines,
with spark plugs fitted in the outside rather than the inside — or V side —
of the heads. Disc brakes were added during the production run, as were
improved seating and many smaller changes.
A few Californias were built in alloy, and some were built for competi-
Cosmetics also evolved over time, with minor differences in some of
the earlier cars and noticeable differences between the LWB and SWB
the issue, but Meade was a customizer rather than a restorer. Despite his
name recognition, the instances of Meade’s work enhancing the value of
a Ferrari are elusive.
To restore or not to restore
Restoration is the real dilemma with 1425GT. Today’s trend is to
preserve originality at all costs, but 1425GT is fairly worn and hardly
an original car. It has been color-changed from white to red, and the
covered-headlight modification left it with a slightly pointed nose and the
wrong bumpers. While it is a well-preserved car, it’s not a preservation
award candidate. 1425GT is great to observe more as a piece of history
than a top-value Cal Spyder.
Gooding & Company gave 1425GT an $8m–$10m estimate. The
$7,700,000 sale missed the mark, but it could hardly be considered disappointing.
The sale was near the top end of the non-competition, steelbody,
inside-plugs, drum-brake, open-headlight, LWB California Spyder
market. 1425GT’s headlight covers add nothing to the value and may hurt
Mr. Castor passed a few months back. His heirs should consider the
car well sold. The buyer paid up for the prize and got a good car and
wonderful stories. He may not have gotten the best end of the deal — but
he didn’t miss by much. ♦
(Introductory descriptions courtesy of Gooding & Company.)
A very good investment
“Harry” sold previously as Lot 139 at RM Auctions’ Monterey
Sports and Classics sale on August 19, 2005. There, “Harry” sold for
$82,500, including buyer’s premium, and was described to be in nearly
the same condition as it displays today.
While I don’t know whether the car changed hands between RM’s
2005 Monterey sale and 2015 Arizona sales, what we can define is the
appreciation of this asset, with over $100,000 being added to the final
tally. That’s just slightly over a 9% return based on the initial outlay of
$82,500. Of course, this does not include the cost of insurance, maintenance
and other miscellaneous costs, but we can still celebrate a 9%
return in the 1% world we currently live in. Especially a tangible asset
you can enjoy and actually use.
Tigers on a tear
While we won’t be able to pull up any super-specific comps for a
From motorcars to sports cars
If you are not familiar with the history of the Harrington coachwork,
here’s a quick primer on the subject:
Thomas Harrington Ltd. was a fine coachbuilding firm in Brighton,
England. Their main line of business was affixing their coachwork to
chassis from other manufacturers, notably for Commer and Bedford as
well as Rolls-Royce and Talbot.
Their coachwork was very expensive, but it was also highly respected
for quality and craftsmanship. As such, that level of quality requires
the proper amount of time to complete each car. Sales were respectable,
but rival coachbuilders could produce more bodies at a lower
cost, and eventually Harrington began exploring other opportunities
to stay viable.
By the early 1960s, Harrington had developed a following for
their ability to create and mold fiberglass to very fine standards. The
Harrington and Rootes families already had a great relationship — so
much so that Harrington operated a Rootes car dealership as a separate
entity. This relationship ultimately led to Rootes asking Harrington to
build the first Alpine coupe in 1961 — aka the Harrington Alpine.
From 1961 to 1964, approximately 384 Alpine-series sports cars got
Harrington bodies. These would break down to four series of the stylish
car — and the Le Mans edition sold from 1961 to 1963. One, and only
one, of those Harrington Le Mans coupes would find its way onto a
genuine Sunbeam Tiger chassis. That Tiger (aka Harry) displays chassis
number B9472164 with a Jenson build date of January 7, 1965.
Harry’s fantastic history
Chassis number B9472164 comes replete with some notable history
— as Doane Spencer handled its mechanical restoration. Spencer was
a legendary mechanic and very well known for his longstanding relationship
with driver Jim Adams. Between the two of them, they successfully
raced a notorious Tiger in SCCA B Production — and continued
on to the 1965 American Road Race of Champions in Daytona, FL. To
own a Tiger of any sort, and having Doane Spencer wrench on it, will
put it on a higher plane than others. Add in that our subject car is the
only Harrington coupe built on a Tiger chassis, and special stacks on
top of special.
A unique, beautiful car
The Harrington Le Mans coupe displays great lines. It is perhaps
similar in nature to an AC Aceca Bristol without the large mouth up
front — and a bit more formal in its overall stance, with a less rakish
windshield and perhaps more angular rear end.
The cockpit is exceptional, with a beautiful wood dash and logical
gauge layout topped off with an attractive wood-trimmed steering
wheel. Other portions of the car could have been finished with a more
refined look, and the wheels, although stock to the configuration, look a
tad too modern for the balance of the car. Still, it’s all GT — and a car
very suitable for touring in dubious weather.
one-of-one Tiger, what we can do is take a look at the Tiger market in
general. Lately, plenty of Tigers have been up for grabs — and for good
reason. The money has been exceptional.
As an example, Mecum’s recent Kissimmee, FL, sale included
four Tigers, with three of them changing hands, the highest of which,
Lot F224, sold for $101,520 with the buyer’s premium included. In
September of 2014 at Auctions America’s Auburn Fall sale, three more
changed ownership, with a Tiger Mk II selling for $143,000. The top
public sale appears to be a 1967 Mk II that sold for $231,000 at RM
Auctions’ 2014 Monterey sale.
To state that many Tigers now have their claws firmly entrenched in
the Shelby Mustang value range would be an accurate statement.
For most Tiger owners, those sales are not an anomaly — a one-
time incident between two well-heeled, red-mist-saturated buyers. It’s
something most Tiger enthusiasts have seen coming for more than a
few years now — myself included. Tigers are questionably stylish cars.
They are finicky at times, but they carry undeniable DNA linking them
to Carroll Shelby.
By most standards, these cars have turned the corner. They’ve gone
from $35k sports cars, which have routinely been modified and thrashed
about, to spunky performance cars with a shirttail relationship to the
hierarchy of the Shelby Cobra.
This all brings us around to our subject car. With the Sunbeam Tiger
market now routinely finding in excess of $100,000 for great examples
(that does not include your jacked-up, modified, side-exhaust Tiger
with a homemade wooden dash), we can safely state that the market
has set a new valuation tier, with the rare Mk II models usually finding
the best results at auction.
The pre-sale estimate for this 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk I coupe by
Harrington was established at $200,000 to $250,000. While that may
seem to be a lofty goal, the recent sales of other Tigers — and certainly
not only a one-of-one example — have seen numbers approaching that
range, especially considering the aforementioned $231,000 Tiger that
RM Auctions sold during Monterey 2014.
That said, there is no doubt that the new owner made a very smart
decision to purchase the car. Harry’s next caretaker wrote the check
for far less than the low estimate. Well bought. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)
quatch, mermaids and leprechauns really exist, but this doesn’t make
mythical creatures and objects real to people who don’t believe.
On the other hand, there are one-off creations, which may inspire du-
plicates — but those copies are not to be confused with the genuine item.
Your neo-classical home may have front and rear porticos and have an
address on a street called “Pennsylvania,” but that doesn’t make it the
White House. Yes, this is a provocative manner in which to begin a profile
of a Lamborghini Miura SVJ, but there you are.
The world knows that there is actually only one Rolls-Royce “Silver
Ghost.” The 6-cylinder 40/50-hp cars were named just that, the “40/50,”
while a single car, registered AX201, is the “Silver Ghost.” The line took
the name retrospectively with the introduction of the Phantom in 1926 —
when Rolls-Royce gave in to what everyone had called the car for years.
Then there is Ferrari, which — 47 years later — still refuses to refer to the
365 GTB/4 as the “Daytona” in official nomenclature.
One Jota — and several SVJs
There was only one “Jota.” There are a number of modified SVs that
are called SVJs. The Jota itself was a one-off sports racing prototype
development that Bob Wallace created on non-company time. It had a
high-performance dry-sump engine with straight-pipe exhaust.
The Jota also was built around a specially constructed, highly modified
tubular frame incorporating lightweight alloy construction, which is very
different from the standard box-section platform frame of the production
Miuras. Of course, the Jota’s body was also notable for a prominent chin
spoiler, which ran up above the front wheelarches to help deal with the
Miura’s notorious light front end at speed. The Jota also has various
intake and exhaust vents and grilles.
It is well known that Ferruccio Lamborghini had no intention of build-
ing race cars, and he had no interest in encouraging his employees or
customers to enter his cars in competition. That he hired some of the
most talented sports racing car designers to create his GT road cars was
apparently beside the point. Lamborghini’s aim was to build the most capable
road cars he could — and get rich folks to pay him for the privilege
of driving them. He didn’t want to spend his money chasing Ferrari and
Porsche at Daytona, the Nürburgring and Spa.
What’s under the skin?
It was — and still is — easy to give a Miura S or SV the cosmetic
“Jota” treatment, but how many were actually the recipients of the really
key under-the-skin modifications? And of those, exactly which mods were
made and to what level?
Given the record keeping at Lamborghini at the time, it’s unlikely
that anyone will ever know. Now-retired Lamborghini legend Valentino
Balboni was present at our subject car’s sale in Phoenix, so it’s likely that
any serious potential bidder would have — or at least should have —
sought his counsel on what was present here. As it is, it’s best that the new
owner is hopefully satisfied that the car is authentic enough.
There are five SVJ chassis numbers listed in Stefano Pasini’s
Lamborghini Catalogue Raisonné 1963–1988, and this car, chassis
4892, is not among them. Our subject car is, however, listed as one of six
“factory” SVJs on the International Lamborghini Registry (www.lamborghiniregistry.com),
which also lists another 13 cars as having “some SVJ
upgrades after production.”
Our subject car was also accompanied by the letter from Claudio
Zampolli mentioned in the catalog — and by testimony from Bob Wallace
— which indicated that it was consistent with the correct mods for an SVJ
and that it could have been factory built, respectively. It’s worth noting
that the actual details of the modifications to this particular car are not
given, so it’s difficult to tell the level of spec on offer here.
I know from personal experience, having owned a 1969 Lamborghini
Islero, that Italian factory records — even when they exist — can be frustratingly
vague and even incorrect. I had in my possession an original
carbon copy of the pro forma invoice for my car from the factory to U.S.
importer Bob Estes, indicating sale and shipment to California. At the
same time, the files in Sant’Agata Bolognese showed a document confirming
the same chassis being delivered new to the dealer in Rome, Italy.
A great car in any light
As the Lamborghini factory regularly “updated” cars in routine ser-
vicing for customers in period, there’s nothing unsavory, suspicious or
unacceptable about a Jota-spec Miura. Like an Abarth Fiat, which could
have come from the factory complete or been massaged by your local Fiat
dealer or corner garage, the deciding factors are how many goodies are
fitted, the quality of the bits and how well they’ve been integrated. You do
your research, make a decision and live with it.
A Miura P400 is a remarkable machine, an S more so and an SV very
much so. Anything beyond that paints the lily as far as I’m concerned, but
then there are many for whom too much of a good thing can’t be, even if
it never existed in the first place. The price was a big one to be sure, but
not an auction record for the Miura, which is currently held by a stunning
1971 SV with a then-four-year-old restoration sold by RM Auctions in
Monterey in August 2014 for $2,090,000. That result puts this sale into a
bit better context. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)
cars, which were delivered with a normally aspirated 5-cylinder engine
good for 160 horsepower. Audi made 11,452 of these, with about 750 sold
in North America between 1983 and 1986.
The short-wheelbase Quattro Sport — our subject car — was a different
A rally-winning beast
The Quattro Sport was a pure homologation model built for competi-
tion in the FIA World Rally Championship. Audi made just 214 of these
cars. One-hundred sixty-four cars were sold to the public at an initial
price of DM203,850 (about $80,000), and the rest were dedicated to rally
use by Audi or other professional rally teams.
The Quattro Sport offered Audi’s most powerful engine in that series,
rated at 302 horsepower out of a turbocharged 5-cylinder DOHC 20valve
engine. The aluminum engine and Kevlar bodywork panels were
lightweight, and top speed was claimed at 155 mph. The Quattro Sport
also featured the first appearance of anti-lock brakes on an Audi Quattro.
power was available when needed.
Even if one ignored those impressive numbers, the introduction of
the Quattro Sport was still in many ways a watershed moment for rally
With the world’s top drivers on its roster, including the likes of Stig
Blomqvist, Hannu Mikkola, Michèle Mouton, and Walter Röhrl, Audi
Sport dominated the WRC throughout the 1984 season. The Quattro
Sport’s last win came at the hands of Stig Blomqvist and Björn Cederberg,
who raced one in early November 1984, at the Rallye Côte d’Ivoire in
Africa, where the team also claimed the manufacturers’ title. This outright
dominance cemented the car’s legendary stature in WRC rallying.
Audi built a mere 214 Quattro Sports, most of which were sold to
select customers via specialized dealers. In Germany, the car ultimately
retailed for more than 200,000 Deutschmarks, which was a substantial
sum that bought owners more than a taste of competition-proven performance.
The road-going models boasted a more-reasonable 302 horsepower
and 258 foot-pounds of torque, but they were no less aggressive to drive
than their racing counterparts. Advancements such as a selectable ABS
system allowed drivers to specifically tailor the vehicle to a variety of
With their nine-inch-wide Ronal alloy wheels, the Quattro Sports
had a light but darty demeanor that proved daunting for novice drivers.
As contemporary media reviews indicated, its turbo lag was profuse but
workable, making the car hardly forgiving to drive. The Quattro Sport
commands as much respect for its hidden technology as it does for the
drivers who piloted it to the checkered flag.
The road-going 1984 Audi Quattro Sport offered here is without a
doubt one of the finest examples extant, if not the finest. The Americanbased
seller bought the car from its first owner, noted Japanese collector
Yoshikuni Okamoto of Kobe. At this time, it currently has just 8,300 km
(5,157 miles) showing on its odometer, which are believed to be from
new. Notably, Quattro Sports were not officially imported to the United
States, making them even scarcer on these shores.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 247, sold for $401,500, including buyer’s
premium, at RM Auctions’ Arizona Auction in
Phoenix, AZ, on January 16, 2015.
A little over a year ago (January 2014, German Profile, p. 62), we
looked at a slightly hinky 1985 Audi Quattro Sport that sold in Great
Britain (SCM# 227842) for the remarkable sum of $184,860. The lessthan-perfect
car carried a cheap respray in an odd color, and visible
crash damage, but it set a new high price for the model. At the time, we
observed, “The best news from this sale belongs to the other 163 Quattro
Sport owners, especially if their cars are unmolested and in good condition.”
Before we talk about how good that news really turned out to be, let’s
revisit what makes these cars so desirable in the first place. If you hang
around German car circles, you’ve probably seen a mid-’80s Quattro
that looks pretty much like this car. But while rare, those Quattros are
really no big deal. They are the original “Ur-Quattro” long-wheelbase
Pure as the rarely driven snow
Which brings us to this particular Quattro Sport. This car was origi-
nally sold to a collector in Japan, who then sold it to a collector in the
United States some years ago. Apart from the somewhat bizarre addition
of a dash-mounted GPS unit, the car is a time capsule, with 8,300
km (5,157 miles) since new. RM informed all bidders that the odometer
has not been functioning for an undisclosed amount of time, but the car
certainly looks like a roughly 5,000-mile preservation example.
Audi Quattro Sports came in your choice of Tornado Red, Alpine
White, Copenhagen Blue, Malachite Green, or black. More than half of
total production (128 cars) was red, but the second-most-popular color
(48 cars) was white.
The stock trim welting and badging gives credence to the claim that
this is original factory paint and an undamaged body. The original
owner’s manuals, stock trunk kit with sport seat belts and an original
toolkit, along with the original Audi hubcaps on the Ronal wheels, all
indicate a car that has been lovingly stored.
Only the patina of rust on the exhaust and turbo plus a bit of less-than-
concours cleanliness in the engine bay point to any real use at all. Not
even the leather shift knob shows any wear. This car is the mythic white
unicorn of Audi Quattros.
So, the question we posed last year — what would a really good
example of a Quattro Sport bring at auction? — has been answered,
and it’s a cool $401,500. Once again the owners of the other 163 known
examples are the big winners. Perhaps the biggest winner is the buyer
who took home last year’s example, as it won’t cost a fraction of the
difference to put that car right. Owners of conventional long-wheelbase
Quattros have reason to crack a smile, too. Their upside potential just
got a big turbo-boost. ♦
(Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)
1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama
Some Motorama Dream Cars were scrapped, and many of the survivors
escaped out the back door
by Carl Bomstead
Year produced: 1954
Number produced: Two
Original list price: N/A
Current SCM Valuation: $2,500,000–
Tune-up cost: $250
Distributor cap: $50
Chassis # location: Tag on left front
Engine # location: Raised pad on left
front of cylinder block
Club: Pontiac-Oakland Club International
Alternatives: 1954 Oldsmobile F-88, 1954
Chrysler GS-1 Special, 1960 Plymouth
SCM Investment Grade: A
Chassis number: 50175932
t’s said that Harley Earl, director of GM styling, got
the idea for a GM concept car while watching world
speed records being set at the Bonneville Salt Flats in
Utah. It would be a sports racer called a Bonneville
Special. That was when 1954 models were being readied
for production, and no GM car had ever carried the
Perhaps Harley Earl gave the assignment to Pontiac as
the birth of its upcoming performance image. Under the
direction of Earl, Homer LaGassey and Paul Gilland built
two Bonneville Specials.
The bronze car would debut in the Grand Ballroom of
the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the green one in the
Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. The green model
would later tour major dealerships around the country.
The cars were showbiz and beyond production, but realistic
enough for the public to identify with them and make
them contenders for best-remembered Motorama cars.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 2500, sold for
$3,300,000, including buyer’s pre-
mium, during Barrett-Jackson’s WestWorld auction on
January 10–18, 2015, in Scottsdale, AZ.
Harley Earl, General Motors Vice President of
together concept — aka dream — cars
to promote his vision and fantasies for the future of
automobiles. They helped shaped the future of car design
and tested the public’s reaction to Earl’s forward
thinking. Earl’s personal car for many years was the
1938 Buick Y-Job, until it was replaced in 1951 with the
LeSabre Concept car.
The Motorama, which took place between 1949 and
1961 — with a few skips — was a lavish display of dream
cars that toured the country. Motorama presented one
or two dream cars from each GM division with elaborate
displays and Las Vegas-style entertainment. All
this was supposed to give car buyers a glimpse into the
future. Of course, the excitement often carried over to
GM showrooms, where buyers bought what was on hand
while thinking of tomorrow.
Pontiac, however, was not part of the excitement.
Paul Gillian, Pontiac’s chief designer in 1953, said:
“Mr. Earl thought Pontiac was a fuddy-duddy outfit and
wanted to do something for Pontiac’s racing image.”
Earl wanted a short, Le Mans-style car with a family
resemblance to the Corvette. Earl insisted on the Pontiac
silver streaks for brand identity — and the imitation
aluminum oil coolers in the front fenders. Because of
time restraints, the car builders used surplus aircraft
instrumentation for gauges. The cost? An astronomical
$350,000 to $400,000 in 1953 money.
What’s in this name
There are contradictory versions of how the Pontiac
Bonneville Special name originated. Some say Earl
dreamed it up after watching racers at the Bonneville
Speed Flats, but a different, corroborated version states
Earl wanted to recognize Eddie Miller, who raced on the
1954 Chrysler GS-1 Ghia Concept Car
Lot 106, s/n 7253351
Sold at $242,000
RM Auctions, New York, NY, 9/21/02
Sports Car Market
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept
Lot 235, s/n 9999997
Sold at $935,000
RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12
1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept
Lot 992, s/n E54S003701
Sold at $3,240,000
Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/05
Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
flats with a Pontiac-powered Lakester.
Another conflict is when the second
Pontiac Bonneville Special was built.
One version states they were built
concurrently, so that they could be
displayed at both the Waldorf Astoria
Motorama and in Los Angeles. The
other version is from Gillian, who
states, “We got a lot of publicity, which
is why Pontiac built a second one about
two months later and painted it green. I
don’t know why they painted the second
one green. That car went to dealers.”
Survival through skullduggery
There is also a conflicting story
Bonneville Specials. Michael Lamm,
in his 1988 article “Where Are They
Now?” states: “The second car, rumor
has it, was wrecked at Pontiac’s Flint
Michigan dealership and subsequently
We, of course, now know that rumor
was only a rumor, as that second car is
our subject car.
GM brass wanted Motorama Dream
Cars scrapped after their tours of duty.
GM officials were worried about liability
issues if the cars made their way
onto the public roads. Some of the cars
were scrapped, some were not, and many of those survivors escaped out the back door
under questionable circumstances.
Until 1959, many were stored at a GM warehouse. After that, many were sent to
Warhoops Used Auto and Truck Parts in Sterling Heights, MI, where they may or may
not have been destroyed.
A Pontiac engineer spirited the first Bonneville Special out the back door in 1959.
The car was later sold, and it eventually ended up in the hands of noted collector Joe
Bortz, with whom it remains today.
We can only speculate that our subject car — the green Bonneville Special — was
salvaged in the same manner, as it also ended up in the Bortz Collection.
Riding a rising tide
We do know that Bortz offered it, in unrestored condition, at the Kruse 1998 Fall
Auburn auction, where it failed to sell when bid to $300,000.
Bortz again offered it at the Barrett-Jackson January 1999 sale, and it again failed
to sell when bid to $220,000. It sold shortly after that to
a noted Colorado collector for an unknown amount and
was subsequently restored it to its present condition.
It was then offered at the January 2006 BarrettJackson
Auction, where Ron Pratte acquired it
$3,024,000. He displayed it in his Chandler, AZ, museum
with the Motorama bus, and it made an impressive
It now sold for a touch more, and I have to say it was a
fair transaction. The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car
that Barrett-Jackson sold for $3,240,000 in the rockconcert
atmosphere in 2005 set the bar, and this sale
— in a far more subdued setting — was right in line. ♦
The Cumberford Perspective
Ultra-modern style, ultra-primitive mechanicals
By Robert Cumberford
futuristic shape covering
a side-valve engine from
the dark ages. It was so
that it made the coterie
of very young Southern
inspired stylists working
there laugh out loud.
But we all really
admired the clever twin
application of Pontiac’s
trademark “silver streak”
that Frank Hershey had
first applied in 1935. The
Alfa Romeo and Miller
racer-like “surface radiators,”
or “blower housings”
(take your pick, as they
were strictly non-functional),
on the front fender
sides impressed us as well.
The jet fighter canopy
was strictly modern then
and would actually look
good on a new sports car
today. Seriously outdated
exposed spare wheels
were at that time powerfully
popular indicators of
sportiness. In this application,
placement also suggested
a rocket or jet exhaust
outlet. The rear fender tips
were a bit fin-like, but they
also recalled the “suitcase”
fenders GM had espoused
in the late 1930s. To my
eye, educated during 60
years of subsequent automotive
evolution, the fenders’
rounded bumps over
the wheels evoke recent Le
Mans cars, although in this
case the driver can see over
them, as Audi, Toyota and
Porsche drivers cannot.
After spending more
than $3 million, the new
owner will want to preserve
his car, and not yield
to our cry in 1955: “Put a
Chevy in it!” ♦
Sports Car Market
remember seeing this
car at the GM Tech
Center in 1955. It
was an impressively
FRONT 3/4 VIEW
1 These form-following
bumperettes are surprisingly
subtle for mid-century
GM and fit nicely with six
smaller ones on the lower
2 In this application, the sil-
ver streaks evoke memories
of Schneider Trophy racing
seaplanes in the 1930s.
3 These understated little
scoops swallow the streaks
and presumably ventilate the
no-doubt sweltering cockpit.
4 The canopy is utterly
timeless, simple, clean and
a worthy place for a wraparound
5 The term “suitcase
fender” becomes abundantly
clear in this view.
6 Who doesn’t like the
look of these panels, even if
they’re only decoration?
REAR 3/4 VIEW
7 These elements also
make one think of rocket
exhausts. The whole graphic
composition of the rear is
very straightforward — not
8 The plain brutality of this
big tire cover with the jetengine
detailing of the wheel
is surprisingly apposite for
this car, which represents
great styling. Not design —
9 The four fender bumps,
derived directly from the
round wheel openings,
are very simple. And very
10 As is the pure-radius
fender profile, no doubt inspired
by Bonneville record
cars of the time.
11 The sill is dead-straight,
with a single curve rolling
under. It would never happen
Sometimes severe simplicity
is the single best solution.
12 The pitiful little exhaust
outlets give us a perception
of the power that could be
extracted from that hulking
iron L-head straight eight
and its five carburetors — as
many as would fit in the
length of the engine, I guess.
(see previous page)
“Jazzy but essentially
useless” just about perfectly
describes the Bonneville’s
“sports car” cockpit. The
speedometer is front and
center, and everything else
scattered across the panel
is hard to read. If there is a
tiny tach, it doesn’t matter,
because you don’t need one
with an old Hydramatic
transmission. Harley Earl
loved thin-rim steering
wheels, so this must have
really appealed to him, as
did the “aircraft” gauges.
Race Car Profile
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione
Illustrating the importance of true competition history — and pixie dust — in
valuing collectible cars
by Thor Thorson
Year produced: 1966
Number produced: 12
Current SCM Valuation: $5m–$7.5m
Cost per hour to race: $1,500
Chassis # location: Left front suspension
Engine # location: Right rear of engine
Club: Ferrari Owners Club
Alternatives: 1964–65 Ferrari 250 LM,
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe,
1964–69 Ford GT40
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti
Lot 1, s/n 7477
Sold at $12,000,000
Rick Cole Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/14
Chassis number: 09079
n July 1966, the Ferrari factory received an order
from SAVAF for a 275 GTB Competizione, later
specified to be chassis 09079. Late in the specialty
model’s limited run, the car was the penultimate
example of the thinly aluminum-skinned competition
GTB, making it the second-to-last GT car ever produced
by Maranello’s factory competition department.
Factory records indicate the Tipo 213 competition
engine was completed on September 8, 1966, with dynamometer
testing occurring a day later. Trimmed with
a light gray headliner, blue cloth seat upholstery with
matching leather paneling, and complementary blue carpets,
the rare GTB/C was finished in Rosso Chiaro paint,
paving the way for the famous white-striped Scuderia
Filipinetti livery. The car also featured right-hand-drive
steering, in the tradition of Maranello’s great racing
At Le Mans in June 1967, three cars wore the Scuderia
Filipinetti livery: Muller’s 412 P, a GT40, and Spoerry
and Steinemann in number 28, the brand-new 275 GTB
Competizione chassis 09079. Competing mainly against
Porsche 911s and Corvettes in the GT Class, the 275
GTB/C was a very well-sorted model, featuring Ferrari’s
typical evolution of refinements and improvements during
a two-year production period.
With the car’s minor bugs long since ironed out,
09079 promised to be reliable if not burningly fast. Over
the course of the 24-hour endurance race, in fact, the car
proved to be far more consistent than the litany of prototypes
that retired early.
With a strategy of steady, unwavering progress,
Spoerry and Steinemann patiently pushed the GTB/C
up through the ranks, passing some cars while watching
numerous others drop out of the race. By Sunday morning,
they had entered the top 10, with a commanding lead
over the other GT cars. After some minor brake problems
forced a brief pit stop, the 275 settled into 11th place overall,
a position it would hold until the checkered flag waved
after the 24th hour.
SCM Analysis This car, Lot 128, sold for $9,405,000,
including buyer’s premium, at
Bonhams’ Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 15, 2015.
We’re going to talk about a very expensive Ferrari,
but today’s profile also will concern itself with standard
candles, the importance of true competition history in
valuing collectible cars, and pixie dust.
Ferrari’s standard candle
Let’s start with the idea of a “standard candle.” In
astronomy, a basic problem is figuring out the distance
of stars from Earth — when they are just points of light in
an immense black void.
Sports Car Market
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Series II
Lot 169, s/n 9067
Sold at $7,859,998
RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/14
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Lot 220, s/n 10621
Sold at $10,175,000
RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14
Courtesy of Bonhams
should be the exact ones that were on it when it left the factory and/or
achieved its greatness — is important to all collectors, but with Ferrari
it reaches the level of obsession.
This is partially because Ferrari was so conservative in its design and
careful in manufacture that parts seldom broke seriously, and racing
cars normally survived their careers with original parts (as opposed to,
for example, a Corvette, where making it past the second race on the
original engine meant you weren’t trying).
The Ferrari factory has formalized this obsession with originality
into what is formally called “Classiche Certification” and is frequently
referred to as “pixie dust” because the formal factory blessing bestows
an almost magical aura to any Ferrari that receives it. Any stories that
may have existed regarding a car’s history are wiped away, leaving a
certified and perfect car for the market to fight over.
In the beginning, certification was an extremely demanding process
— every serious Ferrari collector has tales to tell about having a superb
car rebuffed on a technicality — but lately Ferrari has become more
Our subject car is an excellent example. Buried in the catalog notes
This was resolved by the discovery of a type of star called a Cepheid
variable that has a standard brightness and can be identified by the way
its light fluctuates. As these stars are all the same brightness to start with,
determining their distance from Earth is simply a matter of seeing how
bright they appear to us. The dimmer they are, the further away they are.
So, find one in a galaxy and calculate back.
Ferrari’s production during the classic years was a large variety of
cars built in very small numbers for any given example, so trying to keep
track of the overall market is easier if there is a representative single
model to watch.
