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Bonhams: Las Vegas, NV, U.S. 1/7/2016

Mecum Auctions: Las Vegas, NV, U.S. 1/9/2016

Barrett-Jackson: Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. 1/25/2016

Russo and Steele: Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. 1/27/2016

Bonhams: Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. 1/28/2016

RM Sotheby's: Phoenix, AZ, U.S. 1/28/2016

Silver Auctions: Fort McDowell, AZ, U.S. 1/28/2016

Gooding & Co.: Scottsdale, AZ, U.S. 1/29/2016

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“Like” us on Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends April 2016 . Volume 28 . Number 4 FERRARI PROFILES This Month’s Market Movers Up Close ENGLISH 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans $6,490,000 / Gooding & Company One-of-a-kind early Ferrari brings top dollar by Gary Anderson 68 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 70 by Steve Ahlgrim 66 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 202 Vehicles Rated at Nine Sales 86 96 110 1952 Allard J2X $451,000 / Gooding & Company A fast, loud — and rare — English hot rod GERMAN by Stephen Serio 72 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe $990,000 / Gooding & Company Price leaves room for a needed restoration AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead 74 126 140 158 2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster $253,000 / Bonhams BMW Alpina Lite at a great price RACE by Thor Thorson 76 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia $1,430,000 / RM Sotheby’s One of two in existence brings big money NEXT GEN by Tony Piff 78 176 170 BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ: 99% of 1,490 cars change hands for $103m total at this week-long mega-sale — Dan Grunwald RM SOTHEBY’S Phoenix, AZ.: 85% of 149 lots hammer sold, for $62.7m overall — Carl Bomstead GOODING & COMPANY Scottsdale, AZ: The $6.5m 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe leads totals to $42.4m, and 96 out of 113 cars sell — Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas M. Seminetta RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ: Sales grow 9% to $21.3m, and 521 of 723 cars sell — John Boyle BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ: A 2015 McLaren P1 breaks $2m, and 94 of 112 cars sell for $18m total — Cody Tayloe SILVER AUCTIONS Fort McDowell, AZ: Sales grow 9% to a combined $3.9m, with 281 out of 484 cars sold — B. Mitchell Carlson MECUM Kissimmee, FL: 2,506 cars cross the block over 10 days, and 1,794 change hands, to the jingle of $84m total — Morgan Eldridge LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE SALES Las Vegas, NV: When Bonhams and Mecum go toe-to-toe, 719 bikes bring a combined $13.9m — Somer Hooker 1966 McLaren M1B Can-Am $220,000 / RM Sotheby’s Not real and not right, but who cares? 12 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R $82,500 / RM Sotheby’s Video game icon becomes collectible Cover photo: 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe; Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Co. Sports Car Market acebook and look for updates and offers!


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52 Legal Files What would happen if a drone fell from the sky and damaged your collector car? John Draneas 54 Unconventional Wisdom True car enthusiasts are confident in their passions — even when the color brown is concerned Donald Osborne 80 The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline “Godzilla” design hides — and shows off — the car’s true intentions Robert Cumberford 194 eWatch One dime is worth $2 million, and a cardboard Texaco counter card brings $12k Carl Bomstead FEATURES 58 First-Timer: Exploring the collector car extravaganza that is Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale — Roger Wooley 60 Arizona in Photos: Views from the massive sales week — Tony Piff 62 Arizona Concours d’Elegance: The charm grows the third time around — Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 18 Auction Calendar 18 Crossing the Block 24 Concours and Events: Portland swapmeets, La Jolla Concours, California Mille 26 Contributors: Get to know our writers 62 The BorgWarner trophy with sculpted portraits of the Indianapolis 500 winners, shown at the Arizona Concours 30 You Write, We Read: Jerry Seinfield’s ’58 Porsche Speedster sparks a lively discussion 36 Display Advertisers Index COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears If you listen carefully, you will hear the sounds of a market correction — not a crash Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic Six of the best deals at Arizona 2016 John L. Stein 48 Collecting Thoughts Auction results from Monterey and Scottsdale are abolishing depreciation for some recent supercars Philip Richter 50 Market Moment A 1957 Ferrari 335 S sells for $35.7 million — what does it mean? Steve Ahlgrim 14 38 Time Pieces: Cartier’s Boxy, Beautiful Tank Française Watch 38 Neat Stuff: A must-own cocktail set and a photorealistic Porsche within a Porsche 40 In Miniature: 1965 Ferrari 250 LM 40 Speaking Volumes: Mercedes 130 Fresh Meat: 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium coupe, 2016 Jaguar F-type Project 7 convertible, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/Z07 coupe 144 Glovebox Notes: 2016 Infiniti QX80 Limited SUV 174 Rising Sun: 1982 Toyota SR5 4X4, 1979 Toyota SR5, 1972 Ford Courier 182 Mystery Photo: “A local Grateful Dead wannabe band finally found the ideal vehicle for their roadies” 182 Comments with Your Renewals: “I would suggest an “under $20,000” section for subscribers with normal income levels!” 184 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 188 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market B. Mitchell Carlson


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! (Well, Maybe Not) We’re hearing plenty of noise from Scottsdale, but the signal is clearly not scary seen the same TR sink to under $50,000 and be almost sale-proof in the mid-’90s. And during the past two years, we’ve watched them climb to $250k and more. What’s a TR really worth? A first-gen TR was produced in relatively large numbers (7,200), has no racing history, and is noteworthy only as it represents Ferrari’s last attempt to build a rear-engined 12-cylinder car. This doesn’t amount to much of a collectibility rating. In my opinion, these cars will stabilize in the $150,000–$200,000 range. Is that a major market disruption? No. It’s just the market figuring out the inherent value of this car. The Ford GT mystery A very bright spot in the market — and one that remains mysterious The publisher delivering a new TR in 1986 “W e’ve got to separate the signal from the noise.” That’s what collector car connoisseur Miles Collier says when we are trying to find our way to the core of a challenge. Miles’ saying refers to tuning a vintage radio, where you adjust the dial until the static disappears and a voice can be heard clearly. As we sift through the information coming our way about Scottsdale 2016, we’ll find lots of noise — surrounding a very clear signal. This issue is dedicated to analyzing what happened in Scottsdale, and you’ll find a reference to the softening market on nearly every page. Welcome to the correction Simply put, the market is undergoing a correction. Prices can’t keep going up forever. Sooner or later everyone who wants to pay $200k for a short-nose 911S has got one. Everyone who lusts after a 25th Anniversary Countach for $300k has landed one. Before we find ourselves keening with Dino owners who can’t get $500,000 for their 246 GTS Spyders, let’s remember that just four years ago, $250,000 would have been considered all the money. There’s no shortage of explanations for the slowdown in sales and prices. They range from worries about the presidential election to the collapse of oil prices. For the 30 years I’ve been observing the market, I’ve been offered lots of reasons why things slow down. The factors range from rising interest rates to strong euros. It’s never the cars. It’s rising (or falling) home mortgage interest rates or something equally abstract. However, when the market is going through a phase of irrational exuberance, few collectors seem to look for — or even care about — underlying financial reasons for zooming prices. Instead, we all marvel at the rising prices and say things like, “Porsche 911SCs have finally been discovered; they were undervalued for too long!” How about this as a simple explanation for the softening of SC prices: Collectors are wising up and realizing that Porsche built a lot of SCs, they will always be a second- or third-tier collectible, and prices had just gotten out of hand. Perhaps that’s just too logical. The rise and fall and rise and fall I’ve watched more than a few booms and busts. I recall selling a 1988 Testarossa for the sticker price of $135,000 at Ron Tonkin GT in Portland, OR, and watching it get flipped for a $50,000 profit the same day. I’ve 16 to me — is the Ford GT. As an “homage” or “tribute” car, it has no history besides that which reflects on it from books and videos of Ford’s victories at Le Mans in the 1960s. Some Ford GTs sold for nearly $100,000 over their $140,000 sticker price in 2005, but soon enough you could buy as many as you wanted for under $150,000. In the past two years, prices have taken off, with the cars painted in the “heritage” scheme of Gulf pale blue and orange bringing over $400,000. This is a $100,000 bump over the other paint jobs available from the factory. And woe to the owner of a “stripe-delete” car. “Those plain-looking cars are just a really tough sell,” one dealer said to me in Scottsdale. I scratch my head on this one — a “heritage” paint job is worth a $100k bump on a “tribute” car. Plus, the lower the miles, the more valuable the car. Consequently, the ideal car has less than 1,000 miles and a heritage paint scheme. The chances of a car like this ever hitting the road are exactly zero. Ford will have a racing version of the second-gen car as well, and if it’s successful, it could help sustain values. But the Ford GT is collectible only because it is in favor with the market right now — not because it represents a pinnacle of Ford’s achievements on the racetrack. And things that come into favor can just as easily go out. Better to bounce than crater I predict that the market will continue to bounce around for the next 24 months. We’ll see an occasional Ferrari 335 S rock the auction world, and we’ll see air-cooled 911s going from crazy expensive to just double what they were five years ago. We’ll see ordinary cars like Ferrari 308s and 328s plateau and slide backwards a little bit — to only 50% more than they were three years ago. We’ll call that a correction as well. Collector cars are not going to crater — they’re going to move along with the currents in the world economic markets. More than ever, it is important to buy a good car with a solid history, as a fickle market rejects the imperfect. In my opinion, the market is healthy. It’s just moving to a different set of value parameters, and prices will reflect that. Welcome Mr. Osborne You’ll find a new column starting this month in SCM. Longtime con- tributor and close personal friend Donald Osborne offers his thoughts on collecting in “Unconventional Wisdom,” which you will find on p. 54. Well known as a car valuation expert, writer and TV personality, Donald travels the world seeking out the rare and the unusual, and we are fortunate to have him share his experiences with us. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Vicari Where: Tampa, FL When: April 1–2 More: www.vicariauction.com Auctions America — Fort Lauderdale Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: April 1–3 Featured cars: • 1964 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. An expertly prepared, well-documented example featuring many new upgrades and components. With removable hard top, original books and tools (Auctions America estimate: $150k–$200k) • 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi. Highly original with just 10,000 miles ($375k–$450k) • Star Car: 1948 Tucker 48. Began life as the factory automatic-transmission test chassis. Enthusiasts later completed the car using sourced parts and patterns taken from the excellent original Tucker at the Gilmore Car Museum ($950k–$1.25m) More: www.auctionsamerica.com Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: April 6 More: www.barons-auctions.com Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach Where: Palm Beach, FL When: April 8–10 Last year: 516/523 cars sold / $21,573,940 Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code • 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner F-code. The original owner campaigned the Skyliner at top-level drag races, winning the national championship for his class in 1957 and 1958. The car was treated to a full concours-quality restoration and has never achieved less than first place on the show circuit • Star Car: 1953 Buick Skylark Roadmaster. Stored for many years, with original paint and no rust. In 2004 the car underwent a total frame-off restoration costing $250k. Restoration receipts, photos and history included More: www.barrett-jackson.com Electric Garage Where: Edmonton, AB, CAN When: April 8–10 More: www.theelectricgarage.com Coys — Techno Classica Where: Essen, DEU When: April 9 More: www.coys.co.uk The Finest Automobile Auctions Where: Online only When: April 9 More: www.thefinest.com 18 Star Car: 1948 Tucker 48, which began life as the factory automatic-transmission test chassis. To be offered at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. MARCH 2—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 3–5—GAA Greensboro, NC 5—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 6—SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 8—COYS London, U.K. 10—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 11—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 11–12—SMITH’S Cape Girardeau, MO 11–12—MECUM Kansas City, MO 11–12—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 11–13—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 12—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 12—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 14—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 18–20—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 18–19—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 19—BONHAMS Stuttgart, DEU 19—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 20—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 20—THEODORE BRUCE Sydney, AUS 26—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN APRIL 1–2—VICARI Tampa, FL 1–3—AUCTIONS AMERICA Fort Lauderdale, FL 6—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 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. 8–10—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 8–10—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 9—COYS Essen, DEU 9—THE FINEST thefinest.com (online only) 14–16—MECUM Houston, TX 15–16—BRANSON Branson, MO 15–17—LEAKE Dallas, TX 16—SILVER Portland, OR 19–20—H&H Duxford, U.K. 23—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Montgomery, TX 24—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 29–MAY 1—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 30—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN MAY 5–7—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 11—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 11—SILVER Spokane, WA 12–14—VICARI Nocona, TX 13—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 13—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 14—RM SOTHEBYS Monte Carlo, MCO 17–21—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 21—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K. 21—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Midland, TX 21—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Star Car: 1953 Buick Skylark Roadmaster, to be offered at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, FL Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic Where: Montgomery, TX When: April 23 Last year: 66/87 cars sold / $4,729,870 Featured cars: • Three silver Corvette L88 convertibles: a 1967, 1968 and 1969 • 1965 Porsche 356 SC. One owner from new. PCA national award winner with extensive file of documentation. Numbers-matching car with Porsche COA Star Car: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL at Leake in Dallas, TX Mecum — Houston Where: Houston, TX When: April 14–16 Last year: 645/929 cars sold / $25,178,024 Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 More: www.mecum.com The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 15–16 Last year: 124/172 cars sold / $2,344,377 More: www.bransonauction.com Leake — Dallas Spring Where: Dallas, TX When: April 15–17 Last year: 269/422 cars sold / $6,324,417 • Star Car: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL More: www.leakecar.com Silver — Portland Spring Where: Portland, OR When: April 16 Last year: 41/73 cars sold / $501,448 More: www.silverauctions.com 20 H&H — The Imperial War Museum Where: Duxford, U.K. When: April 19–20 Last year: 60/90 cars sold / $2,281,887 Featured cars: • 1967 Ford Mustang GT. Genuine S-code car with 390-ci GT V8 engine, restored to concours standard in its original colors (H&H estimate: $44k–$59k) • Star Car: 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 competition convertible ($1m–$1.3m) More: www.handh.co.uk • Star Car: 1930 Cadillac V16 all-weather phaeton with coachwork by Fleetwood. A CCCA 99.7-point car More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Collector Car Productions — The Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction Where: Mississauga, ON, CAN When: April 29–May 1 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com Southern Classic — 3rd Louisville Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 30 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com ♦ Star Car: 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 competition convertible at H&H in Duxford, U.K. Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com APRIL CALENDAR 8–10 California Festival of Speed, San Diego, CA; www.zone8.org 10–13 Copperstate 1000, Scottsdale, AZ; www. www.mensartscouncil.com 20–24 Spring Carlisle and Auction, Carlisle, PA; www.carlisleevents.com California Back Roads Beckon One thousand miles of the Vintage Parts to the Horizon The Portland Swap Meet, the largest car-parts extravaganza on the West Coast, roars to life during the weekend of April 1–3. With more than 3,500 vendor stalls crammed with literally tons of car parts, there is something for every vintage gearhead. More information is at www.portlandswapmeet.com (OR) Next door to the Portland Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap Meet, which runs from March 31 through April 2. Five miles of booths will fill every available space inside the road course at the Portland International Raceway. Need an unobtanium part? It’s probably here — or over at the Portland Swap Meet. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and admission is $7. For more information, please visit www.portlandraceway.com (OR) A Jewel of a Concours The 12th La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is the jewel of the week- end during April 8–10 in beautiful La Jolla, CA. The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party starts the weekend off in style on April 8 with a spectacular display of extraordinary cars as the spotlight. Saturday morning, April 9, brings the La Jolla Tour d’Elegance. The Concours d’Elegance and the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 10. There are more than 300 vintage automobiles on display, and the Pacific Ocean makes the perfect backdrop. Publisher Keith Martin returns as emcee. For pricing and registration of the different events, visit www.lajol- laconcours.com (CA) 24 Sports Car Market best back roads along California’s Central Coast are ready for the 26th Annual California Mille from April 24 to 28. After a free car show at the Hotel Fairmont, 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) Jim Pickering


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor / Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Senior Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe), Jack Tockston Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Doug Schultz, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Travis Shetler, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, Morgan Eldridge, Somer Hooker Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Reid Trummel, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors JOHN L. STEIN, SCM Contributor, from Santa Barbara, CA, is the product of the 1960s SoCal car and bike culture and has been screwing around with Ducati motorcycles since he was 16. An interest in cars, bikes and boats saw him simultaneously owning a twin-cam Lotus Europa and Kaiser Special, NSU Super Max and Ducati 750 GT motorbikes, and a mahogany Chris-Craft runabout. After leaving his job as Road Test Editor at Cycle magazine, he had a short-lived career in marine biology before becoming Associate Editor at Automobile and then Editor of Corvette Quarterly, GM’s official journal for Corvette. He’s American Car Collector magazine’s Corvette Market columnist and a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. Turn to Affordable Classic on p. 44 for his Best Buys of Arizona Auction Week. 26 DAN GRUNWALD, SCM Auction Analyst, has been a hardcore old-car enthusiast and collector for most of his life. He likens the car affliction to a disease that periodically goes away for a while but seems to recur when he walks by a certain old car or motorcycle that whispers to him, “I love you. Please buy me!” The sickness starts up all over again with a vengeance until one runs out of storage and money. He says the best part of being an auction reporter is meeting great and knowledgeable people and traveling to view some of the world’s finest automobiles at truly world-class auctions. The worst part is compiling the data and typing the reports after the sales are done, although this task is minimized with the help of his wife, Martha, who is quite adept at deciphering his scrawled notes. Turn to p. 86 for his auction report on BarrettJackson’s colossal Scottsdale auction. DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Editor at Large and Columnist, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world and has been a longtime contributing editor and auction analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty’s Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Arguably, the Speedster is not now in its ‘original state,’ but it certainly is ‘original’ Editor’s note: February’s “Collecting Thoughts” piece on Jerry Seinfeld’s 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster (p. 46) sent a flood of thoughtful, provocative letters into SCM World Headquarters. We’ve expanded “You Write” this month to accommodate as many as possible. We’re leading off with a thoughtful note from Jim Schrager, longtime SCM contributor and Porsche expert: The joys of a car that doesn’t own you To the Editor: There are many ways to think about the 356A Speedster that Jerry Seinfeld recently purchased. He explained the buy as enjoying the beauty of an “old device” that has withstood the test of time. But there is another angle that ties together this car, Miles Collier’s idea of preservation and the basic divide that separates all collector car owners. 30 Who owns your vintage Porsche? Do you? Or does your car own you? I have friends with cars that own them. To be frank, it has happened to me as well. You can tell if your car owns you if you clean it so thoroughly that you actually don’t want to drive it. Do you take it on a trailer everywhere it goes? Is your main connection with the car writing checks for others to work on it? Do you lose sleep about the way that front bumper on your 1965 911 doesn’t quite fit where it meets the lower edge of the passenger’s side front fender? Or if the wooden handle on the screwdriver in your 356A toolkit is the correct color? Do you spend hours looking for a set of original wire valve-stem supports for the chrome wheels on your 1966 912? Do you live your life in fear of driving the car, that you might scratch the paint — or that a small, meaningless part will be judged to be improper? If so, then your car owns you, and as Seinfeld famously said, “Not that there is anything wrong with that.” I am not here to judge your passion, simply to understand it. If you have had a “perfect” old Porsche, most likely, it has owned you. The opposite of that is the heady allure of Seinfeld’s latest acquisition. This is a car that he owns, which means he can drive it anywhere, anytime. He does not sweat the details; the car is what it is, and he’s fine with that. He does not write huge checks to restore it to like-new condition. Instead, he uses it. It’s okay if there is some rust showing and that the emblems are tarnished. Those flaws open up wide horizons of pleasure for those willing to use a car for its intended purpose. Dog get sick all over the front floor of your Speedster? No worries, in a 356 the rubber floor mats are removable, so we take them out of the car — as we all did in the “old days” — and hose them off. Some jerk open his door into yours? It’s just another ding in a car full of flaws, and it actually doesn’t matter at all. Some of the vinyl on the dash coming loose? Yeah, so what? The idea of owning a car like this is so freeing, so enjoyable, so basic, that Seinfeld’s Speedster puts collector car ownership in a whole new light. Drive it, it’s fine. To the lake, to the ice cream stand, to the mall to buy socks. As you drive, instead of onlookers thinking, “There’s another rich guy showing off,” people think, “How neat that he still loves to drive that old beat-up rat, a car he’s probably owned forever.” You own it, it doesn’t own you, so have a ball with it. What a concept. Miles Collier has developed the idea that rather than restore cars by ripping them apart and remaking them cosmetically better than new, instead, let’s preserve them, keeping the cars “as found” and in service. This Sports Car Market Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com idea fits nicely into the category of owning the car, rather than having it own you. Preserve it, drive it, but don’t destroy the purpose of a car in the process. This can save lots of money on rebuilding and restoring old cars, while encouraging usage. Oddly, in some cases, unrestored cars may actually be worth more than restored examples, as was the case for Seinfeld’s Speedster — although this remains an open question. Don’t despair if your car owns you. I have friends who are owned by their cars, and as long as it works for them, it’s fine. But for those wanting more, like the ability to use the car rather than just gaze at it, worry about it, and spend money on it, owning your car may add a new dimension of enjoyment to the old-car hobby. 32 So go ahead and drive that old bag anywhere, it will be fine — and fun My guess is that the newly found freedom Seinfeld has discovered in his “well-used” Speedster is a revelation. Like so many of us, the last thing he wants to do is to damage the cars we love so much. He, like us, can’t bear to take a perfect Speedster out into the world. But with his latest acquisition come open roads. It’s already full of flaws, so go ahead and drive that old bag anywhere, it will be fine — and fun. Jump in and simply take off. Listen to the thrum of the engine on a sunny day and enjoy the simplicity of driving an old car fast. Isn’t that the essential allure that powers all of us to the hobby? And isn’t that lost when the cars become so perfect as to be undrivable — and un-ownable as well? — Jim Schrager, via email Seinfeld’s Speedster is all about fun To the Editor: As an avid Porsche enthusi- ast, car collector and industry participant, I read with great interest the point-counterpoint articles on Jerry Seinfeld’s Speedster (February 2016, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 46). Since all of the parties in- volved are very experienced and highly respected car collectors in the their own right, I will refrain from trying to figure out who is right and who is wrong and just say I understand both sides. I think one point missing from the debate was that if you only could buy one old Porsche — or you only had $600k to spend on a classic car, or if you were betting the farm that this car would be your ticket to a healthy profit down the road, would this be the right car to purchase? My guess is probably not — but from reading Jerry’s comments, none of these things were in play when he decided that this was the car. There is however, another even more important point. I have purchased a lot of cars for the same reasons that Jerry gave. In fact, most of the cars I have collected may not mean that much to someone else — but they mean a lot to me — and if I could afford the price of admission, that’s all that mattered. So let’s say in the worst case that the Speedster market tanks (unlikely) and Jerry sells his car someday for half of what he paid for it. Can he afford a loss like that? Yes, he can. Did he get $250k of fun out of it? I’m betting he did. It isn’t always about the Sports Car Market Dave Tomaro


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Most of the cars I have collected may not mean that much to someone else — but they mean a lot to me investment potential. Sometimes it is just about the experience of driving it down the road — and that is priceless. Great debate. — Mitch L. Williams, President & CEO, Restoration Parts Unlimited No virtue in peeling paint To the Editor: I admire sports cars that are You Write You Write You Write You Write You Write You Write rite We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P rite We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Most of the cars I have collected may not mean that much to someone else — but they mean a lot to me investment potential. Sometimes it is just about the experience of driving it down the road — and that is priceless. Great debate. — Mitch L. Williams, President & CEO, Restoration Parts Unlimited No virtue in peeling paint To the Editor: I admire sports cars that are basic basic maintenance tell you that the car needs some work after decades of neglect — if only to keep the surface rust from spreading. Of course, Mr. Seinfeld owns the car and can do what he pleases, but save us from Seinfeld and Serio moralizing on the virtues of oxidized, peeling old paint. It’s You Write You Write You Write You Write You Write Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address corresponden te We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Most of the cars I have collected may not mean that much to someone else — but they mean a lot to me investment potential. Sometimes it is just about the experience of driving it down the road — and that is priceless. Great debate. — Mitch L. Williams, President & CEO, Restoration Parts Unlimited No virtue in peeling paint To the Editor: I admire sports cars that are basic maintenance tell you that the car needs some work after decades of neglect — if only to keep the surface rust from spreading. Of course, Mr. Seinfeld owns the car and can do what he pleases, but save us from Seinfeld and Serio moralizing on the virtues of oxidized, peeling old paint. It’s needed. needed. Otherwise the hobby risks ridicule and perhaps even hostility from what I believe is the majority of people on the planet who do not think that a car like Seinfeld’s is worth a multiple of the average cost of a house. — Donald Cain, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia It’s an Ur-niQorn To the Editor: After reading the response nd retort on Jerry Seinfeld’s urchase of the well-patinated 958 Porsche Speedster, I have ome to a few conclusions: First, criticizing anyone on eir choice in a car purchase is ke criticizing their choice in a ouse. It can get messy! Second, as much as he may ke the car for its well-used story, I think the purchase as less about altruism and ore about avarice. After all, hat better way to positively fluence the values of your six her Speedsters than to pay Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Most of the cars I have collected may not mean that much to someone else — but they mean a lot to me investment potential. Sometimes it is just about the experience of driving it down the road — and that is priceless. Great debate. — Mitch L. Williams, President & CEO, Restoration Parts Unlimited No virtue in peeling paint To the Editor: I admire sports cars that are basic maintenance tell you that the car needs some work after decades of neglect — if only to keep the surface rust from spreading. Of course, Mr. Seinfeld owns the car and can do what he pleases, but save us from Seinfeld and Serio moralizing on the virtues of oxidized, peeling old paint. It’s needed. Otherwise the hobby risks ridicule and perhaps even hostility from what I believe is the majority of people on the planet who do not think that a car like Seinfeld’s is worth a multiple of the average cost of a house. — Donald Cain, Nanoose Bay, British Columbia It’s an Ur-niQorn To the Editor: After reading the response nd retort on Jerry Seinfeld’s urchase of the well-patinated 958 Porsche Speedster, I have ome to a few conclusions: First, criticizing anyone on eir choice in a car purchase is ke criticizing their choice in a ouse. It can get messy! Second, as much as he may ke the car for its well-used story, I think the purchase as less about altruism and ore about avarice. After all, hat better way to positively fluence the values of your six her Speedsters than to pay over over a half million for one that is less than mint? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Third, if Collier and Osborne need any further support in their conclusions, they can turn to p. 50 of the February 2016 issue to see an ad with two examples similar to the subject vehicle listed at half the $583k purchase price of the Speedster. Finally, to those of us lucky to have them, we prefer the spelling to be “ur-niQorn.” — Bob Logue, via email You can’t buy the feeling of the past To the Editor: To someone (me) who has had these old cars when they weren’t old, there just isn’t anything really beautiful about old rusty cars, which we remember as when they were new. Our memories are of the beautiful objects that they were when we (old) guys had them and restored them. Sports Car Market Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Risk Management ...................................................95 The Creative Workshop ......................................................45 The Elegance At Hershey .................................................139 The Finest Automobile Auctions......................................6–7 The Stable, Ltd. ..................................................................99 The Werk Shop .................................................................118 Tom Miller Sports Cars ....................................................183 Tony Labella Classic Cars ................................................132 TYCTA .............................................................................175 Unit 56 ..............................................................................177 Velocity Channel ..............................................................108 Vintage Car Law ...............................................................124 Vintage Car Research .......................................................183 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ..............................................149 Vintage Rallies ..................................................................155 Watchworks ......................................................................180 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .....................................................155 West Coast Classics, LLC ................................................179 Wilmington Trust ................................................................35 Woodside Credit ...............................................................195 Worldwide Group ...............................................................21 Your Car In Diecast ..........................................................166 36 You Write We Read These are one-of-a-kind artifacts So the “new” guys find these old, rusted-out, clapped-out cars beautiful because they identify with history and a sense of “having been there.” It’s so romantic, you know! Yes, current collectors spend incredible amounts of money on these old, rusted objects because “they don’t make them like that anymore.” I get it. And there is a lot of truth in that — when things were hand-made and had a lot of “soul.” Old collectible cars are works of art — not works of robots. But for one who has been there, done that, they are still rusty old cars. Yes, I understand the passion. I have found that it is a bit futile to try and purchase something intangible like a feeling of the past. All the best to Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Serio and all the passionate collectors. — Doug Pirrone, President, Berlinetta Motorcars Ltd. I’ll take the “messedwith” Speedster To the Editor: There is something infinitely irresistible about philosophical arguments and well-argued dialogue. The point-counterpoint presented by Messrs. Seinfeld, Sports Car Market Serio and Collier is all three (irresistible, philosophical and well-argued). Seinfeld and Collier are titans; either could likely own all of the Porsche Speedsters on the planet if that was their intention. One might further recognize that the originality debate is a Hobson’s Choice or a Morton’s Fork — or both. Seinfeld’s choice was to buy the car for the requisite purchase price or forfeit it. In Seinfeld and Serio’s well-argued view, “original” means “how it is now, then (when it was new),” while Miles Collier’s “more complete document” view refers to “how it was then (when it was new), now.” Originally, this ’58 Speedster was new, and if it were properly restored, it would be “as-new,” like the original. Arguably, the Speedster is not now in its “original state,” but it certainly is “original.” For me (or collectors like me), the common man, who may have a few (or even a few dozen) collector cars, it’s thrilling to see (and own) a 25- to 50-year-old car that evokes the response, “Wow, I can’t believe how nice this car looks and drives for being 50 years old. It still has the plastic on the seats! Look at that paint. Someone took really good care of this baby.” These are one-of-a-kind ar- tifacts. I would venture that Mr. Seinfeld’s other Speedsters are quite nice, and if he were to offer me the choice of one, I’d take the one that was “messed with.” — Bill Greener, Ithaca, NY ♦ Dave Tomaro Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Co.


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Although Cartier does not offer sell-through Cartier’s Timeless Tank Watch Lives On data on their time piece collection, it is safe to say that the Tank Française collection was a true smash hit. It is elegant without being fussy and robust without being bulky. The Tank Française, which fits comfortably low to the wrist, re-established Cartier’s position as a world leader in luxury time pieces. It has garnered a significant following of patrons — including many women. Introduced to the world in 1996, the Tank Française collection represented the most recent iteration of their famous Tank Watch that debuted in 1917, when Louis Cartier envisioned a watch whose lines emulated the boxy tanks deployed during World War I. The story of the origin of the Tank Watch is murky at best. Some say the watch was intended to resemble French-made Renault tanks, while others claim the British Mark IV, but most watch historians agree that Cartier presented the prototype to American General John Joseph Pershing — but even that detail is undocumented. Regardless, the early Tank models were rev- olutionary in a time where almost all watches were round and carried in the pocket. In fact, the term “Tank Watch” has become synonymous with rectangular watches in general — regardless of brand. Through the decades that followed World War I, various Tank models came and went. Strangely, the most popular Details Production date: 1996 Best place to wear one: This is a watch that is perfect with jeans or with formal wear. It goes anywhere in style Expect to pay: More than $4,000 for new, about $2,000 for pre-owned is best): Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Paintings That Gleam Painter Lory Lockwood specializes in depicting automotive reflections in glass and chrome with photorealistic accuracy. Her painting “Porsche on Porsche” melds one car inside another and sends viewers back in time to the historic Laguna Seca Raceway. Meet Lockwood in person at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. She is the featured artist at the 2016 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. Paintings, prints and commissions are available at www. lorylockwood.com. 38 (at least by units sold) was one of Cartier’s least expensive offerings: the Must de Cartier Tank, which generally appeared in a silver case that was heavily gold plated in a process known as vermeil. These watches had the appear- ance of being expensive gold watches without the high price. One can only assume that after years of success selling the lower- priced Must de Cartier watches — and facing dwindling sales of some of the other popular pillars of the line, such as the Santos and Panther collections, Cartier was eager to upgrade their reputation by dropping the lower-priced offerings and revitalizing the ever-popular Tank. Offered in an array of modest sizes for women and men (small, not-quite-as-small, and almost-medium) the Tank Française series did not try to attract the big watch buyer. Instead it catered to, as Cartier claims in their advertisements, “a free-spirited and elegant clientele.” Hyperbole aside, the Tank Française was instantly popular. The watch, which is most commonly of- fered in a stainless-steel case with matching integrated bracelet, is made with either a quartz movement, or in the case of the larger version — which features the date window at six o’clock and a sweep second hand — a self-winding mechanical movement. The case design on all sizes features stout “brancards” (a French word meaning “stretcher”) or stiles that support the narrower horizontal cross members. Options for both steel and gold versions (pictured) and solid gold models with and without diamonds are also made. One of the defining features of modern Cartier watches is the secret signature on the dial. In an effort to battle the millions of fake Cartier watches, Cartier hid the word “Cartier” on the dial as the thin leg of the V on the Roman numeral VII on the dial. Unfortunately, watch counterfeiters quickly added the subtle nuance, so its presence does not prove originality, but the detail is interesting nonetheless. The Cartier Tank Française effortlessly bridges gaps between jew- elry and high horology, between feminine and masculine, between sport watch and dress watch, between mid-priced and OUCH! There is no question that the watch proved to be more attractive to women than to men. We know this because Cartier’s website currently offers only one men’s model — and a wide array for ladies. With new watches starting just above $4,000, and pre-owned watches fetching nearly $2,000, there is no wonder why so many have been sold. Let’s Make Some Drinks The Rolls-Royce Limited Edit Cocktail Ham ($46,328) is a f cocktail set, from ice buck and shaker to a izer and swiz sticks. Artisan glassblowers spend a mont completing th tumblers and decanters for one unit. The Hamper itself, crafted of American walnut, takes eight weeks to assemble. Each implement within is a statement of the craftsmanship, refinement and discerning taste that define the Rolls-Royce lifestyle. Just 15 Hampers will be produced. Inquire at your preferred Rolls-Royce dealership. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1965 Ferrari 250 LM The end of Ferrari dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans came with the conclusion of the 1965 race, which was won by Luigi Chinetti’s NART team 250 LM. Jacques Swaters was another member of the original Ferrari “Old Guard.” His Ecurie Francorchamps team entries secured 2nd and 3rd place overall for Ferrari at that same race. The Ferrari 250 LM has always been a popular subject for models, toys, and kits — in various scales and quality levels — from a vast number of manufacturers since Ferrari produced the real ones. I confess to having a fondness for any 250 LM, which goes back to the 250 LM Corgi toy I had as a kid. Once again I have reason to smile, thanks to a couple of the latest 250 LM goodies. Here we have two brand-new 1:43-scale releases from LookSmart, who produce numerous resin models in 1:43 and 1:18 scales. These two newbies are proof that good things do come in small packages. The red number 21 car replicates the winning long-nose 250 LM, chassis 5893GT, driven by Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt. The yellow number 26 car is of the 2nd-place winner, chassis 6313GT, driven by amateur racers Pierre Dumay and Gustave Gosselin. Both models are beautifully finished and Model Details Production date: 2016 Quantity: 500 to 1,000 of each version SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: ½ Web: www.motorsportsminiatures.com detailed. Overall, the stance is just right, and the bodies with their correct different noses look wonderful. However, when viewing the profiles, you might notice that the roofline going forward to the windshield is at a little too steep of an upward angle, but it is within acceptable limits on these small models. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Mercedes by Hartmut Lehbrink and Rainer W. Schlegelmilch, Konemann, 660 pages, $17.21, Amazon My first visit to the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run was for the 100th Anniversary in 1996. The event, for pre-1905 vehicles, featured more than 800 entries that year. As I walked across Hyde Park in the dark, heading for the start, I saw a fire in the distance, and wondered if it was someone roasting chestnuts, it being that time of year. But, no, it was the fire in a steam car warming up the boiler. Veteran cars, indeed. More amazing to me, in a whirl of tiller-steer three-wheelers and other early vehicles resembling horse-drawn carriages in every way but the horse, was the rapid pace of development on display. And specifically by Mercedes, which by 1900 was producing a real car, an elegant fourplace Mercedes 35 HP that would go 45 miles an hour, taking you to your destination in style. At about the time I was in London, Mercedes was being finalized, coming out in early 1997, a two-volume look at the most important automobiles from the marque. With photography by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch and text by Hartmut Lehbrink, the two-volume, 660-page tome covers a long list of the most important automobiles from first Mercedes and then Mercedes-Benz. Starting with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen of 1886, the two volumes are a photographic time machine, with slight, concise text followed by page after page of beautifully composed images, from overalls to detail shots for each car. The first volume covers the dawn of the automobile up to the Mercedes- 40 Benz 230 in 1938, with volume two ending with the Smart of 1998. Each image demands lingering attention, especially the early years where the technology leaps ahead model by model, and the middle years as style becomes as important as function. Now 20 years old, the book is well worth looking for again, and unlike most collectible Mercedes, it can be found at bargain prices. Provenance: The book belongs to the eye and tal- ent of photographer Schlegelmilch, who suggests he was even conceived in the rear seat of a Mercedes-Benz 170V. His access to the cars of Mercedes throughout the company’s history makes the book the visual treat it is. Fit and finish: The first edition is a large-format, two-volume extravaganza, with highquality printing. Drivability: Time will glide by as you pore over the detailed images in Mercedes, whether or not you are a devotee of the marque. If you are in the hobby, simply spending time with the early cars will give you a greater appreciation for the skill of the craftsmen adapting old techniques to a new form, as well as how quickly they evolved. And what’s better than a 20-year-old classic at bargain prices? ♦ Sports Car Market Very delicate chrome trim surrounds the windshields and headlights, and there are plenty of perfectly applied tiny separate detail parts — enough to satisfy most collectors. LookSmart has also made a good attempt to re-create the substantially different front and rear wheels, which are good, but the fronts are still not quite there. The front spokes should go to the outer edges of the rims. The tires are excellent, and kudos to them for nailing the small Goodyear lettering and thin blue streaks on the winning car. Both models correctly replicate the cars as raced at Le Mans in 1965, and with regard to the red winning LM, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it more accurately replicates the car as raced at Le Mans than does the real car in its current “restored” state! Paint on both models has a good gloss, which thankfully is not the dipped-in-syrup thick gloss paint that some model companies go with. The interiors are really good. However, the seat inserts should be light gray. That’s a small miss, but it really stands out, as so much attention has been paid to historical accuracy on other parts of the model. The windows are all very clear, but you will still have to strain to see the rest of the interior, which is all black — except for some of the dashboard detail and steering-wheel spokes. Each model comes mounted in a display case with a nice plaque affixed to the base. They represent a great value at $119.95 each. I say buy both, as they belong together!


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Affordable Classics Arizona’s Screaming Deals The Best Deals in the Desert From a tiny Fiat 850 to a terrifying Lamborghini Countach, these six Scottsdale sales offered huge contextual value by John L. Stein Images courtesy of the respective auction houses 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole — $297,000 W ith crude-oil prices tanking, election rhetoric soaring, the stock market teetering and certain collector-car segments already correcting, Scottsdale 2016 was among the most keenly watched auctions since 2009. As described in Publisher Keith Martin’s column on p. 16, in aggregate, though, the effect was neither terrible nor terrific. Certain 1950s and 1960s bellwether investments, such as Ferraris and muscle cars, seemed down from previous highs. Then again, 1980s through 2000s sports cars continued to soar. With some cars climbing, others dropping, and still more holding their own, predicting great deals in Scottsdale was perhaps a bit harder than usual. And what defines a great deal, anyway? One is buying a car on its way up, so you can enjoy future profits. But another is grabbing a car that’s price-corrected below previous highs. In either case, from our perspective, what matters most is buying what you love, and loving what you buy. This way, no matter how the ride goes, you’re going to enjoy every minute. Here are my picks for the six best deals at Scottsdale. 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Sold for $297,000 at Bonhams (Lot 66) For less than the current price of a top 60-hp Porsche Speedster, you can have this piece of in-your-face 1980s audacity. Whereas not even a dozy garden gnome would hear a little 356 coming, when Señor Countach swaggers down the lane, every window-shade in the neighborhood will rise. I tried a Countach once, back in 1988 when Chrysler owned 44 Lamborghini. You step, or rather sidle and plop, into the recumbent seat. The guillotine door swings closed, ceremoniously and ominously locking you into this iconic Italian stallion. The big 5.2-liter motor fires up, twin K-Jetronic throttle bodies sucking your comb-over back. Magically, the gear lever connects to something way behind those glacier-melting 12 cylinders, and away you go…thrashing, shrieking, and lunging ahead until the world awakens with a start and moves over to let you by. It’s a priceless adventure. With Miuras at $1 million to $2 million, there’s plenty of Room to Rise for the Countach. 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider Sold for $11,550 at Barrett-Jackson (Lot 321) Dogs crave cheese. Miniskirts cause traffic jams. And people love to hate Fiats, especially the little 850 Spider. With its small 4-cylinder mill tucked behind the driver — and precious little size or substance to imbue street cred — this diminutive Bertone-bodied convertible has always had trouble gaining respect in America. It’s sort of the “Go, Dog. Go!” of sports cars. That said, at $11,550, this little guy was a big bargain when you consider that the festive fringe-topped Jolly also offered at Barrett-Jackson (Lot 1083) sold for $99,000 — more than eight times the 850’s price. As for performance, the 903-cc Fiat 850 Spider is spirited at best, while the 500-cc Jolly is just plain slow. But at least in the Spider, you can row your way up to freeway speed with an extra $87,450 stuffed in your wallet. This was a good grab for someone, relative to the price of Jollys, 356s, 911s and the like. I’m a fan. Sports Car Market


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1966 McLaren M1B Can-Am — $220,000 1966 McLaren M1B Can-Am Sold for $220,000 at RM Sotheby’s (Lot 258) There was never another series with the sheer balls of the original 1966 to 1974 Can-Am. The combination of few rules and world championship drivers created the most innovation and excitement ever seen in sports cars in America. This reconstructed McLaren Mark 1B is from the early part of the se- ries, which included gladiators such as Dan Gurney, Chris Amon, Denny Hulme and Bruce McLaren. The car is low slung to the extreme, and the 500-horsepower Ford V8 pulling through four dual-choke Webers puts plenty of power on the track. Can-Am cars could really haul the mail, and the faster they went, the more aerodynamics had to evolve. Team McLaren managed it best, winning five of the nine early championships. I enjoyed a ride in one of these Mark 1s, and can report that with your butt parked inches above the tarmacadam, and plenty of power un- derfoot, the ride will instantly grow fur on your chest — and knuckles, too. In Scottsdale, good money was paid for an experience that simply cannot be found any other way. 1935 Chrysler Airflow Sedan Sold for $26,400 at Barrett-Jackson (Lot 451) After surviving for more than 80 years, that this Airflow — argu- ably the most radical and recognizable American design of its time — sold for the price of a well-equipped Honda Civic is perplexing. Or not. Because pre-war cars were clearly the minority in Scottsdale, and with the big tents brimming with muscle cars, during auction week such early iron just seemed left behind. But still, at $26k and change, this running, driving honorarium to pre-war America was a screaming deal. Will its windswept cab-forward countenance keep up with gangs of F-450 pickups rushing across Texas at 80 mph in 100-degree heat? April 2016 45


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Affordable Classics Arizona’s Screaming Deals 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider — $11,550 Nope. But who cares? Pick your own remote “blue highway” during the off-season, pack your stuff, and pop through the rabbit hole to visit a more innocent America. That this particular example traded for 25% less than a ’35 DeSoto Airflow at the same auction (Lot 1147, $35,200) makes it seem like an even better bargain. 1970 Porsche 914 Sold for $16,500 at Bonhams (Lot 22) This little gem had just one owner for its first 40-plus years. Its un- usual paint is called Willow Green, which actually looks like one part Amazon tree frog and two parts John Deere tractor. Homelier than a truck-stop teacup, this 914 thus begs the question, 1935 Chrysler Airflow Sedan — $26,400 “Why am I an SCM Best Deal at Scottsdale?” The answer is that every other air-cooled Porsche has accelerated faster than a SpaceX booster recently. The 914s are just waiting to be sucked heavenward into this vacuum, and when they do so, clean little numbers like this will take a rocket ride of their own. There are demerits for the 1.7-liter engine (later variants had 1.8- and 2.0-liter flat-four engines, and the more coveted 914/6 had a 2.0-liter flat six), and the amphibious exterior color. All the rest looks good, especially the long initial ownership. Further perks were the original window sticker and sales invoice. Buy, drive, enjoy. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Sold for $792,000 at Gooding & Company (Lot 59) Despite the modest deflate-gate that’s affected the overall market during the past year, 300SLs have consistently sold above $1 million. So this one at a third off deserves some study. Did it just appear at the wrong time, on the wrong day, or at the wrong venue to attract top dollar? Nope. It’s a garage find! “Recently discovered in San Diego,” says the auction copy. And if the words “California” and “black plate” don’t get your nostalgia gland pumping, the fact that it is unrestored, and has never been displayed or offered for public sale, surely will. But unlike the $583,000 Porsche Speedster that Gooding sold at 1970 Porsche 914 — $16,500 Monterey last summer, this particular 300SL did not rocket past all reason. In fact, it sold below the $900,000 low estimate. With headwinds now buffeting large parts of the market, on this car at least, buyers played it cool in recognition that there is a zenith of flight, for even the strongest birds. Carefully bought, this one. ♦ 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster — $792,000 46 Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Supercars at Scottsdale The Rise of the Recent Supercars Younger, aggressive collectors are snapping up recent supercars, driving up prices and killing any idea of depreciation by Philip Richter Images courtesy of the respective auction houses 2006 Ford GT — $310,000 at Bonhams T he year 2005 could be considered the zenith of fossil-fuel-powered excessive personal transportation. It was a time of economic boom and technological advancement — ideal for the creation of groundbreaking supercars. This gilded age brought us the 550-hp Ford GT, the 605-hp Porsche Carrera GT, the 627-hp Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, the 650-hp Ferrari Enzo, the 850-hp Saleen S7, and the 1,000-hp Bugatti Veyron. All gasoline-devouring, head-turning exotics that have recently appeared on auction stages. At Monterey last year, Publisher Martin identified an emerg- ing trend: a new set of players entering the collector car market — a younger, more aggressive bunch willing to drop huge money on these recent supercars. It’s a whole new era of car collecting. The supercar sales at Monterey were staggering, and the trend, albeit mildly subdued, continued at Scottsdale this January. Mid-2000s exotic supercars seem especially in demand. And given the overall rarity of these cars and the favorable demographics, this supercar trend should have legs. A few highlights from Scottsdale: 2006 Ford GT (Bonhams, Lot 84, sold at $310,000) This supercar outperforms both the Porsche Carrera GT and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren on almost every level. The 550-hp V8 seems puny when compared with other similar-vintage supercars, but horsepower is only the tip of the iceberg. This car is about driving performance, handling, and pure usable power. The only downside is it’s not very rare by supercar standards, as 4,038 were made over a four-year period. The price paid was market-correct, but this car is deep value given its capabilities, power and style. Despite its high production figures for an exotic, the Ford GT is one of the best modern supercars money can buy. RM Sotheby’s sold a 2005 Ford GT for $308,000, and Gooding & Company sold a 2006 Ford GT for $319,000. All well bought. 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster (Lot 23, Gooding & Company, sold for $396,000) Clearly, the market prefers the later, open versions of this car over the earlier hard-top sibling. The SLR has an unusual build history with the troika of Mercedes-Benz, AMG and McLaren. This one-owner example was finished in Crystal Laurite Silver and shod with optional 19-inch turbine wheels. It has less than 2,000 miles on the clock, and all 48 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster — $396,000 at Gooding & Co. the files (including window sticker) were included. Powered by an AMG V8, this silver bullet can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. While this SLR was a perfect example by all accounts, the valuation here feels very fully priced. The SLR appears on paper to check all the boxes, but the aesthetics miss the mark. It’s basically a space-age SL with an elongated nose and overdone gills — not a truly original design. Despite the market’s preference for the open version, the scissor doors (which allude to both the Countach and the original 300SL Gullwing) don’t translate well to the convertible. These cars are trading well below sticker price, and it’s hard to see McLaren Benzes going north from here. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot 115, RM Sotheby’s, sold at $795,000) Given its $448,000 MSRP in 2005, the consignor enjoyed a nice return over the past decade. This car was virtually new, with only 1,600 one-owner miles. All books and records were included, and a recent service was completed. Laden with carbon fiber, this beast was a technological tour de force in its day. With a 605-hp V10, the Carrera GT launches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. And it’s relatively rare, as only 1,270 were built. Notoriously difficult to drive, this car became infamous when actor Paul Walker was killed in one. With reports of other spectacular fatal crashes, some see this car as a “lethal vehicle.” The hammer price here was well below the recent seven-figure sale at Monterey. Still, it’s hard to buy one of these at any price once you feast your eyes on the newer, sexier, and far superior 918 Spyder. The Carrera GT’s styling feels disjointed. This was a bargain compared to the $1m Monterey car — yet this sale feels market-correct. 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo (Lot 266, RM Sotheby’s, sold at $535,000) This V8 twin turbo can reach 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and tops out at 220 mph. This auction lot included the competition package. With only 941 miles, it has to be the lowest-mile S7 on the planet. Only in America could a Fox-body Mustang tuning shop ultimately build this car. The styling makes a major supercar statement. And the S7 has some legitimate race history, with wins at both Sebring and Le Mans. This is about as rare a supercar as money can buy, with only 21 of the Sports Car Market


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2005 Porsche Carrera GT — $795,000 at RM Sotheby’s 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo — $535,000 at RM Sotheby’s twin-turbo version produced. Well bought relative to other recent sales and should be “money good” from here. 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta (Lot 138, RM Sotheby’s, sold at $1,182,500) Powered by a V12 with a 6-speed manual, this model is very rare, as only 80 were produced. With only 1,200 miles, this example was virtually a new car. The car came with Classiche certification, which seems premature, given the car’s youth. You can’t even drink most Bordeaux wines from 2011. This car sold for huge money, but I’d be surprised if it becomes a long-term collectible model with top Ferrari aficionados. It’s a limited-edition version of a higher-production car (that had a six-year production run with several variations), and it’s not one of the more beautiful Ferraris. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot 148, RM Sotheby’s, sold at $1,595,000) This 887-hp exotic is laden with Buck Rogers technology, such as rear-axle steering and a V8/electric powertrain. This example has the desirable (and, dare I say, completely necessary!) Weissach package, which includes an extra helping of leather and Alcantara, carbon fiber, 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta — $1,182,500 at RM Sotheby’s magnesium wheels, aluminum and just about every element on the chart. Unquestionably the best Porsche supercar since the 959, this is the car the Carrera GT should have been. The sumptuous styling is a 10. MSRP is $845,000, but good luck finding one at that price. There’s a lot in a name, as Porsche is making only 918 of them (and production started on Sept 18, 2013). Fewer than 1,000 cars puts this in the “rare enough” category. The 918 is the ultimate Porsche. Well-bought and will go further because people will want these cars. Finally, one sale at Gooding deserves special mention. A 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, Lot 11, sold for $484,000. With all-wheel drive, twin turbochargers and 450 horsepower, this is simply the car to buy if you can’t afford a 959 supercar. (Eight to 10 years ago $484,000 could almost buy two 959s!) Relatively rare, as only 174 were sent to the United States. The mileage, however, seemed high at 22,000. Almost half a million dollars feels like all the money to me, although the exotic turbo Porsche market today is firmly planted in the stratospheric level. Note that even a far less rare 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS sold for $286,000 and a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo sold for $242,000. These cars do not have the rarity or pedigree of the Turbo S and as such sold for about half its price. This Turbo S sold for huge money given the miles, but the model is market-correct. ♦ April 2015 49


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Market Moment 1957 Ferrari 335 S Sale Old, Ultra-Rare Ferraris Prance to New Highs The 335 S is the second monumental Ferrari sale in recent months, with the other being RM Sotheby’s sale of 290 MM chassis 0626 by Steve Ahlgrim 1957 Ferrari 335 S — $36 million at Artcurial’s 2016 Rétromobile sale world record for the highest sale price of an automobile at auction. The sale was indeed a record, but the sale, as Artcurial qualified, was in euros or British pounds (£24,700,000). The U.S. dollar conversion puts the 335 S behind Bonhams’ 2014 Ferrari 250 GTO sale. The 335 S sold for roughly $35,700,000, while the GTO brought O $38,115,000. In euros, the GTO pulled €28,510,000, and in pounds, £22,843,633 — both less than the 335 S. SCM publishes prices in U.S. dollars, so the GTO will remain top dog on our list, but Artcurial’s result is truly outstanding. It’s especially impressive considering the 335 is a car that most of us couldn’t pick out of a crowd. The 335 S is the second monumental Ferrari sale in recent months, with the other being RM Sotheby’s sale of 290 MM Chassis 0626 in New York just two months prior (March 2016, Ferrari Profile, p. 58). The 290 MM sold for $28,050,000, putting it in third place on the Top 10 list before being punted to fourth less than 60 days later. The 335 S and the 290 MM came out of Pierre Bardinon’s estate. Bardinon, who died in 2012, amassed perhaps the world’s most impressive collection of Ferrari race cars. Unfortunately, like many collectors, he didn’t accept his mortality and failed to plan for what would happen to the cars after his death. The cars were passed to his three children, and as often is the case, from there things got messy. There was little cash in the estate, and the collection had to be broken up to pay expenses. Ultra-rare racing Ferraris Only one 290 MM exists and only four 335 S models were built. n February 5, 2016, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction, the 1957 Ferrari 335 S chassis 0674 sold for a stunning €32,100,000. That’s $35,700,000 in U.S. dollars. An Artcurial press release claimed the sale was a new Both of the auctioned cars had exceptional race histories, and leg- endary drivers steered both down the track. The cars became available only due to the death of a collector. Either car would be the crown jewel of any collection. Their sales were oncein-a-lifetime opportunities and should not be compared with the Ferrari market as a whole. The market for collector-quality Ferraris is still quite strong. Nine of SCM’s top 10 auction sales are Ferraris. Five of the 10 are 2016 or 2015 sales. It is far down the top 50 list that any other brand shows up in quantity. While a few classic Ferraris have retreated in price, they had me- teoric price rises, so corrections were not unexpected. The drops have been modest, and demand for the cars continues, so expect the market to remain strong. Modern Ferraris are also hot Modern collectible Ferraris have been on fire. Predictably, supercars and limited-production models are leading the pack, but some common models are unexpectedly strong. In Scottsdale this year, a fiberglass dry-sump 308 GTB brought $357,500, while a 599 SA Aperta nearly broke $1,200,000, and Testarossas were mostly in the mid-$100k range. There has been a feeling in the Ferrari world that we were going to see a major correction, but it looks like we may have dodged the bullet. The major run-up in prices has passed, and we’re in a more mature market. Prices have settled without the bottom dropping. Extraordinary cars such as the 290 MM and the 335 S will continue to bring new highs, but buyers of more common models should again be able to be selective rather than grabbing whatever’s available. If you’ve been waiting for the market to settle before buying or selling a Ferrari, this may be a good time. ♦ 1962–63 Ferrari 250 GTO — a $38 million Bonhams sale in 2014 50 1956 Ferrari 290 MM — sold for $28 million by RM Sotheby’s in late 2015 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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Legal Files John Draneas Chicken Little May Have Had a Point... As drone use has proliferated, the risks associated with drones flying over concours sites is raising questions about who is responsible if they crash you from flying over their property. Failures happen Quite a few things can cause a drone to crash. One of the most obvious concerns is flying out of range. The drone is controlled by a wi-fi signal, and the operator loses control when the drone flies too far away from the signal — or if something interferes with the signal. Manufacturers say that drones that have lost their signal will automatically shift control into hover mode — staying in place while you move closer and re-establish signal contact. If you don’t reconnect quickly enough, they will “soft land” safely on the ground. Of course, that’s all true if all goes well, but systems fail, and how is a drone supposed to distinguish between green grass and the British Racing Green hood of your D-type Jaguar? Another concern is running out of battery power. Soft landings are much more difficult in that situation. There’s a failure called a “fly away.” If the drone’s M altitude limiter is turned off, it can fly high enough to get confused by surface characteristics and lose its aking sure your car is Q-tip-perfectly prepared before the concours judges arrive is stressful enough, but do we now have to watch for debris falling out of the sky? We’re talking about what the FAA calls Unmanned Aircraft Systems, but the rest of us call them drones. Drones are pretty fantastic devices that hover and fly around in the sky with a camera and capture amazing photographic images and videos. Plus, they are a lot cheaper than helicopters. The high-quality, low-cost imagery is a huge draw. Besides, flying them is fun. As drone use has proliferated, the risks associated with drones fly- ing over concours sites has become a topic of conversation, leading to questions about who is responsible when the damn things crash on you or your car. FAA regulations The Federal Aviation Administration regulates drones that weigh 0.55 pounds or more, counting their payloads — batteries, cameras and so on — and prohibits private use of drones that weigh over 55 pounds. A lot of attention was raised when the FAA announced that, beginning in December 2015, all drones had to be registered with the agency. Attesting to the huge and growing popularity of drones, about 300,000 were registered in the first month. The FAA views drone operators as aviators, with attendant respon- sibilities. Among the various drone rules are: • You have to stay under 400 feet in altitude. • Your drone must always be within direct line of sight of the operator. • No drone flying within five miles of an airport. • No flying around people, or stadiums during game days. • You can’t be reckless. • No-fly zones are added every day. For example, they include National Parks and all of Washington, D.C. If you want to go beyond these limitations, you need to get authori- zation from the FAA to do so. In addition to the FAA rules, private property owners can exclude 52 ground contact. When that happens, the drone can just shoot skyward at full speed. If the operator is capable and doesn’t panic, control can be re-estab- lished without mishap. But if the operator doesn’t know how to handle the situation, and does the wrong thing like shut it down, the drone can crash to earth. Or on you or your car. As with anything mechanical or electronic, systems can fail. There’s a great drone crash video on YouTube that will give you pause. Fourtime champion World Cup skier Marcel Hirscher was skiing in an Alpine slalom race in Italy last December. Drones and still cameras filmed his run. All of a sudden, a professional film drone that was following him malfunctioned and crashed to the ground a few feet behind him, shattering into pieces when it hit the snow. A couple tenths of a second earlier, and it would have hit him in the head. Then there’s always operator error. It’s hard to imagine all the ways an operator can run a drone into your car — or you. And what are the odds that two drones flying over an expansive five-acre concours site would find a way to crash into each other? Concours reactions Maybe it’s these risks, or maybe it’s the thought they are being spied upon, but a lot of people just don’t like drones flying overhead. Add in valuable cars, and many concours participants are demanding protection. Two years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance banned drones. Concours Chairwoman Sandra Button said that they were very concerned about the potential for damage, but even more concerned that drones flying overhead would be a major distraction for spectators. “The Pebble Beach Concours is all about the best cars in the world, and we didn’t want anything taking the focus away from them,” Button said. Although the ban was well publicized, Pebble Beach Concours staff- ers confiscated at least eight drones, returning them to their owners after the concours ended. But the difficult problem is what to do when a drone is spotted Sports Car Market Photo illustration by Dave Tomaro


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overhead. As drones get larger and more sophisticated, their range increases. The operator may not even be on the concours grounds, so finding the operator can be difficult. The joke is that in Texas, they just shoot them out of the sky. That may work in Texas, but it won’t work so well at Pebble Beach. Insurance issues McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, says they haven’t seen a drone claim yet, “but we have to be conscious about it. It’s bound to happen.” Hagerty understands the allure of the amazing photography. When he drove the Colorado Grand, drones were used to capture spectacular footage of the participants’ cars, including his, making for a great keepsake video. So what will happen when that first claim comes? “We’ll pay the claim without hesitation under the comprehensive coverage,” Hagerty said. “Then we will see if we can get our money back from whoever is responsible.” Who is liable? The drone operator, of course, is the likely defendant. The operator is clearly liable if the crash resulted from his negligence — losing sight of the drone, running out of battery, flying out of range, or just lousy driving. But what is the operator didn’t do anything wrong, but the crash was caused by equipment or software failure? We don’t know the answer to that yet. If the legal analysis is purely negligence, then there wouldn’t be any liability if the operator didn’t contribute to the failure. But if flying the drone is viewed differently, say as a dangerous activity, the operator might be subject to what is called strict liability — liable for the damage even without fault. Imagine the legal complexity when the damage is caused by two drones crashing into each other — and then raining debris onto a multimillion-dollar concours car. Will the victim have to prove which drone operator caused the crash in order to recover damages? What are the right-of-way rules in the air to begin with? Collecting your damages from the operator could be difficult. The operator’s auto insurance policy doesn’t cover drone crashes. A homeowner’s policy might, but it might not. Drone insurance is commercially available, and should fill such gaps, but I doubt most drone operators carry it. Holding the concours liable can be more difficult. If concours staff are operating the drone, then they are liable the same as any operator. But if a participant or spectator is operating the drone, then you have to find a legal basis to hold them responsible for someone else’s errors. While we can claim that they shouldn’t allow drone use, it isn’t clear that a court would agree. Drones are becoming a fact of modern life, and it isn’t clear that a court would view flying them as an inherently dangerous activity. If just allowing their use is not negligence, then you would have to establish that they were negligent in allowing the specific operator to use the drone. That means they had reason to know that the operator was unqualified or the drone was defective. And it’s probably a higher bar if the operator is a commercial operator, as their lack of skill would be much harder to discover. The future is overhead They’re selling a lot of drones these days. Like them or not, they are becoming a common fact of modern life, and we are going to have to deal with them. If nothing else, make sure you keep your car fully insured against all perils. ♦ 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. April 2016 53


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Horses of Different Colors If Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? T his column is titled “Unconventional Wisdom.” It comes from my long frustration that so much in life is accepted as true and repeated ad nauseam — regardless of the actual experience the speaker may have had with the subject on which they opine. My mother, Jimmie Lee Osborne, is 93 years old, and she taught elementary school for over 35 years. She then went on to teach AARP safe driving classes for seniors until three years ago. When she retired from that, her story was featured in her local newspaper and TV stations, as it marked her official retirement from teaching after 60 years. One of the most important things my mother taught me was a very simple rule: “Know what you don’t know, and know who to ask to find out.” I sometimes shudder when people refer to me as an “expert,” as I’m afraid it might throw me into that group of people I dislike and distrust greatly. I call that group the Always/Never Guys. You know who they are. Their usual haunts are classic-car shows, auctions, racetrack paddocks, online forums, and bars or restaurants where someone else is picking up the bill. They will tell you with great precision the exact type of hose clamps and screws used in a car built in a shop no larger than the size of a service bay in a modern dealership. “They NEVER used those!” or “It’s not correct, because they ALWAYS used those!” According to the Always/Never Guy — for some reason it seldom seems to be a woman — anything that doesn’t agree with his very specific set of rules must be wrong or bad. The Always/Never Guy is quick to spot fakes, as they are usually cars he’s not seen before — or ones he tried to buy but that the owner wouldn’t sell. Frowns for browns Over the run of these columns I’m sure we’ll come back to visit his world, but let’s start with a part of it I find quite interesting. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this character is his opinion on color. He will be happy to proclaim in the most absolute manner which colors render a car “totally unsalable,” “worthless” or “hideous.” Tints found in this critic’s penalty box include white, green and yellow — and that all-time whipping boy, brown. It is true that taste in colors regularly changes over the years and that color can help to define an age. As such, what was once the rage can become embarrassing to some in a surprisingly short time. Nevertheless, it is generally a good idea to give credit to the designers of an age for knowing what suited their shapes and pleased the buyers. That’s good when a car is kept in, or returned to, its original scheme — or one that was available at the time. When general taste, or worse yet, the inflexible ideas of the Always/Never Guy come into play, we can get stretches such as the 1970s, when so many big pre-war classics came to be restored in almost identical beige/brown colors. Or worse, the 1980s, when Rosso Resale/tan was synonymous with Italian. Speaking of brown, it was indeed popular from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The ventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Horses of Different Colors If Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? T his column is titled “Unconventional Wisdom.” It comes from my long frustration that so much in life is accepted as true and repeated ad nauseam — regardless of the actual experience the speaker may have had with the subject on which they opine. My mother, Jimmie Lee Osborne, is 93 years old, and she taught elementary school for over 35 years. She then went on to teach AARP safe driving classes for seniors until three years ago. When she retired from that, her story was featured in her local news- paper and TV stations, as it marked her official retirement from teaching after 60 years. One of the most important things my mother taught me was a very simple rule: “Know what you don’t know, and know who to ask to find out.” I sometimes shudder when people refer to me as an “expert,” as I’m afraid it might throw me into that group of people I dislike and distrust greatly. I call that group the Always/Never Guys. You know who they are. Their usual haunts are classic-car shows, auctions, racetrack paddocks, online forums, and bars or restaurants where someone else is picking up the bill. They will tell you with great precision the exact type of hose clamps and screws used in a car built in a shop no larger than the size of a service bay in a modern dealership. “They NEVER used those!” or “It’s not correct, because they ALWAYS used those!” According to the Always/Never Guy — for some reason it seldom seems to be a woman — anything that doesn’t agree with his very specific set of rules must be wrong or bad. The Always/Never Guy is quick to spot fakes, as they are usually cars he’s not seen before — or ones he tried to buy but that the owner wouldn’t sell. Frowns for browns Over the run of these columns I’m sure we’ll come back to visit his world, but let’s start with a part of it I find quite interesting. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this character is his opinion on color. He will be happy to proclaim in the most absolute manner which colors render a car “totally unsalable,” “worthless” or “hideous.” Tints found in this critic’s penalty box include white, green and yellow — and that all-time whipping boy, brown. It is true that taste in colors regularly changes over the years and that color can help to define an age. As such, what was once the rage can become embarrassing to some in a surprisingly short time. Nevertheless, it is generally a good idea to give credit to the designers of an age for knowing what suited their shapes and pleased the buyers. That’s good when a car is kept in, or returned to, its original scheme — or one that was available at the time. When general taste, or worse yet, the inflexible ideas of the Always/Never Guy come into play, we can get stretches such as the 1970s, when so many big pre-war classics came to be restored in almost identical beige/brown colors. Or worse, the 1980s, when Rosso Resale/tan was synonymous with Italian. Speaking of brown, it was indeed popular from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The Brown Brown was hot in ’73. Will it be again? Mercedes-Benz 280SEs and Jensen Interceptor convertibles — not to mention the acres of brown/black/silver foil wallpaper that graced the pages of home décor magazines — brings us right back there. For many years, experts proclaimed any brown car to be worthy of a prompt color change. The first crack in that argument came with Christie’s stunning sale of Steve McQueen’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L at the Monterey Jet Center in August 2007. Master restorer Mike Regalia resisted any pressure he may have felt to change the “unacceptable” Marrone paint on the car. At the same time, Regalia gave it a restoration that still ranks as one of the best, if not the best, ever seen on a Lusso. Of course at the time, the naysayers said that it was the McQueen mystique that overcame the handicap of the deep metallic brown to bring the then-record $2.3m price, but if Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? Finding your own way A look around the parking lots of today will also tell you that the once-despised color is making a big comeback. Amid the sea of white, silver, gray and black cars churned out by the millions are beautiful new dark metallic browns from Bentley, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others. Where does that bring us? Sahara Beige are awberry Metallic nd Prugna Ferrari onventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Horses of Different Colors If Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? T his column is titled “Unconventional Wisdom.” It comes from my long frustration that so much in life is accepted as true and repeated ad nauseam — regardless of the actual experience the speaker may have had with the subject on which they opine. My mother, Jimmie Lee Osborne, is 93 years old, and she taught elementary school for over 35 years. She then went on to teach AARP safe driving classes for seniors until three years ago. When she retired from that, her story was featured in her local news- paper and TV stations, as it marked her official retirement from teaching after 60 years. One of the most important things my mother taught me was a very simple rule: “Know what you don’t know, and know who to ask to find out.” I sometimes shudder when people refer to me as an “expert,” as I’m afraid it might throw me into that group of people I dislike and distrust greatly. I call that group the Always/Never Guys. You know who they are. Their usual haunts are classic-car shows, auctions, racetrack paddocks, online forums, and bars or restaurants where someone else is picking up the bill. They will tell you with great precision the exact type of hose clamps and screws used in a car built in a shop no larger than the size of a service bay in a modern dealership. “They NEVER used those!” or “It’s not correct, because they ALWAYS used those!” According to the Always/Never Guy — for some reason it seldom seems to be a woman — anything that doesn’t agree with his very specific set of rules must be wrong or bad. The Always/Never Guy is quick to spot fakes, as they are usually cars he’s not seen before — or ones he tried to buy but that the owner wouldn’t sell. Frowns for browns Over the run of these columns I’m sure we’ll come back to visit his world, but let’s start with a part of it I find quite interesting. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this character is his opinion on color. He will be happy to proclaim in the most absolute manner which colors render a car “totally unsalable,” “worthless” or “hideous.” Tints found in this critic’s penalty box include white, green and yellow — and that all-time whipping boy, brown. It is true that taste in colors regularly changes over the years and that color can help to define an age. As such, what was once the rage can become embarrassing to some in a surprisingly short time. Nevertheless, it is generally a good idea to give credit to the designers of an age for knowing what suited their shapes and pleased the buyers. That’s good when a car is kept in, or returned to, its original scheme — or one that was available at the time. When general taste, or worse yet, the inflexible ideas of the Always/Never Guy come into play, we can get stretches such as the 1970s, when so many big pre-war classics came to be restored in almost identical beige/brown colors. Or worse, the 1980s, when Rosso Resale/tan was synonymous with Italian. Speaking of brown, it was indeed popular from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The Brown was hot in ’73. Will it be again? Mercedes-Benz 280SEs and Jensen Interceptor convert- ibles — not to mention the acres of brown/black/silver foil wallpaper that graced the pages of home décor magazines — brings us right back there. For many years, experts proclaimed any brown car to be worthy of a prompt color change. The first crack in that argument came with Christie’s stunning sale of Steve McQueen’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L at the Monterey Jet Center in August 2007. Master restorer Mike Regalia resisted any pressure he may have felt to change the “unacceptable” Marrone paint on the car. At the same time, Regalia gave it a restoration that still ranks as one of the best, if not the best, ever seen on a Lusso. Of course at the time, the naysayers said that it was the McQueen mystique that overcame the handicap of the deep metallic brown to bring the then-record $2.3m price, but if Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? Finding your own way A look around the parking lots of today will also tell you that the once-despised color is making a big comeback. Amid the sea of white, silver, gray and black cars churned out by the millions are beautiful new dark metallic browns from Bentley, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others. Where does that bring us? Sahara Beige are awberry Metallic nd Prugna Ferrari the the efforts of the e becoming more ssions regardless eone else thinks matter how selftant they might onventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Horses of Different Colors If Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? T his column is titled “Unconventional Wisdom.” It comes from my long frustration that so much in life is accepted as true and repeated ad nauseam — regardless of the actual experience the speaker may have had with the subject on which they opine. My mother, Jimmie Lee Osborne, is 93 years old, and she taught elementary school for over 35 years. She then went on to teach AARP safe driving classes for seniors until three years ago. When she retired from that, her story was featured in her local news- paper and TV stations, as it marked her official retirement from teaching after 60 years. One of the most important things my mother taught me was a very simple rule: “Know what you don’t know, and know who to ask to find out.” I sometimes shudder when people refer to me as an “expert,” as I’m afraid it might throw me into that group of people I dislike and distrust greatly. I call that group the Always/Never Guys. You know who they are. Their usual haunts are classic-car shows, auctions, racetrack paddocks, online forums, and bars or restaurants where someone else is picking up the bill. They will tell you with great precision the exact type of hose clamps and screws used in a car built in a shop no larger than the size of a service bay in a modern dealership. “They NEVER used those!” or “It’s not correct, because they ALWAYS used those!” According to the Always/Never Guy — for some reason it seldom seems to be a woman — anything that doesn’t agree with his very specific set of rules must be wrong or bad. The Always/Never Guy is quick to spot fakes, as they are usually cars he’s not seen before — or ones he tried to buy but that the owner wouldn’t sell. Frowns for browns Over the run of these columns I’m sure we’ll come back to visit his world, but let’s start with a part of it I find quite interesting. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this character is his opinion on color. He will be happy to proclaim in the most absolute manner which colors render a car “totally unsalable,” “worthless” or “hideous.” Tints found in this critic’s penalty box include white, green and yellow — and that all-time whipping boy, brown. It is true that taste in colors regularly changes over the years and that color can help to define an age. As such, what was once the rage can become embarrassing to some in a surprisingly short time. Nevertheless, it is generally a good idea to give credit to the designers of an age for knowing what suited their shapes and pleased the buyers. That’s good when a car is kept in, or returned to, its original scheme — or one that was available at the time. When general taste, or worse yet, the inflexible ideas of the Always/Never Guy come into play, we can get stretches such as the 1970s, when so many big pre-war classics came to be restored in almost identical beige/brown colors. Or worse, the 1980s, when Rosso Resale/tan was synonymous with Italian. Speaking of brown, it was indeed popular from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The Brown was hot in ’73. Will it be again? Mercedes-Benz 280SEs and Jensen Interceptor convert- ibles — not to mention the acres of brown/black/silver foil wallpaper that graced the pages of home décor magazines — brings us right back there. For many years, experts proclaimed any brown car to be worthy of a prompt color change. The first crack in that argument came with Christie’s stunning sale of Steve McQueen’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L at the Monterey Jet Center in August 2007. Master restorer Mike Regalia resisted any pressure he may have felt to change the “unacceptable” Marrone paint on the car. At the same time, Regalia gave it a restoration that still ranks as one of the best, if not the best, ever seen on a Lusso. Of course at the time, the naysayers said that it was the McQueen mystique that overcame the handicap of the deep metallic brown to bring the then-record $2.3m price, but if Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? Finding your own way A look around the parking lots of today will also tell you that the once-despised color is making a big comeback. Amid the sea of white, silver, gray and black cars churned out by the millions are beautiful new dark metallic browns from Bentley, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others. Where does that bring us? Sahara Beige are awberry Metallic nd Prugna Ferrari the efforts of the e becoming more ssions regardless eone else thinks matter how self- tant they might And And I for one nk that’s a very d thing indeed. ♦ Unacceptable? Marrone was a good enough color for the King of Cool’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L entional Wisdom Donald Osborne Horses of Different Colors If Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? T his column is titled “Unconventional Wisdom.” It comes from my long frustration that so much in life is accepted as true and repeated ad nauseam — regardless of the actual experience the speaker may have had with the subject on which they opine. My mother, Jimmie Lee Osborne, is 93 years old, and she taught elementary school for over 35 years. She then went on to teach AARP safe driving classes for seniors until three years ago. When she retired from that, her story was featured in her local news- paper and TV stations, as it marked her official retirement from teaching after 60 years. One of the most important things my mother taught me was a very simple rule: “Know what you don’t know, and know who to ask to find out.” I sometimes shudder when people refer to me as an “expert,” as I’m afraid it might throw me into that group of people I dislike and distrust greatly. I call that group the Always/Never Guys. You know who they are. Their usual haunts are classic-car shows, auctions, racetrack paddocks, online forums, and bars or restaurants where someone else is picking up the bill. They will tell you with great precision the exact type of hose clamps and screws used in a car built in a shop no larger than the size of a service bay in a modern dealership. “They NEVER used those!” or “It’s not correct, because they ALWAYS used those!” According to the Always/Never Guy — for some reason it seldom seems to be a woman — anything that doesn’t agree with his very specific set of rules must be wrong or bad. The Always/Never Guy is quick to spot fakes, as they are usually cars he’s not seen before — or ones he tried to buy but that the owner wouldn’t sell. Frowns for browns Over the run of these columns I’m sure we’ll come back to visit his world, but let’s start with a part of it I find quite interesting. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this character is his opinion on color. He will be happy to proclaim in the most absolute manner which colors render a car “totally unsalable,” “worthless” or “hideous.” Tints found in this critic’s penalty box include white, green and yellow — and that all-time whipping boy, brown. It is true that taste in colors regularly changes over the years and that color can help to define an age. As such, what was once the rage can become embarrassing to some in a surprisingly short time. Nevertheless, it is generally a good idea to give credit to the designers of an age for knowing what suited their shapes and pleased the buyers. That’s good when a car is kept in, or returned to, its original scheme — or one that was available at the time. When general taste, or worse yet, the inflexible ideas of the Always/Never Guy come into play, we can get stretches such as the 1970s, when so many big pre-war classics came to be restored in almost identical beige/brown colors. Or worse, the 1980s, when Rosso Resale/tan was synonymous with Italian. Speaking of brown, it was indeed popular from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The Brown was hot in ’73. Will it be again? Mercedes-Benz 280SEs and Jensen Interceptor convert- ibles — not to mention the acres of brown/black/silver foil wallpaper that graced the pages of home décor magazines — brings us right back there. For many years, experts proclaimed any brown car to be worthy of a prompt color change. The first crack in that argument came with Christie’s stunning sale of Steve McQueen’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L at the Monterey Jet Center in August 2007. Master restorer Mike Regalia resisted any pressure he may have felt to change the “unacceptable” Marrone paint on the car. At the same time, Regalia gave it a restoration that still ranks as one of the best, if not the best, ever seen on a Lusso. Of course at the time, the naysayers said that it was the McQueen mystique that overcame the handicap of the deep metallic brown to bring the then-record $2.3m price, but if Marrone was good enough for the King of Cool, who are these pedantic geeks to say otherwise? Finding your own way A look around the parking lots of today will also tell you that the once-despised color is making a big comeback. Amid the sea of white, silver, gray and black cars churned out by the millions are beautiful new dark metallic browns from Bentley, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and others. Where does that bring us? Sahara Beige are awberry Metallic nd Prugna Ferrari the efforts of the e becoming more ssions regardless eone else thinks matter how self- tant they might And I for one nk that’s a very d thing indeed. ♦ Unacceptable? Marrone was a good enough color for the King of Cool’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Sports Sports Car Market


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Feature Scottsdale First-Timer The Barrett-Jackson Colossus The auction arena is set up like a football field, and is about the same size by Roger Wooley Photo by Tony Piff An overwhelming sensory experience like none other I have had a fascination with automobiles for a very long time. One of my earliest memories is being envious of a neighbor kid who got a Corvette pedal car for Christmas. Only it was better than a pedal car. This car actually had a battery and an electric motor so he could drive it! That was just about the most wonderful Christmas gift I could imagine. I have never lost my love for cars, but I have refined it somewhat, and now I am a real fan of more exotic cars. I have owned many examples of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Corvette, classic Mini, and many others including a hot rod 1932 Ford 2-door sedan with a Buick V8 engine. Today the Ford would be considered a rat rod, but I loved it. But nothing in my past fully prepared me for my first time at the January Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale spectacle. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say “overwhelming.” If I had two words, I would say “very overwhelming.” I was shocked by my first impression of the physical plant at Barrett-Jackson because it is so immense. It is a sprawling, outrageously huge facility. The auction arena itself is set up like a football field, and is about the same size. There are bleachers on the sides, and skyboxes all around, with a raised stage for the cars to drive across — and an even higher podium for the auctioneer and his crew. Cars, boats and planes Outside the auction arena are acres and acres of cars, some in tents and some under canopies. Many were already sold by Friday, with purchase prices on the windshield. Many more were waiting to cross the block. It takes several hours just to look at all these cars. The outdoor food court looks like the midway at an enormous carnival or world’s fair. You can get Keith Martin’s favorite food item there: a deep-fried turkey drumstick. Besides the auction cars, which run the gamut from stock-perfect collector cars to specialty cars to radical customs, there were hundreds of exhibits, sales booths, and miscellaneous things for sale. These were mostly car related, but not all. Do you like cigarette-style racing boats? Several were on display, including one 35-foot-long, 175-mph, 2,700-horsepower beauty. The cost? A mere $790,000. Motorcycles? Indian had a corral with several on display. Do you like airplanes? Beechcraft had several planes on display for sale or lease. How about AC Cobras? There were 15 of them on display outside under a canopy. Other collectibles Other interesting items were antique gas-station neon signs, antique pedal cars, antique gas pumps, enameled metal signs, rail dragsters, trucks, life-size comic-book characters, artwork, off-road vehicles, jewelry, gold coins, cowboy boots, specialty driving shoes, an aromatherapy booth, foot-rub therapy, back-rub therapy and on and on and 58 on. You could easily spend a day just looking at this part of the event. We were able to score skybox tickets for both days. These included free food and drinks, and, best of all, passes to get on the stage. On the first day at the auction (our second day in Scottsdale), we just happened to be on stage at the same time as Jay Leno. That was a nice coincidence. Corvette fatigue On our second auction day, Saturday, the auction itself was interesting and somewhat exciting for most of our time there. Although I will admit, after approximately the 50th Stingray selling for $100,000 or more, I got a little bit of “Corvette fatigue.” Same goes for the huge number of American muscle cars. There were not as many foreign or exotic sports cars as I expected. I enjoyed the “no-reserve” policy, as we were guaranteed to see a sale result for every car. Back for more in 2017 By the fourth day, Sunday, I was exhausted and definitely ready to return home. My brain was still a little shocked at some of the auction prices, such as $1.5 million for the serial-number-001 new Acura NSX which comes out this summer. It is a gorgeous car, but I would personally rather pay $155,000 for serial number 002. I was happy to see that some of the cars actually sold for realistic prices. Some even sold for levels that were likely below the restoration costs. That gives me hope that I haven’t completely missed the boat with the run-up in collector car prices in recent years. Maybe I will still be able to buy something in the future. This is the type of event that requires more than one visit. I missed most of the cars at auction — and many of the exhibits and displays. Next time, I plan to visit some of the other auction houses and maybe see a different variety of cars for sale, but also return to Barrett-Jackson — if only for the spectacle. I might have to come for a longer stay. I’m already rearranging my January 2017 schedule. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Corvette expert Kevin McKay (left, holding phone) lends his expertise at the Barrett-Jackson auction Feature in Photos by Tony Piff Admiring late-model supercars at Bonhams 60 Stephen Serio (from left), Jim Pickering, Carl Insider’s Semina Sports Car Market Arizona Auction Week


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Superb cars — including two “Split-Windows” — draw crowds to the Gooding & Company tent A feast of automotive delights laid out buffet-style at RM Sotheby’s l Bomstead and Donald Osborne hold court at the SCM ar at the Gooding auction April 2016 Russo and Steele’s CEO Drew Alcazar always guarantees an energetic show 61


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Feature 2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance Glowing Like a Meteor The third annual event sets the stage for Arizona Car Week and is rising in the collector car world by Carl Bomstead in Show. The car is no stranger to the winner’s circle, as it was previously Best of Show at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. In its day, the car set notable speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats with Ab Jenkins at the wheel. The other contenders included a stunning 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT by Zagato and a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II by Figoni et Falaschi, all winners in their own right. SCM Publisher Keith Martin and SCM Editor at Large Donald Osborne served as event emcees, and their interviews with entrants and sponsors kept the day lively — and helped raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Arizona foundation. One of the recipients of the magic that Make-A-Wish Linda and Bill Pope’s one-off 1957 Jaguar XK 140 with coachwork by Zagato T he Arizona Concours d’Elegance, held at the Arizona Biltmore, has established itself as a premier event in just three short years. It sets the stage for Arizona Car Week, and the venue at the famed Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hotel is unequaled. On January 16, 90 vehicles were displayed throughout the lawn. The scene was reminiscent of a “Great Gatsby” garden party. The Arizona Concours d’Elegance has evolved into a three-day event, with two semi- nars preceding the Concours on Saturday and the Arizona Tour d’Elegance following on Monday. One of this year’s Saturday seminars included former Indianapolis 500 winners Tom Sneva, Arie Luyendyk and Dario Franchitti among others discussing their victories and exploits. One of the highlights was the display of the famed BorgWarner Trophy with the sculpted portraits of the Indianapolis 500 winners from Ray Harroun in 1911 to last year’s winner Juan Pablo Montoya. The other Saturday seminar included Andrea and Marella Zagato with J Mays, former head of global design for Ford, discussing automotive design from concept to collectible. It was an amazing event. The Sunday concours featured over 90 collector vehicles that were displayed in 16 classes. Featured classes included Duesenberg, Coachwork by Zagato and the Exceptional Cars of Britain. A highlight was the one-off Jaguar XK 140 with coachwork by Zagato. Jaguar dis- played the car at the 1957 Paris Auto Salon, and it was later restored by noted Arizona collector Scott Gauthier. The current owners have displayed the car at Villa d’Este and at Hampton Court Palace. Heady company indeed! The 1958 Gaylord Gladiator was another of the many crowd pleasers. It was styled by Brooks Stevens and handcrafted at Spohn in Germany. Only three were produced, this being the second. With an original 1958 price of $17,500, the car appealed to a limited, deep-pocketed market. The Best in Show presentation borrowed a page from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as the four contenders were displayed by the judging stand. After thoughtful deliberation, the judges chose Harry Yeaggy’s 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor” as Best 62 Details Plan ahead: The Fourth Annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance weekend is scheduled for January 14–16, 2017 Where: The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 East Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 Tour: The Arizona Tour d’Elegance explores local roads the day after the concours Number of entries: 90 Cost: Concours admission is $90 Web: www.arizonaconcours.com Best in Show — 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor,” owned by Harry Yeaggy Sports Car Market 1958 Gaylord Gladiator, owned by Ralph Carungi can perform was on hand, as his wish was the restoration of his 1941 Chevrolet. The project was completed, and the patient was on the road to recovery. A concours of this magnitude takes extensive plan- ning and organization — along with the help of close to a hundred volunteers. Finding sponsors and sourcing significant cars and qualified judges takes tireless effort, and Executive Director Kevin Cornish and his crew are to be commended. We certainly look forward to next year’s event, which will take place on January 15, again at the Arizona Biltmore. ♦ Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson


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Ferrari Profile 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans The car sold at the top of the optimistic estimate, which was impressive — but not unexpected by Steve Ahlgrim Details Year produced: 1950 Number produced: One Original List Price: About $9,000 Current SCM Valuation: Only one exists, so there is no current median sale. The high sale of this car is the most-recent $6,490,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $200 (for reproductions) Chassis # location: Side frame rail toward the front of the engine Engine # location: Stamped on a flange on the rear passenger’s side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1947–53 Maserati A6GCS, 1949 Cisitalia 202MM Nuvolari Spyder, 1953–55 Fiat 8V Zagato SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0060M Engine number: 0060M I t was the Tipo 166, introduced in 1948 as a replacement for the 125 S, that first established Enzo Ferrari’s Modenese workshop as a leading manufacturer of racing cars. Powered by a 2-liter Gioacchino Colombo-designed V12 engine, the 166 set forward a course of development that would define the look, sound and inimitable character of Ferrari automobiles. Unveiled at Geneva in 1950, the Berlinetta Le Mans was a striking fastback with origins in the magnificent streamlined Alfa Romeo racing cars of the late 1930s. Designed specifically for high-speed endurance racing, the Le Mans berlinettas featured a spartan, businesslike cockpit, large external fuel fillers and thin Plexiglas windows. These early 166 MM competition cars were the foundation for Ferrari’s successful line of dual-purpose berlinettas. 0060M was sold to famed American sportsman, race team owner and automobile collector Briggs Swift Cunningham. To ensure that his car would be at the front of the pack, Cunningham had Ferrari upgrade 0060M to full 195 S specifications, as reflected by handwritten notes on the factory build sheets. A 195 S was a 166 MM bored out 5 mm. Equipped with three Weber carburetors and topped by a cold-air box, the 195 S produced approximately 170 horsepower. The 195 S was more powerful than the standard 166 MM, and it also was more forgiving and produced greater torque at lower engine speeds for increased drivability. 66 Faithfully presented today in its original blue liv- ery, 0060M is an absolute jewel of a sports car, and the important stamped components — chassis, engine, gearbox, and rear end — all correspond to the factory build sheets. Well-known and highly regarded among marque ex- perts, this is a historically significant even-serial-number Ferrari that possesses every quality one looks for in a collectible automobile: aesthetic beauty, mechanical sophistication, exclusivity in numbers, a fantastic racing history and exceptional provenance. With the vast majority of 166 MMs held in major collections, the appearance of 0060M at auction may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a stellar example of Ferrari’s first great competition berlinetta. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 33, sold for $6,490,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 29, 2016. Enzo Ferrari mastered the skills of directing an International automobile race team while working at Alfa Romeo. He was sent into the field to recruit drivers, engineers and suppliers for Alfa and excelled at his task. Dwindling resources forced Alfa to cut back their racing activities, which led Ferrari to form the famous Scuderia Ferrari as a side venture. Scuderia loosely translates to “squad” or “team.” The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans Lot 42, s/n 0066M Condition 1 Sold at $2,200,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/13/08 SCM# 117583 Sports Car Market 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Lot 321, s/n 0300M Condition 1- Sold at $3,645,192 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/7/14 SCM# 238958 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Lot 125, s/n 0038M Condition 2+ Sold at $3,080,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/13 SCM# 227317 Brian Henniker, courtesty of Gooding & Company


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Scuderia was structured to provide cars and support for wealthy patrons who wanted to go racing. As winning became more important than fun, veteran drivers often replaced the owners in the Scuderia’s cars. A shake-up at Alfa resulted in Enzo Ferrari being shown the door and led to the founding of Auto-Avio Costruzioni. Auto-Avio fabricated parts for the automotive trade. The firm would also construct two cars for the 1940 Mille Miglia. They would be the first automobiles produced by Ferrari; however, a non-competition agreement between Ferrari and Alfa would prevent the cars from wearing the Ferrari name. Named AutoAvio Costruzioni 815, the cars would have an impressive racing career. World War II interrupted racing, and Auto-Avio shifted production to products for Mussolini’s war effort. The work would help Ferrari collect the equipment and personnel to start his own car company. Ferrari is born After the war, in 1947, Ferrari S.p.A. was founded. The mission of Ferrari S.p.A. was to produce race cars. Scuderia Ferrari, the factory race team, would promote the business. The first car produced was the 1947 125 S. The 1.5-liter 125 S was the first 12-cylinder Ferrari and the first Ferrari to bear the Ferrari name. The Type 125 was quickly replaced with the larger-displacement Type 159 model. Then Ferrari struck gold with the new 2-liter Type 166. Great perfor- mance and a selection of attractive models made the 166 the hot ticket of the late 1940s and early 1950s. One particular model, a Touring-bodied Berlinetta, probably was the inspiration for the dual-purpose berlinettas that followed. Touring body is a reference to a body builder — not an intended use. Touring — or more correctly, Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera — developed a process of building a lightweight body by wrapping a tubular substructure with lightweight panels. The process is called Superleggera, or super lightweight. Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Pegaso and Lancia are just a few of the manufacturers besides Ferrari to commission Superleggera models. Touring built as many as six 166 Berlinettas. The model was nick- named 166 Touring Berlinetta Le Mans in honor of a 166 Barchetta MM winning Le Mans in 1949. The Berlinetta Le Mans featured handsome Superleggera coachwork and Ferrari’s 2-liter, Colombo-designed V12. Finding that the 166 engine didn’t have quite enough oomph, Ferrari upgraded several 166s to 195s by boring their engines out to 2.3 liters. All but one of the 2.3-liter Berlinetta Le Mans cars were converted back to 2-liter 166 specs. Chassis 0060M kept its 2.3-liter engine, which is still installed today. As Ferraris traditionally are named after their engine, 0060M was renamed 195 S for the 195-cc displacement of a single cylinder. Race history and famous owners Chassis 0060M had a light — but impressive — race history. Several significant drivers piloted the car, and a Who’s Who of Ferrari enthusiasts have owned the car. April 2016 67 Chassis 0060M was a Paris show car, Best of Show at a Ferrari Club of America National Concours, second in class at Pebble Beach, and shown at the Cavallino Classic. In modern times, chassis 0060M has participated in the Mille Miglia revival no less than seven times. It has been to the Coys Historic Festival twice and participated in the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car has been on the cover of Motorsport magazine and The Prancing Horse (twice). It has been the subject of a feature article in The Prancing Horse and received a mention in Road & Track. A charmed life for a racer Despite extensive use, the car has survived relatively unscathed. A non- racing shunt damaged the left front, but otherwise 0060M has escaped major damage. Evidence of welding on the block reveals some type of previous cata- strophic engine failure. The repair dates back 40 years with no reoccurrence, so that’s a non-issue. An extensive restoration in 1999 brought the car up to Pebble Beach standards. It has been used little since and is described as still being in show condition. The right people in the tent A car can get lost in Scottsdale auction week, but fortunately, Gooding did their job in getting 0060M in front of the right people and keeping their attention. The “Little Blue Coupe,” as it is sometimes called, sold at the very top of a rather optimistic estimate. The result was impressive but not unexpected for such a dazzling car. It is a one-of-a-kind example of a beloved Ferrari 166. It has history up the … well, let’s just say, it has a lot of history. It is a car that is welcome at every important event on the planet. Neither side had an advantage in this sale. The seller got all the money, but the buyer got great value. There’s no money left — the car sold at full price — so you’re more likely to see 0060M at a vintage event rather than a future auction. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.)