I like to think of the Ferrari 275 GTB as the standard candle of the
Ferrari market. They are beautiful, highly desirable, wonderful drivers
that every serious collector either has or wants to have. Ferrari built
enough of them (almost 800 in the various configurations) that there are
always enough changing hands publicly, and thus reliable information
on the price is available. 275 GTBs are also close enough to the middle
of the market (neither a GTO nor a GTE) that you can track the center
rather than the extremes.
This is not to suggest that $9.4 million for our subject car isn’t an extreme,
but we can talk about that next.
Race variations are the best
For a car with a common designation and basic architecture, 275
GTBs came in an amazing variety of configurations: 2-cam vs. 4-cam,
short nose vs. long nose, open driveshaft vs. torque-tube, steel vs. alloy
body, three-carb vs. six-carb — each of which could be and occasionally
was matched with any of the others.
On top of all of these were the factory competition cars. Racing is the
core of the Ferrari mystique. From the very beginning — and as long as
Enzo was in charge — the road cars only existed to pay the bills for his
racing passion. To this day that hierarchy is maintained: Racing history
— and particularly history in cars built specifically for racing — at least
doubles the value of a given car.
Some of the most desirable variables of a model almost always are
part and parcel of the racing heritage — for example, competition
models are almost always alloy bodied — while others are not what you
Everybody lusts after the glory of six downdraft Webers sitting atop
the engine and expects to see them, but competition 275s all used three
carburetors. The story behind this has to do with some hapless clerk at
Ferrari who forgot to include a six-carb option when they filled out the
required FIA Homologation papers for racing certification, thus dooming
all true competition 275 GTBs to using the three-carb setup. It’s all
part of the legend, and racing heritage trumps sexiness — the six-carb
setup on the 275 was for street posers.
Pixie dust and big bucks
It’s time to talk about pixie dust. Originality and correctness — the
idea that all or as many as possible of the important components of a car
was the line: “After incurring body damage in a fire in Wallace’s garage,
chassis no. 09079 was offered by European Auto Sales.” This line acknowledges
there was a problem but minimizes it.
Courtesy of Mike Sheehan (who bought it burned) I have a photograph
of the car in 1984 sitting on a trailer showing the body damage. The car
was all but utterly destroyed. The frame, engine, transaxle and a few
suspension parts were all that could be saved.
The car made its way to Italy, where it was superbly restored, but
aside from the components mentioned, everything is new. Should this
affect the car’s collector desirability and value? It has been sprinkled
with factory pixie dust, so apparently not.
Rare, valuable objects of intense desire
Let’s close with a quick discussion of valuing racing Ferraris.
As the most desirable subgroup of the world’s most sought-after
marque, racing Ferraris from 1957 through 1966 have seen explosive
gains in market value over the past years. The reason is simple: There
aren’t very many in the first place, and even fewer are available for purchase.
If you want one, you are simply going to have to outbid the other bil-
lionaires who want it too. The amounts are stupendous, but it is not the
same money as you or I use to buy groceries, and it can’t be thought of
that way. Simply put, this is Monopoly money spent by people for whom
cash has an entirely different value than the rest of us.
The 275 GTB/C is a superbly collectible racing Ferrari with excellent
history and the advantage of being easy to use and a joy to drive on
the street or track, which is a unique combination in this category. The
buyer wanted it badly enough to outbid the others, and who am I to pass
judgment on that decision? I will say fairly bought in a very hot market
(Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)
Market Reports Overview
2,529 cars sell for $291m in Arizona
Dinos bump against the $500k glass ceiling while the market climbs
Top 10 Sales
(Land Auctions Only)
1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe,
$9,625,000—RM, p. 90
2. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB
Competizione coupe, $9,405,000—
Bonhams, p. 124
3. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB
California Spyder, $7,700,000—
Gooding, p. 102
4. 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica
Series I Aerodinamico coupe,
$4,070,000—Gooding, p. 102
5. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe,
$2,750,000—RM, p. 92
6. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder,
$2,420,000—Gooding, p. 104
7. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder,
$2,365,000—RM, p. 90
8. 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6
9. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso
10. 1959 BMW 507 Series II
1934 Packard Super Eight Model
1101 coupe roadster, $195,000—
Bonhams, p. 126
By Tony Piff
trong sell-through rates at Arizona Auction Week
showed that consignors came to sell and buyers were
ready to pay. Combined sales across all six auctions
grew to $291m from 2014’s record $253m. That’s an
increase of 15%, following 12% growth last year.
Barrett-Jackson consigned and sold about 200 more cars
than last year and maintained their 99% sales rate, growing
totals by 18% to $131m among 1,609 lots. A 1966 Shelby
Super Snake was the top lot at $5.1m.
RM sales blasted forward 40% to $64m among 110 cars,
with 89% sold. A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM sold here for $9.6m
— the most expensive car in the history of Arizona Auction
At Gooding & Company, 114 cars sold for $51.5m total,
a 4% increase over last year. An impressive 90% of cars
sold. High-sale honors went to a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB
California Spyder at $7.7m.
Bonhams reduced consignments and sold fewer cars
(74 of 84/88%) than last year, but average price increased to
$336k, pushing total sales up 7% to $25m. A 1966 Ferrari
275 GTB Competizione coupe earned the biggest price here,
selling at $9.4m.
Total sales at Russo and Steele decreased 20% to $17m
among 403 cars sold, but the sales rate clicked up a point
to 67%. Top money went to a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Roadster at $1.4m.
Silver consigned fewer cars but sold more, sending sales
up 8% to $3.6m among 219 lots. A 1956 DeSoto Firedome
convertible came out on top at $85k.
Tony’s Market Moment: After languishing in the market
forever, Ferrari Dinos passed the $100k mark in 2005 and
have climbed at an accelerating pace since. By 2013, values
were well over $300k. The average sold price in 2014: $405k
A bird’s eye sampler of RM’s Phoenix offerings
Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Russo and Steele
Fort McDowell, AZ
1: National concours standard/perfect
2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws
3: Average daily driver in decent condition
SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating:
4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws
5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems
6: Good only for parts
for coupes and $412k for Spyders. Momentum suggests these
will be $500k cars any day now, but it hasn’t happened yet. At
Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale sale, a 1970 L-Series 246
GT and a 1968 206 GT sold at $473k and $418k, respectively,
which includes the market premium for these early, “purer”
cars. One other car broke the $400k barrier (a 1973 246
GTS, $418k at Gooding), but three other Dinos (at Gooding,
RM and Bonhams) sold under $400k. These data points may
signal we’re nearing the top of the Dino market. ♦
1968 Jaguar XKE convertible,
$61,600—Russo and Steele,
Scottsdale, AZ, p. 132
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8
1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8 saloon,
$52,800—Gooding, p. 98
1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN4
roadster, $38,340—Silver, p. 148
Sports Car Market
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ
Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2015
The gourd-shaped 1960 Pininfarina X had four wheels in a kite-shaped
layout, and it sold for $330k
January 10–18, 2015
Assiter & Associates: Tom
“Spanky” Assiter, lead
Automotive lots sold/offered
1966 Shelby Super Snake,
sold at $5,115,000
10%, included in sold prices
Purchased directly from the Pininfarina Museum in 2007, this 1960 Pininfarina X concept car sold at, $330,000
Report and photos by Dan Grunwald
Market opinions in italics
arrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale is
always memorable, but this year was
a real barn-burner: nine days of automobiles
and automobilia. Much of the
extra excitement came from the collection of
Phoenix-area businessman Ron Pratte.
Pratte had collected automobilia for many
years prior to collecting cars. At Barrett-
Jackson’s 2003 Scottsdale event, he purchased 52 cars. From then on, he was front-row center
at seemingly every Barrett sale. The majority of his collection was American, including many
important Shelbys and hot rods.
Pratte bought the historic GM Motorama Futurliner bus in 2006 for $4.3m and then paid
to have it re-restored to the level he felt it deserved. He bought the sole surviving 1966 Shelby
Cobra 427 Super Snake in 2007 for $5.5m.
The Futurliner bus sold here for $4m behind the high-sale Super Snake at $5.1m. Cheaper
prices this time around, but not so bad when you consider that Pratte bought the cars at peak
value just before the dramatic market correction of 2008.
But the Pratte Collection was only a part of the sale.
Notable foreign lots included a very nice 1955 Mercedes
300SL Gullwing that sold at $1.1m. The 1960 Pininfarina
X concept car featured huge fins, a gourd-shaped body
and four wheels in a kite-shaped layout, and it sold for
One category with fewer examples than usual was
Italian exotics. There were only 12 Ferraris. Six were year
2000 or newer, and none of them were built before 1988.
The three Maseratis were all 2005 or newer.
Most cars crossed the block without reserve, and
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing,
sold at $1,100,000
Barrett hit its typical 99% sales rate. As usual, they sold
more cars and for more total dollars than any other auction
house during this busy week. Sales surpassed the record
$110m of Scottsdale 2014, ballooning to an unprecedented
$131m — Barrett’s top auction sales total of all time. ♦
Sports Car Market
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ
#2510-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N XPAG9042.
Green/black cloth/green leather. Odo:
7,015 miles. Protective clear vinyl on front of
rear fenders is cracking, but underlying paint
is probably fine. Still a #1-. Leather racing
seats and roll cage, dual racing windscreens.
This car undoubtedly looks much better now
than when Shelby borrowed it for his first
RMDs were built and it is estimated that there
are 50 left. A very stylish car that looks a bit
like a vintage Mercedes cabriolet. I would call
this “well bought” with an exclamation mark.
It’s unusual, well done, driveable on today’s
roads and couldn’t be replicated at this price.
#656-1956 MORRIS MINOR 1000 Trav-
race. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $539,000. A wellknown
car that has been featured in numerous
magazine articles and now is the most expensive
MG TC on earth. In competition in Norman,
OK, this was the first car Carroll Shelby
ever raced. He won that race and was on the
road to success. Sold at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural
Las Vegas auction in 2008 to Ron
Pratte for $315,500 (SCM# 118325). Well
#1009-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster.
S/N W14248. Red/white & red vinyl. Odo:
32,242 miles. A few prep flaws visible in the
paint, and right door fit is uneven. Many of the
rechromed parts still show the underlying pits.
Dull steering-wheel center hub. New white
vinyl with red piping interior with upholstered
dash looks out of place. White fender welting.
eler wagon. S/N FLJ4643324. Mint Green/
green vinyl. Odo: 3,408 miles. New paint in a
non-stock color and new oak wood inside and
out. There are some uneven panel gaps and
some wavy areas in the rear roof. The outside
oak is in need of refinishing soon; it still looks
good, but the finish is quite thin in areas.
Some chrome is pitted on the interior, which
2-. SOLD AT $102,300. This car was originally
delivered to Canada, sans the U.S.-mandated
emissions equipment. It has numerous
new parts that could make it a nice driver and
project car. It still could use a little love and
tidying up. Sold at an over-the-drophead
price. The SCM Platinum Auction Database
shows it came to auction in 1992 at G. Potter
King, no-saling at $35k (SCM# 13473).
has been refurbished in vinyl rather than the
original leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000.
1957 was the first year of the new Morris Minor
1000 with new 948-cc engine and a huge
increase in horsepower. Okay, it only went
from 30 hp to 37, but that is still a 23% gain.
There was one other Traveler here (Lot 652)
in this exact same non-stock color. It sold for
$15,400, so this strong sale should leave the
Said to have had an engine overhaul in 2010.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,800. That bright
white vinyl interior and upholstered dashboard
seemed like blasphemy on this car. Having
said that, the new owner can probably
change the upholstery and resell it at a future
date with little cost in the end.
#971-1951 RILEY RMD drophead
coupe. S/N 61D8090. Two-tone gray/gray
cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 3,000 miles. An
unusual resto-mod. Modern instruments in a
teak wood dash. Powered by a GM V6 with an
automatic transmission. Mustang II front suspension,
power disc brakes and a/c. Appears
very well done, with a 1.5-inch vertical crack
at base of vent pane on both doors. Can’t read
electronic odometer, but said to have 3,000
miles on the build. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$60,500. The car card states that only 500
3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N
HBJ8L41854. British Racing Green/
black cloth/black leather. Odo: 40,598 miles.
Very sharp in all areas. One deep scratch on
the rear bumper. Sports 60-spoke chrome wire
wheels and a new original-style Robbins top.
The interior looks factory-new, including a
perfect burl wood dash. Said to have been
body-off restored in 1995. “Strong running
engine” and “very strong transmission.” Cond:
#5069-1968 LOTUS Turbine Indy racer.
S/N 563. Neon orange/black racing seat.
MHD. Shows a couple of cracks in the plexiglas
windscreen on both sides where the attachment
screws are. A couple of scrapes on
the nose, and all else looks much better and
cleaner than when it was raced. Built by Andy
Granatelli and Lotus with the famous turbine.
500 hp and enough torque to eliminate the
need for a conventional gearbox. Freshly restored
to replicate its original 1968 Indianapolis
500 look. A marvel of engineering in its
1-. SOLD AT $60,500. This BJ8 looked like it
was restored yesterday, and the description
inspired confidence. I would buy it and drive it
home to Illinois (in the summer) with no fear.
Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson in Palm
Beach in April of 2013 for $66,000 (SCM#
221049). Well bought here.
#805-1968 JAGUAR XKE convertible.
S/N 1E17457. Blue/blue canvas/blue leather.
Odo: 21,802 miles. Good hood fit. Paint
scratches around driver’s door and scratched
side glass. New top has some fit issues (especially
at the windshield header) that have been
addressed with stick-on foam weatherstrips.
Some passenger’s side glass weatherstrips are
dry and cracked. The interior appears new. All
of the chrome is starting to show age. Cond:
day with double wishbone suspension and
four-wheel drive. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$1,320,000. Formerly owned by Richard Petty,
who sold it to Milton Verret. It was restored
with the support of Clive Chapman and Vince
Granatelli, as well as the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway Hall of Fame team. Set a new track
record in qualification of 171-mph average.
An unfortunate DNF in the race when a crash
eliminated it. The turbine cars were ahead of
their time and so fast that the rules were
Sports Car Market
2015 Infiniti Q60S coupe Limited 6MT
A brief look at cars of interest that have passed
through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best.
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ
changed. One of the most historically significant
Indy cars of all time. Driven under its
own turbine power onto the podium.
#11-1972 MG MIDGET convertible. S/N
GAN5VC121273G. Green/black vinyl/brown
vinyl. Odo: 78,999 miles. Said to be recent
paint, but it shows shrinkage lines and pinholes.
The top appears new but has wrinkles.
Some newer carpets and inexpensive-looking
vinyl seat covers that sag a bit on the driver’s
side. Very poor dashpad and poor bumper
Price as tested: $49,575
Equipment: 330-hp 3.7-liter DOHC 24-valve
VVEL V6 engine, 6-speed manual, limitedslip
differential, sport-tuned suspension, stainless
Sport muffler, power sliding moonroof,
12-way driver and eight-way passenger power
heated front seats, hard-drive navigation system,
Premium audio by Bose, LED headlights
and Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System
EPA mileage: 17/25
Likes: Tight steering, good brakes, rev-happy
engine combined with a real 6-speed manual
and RWD. Interior is nicely appointed, and
control placement makes sense. Twin oversize
exhaust tips emit a nice wail at higher RPMs,
but it’s quiet when cruising. A fun package
Dislikes: Rear seats are tiny, and accessing
them is not a graceful affair. Driver’s seat belt
goes into hiding in the back seat after flopping
the front seat forward, which is a minor irritant.
Tiny trunk. Big, heavy doors need to be
open all the way for their stops to hold. Wide
tires like to grab at ruts in the road. Styling is
bland and verging on outdated.
Fun to drive: HHHH
Eye appeal: HHHH
Overall experience: HHH
Verdict: The Q60S sits right on the line between
performance and luxury, and it serves both of
those masters pretty well — I ran it up to redline
often on the long straight blocks that make
up Scottsdale, AZ, just to play that exhaust
snarl over and over. $50k isn’t a lot for a luxury
coupe with a performance edge, and compared
with BMW’s 4-series and Audi’s A5, this is the
value standout with more power on tap. A little
more curb appeal here would seal the deal for
me.— Jim Pickering
all paint with a couple of wavy areas above
the right rear fender. The chrome is excellent.
The interior also shows very well with great
leather seats, wood and dashboard chrome.
Comes with correct-style reproduction luggage
and the original tool roll. Certificate of
chrome. Dull windshield with polished metal
but no chrome left. Dried and cracked windshield
weatherstripping. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$6,600. A bit scruffy everywhere. Oops, the
walnut shift knob looked very nice. I would
call it well sold most places but fairly priced
for a Barrett-Jackson sunny-day driver car.
Keep it moving and nobody will notice the
#412.1-1960 BMW ISETTA 600 micro-
car. S/N 140300. White & red/white & red
vinyl. Odo: 123 miles. Some thin spots in the
paint near the rubber trim edges, and the usual
orange peel with a few pinholes. Most chrome
looks fairly new, with some chromed-over
pinholes. There is also surface rust on the door
hinges and heavy pitting on the side door han-
of the greatest car designs ever and certainly
one that every collector would love to own.
Seems like there’s a Gullwing or Roadster at
pretty much every Arizona Auction Week sale
every year. There aren’t any bad-looking ones,
either. This one sold at Mecum in Monterey
last August for $1,161,000 (SCM# 248220).
About a mid-level 1967 Corvette difference
#437-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar.
S/N 570183. Red & white/red & white vinyl.
dle. Crackling plastic parking light lenses.
New interior. Many marginal rubber trim
weatherstrips. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,650.
This Isetta 600 doubles the doors, the cylinders,
the engine displacement and the seats
over and above the 300. Commonly called the
“limo.” Sold fairly both ways.
#5076-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S
cabriolet. S/N 1880100020253. Maroon/tan
cloth/tan leather. Odo: 124 miles. Good over-
Sports Car Market
authenticity from Mercedes-Benz, owner’s
manual and documentation of owner history.
Said to be the original body and drivetrain.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $643,500. One of only
203 cabriolets. The first owner kept this car
until 1979, and the second owner completed
the comprehensive restoration in 2010. The
SCM Platinum Auction Database shows this
car as a $600k no-sale at RM Monterey in
August (SCM# 247731), confirming that the
seller was right to accept this price.
#5075-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Gullwing. S/N 5500606. Silver/gray & blue
leather. Odo: 26,452 miles. Paint is showquality,
and the two-tone plaid interior looks
factory-new. The rear bumper chrome shows
some wrinkles under the plating. Complete
with fitted luggage. Rudge chrome knockoff
wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. One
Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ
Odo: 25,938 miles. Quickly painted over
many flaws. Large scratches and other flaws
were not even sanded before applying the new
paint. New chrome bumpers and seat that is a
bit dirty. Scratches on the rear glass. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $34,100. The poor-but-shiny paint
really let this car down. It doesn’t take a lot of
paint or work to prep an Isetta, and if the
paint was done this poorly, then what else was
done to this same standard? Lot 412.1, the
600 “limo,” was a rarer car with a better restoration
for just $550 more.
#1297-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
convertible. S/N A121042109500106. Silver/
blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 29,811 miles.
Restored in 2010 with quality paint, chrome,
top and interior. Very good dashboard.
Scratches on both side windows. Cond: 2+.
have visible scratching. The front windshield
glass is tinted. Too short to have a rear seat.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Said to have
been originally built in 1986. Not easy to put a
comp value on it, but on Wednesday in Scottsdale
it was worth $38,500.
#7.1-1967 BMW 2000 sedan. S/N
1210127. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 20,359 miles.
Cheap paint shows drips, runs and prep flaws.
There are a few trim dents, but not too many.
The front bumper chrome is weak. Some stone
chips on the windshield. Aftermarket radio
SOLD AT $110,000. These little Mercedes
roadsters are seeing big money these days.
The styling is reminiscent of the 300SL. They
were never fast, and with a good restoration
they are no longer cheap. Sold at a marketcorrect
#412-1963 HEINKEL TROJAN micro-
car. S/N LVL0399CV60. Red/black cloth/gray
vinyl & red tartan cloth. Odo: 14,453 miles.
Light stone chips and scratches on front glass.
Some wear visible on the chrome bumpers.
Left headlight trim very dull. All-new plexiglas
side and rear windows. New cloth and
and heavily warped speaker grille. Euro-spec
headlights. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,020. Born
with an automatic transmission and converted
at a later date to a 4-speed manual. Just a bit
pricey, but no real harm done here if it drives
#648-1983 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N
WP0AA0915DS120898. Red/ black leather.
Odo: 7,965 miles. One large chip and numerous
smaller chips on windshield. A few paint
chips and retouches on the original factory
paint. Five-speed manual, whale tail, a/c and
sunroof. The car card says a recent $11,000
vinyl interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. An
interesting backwards tricycle from the former
Heinkel aircraft company. Previously sold
here at Barrett’s 2008 Scottsdale sale with
four fewer miles on it for $31,900 (SCM#
48614). Still priced in the ballpark.
#384.1-1966 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS-
PORTER custom “shorty” microbus. S/N
2260820304. White & blue/black vinyl. The
paint looks to be recent, with some orange
peel visible.There is a crack in the paint near
the rear bottom corner of the driver’s door on
the body panel. The plexiglas side windows
service included “a new clutch, gaskets and
recommended engine items.” Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $37,950. Said to be a two-owner, and it
looks like they both cared for it quite well. The
911 market is on an upswing lately, and although
this car was fully priced today, it may
seem less so next year.
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#5081-1927 ISOTTA FRASCHINI 8A S
LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton. S/N 1363. Gray
& blue/gray cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo:
1,971 km. Excellent restoration in all areas.
Pilot Ray driving lights. Engine-turned and
burl wood dash. LeBaron body tag attached to
the side. Twenty-one-inch chrome wire wheels
fitted with Firestone “High Speed Gum
Dipped” wide whitewalls. Isotta Fraschini was
the first in the world to make a straight-8 engine.
This car was originally purchased as a
chassis (a year before Duesenberg). One of my
three favorites in this entire auction but failed
to reach its reserve price. Previously no-saled
in 2010 at Bonhams’ sale in Westport, CT, at
an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 167016).
#5083-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 SS
roadster. S/N 0312901. Black/brown leather.
RHD. Odo: 4,054 miles. Very shiny and
smooth black paint with very good chrome
and trims. Right-hand drive with a large brassspoked
steering wheel that is starting to tarnish
but not polished to preserve a signature on one
of the spokes.The current bodywork is said to
have been done in England in the 1930s. The
chassis and engine are said to be original to
the car. Recently restored in Connecticut.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,210,000. This
ing much refreshed in black paint with brown
leather and hammered sold at $1.2m (SCM#
238964); and sold again at Gooding Pebble
Beach in August at $836k (SCM# 245026).
Didn’t sell here, but I’m guessing we haven’t
seen the last of this one.
#2070-1959 FIAT JOLLY beach car. S/N
594358. Yellow/white canvas/brown wicker.
Odo: 9,411 miles. Some dust specks in the
paint and a couple of wear lines from the license
plate on the rear panel. A couple of
flaws in the chrome hood ornament. Overall a
very nice car that looks better and more au-
rolling chassis and shipped to the U.S., where
it was fitted with the LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton
body. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT
$715,000. A truly magnificent example of automotive
art from the Roaring Twenties. Always
very rare, innovative, expensive. Isotta
was the first manufacturer to put four-wheel
brakes and inline 8-cylinder engines on their
car has been around a bit: $680k no-sale at
Bonhams Greenwich 2009 in red with black
vinyl and looking a bit scruffy (SCM#
120867); $875k no-sale Russo and Steele
Monterey 2009 (SCM# 141952); reappeared
in February last year at Artcurial Paris look-
thentic than most. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$71,500. No saled at Branson in 2001 with an
offer of $21,500 and 9,175 miles on the odometer
(SCM# 24127). 364 miles and a bit over
13 years later, it was worth the wait. Not sure
you can still call it “Jolly” at this price point.
Seems like a Fiat “Really Serious.”
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#5043-1960 PININFARINA X concept
car. S/N 29404. Silver/black leather. One-off
design by one of the most famous names in
automotive design. Concept car built to be
extremely aerodynamic and fuel-efficient.
Looks to be very original, as built in 1960.
The paint appears newer, with mediocre masking
and visible flaws. The interior console has
a three-inch hole from a missing instrument,
well and has been mechanically maintained,
and I would bet it has, then this falls slightly
in the “well bought” column.
#393.1-1978 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
and the front seats and console have dry cracking
leather. Plexiglas front and rear glass panels.
Decent chrome and trim. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $330,000. Four wheels in diamond configuration:
rear wheel puts power to the
ground, front wheel steers, and two outboard
wheels stabilize. Owned by Pininfarina for 40
years and purchased directly from the
Pininfarina Museum in 2007. It runs and
drives with a Florida title. Well bought and
#385.1-1967 FIAT 500 2-dr sedan. S/N
1612935. Blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 13 miles.
Baby blue paint looks fresh out of the booth.
New tires and new chrome on the bumpers.
New seat covers and sliding sunroof top. The
floorboards look very solid. Some wiper
scratches are visible on the windshield. Said to
have a rebuilt transmission, new clutch, brakes
FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40275352. Orange/black
vinyl. Odo: 44,657 miles. New paint. All outside
fasteners replaced with stainless steel on
all hinges and panels. The windshield is starting
to delaminate in one corner, and some side
glass scratches are visible. The uncleaned underside
shows driving dirt. Has a trailer hitch
and double rear “ambulance” doors. Cond: 2-.
an original Detroit Speedster body and many
rare Model T parts. The engine has been upgraded
from the original 20-hp and 45-mph
configuration, and it also now has a 2-speed
rear axle. Now reportedly capable of 70 mph.
Scary—and with no front brakes! Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $110,000. Originally, Model Ts
could run on gasoline, kerosene or ethanol
(although ethanol was eliminated for a time
during Prohibition). Some say the early Fords
don’t have much following today, as the collectors
are aging out. Not so here. A beautiful
car that will always be desirable and command
a strong price.
#2018-1918 LE BESTIONI Boattail
Speedster. S/N NO1326. Red/brown leather.
Odo: 57 miles. Designed and built by Gary
Wales, completed in 2007. Outstanding craftsmanship
in all areas. Hand-formed aluminum
body panels are hand riveted to a steel framework.
Powered by a 14-L American LaFrance
6-cyl with a twin chain drive. Power steering
and brakes. Lots of brass and a beautiful mahogany
boattail. Still shows as new in most all
SOLD AT $31,350. I liked seeing the dirt on
the undercarriage, as it showed that it had
been driven and used since it sold here in
2014 for $27,500 (SCM# 241305). Seller
didn’t make money, but after commissions and
costs, it looks like he got to enjoy a year of
Land Cruising pretty much for free. There
were a ton of FJs to choose from here in Scottsdale
this week, so you could pretty much pick
your color, level of off-road upgrades, and
and wiring loom. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,600.
Small, slow and cute. When this car sold at
RM Monterey in August of 2012 for $41k, our
reporter wrote, “Price paid was up there... but
I doubt you could restore one to this level for
less” (SCM# 209637). Very well bought today.
#1603-1998 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N
cloth/black leather. Odo: 33,801 miles. Still
looks new with no paint chips or touch-ups,
thanks to the clear vinyl protection strips applied
to the front, lower sides and door edges.
Thirty-two-valve V8 with automatic. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $55,000. This Ferrari seemed to
have been well cared for during its 33,801
miles. No mention was made of scheduled
maintenance or service records. If it runs out
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#2064-1915 FORD MODEL T Speedster.
S/N 836018. Red/black leather. Odo: 999
miles. The paint is well done. There is a lot of
brass, and it is all polished to a very high
sheen. This car was assembled in 1975 using
areas. Some discoloration on the painted exhaust
and some dirt on the cord-wrapped leaf
springs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. The
only comparison I know of is when I watched
this same car sell at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas
in 2008 for $181,500. That seemed fair at
the time, based only on the tremendous
amount of labor invested in creating it. In this
sale there were a number of such huge, elaborate
creations to choose from, and that may
have diluted the price.
#5099-1933 PACKARD TWELVE
Model 1005 convertible. S/N 901536. Black
& orange/ black cloth/orange leather. Odo:
4,435 miles. Appears to be an older restoration
that still shows well despite some paint nicks,
chips and a few flaws. The top appears new, as
do the leather seats. All chrome is excellent.
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RM Auctions — Phoenix 2015
A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM made $9.6m, becoming the most expensive car ever
sold during the Arizona auction weekend
January 15–16, 2015
Automotive lots sold/offered
1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe,
sold at $9,625,000
10%, included in sold prices
Top-selling vehicle in Arizona auction history — 1964 Ferrari 250 LM coupe, sold at $9,625,000
Report and photos by Carl Bomstead
Market opinions in italics
hen the dust settled at RM’s annual Arizona
sale in January, 18 cars had sold for over
$1m each, and four of the no-sales had been
bid to seven figures. It was not all that long
ago when joining the million-dollar club was a real distinction,
but now it seems almost commonplace. The resulting
$64m in total sales blew the doors off last year’s
results by nearly $20m, and records fell by the wayside
at the drop of auctioneer Max Girardo’s hammer.
The featured car, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM with coachwork by Scaglietti, set a record
as the most expensive car ever sold during the Arizona auction weekend at $9.6m. It
was the ninth of 32 examples built and had an extensive and varied racing history, even
once being bodied as a Porsche 906.