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English Profile 1952 Allard J2X Long on excitement, short on comfort, this Anglo-American beast is not for snobs by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: 1952–54 Number produced: 83 Original list price: £1,713 ($2,500) Current SCM Valuation: Median sale to date, $225,000; high sale, $675,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Chassis # location: Plate on firewall Engine # location: Varies with engine type and model Club: Allard Owners Club More: www.allardownersclub.org Alternatives: 1948–56 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica, 1953 Kurtis-Kraft KK500, 1951 Cunningham C2R SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1952 Allard J2X Lot 267, s/n J2X3142 Condition 3 Sold at $194,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/19/2009 SCM# 142098 Chassis number: 3062 E xciting and engaging to drive, with features meant for performance over style, the Allard J2X successfully straddles the worlds of hot rods and sports cars. Truly a roadster intended for spirited driving, whether on the track or the street, the fun is in mastering its handling and its growling beast of an engine. With the 1949 introduction of the J2 — a car de- signed to be successful in competition and to break into the all-important American market — Allard became a formidable force in European road racing. To improve the rather crude handling characteristics, the J2X was designed with the same wheelbase but with a longer tubular X-frame. The front suspension was upgraded, and the engine mounts were moved forward to improve steering and handling and to lengthen the footwells for better drivability and comfort. This example, chassis 3062, is one of only 83 J2Xs produced between 1951 and 1953. Completed in June 1952, 3062 was shipped to New York, where it was originally fitted with a Chrysler Hemi engine. While details of its earliest history are not known, in 1969 Alan Beal of Southern California purchased the car, and it remained in his care for more than 40 years. In 2010, following decades of storage, the car underwent a complete restoration by Steve Dennish of 68 Limeworks Speed Shop. The J2X was fitted with a rebuilt, period-correct Cadillac 331 V8, and subtle modifications were incorporated to enhance performance — but great care was taken to maintain a largely stock appearance. The engine was rebuilt with forged pistons, custom-ground camshafts and six rare Stromberg 97 carburetors feeding into a common-runner manifold. In addition, a set of Alfin drum brakes was installed. Finished in Ferrari Red by Cole Automotive, with a black leather interior in the original pattern, set off by dual Brooklands screens and engine-turned dashboard, the car is visually as impressive as its performance is astonishing. A photo book chronicling the nearly twoyear restoration project is included with the sale. Soon after the restoration was complete, the con- signor, a respected Southern California collector and enthusiast, acquired the gleaming red Allard. In his care, the Allard has continued to be refined both cosmetically and mechanically. This J2X receives regular exercise and it is described as being in an ideal state of tune and extremely satisfying to drive. In fact, J2 and J2X owners tend to agree that no other car in their collections can equal the pure exhilaration that they get from their Allards on a long, spirited jaunt. 1952 Allard J2X Chrysler/Cadillac Le Mans racer Lot 476, s/n J3055 Condition 3 Not sold at $675,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/17/07 SCM# 46392 1953 Allard J2X Lot 68, s/n J2X3144 Condition 4+ Sold at $258,500 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/09 SCM# 119216 Sports Car Market Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 25, sold for $451,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale Auction on January 29, 2016. How can you make an impression in the rarified atmosphere of one of the many fashionable long-distance tours organized for classic cars and their owners? One sure-fire strategy is to drive an Allard. This aluminum-paneled British creation powered with a big American V8 engine will be as rare as any French-curved rolling sculpture, capable of driving the wheels off pretty much any Italian automobile, and as bare-bones unrefined in sound, comfort and handling as any vintage American hot rod in the group. Driving an Allard will mark you and your hardcore co-driver as serious enthusiasts who are more interested in the adrenaline rush of open back roads than in the envy of Rodeo Drive parking valets. In fantastic, road-ready shape One fortunate buyer may have had all this in mind when bidding on Lot 25 at the Gooding Auction in Scottsdale. As presented, the car looks as if it just came from final polishing of the rosso-hued paint that seems to have been deliberately intended to poke a finger in the eye of anyone wearing a prancing horse on their bespoke driving shoes. Nevertheless, the catalog indicates that the restoration is fettled enough that the new owner can be certain the car is capable of confident, reliable long-distance touring with little fear of generating schadenfreude while stalled on the side of some remote road. A British hot rod For those who don’t already know the background of these blunt-nosed, cycle-fendered open roadsters, how did this unsubtle boilermaker of a cocktail that combines practical British motoring with cubes-at-all-cost American hot-rodding come about? It all started with one Sydney Allard, born in 1910. Allard grew up in the back shop of his family’s English Ford dealership in London. Before World War II, he had built specials to race on weekends in that peculiar British motorsport called “trials,” a combination of hillclimb and endurance, preferably run in the mud. With an unquenchable desire to continue building racing cars after the war, he formed the Allard Motor Company to hand-build eponymous race and road cars for export — the only way a new British company could survive. Scrounged parts and materials Shortages were common in Britain after World War II, so Allard used suspension parts from old Fords, surplus aircraft aluminum, and engines from America, which was the only source available to a one-man car manufacturer in England. From 1949 to 1952, Allard built 90 J2 models. Some would have English Ford V8 engines that he managed to scrounge, but most would be shipped to the U.S. without engines. Once in the U.S., Allard’s J2 cars might get the same flathead Ford engines that ex-GIs were shoving into their hot rods, but high-rollers, such as General Curtis LeMay, installed more desirable Chrysler, Mercury and Cadillac V8 engines for racing on road courses and airfields. More refinement With experience from the J2s, by 1951 Allard had designed a superior X-member tube frame that was long enough to support the improved independent front suspension. In addition, the engine mounts were moved seven inches forward for better balance. After building 83 of these J2X models, Allard would finally be overtaken by more refined competitors and end production in 1954. A great example The Ferrari-Red example that traded hands at Gooding in Scottsdale in January is the perfect artifact of that heritage. The Cadillac 331 engine, considered the best available engine in the day, was an excellent choice for superior performance. In all other respects, this restoration will be perfect for the couple who don’t mind being hot, cold, excited and uncomfortable all at the same time — while having the time of their lives at speed on the open road. Well sold and well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) April 2016 69


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Boano Coupe The restoration could cost $500k, but the new owner will still be ahead. This car is that special by Donald Osborne Details Number produced: 248 (all 1955 CSS) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: This coachbuilt car is one of a kind, so the median price and high sale price are the same as this car’s purchase price Tune-up cost: $475 Chassis # location: Engine bulkhead, stamped into metal Engine # location: Intake side of block Club: Alfa Romeo 1900 Register More: www.ar1900reg.org Alternatives: 1953 Lancia B20 GT Zagato, 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Frua, 1953 Fiat 8V Vignale SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: AR1900C01846 Engine number: AR130801207 D uring nearly a decade of production, Alfa Romeo’s highly successful 1900 series included just 854 examples of the 1900C SS, with the “C” denoting its short-wheelbase chassis and “SS” declaring its competition-oriented specifications. This car was the star display on the Boano stand at the 1955 Turin Auto Show, and according to its corresponding Automobile Club d’Italia paperwork, the first individual owner was Giuseppe Dalmazio Vallerga of Milan. The Alfa next passed among several owners, al- ways remaining in Italy, and joined the famous stable of Bologna-area collector Mario Righini in the 1980s, from whom the consignor acquired it in October 2013. As in Torino in 1955, the Boano Coupe was a star attraction at the 2014 Rétromobile show in Paris, and in 2015, it graced the invitation-only Preservation Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. At some point, the Boano Coupe was refinished in red from the original yellow and black. In the past two years, the 1900 received a new battery; correct Salva fuel lines and new fan belts, spark plugs and ignition wires; breaker points; and a condenser. The most recent work performed in 2015 includes attention to the cooling system, door fit and engine tuning. Presented in engagingly original condition, the patina and authenticity of this coachbuilt Alfa Romeo remain largely undisturbed. This remarkable condition, coupled with the significance of the one-off show car bodywork, is an exceedingly rare combination. In sum, this 1900C SS coupe is sure to excite Alfisti everywhere 70 with its high-performance chassis and mechanicals, handcrafted Boano coachwork and fascinating history. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 46, sold for $990,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Company sale in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 29, 2016. The appeal of 1950s Italian custom-bodied cars, known as fuoriserie, literally “outside of production,” is a compelling one. While coachbuilding had all but died in the United States, Germany, France and the U.K. after World War II, arguably some of the greatest work by artisans on automotive chassis was done in Italy from 1946 through 1959 — with some great examples even following through the 1960s. Defying logic and a very difficult marketplace, these designers and craftsmen displayed the fruits of an almost limitless imagination on a variety of racing, luxury, sporting and even humble family cars. Carrozzeria Boano built four variations on this basic theme, three on Alfa chassis, one on a Fiat platform. The last two were rather more conventional than the initial two. A cousin to our subject car The first was a rebody of a 1952 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM, a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder sports racing coupe built by Carrozzeria Colli and driven by Juan Manuel Fangio to 2nd place in the 1953 Mille Miglia and to a DNF at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the same year. Retired, it was sent to Carrozzeria Boano and given a completely new sleek look, with the futuristic split rear window and 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Lot 246, s/n AR1900C02056 Condition 2Sold at $557,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/14/09 SCM# 142050 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SS Lot 33, s/n AR1900C01742 Condition 2+ Sold at $649,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/14 SCM# 232105 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS by Ghia Lot 240, s/n AR1900C01838 Condition 2Sold at $330,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245109 Sports Car Market Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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sharply tapering profile and plan views. This race-proven car was either given or sold to Argentine dicta- tor and Italian car enthusiast Juan Peron. That Fangio had driven it was surely an inducement. It is believed that the designs for these cars came from the pen of Gian Paolo Boano, son of the founder Felice Mario Boano. The styling shows inspiration from the 1952 Disco Volante spider by Carrozzeria Touring as well as influences of the three Carrozzeria Bertone B.A.T. aerodynamic studies on the 1900 platform. A very special Alfa Romeo Our subject car is the second Alfa, a 1900 short-chassis Super Sport coupe. This car is blessed with the 1308-series version of the DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, using a double-chain system to time the cams and a second chain tensioner idler. The redesigned cylinder head also resulted in a larger 1,975-cc displacement. These engines were fitted in all the Zagato-bodied competition 1900C SS models, and the details of the Boano coupe show clear thinking about racing needs. I first saw this car up close and personal at the Rétromobile show in Paris in February 2014 on a stand. I was immediately taken with it, as I had known the 6C 3000CM years ago when the late, great Henry Wessells III owned it and it was still in its Boano suit before his heavy crash at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Afterwards, Wessells had it rebodied in Italy to a copy of its original Carrozzeria Colli body, which that car still wears today. A highly original car The air cleaner in our subject car is mounted low, just behind the under-bumper grille, with a long plenum carrying the cool air to the intake manifold. There are also cooling ducts for the giant finned and ventilated front brake drums. This 4-cylinder chassis was created with the more powerful 6C 3000CM clearly in mind. There is no record of it having been used in anger, but it was built with that capability in mind. It is one of the pleasant miracles of automotive history that this re- markable car managed to survive with minimal modification and deterioration. The first, and most obvious, change was to the color scheme, from the striking pale yellow and black it sported on the Turin Show floor and in early magazine coverage to the rather more predictable red in which it is currently finished. Clearly done some decades ago, prob- ably to make it look more like the Peron coupe, the paint of the 1900 was not terribly carefully applied. The car stayed in static storage for many years, almost certainly for most of its life in the legendary Righini collection. Luckily, the interior remained untouched and still shows all of its original materials and finishes in good condition. Very few of the special competition pieces are missing, and those that are may be easily replaced. The body is in good condition, al- April 2016 though the dents on the top of the right front fender and evidence of electrolytic corrosion on some panel edges are plainly visible. It is fair to say that any consideration of preservation has to stop with the indifferent quality of the color-change paint finish and some incorrectly replaced trim pieces. The interior could be saved, but it would be a challenge in many international concours settings to explain to the judges why the decision was made. Perhaps in a more enlightened future it will be possible. Nevertheless, a restoration is ahead In the event, this car will make a spectacular statement on the road and show arena once again when a complete, correct and sympathetic restoration has been done. An expert shop will be able to save the original, now somewhat brittle, alloy body — while making those repairs that are necessary. The original upholstery will be carefully removed, saved and used as patterns for the new soft trim, and the original Autovox radio will produce mellow sounds again. It will astound once more in its two-tone livery, and its top-specifica- tion engine will roar to life. Now we come to the price paid. The auction company asked inter- ested parties to consult with a car specialist for the estimate. This is commonly done when a difficult-to-value car comes to market, as it can be challenging to find appropriate comparables. The estimate was stated to have been $1.1m–$1.3m, as a specialist described the car as “…close to a B.A.T. as you’re going to be able to buy.” I’m not quite sure about that, but I did know at least five collectors who were keenly interested in the car. Inside the tent the day it sold, the Alfa provided the kind of drama for which auction houses and audiences alike live. Two experienced Italian car enthusiasts battled toe-to-toe on opposite sides of the room for the car in $10k increments until the new owner had his prize. Worth the price This car could quite likely absorb the better part of $500k before it re-emerges to public view, but at that, I still don’t feel the owner will be upside down. I’m told that the new owner plans to do the first-class restoration this car deserves, returning it to the original colors, showing it in top international concours and then running it in the Mille Miglia Storica. While it is neither a B.A.T. nor a Disco Volante, it is something equally compelling: the realization of unfettered Italian mechanical and aesthetic genius, a masterpiece of the fuoriserie genus. My verdict on the transaction? Well sold and well bought. If you disagree, find the other one. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) 71


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German Profile Column Author 2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster This car is Alpina Lite and a blatant BMW marketing exercise with plenty of sizzle but no beef by Stephen Serio Details Year produced: 2003 Number produced: 555 Original list price: $137,595 Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $181,200; high sale, $309,269 Tune-up, major service: $600–$1,200 Chassis # location: Driver’s side dash at windshield Engine # location: Top of block, stamped between cylinder banks Club: www.bmwcca.org More: www.bmwusa.com Alternatives: 2002–03 BMW Z8 Roadster, 1995–98 Porsche 993 Carrera cabriolet, 1996–2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: WBAEJ13403AH62184 I 2001 BMW Z8 n 1956, BMW released the 507, a stunning twoseat roadster that delivered exhilarating performance, luxury and rarity and that remains one of the most coveted BMW models ever produced. At the 1997 Tokyo Auto Show, BMW displayed a stylish retro-inspired concept car, the Z07. The Henrik Fiskerdesigned concept was initially intended to merely exist as a sole concept, however the incredible reception and overwhelmingly positive acclaim spurred the decision to put it into limited serial production in 1999. The resulting Z8 remained remarkably faithful to the Z07 concept, with the 507-like twin-nostril front grille and distinctive front-wing vents. A period-style interior had been one of the Z07’s most remarked-upon features, and that, too, made it into the Z8, including a banjostyle steering wheel. The sleek and taut bodywork was all wrought in aluminum, as was the space-frame chassis. The V8 engine was aluminum as well, with massive torque and horsepower figures. Needless to say, the Z8 was fitted with all the luxury appointments befitting a flagship model: traction control, stability control, front and side air bags, GPS navigation, climate control and power operation of the seats, steering wheel and convertible top. Along with being a stunning, hand-built, limited- production roadster, BMW further enhanced the Z8’s appeal to collectors by announcing that a 50-year stockpile of Z8 parts would be maintained. Despite a hefty launch price, initial demand was so high that a bidding war broke out, with many Z8s selling for well in excess of MSRP. By the time production ceased in 2002, 5,703 72 of these fabulous cars had been built. With production of the Z8 completed by November 2002, for 2003 the Z8 was replaced by the limited-edition Alpina V8 Roadster. A new, softer grade of Nappa leather replaced the Z8’s less-supple specification, and special Alpina gauges were featured on the dash cluster. An Alpina steering wheel with three solid spokes replaced the original, and larger Alpina wheels were fitted. In the United States, this special-edition Z8 was sold directly through BMW dealerships, marking a first for Alpina, whose cars had never been sold through retail channels in the U.S. Only 555 of these Alpinas were built. This Alpina V8 Roadster, one of just 555 examples produced worldwide, landed on U.S. shores on March 4, 2003. Two months later, the first owner took delivery of this sporty roadster in Knoxville, TN. During the first owner’s brief 15 months with the car, this Alpina covered nearly half of its overall miles. The car then ventured west to San Francisco, where its second and current owner acquired it. The consignor has covered just over 8,000 miles in this stunning V8-engined Alpina and showed the car occasionally, including several appearances at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. It has been serviced regularly and used sparingly over the past 11 years. Having covered such low miles since new, this two- seater remains in excellent original condition. The Silver Metallic paintwork, complemented by the unmistakable 20-inch Alpina multi-spoke wheels, is in excellent con- Lot 141, s/n WBAEJ13451AH60797 Condition 2 Sold at $184,082 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 3/28/15 SCM# 264699 2000 BMW Z8 Lot 147, s/n WBAEJ1343YAH60176 Condition 2 Sold at $172,286 Silverstone, London, U.K., 9/4/14 SCM# 245320 2002 BMW Z8 Lot S771, s/n WBAEJ13482AH61279 Condition 2 Sold at $130,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/14 SCM# 232312 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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dition and accentuates the sleek BMW 507-inspired bodywork. The interior, swathed in black and red leather, is in similarly great condition with no discernible wear. This car has undergone several services within the past year, including new tires, gaskets, and a new starter motor. The Alpina-tuned V8 engine runs admirably, and the Steptronic automatic transmission shifts without incident. This rare German convertible is ready to be driven and enjoyed by its third owner. Included with the sale are the original books, toolkit, extensive service records, and the matching factory hard top and stand. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 18, sold for $253,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 28, 2016. My first indoctrination about anything “ALL-PEEN-AH” was in 1983. I remember it the same way I remember Kate Beckinsale holding one of my twins on Halloween a few years ago. Speechless. Utterly speechless. A fond memory scorched into that part of my cortex via my shocked cornea that will forever hold life’s greatest moments. To this day I regret not having a camera on either occasion! But back to 1983… While shopping for a much-coveted Momo steering wheel to fit on my newly acquired 1969 BMW 1600 and begging for a discount (just blew every penny I had — $4,800 — on the 1600) at Beaconwood Motors in Watertown, MA, I spied a very unusual and appealing object of art. BMW Alpina love Being offered for the gargantuan sum of $10,000 (priced firmly) — I realized I was in the midst of BMW greatness — was an Alpina-built 1973 2002. This was, up until that time, the coolest BMW I had ever seen. It was my first taste of proper Germanic tuning. I got the full schooling on how “in the hands of a marque-specific engineering company” one could make something that was perceived to be perfect even more outrageously fun. Ruf, AMG and Alpina were of the moment and hip. This car was much more than just a set of body-long decals, map lights and accessory sport steering wheel. This was the “dog’s bollocks” with an uprated motor, modified gearbox, tuned suspension and tasty rims. As an aside, there is no doubt this Kate Beckinsale of 2002s would be worth much more to me than anyone else in North America because of the aforementioned imprinting should that car ever blip on my radar. This personifies how things sometimes spiral out of control at an auction — it’s all about reacquiring your rose-colored, youth-inspired memories by virtue of being the high bidder. Oh, to have that moment in 1983 back. About a decade later — and still feverishly waving the BMW enthu- siast flag — I acquired an early six-series Alpina 1980 B9 coupe that a diplomat had brought to the U.S. This car was another illustrious example of Alpina’s engine/trans tuning, coupled with some very tasty Recaro seat and interior modifications. This car was the textbook example of stealth, and it could munch on the recently celebrated first-generation BMW M5 for a snack. I had both of those cars in the garage at one time and thought BMW had me for life. Well, things change. Sometimes your Punky Brewster wins and your Keith Partridge loses as they age. And BMW Alpina hate Astute members of the SCM community may notice that this is my third attempt at being kind and thoughtful about the BMW Z8 family (February 2003, German Profile, p. 60; May 2009, German Profile, p. 42). Maybe the editorial staff hedged that even I might soften my harsher views here. Well, third time ain’t the charm. This too-much-plastic, pimpy-two- tone-leather-interior, 5-speed-slushbox car that happens to sit on my least-favorite Alpina wheels STILL misses the bull’s-eye. I may have quasi-maligned the much-needed professional dental com- munity in years past by calling the Z8 a dentist’s car. I don’t feel the same way about the Alpina, so the dentist is off the hook. This is his offspring’s car. Oofah! Where’s the beef? The insult to me is that this car is Alpina Lite and a blatant BMW marketing exercise with no tasty filet consumed. We are left with just a skillet of sizzle during this Munchen-luncheon. Boil the gripe down to the final version offering less performance and sporting drive versus the resultant GT luxury comfy car. This is not the Alpina your grandfather Fritz drove in anger on the Autobahn. If your desire is to have a cushier Z8 — that is rarer than the first- gen- eration convertible — you’ve succeeded. But this car still leaves a sour taste in my mouth. This Alpina is simply too sanitized to warrant wearing that badge. This is more eunuch than unicorn. The folks in Buchloe did build the powerplant and mated it with the transmission. But they went backwards in the final product — if you compare what Alpina did to prior generations of BMWs. That’s my bone to pick. This could have been a Rolls-Royce BMW and I would have happily accepted that. A clean car and a good buy There is a positive spin here from my calmer, unbiased side. This par- ticular Alpina is a very clean example and was purchased for a righteous price. Market study shows a wide chasm in pricing — one that is often due to the importance of color (this market may be the largest affected by color rarity that I’ve ever seen), mileage, factory service upgrades and, of course, whether the hard top and carrier, factory book and original keys are present, and genuine Bavarian air is in the tires. This is not the first cycle of upward pricing for a Z8/Alpina, but it might have longer legs than the first two times around the rodeo. Along with the AMG Mercedes Benz, Ferrari Maranello/GTO/Aperta, Porsche GT/GT3RS/RS and my top-of-the-list, most-maligned-car-ofall-time Aston Martin Lagonda, the Z8/Alpina has enjoyed a 24-month run-up in value. That proves at least one segment of the private sales and auction worlds has spoken, and they like their “young-timer” cars that were produced in limited numbers. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) April 2016 73


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American Profile 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia Wrapped in an air of romantic intrigue, this car is one of the great coachbuilt creations of its age by Carl Bomstead Details Year produced: 1953 Number produced: Two Original list price: Unknown Current SCM Valuation: $1,500,000– $2,000,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $45 Chassis/Engine number: Right hand side of crankcase and on right frame rail Club: Cadillac/LaSalle Club More: cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special coupe, 1954 Chrysler GS-1 Special by Ghia, 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance by Ghia SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 536253053 A dmiring the car offered here, one would be hard-pressed to guess its origins as anything but Alfa Romeo in the early 1950s. Only its very American size and presence belie its roots, as do the subtle Cadillac script and badging. Underneath its design, the creation of Ghia princi- pal Luigi Segre is the same Series 62 that the average neighborhood banker drove to work in 1953. Such is the power of a coachbuilder to make over a car’s entire personality, transforming a staid Cadillac into something of sensual flash and dash. The Cadillac offered here is distinguished from its sister Ghia coupe by its front-end design, which features a unique grille with thin vertical bars finished in goldanodized aluminum, as well as no front fender parking lights, different taillights and rear license plate holder, and two half “bumperettes” rather than a full front bumper. Don Williams of the Blackhawk Collection acquired it for its current owners some two decades ago; Williams recalls it as a solid, original car that was then restored by the late Mike Fennel, the well-known restorer from Santa Clarita, CA. The combination of great 1950s American chassis, engineering and build quality with breathtaking Ghia design is a showstopper. Desired by socialites of the era and wrapped in an air of romantic intrigue, this car ranks as one of the great coachbuilt creations of its age. 74 It needs only a Hollywood starlet wrapped in mink and Givenchy to complete its appeal. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 254, sold for $1,430,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on January 29, 2016. This stunning 1953 Cadillac coupe, one of two that were built by Ghia, is shrouded in mystery. We do know that two coupes were built on the 126-inch wheelbase Cadillac chassis, and they were both powered by Cadillac’s 331-ci V8. The other example, painted maroon, resides in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and it is frequently displayed. It differs slightly from our subject car in that it has parking lights, a slightly different rear fender treatment and more of an egg-crate-designed grille. Beyond that, little is known with absolute certainty. A cloud of mysteries Why did Ghia build the two Cadillac coupes? Was there also a third, as one source suggests? Who ordered them? Why are there no period photographs of the cars? Who took delivery of the cars? The list of questions goes on with no real answers after 60-plus years. Giacinto Ghia opened his small shop in 1918 with an established reputation as a builder of “carrozzeria 1953 Chrysler GS-1 Thomas Special Ghia concept car Lot 275, s/n 7232631 Condition 2 Sold at $858,000 RM Auctions, Meadow Brook, MI, 7/24/10 SCM# 166295 1952 Chrysler D’Elegance concept car Lot 143, s/n 321953 Condition 1Sold at $946,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183127 1954 Chrysler GS-1 Ghia Special Lot 124, s/n 72523668 Condition 2Sold at $616,000 RM Auctions, Don Davis Collection, 4/27/13 SCM# 216103 Sports Car Market Darin Schnabel ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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di lusso e di gran sport.” In time, the factory employed 30 craftsmen and was producing two or three custom coachwork cars a month. A contract with Fiat followed and the firm prospered. World War II, however, crippled the firm. Allied bombers destroyed the factory in 1943 and Ghia died in 1944, at the age of 56, while supervising the reconstruction of the factory. The Ghia name lived on as his widow offered what was left of the company to Giorgio Alberti and Felice Mario Boano. Early in the 1950s, Chrysler realized that Ghia offered an opportunity to revise their staid image by taking advantage of the design and coachbuilding skills that Ghia offered. Luigi Segre, who eventually designed the Cadillac coupe, was hired to nurture the Chrysler relationship. With Ghia’s relationship with Chrysler firmly in hand, why did they turn to Cadillac? It is doubtful that Cadillac commissioned the cars, as they had their own Le Mans show car and were heavily promoting their high-profile Eldorado. Who took delivery of the cars? Legend has it that actress Rita Hayworth received one as a gift from her short-term husband Prince Aly Khan. If so, which one? Time in New York City In the May 1955 issue of Road and Track, a reference is made to one of the Cadillac Ghias being sighted at a garage in New York City, offered for sale for $10,000. It was owned by John Perona, who also owned a Ghia-bodied 1951 Ferrari 340 America coupe. Perona was the owner of the El Morocco nightclub in New York City, where, interestingly enough, Rita Hayworth was a regular. Did they both own Cadillac Ghias or did they own the same car at different times? If so, who was the first owner? Rare and valuable There still are far more questions than answers. There is no doubt, however, that both cars are stunning and combine Italian styling with American engineering. If forced to pick between the pair, our subject car has slightly cleaner lines without the parking lamps, as well as the less-cluttered grille. All this is choosing between degrees of greatness, as both will stand the test of time, and the price paid for this car will prove to be a most solid investment. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) April 2016 75


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Race Car Profile 1966 McLaren M1B Can-Am This is a mid-pack car, so its entry will be welcomed and its peculiarities overlooked in vintage racing by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 28 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $227,500; high sale, $344,500 Cost per hour to race: $1,750 Chassis # location: Brass tag on cockpit bulkhead Engine # location: Unknown (likely doesn’t have one) Club: Historic Can-Am Association More: www.historiccanam.com Alternatives: 1965–67 Lola T-70, 1968–71 McLaren M8 A-D, 1969 Lola T163 SCM investment grade: B Comps Chassis number: Ayyxyxyx I n 1961, Bruce McLaren applied his design skills to the M1 sports racer, developed at the same time as the Lola T70. The two mid-engine cars would fiercely contest the new Canadian-American race series. McLaren launched the M1 at the Mosport Grand Prix for sports cars in September 1964, where he led the race until throttle problems dropped him to 3rd. McLaren contested the rest of the season, and the car attracted customers. The first customer car was delivered in 1965, and Graham Hill won at Silverstone. Meanwhile engineer Robin Herd designed the M1B, with Tyler Alexander and Michael Turner. The chassis weighed the same but was 20% stronger. Eventually, 28 M1Bs were built for the American market. This project began in 2008, when the owner purchased an M1B chassis to restore. He was then fortunate to locate and hire Bill Moir in Oregon to help reconstruct the car. Moir determined that the chassis had a few usable parts, though the balance was not sound for racing. The original parts retained were the steering rack, rear axles, transaxle and the left-hand fuel cell (which was sent to Aerotech Services for refurbishing). He then spent four years building the car. The engine, built by Pantera Performance of Castle Rock, CO, is a bored-and-stroked, dry-sump, 348-cubicinch, aluminum-block Ford V8 fitted with period-correct Weber carburetors and Edelbrock aluminum heads. The original Airheart brakes have been replaced by Wilwood units. The total time on the chassis and engine for track setup, dyno and testing is approximately three hours. 76 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 258, sold for $220,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, sale on January 29, 2016. Way back in 2004, I wrote a profile about an M6 McLaren, and it went like this: “It has been said that the vintage-racing experience exists as a combination of craft, adrenaline, testosterone and ego. Can-Am cars clearly occupy the ground where adrenaline and testosterone are at the maximum. They are at once wildly exciting and absolutely terrifying. They are generally hot and uncomfortable to sit in, difficult to see out of, heavy to steer or slow down, and numbingly loud inside. But if you can hustle one of these babies around the track, nobody will ever question your manhood.” Nobody who has driven a Can-Am racer will ever for- get the first time they strapped themselves in and pulled the trigger; it’s one of those “my first time” memories that those who have had the experience treasure forever. For me, accustomed to small-bore sports racers, it was like sitting in an artillery shell aimed down the main straight with a continuous explosion happening behind me as I tried to keep my foot on the accelerator. And it was in a McLaren M1B like today’s subject, so yes, I have strong feelings about these cars. High speed, few rules, huge money The whole idea that started as the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) and became the Can-Am series was the result of a fortuitous confluence of social, political and technological factors that took place in the 1967 Lola T70 Mk II Lot 58, s/n SL7147 Condition 3 Sold at $475,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/15 SCM# 266284 1966 Lola T70 Mk II Lot 388, s/n SL7122 Condition 1- Not sold at $270,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/13 SCM# 215118 1967 McLaren M1C Can-Am Lot 59, s/n M1C674004 Condition 2+ Not sold at $147,900 H&H Auctions, Gloucestershire, U.K., 2/21/06 SCM# 41332 Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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mid-1960s. The social had to do with the development of a large American market for “spectacle” auto racing — crowds that wanted to feel the ground shake when the flag dropped. The political had to do with rules. In Europe the FIA was concerned with endurance racing and trying to improve safety by limiting horsepower. The American SCCA managed to talk the FIA organization into adopting a set of rules (called Group 9) that allowed fundamentally unlimited American-style sports racing cars to compete in short sprint races. This sanction made it possible for the world’s best racing drivers to come to the U.S. and race for what were to become the fattest purses that the automotive world had ever seen. The technical side had to do mostly with tires. In 1962, the nastiest race tire available had about 6.5 inches of tread width, which limited the amount of horsepower you could get to the ground, not to mention turning or stopping the weight that came with it. Except for long courses, small and light counted for as much as big and powerful. However, by 1967, 12-inch-wide rims and 14 inches of slick tire were normal, so the equation was reversed: horsepower ruled. The other big development was the maturing of the mid-engined design concept and components, such as transaxles, that could handle V8 horsepower. The doors were thus thrown open to the spectacle called Can-Am rac- ing. Enter McLaren Bruce McLaren was a very successful Grand Prix driver with Cooper who had aspirations to build his own cars. Since he was under contract to Cooper for formula racing, and being very aware that there was good money to be made in U.S. professional racing, he decided to concentrate on sports racers. He created Team McLaren to design and build the first McLaren Mk1 utilizing a Traco-built Oldsmobile V8. It first ran in September 1964 and was immediately shipped to America for the remaining USRRC races. He didn’t win, but he did very well. It was obvious that the car was a winner, so McLaren went home very pleased. The next problem — how to build multiple examples — pretty much solved itself when Frank Nichols came to call. Nichols had founded the Elva racing car company, and had a racing car factory that needed work. It was quickly agreed that Elva would build the Mk1 under license for McLaren, which resolved production issues and left McLaren itself free to be a race team and design new cars. Elva built 21 of the “McLarenElva” Mk1s, and they were a major factor in both the 1965 USRRC season and European events, mostly with 4.5-liter Traco Oldsmobile power, but some with 289 Fords and small-block Chevys. It turns out there is no substitute for cubic inches. The M1B and Can-Am September of 1965 saw the introduction of the M1B, and it went into immediate production. It was a clear evolution of the Mk1 but built to Group 9 rules, which allowed a simpler, purer racing car. The tubular frame was strengthened, and provision was made for wheels and tires that seemed to be getting wider by the month. The nose shape was very blunt in an attempt to reduce the lift of the sharp-nosed Mk1. Elva continued to be the production facility and built 28 M1Bs. April 2016 77 The M1B served both the McLaren team and the customers for the initial Can-Am series in 1966, although the team cars evolved a bit more than the customer ones as the season wore on. The 5-liter Traco Olds engines were dropped in favor of 5.7-liter Chevrolets, which were heavier but far more powerful. Although the M1Bs had some success and were always in the hunt, the 1966 season belonged to Lola’s T70 (Bruce McLaren came in 3rd). For 1967, Team McLaren built a new monocoque car for itself (the Mk6) and left Elva to build the M1C for customers. The M1Bs and Cs quickly became spear-carriers as the newer cars took over the series. The M1Bs and M1Cs continued to fill the back of the grids for years. Not real, not right — but welcomed So what are we to make of our subject car? The most important starting place is that it is not real and makes little or no claim to be. It is also egregiously wrong mechanically. Apparently, the owner started with an original frame but couldn’t use it, so the car has been entirely fabricated within the past 10 years. It has no known chassis number (“identification no. 25” — M1B chassis numbers are all “30/--”) and no claimed history. Its engine is an aluminum 348-ci Ford with Edelbrock heads — none of which even existed until sometime in the 1980s, and M1Bs never carried Ford engines to start with. The Wilwood brakes are 21st century technology with little in common with the solid-rotor Girlings that came on the cars, and that’s just the obvious stuff. The good news is that, under the circumstances, probably nobody cares. The car looks gorgeous and presents as a proper M1B. In the Can-Am grids where it would run, no M1 McLaren will ever run above mid-pack, so its entry will be welcomed and its peculiarities overlooked in service to a full grid and a good show. It just needs to be understood for what it is: a thrilling and fun — but purely weapons-grade — toy to show to your friends and go scare yourself with. Any collector value is incidental and mostly imagined. It was never misrepresented, and the sales price of $220,000 is well below the expected $275,000–$375,000 range for M1Bs, so the asterisks in provenance and correctness were reflected in the price. I will suggest that the car was fairly bought for what it is. The new owner, if he is brave enough, will have a lot of fun with it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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Next Gen Profile 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R The motoring press christened it “Godzilla,” and the Skyline GT-R’s legacy was immortalized by Tony Piff Details Years produced: 1989–94 Number produced: 43,934 Original list price: ¥4,445,000 ($35,392) Current SCM Valuation: Median to date: Does not apply, as there is only one sale — this one — in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database; high sale, $82,500 (this car) Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis # location: Engine bulkhead Engine # location: Bottom of block on inlet side Club: Nissan Skyline Owners Club More: www.skyline-owners-club.com Alternatives: 1991 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione, 1992 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Comps Chassis number: BNR32000591 • Single owner and less than 14,000 km (9,700 miles) • All original and never modified • The first year of the “Godzilla” GT-R SCM Analysis This car, Lot 174, sold for $82,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on January 28, 2016. In August of 2014, a Japanese performance car of near-mythic legend turned 25 years old and became legal for U.S. import: the eighth-generation Nissan Skyline, known by its chassis code as the R32. Video games… The Skyline’s rise to U.S. pop-culture stardom illus- trates the world-shrinking, border-shattering, culturemelding force of the Internet and video games. Beginning in the late 1990s, game developers infused their electronic worlds with a new, exhaustive level of realism. The focus shifted from hucking imaginary race cars around crazy tracks, “Dukes of Hazzard” style, to mastering real-world driving dynamics. To progress, gamers had to apex perfectly, nail shift points and even learn to engine brake. Gamers, without thinking about it, learned not just which cars were fast, but how a naturally aspirated bigblock V8 differs in character from a turbocharged inline 4. The challenge and thrill of unlocking new tracks and more powerful cars proved as addictive as crack cocaine. If you’re still thinking, “Yeah, but it’s all just pixels on a screen,” think about this: We’re talking about functionally accurate renditions of actual vehicles — products that corporations have spent millions developing, building and selling in the real world. 78 Authorized licensing is the linchpin of this new industry, and certain players — Porsche and Ferrari, most notably — have shown little interest in digital cars. Maybe they’re guarding technical specs or maybe they want a bigger cut of the action. It doesn’t matter. Gamers are bonding with the cars available to them. When they graduate from digital to reality — and become car drivers and collectors — they’re going to buy the cars they’ve lusted for since childhood. In the video-game world, no car has a longer-running racing heritage than the Skyline GT-R. …and the Internet Just imagine: an entire generation that, by age 16, already had thousands of hours of seat time in Aston Martins, Z/28 Camaros and strange, never-seen Japanese-market sports cars. And with the arrival of the social-media revolution, these young, tech-savvy gearheads had all of the world’s automotive subcultures at their fingertips. Want to see what showed up at Cars and Coffee in Beverly Hills? Magnus Walker’s latest tattoo? Where your college buddies went drifting Sunday morning? Just jump on Instagram. Young people don’t join car clubs for the same reason they don’t shop at record stores. They’re too limiting. The whole world is already there on the screens in their pockets. The fact that such an enthusiast has possibly never seen a Skyline in the flesh is not just immaterial. It’s a key part of the mystique. I’ll step off my next-gen soapbox now and get to why the Skyline GT-R deserves its real-world acclaim. 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R “Kenmeri” Lot 303, s/n KPGC110000127 Condition 2 Sold at $176,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/15/15 SCM# 6796762 2012 Nissan GT-R Lot 382, s/n JN1AR5EF8CM251028 Condition N/A Sold at $79,200 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/19/15 SCM# 6795325 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R “Hakosuka” Lot 128, s/n KPGC10001445 Condition N/A Sold at $242,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 247736 Sports Car Market Karissa Hosek ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Preserving the GT-R prestige This story picks up where my recent profile of a 1973 “Kenmeri” Skyline 2000 GT-R left off (November 2015, Next Gen Profile, p. 102). After 50 nearly consecutive victories with the Skyline GT-R on the Japanese race circuit from 1969 to 1972, the 1973 oil crisis hit, and Nissan axed its motorsport program. By this time, the GT-R — an exclusive, top-spec performance package within the long-running Skyline series of coupes, sedans and station wagons — was a beloved national icon. The Nissan suits could have stuck the GT-R nameplate on some wa- tered-down malaise-mobile and let the gravy train ride, but — showing an incredible level of marketing foresight and restraint — they didn’t. Skyline production would roll on without a GT-R for 16 years. Godzilla conquers all Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s spurred Nissan’s return to rac- ing, and the company innovated with a vengeance. There was still no GT-R, but a series of ever-more-ridiculous Skylines proved that Nissan would be a power player in the new era of high-tech performance. And then, in 1989, all the pieces came together, and Nissan created one of the best cars in the world. The GT-R returned. The R32 Skyline GT-R boasted active all-wheel steering, double- wishbone suspension, Brembo disc brakes all around and a twinturbocharged, twin-cam, aluminum-head, 2.6-liter inline 6. But the feature that gave the Skyline its competitive edge — and the edge was more like a sledgehammer — was its computer-controlled all-wheeldrive system. Under demanding conditions, the system sends up to 50% of torque to the front wheels. Exiting a turn, nearly 100% of power immediately goes to the rear, launching the GT-R out of curves like a rear-wheeldrive slingshot, passing cars that, on paper, should be faster. A dash meter indicates the percentage of torque at the front wheels. The GT-R is so smart and so grippy that today, drift-oriented tuners will pull the AWD fuse just to get some wheel spin. The R32 Skyline GT-R immediately laid waste to the All-Japan Touring Car Group A Championship and the Australian Touring Car Championship. The motoring press christened it “Godzilla,” and the Skyline GT-R’s legacy was immortalized. Will supply meet demand? Twenty months ago, the first R32 Skylines finally became legal to import. Dedicated Japanese Domestic Market retailers have brought in gray-market cars for years, and they are well versed in navigating the red tape of importation and registration. Acquiring a legal R32 Skyline GT-R today is no more complicated than paying the $25,000or-so price tag and waiting a few months for the shipping container to arrive. While the $82,500 paid here looked outrageous for an R32 Skyline, that price was peanuts compared with most of RM Sotheby’s other offerings, and the car was the first of its kind at such a venue. This car was also well preserved with very low miles and no modifi- cations. Yet it was not so virginal that you’d feel guilty driving it 1,000 miles a year. This was the kind of original car every collector yearns to find but pretty much never does. U.S. enthusiasts have drooled over these unattainable cars for years, but in Japan and Australia, an R32 Skyline is just another very tunable late-model sports car. Most examples have been driven hard and modified. The RM Sotheby’s car is likely one of the only preservation-class R32 GT-Rs in the world. Finding another one will be tough. I expect this particular car will hold its value. The average U.S. Skyline owner probably lacks a nuanced understand- ing of the collector market, and some owners probably think this sale means their average gray-market Skylines have suddenly doubled in value. Expect to see ridiculous asking prices on badly written Craigslist ads for the foreseeable future. That said, it looks like Skyline demand will continue to outpace sup- ply for the long term, even as new batches of cars become legal for import with each passing year. I don’t see prices of excellent examples softening any time soon. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) April 2016 79