Porsches were out in force. Of 12 on offer, all but one found new homes. There
were seven 911s presented, with a ’65 coupe bringing $297k and a soft-window Targa
realizing $286k. A 356B sold at $248k, while a 356SC sunroof coupe seemed reasonable
A Mercedes-Benz 190SL — one of 25,881 produced during their 10-year produc-
tion run — realized an amazing $303k. It was not
that long ago when you could buy them all day
long for under $50k, but as 300SLs continue to
appreciate, these follow in their wake. This was
an exceptional example, and two other 190SLs
sold for $187 and $182k. Still huge money, but
less insane by comparison.
Three stunning Packards were offered and all
sold for strong money. The 1932 Custom Sport
phaeton sold at the million-dollar mark, while a
very drivable 1937 Twelve coupe roadster sold
for a respectable $319k. Reports of the demise
of Full Classics are a bit premature, I think, as
these results confirm.
By all accounts this was a sensational sale.
1933 Packard Twelve Model 1006 all-weather town car,
sold at $374,000
The only question is what will RM do to top it
next year? ♦
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#233-1953 BENTLEY R CONTINEN-
TAL sports saloon. S/N BC16LA. Eng. #
BA15. Black/brown leather. Odo: 68,129
miles. One of only 24 LHD versions built in
1953. Ordered with a long list of special features,
including sealed-beam headlamps and
American-style turn indicators. Fitted with
desirable 4-speed manual and center floor
shift. Shipped to West Coast dealer Kjell
Qvale and history known since that time.
search confirms correct history. Questions
may have held things back a bit, as another
$50k would have not been unreasonable here.
#139-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K
with car. Engine properly detailed. A strong
presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $220,000.
These continue to march up the chart, with the
price guides being upgraded after every major
sale. Popular for good reason. Price paid was
spot-on for now.
#122-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I con-
vertible. S/N 1E11337. Eng. # 7E65509. Silver
Blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 56,537 miles.
The desirable 4.2 Series I with covered headlamps.
Documented with JDHT Certificate
and freshly restored. Alloy radiator added
along with 15-inch steering wheel. Complete
Stored for many years with recent recommissioning.
Luxurious interior and paint very presentable.
Cost $18,000 when new, according
to catalog. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,525,000.
This was last seen at RM’s 2012 Monterey
sale, where I watched it sell for $1,622,500
(SCM# 209589). Seller must have had his reasons
for taking a bit of a haircut, as the R-type
Bentley continues to be desirable. Buyer
should be pleased, as center floor shift is a big
#162-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 M roadster.
S/N A813268. Eng. # G97928. Imperial
Maroon/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 6,090
miles. One of the last XK 140s produced.
Originally an M model, but factory ran out of
C-type heads. Restored in 2010 at documented
cost of $125k. Upgraded with 5-speed and
disc brakes. Extensively toured since restoration.
Very attractive tan leather interior with
Cabriolet A. S/N 154146. Maroon/brown soft
top/Biscuit leather. Odo: 73,835 km. Only 32
of this version of the 540K Cabriolet As were
built. Design only surpassed by Special Roadster.
Recent bare-metal restoration by known
marque specialist. Equipped with fitted lug-
gage and radio. Several concours awards including
Pebble Beach. An imposing 540K.
Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $3,100,000. A tough
call here. Money bid has to be close to the
market, so have to think a little give ’n’ take
would have gotten the job done. Wonder where
the seller will get more.
#238-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
with matching hard top. Low miles thought to
be actual. Little to fault here. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $280,500. The Series I E-type, built between
1961 and ’67, continues to be hot property,
escalating in value with no end in sight.
Price paid here is in line with current market.
#146-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Ven-
toux coupe. S/N 57584. Eng. # 507. Blue &
red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 2,805 km. Thought
to have been the Bugatti demonstrator at 1937
Paris Auto Show. Involved history of chassis
numbers. Engine and data plate were changed
during 1950s restoration; has engine and firewall
tag from 57664. Re-restored in mid 1990s
to present standard. Has been well maintained,
with only minor signs of age or wear. A stun-
maroon. Engine clean and sparkling. Minor
signs of use. A well-presented XK 140 roadster.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $209,000. The XK
140 is a desirable Jag with the increased interior
room and improved cooling. Price paid
here was strong and well above the estimates.
Documented restoration and limited tour miles
made the difference. The XK 140 has been
appreciating of late and this continues the
#144-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I con-
vertible. S/N 877151. Carmen Red/black
fabric/black leather. Odo: 4,395 miles. Desirable
Series I with covered headlamps. Quality
restoration with new interior and striking
paint. Electronic ignition and aluminum radiator
added. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate
ning and elegant design. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$800,000. This same chassis number shows up
as belonging to a Bugatti replica roadster sold
by Gooding at their 2010 Scottsdale sale
($429k, SCM# 156866). I think the RM re-
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Gullwing. S/N 1980405500594. Silver Gray/
plaid fabric. Odo: 41,978 miles. Bare-metal
repaint in 2013. Fitted with Rudge wheels and
correct belly pans. Has both leather and cloth
seating, along with fitted luggage. Numbersmatching,
with a number of recent awards.
Complete with toolkit. A quality example of a
very desirable 300SL. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$1,485,000. This car sold a year ago at Bonhams
Scottsdale for $1,078,000 (SCM#
232131). It was well bought then, and considering
the market, the price paid today was still
a bit on the light side. It had received a recent
respray and had the desirable Rudge wheels
that add about $40k to the package. Both sets
of seats and pans are also a big plus. Well
#111-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Roadster. S/N 1989807500661. Strawberry/
black fabric/black leather. Odo: 95,660 miles.
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Driven on a regular basis by owner of over 40
years. Restored twice. Extensive documentation
and original motor. Shows overall signs of
age and use but nothing show-stopping. Interesting
history with car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$1,210,000. Price paid was in line with usedbut-not-abused
condition. 300SLs continue to
be a predictable commodity, with condition
being the deciding factor.
#244-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
convertible. S/N 12104010024330. Pearl
Gray/green fabric/green leather. Odo: 42,249
miles. A well-maintained and fully documented
190SL in the right colors. Known Canadian
ownership since 1966. One of almost
26,000 produced. Body panels straight and
solid. Very acceptable brightwork. Green
leather interior in good order. Complete with
$50k, but that was then and this is now. This is
the going rate for a solid, well-presented example.
#260-1962 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS-
PORTER Westfalia camper bus. S/N 952150.
Turquoise & white/gray vinyl. Odo:
2,566 miles. A well-restored example, with the
cute factor of period camping items. Quality
restoration and displayed at the Bruce Weiner
Microcar Museum. Equipped with all available
options, including luggage rack, plaid
rear seats, wood cabinetry and factory-optioned
tent. Paint presentable; very unusual
#142-1964 PORSCHE 356SC coupe.
S/N 128987. Eng. # 811658. Champagne
Yellow/black leather. Odo: 39,158 miles. A
properly restored example with desirable sunroof.
Panels are straight and solid, with a
respray in the original color. Wheels are date
code-correct. Engine clean and properly detailed.
Stated to be a rust-free California car.
The SC got revised hubcaps and 4-wheel disc
fitted luggage and whitewalls. A striking example.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. These
continue to ride the crest created by their
larger sibling, the 300SL. It was not all that
long ago you could buy these for well under
interior. Top speed is only 59 mph, so don’t
worry about 0–60 times. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$110,000. This was last seen at Auctions
America’s sale at Burbank in August of 2014,
where it failed to sell at $85k (SCM# 244769).
Looks like the display of period camping
goodies did the trick, as this was the most photographed
car of the auction.
brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $159,500. It
seems 356s are slipping a bit as 911s attract
increased attention. This was a quality
“driver” example, and the sunroof adds about
$5k to the package. Would call this a marketcorrect
transaction and in line with the new
conditions. Sold at Mecum Houston 2013 for
$94k, which we called “well sold, but worth
every penny” (SCM# 215825).
#220-1969 PORSCHE 911S soft-window
Targa. S/N 119310176. Irish Green/black vinyl
& houndstooth. Odo: 53,337 miles. Recent
cosmetic restoration and mechanical freshening.
All 1969 Porsches got a slightly longer
wheelbase, and this example has the specialorder
soft rear window. Thought that only nine
still exist. Engine replaced with one from
same series. Equipped with Fuchs wheels. All
long-wheel-base soft-Targas were forced to be
optioned with the rear seat delete. Complete
with Kardex, toolkit and jack. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $286,000. 911s are appreciating rapidly,
and this example was certainly no exception.
The right year and “soft window” are a plus.
Engine change did not deter the bidding here.
If anything, a bit ahead of the market, but not
to worry—it will catch up.
#229-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE
3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712004154. Silver
Blue/blue fabric/Parchment leather. Odo:
14,445 miles. Produced for just two years,
with only 1,232 cabriolets built. Numbers-
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matching, as documented by factory data card.
Equipped with Behr air conditioning, electric
windows and floor-mounted automatic transmission.
Stated to be well maintained, with
recent service and detailing. A very attractive
example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $473,000. This
was an exceptional example that sold for exceptional
money. That said, Mercedes of all
variety have been doing well, so the tide lifting
the 300SLs may just be lifting other models as
#255-1924 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO
8 tourer. S/N 489. Eng. # 500. Red & black/
black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 43,006
km. One of about 20 surviving Tipo 8 Isottas
in all body styles, according to catalog. Retains
original body, chassis and engine. Cosmetic
restoration and mechanical work
erly sorted. A “Rat Pack” favorite. Only about
120 built between 1956 and 1958. Attractive
colors. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $220,000.
Wow, the crowd was taking a break on this
one, as these have been selling for as much as
$500k. Even lesser examples are over $300k,
so I have to guess that the lack of fins held this
later example back.
#254-1961 DUAL-GHIA L6.4 coupe. S/N
0309. Black/black & white leather. Odo: 255
miles. The follow-up to the Dual-Ghia, but
only 26 built at a list price of $15,000. Best
known for celebrity ownership. Powered by
Chrysler 383 Wedge motor. Total restoration
in 2005 with new reproduced fitted luggage.
performed in 2000. Leather interior worn and
paint unwinding. Limited brightwork just
okay. An elegant Full Classic. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $280,000. The early Isotta Fraschini
styling is not as desirable as the later
designs. Has a tired edge, which means the
potential buyer would be writing a lot more
checks. That may have scared away the potential
#219-1955 FERRARI 250 GT Europa
Boano “low roof” alloy coupe. S/N 0447GT.
Red & silver/tan leather. Odo: 44,868 miles.
Unusual “low roof” model with early alloy
body. Designed by Pininfarina but bodied by
Boano. Later bodies by Ellena had raised
roofline. Restored in 1986 and was part of
Blackhawk Collection. Recent refinishing in
Tour de France livery with engine work.
#230-1958 DUAL-GHIA convertible. S/N
191. Eggplant/black fabric/burgundy & cream
leather. Odo: 73,239 miles. One of the later
“finless” examples. A complete restoration
about 10 years back and refinished in original
Eggplant. Interior in excellent condition. Participated
in several tours, and engine is prop-
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,705,000. A very honest
250 GT with all kinds of documentation. Not a
show car, but still very presentable. Price paid
was as expected, so no surprises here. Rare
hard top was icing on the cake.
#250-1964 FERRARI 250 LM coupe.
S/N 5899GT. Eng. # 5899. Rosso Cina/
blue fabric. RHD. Odo: 1,603 km. Delivered
new to Scuderia Filipinetti, with extensive
race history. Fully documented with
Ferrari Classiche certification. The ninth of 32
constructed. Numerous racing mishaps and
body/engine swaps. Restored to proper con-
figuration in 1977 with correct motor and rerestored
in 1995. Well-maintained competition
car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,625,000. Presented
with a long list of documented race
results. Price paid was a bit under the expected
$9m–$10.25m, but car was not as crisp
as it could have been. All things considered,
price paid was about right.
#249-1965 FERRARI 330 GT Series I
2+2 coupe. S/N 6561GT. Eng. # 6561GT.
Red/black leather. Odo: 89,129 miles. A firstseries
330 GT 2+2 with quad headlamps. Later
series had dual. Only 300 miles on rebuilt motor
and with new leather interior. Fully restored
Borrani wires. A few issues with paint;
brightwork a bit weak in places. A quality
Numerous recent awards, including Best in
Class at 2014 Carmel-By-the-Sea Concours on
the Avenue. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $412,500.
The last L6.4 sold at auction went for $418k in
2009 at Gooding & Company Monterey
(SCM# 152284). This was a good example but
with no celebrity ownership. A strong sale.
#136-1962 FERRARI 250 GT Series II
cabriolet. S/N 3633 GT. Black/black hard
top/tan leather. Odo: 41,968 miles. This was
one of the last of the 200 250 GTs produced.
Originally finished in Chinese Red, with
known history from new. Interior very presentable
but showing minor signs of age and use.
Last respray in 2007 but has not received a
driver and should be a fun ride with the kids in
back. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $412,500. Price
paid was a bit of a surprise, as the quad-headlamp
examples are not as desirable as the
later models. Rear compartment is fine for the
kids, but a large adult would be a bit cramped.
Have to call this one well sold—in fact, very
#151-1966 FERRARI 275 GTS Spyder.
S/N 08313. Eng. # 8313. Nero/
black fabric/red leather. Odo: 91,992
km. Recent restoration to high standard with
correct detailing and Marchal headlamp
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,675,000. This
was last seen at RM’s August 2011 Monterey
sale, where it realized $660k (SCM# 168676).
Subsequent engine rebuild and respray. A few
short years later, the seller turns down a substantial
profit. If there’s a story here, I guess
we will have to wait.
full restoration. Equipped with factory removable
hard top. Complete with books and original
toolkit. Low miles stated to be actual.
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lenses. Mileage thought to be accurate. One of
only 200 built. Fit and finish to perfection. An
impressive example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$2,365,000. Sold at the high end of the $2m–
$2.3m estimate, but the quality of restoration
and strong presentation made the difference.
Would cost a bunch more to bring a lesser
example to this level. As such, fair all around.
#211-1967 FIAT DINO Spider. S/N 136AS0000462.
Fly Yellow/black fabric/black
leather. Odo: 82,615 km. A collaboration between
Ferrari and Fiat, who teamed up to homologate
a V6 motor for Formula Two. 1,989
produced, with top speed of 131 mph. Recent
engine work and respray in 2011. Attractive
steering wheel and alloy doors and decklids.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $460,000. Dinos
have been rapidly appreciating, but is the “L”
worth the $500k–$600k the seller was expecting?
Bidders here did not think so, and I have
#204-1974 LANCIA FULVIA Sport 1.3S
fastback. S/N 818650002213. Avorio Santa
Anita/black leather. Odo: 26,466 km. Finished
in an attractive shade of yellow. Original
leather seating in excellent condition. Unusual
rear window ventilation system. Signs of age
and wear on exterior trim. Window rubber
paid was over the $2.4m high estimate and
well beyond the SCM Pocket Price Guide valuation
of $1.1m–$1.7m. These seldom come to
market, so pegging a market price is difficult.
Two bidders had to have this one, and in so
doing established the new market price.
#113-1931 CADILLAC 452A roadster.
S/N 702891. Red/tan fabric/brown leather.
Odo: 546 miles. Bodied in the style of
Fleetwood. The “106th of 105” original roadsters
built by Cadillac, as the catalog put it.
Build date not specified. A few actual V16
body parts used in the construction. Re-cre-
paint, but trunk is a bit high on trailing edge.
Few minor scratches in trim. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $110,000. A Ferrari at Fiat pricing. With
246 Dinos pushing $500k, this is a bargain at
a fraction of the price. A fun tour car and perfect
for events such as the Copperstate 1000.
Price was certainly right, so well bought and
#248-1970 FERRARI 246 GT DINO L
Series coupe. S/N 01016. Rosso Chiaro/beige
leather. Odo: 37,875 km. Early “L” series car,
of which only 357 were built. Originally Blue
Sera over black vinyl. Older respray and interior
replacement. Well maintained, with a little
age starting to show in paint. Very attractive
interior. These were the transition between the
worn. A well-maintained, low-miles, driverquality
example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500.
A Zagato-bodied Lancia for under $50k? The
perfect car for the Copperstate 1000 or similar
rally. Don’t think another $5k would have
been unreasonable here, so I will call this well
bought. Now go drive the wheels off of it.
#158-1984 FERRARI 288 GTO
coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000055237.
Red/red & black leather. Odo: 10,922
km. One of only 272 produced with
400-horsepower V8 that has twin turbochargers.
Delivered new to Japan, where it remained
until recently. Equipped with a/c, power windows
and special-order seating. A powerful
and rare Ferrari. The first of Ferrari’s super-
ation well done, with correct proportions and
lines. V16-styled engine is elegant in its own
right. Horns and Pilot Rays up front. Cond: 2.
SOLD AT $319,000. Price paid seems like a
bunch for a replica that is limited in its eligibility.
Will be relegated to the “rebodied”
class for CCCA events. Workmanship to high
standard, but still...
#152-1933 PACKARD TWELVE Model
1006 all-weather town car. S/N 901626. Eng.
# 901533. Black/black vinyl/black leather &
tan fabric. Odo: 63,983 miles. One of three
individual custom all-weather town cars built
by LeBaron and the only one to survive. Built
as a landaulet, as the rear quarter folds down.
Known ownership from new. Recent body-on
restoration with new paint, chrome, upholstery
and engine rebuild. High-speed rear axle
added for touring. Awards at Pebble Beach and
206 and 246 GTs, retaining many features of
the 206, like seats, center knockoffs, Nardi
cars. Very well maintained with little use since
new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,750,000. Price
CCCA events, but also driven on several tours.
Still a high-point presentation. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $374,000. Quality Full Classics
continue to do well, even though some claim
they are past their prime. Can you imagine the
stir you will create when arriving at your favorite
dining establishment in this Packard
town car? An elegant Full Classic that was
fully priced. Last seen at Russo and Steele’s
2009 Monterey auction, where it no-saled at
$675k (SCM# 141235).
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A 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ coupe retaining its NART decals and taped
headlight covers looked well bought and sold at $578k
Gooding & Company
January 16–17, 2015
Automotive lots sold/offered
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB
California Spyder, sold at
10%, included in sold prices
A true time capsule — 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ coupe, sold at $577,500
Report and photos by Joe Seminetta
Market opinions in italics
nother SPF 30 weekend graced the Gooding
& Company auction tent in Scottsdale in
mid-January, with thermometers on the better
side of 70 degrees. The balmy air was almost
enough to soothe the jangled nerves of financiers grappling
with falling oil prices, European deflation and the
overnight pummeling of the Swiss franc.
Gooding’s VIP culture with convenient parking, excellent food and first-class ser-
vice is the perfect environment for top collectors to exchange seven-digit checks for
nicely restored pieces of vintage metal, rubber and glass. Auctioneer Charlie Ross gets
better every year with his signature combination of humor, knowledge and efficiency,
helping investors dig deep for the right car.
There were a lot of healthy prices that edged the sale beyond last year’s $49m total.
Most Enzo-era Ferraris, vintage Porsches and restored E-types brought strong money.
A concours-condition 1964 Pontiac GTO convertible brought an impressive $330k.
The Classic Showcase-restored 1962 Jaguar Mk 2 3.8-liter saloon was the bargain of
the show at only $53k.
Unrestored, original and “barn-find” cars
continued to be in high demand, and bidders
showed that they recognized the difference
between a truly original car and a weak older
respray long on patina. The highly publicized
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
with cracking paint and beautifully worn seats
took high-sale honors, selling just under its
$8m lower estimate. A time-capsule 1960 Alfa
Romeo Giulietta SZ coupe retaining its NART
decals and taped headlight covers looked well
bought and sold at $578k, and with some mechanical
freshening, it should be good to go.
You can redo a car as many times as your
Top seller — 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder,
sold at $7,700,000
pocketbook will allow, but it’s only original
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#162-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster.
S/N 675239. Old English White/red leather.
Odo: 9,061 km. Final year of the XK 120, representing
the purest lines. Limited ownership
history. No mention of books or tools included
in sale. Full mechanical and body-off restora-
hard top/black soft top/black leather. Odo:
5,133 miles. Heritage Certificate, hard top,
tools and more. California car with show-quality
paint by marque specialist. Beautifully detailed
engine. Nice interior with only minimal
wear to seats. Hard top fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $363,000. I have never understood the
premium for external hood-latch, flat-floor,
welded-louver examples. Yes, they are rare
and the original iteration of the famed E-type,
but the factory got it right when they improved
these features. Opening bid of $200k quickly
ticketed to $300k, then stalled. Well sold.
tion in 2011 to a very high standard. Earned
99.65 points at regional JCNA despite several
“enhancements” like stainless-steel exhaust.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. A very nicely
restored XK. The limited history and missing
extras kept the price within the estimated range.
Sold at the current market price.
#19-1958 MGA Twin-Cam roadster. S/N
YD3754. Orient Red/black vinyl/black leather.
Odo: 84,528 miles. Recent California restoration.
Driver’s door panel fit not good (but
probably tighter than what came from Abingdon).
Complete with books, tools, tonneau and
BMHT certificate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$78,100. Although it was infamous for burning
that rusted during the factory warranty period,
but this was a beautiful restoration on a
timeless classic. A saloon appropriate for the
country club set or your local concours, even
if the automatic transmission detracts. Very
well bought. The SCM Platinum Auction Database
shows it no-saled twice in 2010: at
$54k at McCormick’s Palm Springs (SCM#
160747) and at an undisclosed high bid at
Russo and Steele Monterey (SCM# 165807).
#156-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk
exhaust valves and other mechanical woes,
most of the Twin-Cam weaknesses have been
solved over time. These are wonderful, beautiful
cars that are finally coming into their own.
Sometimes it pays to reduce the bidding increments.
Bidding stalled at $50k until Charlie
reduced the increment to $2k and then $1k,
which ended up in a great final hammer price.
Correct for a nice example.
#32-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8
convertible. S/N 875272. Carmen Red/red
I BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L13442. Metallic
silver & white/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 39
miles. Recent, comprehensive mechanical and
cosmetic restoration to a very high standard.
Better-than-new paint, interior, chrome, engine
bay. Owned by a concours judge, who paid
attention to the smallest details including re-
discs, rear drums. Charming two-ear knockoffs.
Tidy engine bay. Correct hard top, but not
original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,815,000. A
timeless, elegant design. Difficult to believe
that BMW limited production to 253 units over
a four-year production span. And you thought
300SL prices were flying! Well sold. The SCM
Platinum Auction Database shows it sold for
$208k in 1997 (SCM# 14571) and for $202k in
1998 (SCM# 3417), both times at Coys auctions.
#45-1959 PORSCHE 356A convertible
building the gauges and wiring harness. Cond:
1. SOLD AT $71,500. While barn finds and
original cars are the flavor of the day, fresh
D. S/N 86351. Ruby Red/black cloth/black
leather. Odo: 53,145 miles. Older restoration
of a U.S.-spec car in Kardex-confirmed livery.
Paint bubbles on hood. Inconsistent panel
gaps. Nice interior with correct square-weave
carpeting. Produced only in model year 1959,
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#2-1962 JAGUAR MK 2 3.8 saloon.
S/N P219796BW. Opalescent Dark
Green/beige leather. Odo: 3,731
miles. Single-family ownership for 45 years.
Nicely refurbished by Classic Showcase in
original colors. Excellent paint and panel fit.
Brightwork nicely finished except for wire
wheels. Interior showing some signs of wear.
Power steering, overdrive, “upgraded” radiator
and exhaust. Exquisite dash. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $52,800. Mk 2 bodies can be fright pigs
they come. Stored long term until September
of 2014. Received some mechanical attention
since; drove “several test miles” before auction.
Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $484,000. A huge
result above the $375k high estimate, but how
many unrestored Speedsters remain?
#51-1959 BMW 507 Series II roadster.
S/N 70244. White/black cloth/
black leather. Odo: 28,156 km. A late,
Series II 507 that was refreshed five years ago.
Alloy body on box frame. Shiny paint with
excessive orange peel (especially for a white
car). Tidy interior with seats showing signs of
wear. Front windshield delamination. Front
restorations still off some of the best deals.
Well bought for less than the cost of the restoration.
#160-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster.
S/N 83870. Silver/black hard top/red leather.
Odo: 10,557 miles. One-owner black-plate
(PRE 501) T2 Speedster. Currently fitted with
cabriolet seats, but original seats accompany
sale. Dynaplastics hard top. Worn, faded paint
and interior. Abundant patina. As honest as
Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ
dex confirms original colors. Nice paint with
only minor scratches and orange peel. Excellent
attention to detail throughout. Tight, consistent
panel fit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
$643,500. Carrera 2s have been underpriced
and under-loved for too long. They have all of
the positive aspects of 356 design with the
performance of early 911s. They are less temperamental
than the earlier roller-bearing
Carreras. Sold for a market-correct price.
the model D was a more comfortable Porsche
(with a proper windscreen and roll-up windows).
At 1,330 produced, they are not particularly
rare. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $187,000.
A driver that will provide much enjoyment
unless the new owner feels he has to restore it.
Sold at market-correct price.
#54-1961 PORSCHE 356B roadster. S/N
89427. Slate Gray/green cloth/tan leather.
Odo: 3,243 miles. Tasteful “Outlaw” modifications,
including lightweight bumpers, Speedster
seats, 912 engine, louvered engine lid,
center exhaust and Carrera wheels. Recent
bare-metal respray to a very high standard.
Unusual and attractive color combination of
slate paint with green top. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $165,000. Some orange peel, but excellent
#138-1966 PORSCHE 906 Carrera 6
racer. S/N 906134. Orange/red vinyl.
Extensive ownership and race history
since new. Well researched and restored to to a
very high and correct standard. Currently presented
in its Holland Racing Team livery. Instant
entry to any vintage event on the planet.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,980,000. A stunning
car that turned every head. This lot would
look great in any collection, on any race track
or at any museum. However, there are a limited
number of collectors who can spend $2m
for a race car. Hence, this piece of history was
#106-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N
353326. Gulf Blue/black leather. Odo: 92,558
miles. Exceptional restoration on a black-plate
California car. Very few 912s have been restored
to this high level with beautiful paint
and interior. Tidy but undetailed engine. New
Koni suspension and Cibie headlights. Cond:
overall condition. Roadsters are a great combination
of Speedster sportiness with modern
amenities (such as roll-up windows). Modest
“Outlaws” have a strong following, especially
if the changes can be reversed. I would have
liked to see the original engine offered with
the lot. Sold in October at Bonhams Philadelphia
for $135k (SCM# 252334). At that time
and price, our reporter called it “well sold,
but not a bad buy.” I think it was well bought
#16-1963 PORSCHE 356B Carrera 2
coupe. S/N 124097. Signal Red/tan leather.
Odo: 91,962 miles. Said to be one of 436 produced.
Recent mechanical and cosmetic freshening.
Like many Carreras, it does not claim
to have its original engine. Disc brakes. Kar-
2+. SOLD AT $82,500. 912s have been the
stepchild of the Porsche world for too long.
They offer 911 styling and handling with less
evil oversteer tendencies. Bidding was spirited,
with a strong opening offer of $50k that
creeped to the final hammer price. This is new
territory for 912s but was deserved for such
an exceptional example.
#41-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL
convertible. S/N 11304412019759. Tobacco
Brown/brown hard top/tan soft top/Cognac
MB-Tex. Odo: 68,595 miles. A very honestlooking,
late-production Pagoda 280SL. Nice
combination of nicely kept original parts with
updated cosmetics. Factory a/c, hard top,
tools, owner’s manual and parts book.
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#42-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7
RSH coupe. S/N 9113601470. Eng. # 6632708.
Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 11,184 km.
One of only 17 homologation-spec Carrera RS
cars. These were used for testing and experimentation
by the factory, and many had
unique performance features. Partial restoration
in 2007 with strong paint, excellent panel
gaps and a nicely detailed engine. Fitted with
Automatic. Beautiful paint and chrome with a
strong attention to detail (body number stampings
and factory welds intact). Nice dash.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. SLs remain
strong. This may have been held back by the
exterior color. Well bought at just under six
figures. Sold here at this auction two years ago
for $110k (SCM# 222215).
#4-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL con-
vertible. S/N 11304412020326. Horizon Blue/
dark blue hard top/blue leather. Odo: 93,843
miles. Final production year of the Pagoda
series. Partially refurbished in 2010. Repaint
showing excess orange peel. Tidy engine bay.
Hard top. With a/c and AM/FM. Owner’s
manual and toolkit. Missing some interior bits
a correct 911/83 engine but not the original for
the s/n. Only minor details are showing sign of
wear. Previously sold by Bruce Canepa. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,050,000. The seller
was looking for a big premium for the rare
“H” configuration, but I don’t think the auctiongoers
understood how special these cars
are, and the NOM was a detractor. That said,
seven figures should have been enough for this
car to change hands.
#37-1986 PORSCHE 930 Turbo 3.3
and details. Seats need to be restuffed. Cond:
3. SOLD AT $82,500. 280SLs can be wonderful
cars for a Sunday drive. They provide that
vintage experience with classic elegance and
sportiness. Prices are strong for time-warp or
fully restored cars. This car was a “tweener”
and hence brought an unremarkable price.
#139-1972 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N
9112310399. Irish Green/black vinyl/black
leatherette. Odo: 74,089 miles. With a/c, tinted
windows, limited-slip, fog lamps, Blaupunkt
Frankfurt radio. Original color. Scuffed Fuchs.