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Next Gen Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline completely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commoditycar mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, fourwheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its otherworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accommodate the high-performance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 ext Gen Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline com- pletely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commodity- car mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, four- wheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its oth- erworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accom- modate the high-perfor- mance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 1 1 The chin spoiler is unob- trusive, but it really worked. Skylines were Nürburgring aces without any additional post-showroom preparation. They were made to go. Fast. 2 The simplicity of the wide headlamps, clean two-bar grille and the corner turn signals was admirable. Only the slight bulge in the middle of the hood suggests the powerful engine. 3 The entire upper structure is crisp, clean and surprisingly short, yet there was good headroom for the rear seats. 4 The boy-racer add-on wing is unfortunate, but presumably contributed enough ofile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline com- pletely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commodity- car mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, four- wheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its oth- erworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accom- modate the high-perfor- mance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 1 The chin spoiler is unob- trusive, but it really worked. Skylines were Nürburgring aces without any additional post-showroom preparation. They were made to go. Fast. 2 The simplicity of the wide headlamps, clean two-bar grille and the corner turn signals was admirable. Only the slight bulge in the middle of the hood suggests the powerful engine. 3 The entire upper structure is crisp, clean and surprisingly short, yet there was good headroom for the rear seats. 4 The boy-racer add-on wing is unfortunate, but pre- sumably contributed enough performance performance to justify its awkward presence. 5 The swollen rear fender is graceless — but straightforward — and sets the R32 apart from the ordinary Skyline coupes. 6 These are exceptionally good performance car wheels: simple, direct, and interesting for the depth of the center section. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Big exhaust pipes are a subtle — but very clear — statement of capability. Otherwise, the rear end is graphically dull and rectilinear. 8 …except for the quad 9 t Gen Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline com- pletely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commodity- car mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, four- wheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its oth- erworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accom- modate the high-perfor- mance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 1 The chin spoiler is unob- trusive, but it really worked. Skylines were Nürburgring aces without any additional post-showroom preparation. They were made to go. Fast. 2 The simplicity of the wide headlamps, clean two-bar grille and the corner turn signals was admirable. Only the slight bulge in the middle of the hood suggests the powerful engine. 3 The entire upper structure is crisp, clean and surprisingly short, yet there was good headroom for the rear seats. 4 The boy-racer add-on wing is unfortunate, but pre- sumably contributed enough performance to justify its awkward presence. 5 The swollen rear fender is graceless — but straight- forward — and sets the R32 apart from the ordinary Skyline coupes. 6 These are exceptionally good performance car wheels: simple, direct, and interesting for the depth of the center section. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Big exhaust pipes are a subtle — but very clear — statement of capability. Otherwise, the rear end is graphically dull and rectilinear. 8 …except for the quad 9 but but effectively express the overall simplicity-ratherthan-flash styling theme. 9 The sharply inclined B-pillar made entrance to the rear seats more difficult, but they were a perfect enhancement of sportiness of the upper structure. 10 The mirrors are usefully big and prove, as on Porsches, that the manufacturer knows what drivers want and need if they are to use all the potential performance. 11 This subtle hard line carries through the door and fades into the fender bulge, but it provides a visual thrust line all the way to the xt Gen Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline com- pletely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commodity- car mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, four- wheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its oth- erworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accom- modate the high-perfor- mance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 1 The chin spoiler is unob- trusive, but it really worked. Skylines were Nürburgring aces without any additional post-showroom preparation. They were made to go. Fast. 2 The simplicity of the wide headlamps, clean two-bar grille and the corner turn signals was admirable. Only the slight bulge in the middle of the hood suggests the powerful engine. 3 The entire upper structure is crisp, clean and surprisingly short, yet there was good headroom for the rear seats. 4 The boy-racer add-on wing is unfortunate, but pre- sumably contributed enough performance to justify its awkward presence. 5 The swollen rear fender is graceless — but straight- forward — and sets the R32 apart from the ordinary Skyline coupes. 6 These are exceptionally good performance car wheels: simple, direct, and interesting for the depth of the center section. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Big exhaust pipes are a subtle — but very clear — statement of capability. Otherwise, the rear end is graphically dull and rectilinear. 8 …except for the quad 9 but effectively express the overall simplicity-rather- than-flash styling theme. 9 The sharply inclined B-pillar made entrance to the rear seats more difficult, but they were a perfect enhancement of sportiness of the upper structure. 10 The mirrors are use- fully big and prove, as on Porsches, that the manufacturer knows what drivers want and need if they are to use all the potential performance. 11 This subtle hard line carries through the door and fades into the fender bulge, but it provides a visual thrust line all the way to the 12 12 The cladding at the bottom of the front and rear fenders stands proud of the door, giving the sides a rather slap-dash appearance, reminiscent of some clumsy GM add-ons. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Upholstery was bonded to formed foam, with no stitching apparent anywhere. Free of airbags, the steering wheel is wonderfully graceful. Many controls were mounted on the glare shield over the instruments, and the handbrake is curious in being arranged as though the car was converted to right-hand drive. Altogether a very clean, efficient ext Gen Profile Th xt Gen Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a Godzilla under the skin, but it looks much like an attractive family car 3 By Robert Cumber Skyline benefited from a sporting bloodline com- pletely apart from Nissan’s Austin-based commodity- car mechanical heritage. Apart from the rear wing and bulged fenders, the basic body could have been from an everyday family car. The tight, crisp roof was sporty, but all the drama was beneath the skin. Twin turbos, four- wheel steering, electronic fuel injection, anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive were definitely not the stuff of usual Japanese vehicles. The R32 model was quickly dubbed “Godzilla” for its oth- erworldly performance, but it worked nicely as a daily driver, as a friend demonstrated in Tokyo. Well, he demonstrated bursts of highly extreme comportment, too. The R32 was fast. Visually, there is an O impression of forced body modifications to accom- modate the high-perfor- mance chassis, as though the designers were trying simultaneously to disguise and to announce t true potential. Ob the add-on wing g away the plot, but o there is the impres that Nissan didn’t w to be too assertive i presentation of wh have then been the f car they’d ever off for sale. That a luc will be able to enj of the ultimate sle the United States i news for those wh to slip through tra unobtrusively. ♦ 80 ne of the best-looking Japanese cars of its era, the 4 5 2 1 6 1 The chin spoiler is unob- trusive, but it really worked. Skylines were Nürburgring aces without any additional post-showroom preparation. They were made to go. Fast. 2 The simplicity of the wide headlamps, clean two-bar grille and the corner turn signals was admirable. Only the slight bulge in the middle of the hood suggests the powerful engine. 3 The entire upper structure is crisp, clean and surprisingly short, yet there was good headroom for the rear seats. 4 The boy-racer add-on wing is unfortunate, but pre- sumably contributed enough performance to justify its awkward presence. 5 The swollen rear fender is graceless — but straight- forward — and sets the R32 apart from the ordinary Skyline coupes. 6 These are exceptionally good performance car wheels: simple, direct, and interesting for the depth of the center section. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Big exhaust pipes are a subtle — but very clear — statement of capability. Otherwise, the rear end is graphically dull and rectilinear. 8 …except for the quad 9 but effectively express the overall simplicity-rather- than-flash styling theme. 9 The sharply inclined B-pillar made entrance to the rear seats more difficult, but they were a perfect enhancement of sportiness of the upper structure. 10 The mirrors are use- fully big and prove, as on Porsches, that the manufacturer knows what drivers want and need if they are to use all the potential performance. 11 This subtle hard line carries through the door and fades into the fender bulge, but it provides a visual thrust line all the way to the 12 The cladding at the bottom of the front and rear fenders stands proud of the door, giving the sides a rather slap-dash appearance, reminiscent of some clumsy GM add-ons. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Upholstery was bonded to formed foam, with no stitching apparent anywhere. Free of airbags, the steering wheel is wonderfully grace- ful. Many controls were mounted on the glare shield over the instruments, and the handbrake is curious in being arranged as though the car was converted to right-hand drive. Altogether a very clean, efficient 10 10 8 11 7 12


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Market Reports Overview The Market Correction Settles In 2,599 cars, $251m and a look at the beach-car market in three tiers By Tony Piff Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) T 1. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster, $9,900,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 98 2. 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe, $6,490,000— Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 116 3. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Speciale coupe, $3,410,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 120 4. 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top torpedo convertible coupe, $3,000,000— RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 104 5. 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $2,860,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 124 6. 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, $2,420,000— Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 124 7. 1995 Ferrari F50 coupe, $2,400,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 122 8. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $2,117,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 102 9. 1962 Maserati 5000 GT Allemano coupe, $1,540,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 102 10. 1990 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,534,500—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 122 Best Buys 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $2,117,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 102 84 he same 15% market correction that reared its head during Monterey Car Week in August arrived in Arizona this January, right on schedule. Combined totals from all five Arizona sales came to $251,802,843 among 2,599 cars sold, down 15% from $294,426,923 a year ago. Most auction houses saw overall totals decline. Barrett-Jackson sold 1,481 out of 1,490 cars (99%), and sales totaled $103,403,610, down 21% from last year’s $131,246,800. Three serial -number-1 Corvettes — a 1955, a 1956 and a 1957 — took high-sale honors when they sold as a single lot for $1,815,000. The most expensive car of the week was a 1937 1957 Fiat Multipla 600 Mirafiori, sold for $143,000 at Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, sold for $9,900,000 at RM Sotheby’s. Sales came to $62,747,250, a 1% dip from 2015’s $63,605,500 Arizona total. RM Sotheby’s sold 126 out of 149 cars (85%). A 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans was the top seller at Gooding & Company at $6,490,000. Gooding sold 96 of 113 lots (85%). Combined sales totaled $42,386,050, an 18% decline from $51,516,600 a year ago. Of 112 consignments at Bonhams, 94 changed hands (84%). Sales totaled $18,038,250, off 28% from $24,909,250 at 2015’s sale. The top lot was a 2015 McLaren P1 at $2,090,000. At Russo and Steele, a 2003 Saleen S7 was the most expensive lot at $387,750. Russo sales came to $21,307,765, a 9% increase from $19,556,895, and 521 cars sold out of 723 (72%). Sales totaled $3,919,918 at Silver, up 9% from $3,591,878. The high sale was a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL at $140,000. Tony’s Market Moment: At Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale in August, the Pininfarina-bodied 1956 Fiat Eden Roc sold for $660,000. A shocking price, but this was a bespoke creation from history’s most prestigious coachbuilder, so it’s probably the world’s most significant beach car. The sole surviving 1957 Fiat Mirafiori at Gooding Scottsdale shared a similar appeal, but it sold for just $143,000. Was this the right price for a chopped Multipla built for Fiat factory tours or a sign of a bursting beach-car bubble? Las Vegas, NV January 7, 2016 January 7–9, 2016 January 15–24, 2016 January 23–31, 2016 January 27–31, 2016 Bonhams January 28, 2016 Fort McDowell, AZ January 28–30, 2016 January 29–30, 2016 Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ $0 $25m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition January 28–29, 2016 Silver Auctions RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ $3.9m $42.4m $50m 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 Only one Fiat Jolly came to market this Arizona Car Week. It sold at Barrett-Jackson without reserve and earned its hoped-for $99k. We’ll need to see what happens next, but if the beach-car market holds strong, I think the Mirafiori was one of the week’s best buys. ♦ $75m $100m Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ $21.3m $18m $62.7m Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Mecum Auctions Las Vegas, NV $4.9m $9m $84.3m $103.4m 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster, $9,900,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 98 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe, $170,500—Bonhams, AZ, p. 148 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV coupe, $297,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 152 1947 MG TC roadster, $25,300— Russo and Steele, AZ, p. 128 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2016 A 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K sold for $1.5m, and three serial-number-1 Corvettes sold as a package for $1.8m Company Barrett-Jackson Date January 23–31, 2016 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Joseph Mast, Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/offered 1,481/1,490 Sales rate 99% Sales total $103,403,610 High sale Set of three serial-number-1 Chevrolet Corvettes — a 1956, 1957 and 1958 — sold at $1,815,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices A very significant and rare automobile — 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet, sold at $1,485,000 Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics A Jim Pickering Three C1, serial-number-1 Chevrolet Corvettes, sold at $1,815,000 86 ccording to my Fitbit, I walked over 42 miles during Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale this year. It was six full days of automobile sales run- ning from morning till night. There were 1,490 total cars offered for sale, and 1,481 sold, for a 99% sales rate. No other auction company even comes close to this kind of sell-through, and there is a reason for it. Pretty much all of the Barrett-Jackson consignments are sold without reserve. The weather was sunny but cool in the mornings and evenings, and the crowds were massive. Just getting through all of the booths selling food, clothing, pianos, boats, motorhomes and jewelry is a long process. And that’s before you get to the auction cars. There are enough of them that it can be almost overwhelming. The meat of this sale is still American muscle and customs, but you can find anything. The Salon Collection this year featured numerous Full Classics, including a very impressive 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K that sold at $1,485,000 on Tuesday. Another of the million-dollar-plus lots was the three-car group of serial -number-1 Corvettes — a 1956, ’57 and ’58 — that sold as a package for a cool $1,815,000. The last car out of Boyd Coddington’s shop, a one-off custom styled like a classic Delahaye and called “The French Connection,” sold for $407,000. That is a lot of money, but with the hand-built body and all-aluminum V12 (as well as the Coddington name), it felt fairly priced. Many of you watch this show from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy, but nothing can compare to being here in Arizona for the real thing. Once the 2017 dates are announced, book your tickets and arrange your accommodations. And it’s never too early to start a walking regimen. ♦ Sales Totals $150m $120m $90m $60m $30m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #1398-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHAN- TOM II Kellner convertible. S/N 164PY. Brown & tan/brown canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 21,032 km. A well-restored and wellkept Rolls with body by Kellner of Paris (body #18216). One of 1,681 Phantom II chassis built. The Kellner coachwork is extremely rare, as Park Ward and Mulliner did most of the bodies. Shows as a concours-quality #1 in all areas. Complete with original build sheets. fender and smaller chips in front of doors. Lots of newer chrome, including brake drums. Custom white diamond-tufted interior. Leather-covered steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. You rarely see one of these restored other than factory stock. I must admit this was a looker with its candy paint, wide whites and chrome wires. Considering the very limited market for custom AustinHealeys, I have to put this in the well-sold column. #1325-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I cus- tom convertible. S/N 1E10396. Blue/black canvas/black & brown leather. A custom Jaguar with 6.2-L LS3 V8 conversion and automatic transmission. A couple of minor paint flaws, but nothing too serious. No front or rear bumpers. Painted window- and taillight-surrounds. Outside-hinged hood latches. No wipers. Custom interior with Auto Meter gauges. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $770,000. Very complete history of owners going back to Edmond Blawl of Saint-Cloud, FRA, who originally took delivery in May of 1934. Numerous prestige concours awards, including Most Elegant Open Car at Pebble Beach in 1990. Failed to reach the reserve this time and will be going back home with its owner. #412-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N TD23503. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 5,889 miles. Beautiful new paint, interior and chrome. Refinished dash and steering wheel. New top, chrome luggage rack, dual fog lamps 1991 in France by Carrosserie Lecoq prior to the car being shipped to the U.S. Twenty-five years later it still looks marvelous. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows it no-saled at Tokyo Auction in 1992 at $250k (SCM# 389) and no-saled at World Classic in 1991 at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 12326). Today I would consider it fair to both parties. #1383-1947 TALBOT-LAGO T26 con- vertible. S/N 100089. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 60 km. High-level fresh restoration includes chrome, paint, interior, weatherstrips and welting. Presents as-new everywhere. Body by Worblaufen of Switzerland. Optioned with Wilson pre-selector gear- Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,000. A customized XKE that still generally has the period look, but most XKE buyers want it factory stock. Should be a surprise when other Jags see it accelerate. No harm done with this pricing, and I might even call it slightly well bought. #1151-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E14718. Blue/blue canvas/ black leather. Odo: 73,483 miles. The bumpers and headlight trim chrome look good. The driver’s side chrome door trim has light pitting. Misfit windshield-surround trim at the cowl. The new paint is not good. Dull, dusty, bumper is a bit dull. The interior is very nice and shows as-new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $550,000. The restoration was completed in box. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $715,000. Solid #1 car in Resale Red with chrome wires and wide whites. The Worblaufen Swiss body is extremely rare. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows it came to market but did not sell in 1991 at World Classic (SCM# 8084). Call it a fair sale to both sides today. and R.A.C. badges in front. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,300. A 1985 restoration that still looks factory new everywhere. A beautiful car that was bought very well considering the condition. #159-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN4L073910. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 10,250 miles. Custom Candy Apple Red paint with numerous large chips on left front orange peel and thick in spots. A visible dent in the trunk lid. Said to have had lots of rebuilding done over the years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $107,800. This probably isn’t a bad car, but the horrible paint lets it down and is an expensive fix. Market-correct considering the work that is needed. Sold with room left for a decent respray. FRENCH #1378-1939 TALBOT-LAGO T15 con- vertible. S/N 91626. Brown/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 64,475 miles. There is a paint chip on top of the right front fender, and the top of the rear bumper is wavy. The left front 88 Sports Car Market GERMAN #61-1886 BENZ PATENT MOTORWA- GEN replica. S/N R006. Black & wood/ black. MHD. This is a reproduction of the original Karl Benz motorcar, patented in 1886. Features tiller steering with one speed forward or reverse. No visible brakes. Driven by a belt and chains with horizontal flywheel approxi


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ mately 28 inches across. There are cracks in the rubber on the large spoked wheels and some surface rust on the flywheel. Top speed is about 8 mph. The VIN on the brass plate on the car reads “R 006,” but the auction catalog shows the VIN as “PS A-26.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. There have been several builders of these reproductions, so it is difficult to know who made this one. They regularly sell between $40k and $80k, so this looked like a deal. #1376-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet. S/N 540408420. Burgundy/beige cloth/beige leather. Odo: 12,858 miles. Converted from original Cabriolet B coachwork to the shorter-chassis Cabriolet A. Dust shows in the paint everywhere, and there are some edge chips on the hood. Presentable chrome shows some waves in the grille shell and a light dent in the left spotlight shell. Dual sidemounts and dual trumpet horns. The wheels have painted interior. New sliding top. Four wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,800. One of the nicest restored Isettas I have seen. Sold near the top of the market and deservedly so. The microcar market remains strong, especially for great examples. You’ll be hard-pressed to find an Isetta 300 any cheaper with this level of restoration. #1111-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121040109502052. White/ white hard top/black soft top/red leather. Odo: 47,941 miles. Striking new white paint and new chrome throughout. New, complete, highquality, factory-look interior. All trim and panel gaps are correct. Front window pillar paint looks a bit thick. Dusty gauges. Comes rims with stainless spokes. Some patina on driver’s seat. Noticeable steering-wheel cracks. Refinished dash wood and refurbished instruments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,485,000. Awards include Most Significant MercedesBenz at Meadow Brook 2008, Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence at Amelia Island 2009 and Best in Class at Amelia Island 2011. A very significant and rare automobile. Fairly bought and sold. #1400-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S convertible. S/N 18003Z8511829. Blue & ivory/ivory canvas/tan leather. Odo: 72,659 miles. Fully restored with very nice paint and chrome. Light pitting on turn-signal spears. Hood sits high and wide at rear. The new top in front door paint. Right-side sliding glass is scratched. All lenses are clear, and chrome looks new. Nice new plaid seat in restored wheel and pedals. There is a hole in the front floor where the driver’s feet would normally go. Red plastic gas can under the hood for fuel. One of 26 made for filming and only four left. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $49,500. Movie cars are hard to price, and this is a prime example. They were generally fluffed and sometimes buffed for the shot, but real quality here was not in the budget or in the script. I never saw “Herbie Goes Bananas,” and it was not considered a good movie, but someone here liked it. Silly money for a crummy VW with marginal workmanship that really isn’t drivable. #1430-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042. Blue/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,141 miles. Looks like a fairly recent frame-off restoration that was done correctly. New chrome, paint, top and interior with a factory-new look. Some dirt on the soft top at the ribs. Original build sheet. Matching- numbers engine and 4-speed manual transmission. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $159,500. One of only 2,246 built in 1962. This is one I would love to drive home. These seemed affordable a few years back, but the prices are creeping up on them. This is now right on the market for one in this condition. #1386-1962 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 with white hard top and black soft top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $192,500. Same owner 1962– 2013, who undoubtedly loved the car. Lots of care and money spent to restore it. Sold at the top of the market and worth it. #751.1-1960 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE “Herbie Goes Bananas” 2-dr sedan. S/N N/A. Ivory & rust/ivory vinyl. Odo: 61,151 miles. The special-effects movie car from “Herbie Goes Bananas.” Everything is dull or painted over to look like rust. Panels are mostly undented. A swiveling fifth wheel holds up the front end; front wheels don’t actually touch the ground, so Herbie can spin around in its own length. Driver sits in a lowered seat at the back with his own steering and interior are very well restored. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Great colors and a fine restoration made this one of my favorite cars at this auction. It’s not perfect, but it’s darn close and it is beautiful. I think it was well bought. #437.1-1959 BMW ISETTA 300 micro- car. S/N 572821. White & blue/black & blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 17,579 miles. Fresh restoration to a good level. Some surface scratches 90 cabriolet. S/N 155837. Ivory/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 75,424 miles. New paint, red leather interior and chrome. Front left parking light has some pitting. Original Blaupunkt radio. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. A very nice, freshly restored Super 90 cabriolet with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Ninety horsepower may have seemed fast in its day, but today it is the look and the Porsche nameplate that perform the magic at auction. Previously a $180k no-sale at Mecum Indy in May of 2014 (SCM# 254683). Sold at a marketcorrect price here. #958-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 113042100009323. Red/ black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 70,621 miles. Looks like a recent red repaint. Some light pitting visible on the original chrome. The right side of the windshield has some delamination starting. Clean interior with new seat Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #1251-2004 MAYBACH 57 sedan. S/N WDVBF78J24A000154. Ivory/ivory leather. Odo: 19,457 miles. Still looks factory-new in all areas. Not even a paint chip in 19k miles. Extremely roomy with bucket seats front and rear. Equipped with every option anyone had dreamed of in 2004. 5.5-L twin-turbo V12 covers. New top with one worn spot. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,400. A nice little 230SL that sold at the low end of the scale here. The color was bright, and it appeared to be a good driver. A decent buy for the new owner. #37-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 115248010. Green/beige vinyl. Odo: 24,455 miles. Fresh paint looks a bit thick. New fender welts, weatherstripping and chrome aftermarket JVC radio. Converted to 12-volt electrics. Overspray visible on rocker. makes 543 hp. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. When was the last time you saw one of these? Only at Barrett-Jackson. Original MSRP was about $310k. This sale looks like a home run for the seller, as I found several low-mileage Maybachs online for around $59k. IRISH #462-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T6BD005128. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 7,737 miles. Freshly brushed stainless finish. Scratches on right side glass. Fit and finish probably as good as factory. Some wrinkles in driver’s seat leather. Said to be original mileage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,800. DeLorean originally intended to have a retail price of $25k, but by 1981 the Rattle-can aluminum engine paint. Said to be matching-numbers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,780. This looked like a decent and fun driver Bug with most of the normal things already attended to. I have to call it well bought in today’s market. #488-1968 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106522400. Cream/cream & red vinyl. Odo: 1,391 miles. Good-quality paint, dentfree trim and new chrome. Recently restored and “99.9% rust-free” when restoration started. Interior and window glass said to be original and still look new. Light pitting on one gauge bezel. 1974 Pennsylvania sticker on price had climbed to nearly $30k. The only factory options were interior color (gray or black) and automatic transmission. This one has the desirable 5-speed manual. Seems a bit expensive, even with the almost-new condition. Few examples show many miles (for numerous reasons). Previously no-saled at $32k at Mecum Kansas City in 2013 (SCM# 239677). ITALIAN #1384-1924 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A tourer. S/N 489. Red & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 43,006 km. A bit of light dust in paint. Driver’s seat worn. NOT SOLD AT $1,705,000. This car sold at RM Monterey in 2007 with the body stripped to bare metal and interior mostly bare as well. The selling price in that condition was $429k (SCM# 46353). That was nine years and lots of dollars ago, but I still think it should have sold today. #68-1960 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA trasformabile. S/N 110B025214. White & black/black canvas/red & white vinyl. Odo: 20,436 miles. New repaint and new sliding top. Most chrome and trim refreshed. Said to have had floor pans recently replaced. New interior and wire wheel covers. Engine said to Dry and cracking door panels. The hood fit could be much better. Shows wide gaps front and rear. Said to still have its original engine. Thought to be one of only 20 surviving original Tipo 8s with LeBaron coachwork, according to catalog. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $357,500. Offered for sale at RM in January 2015 with an estimate of $350k–$400k but did not sell at a high bid of $280k (SCM# 257026). The car failed to reach the reserve here at Barrett-Jackson as well with the same odometer reading. It might be time for the owner to rethink the numbers or perk up the condition. #1395-1950 FERRARI 195 S Inter coupe. S/N 0081S. Blue/brown cloth & leather. RHD. Very nice paint, chrome and interior. Shelf backseat. Ownership history and original build sheets along with much history and documentation. It was originally factory-painted in a metallic gold color. Cond: 1-. windshield. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This was the nicest Amphicar I have seen. The Quandt Group in Germany built 3,878 units. Actual production ended in 1965, but the cars were titled in the year they were first sold. This is therefore titled as a 1968. Sold at the top of the market as expected. 92 be upgraded to a sport model, which makes it 25 hp instead of 21 hp. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,300. Said to have been in the same family for approximately 50 years. Cute always sells, and I have to call this fair to both sides. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ #157-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO Spider. S/N AR664115. Red/black canvas/ black vinyl. Decent new paint and mostly good chrome. Some wide panel gaps. Front right bumper shows lots of scratches. Repop headlight covers with molding spot dead-center. New top and interior with some cracking visible on the lower dashpad on right side. body and interior fitments are all original.” Recent service with belts, clutch, seals, valves and brakes at 14,900 miles. With F1 paddleshift transmission. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. The F1 automatic gearbox was a $9,500 option, but that didn’t deter buyers of the day, and the 6-speed manual cars seem less common now. This car was a nice one with reasonable miles, and it sold well. JAPANESE #365-1965 DATSUN SPORTS 1500 con- Rebuilt gauges with zero miles on the odometer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Since Keith Martin actually started out his publishing career with the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, I always try to get at least one Alfa in my report. This is it. Fairly bought and fairly sold. The new owner should be able to have lots of summer fun and sell it when finished with little or no downside. #1224-1997 FERRARI 456 GTA coupe. S/N ZFFWP50A5V0106383. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 22,740 miles. Lots of stone chips visible on the front grille-surround. Edge chips on headlight doors and driver’s door. The driver’s seat shows some light wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,800. This Ferrari shows by the mile- vertible. S/N 4SPL31003453D. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 193 miles. New paint and interior. Some of the chrome is showing age with light pitting on the taillight bezels, door handles and grille. There are some chromed-over pits on the windshield frame. Chrome-plated roll bar and a single side-facing rear seat. Very clean dash. The engine features twin carbs and a finned aluminum valve detract for the V8/5-speed conversion if it is done right, as this is a popular upgrade for Land Cruisers, and many owners buy them to drive. AMERICAN #1075-1985 BRAWNER HAWK EX-11 electric Indy racer. S/N N/A. Pink, blue & black/black. MHD. Based on a 1985 Lola T-900 converted to electric power by Tommy Brawner. A few paint chips and scratches here and there. Some taped-over lettering on the nose. Very simple cockpit with two switches, two lights, one knob and an 8,000-rpm tachometer. It runs on 16 12-volt lead-acid batteries connected in series to power the cover. Both doors show wide panel gaps at the front. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. I am starting to see more Japanese cars at auctions, and the trend seems likely to continue. This is a kind of cute version of the MG/TR4 and a precursor to the Z cars that were to follow. Sold for about the same money as a comparable British car, and far fewer exist here in the U.S. I will call this a fair deal in today’s market with some possible future upside. #440-1967 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER age and paint chips that it has been driven and enjoyed occasionally. That would be a good thing if it came with some service records, but that was not mentioned on the car card. Bought about $5k above the SCM Pocket Price Guide median valuation, which seems realistic for this example. #791.1-1999 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N ZFFXR48R4X0116211. Black/black canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 16,383 miles. Numerous small stone chips on front paint. All else shows excellent. Car card says, “The miles, SOLD AT $28,600. I am going to call this well bought in today’s market. I would not 94 and custom fitted luggage. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $407,000. The last custom build to leave Coddington’s shop; certainly among the shop’s best work. Titled as a “2015 Special Construction.” A really great car that will never be driven but will hopefully be displayed in some public venue so others can enjoy it. There is only one, and it was sold to a willing bidder, so I have to call it a fair deal for buyer and seller. © Sports Car Market FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40L42000. Tan/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 152 miles. New paint and interior. New alloy wheels. Warn Hubs show age. Upgraded with 350-ci Chevy V8, three-inch lift kit, aluminum radiator, power steering, front winch, custom steering wheel and racing seat belts. All side glass has scratches. Cond: 2. 180-volt GE electric motor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. The first electric vehicle to eclipse 100 mph in 1993. Also established the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s first electric car lap record in 2011 at 106 mph. Somehow doesn’t seem that exciting in the total Indy car realm (my Prius has gone 104 mph), but it must be significant. It seems cheap for any Indy car that hasn’t been crashed, even if it wasn’t fast. I guess I’d call it a fair deal for the buyer and seller. #1387-2015 CODDINGTON “THE FRENCH CONNECTION” roadster. S/N AZ3536898. Black & red/black & red ostrich leather. Custom-built on a one-off Art Morrison chassis with a hand-built body by Marcel’s Custom Metal. Styled like a ’37 Delahaye. Powered by an Italian 12.8-L allaluminum Hemi V12. Ostrich-skin interior


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ RM Sotheby’s — Arizona A 1929 Duesenberg Model J with a tapered tail in polished aluminum realized an impressive $3 million Company RM Sotheby’s Date January 28–29, 2016 Location Phoenix, AZ Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 126/149 Sales rate 85% Sales total $62,747,250 High sale 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster, sold at $9,900,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices One of six. 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top torpedo convertible coupe, sold at $3,000,000 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics A rizona Car Week came a week later this year, and RM Sotheby’s first sale of 2016 bumped into a longstanding convention that consumed most of the rooms and conference facilities at the Arizona Biltmore. As a result, access to the auction hall was delayed. Many of the cars were displayed outdoors, but about half remained in the dark confines of the parking garage. There was also a great deal of speculation over how turmoil in China, a collapsing oil market and a U.S. election year might affect collector car values. RM Sotheby’s offered 26 more cars than last year and sold 16 more, but sales totaled about a million less. Can we attribute this to general economic conditions, delayed access to the auction room or a declining car market? Seventeen of the cars offered sold for over a million, and they accounted for about 57% of the total revenue. This meant that 96 cars (out of 126 sold) were under the $498k average price. A changing market or just a different mix of offerings? A dozen American Full Classics were offered, and they all found new homes, with the top honor going to a spectacular 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearingtop torpedo convertible coupe, bodied by Murphy with a distinctive tapered tail in polished aluminum. It was 96 well documented, showed only 17,000 miles and realized an impressive $3 million. A 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria sold for $660k. That’s a healthy price for a non-custom-bodied Packard, but it was striking with black top, tires and body. The red leather interior added just the correct amount of contrast. It was one of four known survivors and was worth every penny paid. One favorite that I was unable to photograph due to its location in the dark parking garage was the 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900SC SS berlinetta with coachwork by Zagato. It was one of about 39 that Zagato built and was without Zagato’s distinctive “double bubble.” It had racing history and was beautifully restored, but it failed to sell when bid to $1.25m. Interestingly, another Alfa Rome 1900C SS was offered across town, this one bodied by Boano. That car sold for $990,000, but an extensive restoration may be in its future. Another favorite was the 1952 Cunningham Sales Totals $60m $50m C3 coupe that was one of 19 produced. It was bodied by Vignale, actively raced in period and heavily promoted here with numerous photographs that included Briggs Cunningham. The car was acquired some years ago in lessthan-stellar condition. RM Auto Restoration brought it back to life using with Tom Cotter’s identical C3 as a guide. The Cunningham sold for $1,210,000 — slightly above the $1.1m high estimate, but still a very fair price. ♦ $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 Sports Car Market Tony Piff