Lower-quality paint. Cracked exterior rubber.
Nicely finished front seats, but rear seats need
gloves and factory air compressor. Tragic aftermarket
rear speakers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$126,500. Porschephiles love low-mileage
cars. This example was in honest shape with
nice paint and only minor interior wear. Turbos
are the flavor of the month. They offer
iconic styling despite their harsh ride and
turbo lag that could be timed with a sun dial.
#142-1988 PORSCHE 959 Sport coupe.
S/N WP0ZZZ95ZJS905006. Grand Prix
coupe. S/N WP0JB09326S051221. Grand
Prix White/tan leather. Odo: 24,577 miles.
Claimed to have most of its original paint and
interior. My paint meter shows some repair to
the driver’s side rear wheelarch. Includes
many details coveted by Porsche collectors:
factory toolkit, OEM-style battery, repair
attention. Windshield delaminating. Rear
package shelf coming apart. Cond: 2-. SOLD
AT $132,000. A driver-level car. Missing the
history and Kardex (or COA) coveted by
Porsche collectors. Sold correctly below the
aggressive pre-sale estimate of $175k–$200k.
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White/gray cloth. Odo: 29,037 km. One of 284
produced. Rarer Sport specification saves 220
pounds over the more popular Komfort version.
COA and factory dyno sheets. Factory
roll cage. As if a 959 isn’t fast enough, this
one has upgraded turbochargers, intercoolers,
cams, ECU and fuel injection. Highly tinted
windows. Excellent interior displays only minimal
wear. Factory-looking paint with minor
chips. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,705,000. 959s
are not offered at every auction. This was a bit
of a hot rod, but the work was done well. Well
#118-1996 PORSCHE 993 Twin Turbo
coupe. S/N WP0AC2994TS375214. Polar
Silver/black leather. Odo: 8,418 miles. CARFAX
in hand. Hard to fault anything in this
car, as it is essentially as it left the factory. Has
it all: perfect condition, right colors, all of the
details that Porschephiles covet. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $220,000. When does a car become
collectible? Is it rarity? (There were nearly
the VW bus crowd. However, I would not recommend
being on the wrong side of an Escalade
collision.This example was mostly
original but with some very rough spots. Well
bought if the new owner can just enjoy it.
#40-1956 MASERATI A6G2000 Alle-
mano coupe. S/N 2165. Red/black leather.
Odo: 40,306 km. One of 21 Allemano-bodied
coupes, sharing the suspension, steering and
brakes of the famed A6GCS. Colombo-designed
engine. Not running after 30-plus years
correct taped headlamp covers, NART decals,
alloy body and Lexan windows. Originally
metallic gray. Drum brakes. Cond: 4. SOLD
AT $577,500. Light rust everywhere but solid
throughout. Needs a complete mechanical
overhaul, but I hope the new owner keeps the
body and interior as-is. A true time capsule.
#158-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I
6,000 993 TTs produced.) Time? (It’s not old
enough to legally have a beer.) In the case of
the 993, it’s the fact that it was the last of the
air-cooled cars. 911 Turbos from this vintage
and older have experienced meteoric price
increases over the past year. Not long ago, you
could have bought dozens of these cars for
$75k or less. This was well sold. Late-model
“collectibles” like this are probably due for a
#50-1956 FIAT 600 MULTIPLA minicar.
S/N 100108015519. Blue & green/green vinyl.
Odo: 11,326 km. There were several freshlooking
dents in the front panel. Cracked rubber
seals throughout. Paint chips with some
rust. Nice wooden luggage rack. Honest, original
condition. Cute as a bug in a rug. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $37,400. Zero to 60? No, not with
ing, orange peel. Seats have amazing patina. It
would take you a long weekend to sort
through the extensive documentation and
photo history of this car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$7,700,000. Auctions are often unfairly judged
by their high-dollar sale. It takes more than
being a one-percenter to play in this league,
and those who can may prefer the SWB version.
Well bought at $7.7m against an $8m–
$10m estimate. (See the profile, p. 54.)
#135-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA
25 hp and the aerodynamics of a cinder block.
Multiplas have risen with the microcar boom.
They are roomy, handle surprisingly well and
have Italian styling cues that separate it from
SZ coupe. S/N AR1012600043. Rosso Corsa/
red leather. Odo: 3,861 km. Unrestored Giulietta
Sprint Zagato. One of 200 built, according
to catalog. History since new. Patina
with a capital P. Very original. Distinctive,
and well-presented car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$4,070,000. The opening bid at $2m went
quickly to $3.5m. Charlie knew exactly which
bidders to prod for this rare lot. His voice
seemed to slow as he spoke to each one as if
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of storage. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $715,000. The
new owner will need to order one of everything
in the parts book (if there was a parts
book). No obvious serious rust, but after a
well-needed restoration, the owner will be out
seven figures (for a 2+2 Maser). Well sold
below the aggressive $750k low estimate.
#46-1959 FERRARI 250 GT LWB
California Spyder. S/N 1425GT.
Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo:
53,575 km. A well-known, long-term California
car which was enthusiastically driven and
shown in California. 508D chassis, Tipo 128D
engine, optional cold-air box and velocity
stacks. Originally an open-headlight car with
white exterior. Paint showing signs of crack-
rock-hard leather seats. Front and rear bumpers
appeared to be rechromed. Books, tools,
history. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $423,500.
Unrestored cars continue to attract collectors.
Sale price was 10 times what it would have
been a decade ago. (Coulda, woulda,
shoulda...) Well sold.
#132-1962 FERRARI 400 SUPERAMERICA
Series I Aerodinamico
coupe. S/N 3221SA. Bianco/Grigio
leather. Odo: 1,504 km. Said to be one of
seven coachbuilt, covered-headlight, shortwheelbase
Coupe Aerodinamicos. Classichecertified
that it retains its original chassis,
body and drivetrain. Unique features including
chrome-trimmed hood scoop, polished belt
molding and rear spats. Quality paint (with
nice patina), interior and chrome. An elegant
coupe. S/N 2919GT. White/black leather.
Odo: 69,864 miles. Series I GTE in time-warp
condition. Long-term single-family ownership
with photo history. Eggshell paint crackles
with beautiful patina. Original interior with
Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ
they were alone in the room. An exciting lot to
watch change hands. No-saled at Bonhams
Monterey 2009 at $900k (SCM# 142108) and
again at Bonhams Scottsdale 2010 at $980k,
when our reporter wrote,”If the current owner
does not need the cash in the coming five
years, he’s right in keeping this car, as I suspect
there’s more upside yet to be realized
#25-1963 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso
coupe. S/N 5225GT. Plum/black
leather. Odo: 10,466 km. Number 173
of 350 built. Tool roll. Handbook. Older engine
rebuild. Paint is cracked, worn and thick
(20-plus mil). Inconsistent interior (seats have
nice patina, other areas have been replaced
recently). Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,925,000.
Unpolished Borannis. Seats have nice patina.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $2,900,000. Fourcams
continue to move up in price. However,
top prices are only paid for original cars or
those with perfect restorations. This lot’s nonoriginal
color and motor were enough to keep
paddles resting on bidders’ laps. The seller
should have taken the high bid.
#107-1968 FERRARI 206 GT DINO
The “Luxury” 250 succeeds in being feline
and muscular. Although the center-mounted
speedo and tach has been tried many times
(notably the Z8 and modern Mini), it never
quite looks right. Enzo-era V12s are still increasing
in demand, but the result for this
tired example defied rational explanation.
Very, very well sold, above the $1.8m high
#10-1965 FERRARI 275 GTS Spyder.
S/N 07449. Grigio Argento/black cloth/black
leather. Odo: 60,377 km. One of 200 built.
“Upgraded” with six Webers. Forty-five-year
ownership. Unusual features such as the polished
side vents, Voxson stereo system. Attractive
color scheme. Tragic, cracked paint (so
thick, I could not get a paint-meter reading).
Pitted, faded chrome. Recent mechanical and
coupe. S/N 00178. Rosso Dino/black vinyl &
orange cloth. Odo: 22,818 km. One of 152
206s made. Single-family ownership for 40plus
years. “Possibly” refurbished in the
1970s. Large chunks of missing paint. Inside
“frunk” looks grungy but untouched. Currently
in need of a complete restoration. Cond:
(Silver Gray) with black leather upholstery.
NOM. Mechanical restoration by F.A.F. Motorcars.
Cosmetic refresh by Berlinetta Motorcars
Ltd. Today, the car is showing some paint
imperfections with inconsistent panel gaps.
car? $1m opening bid easily rose to $2m.
Three previous owners of this actual lot were
in room. Seller is reducing his collection while
the market is strong. Well sold given condition
and color scheme.
#117-1968 LAMBORGHINI 400GT 2+2
coupe. S/N 01213. Eng. # 1313. Amaranto/
Senape leather. Odo: 11,880 km. One of 244
produced. Low mileage claimed to be original.
Spending most of its life in Japan, this
400GT’s features include air conditioning, fog
lamps and a heated rear window. A driverlevel
car with thick, cracked paint. Slightly
worn interior with nice patina. Detailed engine
bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $682,000. A model
that proves that beauty is in the eyes of the
beholder. Bidding was a spirited ping-pong
between two people in the room until a third
appeared. It wasn’t enough to meet the reserve,
but post-sale results show it sold at this
price, $18k below the $700k–$825k estimate.
#53-1970 FERRARI 246 GT DINO
coupe. S/N 00600. Bianco Polo Park/black
vinyl. Odo: 84,371 km. Said to be #98 of 355
“L” models produced with leftover alloy panels
from 206 production (which saved less
than 100 pounds). Factory test and development
car with a replacement engine. Older
restoration by marque specialist, yet still re-
4. SOLD AT $418,000. Dinos are on everyone’s
list of most beautiful designs. The 206s
and early coupes are the purest from a design
perspective. However, maximum torque is a
paltry 138 ft-lbs at 6,500 rpm. Many of these
cars end up in Japan, where they have cult
status. This one was bid strongly between two
floor bidders. This will be an expensive Dino
after its necessary restoration.
cosmetic freshening. Missing carb covers and
other engine bits. Candidate for a total restoration.
Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,595,000. Historically
dismissed as looking like a big Fiat
Spider, these have come into their own. Strong
bidding started at the $1m mark and crept up
to the final hammer price. Well sold a little
ways under the $1.65m high estimate.
#126-1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe.
S/N 10387. Red/black leather. Odo: 57,071
miles. Originally finished in Grigio Argento
#109-1968 FERRARI 330 GTS Spyder.
S/N 10817. Chrome Yellow/brown
cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,696 km. One
of 100 made. Older restoration with worn
seats, scratched chrome, thicker paint with
overspray on the rubber molding. Nice finished
wood dash. Correct stereo. The SWB
330 is an elegant design with civil road manners
and magical engine note. Cond: 3. SOLD
taining its original paint and upholstery.
Proper vinyl seats and petite side marker
lights. Undetailed engine bay. Classiche Certification.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $473,000. Dinos
have taken a pause from their hockey-stick
price assent of the past few years. However,
this car brought a great result because of its
factory history and L-type configuration.
Could there be a worse color for a Dino? Well
AT $2,420,000. Colors are always subjective,
but would this be your first choice on a $2.4m
#12-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe.
S/N 13109. Argento Metallizzato/Nero leather.
Odo: 27,563 miles. One of 809 “Queen
Marys” produced. Owned by former James
Bond movie producer. Thick respray in early
2000s (with significant orange peel). Tidy interior
and engine bay. Excellent glass. Nicely
equipped and detailed with books, tools, records,
correct Blaupunkt radio and Pirelli
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#144-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO
Spyder. S/N 04786. Rosso Corsa/black targa/
black leather. Odo: 75,589 miles. California
car with books and tools. Factory a/c. Chairs,
but no flares. Newer, darker mouse hair. Worn
seats. Covered headlights (a dealer-installed
Cinturato tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $374,000.
Oh, how the market has changed. These cars
have appreciated tenfold in 10 years. While
they are larger 2+2s, they are a delight to
drive, with great torque and civil road manners.
Overall a nice car that was well sold at
#113-1970 LAMBORGHINI MIURA
P400S coupe. S/N 4413. Eng. # 30463. Miura
Green/black vinyl. Odo: 58,842 km. Originally
Fly Yellow. Very little ownership history.
Sensible SV upgrades and $180k restoration
by marque specialist. Excellent overall condition.
Only minor details keep this from being a
#1 car. Wiring not replaced. Mismatched fan
option on many Dinos). Beautiful paint and
chrome. Older restoration still looks fresh.
Books, tools and ownership history. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $390,500. A very honest-looking
246. Dinos have been on a tear but took a
pause this weekend. Sold for the current correct
#130-1973 FERRARI 356 GTB/4 Day-
tona coupe. S/N 16447. Argento Metallizzato/
Nero leather. Odo: 43,826 miles. Late-production
U.S. Daytona with a/c. Recent transaxle
rebuild and mechanical freshening. Added
power steering. Books, tools, history included
with car. Participant in several vintage rallies,
such as the Copperstate 1000. Thicker paint
with orange peel and minor imperfections.
blades. Inconsistent chrome. Cond: 2+. SOLD
AT $1,155,000. Miuras seem like a bargain
against a 275 GTB benchmark. This one’s
color change, limited history and “upgrades”
kept its final price below the $1.2m low estimate.
Last seen at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale
2008 sale, not sold at $370k, wearing
yellow paint, brown cloth interior, and looking
a little shabby (SCM# 48602).
#8-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spy-
der. S/N 06286. Nero/black targa/black & red
leathe. Odo: 37,472 miles. With original California
owner for 35-plus years. Refreshed in
2009. Daytona seats, power windows, a/c,
Cromodora wheels. Tools, books, records.
Correct mouse hair. Awful ’80s Alpine stereo.
Poor windshield molding. Worn seats but presentable
interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$698,500. Daytonas are finally catching a bid.
They offer great power with sensational
noises, and power steering really adds to the
car’s usability. Correct price given condition.
Last sold for $330k at Gooding’s 2012 Amelia
Island sale (SCM# 196948).
#120-1973 MASERATI BORA 4.9
coupe. S/N AM11749588. Red/black leather.
Odo: 33,844 miles. Excessive orange peel
evident throughout body. Poor-fitting rubber
molding. Deeply scratched stainless top. Worn
interior. Ugly rubber bumpers. Service records,
tools and Maserati Classiche Documents.
One of 571 made. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$264,000. A driver-level car that could be
Nicely detailed trunk. Nice brightwork. Cond:
2+. SOLD AT $418,000. Color is subjective,
but black is no one’s favorite color for a Dino.
They are magnificent cars on twisty roads and
are on nearly everyone’s list of all-time best
sports car designs, but prices are flattening
from their recent rise. Market-correct here.
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enjoyed. High price paid for an average car.
#61-1983 LAMBORGHINI COUN-
TACH LP5000 S coupe. S/N ZA9C00500DLA12607.
Black/beige leather. Odo: 38,453
km. Euro-spec car with almost no known history.
Paint bubbles and cracks in hood. Poor
windshield seal. Worn, cracked, stained interior.
Aftermarket Tubi-like exhaust. One of
323 LP5000 S cars built before they received
multi-valve heads and fuel injection. Decades
ahead of its time in styling. Still looks like it is
from the future in 2015. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$390,500. Countachs are rarer than one might
imagine. The mysteries surrounding this car
and its condition held its hammer price well
below the $450k low estimate.
#38-1990 FERRARI 641/2 racer. S/N
120. Rosso/tan suede. MHD. Piloted by Nigel
Mansell in the 1990 season. Victorious at the
Portuguese Grand Prix. 641/2 was the seventh
car produced for the season. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $990,000. A proper-sounding V12 that
guarantees entry to any vintage-racing venue
on the planet. Older factory rebuild, with only
minor wear to interior bits. Much less complicated
than today’s cars, with minimal ugly
aero aids. One of the least complicated ways
to run an F1 car in vintage events. A lot of
track fun for the price of a 330 GTC. Sold at
#49-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA
coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A7M0086827. Red/tan
leather. Odo: 8,221 miles. Single-family ownership
since new, with low miles coveted by
Ferrari collectors. Recent engine-out service
by non-factory service department. Well documented
with books, tools, records and original
Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ
Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction
Four cars sold above the million-dollar mark, and one approached
eight figures: the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione, sold at $9.4m
January 15, 2015
Automotive lots sold/offered
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB
Competizione coupe, sold at
With Le Mans 24-Hour and Imola class wins, this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione coupe sold at $9,405,000
10%, included in sold prices
Report and photos by Jack Tockston
Market opinions in italics
& Spa. The location offered ample pavement
for vehicle maneuvering, and a dozen premium
offerings stood out front to beckon entry. The
complimentary amenities included valet parking
for all, a wonderful Continental breakfast
on the show field and bottled water bearing
onhams returned to Scottsdale for
their fourth annual classic car sale in
January, setting up shop on the Pittman
Lawn of The Westin Kierland Resort
The entire auction proceedings were standing-room-only with considerable spillage outside.
Four cars sold above the million-dollar mark, and one approached eight figures: the 1966 Ferrari
275 GTB Competizione, sold at $9,405,000. The ex-Scuderia Filipinetti car was a class winner in
period at Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps and Imola, with full historical documentation and Ferrari
Classiche Red Book certification. Bonhams’ pre-sale marketing included a separate glossy catalog
devoted to this impressive racing artifact.
Two Mercedes-Benz 300SLs came next on the high-sale list. A red-over-tan 1955 Gullwing
once owned by the prime minister of Ireland sold at $1,375,000, and a silver-over-red 1958 Roadster
sold at $1,237,500. Rounding out the two-comma prices
was a street-version 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra whose history
included being the manufacturer’s display car at the 1965
New York Auto Show.
For those with shopping budgets below the stratosphere,
there were plenty of excellent opportunities. A high-level
driver 1969 MGC coupe with few nits traded for $20,900,
a gorgeous BRG-over-tan 1969 Jaguar E-type coupe sold
for $77,550, and a spectacular black-on-red 1934 Lincoln
KB Convertible Victoria, consigned by Wayne Carini of
Velocity’s “Chasing Classic Cars,” traded signatures for
Bonhams consigned fewer cars this year (84, compared
1969 MGC GT coupe, sold at $20,900
with 101 in 2014) but still managed to sell a strong 88% of
consignments and notch up sales totals to nearly $25m over
last year’s $23.5m. Not bad for a single afternoon and fewer
than 100 cars. ♦
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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ
#182-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N
S680774. Eng. # W53628. Pastel Blue/black
& gray leather. Odo: 39 miles. Fresh $30k
restoration, gorgeous panels, nice paint, although
left front fender seems a half-shade
darker. Gaps off, both doors drop on opening
but don’t scratch painted sills. Correct painted
wire wheels in body color, chrome as-new.
New leather interior includes black seating
with gray inserts. Engine showroom-quality,
drive was a plus, as was the folding windshield
(lost on subsequent siblings). New
owner can drive it as-is, do a rolling restoration,
or fix tinworm damage now before it
spreads. Price paid for this early example
seemed fair for history and condition, and
seller should be pleased with the outcome.
#164-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 coupe. S/N
S814386. Eng. # G40248S. Black/black
leather. Odo: 5 miles. Beautiful finish on mirror-straight
panels, clear glass, new weatherseals,
sparkling wire wheels with new wide
whites, dual driving lights, flawless
brightwork. Interior fresh in black leather with
red piping, red carpet, flawless timber and
dials. Passenger’s door drops when opened to
scuff black-painted sill down to the metal.
Polished engine and ancillaries in concours
environment, correct clamps throughout. El-
deep-detailed. Driver-quality coupe. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $55,000. From a distance, this
coupe had a rally vibe with the front bumper
missing and classic dual driving lights. Up
close, not so much. Although it offered matching
numbers, stewardship tipped toward economy-grade,
with vinyl replacing leather and a
cloudy metallic respray. Engine looked stock,
had smokeless start-up. Offered with no reserve,
Bonhams’ low estimate was $60k.
Seems well bought and sold. Lot 182, a fully
restored ’53 XK 120, sold for just $22k more.
#111-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I
black porcelain coating on header has seen no
heat. Unbelievable quality to offer at no reserve.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This was
a very nice XK 120 with a fresh restoration.
Comparing it with Lot 180, the ’53 that was
less nice and $22k less, this one seemed like
the better option. According to SCM’s Platinum
Auction Database, the same car sold for
$110k in August of 2011 at RM’s Monterey
auction (SCM# 185530). Price paid here came
at a substantial discount considering restoration
costs and essentially no miles. Very well
#135-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1
roadster. S/N BN1L222344. Eng. # 1B222344M.
White/red vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 25,810
miles. Decent mid-level white paint, rust bubbles
emerging on door bottoms and rockers.
Door gaps way off, brightwork and glass
good, correct painted wire wheels, newer
blackwall Dunlop racing rubber. Repop red
vinyl interior and matching carpet fit well,
dash in body color, uncracked original steering
wheel. Trunk clean, has new tool roll, folded
BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L9299. British Racing
Green/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 59,716
miles. Very good BRG paint, minimal brightwork
crisp, clear windshield, sparkly chrome
72-spoke wire wheels. Straight panels, driver’s
door out at rear, wind wings, Le Mans-style
gas cap, badge bar has dual Lucas Flamethrowers,
third brake light on top of trunk.
Interior fresh in tan leather, matching dash
holds clear dials, aftermarket wood steering
wheel, CD player. Engine bay deep-detailed,
engraved aluminum valve cover, dual SUs.
4-speed has working overdrive. Total eye
egant in spades. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$115,500. When a neighbor brought home a
new twin of this car, it sparked my lifelong
love of Jags. This one was minty-fresh, showing
five miles, and its period-correct wide
whitewall bias-ply “tyres” made it pop. All it
required for JCNA top scores was a re-fit of
the right door and a respray of the sill.
(There’s probably a story about that misstep.)
I loved this car, its unmistakable Jag purr, and
it even had overdrive. Bidders were equally
smitten, and it sold at no reserve $5k above
high estimate for a well-bought and -sold
#180-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 MC coupe.
S/N S815222. Eng. # G63128S. Silver gray/
red vinyl. Odo: 60,959 miles. Economy silver
respray with uneven metallics, orange peel.
Chrome wire wheels, front bumper AWOL,
rear remains, dual Lucas Flamethrowers, failing
seals, heavy silicone around windshield.
Both doors drop, scraping paint off sills.
Economy red vinyl interior, burl dash has clear
instruments, Realistic cassette with speakers in
rear bulkhead. Replacement riveted-wood
steering wheel. Stock-looking engine not
red tonneau, jack. Matching numbers under
hood, clean engine with dual SUs, spins
3-speed manual with working overdrive. Nice
driver, but tinworm cometh. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $74,250. Owned by one family for 55
years, this was a long-term pet. Emerging rust
is a common finding on these, and re-hanging
Healey doors is a time-consuming art few
body shops have mastered. A working over-
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candy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,100. A
Healey to warm the hearts of loyal marque
enthusiasts. This was first of the 3000 series,
which was basic compared with later evolved
models with three SUs, wood dashes and rollup
windows. This example was beautifully
presented, with an exhaust note that only Healeys
and Jags can produce. Bonhams’ value
estimate was in the $70k–$90k range, SCM
Pocket Price Guide was a $35k–$50k spread.
Another no-reserve offering; selling price was
a bargain for condition, and I regret not bidding.
#105-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I con-
vertible. S/N 875246. Eng. # R13729. British
Racing Green/black cloth/Biscuit leather. Odo:
96,223 miles. Excellent BRG finish over
straight panels, gaps good. Welded hood lou
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vers, flat floor, outside hood latches consistent
with VIN (246th one built). Accessory front
over-rider, chrome wire wheels, excellent
brightwork, trim. Some weatherseals dry and
cracking; incorrect gas cap. Nice tan leather
inside, minor stretch to driver’s seat bottom,
dash has clear gauges, modern CD radio. Engine
area clean, stock, needs deep detailing.
Lots of eyeball. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$275,000. At first, this early E-type seemed a
collector’s dream. Since it left the factory
painted white with red interior and black ragtop,
I wondered if fussy purists would levy
penalties for color changes inside and out,
modern tunes, even a wrong gas cap. But
JCNA gave it awards in 2004 and 2011, and
color deviations didn’t harm the bottom line
here at $117,500, above the SCM Pocket Price
Guide’s high estimate. I don’t think buyer paid
too much, just too soon. Seller should be quite
pleased with the outcome.
#167-1962 JAGUAR XKE “Special”
convertible. S/N 877245. Eng. # RA68298.
White/black leather. Odo: 32,367 miles. Filthy
white vinyl cocoons entire E-type roadster.
Bumpers, door handles, fender beading and
windshield top chrome removed. Nose dented,
homemade lumpy Plexi headlight covers (one
broken), rusty wire wheels, added headrest
fairing crowned with gas filler. No top, Jag
scratch on passenger’s window. Interior refitted
in blue leather, nice wood wheel, good
aluminum trim on dash and console, radio
delete. Stock engine, polished cam covers and
SUs, correct air cleaner, modern clamps.
Looks and sounds great. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$176,000. This coupe should get high marks in
JCNA judging, and buyer apparently had
same thought. Low mileage, matching numbers,
Heritage Trust Certificate and presentation
were about as good as it gets. It’s been
said this 3.8L engine has more snap than later
4.2s; but having owned both, I never noticed a
difference. This no-reserve coupe sold in the
middle of Bonhams’ generous $150k–$200k
estimate. Well bought and sold.
#147-1966 LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr se-
dan. S/N BA74FM59709. Eng. # S29773.
Red/black vinyl. Odo: 64,472 miles. No reserve.
Windows- and engine-out repaint copies
Alan Mann racing colors. Some weatherseals
dry and cracking, silver steel wheels have recent
rubber, original hubcaps. Factory black
interior has good original side panels, console
and dash with dual stopwatches mounted on
right side. Seats, headliner, carpet, instruments
replaced. Vinyl around ashtray cigaretteburned.
Engine bay immaculate, correct Lotus
fresh leather kit that’s an olfactory treat. Wonderful
BRG paint, brightwork, glass. Accessory
front overrider, mint chrome wire wheels,
fresh Redline tires. Gauges clear, incorrect
texture on dashpad vinyl. Engine compartment
deep-detailed to concours standards, alloy bits
highly polished. Original dual-carb induction
replaced with earlier intake and three polished
SUs boosting output to 265 hp, according to
catalog. Gorgeous. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$77,500. If I could order a new E-type from
Coventry, it would look exactly like this. Consignor
was an SCMer who took my questions,
fingerprints and drool in stride—and understood
why I miss my E-types. SCM’s Pocket
Price Guide shows these in the $40k–$47,500
range, Bonhams thought $55k–$75k. Offered
at no reserve, price paid seemed on target for
condition, making this a win-win for both parties.
#141-1969 MGC GT coupe. S/N HCD1U8209G.
Eng. # 29GARUH3643. Pale
Primrose Yellow/black leather. Odo: 95,138
miles. Paint finish tired, with cracks on
humped hood, minor touch-ups, typical rust
bubbles starting in both cowl seams, shallow
dent in right front fender, aluminum trim
scratched. Newer chrome wire wheels. Original
black interior, both seats baggy with latchtype
competition seat belts. Underhood
remarkably clean, dual SUs, oil cooler added.
2,912-cc I6 (145 hp) spins 4-speed manual
with overdrive. Above-average example, origi-
taillights replaced with four trailer-type lenses.
Interior original, dirty, wood-grain Formica on
dash panel and console, aftermarket woodriveted
steering wheel. Engine compartment
seems stock under filth. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT
$57,200. Correctly offered at no reserve, and
to my utter surprise, someone paid $57,200.
Unbelievably well sold.
#132-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8
coupe. S/N 886871. Eng. # R75509. Opalescent
Silver Blue/dark blue leather. Odo:
23,280 miles. Blue metallic respray well laid
on straight panels, driver’s door closes hard,
right door slightly out. Jewelry and chrome
wire wheels excellent, front license hardware
missing, dual factory-style mirrors. Right rear
window-frame chrome blemished, seven-inch
L-type I4 rebuilt, fuel injection replaces carbs,
close-ratio 4-speed rebuilt. Looks like a hoot
to drive. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,700. SCM’s
Pocket Price Guide and Bonhams’ low estimates
agreed at $55k. This example screams
“rally car!” right down to those dashmounted
stopwatches and begs for a roll bar.
If the restoration was done using shops charging
retail, seller probably got his money back
or came close. Offered with no reserve, this
was a well-bought and very well-sold result.
Buyer obtained a fresh-looking vintage pocket
#108-1969 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2
coupe. S/N 1R27025. Eng. # 7R79699. British
Racing Green/Cinnamon leather. Odo: 60
miles. Left Brown’s Lane in Sable over Cinnamon;
now resplendent in BRG paint over a
nal miles, and just starting to unwind. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $20,900. Produced for just
three years (1967–69), Abingdon thought adding
two pistons could attract buyers away
from competitors’ sports cars offering sixholers.
Sales were disappointing, but the MGC
nonetheless made an excellent touring car.
They were quieter on the road with higherratio
differentials made possible with the six’s
increased torque (3,750 rpm at 100 mph, according
to the catalog). Built two months before
production ceased, this no-reserve coupe
sold $5k under low estimate for a well-bought
#106-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible.