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ ENGLISH #248-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II torpedo sports roadster. S/N 179XJ. Scarlet/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 47,760 km. An older restoration. Thought to have been first delivered to a Maharaja in India. A very early streamlined design with tapered rear deck that is planked. Door handles incorporate starboard and port lights as on a yacht. Retains con- tourer. Thought to be London and New York show car. Finished in Aubergine, aka purple. Wears original body and engine. Little to fault on this very elegant Lagonda. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $671,000. The unusual color did not hold back the activity, and buyer has a very desirable car. With the show-car status, it was fairly bought and sold, just under the $700k low estimate. #275-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Mk I “Think Pink” racer. S/N AN5L16468. Pink/black vinyl. This was the 1963 SCCA H/ Production champ, driven by Donna Mae Mims, the first SCCA female champion. Featured in Classic Motorsports. Restored to JDHT certificate and factory toolkit. Minor swirls in black paint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $297,000. E-types are the hot ticket, and the Series Is lead the pack. A few years ago this would have been silly money, but today it is market-correct for a car in such stellar condition. cealed dickey seat and fender spare. Paint in good order and leather seating presents asnew. A striking Rolls-Royce. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,600,000. A most unusual RollsRoyce that has an interesting history. Would be welcomed at the major concours. Bidding fell far short of expectations. Can’t fault the seller for not accepting the offer. #161-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental saloon. S/N 114MS. Eng. # BK35. Gray & blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 37,066 km. Shipped to India for first owner American author Elizabeth Crawford Wilkin. She returned to U.S. with the car. In 2010, the car participated in 1,500-mile Pebble Beach FRENCH “Think Pink” configuration in mid-2000s. Front grille dented. Fitted with roll bar and no bumpers. Highly documented. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,500. An Austin-Healey that is ready for the grid. Lots of history but at a price. #221-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N S838432DN. Cotswold Blue/dark blue fabric/tan leather. Odo: 22,697 miles. Restored by noted Jaguar expert. JDHT certificate documents matching numbers for heads and block. Original Moss 4-speed transmission replaced with 5-speed conversion kit. Finished in unusual but correct colors. New Tour d’ Elegance. Older restoration holding up well and has been properly maintained. Elegant wood interior. A stately tour car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. The price bid was a bit light, so I can’t fault the owner for taking it home. This is a good-to-go tour car that has all the creature comforts you could ask for. Better luck next time. #147-1937 LAGONDA LG6 Rapide tourer. S/N 12312. Eng. # 12312. Aubergine/ khaki canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 89,446 km. Fresh restoration completed in 2010. One of only two LG6 Rapides constructed as aluminum radiator. Trunk fit off a tad. Very attractive example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. XXEs continue to excite, but the 150 is the least desirable of the three. Price paid was today’s market-correct number. Transmission conversion should not have an adverse effect on value. Solid transaction. #237-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 877396. Black/black fabric/ red leather. Odo: 79,752 miles. A desirable Series I E-type with covered headlamps. Baremetal rotisserie restoration by marque expert. Limited use since. Offered with factory hard top and soft top. Correct factory stickers. Has 98 Sports Car Market #128-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 49 roadster. S/N 49431. Eng. # 275. Red/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 31,452 km. A rare shortwheelbase example that was only available on special order. Still with original motor, chassis and body. An older restoration that shows signs of age and use. Rear spare badly scuffed. Interior also showing signs of use. Only 470 Type 49s produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $852,500. The Type 49 was the last of the early OHV 8-cylinder Bugattis. The Bugatti clubs in the U.S. and Europe are very active, so new owner can find lots to do with this. Bugattis of all ilks continue to garner serious money, so no issue here. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 1 BEST BUY #242-1937 MERCEDESBENZ 540K special roadster. S/N 130894. Red/red leather. Odo: 10,283 miles. An early 540k that is an original U.S. delivery car. Known history from new. Desirable “longtail,” “high door” example with limited miles since delivery. One of six existing today. Properly maintained by consignor since 1989. Elegance overshadows any minor issues. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ $9,900,000. The opportunity to acquire a vehicle such as this does not often occur. Bidding was intense, and I’m surprised it did not reach eight figures. Difficult to call a car well bought at nearly $10m, but in my opinion it was. #211-1952 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Standard 2-dr sedan. S/N 10339587. Jupiter Grey/tan fabric. Odo: 85,354 km. The Standard sedan was never sold in U.S. All trim is body color rather than plated. No VW emblems or center trim piece. Equipped with early semaphore turn signals and round tail- SOLD AT $82,500. A few years ago a few folks spent silly money on these, but the world has come to its senses, and this is more the market for a solid example. All square with the world here. #109-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 11102612001521. Midnight Blue & Papyrus White/beige leather. Odo: 3,723 miles. A bare-metal restoration to correct factory specifications. Correct factorydocumented two-tone paint. Seller provided extensive list of items replaced and restored. Becker radio. Optional driver’s-side Talbot mirror. A delightful example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,265,000. I thought this might do a touch better due to its exceptional condition. Seller obtained a fine example of a 300SL Roadster. Have to wonder if these have peaked for the time being. lights. Very authentic restoration to high standard. Little to fault on this split-window Beetle. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. Cute as heck and will be a hit at Cars and Coffee for the first couple of Saturday mornings. What do you do with it after that? It’s too nice to drive much. Regardless, not all that expensive and should be a lot of fun. #175-1958 BMW ISETTA 600 microcar. S/N 122850. Blue & cream/blue & white fabric. Odo: 32,906 miles. An original U.S. -delivery example. Extensive restoration and still presents well. Rear seat accessed via door on right side. Engine bay clean and tidy. Paint in good order with a bit of orange peel. Interior #105-1965 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 101221. Fjord Green/yellow & white vinyl. Odo: 1,080 miles. Restored a few years back to usable standard. Interior attractive but showing a bit of wear. Original Amphicar badges on fender and hood. Most of the 3,878 Won its class at two Mercedes-Benz Club of America concours in 2014. One of about 800 imported to U.S., according to catalog. An elegant automobile. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. These have been appreciating of late, so this low price was a bump in the road. Number should have at least met the $140k low estimate. Well bought indeed. ITALIAN produced sold in the U.S. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. This Amphicar was last seen at RM’s March 2012 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $63,250 (SCM# 197177). Now a few years later it appears to have given its owner a handsome profit. Ready for land or sea, but don’t forget the bilge plug. Very well sold. #243-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- as-new, but there’s a hairline crack in molded dash. An unusual example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,750. This sold for a song. Cost of restoration far exceeded the price paid. Okay, buyer got a bargain, but what’s he going to do with it? After the first few outings the novelty will wear off, and then what? #239-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500154. Anthracite/ black fabric/gray leather. Odo: 6,703 miles. A striking 300SL Roadster that recently received a cosmetic restoration from a noted marque expert. New paint, chrome and glass. Fitted with U.S.-spec sealed-beam headlamps and 100 PORTER 21-window Samba bus. S/N 257068668. Sea Blue & Cumulus White/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 97,373 miles. Last year for the 21-window microbus. A very original example that has been refreshed. Desirable walk-through cabin is finished in Aero Papyrus. Original Sapphire radio in working order. A very presentable 21-window. Cond: 2. #227-1953 FERRARI 212 INTER coupe. S/N 0285EU. Red/white/tan leather. Odo: 37,103 miles. A well-preserved example that has never been fully restored. The 23rd of 26 212 Inters built by Vignale, according to catalog. Interior with a pleasant patina. Windshield delaminating at edges. Plating a bit worn and tired. Known history from new. 1953 New York Auto Show car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,100,000. Last seen at Bonhams’ 2011 Carmel auction, where it failed to sell when bid to $920k (SCM# 183056). It would appear that the estimates ($1.8m–$2.2m in this case) were a bit rosy, as the market had other ideas. I’d say the seller made the smart choice. #249-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24 S Spider America. S/N B24S1131. Navy blue/red leather. Odo: 24,000 miles. One of only about 240 left-hand Spider Americas built. (The S stands for “sinistra,” or “left”). A well-restored example that has the rare Nardi package, which includes the steering wheel and Borrani wires. An older restoration that has been properly maintained but is showing a bit of age. Light wear to seat cushions. An Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ figures may not be out of line. Must be a hoot to drive. #203-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Su- per “Polizia” sedan. S/N AR337918. Olive drab/brown vinyl. Odo: 8,742 km. Featured in numerous Italian films. Fitted with sirens and police radio. During restoration, updated bum- rati, but condition is an issue. Write a few more checks, and the return will be there. I just want to spend an afternoon behind the wheel with that 4.7-liter motor under the hood. Please! #173-1968 INTERMECCANICA ITA- exciting car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $880,000. This was last seen at RM’s 2013 Phoenix auction, where it realized $825k (SCM# 215008). Three years later, a little bump but not enough to cover expenses and commissions. A desirable post-war Lancia, so drive and enjoy. #139-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT proto- type Vignale Spyder. S/N AM101505. Metallic red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 122 km. Thought to be one of three Vignale prototypes. Shown at 1959 Turin Motor Show. Only 227 Vignale Spyders produced. Restored in 1980s and still presents well with issues you’d expect pers and interior installed. Recent mechanical work. An unusual period Alfa. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Not a lot of money, but the novelty will wear off after you’ve been to all the local cruise-ins. Is there a film career in the offing here? TOP 10 No. 8 BEST BUY #145-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N 07053. Eng. # 7053. Azzurro/black leather. Odo: 48,761 km. Restored to high standard and finished in attractive shade of Azzurro with black leather interior. Low mileage be- on older restoration. Known history from new. A desirable Maserati. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $900,000. Recent sales of 3500 GT Spyders have been a bit above what was bid here. Factor in the value of the Vignale prototype story, and high bid was way off the mark. Right car at the right venue, but this day the dog stayed on the porch. #126-1962 MASERATI 5000 GT Allemano coupe. S/N AM103040. Blu Sera/red leather. Odo: 67,271 km. The follow-on to the 3500 GT but at nearly twice the price. Only 32 Allemano-bodied 5000 GTs produced. Shown at Pebble Beach in 1997 and won its class. Dash damaged from gear-shift knob. Paint showing a bit of age. Interior very TOP 10 No. 9 LIA convertible. S/N 50049. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 107 miles. A no-expense-spared restoration with leather seating that far exceeds what was offered by the factory. Paint to high standard. Powered by 351-ci Ford Cleveland V8. Hand-formed steel body with modern gauges. A little over 400 Italias produced between 1967 and 1973 with about 354 being convertibles. Cost $6,450 when new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. This Italia sold at RM’s Amelia sale in March of last year for $181,500 (SCM# 264422), but the sale unwound due to a title issue. Sold here for a far less satisfying result. These offer Ferrari styling at a far more affordable price and are wicked quick. New owner got a bargain. Very well bought. #220-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 14819. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 26,812 miles. A U.S.-spec Daytona that was first delivered to Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors. Low mileage thought to be original. Recent servicing with new mouse hair on dash. Equipped with factory air and polished Borranis. Ferrari Classiche certified. A solid no-questions example. Cond: 2+. lieved original. Fitted with correct Borranis. A stunning 275 GTB with little to fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,117,500. This attractive 275 GTB sold for a touch under the money. The car has it all—color, condition and the right look. Buyer should be pleased. #223-1967 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 coupe. S/N AM115532. Black/light gray leather. Odo: 48,985 miles. Expensive when new, with list price of $16,900. Grand touring car with 330-hp motor. Fitted with 5-speed ZF gearbox. Older restoration is winding down. Paint chipped and buffed through. Plating chipped in several areas. Weatherstripping also worn. Only 1,149 coupes produced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $192,500. A very desirable Mase- SOLD AT $687,500. This was last seen at RM’s 2013 sale of the Don Davis Collection, where it realized $407k (SCM# 216105). Before that it sold for $291,500 at Gooding’s 2010 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 156815) and for $146k at Barrett-Jackson in 2003 (SCM# 31456). Daytonas have been the pony to ride, and this one has brought good fortune to all its owners. When will the music stop? #214-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO attractive. Power windows. Lucas fuel injection. An elegant road-going Maserati. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,540,000. A significant Maserati at a rather significant price. Far more desirable and far rarer than the 3500 GT, so seven 102 Spyder. S/N 08454. Green metallic/tan leather. Odo: 8,708 miles. One of only three examples finished in Verde Medio Nijinsky. Fitted with air and power windows. Low miles stated to be original. Resprayed in 2014 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ your needs. A bit of work ahead here, which is reflected in the price paid. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 4 to original colors. Fitted with Daytona seats with black inserts. Interesting history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $396,000. Dinos continue to excite and have not fallen from favor after their rapid run-up. The color on this one is an acquired taste. Sold for today’s market-correct price. JAPANESE #255-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N MF1010158. Pegasus White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 87,744 km. First intended for Nissan, but Yamaha ended up building it for Toyota. Only 354 produced at a princely price of $6,800. This example delivered new to Japan and recently imported to U.S. This is a very original example with air added. Paint, interior #133-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J disappearing-top torpedo convertible coupe. S/N 2199. Eng. # J414. Burgundy & polished aluminum/tan leather. Odo: 17,078 miles. One of six disappearingtop convertible coupes built by Murphy. Has one-off tail design. Appeared in 1937 film “She Had to Eat.” First equipped with motor J-178; later fitted with current J-414. Modern- Deco detailing in rear compartment with wonderful wood accents. A very elegant surviving original. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,025,000. Have to think that the stately elegance of a Town Car is not all that exciting to today’s younger buyers. The price bid was a bit light, but is there still a market for this style of Duesenberg? Time will tell. #152-1936 PACKARD TWELVE Model ized with JN-style fenders and 17-inch wheels. Restored in early 1990s and well maintained since. An elite Duesenberg with ACD Category One certification. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $3,000,000. A very unusual and desirable Duesenberg. Retains original body, firewall and chassis. Price paid is in line for a rare disappearing-top convertible coupe that retains original coachwork. #224-1933 PACKARD TWELVE Model and brightwork as expected on a mostly original example. A solid driver. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $675,000. One of these seems to appear at most every auction lately. Price has settled to this level after the first ones offered hit seven figures. Looks like this is the new market-correct price for a less-than-perfect example, but seller didn’t agree. #217-1970 MAZDA COSMO Sport Se- ries II coupe. S/N L10B10897. White/black vinyl & houndstooth. RHD. Odo: 56,378 miles. The Cosmo Series II offered increased horsepower and an extended wheelbase. About 1,200 were built and all RHD. Older respray is showing age. Rust on door hinges. Interior original and also showing age. Shifter boot needs replacing. Fitted with rare factory air 1005 Convertible Victoria. S/N 901624. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 38,102 miles. Impressive Packard on 142-inch wheelbase. Thought to be one of four unmolested survivors. Restored in late 2000s and shown at Pebble Beach. Deep, rich paint and brightwork sparkles. Interior woodwork done to perfec- 1407 convertible. S/N 939201. Eng. # 904502. Yellow/brown leather. Odo: 19,937 miles. Thought to be the first 14th Series Twelve coupe roadster built. Fitted with rear-mounted spare and chrome headlamps and parking lamps. Grille also plated. An older restoration that has a few issues. Seating torn and steering wheel worn. Paint a bit tired and pinstriping buffed off in places. A stately Packard Twelve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $165,000. The fixes on this Packard are not difficult, just costly. Price paid leaves some room, so buyer is going to have a very desirable car that will be a great driver. Write even more checks, and it will do well on the show field. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that it sold at a 1992 Kruse auction for $140k (SCM# 22243). #229-1952 CUNNINGHAM C3 coupe. tion. Only issue is driver’s door gap at bottom. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $660,000. Those who state that the Full Classic market is dead had best take a look at this. The right cars still bring the money, and this was indeed the right car. I doubt the buyer will leave anything on the table when it’s time to move on. Well bought and well sold. #236-1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J and Hitachi 8-track. The first twin-rotor production car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,500. These have been coming out of the woodwork, so no reason to buy one that does not meet 104 town car. S/N 2531. Eng. # J295. Black & silver/black leather/black leather & gray fabric. Odo: 39,993 miles. An older restoration with known ownership from new. Presented at Pebble Beach in 1990 and 2010. Very presentable but no longer appears fresh. Retains original body, engine, firewall and chassis. Art Sports Car Market S/N 5208. Tri-tone blue/tan leather. Odo: 38,897 miles. 331-ci V8, 4x1-bbl, 3-sp. The only Vignale-bodied example that was campaigned. Heavily promoted with Briggs Cunningham in era. Restored by RM Restoration with Tom Cotter’s C3 loaned as a guide. Fitted with correct Borrani wires. Original Hemi under the hood. A stunning automobile. Cond:


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RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ 1-. SOLD AT $1,210,000. This Cunningham C3 has it all: racing provenance, elegant styling and a quality restoration. Welcome at all the major events and a great car for the Copperstate or Grand. Surprised it did not sell for a touch more, despite the $900k–$1.1m estimate. Buyer should be all smiles. #209-1954 KAISER-DARRIN 161 road- ster. S/N 167001390. Yellow Satin/black hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 39,197 miles. 161-ci supercharged I6, 3-sp. America’s first fiberglass sports car, introduced prior to the Corvette. Equipped with pocket doors, rare Darrin-designed removable hard top and McCulloch supercharger. Recent four-year rotis- charger is the reason. The hard top is rare but does not do much for me. Have to call this well sold. #251-1963 SHELBY COBRA Dragon- snake roadster. S/N CSX2093. Fucshia Metallic/black leather. Odo: 12,664 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. The most successful drag-racing Cobra. Multiple NHRA national championships. Prepared for drag racing with 9x15 slicks, roll bar, five-spoke American Racing wheels and Sun tach. Hard top from another factory-prepared Dragonsnake. Fully Mecum Monterey 2011 (SCM# 185183); and sold for $1,417,500 at Mecum Kissimmee 2007 (SCM# 44707). Seller took the money here, and I bet he wishes he could turn back the clock to the 2014 Mecum event. #112-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S95Y401041. Quick Silver Metallic/ Ebony leather. Odo: 1,114 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Three-year production run with 4,038 produced. Rare Quick Silver Metallic paint appeared on only 154 of the serie restoration. An unusual Kaiser-Darrin. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $176,000. Seems like not that many years ago these were $50k cars, but they have been marching up the charts. This one was up there, and the McCulloch super- documented by AACA and SCCA. A piece of American racing history. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $990,000. Last seen at Mecum Houston in April 2014, not sold at $1.1m (SCM# 239231). Prior to that it sold at Mecum Kissimmee 2012 for $901k and was SCM’s July 2012 cover car (SCM# 1928650); no-saled at $825k at 2,022 produced in 2005. Has all four options. Low miles accurate from new. All books and papers. An American supercar. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $308,000. One of these appears at most every major auction, and they all seem to have fewer than 2,000 miles. There was rapid appreciation a few years ago, but they have held in the $285k–$325k range since. If you want one, there are plenty to choose from. © 106 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ Gooding & Company — The Scottsdale Auctions Nine cars cracked the $1m barrier, including a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe at $6,490,000 Company Gooding & Company Date January 29–30, 2016 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 96/113 Sales rate 85% Sales total $42,386,050 High sale 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe, sold at $6,490,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Complete ownership history includes Briggs Cunningham — 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe, sold at $6,490,000 Report by Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas M. Seminetta Photos by Ian Butt Market opinions in italics F inancial crises seem to congregate around auction weekends, testing the resolve of bidders and the nerves of auction house personnel. Crashing energy prices, rising interest rates, crumbling emerging economies, a strong dollar and the worst U.S. stock market start since the Great Recession were all factors in the background during Arizona Car Week 2016. The silhouette of a restored Ferrari Dino is, on a superficial level at least, more fun to look at than a 401K statement. Would well-heeled collectors continue to invest in rolling works of art over shaky paper markets? Corrections are a normal and necessary fact of ef- ficient, functioning markets, and markets do not climb forever. While the desert sun continued to shine on the A-list Gooding offerings, overall sales dropped approximately 15% from last year. The easy money has been made. In turbulent markets, the devil is always in the details. The sub-$500k segment generally fared well this weekend. Porsches continued to be strong (possibly receiving a boost from the upcoming Seinfeld sale), as did late-model classics such as Ford GTs, Z8s and 993 TTs. This price segment is where many collectors play, and it is functioning well. While there were fewer lots offered with strato- 110 spheric estimates, nine Gooding cars still managed to crack the $1m barrier, including five Ferraris. A 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe was the top lot at $6,490,000. The middle of the classic-car investor class did not show its usual conviction in exchanging currency for metal. Such caution seems prudent after many years of supersized returns. This was particularly evident for cars with the most recent appreciation. BMWs M1s, for example, are rare, wonderful cars. They also have less horsepower than current Hyundais, questionable styling and a storied development history, and they had a very rough weekend (with none of the three selling among all Scottsdale auctions). Preservation cars continued their strength. However, collectors were smarter about what constitutes a true survivor. Lot 50, a 1966 Jaguar XKE convertible, was an amazing, documented preservation example that had just been awakened from an extended slumber. It smartly sold for $385k, more than $100k above its high estimate. Conversely, Ferrari Dino Lot 142, an unsafe derelict that would put all of your restorer’s kids through private university, sold $50k under estimate for $225k. All in all, this weekend has to be considered a success. Despite global chaos, there was some refreshing air and abundant sunshine in the deserts of Arizona. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #1-1956 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDA4315756. Iris Blue/black vinyl/navy blue leather. Odo: 73,354 miles. Long-term, singlefamily ownership. Recent body-off-frame cosmetic and mechanical restoration by marque specialist. Twelve-volt conversion. Fresh engine and drivetrain. Attractive, period-correct color not original to this car. Excellent panel fit. Thicker paint (rubbing off in door jamb) with some orange peel. A nicely restored A to drive and enjoy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. Prices have been on the rise. With their stunning lines and mechanical simplicity, MGAs offer one of the cheapest ways to enjoy classic styling and a vintage motoring experience without breaking the bank. This car will provide years of enjoyment for its new owner. Well bought. #7-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 con- vertible. S/N 875657. Eng. # R19689. Bronze/ black canvas/pumpkin leather. Odo: 519 miles. California car fully restored by marque specialist. Upgraded brakes, 5-speed gearbox (original included), electronic ignition and Clear Bra hood. Nice panel fit, except covered headlight assemblies. Incorrect tires. Some smell of mold. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $385,000. You can restore a car as many times as your checkbook will permit, but they are only original once. I hope the new owner refreshes the mechanicals, keeps the cosmetics intact and enjoys the heck out of this lot. Bidding opened at $100k and bounced back and forth within the room (you had to see this car to understand it) to the final hammer price (far above even the $275k high estimate). Despite my love for this car, the money paid was a bit aggressive. Well sold. #24-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E33956. Old English White/red leather. Odo: 39,253 miles. Recent rotisserie restoration with many “improvements.” Blueprinted “hot rod” engine, induction and exhaust produce over 360 hp. Headers and aluminum radiator are the only obvious incorrect cues. Slightly scratched chrome. Substandard passenger’s door fit. Exceptional this is a specialty “garage to garage” model. Attractive Zagato body. Air bags from this period do not produce attractive steering wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. Not frequently offered at auction. Zagato designs are always in high demand. With many recent Aston models looking very similar, the AR1 would bring some nice variety to a marque collection. This lot provoked a more spirited auction that I would have guessed. Well sold. GERMAN #13-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980404500101. Eng. # 1989804500065. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 9,489 miles. Delivered in black with red leather. Refinished in silver over blue in the ’80s. Some paint imperfections. Glass delamination. Window-rubber cracks. Wavy chrome. Slight interior wear. The sometimes difficult-to-open Gullwing doors open and close smoothly. Clean headliner. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $1,000,000. 300SL results in both Gullwing and Roadster configuration took a step back in Scottsdale from their recent world-record prices. Top Gullwing sales require Rudge wheels and fitted luggage. This car had neither. The owner should have accepted the seven-figure top bid, which was more than adequate for the condition. #3-1955 PORSCHE 356 Pre-A Speed- driver’s side seat wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $260,000. Collectors covet the earliest E-types (and put up with uncomfortable flat floors) for their purity of form. This car had too many modern improvements to command a price premium over later Series I roadsters. This was evident in the difficult start to the auction. However, the final results show it sold at this acceptable price. #50-1966 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E12582. Eng. # 7E81449. Pale Primrose Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 7,460 miles. A significant lot, attracting tremendous attention all weekend. An honest-looking, uber-low-mileage time capsule with essentially one owner since new. Paint and chrome are dull but have no rust or pitting. Factory chalk marks still in place. Interior is the definition of patina—and with no 112 interior. Beautiful wires. Ill-fitting window trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $107,250. Low $50k opening bid, struggled to climb to the final sale price. “Upgraded” classics rarely trade at a premium over original examples, and this car’s color didn’t help. Neither did the large selection of unmolested E-types for sale this weekend. Well bought. #43-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 roadster. S/N SCFAE62323K800051. Islay Blue/white leather. Odo: 2,429 miles. Number 51 of 99 built. Interior worn beyond stated mileage. No sign of damage. Rattle in driver’s door. With no top offered and no front bumper, ster. S/N 80333. Eng. # 34480. White/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 28 miles. U.S.-spec, Pre-A Speedster with long-term, single-family ownership. Bare-metal, high-quality respray (with only areas of slight orange peel) to Kardex-confirmed color. Engine tastefully upgraded. Original parts included. Tight panel gaps. Tidy interior showing only minor signs of wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $352,000. Porsche collectors love originality and correctness. However, 356s can be upgraded for safety (64 hp is barely adequate for today’s conditions) with changes that are easily reversed. Pre-As do not offer the sophistication Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ of later 356s, but there is beauty in their simplicity. This car sold at the market-correct price, squarely in the middle of the $300k– $400k estimate. Recently seen at Auctions America Santa Monica in July, not sold at $270k (SCM# 266418). #59-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500282. Eng. # 1989807500289. Silver/silver hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 24,639 miles. In California slumber for decades. Matching numbers. No history prior to the 1970s. Interior and exterior colorchange. Factory hard top. Described as a res- mented older restoration, holding up very well. Only slight paint imperfections. Nominal interior wear. Stunning hard-top condition. Some mismatched rubber. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,155,000. 300SLs were hand-built mas- and unibody construction, body repairs can be difficult and costly. The new owner may have some surprises if he chooses to address some of this lot’s potential body issues. Well sold very near the $250k low estimate. #101-1973 PORSCHE 911T 2.4 coupe. toration candidate. No evident rust. Leaves in side louvers. Mud splats everywhere. Mismatched tires. Deep panel creases. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $792,000. Another example where the market correctly differentiated between a preservation candidate and a checkbook-emptying restoration project. Bidding opened at $500k and never reached the aggressive $900k–$1.1m estimate. If there are only the usual restoration surprises, the new owner might not be too far underwater upon completion. #131-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 198042109500070. Eng. # 198042109500070. Hellblau/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 9,488 miles. U.S.-spec 300SL with matching numbers and original colors, per Mercedes-Benz data card. Well-docu- terpieces, coveted by the movie stars of the day. They offer grace, elegance and performance in greater comfort than the fixed-top Gullwing coupe. Both Gullwings and Roadsters have appreciated well over the past few years but seem to be taking a pause. There are usually a few for sale at an auction weekend such as Scottsdale. This was an honest example selling for a market-correct price. #110-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 300569. Eng. # 900675. Ruby Red/black leatherette & houndstooth. Odo: 80,021 miles. Matching motor and original colors, per COA and Kardex. East Coast ownership most of its life. Documentation, tools, dealer brochures, correct jack and tools. Date-coded wheels. Thick paint with minor flaws throughout. Lowered stance. Wavy chrome. Hood barely closes. Attractive houndstooth seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $247,500. This lot had the appearance of an auction-prepared car. The earliest 911s continue to attract collectors in spades. They offer simplicity and elegance with their use of wood and cursive script. Given the age S/N 9113100333. Tangerine/black vinyl. Odo: 10,924 miles. Last of the long-hood 911s. Fresh restoration to its original Tangerine over black leather. Paint star on the engine deck lid. Minor paint chips in door jambs. Chrome, rubber and trim are done to a high standard. Missing standard front bumperettes. Includes tools, history, records. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,750. Non-RS ’73 911s are ’tweeners to many collectors. They have neither the SWB charm nor the reliability (MFIs in particular) of the later Carreras. They are not particularly fast with 134 hp but offer a great vintage motoring experience. This lot was a very nice 911 that will provide a high smile/dollar ratio. Well bought. #149-1980 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS4301006. Inka Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 21,309 km. The third M1 produced, originally used as a dealer training car and sold to the German market. Escaped being federalized when brought to the U.S. Authentic Procar wing was added to the car once in the States. Extensive long-term care by marque specialist The Werk Shop. Tools and factory first-aid kit. Nicely presented, honest-looking car with appropriate patina. Some paint chips on hood. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $480,000. The coffee-table-sized Procar wing is a big statement for a car with only about 273 horsepower. 114 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ M1s are delightful cars that have earned their way into prominent collections, and prices have been rising. They had a rough weekend, however, with none of the three around town changing hands. Seller should have ctaken the high bid offered. #42-1988 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0931JS050455. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 28,754 miles. Well-documented and publicized 930. Sunroof. Concours judgepleasing collection of factory items, such as unused spare and jack, warranty card, sales brochures, tool roll with sealed work gloves, etc. No evidence of any damage. Paint has factory upgrades, including carbon fiber and aluminum trim throughout. The painted wheels prove beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $980,000. As-new condition throughout with little sign of use. Tools, books, luggage, records. I suspect that the factory customization was too much for most bidders. No-saled on the block with a top bid of $925k. Announced sold later. #106-2011 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS 3.8 orange peel everywhere (as from the factory). Interior more worn than mileage indicates. Tidy engine bay. Honest-looking undercarriage with original-appearing shocks. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,500. Opening bid of only $50k. Sold well below the $175k low estimate. 911s and 930s have been on fire for the past few years. A slight correction would not surprise many, but this tidy example should have brought more. Well bought. #11-1997 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Turbo S coupe. S/N WP0AC2999VS375793. Ocean Blue Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 22,010 miles. Moderate-mileage, one-owner 993 TT S that appears to have been enjoyed throughout its life. Uneven paint finish might just use a good wet sanding. Chipped front caliper paint. Threaded body adjustable-height coil-overs set fiber throughout. Window sticker, tools and manuals included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $286,000. Track-focused Rennsport GT3. While only 44 lbs lighter than the standard GT3, it offers more grip through a wider track and carbon-fiber rear wing. This model was somewhat overshadowed by the later 4.0 version. RS 911s are always in demand. Many collectors covet the traditional 6-speed configuration (as this car had) with fewer driver aids. Sold at the right price in the middle of the $250k–$300k estimate. at lower-than-stock ride height. Optional carbon shifter, hand-brake and steering wheel. Leather-wrapped vents. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $484,000. Spirited bidding quickly exceeded $400k. Modern collectibles continue to bring strong money. This was an aggressive result given the car’s condition. Well sold. #35-2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT coupe. S/N WP0CA29805L001573. Rosso Scuderia/dark gray leather. Odo: 433 miles. One of about 17 paint-to-sample, U.S.-spec Carrera GTs, according to catalog. New York Auto Show car with $34k of optional cosmetic 116 ITALIAN #33-1950 FERRARI 166 MM/195 S Le Mans coupe. S/N 0060M. Eng. # 0060M. Light blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,689 km. Catalog cover car, prominently displayed throughout the weekend. Said to be one of six Touring 166 berlinetta chassis with Le Mans coachwork. Despite its Le Mans and Mille Miglia specification, it never participated in either race. Complete ownership history includes Briggs Cunningham, who had the factory upgrade the specs from 166 to 195. Typical honest patina from a lifetime of spir- TOP 10 No. 2 Sports Car Market aplenty with paint dents, cracks, grungy engine bay. Original interior with worn, dirty seats. Some recent mechanical attention. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $990,000. Sold for a fraction of the rumored $1.4m–$1.8m estimate, which seemed aggressive to me, given the mysteries surrounding history, title and originality. The car is hopefully being placed in an Alfa museum, as it might be difficult to enjoy on the road in its current state. (See profile, p. 70.) #34-1957 FIAT MULTIPLA 600 Mira- fiori. S/N 100108027591. Aquamarine/ Plexiglas/tan leather. Odo: 8,758 miles. Possibly the last surviving Mirafiori. 767-cc replacement engine. Older restoration in Italy. More peel than any orange has seen. Poor door fit. Rough Plexiglas roof showing signs of stress. A well-used example. Cond: 4+. coupe. S/N WP0AC2A92BS783589. Black/ black leather. Odo: 869 miles. Essentially a new car with no sign of accident damage or track abuse. Uber-low miles. Rare paint-tosample black, with red graphics and red central-locking wheels. Sport Chrono Package. Front axle lifting system. $25k of customization, including red instrument dials and carbon ited use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,490,000. $2m opening bid. Moved along nicely to the final hammer price. A significant result at the upper end of auction estimate, demonstrating there is still liquidity for the best cars. Last seen at Gooding & Company’s 2005 Pebble Beach sale, where it failed to sell at $1,150,000 (SCM# 38904). (See profile, p. 66.) #46-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900C SS Bo- ano coupe speciale. S/N AR1900C01846. Eng. # AR130801207. Rosso Scuderia/black leather. Odo: 1,644 km. 1955 Turin Motor Show car. Boano coachwork. Pebble Beach Preservation Class participant. Sold on a bill of sale. Originally yellow. Large gaps in ownership history. Many competition parts fitted but not documented as original to car. Patina


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $143,000. Charming microcars are always a crowd favorite. If you just bought a 4-cam, what’s another couple dollars for something fun? Rarity produced an aggressive result, despite the condition. The cost of restoration could easily match the purchase price paid today. Well sold. #41-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 1967GT. Eng. # 1967GT. Azzurro Chiaro/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 81,348 miles. Number 46 of 200 Series ll 250 GT cabs produced. Matching numbers. Fitted with factory hard top. Excellent paint with some minor imperfections. Windshield delamination. Some untidy exterior rubber. Detailed engine bay. Repeat Colorado Grand participation. History and records. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,550,000. It did not seem Scuro/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,632 miles. Car 39 of 200 Series II cabriolets produced. Single-family ownership for over 25 years. 2000 Pebble Beach entrant; still in excellent condition. Slightly scratched paint and minor hood fit issues. Normal seat wear. SOLD AT $1,850,000. The Lusso design is both feminine and masculine at the same time. They offer gorgeous interiors (except the center instruments) with diamond stitching, leather luggage straps and supportive seats. This lot was beautifully presented but was missing many items needed to bring a top auction result (history, books, tools, records, Classiche certification, etc.). The high bid was not far from the right price for this lot as it stands. #129-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA GTA Minor chrome imperfections. Disk brakes. Factory hard top. Outside-plug 128F engine. Factory overdrive. Originally gray over black. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,650,000. Despite the color change and older restoration, this was a beautiful car that deserved a stronger result. Buyer was smart to hold out for more money. Last sold at RM Monterey 2013 for $1,292,500 (SCM# 227316). #127-1964 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso like there were many bidders interested in this lot. Charlie took his time with the phone bidders, but the final result was short of reserve. This price point seems to be a current weak spot in the market. Given the appreciation of this model over the past five years, the seller should have reconsidered the high bid. Car sold three times in the late ’ 90s: for $125k at Cole in August 1997 (SCM# 12283), for $105k at Kruse on January 11, 1998 (SCM# 15053) and for $136,500 at Barrett-Jackson on January 16, 1998 (SCM# 21759). #124-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 1939GT. Eng. # 1939GT. Blu coupe. S/N 5537GT. Eng. # 5537GT. Blu Sera/tan leather. Odo: 44,017 miles. Number 275 of 350 Lussos (Italian for “luxury”) produced. Missing early history. Excellent paint over tight, consistent panel gaps. Exceptional glass and brightwork throughout. Only minor signs of wear in interior. Cond: 2+. NOT coupe. S/N AR613115. White & red/black vinyl. Odo: 11,408 km. An extremely welldocumented Alfa GTA with extensive ownership, show history and race history. Presented in historical racing livery reworked in street trim. Correct riveted alloy panels, stamped homologation number and data tag. Presented with rare competition equipment including twin-plug head, sliding-block rear end and cold air box. Campy phone-dial wheels. Nice quality paint. Passenger’s door fit issue. Deformed rear seating area. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $440,000. GTAs do not come up for sale every day. A welcome entrant to any tour, rally or event. Price paid was fair given this example’s extensive provenance. #49-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB long-nose coupe. S/N 08869. Eng. # 08869. Red/black leather. Odo: 62,413 miles. Very late-production 275 GTB. Italian-market delivery, spending most of its life in the U.S. Long-nose, torque-tube configuration. Older restoration. Color change from Amaranto to Rosso. Owned by well-known FCA and Pebble Beach judge. Wavy paint with orange peel. Panel fit issues. Well-presented interior. Nice chrome. Excellent dash condition. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,100,000. Attractive configuration, but condition and lack of Classiche certification caused some collectors to pause. This model has enjoyed robust appreciation over the past five years. The high bid was in line with the recent price correction in this segment. 118 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ #114-1966 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 09895. Eng. # 09895. Silver/black leather. Odo: 75,270 miles. Three-family West Coast ownership over past several decades. Sloppy paint prep around windows. Deep trunk scratch. Nice glass. Recent engine rebuild. Nice interior patina. Books, jack, tools, history and crawled to a no-sale at $290k. Sold postsale for $310k. A market-correct price given condition and color. The car sold here one year ago for $374k (SCM# 256753). #55-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona and records. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $675,000. A nicely presented and honest-looking GTC that can be enjoyed without hesitation. The high bid was enough money for this driver-condition Ferrari. The aggressive $750k–$850k pre-sale estimate would only be appropriate for concours-quality, Classichecertified examples (particularly in today’s market). #145-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC Speciale coupe. S/N 10107. Eng. # 10107. Dark Metallic Blue/black leather. Odo: 57,500 km. Number 3 of four 330 GTC Specials built to custom coachwork specifications. Auction catalog calls it Dark Metallic Blue, but it looks black in person. Originally painted silver. Covered headlights. Matching numbers. Extensive documentation of ownership his- TOP 10 No. 3 coupe. S/N 15279. Eng. # B1780. Fly Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 44,667 miles. Older Greg Jones restoration. U.S.-spec, five-time FCA Platinum Winner. Ferrari Red Book Classiche certification. Includes both five-star and Borrani wheels, books, tools and history. Excellent paint. Concours-correct mouse hair. Only flaw was some minor exterior rubber issues. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $850,000. This was a defining lot of both the auction and the current environment. A marquee model, in exceptional condition at a liquid auction. $500k opening bid. Eventually rose to $850k, where is stood like a stone. Many expected a seven-figure final result. The seller’s decision to take this home is a call on the state of the market and world economy. I believe he was correct to hold out for another time. #26-1972 MASERATI BORA 4.9 coupe. tory. Thicker paint with many imperfections, including ding above PF badge and scratches throughout. Restored chrome. Nice interior paint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,410,000. Extensively promoted and prominently positioned upon entry to the auction. Special car, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder for this one. A strong result given the current market. Sold for $140,700 at a Sotheby’s auction in 1993 (SCM# 5474). #9-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13109. Eng. # 13109. Argento Metallizzato/ Nero leather. Odo: 27,581 miles. One of 809 made. Original interior and exterior colors (repainted in 2000). Sold in 1970 to James Bond movie producer Albert R. Broccoli. The paint imperfections include scratches and inconsistent orange peel. Correct 80-series tires. Excellent glass. Faded chrome. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $310,000. Bidding opened at $200k 120 S/N AM11749562. Eng. # AM1071149562. Nero/red leather. Odo: 51,851 miles. One of 275 4.9-liter Boras produced. Maserati Classiche certification. Older mechanical refurbishments at various points in the car’s history. Weathered exterior with scratched paint and excessive orange peel. Bent chrome. Damaged molding. Hard leather on seating surfaces. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $187,000. The distinctly styled Maseratis of the 1970s have benefited from the accelerating price appreciation of their Maranello cousins. Excellent performance for the day. This car was a well-used Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ example that brought a strong result for the seller. Well sold. It recently no-saled at $155k at Auctions America Santa Monica in July 2015 (SCM# 266573). #112-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- sina coupe. S/N 19681. Rosso Chiaro/tan leather. Odo: 86,392 km. Early, Euro-spec, carbureted, dry-sump, fiberglass 308. Lighter and more powerful than the much later U.S. 4-valve cars. Ferrari Classiche certification. Comprehensive recent mechanical and cosmetic restoration in Modena. Overly glossy paint with sloppy work near rubber and in door jambs. Exceptional interior. Nicely detailed engine bay; crackle-paint texture a #121-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000051725. Grigio Metallizato/ red leather. Odo: 27,972 km. Restored in 2008. Body panels do not line up well. Uneven metal flake. Odd iridescent purple reflective rear-deck louvers. Once owned by racer A.J. Foyt (who signed the car’s dash and man- hensive mechanical service. Abundant spares accompany sale. Extremely well detailed, as if it were painted yesterday. Interior looks newer touch more coarse than original. Limited ownership history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $357,500. Given their rarity (only 712 fiberglass 308s produced), performance and attractive GTB silhouette, Vetroresinas are in high collector demand. However, this was a huge result, surpassing the aggressive $350k high estimate. Very well sold. uals). Part of the Shooshani Collection. FCA Platinum. Includes toolkit, manuals and pouch. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $440,000. BBs were never directly sold in the U.S., so they are all gray-market cars. A very strong result given the car’s condition. Well sold. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows it no-saled at $110k at a Kruse auction in 1992 (SCM# 16417). #19-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N ZFFPA16B000055669. Rosso/black leather. Odo: 57,101 km. One of 272 288 GTOs produced. Twenty years of spirited ownership with FCA judge. Rare factory-fitted luggage. Numbers-matching, per Classiche certification and Red Book. Recent compre- than the mileage would suggest. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,750,000. Last sold at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2013 for $1,512,500 (SCM# 227432). Opening $1m bid here quickly advanced to no-sale price of $1,750,000. Modern Ferrari supercars have been on the rise over the past few years. However, many collectors want low-mileage cars that have not been driven hard. The seller should have happily accepted the high offered price. #8-1985 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17A8F0058071. Prugna Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 4,381 miles. Lowmileage flying-mirror Testarossa in unusual Prugna Metallic. Recent, engine-out, $35k mechanical freshening, including cam belts. Minor paint scratches. Dangerous period rubber. Slight interior wear. Books, tools, records. Aftermarket rear speaker boxes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $176,000. The ’ 80s/’90s TR vari- ants have been riding high over the past two years. These cars call to mind the excess of the 1980s. Despite this car’s Muppet color, it brought an excellent final result for the seller. Well sold. #120-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFMN34A2L0086554. Red/red cloth. Odo: 3,719 miles. One of 1,311 F40s produced. Matching numbers. U.S. spec with Ferrari Classiche certification. Luggage, tools, manuals, pouches, records, factory cover. No external modifications. Some evidence of possible passenger’s side door damage. Normal TOP 10 No. 10 122 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ faded Lexan. A very solid and attractive F40. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,534,500. Despite not being particularly rare, F40s are on nearly every Ferrari collector’s bucket list. This uber-low-mileage car with no evidence of track use was a very attractive lot. F40s have had a tremendous rise in values over the past several years. This one was well sold in a tenuous market near the high estimate. #126-1995 FERRARI F50 coupe. S/N FFTA46B000099999. Red/black & red cloth. Odo: 1,110 miles. One of 349 F50s produced. Factory show car with serial number 99999—the last five-digit Ferrari. Classiche certification. Carbon-and-Kevlar clamshell body with F1-inspired V12. Nice body and paint with no evidence of damage. TOP 10 No. 7 track abuse. Matching numbers, per Ferrari Classiche. Clear-bra film over nose and headlamps. Lightly scratched paint. Original gloves, tools and hub-puller. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,860,000. Another Ferrari supercar that brought strong bidding action in a difficult market. Its nearly-new condition, complete history and factory accessories brought lots of interest. Sold above the $2.8m high estimate. JAPANESE Windshield delamination. Dash fabric separation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,400,000. F50s do not have the visceral appeal of the F40 but are rarer and much easier to live with. High bid of $2.1m did not meet the reserve, but the car sold post-auction for $2.4m, including commission. Well sold at a difficult price point in today’s market. #122-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56AX30132049. Red/red leather. Odo: 2,713 miles. Earlier-production U.S.-spec Enzo. Frequent road rally participant does not have any obvious signs of TOP 10 No. 5 #27-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N MF1010128. Solar Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 76,600 miles. With a total production of only 354 cars, the 2000GT opened the world’s eyes to Toyota’s technical and design capabilities. This car was delivered to and spent most of its life in Africa. Recent, well-documented engine-out restoration. Excellent paint and chrome. Nicely appointed interior. Slightly scratched chrome. New glass. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $620,000. Started with a $300k opening bid and took its steady climb to the high unsold bid. 2000GT prices have enjoyed a huge increase in values but did not have a good weekend in Scottsdale. The owner was right to hold out for more. Previously sold for $1,045,000 at RM Monterey 2014 (SCM# 245055). AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 6 #51-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J dual-cowl phaeton. S/N 2151. Eng. # J129. Navy blue & crimson/navy blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 54,690 miles. One of 38 Model Js by LeBaron. This coachbuilt sweep-panel Duesenberg retains its original engine and chassis. Older restoration by marque specialist holding up exceptionally well. Stunning paint and chrome. Perfect wood. Exceptional trim and interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $2,420,000. Great cars still bring great prices. This lot opened at $1m. It quickly accelerated past $2m. A rare lot that exceeded its $2.4m high estimate due to rarity and exceptional condition. Well bought. #5-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S06Y401172. Tungsten Gray Metallic/ Ebony leather. Odo: 964 miles. All the boxes were checked on this lot. Uber-low miles, all four factory options, attractive colors and final year of production. In as-new condition, with barely any signs of use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $319,000. Collectors have been questioning the sustainability of the rapid rise in latemodel collectibles such as Z8s, 993 TTs and Ford GTs. This model has received even further attention with Ford’s decision to produce another generation. Examples sold this weekend confirm this GT’s firm position in the collectible-car world. The price paid for this no-excuses car was right on the money for buyer and seller. © 124 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele — Scottsdale 2016 521 out of 723 cars found new homes, and total revenue increased by more than $1m Company Russo and Steele Date January 27–31, 2016 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Dan Schorno Automotive lots sold/offered 521/723 Sales rate 72% Sales total $21,307,765 High sale 2003 Saleen S7 coupe, sold at $387,750 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices A low-production American supercar you only see in magazines, and Russo’s top seller — 2003 Saleen S7 coupe, sold at $387,750 Report and photos by John Boyle Market opinions in italics U .K. motoring journalists use the term “oily rag car” to refer to a worn original with enough rough patina that there’s no point in detailing it. You just wipe it down and drive. Well, you wouldn’t have found many of those cars at this year’s Russo and Steele auction in Scottsdale. The cars were in general a notch above what was offered last year. “We screened our offerings to a much higher degree this year,” said Russo and Steele CEO Drew Alcazar. Despite that selectivity, the number of lots offered was up by 70 vehicles. Also noteworthy was that the top seller was well under the million-dollar mark: a 2003 Saleen S7, sold at $387,750. Said Alcazar, “This year, we didn’t rely on a multitude of multimillion-dollar and/or high-profile celebrity-type cars with stories attached.” Indeed, the event’s high-profile vehicles were a mix of affordable exotics and American muscle cars. The approach seemed to work, yielding a sales rate of 72%, with 521 out of 723 cars finding new homes. Total revenue increased by more than $1m. Other top sales included a 1973 Dino 246 GTS which brought $374,000, a low-mileage Ford GT at $341,000 and a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 at $308,000. Before the event, Alcazar spoke of a “renaissance” for his firm, starting with the purchase last year of a new Scottsdale headquarters and an increased focus on what he sees as their strong point in the market: selling vehicles ranging from the mid-to-high entry level to the million-dollar threshold, and helping collectors as they progress through the market. Alcazar said, “I might not be able to sell a guy a ’65 GT350, but I can get him a nice Mustang. Maybe in a couple of years they’ll be able to afford a Shelby, and I can sell their Mustang to someone entering the hobby. And the guy that sells his Shelby might be in the market for a Dino or Daytona. We’re built on diversity; I always remember there is a fine line between being exclusive and being exclusionary.” In the next 12 to 18 months, Alcazar plans to announce 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder, sold at $374,000 126 three new auctions across the U.S. “It’s about creating a stability for Russo and Steele. If I can get six annual auctions going along, I’ll be happy.” ♦ Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ CZECH #S645-1969 TATRA 603 sedan. S/N 445302. Black/gray cloth & black vinyl. Odo: 20,130 km. Handmade limo built for government officials. Unrestored example. Believedoriginal paint with minor cracking. Chrome and stainless shows wear. Chauffeur’s seat worn, huge back seat is like new. Engine bay correct and clean. Huge front trunk. Powered by an air-cooled Hemi V8 and featuring 4-wheel disc brakes. Built 1957–75, the 603 was the last of the Tatra streamliners. Cond: see these anymore, that may be a left-handed compliment. Very well bought, well below the price of a lesser car. #SN820-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N 2222397388. Green/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,774 miles. Ancient paint with chips, scratches and surface rust. No sign of major rot. Headlights badly pitted, radiator scratched and worn. Bumper overriders rusty. Seat vinyl okay, newish canvas top dirty. Maroon vinyl dash covering surprisingly good, but vinyl instrument-surround worn. Steering wheel worn and scratched. Carpets look like they might clean up but have bad fit. Underhood oily and dirty, paint worn off engine, corrosion documents included. An above-average car that brought an above-average price. #S774-1966 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N J661E32765. Red/black leather. Odo: 61,689 miles. Recent bare-metal paint over straight body with good panel gaps. Doors hard to shut because of new rubber seals. Well-polished window stainless, bumpers very good. New carpet and seats are well fitted. Dash is original and in good shape. 3-. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. This car has a great history: imported from Slovakia in 2006, formerly owned by the president of the Slovak Tatra club. Displayed at Pebble Beach and Arizona concours. Older models of the marque are highly valued by collectors, and it stands to reason the later models’ day will come. This high bid was slightly stronger than the last 603 in the SCM Platinum Auction Database— a 1957 in 4+ condition, sold for $38,610 at Bonhams Carmel in 2011 (SCM# 183043), but given the originality and condition, seller was correct in turning it down. ENGLISH #F459-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N 4620. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 25,300 miles. Five-year-old paint shows some touch-ups on fender tops. Nice color-keyed fender welting. Chrome very nice, but some small scratches were plated over. Odd chrome plate on tops of both doors to protect paint from elbow wear. Seat has expected wrinkles, door covers and carpets like new. Nice wood dash with excellent gauges and switches. Some soiling on top boot. Engine bay immaculate; complete with holder for BEST BUY on firewall. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,625. Seller claimed that this car was parked in a barn at 4,000 miles and left undisturbed until he found it in 2004. However, there are many chips and scrapes that show red paint underneath and green paint on the door cards. Restored MGs bring good money, but I don’t think you could get there with this car without going underwater. My English car friends tell me that T-series fans will pay good money for a project, and if it’s done as a labor of love, the financial details might be irrelevant. #S643-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1L151486. White/blue cloth/black leather. Odo: 596 miles. Six-yearold repaint still looks good. Not too shiny. Very straight body, passenger’s door gap tight. Excellent chrome and stainless. Gloss black dash shows polishing scratches but excellent gauge cluster and steering wheel. Nice seats, driver’s side shows wear. Side curtains have wear and scratches. Inside of wheelwells spotless. Engine bay has enough wear to show it’s Steering wheel boss crazed. Engine bay clean and mostly original with signs of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. Painter Charles Kessler purchased it new, and it stayed in the family until last year’s restoration, which included mechanical freshening and new wheels. It’s ready for its next 50 years. A super buy on an iconic car. #S763-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E15010. Red/tan leather. Odo: 31,383 miles. Older restoration holding up very well. Paint virtually flawless except for crack that top boot mostly hides. Chrome stainless very good. Interior very well done, dash and gauges unmarked. Steering wheel spokes show the most amount of wear in the cockpit. Correct radio. Spotless under the hood but not too shiny. Underside of hood probably painted better now then when it was new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $121,000. A numbers-matching Arizona car that has spent the past 35 years in Southern California. Color change from Silver Gray, comes with Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. One of the last covered-headlight Series I cars. Values for XKEs have dropped a bit, but not far enough to tempt the seller into taking the high bid. extra spark plugs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. The car that introduced Americans to European sports cars. This car was nicely presented and had its U.K. license plate, tax disc, badges and a lot of accessories. You usually don’t see these this nice outside of British car shows. But since that’s the only place you 128 been driven, underside of hood and radiator unusually clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. The first-year 100 shows real design purity. Seller says it’s been driven 1,000 miles since restoration, giving it a nice patina. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and factory #TH256-1969 LOTUS EUROPA coupe. S/N 652945. White/black vinyl. Odo: 67,470 miles. Older paint well past its prime with scratches, chips and bubbles. Painted pinstripes polished through. Bumpers scratched and worn. Looks like an aftermarket sunroof. Lots of gunk holding in windshield. 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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Online sales of contemporary cars 2014 Nissan GT-R Premium coupe requisite speakers cut into doors. Engine bay very dirty, underside of hood shows oil stain. with correct radio. Engine bay not open for inspection, but photos show it to be clean and Date sold: 01/28/2016 eBay auction ID: 272117825631 Seller’s eBay ID: viperpalmer678 Sale type: Used car with 5,817 miles VIN: JN1AR5EF4EM270811 Details: Black over black leather; 3.8-L twinturbocharged V6 rated at 545 hp and 463 lb/ft, 6-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $77,987, Buy It Now, sf 334 MSRP: $101,770 (base) Other current offering: Empire Exotic Motors, of Addison, TX, asking $75,888 for a 2014 GT-R in white over black with 24,055 miles. 2016 Jaguar F-type Project 7 convertible Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,000. I love these little stylish coupes, but getting out of one always ends with me on all fours. Last seen at the August 2015 Lucky sale in Tacoma, WA, where it brought $10,100 in the same condition and with just two fewer miles (SCM# 266473). Our correspondent said it was a great buy at the lower price. I think it’s an okay buy, providing you like to tinker or are happy driving a less-than-pristine perpetual project. Let’s hope the new owner keeps it a bit longer. GERMAN Date sold: 01/26/2016 eBay auction ID: 121861031924 Seller’s eBay ID: bentleydallas Sale type: New car with 12 miles VIN: SAJWA7A81GMK27481 Details: British Racing Green Metallic over Jet leather; 5.0-L supercharged V8 rated at 575 hp and 502 lb/ft, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $175,995, But It Now, sf 116 MSRP: $175,995 (as equipped) Other current offering: Desert European Motorcars in Rancho Mirage, CA ,offering a 45-mile Project 7 in Ultra Blue over Jet leather for $165,995. 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06/Z07 coupe Date sold: 02/07/2016 eBay auction ID: 191789409894 Seller’s eBay ID: stevenanastos Sale type: Used car with 332 miles VIN: 1G1YU2D67G5600828 Details: Torch Red over tan leather; 6.2-L supercharged V8 rated at 650 hp and 650 lb/ft, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $110,000, Buy It Now, sf 541 MSRP: $112,065 (as equipped) Other current offering: Kingman Chevrolet, of Meadview, AZ, asking $121,425 for a yellow-overblack ’16 Z06/Z07 with three miles. ♦ 130 tools and jack. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $105,600. A late 356B with the T-6 body. Two-owner car, original 38-year owner was a New York physician who used it daily. Seller bought it 16 years ago. Color changed from its original Slate Gray. I really liked this car. It looked honest with the right amount of wear for the age of the restoration and not too perfect to use. Sold at a bargain—a nice #2 car sold for average condition money. I wonder if the color change hurt the value. #F553-1965 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 222001. Champagne Yellow/brown leather. Odo: 33,459 miles. Two-year-old paint has minimal wear with minor scratches and one sink mark. Windshield stainless worn, window trim much better. Factory shut lines. Great recent interior with correct carpet. Nice dash #S651-1962 PORSCHE 356B cabriolet. S/N 155921. Bali Blue/black cloth/tan leather. Bare-metal respray three years ago still shows well. Chrome and stainless show minor wear and pitting. Windshield delaminating. Cloth top nice, but plastic rear window has the usual wear. Excellent wheel covers with painted Porsche crests. Seats show minor wear, correct carpets, dash as-new. Engine bay clean, with chips and light soiling, all factory decals present. Comes with original owner’s manual, correct. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. A nice example of the final 356 variant and 150 cars from the end of production. Seller says it’s a rust-free car with original panels and was restored to match Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Records date back to the 1960s. High bid was about $20k light, so he was correct to keep it. #S769-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 11304310004608. Silver/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 27,979 miles. Quality restoration of unstated age. Good paint over straight body. Excellent stainless. Old crazed taillight lenses show age. Unblemished interior, but gauges show fading. Correct radio. Underhood clean and correct but shows signs of age. No mention whether factory hard top is included. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $104,500. The 113 Series SL progressed through three engine sizes. The 250 was the shortest-lived model, but this one has been upgraded with the 2.8-L engine of the later cars. It’s also fitted with the unusual-forNorth-America 4-speed transmission. No word on whether the 4-speed was original to the car or whether that was changed too. The Pagoda SL market has been rising, but the engine swap might have put off the purists who pay top dollar. #S755-1972 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 9112300020. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 13,397 miles. One owner until 2013. Matching-numbers car with extensive rebuild 16,000 miles ago, bringing engine up to later RS specs. Said to have mostly original paint, although most of the right quarter and hood have small paint pimples absent elsewhere, and there’s poor masking around rear window. Rest of paint is chipped, scratched and worn through in places. Stainless and chrome worn and pitted. 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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Engine compartment not open for inspection. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $192,500. Seller was offering it up as “very correct, very original” car. Porsche CoA, records, books, manuals and tools included. It came across as a well-cared-for driver that suffered from some substandard paintwork. I’m sure the price offered makes sense to Porsche fans, but to me the large repainted area and other issues made it less original than I’d like and makes the owner’s pass seem a bit aggressive. Still, the 911 market is white-hot, so he might be right in the long run. #SN800-1973 OPEL 1900 wagon. S/N OL15NC9829082. Bronze/tan vinyl. Odo: 89,669 miles. Recent respray in original color. Body straight and rust-free. Bumpers are better than window trim. Very good glass. Most padding gone from driver’s seat—probably the reason the new seat covers don’t fit well. Plastic chrome trim of door panels peeling. Mat covers cracked dashpad. Good original head- market carpet floor mats. Dash and pad unmarked. Comes with Porsche CoA. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,000. A bit of a hot rod with upgraded turbo, intercooler and stainless exhaust. Engine overhauled 6,000 miles ago. Price is in line with the market, with mods balancing out the recent cosmetics and engine work. #TH145-1987 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. liner. Factory a/c. Hood not open for inspection, but photo shows engine bay stock and clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,400. Originally sold by Buick dealers to fight Volkswagens, Opels had a strong run in the ’60s and early ’70s. By the time this model came out, most of the cars sold were the attractive Manta coupe. I don’t recall seeing many, if any, wagons in period. Sold market-correct. #S765-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa. S/N 9114410246. Jade Green/black Targa/Cinnamon leather. Odo: 58,943 miles. left on tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,950. These old-enough-to-vote semi-exotics scare away potential owners with the possibility of huge repair costs. Porsche Club decal on rear window shows enthusiast ownership. If you were looking for a 928 and saw this at a dealership, you wouldn’t have been put off by it. Fair deal both ways. April 2016 131 S/N WP0JB0927H5861114. Cassis Red Metallic/Linen & burgundy leather. Odo: 69,787 miles. Original paint shows well for age. Black window trim still good. Expected wear on driver’s seat, gray carpet shows wear and dirt. Crack in dash top repaired but still visible if you look for it. Rest of interior fine. Underhood is stock and driver-quality. Said to have clean CARFAX with no damage history. Recent timing belt and service. Plenty of tread The last U.S.-spec Targa built in 1974. Nice paint in an “acquired taste” color. New window rubber. Targa band shows some wear. Whale-tail deck lid fits high. Targa top has minor fit issues. New leather interior, carpets show wear around pedals. Nice dash, but modern stereo spoils atmosphere. Engine bay not open for inspection. Book provides details and receipts for recent “minor restoration”—engine-out service with new fuel tank, heater boxes, gaskets, Pirellis, leather interior and refurbished Fuchs. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $82,500. A low-miles car that’s received a lot of recent work. Not enough for this seller given such a clean car with the extensive (and expensive) work recently done. Perhaps the color held it back. #F563-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB093XGS051239. Prussian Blue/blue leather. Odo: 80,995 miles. Recent repaint in original color over factory panels. Good shut-lines. Black bumper and window trim still black and unfaded. Both front seats have creases, back seats unused. Tacky after


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ ITALIAN #S605-1960 FIAT 600 Multipla wagon. S/N 58650. Green & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 89,009 miles. Nice two-tone paint with pinstripes and painted logo. Bumpers rechromed, other stainless in good condition. Vinyl seats look unused, metal dash nice and outfitted with taxi meter. Rubber mats look unworn. toration which cost $200,000. The 250 GTE is one of the less expensive ways to enter the Enzo-era Ferrari club, but they’re no longer replica-builder fodder. The quality of the car makes the sales price seem a good deal. #S724-1965 FERRARI 330 GT Series I custom coupe. S/N 6537. Dark blue/tan leather. Odo: 43,686 miles. Restored a decade and 130 miles ago and still shows well. Significant orange peel on quarter-inch ledge below driver’s window. Window rubber cracked. Interior very nice with slight wrinkling on seats. Dash wood is probably original, judging by cracks in varnish. Underhood is clean and correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $225,500. Origi- Engine bay clean and correct. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,000. The perfect Fiat for a growing family. Dressed as an Italian taxi and outfitted with luggage rack with period luggage, this was one of the cuter cars offered. On a per-seat basis, the best value in microcars. A bit of a bargain. Sold for $35,750 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 (SCM# 258389). #S747-1963 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N GT4959. Rosso Rubino/tan leather. Odo: 30 miles. Fresh paint well done but has a minor issue on passenger’s C-pillar. Great body gaps. New or replated chrome and stainless. Interior shows no wear and sports factory a/c. Correct-looking but upgraded radio with 2,000 watts, Bluetooth, USB, etc. Engine bay is spotless and largely correct. Underhood light switched to LED unit, which Bubble at base of passenger’s C-pillar. Bumpers recently replated, rubber bumper trim doesn’t fit close to curves, and there is a molding flaw in one. New carpets and new Daytona-style seats look unused. New mouse fur on dash, correct radio and steering wheel. Engine bay clean and tidy; seller admits to using later hose clamps for reliability. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $374,000. One of the event’s featured cars. It has the chairs but not the flares. and is one of just 1,274 Spyders produced. Recent work makes this car really stand out. As we all know, the days of Dinos being the entry-level Ferrari are long gone, but the quality and freshness of this example make it well bought. Previously sold at Russo and Steele Monterey in 2013 for $247,500 (SCM# 227019); no-saled in January 2015 at Bonhams Scottsdale at $310k (SCM# 256931); and sold in June 2015 at Russo and Steele Newport Beach for $340k (SCM# 265609). #S633-1984 FERRARI 308 GTSI QV nal owner was oil-man and race team owner John W. Mecom. He sent the car to Italy for its nose job when the car was new. Owners customize Ferraris at their own peril. The change didn’t result in any price premium, and this above-average-condition car sold at the price of an average example. Recently no-saled at Rick Cole’s Monterey sale in August 2015 at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 266376). #S745-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 04870. Rosso Corsa/black/tan leather. Odo: 49,164 miles. Excellent paint in a great color; main issues are polishing swirls. Spider. S/N ZFFUA13AXE0051989. Red/ black leather. Odo: 49,498 miles. Paint is nice but with a few stone chips and dime-size darker touch-up on right headlight door. Interior presents well for mileage. Wear to driver’s side carpet and switchgear on console. Wear to passenger’s door panel. Dashpad has some age bumps. Modern radio fitted. Passenger’s door catches while closing. Engine bay clean and correct. Nice rear trunk with tool roll. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $71,500. Seller says it had a recent, but undated, cosmetic refurbishment. The 308 is a recent entry in the “affordable cars rapidly moving out of sight” category. High bid was a bit short for today’s market. #S733-1990 LAMBORGHINI COUN- is a bit jarring. New ANSA exhaust fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $324,500. Seller said the car just completed a five-year, bare-metal res- TACH coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A0LLA12886. Red/black leather. Odo: 29,854 km. Original paint still presents well with only the usual dusting swirls. Black window trim faded on rear windows. VIN etched in glass. Exhaust pipes show scratches and wear. Interior looks very good for age and miles. Engine bay not open for inspection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. One the final 25 Countachs produced and one of 657 25th Anniversary cars. I’d like to know how a car can go 30,000 km and not get rock chips. The poster car for a generation of boys, some of whom can now afford the car of their dreams. If the mechanicals are as well sorted as the body, this was a very good buy. 132 Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ #S721-1992 FERRARI 512 TR coupe. S/N ZFFLG40A0N0092180. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 14,445 miles. Very nice paint with very few small chips. Abrasion on rear grille’s badging and discolored exhaust are the only clues to the car being used. Minor wrinking to seat, Prancing Horse embossed on headrests is fading. Dash and switchgear nice. Engine bay not open for inspection, but photos show it to be dry and correct. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $242,000. Seller notes engine-out belt service done in late 2014. Comes with books and toolkit. The Testarossa market is still holding ground. The price offered was certainly in the ballpark. JAPANESE #F444-1961 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ25 SUV. S/N 0FJ2521993L. Maroon/ burgundy cloth. Odo: 3,731 miles. Older repaint is not aging well, with plenty of chips and masking issues. Discolored paint on passenger’s side of hood from heat or exhaust. Bright white overspray on headlights. Window rubber rotten. Dash is complete without any holes. Seats covered in thick cloth that would look more at home in an ’80s Oldsmobile. Age ob- are acceptable. Chrome Honda emblem on roof pillar, painted silver. Interior like new, but passenger’s kick panel ill-fitting. Period-accessory Kenwood AM/FM tape deck. Underhood is amazingly original, clean and correct with factory tags and decals. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. Reportedly a lifelong California car. Seller was hoping to get $20,000, and top cars bring more than that, but the bad chrome probably hurt the final price. AMERICAN #TH142-1958 METROPOLITAN coupe. S/N E44025. White & turquoise/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 24,365 miles. 90-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks fresh and is well applied. Grille and bumpers good, taillight bezels are matte. Great houndstooth upholstery. Painted dash with aftermarket gauges hung beneath. Plastic grille badge cracked. Rear window rubber ancient and badly cracked. matching-numbers car. Paint and bodywork flawless, with only slight wear to some window trim. Correct T-3 headlights, but owner says the windshield tint was an upgrade, along with updated, authentic-looking radio. New repro interior, gauges restored. NOS wheel covers and spinners. Fitted with GM Off Road Exhaust and period-correct Irvin aircraft-style seat belts. Engine bay spotless and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. In addition to the obvious restoration work, seller touted the car’s originality, providing a handout with part and casting numbers and date codes of parts. The owner stayed with the car all week to answer questions. It deservedly sold at the top end of market. #S739-1965 FORD GT40 replica coupe. S/N AZ350875. Black/black leather. Odo: 21 miles. 408-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. New Superformance GT40. Most of the miles indicated were on testing dyno. Paint and interior unmarked. Good body gaps. Minor scratches on Plexiglas windows. Engine bay like new and shows off high-quality components: new aluminum sprint car dry-sump short-block, RBT6 transaxle, Porsche 930-style half-shafts and race-quality suspension parts. Beautiful turned headers replicate the “bundle of snakes” look of the originals. Massive Hali- scures last digit of odometer. Ancient spare tire on back carrier. Everything under the hood is painted black. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $33,000. The smaller, spartan FJ25 was the predecessor to the well-known FJ40. One of just 162 imported to the U.S., according to the listing. Said to retain many original features. Top has rare accordion back door. These things are rare, and they tend to trade within private circles, so it’s tough to pinpoint a market price. Considering condition alone, I have to call this well sold. #TH126-1972 HONDA 600 coupe. S/N AZ6001010617. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 87,823 miles. Rotisserie restoration. Fresh paint over straight panels but has small dents in roof. Bumpers nearly opaque with scratches, but window trim and door handles 134 Engine compartment not open. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. A captive import from Austin in the U.K., sold by Hudson and Rambler as well as Nash. This car was very presentable, and with a few easy-to-do fixes it would be outstanding. Sold at the bottom of the market. Well bought. #S727-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S102243. Eng. # 3756519. Crown Sapphire & white/Crown Sapphire hard top/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 24 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp manual. Fresh body-off rotisserie restoration on a brand-like mags with knockoff spinners with meaty Avon ZZ-rated tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,750. Not to be dismissed as mere “clones,” the high-end GT40 replicas are very close in design to the original Ford metal tub and fiberglass cars. This one is LHD with center gear shift, unlike some other replicas (and unlike most of the originals). Modern brakes and gearboxes make them more than a match for the original cars. Car sold for a price not far above the cost for a trimmed-and-painted rolling chassis. So the buyer paid for the the car and got the drivetrain for free. Well bought for a third of the cost of Ford’s own reincarnation. #S726-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S1747. Sapphire Blue/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint. Body straight but left headlight bucket is off a quarter inch. Bumpers wavy, quarter-window stainless very cloudy. Nice interior with Shelby autograph, wood-rimmed steering wheel, tach mounted on dash. Wheels and exhaust unmarked. No claim of matching numbers. “Donor Hi-Po VIN and ‘K’ stamped above the oil pan rail.” Recent restoration with largely NOS and date-correct parts. Car locked during preview. Sports Car Market


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Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ #S766-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0T05R116305. Acapulco Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 33,301 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint over straight body. Restored window stainless, very nice bumpers. New interior fits well, very nice dash and gauges. Underhood spotless with factory-correct clamps and hoses, stickers and assembly markings. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. Well optioned with power steering, power brakes, louvers and spoiler, Deluxe interior, 8-track and R-code 428 with shaker hood. Said to have matching numbers and build sheet. Very well bought. Unable to note mileage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $192,500. A fine-looking car with a recent quality restoration. The 1,368 second-year GT350s sell for about half the price of the much-rarer ’65s. Sold at an appropriate price for condition. #S735-2003 SALEEN S7 coupe. S/N 1S9SB18143S000024. Silver/black leather. Odo: 1,622 miles. 7.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Unused car, like-new panels and paint. The only flaws are minor chips to rear panel and unbuffed wax areas. Slight wear to driver’s bolster. Inside of door signed by Steve Saleen. Engine bay unopened, but the areas seen under the glass are spotless. Tires show some wear but still have plenty of tread. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $387,750. A low-production American supercar you only see in magazines. Comes with comprehensive history book. Catalog says the car carries “celebrity provenance” but is not specific. Documents in the history binder indicate a recent owner was the late Paul Walker of “The Fast and the Furious” fame. As you might expect, these trade in a very thin market. RM Sotheby’s sold one for $682,000 at Monterey in August, which makes this otherwise strong price look reasonable. #S723-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S25Y401785. White/black leather. Odo: 540 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. A brand-new car with no sign of use. Interior unmarked, including stainless sill plates. Engine bay not open for inspection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $341,000. Comes with all four GT options. All documents, books and factory car cover. Original MSRP was $166,945. While not “still in the wrapper” like some cars, this was a new car, and price paid is the going rate. © 136 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction Nearly 20% of consignments wore a Porsche badge, but a 2015 McLaren P1 was the most expensive car of the day at $2,090,000 Company Bonhams Date January 28, 2016 Location Scottsdale, AZ Auctioneers James Knight, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 94/112 Sales rate 84% Sales total $18,038,250 High sale 2015 McLaren P1, sold at $2,090,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices With a factory replacement engine early in its life, this 1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS coupe sold at $627,000 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics certainly rang true for Bonhams, where nearly 20% of their offerings bore the marque’s name. Along with the wide variety of Porsches, S most of which were neatly grouped together, the auction house once again did a great job of offering top-tier European makes with a sprinkling of American iron. Previews took place two omeone joked at the SCM Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar that if Porsches didn’t exist, the tents this year would have been much emptier. The observation days before the event, and there was a steady crowd of bidders inspecting the offerings. Bonhams’ specialists knew the cars offered inside and out without having to refer to the on-site history files. On auction day, the auctioneers spent a reasonable amount of time getting their consignors top dollar and making sure all the bids were counted before hammering the lots away. Attendance was strong and set a Scottsdale record for Bonhams. There were more vehicles consigned than usual, and the sell-through rate was a respectable 84%, but total sales came to just $18,038,250 — a 28% decline from last year’s $24,909,250 from 74 vehicles sold. A 2015 McLaren P1 sold for $2,090,000 and was the most expensive car of the day. Rounding out the podium were a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL aluminum-engined Roadster at $1,485,000 and a low-mileage 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe at $1,155,000. Notable no-sales that could have strengthened the overall total included the Zagato-bodied 1953 Fiat 8V Elaborata and a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT with aluminum coachwork by Boano. The Fiat did not have a catalog estimate but was rumored to have a reserve of $2m, while the Ferrari had a catalog estimate of $1.5m–$1.8m. Many of the cars were let go under their low catalog estimates, as was the trend at the other Arizona Car Week sales. Lot 11 was a 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo with a realistic catalog estimate of $225k–$275k. It had no reserve, and it sold for $170,500. Maybe it was the early placement in the docket, or maybe the value was watered down due to the week’s oversupply of Porsches. Either way, it was a bargain. Bonhams had the right cars and enough of them, as the We’re calling it “best buy” — 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV coupe, sold at $297,000 140 record crowds confirmed. But they were not immune to the market correction felt at every other Arizona sale. ♦ Sales Totals $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ ENGLISH #3-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III 40/50-hp sedanca de ville. S/N 3AZ40. Eng. # Z14B. Black & yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 31,558 miles. Last restoration was in 1972, and it’s about time for another. The owner who did the restoration had the car for 50 years. In Arizona since early 1960s. Paint chips and cracks throughout. Heavy scratches to bare metal. Doors out significantly at the bottom. Rubber is dry and brittle. Glass in good condition. Wood in fair condition with some cracking around the switches. Gouges in Gauges are newer and clean and clear. Seat material looks almost untouched. Adjustable driver’s seat bottom. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $214,500. Coachbuilder Racing Green Engi- wood above the passenger’s door handle, possibly from jewelry. Enclosed rear compartment smells quite musty. Rear carpets and leather are in good condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,500. The Phantom III was the most powerful pre-war Rolls-Royce and the first to offer a 12-cylinder powerplant. Values can be hit or miss, depending on the appeal of the coachwork. The market on this one has been set, selling just shy of the $75k low estimate #27-1938 ALVIS 3-LITER Special racer. S/N 21251. Eng. # TA2124773. Matte blue/ black leather. RHD. Right-hand drive. Matte blue paint. Re-creation of a 1930s racing special by Racing Green Engineering. Occasional mask lines. Several chips in different places points to actual use. Interior spartan and tidy. neering is said to be world renowned for their accuracy in re-creating similar early racers using original chassis and driveline parts. Here, the brakes and suspension were a nice upgrade from what would have been original, along with an Alvis 4-speed gearbox. Since completion, it has participated in the 2014 Colorado Grand and countless other rallies and touring events. Offered without reserve, this one fell short of the $250k bottom estimate. Well bought. #50-1950 RILEY RMD drophead coupe. S/N 61S7987. Eng. # 6598. Old English White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 50,583 miles. One of 502 built. Older restoration showing some age. Touched-up paint chips around the hood. Small crack on the left front fender. Large paint crack on left rear fender. A smaller crack, but still several inches long, on tail near the trunk opening. Paint is otherwise lustrous. Light pitting around windshield. Interior is very tidy. Carpet shows slight wear with missing fibers around the transmission tunnel at the firewall. Seats are in good condition. Wood dash and gauges are in great shape. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,800. A post-war convertible with pre-war styling. The body was fitted to a 1½ liter RMA chassis in the 1960s and later returned to an original-spec 2½-liter chassis during the restoration. Prior to that, the car had been disassembled for restoration, and the owner became too ill to complete the process. Time has passed since the completion of the restoration, which is unwinding. Without much U.S. Riley support, this would be a fun parade car, and casual observers may mistake it for a Mercedes-Benz. Well sold near the $50k high estimate. #49-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 drop- head coupe. S/N LML1003. Eng. # VB6J545. Blue Haze/beige cloth/blue leather. Odo: 1,622 miles. Rare factory LHD. High-quality restoration in original colors. Brightwork is in excellent condition. Paint is nearly flawless. Both doors are slightly out at the bottom rear. Otherwise, panel fit is correct. Interior is nearly flawless. Carpets appear like new. Wood dash is nearly perfect. Tachometer has a slight tint from age. All others are clean and clear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $396,000. Formerly a part of the Aston collection of famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. When RM offered it in 2001 and it did not sell for $102,850, our reporter noted the recent restoration (SCM# 23169). Here it went for market-correct money. #87-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BN7 roadster. S/N HBN7L16207. Eng. # 29ERUH2571. Green & white/tan leather. Odo: 74 miles. Two seats, triple carbs, LHD. Extensive restoration is older but holding up well. Same ownership since 1987. Includes hard top, rain windows and tools. Some cracking on the hard-top paint at the seams. Brightwork is in good shape with no pitting. Interior is in very good condition. Carpets have been replaced. Gauges are clean and clear. Seats show minimal wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. Rarest of all the Big 142 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2016 Infiniti QX80 Limited SUV Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. Glass and rubber have been replaced. Interior is exquisite. Gauges look brand new. Seats have been reupholstered and show no signs of wear. Carpet is excellent. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $781,000. Better than it was when it left the Price as tested: $89,845 Equipment: 5.6-L 400-hp V8, AWD, 7-speed automatic transmission EPA mileage: 13/19 Likes: Space, security, opulent finishes, technology everywhere, seating for eight, AWD and 400 horsepower to bring all of it swiftly up to speed. Compromises nothing but fuel economy. Very quiet, very comfortable, very capable. Dislikes: Overstyled front end. Twenty-twoinch rims are overkill. Cruises like a train, corners like a motorhome. The loving squeeze of the Pre-Crash seatbelt tensioners is a disconcerting reminder of encroaching technology for technology’s sake. Same goes for the slow-motion power folding third-row seat. Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HH½ Overall experience: HHH½ Verdict: An amazing luxury roadtripmobile for large drivers with large families. If you’re looking for a Japanese alternative to a Cadillac Escalade, the QX80 will not disappoint. If $90k for the Limited is too rich, check out the stillvery-well-equipped base QX80 at $63k. — Tony Piff Healey series, with only 355 produced. Options on this one included adjustable steering column, heater, overdrive transmission, laminated windshield and wire wheels. The consignor has owned the car since 1987, and it underwent a nut-and-bolt restoration and mechanical refreshening under that ownership. The catalog estimate was $80k to $120k, but that was ambitious. Sold here for a reasonable and market-correct number. #5-1962 BENTLEY S2 Continental sa- loon. S/N BC59LCZ. Two-tone gray/Scarlet Red leather. Odo: 78,689 miles. One of 54 in left-hand drive, according to catalog. Originally delivered to New York. Includes factory build sheet and restoration records. Panel fit is factory-correct. Brightwork is in excellent condition. Some trash in paint around rear windows. Slightly dull areas on trunk lid. Windshield rubber shows some cracking. Glass is clean and clear. Interior nicely restored; still smells new. Wood veneers are like factory. Originally born a right-hand-driver, it was brought over to the U.S. in 1989 and disassembled for years. It changed hands a couple of times while in pieces, and restoration began in 1994. It was converted to left-hand drive at that time. It underwent a 2½-year rotisserie restoration beginning in 2013. These will never be cheap, and bidders will pay for quality. The quality was there, and the sale price was a bit soft. Well bought. #16-1983 LOTUS ESPRIT Turbo coupe. S/N SCCFC20A8DHF60363. Eng. # LD910830720905. Silver/red leather. Odo: 31,379 miles. Well preserved, showing light use. Low original miles. Paint and decals believed original. Recently serviced with new tires. Includes Lotus Certificate of Vehicle Provenance. Panel fit is correct, with the typical wide gaps. Windshield is cracked from top to bottom on passenger’s side. Light rock rash below the bumper from road use. Interior in very good condition. Gauges are clean and clear. Leather is excellent. Factory spare appears to have never been removed. Engine compartment new. Carpets show no wear. Leather is excellent. Headliner has been replaced and is better than new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $225,500. Restored from 2012 to 2014, this one was done right, with signs of light use beginning to show. Sure, you can find one for less, but you get what you pay for. If you pick up one of those $5,000 vintage Bentley or Rolls-Royce basketcases, you are going to spend at least the sale price here to get it to this condition. As exquisite as this car was, the big saloon market has limited appeal. This sold at the low end of the $200k–$300k estimate, which is fair considering the cost of the restoration. #108-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51759R. Eng. # 4001807. Silver Birch/black leather. Odo: 78,129 miles. One of 886 DB5 sports saloons built in 1964. Comprehensive restoration. Toyota Supra 5-speed manual. No noticeable paint flaws. Brightwork looks new. Panel fit is all correct. 144 is original and average. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. The cracked windshield is in obvious need of replacement. A reproduction was available for immediate installation, but the consignor opted for a new-old-stock replacement, which had not yet arrived. It was promised to be fitted upon arrival, which is a further testament to preserving the originality. While at the top of the catalog estimate, still a fair deal when compared to similar sales. #6-1989 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA Series IV saloon. S/N SCFDL01S6KTL13601. Windsor Red Metallic/Magnolia leather. 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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Panel fit is factory-correct. Driver’s floor mats slightly worn. Carpet is discolored at the driver’s area. Seats are very clean and in good condition. Some discoloration around the console stitching. Buttons and controls all holding GERMAN #34-1928 MERCEDES-BENZ 630K La Baule convertible. S/N 60793. Two-tone blue/multicolored cloth & red leather. Odo: 59,254 miles. Older restoration showing minimal use and holding up very well. Paint is high quality, with a few age blemishes and occasional minor paint chips. A few tiny bubbles at the top of the left rear door. A few fisheyes on left front fender. Brightwork is clear and free of pitting. Panel fit is factory-correct. Running boards show minimal scuffing from entry and exit. Interior brightwork is exquisite. up very well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,000. Said to be one of 98 built, and only 50 of those were left-hand drive. Aston Martin’s attempt at forward-thinking technology caused problems for the manufacturer early on. The futuristic styling is “love it or hate it,” and the electronics suffer reliability issues, but limited numbers make it desirable. Values have begun to soar in recent years. The trend continued here, surpassing the $120k high catalog estimate. Well sold. FRENCH #43-1961 RENAULT 4CV beach car. S/N 3607759. Eng. # 890672. Mint green & cream/ wicker. Expertly restored. Paint is in very good condition. Brightwork has all been freshened. Nuts and bolts replated or rechromed. Some fluid staining on the paint around the engine. Glass and rubber are all new. Windshield rubber is poor-fitting in the corners. Squared-off glass edges point to a custom replacement. Interior is spartan but very tidy. Carpets are new. Gauge faces are clean and clear, but odometer digits are too faded to Carpets are nice and clean. Seats show no wear. Wood has some very light cracking but nothing major. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $973,500. Only 267 Model Ks produced from 1926 to 1932. A variety of German and U.S. coachbuilders constructed the bodies, and only a few were finished by companies such as Carrosserie Saoutchik, which was on the exotic end of the spectrum. The catalog had this one estimated at $1m–$1.3m, and it sold just short of the low figure. Well bought. #86-1959 GOGGOMOBIL TS 250 mi- crocar. S/N 02132084. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 44,732 km. Mostly untouched in original condition. Detailed history from new. Older repaint is in good condition. A few chips here and there. Brightwork is clean and clear. Grille is slightly cloudy. Left side of trunk is misaligned and sits high. Rubber is older but in mostly good condition. Door gaskets are dry and brittle. Glass is clean and clear. Small stain on driver’s seat. Some cracking on the steering wheel. Paint missing on steering wheel shaft near the floor. Rubber mat at driver’s position is cut. Single gauge is clean and read. Crack in steering wheel masked by recent paint. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. Only 50 of these resort specials were believed built. At the time, they rang in at double the price of an ordinary 4CV. This one spent most of its life on the West Coast. The catalog description highlights the extensive restoration process, in which someone went to great lengths to make this one better than new. Offered at no reserve, it was hammered away right in the middle of the $60k–$80k estimate. Worth far more now than double the current price of a 4CV and a testament that bidders will pay for quality... and cuteness. April 2016 clear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Extensive documentation includes original sales documents. The original owner of 26 years sold it back to the original Berlin dealer, who displayed it for an additional 25 years. Naturally, 145