S/N CF57955UO. Eng. # CF4835U0E. Tahiti
Blue/Tahiti Blue hard top/tan vinyl. Odo:
72,474 miles. Striking blue hue, matching
hard top, uncurbed Minilite alloys with fresh
Michelins. Brightwork, emblems, weatherseals
all excellent. Black ragtop stowed,
unseen. Stock tan vinyl interior shows minimal
use. Underhood clean save minor corro-
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by Chad Tyson Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ
Online sales of contemporary cars
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
sion on a/c compressor and heater valve. SU
carb upgrade, electronic sparks, hardened
valves and seats accommodate unleaded fuel,
aftermarket air cleaners, stainless exhaust,
upgraded brakes. Mid-1990s three-year total
restoration remains show-worthy. Cond: 2+.
Date sold: 02/01/2015
eBay auction ID: 161574116349
Seller’s eBay ID: J$site
Sale type: Used car with 41 miles
Details: Billet Silver Metallic over Nappa Black
leather and Alcatara; 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 rated
at 707 hp and 650 lbs-ft, 8-spd auto, RWD
Sale result: $66,100, 41 bids, sf 199
MSRP: $64,170 (as equipped)
Other current offering: Gresham Chrysler Jeep
Dodge in Gresham, OR, offering a Challenger Hellcat
in Sublime Pearl over black leather for $63,480.
2014 Shelby GT500
leather. Odo: 5,383 miles. Exquisite replacement
cream body, black fenders, huge number
of closely-spaced cooling louvers in three
rows on hood sides, single row runs entire
length of body. Sparkling jewelry includes
iconic Bugatti grille, chrome wire wheels.
RHD with cream leather interior matches exterior;
driver’s seat bottom stretched, left less so.
Metal dash true to original with mint gauges,
wood wheel has four delicate spokes. Rebuilt
drivetrain, DOHC supercharged engine con-
SOLD AT $28,050. This late TR6 was 373
examples away from the end of production. It
had a nice stance, exhaust note, and obvious
loving care and maintenance post-restoration.
I don’t recall ever seeing optional a/c in a TR6
before, but an obvious must for year-round
driving in our Southwest. SCM’s Pocket Price
Guide values these at $13,500–$21,500 (with
a/c and hard top), while Bonhams envisioned
$25k–$35k. Without reserve, price paid falls
mid-range, which seems appropriate for condition.
Buyer was pleased, seller will miss it.
Date sold: 02/02/2015
eBay auction ID: 191499285663
Seller’s eBay ID: bdonahoe2012
Sale type: Used car with 2,200 miles
Details: Red over black leather; 5.8-liter supercharged
V8 rated at 662 hp and 631 lbs-ft, 6-spd
Sale result: $50,500, 2 bids, sf 3
MSRP: $55,110 (base)
Other current offering: Porter Ford in Newark, DE,
asking $54,770 for a white over black 2014 GT500
with 672 miles.
2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Date sold: 01/31/2015
eBay auction ID: 371244583552
Seller’s eBay ID: vernonautogroup
Sale type: New car with one mile
Details: Black over black leather; 6.2-liter supercharged
V8 rated at 580 hp and 556 lbs-ft, 6-spd
Sale result: $59,664, 2 bids, sf 168
MSRP: $57,667 (as equipped)
Other current offering: Wild West Chevrolet in Yerington,
NV, offering a 2015 ZL1 coupe in Red Rock
Metallic over black leather for $54,647. ♦
sette. Underhood not detailed, stock V8 has
surface corrosion, smells of gas, spins 4-speed
manual. Original miles claimed. Possible restoration
candidate. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$155,100. This was an Aston “demonstrator”
when new, and early enough to escape DOT
emission requirements. So four Weber carbs,
4-speed manual, and no catalytic converters
make this drop-top rare and desirable. One
attendee, an Aston restorer, told me he “flew
from Florida to buy this car.” But when he
saw its condition, he had a change of heart.
High estimate was $100k, and last man standing
took the project home for an amazing
$155k. Very well sold.
#146-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 roadster.
S/N 57661. Eng. # 25C. White & black/ivory
#174-1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante
Demonstrator convertible. S/N V8COL15015.
Eng. # V5405015LFM. Imperial Burgundy/
tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 28,271
miles. Original burgundy paint crazed, dented,
scratched on most panels. Alloys corroded,
conjoined deep dent in rear bumper and trunk
lid. Windshield has road rash, Texas inspection
sticker expired December 1985. Lined ragtop
probably deflects rain, back window yellowed.
Luxurious leather interior now tired, reeks of
gasoline, timber lightly faded, Panasonic cas-
cours-ready. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $671,000.
This spectacular rebody is totally faithful to an
original that burned to the ground. Body was
crafted by Auto Classique Touraine in France,
engine and drivetrain by Jim Stranberg’s High
Mountain Classics in Colorado. Fixed steering
wheel hub looks like a spear for the driver’s
heart, but Jim told me it’s comfortable
once underway. Australian owner discovered
taxes there would make importation cost-prohibitive,
so that’s why it’s for sale. Price paid
sets its market value, and please don’t call it a
#153-1962 FACEL VEGA FACEL II
coupe. S/N HK2A141. Eng. # 51136117. Dark
silver/black leather. Odo: 11,794 miles. 1980–
81 windows-in repaint in original gray includes
jambs (over previous orange respray).
Chrome and stainless decent, windshield has
very minor road rash, chrome wire wheels.
Original black leather seating dry and cracked,
as are door seals. Shutlines good, doors close
with authority but have baggy cards. For condition,
odo is probably on lap two. Engine
compartment not deep-detailed, 383-ci Chrysler
V8 stock, TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic.
French style, easily maintained U.S. running
gear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $253,000. This Facel
II was the 42nd built (May 1962, per catalog).
Known history includes daily driver use;
and once painted orange, it was eventually
returned to as-built configuration. Final owner
(now deceased) cherished it, and won top
awards in concours and shows. Now unwinding,
it’s best suited for “preservation class”
competition. Result seemed fully priced for
condition and rarity.
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#112-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Gullwing. S/N 1980405500545. Eng. # 1989805500542.
Fire Brigade Red/red plaid cloth.
Odo: 4,750 miles. Excellent 2008 respray still
looks fresh. Factory panels and gaps, chrome
and glass not marred. Chromed steel wheels,
correct caps, weatherseal puckered on passenger’s
door no-draft. Seating is tan MB-Tex
with red plaid inserts, fitted luggage is several
shades darker than bodywork. Underhood is
stock and showroom-ready, engine starts easily,
no smoke. Known ownership from new;
all important books and records, tools and
original belly pans included. One of the best
engine in a collectible before raising a paddle.
In this case, little impact was detected in a
selling price right at the bottom of the $900k–
$1.2m estimate range. Well bought and fairly
#139-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Roadster. S/N 1980428500094. Eng. # 1989807500682.
Silver Gray Metallic/black cloth/
red leather. Odo: 56,819 miles. Stunning unblemished
silver paint, straight panels evidence
zero repairs, gaps right on. Bright trim
as-new except minor corrosion around rear
bumperettes, U.S.-spec headlights, dual Raydyot
driving lights on front bumper. Chromed
knockoff wheels. Inviting red leather interior
is unbelievably original, dash sparkles, Becker
examples I’ve seen in recent years, if not the
very best. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,375,000.
The iconic Gullwing doors were not a styling
gimmick, but an expedient necessitated by tall
and deep sills over the tube chassis. Though
this example was set up for touring, period
siblings were driven to the track, raced and
driven home in comfort. Bonhams’ low estimate
was $1.3m, and result was darn close.
Seller got his reserve, and buyer will enjoy the
satisfaction of ownership and investment appreciation.
Well bought and sold.
#157-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Roadster. S/N 1980427500568. Red/tan cloth/
tan leather. Odo: 25,389 miles. Flawless red
finish, chrome as factory dispensed. Windshield
delaminating at driver’s side top. Steel
wheels, small red caps, wide whites for period
street vibe. Born in blue over tan, later repainted
red. Black factory hard top (not seen).
Steel wheels, Euro headlights. Interior presents
as new, same underhood and antiseptic
with replacement engine. Fabulous presenta-
Mexico radio, nice white steering wheel.
Underhood all original, correct and deep-detailed.
Wonderful presentation. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $1,237,500. Back in the day, the
traditional racing color for Germany was silver,
and this Benz wore it proudly. It came with
the expected books and records, maintenance
files, and 57k original documented miles. Not
long ago, the 300SL Roadster played secondfiddle
to its sibling, the Gullwing, but no more.
New owner and seller should by very pleased
with this outcome.
#115-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL
convertible. S/N 121040109500417. Red/tan
cloth/tan leather. Odo: 158 miles. Excellent
red paint, well-fitted tan cloth top, unblemished
panels, factory gaps, doors click shut.
Chrome trim excellent, glass clear. Whitewall
tires on steel wheels, body-color caps, trim
rings. Weatherseals and gaskets look recent.
Fresh tan leather interior, tight cushions and
bolsters reflect no use, carpet immaculate.
Body-color dash sparkles, VDO gauges clear,
Becker Europa radio in center. Matching numbers
underhood, stock and concours-ready.
tion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $902,000. Sent to
Paul Russell and Company for restoration in
2000; one can assume meticulous attention to
detail and authentic restoration. In this segment,
where bids roll in $100k increments, one
should factor in the effect of a non-original
Gorgeous. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000.
Originally supplied in black with red leather;
total color changes were of high quality. After
spending considerable time studying it, I
found just one nit: a non-original gas cap. In
recent years, 190s have been creeping up in
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value, pulled along as big-brother 300SLs
climb to and beyond seven figures. This example
was a stunner, one of the best I’ve seen
this decade, and offered at no reserve. Buyer
obtained a stellar example well under Bonhams’
$150k low estimate, for a well-bought
#117-1973 PORSCHE 911E Targa. S/N
9113210566. Eng. # 6231106. Black/black
targa/brown vinyl. Odo: 79,973 miles. In late
1990s, restored in Germany to as-delivered
specs per photo album. Very good black paint
with light buffer marks, unblemished panels,
factory gaps. Windshield has minor stone
chips, thin chrome on right no-draft, uncurbed
Fuchs alloys with body-color background,
bright wheelarch moldings, dual fog lights,
PCA badges on rear lid. Interior tidy with
brown vinyl Sports seats, with lighter shades
on carpet and door cards. Uncracked dash has
clear gauges. Engine area dusty, appears origi-
$121,000. This was one of several offerings
that greeted you in front of the venue. The VIN
revealed this was 567th of 600 built in 1989,
and the odometer implied minimal use. “Tea
tray” spoiler, flared wheelarches, eye-catching
colors and low miles are magnets for Porsche
enthusiasts. Offered at no reserve; an astute
bidder obtained this prize $9k under Bonhams’
low estimate. Buyer and seller came away
pleased with the outcome, though the buyer’s
grin was priceless.
#120-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR
MCLAREN coupe. S/N WDDAJ45M000305.
Black/black leather. Odo: 2,617 miles. Sinister
yet luxurious in black on black. Long nose
with minimal rear deck presents as-new, 2,617
miles showing, consigned by second owner.
Not a chip, ding or fingerprint; unblemished
windshield, heavy-looking dihedral doors
swing up effortlessly with finger-touch. Interior
mirrors the sweeping lines of exterior, red
starter button on shift lever pulsates in red.
Underhood is showroom, supercharged 617-hp
accents looks and smells new, diamond-patterned
seats have silver belts, “Bang & Olufsen
BeoSound AMG” surround system, floor
mats have silver edging. An ultimate ride in
the fast lane. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $228,800.
This is rather rare, being one of the last of the
model run. Just 350 examples were built for
worldwide distribution. A candidate for investment
parked next to your “last” 1976 Cadillac
convertible. MSRP base was about $229k including
transportation, but not a myriad of
options found here. Add Gas Guzzler tax, sales
tax, registration and insurance for more thousands.
Reasonably well bought result.
#151-1960 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider.
S/N AR1020402293. Eng. # AR0020402536.
Alfa Red/black cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 38,560
miles. Rare bodywork by Touring now has
misaligned panels, including trunk high at
bottom. Old, dull red paint has embedded dirt,
odd white stripe draped across cowl looks like
a bandage holding it all together. Steel wheels,
pitted hubcaps. Serviceable black cloth top;
when stowed, its black vinyl tonneau features
a five-inch tear. Interior is stock and driverquality,
odo may be on lap #2. Engine com-
nal, including decals. Nice tourer. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $104,500. 1973s were the last
small-bumper 911s before evolutionary
changes. This one offered matching numbers,
known history, restoration photo album,
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, plus allimportant
“books and records.” Last seen in
January 2013 at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction,
sold for $88k (SCM# 222226). Price paid this
time across the block was under Bonhams’
$110k low estimate, which made this an investment
with a potential upside. I’m calling
this well bought and sold.
#103-1989 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabrio-
let. S/N WP0E0939KS070567. Apricot Beige/
brown cloth/Mahogany Brown leather. Odo:
21,375 miles. Factory equipment and painted
finishes in excellent condition, ragtop lowered
and appears very good. No evidence of bodywork.
Original gaps, doors click shut. Glass,
trim and body-color alloys as-new. Interior in
fine order, slight creasing on driver’s seat,
Blaupunkt CD in dash. Engine compartment
correct but driver-quality, new Fram air filter,
original decals. U.S.-mandated rear rubber
V8 exhales behind front wheels. Rare, expensive,
guaranteed future collectible. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $209,000. I don’t normally cite
late-model cars; but this was the first SLR
McLaren I’d seen and touched, and that probably
applies to most readers. Some of these
were probably hermetically stored new as investments.
Original MSRP was $450k against
Bonhams’ estimate of $175k–$225k. No matter
how deep your pockets are, that hurts. At least
this one provided a few thousand miles of enjoyment
to two owners. I hope the new owner
buys gas with the savings and drives the heck
#175-2015 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS
AMG GT Final Edition convertible. S/N
WDDRK7JAXFA011243. Graphite Gray/
Charcoal leather. Showing less than 6k miles,
condition is “barely used.” Unblemished silver
paint contrasts with carbon hood, rear spoiler
and trim that extends to interior. Doors lift
upward with fingertip. Factory mags and glass
mint. Black leather interior with Alcantara
partment dirty, looks original and all there,
framed in surface rust. A project for the dedicated
Alfisti. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $49,500. If
drivetrain checks out, this might be a candidate
for saving. Its rare mechanical parts are
available, and minimal corrosion is repairable.
That said, the no-reserve pre-sale estimate
seemed generous at $40k–$65k, and I
was surprised selling price fell near the middle.
Seems spendy for a running project, and
I’ll bet seller bought a round of drinks that
evening. Well sold for condition.
#110-1962 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe.
S/N AM1012524. Celeste Ardenza/red Connolly
leather. Odo: 65,124 km. Light metallic
blue finish on straight Superleggera coachwork.
Steel wheels, small caps, blackwall
bumper extensions detract from iconic design.
Attractive ride. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT
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tires. Shin-catching exhaust tips stick way out,
trunk corrosion painted over in black, Europlate
holes drilled in lid. Stock red leather interior,
Oatmeal carpet, Becker radio. Lateproduction
4-wheel disc brakes, ZF 5-speed
trans, Lucas fuel injection. Engine dusty,
stock, no leaks. Three period-correct Webers
replace injection setup (included). Elegant
touring car ready to do just that. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $286,000. This was a classy Italian
coupe one could envision hurtling toward Monaco
in the 1960s. I rather liked the three
Webers since they prevent the “Prince of
Darkness” from riding shotgun. Conceptually,
this is more of a “personal car” like early
Thunderbirds, but with much greater panache.
SCM’s Pocket Price Guide shows a range of
$125k–$250k while price paid with commission
was just above Bonhams’ $275k low estimate.
A well-bought and -sold result for
#128-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB
Competizione coupe. S/N 09079. Eng.
# 09079. Red/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo:
7,178 miles. Excellent red paint for a racer,
paper-thin aluminum skin unblemished, large
white roundels bearing “28.” Dual Marchal
driving lights, jacking flanges have traces of
yellow and red. Clear windshield, remainders
Plexi, Borrani spoked wheels, Le Mans gas
cap, dual exhaust. RHD interior, blue vinyl
and corduroy inserts, four-point roll bar, stock
dash. Race-prepared underhood but looks
stock down to windshield washer bag. Curved
and has Red Book verification. This example is
purely race-bred but looks like a street version
with roundels, sponsor stickers, roll bar and
racing buckets. Price of ownership felt right.
(See the profile, p. 66.)
#127-1967 FIAT-ABARTH 1000 OTR
coupe. S/N 100GC112404. Rosso Corsa/blue
vinyl. Odo: 390 miles. Tiny coupe, wrecked in
U.S., restored in Australia at claimed $100k.
Red paint better than new, glass clear, shiny
bits mint, race-spec alloys, correct badging.
Mint stock blue vinyl interior, upgraded steering
wheel, single-loop roll bar. Engine area
immaculate, 984-cc engine (100 hp claimed,
74 hp in Internet ads) sports dual Webers
nearly same size as block. Odo reads 390
miles, but Internet ads cite 9,800, raising question
#2. Cute Italian street rod with limited
and rabid following. No reserve. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $90,750. I’ve been watching this
cloth seating inserts. Cromodora knockoff
alloys unblemished; brightwork, lenses, glass
sparkle. Restored mechanically and electrically
by Sergio Belli, Toronto, CAN. Wonderfully
presented and sought-after coupe. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $385,000. Red paint: check.
Black leather: check. Red terry-cloth inserts:
odd, but factory-supplied, according to the
cordial Seattle owner. For 1969–74, 2,609
Dinos were produced, this being #542. Unlike
later models, L-series have slimmer bumpers;
aluminum door, hood and trunk skins; Daytona-style
steering wheel and magnesium engine
bits. This no-reserve offering fell well
short of Bonhams’ $450k low estimate, which
made this a win in the rising tide of Ferrari
mint little rocket for sale around the Internet
for some time, with asking prices ranging
$63k–$98k. Bonhams’ estimate was right on at
$70k–$90k. Original MSRP for a base ’67 850
coupe was $1,795. Abarth versions started at
$1,000 more, and went up from there. As former
sales manager of a Fiat and Fiat-Abarth
dealership, I have fond memories of these
pocket screamers giving Minis fits. This one
was beautifully restored with genuine Abarth
upgrades. Well bought and sold, with thumbsup
to the podium.
white plastic velocity stacks on Webers reminiscent
of ship ventilators on deck. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $9,405,000. This was Bonhams’
high sale and star car, receiving wide publicity
and its own separate autoporn catalog. Under
Scuderia Filipinetti banner, it earned Le Mans
24-Hour and Imola class wins, was a Pebble
Beach and Cavallino entrant in retirement,
#116-1969 FERRARI 246 GT DINO Series
L coupe. S/N 00542. Red/black vinyl. Odo:
78,196 miles. Early example. Straight panels,
excellent bodywork and paint by Pebble
Beach award-winning Byers Custom & Restoration,
Auburn, WA. Driver’s door slightly out,
possibly from newer seals. Beige vinyl interior
changed to very nice black with factory red
#136-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 coupe.
S/N 12923. Eng. # B180. Black/black leather.
Odo: 55,952 miles. Older windows-in respray
shows light scratches, minor rash on windshield;
minimal brightwork good, condensation
in both front parking lenses. Panels
straight, no major dings, contrasting Borrani
wire wheels are uncurbed. Black leather interior
original, driver’s seat needs and re-dyeing,
carpeting serviceable. Underhood, all looks
original, dusty but far from dirty. Elegantly
sinister in original black on black, but its condition
does not compare with more pristine
examples I’ve seen at auctions. Some love
would do wonders. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT
$748,000. This was the 88th Daytona built,
making it an early example flagged by Plexi
headlight covers. Originally sold in Montreal,
then to Sweden, on to Japan, and finally to
various U.S. states. This history may help explain
the used-car vibe. At RM Monterey 1998
it sold for $86k at no reserve (SCM# 566).
Price here seemed high for condition. Despite
Ferraris currently being white-hot, this was
well sold for condition.
#123-1978 MASERATI BORA coupe.
S/N AM11749US960. Red/black leather. Odo:
37,435 miles. Old red repaint (over original
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yellow), dings and scratches throughout.
Brushed stainless steel roof good, windshield
has road rash, side and rear glass clear, factory
alloys grungy. Interior not detailed, driver’s
seat foam dead, bottom cushion split and separated
from backrest. Complete dash, Alpine
tunes. Engine compartment not seen (interior
release lever is snapped off with no backup).
Squinting through vents, it looks driver-quality.
Vibe is one of neglect and not love.
seems justifiable, especially if you don’t like
red. Buyer and seller did well, with a nod to
#114-1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA
coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A8L0083742. Eng. #
A04018159. Red/tan leather. Odo: 171 miles.
Presents as-new, save for two small stone
chips on nose, air-dam bottom scraped, driver’s
windshield seal shrunk and pulled away.
Otherwise unblemished, flawless glass, uncurbed
factory alloys hold original rubber.
Interior looks new, factory shift knob replaced
by what seems like a plastic lamp part. Engine
compartment original, clean, no trace of maintenance.
Documented 171 miles. Needs total
eye-catching restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$35,200. This attractive FJ40 received an
eight-month photo-documented restoration
that cost $25k. Original mileage was low, with
some California dry storage in its history. But
some shortcuts included a soiled headliner
and painted-over surface rust in back door
jambs. Offered at no reserve, and final price
was in line with other FJs sold this week.
#124-1926 KISSEL 6-55 “Gold Bug”
Mechanical condition unknown Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $132,000. Striking at a distance,
used-car vibe up close. Two years ago, this
was a $20k car, but they’re being pulled upward
by another Italian marque with a black
prancing horse emblem. This no-reserve sale
went $32k over high estimate despite condition.
Let’s hope buyer lucks out and finds everything
serviceable to avoid a financial
drubbing. Unless the buyer has a restoration
shop, he bought this exotic too soon. Very well
#102-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe.
S/N ZFFJA09B000052775. Eng. # F110A01017.
Nero/Nero leather. Odo: 9,815 miles.
Black on black gives sinister presence. Paint
has polishing micro-scratches, no dents or
dings. Glass and trim excellent, unblemished
factory knockoff alloys, low miles. Stock interior,
finish on driver’s bolster worn. Pioneer
head in dash, speakers in doors. Sill-mounted
driver’s ashtray dirty. Engine compartment
release broken, area not inspected, but looks
dusty through lid louvers. Needs total recommissioning
before use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$324,500. 1,007 were produced (1982–84)
roadster. S/N 5513231. Eng. # 5513294. Yellow
& black/black leather. Odo: 23,819 miles.
Gloss black fenders, splash shields and wheels
contrast with bright 2014-vintage yellow
paint. Each wood spoke on its 19-inch wheels
has artistically-applied red pinstripes. Rare
Wood Lite headlights, ripple-free body panels,
good fit to solid-feeling doors, spotlight held
by post attached to running board. Interior
spartan with black leather bench for two; minimal
gauges on wood dash covered by deeply
recommissioning before starting and use.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $250,800. This was a
“time-capsule” that was kept as an art object
instead of a mistress. MSRP new was
$161,600. Rationalizing, if you convert 1990
dollars to 2015, buyer obtained about
$292,700 in value, with $42,000 left for recommissioning.
With some 7,200 produced
(1985–91), value here was low mileage, which
might make this virgin well bought and sold,
although adding miles may nick value. At Auctions
America’s Fall Auburn sale, a Blue
Chiaro over creme ’89 with 2,007 miles sold
for $162,250 (SCM# 245280).
#159-1978 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40264950. Eng. # 2F342072.
Mustard/gray vinyl. Odo: 39,995 miles.
Fresh-looking Mustard paint, white roof, gray
steel wheels, white bumpers. Panels straight,
factory gaps, period-correct Warn winch on
front bumper. Weatherseals, emblems and
hubcaps are new replacements. Driver’s door
won’t catch closed after four tries, gray vinyl
interior fresh, headliner soiled, steering wheel
cracked, original AM radio, steel dash in body
color. Stock engine bay detailed. Fresh and
curved cowl. Light dust underhood, dry engine
painted gray gives nautical vibe. Gatsby would
approve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $286,000. This
was the definitive American sports car in
1926, a conceptual forerunner to Corvette and
Viper, and why they called it a “speedster”
back in the day. Sturdy three-bar nickel-plated
bumpers front and rear seem overdone until
one remembers there were still horses competing
for road space in 1926. Price paid for this
topless car was high mid-estimate ($250k–
$350k) for a well-bought and sold transaction.
#122-1934 LINCOLN MODEL KB con-
vertible. S/N KB3375. Eng. # KB3775.
Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 95,680
miles. Exquisite body by Brunn, older repaint
holding up well, exceptional brightwork, clear
glass. New black cloth top, new BSW tires.
Dual fender-mounted spares, luggage rack
folded against trunk and bracketed by dual
with none officially imported to the U.S. A
handful were privately brought in for spendy
federal compliance mods, but exact total is
unknown. U.S.-market values languished
around $100k for some two decades and are
now rising in today’s Ferrari frenzy. Low mileage,
last year of production, and condition
made this offering unrepeatable. Though sale
price approached double high estimate, it
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Russo and Steele — Scottsdale 2015
A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster brought $1.4m, earning
Russo and Steele
January 16–19, 2015
Rob Row, Jeff Stokes,
Dan Schorno, Frank Bizzarro
Automotive lots sold/offered
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL
Roadster, sold at $1,430,000
10%, included in sold prices
The subject of a 12-year restoration, this 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold at $1,430,000
Report and photos by John Boyle
Market opinions in italics
European sports cars, American muscle cars
and collectible customs. Prices start in creditcard
territory and range up to $1.5m or so, but
$50k–$500k is Russo’s sweet spot. Alcazar’s
idea is to help longtime clients broaden their
American-themed collections with nice examples
of “affordable” European cars.
his January marked 15 years of
Scottsdale sales for Russo and Steele.
Company CEO and President Drew
Alcazar’s goal is to offer a mix of
This year, sunny skies and highs in the 70s welcomed bidders to Russo’s familiar North
Scottsdale location. The crew knows its business, handling entry, parking and registration efficiently.
Alcazar describes this as “a collector car auction without all the extraneous stuff.” And
he’s right. You can count the non-automotive, non-refreshment vendors on two hands.
Instead, the focus is on cars. The auction area is “in the round,” with bidder seating on three
sides. This puts buyers in close proximity of the lots, with no seat more than 100 feet from the
auction block. With the cars, the noise and the lights, it’s one heck of an exciting show.
A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster brought $1.4m, earning top-money status. Other
top European sales included a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe at $303k, a 1957 Porsche 356
Speedster at $286k and a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 with periodstyle
race mods at an impressive $143k. Added to that was
a strong array of rare American muscle, with a 1970 Ford
Mustang Boss 429 and 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
ZL1 each breaking $300k. The only class of cars not well
represented was ’30s American classics. Still, a nice 1937
Cord 812 Sportsman did sell for a respectable $151k.
This year’s sell-through rate hit 67%, a touch better
than 2014’s 66%. Saturday sales achieved an impressive
74% rate. Despite this, overall sales were down to $16.8m
from $21m last year. But while consignments were down
by 132 cars, both registered bidder and general attendance
numbers were up.
Scottsdale 2015 was another solid year for Russo. We
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Euro coupe,
sold at $302,500
can expect that they’ll be back next year with another
interesting mix of cars at can’t-miss prices. ♦
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#F590-1951 BENTLEY MK VI sedan.
S/N B196LJ. Silver & maroon/red leather.
Odo: 30,351 miles. 2010 repaint has some
issues. Bubbles on passenger’s door. Gold
pinstripes could be much sharper. Large side
section of left hood shows color mismatch.
Chrome better than paint and mostly unmarked.
New leather and wool carpet spotless,
great wood door cappings and rear picnic tables.
Hood not open for inspection. History of
restoration provided, but not much else. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $41,250. The Mark VI was the
miles. An ex-junkyard, unknown-history XK
turned into a re-creation of a period racer with
correct C-type engine upgrades, Brooklands
windscreens, headrest, racing fuel filler and
removable tonneau cover. Quality of work is
outstanding, with new aluminum skins on
age and mileage. Steering wheel refinished.
Hood not open for inspection. Carpeting in
back seems a bit sun-faded. Comes with
first time for a standard saloon body on a
Bentley. One of 5,368 produced 1946–52.
Seller said car was taken off the road in 1973
for restoration which wasn’t finished until
2010, with added mechanical work in 2013.
Overall paint quality and lack of mechanical
information didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence.
Sold at lower end of SCM Pocket
Price Guide range ($49k–$60k), perhaps because
the color scheme made the car look like
a dowager dressed for a trip to Vegas (or
#F455-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N 10034.
Clipper Blue/Biscuit cloth/Biscuit leather.
Odo: 8,711 miles. Seller states complete mechanical
and body restoration in unspecified
past. Nice paint in seldom-seen color. Bodywork
very nice, bumper chrome near perfect,
radiator has light wear. Leather nicely worn,
minor discoloration on dash leather. Paint
crack on wiper motor on top of windshield
frame. Chips to edges of plastic wind wings.
Right wiper blade missing. Rare toolkit included.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,900. This was
another car that didn’t look like an unused
showpiece but something someone had enjoyed
and carefully maintained. Sold slightly
well for condition, but considering overall
appeal, a fair buy.
#S748-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster.
S/N S674920. Silver/red leather. Odo: 49
to chrome parking-brake lever. Spare wheel
heavily corroded with surface corrosion under
trunk mat. Hood not open, but signs of oil
leaks, and rust on chassis. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $79,750. The car description said
more about the history of the model than the
car itself. The issues noted didn’t give me
much confidence in whether the unseen parts
of the car are any better than the exterior details.
Deservedly bid to lower mid-range of
roadworthy 140 prices. Previously no-saled at
Russo’s September Las Vegas sale at an undisclosed
high bid (SCM# 255900).
#S700-1963 JAGUAR XKE coupe. S/N
88702. Silver Blue/maroon leather. Odo:
80,902 miles. A numbers-matching threeowner
car. Paint has a nice shine, with waviness
on body side. Driver’s door fit off.
Noticeable chips on edge of rear hatch. Minor
chrome issues on front bumper. Good rubber
and glass. Car has early interior with stainless
trim, which shows wear commensurate with
look richer than what you’d find on modern
luxury cars. Engine bay is spotless, with all
factory marks. Underside looks clean. Cond:
1-. NOT SOLD AT $79,750. The last and
most civilized version of the “Big” Healey.
This car was said to have driven about 400
miles since restoration by a marque specialist
and has won awards at two California Healey
events. These have been bringing good money
for years and are still appreciating. High bid
was about $10k short for a car of this quality.
#F515-1968 JAGUAR XKE convertible.
S/N 1E16161. Blue/black
vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 84,473 miles.
Older paint has numerous dings, scratches and
general wear. Hand-sized slight dent in right
doors and hood. Paint virtually flawless. Gap
on driver’s door slightly off on bottom. Glass
and stainless like new. Engine bay features
period performance pieces and original fabriccovered
wires. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000.
Nothing on the car looked like it couldn’t be
from period. Sold for more than a nice stock
example would go for. Again, it’s a question of
what you want in a car. What this one lacks in
period history it makes up for in overall appeal.
Deservedly well sold.
#S708-1954 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster.
S/N S811899. Silver/red leather. Odo: 418
miles. Looks great from a distance but unwinds
the closer you get. Paint is okay, but
slight variation in some panels. Passenger’s
door out at bottom. Grille has fresh chrome
over nicks, windshield stainless worn. Unfilled
extra holes for tonneau cover snaps. Licenseplate
lamp cover cracked. Leather well fitted,
but hood release knob and cable on floor. Wear
books, tool roll and original jack. Cond: 2-.
NOT SOLD AT $96,250. Series Is are prized
for their covered headlights, but the first gear
in the Moss gearbox isn’t synchromesh. The
SCM database shows coupes remain cheaper
than roadsters, so they’re a relative bargain.
E-type prices have been climbing since the
50th anniversary of the model in 2011. Price
bid was in the ballpark for a #2 car, but consignor
is hoping for more appreciation. With a
car as honest as this, he might get it.
#S685-1964 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk
III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L26148. Silver
Blue/blue soft top/dark blue leather. Odo:
38,025 miles. A frame-off restoration was
completed in 2011 and is said to meet the
“Gold” standard of Austin-Healey Concours
Registry. Outstanding paint and bodywork.
The only fault I can find is the trunk gaps are
ever-so-slightly variable, but probably per
factory. Chrome perfect. Dark blue leather
complements the silver blue paint, carpets
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rear quarter. Stainless worn, with minor
scratches. Interior leather nicely broken in.
Speakers cut into doors and stainless trim inside
driver’s door missing. Wood steering
wheel shows wear but is not quite ready for
refinishing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $61,600. An
original two-owner Arizona car. An honest car
that’s been well looked after and maintained,
with one respray. Comes with original documents,
spare and tools. While Series II E-types
have always lacked the sexiness of their
closed-headlamp siblings, they’re still great
cars, with some welcome upgrades over the
Series Is. Sold on the money for a car in this
condition. Given its known history, I’d say
slightly well bought.
#S740-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL
Roadster. S/N 7500456. Medium Blue Metallic/
blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 814 miles.
Beautiful paint over straight panel lines. Perfect
chrome and trim. Interior unmarked aside
from slight creases in leather, very minor
scratches on interior door trim. Underside like
new. Engine bay not available for inspection
but photos show it to be correct with originalstyle
tags and decals. Trunk as-new, with unused
spare on factory wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $1,430,000. In case you’ve been asleep,
over the past few years Roadsters have caught
up with their Gullwing brothers. This car was
subject to a 12-year restoration which was
finished in 2008, and hasn’t seen much use
SOLD AT $286,000. One of Russo’s star cars
and on prominent display before the auction.
This car deservedly brought top dollar and is
in line with the current market.
since. This same car sold at Russo and Steele
Monterey last August for $1,210,000, with
about 40 fewer miles (SCM# 244760). That’s a
price increase of $40k a month. Market-correct
for this week.
#S743-1957 PORSCHE 356A Speedster.
S/N 83568. Cream/red leather. Odo: 92,343
miles. A stunning example of the strippeddown
low-cost Speedster. Only flaws noted
are paint chips on right side suspension access
plug and a less-than-perfect aluminum piece
on passenger’s side. Other aluminum is not
too shiny, just right. Excellent glass. Jack
point has missing paint. Interior unmarked and
looks new. Engine bay clean and detailed. One
of 2,911 built; one of 1,416 Speedsters for
1957. Originally a San Diego car. Cond: 1-.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. The 356B was
the most produced variant of the 356 family,
with over 30,000 made. Said to have had
newly rebuilt carbs and brake service. A nice
driver-quality car that doesn’t look like it’s
hiding any issues. The car sold at Motostalgia’s
Seabrook, TX, sale in May of last year
for $52k (SCM# 243462), then no-saled twice:
at Dan Kruse in Odessa, TX, at $46k (SCM#
244091) and at Mecum Monterey at $55k
(SCM#24332). All of which would seem to
confirm that this price was about right.
#S610-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SL
convertible. S/N 107044112004393. Brown
metallic/brown soft top/brown hard top/tan
leather. Odo: 117,833 miles. Said to be mostly
original paint with minor touch-ups; slight
evidence of work on passenger’s side. Chrome
good, stainless shows the usual scratches. Interior
very good except for minor plastic fade on
dash warning lamps. Underhood clean and
#F492-1960 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N
109796. Red/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 24,865
miles. Repaint looks thick, with nose chips
and door edge wear, some flaking off rain gutters.
Paint issues on both bumpers. Panel gaps
fine. Window stainless scratched and pitted.
Otherwise-clean interior marred by baggy
headliner and loose welting on rear quarterwindow.
Seats modified with fabric inserts.
Engine bay clean, with aftermarket air cleaner.
correct but not detailed, as you’d expect on
just a well-cared-for driver. Battery is new
Mercedes unit that shows dealer servicing.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,400. A lifelong Nevada
car showing longtime care. The welldocumented
original owner was 1940s actress
and WWII pin-up Betty Grable. The car had
been listed for sale on the Mercedes Club
website for $20,000. This #2 car sold for #3
money, so a fair deal.
#S735-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7
Euro coupe. S/N 9114600947. Brown/tan
leather. Odo: 58,837 miles. Originally sold to
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the prince of Bahrain and kept until 1997.
Used by him in Paris, Geneva and London. In
the U.K. until brought to the U.S. in 2012.
Numbers-matching and comes with factory
documentation and full service history. Nice
repaint in original special-order factory color.
Two small dings in driver’s door. Rubber and
turbine-style wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$81,000. The Montreal was never imported
restored interior seriously let down by heavily
worn steering wheel and column. Underhood
dirty and undetailed, like a real 4x4. Stock
black trim very nice for a car of this age. Interior
looks original and is holding up vey well.
Sports seats. Windshield has small chips and
abrasions. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $302,500.
While the cars may look similar, Porsche fans
know not all 911s are equal. This car brought
correct money for a well-kept and documented
example. The SCM Platinum Auction Database
shows this car sold at a 1997 Brooks
auction for $21k (SCM# 13749).
#S736-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2
coupe. S/N 13659. Blu Caracalla/black
leather. Odo: 82,165 miles. Euro-spec car that
emigrated to California in the late ’80s. Recent
repaint looks good. Minor wear on trim, windshield
wiper separated from arm, window rubber
hard. Interior leather good, but wood trim
dull and worn. Said to have recently had engine
work, new suspension bushings and exhaust.
Newer Michelin radial tires. Cond: 2.
into North America, and just 3,925 were produced
between 1972 and ’75. This was the
first one I had seen in the flesh, but I’ve been a
longtime fan of its shape, which looks more
Lamborghini than Alfa. That shouldn’t come
as a surprise, since it was penned by the designer
of the Miura, Marcello Gandini. For
most of the past 20 years these were $30k
cars, but no more. A no-sale at first, it was
sold post-block a bit below what similar-condition
cars have brought in the U.S. recently.
#F496-2003 FERRARI 456M GTA
coupe. S/N ZFFWL50A730132380. Black/tan
leather. Odo: 19,000 miles. As you might expect
for a 12-year-old car with this mileage, it
presents as new. Unmarked paint with factory
gaps, no sign of bodywork, although owner
says bumpers were repainted. Optional Daytona-style
seats and piping (a $4,000 option)
look unused. Engine bay clean with no issues.
Wheels uncurbed, good tires. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $72,600. Multiple-Ferrari owner was selling
because of space issues and was on hand
wheels. Seller says he used only OEM parts.
An honest enough truck seemingly restored by
hobbyists. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,800.
There were more FJ40s on offer in Scottsdale
during auction week than you could count.
There were five FJ40s here. The other stock
example (Lot S636) was in spotless condition
and sold for $47,300. What we have here is a
nice FJ you can actually use without fear of
diminishing your investment the first time you
use it. Considering the sale prices of perfect
examples, this was a fair buy.
#SN909-1974 DATSUN 260Z coupe. S/N
RLS30001633. Green/black vinyl. Odo:
19,766 miles. Original California car, to Idaho
then Arizona. 2004 respray in period color
holding up well. Body gaps and plastic good.
Worn stainless and ding in front bumper overrider.
Glass good. Interior nice, except it has
the usual dash cracks, covered by the usual
Arizona carpet-like dash mat. Wider wheels
and tires detract from the period look. Comes
NOT SOLD AT $253,000. The “Queen
Mother” could transport the driver and three
friends (two should be small) at 150 mph. Like
all Enzo-ear cars, these have been on an upswing;
prices seem to rise with every sale,
rendering price guides almost meaningless.
It’s “today’s market price,” rather like lobster
at a high-end seafood restaurant. This car sold
at Mecum Monterey 2011 for $81k (SCM#
184917) and at Russo and Steele Monterey in
August for $233k (SCM# 244886), so even
another twenty grand wasn’t enough to get the
job done here.
#S702-1975 ALFA ROMEO MON-
TREAL coupe. S/N AR1428702. White/black
leather. Odo: 54,000 km. Said to have benefited
from a restoration four years ago. Paint
is good, has blemishes with pitting on taillight
frame. Wipers don’t park correctly on windshield.
Worn door-sill plates greet you when
you open the door. Seller says this has the rare
leather interior, and it shows some minor wear.
Hood not open for inspection. Great-looking
all week to answer questions. Factory threepiece
luggage set, binders full of service records
and receipts. Belts done in 2011.
Original sticker: $240,000. This car had
healthy bidding and sold for more than expected.
In a world of new Mustangs at
$40,000-plus, a nearly new V12 Ferrari at this
price and condition has got to be a good deal.
#F419-1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
FJ40 SUV. S/N FJY0117104. Green/black
vinyl. Odo: 8,777 miles. Average-quality repaint
shows factory spot welds and ripples in
sides of removable hard top, probably per factory.
Scratch on rear quarter-window, some
window rubber shows wear. Rain gutter on
roof pinched where a roof rack was once attached.
New seat covers and generally nice
with complete service history. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $13,475. The 260Z was a one-yearonly
model that gave the Z a slightly larger
engine, but emissions requirements offset the
gains, especially in California, where this car
was from. It was also the last Z with carbs.
This is an early 260, which missed the larger
bumpers and relocated front turn signals.
Prices are all over the place, but this seemed
like a fair buy considering the condition and
service history. Last seen at Silver’s Shelton,
WA, sale in August of 2013, not sold at $8,300
#S668-1937 CORD 812 sedan. S/N 32410S.
Eng. # FC3137. Blue/blue cloth. Odo:
11,470 miles. Older restoration holding up
well. Paint looks good, as does bodywork.
Headlights seem to fit well. Chrome and stainless
a mix of newer and old. Whitewalls are
yellowed. Interior only lightly used but let
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down by worn white steering wheel and window
welting coming loose. Underhood is very
minor runs, and a large touched-in chip on
right front fender. Interior immaculate, with
the only noted issue being bubbles on wood
rear door cap. Said to be mechanically sorted
nice, clean and correct. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD
AT $74,800. A supercharged sedan, one of
just 184. Has been restored to factory-correct
colors and interior with rear folding armrest.
Last offered here in 2013, where it failed to
sell at unspecified high bid (SCM# 191552).
Just 31 miles added since. Bid to an appropriate
level and could have gone either way, but
seller chose to keep it. If he wants to get more,
he’ll need to spend some time and money to
freshen it up.
#S729-1937 CORD 812 SPORTSMAN
convertible. S/N 8121113F. Eng. # FB1706.
Orchard Green/green canvas/green leather.
Odo: 99,900 miles. Older paint looks good in
factory color and shows only minor wear. Top
material should be tan. Wheels painted darker
green. Chrome and stainless very nice. Car has
been modified with external exhaust like the
factory put on supercharged cars. Rumble seat
added. Cord made only a few cars with the
by leading Packard restorer. Engine bay clean
and correct. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT
$159,500. This huge (148-inch wheelbase)
7-passenger “formal sedan” (basically a limo
without a divider) featured a professionally
done roof cut, reinforced by ash bows and covered
by a large tonneau. Seller said it was a
presidential parade car used until the 1950s,
but didn’t have documentation. With the paint
issues and lack of documentation, I was surprised
by the high bid. But guessing at the cost
of the restoration, I can’t fault him for wanting
to try again.
#S711-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62
convertible. S/N 8425472. Maroon/tan canvas/
tan leather. Odo: 7,541 miles. 346-ci V8,
2-bbl, auto. An older restoration finished in
1998. AACA senior winner in 2000. Car looks
great at a distance until you notice that the
lacquer paint has crazed on rear fenders and
trunk lid. Top well fitted and clean, correct and
beautiful interior. Hood not open for inspec-
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option, so this mod could pass for factory.
Leather nicely broken in. Seller states recent
major engine and transmission work. One of
about 200 desirable two-passenger convertible
coupes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $151,250. This
car was nicer than the one sold for $143k at
RM Plymouth in July (SCM# 244300) or the
$115k car at Bonhams Greenwich in June
(SCM# 244052), so it made sense that it
brought a stronger price. The Cord is a great
American design icon, and this was a nice
example. If the recent work has sorted the
car’s legendary mechanical issues, well
#F546-1941 PACKARD ONE-EIGHTY
touring sedan. S/N 14512021. Black/black
leather/gray broadcloth. Odo: 79,861 miles.
Restored 2002–11, in museum since, which
may explain some of the paint and chrome
wear. Paint also has sink marks, bubbles and
tion. Seller says it’s not numbers-matching but
correct NOS engine installed. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $73,700. First-rate restoration, now a lesson
in improper storage. I’ll bet it was left
uncovered in a windowed garage with sunlight
selectively fading the paint over many years.
Price paid was in the middle of the SCM
Pocket Price Guide valuation ($59,000–
$81,500 for a #2). I think if new owner can do
a repaint for less than $30k, he’ll come out
#SN893-1949 STUDEBAKER 2R16
grain truck. S/N Eng. # 3R18478 (used as
VIN). Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 22,588 miles.
226-ci I6, 2-bbl, manual. A 1½- ton truck with
one-family ownership on one Kansas farm
from 1949 to 2005. Original paint with chips
and scratches and a bit of orange peel direct
from 1948 South Bend. Grain bed dates from
new with “Giant MFG Co, Council Bluffs,
Iowa” still visible. Never wrecked or rusted.
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Fender-mounted turn signals added in 1950s.
Interior very nice except for slit in seat
bottom. Said to have original starter, generator
and carb. In short, nothing’s been done other
than what was needed to keep it running.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,800. These 1949–53
Studebakers were styled by Bob Bourke of the
Loewy design firm and still have a market
among Studebaker fans. A great story, complete
with letter from the farmer in Atwood,
KS, who bought it new. But the question always
arises—what can you do with it? Well
sold for about double what it would bring anywhere
else, as there are plenty of these still out
there. I hope the new owner gives it a good
#F548-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert-
ible. S/N 7A1061213. Red/black cloth/red
leather. Odo: 60,477 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Older 1990s restoration beginning to
show its age. Has paint issues over a generally
straight body. Stainless and chrome show
wear, scratches. Interior nice but not outstanding.
Original-looking engine bay shows its age
as well, with dirt, wear and plenty of chips,
A nice entry-level collectible that has received
some love and attention. An Olds is a great
way of getting the Tri-Five GM experience
without the added premium you’ll usually pay
for a Chevy. Plus, you won’t see multiples of
yourself on every show field. The bidders
weren’t as charmed by this car as I was, so I
think the seller was correct in holding out for
#TH317-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500
Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N D7EC225609.
Colonial White/black cloth/black &
white vinyl. Odo: 32,500 miles. 312-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Low miles on a 2009 restoration.
Super-straight body with excellent paint and
gaps. Small chip on fin. Chrome and stainless
look new. Very good gold bodyside accents.
New correct interior. Engine bay correct, clean
and detailed; original paint on firewall shows
age. Has Thunderbird engine dress-up pack-
like correct door panels, are no longer available.
With Avanti values being what they are,
the new owner should buy a scuba tank if he
decides to restore this car to stock, but there’s
no reason he can’t drive and enjoy it and just
disregard correctness. It sold at the bottom
level for a running Studebaker-built car. To
add insult to injury, it is titled as an “AMC
#F472-1966 IMPERIAL CROWN con-
vertible. S/N YM27J63129502. Dark green/
green vinyl/black leather. Odo: 71,990 miles.
440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks great on
unforgiving dark-colored slab sides. Very
slight waviness to right quarter-panel. Acres of
stainless very good, Front bumper like new,
wear on rear. Small dent in trim above rear
bumper. Minor wrinkling to new soft top. Interior
has slight wear. Well equipped with all the
plus unpainted repairs on radiator. Cond: 3.
NOT SOLD AT $93,500. One of 836 of the
production built in 1954. Top examples routinely
bring around $150k, and given the price
of a new restoration, this looks like a fair bid
or just slightly low. I’m not sure a higher offer
will come along any time soon.
#SN805-1955 OLDSMOBILE SUPER
88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N 557M68977.
White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 98,391 miles.
324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice recent paint over
generally straight body, which shows only
minor ripples. Good panel gaps. Chrome and
stainless good. Unworn replacement interior
with good vinyl and stainless. Driver-quality
engine bay with plenty of black overspray.
Modern a/c parts mated to period “Cool
Queen” under-dash unit. Whitewall bleach has
faded the tires. Said to be a two-owner Tucson
car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,400.
age. Custom chrome wires nice. Cond: 2+.
NOT SOLD AT $46,200. It’s great to see a
Ford of this era restored to such a high level.
Despite their rarity and great looks, these just
don’t bring the same money as their Chevy
contemporaries. Last sold for $42,900 at Mecum’s
Boynton Beach, FL, sale in February of
2013 (SCM# 215326). The consignor told me
he was looking for something in the high
$50ks. He’s in no hurry to sell, so I can’t
blame him for trying another day.
#SN802-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI
coupe. S/N R4789. Turquoise/turquoise cloth.
Odo: 51,202 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Owner states that it is not numbers-matching,
but parts were added to bring a regular Studebaker
289 to correct Avanti R-1 specifications
during 2012 rebuild. Older repaint in nonfactory
color is chipped, scratched and orangepeeled.
Sides with typical fiberglass waviness.
Chrome and stainless heavily worn. Aftermarket
side moldings and chrome wire wheels.
Surprisingly, the padded dashpad is okay.
Seats covered in non-stock cloth, door panels
split with holes cut for speakers. Newer carpets
look okay. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,600.
Avantis are notoriously expensive to restore (I
know—I just restored one), and this car
needed almost everything. Some parts,
usual power options, plus items like tilt-wheel,
six-way power seat and cruise control—which
were rare back then. Interior trim and door
jambs very nice. Engine bay not open, but
photos show it to be clean and detailed. Cond:
2. NOT SOLD AT $41,800. A car you want to
buy already done, since bodywork, chrome,
and lots of interior features would be costly to
restore. These 5,300-pound cars were the
pride of Chrysler Corp. and were built in ridiculously
low production numbers: just 514
in 1966. High bid was low enough for the
seller to try again.
#S717-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fast-
back. S/N SFM6S1383. Black/black vinyl.
Odo: 13,000 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto.
Fresh restoration with very good paint and
bodywork. Very nice panel gaps and stainless.
Minor polishing scratches on paint, with a
large one above rear quarter-window. New
interior with Shelby signature on glovebox.
Plexiglas quarter-windows show scratches.
Engine bay clean and detailed with correct-era
battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,000. A real
Shelby but without its original engine, although
the replacement 289 has correct block
and heads. Said to be one of the 800 black
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SOLD AT $42,900. In 1967, the 442 option
was only available on the Cutlass Supreme,
meaning all were well equipped. This is a
numbers-matching car that received a nice
restoration which stopped short in a couple of
areas. That said, bids were well short for a
numbers-matching car with a recent restoration.
#F512-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX convert-
“rent a-racers” built with automatic. Perfect
examples can get close to $200k, so a fresh
car at this price (even missing its original engine)
seems like a good deal.
#F573-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
convertible. S/N 194677S120375. Goodwood
Green/tan vinyl/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 40,000
miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older
restoration with nice paint and bodywork.
Chrome could be new. Chips on edge of tonneau
cover. Interior shows some wear. Top
slightly wrinkled, rear window has storage
marks. Engine bay not open for inspection.
Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. A num-
ible. S/N RS27L77201091. Black/black vinyl/
black vinyl. Odo: 72,576 miles. 440-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Good paint and stainless from
what looks to be an older restoration. Rearview
mirror is pitted. Side stripes and contrasting
hood trim stripes are tape. Bodywork is
very good with good panel lines. Interior is
fine but showing subtle signs of age. Seller
claims new top. Underhood is correct except
for modern battery; clean but not detailed.
page handout to interested parties. Of 2,048
GT500s, 672 had automatics, which are a major
hit to values. While restoration was nice
and the car presented well, other issues may
have held back bids on this car. Owner’s handout
stated “engine believed to be original,”
but casting is unclear so it was being sold as
non-numbers-matching. He also stated that
the car had some rust repairs in the past, and
there are plenty of lifelong rust-free Shelbys
out there. All this added up to a good buy for
the new owner.
#F433-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO
RS Z/28 coupe. S/N 124378N427906. Red/
black vinyl. Odo: 47,155 miles. 302-ci V8,
4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching Z/28 with premium
RS package. New thick paint with
plenty of filler in rain gutters beginning to
crack. White stripes nicely painted. Hideaway
headlights fit well. Minor ripples in doors.
Grand Canyon-size gap where top of driver’s
door meets fender and cowl. Bumpers and
bers-matching L79 (the higher-spec small
block) with two NCRS Top Flight awards.
Original paperwork, tank sticker and restoration
book. Nothing not to like. The aging restoration
probably caused bidders to stop
where they did, but the documentation and
awards should count for a lot in the Corvette
world. Bids were probably not far off, but I
can’t blame the owner for taking it home.
#2369-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 con-
vertible. S/N 338677 M153313. Red/black
vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,369 miles. Recent
thick color-change repaint. Bodywork good,
doors and trunk fit high, probably the result of
new rubber. Bumper shows scratches under
new chrome. Plastic trim between body and
bumper shows cracks. New emblems. Top
looks new and fits well. Seller states new interior
except for door panels, which look fine
Seller purchased in 2009; has had engine and
transmission work since. No claim of matching
numbers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT
$50,600. The GTX is basically an upscale
Road Runner, offering luxury items not seen
on that car. This is said to be one of 600 droptops
produced in 1967 and one of just 50 with
a/c. High bid was a bit above what a car with
an aging restoration should bring.
#S706-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback.
S/N 67410F8A02996. Brittany Blue/black
vinyl. Odo: 99,200 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl,
auto. Recent restoration. Paint is very well
applied over body with combination of new
and old panels. Correct factory gaps around
Shelby nose and hood. Non-tapered paint
stripes a small error but noticeable to Shelby
fans. Original chrome and stainless restored
like new. Interior very nice and correct with
mix of new and original pieces, with nice,
stainless new. Premium interior and console
good, but some wrinkling on driver’s seat.
Engine bay with dirt and signs of wear. Aftermarket
chrome bits along with incorrect water
pump and other minor engine-bay parts. Cond:
3. NOT SOLD AT $42,900. Seller said previous
owner began frame-off restoration in 1992
but didn’t say when it was finished. As it sat, it
didn’t impress me. If seller wants more for the
car, he has some issues to address.
#F519-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach I
fastback. S/N 9F02R150747. Black Jade/
white vinyl. Odo: 25,000 miles. 428-ci V8,
4-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint gives car a shine that new
ones never had, but Black Jade shows off
flawless bodywork. Minor dimple on top of
left fender. Bumpers are rechromed originals;
NOS wheels, hubcaps, and hood peak piece,
which was usually dented before a buyer made
his first payment. All-new date-coded glass.
Window trim reproduction. Rides on period
Goodyears. White interior spotless. Under-
except for wrinkling of plastic “chrome” trim.
Underhood clean but not overly detailed. Decal
on air cleaner wrinkled. Cond: 3+. NOT
small Shelby signature on center dash.
Underhood stock and correct. Stated to have
won awards at regional Shelby meets. Photo
books of restoration on display. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $102,300. Seller provided a 13-
hood is correct, clean and super-detailed.
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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ
Silver Auctions — Arizona in January
A 1956 DeSoto Firedome convertible sold for $85k, and two Toyota FJ40s
went for under $20k each
January 16–17, 2015
Fort McDowell, AZ
Mitch Silver, Bob Graham,
Automotive lots sold/offered
1956 DeSoto Firedome
convertible, sold at $85,320
8%, included in sold prices
A used-as-it-should-be-used 46k mile 1966 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser SUV, sold at $10,530
Report and photos by
B. Mitchell Carlson
Market opinions in italics
events around Scottsdale by more than just
distance. Silver has established itself as the
place for enthusiasts to buy and sell lower and
mid-range cars, with an average sold price
that hovers around $15k.
The Silver Auction in Arizona has matured
on multiple levels over the past 18
years. The sale has become comfortably
separate from the high-tone, high-flash
Silver had reason to celebrate this year, as it was a successful sale, up-ending last year’s
results on all parameters except one — total cars consigned. While that number was down 12
cars from last year, 28 more cars sold, rocketing the sell-through rate to nearly 70% — an alltime
best for Silver out here. Total sales increased more than $200k over last year. The high-sale
car, a 1956 DeSoto Firedome convertible at $85k, bested last year’s top car by nearly $4k.
Right behind the DeSoto was a 425-hp 1966 Corvette coupe, garnering $82k. Next highest
was a Lamborghini Diablo VT at $71k, and then a 1931
Packard Series 833 Standard Eight convertible sedan at
That top-five list gives a fair sense of the diversity of
consignments here. If any genre seemed weak this time,
it was premium muscle cars — although there were a few.
There also seemed to be fewer late-model used luxury
cars. Trucks were plentiful and selling well. And yes, like
every single auction house this week, Silver had its required
Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. Actually, they had two,
both selling under $20k.
Like any other event that’s gone on for nearly two de-
Silver’s top seller at Fort McDowell 2015 —
1956 DeSoto Firedome convertible, sold at $85,320
cades, there’s a familiarity with the staff and consignors
that makes going here feel like a reunion. It may not be
the fanciest digs in town, but it’s pleasant, comfortable
and fun. And that’s why Silver’s presence here in January
promises to continue for many more years. ♦
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#276-1957 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6
BN4 roadster. S/N BN4L035939.
Britsh Racing Green/black cloth/black
vinyl. Odo: 36,990 miles. Optional overdrive
unit. Painted knockoff wire wheels with fresh
radial tires. Restored within the past few years
to better-than-driver but less-than-concours
grade. Nice bare-body repaint. Good door fit.
Replacement or replated brightwork. Showquality
engine bay detailing. Aftermarket exhaust
system has a very robust note. All-new
interior soft trim expertly installed. Heaviest
#455-1961 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster.
S/N TS80778L. Light blue/black vinyl/black
vinyl. Odo: 1,222 miles. Good repaint done as
part of a better driver-grade restoration within
last decade. Decent door fit. Economy-grade
chrome replating. Older replacement top, with
some wear and fade. Front bucket seats and
rear parcel shelf pad were not done at the same
time, and the former shows a bit more wear.
Heavier sun fade on the Bakelite steering hub;
vinyl. Odo: 99,556 miles. Retains most original
documentation, including window sticker.
Well-done repaint with only light overspray on
the chassis. Original brightwork but with noticeable
pitting on bumpers. Aftermarket roll
bar and exhaust, which gives a throaty growl.
Recent replacement interior vinyl, done with
good workmanship. 1980s in-dash tape deck.