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ collectors began to take note during the microcar craze of a few years ago when steady values began to take off. Offered without reserve, it was well bought, especially considering the low original miles and supporting documents. Sold for the same $27,500 in 2012 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (SCM# 191471). #21-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210003091. Eng. # 19898210000052. Red/black leather. Odo: 92,691 miles. Alloy engine block and disc brakes. Numbers-matching with well-documented history. Manuals, hard top, soft top included. Older restoration is very high quality. Paint nearly flawless with a few minor blemishes here and there. Glass and rubber are in excellent condition. Panel fit is excellent. Interior is very tidy. Driver’s seat shows little wear. Thresholds have minimal scuffing. Inte- #28-1962 PORSCHE 356B Carrera 2 GS coupe. S/N 120840. Eng. # P97311. Red/black leatherette & gray corduroy. Odo: 43,538 km. One of 27 Carrera 2s with factory sunroof, according to catalog. Very high-quality restoration completed in 2013. Highly awarded with extensive documentation. Certificate of Authenticity. Doors sound amazing when closed. Paint is in excellent condition. Light scratch in clearcoat on driver’s door continues to rear quarter-panel. Brightwork appears to be all new. Glass is clean and clear. Wood steer- cent condition. Some orange peel behind passenger’s window. Occasional scratching with several touch-ups throughout. Overspray present on some rubber and on right rear taillight. Panels line up well. Glass is clean and clear. Pitted door handles. Interior is tidy. Gauges slightly cloudy. Minor tear on driver’s outside bolster. Missing passenger’s foot rest. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. Early rior brightwork is very presentable. Gauges are clean and clear. Doors sound very solid when closing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,485,000. Expertly restored by a marque specialist. Extremely desirable example with original mileage. The original hard top was black to contrast the car and match the interior but was painted a matching red during restoration. Since the restoration, the car has had comprehensive service and a cosmetic refreshening. Long-term values have come a long way and even dipped slightly. This one sold under the $1.5m low catalog estimate, reflecting a slight correction in the market. ing wheel. Seats and carpets present better than new. Interior paint is flawless. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $627,000. Originally born with Type 587/1 engine number 97047; the unit was replaced by the factory with 97311 early in its life and Porsche still considers it numbers-matching. Since the Carreras started with engine 97001 in 1962, this is believed to be the 47th off the line that year. It’s a rare Porsche, and I have no explanation for this price, short of the $650k–$800k catalog estimate. #22-1970 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4712908012. Willow Green/black vinyl. Odo: 26,663 miles. Original ownership lasted over 40 years. Well documented. Many receipts included. Original sales invoice and window sticker. Repaint done in 2012 in de- 914s lacked much of the trim found in later examples, giving this one a pretty basic look. The rear apron which separates easily from the cars is still present on this one. Bidding started out very light, but the auctioneer worked hard to move the offers forward as if it were bringing in the big bucks. Six-cylinder 914s remain desirable, but the common 4-cylinders have not ridden the wave of success that is the 911. Market-correct sales price. #25-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” coupe. S/N 2275449. Eng. # 2275449. Polaris Silver/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 36,611 km. Original factory color. Low-mileage example with prominent ownership history. BMW Classic certificate. Paint in very good condition. Heavy rub on left stainless trim. Window glass is original and very good. Windshield delaminating at upper corners. Rear insignia looks original and aged. Trim around taillights is pitted. Left rear brake light is cracked. Interior is tidy. Seats in good condition. Steering wheel is discolored. Gauges are slightly tinted from age. Both doors out slightly at rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $341,000. The Batmobile was conceived as part of a homologation program for BMW’s participation in Group 2 racing. They offered less trim, thinner metal in places, and aluminum doors, hood and trunk, among other things. Ironically, the iconic chin spoiler and oversized rear wing were illegal for road use in Germany. The flair was left in the trunk for the consumer to piece together. BMWs have gained in popularity in recent years, as this price shows. 146 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ #46-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS coupe. S/N 9113601446. Eng. # 6631401. Grand Prix White/black leatherette & corduroy. Odo: 23,422 miles. Numbers-matching with thorough documentation. Older complete restoration. Restored to factory-new appearance. Includes Certificate of Authenticity and tools. Paint is high quality with few flaws. Glossy vinyl graphics. Glass is in good condition. No wiper streaks on windshield. Rubber on the left side of the windshield is misaligned; otherwise in good condition. Driver’s very good condition but showing a little age. Carpets appear to be original. Upholstery shows little wear. Has a/c under the dash. excellent condition. Original Blaupunkt radio. Factory-correct steering wheel. Cond: 2. carpets show some loose fibers from use. Seats appear untouched. Door cards are above average. Factory steering wheel. Gauges are crisp and clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $525,000. Despite relatively high production numbers, these are often replicated. This one is documented to be the real deal. It sold just short of the $600k low catalog price. Well bought. #2-1975 PORSCHE 911S Silver Anniver- sary coupe. S/N 9115200301. Eng. # 6450511. Diamond Silver Metallic/blue & white cloth. Odo: 41,663 miles. One of 504 Silver Anniversary 911S coupes delivered to the U.S., according to catalog. Matching numbers. Mileage is said to be original. Twenty best-inclass awards. Two previous owners. Includes original tools, jack, owner’s manual and Certificate of Authenticity. Exterior is extremely straight. Paint is very high quality. Rubber in Door panels are excellent. Engine compartment is tidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $70,400. The consignor purchased the car in 2011 and has put about 7,000 miles on it since then. While driven occasionally, the car has been kept original along with all the goodies that came with it from the factory. Not long ago, the only people who cared about these old Porsche relics were the enthusiasts. Now everybody wants in, and the price is climbing. Low miles a big reason for this high price. This one was the second lot of the sale and came in just at the low estimate of $70k. Well bought. BEST BUY #11-1977 PORSCHE 930 Turbo Carrera coupe. S/N 9307800362. Eng. # 6870373. Copper Brown Metallic/dark brown leather. Odo: 31,697 miles. Low-mileage original. Matching numbers. Includes Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Stainless in very good condition. Front rubber chin protector is slightly wavy. Several paint touch-ups. Rock chips on hood shows use. Porsche emblem on the hood is sun faded. Rock chips in windshield. No wiper streak marks. Driver’s door is extremely difficult to close. Interior smells new. Door panels are in SOLD AT $170,500. One of only 727 U.S.market 930s in 1977. Three previous owners, two of them long term. The most recent owner installed a new interior and had thorough service performed. Offered at Mecum’s Monterey auction in 2015, where it did not sell for $160k (SCM# 266161). Compared with recent sales, bidding was soft at Mecum and here. Very well bought, well under the market-correct $225k– $275k estimate. Disappointing day for the consignor, who sold it without reserve. #98-1980 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS00000094301096. Eng. # M88212. Orange/black & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 36,985 km. Includes BMW Heritage Certificate. Paint is in very good condition. A few flaws here and there, but nothing major. Panel fit is correct. BMW Procar front spoiler. Glass and rubber are in good condition. Interior is clean and tidy, showing minimal wear. Seat bolsters are good. Spare tire retains original slip cover. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $450,000. One of 399 road cars built and one of 90 finished in orange, per catalog. Three owners from new; spent most of its life in Mexico City. Collectors are taking note of ’80s icons, and M1 values have tripled over the past five years. Mecum offered this one at their Monterey sale in 2014, where it didn’t sell for $375k (SCM# 245105) and offered again a year later with a top nosale bid of $450k (SCM 266176). Same mileage reading at all three sales. High bid should have been enough. #18-2003 BMW V8 Alpina convertible. S/N WBAEJ13403AH62184. Silver/red & black leather. Odo: 16,678 miles. Two owners from new. Recent comprehensive service. Hard top and factory stand included. Shown several times at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Presents as new overall. Paint is lustrous. Body panels line up nicely. Brightwork shows almost no flaws. Driver’s seat shows minor wear. Gauges are clean and clear. Original carpets are in good shape. In- 148 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ cludes tool roll, gloves, factory battery maintainer, books and manuals. Nearly half the miles were logged with the original owner, #44-1956 FERRARI 250 GT Boano alloy coupe. S/N 0609GT. Eng. # 0609GT. Ivory & red/red leather. Odo: 78,728 km. Restored in 2013. One of about 12 Boano alloys built, according to catalog. Matching numbers. Service invoices. High-quality restoration. Two small imperfections in driver’s door. Brightwork in very good condition. Small amount of overspray on red top just behind the passenger’s door. Small area of delamination on windscreen. Rear window and driver’s vent window have light scratches. Leather upholstery shows almost no wear. Carpets look new. Paint crack on dash. Gauges slightly cloudy who had it for 15 months. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $253,000. If you want to play the affordable game in the Z8 scene, chances are you’re already too late. From brand new, these barely depreciated. More recently, they’ve gone up more than 100% seemingly overnight. In 2014, a non-Alpina at Mecum’s Houston auction sold for $119k, which I said at the time was “on the money” (SCM# 243233). That would be cheap in today’s market. A fair deal here. Time will tell if there’s any upside. (See profile, p. 72.) ITALIAN #60-1953 FIAT 8V Elaborata coupe. S/N 106000022. Eng. # 104000000043. Grigio Fumo/red leather. Odo: 57,767 km. One of five “double bubble” Zagato Elaboratas built, according to catalog. Matching-numbers with solid racing pedigree. Expertly restored in 2011. Panel fit is excellent. Doors close with ease and sound like a bank vault. Light pitting on passenger’s grab handle. Carpets are slightly dirty, but that is easily remedied. Seats show little wear. Gauges crisp and clean. Driver’s window is scratched; small rock chip in windshield at passenger’s position. Two small fluid leaks underneath. Otherwise, underside is the 1990s and exported to Japan in 1991. In 2013, it was exported back to the U.S. with some refreshing, such as paint, but with great care taken to preserve the original finishes. Offered without reserve, the sale price was well under the market, especially given how sought-after these have become. Well bought. #42-1965 ISO GRIFO A3 Competizione Bizzarrini coupe. S/N B0213. Eng. # 129F12183Q. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 547 km. Quality restoration in 2012 and shown at Pebble Beach in 2013. Panels fit well. Body ripple above left rear tire. High-quality paint with only minor imperfections. Paint rub on passenger’s door. Glass is in good condition. Rubber replaced in restoration. Interior is in from age. Four out-of-place USB ports under dash. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,300,000. The original colors are unknown, but two-tone paint schemes with contrasting roofs were common in Boano designs. It is possible that these could have been the original colors, but there is no documentation. Boano Ferraris— especially alloys—do not come available often. RM sold a steel-bodied 1956 250 GT Boano in 2013 for $726k (SCM# 231224 ), and the Ferrari market as a whole has gained ground since. The catalog estimate here was $1.5m–$1.8m. #73-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR1012000379. Eng. # AR0012000769. Red/tan leather. Odo: 49,821 miles. Believed to have been used by Alfa at U.S. auto shows in 1961. High-quality restoration. Paint flaw on the front right edge of hood. Glass is clear and streak-free. Rear glass clarity is impressive due to the size. Light pitting on passenger’s window trim. Original leather seats have been refinished but good condition. Dash covering is nearly flawless. Seats look as though they have not been sat in. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $950,000. The design here was conceived by Bertone and built by Piero Drogo of Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena. Catalog suggests it is one of the first 20 aluminum examples built by Drogo. Didn’t make it to the $1.3m–$1.6m estimate. #72-1966 LANCIA FLAMINIA coupe. S/N 824103330. Eng. # 8231013446. White & gray/tan leather. Odo: 50,315 km. Desirable tri-carb. Long-term ownership by Tom Sheehan. Old repaint with numerous flaws. Touchups throughout, with some cracking in the paint. Heavier scratches on left front fender have been touched up. Bubbling behind left front tire. Heavily pitted door handles. Heavily pitted taillight bezels. Front bumper has numerous chips and some rock rash. Rubber is just as tidy as the top. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,700,000. We last saw this one in 2011 at Gooding’s Pebble Beach sale, when it was fresh off of the restoration and sold for $1,127,500 (SCM# 183159). That was a mere 44 ticks ago on the odometer. Prior to that, the car was much more active, having been shown at Pebble Beach and participating in the Colorado Grand. This was a keystone of the sale, and the auction catalog did not have an estimate, although it was rumored to be $2m. Offered before a record Bonhams Scottsdale crowd, the bids were not enough to get it sold. 150 has original material. Carpets appear to be original and in decent condition, considering age. Gauges only slightly cloudy due to age. Bezels are dull but presentable. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $115,500. Believed to be car #3 of the 742 Bertone coupes produced in 1961. This one was built for the U.S. market and air freighted to the States as opposed to going by ocean vessel. Long-term U.S. ownership until good. Front windshield has wiper streaks. Fender-mounted mirror is pitted. New upholstery. Gauges show slight cloudiness from age. Rubber mats over the carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $105,000. Equipped with the optional three-Weber-carb setup, this Flaminia was among the more-refined, later-produced examples. Noted Lancia collector Tom Sheehan purchased it in the 1970s. 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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ at a complete engine tear-down for mechanical refreshening. With the refresh incomplete, it sold to Walt Spak, who was an authority on rebuilding Lancias. It changed hands a few more times before winding up here. Not cosmetically perfect, but certainly welcomed into any club. Well bought. #10-1967 FIAT DINO Spider. S/N 135AS0000438. Eng. # 135B000000488. Red/tan leather. Odo: 16,277 km. Complete mechanical workup done under recent ownership. Panel fit is correct. Paint is high-quality. Brightwork shows some scratches and light pitting. Older rubber shows cracks and some dryness. Paint chip at rear edge of driver’s door and some light scratching on quarter panel behind driver’s door from entry and exit. Carpets appear original. Leather is in excellent condition. Pitting on interior door hardware. dles. Carpets show light wear. Minor seat discoloration on the outer driver’s seat cushion. $77,000. Used as a demonstration vehicle in France when new, this original Montreal only saw two owners between 1973 and 2013. When this car sold in 2013 at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale in Belgium for $47,611, we called it “well sold” for exceeding the estimate (SCM# 221977). The sales price here fell right in the $60k–$80k estimate window and in line with recent sales. #17-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO Dash upholstery is in very good condition. Gauges are minimally tinted from age. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $198,000. This Mistral remained in Italy since birth up until 2015, when it was brought to the U.S. Production ceased in 1970, and the later ones such as this benefited from increased displacement and power. Spyders do bring the bigger dollars, and coupe sales prices remained relatively flat up until about two years ago. If the mechanicals are solid, the rest can be easily sorted. Well sold. #7-1972 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL Gauges are slightly cloudy from age. Original Voxson radio. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. What was once the poor man’s Ferrari continues to climb in value, approaching actual Ferrari prices of yesteryear. Not long ago, a really good one could be had for around $80k; today, prices are twice what they were then and climbing. This one was in the catalog with a range of $140k to $160k, which is reasonable given today’s market. Holding on to this one will likely yield a larger payday in the future. #59-1969 MASERATI MISTRAL coupe. S/N AM109A11742. Eng. # AM109A11742. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 32,215 km. Numbers-matching. Paint flaws throughout. Bubbles in paint here and there, most noticeably behind the left front tire. Crack on the left front door. Panel fit is accurate. Windshield shows wiper streaks. Brightwork is in good condition, with some pitting on the door han- coupe. S/N 1426759. Eng. # AR0056401264. Silver/black velour. Odo: 59,147 km. Original unrestored example. Some cracks in the body ahead of the right rear wheelwell. A few paint chips here and there. Pitting on the driver’s side mirror. Other brightwork in good condition. Rear bumper is slightly dull from age. Panel fit is correct. Glass is in good condition. Interior is average. Carpets are discolored and slightly worn. Some staining on the carpet behind the shifter. Gauges slightly tinted from Seats show almost no wear. Gauges are clean and clear. Switches show some use but not much. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $337,000. The only Dino offered in the original color combination of Azzurro Dino with dark blue leather, according to catalog. Over $125k was spent on the restoration and color change to Rosso Chiaro red. They’re only original once, and a “one of one” was changed to a “one of many.” Could that have suppressed the bidding? Absolutely. age. Switches are in good condition. Upholstery is average overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT #26-1978 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 24445. Eng. # 002574. Rosso Corsa/Nero leather. Odo: 24,728 miles. Factory left-handdrive Euro-spec car. Unrestored original. Recent engine-out service. Paint in very good condition, with few flaws. A few black specks on the passenger’s headlight cover appear to be some kind of overspray. Glass is original and clear. Panel fit is factory-correct. Some rubbing on the rear bumper from contact with coupe. S/N 03314. Rosso Chiaro/dark blue leather. Odo: 5,296 km. Expertly restored. Marcel Massini report. Miles believed original. Color changed from “Azzurro Dino” French Blue during restoration. Includes original tool roll. Panel fit is factory-correct. Highquality paint with few noticeable flaws. Brightwork is excellent with no pitting. Windshield is not original. Rubber gaskets are fresh. the inner fender well. Some wear on the driver’s bolster. Gauges are clean and clear. Aftermarket radio. Driver’s carpet worn down to the padding. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $253,000. This was the last lot offered at the Keno Brothers’ sale in November, where it did not sell for $240k (SCM# 270155). The carbureted 512s 152 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ are becoming more and more desirable, as the market has shown over the past year. Offered here without reserve, it came to sell. The market has been set on this one. BEST BUY #66-1988 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP5000 QV coupe. S/N ZA9C A05A8JLA12269. Eng. # L507VA- 711480. Bianco Polo Park/black leather. Odo: 34,320 km. One of 610 produced. Recently serviced. Appears mostly original. Federalized bumpers replaced with Euro-spec units. Many paint flaws throughout due to age. Cracking on hood, rock rash on front bumper. Cracks here and there at the seams. Early signs of crazing along fenders beside the engine compartment. Panel fit is correct. Interior is average. Lots of scuffs on the threshold at the driver’s seat. Small tears on the lower left side dash leather. #23-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17S000083189. Eng. # A04019854. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 42,109 km. Well documented with extensive records. Includes owner’s manual, tool roll, jack and original keys. Recent belt service. Original mileage. Paint in very good condition, showing few signs of use. No noticeable touch-ups or rash on the nose. Original glass in very good condition. Rubber is original and registration sticker on windshield. Rear glass has scratches and is slightly hazy. Interior is mostly tidy. Amateur dash crack repairs. Carpets have been cut to fit with edges left unfinished. Seats are in good condition. Gauges slightly cloudy. Turn-signal indicator is heavily pitted. Wood wheel is worn. Cond: 3+. Steering-wheel leather is worn. Gauges are slightly cloudy from age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $297,000. Countach values have soared over the past few years, and prices have quadrupled in many cases. Don’t ignore cars from the 1980s, as the kids who had posters on their walls are now adults looking to put cars in their garages. While certainly a hot item right now, the support that one gets in the Porsche or vintage Mercedes community just isn’t there with Lamborghinis. At the rate they’re climbing, even the $350k–$500k catalog estimate seemed low. Very well bought. very nice. Interior shows little use. Gauges are clean and clear. Carpet and floor mat worn in places. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,800. Originally delivered to Switzerland, this Testarossa called Germany home for most of its early life before making its way to Canada in 2006. The car underwent service in Ontario just two months before this sale. Values have been on the up-and-up for a couple of years now. It found a new home right at the top of the catalog estimate. Well sold. JAPANESE #40-1967 MAZDA COSMO Series I coupe. S/N L10A10260. Eng. # 10A1245. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 7,112 km. Recent repaint showing some use. Mask lines visible in places. Brightwork is dull. Some pitting around the headlights and window trim. Rubber is old and hardening. Japanese SOLD AT $104,500. The Cosmos were the first production vehicle with a twin-rotary engine, technology that was adopted almost solely by Mazda. This is one of 343 Series Is produced, and these have become highly valuable. Said to be a recent, thorough restoration, but repairs to the dash and a few other small touches just looked amateurish. Recently nosaled at $145k at Bonhams Carmel 2015 (SCM# 266024). Offered without reserve this time with an estimate of $180k–$200k. Hammer price was about half and probably correct. #31-1975 DATSUN 280Z 2+2 coupe. S/N GHLS30041804. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 2,279 miles. Rust-free, unrestored, super-low-mile survivor. Original wheels and tires. Paint is factory-correct as expected; the few flaws are likely from the factory. Plastic is very dark and shows little sign of light exposure. Emblems often sun-faded are crisp and clear here. Panel fit is factory-correct. Interior is a time capsule. Shows no signs of wear. None of the typical dash and console cracking. Carpets and upholstery are brand new. Small indention on rear seats where something probably sat during storage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,500. The original owner and custodian of this remarkable Datsun drove what little miles are on the car on aftermarket wheels and tires before refitting the originals with only delivery miles. My experience is that these rust even when kept indoors, so preserving this one must have taken tremendous care. Even the badges, emblems, rubber and trim appeared to have never seen the sun. The only real strike against it is those back seats. Great reference car. Well bought and well sold. 154 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ AMERICAN #1-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH334663. Black/black/ turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 11,236 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration by Prestige Thunderbird Inc. D-code with power options. Hard top. Original owner’s manual, dealer brochures and documentation. Panel fit is factory-correct. Everything shuts nicely. Unforgiving black paint is very high quality with few noticeable flaws. Brightwork all restored and replaced. Rubber all new. Interior snap rail around dash is pulling away. Interior #78-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S109547. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 87,614 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well optioned. No mention of any Corvette awards. Blisters on the paint at top rear of left fender. Rubber windshield-surround is cracking at the corners. Glass is in very good condition. Panel fit is correct and lines up nicely. Small paint chip at rear of driver’s door. Crack at bottom rear of driver’s door. Interior is tidy. Stainless threshold scratched from entry and exit. Gauges are smells fresh and restored. Upholstery is correct and in very good condition. Gauges appear original and in very good condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. Last year of the “Baby Bird.” The consignor was a Corvette enthusiast, and the T-bird wasn’t a match for his collection. He said the car was already solid before the restoration, but he was looking for perfection. Upgrades made during the restoration include a dual master brake cylinder and seven-blade cooling fan. Values over the years have been steady with no wild swings. Sometimes it can be difficult to be Lot 1, and the sales price here was way under the money. Very well bought. slightly hazy. Door panels like new. Working center clock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. Solid big-block mid-year ’Vette ready for use. The engine number stamping has been shaved off, but the casting numbers point to the correct date range of the car. We saw this car at Mecum’s Anaheim sale in 2013, where it did not sell for $65k (SCM# 238227). Offered at no reserve here with a catalog estimate of $70k–$90k, the winning bidder picked up a heck of a deal. Drive it through the spring and sell it at a muscle car auction, and there could be a $30k upside without touching it. Very well bought. © 156 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Silver Auctions — Arizona in January A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL sold for $140k — $55k more than the 2015 high sale Company Silver Auctions Date January 28–30, 2016 Location Fort McDowell, AZ Auctioneers Mitch Silver, Gary Dehler, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/offered 281/484 Sales rate 58% Sales total $3,919,918 High sale 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, sold at $140,400 Buyer’s premium 8%, included in sold prices Top seller — 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible at $140,400 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics F 158 or the past 19 years, the Silver Auction at Fort McDowell Casino’s We-Ko-Pa Resort has offered auction-goers a retreat from the hype and hoopla, as well as quality cars at affordable cars. The numbers from Silver were up for 2016, and not just by an extra car or two. With the same 2½ days as last year, they consigned 168 more cars, sold 62 more and brought home approximately $328k more in gross sales. While that equates to a softer sell-through rate (58%, down from 69%) and a lower average price per car ($14k, down from $16k), the top sale this time (a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, sold at $140,400) was $55k more expensive than the 2015 high sale. With a Mercedes leading the pack, there was still pretty much something for everyone here. The only thing lacking was a CCCA Full Classic, but there was a good showing of non-Classic pre-war cars, including off-beat examples such as a DeSoto Airflow and a LaFayette. Post-war, ’50s and ’60s American iron — both cars and trucks — continued to be the bedrock here, with some improvement in upper-grade muscle cars. Cars from the Malaise Era into the 1990s saw a marked Sales Totals $5m improvement in total consignments, general interest and sales, including some global-market vehicles. As always, there was a steady stream of later-model used luxury imports that consignors seem to think belong at a vintage-car sale. This was the most obvious area of increased consignments, which explains the decline in average price. Still, they help Silver pay the bills, so they continue to show up. Silver continued doing what it does best: offering a 1934 DeSoto Airflow fastback, sold at $49,680 wide range of vehicles in a low-key environment for a wide range of clientele, recognizing that the lower end is part of the market and deserves to be serviced — and that it can be done profitably. ♦ $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ ENGLISH #343-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF42392U. White/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 56,594 miles. Miles believed actual. Superb older repaint with only some overspray and masking miscues along the top well. TR6 Union Jack decals starting to lift on some edges. Good original chrome and taillight lenses. Minor UV drying on the rubber bumper edging. Aftermarket wood-rim steering wheel and CD player. Slightly faded dash- within past 400 miles (time frame not stated). Hard top included. Color is a bit more orange than a stock Mercedes red but presents well. Exterior chrome is all replated and pushing overly polished but should mellow in a short time. Interior chrome is original, with minimal pitting. Well-fitted seat leather. Dashpad has a few light wrinkles. Replacement top shows light wear and soiling from being folded leather. Odo: 120,752 miles. Optional sunroof and automatic transmission. Good-quality topical repaint on most panels, with the most obvious masking lines on A-pillars and around the grilles. Black emblems on the resprayed trunk lid instead of the stock chrome. Seat leather starting to show some wrinkling and wear, but no tears yet. Heavier sun fade on the board wood. Good seat vinyl. Recent light detailing under the hood with black paint on wheelwells and cowl. Recent undercoating. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,960. Stated that the car was a wedding present 20 years ago. Not stated if the couple were upgrading, downsizing or breaking up. Strongly bid up to the point where the reserve was lifted at $12k, and then everyone bidding decided it was time to sit on their hands. Not a show car, but a nice local cruiser that should remain stable in value over time. #727-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH II sedan. S/N LRL40772C. Gunmetal/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 34,949 miles. Miles are correct from new. While it comes off as all-original paint, some door jambs show masking lines. Dents on the top of the roof. Paint also shows some cracking along the cowl and A-pillar. All doors rattle to some extent, mostly due to compressed and down. Generally authentically detailed under the hood. Optional Becker Le Mans multiband radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $140,400. While their big-brother 300SL Roadster has stabilized in price over the past year, these 190SLs have started moving up again. Not so much due to it being a baby Benz, but because of the greater interest in European grand touring cars of the late 1950s through 1970s in general over the past half decade. Reserve lifted when the bidding hit $130k, yielding a market-correct price. For Saturday, January 30, 2016, that is. #750-1974 PORSCHE 911 custom coupe. S/N 9114103770. Black/black leather. Odo: 82,699 miles. Consignor calls it a 911S, but it has the VIN of an entry-level 911. It’s really a modified track rat—with front strut bar, competition tachometer displacing stock unit, seatbelt bar with four-point belts and Hella driving lights beneath bumper. Modifications under the hood include cone air filter, MSD box and, not least, plumbing for nitrous. Presentable older repaint with masked-off and faded trunk lid emblem. Light UV-burned bumper. Repro- seat-belt release buttons. Aftermarket dead pedal added, along with a Sony in-dash CD sound system. Minimal scuffing on the OEM wheels, shod with newer performance tires. Runs out well. Title delay. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $4,000. Originally the U.S. wasn’t supposed to get the E36 M3, but BMW CCA’s late columnist Bob Roemer led a write-in campaign and convinced BMW of North America we needed one also. While the automatic is something of a Debbie Downer for enthusiasts (which explains this car’s value), these cars are poised to take off in a similar way as the E30 M3 has. Get ’em now while they’re cheap. ITALIAN #80-1979 LANCIA ZAGATO convert- ible. S/N 828BS1200749. Silver/black fiberglass targa top/black vinyl. Odo: 27,990 miles. Dull, faded paint. Baked emblems, especially on the grille (pun intended). Starting to rust out from the body seams, rather than usual areas such as rocker panels and wheelwells. Hood seam toward the cowl where one would intuitively grab when opening the hood is actually a safety hazard of rusty, jagged metal. Some primer sprayed over rust patches on the hood, but by and large festering rust wounds dried seals. Generally supple seat leather from recent reconditioning. Noticeable wrinkling at driver’s position. Your nose will also wrinkle from a noticeable musty odor inside the car. Door and dash wood is in good shape. Offbrand wide-whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Looking below the beltline at 20 feet, this didn’t seem too bad of a Roller. Getting any closer or looking any higher will confirm that more than plenty was bid here. GERMAN #590-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210408500149. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 21,369 miles. Restored 160 duction seats and dashpad. Modern removable-faceplate sound system. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Last seen selling at Russo and Steele over in Scottsdale in 2007 for $17,600 (SCM# 43994). Back then, the consignor probably thought he hit a home run. Today, the consignor almost considered this high bid an insult. The reality is that since it’s not an S—and it’s several exits and a rest stop away from stock—the cash cow was here and waiting but got sent out to the feedlot. #303-1995 BMW M3 2-dr sedan. S/N WBSBF0327SEN91057. Dakar Yellow/black are exposed. Folding rear section and fiberglass roof panels show minimal UV damage. Washed-off engine compartment; newer battery. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $1,000. These little rust bombs were the last Lancias to be imported to North America officially, ending along with Fiat in 1982. While the latter has made a return here (even if it’s with Mexican and Serbian products from FCA), Lancia’s chance of a U.S. comeback is deader than a doornail. While there were no takers on the auction block on Thursday evening, by the next day the “Still for Sale” sign had been Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ changed to indicate a final bid of $2,750 to better harmonize with the $3k asking price. #634-1982 FERRARI MONDIAL coupe. S/N ZFFAD08A7C0039647. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 34,047 miles. Decent buffed-out original paint. Requisite Prancing-Horse shield decal on the front fenders (almost a requirement on a low-pecking-order Ferrari). Smokes a little on startup but runs out well enough. Leather looks pretty decent, although several of the other interior bits aren’t faring so well. AMERICAN #645-1934 DESOTO AIRFLOW fast- back. S/N 5072947. Beige/beige cloth. Odo: 28,009 miles. Restored circa 1982, to thenexcellent driver-grade standards. Thirty-four years later, the paint is still quite presentable but is unwinding in other ways. Door glass frames won’t stay in alignment with door and have to be tucked into place. Average replate now pitted or has light surface rust freckling. Original hubcaps very dull. Trunk-lid handle Shod with original-fit Michelin TRX tires, so wheel shopping may be on the new owner’s to-do list. Title delay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,600. The Ferrari with the flat-as-a-board appreciation curve. The only thing these have on a 400i is that Mondials were EPA-certified for the U.S. (both are old enough to import legally now, unless we’re talking about a 1980s gray-market hack job). Bid below the market, but not by much. JAPANESE #733-1983 MAZDA RX-7 coupe. S/N JM1FB3316D0732973. Gunmetal metallic/ gray cloth. Odo: 77,426 miles. Optional a/c, sunroof and cruise control. Period aftermarket tape deck. Window tint on door glass. Uneven repaint; some good workmanship, some heavier orange peel on the clearcoat. Nonstock extra pinstriping, along with plastic door-edge guards on the wheelwells but not on the door edges. Decent door fit but original pitted. Modern truck clearance lights adapted as front turn signals. Engine bay is dingy. Good reupholstery work, with minimal wear and soiling since. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,680. Be it a Chrysler or a DeSoto, a twodoor Airflow that’s still around today is a rare sight. As such, this one’s been shown at the Kirkland concours. (It certainly wasn’t invited for its condition.) While it’s pretty rare, this kind of coin will buy you an exceptionally nice 4-door Airflow without any issues. The new owner had better plan on spending some more money. #108-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER con- vertible. S/N 46387140. Light yellow & black/black cloth/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 8,068 miles. 161-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Optional overdrive unit and Motorola AM radio. Fitted with a period aftermarket spotlight. Good older restoration has seen some light use. Nicely worked repaint outside but with moderate orange peel on several interior metal surfaces. Most chrome has been replated with a muted finish, coming off as stock original. Sticker on windshield from when it was run through an door seals are rock-hard. Some fading on cloth seat inserts, showing light wear. Outboard seat tops starting to split from sitting in the sun. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,370. This may seem a bit steep if you automatically think of these as older used cars. This example sold at a slight premium, but the price is not far from today’s market. The first-gen RX-7s are starting to come into their own, as Gen Xers are now reaching the empty-nest stage of life and can buy the cars they wanted when they were young. 162 ADESA dealer auction in Phoenix the week before. Brushed and rattle-canned undercarriage. Modern electric fuel pump. Generic pleated seats. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. When introduced in 1948, the Willys Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ Jeepster was only available with the WWIIproven Go Devil flathead 4-cylinder engine. This example is from the first year the flathead six cylinder was available. Last sold for $31,350 at RM in February 2009 (SCM# 119595). Since then, it’s seen some limited use, but more subtle unwinding from age than anything else. Definitely overpaid back then. Bid correctly here. #339-1956 DODGE SIERRA Coronet wagon. S/N 35012516. White & pale yellow/ black & white vinyl. Odo: 66,010 miles. 270ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering. Nine-passenger, three-seat configuration. Better-quality trim-off repaint. Some light scratching on stainless trim. Bumper rechrome was done well, but some of the hood trim was not prepped well before plating. Clean and generally tidy under the hood. Reupholstered seats with generic pleats. Gaping hole behind window arrangement for their 2- and 4-door hard-tops. Depending upon the angle it’s seen from, it can look a little awkward from a styling standpoint, but from the driver’s seat, it’s a godsend. Compared to the iconic ’57 Chevy, the B-O-Ps have never attained those same high prices, but consequently also haven’t cooled off much—if at all—unlike the Chevys. Lower end of market-correct pricing at this bid. #85-1959 EDSEL RANGER sedan. S/N C9UF711997. Black/blue vinyl. Odo: 91,241 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sparsely equipped with just optional automatic transmission and AM radio. Repainted several years ago in its original black. Old bumper replating. Decent original trim has been buffed out. Decent panel fit and door gaps. Old engine repaint with some corrosion setting in. Newer fuel pump and hard lines. Useable original interior has heavier wear and yellowing on the seats. CD player under dash, speakers from ’64 to ’65, they had a markedly different look that tended to polarize people in favor of one or the other. The reserve was lifted when the bidding went dry, so while it’s not a smoking-hot deal, if you’re into ’60s Caddys with horizontal headlights, you could do a lot worse. #79-1964 DODGE D100 pickup. S/N 1161408348. Blue metallic & white/blue cloth. Odo: 10,403 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent low-budget repaint. Doors need to be slammed like a truck to shut properly, yet rattle due to dried-out original seals. Tired original stainless trim. Aftermarket Fiestastyle wheel covers and headlight visors. Replacement mirror heads. New mud-and-snow radial tires. Cargo box interior painted flat black. Exhaust exits ahead of left rear wheel. Non-stock seat upholstery. Driver’s side door the dashboard trim plate where the radio used to be. Some mud spatter on an otherwise glossy black undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,220. The Sierra name was used for four-door wagons on both series of Dodges in 1956: this base-level Coronet and the upper Royal. Wagons continue to hold strong in the market, even if they’ve generally plateaued within the past year. Good but not spectacular, this one did about what it should have. #375-1957 OLDSMOBILE 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 577T06173. Copper & white/copper & white vinyl. Odo: 3,379 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering and brakes. Five-year-old frame-off restoration, with indicated miles put on since then. Goodquality body prep and paint application, with a few light nicks acquired since. All exterior chrome replated and still presents very well. Mostly replacement weatherseals. Correct seat pattern but modern synthetic material. Tidy under the hood from when it was restored, now with some paint flaking and edge chipping. Aftermarket radiator cap, hose clamps cut into rear parcel shelf. Note on steering column reminds drivers that the car will only start in neutral. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,560. Decals on the windshield from every Edsel club from the past three decades confirmed that this car was fairly well known in Edsel circles. Then again, they’re a pretty tight-knit group. Cut loose after the bidding dried up, and we’ll see if it stays in the extended family. #399-1964 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 64J159310. Beige/beige nylon. Odo: 17,988 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good older trim-off repaint. Light overspray on rear window trim. Heavily nicked paint in door jambs and under the hood. Most trim was buffed out when off the car, with decent original bumpers. Ding in bodyside molding near the right front corner. Dried-out original door seals; doors rattle. Amateur staple repair job on door panels. Carpeting is dry and crunchy, while the rest of the interior is original and in armrest is missing. Aftermarket ornament on the column-shift lever. Runs out decently. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,644. Dodge trucks from the 1960s have been scarce on the auction scene, but this year in Arizona there were several consigned at Silver, Russo and Barrett. This one is more of a worker-bee than anything, but it could also be the basis of a proper restoration when you’re done hauling sheetrock. Originally offered on Thursday night as Lot 79, it no-saled at $5,250. The next day, reality set in, and it was cut loose at $4,300. #379-1964 RAMBLER CLASSIC 770 2-dr hard top. S/N Z159134. Two-tone green metallic/two-tone green. Odo: 59,812 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional V8, automatic, power steering, power brakes, bucket seats with center console, tilt steering column, clock and pushbutton AM radio. Decent paint application but sloppy with the masking, including painting most of the cracked and dryrotted windshield gasket. Bumpers replated. Selective trim polishing. Dry-rotted door seals. and battery. Modern radial tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. Buick and Oldsmobile shared the one-year-only three-piece rear- 164 rather good condition. The bezel for the automatic headlight dimmer control was put on backwards. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,880. 1964 was the last year until 1969 for horizontal dual headlights. From 1965 through 1968, they were stacked on top of each other in the fender peaks. With essentially the same body Looks to be good original interior soft trim. Modern speakers cut into door panels; modern stereo below dash. Fitted with oversized alloy wheels and low-profile radial tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,880. A really odd duck, in that it has essentially every option you could get. A Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ more professional approach to the repaint would’ve helped its selling price immensely. The big rims also hurt more than helped, as the stock wheels and hubcaps would’ve helped everyone take it more seriously as an original. #37-1973 JEEP CJ-5 Renegade SUV. S/N J3F835TH49525. Green metallic/white steel/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 256 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional V8, power steering, rear seat and steel all-season top. Rear hitch. Period aftermarket steel-spoke wheels with oversize radial tires. Original, heavily faded paint and graphics—especially on the windshield frame, which is from a different Jeep in black. Hard-pressed to find any structural rust. Accessory roll bar with padding that matches the seat upholstery. Front seats in better condition than rest of Jeep. Suspension has a slight forward rake. Mostly original engine bay, down to the smog pump. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,208. This came out of a California #107-1994 BUICK ROADMASTER estate (which explains why the smog pump still works), so it’s selling for one of the best reasons: The owner liked it so much that he kept it unto death did they part. Still, the family had a $7k reserve on it, which was easily surpassed. Could become a full-blown easy restoration, make for a quickie repaint or stay the desert tool that it is. wagon. S/N 1G4BR82P0RR428344. Blue metallic & woodgrain/blue leather. Odo: 133,985 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Original paint. Upper surfaces, especially the hood, are quite dull and may not buff out. Heavier scratching on rear roof pillars and front corner fender peak won’t buff out. Borders on the wood decals are in better shape than usual. Struts won’t hold up rear window anymore, but tailgate still works both ways. Tape residue surrounding left rear door frame, so it was likely out-of-order for some time. Original upholstery still in good shape. Op- tional electronic climate control and tape deck. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,950. Primo examples of the last real Roadmonster wagons became collectible about 15 minutes after the last one rolled out of the Arlington Assembly Plant in 1996. While the daily-driver worker-bees have depreciated like any used car, these aerodynamic Suburbans are some of the most useful and economical vehicles The General has made in decades. Reserve was met at $2,500, garnering a few more bids until a dealer bought it. He was working on flipping the car almost as soon as it left the auction tent. © The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 166 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Mecum — Kissimmee 2016 If you couldn’t make it to Arizona Car Week, there were 2,506 cars to choose from in Florida Company Mecum Auctions Date January 15–24, 2016 Location Kissimmee, FL Auctioneers 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L coupe, sold at $126,500 Report and photos by Morgan Eldridge Market opinions in italics but with more than 2,500 cars on offer, there is room for all manner of collector cars, foreign and domestic, modern and classic. In the sports car category, there was plenty to choose from, es- M ENGLISH #F256.1-1966 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E12049. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 42,964 miles. Repaint shows very well. Seats have minimal wear. Brightwork looks good. Doors difficult to close, and top fit is a bit off. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. This car sold at Worldwide Houston pecially post-1970. A 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L sold for $126,500, a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo sold for $231k and a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTS sold for $110k. Mecum sold 1,794 cars, earning a 72% sales rate. The average price per car was $47k. ♦ ecum’s 10-day Kissimmee sale is the world’s biggest collector car auction in terms of number of consignments. Sales grew 24% this time around, breaking $84m. Muscle cars make up the bulk of consignments, Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, Russ Conklin Automotive lots sold/offered 1,794/2,506 Sales rate 72% Sales total $84,275,996 High sale 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda convertible, sold at $2,675,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices always an auction favorite and bring a crowd. The model name “770” was chosen as an Amphicar could hit 7 knots on the water and 70 mph on dry land. Price seems on-point for the condition with a few bucks to spare. I would say that this was a good deal for buyer and seller. #J60-1971 VOLKSWAGEN SQUARE- BACK wagon. S/N 3612022532. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,149 miles. Period-correct paint appears to be original, body has slight waves on sides, doors hard to open and “pop” when unlatched. Interior shows well with no signs of wear. Seats and dashboard in good condition. Clean engine, new tires. Original owner’s GERMAN #J78-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 101670. White/black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 13 miles. This recent restoration has good brightwork and upholstery. Door gaps are tight, and the paint has some waves. Evidence of body filler in some areas. Engine compartment dirty. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,150. Is it a car? Is it a boat? These are #G118.1-2003 ASTON MARTIN VAN- QUISH coupe. S/N SCFAC233X3B501193. Tungsten Silver/Kestrel Tan leather. Odo: 22,529 miles. Paint presents as-new. Interior has little to no wear. Lynn factory sound system, factory battery-tender and heated seats. Clean engine bay. Practically a new car. Cond: manual, sales brochure, toolkit and surfboard included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,250. These wagons don’t come around often, but the price seemed fair compared with the three I found currently for sale on the Internet. The interior looked like a nice refresh, and the surfboard added that special touch. This will be a great weekend cruiser for somebody. Well bought. #S193-1976 PORSCHE 930 Turbo Car- in May 2013 for $85k (SCM# 215926), and then at Mecum Houston in April 2014 for $89k (SCM# 253150). Looking at prior photos, it appears to have had a repaint and new top since then. At the $100k hammer, hopefully the owner was able to recoup his investment. Price was right in the middle of the market. Both parties should be happy with the result. 170 2. SOLD AT $41,800. Originally MSRP in 2003 was just over $220k. Its competitor was the Ferrari 550 Maranello, which was lighter and slightly more powerful. Last sold at Mecum Kissimmee one year ago for $76k (SCM# 262042). Whoever bought it put 26 miles on it for the whole year and took a loss. Great buy this time around! rera coupe. S/N 9306800236. Black/black leather. Odo: 46,000 miles. Bare-metal respray looks good. Clean engine bay. Interior is original and well kept; no cracks or major wear. Good records and Porsche CoA present. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $231,000. Also nicknamed “The Widowmaker,” due to turbo lag equivalent to a punch in the face. Remember when they averaged $30k–$50k? These have seen a major spike in value since 2013. With only 530 imported into the U.S. in ’76, the early 3.0 still Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL among the very first to use the CAN bus wiring system and electronic “drive by wire” throttle. It was one of BMW’s first cars (along with the Z1) to use a multi-link rear axle. This sleeper is sure to put a smile on its new owner’s face, along with his mechanic. A well-bought grand tourer with good prospects for future appreciation. #S150-1996 PORSCHE 911 Twin Turbo remains the popular choice for investmentgrade fun. Well sold. #W13-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1418J2561520. Red/gray leather. Odo: 127,307 miles. Paint shows well, interior looks brand new. Engine tidy and clean. Small ding on the passenger’s side front fender. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,250. This is a true, all-business driver’s car. Rug Cunningham reached a top speed of 176 mph during the coupe. S/N WP0AC2991TS376031. Red/red leather. Odo: 5,866 miles. Excellent paint except very minor touch-up on front bumper. Seats show very well with little to no wear. Clean engine. Highly optioned, well-kept example with one family since new. Possibly the only one in this color combination, according to catalog. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $335,500. After searching around, I found an older ad on dealer plaque on rear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,500. The L variation of the Pantera stood for “Lusso” and featured a single front bumper rather than the separate bumperettes and other minor cosmetic interior changes. Values have been rising, but the future is still unknown. This was a very nice example, and the bidder knew it. Well sold. 1989 Mexican La Carrera Classic Race while driving a stock M6. I spotted this outside and I had a double take at the mileage; it was really well kept. Two cars away from this was another red one with slightly lower mileage (mid-50k) which sold for $45k. If higher mileage doesn’t bother you and considering how well kept it was, you won at this price. Well bought. #J103-1991 BMW 850I coupe. S/N WBAEG1316MCB42174. Calypso Red Metallic/ gray leather. Odo: 95,888 miles. Clearcoat has some chips on the hood, paint looks good and original. Seals, gaps and seats show little wear. Original radio and clean engine bay. The digital odometer readout is still in great condition; eBay nicknaming this car the “Murder Scene.” I guess that’s one way to put it; they could have toned it down a bit and called it the Elmo edition. Comes with seven factory keys, meaning an entire team of netball players could have access. (Yes, I had to search for a sport with teams of seven to make that reference.) Kidding aside, this serious machine sold right in the middle of the $300k–$375k auction estimate, and its high price had everything to do with color. Well sold. #F44-2003 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Turbo X50 coupe. S/N WP0AB299X3S685743. Arctic Silver/black leather. Odo: 14,598 miles. Good paint, interior and engine bay. CARFAX report shows no issues. CoA from Porsche. Just under $140k new, per window sticker displayed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT clean. Borletti a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. The final year for the carbureted version. This car sold almost right in the middle of the $90k–$120k estimate. These were $30k cars for what seemed like forever, and patience is finally paying off for the long-term owners—especially for those who’ve spent the money to maintain them. Well sold. #S180-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA “Miami Vice” coupe. S/N ZFFSA17AXG0063631. White/tan leather. Odo: 16,154 miles. The “Miami Vice” hero car. Some bubbles on paint and louvers. Light crack in paint many 8-Series cars face issues with these. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,800. The best thing about this car was that it offered a V12 with six gears and three pedals. Where else besides Ferrari could you have an everyday driver with that combination? The 8 Series was 172 $59,400. The X50 kit included modifications to the turbo, intercooler, ECU and exhaust. These 996 models are becoming more popular for enthusiasts who want to get into the Porsche game but didn’t buy their ticket early like the air-cooled owners did. The price realized looks spot-on market-correct. Market correct given the low miles. Sports Car Market #T213-1980 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N F106AS29869. Silver/black/red leather. Odo: 8,865 miles. Original silver paint shows well other than a few dings on the front fender. Some scratches on passenger’s side. Interior shows wear on the driver’s seat. Engine not ITALIAN #F87-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA L coupe. S/N THPNNP05517. Blue/black leather. Odo: 3,173 miles. Paint looks original and shows well. Vinyl and rubber components look nice with no cracking or fading. Clean and well-kept interior shows no signs of wear. Clean engine. Like a time capsule. Wisconsin