Trunk full of manuals and paperwork. Clean
and tidy engine bay. On modern Pirellis.
wear since then is the carpeting, with some
noticeable soiling. Aftermarket wood shift
knob and wrapped steering-wheel rim cover.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,340. A pretty decent
six-banger Healey as-is for driving, or with
some detail work, for show. Reserve was lifted
at $35k, getting one more bid. You could’ve
paid more at other venues for a similar car
that wasn’t quite as good, so it goes to show
that this was the place for decent deals.
#529-1959 MORRIS MINOR 1000 2-dr
sedan. S/N 679182. French Blue/black vinyl.
Odo: 43,788 miles. Fitted with trafficators.
Old masked-off trim repaint starting to flake
off side of hood to show the beige beneath it.
Doors need a solid slam to latch properly.
Tired chrome and trim. Reskinned seats and
door panels, newer carpeting. Glovebox door
won’t stay latched shut. Older aftermarket
gauges beneath the dash, with hand-painted
faces. Ran earlier in the day, but developed
electrical issues, so it was pushed on and off
rest of the wheel in decent shape. Clean, tidy
and generally stock under the hood. Repainted
chassis, with bare-metal hardware heavily
surface-rusted. Seems to run out well. Cond:
3+. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. While this is a
ways away from being a show queen, it should
make for a decent driver. As such, it was bid
appropriately, as for this kind of money, you
shouldn’t have to do anything to enhance the
cosmetics for a few years.
#38-1970 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER
SHADOW sedan. S/N SRX9322. Black/black
leather. Odo: 88,218 miles. U.S.-market car,
which is the good news. No mention of any
service history, but for now it does run and
stop. Sort of. So-so old repaint, with a few
cracks and scrapes all over. Rock-hard seating
surfaces with splits and cracks. Dash wood
veneer peeling off, water-stained headliner.
Interior has a slightly moldy odor. 1980s Sony
tape deck. 1980 cell-phone antenna dead-center
in the trunk lid. 1980s vintage Michelin
Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Stated
that it was recently acquired from the previous
owner, who had it since 1981 in Southern California.
Blue plates from that era with current
tabs support the story. When first run on Friday
as Lot 231, it was “on the sheet for
$18,500” against $17k bid. A day later, it
barely got $15k. Stuck in that nether-world
between not-really-restored and not-reallyoriginal;
a little price flexibility would’ve been
#424-1967 CITROËN 2CV Truckette.
S/N 125763. French Blue/blue cloth. Odo:
72,128 km. Euro-spec. Average masked-off
repaint. Dull original trim (what little there is).
Repainted wheels with heavier weather checking
on the old Michelin radials that were
soaked in tire dressing. Modern plastic locking
gas cap. Pull-over seat covers on what is essentially
a pair of lawn chairs bolted to the
the block. (“It’s the battery,” and they’re sticking
to that story.) Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,698.
It’s one thing to be a cheeky old economy car.
It’s yet another to be a tired old used economy
car—and that’s what we have here. Reserve
lifted at $4,300, while they were taking $50
bids. Good luck on your project. Sold recently
at Silver’s Portland sale in September for
$3,780 (SCM# 245379).
radials. The most comforting sight under the
hood is a functional GM Frigidaire a/c compressor.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,020. Ran three
times, and third time’s the charm, as a frugal
dealer that I know who really wanted it in the
first place bought it late on the last night at his
price with one bid. After photographing and
examining his treasure, I informed him not to
think of it as buying a cheap Rolls, but as buying
a very expensive economy-size bottle of
Quick Detailer, as one was left in the center
console. Upon hearing this, he was elated,
now being money ahead on the deal.
#231-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible.
S/N CF52061U. Pastel blue/black vinyl/black
body. Boy-racer billet clutch and brake pedals.
Haphazard dashboard and engine bay wiring.
Rear compartment looks like it hauled more
boulders than baguettes. Seems to run out
okay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,364. Last seen
at Auction America’s Burbank sale in August,
there selling for $7,975 (SCM# 244672).
Dolled up little since then, but darn near doubled
in price. Viva la capitalism.
#250-1970 CITROËN MÉHARI beach
car. S/N 5056005754. Khaki tan/navy vinyl/
navy vinyl. Odo: 36,203 km. Imported from
Hawaii, where it was used for several decades
by the previous owner in a golf community.
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Rattle-can repaint with runs over multiple
small cracks in plastic bodywork. Right-side
leather hood strap has torn in half, so the left
is doing all the work. Newer top canopy and
seat coverings. Homemade wood-topped center
console. Rear tow hitch likely rated at
with C4 automatic behind it. Tidy installation
without torches or Sawzalls, but there’s plenty
of aftermarket junk on top of it. Shut the hood
and it looks bone-stock, aside from later M-B
wheels. Old repaint with some staining on
front fenders, scratches and nicks. Front suspension
rides low (like, duh). Removablefaceplate
stereo and Ford floor-shift quadrant
are the only non-stock bits in the cabin. All
gauges and controls function. Old soft top
under the hard top. Nice exhaust rumble—for
a Ford. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,136. A bit of
a slap in the face for fans of the three-pointed
star. Sort of makes me want to stuff an M100
V8 into a Fox-body Mustang. The reserve
lifted at $24k, so it was fully priced for someone
else to figure out what to do with it.
#651-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL
50 pounds. Undercarriage is gloss green. Does
seem to run out about as good as a 2CV can
run. Stated that it has a title discrepancy, with
an extra zero in the document. Cond: 3-. NOT
SOLD AT $10,000. This was originally going
to be written up as my “joke car” of the auction
until Publisher Martin made a trade with
the consigning dealer and ended up with the
car. Therefore, I can still truthfully say that it
didn’t sell, in line with Silver’s published results.
I can also say that Keith can now never
dog me for any of my own oddball car and
truck fetishes (even that strange six months
with the 4-cylinder 1978 Gremlin)—since it’s
pretty hard to one-up “quirky” when you’re
talking about a Deux Chevaux golf cart.
#252-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL
custom convertible. S/N 104210015038.
Red/red hard top/black soft top/black MB-Tex.
Odo: 5,562 miles. Powered by a Ford 289 V8
tion. Engine bay could use detailing. Runs out
well. Optional moonroof. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $25,000. The original long-term
owner of the car was a local businessman who
was involved with developing northern Scottsdale,
including WestWorld. As such, it’s odd
that the car wasn’t consigned with the auction
company camped out there for the week. I suspect
that it would’ve done better there, $33k
reserve notwithstanding, since the pneumatic
suspension at rest put off the folks here who
don’t know anything about these Benzes.
3.5 sedan. S/N 10905612002567. White/tan
leather. Odo: 33,881 km. Kilometers on this
Euro-spec car claimed original from new, as
are almost all components. Fitted with a period
aftermarket Boman 8-track beneath the
stock Becker Europa stereo. Wears Swiss license
plates, which expired in 1987. Excellent
original paint. The pneumatic suspension settles
very low after a day but pumps right up
when the car is running. Tidy interior, with
that unmistakable new 1970s German interior
smell. Wood and leather in excellent condi-
air filter canister. Stock Fuchs wheels shod
with newer performance radials. With moonroof
and a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,940.
One of 395 Carreras imported in 1975, but a
smog dog in boring brown. But 1970s 911s of
any stripe are the hot ticket in the market
now—even wearing a paint color that would
look more at home on a Cutlass Supreme. Interest
surpassed the reserve at $55k, garnering
one more bid for a car that two years ago
you’d struggle to give away at half this price.
#428-1978 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER
2000. S/N AR115410003181. Silver/black
cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 778 miles. Passed
Colorado emissions testing three months ago.
Newer economy-grade radials on stock alloy
wheels. Decent older repaint, now showing a
few rock chips. Heavier fading on black rubber
and plastic. Good door fit. Newer top, well
fitted. Seats, door panels and carpeting in
#482-1975 PORSCHE 911 Carrera
coupe. S/N 9115400344. Brown metallic/tan
leather. Odo: 44,278 miles. Well-kept original
paint only shows the occasional rock chip.
Good door and panel fit. Light sun fade on
rubber bumper rub strips, steering wheel and
tops of door panels. Black carpeted dashpad.
Light interior wear; period-accessory coco
mats. Headliner is coming loose at passenger’s
rear C-pillar. Recent engine-bay cleanup, but
don’t call it detailed. K&N air filter decal on
pretty good condition, and are likely reproduction
pieces. Moderate wear on the wood steering-wheel
rim and shift knob. 1990s-era
economy-grade in-dash tape deck. Used-car
engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $7,560. Not a whole lot to get excited
about here, just a decent used car for some
top-down cruising. Reserve lifted at $7k, so
#431-1966 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER
FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ4042667. Blue/black vinyl.
Odo: 46,289 miles. Miles claimed actual.
Older repaint heavily buffed out over plenty of
off-roading battle scars. Sloppy door fit—just
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Japanese highlights from Arizona Auction Week
by Tony Piff
(All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions)
#128-1970 NISSAN SKYLINE 2000GT-R
“Hakosuka.” S/N PGC10000917. 58,200 km.
RHD. Race-bred 24-valve 2-L L20 I6. Marque expert
restoration in Japan completed 2009. Driven
3,000 km since. Looks superb. Interior “very correct
throughout.” Original tolls and spare. Condition: 2+.
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like original, but also helped by torn-up door
seals. Brush-painted interior, but does have
newer seat upholstery and modern seat belts.
Steering wheel is from an early ’70s Chevy
Camaro or Vega. Older outdoor plastic carpeting.
Permanently mounted front tow bar.
Wheels have two different styles of 1970s
Lincoln Continental wheel covers. Washed off
under the hood, but wiring is haphazard.
common Patrols have made little headway. It
may take a year to see who got the better end
of the deal here—the consignor, the buyer... or
the dealer who got rid of it in the first place.
SOLD AT $88,000. The JDM Holy Grail.
Hakosuka means “boxy Skyline,” and GT-R was
the homologation racing spec. Rare to begin with,
never sold here when new, and Japanese collectors
aren’t inclined to let them go now. Someone paid
$242k for one at RM Monterey in August, but that
was the first ever offered at a U.S. collector car
auction, and it was the more desirable 2-door hard
top (SCM# 247736). If as correct as claimed, I call
it well bought. RM Phoenix, January 15, 2015.
#353-1969 MAZDA COSMO Sport Series II
L10B coupe. S/N L10B10900. 54,585 miles. RHD.
982-cc twin-rotor Wankel engine. “Leaving Japan
for the first time. Outside of routine maintenance
and mechanical refurbishment, the car is substantially
original.” Hayashi Racing wheels look too
big. Condition: 3+.
#19-1974 SAAB SONETT III coupe. S/N
97745001991. Orange/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo:
33,217 miles. Miles claimed actual. Recent
repaint is better than the masking job. Light
overspray on the undercarriage. Okay door
and panel fit. Door and glass seals starting to
show dry-rot. Good original interior. CD
player in dashboard. Topical engine-bay
cleanup. Low-budget exhaust system consists
of a straight pipe and a glasspack muffler, giving
off a sound that makes a Farmall H sound
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,530. I went to all six
Arizona auctions this week, and I knew for a
fact that each had at least one Land Crusher.
Most (like here at Silver) had more than one.
Out of all of them, this was the only one that I
had the time of day for, because 1) it’s not an
over-the-top concours trailer queen restoration,
2) it’s not some goofball money-pit creation
with a small-block Chevy V8 and
oversized tires, and 3) it was offered at no
reserve—so, it truly showed where the market
really is now.
SOLD AT $110,000. The first rotary-powered
sports car, with a name as futuristic as its styling.
The Cosmo has no cultural resonance outside
Japan, which explains why it’s one-tenth the price
of a Toyota 2000GT, but the gulf will narrow as
awareness grows. Gooding sold one at Pebble
Beach 2014 for a huge $264k (SCM# 245010),
making this one well bought. Bonhams Scottsdale,
January 15, 2015.
#169-1968 TOYOTA CORONA 2-dr hard
top. S/N RT52-34840. 26,604 miles. Ex-Martin
Swig. California black-plate car. Swig acquired it
from long storage in 2007. Mechanically serviced at
that time, paint “refreshed for a stunning presentation.”
SOLD AT $11,000. Ridiculous money for an econobox
’Yota with 2-speed automatic, and probably
unrepeatable. Hilarious to look at this and imagine
Toyota becoming the world’s largest automaker.
Bonhams Scottsdale, January 15, 2015. ♦
stered front seats. Side-facing rear seats have
blankets over the cushions. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $15,390. Consignor got this from the Nissan
dealer in Bonners Ferry, ID, claiming that
it was kept up by them and the powertrain was
gone through by them. If so, they must have
given up on the old gal and moved it out.
While prices for the nearly identical Toyota
Land Cruiser recently went nuts (and now are
subsequently getting real again), these less-
#470-1967 NISSAN PATROL SUV. S/N
L6012491. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 3,346 miles.
Modern wheels and tires. Mediocre repaint
several years ago. Diamond-plate sheet aluminum
front bumper, rear valance panel, and
interior of rear barn doors. Hood emblem is
loose, right front emblem is missing. Lens
missing from left rear clearance light. Heavier
engine paint flaking, but recently washed off
under the hood. Dryer hose used for heater air
intake. Seems to run out okay but leaves a trail
of oil drips. Repainted interior and reuphol-
exotic. Salvage title; claimed that this was due
to being the only way to get a new title after it
was pulled out of storage in California. Cond:
3+. SOLD AT $8,208. Since Sonetts were the
hot ticket for ice racing up north, they have all
but vaporized north of the Mason-Dixon Line
(even with their fiberglass bodywork). Opened
up at $5k, then almost sold once the $7,750
reserve was met, until the thing about the title
was mentioned. Oops. Start again. This time
they let it go when the bidding stopped with
the previous underbidder.
#460-1931 PACKARD EIGHT Model
833 convertible sedan. S/N 483111. Maroon
& black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 86,062
miles. Repatriated from Europe some time
after 2008, with vintage U.K. plates and insurance
certificate still in the windscreen. Old
repaint is starting to craze. Presentable-topitted
plating, some original and some redone
a long time back. Reglazed with European
safety glass. Freshly reupholstered seats and
door panels, with aromatic leather. Good dash
wood, but has a pebbled finish. Recent engine
detailing, with heavily pitted/corroded exhaust
manifold painted over. Dual sidemount spares
and Adonis radiator ornament. Title delay.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $64,800. I am of the
opinion that this is likely an original export
car, if for no other reason than the fact that the
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radiator shell has the Packard script at the top
of it. The U.S.-market cars didn’t get this detail,
since, well, any Yank could tell that it’s a
Packard just by the oxbow grille. Cut loose
from the reserve on the final bid, and wisely
so, with some issues that need tending to.
#447-1951 MERCURY EIGHT sedan.
S/N 0074H5127119. Black/gray & green
broadcloth. Odo: 69,838 miles. 255-ci V8,
2-bbl, 3-sp. Fitted with period-accessory sun
visor and spinner hubcaps. Frame-off restoration
a few years back with photo album to
prove it. Good repaint but not spectacular,
with polishing scratches. Driver’s door needs a
lift to latch properly. Yellowed vent window
glass. Bumpers replated, with buffed-out stainless.
Expertly reupholstered headliner, seats
and door panels. CD sound system added be-
$23k, but the reserve lifted and it generated
two more bids. Good buy if you have the logistics
for what will be the hit of the next International
Mercury Owners Association national
meet. Poorly bought if you wanted a cruiser,
as you’ll lose money every mile you drive it.
#461-1962 METROPOLITAN coupe.
S/N E86761. Red & white/red & white vinyl.
Odo: 42,144 miles. 90.1-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp.
Consignor claims it was a Detroit Auto Show
display car, with special buttoned and pleated
interior. Some vinyl lifting on the loose-fitting
and re-dyed door panels, but seats are in pretty
decent condition. Heavily soiled dealer-accessory
Rambler seatbelts. Only thing on the bare
steel floor is a pair of modern rubber floor
mats. Older repaint with several nicks and
chips, but buffs out well for a 10-footer. Good
owner of this Lincoln cut the reserve loose at
$23,500, with several bidders—including
dealers—continuing to chase it. I’ve seen far
rattier slab-sided suicide-door convertibles
sell for a lot more that this one brought, so it
was bought fairly well.
#513-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
coupe. S/N 194376S112731. Rally Red/red
vinyl. Odo: 45,653 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8,
4-bbl, 4-sp. Good body prep and paint. Fiberglass
repair in left rear wheelwell. Decent door
fit. Authentically detailed engine bay a little
while back. Original and faded dashpads; rest
of interior is reproduction showing minimal
wear and no fading. Dingy undercarriage was
neath dashboard. Modern ignition wiring on a
lightly cleaned-off motor. Cond: 3+. NOT
SOLD AT $18,500. The consignor referred to
this as a “James Dean Merc,” but the one in
“Rebel Without A Cause” was a coupe. Sort of
like when I go out on tours with the Corvair
club; folks will come up to my aqua convertible
and tell me with a straight face, “Yeah, I
used to have one just like this—except it was
black and was a station wagon and was a Biscayne.”
Insufficiently bid for the goods offered.
#519-1959 MERCURY MONTCLAIR
2-dr hard top. S/N M8JB504411. Two-tone
blue/multi-blue vinyl. Odo: 14,143 miles. 383ci
V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed actual miles and
original aside from a repaint and underhood
detailing. Even claimed to retain its original
exhaust system. Good door and panel fit. Very
nice original chrome, barely showing light
tarnishing. Light staining on carpet and seats.
Slight deformation of the dash padding from
age. Battery, modern generic upper radiator
hose, hose clamps, spark plugs, and one of the
eight spark-plug wires have been swapped out.
door fit. Fitted with twin rear antennas plus
non-standard trim and emblems on rear. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $11,070. From 1958 through
this final year of production in 1962, the Metropolitan
was badged as a stand-alone brand
and sold through Rambler dealers. I repeat
this for anyone calling a Metropolitan from
this year a “Nash.” For the record, AMC discontinued
all use of “Nash” after 1957 anyway.
Those misusing the Nash name include
the consignor, who should know better since
he also had the original invoice from when it
was sold new at a Rambler dealer. Sold to the
next bidder after the reserve lifted.
#315-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
4-dr convertible. S/N 3Y86N400430. Light
yellow/white vinyl/Parchment leather. Odo:
57,573 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional
a/c, power front seat, and AM/FM radio. Miles
claimed actual. Better-quality older repaint
with a few chips on front valance and door
edges, plus overspray on the undercarriage.
Good door fit. All-season radial tires are yellowing.
Original interior with light seat wrinkling
and moderate carpet soiling. Seat belts
painted black a while back. Optional sidepipes,
telescopic steering column, AM/FM
radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,080. This car
and Lot 516, the ’69, had the same consignor,
who lifted the reserve when the car hit the
block. That did a good job of waking up the
crowd, since this was getting late in the afternoon
on the last day. Bidders chased after it
pretty well, pushing it to a market price.
#511-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE
SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138177Z136280.
Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/black
leather. Odo: 9,475 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl,
auto. Frame-off restoration two years ago.
Modern tweaks include 4-wheel disc brakes,
a/c, modern 15-inch alloy wheels on radial
tires, three-inch-diameter dual exhaust, and
leather seats. Good body prep and paint. Good
Optional power steering, power brakes and
fender skirts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,110.
The consignor had most of the annual registrations
for the car from the original owners
in Reno, NV, into the 1970s. Even for a
20-year-old car back then, it was enough of a
low-mile survivor that it’s stayed well cared
for since. Bidding got stuck in the mud at
dded. Both back-door windows drop like they
are supposed to when the door is opened. Top
functions well. Tail-dragger rear suspension.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,160. The long-term
panel fit. Doors sag slightly. All brightwork is
either replated or reproduction. Good interior
fit, although the aftermarket a/c vents and
gauges leave a little to be desired. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $28,000. Not quite a resto-mod, but
starting to push the envelope. Most of the
tweaks are both subtle and make the car bearable
in modern traffic. Bidding petered out at
$26,500 across the block, but this deal quickly
#518-1968 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N
U15NLD68034. Diamond Blue & white/
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Parchment vinyl. Odo: 75,467 miles. 289-ci
V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Optional dual fuel tanks and
rear seat. Period-accessory a/c. Consignor has
the original warranty card. Good prep and
paint on an uncut body. Original paint on cowl
and radiator frame. Modern plastic Ford mud
guards. Typical weak Bronco door fit. Twoinch
suspension lift. Stock steel rims with
chrome lug nuts, shod with slightly oversized
tires. Reproduction seat upholstery. Period
#438-1969 CADILLAC DEVILLE con-
vertible. S/N F9253810. White/white vinyl/
red vinyl. Odo: 16,304 miles. 472-ci V8,
4-bbl, auto. Decent masked-off color-change
repaint in recent years; originally Astral Blue
with blue and white leather interior. Modern
vinyl pinstriping. Reupholstered in vinyl
rather than the original leather, but they did a
good job of it and generally replicated the
only six feet long; funny that it would be off a
little each time.) Good door fit. Good original,
re-dyed roof vinyl. Excellent original interior
with light scent of old leather. Seating surfaces
have light wrinkling. Dealer-accessory full-
aftermarket Tilt-O-Meter on the dash. Brushstroke
simulated woodgrain on fittings inside
is a bit much. Bone-stock engine bay. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $31,860. The 302 was introduced
in 1968, but it didn’t replace the 289 in
trucks until 1969. While Toyota Land Crushers
have peaked and are plummeting back to reality
in the market, first-gen Broncos seem to be
holding their own. Considering some of the
deviations from stock on this one, it sold market-correct.
stock pattern. Doors rattle a bit. Newer reproduction
carpeting. Carpeted dashpad. Stereo
cut into dash. Rattle-can engine repaint; engine
bay not so stock. 1980s Firestone 721
wide whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3. SOLD
AT $14,580. Considering some of the shortcuts
and departures from stock, this sold well
enough for a cruise-night boat. Seller got the
better end of the deal here.
#493-1970 CADILLAC ELDORADO
2-dr hard top. S/N H0253976. Bright gold
metallic/black vinyl/black leather. Odo:
81,625 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Superb
mostly trim-off repaint, but with chipping on
hood edge from it whipping closed. (Gee, it’s
width rubber floor mat is in lightly used condition
and has more square footage than the
entire floor of any Kia. Pristine dashpad, with
no cracks or warping. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD
AT $15,500. It’s easy to tell that the 1967–70
Eldos were the inspiration for Cadillac’s chief
designer Kip Wasenko’s current Cadillac
knife-edged “Art and Science” theme. These
cleanly designed personal luxury cars are following
the market lead of the first-gen Buick
Rivieras and are steadily moving up in value.
High bid was in the ballpark.
#501-1971 GMC SUBURBAN Custom
2500 SUV. S/N CE216Z113331. Medium
Olive/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 8,903 miles.
402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tag on glovebox door
shows optional 402 V8, automatic, Power-Lok
rear axle, power steering, overhead a/c, gauge
package, three-row seating, 61-amp alternator
and auxiliary battery. Aftermarket reserve fuel
tank. Modern alloy wheels. Good repaint done
a few years ago. Replated bumpers, some repro
trim, and lifting chrome on door handles.
Hood and door fit are so-so. Re-dyed door
panels, newer carpeting, and reproduction
seats, although the third row is gone. Cruise
control and a retro tape deck added to dash.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. The only thing a
late-model truck has over this is power brakes
and shoulder belts (assuming you consider
ABS and airbags fodder for Nanny State fools
who shouldn’t be driving in the first place—let
alone towing a trailer). As for fuel economy,
Mark IV big blocks like this are thirsty,
whether you’re towing or not. Material in the
truck showed that they had it on a lot for
$14,500. Reserve dropped at $11k, getting a
couple more bids. Sold for #$11k at Mecum
Anaheim in November of 2013 (SCM#
238546). Fair for all.
#285-1973 GMC MOTORHOME 23-
foot Class A RV. S/N TZE033V101099. Beige
& brown/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 67,861 miles.
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Bonhams and Mecum Auctions Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Motorcycle Sales
Bonhams sells 172 bikes for $4m, and Mecum
sells 590 for $7.2, for a combined $11.2m
Report and photos by Somer Hooker
Market opinions in italics
abin fever spells money. People cramped indoors during a long winter look for retail
therapy. (Think Arizona Auction Week.) Cabin fever strikes motorcyclists particularly
hard; at least car lovers can crank up the heat and take a drive. And so thousands of
moto enthusiasts flew the coop and headed to Las Vegas in January.
Bonhams’ one-day sale had close to 220 lots and two hours of memorabilia. Quality, not quan-
tity, was the theme, with several high-quality collections consigned. An obscure 1950 Vincent
White Shadow sold for $224k. After the gavel quit echoing, Bonhams had sold 80% of their entries
Mecum officially took over MidAmerica Auctions this year. They started up at 4 p.m. on
Thursday while Bonhams was midway through their sale. Mecum ran 750 lots over three days.
A few bikes broke the $100k mark, such as a 1927 BMW R39 at $100k. Mecum achieved an 82%
sales rate with $7.6m in sales.
American bikes seemed a little soft, but it could be “powder dry” syndrome, as collectors brace
for Mecum’s dispersal of the E.J. Cole Collection in March. English motorcycles sold strong, and
quality Japanese bikes continued to rise in value. ♦
The Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Date: January 8, 2015
Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber
Motorcycles sold/offered: 172/219
Sales rate: 82%
Sales total: $4,003,551
High sale: 1950 Vincent White shadow, sold at $224,250
Buyer’s premium: 15% up to $100,000;
10% thereafter, included in sold prices
#174-1950 VINCENT SERIES C
WHITE SHADOW motorcycle. S/N RC6376A.
Eng. # F10AB1A4476. Black/black
leather. MHD. Odo: 4 miles. Very nice bike.
Low miles were reflected in the condition.
Original Birmabright fenders highly polished.
Rare Dunlop alloy wheels fitted as per spec
sheet. Plush leather seat, detailed correctly.
Correct Amal carbs. Nicely polished alloy side
covers. Serial number font correct. Stunning
bike. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $224,250. What a
difference a serial number makes. There were
only 15 “White Shadows” built—so called
24th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle
Location: Las Vegas
Date: January 8–10, 2015
Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis and Dan Wall
Motorcycles sold/offered: 590/717
Sales rate: 82%
Sales total: $7,168,645
High sale: 1952 Vincent C Rapide, sold at $132,500
Buyer’s premium: 10%, $250 minimum, included in
because the cases were not enameled like the
Black Shadows were. From afar they appear
like a lowly Rapide. This bike was sold at Bonhams’
2009 Quail auction for $111,150, in red
and sporting straight pipes (SCM# 120768).
Research from factory records revealed its
English registration number and that its original
color was the more common black. With
Vincents, it is all about the serial numbers.
Well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#F164-1973 NORTON COMMANDO
850 motorcycle. S/N 302948. Eng. # 302948.
Black/black. Odo: 13,168 miles. Front fender
has been bobbed. Disc is corroded and
SOLD AT $17,600. In the 1970s, John Player
cigarettes sponsored a race team of Nortons.
This came out in red, white and blue. The
problem with these is you could buy the fiberglass
kits and convert them yourself. Factory
did not differentiate by numbers, so you can
never be sure what you are getting. This was
definitely well sold. Mecum Auctions, Las
Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#F65-1927 BMW R39 motorcycle. S/N
N/A. Eng. # 36208. Black/brown leather. Odo:
505 km. Engine unit in fresh condition but
shows typical 1920s waviness in fins, discoloration
of alloy. Paint very nice and glistens.
Nickel plating very good. Speedometer is an
original, as is the ID tag, but numbers are hard
to read. Brake cable is hooked up on front but
scratched with grooves. Paint on tank is
scratched. Scallops missing from side covers.
Reproduction mufflers. Correct air filter. Ignition
coil upgraded. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$7,150. For a few hundred bucks more, you
could have a good “rider.” Norton Commandos
are still excellent rides, as long as the isolastic
suspension is kept up. This was about
right money-wise for condition. Mecum Auctions,
Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#F241-1974 NORTON JOHN PLAYER
SPECIAL replica motorcycle. S/N 308964.
Eng. # 308969. White/black. Odo: 1,910
miles. Paint deteriorating and cracking. Has
the proper JPM graphics in vinyl.The exhaust
is an aftermarket 2-into-1. Wheels not Norton,
but probably Honda Comstar. Dual headlights
in place. Proper Smiths instruments. Cond: 4+.
excess was never trimmed off. Missing taillight
from license-plate bracket. Cond: 1-.
NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Pretty significant
bike from the early days of BMW. May have
been their first single. Buyer was right to hold
out for more. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas,
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#F131-1927 BMW R47 motorcycle. S/N
N/A. Eng. # 4741. Black/brown leather. Very
fresh-looking bike. Auxiliary fuel tank fitted
with nice period rally badge. Racing-pattern
brake fitted on front. Alloy castings appear as
though they just came from the foundry.
Nicely striped. All pipes brightly polished. No
fiberglass tank. Oval Conti mufflers and Borrani
wheels in good shape. Early Ducati-em-
wear. Mufflers are the later production models
but correct for the Z1. The engine appears
very original. Some deterioration of the black
paint helps to prove its originality. Rims are
very nice. Fitted with proper Kawasaki mirrors
and grab bar for passenger. Correct
evidence of the bike running. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $88,000. Very nice bike brought in from
Germany. After Mecum sold an R37 here last
year for $220k, the racers started coming out
of the woodwork. Unless you have an originalpaint
bike, it is hard to know what you are
getting from Europe. With the fall of the Iron
Curtain in 1989, cottage industries sprung up
refurbishing abandoned bikes. Regardless, this
was a very handsome piece. Well bought and
sold. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#258-1961 BMW R60/2 motorcycle. S/N
622515. Eng. # 622515. Black/black. Odo:
24,641 miles. Nice repaint. Has large “sport”
tank and reproduction touring seat. Correct
exhaust with accessory fins. Original alloy
wheels in good condition. Lavish use of replacement
stainless-steel hardware won’t be
appreciated on the concours field. Brake clutch
levers replaced with post-1966 ball-ended le-
bossed fork legs. Dell’Orto carburetors fitted,
but this early, it could have been either these
or Amal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,750.
Roundcase Ducatis were the first of Ducati’s
iconic “l” twins. The exhaust note always
turns heads. This bike had it all going for it.
Lots of early features present. Very difficult to
find in this condition. Well bought. Mecum
Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#298-1970 HONDA CB750 motorcycle.
S/N CB750101574. Eng. # CB750E1011391.
Blue/black. Odo: 8,476 miles. All the correct
parts and pedigree from the Art of the Motorcycle.
Restored when NOS bits were about, it
was properly done. Excellent repaint on all
cycle parts. Probably better than original. Fitted
with the proper “ducktail” seat—NOS at
that, as are the desirable HM300 mufflers.
KO-series side covers and plastic air box.
badges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,250. Nice
piece and a significant Japanese bike. After
the introduction of the CB750 in ’69, the Z1 in
’73 pretty much sewed up the Japanese ownership
of U.S. market. To boot, this one had low
numbers. May have been technically a ’72.
Regardless, it had what you want. This was
good for both buyer and seller. This is about
the benchmark for good Z1s. Early Japanese
vehicles are on the rise in two- and four-wheel
world. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#F238-1975 KAWASAKI Z1 motorcycle.
S/N Z1F71361. Eng. # Z1E071361. Blue &
gold/black. Odo: 12,489 miles. Tank tail section
has been repainted. Good job. Seat is a
reproduction unit. Exhaust system is fresh and
reproduction. Frame has original paint. Original
Kawasaki rear-view mirrors. Fenders
vers. Odd paint crazing on bottom of air filter.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,375. The BMW
“Slash” 2 series was the basis of BMW’s motorcycle
legend. Numerous trips around the
world were documented by adventure riders
racking up hundreds of thousands of miles on
these. This indicated 24k miles. May have been
plus-100,000; not uncommon. It was fitted with
the most desirable accessories for the period.
Nice R60s trade hands in the $8k–$11k range.
This came in way above that and was well
sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#S158-1973 DUCATI 750 GT motor-
cycle. S/N 750657DM750. Eng. # 750657DM750.
Red/black. Odo: 41,430 km. Original
INOX fenders in stainless steel. Scarab calipers
but with late-model master cylinder. Paint
is very good. Unable to tell if it has a steel or
Later front fender with lip on front. Excellent,
documented show pedigree. Early die-cast
crankcase. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $18,400. The
CB750 Hondas have been called the most significant
motorcycle of the century. They
changed the whole game in 1969. Disc brakes,
electric starter, reliability—who would’ve
thought it? The most desirable are the early
sand-cast editions, of which only 7,400 were
built. Later, because of demand, they switched
to die-cast crankcases. This was a die-cast
unit. Well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV,
#299-1973 KAWASAKI Z1 motorcycle.
S/N Z1F02327. Eng. # Z1E02207. Brown &
orange/black vinyl. Odo: 9,080 miles. Pretty
original bike. Tank, side covers and tail section
repainted in the common “root beer” and
orange. Minor fading on instruments. Seat is
an original item and beginning to show minor
nicely chromed (or rechromed). Correct turn
signals. Cylinders look as though they’ve been
sand-blasted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,200.
Last year of the true Z1s. In ’76 the KZs came
out. These are very popular for export back to
Japan, where they were not sold in great volume
and typically had a 750 engine, compared
with the 900 offered here. Well sold. Mecum
Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/15.
#126-1990 HONDA RC30 motorcycle.
S/N JH2RC3000LM200204. White, red &
blue/black. Odo: 740 miles. Almost flawless
original. A few very minor stress cracks
around attachment points. All graphics in brilliant
condition. Wheels nice and white. No
apparent bluing of exhaust pipes. Condition
reflects mileage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,900.
Honda made a limited run of these. In 1989
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1963 Jaguar Mk 2 sedan
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miles. V6, 4-spd manual. Excellent overall condition.
Restored by Redline Sportscar of Marcos Cars, U.K.
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1971 Porsche 914-6 convertible
S/N TD12118. MG Red/tan Leather. 1,480 miles.
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1959 Jaguar Mk V 3.5-Liter drophead coupe
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1966 Jaguar XKE Series I coupe
1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible
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an upscale experience that not only
showcases the most collectable cars,
but also provides a unique and exciting
social environment that is befitting of
the rarest and finest automobiles.
Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942.
Carlisle Collector Car Auctions.
480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over
four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction
Company has been recognized
throughout the world for offering only
the finest selection of quality collector
vehicles, outstanding professional
service and an unrivaled sales success.
From classic and one-of-a-kind cars
to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson
attracts only the best. Our
auctions have captured the true essence
of a passionate obsession with cars that
extends to collectors and enthusiasts
throughout the world. A television audience
of millions watches unique and
select vehicles while attendees enjoy a
lifestyle experience featuring fine art,
fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every
way, the legend is unsurpassed. N.
Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
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.
Leake Auction Company was established
in 1972 as one of the first car
auctions in the country. Forty-two years
later, the auction company has sold
over 35,000 cars and currently holds
auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and
Dallas. Their unsurpassed customer
service and fast-paced two-lane auction
ring makes them a leader in the business.
Recently they have been featured
on several episodes of two reality TV
series — “Fast N’ Loud” on Discovery
and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime.
Palm Springs Auctions Inc.
Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290.
760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon
Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
A family-run auction house producing
two large classic cars auctions per year.
McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions
has been in business for over 25 years,
and each auction features over 500 classics
Lucky Collector Car Auctions.
Dan Kruse Classics is a family-
owned collector car auction company
located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC
has been responsible for successful
collector car sales since 1972, with annual
sales in Austin, Houston and San
Antonio. Dan has personally has over
$1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied
career. Dan and daughters Tiffany,
Tedra and Tara, manage the company.
888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car
Auctions is aptly named after Harold
“Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic,
pastoral ground of Marymount, home
to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation
near Tacoma, WA, the collection,
formerly the biggest in the world,
according to Guinness, now hosts
an unrivaled event center, art collection
and charitable foundation, which
features two exceptional collector car
auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com
Petersen Auction Group of
Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car
auctions in Oregon since 1962. We
have three annual Auctions: February,
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR;
July, Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg,
OR; September, Oregon State
Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5
Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast,
friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s
#1 Collector Car Auction www.
Mecum Auction Company.
Bonhams is the largest auction
house to hold scheduled sales of classic
and vintage motorcars, motorcycles
and car memorabilia, with auctions
held globally in conjunction with internationally
renowned motoring events.
Bonhams holds the world-record price
for any motorcar sold at auction, as well
as for many premier marques.
San Francisco: (415) 391-4000
New York: (212) 644-9001
Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500
London: +44 20 7447-7447
Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10
Hollywood Wheels Auctions &
Shows 800.237.8954. Hosting two
auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach,
FL, March & December. Offering
quality collector cars and personalized
service, all in a climate-controlled,
Gooding & Company.
310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding
& Company offers its international
clientele the rarest, award-winning examples
of collector vehicles at the most
prestigious auction venues. Our team of
well-qualified experts will advise you
on current market values. Gooding &
Company presents the official auction
of the famed Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting
Scottsdale Auction in January
and a world-class auction at the Omni
Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in
March. www.goodingco.com. (CA)
262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction
Company has been specializing in the
sale of collector cars for 28 years, now
offering more than 15,000 vehicles per
year. Mecum Auctions is the world
leader of collector car, exotics, vintage
motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions
are held throughout the United
States and broadcast live on NBCSN.
For further information, visit
445 South Main Street
Walworth, WI 53184.
Rick Cole Auctions . Rick Cole
conducted the first auction ever held in
Monterey. His dozen successive annual
events forever changed the landscape
of the historic weekend. Next August,
Rick Cole and Terry Price combine
70-plus years of professional client care
to present an entirely new type of Monterey
Auction experience, conducted at
The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment.
Web: www.rickcole.com (CA)
A premier international collector
car auction house offering the rarest
and finest automobiles on the world
market. Motostalgia publishes a full
photographic catalog presenting and
documenting professional descriptions
and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse
automotive experts offer bidders and
consigners alike an accurate understanding
of the global automotive market.
With venues that parallel the most
RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371.
RM Auctions is the world’s largest collector
car auction house for investmentquality
automobiles. With 35 years’
experience, RM’s vertically integrated
range of services, from restoration
to private treaty sales and auctions,
coupled with an expert team of car specialists
and an international footprint,
provide an unsurpassed level of service
to the global collector car market.
Sports Car Market
Russo and Steele Collector Auto-
mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697.
Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in
the finest European sports, American
muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles;
Russo and Steele now hosts four
record-breaking auctions per year;
Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA,
every August; Las Vegas in September,
and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As
one of the premier auction events in
the United States, Russo and Steele has
developed a reputation for its superior
customer service and for having the
most experienced and informed experts
in the industry. www.russoandsteele.
Centerline Products. 888.750.
ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for
over 30 years — rely on our experience
to build and maintain your dream
Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and
performance parts in stock for Giulietta
through 164. Newly developed products
introduced regularly. Check our website
for online store, new arrivals, tech tips,
and special offers.
A premier international collector car
auction house and professional appraisal
company. Motostalgia’s diverse
and multilingual automotive experts
offer collectors and investors alike an
accurate understanding of the global
and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s
international offices have
the capability of appraising collector
cars around the globe. With decades of
global collector car market knowledge
our experts can accurately value your
most prized automobiles, ranging from
a single pre-purchase appraisal to full
Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485.
Silver Auctions isn’t successful because
we auction the most expensive cars,
we’re successful because we auction
the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s
staff, bidders and consignors are everyday
people with a passion for Nostalgic
and Collector cars. Come see the difference
at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe,
Spokane, WA 99205.
Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts.
800.890.2532. 510.525.9519. 1221
Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710.
Large selection of parts from Giulietta
to 164. Efficient, personal service.
CAR ART, INC. www.CarArt.us
The Vicari Auction Company hosts
fast-paced, high-energy auctions along
the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining
destination to car collectors, enthusiasts
and travelers. The company prides itself
on personal service, providing cars for
everyone from the avid collector to the
first-time buyer. For more information,
contact Vicari Auction at 1900
Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call
504.875.3563; or visit
Auto Appraisal Group.
800.848.2886. Offices located nationwide.
Pre-purchase inspection service,
insurance matters, charitable donations,
resale vales, estates, expert witness
testimony. On-site inspection. Certified,
confidential, prompt, professional.
“Not just one man’s opinion of value.”
See website for locations and service
We are your one-stop shop for the
World’s Finest Automotive Art. Choose
from 1,300 artworks of 130 marques
by 80 renowned fine artists, car designers
and photographers. “Whether your
preference is European sports and racing
cars, American muscle or pre-war
classics, you’ll find what you’re looking
for.” — SCM. Founded in 2002 by Peter
Aylett after 25 years in car design with
Ford, GM, Lotus, Mercedes, Mazda and
Nissan. Contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 949-433-0500 (CA)
AutoKennel. 714.335.4911. Imagine
if you had the best of the best market
your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking
all the photographs. Lee Iacocca
working with buyers. Keith Martin
introducing you to the right car clubs.
Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel
do just that for all their clients.
Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA
92627. www.autokennel.com (CA)
Steve Austin’s Automobilia &
Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European
Car Collector tours including
Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private
collections, and car manufacturers.
Automobile Art importer of legendary
artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas
Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980,
Everett Anton Singer has been supplying
international collectors with
the most diverse selection of authentic
vintage automotive posters. The vast
inventory runs from the late 1890s
through the 1960s; featuring marque,
event and product advertising. Please
visit us at:
Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233.
800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789.
Worldwide Auctioneers was formed
over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar
specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse.
The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles
is our core business, and no one
is better qualified. Worldwide is unique
in having owners who are also our
chief auctioneers, so you deal directly
with the auctioneer, and we are wholly
invested in achieving the best result for
you. Our auctions are catalogue-based,
offering a limited number of higher-end
consignments, with an emphasis on
quality rather than volume. (We don’t
limit ourselves to only selling the most
expensive cars in the world, but do
ensure that every car we consign is the
very best of its type.)
We also offer specialist-appraisal,
estate-management and collectionconsultancy
services. Our dedicated
private sales division serves the needs
of individual collectors who seek privacy
or to acquire vehicles that may not
be available on the open market.
Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.
206.467.6531. For over a quarter century,
Cosmopolitan Motors has been at
the center of the world for collector cars
changing hands. Their unparalleled experience
in tracking valuations makes them
uniquely capable of valuating the rare
and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections,
insurance. Let their billion dollars
worth of experience supply the results
you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual,
whether pedigreed or proletarian”.
Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition
automotive titles for the discriminating
motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional
material on the most significant
collections, museums and marques with
a balance of authoritative writing, precise
research, unique historical documents
and the modern photography of
Michael Furman. Please visit our website
to view our latest titles and order.
203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both
road and race, have been a key activity
for over 35 years. Our sales professionals
actively seek consignments on
a global basis. We also offer vehicle
“search and find” for rare models. We
undertake pre-purchase inspections
worldwide. We provide auction support,
including in-person or telephone bidding
for absentee buyers. Restoration
management and special-event assistance
are also included in our services.
Our aim is to make sure that your collector
car passion is as enjoyable and
worry-free as possible.
Celebrate your ownership experiGooding
310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s
experts are well-qualified to appraise
individual automobiles as well as collections
and estates. Whether it is the
creation of a foundation, living trust or
arrangement of a charitable donation,
we are able to assist you.
ence! Automotive designer & illustrator,
Steve Anderson is a specialist in
the creation of owner-specified, fineart
illustrations. Each original piece
is hand crafted to portray the exact
specification of individual automobiles
and collections. All marques, eras,
driven, concours and race. Ferrari- &
Porsche-licensed Illustrator. For image
samples, additional information or to
discuss your project, please call us at
818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com
Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the
largest European classic car dealerships
in the nation, with an extensive inventory
spanning over 50,000 sf. We can
meet all your classic car needs with our
unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line
models to project cars. We buy
classic cars in any shape or condition &
provide the quickest payment & pickup
anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272
Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: email@example.com.
Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC.
LETTING GO! 847.774.4857.
Use Joe’s 50+ years of experience for
professional assistance in marketing
your collector cars to get top dollar out
of the marketplace. Joe Bortz, 10:00–
10:00 CST. BortzCars@gmail.com (IL)
Checker Motor Cars. At Checker
Motor Cars we have a passion for cars,
not only CHECKERS, but all cars. We
are fanatic about automobile history
and that drives our passion to restore
history and art. Sales, Parts, Service
and Restorations for Checker Automobiles.
206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition,
collection management, disposition
and appraisal. For more than a
quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors
has lived by its motto, “We covet the
rare and unusual, whether pedigreed
or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and
proud of it. Find your treasure here,
or pass it along to the next generation.
and sales of any investment-grade classic
car. Since 2009, we have offered
a unique opportunity for collectors,
enthusiasts and other industry professionals.
Woodies USA. 949.922.7707,
Paul Russell and Company.
Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more
Classic Assets Motor Sports Cen-
ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A
first-rate used car dealership specializing
in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as
well as an eclectic private collection of
investment-grade automobiles including
classic cars, vintage rally cars and
supercars. Our business is buying and
selling classic, collectible motorcars.
We are considered to be the go-to resource
for collector cars in San Diego.
We are constantly seeking new additions.
Top quality, collectible trades
always considered. We are available to
assist buyers and sellers with all aspects
regarding classic cars including import
and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter.
than 100 cars at our warehouse location,
27 years of experience; visited
by customers across the country and
overseas. We specialize in European
and American cars and we are always
looking to buy classic cars in any condition.
We pick up from anywhere in
the U.S. Quick payment and pickup.
Specializing in the Preservation and
Sales of European Classics, pre-war
through the 1970s, since 1978. You
can rely on our decades of experience
with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche,
Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine
collectibles. Repeat customers are the
lifeblood of our business. Contact us
today to join them. Car Sales Manager,
Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com.
949.412.8812. We buy and sell great
woodies — hundreds to date. If you
are buying or selling, give us a call.
We can help. Woodies are fun! Every
car collection should have at least one.
Located in Laguna Niguel, California.
Classic Car Transport
Passport Transport. 800.736.0575.
Heritage Classics Motorcar Com-
pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com.
Heritage Classics Motorcar
Company, the premier West Coast
classic car dealership established in
1985. Offering one of the largest indoor
showrooms in Southern California, with
an exceptional inventory of the very
finest American and European classic
cars available. We buy, sell and consign
collectible automobiles, offering the best
consignment terms available, contact us
When in Southern California visit
our beautiful showroom and specialty
automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics
Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday.
For current inventory and to visit
our virtual bookstore visit
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100.
For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring
automotive history and helping
collectors obtain, restore and sell
classic vehicles. Our world class facility
houses 3 showrooms of cars and
department specialty areas to perform
all facets of restoration under one roof.
Let our team, of professional craftsmen
and specialists make your classic car
vision a reality. www.classicshowcase.
1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since
1971! Money-back guarantee. Worldwide
transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s,
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NCRS Member #136.
Since our founding in 1970, we have
shipped thousands of treasured vehicles
door-to-door with our fully enclosed
auto transporters. Whether your prized
possession is your daily driver, a vintage
race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle
car or a modern exotic, you can depend
on Passport Transport to give you the
premium service it deserves. We share
your appreciation for fine automobiles,
and it shows.
L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A.
The Stables Automotive Group.
Hyman Ltd Classic Cars.
314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories
of vintage cars in the world.
Please visit our website often,
www.hymanltd.com to see our current
stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310
Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146
480.699.3095. Arizona’s finest facility
for automotive management and concierge
services offers show car preparation,
auction representation, storage
and transportation. Single or multi-car
collections are welcome in our climatecontrolled
20,000 sq. ft. facility located
in Scottsdale’s Airpark, near January’s
auction scene. Stop by and meet the
owners, Steve and Chris, they’re on site
every day. www.stablesgroup.com
Prep brings its 30 years of experience
transporting vehicles for the automotive
industry’s top manufacturers to
discriminating luxury and exotic-car
owners and collectors across the United
States. Its highly skilled and experienced
staff delivers an unsurpassed
level of service and takes care of your
car with the highest-quality equipment
available in trucks and trailers that are
as clean and well maintained as the
valuable assets that they carry.
Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889.
As the country’s largest enclosed-auto
transport company, Reliable Carriers
faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United
States and Canada. Whether you’ve
entered a concours event, need a relocation,
are attending a corporate event, or
shipping the car of your dreams from
one location to another, one American
transportation company does it all.
Collector Car Insurance
Vintage Motors of Sarasota.
Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646.
Specializing in unique and hard-to-find
classics and sports cars. We only sell
cars we love ourselves, and deal in a
limited number of models. Before delivery
to you, all of our classics, including
Defenders, are fully inspected and
serviced by one of two expert shops.
We are located in Needham, MA.
Luxury Brokers International.
215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales,
purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles
for the astute collector, with
a new-age, contemporary approach.
Focusing on original, high-quality
examples as enjoyable, tangible investments.
Classic car storage, classic car
consignment, brokerage, and other
consulting services are available as
well. We actively pursue the purchase
941.355.6500. Established in 1989,
offering high-quality collector cars
to the most discerning collectors.
Vintage’s specialized services include
sales, acquisitions and consignment of
high-quality European and American
collector and sports cars. Always buying
individual cars or entire collections.
Visit our large showroom with 75+ examples
in the beautiful museum district
of tropical Sarasota, FL.
Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse
a new breed of insurance for classic,
antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary
classic and limited-edition
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To get a quote is even easier with our
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Don’t be caught without the right
insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate
aftermath of damage to your
vehicle, learning that your insurance
won’t restore your prized possession
to its former glory, or appropriately
compensate you for your loss, is the last
thing you want to hear. To get a quote
by phone, call 877.545.2522.
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proficiency and workmanship. We host
the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian
Car Event each May, and you are
cordially invited to attend. Visit our
website for more information about our
shop, and see photos of past events.
J.C. Taylor Insurance.
800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle
or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance
has provided dependable, dynamic,
affordable protection for your collector
vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed
Value Coverage in the continental U.S.,
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Chubb Collector Car Insurance.
1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb, you’ll
have flexibility and control with worldclass
coverage and claim service. There
are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed
Value” is included, and you’re free to
use the restoration shop of your choice
for covered repairs. Special pricing is
also available for large collections. For
more information, call 1-866-227-9648
or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com.
Fourintune Garages Inc.
Complete ground-up restoration on
British Marques — specializing in
Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience
you can trust, satisfied customers
nationwide. Visit our website for details
on our restoration process, which includes
a complete quotation on Healeys.
Located in historic Cedarburg — just
minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides
financing on classic cars ranging from
1900 to today. Visit our website at
www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965
and get a loan approval in as little as
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.
Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639.
Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value
insurance with no mileage limitations,
zero deductible*, and high liability
limits. Our coverages are specifically
designed for collectible-car owners.
From classic cars to muscle cars,
Grundy Worldwide has you covered.
(*Zero deductible available in most
states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639).
AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.
631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models
welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably
become old! Routine servicingcomplete
— cosmetic repair/paintwork to
complete frame-off restoration. Large
inventory of parts. All services as well
as our current unventory of automobiles
for sale can be seen at
Kevin Kay Restorations.
530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding,
CA 96003. Aston Martin parts,
service, repair and restoration. From an
oil change to a concours-winning restoration,
we do it all. Modern upgrades
for power steering, window motors,
fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast
performance parts in stock. We also
cater to all British and European cars
Events—Concours, Car Shows
Ferrari Financial Services.
201.510.2500. As the world’s only
Ferrari-owned finance company, no one
understands a Ferrari customer’s unique
perspective better than the company
that designed these iconic sports cars.
Whether it’s a line of credit for owners
interested in utilizing the equity in their
collection, or a simple interest loan, we
stand committed to help our clients enhance
their collection — without origination
or early termination fees. “FFS”
offers a level of expertise that cannot be
matched by other lenders.
Hilton Head Island Motoring FesHagerty
Insurance Agency, LLC.
800.922.4050. is the leading insurance
agency for collector vehicles in the
world and host to the largest network of
collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance
for collector cars, motorcycles
and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors,
automotive tools and spare parts,
and even “automobilia” (any historic
or collectible item linked with motor
vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas
shipping/touring insurance coverage,
commercial coverage and club liability
coverage. For more information, call or
visit www.hagerty.com. (MI)
tival. The South; a place where tea is
sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish
and, come autumn, cars are plentiful.
This fall, HHI Motoring Festival
returns to the towns of Savannah, GA
and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this
fall - October 23rd to November 1st - in
the land of southern hospitality. To purchase
tickets or for more information
Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100.
Classic Showcase has been an industry
leader in the restoration, service and
sale of classic Jaguars, and most other
fine British automobiles. From sports
cars to luxury sedans, our world-class
restoration facility and highly skilled
team are ready to assist your needs with
acquiring the perfect British classic
today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com
European Collectibles, Inc.
Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307.
Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/
development, dyno-testing, parts and
service. Your source for high-performance
brakes, suspension, gaskets,
engine parts, wheels and exhaust.
Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo
Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso
and X-Ost. www.CAROBU.com.
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
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E-Type UK USA. An international
specialist Jaguar E-type restoration and
sales organisation with offices in both
the U.K. and USA. E-Type UK USA are
proud to announce the impending opening
of their newly refurbished purpose
built E-type showrooms and workshops
designed to provide their USA clients
Radcliffe Motor Company.
410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s
premier facility for the maintenance,
repair, and light restoration of exotic
Italian and fine European automobiles.
Having gained the trust of the exoticcar
community, we are known for our
949.650.4718. European Collectibles
has been buying, consigning, selling
and restoring classic European sports
cars since 1986. We specialize in
Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early
1970s, along with other marks including
Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari,
MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40
vehicles in stock to choose from. European
Collectibles also offers complete
mechanical and cosmetic restorations to
concours level along with routine service.
Located in Orange County, CA,
between Los Angeles and San Diego.
visit our website
Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584.
Located in Central Oregon since 1982,
Porsche of Bend is the Northwest’s
destination dealership for new and
pre-owned Porsches. Formerly Carrera
Motors, Porsche of Bend continues to
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desired brand names in North America.
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cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of
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dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. We
have the largest indoor Recycling Facility
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Premier Financial Services is the
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LeMay Family Collection FoundaMercedes-Benz
1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of
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Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE.
Cosdel International Transportation.
Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation
has been handling international
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and product expertise have made Cosdel
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For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing
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Law Offices of Bruce Shaw
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www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law
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Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle.
206.329.7070. Family owned and operated,
Ferrari of Seattle is Washington
State’s only Official Ferrari dealer.
Named “Ferrari Top Dealer-World
Champion 2013,” our customer service
and knowledge of the Ferrari brand is
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WA 98122 www.ferrariofseattle.com
612.567.0234. NOT just SLs but all rare
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Visit during the 37th annual open house
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four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum
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ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field,
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LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
877.902.8490 (toll free)
QuickSilver Exhaust Systems.
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Furniture, Ergonomic Racing Office
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Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since
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The garage is no longer a place to cast
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in itself. We are a full-service, family
owned company that designs and manufactures
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OR. Choose from meticulously crafted
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cessories. 800.441.8527. MacNeil
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Restoration — General
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Hamann Classic Cars.
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in dealing in European race and sports
LeMay—America’s Car Museum
celebrates America’s love affair with
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Sports Car Market
Pratte’s Automobilia Brings Big Bucks
One neon sign bought for $27k a few years back sold for $69k
Carl’s Barrett-Jackson sold the automobilia collection of Ron Pratte during a special
three-day event during their January 2015 Scottsdale auction. They offered
about 1,500 pieces from his impressive museum in Chandler, AZ, and the prices
were equally impressive. Offered were gas globes, neon signs, pedal cars and all kinds of
other automotive-related collectibles. Barrett-Jackson did a magnificent job of promoting the
collection, and as mentioned, the prices were for the most part full retail — and then some.
BOY” NEON AND PORCELAIN
SOLD AT: $69,000. Date:
1/17/2015. It is thought that only
two of these huge 10-foot-by8-foot
signs were built. The
wheels had double rings of neon
and were articulated to give the
sensation of motion. I watched
this sell at a Barrett-Jackson
auction a few years back for
about $27,000 — and thought
that was a bunch. Now sold for
double that, and I still think it is
tion description stated they were
from the 1953 St. Louis World’s
Fair, but that is impossible, as the
fair never took place. Each of the
five Mobil divisions had a kiddy
ride, and they traveled around to
the various Mobil stations. You
received plastic coins that could
be used for the kiddy-car ride
when you purchased gas. A great
piece and priced right.
PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD
AT: $17,250. Date: 1/12/2015.
This 60-inch Packard Approved
Service sign was in excellent
condition and was complete with
the original hanger. I bought one
of these at the Brimfield Antique
Show some 25 years ago for
$500, and two guys told me I
paid way too much and that I was
ruining the sign market. Guess I
did one thing right.
SIGN. SOLD AT: $80,500.
Date: 1/13/2015. This huge sign
was 13 feet long and six feet tall.
It originally was used at a Texas
airport. It had been restored,
although there were still some
noticeable chips in the porcelain.
The double neon wings were
articulated to simulate flight. A
breathtaking sign, but you sure
need a large display area to do
it justice. Like most of the neon
signs at this auction, the price
was way, way up there.
VIDSON BAR AND SHIELD
SIGN. SOLD AT: $82,620.
Date: 1/13/2015. This Harley-Davidson
sign dates to the 1930s to
1940s, is in incredible condition
and measures about 60 inches by
45 inches. I watched this sell at
an auction in New Jersey about
13 years ago for $10,000, and the
buyer — a buddy — asked if I
wanted to go partners. Still kicking
myself on this one.
LOT 8899—1950S MOBIL
OIL “PEGASUS” KIDDY
RIDE. SOLD AT: $40,250.
Date: 1/13/2015. This was once in
the General Petroleum Museum
in Seattle, and they had a couple
of them. This one passed through
a few hands before landing in
the Pratte Collection. The auc-
CADILLAC SEDAN PEDAL
CAR BY TOLEDO. SOLD
AT: $21,850. Date : 1/13/2015.
This pedal car received a magnificent
restoration to concours
standards. It measures six feet
in length, with an opening door
for the little tyke to enter. Price
paid was up there, but this is an
exceptional pedal car and well
worth the money. Now the trick
will be keeping the grandkids
away from it.
LOT 8991—HUGE HUM-
BLE ESSO AVIATION PRODUCTS
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PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD
AT: $40,250. Date: 1/12/2015.
This very desirable 48-inch
Sinclair Aircraft porcelain sign
features an early airplane. This
sign was also available with a
green outer ring, and both are
rather rare. Sinclair was founded
in 1916, and there are still about
2,700 stations in the Rocky
Mountain and Central Plains
regions. These signs are usually
a bit pricey because of the aircraft
logo, but this is a record by
at least $15,000. ♦
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