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Rising Sun Three Japanese trucks from Arizona Car Week by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #326. 1982 TOYOTA SR5 4X4 pickup. S/N JT4RN48S1C0048570. “Mint-condition restoration. New BFGoodrich tires, factory chrome wheels, a/c, 5-speed. Original window sticker, owner’s packet and manuals included.” Condition: 2. g Sun Three Japanese trucks from Arizona Car Week by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #326. 1982 TOYOTA SR5 4X4 pickup. S/N JT4RN48S1C0048570. “Mint-condition restoration. New BFGoodrich tires, factory chrome wheels, a/c, 5-speed. Original window sticker, owner’s packet and manuals included.” Condition: 2. Mecum Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL on passenger’s headlight cover and fender. Typical driver’s seat bolster wear. Decaying seals and weatherstripping. Engine has normal dirt and was not detailed. Recent engine-out service. Original service records show service for Miami Vice/Universal Studios. Classiche and Ferrari of North America certification. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $475,000. Trying again after it no-saled at Mecum’s Monterey auction in August 2015, when bidding ceased at $600k. Apparently two black cars were repainted white so they could show up better in night scenes. High bid seemed fair for what you have to admit is one of the greatest automotive icons of its age. SOLD AT $24,200. 4WD: Check. SR5 package: Check. Factory graphics: Check. Restored condition: Check. This is what the market wants now, and this is what the market pays. A roll bar in the bed with lights might add another $5k to $10k. BarrettJackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/27/2016. #SN935. 1979 TOYOTA SR5 pickup. S/N RN42026335. “2WD long-bed bought in Phoenix. Complete body-off restoration. Hooker header, Weber carb, dual exhaust. New black and blue racing buckets and carpets. New weatherstripping, gaskets, headliner, brake lines, clutch, brake and clutch master cylinders. Custom staggered wheels.” Condition: 2. #T212-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A3KLA12651. Rosso Siviglia/ivory leather. Odo: 10,565 km. Great original paint, seats show light wear. Clean engine, aftermarket radio. U.S. model with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection. Engineout service in 2014. Clean CARFAX and booklet with receipts. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. Pictures of this iconic exotic been at the top. Nice that the owner sold it ready to go with all service completed. A great starter Ferrari for the future collector. Everyone was a winner on this deal. JAPANESE #J222-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH4NA1153MT002816. Black/black leather. Odo: 63,888 miles. Paint shows good and looks freshly waxed. Black leather interior has slight wear. Clean engine. Owner claims service is up to date and was performed at an Acura dealer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,450. Honda hired Pininfarina to design the NSX and told engineers that it would have to be as SOLD AT $5,225. The fourth-from-last car sold at Russo on the final Sunday of auction week, which tells me this is all the seller was hoping for. If this were a period ’80s custom minitruck done to this level, I bet it would bring $10k–$15k. I’ve never seen one at auction in my five years at SCM, though, so that’s just a gut feeling. This was market-correct for a clean 2WD SR5 that someone will have to de-customize. Russo and Steele, 1/31/2016. #1502. 1972 FORD COURIER pickup. S/N MK30999. 94,000 miles. “An excellent-condition older restoration. Zero rust. All serviced and ready to show.” Condition 2-. were all over the walls and Trapper Keepers of the early ’80s generation. Sold new in Miami, this low-kilometer car last sold here a year ago at Kissimmee 2015 for $378k (SCM #263662). I feel these have stabilized since the last big jump. While higher in price than its distant Testarossa cousin, the Countach should somewhat parallel it in growth spurts. The seller might have felt that immediate gains were on the horizon. #S14-1990 FERRARI 348 TS Spider. S/N ZFFFG36A6L0087190. Red/tan leather. Odo: 6,800 miles. Recent engine-out service. Nice paint. Interior shows well, some sticky plastic parts. Clean engine bay. Overall, a nice, wellkept example with service records. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $59,400. Based on last year’s sales fast as anything coming from Italy and Germany. NSX meant “new, sportscar, experimental.” F-16-inspired styling provides 360-degree views by placing the cabin forward of the mid-engine powerplant. This layout optimizes visibility, and the long tail enhances high-speed stability. Hard-to-find unmolested examples like this always bring premiums. Fair deal. AMERICAN #S227-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S05Y401512. Red & white/black leather. Odo: 18 miles. Perfect car stored for 10 years in a bubble cover. Claimed never to have been washed. One owner, all four options, window sticker, books and receipts. A note on the dashboard says, “Do not wash or wipe.” Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $350,000. One of 4,038 GTs SOLD AT $4,950. Next month my new column debuts. The working title is “The Portland Hipster,” and it shines a light on what these overeducated, underemployed, brand-, performance- and luxuryaverse “creatives” might look for in a vintage car. A badge-engineered Mazda pickup from the 1970s for under $5k? Bull’s-eye. Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/31/2016. ♦ 174 figures, this price looks closer to the middle market, whereas two years ago it would have produced 2005–06. Many owners kept the miles low but at least enjoyed their cars a little bit. This ultimate symbol of self-control with 18 miles was bid only slightly higher than examples with 2,000–3,000 miles. Would it be worth it? Chances are high this car will remain an exhibit for the rest of its life. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams and Mecum Auctions Las Vegas, NV The Las Vegas Motorcycle Sales Bonhams sells 193 bikes for $4.9m, and Mecum sells 526 for $9m, for a combined $13.9m Report and photos by Somer Hooker Market opinions in italics collectors, Las Vegas is the equivalent of Arizona Car Week or Rétromobile in Paris. This year Bonhams had a surplus of Vincent Black Shadows and one White Shadow. The T White Shadow (believed the only example in red) set a record at $434,000. Bonhams’ total gross was $4,886,182. Mecum’s top bike was a 1912 Henderson “stretch” four that sold for $181,500. They had a very respectable sales rate of 80%, and their gross was $8,971,985. ♦ The Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Company: Bonhams Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 7, 2016 Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber Motorcycles sold/offered: 193/240 Sales rate: 80% Sales total: $4,886,182 High sale: 1951 Vincent White Shadow, sold at $434,000 Buyer’s premium: 15% up to $100,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices 25th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Company: Mecum Auctions Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 7–9, 2016 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Dan Wall Motorcycles sold/offered: 526/662 Sales rate: 79% Sales total: $8,971,985 High sale: 1912 Henderson four, sold at $181,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices his was the 25th year for motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas. Mid America Auctions started this event more than two decades ago on a Super Bowl weekend with a little over 100 entries. Now 25 years later, Mecum had 750 bikes spread over three days and competition across town from Bonhams, who ran about 250 motorcycles through on Thursday. For motorcycle Vincent was among the first to come up with the idea of enclosing a motorcycle and fairing it in so a gentleman could ride without fear of getting his trousers dirty. This example is believed to be the first enclosed Vincent built. Reference in a 1987 club journal indicates it is the prototype. Price was average for an enclosed bike, cheap for history. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #S175-1956 BSA GOLD STAR cutaway motorcycle. S/N N/A. Silver & black/black. Rare factory cutaway built for display at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1956. Chrome shows minor blemishes but is original. The tank has been cut away. Side of motor has been cut away to show the piston moving up and down. Proper red color-coding highlights cut portions. Oil tank cut to show how oil recirculates. Magdyno has some paint deterioration. Retains original stand with original ENGLISH #135-1951 VINCENT WHITE SHADOW motorcycle. S/N RC8047A. Eng. # F10AB1A6147. Chinese Red/black. Odo: 10,500 miles. In the colloquial, this would be known as a “rider.” Carburetors upgraded. Stainless-steel fenders and some stainless hardware. Contemporary tires. Optional fiveinch speedometer and tachometer. Reproduction racing brake plates. Numerous parts that SOLD AT $434,000. There is an old saying: “Rarity does not value make.” Then again, sometimes it knocks it out of the park! This bike, although far from concours-correct, was indeed a one-off in Chinese Red with one of maybe 15 “White” Shadow engines. These were Black Shadow engines that were not enameled. Originally exported to Canada, this unit had migrated to the States. Fortunately, most of the production records for the Vincent/ HRD company are still available, and the bike was fully vetted. Well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #S174-1955 VINCENT BLACK should have been plated are now enameled. Aftermarket center stand added. Cond: 2-. 176 PRINCE motorcycle. S/N RD12493B. Eng. # F10AB1B10593. Black/black. Odo: 30,000 miles. Good example from the infancy of fiberglass motorcycles. Seat is very nice—probably nicer than original. Proper carriage paint on wheels. Instrumentation is correct. Proper windscreen. Easy-lift center stand. The hardware is hard-chromed instead of cadmiumplated, which was typical of factory show bikes—this one for the Earls Court Motor Show. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Phil graphics. An electric motor would make the engine turn over, wheel turn and swingarm go up and down. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. This no-saled last year at Bonhams’ Las Vegas bike sale at $140k. This time around, it sold. These are so rare that it is hard to say what one is worth. That said, there is no better known example. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #121-1963 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE motorcycle. S/N T120DU1683. Eng. # T120DU1683. Green/black. Period desert sled, exSteve McQueen. Suspension jacked up. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams and Mecum Auctions Las Vegas, NV Auxiliary air filters and high pipes installed. Knobby tires. Bates bench seat fitted. Original steel fenders removed; cut-down alloy units added. Paint is not original but is allegedly Von Dutch. No initials found under tank, but that isn’t always conclusive. The paint is worn. All lighting removed. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $103,500. The McQueen name still sells. This time they threw in Bud Ekins and Von Dutch. All probably had a hand in it. Ekins was the king of desert riding and a good friend of McQueen’s. This had all of the documentation from the original estate sale years ago in Las Vegas. Certificates of Authenticity rule with pieces like this. If this didn’t have the King of Cool’s name, it would have been a $2,500 piece. Well bought? Well sold? Probably both, as long as the merry-go-round is going. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. ITALIAN #48-1972 DUCATI 750 GT motorcycle. S/N GT750296. Eng. # 750296. Candy Orange/ black. Odo: 19,124 miles. Recycled survivor? There’s been some upgrading of this unit. The basic frame and related components reflect the mileage. The taillight bracket shows rust through paint. Shock-absorber springs starting to sag. Carburetors have been upgraded from the original Amals to Dell’Ortos. Correct Conti mufflers fitted. Chrome thin in some places. Large chopper metal-flake infused into fiberglass. Early sand-cast cases were dropped after a run of about 500. Cond: SOLD AT $47,300. As the commentator said, probably one of the prettiest engines ever built. Technically an L-twin with a lay-down front cylinder. Only 1,000 were built, according to catalog. This is an easy bike to fake since the serial numbers don’t differentiate them from the more common GT. This was a very honest bike with original paint—the best certificate of authenticity you can have. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #101-1977 MV AGUSTA 750S AMER- ICA motorcycle. S/N 2210124. Eng. # 2210124. Red & silver/black suede. Odo: 41 miles. Agusta Aviation was an Italian firm that primarily manufactured helicopters. As a sideline they built grand prix bikes, hiring promising riders (a young John Surtees among them). This was Agusta’s biggest production motorcycle that was patterned after their GP bikes. example of a rarely seen early Dream. These never came into the U.S. (Honda hit the shores around ’59). The really tough pieces such as ammeter and speedometer are unrestored originals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,450. As with cars, Japanese motorcycles are gaining traction here. Any Japanese bike collector would need one of these to underpin his collection. Early pressed-steel Hondas were the original seed. This was well bought. I’ve seen #4- examples sell for $10,000-plus. One done like this takes care of all of your headaches. You can never find the parts here. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. AMERICAN #120-1910 ROYAL PIONEER 30.50-CI SINGLE motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 611. Silver & black/brown leather. Very nice older restoration. Getting a bit rough around some of the edges but still shows well. Exhaust is routed through frame, which was not uncommon then. Leather on solo seat is very good. Reproduction tires. Probably as nice as they 3. SOLD AT $29,900. The Ducati roundcase engine is considered one of the most beautiful ever built. They also gave problems, which heightened their scarcity. Nice GTs have quadrupled in price in the past 10 years, partially due to overseas demand. This sold about right for the condition and the market. If the dollar was weaker, this would have probably climbed up over the $30k mark. Three metal-flake examples showed up in Las Vegas. This was the only sand-cast one, though. Well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #S102-1975 DUCATI 750 SPORT mo- torcycle. S/N 756678. Eng. # 756721. Yellow/ black. Odo: 13,850 miles. NOS tank. Front fender has some stress cracks and minor chafing. Upholstery has a slight tear. Rear licenseplate bracket slightly cut down. Paint on frame is thin in spots. The master cylinder has been upgraded from the original Scarab unit. Still retains Scarab calipers. Headlight bucket and mufflers have slight pitting. New tires and proper Borrani wheels for this year. Cond: 2+. 178 At 41 miles it is hard to find fault, except no one ever got to enjoy this bike. All of the original Italian flaws are present in paint and chrome, but only minor. Some cracking in the original tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $120,500. If you ever wanted a preservation winner, this was it. Price was probably good for both buyer and seller. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. JAPANESE #84-1955 HONDA DREAM motorcycle. S/N EG5519576. Eng. # 4E551958. Black/red. Odo: 86,232 km. An older restoration. Nice were when new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $115,000. There are probably only five of these still existing today. In the past, they would grace such collections as that of Otis Chandler. The public became aware of these recently in an episode of “American Pickers.” Granted, TV audiences don’t drive up the price of super-rare bikes, but that does increase the “wow” factor. This was well bought. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #F141-1929 CLEVELAND TORNADO motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # K1005. Burgundy/ brown leather. Odo: 6 miles. Nice older restoration of a super-rare inline 4. These days the paint would be considered a bit too glossy. However, this is the way they were done a while back. Correct Person seat. (Person is the brand name.) Hardware has all been Parkerized or nickel-plated. All gauges are nice, including the essential oil gauge. Very handsome bike. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. Some consider this the ultimate 4-cylinder. The Sports Car Market


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Bonhams and Mecum Auctions Las Vegas, NV product line was launched in 1929, just in time for the Great Depression. A few were released in 1930. Faster than an Indian four and much rarer, with a resulting premium. This unit stumbled on the block but a few minutes later was announced as sold. Well bought. A cornerstone bike in any 4-cylinder collection. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #S65-1939 HARLEY-DAVIDSON EL motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 39EL1641. Black & white/black. Odo: 40,345 miles. Heavily patinated example of an early H-D “knucklehead.” Older repaint on tanks and fenders give the impression of original paint. Wheels are greasy, and the chrome is deteriorating. Has extremely rare air filter intact. Paint on other cycle parts is deteriorating down to primer. All of these constitute the “perfect storm” for a knucklehead. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $99,000. A patinated H-D knucklehead is an extremely hot item these days. No big surprise when this pre-1940 example took off for the stratosphere. This was about market-correct for a ’39 with some unique characteristics. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #112-1977 HARLEY-DAVIDSON XLCR motorcycle. S/N 7F00218H7. Eng. # 7F00218H7. Black/black. Odo: 22,697 miles. Showing typical wear for its age. Paint cracking. Slightly distressed upholstery. Significant yellowing on clear plastic gauge covers. Has lots of correct minor details like brake-fluid DOT sticker. Exhaust may have been repainted, as the finish tended to deteriorate. Seller is Mo- torcycle Hall of Famer Don Emde. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,375. This styling exercise by “Willie G.” Davidson was a sales disaster for Harley in the ’70s. Dealers still had XLCRs on their floors the next year. Some were even sold as ’78s. They are coming into their own now. This was fair for both parties. Sold for about market. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. #114-2007 CONFEDERATE WRAITH motorcycle. S/N 1C9SB9078B908019. Black/ black. Odo: 986 miles. Confederate is a boutique manufacturer out of Birmingham, AL. Production to date is around 650 for all of their models, according to the catalog. This has just under 1,000 miles on it. Interesting study in the modern use of carbon fiber on bodywork and forks. Forks appear to be pat- terned after the Vincent Girdraulic fork. The angle allows for quick steering. Seat looks like a glorified bicycle seat. All in good order. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $103,500. These originally retailed for $92k. The owner told me he purchased it at auction about three years ago in the $40k range. Lower estimate was $38k today. Bidding was slow and steady and kept going and going. Very well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/16. © 180 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Publisher Martin issued this edict to all SCM Contributors: “You must carry a paint meter to test for possible repaints on all highly patinated, Blue Zone vehicles like the one pictured here.” This will be known as the “Seinfeld Paint Meter Edict” — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: March 25, 2016 RUNNER-UP: I said I wanted a HURST Olds — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Rent our hearse. Your loved one will ride a little closer to heaven. — Phil Stevens, via email It all made sense to me except the green stripes on the rear door. What were they thinking? — Nathan Maddox, Springfield, IL Gravedigger’s mama was from the poor side of town. — Gary Fluke, Snohomish, WA “Do not go gentle into that good night.” — Layne Buckley, via email My final ride: A deluxe hearse of my vintage, with aging skin, replacement limbs, new shoes — and as decomposed as I will be. Comments With Your Renewals Add a page or two of “Surfing Around” by Carl Bomstead (Automobilia on eBay and Beyond) — Gary Kosloske, Gilbert, AZ Identify specific cars that are increasing in value and publish a price guide. — Dr. Dan Perkins, McKinney, TX John, we print a Price Guide at the beginning of each year and update 182 —Gary Francis, Chico, CA Why climb stairs when you can take the Highway to Heaven? — Sam Mak, Vancouver, BC This here Cadillac car puts all y’all monster truck fellars six feet under, y’all. — David Carniglia, Placerville, CA Stop bouncing this car; you’ll wake the dead! — Rick Albrechtson, La Crosse, WI Uncle Elmer’s Funeral Service: “Never a Dissatisfied Customer!” — Warren Blatz, via email In continuous ownership by the Frankenstein family for eons. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY After getting all jacked up about taking Mary Lou to the prom, Bob hired an appropriate it digitally every quarter. You should have gotten one recently. — KM Trend analysis and more coverage of Monterey and Scottsdale events. — Richard Robinson, Fort Washington, PA Richard, starting next month, we are going to add some analytic features that we think you will enjoy and find informative. — KM Add more pages! This is my favorite car maga- Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmar- ket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. limo. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT A local Grateful Dead wan- nabe band finally found the ideal vehicle for their roadies. — Jim Graham, Mount Pleasant, SC Phil Schroeder wins a heavily zine. — David Gabler, Middletown, DE Kudos to the graphic arts department. The cover art keeps getting better and better. December 2015’s Boomerang cover was beyond clever. Well done! — Victor Dominelli, San Diego, CA Victor, David Tomaro and Jeff Stites, the art directors, are really doing a great job for us. I liked the Boomerang cover very much as well. — KM Article comparison between two supercars such as Ferrari GTO and Jaguar Series III V12 convertible with 4-speed and wires in Primrose Yellow. — Malcolm Rushworth, Spring, TX Malcolm, a Jag only in Primrose? Not red or green? Is there something I’m missing here? — KM Thanks for a great mag. I love all the recent coverage of Volvo 1800 patinated SCM hat — complete with sweat stains and a tear from a dodgy incident at the 2015 Concorso Italiano — for his timely caption. Why? Well, just look at “You Write/We Read” on p. 30. © models! — D. Fredman, Malibu, CA Continue the irrever- ence. — Frank Fitzgerald, Grosse Pointe Park, MI I would suggest an “under $20,000” section for subscribers with normal income levels! Otherwise, it’s perfect — Tom Magda, Pittsford, NY Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Ric Tiplady Steve Fields


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1939 Bentley 4¼-liter Park Ward pillarless fixed-head saloon 1955 Bentley R-type Continental fastback S/N CA2S7409936. Old English White (Code WT-3) on Surf Blue (Code BU-35)/Powder Blue & gold brocade gray. 100 miles. I4, manual. This Mini Cooper S has been outfitted with many original factory Works rally parts. Also has aluminum doors, bonnet and boot lid. The rockers and jack points have been reinforced. $15k recently spent on full drivetrain rebuild. Competed in the Monte Carlo Historique Rally. FIA eligible. AutoKennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel. com. (CA) 1963 Jaguar XKE fixed-head coupe S/N b131mx. Red & cream/cream. 79,000 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Derby MX overdrive series. Only one built to this design. Sold new in U.S. Only a handful of owners since new. Has undergone a concours restoration. Correct and complete with history and documentation from new. All work done by premier restoration facility. $295,000 OBO. Contact James, Ph: 386.569.7145, email: flbentleyguy@gmail. com. (FL) 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage coupe black/red leather. 127,866 miles. V8, automatic. Very desirable late-production example, sold new to the Guinness family. 4.9-liter engine and lightweight seats, one of only nine left-hand-drive, automatic examples ever produced, with only 127,866 original kilometers. Beautifully maintained, complete with documentation and tools. An absolutely stunning automobile. $1,350,000 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1955 Jaguar XK 140 drophead coupe with fewer than 500 test miles since a recent detailed restoration by Twin-Cam specialist Jim Alcorn of La Jolla, CA. Includes books, tools, BMIHT Certificate and black tonneau cover. Classic Showcase. Contact Lance, Ph: 760-758-6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. (CA) 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S 2-dr sedan 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible S/N 39693. Ivory White/black. 55,630 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. Ultra-rare, correct, original — not restored! Low miles, zero rust, vibrations, stories and accidents. Road tested at 110 mph. Palmetto Award, 2013 HHI Concours Preservation Class. Spotless, grease-free undercarriage. $17,000 in parts, 450 hours labor for cleaning and mechanical rejuvenation by an A-H judge and lifetime expert. The car has a perfect, recently installed original correct BJ8 top that had been stored since 1969. $93,000 OBO. Contact Martin, Ph: 407.252.8164, email: stickleys2@comcast.net. (TN) 1967 Jaguar XKE convertible Opalescent Maroon/black. 33,940 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Own the best all original 3.8 FHC available. 100% all original paint, chrome and interior. Same careful owner for 51 years. First place concours winner, 99.85 points. Serious offers considered after inspection. inquire Contact John, Ph: 503.538.8096, email: jlpxk120@hotmail. com. (OR) 1965 Morgan Plus 4 roadster S/N 1E12722. gold/red. 44,000 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Beautifully preserved E-type. Heritage Certificate shows all matching numbers and color. Amazing original interior, original books and tools. Fully overhauled engine and mechanical units with regard to preservation. 100% running and mechanically sorted car. $225,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@ rpmvt.com. (VT) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible A wonderful DB2 factory Vantage with early rallycompetition history in Europe. Eligible for absolutely everything and a joy to drive. Matching numbers, tons of documentation back to new. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1954 Arnolt-Bristol roadster red/black. 68,810 miles. manual. Matching numbers in classic red, a running and driving beauty. Mechanically sound. A perfect car to enjoy on the road, or a solid driving car for someone looking for a restoration project to make show-quality. XK 140s are powered by the Jaguar XK engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK 120, which raised the specified power by 10 hp, to 190 hp (142 kW) at 5,500 rpm. Mileage shown is original, to our knowledge. Chassis number available to bidders only (Please call. Number will not be given via e-mail). Two-owner car, to our knowledge. Does not include toolkit or Heritage Certificate. $65,000 OBO. Contact Dave, Ph: 800-875-5247 ext. 120, email: david@welshent.com. (OH) 1959 MGA Twin-Cam roadster This is the Arnolt factory prototype car; one of 145 built. Extremely well documented and restored to perfection. Original colors, red with tan, has all books, tools. Please inquire for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) S/N YD3754. Orient Red/black. 500 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Rare and unmolested example, one of only 2,111 examples ever produced. Collector-owned, 184 A beautifully and properly restored car that spent most its life in California. Stunning black/black. Rare sunroof. Meticulously maintained and turnkey. $490,000 Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@ degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) S/N 1E35164. silver blue metallic/dark blue. 61,700 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Original E-type, all fixed by E-type and Volvo specialist of 38 years using OEM parts. Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Bought Dec. 1998 from second owner at 32k miles. Engine rebuilt in 1999 to ‘67 standards w/upgrades. Downto-metal professional repaint in 2003. 2015 work included front end, tires, brakes and a/c installed. Limited bumper-to-bumper, six-month warranty. Reasonable offers considered. Partial trade for mid’60s muscle car also considered (in the $20k–$25k Sports Car Market Total ground-up restoration, new chassis, new Triumph engine with H/C head, twin Webers, modified cam, side exhaust, 4-speed, rebuilt axle, front discs. New all-matching green professional interior: leather seats, door panels, carpets, top, tonneau, side screens. Better than new, zero miles since rebuild. Unrepeatable. $75,000 Automotive Restorations Inc. Contact David, Ph: 203.377.6745 ext. 37, email: david@auto-restore.com. (CT) 1967 Aston Martin DB6 coupe S/N 1E15032. black/black. 100 miles. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. This numbers-matching XKE was the subject of a comprehensive restoration by Jaguar experts at Classic Showcase, and was one of the last Series 1s produced. In a striking black color combo with low ownership history and fewer than 100 test miles driven since restoration. A great candidate for the 2016 show circuit. Classic Showcase. 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SCM Showcase Gallery range). $88,000 Volvoman/MikeSchreiber. Contact Michael, Ph: 619.741.8807, email: volvoman1@ yahoo.com. (CA) 1977 Jaguar XJ6C sports coupe S/N VH2J53738. maroon/Biscuit (with Black top). 34,862 miles. I6 (inline 6), 3-spd automatic. Beautiful coupe with low ownership and a great deal of originality. Unique 2-door design, fresh paint, original glass and chrome, numerous luxury and comfort options including a/c, power steering, windows, brakes, automatic transmission, a rebuilt power-steering pump and recent servicing by Jaguar professionals at Classic Showcase. Contact Lance, Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. (CA) French 1962 Facel Vega Facel II coupe S/N 119122918. black/black. 50,000 miles. H6 (flat 6), 5-spd manual. Beautiful rust-free and matchingnumbers example. Tasteful R gruppe-inspired performance upgrades. Pleasure to drive. More info and pictures available online. $75,000 OBO. motionconsulting. Contact Miles, Ph: 865.356.5589, email: miles.slattery@gmail.com. Website: www.MotionConsulting.com. (TN) 1974 BMW 2002 tii coupe 1969 Porsche 911T R gruppe coupe 1980 Porsche 911SC coupe 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 AMG Lorinser coupe S/N 91A0141843. metallic light blue/black leather. 126,214 miles. I6 (inline 6), 5-spd manual. Beautiful one-owner, California, rust-free 911 SC. Meticulously cared for and maintained. Body fit, glass and paint in excellent condition. Includes service records, Clifford alarm system and original toolkit. A wonderful edition for the Porsche enthusiast. Classic Showcase. Contact Lance, Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. (CA) 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo coupe 54,250 miles. Really nice, one of a kind! One-owner, low miles. Fully loaded, navigation, Lorinser edition package: 18-inch premium wheels, body kit, rear window trim, chrome steel exhaust tips. 5.0L 8-cyl SFI 24V. 302hp. Store in heated/cooled garage. $27,900 Fine Cars. Contact Bob, Ph: 610.594.0918, email: bob.moyer@uiponline.net. (PA) Italian 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750F Spider Veloce Tudor Grey Metallic/black leather. 111,839 miles. V8, automatic. Forty-second of only 182 ever produced. In California and under the same ownership for many years, equipped with a Chrysler 383 Wedge engine, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, 4-wheel disc brakes, Borrani wire wheels and power windows. A truly rare opportunity. $345,000 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) German 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster White/green. 1,200 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Full concours ground-up restoration. Every part is likenew. Show quality, excellent in and out, drives like new. Always starts, kept in air-conditioned show-car collector’s garage. All fluids recently changed and brake system flushed in 2015. $1,500,000 OBO. SMG, LLC. Contact Frank, Ph: 757.416.4114, email: FL41@aol.com. (VA) 1969 Porsche 911S coupe S/N 119300983. Crystal Blue/black. H6 (flat 6), 5spd manual. Extraordinary and likely unrepeatable opportunity to own this rare three-owner car. Engine number: 6391383, transmission number: 7196696. One of two known special-order paint Crystal Blue ‘69 911S coupes. Very correct, comprehensive 14-year restoration, Paterak Bros. interior work. Matching-numbers, rebuilt 2.0-liter with mechanical injection. Papers, build sheet, window sticker, etc. 90-plus pictures. $300,000 OBO. Contact Brian, email: brianach@gmail.com. 186 S/N 4301006. orange/black. 13,000 miles. With only 399 street versions produced, the M1 ranks as a highly collectible exotic. This BMW M1 (Serial #006) is the first production M1 delivered to a dealership. According to the factory, it was actually the third car to go through final build-out. The other was a prototype, and the last was used for crash testing. $550,000. The Werk Shop. Ph: 847.295.3200, email: mike@thewerkshop.com. Website: www. thewerkshop.com. (IL) Two-tone Imola Red/black leather. 67,000 miles. Fewer than 3,000 were sold in North America, flip-up glass power moon roof, 5-speed manual transmission. Excellent overall condition, unmolested and very original. Wheels are excellent, with newer tires. $26,900 Central Classic Cars. Contact Casey, Ph: 614.832.8728, email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com. Website: http://centralclassiccars.com/. (OH) S/N 10266. Blue/Black. 60,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. One of the best Dino GT/4s we have had at the shop. Super-strong engine in a flawless driving car. Excellent original paint and interior suggest methodical use and care. Engine and transmission overhauled in 2014, so belts are fresh. Fully sorted and ready to go. $75,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. (VT) 1981 Ferrari 512 BB coupe Canary Yellow/dark tan. V8, automatic. Full restoration, no rust, new timing chain, fresh transmission, car is mechanically perfect. New paint and soft top, includes hard top. Interior is as nice as the exterior, all-new gauges, new leather interior, new factory dash. All manuals included. Always kept in air-conditioned and heated collector-car garage. $50,000 OBO. SMG. Contact Frank, Ph: 757.416.4114, email: FL41@aol.com. (VA) 1980 BMW M1 coupe Midnight Blue Metallic/tan. 61,300 miles. H6 (flat 6), 5-spd manual. This is a genuine factory-built wide-body 964 with the correct wide-body suspension with Option Code 491. There are only about 200 of them. The motor just had a full service with valve job, new seals, plugs, etc. There are no official production numbers from the Porsche factory for the 1994 factory wide body. Numbers I could find range from 176 to 287. This makes it more rare than 964 America Roadster (300 made), 964 RS America (701 made) and 964 Speedster (800 made). $89,911 Contact Oliver, Ph: 310.691.5158, email: mwtt1995@gmail.com. (CA) 1999 BMW M coupe S/N 2736578. Atlantik Blue/Heilgrau. 150,000 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Euro-market model with chrome bumpers and SoCal history. Rare Atlantik Blue/Heilgrau vinyl interior. Recaro sport seats. Rust-free with recent cosmetic and mechanical refresh including new paint, trim and seals. Major mechanical service including pump and HVAC. All work done by knowledgeable marque specialists. Handsome example, excellent car. Many pics available. $42,500 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 310.849.8696, email: coupeking@aol.com. Website: www.coupeking.com. (CA) 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible S/N WP0JBO937JSO5O346. red/tan. 46,000 miles. H6 (flat 6), 4-spd manual. Magnificent car. Gorgeous color, Certificate of Authenticity on file showing all matching options and numbers. Excellent low-mileage example in need of nothing. Immaculate undercarriage, in Texas and California from new. $135,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. (VT) 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo Look coupe S/N 1495F07582. Red (505)/Ivory & red. This 750F LWB, with matching numbers, has gone through a complete rotisserie, nut-and-bolt professional restoration. Presented in stunning condition, and one of the best in the world, is well sorted, ready to show or drive, with complete Veloce tools and manual. Located in Las Vegas, NV. Complete photos and information available. $179,000 MAS Restoration. Contact Mark, Ph: 702.480.2918, email: masrestoration1@gmail.com. Website: www.flickr.com/photos/mas-car-restoration/ collections/72157659733465429/. (NV) 1973 DeTomaso Pantera coupe silver/black. 3,624 miles. V8, Exceptional one-owner California car with low, original miles. Equipped with air conditioning and original Goodyear Arrivas. Complete with original bill of sale, all service records, handbooks and manuals. An incredible automobile in beautiful condition throughout. $129,500 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. 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carbureted Boxer. Never federalized, super-straight body and wonderful original color combination. Very fast and strong performer, currently undergoing an engine-out major service. $385,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802 598 0385, email: rpm@ rpmvt.com. (VT) 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV NFF Targa AROC National concours award winner, Bilsteins, Ansa, Pirellis. Always garaged, runs and looks great. $13,500 Contact Kevin, Ph: 610.258.5136, email: kbange2002@aol.com. (PA) 1995 Ferrari F355 GTB coupe 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback American 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport woodie coupe Edelbrock intake with Holley 4-bbl. Registered as 1965 in NY. Sounds great, fabulous performer. $64,500. Automotive Restorations Inc.. Contact David, Ph: 203.377.6745 ext. 37, email: david@ auto-restore.com. (CT) S/N ZFFUA13A3F0056517. Roso Corsa/saddle. 200 miles. V8, manual. S/n 56517 is the result of a quest to design and build the most driveable and modern 308 on the road today, and is the realization of over four years of work and effort. The engine and components of the car have not only been completely rebuilt, but re-engineered, thereby eliminating all of the car’s typical reliability problems while boosting the displacement to 3.93 liters and the power from the stock version’s 230 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque to a whopping 503 hp at 7,750 rpm and 357 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm while running on E85. This represents a naturally-aspirated output of about 128 hp/liter, which puts this car on par with the best of today’s supercars. Additional and substantial work has been done on the car’s suspension, interior and exterior, which altogether combine to realize the quest of a modernized classic. $245,000 OBO. Contact Matthew, Ph: 213.327.8935, email: mattpeak@gmail.com. Website: http:// www.503HP308NFF.com. (CA) 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate convertible S/N ZFFPR41A4SO100156. Canna Di Fucille Silver/tan. 23,600 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Highly desirable, low-mileage GTB with attractive Canna Di Fucille Silver on tan interior, this 6-speed manual GTB is on the market rise and won’t be available for long. The current and fifth owner has enjoyed and cared for the car. Original matching-numbers engine, chassis and gearbox, major service completed in Oct. 2013; recent clutch replacement, stock exhaust and cats. Strong driving and running, sorted and serviced at Los Gatos Luxury Cars. Only 4,871 Ferrari F355 GTBs produced between 1994–99, this is one of 3,829 equipped with the manual gearbox. Interior buttons and switches will need sticky-resin removal, a known common issue. $75,000 OBO. GTO Engineering. Contact Steve, Ph: 831.915.1970, email: stevensportscar@gmail.com. (CA) Japanese 1996 Acura NSX targa 78,000 miles. AACA Hershey prize winner 2011. One of 599 produced, two owners. Bill of sale from 1951, magazine cover car, L-Head Straight-8, Prestomatic transmission, rare four-wheel-disc brakes. Wood in excellent condition, outstanding interior and chrome. Financing available, serious inquiries only. $65,000 Fine Cars. Contact Bob, Ph: 610.594.0918, email: bob.moyer@uiponline.net. (PA) 1963 AC Cobra roadster Very original with low mileage. Repainted red and 4-speed transmission installed in the 1970s per Shelby Registry. Otherwise all original. In private Shelby collection past 10 years. Runs and drives absolutely without fault. $145,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1986 Shelby Cobra replica roadster S/N CSX2023. silver/black leather. V8, 4-spd manual. Black full tonneau, equipped with 289-ci engine, 4-speed gearbox, disc brakes and full weather equipment with side windows. The 23rd production Cobra built. Rare early model and an outstanding example, fantastic performance. $975,000 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster S/N ZARBA541XG1043258. black/black. 29,730 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. Beautiful triple black, recent red/tan leather. 28,000 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Pristine NSX targa with 5-speed. No accidents, always garaged, regular service. $61,000 OBO. Contact Lee, Ph: 503.519.1115, email: lswanstrom@gmail.com. (OR) ERA Cobra. All original and perfect with just 20,000 original miles and one owner from new. 4-speed top loader, Halibrand wheels. All the best components. Always pampered. Needs nothing. $75,000 OBO. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1994 Lincoln Continental convertible Rare color. Black interior and top. Exterior is average condition, interior is excellent. Runs good, well taken care of. $2,900. Ph: 630.988.8090, (IL) 2008 Ford Shelby GT convertible Titanium Silver & black stripes/black leather. 10,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Immaculate low-mileage Cobra with 351 Windsor engine, est. 400 hp. Mated to 5-speed Tremec trans. Updated coil-over suspension. Halibrand-style knockoffs, sidepipes, It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad April 2016 Vista Blue/black leather. 34,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. One owner, original paint, loaded with options: 5-speed manual transmission, Hurst shortthrow shifter, cloth convertible top, Shaker 1000 stereo system, interior upgrade package, anti-theft system and GT Upfitters wheel package. Built at the Shelby facility in NV, unlike GT500, built by Ford. Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package; 319 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. High-flow exhaust with X-pipe. Ford Racing Handling Pack with specialtuned dampers, unique sway bars and a 3.55:1 rear-axle. The overall ride height was dropped to reduce body roll, and a front strut-tower brace adds additional strength to the chassis structure. Factoryset 18-inch polished wheels with high-performance P235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force tires. Roll/ light bar and supplemental bracing to give the car additional stiffness. An additional set of factory 18-inch polished wheels and new high-performance P235/50ZR18 tires and an indoor/outdoor California Car Cover are also included. $38,500 Contact Donna, email: raisingkenna@msn.com. (CA) © 187


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Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and Automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists, who offer 190 years’ combined experience making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) JR-Auctions. A Wyoming-based company, founded by Robert A. Tybor, entrepreneur/businessman and Jeff Davi, Entrepreneur/ Real-Estate Broker. JR-Auctions will be hosting its first live/virtual Monterey Plaza Hotel classic Auto/Yacht Auction in Aug, 2015 overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. For more information please visit our website jr-auctions.com or call to 844-572-8867. Accepting Consignments-please register online. You don’t want to miss it. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics & historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. www.bon and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia 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 & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 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. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 717.243.7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. 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. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) 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.petersencollectorcars.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions. Dragone. We’ve been in the collecBonhams 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 FOLLOW SCM tor car business for over 60 years, selling some of the most significant cars in the world. Now in the auction business, we are continuing to find and offer significant cars publically at our sales, many of which have not been publically offered in decades. We will always have something that has not been seen before. www.dragoneauctions.com (CT) 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 (WA) Rick Cole Auctions . Thirty years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top ten multi-million dollar sales of all time. August 19–22. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. 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 188 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 exciting automotive events like the U.S. Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectable cars, Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.rmsothebys. com. (CAN) 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 automo- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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biles; Russo and Steele now hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August, 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.com. (AZ) on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance, and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our web site or social media for new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers.. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagExotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. 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. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Celebrate your ownership experiSilverstone Auctions is a world- class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia. If you are a buyer or seller Silverstone is the classic vehicle auction house for you. www.silverstoneauctions.com (U.K.) Gooding & Company. 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. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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 (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Worldwide Auctioneers. 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. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. 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 collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. 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. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely April 2016 Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Automotive Restorations. 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. www.automotiverestorations.com Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. ine 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) Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General 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 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Canepa of Scotts Valley. 21 South Auto Gallery. 480.986.6460. Located in Mesa Arizona, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of high quality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investment grade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) 831.430.9940. Offering fine investment-grade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000 sq. ft. facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa. com www.canepa.com (CA) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. 189


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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. www.checkermotorcars.com (MA) 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. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000 sq. ft. facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 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. com. (CA) DeLorean Motor Company. 239.495.8550. The first franchise of the new DeLorean Motor Company. Celebrating our 10th year in business we are the South Eastern United States exclusive source for DeLorean Sales, Service, Restoration and Parts. We have the largest selection of DeLoreans for sale in the world numbering 20 or more at any time and stock a full parts inventory. www.dmcflorida.com 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 and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales & service of 19501970s Classic European Sports Cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche & Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in house factorytrained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 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. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc., of Monterey, California, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics, visit us at www.MohrImports.com. (CA) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. 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. (MA) www.SignificantCars.com. 800.837.9902. Since 2002, SignificantCars.com has been changing the way collector cars find new homes. A Pioneer in the online marketing of important collector cars, Significant Cars has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value--not what we want to buy it for. Unit 56. At Unit 56 we love motorHeritage Classics Motorcar ComClassic 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. com. (CA) 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 at sales@heritageclassics.com 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 www.heritageclassics.com Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site. www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) cycles, we truly are passionate about them. But most importantly we strive to have the best. History and an interesting story are a must with anything we buy or sell. And as far as restoration goes we treat everything as if it was our own. We care. Telephone: 0044 (0) 1386 700 403. www.UNIT56.co.uk Vintage Motors of Sarasota. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find 190 314.524.6000. 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 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Classic Car Transport Carficionado manages your valuable classic car collection with German precision. Contact us +49 89 82030682 pr@carficionado.com www.carficionado.com Collector Car Insurance Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. 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. www.PassportTransport.com. a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. 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. understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) 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 with a real test of this famous English sports car. USA +1 805.267.6795 harry@etypeukusa.com www.etypeukusa.com coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 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 (CA) 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., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 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. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management 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. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. 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. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Carficionado Collection Manage- ment GmbH. Florian Seidl of Carficionado has been discreetly consulting to car collectors worldwide since 2002. We specialize in: • Collection Building • Collection Management • Investment Guidance • Restoration Supervision • Researching your car’s pedigree • Event Organization • Insurance • Experienced in coordination with trusts, family offices and institutional investors • Exceptional global market KnowHow • Proven track record including world record sales & Pebble Beach class wins for our clients April 2016 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). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — 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 www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. Hagerty 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 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 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 191 800.875.5247. 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Events—Concours, Car Shows Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Italian lized for road, tours and competition. GTO USA provides an extensive parts selection out of Georgia and new parts, service and restoration workshop in Los Angeles. parts@gtoengineering.com www.gtoengineering.com/ UK: +44 (0) 118.940.5160 USA: +1 678.635.5752 LA: Hilton Head Island Motoring Fes- 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 28–November 6, 2016 - in the land of southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. +1 831.915.1970 Finance European Collectibles, Inc. 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 five minutes! 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. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing Premier Financial Services is the Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 8-10, 2016. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Ferrari Financial Services. The Elegance at Hershey. 717.534.1910. A celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/10 to 6/12/16 commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, call 717.534.1910 or email don@theelganceathershey.com. (PA) 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. Holt Motorsports. 610.692.7100. We want to buy your air-cooled 911. Immediate payment and pick up anywhere in the U.S. Holt Motorsports specializes in buying and selling all Porsche 911s. We have sold over 3,400 air-cooled 911s since 1980. Holt Motorsports provides after-sale support with service, appraisals and advice for the entire time you own a Holt car. Please call or visit our website to view a partial listing of our inventory. Tim Holt, Holt Motorsports, Inc. West Chester, PA www.HoltMotorsports.com (PA) Woodside Credit. When financing your classic or collector car, Woodside Credit is all about performance. We offer THE LOWEST PAYMENTS IN AMERICA! and provide our clients with fast, friendly and professional service. For over a decade, Woodside has been recognized as the leading lender in the classic and collector car market and is exclusively endorsed by Barrett-Jackson. Apply online at woodsidecredit.com or call 888-354-3982. The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini German dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. We GTO Engineering. Servicing worldwide clients for 20+ years, we’ve amassed thousands of new/NOS/ used Ferrari parts. Highly skilled engineers offer restoration, repair and race prep expertise across all Ferrari models uti- 192 have the largest indoor Recycling Facility for Porsches in the U.S. We specialize in used rebuilt and new parts for Porsche cars. Including all models of the 911, 912, Carrera and Turbo, 944 16 valve S, 924S, 951, 944 Turbo, 914-4, 914-6 Boxster, 968, Cayenne,928, 928S, 928 S4 Vintage parts a specialty. We have an extensive inventory including used Porsche engines, transmissions, fuchs wheels, seats, brake upgrades, interior trim and suspension. No part is too small. We are a God-owned family business serving the Porsche community for over 25 years. www.dcauto.com 252-955-0110 (text) 252-977-1430 int’l Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010 Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Bryan W. Shook, Esquire acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts, and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay – America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Berlinetta Motorcars, Ltd. 631.423.1010, 631.549.6700. Professional Ferrari, Porsche and vintage car specialists since 1958. Mechanical engineer, master coachbuilders and fabricators. Pebble Beach winning restorations. Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche Club of America: Best of Show, People’s Choice Awards. Cars selected for “American Gangster”, and more. Servicing, repairing, customizing, engine overhauls, race, track, street & show cars. Locating and importing classic and vintage cars internationally since 1984. BerlinettaMotorcars@gmail.com. www.BerlinettaMotorcars.com (NY) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) Brighton Motorsports. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722 . Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons -originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 800.441.8527. MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high-quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from allweather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side-window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license-plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produce the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com April 2016 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance, and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full-time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Volante Classics. 978.447.1669. At Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced Suixtil USA. 855.784.9845. SuixtilUSA is the premier retailer for fine Volante Classics we rebuild notable European classic cars. What sets us apart is our master craftsman, Roberto Donati, who learned to reshape contours, reconstruct panels, and recreate beauty while he was a young man in Italy. Under his father’s and grandfather’s mindful tutelage, Roberto dedicated his life to coachwork. More than the craft itself, Roberto saw and felt the passion with which his father toiled. He came to America to perfect his art, working at one of the most prestigious firms for more than a decade. Only those who live and feel that same passion, and possess the highest degree of skill, can reach his level of excellence. Only they can restore the essence of a classic machine. www.volanteclassics.com © 193 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are located in the heart of the Arizona Auction Arena in Scottsdale. We offer a unique collection of European and American special interest cars and motorcycles and host the Brighton Classic Car Rally each November. BrightonMotorsports.com, 480-483-4682 or info@brightonmotorsports.com. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. Whether your car is headed to a concours or open road, we are the sensible choice. Experts in our craft and combined with unimpeachable integrity, doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Hahn - Vorbach & Associates Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver, show/driver, show, and preservation level restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsman who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) menswear inspired by auto racing heritage. The Suixtil racing uniforms have been worn by many Formula One racing heroes including Juan Manuel Fangio. Built for Speed, Styled for Passion, Made for Gentlemen. Shop online at www.suixtil-usa.com, call 1-855-SUIXTIL (784-9845), or email sales@suixtilusa.com. The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. If your current, or growing collection needs a team behind it. If your new auction acquisition needs sorting. Our clients ship us their cars from around the world for good reason: Our experience, attention to detail and results are rivaled by none. We give our clients the confidence to expand their collection into any marque or era. We’ve got their backs. We would like to get yours. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch $2m for a Dime; $12,000 for a Counter Display Check your change drawer — and maybe search the garage for some hidden petroliana treasures Thought Carl’s In for a dollar, in for a dime. But what if the dime is worth close to two million bucks? Well, Heritage Auctions at their January 7, 2016, coin sale, sold an 1894-S Barber dime for $1,977,500. Over 500 million Barber dimes were minted between 1892 and 1916, but only 24 of the 1894-S dimes were made, and only nine are still known to exist. Rare indeed, but $2 million sure seems like a bunch of dollars for one solitary dime. Morphy Auctions continued with the second installment of the Kyle Moore Collection, and records fell with regularity. A few weeks later, Mecum offered the spectacular petroliana collection of Kim and Mary Kokles and the results were equally impressive. There does not seem to be a lack of funds when quality items come to market. tered the record for advertising signage. It had great graphics, color and condition, featuring an Indian in full headdress. It was complete with the original hanging ring. It checked all the boxes — but at an amazing price. MECUM KOKLES AUC- TION LOT Z44—REFINERS GASOLINE 16.5-INCH GLASS GAS PUMP GLOBE. SOLD AT: $55,000. Date: 1/24/2016. This large, 16.5-inch gas globe was complete with both lenses and was discovered about 35 years ago in Ohio. The Refiners Company was located in Dayton, so that makes sense. It is the only one known and has great race car graphics. The metal body wears the original untouched paint. This has to be a record for a gas globe. CARDBOARD COUNTER DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $12,000. Date: 1/24/2016. This is the only known example of this colorful and graphic cardboard counter display. It promoted the Texaco two-quart “Easy Pour” motor oil can with a catchy slogan. It measured 40 inches by 27 inches, and it was in incredible condition, considering it was about 90 years old. If anything, the price paid was a bit light, so the buyer should be pleased. MECUM KOKLES AUCMORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 325—SMITH-O-LENE AVIATION BRAND GASOLINE 48-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $40,000– $60,000. SOLD AT: $134,200. Date: 1/9/2016. This incredible sign had absolutely no evidence of use. It is very colorful, with exciting airplane graphics. A very comparable sign sold at Mecum’s Road Art auction later in January for $55,000, so the Mecum sale was a bargain or the Morphy buyer got a bit carried away. TION LOT Z102—PALOMINO ONE-QUART OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $6,000. Date: 1/24/2016. As we have mentioned before, one-quart oil cans have been soft for a few years, but they are coming back with a vengeance. Quality “picture” cans such as this are leading the way. The can was close to mint condition and is extremely rare, so the price paid was not that far out of line. MORPHY AUCTIONS MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 130—MUSGO GASOLINE 48-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $60,000– $100,000. SOLD AT: $164,700, including 22% premium. Date: 1/9/2016. This spectacular double-sided porcelain sign shat- MECUM KOKLES AUC- TION LOT Z8—TEXACO DIE-CUT “EASY POUR” LOT 40—GILLETTE TIRES “A BEAR FOR WEAR” DIECUT TIN FLANGE SIGN. Estimate: $15,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $36,600. Date: 1/9/2016. Tire advertising in the era was colorful and unique. Long before television, they had to catch the buyer’s eye with graphic pointof-sale material. This tin die-cut sign was one the best examples from that era. It measures 29 inches by 18 inches and had it all. It was pricey, but I doubt if you will see another as nice as this. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 194 MECUM KOKLES AUC- TION LOT Z22—YELLOW CAB DIE-CUT LARGE TIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $27,000. Date: 1/24/2016. This handpainted tin sign measured 60 inches by 32 inches and was in excellent condition, with only minor abrasions. It had great color and artwork. Most likely it was never displayed. How it lasted all these years without being damaged is amazing. A wonderful piece of American folk art. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market